The Innocents (band)
Renowned for their popularity in Hobart in the late 1970s, their first record release was Do You Remember The Time/Darlin' on the Candle label. There was a local equivalent of Beatlemania about The Innocents early years (sometimes referred to as "Tasmania") and ensured that when they took their touring technique of focusing on school dances and lunchtime concerts to Melbourne in 1977, success and press cynicism followed. Shortly following the move the band began touring the East coast of Australia. Such was their popularity after several months, ambulances were a regular fixture outside their shows, and the band were offered their own signature ice cream line.
Eventually signing a much heralded international contract with
EMIwhich resulted in the release of Shy Girl/Does it Matter as Much to You under their original name Beathoven. The band were then released from their label, (despite being the favoured nominees for Best New Group of 1978 Award from amongst Cold Chisel, The Modelsand The Sports). When Kim Fowley discovered them in his Oz search for "the new Abba or Beatles" they were forced to change their name, as EMI still owned the name under their contractual agreement.
As The Innocents they were picked up by Trafalgar Productions/RCA in early 1980 and relocated to Sydney. Here they recorded their hit single 'Sooner Or Later' which, after a performance on the TV show "Countdown", peaked at number 2 nationally, The Innocents were championed by
Kim Fowley, Nick Lowe, Molly Meldrumand Greg Shaw. All the press hyperbole (particularly from rock historian Glenn A. Baker's pen, e.g. - "Perhaps the greatest power-pop band in the whole world since the demise of The Raspberries") couldn't encourage RCA to support the band, despite Fowley's enthusiasm in particular. Faced with delivering pop singles (such as their follow-up Come Tonight) that weren't supported by the label the band disintegrated, with some members returning to Tasmania.
In 1984 Raven Records released the ironically entitled "Here We Come!" album which collected their Beathoven recordings as well as a number of later recordings with
Kim Fowleyand a third unreleased RCA single.
2000 saw The Innocents realise their later celebrity in the US - a place in which none of their recordings were released - and an invitation to play
The Troubadourand The International Pop OverthrowFestival alongside fellow power-pop exponents Doug Fiegerof The Knack, Nancy Sinatra, The Rubinoosand The Cowsills.
The 2CD compilation album "The No Hit Wonders From Down Under" was released in 2002 which featured much new material and rapidly sold out of its limited initial run.
Inspired by this and an increasing number of international fan letters, they recorded a new album
Pop Factoryin 2006 and promoted it with a European tour which included gigs at Liverpool's legendary The Cavern, a recording session at Abbey Road Studios, rave reviews for their appearance at the inaugural Hamburg Sound Festival (where they played requests for Cynthia Lennon and Astrid Kirrscher), and underground shows in Tokyo.
October 2007 saw The Innocents travel to Germany where they recorded a version of a song co-written by
Tony Sheridanand Paul McCartneyin 1960, Tell Me If You Canwith Sheridan himself. Previously unrecorded, The Innocents went to Friedrich-Ebertrecording studios where The Beatleshad previously worked with Sheridan when recording their first ever song My Bonnie. Sheridan claimed meeting The Innocents was 'fate'. "I like the group. The way they play reminded me of what we used to do back then. They did great harmonies. It reminded me very much of The Beatles."
* [http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/stories/s150361.htm One-hit-wonder band reforms after 25 years] , "
The 7.30 Report", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10 July 2000.
*Liner notes of "Here We Come" album by Glenn A. Baker
*Countdown annual magazine 1980 (edited by Thomas Richards)
*The Mercury newspaper, Hobart, Australia, Wednesday October 17th 2007
* [http://www.theinnocents.com.au Beathoven and The Innocents official website]
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