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

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