Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Mott (1973)

"Ballad of Mott the Hoople (March 26, 1972, Zurich)" First I liked the inside out libido of "I Wish I Was Your Mother," its plaint nearly overwhelmed by Irony but not quite, and with the beautiful mandolin touches. I often sat through the whole album just to get to that. Then of course the album opener "All the Way From Memphis," which also opened one of those oddball non-gangster Scorcese pictures of the '70s, Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (which few can forgive for the TV spinoff). Finally, I caught the perfection of the loser apotheosis in "Ballad" with all those amazing lines: "Rock’n’roll’s a loser’s game / It mesmerises and I can’t explain / The reasons for the sights and for the sounds" and "Oh I wish I’d never wanted then / What I want now twice as much."

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