Monday, February 28, 2005

Intaferon - "Baby Pain"

England's Simon. F. (Fellowes). and Simon G. (Gillham) released two singles [correction: 3 singles - see comment] in the U.K. as the band Intaferon. "Get Out of London" was a minor hit but "Baby Pain" (Chrysalis) failed to score and Intaferon never released an album. Simon F went solo and rerecorded "Baby Pain", released a few albums and still failed to breakthrough.

"Get Out Of London" made an appearance in of all things a Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie, was covered by the Pretenders for the Wild Thornberries movie and appeared on the "Living In Oblivion" CD series.

Go to the download page to get Intaferon - "Baby Pain"


Anonymous Nomad said...

Are you forgetting about the single 'Steamhammer Sam'?

7:34 AM  
Blogger iain said...

I have every record they ever made....this has made me ludicrously happy. Thank You.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Phil Gyford said...

Thanks for the continuing great tunes... can I just make a plea for you to mention the years the tracks were released though? If I don't remember a track from first time round (as usual), the date helps make sense of it. Thanks, and keep it up!

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The extended mix is to die for. Funny thing, this song got played all the time on the modern rock station in Salt Lake City, Utah. Enough that they would spin it at the clubs. Of all the bands mentioned on this blog, I feel this is the only one I have heard of, and thought that they were more well known than I guess they are.

5:59 AM  
Blogger merrick said...

Get Out Of London featured a mad extended mix on the 12" (the Intacontinentalballistic mix), as was usual with producer Martin Rushent. It was a stunning single, as pacey and furious as anything that had been heard on the radio in five years or more.

The Continuing Story of Steamhammer Sam, by contrast, was a slow song about unemployment characterised by a proper old northern English brass band!

Clearly bristling with ideas, it's a great shame they never made more records.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

The (stunning) video of "Get out of London" was shown on the Max Headroom Show, where I first saw it. I found this site because I waas looking - in vain, I might add, for a site that might list all the bands that appeared on the show. Intaferon was one of those that stood out in my memory. Steamhammer Sam was also shown, in a later episode.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

The (stunning) video of "Get out of London" was shown on the Max Headroom Show, where I first saw it. I found this site because I was looking - in vain, I might add - for a site that might list all the bands that appeared on the show. Intaferon was one of those that stood out in my memory. Steamhammer Sam was also shown, in a later episode. I still remember the lyrics, despite the videos being shown 20 years ago. Strong stuff from people with a lot of promise - why aren't they still around???

4:16 PM  
Anonymous sparkle said...

i also saw the video for steamhammer sam on max headroom and have tried in vain for yearsto obtaina copy of this wonderful song

7:06 AM  
Blogger Veg said...

I've got an old VHS tape of that particular Max Headroom Show episode with Steamhammer Sam on it. In fact, watching it just now was what made me do a search for Intaferon and find this (excellent) blog!
If you want a copy I could probably rip it for you.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I bring good tidings - download both Steamhammer Sam AND Get Out of London from here!

Ther a loads more gems there to be found - happy listening!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Paul Houston said...


I've been trying to find Baby Pain for years - and there's no link to the MP3! HELP!

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too have been looking for the download for Baby Pain. Can you link the MP3 again. If anyone has any idea where I can find the extended mix, I would appreciate any info. PLEASE post the link again!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Doctor Huw said...

Intaferon were indeed phenomenal!
One of the best bands ever!

5:39 AM  
Blogger David said...

Another request to re-post the download. I love your blog and came across it specifically looking for "Baby Pain." And like a previous comment, I came across this song a few years ago on a Salt Lake radio station. It would be great if you could re-post the download. Thanks!

1:32 PM  
Blogger marchenland said...

We're still playing it in goth clubs like Area 51 and Club Vegas in Salt Lake City, actually...

8:42 PM  
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8:43 PM  
Anonymous jaded said...

i agree with david . . . the download should be reinstated

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intaferon fans
I am appy

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Ian B. said...

Baby pain was one of my most favourite tracks when I was in, of all places, South Africa! yes it was in the eighties.

Awesome to dance to when you were drunk and manic in your stuper!

Pity I only have it on cassette.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was digging through my giant pile of records and pulled out Simon F Gun for "Want you Back", it rolled into Baby Pain and I almost cried. SOOOOOooooo great. One of the greatest pop songs ever. Lots of lost weekends listening to that song back in the olden days.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've got Baby Pain on a CD I picked up at a CD Store in SLC (bootlegged of course). In the 80s I had a Simon F tape that got worn out that had a cover of a Hoodoo Gurus song. Bootleg 'em all I say if they won't release anything.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon Gillham teaches me philosophy in bexhill college in the south east. he is however leaving our college to teach at sussex downs university. he is great.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm also taught by Simon Gillham - the most amazing Philosophy teacher EVER...actually, make that past tense as of today...:( I haven't been able to get hold of the MP3 tracks, so if there are any existing links to the tracks, please someone post a comment here. And Simon, if you're reading this - please come back! We love you!


11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes!! I am amazed about all this, the fact our philosophy teacher (who left yesterday) had this secret past (to us he taught anyway) as a failed pop star! Although by the sounds of many fans that have posted, shouldn't have been a failed popstar! Nonetheless, I'd not sure whether I'd have liked him to make it (course I would have really) but it would have meant never meeting him and having him teach us philosophy...and he really is an amazing person and teacher. I hope all he taught in the second year do really well in our exams (political philosophy paper), and that he sees the results and can know that it was down to his concise and unbelievable work ethic (printing out AMAZING handouts that explain complex things in a few pages) and just believing in us. A proper legend.

Posted by MATT! not anonymous!! :)

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GET OUT OF LONDON RULES! BEST SONG EVER but i wanna know if simon gillham does any lead singing or if he just does the backing/harmonies, cos he was the one playing guitar.... :\

matt again x

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Baby Pain in MP3 if anybody wants it... Happy to share. I bought a CD from a Store in Salt Lake City that had it on it. The store was cool enough to sell CDs like that shen record companies weren't releasing stuff that we really wanted. Very cool.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby Pain MP3 going once... going twice...

1:21 PM  
Blogger TenaciousK said...

If you have the extended version of baby pain, I'm very interested in the mp3.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous deeky said...

the Simon F./F. Machine stuff was really cool too. too bad he wasn't more successful.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to college last year and Simon G the one with INTAFERON above his head on one of the album covers was my philosophy teacher. He told us about his INTAFERON days. Hes a great guy. I think he now teach's at sussex university.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone help I just watched the video for Steamhammer Sam, does anyone know the name of the actor who played steam hammer sam?

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg. so happy to get info on one of the best songs ever! that's right 'get out of london' by intaferon.
saw this on max headroom many years ago and have struggled to find it, but now I have it on my ipod. Love the internet!
What are you up to guys, surely it's time for a remixed version, i think the freemasons could do it justice!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so bummed that the link to download this song is down. I have been looking for this forever. So close yet so far. Any othe leads out there?

9:35 PM  
Blogger Denny said...

I have Baby Pain, Get Out of London and Steamhammer Sam in .mp3. If you want it just email me at

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone *please* post the lyrics for Baby Pain?

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Simon Gillham philosophy student! said...

Simon Gillham is now my A level philosophy teacher at colchester sixth form. We've only just found out about his Intaferon days - someone asked him about it but I don't think he really wanted to talk about it!! haha

4:23 PM  
Blogger raymond said...

You should hear "Hold the Bunker", a groundbreaking track recorded months before the break-up of Intaferon.

9:26 AM  
Blogger raymond said...

I have a white label of 'Gun Control' which started as Interferon and ended as Simon F. So much classic material.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

After all these years I've finally got round to transferring my 12" vinyl - alphabetically - into mp3. I got to 'I' and wondered whatever happened to Intaferon - these are three especially favourite singles from the 80s (Get Out Of London, Baby Pain and Steamhammer Sam). Still great nearly thirty years later. As for 'failed pop star' comments, I reckon anyone who makes even a single classic pop song can't ever be classed as 'failed'. Three classic songs is ridiculously over-achieving. Great going, Simon and Simon.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12" extended remix of Interferon (1983)- Steamhammer Slam (not a typo)b/w Steamhammer Sam, The Continuing Story Of Steamhammer Sam.
FOR SALE on as of 27th August 2012 8pm for 10 days.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Ian Fryer said...

The actor in the Steamhammer Sam video is Jack Watson

9:23 AM  
Blogger Cloughie said...

Get out of London is on iTunes on an album called winning London. Shame steamhammer Sam isn't nor the 12 inche version.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Marie Jarvie said...

The very talented Mr Gillham has a new band and a fabulous single (as of July 2015).
The second verse is about Intaferon!
You can find it here.

You can buy it on iTunes.

8:07 AM  

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