Listen to: Ian Hunter David Bowie Tribute, “Dandy”


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British veteran rocker Ian Hunter, whose glam-era band Mott the Hoople recorded their biggest hit in 1972 with the David Bowie-written “All the Young Dudes” (from the album of the same name produced by Bowie), released a new tribute to his late friend and colleague, “Dandy”. The track is part of Hunter’s upcoming album with his Rant Band, Crossed fingers, slated for release on September 16 (and available for pre-order below).

On “Dandy,” Hunter recounts his first introduction to Bowie, quotes from various Bowie lyrics and song titles, and checks the names of the members of Bowie’s classic group Spiders from Mars (“Little Lord Fauntleroy” is a reference to the late guitarist Mick Ronson), before concluding “We shall never see your kind again” and thanking Bowie for the memories. “Mr. Jones” is an obvious reference to Bowie’s last name.

Crossed fingers, recorded in New Jersey and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, will feature 10 new Hunter originals.

Here are the full lyrics for “Dandy”:

Something’s going on, Mr. Jones
My brother says you’re better than the Beatles or the Stones
From Saturday evening to Sunday morning
You turned us into heroes
Can you hear the heroes sing

Dandy you are the prettiest star
There is no life on Mars but we may always be there

Dandy, you opened the door
You left us wanting more
And then we took the last bus home

Who let the genie come out of the lamp?
Little Lord Fauntleroy who let him out of his amp
From Saturday evening to Sunday morning
Well, Trevor is getting bolder
and woody likes the hit thing

Dandy, this world was black and white
You showed us what it is
Living inside a rainbow

Dandy, you delighted us to the core
You left us wanting more
And then we took the last bus home

Lie lie
Lie lie …

You beat the liar
You had everything
The voice, the look the songs that shake
The gift of chatter and gall

From Saturday evening to Sunday morning
When all we had to wait for was the weekend
You made our lives worth living

Dandy, you are still the prettiest star
There is no life on Mars but we always thought there might be
Dandy you took us to the fair
With Cabaret Voltaire
And then we took the last train home

Dandy, you know we’ve waited long enough
They should put a statue in Piccadilly Circus

Dandy, you blew us all away
Out of the dull and gray
And then we took the last bus home
The keeper of the flame
We will never see your fellow man again
Oh, Dandy was unique

Hey look what you’ve become
I guess I owe you one
So thanks for the memories

“Dandy” can be purchased now at itunes.

Ian Hunter Tour Dates 2016 (Tickets are available here):

November 4 – Leamington, United Kingdom – The Assembly
November 5 – Glasgow, UK – Glasgow Garage
November 7 – Gateshead, UK – Sage Gateshead
November 8 – Cardiff, UK – Tramshed
November 9 – Manchester, UK – Royal Northern College of Music
November 11 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
November 12 – Buckley, UK – The Tivoli
November 13 – Holmfirth, UK – The Picturedome
November 15 РMalm̦, Sweden РKulturbolaget
November 16 – Goteborg, Sweden – Pustervik
November 18 – Drammen, Norway – Union scene
November 19 – Trondheim, Norway – Byscenen
November 21 – Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen

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