August 25, 1979: “Record executives are muttering about disco being the goose that laid a leaden egg, and the big backlash seems to be under way.”

Record executives are muttering about disco being the goose that laid a leaden egg, and the big backlash seems to be under way. Typically they only ever saw disco as a bandwagon on which to jump, and are to be blamed if the expected sales didn’t materialise.

In the USA, disco – or, as it ought to be, “Disco” – became the great white hope after radio stations found that by playing nothing but dance music their audience ratings improved dramatically. This is not so surprising in view of the appallingly dull state of normal US radio output – “disco” by virtue of being lively became the new rock ‘n roll.

In this country, thankfully, radio is more varied and jumbles in enough exciting records not to need disco as anything more than another lively link in its normal programming. However, thanks to the buzz caused Stateside by the “disco” radio ratings, the US record industry got geared up to flood the market with what it presumed was wanted . . . and this oversupply of “disco” product swept over into Britain too.

The trouble was, here we are less enamoured of US style “disco” and still like our dance music to have a root in good old US style “soul”. Further, the UK disco market is still only really capable of buying a hit into the 40s on the pop chart – the big chart disco hits are in fact often tainted with the dreaded “disco” zinginess but rely on Wally rather than club-goer sales. The British club-goer does exactly that, goes to clubs, dresses up and spends money on these activities probably in far greater proportion than on actually buying records.

Let’s face it, today’s disco records sound great at a club, but as so many of them are structured primarily for DJ’s to play and mix into others just like them, the average club-goer can not be blamed for preferring to hear them in their correct context rather than in all their naked thump-thump-thump isolation at home.

But when the shocking truth comes out, that a legitimate Top 10 hit in all the disco charts can’t even sell 4,000 copies (which was the recent case with one particular record), the blame must surely be directed at the nation’s disc-jockeys. When a record is evidently that popular, what the hell are all you 30, 60, or however many thousand DJ’s doing? Not buying it and catering to your dancers’ needs, it seems, and certainly not helping improve relations with the record companies.

No wonder that mailing lists are being suspended, pruned and chopped. It would be no bad thing if every company stopped sending out promos in one fell swoop. That would soon sort out the men from the boys, put up running costs, and force DJ’s to go out (as of course the vast majority do) to – horror of horrors! – actually BUY their records.

This could have two effects: it might finally raise the money earned by most DJ’s, and it might make them even more aware of imports. If you’re in an import-stocking record shop, the difference in price between a hot import 12in and its less-fresh UK version is not so great, especially when the UK version comes out weeks later.

Disco is not dead, whatever the record companies may think, but if in thinking that they reduce the number of their disco releases it should help everyone. Those who want a record badly enough can always get it on import, those who don’t want to spend their money can always get out of the disc-jockeying business and work for Leyland. If it means a rationalization and re-think, then I for one say, DISCO IS DEAD, LONG LIVE DISCO!


More clubs next week, but right now seems an appropriate point to talk about disco radio in New York City. You have to realise that there is a ludicrous number of radio stations beaming all sorts of programme formats at the population of New York (all US radio is local), with the result that if a station gets just 4 per cent of the available audience it’s probably the market leader. This is the sort of percentage that WKTU-FM gained when it switched formats to become WKTU (“Disco 92”) – it being at 92 on the dial – playing nothing but disco (and lots and lots of “disco”!). Also on FM, the more soul-orientated WBLS had been programming in a disco style for several years already, but with a blacker sound (it still remains by far the more listenable of the two!); however, it was the more blatantly white-orientated “disco” crud that won the ratings war for WKTU.

Although both stations’ jocks do a certain amount of mixing, they are by no means up to club DJ standards, and the overall presentation is surprisingly slip-shod. The buzz for a British visitor is immense, though, as just by turning on the radio you can hear pretty well all the soul and disco material denied us on the airwaves here! 24 hours a day, in unending rotation! Yes, it actually wears off after a time, and by tuning along the FM band you then find WRVR playing nothing but jazz and jazz-funk, or some indecipherable Latin station (as well as all the rock, pop, MoR, religious, news, country, classical and minority interest stuff), while over on the heavily compressed and sizzling AM band are the sadly fallen from grace WWRL soul station (my fave in the ‘60s) and the great reggae/calypso/funk/jazz/disco of WLIB, aimed at New York’s large enough Caribbean population. Drool, drool?!?


UK Newies

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Found A Cure’ (Warner Bros. K 17422T) (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
Superb thumping strutting 124bpm 12in with searing soul wailing in bursts between intense instrumental sections.

IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS: ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3’ (Stiff 12BUY 50) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
Foiled at every attempt to include this review, it’s less late than it looks! Thought you ought to know the funkily jittering 12in thudder is 122-123bpm, with sorta Instant Funk influence!

STANLEY CLARKE: ‘Just A Feeling’ (from LP ‘I Wanna Play For You’, Nemperor/Epic EPC 88331)
Dynamite happily jiggling jittery 110bpm vocoder and chix-chanted jazz-funk strutter, hopefully for singles release as this is a double LP (with plenty of good listening). 

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Turn Off The Lights’ (from LP ‘Teddy’, Philadelphia Int’l PIR 83656)
Electrifyingly dramatic beautiful 29/59bpm smoocher (also on 7in, PIR 7740), ‘Come Go With Me’ being another more mellow 43bpm smoocher with sexy chick muttering along, while dancers include a scat-spiked jaggedly jumping 129bpm ‘Life Is A Circle’ and bass-brightened skipping 131bpm ‘Do Me’.

KLEEER: ‘I Love To Dance’ (from LP ‘I Love To Dance’, Atlantic K 50614)
This happy 123bpm skipper has foreign language bits for tourists and mixes nicely out of Johnny Mathis – it’s also still hotter than the LP cuts now on 3-track 12in (K 11357T), the gruff-then-shrill churning 123bpm ‘Tonight’s The Night’ and romping syndrum-spiced 130bpm ‘It’s Magic’ (with the old 128bpm ‘Keep Your Body Workin’’ instrumental).

IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘Foxhuntin’’ / ‘Boogie Boots’ (Fantasy 12FTC 181)
Skippable perkily clapping 131bpm intro fills out into a bass-driven 133bpm jazz-funk 12in leaper with strange freaky effects, the similar 132-134bpm flip being a slightly more straightforward vocal romper.

CANDIDO: ‘Dancin’ & Prancin’’ / ‘Jingo’ (Salsoul 12SSOL 121) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
Smoothly weaving purposeful 116bpm 12in plodder and more overtly Latin 121bpm flipside revival of Santana’s oldie.

DAVID WILLIAMS: ‘Come On Down Boogie People’ (AVI AVISL 106)
Dee Ervin (Big Dee Irwin)-sung smoothly rolling 117bpm 12in soul tripper, originally hot on import exactly one year ago.

LINDA CLIFFORD: ‘Don’t Give It Up’ (RSO RSOX 37) (BNDA debut 3/31/79)
“Only do it for money, girls!” is the message on a great soulfully rapped jittery 104bpm 12in jogger that misses some nice bits now that it’s been remixed.

GREGORY ISAACS: ‘Soon Forward’ (Virgin Front Line FLS 12112)
Notably well-recorded classy haunting 75bpm 12in reggae grinder.

BLACK HARMONY: ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’ (Laser LAS 9T)
Nagging repetitive bass-heavy 94bpm 12in reggae jiggler by some young kids, out a while.

COOL NOTES: ‘My Tune’ (Scope SC 3T)
Winsome little chix (or young chaps?) with a pretty 63/127bpm 12in reggae swayer, out last winter on Jama.

DENNIS BROWN: ‘Should I’ (Laser LAS 7T)
Remorselessly jiggling but smoothly sung 70/104bpm 12in reggae, less memorable than ‘Money’.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Shout’ (RCA PC 9411)
Mike Collier-produced 1959 classic original gospel rouser, both parts now segued together on 12in for the first time ever, as the chanting bits are a silly session fave with Funk Mafia fans.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘Dim All The Lights’ (Casablanca CAN 162) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
Slow-starting lacklustre 60/121bpm 7in clopper.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ (Jet JET 12-153)
Back to 12in for a powerfully pounding but badly cut bottom-heavy 116bpm pop chugger.

NIGHTLIFE UNLIMITED: ‘Disco Choo Choo’ (Casablanca CANL 158) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
Trite zingy “disco” canterer on 134bpm 12in with Europop chix going “choo choo” over frantic but sparse rhythm elements.

SLICK: ‘Sexy Cream’ (Fantasy 12FTC 182) (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
Disappointingly dull and empty 128-129bpm 12in follow-up does next to nothing despite notoriety in the USA.

HAREEM: ‘(Look Out For) The Boogie Man’ (Creole CR 12-172)
Eurochix-cooed blandly busy 119bpm 12in churner overdoes the syndrums.

MCFADDEN & WHITEHEAD: ‘Do You Want To Dance’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 7744)
Muddled 110bpm 7in lurcher, warm purely on the strength of special DJ promos with spoken voice-over intro.

COMMODORES: ‘Midnight Magic’ LP (Motown STMA 8032)
Granted they can hit their notes, but that’s about all they do on this totally sterile, boring set. Not even the funk numbers are funky. You can see which titles have charted for some jocks less choosey than myself, and if you need the BPMs they’re not that difficult to do yourself.

PAM NESTOR: ‘Hiding And Seeking (No More)’ (Chrysalis CHS 12-2349)
Painful squeakily-sung 73 1/2bpm reggae jitterer on fluorescent piss-coloured 12in.


Imports

POCKETS: ‘Catch Me’ (US ARC/Columbia 43-10955) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
Going against the grain, bpm-wise, this leaping fast 136-139-142bpm 12in soul flier is surprisingly hot for many funksters – but the insistently chanting romper is no more frantic than old Motown.

EDWIN BIRDSONG: ‘Freaky Deaky Sities’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 4Z8 3709)
What “sities” are I know not! With galloping rhythm, pushing guitar and happy chanting, this 134bpm 12in fairly leaps along and could be big.

LEE MOORE: ‘Reachin’ Out (For Your Love)’ (US Source SOR 13927)
Brassily thudding “rock” strutter on 114bpm 12in is spoilt by a confusing softer bit before a wheezling synthesizer break builds up the beat in Brass Construction style. Instrumental flip.

RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Put Your Feet To The Beat’ (from LP ‘The Ritchie Family’, US Casablanca NBLP 7166) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Unpromising start builds up gradually to lose its Euro sound out of a halfway rhythm break becomes an exciting 124bpm stamping jumping stormer full of changes, though it has to be heard loud in a club to work. Already out here, the UK 7in from the LP is the less impressive Village People-ish 125bpm ‘It’s A Man’s World’ (Mercury 6007228).

BOBBI HUMPHREY: ‘Say The Word’ (from LP ‘The Good Life’, US Epic 35607)
Lady jazz flautist (and sometimes squeaky singer) with star-backed pleasant set, this syndrum-spiced gently pushing 112bpm instrumental jogger so far being hotter than the 12in-issued (48-50746) brass and percussion-punctuated 119bpm bumper, ‘Love When I’m In Your Arms’. The even gentler 56/112bpm title-track jogger and jumping instrumental 122bpm ‘Sweet ‘N Low’ are also warm, the latter actually being strongest to my ears.

NEIL LARSEN: ‘Demonette’ (from LP ‘High Gear’, US Horizon SP-738)
Specialist but powerful 125bpm percussion-driven nagging instrumental, while the slow-starting 131bpm fluidly skipping title track is similar to the 126bpm ‘Night Letter’ leaper, and the attractively tripping 101bpm ‘This Time Tomorrow’ could have widest appeal.

POUSSEZ!: ‘Come On And Do It’ (US Vanguard SPV-25) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
One of several controversial remixes, this 9:50 Roy Thode version on 122bpm 12in starts with less impact than the LP but goes into a bongo-backed orgasm of squealing and panting! Try mixing between Ashford & Simpson and Johnny Mathis, it certainly works like that for me.

DAN HARTMAN: ‘Hands Down (Hands Up)’ (US Blue Sky 4Z8-2778) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
For “instant replay” read “dance the rock” – yup, it’s very similar but slowed down to make a “rock” tempo 122bpm 12in!

CERRONE: ‘Rock Me’ (US Atlantic DK 4802) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
Amazingly blatant rip-off of ‘Hot Stuff’, especially the intro and guitar, crossed on 124bpm 12in with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’ and some Stones/T Rex raunch – which means it obviously has proven appeal! The old ‘Rocket In The Pocket’ is flip.

MAGIC CITY FEATURING FIRE: ‘Let’s Rock’ (US Sunshine Sound 209)
KC by another name doing a typical monotonous but effective tambourine-shaking 120bpm 12in “rock” variation on his old sound.

FREDA NORWOOD: ‘Your Love (Is Getting Better All The Time)’ (US Tra-San TR-300)
George Kerr (of early O’Jays fame) produced this 127bpm 12in obviously to mix with Anita Ward – pleasant though bland, it has less syndrum.

NB: last week’s Stanley Turrentine LP review omitted the fact that ‘Love Is The Answer’ is a lovely 24/48bpm smoocher.


Mix Master

Mega-mix time again! Crusaders ‘Street Life’ (MCA 12in), chop at appropriate pause into Joe Sample ‘There Are Many Stops Along The Way’ (ABC LP), into Paulinho Da Costa ‘Love Till The End Of Time’ (Pablo LP), chop into vocal Charanga 76 ‘No Nos Pararan’ (US TR 12in), synch rhythm break into varied-up Candi Staton ‘Rock’ (Warner Bros. LP), varied-back to synch into Chic ‘Good Times’ (US Atlantic 12in or LP), synch instrumental into varied-up Uncle Louie ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ (US TK 12in). Synch or chop rhythm break into Al Hudson ‘You Can Do It’ (US MCA 12in), mix into Stephanie Mills ‘Put Your Body In It’ (20th Century 12in), varied-up to synch bass into Harvey Mason ‘Groovin’ You’ (Arista 12in), chop at appropriate pause into EWF & Emotions ‘Boogie Wonderland’ (CBS 12in), chop at pause after brass into first guitar beat Slick ‘Space Bass’ (Fantasy 12in), mix through end of “freaky” bit into Tumblack ‘Caraiba’ (Island 12in), mix after phasing first part into Idris Muhammad ‘Foxhuntin’’ (Fantasy 12in), mix into Eramus Hall ‘Beat Your Feet’ (US Westbound 12in), chop when appropriate into rhythm break Cameo ‘Find My Way’ (US Chocolate City LP), into varied-down Pockets ‘Catch Me’ (US ARC 12m) . . . from 108bpm to the mid-130s (but you do need vari-speed decks to fine-tune this one).


Hot Vinyl

Chris Dinnis funks Sidmouth Winter Gardens every Tuesday (and also does Exeter Ginos on Mon/Thurs, Tiverton New Birds Nest on Fridays), his current import tips being:

BOBBI HUMPHREY: ‘Love When I’m In Your Arms’ (US Epic 12”)
HEMLOCK: ‘Body Rhythm’ (US Warner Bros. 12”)
MICHAEL PEDICIN JR: ‘That’s A Good One’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
POCKETS: ‘Catch Me’ (US ARC 12”) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
SHOTGUN: ‘Big Legs’ (US MCA 12”)
BILLY PAUL: ‘False Faces’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
TRAVIS BIGGS: ‘After The Storm’ (US Source LP)
SILK: ‘Get It On Up’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 12”)
ZACK FERGUSON: ‘Monkey Fever’ (Italian MM 12”)
HEAVEN & EARTH: ‘I Feel A Groove Under My Feet’ (US Mercury LP)


DJ Top Ten

Craig Dawson (Edinburgh Road Runner Mobiles 031-447 2611), recently returned from St. Maxime on the fire-drenched French Riviera, reports a big improvement in the disco scene there since his last visit two years ago. Now the majority of music played is by French artistes – and excellent, sez Craig. Jocks speak little and mix a lot, while the clubs he visited were well equipped with sound and lighting gear.

1. PATRICK JUVET: ‘Lady Night’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
2. GIBSON BROTHERS: ‘Better Do It Salsa’ (Island LP) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
3. LA VELLE: ‘Playgirl’ (French EMI 12”)
4. DALIDA: ‘Laissez-Moi Danser’ (French Carrere 12”)
5. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Stir It Up’ (Island 12”)
6. PATRICK HERNANDEZ: ‘Back To The Boogie’ (French Avalanche 7”)
7. SERGE GAINSBOURG: ‘Des Laids Des Laids’ (French Philips 7”)
8. SPACE: ‘Save Your Love For Me’ (Pye 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
9. RICHARD T. BEAR: ‘Sunshine Hotel’ (RCA 12”) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
10. SANTA ESMERALDA: ‘Another Cha Cha’ (French Philips 12”) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)


UK Disco Top 90 – August 25, 1979

Perhaps because this is the first week RM was using a new visual style and the chart compilers weren’t used to it, only the first 82 positions fit on the chart page. Fortunately, 5 of the 8 missing positions can be reconstructed from next week’s chart.

01 01 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
02 06 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life – Island 12″
03 05 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
04 03 Donna Summer – Bad Girls – Casablanca 12″
05 02 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
06 08 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
07 04 Teena Marie – I’m A Sucker For Your Love – Motown 12″
08 10 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″/LP
09 19 FLB – Lookin’ For Love Tonight – Fantasy 12″
10 11 Diana Ross – The Boss – Motown 12″
11 09 Earth, Wind & Fire & The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland – CBS 12″
12 07 Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love – Pye 12″
13 23 Olympic Runners – The Bitch – Polydor 12″
14 17 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance – Infinity 12″
15 20 Earth, Wind & Fire – After The Love Is Gone – CBS 7″/LP
16 13 Deniece Williams – I’ve Got The Next Dance – CBS 12″
17 12 Janet Kay – Silly Games – Scope 12″
18 25 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Canadian IGM 12″
19 24 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star / Let Your Feelings Show / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
20 22 Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You – Arista 12″
21 27 Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
22 18 Real Thing – Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) – Pye 12″
23 30 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
24 21 Sister Sledge – We Are Family – Atlantic 12″
25 15 Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
26 32 Me And You – You Never Know What You’ve Got – Laser 12″
27 41 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
28 44 Johnny Mathis – Gone, Gone, Gone – CBS 12″
29 40 Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It / Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ / Feel The Fire / Don’t Stop Dancin’ – 20th Century 12″/LP
30 45 Sister Sledge – Lost In Music – Atlantic 7″
31 16 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
32 14 Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – TK 12″
33 26 Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline – Ensign 12″
34 35 Skyy – First Time Around – Salsoul 12″
35 34 Philly Cream – Motown Review – Fantasy 12″
36 38 Kandidate – Girls Girls Girls – Rak 7″
37 33 Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – Warner Bros. 12″
38 28 Edwin Starr – H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – 20th Century 12″
39 65 Terry Callier – Sign Of The Times – Elektra LP/US 12″
40 83 Gene Chandler – When You’re No. 1 – 20th Century 12″
41 60 Ian Dury – Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 – Stiff 12″
42 29 Carrie Lucas – Dance With You – Solar 12″
43 36 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo / Thousand Finger Man / Rock & Shuffle – Salsoul 12″/LP
44 43 Bonnie Pointer – Heaven Must Have Sent You – Motown 12″ remix
45 NE Benelux & Nancy Dee – Switch – Scope 12″
46 56 Sparks – Beat The Clock – Virgin 12″
47 31 Amii Stewart – Light My Fire – Atlantic 12″
48 82 Roxy Music – Angel Eyes – Polydor 12″
49 55 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night / Life In The City / Winner Takes All / Liquid Love – Epic 7″/LP/US T-Neck 12″
50 59 Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man – Ballistic 12″
51 61 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Seeing Is Believing / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo Today LP
52 42 Central Line – Wot We Got – Mercury 12″
53 37 Five Special – Why Leave Us Alone – Elektra 12″
54 50 Peter Brown – Crank It Up – TK 12″
55 63 Savoy – Sunny Side Of The Street – EMI 12″
56 NE Commodores – Sail On / Midnight Magic / Still / Gettin’ It / Sexy Lady / Wonderland – Motown 7″/LP
57 48 James Brown – It’s Too Funky In Here – Polydor 12″
58 54 Donna Summer – Hot Stuff / One Love – Casablanca LP
59 67 Cameo – Secret Omen (all cuts) – US Chocolate City LP
60 46 Sylvester – Stars – Fantasy 12″/US 12″ remix
61 NE Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore – EMI 7″
62 73 Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
63 62 Bombers – Let’s Dance – Flamingo 12″
64 70 Deodato – Shazam / Space Dust / Knights Of Fantasy / Whistle Bump / Sherlock / Love Is Blue – US Warner Bros. LP
65 66 Hot Chocolate – Going Through The Motions – Rak 12″
66 75 Chain Reaction – Sweet Lady (Dance With Me) – US Jam Sessions 12″
67 57 Atlantic Starr – (Let’s) Rock ‘N Roll – A&M 12″
68 79 Peaches & Herb – We’ve Got Love / Four’s A Traffic Jam – Polydor 7″
69 49 Smokey Robinson – Get Ready – Motown 12″
70 76 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
71 52 George Benson – Unchained Melody – Warner Bros. 12″
72 NE Teddy Pendergrass – Turn Off The Lights / Love Go With Me / Life Is A Circle – Philadelphia Int’l LP
73 68 Kleeer – It’s Magic / I Love To Dance / Tonight’s The Night – Atlantic 12″/LP
74 72 Domenic Troiano – We All Need Love – Capitol 12″
75 NE Clem Curtis – Unchained Melody – RCA 12″
76 80 ABBA – Voulez Vous / Angeleyes – Epic 7″
77 RE Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – US Warner Bros. 12″
78 NE Fern Kinney – Groove Me – US TK 12″
79 NE Boney M. – Gotta Go Home – Atlantic 7″
80 NE Crusaders – Carnival Of The Night / The Hustler / Rodeo Drive – MCA LP
81 RE Ronnie Foster – Argentina / You’re The One / Let Me Into Your Life – CBS LP
82 77 Poussez – Come On And Do It / Boogie With Me / Never Gonna Say Goodbye – Vanguard 12″/LP/US 12″
84 NE Pockets – Catch Me – US ARC 12″
85 89 Idris Muhammad – Foxhuntin’ / Boogie Boots / Work Your Body – US Fantasy 12″/LP
86 NE Ronn Matlock – Let Me Dance / Back Street / Love City – US Cotillion LP
87 NE McFadden & Whitehead – Do You Want To Dance – Philadelphia Int’l 7″ promo
90 NE Bobbi Humphrey – Say The Word / Love When I’m In Your Arms / Sweet ‘N Low / The Good Life – US Epic LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
#6 (BNDA debut 5/19/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#10 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#13 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #16 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #20 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#23 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #27 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#29 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #31 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#37 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #40 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#41 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #43 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#44 (BNDA debut 5/5/79) / #49 (BNDA debut 8/25/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#54 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #57 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #58 (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
#59 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 3/24/79) / #64 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
#70 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #74 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #77 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#78 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #84 (BNDA debut 9/22/79)

Bubbling Under the Disco Top 90 are:
STANLEY TURRENTINE: ‘Betcha’ / ‘Take Me Home’ / ‘Love Is The Answer’ (US Elektra LP)
DOUBLE EXPOSURE: ‘I Got The Hots For Ya’ (Salsoul 12”) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
BLACK HARMONY: ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’ (Laser 12”)
DENNIS BROWN: ‘Should I’ (Laser 12”)
BLOOD SISTERS: ‘Ring My Bell’ (Sound City 12”)
BONNIE BOYER: ‘Got To Give In To Love’ (US Columbia 12”) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
ERASMUS HALL: ‘Beat Your Feet’ (US Westbound 12”)
CHIC: ‘My Feet Keep Dancing’ / ‘My Forbidden Lover’ / ‘What About Me’ (Atlantic LP) (BNDA debut 9/1/79)
CHARANGA 76: ‘No Nos Pararan’ (US TR 12”)
DYNASTY: ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak’ (US Solar LP) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Chase Me’ (Mercury 12”)
JUNIOR WALKER: ‘Wishing On A Star’ (US Whitfield LP)
NEIL LARSEN: ‘Demonette’ / ‘High Gear’ (US Horizon LP)
LOU RAWLS: ‘Let Me Be Good To You’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 12”)
HEAVEN & EARTH: ‘I Feel A Groove Under My Feet’ (US Mercury LP)
BRYAN ADAMS: ‘Let Me Take You Dancing’ (US A&M 12”) (BNDA debut 4/28/79)
SHEILA HYLTON: ‘Breakfast In Bed’ (Ballistic 12”)
DAN HARTMAN: ‘Hands Down’ (US Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
PAM NESTOR: ‘Hiding & Seeking’ (Chrysalis 12”)
HAREEM: ‘(Look Out For) The Boogie Man’ (Creole 12”)
DAVID WILLIAMS: ‘Come On Down Boogie People’ (AVI 12”)
LEE MOORE: ‘Reachin’ Out (For Your Love)’ (US Source 12”)
NIGHTLIFE UNLIMITED: ‘Disco Choo Choo’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
TAMIKO JONES: ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love’ (US Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
TRAVIS BIGGS: ‘Solar Funk’ / ‘Autumn Jewel’ / ‘After The Storm’ (US Source LP)

3 thoughts on “August 25, 1979: “Record executives are muttering about disco being the goose that laid a leaden egg, and the big backlash seems to be under way.””

  1. Fascinating to read James Hamilton’s perspective on the “Disco Sucks” backlash. Interestingly he makes no mention of the now legendary event in Chicago where disco records were blown up- it was after all a stunt by a rock DJ. The
    “lazy” history of disco as told and retold over the past 40 years refer to this event giving it far more importance than it had in reality. Hamilton’s excellent column provides an accurate assessment that has been overlooked and replaced by the far more dramatic and less important event. HiSTORY is precisely that- a story- a point of view. So much of what we believe to be accurate history is in fact spin designed to support a particular narrative point of view with little basis in fact.

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    1. I totally agree, David. The disco demolition riot was given passing coverage in the UK music press, but its alleged importance seems to have blown up in recent years, out of all proportion to its likely impact at the time. It makes for a good story, and I think that the story has been too compelling to resist. Meanwhile, James’s analysis in the column feels much more plausible.

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      1. Spot on Mike! It has indeed become a convenient narrative that is used by lazy journalists/film makers with limited knowledge of their subject. They do limited research and as a result help perpetuate the nonsense. One look at the Billboard Hot 100 or UK singles chart throughout 1979-80 would provide the evidence that disco was far from dead with some of the biggest records of the disco era produced during that golden period

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