The 1970s saw the rise of a number of punk rock bands in the United States and the United Kingdom. The groups took rock & roll in a new direction, relying heavily on a cacophony of sounds to express their angst about life at the close of the 20th century. Many fans consider the Irish punk rock group the Radiators to have been among the best of the genre. The personnel, which changed some over the years, hailed from Dublin, and included Philip Chevron on guitar and vocals, Steve Rapid on vocals, Peter Holidai on guitar and vocals, James Crash on drums, Mark Megaray on bass, keyboards, and vocals, Ruan O'Lochlainn on saxophone, Tony Visconti on synthesizer and vocals, and Cyril Jordan on guitar. The group recorded only two CDs before disbanding in 1981. Their 1977 debut album was entitled TV Tube Heart, recorded as the Radiators From Space. Two years later, the Radiators released Ghostown. Cockles & Mussels: The Very Best of the Radiators culls the play lists of those two recordings to present the group's most outstanding songs. "Television Screen," "Walking Home Alone Again," "Try and Stop Me," "They're Looting in the Town," "Stranger Than Fiction," and "Let's Talk About the Weather" are among the tunes the listener will hear on this compilation.
AllMusic Review by Rose of Sharon Witmer