New Box Set, ‘Oh Yes We Can Love,’ Anthologizes Glam Rock’s Finest
Glam rock will get its due this fall, courtesy of a five-disc box set planned for release on Oct. 28.
The flashy sub-genre, known as much for its arena-ready hooks as it was for its frequently androgynous performers, is the focus of 'Oh Yes We Can Love,' which tries to not only compile glam's biggest hits (including Mott the Hoople's 'All the Young Dudes' and the Sweet's 'Ballroom Blitz'), but traces the music's evolution from the '50s through to the present day.
"It isn’t just Bowie, Bolan and Gary Glitter -- it explores a complete myriad of mutations from early origins in Chuck Berry and Little Richard to the contemporary evolution in the Darkness and Foxy Shazam, and everything in between," explains the set's 100-page booklet. "When Marc Bolan appeared on Top of the Pops in 1971, daubed in glitter, 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. 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. Yet throughout the '80s and '90s and into the new millennium, bands have often drawn liberally from the lexicon of glam."
'Oh Yes We Can Love' Track Listing
Noel Coward, 'Mad Dogs And Englishmen'
Chuck Berry, 'Around and Around'
Little Richard, 'Ooh My Soul'
Vince Taylor & the Playboys, 'Brand New Cadillac'
Max Harris, 'Gurney Slade'
Anthony Newley, 'Bee Bom'
Billy Fury, 'Jealousy'
Howlin’ Wolf, 'You’ll Be Mine'
Jacques Brel, 'Amsterdam'
The Velvet Underground, 'I’m Waiting For My Man'
David Bowie, 'London Bye Ta-Ta'
The Stooges, '1969'
The Kinks, 'Lola'
Hot Legs, 'Neanderthal Man'
Burundi Steiphenson Black , 'Burundi Black'
Curved Air, 'Back Street Luv'
Fanny, 'Charity Ball'
The Murgatroyd Band, 'Theme From Magpie'
Chicory Tip, 'Son of My Father'
T. Rex, 'Hot Love'
Slade, 'Coz I Luv You'
Mott the Hoople, 'All the Young Dudes'
Lou Reed, 'Walk on the Wild Side'
Roxy Music, 'Virginia Plain'
T. Rex, 'Metal Guru'
The Osmonds, 'Crazy Horses'
Dana Gillespie, 'Andy Warhol'
Suzi Quatro, 'Can the Can'
New York Dolls, 'Looking for a Kiss'
Nazareth, 'This Flight Tonight'
Sweet, 'Ballroom Blitz'
Cozy Powell, 'Dance With the Devil'
David Essex, 'Rock On'
Wizzard, 'Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)'
Elton John, 'Bennie and the Jets'
Barry Blue, 'Dancing on a Saturday Night'
Alvin Stardust, 'Ma Coo Ca Choo'
Lulu, 'The Man Who Sold the World'
Mick Ronson, 'Growing Up and I’m Fine'
Cockney Rebel, 'Judy Teen'
Sparks, 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us'
Hello, 'Tell Him'
Mud, 'Tiger Feet'
Jook, 'Bish Bash Bosh'
Bryan Ferry, 'The ‘In’ Crowd'
Patti Smith Group, 'Piss Factory'
Cockney Rebel, 'Tumbling Down'
The Glitter Band, 'Angel Face'
Kenny, 'The Bump'
The Rubettes, 'Sugar Baby Love'
Fox, 'Only You Can'
Kiss, 'Rock and Roll All Nite'
Sailor, 'A Glass of Champagne'
Ian Hunter, 'Once Bitten Twice Shy'
Arrows, 'I Love Rock and Roll'
Bay City Rollers, 'Saturday Night'
Blondie, 'Rip Her to Shreds'
Be Bop Deluxe, 'Ships in the Night'
The Runaways, 'Cherry Bomb'
Electric Light Orchestra, 'Rockaria!'
The Ramones, 'Sheena Is a Punk Rocker'
The RAH Band, 'The Crunch'
Rock Follies, 'OK?'
Ace Frehley, 'New York Groove'
Judas Priest, 'Take on the World'
Boney M, 'Rasputin'
Generation X, 'Valley of the Dolls'
Human League, 'Rock and Roll Part Two / Nightclubbing'
Magazine, 'The Light Pours Out of Me'
Adam and the Ants, 'Antmusic'
Department S, 'Solid Gold Easy Action'
Bauhaus, 'Ziggy Stardust'
Dead or Alive, 'That’s The Way (I Like It)'
Sigue Sigue Sputnik, 'Love Missile F1-11'
Hanoi Rocks, 'Up Around the Bend'
Sisters of Mercy, 'Emma'
Morrissey, 'Glamorous Glue'
Suede, 'Metal Mickey'
The Fall, 'Glam Racket'
Carter USM, 'Glam Rock Cops'
Glam Metal Detectives, 'Everybody Up'
Saint Etienne, 'Star'
Earl Brutus, 'The SAS and the Glam That Goes With It'
Gay Dad, 'To Earth With Love'
Marilyn Manson, 'The Dope Show'
Pulp, 'We Are the Boys'
The Darkness, 'Growing On Me'
Goldfrapp, 'Strict Machine'
The Ark, 'Clamour for Glamour'
Foxy Shazam, 'Unstoppable'