Archive | May 14, 2018

Certain Songs #1209: Mott The Hoople – “Violence”

Album: Mott
Year: 1973

Sure, Mott The Hoople always wanted to thread the needle between Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, but the problem was that they were too damn weird. Which meant that many of their greatest songs started off pitting Ian Hunter’s Dylanesque delivery against Mick Ralph’s big Keef riffs, and then went someplace totally unexpected.

Like “Violence,” one of the highlights of Mott, which starts off normal enough — big-ass fuzzy guitar riffs, rolling drums and Hunter screaming his lyrics — but by the chorus goes right off the rails.