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Glam Bam, Thank You Ma'am

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Buddha's Glam Bam, Thank You Ma'am is a pretty good sampling of the golden era of glam rock, containing a large number of staples make it a worthwhile sampler: Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll, Pt. 2," the New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis," Lou Reed's live reading of "Sweet Jane," Alice Cooper's "Eighteen," Eno's "Baby's on Fire," Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz," Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize," and Ian Hunter's "Once Bitten Twice Shy." The rest of the record is marginally glam -- Iggy's live "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and Mick Ronson's cover of "White Light/White Heat" count, but Klaus Nomi's twisted art-pop "Ding Dong (The Witch Is Dead)," the Guess Who's AOR power ballad "Glamour Boy," and Suzi Quatro's bubblegum "Glycerine Queen" don't comfortably fit the glam tag -- but it still winds up being a really fun 14-track blitz through the era. Even better, the cover illustration looks unwittingly like Royal Trux's Jennifer Herema and Neil Haggerty, which naturally adds many, many bonus points.

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