What I’m Jamming To: June 28, 2011

The Sweet were half-bubblegum, half-glam, all awesome. Their questionable attire and silly lyrics made them easy targets but also allowed them to sell a lot of records in the UK. While “Ballroom Blitz” is undoubtedly their most well-known song by contemporary audiences, “Fox on the Run” was equally successful, reaching number 2 in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, and number 1 in Australia, Denmark, Germany, and South Africa and it powered their album Desolation Blvd. to number 25, their highest charting album, in the U.S.
If you liked this jam, you may like the following similar jams I’ve been jamming to:

“Personality Crisis” – The New York Dolls

“Metal Guru” – T. Rex

“I Don’t Wanna Go Home” –  Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes


What I’m Jamming To: June 24, 2011

Marc Bolan and T. Rex struck U.K. commercial gold for their fourth and final number 1 hit. This beautiful, symphonic piece that begins with a beautiful, wailing salute to the rock gods stayed number one for four weeks in May and June of 1972 but did not chart in the U.S. It was displaced by one of my all-time favorite folk songs, “Vincent” by Don McClean. The song was featured on T. Rex’s 1972 album The Slider.

If you liked this jam, you may like the following similar jams I’ve been jamming to:

“Have Love, Will Travel” – The Sonics

“Blank Generation” – Richard Hell and the Voidoids

“Personality Crisis” – The New York Dolls

“Another Girl, Another Planet” – The Only Ones

And this tune was featured on my June 7, 2011 workout playlist.

What I’m Jamming To: May 25, 2011

This jam is the opening track New York Dolls‘ 1973 self-titled debut album. The Dolls were glam/punk pioneers who influenced many groups, including the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and, perhaps most noticeably and visually apparent, KISS. The song was ranked number 267 on Rolling Stones’ Top 500 Songs of All Time and among Morrissey’s favorite tunes. The Dolls got one of their biggest breaks by opening up for Rod Stewart on his 1971 tour. I was jamming to Rod The Mod last Thursday.