The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s | Pitchfork

“Metal Guru” 154 Glam-rock wasn’t just about dudes putting on women’s clothing, it was about giving rock ‘n’ roll itself a makeover by filtering ’50s hot-rod rave-ups through ’60s psychedelia and turning pop music into science fiction. At T. Rex’s early ’70s commercial peak, Marc Bolandidn’t so much write tunes as devise characters begging for their own comic book and action figure spin-offs. His songbook is populated by prosaic subjects transformed into superheroes with single, evocative descriptors: “Mystic Lady,” “Rabbit Fighter,” “Cosmic Dancer,” “Baby Boomerang,” “Telegram Sam.” The songs were mostly nonsense, but rather than sounding like gibberish, Bolan seemed to be speaking in an alien code that, to this today, we’re still not cool enough to decode. And “Metal Guru”—the grand-slam capper to a string of four consecutive UK No. 1 singles—is the most deliriously inscrutable of them all. Emerging at a moment when rock stars had stopped getting spiritual guidance from maharishis and were starting to think they were deities themselves, “Metal Guru” is Bolan in excelsis, an all-chorus/no-verse bacchanalia of platform-boot stomps, regal orchestration, and helium-buzzed harmonies. At the time, “T. Rextasy” was a popular buzzword in the British music weeklies, but “Metal Guru” renders it as an actual physical sensation; from its opening blast of symphonic fuzz, the song makes you feel like you’ve been thrustContinue Reading

Surviving As A Musician… Suzi Kory’s Story, In Her Own Words

Having said that, this is a ‘business’ and should be managed as such. Over the past three years, I made valuable connections in the industry and have been fortunate to have those connections provide invaluable guidance and support. One of the most important pieces of advice I received was ‘If you’re not making money, it’s only a hobby’. After having spent the first two years investing heavily in the creation and marketing of my music, I took this advice to heart and made a vow to find ways to make this a profitable venture; hence validating the fact that this was a career and not just a hobby. Source: Surviving As A Musician… Suzi Kory’s Story, In Her Own Words | FYIMusicNews

Rufus Wainwright says he and father Loudon “almost killed each other”

“It’s frightening as a parent,” he continues. “[My father and I] were hanging out not too long ago, just a couple of years ago, we went for this walk and then at the end of the walk I said: ‘You know dad, being a dad now myself, I’m aware of how wonderful it is when a child voluntarily hugs their parent. Yeah, so I’m going to do that to you now.’6 And I gave him a big hug and a kiss, and I think it was a good move.” Source: Rufus Wainwright says he and father Loudon “almost killed each other”