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Remembering the Legacy of T. Rex's Marc Bolan on His Birthday

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* The Replacements recorded Bolan's "20th Century Boy" as a B-side to what may well be their greatest song ever, 1984's "I Will Follow." Adam Ant did a live take on that tune and included it in his Antmusic: The Very Best of the Adam Ant collection. In 1986, X followed suit, included their live version of that same song as a B-side to their single "Kurenai." However, the song got its biggest plug ever when it was used in a Levi's Jeans commercial, and the subsequently climbed into the U.K. Top 20. 
* Duran Duran offshoot Power Station gave Bolan one of his biggest hits on the U.S. charts with their1985 top ten single "Get It On." They later performed the song at Live Aid. Other bands that covered the song included Blondie and Santana. 

* In 1986, the Violent Femmes included Bolan's "Children of the Revolution" on their album The Blind Leading the Blind. The song was later performed by Elton John and Pete Doherty of the Libertines at the Live 8 benefit. Not to be outdone, Bono and singer/songwriter Gavin Friday collaborated on that composition as their contribution to the Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack. 

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Lee Zimmerman

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