Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go completely bananas to this summer

Let us focus this week on some ace live firework to turn up the heat

1. ‘Rocks’ by PRIMAL SCREAM
(Glastonbury Festival, UK 2013)

2. ‘Going Up The Country’ by KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS
(Sydney, Australia, 2012)

3. ‘Common People’ by PULP
(Glastonbury Festival, UK 1998)

4. ‘Laid’ by JAMES
(Isle of Wight Festival, UK – 2015)

5. ‘Hot Stuff’ by MILES KANE
(TRNSMT Festival Scotland, 2018)

See/hear you next week, music junkies

PULP Released Fourth Album ‘HIS ‘N’ HERS’ 25 Years Ago…

18 April 2019

Today 25 years ago, on 18 April 1994 stylish popsters PULP from Sheffield released their 4th LP called HIS ‘N’ HERS. The album put the band and its lively frontman and sharply observing songwriter Jarvis Cocker on the ‘we are famous‘ map. It peaked at #9 in the UK albums chart.

BBC Music wrote: “Pulp’s breakthrough album some 16 years into their existence. It finally gave them a taste of success as well as introducing Jarvis Cocker to the general public, just as Britpop – Parklife was released the week after, and Oasis were readying their second single – came along as a then-refreshing shot-in the-arm.”

Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite tracks…



(Live rendition – Glastonbury 1994)

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Legendary Popsmiths PULP Released Their Bold And Darkish Longplayer ‘THIS IS HARDCORE’ 20 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

29 March 2018


ALBUM: THIS IS HARDCORE – the band’s sixth album

RELEASED: 30 March 1998 – 20 Years Ago…

ALL MUSIC (Stephen Thomas Erlewine) wrote: “This is the sound of someone losing the plot/you’re gonna like it, but not a lot.” So says Jarvis Cocker on “The Fear,” the opening track
on ‘This Is Hardcore’, the ambitious follow-up to Pulp’s breakthrough Different Class. Cocker doesn’t quite lose the plot here, but the ominous, claustrophobic “The Fear” makes it clear
that this is a different band, one that no longer has anthems like “Common People” in mind.
The shift in direction shouldn’t come as a surprise – Pulp was always an arty band – but even the catchiest numbers are shrouded in darkness. This album is haunted by disappointments and fear, by the realization that what you dreamed of may not be what you really wanted.
The title track is the centerpiece of the LP, and the best moments follow its tone. Instead of delivering an entirely bleak album, Pulp raise the curtain somewhat on the last three songs,
but the attempts at redemption, “Sylvia,” “Glory Days,” “The Day After the Revolution” – don’t
feel as natural as everything that precedes them. It’s enough to keep the album from being a masterpiece, but it’s hardly enough to prevent it from being an artistic triumph.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: This bold, blackish, bewitching and multi-layered
tour de force proved that Pulp was far more than a pop tunes machine. This highly intriguing and at times enigmatic LP was/is a hard score…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: The Fear / Glory Days / A Little Soul

THE FEAR – ‘A horror soundtrack from a stagnant waterbed‘…

GLORY DAYS – close family to ‘Common People‘ – top cut…

A LITTLE SOUL – tenebrous beauty…

Album in full…

PULP: Facebook – Discography

This is Pulp core, back then

10 Remarkable Albums Turning 20 in 2018!…

1998: A year full of versatile vibrations!
Here’s my selection – 10 remarkable ones!

1/ ‘Deserter’s Songs’ by MERCURY REV
Jonathan Donahue (lead singer/songwriter) said about their masterpiece: “It had the feeling of rebirth, of going down to the grave for quite a while and lying down there in the darkness and the quiet, and then someone pulls you up and shakes the dirt off you and
says ‘no, you thought you were dead, but you’re not.'”

Released: 29 September 1998 – their fourth album
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2/ ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Pitchfork: “The Manic Street Preachers are one of the few groups capable of integrating orchestral instruments in a way that still produces great rock music. Meanwhile, they
manage to infuse some quite dour lyrics with some of the most haunting melodies.”

Released: 14 September 1998 – fifth LP
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3/ ‘Good Morning Spider’ by SPARKLEHORSE
Pitchfork: “The album shines an old light on impossible things. He found the purity of
pop music and then lacerated it with the quirks and imperfections he cherished.”

Released: 20 July 1998 – second album
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4/ ‘Celebrity Skin’ by HOLE
Rolling Stone: “Sprung, flung and fun, high-impact, rock-fueled pop and the album teems with sonic knockouts that make you see all sorts of stars and is accessible, fiery and intimate – often at the same time.”
Released: 8 September 1998 – third full length
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5/ ‘How to Operate With A Blown Mind‘ by LO FIDELITY ALL STARS
All Music: “With an effortless grace unmatched by even their Skint labelmates, ‘Lo-Fidelity Allstars’ segue between acid house, hip-hop, punk, soul, and disco on their debut album. Previous high-energy singles like ‘Vision Incision’ and ‘Kool Roc Bass’ are included, along with new tracks like the surprising Hi-NRG/electro-fusion on ‘Lazer Sheep Dip Funk’ and early-’80s funk reminiscent of ‘Prince’ or ‘Jamiroquai’ on ‘Battle Flag’ (with Pigeonhed).”
Released: 25 May 1998 – debut longplayer
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6/ ‘This Is Hardcore’ by PULP
All Music: “The ambitious follow-up to their breakthrough LP ‘Different Class’ is haunted by disappointments and fear. By the realization that what you dreamed of may not be what you really wanted. The shift in direction shouldn’t come as a surprise, Pulp was always an arty band, but even the catchiest numbers are shrouded in darkness. An artistic triumph.”
Released: 30 March 1998 – sixth album
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7/ ‘Hello Nasty’ by THE BEASTIE BOYS
The Guardian: “It fills a gap created by the current profusion of serious rock bands like Radiohead, elbowing its way up front, and letting rip with adolescent vigour. The perfect
party soundtrack by the perfect party band.”

Released: 14 July 1998 – their fifth longplayer
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8/ ‘Mezzanine’ by MASSIVE ATTACK
All Music: “Increasingly ignored amidst the exploding trip-hop scene, Massive Attack returned in 1998 with a record immediately announcing not only that the group was back, but that they’d recorded a set of songs just as singular and revelatory as on their debut.”
Released: 20 April 1998 – third full length
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9/ ‘The Good Will Out’ by EMBRACE
All Mmusic: “One listen to ‘The Good Will Out’ illustrates why the group ingeniously combines the anthemic hooks and monolithic roar of ‘Oasis’ with the sweeping aural majesty of ‘The Verve.’ The record illustrates enough promise and panache to make it a first-rate debut.”
Released: 8 June 1998 – debut LP
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10/ ’65’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS
All Music: “With 1965, the band finally made the gritty soul record just always out of their reach seamlessly integrating the R&B aspirations which have textured the band’s sound since the beginning, the music simmers with raw energy, its deep, dark grooves not so much white-boy as simply white-hot.”
Released: 27 October 1998 – sixth album
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It’s all about the music as we know it
but magnetizing images are the timeless
faces for all sounds made then and now…
Here are 7 appealing album sleeves from
LP’s released in 2001 – 15 years ago!

1/ ‘Vespertine’ – BJÖRK
Released 27th August 2001 – fifth LP from the Icelandic fairy…

2/ ‘Rings Around the World’ by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
The Welsh gang’s fifth and first big label album…

3/ ‘Drukqs’ by APHEX TWIN
English sound wizard Richard D. James’ fifth (double) album…

4/ ‘White Blood Cells’ by THE WHITE STRIPES
Third – and breakthrough – album from the White family…

5/ ‘Let It Come Down’ by SPIRITUALIZED
Fourth – one of their best – longplayer by Jason Pierce’s sonic orchestra…

6/ ‘We Love Life’ by PULP
Their final studio album produced by legend Scott Walker

7/ ‘Beautiful Garbage’ by GARBAGE
Third LP by the American-Scottish rockers – noisy garbage..

Iconic Album Covers – ‘THIS IS HARDCORE’ by PULP…



Artist: PULP

Artwork artists: the cover photo was art directed by Peter Saville and the American painter John Currin who is known for his figurative paintings of exaggerated female forms. The images were further digitally manipulated by Howard Wakefield who also designed the album…

Date of release: March 30, 1998

Highest chart position: #1

One of my fav tracks: ‘Glory Days’
Here’s a splendid live rendition at Glastonbury in 1998…

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