The rock 'n' roll road to stardom is a dangerous road indeed littered with the corpses of starry eyed hopefuls, wannabes, one hit wonders and jagged "if onlys"...while many bands self-implode before they even leave the garage, victims of classic clashing egos and personalities. Few survive.
One of these survivors is Australian band the RADIATORS who in 2013 celebrated 35 years together since their very first show.
After the band’s first album "Feel the Heat” had become a Platinum selling classic, with such gems as “Coming Home...17 (I Wish I Was)” and “Summer Holiday”, they then released the controversial song “Gimme Head” and “Fess' Song” on a four track EP entitled "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"....which also went Platinum.
During the early period of the band’s career, they were also breaking house records at all the pubs, RSLs and Leagues Clubs - a relentless effort playing six nights per week for 40 to 50 weeks of the year. The band never skimped on PA and lighting, setting benchmarks for others to follow and creating the classic, sweaty rock atmosphere that few could match.
In the early 2000’s, Warner Brothers released an anthology release of the RADIATORS, a complete digital remastering of twenty of the bands best-known and loved hits. Titled “Radiology”, the complete anthology, the album is still available to this day, although the record company changed the cover to mark the bands 25th anniversary...a milestone the band was happy to see acknowledged.
The RADIATORS have carved a niche in the annals of Australian rock history and shared the stage with all the great Aussie acts such as AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and INXS, with over four thousand shows to their credit. They played their music to an estimated three million people in Australia, recorded over one hundred original songs, with two albums being awarded Platinum status, two achieving Gold and sales of over one million units.