This band was the dogs’ bollocks. One of the most underrated bands of all time.
Label: Virgin – TCV2591
Format: Cassette, Album, Stereo
Rock, Pop Rock , Prog Rock
1-1 Positively Animal 4:35
1-2 Underneath Your Pillow 5:27
1-3 Let Us All Go 4:10
1-4 Still Too Young To Remember 4:59
1-5 Murder Of The Planet Earth 3:48
2-1 People Of America 4:14
2-2 Sister Sarah 4:20
2-3 Leaving Without You 4:55
2-4 ‘Till The End Of Time 4:13
2-5 The Ice Melts Into Water 7:16
Bass, Vocals – Dick Nolan
Composed By – It Bites
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Bob Dalton
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Guitar [Tapboard] – Francis Dunnery
Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals – John Beck
Eat Me in St. Louis is the third album by British progressive pop/rock band It Bites. The album title was also reused for a compilation album by the band, aimed at the US market.
Eat Me in St. Louis saw It Bites move away from the progressive rock and pop influences of their two previous albums and towards a more hard rock sound with more straightforward compositions and a heavier, rawer sound. The album was recorded in Munich and produced by Reinhold Mack, best known for his work with Queen.
The band enlisted Roger Dean (the record sleeve artist famous for his fantasy-based cover art on Yes albums) to produce the artwork for Eat Me in St. Louis. The album yielded three singles – “”Still Too Young to Remember””, “”Underneath Your Pillow”” and “”Sister Sarah””. The first two of these were also re-released as remixed versions. None of the singles were significant hits.
This was the only It Bites album to feature the Tapboard, a tap-style guitar instrument developed by lead singer/guitarist Francis Dunnery and Dave Farmilow. Dunnery used the Tapboard on the coda to “”Leaving Without You””.
Eat Me in St. Louis was the final studio album by the original lineup of It Bites, as Francis Dunnery left the band the following year. Although It Bites recruited a new singer, Lee Knott, and continued for a further year (with erstwhile keyboard player John Beck now playing guitar) the band changed both its direction and its name (first to Navajo Kiss and then to Sister Sarah) and did not record any further material. The band would not record again until reuniting in 2006 with a new lead singer and guitarist, John Mitchell.
Francis Dunnery – guitars, vocals, Tapboard
John Beck – keyboards, backing & harmony vocals
Dick Nolan – bass guitar, backing vocals
Bob Dalton – drums, backing vocals
Charts Peak position:
UK Albums Chart 40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need To Know…….!!!,
It Bites should have been a massive band,their song-writing 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 didn’t really chart, & to many people they are regarded 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 don’t 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 ironically, that they were too good, as musicians to be successfully!!!!!!!!
Buy this album & you`ll see exactly what I mean.
5.0 out of 5 stars The only one I didn’t have
When a band were that good live and you could get the LP for this price it was a done deal!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album,
One of my all time favorite albums! First heard of them when they opened for Jethro Tull in the early 90. Was blown away. My brother ordered this LP right after the show and I have been listening to it ever since. Every song on it is a winner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving energy with content that touches the soul,
The moment “”Positively Animal”” kicks in, you get an instant feel that there is a difference in how It Bites applied themselves to their songwriting. Francis Dunnery (Lead Vocals) is a very talented musician, as are all of this under-rated band. From the anthem-like “”Still Too Young To Remember”” and the energetic “”Sister Sarah”” to the haunting “”The Ice Melts Into Water””, this CD has all the attributes you need to tune in to the band. I saw It Bites live and, as a musician myself, miss the great Bass and Drum interaction. They were a one-off and if you like good musicians, coupled with interesting but melodic tracks, you should check them out. Listen out for the nursery rhyme like guitar solo in “”Underneath Your Pillow””. Musically almost taking the ****. That sums up It Bites.
It Bites were special.
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost There….,
It Bites third, and final, studio album, Eat Me In St Louis was the bands real rock opus.
Including the anthemic nearly hit Still Too Young To Remember, this album is Bites on full rock out mode.
If the their previous album (Once Around the World) was eclectic and progressive, EMISL is far more direct.
Full of hits and the occasional miss (Sister Sarah urgh), EMISL showed that IB could rock with the best of them, and that Francis Dunnery perhaps the finest rock guitarist since Dave Gilmour.
Easier to digest than the more complex OATW, packed with incredible tunes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to rawk!!!
After the much far proggier first two albums, It Bites decided to have a crack at the US and made a straight ahead hard rock record with former Queen producer Mack at the controls.
Some outstanding moments here. ‘Underneath Your Pillow’ is a cracking rock track with a great chorus and a bit of menace; ill Too Young To Remember’ is a glorious, thoughtful rock ballad that I think would make a great first dance song at a wedding. Why wasn’t it a hit?
‘Ice Melts Into Water’ is my favourite track on the record. It a really understated yet beautifully played/sung track packed with atmosphere. It in stark contrast to the rest of the album.
The rest of the tracks are very much in the stadium rock mould .
I remember It Bites getting quite a bit of coverage with this album and the accompanying singles, but it never really led to the kind of success they deserved. The general public thought they were a one hit wonder pop band, yet they’d just released a hard rock album with cover artwork from a reknowned prog rock collaborator. In an era of obsessive pigeonholing, it was virtually impossible to categorise the band and I think they suffered for it.
It Bites are a classic example of great musicians and songwriters, making terrific music but suffering from public misconceptions and a music industry that was becoming more and more saturated with banal mediocrity.
It Bites are enjoying something of a reappraisal if not a full on resurgence at the moment.