Green Fuz

Rare and obscure music from all sorts of neet-o genres that i like. Garage rock, psychedelic, hard rock, metal, punk. What ever dude.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Radio Birdman - Radios Appear (1978 - MC5, Stooges, The Saints)

Radio Birdman - Radios Appear [Sire] A while back I was obsessed with Black Sabbath. And not just Black Sabbath, but anything even vaguly sounding like or remotely ralated to the heathen god-fathers of all things doomed and metaled. But soon one thing lead to another and i found my self listing deep into the crusty grooves of obscure psydo-satano progressive Kroutrock bands for even just one thick-as-bricks guitar riff. Wet noodle guitar solos stopped bothering me, the words "jazz/rock fusion" no longer scared me. Yes, I'll admit it, I started likeing prog rock and so it had to stop.
Thus began my new quest for the purest of dimonds in the meaty, sweaty, leather clad rough. Yes I'm talking about rock n' roll.

Sounds easy, don't it? Well it isn't. I'm talking about pure, uncut, wepons grade, no-frills, rock and fucking roll, the kind that makes girls tingle and buckle at the knees while the guys can only nod approvingly and the sheer magnatitude of the leavel of balls-deep testostarone. Not psyche, not punk (not strickly at least), not metal.

We could argue this for hours, I'd say AC/DC is the purest rock
band, you'd retort by mentioning the MC5's. I'd say that Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" embodies all that is rock, while you would say that it is The Flamin' Groovies "Teenage Head" that is the true bastion of the rock and roll holy grail.

This is all fine and good but geographicly we've hardly (with a few exceptions) moved from two central and vital locations. Detroit, Michigan and Australia. Deniz Tek, lead guitarist for Radio Birdman, was originaly from Ann Arbor, MI before heading to the land down under to form this rock and roll powerhouse as a knee-jerk reaction to Detroit's Iggy and the Stooges. Here's an ad they put out for like minded :

What is not wanted: bands who play shit like Quo, Purple, Queen, Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Bad Co, Ted Nugent (post 72), Bowie. In short any of the crap anyone can hear anywhere in this boring burg.
-- quote from Radio Birdman's ad looking for acts to play at their Funhouse gigs.

Radio Birdman pre-dated The Saints in Australia, who played a more obvious punk rock sound before "matureing". Radio Birdman on the other hand had the speed of punk, but were more deeply indebted to the proto-punk sound of band like the Stooges and the MC5.

Radio's Appear is their first album, but there are two versions of this scotcher of a debut. The Australian version out on Trafalgar Records has a different track listing than the US version on Sire. I don't have the Australian track order, but how you can tell the difference is to see which song is covered. The Australian version has a cover of the Stooges "T.V. Eye" as the first track, while the US version has a cover of the 13th Floor Elivators "You're Gonna Miss Me" some where in there. I have the US version, and now I'm going to have to get both versions. Or just the CD reissue with all the tracks plus bonus tracks.

After Radio Birdman broke up, Deniz Tek (guitars), Rob Younger (vocals), and Warwick Gilbert (bass) recuted their direct influences in Ron Ashton (guitarist for the Stooges) and Dennis Thompson (drummer for the MC5) to form a one album group New Race, who put out 1982's The First and the Last. If any one has access to this album, let me know. Check out another Stooges/MC5 mashup in the amazing band Destroy All Monsters.

- overview by denez (Denez, Deniz? Coincidence?)

  1. What Gives?
  2. Non-Stop Girls
  3. Do the Pop
  4. Man With Golden Helmet
  5. Descent Into the Maelstrom
  6. New Race
  7. Aloha Steve & Danno
  8. Anglo Girl Desire
  9. Murder City Nights
  10. Your Gonna Miss Me
  11. Hand of Law
  12. Hit Them Again
160 kbps (i bumped it up a notch) ripped from vinyl

You can buy the CD with the Australian and US track plus bonus tracks here!

or settle:


At 12:57 PM, Blogger FM SHADES said...

killer stuff!


At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Slightly Jaded said...

Sorry I grew up seeing these and other self indulgent, tortured artist live..... most people call progressive rock self indulgent... well, IMO this "alternative" reactionary amateur drivel was and still is being churned out by the bucket load by a bunch of nobodies who think they're somebody just by picking up a guitar for 5 minutes and then shamelessly demonstrating to the world their barely able "talent", not to mention the acquisition of an huge attitude to go with it..... and, who think the world owes them for it...... really, .... just another bunch of fucking confused sheep... masquerading as answers to the evils of what had gone before and in reality, ending up emulating and surpassing for self indulgence..... (sonic youth, anyone??), but this time around just taking longer to do it......oops , sorry this is what it's all about - rock'n'roll, isn't it?

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just saw Rob Younger with The New Christs last night. Aw, is he getting old, but that's not the point, his performance was excellent and the concert itself was very good, so we went home happy ...

Greetings, Danny

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Chardman said...

I believe the Aussie version doesn't have 'Steve and Dano' and maybe some other substitions/omissions.
Plus, I think the mixes are wee bit different.
I'll have to dig mine up and see.

At 9:04 AM, Blogger nick beef said...

nice i'd realy like to hear Radio Birdman's cover fo "TV Eye" also has any heard any of the "New Race" stuff????

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I saw the New Race album on a blog somewhere, possibly on one of those Brazilian ones ...


At 5:35 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Hey Beef

Great Blog.

Poor old Slightly Jaded needs a quiet room with a view somewhere.

Of a fog.

Birdman were - and are - my favourite all time band. It's great that you found them. I'm from Sydney and saw them as a teenager before they self-destructed.

I've seen really great rock great bands like the Clash and the Ramones - ands Birdman would beat them at their best.

They have just released a new album - "Zeno Beach" their first in almost 30 years - and its a cracker.

They are also touring Australia, the US and Erope, starting this Thursday.

I'm seeing them on Saturday and Sunday night here.

I have the links to their new Zeno Beach web site and Deniz Tek's tour blog - which is also on Blogspot.

You can see all the dates there.

If you get a chance to see them, just do it.

And keep up the great work.

Anyone who likes the Yardbirds AND Birdman is very, very cool.


At 5:43 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Me again

I've linked your blog to mine. I lve your work.

My blog is about sport mainly - but I will be slipping in some music as well and am happy to direct people with the same interests to you.

Go to

and you'll find the Birdman links there.


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