2 March 2021
David Bowie once called Lou Reed the King Of New York. He was that and much
more. A wayward, narcissistic genius in sound and vision. From the experimental
days of The Velvet Underground and mentor Andy Warhol, to his long solo career – spanning five decades – with ups and downs, with several masterly albums, and
multiple collaborations (with The Killers, Anthony Hegarty, Metallica, Gorillaz …).
I saw him live (only) five times. Every show was a special experience. Today he would
have celebrated his 79th birthday. Lewis Allan Reed was born in Brooklyn, New York
on 2 March 1942. He passed away in 2013 due to a liver disease after a transplant.
To celebrate the late legend’s birthday Turn Up The Volume picked three remarkable moments, not the obvious ones (Walk On The Wilde Side, Perfect Day, Satellite Of Love,
I’m Waiting For The Man, Sweet Jane, Heroin etc.) but impressive live performances of
3 standout songs I cherish as much as his classics. Here we go…
– WAVES OF FEAR – – paranoid lyrics – Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 25 Sept 1984…
– STREET HASSLE – Live in Spain 22 May 2003…
– NEW SENSATIONS – Live at Farm Aid, Champaign, Illinois 22 Sept 1985…
LOU REED: Website – Facebook – Discography
His first concert changed his life..
Bez has slimming intentions for 2021…
Bez is launching his own YouTube fitness sessions. Read all about it here.
5 January 2021
When you want to get rid of your New Year’s Parties hangovers than Brighton’s
loudmouthed motherrockers THE HELL BEINGS have the cure you’re looking for.
Just smash your poor head to the wall while their new sledgehammer single PRISON
MADE A MAN OF HER crushes your stereo. A psych-o-tic brain-breaker that switches
from agonizing punk fury to electric-powered blues-rock swagger annex crazed guitar
solo. I know you’ll have a concussion in the end, but no more hangover. There you go.
THE HELL EBINGS: Twitter
Michael Peter Balzary aka FLEA about drugs…
Top singles from the past…
31 October 2020
B-sides: Round Our Way, The Swamp Song
and The Masterplan
Released: 30 October 1995 – 25 years ago
Score: #2 in the UK, #1 in Canada, New-Zealand
and on the US Alternative Airplay
Note: two weeks ago the song passed the insane
number of 1 billion streams on Spotify.
Album: (WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY?
Bring it on, Liam…
24 October 2020
Band: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
Active: 1988–2000, 2006–present
Album: MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS
Released: 24 October 1995 – 25 years ago today
Pitchfork said: “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was one of the most generous
records of the 90s. Smashing Pumpkins took it upon themselves to make a record that
only teenagers could love and for many it was the only one they needed.” Score: 9/10.
Billy Corgan: “Do I belong in the conversation about the best artists in the world?
My answer is yes, I do.”
THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE
Turn Up the Volume: Their career classic. Big sound. Big tunes.
Key singles/clips: Bullet With Butterfly Wings / 1979 / Zero
– BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS –
– 1979 –
– ZERO –
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook
Artwork of the Deluxe Edition
Question by Suede‘s main man Brett Anderson…
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
Joe Talbot – frontman of punk sensation Idles about
their new LP ‘Ultra Mono’ out 25th September.
Full NME interview here.