Once Bitten, Twice Shy

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"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
Ian Hunter once bitten.jpg
Single by Ian Hunter
from the album Ian Hunter
B-side"3,000 Miles from Here"
Released4 April 1975
RecordedJanuary–March 1975
StudioAIR Studios, London
GenreRock and roll[1]
Length3:52
LabelColumbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Ian Hunter
Producer(s)Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson
Ian Hunter singles chronology
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
(1975)
"Who Do You Love?"
(1975)

"Once Bitten, Twice Shy" is a 1975 song written and recorded by Ian Hunter, from his debut solo album Ian Hunter, which reached No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The song was included in the 2017 feature-length biographical documentary, and compilation soundtrack,[3] entitled Beside Bowie: the Mick Ronson Story.[4]

Great White cover[edit]

"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
Single by Great White
from the album ...Twice Shy
B-side"Slow Ride"
Released1989
StudioTotal Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California
Genre
Length5:24
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Ian Hunter
Producer(s)Alan Niven, Michael Lardie
Great White singles chronology
"Mista Bone"
(1989)
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
(1989)
"The Angel Song"
(1989)

"Once Bitten, Twice Shy" was covered in 1989 by the American glam metal group Great White on their fourth album ...Twice Shy. This version was also released as a single, which charted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, at No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[9] and again in the UK.[10]

This version's video was placed on New York Times list of the 15 Essential Hair-Metal Videos.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard's reviewer came to conclusion that success of LP in its chart will be a "strong support" to single and "should place this boogieing rocker on a large number of playlists."[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 11
UK Singles (OCC)[14] 83
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 5
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[16] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Track listings[edit]

Ian Hunter 1975 single[edit]

  1. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" – 3:52
  2. "3,000 Miles from Here" – 2:48

Great White 1989 single[edit]

  1. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" – 5:20
  2. "Slow Ride" – 3:53
  3. "Wasted Rock Ranger" (Cassette only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Once Bitten Twice Shy The Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  3. ^ Discogs ~ Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story the Soundtrack
  4. ^ YouTube ~ Beside Bowie: the Mick Ronson Story (2017) Trailer #1
  5. ^ Masley, Ed (8 July 2014). "Best '80s pop-metal songs, from Def Leppard to Poison". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Best of 80's Metal, Vol. 2 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  7. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The big book of hair metal : the illustrated oral history of heavy metal's debauched decade. Minneapolis, MN. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7603-4546-7. OCLC 858901054.
  8. ^ Donkers, Chuck. "Rock the First, Vol. 2 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  9. ^ "...Twice Shy Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Once Bitten Twice Shy 1989 The Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  11. ^ Edwards, Gavin (5 May 2020). "15 Essential Hair-Metal Videos". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Review: Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 101, no. 19. New York: Billboard Publications Inc. 13 May 1989. p. 77. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022 – via World Radio History.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6439." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Great White Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Great White Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy". Recording Industry Association of America.

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