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Baby Strange
Baby Strange
Origin Glasgow
Labels Ignition
Slaves, Palma Violets

Johnny Madden (vocals/guitar)
Connaire McCann (drums)

Aidan McCann (bass)

Baby Strange are an indie/rock band formed in 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. The band consists of Donald Strange (vocalist/guitarist), Connaire McCann (drummer) and Aidan McCann (bass) who share their name with a T. Rex track from the 1972 album The Slider.[2] However, there are conflicting reports as front man Johnny Madden states in an interview with Guestlist says, " unlike people think we actually made the name up and it really stuck, and then we realised it was a T-Rex song." [3]

The three-piece from north Glasgow were friends for years. "Creating Baby Strange was a great way to show off our creative side which we didn't have the opportunity to do beforehand" says frontman Donald Madden, as this band seems committed on bringing their contemporary punk to the nation. A unique feature of Baby Strange is that the recording, videoing and artwork of all work is done by the band members themselves.

Some of the songs of the band include:

Song Title[4] Year of Release
Pleasure City 2015
Trouble 2015
California Sun 2015
VVV 2015
Pure Evil 2013
Luver 2013
Distance Yourself 2014
Friend 2013
Never Enough 2013

The band was formed in the summer of 2012, says frontman Johnny Madden. "We had no jobs, we were living for nothing. We were going out all the time, seeing the same faces, doing the same things. When we sing, "I'm tired of my generation", we mean that we're part of this generation, and we were bored by ourselves." With the help of Connaire's 17-year-old brother at the time, Aidan on bass, the trio began writing "fast, snappy, in-and-out punk-rock songs" in their bedrooms.[5]

The band all met at a community music group in Glasgow.

The band portrayed their different side in their clip on YouTube where they emerge blinking, done simply but memorably, to mark the release of 'Pure Evil' on 27 May 2014. "California Sun" sees Baby Strange at their most confident in a pleas for sunshine by Johnny Madden's relentless, dark vocals.


The Glasgow band as of late 2015 have been increasing their national reputation in the music industry, with the release of their 2015 single "Pleasure City". The song itself has featured on the newly formed internet radio station Beats 1, on Apple Music, had strong BBC Radio 1 support from DJs such as Annie Mac & Huw Stephens, and was also played at Scotland's national football stadium before the UEFA EURO Qualifiers Group stage match involving Scotland and Germany.

The band themselves have accompanied many other bands as a support, most notably however would be, Kent based punk rock duo, Slaves. The band also went on tour with Jamie T, NME's 'best new band' of 2013, Palma Violets.[6] They have also toured with the likes of Swim Deep and Iceage.

In August 2013, they performed a short but very sharp session for BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway. They performed two songs, Friend and Pure Evil.[7]

Baby Strange's club night in The Priory Bar

The band had a midnight residency in Glasgow bar "Broadcast" for around 1 month. The price of entry for these concerts was to simply buy a Baby Strange badge which cost 3.[8] The trio recently however have started their own club night at The Priory

Bar in Glasgow called "Club Sabbath". Baby Strange themselves feature on the night, usually providing a DJ set.

Baby Strange played their biggest headline show to date on Friday 16th December 2016 at O2 ABC in Glasgow, fresh from playing festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Y Not, Truck, Isle Of Wight and more.

Baby Strange has also played at the following festivals:

Musical Style

On record, they're punk, but as a live band, Baby Strange seem to nail feeling both pop and punk without being anything that comes remotely close to pop punk. That is, they play grungy rebel rock with some fun choruses that are reminiscent of those of the indie pop world.[10] Baby Strange additionally have a darker indie rock sound, prominently heard on their 2015 singles "VVV" and "California Sun". At their live sets they are said to have, a 60s garage influence but distinctly Scottish indie guitar riffs.[11]


The band released their highly anticipated debut album 'Want It Need it' on September 16th 2016 on Ignition Records.

Song Usage

  • The song "Friend" is played during series 7 episode 9 titled "You're Like A Fat Tom Daley" from Made in Chelsea.[12]


  1. ^ "New Band Of The Week". 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ "The 405 meets Baby Strange". 24 July 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ "We caught up with Baby Strange to talk touring and T-Rex - Guestlist". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "BBC Music Baby Strange". 25 May 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Radar Band Of The Week - Baby Strange". 23 July 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Palma Violets announce 'Rattlesnake Rodeo Tour'". 29 August 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ "Baby Strange - Baby Strange". BBC Music Events. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Baby Strange - Broadcast". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Baby Strange Setlist Concert & Tour Dates". Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ "Live Review: Baby Strange | Redbrick". Redbrick. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Baby Strange / Catholic Action / Decoy Jet at Boston Music Room 6/10/2015 (Live Review)". Vulture Hound Magazine. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Music from Made In Chelsea Episode 0709". TuneFind. Retrieved . 

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