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More From KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox:
The path that led me to T.Rex was a strange and somewhat winding one. At 14, I was fully immersed in a Goth stage where bands like The Cure, Joy Division, Christian Death and Siouxsie & the Banshees ruled my turntable. I probably would have worn white makeup and eyeliner if I didn’t think I would get my ass kicked on my middle-school bus. My favorite band was Bauhaus and I was particularly drawn to their song “Telegram Sam” — it took me a while to realize this was actually a cover song, originally done by T.Rex.
On a whim I picked up “The Slider” and, once I put it on, it was like getting slapped out of my gloomy Gothic doldrums with a giant glittered backhand.
That intoxicating mix of Godzilla guitars and heavy strings — I had never heard anything quite like it.
It was the Technicolor to the Goth music’s black and white. It was my antidote. Truthfully, as much as I liked all that music, I never really felt very Goth. This felt more like me. I never looked back.
From then on, it was all T.Rex, then Bowie, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, etc., etc. I listened to as much of the work of Marc Bolan as I could get my hands on. So when I heard that KCRW was putting together a Soundclash remix project of the music of T.Rex, I didn’t wait to be asked. I lobbied for it.
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— Dan Wilcox