Leaps n Bands #113: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 11/12

Side 2, Track 5 – Digging my potatoes

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the fifth track from side 2 – Digging my potatoes

Leaps n Bands #112: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 10/12

Side 2, track 4 – Honey Hush

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the album’s antepenultimate track – Honey Hush

Leaps n Bands #111: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 9/12

Side 2, track 3 – Four to the bar

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the third track from side 2 – Four to the bar

Leaps n Bands #110: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 8/12

Side 2, track 2 – Voodoo

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the second track from side 2 – Voodoo

Leaps n Bands #109: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [7/12]

Side 2, track 1 – I’m in love again.

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the opening track from side 2 – I’m in love again

Leaps n Bands #108: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [6/12]

Side 1 – track 6 – I’m talking about you

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

At the end of their second set of the 1977 ‘Front Row Festival at ‘The Hope and Anchor’ in London, The Pirates played two numbers back-to-back – a ripper of a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B Goode’ and (in Johnny’s Spence’s inimitable style) “…another one” – this one; I’m talking about you.

Leaps n Bands #107: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [5/12]

Side 1, track 5 – Johnny B Goode

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Considered to be one of the most recognisable songs in the history of popular music, Rolling Stone magazine has the 1958 Chuck Berry original of “Johnny B. Goode” at No.7 in its list of the 500 Greatest songs of all time.

The Pirates version was recorded live at the end of their second set of the 1977 ‘Front Row Festival’, a three-week event at the Hope and Anchor, Islington. On the ‘Skull Wars’ album, tracks 5 and 6 on side one merge into each other as back-to-back performances. But here, for now, is Johnny B Goode.

Leaps n Bands #106: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [4/12]

Side 1, track 4 – Johnny B Goode’s good

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

When The Pirates reformed in 1977 they played at the ‘Front Row Festival’, a three-week event at the Hope and Anchor, Islington, in late November and early December 1977. This resulted in the band’s inclusion, alongside Wilko Johnson, the Only Ones, the Saints, the Stranglers, X-Ray Spex, and XTC, on a hit double album of recordings from the festival.

The Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival compilation LP (released in March 1978) reached number 28 in the UK Albums Chart. ‘Skull Wars’ – partially recorded at the festival – was pre-released just after Christmas 1977 and offically on 1 January 1978.

The front cover artwork isn’t meant to be totally dissimilar to “Star Wars'” Darth Vader as a note on the rear cover jokingly claims that this was “The record they didn’t dare make into a movie”.

Here’s track 4 from side 1 – Johnny B Goode’s good – a Mick Green/Johnny Spence penned homage to Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B Goode’ (see Leaps n Bands #106 on 29 July). The video starts with a clip of Mick Green introducing a bit about the bands’s reformation. The live ‘Johnny B Goode’s good’ was filmed at 1978’s Reading Rock.

Leaps n Bands #105: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [3/12]

Side 1, track 3 – All in it together

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Here’s the third track from side 1 – ‘All in it together’

Leaps n Bands #104: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [2/12]

Side 1, track 2 – Dr Feelgood

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars.

The Pirates originated as ‘Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ active from 1959 through 1966 when Johnny Kidd was killed in a car accident. The band’s big hit was ‘Shakin all over’, released in 1960.

Original band line-up members Mick Green, Johnny Spence and Frank Farley reformed ‘The Pirates’ in 1976. Skull Wars, recorded in 1977, was their second album.

Here’s track 2 – ‘Dr Feelgood’