December 1, 1979: Positive Force, Roy Ayers, Kurtis Blow, Brass Construction, Narada Michael Walden

Odds ‘N Bods

Funk Mafia “family” members Chris Hill, Sean French, Chris Brown, Jeff Young, Tom Holland & Froggy head North on Sunday (2) to steal the bread out of local jocks’ mouths at an all-dayer in Oldham Romeo & Juliets – resentment seems to be running high amongst provincial DJs unable to make a national name for themselves! . . . Elton John ‘Johnny B. Goode’ (Rocket XPRES 2412) and Village People ‘Ready For The 80s’ (Mercury 9198505) are on 12in, the latter also on promo only 12in remix with overdubbed simple Xmas message from VP Ray Simpson . . . O’Jays ‘Sing A Happy Song’, Deniece Williams ‘I Found Love’ are now on US 12in . . . Pye’s R&B Division have done a promo only strawberry shaped and scented 7in of Rufus & Chaka . . . Mecca needs a dozen DJ’s for European work from February onwards using their own records – send demo tape and photo to Paul Casson, Mecca Agency, 14 Oxford Street, London W1N OHL . . . Honey Bee Benson awarded a six month £3,500 IDEA contract for Norwegian work to Jeff Slater (Chesham), who came third in the recent Gloucester Tiffanys mobile disco competition organized by Barry’s Disco Shop, which was won by lively newcomers Paul & Sam of Atmosphere II, Little Ian’s Creation Roadshow being 2nd . . . Billboard’s Disco International Forum in Monaco has been postponed until next autumn due to poor response . . . Radio London’s charity marathon in aid of Caribbean relief this Saturday will include a live link up with Mayfair Gullivers – I hope Fatman stays sober! . . . Greg Lynn has been promoted to product manager at CBS, prompting Mark Clark (Wokingham King Of Clubs) to comment “now that CBS is almost the same size as the Civil Service presumably they’re starting to copy their practice of pushing troublesome people upstairs!” . . . Lorraine Trent is now CBS Disco Pool chief, while at Phonogram with John Waller also promoted like Greg the disco plugger is Orin “Ladies Man” Cozier . . . Newcastle upon Tyne’s swank new Reflexions 2 in the Cloth Market (the old Inn Cognito site) is funkily import-orientated with regular jocks being Martin Urwin, Akin Oni, David Emery . . . Sunday next (9) Pete Tong, Tony Monson & Bob Jones funk the Thames with a riverboat all-niter leaving Westminster Bridge at 12:30am, £5 tickets from the jocks’ gigs or Disc Empire and Blues & Soul record shops . . . Chris Dinnis’s recent Perrin Sands Reunion at Sidmouth Winter Garden upped his funk nights’ normal prices, attracted fewer punters and thus lost the venue as a gig – which shows how much into the music South Devon fans are! . . . Ernie Priestman, partner/DJ at Whitehaven’s Whitehouse and a secret Genesis fan, restricts the club’s capacity to just 500 regardless of queues left outside so that there’s still a comfortable space to move and groove in – an enlightened policy surely? . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) reports the amazing fact that Liverpool currently lacks an import-stocking record shop despite the local DJ demand for one . . . Lowrell, a top seller in London, is still evidently not suitable for Capital Radio’s playlist . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry Rugby Club), recovering from a “Welcome Back The Mini” party, wants my remedy for cold-suffering jocks – well, my own cure is to OD on Vitamin C and go to bed with some sleeping pills, which sometimes is enough to dry me up for the following night . . . Chris Hill, who taught ‘em how to “silly” (not Philly) has a nifty mix of One Way ‘Music’ into George Duke ‘I Want You For Myself’ into Detroit Spinners ‘Body Language’, as well as Dazzle ‘You Dazzle Me’ into Patrice Rushen ‘Haven’t You Heard’.


UK Newies

POSITIVE FORCE: ‘We Got The Funk’ (Sugarhill SHL 102) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
Immensely catchy chick-sung jittery 112bpm 12in “rock” jiggler has mind-knawingly nagging guitar jangling away and has been completely restructured for UK release so that the chant part that originally came in near the end is now spliced in all over the place for added impact. Oh, it mixes superbly both into and out of Sugarhill Gang!

ROY AYERS: ‘Don’t Stop The Feeling’ (from LP ‘No Stranger To Love’, Polydor 2391438) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Far more UK-style disco than his last self-consciously “disco” effort, the set’s strongest cut so far (it’s also on US promo 12in) is this incredibly repetitive jiggling 114-115bpm “rock” thudder with chanting Roy and wailing chick, which actually build up power through its monotony, while the formula repeats with slightly more vocal variation on the similarly sparse 120-119bpm ‘Shack Up, Pack Up, It’s Up (When I’m Gone)’ jitterer. ‘Slyde’ is a great simple fast leaping 129-128-130bpm bounder, ‘No Stranger To Love / Want You’ a lovely gently jogging 42bpm vibes instrumental that becomes a huskily multi-tracked vocal smoocher, ‘Don’t Let Our Love Slip Away’ a pretty Sergio Mendes-type 119-123bpm easy listening duet, ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ an emphasis-shifting gentle yet tensely tugging 114/57-116/58-117bpm tempo switcher, and just the zingy 130-132-133bpm ‘Don’t Hide Your Love’ as his sole concession this time to dreaded US-style “disco”.

KURTIS BLOW: ‘Christmas Rappin’’ (Mercury BLOW 12)
‘Rapper’s Delight – Part Two’, except the tune is original and the DJ rap gets more varied, bringing in some call-and-answer audience participation towards the end. Starting with a 14 beat acappella “it was the night before Christmas” intro, the 112-113bpm 12in (not even out in the US yet!) mixes perfectly with Sugarhill Gang, of course! 

THE O’JAYS: ‘Identify’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 8015)
Almost Injun rhydum-like lurching bouncing 122bpm 7in thumper with catchy smash-bound “halt, who goes there?” hookline would have been good material for the Village People.

STARGARD: ‘Wear It Out’ (Warner Bros. K 17475) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
Excitingly stamping full tilt 125-126bpm charger chops perfectly minus intro out of Shalamar’s ‘Right In The Socket’, but is only on 7in here (at least with the instrumental flip).

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Can’t Let Go’ (CBS 8077)
Not ‘In The Stone’ yet, this typical spikily leaping 127-129bpm 7in strutter having to do in the meantime.

CHIC: ‘My Feet Keep Dancing’ (Atlantic K 11415T) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
Strangely pent-up 112bpm jolter due on 12in, goes into a great bass-backed Fred Astaire tap dancing break and is the same BPM as ‘Rapper’s Delight’ (hint hint!).

RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Put Your Feet To The Beat’ (Mercury 9198524) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Powerful girlie group pounder on picture sleeve 12in has plenty of marching feet effects, especially the intro and break, and goes through 132(intro)-130-133(break)-129-128(fade)bpm.

SLY STONE: ‘Dance To The Music’ (Epic EPC 13-8017) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
The original 1968 master tape completely remixed by John Luongo and turned into a brand new 126-125bpm 12in version with acappella intro and long instrumental sections.


Imports

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Shakit’ (from LP ‘Brass Construction 5’, US UA LT-977) (‘Right Place’ BNDA debut 2/23/80)
Back in the ‘Movin’’ bag and their best in ages, it’s a typical bumping and jumping 121-122-123-120-124-120-124-120-124-123bpm driver with catchy counting (not of BPMs!), while ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’ is another instantly identifiable 116-117bpm “rock” churner with great synthesizer effects, ‘Right Place’ is a monotonous thudding 109-110-111bpm groove, ‘I Want Some Action’ an attractive 115-118bpm “rock” jogger, ‘Watch Out’ a gradually unfurling 112bpm P-funk jiggler, ‘Get Up To Get Down’ a bass synthesizer-bumped 106-108-106-108bpm heavy funk jitterer with simple repetitive chanting that nevertheless they found hard to record (I was there!), and ‘It’s Alright’ is a disjointedly frantic 129-133bpm mixture of Latin and rock.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘Tonight I’m Alright’ (from LP ‘The Dance Of Life’, US Atlantic SD 19259) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Dynamite “rock’’ smacker, somewhat like a faster ‘Ladies Night’ with fashionable drily scratching guitar whaps through a deceptive 124(intro)-121-126(clapping)-123(instrumental)-122bpm to a usefully cold finish, while the equally good ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ bass-bumped hypnotic jiggly rolling 116-114-115-114bpm “rock” clapper goes into a long instrumental section. ‘You’re Soo Good’ is a chugging chanted 126-124-127-124-125bpm thudder with yowling guitar, ‘Carry On’ a Lowrell/Alpert-tempo 93-91bpm jogger and ‘Lovin’ You Madly’ a disjointed 121-120bpm basher with long clapping breaks. Just doing these last two albums has taken me two hours, so I hope you lot appreciate it!

JOE BATAAN: ‘Rap-O Clap-O’ (US Salsoul SG 315) (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
Terrific buoyantly thudding 116bpm 12in “rock” jiggler with half sung/half rapped DJ-type lyrics that give way for chix and instrumental bits to make a well-rounded record instead of just a gimmick. Useful fading rhythm and syndrums outro for mixers.

BILLY COBHAM: ‘What Is Your Fantasy’ (US Columbia 43-11142)
Wayne Henderson-produced great funkily burbling and bumping 114(intro)-120-121bpm 12in remix of Billy’s UK LP cut has a wailing Chaka-type chick and repetitive chaps over a backing that’s kinda like Hamilton Bohannon meeting Herbie Hancock!

HERB ALPERT: ‘Rotation’ (US A&M SP-12032)
Beautifully packaged see-through vinyl 12in remix of his trickily jazzy LP cut is a sombre tapping, rattling and bass synthesizer booming subtle 52½/105bpm percolator that needs careful programming but works really well – (though really not suitable) speed-spins at 141bpm!

TRUSSEL: ‘Love Injection’ (US Elektra AS-11435) (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
Fred Wesley co-produced excellent ever-developing 112-113bpm 12in “rock” thumper has a catchy “rock is in the pocket – rock is in the love socket” chant that sandwiches the bass-prodded jiggly central section with echoes of Instant Funk and Gene’s ‘Get Down’.

CREME D’COCOA: ‘Doggin’ It’ (from LP ‘Nasty Street’, US Venture VL 1004)
Along with their ‘Doin’ The Dog’ 12in hit – the ‘‘dog” incidentally is a sorta obscene “excuse me” version of the “rock” where people split away from their partners to dance up close behind someone else! This is a jaunty chix-panted jiggly 120bpm “rock” clapper, ‘Gimme Your Love’ a Chic-type male-sung 105bpm swayer and the title track a lurching 113bpm story song. Other cuts are soul slowies.

SIR JOHN ROBERTS: ‘Ain’t Nothing Like Making Love’ (from LP ‘& The Sophisticated Funk Orchestra’, US Venture VL 1003)
Sir seems sparing with his vocals throughout the pleasant soul set, this being a creamily clopping smooth 110bpm swayer with syndrums, ‘Can You Feel Me?’ a lovely lush 103bpm jogger, ‘Disco Power’ an oddly rolling 107bpm lurcher, ‘Sophisticated Funk’ an Intruders racetrack-introed sparse 122bpm strutter with mumbling rap, ‘Make Love To The Music’ an unfrantic 128bpm churner and ‘Do You Believe In Fate?’ a Sandra Feva-sung sexy 33½bpm smoocher.

MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON: ‘Falling Rock’ (from LP ‘Heart & Centre’, US Novus/Arista AN 3015)
Although Mike’s a guitar-playing vocalist on his own set, this 133-136-135bpm jazz instrumental features fabulous bell-like chiming trumpet and soprano sax over a hard driving convoluted rhythm to which he contributed but a background role. ‘Expansions’ and Azymuth fans should check it.

HIROSHIMA: ‘Lion Dance’ (from LP ‘Hiroshima’, US Arista AB 4252)
Wayne Henderson-produced pretty and mainly slow set by a young Japanese jazz-soul group, this ‘Shaft’-type introed cymbal-snicking 133bpm hummed instrumental thumper having tinkling hints of Eastern promise, ‘Never Ever’ being a lovely comes-and-goes smooth 128bpm Philly-style soul clopper and ‘Taiko Song’ a stop-start 136bpm jazz pounder which keeps tailing away.

FRIENDSHIP: ‘Tighten Up’ (from LP ‘Friendshlp’, US Elektra 6E-241)
Lee Ritenour-led instrumental jazz group with a fairly coherent 107-109bpm bumpy jiggling jolter, while the exciting but tricky ‘Bullet Train’ has a basically mid-120s BPM with a slow lull and ‘Waterwings’ is a scat-started comes-and-goes complex skitterer that I really can’t believe gets anyone dancing despite being musically good.

PAULETT & TANYA WINLEY: ‘Rhymin’ And Rappin’’ (US Paul Winley 12X45-5)
Somewhat plodding female DJ rapper with a basic 102bpm backing on New York-distributed 12in.

LEON WARE: ‘What’s Your Name’ (from LP ‘Inside Is Love’, US Fabulous 8500)
Clippety-clopping 130bpm Latin romper with chick joining him, while ‘Inside Your Love’ is a gently pushing 111bpm romantic swayer, ‘Try It Out’ a jerky 123bpm soul loper and ‘On The Island’ a pleasant 102bpm jogger with tropical effects and moody slow bumping break.

OPUS SEVEN: ‘Bussle’ (from LP ‘Thoughts’, US Source SOR-27000)
Brass Construction-type ponderously thudding and jiggling 114bpm funk plodder, enlivened for some reason only on 7in by a DJ rap intro while ‘The Way You Move Me’ is a nice 36bpm soul smoocher.

SERGIO MENDES BRASIL ‘88: ‘A Dream Come True’ (from LP ‘Magic Lady’, US Elektra 6E-214)
As well as the ‘I’ll Tell You’ 12in hit, this is an Emotions-type staccato 119bpm romper, ‘Let It Go’ a lurching 106bpm jogger and ‘Summer Dream’ a lush fast 122bpm samba.

TONY RALLO & THE MIDNITE BAND: ‘Holdin’ On’ (from LP ‘Burnin’ Alive’, US Casablanca NBLP 7187)
Alec R. Costandinos co-produced set, this jittery staccato-sung 117bpm skipper having a strange scat intro, samba lilt and tootling sax.

BUSTA JONES: ‘(You) Keep On Making Me Hot’ (US Spring PRO 118) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
Gino Soccio co-produced languidly thudding 101bpm 12in sleaze swayer should mix with Herb Alpert.

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: ‘Prayin’’ (US Source SOR-3950)
Nice strings and harp intro builds gradually into a bland creamy 125bpm 12in plopper in their typical old Teddy-type style.

DON ARMANDO’S SECOND AVENUE RHUMBA BAND: ‘Deputy Of Love’ (US ZE ZEA 12-003) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
Awful thundering trite 126bpm 12in girlie group canterer huge in US discos . . . which ain’t saying much and explains a lot!

BROOKLYN EXPRESS: ‘Hollywood Party (Getting High)’ (US BC 4002) (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
Rattling and clapping 120-123-124bpm 12in instrumental workout gradually whips up some unfunky US-style excitement after a prolonged dull start.

GINO SOCCIO: ‘The Visitors’ (US RFC DRCS 8894) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Fast 138bpm synthesizer bounder, big on the Continent and with Scottish appeal, now on new 12in remix with an appropriately French-sung ‘Les Visiteurs’ version as flip.

UNCLE LOUIE: ‘I Like Funky Music’ (US Marlin 434)
Dull 108bpm 12in plodder, unfunky and so disappointing following his ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ classic.

CHAIN REACTION: ‘Dance Freak’
Is out of stock even in New York so I’ve been unable to review (let alone hear) it yet!


UK Disco Top 90 – December 1, 1979

01 01 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night – Mercury 12″
02 02 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
03 04 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
04 06 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – AVI 12″
05 10 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – Epic 7″/LP
06 08 Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill 12″
07 05 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
08 13 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu – MCA 12″
09 03 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
10 09 Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
11 12 Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – MCA 12″
12 28 Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida – Island 12″
13 19 Shalamar – The Second Time Around – Solar 12″
14 25 Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – CBS 12″
15 20 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Music – MCA 12″
16 14 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – US Turbo 12″
17 15 Hudson People – Boogie On Downtown – Virgin 12″
18 07 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star – CBS 7″
19 17 Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Ariola Hansa 12″
20 11 Chic – My Forbidden Lover – Atlantic 12″
21 21 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – Pye 12″
22 23 Azymuth – Jazz Carnival – US Milestone LP
23 26 Commodores – Still – Motown 7″
24 32 Prince – Sexy Dancer / I Wanna Be Your Lover – US Warner Bros. LP
25 18 Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions – RCA 12″
26 16 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
27 29 Stargard – Wear It Out – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
28 22 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
29 24 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo 12″
30 34 Michael Jackson – Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / She’s Out Of My Life – Epic LP/US 7″
31 33 Gloria Gaynor – Let Me Know (I Have A Right) – Polydor 12″
32 30 Shalamar – Right In The Socket – Solar LP
33 27 Errol Dunkley – OK Fred – Scope 12″
34 42 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – Warner Bros. 12″
35 58 Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After – Whitfield 12″
36 39 Robin Beck – Sweet Talk – Mercury 12″
37 31 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″
38 38 Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep – Warner Bros. LP
39 36 Fern Kinney – Groove Me – WEA 12″
40 45 Dan-I – Monkey Chop – Island 12″
41 41 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
42 75 Rufus & Chaka – Masterjam (all cuts) – MCA 12″/US LP
43 46 Jean Carn – When I Find You Love (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
44 NE Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me / Heavenly / Hold On / Under Your Spell – US Arista LP
45 47 Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard / Let The Music Take Me / Call On Me – US Elektra LP
46 44 Herb Alpert – Street Life / Rotation / 1980 / Beyond The Rain – A&M LP
47 62 George Duke – I Want You For Myself / Games / Every Little Step I Take / Look What You Find – US Epic 7″/LP
48 77 Marvin Gaye – Ego Tripping Out / What’s Going On – Motown 12″
49 43 Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music / Everyday People / Stand – Epic 12″
50 74 Selecter – On My Radio / Too Much Pressure – 2-Tone 7″
51 50 Jay Hoggard – West End Dancer / Samba Pa Negra – US GRP/Arista LP
52 57 Crème D’Cocoa – Doin’ The Dog / Gimme Your Love – US Venture 12″/LP
53 52 ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) – Epic 7″
54 35 Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights – Casablanca 12″
55 53 Lee Moore – Reachin’ Out – Source 12″
56 82 Detroit Spinners – Dancin’ And Lovin’ (all cuts) – Atlantic 7″/12″ promo/US LP
57 67 Wayne Henderson – Dancin’ Love Affair – Polydor 12″
58 61 Sergio Mendes Brasil 88 – I’ll Tell You / A Dream Come True / Let It Go / Summer Dream – US Elektra 12″/LP
59 79 Stevie Wonder – Send One Your Love – Motown 7″
60 76 Anita Ward – Don’t Drop My Love – TK 12″
61 55 Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Go – Polydor 12″
62 87 Kool & The Gang – Too Hot / Hangin’ Out / If You Feel Like Dancin’ – Mercury LP
63 59 Shadow – I Need Love / Love Lite / I Enjoy Ya / No Better Love – US Elektra 12″/LP
64 NE Deborah Washington – Rock It – Ariola 12″
65 70 Dan Hartman – Hands Down – Blue Sky 12″
66 37 O’Jays – Sing A Happy Song – Philadelphia Int’l 7″/US 12″
67 72 Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Capitol 7″/US 12″
68 NE Specials – A Message To You Rudy / Nite Klub – 2-Tone 7″
69 65 Nature’s Divine – I Just Can’t Control Myself / Nature Divine – Infinity 12″
70 NE Delegation – Put A Little Love On Me – Ariola 12″
71 64 Sonny Rollins – Harlem Boys – US Milestone LP
72 51 Brass Construction – Movin’ – UA LP
73 71 Patrick Juvet – Swiss Kiss – Casablanca 12″
74 80 Discotheque – Intro Disco – Mercury 12″
75 NE Slave – Just A Touch Of Love / Are You Ready For Love / Funky Lady / Roots – US Cotillion LP
76 NE Madness – One Step Beyond – Stiff 7″
77 NE Brass Construction – Shakit / Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing / Right Place / Watch Out – US UA LP
78 NE Real Thing – Give Me Your Love / You Can’t Force The Funk – Pye 12″
79 83 Ren Woods – Everybody Get Up / I Love The Way You Do It / Sticks And Stones – US ARC 12″/LP
80 69 Cameo – Find My Way / It’s Serious – Casablanca 12″
81 81 Earth, Wind & Fire – In The Stone / I Can’t Let Go / Rock That / Let Your Feelings Show – CBS LP
82 89 Rick James – Love Gun / Come Into My Life / Fire It Up – US Gordy 7″/LP
83 NE Chosen Few – Boogie Army (Boogie Down) – Ariola Hansa 12″
84 90 Love Unlimited – High Steppin’, Hip Dressin’ Fella – US Unlimited Gold 12″
85 84 Hi-Tension – There’s A Reason – Island 12″
86 RE Ritchie Family – Put Your Feet To The Beat – Mercury 12″
87 NE One Way feat. Al Hudson – I Am Under Your Spell / Now That I Found You / Come Dance With Me – US MCA LP
88 85 Donald Byrd – Giving It Up / Morning / I Love You – US Elektra LP
89 NE Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – US Arista 12″
90 NE Sir John Roberts – Ain’t Nothing Like Making Love / Disco Power / Sophisticated Funk / Make Love To The Music – US Venture LP

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#6 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#10 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #13 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#14 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 11/3/79) / #16 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#19 (BNDA debut 3/15/80) / #20 (BNDA debut 9/1/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#27 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #30 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#31 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #34 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#36 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
#39 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #41 (BNDA debut 8/11/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#43 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #45 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#47 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #49 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #54 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #58 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
#61 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #62 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #65 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#73 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #75 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #76 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#77 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 11/3/79) / #80 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#82 (BNDA debut 11/24/79) / #86 (BNDA debut 8/25/79) / #89 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

MILLIE JACKSON & ISAAC HAYES: ‘Sweet Music Soft Lights And You’ / ‘Feels Like The First Time’ (Spring 12”)
AKB: ‘Stand Up – Sit Down’ (RSO 12”) (BNDA debut 7/21/79)
RITZ: ‘Dance Until You Drop’ (Epic 12”)
LOOSE CHANGE: ‘I Wanna Hold On To You’ / ‘Rising Cost Of Love’ / ‘Straight From The Heart’ (US Casablanca LP)
ANGELA BOFILL: ‘What I Wouldn’t Do’ / ‘I Try’ / ‘Angel Of The Night’ / ‘People Make The World Go Round’ (US Arista/GRP LP)
DIANA ROSS: ‘It’s My House’ (Motown 7”)
THE FORCE: ‘The Dirty Dog’ / ‘Rock Your Baby’ (Philadelphia Int’l 12”)
RAY GOODMAN & BROWN: ‘Special Lady’ (Mercury 7”)
CHIC: ‘My Feet Keep Dancing’ (Atlantic 7”) (BNDA debut 9/1/79)
GONZALEZ: ‘Move It To The Music’ / ‘People’s Party’ (Sidewalk 12”)
THREE DEGREES: ‘My Simple Heart’ (Ariola 7”)
FATBACK: ‘King Tim III (Personality Jock)’ / ‘You’re My Candy Sweet’ / ‘Disco Bass’ (US Spring LP) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
PRINCE BUSTER: ‘Al Capone’ / ‘One Step Beyond’ (Blue Beat 12”)
DELORES HALL: ‘Snapshot’ (Capitol 12”)
JOE BATAAN: ‘Rap-O Clap-O’ (US Salsoul 12”) (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
BOOKER T & THE MGS: ‘Green Onions’ (Atlantic 7”)
ROY AYERS: ‘Don’t Stop The Feeling’ (US Polydor 12” promo) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
FRISKY: ‘You’ve Got Me Dancing In My Sleep’ / ‘Tutty Frutty Booty’ (US Vanguard LP) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
SHEILA B. DEVOTION: ‘Spacer’ (Carrere 12”) (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
OPUS SEVEN: ‘Bussle’ / ‘The Way You Move Me’ (US Source LP)
FRIENDSHIP: ‘Tighten Up’ / ‘Bullet Train’ / ‘Waterwings’ (US Elektra LP)
FLORA PURIM: ‘From The Lonely Afternoon’ / ‘Love Lock’ / ‘Carry On’ / ‘Sarara’ (US Elektra LP)
SOUTHROAD CONNECTION: ‘Ain’t No Time To Sit Down’ LP (US UA LP)
SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Cruisin’’ (Motown 7”)
STANLEY CLARKE: ‘Together Again’ (Epic 7”)
BILLY COBHAM: ‘What Is Your Fantasy’ (US Columbia 12”)
BRICK: ‘Dancin’ Man’ / ‘We’ll Love’ (Bang 12”)
MARTIN CIRCUS: ‘Shine Baby Shine’ (Pye 12”)
CHAIN REACTION: ‘Dance Freak’ (US Jam Sessions 12”)
TRUSSEL: ‘Love Injection’ (US Elektra 12”) (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
CONTROLLERS: ‘I Can’t Turn The Boogie Loose’ (US TK 12”) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
LEON WARE: ‘Try It Out’ / ‘What’s Your Name’ / ‘Inside Your Love’ / ‘On The Island’ (US TK LP)

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  1. And there it was- a seismic shift in the direction of popular music culture (in the US) communicated in a simple understated sentence. The next Billboard International Disco Forum has been cancelled due to a lack of interest… Also worth noting yet again the high profile personality jocks with all their sexist silly cringe inducing shenanigans that appeared to dominate the club scene is many parts of the UK- something that would soon be rejected by the new breed of club jocks as the dance scene would develop. Worthy of note is “Identify” the latest release by the mighty O’Jays which marks the beginning of the end of their glory years. The change of direction towards a more funk “rock” oriented vibe and introduction of programmed backing arrangements is evident in this weeks reviewed releases. The handful of unadulterated disco productions do sound out of step- just that bit too fast/too zingy. The 80’s are definitely on the horizon!

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