My first taste of Mott The Hoople was, like many I'm guessing, "All The Young Dudes." There was a record store on 8th Street in Greenwich Village called Happy Tunes and you could buy 8-tracks up one flight of stairs. I bought both "ATYD" and "Mott," their follow-up. I fell in love with both and became a lifelong fan. Many prefer their Atlantic years. I do not. While each of those first four records has something wonderful to offer, it was after the David Bowie makeover where Mott became Mott forever. And "One Of The Boys" which opens Side Two of "All The Young Dudes" has it all.
On "4-Way Street," Neil Young introduces "Don't Let It Bring You Down" as a "new song that is guaranteed to bring you down. It's called 'Don't Let It Bring You Down. This one starts off slow and then fizzles out altogether." That intro is more brilliant than the song. "One Of The Boys" does the opposite. It slowly takes off and then never lets up. This is Mott beating the Stones at their own game. And then, after the false ending, a brilliant trick that I fall for every time, it comes back even harder and louder. And then at the 6:17 mark, finishes up with one of the most exciting screams, courtesy of Ian Hunter, put to record. "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! ALLRIGHT!"
"One Of The Boys." My fave. No question.