Avocado Baby formed in September 1992, primarily because Rachel Holborow (various instruments and vocals) was given a xylophone for her birthday and she and Pete Dale (various instruments and vocals) decided that it should be used to make songs. A bunch of songs were written, recorded on 4 track and casually released by the Slampt Underground Organization (Slampt was started by Rachel and Pete in 1992, partly to release cassettes by Avocado Baby and any other local creative endeavours).
This first release was called "A million and nine". It contained a load of short, minimal songs about sex and gum and stuff, sometimes acappella and sometimes with accompaniment from acoustic guitar, xylophone, milk bottles with water in, finger cymbals, ocharina, tambourines, whistling, giggling and anything else. It eventually sold 350 copies on cassette only before being re-issued as a vinyl album in 1996. Also featured on this vinyl re-issue was ABs second cassette album "Sex and gum" (1994) and few other rarities.
Other releases include 45 rpm singles (each with 9 or 10 "songs" on) on Slampt, Paperplane, Beekeeper and a Japanese label which I can't remember the name of right now.
The band played half a dozen shows in the UK, including a gig in Glyn (from Morpeth's punk icons Unseen)'s bedroom. The latter was released as a cassette on the Osaka Crying cassette label. There was a French tour in Spring 1994 - Paris, Bordeaux, Lyons and, I think, one other town. A short tour of the Netherlands at the end of 1995, where AB played the launch of the "Not for Rent" book as well as severaly shows with Prolapse, Donkey and God Is My Co-pilot - was pretty much the last things Avocado Baby did, although there was one reunion performance at the Slampt farewell weekend mini-festival in Newcastle.
Pete and Rachel still perform together in Red Monkey.