It’s Not Dark Yet – Happy 81 To Living Songwriter Icon BOB DYLAN

24 May 2022

Robert Zimmernan was born on 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.
Happy 81 to my all-time favorite singer-songwriter.

To mark the day here’s one of the most
affecting songs about getting older,
written by the man himself.

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

CHRIS CORNELL’s Heart Broke 5 Years Ago Today

July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017


Every time I stare into the sun
Trying to find a reason to go on
All I ever get is burned and blind
Until the sky bleeds the pouring rain

When you came along the time was right
Pulled me like an apple red and ripe
Wasn’t very long you took a bite
And did me wrong, and it serves me right

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go ’round again, again

Every little key unlocks the door
Every little secret has a lie
Try to take a picture of the sun

And it won’t help you to see the light
Every little word upon your lips
Makes a little cut where blood pours out

Every little drop of blood a kiss that I won’t miss
Not for anything
And I nearly forgot my broken heart

It’s taking me miles away
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go ’round again



Stretford, UK 15 July 1956 – Macclesfield, 18 May 1980

Walk in silence
Don’t walk away, in silence
See the danger
Always danger

Endless talking
Life rebuilding
Don’t walk away

Walk in silence
Don’t turn away, in silence
Your confusion
My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate
Confronts and then dies
Don’t walk away

People like you find it easy
Naked to see
Walking on air
Hunting by the rivers,
through the streets,
every corner

Abandoned too soon
Set down with due care
Don’t walk away in silence
Don’t walk away


Paris, 1979

OH LA LA LA, C’était Magnifique – Rest In Peace Charlatan ARNO

Rest in peace

24 April 2022

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Yesterday Belgian all-round artist ARNO, with Bob Dylan my all-time favorite singer/songwriter/performer/entertainer ever, passed away following a long
and destructive battle with cancer. He was a bluesman, a rocker, a crooner,
a storyteller, a humanist, a natural born muscician and so much more.

He was born Arnaud Charles Ernest Hintjens 72 years ago in Ostende, the Queen
of the Belgian beach cities, but lived the greater part of his life in Brussels. He started
his career with a band called Freckleface (1 album, in 1972), then teamed-up with his mate Paul Couter for 2 albums as Tjens Couter.


The first trip to big commercial success (in Europe) started in 1980 with one of the best Belgian bands ever. TC Matic stood out with their unique post-punk-blues badass sound and Arno howling about everything and nothing.

They fabricated 5 albums (from good to masterpieces Choco and their self-titled debut LP). The band broke up in 1986 and charlatan (the title of his 2nd LP) Arno went solo. He sang in French and English. He made 15 albums and a new one was finished just before he died.

I saw him performing (with former bands/side-projects and countless times a solo artist) more than 100 times (most of all in my home country of Belgium, of course, but also in France and The Netherlands, on festivals and indoors) giving it all on stage, every single time. He was addicted to playing live and I was addicted to seeing him doing it.

A once-in-my-lifetime hero, forever in my heart and my soul.

His greatest hit was/is Oh La La La (C’est Magnifique), a 1981 classic with TC Matic.
He played it at the end of his shows throughtout his solo career. A stone gold fans classic.

Oh La La La
C’ETAIT magnifique

Solo Albums

Rest in peace, old motherfucker…


4 April 2022

Genuine London punk fashion model JORDAN
(real name: Pamela Rooke) passed away last night.

Her family broke the news with this message…

“Jordan (Pamela Rooke) has left her mark on this planet, whether it be as ‘The Queen of Punk’, or for her veterinary work and countless prize winning cats,” the family continued. “She lived life to the full and was true to herself and others throughout the whole of her life. She was totally trusted and respected by all those who knew her. Jordan was a blessed rare individual indeed. She did not want any speculation regarding her passing, and wished for the world to know that after a short period of illness, she succumbed to a relatively rare form of cancer known as cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Jordan was a wonderful woman and will be remembered for countless decades to come,”

R.I.P. Jordan

In 2019 this book called Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story came out…

The image of Jordan in her white shards of beehive and Mondrian make-up is one of the most iconic in pop history. But nobody knows what was really going on behind those watchful eyes when Anarchy hit the UK. How did a ballet-mad girl from sleepy Sussex make her way, via the clandestine gay clubs of Brighton and London, to 430 King’s Road and the eye of punk’s storm? How could she share hair-raising adventures with McLaren and Westwood, The Sex Pistols, Adam and his Ants, Derek Jarman and Andy Warhol, and then just disappear? With commentary from key players including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Cook, Marco Pirroni, Holly Johnson, and her partner behind the SEX/Seditionaries counter, Michael Collins, plus a wealth of never-before-seen images from Simon Barker, Sheila Rock, and Harri Peccinotti, Jordan finally reveals her outrageous life story.


31 March 2022

A new David Bowie waxwork based on his legendary Ziggy Stardust persona
has been unveiled in the world-famous wax-museum Madame Tussauds in
London. It was created in partnership with Bowie’s estate.

Press statement: “David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust transcends generations and music
genres, making him the ultimate headliner to launch our new Music Festival zone.”

Ziggy played guitar…

Credit for both pictures: Madame Tussauds London/Press

Happy 80 To JOHN CALE – One The Most Authentic Musicians/Songwriters And Voices In Rock History

9 March 2022

JOHN DAVIES CALE was born on 9 March 1942 in Wales, UK. Happy 80 to one of the most authentic, high-quality singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, avant-garde artists, and affecting voices in rock history. He also made a name as a masterly and adventurous producer (among so many artists he was behind the mix table for masterpieces such as the debut LP of Patti Smith (Horses) and the debut of The Stooges.

Most people know him as the musical innovator and violist of groundbreaking legends
The Velvet Underground alongside that other icon, the late Lou Reed. But, as it always happens, two big egos in a band is one too many.

In 1968, after two VU albums, Cale left and started a formidable solo career. He canned
16 solo albums (so far), with MFans (new versions of songs from his praised 1982 LP Music For A New Society as the most recent one), released in 2016. He collaborated
with countless musicians (a lot with his good friend and equally genial Brian Eno), and
composed multiple scores for movies, and still produced work of others.

In 1990 Cale and Reed found each other again for an ode
to their mentor Andy Warhol with the grand Songs For Drella,
a classic in my Reed/Cale book.

So hard to choose only 3 memorable Cale moments, but here we go…

(Pearl from the ‘Songs For Drella’ LP)

(From 1974 album ‘Fear’)

– GUTS –
(From 1975 album ‘Slow Dazzle’)

I know it would be a crime not to stream/play one of his
best, if not his ultimate best LP ever, on his 80th birthday .
His 3rd longplayer PARIS 1919 from 1973…

JOHN CALE: All Albums – Facebook

Already 3 Years Today – R.I.P. KEITH FLINT (The Prodigy)

4 March 2022

Keith Charles Flint was born on 17 September 1969 in Redbridge, London.

He started his musical career in 1990 as a dancer for Liam Howlett‘s techno-punk
project The Prodigy. He became the flamboyant co-vocalist in 1996 with the band’s
third LP The Fat Of The Land and the group’s eccentric and heated performer
on stage along with Maxim.

Three years ago today, on 4 March 2019, he took his own life.
Only 49. Sad, really sad. Rest in peace.

Three great Keith Flint moments…

– NO GOOD (Start The Dance)
(Keith as the long-haired dancer)

(Punked-up star)



Happy 80 To Rolling Stone BRIAN JONES

28 February 2022

Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was born on 28 February 1942,
in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. He would have
celebrated his 80th birthday today.

Jones was the founder (in 1962) of one of the biggest rock groups ever,
for which he also invented the name (I wonder if there’s anybody on this
planet who has never heard of The Rolling Stones).

He was a multi-instrumentalist, always hungry for new instruments and
also the creative stone who wanted the band to take a more adventurous

Unfortunately, he lost himself in a destructive amount of drugs and alcohol.
He drowned, under the influence of damaging stuff, in his pool in 1969. He
was only 27.

Three great Brian Jones moments…

With Jones on sitar

Jones playing his iconic VOX Teardrop Guitar

– Short docu about HIS GUITARS

BRIAN JONES: Biography

(Image on top: Cover of 2020 documentary Life and Death of Brian Jones)