ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LIONEL RICHIE’s import 12in of ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ is the LP-length 108½bpm remix with, really usefully, its instrumental as flip (great for mixing in at singalong points to catch your crowd in full voice!) . . . UK 12in releases will only qualify for Gallup’s combined main national singles chart as from the end of this month provided they feature the exact same tracks as the equivalent 7in, although remixed/extended versions will of course still be allowed: this may hopefully decrease the amount of creatively marketed pop product in the 12in chart, but could cause problems in cases like the new Michael Jackson 12in when two different mixes of the main track are padded with a throwaway filler, the filler though being 7in flip (where it makes good sense) — which track in the future would the company sacrifice, rather than have a 3-track 7in? . . . A&M pressed up all their 12in copies of the Jeffrey Osborne remix (yet to be received) and it wasn’t until freelance plugger Orin Cozier told ’em that they realised somehow every single one featured an extended instrumental instead of the vocal! . . . Disco Mix Club’s November oldies floor-filler should have read last week as part one of ‘Dr Soul’s ’60s Stompers’, mixed “live” by myself and left in such a way that next month’s girlie group part two will follow on perfectly if both are transposed onto a separate cassette . . . Alan Coulthard’s current DMC megamix is of George Benson, but more importantly he’s also megamixed together three tracks from Wham’s album for commercial 12in release as their next single, probably called ‘Club Fantastic’ . . . Radio London soul broadcaster Tony Blackburn was thoroughly entertaining in a corny self-mocking way last week at Dartford Flicks (where you can get nervous exhaustion watching Colin Hudd mix!), but some soul fans were disappointed he was so “Radio One Roadshow” — however, after much discussion, he says that at his next proper soul gig he’ll get behind the decks for a while just to prove he can actually play a record! . . . Flicks found a little knot of observers all kitted out in fancy knits — Ian Reading (Southend Zero 6), Nicky Peck (Medway), Tom Holland (Flicks), Ralph Tee (Groove On), Orin Cozier (Pzzazz) and me! . . . Big Al Mayfield (Guildford & Purley Cinderella’s Rockerfella’s) has been voted Mecca Leisure’s entertainer of the year, a DJ for the first time beating all the groups and singers . . . Channel 4’s Malibu World Disco Dancing UK final with its 138bpm music was won by Frankie Johnson Jr (Cardiff) doing a body building routine, runner-up the buxom Anita West (Hornchurch), their competition being jerky over-animated marionettes apart from the excellent Ray Dillon (Warley) and Everett Jervis (East London), who didn’t even make the final five despite being the only glimpse of 1983 on display — don’t Malibu realise that all the new excitement in dancing (especially in the public’s mind) is being caused by body popping and other sinuous movements done to slower funk tempos? . . Peter Stringfellow’s new Hippodrome doesn’t actually open until Friday next week (18) — oops, I knew there was an 8 in the date! NY Skyy impressed everyone at Hammersmith, while there just ain’t no stoppin’ Brass Construction once their rumbling bass/smacking drums rhythm machine gets put into gear — great! . . . Mayfair Gullivers then saw several of the guys, plus gig-visiting Ralph Randell (Birmingham Powerhouse) and Roger Tovell (Severn Sound), the latter telling me that around Gloucester The Tribe ‘Jungle Rock‘ is currently huge . . . Discomart ’83 is this Sunday (13) from noon-5.30pm at Gloucester Leisure Centre in Station Road, £1 general admission, the equipment exhibition including a high power laser and periodical demonstrations of a full sound and light show . . . Rush Release (65 Bedford Hill, London SW12) are updating their Groovemasters mailing list for electro/rap/scratch jocks — and Lydon ‘T’ at Polo Records (351 Edgware Road, London W2), still looking for funky acts to sign, is updating his lists too . . London Records promoted The Walkers by sending DJs a slip mat — yes, just the one! . . . Shannon is now top US Dance/Disco hit . . . Slick ‘Space Bass’ (US Fantasy D-218) is out again on import in a slight remix . . . Charing Cross Heaven DJ/hot hi-NRG producer Ian Levine has megamixed together an excellent ‘Twelve Inches Of Pleasure‘ LP (Proto 1) full of fast Boys Town chart stuff . . . Pinnacle’s new Red Rooster label will be releasing Koffie here . . . Liverpool Concert Street jock Gary Allan is looking for a DJ capable of non-stop high energy mixing for possible work starting January (not necessarily in Liverpool) — if you’re really good, send career details and demo tape to him at 7 Gatley Drive, Maghull, Liverpool L31 3DH . . . Bob Jones miaows that the Caister chart should have been determined by all the jocks who worked there rather than just two — ooh! (but have you ever tried to get them all to agree on a chart?!), Bob ‘Dr Jazz’ is himself back reviving the goodies every Tuesday at Chelmsford’s Countryman in Victoria Road, and this Thurs (10) at Hemel Hempstead Whip & Collar, Fri (11) at Sheffield Green Sheffield Arms near Uckfield . . . Chris Dinnis starts souling Thursdays this week (10) at Taunton Kingstons in Station Road with a PA by David Grant (faint, swoonl) . . .Chris Hill joins Kev Ashman & Tom Felton at Charing King Arthur’s Court this Friday (28), when Robbie Vincent & Tom Holland soul Dartford Flicks, and Jeff Young joins Dave Collins at Staines Jacksons . . . King Enri at Deptford Cheeks (Fri) and West Kingsdown Kings Lodge (Sat) is after guest star PAs for both venues on 01-852 3900 (shop hours) . . . Grandmaster Flash ‘The Message’ has been adapted into a current Green Cross Code road safety jingle — so how long before they get around to STAY OFF THOSE YELLOW LINES!
ARNIE’S LOVE: ‘I’m Out Of Your Life’ (Streetwave WAVEL 9)
The very soulful light voiced Arnie turns out to be Toney Lee’s brother, getting cooing support on a superb dreamily shuffling 0-104bpm 12in swaying jogger that’s already been an overnight sales sensation on import . . . possibly because side one’s fading tag is just like the start of side two’s jazzier instrumental version, making two copies pretty well essential so you can prolong the groove! Pure class.
RONNIE McNEIR & INSTANT GROOVE: ‘Just Can’t Let You Go’ (US Crossroad Entertainment Corp CR 12-2)
Bunky Shepherd’s new soul label now hits us with a fantastic pent-up jittery little 102bpm 12in shuffle, jiggle ‘n kick jogger based on the Herb Alpert ‘Rise’ riff (they mix divinely!), Ronnie and friends swapping lead vocals around bluesy harmonica, guitar and organ while whipping up an ultra-infectious storm (inst flip). It is dynamite!
CUBA GOODING: ‘Happiness Is Just Around The Bend’ (London LONX 41)
Arthur Baker powers this terrific zappily infectious 120-119-120bpm 12in revival of Cuba’s Main Ingredient oldie with a driving ‘Billie Jean’ beat and shrill supporting chix, setting up a frisky lick that’s got most dance crowds covered (119bpm dub/acappella flip). Sit still if you can! Continue reading “November 12, 1983: Arnie’s Love, Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove, Cuba Gooding, Michael Jackson, Daryl Hall & John Oates”