Radio Birdman = The Essential Radio Birdman (1974 -1978)
Review by antiGUY

Radio Birdman = The Essential Radio Birdman (1974 -1978)
Label: Sub Pop

Aloha Steve & Danno
Murder City Nights
New Race
Love Kills
Descent into the Maelstrom
Burn My Eye 78
Anglo Girl Desire
Hand of Law
Do the Pop
Non-Stop Girls
What Gives?
Man with the Golden Helmet
Hanging On
Crying Sun 
Smith & Wesson Blues
Time to Fall
Alone in the Endzone
Breaks My Heart (Live)
More Fun (Live)
Dark Surprise (Live)
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While the Saints are the best-known Aussie punk band of the 70's, Radio Birdman was the band that got the punk scene going in the land down under.  From the start of listening to this CD there is no way to confuse this band with what some misguided people consider punk these days (Green Day, Blink-182) They have a straight ahead old school style, which is to be expected since they hail from the 70's era of punk.  It's amazing that this band didn't make a bigger name for themselves in the pioneering days of punk. They got the chops, the tunes and the attitude that put bands like The Clash, Sex Pistols, and Dead Kennedy's on the map. Well, die hard punk fans are getting a second chance to discover this band with this new compilation from Subpop Records. This CD marks the first time these songs were released to US fans in 20 years.   Aside from the studio tracks there are three kickass live songs included.  If you are a punk fan, you should check these guys out. If you are of the mindset that Blink-182 is a punk band, take a listen to these guys, they will show you how it's really done so you can then pull your head out of your ass and realize the difference between pop and punk.  Kudos to Sub Pop for making this collection available to US fans. 

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