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Babies Have a Hit on the Way

Babies Have a Hit on the Way

Who: Utopian Babies, Brian May
Where: Newcastle Panthers
Author: Anthony Scully
When: Thursday November 26, 1998

EVEN before he had recorded his first single the eminently well-connected songwriter from Aussie band UTOPIAN BABIES, DAVE WILKINS, had toured with RICHIE SAMBORA, DOGSTAR and THE STEREOPHONICS as a session player.

Tomorrow night his band will support British guitar legend BRIAN MAY at the Newcastle Workers Club on the strength of that debut single, ONE OF THESE DAYS. Released in August, the song bears a similarity to WONDERWALL by OASIS. In the accompanying biographical material, it's described as 'combining the sounds of Brit Pop, with the energy and infection of American rock, while retaining an Australian feel'.

UTOPIAN BABIES' B-side STRAWBERRY WINE is a raunchy, pop staple, formatted for radio, with just the right amount of guitar fuzz to justify the claims of 'cool rock-pop'.

'I would describe our music as pure pop,' Wilkins said.

'ONE OF THESE DAYS conveys a message that is very simple to digest, yet very visual for the listener.'

Citing THE BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, JOHN LENNON and DAVID BOWIE as his influences, Wilkins says the soon-to-be-released self-titled album will be a fusion of rock and pop. TE

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