Did everyone forget about The Baby's?

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  1. Judge Smails

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    I did for a few years but just broke out Head First ,Union jacks,and Anthology. Why was this band not huge? Killer tracks like " Back on my feet again" "every time I think of you"" "midnight rendezvous "and haunting masterpiece " isn't it time". Anyone here a fan? I love rediscovering bands I really dug and forgot about for a few years.
     
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    I liked the song "Head First." I saw John Waite open a Journey/Peter Frampton show some years basck, and he used that song as his closer.

     
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    John Waite has been one of my favorite vocalists for years. He still come around my area every year or two to deliver a solid show. Jonathan Cain also did well with the Baby's when he came in as a replacement and always liked "Missing You" but certainly a great band all the way through with Waite as vocalist.
     
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    John Waite played at my son's school last year. Seriously. He was pretty cool.
     
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    As mentioned, they had a number of good songs. I'm not sure how "big" they ever were, but they received more radio play than we did, and we're talking about them 30 years later so .....

    An interesting story, they might have bearing on the OPs question:

    They (reportedly) paid $1800 to open for .38 Special at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago (not sure the year).
    Obviously a questionable match of styles.
    The Baby's left the stage midway through their third song, as the pelting they were receiving from .38 Specials fans made it impossible to continue.
     
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    They would have had more success if they named themselves The Avenging Babies, or Babies On Fire. They could have made the same music, but had more cred.
     
  7. Judge Smails

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    Wow ,that's unfortunate if true.I think they were a very underrated band,although John Waite made a decent career for himself.
     
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    Ah yes I remember the ballroom fondly,only we called it the brawlroom
     
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    Lol, we did also. I didn't mention that because I figured most people wouldn't understand the reference.
    That's still the first name I think of.

    I saw lots of great bands there, back in the day!
     
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    Isn't that crazy Les Paul that seems to never get sold meant to have been owned by The Baby's? Waldstein or whatever it's called.
     
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    I liked the song "Head First," tried to get a few bands to play it back then, but no luck.

    Waite's got a very good voice and "Missing You" is one of my guilty pleasures - a perfect pop song, IMHO.
     
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    This is amusing, as .38 Special played exactly the same kind of pop/rock, just with the hat-wearing Van Zant dude marching around...
     
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    Which item of the baby's are we talking about?
     
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    I have vague recollections of John Waite playing himself in a tv soap opera called (Wikipedia tells me this morning) Paper Dolls. My then wife swooned every time he was on the screen.

    Missing You was a guilty pleasure song for me too.
     
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    I loved the Babys, back in the day. Waites had one of the few "good" voices that could carry a rock tune.
     
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    The song "Isn't it time" is such a phenomenally written tune.I'm surprised these guys didn't go further. I once asked John Bon jovi who his favorite band was.......His answer was The Babies.
     
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    The band is The Babys, not Baby's. I used to work with the guitar player back in the early '90's in Los Angeles. Great band, great songs.
     
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    They were a staple back in my high school/college days. Loved it.
     
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    Wally Stocker is a really fine guitarist whom you dont hear a lot about.

    They are one of my favorite bands, I just listened to their debut album last week- I have
    all of their stuff on vinyl and listen to them often.

    They have actually reunited, but no John Waite. Wally Stocker is there, and he is my
    favorite member, so I hope they carry on.
     

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