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! 

ERUPTION: ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ / ‘Be Yourself’ (Atlantic K 11068) (BNDA debut 2/4/78)
Great perky soul update of Ann Peebles’s classic, and a driving funky flip.

CANDI STATON: ‘Listen To The Music’ (Warner Bros. K 17080)
Subtly rhythmic funkification of the Doobies’ oldie.

LULU: ‘Your Love Is Everywhere’ (GTO GT 116)
Bright and breezy but thoroughly derivative Emotions-type funky jolter.

ROD STEWART: ‘Hot Legs’ (Riva 10)
Stones-style chunky funker.

ROXY MUSIC: ‘Do The Strand’ / ‘Editions Of You’ (Polydor 2001756)
Dynamite coupling of vintage LP tracks never on 45 before.

DARTS: ‘Come Back My Love’ / ‘Naff Off’ (Magnet MAG 110)
Superb recreation of the Cardinals’ doo-wop rocker, and a booting frantic flip.

RONNIE HAWKINS: ‘Forty Days’ / ‘Who Do You Love’ (Pye 7N 25763)
Rock ‘n’ roll classics, the latter featuring young Robbie (The Band) Robertson’s amazing guitar.

NAZARETH: ‘Gone Dead Train’ (Mountain NAZ 2)
Raunchy rocker, originally written for Jagger’s ‘Performance’ flick.

MAGNIFICENT MERCURY BROTHERS: ‘New Girl In School’ (Logo GO 107)
Reissued UK cover of Jan & Dean’s Carvells-type surf churner.

GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Proud Mary’ (DJM DJS 10825)
Credence oldie gets the ‘I Feel Love’ treatment, which works for some.

MILLIE JACKSON: ‘If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday’ (Spring 2066843)
Sensational soul smoocher, reserviced as she’s visiting.

NATALIE COLE: ‘Be Thankful’ (Capitol CL 15961)
Chattering funky jerky with wheezling synthetics.

SUPERCHARGE: ‘I Think I’m Gonna Fall (In Love)’ (Virgin VS 202-12)
Bee Gees vocals and Donna Summer beat, 12-inched in 8:48 and 3:40 versions.

LEE KOSMIN: ‘Move It On Up’ (Polydor 2058971)
Catchy pop-reggae bouncer.

OSIBISA: ‘Living Loving Feeling’ (Bronze BRO 49)
Usual crisscross rhythms with added clapping.

XTC: ‘Statue Of Liberty’ (Virgin VS 201)
Chunky good new wave with a Ben E King beat!

AUGUSTUS PABLO: ‘King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown’ (Island IPR 2009)
All-time dub classic 12-inched with so much bass that it’ll bust your speakers!

DR ALIMANTADO: ‘Slavery Let I Go’ (Virgin VOLE 1)
Slinky ethnic reggae 12in.

CARPENTERS: ‘Sweet Sweet Smile’ (A&M AMS 7327)
Usefully happy MoR rollicker.

FRANKIE VAUGHAN: ‘Take Me’ (Pye 7N 46017)
Jolly MoR thumper.

PATSY GALLANT: ‘Sugar Daddy’ (EMI 2741)
Slickly hustling cymbal schlurper.

YVONNE ELLIMAN: ‘If I Can’t Have You’ (RSO 2090266)
Pretty swayer from ‘Saturday Night Fever’.

BRYAN TAYLOR: ‘Love Nights’ (Private Stock PVT 133)
Perky pop hustler.

CJ HOOKER: ‘Lifetime Guarantee’ (Arista ARIST 157)
Barry White/Four Tops-formula pop hustler.

THE M.V.P.’S: ‘Turnin’ My Heartbeat Up’ (Buddah BDS 469)
Northern soul flier.

BARBARA PENNINGTON: ‘Spend A Little Time With Me’ / ‘Can’t Help Being Guilty’ (UA UP 36340)
Tricky fast jitterer, but superb slow soul flip.


No Hot Vinyl this week.


UK Disco Top 50 – January 21, 1978

01 01 Chic – Dance Dance Dance – Atlantic
02 02 Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO
03 03 Odyssey – Native New Yorker – RCA (12″)
04 04 War – Galaxy – MCA
05 07 Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking – Lightning
06 05 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jamming – Island
07 15 Heatwave – The Groove Line – GTO
08 06 El Coco – Cocomotion – Pye
09 17 T-Connection – On Fire – TK (12″)
10 10 Carl Douglas – Run Back – Pye
11 26 People’s Choice – Jam, Jam, Jam – Philadelphia Int’l
12 25 Roberta Kelly – Zodiacs – Oasis
13 09 Wings – Mull Of Kintyre – Parlophone
14 29 Boz Scaggs – Hollywood – CBS
15 19 Imperials – Who’s Gonna Love Me – Power Exchange
16 14 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away – Polydor
17 08 L.T.D. – Back In Love Again – A&M (12″)
18 13 Village People – San Francisco – DJM
19 18 Con Funk Shun – Ffun – Mercury (12″)
20 37 Stargard – Which Way Is Up – MCA
21 11 Lenny Williams – Choosing You – ABC (12″)
22 35 Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache – RCA
23 RE Showdown – Keep Doin’ It – State (12″)
24 16 Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae – Berserkley
25 42 Baccara – Sorry I’m A Lady – RCA
26 12 Pockets – Come Go With Me – CBS
27 34 Dooleys – Love Of My Life – GTO
28 24 Showaddywaddy – Dancin’ Party – Arista
29 32 Boney M. – Belfast – Atlantic
30 23 Darts – Daddy Cool – Magnet
31 30 Ruby Winters – I Will – Creole
32 39 Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love – RSO
33 22 Long Tall Ernie – Do You Remember – Polydor
34 27 Amanda Lear – Blood And Honey – Ariola (12″)
35 21 Emotions – I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love – CBS
36 31 Billy Paul – Only The Strong Survive – Philadelphia Int’l
37 NE Manu Dibango – Big Blow – Fiesta (12″) [Imp]
38 NE Kellee Patterson – If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It – EMI
39 NE Cameo – Good Times / Funk Funk – Casablanca (12″)
40 NE Bill Withers – Lovely Day – CBS
41 33 Banned – Little Girl – Harvest
42 RE Four Tops – For Your Love – ABC (12″)
43 36 Munich Machine – Get On The Funk Train – Oasis
44 RE Hot Chocolate – Put Your Love In Me – Rak (12″)
45 38 Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot – Motown
46 47 Earth, Wind & Fire – Magic Mind – CBS
47 NE Ray Charles – I Can See Clearly Now – London
48 28 Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band – Floral Dance – Transatlantic
49 43 Brass Construction – We / Happy People – UA (LP)
50 NE Queen – We Will Rock You – EMI
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry
All titles are 7” singles unless noted otherwise

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #2 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #3 (BNDA debut 8/27/77)
#4 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #8 (BNDA debut 8/20/77) / #9 (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
#12 (BNDA debut 8/27/77) / #16 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #17 (BNDA debut 10/22/77)
#18 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #20 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #21 (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
#26 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #35 (BNDA debut 8/28/76) / #43 (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
#49 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)

Breakers:
1 GEORGE DUKE: ‘Reach For It’ (Epic)
2 RAH BAND: ‘Jiggery Pokery’ (Ebony)
3 STEVE MILLER BAND: ‘Swingtown’ (Mercury)
4 BILL FREDERICKS: ‘Love With You’ (Polydor)
5 EASTSIDE CONNECTION: ‘You’re So Right For Me’ (Creole 12”) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
6 GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Proud Mary’ (DJM)
7 TOMMI: ‘Disco Satisfaction’ (Private Stock)
8 COACHOUSE RHYTHM SECTION: ‘Nobody’s Got Time’ (Ice/Pye)
9 DOROTHY MOORE: ‘With Pen In Hand’ (Epic)
10 JONATHAN RICHMAN: ‘The Morning Of Our Lives’ (Berserkley)


No “DJ Hotline” this week.

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