"Did 'Drive-In Saturday' get offered to us after 'All The Young Dudes'? Or did they come together? Why did I turn it down? Didn't I like it? Did we have 'Honaloochie Boogie' in the bag? Was there any pressure on [us] to accept it? Well, for a start I was in Mott The Hoople at the time. Whatever Mott did was pretty democratic. It had to be 5-0 before any decision was made (which was more than a bit of a pain), but we never turned it down. We had this arrangement of that song which was completely different (don't ask me - I've forgotten it now) and we wanted to do it. David Bowie is fond of saying he offered it to us and we turned it down. To my recollection, that wasn't the case at all. The only thing I can think of is that Tony DeFries (who managed us both at the time) told David one story and us another."
Ian Hunter, http://www.ianhunter.com/mouth036.shtml