Ultra rare Radio Birdman album from France. Limited to 500 copies, this is number 42 from the first 10% of the pressing run. The cover is full colour gloss, the wax is clear red.
The tracklist comprises of studio sessions from 1976 – 1978 and the sound is bang on! A killer band caught in their prime. Crisp, fast, inspirational.
The “Godfathers of Australian Punk Music”, cutting lose in their early days.
Side 2 features covers of Iggy & The Stooges, Velvet Underground and MC5.
A vinyl collectors dream. For followers of the band an absolute must have collectors edition album. Never released in Australia. Truly stunning! Mint condition album.
Deniz Tek and Rob Younger formed Radio Birdman in mid-1974 in Sydney, having recently left their bands ‘TV Jones’ and ‘The Rats’ respectively. The pair sought to begin a band that would have no commercial interest and break the norm at the time, so they recruited classical keyboard player Philip ‘Pip’ Hoyle, drummer Ron Keeley and bassist Carl Rorke . The band took their name from a misheard lyric from the Stooges’ song “1970” (the actual lyric is “radio burnin'”).
After being rejected many times from various venues, Radio Birdman found a pub in Taylor Square, Sydney and eventually took over its management, naming it The Oxford Funhouse. Under their management, the Funhouse became a home to any and all groups with musical tastes similar to the band. Not long after the opening of this venue, Carl Rorke left the band and was replaced by long time friend of Rob Younger, Warwick Gilbert (also a former ‘Rats’ member). Also to temporarily leave the band would be Philip Hoyle, and though his departure was short lived, this was how Radio Birdman came across guitarist Chris Masuak.
Soon, a culture of Radio Birdman was developing in the underground, people started to dress differently, followed the Birdman symbol and the Oxford Funhouse was their home. This was the beginnings of the Sydney punk scene.
Using the Funhouse as a base of operations, Radio Birdman recorded an EP, Burn My Eye. and their first album Radios Appear produced by John L Sayers and Charles Fisher at Trafalgar Studios in Annandale Trafalgar Studios financed the recordings. Radios Appear was critically acclaimed, getting 5 stars in the Australian Rolling Stone edition. The album owed much of its style to Detroit bands of the late 1960s, such as The MC5 and The Stooges. The title of the album comes from a Blue Öyster Cult song ‘Dominance and Submission’ from their 1974 “Secret Treaties” album, influences from which can also be seen in Birdman’s creative output. Though Radios Appear was totally ignored by commercial radio, it was championed by Sydney station 2JJ (Double Jay). Sales of this album were initially limited because they were recording using a private label Trafalgar Records. Shortly after initial release, Trafalgar Records leased the recordings to WEA who took on the album and gave it a wider release. However, sales remained limited due to a lack of commercial support. Promotion could have been also somewhat inhibited as some fans felt the recordings lacked the ferocity and immediacy of the live shows and did not represent their experience of the band.
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.