The Georgia Straight musical advent calendar for Christmas 2018—Day Six: Glam-rock edition

Given that it’s the time of year for coloured lights, tinsel, and glitter, it stands to reason that, despite its short reign as the subgenre that ruled the U.K.’s pop charts—arguably 1971 to ’75, glam rock had its share of massive Christmas hits.

Glam wasn’t so much a thing in this country. Vancouver’s own Sweeney Todd (founded by English-born Nick Gilder and later fronted by Bryan Adams) was about the only homegrown representation of the genre. In the U.K., though, artists like David Bowie and Gary Glitter were giants.

Unfortunately, Bowie never recorded any Christmas songs, unless you count this, and, even though Glitter did record a song called “Another Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas”, I’m not including it because the man is an unrepentant pervert (and I don’t mean that in a good way).

Instead, I present to you some major hit singles from Mud, Wizzard, and Slade and an officially unreleased seasonal number by T. Rex. Oh, and Elton John, who wasn’t really a glam-rock artist, but who’s counting?

Slade, “Merry Xmas Everybody” (1973)

Wizzard, “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” (1973)

Elton John, “Step Into Christmas” (1973)

Mud, “Lonely This Christmas” (1974)

T. Rex, “Christmas Bop” (1975)


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