Thursday, November 3, 2011
Babylon Zoo was an electro rock band of the mid 1990s. The band was the brainchild of Jas Mann, and wer based in Wolverhampton, England. Babylon Zoo was signed to Phonogram Records after Clive Black heard their first three-track demo tape in May 1993. When Black moved to Warner Bros. Records in 1993, he took Mann's contract with him. An album had been prepared and sleeves for a single, "Fire Guided Light", were printed, but Babylon Zoo's debut was put on hold again when Black moved once more to EMI in 1995, where the band were signed on to a seven album contract.
Babylon Zoo raised expectations to astronomical heights when their first record, "Spaceman," debuted at number one in England in 1996. It became the fastest-selling single in U.K. history ,moving 250,000 copies in one week. An album, entitled, The Boy With the X-Ray Eyes was produced at Mann's New Atlantis Productions music/artwork/video centre and included new-age tracks such as "Is Your Soul For Sale?" and "I'm Cracking Up I Need A Pill." When Babylon Zoo released an album, there was disappointingly mild interest; it was a flop, and Babylon Zoo became largely forgotten.
Three years later, 1999, a follow up album was released entitled King Kong Groover, but both singles from it failed to chart, with the second not even getting beyond the promotional copy stage. By this time, Mann had adopted Glam Rock as a new style, but it appeared all too late to cash in on the attendant furore surrounding Todd Haynes' genre tribute, Velvet Goldmine.
Given the failure of their subsequent singles, they became considered a one-hit wonder.
In 2005, it was announced that a new Babylon Zoo album, Cold Clockwork Doll, would be released sometime in the near future, although this has yet to be released.