ODDS ‘N’ BODS
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”