They came blazing out of the radio with the aptly titled ‘Early Warning’. “Too young to know,” Suze DeMarchi sang. “Too old to listen.”
Was it really 25 years ago?
Baby Animals were everywhere in 1991. Twenty-five years later, their self-titled debut album remains one of the greatest Australian debuts of all time and one of the great rock records.
The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features the original classic album, as well as showing Baby Animals in their natural habitat – live on stage, with a concert recorded in Boston when the band was on tour with Van Halen in 1992.
Baby Animals was released in September 1991, the same month as Nirvana’s Nevermind. Baby Animals sold 600,000 copies in Australia, keeping Nevermind (which sold 350,000) out of top spot on the Australian charts.
“I look back on that whole time with great affection,” Suze says. “It was a really thrilling time for all of us. I always said that Baby Animals was the only band for me, and it really has been the only band for me.”
Baby Animals were on the road with Van Halen in America when they discovered the album had topped the Australian charts. “We were backstage, just about to go on, and our manager came up and told us we’d gone to number one in Australia,” Suze recalls. “It was an amazing moment.”
The album spent six weeks at number one.