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ziggfried
(acolyte)
01/06/09 08:02 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“What happened was, when Bowie came over [to America], and Mott the Hoople came over and Roxy, they didn’t really like us on the Coast much…When we went to Cleveland, that was the first time we sold a club out, and it was the same for David and it was the same for Roxy…And at the same time, Carson would be on and Mike Douglas and people like this, Merv Griffin, and Cleveland was kinda like the Poland of America, and I didn’t like that, ’cause we thought we were cool, and we thought the coolest place was Cleveland, so I wrote the song [“Cleveland Rocks”].”

Ian Hunter on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 13 June 2007




ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/09/09 06:43 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

Paul T. Bennethum: After hearing Bowie mention it after all these years would you reconsider doing 'Drive In Saturday'?

Ian Hunter: Originally I know I had a great idea for the rearrangement of this particular song and in recent years I did go back to the song but my idea has gone from my memory. Sorry.

The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #102, Part 1 - 1 September, 2009



ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/11/10 07:52 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“We had a huge live following but no one bought our bloody records. We broke up in Switzerland. In a fucking gas tank. A gas tank is not a good place to play and a truly horrible place to break up. I always remember how fucked off we were, and what a big relief it was to split. Bowie heard about the split and enquired about a bass player, ’cos he needed one. I then said we needed a song, and Bowie offered us “Suffragette City”, which I didn’t feel was good enough. I always felt we needed to record a song as good as “You Really Got Me”. Bowie sat down on the floor and played us “All the Young Dudes”, and it was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. After years of being this cult band we had a hit, but then ironically you lose your core. They think you’ve sold out. You’re damned if you make a few bob and damned if you don’t. No one ever joined a rock ‘n’ roll band to get rich.”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #157, June 2010



ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/11/10 07:53 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

Ben Marshall: I was told a story that on Christmas Day 1972 David Bowie rang you, demanding your presence, which necessitated you driving jetlagged from Heathrow to the West Midlands, only to arrive and be told that David had had a bit of an episode and you weren’t really needed. Any truth to that?

Ian Hunter: Absolute nonsense. To begin with, it wasn’t Christmas Day. It was Boxing Day. Bowie rang up a mate of mine and told him he had this great idea and that he wanted to tell me all about it. I’d just come back from the US, so I was jetlagged, but I didn’t drive up to the West Midlands, it was somewhere in the West Country. So we turn up waiting to hear The Idea, and Bowie keeps sloping off to the bathroom, goes in one person and comes out another. I had no idea what was happening, I just sat there like a bricklayer’s labourer, totally bloody clueless. He never got round to telling me about the world’s greatest idea.

Uncut #157, June 2010



ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
07/02/11 04:41 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

"Matt Parrish was watching the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert - asks what I said to David just after 'Dudes'? Can't divulge that - but it wasn't negative."

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #121, 1 June 2011



ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
05/11/12 10:20 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

"Mick [Ronson] told me David rang him up to reform the Spiders - I said, 'What did you say?' 'I said - don't be daft - it's been done.' I can't remember when he told me that, but I'm pretty sure it was during his time in Woodstock. One thing with Ronson - he was very modest, so I believed him."

Ian Hunter, The Horse's Mouth #132, 2 May 2012




ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
08/25/12 00:35 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

"After all the hippy rubbish, we decided we’d have a flashy stage show, and that coincided with the start of the whole glam-rock thing in the early 1970s. Some of the guys back then—David Bowie and Marc Bolan—could pull off the glitter, but we just looked like a bunch of bricklayers in drag!"

Ian Hunter, Reader's Digest, 2012



ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
08/25/12 00:37 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

"Mick [Ronson] played with David Bowie in the Spiders from Mars, but he briefly joined Mott the Hoople and we ended up working together many times before his death in 1993. He wasn’t just a band mate, he was my mate. Our wives and kids were mates. He knew he had cancer about two years before he died, and it was a horrible time. He was just 46 and had so much life ahead of him...and then that happens. But Mick was amazingly positive. He’d come back from the hospital and say, “There are seven-year-old kids with it. What right do I have to complain?” Miss him? ’Course I do."

Ian Hunter, Reader's Digest, 2012




ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
08/25/12 00:45 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“I had been in a factory, I knew what it was like to work for a living, I had made a lot of mistakes. David (Bowie) operated like a man from another planet, which was fantastic – he never talked to people. Mott got off stage and were hanging out with the fans.”

Ian Hunter, Birmingham Post, 17 August 2012



ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
07/16/13 06:47 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

Q: How were the dynamics with Bowie and you on ‘All the Young Dudes’ the album?’

A: It was great. We did the single and then he came down to a rehearsal to see if we needed any more material for the album. He heard what we had and thought we had enough material of our own to make it work. The ‘Dudes’ album was done at Trident in London. Angie was bringing in clothes for David to try on daily. David and Trudi [Hunter] would compare make up; it was strewn all over the floor. It was very much a gang affair – totally positive – no egos. I really enjoyed it. Plus, we were hot and Dave was meteoric at the time so the confidence was pretty high. Pete [Watts] and Mick [Ralphs] could probably tell you more – they have better memories than I do, but the whole thing was positive excepting the final mixes, which Buff [Dale Griffin] in particular, thought were a little light. We have since wanted to remix ‘Dudes’ but the tapes have magically disappeared.

Ian Hunter, The Horse's Mouth #114, July 2013




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