Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Before Marc Bolan nearly took over the world at the helm of glam-rock behemoth T. Rex, he was a fixture in London’s underground hippie music scene, playing quirky little psych-folk tunes together with an acid-fried percussionist named after one of the Hobbits from the Lord of the Rings. The duo called themselves Tyrannosaurus Rex, an oddly menacing choice for a name considering that their music pretty much embodied the optimism and drugged-out harmlessness of 60s hippie culture. Bolan’s strange warbly voice and knack for writing simple, earthy melodies set them apart from most of the other cosmic folkies of the era, and inspired many of today's acts that fall under the freak folk banner.
Here are three of their albums. Unicorn is probably my favourite of the bunch. Bolan’s whimsical meanderings are kept in check by some really strong production and a couple of jaw-droppingly good pop songs (namely “Cat Black”) that should have made them stars right there and then. Anyway, hope you enjoy.

My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (1968)

Unicorn (1969)

1 comment:

  1. thanks zzy. i will try unicorn and ignore the whimsical rants of those dirty fucking hippies.