November 22, 1975: Chris Hill, Undisputed Truth, Leon Haywood, David Bowie, Fatback Band

New Spins

CHRIS HILL: ‘Renta Santa’ (Philips 6006491)
With a stroke of manic genius, the Canvey Island DJ has done a Dickie Goodman, cutting snippets out of hits by such Phonogram stars as the Stylistics, Moments, Alex Harvey, Ray Stevens, 10cc and 5000 Volts, and inserting them as the humorous answers to questions he asks of such as George Best, Edward Heath and tax exile Rod Bleep (the bleep is to prevent law suits, as the funniest part of the record concerns the mysterious rock star, Rod).  Being British, this is far more topical than the unavailable US hits by Dickie Goodman, and it should be the novelty smash of the season.  Oh yes, at the end he yells “oy, you bust me record” – and the “record – record – record” keeps repeating as it makes up the run-out groove!

UNDISPUTED TRUTH: ‘Higher Than High’ / ‘Spaced Out’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1014) (Billboard chart debut 10/25/75)

Strong intro impact and lotsa frantic freakiness on the A-side, but I prefer the slower flip, the incredibly sexy opening of which is totally toe-curling and useable on its own.

LEON HAYWOOD: ‘I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You’ (20th Century BTC 2228)
Edited from the even sexier LP cut, this slinky groin-grinder is like Barry White without the gruffness, and it features a moaning lady to help blood pressures boil! 

DAVID BOWIE: ‘Golden Years’ (RCA 2640) (Billboard chart debut 1/17/76)
Bowie stays with his modern soul sound on a subdued funky rhythm bouncer which should go well with Roxy Music.

FATBACK BAND: ‘(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop’ (Polydor 2066637) (mentioned in Billboard column 11/15/75, Billboard chart debut 11/22/75)
Already Capitol Radio’s People’s Choice, this bass-heavy lurching thumper is full of funk and has a nice catchy “don’t stop, don’t stop” hook towards the end.

CRISPY & CO: ‘Get It Together’ (Creole CR 114)
The guys who copied Sonny Casella’s production of ‘Brasil’ now have a funky dancer that’s all their own.  In keeping with Creole’s other current single, they even mention the word “twist”, although it’s otherwise Fatback Band / People’s Choice in sound!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘A Party Is A Groovy Thing’ (Philadelphia Intl. PIR 3815) (Billboard chart debut 11/30/74)
Functional funk with dated “party, party” chanting.  The raspingly-sung bluesy slow flip is a terrific soulful smoocher, like a ballsy Billy Paul.

LOCKS LEE: ‘What Can I Do’ (Atra 27)
Perennially popular with the West Indians, Donnie Elbert’s high-pitched 1957 hit here gets yet another – but decidedly superior – reggae reading that’s vocally similar to the original.  The Dreader Version on the flip even starts with a bit of ‘Cherry Pie’!

RONNIE WALKER: ‘Magic’s In The Air’ (Polydor 2066578)
Stylistics-style thumper with freaky synthetics, arr/cond/co-penned/prod by Vinnie Montana of MFSB, so it’s got the authentic Philly sound.

ZIPS: ‘Bye Bye Love’ (Rak 236)
Just what the world needs – an ‘Oh Boy / Don’t Be Cruel’ slowing-up of the Everlys’ oldie.

JACKIE MOORE: ‘Make Me Feel Like A Woman’ (RCA 2612)
Earthy intimacy sold with mucho soul.

GEORGE BAKER SELECTION: ‘Morning Sky’ (Warner Bros. K 16636)
‘White Dove Of Athens’?  Probably too similar to click.

ROY ETZEL: ‘Last Dance’ (Live Wire SON 4001)
Jolly German MOR instrumental.

BERRY STREET STATION: ‘Chocolate Sugar’ / ‘All I Want Is You’ (Crystal CR 7024)
Nicely dated organ funk, and soulful slow Sam & Dave-ish flip.

Old big band brass riff given reggae rhythm and a trendy title.

UK Disco Top 20 – November 22, 1975

01 01 Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug – Island
02 02 George McCrae – I Ain’t Lyin’ – Jay Boy
03 03 Trammps – Hold Back The Night – Buddah
04 11 Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From – United Artists
05 04 Jim Capaldi – Love Hurts – Island
06 NE Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing – Rak
07 08 Hello – New York Groove – Bell
08 09 Drifters – There Goes My First Love – Bell
09 07 Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony – Change With The Times – Avco
10 05 Esther Phillips – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes – Kudu
11 20 George Benson – Supership – CTI
12 19 Jigsaw – Sky High – Splash
13 NE Stretch – Why Did You Do It – Anchor
14 RE Silver Convention – Fly Robin Fly – Magnet
15 06 David Bowie – Space Oddity – RCA
16 12 Dee Clark – Ride A Wild Horse – Chelsea
17 16 Rod Stewart – This Old Heart Of Mine – Riva
18 NE John Lennon – Imagine – Apple
19 RE People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna – Philadelphia Int’l
20 RE Art Garfunkel – I Only Have Eyes For You – CBS
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#3 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#4 (Billboard chart debut 4/3/76)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 10/4/75)
#10 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#11 (Billboard chart debut 5/17/75)
#14 (mentioned in Billboard column 7/19/75, Billboard chart debut 8/2/75)
#19 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/14/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

R. & J. STONE: ‘We Do It’ (RCA)
CARL MALCOLM: ‘Miss Wire Waist’ (UK)
IMPRESSIONS: ‘First Impressions’ (Curtom)
WINNERS CIRCLE: ‘Born A Star’ (Warner Bros.)
JIMMY BRISCOE: ‘I Only Feel This Way’ (Nems)
SHA NA NA: ‘Sea Cruise’ (Kama Sutra)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘Boogie Down USA’ (Philadelphia Int’l – LP cut) (Billboard chart debut 8/30/75)
FATBACK BAND: ‘Boogie With The Fatback’ (Polydor – LP cut)
FLOYD SMITH: ‘I Just Can’t Give You Up’ (Salsoul – US import) (Billboard chart debut 11/15/75)
HOUSTON PERSON: ‘Disco Sax’ (Westbound – US import) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/18/75, Billboard chart debut 10/25/75)
MANDRILL: ‘Fence Walk’ (Polydor)
YOUNG SISTERS: ‘Let’s Do The Latin Hustle’ (Philips – US import)
MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Just A Little Bit Of You’ (Tamla) (Billboard chart debut 2/22/75)
RUBY & THE ROMANTICS: ‘Our Day Will Come’ (MCA)
EAGLES: ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ (Asylum)
SHOESTRING BAND: ‘Thingumajig’ (CBS)

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