Babble (band)

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OriginLondon, England
Auckland, New Zealand
GenresDowntempo, trip hop
LabelsReprise/Warner Bros. Records
Associated actsThompson Twins, International Observer
Past membersTom Bailey
Alannah Currie
Keith Fernley

Babble was a British-New Zealand electronic dance music group that featured Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie (formerly of the Thompson Twins), with Keith Fernley.[1] The Thompson Twins changed its name during the time the duo changed the outward appearance of its sound from pop to dub-influenced chill-out.[2]


Babble was established in 1992 when Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie decided to drop the Thompson Twins and form a new group that would allow them to explore new musical ideas. They approached their long-time engineer Keith Fernley, who also became a full member of the new group. The trio spent five weeks in India during 1992 to collect sound and sample recordings for future recording use.[3] The band's first recording, a non-album track "Chale Jao", appeared on the soundtrack of the film Coneheads in 1993.[4] That same year saw the release of a promotional single, "Tribe", in America only.[5] The song was also featured as part of the soundtrack of the 1994 comedy-drama film With Honors.[6] In March 1994, the group released their debut album, The Stone, which had been recorded in London.[7] It was released in the USA, Canada, and Germany on Reprise Records,[8] and spawned two singles aside from "Tribe"; the first being "Take Me Away," which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles Chart,[9][10] The band's only music video was released for the single.[11] and "Beautiful".[12]

In February 1996, the band released its second album, Ether, which had been recorded in New Zealand after the trio relocated there.[13] The album's sole single, "Love Has No Name", featured Teremoana Rapley on vocals and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles Chart.[10] Babble began recording demos for a third album, however Warner Brothers decided to end their contract with the band.[14] After Babble's split, both Bailey and Currie continued to live in New Zealand, where Currie effectively retired from music. Bailey and Currie divorced in 2003, and both left New Zealand to live separately in Britain, though they still remain close friends.



Studio albums[edit]


  • "Tribe" (1993)
  • "Take Me Away" (1994)
  • "Beautiful" (1994)
  • "Love Has No Name" (1996)


  1. ^ "Babble Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Babble - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  3. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". 1994-02-19. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  4. ^ "Various - Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Coneheads (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  5. ^ "Babble - Tribe at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  6. ^ "Various - With Honors (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  7. ^ Ruhlmann, William (1994-03-08). "The Stone - Babble : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  8. ^ "Babble - The Stone at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  9. ^ "Babble - Take Me Away at Discogs". 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  10. ^ a b Babble. "Babble - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  11. ^ YouTube (1993-12-17). "U-MV012 - Babble - Take Me Away". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  12. ^ "Babble - Beautiful / Tribe at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  13. ^ "Babble - Ether at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  14. ^ "Interview: Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins / Babble)". Rhino. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2018-03-11.