June 2, 1979: Joe Thomas, Hi-Tension, Jackie McLean, Third World, Dynasty

Disco News

Amii Stewart ‘Light My Fire’ is due imminently on Atlantic 12in and picture-disc 7in despite ‘Knock On Wood’ riding high still . . . Sylvester ‘Stars’ is on Fantasy 12in next week with ‘Body Strong’ flip or on pink vinyl 7in with different coupling, while Gino Soccio ‘Dance To Dance’ follows-up ‘Dancer’ as it was only the 12in flip before . . . Paul Brett ‘1999’ should be promoed prior to RCA 12in late June – a Sea Level-meets-Ian Dury 105bpm jazz-funk instrumental, it’s worth looking out for . . . Five Special and Dee Dee Bridgewater are due soon on Elektra 12in . . . Sandy Mercer ‘Now That You’re In’ has been remixed for UK 12in via Phonogram in July . . . Nytro ‘Nytro Express’ is now on freshly edited 8:00 US 12in that’s evidently tighter than the longer original . . . Gabor Szabo is currently recording for Atlantic . . . Brainstorm and Anita Ward 12in reviews last week should have had the £1.99-indicating 13- prefix, while of course Eddy Grant is 140/70bpm and Hot Chocolate is 118bpm (and not as printed!) . . . Pointer Sisters ‘Happiness’ turns out to be on clear red vinyl 12in packaged like Kleeer was . . . NRG ‘Get It Right’, reviewed last week, is also on 12in (MCA PSLP 288) . . . Mick Jackson ‘Married Men’ (Atlantic) is rivalled by Bette Midler (US Atlantic 12in) and Bonnie Tyler (RCA), but while Bette’s sounds good I still haven’t heard Bonnie (how about it, RCA?) . . . Mecca have the first-ever “Ladies Only” disco dancing competition starting at Hinckley Bubbles this Saturday (2), with further heats on June 8th, 14th, 18th and grand final on Monday 25th, the one prize of £100 for the overall winner . . . Ilford Room At The Top actually lost its Music and Dancing Licence appeal but can carry on pending a further appeal to the Crown Court . . . BADEM’s disco equipment exhibition at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel during September 11-18th this year seems likely to coincide with a nearby DJF forum plus a lavish DJ Gala night at the Cafe Royal . . . Roger Squire’s Glasgow Disco Centre has a travelling disco exhibition currently visiting various Scottish hotel venues, advertised in RM’s Disco Scene last week (and this?) . . . Sandy Martin, voted Tayside’s top DJ two years running, has left Dundee Bloomers to start this last Monday at Swindon Brunel Rooms (thinks: at last, a chart contributor in that area!) . . . Chris Brown, Sean French, Jeff Young, Robin Nash and Pete Tong have a “funky pirates” voyage around the Isle Of Wight on Sunday, July 22nd, limited £5 tickets (plus SAE) from Outfront ‘78, c/o 153 Praed Street, London W2 . . . Chris Brown’s recent Tuesday opening night at Slough Blues in Cippenham saw the triumphant return of appalling dancer Ian Moore (mobbed by a screaming crowd!) and a flooded dance floor for Aqua Boogie water sports (not intentional but much appreciated by Let’s Get Wet fans!)


UK Newies

JOE THOMAS: ‘Make Your Move’ (TK TKR 13-7544)
Dynamite 6:56 Brass Construction-ish churner suddenly hits an ear-splittingly compressed and phased 130bpm clapping percussion break that’s great on its own, and terrific fun for mixers. Huge on import for ages, it’s now a 12in and could really explode.

HI-TENSION: ‘Latin Inspiration’ (Island 12XWIP 6489)
Totally rhythm orientated 131bpm instrumental throbber on 5:02 12in (and that’s all – no 7in!) is actually the B-side but looks like being much bigger with dancers than the monotonously repetitive jittery 128bpm ‘Funktified’ charter, which is in their expected but less exciting than usual style.

JACKIE MCLEAN: ‘Doctor Jackyll And Mister Funk’ (RCA PC 1575)
Stolidly thumping 116bpm driver remixed for 6:00 12in features wailing jazz sax with guys ‘n gals chanting through the first half, and again for much of the jazzier second part after a rattling break. A personal fave, it’s great in front of Richard Evans ‘Burning Spear’. 

THIRD WORLD: ‘Talk To Me’ (Island 12WIP 6496)
Back in their ‘Now That We Found Love’ reggae-funk fusion style, this energetic 124bpm 12in lacks a strong tune but goes through similar progressions.

DYNASTY: ‘Your Piece Of The Rock’ (Solar FC 1539)
Straightforward 116bpm “rock” stamper on 7:54 12in with jaggedly jiggling undertow, chanting chaps ‘n chix, clapping offbeat and syndrum bursts.

THE BECK FAMILY: ‘Can’t Shake The Feeling’ (London LHLE 10569)
Disjointedly rattling and thumping 124bpm funk jitterer on 6:35 12in (not the same as the US 12in mix), messily structured but it bumps along and has fans.

PATTI LABELLE: ‘Music Is My Way Of Life’ (Epic EPC 13-7395) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
Stolidy stamping 113bpm jiggler on 8:12 12in with lotsa rattling rhythm breaks (and 5:50 instrumental version flip), it pounds along powerfully but without really building into a memorable tune.

STEEL PULSE: ‘Sound System’ (Island 12XWIP 6490)
Lurching and bumping 66/132bpm reggae on 6:30 12in goes into a dub last half and should be big with ethnic-orientated crowds.

JANET KAY: ‘Silly Games’ (Scope SC 2T)
Attractively melodic 60/121bpm reggae jogger on 12in, winsomely wailed by soothingly small-voiced Janet.


Imports

CRUSADERS: ‘Street Life’ LP (US MCA MCA-3094) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
These jazz-funk heroes can do no wrong in many people’s minds, so luckily this is another good set despite the group now being down to three main members. The dead slow-starting 11:18 title track features Randy Crawford’s soulful singing (the only vocal) over a lushly rolling 105-113bpm intensifying jog beat. Similarly penned by keyboardist Joe Sample, the prettily swaying 133/66bpm ‘Rodeo Drive’ 4:28 loper is another likely DJ fave, while the sax-spiced purposeful 98bpm ‘The Hustler’ 5:18 plodder and 105bpm ‘Carnival Of The Night’ 8:24 tripper should get plays too.

EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING: ‘Music Box’ (US RCA PD-11587) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Mixed together for 7:27 12in from the stupidly separated two-part LP version, this happy 131bpm romper has her ‘Shame’ clap beat and some good rhythm breaks as Evelyn sings all about her radio – and if it’s one of the speaker-on-a-shoulder-strap monsters that New York disco fans tote I can see why it knocks her out! A goodie, it should go far.

AIRTO: ‘Tempos Atras’ (from LP ‘Touching You . . . Touching Me’, US Warner Bros BSK 3279)
Inventive 5:38 Latin instrumental has a complex but beautiful slow comes-and-goes 63-65/130bpm start that gradually builds into a superb subtle 135-137bpm jazz-funk rhythm rattler full of unexpected noises and Charles Earland-type “twirling” dance appeal. Tricky to slot in maybe but worth the effort, especially on superior sound equipment, while other cuts are also rhythmically exotic and good listening.

ATLANTIC STARR: ‘(Let’s) Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (from LP ‘Straight To The Point’, US A&M SP-4764)
Excitingly exuberant 7:30 “rock” stomper with bumping bass and braying brass behind the fast strutting 121-125bpm beat. The smoothly building 5:08 ‘Let The Spirit Move You’ 131-134bpm flier has bounding bass and could click too.

HARVEY MASON: ‘Groovin’ You’ (US Arista CP-740) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Now on 6:15 12in, the Olympic Runners-ish 121-122bpm strutter mixes nicely out of Atlantic Starr, as I discovered by chance! Due out here soon (I hope), it sounds like a UK hit.

UNCLE LOUIE: ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ (US TK Disco 148)
Well, now this jauntily jiggling 110bpm funk chugger is on remixed and lengthened 6:56 12in – or were Groove Records merely late in getting it, the 12in format causing it to chart a few weeks back? Probably, as now ‘Everybody’s Got One’ is on 12in too. Anyway, the new last half adds heavy clapping to the beat, making the whole track a lot more interesting.

BLACK SUN: ‘Disco Heat’ LP (US Buddah BDS 5717)
Recorded amazingly a year before Gino Soccio broke through yet an ideal chop-mix out of ‘Dancer’ (where on this the girls actually start singing “dancer”!), the side-long 16:46 title track is an incredibly similar (but alas not synchronisably) powerful 119-120bpm thudder that thumps through basically instrumental Euro-type monotony, remarkable really because of this surprising similarity. Surely the date 1978 couldn’t be misprinted on both label and sleeve (twice)?! The 14:01 ‘Big Money’ B-side is a fast Latin-type 134-136bpm pounder with zingy surface excitement and possible gay appeal.

REGINE: ‘Je Survivrai’ (US Prism PDS 3)
Yup, the nightclub queen’s French-sung version of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’, on 7:07 12in with syndrums in the long break and a slightly, very slightly, slower 116bpm tempo.


Hot Vinyl

Martin Starr funks Smiths in Bristol’s Prince Street every Saturday, amongst other venues, his current import tips being:
CHANTAL CURTIS: ‘Get Another Love’ (US Key 12”) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
TERRY CALLIER: ‘Sign Of The Times’ (US Elektra LP)
AL WILSON: ‘Earthquake’ (US Roadshow LP)
DALE JACOBS & COBRA: ‘Cobra’ (US Epic LP)
PRINCE PHILLIP MITCHELL: ‘I’m So Happy’ (US Atlantic LP)
JOHN TROPEA: ‘In This Time’ (US Marlin LP)
CUBA GOODING: ‘Disco Royale’ (US Motown LP)
DENISE LASALLE: ‘Think About It’ (US MCA LP)
DRAMATICS: ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ / ‘Get With The Band’ (US ABC LP)
SWEET THUNDER: ‘Rock’ / ‘Slam Dunk’ (US Fantasy WMOT LP)
DALTON & DUBARRI: ‘I (You) Can Dance All By My (Your) Self’ (US Atlantic/Hilltak 12”)


UK Disco Top 90 – June 2, 1979

01 01 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
02 04 Earth, Wind & Fire & The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland – CBS 12″
03 02 Gino Soccio – Dancer / Dance To Dance – Warner Bros. 12″
04 12 Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – TK 12″
05 03 The Jacksons – Shake Your Body Down To The Ground – Epic 12″
06 06 Melba Moore – Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance – Epic 12″
07 09 T-Connection – Saturday Night – TK 12″
08 10 Bombers – (Everybody) Get Dancin’ – Flamingo 12″
09 05 M – Pop Muzik – MCA 12″
10 18 Donna Summer – Hot Stuff – Casablanca 12″
11 15 Sister Sledge – We Are Family – Atlantic 7″/US Cotillion 12″
12 11 Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood – Atlantic 12″
13 08 Gonzalez – Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ Yet – Sidewalk 12″
14 14 Linda Clifford – Bridge Over Troubled Water – RSO 12″
15 19 Herbie Hancock – Tell Everybody – CBS 12″
16 28 Players Association – Ride The Groove / Everybody Dance – Vanguard 12″
17 07 Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer – Atlantic 12″
18 13 George Benson – Love Ballad – Warner Bros. 12″
19 25 Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline / Frontline Symphony – Ensign 12″
20 34 Edwin Starr – H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – 20th Century 12″
21 29 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
22 37 Peaches & Herb – Reunited – Polydor 7″
23 22 Philly Cream – Jammin’ At The Disco – Fantasy 12″
24 33 Joe Thomas – Make Your Move / Sugar Smack – TK 12″/US LRC LP
25 26 Tata Vega – Get It Up For Love – Motown 12″
26 17 Light Of The World – Swingin’ – Ensign 12″
27 24 Force – Rock Your Baby – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
28 31 Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force (remix) – Pye 12″
29 30 War – Good Good Feelin’ – MCA 12″
30 16 Eruption – One Way Ticket – Atlantic 7″/12″
31 23 Gibson Brothers – Cuba – Island 12″
32 20 Lamont Dozier – Boogie Business / Love Me To The Max / Going Back To My Roots – Warner Bros. 12″/US LP
33 21 Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance / I’m Funking You Tonite – Salsoul 12″
34 57 Heatwave – Razzle Dazzle / Eyeballin’ / Raise A Blaze / Therm Warfare / One Night Tan – GTO 7″/LP
35 27 Richard T. Bear – Sunshine Hotel – RCA 12″
36 46 Raydio – Rock On / Hot Stuff / You Can’t Change That – Arista 7″/LP
37 38 Players Association – Turn The Music Up – Vanguard 12″
38 67 Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
39 70 Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else / Life Goes On – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″/LP
40 45 Skyy – First Time Around / Let’s Get Up / This Groove Is Bad / Disco Dancin’ – US Salsoul LP
41 60 GQ – This Happy Feeling / Make My Dream A Reality / I Do Love You – Arista LP
42 58 Light Of The World – Midnight Groovin’ – Ensign LP
43 59 Jackie McLean – Dr. Jackyll And Mr. Funk – RCA 12″
44 NE Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love – US Key 12″
45 81 Blondie – Sunday Girl – Chrysalis 7″/12″
46 69 Billy Preston & Syreeta – Go For It – Motown 12″
47 36 GQ – Disco Nights (Rock Freak) / Boogie Oogie Oogie – Arista 12″
48 61 Stephanie Mills – Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ / Don’t Stop Dancin’ / Feel The Fire – US 20th Century LP
49 62 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance / Starburst / Heliopolis / It Doesn’t Matter / Jubilee – Infinity LP
50 44 Eugene Record – Magnetism – Warner Bros. 12″
51 39 Nytro – Nytro Express – US Whitfield 12″
52 75 Teena Marie – Don’t Look Back / I’m A Sucker For Your Love – US Motown 12″/Gordy LP
53 41 Ashford & Simpson – Flashback – Warner Bros. 12″
54 71 Roxy Music – Dance Away – Polydor 7″
55 47 Mass Production – Can’t You See I’m Fired Up / Strollin’ / Firecracker – Atlantic 12″/US Cotillion LP
56 40 Kleeer – Keep Your Body Workin’ – Atlantic 12″
57 53 Richard Evans – Burning Spear / Do-Re-Me-For-Soul – US Horizon 12″/LP
58 68 Gap Band – Baby Baba Boogie / Shake – US Mercury LP
59 51 Hudson People – Trip To Your Mind – Hithouse 12″
60 32 Three Degrees – The Runner – Ariola 12″
61 42 Wings – Goodnight Tonight – Parlophone 12″
62 64 B. Baker Chocolate Co. – Snow Blower – US LRC LP
63 54 Phil Hurtt – Boogie City – Fantasy 12″
64 52 Dance People – Dance People – Satril 12″
65 RE Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You / Say It Again – US Arista 12″/LP
66 49 Elton John – Are You Ready For Love – Rocket 12″
67 NE Roy Ayers – Fever / Love Will Bring Us Back Together – Polydor 12″/LP
68 66 Direct Current – Everybody Here Must Party – US TEC 12″
69 76 Five Special – Why Leave Us Alone – US Elektra 12″
70 73 Pointer Sisters – Happiness – Planet 12″
71 80 Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – A&M 12″
72 35 Boney M. – Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi-Holiday – Atlantic 7″/12″
73 85 Splendor – All Night Long / Take Me To Your Disco – US Columbia 12″/LP
74 79 Taka Boom – Night Dancin’ – US Ariola 12″
75 82 George Benson – Soulful Strut / Unchained Melody / Before You Go / Hey Girl – Warner Bros. LP
76 65 Peter Jacques Band – Walking On Music / Fire Night Dance – Ariola 12″/US Prelude LP
77 86 Uncle Louie – Full Tilt Boogie – US Marlin LP
78 NE Village People – Go West / I Wanna Shake Your Hand – Mercury LP
79 NE Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow – Warner Bros. 12″
80 78 Dennis Brown – Ain’t That Loving You – Laser 12″
81 88 Mandre – Freakin’s Fine / Swang / Spirit Groove / Final Funk – US Motown LP
82 90 Bombers – Let’s Dance / Shake / Disco Galaxy – US West End LP
83 NE Nino Tempo & 5th Ave. Sax – (Hooked On) Young Stuff – US A&M 12″
84 83 Arthur Adams – I Like It Funky – US A&M LP
85 77 Exile – How Could This Go Wrong – Rak 12″
86 NE Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
87 RE Gary’s Gang – Showtime / Let’s Lovedance Tonight – CBS 12″
88 74 Poussez – Come On And Do It / Boogie With Me – Vanguard LP
89 NE L.A.X. – Dancin’ At The Disco – US Prelude/Belgian Biram 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

(The last 5 entries are missing from the chart for some reason. 4 of the missing places can be reconstructed from next week’s chart.)

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
#4 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #5 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#8 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #10 (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
#11 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 2/3/79) / #13 (BNDA debut 12/23/78)
#14 (BNDA debut 3/31/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #17 (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
#20 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #25 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#29 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #30 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #31 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#32 (BNDA debut 5/5/79) / #33 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #35 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#37 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #39 (BNDA debut 5/12/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#46 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #48 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #58 (BNDA debut 5/12/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 5/26/79)
#63 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #65 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #68 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#69 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #70 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #76 (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
#78 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #79 (BNDA debut 5/26/79) / #86 (BNDA debut 5/19/79)
#88 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #89 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)

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