By Steve Newton
I graduated from high school in 1975, and, holy crap, was that ever a great year for rock music!
But none of them thrilled me more than Ian Hunter’s self-titled solo debut, with the one-and-only Mick Ronson on guitar.
And the opening track, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, was four minutes and forty-four seconds of pure rockin’ bliss, featuring what is probably the greatest guitar solo of all time.
I was fortune enough to have interviewed Mick Ronson a couple of times, in 1988 and ’89, when he had reunited with Hunter to record and tour behind the awesome YUI Orta album.
Four months before I did my second interview with Ronson, Great White had scored a Top 10 hit with their cover of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, and I was not impressed. I thought their version was totally lame in comparison to the rip-roarin’ original.
The only good thing about the remake was that its royalties boosted Hunter’s bank account.
So I asked Ronno what he thought of it, and apparently great minds think kinda the same.
Have a listen: