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BABEEZ - Single (self-released, Australia) ‘77
What kinda assholes would put an abortion on the front of their record, including a ballad called “Nobody Wants Me”, then register their band name as a business?! Melbourne’s BABEEZ, that’s who. Here’s the scoop on this classic right from the horse’s maw:
“The three songs for the E.P. were cut one afternoon in August (1977) in the lounge room at Faraday St. A great record (and history) were in the making. Technology was at a bare minimum, everything was down in one take, no over-dubs, through some borrowed microphones of dubious quality. Juke writer Stephen Charlesworth manned the borrowed 4-track… The tapes were duly despatched to the Astor Record plant with an order for 500 disks. Gavin (the singer) set about getting a cover together. Obviously, saving money was important - the labels would be blank and Gavin had the cover printed on brown paper bags! The front cover would feature the bands’ name across a picture of an aborted foetus in a bin, souvenired by Gavin from a ‘Right to life’ publication. It all worked in theory; but it was a long haul to find a printer that would work with lunch bags!”
Henry Weld at www.collectorscum.com calls “Nobody Loves Me” a suicide ballad; I call it a beautifully plodding, insanely repetitious anthem, the only one worthy of your fucking iPod’s “repeat” function. The other 2 cuts are roaring Aussie punk.
To avoid confusion with the fey limey pop band THE BABYS, these BABEEZ eventually changed their name to NEWS, but that’s another story, all of which can be found further, as well as these images and photos galore, at www.geocities.com/babeez_news
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