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The Babys


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This name can refer to either a 70s British group or a Japanese band:

1. The Babys, a British band, chose their name to give them a greater chance of a recording contract as they felt the record labels were leaning more towards the teen market. They released their eponymous first album in 1976 and followed it up with ‘Broken Heart’ the next year. The group’s songs were melodic, sensitive, and far from the shallow teen pop market that the Babys ended up boxed into (albeit something that they had partly done themselves). Many modern critics cite them as an influence of the and movement led by bands such as The Knack, The Cars, and The Raspberries (that the Babys both preceded and were contemporaries of). The band also notably featured a young John Waite, known later for other hits such as “Missing You”.

The band’s deliberate focus likely affected its appeal to wider audiences. The overall result was that the Babys seemed to live in the shadow of other Chrysalis artists such as Blondie and Pat Benatar. The cover of ‘Broken Heart’, with the Babys’ members in glossy make-up, may have been part of the aforementioned marketing ploy.

The Baby’s classic early line-up, existing from 1976 to 1978, consisted of vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock, keyboardist/guitarist Michael Corby, and guitarist Wally Stocker.


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