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Mott The Hoople was one of the bands Peel championed in the late 60s - early 70s. They were one of the first "progressive" bands to record for Island Records, and were publicised by articles in the underground press when their first album was released in 1969. It showed the influence of musical styles Peel liked, both the country-rock of its period (the notes to their BBC audition tape described them as a "Dylan influenced group") and the rock and roll of the late 1950s. They were booked to do a session for Top Gear in 1970, but as he told Melody Maker's Michael Watts, it didn't quite live up to his hopes:
"You tend to get carried away by atmospheres in the studio which don’t come across on the radio. The classic example of that were Mott the Hoople, who came down and did very much the same thing they’d do in a club, which was ‘Clap your hands, come on everybody,’ which is nice in a club and went all right in the studio, but when it went out on the radio it sounded silly, really. It’s trying to put out a three-dimensional thing over a two-dimensional transmitter. You’re just bound to lose part of it."
Yet Mott, and frontman Ian Hunter in particular, were more extroverted on stage than the typical bands of their time, which contributed to their later chart success in the glam rock years. As with many bands of the era, Peel's interests moved on to other grounds after they dissolved, but did keep some interest in the band's post break up career, especially with two follow up bands after Ian Hunter left - Mott and British Lions, which Peel played some tracks from, as well as a session from the latter.
- Two sessions. "Thunderbuck Ram" from #1 has been released on "Original Mixed Up Kids " (Windsong – WINCD 084).
- Laugh At Me / At The Crossroads / Thunderbuck Ram
2. Recorded: 1971-07-06. First broadcast: 24 July 1971.
- Midnight Lady / Like a Rolling Stone / Angel of 8th Avenue
- Recorded 1970-04-23. Aired: 03 May 1970. No known commercial release.
- Recorded 1970-10-15. Aired: 25 October 1970. No known commercial release.
- No Wheels To Ride
- Rock and Roll Queen
- The Debt
- Walkin' With a Mountain
One of the two set is available as an unofficial recording. It is still under debate from which of the two John Peel's Sunday Concert appearances it comes from.
Other Shows Played
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- 08 November 1969: Rock And Roll Queen (LP – Mott The Hoople) Island ILPS 9108
- 06 December 1969: You Really Got Me (LP - Mott The Hoople) Island ILPS 9108
- 20 December 1969: At The Crossroads (LP - Mott The Hoople) Island ILPS 9108
- 24 January 1970: At The Crossroads (LP - Mott The Hoople) Island ILPS 9108
- 13 June 1970: Thunderbuck Ram (LP - Mad Shadows) Island ILPS 9119
- 03 October 1970: Walking With A Mountain (LP - Mad Shadows) Island ILPS 9119
- 28 July 1972: All The Young Dudes (single) CBS
- 01 August 1972: One Of The Boys (single b-side All The Young Dudes) CBS
- 08 August 1972: All The Young Dudes (single) CBS
- 08 September 1972: Soft Ground (LP - All The Young Dudes) CBS
- 15 September 1972: Jerkin’ Crocus (LP - All The Young Dudes) CBS
- 29 May 1973: Drivin’ Sister (LP – Mott) CBS
- 31 May 1973: Violence (LP – Mott) CBS
- 07 June 1973: Ballad Of Mott (LP: Mott) CBS
- 21 June 1973: All The Way From Memphis (LP: Mott) CBS
- 28 June 1973: I Wish I Was Your Mother (LP: Mott) CBS
- 05 July 1973: Drivin’ Sister (LP – Mott) CBS
- 10 July 1973: Whizz Kid (LP – Mott) CBS
- 12 July 1973: Rose (single – Honaloochie Boogie b-side) CBS
- 17 July 1973: Ballad Of Mott (LP: Mott) CBS
- 24 July 1973: All The Way From Memphis (LP: Mott) CBS
- 02 August 1973: 'Hymn For The Dudes (LP-Mott)' (CBS)