2 December 2021
Band: KING CRIMSON
Who: Prog rock legends from London featuring Robert Fripp,
John Wetton (Roxy Music / Uriah Heep), Bill Brufford (Yes / Genesis)
Active: 1968–1974, 1981–1984, 1994–2003,
2008–2009, 2013–present / 13 studio LPs
Anniversary album: ISLANDS – 4th LP
Released: 3 December 2021 – 50 years ago
AllMusic said: “The weakest Crimson studio album from
their first era is only a real disappointment in relation to the
extraordinarily high quality of the group’s earlier efforts.”
Full review here. Score: 2.5/5.
Full album on Spotify…
KING CRIMSON: All Albums – Facebook
(group pic: cover of their 1973 ‘Red’ LP)
Three top moments from top bands from the past
29 November 2021
Band: THE TRIFFIDS
Who: Australian alt-rock band formed in 1980 by singer/songwriter
David McComb, his brother Robert, and drummer Alsy MacDonald.
McComb‘s songs were influenced by the total bleakness of his rural
upbringing resulting in songs of solitude and yearning desire.
McComb‘s life already ended at the age of 36 (on 2 February 1999), due
to heroin toxicity and complications following his 1996 heart transplant.
1983: Treeless Pain
1986: Born Sandy Devotional
1986: In The Pines
1989: The Black Swan
Turn Up The Volume‘s 1-2-3 top Triffids moments…
– WIDE OPEN ROAD –
– A TRICK OF THE LIGHT –
– FAIRYTALE LOVE –
THE TRIFFIDS: History
26 November 2021
Who: Legendary British prog-rockers who started in 1968 with
nightingale voice Jon Anderson, and masterly musicians Chris
Squire (bass), Peter Banks (guitarist), Tony Kaye (keyboardist)
and Bill Bruford (drummer).
Active: 1968–1981, 1983–2004, 2008–present / 22 studio albums
so far, with this year’s The Quest as the most recent one.
Anniversary album: FRAGILE
Released: 26 November 1971 – 50 years ago today
Pitchfork said: “‘Fragile’ introduced Yes’ highest-powered line-up, as
the silver-cape wearing, 12-keyboard-hauling Rick Wakeman replaced
Tony Kaye. But the question is, what was “fragile?” Their egos? The battle
between the perfectly balanced arrangements– as on classic rock radio
staples “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround”, and each virtuoso’s
need to grandstand, vented through five solo interludes (most memorably
Steve Howe’s “Mood for a Day”)? All that firepower could have ruined the
band, yet on Fragile, they put songcraft firmly over indulgence.” Score: 8/10.
Turn Up The Volume: The Kings of prog-rock symphonies 6th LP.
1974’s Relayer still is my Yes favorite, but Fragile comes in second.
Key single: Roundabout…
Stream full LP here…
YES: All Albums – History – Facebook
Back in time
24 November 2021
Band: THE KINKS
Who: Legendary Brit-beat-pop band led
by iconic singer/songwriter Ray Davies
Active: 1963-1996 / 24 studio LPs
Anniversary album: MUSWELL HILLBILLIES
Released: 24 November 1971 – 50 years ago today
Pitchfork says : “Muswell Hillbillies may very well be the best
Kinks album you never heard, a scathing but witty take on urban
renewal. No, it’s not quite a concept album, more like an idea album,
a buncha songs that are a bit downbeat in theme but lively in execution.”
Full review here. Score: 9/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Where have all the good Kinks times gone?
Highlights: 20th Century Man / Have A Cup Of Tea / Oklahoma U.S.A.
– 20th CENTURY MAN –
– HAVE A CUP OF TEA –
– OKLAHOMA U.S.A. –
Full album stream…
THE KINKS: All Albums
Remembering great bands from the past with three of their greatest tracks
23 November 2021
Band: BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
Who: Post-punk-disco-dance-pop outfit formed by The Clash guitarist and singer/songwriter Mick Jones featuring filmmaker/DJ/Punk fan Don Letts.
Jones had to leave The Clash after Strummer and Simonon fired him in 1983!
After a short stint with bands General Public and T.R.A.C. he started B.A.D.
Active: 1984-1997 (from 91-95 called BAD II / they did a 2011 reunion tour)
They fabricated 9 studio albums
1-2-3 BAD tracks…
– E=MC2 –
(From debut LP This Is Big Audio Dynamite)
– C’MON EVERY BEATBOX –
(From 2nd LP No. 10, Upping St.)
– THE GLOBE –
(From 1991 album The Globe)
(From The Globe album)
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE: All Albums
Back in time
20 November 2021
Band: BELLE & SEBASTIAN
Who: Veteran indie-pop daydreamers from Glasgow
led by singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch
Active: Since 1996 / 10 studio LPs so far
Anniversary album: IF YOU’RE FEELING SINISTER
Released: 18 November 1996 – 25 years ago
It was their 2nd LP coming only 6 months after
their debut Tigermilk.
AllMusic said: “Belle & Sebastian’s second record, If You’re Feeling Sinister,
is, for all intents and purposes, really their first, since their debut in 1996 was
not heard outside of privileged inner circles… ‘Sinister’ plays like a great forgotten
album, couched in ’80s indie, ’90s attitude, and ’60s folk-pop. It’s beautifully out
of time, and even if other Belle & Sebastian albums sound like it, this is where
they achieved a sense of grace.” Score: 5/5.
Stream album here…
BELLE & SEBASTIAN: All Albums – Facebook
19 November 2021
Band: TEENAGE FANCLUB
Who: Scottish indie jingle-jangle rockers
Active: Since 1989 / 11 studio albums
with this year’s Endless Arcade as the
most recent one.
Anniversary album: BANDWAGONESQUE
Released: 19 November 1991 in the US,
and 4 November 1991 in the UK.
AllMusic says: “The gold standard of the early-’90s power pop revival, in its own way Bandwagoneque was as much a benchmark as contemporary records like Nevermind
and Loveless; though not the generational rallying cry of the former nor the revolutionary
sonic breakthrough of the latter, Teenage Fanclub’s 2nf LP nevertheless heralded the return
of melody and craft, coupled with energy and spirit, hallmarks of much of the greatest rock
and roll of the past, and virtues as rare as hen’s teeth in the years immediately prior to the disc’s release.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Status Quo playing slacker rock
with 60s legends The Byrds in harmony on vocals.
Singles/clips: The Concept / What You Do To Me / Star Sign
– THE CONCEPT –
– WHAT YOU DO TO ME –
– STAR SIGN –
Full album on Spotify
TEENAGE FANCLUB: All Albums – Facebook
Back in time
18 November 2021
Active: Since 1976 / 14 studio LPs (so far)
Anniversary album: ACHTUNG BABY – 7th LP
Released: 18 November 1991- 30 years ago today
Pitchfork said: “Achtung Baby is rightly known as one of rock’s greatest reinventions
because it was so complete. Sure, U2 changed their sound from chiming melodics to lurching, distorted rhythm. But they also changed their attitude, their demeanor, their look, their ideas on how to deal with celebrity.
All of a sudden, they were funny, sexy, a bit dangerous– three things few would’ve associated with U2 in the 80s. And yet, at their core, the band’s values remained constant. They were still ethically minded and interested in the real-life connection between living beings. But the way they went about projecting those core tenets flipped. In TV-news parlance, their attitude switched from “60 Minutes” to “The Colbert Report”. Score: 9.5/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Big bands make big records filled
with big songs like U2 with this big masterpiece.
Singles/clips: The Fly / Mysterious Ways / Zoo Station / One
– THE FLY –
– MYSTERIOUS WAYS –
– ZOO STATION –
– ONE –
Full album on Spotify…
U2: Facebook – All Albums
All info about the 30th-Anniversary Edition here
1-2-3 top tracks from the past from top bands from the past
17 November 2021
Band: ORANGE JUICE
Who: Scottish indie jingly-jangly pop group from Bearsden, Glasgow.
Singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins started the band as the Nu-Sonics
(named after an electric guitar, manufactured by Burns London) back
in 1976 and continued as Orange Juice from 1979 on to their split in
1985, with Collins starting his successful solo career as a performer
and producer soon after.
NME wrote back in 1992: “What was the big deal about Orange Juice? Why do
bands as diverse as The Weddoes, Teenage Fanclub and Prince rave on about them
even now? Why did The Guardian call Edwyn Collins ‘The Scottish Cole Porter’? Probably because of the breathtaking tunes, hopeless bus-stops and bars romanticism, the sense
of humour that never got in the way of the songs and flawed, derailed majesty of it all.
They had raccoon hats, they wore their fringe like Roger McGuinns and they broke up live onstage at the Brixton Academy in 1985 as a tearful Edwyn Collins strummed ‘Rock And
Roll (I Gave You All The Best Years Of My Life)’. There were few bands more human than
Albums: You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (1982), Rip It Up (1982),
Texas Fever (mini-LP, 1984) and The Orange Juice (1984).
Gone but not forgotten,
1-2-3 top tracks…
– FALLING AND LAUGHING –
– RIP IT UP –
(Their only top 10 UK hit)
– WHAT PRESENCE? –
ORANGE JUICE: History
17 November 2021
Who: 60s/70s beat band Small Faces minus founder Steve Marriott who
left to form Humble Pie, but featuring Rod Stewart, who also continued
his booming solo career along the way, and guitarist Ronnie Wood
Active: 1969–1975, 2009–2011 / 4 LPs
Anniversary album: A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK…
Released: 17 November 1971 – 50 years ago today
AllMusic wrote: “The Faces’ third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse, finally gave the group their long-awaited hit single in “Stay with Me,” helping send the album into the Billboard Top Ten, which is certainly a testament to both the song and the album, but it’s hard to separate its success from that of Rod Stewart’s sudden solo stardom… There are few records that feel like a never-ending party like A Nod — the slow moments are for slow dancing, and as soon as it’s over, it’s hard not to want to do it all over again. It’s another classic — and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it’s hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Lads rockers playing lads boogie-woogie fueled with
lads riffs-licks-hooks and super deluxe lads icon Rod Stewart in the middle.
Key track: classic single Stay With Me…
Full album stream on Spotify…