Glam Rock

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An Attempt to Explain

Glam Rock, sometimes refereed to as "Glitter "Rock" or simply "Glam", grew out of the UK as a reaction to the Hippie movement of the late 1960s early 1970s. Glam was performed by singers and musicians wearing outrageous clothes, wild makeup, extreme hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. Musically Glam is very much guitar-driven and has a distinctive Rock feel, incorporating elements of Punk, Protopunk, Soul and 50's Rock n Roll.

Another major feature would be the flamboyant lyrics, with catchy chorus lines that were easy to sing along to, and the performances had a very visual, camp, and theatrical feel, often blending up nostalgic references with science fiction and old movies, the music was a return to a simpler time, and could be seen as a reaction to the perceived excesses of the Psychedelic Rock and Progressive Rock scenes.

Largely a British phenomenon, Glam Rock had its peak during the early 1970s with the likes of Marc Bolan and T.Rex, Sweet and Slade, as well as David Bowie, Roxy Music, Mud, Queen, Mott the Hoople, Brian Eno and Suzi Quatro.

There is also the subtly different Glam Metal scene as well.

Some Bands

A

Adam and the Ants

Alice Cooper

The Arrows

B

The B-52s

Bachmann Turner Overdrive

Black Veil Brides

Brian Eno

Bryan Ferry

D

The Darkness

David Bowie

E

Electric Light Orchestra

Elton John

F

Faster Pussycat

G

Geordie

Grand Funk Railroad

H

Hanoi Rocks

L

Lou Reed

M

Malfunkshun

Marilyn Manson

Meat Loaf

Mother Love Bone

Mötley Crüe

Mott the Hoople

Mud

N

New York Dolls

Nitro

P

Poison

Pretty Boy Floyd

Q

Queen

R

Rob Zombie

Roxy Music

Rubettes

S

Slade

Sparks

Steel Panther

Suzi Quatro

Sweet

T

T.Rex

Tuff

Twisted Sister

V

The Velvet Underground

W

White Zombie

Wizzard