Romantic London Legends THE ONLY ONES Released Second LP ‘EVEN SERPENTS SHINE’ 40 Years Ago…

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8 March 2019

Band: THE ONLY ONES

Album: EVEN SERPENTS SHINE – the band’s second LP

Released: 9 March 1979 – 40 years ago

BBC Music wrote: ” ‘Even Serpents Shine’ seems slightly more coherent than their eponymous debut which had toyed with jazz, jerky reggae and new wave while nodding towards both Dylan and the Stones. It’s impossible to separate the band from the myths that grew up around them and their particular pastimes. With this in mind the languidity of most of the material seems to reflect the increasing reliance on things illegal. Perrett’s whine is perfect at conveying a tragic dissociation while still pining for love. This streak of romanticism (in the true sense of the word) seals his place as possibly the last doomed poet of the 20th century…” Full review here

Turn Up The Volume! says: Although The Only Ones‘ indisputable masterstroke ‘Another Girl Another Planet‘ was on their self-titled debut album this follow-up is my favorite. A genuine romantic at heart frontman/songwriter/guitarist Peter Perrett wrote – compared
to the first LP – a more cohesive collection of touching & troubled love musings colored with poetic and melodic guitar lines for this sophomore record. So, yes, I was a little bit disappointed when seeing Perrett (for the very first time), in Brussels in November 2017 (review here) to promote his excellent solo longplayer How The West Was Won that
he only played two songs (Flaming Torch / No Solution) from ‘Serpents‘. Timeless record!

Three of the many highlights: Flaming Torch / You’ve Got To Pay / Out There In The Night

FLAMING TORCH
‘I’m always in the wrong place in the wrong time..

YOU’VE GOT TO PAY
‘I learned my lesson now
I learned it the hard way
If you wanna be in love
You’ve gotta pay and pay and pay’

OUT THERE IN THE NIGHT
‘Baby, sometimes I think of you
Out there in the night
All the comforts of home have been denied’

SERPENTS in full…

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THE ONLY ONES: Biography


40 years ago

New York City Legends THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Released Their Self-Titled Third LP 50 Years Ago…

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28 February 2019

Band: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Album: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – the band’s third LP

Released: 1 March 1969 – 50 years ago

ROLLING STONE‘s legendary journalist LESTER BANGS wrote: “The songs on this album are about equally divided between the subjects of love and freedom. So many of them are about love, in fact, that one wonders if Lou Reed, the malevolent Burroughsian Death Dwarf who had previously never written a complimentary song about anybody, has not himself fallen in love… On the whole I didn’t feel that this album matched up to White Light/White Heat, but it will still go a long way toward convincing the unbelievers that the Velvet Underground can write and play any kind of music they want to with equal brilliance.” Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Not as experimental (John Cale had left in the fall of 1968) and controversial as their previous two LP’s but here’s solid proof that Lou Reed had a natural born ‘pop’ songwriting talent and was ready for his brilliant solo career. Top LP.

Album in full…

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Biography

LOU REED Relesead His Outstanding ‘NEW YORK’ Album 30 Years Ago…

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9 January 2019

Artist: LOU REED

Album: NEW YORK – his 15th solo LP

Released: 10 January 1989 – 30 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: “In Reed’s apocalyptic vision of the world’s capital as a Boschean inferno, the city’s inhabitants have been shocked into incomprehension by homelessness, poverty, AIDS, child abuse, official corruption, racial violence and drugs. At a time when the city’s own newspapers routinely evoke Calcutta and Bedlam to describe the Big Apple’s rotting condition, Reed’s message, powered by a ferocious four-piece band, slams home with the urgency of tomorrow morning’s headlines… The fourteen songs on New York are fierce, poetic journalism, a reportage of surreal horror in which the unyielding force of actual circumstances continually threatens to overwhelm the ordering power of art. Reed, of course, is no stranger
to unhinging scenes of squalor. On his inestimably influential early albums with the Velvet Underground and through much of his solo work in the Seventies, Reed cast a cold eye on virtually every manner of human excess.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: The way Lou Reed dissects and analyzes the troubled
state of his beloved New York City is baffling and encapsulated in a stunning rock
and roll soundtrack. An exceptional magnum opus realized at a moment that Reed‘s
career was fading away.

Three Top Tracks: Romeo Had Juliette / Dirty Boulevard / There Is no Time

ROMEO HAD JULIETTE

DIRTY BOULEVARD

THERE IS NO TIME

NEW YORK in full…

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PUBLIC IMAGE LTD Released Perplexing Debut Longplayer ‘FIRST ISSUE’ 40 Years Ago…

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7 December 2018

Band: PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

Album: FIRST ISSUE

Released: 8 December 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Like it or not, Public Image Limited’s First Issue (aka Public Image) was an album that helped set the pace for what eventually became known as post-punk. In England a vacuum had opened up in the wake of the breakup of the Sex Pistols in January 1978, and many punk fans and rival groups were impatient to see what ex-Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon aka “Johnny Rotten” was going to roll out next. Disheartened owing to events in his legal proceedings against the Sex Pistols management company Glitterbest, and disgusted by the punk scene in general, Lydon was determined to create something that was neither punk nor even really rock as it was known in 1978. Working with ex-Clash guitarist Keith Levene, first-time bassist Jah Wobble, and Canadian drummer Jim Walker, Public Image Limited produced an album that represented the punk sound after it had shot itself in the head and became another entity entirely. Embracing elements of dub, progressive rock, noise, and atonality and driven by Lydon’s lyrical egoism and predilection towards doom, death, and horror, ‘First Issue’ was
among a select few 1978 albums that had something lasting to say about the future of rock music. And not everyone in 1978 wanted to hear it; contemporary critical notices for ‘First
Issue’ were almost uniformly negative in the extreme.”
– Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: After the “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” fiasco gig in San Francisco back in early ’74 Johnny Rotten Lydon must have thought something like: ‘Never mind the commercial bollocks, I’m off and I will never ever make another fucking Sex Pistols album‘. Yes, indeed, instead of cashing in on the Pistols‘ filth and fury (which he did much later!!) he went on an experimental odyssey with his new company featuring musical maestro Keith Levene, awesome bass player Jah Wobble and drummer Jim Walker. Besides the stunning single ‘Public Image‘ the first PIL longplayer was a baffling, uneasy, yet truly fascinating melting pot of bass excess, synths explorations, wayward noise dissection, freakish dub and Lydon‘s creepy voice. Perplexing stuff!

THREE TOP TRACKS: Public Image / Religion II / Fodderstompf

PUBLIC IMAGE

RELIGION II

FODDERSTOMPF

FIRST ISSUE in full…

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P.I.L: Website – Facebook – All Albums

Landmark Album ‘THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ Released 50 Years Ago…

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21 November 2018

Band: THE KINKS

Album: THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY – the band’s sixth LP

Released: 22 November 1968 – 50 (!) years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “Ray Davies’ sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions. As the opening title song says, the Kinks – meaning Ray himself – in this case, were for preserving “draught beer and virginity,” and throughout the rest of the album, he creates a series of stories, sketches, and characters about a picturesque England that never really was… there are endless layers of musical and lyrical innovation on The Village Green Preservation Society, and its defiantly British sensibilities became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop.”
Full review here – Score: 5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: An album that influenced about a million songwriters
over the years and still is a reference record for many musicians today. Ray Davies‘ rich composition talent shines terrifically well on this landmark longplayer.

ALBUM in full…

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THE KINKS: Website – Facebook – Discography


50th Anniversary Edition out now – all info here

MY BLOODY VALENTINE Released Debut Album ‘ISN’T ANYTHING’ 30 Years Ago…

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19 November 2018

Band: MY BLOODY VALENTINE

Album: ISN’T ANYTHING – the band’s debut longplayer

Released: 21 November 1988 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC‘s reflections: “Though it’s often seen as just a precursor to their magnum opus ‘Loveless’, in its own way My Bloody Valentine’s “Isn’t Anything” is nearly as groundbreaking as their 1991 masterpiece. Not only was it the most lucid, expansive articulation yet of the group’s sound, it virtually created the shoegazing scene and spawned legions of followers …The album’s tightly structured songs still bore traces of My Bloody Valentine’s previous incarnation as jangly indie popsters, but Kevin Shields and company crafted wide-ranging experiments within those confines… ‘Isn’t Anything’ captures My Bloody Valentine’s revolutionary style in its infancy and points the way to ‘Loveless’, but it’s far more than
just a dress rehearsal for the band’s moment of greatness.” –
Full review here – – Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Haunting melodies, compelling song structures,
mind-bending effects, controlled chaos and an overall striking aurality.

ALBUM in full…

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Facebook – Discography

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Goth Punks Released Debut LP ‘THE SCREAM’ 40 Years Ago…

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12 November 2018

Band: SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

Album: THE SCREAM – debut longplayer

Released: 13 November 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base,
Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner, which they did, “Hong Kong Garden” taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream on the full-length. Matched with a downright creepy cover and a fair enough early producing effort from Steve Lillywhite, well before he found gated drum sounds, it’s a fine balance of the early band’s talents. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years.”
– Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Most controversial, bizarre and weirdly attractive debut punk album I experienced. Voodoo-like stuff and black magic. Dazzling!

TOP TRACKS: Carcass / Jigsaw Feeling / Helter Skelter

* Carcass

* Jigsaw Feeling

* Helter Skelter

Album in full..

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES: Facebook – Discography


Early banshees

X-RAY SPEX Released Their Explosive Debut Longplayer ‘GERMFREE ADOLESCENTS’ 40 Years Ago…

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9 November 2018

Band: X-RAY SPEX

Album: GERMFREE ADOLESCENTS – the band’s debut LP

Released: 10 November 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “Perhaps the most utopian aspect of the U.K. punk scene was that it offered creative, articulate young people the opportunity to express themselves, and to kick
up an exuberantly noisy racket in the process. X-Ray Spex certainly came from this wing of the movement, the brainchild of two female schoolmates who re-christened themselves Poly Styrene and Lora Logic. X-Ray Spex was far from the only female-centered British punk act, but they were arguably the best, combining exuberant energy with a cohesive worldview courtesy of singer and songwriter Poly Styrene. As her nom de punk hinted, Styrene was obsessed with the artificiality she saw permeating Britain’s consumer society, linking synthetic goods with a sort of processed, manufactured humanity. Styrene’s frantic claustrophobia permeates the record, as she rails in her distinctively quavering yowl against the alienation she feels preventing her from discovering her true self.”
– Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: To my ears and eyes frontwoman Poly Styrene – born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said – was one of the most genuine, outspoken, creative and honest DIY artists of the era. Not like the many media punks stars we all know/knew, but a great individual with a unique talent and style. May she rest in peace.

TOP TRACKS: The Day The World Turned Day-Glo / Identity / I’m A Poseur

* The Day The World Turned Day-Glo

* Identity

* I Am A Poseur

ALBUM in full…
(#1 – #12)

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X-RAY SPEX: Website


Heart, soul and voice of X-Ray Spex

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THE CLASH – Second Album ‘GIVE ‘EM ENOUGH ROPE’ Released 40 Years Ago…

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8 November 2018

Band: THE CLASH

Album: GIVE ‘EM ENOUGH ROPE – the band’s 2nd longplayer

Released: 10 November 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “For their second album, The Clash worked with the American hard rock producer Sandy Pearlman, best-known for his work with Blue Öyster Cult and the Dictators.
The teaming was quite controversial within the punk community, and the sound of Give ‘Em Enough Rope is considerably cleaner, yet the more direct sound hardly tamed the Clash. While the record doesn’t burn with the same intense, amateurish energy of The Clash, it does have a big, forceful sound that is nearly as powerful. What keeps Give ‘Em Enough Rope from being a classic is its slightly inconsistent material. Many of the songs are outright classics, particularly the first half of the record (“Safe European Home,” “English Civil War,” “Tommy Gun,” “Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad”) and “Stay Free,” but the group loses some momentum toward the end of the record. Even with such flaws, Give ‘Em Enough Rope ranks as one of
the strongest albums of the punk era.”
Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: It would have sounded much sharper and more honest
if it wasn’t over-produced in order to conquer America’s hard rock ears.

Top tracks: Safe European Home / Tommy Gun / Last Gang In Town / Stay Free

Album in full…

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THE CLASH: Facebook – All Albums


Last gang in town

(photo: FB – The Clash)

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Legendary Live Album ‘BABYLON BY BUS’ Came Out 40 Years Ago…

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7 November 2018

Band: BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS

Album: BABYLON BY BUS – double live album – the greater part of the LPs
was recorded in Paris, some tracks in London

Released: 10 November 1978 – 40 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: ” ‘Babylon By Bus’ offers a fine sampling of material from the group’s Seventies repertoire, ranging from the wrathful ‘Rebel Music’ and ‘Rat Race’ to such sultry dance tunes as ‘Stir It Up.’ Yet each number is now infused with a sprightly clarity and tenderness that redoubles the emotional impact. Bob Marley’s vocals are his most expressive — and least pompous — ever. It’s thrilling and often deeply moving to hear the mutually exultant dialogue he establishes with his Parisian audience: a testament to the global appeal of his positive vision.” Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Have yourself a live punky reggae party in your living room.

Most famous track – STIR IT UP

ALBUM in full…

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BOB MARLEY: Website – Facebook – All Albums


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