Monday, March 06, 2006

Mott, Again

They haven't completely been forgotten, but Mott the Hoople never get mentioned in "Greatest Rock Band Ever" articles. Not even ones that focus on the 70's. But they were great. Ian Hunter's mix of Dylan lyrics, punk singing and heart-of-gold ballads set the stage for the Clash's existence. 3 new reissues (one 1974's lesser The Hoople) tell the tale again. Get Mott first. It's their greatest. All The Young Dudes is second. The title single, written by Bowie, may have hurt their career. They never graced the Top 40 again. But Ian Hunter had great songs in him. This trio proves it, again.
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