October 23, 1982: Caister Soul Weekend report, Peech Boys, Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan, Conway & Temple, Donald Byrd

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

YAZ(OO) ‘SITUATION’ remixed imports can no longer be sold here as the publishers, Sonet, have not issued a licence to cover the mechanical copyright — so why don’t Mute put it out? . . . Casablanca will soon release here the highly prized (and priced) Disconet remix of Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ . . . Greg Henderson will be the first release on import distributors Greyhound’s own new Greyhound Record Productions label . . . Gwen McCrae ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ is due on 12in this weekend (c/w ‘Funky Sensation’) . . . Billy Griffin will be on UK 12in early November . . . Gary’s Gang has been picked up by Arista . . . UK release is also due for the SOS Band, Extra T’s, “Q”, Bobby “O”, Divine, Flirts . . . Caister debuted the Arthur Baker produced remake by Nairobi of ‘Soul Makossa’ (out here immediately after the first import copies arrive), Prince ‘Dance Music Sex Romance‘ (a big Chris Hill wind up mixed with Mandrill/George Clinton but not due on single), Central Line ‘You’ve Said Enough‘, and (another Hill exclusive) the promo-only US RCA 12in B-side remix of Eric Robinson ‘Walk In The Light‘ . . . Pieces Of A Dream have answered Grand Master Flash with their own rap treatment of ‘Mt. Airy Groove’ in the USA . . . Earl Klugh’s old ‘Twinkle‘ 12in (Liberty 12UP 647) has been revived for his UK visit . . . Ralph Tee’s excellent much read Groove Weekly fanzine has sadly bowed out, but in great style, marking both its 100th issue and the 10th Caister with a fully typeset edition featuring a full colour cover . . . David ‘Rowdy’ Yeats has returned to PRT in an A&R capacity . . . CBS disco plugger Caroline Douratsos has been receiving completed reaction reports to a record which although mentioned never came out — there really are some dummies out there! . . . Al Taylor (Bodelwyddan Poppeys) says a Phil Ramacon PA was overshadowed by Island plugger Lloyd Burrell’s limelight stealing Jeffrey Daniel dance routine! . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms), plugging local funk group Cloud’s ‘Steppin Out (With You)‘ / ‘Rico Rico‘ single due soon, wishes there was a central agency organising club PA’s instead of all the individual companies that have to be contacted . . . DB5, London based mobile disco company, for the coming Christmas season need around four reliable entertaining jocks with records and transport but not necessarily equipment, though they must have “all round” ability — call 01-629 5897 . . . Cleveland Area DJ Association welcomes all DJs to a meeting this Sunday (24) at Thornaby’s Odd Fellows Arms to discuss book keeping and tax, but at what time is unclear . . . ‘The Smurf’ is evidently a big new dance in the States, GQ’s latest less than great single being ‘Try Smurfing‘ . . . Sharon Redd’s LP — “(all cuts)” — now tops the US Dance/Disco Top 80 but Evelyn is still top Black single . . . Stacy Lattisaw ‘Attack Of The Name Game‘, not due here until at least the new year, is hitting US pop, as finally is Grand Master Flash, but Rockers Revenge has stagnated in the lower reaches of the US Black chart . . . Khemlstry are produced by Willie Lester & Rodney Brown, adding to the soulfulness of their set reviewed last week . . . Lionel Richie’s LP suffers from bad surface noise on everybody’s copy, I’ve discovered . . . Imagination’s drop in the pop chart, if continued, must show that the wrong singles choice was indeed made . . . Paul & Robin Wheeler have in fact just this moment sold their Wheelers club in Henley . . . Canvey Goldmine owners Stan & Jayne Barrett have now bought the Sheffield Arms pub in Sheffield Green near Haywards Heath, where they plan to open ‘The Music Room’ next month . . . Stan incidentally thought he’d found a shortcut from his hotel to Caister, but ran out of road and had to take a ferry across the Norfolk Broads! . . . Barry Maleedy, jocking around Merseyside from St Helens, runs a renowned ‘Streetbeat’ disco fanzine with help from Barry Williams and ‘Chad’, and reports the local scene seems to be going back into the cities like Manchester after being country and town orientated for a while, many dedicated DJs being unable to break into clubs because of Wally jocks domination of potential up-front venues . . . BBC Radio Merseyside “soul show” DJ, Terry Lennaine must be largely responsible for Liverpool’s decline as an up-front funk centre, actually boasting that he hasn’t bought a record (let alone an import) for ages and only features the crud he’s sent in the mail — no wonder that Soul On Sound with its preview mix is selling hugely in Liverpool! . . . Liverpool does now at least have a reportedly good up-front import shop, Cheverton Records in Richmond Street . . . ‘Chad’, funking Liverpool Cagneys with Mike Davidson Fri/Saturdays, is one of the jocks seeking up-front work (on St Helens 60587) . . . Standish Cassinelli’s is being refitted but starts its up-front nights again in the new year . . . Godalming’s Secrets is temporarily closed following a fire which gutted the main bar . . . Nic Wakefield, my host at Caister, is as up-front as possible and very jazzy on Fri/Saturdays at Sidmouth Carina’s, together with Exeter Boxes Chris Dinnis keeping a healthy scene going down Devon way . . . Greg Wilson, good at his doubling-up mixes, could now handle guest spots in the South (or anywhere) on Saturday nights or Sundays alldayers ideally, as long as up to date vari-speed decks are provided — call 051-678 9683 . . . Froggy ‘Goldilocks’ now claims he never made out he was a mixing jock — he certainly talks enough these days! . . . I came up with, even if I do say so myself, some killer mixes on the next Soul On Sound: (Editor’s note: the mix starts at 0:58) Denroy Morgan/Whodini/Loose End, and Bootsy/George Clinton/Warp 9/Tyrone Brunson/Pure Energy/(chop) Planet Patrol/Joel Peskin . . . Ilford Funk Union, keen on my SOS mixes, kindly say I should jock Caister . . . See Bees T-shirts’ Radio Caister commercials kept emphasising that they don’t print a size big enough to fit Steve Walsh! . . . Steve’s Svenson advertising photo was actually used totally out of context by Private Eye recently! . . . Flashback has now moved to 90.2MHz . . . Cramond Perry (Edinburgh Annabel’s Riviera Suite) says winter’s already arrived up in Scotland — brr! . . . Dave Rawlings (Reading Rebecca’s) warns against leaving records unattended in your car, having lost a box (luckily of replaceable stuff) at 3 o’clock on a Sunday morning . . . Jeff Shack, of all people, is reportedly unkeen on competitive prices in rival shops! . . . Paul Anthony (Wolverhampton Eve’s), now with Beacon Radio’s Pete Clement bring merriment, madness and a bit of music to a few select mobile party bookings, has a list of “do its” for DJs, eg: DJs DO IT WITH TWELVE INCHERS!


Caister’s Soulful Weekend

SUNDAY AFTERNOON, I’m standing atop a sand dune. Behind me, the sea, solitary stoical fishermen, children playing on the beach with their dogs. Immediately in front of me, the Cambridge ‘Dons’ are waving their arms in time to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, while a few hundred yards across a football pitch 3,500 more happy funkateers are all doing likewise crowded in front of a makeshift open air stage, all the sound being relayed on hundreds of portable radio/cassette speakers. This was the climax to Showstopper Promotions tenth ‘Golden’ Caister Soul Weekend, one of the very best ever, held for the first time over four days and with the largest crowd admitted since Caister II.

Amongst many innovations, the musical venues this time were spread out across large distances thus meaning that the most common sight was of windswept shivering hordes trekking from site to site between caravans and chalets that were throbbing to a jazzy soulful beat.

The main “vibe up” Silver Sands venue, equipped with Froggy’s superb sound system and brand new banana shaped console, was so hot ‘n’ humid on Friday night that it even had its own cloud formations, inside! Friday in fact seemed the biggest night, as with three nights and four days there was a much easier pace to everything, enabling the jocks (Chris Hill, Robbie ‘Painkiller’ Vincent, Froggy, Jeff Young, Chris Brown, Pete Tong, Martin Collins, Sean French, Bob Jones, Paul Clark and a fleeting Colin Hudd) to stretch out and play a wide selection of music with no rush . . . and the music this time was truly memorable, a mixture of jazz and soul of different vintages, including much James Brown/JB’s of the ‘It’s Too Funky In Here’ type.

Chris Hill was at fever pitch on Friday, less frenzied on Saturday when he featured Latin jazz and lots of mixing amongst the wind-ups, in a marathon two and one half hour set. Meanwhile in the Holiday Inn jazz room, Jeff & Pete’s double act was totally compulsive in a “what are they going to follow THAT with?!” way, culminating with some swing and even Georgie Fame’s ‘Yeh Yeh’. In fact nowhere on Saturday seemed packed, least of all the Neptune’s Palace live music venue. Because of the large crowd, admission to this was divided according to people’s pass number, the Warrior and Junior each doing shows on Friday and Saturday — but live music seemed less of a draw than records, and while the Warriors were well received Junior was perhaps too pop for prevailing tastes. This venue was also used for another major innovation, music videos and late night film shows of the ‘Porkys’, ‘Airplane’, ‘Life Of Brian’ type, plus some surprise “extras” including an audience participation ‘Animal House’ (bun fights, ‘Shout’) and a brilliant impersonation by the Brixton Front Line’s Ed and Kev of the Blues Brothers before the film of the same name.

As before, there was round the clock Radio Caister, the radio Stardust Room with all day bar becoming the social centre especially for resting jocks and all the piss artists! This time to my ears the radio stars were Chris Brown and the now well practised Jeff Young, Jeff’s Jap jazz show especially being good (anyone recording it could have saved a fortune!). This shift of social centre meant for me at least there was less caravan hopping than before, but Groove Weekly’s Ralph Tee and I were entertained to a trout dinner by Sidmouth Carina’s Nic Wakefield, Tim the jazzy chef and Frank the dog.

OK, so what were the hits? There was so much played that the accent was not necessarily on newies, but the two biggest buzzes were definitely — I hesitate to mention it — Kid Creole’s ‘Annie I Love Your Fanny’, and Willie Hutch complete with dance step to “in and out, up and down, around and around”. By the end of the weekend everyone was singing ‘In And Out‘ acappella, and a flushed Chris Hill was saying “Now let’s see Motown lose that record in the charts!” Chris has been reviving the Detroit Spinners ‘I’ll Be Around‘ for ages so that was the biggest oldie (Jeff also did well with their ‘It’s A Shame’), along with Donny Hathaway’s original ‘The Ghetto’, other oldies often heard (as well as James Brown) being Beginning Of The End ‘Funky Nassau’ and the Moments/Whatnauts ‘Girls’. Robbie Vincent (“the Leonard Cohen of jazz-funk”?) so overkilled Marvin Gaye ‘(Sexual) Healing’ that I and several others real demand for electrophonic phunk was met by some jocks with ‘E.T. Boogie’ and ‘The Smurf’, other monsters being George Clinton, Gwen McCrae, Billy Griffin, Steve Arrington, Greg Henderson, while other current material I was conscious of hearing included the SOS Band, Mandrill, New Jersey Connection, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Exodus, Tomorrow’s Edition, Jay W McGee, Weeks & Co, The Limit (‘Pop’), Deodato, Leon Ware, William DeVaughn, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Nunn, and — raising none of the response that Froggy had expected — Kool ‘Hi De Hi’.

All in all, an excellent Caister, with good weather when it mattered, and leaves still on all the trees. Caister XI is already set for 15, 16 and 17 April 1983, shortly before a return trip to St Tropez. My favourite comment of the entire weekend was overheard as someone stepped into a caravan: “I’m really worried, I came here expecting a rockabilly weekend . . . !”


JIM KERSHAW, the Sheffield DJ who as we reported was picked for his uncanny resemblance to the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ to play the part in a film, has now indeed completed his scenes. Called ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ and made for TV, the film will be shown in the States at Easter — but apart from video sales there are no plans yet for a UK showing. Jim’s scenes are all done as flashback sequences through a sepia screen effect, without dialogue. It’s certainly not the happiest of roles with which to make one’s screen debut, but even if (as discretion must surely dictate) he’s not seen nationally this time, Jim will hopefully get other chances.


UK NEWIES

PEECH BOYS: ‘Don’t Make Me Walt’ (TMT TMTT 7001, via IDS 01-476 3222).
Larry Levan’s masterwork (the New York mixing jock virtually is the Peech Boys), this was continually used as reference point in my reviews until the term “fierce” came to signify the style of freaky electrophonic disco which this extremely important record started way back at the beginning of the year. OK, so it’s been big on import ever since — but this direct influence on Rockers Revenge (and currently great mix with ‘E.T. Boogie’!), full of flutter flanging and all sorts of fierce freakiness, is now here on 3-track 12in in 115bpm original A-side form, 114bpm alternative ‘Dub’ mix (the easiest to use), and brand new 116bpm vocally started special version which is very different, with hollering acappella finale! Go get it!

RUDDY THOMAS & SUSAN CADOGAN: ‘(You Know How To Make Me) Feel So Good’ (Virgin VS 555-12).
Causing a sensation ever since it appeared just the other day on Hawkeye, this beautiful gently reggaefied 85-86bpm 12in lovers rock duet of the familiar Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “touch me” slowie has a backing lifted from William DeVaughn’s ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ and now it’s on a major label is all set to mash up de nation!

CONWAY & TEMPLE: ‘You Can Lay Your Head On My Shoulder (Love Lights)’ (Jive JIVE T 27).
Kinda late out here, this excellent sneakily compulsive catchy chick ‘n’ chap duetted 111bpm 12in soulful swayer grooves pleasantly before becoming a bit of a rapper near the end (instrumental flip). Previously better known as ‘Love Lights’, the rearranged title now puts emphasis rightly on the line that everyone remembers. Continue reading “October 23, 1982: Caister Soul Weekend report, Peech Boys, Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan, Conway & Temple, Donald Byrd”

October 16, 1982: Grace Jones, Cargo, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Whodini, William DeVaughn

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MARVIN GAYE ‘Sexual Healing’ has unexpectedly turned up in a new extended version which is now set for commercial UK 12in imminently . . . Rockers Revenge ‘Sunshine Partytime (Rap)‘ — but not ‘Dubbing In Sunshine’ — will be B-side here to their next proper UK follow-up, due soon (as are several more Arthur Baker productions) on London . . . Lyn Paul, the blonde ex New Seeker, is engaged to Paul Wheeler (who with twin brother Robin ‘Nash’ Wheeler founded Camberley Frenchies, Staines Jacksons and currently owns Henley Wheelers). Paul being Ms Paul’s second club owning husband in a row . . . Mayfair Gullivers has had such a complete modernising refit I didn’t recognize it last week — it now looks really great, serves cocktails every weekday evening from 5.30pm, and last Friday at any rate was packed with funky fun lovers . . . Fat Larry’s Band’s ‘Zoom’ vocalist looks disconcertingly terrified in their TOTP video clip . . . Grand Master Flash’s import album has only one moderately warm newie, ‘It’s A Shame‘, which intersperses little bits of Detroit Spinners old intro between a rap that’s backed by Pieces Of A Dream’s ‘Mt. Airy Groove’ . . . George Clinton is 115bpm, Spandau Ballet 120bpm, Carol Jiani (Streetwave LP) 123-122-121bpm, Luther Vandross ‘She Loves Me Back’ 107-111-112-27-113-114bpm, and Birmingham’s University of Aston student disco plays to 1,000 a week (not just 100!) . . . Camden Palace styled civilised looking competent jocks into up-front exciting Yazoo/Electrophonic Phunk type dance music are invited to apply on 09905-8219 to audition for Saturday nights at a well known Windsor area club (now which one could that be?!) . . . Rush Release, 65 Bedford Hill, London SW12, updating and adding to their promotional mailing lists, invite all jocks to send an SAE for an application form — but with the warning that all DJs (including current ones) will be checked at their supposed place of work, as twelve bogus claimants have been caught out already! . . . Mike Ward (Sheffield 0742-879882) is after two or three radio/club jocks interested in buying spare copies of the various black music 12in/7in imports (many on obscure labels) which friends send him regularly from the States . . . Flash Gordon at Bristol Misty’s in Park Street has switched music policy exclusively to up-front soulful material (slightly more commercial soul early evening) Tuesday-thru-Saturday, and only wants punters who’ll appreciate it — a move which deserves much support . . . Phil Jay (Byfleet 42694) needs a new Friday residence — other nights he’s souling Godalming Secrets (Thurs/Sun), Cranleigh Cranley Hotel (Sat), Guildford Cinderella Rockerfellas (Tues), West Byfleet Carafino (Wed) . . . Dave Van Sieger, Dennis Brynner and Steve Jensen pulled out of Southampton Barbarellas after the hydraulic DJ console crashed into the floor from ten feet up (nearly severing an ardent funk fan’s arm in the process), the team now jocking at Poole’s Mariner’s Wharf right at the water’s edge with its own marina and lots of smart punters . . . Nicky Holloway and Ian Shaw have blown out their Bensons venue at the Old Kent Road Astoria on Sundays as there were too many unannounced Greek weddings displacing them! . . . Nlcky also wonders, how do you keep an idiot in suspense? — I’ll tell you later . . . Andy Baker now joins Colin Clews and David Henry every Monday jocking at Rhyl Cee J’s Nightspot — which may make Manchester a closer destination than London for his import-buying sorties . . . Colin Irving (Llandudno Risboro Hotel) cryptically says he still manages to do it even with a broken ankle — presumably, he means play records? . . . Camberley Frenchies is already selling tickets for the traditional Christmas Day beach party . . . John Luongo’s remix of Visage ‘The Anvil’ is due in a fortnight, while Rusty Egan’s next release on his Metropolis label will be Anusia ‘Imagination‘ (actually on Carrere) . . . Millie Jackson visits Liverpool and London early next month, to coincide with the UK release of her new ‘Hard Times’ LP and ‘Special Occasion‘ single . . . Motown Latino is a new label whose promise has yet to be realised, initial releases merely being dull slowies by Jose Feliciano and Charlene, sung in Spanish (oh wow) . . . Stevie Wonder ‘Ribbon In The Sky‘ is now on UK 12in — don’t all rush at once! . . . Soul On Sound’s fifth preview mix may confuse a few listeners, the Rockers Revenge bit being ‘Acappella Sunshine’ synched over ‘Dubbing In Sunshine’, chopped into ‘Sunshine Partytime (Rap)’, which is then edited into its own synthesizer intro . . . Jeff Young just about synchs ‘Acappella Sunshine’ over Mandrill’s instrumental flip . . . Capital’s Phil Allen can joke if he likes, but it’s just as well I did scribble down Tony Monson’s chart last week as it turned out! . . . I did one of my typical mobile gigs last Saturday, a 21st in a marquee, lots of rock and sillies, ending up in usual style at 20 to 7 in the morning with the last few stragglers tap dancing to Fred Astaire soundtracks and imitation Satchmo to ‘Now You Has Jazz’ . . . Paul Major (East Anglia) wonders how The Explainer ‘Lorraine‘ got into the disco chart — mainly because in London at least (where it had lots of radio play), people actually scream and shout as soon as it comes on . . . Rayners Lane’s Record And Disco Centre report that sales following the recent influx of hot imports were just like Christmas . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) once again heads for Caister this week, as do I and thousands more, so to each and all it’s a big HI DE HI!


UK NEWIES

GRACE JONES: ‘Nipple To The Bottle’ (Island 12WIP 6779).
Forget the tiresome return to talking slow 65/130bpm reggae on the official ‘The Apple Stretching‘ 12in A-side, and flip for this ‘The Message’-mixing stark rolling 101-102-101bpm jiggly electro smacker, very like a slower ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ and rightly the A-side in the States (where the flip in fact is instrumental, making the import a better buy).

CARGO: ‘Holding On For Love’ (CG Records CG 1021, via 01-458 1020).
Mike Carr on vibes and keyboards leads a classy UK jazz line up through a commendably restrained yet driving sultry 98(intro)-101-102bpm 12in jogger, with some soulful Vandross-ish vocal by Dave Collins or a longer instrumental ‘It’s Your Love‘ B-side version, obviously similar to (good) Roy Ayers and well worth finding.

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: ‘Fiesta (A Celebration Of Popular Classics From Spain)’ (CBS A2471).
Terrifically jolly ‘Hooked On Classics’-style 129-132bpm 7in medley, an immediate monster at mobile gigs.

LOOSE END: ‘We’ve Arrived’ (Virgin VS 545-12).
Mark Berry’s stark 113bpm 12in A-side ‘US Mix’ of this rolling jolter at first seems dangerously empty but eventually sinks in, although the 2-track flip’s adventurous sometime militaristic and banjo backed 114bpm ‘UK Mix‘ has far more winsome Jane Eugene warbled charm and the instrumental 113bpm ‘Dangerous Dub Version‘ is most dramatic of all. Continue reading “October 16, 1982: Grace Jones, Cargo, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Whodini, William DeVaughn”

October 9, 1982: The Breakfast Band, Streetnoise, Willie Hutch, George Clinton, Bootsy’s Rubber Band

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

LAST WEEK’S ridiculous rush of strong imports, many of which must surely get lost, also included a set by the Commodores; Lionel Ritchie with one killer dancer amongst the slowies, jazz from Spyro Gyra, and the disappointing Diana Ross set (‘Muscles’ not being a dancer at all) . . . B.T. (Brenda Taylor) will be on Excaliber imminently, Virgin have picked up Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan ‘Make Me Feel Good’ — was it Sharon Paige & Harold Melvin who did it first? . . . McFadden & Whitehead have signed to Capitol . . . Junior and the Warriors will be live at Caister next week, the four-dayer promising to be musically better than ever with lotsa videos and zany late nite film shows, big records tipped to be Greg Henderson, Gwen McCrae, and a moody Jap import from some months ago by Otis Clay . . . Caister-goers, don’t forget your FM radios, matches, bog paper, towels, soap, dry clothes . . . Camden Palace is bringing over Kurtis Blow and Afrika Bambaataa for a rapperama in November . . . Edgbaston Faces French’s DJ Convention will be on Sunday 7th November, this year’s theme being ‘The DJ — an entertainer or the pillock at the front with two record players?’, and the D. Jeneration Game being club DJs v mobile DJs . . . Watford Baileys Chris Britton (0494-772977) is selling a complete boxed record collection of some 1000 7in, 500 12in and 150 LPs containing all the classic dance records from the ’50s up to January 1982 and, get this, the ludicrously small offer of £400 will get ’em all . . . Holborn’s City Sounds record shop answered a request from a serviceman in the Falklands for new release info by actually taping a sample cassette of jazz-soul newies, and then were swamped with orders from half the force there! . . . City Sounds incidentally are pressurising CBS to release Billy Griffin ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’, saying they’ll order 1000 copies straight off if it comes out here . . . Bournemouth Soul Centre has renamed and relocated itself as Destiny Records at Unit 108 in Old Town Market, Dear Hay Lane, Poole, selling general stuff now as well as soul imports and deletions . . . Marylebone Cinecitta jock Mark Clark launches his own Mark 1 Records shop in Wokingham this month, staying open late one night a week . . . Adrian Martin (Denbigh Bamboo/Towyn Hollie Nights) plans driving most Mondays to Manchester or London to buy imports and will give other local jocks a lift (Rhyl 0745 4672) — now there’s enterprise! . . . Ian Turner (Llandudno Speakeasy) and Al Taylor (Bodelwyddan Poppeys) combine resources to get PA’s at their respective clubs but both say the UK Players didn’t exactly create a good impression whereas the Hudsons were a joy . . . August Bank Holiday’s virtually unpublicised charity gig by IDQ, Chris Brown & Mike Sefton jazzing Ascot’s Belvedere, with £1 admission, raised £1000 (ie: 1000 punters turned up!) which was later presented to Eric Morecambe for the British Heart Foundation . . . Luther Vandross and, separately, Melba Moore were both in London last weekend . . . so now it’s ‘Linx featuring David Grant’ . . . Stacy Lattisaw’s ‘Attack Of The Name Game’ is following her ‘Don’t Throw It All Away’ up the US Black singles chart, both — and especially the kids appeal former — being better bets than the one that’s out here . . . Evelyn now tops both US Black and Dance charts. Alfie Silas is now breaking into both too (well deserved), while Steve Miller Band ‘Abracadabra’ and Yaz(oo) ‘Situation (Remix)’ are climbing the Black list (as Melba Moore’s manager says, they sound fresh and exciting to black ears) . . . 29 out of last week’s US Dance/Disco Top 80 were straight pop or “new wave dance”, rather than black or gay disco in the accepted sense, and 19 of those 29 were British . . . Tomorrow’s Edition, already cold here, are huge in US discos with ‘In The Grooves‘ . . . Ilford Room At The Top’s John Osborne, who denies looking like Nick Heywood (he says it’s the other way round!), needs a good new warm-up jock on the busiest Fri/Saturday nights — call him on 01-478 5588 after 9pm Tues-Sat . . . Room At The Top’s up-front imports night is now Wednesday, Tuesday being a free drink night (admission £4-£6 depending on membership and gender), Thursday is John’s silly party night, plus he packs Gants Hill Villa on Mondays — busy lad! . . . Steve Dennis, busy himself doing the overnight shows on BRMB in Birmingham, now makes a big feature of his ‘Midweek Madness’ Wednesday pop party night at Edgbaston Faces French, limiting himself there at the weekends to special spots on Thurs/Fri/Saturdays in both the electro Club Visage and funky Club Jardine with fun and games in both . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) has had over a hundred black American sailors visiting his club every night, to his delight, pushing Zapp to the top of his chart . . . Neil Fincham (Edinburgh Mad Hatters Speakeasy), disorientated during his BADEM visit to London, staggered out of Xenon dazzled by the lighting display and then took seven hours to find his car! Bill Robertson, in seventh heaven at Bathgate’s Quincys, where the owner actually wants lots of jazz-funk, crams in 500 every Thurs/Fri/Saturday (free admission) but still isn’t on mailing lists . . . Malcolm Days, head DJ at Birmingham’s University of Aston where the student disco has £10,000 of equipment and plays to 100 a week, similarly wonders about mail-outs — pluggers call him at The Union on 021-359 6531 . . . Steven Fay, regularly sending charts from Darwen in Lancashire and presumably mobile, is playing some really classy soul these days . . . Lindsay Wesker, camera toting scribbler much in evidence at everyone else’s soul gigs, gets behind the decks himself later in the month at Mayfair’s Penthouse Club! . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) now writes a chatty pop page in the Wiltshire distributed ‘Town & Country Magazine’, delivered monthly to Chuck & Di’s Tetbury pad amongst 30,000 others . . . Jinx Joynson, busily mobile around Merseyside, has a sound-and-look-alike called Dave Graham who plays 8 hours of “nightclub” a week on two different wavelengths (266/241 MW) . . . Greg ‘115bpm’ Wilson has pulled out of his Liverpool Rotters gig on Saturdays, the once funk orientated city now evidently no longer being able to support an up-front night . . . Les Spaine, your city needs you! . . . Rusty Egan is still undecided about a label for Cori Josias . . . BBC TV’s showing of Diana Ross in ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ evidently emptied all the gay clubs that night! . . . West End in the States have released a 30 minute ‘Master Mix Medley‘ on cassette only, packaged on a 12in sleeve . . . Adrian Dunbar (Bournemouth Adam’s — and looking for further Fri/Saturday work in the area) mixes George Benson ‘Turn Your Love Around’ with, FLB ‘Zoom’, Jim Kershaw (Sheffield), mixes Boys Town Gang ‘Disco Kicks (Remix)’ with the old Bob McGilpin ‘Superstar‘ (Ember 12in) . . . DJ Bowler does funky megamixes most nights at Southgate Pink Elephant (ex-Royalty) Dumbo’s Bar . . . Mark Summers (Hackney Flappers) joins the queue trying to find the now no longer available digital readout Technics SL 1200 Mk.1 decks . . . I myself wouldn’t mind a Revox B77 Mk.II tape deck, having really mastered the art of tape editing on the next Soul On Sound preview mix — however it’s got some tasty synch mixes too, like Peech Boys out of the very similar ‘E.T. Boogie’, Carol Williams out of Rockers Revenge (the latter being somewhat reorganised!) — tape edits though taking less time to set up . . . Streetwave’s Morgan Khan & Jolanda Lucassen gave me a lift out to Dunstable for Martin Collins’s Chiltern Radio soul show last Sunday, after which we ate of course at Watford’s Ponderosa (“unbelievable!” said Morgan), where a fire in the grill released a ton of extinguishing powder thus closing the kitchen, and then a customer passed out — but all was handled with exemplary tact, and those who’d already fed carried on with the usual free refills of drinks and salad — you’ve got to try the place . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) reckons Jermaine’s ‘Tickle’ track is very like Peter Brown’s ‘Crank It Up’ . . . Kev Hill (Canvey Kings ) suggests that the “dance like Fred Astair” song enquired about by Steve Humphreys (Headcorn) is the ABC album’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ . . . Wham’s choreographer/dancer Dee is just as nice as Shirley . . . Streetwave’s 6-track Streetnoise 12in/LP has nothing to do with Melba Moore, despite last week’s illusion . . . I find you can’t even give away Junior’s newie . . . Graham Murray (Ormesby TeesValley Roadshow) says DJs DO IT BY REQUEST!


Situated in Mayfair surrounded by dodgy diplomats residencies, the Soul On Sound studio, where RM’s James Hamilton assembles his preview mix medleys, sometimes picks up coded radio signals on its microphone inputs when interviews are being conducted there — and this unfortunate phenomenon happened in the middle of a chat with Melba Moore last week!


UK NEWIES

THE BREAKFAST BAND: ‘Such A Feeling’ (Breakfast Music 12BM 102, via PRT).
The steel drums accented sexy jazzers start out jaggedly jittery on this self-produced 0-109-108-107bpm 12in with for the first time ex-Marley/Chosen Few vocalist Carl Lewis weaving scat lines into the rhythm before his simple group answered repetitive sinuously soulful singing gradually smooths away the exciting earlier edge. Ever gigging, the guys really know what they’re doing and have a distinctive sound of their own, which vocals can only help win a wider audience.

VARIOUS: ‘Streetnoise’ LP (Epic/Streetwave STR 32234).
Classified as an LP but marketed more like a 12in at just £2.99, this 6-tracker contains full versions of the currently hot Weeks & Co. ‘Go With The Flow‘, a flowing jittery 118bpm judderer emphatically sung with catchy chants and fierce final half, plus its calmer jazzier 118bpm instrumental version, and Hi Voltage ‘Let’s Get Horny‘, an interesting 124½bpm instrumental with several distinct sections quoting from various oldies as it builds on up, plus the LIVE Band ‘A Chance For Hope‘, a very Maze influenced good 0-111-109-110bpm jiggly jogger, The Salsoul Orchestra featuring Loleatta Holloway ‘Seconds‘, an acappella started disastrously strung out 109-112bpm Shep Pettibone remix of what was a soulful song but is in this form merely disjointed and dull, while considered by many the dark horse of the set but actually its biggest potential crossover hit (and certainly the one that I’ll now be using) is Carol Jiani ‘You’re Gonna Lose My Love‘, a simple terrific loopingly loping 123-122-121bpm ultra-soulful swinger with a lovely lilt and jazzy sax.

Sorry, we done run right out of space!


IMPORTS

WILLIE HUTCH: ‘In And Out’ (US Motown 66668-D).
Through a sensational busily snapping and tapping jittery 111-112bpm 12in rhythm texture and an intensifying blanket of synths Willie wails a great dead catchy “in and out — around” lyric line which has all the classic simplicity of another “Digging the scene with a gangster lean” sung in Bobby Womack-ish tones. What a monster!

GEORGE CLINTON: ‘Loopzilla’ (US Capitol 8538).
Starting with an indent for once mighty black New York radio station WWRL and carrying on with other call signs as they repetitively chant variations on “don’t touch that radio, don’t touch that knob, like ‘Planet Rock’ we just don’t stop we’re gonna drive you nuts!”, the Parliafunkadelicment thing drives on and on in a brain numbing and feet moving booming 114bpm 12in funk smack groove, incorporating bits from ‘Dancing in The Street/I Can’t Help Myself/One Nation Under A Groove/More Bounce To The Ounce/Baby Love’ and many more. Absolute dynamite!

BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND: ‘Body Slam!’ (US Warner Bros 0-29919).
Obviously designed to work with George Clinton though more varied and less dense in sound, this also dynamite 115bpm 12in P’funk jittery smacker has great jazzy piano nagging through Bootsy Collins bass. You can’t get one without the other! Continue reading “October 9, 1982: The Breakfast Band, Streetnoise, Willie Hutch, George Clinton, Bootsy’s Rubber Band”

October 2, 1982: Kool & The Gang, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan, Rockers Revenge, Gwen Guthrie

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MUSICAL YOUTH, as my review would have revealed, have a great promotional video available to clubs for a quid from MCA, the young Brummies coming across like a juvenile Jacksons . . . Grace Jones’s new ‘Nipple To The Bottle’ US single will be the B-side here to ‘Apple Stretching’, due imminently . . . Island’s Lloyd Burrell is hoping to build an exclusive DJ mailing list — only people who can realistically break new product, no time wasters, “big names” welcome — so write to convince him at Island Records, 22 St Peters Square, London W6 . . . Liberal leader David Steele’s rapping ‘I Feel Liberal — Alright!‘ really is out on record — but what label, who’s doing disc promotion, and will there be an Arthur Baker “fierce” remix ?! . . . Peech Boys rather belatedly will be out here in a fortnight on IDS, via RCA . . . Morgan Khan has replaced the NY Skyy track with the Salsoul Orchestra/Loleatta Holloway ‘Seconds’ remix on Melba Moore’s UK 12in, as well as the instrumental version, has on 2-track flip for some reason the rather short and dated 113½bpm ‘Let’s Go Back To Lovin’ from last year . . . Luther Vandross’s new US Epic 7in, an oddly disjointed old fashioned nice medley of ‘Bad Boy/Having A Party‘ (Sam Cooke’s song), may not be so danceable by today’s standards but sounds very much as if it was recorded at the ‘Jump To It’ session . . . Martin Collins has me as his guest playing some choice soul oldies this Sunday (3) during the second hour of his 3-6pm ‘Soul Seekin’ show on Chiltern Radio (792m MW), which can be picked up certainly in North London . . . Dick Sheppard, expatriate Brit now playing “new wave dance” records as the prime time “morning drive” jock on Los Angeles’s number one rated radio station KROQ, has had the sad task of returning to Torquay for the funeral of his dad, Reg — my oldest reader, according to Dick, he used to send out these disco pages complete with his own comments to LA every week . . . Dick also reports that LA has finally gone “new wave dance” crazy, the Whisky on Sunset Strip for instance scrapping its famed live music sessions to become a records-only new wave disco, while its new wave dance policy is what put KROQ at number one — let’s hope the Yanks don’t go into over-kill like they did with “disco” . . . London’s Capital Radio has made getting up (or going to bed if you’re like me!) a pleasure all through the week again, Graham Dene returning to the weekday breakfast show and Peter Young taking over at weekends — see, the good guys do sometimes win! . . . The Limit ‘She’s So Divine’ won Capital’s People’s Choice vote last week . . . Sunday night’s ‘Roseland’ movie on TV featured Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Super Cool’ during a hustle sequence — penned by Elton John/Bernie Taupin, it was produced by none other than Greg Edwards (OUR Greg Edwards?)! . . . Ian Levine (Charing Cross Heaven), currently raving about the Weather Girls ‘It’s Raining Men’ (US Columbia 12in) — they’re the Two Tons Of Fun by another name — and Melissa Manchester ‘You Should Hear How She Talks About You‘ (US Arista 12in), has done a two-part history of gay disco music in this and the next issue of ‘Him’ magazine . . . Cori Josias, recently seen on TV, turns out to be one of Rusty Egan’s proteges, her ‘Taking It Straight‘ presumably being destined for release soon . . . Evelyn King rapidly replaced Rockers Revenge at the top of the US Dance/Disco chart . . . Thames Valley Disc Jockeys Association will be celebrating its fifth anniversary next January with “the biggest promotion night ever attempted by a DJ Assn” . . . Theo Loyla’s lady Joy Barling once again painted Level 42’s LP sleeve . . . Erskine G, gigging at Southall’s White Hart with an electrophonic phunk bias, is seeking further work (01-571 4528 evenings) and invites club managers to give him a club full of receptive young people and he’ll prove he’s good — trouble is, if it’s already full, why would it need him?! . . . Steve Goddard, the Curly Wurly chewing ‘Soul Messiah’, could do with more gigs no matter how modest around the London area on 01-500 2749 . . . Watford’s New Penny is now looking for DJs who play a wide range of music and can work big screen video equipment — call Mr Harris on Watford 22003 Thurs-Sunday evenings . . . Phil Richards now does Luton Sands . . . Eddy Grant’s original ‘Walking On Sunshine’ / ‘Sunshine Jam’ (Ice 12in) is still at the usual £1.99 from Adrian’s in Wickford High Street . . . Nigel Halkes (Portishead) reports from a Greek holiday that Athens is flooded with cheap bootlegs (incidentally Nigel, your unidentified track is Pino D’Angio ‘Ma Quale Idea‘), and has sent me a tape from New York’s WBLS of Grover Washington Jr endorsing Kentucky Fried Chicken! . . . the Isley Brothers look shagged out and wrecked on their current LP sleeve, but then none of us are getting any younger . . . Chris Hill reckons the Beverly Glen Music label should now add Tyrone Davis or someone of similarly soulful stature to their artist roster, which so far comprises Bobby Womack and Johnnie Taylor . . . who the hell is Tiny K? . . . Greg Wilson, Wigan-based mixing star, says the funk scene up North is healthier than for ages with packed alldayers and booming import sales in Manchester/Liverpool specialist shops, even futuristic gigs featuring a fair amount of funk in return for the electrophonic phunk that’s been adding colour to soul playlists . . . Micky Holloway (Bermondsey Bensons) is pleased that the Phase One Roadshow adapted their mixer’s cueing controls (which gave me such difficulty in Margate) at his suggestion so that now he can do running mixes with no problems . . . Mark Summers (Hackney Marshes Flappers), who’ll pay for copies of our old disco charts up to 1978, raves that Shalamar ‘There It Is’ synchs sensationally at the break with “D” Train ‘Trying To Get Over’ instrumental remix . . . Neil Fincham (Edinburgh Mad Hatters Speakeasy) makes the valid point that women especially like dancing to the obvious hits and oldies so that if you kick off with these you can get the evening going early, and then when asked for something in that category once you’ve swung into “up front” gear you can also make the excuse that you played it earlier . . . LET’S DANCE!


UK NEWIES

KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Ooh, La, La, La (Let’s Go Dancin’)’ (De-Lite DEX 9).
Switching around the brackets in its title here, this subdued in tempo though jolly in atmosphere reggae-inspired 96½bpm 12in jitterer is already getting rave reaction from fun loving black dancers and will obviously be yet another pop smash — and again it’s worth mentioning how good it is with Freddie McGregor’s ‘Reggae On It‘ (Intense 12in), a reggae version of their ‘Get Down On It’ at a similar speed.

KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS: ‘Annie, ‘I’m Not Your Daddy’ (Ze 12WIP 6801).
Another ultra jiggly goodtime sleazy (and now remixed) 110bpm 12in mixture of Latin-ish exotic textures trucks and sashays along with fruity trombone poking through the polyrhythms.

RUDDY THOMAS & SUSAN CADOGAN: ‘Make Me Feel Good’ (Hawkeye HD 44, via 01-961 0866).
Sizzling hot superbly beautiful gently reggaefied 85-86bpm 12in lovers rock duet by the two stars of the familiar Gamble & Huff-penned “touch me” slowie — who did it, was it Teddy & Stephanie? — screaming out for regular radio play and pop hit status. Continue reading “October 2, 1982: Kool & The Gang, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan, Rockers Revenge, Gwen Guthrie”

September 25, 1982: “Simon Cowell has 7,000 kazoos”, Raw Silk, Sharon Redd, Level 42, Nick Straker Band, Gang’s Back

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

SUDDENLY DISCO seems to be “in” again, to judge from the chart — and isn’t Evelyn King doing well? . . . David and Sketch are rumoured to have un-Linxed, and Pete Stringfellow it’s speculated has bought London’s Talk Of The Town venue (who else could afford the rates?) . . . ‘The Passage‘ is the Evasions return soon on Groove Production — it’s a send up of ‘The Message’ . . . Chris Hill is looking for a young guy, preferably a jock, to do disco promotion “in the old style” at Ensign (01-727 0527) . . . Teena Marie and Motown, her managers, and everyone down to the washroom attendant seem to be at legal loggerheads in the States currently . . . Solar next month in the USA launches a new label, Constellation, for white pop acts — but they’ll be produced by Solar’s usual black team . . . Rams Horn’s rumoured demise in Holland was evidently greatly exaggerated . . . Marvin Gaye’s now completed debut set for CBS has totally electronic backing, ‘Sexual Healing’ the first single reportedly being a real knee trembler (due next month) . . . Diana Ross’s next single from an upcoming LP is ‘Muscles‘, prod/penned by Michael Jackson! . . . The Quick are not now on commercial 12in after all, so wave bye bye to that . . . The Limit’s UK B-side, ‘Pop‘, turns out to be a really nice slinky 90bpm jogger with bright Heatwave-ish harmonies and jazzy instrumentation . . . Steven Fay (Darwen) and 15 years old Nigel Halkes (Portishead) both indicate Hi Voltage ‘Let’s Get Horny‘ has the same tune (mixing well) as the 1978-issued Quartz ‘Beyond The Clouds‘ (TK) — rummage, rummage! . . . CBS’s tactics with Sharon Redd’s UK 12in have upset record dealers now lumbered with the unsaleable initial batch . . . Level 42’s live B-side tracks, it will come as no surprise to regular readers of this paper, were recorded last May in Guildford (yup!) and Tunbridge Wells . . . Galaxy’s Phil Fearon stuns everyone at PAs by doing a standing forward flip, feet to feet, appropriately enough during his ‘Head Over Heels’! . . . Steve Naylor has organised a return visit here for hot New York mixing jock Dan Pucciarelli, of Brooklyn’s Dynasty disco, who’ll be at Blackpool Touchdown this Thurs/Fri/Saturday (23/24/25), at Leeds Warehouse next Fri/Saturday (1/2), with Mike Shaft and Colin Curtis at Manchester’s Hell on consecutive Tuesdays (28/4), and on Mike Shaft’s Sunday afternoon Piccadilly Radio show . . . Tony Monson now does a weekly bit on Phil Allen’s late Saturday night/Sunday morning Capital Radio disco soul show, which of course features the Monson-compiled bang up-to-date London sales chart at 1.45 am . . . Robbie Vincent, whose Saturday lunchtime Radio London soul show guest this week is Bob James, reckons it’s a good job he does buy his own records as he’s not on many mailing lists himself — and if even he isn’t, what chance is there for youth club jocks?! . . . Robbie actually thinks Rockers Revenge is a “great record” but prefers to play something in the time available which maybe could do with the exposure: he also recommends Chez Moi in Tunbridge Wells, where DJ Miguel works hard and there’s a good vibe . . . Johnnie Walker, the ex-pirate/Radio One jock and not the Frenchies jazz-funker, has returned to England’s airwaves at Radio West in Bristol . . . Rockers Revenge, only just into the US Black singles chart, is finally top of the Dance/Disco chart there (Evelyn at 2) . . . Yazoo dropped the “oo” to become Yaz in the States as there’s another group of the same name . . . I Level, huge on New York’s urban contemporary radio, has been remixed by John Luongo for US Epic release . . . Richard Jon Smith is climbing fast US Dance/Disco . . . Eddy Grant’s ‘California Style‘ and ‘Time Warp‘ have been sought after for so long in New York that they’re now selling bundles there on bootleg . . . Simon Cowell has 7,000 kazoos (count ’em) to give away to mobile jocks to help promote Joce & The Kazoo Band’s ‘Kazoo Kazoo‘ — send your disco details to him at Baby Records, 46 South Molton Street, London W1Y 1HE . . . Nick Ratcliffe (0344-882535 daytime), now working exclusively in clubs, has a 300 watt mobile disco complete with light show all housed in a large box trailer for which he’ll accept around £1,300 . . . JFM sounds like a profit making concern — but not for its DJs? . . . Flashback twiddled along to 92MHz . . . Peterborough’s Slickers now re-opens on Sunday 10th October, with a big 3rd birthday alldayer . . . Brixton’s Fridge delayed going gay but now welcomes guys on Fridays, with Keith Barker-Main at the decks . . . Watford’s New Penny has big screen video (and 40p a pint until 10pm Thurs/Fri/Sat!) . . . Alan Costa (Brighton Kings Club/Kings II) tips a couple of German Hansa singles, Barrabas ‘On The Road Again‘ and Frank Zander’s send up of ‘Da Da Da’, sung in German but about changing a “da da da” drooling baby’s nappy . . . Sylvester’s showing in the funkier Disco chart owes most to Scottish, coastal holiday resort, and East London pub jocks (in case you were wondering?) . . . Colin Irving (Llandudno Risboro Hotel) has Yvonne Elliman ‘Love Pains‘ at number one . . . Kool’s ‘Let’s Go Dancin’ is monstrous for me at Mayfair Gullivers thanks to the ethnic audience . . . Frenchie (Blackpool), reporting big punter interest in slowies, revives Jean Carn’s 1978 ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head‘ . . . Neil Saxon (Fridays) and Dave Collins (Saturdays) have six months in which to get the old Eclipse disco in Coulsdon back on the map or else it’ll be turned into a restaurant — it’s above the Rising Sun in Chipstead Valley Road, they both play hot toons . . . Paul Burnette on his latest visit to Gt Yarmouth Tiffanys not only forgot all his records but even left his Radio One coat and case on the car park roof — however neither item even made the reserve of 10p at auction so DJ Roger Dynamite returned them via Simon Bates! . . . Mark Millar (Woodcote Hall Woody’s near Newport on Fridays, amongst other Telford area gigs) offers his own services as entertainment after the big showdown between Mike Page and Trevor Hughes — trouble is, Trevor seems kinda quiet of late, not a squeak out of him since Mike got holstered up . . . Gary Oldis (Aycliffe Bee Jays) mutters that ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse should clean up his act (and, yes, Gary — he plays Shakatak!) . . . Andy Baker (St Asaph Flicks) grumbles that I didn’t visit him from Denbigh, but with nearly no sleep all week and a breakdown on the way I was certainly in no shape to go out! . . . Steve Humphreys (Headcorn After Dark mobile) is trying to identify a Eurodisco/Kat Mandu ‘I Wanna Dance’ — sounding song with the line “dance like Fred Astaire” — any ideas? . . . Deborah McGriff & Rita Saunders, the Jamaica Girls now, earlier were on Legacy’s ‘Word Up’ . . . ‘Poltergeist’ is set deep in ‘E.T.’ territory . . . Jay W McGee, spelt correctly for weeks, inexplicably had an “h” added at a most inopportune time last week! . . . Bob Jones, “jazz rock jock”? . . . Tom Browne ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ synchs sensationally out of Howard Johnson ‘So Fine’, and with lots of vari-speed Imagination ‘Heart ‘N’ Soul’ is great out of Shakatak ‘Invitations’ . . . Froggy (who it was that forgot to take the Rick James T-shirts to Hastings) uses two copies of Sharon Redd’s ‘Beat The Street’ remix, whilst playing the vocal repeatedly synching the very end of the instrumental so that during her closing chorus you hear the words “beat it — beat it” flying from left to right across the speakers . . . er, JUMP JUMP JUMP TO IT . . . HEY . . . BEAT IT BEAT IT!


UK NEWIES

RAW SILK: ‘Do It To The Music’ (KR KRT 14).
Well, here’s a turn up — I didn’t expect it on KR! A huge seller on import, this chix cooed and wailed slinky 112-114-115-116bpm “do it do it do it do it” swayer (good fun with you know who!) has massive crossover appeal and builds through nice sax to a semi-“fierce” rhythmic finale, this element then being emphasized on 3-track 12in flip in an acappella started 0-114-115-116bpm ‘Dub Mix‘, and a now UK-only ‘Special Version’ which starts with ‘Poltergeist’-type noises.

SHARON REDD: ‘Never Give You Up’ (Prelude PRLA 13-2755).
Sensational value, as previously noted, this solidly smacking 112½bpm Evelyn King-ish A-side now being flipped on 3-track 12in by both the instrumental and vocal remixes of the electronically jittering smoother 118bpm ‘Beat The Street’!

LEVEL 42: ‘Weave Your Spell’ (Polydor POSPX 500).
Just like Shakatak these guys have sewn up a sound of their own, this particular glibly harmonised “thunderthumbs” bass pushed flowing 119-117-122(break)-118bpm 12in bounder erupting with jaggedly percussive bass halfway (it’s a remix of their LP version — full review next week), flipped by live versions of jittery 115bpm ‘Love Games’ and tranquil dreamy ‘Dune Tune’. Now if they can just stitch up Shakatak type sales . . . Continue reading “September 25, 1982: “Simon Cowell has 7,000 kazoos”, Raw Silk, Sharon Redd, Level 42, Nick Straker Band, Gang’s Back”

September 18, 1982: Jay W. McGee, The Limit, Melba Moore, Gary’s Gang, Kool & The Gang

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

SHARON REDD’S ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has rapidly been re-pressed on UK 12in with both the instrumental and vocal remix versions of ‘Beat The Street’ as 2-track flip — this’ll kill her album, but boy what a bargain! . . . The Quick’s ‘Touch’ will now indeed be on full length commercial 12in . . . Morgan Khan’s Streetwave label next week puts out a 6-track £2.99 33 1/3rpm LP-type 12in called ‘Streetnoise‘ containing Hi Voltage ‘Let’s Get Horny‘, Weeks & Co ‘Go With The Flow’ (vocal and instrumental), The LIVE Band ‘A Chance For Hope’, Carol Jiani ‘You’re Gonna Lose My Love’, NY Skyy ‘Let’s Celebrate (Remix)’ . . . Weeks & Co is currently on US Prelude 12in as well as Canadian Black Sun, this switch to a hip label doubtless causing its sales surge . . . Capital Radio’s Greg Edwards must take credit for reviving Hi Voltage’s fortunes . . . Elite has licensed from Inner City for 4-track £2.50 12in the jazzy Lee Ritenour ‘Sugarloaf Express‘, Kazumi Watanabe ‘Gentle Afternoon‘, Don Latarski ‘Jennifer Anne’s Samba‘ / ‘Beginning Song‘ (Elite 4 PLAY 101) . . . ‘D’ Train ‘Walk On By’ is now remixed with a longer instrumental start on 3-track US 12in (Prelude PRL D638) with the herky-jerky c.124bpm ”D’ Train (Dub)’ and ‘Tryin’ To Get Over’ . . . Imagination’s single is ‘In The Heat Of The Night‘, which could be a bad mistake — especially as radio loves ‘Heart ‘N’ Soul’ . . . Fat Larry’s Band ‘Zoom’ is now on LP-length 12in (WMOT VS 546-12) with 2-track flip of the Rick James-inflected 115-116-115-116-117-119bpm ‘Traffic Stoppers‘ and ‘Jamming’-quoting 117-118bpm ‘House Party‘ . . . Alton Edwards next week issues ‘Shining Light‘, a 126bpm bright squeaky pure pop skipper which soul fans will hate, recorded because according to his manager Margaret Hamilton (no relation, though I wouldn’t mind!) CBS confess they can’t market disco material . . . BADEM’s exhibition featured an impressively created disco environment in which to demonstrate a well co-ordinated but slightly too long lighting effects display, while out on the stands the stacks of boring old lightboxes looked decidedly outmoded by the far more sophisticated (if more expensive) developments that have taken place in disco hardware — although the most welcome sight was the Cambridge Pianola Company’s cassette operated automatic piano, an oasis of old world simplicity . . . Roger Squire’s had a suite of their own in which to show their many wares, and over the road in a pub there was a rival ‘Discoextra’ exhibition featuring Cliff Wilding’s Lampseed lighting products amongst others . . . Rob Harknett (Roydon) expressed before the event his hope that this year more DJs would stop and chat to each other instead of brushing by in a world of their own, and I certainly talked to quite a few, including at length Chris Cole of the West Surrey & Hants DJ Assn . . . Paul Anthony, who arrived by motorbike from Wolverhampton Eve’s, wonders what awful secret prevents Radio One’s Steve Wright from appearing at his or any other Wolverhampton club . . . Ilford Room At The Top’s John Osborne is, I now realize, a dead ringer for Haircut 100’s Nick Heyward — down girls! . . . Room At The Top celebrated its 12th birthday this Wednesday (15), incidentally . . . Larry Foster packs Gants Hill Villa every Friday and does Stratford Reflections on Wednesdays, amongst other gigs, but has stopped doing Romford Lamps on Tuesdays and Thursdays and thus would like other work those nights (on 01-519 7280) . . . Travis, one of the dancers, has a Sunday afternoon 3-6pm dance and exercise session at Gants Hill’s The Villa (Ilford), take £3 and your ‘Fame’ togs . . . Steve Goddard, who now does Romford Lamps on Fridays, seems like an amiable loony to judge from what he says about his Saturdays and Mondays in the guise of The Soul Messiah at Barking’s Chains, where “anybody genuine enough to convince me of a more ‘in the groove’ venue gets a free Curly-Wurly bar and a photo of my Aunt Hilda of East Grinstead — Curly-Wurleys away, with a hip-hop, chow chomp, you don’t stop chomping till it’s all gone!” . . . “Harry” or “Big H” as he’s variously known, only jocking a year despite advancing age, has the mouth and confidence of another Chris Hill (although not the music) and could be fun to catch at Bagshot Pantiles, Ascot Belvedere Arms, Southampton Barbarellas amongst other regular gigs . . . South Harrow’s Bogarts is bulging with happy funksters every Thursday thanks to Chris Paul, who jams along on sax over the records — he’s also at Southampton Barbarellas on Fri/Saturdays, where they can’t otherwise hear or buy import soul . . . Direct Drive were evidently unaware of the PA they were reported as ignoring, but by actually naming a group even if they were as in this case innocent I hope the message was rammed home that lack of appearance can be damaging to both the act and the club — however beware the old con where a promoter bills an act as appearing for a PA without first having actually booked the act, and then expecting the act to turn up so as not to disappoint the fans . . . John Grant, until recently one of the North-West’s most revered jocks, has moved his harbour mastering location from Newhaven to the far hipper Brighton, where the Vinyl Demand record shop had the good fortune to buy up his entire jazz-funk collection — they may even have some of it left, if Paul Clark hasn’t bought it all! . . . David ‘Rowdy’ Yeats is at liberty (with a small “l”), not Liberty the record company — ie: he needs a gig! . . . Soho’s Le Beat Route in an effort to cut costs have perhaps unwisely stopped using any DJs who actually charge proper money, hence, and it’s a wrench, my Tuesday ’60s soul night is no more — and I’d love another somewhere else! . . . Fatman Graham Canter hosted an early evening party last week for music biz liggers at London Piccadilly’s Xenon, which turned out to be nowhere near as big or flashy as I’d expected . . . Showstopper Promotions take over Luton’s Caesar’s Palace premises for another of their Pink Elephant Fun House venues, to open in December as a companion to the similarly revamped Southgate Royalty . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) was playing his Soul On Sound cassette’s preview mix so loudly in the car that he didn’t know he’d lost a hubcap until someone flagged him down a mile later! . . . Soul On Sound’s next preview mix, which took me 26 hours to create, flows as well as the last one with 28 record snippets blended into 22 mins 55 secs, but lacks a similar overall strength of material and has to hiccup slightly to accommodate Kenny G and Carl Carlton — however listen out for the Pressure Drop/Sharon Redd instrumental / “Q” and the Alfie Silas/Suzy “Q”/Nighthawk instrumental/Donald Byrd sequences, and then tell me which record is which ‘cos I’m still not sure myself! . . . Beats Per Minute fine tunings for some of last week’s Imports are Jamaica Girls 119-121-120-120½bpm, New Jersey Connection 116½-115-113-115-113-115-113bpm, West Street Mob 113-114-115-116-117-115-116bpm, Began Began 0-124-122-124-122-124-0bpm . . . American black music has always shifted in style and sound through the years — under the general euphemistic labels of “race music”, “sepia sounds”, “rhythm & blues”, “soul”, and now “black” or “urban contemporary” — and if what black American funk musicians are now getting into in a big way is electronics then I don’t see how we are in a position to pontificate and argue about the relevance to “soul” of this move: it’s on a par with gospel purists in the ’50s being upset about their favourite singers switching to the devilish blues — which brought about “soul” in the first place! . . . Robbie Vincent leads the field of those DJs now too hip to play Rockers Revenge — I hear he says it’s a “youth club record” . . . Rotherham Tiffanys’ Paul Barron hopefully has better luck with the horses than he has with the Gee Gee’s! . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) can’t wait to see plugger Erskine Thompson’s new film, ‘E.T.’! . . . Mayfair’s Rockafella’s late nite eaterie (next to Samantha’s) currently has Maggie Thatcher’s Swiss holiday chef Jack Garlic cookin’ in the kitchen while waiting to start at a new restaurant being opened by Maggie’s hubby’s company . . . Yazoo on its US-pressed Sire 7in singles is now appearing as Yaz, a mistake (or intentional move?) which has been carried over into the Billboard charts — who took the “oo” out of Yazoo?! . . . I alone seem to have been right in my spelling of Jay W McGhee, where everyone else had him as JW . . . Orin Cozier’s “Ladies’ Man” influence seems to be spreading at Streetwave to Morgan Khan and now Patrick Boothe! . . . Adrian Martin (Denbigh Bamboo/Towyn Jollie Nights) is the North Wales DJ who started the local demand for Pete Brown’s ‘Can’t Be Love‘ 12in — he’s had offers of £25 and £30 for his copy . . . Van Martin revives Johnny Guitar Watson ‘I Need It‘ at Ernie ‘Whitehouse’ Priestman’s new Touchdown Tavern in Blackpool’s Talbot Road . . . Paul Major (East Anglia) revives Philadelphia International All-Stars ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto‘ out of ‘The Message’ . . . Richard ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse (Chester-Le-Street Whispers) re-recommends Callers Records in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Northumberland Street for good import prices to bona-fide DJs . . . Adrian Dunbar (Bournemouth Adams) is mixing Lime ‘Agent 406‘ with Sylvester/Cowley (incidentally UK 7in pressings of Sylvester are slower than the import 12in and I’ve not heard the UK 12in), Derek Pierce (Bath Moles) mixes Soul Sonic Force and Giorgio ‘The Chase‘, Ian Levine (London Heaven) mixes Carl Carlton and Carol Jiani ‘You’re Gonna Lose My Love‘ . . . JUMP JUMP JUMP TO IT . . . HEY . . . DO IT DO IT!


UK NEWIES

JAY W. McGEE: ‘When We Party’ (Ensign ENYT 231).
If at first this doesn’t hook you, hang on in there, as the surprisingly subtle GQ-ish jauntily pushing 120-121bpm 12in kicker builds through ultra catchy “uptown downtown” chants (now in fact tagged on in brackets after the title on UK labels) to truck through a buoyantly instrumental last half, the deep soul slow ‘I’ve Been Checking Out (Too)’ flip being a goodie (too).

THE LIMIT: ‘She’s So Divine’ (Arlola AROD 285).
Given such a low profile UK release by Ariola that I haven’t even had a copy or seen it advertised, this Dutch originated successor to Blue Feather is a superb resonantly loping easily soulful 116bpm 12in romp through the song previously done by Jan Akkerman but now remade by its original writers. Huge on import already, it evidently has a flip here called ‘Pop‘.

MELBA MOORE: ‘Love’s Comin’ At Ya’ (EMI America 12EA 146).
Prod/penned by Paul Lawrence Jones III to sound just like his ‘I Can’t Stand It’ on Evelyn King’s LP, this carefully controlled 114bpm 12in judder and thud-filled cool slinky smacker is also extremely like Howard Johnson — but then they’re all from the same production team. Continue reading “September 18, 1982: Jay W. McGee, The Limit, Melba Moore, Gary’s Gang, Kool & The Gang”

September 11, 1982: Sharon Redd, Dennis Brown, Freddie James, Pressure Drop, New Jersey Connection

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

AND WHAT sort of shape do we find you in this morning? (You can see what shape we are now!) . . . BADEM’s disco equipment exhibition public days are Sunday/Monday (12/13) at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel, no details of timing but afternoons obviously. I’ll maybe see you there sometime late-ish Sunday . . . Joe Tex died of a heart attack aged 49 last month — best remembered by the present generation for his ‘Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)’ smash in 1977. His real heyday as a soul star was the latter ’60s, when his incredible microphone catching acrobatic stage movements were amongst the most exciting of all . . . Hot Quisine ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling‘ has had a complete Rockers Revenge-style remix (if not remake?) full of fiercely flanged flutter echo claps, but unfortunately they didn’t change the rushed tempo . . . Michael Wycoff’s ‘Diamond Real‘ has shown up on US RCA 12in with instrumental flip, c.109 bpm . . . Push ‘My Heart‘, recently circulated on white label promo, will be remixed on Excaliber in a month . . . David ‘Rowdy’ Yeats, after just four months of working in largely undefined ways on Solar product here, suddenly finds WEA reckon they can promote Shalamar without him — thus he’s at Liberty on 01-874 4003 . . . London’s Barracuda in Baker Street has suddenly become an Arab club, on Saturdays anyway, turning away scores of dejected funksters when they turned up as usual . . . Capital’s Graham Dene must take most credit for constantly plugging Fat Larry’s ‘Zoom’ on his weekend breakfast shows over several months . . . Lloyd Charmers, or rather his wife, gave birth to twins Debbie & Donna at Paddington’s St Mary’s Hospital — if it’s good enough for Chuck & Di, what? . . . Josh Wedgewood-Benn, son of the ex-Lord Stansgate, drums with Buddhist reggae group Ozo . . . Chris Hill returns for just one night on Wednesday 22nd September to the Lacy Lady, or at least to its original site at Ilford’s Kings . . . Greg Wilson’s half-hour mixing spot comes up on its three-weekly rota this coming Monday (13) on Mike Shaft’s TCOB soul show, 8-11pm Piccadilly Radio . . . I hope my Soul On Sound mix out of Rockers Revenge into Norwood B ‘You’re On The One‘ (Philly World 12in) draws more deserved attention to the latter . . . Nick Davies (Aylesbury 87970), keen to buy/swap Ashton Gardner & Dyke’s old ‘Resurrection Shuffle’, had Wham bring acetates of their new Kid Creole-ish ‘Young Guns’ into his Watford New Penny gig . . . West Surrey & Hants DJ Assn members meet this Monday (13) at 8pm in Guildford’s Stoke Hotel, all DJs welcome — oh, and Chris Cole, WHAT T-shirt? . . . ‘E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)’ is a nice little movie full of good vibes, not a blockbuster, but just nice . . . Harvey Fuqua, now known as a record producer, turned up on TV screens last week in his original guise as one of the doo-wop singing Moonglows in the movie ‘Rock Rock Rock’ — young Harvey was the tallest of the backing vocal trio standing at the end . . . Afrika Bambaataa somehow loses a “k” and an “a” on UK labels of Soul Sonic Force . . . Polydor seem to have someone called Adam Vincent servicing DJ mailouts . . . Richard ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse packs Chester-Le-Street’s Whispers every Sunday, claiming it as the only regular black music gig in the whole North-East (it’s currently running a disco dancing competition too), and wonders why more pluggers don’t visit . . . Reading Rebecca’s now has free admission before 10pm every Thurs/Fri/Saturday but a tighter dress code — no jeans, trainers, T-shirts etc . . . Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre’s bronzed Andy Mann reports that in Greek discos, the decor of which would shame most UK clubs, the jocks spend all night mixing brilliantly — plus there’s no admission charge, you just pay for your drinks (not that licensing laws would allow that here) . . . Leslie Hill (Chippenham), also back from Greece’s Thassos Island, says the likes of Human League, Soft Cell, Haircut 100 and Bob Marley are big with the locals, but luckily the Just In Time disco was supplied with all the moderately current UK disco biggies . . . I blew a core plug on the M1 going up to Denbigh for the bank holiday weekend, and four tows and ten hours later eventually arrived there thanks to the AA’s Relay service — which, had it been a gig would not have got me there in time, but at least does get your vehicle wherever you want it for free (or at least a small subscription) . . . Jim ‘Ripper’ Kershaw (Sheffield Fanny’s Scene Two) revives to great floor activity the old Spencer Davis Group ‘Keep On Running’, currently the basis of a loo-paper commercial . . . Tricky Dicky’s younger gay crowd are well into Yazoo, Soft Cell and now Billy Idol . . . Yazoo ‘Don’t Go’ was inadvertently missed out of last week’s Gay Top 20, while Stateside their ‘Situation’ remix is still top Dance/Disco hit and Aretha Franklin the new top Black single . . . Boris Midney is reported to have done one of his “disco suite” jobs on the ‘Dreamgirls’ score . . . Greg Edwards was really cookin’ on his Capital soul show’s continuous last half hour on Saturday . . . Andy Baker (St Asaph Flicks) mixes Rockers Revenge ‘Acappella Sunshine’ over the intro of Sly Cabell ‘Special Club Mix’, Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) mixes Sylvester/Patrick Cowley with Kat Mandu ‘The Breaks’ (yeah, well it is Scotland!), Neil Fincham (Edinburgh Mad Hatters Speakeasy) mixes Chic ‘Le Freak’ out of the Tom Tom Club rhythm break . . . JUMP JUMP JUMP TO IT!


UK NEWIES

SHARON REDD: ‘Never Give You Up’ (Prelude PRLA 132755).
Just as good, though currently not quite as hot, as ‘Beat The Street’, this more Evelyn King-ish chunky 112½bpm 12in disco roller is the UK singles choice and chiefly remarkable for its amazing rhythm track, flipped by the stolid 101bpm ‘Send Your Love‘.

DENNIS BROWN: ‘Halfway Up, Halfway Down’ (A&M AMSX 8250).
More traditionally reggae than ‘Love Has Found Its Way’, although just as catchy, this lazily looping Marley-esque 75-76-77bpm 12in swayer is flipped by the superbly subtle floating 77bpm ‘Weep & Moan‘.

FREDDIE JAMES: ‘Don’t Turn Your Back On Love’ (Arista ARIST 12489).
Dangerously late out here, the excellent Tony Green-prod/Tee Scott-mixed simple strong straight ahead 113bpm 12in disco roller builds through nagging vocals in very mixable familiar fashion, with a slightly fiercer instrumental flip. Continue reading “September 11, 1982: Sharon Redd, Dennis Brown, Freddie James, Pressure Drop, New Jersey Connection”