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Friday, 27 October 2017

Once Bitten Twice Shy

I used to have a double Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople album which has gone missing somewhere along the way leaving me with only The Best of Mott.
Therefore when I stumbled upon The Journey a 53 song 3 x CD Retrospective of Mott and Ian  for 3 quid in a Pitlochry charity shop it was a bit of a no brainer.
However, sadly it has proved to be somewhat of a disappointment.
With the exception of the  9 songs which are on the best of Mott there are probably only about another half a dozen which I would describe as reasonably good.
With the exception of the magnificent Once Bitten Twice Shy, his only hit single, I felt that the solo stuff from Ian Hunter was particularly poor. To be honest I struggled to pick out a second number before opting for Standin' in My Light a song from his 1979 album You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic.
Rightly, you would never get away with an album title like that these days.

Ian Hunter -Once Bitten Twice Shy

Ian Hunter - Standin' in My Light


  1. Your triple cd purchase reminds me of a double cd purchase I made of an "eric burdon and the animals" cd for £2.99. But I think mine is worse because it involves re-recordings and re-arrangements of some of their well known songs. Total and utter pish.

  2. Loved Mott, but Ian's solo years have been somewhat hit and miss.

  3. His solo stuff has been, ahem, somewhat erratic. Rant is quite superb, and it contains Death of a Nation:

  4. Used to like All American Alien Boy with its soul influence and last year Dandy, his Bowie tribute, was one of my favourite tracks.

    But I have haven't even heard many of his albums in between.


    1. Wading in here without knowing too much about his string of solos albums. Once Bitten, Twice Shy is a great track. I only know the 'Schizophrenic' & Short Back n'Sides albums. When The Daylight Comes is more than well worth a listen and Ships is OK - these days it would be a 'lighters aloft' anthem! Two top tracks from Short Back n'Sides are Rain and Keep On Burning.