New Wave Band Photos: The Radio Stars Play Liverpool in 1978.
Above Photo: Andy Ellison and Martin Gordon (formerly of Sparks) onstage in Liverpool in April 1978.
I went to see the Radio Stars play Liverpool’s Mountford Hall on 6 April 1978. They were on tour with Eddie and the Hot Rods and Squeeze, and I quite liked them at the time, as I had a copy of their album Songs For Swinging Lovers, and thought some of the tracks on it were excellent.
And why did I have a Radio Stars album, you might ask?
Well, as I mention in Bombed Out!, early in 1978, I was sent three albums, free, from a local radio station, BBC Radio Merseyside, when I submitted a Punk Playlist one Friday night.
A week later I received Slaughter and the Dogs’ Do It Dog Style, Iggy Pop’s TV Eye Live (tracks off both I still enjoy listening to today) and The Radio Stars’ Songs For Swinging Lovers album, which I haven’t listened to for 35 years (but which I’m listening to as I write this). The production on the album was excellent.
The amazing fact that singer Andy Ellison had been in a band called John’s Children, with none other than Marc Bolan, I only discovered recently, but that also accounts for their then-surprising appearance on Bolan’s music programme, “Marc” in August 1977.
I also didn’t know the Radio Stars’ bass player, Martin Gordon, had been in Sparks a short while earlier.
My favourite Radio Stars track was “No Russians in Russia”, which I’ve put a link to below.