All The Young Dudes :: The Mott vs. David Bowie

bowie-and-ronson.jpgDid you know Ian Hunter has a new album out next week? For those interested, it’s on Yep Roc, entitled Shrunken Heads.

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.

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
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4 thoughts on “All The Young Dudes :: The Mott vs. David Bowie

  1. like bowie’s version, but it’s the organ and the power chords that really drive it home for me on the mott version.

    i got the mott’s.

  2. i just recently had a revival of the DAVID LIVE disc, where his version of the song appears. an extraordinary capturing of 1970s bowie. how i wish i was older back then to go see that one!! i was just a kid then. in fact, another song off that record was one i used to play on the swings to and play it on our little portable cassette player, with the girls of course…. knock on wood. i still remember their long hair flying on those swings. ah the 70s….

    and in fact we just had an office discussion about that song one day when we heard it on the radio….

    i cant believe rock and roll jeopardy never made it on tv, a brilliant show, and i know many of us out here, were TOTALLY into that.

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