MATT BERNINGER Is Waiting For The Man On American TV

2 December 2020

Last night The National ringmaster MATT BERNINGER performed live
on the American TV show Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Instead of picking
one of his songs from his recent solo debut LP Serpent Prison he went
for a cover of the Velvet Underground classic I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN,
written and sung by the late glorious Lou Reed.

Bernigner‘s rendition sounds rather happy.
In any case not as haunting as the VU version.

Judge for yourself here…

The original


Legends THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Released Their Pop Album ‘LOADED’ 50 Years Ago Today

15 November 2020


Album: LOADED – their 4th LP
Released: 15 November 1970 – 50 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: “VU signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970. Label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album “loaded with hits.” Loaded was the result, and with appropriate
irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio.”
Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The LP is filled with easy-listening pop songs, with a lot of typical, familiar 60s harmonies à la The Mamas and The Papas and The Beach Boys – sounds like VU had fun, although Lou Reed left before its release. Despite the LP’s sweet accessibility it failed to be a hit. Anyway, I love this album. It’s even the VU longplayer I played the most
over the years. Perfect pop-ular record.

Lou Reed: “I don’t mind a repetitive chorus, I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it’s the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?”

Key tracks: Who Loves The Sun / Sweet Jane / Rock and Roll / I Found A Reason

Full album…
(#1 – #10)


‘Candy Says’ – Synth Pop Stars HOT CHIP Cover THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

3 September 2020

London’s famous synth-pop act HOT CHIP are part of the Late Night Tales project.
A series of artist curated compilation albums. The mix features several artists with
Hot Chip including three original songs, and a cover.

For the cover they picked CANDY SAYS. A mesmeric song about a transsexual,
written by the late singer-songwriter icon LOU REED. It appeared on The Velvet Underground‘s third, self-titled LP released in 1969.

You can’t beat Reed‘s unique voice but Hot Chip‘s frontman Alexis Taylor does an
excellent job. His vox hasn’t that mysterious timbre of the rock ‘n’ toll animal but
his take is as moody and gripping as the original performance.

“Candy says I’ve come to hate my body
And all that it requires in this world
Candy says I’d like to know completely
What others so discretely talk about”

Listen here…

The original…

HOT CHIP: Facebook

‘Sunday Morning’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND – Released November 1966

Top singles from the past…

16 February 2020

Band: The Velvet Underground
Single: Sunday Morning
B-side: Femme Fatale 
Released: November 1966
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Debut LP – with the banana on the cover – released March 1967
Note 1: Lou Reed & John Cale wrote the song to be sung by Nico.
In the end, it was Reed who sang it, with backing vocals by Nico.
Note 2: The use of the celesta  for the track was an idea of Cale
Note 3: The timeless song was about paranoia (suggested by Andy Warhol)
“Watch out, the world’s behind you, there’s always someone watching you”

Here we go…


5 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2020…

The best of the past

Here are 5 Memorable Albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 50 in 2020!

1. ‘Funhouse’ by THE STOOGES

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3. ‘After The Gold Rush’ by NEIL YOUNG

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4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND

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5. ‘Moondance’ by VAN MORRISON

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New York City Legends THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Released Their Self-Titled Third LP 50 Years Ago…

Great albums from the past…


28 February 2019


Album: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – the band’s third LP

Released: 1 March 1969 – 50 years ago

ROLLING STONE‘s legendary journalist LESTER BANGS wrote: “The songs on this album are about equally divided between the subjects of love and freedom. So many of them are about love, in fact, that one wonders if Lou Reed, the malevolent Burroughsian Death Dwarf who had previously never written a complimentary song about anybody, has not himself fallen in love… On the whole I didn’t feel that this album matched up to White Light/White Heat, but it will still go a long way toward convincing the unbelievers that the Velvet Underground can write and play any kind of music they want to with equal brilliance.” Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Not as experimental (John Cale had left in the fall of 1968) and controversial as their previous two LP’s but here’s solid proof that Lou Reed had a natural born ‘pop’ songwriting talent and was ready for his brilliant solo career. Top LP.

Album in full…


5 Masterpiece Albums Turning… 50 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Masterpiece Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 50 next year!

The Stooges by THE STOOGES

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‘The Velvet Underground’ by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

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– ‘Abbey Road‘ by THE BEATLES

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