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Hard Core by The Radiators
#TBT The bulk of the performance footage for Hard Core Love was filmed at "Selinas," the fabulous room inside the Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney's eastern suburbs and one the city's best and most famous rock venues.
We set up our full stage and lighting rig early in the day and proceeded to shoot footage until long into the night of all 6 tracks from our Hard Core cd. This was so we could produce a video to accompany all the songs. A great marketing tool way back in 1991.
I hadn't had a look at them for years and when asked to put down a few words for a blog on the Hard Core Love track, I thought I'd better YouTube it to refresh my memory. My first thoughts were .."Oh the Hair !!!" More mullet there than the Murrumbidgee River!
The live footage cut in there, was from a gig at Guilford Leagues Club in Sydney's western suburbs. The studio shots of the band singing the choruses were taken as we were actually recording the vocals at Rich Studios around 4 o'clock in the morning. You may notice the guy on the right in striped shirt helping out with the "Gang vocals".. That's Mick Mazzone who was our manager and co- producer at the time. His steady hand guided us through most of the 90's. Mick really believed in The Rads and he kept us working throughout that difficult decade and was a demon in the recording studio, driving the band to capture great performances on tape.
The flashing neon was of the Porkys "night spot"... A nice way of saying Strip Joint I guess and was a famous institution in Kings Cross for many many years..( or so I'm told..). For the eagle eyed there is a quick flash ( not literally ) of me and my Mrs, "Terry," at the back of Springfields ..ex Manzil Room..simulating an end to some typical backstage activity! All in keeping with the whole Hard Core CD premise.. Naughty but nice .
You gotta love Brian's shirt too.. He took to it with a pair of scissors and achieved a unique tasseled look. The fashion industry strangely ignored it however ..and it remains sadly to this day..a one-off!
Hope you all dig the clip, cheers, Geoff.
PS. You can now get Hard Core here: theradiators.bandcamp.com/album/hard-core ... See MoreSee Less
Ian LaveryWith all this talk of Hard Core I have now put it on when I'm working out at the gym.. Now that's a million times better then the shit they're playing.. 😎😎😎4 days ago
Hard Core was recorded over a few days at Rich Studios in Sydney way back in 1991. The mini album (6 tracks) represents our first time as a four piece and our first recordings with Mark on drums.
A change in direction and sound also, as we decided not to replace Brendan on keyboards, but soldier on as a quartet. It was the start of a new decade and the band was leaning towards a stripped back, heavier sound.
We were risking alienating a lot of our older fans but at the same time hoping to pick up some new ones with our tougher sound. All bands, when they've been together a long time, must evolve or dissolve.
It was the 90's ..so we grew our hair and ploughed on. A lot of people drifted and never really gave our new stuff a chance ..but in doing so missed a lot of what we reckon are great songs .
That's why we are re-releasing slowly all of the Rads stuff from that era. A chance to discover (or re-discover) another side to the band that you may have missed ..or in fact, never knew existed. You can get it here now: theradiators.com/hard-core/ ... See MoreSee Less
Ian LaveryGreat album, I remember how excited I was when it came out it was a big change from nasty habits ( I think is the rads best album) I loved the hard rock sound and the mullets and Mark was so (and still is) good on drums Hard Core maybe my second or third best Rad album... Thanks guys for a great album..😎😎😎7 days ago · 2
Nellie Jack SheridanMy autographed CD. Awesome album, It's like a fine bottle of wine, it just gets better with every listen. Just Sayin.6 days ago · 4
Ray FieldIt's been years since I've had a chance to stand in the front row, but always a big fan !6 days ago · 1
Daniel LordTurn of the Century. One of the BEST !!!!!!! + Skin Thing. Bring em back boys !!!!6 days ago · 3
Daren PurnellBrings back memories of watching The Rads at Westfields at Hurtsville, & meeting them at Burwood Westfields. Also watching the boys at Springfields, Kings Cross.5 days ago · 2
Our first time at Toongabbie Sports & Bowling Club and hopefully it won't be our last ! What a rockin' little venue. Our thanks to everyone who came along last night to help make it a truly memorable gig. Nearly all locals......judging by the cheers as we mentioned all the surrounding suburbs.
Its always good not to have to travel too far for a bit of live music and the crowd certainly made us feel welcome to their home turf.
The gig was a sell out as per the clubs regulations, but we reckon you could have squeezed a few more in.. But then again we are from the 80's ...where the pubs were putting 1300 in to venues designed for 300 and stacking all the chairs up against the fire escape doors!! ( aah the good old days).
It was a fun night, and our thanks must be given also to Rock Central who delivered a great set and got the room humming. Onya guys!
Till next time we're at Toonie, rock on regardless folks. Cheers from The Rads. ... See MoreSee Less
Just in case you missed this Queenslanders!!! Get on Board!!! ... See MoreSee Less
We've done literally thousands of clubs during our career....but we don't think we've ever played Toongabbie Sports & Bowling Club Well that's about to change when we rock up there Friday night.
It's always a blast to play at a new venue, so we are really looking forward to tomorrow night. We used to play quite a few packed out shows at the nearby Demons Soccer Club in Seven Hills . Unfortunately that club has bitten the dust and is no more, therefore it's great to be back in the area where we know a lot of Rads fans reside.
It's also a buzz to know that the gig is sold out, so we know we are in for a great night!
We are supported tomorrow by "Rock Central ", who are a great band with a top repetoire and are guaranteed crowd pleasers. ( been known also to slip in the odd Rads cover .. Cheeky bastards..) So get there early .. Doors open about 8pm.
Catch you guys & gals soon. Cheers from The Radiators. ... See MoreSee Less
Gregory Podge PageUnlock the door and light the fire.....really looking forward to tomorrow night's gig.2 weeks ago · 1
Annette HearnUsed to see you at the old soccer club all the time!! But when are you coming to Hervey Bay ???? You have heaps of fans up here too!!!! :P2 weeks ago
Deborah V. BaileyLast night at the club was so much fun. Great to hear all your old songs, the crowd were great and you guys are just as good as ever. Looking forward to the next gig. Thanks again 😊1 week ago
Keep Watch! A BIG round of gigs just about to be announced!😀😎 ... See MoreSee Less
Dean WestHello Adelaide here haven't seen you guys since Rock the boat.. lot of fans here ✌️️2 weeks ago · 2
Last night it was our third time at Edgeworth Bowling Club in twelve months. We thought we might be wearing out our welcome but we were happily proved wrong. It was a great night, with a big crowd rolling up once again.
They love us up that way.. and the feeling is mutual! The Edgy Bowlo went off as is the usual with heaps of happy smiley people digging our performance.
Thanks to everyone who came along and also a thanks to all those punters who bought our new Rads "17" T Shirts. We sold heaps last night, which is also a sign of a great gig had by all.
Our thanks to Tammie for manning ( or is that woman- ing) the merch table. Much appreciated!!
We had a fun night and although we aren't sure when we will be back .. We dare say we will be back sometime in the near future. Till then, thanks heaps guys and gals, cheers from The Rads. ... See MoreSee Less
Megan LeeWe are in Sydney harbour waiting to board The Cruise and Groove- so close yet so far from you guys!!2 weeks ago
Melanie HopperTook me 31 years to get to see you live... It was worth the wait! Had a frickin awesome time!2 weeks ago · 2
Brett CampbellIt never gets old! 36yrs since my first gig and can't wait for this! Hoping for a photo with Brian and Geoff, will make my year. ;)2 weeks ago · 2
Jenny Malone RyanGreat night as per usual have been seeing for you for over 30 years always a blast2 weeks ago · 2