The Radiators: Snafu 10-31-'91
The Radiators got started on January 28, 1978 during a rehearsal in the
garage of one of the band members; by the late '80s, they had become one
of New Orleans' most popular rock & roll bands, serving up a smorgasbord
of musical styles that included blues, R&B, funk, and rootsy rock & roll.
Founding members keyboardist/vocalist Ed Volker and guitarist/vocalist
Camile Baudoin began playing together in the 1960s. Drummer Frank Bua
began working with the two in 1970, and guitarist Dave Malone and
bassist Reggie Scanlan played with other New Orleans bands until they
formed as the Rhapsodizers in the mid-'70s. They changed their name to
the Radiators in 1978 and released their debut, Work Done on Premises,
two years later on their own Croaker Records. Heat Generation followed in
1982, and the band began to develop a loyal following in the Crescent City
by the time percussionist Glenn Sears joined in early '80s, making them a
sextet. The Radiators developed a reputation for intense, lengthy
marathon-like live shows that would last three hours or more, akin to what
the Allman Brothers and Little Feat were doing; their shows became
highlights of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and word of
their reputation spread. In 1987, after a six-year hiatus, the Radiators signed to Epic Records and released Law of
the Fish, followed two years later with Zig-Zaggin' Through Ghostland. After the release of Total Evaporation
in 1991, the band issued Snafu 10-31-91, 1995's New Dark Ages, and 1996's Party On.
The Radiators do a cover of The Band's "Up on Cripple Creek" on the live Snafu 10-31-'91.
The Radiators - Snafu 10-31-'91 - 1992 - Croaker 1414