"Fade Away and Radiate" as written by and Chris Stein....
Ooh baby I hear you spend night time
Wrapped like candy in a blue blue neon glow
Fade away and radiate
Fade away and radiate
Ooh baby watchful lines vibrate soft in brainwave time

Silver pictures move so slow
Golden tubes faintly glow
Electric faces seem to merge
Hidden voices mock your words

Fade away and radiate
Fade away and radiate
The beams become my dream
My dream is on the screen
The beams become my dream
My dream is on the screen

Dusty frames that still arrive die in 1955
Fade away and radiate
Fade away and radiate

The beams become my dream
My dream is on the screen
Fade away and radiate
Fade away and radiate
Fade away and radiate
Fade away and radiate


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"Fade Away and Radiate" as written by Chris Stein

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    General Commentthey werent on drugs


    the song is about falling asleep in front of the tv.
    take the lines "Ooh baby I hear you spend night time: Wrapped like candy in a blue blue neon glow" this talks about someone falling asleep in front of something that is glowing, in this case a tv. Other lines include "Silver pictures move so slow
    Golden tubes faintly glow
    Electric faces seem to merge
    Hidden voices mock your words" this obviously talks about a tv paticularly a black and white tv that seems to be slowing down and/or mocking someone as they fall asleep. Finally "The beams become my dream
    My dream is on the screen
    Fade away and radiate" this means whoever fell asleep in front of the tv is dreaming about the characters on the screen and the song title fade away and radiate simply suggests falling asleep in front of an old tv that gives off radiation. i love this song but think its stupid that anyone would think punk rock is about drugs or that all punk bands are on drugs. dont ever categorize something that is against categorizing things.
    gummomohawkon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd your point being? So they may have been on drugs who cares? Most punk band are. Doesnt stop it being an amazing song.
    smgellar_da_bombon December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey were on drugs...
    funshineon May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think both interpretations are correct - the obvious TV meaning, and also perhaps a drug theme - since "fading" means getting stoned, and if the faces and voices were part of the daze. I always thought she was singing as if she was holding back a lot of anger, to somebody who was addicted, maybe herself.

    Not to mention the song itself is rather dreamy and trippy.
    aermanceron January 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJames Dean. Period. "Hidden voices, mock your words"- rebel without a cause, his most iconic film. "Dusty frames that still arrive - die in 1955." He died, age 24, in 1955. Sure it's about watching old films on tv, and is a trippy song, but it is about watching old Dean movies, long AFTER he's gone: "Fade Away And Radiate." It like most good music is poetry. I've done plenty of drugs, yet I know that. and recognize it's subject to boot.
    dbguerreroon April 15, 2017   Link

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