Torrential Torrents (Part 2)
Radio Birdman – Eureka (Geelong, Australia 11/30/77) Radio Birdman was one of the original punk rock bands to come out of Australia along with The Saints. They played a blasting brand of unique music that evolved separately for the parallel scenes that were taking place in New York and London. During this stage, they were still developing their own original material, but on this torrent the focus on covers. The band was definitely influenced by the Detroit scene of the early 70’s especially The Stooges and the MC5 and that influence is borne out here with covers of “T.V. Eye,” “1970.” They are playing fast and loose, and it threatens to all come apart, but they just hold it together… as the best punk bands always do.
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