I became an It Bites fan after seeing them perform live on "The Old Grey Whistle Test" in the early 80`s.
I learned that they were from a small town called Egremont on the West coast of Cumbria,I live in the Lake District too, & as the list of "Famous Cumbrians" was, (& continues to be) very small!,I was keen to see these local lads do well,& was also blown away by their set on TV that night.I have been a big fan ever since & their lack of success, was & still is, a real mystery to me.
It Bites should have been a massive band,their songwriting talent & excellent individual musicianship is obvious, both on this album & on all the rest of their releases.
As a review in "Sounds" music mag said of their debut album at the time, "It Bites absolutely p*ss all over the opposition"!!
"Calling all the hero`s" was a big hit single & they seemed destined to be around for a long time.
Unfortunately,their subsequent single releases did`nt really chart, & to many people they are reguarded as a classic "One Hit Wonder band"
"Eat me in St Louis" was to be their last studio album.
Why the anthemic, "Still to young to remember" was not a hit I dont know!other stand out tracks are "Underneath your pillow,Sister Sarah, & The haunting "Ice melts into water"
It Bites were real musicians that had more in common with bands like Rush & Yes, at a time when the music buying public wanted less complicated pop artists & we saw the birth of manufactured bands that invariably mimed, with every TV Soap Star releasing a single!
Come to think of it,they should be proud to have risen above those in the charts at the time, by not appearing there,& can at least claim,rather ironicaly, that they were too good, as musicians to be sucessfull!!!!!!!!
Buy this album & you`ll see exactly what I mean.