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Label: Citadel Records (Australia)
Catalogue No: (CIT055)
Format: CD Single (slimline case)
Released: 1997
Price: $ 8.00
Died Pretty - Radio
Also from Died Pretty:   Various Releases   Associated Releases:   Noise And Other Voices:  Self Titled
The first single off Using My Gills As A Roadmap, Radio could only be described as a vintage Died Pretty pop song. However, it in no way reflects the direction taken on other songs found on this album. It seems to fit in despite this.
Tracklisting: (14:42 m:s)
  1. Radio (B Myers / R Peno) (4:22 m:s)
  2. Sinking Low (B Myers) (3:58 m:s)
  3. Paint It Black You Devils (B Myers / R Peno) (6:22 m:s)
The Musicians
Ronald S Peno - Lead Vocals  •  Brett Myers - Guitar & Vocals on Sinking Low  •  John Hoey - Keyboards  •  Robert Warren - Bass  •  Simon Cox - Drums
Studio Details
Produced Wayne Connolly & Died Pretty  •  Engineered by Wayne Connolly  •  Recorded at Paradise Studios, Sydney  •  Mixed at Sony Studios, Sydney
Press Release
Died Pretty are long term survivors in an industry that stresses disposability and short shelf life for what it terms "product". The general assumption that the band was finished following the loss of their Sony recording contract has been proved patently wrong. They have bounced back, stronger than ever, having just finished a new studio album. Along the way they have re-established the relationship with their original label Citadel Records, now distributed through Festival following a recent agreement.

Radio is the first single off the forthcoming album, Using My Gills As A Roadmap. Featuring one of vocalist Ron Peno's strongest ever performances, the track is a richly textured pop tune of a style that has helped make Died Pretty so identifiable. Radio is backed up by Sinking Low, an album out-take, and an alternative mix of the album track Paint It Black, You Devils.

Radio might confuse some people about the nature of the new album, which is quite different from the single and also any of the band's other albums, whose number now totals seven. It is not an record of pop tunes or concise rock numbers. It instead reveals a transition in musical thinking and approach. Without giving too much away, the songs tend to be longer, with the main highlight coming from keyboard player John Hoey's use of unusual and varied keyboard or synthesiser sounds.

After twelve years of national and international touring, the band is presently less inclined towards this form of promotion. In the immediate future we can expect fewer opportunities to see them. This will make the experience more eventful and rewarding as expectation and absence tends to create more edge and excitement.