The Radiators from Space
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|The Radiators from Space|
|Also known as||The Radiators (1978-81, 1987-89)
The Radiators (Plan 9) (2004-06)
|Years active||1976–1981, 1987-89, 2004–present|
|Associated acts||Tony Visconti, The Pogues|
|Past members||Mark Megaray
The band formed in 1976 in Dublin, and consisted of Phil Chevron (later of the Pogues), Pete Holidai, Steve Rapid (Steve Averill), Jimmy Crashe and Mark Megaray. They were one of the earliest punk rock bands. They signed to Chiswick Records in 1977 and released two albums, TV Tube Heart in 1977 and Ghostown in 1979, the latter of which featured "Faithful Departed" and was produced by Tony Visconti. "Television Screen" featured on the Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chiswick Chartbusters Volume Two) sampler Compilation album (1978: Chiswick).
Ghostown received critical acclaim, but failed to sell well. They (temporarily) disbanded in 1981.
The Radiators' songs have been recorded by Christy Moore ("Faithful Departed") and Mary Coughlan ("Kitty Rickets"). The band reunited in 2004, with a slightly different line-up (Crashe and Megaray left the band and were replaced by Cait O'Riordan and Johnny Bonnie) as The Radiators (Plan 9). Following a one-off concert, they formally reunited and signed to the 625 record label, through whom they have released two new EPs: The Television Screen (2004) and The Summer Season (2005). A new bass player, Jesse Booth, joined the band in February 2006. On 26 October 2006, the band released their third studio album Trouble Pilgrim. On 21 December 2006, they played in 'The Point', Dublin as a special guest of The Pogues.
The band's fourth album, Sound City Beat, a collection of cover versions, was released in 2012.
Steve Averill became a successful designer in the 1980s, known for his work for the band U2.
The song "Television Screen", as covered by Centipede on the Roof, became title theme to the comedy TV series The Blizzard of Odd (2001–05).
- Studio albums
- TV Tube Heart (The Radiators from Space, Chiswick, October 7, 1977)
- Ghostown (The Radiators, Chiswick, August 10, 1979)
- Trouble Pilgrim (The Radiators from Space, 2006)
- Sound City Beat (The Radiators from Space, 2012)
- Other albums
- Dollar for Your Dreams: The Radiators Live! (Aid to Fight Aids Benefit, Dublin, September 13, 1987, released 1988)
- Alive-Alive-O! Live in London (1996, Live in London 1978, plus rare studio tracks)
- Television Screen 2004 (The Radiators Plan 9, October 27, 2004)
- The Summer Season (The Radiators Plan 9, June 6, 2005)
- "Television Screen" (1977)
- "Enemies" (b/w "Psychotic Reaction", 1977)
- "Sunday World" (1977)
- "Million Dollar Hero" (1978)
- "Walking Home Alone Again" (1978)
- "Let's Talk About the Weather" (1979)
- "Kitty Ricketts" (1979)
- "Stranger Than Fiction" (1980)
- "The Dancing Years" (1980)
- "Song Of The Faithful Departed" (1981)
- "Under Clery's Clock" (1989)
- Byrne, George (27 April 2012). "The Radiators From Space are putting the heat back into beat". Evening Herald (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 27 April 2012. "ALTHOUGH they were pioneers, as Ireland's first punk band, the Radiators from Space always had an acute understanding of the past."
- Official website
- http://irishrock.org/irodb/bands/radiators.html Irish Rock history article
- http://www.pogues.com/PastPogues/PChevron/Rads.html Pogues website article
- Deming, Mark. The Radiators biography at Allmusic
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