January 28, 1978: Peter Brown, Raydio, Andrea True Connection, Chic, New Marketts

New Spins

PETER BROWN: ‘Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me’ (TK TKR 6009) (BNDA debut 4/23/77)
Sensational strange US smash funky jiggler from last summer, finally out here in its hit 12in form – but it’ll have trouble from his hot new import album.

RAYDIO: ‘Jack And Jill’ / ‘Get Down’ (Arista ARIST 161)
Much imported catchy slow pop soul chugger and an ultra-funky flip, could be big.

ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION: ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’ (Buddah BDS 467) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
Coolly thumping builder with rock touches, huge in US and on import.  Continue reading “January 28, 1978: Peter Brown, Raydio, Andrea True Connection, Chic, New Marketts”

January 21, 1978: Veronica Unlimited, Bee Gees, Real Thing, Eruption, Candi Staton

New Spins

VERONICA UNLIMITED: ‘What Kind of Dance is This’ (EMI INT 546)
Long awaited Continental hit medley of the Beatles’ ‘Hard Day’s Night’, Sensations’ ‘Let Me In’ and Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, all taken lickety-split in best Europop style – in fact, it may be too fast!

BEE GEES: ‘Stayin’ Alive’ (RSO 2090267) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
Easy-paced squeaky chugger from their disco-set ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack.

REAL THING: ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ (Pye 7N 46045)
Hurrah, they’re back in their jaunty jog-along style, and should smash again!  Continue reading “January 21, 1978: Veronica Unlimited, Bee Gees, Real Thing, Eruption, Candi Staton”

January 14, 1978: Lenny Williams, Kellee Patterson, Stargard, Rokotto, Linda Clifford

Howard Huntridge, head of the British Associated DJ Alliance, 5 Thorne Road, Doncaster, seems to have read into my piece about BADJA’s promotion of Amanda Lear’s ‘Blood And Honey’ (RM Dec 31) exactly what I did not write!

Far from accusing him of getting his member DJ’s to hype the record into the Disco Chart, I was inviting BADJA members to contribute truthful dancer reaction charts to help make the Record Mirror disco chart even more representative . . . a point he seems to have missed entirely in his reply.

He had asked his member DJ’s to let RM know about the record, intending this info to be used in the DJ Hotline, but as must be obvious the DJ Hotline is intended for records not already among the places the chart contains.

It is also a small way of rewarding regular chart contributors with name checks.

As Amanda Lear was already way up the chart, his action – and the resultant pile of mail – was redundant if well intentioned.

It was Ariola Records’ press officer who described their arrangement with BADJA as being with a promotion company.

Anyway, all BADJA members and DJ’s everywhere are still needed to contribute regularly to the Disco Chart, so please send your reaction-based Top 10 (and three breakers) to James Hamilton, Record Mirror, 40 Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT. The more we get, the more accurate the chart!

Robbie Vincent’s lunchtime Saturday shows on BBC Radio London are now nicking some of our Hot Vinyl contributors to present their three top disco hits. The rota of funky club jocks, one a week, is Chris Hill (Ilford Lacy Lady), Graham Canter (Mayfair Gullivers), Dave Royal (Southgate Royalty) and – this Saturday – Chris Brown (Camberley Frenchies). Later in the year Robbie hopes to add an influential US jock too.

New Spins

LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Choosing You’ (ABC 4198) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
Big for months as an LP track and then import, the fantastic fast flier’s finally out on limited 12in . . . and selling fast!

KELLEE PATTERSON: ‘If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It’ (EMI INT 544)
Sensational slinky slow chugger from the US soul chart, could even hit here.

STARGARD: ‘Theme From ‘Which Way Is Up’’ (MCA 346) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
Norman Whitfield-penned clapper in the ‘Car Wash’ bag, already big on import.  Continue reading “January 14, 1978: Lenny Williams, Kellee Patterson, Stargard, Rokotto, Linda Clifford”

January 7, 1978: Heatwave, T-Connection, El Coco, People’s Choice, Alvis Wayne

New Spins

HEATWAVE: ‘The Groove Line’ (GTO GT 115)
Terrific powerhouse follow-on to ‘Boogie Nights’, with a ridiculously catchy “whoop-whoop” hook that’s an immediate audience-grabbing gimmick for singalongs!

T-CONNECTION: ‘On Fire’ (TK TKR 6006) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
Already a hit on import alone, the frantic fast flier’s dynamite rhythm (very different from before) is really exciting, especially on the full 7:22 commercial 12-inch.

EL COCO: ‘Cocomotion’ LP (Pye NSPL 28237) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)
The full 10:30 version that started it all – and in fact the edited single only came late in the day after this was already a disco monster in America.  Continue reading “January 7, 1978: Heatwave, T-Connection, El Coco, People’s Choice, Alvis Wayne”