Guitarist and vocalist Ian Hunter established himself as one of the toughest and most inventive songwriters of the early 1970s, setting the stage for punk rock with his edgy, intelligent songs. Joining Mott The Hoople in 1969, Hunter was already a veteran of the London music scene but reached international stardom with Mott’s four iconoclastic albums and the huge hit, the David Bowie penned and produced, ‘All The Young Dudes’. This track was later rated at No.253 by Rolling Stone in its list of 500 greatest songs of all time.
Mott disbanded in 1974 and Ian moved to New York, segueing into a celebrated solo career with a formidable body of solo work, whilst often collaborating with Mick Ronson. The album, Ian Hunter, was released in 1975 and spawned the top 20 hit ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’.
Ian’s second solo album, All American Alien Boy, was recorded with a variety of all-star musicians, including members of Queen, released in the summer of 1976. It was followed byOvernight Angels, an album that saw Ian moving closer to straightforward rock’n’roll. Following the mainstream approach of Overnight Angels, Hunter became involved with England’s burgeoning punk rock movement, producing Generation X’s second album.
You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic was a Ian / Mick collaboration. The album was a hit, especially in America where it peaked at No.35. The two set out on another tour, which resulted in the 1980 double-live album, Ian Hunter Live/Welcome to the Club. In 1981, Hunter released Short Back N’ Sides, which was produced by the Clash’s Mick Jones.
2 years later All Of The Good Ones Are Taken was released, after which Ian took some time out to produce, returning properly in 1993, prompted by the sad passing of his long term friend, Mick Ronson. Since then, Ian has achieved what many critics feel is his best work to date: The Artful Dodger, Rant, Shrunken Heads, Man Overboardand When I’m President, causing a new generation of artists to name-check Ian as a profound influence, these include Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).