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

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