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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2010) "Metal Guru" German picture sleeve by Ariola label Single by T.Rex from the album The Slider B-side "Thunderwing" / "Lady" Released 1972 Format Vinyl, 7" Genre Glam rock Length 2:25 Label T.Rex Wax Co. Writer(s) Marc Bolan Producer Tony Visconti T.Rex singles chronology "Telegram Sam" (1972) "Metal Guru" (1972) "Children of the Revolution" (1972) "Metal Guru" is a song by the British rock band T.Rex, written by Marc Bolan. It was the band's fourth (and final) number one on the UK Singles Chart when it topped the chart for four weeks in May-June 1972. It was also included on the album The Slider in 1972. Despite coming only ten months after the success of "Get It On", it failed to chart in the United States. The song reached #45 in Canada in July 1972. Bolan himself described the song's apparent religious references as this: "Is a festival of life song. I relate 'Metal Guru' to all Gods around. I believe in a God, but I have no religion. With 'Metal Guru', it's like someone special, it must be a Godhead. I thought how God would be, he'd be all alone without a telephone. I don't answer the phone any more. I have codes where people ring me at certain times." Contents 1 Track listing 2 Personnel 3 Cover versions 4 References Track listing United Kingdom (EMI) "Metal Guru" "Thunderwing" "Lady" Germany (Ariola) "Metal Guru" (2:25) "Lady" (2:12) France (Columbia) "Metal Guru" (3:45) "Lady" (3:50) Personnel Marc Bolan: vocals, guitar Mickey Finn: percussion, vocals Steve Currie: bass Bill Legend: drums Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman: backing vocals Tony Visconti: string arrangements Produced by Tony Visconti Cover versions In 2005, rock band Rooney covered the song for the Herbie: Fully Loaded soundtrack. Metal Guru was covered and recorded by Serbian new wave band Električni orgazam as a B-side for the band's fourth single Locomotion from their cover album Les Chansones Populaires released in 1983. Srđan Gojković Gile provided the lead vocals for the track. There are no recorded live versions of the song. The band The Smiths based their song Panic on Metal Guru. American Indie Rock band Louis XIV (band) were also heavily influenced by this song for the composition of A Letter to Dominique, which is from their second album The Best Little Secrets Are Kept. References Preceded by "Amazing Grace" by The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards UK number one single 20 May 1972 for four weeks Succeeded by "Vincent" by Don McLean This 1970s single-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e