LINEUP: Camile Baudoin, Dave Malone, Frank Bua, Reggie Scanlan, Ed Volker
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First (mostly) studio album from the New Orleans combo showcases songs that would remain favorites for years.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Already favorites around New Orleans, the Radiators had a large enough fan base to record a local independent album that they sold in shops and on tour.
The album is a fairly good representation of their chops and instrumental skills, along with the chemistry that they have with each other. What’s missing is the back-and-forth with the audience that you can only get in a live show, but they still made a connection to the listener.
Several of these songs, especially “Nail Your Heart to Mine” would remain fan favorites and crop up in sets forever. If you’re a fan of the Radiators, it’s definitely worth a listen or 10.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the last album they made for six years, until their major label debut
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.