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Mp3 of the Week: Kate Radio


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DOWNLOAD: Kate Radio, "Drive Me Crazy" (mp3)

About ten seconds into "Drive Me Crazy," the debut offering from Waltham's Kate Radio, we were MySpace-messaging Dave Pino to find out if he was behind it. Pino, formerly of Waltham, Damone, and Seemless, was reached in the midst of writing songs with Powerman 5000 and riding every ride at Universal Studios, which is his version of heaven on earth. "Drive Me Crazy" has all the hallmarks of his best pop songs: Top-40 hummability, numerous "whoa-ohh"s, some well-shredded guitar harmonies, and an appearance of the lyric "Baby, you're the one." Sure enough, Pino had written "Drive Me Crazy" for another girl group -- Waltham's the Andwutz, who never got around to recording it. (Note to aspiring girl rockers: Dave says there's three more where this came from.) Kate Radio, late of Waltham's My Little Radio, teamed up with producer Adam Rourke to cut a new version: with Andrew WK-worthy piano arpeggios rippling through the verses, and Kate's breathy, teen-idol delivery, it's got smash hit written all over it. Crazy? Not so much. The last time a girl singer met a leftover Pino song under Rourke's production, the result was Damone signing to a major label. But Kate's no one-trick pony: her next track is a collabo with Best Music Poll nominee DJ Die Young, who says he's modeling their song after that Robyn/Kleerup joint "With Every Heartbeat."

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