Mott the Hoople – All The Young Dudes

All the Young Dudes was written and produced by David Bowie. Mott The Hoople had a cult following in England and Bowie was a big fan but they were about to break up. To stop them from breaking up he offered to produce their next album and give them a song…this song.

Mott the Hoople does a great job on this. This era is my favorite of David Bowie… All the Ziggy Stardust music (which this was originally written for) and the Hunky Dory album…not that any era of Bowie is bad.

David Bowie on writing the song for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album

“Ziggy was in a rock ‘n’ roll band, and the kids no longer want rock ‘n’ roll,” Bowie explained to Rolling Stone in 1974. “There’s no electricity to play it. Ziggy’s adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, ’cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this, and there is terrible news. ‘All the Young Dudes’ is a song about this news. It is no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite.”

The song peaked at #37 in the Billboard 100 and #3 in the UK in 1972.

 

All The Young Dudes

Billy rapped all night ’bout his suicide 
How he’d kick it in the head when he was 25 
Don’t wanna stay alive when you’re 25 

Wendy’s stealing clothes from unlocked cars 
Freddy’s got spots from ripping off stars from his face 
Funky little boat race 
The television man is crazy 
Saying we’re juvenile delinquent wrecks 
Man I need a TV when I’ve got T. Rex 
Hey brother you guessed I’m a dude 

All the young dudes 
Carry the news 
Boogaloo dudes 
Carry the news 

All the young dudes 
Carry the news 
Boogaloo dudes 
Carry the news

Now Jimmy looking sweet though he dresses like a queen 
He can kick like a mule 
It’s a real mean team 
We can love 
Oh we can love 
And my brother’s back at home 
With his Beatles and his Stones 
We never got if off on that revolution stuff 
What a drag 
Too many snags 
Well I drunk a lot of wine 
And I’m feeling fine 
Gonna race some cat to bed 
Is this concrete all around 
Or is it in my head 
Oh brother you guessed I’m a dude 

All the young dudes 
Carry the news 
Boogaloo dudes 
Carry the news

All the young dudes 
Carry the news 
Boogaloo dudes 
Carry the news

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

18 thoughts on “Mott the Hoople – All The Young Dudes”

    1. He did give them Suffragette City but they didn’t want it… just crazy…how do you turn that down?
      I didn’t hear about Drive-In Saturday… If so…why wouldn’t they want both of them? It’s Bowie….you take it

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    1. Wow I didn’t know he was that old… When I think of him I think of “All The Good Ones Are Taken”…loved that song in the eighties but it wasn’t a giant hit.

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