Glam rock and glitter rock of the early 70’s was largely a British phenomenon – no one did it better. From Marc Bolan to Ziggy, Sweet, Slade and Gary Glitter. You can also include Mott The Hoople and early Queen. That’s right – the limeys invented the genre and played it better than anyone. I even dug the silliness of Mud, with the catchy ‘Tiger Feet’, although the video clip of that tune with all the boys is better left alone. Yet what about the British glitter bands who you may not be so familiar with? Well take a listen to this CD which came out in 2003 called Velvet Tinmine – ‘20 Junk Shop Glam Ravers’, a compilation that features a bunch of largely unknown bands of that genre. So today I thought I’d see if the stack heels still fit and have given this CD a spin. The albums opens with ‘Rebels Rule’ by Scotland’s premier glam band, Iron Virgin. Lousy name, great band. They have a superb hard rocking debut LP which came out in 74. Hard to find nowadays though. They have a big stomping sound and thumping drums that were the backbone of Gary Glitter’s best tunes. This song sounds so much like the Runaways ‘California Paradise’ that I’d go so far as to say that Mr. Fowley has ripped this off. Maybe he heard Rodney spinning it at The English Disco? It’s a great tune. Talk about teen anthem. Get your boots on! There’s a tune by the band ‘Hello’ here, I think Rockbrat had that album. There’s tunes by Warwick, Sisters and a catchy ‘Big Wheel Turning’ by Flame. The Arrows tune ‘Toughen Up’ is a good one, they also wrote ‘I Love Rock n Roll’, but I guess you knew that. ‘Crunch’ sound very much like Slade, and that’s a good thing. The Plod have the 12 bar glitter punk thing happening, ala Teenage Head. Ricky Wilde’s “I Wanna Go to a Disco,” is actually sung by a teen. Great glam guitar through. Nick Lowe (alias The Tartan Horde) sends up Bay City’s most famous sons in “Bay City Rollers We Love You”. Tub thumper deliver a bubblegum version of MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ without the vocals. Brett Smiley’s ‘Va Va Va Voom’ is a great glam tune. If you haven’t read the book that Nina Antonia wrote about Brett called ‘The Prettiest Star’, go search that out too. This is a good CD, lot of buried treasure here. I remember that Noel Gallagher dug this CD when it was released. Good enough for Noel, good enough for you. Check it out.