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So You Wanna Be a Glam Rocker? – Glam Fashion in...

One of the best things about Glam fashion was that it was always available, and never overpriced. It had the effect of making its superstars somehow seem more human, more approachable. One of the most universally...

Glam Top 20

From the halcyon days of flying-V guitars, pink trousers, silver satin jackets and glitter on the cheekbones, I present here for your listening pleasure the Nostalgia Central Glam Top 20.

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro was born Susan Quatrocchio in Detroit on 3 June 1950 - the daughter of Detroit jazz bandleader Art Quatro. She played bongos for her dad's jazz band at the age of 8, dropped...

Rubettes, The

Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington knew they had a hit when they wrote Sugar Baby Love. Without an act to record it they did what many others were doing at the time and put together a group...

Mott The Hoople

Mott the Hoople took their name from the title of a 1966 novel written by Willard Manus, about a man named Norman Mott who called himself Mott the Hoople. The six months following the release of...

Mud

Originally formed in 1966 around the Streatham area of South London, Mud came together from two local bands; The Mourners, featuring brothers Les (vocals) and Pete Gray (drums), guitarist Rob Davis and bassist Nigel Munt; and...

Jook

Formed in 1971, Jook were the brainchild of Sparks manager John Hewlett, who introduced guitarist Trevor White to singer-songwriter Ian Kimmett and recruited bassist Ian Hampton and ex-John's Children drummer Chris Townson. The band name - also courtesy of...

Glitter Band, The

The Glitter Band (originally - though briefly - called The Glittermen) were formed by producer Mike Leander in 1972 as backing and session musicians for Gary Glitter. Several of the band had played with Glitter in The...

Glam Rock

Glam Rock laughed in the face of the pompous pseudo-intellectualism that was becoming prevalent in the music world in the early seventies. It declared war on seriousness. You want three day weeks? We want Can The Can. You...

Wizzard

Wizzard was formed in 1972 by Roy Wood after he split from ELO - which then fell under the leadership of Jeff Lynne - taking band members Bill Hunt (keyboards and french horn) and Hugh...

Slade

Slade started life as The N'Betweens in 1966 and enjoyed modest local success, before recording a single - the excellent Kim Fowley-produced Young Rascals cover, You Better Run. The single did not chart and the band did not record again for...

Gary Glitter

Paul Gadd was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on 8 May 1944. He changed his name to Paul Raven and recorded several singles during the 1960's - when he was a regular at the 2i's and the...

Alvin Stardust

Born Bernard Jewry in the 1940s, Alvin Stardust shot to stardom in the 1970s. He had already had four hit singles in the 1960s under the name of Shane Fenton (with The Fentones) before moving into management,...

Sweet

Of all the trash Glam bands, the Sweet were the glammest. No question. They had the best makeup, the best idiot clothes, the best bouffant nonsense hair, the best pout to the camera - and...

T.Rex

Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld) was the elfin prince of Glam. He'd tried being a mod, he'd tried being a hippie, he'd tried being a model, but he was ultimately Born to Boogie. RIP. Bolan was...

Roxy Music

At the end of 1971, an embryonic Roxy Music, comprising David O'List (guitar) Brian Eno (synths), Andy Mackay (sax/oboe), Graham Simpson (bass), Paul Thompson (drums) and ex-Newcastle Art School student and schoolteacher Bryan Ferry - who...

David Bowie

Born in January 1947, David began his musical career playing drums in a dance band, wearing a bowtie and playing the Hokey Cokey. Initially little more than an impersonator of early 60s novelty pop singer Anthony Newley, Bowie...

Hush

One of the defining moments of Australia's 1970s pop legacy was undoubtedly Hush performing Bony Moronie on Countdown. This updated version of the old Larry Williams rocker was a #1 for Hush in September 1975. It was the perfect...

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