The spooky world of Dead Babies

13 Jan

In 1989 one more Athenian band was formed.
Their name was taken from an Alice Cooper’s song.

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Dead Babies would never release any of their matterial (although I know at least
one person that has a live recording of theirs on tape – click here for two rare vids of theirs).
Their members became known for an other form of art.
Their drummer, Dimitris Vitalis and his brother Costas, who was also the bass player of the band, became known as
comics creators.
Dead Babies were a quartet that had a dark and gloomy sound.
Vitalis was using tribal rhythms as a background to the haunted vocals of Manolis Katsiadakis.
Costas Vitalis was playing slow hypnotising bass lines giving ground to the nightmarish guitar effects of Aris
Psychas (check past posting about the Drops).
The band was constantly playing at the live club Rock Palais and managed to have a big number of followers.
They were mostly influenced by Joy Division, Siouxsie & the Banshees and the Sisters Of Mercy.

db2On stage they were surounded by the creations of the Vitalis brothers.
Sometimes it would be an infant trapped in a spider’s web covering the background with the members of the band
dressed in costumes.
Some other times it would simply be slide projections.
To work on this scenic, Vitalis was spending hours before the sound check to put a final touch on his strange gothic

The band split in the mid 90s and although they recorded some of their songs, nothing was ever released.

Searching on the net, I found this photo below, here.

Vitalis in one of his masks

Vitalis in one of his masks

During  the late 90’s, Vitalis formed a band called “O horos ton Pnevmaton” (engl. The Dance Of The Spirits ελλ. Ο Χορός των Πνευμάτων) with a great stage show and…his wonderful fantasy creatures on the background.
This band was using Greek lyrics and the band members were dressed in medieval dresses.
They were performing also a couple of Dead Babies tracks and I was of the impression that they would release something
but as far as I know, nothing came out.

Dimitris Vitalis is considered as one of the top Greek cartoonists.


Posted by on January 13, 2009 in New Wave / Dark Wave



6 responses to “The spooky world of Dead Babies

  1. Ataktos751

    May 29, 2009 at 7:58 am

    ena apo ta pio agapita grup tu ROCK PALAIS

  2. panole8riambos

    May 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Efxaristoume poly.
    Na eisai kala.

  3. Άβατον

    October 7, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    όντως ανεκτίμητο

  4. panole8riambos

    October 8, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Ευχαριστούμε για το comment.

  5. Ten Thousand Eyes

    December 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Να ρωτήσω τωρα εγώ κάτι, μου είπαν πως το συγκρότημα που “παίζει” στην τηλεοπτική σειρά “ΔΙΟΔΙΑ” (παραγωγής κρατικής τηλεόρασης 1987 ή 1988) είναι οι Dead Babies. Αληθεύει αυτό; Αν ναι, μήπως ξέρει κάποιος ποιό είναι το κομμάτι;

  6. panole8riambos

    December 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Θα μεταφερω το ερωτημά σου σε κάποιον που σιγουρα γνωρίζει και ελπίζω να μας διαφωτίσει και τους δύο. Η μονη σχέση του γκρουπ, απο οσο γνωριζω, με την τηλεόραση, ήταν το οτι ο Δημήτρης Βιτάλης υπήρξε για μια εποχή σκηνογράφος σε εκπομπή του Mega (την ιδια εποχή στην ιδια εκπομπή συνεργαζόταν και ο Γιάννης Νένες του Κλικ). Μεταφερω το ερωτημα και ας δουμε τι θα μάθουμε…


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