Podcast: Dystopian Book Club vs. Mark Paytress’ Bolan: The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar

September is kind of our unofficial Marc Bolan month at Dystopian Dance Party; so for this installment of our Dystopian Book Club podcast series, we thought we’d read the excellent 2006 biography Bolan: The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar by music journalist Mark Paytress. This one goes a little bit long (sorry ’bout that), but there’s plenty of music to keep you entertained!

00:00:00   “Baby Strange” by T. Rex (from The Slider, 1972)

00:01:54   Our Book Club Podcast on the Memoirs of Rick James

00:03:15   The Last Time We Talked about Marc Bolan

00:06:10   Speaking of, Here’s Our Book Club Podcast on David Lee Roth’s Crazy from the Heat

00:10:50   Our Book Club Podcast on Gene Simmons’ Kiss and Make-Up

00:10:51   Our Book Club Podcast on Paul Stanley’s Face the Music

00:11:03   “Funky London Childhood” by Marc Bolan & T. Rex (1975 recording, available on Unchained: Unreleased Recordings, Vol. 6)

00:15:56   “Under the Influence: How Glam Rock Got Us from David Bowie to Lil Uzi Vert”

https://youtu.be/po-UlqG1x7Y

00:17:15    “London Boys” by Marc Bolan (1975 demo, available on Unchained: Unreleased Recordings, Vol. 7)

00:28:45   “The Wizard” by Marc Bolan (1966 single, available on The Collection)

00:31:33   Riggs O’Hara, Marc’s Little Fat Wizard Friend

Photo stolen from Donna La Folle

00:33:30   “Hippy Gumbo” by Marc Bolan (1966 single, available on The Beginning of Doves)

00:37:31   “One Inch Rock” by Tyrannosaurus Rex (1968 single, available on 20th Century Superstar)

00:39:57   “Bike” by Pink Floyd (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967)

00:44:37   “Desdemona” by John’s Children (1967 single, available on A Strange Affair: The Recordings 1965-1970)

00:53:50   “Hot Rod Mama” by Tyrannosaurus Rex (from My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows, 1968)

00:56:00   George Underwood’s Art for My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair…

© Regal Zonophone

00:58:56   “Pewter Suitor” by Tyrannosaurus Rex (1969 single, available on Unicorn: Deluxe Edition)

01:02:57   “A Day Laye” by Tyrannosaurus Rex (from A Beard of Stars, 1970)

01:06:35   Marc’s and David’s Last Appearance Together, 1977

01:07:55   “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry (from Electronically Tested, 1971)

01:12:05   “King of the Rumbling Spires” by Tyrannosaurus Rex (1969 single, available on Unicorn: Deluxe Edition)

01:15:50   “Little Queenie” by Chuck Berry (from Chuck Berry is On Top, 1959)

01:16:01   “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” by T. Rex (from Electric Warrior, 1971)

01:19:45   “I Found Out” by John Lennon (from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, 1970)

01:20:18   “Jeepster” by T. Rex (from Electric Warrior)

01:26:25   “The Wizard” by Uriah Heep–Not to Be Confused with the Other Gay Wizard Song (from Demons and Wizards, 1972)

01:34:16   “Metal Guru” by T. Rex (from The Slider, 1972)

01:44:20   “Solid Gold Easy Action” by T. Rex (1972 single, available on The T. Rex Wax Co. Singles: A’s and B’s 1972-77)

01:45:55   The Incredibly Stupid Album Cover for Tanx, 1973

© Reprise Records

01:46:54   The Iconic Album Cover for Electric Warrior

© Reprise Records

01:47:46 The Ridiculous Music Video for “The Groover,” 1973 (We’ll Spare You the Audio)

01:49:50   “Left Hand Luke and the Beggar Boys” by T. Rex (from Tanx, 1973)

01:58:54    “Explosive Mouth” by T. Rex (from Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow: A Creamed Cage in August, 1974)

02:05:50   “Token of My Love” by T. Rex (from Bolan’s Zip Gun, 1975)

02:09:54   “Dreamy Lady” by T. Rex (from Futuristic Dragon, 1976)

02:13:08   Not One of Marc’s Better Outfits (from Marc, 1977)

02:13:56   A Representative Sample of a Marc Episode

02:15:02   “New York City” by T. Rex (from Futuristic Dragon)

02:26:00   “Dandy in the Underworld” by T. Rex (from Dandy in the Underworld, 1977)


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