R.I.P. WILKO JOHNSON (75)

23 November 2022

Sad, really sad news.

I’ll never forget the very first time I saw WILKO JOHNSON play. I was a teenager
(yes I always was a music junkie and gig addict, actually from I was 6 and discovered
The Beatles) and went with mates to London in 1976.

He blew me away with his manic, never-heard-before guitar style while running like
a madman with a stare from left to right and back on the stage of Hammersmith Odeon with rhythm & blues legends Dr. Feelogood. They just scored a no 1 hit with their awesome fuzz and buzz live album Stupidity.

Wilko (born John Peter Wilkinson in 1975 in Canvey Island, Essex, England ) was a feelgood doctor for 3 years (1974-1977) before starting his solo journey. He recorded several LPs with his band and played gigs until his last breath. Also on his shelf is the longplayer he canned with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey (‘Going Back Home‘ – 2014)

In 2013 he broke the news that he had terminal cancer and went on a farewell tour.
But after a couple of gigs, he had to call it a day due to his devastating condition.

Sometime later Johnson announced that he was cured and cancer-free and (there must
be a rock God?) and he returned with what his heart and soul and his guitar did for a very longtime: entertaining countless fans with his razzle-dazzle rock ‘n roll music until 2 days ago.

Via his Twitter account, just today, we got the dreadful news: “This is the announcement we never wanted to make, & we do so with a very heavy heart: Wilko Johnson has died. He passed away at home on Monday 21st November. Thank you for respecting the family’s privacy at this very sad time. RIP Wilko Johnson.

Paul Weller once said: “Wilko may not be as famous as some other guitarists, but
he’s right up there. And there are a lot of people who’ll say the same. I can hear Wilko
in lots of places. It’s some legacy.”

Three great Wilko moments.

– Live with Dr. Feelogood –

– The Wilko Johnson Band –
Live on Later With Jools Holland – 2011

– Wilko demonstrating his guitar technique –

WILKO JOHNSON: Bio – Discography

LIAM GALLAGHER – Happy 50 To The Natural Born Rock And Roll Star

21 September 2022

Our kid William John Paul Gallagher was born in Burnage, Manchester
on 21 September 1972, the son of Irish immigrants.

Happy 50 to the man of the people, raised on the streets of Manchester, playing for the people. He’s the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll star singing happy-go-lucky chants made to be sung along under the shower, in your car, and at his massive concerts. No arty farty shit, only supersonic earworms.

Liam a couple of weeks ago…

It was the original Oasis bassist Paul McGuigan (Guigsy) who asked Liam to join his band Rain in the late 80s. He became the lead singer/frontman. When his brother Noel joined in 1991 the name was changed to Oasis. Noel was the 24 Carat songwriter, but Liam was the voice, the face, the hero, the one-liner champion, and the wonderwall of the band.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume, Brussels 2018)

With Oasis he recorded 7 studio LPs. After the umpteenth fight with his brother in 2009
at a Paris festival the group split. Liam formed Beady Eye with the other Oasis members, made two longplayers, and called it a day as his heart wasn’t in it and started his victorious journey. His 3 LPs (so far) all went number one in the UK and his ecstatic concerts attract as many fans as before with Oasis.

You love or hate him. I love him, especially live (saw him 27 times
with Oasis, 2 times with Beady Eye and, so far, 4 times solo.)

Three awesome live LIAM moments

– WONDERWALL –

– CIGARETTES & ALCOHOL –

– SHOCKWAVE –

LIAM GALLAGHER: Facebook – Instagram

One of the greatest gigs I ever saw

Happy 60 SHAUN RYDER

23 August 2022

Madchester hero SHAUN RYDER was born in
the City of Salford in Greater Manchester, UK
on 23 August 1962.

Happy 60 to the happy Monday, the black grape,
and the former 24-hour party man and dopehead
who’s still twisting his melon.

TUTV picked these 4 Great Ryder Moments to start the party.

– WROTE FOR LUCK
(With Happy Mondays)

– IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER –
(With Black Grape)

– MUMBO JUMBO –
(Solo)

– DARE –
(With Gorillaz)

SHAUN RYDER: Bio – Discography

R.I.P. OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN Death At 73 (1948-2022)

8 August 2022

Singer/actress OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN was born in Cambridge, England 73 years ago. Tonight she lost her battle with breast cancer. She died on her Ranch in Southern California

Her husband John Easterling broke the news on her Instagram account.

She released a total of 26 albums and played in 15 movies – with
Grease (1978) as her most famous one – between 1965 and 2020.

She had her first number one single in 1971 with the lead track
(a song written by Bob Dylan) – of her debut LP If Not For You.

And millions saw this movie/clip…

OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN: Bio – Discography

Happy 70 To JOHNNY THUNDERS

15 July 2022

John Anthony Genzale was born 70 years ago today in Queens, New York. His mother was of Italian descent, and his father was of Italian, Russian-Jewish, and German-Jewish ancestry.

Before he joined (1971) the New York Dolls, the coolest glam and glitter gang in rock ‘n roll history, he had a couple bands of his own. He was a fanatic fan of Keith Richards. He copied his guitar style and his poses, while his sister styled his hair like Keef.

After 2 albums Johnny left to jump on the punk train and
formed The Heartbreakers with Richard Hell, who left soon.

Eventually, he started a solo career. He assembled a cast of ’70s punk and rock stars – Chrissie Hynde, Phil Lynott, Peter Perrett, Steve Marriott, and Pistols Paul Cook, and Steve Jones, among others – for his debut solo LP So Alone, released in 1978.

His masterstroke single You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
was/is certainly his most memorable achievement.

After years of drug abuse, the rock guitar hero collapsed and died in 1991. R.I.P.

Three great Thunders moments

– NEW YORK DOLLS –

– THE HEARTBREAKERS –

– SOLO –

JOHNNY THUNDERS: Bio – Discography

Happy Birthday To Pin-Up Pop Queen DEBBIE HARRY!

1 July 2022

Angela Trimble aka the ultimate pin-up pop queen Debbie Harry
was born in Miami on 1 July 1945. Happy 77 to Blondie‘s first lady.

Picture this: a Sunday Girl with a Heart Of Glass always Hanging On
The Telephone
, one way or another, causing Rapture when the Tide Is
High
and always Dreaming of Denis who Ripped Her To Shreads. Please
Call Me, Debbie, In The Flesh.

Three top Debbie moments…

– SUNDAY GIRL –

– DENIS –

– HEART OF GLASS –

DEBBIE HARRY: Bio

(photo on top: Cover of Debbie/Blondie book called ‘Picture This’)

Waking Up With… HELTER SKELTER

Works fsster then caffeine

18 June 2022

JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY was born on 18 June 1942. Happy 80 to the songsmith genius who needs no introduction whatsoever. I wonder how many people never heard of Macca. The ones who lived/live on Mars?

In those 80 years the Liverpool icon has made 12 LPs with The Beatles, 7 albums
with Wings, 18 solo and several collaborative records. Lots of Hard Day Night work.

For this occasion, my wake-up song is this smoking live
version of his heaviest rock song ever HELTER SKELTER.

And  not done yet…

MACCA: Instagram – Website

(Image on top: cover of his best of album ‘Pure’)

Happy 65 SIOUXSIE SIOUX

27 May 2022

Susan Janet Ballion, best known of course as SIOUXSIE SIOUX
the voice and face of her band The Banshees was born on
27 May 1957 in London.

Happy 65 to the Goth queen of punk. One of the most
charismatic and drop-dead gorgeous rock stars ever.

With The Banshees she recorded/released 11 studio albums.
With her husband Budgie, she made two LPs under the moniker
of The Creatures. And in 2007 she released her only criminally
underrated, solo longplayer Mantaray.

Three magic Siouxsie moments…

– HONG KONG GARDEN –

– KISS THEM FOR ME –

– SLOWDIVE –

What? 65?

IAN CURTIS

Stretford, UK 15 July 1956 – Macclesfield, 18 May 1980

Walk in silence
Don’t walk away, in silence
See the danger
Always danger

Endless talking
Life rebuilding
Don’t walk away

Walk in silence
Don’t turn away, in silence
Your confusion
My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate
Confronts and then dies
Don’t walk away

People like you find it easy
Naked to see
Walking on air
Hunting by the rivers,
through the streets,
every corner

Abandoned too soon
Set down with due care
Don’t walk away in silence
Don’t walk away

IAN CURTIS: Story


Paris, 1979