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July 12, 2009

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David Menard

"Into the Great Wide Open" by Tom Petty, and of course, "There's No Business Like Show Business".

MG

"Working for MCA" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Also, while I love all references to Mott the Hoople and/or Ian Hunter's ever-present shades, I believe that "All the Young Dudes" is decidedly not about the music industry, even tangentially. The songs mentions three bands (T. Rex, The Beatles, and The Stones), but never alludes to the music industry, business interests, or even rock-stardom. Certainly, Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter have released many great songs about the music industry and the absurdity of rock-stardom ("The Ballad of Mott the Hoople," "Standing in My Light," "Marionette," etc.), but ATYD is not one of them. Rather, ATYD is an anthem for alienated youth; a touching song about the misfits that rejected flower-power (those who “never got it off on that revolution stuff”) and were looking for alternatives; a thematic precursor to the punk movement that would follow (and borrow from) Mott's early 70s reign.

Michael Boggs

Neil Young's "Don't Be Denied" -- "There we were on the Sunset Strip/Playing our songs for the highest bid."

Chris Mayberry

Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us."

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