Babybird “Candy Girl” EP1 CD single PROMO
Candy Girl 3:58
Farmer (Not On Any Album) 4:13
You’re Gorgeous 3 (Acoustic Version) (Not On Any Album) 2:58
Oh What A Beautiful Day 4:21
Baby Bird began as the alias of Stephen Jones, a prolific British singer/songwriter who initiated his performing career as a member of the Dogs in Honey “anti-theater” troupe. After buying a four-track machine, he began making his first lo-fi home recordings; over the next several years, he wrote some 400 eclectic pop songs, ranging in content from surreal, comic narratives to intensely personal meditations.
At the urging of friends, Jones sent out Baby Bird tapes to record companies, but his music was roundly rejected; however, Chrysalis Music did offer a publishing deal which Jones accepted, applying his earnings towards financing a series of independently-released, limited-edition collections. The first disc of material culled from the vast Baby Bird archives, I Was Born a Man, appeared in 1995; within the course of a year, three other acclaimed albums — Bad Shave, Fatherhood, and The Happiest Man Alive — followed, and won Jones a contract with Echo Records.
Upon making the leap to a major label, Baby Bird mutated from a one-man project into a full band, as Jones assembled a backing group comprised of guitarist Luke Scott, bassist John Pedder, keyboardist Hugh Chadbourne, and drummer Rob Gregory. In its new incarnation, Baby Bird debuted in late 1996 with Ugly Beautiful, a lush, sparkling collection of re-recordings of favorite songs from Jones’ back catalogue, all selected by fans by means of postcard ballots included in the first four albums.
In 1997, Dying Happy was assembled; issued in a limited pressing of 1000 copies, the disc compiled a number of previously unreleased songs that Jones had kicking around. Theres Something Going On followed in 1998, and two years passed until the release of Bugged, Baby Birds ninth full-length.
(#13 in UK singles chart)
“SARDONIC DROLLERY ALLIED TO PEACHY POP… AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL” (TIME OUT)
“THIS MUST GO DOWN AS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES OF ALL TIME” (PETER “HOOKY” HOOK – REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX)
“ANOTHER PERFECT POP MOMENT FROM BABYBIRD” (OBSERVER)
Label: Echo ECSCD31
Format: CD, EP
Released: 20 Jan 1997
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Indie Rock
1 Candy Girl 3:58
2 Farmer 4:13
3 You’re Gorgeous 3 (Acoustic Version) 2:58
Engineer Julian Markham, Producer James Birtwistle
4 Oh What A Beautiful Day 4:21
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Phonographic Copyright (p) The Echo Label Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) BBC
Copyright (c) The Echo Label Ltd.
Distributed By Vital (2)
Published By Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Glass Mastered At Nimbus
Bass John Pedder (tracks: 1 to 3)
Design Ded Associates, S. Jones*
Drums Robert Gregory (tracks: 1 to 3)
Guitar Luke Scott (tracks: 1 to 3)
Instruments [All] S. Jones* (tracks: 4)
Other [Candy Girl] Rosie Levy
Photography By Al Levy
Piano Huw Chadbourn (tracks: 1 to 3)
Producer S. Jones* (tracks: 1, 2, 4), S. Power* (tracks: 1, 2)
Voice, Guitar Stephen Jones (tracks: 1 to 3)
Written-By S. Jones*
Sticker on the front: EP1 features Evening Session “You’re Gorgeous” and other exclusive tracks
Tracks 2 & 3: Not On Any Album
Track 3 first transmission date: 9th December 1996.
All tracks published by Chrysalis Music Ltd
Tracks 1,2 & 4 ? 1996 The Echo Label Ltd
Track 3 ? BBC 1996 Released by arrangement with BBC Worldwide Music
© 1996 The Echo Label Ltd.
The copyright in this sound recording and of this artwork is owned by the Echo Label Ltd.
The Echo Label is part of The Chrysalis Group PLC.
Distributed in the UK by Vital.
Made in UK.
Tracks durations are not printed on the release.
Matrix / Runout: C4739 ECSCD 31 · MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Mastering SID Code: IFPI L122
Mould SID Code: ifpi 2329
If you haven’t already heard of Babybird, you’re flying the wrong way! “Candy Girl” is the new single from the band who are nominated for a ’97 Brit award for Best Newcomer, the band who put You’re Gorgeous in at No 3 in the charts, which stayed in the Top 20 for eight weeks and is still in the Top 25 almost three months after release. The band will appear on the Christmas edition of Top of the Pops before embarking on a full Euro/Uk from January through to March. Babybird – The Band
(Review from The Bad Pages)
“Pretty marvelous and damn groovy reworking of the well-known song off The Happiest Man Alive, Candy Girl is here taken out of its original acoustic context and given a new life in its own right as an upbeat, rather slick and well-produced pop song. It’s nearly irresistible and in my opinion the best single of the four taken from Ugly Beautiful.
The singles include reworked versions of Farmer, Bad Shave (3) and Cooling Towers done band-style – not necessarily better versions but probably more up to date with the sound of the band at the time.
New material includes the almost instrumental Oh What a Beautiful Day and the semi-acoustic Amtrak (recycling the lines “you don’t have to be clever from to enjoy the good weather” from Good Weather).
Both songs seeing Jones in an introspective and meditative mood and therefore taking his abilities far away as possible from this single’s title track. But it all works fine, and there’s a fine sense of continuity between all tracks here.”
Candy girl is perfection. She’s not
all the expected things.
She’s not the pretty little images that
go with all the other
pretty little images: Jesus, nails,
public houses, dales.
Candy girl is way above
the silver-lined tongue.
Candy girl is the white cloud
The happy cloud that fingers run
through. They touch, but don’t touch.
That’s candy Girl.
A girl you can’t have.
The best there is.
Candy man is imperfect. He’s all the common things.
He’s the nice little
image that goes with all the other
nice little images. Tornados, sails, indigenous, whales.
The candy man sticks
a slick tongue into the candyfloss.
Licking the chocolate brown cloud floating overhead.
The thick sad cloud that fingers and lips get stuck in.
That’s the six pence candy man. The king of lollipop pop.
The king of love songs, humping a tv floor.
The man you can’t have.
The best there is.