It Bites

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Formed in Egremont, Cumbria, England in 1982, this rock/pop band had all played together in various guises previously, usually in cover bands. Singer Francis Dunnery (25 December 1962, Egremont, Cumbria, England) spent time with a punk outfit called Waving At Trains, having previously worked as an engineer. The rest of the band’s curriculum vitae ranged from bricklayer to factory worker. The band’s stable line-up comprised Dunnery (vocals/guitar), John Beck (keyboards), Dick Nolan (bass), and Bob Dalton (drums). Their first release was the strictly amateur ‘All In Red’, but under the wing of Virgin Records they hit in July 1986 with ‘Calling All The Heroes’, which reached UK number 6. Unjustly assumed to be strictly for teenagers, they were continually marketed as such by their record company. They demonstrated considerable talent with ‘Whole New World’, which surprisingly stalled outside the UK Top 50. It Bites, however,...

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