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Boy With the X Ray Eyes

Babylon Zoo Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002U3R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Spaceman 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Zodiac Sign 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Paris Green 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Confused Art 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Caffeine 6:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don't Feed The Animals 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fire Guided Light 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Is Your Soul For Sale? 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I'm Cracking Up I Need A Pill 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Spaceman, Animal Army....

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Babylon Zoo ~ Boy With The X-Ray Eyes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical! 4 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing. A bit of a guilty pleasure as this album was indeed a flop, I dont know why though.
Electro rock, metal, Bangra flavour, Its has a huge range of
styles and really never gets borring. One of the best albums I own and I remember when i was a Kid I had the cassette and would play it constantly. Dont be fooled by other peoples shallow views on this album or the band in general, buy it, you wont be dissapointed. It might take a while to grow on you, that is true, but it really is very thoughtful music and the lyrics are quite something. alot of society's problems explained and mimic'ed on alot of the songs. I think probably the worst track has to be spaceman....and even that is a timeless classic.
I wont say anymore, but do your CD collection a favour and buy this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid glam album you really should own! 31 Oct 2008
By Saul
Format:Audio CD
If there ever was an album that could be called a forgotten classic, this is it. A glam-space-rock masterpiece!

Since that Jeans commercial with the speeded up 'Spaceman' bit in it, Babylon Zoo were doomed as a "serious" rock band and have been made a laughing stock and the butt of many a joke ever since. For the life of me I don't know why though, this album is really strong.

Actually, this album isn't just good, it's REALLY GOOD! The speeded up 'Spaceman' bit lasts mere seconds and bears no musical resemblance to the rest of the album, this is rocked-up Bowie on steroids! Putting the album on today (2008) and playing it loud, it almost sounds like it could be from the future. The crunchy, fuzzed-up guitars have a very unique sound to them which still stands out today, and it may surprise you how heavy they are - and as a result how heavy this record is. This is unmistakably a rock album.

All the songs are very strong, although 'Is My Soul For Sale?' feels a little out of place, but that is the one exception. The lyrics touch on some fairly deep topics, especially in the song 'Caffeine' - a prime example of how this album has real depth, both lyrically and musically.

Trivia: Marilyn Manson's 1998 album 'Mechanical Animals' unashamedly ripped-off the sound and look of this album, lyrics, beats, riffs, and even image, it's all there.

For fans of: David Bowie, Mechanical Animals, T-Rex, Placebo, anything Glam-rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album that truly introduced me to music. 10 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As it stands, TBWTX-RE is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I bought it on the day of release on cassette, and then CD- I certainly wasn't disappointed. I don't find it annoying at all- in fact, the lo-fi (sci-fi?), raw sound of this album is one of its greatest triumphs, and what makes it just as listenable four years after its release. It stands proudly in my collection. It outshines it's sequel, King Kong Groover, through the sheer energy and angrier sound present throughout- it is also surprisingly political in places; witness some of the lyrics of 'I'm Cracking Up I Need A Pill', for example. Best track? 'Caffeine', without a doubt. Unfortunately misunderstood, the album is usually judged on the basis of one song- 'Spaceman'. Forget it. Just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best album i have 15 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Boy... is a great album and hugely underrated. It did reasonably well but has been forgotten since.
I love all the tracks, even the one that lasts only a minute or so (Dont Feed the Animals). The best tracks though are: Spaceman, Animal Army, Confused Art, Caffeine, Is Your Soul For Sale, Fire Guided Light and I'm Cracking Up I Need a Pill. Most of them then. Spaceman is a great track but the others are just as good.
Jas has a great voice and is musically accomplished. The lyrics can be brilliant. Each song is sang with a wonderful energy that i dont think can be replicated again if Jas decides to release another album. I would reccommend this album to ANYONE (if u can find it) because its a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. If you haven't heard Babylon Zoo in a long time you'd be forgiven for writing it off as just a load of cheesey pop-music from a one-hit-wonder band but although 'Spaceman' was hugely popular in its day, the quality of the album never drops all the way through. So maybe some of the songs sound a little similar, but at least they all sound good. The whole album has a sort of space-age grunge feel to it brought on by the keyboards and layers of guitars. It's the little touches like the subtle guitar solos in the background of the choruses and the sound effects slipped in that really set this album apart from others. A lot of the songs such as 'Paris Green', 'Spaceman' and 'Caffiene' remind me of the slower songs off 'Mechanical Animals' by Marilyn Manson if you've ever heard them. Then there is 'Is Your Soul For Sale', the piano ballad of the album.

Just incase you're wondering what the difference is between this Japanese version of the album and the regular one, well, this version has a bonus track called 'Cosmic Dancer' which is a soft little song with not much guitaring in it but it's still nice to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Solid Album 27 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was about 12 when Spaceman came out as a single and I rushed to the shops to by it; I thought it was an awesome track; But soon Babylon Zoo became a laughing stock and were made to look like a joke by the media...I only had one single and never owned the album and soon enough I too felt embarrassed to even own the single.

Now I am now 28 and recently stumbled upon this Boy with the X-Ray eyes in a charity shop; And I thought "I haven't heard that spaceman track in YEARS; I used to play it to death back then." And so I bought it; only to find that it is an AMAZING album. Very very underrated; and what can only be described as triumph of social commentary that is still true today...I will talk about a few of the tracks; not all of them; firstly the two singles that you may remember.

Animal Army: Is a pounding fun track and shouldn't be viewed as anything more; it is a fun track intent on making you smile.

Spaceman: is a lot more than a one hit wonder, it deals with the turmoil of a our planet and the claustrophobia one feels when living in such a vast yet closed minded society; which has become unjust and mundane...

These two songs are very good but the album gets better...

Caffeine: Is the best track on the album in my opinion and deals with misunderstanding prejudice. it pits family, religion and culture against sexuality; With lines like "Your sexuality embarrassed us all, Take off your Asian tag and hit the road, The word is why I need a God I need a God to impress."

I feel that if Babylon Zoo had gone on tour with bands like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails they would still be around today;they would have founf the right market for their music and would have continued to make great music; but alas this did not happen...However they do have this "Boy With The X-Ray Eyes." Album of which is phenomenal. IF you are a fan of Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals then you love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world!
If you're not familiar with the music of Babylon Zoo, than the only thing you'd probably associate with them is the high-pitched, speeded-up vocals at the beginning of their hit... Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Charlie Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars GLAM MEETS AVANT-GARDE!
Simply put; this has to be one of the greatest albums of the decade! It was strong, loud and powerful! Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars One the way to becoming a genius!
This is an incredible album, pushing the boundaries of music. Jas Mann has written a number of original and unique songs, including a circular song. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2006 by R. Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars Colossal!
Positive reviews here notwithstanding, I had always considered Babylon Zoo a one-hit-wonder, something of a joke.
Now, having listened to the album I am converted! Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2004 by R. Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the first album I ever bought, when I was ten. Jas Mann is possibly the most talented artist I have ever come across, and I maintain that this is the best album I possess. Read more
Published on 11 April 2003 by "loucat101"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes
One of the best albums ever, featuring the classic track, "Spaceman", and still available since 1996!!!
Published on 7 Feb 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Hi-tech distorted rock
First of all: Babylon Zoo is an unmistakeably British band. I was nearly gonna put »rock band« - but it somehow IS difficult to call this »rock«. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2000
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