Retro rock band from Greenock, Scotland, who for a few brief moments became popular on the mid-90s UK indie circuit with, ‘Jackie’s Racing’. Comprising Andrew Jones (vocals), Paul Carroll (bass), Eric Lindsay (guitar) and Stuart Smith (drums), the group took their name from a condition suffered by Arctic explorers; ‘the brightest visual experience you can have before you go blind’. With bright guitars, harmonies and handclaps they made their debut with ‘Not Time’, appearing on The Word, Channel 4’s youth television programme, which brought them new fans including East 17 (who claimed they were the best thing seen on the programme). The band began 1994 with a co-headlining tour with Oasis, before supporting the Charlatans as special guests at their Trentham Gardens extravaganza. They opened the prestigious Glasgow Sound City event on 4 April before releasing their second single, ‘Starrclub’ (which included the giveaway line, ‘Everybody wants to be a big star/I’m the only one who don’t pretend’), and opening the bill at the Phoenix Festival. ‘Detroit’ emerged in September followed by the live staple, the aforementioned ‘Jackie’s Racing’, in October. Tour dates during autumn 1994 were supported by a 7-inch single given away free to the first 100 paying customers at each venue, and featured a cover version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Rocks Off’ on its b-side. Bite It failed to sustain commercial interest, and by the time they re-surfaced on their own label in 1998 their moment of fame was gone.
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