“AS INFECTIOUS AS E-COLI… BUT YOU CAN’T HELP THINKING THAT THERE’S SOMETHING MORE SINISTER LURKING BENEATH THE CANDY COATED NURSERY-RHYME EXTERIOR. BRILLIANT” (EXPRESS)
“THE FACT THAT HE CAN SURVIVE ALL-ENGULFING HYPERSTARDOM AND STILL TURN OUT A SONG THIS SIMPLE, UNASSUMING AND LOVEABLE IS SOMETHING TO BE CHERISHED” (TIME OUT)
“A PAIR OF HAND-ME-DOWN PURPLE Y-FRONTS SPLATTERED WITH LAST WEEK’S RAPIDLY FOSSILISING WANK STAINS” (MELODY MAKER)
Babybird If You’ll Be Mine
Label: Echo ECSCD65
Format: CD, Single, CD1
Released: 10 Aug 1998
Style: Leftfield, Downtempo
1 If You’ll Be Mine 4:21
2 Poolside 4:24
3 Worn 4:28
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Phonographic Copyright (p) The Echo Label Ltd.
Copyright (c) The Echo Label Ltd.
Distributed By Pinnacle
Published By Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Glass Mastered At Nimbus
Design Ded Associates, S. Jones*
Engineer, Mixed By Matt Hay
Performer [Played By] John Pedder (tracks: 1, 2), Luke Scott (tracks: 1, 2), Robert Gregory (tracks: 1, 2), Stephen Jones
Photography By Al Levy
Written-By, Producer Stephen Jones
Published by Chrysalis Music Limited.
All tracks 1998 The Echo Label Ltd.
© 1998 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 Pinnacle.
Made in the UK.
Tracks durations are not printed on the release.
Barcode and Other Identifiers?
Barcode (Text ): 5 027529 710628
Barcode (String): 5027529710628
Matrix / Runout: D0479 ECSCD 65 NIMBUS
Mastering SID Code: IFPI L123
Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 2327
Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2331
Review from The Bad Pages
“The second single from ’There’s Something Going On’ but in terms of Babybird’s commercial direction at the time, it probably should have been the first.
At least from my Scandinavian perspective, Bad Old Man was the last BB single ever to be released here, but I’m sure ‘If You’ll be Mine’ would have done well on a few radio stations (at least very late at night).
Taken from an album with a seemingly darker feel, this song is a characteristic BB-tune combining a downplayed atmosphere, a typically arresting chorus and some carefully arranged electronic drum patterns.
An obvious single from an album unusually free of singles. B-side ‘Poolside’ exhibits a mesmerizing vocal range from Jones over a loud drum loop (actually I’m not sure its looped but it sounds like it).
‘Worn’ is great melancholic stuff, and ‘Memorise’ and ‘I Want Nothing’ from single two are equally worth a listen.
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.