Rare promo. Super group that features the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and the Free + Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers. On drums Chris Slade (Uriah Heep + AC / CD) and on the bass Tony Frankling
Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Tony Franklin, Chris slade
“”Radioactive”” PROMO 12″”
Writer Paul Rodgers
Producer Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Page
“”Radioactive”” is a song by English rock band The Firm. It was the first single released from their eponymous dÃ©but album The Firm, where it was the fifth track. It was written by Paul Rodgers.
A compact and straightforward rock song from the 1980s, structured with Tony Franklin fretless bass hook at the beginning, combined with Page guitar scratch on the third line in the verse, Rodgers’ reverbed vocal, and followed by a wah pedal inflected guitar solo. Chris Slade plays a steady drum beat throughout. On live performances, the song was introduced with a drum solo from Slade, leading into Franklin opening bass line. Page utilized his brown 1960s Fender Telecaster guitar featuring a Parsons and White B-string bender on tour with this song.
Their self-titled album, appearing on Atlantic Records, cracked the Billboard Top 20 on the strength of this single. Jimmy Page broke with the past and participated in the recording for the promotional film clip and single, the first time he had done both since the late 1960s.Page can be seen miming to the recording with his famous red doubleneck 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 guitar. In March 1985, MTV began heavily promoting the video clip, although the track was a modest seller, reaching #28 in America and topping the Top Rock Tracks chart for one week. “”Radioactive”” was also released as a 12″” single and limited edition picture disc.
Paul Rodgers still performs this song during his solo sets and it appears on the 2007 Paul Rodgers: Live In Glasgow DVD.
Chart (1985) Peak position
Canadian RPM Top 100 75
UK Singles Chart 76
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 1
US Radio & Records Top 40 Singles 27
US Billboard The Billboard Hot 100 28
US Cash Box Top 100 SinglesÂ¨ 28
Paul Rodgers – Vocals, acoustic guitars, producer
Jimmy Page – Acoustic and electric guitars, producer
Tony Franklin – Bass guitar,backing vocals
Chris Slade – Drums and percussion
Stuart Epps – Engineer
Steve Privett – Tape operator, tea, gin and tonics
Gordon Vicary – Mastering