Lately, I’ve thought a few times about the band The Babys, which began forming in London, England in 1973, though they weren’t active until 1975. One of the guys in my high school group of friends had at least one of their records and is the only person I’ve ever known who owned any of their music.
The band made hits with songs like “Head First” and today’s selection, “Every Time I Think of You,” both of which came from the album, Head First.
Of the band name and odd spelling, lead singer John Waite said in an interview with Hit Parader magazine, “The name was meant to be a joke. We took the name simply because the record companies wouldn’t listen to any bands they thought were rock & roll. I mean, they wanted sure-fire teen bands, pre-teen bands. We couldn’t get anybody down to hear us to get a record deal, so we called ourselves The Babys. We thought we’d keep the name just for two weeks. Then, the word got around in London that there was a band playing rock & roll called The Babys and it seemed so off the wall, so completely crazy, that it was worth taking a shot with. It really appealed to everyone’s sense of humour.”
The band broke up in 1981, but reformed with a different lineup in 2013 and remains active. Original members went on to work with Styx, Journey, Humble Pie, Rod Stewart’s band, and Air Supply.
Today’s selection always struck me as a hopeful love ballad when long-term committed relationships seemed hard to come by. But I have good memories of it when I hear it, as I suppose it spoke to a sense of hope in me.
The song was released as a single in 1979 with “Head First” as the B-side.
“Every time I think of you it always turns out good
Every time I’ve held you I thought you understood
People say a love like ours will surely pass
But I know a love like ours will last and last”
(from “Every Time I Think of You,” by Jack Conrad, Ray Kennedy)
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the studio track from The Babys’ Official YouTube channel:
And, an unofficial video of the band performing on TV’s The Midnight Special, a Saturday night program created and produced by Burt Sugarman. The show featured all the big bands, from 1973 to 1981. I remember watching the series a lot.