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I'm sitting here with the Cleveland Orchestra's version of 'Cleveland Rocks'. What's it like? Haven't heard it yet. Where were we?
David Allen: 'Ships' was Barry Manilow.
John Pottage: Recollections of Alex Harvey? Well, we got on and his brother was a nice chap too. Was Queen the best support we ever had? Well, they were all different really. It seems unfair to compare different groups - styles etc. They certainly set the world alight, didn't they. Lovely chaps to boot.
Hope: Horses for courses as long as it's cool. Mikhaela is part of the shorter fan club and - yes - it does baffle me, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKHAELA and many more.
Alan Sewell: I don't know where you are based. Marsha Vlasic is my American agent and Emma Banks (at Helter Skelter) is the European agent.
VYT ISKELIUNAS writes 'more rockers and less Dylanesque ballads'. Well, I thought I'd put the Dylan thing to bed long ago. I can't help the way I write. It just comes that way. Why not more rockers? Well the answer to that is they don't grow on trees and they're harder to write than slow ones. Mainly because they have to be simple and have a twist at the same time. Thanks for the other stuff!
David Crisfield asks if anyone has approached me for a biography. Yes they have, and no I wouldn't. David says Bristol rocked 'especially the first night'. I'll agree with that!
Peter Jordan: 'I'm a sea diver whose lost in space' what's it all about? Well I've always felt 'odd' so that's probably what it means. Was 'Angel of Eight Avenue' about someone? Yes.
Rich Webster asks what it was like leaving the UK for the US? Well that was all tied in with the end of MTH and Mick and I felt like a new start was needed so we both made the move along with Dennis Elliott. Most enjoyable, actually.
Andrew Field (the): 1) Couldn't use Verden and Gibbo. Costs too much. 2) Phally wanted to sing his own songs, himself. 3) Don't have the time to write a book about my songs. Still trying to write new ones! To me, that's more important. 4) Do I have the hair and shades on all the time? The hair, yes the shades 75%. 5) Can I walk round incognito? Pretty much 6) IH is the other chap, but there's a lot of me in him.
Brendon Jacobson: The Oslo thing. The latest I have is February or March of next year. They didn't like the first lot of artwork. When will 'All of the Good Ones' be remastered and released? I think Sony UK is thinking about it.
Kenneth Bull: A Cleveland boy! Oslo again - see above.
Kelly Cooper lives in Canada and asks about Bob Rock and Paul Hyde. Well, Paul was the singer with the Payolas if I remember correctly. I liked him a lot. Straight shooter. Bob Rock surprised me with a very nice phone call once that I've never forgotten. Kelly's surprised at how hard 'Rant' is to sell. Well, first - it's good - so that's bad and second, we didn't have one of those huge marketing plans that people talk endlessly about. I guess they work!
Paul J (AZ) has worn out 'Rant' and in onto a second copy! (Moron's skipping) I figured that would be the one to do it. My lips are sealed.
Richard Denham asks me to do 'Honaloochie Boogie' on the next tour. We'll think about it. The live document of Ralpher, me, and the band will come out when we decide it's a good time for it. Keep watching.
Michael W. Smith: Is buying a DVD player for the Oslo gig. So am I!
Tom Rienzo loves 'Rant' and asks will 'Welcome to the Club' be re-released? Haven't got a clue, Tom. I think EMI has it somewhere.
Mike Brideweser: Re: Warren Zevon. If I was ill would I wish to put albums out? No. Heartfelt best wishes to Warren. Any plans for a U.S. tour? I haven't got any plans for anything at the moment, Mike. We'll see how it pans out.
Tomi was at the Manchester gig. The CD will come out. Just not yet.
Derek Anderson says 'Rant' is effing phenomenal! Such a complete record. Now what? Wish I knew! Talks about live version of 'While You Were Lookin' at Me'. Well, I would have definitely recorded that song, but Little Steven had given it to Michael. Loved that song. Still do.
Peter Holmes: Newcastle brilliant. Hadn't seen us before, and couldn't understand why the guy in front of him spent good money to yell out 'Bastard' all night. Welcome, Peter.
Alan Goddard: Oslo - already said it.
Lee H (Canada) asks if I ever met Rory Gallagher? Sure I met Rory. Actually before he left Ireland and then again intermittently over the years. A drinkin' man. Very shy. Did Dylan influence me? Well I only really listened to him and the Stones. That was it for me. Have I met him many times? No, not many. Did he influence me? Yes, no doubt about it.
Paul Wilson says he managed to play 'Rant' in a cup tie (FA) cup qualifying game. Chester-Le-Street v. Penrith. The record (obviously) inspired the home team and the club got £7,500 from the FA (where's my bit?). Says he's waiting for my latest with a forty piece orchestra (22 didn't turn up). He goes on to ask me to support all those little teams stuck between Sunderland and Newcastle and who all have chairmen, committees, staff and players (you've got it). He says Chester-le Street at Newcastle next year and good luck in the next round. Go all the way and take 'Rant' with you!!!! I was looking at Arsenal. Is anybody English?
John T. (Texas): I knew Webb Wider covered 'Big Time' (and very well, too), but I didn't know he also did 'Original Mixed Up Kid'.
Kenneth Craigs: Saw us at the Village Underground in NYC. 'No one writes melodies any more, except IH.' I needed that.
Pete Mills says an Aussie chap, James Freud, has released his biography and the forward - written by Stuart Coupe - says 'Diary of A Rock Star' is captivating, honest and compelling' See!
Andy Rigby thanks us for a great gig at Birkenhead. Says they were discussing W>B>A> going to the Premiership and playing 'Road to Birmingham' in the background. Who says I don't write about English cities! No, I wasn't aware of Terry Greenhalf's appreciation club, but thank him for me. 'Rant' great.
Janson Clark/Philly: Since touring with Mick, have my feelings changed as to a MTH reunion? Not really. Mick would like to tour the U.S. with me. We may do that at some juncture if it makes sense financially.
Paul Stepto says a couple of people want lyrics/transcriptions of mine and Mott songs. He says take a look at Adrian Perkin's site: http://www.hunter-mott.com/lyrics. I know Adrian and he's very thorough. Oh, and thanks for doing it.
Dean Kurtz asks will I sign a CD? I'm sorry, but no, Dean. You have your fellow man to thank for that. You may be genuine, but a lot of the buggers out there aren't.
Greg asks why the Norway connection? I was asked to do 'Dirty Laundry'. I did it with Darryl, John and the gang and really got on well with the producer, Bjorn Nessjo. I was so impressed with his work that I asked him to do 'The Artful Dodger' and he then asked me to do the Orchestral gig in Oslo. Bjorn and I hit it off musically and as people. Consider Andy York in this equation, too.
Jochen Breternitz: Sorry, Jochen. No can do.
Sheila Walsh: That's Justin's (our mighty Web Master) department. A lot of people have told me they get 'off' standing next to me - especially whenever Ronno was around!! There you go.
Jason Hans: No problem.
Owen Kelley: What's Pat Kilbride doing these days? I dunno. Pat - where are you? Brilliant bass player.
Don Deniston just bought 'Rant'. Says it's excellent and that's it.
Michael: 'Wow - great web site'. His kids caught the bug! Michael was on disaster relief shortly after 9/11. He'd catch the subway at 5:30 am and come home late. Kept thinking, 'I know, I know, I know it's the best.' This is rumored to be a Letterman fave as well. Where have I visited in the U.S.? I guess most of it over the years for one thing or another. Did you know if England had the same population density as America, there would only be 7 1/2 million people in England (there are nearly 60.) It's the space I like.
Ken B. Loves 'Rant'. Come to Houston. We'll see. Do I see Brian May these days. No, but it's geographical. Brian's a lovely man and brilliant guitarist. Do I think I was the inspiration for 'Somebody to Love'? No.
Andrew Donavan: Says Kathy McCarty sings of Doris Day and Mott the Hoople in the film 'Before Sunrise' in the context of an unlikely couple. Hopple rhyming couple. Bit of artistic license there, Kathy! Originally went to see Ringo, but liked all the other songs too. I'm not surprised. We'd sold nearly 700 million records between us. (I must admit I was lowish in the table!)
Les Marsh: Have things got better since 'Diary'. Periodically! How did Max Wall get involved? We, MTH, all loved him, so I was sent to Jersey to meet the great man. We hit it off and went from there. He did die up North because people wouldn't shut up, but the further South we went he went down better. I remember clearly a couple of people actually falling out of their seats at Guildford Civic. He'd definitely had a crazy life and truly regretted the family part of it. Very talented man in many directions. A good serious actor. Saw us twice this year. I'm the top man - keep the faith. Oh, All right!
Stu Lecky says he read an Australian fan couldn't find 'Rant' in Sydney. He suggests going to Red Eye Records on King Street. A mate of his in Sydney (who was in Oslo) says the stumbling block in a MTH reunion is the reluctance of Buffin. News to me. Says if he wins the lottery he's heading south! Loves 'Rant'.
Michael W. Smith: Music this time. 'Wash Us Away' was written to a totally different groove. It was Mickie Curry's idea to change it and I'm glad he did. 'I Need Your Love' (a track off 'Short Back 'n' Sides') was a major disappointment to me. Never got it how I heard it in my head. Says he doesn't like compilations so much because the emotions are not chronological. That is a salient point. 'Rest in Peace' - Can't remember.
James Wesley Young: Best of British!
Kevin Pugh: Why won't Pete Watts go to my gigs? Because he's a silly bugger! I keep telling him to come, but he says they'll all bother him. I said 'stay backstage', but he won't have it!
Richard Kaderli says Mick doesn't sound like Ronson on Schizophrenic. Well Richard - it does to everyone else. Different songs - different approach. hall mark of a great player.
Martin McCabe: Did we appear on 'Old Grey Whistle Test'. I remember somebody interviewing me (Ann Nightingale?) but I don't think we ever did it. Is Equi's still there? It's not only there, it's just as brilliant as it always was. Peter Equi's of the Wellhall Road, Hamilton - GO! You won't be disappointed. Diplomas for ice cream cover the walls. Great gill up. The paper shop opposite is still there too.
Jim McConnell: Ever considered writing a blatant Xmas song? No. What's the title to the follow up? 'Rave'? Nah.
Janne Olsson: Did I like Marc Bolan? The singles. Did I meet him? Yes. What was he like? A little large, actually.
Marty Petosa: Thanks. I forwarded this to Trudi.
Chris Jerome: 'Rant'' is great. Sorry had to discontinue autographs.
Ant Joel (UK). Had a course for recording consoles been available pre-Mott, would I have gone? No, but Buff definitely would have and probably Ralpher and Pete so they would have covered for me. How did Ronno and I learn technical stuff? Mick learned from Tony Visconti. What little I knew came from Bill Price.
Mike Brideweser: One of his friends says she saw Mott open for Pick Floyd. Floyd never showed up and Mott played for three hours. NAH.
Marley Brant: This is another one I'll pass onto Trudi. Good luck with the book although you sound pretty accomplished, anyway.
Jordan: English or American 'Rant'? To me, the English one runs better.
Gino says maybe he's naive, but Citadel is selling your CD of 'The Artful Dodger' in Europe and America. All you have to do is go onto Amazon. You're not naive, Gino. That's exactly what Kris Grey is doing. He has no license to sell it - he doesn't pay me any royalties. Bjorn Nessjo has told him to cease and desist, but he keeps on doing it. Welcome to the ass end of the wonderful music business. Says I have great intros to my songs. Why don't I do a tribute to the Stones album? Because they do it.
Joe Crow says 'Rant' is a work of beauty. Lovely.
Bruce Helwig's 4 and 6 year olds love 'Rant'. Both know 'Wash Us Away' and 'Ripoff' (which is more than I can say for the recording industry!) The process of 'Washing Away' had to be explained and Bruce nailed it. We're gonna have to start a junior league.
Ira Sherman: Noted and good luck.
Al Johnson went to Hereford and Shrewsbury. Met Stan at Pete's shop and then went to see Steve and Gibbo at the Music Hall. Actually, Steve's back and he told me about this. Nice one. Have I written any new songs for the follow up? I don't know. That is, I write songs, but go off them after a while and slowly it starts forming. Too early to say.
Mark C. Dern says he plays my music on a popular Dutch radio program 'Marc from Holland' and wants a chat on the air. I'll pass this onto Trudi.
EJG says Nick Kent called me a 'cross eyed old Rocker' in 1975. Well, Nick was a big deal at the time, but he also had two problems. One was ego and the other was a hard substance. Nick could pass out anywhere. I think he'd been flattered by association. Because he was good at his job, he'd been on a few 'big' tours and the resulting disadvantages had sadly occurred. Nick also desperately wanted to embrace punk rock at the time. The next new thing. I got a lot of flack around that time, until the writers realized that the punks actually liked me! It was amusing to see the about turn a couple of years later. For the record - I ain't cross eyed and if I was old then, God knows what Nick would call me now!
Jenx: Which song stands out and makes me say I'm proud of that one. 'Dead Man Walking' at the moment. Mentions 'Too Much' 'I never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity'. Actually, I think a politician said that. They're good with that kind of thing, aren't they?
Hope Campbell: That's life, Hope. Make the most of it.
Peter Lewis did the Hereford, Shrewsbury thing and got a pair of Steve's sticks. How do I follow 'Rant'? Who knows. Every record's different. He trusts me! Hey, I don't even trust myself. You're dealing with air here. Olso's something to be going on with meantime.
John A. Cox says he likes 'Good Man in a Bad Time' off the 'Fright Night' movie.
William F. Aubel: You would be looking for David Fishoff Productions in New York.
Eric Theoret: Talk to Marsha Vlassic in New York.
Daniel Sciarra had a great time at the Village Underground.
Kevin in Belfast: It is easier to write truth than fiction. Truth comes easier to me, but there's an enormous chasm of fiction that's appealing too.
John Von Reine: Am I appearing with Meatloaf at the Westbury Music Fair? No.
Karen Rice thinks the Horse's Mouth is the cat's whiskers. She was at the Roxy week in LA way back when. 'Rant' still the best. She has three bulldogs and a husband.
David Tarbet: 'I love 'Rant' - think it's amazing'. Wants me to send him the chords to 'Wash Us Away'. Try it in C with a Kapo.
E.J.G. says 'Diary.....' best book he's ever read. Get yourself down to Borders, mate. Quick.
Jason asks, 'What do you listen to when you need cheering up?' Well, I like reading Quentin Letts, actually.
Dave Rohring: Lorraine Ellison's 'Stay With Me Baby'.
Michael W. Smith writes: New Element Discovered: ADMINISTRATIUM.
A major research institution has announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. This new element has been tentatively named 'Administratium.' Administratium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.Since Administratium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every other element with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Administratium can cause one reaction to take over 4 days to complete when it would normally take less than a second. Administratium has a normal half-life of 3 years; it does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Administratium's mass actually increases over time, since each reorganization causes some morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. Such quantity is referred to as 'Critical Morass.' You will know it when you see it. Smart Ass.
Tony Adams writes an excellent note from Louisville on Rainsong guitars. The way I look at it - you can't play an electric guitar on low volume with any kind of percussiveness. You can get a really punchy sound out of a Rainsong at relatively low volume.
Tim Kearns (New Zealand) recently read that Gene Simmons of Kiss had said he'd written a 'Mott the Hoople' song for Ace to sing. How do I feel about Kiss doing Mott style stuff? Well, I guess it's nice he remembers that stuff. Have I heard anything over the years that was Mott-ish? Well now and again you hear things. ELO were very close in their infancy. But really, it's this big pile of music and everybody gets touched by so much you can't really say anyone cops from anyone. It's just the learning process. Queen always said we influenced them, but I can't hear it in their music. By the way, I hear New Zealand's the place to be. Jess wants to move there and I've thought about a quick visit.
Jeremy Wimpress saw us at the Stones/Pretenders gig at Giant Stadium. My wife and brother made me go!
Alan Parry: Sat at the same table with Jack Nicholson all night at the Roxy gig. 'He had a floppy tennis hat on - never looked up, drank, or spoke a word all night.' Alan's got all the Horse's Mouths and read 'em on a flight to Germany. I beat out Danielle Steele, huh? He can't believe how dedicated you lot are. Likes the web site and the music.
Luca (Italy) has 'All American Alien Boy'. Asks if there were any other collaborations between myself and the Queenies? Well, Roger and I did Mick's Memorial show and Brian has been known to get up during 'Memphis' (he recorded it as well).
Phil Bought a load of Dylan on my recco. 'The man's a genius - I must have been asleep to have missed all this.' What sort of contact do I have with other songwriters? None. So I suppose I'm outta the picture, now Phil.
Janet Mitchess: If we tour next year it will probably be in May. The planning will start in November. (She's trying to fit us in with her hols!)
Bob Kleb saw us in Philly. Got married with 'Knees of My Heart' in the background. Nice.
Kyle Telleson says I song 'You - you with the glasses' and pointed at him. Impressed his girlfriend. How many people have said I was pointing at them? 'Rant' absolutely wonderful. On 'Still Love Rock 'n' Roll' Andy 'plays a short riff and what seems to be a tribute to Mick'. Wouldn't put it past him.
Patrick Coleman is a filmmaker and wants to use some of the songs from 'Rant' for a sound track. Well, we'll have to check this one out, Patrick. Handing it over to Trudi.
Rick Goward: I don't think I ever saw that.
David Newton: Oslo - see earlier answers. Any chance of Canada's east coast? Not at the moment.
Phillip T. Baker: Another one for Trudi.
Tyler (Australia): I haven't seen Maggie, so she hasn't given it to me yet.
Manfred Kohler: Another one for Trudi.
Phillip Hindess: 'On 'Boy' - both me and Ronno are both credited as writers. Who wrote what?' Well, the truth is I wrote 'Boy'. It was, if fact, even longer and went into another area (which Mick didn't like so I dropped that particular section). It was just that, he'd done such a fabulous job on the arrangement - and on other tracks too, so I thought he should be paid more. That's the way it went down.
Peter Gruber wants me to help these chaps build houses in Portugal. Actually come up with design ideas. There's a few bob in it as well! This is a definite Trudi thing! You got me.
Hope Campbell: Here's a 16 year old who prefers vinyl!. Go girl! She says every time she sees my picture there's a bottle in it. Well, that's true Hope, but it could be worse. Got 'The Hoople' for her birthday and Ringo's DVD (aren't I lovely) and she's angry because she says the Horse's Mouth column is screwed up at the moment (take note oh, Web Master!)
Matt Nojonen writes an extremely complimentary letter from Ohio and it's well written too. Now I feel bad not having listened to the Cleveland Rocks Orchestral thing. Later.
Greg Glasgow saws Ben Folds did a great gig at Barrowlands. Passion and intensity.
Dennis Irwin asks if I've ever heard a song that said 'Damn - I wish I'd thought of that' Er, no.
Mike H. says when Mick and I played Asbury Park Convention Centre in 80-81, I was gesturing off stage for a mystery guest to come on. It's a mystery to me, Mike.
AB says John Otway is getting his fans to buy him into the charts. He says 'with the Oslo CD coming out we should wrangle a singles deal and we'll all go out and buy multiple copies and we'll all see you on Top of The Pops 1 instead of 2' Well, to tell you the truth AB that's a terrible idea and one that's beneath you as a true Hunter music fan. When do we start........
That's all for now, folks. I'm off to do some business in the UK and then a little holiday with the wife, so I might be a bit late with the next one. Stay safe.
P.S. Just heard the Cleveland Pops Orchestral version. Rather spiffy! Love the bluesy ending. Like it.
P.P.S. Just heard Metal Shop's version. Like I said to Drew - this is what might have happened if I'd taken that Uriah Heep gig back in the seventies!