1) Candy Girl
2) Bad Shave 3
3) Cooling Towers
Catalogue Numbers: ECS31/ECSMC31/ECS31/ECSCX31
(#13 in UK singles chart)
"SARDONIC DROLLERY ALLIED TO PEACHY POP... AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL" (TIME OUT)
"THIS MUST GO DOWN AS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES OF ALL TIME" (PETER "HOOKY" HOOK - REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX)
"ANOTHER PERFECT POP MOMENT FROM BABYBIRD" (OBSERVER)
If you haven’t already heard of Babybird, you’re flying the wrong way! “Candy Girl” is the new single from the band who are nominated for a ’97 Brit award for Best Newcomer, the band who put You’re Gorgeous in at No 3 in the charts, which stayed in the Top 20 for eight weeks and is still in the Top 25 almost three months after release. The band will appear on the Christmas edition of Top of the Pops before embarking on a full Euro/Uk from January through to March. Babybird – The Band
(Review from The Bad Pages)
"Pretty marvelous and damn groovy reworking of the well-known song off The Happiest Man Alive, Candy Girl is here taken out of its original acoustic context and given a new life in its own right as an upbeat, rather slick and well-produced pop song. It’s nearly irresistible and in my opinion the best single of the four taken from Ugly Beautiful.
The singles include reworked versions of Farmer, Bad Shave (3) and Cooling Towers done band-style – not necessarily better versions but probably more up to date with the sound of the band at the time.
New material includes the almost instrumental Oh What a Beautiful Day and the semi-acoustic Amtrak (recycling the lines “you don’t have to be clever from to enjoy the good weather” from Good Weather).
Both songs seeing Jones in an introspective and meditative mood and therefore taking his abilities far away as possible from this single’s title track. But it all works fine, and there’s a fine sense of continuity between all tracks here."
Candy girl is perfection. She’s not
all the expected things.
She’s not the pretty little images that
go with all the other
pretty little images: Jesus, nails,
public houses, dales.
Candy girl is way above
the silver-lined tongue.
Candy girl is the white cloud
The happy cloud that fingers run
through. They touch, but don’t touch.
That’s candy Girl.
A girl you can’t have.
The best there is.
Candy man is imperfect. He’s all the common things.
He’s the nice little
image that goes with all the other
nice little images. Tornados, sails, indigenous, whales.
The candy man sticks
a slick tongue into the candyfloss.
Licking the chocolate brown cloud floating overhead.
The thick sad cloud that fingers and lips get stuck in.
That’s the six pence candy man. The king of lollipop pop.
The king of love songs, humping a tv floor.
The man you can’t have.
The best there is.