Friday, February 22, 2008

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

My constant drooling over American Idol's Aussie Hottie, Michael Johns, got me thinking about other Aussies I love (Michael Hutchence, Jon Farriss, The Finns, Hugh Jackman, all those Daddo brothers) and my mind suddenly turned to Baby Animals, a down-under band who had one minor hit in the U.S. and then promptly disappeared from the northern hemisphere. It may have been minor and quickly forgotten, but I loved "Painless" from the moment I laid ears on it around 1992. It's remained a favorite song of mine over these last 16 years.

I bought Baby Animals' self-titled album based on the strength of this single, and I was pretty disappointed overall. There were one or two other decent songs on the record, but most of it sounded rather unfinished and amateurish to me. Still, I always thought leader Suze DeMarchi should've been a bigger star, and I coveted her raspy voice, pouty lips and perfectly tousled hair. Those latter two qualities were probably greatly responsible for any success this song had, once it found a home on MTV.

(Side note for trivia buffs: Suze married Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt in the late '90s, filling that hole in his heart. I have no idea if they're still together.)


Anonymous said...

Female lead singers are just plain HAWWWWWT! And she's playing a Les Paul Jr. Mama! I'll help you be painless!


r cubed said...

never heard of this song or band, but I love it. Did you like Berlin? this song sort of sounds like them, takes me back to my days of rocking out in my diesel rabbit to Berlin's "The Metro" on tape. yeah.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She sure is cute.

For some weird reason, I have have this thing against Australian accents, but I can tolerate it in the highly underrated Aussie band, the Lucksmiths.

Scotch accents, now that's an entirely different story.

Writeprocrastinator said...

Does Suze hold up a lighter every time that he plays "More Than Words" on the guitar?


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