Lead singer, Suze De Marchi started singing
where she lived (Perth) in pub bands at the age of 17. As Suze admits "after
the first couple of gigs, I knew that there was nothing else I would rather
do if I never did anything else the rest of my but record and play live,
Id be happy." For the couple of years, Suze was in England recording
and writing as a solo artist. But she didn't like doing that so with a little
encouragement from angels then manager John Woodruff, she returned to Australia
in mid 1989. A few phone calls and bus trips later, the band quickly came
together Eddie Parise on bass, Frank Celenza on drums, and Dave Leslie on
lead Guitar. The band was set, and the Baby Animals sound was born.
November 1989 saw the bands first
gig at the infamous Kardomah Café in Sydney, and the start of touring
through the citys pubs, clubs etc.
The Angels liked the Baby Animals so much,
that they put one of the bands demos "Break My
Heart" on the B-side of their single "Dogs Are Talking",
along with tracks from two other rock n roll bands. A national
tour followed shortly after.
In August 1990, the band signed a publishing
deal with SBK (now EMI.) While attending one of their gigs, Terry Ellis,
president of the Imago Recording Company heard something special and signed
them to his label. He described them "the band was great, the songs
were terrific and Suze had an indefineable magic that separates one artist
from the crowd and makes them a star" He said.
Now came the hard work, time to record
the album. The band flew to New York, and together with Mike
Chapmanand and Kevin Shirley produced a classic album (Baby Animals). From
all reports and unrepeatable experiences, the band and Mike stuck an immediate
sympatico. As Suze said "It was great. Basically, Mike
left us alone to make the kind of music we know how to make; and whenever
he did have a suggestion, it was always something that made the sound better.
So what you hear is pure recording, the band as it really is."
Their debut single "Early Warning"
was released April 1991. After the release of the single, the band flew
to the US for a series of showcases for the Imago/BMG people, to coincide
with the earlier release of the album there. With the Top 20 chart success
of "Early Warning" ina Australia the second single "Rush
You" was released in August.
Then came Deliver day - September 1991
- the release of the album in Australia. This was one hot rock and roll
album. Here was quality song writing, gutsy vocals and hot guitar work.
The album debuted at number six on the National Charts and peaked at number
After reportedly listening to the bands
album in his kitchen, Bryan Adams asked the band to join him on his
Whilst overseas, the band picked up the "Best New Act" at the
inaugural 1991 Australian Music Awards.
Christmas 1991 saw the band back in Australia for more touring, and the
release of two more singles from the album
"Painless" and "One Word".
The incredibly successful Let Go Of My Ears tour saw the band
playing to sellout crowds all over the country.
The above was written in 1991 / 1992 (Originally
written by Diana Torrossian)