BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Released His Double Album ‘THE RIVER’ 40 Years Ago

18 October 2020

Album: THE RIVER – his fifth LP

Released: 17 October 1980 – 40 years ago
Score: #1 in the US and Canada, #2 in the UK

Pitchfork wrote: “Bruce Springsteen’s fifth album gushes forth with the fury of a burst dam, delivering torrents of despair, inspiration, heartbreak, and joy… ‘The River’ brought Bruce to those heights, giving him his first number one album and Top 10 single, but it’s hard not to think of it as not a beginning but an end, the last record where he and the E-Street Band were not the biggest band in the land but merely the best.” Score: 8.5/10.

Bruce: “The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we’ve had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world.”

The key track

Full album…



26 September / 27 September 2020

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

‘Blind Youth Industrial Park’ by METZ (Toronto)
Another clamorous knockout you need a police permit for to play it when your neighbors are at home. Rumour goes that the Richter scale collapsed when the Canadian three-piece recorded this haymaker. Their new longplayer Atlas Vending hit the streets on 9 October .

‘What Are Friends For?’ by THE SONDER BOMBS (Cleveland, Ohio)
New label for the UK/EU and new single for this rollicking 4-piece. “From the very beginning we knew this was a song that we wanted people to shake their butts too! I was dancing my heart out while tracking vocals for this one and I think that hype energy really came through in the final product” says frontwoman Willow Hawks about the new ripper. She’s definitely right.
It’s steamy, electrifying, swirling, and big fun! Get it now via Big Scary Monsters.

‘Eletric War‘ by OSEES (Rhode Island, US)
Now I’m totally sure. John Dwyer never sleeps, he’s a 24/7 music-making maniac. Last week Osees‘ new LP Protean Threat came out and Dwyer already drops a new red-hot-blooded jackhammer from an upcoming EP. The man says: “People need some tunes right now and I think the artists community is making a good run of it. So much great shit is seeing light right now.” Thank you, John!

‘Hear Me Out’ by PIXIES
“All I’m trying to say is it’s alright” sings bassist Kim Deal, oh sorry… Paz Lenchantin. The glimmering guitar-driven pop song is actually from the sessions for their 2019 album ‘Beneath The Eyrie . It will be on a 12″ vinyl single, out October 16, with also a cover of T-Rex’s ‘Mambo Sun‘.

The Boss who turned 71 yesterday and was born to run
still dances in the dark. His new album Letter To You is out on 23rd October.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

NYC Tramps RICH GIRLS Launched A Film Noir Clip For Their SPRINGSTEEN Cover ‘BORN TO RUN’ …

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

19 September 2020

Last July the New York City tramps RICH GIRLS shared their shadowy
version of Bruce Springsteen‘s 24 karat masterstroke BORN TO RUN.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: “I’m pretty sure the band chose this classic cracker with
a specific purpose as the story of this 45-year-old standout – released in 1975 – is highly relevant again in today’s Divided States Of America. Rich Girls do not rock as much as the original, they give it a more haunting and yes, more gloomy timbre. Born in the USA
to run away in 2020.”

To visualize their cover sentiments the band made a film noir clip which reflects
the Signs O’ the Times perfectly with frontwoman Luisa Black eye-catchingly sensual
and sexy in the middle.

Watch/listen here…

RICH GIRLS: Facebook

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Steamy Breakthrough Single ‘BORN TO RUN’ Released 34 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

25 August 2019

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Song: Born To Run – released as a single 25 August 1975, 44 years ago today
Story: The song is a love letter to a girl named Wendy, for whom the hot rod
riding protagonist seems to possess the passion to love, just not the patience
Album: Born To Run – released the same day as the title track/single
Success: Although it stranded at #23 on the US Singles Chart it was The Boss‘ huge breakthrough moment also because it was the steamy wall-of-sound highlight at
his live firework shows

Here’s a boiling 80s live version…

And here the LP’s version with lyrics…


YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1978…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another fabulous year to remember: 1978.



– ‘All Mod Cons‘ by THE JAM

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– ‘Parallel Lines‘ by BLONDIE

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‘This Year’s Model’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1979…

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1975 …

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Longplayers per year/per week. Let’s start with the star-studded year of 1975

Here’s the 25 KILLER TRACKS selection…

Here are 3 TOP ALBUMS

‘Physical Graffiti’ by LED ZEPPELIN

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‘Blood On The Tracks’ by BOB DYLAN

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‘Horses’ by PATTI SMITH

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…