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With the success of the David Bowie-produced 1972 album All the Young Dudes”, Mott the Hoople were poised to become one of the most important and definitive bands of the 1970s. To celebrate this achievement in true, perverse style, singer Ian Hunter opted to write an album that loosely commented on the downside of living the rock n’ roll dream. These sad, funny tales of the road, best exemplified in “The Ballad of Mott the Hoople” have a twinge of heartbreak to them, made sadder by the fact that the band instead of breaking through to a mainstream audience, eventually just broke up. Their tough, guitar-heavy sound and their ambitious, high-spirited pace made them natural brethren for future punk rockers. But as self-styled glam rockers, they embraced the showmanship of the day with big riffs that celebrated the rock star’s power amongst the silliness with “All the Way From Memphis,” “Drivin’ Sister” and “Honaloochie Boogie.” “I Wish I Was Your Mother” closes the official album in grand, heartwrenching style.

Customer Reviews

Great, Great

I won't go so far as the other reviewer, but this is one of the things Rock and Roll should sound like!

Undeniably brilliant

This working class band went a bit glam in the early 1970s and created a couple of truly brilliant albums: "All the Young Dudes" and "Mott". From the pounding piano of the first tune to the meloncholy mandolin that closes this masterpiece, Mott simply brings it in a way that few other bands ever even imagine. Ian Hunter was (and is) a gifted songwriter, and he was never better than on "Mott". He sings with a swagger that reminds one of Dylan (at his best) and on "I Wish I Was Your Mother" Hunter puts it all together creating the most complex, disturbing and beautiful love song I've ever heard.

I wish I wrote that song

"I Wish I Was Your Mother" is one of the best songs ever written. I swear Prince rewrote this as "If I Was Your Girlfriend" (later covered by TLC). You want the whole album. "...Memphis" was the hit and "Hymn..." was the sequel but "Whizz Kid" brought the glam and "Violence" showed the future (in England, at least). "Cadillac..." was Mick Ralph's future (Bad Company) while "...Sister" just rocks. Bonus tracks are OK but the live version of "...Sister" kicks. Get it all.


Formed: 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Mott the Hoople were one of the great also-rans in the history of rock & roll. Though Mott scored a number of album rock hits in the early '70s, the band never quite broke through into the mainstream. Nevertheless, their nasty fusion of heavy metal, glam rock, and Bob Dylan's sneering hipster cynicism provided the groundwork for many British punk bands, most notably the Clash. At the center of Mott the Hoople was lead vocalist/pianist Ian Hunter, a late addition to the band who developed into its...
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