Happy B. TO JOEY RAMONE!

19 May 2019

The late Jeffrey Ross Hyman aka Joey Ramone was born on 19 May 1951 in Queens, New York. He would have turned 68 today. He was unquestionably my favorite Ramone. Some (wankers) just viewed him as a tall, long-haired nerd. I taught he was awesome, just being himself, no macho rock attitude (unlike Johnny and Dee Dee), great rose-colored shades, a natural voice, and most of all he talked and looked like a totally cool dude. Here are three big Joey moments to celebrate his birthday…

1. ‘Blitzkrieg Pop’ at the legendary London concert on 31 December 1977

2. ‘What A Wonderful World’ – fun cover, great Joey footage

3. December 2000 interview

JOEY RAMONE: Facebook

Happy 67 To… DAVID BYRNE

14 May 2019

DAVID BYRNE was born in Dumbarton in Scotland today 67 years ago, on 14 May 1952.
Two years after his birth he moved with his parents to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. When
he was 8/9 years old the family traveled to the US to go and live in Arbutus, Maryland.

Of course, he’s most famous as the singer/songwriter and face of legendary band Talking Heads (1975–1991). Afterward, he went solo and has released so far 7 albums of his own and some collaborative LPs with other artists such as Brian Eno and St. Vincent.

Turn Up The Volume! picked four big ones (3 with TH, one with
Brian Eno) to celebrate this amazing singing head’s 67th birthday

– ONCE IN A LIFETIME –

– ROAD RO NOWHERE –

– HEAVEN –

– HOME –

DAVID BYRNE: Facebook

Happy 60 To ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Legend IAN MCCULLOCH…

5 May 2019


(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN‘s legendary frontman and magnificent songwriter IAN STEPHEN MCCULLOCH was born on 5 May 1959 in Liverpool. Happy 60 to one of
the greatest and most iconic voices ever. To celebrate the Big Mouth’s birthday here
are five timeless knockout performances…

– RESCUE – (1980)

– THE CUTTER – (1983)

– OCEAN RAIN – (1984)

– BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES – (1985)

LIFT ME UP (2012)

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Facebook – Biography

Happy Birthday… IGGY POP

20 April 2019

James Newell Osterberg Jr. aka IGGY POP turns 72 today. The Godfather (an appropriate term now) of punk was born on 20 April 1947. And he still has tons of lust for life. Here are three glowing crackers ro celebrate this eternal punk icon’s birthday…

– LUST FOR LIFE –
(legendary Dutch TV Show – 1977)

– I WANNA BE YOUR DOG –

– BELLS & CIRCLES –
(with dance stars Underworld)

IGGY POP: Facebook

Happy 54 FRANK BLACK…

6 April 2019

On 6 April 1965 Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV aka Frank Black was born. Happy
54 to the co-founder, frontman, songwriter and driving force of PIXIES, one of the most influential noise rock bands in history. Here’s a big one to celebrate the man’s birthday…

PIXIES: Website

Happy 83 To LEE SCRATCH PERRY!…

20 March 2019

LEE SCRATCH PERRY (real name: Rainford Hugh Perry) was born on 20 March 1936 in Kendal, Jamaica. Happy 83 to the pioneer of dub reggae and the highly regarded inventive producer who introduced new recording techniques and remixed countless old reggae tunes back in the seventies. He has worked with a variety of great artists, including Bob Marley, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, Ari Up
and The Slits, The Clash
and numberless others. The unbreakable reggae legend is still active on many levels. Here are 3 big tunes to celebrate the musical hero of many…

– DISCO DEVIL –
(written, sung and produced by Perry in 1977)

– POLICE AND THIEVES –
(Written and sung by Junior Murvin in 1975. Lee Perry co-wrote some lyrics and he
produced it the day he heard the song. The Clash covered it for their 1977 debut LP)

– I AM A MADMAN –
(Classic Perry track, performed live in 2016 for Seattle KEXP Radio)

LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Facebook – Biography

(pic on top: FB Perry)

Happy 60 To TERRY HALL!…

19 March 2019

Terence Edward Hall better known as TERRY HALL was born in Coventry, England on
19 March 1959. Happy 60! He is most famous for being the frontman of ska legends
THE SPECIALS (who released new LP Encore last month) but he was also involved in several side-projects such as Fun Boy Three (1981-1983), The Colourfield (1984-1987),
he recorded two solo albums and collaborated with a series of musicians. Here are 3 big tracks to celebrate this special artist’s 60th birthday…

– GHOST TOWN –
(with The Specials – 1981)

– IT AIN’T WHAT YOU DO IT’S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT –
(with Fun Boy Three featuring Banarama – 1982)

– THINKING OF YOU –
(with The Colourfield – 1985)

TERRY HALL: Fanpage Facebook / THE SPECIALS: Facebook

(Photo on top: Getty / FB Specials)

Happy 67 To… HOWARD DEVOTO

15 March 2019


(pic: Getty)

Howard Andrew Trafford, better known as HOWARD DEVOTO was born on 15 March 1952 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He started his musical career as frontman of the fab Manchester pop punks Buzzcocks along the late great Pete Shelley. It was actually Devoto and Shelley who came up with the name Buzzcocks after reading the headline, ‘It’s the Buzz, Cock!‘, in a review of the TV Series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. Devoto left in 1977 after the band released their legendary Spiral Scratch EP and he formed the excellent post punk band Magazine. Here are three tracks to celebrate the man’s 67th birthday

– BREAKDOWN – (from Buzzcocks‘s Spiral Scratch EP)

– A SONG FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS –
(from Magazine‘s third LP ‘The Correct Use Of Soap‘)

– PARADE – (from Magazine‘s debut LP ‘Real Life‘)

MAGAZINE: Facebook – All Albums


Left Pete Shelley (R.I.P), right Howard Devoto

Happy 40 To… PETER DOHERTY


(Credit: Tom Oxley/NME)

Peter Doherty was born in Hexham, Northumberland, UK on 12 March 1979. Happy 40!
For some time in his career (2000-2010), the singer/songwriter was more (in)famous for being a junkie and being convicted for drug charges far more than he put records out. But it seems like those dangerously hedonistic days are behind him. His last BABYSHAMBLES album (so far), the pretty good Sequel To The Prequel appeared in 2013. Two years later he reunited THE LIBERTINES with his lifetime friend Carl Barât for their comeback album Anthems For Doomed Youth. His second solo LP Hamburg Demonstrations saw the day of light a year later, in 2016, and next month he will launch the debut longplayer of
his new band PUTA MADRES. Quite some activity for the troubled artist. To celebrate his fortieth birthday I chose three rather smooth tracks showing the man’s touching side. Here we go…

* FLAGS OF THE OLD REGIME (a tribute to his close friend, the late Amy Winehouse)

* MUSIC WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT (from The Libertines self-titled second LP)

* UNBILOTITLED (from Babyshambles second LP ‘Shotter’s Nation‘)

PETER DOHERTY: Facebook

Happy Birthday To… MARK E. SMITH

5 March 2019

MARK EDWARD SMITH, the controversial and genial frontman of THE FALL was born 62 years ago today on 5 March 1957 in Broughton, Lancashire but lived the greater part of his live in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. To celebrate and remember the man here’s a Best Of The Fall, compiled by Turn Up The Volume when Smith passed away on 24 January 2016.

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THE FALL: Facebook – Biography

(Pic on top: Getty Images)