Ending of Mott the Hoople's 'All The Young Dudes' - Backstory

Listening to drive time radio on the commute home tonight, I heard Social Distortion and Led Zep (no Christmas music for me :slight_smile: ) and then ‘All the Young Dudes’ by Mott the Hoople (written by David Bowie of course).
OK, you classic rock fans know the ending - the chorus ‘All the Young Dudes, Carry the News, Boogaloo Dudes’ is repeatedly sung while the lead signer (Ian Hunter?) goes off on a rant about bringing some guy w/ glasses down to the front (apparently the guy’s friends drag him down against his will) and then do something that he wanted to do for years… OK, what?
The Wiki on the song glosses over this with the statement “and calls to an imaginary audience” and no further mention - so what is the backstory?
(I understand it was a studio recording, so there was no real audience, and hence no guy in glasses to drag to the front).

I wanted to know this for years…OK, that was a groaner


Why don’t you ask Ian and get the answer straight from The Horse’s Mouth ?

Yes, I think so

Well, why does anyone ask a question on the Straight Dope? To tap into the collective wisdom of the golden horde.
That, and the fact that I didn’t know that site existed, nor did it occur to me in the first place (instead I was randomly googling on Mott the Hoople and Young dudes, and obviously doing a poor job of it).

Sorry, I didn’t intend one of those “let me google that…” replies…just thought could ask the man himself.

Quite true - BTW, I wasn’t being snide - it simply didn’t occur to me.
Since you mentioned the site, I now checking their messageboards to see if this question has been answered there…

The melody of “All the Young Dudes” is played backward in the middle of Bowie’s song “Move On” from the album “Lodger.”

This response has been of no help whatsoever.