Ian Hunter,still cool after all these years!

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Ian Hunter one of my all time faves.Not only ultra cool but, loads of talent. Right?

Jim Hargraves, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

agreed - Diary Of A Rock N Roll Star good book too.
he's somehow glamourous even in his jaded realism
maybe cos he believes in rock n roll.
attitude could be "fuck it, go for it, right?"
Mott (album) is his peak, but he seems consistently strong.
"Death May Be Your Santa Claus" fun title riproaring song too!

Paul, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

'You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic' is a lost classic. "Ain't gonna trade with the fate of the New York Dolls"

dave q, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I always adored him. Mott is still a big favourite, and his first four solo albums all have great moments, sometimes quite a lot of them. And I can't think of a better book by a rock star (if we accept that Mick Farren was never a star). Oh, Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers, maybe...

Martin Skidmore, Monday, 18 March 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

five years pass...

He's playing this Thursday at House of Blues in Chicago. Anyone hear about how his live shows are these days? Does he play Mott and early solo songs, or just focuses on his latest album?

I was looking for his Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star autobio, but it's out of print and selling for ungodly amounts of $ on Amazon.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 4 June 2007 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

you MUST go see him, he's amazing live. i saw him and he was on fire. i wanted to BE him. i think he played many of the newer tunes actually.

SusanD, Monday, 4 June 2007 17:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I recently thumbed though my old copy of Diary Of A Rock And Roll Star, and was charmed by the tradition Mott had of taking all the free LP's they'd get from music biz people, put them under the bed covers, and have everybody blindly grab a couple, and then barter/bicker among each other...oh, the days!...

henry s, Monday, 4 June 2007 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

fast, he did play the old stuff too. and i don't know his work very well - was there for the Zombies that night - so he may have played a lot of it and i didn't recognize.

SusanD, Monday, 4 June 2007 18:17 (fifteen years ago) link

His new record is really really good.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 4 June 2007 18:20 (fifteen years ago) link

the A Mountain of One edit of Bastard is amazing.

jaxon, Monday, 4 June 2007 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

He is awesome. And the best part? Fucker's pushing 70.

The Deacon, Monday, 4 June 2007 20:30 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

So I want to buy some solo albums! Where should I start – the eponymous debut? You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic?

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:20 (twelve years ago) link

those are the only two i have, and like them both. i think short back n sides is supposed to be good, too.

mizzell, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:25 (twelve years ago) link

xp Yep, those two. Exactly. In either order.

And honestly, they're all you need, LP-wise. Once Bitten Twice Shy is a decent, if too long, two-disc CD compilation, if you want more. I've also got Short Back N Sides from 1981 on vinyl, but never listen to it. (Maybe will soon, though. You just convinced me to pull it off the shelf.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:26 (twelve years ago) link

Yep, those two. Exactly. In either order.

I was about to say just that!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:27 (twelve years ago) link

My Hunter-loving friend said the Mick Jones ones that xhuxk mentioned is "pretty awesome."

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:30 (twelve years ago) link

He's still making good music! Shrunken Heads and Man Overboard are both excellent.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:32 (twelve years ago) link

They sounded mediocre to me. Here's what I wrote about them (cut Man Overboard more slack than I should have, probably):


Shrunken Heads (two posts):

Rolling country 2007 thread

xhuxk, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:40 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Played Short Back N' Sides a couple/few times in the past couple weeks, and it's okay I guess, but nowhere near the level of the solo debut or Schizophrenic. Only track that really sticks with me as an Ian Hunter song is "Central Park N' West", which can't touch the best songs on those two albums. Really want to love "Old Records Never Die " (a ballad) because of the title, but it never even holds my attention no matter how many times I try to listen really close to it. Then there's a couple quasi-Sandinista/proto-Big Audio Dynamite new wavey electrofunk trifles that have a bit of bounce to them ("Lisa Likes Rock'n'Roll" and "Gun Control," the former being cuter); a long sort of avant-collage experiment that's interesting in theory I guess ("Noises"), a long sort of dub reggae experiment that's ditto but less so ("Theatre Of The Absurd"), more fake reggae, some fake gospel rock, and a song with Todd Rundgren on it. So maybe people like it for being varied, or something? Can't be because of the songs. Still a whole lot better than Ellen Foley's Mick Jones album, though.

xhuxk, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

And oh yeah, left out "Leave Me Alone," where Ian sings in this stilted low register that sounds like bad '80s Bowie. Really hated that one.

xhuxk, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

"Central Park N' West" is pretty good. He played it last year at his miraculously un-rained-out free show in the park behind Stuyvesant and introduced it by saying "This is David Letterman's favorite song" which presumably was based on some bit of business between Dave and Paul Shaffer.

Bali Eiffel Tower Hai (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 August 2010 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

I hope he's still got it at 83. From wiki, this I didn't know:

Hunter was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England.[3] Due to the onset of war, the family moved to Hamilton, South Lanarkshire to live with the family of his Scottish father. Hunter was brought up there until the age of six and has stated that he considers himself a Scot,[4] but also identifies as English and British.

Buckfast At Tiffany's (Tom D.), Monday, 5 September 2022 19:37 (eight months ago) link

oswestry i knew (of all places to be from lol)

mark s, Monday, 5 September 2022 20:00 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

On bass!


Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Sunday, 21 May 2023 12:43 (one week ago) link


Cathy Berberian Begins at Home (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 May 2023 14:46 (one week ago) link

Dunno if this leaves off any solo keepers (though why does xgau refer to "Ian's Two solo albums" when he's already got three reviewed on this same page? Blocked memories of All American Alien Boy? He really didn't like that one), but yeah it's a good comp:

Shades of Ian Hunter: The Ballad of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople [Columbia, 1979]:
Exemplary discophilia. The Mott 45s on side one are all the young stiffs--great album tracks edited down for an AM exposure that was rarely forthcoming, they race along with an almost punky punch on LP. The B sides and miscellaneous on side two are uneven, natch, but worth getting to know (as owners of Greatest Hits have already learned with two of them). Those circumspect enough to have passed up Ian's two solo albums are now rewarded with side three's best-of. And side four excerpts the solo Ian that was never released here to impressive effect. A genuinely obsessive compilation. A-

dow, Monday, 22 May 2023 22:08 (one week ago) link

Oh wait, AAAB was *also* a 1979 release, maybe from later in the year (na ga look it up). Diary of a Rock Star was good("David Bowie came back stage, not eating again I see. He's the only rock star I know who suffers regularly from malnutrition.") Haven't read Reflections of a Rock Star because title.

dow, Monday, 22 May 2023 22:15 (one week ago) link

it should be mentioned that he's still tossing out rockers like this, at a few weeks away from 84.

Thus Sang Freud, Monday, 22 May 2023 22:54 (one week ago) link

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