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Album Review

The sound quality could probably be better. So what? The guitar could maybe be a little less metallic. Who cares? The vocalist could be a shade more in tune. It doesn't matter. If you never saw Radio Stars at the peak of their 1977-1978 powers; or if you did, but it all seems like a dream now, Something for the Weekend is the album that proves that everything you ever heard about them was true. They really were that good. Recorded at a handful of stops across the U.K., Something for the Weekend is both the best of Radio Stars and a sharp-eyed reconstruction of a typical performance, at least in aural terms. No, Andy Ellison does not leap off your wardrobe and come crashing onto the floor during a tumultuous "Beast of Barnsley"; no, 2,000 rabid punk rockers do not rise as one leather-and sweat-stinking mass to sing the chorus of "From a Rabbit." But "Elvis Is Dead (Boring)" restores the familiar album version to its original lyrical thrust, "Johnny Mekon" still sounds like the best Mott the Hoople song that never existed. And "From a Rabbit" will have you bellowing the chorus at the top of your lungs and maybe even making a better job of it than the band. Good for you. Whatever you do with it, Something for the Weekend will keep you hopping all week long and, when you do finally collapse into an exhausted heap on the floor, there's a bonus disc of Martin Gordon live in Boston in 2007. Which will soon have you back on your feet again.

Customer Reviews

Spirit of '78

Saw them in 1978 at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Supporting Eddie & the Hots Rods (and Squeeze were 3rd support!). All brilliant. The lead singer would climb up into the roof along the lighting. Unbelievable alcohol fuelled happy punk dayz.......

Crazy antics

I also saw them on that Hot Rods tour but had previously seen them in 1977 at George Hotel in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent when Andy Ellison jumped off PA stack and straight through stage. Brilliant!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Following the end of their underachieving glam supergroup Jet in 1976, the Radio Stars were formed by ex-John's Children vocalist Andy Ellison,Sparks exile Martin Gordon (bass, songwriting), and Ian MacLeod (guitar) in 1977. Later adding Steve Perry on drums, the group signed to Chiswick Records and released its debut album, Songs for Swinging Lovers, in 1977. On the fringes of both the punk and new wave scene, the Radio Stars were at heart a quirky rock band built around Gordon's songs and Ellison's...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 20 December 2007

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