Leaps n Bands #31: The Vibrators – Batteries Included (1980) #6

Side 2, track 7 – Fall in Love (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. Jemtunes 26-31, concluding today, featured a selection from The Vibrators’ 1980 album ‘Batteries Included’.

Here’s the final track from side 2 – ‘Fall in Love’ – taken from the 1978 album ‘V2’

Leaps n Bands #30: The Vibrators – Batteries Included (1980) #5

Side 2, track 6 – Pushing too hard (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. Jemtunes 26-31, starting today, features a selection from The Vibrators’ 1980 album ‘Batteries Included’.

Here’s track 6 from side 2 – ‘Pushing too Hard’ – my personal favourite from this compilation.

Leaps n Bands #29: The Vibrators – Batteries Included (1980) #4

Side 1, track 8 – You broke my heart (1977)


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. Jemtunes 26-31, starting today, features a selection from The Vibrators’ 1980 album ‘Batteries Included’.

The final track on side 1 – ‘You broke my heart’ – comes from the first album ‘Pure Mania’ (1977)

Leaps n Bands #28: The Vibrators – Batteries Included (1980) #3

Side 1, track 7 – Judy says (she’s gonna knock you in the head tonight) (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. Jemtunes 26-31, starting today, features a selection from The Vibrators’ 1980 album ‘Batteries Included’.

‘Judy says (she’s gonna knock you in the head tonight)’ was the Vibrators’ final single on Epic, released in July 1978.

Throughout the autumn term of that year – our first at Loughborough University – this was the second most played track on the Student Union’s cafe jukebox.

Leaps n Bands #27: The Vibrators – Batteries Included (1980) #2

Side 1, track 5 – 24 Hour People (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. Jemtunes 26-31, starting today, features a selection from The Vibrators’ 1980 album ‘Batteries Included’.

Here’s track 5 from side 1 – 24 Hour People (from the 1978 album ‘V2’)

Leaps n Bands #26: Vibrators – Batteries Included (1980)

Side 1, track 3 – Automatic Lover


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. Jemtunes 26-31, starting today, features a selection from The Vibrators’ 1980 album ‘Batteries Included’.

The Vibrators were founded by Ian ‘Knox’ Carnochan, bassist Pat Collier, guitarist John Ellis, and drummer John ‘Eddie’ Edwards. They first came to public notice at the 100 Club when they backed Chris Spedding in 1976. On Spedding’s recommendation, Mickie Most signed them to his label RAK Records. Most produced their first single, “We Vibrate”.

The Vibrators recorded sessions for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 in October 1976, June 1977, and February 1978 and were one of the pioneering punk bands that played at London’s Roxy Club. They headlined in January 1977, supported by The Drones. Then, in March 1977 the band supported Iggy Pop on his British tour. Later that year they backed ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter.

Their first album – ‘Pure Mania’ was released on Epic in June 1977 and followed up in April 1978 with ‘V2’. ‘Batteries Included’ is a compilation of the first two albums with some alternative cuts of earlier singles. It was released in July 1980.

For this 4th chapter of ‘Leaps n Bands, Jemtunes has picked a selection of tracks from the album to give a flavour of what the band was really all about during its heyday. As a kickstarter to that, here’s track 3 from side 1 – ‘Automatic Lover’.

The Stranglers – Peaches (Starters for Ten #280) 10.10.28

Starters for Ten 2019 – #280: Top Ten 1970’s numbers: 191007

The Stranglers – Peaches (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.

Concluding my 28th top ten – my top ten 1970’s numbers – here’s Peaches from The Stranglers, released in 1977.

Next up – starting tomorrow – my top ten drumming tracks.


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

The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (Starters for Ten #277) 7.10.28

Starters for Ten 2019 – #277: Top Ten 1970’s numbers: 191004

The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (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 my 28th top ten – featuring my top ten 1970’s numbers – here’s Pretty Vacant from The Sex Pistols, released in 1977.

Jilted John – Jilted John (Starters for Ten #232) 2.10.24

Starters for Ten 2019 – #232: Top Ten Saturday night numbers: 190820

Jilted John – Jilted John (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 24th – running between 19 and 28 August and featuring my top ten Saturday night numbers – here’s Jilted John’s Jilted John from April 1978.

The Buzzcocks – Ever fallen in love (Starters for Ten #153) 3/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #153: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190602

The Buzzcocks – Ever fallen in love (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 Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t’ve?, written by the late Pete Shelley in 1977 and released by The Buzzcocks in 1978.