Because It’s Friday… Because I Can… And Just Because… Bang A Gong (Get It On) By T. Rex

T. Rex – “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”

Ah, Glam Rock.  I must admit that this was something that passed me by in my youth…

I came to David Bowie a lot later than most… and to me a lot of their stuff sounds like Bowie “Planet Queen” and “Girl” for example.  But the opener to this has almost a CCR feel, with that chunky guitar riff.  Although once the vocals kick in, it is classic T. Rex and classic Rock n’ Roll.  And yes, a little bit dirty.  But then isn’t that part of what Rock is all about?

“Well, you’re dirty and sweet
Clad in black, don’t look back, and I love you
You’re dirty and sweet, oh yeah
Well, you’re slim and you’re weak
You got the teeth of the hydra upon you
You’re dirty, sweet and you’re my girl.

Get it on, bang a gong, get it on!
Get it on, bang a gong, get it on!

Well, you’re built like a car
You got a hubcap diamond star halo,
You’re built like a car, oh yeah!
Well, you’re an untamed youth
That’s the truth, with your cloak full of eagles,
You’re dirty, sweet and you’re my girl.

Chorus

Well, you’re windy and wild
You got the blues in your shoes and your stockings,
You’re windy and wild, oh yeah!
Well, you’re built like a car
You got a hubcap diamond star halo,
You’re dirty, sweet and you’re my girl.

Chorus

Well, you’re dirty and sweet
Clad in black, don’t look back, and I love you.
You’re dirty and sweet, oh yeah!
Well you dance when you walk,
So let’s dance, take a chance, understand me.
You’re dirty, sweet and you’re my girl.

Chorus

Get it on, bang a gong, get it on Get it on

Chorus

Take me…
Well meanwhile… I’m still thinking.

Here’s what the mighty Wikipedia says:

Get It On” is a song by the British glam rock group T. Rex, featured on their 1971 album Electric Warrior. Written by frontman Marc Bolan, “Get It On” was the second chart-topper for T. Rex on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song was retitled “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” to avoid confusion with a number of the same name by the group Chase.”

“Bolan claimed to have written the song out of his desire to record Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie”, and said that the riff is taken from the Berry song.  In fact, a line (And meanwhile, I’m still thinking) of “Little Queenie” is said at the fade of “Get It On”.

This was the song that virtually ended the once-solid friendship between Bolan and John Peel, after Peel made clear his lack of enthusiasm for the song on air after playing his advance white label copy. Bolan and Peel only spoke once more before the former’s death in 1977.

During a December 1971 Top of the Pops performance, Elton John mimed a piano on the song.

The piano glissando on the record was performed by Rick Wakeman. Wakeman, who was desperate for work at the time to pay his rent, had bumped into Bolan in Oxford Street, who offered him the session. Wakeman pointed out to Tony Visconti that the record did not actually need a piano player. Visconti suggested that he could add a gliss; Wakeman said that Visconti could do that, to which Bolan replied, “you want your rent, don’t you?” Wakeman did and earned £9 for his efforts.”

Here’s to the ideal… the Rock n’ Roll dream… the dirty and sweet.  So go out and bang y’all!  Come on, I meant a gong.  Sheesh!

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