Head East is a hard rock quintet originally from South Central Illinois, then Champaign, Illinois. They released their first album, Flat as a Pancake, in 1974 on their own record label (Pyramid Records) selling all 5,000 records and 500 eight-tracks produced. A&M was impressed enough to sign the band and re-release the album in 1975 which went gold by 1978.
Flat as a Pancake would remain their most popular album spawning two charting singles, the well-known anthem "Never Been Any Reason" and "Love Me Tonight", both written by guitarist Mike Somerville. "Never Been Any Reason" is their signature song but it peaked lower (#68) on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart than their other two Top 100 singles, "Love Me Tonight" (#54) and "Since You Been Gone" (#46). Their only other charting single was "Got to be Real" (#103). The diner on the back of Flat as a Pancake is the Rite-Way Diner at 9538 Olive Blvd, Olivette, Missouri. It is still in business although renamed the Olivette Diner.
Track listing: Never Been Any ReasonJefftown CreekCity of GoldLove Me TonightMonkey ShineGettin' LuckyEvery Little Bit of My HeartGet Up and Enjoy YourselfMan I Wanna BeKeep a SecretTake a Hand (live)Since You've Been Gone