The Skids – Into the Valley (Starters for Ten #128) 8/10 (13)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #128: Top Ten Punk anthems: 190508

The Skids – Into the Valley (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 13th, featuring my top ten punk anthems and running between 1st and 10th May, here’s Into the Valley, the 1979 single from ‘The Skids’, taken from their “Scared to Dance” album. Written by Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson,  It reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart on the week ending 24 March 1979.

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Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster (Starters for Ten #126) 6/10 (13)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #126: Top Ten Punk anthems: 190506

Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster (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 13th, featuring my top ten punk anthems and running between 1st and 10th May, here’s Alternative Ulster, the second single from Stiff Little Fingers, originally released as a b-side to ’78 rpm’ in 1979.

Talking Heads – Once in a lifetime (Starters for Ten #114) 4/10 (12)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #114: Top Ten Talking Heads tracks: 190424

Talking Heads – Once in a lifetime (1980)

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 Once in a lifetime from the 1980 album ‘Remain in Light’

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

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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’

 

Talking Heads – Found a job (Starters for Ten #111) 1/10 (12)

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Talking Heads – Found a job (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.

Kickstarting the 11th – running between 21 an 30 April and featuring my top ten Talking Heads tracks – here’s Found a Job from the 1978 album ‘More songs about building and food’

The Skids – Burning Cites (The 59) #360

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The Skids – Burning Cities (2017)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turned 59 this year. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’re at the penultimate offering from the penultimate 59th year – 2017.

Burning Cities was the fifth studio album by Scottish punk rock and new wave band The Skids,  released on 12 January 2018.

Produced by Killing Joke bassist Youth, this was the band’s first studio album in 36 years, since the release of ‘Joy’ in November 1981.

It features Big Country father-and-son guitarists, Bruce and Jamie Watson, drummer Mike Baillie, and founding bassist Wiliam Simpson.

The album reached number 28 in the UK album charts.