Leaps n Bands #81: The Patti Smith Group – Because the Night (1978)


The Jemtunes ‘Leaps n Bands’ series is, throughout 2020, featuring a track by track expose of the albums that have spoken loudest to me over the years.

But Jemtunes 75-84, running between 28 May and 15 June, features 10 singles instead. Mainly because, when many of us now of a certain age first started buying records, the format of choice was the humble 45. And there was a lot of influence there.

This is my wife and I’s song. Released in 1978 when we first started going out whilst at West Sussex College of Art and Design, we brought each other a copy both of which we of course still have.

David Bowie – Sound and Vision (Starters for Ten #330) 10.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #330: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191126

Sound and Vision (1977)

hroughout 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 my 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s Sound and Vision from the 1977 ‘Low’ album.

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
[17] June 10-19: Top Ten Driving Tracks
[18] June 20-29: Top Ten Britpop/invasion tracks
[19] June 30-July 9: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers
[20] July 10-19: Top Ten 2018 tunes
[21] July 20-29: Top Ten Sunday Morning tracks
[22] July 30-August 8: Top Ten Fleetwood Mac tracks
[23] August 9-18: Top Ten 2017 tunes
[24] August 19-28: Top Ten Saturday night numbers
[25] August 29-September 7: Top Ten ZZ Top tracks
[26] September 8-17: Top Ten 2016 tunes
[27] September 18-27: Top Ten 1960’s numbers
[28] September 28-October 7: Top Ten 1970’s numbers
[29] October 8-17: Top Ten drumming tracks
[30] October 18-27: Top Ten 1980’s numbers
[31] October 28-November 6: Top Ten 2015 tunes
[32] November 7-16: Top Ten last 20 years (part I)
[33] November 17-26: Top Ten David Bowie numbers
[34] November 27-December 6: Top Ten Blues numbers

David Bowie – Lazarus (Starters for ten #329) 9.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #329: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191125

Lazarus (2016)

Lazarus was released on 17 December 2015 as a digital download, making it the second single from David Bowie’s twenty-fifth studio album, Blackstar (2016). It was the last single to be released during his lifetime.

Premiered on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq’s show on the day of its release as a single, the track is also used in Bowie’s off-Broadway musical of the same name. The official music video, directed by Johan Renck, was released on 7 January 2016, three days before Bowie’s death.

Bowie never performed the song live, but on 17 December 2015, Michael C. Hall appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, singing “Lazarus” to promote both the single’s release and the musical running at New York Theatre Workshop starring Hall.[5]

“Lazarus” was Bowie’s first top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 28 years, landing at number 40 in the week after his death.

 

David Bowie – China Girl (Starters for Ten #323) 3.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #323: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191119

China Girl (1983)

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 my 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s China Girl from his 1983 album ‘Let’s Dance’

David Bowie – Oh you pretty things (Starters for Ten #321) 1.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #321: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191117

Oh you pretty things (1971)

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 my 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s Oh you pretty things from 1971’s ‘Hunky Dory’

The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night (Starters for Ten #239) 9.10.24

Starters for Ten 2019 – #239: Top Ten Saturday night numbers: 190827

The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night (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.

For the penultimate part of the 24th – running between 19 and 28 August and featuring my top ten Saturday night numbers – here’s 10:15 Saturday Night, released by The Cure in 1979

Patti Smith – Because the Night (Starters for Ten #154) 4/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #154: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190603

Patti Smith – Because the Night (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 16th – featuring my top ten ‘lurve’ songs, and running between 31 May and 9 June – here’s Patti Smith’s Because the Night, released in 1978 and taken from the ‘Easter’ album.

‘Because the Night’ is also my soulmate and mine’s record. We’ve still got both the 45″ presssings we brought for each other 41 years ago.

Talking Heads – And she was (Starters for Ten #118) 8/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #118: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190428

Talking Heads – And she was (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 12th – running between 21 an 30 April and featuring my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s And she was from the 1985 album ‘Little Creatures’

Talking Heads – Burning down the house (Starters for Ten #117) 7/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #117: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190427

Talking Heads – Burning down the house (1983)

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 Burning down the house from the 1983 album ‘Speaking in tongues’

Talking Heads – Life during wartime (Starters for Ten #115) 5/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #115: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190425

Talking Heads – Life during wartime (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 Life during wartime from the 1979 album ‘Fear of Music’