1978 – WHAT A YEAR IT WAS!
- Elvis Presley released “Teddy Bear”;
- David Bowie embarked on his world tour;
- Former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies died aged 84;
- Artist Brett Whiteley was awarded the Archibald Prize;
- A study of the ethnic origins of the Australian population found that 77% of people had British origins, with 45% coming from England;
- “Grease” was released and went on to become the most popular movie musical of all time;
- Tropical cyclone Alby passed close to the southwestern corner of WA killing 5 people and causing widespread damage;
- Sir Zelman Cowen served as Governor-General until 29 July, 1982;
- Malcolm Fraser was Prime Minister;
- Australia’s first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Famous People born in 1978:
- Ashton Kutcher;
- Musician Ben Lee;
- Actor Brandon Davis;
- Musician Cisco Adler;
- Damien Marley (son of Bob);
- Dhani Harrison (son of George);
- Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives;
- Actor Josh Hartnett;
- Justin Long (the Apple Computer guy);
- Actress Katherine Heigl;
- Actress Katie Holmes;
- Kevin Federline;
- Basketballer Kobe Bryant;
- Singer Nelly Furtado;
- Blogger Perez Hilton
THE RADIATORS WERE BORN!!!!!
Prior to 1978 Brian Nichol was bass guitar/lead vocals and Fess Parker was lead guitar in “Big Swifty”. At the same time Geoff Turner was bass guitarist with RCA signed “Twister”. After the two bands performed together a couple of times “Twister” disbanded and “Big Swifty” decided on a change of musical direction. Times were changing and major advances had been made in the music industry so the two bands and their music styles merged and drummer Chris Tagg was added to the mix .
Brendan Callinan brought keyboards to The Radiators in 1979 and the individual members of the Band began their prolific song writing careers. By the time Chris Tagg left the Band in 1984 three albums had been released and The Radiators had been awarded Gold Records for “Scream of the Real” and “Up For Grabs”. A little further down the track their Albums “Feel the Heat” and “You Have the Right to Remain Silent” scored double Platinum.
The Radiators was now an incorporated Company.
When 1990 rolled around Mick Buckley moved on, had overseas success and keyboardist Brendan departed. Drummer extraordinaire Mark Lucas signed up and it was decided thereafter to forego keyboards.
That was the line-up of the mighty Radiators in 1990 and so it remains to this day!
FAST FORWARD 30 YEARS TO 2008
Little did anyone realize back in 1978 that The Radiators would still be together, still hugely popular and still producing quality music with no signs of slowing down.
Travelling thousands upon thousands of kilometres up, down and across the length and breadth of this vast country, The Radiators have carved a niche in the annals of Aussie Rock history. They have headlined and shared the stage with other great Aussie acts such as AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Dragon and INXS.
2004 saw the release of The Radiators’ 25th Anniversary Album, a compilation of their most popular singles. While this Album sold well and had chart success, the boys were keen to try something new.
In 2008 their controversial single “Gimme Head” was re-recorded and remixed by The Cut in Sydney, and picked up by Melbourne Recording Company, Vicious. The single debuted at No. 25 on the ARIA Club Charts, quickly climbing to No. 9 in the first 5 days.
The new “Gimme Head” was snapped up by Australian Fashion Week and featured on their television advertisements shown on Channel 10.
Despite the rigors of touring and the passing of years the spark and energy of The Radiators has not diminished. They continue to do what they do best – tour extensively, play an average of 150 times per year and delight the legions of fans both young and old who still flock to grab a slice of living Aussie Rock history, rocking the night away to the great catchy songs and classic hits that have made The Radiators a household name in Australia.
Not bad for four boys from humble beginnings with big dreams and one wonders what this powerhouse band is capable of producing next.
THE RADIATORS – 30 years old and still going strong!
Keep your eyes on this website – this weekend they are probably playing at a venue near you!!
Feel The Heat – 1980 (platinum)
Up For Grabs – 1981 (gold)
You Have The Right To Remain Silent – 1982 (platinum)
Scream Of The Real – 1983 (gold)
Life’s A Gamble – 1984
Nasty Habits In Nice Children – 1987
Gimme Live – 1988
Hard Core – 1991
Radiators – 1994
In Their Element – 1995
Stone – 1995
In The Roar – 1997
Radiology, The Complete Anthology – 2000
Smoke And Mirrors – 2000
25th Anniversary CD - 2004
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:09
|Sat 30 May
|Caringbah Hotel, Caringbah
|Sun 07 June
|The Beachcomber, Toukley
|Fri 19 June
|Park Ridge Tavern, Brisbane
|Sat 20 June
|The Vault Club, Toowoomba Qld
|Sun 21 June
|The Cooly Hotel, Coolangatta
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