The Radio Department :: "Heaven's On Fire"

The Radio Department make their return with the bouncy, lighter-than-air single, "Heaven's On Fire." Starting with a spoken, nasal voice, dryly noting: "People see rock and roll as youth culture and when youth culture becomes monopolized by big business, what are the youth to do? Do you have any idea? I think we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture." Promptly, a sunny keyboard riff stutters into ear-shot and warm guitars follow, making this the softest call for revolution in world history. By rough historical analogy, this would be like Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky picking up rhythmic gymnastics and taking the new Soviet Union to a gold medal in the 1920 Summer Olympics. The Radio Department duck and weave and twirl through an arrangement that rolls like Acid House Kings playing a Clientele cut. There is no forgetting the original call to revolution, nor is there anything placid about the central lyric, "One look at you and my heaven's on fire;" the edge of the threat is in the softness of the delivery.

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