T. REX – Glam Rock Monument ‘ELECTRIC WARRIOR’ Came Out 50 Years Ago Today

Back in time

24 September 2021

Band: T. REX
Active: 1967-1977
4 studio LPs as Tyrannosaurus Rex
and 12 albums as T. Rex

R.I.P. Marc Bolan
30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977

Anniversary album: ELECTRIC WARRIOR
Released: 24 September 1971 – 50 years ag today
Producer: Tony Visconti (who worked a lot with Bowie
too and several other big-name musicians))
Score: # 1 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “Electric Warrior does contain the immortal “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”, but that’s neither the only nor the best reason to pick it up. What makes this record so enduring is its almost accidental emotional depth: When T.Rex is kicking out the jams, they sound like they’re having the most gleeful, absurd good time ever committed to wax. There’s nothing so glorious in rock and roll as hearing Bolan croon, “Just like a car, you’re pleasing to behold/ I’ll call you Jaguar if I may be so bold,” over his namesake boogie… The most significant aspect of Electric Warrior isn’t its arena rock confidence; it’s that Bolan allows his grinning mask to slip. With the incomparable aid of producer Tony Visconti, Bolan sketches a vast, empty room, where, after the party’s over, he resides alone, wide-eyed and desperate. On ballads like
“Cosmic Dancer”, “Monolith” and “Girl”, he speaks in the same gibberish as elsewhere, but
he’s clearly haunted by what we can’t say.”
Full review here. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: A natural-born rock star. Charisma, looks, clothes,
voice, and most of all tons of classic gems, slow and fast, glamorous and
moody. A genuine electric warrior. Icon 4ever.

Singles: Get It On / Jeepster

– GET IT ON –
(No 1 on the UK Singles Chart)

– JEEPSTER –
(Peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart)

Album in full…

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T.REX: Discography

THE LUMINEERS Show You Their ‘BRIGHTSIDE’

New striking strokes

24 September 2021

Band: THE LUMINEERS
Who: Folk rockers from Denver, Colorado
Active: 2005-present / 4 studio albums
(including the new one)

New album: BRIGHTSIDE
Out: 14 January 2022 – more info here

New single: BRIGHTSIDE (title track)

Wesley Schultz (singer/songwriter): “The song was recorded in
a single day. It’s like a 15-year-old’s fever dream, an American love
story in all its glory and heartbreak. The last couple left, on the run
from something and all alone.”

Vintage Americana…

Watch this great live version on American TV…

THE LUMINEERS: Facebook

Amazing Artwork! RADIOHEAD With Lots Of Stuff For Anniversaries Of ‘KID A’ And ‘AMNESIAC’

23 September 2021

Record labels love anniversaries of albums. Then they can offer the fans of the artists special stuff, mostly for expensive prices as the number of copies/pressings are – in
most cases – limited. I rather look at the format/artwork that’s presented.

This time RADIOHEAD has a lot to offer. Their two experimental electro LPs – Kid A
and Amnesiac – were released, respectively on 2 October 2000 and 30 May 2001. The
label decided two put the twin records together in an 20th-anniversary special titled
KID A MNESIA. All stuff (save for the third item, has already sold out) is available on
5 November 2021.

Here’s what’s in store…

1. KID A MNESIA HARDBACK ART CATALOGUE

More info here

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2/ KID AMNESIETTE SPECIAL EDITION CASSETTE BOOK

More info here

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3. THE “SCARRY” BOOK (ART BOOK AND 3 X CREAM VINYL)

Oops SOLD OUT
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Stream links to the original albums

– KID A –

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– AMNESIAC –

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RADIOHEAD: Facebook

JULZ SALE From Post Punk Band DELTA 5 (1979-1981) Passed Away

23 September 2021

Sad news (again). Only a couple of days after the announcement
of the passing of Richard H. Kirk, co-founder of Cabaret Voltaire
comes a statement now via Variety:

Julz Sale, co-founder and singer/guitarist of Delta 5, whose 1980 indie hit
“Mind Your Own Business” saw an unexpected revival when it was used in
an Apple ad earlier this year, has died, Variety has confirmed via the band’s
U.S. label.”

DELTA 5 was a post-punk band from Leeds, that split after two years
(1979-1981), one album See The Whirl and several outstanding singles
with Mind Your Own Business (I have a copy, stunning artwork, see
below) as their best known 7″.

Here’s a live version of that classic – Jultz Sale on vocals…

The single’s superb artwork…

All singles and some live tracks…

British Rock Anarchists FAT WHITE FAMILY Have TEN THOUSAND APOLOGIES For The Release Of A New Book

Must-read stuff

23 September 2021

Band: FAT WHITE FAMILY

Who: Gang of controversial and self-destructive anarchists from Sheffield/London that miraculously survived after 10 years of drugs and tons of other toxic situations in and
out of the band but they also managed to produce 3 longplayers and to be one of the most exciting/flabbergasting/frenzied bands that hit the stage this century, in my book.

Here’s an idea…

Book: TEN THOUSAND APOLOGIES

Authors: Adelle Stripe and Lias Saoudi, the Family’s charismatic frontman
(I wonder what Lias’ part will be in the book, as I doubt that he can remember
a lot about the past brain-damaging 10 years).


(Lias looking for inspiration for the book in Brussels (2016), photo by Turn Up The Volume)

White Rabbit says: “Co-written with lucidity and humour by singer Lias Saoudi
and acclaimed author Adelle Stripe, Ten Thousand Apologies is that rare thing: a music book
that barely features any music, a biography as literary as any novel, and a confessional
that does not seek forgiveness. This is the definitive account of Fat White Family’s disgraceful and radiant jihad – a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era.”

Out: February 2022 via White Rabbit Books
Pre-order info: via Rough Trade


(The Lou ‘heroin’ Reed days of musical maestro Saul Adamczewski
photo by Turn Up The Volume – France 2016)

Most recent FWF album
Serfs Up! (2019)

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FWF: Facebook

Happy 72 To THE BOSS!

23 September 2021

No introduction is needed for this living legend. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
was born in Long Branch (New Jersey) on 23 September 1949. Happy 72 to The Boss.

He already hit the scene in 1964 and has made 20 studio albums so far, with the 2020 top LP Letter To You as his most recent one. He became a worldwide bona fide rock star with million-seller longplayer Born In The USA in 1984, but my favorite still is the tremendously passionate Darkness On The Edge Of Town (actually along with the equally brilliant Nebraska).

Three big (live) Springsteen moments…

– PROMISED LAND –
(From ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’)

– THE RIVER –
(From the same-titled 1980 LP)

– BORN TO RUN –

And my favorite Bruce album

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: CareerAll Albums

PARQUET COURTS Are Back To Roll – Hear New Single ‘BLACK WIDOW SPIDER’

New sonic impulses…

23 September 2021

Band: PARQUET COURTS
Who: Jangly Texas rockers living/working in New York City
Active: Since 2010 / 7 studio albums including the new one.

New album: SYMPATHY FOR LIFE
Out 21 October

New single: BLACK WIDOW SPIDER
Second taster after Walking At A Downtown Place

Andrew Savage (vocalist/guitarist): “I told [producer] Rodaidh
McDonald that I wanted to find a sound that was equal parts Can,
Canned Heat and This Heat. He was really into that and probably
took some glee in having such a bizarre challenge.”


(Andrew Savage – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

The accompanying video was directed by Shayne Ehman: “We were
inspired by the claymation master Art Clokey. I wanted the video to feel
like it was shot in the 1950’s and so I used very old lenses. One was a
brass projection lens from the 1860’s and another was radioactive.”

The Courts never rocked this conventionally and it works terrifically…

PARQUET COURTS: All AlbumsAll Tour Dates

PIXIES – 30 Candles For Their Fourth Longplayer ‘TROMPE LE MONDE’

Back in time

23 September 2021

Band: PIXIES
Who: Boston’s noise rock legends led by Black Francis
Active: 1986–1993, 2004–present / 7 studio albums (so far)

Anniversary album: TROMPE LE MONDE
Released: 30 years ago – in the UK on 23 September 1991
and in the US the day after

AllMusic / Heather Phares: “The title might be French for “fool the world,” but with
‘Trompe le Monde’, the Pixies weren’t fooling anyone: this was essentially Black Francis’
solo debut. It focuses on Francis’ sci-fi fascination and lacks any Kim Deal songs, even
her backing vocals are far and few between. Yet the band sounds revitalized on ‘Trompe
le Monde’, as if it were planned as their last hurrah.
” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: It’s hard to top your first 3 albums as they all three were
brilliant, but Trompe Le Monde had some jawdropping moments – Planet Of Sound
(one of their best hammers ever) / Head On (JAMC cover) / U-Mass / Subbacultcha
but their overall hard-hitting, melodic noise resonance became too familiar by
that time.

Anecdote: As mentioned above, ‘Trompe Le Monde‘ came out in the US
on 24 September 1991, the exact same date as the release of Nirvana‘s
masterpiece ‘Nevermind‘. I guess many of us know that Pixies were one
of Kurt Cobain‘s favorite bands

Singles: Planet Of Sound / Alec Eiffel / Letter To Memphis

– PLANET OF SOUND –

– ALEC EIFFEL –

– LETTER TO MEMPHIS –

Full album…

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All AlbumsWebsite

IT’S KARMA IT’S COOL With A Rush Of Caffeine To The Head

Daily electricity to load your batteries

23 September2021

Band: IT’S KARMA IT’S COOL
Who: Psych pop rockers from Lincoln (UK)
who released their convincing debut EP
Woke Up In Hollywood last year.

New album: HOMESICK FOR OUR FUTURE DESTINATIONS
Out: 5th November via Kool Kat Music

New single: COFFEE CUP CIRCLES

Turn Up The Volume: From the kick-off, it’s full steam ahead. No brakes,
no looking back, no calming down until this stormy stonker, abruptly, comes
to an end after only 140 seconds (you know where to find the repeat button).

The near-crashing combination of steamy bass/drums fervency, sparkling guitars
on the run – jumping up front now and then – and a nervous chorus cause a rush
of caffeine to the head. And it feels just great!

Have your cup here…

Coffee Cup Circles is available via Bandcamp