Thursday, July 26, 2012
"It Mesmerizes & I Can't Explain"
Mott The Hoople.
They were two bands, really. The pre-Bowie band and the post-Bowie band. I love both, though I prefer the David Bowie glam makeover dudes to the early "Dylan meets metal heaviosity" band that released four records on Atlantic before hitting pay dirt with the Bowie produced "All The Young Dudes."
My goal wasn't to debate which era of Mott The Hoople was better. I really just wanted to share the song "Alice" from 1974's "The Hoople," which I've been playing loud lately. So that's done, up top.
But, it did make me think of this:
Are there artists or bands that started out as one thing and ended up as another and also, what did you like better?
I think the aforementioned Bowie, as well as other chameleons like Todd Rundgren, might not be who I'm looking for, as they changed styles and sounds from record to record.
I'm looking more for one makeover, for better or worse.