David Bowie

All the Young Dudes

Composed by David Bowie

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David Bowie's biggest songwriting success with a tune that became more famous in someone else's hands, "All the Young Dudes" not only helped revive Mott the Hoople's career but became a deserved classic, a singalong with a brain to go along with its considerable heart. The brain specifically can be found in his sharp lyric about a teen after rock's boom years trying to look for some sort of inspiration (and memorably finding it in part with Bowie's major glam rock rival T. Rex), while the heart comes from the way the verses rise into the melancholic but powerful chorus. Ian Hunter's delivery and concluding ad-libs really make the Mott the Hoople version the keeper, as does the band's performance of the steady, anthemic melody, but Bowie's own recorded versions of the song -- including a reasonable enough demo take and an all right version on his David Live album from 1974 -- each have their points.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Aladdin Sane 1973 EMI Digital / Parlophone 4:11
David Live 1974 EMI Digital / Parlophone / Warner Music 4:15
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [The Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1982 EMI 1:38
Rarest One Bowie 1995 Trident Music International 4:10
The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974 1997 EMI Digital / Parlophone / Warner Music 4:11
Alternative Biography 1997 Alter Ego
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Best of Bowie 2002 EMI / EMI Digital / Parlophone 4:11
A Reality Tour 2004 Friday Music
The Platinum Collection 2006 Parlophone 4:11
Nothing Has Changed 2014 Parlophone 3:08
Five Years 1969-1973 2015 Rhino 1:38
In Memory of David Bowie 2016 Laser Media 3:19
Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) 2016 Parlophone
No Image 2016 GC / Rhino / Warner Music 3:08
David Live [2005 Mix] 2016 Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 4:14
Cracked Actor: Live in Los Angeles ’74 2017 Rhino
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