ARTIST: The Radiators
TITLE: Work Done on Premesis
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hard Core was on their major label comp
LINEUP: Camille Baudoin, Frank Bua, Dave Malone, Reggie Scanlan, Ed Volker.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: New Orleans fixture releases first album, a live double LP mainly meant for fans.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: They’re not a household name for sure, but among fans the Radiators are a special, special band. This first record shows the playing chops that cemented them among New Orleans music patrons.
Their songwriting already shows the humor mixed with memorable melodies that made them kinda sorta famous around the country, but for some reason the energy here is muted. Maybe it’s the recording or the crowd at the time, but the performances seem a bit flat.
Since the band churned through so many songs in their life, and their recordings go in and out of availability, if you’re a fan you better grab this to hear some songs. It’s not where to start, though.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They lost a gig at a New Orleans club when Frank Bua brought an actual chainsaw into the club for their song “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The original vinyl had two extra songs.
GRADE: B-: The songs are great, but this seems muted and flat.