Three big moments from great bands from the past
20 January 2022
Who: Passionate guitar pop trio from Dublin, led by tremendous voice
and songwriter Mark Greaney, who went solo for a while after the break-up,
started a new band in 2012 and is currently Head of Education at the British and
Irish Modern Music Institute. Former bassist Hilary Woods became a highly
intriguing and wayward singer-songwriter (check her 2 albums on Spotify).
The Irish made two LPs, two classics in my book: JJ72 (2000) and I To Sky (2002).
And they were a superb live band too (saw them several times).
Troubles with their record label that eventually refused to release their third
album (recorded in 2005 – where are the tapes?) led to the regrettable split.
Three top JJ72 moments…
– SNOW –
– OCTOBER SWIMMING –
Unforgettable bands from the past
12 January 2022
Band: THE SUGARCUBES
Most famous Iceland group ever, featuring fairytale
icon Björk (now 56) who became a solo star after the split.
Active: 1986–1992 / 3 studio LPs
Life’s So Good (1988),
Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! (1989),
Stick Around For Joy (1992)
1-2-3 great Sugarcubes moments…
– BIRTHDAY –
– HIT –
– DEUS –
THE SUGARCUBES: History
Remembering big artists from the past
4 January 2022
Dublin born singer-songwriter Phil Lynott passed away on 4 January 1986, this day
36 years ago today, following a drug overdose. He was only 36. He was the voice/face of Irish hit team Thin Lizzy who were one of the coolest rock bands of the 70s and early 80s. They fabricated 12 studio LPs between 1971 and 1983. R.I.P. Phil.
1-2-3 great Thin Phil Lizzy Lynott moments
to remember the late boy in town…
– ROSALIE –
– THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN –
– DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT –
THIN LIZZY: Discography – Facebook
(Image on top: cover of his solo album ‘The Phil Lynott Album)
Back in time
2 January 2022
Band: THE SUNDAYS
Who: Dream pop group
formed in London in 1988
Members: Harriet Wheeler (angelic voice), David
Gavurin (guitarist), Paul Brindley (bass), Patrick
Albums: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (1990),
Blind (1992) and Static & Silence (1997)
1-2-3 great Sundays moments
– HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS –
– CAN’T BE SURE –
– SUMMERTIME –
THE SUNDAYS: History
Looking back at great artists of the past with 3 big moments
22 December 2021
John Graham Mellor, known by the world as JOE STRUMMER was born
in Ankara, Turkey (his father was a British diplomat from Anglo-Armenian
and Jewish origin, his mother was Scottish) on 21 August 1952.
The maverick frontman of the last gang in town THE CLASH died, only 50,
on 22 December 2002, 19 years ago today in Broomsfield, Summerset, England,
following a heart attack. A sudden and sad, really sad loss. Rest in peace, 101er.
A pure singer-songwriter.
A pure loudmouth on stage.
A pure and caring heart.
A natural-born rock star icon loved
then, now, and forever by millions.
Turn Up The Volume picked these
3 big moments to remember the man…
– SLEEPWALK –
(From 1989 album Earthquake Weather)
– COMA GIRL –
(From 2003 album Streetcore with The Mescaleros)
– LONDON CALLING –
(Live with The Pogues)
Last March saw the release of a solo Joe Strummer
retrospective called The Assembly.
JOE STRUMMER: : History
One-two-three remarkable moments from remarkable bands from the past
14 December 2021
British post-punk band THE SOUND was formed by its singer-songwriter
ADRIAN BORLAND in 1979 after he called it a day with his previous band
The Outsiders. They emerged amidst a flood of post-punk bands like Joy
Division, The Cure, Gang Of Four, Teardrop Explodes, Bauhaus, Echo &
The Bunnymen, Magazine, and many more.
Tough competition if you want to shine. Probably one of the reasons they
operated much of their time in the shadows of the giants. But also the lack
of much-deserved support from the press and record industry, plus drug
problems and a not caring entourage turned them into one of the most
underrated bands ever.
The group broke up in 1998, leaving five albums behind. The immensely
sensible, vulnerable, and psychologically troubled Adrian Borland who
suffered from schizoaffective disorder started a solo career with more
downs than ups. Slowly but surely he sank into a deep black hole. He
took his own life in 1999, only 41. R.I.P.
1-2-3 memorable The Sound moments…
– NEW DARK AGE –
(Momentous live version)
– I CAN’T ESCAPE MYSELF –
I’m sick and I’m tired
Just want to break out,
Shake off this skin
I can’t escape myself…
– TOTAL RECALL –
THE SOUND: History – All Albums
Back in time
12 December 2021
Band: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Who: One of the most chaotic, disordered, savage post-punk bands
in rock’s turbulent history. Originally known as The Boys Next Door) these
desperados left their home country Australia, moved to London, and started
a hellish adventure. Voice and face was a young disoriented, out-of-his-mind
junkie called Nick Cave who acted like a self-destructive anarchist. The music
was raw, rough and rowdy. TBP was one of those rare bands with an instant flabbergasting impact on your senses. One you’ll never forget once you
Albums: 1 as The Boys Next Door
and 3 as The Birthday Party
Nick Cave – vocals, saxophone
Mick Harvey – guitar, drums, keyboards
Rowland S. Howard – guitar, vocals (R.I.P.)
Tracy Pew – bass, clarinet (R.I.P.)
Phill Calvert – drums
1-2-3 TBP moments…
– NICK THE STRIPPER –
– JUNKYARD –
– FEARS OF GUN –
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY: History
(Band pic on top: cover of ‘John Peel Sessions’ album)
Remembering great bands from the past with three of their greatest tracks
23 November 2021
Band: BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
Who: Post-punk-disco-dance-pop outfit formed by The Clash guitarist and singer/songwriter Mick Jones featuring filmmaker/DJ/Punk fan Don Letts.
Jones had to leave The Clash after Strummer and Simonon fired him in 1983!
After a short stint with bands General Public and T.R.A.C. he started B.A.D.
Active: 1984-1997 (from 91-95 called BAD II / they did a 2011 reunion tour)
They fabricated 9 studio albums
1-2-3 BAD tracks…
– E=MC2 –
(From debut LP This Is Big Audio Dynamite)
– C’MON EVERY BEATBOX –
(From 2nd LP No. 10, Upping St.)
– THE GLOBE –
(From 1991 album The Globe)
(From The Globe album)
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE: All Albums
1-2-3 top tracks from the past from top bands from the past
17 November 2021
Band: ORANGE JUICE
Who: Scottish indie jingly-jangly pop group from Bearsden, Glasgow.
Singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins started the band as the Nu-Sonics
(named after an electric guitar, manufactured by Burns London) back
in 1976 and continued as Orange Juice from 1979 on to their split in
1985, with Collins starting his successful solo career as a performer
and producer soon after.
NME wrote back in 1992: “What was the big deal about Orange Juice? Why do
bands as diverse as The Weddoes, Teenage Fanclub and Prince rave on about them
even now? Why did The Guardian call Edwyn Collins ‘The Scottish Cole Porter’? Probably because of the breathtaking tunes, hopeless bus-stops and bars romanticism, the sense
of humour that never got in the way of the songs and flawed, derailed majesty of it all.
They had raccoon hats, they wore their fringe like Roger McGuinns and they broke up live onstage at the Brixton Academy in 1985 as a tearful Edwyn Collins strummed ‘Rock And
Roll (I Gave You All The Best Years Of My Life)’. There were few bands more human than
Albums: You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (1982), Rip It Up (1982),
Texas Fever (mini-LP, 1984) and The Orange Juice (1984).
Gone but not forgotten,
1-2-3 top tracks…
– FALLING AND LAUGHING –
– RIP IT UP –
(Their only top 10 UK hit)
– WHAT PRESENCE? –
ORANGE JUICE: History
Three Top Tracks from the past from Top Bands of the past
11 November 2021
Band: AU PAIRS
Who: Post-punk quartet from Birmingham
Lesley Woods – guitar/vocals / Paul Foad – guitar/vocals
Jane Munro – bass / Pete Hammond – drums
References: Gang Of Four, Penetration,
Young Marble Giants
Only two albums: Playing With A Different Sex (1981)
and Sense And Sensuality (1982)
Frontwoman Lesley Woods
Woods looking back: “There wasn’t much space in society, at least
at that time, for independent, progressive, single women whose
sexualities are fluid. Nowadays there are more sexual identities,
which is liberating for society.”
1-2-3 top tracks…
– COME AGAIN –
– ARMAGH –
– YOU –
That cool controversial 1981 debut LP…
AU PAIRS: History