THE REBELLES - All The Young Dudes
The Rebelles are three young ladies that appear to have exemplary rock credentials. Made up of Tracie Hunter, daughter of Mott The Hoople leader Ian Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood of late 80's band Westwood - who had an infuriatingly catchy hit with "Sonic Boom Boy" - and Phoebe White, a blues singer with the Blues Kitchen Gospel Choir.
To date they have largely appeared as backing vocalists for the likes of Steven Tyler, Def Leppard, Ginger Wildheart and The Quireboys. However, they now have a chance to shine in their own right and shortly will release their debut album that sees them stamp their own mark on classic tracks from the punk, glam and blues genres. To add spice, their efforts have been augmented by guest appearances from the likes of Mick Jones, Clem Burke, Chris Spedding, Slim Jim Phantom and Kenney Jones.
As a taster, on 18 March, they release their first single with their take on Mott the Hoople's breakthrough hit "All the Young Dudes". Clearly this will hold a special place in the heart of Tracie, given that her father provided the vocals when the track was originally released nearly 44 years ago. However, it's seem all the more poignant now, as the song had been written especially for the band by David Bowie. Tracie and Elizabeth previously sang backing vocals for Holy Holy, the Bowie tribute band that includes original Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey and producer Tony Visconti (who worked with Bowie, from his second album right up to Blackstar) and all the girls acknowledge the Thin White Duke as a massive influence.
They retain the basis of the song, often cited as one that shaped Rock'n'Roll, but have added their own distinctive style with close harmonies and hand claps. Whilst the take was augmented by the additional contributions of Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols/Rich Kids) and James Stephenson (Chelsea, The Cult), surely the icing on the cake must be inclusion of Ian Hunter himself on backing vocals. So if the album is anything like this, then count me in. The girls have managed to both combine a quality cover of a rock classic with a fitting tribute to a sadly departed musical genius. David Robert Jones RIP.