Kings of Glam, BBC1

by | Mar 3, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

At least it wasn’t a list show – the de riguer, lazy way of tackling popular culture on TV – but this documentary on glam rock didn’t add much new and Liza Tarbuck’s narration was patronising piffle

What was good about it?

• Johnny Marr of The Smiths paying tribute to Marc Bolan

• The profile of Suzi Quatro was the only part of the show not to retread tired old facts. We already know plenty about Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Noddy Holder, Brian Ferry and Elton John

• Some good archive footage, notably the bizarre Marc Bolan-Cilla Black duet

• The chatty contributions from Noddy Holder and Dave Hill of Slade

What was bad about it?

• There was only a tiny glimpse of Gary Glitter, the ultimate king of glam, and despite his despicable crimes, he shouldn’t really be erased from musical history

• The incredible overlooking of The Sweet, apart from that old remark about them looking like hod carriers (they never did)

• The use of Jane McDonald and Wayne Hemingway as talking heads

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