Gettin’ dirty with ‘No Soap Radio’

By Jamie Knobler
February 18, 2003

Lauren Joseph

When commenting about an upcoming show on their message board at, No Soap Radio’s guitarist Jim Farrell, also known as Diesel said, “It’s a basement party, not a rock hall, but nevertheless, it will most definitely rock.” The show, which was in the basement of a house around Rutger’s University on Saturday, Feb. 22, did in fact most definitely rock. The house, which was located on Louis Street in New Brunswick, is inhabited by members of the band Clever Hans. They hosted the party and invited the opening bands, Rue, along with No Soap Radio to play with them that evening.

By the time No Soap Radio took the stage/floor of the basement, the room was packed wall to wall with people. Looking from the stage you couldn’t see past the first few rows of people due to the amount of fans and friends that showed up. The band played a solid forty-five minutes of melodic rock leaving fans satisfied and the stage open for Clever Hans.

No Soap Radio started in the summer of 1998 when Diesel and Danny Roselle (vocals and guitar) were introduced and became friends. Chris O’Hara, their drummer was found through a newspaper ad that said, “Looking for a drummer who likes amusement parks and rock music.” Interested in the ad, he inquired and was given the job. In late 2002, bass player Pete Maresco joined and completed the band.

In between playing national acts with bands up and down the East Coast, No Soap Radio caught the attention of David Chase, the writer, director, and executive producer of “The Sopranos” who featured their one song “All About You” on his HBO series. That was No Soap Radio’s national television debut on Episode 5, which was aired on Oct. 13, 2002.

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