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Did you know that The Flaming Lips recorded a cover version of Dark Side Of The Moon in 2009? Did you know that the song Poles Apart from The Division Bell is actually an open letter to Syd Barrett and Roger Waters from David Gilmour? Did you know that the bass guitar parts of the Momentary Lapse Of Reason album were recorded by Tony Levin, who has worked with Peter Gabriel, John Lennon and King Crimson?
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radio k.a.o.s.

Radio K.A.O.S.

release date:

15.6. 1987

catalog numbers:

LP (1987) - Harvest KAOS 1 (2407831)
CD (1987) - EMI CDKAOS1
CD (1987) - EMI KAOSDJ1 (speciální obal, z alba vypuštěny dialogy - pouze skladby)


  • Radio Waves
  • Who Needs Information
  • Me Or Him
  • The Powers That Be
  • Sunset Strip
  • Home
  • Four Minutes
  • The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)


Recorded at The Billiard Room in December 1986
Produced by: Ian Ritchie and Roger Waters
(except for: "Me Or Him" and "The Powers That Be" – produced by Ian Ritchie, Nick Griffiths and Roger Waters)
Artwork: Kate Hepburn & Pearce Marchbank

Bleeding Heart Band
Roger Waters - vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, shakuhachi flute in "Me Or Him"
Andy Fairweather-Low - – electric guitar
Jay Stapley - electric guitars
Mel Collins - saxophones
Ian Ritchie - programming, keyboards, piano
Graham Broad - drums and percussion
John Linwood - drums on "The Powers That Be"
Nick Glenny-Smith - DX7 and Emu on "The Powers That Be", ("including the outstanding bass line")
Matt Irving - Hammond keyboards on "The Powers That Be"
Paul Carrack - backing vocals on "The Powers That Be"
Clare Torry - backing vocals on "Home" and "Four Minutes"
Suzanne Rhatigan - main backing vocals on "Radio Waves", "Me Or Him", "Sunset Strip", "The Tide Is Turning"
Kate Kissoon, Doreen Chanter, Madeline Bell, Steve Langer and Vicky Brown - backing vocals on "Radio Waves", "Who Needs Information", "The Powers That Be"

Brass section on "Powers That Be":
Ian Ritchie - tenorsax
John Phirkell - trumpet
Peter Thoms - trombone

Brass section on "Sunset Strip":
Mel Collins - saxophones
Ian Ritchie - tenorsax
John Phirkell - trumpet
Peter Thoms - trombone

Featuring the Portadulais Men's Choir conducted by Noel Davis and Eric Jones.

Voices, actors Jim Ladd - Jim
Andy Quigley - voice on "Me Or Him" ("Forgive me, father,...")
Shelley Ladd - woman's voice on "Home" ("I´d like to be home...")
Jack Snyder - "Guppy"
Ron Weldy - "I don´t like fish"
J.J. Jackson - "Flounder"
Jim Rogers - "Doesn´t like fish, marine fish"
John Taylor - "Shell fish, shrimp, crab and lobster"
Stuart "Spaniard" - uncle David's bandog barking (using AKAI 900 and DX7)
IBM computer (lent by BBC) - Billy
Harry and India Waters - children in the garden

There are many other voices (such as the ones we hear in the ads,) that are not credited. Some of the characters have no names, because they only say a word or a short sentence. In that case, the word or sentence or just its beginning appears in commas as a name.


A typical concept album, much like those Pink Floyd and Roger Waters fans are used to at least since Dark Side Of The Moon. The album is conceived as broadcast of the Los Angeles pirate radio station Radio Kaos, presented by Jim Ladd, the actual Radio K.A.O.S. dj, who portrayed himself, and including even the silly fisherman's equipment ads.
We follow the story of Billy, who was forced to leave his homeland and go to America to meet his uncle. Apart from that, this enterprising boy simulated a nuclear attack against the world's superpowers, to show the absurdity of such a thing. You can read a more detailed explanation of the album, written by Waters himself, here.
The album is considered by many to be the absolute peak of Waters‘ career and they may be right.
There were numerous singles released from this album (Radio Waves, The Tide Is Turning, Sunset Strip a Who Needs Information). The reason is that Waters recorded more songs than there could be on the album. It is the case of songs such as Going To Live In L.A., Get Back To Radio or Molly's Song, which were only released as singles. In order to raise the attractivity of the singles, some of them had the song Money as their B side.  Back
English version by:
Vít Benešovský, Jan "Johnny" Petrus

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