Additional information about this Mott The Hoople vinyl art.
Mott The Hoople – The Artist
Mott the Hoople are an English rock band with strong R&B roots, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. They are best known for the song “All the Young Dudes”, written for them by David Bowie and appearing on their 1972 album of the same name. The band’s debut album, Mott the Hoople (1969), recorded in only a week, was a cult success. The band went through numerous line-up changes during the Motts history but the classic line up is regarded as; Pete Overend Watts – bass, vocals, guitar. Dale “Buffin” Griffin – drums, backing vocals, percussion. Ian Hunter – vocals, guitar, piano, bass. Mick Ralphs – guitar, vocals, keyboards and Verden Allen – organ, vocals.
All The Young Dudes – The Song
All The Young Dudes is a song written by David Bowie, originally recorded and released as a single by Mott the Hoople in 1972. Regarded as one of glam rock’s anthems, the song originated after Bowie came into contact with Mott the Hoople’s bassist Peter Watts and learned that the band was ready to split due to continued lack of commercial success. When the band rejected his first offer of a composition, “Suffragette City” (which later appeared on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Bowie wrote “All the Young Dudes” in short order especially for them, allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in London’s Regent Street, in front of the band’s lead singer, Ian Hunter. With its dirge-like music, youth suicide references and calls to an imaginary audience, the song bore similarities to Bowie’s own “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, the final track from Ziggy Stardust. Described as being to glam rock what “All You Need Is Love” was to the hippie era, the lyrics name-checked contemporary stars T. Rex and contained references to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Bowie himself once claimed that the song was not intended to be an anthem for glam, that it actually carried a darker message of apocalypse. It is suggested the boys are carrying the same news that the newscaster was carrying in the song “Five Years” from Ziggy Stardust; the news being the fact that the Earth had only five years left to live.
Young Couple – The Shape
Modelled into a young couple holding hands, embracing the glam rock era or learning that the world had only five years to live. You decide.
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