the saints and radio birdman

I understand that yesterday was no music day, which I didn’t observe.  But here’s something for those that did and are now in need of a bit of blistering punk music.

In the late 1980s I spent a year in Australia and one of the institutions of the time was Rage, an all night video jukebox.  As I recall they used to pretty religiously play at least one Saints song and usually something by Radio Birdman and that was enough to make me a fan for life. 

So I was delighted to see that both have new records out.  Until I get my hands on them here’s a couple of their classics:

The Saints – (I’m) Stranded

Radio Birdman – New Race

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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4 Responses to the saints and radio birdman

  1. bagrec says:

    Oh man, the first Saint’s album “(I’m) Stranded” is so good…

    I’m thinking I should do a “I Survived No Music Day” T-shirt, it was astonishing how much it wound up some people!

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    Isn’t it just.

    My year in Australia was spent largely in Queensland coincided with the fall of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as Prime Minister of the state.

    As I remember it The Saints song Brisbane (Security City)” off their Prehistoric Sounds LP was a staple of the local radio station at the time:

    Living room isolation
    Extraordinary situation
    I see police but where’s the crime?
    We’re just like convicts doing time

    Thirteen hot nights in a row
    The cops drive past and they move slow
    I start to feel I’m being used
    In some scheme that’s been hidden from public view
    I don’t want it let down my own hopes for this town
    It’s so hard to get around
    Lots of cars but not much sound
    In town….

    Ah, good memories.

  3. Earthpal says:

    I wasn’t even aware of the “NO Music Day”. I certainly don’t think I could have observed it and survived, that’s for sure. Could probably go with a “No Commercial Pap Music Day” though.

    Those videos took me right back to the eighties. I was into the Indie music scene then.

  4. andrewkbrown says:

    Bored of Indie bored of life, that’s what I say. 🙂

    If you don’t like mainstream radio and you’ve not tried DAB then it might be time to take the plunge we enjoy 6 Music, Tom Robinson and Marc Riley in the early evenings are both excellent.

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