October 15, 1977: Showdown, DD Sound, Brecker Brothers, Brick, Boney M

New Spins

SHOWDOWN: ‘Keep Doin’ It, Pts. 1 & 2’ (State. STAT 63)
Rather good perky disco shuffler from Meco Monardo and the Camouflage team – could be big.

DD SOUND: ‘Shopping Baby’ (Mercury 6007155) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
Bright and bouncy Munich remake of ‘Rock Your Baby’, promoed on 12in.

BRECKER BROTHERS: ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ (Arista 117) (BNDA debut 4/16/77)
Long overdue on 45, it’s a strong and simple (for the Breckers) funky pounder. 

BRICK: ‘Dusic’ (Bang 012)
Powerhouse funky chugger in their ‘Dazz’ bag, though not quite as good.

BONEY M: ‘Belfast’ / ‘Plantation Boy’ (Atlantic K 11020)
Fast and non-formula, with lyrics that’ll limit radio play . . . so it’s up to you! Pulsating slower flip has fans already too.

JACKSONS: ‘Goin’ Places’ / ‘Do What You Wanna’ (Epic EPC 5732) (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
Disappointing fast Four Tops-type churner, excitingly swinging flip.

KENNY WILLIAMS: ‘(You’re) Fabulous Babe’ (Decca FR 13731)
Doing a Danny Williams, here’s that scent-selling jingle stretched out to a full song. And I always thought Greg Edwards did the singing!

LOU RAWLS: ‘See You When I Git There’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5244)
Cream cut from his last LP, a fabulous sophisticated swinger that’ll go well with Lenny Williams.

CRYSTAL GAYLE: ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ (UA UP 36307)
Gorgeous sophisticated smoocher, my own fave of the moment!

SWINGING BLUE JEANS: ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ (EMI 2693)
All-time party classic, pretty well essential.

WARREN SMITH: ‘Rock & Roll Ruby’ / ‘Miss Froggie’ / ‘Ubangi Stomp’ / ‘Bop Bop’ (Charly CEP 113)
Exceptionally strong rockabilly EP, with hit potential even.

SMALL FACES: ‘Sha-La-La-La-Lee’ / ‘What ‘Cha Gonna Do About It’ (Decca F 13727)
Catchy oldies from ‘65/6 that still work.

DARTS: ‘Daddy Cool / The Girl Can’t Help It’ (Magnet 12 WG 100)
Rock ‘n rollin’ Rays / Little Richard medley, first 10,000 12-inched at 80p.

JONATHAN RICHMAN: ‘Egyptian Reggae’ (Beserkley BZZ 2)
Off-the-wall left-field silliness, a lovely jaunty little instrumental and rockabilly flip.

PAPA JOHN CREACH: ‘Keep On Movin’’ (DJM DJS 10809)
More ‘Egyptian Reggae’? No, but it’s like George Melly doing a slowed down vocal version!

STEEL PULSE: ‘Nyah Luv’ (Anchor ANC 1046)
Relaxed reggae groover, big for Chris Hill.

WAR: ‘War Is Coming, War Is Coming’ (from LP ‘Platinum Funk’, Island ILPS 9507)
At last! Tricky at first, the funky Latin rhythm gets infectious but stays a bit specialist.

RACING CARS: ‘Down By The River’ (Chrysalis CHS 2182)
Funkily lurching pop-rock semi-slow nagger.

BEE GEES: ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ (RSO 2090259)
Tremulous soft slowie.

PLAYER: ‘Baby Come Back’ (RSO 2090254)
Lush ‘n lovely pop smoocher.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘The More I Get The More I Want’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5684) (BNDA debut 3/19/77)
Bubbling rhythm rattler, hidden as a flip.

FANTASTIC FOUR: ‘Disco Pool Blues’ (from LP ‘Got To Have Your Love’, Atlantic K 50415)
The DJ’s theme song, a plea to record companies for more freebies . . . really!

CARVELLS: ‘The LA Run’ (Creole CR 143)
Roger Scott’s fave new skateboard song, Beach Boys-style but British!

ARETHA FRANKLIN: ‘Touch Me Up’ (Atlantic K 11007)
Fast rhythm jiggling frothy wailer.


Hot Vinyl

Chris Hill (Ilford’s beautifully heavy Lacy Lady, Seven Kings) import tips:

KING ERRISSON: ‘Disco Conga’ (Westbound LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
POCKETS: ‘Come Go With Me’ (ABC LP cut) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
NEW BIRTH: ‘Mighty Army’ (Warner Bros. LP cut)
ST. TROPEZ: ‘On A Rien A Perdre’ (Butterfly LP cut – French import) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)
JOE FARRELL: ‘Disco Dust’ (Warner Bros. LP cut)
GIL SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON: ‘Hello Sunday! Hello Road!’ / ‘Racetrack In France’ (Arista LP cuts)
MASTERMIND: ‘Hustle Bus Stop’ / ‘Mother Nature’ (Prelude LP cuts)

He also advance-warns about two Ensign newies, NITE SCHOOL: ‘Do You Speak French’ and DANNY WILLIAMS: ‘I Hate Hate’.


UK Disco Top 50 – October 15, 1977

01 01 Emotions – Best Of My Love – CBS
02 05 Rose Royce – Do Your Dance – Whitfield (12″)
03 02 Belle Epoque – Black Is Black – Harvest (12″)
04 03 Meco – Star Wars Theme – RCA
05 04 Space – Magic Fly – Pye
06 08 Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie – RCA
07 06 Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity / Too Hot To Handle – Oasis
08 11 Commodores – Brick House / Sweet Love – Motown
09 07 Donna Summer – Deep Down Inside – Casablanca
10 09 Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday – GTO
11 13 Smokey Robinson – Theme From Big Time – Motown
12 10 Olympic Runners – Keep It Up – RCA (12″)
13 17 Patsy Gallant – From New York To L.A. – EMI
14 12 Dooleys – I Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You – GTO
15 23 Lenny Williams – Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh – ABC
16 24 Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancin’ – Whitfield (LP)
17 14 Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch – One Love – TK (12″)
18 26 Brothers Johnson – Right On Time – A&M (12″)
19 18 Leo Sayer – Thunder In My Heart – Chrysalis
20 21 Ram Jam – Black Betty – Epic
21 16 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene – Polydor
22 22 Elvis Presley – Way Down – RCA
23 19 Stevie Wonder – Another Star – Motown
24 15 Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out / Could Heaven Ever Be Like This – Kudu
25 NE Tina Charles – Love Bug / Sweets For My Sweet – CBS (12″)
26 NE Whispers – Make It With You – Soul Train (12″)
27 43 Marvin Hamlisch – Bond ’77 – UA
28 25 Eddie Henderson – Say You Will / Funk Surgeon – Capitol
29 37 Inner City Express – Dance And Shake Your Funky Tambourine – Ebony
30 46 Barry White – It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me – 20th Century
31 20 Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO (LP)
32 29 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting In Vain – Island
33 RE People’s Choice – Jam, Jam, Jam – Philadelphia Int’l (LP)
34 NE Danny Mirror – I Remember Elvis Presley – Stone
35 42 Mass Production – I Believe In Music – Cotillion (LP)
36 NE Rokotto – Boogie On Up – State (12″)
37 31 David Soul – Silver Lady – Private Stock
38 RE Claudja Barry – Sweet Dynamite – Mercury
39 RE Ohio Players – O-H-I-O – Mercury
40 RE Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away – Polydor (LP)
41 RE Dennis Coffey – Wings Of Fire / Free Spirit – Atlantic (LP)
42 33 Boney M – Belfast – Atlantic
43 39 Lenny Williams – Choosing You – ABC (LP)
44 40 Archie Bell & The Drells – On The Radio – Philadelphia Int’l (LP)
45 RE LaSo – LaSo Square – MCA
46 NE Peter Frampton – Signed, Sealed, Delivered – A&M
47 NE Stranglers – No More Heroes – UA
48 NE Paul Jabara & Donna Summer – Shut Out – Casablanca
49 NE Pratt & McClain – Happy Days – Reprise
50 34 Camouflage – Bee Sting – State (12″)
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry
All titles are 7” singles unless noted otherwise

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #2 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #3 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#4 (BNDA debut 7/23/77) / #5 (BNDA debut 6/4/77) / #7 (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
#8 (BNDA debut 4/16/77) / #9 (BNDA debut 7/2/77) / #10 (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
#11 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #12 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #16 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#17 (BNDA debut 4/9/77) / #19 (BNDA debut 12/10/77) / #23 (BNDA debut 10/23/76)
#26 (BNDA debut 7/23/77) / #30 (BNDA debut 8/27/77) / #31 (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
#35 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #38 (BNDA debut 3/26/77) / #40 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#41 (BNDA debut 6/18/77) / #43 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #45 (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
#48 (BNDA debut 7/2/77)

Breakers:
1 RONNIE JONES: ‘Soul Sister’ (Mercury) (BNDA debut 3/25/78)
2 STEVE MILLER BAND: ‘Jungle Love’ (Mercury)
3 LOVE & KISSES: ‘I’ve Found Love’ (Barclay) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
4 FLEETWOOD MAC: ‘You Make Loving Fun’ (Warner Bros.)
5 FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Fascination’ (WMOT) (BNDA debut 1/22/77)
6 ROSETTA STONE: ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ (Private Stock)
7 BRICK: ‘Dusic’ (Bang)
8 GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Boogie Queen’ (DJM)
9 MUNICH MACHINE: ‘Get On The Funk Train’ (Casablanca LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
10 DAVID BOWIE: ‘Heroes’ (RCA)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

BLUES BUSTERS: ‘Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely’ (Dynamic)
SMOKIE: ‘Needles And Pins’ (Rak)
MILLIE JACKSON: ‘If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday’ (Spring)
DOOLEY SILVERSPOON: ‘Closer To Lovin’ You’ (Seville 12”)
ELVIS COSTELLO: ‘Red Shoes’ (Stiff)
LARRY PAGE: ‘Erotic Soul’ (London 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
SANTA ESMERALDA: ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ (Philips) (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
FANTASTIC FOUR: ‘Got To Have Your Love’ (Atlantic) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
ROBERTA KELLY: ‘Zodiacs’ (Oasis LP cut) (BNDA debut 8/27/77)
RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘African Queens’ (Polydor LP cut) (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘The Magic Is You Medley’ (Polydor LP cut) (BNDA debut 6/25/77)
CAROL DOUGLAS: ‘I Want To Stay With You’ (Midsong LP cut) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
DIANA ROSS: ‘Top Of The World’ (Motown LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 10/15/77)
CLEVELAND EATON: ‘Funky Cello’ (Ovation LP cut – US import)
CAMEO: ‘Funk Funk’ (Casablanca LP cut)
SHOTGUN: ‘Mutha Funk’ (ABC)

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