ODDS ‘N’ BODS
SOME COMBINATION of Steve Arrington, Roy Ayers and The SOS Band seems likely to be on a picnic at Knebworth in August — sounds like a showstopper, huh? . . . Paul Hardcastle ’19 — The Final Story’ disappointingly ended up with the same B-side as its predecessors . . . Aurra’s follow-up ‘Happy Feeling‘ in a fortnight will be flipped by a remix of ‘Like I Like It’ . . . Magnum Force have extended and remixed last year’s B-side as their new import single ‘Get Up And Get In The Mix‘ (US Paula Records) . . . Redds & The Boys ‘Put Your Right Hand In The Air‘ has been remixed for 12in by Mastermind (whose ‘Turntable Mix‘ of Little Benny snuck out so quietly as the original’s flip rather too late to be effective that I never even knew about it) . . . Les Adams has done a Steve Arrington medley of five tracks from the current album which does seem likely for release in some limited form . . . Julian Guffogg & John Rushford got fed up with doing mobiles around Ashford, Kent, and instead invested in a Teac recorder and digital delay to help with their home produced megamixes which they hope might end up on vinyl one day: best when cuttin’ it to the max, their synched segues aren’t always so hot although they’ve an ear for flow . . . Essex Radio 95.3/96.4FM, as hinted, this weekend unveils its much expanded ‘Essex Soul Parade’ (with special rates for new advertisers — call 0702-335707 Mon/Tues afternoons), Dave Gregory now running 6-9pm Mon-Fri but the big news is Saturday, which starting this week lines up 5-9am Adrian Seek, 9-noon Dave Gregory, 6-9pm Disco John Leech, 9pm-1am Tony Monson (including the exclusive first airing of his Street Sales Chart) . . . Solar & Horizon both came off air last Thursday to avoid unwelcome attention from you know who, although LWR bravely soldiered on (this was written too early to know if they got busted), while West London’s JBC 96.95FM (Jamaican Broadcasting Co) seems to have been expanding from its initial weekend shows . . . Disco Gary Van Den Bussche is the nearest London’s soul radio gets to the US “quiet storm” format, on Solar 102.45FM early hours Thursday, so much slicker than his rivals at that time of night . . . Nik Love souls Saturday 12-3pm, and with Jasper Wednesday 12-3am, on South-East London’s general purpose Skyline Radio 90.2FM — the trouble is, with so many 24 hour soul stations to choose between, who wants to check their watch and calendar? . . . Friday’s ‘6.20 Soul Train’ will feature Five Star, Ashford & Simpson, DeBarge, James Brown, Freda Payne and — in an astounding compromise — Style Council: the programme is forced to compromise all the time due to restrictions about the use of videos, visitors work permits and the like, none of which have so negative an effect on Top Of The Pops to which Paul Weller seemingly has a permanent passport, but this is taking their search for available acts into an area that many will feel abuses the whole point of the show — which surely is to expose those acts who don’t automatically get onto white dominated pop TV? . . . Millie Jackson has done a duet with Elton John, so they’ll be on Soul Train next week . . . Bill Cosby’s current TV family sit-com appears to have inspired the teaming of equally veteran black comedian Flip Wilson with none other than Gladys Knight in a similarly cosy, middle-aged, middle class, parents with kids sit-com ‘Charlie & Company’, due on US screens in the fall (sorry, make that autumn!) — in fact, Disco Mix Club trippers to New York in September should be just in time for its first showing . . . Tears For Fears topped US 12in Sales, Shannon ‘Do You Wanna Get Away‘ Club Play, while Whitney Houston ‘You Give Good Love‘ (her Kashif -produced slowie) is top Black hit — and Pete Tong, just back from the Big Apple, warns radio jocks here to try it as its “the business” — Pete is also raving about New York City’s brand new club The Palladium, on 14th & Broadway, which makes spectacular use of massive moving banks of TV screens and features DJs Jellybean, Larry Levan, Mark Kamins on various weekly nights . . . South Harrow Bogarts on the other hand unveiled their £300,000 refit with one of the great cliches of our time, ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ introducing a Hippodrome-styled ambitious lightshow which’ll be even better when the music accompaniment is more tightly edited (not very Young & Strong!), while DJ Chris Paul kept getting hung up by the loop in the back of his French designer shirt! . . . Beckenham McCormacks re-opens this weekend as the refurbished Harriot’s, now with funky Sat as well as jolly Sun hosted by LWR DJ Rick Robinson . . . Colin Hudd revives 1977 at Dartford Flicks Friday (31), when Steve Walsh & Paul Owens funk a County Sound special at Aldershot Civic Hall’s Prince’s Hall . . . Fatman Graham Canter (a bit thinner actually) and Chris Britton funk Tottenham’s (ex-Eltons) Websters Thur/Fri/Sun . . . John Dean is building funky Tuesdays at Hastings Flamingo’s with its own free funk force membership and free admission also for Caister passport/gold card holders . . . Sacha Vitorovich presents The Cake at London Bond Street’s Embassy Club this and every Wednesday with live bands, fashions, and unusual DJ Spinner D . . . David Johnson funks Wealdstone Boomers Thur/Sat . . . Franklin Sinclair adds funky-ish Friday at Manchester’s Playpen . . . Paul Needham, now Wed-Sat at Derby Knotted Snake, crams in over 2,000 just between 8.30-10.30pm Fri/Sat and says “come early!” . . . Keith Anthony is rammed out with really knowledgeable soulsters, weekends at Bermondsey Tanners . . . Ian Robertson reckons Scandals finally brings Dalkeith bang up to date . . . Mark Rymann, recently at Tokyo Joe’s, now does Soho’s Studio Valbonne . . . I finally looked in on funky Fresh at Mayfair’s Legends, the hip black boite to be seen at on Thursdays, more steamy than fresh actually and seemingly stuffed with the Gullivers crowd . . . Steve Jason celebrates a year of Soul On Sunday next week (9) at Peterborough Canters and would welcome extra PAs on 0733-262125 . . . Russ + Cass III is a black + white double act MC-ing out front with Russ’s wife mixing behind, and although they’re off to Denmark mid-June for two months they’re building up a regular Portsmouth-Penzance circuit by starting on a busy weekend night before returning a fortnight later to fill quieter mid-week slots (bookings 0202-38135/766872) . . . Greg Lynn, remembered as a disco plugger, has resurfaced managing the Manifesto disco duo of German Lisa and Belgian Pascal . . . Morgan Khan is WHAT?!! . . . Tricky Dicky points out that many gay clubs now play as much soul as Hi-NRG (in other words they reflect the national pop chart) . . . Adrian Parkin (Huddersfield Dorothy’s at the Adega) finds JoAnna Gardner ‘Special Feelings‘ follows to the last passionate groan Marvin Gaye ‘You Sure Love To Ball‘ . . . Eon Irving (now Sat as well as Mon at Chelsea Mainsqueeze) says Richie Weeks ‘Forbidden Fruit‘ was made to mix with ’19’, and revives Rene & Angela ‘Secret Rendezvous‘ — however, their old ‘Do You Really Love Me‘ is hotter for Big Phil Etgart (South Harrow) . . . Steve Phillips (Bristol Prince Rupert) revives Edwin Starr ‘War’ out of ’19’ . . . 16 year old Brian Sneddon wants to be a soul jock when he leaves school, but stuck out in the Radio One wasteland at 29 Kincardine Road, Carronshore, Falkirk FK2 89C in Scotland, he’d appreciate hearing better placed DJs’ mixes, etc . . . A Taste Of Honey so far is selling strongest in Scotland, where they always did like fast disco, and not much at all in London . . . Graham Murray of the Cleveland Area DJ Assn should perhaps wonder why it is that in his North-Eastern area the sales of soul records are the lowest (nearly non-existent) out of the whole country, then stop criticizing the places where people do buy them . . . Freddie Jackson turns out also to have been latter day lead singer with Mystic Merlin (after their ‘Just Can’t Give You Up’ era) . . . Marvin Gaye’s future album of standards seems likely to be credited between both CBS and Motown (although the former will distribute in the USA) to settle any conflict over which label had him signed at the time of recording . . . Levert and their label Tempre have been signed for US distribution by Arista, so doubtless won’t now appear here . . . Greyhound are distributing Firefly ‘Stay’ in the UK at domestic prices . . . Shawn Brown is confirmed as the unlisted artiste on ‘Rappin’ Duke‘, the “da ha da ha, da ha ha ha-ha ha” John Wayne impersonation that’s still creating huge listener reaction for those few hip jocks like Jeff Young: similarly, the Beverly Hills Version-credited ‘Axel F’/’Like Eddie Did’ cover and rap are now listed as by Det Reirruc/Club’s Rappers (try spelling that first name backwards!) . . . Roxanne’s saga is continued by Crush Groove ‘Yo My Little Sister‘ (US Singh), Ricardo & Chocolate Boogie ‘Do It Ricardo‘ (US Singh), Zeele ‘No More Roxanne‘ (US Treasure), Dr Rocx & Co ‘Do The Roxanne‘ (US Slice) . . . LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!
MARVIN GAYE’S long awaited album ‘Dream Of A Lifetime’, due here imminently, actually arrived first from Holland (Dutch CBS 26239). The sexual lyrics of some of its patched up and posthumously completed songs were probably ad-libbed by Marvin either for his own amusement or as a rough vocal guide, but now they’re all that’s available as raw material. Most danceable are the funkily twining and grinding 90¼bpm ‘Ain’t It Funny (How Things Turn Around)‘ and odd English-accented kinkily disciplinarian 113½-0bpm ‘Masochistic Beauty‘, slowies being the lushly typical 78½-0bpm ‘Symphony’ and 24¼/48½-0bpm ‘It’s Madness’, weaving muttered 78½-0bpm ‘Savage In the Sack’, disjointed suite-like ‘Life’s Opera’, dead slow 0-48bpm sweet title track — plus of course there’s his 116½bpm ‘Sanctified Lady’ single, minus bleeps!
CHERYL LYNN: ‘Fidelity’ (US Columbia 44-05220)
Back again prod/penned by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, she teasingly starts by saying “no, no, do it the way we used to!” before re-hitting that ‘Encore’ groove which kept London’s black club floors full for all of last year. Yup, it’s another sparsely tapping tortuous 108(intro)-108¼-108½-108¾bpm hot tempo weaver full of subtle rhythm tricks, with a (0-)108¼-108¾bpm ‘High Fidelity’ dub mix flip. Encore!
GLORIA D. BROWN: ‘The More They Knock The More I Love You’ (10 Records TEN 52-12)
One of those dead simple and oh so right soul dancers that first hearing tells you will obviously be huge, like (without sounding that similar) another Jocelyn Brown or Jenny Burton, a steadily tapping 109½bpm chugger full of class (inst flip).
RENE & ANGELA: ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’ (Club JABX 14)
The synth wielding duo’s remorselessly nagging ever building electronically jiggled (0-)111½-111¾-111½-111¾bpm wriggler is started and climaxed by Kurtis Blow’s staccato rap, rather as if Chaka had done ‘Plane Love’ with Melle Mel’s help (inst/edit flip). Continue reading “June 1, 1985: Cheryl Lynn, Gloria D. Brown, Rene & Angela, Advance, Touch Of Class”