You were meant for me
Yeah, I'm your toy
Your 20th Century boy"
Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet. and one of the leading pioneers of Glam Rock. Bolan was mostly known for his band T.Rex.
As usual, you can find the basics about his life and career at The Other Wiki.
"Well you're slim and you're weak you've got the tropes of a Hydra upon you...":
- Agent Peacock: Flamboyant, but also known for his simple, hard rocking riffs. Bolan always had good standing within the Punk Rock community.
- Album Title Drop: From "Frowning Atahualpa""My people were fair and had sky in their hair
But now they're content to wear stars on their brows."
- Continuity Nod: From "Sound Pit":"Metal Guru's in the loo with my glue, yeah
Telegram Sam bought some land in Milan"
- Dance Sensation: "The Woodland Bop"
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: His band is named after the most iconic dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Friendly Rivalry: Had this with David Bowie for pretty much all of his career, which also included a couple of collaborations.
- Genre Shift: Started as a hippie folk band called Tyrannosaurus Rex before switching to Glam.
- Moved from glam to an almost disco style for Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow, then reverted back for his last album, Dandy In The Underworld.
- Glam Rock: Many consider him to be the Trope Maker.
- Intercourse with You: "Get It On (Bang a Gong)", of course, along with references to "the teeth of the Hydra" and a "cloak full of eagles".
"You're just a sexual glider."
- "Buick Mackane," from The Slider, comes right out and says it:
- Irony: Despite writing many songs about cars, Bolan never learned to drive because he was horrified of the possibility that he would die in a car accident. He died in a car accident, as the passenger.
- Kubrick Stare: The cover of Zinc Alloy.
- Long Title: My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair...But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows
- Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow- A Creamed Cage in August
- The comparatively succinct Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages.
- Misblamed: Many think "Get It On" was retitled "Bang a Gong" for the US single release as the original title was considered too overtly sexual. In actually, it was retitled to avoid being confused with the Chase song "Get It On".
- The Movie: 1972's Born to Boogie
- The Musical: 2011's 20th Century Boy
- Nice Hat: On the cover of The Slider
- Pre-Columbian Civilizations: Crossed with Department of Redundancy Department: "My lovely Inca love" is mentioned in "Frowning Atahualpa."
- Repurposed Pop Song: "20th Century Boy" was used in a Levi's commercial starring Brad Pitt.
- Rhyming with Itself: From "Frowning Atahualpa""Sitting all alone, looking at the throne of the one I used to love
Sitting all alone, looking at the stone of my lovely Inca love"
- Robe and Wizard Hat: "Ride a White Swan"Wear a tall hat like a druid in the old daysWear a tall hat and a tattooed gown
- Socrates is mentioned in "Chateau in Virginia Waters."
- The line "Meanwhile, I'm still thinking" at the end of "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" is from Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie".
- Bob Dylan, John Lennon and DJ Alan Freed are all mentioned in "Ballrooms of Mars."
- Also received a few:
- Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes" includes the line "Why do I need TV when I've got T. Rex"
- The Who's "You Better You Bet" includes the line, "I've got your body on my mind but I've drunk myself blind to the sound of old T. Rex"
- His friend Elton John paid tribute to him in his song, "I'm Going to Be a Teenage Idol".
- Although he's not named, it's fairly clear that he's the subject of David Bowie's "Lady Stardust," working title "Song for Marc."
- In the Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock'n Roll Radio?", there's these lines: "Do you remember Jerry Lee / John Lennon, T. Rex and Ol' Moultynote ?"
- The manga 20th Century Boys is titled after one of his songs.
- New Rules as the Plot Demands: When Steve Peregrin Took and Bolan disagreed over the course of Tyrannosaurus Rex when harder and audience-pleasing rock was in demand, Bolan replaced him with Mickey Finn, who couldn't play percussion half as good as Took but was pretty and a good foil to Bolan. Bolan went electric and simplified his music, and the rest is history.
- Shown Their Work: "Left Hand Luke" includes the line, "Myxomatosis is an animal's disease," which it, in fact, is, specifically one that affects rabbits.
- Single Stanza Song: "Broken Hearted Blues", among MANY examples, especially on the pre-Electric Warrior albums.
- Something Blues: "Organ Blues," "Lean Woman Blues," "Broken Hearted Blues"
- Swan Boats: Having critical success as Tyrannosaurus Rex, but little in the way of record sales, Bolan relaunched the band as T. Rex and went electric. The "bridging number" between the two incarnations of the band, and the one that made their name as a glam-rock group, was called Ride a White Swan and evoked this trope. Indeed, given a TV pop music programme of his very own to host, Bolan shamelessly relaunched this song by appearing on stage and singing it from... a white boat shaped like a swan.
- Take That!: "Shock Rock":"If you know how to rock you don't have to shock"
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Bolan tragically died in a car accident just before he was to turn 30.
- Tropes Are Tools: Bolan simplified his musical style for the Electric Warrior album, drawing on Three Chords and the Truth. Music critics and audiences alike saw it as a good idea, despite alienating some older fans.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Well, duh. It was only the band's original name. Bolan specifically wanted the name because of the animal's status as the greatest predator to have ever wandered the Earth.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Too many examples. Read the lyrics to ANY of his albums.