November 12, 1977: Village People, Emotions, Mike Theodore Orchestra, Love And Kisses, Chic

New Spins

VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘San Francisco’ / ‘In Hollywood’ (from LP ‘Village People’, DJM DJF 20524) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
Already a disco hit here on import alone, it’s a hoarsely soulful side-long segue of pounding perfection. The edited single (DJS 10817) flips ‘San Francisco’ with the equally good ‘Fire Island’.

EMOTIONS: ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’ (CBS 5819) (BNDA debut 8/28/76)
Laid-back funky chugger, a US biggie last year.

MIKE THEODORE ORCHESTRA: ‘The Bull’ (Atlantic K 11035) (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
Big already, the funky Spanish-flavoured thumper mixes well with Santa Esmeralda. 

LOVE AND KISSES: ‘I’ve Found Love’ (from LP ‘Love And Kisses’, Barclay CLAY 7001) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
A great mixer out of Celi Bee, the side long full length Euro pounder’s much better than the badly-edited single version.

CHIC: ‘Dance Dance Dance’ (Atlantic K 11038) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
Jaunty zinger with infectious ingredients. a US disco smash.

BILL FREDERICKS: ‘Love With You’ (Polydor 2058946)
Gorgeous deep-voiced sexy smoocher, from the must-see ‘Black Joy’.

STEVIE WONDER: ‘As’ (Motown TMG 1091)
Attractive gentle builder, maybe a bit too limp to smash.

JUDGE DREAD: ‘Up With The Cock’ (Cactus CF 110)
Filthy farmyard fun, smothered in sound effects (which help a lot).

GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS: ‘I Like It’ / ‘How Do You Do It’ (EMI 2689)
Mersey beat chart-toppers from ’63, MoR by now.

MICHAEL HOWE: ‘Cheek To Cheek’ (EMI 2721)
Camp MoR quickstepper, not the best version but certainly good if you haven’t another.

BING CROSBY: ‘There’s Nothing That I Haven’t Sung About’ (Decca F 13731)
Great autobiographical swinger that I’ve been using off an LP since last year.

LEON HAYWOOD: ‘Super Sexy’ (MCA 332)
Jerky old fashioned funker with the Malaco sound.

J.A.L.N. BAND: ‘So Good’ (Magnet MAG 105)
Somewhat messy jaunty jumper – the faster flip may be better.

IMPERIALS: ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me’ (Power Exchange PX 206)
Blandly lush and pretty hustler.

BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK BRASS BAND: ‘The Floral Dance’ (Transatlantic BIG 548)
Traditional party fun, good for charging around to with linked arms.

BAND OF THE BLACK WATCH: ‘Spirit Of The Isles’ (RK 1003)
Rousing military march for more party fun.

CARSON ROBISON: ‘Rockin’ And Rollin’ With Granmaw’ (MGM 2006611)
Contrived rockabilly bopper from ‘56.

HELEN REDDY: ‘Laissez Les Bontemps Rouler’ (Capitol CL 15948)
Cajun hoedown, rather jolly.

GENTLE GIANT: ‘Two Weeks In Spain’ (Chrysalis CHS 2181)
Spikily exciting cerebral rock, with Roxy-Bowie-Queen appeal.

AIRWAVES: ‘Nobody Is’ (Rockfield UP 36319)
Good, fast rocker with interesting Tex Mex influence.


Hot Vinyl

Chris Hill (Ilford Lacy Lady) is not releasing a Christmas record this year!  However, he appears on the B-side of the Boomtown Rats’ newie!  Chris’s next Gold Mine revival night is set for Sunday, December 11, featuring the Disappointer Sisters in drag and the audience in fancy dress, while the current import tips are:

LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: ‘Le Spank’ (AVI 12”, “an absolute killer!”) (BNDA debut 10/22/77)
MADE IN USA WITH CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘Gotta Get A High’ (De-Lite LP cut)
MICHELLE: ‘Disco Dance’ / ‘Can You Feel It’ (West End LP cuts) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
STEVE KHAN: ‘Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby’ (CBS LP cut)
FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Sparkle’ (Stax LP cut)
BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘We’ / ‘Get It Together’ / ‘Top Of The World’ (UA LP cuts) (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
BAR-KAYS: ‘Shut The Funk Up’ / ‘Let’s Have Some Fun’ (Mercury LP cuts)
LALOMIE WASHBURN: ‘Give Me Love With The Music’ (Parachute LP cut)
MOTHER’S FINEST: ‘Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way’ (Epic 12”)


UK Disco Top 50 – November 12, 1977

01 02 Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie – RCA
02 01 Belle Epoque – Black Is Black – Harvest (12″)
03 05 Rose Royce – Do Your Dance – Whitfield (12″)
04 07 Rokotto – Boogie On Up – State (12″)
05 04 Meco – Star Wars Theme – RCA
06 09 Santa Esmeralda – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Philips
07 20 Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway – EMI
08 13 Lenny Williams – Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh – ABC
09 08 Boney M – Belfast – Atlantic
10 06 Commodores – Brick House / Sweet Love – Motown
11 03 Emotions – Best Of My Love – CBS
12 10 Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World – Vertigo
13 21 DBM – Discobeatlemania – Atlantic (12″)
14 19 Brick – Dusic – Bang
15 15 Tina Charles – Love Bug / Sweets For My Sweet – CBS (12″)
16 37 Vicki Sue Robinson – Turn The Beat Around / Hold Tight – RCA (12″)
17 25 Smokie – Needles And Pins – Rak
18 11 Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity / Too Hot To Handle – Oasis
19 27 Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancing – Whitfield (LP)
20 12 Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch – One Love – TK (12″)
21 18 Ram Jam – Black Betty – Epic
22 17 Darts – Daddy Cool – Magnet (12″)
23 23 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away – Polydor (LP)
24 14 Whispers – Make It With You – Soul Train (12″)
25 45 Billy Paul – Only The Strong Survive – Philadelphia Int’l
26 16 Rod Stewart – You’re In My Heart – Riva
27 NE L.T.D. – Back In Love Again – A&M
28 38 Village People – San Francisco / Hollywood / Fire Island – DJM (LP)
29 31 Roxy Music – Virginia Plain – Polydor
30 24 Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday – GTO
31 NE Fantastic Four – Got To Have Your Love – Atlantic
32 NE Love & Kisses – I’ve Found Love – Barclay
33 32 People’s Choice – Jam, Jam, Jam – Philadelphia Int’l (LP)
34 48 Laurent Voulzy – Rockollection – RCA
35 NE Queen – We Are The Champions – EMI
36 34 Jacksons – Goin’ Places – Epic
37 36 ABBA – The Name Of The Game – Epic
38 49 Earth, Wind & Fire – Serpentine Fire – CBS
39 26 Eddie Henderson – Say You Will / Funk Surgeon – Capitol
40 46 Mass Production – I Believe In Music – Cotillion
41 NE Le Pamplemousse – Get Your Boom Boom – Barclay
42 NE Santana – She’s Not There – CBS
43 NE J.J. Barnes – How Long – Contempo
44 NE Kenny Everett – Captain Kremmen – DJM
45 NE Con Funk Shun – Ffun – Mercury
46 40 Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love – RSO
47 NE Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Spector
48 29 Barry White – It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me – 20th Century
49 NE Dooleys – Love Of My Life – GTO
50 22 Olympic Runners – Keep It Up – RCA (12″)
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry
All titles are 7” singles unless noted otherwise

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 6/18/77) / #3 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #5 (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
#6 (BNDA debut 9/3/77) / #10 (BNDA debut 4/16/77) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
#16 (BNDA debut 7/9/77) / #18 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #19 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#20 (BNDA debut 4/9/77) / #23 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #24 (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
#27 (BNDA debut 10/22/77) / #28 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #30 (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
#31 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #32 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #36 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#40 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #41 (BNDA debut 3/26/77) / #48 (BNDA debut 8/27/77)
#50 (BNDA debut 11/12/77)

Breakers:
1 DD SOUND: ‘Shopping Baby’ (Mercury) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
2 EL COCO: ‘Cocomotion’ (AVI LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)
3 ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: ‘Turn To Stone’ (Jet)
4 SHOWADDYWADDY: ‘Dancin’ Party’ (Arista)
5 HIGH INERGY: ‘You Can’t Turn Me Off’ (Motown)
6 KENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Fabulous Babe’ (Decca)
7 SPACE: ‘Tango In Space’ (Pye) (BNDA debut 6/4/77)
8 GONZALEZ: ‘I Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ Yet’ (EMI) (BNDA debut 12/12/78)
9 NITE SCHOOL: ‘Do You Speak French’ (Ensign)
10 STEEL PULSE: ‘Nyah Luv’ (Anchor)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

RAY CRUMLEY: ‘It’s Uncanny’ (Magnet)
LOU RAWLS: ‘See You When I Git There’ (Philadelphia Int’l)
ROBERTA KELLY: ‘Zodiacs’ (Oasis LP cut) (BNDA debut 8/27/77)
POLLY BROWN: ‘Love Bug’ (GTO)
CELI BEE: ‘Hurt Me, Hurt Me’ (TK)
CRYSTAL GAYLE: ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ (UA)
CHIC: ‘Dance Dance Dance’ (Atlantic) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘We Just Want To Play For You’ (WMOT)
JACKIE WILSON: ‘Higher And Higher’ (Brunswick)
JOHN PAUL YOUNG: ‘Standing In The Rain’ (Ariola – German import) (BNDA debut 1/21/78)
ST. TROPEZ: ‘Je T’Aime’ (Butterfly LP cut – French import) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)
EMOTIONS: ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbors’ (Columbia – US import)
LARRY PAGE: ‘Erotic Soul’ (London 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
ANTHONY WHITE: ‘Block Party’ (Salsoul 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
MR. WALKIE TALKIE: ‘Boogie Woogie Baby’ (Polydor)
JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘The Magic Is You’ (Polydor) (BNDA debut 6/25/77)
DANNY WILLIAMS: ‘I Hate Hate’ (Ensign)
DIANA ROSS: ‘Your Love Is So Good For Me’ (Motown LP cut) (BNDA debut 10/15/77)
AMANDA LEAR: ‘Blood And Honey’ (Ariola)
CAFE CREME: ‘Unlimited Citations’ (Harvest)
CLAUDIA ASHLEY: ‘C’est La Vie, Part 2’ (Pinnacle)

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