The cast

Oral histories




I could be wrong on this one, but I get the impression that in the early-70s a lot of us didn't really get into pop music until we were thirteen or fourteen. It just wasn't around as much as it is today and there wasn't so much of it. The alternatively explanation is that we didn't get into it because the music of 1970/71 wasn't really aimed at us: despite the sterling efforts of Ray Dorset your choices were between light entertainment pop and Melody Maker-endorsed prog rock types.

Then came T Rex and a generation of pop-kids was born. Amongst them was Danielz, who fell in love with Bolan's boogie when he heard 'Jeepster' on the radio: 'I went out, got my pocket money, got Electric Warrior and I was just blown away, by every track.' He's stayed true to the faith ever since.

By the early 90s the tribute group scene was becoming established and in 1992 Danielz took his love of Bolan a stage further: 'I thought I could do it better than anyone. I was convinced: I'd been a fan, I could play guitar like Marc, I could sound like Marc, I could move like him. I thought, I can do it and I can do it well and, because I was a big fan, I thought I'm going to do it before anyone does it badly. That was my first concern: someone else doing it badly.'

T Rextasy have gone on to become the tribute band that even people who hate tribute bands can respect. They've played on the same bills as a lot of the people I've interviewed and the universal opinion is that Danielz is an impressive performer: as close to seeing Bolan as you'll ever get in this life.

The live show is highly recommended, and albums are also available - mostly Bolan songs but a couple of originals and such one-offs as 'Cigarettes and Alcohol' in the manner of T Rex.

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Eddie Amoo
Ken Andrew
Dave Bartram
Mike Batt
Wayne Bickerton
David Blaylock
Trevor Bolder
Jacko Boogie
Tony Burrows
Sally Carr
Tina Charles
David Courtney
Rob Davis
Richard Dodd
Patrick Doonan
Ray Dorset
Herbie Flowers
Ken Gold
Graham Gouldman
Dave Hill
Harvey Hinsley
John Hughes
Jim Irvin
Jimmy James
Steve Jones
Lorraine Kelly
Paul Layton
Les McKeown
Russell Mael
Johnny Moore
Mike Moran
Chris Norman
Bill Oddie
David Paton
Lyn Paul
Phil Pickett
Suzi Quatro
Chris Rae
Chris Redburn
Norman Rogerson
Ron Roker
John Rossall
Andy Scott
Eddie Seago
Mat Snow
Chris Spedding
John Springate
Ray Stiles
Alwyn W Turner
David Van Day
Phil Wainman
Johnny Wakelin
Jeff Wayne
Alan Williams
Pip Williams