A most unlikely reunion concluded last night inLondon’s O2 Arena as one of Britain’s most beloved party bands this side of The Faces, Mott the Hoople, completed five long-anticipated shows, and we are so fortunate to have Mott main man Ian Hunter join me In the Studio for a career retrospective.
In the early 1970s there was a very British rock scene that owed little to various styles which has immediately preceded it, such as psychedelia, protest music, or Woodstock. Christened Glam Rock (short for “glamorous” ), it featured bands with a fondness for the three chord simplicity of rock’n'roll’s American originators but a fashion sense that was modern, outrageous, and often androgynous, all eyeshadow and sequins and feather boas and stacked high heels. And the girls got dressed up, too!
( Ian Hunter onstage with Mott last night in London, right )
The Holy Trinity of Glam rock included Ziggy-era David Bowie, T Rex’s Marc Bolan, and a loose lovable quintet named Mott the Hoople (a character from a William McManus novel ) which in its prime was fronted by Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, plus Overend Watts, Verden Allen, and Dale “Buffin” Griffin. All of Mott’s many hits came, interestingly, after they had broken up with four albums out but no money coming in, including “All the Young Dudes”, “Roll Away the Stone”,”All the Way from Memphis”, “The Golden Age of Rock’n'Roll”, and “Drivin’ Sister”.
( L- Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter last night London O2 Arena)
After Mott the Hoople broke up mid-1970s, Ian Hunter went on to a successful solo career with hits “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, “Cleveland Rocks,” and “Just Another Night” which he discusses here as well.