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New York Dolls Ultra Glam

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Music, Rock Music with tags , , , , on August 28, 2011 by glamrock4ever

The New York Dolls are an American Glam Rock band, formed in New York in 1971. Their sound, style,  outrageous, in-your-face behavior and pretty-boy dress, trash guitar and lyrics took the world by storm in the 1970s. The New York Dolls influenced many New Wave and Glam Metal rockers in the 70s and 80s, especially American New Wave artists such as the Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads. (See Wikipedia).

Additionally, they are credited as having been a major influence to the great “hair metal” bands that came out of the Sunset Strip in the 1980s. The website www.punk77.co.uk states “The New York Dolls quickly made an impact with their fat-lipped Jagger lookalike (lead singer David Johansen) and junked-up guitarist (Johnny Thunders). All the while, the rest of the band looked like ‘brickies’ in drag.” The initial stellar line-up for the Dolls were David Johansen (lead singer), Johnny Thunders (lead guitar), Rick Rivets (guitar), Arthur “Killer” Kane (bass guitar), and Billy Murcia (drums). Rivets was later replaced by Sylvain Sylvain.

Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and drummer Billy Murcia went to junior high and high school together in New York, and started playing in a band called “The Pox” in 1967. (For this history and the info to follow, see Wikipedia.) Murcia and Sylvain started a clothing business called “Truth and Soul”; Sylvain took a job at a men’s boutique across from a doll repair shop called “The New York Doll Hospital”. Sylvain claimed this was what inspired the name for the band. In 1970, Sylvain and Murcia recruited Johnny Thunders to play; although Sylvain apparently had to teach Thunders how to play the guitar. Meanwhile, Rick Rivets and Arthur Kane had been playing in a band in the Bronx and joined the band. When Thunders decided he did not want to not want to be the front man, David Johansen joined the band. Their first rehearsal tape was called Dawn of the Dolls, and the band’s first performance was Xmas Eve 1971 at a run-down hotel in Manhattan, the Endicott Hotel.

According to Wikipedia, the band was influenced by vintage R & B, early Rolling Stones, the MC5, and glam rockers Iggy Pop and the Stooges as well as Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Due to Johansen’s jazz and rhythym & blues influences, the NY Dolls albums contain cover versions of songs by Bo Diddly, the Drells, Sonny Boy Williamson and the Coasters.

The New York Dolls’ career started to take off after they obtained a manager and were asked by Rod Stewart to open for him at a London concert. Shortly after this, drummer Billy Murcia died of a drowning accident after getting intoxicated with drugs and alcohol. Back in New York, the Dolls auditioned drummers and selected Jerry Nolan, a friend of the band. Mercury records signed the band, and their first album New York Dolls was produced by Todd Rundgren. The Dolls were fairly misunderstood by the main stream rock crowd/audience of the 1970s. In a poll with then popular rock magazine Creem, the band was voted both the best and worst of 1973. In the 70s, the band toured the U.S., also appearing on UK music television show “Old Grey Whistle Test”, where the host of the show derided them as “mock rockers” -meaning that he thought they were a clone of the Rolling Stones. Johansen does look like Mick Jagger, but the sound is Glam Rock, whereas, the Stones are more mainstream, arena rock.

The original New York Dolls classic Glam Rock sound was short-lived after the band broke up in the late 70s. Thunders and Nolan quit the band while on tour in Florida in 1975. Blackie Lawless replaced Thunders. The band played its final show in 1976. The New York Dolls have had a devoted following, influencing many of the “hair metal” bands to come out of the Sunset Strip in the 1980s. The Smiths’ Morrissey, having been a longtime fan of the band, and head of the UK fan club in the 1970s, organized a reunion of the three surviving members (Johansen, Sylvain, and Kane) for the Meltdown Festival in 2004. (Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans in 1991 of an alleged methodone and heroin overdose. He also had been suffering from leukemia.) The group continued to record and tour from that point on. They are currently on tour with Motley Crue and Poison (in 2011).

Watch the attached video of their performance in the 1972 of “Looking for a Kiss” on UK Television (apologies for the obnoxious TV announcer’s initial voiceover in the video). Also, stay tuned for future podcast with Slade, Quiet Riot and the New York Dolls. Allright!

Slade Glam & Metal Rock

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Music, Rock Music with tags , , , on August 17, 2011 by glamrock4ever

    Slade is a Glam Rock/Hard Rock band that was formed in 1966, who had major success in the 70s and 80s with pop rock lyrics, stage costuming, defiant attitudes, and vocal mastery. The group consisted of Noddy Holder (lead vocals and guitar), Dave Hill (lead guitar), Jim Lea (bass guitar), and Don Powell (drums). This Glam Rock band originally started out as “N’Betweens”, changed their name to “Ambrose Slade” and then just “Slade”. In the late 1960s, they connected with manager Chas Chandler, who had been bassist for the 60s rock group, The Animals, and is also credited with discovering Jimi Hendrix. According to Wikipedia, Slade had a veritable number of hits in the U.K., outperforming other Glam rock artists such as Wizzard, Sweet, T-Rex, Suzi Quatro, Smokie and even David Bowie. In the U.K., they had 12 top five hits from 1971 to 1974 and 17 top twenty hits between 1971 and 1976. According to Wikipedia, no other U.K. group had such consistency of hits, and Slade came closest to The Beatles’ record of 22 Top Ten hits in a single decade. Origins of Slade are that in 1964 drummer Don Powell and guitarist Dave Hill were part of a group called “The Vendors”; Noddy Holder was part of a group called “Steve Brett and the Mavericks”. The groups met at “The Trumpet” house in Bilston, England and formed the group that ultimately became Slade. Chas Chandler is cited as the link that helped Ambrose Slade become a success, by advising them to write their own songs. The name was also changed from “Ambrose Slade” to “The Slade” and then just “Slade”. The name “Ambrose Slade” came from one of the record company’s (Phillips Records in London) secretaries who had the habit of naming her apparel; she had named her handbag “Ambrose” and her shoes “Slade”!

The first album that Slade released was Play It Loud. What occurred next was that Chandler managed the group for two years without commercial success; simultaneously, the band began to grow their hair long, adding glitter to their performances, in time to become one of the leaders of Glam Rock beginnings in the 1970s (see Wikipedia and YouTube videos “Top of the Pops”). Chas Chandler began making specific song suggestions to the band, and requested “Get Down and Get With It”, originally performed by American artist Little Richard. Lea and Holder penned their first song together, “Coz I Luv You” and this established the writing partnership that would continue through the band’s history. Also, as hard as it is to believe now, the purposeful misspellings that the band utilized in their song hits, “Look Wot You Dun” (1972), “Gudby T’Jane” (1972), “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” (1972), and “Cum on Feel the Noise” (1973) caused a furor  among British schoolteachers who thought it would lead youth astray!

Chas Chandler decided the band should record a live album and booked Slade for three consecutive nights at Piccadilly, which resulted in Slade Alive, (1972) regarded as one of the greatest live albums ever. (For this and information to follow, see Wikipedia). In 1973, “Cum on Feel the Noise” went straight to #1 on the first week of release, an event not accomplished since  The Beatles. Drummer Don Powell was critically injured in a car crash in 1973, and his 20y.o. girlfriend Angela Morris was killed. Powell recovered and rejoined the band weeks later in New York to record “Merry Xmas Everybody”. Powell still suffers from short-term memory loss and sensory problems.

Slade’s popularity began to wane in the late 70s, as the band attempted to break into the American music scene, constantly touring with American rock groups Aerosmith, ZZ Top, and Black Sabbath. The album Nobody’s Fool was released in 1976 and failed to make an impact. Meanwhile, U.K. fans felt deserted, and accused the band of selling out. Slade began to make a comeback in the late 1980s when they were asked to fill in for Ozzy Osbourne, who cancelled his set at The Reading Festival. Slade became the smash success of the rock festival and were able to use this to revitalize their dormant music career. Slade found a new audience of heavy metal fans and had success with the album We’ll Bring Down the House (1981) and Keep Your Hands off my Power Supply (1984). In late 1983, American glam metal band Quiet Riot recorded a cover of “Cum on Feel the Noise”, which catapulted Quiet Riot to fame. Slade still records and tours today, but their last huge-selling album was You Boyz Make Big Noise. Watch the video of this stellar band, and revisit this page to hear the next Podcast, featuring Slade, the New York Dolls, and Quiet Riot.

Roxy Music Avant Garde

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Rock, Music with tags , , on August 12, 2011 by glamrock4ever

   Roxy Music is an art-rock or Glam Rock music group out of England, that was formed in 1970, principally by its leader and songwriter, Bryan Ferry. The other main group members were Graham Simpson (bass guitar), Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (oboe and saxophone), and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). One also cannot forget the essential contribution of Brian Eno on synthesizer. Roxy Music’s recordings have been cited in Wikipedia as being influential to both glamour rock and punk rock, as well as to electronic and New Wave music. Roxy Music’s first success began with the critically-acclaimed album Roxy Music, which is also on the list of the top 10 greatest Glam Rock albums of all time. It reached #10 in the U.K. charts in 1972; the initial single off of the album was “Virginia Plain.”During this time, Roxy Music had a debut performance on the British television program “Top of the Pops“, which became a cornerstone of the burgeoning Glitter Rock trend. The next three albums, For Your Pleasure, Stranded, and Country Life, all met with great success, even though it was after the release of For Your Pleasure that Brian Eno left the group, citing differences with Ferry about the direction of the group. Eno went on to have a substantial, prolific solo career. Eno was replaced, according to Wikipedia, by Eddie Jacobs, who played keyboards and electric violin. The Roxy Music albums epitomized the merging of Avant Garde, fashion chic, Glam, and New Age all in one; with the addition of Bryan Ferry’s edgy, at times discordant, almost atonal vocalizations, the result is music that sounds more alive in the 21st century, than in the 20th!  Bryan Ferry himself, being the working class miner’s son from Northern England, embraced the jet set lifestyle of the Art Performance world, dating lots of beautiful women such as model Marilyn Cole, Amanda Lear (who later dated David Bowie), and Jerry Hall (later became the common-law wife of Mick Jagger). (For these references see Wikipedia).

The group was formed from inauspicious beginnings, and like many of the great rock and roll bands of all time, started with many of the band members’ art school connections. In 1970, after Bryan Ferry lost his job teaching ceramics, he advertised for a keyboard player in one of the influential music magazines at the time The Melody Maker. Andy Mackay responded; not as a keyboard player, but as saxophonist and oboe player.  Additionally, Bryan Ferry already knew Graham Simpson from an art college band called “The Gas Board.” Mackay knew Brian Eno from university days and convinced him to sign onto the band. Bryan Ferry initially wanted to name the band Roxy, but hearing that there was already a band with that name in the United States, changed it to Roxy Music.  Bryan Ferry advertised as well in The Melody Maker for additional band members, and recruited Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson that way. The rest is Glam Rock history. Give it a listen!

Glam Rock Star Schedule of Podcasts

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Rock, Music, Rock Music with tags , , on August 8, 2011 by glamrock4ever

On this page, you will find a list of the Glam Rock podcasts that will be made available for your listening enjoyment! I am affiliated with the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Orlando, Florida and my moniker is “DJ Steph”. It is my pleasure to bring you these weekly podcasts of Glamour Rock favorites, which you can listen to for FREE on your computer. Each podcast will contain about 30 minutes worth of nothing but Classic Glamour Rock Music, with NO INTERRUPTION, NO COMMERCIALS EVER! Come back to this page frequently for the latest podcast.

Glam Rock Podcast for AUGUST 13th, 2011 by DJ Steph:

Artist / Songs
Roxy Music   “More Than This,” “Same Old Scene”,  “Angel Eyes”, “Both Ends Burning”

David Bowie   “Golden Years”, “Heroes”, “Fashion”

                                        The Sweet        “Fox on the Run”, “Action”, “Lies in Your Eyes”

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The Sweet and Glam Rock Style

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Music, Rock Music with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by glamrock4ever

     The Sweet (sometimes simply known as Sweet) were an English rock band that achieved international fame in the 1970s, and are widely known as one of the most prominent of Glamour Rock artists, in that they promulgated outrageous outfits, effeminate style, brazen lyrics with tight drums, vocal harmony (in four parts -each member had an excellent singing voice), and extensive musical hooks. The classic lineup included Brian Connelly as lead singer, Steve Priest on bass, Andy Scott on guitar, and Mick Tucker on drums. According to Wikipedia, the band was formed in 1968 and had a string of hits in the 1970s, beginning in 1971 with the sugary “Funny, Funny”. Their hit-making continued throughout the 70s with “Blockbuster” (1973), “Hellraiser” (1973), and “Ballroom Blitz” (1973). Other well-known songs are “Teenage Rampage”, “Action” , and “Love is Like Oxygen”. Musical influences to The Sweet were The Who, The Hollies and legendary drummer Sandy West, who influenced Mick Tucker’s drumming style. According to Wikipedia, their ostentatious clothing trends rivalled Gary Glitter, T-Rex, Wizzard, and Queen. The Sweet debuted on several UK TV shows such as “Top of the Pops” and “Supersonic”. The hit single, “Love is Like Oxygen” was their last top 10 seller, as their popularity began to wane in the late 1970s, and the band disbanded in 1981. To this day, however, Steve Priest has his version of “The Sweet” in the U.S., and Andy Scott has his version of “The Sweet” in the UK and Australia. Many hard-core fans will argue, and quite rightly, that without the astonishing vocals of Brian Connelly, that the true Sweet no longer exists. It is a well-known fact that Brian Connelly was a tragic figure, whose chronic alcoholism ended his life in 1997 with alcoholism-related disease.  There are several documented cases of Connelly showing up so  drunk or intoxicated to shows that the band had to cancel; or in a dramatic example of The Sweet’s only US tour in 1978, at a Birmingham,Alabama show, Connelly was so drunk that he gave an intoxicated, incoherent performance, collapsing onstage while the band played on. Shortly thereafter, Brian Connelly quit The Sweet to pursue a solo career, which never really materialized, and the remaining three band members attempted to carry on, with little success. Come back to this site soon to see attached videos and an exclusive podcast featuring The Sweet and other fantastic Glam Rock artists.