CYNDI LAUPER Shares Re-Recorded Version Of Her 1993 Abortion Rights Anthem ‘SALLY’S PIGEONS

27 June 2022

In wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal, New York’s pop heroine CYNDI LAUPER
has re-recorded her 1993 abortion rights anthem SALLY’S PIGEONS.

Lauper: “In my childhood, women didn’t have reproductive freedom and 50 years later
we find ourselves in a time warp where one’s freedom to control their own body has been stripped away. When I wrote this song with Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1991, we wrote about
two little girls who dreamt of stretching their wings like the pigeons they watched that flew above them. They dreamt of being free. But freedom then for women and unfortunately now comes at a big price. If we don’t have control over our own bodies then we have no real freedom. We are second class citizens. We need to mobilize. We need to let our voices be heard.”

The song was inspired by the death of a childhood friend of Lauper‘s
who got pregnant in her teens following a back-alley abortion.


When I was eight I had a friend
With a pirate smile
Make believe and play pretend
We were innocent and wild
Hopped a fence and slammed the gate
Running down my alleyway
In time to watch Sally’s pigeons fly

We loved to watch them dive and soar
Circle in the sky
Free as a bird from three to four
And never knowing why
Neighbors pulled their wash back in
Put away my Barbie and Ken
Look out overhead
While Sally’s pigeons fly

I had a fool’s confidence
That the world had no boundaries
But instincts and common sense
Come in different quantities

My heart began to skip to the beat
Of the boy next door
She had her eye across the street
On someone shy and tall
We lived our dreams
And challenged fate
In tears she told me she was late
And Sally let his pigeons out to fly

On the dresser sits a frame
With a photograph
Two little girls in ponytails
Some twenty one years back
She left one night with just a nod
Was lost from some back alley job
I close my eyes and Sally’s pigeons fly
She never saw those birds again
And me, I can’t remember when
A pirate smile hasn’t made me cry
I close my eyes
And Sally’s pigeons fly



(Image on top: cover of Lauper‘s best of album)

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Into Garage Force DIRK.

When Turn Up The Volume is excited…

All you hungry music junkies out there I recommend you to open your
ears for pumped-up Belgian misfits DIRK. I’ll give you 5 reasons why.

1. They’re garage rock fanatics with an unstoppable appetite for riff-schizophrenic rippers.

2. They fuck things up the way we like to fuck things up too.

3. Jimi Hendrix played guitar with his teeth. DIRK.’s frontman
can play guitar lying on his back with one leg in the air.

4. That same guy does the duck walk as well as Chuck Berry did it.

5.. DIRK. is a kids-friendly band.

Not convinced yet?
This will…

DIRK: Facebook – Instagram

Today Belgium, tomorrow the world.

(Pics by Turn Up The Volume – Rock Affligem Fest, 21 May 2022)


MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY is a group of artists, music
industry professionals and organisations who believe that…


MDE has now launched its US initiative with support from artists who are passionate about the climate crisis, with artists including Billie Eilish, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Brian Eno supporting the cause and many more join on a daily basis.

Initially started in the UK in 2019, MDE is now also operational in France, Germany, Switzerland, Chile and Canada. It’s gathered over 6000 signatures from across the music industry supporting a declaration that calls for an immediate governmental response to do more to combat climate change.

In a new statement, MDE said: “Now, more than ever is the time for the United States to loudly and proactively join the rally to curb and reverse greenhouse gas emissions. The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time, and the power of music should take its place at the forefront of this important movement to create a safer, fairer, more sustainable world. The climate crisis is about science, not politics. There is #NOMUSICONADEADPLANET.

Chrissie Hynde: “This declaration needs to be the moment where music steps up and really pushes the truth to our audiences and confronts governments so that things happen much more quickly.”


1,000,000,000 Views For Metallic Sheffield Rockers BRING ME THE HORIZON

14 April 2022

Metallic Sheffield rockers BRING ME THE HORIZON
have reached 1 billion streams on Spotify for their
4th monstrous LP SEMPITERNAL released in 2013.

BMOTH said: “NiNE yEArS oF SeMPiterNaL. tHAnK U”

Key single

Stream the full album…

AllMusic about ‘Sempiternal’: “Bring Me the Horizon have been working slowly but
surely to refine their sound for years now, and with Sempiternal, it feels like their patience
and hard work are finally beginning to pay dividends.”
Score: 4/5.

Special NEW ORDER Charity T-Shirt For UKRAINE

3 April 2022

Manchester’s synth-pop legends NEW ORDER offer a special
t-shirt in aid of Ukraine Crisis Appeal | British Red Cross.

You can order one via the band’s Merch Store. The shirt’s design was
inspired by the VHS label (designed by longtime collaborator Peter Saville)
of the registration of their gig at the Ukrainian National Home in New York City
in 1981.

The film was named after Taras Shevchenko, the 19th-century writer, poet
and painter who championed the formation of an independent Ukraine
through his work.

Only £25
Buy here

The concert at the Ukrainian National Home in New York City in 1981 in full…

NEW ORDER: Website


2 April 2022

You can fool some people sometimes
But you can’t fool all the people all the time
So now we see the light (watch you gon’ do?)
We gonna stand up for our rights (yeah, yeah)
So you’d better
Get up, stand up (get up, stand up)
Stand up for your rights (get up, stand up)
Get up, stand up
Don’t give up the fight (get up, stand up)

LIAM GALLAGHER Dedicates Classic ‘LIVE FOREVER’ To TAYLOR HAWKINS At Royal Albert Hall Concert

Liam Gallagher dedicated Oasis classic Live Forever to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins last Saturday at his concert in the historic Royal Albert Hall in London, a day
after Hawkins passed away (probably due to a heart attack) in his hotel room, totally unexpected, the day before, on Friday.

Info: Gallagher wrote his newest single Everything’s Electric
with FF’s frontman and former drummer of Nirvana Dave Grohl

“I dedicate this last song to the one and only Taylor fucking Hawkins. This is for you, brother.”