“Marionette” – Mott the Hoople


Mott the Hoople’s 1974 album “The Hoople” is a great, but uneven collection of songs that shows the band at a crucial, albeit schizophrenic crossroads. Many the songs seem written for a rock and roll Broadway musical, while others (the Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper-like “Crash Street Kidds”) seem to be anticipating punk a few years later. “Marionette” is from the Broadway end of things, albeit creeping towards the Cooper/ Manson side. Somewhere Meat Loaf and his producer/collaborator Jim Steinman are taking notes.