Blockbuster: A 70’s Glitter Glam Rock Experience (Various Artists)

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Blockbuster: A 70’s Glitter Glam Rock Experience (Various Artists)

Released: June 1, 2000

Produced by legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer (aka “Rodney on the ROQ” and the “Mayor of Sunset Strip”), Blockbuster features some of the most popular songs from the 70′s glam rock era covered by musicians such as Dramarama, The Donnas, Cyclefly, Nick Heyward and the Tube Tops 2000 (Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur, Clem Burke and Kathy Valentine).

  1. Rock and Roll, Pt. 2 – Tube Tops 2000
  2. Suffragette City – OtherStarPeople
  3. I Love You Love Me Love – Chicks
  4. Five Years – Cyclefly
  5. Gudbuy T’Jane – UK Plc.
  6. Hell Raiser – Fizzy Bangers
  7. Dyna-Mite – Eagle
  8. Blockbuster – Sugarfree
  9. Moonage Daydream – Pillbox
  10. Can The Can – Switchblade Kittens
  11. Angel Face – World Dominatrix
  12. Roll Away The Stone – Velocette
  13. Hot Love – Nick Heyward
  14. Raw Ramp – Dramarama
  15. Wig Wam Bam – The Donnas

Abum liner notes by Dave Thompson
Between 1971 and 1975, a musical movement erupted which was to shatter the rock’n’roll continuum more thoroughly than ever it had been before.

Inspired by rock music’s obsession with its own worth, socially, politically and historically, this new movement would not pay the slightest attention to those pretensions.  Precious and precocious, bright and beautiful, it represented little more than a return to those frivolous basics for which rock’n’roll had been condemned when it first appeared; Glam Rock was the biggest, brashest, shiniest beast the music industry had ever known.

T. Rex started it, David Bowie perfected it, and finally, sheer exhaustion killed it–it was wearing looking pretty every day of the year.  But in between times, Glam Rock knew no boundaries.  Gary Glitter’s “Rock’n’Roll (Part Two)” now rules America’s sporting calendar.  David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” became an anthem of gay liberation–and his “Five Years,” a chilling premonition of apocalypse.  The Sweet’s “Blockbuster” redefined metal for a new generation; Suzi Quatro’s “Can The Can”anticipated the whole riot grrl movement.

And even when the kids had enough of it, still Glam exploded upward, with such force that the fall-out is still being felt today.  The Punks of the late Seventies grew up on Glam; the debased sleazoid flash of Ratt, Motley Crue and Hanoi Rocks grew out of it.  Quiet Riot’s biggest hits were both Slade covers; Joan Jett’s greatest records were a Gary Glitter jukebox.  And Michael Stipe loved the movement so much, he helped make a movie about it.

“Blockbuster” is the ultimate document of the impact of those stupendous times, the sound of the new paying tribute to the never-grow-old.  From Mud (“Dyna-Mite”) to Mott The Hoople (“Roll Away The Stone”), from the Glitter Band’s greatest hit (“Angel Face”) to an obscure T. Rex b-side (“Raw Ramp”), and on through all the other essentials of that essential era.

Or almost all of them.  We supply the music.  You have to bring the platform boots.

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