Changing only their trousers and their minds, the various remaining members of Jet (not those Aussies, you recall) spontaneously became Radio Stars. Now completely keyboard-free, they began a series of releases on the Chiswick Records label and, against all the odds, became critical favourites.
Even more against the odds was their hit single and acclaimed album, followed by massive touring and another album. The tour climaxed at London’s Lyceum Ballroom, with a sold-out show and an atonal version of ‘Mull of Kintyre’ as a third encore. Bucking the then-current trend for predictable career paths, the band’s songwriter (Martin Gordon), bassist (Martin Gordon), producer (Martin Gordon) and conceptualist (see where we are going with this one?) was promptly overthrown in a vicious dental coup. The rest is (not) history. Once again, failure was snatched at the last minute from the jaws of victory. Oh well, you can’t win ’em all. A final gig in March 2017 was unilaterally cancelled in January. And that’s yer lot. The band is retrospectively dealt with on the soon-to-be-released Thinking Inside the Box 4CD set from Cherry Red (pre-order via Amazon).
- Thinking Inside the Box: read all about it
- Punky Gibbon writes about the astounding haircut
- Radio Stars ‘Dirty Pictures’ poster – all the tat and more
- Radio Stars biog from Wikipedia
- Insanely comprehensive Radio Stars discography from Record Collectors of the World Unite
- Radio Stars gig report in 2008 by MG
- Radio Stars in 2009 review
- Rickenbacker tales
- Radio Stars in 2010:
- Our own annotated Radio Stars discography:
- In 2014, Radio Stars were invoked as cultural icons in the UK’s Independent
- Evidently I was wrong all those years ago, there are Russians in Russia after all
- The terrible story of the origins of ‘No Russians in Russia‘ (hint: it’s not that terrible)
- Live BBC Radio 1 ‘In Concert‘ from 1977 (now available as part of the ‘Thinking Inside The Box‘ 4CD set)
- Radio Stars family tree
- Radio Stars pix gallery
- Radio Stars toured a lot
- Even Liverpool. He quite liked them. Some of the tracks were not bad at all.
- Animated Radio Stars pic sleeve singles
- Shop for Radio Stars stuff
- Radio Stars links – official fansite
Thanks to John Clark for digging up some of the above stuff! And from the archive: