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