David Bowie – Rebel Rebel (Leaping Ahead #162)

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[Favourite 70’s tune (6)]

Originally written for an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, ‘Rebel Rebel’ – completed in January 1974 and released the following month – was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. It was also his first hit since 1969 not to feature lead guitarist Mick Ronson; Bowie himself played guitar on this and almost all other tracks from Diamond Dogs, the album from which it came.

Wizard – See my baby jive (Leaping Ahead #141)

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[No. 1 on 20 May 1973]

Written and produced by Roy Wood, this was the second single by Wood’s band and their first to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks at the top of the chart during May and June 1973.ABBA later acknowledged its influence on their first major international hit “Waterloo” the following year. A cover version by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids was released in 1977.

David Bowie – Jean Genie (Leaping ahead #79)

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[A song from the 1970’s (3)]

Back in the day, when I had a lot more hair than I do now, a few more of my teeth and several less of my years, the one constant (as it’s always been) was the music and Jean Genie’s been a favourite since I first heard it back in 1973. I danced then and I’m dancing now.

David Bowie – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 37 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 37: Number 32/100: David Bowie – Oh you pretty thing (from Hunky Dory – 1971)

T.Rex – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 33 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 33: Number 37/100: T-Rex – Get it on (from Electric Warrior – 1971)

Scissor Sisters

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Ta Dah is the second studio album from the ‘Scissor Sisters’. Hitting shelves in September 2006, the UK release was preceded with the rather excellent single ‘I don’t feel like dancing’ – my favourite track on the album (particularly the extended remix).

I’ve got the deluxe box set version. Primarily for the design which is still rather stunning and reminiscent of the good old days of vinyl gatefolds. The central window with the Scissor Sisters logo opens – concertina-like – when you pull out the CD drawer from one side to reveal a CD each side (covered with a half-flap dust cover) and the CD booklet/lyric sheet in the middle behind now open ‘doors’. The bonus 6-track second CD features rarities and remixes.

Ta Dah was released simultaneously in several countries worldwide reaching differing chart positions in each. Here are some – Argentina (7), Australia (1), Finland (14), Ireland (1) US Billboard (19) and UK (1).

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