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The Radio Dept. were one of the more successful shoegaze-influenced indie rock bands to come out of Sweden in the early 2000s, making waves among indie aficionados on the strength of their critically acclaimed first release, Lesser Matters. Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson formed a prototypical version of the group in Lund, Sweden, in 1995 while they were in high school, naming the group after a gas station called Radioavdelningen. Almered and Duncanson disbanded almost as soon as they'd found a name, but Duncanson revived the group three years later, teaming up with Martin Larsson. Bassist Lisa Carlberg, drummer Per Blomgren, and keyboardist Daniel Tjader rounded out the lineup in 2001, and things took off for the group at that point. They sent a demo to Sonic magazine, which went on to feature the band on a CD sampler. Swedish indie giant Labrador caught wind of the demo via the sampler and snapped the band up; the group's debut full-length, Lesser Matters, arrived two years later, during which time Blomgren amicably split with the group. That album and the band's second release on Labrador, 2005's Pulling Our Weight EP, received widespread attention with the release of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, which featured "Keen on Boys," "Pulling Our Weight," and "I Don't Like It Like This." Carlberg left the group soon after Pulling Our Weight was released, and the group refrained from hiring another bassist, opting instead for the use of a drum machine on its next album. That release, 2006's Pet Grief, found Duncanson and Larsson turning away from the guitar-driven aspects of their first full-length and delving into synth pop in the spirit of the Pet Shop Boys. Due to various factors, including the fact that the band didn't tour heavily in support of the album, Pet Grief failed to sell as well as its predecessor and received little attention from the mainstream music press. The Radio Dept. took their time recording material for their next album, and it wasn't until summer of 2008 that a new single, Freddie and the Trojan Horse, was released. More delays led to nothing further surfacing until the next summer, when the single David was released. The album that had been rumored to be finished in late 2008, Clinging to a Scheme, finally saw the light of day in April of 2010. The Radio Dept. quickly followed up later that year with a single, "The New Improved Hypocrisy," that showed their unvarnished political leanings. Their next release was Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002–2010 in January of 2011. The collection compiled all the single A-sides and many of the B-sides, plus a few rarities. Also that year, the group was nominated for Band of the Year and Clinging to a Scheme was a finalist for Album of the Year at the Swedish Grammis. Though they didn't win, it spoke to the high regard the Radio Dept. had achieved in their home country. Later, they set out on a lengthy tour of North America, Latin America, and Asia. It was their last activity for a few years as their next single, "Death to Fascism," didn't come out until 2014. During that time they became disillusioned with the contract they had with Labrador Records and their publishers, which led to the band suing both. The album they had begun working on, a return to a shoegazey sound, was stalled in the process. Eventually, the band (now down to the duo of Duncanson and Larsson) lost its suit and began working on a new, more dance music-based album. First, they released two singles during 2015 ("Occupied" and "This Repeated Sodomy") and played at Coachella. As part of the lawsuit's settlement, the duo owed Labrador one more album, and they delivered the politically charged Running Out of Love in late 2016. An EP, Teach Me to Forget, arrived the following summer consisting of remixes along with several brand new songs. ~ Margaret Reges & Tim Sendra
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  2.   Heaven's on Fire
  3.   Domestic Scene
  4.   Keen on Boys
  5.   David
  6.   Messy Enough
  7.   The Idle Urban Contemporaries
  8.   On Your Side
  9.   Never Swallow Fruit
  10.   Freddie and the Trojan Horse
  11.   The One
  12.   The Worst Taste in Music
  13.   Pulling Our Weight
  14.   This Past Week
  15.   Committed to the Cause
  16.   Bus
  17.   Swedish Guns
  18.   Annie Laurie
  19.   You and Me Then?
  20.   Deliverance
  21.   Sleeping In
  22.   The New Improved Hypocrisy
  23.   It's Been Eight Years
  24.   A Token of Gratitude
  25.   Never Follow Suit
  26.   Falafel
  27.   Teach Me to Forget
  28.   Why Won't You Talk About It?
  29.   Sloboda Narodu
  30.   Running Out of Love
  31.   Can't Be Guilty
  32.   You Stopped Making Sense
  33.   South Side
  34.   Always A Relief
  35.   This Time Around
  36.   It's Personal
  37.   We Would Fall Against the Tide
  38.   Ewan
  39.   Tell
  40.   Lost and Found
  41.   Too Soon
  42.   Bad Reputation
  43.   Your True Name
  44.   Just So
  45.   We Got Game
  46.   We Climb the Wired Fences
  47.   Someone Else
  48.   Four Months in the Shade
  49.   All About Our Love
  50.   Closing Scene
  51.   Things That Went Wrong
  52.   Every Time
  53.   I Wanted You To Feel The Same
  54.   Window
  55.   Pet Grief
  56.   Against the Tide
  57.   1995
  58.   Going Down Swinging
  59.   You're Not in Love
  60.   Where Damage Isn't Already Done
  61.   Your Father
  62.   Tåget
  63.   Down Down Down
  64.   Slottet #2
  65.   This Thing Was Bound to Happen
  66.   Peace of Mind
  67.   I Don't Like It Like This
  68.   The Room, Tarzana
  69.   What You Sell
  70.   The City Limit
  71.   Thieves of State
  72.   I Don't Need Love, I've Got My Band
  73.   What Will Give
  74.   We Made the Team
  75.   Strange Things Will Happen
  76.   Slottet
  77.   Liebling
  78.   Memory Loss
  79.   Occupied
  80.   Let Me Have This
  81.   Gibraltar
  82.   Stay Off Route
  83.   This Repeated Sodomy
  84.   Mad About the Boy
  85.   Värnhem
  86.   Bachelor Kisses
  87.   The Video Dept.
  88.   Death To Fascism
  89.   It Looked Like Heaven (But Feels Like Hell)
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