BABYBIRD Drops Darksome ‘NO CAMERAS’ Reflection From Upcoming LP…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

13 June 2019

Those who only know Stephen Jones aka BABYBIRD from his massive 1996 hit single
Your Gorgeous‘ (from the magnificent, gloomy Ugly Beautiful album) think that he
was just a one hit wonder. For those, like me, who kept track with this quite unique singer/songwriter/musician (check his splendid There’s Something Going On LP if you never heard it) we saw an artist who never stopped following his enigmatic and troubled muse. Check his Bandcamp page here and his Spotify here and you’ll wonder if  the man actually ever slept.

And now BABYBIRD is back from being never been away but this time with something really special. His first vinyl album in 21 years, entitled PHOTOSYNTHESIS will be out on 19th July. And here’s the newest single. NO CAMERAS feels like a bluesy torch song, like
a critical take on this modern times ‘Me, myself and I‘ photo epidemic. But you are never quite sure about Jones‘ ambiguous and/or inscrutable chain of thoughts. Anyway this stirring contemplation causes chills down your back. Absorb the mood right here…


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PHOTOSYNTHESIS – out 19th July – all info and pre-order facilities here

BABYBIRD Shares Profound Track/Clip ‘IN PLACE OF LOVE ‘ From Upcoming Compilation Album…

Brand new sonic impulses

25 February 2019

Stephen Jones aka BABYBIRD was so much more than his huge 1996 hit You’re So Gorgeous (of which most of the buyers hadn’t a clue what the song was really about) suggested. Becoming a pop star was not his prime artistic goal. He operated in a twilight world of his own behind closed doors, writing compelling, darksome and soul-stirring songs that weren’t, besides that one exception, conceived with massive commercial success in mind. Therefore Jones‘ music was too profound and emotionally too complex and too real. If you never heard of Babybird check this two emotive top albums and you’ll understand what I mean: Ugly Beautiful  (1996) and There’s Something Going On (1998).

Today BABYBIRD announced a new compilation titled HAPPY STUPID NOTHING,
out next Friday, 1st March, with a series of tracks from the period 2015-2018. Along
with this announcement he shared one of the album’s stirring musings. The 2017
ballad ‘IN PLACE OF LOVE‘ is a gripping goosebumps performance. Only vox and
piano. A spine-tingling achievement. Listen/watch here…

BABYBIRD: Facebook


HAPPY STUPID NOTHING out 1st March. All info and pre-order facilities right here

(photo on top: FB Babybird)

BABYBIRD Released His Puzzling Album ‘THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON’ 20 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 Augustus 2018

ARTIST: BABYBIRD (Sheffield, England)

ALBUM: THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON – Stephen Jones‘ moniker’s (official) 2nd LP

RELEASED: 24 August 1998 – 20 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “‘There’s Something Going On’ is the tender conclusion, suggesting that Jones knows there’s a better way of life than obsession and self-torture. ‘There’s Something Going On’ is definitely Baby Bird’s most subtle album, and it’s a fascinating listen from start
to finish.
” – Full review here

NME wrote: “An album that – at the risk of sounding like the kind of armchair psychologist
who thinks Ally McBeal contains Freud-like wisdom – deals with what it means to be a man in the late-20th century… Self-pity, self-loathing and staggering narcissism – no matter how you look in a skirt, it’s a universally thrilling combination. Buy this record for the one you adore.
You know you’ll love it.”
– Full, review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Babybird was/is an underrated modern times crooner
with a profound vision on being human wrapped in highly infectious melodies/songs.
Favorite tracks: It’s Not Funny Anymore / If You’ll Be Mine / Back Together / First Man On The Sun / The Life / All Men Are Evil

ALBUM in full…

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BABYBIRD: Facebook –  Twitter – All Albums


‘First man on the sun’

BABYBIRD – Twisted Magnum Opus ‘UGLY BEAUTIFUL’ Released 20 Years Ago…

Looking and listening back at memorable moments in sonic history…

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‘Ugly Beautiful’ by BABYBIRD

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Many know and will remember romantic hit single You’re Gorgeous but will probably have long forgotten who actually wrote and sung this tremendous, misunderstood pop song about “male photographers who want to use women to sell things using sex” as the author himself explained the real meaning of the song long after its release. The same people
certainly can’t name the title of the album that successful sing along was on. Yes, the
South Yorkshire‘s singer/songwriter Stephen Jones better know as BABYBIRD was a one
hit wonder to the charts-only-loving public but a damn intriguing artist for those who digged deeper. Despite the sonic accessibility of most of his post-indie work he was
just too weird, too eccentric – mentally and lyrically – and too dark for the masses.
UGLY BEAUTIFUL, his first album for a major, after four lo-fi LP’s, contained mostly
re-worked songs. Bigger, richer and fuller in sound than his own previous self-made recordings. It was released on 21 October 1996 – 20 years ago – but didn’t age one bit. Melodic, haunting and gloomy, spiced with captivating vocals. Compelling songs, unusual observations on love (Goodnight / King Bing / Jesus Is My Girlfriend ), life and death with a, sometimes, macabre and/or freaky approach ( I Didn’t Want To Wake You Up / Dead Bird Sings / Cornershop) and overall cleverly twisted lyrics. A superb, multi-layered, diamond with many highlights. Here are three of them…

DEAD BIRD SINGS (magnificent live rendition)

GOODNIGHT (poppy)

KING BING (creepy)

(Okay, I surrender…) YOU’RE GORGEOUS

Here’s the birthday cake in full…

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MORE: 2013 Interview – Babybird Albums – Stephen Jones is Black Reindeer today

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(pics: FB – Babybird)