Metal Guru

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"Metal Guru"
German picture sleeve by Ariola label
Single by T. Rex
from the album The Slider
B-side "Thunderwing" / "Lady"
Released May 1972
Format Vinyl, 7"
Genre Glam rock[1]
Length 2:25
Label T.Rex Wax Co.
Writer(s) Marc Bolan
Producer(s) Tony Visconti
T. Rex singles chronology
"Telegram Sam"
(1972)
"Metal Guru"
(1972)
"Children of the Revolution"
(1972)

"Metal Guru" is a song by the British rock band T. Rex, written by Marc Bolan. It was the band's fourth (and final) number one on the UK Singles Chart when it topped the chart for four weeks in May–June 1972. It was also included on the album The Slider in 1972.

Despite coming only ten months after the success of "Get It On", it failed to chart in the United States. The song reached No. 45 in Canada in July 1972.

Bolan himself described the song's apparent religious references as this:

"Is a festival of life song. I relate 'Metal Guru' to all Gods around. I believe in a God, but I have no religion. With 'Metal Guru', it's like someone special, it must be a Godhead. I thought how God would be, he'd be all alone without a telephone. I don't answer the phone any more. I have codes where people ring me at certain times."

Track listing[edit]

United Kingdom (EMI)

  1. "Metal Guru"
  2. "Thunderwing"
  3. "Lady"

Germany and Spain (Ariola)

  1. "Metal Guru" (2:25)
  2. "Lady" (2:12)

France (Columbia)

  1. "Metal Guru" (3:45)
  2. "Lady" (3:50)

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by Tony Visconti

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 2005, rock band Rooney covered the song for the Herbie: Fully Loaded soundtrack.

Metal Guru was covered and recorded by Serbian new wave band Električni Orgazam as a B-side for the band's fourth single Locomotion from their cover album Les Chansones Populaires released in 1983. Srđan Gojković Gile provided the lead vocals for the track. There are no recorded live versions of the song.

The band The Smiths based their song Panic on Metal Guru.

American Indie Rock band Louis XIV (band) were also heavily influenced by this song for the composition of A Letter to Dominique, which is from their second album The Best Little Secrets Are Kept.

In 2012 Metal Guru was covered by experimental act Dvala to support a charity project led by Swedish public service radio P3 and charity organisation Radiohjälpen. The aim was to raise funds for people's right to clean water in developing areas all over the world. Metal Guru was featured on the album The Seventies Revisited, released under the moniker Friends of Electronically Yours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 822. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. "Bolan (...) started writing manic chant-along glam-rock hits such as "Metal Guru," "20th Century Boy," "Solid Gold Easy Action," and "Children of the Revolution."" 
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  6. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "T. Rex" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "T. Rex – Metal Guru". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
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  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – T. Rex – Metal Guru". VG-lista. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  10. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (T)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  11. ^ (Spanish) Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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Preceded by
"Michaela" by Bata Illic
German number-one single
31 July 1972 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Michaela" by Bata Illic
Preceded by
"A Thing Called Love" by Johnny Cash
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
10 June 1972 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Vincent" by Don McLean
Preceded by
"Amazing Grace" by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
UK Singles Chart UK number one single
20 May 1972 – 10 June 1972 (4 weeks)