30 years ago today Marc Bolan died in a car crash. Though his career was in decline at the time he had rehearsed a new song with David Bowie but 9 days earlier for his tea time TV show which failed to be broadcast in full due to time overruns, strict union working directives and Bolan falling off the podium during the only available take.
We both sat and watched a documentary together with the Ringo Starr sourced concert on TV the other night and both found much to smile at. You can find kitsch amusement in Marc’s contrived lyrics (My partner was getting quite into the lyrics of the T.Rex era Cosmic Dancer which she hadn’t heard before until I pointed out the one over-ludicrous and daftly delivered line ‘I liken it to a balloon’ which then had us both in fits of laughter) and I’m always incredulous at the musical role of the brilliantly named Mickey Finn who’s line in this documentary about ‘not knowing what happened in between’ meeting Marc Bolan and his death probably was probably, sadly very true in his case. There are a lot of people in this short extract of a documentary on glam rock from 1994 who are no longer with us and many of them won’t be remembered quite as long as Bolan who just seemed to carve his own cheeky path in rock.
There are various Bolan interviews and music available here at we7.com which is attempting to deliver legal and free audio content without DRM restrictions via an ad supported model (paid for advert free versions also available).