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Mott the Hoople

Mott the Hoople are an English rock band with strong R&B roots, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. They are probably best known for the song "All the Young Dudes", written for them by David Bowie and appearing on their 1972 album of the same name. (Read more at Wikipedia )

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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."[1]

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.

Mott The Hoople's drummer Dale Griffin was the producer of numerous Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994, including ones by PulpSmashing PumpkinsNirvanaCarcass and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.


  • Two sessions. "Thunderbuck Ram" from #1 has been released on "Original Mixed Up Kids " (Windsong ‎– WINCD 084).

1. Recorded: 1970-02-03. First broadcast: 21 February 1970. Repeated: 25 April 1970.

  • Laugh At Me / At The Crossroads / Thunderbuck Ram

2. Recorded: 1971-07-06. First broadcast: 24 July 1971. Repeated 27 October 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.
  1. Ohio
  2. No Wheels To Ride
  3. Rock and Roll Queen
  4. The Debt
  5. 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.

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