"Radiation Vibe" as written by Adam L. Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood....
Are you alone now
Did you lose the monkey
He gave you backaches
And now you slouch

He didn't mean it
He's just a dumb ape
Reading Playboy
On your couch

And now it's time to say
What I forgot to say
Baby baby baby
Come on, what's wrong
It's a radiation vibe I'm groovin' on
Don't it make you want to get some sun
Shine on, shine on, shine on

I went to Pittsburgh
And joined a pro team
Talk about a bad dream
I broke a knee

But I can still croon
And make the girls swoon
Isn't that the way life's
Supposed to be

But now it's time to say
What I forgot to say
Baby baby baby
Come on, what's wrong
It's a radiation vibe I'm groovin' on
Don't it make you want to get some sun
Shine on, shine on, shine on
Shine on, shine on, shine on

And now it's time to say
What I forgot to say
Baby baby baby
Come on, what's wrong
It's a radiation vibe I'm groovin' on
Don't it make you want to get some sun
Shine on, shine on, shine on

Baby baby baby
Come on, what's wrong
It's a radiation vibe I'm groovin' on
Don't it make you want to get some sun
Shine on, shine on, shine on
Shine on, shine on, shine on
Shine on, shine on, shine on


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"Radiation Vibe" as written by Adam Schlesinger Chris Collingwood

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  • +2
    General CommentRumor: These guys wrote this song in their apartment. They were cooking a TV dinner in the microwave and started wrighting a song based on the term "radiation vibe" sparked by a thought about the process of the nuking meal. By the time the microwave chime went off, indicating that the food was as good as cooked the entire lyrical contribution to the song had been written (maybe even the music as well.

    Opinion: Of course the song is about more that heating up supper. I think hes touching on the fact that people ride on a wave of their feelings and the impluses that the sensations imspire them to do, and that that is how life goes
    Musixexon January 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate to be one of those guys that buys an album for one track, but if I hadn't seen the "Radiation Vibe" video I would've never experienced this phenominal band. These guys are living, breathing proof that talented songwriting is still alive and well.

    John from MA
    Sith7565on April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so catchy. just one listen and you'll have the riff tattooed into your brain. it rules. anyways, that's what i think...
    xpankfrisston May 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfountains of wayne always seem to mention cities important to me in their lyrics. gotta lovvveee it.
    just4a6mirroron March 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis band once went by the name, "Three Men Who When Standing Side By Side Have A Wingspan Of Over Twelve Feet." Can you imagine their introduction? "Won't you please welcome, 'Three Men Who When etc etc etc...'". I had heard long ago that they also once went by the name, "The Wallflowers," but sold or gave it to Jacob Dylan for his band. However, I think that might just be an urban legend.
    formeaton December 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne word. Addictive.
    it's shakin starson May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chick he's been diggin on is single again, and he's finally making his move! This song is timeless...
    joedrums8aon March 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first lyric seems like it maybe about an addiction? Maybe just smoking too much pot :)
    red_alibion April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me happy when I feel like shit. I love to sing along with it, singing in every harmony available. Sometimes when I'm feeling really really bad, I play this song over and over and over, and just sing it and sing it, all over the place, over and over. It's magic for my mood. Not permanently, but when I'm listening to it and singing. Makes me not want to die for a while.
    eliashon July 02, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation*Are you alone now
    Did you lose the monkey
    He gave you backaches
    And now you slouch*

    Are you OK? The guy who's holding you back is no longer around. He scarred you badly.

    *He didn't mean it
    He's just a dumb ape
    Reading Playboy
    On your couch*

    He wasn't malicious when he harmed you, merely ignorant. He also ignored you sexually.

    *And now it's time to say
    What I forgot to say
    Baby baby baby
    Come on, what's wrong
    It's a radiation vibe I'm groovin' on
    Don't it make you want to get some sun
    Shine on, shine on, shine on*

    You're free now! Hang out with me! Let's get happy!

    (The antagonist is singing from his perspective.)


    *I went to Pittsburgh
    And joined a pro team
    Talk about a bad dream
    I broke a knee*

    He's like this because his dreams were shattered. He could have been an amazing athlete playing for the Penguins/Pirates/Steelers, but he got injured badly.


    *But I can still croon
    And make the girls swoon
    Isn't that the way life's
    Supposed to be*

    I still get the girls, even though I'm no longer this big shot jock. Give me another chance! There's another superficial reason we should be together. I can still sing.
    leesdroidaon October 06, 2017   Link

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