Radio Birdman

Radio Birdman

The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978)

Sub Pop

Listening to the 70 minutes of music here, it’s difficult to understand why Radio Birdman remains somewhat of a cult band here in the US. This Australian six-piece formed a devastating counterpart to the Stooges/MC5/Detroit bum rush that was peaking at about the same time. Obviously influenced by the Motor City Sound, to the point of wearing those influences on their sleeve (i.e. “I-94”), Radio Birdman still managed to fucken’ rock out in ways not heard in the Northern Hemisphere. In addition to the traditional twin-guitar attack, Radio Birdman had a dedicated keyboard player, somewhat of an oddity in an era of raging sonic attack, but something which the band often used to great advantage. The liner notes explain the importance of the band on Australian music, and to the world in general, but it doesn’t take a music historian to deduce that the band’s white-hot attitude must have spawned many an Aussie teen to pick up a guitar. When Radio Birdman does slow down, as in “Love Kills,” it seems to be only for effect, as the scorching lyrical acridity smolders through the delicate piano fills.

A single spin is all it takes to understand why Radio Birdman has achieved such a following. Listen for yourself, and set some space aside next to Iggy on your shelf.

Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Violinist Gregory Harrington
    Violinist Gregory Harrington

    Renowned violinist Gregory Harrington unveils how he chose elegant covers on his new album Without You.

  • Sparks
    Sparks

    A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (BMG). Review by Generoso Fierro.

  • Lucifer Star Machine
    Lucifer Star Machine

    Devil’s Breath (Sign Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Let My Daughter Go
    Let My Daughter Go

    The latest from Creston Mapes, “Let My Daughter Go” delivers everything his dedicated disciples have come to expect – inspiring heroes and despicable villains, along with plenty of action and non-stop tension.

  • Iron City Houserockers
    Iron City Houserockers

    Have a Good Time, But Get Out Alive (Cleveland International). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Carleen Williams
    Carleen Williams

    “Home Stretch”. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Dennis and Lois
    Dennis and Lois

    Music superfans Lois and Dennis have been attending concerts and befriending musicians since the ’70s. The couple shares their obsessive music fandom with the rest of the world in this quirky, charming documentary.

  • COVID Diary #3
    COVID Diary #3

    Forced isolation, too much coffee and a stack of records result in a batch of attention deficit record reviews.

  • Beach Slang
    Beach Slang

    The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (Bridge Nine Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Monks Road Social
    Monks Road Social

    Humanism (Monk’s Road Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives