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Babyland

Babyland
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Electronic Junk Punk
Years active 1989–2009
Labels Flipside
Mattress
dependent
Metropolis Records
Members Dan Gatto
SMITH

Babyland was a performance-based "independent electronic junk punk" band from Los Angeles, California, featuring Dan Gatto performing vocals and electronics and Michael Smith on percussion.

Formed in 1989, they were advocates of the DIY punk ethic and part of the musical underground culture. They were well regarded in Industrial music, punk rock, indie rock and electronic music communities. Known for their live performances, Babyland shared the stage with bands such as The Offspring, Ethyl Meatplow, Grotus, Legendary Pink Dots, Dystopia, Foetus, Add N to (X), Nitzer Ebb, VNV Nation, and Psychic TV. Most of their live performances occurred in underground locations that have included places like LA's Jabberjaw, Kontrol Faktory, The Smell and 924 Gilman in Berkeley.

Recordings prior to 1996 were released on the Los Angeles Mojave Desert events. Subsequent material has been released by the band's own label, Mattress. The fifth full length (The Finger) and a compilation of earlier songs (Decade One) was released in Europe by dependent. Most recently, a deal with Metropolis Records has resulted in the commercial release of the sixth album (Cavecraft).

A post to the band's Myspace site on October 9, 2009, confirmed the long lived group's breakup.

The singer, Dan, has a new music project called "Continues".

Discography

  • 1991 7" (1991: Flipside)
  • Reality/Under/Smrow-Toh EP (1992: Flipside)
  • You Suck Crap CD (1992: Flipside)
  • Dog Snatcher EP (1993: Flipside)
  • Stomach 7"(1993: Flipside)
  • A Total Let-Down CD (1994: Flipside - 1999: Mattress (reissue))
  • Who's Sorry Now CD (1995: Flipside)
  • Split CD (1996: Flipside)
  • B-Component 7" (1998: Mattress)
  • Outlive Your Enemies CD (1998: Mattress)
  • Decade One CD (2001: CD Compilation released in Europe: Dependent)
  • 2002 CD (2002: Mattress)
  • Past Lives EP (2003: Mattress)
  • The Finger CD (2004: Mattress)
  • Not Modern EP, 3" CD plus 3.5" Floppy Disk, limited edition of 500 (2008: Mattress)
  • Cavecraft CD (2008 (limited advance edition): Mattress)
  • Cavecraft CD (2009: Metropolis)

External links

  • Babyland on Last.fm
  • Babyland Livejournal Community
  • Atakra interview (1996)
  • WMFO interview (1996)
  • BABYLAND on Amazon
  • BABYLAND on myspace
  • Babyland's final music video, "You Will Never Have It" on YouTube
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