Friday, 10 November 2017

The Glorious 10th: My Top Ten Gimme... Songs

I'm putting The Glorious 10th on hold for a while as it's become a bit of a chore. I'm enjoying Saturday Snapshots a lot more and that's kind of made The Glorious 10th superfluous. Apologies if you enjoyed it, but the second something on your blog becomes like work, you're better off retiring it or you'll just end up resenting the whole blog. I may bring it back next year in a slightly different way (that takes less adding up). We'll see.

Anyway, here's the answers to last month's Gimme... Top Ten. You can add up your own points if you want... that was starting to give me palpitations.

10. Iggy & The Stooges - Gimme Danger

The Swede bagged this one. Classic Iggy.

9. Violent Femmes - Gimme The Car

Martin was first out of the traps this month... and he was the only one to suggest this.

8. Abba - Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)

Most of you knew this would be a definite contender. Martin got it first by default.

7. The Subs - Gimme Your Heart

Really surprised that nobody got this, a lost power-punk gem from Stiff Records. Not to be confused with The UK Subs. This was their only single, but it was a belter.

6. Laptop - Gimme The Night

Less surprising that this one wasn't guessed, but I was very into Jesse Hartman's music 15-20 years ago, and I had hoped one of you guys might have remembered him too.

5. Queen - Gimme The Prize

Another one I'm hardly flabbergasted nobody got since the handful of you who'll admit to Queen fans promptly draw the line once the band enter the 80s. A Kind of Magic was my first Queen album though and I loved it to death - still do. This is one of many tracks from that album taken from the soundtrack of Highlander. Brian May's fireplace guitar is burning up here and how anyone can resist Freddie singing about being "the god of Kingdom Come", I'll never know.

4. Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign

Back to the ones you did get - well done to Lynchie & C for remembering this lost soul gem.

3. ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'

Onto the obvious ones, then. I love ZZ Top, and most of you seemed to agree that this should be in there - Walter even guessed its #3 position on my chart!

The video is a masterpiece of 80s cheese.

2. The Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'

Steve Winwood was still in nappies when he recorded this one. Both Jez and Walter thought it should have been Number One. They may well be right,

1. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

Lynchie called this one. End of the world desperation writ large. The Stones were rarely so powerful or scary.

Extra point to Jez for namechecking Merry Clayton.

Don't worry, Saturday Snapshots will continue... tomorrow!


  1. For me, Keith's opening riff and the raw force of Merry Clayton's vocal make "Gimme Shelter" a standout song. Straight away, that dark intro marks it down as something special.

  2. Good call - If it's starting to feel like a chore time to knock it on the head, for the time-being anyway. Also, you don't come across as the kind of chap who would happily spend lots of time collating and calculating complicated scores on a spreadsheet. Saturday Snapshots a lot easier to deal with I imagine. (And none of this is because I scored zero points last time!)

    1. I'm sure you'd have gone some points if I'd actually bothered to do the mathS.

  3. Phew! A point, right at the death!

    Not that it matters, of course. We've all been there matey; nobody will begrudge you stopping doing this if the fun's not there anymore. And, as you know, I should know.

    This isn't a job, it isn't a hobby, it's a vocation. But that doesn't mean we should do it irrespective of whether we enjoy it or not.


    *Stops drinking*

    *Sets alarm*

    Guess I'd better get up early tomorrow and check out this Snapshots malarkey.

    Cheers, Jez.

  4. Totally understand Rol and thanks for the ones you did. Had no idea how you managed to do it all... as with Jez's Chain Gang.... once it becomes a chore it must be time to shelve it.

  5. "...the second something on your blog becomes like work, you're better off retiring it or you'll just end up resenting the whole blog."

    I can sympathise with those words. Thankfully, the support from readers via comments and e-mails (including your good self) helped me through a really rough time at the end of 2017.



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