Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter has unveiled ten new, self-penned songs from his latest studio album, ‘Fingers Crossed’, which includes his homage to David Bowie on the track ‘Dandy’.
Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the LP is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed ‘When I’m President’ and once more features his Rant Band.
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,” Hunter admitted. “I like the line – ‘and then we took the last bus home’. David was an incredible artist with an insatiable curiosity for everything.”
Hunter’s inspiration for the album was brought about by many different experiences and ideas. ‘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. The title track, ‘Fingers Crossed’, is a 1750s sea-faring tale of impressment, when men were taken into the Navy by compulsion and forced recruitment.
Hunter explained where he found the inspiration for the track: “‘Fingers Crossed’ was not inspired by a book”, he said. “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!”
‘Fingers Crossed’ is released 16th September via Proper Records and Hunter will be touring later in the year on the following dates: