Sydney based band from 1989 – 1996
“Late 1989 Suze DeMarchi returns to her native Australia from London, where she had been recording/writing under EMI Records. She is unhappy with the record company’s attempt to slide her into a pop career.
– Fellow Perth-ite Frank Celenza recommends his best friend, Eddie Parise, as bassist to Suze, who is on her way to Sydney to form a hard rock band.
– In Sydney, Suze approaches Dave Leslie to play guitar, after a referral from manager John Woodruff. Dave was then in Swingshift, another band being managed by John. Rob Tognoni and the band The Outlaws (turned “Desert Cats”, and also appearing on The Angels’ B-side in 1990), had been previously asked by management to join Suze’s band but they turned it down, as did Andy Payne who was in Swingshift with Dave at the time.
– Eddie and Suze had been continuously encouraging Frank to join the band as drummer. He finally does.
– In November, at the Kardomah Cafe, Kings Cross (Sydney), the band presently named WOODY’S HEROES, play their first gig.
– Frank suggests BABY ANIMALS as the band name, after seeing an advertisement (Kerrang! version). Another version elsewhere, suggests the name came from a calendar in a mall. In a RTR Sounz (New Zealand) interview, Suze mentioned they change the origins of the name in different interviews, as it got boring answering the same thing over and over.”
- Suze DeMarchi – Vocals, Guitar
- Frank Celenza – Drums
- Dave Leslie – Guitar, BV’s
- Eddie Parise – Bass, BV’s
- Dario Bortolin – Bass
- Mick Skelton – Drums
- Baby Animals – 1991
- Shaved and Dangerous – 1993