Mud

Dyna-Mite

Song Review by

Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman's "Dynamite" was originally written for the biggest of their early-'70s hit bands, the Sweet. When they rejected it, the song passed to Hello, a new group then seeking their first hit. A raw, raucous version of the song was recorded, but before Hello could release it, Chinn/Chapman took it back and handed it, instead, to Mud. Hello's version remained unissued for the next 25 years; Mud's became their third U.K. hit in a row, and the first -- all concerned agree -- to truly encapsulate the band's magic.

Built around a thundering beat and an unabashed party atmosphere, "Dynamite" was tailor-made for the kind of high-kicking, fist-waving, flared-trouser-wearing dances which Mud's live and TV persona already delighted in. Even more importantly, however, Chapman recalled "that was when I discovered that Les Gray could sing like Elvis. Once I discovered what he could do, it was like a red rag to a bull. From thereon, Nicky and I were only concerned with writing songs that he could sing sounding like Elvis Presley."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let's Have a Party: The Best of Mud 1990
Mud
EMI Music Distribution 2:58
The Gold Collection 1996
Mud
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
1973: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 2:57
The Singles '67-'78 1997
Mud
Repertoire 2:58
The Very Best of Mud 1998
Mud
EMI / Parlophone / Warner Music 2:59
Seventies Collection 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:57
The Best Glam Rock Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:56
The Story of Mud 1998
Mud
Digimode Entertainment 3:02
40 Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:58
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:58
Best of the 70's 2000
Mud
Disky 2:58
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:58
Totally Sensational 70's: 1973-1976 2001
Various Artists
EMI 2:58
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:58
Singles 2002
Mud
BR Music 2:58
A's, B's and Rarities 2005
Mud
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:57
Sensational Seventies 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:55
The Pop Years 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:55
Top of the Pops 1973 2007
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:58
The Original Glam Rock Album 2008
Various Artists
EMI 2:57
This Is 1973 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:57
Rush [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2013 WaterTower Music 2:56
15 Classic Tracks: Mud
Mud
Parlophone / Warner Music 2:59
Greatest Hits
Mud
EMI Music Distribution
Jackie: The Annual 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:57
Massive Hits!: Rock
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:58