BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Leather Rock Debut LP Released 20 Years Ago

Back in time…

3 April 2021

Band: BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB (LA, CA)
Active since 1998 / 8 albums so far

Album: B.R.M.C. – debut LP
Released: 3 April 2001 – 20 years ago today


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

AllMusic/Bryan Thomas wrote: “This L.A.-based band (hailing from San Francisco) came along just when they were needed most. This self-produced major-label debut boldly plunders
a reverb-and-white noise course previously trampled underfoot by long-gone British bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s… It all sounds very British, on many levels, despite the fact that only one band member is an Englishman living in exile in the States. On some songs, however, the driving, over-amped guitars and pounding drums have a swaggering primeval feel that rivals solid Detroit rock outfits, both old and new (including the Stooges and the Go, to name two).”
Full review: here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I fell in love with BRMC the moment I heard smoking single Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll (Punk Song) and when the blistering debut
longplayer came out It felt like guitar firework and leather jackets were totally back
again. A solid gold masterpiece (and one of the best live bands ever).

Singles/clips: Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll (Punk Song) /
Love Burns / Red Eyes And tears

– WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY ROCK AND ROLL (PUNK SONG) –

– LOVE BURNS –

– RED EYES AND TEARS –

Full LP…

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BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Bold Third Longplayer ‘HOWL’ Came Out 15 Years Ago

23 August 2020

Band: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (San Francisco)
Active: Since 1998
Album: HOWL
LP’s title: A direct reference to Allen Ginsberg‘s poem Howl
Released: 22 August 2000 – 15 years ago

Keyline: “If you want it thoughtful and passionate but still alive and realistic,
then give Howl a chance, BRMC have grown up and grown interesting.
” – AllMusic

Pitchfork wrote: “There might be a tiny hint of desperation fueling much of Howl,
but ultimately the record is an oddly earnest experiment for BRMC, and once they
learn to drop the weird, obligatory signifiers, their new direction may actually prove
more fruitful than their last: Cramming together brash rock snottiness with meek
country hollers is hardly uncharted territory (not that it matters), but BRMC’s
particular mash-up still makes for a strangely intriguing party.”
Score: 7/10.

Singles/clips: Shuffle Your Feet / Ain’t No Easy Way / Weight Of The World

– SHUFFLE YOUR FEET –
(splendid live performance )

– AIN’T NO EASY WAY –

– WEIGHT OF THE WORLD –

Full album…

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Back sleeve

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song) – Holland 2002

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)
Pinkpop Festival Holland – 2002

I saw them for the very first time a couple of months before this festival, in a small club in Brussels. It was their first gig in Belgium. They nailed it big time and had a chat with some of us, at the bar, afterward, to find out if we liked it. THEY WERE BLOODY BRILLIANT!


‘Whatever happened…’ was the first single from their 2001 debut album…

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