Happy 40 To King Of Leon CALEB FOLLOWILL

14 January 2022

(Caleb up front, second from left)

40 years ago today, on 14 January 1982, Caleb Followill saw the day of light in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Seventeen years later, in 1999, he started a band with his two brothers and his cousin. By now – after 8 albums – KINGS OF LEON are a worldwide famed group. Kudos to them.

Now, let’s celebrate Caleb.
Here come the Kings with
a smoking live performance
of The Bucket (2005)…


Happy 75 DAVID BOWIE! Let’s Dance To Lost Album ‘TOY’

8 January 2022

Yesterday lost album TOY by the late genius DAVID BOWIE was released
and today The Thin White Duke would have turned 75 (born 8 January 1947).

Happy B. Bowie!

TOY was a record Bowie wanted to release in 2001, but didn’t see the
day of light at the time. The LP leaked in 2011, but wasn’t followed by
an official release until yesterday.

The late hero recorded the LP after Glastonbury 2000 with his live band at
the time, featuring songs he originally had put on tape between 1964-1971

The idea was to capture a live-in-the-studio feel and drop the album by surprise.
But for technological problems, it didn’t happen and Bowie started working on
the 2002 Heathen album.

Mark Plati (musician/producer/songwriter) who produced Toy together with Bowie:
“Toy is like a moment in time captured in an amber of joy, fire and energy. It’s the sound
of people happy to be playing music. David revisited and re-examined his work from decades prior through prisms of experience and fresh perspective — a parallel not lost on me as I now revisit it twenty years later. From time to time, he used to say “Mark, this is our album” — I think because he knew I was so deeply in the trenches with him on that journey. I’m happy to finally be able to say it now belongs to all of us.”

In addition to the standalone Toy release, also an expanded edition called
Toy: Box featuring all sorts of alternate takes and mixes plus B-sides, is
available. More info here.

The Daily Mail (English newspaper): “The most striking thing is the sheer verve of the performances. Toy was made in the weeks before Bowie’s wife, Iman, gave birth to their daughter, Lexi, and the singer, on a roll, is the energetic hub of a band featuring Garson, guitarists Earl Slick and Mark Plati, bassist Gail Ann Dorsey and drummer Sterling Campbell.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Bowie 4ever.

Let’s dance to Bowie’s 75th birthday with TOY



30 December 2021

Patricia LeePattiSmith was born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois.
Happy 75 to an astonishing singer/songwriter, performer, poet and human being.

Here are three of her many great songs to start the birthday party…


Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust


Baby was a black sheep. Baby was a whore
Baby got big and baby get bigger
Baby get something. Baby get more
Baby, baby, baby was a rock-and-roll nigger


Late afternoon, dreaming hotel
We just had the quarrel that sent you away
I was looking for you, are you gone gone?

PATTI SMITH: HistoryAll Albums


15 December 2021

Paul Gustave Simonon was born 66 years ago,
on 15 December 1955. Happy B. to the cool-as-hell
bass casanova of the last band in town The Clash.

To celebrate here’s the first song Simonon, who grew
up in Brixton, wrote for the band. His pumping reggae
bass money-maker Guns Of Brixton, from the classic
double Clash LP ‘London Calling‘.

When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting on death row

You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you’ll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton

Paul Simonon when asked why he wanted to write songs for The Clash too…

Happy 75 To DARYL HALL

11 October 2021

Daryl Franklin Hohl was born on 11 October 1946. Happy 75! With John Oates, he was
a hit machine in the 80s. A great soul voice respected by many other artists such as King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp who worked several times with Hall, who’s still active solo. His latest album Laughing Down Crying came out in 2011.

To celebrate the star’s birthday, here’s one of his
greatest scores I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

DARYL HALL: Facebook

American Songsmith JOHN MELLENCAMP Celebrates His 70th Birthday

7 October 2021

American singer-songwriter/painter/actor/film director JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP celebrates his 70th birthday today. He was born in Seymour Indiana on 7 October 1951. He started his successful career back in 1976, made 23 studio albums so far. His 24th LP Strictly a One-Eyed Jack arrives next year.

The late great Johnny Cash once said: “Mellencamp is
among our greatest living singer songwriters.”

3 great Mellencamp moments…

(No 1 hit in the US in 1982)

(Live version 1985)

(First Mellencamp/Springsteen duet – 2021)



5 October 2021

Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof was born in Dublin, Ireland on 5 October 1951.

Happy 70 to the man best known for being the driving force behind the gigantic
Live Aid concerts in 1985 (UK & USA) to raise funds for relief of the devastating
1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia.

Also many know him as the frontman of Irish rockers The Boomtown Rats , but
only for their blockbuster hit I Don’t Like Mondays. But the band scored their best
work with their first two albums, the self-titled debut LP (1977) and Tonic For The Troops (1978) when Geldof was a young ambitious loudmouth looking for number one.

Three great Bob moments…

(Ace single from debut LP – 1977)

(From his 2nd solo album – 1990)

(Final all-together chant – 1985)


(image on top: cover of his solo album ‘Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere’ – 1986)

Happy 72 To THE BOSS!

23 September 2021

No introduction is needed for this living legend. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
was born in Long Branch (New Jersey) on 23 September 1949. Happy 72 to The Boss.

He already hit the scene in 1964 and has made 20 studio albums so far, with the 2020 top LP Letter To You as his most recent one. He became a worldwide bona fide rock star with million-seller longplayer Born In The USA in 1984, but my favorite still is the tremendously passionate Darkness On The Edge Of Town (actually along with the equally brilliant Nebraska).

Three big (live) Springsteen moments…

(From ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’)

(From the same-titled 1980 LP)


And my favorite Bruce album


Happy 64 NICK CAVE!

22 September 2021

Dear Nick,

My wife and I wish you a fantastic 64th birthday
and on this occasion we want to thank you once
again for writing our wedding song. The lyrics
reflected exactly what we felt then, and still

Love. xxx

Mr. and Mrs. Turn Up The Volume

Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history, baby
Every time you come around


21 September 2021

Mad for it rock ‘n’ roll star LIAM GALLAGHER
was born this day in 1972. Happy 49!

And this Thursday – 23 September – sees the premiere of
OASIS KNEBWORTH 1996. A rockumentary about the two
historic concerts Oasis played at Knebworth in the UK 25
years ago, on 10 and 11 August 1996.

More info & tickets here.

To make all fans already drooling right now here’s previously unseen
performance footage of Champagne Supernova – part of the movie –
featuring The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire with commentary from
Noel Gallagher & Bonehead.

Happy birthday, Liam
Happy birthday, Knebworth…

OASIS: Website

Happy 49!! (photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2018)