Formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 from ashes of Hell Razors by Philip Chevron (guitar,vocals) Pete Holidai (guitar,vocals) Stephen Rapid (vocals) Jimmy Crashe (drums) Mark Megaray (bass) The Radiators make their 'Live' debut as support to Eddie and The Hot Rods at UCD, Dublin in November 1976 soon after the band accepts contract with Chiswick Records .

In early 1977, the Radiators' debut 45 "Television Screen" was the first Top 20 punk single anywhere in the world. Their first album "TV Tube Heart" served notice that beyond the fast-and-furious sound lay a couple of major songwriting talents in Philip Chevron and Pete Holidai. They left Dublin for a UK promotional trip and to take up Phil Lynnot's offer of a support spot on Thin Lizzy's 1977 UK tour. Naively perhaps, they thought they'd be back, but they never did return except, like so many emigrants before them, "for the Christmas".

Within four months of their arrival in London, The Radiators (they symbolically dropped the "from Space" bit as soon as it became clear they were staying) were working on a new album in Soho with producer Tony Visconti. The resulting record Ghostown was a unique outpouring of love, frustration, anger and heartbreak. Visions of Dublin and Ireland trapped in a childhood jam-jar and unleashed in exile, as they had to be. The sheer scale of the material could be seen when "Million Dollar Hero" became the great lost hit single, the late Agnes Bernelle performed "Kitty Ricketts" in her West End show and Christy Moore (and later Moving Hearts) adopted "Faithful Departed" as the perfect song with which to launch his own new vision of Irish music.

Commercially, the album bombed. It would be a few more years before Britain would be ready for a band who sought to express a new generation's view of Irishness. By then, Philip Chevron was himself a member of that band, The Pogues, along with bass player Cait O'Riordan who rejoined her former colleague in a new line up of The Radiators which also stars founder-members Steve Rapid and Pete Holidai and former Those Handsome Devils drummer Johnnie Bonnie.

2005 saw the Radiators start work on a new album which is due to be released in 2006. The final recording session in Grouse Lodge Studios are schedule to take place in March.

 

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