David Bowie Saved Mott The Hoople
The guitarist admits the band were at a "low ebb" in 1972 – and they'd already decided to call it a day when they got the call asking them to consider recording the song.
Ralphs tells Nicky Horne on TeamRock Radio's Classic Rock Magazine Show: "We were in Switzerland towards the end of an unrewarding and disappointing European tour. We ended up in this club that was a converted gas tank, apparently.
"We said, 'Is this really all there is to our lives? This is pretty sad. We don't seem to be getting to where we wanted to get – why don't we go home and do something else?'
"The thing was we didn't know how to write a hit record. When we got back Bowie got in touch and said, 'I love your band, please don't split up – but if you must, please listen to my song and consider doing it.' He sent us All The Young Dudes, and we said, 'Bloody hell, this is a hit – this is what we've been looking for for years.' It really saved our bacon." more on this story
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