1977: The Birdmen and “Radios Appear”
Oh, I’ve been looking forward to this moment. FINALLY it’s time for… Radio Birdman!
Sydney, Australia. 1974. American guitarist Deniz Tek and australian vocalist Rob Younger starts a band. They decide to name the band “Radio Birdman” after a line from The Stooges’ song “1970”, in which they believe Iggy sings “Out of my mind on saturday night/1970 rollin’ in sight/Radio birdman up above/Beautiful baby, feed my love”. In actuality, what Iggy sang was “Radio’s burnin up above”.
Radio Birdman released their debut EP Burn My Eye on Trafalgar Records in 1976 and their debut LP Radios Appear on the same label the following year.
The record contains some of the most well-written and well-performed songs of the punk rock era. Deniz Tek and fellow guitarist Chris Masauk are constantly in sync and Rob Younger’s singing voice fills its purpose perfectly.
Radio Birdman soon became the main pioneers in the aussie punk rock movement, inspiring later punk bands such as The Saints and The Fun Things (yes, I’ll get to them later). Besides their fantastic music, Radio Birdman also looked good, gave great live shows and had a cool logo. They were more than just an ordinary punk band, they were… fucking awesome.
Today I’m not gonna give you the actual Radios Appear-album, but a later compilation album, which contains most songs from Radios Appear plus a couple of other tunes.
Download it HERE!
Also, watch the second part of the video above: Radio Birdman Live pt 2.
The Birdmen’s logo.
NEXT UP: Richard Hell & The Voidoids and their magnificent Blank Generation