November 29, 1986: Fission, Curtis Hairston, Heavy D. & The Boyz, Oliver Cheatham, M.C. Shy-D


LOOSE ENDS’ commercially released ‘Nights Of Pleasure’ appears to be a single 12 inch containing Nick Martinelli’s 103bpm mix and just Dancin’ Danny D’s 104⅔bpm Dub version (not his vocal remix, once again), plus the older 120½bpm ‘Let’s Rock’ … Dancin’ Danny Poku has in fact joined Pete Edge running Cooltempo, the black music team at Virgin now being Mervyn Anthony and Justin Lubbock … UK promo copies of ‘Mr Big Stuff’ are flipped for collectors by the rapping and chanting 96⅔bpm ‘Uptown’s Kicking It‘, credited to The Uptown Crew despite the lyrics going “my name is Heavy D — and we are The Boyz”, evidently unscheduled here and (although it sounds awfully familiar) not due yet even in the US … Les Adams has concocted a 106½-111-121¼-0bm Jaki Graham ‘Megamix’ (EMI 12JAKIX 9) out of ‘Set Me Free/The Closest One/Step Right Up’, and has done a much smoother 114¾bpm lnto The Street Mix of Sharon Dee Clarke ‘Dance Your Way Out Of The Door’ (Arista ARIST 22682), other current remixes including an emptier 0-115¼-0bpm Commodores ‘Goin’ To The Bank (Credit Card Mix)‘ (Polydor POSPA 826), Phil Harding’s 130bpm Cupid Mix of Billy Ocean ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ (Supreme Records SUPETX 110), a much chunkier 109⅔bpm New York Mix of O’chi Brown ‘Two Hearts Beating As One’ (Magnet MAGT 297R), Dancin’ Danny D’s go go-ish 100bpm Party Time mix of Octavia ‘2 The Limit’ (Cooltempo COOLR 131), and a US Warner Bros promo-only 0-108⅓bpm Victor Flores Passion Mix of Jeff Lorber ‘Facts Of Love’ (selectively mailed out by Phonogram here) … Mel & Kim’s Freehold Mix is indeed 119bpm … Cooltempo, who will be releasing it, warn that shops selling bootleg copies of the Naturals ‘Funky Rasta‘ run the risk of a visit by the BPI … Maceo & The Macks’ ancient ‘Across The Tracks‘, currently so hot its only just outside our Disco chart, is apparently being bootlegged here with the Jackson Sisters ‘I Believe In Miracles‘ as flip … Cultural Vibe has been repressed in the US with a brand new mix of ‘Dub Games’ … David Grant has left Chrysalis to sign with Polydor … Patti LaBelle duetted ‘On My Own’ at her Hammersmith shows with drummer John lngram, from the family group Ingram, and his sister Barbara Ingram was one of the three backing girls (in fact she was hardly able to walk as a lighting rig had recently fallen on her feet) … London’s WBLS returned with a strong signal, and is one of at least six black music stations now cockily running right through the week … Freddie Jackson ‘Tasty Love‘ topped US Black 45s, Cameo ‘Word Up’ and then the Communards ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ Club Play in Billboard … Bobby Nunn of the original Coasters died aged 61 from a heart attack in Los Angeles on November 5, just as elements of his group’s old style seem to be resurfacing in some of today’s rap records … Thursday (27) Redhill s old Busbys reopens as Millionaires, with Paul Fernandez of Purley Scarlets there every Friday and looking for PAs on 0268-727412 (office hours) … Robbie Vincent souls Didcot’s revamped Rio Friday (28), when Tony Blackburn joins Chris Britton at Tottenham Websters … Nick Lloyd of Swindon Pasha (Tues/Thurs) had his records stolen from his car, mainly seven inch singles, some rubber-stamped with his nickname “Funky Banana” or with “Pasha Nightclub”. He’s offering £100 reward, call Swindon Police on 0793-28111 … Randy Crawford’s totally tempoless ‘Almaz‘ is lovely for listening, but is it really a floor-filler? … Gap Band 8 —One Way 9, Hip Hop Electro 15 — Serious Beats 1, Hibernians 4 —Hamilton Academicals 0 … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM.

PATTI LaBELLE surprised many with one of the best live shows in a long time at Hammersmith Odeon two weekends ago. Looking stunning, yet very basic and human under the glitter, she kicked off her shoes, jumped up and down in gospel frenzy, lent her furs to people in the audience, and, cracking open a Heineken, said “I don’t like drinking out of a can … but I will”. Burp! The sudden appearance of Bobby Womack on stage almost stole the show, everyone spontaneously leaping to their feet, but in the end it was definitely Patti’s night. A blinder!


FISSION ‘King Of Swing’ (Streetwave UKHAN 4)
Retitled so that Radio One won’t have to advertise a brand of beer, and remade using different recordings of the Glenn Miller tunes to get around copyright problems, this amusing 97⅚-0bpm rap ‘n’ scratch by Howierd The Duck and DJ Szeps is indeed the already raved about and now widely available ‘Miller Light’ (in two vocal versions, plus beats and the 119bpm ‘Private Dicks’).

CURTIS HAIRSTON ‘Chillin’ Out (Remix)’ (Atlantic A9335T)
Already huge on import, this Timmy Regisford remixed Jocelyn Brown-tempoed catchy 98⅔bpm jiggler (dub/edit too) is here joined by his LP’s introverted jolting (0-)109½bpm ‘Hold On (For Me)’.

HEAVY D. & THE BOYZ ‘Mr Big Stuff’ (MCA Records MCAT 1106)
Hottest hip hop of the day, this Andre ‘Dr Jeckyll’ Harrell-produced jerkily jittering 98½bpm rap revolves around Jean Knight’s repeatedly scratched-in 1971 classic of the same name (inst flip). Continue reading “November 29, 1986: Fission, Curtis Hairston, Heavy D. & The Boyz, Oliver Cheatham, M.C. Shy-D”

November 22, 1986: Cameo, Luther Vandross, The Gap Band, Beastie Boys, Billy Crystal


JANET JACKSON’s weak 120bpm original 12 inch version of ‘Control’ has been replaced by an immediately attacking far harder (0-)122½-0bpm Out Of Control Video Mix (A&M AMX 359), which should turn it around now … George Benson’s dub of ‘Shiver’ is actually only on the single 12 inch version now, not on the twin-pack as had it been included that would have had too many minutes of music to qualify as a single … Radio One were threatening to ban Cameo’s ‘Candy’ as they thought the title was about drugs! … Richard Searling’s devotion to “quiet storm”-style soul instead of funky dance music has resulted in such low ratings for his Red Rose Radio soul show that he was going to be dropped by the station, until a public outcry ensured that his show will return, on Sundays, from January 2 … Stu Allan plays Original Concept and other def 1986 toons on Piccadilly Radio, sharing a Sunday 1-6am disco show with Chris Buckley and soloing later with harder upfront stuff Sunday 11pm-2am … London’s latest ballyhooed pirate WBLS lost their aerial after three days, but their signal until then had been lousy anyway … Shinehead’s 12 inch is so overpoweringly bassy that it’s being repressed to prevent blowing speakers! … Music Of Life picked up The Source featuring Candi Staton, while Club have had Wooly Reasonable &t The Yo Culture all along … Masterdon Committee ‘Funk Box Party‘ has been bootlegged in the UK with LJ Reynolds ‘Key To The World‘ and Hi-Tension ‘There’s A Reason‘ as flip … Run-DMC actually recorded ‘Hold It Now Hit It’ before the Beastie Boys were given their original Larry Smith produced track to lay vocals over, Tim Westwood being the proud owner here of an acetate! … Mario Reyes’ dialogue excerpts on the recently reviewed ‘Whatever Turns You On’ are in fact from ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’ … Belfast Soul Club meets fortnightly on Thursdays (Nov 20, Dec 4) at Belfast’s Star & Garter in Rosemary Street – turn up, or call Terry Corr on Belfast 661761 for details … Saturday (22) Graham Gold, Jerry Green, John Matthews and more soul at 3.30pm alldayer at Northolt C&L Leisure (Polish War Memorial turn off A40), while the Hills (Chris & Kev) are alive to the sound of soul at Harlow Whispers, and Robbie Vincent souls Great Yarmouth Tiffanys … lain Norman is building up a funky little scene at Needham Market’s Barking Fox Sun/Fri, Ipswich Hoofers Wed … Tristan Bolitho has left his native Cornwall for Bristol’s Studio … Dave Rawlings during his Disco Aid night at Basingstoke Martines only played paid-for requests (no Madonna all night!), and took £5 to smash Nick Berry’s single on stage — after which he was given much more money for having done so! … Faze One were set upon by a gang of 15 white youths and kicked to a pulp when they stopped for a burger in Newcastle-upon-Tyne after doing ‘The Tube’, their attackers not knowing or caring who they were, just seeing their colour … John Morales & Sergio Munzibai were DJs for the opening of New York’s new 1018 club, on the West 18th Street site of the old Roxy roller-disco … Friendly, Curtis and possibly even Bobby too look like living over here along with brother Cecil Womack, who is even setting up his own UK label … Jeff Young warns that Swing Out Sister’s follow-up, ‘Surrender‘, is serious soul boy stuff! … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…

TONY BLACKBURN takes the Radio London Soul Night Out into deepest Essex this Thursday (20), for the first time to Basildon Festival Hall, then next week (27) it’s back into the smoke at Clapton’s Dougies. Steve Walsh will also, of course, loom larger than life!


CAMEO ‘Candy’ (Club JABX 43)
Although closely battled by ‘Back And Forth’, their LP’s winning track is this familiarly lurching 110½bpm weaving web of exaggerated voices, buzzing guitar, honking sax and off-centre beats, flipped by a sparser new 108½bpm remix and the lovely soulful slow 90⅔bpm ‘Don’t Be Lonely‘.

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘Give Me The Reason’ (Epic 650216 6)
Presumably A-side again as it’s from the currently showing film ‘Ruthless People’, this reissued ambiguously jiggling 138¾bpm spurter is flipped by his similar US A-side cantering 143-0bpm ‘Stop To Love‘, both vocally soulful if dodgy for dancers – oh, and yes, also on there is ‘See Me‘, the gorgeously weaving 102bpm swayer which by far is his hottest track here! Thrown away as a flip…

THE GAP BAND ‘Big Fun’ (Total Experience FT 49780)
Rush released wonderful Stevie Wonder-ish joyfully rambling 110⅔-112¾-112-113⅔- 114½-114-112½-114¼bpm soul burbler in three main mixes here, this being the Mega Mix. Continue reading “November 22, 1986: Cameo, Luther Vandross, The Gap Band, Beastie Boys, Billy Crystal”

November 15, 1986: Duke Bootee, George Benson, Beastie Boys, Donna Allen, One Way


JEFF YOUNG’s essential Saturday lunchtime Radio London soul show ludicrously is being moved from November 29 to eight o’clock in the morning, ending at 10am, the thinking being that as it’s such an audience builder maybe it’ll get people switching to the station earlier in the day – the trouble is, its audience must mainly be made up of clubgoers, and for them its original 11.30am start was nicely timed to be their breakfast show! … Streetwave snapped up Fission for rush release in a remix using even more Glenn Miller (although remakes to get around legal problems), thus turning the original rare pressing into an instant collectors’ item … Mantronix’s new LP is evidently going to feature Glenn Miller-type swing tunes too … CBS finally saw sense, and now Oran ‘Juice’ Jones’s seven inch does indeed end with the rap that’s made it a US smash … Mel & Kim have yet another crucially timed remix, harder than scratching, this one called logically enough the Freehold Mix (Supreme SUPETZ 107), 119bpm off acetate – what next, the Planning Permission Mix? … Swing Out Sister’s 112¾bpm remix belies its subtitle A New Rockin’ Version by being actually much funkier right from the start, with an instrumental Horny Version flip, definitely the one to use now (Mercury SWING 2212) … Real Thing unknowingly pre-empted last week’s comment from DJs that a go go remix would help, with their Club Mix which strips back the vocal to expose more instrumental rhythm thus almost fitting the bill … Curtis Hairston ‘Chillin’ Out‘ is being rushed out here on Atlantic hopefully by next week … Jive appear to have the singles rights to Kool Moe Dee ‘Go See The Doctor‘, which in the current venereal climate might even be worth official support as the ideal way to get the condom message over to street kids! … Run-DMC are contributing raps to the next albums by both Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, the latter’s track being anti-crack (Jacko’s US release date of November 26 looks a bit ambitious, informed sources suggesting his LP will be too late for Christmas now) … London’s “warehouse” station WBLS 88.55FM was launched at the Limelight with, in the event, only six Technics decks and those only used normally in pairs, the event (later revealed to have been planned that way by Derek Boland) being probably the most “New York”-like in atmosphere ever in a London club, with no chat, no house, and lots of darkly dressed serious young men upstairs, the real socialising going on downstairs, all in all a good night … Gordon McLeod reports live from London every week to his mother Candy Devine’s Friday 9-11pm soul show on Belfast’s Downtown Radio … New York’s WNBC “flying eye” traffic reporter Jane Dornacker was killed when the helicopter she was actually broadcasting from crashed into the Hudson River … Melba Moore & Freddie Jackson ‘A Little Bit More‘ topped the US Black 45s in Billboard … Luther Vandross’s US newie is the fast rocky 143½bpm ‘Stop To Love‘ – oh dear, I hope we don’t have to follow suit here … Ben Findon’s “1986 Dance Mix” of ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ is a total remake, containing not one note of the original 1976 hit version, even Billy Ocean’s vocal being from out-takes never previously used, as the original now belongs to CBS — I said it was controversial! … Ben Liebrand is following his hit Tavares revival with a remix of Hot Chocolate ‘You Sexy Thing’ — yawn! … The Time have not only reformed for A&M, but also Herb Alpert has cut five tracks with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for his own new album, while the Brothers Johnson are back together again and back on the label … Thursday (13) Archie Bell & The Drells start their first UK tour for 10 years at Basildon Festival Hall … Bobby Womack joins Patti LaBelle on Saturday (15) at Hammersmith Odeon, but not the following night … Monday (17) Tim Westwood and Lyndon T start hip hopping Hammersmith Town Hall, for free on the local rates for the first two weeks … Thursday (20) Nigel Porter spins Sixties soul and R&B, at Exeter Boxes … Shake & Fingerpop scorch Soho’s Wag Wednesdays … Phil Simmons rocks the house on Fridays at Richmond-upon-Thames’ reopened Park Avenue … Streetwave’s disco plugger Andros, embarrassed by his mailing list being so out of date, wants DJs to help him update it on 01-997 9989 (instant meltdown at Ealing telephone exchange!) … Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley ‘Jack Your Body’ and the old First Choice ‘Let No Man Put Asunder‘ share the same bass line, making a terrific mix, tips Pete Tong … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…

MIKE SEFTON, in a surprise move, joins the current spate of record company musical chairs and leaves Phonogram (where he’s long been their popular disco plugger) of the end of this month to head black A&R at A&M. This is a wrench, as he’d been looking forward to taking new US Phonagram signing CINDY VALENTINE (left) on a three week PA tour of Aberdeen!


DUKE BOOTEE ‘Broadway’ (HardBack BOSS 2, via Streetwave)
The main man on ‘The Message’ now adapts Dyke & The Blazers’ 1967 classic ‘Funky Broadway’ into a similarly bleak, stark jolting 91⅔bpm go go hip hop rap ‘n’ scratch (inst/edit flip); extremely powerful if depressing.

GEORGE BENSON ‘Shiver’ (Warner Bros W8523TF)
Mellowed out and more hesitantly started, David Todd and Nick Martinelli’s 105bpm extended remix of his outstanding vintage-styled wriggly swaying backbeat jazz-funk jogger is flipped by a useful (unbilled) instrumental dub and the gentle 103/51½bpm ‘Love Is Here Tonight’, and for a “special limited edition” it’s twin-packed with older jerky 0-110¼bpm Jellybean remix of ‘20/20’ (seguing into its dub) and the craftily ‘Shiver’-compatible 105-104bpm ‘Love Will Come Again’. Good value, huh?

BEASTIE BOYS ‘It’s The New Style’ (Def Jam 650169 6)
Although somewhat overtaken by the even fresher Original Concept, this angrily Run-DMC-ish 0-98⅔-0-77bpm rap is exciting floors with its slower “whoa-oh” chant-along rabble rousing last part (dub too), flipped by two treatments of the speaker-blowing very strange backwards-run 46/92bpm ‘Paul Revere’. However, even hotter now is their LP ‘Licensed To Ill’ (US Def Jam BFC 40238), for full review next week but packed with exciting white boys’ rap and Led Zeppelin riffs, the most widely acclaimed standout, though, being their brilliant 0-96⅔bpm revival of War’s ‘Low Rider’, here called ‘Slow Ride’. Check it! Continue reading “November 15, 1986: Duke Bootee, George Benson, Beastie Boys, Donna Allen, One Way”

November 8, 1986: Curtis Hairston, James (D-Train) Williams, Loose Ends, Tella & Collins, Cultural Vibe


NUMBER 85 was a pathetic national chart entry for Disco Aid ‘Give Give Give’, but this week should hopefully see a big improvement — it does rather undermine “the purchasing power of disco DJs”, though … London have picked up Younger Generation ‘We Rap More Mellow‘ for a remix that’ll add a much needed break … TC Curtis ‘Slave Of Love’ is now selling fast in its new go go-ish (0-) 101½bpm Go For Broke Mix (Hot Melt 14TC007) … Gwen Guthrie’s follow-up will indeed be ‘Outside In The Rain’, maybe by February! … Yasuko Agawa and other of the label’s current product should be credited to Bluebird Records alone, without 10 Records now … Eon Irving (Chelsea) points out that the rapidly UK-issued Vesta Williams ‘Vesta’ (A&M AMA 5118) LP’s standout 86½bpm song ‘You Make Me Want To (Love Again)‘ was also the standout 0-86-0bpm song ‘You Make Me Wanna Love Again‘ on the recent Con Funk Shun LP (whoops, but I found the latter album otherwise so average that I didn’t keep it!) … Gap Band have a dynamite soulfully building newie that so far has been scarce on import (check the chart in case it was about by the weekend) … London’s WBLS 88.5FM launches at the Limelight this Thursday (6) with no fewer than 10 Technics decks being scratched at once, and DJs including Tim Westwood, Jay Strongman, Derek Boland, Gaz, Jazzy B … Saturday (8) Paul Hardcastle sits in instead of Dave Gregory on Essex Radio’s soul show, and Radio Rushy Siding’s Noel St. John marries lovely Kim …Roger Tovell’s Friday 6pm Severn Sound soul show has been reduced by the 7pm arrival of Mike Allen’s syndicated hip hop hour, so now instead Roger’s including more imports and newies in the final 6-7pm part of his normal weekday drivetime slot … Mike Allen is in fact playing Kool Moe Dee ‘Go See The Doctor‘ on radio but with the dodgy bits edited in backwards! …Crossover Records are releasing Kool Moe Dee, and Calvin, while Serious Records are launching a new hip hop compilation LP series called ‘Serious Beats‘, each of the single LP sides’ four tracks also being megamixed … DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince’s ‘Girls’ follow up, ‘Just One Of Those Days‘ (US Word-Up), is a surprisingly dull disappointment … DJs are suggesting the Real Thing need a real go go remix to happen properly … Trouble Funk’s Live-In-London LP ‘Say What!’ (4th + B’way DCLP 101) is being twin-packed with their current UK 12 inch, but not Chad Jackson’s Razor Mix version – Chad, incidentally, has also done a similar Cut-Up Mix for the same label’s Run-DMC oldie ‘King Of Rock’ … Jon Davis, second-placed 1986 UK Disco Mixing champ, is rightly peeved that his `Jungle Book’ mix has been copied and claimed as his own by UK winner Chad Jackson — as Jon says, some originate and others imitate! … James (D-Train) Williams’ ‘Misunderstanding’ is the first US Columbia 12 inch I can think of that’s at 45rpm, instead of the more convenient for mixing 33⅓rpm … The Time look like reforming for a new album next year, including Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Monte Moir, Jesse Johnson, while they’re currently to be seen backing Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ video! … Mike Shaft joins Radio Sheffield’s soulful Holcott Foster at Huddersfield’s Video-Tech on Tuesdays, when DJs Dr Jam & Ian & Manfred solidly funk Bristol’s Silks, and Gary Crowley & Vaughn ‘Mix Butcher’ Toulouse mix Fun House Samba Funk with Tom Jones, Connie Francis and Frank Sinatra at Soho’s Wag Club … Thursday evenings Dave Pinney plays our Disco chart’s hottest hits at South Ockendon’s Prince Of Wales … Adrian Dunbar (0202-296253 day/685333 night) is looking for a Bournemouth/Southampton area venue for a weekly warehouse-type gig in which to feature funk/house/rap — any offers? … Lynton Elcocks (0793-827199), funking Swindon Pasha Fridays, wants other gigs within 40 miles … Franklin Sinclair (Manchester Richfields) reports his top request two weekends ago was far and away for Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, but he couldn’t play it as strangely the CBS-distributed US smash had still not reached local disco stores … Streetwave’s DJ mailing list doesn’t seem very up to date, judging from the undelivered “gone away” record packages returned by the Post Office not to the label but to rm, thanks to the enclosed exhortations for charts to be sent to our address! … Vince Lawrence’s claim to be Virgo may not in fact be as great as Marshall Jefferson’s! … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…

JEFF YOUNG, snapped here enjoying a joke with Chris Hill at Barry Island, joins serious soulster Bob Jones as headlining jocks at Sudbury Gainsborough Club’s latest 2pm-2am soul alldayer this Saturday (8).


CURTIS HAIRSTON ‘Chillin’ Out’ (US Atlantic 0-86759)
Easily hottest import of the past fortnight, this Timmy Regisford remixed jauntily jiggling 98½bpm soul roller is classy and catchy with a creamy piano and sax break, the title line acknowledging today’s hip hop culture although the go go-ish beat is more in the Jocelyn Brown bag (dub/inst/edit too), a sure smash.

JAMES (D-TRAIN) WILLIAMS ‘Misunderstanding’ (US Columbia 44-05967)
Smoothly though insistently worried by D-Train’s newly personalised singer, this Francois Kevorkian/Ron St. Germain/Hubert Eaves III-remixed album smash jiggles to an almost go go-ish chunkily swinging happy 102⅚bpm beat with jazzily breaking piano and Full Force-style bounce (inst/dub flip), real good!

LOOSE ENDS ‘Nights Of Pleasure’ (Virgin VSD 919-12)
Another white-labelled twin-pack containing different mixes, all of which hopefully will be commercially available this time, unlike the ‘Slow Down’ cock-up. Nick Martinelli’s is a typically ticking clear cool 103bpm swayer, while Dancin’ Danny D’s 105½bpm Remix and Dub are more mushily shuffling, a fast wriggly 120½bpm Steve Nichol & Macca remix of ‘Let’s Rock‘ completing the pack. Continue reading “November 8, 1986: Curtis Hairston, James (D-Train) Williams, Loose Ends, Tella & Collins, Cultural Vibe”

November 1, 1986: Hindsight, Fission, Cleavage, Original Concept, Yasuko Agawa


NAUGHTY NEWSAGENTS in some places apparently separated the free introductory issue of JOCKS from the copy of rm it should have been inside, and sold it at an estimated price – this was not right, and we’re sorry about it, but it has certainly alerted the newsagent chains to the new magazine’s existence quite spectacularly! … London’s airwaves seem crowded with black music stations again, many not just at the weekends, currently heard being TKO 90.7, LWR 92.05, KISS-fm 93.95, Starpoint 94.4, Time Radio 103.8, JBC 104.85 (the last two largely reggae), soon to be joined by WBLS 88.5FM dedicated to ‘harder’ sounds … Mike Allen is syndicating an encapsulated hour-long version of his popular Capital Radio hip hop shows to various ILR stations including (Saturday evening) Radio Forth, Pennine Radio, Signal Radio, Hereward Radio, Southern Sound and (Friday) Severn Sound, this ‘National Fresh’ version still featuring Chuck Chill’s Big Apple report and all the rest that’s def ‘n’ fresh in 1986’s truest teenage music … Tony Prince returns to Radio Luxembourg 208MW from this Saturday with a weekly 7- 8pm show featuring Disco Mix Club megamixes … Les Adams and Paul DaKeyne have created two sides each of an 86-track double album for Stylus Records which megamixes ’86 For 86′, the jocks being filmed for its TV merchandising campaign … Serious Records’ latest hot trax-filled ‘Upfront 3‘ compilation has serious competition in a similar double LP format from Champion’s brand new ‘Ultimate Trax‘ (CHAMP 103), not quite so upfront maybe but usefully including the (by chance?) just revived Kinkina ‘Jungle Fever‘ and a Battle Of The DJs in which DJ Cheese and Chad Jackson each have one whole side on which to mix the same records … Cheese incidentally was videoed grooving on the floor at Streetwave’s hip hop gig at the Limelight last week, where Hardrock Soul Movement’s new DJ Streets Ahead really impressed with his one beat cutting … Peckham La Plaza’s bouncers had a barney with some kids they’d offended, one of whom ended up by blasting a bouncer in the gut with a shotgun – not funny … Sunday afternoon (2) the Midlands’ disco exhibition Discoscene ’86 at Birmingham Kitts Green’s Mackadown (details 021-707 1925) … Phil Dinnis (01-670 2455) urgently needs a black music-mixing personality DJ for a top club in Malta … Jon Williams is leaving Malaco Dance to loin Ian Dewhirst at Fourth & Broadway, from which Tim Rudling is moving to EMI, while Dancin’ Danny Poku is at Virgin … Timex Social Club’s rather pop-ish LP has been largely remixed for UK release by Phil Harding and Dancin’ Danny D … Cooltempo is becoming a label in the USA, too, picking up black indie product for wider distribution there just as here … Duke Bootee borrowing from 1966’s ‘Funky Broadway’ and ‘Fusion Beats Vol 2‘ including 1969’s ‘Let A Woman Be A Woman – Let A Man Be A Man‘, these originals and other ancient funkers are still available on the late Dyke & The Blazers’ ‘So Sharp’ LP (Kent 004) … Streetwave’s latest label Hardback has picked up Duke Bootee … Bluebird appear to have licensed the Davis/Pinckney Project to Polydor here, rather late … Full Force have been producing Steven Danté, and – they say, in credible style – Samantha Fox! … Anita Baker’s US success with ‘Sweet Love’ has prompted its reissue here with a couple of live BBC recordings added to the flip … Gregory Abbott topped US Black 45s, Cameo Black LPs, Human League both 12 Inch Sales and Club Play in Billboard … Surface’s earlier incarnation, created by the same guys who are now the group, was then fronted by a girl … Georgie Fame’s 12 inch pressing (as opposed to my review acetate) is 102⅚/205⅔bpm … Thursday (30) Pete Tong & Co ‘Raid’ the Wag, Friday (31) Steve Walsh joins Danny Smith funking Gt Yarmouth Scruples … Saturday (1) the world goes out to a disco to support Disco Aid: all the participating clubs will have special attractions and, even if they are making a small supplementary charge, are the ones that deserve your custom that night … Monday (3) Stoke’s Trevor M starts a new black music night at Nottingham Easy Street, and Tony Worrell PAs at Simon Goffe and Streetlife Unlimited’s London Oxford Street Oxfords night … Tuesday (4) Tony Blackburn gets burned on a bonfire by Steve Walsh and Dave French at Bexleyheath Crook Log’s Drayman … Mad Marx spins salsa/samba/be-bop Saturday lunchtimes at Southend-on-Sea Scruples … Nellie ‘Mixmaster’ Rochefort has produced an updated remake of Diana Ross’s ‘Love Hangover’ by Tracy Ackerman, due on Debut imminently … Raze ‘Jack The Groove’ owes a debt to the Disco Dub Band ‘For The Love Of Money‘ … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…

NICKY HOLLOWAY has one of his famous ‘Doos’ this Saturday (1), not a Doo At The Zoo this time, but a Doo At The Dome, at Thorpe Park amusement park near the M3/M25 interchange. With him will be Pete Tong, Chris Hill, Chris Brown, Johnnie Walker, Gilles Peterson, Chris Bangs and Martin Collins, funking and jazzing the house. How much will they raise for Disco Aid?


HINDSIGHT ‘Small Change (Spare A Dime Mix)’ (Circa Records YRT1, via Virgin)
Ashley Newton’s label debuts with ex-Central Liners Henri Defoe and Camelle Hinds’ coolly throbbing 112¼bpm tuneful classy rap-cum-song (inst/dub too), its African Aid message subtly influencing the undertow rather than the whole sound. Although widely promoed, it’s not fully out for nearly a fortnight.

FISSION ‘Miller Light’ (Spacematic Records XING 111, via PRT)
Tottenham jocks Howierd The Duck and DJ Szeps have created the best homegrown hip hop yet, brilliantly scratching Glenn Miller tunes behind an hilariously worded rap, in two 95bpm mixes, a British ‘Bang Zoom’ destined to be large! The speedier flip’s 117¼bpm ‘Private Dicks’ is clever, too, but nothing like so fresh.

CLEAVAGE ‘Barah’ (US Studio Records STU-1011)
That’s the correct spelling for an excellent leanly bounding 118⅓-0bpm not-overly-house instrumental (in three mixes) borrowing heavily from 1973’s ‘Bra‘ by Cymande (which was a London based Afro-fusion band always bigger in the US). This sounds like a classic which could have come out any time in the last 10 years, a sure floor filler.

ORIGINAL CONCEPT ‘Pump That Bass/Live (Get A Little Stupid … HO!)’ (US Def Jam 44-05961)
Exploding two weekends ago when first only on seven inch, this is the exciting hip hop culmination of the Beastie Boys ‘It’s The New Style’ crossed with Run-DMC s rock guitar and ultra def 0-104-0bpm beats – in fact, a B-side track to the 84⅔bpm ‘Bite’n My Stylee‘, which combines reggae, Cheech ‘n’ Chong, and the ‘White Lines’ bass line (inst too). The freshest! Continue reading “November 1, 1986: Hindsight, Fission, Cleavage, Original Concept, Yasuko Agawa”

October 25, 1986: “Jesse Saunders has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate ‘house’ classics in Chicago. You may be amazed!”


STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY ‘Jack Your Body’ has had to be abandoned, temporarily anyway, by London Records in the face of pressure from RCA, who thanks to the Chicago scene’s contractual untidiness reckon they also have a legitimate claim to it through their deal with J.M. Silk … Disco Aid’s benefiting charities are not only Band Aid, getting 25 per cent of the money raised, but also (with equal 15 per cent shares) Children In Need, Help The Aged, Schizophrenia A National Emergency (SANE), the Gloria Miles Cancer Research Foundation, and – except at the last minute they’ve ungraciously said they don’t accept anything less than 50 per cent — the Variety Club of Great Britain … Trouble Funk ‘Still Smokin’’ has appeared in a ‘Razor Mix Live‘ by Chad Jackson which includes bits of ‘Drop The Bomb’, ‘It’s In The Mix’ and ‘Say What?’ … Serious Records’ upcoming ‘Upfront 3‘ compilation includes current hot hits by Loose Ends, Hanson & Davies (for the first time here), Mel & Kim, DJ Hollywood, Tourist, One Way, Marshall Jefferson, TC Curtis, Calvin, Affinity, Robbie B & Jazzy J, UTFO, Ultra Magnetic MC’s … StreetSounds’ forthcoming album of classic soul weekender ‘Anthems‘ looks like being continuously segued, not such a good idea for DJs who might want to do their own mixes … Chico DeBarge on UK 12 inch turns out to be 0-114¾-0bpm, with 0-114½bpm LP Version flip … Womack & Womack like England so much that they and their large family will be dividing their time living in the countryside both here and in Virginia, Bobby Womack joining them for a London concert in January, while all the Womack brothers are recording a new album once again as the Valentinos … Danny Poku has stopped plugging for Hot Licks to concentrate on his Dancin’ Danny D remixing career … Elite Records have closed their disco promotion department, doubtless undermining their improved chart profile won by hard working Nikki Tovell, who’s thus job-hunting on 01-452 8829 (if Tommy doesn’t tempt her first!) … Steve O’Donnell is starting a DJ mailing list at Rise Records, 45 Crawford Street, London W1 … Wicked Pulse are running a ‘Post Holocaust Jam’ mystery tour warehouse party next Saturday (1) somewhere in Buckinghamshire not a million miles from Milton Keynes, for £9 including the video-equipped coach ride from London and Birmingham (details 01-701 7156) … Hank Ballard & The Midnighters may be doing a London date in December – they originated ‘The Twist’ – so no doubt Jay Strongman will be there in the front row? … I do think it’s a pity that, apart from Chris Hill’s self-interested efforts in plugging Georgie Fame, none of the Barry Island DJs collaborated to make any new record into THE hit of the weekend, for all to look back on in years to come as ex-Caister-ites can on such as McFadden & Whitehead, One Way, and so many more … Radio One’s inconsistency seems strange, banning ZZ Top ‘Velcro Fly’ because of its now surely generic brand name but playing Kurtis Blow ‘I’m Chillin’’ with its repeated use of the Transformers’ advertising jingle … Radio London’s Soul Night Out is at Watford’s Paradise Lost this Thursday (23) Bob James starts a new soul session Friday (24) at West Mailing s Greenways … Dartford Flicks has dropped soul on Fridays, but Saturdays stay much as before with Colin Hudd (whose twin Dennis does the other more “disco” nights!) … Gullivers remains open in Mayfair right through the New Year until it moves without a break into new West End premises … Glen Eggleton at Greenford Barbarellas on Wednesday plays the same hard funk, house and Sixties soul as he does at Camden Town Warehouse on Saturdays … Ian B Loveday and Colin Faver funk the house Thursdays at Charing Cross Heaven … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…

JESSE SAUNDERS, the co-creator with Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, proved to be the sensation of Barry Island with his excellent short live mixing sets. Together with VINCE LAWRENCE — maybe better known as VIRGO — he has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate “house” classics in Chicago. You may be amazed! All are varying degrees of old, and many were originally big here in the Blackpool Mecca late Seventies era, while others are Hi-NRG classics:

First Choice ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ (Salsoul),
Hamilton Bohannon ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ (Mercury),
Isaac Hayes ‘I Can’t Turn Around’ (ABC LP ‘Chocolate Chip’),
Thelma Houston ‘I’m Here Again’ (Gordy),
MFSB ‘Love Is The Message’ (TSOP),
Chi-Lites My First Mistake’ (Mercury),
Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music’ (Atlantic),
Skatt Brothers ‘Walk The Night’ (Casablanca),
Black Ivory ‘Mainline’ (Brunswick LP),
Loleatta Holloway ‘Hit And Run’ and ‘Love Sensation’ (Salsoul),
Originals ‘Down To Love Town’ (Motown),
ESG ‘Moody’ (99),
South Shore Commission ‘Free Man’ (Wand),
Double Exposure ‘My Love Is Free’ (Salsoul),
‘D’ Train ‘You’re The One’ (Prelude),
Trussel ‘Love Injection’ (Elektra),
James Brown ‘Body Heat’ (Polydor).

The upcoming Fresh ‘What’s That’ will be a copy of ‘Body Heat’, while ‘Moody’ was the inspiration for Chip E ‘Like This’. Try to catch Jesse’s mixing at various record shops this weekend, the man is def!


DISCO AID ‘Give, Give, Give’ (Total Control Records 12 GIVE 1)
Produced by Paul Hardcastle and written in catchy enough Cool Notes style by Steve Macintosh for a fairly simple singalong by over 60 assembled disco artistes and radio DJs (listed on the sleeve), with solos by such as Jean Carne, Kenny G and Edwin Starr, this jaunty little 112⅔bpm loper is the record created specially for next Saturday, November 1’s charity Disco Aid night — the hope being that every disco will play it every hour on the hour to synchronise a nationwide delving into pockets (all royalties also, of course, go to Disco Aid). The song really grows on one, and hopefully will be considered essential enough for every DJ to buy (no freebies), because its other effect will be to show by its entry position in the national chart just how powerful – or otherwise – the DJ market really is.

CARLTON SMITH ‘Excite Me’ (CityBeat CBE 1208)
Despite adding a Smith here this is just plain Carlton’s original import hit, a really nagging melodically juddering and tinkling (0-)110⅚bpm electro wriggler with nervily tense cool singing (Dub Mix flip), very effective.

ONE WAY ‘Don’t Think About It’ (MCA Records MCAT 1097)
Eumir Deodato-produced SOS Band-ish coolly tapping 104⅙bpm swayer with soulful vocals weaving through the chunkily clopping simple rhythm pattern to create subtle tension (in three mixes), classy stuff. Continue reading “October 25, 1986: “Jesse Saunders has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate ‘house’ classics in Chicago. You may be amazed!””

October 18, 1986: Raze, Georgie Fame, Commodores, Chico DeBarge, Sybil


THE FIRST issue is out this week of rm’s sister magazine, the new monthly for DJs, JOCKS – so check the advertisement for details, should you not have received a copy. Supplementing rather than replacing these BPM pages, it’s designed as a complement to rm and carries totally different charts, including many interestingly detailed breakdowns by area and music type, plus a much wider range of news and opinion than there is room for here … Tony Blackburn is now playing Oran ‘Juice’ Jones ‘The Rain’, but only the seven inch version which ludicrously leaves out the vital talking finish, the whole point of the record and the controversial cause of its US success – are CBS mad? … Ian Dewhirst splits from Serious Records next month to take over running Fourth & Broadway … Phil Fearon’s next cover version revival is of the Showstoppers’ 1967 classic ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But A House Party’, due imminently (how long before he gets around to the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose?) … Shep Pettibone has not necessarily improved Lionel Richie ‘Love Will Conquer All’ with his stolidly plodding (0-)99¼bpm extended remix (Motown LIOT 2R) … Anita Ward ‘Ring My Bell’ has had a new drum track added on reissued import (US Sunnyview Classics SUN 3309) … Bob Dylan is the surprise guest rapper on the droning 98bpm ‘Street Rock‘ on the new Kurtis Blow ‘Kingdom Blow’ LP (US Mercury 830 215-1 M-1); full review next week … Morgan ‘Southpaw’ Khan is making his favourite group available for a fantastic bargain, putting all 12 tracks of Blue Magic’s ‘Greatest Hits’ LP on one £3.99 12-inch (Streetwave XKHAN 508)! … Jessica Martin is the amazing impressionist featured as the Monty MC’s on ‘Holiday Rap With A Capital C‘ … Barbara Roy topped US Club Play, Stacey Q returned atop 12 Inch Sales in Billboard … Disco breakers here last week, with really quite strong support yet possibly still struggling outside the Top 100 (currently tough to get into), included Lionel Richie, Tamiko Jones, George Duke, Billie, Was (Not Was) remix, Schoolly-D, Billy Griffin, Company B, Robbie B & Jazzy J, Dazz Band, Steinski, The Naturals, Lady Peachena and The Movement … Rick Davis (01-669 8082, evenings) is looking for weekend PAs at Uxbridge Regals … Tuesday (21) Hardrock Soul Movement and Faze One are live at London’s Limelight … JACK THE HOUSE!


LIVE WIRE’s soul weekender in South Wales at Barry Island was at the most compactly laid out holiday camp yet, beautifully sited (especially for sizzling Saturday), overlooking a sandy beach with one of Britain’s better fun fairs for free right next door. Working conditions were the best the DJs had ever encountered, but for some the actual accommodation was a bit primitive, and there were complaints from serious funksters of an ’18-30′ element in this, the biggest weekender crowd to date. Fatback played three hugely popular shows, the highlight of the event, though, being Georgie Fame’s Saturday lunchtime gig, which got him right back to 1986’s equivalent of his original 1963 audience. As anticipated, ‘Samba‘ got played a bit! The other surprise sensation was Jesse Saunders cutting up a storm at the decks, extending and remixing Chicago’s house hits ‘live’, and in fact house was so predominant that the “der rump dump dum dum dump dum” rhythm seemed at times to be running through everything! Lots of oldies, jazz and – note this – rap was played, but current stuff that stood out included Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Raze, Hercules, The Force, TC Curtis, James Brown ‘Goliath’, One Way, James (D-Train) Williams ‘Misunderstanding’, Company B, Sybil, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, Lady Peachena, Kurtis Blow, Al Jarreau ‘Tell Me What I Gotta Do (Remix)’, while two big oldies were Younger Generation ‘We Rap More Mellow‘ and Kinkina ‘Jungle Fever‘. Alexander O’Neal ‘What’s Missing’ tore the roof off – the hit that CBS totally bungled! For the finale each DJ ‘sang’ a line from Side Effect ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling‘, and Chris Hill did one of his inimitable swinging raps to Boogaloo Joe Jones ‘Six Thirty Blues‘. A good one, and as if to prove it, already 2,000 applications have been received for the next one, again at Barry, which for the first time will be well into the season and spread over four days, the May 22-25 Bank Holiday weekend!


RAZE ‘Jack The Groove’ (Champion CHAMP 12-23)
Cramming floors across the country, this Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley-style rhythm chattering 118⅔bpm jack track in fact was produced by Vaughan Mason in New Jersey, despite sounding pure Chicago!

GEORGIE FAME ‘Samba (Toda Menina Baiana Mix)’ (Ensign ENYX 605)
Created specifically for the Barry Island weekender, this Stock/Aitken/ Waterman-produced fast flying 102⅔/205⅓bpm samba is, as the title suggests, a purpose-built translation by Georgie himself of Gilberto Gil’s ‘Toda Menina Baiana’, the 12-inch starting in the original Portuguese while the B-side’s edit starts straight into English. Irresistibly infectious, it really bubbles and leaps along.

COMMODORES ‘Goin’ To The Bank’ (Polydor POSPX 826)
Enthusiastically leaping 116bpm chanter with some amusing double-entendre dialogue between a female bank teller and the group’s English-accented J D Nicholas about making an “early withdrawal” (dub/edit too, plus the also 116bpm slightly ‘All Night Long (All Night)’-ish snappy ‘Serious Love‘). Continue reading “October 18, 1986: Raze, Georgie Fame, Commodores, Chico DeBarge, Sybil”

October 11, 1986: Nocera, Sweet D, Princess, Cyndi Phillips, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones


GWEN GUTHRIE’s unidentified singing partner on ‘Save Your Love For Me‘ turns out to be Fred Owen, a friend who also appears as the “rent” payer in her video – meanwhile, a US remix of ‘Outside In The Rain’ could prove scarce here as imports apparently are banned to give ‘Close To You’ a clear field … US Cable TV’s Disney Channel on November 18 is showing an hour long ‘The Making Of Disney’s “Captain EO”‘, which in ‘Thriller’ style may possibly end up as a commercial video — though whether much of the complete 17 minute, Michael Jackson starring, George Lucas produced, Francis Ford Coppola directed $20,000.000 ‘Captain EO’ fantasy extravaganza will be included is doubtful, as the whole purpose of its making was that it should remain an exclusive attraction only to be seen by visitors at Disneyworld (Michael’s two featured songs, ‘We Are Here To Change The World’ and ‘Another Part Of Me’, seem unlikely to be on his new LP, due hopefully by Christmas) … Michael’s siblings continue to spread themselves around on different labels, Marlon Jackson signing solo to Capitol (and Cheryl Lynn would appear to be on Manhattan now) … Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk’s vocal remix of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ actually slipped out here in limited quantities a few weeks ago, so quietly that not even the lads at London knew! … Danny Poku’s 105¾bpm messy Dancing Danny D and better Hip Hop N’ Go Go remixes of Timex Social Club have finally appeared (Cooltempo COOLR 133), flipped by the Shep Pettibone and original US mixes, while similarly Nick Martinelli’s mix of Loose Ends now flips a neat Herbie Laidly-medleyed 101⅔…120½-0bpm ‘Mastermind Turntable Mix‘ of familiar Ends material (Virgin VS 884-13) … Loose Ends ‘Stay A Little While, Child‘ stiffed here but is snorting up the US Black chart, which Cameo topped (their album is now out here, Club JABH 19) although Oran ‘Juice’ Jones remained biggest seller in Billboard … US radio really seems to be waking up to the fact that lots of white people prefer listening to black “urban” stations, the hottest format now fast becoming an Urban Top 40 hybrid, while the soft soul-jazz “Quiet Storm” format continues to attract older listeners of all colours too … Brian Chin, my counterpart in Billboard, is over here for a couple of weeks to take in both this weekend’s massively sold-out Barry Island and next weekend’s Caister soul weekenders (remember to take an FM radio!) … Incredible Mr Freeze will be at Barry … Meli’sa Morgan was produced by Terry Lewis (of Jam And Lewis) some time before signing with Capitol, the record never being released – will it be now? … Radio London jazz jock Gilles Peterson has been busy again, compiling ‘Blue Bop‘ (Blue Note BNSLP 2) made up of very early Sixties’ jazz including the much sought Don Wilkerson ‘Dem Tambourines‘ … Damon de Cruz, having split from Serious Records, is now helping put Rhythm King and Flame Records product into the right shops … Baad Records actually continues independently, having left Cherry Red, now being run by ‘Evil Eddie’ Richards and Steve Rumney (on the Wicked Pulse hotline 01-701 7156), looking for “street” material to release or record — Eddie, incidentally, pioneered the technique two years ago of electronically sampling and sequencing with a computer other records’ rhythms for use in his live club mixes, but became so discouraged by lack of industry interest that he no longer bothers lugging the gear to his gigs (like Camden Palace Fri/Sat) … Arista picked up Sharon Dee Clarke, following all the radio plays by Tony Blackburn and Greg Edwards, which has made Nellie ‘Mixmaster’ Rochefort a little richer! … I just knew the Kartoon Krew’s hip hopping ‘Batman‘ theme was a hot one, and sure enough It hit John Sach’s listeners-voted Hitline on Capital Radio last week (luckily after my enthusiasm had prompted Champion to schedule it here!) … Marie Birch is extending her DJ mailing list at Sound Promotions, Suite 6, Graham Court, Eastcote Lane, Middlesex UB5 4HT … Bluebird Records last Saturday opened its new shop doors at 378 Edgware Road, with hot chicken wings and such guests as (inevitably!) Juliet Roberts, Loose Ends, Phil Fearon … Steve Walsh walks through a brick wall looking large and shouts “Listen!” in the current Streetsounds TV commercial! … Private Possession featuring Hunter Hayes’ ‘This Time‘, originally on US Mega Bolt some months back (first pressings confusingly credited Les Lee), has turned up again on US Fourth & B’way – and in fact, there currently seem to be more repressed oldies than newies on import, for some reason … Gary Hickson (Blackburn Kaleidoscope) reports a mega revival of 1982’s Spencer Jones ‘How High (Garage Mix)’ … Viktor Lazio turns out to be the name of the female singer! … Raze really has penetrated remarkably deep across the country while still only on import … Jan Allen-Willmot (Hampden Park Gullivers/Eastbourne Shimmers) reports the new lyrics currently sung at his gigs to ‘Jack Your Body’ are unprintable!… JACK THE HOUSE!


NOCERA ‘Summertime, Summertime’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 54)
Late for the season even on import and now more aptly retitled ‘Indian Summertime’, surely, this Mantronik-mixed juvenile girl’s jerkily skittering wriggly 116¼bpm jolter has proved to be as nagging as originally predicted, her sometimes almost painful voice fighting through the beats (in three mixes).

SWEET D ‘Thank Ya’ (US Trax Records TX 119)
Clapping out a happy fast offbeat between bursts of simply chorded catchy melody, this jumpy little 120⅔-119¼-0bpm “house” instrumental is showing signs that it has what it takes to be one of the biggies, even if it did make its initial showing in the Eurobeat chart! The flip’s 123bpm ‘Turn It‘ usefully borrows the ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ riff (0-122¼bpm ‘Do Do It‘, 0-57/114bpm ‘Dig I Da-Dig I Da‘ too).

PRINCESS ‘In The Heat Of A Passionate Moment’ (Supreme Records SUPET 109)
Although still quite Hi-NRG, this breezily bounding 117⅔bpm galloper has been solidified a bit for The Final Frontier Mix and totally restructured much dubbier Garage Mix alternative ‘A’ side. Catchy candyfloss. Continue reading “October 11, 1986: Nocera, Sweet D, Princess, Cyndi Phillips, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones”

October 4, 1986: Gwen Guthrie, One Way, Wally Jump Junior, J.M. Silk, Q-Pid featuring Nikki Q


BRUCE FORSYTH was the most famous person spotted at Wembley digging Al Jarreau, whose musical director on keyboards was Neil Larsen: it wasn’t as exciting a show as two years ago (when of course, it was being videoed and recorded) … George Benson’s follow-up is ‘Shiver‘, so reason has prevailed … Omni Records have signed Rose Royce, produced by Nick Martinelli and Arthur Baker for their initial LP … Music Of Life are now reissuing Sylvia Striplin ‘Give Me Your Love‘, and have drastically remixed LaToya Jackson for commercial release … Was (Not Was) ‘Robot Girl’ is already about as a remix, the more basically percussive 111⅔-0bpm Paris Mix flipped by the violent 0-111⅓bpm East Grinstead mix cutting in “gimme a beat” … Ronnie Laws and Stanley Clarke have classy import albums mainly for home listening, likely “sleepers”, and George Duke’s is now out here (Elektra 960 480-1) … Bluebird Records this week have a big record sale prior to moving their Paddington Green shop around the corner into much larger Edgware Road premises — will they include a hairdressing salon there? … Ian Levine has now produced Darryl Pandy in a duet with Hazell Dean on the old Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing’ (the song is Coca Cola’s current US Jingle), at around 116bpm for EMI … Sylvester – the Darryl Pandy of the Seventies? – has signed to Warner Bros and evidently will be in funkier style than before … CBS snapped up Ricky Dillard ‘You Can’t Hide‘ produced by Chicago Warehouse mainman DJ Frankie Knuckles … Sunday (5) Essex Radio soul presenters Tony Monson and Disco John Leech cruise the Thames from Bermondsey’s Cherry Garden Pier aboard the good ship Mayflower Garden between 2-6pm, advance booking being advisable on 01-599 1471 … Danny Smith and guest DJs soul Great Yarmouth’s Scruples (ex-Aquarius) on Fridays 3 and 24 … Lynton Elcocks funks Pashas Thur/Fri, saying it’s open later than any other club around Swindon … Pete Haigh now souls Sundays at Blackpool’s Lips … Peter C. Helyer’s funk nights are Thurs at Bristol Studio and Mon at Newport (Gwent) Rockerfellas, which he pops Wed/Fri/Sat too … London’s KISS-fm airplay is forcing the reissue of Bunny Wailer’s ‘Back To School‘ from 1982 … Chris Nat (“Luge & Legal”) has temporarily left Radio TKO … Hereward Radio’s Thurs/Sat soul presenter Steve Allen, also hosting upfront Sunday evenings at Peterborough’s Manhattan Bar, confirms that Gil Silverbird’s title was originally printed, pre-Meli’sa Morgan. as ‘Fool’s Paradise’ … SEDA members meet this Sunday (5) in Wrotham’s Royal Oak at 7.30pm … DJ Pinney (South Ockendon) says that ‘Le Freak’ isn’t requested anything like as much as Chic’s ‘Good Times’ – which never was 12 inched here at the right tempo, being speeded up for the UK, so a reissue could even now be really useful … Kevin Kane (Exmouth Samanthas) reckons the way things are going ‘The March Of The Mods’ must be next for reissue! … JOCKS, if it’s to run the much requested charts like Alternative and Hip Hop, can’t do so unless we get enough returns from the relevant DJs, so send ’em in pronto … JACK THE HOUSE!

JAY STRONGMAN (above), renowned warehouse DJ and occasional rm contributor, is running Mute Records’ new “collectable funk” label subsidiary Flame Records, a replacement for the short lived Baad logo. The debut release from Memphis is the enthusiastic-sounding ROBERT & TOM SANDERS ‘Doing Bad’ (Flame Records MELT 1T), a squidgily chugging 117bpm funk rap flipped by the slightly go go-ish 114¼bpm ‘Jamming In The Big “M” Town’, both with more atmosphere than they’d have had if recorded in New York, although stylistically up to the minute.


GWEN GUTHRIE ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’ (Boiling Point POSPX 822)
Selling in upfront shops already, although not strictly out until next week, Larry Levan’s tougher 96⅔bpm remix of Bacharach & David’s all-time classic Carpenters song now kicks straight in with the mellow beat, and is obviously a crossover smash. Her ‘Good To Go Lover’ LP (Boiling Point POLD 5201) provides the slow 53-0bpm ‘You Touched My Life‘, joined as flip by the bonus of a previously unheard lovely sultry 96⅔/48⅓bpm ‘Save Your Love For Me‘ duet with an uncredited classily soulful chap. Who he?

ONE WAY ‘Don’t Think About It’ (US MCA Records MCA-23659)
Produced by Eumir Deodato in Jam & Lewis style, this coolly tapping 104⅙bpm swayer becomes totally mesmerising as soulful vocals weave through the tension building repetitive simple rhythm, creating hidden depths the longer you let it wash over you (on five versions). Continue reading “October 4, 1986: Gwen Guthrie, One Way, Wally Jump Junior, J.M. Silk, Q-Pid featuring Nikki Q”

September 27, 1986: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Lionel Richie, Freddie Jackson, 80’s Ladies, Kurtis Blow


LES ADAMS has done a quick remix of Cameo ‘Word Up’, due in shops now, and incidentally tips that a vari-speed synch out of Raze into Michael McDonald (SILAS mix) goes on and on and on on! … John Morales, giving up his London flat to do even his UK remixes back in New York, has done a harder Five Star ‘Can’t Wait Another Minute’ for the US black chart, while the M&M mix of Colonel Abrams’ ‘Over And Over’ never came out (now ‘Speculation’ has appeared in a Regisford & Jarvis remix on import) … Loose Ends’ commercial 12 inch twin-pack only features the Nick Martinelli remix and dub version of ‘Slow Down’, the group’s own ‘Slow-Jam’, plus Dancin’ Danny D & Godwin Logie’s old Westside mix of ‘Gonna Make You Mine’ — leaving the latter team’s widely considered superior ‘Slowdown’ remix only on the promo pressing, unless of course it’s due for creative marketing! … Carroll Thompson’s commercial 12 inch has had the lovers’ rock ‘Tonight’ altered into a new 93bpm Daybreak Mix, but still lacks the Townhouse Mix of ‘Strangest Love Affair’ … Mel & Kim (a delightful duo to meet!) have inevitably been remixed as a more dubwise 119¾bpm Mortgage Mix, Jak To Jak ‘Take It Easy’ has finally reappeared (on promo only so far) in a much tighter more subdued 114bpm Mastermix, and Rosaline Joyce’s remix will include a snatch of ‘Cloud Nine’ … Bluebird/10 picked up Davis/Pinckney Project … Ian Levine is starting his own Nightmare label through PRT next month, not specifically for hi-NRG, debuting with ‘Animal Magnetism‘ by Darryl Pandy (who’s also heavily featured on the Anti-Smack Project all-star single’s acappella flip) … Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk has tried to distance himself from house music’s origins by recording something along the lines of “I’m Not Gay I’m A Man”, which has got his fellow Chicagoans in an uproar … Jesse Saunders will be spinning Chicago house tracks next month around London’s record shops, at Tower and Virgin on Friday 17, Rayner’s Lane Saturday 18 (a bit of advance news there!) … Central London readers may be in time for Jay Strongman, Julian ‘Cool’ Palmer & Simon Witter’s P’funk party this Wednesday (24) at the Limelight … JOCKS magazine is already looking for letters and feedback from DJs about relevant disco topics, so send your scribblings to editor Philip Chapman (at the same address as rm) … Madonna’s original 115⅔bpm ‘Holiday’ has made a timely, if surely unnecessary, reappearance as flip to the Shep Pettibone remixed pleasantly Sixties-ish (0-)120¼bpm ‘True Blue’ (Sire W8550T), and while still in a pop frame of thought, the 118½bpm Tracy Spencer ‘Run To Me‘ (CBS TA 7007) and 130½bpm Stacey Q ‘Two Of Hearts‘ (Atlantic A9381T) seem to be expanding on their initial hi-NRG appeal … Ralph Tee has been dredging through Motown’s vaults as well, to compile some of their less obvious but soulful album tracks from the last 14 years into a various artists ‘Motown Trackin’‘ (WL 72518), plus he’s also compiled a double LP of Jean Carne ‘Legendary Tracks‘ (StreetSounds MUSID 7) … Hermione Ross, doing radio promotion at Jive, wants to hear from “weekend radio” DJs on 01-459 8899 … British Telecom’s “ring up and spend a fortune listening to records on the telephone” Livewire service has now gone fully national, the Dave Pearce hosted RM Dance Line being on 0898-121318 – the launch party was a bit spectacular, up in the revolving old restaurant on top of the Post Office Tower! … Mantronik is in London with T La Rock, laying down rhythm tracks, and they were surprise ‘live’ guests at Radio London’s Soul Night Out – which began its new irregular season with such other guests as Gwen Guthrie, Timex Social Club, Paul Hardcastle, Mel & Kim, TC Curtis … Chris Forbes sounds fine … ‘Ebony’ this Friday on BBC2 interviews Nellie ‘Mixmaster’ Rush about house music and features footage shot with Dave Pearce in New York (for some reason) last week … Graeme Park’s chart from Nottingham’s Garage (Tues/Fri/Sat) and Leicester Fan Club (Wed) is broadcast every Monday between 7-10pm on Radio Trent’s 12 inch show … New York’s new WQHT ‘Hot 103’ seems to be concentrating on hi-NRG, playing no rap, slowies or ballads … Jellybean Benitez is ‘musical director’ of New York’s latest club 4D, just opened at the old Visage site … Oran ‘Juice’ Jones as predicted topped US Black 45s, Anita Baker Black LPs and Janet Jackson ‘When I Think Of You’ Club Play in Billboard … Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore and James Brown were due to have appeared this Tuesday at a $300-a-head anti-“crack” fundraiser in New York’s swank Plaza Hotel … James Brown has co-written his autobiography ‘The Godfather Of Soul’ for US publication by Macmillan in November … Lillo Thomas is returning to the limelight, after a bad car crash in Brazil, co-produced and mixed by M&M … Dave Malone, still pulling 300+ soul fans on Fridays at the Gainsborough Club, has just lost his other long standing Sudbury night on Thursdays at the Queens Arms due to a change of landlords, and would welcome a replacement gig within 60 miles on 0787-72355 … Mark Clark (Wokingham Mark One Records) wonders whether Ivor Biggun will remake ‘Jack Off’! … JACK THE HOUSE!

PAUL OAKENFOLD has left Rush Release promotions to handle A&R and promotion for Champion Records, who have just picked up for UK release Raze and Sybil. This doesn’t mean he’s given up dee-jaying; he still funks Croydon Scarletts on Thursdays, Streatham Project at Zigi’s on Fridays and guests around on Saturdays. The little hip hopper!


STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY ‘Jack Your Body’ (London LONX 117)
Massive for months on import right across the country, this is well established as the other really big house hit, comprising four sparse “jack trax” which electronically repeat the title line (or the name Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley), to bounding lean beats on the 122bpm Club Your Body and Jack Your Body – Home Made, 121¾bpm Dub Your Body, 125¼bpm Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley mixes. Confused? This looks like the Harleqiun Four’s of 1986 and it’s out while it’s still hot!

LIONEL RICHIE ‘Love Will Conquer All’ (Motown LIOT 2)
Possibly having learnt that Lionel still needs black support to score a real hit, Motown rapidly follow his rock foray with the new album’s cream soul cut, a gorgeous mellow undulating (0-)98bpm swayer dripping with lazy appeal (old 0-64½bpm ‘The Only One’ flip).

FREDDIE JACKSON ‘Tasty Love’ (US Capitol V-15254)
‘Rock Me Tonight’ revisited in typically yearning tender 80bpm tasty stylee (edit too), with his last album’s swaying 105⅓bpm ‘I Wanna Say I Love You‘ as flip. Already, it’s due here next week (Capitol 12CL 428). Continue reading “September 27, 1986: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Lionel Richie, Freddie Jackson, 80’s Ladies, Kurtis Blow”