The Firm – Radioactive

I was lying in bed last night and just could not fall asleep. Out of nowhere, I  started thinking about this song, Radioactive.  I haven’t heard it in quite some time, and it’s so weird how certain memories, songs, words, etc., can just pop into your mind out of nowhere. I am really glad it did because it brought back memories of some of my friends who are no longer with us, but also reminded me of how much I always liked it.

Radioactive was released in 1985 on the album titled “The Firm,” and peaked at #28 on the billboard 100 in the US.  The song was written by Paul Rodgers, who also sang vocals. 

Technically speaking, The Firm was one-hit wonders, and this is it. However, don’t be too hasty to judge them, because they were a supergroup – with vocalist Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), drummer Chris Slade (Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), and fretless bassist Tony Franklin. Franklin would later go on to be part of Whitesnake and Quiet Riot; Slade would later join AC/DC.

Page has since indicated that The Firm was never intended to last longer than two albums. Supergroups are notorious for being short-lived; there’s often just too much talent (and accompanying egos) in one place for everyone to get along amicably.

 
My, how this song is composed! First, we have Franklin’s bass hook and Rodgers’ reverbed vocals. Add to that Page’s Fender Telecaster and wah pedal. Slade drums a steady beat; in live performances, he would lead with a drum solo.
 

Song Lyrics – 

Well I’m not uptight
Not unattracted
Turn me on tonight
‘Cause I’m radioactive
Radioactive
There’s not a fight
And I’m not your captive
Turn me loose tonight
‘Cause I’m radioactive
Radioactive
I want to stay with you
I want to play with you baby
I want to lay with you
And I want you to know
Got to concentrate
Don’t be distractive
Turn me on tonight
‘Cause I’m radioactive
Radioactive
Radioactive
Radioactive
I want to stay with you
I don’t want to play with you
I want just to lay with you
And I want you to know
Got to concentrate
Don’t be distractive
Turn me on tonight
‘Cause I’m radioactive oh yeah
Oh yeah radioactive
Don’t you stand, stand too close
You might catch it
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Rodgers
 
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4 thoughts on “The Firm – Radioactive

  1. I always liked this song…this one and Satisfaction Guaranteed. We NEVER learned new songs back then but we did learn those two.

      1. Yea when you don’t understand….just mumble something that sounds like it! That is what I did when we did Brown Sugar by the Stones lol