Album Review: The Radiators, Zigzagging Through Ghostland (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 18, 1989

By Steve Newton

It’s a real shame that the Radiators had to cancel a scheduled show at 86 Street a while back, because the New Orleans-based band is a real cooker, as Zigzagging Through Ghostland attests.

The Radiators’ funky southern soul is reminiscent of Little Feat, with lots of searing Lynyrd Skynyrd-style guitar bursts tossed in for flavour, Keyboardist/vocalist Ed Velker is the band’s chief songwriter, and he has a real way with words, whether commenting on the quest for love (“Love Grows On Ya”) or survival techniques practised during the Vietnam War (“Zigzagging Through Ghostland”).

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