THE KLF Released Acid House Classic ‘THE WHITE ROOM’ 30 years Ago Today

4 March 2021

Band: THE KLF (London)
Who: Bill Drummond (alias King Boy D)
and Jimmy Cauty (alias Rockman Rock)
Active: 1987–1992, 1993–1995, 1997, 2017–present

Album: THE WHITE ROOM – 4th and final Lp
Released: 4 March 1991 – 30 years ago today

AllMusic/John Bush: “After the incredible success of their “Doctorin’ the Tardis”
single in 1988 (better known as that theme from Dr. Who), Drummond and Cauty
had plenty of money to hire talented musicians (instead of merely sampling them,
as on their early recordings). The White Room is the result, an album bursting with
hit singles that nevertheless flows as well as any concept album. Often overlooked
as a classic from the acid house era (mostly because of the KLF’s retirement 1 year
later), The White Room represents the commercial and artistic peak of late-’80s
acid-house.”
Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Evacuate your garage
and start a one-man/woman rave!

Singles: What Time Is Love? / 3 a.m. Eternal /
Last Train To Trancentral / Justified & Ancient

– WHAT TIME IS LOVE? –

– 3 A.M. ETERNAL –

– LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL –

– JUSTIFIED & ANCIENT –
(new version)

Full album…

THE KLF: Facebook

IN SEARCH OF… Stone Rockers FU MANCHU – Third LP Released 25 Years Ago

28 February 2021

Band: FU MANCHU
Who: American stoner rock heroes, formed in
Southern California in 1985, and still going strong.

Album: IN SEARCH OF… FU MANCHU – third LP
Released: 27 February 1996 – 25 years ago

AllMusic/Eduardo Rivadavia: “Fu Manchu was one of the most enduring
and influential bands of the ’90s stoner metal movement (along with Kyuss,
Monster Magnet, and Sleep), but it wasn’t until their third full-length release,
‘In Search Of…’, that the Southern California stoners finally obtained ‘major’
label support by signing with Mammoth Records… Not that this had any effect
on singer Scott Hill’s indistinctive vocals, or the band’s fuzzy dirge of post-Black
Sabbath riffery with psychedelic overtones.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I’m sure that Queens Of The Stone Age
ringleader Josh Homme knows all Fu Manchu albums by heart.

Singles: Asphalt Risin / Mising Link

ASPHALT RISIN –

– MISSING LINK –

Full album…

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FU MANCHU: Facebook

ARAB STRAP Released Their Fourth LP ‘RED THREAD’ Today 20 Years Ago

Band: ARAB STRAP (Scotland)
Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton

Album: RED THREAT
Released: 26 February 2021
Score: #16 in the UK

NME wrote: “The pair’s fourth studio album once again renders naval-gazing a fine art as Moffat, very much the Tracy Emin of misanthropic mumbled indie rock, selects prurient lowlights from past awkward encounters and, secretly, wonders if he can still get away with it… The song remains the same, then, broken and unfixable. Romance isn’t dead. He just looks that way when he’s pissed.” Full review here. Score: 7/10.

Singles: Love Detective / Turbulence

– LOVE DETECTIVE –

– TURBULENCE –

Full album…

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The pair releases a new album, titled As Days Get Dark next week…

ARAB STRAP: Facebook

DAFT PUNK – Second Album ‘DISCOVERY’ Is 20 Today

26 February 2021

Band: DAFT PUNK (Paris, France)

Album: DISCOVERY – 2nd LP
Released: 26 February 2001 – 20 years ago today

AllMusic said: “If Homework was Daft Punk’s Chicago house record, this is definitely the New York garage edition, with co-productions and vocals from Romanthony and Todd Edwards, two of the brightest figures based in New Jersey’s fertile garage scene. Also in common with classic East Coast dance and ’80s R&B, Discovery surprisingly focuses on songwriting and concise productions.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The masked dance wizards in full swing.

Key singles: One More Time / Aerodynamic / Digital Love

– ONE MORE TIME –

– AERODYNAMIC –

– DIGITAL LOVE –

Full album…

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The French tandem announced a couple of days ago that their exciting
journey is over. They said goodbye with a clip titled EPILOGUE

DAFT PUNK: All Albums

THE PRODIGY Released Debut EP ‘WHAT EVIL LURKS’ 30 Years Ago Today

25 February 2021

Band: THE PRODIGY (Essex, UK)

EP: WHAT EVIL LURKS
Released: 25 February 1991 – 30 years ago today
Re-released in 2004

Info: The EP was the band’s first official release. On the official press statement
you could read: “The Prodigy is 19-year-old Liam Howlett and XL Recordings are proud
to present his first excursion onto vinyl. Enjoy the pounding rhythms of What Evil Lurks, We Gonna Rock, Android and Everybody in the House. More meaty beats from XL Recordings!”

The title track

Full EP here…

THE PRODIGY: Facebook

R.I.P. Keith Flint

THE RESIDENTS Über Alles – Third Album ‘THIRD REICH AND ROLL’ Is 45

22 February 2021

Band: THE RESIDENTS
Who: Mask eccentrics from San Francisco,
operating on planet earth since 1965.

Album: THE THIRD REICH ‘N’ ROLL – 3rd LP
Released: 22 February 1976 – 45 years ago

What: (Only) two songs mashing-up tons of 60s pop hits.

1. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY – with schizophrenic snippets of “Der Twist beginnt” / “Land of a Thousand Dances” / “Hanky Panky” / “A Horse with No Name” / “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)” / “The Letter” / “Psychotic Reaction” / “Little Girl” / “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (sung in German – first James Brown sample ever used) / “Talk Talk” (The Music Machine) / “I Want Candy” / “To Sir, with Love” / “Telstar” / “Wipe Out” / “Heroes and Villains” / Hitler Was a Vegetarian

2. 96 TEARS – with wacko fragments of “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” / “96 Tears” / “It’s My Party” / “Light My Fire” / “Ballad of the Green Berets” / “Yummy Yummy Yummy” / “Rock Around the Clock” / “Pushin’ Too Hard” / “Good Lovin'” / “Gloria” / “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” / “Sunshine of Your Love” / “Hey Jude” / “Sympathy for the Devil”

AllMusic: “Technically the third album from the group, though released as a follow-up to Meet the Residents, this 40-minute assault on the music of the ’60s follows Picasso’s dictum of all artists killing their (aesthetic) fathers. Two side-long medleys of songs both classic (“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”) and obscure (“Telstar”) are destroyed, deconstructed, mangled, spat on, spit out, ground up, and injected with gleeful humor. If there’s any concept here, it’s that the brain-numbing catchiness of pop music was fascism in disguise, keeping teenyboppers docile while selling them rebellion, hence the cover art of a gestapo-uniformed Dick Clark holding a carrot.”

Full album…

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THE RESIDENTS: Facebook

LOU REED Released ‘SET THE TWILIGHT REELING’ Album 25 Years Ago

21 February 2021

Artist: LOU REED
March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013

Album: SET THE TWILIGHT REELING – his 17th LP
Released: 20 February 1996 – 25 years ago

Rolling Stone: “After you’ve devoted an entire album to the ultimate concept — death and the mourning after — what do you do for an encore? If you’re from New York and you’re Lou Reed, you write about the kind of small pleasure that makes life amid the ruins worthwhile. Only Reed could invest a song about 50 cents’ worth of seltzer and syrup with roiling guitar and almost corny vocal zeal and put it at the beginning of a record about emotional renewal and personal discovery… Reed has dedicated ‘Set the Twilight Reeling’ to his paramour, Laurie Anderson… The album, however, is less about consummation than transformation and its consequences — for better and worse… Reed has been a changed man on record so many times, it’s easy to mistake sincerity for shtick… And when you get right down to it, true love and a new day rising are both a lot like a good egg cream: sweet relief.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: For Lou Reed it’s an average LP
as he made to many classics to compare with.

Single: NYC Man

Full album…

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LOU REED: All Albums

Prog Rock Masterpiece ‘THE YES ALBUM’ Released 50 Years Ago

20 February 2021

Band: YES
Who: British prog rock icons
Active: 1968–1981, 1983–2004, 2008–present

Album: THE YES ALBUM – third LP
Released: 19 February 1971 – 50 years ago

AllMusic/Bruce Eder: “On Yes’ first two albums, Yes (1969) and Time and a Word (1970),
the quintet was mostly searching for a sound on which they could build… Their third time out proved the charm, The Yes Album constituted a de facto second debut, introducing the sound that would carry them forward across the next decade or more. Gone are any covers of outside material, the group now working off of its own music from the ground up The Yes Album did what it had to do, outselling the group’s first two long-players and making the group an established presence in America where, for the first time, they began getting regular exposure on FM radio.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Best prog-rock band ever to my ears. Why?
Brilliant musicians, sound-exploring albums and Jon Anderson‘s
heavenly voice.

Key tracks: Yours Is No Disgrace / I’ve Seen All Good People

– YOURS IS NO DISGRACE –

– I’VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE –

Full album…

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YES: Facebook

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS Released Debut LP ‘COME FIND YOURSELF’ 25 Years Ago Today

20 February 2021

Band: FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS (New York)
Making fun since 1993.

Album: COME FIND YOURSELF – debut LP
Released: 20 February 1996 – 25 years ago today

AllMusic/Maggie Serota: “The Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ debut release, Come Find Yourself, is
both a catchy love letter to the trio’s New York City roots and a mid-’90s rap-rock party album… Even though the band touches on dark themes, the music is energetic and funky enough to keep it from being too subversive. In the end, Come Find Yourself is a perfectly crafted summertime party album.”

Turn Up The Volume: Relaxing groovin’ and movin’ soundtrack for a night out on the
town with your lover having shots of tequila in your favorite midnight bar followed by some scooby snacks at 6 o’clock in the morning before returning home. Drunk, tired
and satisfied.

Singles: Scooby Snacks / The Fun Lovin’ Criminal /
The King Of New York / The Grave And The Constant

– SCOOBY SNACKS –

– THE FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINAL –

– THE KING OF NEW YORK –

– THE GRAVE AND THE CONSTANT –

Full album…

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FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS: Facebook