Home / Biography / T. Rex

T. Rex

Biography

Probably the most iconic band from the U.K. glam rock and roll picture from the ’70s, T. Rex had been the creation of Marc Bolan, who began like a cheerfully addled acolyte of psychedelia and folk-rock until he considered swaggering rock and roll & move with boogie tempo along with a tricked-up style sense. For any few years, T. Rex had been the biggest music group in England along with a powerful cult item in america. If their stardom didn’t last, their impact do, and T. Rex’s filthy but playful attitude and Bolan’s feeling of design and rock and roll celebrity moves would display their impact in metallic, punk, fresh wave, and alternate rock and roll; it’s basically impossible to assume the ’80s fresh romantic picture existing without Bolan’s impact. Marc Bolan was created Tag Feld on Sept 30, 1947 in Stoke Newington, London, Britain. The youngster appeared cut out to get a profession in showbiz almost right away; he began playing acoustic guitar at age nine when he plus some close friends shaped a skiffle music group, and he produced his professional performing debut in 1963, playing a role within the children’s tv series Orlando. Following a short run as a kid model, Bolan (his stage name a contraction of Bob Dylan) dove into music, and released his 1st solitary, “The Wizard,” in November 1965, soon after he authorized a cope with Decca Information. After cutting some more unsuccessful singles, which discovered Bolan getting into a path clearly influenced by Dylan and Donovan, Simon Napier-Bell got over as his supervisor, and in 1967 Bolan joined up with the notorious psychedelic music group John’s Kids. While he was in John’s Kids long enough to create and sing business lead on their solitary “Desdemona” and tour European countries because the Who’s starting act, Bolan still left the group following a simple four a few months, and quickly started writing music for his following task. Before 1967 was out, Bolan had released his brand-new group, Tyrannosaurus Rex, using a present at London’s Electric powered Garden. Nevertheless, Bolan booked the gig before he finalized the band’s lineup; star provides it he was still auditioning music artists the day from the present, and by all reviews the debut was devastating. Abandoning his primary idea of a four-piece music group, Bolan reworked Tyrannosaurus Rex into an acoustic duo, with Marc on electric guitar and vocals and Steve Peregrin Took on percussion. Bolan’s loopy but participating lyrical sensibility and Eastern-influenced melodies, in conjunction with Took’s usage of hands drums and unconventional percussion gadgets, helped to receive the group a devoted pursuing in London’s hippie community, plus they had been championed with the renowned BBC disk jockey John Peel off. The duo have scored a cope with Regal Zonophone Information, and their debut record, My INDIVIDUALS WERE Fair and Acquired Sky within their Hair… HOWEVER NOW They’re Content material to Wear Celebrities on the Brows, premiered in July 1968; the recording was made by Tony Visconti, who go on to create almost all of Bolan’s following work. The next Tyrannosaurus Rex recording, Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels from the Age groups, appeared just 90 days later, and the 3rd, Unicorn, arrived in-may 1969, soon after the publication from the Warlock of Like, a publication of poems compiled by Bolan. Nevertheless, Bolan and Took discovered themselves significantly at chances, as Took’s behavior became even more outré, especially throughout a generally unsuccessful American tour, and Unicorn became his last record with Tyrannosaurus Rex. Mickey Finn had taken over because the duo’s percussionist, and in 1970 they documented the record A Beard of Superstars along with the one “Trip a Light Swan,” and both noticed the music group moving in a fresh path, venturing from the fading U.K. hippie picture. Bolan got begun playing guitar, providing the songs a larger and buzzier audio, and Finn’s handclaps and percussion offered a stompdown backbeat that converted Tyrannosaurus Rex from a folk work into a powerful if minimal rock-band. The duo recognized their change in path with their 5th record, which bore their brand-new name, T. Rex. “Trip a White Swan” was a shock smash within the U.K., as well as the T. Rex record also fared well, and Bolan doubled down on the group’s brand-new proto-boogie audio by growing T. Rex to some quartet by adding trap drummer Costs Star and bassist Steve Currie. Bolan also had taken to sporting best hats, feather boas, and glittery clothes on-stage, offering their displays a welcome feeling of flash, even though a few of Bolan’s old enthusiasts blanched at his abandonment of his folkie impulses, the discharge of Electric powered Warrior in Sept 1971 was all of the consolation he required. The recording was a significant hit, increasing to the very best from the U.K. recording charts and creating T. Rex as you of Britain’s biggest rings, while also assisting to release the glam rock and roll era that could dominate U.K. rock and roll for another many years. The recording spawned two U.K. strike singles, “Jeepster” and “Bang a Gong (OBTAIN IT On),” even though the former produced little impact in america, the latter damaged the American Best 40, and T. Rex created an evergrowing cult following in america, especially over the Western world Coast, where in fact the glam crusade discovered its most significant American achievement. As “T. Rexstasy” had taken hold within the U.K. and European countries, Bolan and his staff released The Slider in July 1972, which provided even more of the group’s crunchy hard rock and roll boogie and Bolan’s sly, playful lyrics; the record was another smash within the U.K., increasing to number 4 for the record charts, although it peaked at a far more than respectable amount 17 in america. The record was also documented while a film had been produced about Bolan and T. Rex, Delivered to Boogie, aimed by none apart from Ringo Starr. But neither of both singles, “Telegram Sam” nor “Steel Guru,” produced much of an idea in america, and neither do the non-album one “20th Hundred years Boy,” though it had been a smash within the U.K. Remarkably, T. Rex opted never to feature the track on Tanx, released in January 1973, as well as the recording increased no more than quantity 102 in the us, and it received lukewarm evaluations within the U.K. and European countries, though sales there have been still amazing. By enough time T. Rex released their following recording, Gloria Jones experienced became a member of T. Rex on keyboards and support vocals (she was also in an enchanting romantic relationship with Bolan, even though he was wedded at that time), as well as the group shown a fresh R&B impact on 1974’s Zinc Alloy as well as the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow. Nevertheless, the album’s reception verified the bloom was from the increased for T. Rex; the solo “Teenage Wish” didn’t split the U.K. TOP, as well as the LP wasn’t also released in america. Early 1975 noticed the discharge of Bolan’s Zip Weapon, which was made by Bolan after Tony Visconti bowed out, in support of featured drummer Expenses Legend using one monitor, with drummer Davy Lutton and key pad guy Dino Dines becoming a member of the group. Once more, the recording wasn’t issued in the us, though a combined mix of songs from Zinc Alloy and Zip Weapon premiered stateside by Casablanca Information as Light of Like. Bolan became a taxes exile who relocated to California, which produced him the prospective of even more unfriendly reports within the English music press. Bolan was within the rebound in early 1976 using the launch of Futuristic Dragon, an ambitious arranged that featured a larger audio than T. Rex’s last few albums, even though it once more went unreleased in america, reviews had been positive as well as the record was a humble commercial achievement. Bolan also became a dad with the delivery of Rolan Bolan, his kid by Gloria Jones, and he came back to Britain, where he became the web host of the pop music present, Marc, that highlighted shows by Bolan, performers from the elevation from the glam rock and roll times (including David Bowie), and increasing stars in the punk rock and roll picture, like the Jam, Era X, as well as the Boomtown Rats. As Bolan’s superstar was increasing, he returned towards the studio to produce a fresh recording; Dandy within the Underworld was acknowledged to T. Rex, but was nearly entirely the task of studio music artists after the last separation of the traditional T. Rex lineup. The recording received positive press within the U.K., but Bolan experienced little possibility to bask in its achievement; he died within an car crash on Sept 16, 1977. While both Mickey Finn and Expenses Story toured with rings phoning themselves T. Rex within the wake of Bolan’s loss of life, for pretty much all fans the idea of T. Rex without Marc Bolan appeared absurd, as well as the band’s legacy continues to be held alive through reissues of T. Rex’s recordings and archival series of rarities from Bolan as well as the group, and by addresses of their music from works as different as Weapons N’ Roses, the Violent Femmes, Siouxsie as well as the Banshees, the Substitutes, the Power Place, as well as the Bongos.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tyrannosaurus
Height 12.3 meters
Music Songs Hot Love, Bang a Gong, 20th Century Boy, Metal Guru, Jeepster, I Love to Boogie, Ride a White Swan, Telegram Sam, Gratata, Cosmic Dancer, Solid Gold Easy Action, Teenage Dream, The Groover, Mambo Sun, Get It On, Children of the Revolution, Dreamy Lady, Life's A Gas, Truck On, Ballroom of Mars, Zip Gun Boogie, Raw Ramp, Woodland Rock, King of the Rumbling Spires, Planet Queen, The Motivator, Rabbit Fighter, Spaceball Ricochet, Baby Strange, Celebrate Summer, Soul Of My Suit, Main Man
Albums Electric Warrior, The Slider, Tanx, Dandy in the Underworld, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows, Unicorn, Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, A Beard of Stars, Futuristic Dragon, T. Rex, Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages, Bolan's Zip Gun, Light of Love, Billy Super Duper, Born to Boogie (disc 1), Bolan Boogie, Hits! – The Very Best of T. Rex, 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection, A Crown Of Dark Swansdown (Live), Solid Gold, Live 1977, The Essential Collection - 25th Anniversary Edition, The Electric Boogie - 1971, Born to Boogie - The Concerts, Wembley Empire Pool, 18th March 1972, For The Lion And The Unicorn In The Oak Forests Of Faun, Da Savage, Reltane Walk, Spaceball: The American Radio Sessions, Total T.Rex, Vol. 3, All Bets Are Off, Marc Bolan & Trex (The Acoustic and Live Collection), Tanx (The Visconti Master), A Beard Of Stars (Deluxe Edition) (Deluxe Edition), The Best Of BBC Recordings, All I Know, Great Hits


  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 Members have included Marc Bolan (lead vocals), Mickey Finn (drums), Elton John (keyboards), Steve Currie, Bill Legend.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Quiet Ones 2014 performer: "Telegram Sam"
Grudge Match 2013 performer: "20th Century Boy" - as T.Rex
Delivery Man 2013 performer: "Light Of Love"
Dallas Buyers Club 2013 performer: "Life Is Strange", "Ballrooms of Mars", "Main Man" - as T.Rex
Drift 2013/II performer: "20th Century Boy" - as T.Rex
Jäger des Augenblicks - Ein Abenteuer am Mount Roraima 2013 Documentary performer: "20th Century Boy"
The Look of Love 2013 performer: "20th Century Boy"
Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story 2012 TV Movie performer: "20th Century Boy"
Unforgettable: The Sweeney 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Children of the Revolution" - as T Rex, uncredited
Frances Ha 2012 performer: "Chrome Sitar" - as T. Rex
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2012 performer: "Celebrate Summer"
Turn Back Time: The Family 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dark Shadows 2012 performer: "Bang a Gong Get It On"
Any Day Now 2012 performer: "Telegram Sam", "Buck Mackane"
Enlightened 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fresh Meat 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alphas 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
90210 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Immigrants' Children Will Always Break Their Parents Hearts 2011 Short performer: "Children of the Revolution"
Drive Angry 2011 performer: "Laser Love" - as T.Rex
Neds 2010 performer: "20th Century Boy"
Somewhere 2010 performer: "20th Century Boy"
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 performer: "Teenage Dream" - as T. Rex
Get Him to the Greek 2010 performer: "20th Century Boy"
Barney's Version 2010 performer: "Bang a Gong Get It On" - as T Rex
Whiteout 2009 performer: "Laser Love"
New in Town 2009 performer: "20th Century Boy"
Life on Mars 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End 2008 performer: "20th Century Boy"
The Bank Job 2008 performer: "Get It On"
Remarkable Power 2008 performer: "Mambo Sun"
Friday Night Lights 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Death Proof 2007 performer: "Jeepster" - as T Rex
Hot Fuzz 2007 performer: "Solid Gold Easy Action" - as T. Rex
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2006 Documentary performer: "Bang a Gong" - as T Rex
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Click 2006 performer: "20th Century Boy" 1973 - as T Rex
The Break-Up 2006 performer: "Mambo Sun"
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Children of the Revolution"
Life on Mars 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jarhead 2005 performer: "Bang a Gong Get It On"
Pusryciai Plutone 2005 performer: "Children of the Revolution" 1972
Lords of Dogtown 2005 performer: "20th Century Boy"
Meet the Fockers 2004 performer: "Bang A Gong Get It On"
Wolf 2004 performer: "20th Century Boy"
School of Rock 2003 performer: "Ballrooms of Mars"
Janis and John 2003 performer: "Cosmic Dancer"
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary performer: "Bang A Gong Get It On" - as T. Rex
Liquid Assets 2003 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Moonlight Mile 2002 performer: "Twentieth Century Boy"
Spun 2002 performer: "Rock On" - as T Rex
Laurel Canyon 2002 performer: "Planet Queen" 1971
The Trip 2002 performer: "Bang a Gong Get It On"
When Snooker Ruled the World 2002 TV Special documentary performer: "20th Century Boy" - uncredited
Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Documentary performer: "Children of the Revolution"
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary performer: "Get It On"
Billy Elliot 2000 performer: "Children of the Revolution", "Cosmic Dancer", "Get It On", "I Love to Boogie", "Ride A White Swan"
Gigantics 1999 performer: "Twentieth Century Boy" - as T. Rex
The Match 1999 performer: "Hot Love"
Detroit Rock City 1999 performer: "20th Century Boy" - as T. Rex
The Acid House 1998 performer: "Hot Love"
Velvet Goldmine 1998 performer: "Cosmic Dancer", "Diamond Meadows"
The Girl with Brains in Her Feet 1997 performer: "Get It On", "Dreamy Lady", "Ride a White Swan", "Solid Gold Easy Action", "Cosmic Dancer", "By the Light"
Children of the Revolution 1996 lyrics: "Children of the Revolution" / music: "Children of the Revolution"
Breaking the Waves 1996 performer: "Hot Love"
Blue Juice 1995 performer: "Get It On"
The Stöned Age 1994 performer: "Bang A Gong Get It On"
Tohuwabohu 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1971-1977 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 performer: "Jeepster" 1971
Son of Dracula 1974 "Chariot Choogle"
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary performer: "Pavilions of Sun"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Way Back In 2010 Short T-Rex (as T Rex)
A Dog Year 2009 Max (as T-Rex)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Way Back In 2010 Short uncredited
Def Comedy Jam 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ringmaster 1998 editorial intern - as T-Rex

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Die ultimative Chartshow 2007 TV Series documentary Themselves
Def Comedy Jam 2006 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Get It Together 1977 TV Series Themselves - Guests
Top of the Pops 1971-1977 TV Series Themselves / Telegram Sam / Get it on / ...
Arrows 1976 TV Series Themselves - Guests
Rock Concert 1975 TV Series Themselves
In Concert 1973 TV Series Himself
The Dave Cash Radio Show 1972 TV Series Themselves
Beat-Club 1971 TV Series Themselves
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary Themselves (as T-Rex)
Ev 1971 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1976 2011 TV Movie documentary Themselves (uncredited)
Liquid Assets 2003 TV Series documentary Themselves
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary Themselves (as T-Rex)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1997 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 2 1994 TV Series Themselves

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Festival Award World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film A Way Back In (2010)


Looks like we don't have salary information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have quotes information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have trademarks information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have pictures. Sorry!

Check Also

Triste Janero

From Dallas, the past due-’60s quintet Triste Janero played rather out-of-fashion easy listening vocal music …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *