T.REX - Electric Warrior vs. The Slider

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Electric Warrior's likely the popular favorite, but perhaps some people are (like me) digging the sound of The Slider just a little more this summer. Is it the season for an upset?!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Slider 28
Electric Warrior 16


matinee, Friday, 24 July 2009 00:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

tanx!

iatee, Friday, 24 July 2009 00:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

tanx is next summer

matinee, Friday, 24 July 2009 00:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Straight down the middle tie and I will never choose between them.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 July 2009 00:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

I feel compelled to play The Slider several times a year, while Electric Warrior's not even an annual thing.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 24 July 2009 00:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

so weird i've been listening to The Slider so much more this summer

P.O.L.O. (Posters Only Lol Once) (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Friday, 24 July 2009 00:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was blasting EW at work yesterday, but voted Slider

Daft Punk and the Swedish Passport (los blue jeans), Friday, 24 July 2009 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

FUCKIN SLIDER!

billstevejim, Friday, 24 July 2009 01:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

Slider. Slider. Slider. Always felt that Warrior had more recognition because it had the hits--"Jeepster," and "Bang a Gong"--which are both slight and annoying. "Mambo Sun" and "Cosmic Dancer" are all-time greats, sure, but Slider never lets up. It's better than almost anything you'd care to throw at it.

Michael Train, Friday, 24 July 2009 02:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

And Slider will break your heart repeatedly. Where does EW ever do that? (With My Les Paul...I may be small, but I enjoy living anyway....) And, if nothing else, Slider is a vastly better title.

Michael Train, Friday, 24 July 2009 02:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure that EW is the popular favorite...most people I've run into either don't know who T. Rex is at all (even though they know Bang A Gong Get It On) or know the band and prefer Slider. Writing from the US, where the band's profile is probably very different from the UK.

dlp9001, Friday, 24 July 2009 02:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

Slider. Slider. Slider. Always felt that Warrior had more recognition because it had the hits--"Jeepster," and "Bang a Gong"--which are both slight and annoying. "Mambo Sun" and "Cosmic Dancer" are all-time greats, sure, but Slider never lets up. It's better than almost anything you'd care to throw at it.

And Slider will break your heart repeatedly. Where does EW ever do that? (With My Les Paul...I may be small, but I enjoy living anyway....) And, if nothing else, Slider is a vastly better title.

^^^THIS^^^

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 24 July 2009 02:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always thought people considered "The Slider" the better album

Nuts, whole hazelnuts, HEEUUUUUUUURGGHHH! (Tom D.), Friday, 24 July 2009 09:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well, I certainly do.

someone who is ranked fairly highly in an army of poo (Colonel Poo), Friday, 24 July 2009 11:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

Me too, and everyone else who's posted here so far!

Nuts, whole hazelnuts, HEEUUUUUUUURGGHHH! (Tom D.), Friday, 24 July 2009 11:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I met him, you know...

Mark G, Friday, 24 July 2009 11:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Me too, and everyone else who's posted here so far!

*cough*

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Aye, but get off the fence, Ned

Nuts, whole hazelnuts, HEEUUUUUUUURGGHHH! (Tom D.), Friday, 24 July 2009 12:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ain't gonna happen!

I remember being surprised when talking with Steve Kilbey once about his favorite T. Rex album -- turned out to be the self-titled one just previous to EW.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

^That may be my favorite one, as well, but I'll side with Slider in this fight.

Trip Maker, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

s/t is great

Nuts, whole hazelnuts, HEEUUUUUUUURGGHHH! (Tom D.), Friday, 24 July 2009 13:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Mystic lady is some special shit to me so yeah...Slider

carne asada, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

John Lennon knows your name and I've seen him

ROCK!

[cue multiple interweaving and soaring guitar solos]

also I really love the minimal stuff like

Bolan like to rock now
yes he does
yes he does
Bolan likes to rock now
yes he does
yes he does
yes
he
does

Adam Bruneau, Friday, 24 July 2009 22:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I say the first self titled cos im partial to "Diamond Meadows". But my favorite T-Rex album closer has always been "Frowning Athalupa (My Incan Love)" from My People Were Fair. Tanx is really damn good though.

I was kinda sad a crunk rapper never sampled anything off "The Slider" a la "Crazy Train"...

Adam Bruneau, Friday, 24 July 2009 23:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Happy to see all the support for The Slider here, but I didn't expect no one saying Electric Warrior. I consider Electric Warrior a more consistent album, with better songwriting overall. The Slider's just heavier and faster sorta made me forget what Electric Warrior even sounds like for the moment, so I'm into it right now. But let's keep this a clean fight. Someone's gotta be loyal to Electric Warrior, right?

matinee, Saturday, 25 July 2009 00:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Pitchfork rated The Slider 0.3 higher on their scale, and yet only included Electric Warrior in their favorite 70's albums. I'm not sure why I noticed this, but I did.

billstevejim, Saturday, 25 July 2009 00:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also the 3 bonus tracks on The Slider are rad.

billstevejim, Saturday, 25 July 2009 00:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Anybody out there have, and care to comment on, the alternate versions found on the double cd reissue? Am I missing something significant by not having them in my life?

And so many classic intro riffs on Slider, not that an intro lick makes a whole song.

Michael Train, Saturday, 25 July 2009 01:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Pitchfork rated The Slider 0.3

This was all I initially read and I was about to make a call to firebomb Chicago.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 July 2009 01:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

looks familiar http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s200780.jpg

matinee, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 00:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

I went for Electric Warrior. I love The Slider but - c'mon now - let's be real.

Marcus Brody Ta-Dow! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 01:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Rabbit Fighter" and "Baby Strange" is such a sick 2-in-a-row.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 01:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I saw a "Born to Boogie" bootleg where Gloria Jones's backing vocals on "Baby Strange" were way up in the mix and it hit me that it was really a girl-group jaunt in disguise!

Adam Bruneau, Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

electric warrior because for mine 'jeepster' is just a perfect song. t rex tracks always seem to have the right measure of swagger and cool, always just that little bit ambivalent.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 30 July 2009 05:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^ sorry ambivalent is not the word i'm looking for at all. should read "always just that little bit bouyant and detached"

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 30 July 2009 05:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 30 July 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

'tis the season

matinee, Friday, 31 July 2009 06:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

tanx

iatee, Friday, 31 July 2009 06:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Why is he singing about Chevy Chase? Also is "Spaceball Ricochet" about Pong?

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:36 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

main man is my top track on slider, rabbit fighter is a close second. perfect record

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 18:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

main man is so good

marcos, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 18:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I considered buying a second Electric Warrior tshirt the other week

brimstead, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

do some of the post-slider albums have no bass or am i just listening to shitty early CD era masterings?

marcos, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The Slider is as good as rock music gets

J. Sam, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Kinda, yeah. Telegram Sam, Buick Mackane. Electric Warrior has Monolith and a way better cover tho, and it's not like I actually need or want to choose between them.

albvivertine, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 20:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

imo Slider cover > Electric Warrior cover

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

but im also partial to the silly "Born to Boogie" movie he made w Ringo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

slider cover is great also obv invented slash

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm surprised by the results and how Slider is far ahead of EW !
I love both but my favourite songs are on EW and I also prefer its sound and production.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah i think objectively i would put both on equal footing in a three way tie with the first T. Rex album. Slider was my first T-Rex though so i favor it for sentimental reasons

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Monolith is the business. It's got so much atmosphere in the mix with the background singers and strings.

earlnash, Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah, EW sounds so great.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

these two albums mean more to me than anything bowie ever did

marcos, Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

you talk about day
i'm talking bout nighttime

marcos, Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

My preference or slider is partially cuz I heard Electric Warrior to saturation point first. But yeah as mentioned above and otm this is as good as rock gets!

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I own Slider but not EW, hadn't listened to the latter front to back for years before today. After becoming more used to various covers (Bongos, Altered Images, Power Station, Southern Culture on the Skids) it was great to revisit an old friend.

No energy, only great chaos (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i feel like a true rock n roller when i listen to t rex, i wear my denim jacket and everything and feel untouchably cool

marcos, Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

but not in like a dick way, more like a "cool dad" way

marcos, Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

totally marcos

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i love how loud and orgasmic "Metal Guru" is coming right out of the gate. having Flo & Eddie do the background vocals for these songs makes total sense. they are technically actually good singers and have sung so many different kinds of material by this point they can nail anything. and Marc's girlfriend singing along as well, Gloria Jones (Four Top, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips), a Motown singer who sang the original Tainted Love in the 60s. she first met him in 1969 while performing in the musical Hair in Los Angeles.

there is retro-futuristic (a la Roxy Music) postmodern takes on 50s/60s rock ("Metal Guru", "Rock On", "Telegram Sam", "Ballrooms of Mars"), Bubblegum NEU! ("Main Man"), proto-80s hair metal balladry ("Spaceball Ricochet" is basically the "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" of it's day), punks doing 60s girl group pop (a la The Ramones) ("Rabbit Fighter", "Baby Strange"), etc. incredible lyrics throughout

they are doing so many things with this simple pop music.

Marc Bolan was a genius <3 all of his albums incl. Tyrannosaurus Rex and "Think Zinc"/"Light of Love" postrock funk fusion-era, ofc his last two albums the beautiful "Futuristic Dragon" and "Dandy in the Underworld" are seriously underrated as is everything he has done.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

is this the only album where somebody screams "ROCK!" right before a guitar solo? surely there must be others.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

good post adam xp

marcos, Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Electric Warrior has better songs in my humble opinion. Kinda hate that my favorite T Rex song, “Raw ramp” is not in there and got lost as a b-side to “bang a gong” (which is oddly enough one of my least favorites songs in the album).

They’re both amazing but I like Slider’s album cover better. It’s a classic for me... I remember seeing it in the wall of some bar once before knowng who Marc Bolan was and it immediatly made me curious.

I don’t know how well known this bit of trivia is but that photo was taken by Ringo Starr in Lennon’s mansion:

http://www.feelnumb.com/2015/12/17/ringo-starr-famous-marc-bolan-the-slider-album-cover-photo-john-lennon/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

heh i had no idea they did that at Lennon's! i wonder if they filmed a lot of "Born to Boogie" there.

btw if you haven't seen it, it's a treat! 1/2 concert footage 1/2 silly skits. there's a bit where they play "Children of the Revolution" in a room with Elton John on piano and Ringo doubling up on drums. there's another nice sequence where they have a mad tea party and Marc does an acoustic garden show wearing the top hat with some cellists accompanying him. it's a lot of fun. (plus the disc has an incredible bonus full performance of Tyrannosaurus Rex playing "Sarah Crazy Child" at the UFO club in 1967 as introduced by John Peel)

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 March 2018 13:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Couple fresh uploads from Musikladen on YT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAI4O5woDiQ

jammy "Buick MacKane"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SG65dlho_o

"20th Century Boy"

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Wicked

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Wicked

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Is there a more perfect riff than that of 20th Century Boy? If there is, it's probably also a T. Rex riff.

triggercut, Thursday, 7 February 2019 12:15 (one week ago) Permalink

I had never paid attention to their bass player before, but he really looks like Jaco Pastorius there. Check 0:57 in 20th Century Boy for a good example.

peace, man, Thursday, 7 February 2019 12:28 (one week ago) Permalink


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