Radio 4 (band)

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Radio 4Radio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_0_0
OriginRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_1_0 Brooklyn, New York, United StatesRadio 4 (band)_cell_0_1_1
GenresRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_2_0 Dance-punkRadio 4 (band)_cell_0_2_1
Years activeRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_3_0 1999–2012Radio 4 (band)_cell_0_3_1
LabelsRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_4_0 AstralwerksRadio 4 (band)_cell_0_4_1
Associated actsRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_5_0 Garden VarietyRadio 4 (band)_cell_0_5_1
MembersRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_7_0 Anthony Roman

Greg Collins P.J. O'Connor Dave MiloneRadio 4 (band)_cell_0_7_1

Past membersRadio 4 (band)_header_cell_0_9_0 Gerard Garone

Anthony Rizzo Tommy WilliamsRadio 4 (band)_cell_0_9_1

Radio 4 were an American dance-punk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_0

Formed in 1999, they claimed their music is "made in New York, is about New York, and sounds like New York". Radio 4 (band)_sentence_1

History Radio 4 (band)_section_0

Early years Radio 4 (band)_section_1

The band was formed in 1999 as a trio, comprising Anthony Roman (vocals/bass), Tommy Williams (guitar/vocals) and Greg Collins (drums). Radio 4 (band)_sentence_2

The three had been friends growing up in Long Island, where they had been involved in the hardcore scene, appearing in bands such as Garden Variety (Roman) and Sleepasaurus. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_3

They initially formed the band under the influence of late 1970s/early 1980s punk and post-punk, recording a three-track EP which was released on New Jersey's Gern Blandsten label. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_4

Their first album The New Song & Dance was released in 2000, produced by Tim O'Heir. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_5

This record was a low-budget, gritty rock album with a slightly retro sound, drawing comparisons to The Clash in particular. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_6

Around this time Anthony Roman opened a record store in Brooklyn which became a focus for the emerging scene, and the first album was followed by the Dance to the Underground EP, also produced by O'Heir. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_7

A dance remix of the title track became a club hit and was used in a Mitsubishi advert, indicating a new direction for the band's sound. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_8

Gotham! and mainstream success Radio 4 (band)_section_2

The band subsequently became a five-piece, comprising Roman, Collins, David Milone (Vocals/Guitar) (who replaced original guitarist/singer Tommy Williams in 2005), Gerard Garone (Keyboards), and P.J. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_9

O'Connor (Percussion), and teamed up with James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy's DFA Productions to produce their second album. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_10

This collaboration signalled a new direction for the band, merging the guitar punk of their first album with electronic and dance music influences to create a dance-punk sound similar to other DFA-affiliated artists such as The Rapture. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_11

Gotham! Radio 4 (band)_sentence_12

was released in 2002 on Gern Blandsten, described as "half dance party, half political rally", leading the band to mainstream recognition and international success. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_13

The band recorded their third album, Stealing of a Nation, in a basement studio in Brooklyn with Max Heyes, and it was released in September 2004, to a poor critical reception. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_14

A fourth album entitled Enemies Like This followed in 2006. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_15

Gerard Garone left the band in April 2008. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_16

They last appeared together as a full band at the CBGB Festival in New York in 2012. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_17

Roman and Milone still occasionally perform together as Orange Cassettes along with former members of Elefant. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_18

Influences Radio 4 (band)_section_3

They cite a variety of influences, including Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, Primal Scream and Zero Zero, though their lively punk sound combined with their militant political stance has drawn a strong comparison with The Clash. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_19

Their name comes from a Public Image Ltd. song from that group's second album, which is itself a reference to BBC Radio 4. Radio 4 (band)_sentence_20

Discography Radio 4 (band)_section_4

Studio albums Radio 4 (band)_section_5

Radio 4 (band)_unordered_list_0

EPs Radio 4 (band)_section_6

Radio 4 (band)_unordered_list_1

  • Dance to the Underground (June 2001, Gern Blandsten Records)Radio 4 (band)_item_1_4
  • Electrify (August 2004, Astralwerks)Radio 4 (band)_item_1_5
  • Enemies Like This Remixes (September 2006, Astralwerks)Radio 4 (band)_item_1_6
  • Packing Things Up on the Scene (October 2006, Astralwerks/EMI)Radio 4 (band)_item_1_7

Singles Radio 4 (band)_section_7

Radio 4 (band)_unordered_list_2

  • "Beat Around the Bush" (1999, Gern Blandsten Records)Radio 4 (band)_item_2_8
  • "Dance to the Underground" (June 2001, City Slang) - UK No. 94Radio 4 (band)_item_2_9
  • "Struggle" (May 2002, City Slang) - UK No. 84Radio 4 (band)_item_2_10
  • "Eyes Wide Open" (May 2002, City Slang) - UK No. 182Radio 4 (band)_item_2_11
  • "Start a Fire" (August 2003, City Slang) - UK No. 130Radio 4 (band)_item_2_12
  • "Party Crashers" (July 2004, Astralwerks/City Slang) - UK No. 75Radio 4 (band)_item_2_13
  • "Absolute Affirmation" (September 2004, City Slang) - UK No. 61Radio 4 (band)_item_2_14
  • "State of Alert" (November 2004, City Slang) - UK No. 121Radio 4 (band)_item_2_15
  • "Transmission" (March 2005, City Slang) - UK No. 153Radio 4 (band)_item_2_16
  • "Enemies Like This" (May 2006, Astralwerks) - UK No. 162Radio 4 (band)_item_2_17
  • "Packing Things Up on the Scene" (October 2006, Astralwerks/EMI) - UK No. 175Radio 4 (band)_item_2_18
  • "As Far as the Eye Can See" (August 2007, Astralwerks/EMI)Radio 4 (band)_item_2_19

Songs in other media Radio 4 (band)_section_8

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  • "Party Crashers" in Project Gotham Racing 3Radio 4 (band)_item_3_20
  • Radio 4's song, "Caroline" is featured in "Rooney - Heart" in Nike's Joga Bonito series of advertisements.Radio 4 (band)_item_3_21
  • "Dance to the Underground" is featured in the musical score of Grandma's Boy, produced by Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison in 2006.Radio 4 (band)_item_3_22
  • "Start a Fire" from the album Gotham! has been featured in Warren Miller's Journey, and commercials for FX's show Rescue MeRadio 4 (band)_item_3_23
  • "Enemies Like This" has been featured in commercials for the National Geographic Channel's documentary series Critical Situation.Radio 4 (band)_item_3_24
  • "Calling All Enthusiasts" was used in commercials for the new Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes in 2004.Radio 4 (band)_item_3_25
  • A pre-release version of "Give it to Me" was featured in Sharpie marker's TV commercial with David Beckham in the summer of 2008.Radio 4 (band)_item_3_26


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