Metal Guru

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"Metal Guru"
Trexmetalguru.jpeg
German picture sleeve by Ariola label
Single by T. Rex
from the album The Slider
B-side
  • "Thunderwing"
  • "Lady"
Released1972
Format
GenreGlam rock[1]
Length2:25
LabelT. Rex Wax Co.
Songwriter(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 from 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."

In 2008, Freaky Trigger placed "Metal Guru" at number 37 in their list of "The Top 100 Songs of All Time".[2]

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]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

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."
  2. ^ Baran, Pete (18 November 2008). "FT Top 100 Tracks of All Time: 37: T-REX – Metal Guru". Freaky Trigger. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "T. Rex" from the artist drop-down menu. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – T. Rex – Metal Guru". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Metal Guru". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – T. Rex – Metal Guru". VG-lista. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  11. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (T)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1970s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2014.