108. Mott the Hoople

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108.  Mott the Hoople

What should have been. This is a sentence that seems to permeate the history of Rock and Roll, especially on a list such as this. We can’t help but think that this sentence may fit Mott the Hoople better than anyone else as the Ian Hunter led band seemed to inspire so much yet accomplish so little.

 

Maybe stating that Mott the Hoople accomplished little is a bit of a misnomer, but they should have been so much more. Best known State Side for their David Bowie penned “All the Young Dudes”; Mott was selling a lot more records in their native country. Embracing the Glam Rock movement, Mott the Hoople played that style of music that was anything but androgynous. They fused with Glam with Hard Rock and a Proto Punk attitude and found themselves a wide cross section of fans. Though they were popular, they always seemed to be forever knocking at the door of mainstream acceptance. Time has shined a positive light on them and much of their work was cited by diverse bands thereafter. Mott the Hoople may have been the best “Should have been” in Rock history.

 

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Should Mott the Hoople be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 83%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.5%
No opinion. - 0.7%
No way! - 1.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1994
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: The amount of bands that found them influential is staggering.
  • Why they won't get in: One hit in the United States likely won’t cut it.
  • Essential Albums: All the Young Dudes (1972)
    Mott (1973)
    The Hoople (1974)
    Live (1974)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: All the Young Dudes (From All the Young Dudes, 1972)
    One of the Boys (From All the Young Dudes, 1972)
    All the Way from Memphis (From Mott, 1973)
    Honaloochie Boogie (From Mott, 1973)
    Roll Away the Stone (From The Hoople, 1974)

Should Mott the Hoople be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 83%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.5%
No opinion. - 0.7%
No way! - 1.4%

MOTT THE HOOPLE AT COCA-COLA ROXY THEATRE IN ATLANTA, GA

Oct 24, 2019

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MOTT THE HOOPLE AT WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE, TN

Oct 26, 2019

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MOTT THE HOOPLE AT MAJESTIC THEATER IN DALLAS, TX

Oct 28, 2019

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Mott The Hoople

MOTT THE HOOPLE AT 3TEN AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE IN AUSTIN, TX

Oct 29, 2019

Buy your Tickets to see Mott The Hoople at 3TEN Austin City Limits Live in Austin, TX HERE for as little as $92!

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Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:08

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+4 #4 Darryl Tahirali 2016-06-28 20:10
Quoting abie normal:
Makes Joan Jett seem like a worthy candidate.

Well, there is hope for Mott now, isn't there?
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+1 #3 abie normal 2014-10-11 16:24
Mott the Hoople?? Seriously???

Makes Joan Jett seem like a worthy candidate.
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+5 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2013-05-28 22:47
Mott's first guitarist was Mick Ralphs, who split to Bad Company by 1973. In addition to his "tasty" lead guitar (as Ian Hunter called it), Ralphs was also a songwriter; his notable tracks for Mott include "Rock and Roll Queen" and "Ready for Love," which became a big hit when Ralphs took it to Bad Company but for my money the arrangement Mott did with it (on All the Young Dudes) is much better--it's more atmospheric and brings out the emotion more effectively.

Mott the Hoople, and Ian Hunter especially, really wanted rock and roll stardom and legacy more than any ten acts you can name. They came close--that early-to-mid -'70s stuff proved to be influential to the post-punk crowd but I think they just miss.
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+3 #1 P Smith 2013-01-29 18:21
Historical note: Mott the Hoople wasn't just Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson was the guitarist. He left to work with Bowie, but later became a record producer.

One of the bands he produced in the 1980s was a Canadian group named The Payola$. The guitarist in that group was Bob Rock - yes, *that* Bob Rock, the producer and engineer of about 40 different and huge selling albums of the past 25 years. Rock learned his craft under Ronson's tutelage.
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