Daily electricity to load your batteries…

12 July 2021

Who: A boiling psychedelic punk rock duo from the UK.
Happy married couple: Holly Ross and David Blackwell.
Active since 2006 / 5 studio albums

New single: I, MORON feat. Iggy Pop

Holly about the collaboration with Mister Pop: “It’s actually unbelievable.
For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with
the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just got it. We are all morons. In a
world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. ”

Turn Up The Volume: The start of this nasty punked-up groove is just awesome.
The menacing way immortal icon Iggy Pop pronounces moron several times, makes
you desperately hope you’re not one, all the more so that a jackhammer is drilling
along Pop‘s intimidating tone. But before you can say hell yeah, this synth injected steamroller detonates with brain-breaking force. Holly’s moronic, overdubbed voice
adds a psych-o-delic effect while the ongoing battering beat does your head in without asking! Wow, what a bang-on motherrocker! Hell yeeaaaaahhhh!

You are moron. I am moron. We are moron


The single sold out in hours. So the band decided to re-press on red vinyl. Only
available in record stores. Pre-order your copy at your local record shop.

Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

10 July 2021

5 new firecrackers to fuel your favorite 48 hours…

‘We Are Between’ by MODEST MOUSE (Portland)

The veteran indie rockers still deliver the goods. The lead single from their
new triumphant album The Golden Casket sets the tone for their 7th longplayer.
Brisk, bustling, and blissful.

Press play here…


‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn)

“This song speaks to the psychological stress of our times as the byproduct
of cognitive dissonance en masse, and the collective shadows it projects. Yet,
the hopeful message implied is that if we can shine a light, shadows disappear.”

Roaring rippers like this one make my day on the spot. Big tune, big drive,
big chorus, big guitars, big vocals, big intensity. Adrenalized top stroke!

And a great animated video clip…


‘Time Will Define’ by FEVER (UK)

Electrifying Britpop at its instantly sticking best. Somewhere between
(in the 21st Century), The La’s and The Bluetones. The singer’s
feverish vocals stand out. What a vox! He lifts this arresting stunner to
a remarkable level. Touchdown!

Tune in here…


‘Can’t Forget’ by NAPOLEON (Toronto, Canada)

A riff monster. A flabbergasting uppercut with all cylinders fired up, making your
head spin uncontrollably. Alert your neighbors before you put this blustery blast
on your stereo. From the band’s new wham-bam-slam EP Empty Within.

Clear your room and start a one-man moshpit…


‘Look What You’ve Done’ by KEEGAN CHAMBERS (Toronto, Canada)

This is classic rock explosiveness. Eddie Van Halen guitars, a towering chorus,
and what a tremendous voice overwhelming your ears. High-powered, immensely energetic, and totally titanic. Makes your hair in the back of your neck stand up.

From Chambers‘ varied Out Of My Head EP.

Turn up the heat here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

New Book: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES ON STAGE – 1967 To 1974

11 June 2021

Book: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES On Stage – 1967 To 1974
Author: Per Nilsen
A leading authority on Iggy and the Stooges. He’s a behavioural
economist from Stockholm School of Economics. Music has been
a life-long passion since he discovered the Beatles at the age of 5.

Content: The book explores, in depth, all the concerts the Stooges
played between 1967-74, bringing the live experience to life through
eyewitness accounts, press reports and other source materials, to
present an unprecedented account of the Stooges’ performances
during this period.

Publisher: Burning Shed – you can buy a copy via their
website or Amazon and other well known online shops.
Out: 25th June 2021

Louder Than War says: “Fans of Iggy and the Stooges will be smitten with
the material contained within these pages. They’ll also love the way Nilsen
invites the reader to imagine the venues and cities left undescribed. For
example, on Tuesday, 22 July 1969, The Stooges played at Detroit’s Grand
Ballroom, but Nilsen’s gig description is nearly blank: “No details are known.”
While the breadth of information that accompanies so many of the other on
stage appearances is enthralling, these occasional lacunae are also intriguing.
I wonder what went on at that gig.”
Long full review here.


James Newell Osterberg Jr.
was born on 21 April 21
in Muskegon, Michigan, US

Happy 74, Iggy!

Three to party…

(Memorable TV performance in Holland)

– NO FUN –


DR. LONNIE SMITH & IGGY POP Cover Sixties Sunshine Superman DONOVAN

5 March 2021

Jazz icon DR. LONNIE SMITH and the everywhere-and-anytime-present
teamed up for a smooth cover of SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a hit
by sixties Scottish folk-pop legend DONOVAN, which will feature on Smith’s
new album Breathe – produced by Don Was– out at the end of this month.

Smith: “I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida.
Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo
and he loved it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few
songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked.

Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
Could’ve tripped out easy a-but I’ve a-changed my ways
It’ll take time, I know it but in a while
You’re gonna be mine, I know it, we’ll do it in style
‘Cause I made my mind up you’re going to be mine

The original

Breathe album out 26 March via Blue Note Records

Turn Up The Volume’s TOP 5 Of Lust For IGGY POP LPs

1. LUST FOR LIFE – 2nd LP – August 1977

AllMusic: “Iggy managed to channel the aggressive power of his work with the Stooges
with the intelligence and perception of ‘The Idiot’, and the result was smart, funny, edgy,
and hard-rocking. ‘Lust for Life is the best album of Iggy Pop’s solo career.”

Score: 10/10

Stream here…

2. THE IDIOT – solo debut – March 1977

Pitchfork: “Where once he was infernal and freewheeling, he now became
cool and restrained by Bowie’s careful, calculated producer’s hand.”

Score: 8.5/10

Stream here…

3. THE STOOGES – the band’ debut album – August 1969

Rolling Stone: “Loud, boring, tasteless, unimaginative and childish.”
Well, they changed, like so many critics who didn’t like it when
it was released, their minds later.

Stream here…

4. BRICK BY BRICK – 9th album – June 1990

AllMusic: “Smart, tough, and impressive on all counts, Brick by Brick was Iggy Pop’s strongest work since Lust for Life, and marked a new high point in his career as a songwriter.”
Score: 9/10

Stream here…

5. POST POP DEPRESSION – 17th LP – March 2016

NME: “The punk genius confronts the grim reaper
with gnarly poetry and sassy garage rock.”

Score: 10/10

Stream here…


PLAY LOUD! 5 Classic Crackers To Ease The LOCKDOWN XMAS BLUES

C’mon, get out of your bed, clear your living room and dance yourself
dizzy. Middle-finger to the lockdown blues. It’s Christmas!

1. Home by IGGY POP (1990)

Home, boy
Everybody needs a home
Home, boy

2. I’m Going Home by TEN YEARS AFTER (1968)

Gonna see my baby, see my baby fine
Gonna take my baby, want to take my baby mine
Hoping my woman treats me real kind

3. Safety Dance by MEN WITHOUT HATS (1982)

Say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come
From out of this world
Leave the real one far behind


4. Home Computer by KRAFTWERK (1982)

It’s more fun to compute
I program a home computer
Beam myself into the future

5. Our House by CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG (1970)

Our house is a very, very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our house…