A selection of articles about BABBLE and the show controversy. I could not find the articles from The Sun which started it all. As you'll see, Babble was not only disliked by the "gutter" press but did not go very well with the more "intellectual" medias neither...
- CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Melody Maker, Aug 12 1978 and other various cuttings
- A review by Ian Penman
- WHY BABBLE WAS SILENCED, Melody Maker, Jul 21, 1979
- A Babble flyer
- KEVIN COYNE SHOW BANNED THANKS TO THE SOARAWAY SUN by Graham Lock (in Thrills?)
- A full page Babble ad
- BABBLE, OVAL HOUSE, LONDON, by Paul Tickell, Melody Maker, Sep 1 1979
- BABBLE ON..., by Paul du Noyer, New Musical Express, Sep 8 1979
- KEVIN COYNE AND DAGMAR KRAUSE 'BABBLE' by John Gill
- KISS ME DEADLY Time Out, 1979?
- LIFE IS A BABBLE by Robin Denselow
also of interest if this extract from a Coyne interview in Clive
Product's book "Beautiful Extremes":
"There's this line about Adolf Hitler in there (on "Shaking Hands With The Sun") which caused some consternation. The people didn't understand totally what the thing was about and hadn't read the pamphlet at the time that went with it, which is always the case. The guy was a nutter, the one she's in love with, but she's a bit nuts herself. It's over-burdened with romance, over-burdened with a very trivial expectation that failed. Which I do honestly believe, reading between the lines, was essentially what happened to Brady and Hindiey really. They were part of the love and peace thing. I mean, at least they ran parallel with it. But, ironically, they came close to the truth in some respects. They were how people really are, rather than, you know... The mode of the times was to pretend we were all in love but the hatred and lust and all that was still all there. None of this has ever been eradicated by any 'ism' and I wanted to comment on that. I was fascinated by how Charles Manson could run parallel with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, do you know what I mean?"
"That what's shocking is not just what actually happened, but also your commenting on it?"
"It's as if people love a good crime. But not that one. They'll read about it, sell millions of books on the subject, but they don't like to admit it. But, you know, this area... I've always been interested in crime anyway. Anyone who says it's a little bit perverse - and there's always that element in it - but my interest goes much more serious than that. It's always fascinated me. Somebody once talked with me about it. Patrik Fitzgerald, the singer - an interesting guy, a very intellectual lad, I thought. He was talking about Babble and he said he thought it was wonderfui and all that and he was appalled at the response to it. But he did hit the nail on the head when he said it was basically a taboo subject. He realized you really can't say anything about it, least in England, without getting a great big hammer on your head. Which is what happened to me, really."