Talking Heads – Cities (Starters for ten #120) 10/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #120: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190430

Talking Heads – Cities (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.

Concluding the 12th – my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s the alternative version of Cities from the 1979 album ‘Performance’, recorded at the Berkley School on Music, Boston in August 1979 to promote the band’s ‘Fear of Music’ tour.

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

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Talking Heads – Pulled up (Starters for Ten #119) 9/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #119: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190429

Talking Heads – Pulled Up (1977)

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 12th – running between 21 an 30 April and featuring my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s Pulled Up from the 1977 album, aptly titled ’77’

Talking Heads – Animals (Starters for Ten #116) 6/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #116: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190426

Talking Heads – Animals (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 12th – running between 21 an 30 April and featuring my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s Animals from the 1979 album ‘Fear of Music’

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (Starters for Ten #113) 3/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #113: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190423

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (1977)

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 12th – running between 21 an 30 April and featuring my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s Psycho Killer from the band’s 1977 debut ‘Talking Heads:77’

Talking Heads – Take me to the river (Starters for ten #112) 2/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #112: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190422

Talking Heads – Take me to the river (1978)

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 12th – running between 21 an 30 April and featuring my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s Take me to the river, also from the 1978 album ‘More songs about buildings and food’

 

Screaming Females – Castle Talk (Epic #290)

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Screaming Females – Castle Talk (2010)

Screaming Females is an American independent rock band, from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released six full-length albums. The band comprises Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on bass.

Mike and Marissa formed a band in high school under the name Surgery On TV. After several lineup changes they finally decided on the trio and a name change to Screaming Females. Their start came with the basement show scene of New Brunswick, NJ. Shows are held in the houses of various bands, students, and residents, so people under 21 can attend.

From these humble beginnings though, Screaming Females have gone on to achieve success with a wider exposure, having been featured on NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, and MTV. They’ve also played with Garbage, Throwing Muses, Dinosaur Jr., The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, JEFF the Brotherhood, Little Lungs, Cheeky, The Ergs, Shellshag, and The Measure.

In 2012 Marissa Paternoster was named the 77th greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine.

Castle Talk is their fourth studio album

Grace Jones – Living my life (Epic 2017 #132)

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Grace Jones – Living my life (1982)

Living My Life is the sixth studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at the Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.

Jones had already recorded two reggae-oriented albums with the Compass Point Allstars at the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, with the most recent, Nightclubbing, becoming her most successful record to date. She went back into the studio in 1982 to record an album which would be her final offering in the unofficial Compass Point trilogy. This time around, Jones recorded only one cover, “The Apple Stretching”, which was originally written by Melvin Van Peebles and used in the Broadway show Waltz of the Stork. “Nipple to the Bottle” was co-written with Sly Dunbar, while, apart from “My Jamaican Guy”, the other tracks were collaborations with Barry Reynolds.

The title track “Living My Life”, despite receiving a limited single release, was ultimately left off the album. Further outtakes included the track “Man Around the House” (written by Jones and Barry Reynolds), and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. Both tracks were released on the 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions.