Archive | May 09, 2018

Certain Songs #1207: Mott The Hoople – “All The Young Dudes”

Album: All The Young Dudes
Year: 1972

In late 1971, Mott the Hoople had kicked out four albums of Rolling Stones meet Dylan hard rock in two years to almost zero acclaim and even fews sales and were on the verge of breaking up. However, one of their fans was former Monkee David Bowie, who offered them a song.

That song was “Suffragette City,” which — in what turned out to be a good decision all around — was turned down the band, and so Bowie wrote “All The Young Dudes” for them instead. He also offered to produce the album, as well, the second of the three breakthrough albums David Bowie would produce in 1972.