Starters for Ten 2019 – #231: Top Ten Saturday night numbers: 190819
Elton John – Saturday Night’s alright for fighting (1973)
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 the 24th – running between 19 and 28 August and featuring my top ten Saturday night numbers – here’s Elton John’s Saturday Night’s alright for fighting, released in May 1973 as the first single from the double album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.
The ’59 2018 #285: 181012
Scissor Sisters (2004)
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’s the last of year 46 – 2004.
Scissor Sisters released their debut studio album by American glam rock band Scissor Sisters, first released in February 2004 on Polydor.
It reached No. 1 on the UK and Irish albums charts, and was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK. It wasn’t as successful in the band’s native USA, peaking at No.102 on the Billboard 200.
It won Best International Album at the 2005 BRIT Awards and in July 2006 was named by Attitude as the top gay album of all time. Here’s ‘Filthy Georgous’ by way of proof.
The ’59 2018 #089: 180330
T.Rex – The Slider (1972)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972
The album notes for the 7th T.Rex studio album, released in July 1972, credit Ringo Starr with the front and back cover photographs. The photographs were taken the same day that Starr was filming the T. Rex documentary Born to Boogie at John Lennon’s estate, Tittenhurst Park.
The album reached No.4 on the UK album charts. Metal Guru was one of its singles releases.
The Epic 2017 Project #316: 171112
T.Rex – Tanx (1973)
Tanx was the eighth studio album from T. Rex, released on 28 January 1973 by EMI. It was a musical departure from previous works: still containing tracks in the vein of The Slider, Marc Bolan showed his interest for both American soul music and funky music. Female backing singers appeared on a few tracks. New instruments such as mellotron were used, allowing the T. Rex sound to evolve.
Upon its release, Tanx peaked at number 3 in the UK Albums chart.
The Epic 2017 Project #287: 171014
Scissor Sisters – Ta Dah (2006)
Ta-Dah was the Scissor Sisters’ second studio album. released on September 18, 2006. It was produced by the band and features collaborations with Elton John, Carlos Alomar, and Paul Williams. Its release was preceded by the new single, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'”. The song reached number one on both the UK Singles and Download charts in September 2006.
“Land of a Thousand Words” was released as the second single from the album, peaking at number 19 in the UK. “She’s My Man” was the third single released in early March 2007 and managed to chart at number 29. The next single that was released was “Kiss You Off” on May 28. This was the poorest charting of the singles of Ta-Dah, only being able to reach number 43. This has, so far, been the lowest charting UK single on initial release. “I Can’t Decide” charted at number 64 on downloads alone, on the strength of being used in the Doctor Who episode “Last of the Time Lords”.
The album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number one on September 21, followed three days later by a number one entry in the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 42,000 copies.
The Epic 2017 Project #286: 171013
Scissor Sisters (2004)
The Scissor Sisters self-titled debut studio album was released in 2004 by Polydor. It reached number 1 on the UK and Irish albums charts, and was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK.
Since its release it has gone 9× Platinum in the UK, selling over 2,700,000 copies here alone.In Ireland it’s been certified 5× Platinum. But it wasn’t as successful in the band’s native USA, peaking at No.102 on the Billboard 200. Nevertheless, it’s listed as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in the book of the same name, edited by Robert Dimery.
The album won Best International Album at the 2005 BRIT Awards and in July 2006 it was named by Attitude as the top gay album of all time.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #271: 160927
[A song from my teenage years (2)]
Released on Polydor with “The man who speaks evil’ on the B side, I can still remember going out and buying the 45 single of this in the week it made No.1 in September 1972 . And I’ve still got it forty-four years on.