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

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – These 5 Classic Crackers Turn 20 In 2022

Five top singles from the past turning 20 in 2022

1. Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song) by San Francisco
blues-psych-rockers BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Released: 16 September 2002
From album: B.R.M.C

“I fell in love with the sweet sensation
I gave my heart to a simple chord
I gave my soul to a new religion
Whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to our rock’n’roll?”

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2. ‘Highly Evolved’ by mind-blowing Australian turbo THE VINES

Released: 22 April 2002
From album: Highly Evolved
Score: #32 in the UK

“I’m feelin’ happy
So highly evolved
My time’s a riddle that’ll never be solved
Dreamin’ for somethin’
Reachin’ for somethin’
Just waitin’ for the sun to carry me in”

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3. Hate To Say I Told You So by Swedisch comic punks THE HIVES

Released: 15 March 2002
From album: Veni Vidi Vicious
Score: No 4 on UK’s Indie Chart
and #6 on US Alt Chart

“Hate to say I told you so
Alright, come on
Do believe I told you so”

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4. ‘No One Knows’ by L.A.’s stoner rockers QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Released: 26 November 2002
From album: Songs For The Deaf
(with Dave Grohl on drums)
Score: #15 in the UK, #5 on US Rock Chart

“We get these pills to swallow
How they stick in your throat?
Tastes like gold
Oh, what you do to me
No one knows”

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5. ‘Losing My Edge’ by LCD SOUNDSYTEM (James Murphy’s band – Brooklyn, NYC)

Release: 15 July 2002 – LCD’s debut single
From their self-titled debut LP

“The kids are coming up from behind.
I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge to the kids
from France and from London.
But I was there”

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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BRMC: Facebook

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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BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Facebook

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…

BRMC: Website – Facebook – Twitter