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Babylon Zoo were a British rock band formed in 1992 in Wolverhampton, England. They are best known for the song "Spaceman", which gained considerable exposure through its use in an popular Levi's jeans TV advert in late 1995. Released as the band's début single on 21 January 1996, it went straight to #1 on the UK Singles Chart. "Spaceman" cemented the band's legacy as a one hit wonder, and with little follow-up success, the band became largely forgotten.
Frontman Jas Mann had formerly been in an indie music band, called The Sandkings. In 1993, a three-track demo earned him a contract from Phonogram Records for his next project, Babylon Zoo.
The band's first single was the song "Spaceman" which had appeared on a Levi's jeans TV advert. Levi's used "Spaceman" for a UK TV ad after hearing the song on a Manchester radio station. It became the fastest-selling single in the UK since The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love". The single sold 420,000 copies in the first week of release, spending 5 weeks at number 1.
An album entitled The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes was produced at Mann's New Atlantis Productions music/artwork/video centre. It peaked at #6 on the UK Albums Chart on 17 February, but dropped out of the Top 40, lasting only a further two weeks on the chart. Subsequent singles charted progressively lower, failing to match the success of "Spaceman".The band's reputation was further damaged by a series of "scathing" live reviews.
In 1999, a follow-up album was released, King Kong Groover. The album received mixed reviews and sold only 10,000 units, failing to chart in the UK. The singles from the album were "All The Money's Gone", which was released in the UK and Europe and peaked at number forty six on the UK Charts. The second single, a cover of Mott the Hoople's "Honaloochie Boogie", was only released as a promotional single in France. The group disbanded shortly after and Mann moved to India where he spent time working for an aid agency.
In 2005, Jas Mann announced he would be issuing a new Babylon Zoo album, called Cold Clockwork Doll, though no official release date was ever announced, and now appears to be cancelled due to no further information or updates on it almost a decade after the announcement.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments