June 9, 1979: Turn On The Tap EP, Gregg Diamond Bionic Boogie, Teena Marie, Richard Evans, GQ

Disco News

Global Village under London’s Charing Cross Station has been bought by the Embassy’s owners, is now closed, and reopens mid-September as “the World’s biggest and plushest gay club” . . . Al Matthews of ‘Chimes’, ‘Fool’ and ‘Sloosh’ fame now jocks BBC Radio One’s Discovatin’ show and Chris Jones gets the Radio One soul slot in place of Robbie Vincent, while Greg Edwards becomes permanent host this Friday of Capital Radio’s Best Disco In Town . . . Morgan Khan replaces Sue Winter in Pye’s disco team, which still includes Roan Wynter and boss Dave McAleer, and Phonogram’s John Wailer is now assisted by Orin Cozier . . . Phonogram incidentally have run out of Kool ‘Boogie Vibes’ promos so don’t ask! . . . Theo Loyla, what do you expect us to do with just one RSO slipmat?! . . . Motown’s Les Spaine, once Liverpool’s Godfather of Punk, has bought a luxury bungalow near his hometown . . . WEA’s Fred Dove, upset at having to cut his mailing list back, is faced with 400 new applicants and only 250 places – which include the best of his original 350 jocks . . . War ‘Good Good Feelin’’ is being re-promoted by MCA with a special promo-only ‘Evolution Of War’ LP featuring the group’s members rapping between their oldies . . . Alton McClain ‘It Must Be Love’ and David Naughton ‘Makin’ It’ are on promo 12in here, but ELO ‘Shine A Little Love’ (Jet 12 144) is on white vinyl commercial 12in . . . Direct Current’s follow-up could be ‘Rock Around The Clock’ done disco! . . . James E Myers (pen-name Jimmy DeKnight), composer of the aforementioned, would welcome a copy of Merrick Farran Concert Orchestra ‘Rock Around The Clock – Symphonic Variations on a Rock ‘n Roll Theme’ (Melodisc LP), out in the early ‘60s, so let me know if a miracle happens . . . Rosebud ‘Have A Cigar’, from their 1977 disco variation on a Pink Floyd theme, is now hitting US discos! . . . Ian Turner (Colwyn Bay) reports the recent Anglesey “four day disco extravaganza” at Plas Coch Disco ranked lower than a museum visit on the entertainment scale, their DJ competition being particularly poor . . . Rob Grose says Truro Hospital Radio is short of sounds so could generous record companies contact him at 32 Kenwyn Street (Truro 77950)? . . . Paul Clark (Brighton 698699) wants a new Friday night home for his import funk and many South Coast followers . . . Super Shaft Danny spins reggae ‘n’ funk on Friday nights at the Phoenix in London’s Cavendish Square, where recently he had three separate sound systems set up and seguing one from the other in rotation for an amazing effect! . . . Stuart Swann now hits Bolton Rockerfellas early week Mon-Wednesdays . . . Steve Walsh (London Lyceum) speed spins Nino Tempo ‘Ronan’s Road’ (US A&M 12in B-side) at 45rpm, but varied down a bit . . . Tony Jenkins (Uxbridge Anthonys), recent Hot Vinyl contributor, is piqued at being misprinted “Perkins”! . . . Neil Fincham (Dunbar Goldenstones) says that in his part of Scotland, wallies means dentures! . . . “Nytro Express? That’ll do fine, sir.”

UK Newies

VARIOUS: ‘Turn On The Tap’ (Tappan Zee CBS 13-7333)
Finally, here it is – a four-track 12in EP for £1.99 containing four jazz-funk classics! RICHARD TEE ‘First Love’ is a gorgeous ultra-catchy 122-125bpm piano skipper (it and the similarly happy 121bpm ‘Strokin’’ are also on his LP (CBS 83339), which here fades to a segue into the long-awaited WILBERT LONGMIRE ‘Black Is The Colour’ import smash from last autumn, a naggingly catchy 125bpm jazz driver with sizzling cymbal offbeat – one of the classiest disco hits ever. BOB JAMES ‘Touchdown’ is a melodic comes-and-goes 118/59bpm jazzy jogger, followed by MONGO SANTAMARIA ‘Watermelon Man’, a forcefully rattling and stamping 133bpm remake of his infectiously happy 1963 Latin hit. Go get ‘em!

GREG DIAMOND BIONIC BOOGIE: ‘Chains’ (Polydor POSPX 50) (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
Brilliantly produced exciting powerful 116bpm chugger on remixed noise-filled 6:47 12in with wailing guys and not a gap unfilled – much better than I remembered it, and it always was my favourite LP track. Check the amazing break near the end!

TEENA MARIE: ‘I’m A Sucker For Your Love’ (from LP ‘Wild And Peaceful’, Motown STML 12109)
Rick James prod/penned and largely sung great raunchily rolling, thumping and bumping 116bpm funk burbler, due next week also on 5:54 12in (12 TMG 1146) . . . although I’m unsure if it’ll feature the US 12in mainly instrumental sax-led flip (US Motown M 00024 D1), which many jocks now prefer. Thanks to this 12in, it’s overtaken the originally hotter strutting and stamping 110bpm ‘Don’t Look Back’, the LP’s other main attraction. 

RICHARD EVANS: ‘Burning Spear’ (A&M AMSP 7438)
Marvellous A&M have coupled the import LP’s two hottest cuts for both full-length 12in AND 7in – well done! My own fave and evidently yours, this terrific steadily thumping 118bpm jazz-funk skipper is beautifully arranged and mixes nicely between Jackie McLean and Arthur Adams. However, the official A-side follows the US 12in choice as the more stolid 118bpm ‘Do-Re-Me-For-Soul’, spoilt by superfluous shrill “disco” chix though good otherwise.

GQ: ‘Make My Dream A Reality’ (Arista ARIST 12263)
Great coolly clomping 122bpm soul romper, long an LP hit, links the ‘Disco Nights’ sound to a stronger more flowing song structure and is now at last on 8:12 12in with the also hot and similar 130bpm ‘This Happy Feeling’ as extra-value 5:22 flip!

HARVEY MASON: ‘Groovin’ You’ (Artsta ARTY 166) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Potentially a huge UK hit and already a three-plays-nightly monster at Gullivers, this Olympic Runners-ish 121-122bpm leaper lacks the import 12in “bom bom bom” outro in this 5:53 version; however, also warm is the disjointed (c. 124-121-124-122bpm!) but intriguingly different ‘Say It Again’ falsetto harmony jitterer with an excitingly unexpected jaggedly brassy last half.

SPYRO GYRA: ‘Morning Dance’ LP (Infinity IN 2003)
Popular if specialist jazz-funk set, the action tracks being the subtly swaying 102bpm title, throbbing 133bpm ‘Starburst’, jerky 104bpm ‘Heliopolis’, convoluted 120bpm ‘Jubilee’ and (my own fave) George Benson-ish 47/94bpm ‘It Doesn’t Matter’.

CHANSON: ‘I Can Tell’ (Ariola AROC 168) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
Linda Evans-sung fast jittery 127bpm pounder on 7:02 12in with a totally different sound from ‘Don’t Hold Hack’ (though this was initially bigger last summer on import). Starting as a melodic rattling galloper it booms and bashes up into a frantic Donna Summer-ish hustler.

PEARLY GATES: ‘Fandango Dancing’ (Bronze 12BRO 74)
Biddu-produced creamily chugging bass-pushed 124bpm jogger on 4:20 12in with some good touches amongst the pop trappings. Pity it’s slightly slower than the similar Melba Moore/Bombers hits.

HUDSON PEOPLE: ‘Trip To Your Mind’ (Ensign ENY 2712)
Buoyantly skipping drumkit-pushed 133-136bpm cymbal schlurper remixed by Chris Hill & Robbie Vincent from the Hithouse version for new 9:08 12in, with the busy bass less boomy now and more of the AWB-ish vocal added after the jazzily racing instrumental part.

MORRISSEY-MULLEN: ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ (EMI-Digital 12DIG 1001)
Rose Royce’s slowie becomes a lushly jolting 104-106bpm sax ‘n guitar jazz-funk swayer on 4:39 12in, recorded by a clarity-enhancing new computer process.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘Bad Girls’ LP (Casablanca CALD 5007) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
Double LP opens with ‘Hot Stuff’ and the chugging 121bpm strutter stomps straight on into the similar and equally strong 121bpm title track (which, now also on single in the States, could well give her a simultaneous US top two). And so it goes on, one thumper thudding into another on the three fast sides in an overkill of sanitized “disco” frenzy that’s too much to handle in one go. Rock fans should note the ‘Hot Stuff’ guitar’s by Skunk Baxter!

VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Go West’ LP (Mercury 9109621) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
Lots more just like before, the title track 128bpm hollerer being their current single (6007221) also due on remixed 12in (9198274) – however, the included ‘YMCA’ and ‘In The Navy’ are not the remix versions, which seems a wasted opportunity. Also warm, also 128bpm, is ‘I Wanna Shake Your Hand’.

POUSSEZ: ‘Never Gonna Say Goodbye’ (Vanguard VSL 5014) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Blandly thumping 131bpm hustler on 7:53 12in, completely lacking the catchy power of their ‘Come On And Do It’ LP hit – though some “oop oops” and a twee tune may win radio plays. The meatier 123bpm pounding ‘Oogie Oogie’-type 7:54 ‘Boogie With Me’ flip has fans already and could be a stronger second best.

THEO VANESS: ‘As Long As It’s Love’ (Epic 12-7265) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Fast smacking 132bpm Village People-ish Eurodisco leaper with a “black man, white man, gay man, straight man” lyric on 6:20 12in.

BONNIE TYLER: ‘Married Men’ (RCA PC 5164)
Instrumentally more interesting version of the movie tune thumps along with plenty of gimmicky effects at 122-123bpm, but whether on 12in other than promo I’m unsure.

DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Are You Ready For Love’ (Atlantic K 11286)
Blandly cantering 131bpm original of the Thom Bell-penned Elton John hit, possibly due here too on 6:15 12in.

INSTANT FUNK: ‘Crying’ (Salsoul 12SSOL 118)
Really soulfully sung rattling 130bpm canterer takes a while to get going on 8:48 12in, with the moodily introduced 120bpm ‘Dark Vader’ story song as 7:19 flip.

Recent rockabilly and other oldie releases include:

ECHO VALLEY BOYS: ‘Wash Machine Boogie’ (Roller Coaster RRC 2003)
Originally obscure 1957 rockabilly bopper is now one of Britain’s most popular.

JOHNNY RESTIVO: ‘The Shape I’m In’ (RCA GOLD 003)
Muscular glamour boy’s ‘59 rock effort remains an all-time classic bopper.

4 PENNIES: ‘When The Boy’s Happy’ (Ensign ENY 23)
Chiffons-like girlie group classic from ‘63 with the Phil Spector-type sound, flipped by CARLO ‘Little Orphan Girl’, a Dion-copying finger-popping swinger.

ROBERT GORDON: ‘Rock Billy Boogie’ (RCA PB 1471)
Johnny Burnette bopper in an authentic modern revival.

SLEEPY LABEEF: ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ (Charly CYS 1049)
Beefy ham-thighed recent revival, a bit too smoothly rolling rhythmically.

BILL HALEY: ‘Rock The Joint’ (Roller Coaster RRC 2004)
Still exciting though pre-fame (and real R ‘n R!) bopping 1952 cover of the Treniers’ R&B rocker.


TERESA WIATER: ‘Once And For All’ (US UA UA-D6002-D)
Decadent maybe, but this 6:45 12in is dynamite purely because its 128bpm instrumental break happens to mix perfectly out of Anita Ward, synchronising syndrums and all! Before the vocal reappears after 2:05, chop back into Chantal Curtis to continue a killer mix.

GAP MANGIONE: ‘Dancin’ Is Makin’ Love’ LP (US A&M SP-4762)
Smoothly racing 133bpm brassy fast 5:45 title track instrumental, pumped along by ex-Crusaders Pops Popwell and Larry Carlton (producer), while the frantically pounding 142bpm ‘You’re The One’, jogging 113bpm ‘Dreamflow’ and meandering piano-plonked 35/70bpm ‘Takin’ It Back’ are undemanding jazz-funk too.

JAMES BROWN: ‘It’s Too Funky In Here’ (US Polydor PRO 086) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Brad Shapiro-prod/arr/penned mellow insidiously chugging 107bpm funk in a less frantic groove than Mr B’s own usual style, though the 6:33 promo 12in still relies on hypnotic repetition to cut through.

PETER BROWN: ‘Crank It Up (Funk Town)’ (US TK Disco 151) (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
Fast chugging 132bpm strutter gets away from his old sound on 10:31 12in with an urgent repetitive title line, jerky stop/starts and long instrumental break, rather like a much faster Marvin Gaye ‘Got To Give It Up’.

NORMA JEAN: ‘Sorcerer’ (US Bearsville BSSD 0339) (BNDA debut 6/17/78)
Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards-prod/arr/penned choogling slow 113bpm thudder with occasional explosion effects and a possibly over-long plonking intro eases typically on 7:20 12in into their current repetitive laid back Chic/Sledge-style sound, though it lacks their hit touch.

AL WILSON: ‘Earthquake’ (from LP ‘Count The Days’, US Roadshow BXL-3215)
Soulful set’s hottest cut so far is this 6:00 unhurried walking bass-driven 115bpm clonker, but the melodic 6:08 title track (reminiscent of Ray Charles’s ‘Eleanor Rigby’) has an interestingly different tripping 125bpm thump rhythm and is also on beefier 12in (YD-11584).

MANDRE: ‘Spirit Groove’ (US Motown M00022D1)
Although the flip to ‘Swang’ on UK 12in, this 6:56 ‘You And I’-like 123bpm funk strutter is the US A-side choice, flipped in turn by the also strong (and popular here) 135bpm ‘Freakin’s Fine’ clapper which hits a jauntily jumping lick.

WHISPERS: ‘Can’t Do Without Love’ (US Solar YD-11592)
Pleasant if unexceptional 106bpm harmony soul shuffler on 5:22 12in.

Most imports reviewed here have usually been bought from Groove Records in Soho, who haven’t been plugged before as I assumed they didn’t operate a mail order service. I was wrong! Out-of-towners can stay up to date by ordering these and other current imports from Fast Lane Records, 52 Greek Street, London W1, import prices being £4.75 LP and £2.75 12in, plus postage at 30p for one item or 50p for two and over (overseas £1 each item), postal orders getting same-day return. Yup, you too can shop where the stars shop!

Mix Master

My own megamix again: Teena Marie ‘Sucker’ (Motown 12in), mix into Jackie McLean ‘Dr Jackyll’ (RCA 12in), mix break into Candi Staton ‘When You Wake Up’ (WB 12in), mix break into Raydio ‘Rock On’ (Arista LP), mix towards end into Jacksons ‘Shake Your Body’ (Epic 12in), mix minus intro into Atlantic Starr ‘Rock ‘N Roll’ (US A&M LP), mix before too long into Harvey Mason ‘Groovin’ You’ (US Arista 12in), mix through “bom bom” outro into Anita Ward ‘Ring My Bell’ (TK 12in), mix into break of Teresa Wiater ‘Once And For All’ (US UA 12in), chop before vocal return into first harmonica beat of Chantal Curtis ‘Get Another Love’ (US Key 12in), crossfade break into main beat of Airto ‘Tempos Atras’ (US WB LP), segue end into EWF & Emotions ‘Boogie Wonderland’ (CBS 12in), chop on beat minus intro into Nino Tempo ‘Young Stuff’ (US A&M 12in) . . . vari-speed decks not needed!

Hot Vinyl

Mike Lavelle (Gravesend Wings/Larkfield Hunting Lodge) import tips:
LALO SCHIFRIN: ‘Chile Caliente’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
CUBA GOODING: ‘Disco Royale’ (US Motown LP)
TERRY CALLIER: ‘Sign Of The Times’ / ‘Do It Again’ (US Elektra LP)
GAP MANGIONE: ‘Dancin’ Is Makin’ Love’ (US A&M LP)
DALE JACOBS & COBRA: ‘Freedom’ / ‘Wings’ (US Epic LP)
STAINLESS STEAL: ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ (US Warner Bros. 12”)
BAMBU: ‘Jorge’s Theme’ (US Zebra 12”)
RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Dancin’’ (US Columbia LP)

UK Disco Top 90 – June 9, 1979

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

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#4 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #5 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
#7 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
#11 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #13 (BNDA debut 2/3/79)
#14 (BNDA debut 12/23/78) / #15 (BNDA debut 3/31/79) / #17 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#19 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #22 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#27 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #29 (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
#31 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 5/5/79) / #35 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #41 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #43 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#44 (BNDA debut 5/26/79) / #45 (BNDA debut 5/12/79) / #48 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#51 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #56 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#59 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 5/26/79) / #61 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#62 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #65 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #66 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#70 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 5/12/79) / #80 (BNDA debut 5/19/79)
#81 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #83 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #86 (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
#87 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #90 (BNDA debut 3/10/79)

Bubbling Under the Disco Top 90 are:
BOMBERS: ‘Let’s Dance’ / ‘Shake’ (US West End LP)
PEARLY GATES: ‘Fandango Dancin’’ (Bronze 12”)
BRAINSTORM: ‘Hot For You’ (Tabu 12”) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: ‘Shine A Little Love’ (Jet 12”)
ABBA: ‘Does Your Mother Know’ (Epic 7”)
SPINNERS: ‘Are You Ready For Love’ (US Atlantic 12”)
INSTANT FUNK: ‘Dark Vader’ / ‘Crying’ (Salsoul 12”)
SPLENDOR: ‘All Night Long’ / ‘Take Me To Your Disco’ (CBS LP)
THEO VANESS: ‘As Long As It’s Love’ (Epic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
MANTUS: ‘Rock It To The Top’ (US SMI 12”) (BNDA debut 3/31/79)
SPARKS: ‘Number One Song In Heaven’ (Virgin 12”)
ULTIMATE: ‘Ritmo De Brazil’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 1/20/79)
CHER: ‘Take Me Home’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 3/3/79)
DALE JACOBS & COBRA: ‘Cobra’ / ‘Freedom’ / ‘Wings’ / ‘Scouting Party’ (US Epic LP)
BECK FAMILY: ‘Can’t Shake The Feeling’ (London 12”)
KAY-GEES: ‘Burn Me Up’ / ‘Latican Funk’ (US De-Lite LP)
TERRY CALLIER: ‘Sign Of The Times’ / ‘Do It Again’ (US Elektra LP)
SWITCH: ‘Best Beat In Town’ / ‘Fallin’’ / ‘Next To You’ (US Gordy LP) (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
PRINCE PHILLIP MITCHELL: ‘Let’s Get Wet’ / ‘I’m So Happy’ (US Atlantic 12”/LP)
ALTON MCCLAIN & DESTINY: ‘It Must Be Love’ (Polydor 12” promo) (BNDA debut 3/24/79)
BIONIC BOOGIE: ‘Chains’ (Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Dancin’’ / ‘Aquarius’ / ‘Every Chance I Get’ (US Columbia LP)
DONNA SUMMER: ‘Bad Girls’ (Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Dance With You’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 3/10/79)
AL WILSON: ‘Earthquake’ (US Roadshow LP)
CUBA GOODING: ‘Disco Royale’ (US Motown LP)
GAP MANGIONE: ‘Dancin’ Is Makin’ Love’ (US A&M LP)
AIRTO MOREIRA: ‘Tempos Atras’ (US Warner Bros LP)
TYRONE DAVIS: ‘In The Mood’ (US Columbia 7”/LP)
ATLANTIC STARR: ‘(Let’s) Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (US A&M LP)
JOHN TROPEA: ‘In This Time’ (US Marlin LP)
DAVID BENOIT: ‘Life Is Like A Samba’ / ‘Heavier Than Yesterday’ (US AVI LP)
LEE RITENOUR: ‘Midnight Lady’ / ‘Feel The Night’ (US Elektra LP)
LOU RAWLS: ‘Let Me Be Good To You’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 12”)
SHOTGUN: ‘Don’t You Wanna Make Love’ / ‘Skate’ (US ABC LP)
EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING: ‘Music Box’ (US RCA 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Chase Me’ / ‘Not Ready’ / ‘Candy’ (US Mercury LP)
LALO SCHIFRIN: ‘Chile Caliente’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
JAMES BROWN: ‘It’s Too Funky In Here’ (US Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER: ‘Bad For Me’ (US Elektra 12”) (BNDA debut 5/5/79)
BAMBU: ‘Jorge’s Theme’ (US Zebra 12”)
MARC COLBY: ‘Village Zoo’ (US Tappan Zee LP)

2 thoughts on “June 9, 1979: Turn On The Tap EP, Gregg Diamond Bionic Boogie, Teena Marie, Richard Evans, GQ”

  1. Fascinating, two important references -cultural & technological feature in this weeks column. The new gay club would soon become famous as “Heaven” and the computer technology that creates clean recordings- Digital recording! When history is written certain events are given an importance that in real time almost passed unnoticed and their significance barely recognised. Love reading this column- keep up the great work it’s greatly appreciated!


    1. That’s an interesting observation re. digital recording – I didn’t immediately spot the reference, but there it is in the Morrissey-Mullen review, which looks like the first release on the “EMI Digital” label….


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