29 March 2022
TOYAH and partner ROBERT FRIPP (King Crimson) started
their weekly Sunday Lunch Sessions as a fun pastime while
being locked up in their kitchen due to that nasty virus,
about 2 years ago.
And their hilarious video performances on the 7th day
of the week are still going strong on YouTube.
This past Sunday they picked, for obvious reasons,
the timeless classic WAR by EDIWN STARR.
To hell with Putin…
24 February 2022
War, I despise
‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mother’s eyes
When their sons go off to fight
And lose their lives
I said, war, huh (good God, y’all)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, just say it again
War (whoa), huh (oh Lord)
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
It ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker
(War) Friend only to The Undertaker
Oh, war it’s an enemy to all mankind
The thought of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die? Oh
Top singles from the past
21 January 2022
American singer/songwriter EDWIN STARR (born Charles Edwin Hatcher) would
have celebrated his 80th birthday today. He was born on 21 January 1942 in
He had his biggest hit with WAR in 1970. An anti-Vietnam song
written by Motown artists Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.
What did the world leaders learn 51 years
after Starr‘s warning? Absolutely nothing!
Edwin Starr passed away in 2003. Only 61.
26 September 2020
Bristol fierce punks IDLES released their third LP called ULTRA MONO confirming
their status of boiling-and-sharp-mouthed in-your-face misfits.
NME‘s verdict: “The Bristol punks’ third album is a juggernaut that roars through sarcasm, defiance, compassion and controversy… Talbot and the gang have built a wall around themselves and their followers, but also spend about half the record peering over at the
hostile world outside, before lobbing a few flares in its general direction… It’s a bumpy ride,
but one worth taking… This record fuses the first album’s goofy sense of humour with ‘Joy’s’ brazen manifesto for a healthier society. Despite their imperfections and the often justified criticism, IDLES are ultimately a good thing. The band want to take you on a trip and for you
to enjoy the ride, and for the destination to be serene. Hold on tight.”
Full review here. Score 4/5.
Frontman JOE TALBOT is 100% convinced that…
Check for yourself…
Simultaneously the band shared a video clip for the opening track WAR…
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…
23 May 2019
Band: OF THE DARK I DARE
Who: An intriguingly named Los Angeles band producing a “unique brand of cemetery pop that unites Rickey Lumpkin II’s dark keyboard landscapes with the brave melodies and soaring vocals of Tracy Lorin. The volatile mixture is tethered solidly in place by the unwavering rhythms of drummer, Matt Lucich. The music has become an act of self-discovery and transformation, equal parts mad science and deep human longing, coaxing audiences to discover what has been waiting for them silently, seductively: The gravitational pull of their own souls.”
Track: WAR – brand new debut single officially out on 21st June
Score: ‘War‘ is a huge tower of song centered around a monumental wall-of-synth-sound pop melody sending shivers down your spine from the mettlesome intro to the moody finale. Its overall poignant power and fiery fervor, both dark and poppy, is quite impressive with frontwoman Tracy Lorin‘s vox, reminding me of the glowing sensuality of Garbage‘s iconic singer Shirley Manson right in the middle. Arresting achievement! Perplexing performance. Experience it here…
OF THE DARK I DARE: Facebook
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
28 February 2018
ALBUM: WAR – their third LP
RELEASED: 28 February 1983 – 35 years ago today
ROLLING STONE wrote at the time: “Generally, the album’s musical strengths are largely the product of well-honed arrangements and carefully balanced dynamics. Even as the Edge spins increasingly sophisticated guitar lines, he maintains the minimalist bluntness that sparked Boy. And while bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have swung to more dance-oriented rhythms, their songs hurtle along with the sort of brusque purposefulness more frequently associated with punk. U2 may not be great intellectuals, and War may sound more profound than it really is. But the songs here stand up against anything on the Clash’s London Calling in terms of sheer impact, and the fact that U2 can sweep the listener up in the same sort of enthusiastic romanticism that fuels the band’s grand gestures is an impressive feat. For once, not having all the answers seems a bonus.”
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: massive tunes, massive sentiments, massive album…
THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Sunday Bloody Sunday / 40 / New Year’s Day….
* SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY – a signature classic…
*40 – gripping pearl…
* NEW YEAR’S DAY – massive cracker…
WAR in full…
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