Songwriters Universe has published a special interview With Ian Hunter, legendary rock singer/songwriter and former leader of Mott the Hoople.
Ian Hunter will be interviewed by Johnny Walker on the BBC Radio 2 “Sounds of the Seventies” radio show on Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 between 3pm and 5pm. (www.bbc.co.uk/radio2).
For a limited time, Speakeasy will be making each episode of Season 2 available to watch on their website (http://speakeasytalks.com). Here is the episode streaming schedule:
1. Frankie Valli & Paul Shaffer Dec. 1-10
2. David Crosby & Wynton Marsalis Dec. 11-20
3. Cyndi Lauper & Billy Porter Dec. 21-30
4. Graham Nash & Rita Coolidge Dec. 31 – Jan. 10
5. Ian Hunter & Joe Elliott Jan. 11-20
6. Robbie Robertson & Warren Zanes Jan. 21-30
Watch Ian Hunter discussing his new boxset Stranded In Reality. In the video Ian discusses how the boxset came together, talks about the origins of some of the previously unreleased content and more.
Lavishly presented in an LP-size deluxe box with custom Escher-style cover, the Stranded In Reality boxset is available now at www.propermusic.com.
We’re delighted that Ian Hunter’s song Dandy has been nominated for Coolest Song of the Year in Little Steven’s Underground Garage 10th Annual Listener’s Poll where Steven asks the fans to get involved and vote for their “Coolest Song of the Year”. “Dandy” by Ian Hunter has been nominated since it was chosen to be The Coolest Song In The World for the week of September 5, 2016 (show 753). You can listen to the show here.
Fans may vote for their favorite “Coolest Song” once every 24 hours. Click here to vote now!
In addition to the voting, fans can also enter the The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana contest. First place prize will receive: round-trip airfare for 2 and a 4-night, all-inclusive stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana!
The “Coolest Song of 2016” winner will be announced on January 2nd, during Kid Leo’s “Coolest Songs of 2016 Revisited Annual Year End Review” show on Sirius XM-21 where Kid Leo will play all 50 “Coolest Songs” of 2016.
‘Fingers Crossed’ (Proper Records)
New album released September 16 2016
Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download:
Ian Hunter’s latest studio album, Fingers Crossed unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.
As leader of ‘70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and the voice of such landmark albums as, “All The Young Dudes”, “Mott”, “Ian Hunter” and “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.
The compositions on Fingers Crossed see Hunter covering typically wide-ranging subject matter. ‘Dandy’, his fond tribute to David Bowie reflects on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott’s album All the Young Dudes and provided its hit title track. “I think ‘Dandy’ might be my favourite track on the album,” Ian admits “I like the line – ‘and then we took the last bus home’. David was an incredible artist with an insatiable curiosity for everything.”
‘Ghosts’ was inspired by a November 2014 visit to Union Avenue in Memphis where Ian and the Rant Band were invited to jam in rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studio. Title track ‘Fingers Crossed’ is a 1750’s sea-faring tale of impressment, when men were taken into the Navy by compulsion and forced recruitment.
“’Fingers Crossed’ was not inspired by a book” Ian comments, “actually it wasn’t inspired by anything material. I’ve no idea where it came from as I simply woke up one day with the line – ‘I was pressed into service, through no fault of my own’ – and from there the song took its own course. It could only go one way. It’s great when you get a strong opening line!”
‘White House’ injects a fun element, based on real-life … and a real beaver … while ‘Bow Street Runners’ tells the 18th Century tale of the Fielding Brothers. Hunter explains: “In the 1700s half-a-million people lived in London and there were no cops, so crime was rampant. It was crazy. One of the Fielding brothers was known as Blind Beak – he couldn’t see but he could smell crime and recognized thousands of criminals by the sound of their voices – so the story goes. The brothers Henry and John Fielding formed the Bow Street Runners … Britain’s first Bobbies!”
‘Morpheus’ is framed around the Ancient Greek god who had the ability to mimic human form and shape people’s dreams and has proved “the instant favourite of many people who have heard the album,” Hunter reveals. “I’m delighted with ‘Fingers Crossed’,” he adds; a sentiment sure to be shared by fans far and wide!
Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download:
You will all have been excited by the extraordinary content of the CDs and DVDs in the monumental Stranded In Reality set – tracks viewable at www.propermusic.com
- Show me what you got now … Stranded in Reality explained
- The journey … the Ian Hunter story, penned by Ian Hunter biographer Campbell Devine, with quotes from Ian and his musical sidekicks along the way.
- Down the tracks … Ian reflects on over 200 tracks with fascinating insights from the man himself.
- Go tell the superstar … reflections and testimonials from rock ‘n’ roll luminaries
All illustrated with stunning artwork, several rare and previously unseen images, many donated by Ian from his personal collection, record sleeves, promo material and memorabilia.
A 20-page 70s facsimile music paper containing historic press features, reviews and ads – plus a Hunter Ronson double-page Tour Poster – sequentially re-constructed from Sounds, Record Mirror, DISC and Melody Maker, and completely dedicated to Ian’s solo career (1975 to 2015)
An unissued archive black and white reproduction print, taken at the 1976 All-American Alien Boy sessions for Philip Hays’ album artwork, personally signed by Ian Hunter.
The limited edition boxset is available now on www.propermusic.com.
An episode of the PBS television show ‘Speakeasy’ featuring Joe Elliott interviewing Ian Hunter will be aired this November. As it gets closer we should be able to post a list of stations and air dates. The show was taped in New York City in July.
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will be visiting Scandanavia in November 2016:
15 Nov 2016 – Kulturbolaget, Malmo Sweden
16 Nov 2016 – Pustervik, Gothenburg Sweden
18 Nov 2016 – Union Scene, Drammen Norway Tickets
19 Nov 2016 – Byscenen, Trondheim Norway Tickets Sold Out
21 Nov 2016 – Nalen, Stockholm Sweden Sold Out
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will be visiting the UK in November 2016:
04 Nov 2016 – The Assembly, Leamington Spa England Tickets
05 Nov 2016 – The Garage, Glasgow Scotland Tickets
07 Nov 2016 – The Sage, Gateshead England Tickets
08 Nov 2016 – The Tramshed, Cardiff Wales Tickets
09 Nov 2016 – RCNM, Manchester England Tickets
11 Nov 2016 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London England Tickets
12 Nov 2016 – The Tivoli, Buckley Wales Tickets
13 Nov 2016 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth England Tickets