Happy 55 To… COURTNEY LOVE

9 July 2019

Courtney Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on 9 July 1964 in San Francisco, California. A controversial personality, an intimidating singer/frontwoman and a puzzling actress. A multifaceted character you love or you hate. I was fully fascinated when she hit the scene with Hole about 30 years ago. Some doubts kicked in afterward (thanks in part to some damaging media animosity. No thanks, sensational sharks!). Was she for real or just acting and fooling around? The fact that she married a global rock star didn’t make things easier to see as they really were. But after reading her biography sometime later
I knew she absolutely was who she showed she was. An adult with many scars because
as a bipolar teenager she was neglected by everybody (parents & family) who should have cared when it matters most for a upgrowing child and she fought her way through, on her own, to be somebody, to have a decent life and feel good about herself. Happy 55 Miss Love. Here come three big ones to celebrate…

– VIOLET –

– CELEBRITY SKIN –

– LETTER TO GOD –

COURTNEY LOVE: Biography – Facebook

Happy 57 To PRIMAL SCREAM’s Charismatic Frontman BOBBY GILLESPIE…

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22 June 2019

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(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Robert Bernard Andrew Gillespie better know in showbiz as BOBBY GILLESPIE was
born in Glasgow, Scotland on 22 June 1962. Happy 57 to the one-time drummer of The Jesus And Mary Chain and later – in 1982 – the co-founder of the multifaceted, awesome PRIMAL SCREAM gang responsible for one of the most inventive and genre-changing LPs ever with Screamadelica released in 1991. But the Scream nailed many more ace albums and rip-roaring corkers. To celebrate Gillespie‘s birthday Turn Up The Volume! choose 5 first-rate corkers from 5 different longplayers. Let’s start the Bobby party here…

– LOADED –
(Album: Screamadelica – 1991)

– ROCKS –
(Album: Give Out But Don’t Give Up – 1994)

– WALKING WITH THE BEAST –
(Album: More Light – 2013)


– KOWALSKI –

(Album: Vanishing Point – 1997)


– COUNTRY GIRL –

(Album: Riot City Blues – 2006)

Happy 75 To Fabulous Singer/Songwriter And Compelling Storyteller RAY DAVIES…

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21 June 2019

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Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, the former frontman of THE KINKS, one of the most
iconic bands ever, was born on 21st June 1944. Happy 75 to a brilliant singer/songwriter,
a compelling storyteller and an engrossing observer. A genuine British pop star who wrote countless gems and is still active as a bona fide solo performer! To celebrate this truly extraordinary phenomenon’s 75th birthday Turn Up The Volume selected five big ones
(not the massive obvious ones like You Really Got Me/Lola/Sunny Afternoon and Victoria
as you would expect, but five ace pearls nonetheless). Here we go…

– WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE –

– DANDY –

– A WELL RESPECTED MAN –

– APEMAN –

– BRINGING UP BABY –
(From 2018 solo LP Our Country: Americana Act 2 )

 
RAY DAVIES: Biography –  Facebook

Happy 77 To Pop Genius… PAUL McCARTNEY

18 June 2019

Former Beatle and grand pop singer/songwriter/composer PAUL MCCARTNEY turns 77. He was born in Liverpool on 18 June 1942. Without a shadow of a doubt one of the most influential artists ever with an immense and astounding canon. With all what Sir Macca realized musically, in the first place with the immortal The Beatles, afterward with Wings and his numerous solo albums he achieved, rightly so, a Godlike genius status.

Here come 3 three big McCartney moments to celebrate his birthday…

– HELTER SKELTER –

– HI HI HI –

– HEY JUDE –

PAUL MCCARTNEY: Website – Facebook

Happy 61 To PAUL WELLER

25 May 2019


(photo by Jonathan Daniel Pryce)

Happy 61 to PAUL WELLER who was born as John William ‘Paul’ Weller Jr. on 25 May 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England. To celebrate this supreme singer/songwriter/rocker/crooner’s birthday I’m sure that the angry older man would agree that WAKE UP THE NATION is a fitting and highly relevant choice to do so. C’mon Great-Britain, wake up…

PAUL WELLER: Website – Facebook – Discography

Happy 78 To Ingenious Songsmith And Genial Storyteller BOB DYLAN…

24 May 2019

Robert Allen Zimmerman aka BOB DYLAN was born on 24th May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, US. Happy birthday to an incomparable legend, an iconic singer/songwriter,
a genial storyteller, a characteristic nasal voice, a capricious person, a once in a lifetime troubadour, an ingenious songsmith, a never-ending performer and a majestic musician. Let’s celebrate this champion’s 78th birthday with an awesome song and equally awesome clip. Here’s SERIES OF DREAMS

BOB DYLAN: Facebook – Website

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