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There are multiple bands called The Innocents:

1) The Innocents were a band from the United Kingdom who released a single titled “One Way Love” on the Kingdom label in 1980, featuring the former drummer of Advertising. At their start, they were hyped as “England’s Answer to Blondie”, but the group folded quickly.

2) The Innocents were a band formed in Hobart, Tasmania in 1975, whose popularity peaked in 1980 with their single “Sooner or Later”, which reached number 2 in the Australian charts after a performance on ABC-TV’s Countdown.

The band - originally called Beathoven - featured singer/songwriters David Minchin, Charles Touber, Greg Cracknell and a cast of rotating drummers, are also one of the more tragic stories of major label foolishness and bad timing. After signing a much heralded international contract with EMI (under the Beathoven moniker) the band were overlooked by label management and released from the contract after only releasing the single Shy Girl. At the behest of huge fan Kim Fowley they the moniker The Innocents. With Fowley’s influence the band signed with Trafalgar (a subsidiary of RCA) and recorded three singles (including “Come Tonight”, also featured on Countdown) and an (unreleased) album before disbanding in 1981.

The Innocents reunited in the late 2000, and were invited to play at The International Pop Overthrow festival in the United States.


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  • Colin_in_Mexico

    D-I-R-E-C-T-L-Y, yeah baby! Directly from the heart!

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • sleepwholelife

    Directly from the heart - great song!

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
  • baltasound

    Brilliant power pop

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • tracytennant

    The Innocents who are listed on this page are a band I've never heard of. The Innocents that I like are a band who were signed to Boardwalk Records and released a self-titled album in 1982. Their Myspace page says they're "the best band you never heard of," and I have to agree with that. They were fantastic. "Hold My Hand" and "Directly From the Heart" are two of the greatest songs ever. Wonder whatever happened to Michael Hurt? He was a great singer.

    13 Jul 2008 Reply

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