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 PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – 1988

With MAGAZINE – 1979

With SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – 1981

Happy 73 Godfather Of Punk

21 April 2020

Living rock legend James Newell Osterberg Jr. aka IGGY POP was born 73 years ago,
on 21 April 1947 in Muskegon, Michigan. Twenty years later, in 1967, he formed the
iconic punk gang THE STOOGES who shocked, on record but most of all because of their raw power energy, the whole conservative American rock scene. As we all remember he wanted to be your dog and turned his bored no fun live into a long wild journey.

Afterward, he scored a brilliant naked chest career with several rad longplayers and his non-stop live escapades. He’s without a shadow of a doubt one of the most influential artists ever. Countless youngsters formed a band the moment they discovered the manic Godfather of punk.

Here are five awesome live performances I picked to celebrate the 73rd birthday of this lust for life madman.

– SIXTEEN –
(‘Sweet sixteen in leather boots‘)

– I WANNA BE YOUR DOG –
(‘Now we’re gonna be face-to-face’)

– LUST FOR LIFE –
(Totally mental performance!)

– THE PASSENGER –
(‘Lalalalalalalaalalalala‘)

– JAMES BOND –

IGGY POP: Facebook

Happy 65 PETE SHELLEY

18 April 2020

PETE SHELLEY, the late great punk legend and frontman of Buzzocks would have been
65 today. He was born, named Peter Campbell McNeish, on 17 April 1955. Unfortunately, he left us on 6 December 2018. A brilliant singer-songwriter and musician whose solo work isn’t praised as much as it deserves. Shelley made four solos albums between 1979 and 1986 (Sky Yen / Homosapien / XL-1 / Heaven And The Sea) and one album called Buzzkunst,
in 2002, with his one-time Buzzcock pal Howard Devoto.

To celebrate his 65th birthday I picked three standout solo tracks. Here we go…

– TELEPHONE OPERATOR –
(From XL-1, 1986)

– HOMOSAPIEN –
(From Homosapien, 1981 )

– WAITING FOR LOVE –
(From Heaven And The Sea – 1986)

Happy 65 To ANGUS YOUNG – The Schoolboy Hero Of Hard Rock Legends AC/DC…

31 March 2020

Today 65 years ago, on 31 March 1955, ANGUS McKINNON YOUNG was born in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1963 he moved with his family to Australia. After playing in
a couple of small bands, he formed, with his brother AC/DC in 1973 and he became
world-famous for his schoolboy-uniform outfit – which he still wears at gigs – and his
own version of Chuck Berry’s duck walk while playing firework riffs. To celebrate the
hard rock hero’s birthday I picked three AC/DC classics, live versions of course.

Here we go, bang your head…

– HIGHWAY TO HELL –

– THUNDERSTRUCK –

– WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE –

AC/DC: Facebook

Happy 75 To Reggae Icon BOB MARLEY…

6 February 2020

Robert Nesta Marley aka BOB MARLEY was born in Nine Miles in Jamaica on 6 February 1945. The reggae icon who passed away in Miami on 11 May 1981, would have turned 75 today. To celebrate the late legend’s birthday a new animated video clip for REDEMPTION SONG was made by French artists Octave Marsal and TheoMayDe Gueltzl who illustrated the visuals to bring the song’s story of emancipation to life.

See the beauty here…

BOB MARLEY: Website – Facebook

Happy 75 To Flamboyant Rocker And Legendary Voice… ROD STEWART

10 January 2020

Sir Roderick David Stewart, better known as ROD STEWART was born in Highgate,
Londen
on 10 January 1945. Happy 75 to a legendary rocker who became a much-loved crooner later in his career (and still today), to an eclectic singer/songwriter, to a tireless playboy, to a football freak and most of all to a brilliant vocalist with a unique, hoarse
voice who started as a flamboyant rocker (with The Jeff Beck Group and then The Faces)
but became a global superstar as a solo artist with several excellent albums and a series
of massive hit singles.

Here are three of Turn Up The Volume‘s favourite Rod Stewart moments…

– STAY WITH ME –
(with The Faces – 1971)

– MAGGIE MAY –
(From ‘Every Picture Tells A Story‘ LP – 1971)

– CINDY INCIDENTALLY –
(With The Faces – 1973)

ROD STEWART: Facebook


Happy 75!

(photo: FB Rod Stewart)

Happy 73 To Legend PATTI SMITH…

30 December 2019

Patricia LeePattiSmith was born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois.

Happy 73 to an astonishing singer/songwriter, performer, poet and human being.

Here are three of her many great songs to celebrate her birthday…

– PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER –


– ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGGER –

(Live 1979)

– DANCING BAREFOOT –
(Lyrics video)

PATTI SMITH: Facebook / photo on top FB Patti Smith

Happy 76 To The Human Riff… KEITH RICHARDS

18 December 2019

Rolling Stone KEITH RICHARDS, also known as The Human Riff was born on 18 December 1943. Happy 76 to one of the most iconic rock stars that ever walked this planet. Here’s,
to celebrate the guitar hero’s birthday, an awesome live version of Sly and Robbie‘s reggae track ‘TOO RUDE’ which Keef played at the Hollywood Palladium, on 15 December 1988, with his band The X-Pensive Winos

KEITH RICHARDS: Facebook

(photo on top: FB Keith Richards)

Happy 70 To TOM VERLAINE…

13 December 2019

TOM VERLAINE (real name: Thomas Miller) was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on
13 December 1949. Happy 70! He’s best known as the frontman/guitarist/songwriter
of the legendary New York City based band TELEVISION. Their 1977 debut album MARQUEE MOON was the landmark longplayer of the late 70s post-punk era that
definitely changed alternative guitar rock music. Television split after two albums but reunited in 1992 for their third and final LP. Verlaine had also a productive solo career
with 10 albums between 1979 and 2006 and collaborated with countless artists.

To celebrate his 70th birthday here’s
that milestone album MARQUEE MOON

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TELEVISION: Biography

Happy 55 To Original Voice And Compelling Songwriter MARK LANEGAN…

25 November 1964

MARK LANEGAN was born in Ellensburg, Washington, 25 November 1964. Happy 55 to an original voice and a most compelling songwriter. His musical career began as vocalist with grunge rockers Screaming Trees in 1985. When the band called it a day Lanegan followed his own successful path with countless collaborations with various other artists and with his, by now impressive canon of 11 solo records. His latest longplayer, one of his best to my ears, Somebody’s Knocking appeared last month.

To celebrate this authentic rock troubadour’s
birthday I picked these three big moments…

– HALO OF ASHES –
(Live Screamming Trees performance on British TV show 1996)


– WEDDING DRESS –

(Live version / from his 2004 ‘Bubblegum’ LP)

– NIGHT FLIGHT TO KABUL –
(From his new 2019 LP Somebody’s Knocking)

MARK LANEGAN: Website – Facebook

(photo on top: FB Mark Lanegan)