- Glaxo Babies
The Glaxo Babies were a
Bristol-based UK post-punkgroup formed in late 1977.Strong, Martin C.:"The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1]
The band was formed by
bassistTom Nichols, guitaristDan Catsis and drummerGeoff Alsopp in Bristol in 1977, the band line-up initially completed by Tony Wrafter ( saxophone) and Rob Chapman ( singer). The band signed to Cherry Redoffshoot "Heartbeat" records, the first release being the "This Is Your Life" EP (recorded for their first John Peelsession) in 1979. After 2 albums, the band were forced by pharmaceutical company Glaxoto change their name; the resultant name was Gl*xo Babies, with an asterisk replacing the A.
Drummer Geoff Alsop eventually left the band to be replaced by Charlie Llewellin. Previously, Geoff and bassist Tom Nichols were in another
Bristolbased band called The Vultures.
Dan Catsis also played in The Pop Group during 1979 and 1980.
After the recording of
Put Me on the Guest List, singer Rob Chapman left Glaxo Babies to join Transmitters, with whom he recorded one record, And We Call That Leisure Time.
Catsis, Charlie Llewellin, and Tony Wrafter later founded
Maximum Joyin 1979 with Janine Rainforth and John Waddington, formerly of The Pop Group.
Glaxo Babies reform
The nucleus of the original band (Rob Chapman, Dan Catsis and Charlie Llewellin) reformed in 1985, and continued to record. The highlights from this second incarnation of the band were collected on "The Porlock Factor", a compilation on
Cherry Redrecords, who also issued a compilation of their earlier work, "Dreams Interrupted" in 2006.
*"Nine Months To The Disco" (1980, Heartbeat)
*"Put Me On The Guest List" (1980, Heartbeat)
*"Dreams Interrupted: the Bewilderbeat Years 1978-1980" (2006, Cherry Red)
*"The Porlock Factor" (2007, Cherry Red)
*"This Is Your Life" (1979, Heartbeat)
*"Christine Keeler" (1979, Heartbeat)
*"Shake The Foundations" (1980, Heartbeat)
*"Limited Entertainment" (1980, Y)
* [http://www.myspace.com/GlaxoBabies Official Glaxo Babies MySpace page]
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