Cardiff Troubadour in Rover Way has a £1,000 first prize dancing competition every Tuesday until the final on March 20th, with free entry for contestants . . . Brighton Bunnies funk club welcomes “casual but smart” potential members on Thurs/Fridays, and yet is sending coachloads of loons to the next Purley fest all dressed as skindivers (for an ‘Aqua Boogie’, natch – details Paul Clark, 0273-698699)! . . . Island soon launch a new disco label, Fearless . . . Thelma Houston UK 12in is promo only, bah! Jean Michel Jarre on blue 12in and Bee Gees on US 12in are a few more promos currently about . . . Bill Summers wonders if Shalamar or he cut the first ‘Bank’ record – his being mixed by last May . . . CBS seem very formal, adding the “z” to Pam Todd’s ‘Baise Moi” . . . Bronwyn King’s Special Events (01-836 1605) is a new promotional and model agency that supplies glamorous female personnel for special promotions, exhibitions and the like, with girls in London, Manchester and Birmingham – could be useful for the industry if not so much for jocks (dunno, though!) . . . Miquel Brown 12in has been mailed to all DJF (GB) affiliate members . . . Thames Valley DJA meets this Sunday (25) at noon in High Wycombe’s Night Spot Disco, Desborough Road, to learn about making audition tapes . . . Havering DJA, covering East London/West Essex, only has 12 members but thrusts onwards with record and equipment discounts already arranged (details Brian Mead, Romford 61129 days) . . . North Midlands ADJ have a nice new little magazine edited by Don Bunting (Sheffield 372422), and seem well organised . . . East Midlands DJA hold a fund-raising disco at Derby New Assembly Rooms on April 5th and would welcome a promotional night to tie in with it – promo people please call Carl Horsley on Derby 761530 . . . Dave Xanadu is starting a Hastings and Bexhill DJA, so potential members write him at St Margerets, Potmans Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea . . . don’t be last on your block to have a DJ Association! . . . Chris Hill’s is the best though . . .
WEA’s LV Set
As promised, here’s a run-down on the two-week old set of long version 12in “LV”s issued by WEA. Be prepared to check the BPMs as printed on the labels against those printed here, as the labels are not always correct. (My BPMs may not always correspond with others either, but at least if you stick with me you’ll be consistent!)
CHIC: ‘I Want Your Love’ (Atlantic LV 16) (BNDA debut 12/16/78)
Insidious little mid-tempo 115bpm jittery swayer, on 6:53 remix 12in or shorter 7in – the latter flipped by the heavy 101bpm ‘(Funny) Bone’ funk instrumental, while the 12in has both ‘Le Freak’ and the already hot Latin-type 113bpm ‘Chic Cheer’, with long applause intro.
DENNIS BROWN: ‘Money In My Pocket’ (Lightning LV 5)
Monster reggae import for months, the dynamite catchy 78bpm groover will now crossover and smash pop.
FANTASTIC FOUR: ‘B.Y.O.F. (Bring Your Own Funk)’ (Atlantic LV 14)
Great 6:02 clapping 123bpm freak stamper harks back to the ‘60s soul sound, even working Wilson Pickett’s ‘1000 Dances’ chant into its otherwise modern framework, and mixes superbly into Philly Cream ‘Sly-Hi’ and Montana ‘I Love Music’ (skipping very start of both). The remixed chugging 113bpm ‘Sexy Lady’ flip is now less Hot Chocolatey than before, and big for some already. Continue reading “February 24, 1979: WEA’s LV Set”