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Life's A Gas

"Well you dance when you walk
So let's dance take a chance understand me
You're dirty sweet and you're my girl"
—"Get It On (Bang A Gong)"

Electric Warrior is T. Rex's 1971 album. It hit #1 on the British charts twice, in 1971 and 1972.

The cover art was designed by Hipgnosis.


Side A
  1. "Mambo Sun" (3:40)
  2. "Cosmic Dancer" (4:30)
  3. "Jeepster" (4:12)
  4. "Monolith" (3:49)
  5. "Lean Woman Blues" (3:02)

Side B

  1. "Get It On (Bang A Gong)" (4:27)
  2. "Planet Queen" (3:13)
  3. "Girl" (2:32)
  4. "The Motivator" (4:00)
  5. "Life's A Gas" (2:24)
  6. "Rip Off" (3:40)

Principal Members:

  • Marc Bolan - vocals, guitar
  • Steve Currie - bass guitar
  • Mickey Finn - congas, bongos, vocals
  • Bill Legend - drums, tambourine

"I'm just a Tropester for your love":

  • Buffy Speak: The opening lines of "Monolith":
    "The throne of time
    Is a kingly thing"
  • Flying Saucer: "Planet Queen":
    "Well it's all right
    Love is what you want
    Flying saucer take me away"
  • Intercourse with You: "Get It On," "Jeepster"
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Cosmic Dancer" is the longest song at 4:30, and "Life's A Gas" is the shortest at 2:24.
  • Mythology Gag: "Mambo Sun" includes the line, "I've got stars in my beard," referring back to the Tyrannosaurus Rex album A Beard Of Stars.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Rearrange the Song: "Monolith" does this to Gene Chandler's "Duke Of Earl."
  • Self-Plagiarism: "The Motivator" is practically a rewrite of "Get It On," and "banging gongs" is mentioned in "Rip Off."
  • Something Blues: "Lean Woman Blues"
  • Studio Chatter: "Lean Woman Blues" begins with Marc Bolan saying "Take ten", tuning his guitar, and then counting off the song with "One, two, buckle my shoe!".
    • "Planet Queen" also includes a brief snippet of chatter before the song begins.
  • Ur-Example: Considered the first Glam Rock album.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Consider this verse from "Planet Queen":
    "Dragon head
    Machine of lead
    Cadillac King
    Dancer in the midnight
    Dragon head"