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Bad vibrations: Is it time to crank down the volume at concerts?

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Loud bands have existed since the birth of rock'n'roll, but now earplugs are to be given out at concerts.

Last week's issue of NME featured a list of the 20 loudest songs ever released, to mark the return of Spinal Tap. Included on it were the Jesus and Mary Chain as well as Atari Teenage Riot, Black Sabbath, and a track from My Bloody Valentine.

Now, My Bloody Valentine are teaming up with earplug company Earplugshop.com to hand out the protectors at their gig. It will be seen as a gimmick by many. And, anyway, surely it's a bit late. The band have been going for 25 years and you only have to type tinnitus and My Bloody Valentine into Google and a plethora of blog sites appear with fans lamenting their loss of hearing, thanks to a MBV gig.

read more: http://foxyurl.com/qVN


image: Fair Use/photobucket: MY BLOODY VALENTINE....."You Made Me Realise", a four-minute track released in 1998, would be transformed into a blistering live performance when the band repeated a single chord over and over before shifting into a deafening wall of sound lasting up to 20 minutes.


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