The Innocents are a power-pop band formed in Hobart, Tasmania in 1975. Featuring singer/songwriters David Minchin, Charles Touber, Greg Cracknell and a cast of rotating drummers The Innocents, originally called Beathoven, are still the only band from Tasmania to ever have chart success.

Renowned for their popularity in Hobart in the late 1970s, their first record release was Do You Remember The Time/Darlin' on the Candle label. There was a local equivalent of Beatlemania about The Innocents early years (sometimes referred to as "Tasmania") and ensured that when they took their touring technique of focusing on school dances and lunchtime concerts to Melbourne in 1977, success and press cynicism followed.

Eventually signing a much heralded international contract with EMI which resulted in the release of Shy Girl/Does it Matter as Much to You under their original name Beathoven. The band were then released from their label, (despite being the favoured nominees for Best New Group 1978 amongst Cold Chisel, The Models and Sports). When Kim Fowley discovered them in his Oz search for "the new Abba or Beatles" they were forced to change their name, as EMI still owned the name under their contractual agreement.

As The Innocents they were picked up by Trafalgar Productions/RCA in early 1980 and relocated to Sydney. Here they recorded their hit single 'Sooner Or Later' which, after a performance on the TV show Countdown, peaked at number 2 nationally, The Innocents were championed by Kim Fowley, Nick Lowe, Molly Meldrum and Greg Shaw. All the press hyperbole (particularly from rock historian Glenn A. Baker's pen, e.g - "Perhaps the greatest power-pop band in the whole world since the demise of The Raspberries") couldn't encourage RCA to support the band, despite Fowley's enthusiasm in particular. Faced with delivering pop singles (such as their follow-up Come Tonight) that weren't supported by the label the band disintegrated, with some members returning to Tasmania.

In 1984 Raven Records released the ironically entitled "Here We Come!" album which collected their Beathoven recordings as well as a number of later recordings with Kim Fowley and a third unreleased RCA single.

 

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