Credited by some as the start of the Glam Rock movement in the early 70's, Bang A Gong (Get it On) was recorded in 1971 for the T.Rex album, Electric Warrior. The Glam Rock, or Glitter Rock movement by itself, is a blog post for another day, but with his flamboyant stage presence, including make up, platform shoes, an feather boas, T.Rex's Marc Bolan opened the rock and roll doorways for long list of mid 70's rock stars, including Mott The Hoople, Sweet, Slade, The New York Dolls, and perhaps even the Ziggy Stardust period of David Bowie's career.
Bang A Gong is another simple ode to teenage lust. What makes Bang A Gong stand so far out from the rest is it's catchy hooks and unforgettable riffs. Littering the song with car imagery acting as sexual innuendo, Bolan borrows heavily from the lyrical style of Bob Dylan. Creative word play like "You've got the teeth of Hydra upon you ", and the famous "You've got a Hub Cap Diamond Star Halo" Bolan draws the listener in, and keeps them guessing as to what he could possibly be referring to, if anything at all.
Unfortunately for Bolan, his career and life was as brief as the Glam Rock movement itself. He was killed in a car accident, in 1977, 8 years after his most famous song was released, and just two weeks before his 30th birthday.
Something new with free learning curve included. I created this from start to finish in ProCreate. It's a pretty cool program with a wide array of tools. An iPad only app (to the best of my knowledge), ProCreate has greatly expanded my ability to design on the go. I'm not sure if it's something I'd do a finished design on, not yet anyway, but it's a great way for me to flesh out ideas.
I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge my good and old friend Jay Griffin out in Connecticut for suggesting Bang A Gong as a blog entry... so here you go Jay... you own specially designed hubcap diamond star halo.
Wear it well.
Till next time, feed your head with cool tunes and even cooler art.
Happy Friday everyone, and Welcome to another edition of This Week in Music. Before I get started, I did a little experiementing with the week's design. I may or not have mentioned that I upgraded my iPad mini to a regular size iPad, which came with a bit more memory, which in turn allowed me to start using a real cool drawing app called ProCreate. I won't bore you with all the reasons why I'm so jacked about being able to finally use and learn this app alot more, but I'm a tech, art, cartoon geek, so I guess that's all you really need to know. Consider this an experiment, and excuse the awkwardly large signature.
With that said, here's this weeks dose of historical musical events for the week of July 30th through August 5th... as always, historical information is graciously supplied by the good people at www.thisdayinmusic.com
7/30 1966 The Troggs hit Number One with Wild Thing. A song covered by Jimi Hendrix, and featured prominently in the hit movie Major League, some 22 years later.
7/30 1936 Happy Birthday to Blues legend and one of, if not the last, blues giant still standing, Buddy Guy.
and on a much sadder note...
7/30 2003 Rock and Roll pioneer, the man responsible for introducing Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins to the world, as well as founding Sun Records, Sam Phillips passes away.
7/31 1971 James Taylor hits Number One with Carol King's song "You've Got a Friend", and the very next day...
8/1 1971 George Harrison stages his Concert for Bangla Desh at Madison Square Garden. Performers include Bob Dylan, Ringo and Eric Clapton.
8/2 1962 Robert Allen Zimmerman legally becomes Bob Dylan.
8/3 1971 Paul McCartney announces the formation of his new band, Wings
8/3 1974 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opens up for Anne Murray, 1 year before the release of Born To Run
8/4 1901 Happy Birthday to Jazz music icon Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
8/5 1957 "American" Bandstand airs on TV for the first time.
Next week the blog will feature a new classic rock song / cartoon interpretation, T.Rex's Bang A Gong (Get It On), suggested my good friend Jay Griffin, so do your homework and let me know what I get right, and what I get wrong. Until then, and as always, thanks for being here. I appreciate you taking a brief few minutes out of your schedule to check this out.
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The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.