Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #12

If Izzy and the Diamonds were American, how do you think the story would differ?

- Tanezia McAdams

I don't think the story itself would have been different, but the context of it would change drastically because the 1970's glam rock era originated in the United Kingdom. The outrageous costumes, androgyny, gender playing, makeup, hairstyles, and attitudes of the glam rock scene didn't cross over well in America. David Bowie, as well as many others like Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Sweet, and Roxy Music, to name a few, made glam rock well known, popular, and fashionable, and so did American glam rock artists like Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Jobriath. These artists were a hit, and may have crossed over well in the states, but the genre itself was not necessarily as hip and happening in the USA. The American glam rock artists had to scale back on the androgyny, fashion, etc. to please an American audience, or they fell into obscurity too quickly because the glam rock aesthetic was too avant-garde for America. Glam rock not only wasn't that marketable in America, but it was offensive, panned, and criticized. If Izzy and the Diamonds were American, they'd indeed be more excited to tour in Europe than at home, because it's in Europe where they'd be accepted, applauded, and marketable, and they would be way more popular there than at home! Whereas at home they may have had to scale back on their fashion, makeup, etc., as soon as they'd make it to Europe, they would go crazy, like they already do now as they are, as Brits, hehehe.

Part 1 of this David Bowie documentary, Hang On To Yourself, gives more insight into what I'm talking about, furthermore showing how glam rock wasn't only a genre of music, but of a culture :).

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