July 28, 1979: “Studio 54 certainly know how to manipulate publicity – the place is nothing very special.”

Ten days and usual dose of jet lag later, your Record Mirror reporter is back from the New York Hilton-held Billboard Disco Forum VI with more news than there’s room to print.

Where to start? Well, name checks first. The UK contingent included DJ’s Froggy and Fatman Graham Canter, Phonogram’s John Waller, EMI LRD’s Ray Edwards, Polydor’s John Perou and Theo Loyla (the latter not arriving till the Saturday’s first Laker flight), Pye’s Dave McAleer and Alan McLachlan, Bocu Music’s Howard Huntridge and Ian Titchener (both known for other DJ roles too), BBC Radio One producer Tony Hale, US born but Leeds Warehouse-owning Mike Wiand – these in various combinations being the crowd I personally moved with while also in evidence were DJ Simon Pollock, producer Ian Levine and Island’s Erskine Thompson (who was supervising a Manu Dibango recording session in NY). In our different groupings we ate, drank and clubbed together.

Yup, clubs! The opening night of the Forum’s evening entertainment at the Roseland Ballroom, set up as a special disco for the occasion, we were unimpressed by Sister Sledge and then moved up a few blocks to 54th Street and the world-famous Studio 54. They certainly know how to manipulate publicity – the place is nothing very special.

Suspended mirrored and lightbulb-covered columns rise up and down over the dancefloor so that sometimes they drop in amongst the dancers, while horizontally-mounted prismatic mirrors spin overhead to reflect bright strobe-like lights.

Frankly I’m not too keen on naked torsos, freckled bony shoulders, cropped balding heads, unhealthy-looking women trying to look young, over-laboured freaks and middle-aged men who ought to know better – so I can’t be said to have found the place thrilling. The music was permanently fast until with a laboured creak it suddenly dropped down – to be greeted with widespread relief – into James Brown, but I did enjoy it when the DJ did my own segue out of Atlantic Starr into Harvey Mason.

Studio 54 has only become notorious by being hard to get into (they even refused late-arriving Billboard vice-president Bill Wardlow!), whereas Paradise Garage sets out to achieve less, yet achieves so much more.

On the seedier side of Greenwich Village on King Street, the Garage is literally that. Massive trucks are parked downstairs as you climb through a small door and head towards the carpark ramp that’s now the dimly-lit way up to the first-floor club.

Basically gay (though less noticeably so these days), the place is a juice bar serving no alcohol and limited (again not so noticeably) to over-25s. It is always packed, doesn’t close till mid-morning, and is the most exciting club in the city . . . thanks largely to its incredible sound and DJ Larry Levan’s superb mixing . . . it is possible to stand two inches away from the speakers’ massive ports and have an ordinary conversation, while your hair gets a blow-wave from the air pressure being pumped out! In fact the sound is loudest at the centre of the dancefloor, which used to be in almost permanent darkness except for some dazzling sweeps of the spinning, helicopter lights, but on this visit there were fewer helicopter effects in use and more regularly flashing vertical pencil beams.

In the juice bar a fountain spouts the juice for you to catch in a cup, while bowls of fresh fruit, nuts and sweets are all there for free too. Last time this room featured movies projected against the end wall – I saw ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Mahogany’ – but on this visit they weren’t in evidence. The music is a great mixture of the usual NY disco sounds but tempered by a more soulful element, the crowd being much more black than white. Well, that’s all the room for this week – more next.

Disco News

Hot Chocolate ‘Going Through The Motions’ is on 12in after all (12RAK 296), while David Naughton ‘Makin’ It’ is finally on commercial 12in (RSOX 32) and Me And You ‘You Never Know What You’ve Got’ switched to Laser 12in (LAS 8T) . . . David Naughton got his TV series after making some popular Dr Pepper soft drink commercials at the same time as appearing in ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway – versatile lad! . . . Pye launch a series of ‘Disco Duplex’ double albums, gatefold packaged in hinged die-cut sleeves showing the new Discovatin’ label comprising two four-track segued 45rpm 12in discs giving full LP length but 12in clarity all for the £4.80 cost of a normal LP, the ‘Get Down On The Floor’ debut set (DISC 01) featuring Real Thing ‘Can You Feel The Force’ / (remix), Gene Chandler ‘Get Down’ / Players Association ‘Turn The Music Up’, Two Man Sound ‘Que Tal America’ / Martin Circus ‘Disco Circus’, Daddy Dewdrop ‘Nanu Nanu’ / Edwin Starr ‘Contact’ – phew! . . . Van McCoy died three weeks ago after feeling unwell in the studio while Hugo & Luigi were extending and overdubbing his old ‘The Hustle’ for future 12in reissue . . . Stargard have made the logical label change to Whitfield . . . CBS’s Greg Lynn is taking a Disco Pool roadshow around the country to meet mailing list jocks by invitation only at central venues, starting this Friday at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Julie’s and including most major cities . . . Trojan invite bona-fide DJs to call Sharon on 01-969 6651 for a free copy of Symarip ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ provided they promise to play the reggae oldie ten times a night! . . . Satril’s Greg Buccheri (of broken axle fame) says that the upcoming Dance People LP and single deserve DJ attention and so he needs extra influential for his jocks list – write Greg at Satril House, 444 Finchley Road, London NW2 2HY . . . Stephanie Mills caused a commotion at a record shop LP-signing session when an unanticipated crowd of 3,000 turned up, the police pushed them into line, and 30 were injured when the shop’s window shattered under the pressure . . . East Anglian DJ Assn recently voted not to re-affiliate with the DJ Federation (GB) for a number of fairly footling reasons which seem to boil down to a dissatisfaction with overworked DJF secretary Tony Holden’s preference for making phone calls instead of writing time-consuming letters . . . Honey Bee Benson, representing Copenhagen’s IDEA agency, will be offering three months’ work at a top Oslo disco to worthwhile competitors in a mobile DJ contest being held at Gloucester’s Leisure Centre and Tiffanys, the winner getting £500 worth of equipment from organiser Barry Brown of Barry’s Disco Centre (Gloucester 421126) . . . Bob Jones, as well as Chelmsford Dee Jays every Wednesday, now funks Braintree’s Barn on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, while Dave Else reports that since he and some friends undertook to promote their own Wednesday and Friday funk nights at Guildford’s Bridge (in the Wooden Bridge on Woodbridge Hill) the crowd has grown dramatically . . . Chris Browne (spinning funk) and Gavin Breck (MoR) each jocked for 25 hours non-stop at Victor Lownes’s lavish 25th Anniversary Playboy party, which included a 25-hour outdoor roller disco too, the whole evidently being like a kind of upper-class Caister! . . . Steve Walsh, having vanquished his Peterborough-based namesake, now will represent the South of England against the North’s Colin Curtis (or maybe Bill Swift) at another battle of the giants in Peterborough’s Fleet Leisure Centre on August 24th . . . Robbie Collins (Robert Allwork, phone 01-520 7547) still needs gigs or residencies . . . Radio Medway soul jock Tony “Shades” Valence was revealed on Monday’s BBC 1 ‘Nationwide’ as a secret collector of rock ‘n roll stars’ discarded socks! . . . Radio 1 ‘Discovatin’’ producer Tony Hale is practising his pinball technique following a marathon match at New York’s Tribeca disco with Brass Construction’s Mickey Grudge, Randy Muller and myself! . . . Leeds Warehouse owner Michael Wiand managed to get a seat next to David Frost on his Concorde flight back from New York – can we expect a Frost Report on discos soon? . . . Preston Clouds celebrated their £150,000 reopening by issuing special Hangover Packs containing eye-mask, Alka-Seltzer, Anadin, Band-Aids and an Eau-de-Cologne brow-cooler! . . . Chelmsford’s YMCA in Victoria Road re-opened last Saturday after a £70,000 refit with Roger Carr running the disco as before . . . Paul Gough (Hartlepool Gemini) says he finds our disco chart a great help when selecting album tracks – which is good to hear, as we take great trouble to list them in order of popularity, and would like all chart contributors to do likewise instead of just jotting down “EWF LP” or similar . . . David Steinberg, US TV funny man, has the final word (and Forum catchphrase): “Get OFF!!!”

UK Newies

LOVE DE-LUXE: ‘Here Comes That Sound Again’ (from LP ‘Again and Again’, Atlantic K 50585) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
The new Gino Soccio of this New York trip, the British-made girlie group 115bpm plodder seemed awfully ordinary in its UK 12in form earlier this year but as a remixed (and already deleted) US 12in or this longer LP side it cuts through with a chillingly monotonous effectiveness when mixed and played through New York quality disco equipment – it was certainly hard to avoid! Could be the time is right to try it again here, too.

ROSEBUD: ‘Have A Cigar’ (Atlantic K 11185) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Remixed for 12in from their ‘Discoballs / A Tribute To Pink Floyd’ 1977 LP (which I tipped at the time as having specialist appeal), this jumping 138bpm Europop girlie group racer is now huge in the States, and could be catchy enough for Amii Stewart fans here finally too.

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Do It Good’ (Capitol CL 16085) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
Great slinkily grooving low 104bpm “sleaze” thumper on 7in here but hot in NY and much better on US promo 12in – which I couldn’t get, curses! 

TOTO: ‘Georgy Porgy’ (CBS 7378) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Attractive lurching 96bpm “sleaze” slowie with Cheryl Lynn joining in on vocals, out a while on 7in here but on much better full-length US 12in too.

JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘Love Magic’ (CBS 13-7479) (BNDA debut 5/26/79)
Past its peak but still much used in white-orientated NY discos, this walking bass-backed thumping 119bpm girlie group chanter on 7:44 12in has long instrumental passages and is typical of a certain NY sound, while the similarly 119bpm 5:35 ‘Holler’ flip is a thudding strutter with subdued squawking.


CHARANGA 76: ‘No Nos Pararan’ (US TR 12-606)
Undoubtedly the find of our New York visit, this Spanish-sung 115bpm Latin version of ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ is a bit basic in its 9:37 12in arrangement but mixes interestingly with the McFadden & Whitehead original – as disco radio stations WBLS and WKTU kept on demonstrating!

AL HUDSON & THE PARTNERS: ‘You Can Do It’ (US MCA MCA-13926) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Dynamite 7:05 12in remix of this long-since reviewed LP track, once big around Manchester, is a terrific chick-wailed jaunty 116bpm funk chugger that’s a huge floor-filler now in New York . . . and when I say it’s a chugger, man it really chugs!

FERN KINNEY: ‘Groove Me’ (US TK Disco TKD 401) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
Superb electronically pulsating and thudding tension-filled 108bpm revival of King Floyd’s funk oldie by a small-voiced lady (not THE Ferne!) on hypnotic 8:51 12in with rattling percussion and syndrums towards the end.

ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: ‘Strategy’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 4Z8 3701)
Tying into the summer season “sleaze” tempo typified by Herb Alpert’s ‘Rise’ (plugged incessantly on New York radio – at the right speed!), this great chunkily rolling 99-97bpm clapper plods and weaves along on 6:56 12in with a nagging power.

IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘Foxhuntin’’ (US Fantasy D-136)
Unemphatically clopping 131bpm intro adds intensity and works up into a pushing 133bpm bass-driven churner on 7:10 12in with freaky vocal effects and electronic trimmings, all very intriguing and different, while the similar 132-134bpm 5:33 ‘Boogie Boots’ official A-side is a slightly more straightforward vocal romper. Both should be big with UK jazz-funkers.

FRANK HOOKER & POSITIVE PEOPLE: ‘Rock Me’ (US Panorama YD-11635)
Exciting “rock” romper starts on 9:47 12in with 126bpm bass synthesizer and clapping but slides up to 133bpm (134bpm at finish) for a ‘H.A.P.P.Y.’ rattling and stamping workout which spurts from percussion breaks to fully orchestrated soul vocals.

KAT MANDU: ‘The Break’ (US TK Disco TKD 155) (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
Galloping 133bpm instrumental rattler on 8:44 12in – designed as the title suggests for mixing, but fleshed out with strings and brass to give a good tune too during the first half. There are a couple of dynamite mix points where it stops completely for a freaky flutter-echo string effect, the second one leading into the main percussion, syndrums and whistles last half.

SWAMP DOGG: ‘Come On And Dance With Me’ (US Atomic Art 334)
Debuted at Gullivers ages ago when Swamp Dogg brought it down on cassette, this slow-to-get-going 124bpm burbling soul clapper on 11:00 white vinyl 12in really only comes alive two-thirds of the way through, when a totally freaky 120bpm sound effects break erupts to dominate the record (ideal for mixing) – the chief effect being a schoolboy’s ruler going boinnnggg!

NIGHTLIFE UNLIMITED: ‘Disco Choo Choo’ (from LP ‘Nightlife Unlimited’, US Casablanca NBLP 7139) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
Currently big in white-orientated NY discos, this typically trite 134bpm Europop skitterer pounds along for 9:19 with title-cooing chix, clapping and electronic effects over the cheerfully chugging sparsely-fleshed rhythm . . . and it works in its own environment.

DJ Top Ten

Russ Gray now spins New York disco at Manchester’s Placemate 7, where naturally a hundred per cent mixing is the order of the night. As a funk jock, he takes the view that NY disco is pure dance music and as such can create a superb atmosphere – especially when complemented by spectacular lighting, excellent sound and a good dancefloor. Roxy Music or Blondie fans may be a bit non-plussed by his approach, but Russ hopes the North-West’s real New York enthusiasts will check him out.

1. KLEEER: ‘It’s Magic’ (US Atlantic LP)
2. PAUL JABARA: ‘Honeymoon (In Puerto Rico)’ (US Casablanca 12”)
3. LEROY GOMEZ: ‘Get Up Boogie’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 7/21/79)
4. NIGHTLIFE UNLIMITED: ‘Disco Choo Choo’ (US Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
5. SEVENTH AVENUE: ‘New York’s On Fire’ (US AVI LP)
6. GOTHAM FLASHER: ‘I’m Never Gonna Leave You’ (US Keylock 12”)
7. ROSEBUD: ‘Have A Cigar’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
8. ST. TROPEZ: ‘One More Minute’ (Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 3/3/79)
9. BOB-A-RELA: ‘Spend The Night’ (US Channel LP) (BNDA debut 5/19/79)
10. THEO VANESS: ‘Bad Bad Boy’ LP (Epic LP) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)

UK Disco Top 90 – July 28, 1979

01 01 Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – TK 12″
02 03 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
03 02 Earth, Wind & Fire & The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland – CBS 12″
04 04 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
05 05 Sister Sledge – We Are Family – Atlantic 12″
06 07 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
07 06 Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love – Pye 12″
08 08 Teena Marie – I’m A Sucker For Your Love – Motown 12″
09 11 Donna Summer – Bad Girls / One Love / Lucky / Sunset People / Dim All The Lights – Casablanca 12″/LP
10 09 Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline – Ensign 12″
11 10 Edwin Starr – H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – 20th Century 12″
12 12 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
13 13 Carrie Lucas – Dance With You – Solar 12″
14 16 Deniece Williams – I’ve Got The Next Dance – CBS 12″
15 21 Janet Kay – Silly Games – Scope 12″
16 17 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star / Let Your Feelings Show / After The Love Is Gone / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
17 14 Joe Thomas – Make Your Move / Sugar Shack – TK 12″
18 18 Amii Stewart – Light My Fire – Atlantic 12″
19 22 Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
20 20 V/A – Turn On The Tap (all cuts) – Tappan Zee 12″ EP
21 19 Tata Vega – Get It Up For Love / I Just Keep Thinking About You Baby – Motown 12″
22 15 Donna Summer – Hot Stuff – Casablanca 12″
23 24 Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow – Warner Bros. 12″
24 28 Diana Ross – The Boss / No One Gets The Prize / It’s My House – Motown 12″/LP
25 23 Crusaders – Street Life / Carnival Of The Night / The Hustler / Rodeo Drive – MCA LP
26 26 Five Special – Why Leave Us Alone – Elektra 12″
27 25 Light Of The World – Midnight Groovin’ – Ensign 12″
28 42 Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You – Arista 12″
29 43 Peter Brown – Crank It Up – TK 12″
30 39 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
31 34 Roxy Music – Dance Away – Polydor 7″
32 30 Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
33 27 War – Good Good Feelin’ – MCA 12″
34 29 GQ – This Happy Feeling / Make My Dream A Reality – Arista 12″
35 35 Gary’s Gang – Showtime / Let’s Lovedance Tonight – CBS 12″
36 31 Melba Moore – Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance – Epic 12″
37 32 Village People – Go West – Mercury 12″
38 41 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life / Better Do It Salsa – Island 12″/LP
39 66 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Canadian IGM 12″
40 36 L.A.X. – Dancin’ At The Disco – Pye 12″
41 48 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance / Starburst – Infinity 7″/LP
42 33 Gino Soccio – Dancer / Dance To Dance – Warner Bros. 12″
43 56 George Benson – Unchained Melody / Before You Go – Warner Bros. 12″
44 38 Jackie McLean – Dr. Jackyll And Mr. Funk – RCA 12″
45 47 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo / 1000 Finger Man / Rock & Shuffle – Salsoul LP/US 12″
46 50 Taka Boom – Night Dancin’ – Ariola 12″
47 37 Hudson People – Trip To Your Mind – Ensign 12″
48 45 Blondie – Sunday Girl – Chrysalis 12″
49 53 Switch – Best Beat In Town – Motown 12″
50 49 Heatwave – Razzle Dazzle / Eyeballin’ / Raise A Blaze / Therm Warfare / One Night Tan – GTO 12″/LP
51 58 Smokey Robinson – Get Ready – US Motown LP
52 55 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
53 46 Herbie Hancock – Tell Everybody – CBS 12″/US 12″ remix
54 57 Lalo Schifrin – Chile Caliente – US Warner Bros. LP
55 61 Ralph MacDonald – I Need Someone / East Dry River / Discolypso / You Are In Love / Always Something Missing – US Marlin LP
56 71 Sylvester – Stars / Body Strong – Fantasy 12″/US 12″ remix
57 59 Patrick Juvet – Swiss Kiss / Viva California / Lady Night / The Gay Paris – Casablanca 12″/LP
58 40 T-Connection – Saturday Night – TK 12″
59 79 Bonnie Pointer – Heaven Must Have Sent You – Motown 12″ remix
60 54 Direct Current – Everybody Here Must Party – Sidewalk 12″
61 NE Herb Alpert – Rise – US A&M 12″
62 64 Uncle Louie – Full Tilt Boogie – US TK 12″
63 74 Antonia Rodriguez – La Bamba – Magnet 12″
64 69 James Brown – It’s Too Funky In Here – Polydor 12″
65 75 Lenny Williams – If You’re In Need / Doin’ The Loop De Loop / When I’m Dancin’ – MCA LP
66 60 Dexter Wansel – I’ll Never Forget (My Favourite Disco) / It’s Been Cool – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
67 67 Electric Light Orchestra – Shine A Little Love – Jet 12″
68 NE Me And You – You Never Know What You’ve Got – Deb Music 12″
69 62 Nino Tempo & 5th Ave. Sax – (Hooked On) Young Stuff – US A&M 12″
70 NE Olympic Runners – The Bitch – Polydor 12″
71 82 Poussez – Come On And Do It / Boogie With Me / Never Gonna Say Goodbye – Vanguard 12″/LP
72 63 Cynthia Woodward – California Dreamin’ – H&L 12″
73 NE Central Line – Wot We Got – Phonogram 12″ promo
74 84 Skyy – First Time Around – Salsoul 12″
75 RE Mass Production – Welcome To Our World / Cosmic Lust / Strollin’ – Atlantic 12″
76 65 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
77 RE Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It / Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ / Don’t Stop Dancin’ – 20th Century LP/US 12″
78 90 Tom Browne – What’s Going On / Throw Down / The Closer I Get To You / Herbal Scent – US Arista/GRP LP
79 NE Chain Reaction – Sweet Lady (Dance With Me) / Changes – US Jam Sessions 12″
80 73 Sun – Radiation Level – US Capitol 12″
81 78 Hot Chocolate – Mindless Boogie – Rak 12″
82 89 Breakwater – Work It Out – Arista 12″
83 70 Terry Callier – Sign Of The Times / Do It Again / Still Water – Elektra LP/US 12″
84 81 Brainstorm – Hot For You – Tabu 12″
85 NE Real Thing – Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) – Pye 12″
86 NE Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
87 NE Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do The Do – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
88 NE Nuggets – New York – Mercury 7″/12″ promo/US LP
89 86 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night / Life In The City / Winner Takes All / You’re Beside Me – Epic LP
90 RE Kleeer – It’s Magic / I Love To Dance / Tonight’s The Night – US Atlantic LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#9 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 5/19/79)
#13 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #14 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#22 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 5/26/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#25 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #26 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#29 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 5/12/79) / #33 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#36 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #45 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#49 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #52 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 3/24/79) / #57 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #59 (BNDA debut 5/5/79)
#60 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #61 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #63 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#64 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #70 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #71 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#75 (BNDA debut 11/6/76) / #76 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #77 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#84 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #88 (BNDA debut 6/30/79) / #89 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)

Bubbling Under the Disco Top 90 are:
ERIC GALE: ‘Let Me Slip-It-To-You’ / ‘Nezumi’ / ‘Part Of You’ / ‘Holding On To Love’ (CBS LP)
ATLANTIC STARR: ‘(Let’s) Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (A&M 12”)
RITZ: ‘Locomotion’ (Epic 12”)
FINISHED TOUCH: ‘The Down Sound’ (Motown 12”)
SASSY: ‘Keep On Jumpin’/You Make Me Feel’ (Flamingo 7”)
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Found A Cure’ (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
TASHA THOMAS: ‘Midnight Rendezvous’ / ‘Hot Buttered Boogie’ / ‘Street Fever’ / ‘You’re The One I Love’ (Atlantic LP) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
SAVOY: ‘Sunny Side Of The Street’ (EMI 12”)
DAVID BENOIT: ‘Life Is Like A Samba’ (AVI 12”)
CANDI STATON: ‘Rock’ / ‘Chance’ (Warner Bros. LP)
SADAO WATANABE: ‘Duo Creatics’ (Miracle 12” EP)
KANDIDATE: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ (Rak 7”)
STEWART THOMAS GROUP: ‘To Freak Or Not To Freak’ (Arista 12”) (BNDA debut 5/26/79)
WHISPERS: ‘Can’t Do Without Love’ / ‘Headlights’ (Solar 12”)
RICK JAMES: ‘Bustin’ Out’ (Motown 12”)
TUMBLACK: ‘Caraiba’ (Island 12”)
CINDY & ROY: ‘Can You Feel It’ / ‘Gotta Love Somebody Else’ (WEA 12”) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
THEO VANESS: ‘As Long As It’s Love’ (Epic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING: ‘Music Box’ (RCA 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
NIGHTFALL: ‘Nighttime Boogie’ (Sidewalk 12”)
J.J. BARNES: ‘How Long’ (Casino Classics 12”)
EL COCO: ‘Cocomotion ‘79’ / ‘Dance Man’ / ‘Love Exciter’ / ‘Love In Your Life’ (AVI 12”) (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
PARLIAMENT: ‘Deep’ / ‘Flashlight’ (Casablanca 12”)
JUNIOR WALKER: ‘Sax Attack’ / ‘Wishing On A Star’ / ‘Back Street Boogie’ / ‘Hole In The Wall’ (US Whitfield LP)
AIRTO MOREIRA: ‘Tempos Atras’ / ‘Toque De Cuica’ / ‘Amajour’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
MAVIS STAPLES: ‘Tonight I Feel Like Dancing’ (US Warner Bros. 12”)
OHIO PLAYERS: ‘Everybody Up’ (Arista 12”)
FRANCIE SIMONE: ‘Let Your Body Run’ (US BC 12”) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
ANDY FORRAY: ‘Drac’s Back’ (Acrobat 7”)
JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘Love Magic’ / ‘Holler’ (CBS 12”) (BNDA debut 5/26/79)
HAMILTON BOHANNON: ‘Stop And Go’ / ‘The Groove Machine’ / ‘I’ll Be Here With You’ / ‘If You Ever Need’ / ‘Andrea’ (US Mercury LP) (BNDA debut 7/21/79)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Turn Off The Lights’ / ‘Do Me’ / ‘Life Is A Circle’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
NONA HENDRYX: ‘You’re The Only One That I Ever Needed’ (Arista 7”)
TROIANO: ‘We All Need Love’ (US Capitol 12”) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
AQUARIAN DREAM: ‘Disco Juice’ / ‘Gettum Up And Dance’ / ‘Chance To Dance’ (US Elektra LP)
PHILLY CREAM: ‘Motown Review’ (Fantasy 12”) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
NORMAN CONNORS: ‘Discoland’ / ‘Invitation’ / ‘Kingston’ / ‘Your Love’ (Arista LP)
EDWIN STARR: ‘It’s Called The Rock’ (20th Century LP)
FREDDIE JAMES: ‘Get Up And Boogie’ (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
ST. TROPEZ: ‘One More Minute’ (Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 3/3/79)

One thought on “July 28, 1979: “Studio 54 certainly know how to manipulate publicity – the place is nothing very special.””

  1. Another fascinating post that is filled with casual cultural historic nuggets- reference to Sir Freddie Laker’s groundbreaking but short lived low cost cross atlantic airline- years ahead of its time! The cold British reaction to Studio 54- cutting through all the hype- a truly emperors new clothes moment. The club has gone on of course to have cult legendary status as “the greatest”. Great to have this contemporary critique! Again James is underwhelmed by a legendary disco act- this time its Sister Sledge when they are at the height of their success. Love it! It’s also great to read James contemporary reviews of new record releases too (even if I do wince at the un pc sexist comments that are often included!)- before they have either become iconic hits or sank without trace. Really look forward to new posts on this blog!


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