YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.



Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

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‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…

On-Repeat-In-January-2018… FOURTEEN KNOCKOUTS!

Striking vibrations that good we play it on

A versatile mix of electric eruptions and firework strokes
that energized all my senses and limbs this past month!
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Here’s plenty of sonic dope…

1/ ‘Fol De Rol’ by THE FALL (Manchester, UK)
From the troubled genius’ final 2017 album – rest in peace…
Album: New Facts Emerge

2/ ‘Black Habit’ by MIEN (US, UK, Canada)
Supergroup hits it big psych time with debut single…
Debut album: out 8 April – info here

3/ ‘Love’ by ANTEROS (London, UK)
Striking pop pearl, as catchy as flaming hell…

5/ ‘Current Affair’ by SEXTILE feat SIENNA (Los Angeles)
Hyperkinetic electro whirlwind to go totally apeshit to…
Album: Albeit Living

6/ ‘The Gift’ by THE LIMIÑANAS feat. PETER HOOK (France/UK)
Sensual psychedelia with a sultry touch and legend Peter Hook on bass…
New album: Shadow People – just out now

7/ ‘Jukebox Babe’ by MOON DUO (Portland, US)
Portland’s mind-expanding pair covers Alan Vega in swinging style…

8/ ‘The Great Chain Of Being’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
Another heavy eruption by the Aussie psych junkies…
Album: Gumboot Soup

8/ ‘Bubbilicious’ by TOKYO TABOO (London, UK)
Pschodelic glam punk, hot as an exploding volcano…
Album: 6TH Street Psychosis / Interview with TUTV!

9/ ‘Skin Spilling’ by BONNE APARTE (The Netherlands)
Weird and eccentric paranoia post punks…
Album: Scalps  – out 2 February – info here 

10/ ‘Ballad’ by NO FRIENDZ (London, UK)
Funky scream along indie kick for all useless people on this planet…
Album: split LP with Chupa Cabra – all info here

11/ ‘Luxury Animals’ by MUSH (Leeds, UK)
Jingle jangle noiseniks fronted by Lou Reed‘s ghost…

12/ ‘Black Smoke’ by BLACK FUN SURGERY (London, UK)
Glimmering disco ball electronics with a spell-binding edge…
New album: PATCHES – to be released soon

13/ ‘Serpent Speak’ by AURAL AIR (Dublin, Ireland)
Poetic guitar euphony and Laura Rai‘s remarkable voice…
EP: The Torpor OF Minds

14/ ‘I Didn’t Belong’ by HIGHLAND KITES (California, US)
Tremendous voice to solace your troubled heart and hurt soul in times of love sickness…
Debut EP: to be released this year

See/hear you next month, music junkies



The Jukebox Series: only the greats can fill a Wurlitzer…

25 January 2018


This episode was actually planned to be featured in a couple of weeks. But by now all fans definitely now that Mark E. Smith, the wayward mastermind of incomparable Manchester post-punk outlaws THE FALL died yesterday – 24 January – only 60. Smith was no less than a troubled genius. A fascinating wordsmith, a modern poet and made more records in his short lifetime than Radiohead would ever be able to complete in a full century. In memory
of this once in a lifetime artist and the countless brill line-ups of his band here are not the 15 usual picks, but 25 standout eruptions. R.I.P. Psycho Mafia Smith.

MARK E. SMITH: Biography – The Fall Discography – Facebook


Me and many fans!…

Significant Singles Turning 30 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Picks…

Going back in sonic history…

1988 was a year of versatile vibes and kicks
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ten picks…

1/ ‘Fiesta’ by THE POGUES
Ultimate party cracker…
Album: ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’

2/ ‘Wrote For Luck’ by HAPPY MONDAYS
Eight miles high…
Album: ‘Bummed’

3/ ‘Sidewalking’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Psych pop pearl…
Album: ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’

4/ ‘People Have The Power’ by PATTI SMITH
Sing it loud, maybe it’ll help…
Album: ‘Dream Of Life’

5/ ‘Gigantic’ by PIXIES
Kim Deal on a roll…
Album: ‘Surfer Rosa’

6/ ‘Hit The North’ by THE FALL
You can dance to The Fall…
Album: ‘The Frenz Experiment’

7/ ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ by PUBLIC ENEMY
Just believe Public Enemy…
Album: ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

8/ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ by GUNS N’ ROSES
Massive rock and roll riffs…
Album: ‘Appetite For Destruction’

9/ ‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M.
R.E.M. becoming a big alt act…
Album: ‘Green’

10/ ‘Christine’ by THE HOUSE OF LOVE
Pure pop melancholia…
Album: ‘The House Of Love’

ALL STAR TRACKS TEAM OF 2017! Party Hard With This Year’s 20 Standout Crackers!…

2017 was a damn awful year for humanity, tolerance, equality and peace, but, fortunately, we had enough smashing tracks to keep up the spirit, to keep hope alive and to keep us all going mental now & then! Here are 20 Rippers – 20 Knockouts – 20 Winners! Party Hard!

1/ ‘Black Hanz’ by THE MOONLANDINGZ (Sheffield, UK)
“They can hit us but they won’t beat us, Black Hands, Do it Again!!!“
Debut AlbumInterplanetary Class Classics

2/ ‘I’d Kill For Her’ by THE BLACK ANGELS (Austin, Texas, US)
Psych cracker about love leading to violence, pushed by a hypnotizing riff…
Album: Death Song

3/ ‘Fol De Rol’ by THE FALL  (Manchester, UK)
Vintage The Fall drone, vintage Mark E.Smith rant…
Album: New Facts Emerge

4/ ‘Drained Lake’ by METZ (Toronto, Canada)
Crushing stroke roaring viciously…
Album: Strange Peace

5/ ‘LC Over Lithuania’ by GRUPPO DI PAWLOWSKI (Hell, Belgium)
Voodoo noise rock at its psycho best…
AlbumInhuman Hands

6/ ‘Holy Mountain’ by NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS (Manchester, UK)
Noel beats Liam easily with this massive glam banger…
Album: Who Built The Moon?

7/ ‘call the police’ by LCD SOUNDSYTEM (New York, NY, US)
Made LCD Soundsytem great again…
Album: American Dream

8/ ‘Little Boy Blue’ by MILLIONAIRE  (Belgium)
Nasty, mind-bending groove going on forever and ever…
Album: Sciencing

9/ ‘Istanbul Is Sleepy’ byTHE LIMIÑANAS   feat. ANTON NEWCOMBE
Pounding knockout that will make your adrenalin stream faster…
EP: Istanbul Is Sleepy

10/ ‘Professional Dreamer’ by SLEEPTALKING
Explosive roller coaster with scary edge…
EPOh, Isn’t It Strange?

11/ ‘Life’ by SHHT (Ghent, Belgium)
Deranged eruption to go completely bananas to…

12/ ‘Beating Hard’ by LAS COBRAS (Uruguay)
Afro-beat psychedelia mixed with tropicalia krautrock…
Album: Temporal

13/ ‘Castle Spell‘ by SUNFLOWERS (Porto, Portugal)
Fuzzy blues punk rumble, injected with black magic…
New album: out 9 Feb 2018 – info on Bandcamp

14/ ‘Headless Children’ by MADONNATRON (London, UK)
Witchery priestesses messing up your mind with a horrific story…
Debut Album: Madonnatron

15/ ‘Get Messy’ by THE DARTS (United States of Cool Cats)
Perfect garage firework to say goodbye to 2017. PARTY NOW!
Debut Album: Me.Ow.

16/ ‘Serve The Rich’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
Rage against injustice, intolerance and all sorts of inequality in our society…

17/ ‘Keeper’ by THE FRANKLYS (UK)
Hot-blooded, rowdy and obsessive. Ace cut from debut LP…

18/ Hit The Bottle by THE PEARL HARTS (UK)
A blitzkrieg hammer kicking ass from start to finish….

19/ ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’ by FERAL FIVE (London, UK)
Swirling disco fireball made to fill dance floors on New Year’s Eve…
4-Track EP: Man Cat Doll Machine

20/ ‘Too Much To Love’ by TomZack (London, UK)
Mind-twisting electro trash groove with a dark, scathing cadence and psycho vocals. Lovely!

Anniversary Albums – THE FALL Released The Short But Smithesque ‘ROOM TO LIVE’ Chaos 35 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

26 September 2017


Album: ROOM TO LIVE (Undilutable Slang Truth!) – only 7 tracks

Released: 27 September 1982 – 35 years ago

All Music wrote: “This album marks one of the most inspired periods of the group, the era that produced the masterful ‘Hex Enduction Hour’ and was in part fueled by the political upheaval
in England circa 1982 during the Falklands War. Mark E. Smith is at his very best lyrically when getting riled up against the middle class. ‘Room to Live’ may be a short, sharp stab of chaos, yet it remains undeniably one of the greatest pieces of post-punk genius the group ever recorded.”

Note: The idea was to go in the studio just to record a single but Smith had more songs running around in his wicked brain all of which were new to the band and had not previously been rehearsed or performed live. In accordance with this experimental approach, members were deliberately excluded from certain tracks. Nobody really
knows exactly who played what and when on the final result…

Turn Up The Volume! says: I didn’t play this eccentric pandemonium for ages and I’m stunned how it stood the test of time (doesn’t most of The Fall albums just do?). The man
is an incomparable, impulsive expert in creating highly magnetic trash when and how he wants…

Full Album (#1 – #7 / older songs ‘Fantastical Live‘ and
Lie Dream Of Casino Soul‘ were only on the German pressing)…

THE FALL: Website – Facebook