All The Young Dudes

Re­leased by Mott The Hoople, 1972

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

Gra­ham Bon­net

“Only an artist like Bowie could write such a won­der­ful song and give it away. Ian Hunter is an old friend of mine, and Mott did such a great job with it. As we all know, it saved their ca­reer. It was in­stantly sin­ga­longable, like the first time you heard When A Man Loves A Woman [by Percy Sledge] or That’s The Way God Planned It [by Billy Pre­ston] – one play was all you needed.”

Gene Sim­monS, kiss

“I knew the man and greatly re­spected him. My favourite song of his was, iron­i­cally enough, made fa­mous by Mott The Hoople. All The Young Dudes was one of two songs that David of­fered to Mott, the other be­ing Suf­fragette City. Those guys couldn’t get a foothold and were about to break up, but David re­ally liked them. They didn’t like Suf­fragette City but they did like All The Young Dudes.

“I’ve got Bowie’s orig­i­nal demo with him singing lead and play­ing a lot of the in­stru­ments. Mott took that demo and put Ian Hunter’s vo­cal on it. The guitar lick is still so iconic. If a new band came out with it now, I’d say: ‘Wow, who is that?’ That’s the mark of a truly great song.”

Jay pep­per, tiger­tailz

“When I was a kid this song re­ally con­nected with me. It was an an­them, a call to arms for the young peo­ple. It felt as though it talked to me di­rectly. It still does.”

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