Matt and I have worked at No Idea since the ‘90s. We frequently sit and wonder why Radon records aren’t the biggest selling titles in the catalog. To this day, we still can’t figure that out.
Radon embodies the intangible magnetic, frantic, dangerous, uproarious, sacred-in-the-absence-of-gods, off-the-charts-FUN that attracted me to the punks in the first place.
Radon were the lovable uncles to my generation of Gainesville soon-to-be veteran lifers. Radon write and live in the present (they are currently writing and recording songs), and are always reminded of the past. Radon songs are an anthology of clever lyrics sewn together with needle-sharp guitar work, supported and launched via bass and drums.
Dave Rohm was kind enough to meet up with Matt and I to chat about their first album. If it pleases the court, may I add that Dave rode a skateboard to the interview.
During the interview, we switch back and forth from the original version released in 1998 to the remastered version released in 2014. Writing this intro, I can’t honestly say track by track what song is what version. I do remember that “Stepmother Earth” is from the re-mastered version. So, audiophiles, take note on that, I guess...
The 2014 re-issued version of 28includes a booklet of crowd photos from a few of their shows in the ‘90s. Of the recognizable faces in the pictures, I have had face-to-face conversations with a good chunk of them in the last six weeks. We’re still here, living in Gainesville, or elsewhere. Radon are still active heroes of a vibrant, under-appreciated subculture. “Radon” is a collective battle-cry of the ones who know, the champions of the world.
Topics discussed include recording vocals in a bathroom, how Radon as a character appears frequently in their songs, and the aftermath of the car accident that derailed Radon’s show in Chapel Hill.
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