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Playing the guitar with the H-shaped body is Mott front man Ian Hunter.

There are some mornings when you wake up and feel like listening to Mott the Hoople's album All the Young Dudes. Today is one of them.

The album was released in 1972; I bought it that fall without having heard anything on it. I only knew that the writers at Creem magazine loved it. If I were forced to label by genre, I'd label it 70 percent rock and 30 percent glam rock. The "glam" part comes from David Bowie's involvement in the album. He wrote the album's title song, contributed background vocals, played saxophone and produced the album.

I have no more than 10 perfect albums in my collection; this isn't one of them. But it's damned good and, 40 years later, doesn't sound a bit dated.


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Oct. 27th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
That photo of Ian Hunter all glammed up made me smile.
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
His new solo album, When I'm President, has been living in my truck's CD player for the last couple of weeks. It is a terrific album—well worth a buy for Mott/Hunter fans.

Hunter's touring with his Rant Band; I'm going to go see him Dec. 8 in Buffalo.
Oct. 27th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Hubby still has the new cd in his car, but I'm already loving it from the bits and pieces I hear when we're journeying together.
Oct. 27th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
You guys are going to see him, right?
Oct. 28th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Oh you betcha we're going! Will the lovely Mrs. be accompanying you for this one?
Oct. 28th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I asked her today and she was, ah, let's say noncommittal. I'm going to buy a pair of tickets; if she decides to stay home, I'll bring a guest along. Maybe Stephen, maybe Rich Lee, one of my colleagues who is in his second year here and used to be an honest-to-God music writer. Maybe Cmac; who knows?

Oct. 28th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Video on You Tube with the group and David Bowie at Wembley
for Freddie Mercury Tribute.. Can't help but sing the refrain.. Holiday
Oct. 29th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Mott had a falling out with Bowie right after All the Young Dudes. Their next album had a song written by Hoople front man Ian Hunter and former keyboardist Verden Allen that some critics contend took a nut shot at Bowie:

I've got an idea
Go tell the superstar
All his hairs are turning

Later in that same song:

You ain't the nazz.
You're just a buzz
Some kinda temporary—
Oct. 29th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I used to sneak into your room when you weren't home and listen to Mott the Hoople and Queen on your headphones.
Oct. 29th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Nothin' wrong with that!
Oct. 30th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I used to sneak into your room when you weren't home and listen to David Bowie on your head phones. Ziggy and the spiders - good stuff that. Still love it.
Oct. 30th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Lots of good tunes on that disc—or record, back in the day.
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