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Thru The Years: Glam Rock 1971-2017

Thru The Years: Glam Rock 1971-2017

Playing tracks by

T. Rex, David Bowie, Gary Glitter, New York Dolls, The Sweet and more.

Not so much a mix as a study in the evolution of glam rock from 1971 to the current year, 2017. I just read Simon Reynolds book "Shock & Awe" and, while I learned a lot and found it very interesting, i think it dorpped the ball when considering where Glam went in the 80s up thru current music. While he talks a lot about Lady Gaga and the glam aspects of pop, i focused on the rock side and my personal favorite 80s "hair metal" which fused 70s glam with guitar proficiency introduced to the LA scene by Van Halen in the late 70s. In the 2000s I avoided the obvious evolution of emo, mostly because i dont like it.

While the songs are "mixed" its more of a study so I can trace the aspects of glam rock in the 70s thru hair metal in teh 80s and into arena rock of the 90s and 2000s+. Enjoy!


Helmut Stockdreher

Nice dude! I'll have to check out the book but I traditionally think of glam rock as being from the late 60s thru to the late 70s. Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Gary Wright (and technically anyone who wore eyeshadow and makeup for that matter). Now that I think about it, 80s "hair metal" bands were just amped up versions to garner greater attention in the new pop world of the 80s

Steve Ecks

Im not sure I would consider anything made before 1971 Glam. Really the first album for me was T Rex's Electric Warrior. But Id be willing to listen to some stuff to hear it. But the outright dismissal in the book of any influence Kiss or Van Halen or Motley Crue had to glam, and then ignoring more current rock n roll bands that obviously include glam as an influence is why i started making this mix. Also doing it i learned more about other scenes, like the very popular japanese "visual kei" scene, or the mexican band moderatto, who have been going for about 2 or 3 decades now.