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Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 62 – The Entertainer 

This is the final tune for November, and our theme is ‘Tunes so good I bought a special copy’. The Entertainer by Scott Joplin was used as the theme music for the film The Sting. I remember visiting a music shop to try and get the sheet music for it. I was keen to learn […]

Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 61 – Give It Up 

As you may have noticed, I’m still somewhat belatedly back-filling the end of 2013 here on Dr Jan’s Tips From The Top. We’ll get there Continuing our theme of tunes I got a special version of, this week we have The Good Men and Give It Up. I missed buying it when it first came […]

Dr Jan’s Tune of the Week 60 – Body Language 

This week we have Body Language by Queen. One of their lesser-known tunes, it was originally released in 1982. I missed buying it when it first came out (I suspect it disappeared a bit too quickly from the charts – it only got to number 25 in the UK chart). I ended up finding a […]

Dr Jan’s Tune of the Week 59 – Oh Yeah 

OK, I’m a bit behind with my tunes of the week. Although this article is officially dated 5th November 2013, I’m actually writing it on 11th February 2014. So, there’s a bit of catching up to do Anyway, it’s somewhat belatedly a new month and a new theme. The theme for November is ‘tunes so […]

Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 58 – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) 

This week we’re staying with Erasure, but with a less well known cover version of the classic Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), originally by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. I think I prefer the original version to listen to, but I do love the Erasure video Here’s the Steve Harley and Cockney […]

Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 57 – A Little Respect 

This week we’re following Vince Clarke’s move to Erasure with A Little Respect. The Wikipedia tells us that this was released in September 1988. Another tune with a proper video, what more could we ask? Here it is at the Amazon MP3 Store: A Little Respect

Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 56 – Don’t Go 

Another week and another fab tune from Vince Clarke and Yazoo. This week it’s “Don’t Go”, which is much more up-tempo compared to last week’s tune. I think that’s why I like it more The Wikipedia tells us “Released in the UK in July 1982, the song peaked at number 3 on the UK singles […]

Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 55 – Only You 

Continuing with our Vince Clarke theme, this week our tune is Only You by Yazoo. This was the debut single for Yazoo, released in 1982. The Flying Pickets had a Christmas hit with an a cappella version in 1983. Here it is on Youtube: Here’s a version you can buy from the Amazon MP3 store: […]

Dr Jan’s Tune Of The Week 54 – Just Can’t Get Enough 

First of all I’d like to thank Beth Wilson for being my Guest Editor last month and introducing us to a selection of tunes featuring fab harmonica solos. Now I’m back, and October is dedicated to Super Synth Popster Extrordinaire Vince Clark. We’re kicking off with “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode. Oh my […]

Beth Wilson’s Tune Of The Week 4 – Love Me Do 

This first Beatles single, released on 5th October 1962, was largely written by Paul with a little help from John, whilst they were supposed to be at school! It originally peaked at number 17 in the UK charts though when re-promoted 20 years later, it made it to number 4. John’s harmonica solos – often […]