Friday, November 10

"Radio Radio" - Elvis Costello and The Attractions (1978)

Wikipedia - "'Radio Radio' (sometimes written 'Radio, Radio') is a single by Elvis Costello and The Attractions released in the United Kingdom in October 1978. The song had already appeared on the US version of their second album, This Year's Model, released earlier that year. The song is a protest song concerning the commercialisation of radio broadcasts and the restrictions that prevented many punk songs from being played. It includes a reference to the BBC's ban of the Sex Pistols' 1977 single 'God Save the Queen'. The song made waves in the USA after Costello's appearance on Saturday Night Live. ... In the event, Costello began the SNL performance by playing 'Less than Zero.' However, after a few bars, he turned to the Attractions, waving his hand and yelling 'Stop! Stop!,' then said to the audience, 'I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here,' possibly referring to the fact 'Less than Zero' was written as a reply to British fascist politician Oswald Mosley. However, SNL music director Howard Shore attributes the move to Costello's bucking pressure by his music company to play 'Less than Zero' on the show. ..."
Songfacts (Audio)
YouTube: Radio, Radio (SNL 1977), Radio, Radio (SNL 1977)

2011 August: Get Happy!!, 2011 November: "Watching the Detectives" (1978), 2014 August: This Year's Model (1978)

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