While I was never an ardent fan of Ian’s band Mott The Hoople, I have always loved their biggest single hit, the David Bowie penned “All The Young Dudes.” It’s anthemic in the very best way possible, and always sounded like it should have been a lost, late-era, Beatles track with it’s chorus and refrain: “All the young dudes (hey dudes), Carry the news (where are ya), Boogaloo dudes (stand up come on), Carry the news, All the young dudes (I want to hear you),” etc, etc. Hunter’s calling out to the non-existent audience bit is an absolute stroke of brilliance on his (or Bowie’s) part.
While the chorus may sound like the work of The Beatles, the verses are pure Bowie. Even on paper it’s evident who penned the lyrics: “Well billy rapped all night about his suicide, How he kick it in the head when he was twenty-five, Speed jive dont want to stay alive,” etc, etc. Even casual Bowie fans will note the similarities in flow and tone found on “All The Young Dudes” also scattered throughout Bowie’s own work at the time (Ziggy, Hunky Dory). Side note: Mott rejected Bowie’s “Suffragette City” which the artist went on to record himself on his landmark album, 1972’s The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
While Mott’s 1972 rendering of “All The Young Dudes” is clearly the definitive version, Bowie began incorporating the tune into his own live shows in the mid-1970s and went on to release his 1972 studio recording of the track in 1995 (see below) on a best-of collection.
MP3: Mott The Hoople :: All The Young Dudes
MP3: David Bowie :: All The Young Dudes
Video: Ian Hunter w/ Mick Rosnson :: All The Young Dudes
Video: David Bowie :: All The Young Dudes
Amazon: Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
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