A longer version of the song, at over twelve minutes in length, was recorded on 31 March 1972 at Copenhagen's Rosenberg Studios during sessions for the band's third album The Slider. Flo and Eddie, formerly of the Turtles contribute backing vocals to this version of the release. The tape box contained the note that the jam was "for the attention of Ringo".
The recording of the single version of the song began during the sessions for the Tanx album in August 1972. The track was mixed at Air Studios in mid August before being release on 8 September.
"Jitterbug Love" was initially recorded on the 2 August 1972 at the Château d'Hérouville in France, however only the drum track recorded at this session made it to the final release. Additional instrumentation was added at Air Studios on 11 August 1972.
The Dead C covered it on their album Eusa Kills (Flying Nun). Lloyd Cole has recorded a cover of the song, as well as several other Marc Bolan songs. It was released as a b-side in 1991.
The Killers (Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno's band, not the American band that goes by the same name) covered the song on the album Murder One (1992).
A cover is also found on the B-side of the Swedish indie band The Wannadies's second single (Heaven 1990, MNW).
Belgian electro-rock band Soulwax performed a version on a Belgian compilation album Glittering 2000.
A cover performed by Gavin Friday and singer Bono of U2 appears on the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. In the film itself, it is used as part of a flourishing medley at the climax of the show-within-the-movie as sung by the Bohemian characters led by John Leguizamo.
The song appears fairly briefly in during an episode of the Channel 4 television series 'Fresh Meat' during a student demonstration.
Japanese rock band SADS published a version on their 2002 EP "Appetizing 4 songs".
It was also covered by Elton John and Pete Doherty during the Live 8 concerts (2005), but it was poorly received, as Doherty forgot many of the words and was apparently drunk during the performance.
In 2007, Patti Smith performed the song live on stage in Istanbul, at the Babylon jazz club, as well as at the celebration of the life of Marc Bolan of T. Rex at Joe's Pub in the (Central) Park on 29 September.
Toni Collette & the Finish on their 2007 "Look Up" tour around Australia covered "Children of the Revolution". It was well received by the crowd and critics of each night of the tour. Toni is quoted in saying she covers it "because she just can". They performed the song at Live Earth.
The song is featured in the 2013 television commercial "Revolution" for the Fiat 500 in the U.S. Ironically the commercial is based on the premise of Paul Revere's warning "The British Are Coming!" referring to the Fiat 500's main competition, The Mini Cooper.
^Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 822. ISBN978-0-7432-0169-8. 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."
^Hawkins, Stan (2009). The British Pop Dandy: Masculinity, Popular Music and Culture. Ashgate Publishing. p. 157. ISBN978-0-7546-5858-0. Take 'Children of the Revolution' by T. Rex, from 1972. Credited for representing glam-rock at its best, this song is a landmark in British popular music and performed by one of the legendary idols, Marc Bolan.
^ abcdeCampbell, Irving (2007). A Guide to the Outtakes of Marc Bolan (1964–1977). Wellington, New Zealand: Great Horse Productions. ISBN978-0-473-12076-4.