Presented by Tone Deaf
About the Show
Baby Animals, one of Australia’s most revered rock bands, will tour early 2017 to mark the release of single 'One Word’ 25 years ago.
The band, fronted by the enigmatic Suze DeMarchi, alongside guitar legend Dave Leslie, bassist Dario Bortolin and drummer Mick Skelton, is a force to be reckoned with – time has not diminished the immense respect this powerhouse four-piece commands.
Suze and Dave burst out of Perth in the late 80s with a swagger reminiscent of their contemporaries INXS, and a freshness and vibrancy unchallenged at the time. Instantly embraced by radio and audiences and melding perfectly with the very fabric of the Aussie pub rock scene, the band made an impact with their debut self-titled album from day one. Working with industry luminaries such as Mike Chapman, Kevin "Caveman” Shirley and the inimitable John Woodruff, Baby Animals shook Aussie rock to its very foundations.
Emerging from this debut album was the melodic and 'hooky’ One Word – a signature 'power ballad’ that continues to stand as an anthem until this day.
Reflecting on what is now one of the most popular songs in their live set, and a track so synonymous with the band, Suze and Dave shared their thoughts on the song that they’re now very happy to pay homage to!
"One Word was my least favourite song on the album and I begged the label to not even put it on the record! I remember when Dave was recording the intro guitar part how frustrated he was but he 'played it till his fingers bled' and it really made the whole track come alive. Now, I love looking over at Dave’s face whenever we start this song and have a private giggle in memory of that day and grateful that, once again, the label didn’t listen to me! It went on to become one of the most memorable and successful BA tracks ever and I love playing it.” – SUZE DEMARCHI
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