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14.  T. Rex

The discussion of our next band generated a few embarrassing admissions. A couple of us acknowledged that they first discovered T.Rex with the Power Station’s somewhat capable cover “Get it On” in the mid 80’s and accordingly worked our way backward. Regardless, of how we discovered them, we are all glad we did.

Originally a Folk group, Marc Bolan and T. Rex moved away from that and embraced Rock and Roll but did so in a way that was a little different than their contemporaries.While others were creating the ten minute Rock epic that was popular for its time, T. Rex went back to the three minute pop songs that sounded dirtier, sexier and trashier than anyone else.They were among the leaders of the Glam Rock movement of the early 70’s and the imitators they spawned during that period are countless.Their chances of induction really depends on whether or not the Hall views the Glam period as part of Rock’s evolution or just a blip on a radar.



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Should T. Rex be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 87.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.1%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 5.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2012: #26
    2013: #22
    2014: #18
    2015: #18
    2016: #18
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1993
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: The revival of the glam period may give them a second look.
  • Why they won't get in: Glam Rock is still despised in some circles.
  • Nominated in: Never
  • Essential Albums: T. Rex (1970)
    Electric Warrior (1971)
    The Slider (1972)
    Tanx (1972)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Get it On (From Electric Warrior, 1971)
    Jeepster (From Electric Warrior, 1971)
    Children of the Revolution (Single, 1972)
    Telegram Sam (From The Slider, 1972)
    20th Century Boy (Single, 1973)

Should T. Rex be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 87.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.1%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 5.7%
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+3 #11 John Hunt BobbysBrother 2017-08-19 01:13
I defy anyone to listen to this T.Rex song 'Country Honey,' and compare it with 'Paradise City' by Guns N Roses, and still try and argue, that Marc Bolan was not an important influence
on subsequent American rock music?

+7 #10 Steve kennedy 2015-04-23 19:20
Can't believe that they are being ignored, some morons that know sweet f a and think that they are supreme to the rest of us.....
+6 #9 Steve kennedy 2015-04-23 19:15
Marc Bolan and T.rex...perh aps the most progressive band in history with the exception of the Rolling Stones. The music has lasted and it is still in the mainstream, just how many TV adverts have their songs?..loud , groovy and still current, come on 'hall of fame' cut the bullshit and induct!!!!!
+6 #8 Lochie 2014-10-17 20:17
Quoting Knuckles:
.....with a piano player who looks like Elton John.

It was Elton John
+6 #7 biograph 2013-05-12 08:49
Yeah, T. Rex is overdue. I mean, they put Queen in, for chissakes! The Hall needs some T-Rextasy!!
+12 #6 Wolfgang Potthoff 2012-08-15 08:44
Marc Bolan was the innovator of GlamRock with his band T.Rex...but he was so much more than only Glam...he was a poet,an underground act and the Godfather of Punk...a genius ,who is so much underrated.. .give him the respect he deserves....
+11 #5 Karin Markgraf 2012-08-14 18:53
Definitely put them in! They deserve it because they were very successful and made good music which is timeless.
+2 #4 Smokestoomuch -0001-11-30 00:00
Get it On, is a great rock tune and if one song were enough for induction, I would liet them in. However, one great song isn't quite enough for me. I consider them a one hit wonder; although, technically that's probably not accurate.
+9 #3 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Maybe the most influential glam band ever. They set the template for th 80's hair bands with catchy tunes wrapped up in a package that was going to get some attention. A couple of their songs are now undeniable classics (you can't say that with every band on this list) even if they were basically pop. The Sweet, KISS, Van Halen and so many more are sure glad they hit it big.
+8 #2 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
They were as important to glam as Bowie was (Bowie was more important overall of course as he experimented with many, many other genres). I think they or Roxy Music, not KISS, should be the next glam act inducted. Still, all three of those bands belonged in years ago to the point I almost don't care who gets inducted first.

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