“Get It On” is a song by the British glam rock group T. Rex, featured on their 1971 album Electric Warrior. Written by frontman Marc Bolan, “Get It On” was the second chart-topper for T. Rex on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song was retitled “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” to avoid confusion with a song of the same name by the group Chase.
Bolan claimed to have written the song out of his desire to record Chuck Berry‘s “Little Queenie“, and said that the riff is taken from the Berry song. In fact, a line (And meanwhile, I’m still thinking) of “Little Queenie” is said at the fade of “Get It On”.
This was the song that virtually ended the once-solid friendship between Bolan and John Peel, after Peel made clear his lack of enthusiasm for the song on air after playing his advance white label copy. Bolan and Peel only spoke once more before the former’s death in 1977