Post-Punk-Poet MARK E. SMITH Passed Away 5 Years Ago Today

24 January 2023

MARK E. SMITH, the wayward mastermind of incomparable Manchester post-punk
outlaws THE FALL died 5 years ago today, on 24 January 2018. He was only 60.

Smith was no less than a troubled genius, a fascinating wordsmith, a modern poet and made more records in his short lifetime than Radiohead would ever be able to complete
in a full century.

In memory of this once in a lifetime artist and the countless brill line-ups of
his band Turn Up The Volume picked these 25 psycho mafia Smith crackers.

His best quote ever.


7″ singles/sleeves/vinyl

21 January 2023

The late American singer/songwriter EDWIN STARR (real name: Charles Edwin Hatcher) would have celebrated his 81st birthday today. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee
on 21 January 1942.

He scored his biggest hit with WAR. An anti-Vietnam song written by Motown artists Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, released in 1970. Unfortunately still dangerously relevant today.


What did the world leaders learn since 1970
after Starr‘s warning? Absolutely nothing!

EDWIN STARR: Bio – Discography


19 January 2023

Iconic voice/performer JANIS JOPLIN with her unique hoarse voice would
have celebrated her 80th birthday today (born 19 January 1943). Happy 80!.
If you never heard of her you must be living on Mars, I guess.

Unfortunately, she partied too hard and messed up her young life with heroin.
On 4 October 1970, after an accidental overdose she passed away, only 27, joining
the sad 27-club (Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, blues pioneer
Robert Johnson/. Joplin was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1995.

All of a sudden, someone threw me in front of this rock and roll band.
I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.

Let’s remember her with these two classics ‘Piece Of My Heart
and ‘Me And Bobby McGee‘ are two of her most famous songs.



JANIS JOPLIN: Bio – Discography

ANITA POINTER – Founder Of Soul Pop Family Act THE POINTER SISTERS Dead At 74

1 January 2023

ANITA POINTER, the founder/vocalist of soul pop trio
THE POINTER SISTERS passed away after battling cancer,
surrounded by her family in her home in Beverly Hills.
She was 74.

Anita and her sisters grew up singing in their dad’s church. In
the tenth grade Anita played alto sax as a member of the McRae
High School
band. In 1969 Anita quit her job as a secretary to join
her younger sisters Bonnie, June and Ruth to form The Pointer Sisters.

Full band statement HERE.

Here’s one of the biggest sisters hits
Fire, written by Bruce Springsteen.

THE POINTER SISTERS: Bio – Discography

THE STRANGLERS’ Drummer And Co-Founder JET BLACK Passed Away At 84

JET BLACK, drummer and co-founder of new-post-punk-wave
heroes THE STRANGLERS has passed away, aged 84.

Press statement: “Jet Black, born Brian John Duffy, passed away peacefully
at home on Tue 6th Dec. A founding member of iconic British new-wave rock band
The Stranglers, Jet helped the band achieve a prolific 23 top 40 singles and 19 top 40 albums in the official UK charts.

As the ‘elder statesmen’ of the group, Jet was already a successful businessman in the Guildford area when The Stranglers formed in 1974. Jet owned a fleet of ice cream vans,
one of which, as many fans will fondly remember, was used to tour the UK in the early years. Jet also owned an off license, the upstairs apartment of which doubled as
‘Stranglers HQ’ in the early days.

Jet retired from performing live with The Stranglers in 2015 having suffered with respiratory health issues since childhood. Despite difficulties in performing towards the end of his career, Jet’s charismatic charm resonated with fans who would endlessly chant his name as he took his place at the drums.

As a drummer in jazz bands during the 60s, Jet’s playing style
helped shape The Stranglers’ unique sound.

On reaction to the news, bassist and co-frontman JJ Burnel said “The welcoming committee has doubled. After years of ill health Jet has finally been released. He was a force of nature. An inspiration. The Stranglers would not have been if it wasn’t for him. The most erudite of men. A rebel with many causes. Say hi to Dave for me.”

A wonderful tribute (Thanks to Bang Showbiz).

THE STRANGLERS: Website – Bio – Discography