We got our name from deceased wrestler Louie Spicolli, who sometimes wrestled under the name Rad Radford. We formed in December 1998 and played our first show in March 1999.
We are a powerful and mighty threesome. Lolemite on bass, Danny on drums and Mark on guitar/vocals. Last names are for nobodies. Collectively weighing in at over 800lbs of Twisted Steel and Sexual Appeal, there is more than enough to go around, baby! Go to the MEMBERS and PICTURES section to enjoy our breathtaking good looks.
We BELIEVE in the basics of fun and dirty rock n roll. I call our sound garagepunk, but most people just call it GREAT!
The Radfords are best enjoyed in concert, where things can get a little chaotic and unpredictable. People have gone through tables and been hit with foreign objects such as microphone stands, beer bottles, guitars and cookie sheets. Blood has been shed. Vomit has been spewed. Members have disrobed, collapsed and/or passed out on stage. MANY TIMES. The show we put on is not for the faint of heart, daddy-o. The Radfords may not like you, but we will ENTERTAIN you. You have been warned.
We have taken our show on the road to various towns and cities, including 2 full tours of Western Canada. We have shared the stage with many international and local groups, and the Radfords have upstaged every single one! Check out the SHOWS section of this website for a complete listing of upcoming and previous shows.
To date, we have put out 4 self-released titles, including our most recent "Malfunction at the Junction" (2005), and baby, it's the best one yet! We are even nice enough to give you, the internet loser, the PRIVELEGE of listening to some tracks in the MEDIA section, after which you will most surely be wanting more. For a complete discography, you can check out the RELEASES section.
TRIVIA: Did you know that the Radfords tune “(My Baby’s) Good to Me” was selected by CBC Radio's "Radio Sonic" program as one of the best songs of 1999?
We have the best taste in music, fashion and style. Regina’s population of beer-bellied sharecroppers could learn a thing or two just by following us around for a few days.
We are the reason Colin James, Age of Electric, Chad Cronk, Zach Worton and Rick Velour were run out of town. Listen closely to the tune “Loser Left Town” to understand why the Radfords name strikes fear in local musicians.
The Radfords have no peers and no equals. The Radfords are the best band in Regina!!!
P.S. I don't believe in a band saying "we sound like so and so, mixed with elements of blah, blah, blah." That kinda shit is for imitators. We sound like the Radfords, and if you don't know what that sounds like, then you better figure it out pretty damn quick.
P.P.S. We are not one of those "cover bands," or even one of those bands who do "that cover," you know, the one that eveyone loves. We do our own original songs, but we also like to throw in a cover or two when we play live. We try to learn a new one for every show, but sometimes we'll do one we haven't done in awhile. That's right smartypants, it's called the element of surprise. We sure as hell don't take requests, but I'm quite proud of the songs we have chosen to do, so here's a run down of the covers we've done in the past:
GG Allin - Hard Candy Cock
Syd Barrett - Here I Go
Bubbles - Liquor and Whores
Johnny Cash - Man In Black
David Allan Coe - Longhaired Redneck
Cure - Boys Don't Cry
Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover
DOA - Let's Fuck
DMZ - Ball Me Out
Irish Rovers ? - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Kiss - C'Mon and Love Me
Oblivians - Everybody But Me
Ramones - Babysitter
Ramones - Durango 95
Charlie Rich - Midnight Blues
Riverdales - Judy Go Home
Riverdales - Plan 13
Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers
Screeching Weasel - Making You Cry
Sonics - Psycho
Wailers - Dirty Robber
There is many artists that I love, but the Radfords sound has definitely been influenced by these fine folks, and all are REQUIRED listening:
Early Blues - Wynonie Harris, Howlin Wolf
Country - Hank Williams, George Jones, Buck Owens, David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard
Early Rock n Roll/ Rockabilly - Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Roy Orbison
60s Rock/ R&B/ Garage - Rolling Stones, the Who, Pretty Things, the Creation, the Guess Who, Sonics, Animals, CCR, Them, Troggs
Soul - Mitch Ryder, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Wilson Pickett
Proto Punk - Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground, Flamin' Groovies, New York Dolls, Wayne County, Dictators
Glam/ Hard Rock - Kiss, Hanoi Rocks, Gary Glitter, T Rex, Twisted Sister, Headstones, the Alice Cooper Band, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Queen, David Bowie, Faces, Lords of the New Church, Runaways/Joan Jett
Early Punk - Ramones, Sex Pistols, Teenage Head, Real Kids, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Descendents, Angry Samoans, DOA, Subhumans, Viletones, Rezillos, Undertones, Buzzcocks, GG Allin, Boys, Cramps, Dead Boys, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, DMZ, Forgotten Rebels, Pagans, Radio Birdman, Kids
Modern Punk - Screeching Weasel, Queers, Boris the Sprinkler, Hammerlock, Riverdales, Vindictives, Lazy Cowgirls, Lillingtons, Black Halos, Nine Pound Hammer, Weaklings, Devil Dogs