Bolan's songs, Bolan's spirit, Bolan's voice... But wait! There's no Marc Bolan here.
It's a little bit vicious to reform a band firmly associated with its leader who's long dead. But as long as the fans like the likes of THIN LIZZY without Phil Lynott, there would be someone to please them. Hence, T-REX - not T.REX - led by Marc Bolan's skin-kicking sidekicks Mickey Finn and Paul Fenton from 1997 until 2003, when the former passed away, and up to now. With no use in writing new songs and Rob Benson a Bolan soundalike, theirs was a real celebration of the past glories, though the point of re-recording the classics in 2001 remains mooted.
Starting with T.REX's first hit, "Ride A White Swan", and ending with Bolan's swansong, "Dandy In The Underworld", that in its original form had neither Finn nor Fenton on, this line-up embrace the band's entire history, but not Marc's narcissistic energy. Of course, T-REX aren't mere imitators: they don't set a stress on the vocal quiver and ex-SMOKIE Alan Silson doesn't go for Chuck Berry chops as Bolan did, and sometimes pick on less obvious tracks such as "Teenage Dream" off "Zinc Alloy" and "New York City" from "Futuristic Dragon". Still, there's mostly the hits which, save for the rather languid "Hot Love", still rock like hell - just listen to the "Children Of The Revolution" guitar grandeur, the percussive feast of "20th Century Boy" or the "hey hey hey's" of "Solid Gold Easy Action" - so the legacy's well-preserved.