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"Jeepster" is a song by English glam rock act T. Rex. It was released on 5 November 1971 by record label Fly as a single from the group's sixth studio album (and second as T. Rex) Electric Warrior. The B-side, "Life's a Gas", is taken from the same album. Several artists have recorded cover versions of it. Both of the single's tracks were written by Marc Bolan[1] and produced by Tony Visconti.[2]

"Jeepster"
Jeepster single cover.jpg
Cover of the original 7" single
Single by T. Rex
from the album Electric Warrior
B-side"Life's a Gas"
Released5 November 1971 (1971-11-05)
Format7" single
GenreGlam rock, rockabilly
LabelFly
Songwriter(s)Marc Bolan
Producer(s)Tony Visconti
T. Rex singles chronology
"Get It On"
(1971)
"Jeepster"
(1971)
"Telegram Sam"
(1972)

ReleaseEdit

"Jeepster" was released as a single on 5 November 1971 by record label Fly. The single peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart,[3] and was controversial in that Fly Records released the song without singer Marc Bolan's prior permission, Bolan having just left Fly for EMI, which had given him control of his own label T. Rex Wax Co. Records.[4] In Canada, the song reached No. 73.[5]

Cover versionsEdit

TelevisionEdit

Bolan was a guest on the BBC Television show, Cilla, in January 1973. He and Cilla Black sang an acoustic version of "Life's a Gas".[11][12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jeepster - Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Electric Warrior - T. Rex - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "T. Rex | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Jeepster – T. Rex | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - February 26, 1972" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Happy Birthday Plus". Discogs.
  7. ^ "Jeepster single". Discogs.
  8. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Songs from the Mirror". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Hollywood Vampires - Hollywood Vampires - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  10. ^ https://jewishjournal.com/blogs/296413/the-red-hot-chili-peppers-josh-klinghoffer-on-new-record-store-day-single-with-chad-smith/
  11. ^ "Life's A Gas - Cilla Black & Marc Bolan Song - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ Hann, Michael (15 September 2014). "Cilla Black: five unlikely musical moments". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  13. ^ Dave Milton. "Marc Bolan & Cilla Black - Life's A Gas". YouTube. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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