Monday, October 25, 2010

Great non-Beatles song...

... with a random Beatles reference. It would be an overstatement to call "Ballrooms of Mars," a tune by T. Rex from their 1972 release The Slider, a "great song." I include it, though, because T. Rex put out a few of my favorite albums from the early '70s, and I wanted to incorporate their charged glam-rock into the blog somehow. The Beatles reference in "Mars" is specifically about John Lennon: "You're a gutter-gaunt gangster/John Lennon knows your name/And I've seen his." I'm not sure what that means, and it doesn't really matter. With T. Rex, it just comes down to the vibe: that often sexual, mischievous, and mysterious vibe. And "Ballrooms of Mars" delivers enough of it to make it count. Have a listen below.

"Ballrooms of Mars"

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You could also do yourself a major solid by listening to T. Rex's greatest song, the frenzied and triumphant "Metal Guru."

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