ten glam signatures

1 The squealingly high backing vocals on T.Rex and Sweet singles

2 The fat sustain of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, as played by Marc Bolan, Mick Ronson, Johnny Thunders
and Mick Ralphs

3 The compressed, mechanical drum sound that dominated glam pop from T.Rex to Suzi Quatro 

4 The wide lapels of the satin jackets Marc Bolan wore on Top of the Pops

5 The orange "mullet" sported by Ziggy Stardust

6 The faux-cockney vibrato of David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Steve Hurley, Brett Anderson...

7 The chamber rock arrangements of Tony Visconti and Mick Ronson ( T.Rex, Bowie), Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed), Queen

8 The giant silver platforms worn by Iggy Pop, Gary Glitter and others

9 The descending major chords of "Changes", "All the Young Dudes", "Tumbling Down" and many other glam classics

10 The self-rebirth implicit in glam names: e.g. Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Gary Glitter, Johhny Thunders, Alvin Stardust...

( Glam ! Barney Hoskyns, 1998)

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