The other day Megan "Celine Ding Dong" Seling admited she'd never heard the very late '80s pop punk band Sweet Baby Jesus. For serious, and I THOUGHT she WAS the QUEEN of pop punk... like, she beat up Ben Weasel once, right?
Sweet Baby were so pop they were less of a proper pop punk band and more of a '60s beat band. They really do come off sounding more like a less precious, pilled-up, Beatles rather than nodding to the Buzzcocks or the Descendents. Just dig the beat harmonies on their jam "The Way She Gets Around." Uh, hella 1963, just played through solid state gear. Honestly, tho' sounding like an old band, Sweet Baby was a bit ahead of there time. Well, perhaps not for the late '80s Bay Area, but during the oughties the rise of cheeky, silly party bands with dumb, singable jams like "Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby I Love You" easily found their place at ALL booze soaked house parties all over America! I owned their LP, It's A Girl, at the time, 1989 or '90, but after listening to it and deeming it TOO poppy, I traded it away. A trade I soon regretted, but by then they were all gone. Also, Megan, there was a Mr. T Experience connection, Dr. Frank was their drummer for the first Sweet Baby line up!