Radish (band)

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Radish
Origin Greenville, Texas, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1992–1999
Labels Mercury Records
Members Ben Kweller (Vocals, Guitar)
John Kent (Drums, Vocals)
Ryan Green (Bass 1992-1995)
Lorin Hamilton (Bass 1995-1996)
Bryan Blur (Bass 1996-1998)
Debbie Williams (Bass, Vocals 1998-1999)
Josh Lattanzi (Bass, Vocals 1999-end)
Joe Butcher (musician)

Radish were a self-proclaimed "Sugar Metal" band formed in 1993 by Ben Kweller, John David Kent, and Bryan Blur.[1][2]

History[edit]

The trio played locally in and around Greenville and recorded two independent releases, Hello (1994) and Dizzy (1996). http://www.xanthein.co.uk/radish/albums.htm Kweller sent a copy of Dizzy to Guitarist Nils Lofgren who grew up with Ben's dad in Maryland. Nils was impressed with Radish and recommended them to Roger Greenawalt who was producing Lofgren's album at the time, Damaged Goods. Greenawalt took Radish into a studio where they recorded a demo tape which was subsequently shopped around to record labels nationwide, After an unexpected bidding war, Radish eventually signed to Mercury Records to release the album Restraining Bolt, mixed by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie.[1][2] The first single taken from the album, the UK-release "Little Pink Stars", gave them a top-40 hit in the UK, which was followed by "Simple Sincerity" which reached the top 50.[3] Radish made appearances on The Weird Al Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Late Show with David Letterman. The band toured several times in Europe including opening slots for Faith No More and Main Stage at Reading Festival '97. Radish released three 7" singles and two CD singles.

In 1998 Radish became a quartet featuring Joe Butcher (Polyphonic Spree, UFOFU) on lead guitar and Debbie Williams on bass. Radish went to Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama to record the musically ambitious follow-up to Restraining Bolt, entitled Discount Fireworks. The band recorded with producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Lemonheads). While mixing Discount Fireworks in NYC Kweller and Kent met bassist Josh Lattanzi who became Radish's 5th and final bass player. As a result of PolyGram's merger with Universal Music Group, the 18-song album was never released and Radish soon secured a release from their contract with Mercury Records. After the band got released from Mercury they continued to play the occasional show around Texas. In 1999, Ben moved up north to live with his girlfriend/future wife, Liz Smith. After living in Connecticut for a few months, the couple decided to move to Brooklyn, NY where Ben began his solo career and signed with ATO Records in 2001. Back in Texas, John Kent began to write songs of his own and formed the band Pony League which is now defunct but now fronts the band John David Kent and the Dumb Angels. John Kent runs the indie label Blackland Records and The Vault Recording Studio in Celeste, TX.

Albums[edit]

Self Released[edit]

  • Hello (1994)

Tracks:

  1. Space Boy
  2. Hello
  3. Wooden Window
  4. Leave
  5. Kitty
  6. You Can Run
  7. Whatcha Gonna Do?
  8. Rollercoaster
  9. I Want You To
  10. The Way



  • Dizzy (1996)

Tracks:

  1. Chrysalis
  2. Too Personal
  3. Dizzy
  4. Doesn't Know It
  5. Bedtime
  6. All Night
  7. Uncle Jimmy's Theme
  8. I'm Still Here
  9. The Way
  10. Swallow
  11. I Know A Girl
  12. Uncle Jimmy's Theme (Drum Solo)

Major Label[edit]

  • Restraining Bolt (1997), Mercury
  1. Little Pink Stars
  2. Simple Sincerity
  3. Failing and Leaving
  4. Dear Aunt Arctica
  5. Sugar Free
  6. Today's Bargain
  7. The You In Me
  8. Still I Wait
  9. A Promise
  10. Apparition of Purity
  11. My Guitar
  12. Bedtime
  • Discount Fireworks Never Released

Singles[edit]

  • "Dear Aunt Arctica" (1996), PolyGram
  • "Little Pink Stars" (1997), Mercury - UK #32[3]
  • "Simple Sincerity" (1997), Mercury - UK #50[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Radish", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 935
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Radish (band) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  3. ^ a b c "Radish", Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-11-21.