The Essential Radio Birdman
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Album: The Essential Radio Birdman: 1974-1978 [Bonus 7"]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Aloha Steve & Danno More Info...
2)    Murder City Nights More Info...
3)    New Race More Info...
4)    Love Kills More Info...
5)    Descent Into the Maelstrom More Info...
6)    Burn My Eye '78 More Info...
7)    I-94 More Info...
8)    Anglo Girl Desire More Info...
9)    Hand of Law More Info...
10)    Snake More Info...
11)    Do the Pop More Info...
 
Album: The Essential Radio Birdman: 1974-1978 [Bonus 7"]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Aloha Steve & Danno More Info...
2)    Murder City Nights More Info...
3)    New Race More Info...
4)    Love Kills More Info...
5)    Descent Into the Maelstrom More Info...
6)    Burn My Eye '78 More Info...
7)    I-94 More Info...
8)    Anglo Girl Desire More Info...
9)    Hand of Law More Info...
10)    Snake More Info...
11)    Do the Pop More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Radio Birdman includes: Rob Younger (vocals); Chris Mansuak (guitar, piano, background vocals); Deniz Tek (guitar, background vocals); Pip Hoyle (organ, keyboards); Warwick Gilbert (bass); Ron Keeley (drums).
  • Producers include: Radio Birdman, Charles Fisher, John Sayers.
  • Compilation producers: Andy Kotowicz, Deniz Tek.
  • Recorded at Paddington Town Hall, Trafalger Studios, Sydney, Australia; Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, South Wales between 1974 and 1978. Includes liner notes by David Fricke.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Hard to track down in the United States for many years, Radio Birdman's music was proto-punk at its most inspiring. Based in Australia, the band was fronted by the incomparable Deniz Tek, a Michigan ex-pat with a monster Stooges fixation. While they released very few albums, the band's mix of surf rock, classic early rock & roll, and primal Motor City thump was a huge inspiration for many Melbourne locals, and later, frustrated youth the world over.
  • Tracks like "Hand of Law," "Love Kills," and "New Race" pulse with an energy and attitude that will simply never grow old, while "Aloha Steve & Danno" hints at that goofy love of schlock culture that remains one of punk's most endearing qualities. At 22 tracks (taken liberally from the band's first two albums) this Sub Pop comp would be essential whether Radio Birdman's studio albums grew on trees or otherwise; that they remain somewhat obscure makes this set all the more essential.
Professional Reviews
Spin (9/01, pp.168,170) - 8 out of 10 - "...You'll find song after song about self-immolaiton and going out in a blaze of glory....let's face it, combat 'rocks', and Deniz Tek's insane clone poseurs tapped into masculinity's dark heart..."

Q (11/01, p.143) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Superbly rigorous and raging..."

Magnet (9-10/01, p.115) - "...The choiceset of the choice....an eclectic musical blend of garage, psych and surf making it as a proto-punk artifact..."
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