Rockbrat’s Records You Must Own: Radio Birdman – Radio’s Appear (1977)

Posted: February 21, 2013 by rockbrat in Rockbrat's Records You Must Own:
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35 years on – still demolishing all new comers

Let me start this rant with an undisputed fact…..this record was released 35 years ago and it still blows most current sounding rock acts out of the water. It is a very special album which sounds amazingly fresh and relevant. It has aged well my friends and there is much to rave about with Radios Appear (The White Album) – but where to start ? Okay – the songs. Oh man the songs. Every track is white hot rock n roll. What Gives, Non Stop Girls, Do The Pop, the glorious Man With Golden Helmet, New Race, the fiery Descent into The Maelstrom….need I say more ? How’s about Aloha Steve & Danno, Anglo Girl Desire, Murder City Nights. Hand Of Law and Hit Them Again. Not one style-lifter in sight. Keeley’s drumming is way underrated, as is Warwick Gilbert’s bassplaying. Pip Hoyle’s contribution to these tracks can never be underestimated and his sounds washes over much of the record. Good tunes however need their own distinguishable identity to raise them to another level, and these tracks are given that by Rob Younger’s distinctive vocals and the searing guitar work of Deniz Tek and Chris Masuak. Sure there is the MC5/Stooges linkage – that Detroit sound is littered throughout the grooves, yet – as Mr Ratboy recently reminded me over lunch – there is a little ‘Doors’ in there too….and so there is. When you consider that in 1977 – the local radio was airing lightweight crap like Pussyfoot, Andy Gibb, Smokie, Shaun Cassidy, David Soul or Boney M – and then along comes Radio’s Appear ! My goodness. The firepower contained on these tracks is mindblowing and it gave hope for those rock n roll soldiers who cared – those 70’s Aussie punks who had their ears to the ground. It is hailed as groundbreaking and justifiably so. I would stack this record up against anything released in the past thirty years and it will always hold its own. Me and the Cowboy have long been Radio Birdmaniacs and why not ! The Kids are still saying yeah hup. If you have never heard this album, take the tip from Mr Rockbrat and buy this sucker. You will love it.

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