Monday, March 9, 2009

Radio Birdman - Radios Appear (1977)

FUCKING AMAZING ALBUM! This band just fucking rocks. Deniz Tek's guitar work really inspired and influenced me as a guitarist. Get this NOW!

"Early Australian punk band Radio Birdman formed in 1974 and began recording in 1976 when the single ”Burn My Eye” was released. They took their name from a misheard lyric in Stooges song, ”1970”. (The actual line is “Radio burnin’”) Their first LP, Radios Appear, showed diverse influences, including Detroit bands of the late 1960s, such as The MC5 and The Stooges. The album was totally ignored by commercial radio but was championed by Sydney station 2JJ (Double Jay) and became sufficiently successful in Australia to lead to a contract with Sire Records (US label, home of The Ramones), who released a different version of Radios Appear internationally. It took three years to record a follow-up, Living Eyes, and by then, the Australian punk scene had diversified and the band broke up before the LP was released.

The band’s lyrics reference US-born guitarist/main songwriter Deniz Tek’s home state of Michigan, with lyrics from tracks such as “Murder City Nights” referring to Woodward Avenue in Detroit:

“Cruising down Woodward gotta find me some action/Looking for a lover with a power reaction.”

Many of their other songs, such as “Hand Of Law” & “Descent Into The Maelstrom” deal in apocalyptic images of war and violence, but these are more than balanced by the lighter pop culture references of tunes such as “Aloha Steve & Danno”, an ode to the TV show Hawaii 5-0."

the hand of law is coming down

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