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    My teen years were in the '70s, so I really did grow up with Glam Rock. Forgive me therefore if I question the inclusion of Yes, King Crimson and Black Sabbath into the genre when they really are better suited in the Prog Rock and Metal camps - indeed it can be argued that Yes and King Crimson were the creators of the Prog Rock genre along with Genesis and The Nice.
    For me the real stars of Glam Rock were T-Rex, Sweet, Gary Glitter (yes, I know - but he was), Wizzard, Bowie and even Roxy Music. Others included Suzi Quatro, Cockney Rebel, Barry Blue (who remembers him?), The Glitterband (who released a few excellent singles in their own right), Slade, and to a point Queen & 10cc though both these bands had a unique musical style which contained elements of Glam, but weren't strictly of that ilk.
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    'Barry Blue (who remembers him?)...'

    Barry Blue? Yes, I remember him, but I tended to put him more at the teenybopper end of the market even if he sort of latched onto glam a bit. If I recall correctly he did Do You Wanna Dance? on TOTP with a troupe of dancers dressed as Cossacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
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    'Barry Blue (who remembers him?)...'

    Barry Blue? Yes, I remember him, but I tended to put him more at the teenybopper end of the market even if he sort of latched onto glam a bit. If I recall correctly he did Do You Wanna Dance? on TOTP with a troupe of dancers dressed as Cossacks.
    Close, but not quite; the Cossack one was called Hot Shot.
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    Good man yourself - that's one heck of a memory you have!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulse View Post
    With the exception of Bowie OP that isn't a list of Glam Rock stars. It was primarily a British based phenomenon from the early 70s featuring artists such as T Rex, Sweet and Gary Glitter.

    Other than Bowie and Queen, I never particularly listened to the others I mentioned. I've always heard them grouped in as glam rock though, so I dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulse View Post
    With the exception of Bowie OP that isn't a list of Glam Rock stars. It was primarily a British based phenomenon from the early 70s featuring artists such as T Rex, Sweet and Gary Glitter.
    Tulse's post here hit the nail directly on the head. It seems some merely take long hair (on the male head anyway) to be a key defining hallmark of glam. Is Led Zeppelin glam? Peter Frampton? I think not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Tulse's post here hit the nail directly on the head. It seems some merely take long hair (on the male head anyway) to be a key defining hallmark of glam. Is Led Zeppelin glam? Peter Frampton? I think not.
    Not anymore, anyway!

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    Dressed more conservatively than usual - I recall they wore tops with a large red 'K' on them during other TOTP appearances. But this was at the end of the glam period when the glitter and make-up image was beginning to fizzle out.

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    Since hair and hair length did come up as possibly a defining attribute of glam, it put me in mind of one of the finest hairstyles seen atop a male head in pop music. I refer to Limahl's fantastic 'badger color & cut" as lead singer of Kajagoogoo. He definitely was not Too Shy about it. Great pop!


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    The Wikipedia article on glam rock is quite good -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glam_rock

    The list of "glam rock" bands is questionable at best and spurious at worst -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_glam_rock_artists

    For me this is the defining moment of glam rock and serves as a template to measure all others against -


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    I've seen most of the British glam bands of the 70s live. Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Cockney Rebel, Gary Glitter, Mott the Hoople, Alice Cooper (not particularly glam per se), The Rubettes, Mud, etc but the best two live are Sparks (superb band live) and Slade who were one of the best bands I've ever seen live. Saw Slade on their comeback tour at the start of the 80s and they played a very packed Manchester Polytechnic just before Xmas. Everyone was blethered and they played a 2 hour set (about 4 encores). Noddy Holder must be one of the most underrated singers I've ever heard and Jim Lea was a brilliant songwriter. They tore the roof off that night and were loud as hell. Remember them playing 'Everyday' and the WHOLE crowd were singing along. Merry Xmas Everybody was just mental (and the crowd refused to leave until they'd sung the whole song again acapella at the end, all the way thru (even though the band had gone off 5 minutes earlier). Noddy and the boyz came out to applaud us and shake as many hands as possible. Incredible gig.
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    ^ very cool never saw slade but they have always seemed a cool band

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    Merl: "I've seen most of the British glam bands of the 70s live. Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Cockney Rebel, Gary Glitter, Mott the Hoople, Alice Cooper......"
    I never thought of Suzi Quatro as "glam". Leatherette, tomboy, yes. Glam? Not so much.

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