As it’s Deborah Harry’s 70th birthday on 1st July 2015, I’m rounding off the ‘Bs’ in the Jemtunes 2015 A-Z with a tune from a band originally named ‘The angel and the snake’ but becoming ‘Blondie’ in 1975. So here’s Atomic…

Bauhaus (again)

For part 19 of the Jemtunes 2015 A-Z here’s a pic of my limited edition (467 of 500) version of Bauhaus ‘1979 to 1983’ double best of album. IMGP3351

Falling within the influential ‘post-punk’/’goth rock’ genre, my favourite track is ‘She’s in Parties’ (although the cracking cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ plays avery close second fiddle).


Black Sabbath


According to Classic Rock readers, these are the top 40 greatest Black Sabbath tunes

40) Changes,  39) Zero the hero, 38) Warning, 37) Never say die, 36) The writ, 35) Dirty women, 34) Headless cross, 33) Spiral architect, 32) God is dead? 31) Wheels of confusion, 30) Sabbra Cadabra, 29) Planet Caravan, 28) After forever, 27) Hand of doom, 26) Electric funeral, 25) Supernaut, 24) Killing yourself to live, 23) The mob rules, 22) The wizard, 21) Meglomania, 20) Falling off the edge of the world, 19) Hole in the sky, 18) Sweet leaf, 17) The sign of the southern cross, 16) A national acrobat, 15) Die young 14) Snowblind, 13) Children of the sea, 12) Fairies wear boots, 11) Neon knights, 10) Into the void, 9) Symptom of the universe, 8) N.I.B, 7) Iron Man, 6) Paranoid, 5) Children of the grave, 4) Sabbath bloody sabbath, 3) Black Sabbath, 2) Heaven and hell, 1) War Pigs

The Beat

Part #17 in the Jemtunes 2015 Rock A-Z

“I just can’t stop it” was the debut album from the 2 Tone band, the Beat. It was released on Go Feet Records in the UK and on IRS Records in the US under the band name ‘The English Beat’.

Track 4, side 1 is the wonderful “Twist and Crawl”; the best track on the album and, in my opinion, the best thing the band ever wrote.

David Bowie


Some fans argue that the worst song David Bowie ever recorded was ‘The Laughing Gnome’ in 1967. They obviously haven’t listened much to the B side – ‘The gospel according to Tony Day’ which, to my mind, is infinitely worse.

I can’t find a clip of the first record Mr Bowie ever released – Liza Jane/Louie Louie Go Home in 1964 under the name of Davie Jones & the King Bees, so here’s the flip side of ‘The Laughing Gnome’…

Bad Company


The Bad Company debut was recorded at Headley Grange in Hampshire with Ronnie Lane’s mobile studio in November 1973 and was the first album to be released on Led Zeppelin’s Swansong Records label.

Paul Rodgers tells us that the band’s name came from a book of Victorian morals that included a picture of an innocent looking boy looking up at an unsavoury character leaning against a lamppost with the caption ‘Beware of bad company’.

Bad Company originally comprised Paul Rodgers (vox) and Simon Kirke (drums) from Free, Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.

So without further ado, here’s a bit of Bad Company…

Bachman Turner Overdrive


Part 14 of the 2015 Jemtunes Rockography A-Z seems a move into the “B’s”. And no better place to start than Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, the band was originally formed under the name of ‘Brave Belt’ in 1971 by Randy Bachman and Chad Allen, both formerly from ‘The Guess Who”.

Having since sold over 30 million albums worldwide, the band have clearly proven that the change of name to Bachman Turner Overdrive was a sound business decision. Fans (of whom there are many thousands still) are affectionately known as ‘gearheads’ after the band’s gear-shaped logo.

Here’s ‘Sledgehammer’ from their 1974 studio album ‘Not Fragile’.