Mott The Hoople were an interesting combination of brains and balls. Their influence on “punk” bands, in particular The Clash (“Julie’s In The Drug Squad”, on “Give’em Enough Rope” is a tribute), can’t be overlooked. Actually, “glam”, in general escaped the tinge of “dinosaur rock” as it was already considered “punk” by the establishment. Mott The Hoople were definitely not hippies. When “The Hoople”was released in 1974, original guitarist Mick Ralphs had left to form Bad Company. His replacement, Luther Grosvenor, formerly of Spooky Tooth, changed his name to Aerial Bender, for contractual reasons.
“The Golden Age Of Rock & Roll” is the opener and “Marionette” the second track. After this incredible opening, things get less interesting, but really, how could you follow this up?