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Biteback; They're taking the Michael.

Why is Jas Mann, the wacky singer from new pop sensations Babylon Zoo, looking so sheepish?

Last week his band were completely unknown.

Now they look set to ruin George Michael's mega-money comeback campaign by toppling him from the No. 1 spot today.

Not baa-d going, eh?

After five years in the wilderness, Georgie boy went straight to pole position last week with Jesus to a Child.

But newcomers Babylon Zoo are ready to blast the former Wham! man off the top with their debut single, Spaceman.

The theme from the latest Levi's TV commercial - starring sensational 16-year-old Russian model Kristina Semenovskaia - has notched up advance sales of more than 250,000.

And if it hits the top it'll be the SEVENTH Levi's jingle to do so.

"Landing this advert has been an incredible start to our career," gushed 24-year-old Jas.

"We had to change record labels three times before getting our first single out. It was a stroke of luck when a Levi's marketing boss heard it on a Manchester radio station.

"If Spaceman gets to No. 1 we're going to host the most amazing party ever.

"It would be like winning the lottery."

60ft Dolls could be really big

The 60ft Dolls are one of the up and coming acts on the Indie scene.

And it's no surprise their new single, Stay - out tomorrow - is hotly tipped to be their big break.

Blending simple songs with a hard and fast delivery could take The 60ft Dolls to the top. But that's not the only key to success.

Drummer Carl Bevan has been training for it for years - in his dad's church band!

"It's hard to believe, I know, but dad is a minister in Wales,'' he said.

His dad's church is like a religious version of The Blues Brothers.

"He's had 12 solo albums of gospel music released and always gets to No. 1 in the religious charts.

"So dad understood my need to make records.

"He's cool. He comes to our gigs and stands down the front in his dog collar with all the nutters.

"I just need to get him to stage dive now."

A fit of the gigs

Dread Zone will play Glasgow's The Arches on March 7. Check out another top night there when Ruby are supported by Red Snapper.

Ruby is a new venture for Lesley, of Silverfish, but all reports are that it is nothing like the Fishes. Expect a more dub-orientated sound and get grooving to top DJ Dean Thatcher.

Band of the moment are Dub Star. Don't miss them when they play The Garage in Glasgow on March 22 and remember who told you!.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:MacLeod, Ewan; Blackstock, Russell
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 21, 1996
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