Steveís run as Tyrannosaurus Rex percussionist/backing vocalist remains his best-known work. Recruited as drummer for the electric band Marc Bolan was forming in response to his departure from Johnís Children, Took outlived a gig disaster, departure of other sidemen and repossession of equipment. Marc and Steve formed an economy version of the band, busking in subways on acoustic guitar and bongos.
As an ersatz flower-power unit, Tyrannosaurus Rex proceeded onto the club and stage circuit and thence into the record shops, where they clocked up three albums and two top 40 hits. The duo finagled their way into the very heart of the underground, manipulating and seducing the stoned (and frankly gullible) audiences with a synthesised veneer of mysticism and elfin sagacity, which pushed all the right buttons.
It was Tookís arrangements which were instrumental in transforming Bolanís music from the straightforward rock Ďn roll it had once been (and would again be one day) into an 'exotic' brew of musical Tookie was Bolanís translator, turning his words into audio signals to trigger off mental pictures in a tripped-out audience.
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