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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Guardian's Jon Savage Picks His Top Twenty GLAM Jamz

Posted by on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Coinciding with a current pop exhibition in Liverpool, the esteemed Jon Savage listed his top twenty glam picks, via the Guardian, yesterday. As you might reckon his top twenty contains a lot of bands you'd expect - Bowie,T Rex, The Sweet, Roxy, the Dolls...BUT there was one I did not expect: Ms. Bonnie St Claire's "Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet." HELL YES!

Dag, I have a couple of her 45s, but not this one. Honestly, I'd NEVER even heard it. I'm so embarrassed. Also on the list was the Stooges, "Search And Destroy." Uh, now THAT is odd. I agree Iggy's pose was trailer trash uh, glamour, but the music wasn't ever...happy, "beautiful," or filled with chants. To me, glam has a sense of a THUMPIN' good time, some sassy cheek, and could occasionally could teeter into pop/art brilliance. The Stooges were instead dark, frowning, reactionary and cynical; there was never any sunlight in their trailer park. Right, ANYWAY, in the comments, PLEASE make any additions or changes y'all might wanna see!! I'm hella interested in any dissenting opinions and other applicable jams.


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LEE. 6
why the hell isn't "Baby's On Fire" anywhere on that list? also, there are a lot better and less obvious Slade songs than "Cum On Feel The Noise". just because Quiet Riot got popular by covering that song doesn't mean it's automatically important.
Posted by LEE. on February 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM · Report this
julie russell 5
Hanoi was still laughing
Posted by julie russell http:// on February 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM · Report this
nipper 4
@1 uh, yeah the Stooges were way more "dark, frowning, reactionary and cynical." They certainly had no art school pretense as some of the English groups. Bowie/Roxy/Metro were certainly "artists" fit for glitter, not yobs sucking down pints, huffing gas or banging dope. Well, the Spiders might'a been that kinda working class, but Bowie was shooting for smart as he was only singing about a "lad's" life, not his own reality. Also have you seen/heard any live Spiders shows? Ziggy was theater, he adored the attention of the audience, Iggy used rednecks as bait.
Posted by nipper on February 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM · Report this
julie russell 3
Oh...also Hanoi Rocks should be on the list
Posted by julie russell http:// on February 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM · Report this
julie russell 2
I think Makeup would be a better Lou Reed choice than Vicious...but that's just me.
I always think of Glam as the "Gender Identity" bands, so the Stooges work on that list for me...dark, cynical, yeah...but also conjuring images of beautiful heroin-thin Trannys
Posted by julie russell http:// on February 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
"dark, frowning, reactionary and cynical"

Because Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Roxy's "In Every Dreamhome A Heartache," Metro's "Criminal World," etc. were all bundles of joy.
Posted by POH on February 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM · Report this

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