Wired Up!: Glam, Proto Punk, and Bubblegum European Picture Sleeves, 1970-1976 is a gorgeous artefact. 384 pages that lovingly chronicle European glam rock seven inch single sleeves of the 1970s.
Whilst boring old Britain used to sell seven inch singles in plain paper sleeves, until the advent of punk rock changed this practice for the majority of single releases, in the rest of Europe the picture sleeve was standard throughout the whole of the 1970s.
So, along with covers for Sweet, Slade, and T.Rex singles, and other familiar names like Rubettes, Hello, Mud, Suzi Quatro, there are covers for a host of other acts that frequently sound too perfect to be true. Many of these acts are now highly collectable and celebrated on so-called JunkShop Glam compilations.
Be honest, if, to pluck a few favourite examples, Sandwich, Toggle, Shag, Zipper, Crunch, Hobnail, Pantherman, Clutch, Streak, Tiger, Stud Leather, and so on, had never existed we'd have to make them up.
Many of these singles have fabulous designs, with garish colours, great glam outfits and 70s typography. They are very beautiful, and this book is a wonderful thing if you are attracted to such things.
Not only do we get the single covers, there are also short interviews with members of Iron Virgin, Hector, The Jook, The Hammersmith Gorillas, Milk N'Cookies, and Brett Smiley. Most of these detailing thwarted ambition, mismanagement, and some great memories.
This book is the perfect way to celebrate Glam Rock - one of the great musical scenes. 4/5