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Glam is also the lead singer of the glam rock group Wig Wam.

Glam rock (less commonly glitter rock), is a style of rock music popularised in the 1970s, it was mostly a British phenomenon and confined to larger cities in the U.S., such as New York and Los Angeles. It was distinguished by the costumes, stage acts of the performers and bouncy rock 'n' roll songs often oozing sexual energy. Lyrically emphasis was often on teenage revolution (T. Rexs - "Children of the Revolution", Sweets - "Teenage Rampage") as well as a strong leaning towards sexuality, decadence and fame, a statement of sorts against such acts as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes and Genesis, whose music was often referred to by critics as art rock.


Glam performers often dressed androgynously in make up and glittery, outrageous costumes, not dissimilar to costumes that Liberace or Elvis Presley wore when performing in cabaret. The most famous example is David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust phase. Sexual ambiguity became a game; Bowie told the press he was bisexual simply for the publicity while the late Jobriath is thought really to have been rock's first openly gay star. One of the most famous examples of a bisexual glam rocker is Freddie Mercury of Queen.


Credit for starting the genre is often given to David Bowie or Marc Bolan of T. Rex. The stars of Andy Warhol's play "Pork" are also considered influential. Wayne County was in particular an influence on David Bowie.

In America, glam rock was most prominently represented by the proto-punk New York Dolls, whose sleazy Rolling Stones-influenced rawk was matched by the wildly feminine look of the band. A sensation in New York City, the group was never able to find a wider audience, although their subsequent influence was great. Earlier, in 1968-69, Alice Cooper had arguably sketched the first hints of glam rock when they used a transvestite look and an overtly sexual attitude as part of their outrageousness

Glam rock was a major influence upon the late 1970s UK punk rock movement, particularly the Sex Pistols.

Glam rock also was reflected in the movies Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust", Alice Cooper's "Good to See You Again", Slade's "Flame", Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine, and John Cameron Mitchell's glam rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The glam rock trend even made the shores of Japan at the turn of the 70s, with local bands the Sadistic Mika Band and Vodka Collins having sucessful glam recordings on EMI records.

A trend amongst some Glam rock groups was releasing a Christmas single, examples of this are Slades Merry Christmas Everybody, Wizzards I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, and Gary Glitters Another Rock N' Roll Christmas. These tracks receive heavy rotation in the United Kingdom every Christmas. Alice Cooper, Angel, Another Pretty Face, Alvin Stardust, The Arrows, Brett Smiley, Cherry Vanilla, Wayne County, The Darkness, David Bowie, David Essex, Eno, Gary Glitter, Hanoi Rocks, Hello, Iggy & The Stooges, Iron Virgin, Ivan Dias Martins, Jobriath, Klaus Nomi, Jimi LaLumia, LaBelle, Lene Lovich, Lou Reed, Marilyn Manson, Mott the Hoople, Mud, Nina Hagen, The New York Dolls, Queen, The Rubettes, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Sadistic Mika Band, Silverhead, Skyhooks, Slade, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel,Sparks, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, T. Rex, Velvet Underground


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Rodney Bingenheimer, born December 15, 1946 in Mountain View, California, is a radio disc jockey on a well-known Los Angeles rock station, KROQ. He has been a fixture in rock and roll circles since the mid-1960s, when he was a double for Davy Jones on the television show The Monkees.

In the early 1970s he owned a nightclub called Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, located on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. It was a favorite hangout of many rock stars and essentially introduced much of Los Angeles to glam rock. At the height of the American disco era, Bingenheimer was so disenchanted with the stylized dance genre that he abrubtly abandoned his English Disco so as not to be associated with the popular movement.

Due to his preponderent and deep connections within the burgeoning Hollywood music scene, Bingenheimer was given a show on KROQ, called Rodney on the 'Roq, which began in 1976 and continues to the present day, albeit with some changes in time slots.

Bingenheimer is one of the very few DJs on commercial radio in Los Angeles who has autonomy over what he plays. As a result, he has been the first to play many up-and-coming bands, including Blondie, The Ramones, Van Halen, Duran Duran, Oasis, The Donnas, No Doubt, Coldplay and others. Many bands, such as the quirky Lippy's Garden, merely knocked on the parking lot door of KROQ's old studio in Pasadena and handed Rodney a copy of their music. If he found a track he liked, he would play that song within the hour. Although his show has now been relegated to a midnight to 3 a.m. slot on Sunday evenings, it still has a fair amount of power to make or break new artists in some genres.

He is the subject of the film Mayor of the Sunset Strip by director George Hickenlooper.


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