The son of a soul band trumpeter, Roddy "Radiation" Byers' first instrument was trombone, before he switched to guitar at 13 and began the traditional apprenticeship through the local, Coventry, England, youth club circuit. By 1977, Radiation was a member of the regional punk band the Wild Boys, a group that he remembers as being heavily influenced by Lou Reed and David Bowie.
Radiation joined another local band, the Automatics, in late 1977, after a night out with bandleader Jerry Dammers. "He said… Show more
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