Who are The Radiators From Space?
Then The Radiators From Space came out, "Television Screen", which was a great single, that was a real inspiration to us." (Bono, U2)
Dublin band The Radiators from Space are best known for their debut single "Television Screen" and for their legendary second album Ghostown. "Television Screen" was hailed by Rolling Stone as the best of the first batch of UK punk singles and was also the first punk single to place Top 20 anywhere in the world when it charted at No 17 in Ireland in April 1977. Ghostown, an exotic fantasia of a midnight walk around Dublin which seems to take place simultaneously in the 1970s and six decades earlier, has consistently featured in the lists of Best Irish Albums of All Time since it was recorded 35 years ago.
But that's not all there is to The Radiators. There's their debut album TV Tube Heart, widely considered a punk classic, and their stunning reunion album from 2006, Trouble Pilgrim. In the intervening years guitarist Philip Chevron found fame with The Pogues, Steve Averill became one of the music world's top designers and has been involved with the artwork for U2 from the very beginning, while Pete Holidai received the Hot Press/Smithwicks award for his work as a record producer.
What is Sound City Beat?
Sound City Beat is a tribute by The Radiators From Space to the Irish rock bands and beat groups of the 1960s who tenaciously flew the flag for rock music at a time when the country preferred to listen to dance bands and ballad singers.
Although a commercially viable rock scene did not really happen in Ireland until the 1980s, the urban areas of the country in the Sixties were hotbeds of exciting young beat groups who eked out short careers in blues cellars and tennis clubs, some of them, like The Strangers, The Creatures, Orange Machine, Bluesville, Ditch Cassidy and the King Bees, The Greenbeats and Sugar Shack made some fine singles, others, like Granny's Intentions, Dr Strangely Strange, Eire Apparent and Andwella's Dream, advanced to album deals, the Sixties' medium of choice, and still more, like Them, Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, were crucibles for major Irish talents like Van Morrison, Gary Moore, Philip Lynott, Terry Woods, Horslips, Henry McCullough and Rory Gallagher, whose work would come to maturity in the 70s, 80s and beyond.
Though much of this early Irish rock music has become prized among record collectors, very little of it is ever heard. But The Radiators, finding some kinship of spirit with garage bands who did not go all the way commercially, have spent years exploring this area and have come up with some surprising and, they think, illuminating connections between those early records and what we now take to be "Irish Rock". And it is in this spirit, with genuine affection and respect, that they embarked upon this album of cover versions of some long-forgotten classics.
The Tracks Covered by The Radiators From Space on Sound City Beat:
1. Head For The Sun (The Movement)
2. It's Happened Before, It'll Happen Again (Rory Gallagher & Taste)
3. I'm A King Bee (The King Bees)
4. 6. 10 Special (The Hootenannys)
5. Yes, I Need Someone (Eire Apparent)
6. Behind The Painted Screen (Andwella's Dream)
7. I'm Gonna Turn My Life Around (Peter Adler & The Next In Line)
8. You Got What I Need (Mitch Mahon & The Editions)
9. Gloria (Van Morrison & Them)
10. Dublin (Thin Lizzy)
11. The Lady Wrestler (Horslips)
12. Turn Out The Light (The Creatures)
13. Morning Dew (Sugar Shack)
14. That's All Right (The Blues Aces)
15. Never And Everyday Thing (Granny's Intentions)
16. Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room (Orange Machine)
17. New Places, Old Faces (Skid Row)
18. You Turn Me On (Ian Whitcomb and Bluesville)
Terry Woods (The Pogues, The Woods Band, Steeleye Span, Sweeney's Men)
Henry McCullough (Paul McCartney & Wings, Joe Cocker, Éire Apparent)
Eamon Carr (Horslips)
Why a Vinyl Release?
Primarily because there just has to be a vinyl release given the subject matter of Sound City Beat.
A vinyl version of SOUND CITY BEAT will give you the very best audio listening experience (as well as the full artwork and sleeve notes) that you just can't get with the digital and CD version.
Sure vinyl crackles but to quote John Peel "Somebody was trying to tell me that CD's are better than vinyl because they don't have any surface noise. I said, 'Listen, mate, life has surface noise."
When I (Shite'n'Onions) released Trouble Pilgrim in the US in 2011, I had no intention of putting it out on vinyl initially, Philip Chevron made a suggestion that a vinyl version would be nice and I took the hint. When the finished LP's arrived from the pressing plant it was like holding a thing of beauty and playing the record was like hearing Trouble Pilgrim for the first time - the richness of the sound was just incredible.Vinyl is for those who value music not those who regard it as a disposable commodity.
Risks and challenges
There are no real risks or challenges beyond raising the funds. We have approval from The Radiators and the legendary Ted Carroll of Chiswick Records. The music is recorded and the art work complete. We just need to raise the $$$.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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