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Initially a British folk-rock combo called Tyrannosaurus Rex, T. Rex was the primary force in glam rock, thanks to the creative direction of guitarist/vocalist Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld). Bolan created a deliberately trashy form of rock & roll that was proud of its own disposability. T. Rex's music borrowed the underlying sexuality of early rock & roll, adding dirty, simple grooves and fat distorted guitars, as well as an overarching folky/hippie spirituality that always came through the clearest on ballads. While most of his peers concentrated on making cohesive albums, Bolan kept the idea of a three-minute pop single alive in the early '70s. It was a simpler time, before the music industry became obsessed with auto tuning and laptop deals with the latest music software.  But Bolan still managed to lay the groundwork for the kind of glam rock that would change modern music. In Britain, he became a superstar, sparking a period of "T. Rextacy" among the pop audience with a series of Top Ten hits, including four number one singles. Over in America, the group only had one major hit -- the Top Ten "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" -- before disappearing from the charts in 1973. T. Rex's popularity in the U.K. didn't begin to waver until 1975, yet they retained a devoted following until Marc Bolan's death in 1977. Over the next two decades, Bolan emerged as a cult figure and the music of T. Rex has proven quite influential on hard rock, punk, new wave, and alternative rock.


Following a career as a teenage model, Marc Bolan began performing music professionally in 1965, releasing his first single, "The Wizard," on Decca Records. Bolan joined the psychedelic folk-rock combo John's Children in 1967, appearing on three unsuccessful singles before the group disbanded later that year. Following the breakup, he formed the folk duo Tyrannosaurus Rex with percussionist Steve Peregrine Took. The duo landed a record deal with a subsidiary of EMI in February 1968, recording their debut album with producer Tony Visconti. "Debora," the group's first single, peaked at number 34 in May of that year, and their debut album, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair...But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brow, reached number 15 shortly afterward. The duo released their second album, Prophets, Seers & Sages, the Angels of the Ages, in November of 1968.


By this time, Tyrannosaurus Rex was building a sizable underground following, which helped Bolan's book of poetry, - The Warlock of Love, enter the British best-seller charts. In the summer of 1969, the duo released their third album, Unicorn, as well as the single "King of the Rumbling Spires," the first Tyrannosaurus Rex song to feature an electric guitar. Following an unsuccessful American tour that fall, Took left the band and was replaced by Mickey Finn. The new duo's first single did not chart, yet their first album, 1970's A Beard of Stars, reached number 21.

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The turning point in Bolan's career came in October of 1970, when he shortened the group's name to T. Rex and released "Ride a White Swan," a fuzz-drenched single driven by a rolling backbeat. "Ride a White Swan" became a major hit in the U.K., climbing all the way to number two. The band's next album, T. Rex, peaked at number 13 and stayed on the charts for six months. Encouraged by the results, Bolan expanded T. Rex to a full band, adding bassist Steve Currie and drummer Bill Legend (born Bill Fifield). The new lineup recorded "Hot Love," which spent six weeks at number one in early 1971. That summer, T. Rex released "Get It On" (retitled "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" in the U.S.), which became their second straight U.K. number one; the single would go on to be their biggest international hit, reaching number ten in the U.S. in 1972. Electric Warrior, the first album recorded by the full band, was released in the fall of 1971; it was number one for six weeks in Britain and cracked America's Top 40.



By now, "T. Rextacy" was in full swing in England, as the band had captured the imaginations of both teenagers and the media with its sequined, heavily made-up appearance; the image of Marc Bolan in a top hat, feather boa, and platform shoes, performing "Get It On" on the BBC became as famous as his music. At the beginning of 1972, T. Rex signed with EMI, setting up a distribution deal for Bolan's own T.Rex Wax Co. record label. "Telegram Sam," the group's first EMI single, became their third number one single.

"Metal Guru" also hit number one, spending four weeks at the top of the chart. The Slider, released in the summer of 1972, shot to number one upon its release, allegedly selling 100,000 copies in four days; the album was also T. Rex's most successful American release, reaching number 17. Appearing in the spring of 1973, Tanx was another Top Five hit for T. Rex; the singles "20th Century Boy" and "The Groover" soon followed it to the upper ranks of the charts. However, those singles would prove to be the band's last two Top Ten hits. In the summer of 1973, rhythm guitarist Jack Green joined the band, as did three backup vocalists, including the American soul singer Gloria Jones; Jones would soon become Bolan's girlfriend. At the beginning of 1974, drummer Bill Legend left the group and was replaced by Davy Lutton, as Jones became the group's keyboardist.



In early 1974, the single "Teenage Dream" was the first record to be released under the name Marc Bolan and T. Rex. The following album, Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, was the last Bolan recorded with Tony Visconti. Throughout the year, T. Rex's popularity rapidly declined -- by the time "Zip Gun Boogie" was released in November, it could only reach number 41. Finn and Green left the group at the end of the year, while keyboardist Dino Dins joined. The decline of T. Rex's popularity was confirmed when 1975's Bolan's Zip Gun failed to chart. Bolan took the rest of the year off, returning in the spring of 1976 with Futuristic Dragon, which peaked at number 50. Released in the summer of 1976, "I Love to Boogie," a disco-flavored three-chord thumper, became Bolan's last Top 20 hit.

Bolan released Dandy in the Underworld in the spring of 1977; it was a modest hit, peaking at number 26. While "The Soul of My Suit" reached number 42 on the charts, T. Rex's next two singles failed to chart. Sensing it was time for a change of direction, Bolan began expanding his horizons in August. In addition to contributing a weekly column for Record Mirror, he hosted his own variety television show, Marc. Featuring guest appearances by artists like David Bowie and Generation X, Marc helped restore Bolan's hip image. Signing with RCA Records, the guitarist formed a new band with bassist Herbie Flowers and drummer Tony Newman, yet he never was able to record with the group. While driving home from a London club with Bolan, Gloria Jones lost control of her car, smashing into a tree. Marc Bolan, riding in the passenger's seat of the car, was killed instantly.



While T. Rex's music was intended to be disposable, it has proven surprisingly influential over the years. Hard rock and heavy metal bands borrowed the group's image, as well as the pounding insistence of their guitars. Punk bands may have discarded the high heels, feather boas, and top hats, yet they adhered to the simple three-chord structures and pop aesthetics that made the band popular. ~  All Music Guide 

Members include Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld, (according to most sources] September 30, 1947, in London, England; married Gloria Jones [second wife; a singer]; died in an automobile accident, September 16, 1977), vocals, guitar; Steve Currie (bandmember c. 1971-72; died in 1981), bass; and Steve Peregrine Took (born July 28, 1949, in London; replaced by Micky Finn [born June 3, 1947], 1970; died in 1980), percussion.

Albums:

As Tyrannosaurus Rex:

My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows, Regal Zonophone, 1968.

Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages, Regal Zonophone, 1968.

Unicorn, Regal Zonophone, 1969.

A Beard of Stars, Regal Zonophone, 1970.

As T. Rex:

T. Rex, Fly Records/Reprise, 1970.

Electric Warrior, Electric Warrior, 1971.

The Slider, EMI/Reprise, 1972.

Tanx, EMI/Reprise, 1973.

Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, EMI, 1974.

Light of Love, Casablanca, 1974.

Bolan's Zip Gun, EMI, 1975.

Futuristic Dragon, EMI, 1976.

Dandy in the Underworld, EMI, 1977.

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THE SWEET

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The Sweet are a British rock band that originally claimed fame in the 1970's, as one of the biggest glam rock outfits at the time. After suffering several line up changes, the band consisted of Brian Connolly, Andy Scott, Mick Tucker and Steve Priest from 1970 onwards. Originally called 'The Sweetshop', the band played the pub circuit and after signing to Fontana records, shortened their name to The Sweet after a single was released by a band under their original title. The Sweet released their debut single 'Slow Motion' in 1968, which failed to chart, culminating in their release from the record deal with Fontana.

After a line up change, the band signed to Parlophone records, and released three singles. All of these yet again failed to chart (it's safe to say they weren't having much luck...). Finally, the band landed a management deal, which handily came hand in hand with a record deal under RCA Records. At this point, The Sweet began to create a fusion of bubblegum pop and hard rock, which would eventually lead them to glamorous rock stardom in the coming decade.

Leaving an unsteady begin to their career, the rockers became more and more successful with hits such as 'Poppa Joe' charting just shy of the top 10, as well as 'Little Willy' and 'Wig-Wam Bam' soaring into the top 5. In January 1973, The Sweet released number 1 hit, and arguably their most well known song to date, 'Blockbuster', catapulting them into the ranks of which acts such as Queen and T. Rex shared at the peak of glam rock. As with many bands at the time, the group's use of alcohol and drugs caused rifts in the band, with vocalist Brian Connolly eventually leaving the band. The band continued to create music, releasing two more albums before disbanding in 1982.

In April 2009, a greatest hits album was released through Shout Factory Records, as well as the release of a biography of Brian Connolly, written by Brian Manly.

Albums:

Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be, RCA, 1971.
 
Sweet Fanny Adams, RCA, 1974.
 
Desolation Boulevard, RCA Records, 1974.
 
Give Us a Wink, RCA, Capitol (US), 1976.
 
Off the Record, RCA Records, 1977.
 
Level Headed, Polydor, 1978.
 
Cut Above the Rest, RCA, Capitol (US), 1979.
 
Waters Edge, Polydor, 1980.
 
Identity Crisis, Polydor, 1982.

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New York Dolls

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Formed in New York City in 1971, the New York Dolls are an American Rock group whose proto-punk sound was to not only inspire such great punk-rock acts as The Ramones, The Clash and the Sex Pistols, but many more diverse bands from Kiss to Guns N’Roses to The Smiths. Their visual style was to become the basis of many new wave and 1980’s glam metal, and they also began the local New York scene that later gave bloody birth to Blondie, Television and Talking Heads.

The band in its original form was created by Sylvian Sylvian (so good they named him twice) and Billy Murcia, two school friends who used to play in a band called ‘The Pox’ together who recruited Johnny Thunders to play bass. The band called themselves ‘The Dolls’, a name which apparently was inspired by a doll repair shop called the New York Doll Hospital which was opposite Sylvian and Murcia’s clothing business. The band soon dis-banded when Sylvian left to spend some time in London.

Thunders was then recruited by Arthur Kane and Rick Rivets who had been playing together in The Bronx. He suggested replacing the original drummer with his old band-mate, Murcia. After a turbulent few months of twisting and turning, the band settled into its unsettled primary form, consisting of singer David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets (soon to be replaced by Sylvian Sylvian), bass guitarist Arthur Kane, and Billy Murcia on drums. They played their first gig on Christmas eve, 1971 at a homeless shelter.

Although their rock influences were obvious, early Rolling Stones, MC5 and The Stooges – they blended this with a heady cocktail of rhythm and blues, Marc Bolan-esque glam rock, and a few shakes of something indefinably original. The band was characterised by a certain self-conscious wit, Johansen’s on-stage aggression and energy carried through their records, giving depth and thoughtfulness to what has otherwise been considered a relatively bland vocal range.

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Their songs were predominantly short vignettes about life in the New York underground; songs like Bad Girl and Who Are The Mystery Girls perfectly captured the vital energy seething below the city. Although they self-destructed fairly quickly, their two albums New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon created Punk Rock before the term even existed. In 2004 former Smith's vocalist Morrissey, who was former president of a British New York Dolls fan club, invited the band to reform at the Meltdown festival which he was curating that year. The set was well received and resulted in a live DVD being released, along with a number of offers for other festival dates. Unfortunately Kane had to check himself into hospital with what he thought was a bad case of flu, her turned out to have Leukemia and died only a few hours after. The band have since recorded new material which was released in 2006 entitled One Day it Will Please Us To Remember Even This.

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Slade

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Slade is an English band with many line-ups leading to present day. But more notably are the founding members Dave Hill (lead guitarist) and Don Powell (drums). Noddy Holder, although no longer an official member of the band, is the more recognised lead singer.

This group hailing from the Midlands dominated the charts in the 70s during the height of the glam rock movement.

Originally set up in the late-60s and donning Skinhead fashion, Slade went on to be mentored and managed by Chas Chandler of Jimi Hendrix Experience and Animals fame, who encouraged them to write their own material.

They are widely accepted as one of the most commercially successful bands in the UK. Between 1971 and 1976, Slade had seventeen consecutive Top 20 hits, including six #1s. Three of their albums also topped the charts in an 18-month spell between 1972 and 1974. No other UK act of the period enjoyed such consistency in the charts.

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The band’s attempts to crack the North American market mainly failed but there are many bands that cite Slade as a direct influence or paid homage with covers.

Slade's creatively spelled catalogue of hits are synonymous with the glam and metal era: Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum On Feel The Noize, Coz I Luv You, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me and Merry Xmas Everybody and still are heavily featured on any retrospective of the time.

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Roxy Music

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Founded in 1970-71, they could be considered an Oldies band. Roxy Music has always been made up by bits of the past mixed with bits of the future. Their edgy, well crafted music has influenced Progressive, Glam, Art Rock and even Punk.

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Art School grad Bryan Ferry ( vocals, and lyrics ) placed the original advert to find musicians. Graham Simpson, the bassist from Ferry's Art School band was already on board. The ad was answered by Andy Mackay, sax and oboe player, and Brian Eno, painter, and non musician / sound sculptor, Phil Manzanara on guitar, and in 1971 ( The Great ) Paul Thompson joined on Drums.

Roxy were always a mix of high art and low brow culture. They reveled in dynamic time shifts, clever wordplay, and unconventional orchestration.Crooner vocals, with Doo Wop back up singers,muscular bass, and minimal guitar lines melted into to searing, distorted and spaced out leads. Processing and undefinable noises by Eno on synthesizer.

The first two albums, Roxy Music, and For Your Pleasure, are the classics.The debut album became a Top 10 hit. Eno would leave after the second album, replaced by Edie Jobson on synth and electric violin.

Between 1974 and 1977 Roxy Music produced 3 more albums-Stranded, Country Life, and Siren. These continued the eclectic mix of styles, adding Gospel, funk elements, and early Disco. Country life was the first of their albums to enter the US top 40, and Siren contained the big US hit " Love is the Drug". Ferry cultivated his semi-ironic, Lounge Lizard persona, which started to make Roxy Music seem more like a backing band for Ferry's Cabaret act than a rock band. This may be part of what lead to their break up in 1976.

Reforming in 1978, they made Manifesto, and in 1980 Flesh + Blood. Manifesto showed a radical change in the Roxy sound. These albums stripped away the creative mix of styles, and left soft jazz and standard pop cliches. 3 core members remained, and the albums were overloaded with session musicians. The former anarchic power of the debut album was gone. Flesh + Blood is considered by many to be Roxy's weakest effort.

1982 produced the final Roxy album, Avalon. Mostly synthetic, it has a shimmering, mystical appeal, and it became a major success. Avalon also contains their final hit, More Than This.

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ALICE COOPER

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Pretties for You, Straight, 1969.

 

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Alice Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier on 4th February 1948, is an American rock singer and composer. With a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Alice Cooper’s shock rock has brought both infamy and success, with 50 million records sold worldwide and a reputation for Vaudeville-like horror stage shows.

"We brought theatrics to rock 'n' roll. We did it before Bowie, we did it before Kiss and before anybody,” Cooper has said in an interview. This shock factor even seems to extend to Alice Cooper’s personal life.  As one of the progenitors of heavy metal, and the first to introduce horror imagery to rock music, it’s something of a surprise to learn that Rolling Stone’s “World’s Most Beloved Entertainer” is a Christian golfer, actor, restaurateur and DJ.

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Alice Cooper was originally the name of Furnier’s band, with Furnier singing and playing the harmonica, supported by guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. The band was signed to Frank Zappa’s Straight Records in 1969, but commercial success took some time. Their first release, ‘Pretties For You’, floundered low in the charts, and ‘Easy Action’ didn’t do much better the year after. Having been signed to Straight for three albums, the next chance for Alice Cooper to make a successful record may well have been their last. Fortunately, success came.  Teaming up with producer Bob Ezrin, ‘Love It To Death’, as the album was called, was released in 1971 and reached #35 in the US charts after their earlier single, ‘I’m Eighteen’ had reached #21 in the Billboard Hot 100. In the summer of 1972, the single ‘School’s Out’ reached new heights, reaching top spot in the UK and a place in the top 10 of the US charts. ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, the band’s most commercially successful album, was released a year later, reaching the top spot in both the UK and US charts.

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In 1975, Furnier broke away from the rest of the band and used the pseudonym Alice Cooper to start his solo career. The concept album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ was his first solo release, reaching the top 10 in the US charts, and it was accompanied by a TV special, ‘The Nightmare’, which represents the first music video album ever made. However, Furnier’s alcoholism began to take its toll, and he booked himself into a sanitarium in 1977. In 1983, Furnier was hospitalized for his alcohol abuse, and he took a year-long career break. Between then and Furnier’s most recent release, 2008’s ‘Along Came A Spider’, Alice Cooper has enjoyed consistently good commercial successes and high acclaim for his musical innovation and often groundbreaking cross-media work, not to mention being commonly credited with the inspiration for more than one generation’s musical talents. 

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Born Vincent Damián Fumier, December 25, 1945 (one source says February 4, 1948), in Detroit, MI; son of a protestant minister; married, two children.

Began career during high school as member of the Earwigs; group relocated to Los Angeles, 1968, and changed name to the Spiders, then the Nazz, then Alice Cooper; released first two records on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label; signed to Warner Bros., 1971; launched solo career and released first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, 1975; moved to MCA records; moved to Epic Records, and released Trash, 1989. Appeared in films Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1978, Sextette, 1979, Roadie, 1980, Monster Dog, 1982, Decline of Western Civilization Part II, 1988, Wayne's World, 1992, and Nightmare on Elm Street Part VI, 1992.

 

Addresses: Home—Scottsdale, AZ. Record company—Epic Records, 51 West 52nd St., New York, NY 10019.

The release of Cooper's first solo album, 1975's Welcome To My Nightmare, was accompanied by a successful prime-time television special. The album contained an unlikely hit, the ballad "Only Women Bleed." Other cuts demonstrated Cooper's still-sharp penchant for theatrics, including the sinister "Black Widow"—which in concert featured human-sized spiders crawling across a giant web suspended across the stage—and the surreal "Escape," where in live performance Cooper was chased by a ten-foot-tall one-eyed monster.

In keeping with the punk/new-wave era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cooper in 1980 released Flush the Fashion. Flush is best remembered for the single "Clones (We Are All)"; its liberal use of the Moog synthesizer and monotone vocal style were both indicative of the popular "cold wave" style of the day. David Fricke of Rolling Stone reported that Flush the Fashion "wisely scrapped the flatulent vaudeville trappings and tragicomic pretensions of [Cooper's] late seventies work and reassumed the punk mantle he wore when the original Alice band was cutting a [Civil War Union] General Sherman-like swath."

Trash, Cooper's first release for Epic Records, started a tradition of extensive collaboration with other prominent artists. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith accompanied Cooper on "Hell Is Living Without You," a ballad co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, and "Poison," the smash single from the album, the video of which was broadcast regularly on MTV, featured the backing vocals of Bon Jovi. 1991 's Hey Stoopid! boasted a stellar studio lineup that included metal elder statesman Ozzy Osbourne, who sang, and Slash from Guns and Roses, who played guitar on the title track. Guitar aces Joe Satriani and Steve Vai lent dueling guitars to "Feed My Frankenstein," and Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars contributed licks to "Die For You." Hard Force magazine called Hey Stoopid! "the best since Welcome to My Nightmare, a vicious guitar record."

Promotion for Hey Stoopid! was characteristically spectacular. Cooper took to the streets, turning up in various public places to perform songs from the album and generally wreak havoc. Dubbing the September, 1991, tour the "Nightmare on Your Street," he performed at 8:45 in the morning in the parking lot of Los Angeles radio station KLOS, causing a standstill in rush-hour traffic. In New York City, Cooper tempted fate by playing in Times Square on Friday the 13th. Confused onlookers in Detroit were treated to a concert on the roof of the local Sound Warehouse record store, and in Towson, Maryland, Cooper held forth on the steps of the country courthouse.

Further promotion for Hey Stoopid! came in the form of a cameo role in director Penelope Spheeris's block-buster Wayne's World. In the film, Cooper performed the song "Feed My Frankenstein" and offered the star-struck protagonists an impromptu backstage lesson on the history of Milwaukee worthy of the best high school geography teacher. Commenting in Rolling Stone on the head-banging community-access television hosts portrayed in the film, Cooper said, "I like Wayne and Garth, I meet people like them all the time, they are my audience."

And because—or in spite—of his over-the-top image, Cooper's fans seem to be able to relate to Alice as well. Cooper has endured because he consistently plays the type of villain or monster that audiences can't help but cheer. By innovating a diabolic, yet charismatic, character back in the seventies, he has become a legendary figure in rock music. Melody Maker commented aptly on the universal appeal of Cooper's persona, allowing, "There has to be an Alice Cooper just like there has to be a Father Christmas.

 

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KISS

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Glam rock legends Kiss were formed in NYC in 1973 by school teacher/bass player Gene Simmons and guitarist/singer Paul Stanley. Recruiting drummer Peter Criss and axeman Ace Frehley through newspaper and magazine ads, Simmons and Stanley set out to do nothing less than conquer the known rock world.

Their self-titled debut album came out in early 1974 on Casablanca Records, followed later that year by ‘Hotter Than Hell’. Both albums were packed with hard rock tracks that would later become Kiss classics, including ‘Strutter’, and ‘Cold Gin'. Their first real commercial success, though, came with 1975's ‘Dressed To Kill’, which featured the timeless anthem "Rock And Roll All Nite".

1976's ‘Destroyer’ cemented the band's hard-won image as the greatest rock n' roll band in America. Kiss' next two albums, ‘Rock And Roll Over’ and ‘Love Gun’, also went platinum. In 1978, they issued ‘Kiss Alive II’, followed by solo records from each of the members. 1979's ‘Dynasty’ produced a couple of popular numbers, but a slight disco edge to the music and an obvious, strained relationship between the members saw their original fan base beginning to erode.

In 1980, original drummer Peter Criss left the group; Anton Fig filled in for the recording of ‘Kiss Unmasked’ later on that year. Official replacement Eric Carr joined the band in time to perform on their 1980 world tour. 1981's Music From The Elder received disappointing sales, and guitarist Ace Frehley was the next to leave. Vinnie Vincent took up axe duties for 1982's ‘Creatures Of The Night’.

By 1983, Kiss had dropped the make-up and revamped their sound for a new decade, resulting in the platinum-selling ‘Lick It Up’, their first for Mercury Records. Music videos and more touring followed, with Vincent replaced by first Mark St. John and then Bruce Kulick in 1984.

In 1991, drummer Eric Carr passed away from cancer at age 41. He was replaced by Eric Singer, who played on 1992's Revenge, an album that later went gold. ‘Kiss Alive! III’ was issued in 1993, but failed to achieve the success of the first two. 1996 saw the first official reunion of all four original members since 1980.

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In 1998, the reformed original Kiss released ‘Psycho Circus’ and once again wore make-up and outlandish costumes and undertook a highly successful tour. They continued through 2001, at which time Peter Criss again quit- reportedly due to financial issues. Frehley left in 2002, amid rumours of acrimony. In 2003, Polygram released 'Symphony: Kiss Alive IV'.

Kiss continue to tour.

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Marc Bolan

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Biography: 

Marc Bolan (Mark Feld) was a hugely successful star in the Seventies when his group T Rex, which had evolved from his previous group Tyrannosaurus Rex, which was a loosely hippy acoustic duo. During the early Seventies he had a string of hugely successful hit singles and accompanying LP’s, however, as the Seventies moved towards the Eighties his star waned somewhat and he fell out of favour as is the way of the world.

 

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Towards the end of the decade however, he regained some popularity and particularly based around the fact the he became a children’s television presenter, he still continued to record and had his last hit just before he was killed in a car accident on Barnes Common on September 16th 1977.

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DAVID BOWIE

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Biography: 

David Bowie has been active in music for 5 decades and constantly reinvented his style, both visably and musically to retain his relevance and appeal. David Robert Hayward-Jones was born on 8th January 1947. Bowie's first major break came in 1969 when "Space Oddity" reached the top 5 in the UK single charts.

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In 1972, Bowie re-emerged during the glam rock era as alter ego Ziggy Stardust with the hit single "Starman" and the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Ziggy Stardust was short lived but was the start of a career marked by innovation, reinvention and visual presentation. 1975 saw Bowie achieve major success in America with the No. 1 single "Fame", co-written by John Lennon. He also had a hit with the 'plastic soul' album "Young Americans", this was another shift in style which alienated many of his UK fans. The release of minimalist album "Low" was a top 5 in the UK and the first of three colloborations with Brian Eno which was known as the "Berlin Trilogy", all of which reached the UK top 5.

In 1980 the single "Ashes to Ashes" make No.1 and it's album "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" did the same in the album chart. 1981 saw Bowie colloborate with Queen on the No. 1 single "Under Pressure" and in 1983 Bowie saw theend of his commercial success with the album "Let's Dance" and hit singles "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Modern Love".

 

David Bowie sits in high regard in a number of polls including being ranked 29th in BBC's 2002, 100 Greatest Britons and Rolling Stone ranked him 39th in their list of 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time. Bowie ranks among the 10 best-selling UK pop acts with an estimated 136 million albums sold.

Over the course of his career, it is truly amazing how many times David Bowie has been able to completely reinvent himself, changing everything from his look to his sound, and yet still remain so successful. He could announce tomorrow that he's decided to take on a persona of a Houston DWI lawyer and not only would nobody think twice about it, but he'd probably be wildly successful with the concept. Who knows what David Bowie still has in store for the world, but one thing that's for sure is that he isn't slowing down any time soon and will continue to amaze and inspire fans for years to come.

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THE GLITTER BAND

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Biography: 

Glam Rock band, The Glitter Band were originally the support band of Gary Glitter. In 1973 they began releasing their own records and had 7 UK Top 20 hits and 3 successful albums. When Glitter's first single went to number 2 in the UK charts manager Mike Leander knew he would need a backing band and approached John Rossall. The other band members were John Springate, Gerry Shephard, Tony Leonard, Pete Phipps, and Harvey Ellison.

Their first release "Angel Face" went to 4 in the UK chart. 1974-76 saw a string of successful singles and four albums. Rossall left the band at the end of 1974 and Shephard, Springate and Phipps took over. With Springate on vocals they released the likes of "Goodbye My Love", "The Tears I Cried" and "People Like You". Sales dropped in 76 with the start of punk rock.The band changed their name to The G Band to disassociate themselves from Gary Glitter but failed to continue their success. 1977 saw their last single release as The Glitter Band with "She Was Alright".

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Albums:

Hey!, Bell Records, 1974.  

Listen To The Band, Bell Records, 1975. 

Makes You Blind, Arista, 1975.  

Rock 'N' Roll Dudes, Bell Records, 1975.

 

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