Home' LOTL : June 2015 Contents Almost half a century ago an unknown band made history.
Baby Animals’ debut album spent six weeks at No. 1 in Australia, levitating eight
times platinum and becoming the biggest-selling Australian rock debut until 2003,
when Jet hatched Get Born.
Two years ago after a long hiatus, the Baby Animals confirmed that they were still
the stuff of the Charts with their appropriately named This Is Not The End.
The growl in the Animals is she-wolf Suze DeMarchi, audiences still devouring her
at 51. Her ‘Feed The Birds’ tour was so-named after she gave some red wine in her
mouth to a more than willing girl in the front row. Yes, DeMarchi is a bit of a lesbian
icon. And she knows it.
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How would you pitch the recent
compilation album you’re on, She Who
It’s just a bunch of great girls who we all know
and who we all love, you know? It’s a great way
to shine a light on women’s place in the music
industry - to bring a bit more attention to it. And
we’re also linking it to this tour we’re doing. We’ll
hopefully do something every year - bring out
different bands with girls in them that don’t re-
ally get much of a helping hand. It’s a bit harder
these days to try and get known. It’s a very
What’s one of your more surreal career
Oh...there have been quite a few! I think when
we were on tour with Van Halen. I remember
being backstage just about to go on stage...a
huge crowd in a huge stadium and being told
that our album had just gone No. 1 in Australia
- that was pretty surreal. Those moments, you
know, that surpass any dreams you’ve had.
Also standing in the snow recording our first
album in New York in Woodstock, just look-
ing around thinking, oh my god, we’re making
a record with Mike Chapman (who worked
with Blondie) - he’s probably one of the
greatest producers ever. I’m always pinching
myself. I’ve had some really great, fortunate
‘Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ - how much
truth is there to that?
Well, I mean...(breaks off in laughter)...it’s all
true! Even more than you think.
I have seen a lot of stuff. I’m no angel but I’m a
lot better than I used to be, let’s just say that!
Yeah, my eyes were really opened touring with
different bands - you know, more successful,
established bands. You see some pretty bad
stuff out there, I have to say. Really poor behav-
iour. Yep, it’s all true, sadly. Or not! (Laughs)
You’ve got a few tattoos - can you tell us
and I’d thought about it for a long time. It wasn’t
something where I was drunk and went, yeah
I’ll get a tattoo. I got a guardian angel on my
arm and when my kids were born...Bede, I got
her initial on my right ankle and then I got one
for my son when he was born. Then the most
recent one was the word ‘home’ on my wrist,
which speaks for itself. I spent a long time try-
ing to get home. And that one means a lot to
So an all-boy band - what’s that like?
Well, I’m a bit of a boy. I’m really one of the
boys. I don’t mind being the only girl. It can
get a bit smelly! I’m good with male company.
Occasionally it can get a bit much!
Did you toy around with other names for
the Baby Animals?
Oh god, we had so many bad names. And
Baby Animals was probably one of them! It was
just the one that stuck. We had ‘Gun Shy’! Yeah,
that was my manager’s name. But you’ve gotta
have bad names - it’s a sort of rite of passage.
When I talk to people in bands, we always get
on to that conversation.
Were you a bit concerned about how
people would react when Baby Animals re-
surfaced after such a long break?
I was, actually. Yeah, I was a bit unsure about
whether people would remember us. Or
whether they’d show up to the show. We
booked shows but we really didn’t know if
people could be bothered anymore! We’ve got
really loyal fans. We have fans who love their
rock and who love to go out, thank god, be-
cause it’s really all we have. If we don’t have our
fans we cease to be a band. You can’t just play
to yourself - that’s no fun. And you couldn’t sur-
vive either. Financially, the music industry isn’t
what it used to be. People don’t really make
money from record sales anymore. It’s sad but
true. So we rely heavily on our touring.
Is it true you’ve called the music industry ‘a
Yeah! Mostly I say that because it’s in such a
transitional period. You throw your hands in
the air, you know? You embrace social me-
dia yet it’s changed everything so much that
nobody really knows what to do. There’s no
legislation in place that protects the artist other
than publishing legislation. People can stream
music so easily. And I stream music myself.
I don’t know what the answer is; I wish I did. I
think that streaming is not going away and
it’s a really great thing to have. There’s just no
balance there yet. And I think that needs to be
addressed. There needs to be some kind of
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