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ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:09 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“Were any Mott singles written specifically as singles? Was there “pressure” to write singles? You bet there was. “Dudes” gave us the lift, but then what? A nervy nine-month period before “Honaloochie Boogie.” This little song was really important as David was no longer there so if it stiffed, there would be a chorus of “They can't do it without Bowie.” Fortunately, it was a hit, though not as big as “Dudes.” “All The Way From Memphis” was to me, an album track and I didn't want them to release it, but it became a much bigger hit. I then wrote “Roll Away the Stone” which was saved for the Hoople album as CBS knew it was a hit. That was a deliberate single. “Golden Age” also went top 20, but that was more of an album track. “Foxy Foxy” was me experimenting with the Phil Spector sound (something everybody wanted to do at the time). Single? I'm not sure if we had that in mind - probably did. “Saturday Gigs” was the end. It only got to 35 or something and that was it. In hindsight, “Saturday Gigs” should have been a huge hit. That kind of broke the camels back. Ralpher was long gone and it seemed we'd run our course. Two other trifles - I still haven't got a clue what “Honaloochie Boogie” was about; and “Roll Away The Stone” sold over three times as many singles as “Dudes.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #20 - February 21, 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:12 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“[The Dudes album] was done at Trident in London. David produced it - Ronno did the arrangement on “Sea Diver” for £20. And it was on a cigarette packet - legendary stuff! Us chaps in the band listened and learned. In retrospect it was a much heavier album than the one you hear. David's taste running a little lighter than ours - and as the original tape has “disappeared,” Buff [Dale Griffin] cannot go back and remix.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #20 - February 21, 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:13 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“I think Ronno did get full credit for his work with Bowie - artistically.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #20 - February 21, 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:15 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“I didn't know what “Sweet Jane” was all about so David suggested Lou come in and do a rough vocal. Lou did the rough and then I sang it. I then told Lou an awful joke which lasted at least 20 minutes and we haven't spoken since.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #21 - April 3, 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:16 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“John Graham says, “Putting aside your personal opinions of Bowie, are there any Bowie albums you listen to?” No. “Are there any you consider worthwhile?” Loved the early stuff. “Have I listened to Heathen?” Yes, twice. “What is your opinion?” The first time I liked the first four songs and the last two songs. The second time I wasn't getting any feeling from it so I took it off. I do like the second track. It's a cute rocker.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #24 - August 7, 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:17 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“To my recollection, I had reworked “Drive-In Saturday” with a different arrangement, which I was rather excited about. I was told David didn't want us to do it. David, however, says he wanted us to do it, and we said no. So the memories differ. He could be wrong - I could be wrong. And of course, DeFries was in the middle of all this. He could have told David one thing and us another. I did listen to “Drive-In Saturday” a few years back, and I can't remember what I wanted to do. Maybe he's right. Memories can play tricks on you and a whole lot of shaking was indeed going on. Mott never did it, so that was that.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #29 - February 18, 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:18 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“David Bowie wrote [“All The Young Dudes”]; I sang on it. Ralpher wrote the intro riff on it. David gets the bacon. Fabulous song.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #33 - July 18, 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:19 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“When Mott split did Overend give Bowie a call because he'd worked for him before? Actually, I think Pete [Overend Watts] rang looking for a job with David and David said “But you're in Mott” and Pete said we'd split up. David said “No, No, No” and the rest is history. Yes, I'd say Pete was the most enthusiastic “glam” member. He's still very aware of stuff like “looks” and “image.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #36 - October 18, 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:19 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“Bobby Ballock saw Bowie at SEC Glasgow. “Dudes” not a patch on Mr. Hunter. Yes, Bob, but Mr. Hunter plays “The Garage” and David plays SEC. He's doing something right.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #38 - December 18, 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:20 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“Ralpher wrote the intro [of “All The Young Dudes”]. Initially David played the song to us at a publisher's in Regent Street on an acoustic guitar. The intro came about during the actual sessions which were two evenings at Olympic Barnes in the small room. My reaction is well documented. We all knew 1) it was a hit and 2) we could do it. It was almost tailor made for MTH magic! At the time it was worked out that Bowie would record when Mott toured and Mott recorded when David toured. We had virtually the same crew - including Leee Childers, Tony Zanetta etc.””

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #39 - January 18, 2004




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