‘MUTATOR’ By ALAN VEGA – The Most Amazing Album Artwork Of 2021

In 1995/1996 legend ALAN VEGA (June 23, 1938 – July 16, 2016 / best known as
half of experimental duo band Suicide) but who also made several great solo
LPs, and his wife LIZ LAMERE, recorded a solo album But it never saw the day
of light.

Back in 2019 Lamere and close Vega friend Jared Artaud discovered the original
tapes and decided to mix the songs into a proper album. The stunning result is
MUTATOR, released this year,  23rd April.

Every time – since the day it came out – I see the album’s cover
it’s as if I see the ghost of Vega. Both awesome and scary.

Stream/buy MUTATOR here…


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ALAN VEGA: Facebook

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 10 Classic Crackers Turn 50 In 2022

31 December 2021

10 turning 50 in 2022

1. ‘Virginia Plane’ by ROXY MUSIC

Where my Studebaker takes me
That’s where I’ll make my stand but wait
Can’t you see that Holzer mane’
What’s her name? Virginia Plain

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2. ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ by LOU REED

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey, babe
Take a walk on the wild side”
Said, “Hey, honey
Take a walk on the wild side”

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3. ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ by WINGS

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don’t make them have to get it
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Still makes Ireland Irish today

Great Britain, you are enormous
And nobody knows that better than me.
But really, what are you doing there?
In that land over the sea?

Tell me how you think
When you on your way to work
Would you be stopped by Irish soldiers?
Would you lie down and do nothing?
Would you give in or go mad?

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4. ‘Telegram Sam’ by T. REX

Golden Nose Slim Golden Nose Slim
I know’s where you’ve been
Purple Pie Pete Purple Pie Pete
Your lips are like lightning
Girls melt in the heat
Telegram Sam
You’re my main man

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5. ‘Rock And Roll’ by LED ZEPPELIN

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled
It’s been a long time since I did the stroll
Ooh let me get it back, let me get it back
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from

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6. ‘Heart Of Gold’ by NEIL YOUNG

I want to live, I want to give
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold
It’s these expressions I never give

That keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keep me searchin’ for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

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6. ‘Starman’ by DAVID BOWIE

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

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7. ‘Smoke On The Water’ by DEEP PUPRLE

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water
A fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

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8. ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ by SLADE

I don’t want to drink my whisky like you do
I don’t need to spend my money but still do
Don’t stop now a c-‘mon
Another drop now c-‘mon
I wanna lot now so c-‘mon
That’s right, that’s right
I said Mama but we’re all crazy now
I said Mama but we’re all crazy now

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9. ‘Tumbling Dice’ by THE ROLLING STONES

Mmm yeah!
Women think I’m tasty, but they’re always tryin’ to waste me
Make me burn the candle right down
But, baby, baby, don’t need no jewels in my crown

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10. ‘Do It Again’ by STEELY DAN

In the mornin’ you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water
And you fire ’til he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin’ as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn’t hangin’ and they put you on the street
You go back, Jack, do it again, wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again

Coming In 2022 – New Album THE LUMINEERS

31 December 2021

Band: THE LUMINEERS
Who: Celebrated American folk-rockers
Active: Since 2005 / 4 studio albums
(new one included)

New album: BRIGHTSIDE
Release: 14 January 2022

Wesley Schultz (singer-guitarist): “We are all big shots in our
own story,” says The Lumineers singer-guitarist and co-founder
Wesley Schultz, “and, now, we’ve all been humbled over the last
18 months. The video was inspired by the 90s, and the storytelling
music videos we grew up watching on MTV.”

Singles/clips: Big Shot / Brightside / A.M. Radio

– BIG SHOT –

– BRIGHTSIDE –

– A.M. RADIO –

THE LUMINEERS: Facebook

Best Video Clip Of 2021 – ‘MAGIC MEDICINE’ By DEAP VALLY

30 December 2021

The Los Angeles rock Amazons DEAP VALLYLindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums and vocals) – released their third LP called MARRIAGE (one of Turn Up The Volume’ top 10 albums of 2021) last month, with fervid firecracker MAGIC MEDICINE as the lead-single.

Deap Vally: “Magic Medicine is a song five years in the making, born in Allen Salmon’s Nashville studio, and raised in Josiah Mazzaschi’s Cave Studio back in LA. Initially, a song about being high on what-have-you (body chemistry, lab chemistry, nature’s chemistry) the lyrics have taken on a new meaning in the era of coronavirus, a moment when more than ever we need a miracle cure to make it safe to have fun and feel free again.”

Warning: the accompanying video clip will make you high.
A great reason for Turn Up The Volume to name this video
‘the best of 2021’.

Roll the tape, ladies…

Get married here…


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DEAP VALLY: Facebook

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 10 Classic Crackers Turn 40 In 2022

10 turning 40 in 2022

10 turning 40 in 2022

1. ‘Temptation’ by NEW ORDER

Up, down, turn around
Please don’t let me hit the ground
Tonight, I think I’ll walk alone
I’ll find my soul as I go home

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2.Slowdive’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

It’s a slow dive
When ya dive slow.
Aw it’s a low jive
Do the Slowdive

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3. ‘The Message’ by GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE

It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under
It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under

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4. ‘Rock The Casbah’ by THE CLASH

Sharif don’t like it
Rockin’ the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
Sharif don’t like it
Rockin’ the Casbah

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5. ‘Don’t Go’ by YAZOO

Can’t stop now
Don’t you know
I ain’t never gonna let you go
Don’t go

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6. ‘Shipbuilding’ by ROBERT WYATT

It’s all we’re skilled in
We will be shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls

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7. ‘The Boiler’ by THE SPECIAL AKA – RHODA SCOTT

We danced all night long to a nice steady beat
But my hair went to frizz in the terrible heat
My mascara ran, and so did my tights
Confirming in my sight, I must be
An old boiler

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8. ‘Town Called Malice’ by THE JAM

Better stop dreaming of the quiet life, ’cause it’s the one we’ll never know
And quit running for the runaway bus ’cause those rosy days are few
And stop apologizing for the things you’ve never done
‘Cause time is short and life is cruel but it’s up to us to change
This town called malice

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9. ‘Come On Eileen‘ by DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

Come on Eileen, oh I swear what he means
At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty, ah, come on Eileen

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10. ‘I Love Rock And Roll’ by JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me