Welcome to the Radio City web site. This site was thrown together to aid people who have discovered Radio City through previous web related entries, ebay etc.
Radio City 1978 – 1980 Mark 1
Radio City were formed in 1978, at the height of the punk / new wave explosion. Although based in the very far north of Scotland ( see http://www.caithness.org/) the band demonstrated a leading edge appreciation of the finer points, of what is now known as power pop, playing a cover set ( Robert Johnson, The Records, Rubinoos, Brinsley Schartz, Nick Lowe etc ) mixed with original material.
During the time period that the band was active ( 1978 – 1981 ) there was an active Caithness gig circuit primarily based around the Rosebank Hotel Wick ( regularly visited by southern Scottish based bands ) The Viewfirth Club Thurso, Wick Assembly Rooms, Thurso Town Hall, Castletown Drill / Halkirk Hall ( they used to alternate every second week ) Reay, Canisbey, John O Groats, Mey, Watten, Lybster, Latheron and Dunbeath.
The original mark 1 band consisted of Colin Matheson Lead Guitar, Raymond Henderson Bass Vocals, James Sutherland Lead Vocals, Tich Bremner Drums, Robin Murray Guitar Vocal. This line up recorded the double A side single, Love and a Picture / She’s a Radio written Sutherland Henderson, 1,000 copies released and sold.
Radio City1980 – 1981 Mark 2
Raymond Henderson Bass Vocals, James Sutherland Lead Vocals, David Murray Drums, Robin Murray Guitar Vocal. This version of the band recorded two demos, one at Highland Recording Studios Gollanfield Inverness ( 8 songs : 6 originals recorded ) and one session with John Sutherland at Thurso East ( recorded 4 original songs ) all songs Henderson / Sutherland. The band broke up in late 1981, with two demo songs re recorded and released as a cassette single, under the Blonde Brothers ( actually made single of the week in Sounds Magazine, beating ABC and The Look of Love !!!! )
The love and a picture single has been bootlegged several times and appears on a series of CD’s ie Lost New Wave Classics and Everyone a Classic to name but two. The single was also re released on vinyl in Holland in 1995 again as a bootleg. As the single was released in a key era ( New Wave 1978 – 1981 ) and on an independent label, original copies of the single have been sought by “completists / collectors” with buying requests on E Bay and collectors web sites.