That time I asked Mick Ronson what he thought of Great White’s version of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”

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By Steve Newton

I graduated from high school in 1975, and, holy crap, was that ever a great year for rock music!

Lizzy‘s Fighting, Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here, Zep’s Physical Graffiti, Neil‘s Zuma, Beck‘s Blow By Blow, Seger‘s Beautiful Loser–the list of killer albums went on and on.

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:

 

 

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