do you remember tyrannosaurus rex ?
illustration by gus macdonald.
My friend – and co-conspiritor [sic] from The Ghosts – Gus, recently e-mailed me with the suggestion I might feature some Marc Bolan and Steve \’Peregrine\’ Took. Or more specifically, the b-side to Tyrannosaurus Rex\’s groundbreaking 1969 single, \”King of the Rumbling Spires\”.
The list goes on.
The Grove was London\’s Greenwich Village and Haight-Ashbury rolled up in a joint of Persian Carpet proportions. These days I believe it has sadly undergone a more gentrified makeover. Escalating rents have doubtless all but drained it of local colour. You may remember Van Morrison serenaded it not once but twice on his \”Astral Weeks\”. A good few of those incidental anarchic characters have featured quite prominently here in previous posts. And no doubt shall continue to do so regardless of fashion or fad. Or higher intervention.
\”Lord have mercy, I think that it\’s the cops\”.As Gus recalls:
\”Bolan was a (Ladbroke) Grove resident at the time and Steve Took was a regular at the PinkWind gigs under the Westway every Saturday afternoon during 70/71 and lived with them at that time. Any track with a first line like that deserves an entry.\” For further coverage drop in on Mick Farren\’s Doc 40. And here in an essay by Nigel Cross. Say hello to Magic Michael. Incidentally, Bolan on the sleeve to this bears an uncanny resemblance to my great aunt Rae, an artist of mildly bohemian eccentricity and a lovely woman. Just noticing that there makes me want to go and dig out some Lemonheads.
▼ TYRANNOSAURUS REX: KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES from \”King Of The Rumbling Spires b/w Do You Remember (Cult)\” 45 (Regal Zonophone) 1969 (UK)
▼ TYRANNOSAURUS REX: DO YOU REMEMBER (CULT) from \”King Of The Rumbling Spires b/w Do You Remember (Cult)\” 45 (Regal Zonophone) 1969 (UK)