Radio K.A.O.S. Discography
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Radio K.A.O.S.


It was in 1979 that Waters met Jim Ladd for a radio documentary on The Wall album. It was the beginning of a friendship which remains today. Jim Ladd was an inspiration as he brought some light into Waters dim view of LA life, initially through listening to the bizarre Fish Report from KMET. Waters became increasingly interested in Ladd's plight with his radio station KMET and his eventual sacking in order to change the programming format of the station in search of market researched profits. In 1985 Waters wrote a song called Get Back To Radio, which seemed to stem from partly based on the experiences of Ladd, and partly from the memories of childhood where Waters fondly remembers listening to Radio Luxembourg well into the night as a child.

An event from the 1985 miner's strike in England where a striking worker threw a concrete block off a freeway bridge, killing a taxi driver who was taking a working miner to his job, seemed to register in Water's subconscious, emerging in the second song written, Who Needs Information and later, Me Or Him. With this example of how far people will go to pursue their monetary goals, Waters began to formulate the ideas for his first full solo album since leaving Pink Floyd. The album, with a working title of Home, took only three months to record, developed from 16 songs throughout 1986 and was worked into a now familiar Waters concept album.

Recording was done with the aid of his Bleeding Heart Band. Eight songs were used on the album, with two more appearing as B-side demos (Get Back To Radio, and Going To Live In LA) and another being performed live (Molly's Song). Waters even once said in an interview that he might even release an EP with some unreleased songs from this project for those who might be interested, but this never appeared.

On April 6 1987, a press release announced the emergence of the Radio KAOS album and subsequent tour. Like The Wall, the Radio KAOS concept was perceived as a record, stage show and movie. Mention of these aspects are mentioned in the press release, but like the proposed live album and video, it never eventuated. Radio Waves, the first single, was released on May 11 in the UK, and June 6, 1987 in the USA, but Waters was to become incensed at the lack of airplay it received. The album made an appearance on June 15. In hindsight, Waters is not overly fond of the album where, due partly with his own insecurities and the pressure he was under with the Pink Floyd dispute, he attempts to tread a more contemporary musical line: "Between Ian Ritchie [the high tech co-producer] and myself, we really fucked that record up. We tried to hard to make it sound modern." He added, "I allowed myself to get pushed down roads that were uncomfortable for me. I should never have made that record." Waters used drum machines both for the demos and in the recording stages for the first time.

The dominance of market forces causing radio depersonalisation and the misuse of satellite technology did not generally go down too well with the critics. The reviews of the record were often not very impressive although most saw it as an improvement on The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking. The album deals with the preoccupation, as Waters sees it, of the politicians to spend a lot of time entertaining the public in search for popularity and votes, with foreign policy being contrived as entertainment in the "soap opera state".

The paraplegic character of Billy is based on Christopher Nolan, a severely handicapped young boy who was deemed a vegetable. No hope was given but with the persistence of his mother he was able to astound everybody and create poetry and prose by typing with the aid of a conductor's baton taped to his forehead. Waters based this character in Wales where the character is linked by his humanity and triumphant spirit to the Pontardoulais Male Voice Choir who Waters met in Wales when they were used on the re-recorded film version of Bring The Boys Back Home and Outside The Wall.

Nick Griffiths, who also co-produced the album along with Ian Ritchie and Waters, takes some credit in the album's positive ending, which surprised many who were familiar with the work of Waters. He claimed he encouraged Roger to provide some glimmer of optimism, which he did with The Tide Is Turning, a song based on the positive use of global communication technology through 1985's Live Aid.

Court cases with his former band mates continued through 1987. Despite press reports that he had dropped the legal challenge, the April 6 press release claimed that Waters is continuing his court action to resolve the rights to the name and assets of Pink Floyd. It was only a few months after the release of Radio KAOS that direct competition would appear with the Roger-less Pink Floyd resurrecting themselves with a new album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. Tension would continue through the media-hype, not helped by the fact that they were touring America at the same time. Waters made the trek through the arenas while Pink Floyd battled the stadiums. He won a small victory when he obtained the services of Mark Fisher and Jonathon Park to design the concert. Bob Ezrin, the co-producer of The Wall went the other way, when he finished up producing the new Pink Floyd after entering into talks with Waters.

While Waters was despondent with the lack of recognition he was getting, as opposed to his former colleagues, he seemed to enjoy the tour even though there was little support at the box office and the venues were rarely full. The show was designed to give Waters more contact with the audience, especially with the phone-ins from the hall. Yet, he cancelled tour dates in Australia and Japan, and played only twice in Europe because of the lack of demand. While getting a lot of press coverage, the reporters seemed more interested in the dispute than the tour, with mixed reviews of the shows which was made to represent a live radio broadcast of the Bleeding Heart Band.

After seeking a ruling over the distribution of past and future royalties, it was only at the end of the year, on December 23 1987, that Waters and Gilmour signed an agreement ending the legal disputes. The remaining members of Pink Floyd were given the rights to the name but had to pay Waters a royalty for trademarks like the flying pig concept. Waters also retained the rights to The Wall. This was fortuitous as Waters was soon to embark on his most adventurous project yet.

LP

RADIO KAOS

NOTE: All pressings come with a lyric insert unless otherwise noted

(Argentina: Columbia 120-935)
(Argentina: Columbia 120-935) promo stamp and label
(Australia: CBS 450518 1) sticker on cover about the Radio Waves single
(Australia: CBS 450518 1) gold promo stamp on cover
(Australia: CBS 450518 1) reissue without sticker or lyric insert
(Brazil: CBS 230506)
(Brazil: CBS 230506) promo stamp on backcover
(France: EMI 2407831)
(Holland/Germany: EMI 064 24 0783 1) with sticker on cover number label is 1C 064-24 0783 1
(Israel: Columbia KAOS 1-1)
(Italy: EMI 64-2407831)
(Japan: CBS/Sony 28 AP 3361)
(Japan: CBS/Sony 28 AP 3361) promo

(South Africa: CBS ASF 3161) label has a small sticker with the words AVOID signing ŌMe Or Him' and ŌThe Tide
(Spain: EMI 074 240783 1) promo stamp on label
(Turkey: EMI KENT PR 2215)
(UK: EMI KAOS 1) promo banded sampler which does not have between song talking, promo writing on cover
(UK: EMI KAOS 1) with poster
(USA: Columbia CAS 2722) promo banded sampler which does not have between song talking, special lyric cover
(USA: Columbia FC 40795)
(USA: Columbia FC 40795) gold promo stamp on cover
(Zimbabwe: CBS ASF 3161)

CD

Radio K.A.O.S.
(UK: Harvest (EMI) CDKAOS1 CDP 7 468652)
(USA: Columbia (CBS) CK 40795)
(Canada: Columbia (CBS) CK 40795) same as US, except back cover

12 INCH

RADIO WAVES (LP version) / RADIO WAVES (7" version)

(USA: Columbia CAS 2723) promo stamp on promo p/s
RADIO WAVES (remix) / GOING TO LIVE IN LA (demo), RADIO WAVES (7 inch version)

(Australia: CBS 650941 6) p/s
(Australia: CBS 650941 6) gold promo stamp on p/s
(Canada: Columbia 12 CPX 6816) I think the number is 12 CXP 06816 compare it with the 12 CXP 05002
(France: EMI 201824) p/s
(France: EMI 201824) white label test pressing
(Holland/Germany: EMI K 060 20 1824 6) p/s
(Italy: EMI 14 2018246) p/s
(Phillipines: CBS CE EP) in CBS die-cut sleeve with title sticker
(UK: EMI 12EM 6) p/s
(UK: EMI 12EM 6) white label testpressing
(USA: Columbia 44 06816) p/s
(USA: Columbia 44 06816) promo stamp on p/s

THE TIDE IS TURNING, MONEY (with the Bleeding Heart Band) / GET BACK TO RADIO (demo)

(UK: EMI 12EM 37) p/s

SUNSET STRIP, MONEY (with the Bleeding Heart Band) / GET BACK TO RADIO (demo)

(Germany: EMI K 060 202044 6) p/s

SUNSET STRIP / MONEY (with the Bleeding Heart Band)

(Canada: Columbia 12CDN 374)

7 INCH

RADIO WAVES / GOING TO LIVE IN LA

(Australia: CBS 650941 7) p/s
(Australia: CBS 650941 7) gold promo stamp on p/s
(Canada: Columbia 38-07180) p/s,really Canada ?
(France: Harvest EMI 2018237) p/s
(Germany: Harvest 1C 006 20 1823 7) p/s, cover says: ???, label: EEC
(Italy: Harvest 06 2018237) p/s
(Spain: Harvest 006 2018237) p/s
(Spain: Harvest 006 20 1823 7) white label promo with p/s
(UK: EMI EM 6) p/s
(UK: EMI EM 6) promo sticker on p/s
(UK: EMI EM 6) promo with plastic cover sheet
(USA: Columbia 38-07180) p/s

RADIO WAVES / (???)

(Brazil: 43577) Dinosaur Vacume Collectibles (?)

RADIO WAVES / RADIO WAVES

(USA: Columbia 38-07180) white label promo
(USA: Columbia CS7 02745) white label promo with p/s, A side is 7" version, B side is edit

SUNSET STRIP / MONEY (with the Bleeding Heart Band)

(Australia: CBS 651126 7) same p/s as the USA and different to European release
(Australia: CBS 651126 7) gold promo stamp on p/s
(Canada: Columbia 38-07364)
(France: EMI 2020437) p/s
(France: EMI 2020437) promo stamp on p/s
(Germany: EMI 016 2020437) p/s
(Spain: EMI 006 2020437) p/s
(UK: EMI EM 20) p/s
(USA: Columbia 38-07364) same p/s as Australia

SUNSET STRIP / SUNSET STRIP

(USA: Columbia 38-07364) p/s, white label promo

THE TIDE IS TURNING / MONEY (with the Bleeding Heart Band)

(UK: EMI EM 37) release date sticker on p/s
(UK: EMI EM 37) p/s
(UK: EMI EM 37) promo with plastic cover sheet

THE TIDE IS TURNING / THE POWERS THAT BE

(Australia: CBS 651319 7)
(Australia: CBS 651319 7) gold promo stamp on CBS sleeve

WHO NEEDS INFORMATION / MOLLY'S SONG (live)

(USA: Columbia 38-07617)

WHO NEEDS INFORMATION / WHO NEEDS INFORMATION

(USA: Columbia 38-07617) white label promo

CD SINGLES

RADIO WAVES (remix) / GOING TO LIVE IN LA / RADIO WAVES (7" version)

(UK: CDEM 6) cardboard sleeve

THE TIDE IS TURNING / MONEY / GET BACK TO RADIO (demo)

(UK: EMI CDEM 37)

RADIO SHOW LP

ROCK STARS
(Radio Today Entertainment) 2LP broadcast August 1987, containing Waters interviews plus live and studio songs


FANTASY PALACE
(USA: Westwood One) show 89-12, 1LP broadcast March 13 1989, one side contains Waters live music

BOOTLEG LP

RADIO KAOS (ON THE ROAD)
(Snapshot Productions #4) 3LP box set, live Wembley Arena, London November 21 1987, complete concert

RADIO WTRS / ROGER CHAOS

(USA: Rockwell and Good Music Inc) 2LP, live sometime 1987, review in REG 1

BOOTLEG CD

GOODBYE MR PINK FLOYD (Guideline Live Music GLM-CD-001) 70.23, Westwood One radio broadcast from Colisee de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, November 7 1987 review in REG 2

LIVE VOL. 1

(Australia: Joker JOK-033-A) 73.51, Westwood One radio broadcast from Colisee de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, November 7 1987

RADIO KAOS OFF THE AIR

(Holland: Marooned Records MARE 9401) 73:07, promo banded version of album, and various B-sides of singles

ROGER WATERS AND THE BLEEDING HEART BAND

(Italy: Beech Marten Records BM 074), 74:05,Westwood One radio from Colisee de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, November 7 1987, review in REG 2

CANADA 1987

(Italy: Live Storm LSCD 51562) 71:04 Colisˇe De Quebec, Quebec, 07.11.87
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
(???: Viva CD 7545) Colisˇe De Quebec, Quebec, 07.11.87
SOLO WORKS VOL. 1
???: ???? LAL 1332), mentioned in ECLIPSED #19, p 20 Wembley Arena, London, 21.11.87, 12" versions, demo versions, 12" Live Version, 1987 CD1 = Roger Waters CD2 = David Gilmour
THE TIDE IS TURNING
(Italy: On Stage Records CD/ON 2333), 74:03, Colisˇe De Quebec, Quebec, 07.11.87

WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

(???: Live Line LL 15481), 71:06, Colisˇe De Quebec, Quebec, 07.11.87

WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

(???: Metal Biter MB 21), 71:07, Colisˇe De Quebec, Quebec, 07.11.87

TOUR MERCHANDISE

TOUR PROGRAM
Like the Pros And Cons programmes, this KAOS version is full of information but doesn't quite live up to the efforts of 1984/5. It is, once again album sized with the cover, like most of the inner pages, featuring computerised graphics with a photo of Waters on the rear. The 28 pages include band photos, the album synopsis, a Waters interview from Q which also appears in the Radio KAOS songbook, stage designs and photos from the KAOS backdrop films. A poster is stapled in the middle of the program which features a map of Billy's travels as he moves to Los Angeles.
T-SHIRTS
- White shirt with bricks, the transmitter logo and "After The Wall .... KAOS" on the front, and a crossed hammer on the rear
- White shirt with black sleeves, logo and graphics on the front and US tour dates on the rear
- Black shirt with "Oh, by the way...." on the front and "Which One's Pink" on the rear, all in pink writing
SONGBOOK
This songbook is very similar in design to the tour program, with the story of the album theme, Q interview, and lots of computer graphics. There are only two photos, one of Waters clutching his bass, and the other of Waters and the band.

VIDEO

OFFICIAL
RADIO KAOS Video EP (20m) released May / June 1988 in Europe and mid-1989 in the USA
- available on 10" laserdisc in Japan and LP laserdisc in the USA (both NTSC)
- available on all video formats with some containing sleeve notes on the inner cover
PROMOS
RADIO WAVES 1987 (4m) re-edited clip, slightly different to the version on the Video EP
SUNSET STRIP 1987 (4m) re-edited clip, slightly different to the version on the Video EP
THE TIDE IS TURNING 1987 (5m) re-edited clip, slightly different to the version on the Video EP
REHEARSALS (see REG 2 and 13)

This rehearsal has been listed as Worcester, Massachusetts, USA or London August 1987 (30m) s

- SUNSET STRIP (2 takes)
- blues jam
- RADIO WAVES (2 takes)
- NOT NOW JOHN (part)]
- ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PT 1) / THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES / ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PT 2)
Interview filmed after the above rehearsal, parts from this session were used on various MTV documentaries (20m)

Dress Rehearsal, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, August 13 1987 (35m)

- Jim Ladd interview
- Introduction to the show by Ladd
- MONEY
- PIGS (3 DIFFERENT ONES) (part)
- Ladd interview with local DJ
- SUNSET STRIP
- THE PROS AND CONS OF HITCH-HIKING (part)
- ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PT 1) / THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES / ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PT 2)

INTERVIEWS ADS AND REPORTS

Radio KAOS album ad, French TV, 1987 (1m)
MTV concert report, USA TV, 1987 (1m) live clips plus brief Waters and Jim Ladd interview
MTV Waters interview about sampling, 1987 (1m)
MTV Gilmour and Waters interview about the dispute and their respective tours, 1987 (1m)

LIVE BOOTLEG VIDEOS (see REG 15)

Madison Square Garden, New York, USA, August 26 1987 (123m)
The Omni, Atlanta, USA, September 2, 1987, full concert without Breathe
The Omni, Atlanta, USA, September 2, 1987 (120m) ends after Home
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, September 5 1987 (123m) missing encore
Colisee de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, November 7 1987 (149m) complete show

Special LP

This is a special double LP set. It combines both the entire Pros and Cons of HitchHiking and Radio K.A.O.S albums. It is similar to the "Nice Price" discount LP's which proliferated in the US before the advent of CD's. However, this combo album I believe is from the UK. Unfortunately, I have only this image of it and no catalog listing for it nor manufacturer.

AUDIO

LIVE RADIO BROADCAST

Colisee de Quebec, Quebec, Canada, November 7 1987 (78m) partial show aired on Westwood One, USA radio
Wembley Arena, London, UK, November 21 1987 (71m) partial show broadcast on Capitol Radio, UK on April 17 1988
SELECTED AUDIO INTERVIEWS
"Stereo Sequence", BBC 1 Radio, UK, interview, July 11 1987 (40m)
Metro Radio, Newcastle, UK, interview, July 11 1987 (54m)
Capitol Radio, UK, interview, July 20 1987 (37m)
Abbey Road Studios interview, August 5 1987 (56m)
NBC Press Conference, London, UK, September 3 1987 (45m)
"Rockline", USA radio, September 21 1987 (65m) live phone-in
"Rocksat", Australian radio, 1987 (50m) live phone-in
"Spotlight on Pink Floyd", Australian radio, February 2 1988 (51m) includes Waters interview and solo songs



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