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6 October 2016, 17:21
To mark Globals' Make Some Noise Day, we look at some of the loudest acts in history, as named and shamed by our listeners.
During a 1984 gig at the Cleveland Variety Theatre, the plaster in the ceiling of the building started to crack and fall onto the crowd below, after the band reached a whopping 130 decibels. Listener Louise Meek saw them in Hull in 1990 and claims: "My ears rang for three days..."
The legendary band claimed a Guinness World Record after they hit 126dB during a gig at Charlton Athletic's ground The Valley on 31 May 1976. Pete Townshend famously suffers from tinnitus.
The British dance act managed to top 137 dB in June of 1996 when they played Brixton Academy on their Leftism tour. Another instance of plaster literally falling from the ceiling.
At a gig in New Zealand on 13 December 2011, the Foos managed to gain a reading on the GeoNet seismograph. GeoNet's website claims: "The concert vibrations were recorded as a semi continuous harmonic signal with a peak osculation of 3Hz, ie the ground was shaking 3 times per second in a nice rhythmic motion." MOSHPIT! Listener Vicky Mackenzie says the infamous Roundhouse show was pretty raucous, too.
MBV are so well known for their loud, vibrating music that they actually hand out earplugs as you go in to watch their shows. The climax is the "holocaust" section of You Made Me Realise, 20-minutes of unrelenting noise that batters the audience into submission. Ouch. Listener Paul White claimed they were even loud at the normally sedate Festival No 6 in Wales. "Easily the loudest band on planet earth," says Scott Fellows.
Zuza O'Brien nominates The Prodigy at The Warehouse Project in Manchester. "Painful," she says, simply. Meanwhile, Mandy Winter claims that "Every time I've seen them, I could feel the bass in my chest and stomach, I could hardly breathe!"