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The Radio Dept.

The Radio Dept. were one of the more successful shoegaze-influenced indie rock bands to come out of Sweden in the early 2000s, making waves among indie aficionados on the strength of their critically acclaimed first release, Lesser Matters. Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson formed a prototypical version of the group in Lund, Sweden, in 1995 while they were in high school, naming the group after a gas station called Radioavdelningen. Almered and Duncanson disbanded almost as soon as they'd found a name, but Duncanson revived the group three years later, teaming up with Martin Larsson. Bassist Lisa Carlberg, drummer Per Blomgren, and keyboardist Daniel Tjader rounded out the lineup in 2001, and things took off for the group at that point. They sent a demo to Sonic magazine, which went on to feature the band on a CD sampler. Swedish indie giant Labrador caught wind of the demo via the sampler and snapped the band up; the group's debut full-length, Lesser Matters, arrived two years later, during which time Blomgren amicably split with the group. That album and the band's second release on Labrador, 2005's Pulling Our Weight EP, received widespread attention with the release of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, which featured "Keen on Boys," "Pulling Our Weight," and "I Don't Like It Like This." Carlberg left the group soon after Pulling Our Weight was released, and the group refrained from hiring another bassist, opting instead for the use of a drum machine on its next album. That release, 2006's Pet Grief, found Duncanson and Larsson turning away from the guitar-driven aspects of their first full-length and delving into synth pop in the spirit of the Pet Shop Boys. Due to various factors, including the fact that the band didn't tour heavily in support of the album, Pet Grief failed to sell as well as its predecessor and received little attention from the mainstream music press. The Radio Dept. took their time recording material for their next album, and it wasn't until summer of 2008 that a new single, Freddie and the Trojan Horse, was released. More delays led to nothing further surfacing until the next summer, when the single David was released. The album that had been rumored to be finished in late 2008, Clinging to a Scheme, finally saw the light of day in April of 2010. ~ Margaret Reges & Tim Sendra
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Albums by
The Radio Dept.

Top Songs by
The Radio Dept.

  1.   Song
  2.   Heaven's on Fire
  3.   Domestic Scene
  4.   Keen on Boys
  5.   David
  6.   Messy Enough
  7.   The Idle Urban Contemporaries
  8.   On Your Side
  9.   Never Swallow Fruit
  10.   Pulling Our Weight
  11.   The Worst Taste in Music
  12.   Freddie and the Trojan Horse
  13.   The One
  14.   Strange Things Will Happen
  15.   Liebling
  16.   Why Won't You Talk About It?
  17.   A Token of Gratitude
  18.   Death To Fascism
  19.   Tåget
  20.   Slottet #2
  21.   The City Limit
  22.   Annie Laurie
  23.   1995
  24.   Stay Off Route
  25.   Window
  26.   Slottet
  27.   Occupied
  28.   Someone Else
  29.   We Made the Team
  30.   You Stopped Making Sense
  31.   This Repeated Sodomy
  32.   I Wanted You To Feel The Same
  33.   It Looked Like Heaven (But Feels Like Hell)
  34.   Four Months in the Shade
  35.   I Don't Like It Like This
  36.   Tell
  37.   Bus
  38.   Too Soon
  39.   Never Follow Suit
  40.   It's Personal
  41.   Against the Tide
  42.   Let Me Have This
  43.   Pet Grief
  44.   Värnhem
  45.   The Video Dept.
  46.   Peace of Mind
  47.   We Would Fall Against the Tide
  48.   What Will Give
  49.   You and Me Then?
  50.   Your Father
  51.   Bachelor Kisses
  52.   Gibraltar
  53.   It's Been Eight Years
  54.   Lost and Found
  55.   Sleeping In
  56.   What You Sell
  57.   This Time Around
  58.   South Side
  59.   I Don't Need Love, I've Got My Band
  60.   Mad About the Boy
  61.   This Past Week
  62.   Where Damage Isn't Already Done
  63.   Every Time
  64.   Memory Loss
  65.   Ewan
  66.   The Room, Tarzana
  67.   Deliverance
  68.   Closing Scene
  69.   Always A Relief
  70.   The New Improved Hypocrisy
  71.   All About Our Love
  72.   Down Down Down
  73.   We Climb the Wired Fences
  74.   Things That Went Wrong
  75.   Freddy And The Trojan Horse
  76.   [Untitled]
  77.   Deliverence
  78.   Closing Scene Pt. 2

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