The Carpenters – Goodbye to Love (Starters for Ten #151) 1/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #151: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190531

The Carpenters – Goodbye to Love (1972)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Kickstarting the 16th – featuring my top ten ‘lurve’ songs, and running between 31 May and 9 June – here’s Goodbye to Love composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis and released by the Carpenters in 1972.

On the ‘Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters’ documentary, Tony Peluso stated that this was one of the first power ballads, if not the first, to have a fuzz guitar solo. In my opinion, it’s also one of the best guitar solos ever!

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Tom Browne – Fungi Mama (Starters for Ten #150) 10/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #150: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190530

Tom Browne – Fungi Mama (1981)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Concluding the 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks – here’s Fungi Mama from Tom Browne’s 1981 album ‘Yours Truly’.

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
[1] Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
[2] Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
[3] Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
[4] Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
[5] Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
[6] Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
[7] Mar 2-11: Top Ten Live Tracks
[8] Mar 12-21: Top Ten Classical pieces
[9] Mar 22-31: Top Ten Soul tracks
[10] April 1-10: Top Ten Classic Rock tracks
[11] April 11-20: Top Ten ‘Ten Years After’ numbers
[12] April 12-30: Top Ten ‘Talking Heads’ tracks
[13] May 1-10: Top Ten Punk Anthems
[14] May 11-20: Top Ten Rock numbers
[15] May 21-30: Top Ten Boogie tracks
[16] May 31-June 9: Top Ten Lurve songs

Yello – Oh Yeah (Starters for Ten #149) 9/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #149: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190529

Yello – Oh Yeah! (1985)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks, and running between 21 and 30 May – here’s Oh Yeah released in 1985 by the Swiss band Yello and featured on their album Stella. It gained popularity after being featured in the films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Secret of My Success, among other films.

Its 1987 re-released version features the extra lyrics: “such a good time / a really good time”.

Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions (Starters for Ten #148) 8/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #147: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190528

Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions (1962)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks, and running between 21 and 30 May – here’s Green Onions, an instrumental composition recorded in 1962 by Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Described as “one of the most popular instrumental rock and soul songs ever”, the tune is a twelve-bar blues with a rippling Hammond M3 organ line by Booker T. Jones that he wrote when he was 17, although the actual recording was largely improvised in the studio.

The track was originally issued in May 1962 on the Volt label (a subsidiary of Stax Records) as the B-side of “Behave Yourself” on Volt 102; it was quickly reissued as the A-side of Stax 127, and it also appeared on the album Green Onions that same year. The organ sound of the song became a feature of the “Memphis soul sound”.

Run DMC v Jason Nevins – It’s like that (Starters for Ten #147) 7/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #147: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190527

Run DMC v Jason Nevins – It’s like that (1984)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks, and running between 21 and 30 May – here’s It’s Like That, the debut single from American hip hop group Run-DMC.

It was first released in 1983 on a cassette backed with the track “Sucker M.C.’s”. The release marked the start of Run-DMC’s career and is widely regarded as ushering in a new school of hip hop artists with a street image and an abrasive, minimalist sound that marked them out from their predecessors. Both tracks were collected on the trio’s eponymous debut album in 1984.

The song was remixed by house DJ Jason Nevins in 1997. His version was originally released in 1997 on 10″ vinyl in the U.S., and became a sleeper hit in 1998. It sold around five million copies worldwide, placing it amongst the biggest selling singles of all time.

Grace Jones – Nipple to the bottle (Starters for Ten #146) 6/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #146: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190526

Grace Jones – Nipple to the bottle (1982)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks, and running between 21 and 30 May – here’s Nipple to the Bottle from Grace Jones’ “Living my Life” realised in 1982

Earth Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland (Starters for Ten #145) 5/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #145: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190525

Earth Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland (1979)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks, and running between 21 and 30 May – here’s Boogie Wonderland released by Earth, Wind & Fire in 1979.

The picture above is the promo for the Love Supreme Festival they headlined in July 2018 and to which we had the privilege of attending.