The Divine Comedy – How could you leave me on my own? (Leaping Ahead #366)

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[A song for 2016]

And so – a full leap year of 366 days later – the Leaping Ahead project reaches its swan song. And what better way to finish than with a song for 2016. There’ve been many crackers I could have chosen, but this one from Neil Hannon’s Divine Comedy sort of sums it all up really. Lots have left us this year and…well the lyrics say it much better than I can. Thanks for sticking with the project – I’ve enjoyed the posting challenge so I hop you’ve enjoyed what I’ve chosen each day.

Starting tomorrow though is a whole New Year and a whole new project – ‘Epic 2017’. Every day I’ll be posting a different album (365 in total), a track or two from it and (most days) a comment as to why I’ve picked that particular album. No easy way to approach this so I’ll be starting at the beginning and working through to the end. Seems reasonable. A-Z. 365 albums. A new Jem Tunes post every day.

Godsmack – 1000hp (Leaping Ahead #365)

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[A guitar song (12)]

And so to the final two. This has been a good project and I’m quite pleased that I’ve made it to #365. Three hundred and sixty-five different themed tracks published daily from 1st January through to now, 30th December. Hope you’ve enjoyed it. One more to go…but then it’ll be time for ‘Epic 2017’. More about that tomorrow. For now though – here’s Godsmack. Great power in this this track – in terms of both the guitar work and the story behind the lyrics. In the end it’s all about the music and the music is all about the fans.

King Size Slim – May we find (Leaping Ahead #364)

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[Song from 2015]

…and we’re down to the final three in this year-long episodic series; a themed track for every day of 2016. King Size Slim supported Son of Dave at the Brighton leg of his European tour in early December and counts amongst the top gigs I’ve been to this year. A worthy contender for the ‘Leaping Ahead’ project. Three and counting…

ZZ Top – Cheap Sunglasses (Leaping Ahead #359)

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[Song from a band beginning with Z]

For this release from the 1979 album ‘Deguello’, guitarist Billy Gibbons said that he used a Marshall Major amplifier and a Maestro ring modulator and that the amplifier had a blown tube during recording which added to the tonal character of the song.The Marshall Major is a slightly taller, 200-watt version of the classic Marshall 100-watt head.

Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood (Leaping Ahead #358)

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[Favourite noughties song (12)]

Released as the first single from the Goillaz’ self-titled debut album in March 2001, the song is named after the actor of the same name due to its similarity to the theme music of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The verses are rapped by Del the Funky Homosapien, portrayed as a blue phantom in the video, while the chorus is sung by 2D (voiced by Damon Albarn). It peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and number 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100