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The cover of 1970’s Wildlife—Mott the Hoople’s third Atlantic Records album in two years—depicts a kind of glam version of The Band, all woodsy and autumnal in woolen coats, scarves, hats, and shags. And the music itself features organs, pianos, and acoustic and pedal steel guitars. While that might seem strange for one of England’s most exciting rock ’n’ roll bands of the era, Mott was merely revealing its growing admiration for the soul and country music of the American South, especially on “Original Mixed Up Kid,” “It Must Be Love," and “Home Is Where I Want to Be.” Singer Ian Hunter’s drop-dead-lovely “Angel of Eight Avenue” shows deep empathy for its subject (written on Mott’s first visit to New York City), and he documents a painful divorce on the haunting and string-lush “Waterlow.” (It’s easy to hear why Hunter considers the latter his finest composition.) “Whiskey Women” (about Mott’s L.A. debut at the Whiskey a Go Go), “Wrong Side of the River," and a rousing cover of Melanie’s “Lay Down” keep Mott’s original Stones–meets–Jerry Lee Lewis template intact. Nice.


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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