Leaps n Bands #39: Brian Protheroe – Pinball (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.

“Pinball” was released as a single in August 1974, backed by “Money Love”. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 40 and eventually reached a peak of number 22 in September.

Protheroe performed the song live on Top of the Pops during its chart run. He would later reflect on this time: “When I was on Top of the Pops the record label said ‘right, we’ll get you a velvet suit’ I said, ‘NO’. To succeed in the music business to have to embrace everything and I wasn’t prepared to do that. I was an actor and much more comfortable in that world. I did no touring, just a couple of concerts around London”.

‘Pinball’ was Protheroe’s only hit.

Sam Fender – Play God (Starters for Ten #364) 4.5.37

Starters for Ten 2019 – #364: Top Five tracks from my top 5 albums of 2019: 191230

Sam Fender – Play God (2019)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes has taken you through 36 top tens. But, to bring the year and the series to a close, here’s one final top five. You’ve had tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there has been words but mostly it’s simply been the music, because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 37th then – the top five tracks from my top 5 albums from 2019 – here’s Play God from the Sam Fender album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’, released on 13 September.

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy (Starters for Ten #361) 1.5.37

Starters for Ten 2019 – #361: Top Five tracks from my top 5 albums of 2019: 191227

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy (2019)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes has taken you through 36 top tens. But, to bring the year and the series to a close, here’s one final top five. You’ve had tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there has been words but mostly it’s simply been the music, because music always speaks for itself.

Kickstarting the 37th then – the top five tracks from my top 5 albums from 2019 – here’s Bad Guy from the Billie Eilish debut album ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we go’, released on 29 March.

David Bowie – Sorrow (Starters for Ten #325) 5.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #325: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191121

Sorrow (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.

Continuing my 33rd – my top ten David Bowie numbers – here’s Sorrow from Mr Bowie’s 1973 album ‘Pin Ups’

David Bowie – The man who sold the world (Starters for ten #324) 4.10.33

Starters for Ten 2019 – #324: Top Ten David Bowie numbers: 191120

The man who sold the world (1970)

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 The man who sold the world, the title track from David Bowie’s 3rd album released in November 1970.

Nadine Shah – Nothing else to do (Starters for Ten #303) 3.10.31

Starters for Ten 2019 – #303: Top Ten 2015 tunes: 191030

Nadine Shah – Nothing else to do (2015)

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 31st – my top ten 2015 tunes – here’s Nadine Shah’s Nothing else to do from her ‘Fast Food’ album

Carly Simon – You’re so vain (Starters for Ten #278) 8.10.28

Starters for Ten 2019 – #278: Top Ten 1970’s numbers: 191005

Carly Simon – You’re so vain (1972)

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 You’re So Vain, a song written in 1971 by Carly Simon and released in November 1972 ahead of the ‘No secrets’ album.

The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover about whom Simon asserts “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.” The title subject’s identity has long been a matter of speculation, with Simon stating that the song refers to three men, only one of whom she has named publicly, actor Warren Beatty.

 

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne (Starters for Ten #263) 3.10.27

Starters for Ten 2019 – #263: Top Ten 1960’s numbers: 190920

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne (1967)

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 27th top ten – running between 18 and 27 September and featuring my top ten 1960’s numbers – here’s Suzanne from Leonard Cohen’s debut album, released in November 1967.

Christine & The Queens – Chris (The 59) #365

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Christine & The Queens – Chris (2018)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turned 59 this year. So ‘The ’59’ has celebrated 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today, as we near the end of this year-long series, we go beyond 59 to year 60 – 2018. Four tunes from four albums from this year to round off the series.

And for the final entry in the this series, here’s Chris, the second studio album from Christine and the Queens, released on 21 September 2018 in both English and French versions through Because Music.

It was preceded by the release of two singles, each of which were released in both English and French versions: “Girlfriend” / “Damn, dis-moi”, featuring Dâm-Funk, and “Doesn’t Matter” / “Doesn’t Matter (Voleur de soleil)”. An English-language single, “5 Dollars”, was also released alongside an S&M-inspired video, followed by the French version of “La Marcheuse”.

And there ends the Jemtunes 2018 series ‘The 59’. Starting tomorrow, another year-long, 365-entry series begins – “Starters for Ten”. Thirty-six top ten and one top five list of tunes and tracks from Jem’s back-catalogue of music over the years. The series kickstarts with ‘Top ten blues-rock stonkers’ running between 1st and 10th January 2019.

Laura Marling – Once I was an eagle (The ’59) #339

The ’59 2018 #339: 181205

Laura Marling – Once I was eagle (2013)

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. Currently we’re at year 55 – 2013

Once I Was an Eagle was the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Laura Marling, and was released on 27 May 2013.

“Master Hunter” was the album’s first official single release.

It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize and has been cited as one of the best singer-songwriter records of the 21st century to date.