- Fingers Crossed
- (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
- Artist: Ian Hunter
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 9/16/2016
180gm vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. Ian Hunter's latest studio album, Fingers Crossed unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie, 'Dandy'. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012's acclaimed 'When I'm President.' As leader of '70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock'n'roll's most compelling performers and one of it's most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, 'All The Way From Memphis,' 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' and 'Cleveland Rocks' and the voice of such landmark albums as, 'All The Young Dudes,' 'Mott,' 'Ian Hunter' and 'You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic,' he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world. 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 penned it's hit title track. Even prior to this, with Mott, Hunter recorded four iconoclastic albums - 'Mott The Hoople,' 'Mad Shadows,' 'Wildlife' and 'Brain Capers.' The band's artistic and commercial success continued with 'Mott' and 'The Hoople,' between them, containing the hits, 'All The Way From Memphis,' 'Honaloochie Boogie,' 'Roll Away The Stone' and 'The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll.' On their final tour, they took out a then little known band, Queen, who would have a hit single with a song about their experiences, 'Now I'm Here.' It would be the only time Queen would open for anyone and the band members would stay long term friends with Ian, contributing backing vocals to his 'All American Alien Boy' album. Mott have also been credited by John Lydon (Sex Pistols) and Mick Jones (The Clash) as being one of the pioneers and inspirations behind the burgeoning punk / new wave movement. Later on, Ian would go on to produce Generation X's 'Valley Of The Dolls' album and The Clash would play on Ian's 'Short Back 'n' Sides' release. 'Fingers Crossed' continues Ian's phenomenal run of Five Star critically acclaimed records following 'Rant' (2001), 'Shrunken Heads' (2007), 'Man Overboard' (2009) and 'When I'm President' (2012). Alongside Proper Records 30-Disc anthology box set, 'Stranded in Reality' due on 2 September, 2016 will be quite a year for Mr Hunter.