EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: METAL GURU

What was the number one song in the UK on 20th May 1972?

“Metal Guru” by T Rex was number one on 20th May 1972 and stayed there for a total of 4 weeks.

So let’s have a listen to this then, shall we? This is classic T.Rex at it’s finest in my opinion. This was their fourth #1 hit in the UK and they were on a high at the time. I can just imagine this song being on the radio all over the place back in the Summer of ’72.

The song is uplifting and powerful, and has that classic T.Rex sound. Marc Bolan really was a musical genius.

Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say.

Wikipedia

“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 Sliderin 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”.

Lyrics

Metal Guru is it you, Metal Guru is it you
Sitting there in your armor plated chair, oh yeah
Metal Guru is it true, Metal Guru is it true
All alone without a telephone, oh yeah
Metal Guru could it be you’re gonna bring my baby to me
She’ll be wild you know a rock and roll child, oh yeah
Metal Guru has it been, just like a silver-studded sabre-tooth dream
I’II be clean you know pollution machine, oh yeah

Metal Guru is it you, Metal Guru is it you
Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah, yeah, rock!

Metal Guru could it be you’re gonna bring my baby to me
She’ll be wild you know a rock and roll child, oh yeah
Metal Guru is it you, Metal Guru is it true
All alone without a telephone, oh
Metal Guru could it be you’re gonna bring my baby to me
She’ll be wild you know a rock and roll child, oh yeah

Spotify

The Talk About Pop Music Every UK Number One is now on Spotify. Relive, enjoy and share every song featured up until the latest post!

Acoustic Cover

Here at Talk About Pop Music we love an acoustic cover and Danny McEvoy does them the best!

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Author: Dan

Author: Dan

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