This Week In Dallas Music History: In Which Baboon Attempts to Sell Out

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There comes a time in the life of just about every upper-tier local band that headlining Trees on a weekend night just isn't good enough anymore. About a decade ago, it almost always involved scoring a major label record deal.

For Baboon, that crux occurred this week in 2000, when they learned they were being dropped from massive indie label Wind-Up Records, who you might remember as being Creed's label. As former Observer music editor Zac Crain documented in this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, at that point, Wind-Up had held Baboon in its death-grip, refusing to put out any of the band's new material, all the while cashing in on the success of "My Own Prison."

Finally, much to their relief, the band was dropped. But, dammit if they didn't almost immediately pursue the help of a major label to put out their third record, which ended up being released on local label Last Beat Records. Can you blame 'em for trying? It's not like you can headline Trees forever.

Hit the jump to read the entire story.

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Check out the story in the Observer online archives.

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Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown

Thanks for making the music Mike. I hope to hear new Baboon in the future. I've only been a fan since 2000 when you had two free downloads on Got into some of the older tunes through 'A Bum Note...'. I was lucky enough to get copies of 'ed Lobster' and 'Sausage' from you on the old forum as well as other forumers sharing the 'Silver Era Demo's and 'Halloween Sound FX'. Ever find the missing copy of 'Fan in My Car'?

Your "self-titled, self-released" CD in 2006 is a desert island disk for me.



Couple of corrections and an addendum:

We were dropped in '98. You can see barely see the date when you enlarge the .jpgs.You can see it better on the second one.  :)

Also, we went on to self-release the "We Sing and Play" EP after this article. We did go on to record one full-length studio CD and a live one with Last Beat, though. After that, we self-released a self-titled CD with James Henderson, who'd been in the band since 2002.

We did go on to play live and record for about 10 years after this article, and it was some of the best times I had in the band and included some of the best music we did. The self-titled, self-released album in '06 was definitely the pinnacle of the more mature, song-crafted stuff and we're all still really proud of it.

We might be playing again live soon, or maybe not.


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