Las mejores canciones glam rock de la historia

El glam rock hizo furor en los años 70 con músicos del tamaño de David Bowie, Lou Reed, Steve Harley, Ian Hunter y muchos más. En España se conoció también como «gay rock«, término usado despectivamente y absolutamente inexacto. Se impone hacer un listado de algunas de las mejores canciones glam rock de la historia.

Se trató de un estilo que dio un buen puñado de obras maestras bajo unas mismas premisas: potentes riffs de guitarra, chulería al cantar, actitud, ingenio en las letras y cierta provocación. Puro rock and roll.

1. «Vicious» (Lou Reed). Puro vicio para una de las mejores canciones glam rock

David Bowie produjo la obra maestra que fue «Transformer«, Mick Ronson puso los arreglos y Lou Reed vació todo su talento para lanzar un álbum inmortal. Allí estaba este «Vicious», el resumen de un estilo y con esa línea memorable: «Vicious / You hit me with a flower / You do it every hour / Oh, baby, you’re so vicious».

2. «Queen Bitch» (David Bowie). La intención del glam rock

¡Cómo cantaba David Bowie! «Hunky Dory» fue su primera obra maestra y allí estaba «Queen Bitch» y ese precioso riff con guitarra acústica de 12 cuerdas que daba paso a esa voz macarra y llena de intención. La letra es… indescriptible.

3. «All the young dudes» (Mott the Hoople). Un himno sobre aquellos años que no volverán

David Bowie, otra vez él, compuso para Mott the Hoople lo que sería todo un himno generacional pasado el tiempo. La voz era de Ian Hunter, uno de los mejores rockers (y menos reconocidos) de todos los tiempos. Cómo resistirse a esa voz, esa guitarra y el crescendo de la canción.

4. «Make me smile» (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel). La chulería con clase

La historia no fue justa con Steve Harley y toda la excelente música que grabó durante los años 70. Muchas canciones era auténticos himnos. Una película como «Full Monty» resituó en el mapa la maravillosa canción «Make me smile», tan dylaniana ella.

5. «Get it on» (T-Rex). La definición de un género como el glam rock

Cuando se pide una definición del glam rock, lo mejor es pinchar esta canción de T-Rex, con un Marc Bolan en estado de gracia y esa banda que funcionaba como un tren. Cómo cantaba este chico, cuánto rock tenía en su cuerpo. Y qué bueno era este «Get it on».

6. «Editions of you». El estilo dandy de Bryan Ferry y el talento de Brian Eno

«For Your Pleasure«, con la modelo y cantante Amanda Lear en la portada, fue uno de los mejores discos de Roxy Music y «Editions of you» explotó todo lo que podía dar de sí el glam rock con musicazos del tamaño de Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno y Phil Manzanera.

7. «Trash» (New York Dolls). El lado punk del glam rock

Qué buenos eran los New York Dolls y qué poco duraron. Ellos era el latido de la parte oscura de una ciudad llena de oro y mugre. Podían ser ridículos y duros, viciosos y tiernos. Y todo esto aparecía en «Trash», con su tremendo «uh, ¿cómo llamas a tu lover boy?«.

8. «Cum on feel the noize» (Slade). No sabían por qué…

Slade se enganchó a la ola hipnótica del glam a comienzos de los 70 y supo generar un himno del tamaño de «Cum on feel the noize», ahora convertido en un clásico absoluto. Las guitarras eran salvajes, al igual que ese lamento que era: «I don’t know why anymore».

9. «Search & Destroy» (Iggy & The Stooges). Desde las cloacas de la gran ciudad

Uno no sabe si Iggy Pop fue un genio o un sinvergüenza que se aprovechó de todo y de todos. Lo que sí se conoce es que su alianza con David Bowie generó extraordinarias canciones y una de ellas fue este «Search & Destroy» con el que tantos probaron la heroína.

10. «Killer Queen» (Queen). El glam rock de aquella banda

Antes de lanzarse a los brazos de la grandilocuencia y megalomanía, Queen fue una banda llena de recursos y actitud glam. Y este estupendo «Killer Queen» es la prueba. Con Freddy Mercury realizando una portentosa exhibición vocal sin necesidad de subir volumen.

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