10 GRAHAM PARKER GEMS

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

28 September 2022

London-born GRAHAM PARKER is one of those rare singer/songwriters who, throughout his whole career put passion and energy in all of his work. Of course, it helps when you’re born with a most affectingly soul-stirring voice, but to use that gift every single time for every single song with ardent dedication and avid devotion is, as said, a rare affair.

Heart & soul songsmith/performer

Parker, now 71, has released (with his band The Rumour and solo) a huge amount
of studio, live, and compilation LPs. Picking only 10 of his gems looks like a hard job.
It actually isn’t. I just closed my eyes and noted the first 10 GP songs that popped up
in my mind et voila.

Here we go.

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1. New York Shuffle
Album: Stick To Me (1977)
2. Soul Shoes
Album: Howlin’ Wind (1976)
3. Nobody Hurts You
Album: Squeezing Out Sparks (1979)
4. The Girl Isn’t Ready
Album: The Mona Lisa’s Sister (1988)
5. And It Shook Me
Album: Struck By Lightning (1991)
6. Go Little Jimmy
Album: Songs Of No Consequence (2005)
7. Back Door Love
Album: Heat Treatment
8. Tornado Alley
Album: Your Country (2004)
9. All Being Well
Album: Don’t Tell Columbus (2005)
10. You Can’t Be Too Strong
Album: Squeezing Out Sparks (1979)

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GRAHAM PARKER: Bio – Discography – Facebook – Twitter


Thank you for the music, mister Parker (Ghent, Belgium)

(Image on top: cover of compilation album)

10 Gems (Not The Obvious Ones) By The Uncomparable 80-Year Old Singer-Songwriter Icon BOB DYLAN

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

22 Septyember 2022

It’s simple. BOB DYLAN is my all-time favorite songsmith. His genial songwriting
skills, his compelling storytelling, his supreme rhymes, his singular phrasing, his waywardness in many ways, and his (non)approach to the press. It all makes him
one of the unquestionable giants in rock history.

Last May Robert Zimmerman turned 80. But it doesn’t stop him from touring.
And, yes, he’s coming to Belgium again, on 15 October in Brussels.
Can’t wait to see the master again.

I have no clue whatsoever, how many songs Dylan wrote (so far).
What I do know is that a couple of 100 are on my best-of-Dylan-list.
Yes, hard to pick only 10. But I did.

Top 3 with videos.
Top 10 together on Spotify.

– SERIES OF DREAMS –
Stellar video clip – 1989

– SHE BELONGS TO ME –
1965

– NOT DARK YET –
1997

All 10 GEMS together.

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BOB DYLAN: Bio – Discography

10 GEMS – B.R.M.C.

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

10 September 2022


(photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2008)

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: THE BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Psychedelic black leather rock ‘n’ roll from San Francisco
who became one of my favorite bands (off znand on stage)
since their first ace LP back in 1998. So far they canned
8 albums
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Come back soon, very soon.

This is what happened to 10 of my rock ‘n’ roll punk songs.

YES!

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B.R.M.C: Bio – Discography

10 GEMS – THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

1 September 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE

Californian-born/Berlin-based musical centipede Anton Newcombe and
his troops released so far 19 studio albums (and multiple collaborative projects),
with Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees as the most recent and best one in years, and
number 20 The Future Is Your Past lands in October.

I know, you wonder, how is it possible to select
just 10 gems out of countless candidates? Well, I
picked the first ten that popped into my mind.

Enjoy this psychedelic mind massage.

10 GEMS

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TOUR 2022/2023

BJTM: Instagram – Bio – Discography

10 GEMS By BLOC PARTY

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

25 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: BLOC PARTY

The London post-punk-pop band orchestrated by Kele Okereke.
released 6 albums so far (with 2 different line-ups), with this year’s
Alpha Games as the most recent one.

My 10 BC gems

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BLOC PARTY: Bio – Discography

10 GEMS By PERE UBU

Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

20 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: PERE UBU.

David Thomas, the mastermind of Cleveland’s indie mavericks
Pere Ubu start shaking back in 1975 and is still going strong
(I saw him playing with his band in Belgium, 3 years ago.
You can read my review here).

Hands up for Pere Ubu…

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Bio – Discography

10 GEMS By LOU REED

Turn Up The Volume selects 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

15 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: LOU REED

For a second I thought to change this series, just once,
to 100 gems. Ridiculous, right? I know (I think).

Okay, just off the top of my Lou Reed head, I picked these 10.
(no, not the hits nor the too obvious ones).

Just sing, Lou

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LOU REED: Bio – Discography

10 GEMS From Non-Stop Groove Machine THE DANDY WARHOLS

Turn Up The Volume selects 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

11 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today: THE DANDY WARHOLS

The non-stop groove machine with an instant hip-shaking impact.
The Portland band canned 11 LPs so far. Bring on a new one, dandys.

TOP 3 (with videos)

– MOTOR CITY STEEL –

– SEMPER FIDELIS –

– NOT IF YOU WERE THE LAST JUNKIE ON EARTH –

Full TOP 10 (Spotify)

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THE DANDY WARHOLS: Website – Bio – Discography


(photo by Turn Up The Volume – Sint-Niklaas, Belgium – 2016)

10 GEMS From ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

Turn Up The Volume selects 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

9 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

Today, one of my all-time beloved bands, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN.
I saw 27 concerts of stunning voice and face Ian Muclloch and his Bunnies
from Liverpool. They started their triumphant career back in 1978 and
scored 13 LPs so far.

It was a hard job to pick 10 gems
from their impressive catalog.

Echo & The Bunnymen will last forever.

TOP 3 (with video clips)

– RESCUE –
(From 1980 debut LP Crocodiles)

– THE CUTTER –
(From 1983 album Porcupine)

– WITH A HIP –
(From 1981 LP Heaven Up Here)

Full TOP 10 (on Spotify)

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Bio – Discography


(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – Leuven, Belgium -2017)

10 GEMS By Legendary Pysch-O-Billy Icons THE CRAMPS

6 August 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.

This time I picked psych-o-billy icons THE CRAMPS.
They looked drop-dead gorgeous (especially ice queen
Poison Ivy), they sounded gorgeous and they made tons
of drop-dead gorgeous rippers.

Move your furniture, and start a one-man/woman moshpit.

Right here, right now.

TOP 3 with video clips

– HUMAN FLY

– BIKINI GIRLS WITH MACHINE GUNS –

– CAN YOUR PUSSY DO THR DOG –

TOP 10 on Spotify

TOP 10 on Spotify

THE CRAMPS: Bio – Discography