Oh Yes We Can Love: The History Of Glam Rock
Out October 28th on UMC
Universal Music Catalogue are delighted to announce the release of Oh Yes We Can Love: The History Of Glam Rock, a 5CD glam compilation on Monday 28th October 2013.
Featuring 91-tracks, it charts the life of the genre from its early precursors, through its early 70s heyday, to subsequent acts who have stylistically and musically borrowed liberally from the glam-rock pallet.
The lavishly packaged box also features a 100-page booklet full of rare single sleeve, glam factz and a brand new essay by Barney Hoskyns, co-founder and editorial director of online music-journalism directory Rocks Backpages and author of the acclaimed Glam!, Bowie, Bolan and the Glitter Rock Revolution.
Featuring most of the great singles, which, at the time, ruled the airwaves and subsequently defined the era, the compilation is, at times, unashamedly ‘populist’ in its choice of tracks, yet glam was arguably at its euphoric best flaunting itself in the mainstream.
Although ‘glamour’ has long been of huge importance to pop music, it wasn’t until the early 70’s that ‘glam’ became a buzz-term for a new teen subculture.
When Marc Bolan appeared on Top of the Pops in 1971daubed in glitter during T Rex’s performance of Hot Love it permitted a generation of teenyboppers to begin playing with the idea of androgyny, it marked the dawning of a new era, a rejection of what had gone before.
Glam rejected singer-songwriters, prog-rock bands and country rockers who deemed themselves too self-important to release mere singles – it was a reminder that pop was meant to be young and fun.
Always a genre more suited to the single and although often condemned as infantile or throwaway, writers and producers such as Mickie Most, Chinn & Chapman and Mike Leander, pioneered the art of the three-minute pop song with hooks strong enough to take hold even when heard on the most basic of radios, and often, in the case of tracks such as David Essex’s Rock on, Hot Legs’ Neanderthal Man or The RAH Band’s The Crunch, crafted space-age avant-garde masterpieces which somehow found their way to the top end of the charts.
Although Bolan and Bowie had arguably given birth to glam, a garishly bedecked band of talents and chancers (in equal measure) would storm through as glam mutated into a myriad of forms from the highly-mannered art-school posturing of Roxy Music to the ‘brickies in eyeliner’ pure-pop brigade of Sweet and Alvin Stardust, yet all were equally quick to embrace the flamboyance and absurdity and revel in a sense of fun and discovery that had very quickly become the norm - it’s Barry Blue’s fringed one-piece, Stardust’s leather glove, Chicory Tip’s skull motiffed Y-fronts or The Rah Band’s balaclava’s and bin bag jackets that are equally important in giving the genre its meaning.
Arguably reaching its ’zenith’ in 1973 when the likes of Slade, Sweet and Suzi Quatro all had a run of chart-topping singles, the death knell was eventually sounded by the rise of punk in the mid to late 70s. Yet throughout the 80s and 90s and into the new millennium bands have often drawn liberally from the lexicon of glam – from Pulp’s early nods to Roxy, Goldfrapp’s Fox appreciation to Earl Brutus’ take on the classic ‘glitter-stomp’ the golden era of glam has continued to be a rich seam which bands and artists to this day continue to mine.
The tracklisting of the compilation is as follows:
1. Noel Coward: Mad Dogs And Englishmen
2. Chuck Berry: Around and Around
3. Little Richard: Ooh My Soul
4. Vince Taylor & the Playboys: Brand New Cadillac
5. Max Harris: Gurney Slade
6. Anthony Newley: Bee Bom
7. Billy Fury: Jealousy
8. Howlin' Wolf: You'll Be Mine
9. Jacques Brel: Amsterdam
10. The Velvet Underground: I'm Waiting For My Man
11. David Bowie: London Bye Ta-Ta
12. The Stooges: 1969
13. The Kinks: Lola
14. Hot Legs: Neanderthal Man
15. Burundi Steiphenson Black : Burundi Black
16. Curved Air: Back Street Luv
17. Fanny: Charity Ball
18. The Murgatroyd Band: Theme From Magpie
19. Chicory Tip: Son Of My Father
20. T Rex: Hot Love
21. Slade :Coz I Luv You
22. Mott The Hoople: All The Young Dudes
23. Lou Reed: Walk On the Wild Side
24. Roxy Music: Virginia Plain
25. T Rex: Metal Guru
26. The Osmonds: Crazy Horses
27. Dana Gillespie: Andy Warhol
28. Suzi Quatro: Can The Can
29. New York Dolls: Looking For A Kiss
30. Nazareth: This Flight Tonight
31. Sweet: Ballroom Blitz
32. Cozy Powell: Dance With The Devil
33. David Essex: Rock On
34. Wizzard : Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)
35. Elton John: Bennie and the Jets
36. Barry Blue: Dancing On A Saturday Night
37. Alvin Stardust: Ma Coo Ca Choo
38. Lulu: The Man Who Sold The World
39. Mick Ronson: Growing Up And I’m Fine
40. Cockney Rebel: Judy Teen
1. Sparks: This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
2. Hello: Tell Him
3. Mud: Tiger Feet
4. Jook : Bish Bash Bosh
5. Bryan Ferry: The 'In' Crowd
6. Patti Smith Group: Piss Factory
7. Cockney Rebel: Tumbling Down
8. The Glitter Band: Angel Face
9. Kenny: The Bump
10. The Rubettes: Sugar Baby Love
11. Fox: Only You Can
12. KISS: Rock And Roll All Nite
13. Sailor: A Glass Of Champagne
14. Ian Hunter : Once Bitten Twice Shy
15. Arrows: I Love Rock and Roll
16. Bay City Rollers: Saturday Night
17. Blondie: Rip Her To Shreds
18. Be Bop Deluxe: Ships In the Night
19. The Runaways: Cherry Bomb
20. ELO: Rockaria!
21. The Ramones: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
22. The RAH Band: The Crunch
23. Rock Follies: OK?
24. Ultravox!: RockWrok
25. Ace Frehley: New York Groove
26. Judas Priest: Take On The World
27. Boney M: Rasputin
28. Generation X: Valley Of the Dolls
29. Human League: Rock and Roll Part Two / Nightclubbing
30. Magazine: The Light Pours Out Of Me
31. Adam and the Ants: "Antmusic"
32. Department S : Solid Gold Easy Action
33. Bauhaus: Ziggy Stardust
34. Dead Or Alive: That's The Way (I Like It)
35. Sigue Sigue Sputnik : Love Missile F1-11
36. Hanoi Rocks : Up Around The Bend
37. Sisters Of Mercy: Emma
38. Morrissey: Glamorous Glue
39. Suede: Metal Mickey
40. The Fall: Glam Racket
41. Carter USM: Glam Rock Cops
42. Glam Metal Detectives: Everybody Up
43. Saint Etienne :Star
44. Earl Brutus: The SAS and the Glam That Goes With It
45. Gay Dad: To Earth With Love
46. Marilyn Manson: The Dope Show
47. Pulp: We Are The Boys
48. The Darkness: Growing On Me
49. Goldfrapp: Strict Machine
50. The Ark: Clamour For Glamour
51. Foxy Shazam: Unstoppable