Velvet Tinmine - 20 Junk Shop Glam Ravers

EricEric USA
edited July 10 in year-2003

ARTIST: Various Artists (Velvet Tinmine)
ALBUM: 20 Junk Shop Glam Ravers
LABEL: RPM Records
YEAR: 2003

TRACK LISTING: 01 Iron Virgin - Rebels Rule * 02 Hello - Another School Day * 03 Warwick - Let's Get The Party Going * 04 The Damned - Morning Bird * 05 Sisters - Kick Your Boots Off * 06 Flame - Big Wheel Turning * 07 Arrows - Toughen Up * 08 Crunch - Lets Do It Again * 09 Bearded Lady - Rock Star * 10 Simon Turner - (Baby) I Gotta Go * 11 Brett Smiley - Va Va Va Voom * 12 Shakane - Love Machine * 13 Washington Flyers - The Comets Are Coming * 14 Stavely Makepeace - Slippery Rock 70's * 15 The Plod - Neo City * 16 Ricky Wilde - I Wanna Go To A Disco * 17 Tartan Horde - Bay City Rollers We Love You * 18 Big Wheel - Shake A Tail * 19 Fancy - Wild Thing * 20 Tubthumper - Kick Out The Jams


In the past few years 'Junk shop glam' has become one of the more interesting and fun developments in record collecting.. 'What is junk shop glam?' I hear you ask? Good question and time for a little history lesson.

While Sweet, Slade, T- Rex, Gary Glitter and Suzi Quatro were raking in the dough, monopolizing the singles charts in the early to mid-70's, there was believe it or not an underground scene of glam rock do-it-yourselfers releasing singles on their own or on small indie labels and developing their own local scenes. Sounds kind of like the punk rock circa 1976, or even the NWOBHM don't it?

Yeah, and what's more interesting - junk shop glam pre dates punk rock, something that has been written out of most popular music histories with most elitist critics preferring to think of glam rock as David Bowie, New York Dolls and Roxy Music.

And in so doing, treating Sweet and Slade as insignificant tripe, completely unaware that there were several underground bands wearing glitter and platforms that worshiped at the feet of Brian Connelly, critics be damned.

The Songs

The British label RPM Records have culled several of these classic and in many cases extremely difficult to find singles on one CD.

Now, I am not a huge fan of compilations and I only have about half a dozen in my collection. In my opinion, compilations are often a mixed bag, thrown together without much thought, often containing an overlap of easily available material and in most cases make for an unsatisfying listen.

Not so with 'Velvet Tinmine' since every track here is uniformly excellent, giving the listener a good overview of this relatively unknown scene. Yes, some of the groups owe quite a bit to the glam rock leaders of the day, in particular Iron Virgin, Hello and The Plod whose infectious hard rock could have certainly given Sweet and Silverhead a run for their money.

But there is some delightfully odd gems found here like the Stavely Makepeace instrumental 'Slippery Rock 70's' and Tartan Horde's wonderful 'Bay City Rollers We Love You' featuring none other than pop and new wave guru Nick Lowe.

Arrows 'Toughen Up' will be of interest to Glory Daze readers since it features future Runner guitarist Alan Merrill with a power pop styled track and probably the least 'glam' tune on the disc.

Flame's 'Big Wheel Turning' with its odd androgynous vocals, pompy keys and BTO influenced guitar riffs is something to behold, while Washington Flyers 'The Comets Are Coming' is nothing less than two and a half minutes of pure pop genius.

In Summary

If you hadn't already guessed I love this style and period of music and 'Velvet Tinmine' receives my highest recommendation. Kudos to RPM for making this available and if this disc is not enough, check out the second volume 'Boobs - The Junkshop Glam Discotheque' featuring Ice Cream, Hot Rod, Angel (no, not those guys. Irish band produced by Sweet's Andy Scott), Hector, Light Fantastic and many others.

If, after the glittery aural assault of these two disc does not satisfy your cravings and you are still interested in digging deeper into junk shop glam, there are plenty of singles that have not yet made it to disc by Giggles (who toured with Sweet), Merlin, Screemer, Zappo(Kim Wilde's father no less) and Hot Rocks as well as countless who flew the glitter and glam rock flag proudly.

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    ExplorerExplorer England
    edited July 9
    Damn Eric, we miss your reviews.

    A real contender for the greatest ever Glam Rock single.
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    Great review, Eric. I think the guy behind the compilation is Noah Wallace, a singer that has some glam projects (including various parties in L.A. DJing with the punk drummer Don Bolles), a connaisseur and activist of this genre.
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    ExplorerExplorer England
    I`ve reviewed Noah`s band Hammered Satin on this site, `Glamorama` in particular is a stone wall classic of the genre. He is very much a leading light of the `Junkshop Glam` scene.
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    edited July 12
    I picked this comp up when it came up and it instantly made me a junkshop glam devotee. Other comps in this vein worth hunting down include Glitter From The Litter Bin, Blitzing The Ballroom and Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet (all Dutch glam tunes). Cherry Red has also put out a few 3-disc box sets devoted to the genre, All The Young Droogs and Oh You Pretty Things.
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    Just read the review of Hammered Satin, thank you. Had no idea that the Blam Blams existed!
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    ExplorerExplorer England
    I’ve got both recents compilations, ‘Droogs’ and ‘Pretty Things’ both with their fair share of foot stompin’ classics, and yes definitely check out The Blam Blams, a really strong album.
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