ODDS ‘N’ BODS
SHOWSTOPPER PROMOTIONS 10th “Golden” Caister weekender will for the first time be over four days instead of three, Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 October, with live acts as well as the usual mafia roster: £30 + VAT ticket details from Sho-Pro at the Royalty Nitespot, Winchmore Hill Road, Southgate, London N14 (book early!) . . . Brighton’s Bank Holiday mafia beach party, in other respects “terrific” I’m told, was marred by the knife-wielding activities of a sniffing black youth in a red hat . . . Gallup next year take over from BMRB the compilation of the record industry’s main chart, using a computer link-up with returning shops to produce a Top 100 combining 7in and 12in sales, and an LP chart including cassette sales (plus break downs for industry use only) — now maybe well see what’s really popular! — Patrice Rushen on her weekend visit could have been singing “My kind of town, London is!” — her album is actually out-selling most of the disco singles there . . . Tania Maria, the Latin-jazz lady and not Teena Marie, appears in London at the Tottenham Court Road YMCA on Monday 14 June — tickets from promoter Paul Murphy at Exmouth Market’s Fusions . . . Rick James has an album due imminently and a 7in already about . . . Gwen Guthrie’s import LP has been banned until UK release by its British publishers . . . John Handy ‘Hard Work’ appears to be due again on MCA 12in . . . John Sachs Green Street Club in Mayfair is now re-named ‘Backstage’ . . . London Organisation of DJs is compiling a London DJ Index and invites all types of jocks to send for free inclusion their details of experience, equipment, past history (brief) and a photo if possible, to LODJ’s Ralph Maloney, 42 Clydesdale, Enfield, EN3 4RJ . . . Dave Daniels (Hammersmith Royal Oak), now you know! . . . Jenni Nicholson, ex-CBS disco gal, has popped up in Wiltshire as marketing & promotion manager for the emergent TW Records label, which as yet lacks any disco acts but Jenni is keen for some hot tips (and she doesn’t mean herbal roll-up stubs!), so contact her at TW, Unit 4, Lysander Road, Bowerhill, Melksham, Wilts (0225-707799) . . . Alan Coulthard enthuses that jocking for Mick Jagger’s press conference / reception at Soho’s Le Beat Route was the most exciting experience of his life so far . . . Glasgow’s Gordon Lyle, a regular chart contributor, has been shot dead in Miami where he was currently working . . . Neil Fincham and Colin Cordrey have switched clubs in Edinburgh to join with Paul Fabian in funking Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sundays at the Royal Mile’s totally new Mad Hatter’s Speakeasy (not to be confused with the neighbouring pop-orientated Mad Hatter’s), leaving Edinburgh’s Uptown to Cramond Perry — who reports after a recent jaunt that the number one in Paris, France, is Mel Brooks ‘It’s Good To Be The King’ . . . Mark Clark, temporarily standing in at Rotterdam’s Charleston ’79, says the Dutch for wig is “cap” — can you imagine Steve Walsh advertising Svenson’s Dutch Caps?! — anyway, Mark adds that the club has a beat meter installed between decks, is on Disconet’s subscription list, and has at number one Eloise Whitaker ‘Don’t Turn Your Back On Love‘ (US Destiny 12in) . . . Brother To Brother now jazz-funk Chevaliers at Stanmore’s swank Limes Country Club in Warren Lane every Thurs / Fri / Saturday, leaving Friday nights at Watford’s Gemmas/New Caprice in the Odeon Film Centre to Chris Green & Tony Simmons . . . Robert, Neil & Derek at South Harrow Bogarts Tuesday futura nights have revived The Champs ‘Limbo Rock‘ . . . Paul Major (Gt Yarmouth Brunswick) is going bananas trying to get Jesse Green’s ‘Nice And Slow’ remix . . . Nick Ratcliffe (Winkfield) says the manager of Thatcham Silks saw the list of Nick’s venues on this page and then that he wanted a mid-week residency, so gave him Wednesday nights on the strength of the fact that if he’s that busy he must be worth the money! . . . Ian Shaw has quit weekends at Ronnie Scott’s, started Wednesdays at Battersea Queens in Wandsworth Road, still jazzes Mondays at Tooting Night Moves with Paul Murphy, and has been re-approached by Richmond Castle’s management . . . Sammy DeHavilland (Halesowen Liberty’s) says — or should that be miaous? — that if military call-up comes back, Birmingham’s DJs will be alright as most are too old to enrol! . . . Phonogram have an excellent Walkman wearer aimed ‘Dura-Dance‘ cassette (TAPE 1) with full-length versions of lots of strong funk material . . . Linda Taylor’s LP is shrink-wrapped in the US import style . . . Madhatters are selling a T-shirt with the (chronologically suspect) logo, ‘Copitall Radio Jazz Festival (1979 Burnt Out, 1980 Washed Out, 1981 Bottled Out, 1982 ?)’ . . . John Douglas (Colchester Embassy / Windmill / Andromeda) mixes Mystic Merlin ‘Mr Magician’ and Jackie McClean ‘Dr Jackyl & Mr Funk’ (RCA 12in) . . . Peech Boys, to judge from our chart returns, busted out of the North-West and now spreads south — could it be that Froggy broke it at the Wigan Pier alldayer? . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) — WHAT bottle of scotch? . . . Rod Melvin pianist at Soho’s L’Escargot brasserie (your disco columnist’s favourite eaterie) suddenly interpolates amongst the usual cocktail material his treatments of such unlikely oldies as ‘The Loco-Motion’ and ‘Running Bear’! . . . I must say, if you walk into a cinema at 11.30pm you don’t expect to get out at 3am – consequently my set at Gullivers last Saturday was somewhat shorter than usual, just one record (‘Do I Do’), after seeing ‘Reds’! . . . Ashford & Simpson and the extremely affable Ray Parker Jr were recent visitors at Gully’s, where Graham Gold came up with a perfect way of cutting down on boring requests — he’s been charging a quid for them towards Michael Aspel’s leukaemia appeal . . . Liberty / Capitol are currently hot, aren’t they? while in general there’s an amazing amount of strong stuff about — but, whatever happened to Patrick Boothe? . . . Morgan, I warned you . . . FLY THE FLAG!
PAUL ‘TUBBS’ WILLIAMS has rejoined Nat Augustin and Gee Bello in the current slimline version of Light Of The World, whose Nigel Martinez-produced ‘Check Us Out’ is on 12in now. Bassist Tubs was one of the LOTW originators, before Nat and Gee joined, and split to form Incognito at the same time as Beggar & Co splintered away.
STEVIE WONDER: ‘Do I Do’ (LP ‘Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium 1’ Motown TMSP 6012).
The killer of killers from just three new tracks on his double-packed hits of the 70s/80s (all the stuff you’d expect), due for 12in and the best he’s done for years, this dynamite 113bpm slab of Stevie at his most infectiously danceable is a marathon ever changing groove (good out of George Benson) with, as he proudly announces, Dizzy Gillespie on horn and a countdown cold finish that’s useful before Maze. The wait was worth it!
TOUCHDOWN: ‘Ease Your Mind (US Remix)’ (Excaliber EXCL 519).
Record Shack’s rambling Brit-funk burbler tightened up immeasurably by Arthur Baker and Cosmo Wyatt to produce a terrific 124-125-126-125bpm 12in remix with nagging sax, tinkling vibes, cool chanting and stark bass break, plus an alternative 126-127-128-127bpm ‘Ritmo Suave‘ B-side version with Spanish lyrics by Joe Bataan. Unlike the US pressing, it’s only a two-tracker.
ABC: ‘The Look Of Love’ (Neutron NTX 103).
Simply sensational jerkily clopping 0-121bpm pop smash of epic grandeur in four versions on 12in (Part 3 could be most “disco”) combining a great song and much imagination — I especially love the final “hip hip hooray, yippee yippee yi ay.” Continue reading “May 15, 1982: Stevie Wonder, Touchdown, ABC, Gap Band, Kandidate”