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ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/04/06 00:16 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

""Apathy 83" (from the album All American Alien Boy) was about how rock got all messed up...The innocence is gone now and it's coke and corporates. I used the term Rock 'n' Roll as a substitute for innocence. There isn't any Rock 'n' Roll now, just the music of the young. Rock 'N' Roll with Little Richard and Fats Domino. It wasn't Soft Machine. You had the apathetic seventies and a lot of apathetic bands. Bowie is the only one who did anything."

Ian Hunter, cited in the liner notes of All American Alien Boy: 30th Anniversary Edition, 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/05/06 07:45 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“To me, the three legit acts in that whole [glam] movement were Bowie, Roxy and us. I don’t see anybody else. And they talk about everybody else. They don’t talk about us. Bolan? I just thought…lightweight. A lot of people thought he was the king of that whole business, and he may well have been. But I never thought of him seriously. I thought he had the finger on the pulse of what was going on at the time. But a lot of people can ride that little bit of time they’re in.”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #110, July 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/05/06 07:46 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“David liked the band a lot, and was shocked when he found out we’d split. He offered a demo of ‘Suffragette City.’ I thought we were writing rockers just as good, and I said, ‘That’s not going to work.’ Then David sat cross-legged on the floor, in his publisher’s in Regent Street with an acoustic guitar, and played ‘All The Young Dudes.’ And I knew straight away. I just couldn’t understand why he’d given it to us. We did it real quick. We knew we had to have a hit. We just thought: ‘How do we make this monster?’”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #110, July 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/05/06 07:46 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“If David wants to charm you, you’re charmed. You’d go out to his place, and David Bailey, Cat Stevens, George Harrison were there, and he was charming the pants off them. In those days he was definitely on the make, no messing. He was going all the way.”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #110, July 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/05/06 07:47 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“David was saying, ‘You can trust [Tony DeFries] with your life.’ I wonder what David says now? That whole [MainMan management] office Tony DeFries and David has was turned over to bailiffs. They had the balls to take over the world, but we had more money – £168! Tony’d be in a stately home and you’d go around for dinner and there’d be oil paintings on the walls 20 feet tall. And he’d explain all this stuff. He’d start from an illogical point, and then make it totally logical. But if you remembered the beginning, it was bullshit. One night I nearly got shot, and he put himself between me and the guy with the gun, backstage in America. So my feelings are weird with Tony. But he was sticky.”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #110, July 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/05/06 07:48 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“I feel [Mott’s fans are] the same as me. I know a lot of fans like it if you’re aloof. That was David’s game. And it works. DeFries used to say to me, ‘I hate it every time you open your mouth.’ I couldn’t be bothered doing the star thing. We were working-class. I’d look at Lennon, and think, ‘Why the ’ell do I’ave to be the strong, silent type? Lennon just said what was on his mind, why can’t I?”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #110, July 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/05/06 07:48 AM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“Mick [Ronson] came in ’cos he wanted to show David so bad. And the rest of Mott looked at him like, ‘Are you taking over?’ They didn’t get on with Mick. If they’d gone for it, it would’ve been huge. I saw Mick on fire.”

Ian Hunter, Uncut #110, July 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:07 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“How do I feel about "ATYD" being a Bowie song? I feel bloody great about it. Mott would have folded if it hadn't been for that song. They would never have become successful and we'd all have been back working at Wiggens. I probably wouldn't have written all the songs I wrote later on because I probably wouldn't have had a record company. People say they wish Mott hadn't gone the route they did, but the truth is we had to - there was no alternative. Damned if we did - damned if we didn't. But "ATYD" was and is a great song. I'm only glad I was able to sing it and it helped the rest of my life. I'm glad you like my songs so much and I appreciate that, but "ATYD" gave me the chance to develop and avoid the factory. I'm really very grateful, and so are all the chaps in Mott. It would be rude to be otherwise.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #12 - March 9, 2001



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/08/06 06:07 PM
Re: Mott The Hoople new [re: ziggfried]  

“At Christmas time in either 72 or 73 I got a call from David. I was shattered after a U.S. tour and jet lag. David asked me to go down to London on the morrow to discuss Mott ideas of which he said "were important". I duly ruined our Noel by plodding off down to Hadden Hall with Trudi. By the time I arrived Fred was already there and David did play peekaboo - only it wasn't with me. Fred went to Hampstead Heath and we all went out somewhere. The important Mott ideas. Who knows. Silly bugger. Angie was a lot of fun - uncontrollable though.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #16 - September 5, 2001



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

“Slade never seemed like opposition to us. We were more over in the Bowie, Roxy area, but I just wanted to be as good as the Stones and Dylan. The glam pop think was a means to an end, although I must say, we had tremendous fun doing it for awhile.”

Ian Hunter, The Horse’s Mouth, Issue #18 - December 4, 2001




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