"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 No. 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."


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Track listing[edit]Edit

United Kingdom (EMI)

  1. "Metal Guru"
  2. "Thunderwing"
  3. "Lady"

Germany and Spain (Ariola)

  1. "Metal Guru" (2:25)
  2. "Lady" (2:12)

France (Columbia)

  1. "Metal Guru" (3:45)
  2. "Lady" (3:50)


Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1972) Peak


Australia (Go-Set Top 40)[2] 8
Canadian RPM Top Singles[3] 45
France (SNEP)[4] 29
Germany (Media Control AG)[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart[6] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 4
South African Chart[8] 14
UK (Official Charts Company)[9] 1
Chart (1991) Peak


Irish Singles Chart[6] 27

Cover versions[edit]Edit

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.

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