Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hare Krishna Top 10 (4)

Marc Bolan and T Rex:
Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)” (1968)

Flower Child, influential guitarist and glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan in a rare track ending with the singing of “Hare Krishna”, repeated at length, with increasing frenzy (2:23  3:59). Innocent, strange, beautiful.

Marc Bolan was an English (Jewish) singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock group T Rex. He died in a car crash 1977, 30 years old. 

Marc Bolan and T Rex started in the latter 60's as a psychedelic-folk rock acoustic duo, their music filled with Bolan's otherworldly poetry, and they were famous in the hippy underground scene. When he later plugged the guitar in and put on mascara, it became glam rock. A million artists and bands up until today owe their looks and style to him from that period, and another million guitarists their riffs and poses. 
As innovative, influential guitarist he co-worked with many artists, such as close friend David Bowie, the Beatles' Ringo Starr, Elton John, Jeff Lynne, Ike and Tina Turner and many more. His songs have been covered by artists in all genres throughout the years. 
One of Bolan's guitars, a Gibson Flying V, recently turned up on the Antiques Roadshow and the value of the guitar was estimated to approximately £60.000. 

Marc Bolan gone electric, with his Gibson Flying V

“Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)” is the last song on the first T Rex album, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (1968). This romantic, melancholy psychedelic folk song is allegedly the first time that the Maha Mantra appears in British music.
Although the track is strange and Marc Bolan's singing technique is childishly peculiar, the prolonged and increasingly ecstatic singing of “Hare Krishna” (which appears intended as a short outro, at least shorter than almost doubling the length of the track) suggests some degree of sincerity in the chanting.

Next up, nr 3, is coming soon


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