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The Babys

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The Babys can refer to either the popular British rock group of the 1970s or the Japanese rock band.

1. The Babys (British)

The band’s name was chosen to give them a greater chance of a recording contract as they felt companies were leaning towards the teen market. They released their eponymous first album in 1976 and quickly followed it up with ‘Broken Heart’ the following year. The cover of ‘Broken Heart’- with the group members in glossy make-up- may have been part of the aforementioned marketing ploy.

The group’s music and lyrics were melodic, sensitive, and far from the shallow teen pop market that the group ended up boxed into (albeit something that they had partly done themselves), many modern critics cite them as an influence of the and movement lead by bands such as The Knack, The Cars, and The Raspberries (that the Babys both preceded and were contemporaries of). Their deliberate focus may have affected the groups 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 classic early 1976-1978 Babys line-up consisted of vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock, Keyboard player/guitarist Michael Corby, and guitarist Wally Stocker. From 1979-1981, the Babys line-up changed as Corby exited with Ricky Phillips and Jonathan Cain came on board. ‘Broken Heart’ produced a top 20 U.S. hit, “Isn’t It Time”, and they toured the U.S. successfully. The album also spent two weeks at number one in Australia, though it did not produce another top 40 single anywhere.

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