Making Peace With World Pop Cinema
Bowie was pissed that Sweet ripped off Jeff Beck's riff (from the Yardbird's version of "I'm a Man") before he could release "Jean Genie" (which has the same rip-off riff).There's another video for this song with Steve Priest (the guitarist camping it up) is in Nazi drag with a little Hitler mustache. Genius.
Yeah,it was a tough call between this one and the clip of "Wig Wam Bam" with Steve wearing the full Indian headdress.
Steve Priest - fashion icon.I think the fact that he never took it seriously is one reason he's both alive and sane today.
Until I had the opportunity to watch these old clips of them on YouTube, I always had the impression that Sweet were essentially a group of yobs who adopted the glam look as a matter of career expediency. Given that, I was surprised to see just how much Priest seemed to be enjoying queening it up in those clips. It's hilarious! It's good to know he's alive and well and hasn't gone the sad route of Brian Connolly.
Here's a piece from my Bubblegum book that I wrote about glam, and especially the Chin/Chapman team with Sweet.Glam and Gum
Ha! I own your book, it turns out. Good stuff.
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