BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Knockout Albums Turning 10 In 2021

1. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM THE VACCINES? by THE VACCINES

Released: 11 March 2011 – debut LP
NME said: “By fusing elements of US pop-punk (the Ramones – not Blink 182), chillwave
(they too are obsessed with reverb) and classic good-time pop’n’roll (The Strokes, primetime Libs/KOL), The Vaccines have recorded an album that – if things continue to go their way – should serve to give British rock music a much-needed jolt in the arm.”

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2. SKYING by THE HORRORS

Released: 11 July 2011 – third LP
Pitchfork said: “While they may have started out as all glittering surfaces, the Horrors have evolved into a dependable band making wide-reaching rock music. Whether a calculated retreat or just a natural maturation, the Horrors have found a sound more content with background and atmosphere, and it suits them nicely.”

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3. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

Released: 17 October 2011 – self-titled debut LP
The Daily Mirror: “High Flying Birds is the best collection
of Noel Gallagher tunes since his Morning Glory days.”

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4. LET ENGLAND SHAKE by PJ HARVEY

Released: 14 February 2011 – eight LP
AllMusic said: “Let England Shake’s’ songs, touching on the disastrous World War I naval strike that left more than 30,000 English soldiers dead. Her musical allusions are just as fascinating and pointed. Its complexities make it one of Harvey’s most powerful works.

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5. SUCK IT AND SEE by ARCTIC MONKEYS

Released: 6 June 2011 – fourth LP
NME said: “Suck It and See’, then, is the band’s ‘Rubber Soul’. Much like how The Beatles spent the early part of their career penned in by commercial expectations, they broke out and proved they were much more than novelty love songs on their experimental, but concise sixth album.”

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BJÖRK Released Her First Supreme Solo Album ‘DEBUT’ 25 Years Ago…

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3 July 2018

Artist: BJÖRK

Album: DEBUT – her first solo album

Released: 5 July 1993 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Freed from the Sugarcubes’ confines, Björk takes her voice and creativity to new heights on Debut, her first work after the group’s breakup. With producer Nellee Hooper’s help, she moves in an elegantly playful, dance-inspired direction, crafting highly individual, emotional electronic pop songs. Possibly her prettiest work, Björk’s horizons expanded on her other releases, but the album still sounds fresh, which is even more impressive considering electronic music’s whiplash-speed innovations. Debut not only announced Björk’s remarkable talent; it suggested she had even more to offer.”
Score: 5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: One of the most inventive, creative and entertaining artists in pop history, blessed with an other-worldly vox and outstanding songwriting qualities. This first-class debut started a spectacular career in sound and vision.

TOP TRACKS: Human Behaviour / Venus As A Boy / Big Time Sensuality

* HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

* VENUS AS A BOY

* BIG TIME SENSUALITY

DEBUT in full…

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BJÖRK: Website – Facebook – Discography

KATE BUSH Released Her Phenomenal Debut Album ‘THE KICK INSIDE’ Forty Years Ago…

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15 February 2018

Artist: KATE BUSH

Album: THE KICK INSIDE – debut LP

Released: 17 February 1978 – 40 years ago

BBC Music wrote (in 2008) : “The tale’s been oft-told, but bears repeating: Discovered by a mutual friend of the Bush family as well as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Bush was signed on Gilmour’s advice to EMI at 16. Given a large advance and three years, ‘The Kick Inside’ was
her extraordinary debut. To this day nothing sounds like it. Using mainly session musicians,
‘The Kick Inside’ was the result of a record company actually allowing a young talent to blossom. Some of these songs were written when she was 13! Helmed by Gilmour’s friend, Andrew Powell, it’s a lush blend of piano grandiosity, vaguely uncomfortable reggae and intricate, intelligent, wonderful songs. All delivered in a voice that had no precedents. Even so, EMI wanted the dullest, most conventional track, James And The Cold Gun as the lead single, but Kate was no push over. At 19 she knew that the startling whoops and Bronte-influenced narrative of Wuthering Heights would be her make or break moment. Luckily she was allowed her head.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: “I still remember being completely struck dumb when I
first heard this album (some years after its release, actually). That otherworldly voice. Those peculiar song structures. Those daring, mature and outspoken stories. It took
some time to fully understand the genius of this young, experimental pop phenomenon. Special then, still special now. Oh yeah, after a couple of spins yesterday and today this magnum opus sounds as spectacular and compelling as back then. Well, this is what outstanding artists are all about…

Three highlights: Wuthering Heights / Strange Phenomena / The Man With The Child In Eyes

* WUTHERING HEIGHTSunavoidable and imperishable…

* STRANGE PHENOMENAangelic and mysterious…

* THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYESa beauty of a different kind

The kick in full…

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KATE BUSH: Website – Facebook – Discography

DINOSAUR JR Released Supreme Album ‘WHERE YOU BEEN’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

8 February 2018

BAND: DINOSAUR JR

ALBUM: WHERE YOU BEEN

RELEASED: 9 February 1993 – 25 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: “On their second major-label album, these college-underground champs recall the shambling lope of ‘Crazy Horse-era Young’, as well as hints of minor Seventies icons from ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ to ‘Humble Pie’. But far from being derivative, leader J Mascis takes a familiar deck of cards and deals out a new game. While for Young guitar clamor signaled rage and desperation, for Mascis it’s retreat. Before a roiling torrent of distorted guitars and oceanic drum bash, Mascis sings in a laid-back croak, like a character talking calmly to the camera in the midst of a riotous crowd scene. The turmoil on Where You Been is a relationship crippled
by misunderstanding, detailed in a poignant second-person narrative that consumes virtually every song on the album. Like many of its peers, Dinosaur Jr is a musical cargo cult, turning the detritus of another culture into something that can be used — and maybe even worshiped. For one of the crowning glories of slacker culture, look no further.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: to my ears one the best Dinosaur longplayers – with an arresting mix of sparkling electricity, poppy grunginess and amplified balladry

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Get Me / Out There / Not The Same

* GET ME – galvanizing mixed emotions romanticism

* OUT THERE – crackling leccy…

* NOT THE SAME – melancholic splendour at its very best…

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DINOSAUR JR : Website – Facebook –  Twitter – Discography

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Released Heartfelt ‘NOCTURAMA’ Album 15 Years Ago…

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1 February 2018

Artist: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Album: NOCTURAMA
Released: 3 February 2003 – 15 years ago
NME wrote: “Linking up with producer Nick Launey, who first worked with Cave on The Birthday Party’s 1981 single ‘Release The Bats’, has rejuvenated the Bad Seeds’ dormant Fury Gene and what emerges is a vibrant volley between the who’s been handcuffed to a piano with a bucketful of opium since 1997 and the smack-riddled Nick Cave who’d have happily kicked your teeth in if you’d insulted his big goth quiff in 1983. Nocturama’ is one of Nick’s very finest – uniting his two dramatic alter-egos in devilish harmony. It’s what The Velvet Underground would’ve sounded like if they’d been psychopaths. With a heart.”
TURN UP THE VOLUME says: one of his finest longplayers, but barely mentioned when I read about the man’s many great achievements. An affecting work for mind, heart & soul.
Three selected highlights: Bring It On / He Wants You / Rock Of Gibraltar

* BRING IT ON – the vibrant single feat. Chris Bailey,
former frontman of Aussie punk legends The Saints

* HE WANTS YOU – heartwarming, truly heartwarming…

* ROCK OF GIBRALTAR – one of the best love songs ever…

Let me say this to you
I’ll be steadfast and true
And my love will never falter

The sea would crash about us
The waves would lash about us
I’ll be your Rock of Gibraltar

Sometimes it’s hard
And we’re both caught off guard
But there’s nothing I would ever alter

The wind could howl round our ears
For the next thousand years
I’d still be your Rock of Gibraltar

The best thing I done
Was to make you the one
Who I’d walk with down to the altar

You’d stand by me
And together we’d be
That great, steady Rock of Gibraltar

Under the big yellow moon
On our honeymoon
I took you on a trip to Malta

And all through the night
You held me so tight
Your great, steady Rock of Gibraltar

Could the powers that be
Ever foresee
That things could so utterly alter?

All the plans that we laid
Could soon be betrayed
Betrayed like the Rock of Gibraltar

The pearl in full

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NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: Website – Facebook – Discography

THE POGUES Released Masterpiece ‘IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD’ 30 Years Ago…

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16 January 2018

BAND: THE POGUES

ALBUM: IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD – their 3rd and best-selling album…

RELEASED: 18 January 1988 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC said: “If ‘Rum Sodomy & the Lash’ captured The Pogues on plastic in all their rough-and-tumble glory, ‘If I Should Fall from Grace with God’ proved they could learn the rudiments of proper record making and still come up with an album that captured all the sharp edges of their musical personality, Frontman Shane MacGowan continued to grow as a songwriter, as his lyrics and melodies captured with brilliant detail his obsession with the finer points of Anglo-Irish culture. Brilliantly mixing passion, street smarts, and musical ambition, this LP is the best album the band would ever make with Steve Lillywhite in the producer’s chair. “

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: one of the best bands ever in my book, on and
off stage. This exceptional longplayer is a solid gold classic. Big tunes, mythical
stories, heartwarming instrumentation, drunk moods and Shane of course…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Thousands Are Sailing / Fiesta / Fairytale Of New York

* THOUSANDS ARE SAILING – gripping romanticism…

* FIESTA – the one to start and finish all parties with…

*FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – unavoidable, imperishable, incomparable masterstroke – R.I.P. Kirsty MacColl

The diamond in full…

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THE POGUES: Website – Facebook – Discography

SISTERS OF MERCY – Goth Classic ‘FLOODLAND’ Is 30…

Going back in sonic history…

12 November 2017

Band: SISTERS OF MERCY

Album: FLOODLAND – 2nd LP

Released: 13 November 1987 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “While the goth scene in England was picking up commercial steam in the mid-’80s, the “Sisters of Mercy” may have seemed quiet, but they roared back with ‘Floodland’. Opening with the driving two-part hymn “Dominion/Mother Russia,” Sisters leader Andrew Eldritch (along with bassist Patricia Morrison) creates a black soundscape that is majestic and vast. While the earlier Sisters releases were noisy, sometimes harsh affairs, ‘Floodland’ is filled with lush production (thanks to Meat Loaf writer/producer Jim Steinman and the New York Choral Society) and lyric imagery that is both scary and glorious. A definite milestone.”

Turn Up The Volum!: says: ‘Floodland’ is a massive electrifying goth pop machine…

Three Top Tracks: This Corrosion / Dominion-Mother Russia / Lucretia My Reflection

* THIS CORROSION timeless standout

* DOMINION/MOTHER RUSSIAirresistible groove

* LUCRETIA MY REFLECTIONthe goth of darkness

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SISTERS OF MERCY: Website – Facebook – Discography

LOU REED – Masterpiece Album ‘TRANSFORMER’ Came Out 45 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

7 November 2017

Artist: LOU REED

Album: TRANSFORMER – his 2nd solo longplayer

Released: 8 November 1972 – 45 years ago…

All Music wrote: “David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences,
and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground’s music had a major impact on Bowie’s work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much-needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed’s work didn’t have too much
in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on ‘Transformer’ Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better fitting (and more commercially astute) than the ambivalent tone of his first solo album. While Reed occasionally overplays his hand in writing stuff he figured the glam kids wanted (like “Make Up” and “I’m So Free”), “Perfect Day,” “Walk on the Wild Side,” and “New York Telephone Conversation” proved he could still write about the demimonde with both perception and respect.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: one of his very best ever, featuring three of his outstanding, timeless classics (below). Music for the midnight hour with a top bottle of red Bordeaux at hand…

Three top tracks: Walk On The Wild Side / Satellite Of Love / Perfect Day…

* WALK ON THE WILD SIDEimperishable diamond…

* SATELLITE OF LOVEmesmeric beauty…

* PERFECT DAYmagnificent 2003 live rendition (with Antony Hegarty)

The pearl in full…

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LOU REED: Website – Facebook – Discography

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES Released Their Spellbinding ‘A KISS IN THE DREAMHOUSE’ Album 35 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

4 November 2017

Band: SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

Album: A KISS IN THE DREAMHOUSE – fifth LP

Released: 5 November 1982 – 35 years ago…

NME wrote: ” ‘A Kiss in the Dreamhouse’ is a feat of imagination scarcely ever recorded. It’s breathtaking. Somehow, a bold assurance of intention has met with a hunger for experimenting with sound to expand an already formidable group of songs into pure, open-minded ambiguity. The flesh of the song will balloon out or contort into unimaginable patterns, indecipherable echoes volley between the walls of the recording, glassy, splintered tones pierce the luxuriant sheen of the mix. Repeated listens trick the sense of balance; tremendous risks are taken.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: their most mystifying and compelling albums ever to my ears. Siouxsie became the superior queen of gothic grandeur and went with the fabulous Banshees (including the late, great guitarist John McGeoch) on a mind-boggling journey…

Three Top Tracks: Slowdive / Melt / Cascade

* SLOWDIVE hypnotic drive, stunning beats

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* MELTgloomy majesty

* CASCADEpitch-black electricity…

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: Facebook – Album Discography

The Legendary RAMONES Send Their Flaming Punk ‘ROCKET TO RUSSIA’ Forty Years Ago Today…

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Band: RAMONES

Album: ROCKET TO RUSSIA – their third longplayer

Released: 4 November 1977 – 40 years ago today

ALL MUSIC wrote: “The Ramones provided the blueprint and Leave Home duplicated it with lesser results, but the Ramones’ third album, Rocket to Russia, perfected it. Rocket to Russia boasts a cleaner production than its predecessors, which only gives the Ramones’ music more force. It helps that the group wrote its finest set of songs for the album. From the mindless, bopping opening of “Cretin Hop” and “Rockaway Beach” to the urban surf rock of “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” and the ridiculous anthem “Teenage Lobotomy,” the songs are teeming with irresistibly catchy hooks; even their choice of covers, “Do You Want to Dance?” and “Surfin’ Bird,” provide more hooks than usual. The Ramones also branch out slightly, adding ballads to the mix. Even with these (relatively) slower songs, the speed of the album never decreases. However, the abundance of hooks and slight variety in tempos makes Rocket to Russia the Ramones’ most listenable and enjoyable album — it doesn’t have the revolutionary impact of The Ramones, but it’s a better album and one of the finest records of the late ’70s.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: Their best full-length fireball ever. All catchy blitzkrieg killers.
Smoking trash punk to go completely nuts to! 1-2-3-4!

Three Top Tracks: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker / Rockaway Beach

* SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER 

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* ROCKAWAY BEACH

The havoc in full (original tracklist: #1 – #14)

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