‘GRAND PRIX’ – Fifth LP By TEENAGE FANCLUB Released 25 Years Ago

29 May 2020


Artist: TEENAGE FANCLUB (Scotland)
Album: GRAND PRIX – their fifth LP
Date of release: 29 May 1995 – 25 years ago today
About the cover: The now-defunct ‘Formula One’ racing team
‘Simtek‘ provided the car that appears on the front cover!
‘The Independent’ wrote: “Breathtakingly superb album with finely
honed dynamics, nagging harmonies, and deceptively simple lyrics”

Highlights: Mellow Doubt / About You / Sparky’s Dream / Don’t Look Back /
Verisimilitude / Neil Jung / Say No / I’ll Make it Clear
Top single

The winner in full…

TEENAGE FANCLUB: Website – Facebook

Hells Bells – Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For MAY 2020!

This past month’s best…

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A maddening cocktail of roaring rippers and sassy strokes.
Fifteen jackhammers that heated up my isolation days!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout May Team!

‘Skimmington Ride’ by SEX SWING (UK)
Apocalyptic and intimidating barnstormer matching these science-fiction-like times.
Contender-of-the-year single from their contender-of-the-year album TYPE II. Yeah!

‘Behajung’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
Exotic designed title track of Belgian’s Krautsludge and sound-exploring crusaders from their new Sturm und Drang longplayer. Shake your belly and pirouette yourself dizzy. Fab!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (UK)
Punk rebels hit again with riff crazy corker made to start crowded moshpits at gigs. Bingo!

‘Control’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Watch frontwoman Amyl Taylor‘s head almost explode. From live EP Live At The Croxton.

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEX (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum and a mind-blowing bass vibrancy. A 24 Karat score you’ll have on repeat for quite a while. Flabbergasting!

Resplendent roaring ‘n’ roll jingle having a vertiginous effect on your limbs. From
the band’s multifaceted, rad self-titled debut album. Advice: play this very loud!

‘Celebration’ by RHYS BLOODJOY (Manchester, UK)
Electro-industrial madness mixed with psycho wave lunacy. Bloodcurdling synths whipped up by a bone-chilling cadence. From stunning debut album Human​​.​​Pattern​​.​​Repeat.

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ by THE BETHS (New-Zealand)
A boiling ripsnorter pushed by rattling riffs, heated hooks, and lively licks. Supersonic!

‘Suck My Mind’ by CHEMTRAILS (UK)
High-voltage roller fueled by ruthless percussion, guitar extravaganza, 60s organs and ecstatic vocals. From their fresh must-hear album The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable.

‘Just Friends’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Italy)
The Stooges fronted by Joan Jett with the Ramones sniffin’ glue in the producer’s room. Riot girls firework from Italy. Check their mad debut longplayer Five Things. 1-2-3-4!

‘Seed Of Evil’ by BLACK NEEDLE NOISE (Norway)
A colossal, diabolic electronic drone thumping mercilessly as a brain-fucking hammer causing thunder and lighting electricity. Be ready, Armageddon is just around the corner.

‘Black Love’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)
Head-twisting sledgehammer as dark as the night. Jaw-dropping industrial killer from their new, storming Epidemic album. A decibels-loaded beast of a record! Sonic nightmare!

‘Fresh Air’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
Electric-powered slacker swagger, glimmering guitars, glowing vocals, and a tenacious chorus. Impossible to resist. Probably the best piece of this Swedish quartet. Top stuff!

Furious. Red-hot-angry. Discombobulated. Pulverizing and disordered. You can burn
your poor ears by listening to this crashing bang. Let that be a loud and clear warning!

‘It Ain’t Water’ by ALISON MOSSHART (US)
When the lady sings the blues. Second striking solo single from The Kill’s wonderful singer.

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Sensitive Diamond – THE FLAMING LIPS Share New Stellar Ballad ‘FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6’

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…


29 May 2020

THE FLAMING LIPS, the Oklahoma experts of turning surreal fairy-tales into melo-dramatic gems have already been busy this year. They worked with Californian blues-
rock tandem Deap Vally on one of this year’s best albums under the moniker of Deap Lips and covered He Stopped Loving Her Today, a heartbreaking reverie by country legend George Jones for the movie Arkansas.

And now they shared a new sensitive diamond. A vintage Flaming Lips ballad
to dream away to, called ‘FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6’. Sit down, relax and enjoy…


JOHN MCGEOCH – 28 May 1955 / 5 March 2004

28 May 2020

Scotsman JOHN MCGEOCH was one of the most creative, charismatic and much-in-demand guitarists of the new wave era. He played with, amongst others, Howard Devoto’s Magazine, John Lydon’s PiL and Suzy’s Siouxise And The Banshees. In 1996 he was listed by Mojo Magazine in their ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time‘. Signature characteristics of his playing style included an inventive arpeggios, string harmonics, the uses of flanger and an occasional disregard for conventional scales. He passed away, only 49, in 2004. R.I.P.

McGeoch was born on 28 May 1955. He would have turned 65 today.
To remember this extremely talented musician here are three clips…


With MAGAZINE – 1979



Top singles from the past…

28 May 2020

Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Active: 1967-1972
Single: Suzie Q
Written by rockabilly artist Dale Hawkins in 1957
The 7″ single was split into parts one and two on its
A and B sides because of the length (8.37) of CCR’s cover
Released: 15 June 1968
Score: No 11 in the US – top ten hits in Europe
Album: self-titled debut LP
Came out on 28 May 1968 – 42 years ago today

Here comes Suzie…

CCCR: Facebook

Happy 75 to legendary frontman and songwriter John Fogerty
in Berkeley, California on 28 May 1945

Too Good To Forget – Listening Back To Emotive Rockers VYNN And Their Two Heartfelt Singles…

28 May 2020

The surreal times we live in hurt lots of young bands/artists, especially when they
released new work they wanted to promote with gigs, until that awful coronavirus
erased all touring plans. One of those up and coming acts is ardent Belgian indie trio VVYNN (read: win) who made a firm impression with their first two EPs, ‘Crumble’ in
2017 and ‘Lux’ in 2018.

The highly promising three-piece dropped two new pieces last December. Two new glowing singles showing the band’s great leap forward. Sonically they moved towards
PJ Harvey territory. You can feel and hear her electric ardour, her wayward view on pop and rock and her inflammatory voice in Vvynn‘s new work.

Both MOANING and EXHALE are heartfelt, high-powered, and energy-charged strokes with a soul-stirring sonourness and frontwoman Angie‘s vox sending shivers down your spine. Too good to forget amidst this sciene-fiction-like period.



VVYNN: Facebook

Hope to see you soon on a stage again…