September 29, 1979: Sterling, Diana Ross, Fern Kinney, Positive Force, Sugarhill Gang

Odds ‘N Bods

Frenchies Forum, or the British Discotheque Convention as most people are not calling it, pulls top jocks and industry leaders to Camberley Cambridge Hotel on Tuesday (2) for an evening’s discussion and entertainment . . . Kool & The Gang ‘Ladies’ Night’ 12in is due next week, with Teddy Pendergrass ‘Do Me’, Melba Moore ‘Burn’, Risco Connection ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ on 12in the following week and Isley Bros ‘It’s A Disco Night’, Force ‘Dirty Dog’ after that, Fat Larry’s Band ‘Center City’ 12in remix version, highly prized as you know, will finally be on FLB’s next LP . . . Herb Alpert’s ‘Rise’ does turn out to be on 33 1/3 rpm UK 12in, so speed-spins ARE possible still (though not necessarily recommended)! . . . Three Degrees ‘Jump The Gun’ (Ariola AROC 183), Barbra Streisand ‘The Main Event / Fight’ (CBS 12-7714), Inner Circle ‘We ‘A’ Rockers’ (Island 12XWIP 6498) are now on 12in . . . Jupiter Beyond ‘The River Drive’ is causing concern for record companies as not only Pye but also EMI LRD (and who else?) were confident they had the UK rights and were awaiting signed contracts! . . . Ronnie Milsap, the blind Country star, began the mid-‘60s as a totally convincing soul singer on Scepter, cutting the original ‘Let’s Go Get Stoned’ and many early Ashford & Simpson songs – and he’s now returned with a thudding slow funky 104bpm 12in bumper currently circulating on mystery white label promo . . . Blondie’s ABBA-esque ‘Dreaming’ clocks in at about 160bpm, if you’re interested . . . Ilford Room At The Top’s 9th Anniversary Fancy Dress Gala was won by Tony Smith who brilliantly dressed as an old man carrying a dustbin – except the old man was a dummy from the waist up, Tony’s upper half being hidden in the bin! . . . John Lewis says that if Joseph Johnstone could afford the petrol (or bus fare?) to get the 12 miles from Worthing to Brighton he’d find imports aplenty, and a lot more besides! . . . Russell Burtonshaw (Retford MAYC) reports the “rock” is already established in North Notts – accounting for his high chart placing of Gary Numan and Flying Lizards, who so far are preferred to Edwin Starr! . . . Britain’s provinces will capitulate in the end, the “rock” could be a new Twist! . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood) turns 21 on October 6th, and sent me a quid with which to drink his health (hic!), sho apart from shaying thanksh, I’m now open to similar bribes in return for birthday boy announcements (and 21 seems to be a popular age, huh, Paul & Steve?) . . . Ho ho ho!

UK Newies

STERLING: ‘Roll-Her, Skater’ (Motown 12TMG 1162)
Happily rattling and tootling Brian Holland-produced “rock” 12in with usefully choppable butch “one two three four DANCE, rock, freak – skate, dance, clap your hands” bits.

DIANA ROSS: ‘No One Gets The Prize’ (Motown 12TMG 1160) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
‘Love Hangover’-style slow starting 117-119bpm 12in, better than ‘The Boss’.

FERN KINNEY: ‘Groove Me’ (WEA 79101) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
US smash synthetically burbling 109bpm 7in revival of King Floyd’s 1970 funker, seen by some as a new ‘Ring My Bell’. 

SPYRO GYRA: ‘Shaker Song’ (Infinity INFT 117)
Originally hot on import last year, this pleasantly inconsequential little 95/48-94/47bpm 12in sax tootler should now hit hard. Specialist ‘Song For Lorraine’ 112bpm jazz samba flip.

DYNASTY: ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)’ (Solar FC 1694) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
Chart-bound jittery 119bpm “rock” stamper with catchy clapping and simple singing, already a big seller on import.

RAY ANTHONY: ‘Cosmopolitan London’ (Vasko VSK 09)
Chix-chanted title line intro a sax-squawked heavy slow 103-108bpm 12in jazz-funk reggae instrumental jogger. B-side of Ray Williams’s vocal version.

TOM BROWNE: ‘Browne Sugar’ LP (Arista GRP SPART 1103)
Jazz trumpeter’s standout is the gorgeous 38bpm smooching of ‘The Closer I Get To You’ while the gently meandering 46/98bpm ‘Herbal Scent’ is more specialist and the 120bpm ‘What’s Going On’ and 117bpm ‘Throw Down’ are already on 12in.

ADRENALIN: ‘Feel The Real’ (Hithouse 12HIT 2)
British-made 121bpm 12in cover of David Bendeth’s pop hit is technically less good but adds a slight reggae flavour and instrumental B-side making it preferable for some snobbish jazz-funk fans.

STANLEY CLARKE: ‘Together Again’ (Epic EPC 7920)
Happily clapping and snapping melodic 129-136bpm jazz instrumental, on UK 7in instead of the ‘Just A Feeling’ US 12in.

VARIOUS: ‘A&M Jazz Funk’ EP (A&M AMSP 7464)
Four track £1.58 12in segued by Chris Brown. SEAWIND’s atmospheric 57/114bpm ‘Enchanted Dance’ and JIMMY OWENS’s complex 124bpm ‘Do It To It’ being very specialist. GAP MANGIONE’s attractive 113bpm ‘Dreamflow’ and RICHARD EVANS’s powerfully pushing 118-119bpm ‘Burning Spear’ making the more accessible side.

SLY DUNBAR: ‘Rasta Fiesta’ (Virgin Front Line FLS 12012)
Raved about some months back, the great atmospherically throbbing 119/59bpm 12in reggae instrumental is finally being promoted properly after incessant radio plugs by Capital’s Dave Cash.

Percussion star’s largely EWF-performed and sung 118bpm squeaky skipper is on UK 12in in faded isolation, the US 12in segued brassy ‘Love Till The End Of Time’ instrumental now being only the 112-115-117bpm flip.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Star’ (CBS 7902)
Slow starting squeaky 104bpm 7in with jaunty Bee Gee tempo.

TEENA MARIE: ‘Don’t Look Back’ (Motown 12TMG 1158)
Funkily churning 117bpm 12in “rock” treatment of the Miracles/Peter Tosh tune.

ELTON JOHN: ‘Victim Of Love’ (Rocket XPRES 21) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
Pete Bellotte-prod/penned trite 127pm 7in thumper successfully conceals Elton’s individuality, though pop jocks’ll dig.

EAGLES: ‘Heartache Tonight’ (Asylum K 12394)
Usual Eagles-type noises added to a slow smacking 115bpm beat that’s as disco as Cliff!

KING AND QUEEN: ‘Reunited’ (Decca F 13863)
Nice 42/83bpm reggae reading of Peaches & Herb, on 5:28 7in with dub last part (and flip).

FANTASY BAND FEATURING KEVIN KITCHEN: ‘Won’t You Take Me Back’ (Pepper 12-BP 307)
Howard Huntridge-produced blue-eyed bumpy 123-125bpm 12in hustler murkily churns into a jazzy break.

TATA VEGA: ‘If Love Must Go’ (Motown TMG 1157)
Dead slow 33bpm 7in groaner saved from Bassey-esque bathos by soulful supports from Al Johnson.

JIMMY LINDSAY: ‘Where Is Your Love’ (Gem GEM 12-9)
Moody fiddle intro to a 40/80bpm reggae slowie on green vinyl 12in.

CARLOS ROMANOS: ‘Are You Ready’ (PVK PV 12-26)
UK-recorded repetitive chix-sung 126bpm 12in salsoul clonker.

GOOD NEWS: ‘Australia’ (Epic PC 12-7498)
Village People-copying 129bpm 12in.

CROISETTE: ‘Under Hypnosis’ (AVI AVISL 106)
Ian Levine-produced fast 140bpm Northern-cum-gay 12in flier.

JANICE HOYTE: ‘When I Fall In Love’ (UA 12BP 312)
Flabby UK-recorded gay 139bpm 12in hi-hat hisser.


STIX HOOPER: ‘Cordon Bleu’ (from LP ‘The World Within’, US MCA MCA-3180)
Solo set by the Crusaders’ drummer is dominated not surprisingly by this great ‘Street Life’-like Joe Sample-penned accelerating 109-111-113-114bpm instrumental with cheeky French accordion, other self-penned tracks like the 98-101bpm ‘Brazos River Breakdown’, 123bpm ‘Rum Or Tequila’ and slow vocal ‘Passion’ being merely pleasant if not self-indulgent.

POSITIVE FORCE: ‘We Got The Funk’ (US Turbo TU-452) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
Party atmosphere 112bpm 12in “rock” burbler with nagging guitar and an extremely catchy title line chant building up into a potential funkateer rallying call – a new anthem maybe?

SUGARHILL GANG: ‘Rapper’s Delight’ (US Sugarhill SH-542) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
Amazing 15:00 12in marathon DJ rap session of tongue-twisting complexity locked into and riding the beat of the 112bpm instrumental version of ‘Good Times’, causing a sensation wherever it’s heard.

SHALAMAR: ‘Big Fun’ LP (US Solar BXL-3479) (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
The happily rattling and skittering 123bpm ‘Right In The Socket’ “rock” hit was originally reviewed under hurried conditions so that I missed this consistent set’s many other goodies – like the more smoothly “rocking” 125bpm ‘The Right Time For Us’, attractively jogging 113bpm ‘The Second Time Around’ and 112bpm ‘I Owe You One’, and almost ‘Shame’-like 131-130bpm ‘Girl’.

CHANSON: ‘Sing All Night’ (from LP ‘Together We Stand’, US Ariola SW 50065)
Clapping and zapping 113-137bpm happy romper with wailing ‘Shame’-like sax and ‘Boogie Wonderland’-type staccato attack after a chix ‘n rhythm intro, the whole leading into a dead slow harmony fragment that also intros side two’s rather ordinary 123bpm ‘Jack Be Nimble’ (the 12in choice so far), while ‘Rock Don’t Stop’ is a jittery stamping 119bpm “rock” thudder.

BOBBY LYLE: ‘For Love’ (from LP ‘Night Fire’, US Capitol ST-11956)
Lovely tinkling swaying 124-125bpm instrumental piano throbber builds a nagging intensity like a lusher Joe Sample, the gruffly sung ‘Da-Ya-Ance (Body Chanting)’ having a thumping low energy 132bpm intro to a jazzy staccato synthesizer 135bpm leaper and rattling 133bpm stereo synth break and 136 1/2bpm last part, smoochers being the 43bpm ‘Stop Running Away From Love’ and 40/20bpm ‘Gettin’ Into Love’.

MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 208)
Gibson Brothers-type 132bpm 12in pounder with wordless chanting and stereo sax whips up simple “high life”-like excitement.

STARGARD: ‘Wear It Out’ (US Warner Bros. DWBS 8891) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
Verdine White-produced chix-sung skittering smacking 124-126bpm 12in strutter like a looser Emotions with exciting surface sound and stamping break. Instrumental flip.

KINSMAN DAZZ: ‘Keep On Rockin” (US 20th Century TCD-90)
Thumping 129bpm 12in soul pounder with staccato chanting, brass and strings, while the parent ‘Dazz’ LP (T-594) includes another spiky EWF-ish loper, the strings ‘n rhythm introed 128bpm ‘Can’t Get Enough’ and a melodically rattling 117bpm ‘Love Design’.

7TH WONDER: ‘Do It With Your Body’ (from LP ‘Climbing Higher’, US Parachute RRLP 9014)
Pleasant if slightly dated soul set, strongest being this gradually building smooth 128bpm churner with Dazzle-type harp during the long intro and strange rattling breaking through the slick chanting, while others are the happily jogging 127bpm ‘All I Want’, jolting slow 50-102bpm ‘Something Beautiful’, dated 108bpm ‘Daisy Lady’ and soulful lush smoochers 22/43bpm ‘Living My Life Just For You’, 41/82bpm ‘Something Inside You Feel’.

BOB MCGILPIN: ‘Sexy Thing’ (US Butterfly FLY-13940) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Well produced steadily tripping 113-115bpm 12in clomper clops precisely, along with strings and interesting things behind the heavily mannered white chanting.

ROBIN BECK: ‘Sweet Talk’ (US Mercury MDS-4007) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
Totally derivative but classily made 115bpm 12in copy of Chic with vocals leaning slightly more towards the Emotions (or Sister Sledge?) . . . anyway, c’est tres chic!

BRUNI PAGAN: ‘Fantasy’ (US Elektra AS-11423) (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
Slowly building 114-115bpm 12in clopper with strident chix and walking bass tempo nothing like Chic/Sledge but in the same BPM range for pop fans.

GAYE EVERS & NITELITE: ‘Body Party’ (US Capitol Disco 8523)
Functional guy ‘n gals 133-130-134bpm 12in canterer brought alive by an excellent long stereo percussion break.

FAZE-O: ‘Breakin’ The Funk’ LP (US She SH 742)
P-funk rap intro to the title track turns indeed into a jittery slow dated 98bpm heavy funker, while the slickly pounding 132bpm ‘Let’s Rock’ harmony flier rather loses the point of the “rock” dance tempo, ideally being slower.

THE IMPRESSIONS: ‘Sorry’ (US 20th Century/Chi-Sound TCD-91)
Carl Davis-produced jaunty 120-122-124-123-125bpm 12in clapping soul smacker with tootling synthesizer break, the Eugene Record-penned ‘All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You’ flip being a lovely 54/107bpm swayer.

EUGENE RECORD: ‘Where Are You’ (US Warner Bros. DWBS 8890)
Brazilian-type slow harmony intro lurches into a happy EWF-type 126bpm 12in strutter with Eugene wailing over the back-up chix.

CHI-LITES: ‘Higher’ (US TK Disco 414)
Edwin Starr rip-off clonking intro to a frantic full tilt 134bpm 12in flier.

LEROY HUTSON: ‘Unforgettable’ (US RSO RSS 305)
Somewhat forgettable overly zingy 128-129bpm 12in “disco” treatment of Nat King Cole’s classic.

ROY AYERS: ‘Fever’ (US Polydor PRO 110)
Remixed US 12in (promo so far) tightens up and strengthens his originally rather too “disco” version, so now after a momentary 128bpm flurry the 126bpm intro leads into 124bpm main vocal and 125bpm last part.

Hot Vinyl

Paul Clark (Brighton Papillon etc) import tips:

JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH: ‘Don’t Do That’ (US Cotillion 12”)
MIGHTY POPE: ‘Sweet Blindness’ (US RFC 12”) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
DAZZLE: ‘You Dazzle Me’ (US De-Lite LP)
BOBBY LYLE: ‘For Love’ (US Capitol LP)
NOEL POINTER: ‘For You (Disco Concerto)’ (US UA LP)
CREME D’COCOA: ‘Doin’ The Dog’ (US Venture 12”)
JUPITER BEYOND: ‘The River Drive’ (US AZO 12”)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘Fever’ (US Polydor LP) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
FAZE-O: ‘Breakin’ The Funk’ (US She LP)
CHANSON: ‘Rock Don’t Stop’ (US Ariola LP)

UK Disco Top 90 – September 29, 1979

01 01 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″
02 02 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
03 04 FLB – Lookin’ For Love Tonight – Fantasy 12″
04 06 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
05 03 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life – Island 12″
06 20 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
07 07 Sister Sledge – Lost In Music – Atlantic 7″
08 09 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Sidewalk 12″
09 10 Gene Chandler – When You’re No. 1 – 20th Century 12″
10 08 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
11 05 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
12 11 Johnny Mathis – Gone, Gone, Gone – CBS 12″
13 13 Roxy Music – Angel Eyes – Polydor 12″
14 14 Earth, Wind & Fire – After The Love Is Gone – CBS 7″
15 16 Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – Warner Bros. 12″
16 12 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance – Infinity 12″
17 15 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
18 18 Benelux & Nancy Dee – Switch – Scope 12″
19 25 Commodores – Sail On – Motown 7″
20 27 Slick – Sexy Cream – Fantasy 12″
21 17 Donna Summer – Bad Girls – Casablanca 12″
22 21 Olympic Runners – The Bitch – Polydor 12″
23 23 Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore – EMI 7″
24 24 Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It / What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ – 20th Century 12″
25 30 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo Today LP/US 12″
26 40 Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights – Casablanca 7″
27 48 Edwin Starr – It’s Called The Rock – 20th Century 12″
28 62 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night / Tonight’s The Night / Hangin’ Out / If You Feel Like Dancin’ – US De-Lite 12″ promo/LP
29 29 Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
30 28 Me And You – You Never Know What You’ve Got – Laser 12″
31 39 Eddie Henderson – Runnin’ To Your Love / This Band Is Hot / Sunchaser / Please Your Mind – US Capitol LP
32 19 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
33 35 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star / Let Your Feelings Show / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
34 38 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
35 43 Lee Moore – Reachin’ Out – US Source 12″
36 41 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo – Salsoul 12″
37 44 Rose Royce – Rainbow Connection (all cuts) – Whitfield LP
38 47 Bill Summers – Feel The Heat / Dancing Lady – Prestige 12″
39 26 Diana Ross – The Boss – Motown 12″
40 22 Teena Marie – I’m A Sucker For Your Love – Motown 12″
41 65 Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love – Polydor 12″
42 37 Con Funk Shun – Chase Me – Mercury 12″
43 57 Bill Lovelady – Reggae For It Now – Charisma 7″
44 52 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – US T-Neck 12″
45 55 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall / Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / Burn This Disco Out – Epic LP
46 36 Eddy Grant – Walking On Sunshine – Ice 12″
47 63 Lonnie Liston Smith – A Song For The Children / Nightlife / Street Festival / Fruit Music – US Columbia LP
48 31 Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You – Arista 12″
49 32 Deniece Williams – I’ve Got The Next Dance – CBS 12″
50 66 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
51 83 Shalamar – Right In The Socket / Right Time For Us / Second Time Around / I Owe You One – US Solar LP
52 82 Gap Band – Baby Baba Boogie – Mercury 12″
53 54 Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy – Philadelphia Int’l 7″/US 12″
54 78 Cognac – How High – US Salsoul 12″
55 67 Kleeer – It’s Magic / I Love To Dance / Tonight’s The Night – Atlantic 12″/LP
56 33 Earth, Wind & Fire & The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland – CBS 12″
57 79 Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do The Do – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
58 61 Matumbi – Point Of View / Pretender – MR 12″
59 51 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – US Warner Bros. 12″
60 42 Kandidate – Girls Girls Girls – Rak 7″
61 53 Teddy Pendergrass – Turn Off The Lights / Do Me / Life Is A Circle – Philadelphia Int’l LP
62 89 Stanley Clarke – Just A Feeling / Together Again – Epic LP/US 12″
63 46 Philly Cream – Motown Review – Fantasy 12″
64 49 Savoy – Sunny Side Of The Street – EMI 12″
65 76 Boney M. – Gotta Go Home – Atlantic 7″
66 45 Real Thing – Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) – Pye 12″
67 34 Ian Dury – Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 – Stiff 12″
68 86 Twennynine feat. Lenny White – Citi Dancin’ / Betta / Best Of Friends / Peanut Butter / Morning Sunrise – US Elektra LP
69 68 Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing / My Forbidden Lover / A Warm Summer Night / Can’t Stand To Love You / What About Me – Atlantic LP
70 60 Skyy – First Time Around / Disco Dancing – Salsoul 12″
71 58 Fern Kinney – Groove Me – TK 12″
72 56 Idris Muhammad – Foxhuntin’ / Boogie Boots – Fantasy 12″
73 71 Janet Kay – Loving You – Pye 12″
74 NE Jeff Wayne – The Eve Of The War – CBS 12″
75 80 Debbie Jacobs – Undercover Lover / Don’t You Want My Love / Hot Hot (Give It All You Got) – MCA 12″/US LP
76 59 Deodato – Shazam / Space Dust / Knights Of Fantasy / Sherlock / Bachmania – US Warner Bros. LP
77 72 Cameo – Secret Omen (all cuts) – US Chocolate City LP
78 RE Bobbi Humphrey – Say The Word / Love When I’m In Your Arms / Sweet ‘N Low / The Good Life – US Epic LP
79 NE Billy Connolly – In The Brownies – Polydor 7″
80 75 Central Line – Wot We Got – Mercury 12″
81 NE Willie Bobo – Palos / Reason For Livin’ – US Columbia LP
82 84 Miroslav Vitous – New York City – Warner Bros. 12″
83 77 Commodores – Still / Gettin’ It / Midnight Magic / Sexy Lady / Wonderland – Motown LP
84 NE Billy Ocean – American Hearts – GTO 12″
85 NE Van McCoy – The Hustle (remix) – H&L 12″
86 73 Pockets – Catch Me / Charisma – US ARC 12″/LP
87 74 Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man – Ballistic 12″
88 RE Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
89 NE Love De-Luxe – Here Comes That Sound Again – Atlantic 12″/LP
90 NE Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#10 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
#17 (BNDA debut 5/19/79) / #20 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
#22 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #26 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
#28 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #34 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #36 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#39 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #41 (BNDA debut 8/11/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#45 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #48 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #49 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#50 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #51 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #52 (BNDA debut 5/12/79)
#54 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #56 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #59 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#67 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #69 (BNDA debut 9/1/79) / #71 (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
#74 (BNDA debut 2/16/80) / #75 (BNDA debut 6/2/79 & 1/5/80) / #76 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
#77 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #86 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #88 (BNDA debut 7/28/79)
#89 (BNDA debut 6/30/79) / #90 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

HERBIE MANN: ‘Jisco Dazz’ / ‘Hijack’ / ‘Waterbed’ (Atlantic 12”)
O’JAYS: ‘Sing A Happy Song’ (Philadelphia Int’l 7”)
ESTHER PHILLIPS: ‘Our Day Will Come’ (Mercury 12”)
DAZZLE: ‘You Dazzle Me’ / ‘Walk Before You Run’ (US De-Lite LP)
JEFF LORBER FUSION: ‘Toad’s Place’ / ‘Water Sign’ / ‘Sparkle’ / ‘Tune 88’ / ‘Rain Dance’ (US Arista LP)
RUBY WINTERS: ‘Back To The Love’ / ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ (Creole 7”)
RANDY CRAWFORD: ‘I Stand Accused’ / ‘Endlessly’ / ‘Declaration Of Love’ (Warner Bros. LP)
PAUL LEWIS: ‘Inner City Blues’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
JUPITER BEYOND: ‘The River Drive’ (US AZO 12”)
BLACK HARMONY: ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’ (Laser 12”)
BOBBY LYLE: ‘For Love’ / ‘Da-Ya-Ance’ / ‘Stop Running Away From Love’ / ‘Getting’ Into Love’ (US Capitol LP)
ATMOSFEAR: ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ (Elite 12”)
JIGSAW: ‘Sky High’ (Splash 12”)
CURTIS MAYFIELD: ‘Tell Me, Tell Me’ / ‘Between You Baby And Me’ / ‘You’re So Good To Me’ (RSO LP) (BNDA debut 9/15/79)
MIGHTY POPE: ‘Sweet Blindness’ (US RFC 12”) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
SLY DUNBAR: ‘Rasta Fiesta’ (Virgin Front Line 12”)
ERROL DUNKLEY: ‘O.K. Fred’ (Scope 12”)
RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Put Your Feet To The Beat’ / ‘It’s A Man’s World’ (Mercury LP) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
KINSMAN DAZZ: ‘Keep On Rocking’ / ‘Love Design’ / ‘Can’t Get Enough’ (US 20th Century LP)
LALO SCHIFRIN: ‘No One Home’ (US Tabu 12”)
THE MEXICANO: ‘Move Up Starsky’ (Ice 12”)
RAY ANTHONY: ‘Cosmopolitan London’ (Vasko 12”)
SPYRO GYRA: ‘Shaker Song’ (Infinity 12”)
ADRENALIN: ‘Feel The Real’ (Hithouse 12”)
MARVELS: ‘Sh-Boom’ (Dimples 12”)
SERGIO MENDES BRASIL ‘88: ‘I’ll Tell You’ (US Elektra 12”) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
CHARANGA 79: ‘Good Times’ (US TR 12”)
DELORES HALL: ‘Snapshot’ (US Capitol 12”)
GREGORY ISAACS: ‘Soon Forward’ (Virgin Front Line 12”)
NATURAL MYSTICS: ‘Runaway Love’ / ‘In The Mood’ (Laser 12”)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sounds 12”)
STARGARD: ‘Wear It Out’ (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘Don’t Let Go’ / ‘Fever’ (US Polydor LP) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
POUSSEZ: ‘Come On And Do It’ (Vanguard 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
FUNKADELIC: ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’ (US Warner Bros. LP) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
FAZE-O: ‘Breaking The Funk’ / ‘Let’s Rock’ (US She LP)
JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH: ‘Don’t Do That” (US Cotillion 12”)
BRUNI PAGAN: ‘Fantasy’ (US Elektra 12”) (BNDA debut 8/11/79)

7 thoughts on “September 29, 1979: Sterling, Diana Ross, Fern Kinney, Positive Force, Sugarhill Gang”

  1. Another musical milestone that slips by almost unnoticed. With little fanfare James reviews The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rappers Delight”… little did he know what was about to happen. Also beginning to see that subtle shift to a more rock oriented production featuring in the new releases as we career towards the 80s and disco begins to morph


  2. First written mention of hip hop probably by anyone anywhere with the Sugarhill Gang review – also was that the first reference to a funkateer in print by the time I was old enough to be part of the scene 3 years later it had become a bit of a cliche – also earlier in the year I think I noticed Mr Hamilton probably naming Chris Hill and co the Funk Mafia.


  3. We’ve often seen the word “rap” in reviews before now, but only in reference to spoken passages within soul tracks (Millie Jackson in particular was seen as the queen of rap). To differentiate the two styles, James will use the term “DJ rap” for further early hip hop releases, and we won’t see the term “hip hop” used for a good few years to come.


  4. Yes I think I first remember hearing about hip hop in late 1982 early 1983 when electro was starting to get big.

    Also despite what James is predicting I don’t think the “rock” dance/tempo ever took off over here aside from being mentioned in the titles of the big hits ‘Disco Nights Rock Freak’ and ‘it’s A Disco Night Rock Don’t Stop’ I’d always been curious what it meant and it was only the original uploads of these columns a couple of years ago that enlightened me.


    1. It’s odd, isn’t it – from these columns, you’d think that the “rock” tempo was the new dance sensation sweeping the country, and yet it’s something that you never read about in histories of the period. (Unlike the “sleaze” tempo, which James has also picked up on.)

      To my ears, the “rock” tempo signals the first small shift away from the classic disco sound, towards something more “post-disco” (for want of a better word).


  5. Yes the shift was a move away from the “orchestral” “NYC zingy strings” tempo to a harder edged sound and the synth euro Kraftwerk inspired production and of course the ubiquitous Philly soul/ big diva sound is ever present throughout.


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