Friday, January 4, 2013
How Does It Feel/Sitting In My Armchair/Gravitational Pull/Living On A Razors Edge/You/No Tragedy/Comin' Back For More/Right Before My Eyes/Don't Call Us/Getting Closer/Too Much Too Soon
Formed in Western Sydney in 1978, The Radiators were originally lumped in with the New Wave scene in Sydney but in reality were a pub rock band with a sense of humour. In their hey-day they were one of the hardest working bands in Australia, touring constantly and racking up over 2,500 gigs by the early 1990s.
Their first single (on WEA) was "Comin’ Home" which reached number #33. "Fess’ Song" and the album Feel The Heat #22 followed and The Rads’ supported The Police on their Australian Tour.
"Hit And Run" was the third single lifted from their debut LP which went on to sell 90,000 copies. In 1981 they changed record labels and released the single Roomful Of Diamonds #90. Then in 1982 they released the singles "Up For Grabs" #37 and "Nothing’s Changed". A new contract with EMI produced the album Scream Of The Real #15 and the singles "No Tragedy" #27 and "You" #82.
Another LP followed in 1984 Life’s A Gamble #47 along with 3 singles, The Beatles’ "Revolution",#41 "Life’s A Gamble" #47 and "A Bit Of Pain Never Hurts". Long-serving drummer Chris Tagg left in June 1984 to be replaced by a string of others. The band with more record labels than hot dinners continued recording well into the 90s with the albums Nasty Habits in Nice Children #68, Radiators, Stone, In The Roar and Smoke and Mirrors, but by then their brand of boogie-influenced rock had been superseded by more alternative guitar bands. But, being the pub-rock warhorses that they were, The Radiators would not stop.
Brendan Callinan – keyboards, vocals (1978–1988) Brian Nichol – lead vocals, guitar (1978–present) Stephen "Fess" Parker – lead guitar (1978–present) Chris Tagg – drums (1978–1984) Geoff Turner – bass guitar (1978–present)Mick Buckley – drums (1984–1987) Brad Heaney – drums (1987) Mark Lucas – drums (1987–present)
The Radiators still play live in Australia today.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Persuasion/Mumbo Jumbo/Honeybee/Footloose/That Girl Had A Gun/Pandemonium/Daylight/Tongue Tied/Rags To Tatters
Pel Mel was an Australian post-punk music band. They formed in Newcastle, Australia in mid 1979 and moved to Sydney, Australia in late 1980. They toured and recorded until 1984.
Pel Mel's early lineup included Graeme Dunne (guitar & vocals), Judy McGee (sax), Jane McGee (guitar), Glenn Hill (bass), Dave Weston (drums) and Nigel Savage (sax). By early 1980 Nigel Savage had left, and by late 1980 Lindsay O'Meara (ex-Voigt/465) replaced Glenn Hill on bass. Judy McGee began playing keyboards in 1980 and began sharing vocals with Graeme Dunne. Jane McGee left in February 1981, and Craig Robertson replaced Lindsay O'Meara on bass in late 1981.
Pel Mel's first single, "No Word From China", was released in 1981 on Primate records (re-issued on GAP records), and was followed by the album Out Of Reason. Pel Mel's second album, Persuasion, was recorded by a new lineup including Graeme Dunne on vocals, bass and guitar, Paul Davies on guitar, Judy McGee on vocals, keyboards and saxophone and Dave Weston on drums. Thanks again to RAM for this fine platter.