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20th Century Boy" is a song by T. Rex, written by Marc Bolan. It was released as a single in 1973 and reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. The song did not feature on an original studio album but was included as a bonus track on a reissue of 1973 album [1 ] . Tanx
It later returned to the UK Top 20 in 1991, peaking at No. 13,
fourteen years after Bolan's death, when it was used in a Chris Hartwill-directed commercial for [1 ] Levi's starring Brad Pitt. A slightly different segment of the song, with the addition of a harp, was used in a Jameson Irish Whiskey television advertisement. It plays a key role on the science fiction- mystery manga . 20th Century Boys
This song appears in the music video games
, Rocksmith and Guitar Hero 5 and in the movies Rock Band 3 , Get Him to the Greek , Lords of Dogtown , Velvet Goldmine , Somewhere and Drift Grudge Match
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"20th Century Boy"
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Since its release it has been covered by artists such as
Adam Lambert, [2 ] Bang Tango, Naked Raygun, The King, Kiyoharu, Adam Ant, Drain STH, Chalk Circle, [3 ] The Replacements, Girlschool, Pink Cream 69, The Three Johns, Placebo, and [4 ] Siouxsie and the Banshees. It has also been covered live by [5 ] X Japan, playing the song at many of their earlier performances, one of which was used as the live B-side to their 1989 single " Kurenai". Count Zero, a Boston-based experimental rock band, has released a live performance of the song for download on their website. The song has been covered by Bang Tango in their live album . Ain't No Jive...Live!
Avant-garde metal guitarist Buckethead also covered it on a 1998 tribute, . Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan The English [6 ] hard-rock band Def Leppard covered the song on their 2006 album, , which features Yeah! cover versions of 1970s rock hits. On 29 September 2007, Moby joined Richard Barone onstage for "20th Century Boy" at the T. Rex tribute in Central Park, NYC, with Tony Visconti on bass. British rockabilly band The Big Six recorded a version for the 1998 movie . The Truman Show
During their cameo in 1998 film
, Velvet Goldmine Placebo performed this song as fictitious band The Flaming Creatures. It also appeared as a Double A-Side on their single " You Don't Care About Us" and in their album Covers. The band also performed it live at the 1999 BRIT Awards with David Bowie.
The song is played on
Guitar Hero 5 in a scene in the movie . Somewhere
Powerman 5000 covered the song on their 2011 album Copies, Clones & Replicants.
Bad Religion wrote a song which borrows from the title: "21st Century (Digital Boy)" (on the albums and the re-recording on Against The Grain ). Stranger Than Fiction
Buck-Tick cites the chorus in their 2001 single "21st Cherry Boy". Another Japanese band, [7 ] Fake?, covered the song live in September 2013. [8 ]
Chart performance [ edit ]
T. Rex version [ edit ]
Chalk Circle version [ edit ]
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