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Country United Kingdom

Style Hard Rock
PhotobucketBaby Tuckoo was an English hard rock band, formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England by  by Neil Saxton and Paul Smith in 1982. They took their name from a phrase in James Joyce’s “Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man”.  The band feautures the ex-Heritage and Geddes Axe guitarist Andy Barrott, who played also the keys, replacing the keyboard player at the time Andrew Tidswell (AKA Andy wells) and Steve Holton was on vocals who later departed to join “Cyrka’. Alan Tidswell joined another UK hard rock band named “Verity” prior to former “Overdrive” vocalist Rob Armitage, joining in 1983. 

The band had an NWOBHM sound and vocally resembled Whitesnake. They released two albums with Rob Armitage (vocals), Neil Saxton (guitar), Andy Barrott (keyboards), Paul Smith (bass) and Tony Sugden (drums). Prior to their recording career, Steve Holton (vocals) and Andy Tidswell (keyboards) were in the band. In 1983 the band release their first single “Mony Mony”, on the Albion Label, produced by the ex-Argent man John Verity. A year later in 1984 the band release their debut album “First Born” on Ultranoise Label. 1985 found the band sign to a new label “Music For Nations”, releasing their second record under the name “Force Majeure'” to critical acclaim. In 1986 the band released a second single “Rock, Rock” while the band cover a song from Smokey Robinson named “Tears Of A Clown”, produced by Liam Sternberg. Baby Tuckoo joint headlining tour with Chrome Molly. 

Armitage left to join Accept in 1987, but was replaced by the American David Reece in 1988 without having taken part in any releases from the band. He later joined the UK outfit Jagged Edge, and founded a band named Passion.  His former Baby Tuckoo colleague Andy Barrott was to join Chrome  Molly and then Swampwalk.

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– First Born [1984]
– Force Majeure [1986]

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