Mott the Hoople

All the Young Dudes

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Mott the Hoople was on the verge of breaking up in 1972 when longtime fan David Bowie volunteered to produce an album for the group and offered them one of his songs. From that moment on, "All the Young Dudes" belonged to Ian Hunter, even if he didn't write it; from the first time he recorded the song with Mott the Hoople, through the countless times he performed it afterward (either with the band or as a solo act), Hunter's blend of rock-star swagger and street-kid heart always shone through, even if the material might have sounded a bit fey in other hands. In Bowie's version, there seems to be a vague, under-the-radar suggestion that the "dudes" in question were rent boys or glammed-out fashion victims, but Hunter's vocals (buoyed by Mick Ralphs' soaring lead guitar and Verden Allen's superbly sympathetic organ swells) turned the song into an anthem for the guys on the corner, sticking by each other through the ups and downs of their lives. Hunter was willing to suggest some of their habits might have been a bit odd, as evidenced by Hunter's strange fade-out dialogue, as he bellows out (among other things), "Bring him down here, because I want him!," "I've wanted to do this for years!," "There you go!," and finally "How do ya feel?" (followed ever-so-faintly by "Sick!"). But the song was a solid hit for Mott the Hoople at a time when they needed one, and no one who's ever seen Hunter perform it for a crowd of loyal fans can doubt that it meant a lot to him -- and to his audience.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1972
Various Artists
Columbia
Greatest Hits 1975 Legacy / Columbia 3:30
No Image 1979
No Image 1989
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 0:00
Rock Classics of the 70s 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 3:32
No Image 1990
Original Soundtrack
Epic 0:00
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:33
London to Memphis 1992 Sony Music Distribution 3:32
The Ballad of Mott: A Retrospective 1993 Columbia / Legacy 3:30
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
No Image 1994
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic
Born to Be Wild, Vol. 1 [Madacy] 1995
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
The No. 1 70's Rock Album 1995
Various Artists
3:28
Rock On UK 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:31
Electric 70's 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:29
Forever Rock, Vol. 2 [Sony] 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:29
Super Hits 1997 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:31
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1972-1973 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:30
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:30
David Bowie Songbook 1997
Various Artists
VSOP Connoisseur 3:25
The Best Glam Rock Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Guitar Rock: Heavy Favorites 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:29
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:33
Superhits of Rock: 1965 - 1979 1999
Various Artists
L & D 3:30
Rock Giants [Platinum] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:29
Seventies Generation: 1972-1973 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 3:58
Best of the 70's: Hits of 1972 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:56
The Best of the 70's, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:57
Best of the 70's [Direct Source 6 CD Box] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:56
Supergroups of the 70s [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:32
Sensational '70s [2000/Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:29
British Invasion [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:31
Rock on! Around the World 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:31
The Ultimate Hits of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:29
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '70s, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:29
Then: The Soundtrack of Your Life 1972-73 2002
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:31
Jukebox Hits of the '70s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:29
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:29
Ultimate Power of Supergroups 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:35
Extreme 70's [2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:32
Rock Heroes [Eurotrend] 2003
Various Artists
Eurotrend 4:13
On Your Radio [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:30
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 3:29
No Image 2004 Sony Music Distribution 3:34
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:30
Extreme 70s 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:32
Legends: For Your Love 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:34
Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:54
Essential Young Dudes: Live & More 2006 Demon Music Group / Music Club International Records 4:01
Oh! You Pretty Things: The Songs of David Bowie 2006
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Greatest Ever! Seventies 2007
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:33
Rock of the Seventies [Sbme] 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:30
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:34
The No. 1 70s Pop Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:31
Rock Classics [Sony BMG] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:29
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:31
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: The Flame 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Juno [Original Soundtrack] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 3:35
The Golden Age 1969-1997 2008 Raven
Roll Away the Stone: The Best of Mott the Hoople 2008 Music Club 3:34
Greatest Ever Dad: The Definitive Collection 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:33
Old Records Never Die: The Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter Anthology 2008 Shout! Factory 3:33
Soft Rock: AM Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 4:01
The Pop Years: 1972-1973 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:30
Dad Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:28
Match of the Day: The Album 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:29
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:31
The Old Grey Whistle Test 2010
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:33
The Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:30
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:33
Classic Rock Roadtrip 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:33
I Love Papa 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:33
Ultimate Guide to Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Haynes / Sony Music 3:31
Greatest Ever! Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 0:00
Latest & Greatest: Great British Artists 2012
Various Artists
USM Media 3:31
Great British Albums 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:25
Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock 2013
Various Artists
Universal 3:30
The Box Set Series: Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Legacy 3:31
Completely Under the Covers 2015 Edsel 3:54
100 Hits: Supersonic 70s
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG TV 3:31
100 Hits: The Best Rock & Power Ballads
Various Artists
100 Hits / Sony Music 3:31
100 Hits: The Best Seventies Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 3:30
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
EMI / Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:29
No Image
Various Artists
Word Distribution
Massive Hits!: Rock
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:31
On Your 70's Radio
Various Artists
Columbia 3:30
Rock Heroes, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Eurotrend 4:13
Soft Rock - Radio Hits
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane
The Best Rock Anthems ...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:28
The Collection [Camden] Camden 3:31
The Golden Era of Pop Music, Vol. 1
Various Artists
CBS Records
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:29