One couplet runs "I wanna call ya/I wanna ball ya," which gives away the fact that it's not quite 1956 in terms of this being the product of a number one English singer. But the genius of "Baby Strange," a track from T. Rex's excellent album The Slider, is that it is the sound of that decade upgraded for a newer time, right from the "And a one and a two and a boppely doppely do!" start. Admittedly, Marc Bolan's playing had often won comparisons to the birth of rock & roll -- his guitar work in particular had any number of references to that time, especially the work of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. But far from being a simple revivalist, Bolan spiked his punch with not merely his self-conscious star imagery but his sly, sweet whisper, seemingly at odds with the electric bite the songs so often provided. Bill Legend's drum hits come through loud and clean, further tribute to Tony Visconti's genius production work of the time, while his addition of strings throughout, descending notes matching the guitar work in the chorus, adds to the combination of upfront sass and gentle moodiness. Top it off with Bolan's own brand of pixie dust, and it's another unfailing success from his best period -- it's no wonder Big Star chose to cover this on its live reunion album from 1992.