Roddy Radiation

Born 5 May 1955.


Roddy Radiation (born Roderick James Byers, 5 May 1955 in Keresley, England) is an English musician who played lead guitar for The Specials, as well as many rockabilly bands such as the Bonediggers and the Tearjerkers. Currently Radiation leads The Skabilly Rebels, a band that mixes ska rhythms with rockabilly.

Roderick James Byers, better known as "Roddy Radiation", is The Specials’ lead guitarist and lead singer of his own band the Skabilly Rebels. "Radiation" Byers is well known for playing on classics such as "Concrete Jungle" and "Hey Little Rich Girl" and writing hits such as "Rat Race", which helped to create the groundbreaking 2 Tone sound. Byers has experience playing with a series of rockabilly and ska-billy bands including The Tearjerkers, The Bonediggers and most recently, The Skabilly Rebels.

Byers' first real band was formed in Coventry in 1975 and were called The Wild Boys. It was in The Wild Boys that he started songwriting. His first was "1980's Teddy Boy", and later came "Concrete Jungle" which was recorded by The Specials for their debut album, Specials (1979). The Specials version of "Concrete Jungle" was eventually released as a single by Chrysalis Records.

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