Sur­vivors of rock world

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

THE rock ‘n’ roll road to star­dom is a dan­ger­ous road in­deed lit­tered with the corpses of starry eyed hope­fuls, wannabes, one hit won­ders and jagged “if only’s”...while many bands self im­plode be­fore they even leave the garage, vic­tims of clas­sic clash­ing egos and per­son­al­i­ties. Few sur­vive.

One of these sur­vivors is Aus­tralian band The Ra­di­a­tors who in 2013 cel­e­brated 35 years to­gether since they played their very first show.

Formed in a tran­si­tion from a band called Big Swifty, lit­tle did they know they would go on to forge a unique sound and in­flu­ence thou­sands of teenagers through­out Aus­tralia. De­but­ing in Syd­ney Septem­ber 1978 The Ra­di­a­tors em­barked on a for­mi­da­ble per­form­ing sched­ule play­ing over 320 gigs in the first 12 months alone.

Af­ter the band’s first al­bum Feel the Heat had be­come a plat­inum sell­ing clas­sic, with such gems as Comin’ Home, (I Wish I Was)

17 and Sum­mer Hol­i­day, they then re­leased the con­tro­ver­sial song Gimme Head and Fess’ Song ona four-track EP en­ti­tled You Have the Right to Re­main Si­lent, which also went plat­inum.

Dur­ing the early pe­riod of the band’s ca­reer, they were also break­ing house records at all the pubs, RSLs and leagues clubs – a re­lent­less ef­fort play­ing six nights per week for 40 to 50 weeks of the year.

The band never skimped on PA and light­ing, set­ting bench­marks for oth­ers to fol­low and cre­at­ing the clas­sic sweaty rock at­mos­phere that few could match.

The Ra­di­a­tors have carved a niche in the an­nals of Aus­tralian rock his­tory.

They have shared the stage with all the great Aussie acts such as AC/DC, Rose Tat­too and INXS, and with over 4000 shows to their credit, The Ra­di­a­tors have played the mu­sic to an es­ti­mated three mil­lion peo­ple in Aus­tralia, have recorded over 100 orig­i­nal songs with two al­bums be­ing awarded plat­inum sta­tus, two achiev­ing gold and with a host of good sell­ing records with sales to­talling over one mil­lion units.

The Ra­di­a­tors still tour ex­ten­sively play­ing an av­er­age of 100 shows per year and the band’s fans young and old still flock to grab a slice of liv­ing Aussie rock his­tory.

Lo­cal band The Cumquats are play­ing as the open­ing sup­port act.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GIMME LIVE MU­SIC: he Ra­di­a­tors are play­ing at The Caloun­dra RSL Func­tion Room on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9.

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