Ian Hunter (album)

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Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter album cover.jpg
Studio album by Ian Hunter
Released April 1975
Recorded January–March 1975
Studio AIR Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 40:38
61:18 (reissue)
Label CBS
Producer Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson
Ian Hunter chronology
Ian Hunter
All American Alien Boy
(1976)All American Alien Boy1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B–[2]

Ian Hunter is the first solo album by Ian Hunter, recorded following his departure from Mott the Hoople. Released in 1975, it is also the first of many solo albums on which he collaborates with Mick Ronson. The bassist, Geoff Appleby, was from Hull like Mick Ronson and they had played together in The Rats in the late 1960s.

The single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" would be his first and last top-20 single in the UK. The pop-metal band Great White would later cover the song on their 1989 album ...Twice Shy.[3]

"Who Do You Love" and "3,000 Miles from Here" were covered by Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz on their 2010 album My ReGeneration. Also, Def Leppard covered "Who Do You Love" on their 1999 single Goodbye as an b-side.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Hunter except where noted.

  1. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" – 4:44
  2. "Who Do You Love" – 3:51
  3. "Lounge Lizard" – 4:32
  4. "Boy" (Hunter, Mick Ronson) – 8:52
  5. "3,000 Miles from Here" – 2:48
  6. "The Truth, the Whole Truth, Nuthin' but the Truth" – 6:13
  7. "It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off" – 5:46
  8. "I Get So Excited" – 3:48

30th anniversary bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Colwater High" – 3:12
  2. "One Fine Day" – 2:21
  3. "Once Bitten Twice Shy" (single version) – 3:52
  4. "Who Do You Love" (single version) – 3:17
  5. "Shades Off" (poem) – 1:37
  6. "Boy" (single version) – 6:25


  • Ian Hunter - vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, percussion, backing vocals
  • Mick Ronson - lead guitar, organ, Mellotron, mouth organ, bass guitar
  • Geoff Appleby - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Dennis Elliott - drums, Percussion
  • Pete Arnesen - piano
  • John Gustafson - bass guitar on "Lounge Lizard"
  • Bill Price - engineer
  • Roslav Szaybo - design concept
  • Martin Springett - illustration


  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r9654
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (16 June 1975). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ian Hunter – Once Bitten Twice Shy". Chart Stats. Retrieved 13 November 2011.