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German picture sleeve by Ariola label
|Single by T.Rex|
|from the album The Slider|
|B-side||"Thunderwing" / "Lady"|
|Label||T.Rex Wax Co.|
|T.Rex singles chronology|
"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."
United Kingdom (EMI)
- "Metal Guru"
Germany and Spain (Ariola)
- "Metal Guru" (2:25)
- "Lady" (2:12)
- "Metal Guru" (3:45)
- "Lady" (3:50)
- Produced by Tony Visconti
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.
- Martin Charles Strong, Brendon Griffin (2008). Canongate Books Ltd., ed. Lights, camera, sound tracks. p. 444. ISBN 978-1847670038. "Marc Bolan (...) almost single-handedly invented the "glam-rock" phenomenon, achieving even more success with 45s 'Telegram Sam', 'Metal Guru' and the evergreen '20th Century Boy'"
- "Metal guru in Australian Chart". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Metal guru in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Metal guru in French Chart" (in French). Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "T. Rex"
- "T. Rex - Metal Guru". Charts.de. Media Control.
- "Metal guru in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 18 July 2013. Only one result when searching "Metal guru"
- "Norwegiancharts.com – T. Rex – Metal Guru". VG-lista.
- John Samson. "Metal guru in South African Chart". Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "1972 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 20th May 1972". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
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