Radio, Radio

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I was tuning in the shine on the light night dial doing anything my radio advised
With every one of those late night stations playing songs bringing tears to me eyes
I was seriously thinking about hiding the receiver when the switch broke 'cause it's old
They're saying things that I can hardly believe, they really think we're getting out of control

Chorus:
Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice
'cause they think that it's treason.
So you had better do as you are told.
You better listen to the radio.

I wanna bite the hand that feeds me.
I wanna bite that hand so badly.
I want to make them wish they'd never seen me.

Some of my friends sit around every evening and they worry about the times ahead
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference and the promise of an early bed
You either shut up or get cut out, they don't wanna hear about it, it's only inches on the reel-to-reel.
And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools tryin' to anaesthetise the way that you feel

Chorus

Wonderful radio
Marvelous radio
Wonderful radio
Radio, radio...

Radio, Radio
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMay 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978 (US version, most reissues)
SinglesRadio, Radio, 1978
CollectionsTen Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, 1980
The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Various Artists collectionsAction Replay, 1978
The Main Event, 1979
Sounds Of The Seventies - Punk And New Wave, 1993
Sexo, Drogas Y Rock 'n' Roll, 1993
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion, 2003
PromosOur Aim Is True, 1978
Now See Them Live, 1978
UK Elvis Costello (2006), 2006
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:05

First known performance:
August 21, 1977, London, England
Last known performance:
2017
     (740 known performances, 3 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

Radio, Radio (Capital Radio Version)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedSeptember 27, 1977, Capital Radio, London
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2002
AlbumsThis Year's Model (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
Length2:58

Less Than Zero / Radio, Radio (Live 1977)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedDecember 17, 1977, Saturday Night Live
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1999
Various Artists collectionsSaturday Night Live: The Musical Performances Volume 1, 1999
VideosSaturday Night Live: 25 Years Of Music, 2003
Saturday Night Live: The Complete Third Season, 2008
Length3:05

Radio, Radio (Live 1978 - Washington)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
AlbumsThis Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Length2:37

Radio, Radio (Live 1978 - Toronto)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch 6, 1978, Toronto, ON, Canada
Released1978 (promo-only release)
October 15, 1993 (commercial release)
AlbumsLive At The El Mocambo, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length2:29

Radio, Radio (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005
This Year's ModelTYM US cover large.jpg

Radio, Radio singleRadio, Radio UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Live At The El MocamboLive At The El Mocambo album cover.jpg

Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers10BM album cover 280.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances Volume 1Saturday Night Live The Musical Performances Volume 1 album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

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Automatic Lowriser 7" single link
The Baseball Project featuring Peter Buck performed live, 2011-06-03, Cooperstown, NY 2011 YouTube
Beatsteaks Hello Joe 2004 Allmusic7digital.de
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Bigger Than Elvis performed live, 2003-11-21, Tonic Ball 2, Indianapolis 2003 info needed
Blind Pigs Covers “Raros” 2003 link
Daniel Brummel performed live 2000 link
The Cautions performed live, 2008-03-28, Club Bohemia, Cambridge, MA 2008 MySpace
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Friends Like These performed live, 2003-01-31, 400 Bar, Minneapolis 2003 link
Dustin Kensrue performed live, 2005 Santa Monica, 2007 Charlotte, 2012 Boston 2005 YouTubeYouTubeYouTube
Labor Party Have Some 2004 info needed
Layabouts performed live 1981 link
The LeeVees performed live, 2005, Paradise Rock Club, Boston 2005 archive.org
Luckie Strike Future Is Turning  [EP] 2000 AllmusicDiscogsAmazon
Maps & Atlases performed live, 2011-04-19, Bowery Ballroom, New York 2011 NYCTaper.com
The Marble Index The Marble Index  (promo) 2006 eil.com
Rico Monaco & Sol Sons performed live, 2001-08-25, Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa, FL 2001 info
Ms.45 MP3 2001 info needed
My Superhero [demo] 2000 info needed
The Newmatics Riot Squad[bootleg] 2002 Discogs
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003 - OliversArmyBand
Oliver's Army [S.D. EC cover band] MP3 info needed
Parallax Project / Ricky Castro performed live, 2002-08-10, Brilliant Mistakes tribute, Albany, NY 2002 reviewinfo
The Plan performed live, 2001-08-19 2001 info needed
PopCanon / PawnRook4 performed live, Gainesville, FL, 1999 1999 info needed
Prison Rodeo Live At Blind Pig 2004 eMusicAmazon
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube
Shotstar performed live 2002 info needed
Smalltown Read Between The Lines 2009 eMusic
Lianne Smith The Loser's Lounge Tribute to Elvis Costello 2002 LosersLounge
Maurice Spencer performed live, Riff Raff, Chico, CA, 2003 2003 info needed
Charly Spoone performed live 2001 info needed
Jim Testa Live At Maxwell's 2005 Amazon
Thelonius Monster performed live, 1991-04-02 Los Angeles & 1993-02-20 Washington 1991- etreeFLACMP3
Turn Another Year Over / Summer Song CDS 2002 discogs
Venus Cures All performed live 1996 link
The Vindictives Party Time For Assholes 1996 AllmusicAmazon
Butch Walker performed live, 2004 2004 info
Would-Be Train Robbers performed live, Costello Tribute, 2017-03-16, Harlow's Sacramento, CA 2017 YouTube
"Weird Al" Yankovic performed live, 2007-07-20, Costa Mesa, CA 2007 infoetree
"Weird Al" Yankovic performed live, 2007-09-29, University Park, IL 2007 YouTube
Young Fresh Fellows performed live, 2010-02-19, Tractor Tavern, Seattle 2007 YouTube

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