Brain Capers – Mott the Hoople

When I was younger, although for some, not quite young enough, me and my friends would play the Groupie/Roadie Game (While sitting in a coffee shop people watching, you would put forward your theory on the clientele and which bands they would groupie/roadie for). One such time, while at university, me and a friend spied our Professor and his wife and decided they could have been both groupie and roadie for Mott the Hoople.
I do like the post-Dudes Mott, they were one of the few shining lights in glam-rock. But, I also like the metal wanabees of the early albums. Although it does have a harder sound than the Post-Dudes period, all the elements are still there, melodic rock, slower piano passages accompanied by Hunter, but what is also there is Mick Ralphs giving it, what for.
Best track name; The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception, followed closely by, Death May Be Your Santa Claus
Hidden gem; The Moon Upstairs
Micro review; All the young dudes do metal.

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All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople

One of the first rock songs I ever heard was Roll Away the Stone by Mott the Hoople. Our old back garden was in ear shot of a youth club and this song just stuck in my head. When I was about 25 I heard this track again and I was transported back, epiphany like to that back garden in the summer of 74.
I do like a bit of Mott (sorry I couldn’t resist that). I think they are one of that rare breed of bands that defy real classification, most people stick them in the Glam category, but they had much more going for them.
Standout track; All the Young Dudes of course, imagine writing a song like that and then giving it away!
Hidden gem; One of the Boys