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radio birdman: the sire machine turns you up


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Brushback featured an Australian 45 import recently On One Base On An Overthrow, The New Christs\’ \”Born Out Of Time\” from 1985 on the Sonics label. It reminded vaguely of Deniz Tek\’s Radio Birdman, no surprise it transpired since it features Birdman vocalist, Rob Younger.

Formed by Tek and Younger in Sydney, 1974, they took their name from a misheard line from the Stooges\’ \”1970\”, allegedly, their sound from the off owing much to the garage heritage of Detroit, Michigan; hardly surprising again since Tek was born and raised in Ann Arbor before moving to Australia in 1972 to train as an ER doctor.

I wonder if he improvises with sutures ? Or does he leave that to a nurse in fishnet pantyhose and plug a guitar directly into his patient\’s life support machine ?

I first heard this on a Sire records sampler in 1977/8. It was on my turntable a lot. Straight up rock n\’ roll with precious few frills.

This is for our Australian visitors, of whom there are a few. Cheers. Aloha, Steve and Danno!

RADIO BIRDMAN: HAND OF LAW from \”Radios Appear\” LP (Trafalgar) 1977 (Australia) PURCHASE RADIOS APPEAR

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