Solid Gold Easy Action

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""Solid Gold Easy Action""
German picture sleeve by Ariola label
Single by T.Rex
from the album Great Hits (1972)
A-side "Solid Gold Easy Action"
B-side "Born To Boogie"
Released December 1972
Format 7" single
Genre Glam rock
Length 2:14
Label EMI
Writer(s) Marc Bolan
Producer(s) Tony Visconti
T.Rex singles chronology
"Children of the Revolution"
"Solid Gold Easy Action"
"20th Century Boy"

"Solid Gold Easy Action" is a song by T. Rex, written by Marc Bolan. It was released as a single in 1972 and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[1][2] The song did not feature on an original studio album but was included on the 1972 Great Hits compilation album issued by EMI Records. Jeff Lynne played guitar on the track alongside Bolan,[3] with Bolan returning the favour by playing on Lynne's ELO hit "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" soon after.[4]

Lyrical content[edit]

Whilst Solid Gold Easy action's musical style lays rooted in the Rock and roll of the 1950s, its lyrics are surrealistic and a typical example of Bolan's nonsense poetry. This song, like many of Bolan's hit singles, uses words such as "satisfaction" and "action", whilst mentioning predators such as foxes and tigers to give the song an undertone of sexuality. Combined with the rhythm and fast guitar strumming pattern on the song, Bolan creates an image of teenage sexual frustration that reflected the trends in contemporary popular culture. The break in the latter half of the song further emphasises this; "I know you're shrewd and she's a dude / But all I want is easy action" implying that the singer wants to have sex with the subject regardless of their gender and what others think about it.

Kerrang! magazine founder Geoff Barton, wrote in an article for Classic Rock magazine that the first two lines of the song, "Life is the same and it always will be / Easy as picking foxes from a tree", appeared to predict Marc Bolan's own death in 1977. The license plate of the car Bolan was in during the fatal collision with a tree was FOX 661L.[5] This is one of many supposed 'prophesies' surrounding Marc Bolan's death.[6]

Other versions[edit]

The song was covered by Department S, with backing vocals provided by Bananarama, as the b-side to the single "Is Vic There?" in 1981.[7] It was covered by The Fratellis in 2007 for the soundtrack of the film "Hot Fuzz".[8] Kim Wilde performed the song live during the second leg of her Perfect Girl tour in November 2007.[9] As of January 2015 the song is currently being used on an Asda advert in the UK.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Solid Gold Easy Action"
  2. "Born To Boogie"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972–1973) Peak
Australia (Go-Set Top 40)[11] 39
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 13
France (SNEP)[13] 68
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 6
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart)[15] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rice, Tim; Roberts, David (2001), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, Guinness World Records, p. 435, ISBN 0-85112-156-X 
  2. ^ a b "January 1973/ Archive Chart: 6 January 1973" UK Singles Chart.
  3. ^ Jeff Lynne Song Database,, retrieved 30 May 2013 
  4. ^ Eder, Bruce. On the Third Day – Electric Light Orchestra at AllMusic
  5. ^ Barton, Geoff (22 June 2012), 1977: Did Marc Bolan predict his own death?, Classic Rock, archived from the original on 25 June 2012, retrieved 30 May 2013 
  6. ^ Gallucci, Michael (29 Jan 2013), Marc Bolan – Famous Musicians Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Death, Ultimate Classic Rock, retrieved 30 August 2014 
  7. ^ Bananarama Aie A Mwana, Bananarama UK, retrieved 14 January 2011 
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. Hot Fuzz – Cherry Tree at AllMusic
  9. ^ Solid Gold Easy Action, Wilde Life, retrieved 14 January 2011 
  10. ^ "Spirit Global". Spirit Music Group. Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  11. ^ "Solid gold easy action in Australian Chart". Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  12. ^ " – T. Rex – Solid Gold – Easy Action" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Solid gold easy action in French Chart" (in French). Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  Select "T. Rex" from the artist drop-down ment
  14. ^ " – T. Rex – Solid Gold – Easy Action". GfK Entertainment.
  15. ^ "Solid Gold Easy Action in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 18 July 2013.  Only one result when searching "Solid Gold Easy Action"
  16. ^ " – T. Rex – Solid Gold – Easy Action". VG-lista.

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