Classic Rock Corner

Marc Bolan, T. Rex & 40 Years Of "Bang A Gong (Get It On)"

Today is the 40th anniversary of T. Rex's "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" reaching the top of the UK charts. It starts with the nasty, funky, slinky bass line, more sex than music, and it soon turns into one the most influential and decadent songs to come from the original glam era. And somehow, it never gets too loud or too fast.

"Bang a Gong" stays in the same gear for most of its four and half minutes, except for the part where all the instruments - horns, bongos, bass, guitar, piano, and Marc Bolan's velvet voice - rip into an imaginary pair of glittery hot pants.

For some it's the only T. Rex song they may know, or have heard. For rabid T. Rex fans, who number in the millions even 34 years after Bolan's death in 1977, it's just another jewel in the man's heavy rock crown.

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Craig Hlavaty
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