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