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Mott the Hoople appeared to be on top of the world on March 29, 1974, as they followed the unqualified triumph of the previous year Mott with their inevitably named seventh album, The hoop. But, sadly, beneath the quintet’s shimmering glam surface, things weren’t quite as sparkling as they looked. While David Bowie’s gifted hit …

British rockers Mott the Hoople have had a somewhat confusing career arc. Best known to pop radio listeners in the United States for the film produced by David Bowie in 1972 All the young guys – their only Billboard Top 40 hit – the band had been there for a few years on both sides …