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

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