ALBUM OF THE DAY:
Dandy in the Underworld -T. Rex
-is the twelfth and final studio album by English rock band T. Rex. It was released on 11 March 1977 by record label EMI. It reached No. 26 in the UK charts, the band's highest-charting album since 1974's Zinc Alloy. The leading single "I Love to Boogie" had been a hit single in the UK the previous year, peaking at number 13 in the singles chart.
T. Rex (originally Tyrannosaurus Rex) were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan, who was their leader, frontman and only consistent member.
Dandy in the Underworld was regarded by critics as a comeback for the band. It was praised for the strength of the songwriting and Bolan's vocal performances. However, it would prove to be the band's final album, as Marc Bolan died in a car crash in September 1977 at age 29. In 2006, an album of alternate versions and unreleased tracks called Final Cuts was released.
At the time of the album's release, Marc Bolan and T. Rex were on a UK tour, supported by The Damned. The album and tour were notable for marking a return to form for the band.
Pitchfork praised the album saying, that it "finds a reinvigorated Bolan crafting some of his best hooks and calibrating his catchiest grooves in years".
Marc Bolan – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, maracas, tambourine
Steve Harley – backing vocals
Alfalpha – backing vocals
Nick Laird-Clowes – backing vocals
Andy Harley – backing vocals
Sam Harley – backing vocals
Gloria Jones – backing vocals
Colin Jacas – backing vocals
Dino Dines – keyboards
Tony Newman – drums
Herbie Flowers – bass