It was producer David Bowie who introduced "Sweet Jane" to Mott the Hoople's repertoire; written by Lou Reed during the last years of the Velvet Underground, the song was included on Mott's 1972 breakthrough album, All the Young Dudes. Mott's original version is a relatively straightforward cover of one of Reed's quintessential rock & roll songs; however, a more enthralling take featuring Reed himself on lead vocals also circulates among collectors -- Reed had stopped by the studio to add a guide vocal to the band's already completed backing track. It was not a happy encounter -- "Lou and me just did not get on," Ian Hunter later admitted. "When I heard the Velvet Underground, I thought they stunk as well. "Sweet Jane" really wasn't us." Nevertheless, band and vocalist alike turned in a fine performance, and the song gave them a minor U.S. hit later in the year -- one reason why "Sweet Jane" remained in Mott's live set until 1974. A strong version, medleyed with "Roll Away the Stone," can be found on the in-concert Two Miles From Live Heaven anthology.