Free Download: KCRW's Dan Wilcox Puts His Fingerprint Across T. Rex's "Solid Gold Easy Action"

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I've been a Marc Bolan fan since the first time I heard "Get It On" blaring out of Mom's stereo as a youngin. Like Dan Wilcox, it was a “slap across the face” and pretty much opened my eyes to sounds I didn’t know existed, so when I came across this Wilcox remix of "Solid Gold Easy Action" it just made my day. So for that I say donka Dan.  And thank you KCRW for your Soundclash series.

Free Download: Dan Wilcox Remix Of T. Rex's "Solid Gold Easy Action" (right click, save as)

Here’s what Dan Wilcox had to say about the project:

“The path that led me to T.Rex was a strange and somewhat winding one.  At 14, I was fully immersed in a Goth stage where bands like The Cure, Joy Division, Christian Death and Siouxsie & the Banshees ruled my turntable.  I probably would have worn white makeup and eyeliner if I didn’t think I would get my ass kicked on my middle-school bus.  My favorite band was Bauhaus and I was particularly drawn to their song ‘Telegram Sam’—it took me a while to realize this was actually a cover song, originally done by T.Rex.

On a whim I picked up ‘The Slider’ and, once I put it on, it was like getting slapped out of my gloomy Gothic doldrums with a giant glittered backhand.

That intoxicating mix of Godzilla guitars and heavy strings—I had never heard anything quite like it.

It was the Technicolor to the Goth music’s black and white.  It was my antidote.  Truthfully, as much as I liked all that music, I never really felt very Goth.  This felt more like me.  I never looked back.

From then on, it was all T.Rex, then Bowie, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, etc., etc.  I listened to as much of the work of Marc Bolan as I could get my hands on.  So when I heard that KCRW was putting together a Soundclash remix project of the music of T.Rex, I didn’t wait to be asked. I lobbied for it.”

And since we're talking Marc Bolan, here he is with his girlfriend Gloria Jones (who also happens to be the one that wrote "Tainted Love" in 1964, which was later covered by Soft Cell) doing some classic California vibes: “Skateboard.”