28 May 2020
Scotsman JOHN MCGEOCH was one of the most creative, charismatic and much-in-demand guitarists of the new wave era. He played with, amongst others, Howard Devoto’s Magazine, John Lydon’s PiL and Suzy’s Siouxise And The Banshees. In 1996 he was listed by Mojo Magazine in their ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time‘. Signature characteristics of his playing style included an inventive arpeggios, string harmonics, the uses of flanger and an occasional disregard for conventional scales. He passed away, only 49, in 2004. R.I.P.
McGeoch was born on 28 May 1955. He would have turned 65 today.
To remember this extremely talented musician here are three clips…
With PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – 1988
With MAGAZINE – 1979
With SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – 1981
18 April 2020
PETE SHELLEY, the late great punk legend and frontman of Buzzocks would have been
65 today. He was born, named Peter Campbell McNeish, on 17 April 1955. Unfortunately, he left us on 6 December 2018. A brilliant singer-songwriter and musician whose solo work isn’t praised as much as it deserves. Shelley made four solos albums between 1979 and 1986 (Sky Yen / Homosapien / XL-1 / Heaven And The Sea) and one album called Buzzkunst,
in 2002, with his one-time Buzzcock pal Howard Devoto.
To celebrate his 65th birthday I picked three standout solo tracks. Here we go…
– TELEPHONE OPERATOR –
(From XL-1, 1986)
– HOMOSAPIEN –
(From Homosapien, 1981 )
– WAITING FOR LOVE –
(From Heaven And The Sea – 1986)
31 March 2020
Today 65 years ago, on 31 March 1955, ANGUS McKINNON YOUNG was born in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1963 he moved with his family to Australia. After playing in
a couple of small bands, he formed, with his brother AC/DC in 1973 and he became
world-famous for his schoolboy-uniform outfit – which he still wears at gigs – and his
own version of Chuck Berry’s duck walk while playing firework riffs. To celebrate the
hard rock hero’s birthday I picked three AC/DC classics, live versions of course.
Here we go, bang your head…
– HIGHWAY TO HELL –
– THUNDERSTRUCK –
– WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE –
6 February 2020
Robert Nesta Marley aka BOB MARLEY was born in Nine Miles in Jamaica on 6 February 1945. The reggae icon who passed away in Miami on 11 May 1981, would have turned 75 today. To celebrate the late legend’s birthday a new animated video clip for REDEMPTION SONG was made by French artists Octave Marsal and TheoMayDe Gueltzl who illustrated the visuals to bring the song’s story of emancipation to life.
See the beauty here…
BOB MARLEY: Website – Facebook
10 January 2020
Sir Roderick David Stewart, better known as ROD STEWART was born in Highgate,
Londen on 10 January 1945. Happy 75 to a legendary rocker who became a much-loved crooner later in his career (and still today), to an eclectic singer/songwriter, to a tireless playboy, to a football freak and most of all to a brilliant vocalist with a unique, hoarse
voice who started as a flamboyant rocker (with The Jeff Beck Group and then The Faces)
but became a global superstar as a solo artist with several excellent albums and a series
of massive hit singles.
Here are three of Turn Up The Volume‘s favourite Rod Stewart moments…
– STAY WITH ME –
(with The Faces – 1971)
– MAGGIE MAY –
(From ‘Every Picture Tells A Story‘ LP – 1971)
– CINDY INCIDENTALLY –
(With The Faces – 1973)
ROD STEWART: Facebook
(photo: FB Rod Stewart)
30 December 2019
Patricia Lee “Patti” Smith was born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois.
Happy 73 to an astonishing singer/songwriter, performer, poet and human being.
Here are three of her many great songs to celebrate her birthday…
– PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER –
– ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGGER –
– DANCING BAREFOOT –
PATTI SMITH: Facebook / photo on top FB Patti Smith
13 December 2019
TOM VERLAINE (real name: Thomas Miller) was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on
13 December 1949. Happy 70! He’s best known as the frontman/guitarist/songwriter
of the legendary New York City based band TELEVISION. Their 1977 debut album MARQUEE MOON was the landmark longplayer of the late 70s post-punk era that
definitely changed alternative guitar rock music. Television split after two albums but reunited in 1992 for their third and final LP. Verlaine had also a productive solo career
with 10 albums between 1979 and 2006 and collaborated with countless artists.
To celebrate his 70th birthday here’s
that milestone album MARQUEE MOON…
25 November 1964
MARK LANEGAN was born in Ellensburg, Washington, 25 November 1964. Happy 55 to an original voice and a most compelling songwriter. His musical career began as vocalist with grunge rockers Screaming Trees in 1985. When the band called it a day Lanegan followed his own successful path with countless collaborations with various other artists and with his, by now impressive canon of 11 solo records. His latest longplayer, one of his best to my ears, ‘Somebody’s Knocking‘ appeared last month.
To celebrate this authentic rock troubadour’s
birthday I picked these three big moments…
– HALO OF ASHES –
(Live Screamming Trees performance on British TV show 1996)
– WEDDING DRESS –
(Live version / from his 2004 ‘Bubblegum’ LP)
– NIGHT FLIGHT TO KABUL –
(From his new 2019 LP ‘Somebody’s Knocking‘)
MARK LANEGAN: Website – Facebook
(photo on top: FB Mark Lanegan)
18 November 2019
GRAHAM PARKER was born on 18 November 1950 in London. Happy 69
to a genuine, uncompromising but also underrated heart and soul singer-
songwriter. He is best known for his work with The Rumour in the late
1970s, early 1980s but Mister Parker released several stirring solo albums
too and still does (check his last year’s winsome LP ‘Cloud Symbols’).
An original singer/songwriter survivor with a most gripping voice.
Here are three gems to celebrate the man’s birthday…
– THE NEW YORK SHUFFLE – (From 1977 album: ‘Stick To Me’)
– NOBODY HURTS YOU – (From 1979 masterpiece album ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’)
– GIRL IN NEED – (From his 2018 solo LP ‘Cloud Symbols’ )
GRAHAM PARKER: Discography – Website – Facebook
31 October 2019
Singer/songwriter and one of the most inspiring and genial guitarists of his generation JOHNNY MARR was born as John Martin Maher in Manchester on 31 October 1963.
Happy 56 to Johnny, whose productivity and creativity got an enormous boost since
he decided to go solo in 2013. Yes, he was the legendary electrifying force behind 80s
indie icons The Smiths fronted by that non-stop moaning right-wing nationalistic fool Mozzer but to celebrate my own Marr‘s birthday party I prefer to pick three songs of
his solo LP’s. Here we go…
– UPSTARTS –
(from The Messenger album – 2013)
– EASY MONEY –
(from Playland album – 2014)
– HI HELLO –
(from Call The Comet album – 2018)
JOHNNY MARR: Facebook
(photos, top & below, by Turn Up The Volume!)