Glaxo Babies

Glaxo Babies

The Glaxo Babies were a Bristol-based UK post-punk group formed in late 1977.Strong, Martin C.:"The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1]

The band was formed by bassist Tom Nichols, guitarist Dan Catsis and drummer Geoff Alsopp in Bristol in 1977, the band line-up initially completed by Tony Wrafter (saxophone) and Rob Chapman (singer). The band signed to Cherry Red offshoot "Heartbeat" records, the first release being the "This Is Your Life" EP (recorded for their first John Peel session) in 1979. After 2 albums, the band were forced by pharmaceutical company Glaxo to 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 Bristol based 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 Joy in 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 Red records, 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)


External links

* [ Official Glaxo Babies MySpace page]

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