Leaps n Bands #83: The Osmonds – Crazy Horses (1972)


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.

“Crazy Horses” is a 1972 hit single by The Osmonds, the title track from the album of the same name. The song, the only hit record from the Osmonds to feature Jay Osmond as lead vocalist, reached number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Leaps n Bands #82: Leo Sayer – Moonlighting (1975)


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.

Moonlighting is about a couple eloping to get married at Gretna Green. It’s infamous for mentioning Worthing in West Sussex where Leo Sayer grew up

His blue Morris van is parked in an alley, just off Montegue Street

Leaps n Bands #80: Squeeze – Cool for Cats (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.

“Cool for Cats” was the second single released from Squeeze’s Cool for Cats album. The song features a rare lead vocal performance from Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford, one of only three occasions he sang lead on a Squeeze single A-side (the others were 1979’s “Slap & Tickle” and 1989’s “Love Circles”) The song, slightly edited from the album track, peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1979, making it one of the band’s biggest hits.

 

Leaps n Bands #79: Tubeway Army – Are friends electric (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.

“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” from Tubeway Army was taken from their album Replicas and released as a single in May 1979. It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks.

Leaps n Bands #36: Sparks – This town ain’t big enough for the both of us (1974)


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 32-41 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 got this single the week it came out in 1974 having heard it played on the radio. Then, as now, the punch of the guitar after the sound of the gunshot half a minute in sends a shiver down my spine. Still one of the most ‘in you face’ openers to a song I’ve heard in just shy of fifty years listening to music.

Leaps n Bands #33: Middle of the Road – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)

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 32-41 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.

Continuing the ‘novelty’ theme, here’s Middle of the Road’s ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ from 1971.

A No.1 hit for the band, it’s one of fewer than 50 singles to have ever sold in excess of 10 million physical copies worldwide.

I have to admit that I had something of an early crush on the lead singer – Sally Carr – and had a poster of her on my bedroom wall for a while.

Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody (Starters for Ten #351) 1.10.36

Starters for Ten 2019 – #351: Top Ten Festive tracks: 191217

Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody (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 penultimate (the 36th) –  my top ten festive tracks – here’s Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, released on 7 December 1973.

David Bowie – Sound and Vision (Starters for Ten #330) 10.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #330: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191126

Sound and Vision (1977)

hroughout 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 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s Sound and Vision from the 1977 ‘Low’ album.

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
[30] October 18-27: Top Ten 1980’s numbers
[31] October 28-November 6: Top Ten 2015 tunes
[32] November 7-16: Top Ten last 20 years (part I)
[33] November 17-26: Top Ten David Bowie numbers
[34] November 27-December 6: Top Ten Blues numbers

David Bowie – Fame (Starters for Ten #327) 7.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #327: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191123

Fame (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 my 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s Fame from the ‘Young Americans’ album, released in 1975.

David Bowie – Rebel Rebel (Starters for Ten #326) 6.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #326: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191122

Rebel Rebel (1974)

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 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s Rebel Rebel from the 1974 album ‘Diamond Dogs’