11th - 17th September 2017 Jameson's Diary No.
633 New Diaries are uploaded around
midnight on Thursday, local time, here in Pattaya
by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 21st September 2017
Mott The Hoople – MOTT
Rating: 5 Stars
Motts on this album.
Ian Hunter / Vocals, Piano, and Guitar
Mick Ralphs / Guitar, Organ and Vocals
Overend Walls / Bass
Buffin / Drums
Andy Mackay / Saxophone
Paul Buckmaster / Electric Cello
Graham Preskitt / Manic Violin
The Lovely Thunderthighs / Backing Vocals
All The Way From Memphis.
Hymn For The Dudes.
Ballad of Mott the Hoople.
I'm a Cadillac/ El Camino Dolo Roso.
I Wish I Was Your Mother.
‘Mott' was Mott the Hoople's seminal album released just after they had cut the safety belts from David Bowie's writing and arranging. The year was 1973 and it was to be a year of success and upheaval for Mott the Hoople.
Opening with “All The Way From Memphis”, it is a ‘Rock ‘N' Roll' chronicle of the frought and fragmented journey to Memphis that culminated in Mott the Hoople's triumphant end of tour gig and their subsequent assault on Elvis Presley's Gracelands mansion. (For more details of this please read Ian Hunter's “Diary of a Rock ‘N' Roll star”). When this dog first heard the opening line of “Memphis”, “Forgot my six string razor and hit the sky”, it taught him a whole new way to growl.
Next up is “Whizz Kid”, with Ian Hunter's reflections on a certain persistent groupie, a lovely slab of Glam Rock.
The pivotal song on ‘Mott' is “Hymn For The Dudes”, with Ian Hunter directing his lyrics at his young and enthusiastic audience, whilst warning his contemporaries about the pedestal they were setting themselves upon:
“Correct your heads, for there's a new song rising
High above the waves
Go write your time, go sing it on the street
Go tell the world, but you go brave
You ain't the nazz….
Your just a buzz….
Some kinda temporary….."
Eleven months after the release of “All The Young Dudes”, which was written by David Bowie, Mott the Hoople unleashed “Honaloochie Boogie”. This was a smash hit and a perfect piece of writing that was to establish Ian Hunter's pop credentials.
Ian Hunter showed that he was capable of astonishing flashes of percipience and with “Violence” he brilliantly foretold the coming and the mood of the Punk generation. This song culminated with insane violin and a fight scene in a blazing fadeout.
“Drivin' Sister” with its hard, raunchy riffs and lyrics due to Mott the Hoople's fascination with fast cars was the perfect opener for their live set at the time.
“The Ballad of Mott the Hoople” referred to the time when the band temporarily split in disillusionment, before their triumphant return after linking up with David Bowie.
“I'm A Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso” is Mick Ralph's final contribution to Mott The Hoople as a Song Writer .It is a wonderful piece of music that comes in two pieces which Mick Ralphs reveals some of the wonderful guitar playing he was capable of .Which he would go on to show in Bad Company in the coming months after leaving Mott The Hoople who with the release of this album were to become one of the biggest bands in the world.
The songs conclude with “I Wish I Was Your Mother”, which is a heavily Dylan-flavoured piece addressing the matter of heavy jealousy .It remains along with All The Way from Memphis a permanent fixture in the Ian Hunter Set list to this day.This brings the album to a fine close.
Mott went top 10 in the U.K. and top 40 in the U.S. Notably, however, it was voted ‘Album of the Year' in U.S. magazines “Rolling Stone” and “Creem”.
Surprisingly, this album and band were not named after Mott the Dog but Wilard Manus's excellent novel “Mott the Hoople”.
Written by Mott The Dog and Hells Bells.
Mott The Dog and his Cronies can often be found discussing their favorite Rock ‘n' Roll Topics in Jameson's Pub, Nova Park Hotel Soi AR, North Pattaya
Molly Hatchet - Justice
Molly Hatchet were formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1971 by Dave Hlubek and slowly rose to fame over the years playing their own variation of Southern Rock with a triple Lead Guitar Roster which earned them comparisons with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Things progressed nicely for the band as they recorded their first three albums Molly Hatchet (1978) Flirtin' with Disaster (1979) and Beatin' the Odds (1980). Flirtin' with Disaster was their most successful album reaching Number Nineteen on the American Billboard Charts and on the strength of those three albums they were able to tour the World to sold out shows.
Sadly since then it has been a slow ever decreasing circle of diminishing returns. With the Band often foregoing their Southern Rock roots to play a more mainstream Hard Rock.
Original Leader and lead guitarist Dave Hlubek left his own band in 1987 leaving the other to carry on. In 1990 at a show in Ohio Molly Hatchet (As a Band!) announced from the stage that it would be there last show.
Perhaps it would of been better to have left it their with their legacy still left with plenty of dignity.
But in 1991 a version of Molly Hatchet was revived for touring purposes with no original members Bobby Ingram who had joined Molly Hatchet in 1987 as a replacement for Dave Hlubek had gone to court to acquire the rights to the Molly Hatchet Name.
Although they would not record another album for five years, throughout the Nineties there were no original members of Molly Hatchet in the Band.
Several albums were recorded, a couple of studio albums and copious amounts of Live albums and Greatest Hits were released to keep the flag flying.
Since it's formation Molly Hatchet have gone through 17 members some of them being in the Band twice, and an additional Ten touring members when the guys were a bit short!
In 2005 Dave Hlubek was invited and accepted to rejoin his own band, although on that years Molly Hatchet album Rainbow Warriors (2005) his photo does not even appear on the cover, nor does he get any song writing credits. Bobby Ingram appearing to have his hand firmly on the tiller.
Then in 2010 we were presented by this album Justice. To be fair it's not that bad. Opening with a trio of rockers with all the things you expect from Southern Rock , good thumping tunes with gruff vocals and screaming guitars all a bit Southern Rock by numbers really . Flying On The Wings of Angels is a beautifully haunting ballad to losing a child and raises goose bumps. Whilst the last three songs really go for the throat and are full blown rockers in the traditional Southern rock style.
A bit like Molly Hatchet in the Nineties No Original Members and No Original Ideas.
Been to Heaven. Been to Hell.
Safe in My Skin.
I'm Gonna Live Till I Die.
Fly On The Wings of Angels (Somers Song.)
As Heaven is Forever.
Tomorrow and Forever.
In The Darkness of the Night.
Molly Hatchet on Justice were.
Bobby Ingram - Guitar.
Dave Hlubek - Guitar.
John Galvin - Keyboards.
Phil McCormack - Vocals.
Tim Lindsey - Bass Guitar.
Shawn Beamer - Drums.
Written by Hells Bells and Mott the Dog.
Mott The Dog and his cronies can often be found in Jameson's in front of Nova Park on Soi AR supping a light ale.