This was Hunter's first single after leaving Mott The Hoople in 1974. That group is best known for "All The Young Dudes
," written and produced by David Bowie, who championed the group.
Hunter's solo career got off to a good start. He toured both the US and UK in 1975, and "Once Bitten Twice Shy" rose to #14 in the UK. He wasn't able to follow it up with an other hit, and although his sales numbers faltered, he retained fervent fanbase and counted many fellow musicians as supporters; Mick Jones of The Clash and guitarist Mick Ronson were among his collaborators. In the '80s, he did production work for Ellen Foley and Generation X, and wrote a hit for Barry Manilow called "Ships."