Important message from Phil Chevron (The Pogues) – he needs your help

Here is a message from Philip Chevron the muched love guitar player from The Pogues – Philip needs your help funding the 4th album by his legendary punk The Radiators from Space – a cover album of important but forgotten early Irish rock bands: Horslips, Thin Lizzy, Them, Skid Row, Taste and a whole lot of other bands you’ve never heard of but set the ground work for the entire Iirsh rock scene. A 10 euro (approx $14) will get you a download of the album and more gets you more.

So if you can, help, if you can’t really, still help and Bono, if your reading this and I know you are, get out the fuckin cheque book (and that goes for you to Ken and Dave)

From Philip:

The Radiators (from Space) album project

Hi people

Many of you have already contributed to the funding budget of our new album which pays tribute to the Irish beat groups of the 1960s, an underexplored and undervalued era in the story of Irish Rock. In the nature of the “fund it” scheme, we may not be in a position to thank you all personally, but please know how much we appreciate your support.

Among the 36 pledges received so far, we have been fortunate to receive some very generous pledges but it should be noted too that the life-blood of this system is the smaller amounts, the 10, 30, 50, 100 and 250 Euro contributions.

Right now, for all this support, we are still some distance short of the target figure, the €11500 recording budget. With just four (4) days to go before the end of the funding period, we have raised just 36% of this amount, or €4180. But I felt it might be pertinent to issue a reminder that if the full target amount is not reached, none of the money already pledged becomes payable to us. Not a cent. Not a bean. Zip. Nada.

If you were planning to pledge to this, but have not had a chance to focus on it, now really is the time to do so, as by Tuesday next, it will be too late.

If you follow the link below, it will give you all the information you need about the album itself and about the how your €10/€1000 attaches you permanently to the creation of this album. As you will see, some donors have chosen to remain anonymous and others are happy to be named.

The music business has changed so much in the recent past that bands like The Radiators can no longer depend on record company support to get their big musical ideas heard above the din of Idols and Factors and other get-rich-quick/disappear-even-quicker schemes. Whatever else one may say about The Radiators from Space, after 35 years we cannot be counted as less than persistent! But then, our output is also still valued, cherished even, after all this time.

So, patronage, altruism, philantrophy, call it what you will, have become our support system as a recording entity. But don’t worry, it’s not so revolutionary a system that Susan Boyle and Jedward and James Blunt won’t still be there in the morning. They will, we promise.

Thank you once again if you have already supported this and thank you in advance if you are just about to.

It’s a great album, honest. We’ve heard it. We just haven’t paid for it yet.


Philip x