T. Rex

Formed 1970. Disbanded 1978.
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T. Rex were a British rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing four underground folk albums under the name. Tony Visconti (their producer for several albums) claimed in a documentary on the band that he had taken to using the abbreviated term "T. Rex" as a shorthand, something that initially irritated Bolan, who gradually came around to the idea and officially shortened the band's name to "T. Rex" at roughly the same time they started having big hits (shortly after going electric).

In the early to mid 1970s, the band reached huge success with fourteen top-20 UK glam rock hits: "Jeepster", "Get It On", "Ride a White Swan", "Solid Gold Easy Action", "Children of the Revolution", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam", "20th Century Boy", "Debora", "Teenage Dream", "The Groover", "New York City", "I Love To Boogie" and "Metal Guru". During this period the band also released six UK top-30 albums, including Electric Warrior, which hit the top of the album charts. In 1977, Bolan was killed in a car accident, and the band broke up.

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  1. Review of The Slider: 40th Anniversary Box Set

    The Slider: 40th Anniversary Box Set 2012

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    Bolan’s brilliance came through clearly on T. Rex’s seventh LP.
  2. Review of Electric Warrior: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Electric Warrior: 40th Anniversary Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Martin Aston
    Presented with loads of extras, but the original 11 tracks are all anyone truly needs.
  3. Review of 20th Century Superstar

    20th Century Superstar 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Bolan, for all of his mercenary fame-seeking and shameless bandwagon-jumping was a...
  4. Review of Electric Warrior (SACD)

    Electric Warrior (SACD) 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    An album that's always going to sound box fresh: 5.1 surround sound just adds a little...