The Radio Rats Story

(With gig and date guide)

1979

The Year the Rats were supposed to make it, but didn't

Page 1: 1977-78

Page 2:1978
Page 3: You are here
Page 4: 1979 -81

 

Bubbles Steventon, Herbie, Davie and Jonathan on the floor

Story (W
Date Place Info  
1979 South Africa, and "ZX-Dan" is released. Here is the chart rise and fall of the single
Date
Position
78/12/31
15
79/01/07
10
79/01/14
6
79/01/21
4
79/01/28
2
79/02/04
2
79/02/11
5
79/02/18
9
79/02/25
15
Jan.23

Branch Office Jhb

 

Launch of Gilbert Calverts' "Skratch" fanzine

 

Jan. 26/27: Feb.2/3/9/10

Hot 'n Nasty Jhb.

 

The Rats one and only 'residency'. It was a drag, with fights and apathetic crowds the rule, rather than the exception.

 

Feb.1 Bella Napoli Jhb

 

A one night show with Young Dumb and Violent. 15 people.

 

Feb. 16/17 Woodstock Centre Cape Town

 

The largest crowd the Rats played to.

 

March 9 Wits Great Hall

Bubbles leaves in a fume of Tequila, the Rats BOMB monumentally.

Review

 

Once again the Rats have to take stock of things. A weird guitarist, Lloyd Ross, hitch-hiked all the way up from Cape Town and demanded to join the group. A new drummer, Pierre de Vos was hired and forced to change his name to Pierre de Sade. (Ironically, he'd played with Baxtop).

 

Dave, Pierre de Sade, Lloyd Ross, Herbie and Jonathan

April 7 Sports Car Club, Springs With Corporal Punishment and Hogs Norton.
April 14 Travoltas, Killarny Hotel, Durban Fly down to Durban to play a gig with Wild Youth. One of the best ever.
April 21 Battle of the Bands, Springs The Rats win on a home town decision
April 21 Roger Lucy's Wedding Is he still married, THAT'S the question
April 25 Grand Wazoo, Pretoria With "Letch", the resident band
May 12 Bobby's Disco, Springs With the Corporals. Full House
May 16 Grand Wazoo, Pretoria Again
May 17 Plumb Crazy, Jhb  
May 19 Civic Hall, Welkom With the Corporals
May 22 Balla Napoli, Jhb  
May 23 "-?" Pietermaritzburg With "Phase II" and "Fallace-E" We hired a car and drove down there. A great after-party at a motel in the Valley of 1000 Hills. Drove back and read Herman Charles Bosman aloud to each other. Sweet.
May 30 Brakpan High School With the Corporals. Over 500 people including one stabbing and Gordon Adlard crashing his car. A fun night was had by all