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Location: Bradford, England
Rob Armitage (v) – also in Jagged Edge and Passion
Neil Saxton (g)
Andy Barrott (g) – also in Heritage, Geddes Axe, The Lonely Hearts, Glenn Marples, Well Hung Drawn And Quartered, Dukes Of Bordello and Chrome Molly
Paul Smith (b)
Tony Sugden (d)
Steve Holton (v) – also in Cyrca
– Their name can be found in the James Joyce novel “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”
– Singer Rob Armitage briefly joined Accept in 1987/1988
Baby Tuckoo Force Majeure (1986 Mint vinyl UK ISSUE PRESSED IN FRANCE Mfn LP – 10 Track With Inner Sleeve (mfn56),
If you want 80s Hard rock at its greatest, this is it! Superb melodies, stunning harmonies, power chords and delicate keyboards. A strong vocal and driving rhythm section make this a stand out album of the period. Kerrang! magazine gave it five stars, but straight after the band split up. A great loss of what could have been one of the great British melodic rock bands. Wipes the floor with Def Leppard and soars beyond the likes of UFO.
Formed by ex -Geddes Axe gutarist Andy Barott, they became part of the N.W.O.B.H.M.
Baby Tuckoo was an English hard rock / NWOBHM band, formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire England, United Kingdom in 1982. Their name is taken from the James Joyce novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re generally considered a part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
They released two albums with Rob Armitage (vocals), Neil Saxton (guitar), Andy Barrott (keyboards), Paul Smith (bass) and Tony Sugden (drums).
Prior to their recording career, Steve Holton (vocals) and Alan Tidswell (keyboards) were in the band.
Armitage left to join Accept in 1987.
Baby Tuckoo Force Majeure
Label: Music For Nations MFN 56
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Hard Rock
A1 Rock (Rock)
A2 Shoot On Sight
A3 Over You
A4 Falling Star
A5 The Lights Go Down
B1 Keep It Together
B3 I’m Your Man
B4 Long Way Down
Phonographic Copyright (p) Music For Nations
Recorded At Rockfield Studios
Mastered At CBS Studios, London
Bass, Vocals Paul Smith
Cover, Illustration Chris Wade
Design Carole Naylor
Drums Tony Sugden
Guitar, Vocals Neil Saxton
Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals Andy Barrott
Management Steve Brown
Mastered By Tim Young
Photography By Peter Pugh-Cook
Producer Liam Sternberg
Songwriter [All Songs Written By] Baby Tuckoo
Vocals Rob Armitage
Issued with a printed inner sleeve.
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth. Mastered at CBS.
Management for S.R.B. Enterprises
In year 1987, Rob Armitage was offered the singers position in German Metal legends ACCEPT after Udo Dirkschneiders departure to pursue a solo career. Assuming BABY TUCKOO was equally heavy and razorsharp I was shocked obtaining and listening to the English outfits First Born debut, not because of its quality but solely due to the completely different style. Then ACCEPTs Eat The Heat LP hit the stores in 1989 (without Armitage behind the mic) and everything was clear.
BABY TUCKOO belong(ed) to the hardrockin/melodic side of the British Metal(?) school. With only two LP releases under their belt (First Born) they did not make it to a wider audience, apart from some average success in their home country maybe. Its not clear if the bands breakup was a result of Rob Armitage leaving for Germany but, in any way, if you ever have the chance to listen to the couple of albums the Bradford, West Yorkshire based quintet put out in the 80s you may agree the band had much of a potential for a commercial breakthrough.
A little less heavier than the 1984 debut, while looking forward to the American market (even if virtually no other English band apart from DEF LEPPARD succeeded in storming the USA territory those days), Force Majeure is a fine example of melodic British Hard Rock with a strong 80s arena Rock touch. The vocals of Rob Armitage are fat and passionate sounding like a mix of David Coverdale, Michael Bolton and Sammy Hagar while the overall musical style of BABY TUCKOO in this LP is a mix of bluesy British rock mixed with some AOR/FM Rock layers, resulting in an interesting track list led by rockin guitars and vintage keyboards. Rock (Rock) was released as the albums first single and paved the way for a nice-to-listen-to whole album fans of bands like WHITESNAKE, MAMAS BOYS, VAN HALEN, ARGENT, MAGNUM and (some of) MARILLION would surely enjoy.
So, if you never had the chance to purchase this album or would just like to familiarize with this band with the weird name, Force Majeure surely is value for money. If I had to choose between this and their 1984 debut, Id dare saying First Born was even better though.
Rob Armitage Vocals
Andy Barrott Guitar, Keyboards
Neil Saxton Guitar
Paul Smith Bass
Tony Sugden Drums
1. Rock Rock 5:23
2. Shoot On Sight 3:56
3. Over You 4:22
4. Falling Star 3:08
5. The Lights Go Down 3:52
6. Keep It Together 3:15
7. Maybe 4:53
8. I’m Your Man 4:26
9. Long Way Down 3:46
10. Promises 5:28
Total Running Time: 42:29
Excellent release by this British band that somehow did not get the attention it deserved and only recorded 2 albums back in the 80s…the songs are into some kind of Gary Moores “Corridors Of Power” Whitesnake “Slide It In” and Uriah Heeps “Raging Silence” and “Different World”(3 british bands by coincidence).”Rock Rock” is a good song,solid and with a good chorus,”Shoot On Sight” is a hard driven hard rocking track “Over You” AORish,a good song “Falling Star” is a great song with a nice chorus “The Lights Go Down” is a Hard AOR track,a very good one,”Keep It Together” is just wonderful then “Maybe” which is a nice ballad,”I’m Your Man” is another goodie “Promises” is an excellent track kinda bluesy rock.
buy it eyes closed!
Good singer, good cover, good opener
Mas que disco promedio para mí, gran HardRock Melódico en donde tienen sus toques AOR con esos teclados bien bonitos y arreglos en los coros muy buenos como en “Long Way Down” o en “Promises” con ese inicio con aires a Journey o esas teclas iniciales en “I’m Your Man”(Red Dawn) o “Maybe”(asia). Tremendo inicio con “Rock Rock” o la AORera/MHR “Over You” mis favoritas. Muy Recomendable y mas aún si es del 86. 8.5/10
Excellent release by this british lot..a band that somehow did not get the attention it deserved and only recorded 2 albums back in the 80’s…the songs are into some kind of Gary Moore’s “Corridors Of Power” Whitesnake “Slide It In” and Uriah Heep’s “Raging Silence” and “Different World”(3 british bands by coincidence).”Rock Rock” is a good song,solid and with a good chorus,”Shoot On Sight” is a hard driven hard rocking track “Over You” AORish,a good song “Falling Star” is a great song with a nice chorus “The Lights Go Down” is a Hard AOR track,a very good one,”Keep It Together” is just wonderful then “Maybe” which is a nice ballad,”I’m Your Man” is another goodie “Promises” is an excellent track kinda bluesy rock and there’s a last song as a bonus track “Rock’n’Roll Hero” which turns out 2 be a highlight,excellent in all aspects…chorus,song structure and of course the title says it all!!!…buy it eyes closed!.87/100