Mott the Hoople – The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll (1974)

Mott The HoopleFronted by singer Ian Hunter, Mott the Hoople released their self-titled debut album in 1969. Although the album received some recognition, the following two albums sold poorly and the band found themselves on the verge of breaking up.

The band was revitalized after releasing the David Bowie-penned All The Young Dudes. The album of the same name made it to number 21 on the UK charts. Due to their evolving stage costumes, the band became identified with glam rock. The band grew in popularity and their next album, Mott, reached number 10 in the UK.


1974 saw the release of two more albums, The Hoople, and Live. Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson left the band, while the remaining members of the band formed a new band called Mott, who released two forgettable albums before disbanding.

Ian Hunter went on to have a long-lived solo career. In January, he announced three Mott the Hoople reunion concerts in October at the Hammersmith Apollo. When the concert takes place, Ian will be 70-years-old.

The cut presented here, The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll, is from the album The Hoople. The clip is from an appearance on Top of the Pops. Yeah, they’re lip-synching, but this is a kick-ass rock n’ roll song, so enjoy it.

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