Radio 4 return with a new single & London date

After a health scare forced RADIO 4 to cancel their November tour, the New
York quintet return in February with a new 10″ single, NATION (featuring Lee
‘Scratch’ Perry Remixes) due for release 21st February, taken from their
Stealing of a Nation album. An exclusive London date precedes the release
at ULU on Thursday 17th February.

Singer Anthony Roman explains further: “During The Libertines US tour in
October, I experienced stomach ailments that got increasingly worse. Upon
doctor’s orders we were forced to take two months off. Now that I’ve been
given the all-clear, we are very excited to return to the UK.”

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The forthcoming single, NATION, comes complete with remixes by Mad Professor
/ Darkfantom & Stilzy, featuring Lee Scratch Perry. As serious fans of dub
and reggae, RADIO 4 could not be more thrilled with the results.

“The idea of working with Lee Perry seemed so ridiculously improbable that I
thought the label was joking!” Anthony says. “Everyone in RADIO 4 has been
big fans of his music for a long time. We used to listen to “People Funny
Boy” every day and thought about adding it to our live set. Blackboard
Jungle is one of my favorite dub records ever and the tracks he did with Bob
Marley are the best things Marley did by far – check the version of “Sun is
Shining”. I even named my cat after Scratch Perry!”

“As far as the song NATION goes, with the recent results of the election,
that song really hits home for me. Singing it on stage since, I realise it
has taken on an even stronger identity.”

On the B-side, Glasgow’s rising star on the Soma label, Alex Smoke, gives
TRANSMISSION a pulsing re-rub.

Anthony Roman has contributed an essay in a new book, Let Fury Have the Hour
– The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer (Nation Books), a collection of
writings that chronicle Strummer’s life as a musician and a political
activist. Other writers include Chuck D, Tim Robbins, Billy Bragg, Greil
Marcus, Lester Bangs and Jim Jarmusch.

RADIO 4 performed a rare acoustic set as part of the CMJ Festival in
mid-October. The stream can be heard here:
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Radio 4 10″ Single: Nation / Transmission

Release date: 21st February 2005


    A Side

      1. Nation (Black Ark Experryments)

      2. Nation (Black Ark Dub)

    B Side

      1. Transmission
      2. Transmission (Alex Smoke Remix)


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