Leaps n Bands #77: The Gap Band – Oops up side your head (1979)


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.

“I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)”, (re-titled “Oops Up Side Your Head” on the single as well as being known more popularly as “Oops Upside Your Head”), is a 1979 funk anthem recorded by the R&B group The Gap Band. Released off their fourth studio album, The Gap Band II.

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Starters for Ten #308) 8.10.31

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Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (2015)

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 31st – my top ten 2015 tunes – here’s Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars and taken from Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Special’ album.

Jimi Hendrix – Freedom (Starters for Ten #186) 6.10.19

Starters for Ten 2019 – #186: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers: 190705

Freedom (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.

Continuing the 19th, running between 30 June and 9 July and featuring my top ten Jimi Hendrix numbers – here’s Freedom, a funk-rock song by Jimi Hendrix that is often seen as one of the most fully realised pieces he wrote and recorded in the months before his death.

The song is one of the post-Band of Gypsys developed numbers that Hendrix regularly performed in concert. In 1971, it was used as the opening track on The Cry of Love, and, in the US, was also released as one of two posthumous Hendrix singles to appear on the Hot 100, where it reached number 59.

“Freedom” is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection and is included on several compilations. In 1997, it was used to lead off ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun’, the most comprehensive attempt to present Hendrix’s planned fourth studio album.

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

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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

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

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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.

War – Low Rider (Starters for Ten #144) 4/10 (15)

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War – Low Rider (1975)

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 Low Rider from War, released in 1975 and featuring on their ‘Up in Some’ album.

KC & The Sunshine Band – (That’s the way) I like it (Starters for Ten #143) 3/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #143: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190523

KC & The Sunshine Band – (That’s the way) I like it (1975)

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 (That’s the way) I like it released by KC & The Sunshine Band in 1975.

Wild Cherry – Play that funky music (Starters for Ten #142) 2/10 (15)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #142: Top Ten Boogie tracks: 190522

Wild Cherry – Play that funky music (1976)

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 Play that Funky Music, released by Wild Cherry in 1976

Mark Ronson – Uptown Special (The ’59) #347

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Mark Ronson – Uptown Special (2015)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 57 – 2015.

Dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse and released in January 2015, Uptown Special was the fourth and final studio album from record producer and DJ, Mark Ronson.

It became Ronson’s first number one on the UK Albums Chart (with his previous two albums charting at number two), and reached number two on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and number five on the US Billboard 200.

The lead single – “Uptown Funk” – had its beginning out of a jam in Bruno’s studio in LA with Mars drumming, Jeff Bhasker on synths and Ronson on bass. After they got the basic groove, Philip Lawrence joined and they wrote the lyrics to the first verse. They finished the song in Toronto, six months later. It rose to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart, marking Ronson’s first number one song as an artist and producer; as well as peaking at No.1 on the Irish Singles Chart and the Billboard 100.