October 4, 1975: The Joneses, George Benson, Black Rock, Roxy Music, T. Rex Disco Party

New Spins

JONESES: ‘Sugar Pie Guy’ (Mercury 6167223) (Billboard chart debut 10/26/74)
Remixed and re-issued, this goodie by the guys with the amazing “spudadoo spudadoo” bass man now has a disco flip that features an instrumental build-up to the “spudadoo”s and a long wukkawuk passage, broken into by some gruff joviality and repartee with a chick. If it worked before you’d better play it some more!

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Supership’ (CTI CT SP 002) (Billboard chart debut 5/17/75)
1975’s jumping bumpy rhythm re-write of ‘Sea Cruise’ (ship’s hooter and all) shows off George more on vocals than guitar, and should be a disco smash with ship’s bells on. Already breaking out as an import, it’s gotta be good.

BLACK ROCK: ‘New York City Bump’ (Seville SEV 1011) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/17/75, Billboard chart debut 9/20/75)
SONNY – the Sound Of New New York strikes again as Sonny Casella follows Jeanne Burton and Dooley Silverspoon with his most ambitious production yet. On the special effects B-side the entire chix-led Temptations-type relaxed bumper is backed by a montage of New York City street sounds as it takes us on a bus ride uptown . . . like ‘Living For The City’ gone mad! Heard in stereo it’s a mind-messer of awesome proportions. 

ROXY MUSIC: ‘Love Is The Drug’ (Island WIP 6248)
Bryan and the boys go soul with a bass-dominated thumping rhythm and a powerful revving intro. Unfortunately, this early promise doesn’t really develop, and while still useful, the whole side ain’t as good as it could’ve been.

T. REX DISCO PARTY: ‘Dreamy Lady’ / ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ / ‘Dock Of The Bay’ (EMI MARC 11)
Van McCoy meets the Bopping Elf on the dusty road of hits, but it’s ill met by moonlight. In fact, apart from the bad fade, the A-side newie will be OK once it’s a hit, while the B-side oldies do feature Gloria Jones fairly extensively.

LLOYD PARKS: ‘Mafia’ (Cactus CT 75)
Already big in reggae circles, Lloyd’s soulfully sung lazy thudder is even better than the flipside version (dub) – which, coming from a confirmed dub fan, is praise indeed.

ALLEN TOUSSAINT: ‘Soul Sister’ (Reprise K 14200)
Slinky undulating slowie from 1972, this should be good, especially in black clubs.

DAVID COURTNEY: ‘My Mind’ (EMI 2349)
Good beat on a pop-rock stomper.

DUKE & THE DRIVERS: ‘What You Got’ (ABC 4079)

PLAYTHINGS: ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ (Pye DDS 2007)
Biddu’s 1973 girlie-group crib of ‘I Can’t Help Myself’.

NOSMO KING: ‘All The Good Guys’ (Pye 7N 45528)
Great Fats Domino-style slow rocker. Amazingly authentic.

Import Picks

TRAMMPS: ‘Hooked For Life’ / ‘I’m Alright’ (Atlantic 45-3286) (Billboard chart debut 8/16/75)
Tom Moulton mixed the Baker-Harris-Young team’s latest smooth Philly thumper, which for oldies and doo-wop fans will be overshadowed by the terrific gospelly flip. Dig the burbling bass!

PROPHECY: ‘Betcha Can’t Guess My Sign’ (Mainstream MRL 5569)
Craziness – a funky chunky slinker duetted by gruff bloke and Alvin Chipmunk! I presume that the chipmunk voices are the Chubukus of ‘Witch Doctor Bump’ fame. Straight instrumental flip.

CALVIN ARNOLD: ‘Satisfy My Woman’ (IX Chains NCS 7009)
Author of the Prophecy single. Calvin’s mellow swayer will please all old fans of the Winstons, as it’s highly reminiscent of their great ‘Color Him Father’.

J. R. BAILEY: ‘The Entertainer (If They Could Only See Me Now)’ (Midland Int’l MB 10305)
Whatever next – an R&B version of Scott Joplin’s theme from ‘The Sting’! With a long chorus intro to put you off, J. R. suddenly launches song as that familiar melody finally makes its funked-up appearance. Interesting, and I like it.

BLACK SATIN: ‘Everybody Stand Up And Clap Your Hands (For The Entertainer)’ (Buddah BDA477-N) (Billboard chart debut 8/9/75)
Nothing to do with Scott Joplin, this is the new guise for Fred Parris and the Five Satins, who do some nicely soulful vocal group work over a modern ambiguous rhythm. Do you remember (‘In The Still Of The Night’)?

UK Disco Top 20 – October 4, 1975

01 02 5000 Volts – I’m On Fire – Philips
02 01 KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It) – Jay Boy
03 15 David Essex – Hold Me Close – CBS
04 03 Fatback Band – Yum Yum (Gimme Some) – Polydor
05 07 Leo Sayer – Moonlighting – Chrysalis
06 04 Al Matthews – Fool – CBS
07 08 People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna – Philadelphia Int’l
08 16 Natalie Cole – This Will Be – Capitol
09 10 Jimmy Bo Horne – Gimme Some – RCA
10 14 Banzaii – Chinese Kung Fu – Contempo
11 09 Carl Malcolm – Fatty Bum Bum – UK
12 NE Drifters – There Goes My First Love – Bell
13 06 Rod Stewart – Sailing – Warner Bros.
14 18 B.T. Express – Give It What You Got – EMI
15 NE Tavares – It Only Takes A Minute – Capitol
16 RE Jasper Carrott – Magic Roundabout – DJM
17 11 Disco Tex – Boogie Flap – Chelsea
18 NE Crown Heights Affair – Dreaming A Dream – Polydor
19 NE Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry – Island
20 NE Dee Clark – Ride A Wild Horse – Chelsea
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/25/75, Billboard chart debut 12/6/75)
#2 (mentioned in Billboard column 7/26/75, Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#4 (Billboard chart debut 7/12/75)
#7 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/14/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
#8 (Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 7/12/75)
#10 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/28/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
#14 (mentioned in Billboard column 7/12/75, Billboard chart debut 8/2/75)
#15 (Billboard chart debut 7/26/75)
#17 (mentioned in Billboard column 4/19/75)
#18 (mentioned in Billboard column 5/31/75, Billboard chart debut 6/7/75)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

SILVER CONVENTION: ‘Fly Robin Fly’ / ‘I Like It’ (Magnet) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/19/75, Billboard chart debut 8/2/75)
KAY-GEES: ‘Hustle Wit Every Muscle’ (Gang – US import)
DIVERSIONS: ‘Fattie Bum-Bum’ (Gull)
DOOLEY SILVERSPOON: ‘As Long As You Know (Who You Are)’ (Seville)
BIMBO JET: ‘La Balanga’ (EMI)
EDDIE DRENNON: ‘Let’s Do The Latin Hustle’ (Friends & Co. – US import) (Billboard chart debut 9/20/75)
EXCITERS: ‘Reaching For The Best’ (20th Century)
TRAMMPS: ‘Hold Back The Night’ (Buddah) (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
R. B. FREEMAN: ‘I’m Shaft’ (Avco)
HEAVY METAL KIDS: ‘Ain’t Nothing But A Houseparty’ (Atlantic)
SPEEDY KEEN: ‘Bad Boys Cold Hand Warm Gun’ (Island)
FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY: ‘To Each His Own’ (RCA) (Billboard chart debut 7/19/75)
ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Fight The Power’ (Epic) (Billboard chart debut 6/14/75)
BILL HOWARD: ‘King Of The Cops’ (Penny Farthing)
GORDON LANGFORD: ‘Yellow Submarine’ (RCA)
HELLO: ‘New York Groove’ (Bell)
TOMMY HUNT: ‘Crackin’ Up’ (Spark)
WILLIE HENDERSON: ‘Dance Master’ (Contempo)
ERUPTION: ‘Let Me Take You Back In Time’ (RCA)

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