Snap Scene: The Radiators, Espy, 3rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

The Radiators, Espy, 3rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

Formed in a transition from a band called Big Swifty, little did they know they would go on to forge a unique sound and influence thousands of teenagers throughout Australia. Following their September 1978 debut in Sydney, the RADIATORS embarked on a formidable performing schedule playing over 320 gigs in the first 12 months alone. They soon came to the attention of major record companies and were signed to Warner Brothers late 1979. The release of their debut album “Feel the Heat” in March 1980, was much anticipated by their many newly won fans and they created history by being the first Australian band to have advanced presales on their debut album.

Six thousand copies had been sold before it was even released, “Feel the Heat” went on to achieve Platinum status and a Top 10 position in the charts.

After the band’s first album “Feel the Heat” had become a Platinum selling classic, with such gems as “Coming Home…17 (I Wish I Was)” and “Summer Holiday”, they then released the controversial song “Gimme Head” and “Fess’ Song” on a four track EP entitled “You Have the Right to Remain Silent”….which also went Platinum.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.