ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Released Their 3rd Album ‘PORCUPINE’ 40 Years Ago

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8 February 2023

Liverpool‘s imperishable heroes – one of Turn Up The Volume‘s
all-time fav bands – ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN released their
third longplayer 40 years ago, on 4 February 1983.

AllMusic wrote: “Porcupine, Echo & the Bunnymen’s third album, has garnered
a reputation for being as prickly as its namesake. Although the record is lined with
jagged guitars and is arguably the band’s darkest offering, these aspects suit the
Bunnymen just fine. Ian McCulloch, in particular, sounds right at home on this
brooding set of songs; his deep, Jim Morrison-esque vocals perfectly convey his
intriguing, shadowy tales.
Score: 3.5/5.

TUTV: It was hard to match their first 2 classic LPs (Crocodiles / Heaven Up Here)
although they reached its grandeur with the two sublime singles The Cutter
and The Back Of Love and tracks Heads Will Roll, Gods Will Be Gods, and the title
track. It was their most successful chart LP, reaching #2 in the UK.

Singles/clips: The Cutter / Back Of Love

– THE CUTTER –

– BACK OF LOVE –

Full Album

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Bio – Discography – Facebook

THE STOOGES Released Their DAVID BOWIE Mixed 3rd LP ‘RAW POWER’ 50 Years Ago Today

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7 February 2023

This day 50 years ago, on 7 February 1973, Michigan rock legends THE STOOGES
fronted by their out-of-his-fucking-mind dopehead IGGY POP released their 3rd LP,
named RAW POWER.

Just as with their 2 previous longplayers the recognition only came up over the coming years. Most critics still had no clue what Pop and his immense impact on the future of outlaw rock ‘n roll would be at the moment of this 3rd power-Stooge-house release. Of course, most of them claimed afterward they always knew that the lust for life rebel was
a natural-born gamechanger.

Search and Destroy – Live in Paris in 1991

Pitchfork said back in 2010 when the album got a Legacy Deluxe Edition: “When Iggy Pop commanded a generation of glam-rock kids and biker-bar burnouts to “dance to the beat of the living dead” on Raw Power’s totemic title track, he wasn’t just talking B-movie nonsense– he was heralding his band’s back-from-the-grave resurrection. Because the Stooges heard on Raw Power were not the same band that produced 1969’s self-titled debut or 1970’s Funhouse, but rather some mutant, zombie version… It speaks volumes about the songs’ pure immediacy and charisma that, even in its original mix, Raw Power became the album most responsible for giving the Stooges a life after death. Where the primordial caveman blues of The Stooges and the proto-metallic grind of Funhouse made them touchstones for future grunge, stoner-rock, and noise artists, Raw Power provided a mainline for first-generation punks and the 80s hard-rockers that followed in their wake.” Score: 8.3/10.

Raw Power – Live in Paris in 1991

David Bowie mixed the record and remembered it well afterward: “The most absurd situation I encountered when I was recording was the first time I worked with Iggy Pop. He wanted me to mix Raw Power, so he brought the 24-track tape in, and he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another and him on a third. Out of 24 tracks there were just three tracks that were used. He said ‘see what you can do with this’. I said, ‘Jim, there’s nothing to mix’. So we just pushed the vocal up and down a lot. On at least four or five songs that was the situation, including “Search and Destroy.” That’s got such a peculiar sound because all we did was occasionally bring the lead guitar up and take it out.”

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IGGY POP: Bio – Discography – Website


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Remembering BLOODY SUNDAY This Day In 1972 With PAUL McCARTNEY

30 January 2023

BLOODY SUNDAY, also known as the BOGSIDE MASSACRE (Bogside is a neighborhood outside the city walls of Derry) occurred on 30 January 1972. British soldiers (paratroopers) shot 26 unarmed North-Irish civilians during a protest march.

13 people died on the spot. Thirteen were killed outright, while the death of another
man four months later was attributed to his injuries. Many of the victims were shot while
fleeing from the soldiers, and some were shot while trying to help the wounded.

Other protesters were injured by shrapnel, rubber bullets, or batons, and two
were run down by British Army vehicles. All of those shot were Catholics. The march
had been organised by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) to protest against internment without trial.

Paul McCartney and his wife Linda wrote and recorded a protest
song titled GIVE IRELAND BACK TO THE IRISH within 24 hours of
the dramatic event. It was actually the debut single of his band Wings.

The song was banned on all British radios/TV.

Listen here.

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don’t make them have to take it away
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Make Ireland Irish today

Great Britain, you are tremendous
And nobody knows like me
But really, what are you doin’
In the land across the sea?

Tell me, how would you like it
If on your way to work
You were stopped by Irish soldiers?
Would you lie down, do nothing
Would you give in or go berserk?

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don’t make them have to take it away
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Make Ireland Irish today

Great Britain and all the people
Say that all people must be free
And meanwhile back in Ireland
There’s a man who looks like me

And he dreams of god and country
And he’s feeling really bad
And he’s sitting in a prison
Say, should he lie down, do nothing
Should give in or go mad?

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don’t make them have to take it away
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Make Ireland Irish today

FLEETWOOD Topped The UK Album Charts This Day 45 Years Ago With ‘RUMOURS

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28 January 2023

While punk was busy to explode in the UK and the USA in 1977, massive bands and artists still dominated the charts. Like FLEETWOOD MAC II (the original, blues-oriented, band was formed in 1967 by Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and John McVie. After Green and Spencer left the late great Christine McVie joined in 1970 on keyboards. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks came in 1974).

45 years ago, on 28 January 1978, their masterpiece LP RUMOURS hit the spot
on the UK Album Charts. The longplayer has sold over 40 million copies worldwide
since its release.

Singles/clips: Go Your On Way / Dreams / Don’t Stop

– GO YOUR OWN WAY –

– DREAMS –

– DON’T STOP –

Full album

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FLEETWOOD MAC: Website – Facebook – Tour


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THE THIN WHITE DUKE Released His 10th Album ‘STATION TO STATION’ 47 Years Ago Today

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23 January 2023

Artist: DAVID BOWIE
8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016
Career: 26 studio LPs between 1967 and 2016

Anniversary album: STATION TO STATION – his 10th LP
Released: 23 January 1976 – 47 years ago today

The title track introduced Bowie’s new persona, the Thin White Duke
that became the mouthpiece for the whole longplayer. The late genius
used the moniker thereafter on tour.

Pitchfork said: “Arriving in the wake of 1975’s glam-rock-shunning, Philly-soul-fetishizing Young Americans, Station to Station offered proof that Bowie’s fascination with American funk and disco was no one-off lark. But if Young Americans often felt like a studied genre exercise, Station to Station filtered that rhythmic influence through some of Bowie’s other obsessions at the time: the austere Krautrock of Neu! and Kraftwerk, the occult, Nazism, and, yes, a whole lotta blow.” Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Up there with his best work during his golden years.

Full album…

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DAVID BOWIE: BioAll Albums

HÜSKER DÜ Released Their Raging Punk Debut Album ‘EVERYHTING FALLS APART’ 40 Years Ago

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13 January 2023

Band: HÜSKER DÜ
Who: Highly praised post-punk trio from Saint-Paul, Minneapolis
featuring Bob Mould, Greg Norton and Greg Hart

Active: 1979-1988
Albums: 6

Anniversary LP: EVERYTHING FALLS APART
Released: January 1983 via Reflex Records
50 years ago this month.

AllMusic: “The trio demonstrates that it’s capable of powerful noise, but not songcraft,
the only song with a discernible hook is their thrashing cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” Still, the band’s hardcore is better than many of its contemporaries because its grasp of noise is superior. Even with the inconsistent songwriting, Everything Falls Apart rages with layers of blistering guitars and scorching rhythms that are exciting in their own right.”
Score: 3/5.

TUTV: A studio album that sounds like it was canned in a filthy basement with no decent recording material, resulting in a raw, rough, and rip-roaring PUNK rager. Definitely not their best, but as good as the noise competition of that era.

Stream here.

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HD: Bio – Discography

DAVID BOWIE Released His Final Album Today 7 Years Ago On His 69th Birthday

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8 January 2022

Artist: DAVID BOWIE
8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016

Album: BLACKSTAR
His 25th and final studio LP
Released: 8 January 2016
7 years ago today, on his 69th birthday.
Today he would have celebrated his 76th one.

Pitchfork wrote: “Blackstar has David Bowie embracing his status as a no-fucks icon,
clutching onto remnants from the past as exploratory jazz and the echos of various
mad men soundtrack his freefall.”
Full review here. Score: 8.5/10.

BLACKSTAR is a somber and sinister farewell record. Soul-stirring
and spine-chilling. Two days later The White Duke passed away.

Thank you for the music, Starman.

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DAVID BOWIE: All Albums – Facebook

EURYTHMICS Celebrate 40th Birthday Of Masterstroke LP ‘SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS)’

5 January 2023

British pop star duo EURYTHMICSAnnie Lennox and Dave Stewart – made 9 LPs
in their triumphant career. Their second one SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS)
turned 40 yesterday (released 4 January 1983).

Annie Lennox posted this message on Instagram.

Singles/clips: Love Is A Stranger / Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

– LOVE IS A STRANGER –

– SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) –

Full LP

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