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German picture sleeve by Ariola label
|Single by T. Rex|
|from the album The Slider|
|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 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."
United Kingdom (EMI)
- "Metal Guru"
Germany and Spain (Ariola)
- "Metal Guru" (2:25)
- "Lady" (2:12)
- "Metal Guru" (3:45)
- "Lady" (3:50)
- Marc Bolan – vocals, guitar
- Mickey Finn – percussion, vocals
- Steve Currie – bass
- Bill Legend – drums
- Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman – backing vocals
- Tony Visconti – string arrangements
- Produced by Tony Visconti
- 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 Smiths based their song "Panic" on "Metal Guru".
- American indie rock band Louis XIV 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.
- List of number-one hits of 1972 (Germany)
- List of number-one singles of 1972 (Ireland)
- List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 1970s
- 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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