December 22, 1979: Azymuth, Prince, Fat Larry’s Band, Edgar Winter, Gap Band

Odds ‘N Bods

Cool Yule y’all, and many thanks for all your pretty cards . . . Players Association’s new ‘We Got The Groove’ LP has been circulating to some lucky jocks on white label promo a month ahead of US release, the title track being a 130bpm blazer that vari-mixes nicely out of Isley Bros, while the 126bpm ‘Dance’ and 117bpm ‘We’re Almost There’ are OK too . . . David Bowie ‘John I’m Only Dancing (Again) (1975)’ (RCA 12in) is 120-126bpm . . . Millie Jackson’s ‘Live & Uncensored’ US LP is causing a stir with lovers of dirty language, one chanted bit actually being called ‘Phuck U Symphony’! . . . France Joli’s chart position is being defended as accurate by several contributing jocks, well aware of the justified suspicion of hype – however, it’s being promoted by three different companies and not just the one naughty plugger . . . Froggy didn’t turn up in Erith last week after all the nice things I’d said about his mixing, he’d forgotten a prior booking . . . Tom Myles of the Wirral’s mobile City Discos (051-677 7500) would like to know about any local DJ association, or from other jocks interested in forming one . . . Hemel Hempstead sees a new Wednesday jazz-funk club opening at Hustler’s in the Heath Park Hotel, Cotterells Road, on Wednesday 2nd January 1980, with Chris Brown, Sean French & Brother Louie joining resident Mike Allin . . . Sammy De Havilland, back from globetrotting for Bacchus, has landed at luxurious new Liberty’s in Dudley Road, Halesowen . . . Phil Black spins funk-soul imports at Pontypridd’s Georgian Club in Taft Street on Thurs/Fri/Saturdays now . . . Tommy Gunn, recovered from a leg injury – caused year’s layoff, is at Tipton Galaxy on Mondays and Stourbridge Hagley Road YWCA on Fridays . . . Paul Anthony’s RGS Records shop in Walsall serves up free wine all day on Xmas Eve . . . Graeme Bilton leaves the Thames riverboats on January 28th to move into the Royston/Cambridge area and wonders if there’s any vacancy for a funk lover who’s versatile (call 01-686 2303) . . . Andy Davison meanwhile has been developing that area’s funk scene with his Cambridgeshire Jazz-Funk & Soul Club, whose monthly meetings at Sawston Catholic go fortnightly next month . . . Ian “Appalling” Moore, the Revolta dancer, resurfaced at Erith 2001 last week and threatens to be back this Thursday – his agent for bookings is Ms Carol Smith on Gravesend 66914 . . . Havering DJ Assn announce their continued rapid growth and good reputation, inviting enquiries via PRO Mark Francis on Brentwood 215385 . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry Rugby Club) amuses his crowd by getting three would-be Wonder Mikes to try their rapping to Kurtis Blow’s B-side instrumental, blasting ‘em with a raspberry-blowing horn if they’re rotten, while three people miming to ‘The Laughing Policeman’ can also be a hoot . . . Andy & Geoff of the Utopia mobile, doing lots of gigs for the Ipswich area Scouts and Venture/Ranger Units, find this page very helpful – especially the BPM’s . . . Alan Donald (Rothesay) hears Margaret Trudeau phoned Pierre from Studio 54 to say that Teddy Kennedy was making a pass at her – “That’s OK,” came the reply. “Just make sure he drives you home!” . . . POP FIFTEEN (it being Xmas an’ all): 1 Pink Floyd, 2 Police, 3 Queen, 4 Tourists, 5 KC, 6 ELO. 7 The Beat, 8 M, 9 Jam, 10 Barry Biggs, 11 Dooleys, 12 Moody Blues, 13 Matchbox, 14 Billy Preston & Syreeta, 15 Blondie . . . HAPPY NEW YEAR!


UK Newies

AZYMUTH: ‘Jazz Carnival’ (Milestone MRC 101)
Amazingly huge considering its frantically fast and seemingly specialist appeal, this excitingly synthesized 135-134-135-140-136-0bpm Brazilian instrumental jazz-funk flier is now on UK-only 12in, fractionally faster than the much-imported LP version. Without necessarily crossing-over to pop tastes it’ll probably be a big seller.

PRINCE: ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ / ‘Just As Long As We’re Together’ (Warner Bros. K 17537T) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
Reviewed on 7in last week, the 12in version clocks in at 119-117bpm, the whole second half being a great electronically booming, buzzing, burbling and bumping instrumental, while the older full-length flip is a jerkily lurching 124bpm falsetto chugger with a rattling and bubbling instrumental last part that I always used on its own as a mixer.

FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Center City’ (from LP ‘Bright City Lights – The Best Of Fat Larry’s Band Plus’, Fantasy FT 584)
With a short 114bpm intro to the Band added, this is the notoriously hard to find full 125-124-123bpm promo US 12in version of the now surprisingly slow-seeming funk smash from Larry’s WMOT days in ‘76. Although ‘Lookin’ For Love Tonight’ and ‘Boogie Town’ are included, it’ll be the big attraction. 

DR HOOK: ‘Better Love Next Time’ (Capitol CL 16112)
Pleasant easily shuffling 104bpm blue-eyed 7in jogger should be good MoR like their last if it hits.

SONNY ROLLINS: ‘Harlem Boys’ (Milestone MRC 100)
Veteran jazz tenor tootler’s jogging Crusader-ish 108-106-107-110-109bpm instrumental ¡s now on UK-only 12in, though evidently the US 7in edit is nifty too.

DONALD BYRD: ‘Morning’ (from LP ‘And 125th Street NYC’, Elektra K 52199)
As suspected, this Clare Fischer-tinkled insidious 96bpm keyboards instrumental jolter has proved to be the stayer, outlasting the lively but messy 124bpm ‘Giving It Up’ funk burbler and 129bpm ‘I Love You’ chanter.

FRIENDSHIP: ‘Bullet Train’ (from LP ‘Friendship’, Elektra K 52185)
Lee Ritenour-led instrumental jazzers’ convoluted comes-and-goes mid-120sbpm blower has been equally as popular as the bumpy 107-109bpm jiggling ‘Tighten Up’ jolter with specialist fans.

THE SYLVERS: ‘Theme From Mahogany’ (Casablanca CANL 167)
Squeakily juvenile (so still Diana Ross-ish) 137bpm 12in actually cuts off the dead slow Ross-like 7in intro and leaves just the frantically hustling fast part, thus killing the contrast that made it mildly interesting.


Imports

EDGAR WINTER: ‘Above And Beyond’ (US Blue Sky 4Z8-2785) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
Terrific thudding 112bpm 12in instrumental (rather than the vocal side) starts out at the Sugarhill Gang/Positive Force/Trussel tempo for mixers and intensifies without speeding up through great freaky synthesizer effects, burbling bass, searing guitar and a bit of final chorus before the slow end, then mixes beautifully into Roy Ayers/Risco Connection etc. Play it loud!

GAP BAND: ‘Party Lights’ (from LP ‘Gap Band II’, US Mercury 1-3804) (‘I Don’t Believe’ BNDA debut 3/8/80)
Undisguisedly pinched yet powerful little 120-118bpm Al Hudson rip-off works well right now, while the 106-104bpm ‘I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!)’ starts with an acappella “say oops up side your head” chant that continues at times through the gradually building long 8:31 half-spoken funky “rock” jitterer, which becomes quite mesmerising thanks to multi-layered vocals like a mellower Funkadelic. ‘No Hiding Place’ is a pleasant 35bpm soul slowie.

XANADU & SWEET LADY: ‘Rockers’ Choice’ (US Joe Gibbs JGMD 8079)
Dynamite 92-94bpm reggae answer version to ‘Rapper’s Delight’ (a straightforward less inspired female version of which is the 110-112bpm official A-side), the chix rapping on about “cocaine cocaine to go straight to your brain – or would you all like to take a little whiff of ire ire collie spliff” before the 12in goes dub. Get it!

FUNKY FOUR PLUS ONE MORE: ‘Rappin’ And Rocking The House’ (US Enjoy 6000)
Bobby Robinson’s famous Harlem-based R&B label revives with a good four guys and one gal-rapped 111-112-113-114-115-116bpm 12in which has an urgency early on that sets it above the flood of rappers currently unleashed.

THE SEQUENCE: ‘Funk You Up’ (US Sugarhill SH-543)
Staccato deadpan chix on a Sugarhill Gang Band-backed monotonous choppily changed 105bpm 12in that sure enough turns into a female rapper’s answer to you know what. At least it’s from the originators.

THE YOUNGER GENERATION: ‘We Rap More Mellow’ (US Brass BRDS 2504)
Sugarhill-style 110bpm 12in, too similar to be really interesting but evidently selling well.

NEIL “B”: ‘Body Rock’ (US BC BC 4004)
Brooklyn Express-backed bumpy 120bpm 12in rapper.

VAUGHAN MASON & CREW: ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ (US Brunswick DISCO 211) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
The scandal-rocked label returns with another Sugarhill ‘Good Times’-type 112bpm 12in rapper.

SUPER JAY: ‘Santa’s Rap Party’ (US Sound Of New York 712)
Not another Kurtis Blow, this 110bpm 12in rapper lacks bite. And that’s just been some of them!

WEBSTER LEWIS: ‘Give Me Some Emotion’ (from LP ‘8 For The 80’s’, US Epic NJE 36197)
Herbie Hancock co-produced set from which the frantic busy 128-130bpm chix-led ‘You Deserve To Dance’ backbeat whapper was reviewed on 7in, this Lowrell/Alpert-tempo 90bpm DJ Rogers-sung rolling soul swayer now finally proving to be useful too, while ‘Go For It’ is a clapping 102-103bpm instrumental jogger and ‘Fire’ a solid 115-116bpm thudder.

THE FORCE: ‘Join Us’ (from LP ‘The Force’, US Philadelphia Int’l NJZ 36097)
Along with their 12in titles, this happy Village People-type clapping 132-134-135bpm romper is joined by a revival of Sonny Rollins’s jolly old ‘St Thomas’ 124bpm jazz calypso instrumental, and the pleasant soulfully croaked jogging 123bpm ‘Hold Me’ roller.

CHUCK ARMSTRONG: ‘Something Got A Hold On Me’ (US Konduko X 10)
King Sporty-produced monotonous 117bpm 12in chugger is a bit like Sam & Dave doing ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ – so could have Northern appeal?

COSMO WAVE AND THE SPACE CADETS: ‘Star Treking’ (US Epic 48-50812)
New 128bpm 12in disco treatment of the ‘Star Trek’ telly theme to tie in with the disappointing motion picture, a preview of which made me too late to type these import reviews for last week . . . sorry.

NORTH END: ‘Kind Of Life (Kind Of Love)’ (US West End WES 22125) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Pleasant creamily cantering bloke-sung 125bpm 12in loper with Chantal Curtis-type harmonica early on and freakily rattling breaks.

THE INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘All Night Thing’ (US Mango MLPS 7782) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
Naggingly familiar stop-start intro to a jerky 120bpm 12in soul chugger, pleasant but not outstanding.

ANN-MARGRET: ‘Love Rush (E-Minor)’ (US Ocean Ariola OR 8911) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
Shapely movie star and sometime singer goes “disco” with sadly shapeless 128bpm 12in churner that nevertheless is big in US disco charts . . . though not the sales charts. And thereby hangs a story.

FREE LIFE: ‘Dance Fantasy’ (US Epic 48-50817) (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
Philip (EWF) Bailey co-produced but disappointingly boring sub-Sylvester 123bpm 12in jumper with long electronically pulsating intro.


Christmas week’s Record Mirror will as usual include a Disco page, but because of printing schedules it will not contain the normal info.  Instead, stand by for this year’s Hammy awards, the disco hits of ’79 and suchlike! Chart contributors can take a week’s holiday, but do please get ‘em into the mail by New Year’s Eve so we can begin 1980 with an up-to-date selection.


Hot Vinyl

Chris Dinnis (06476-271/295) funks various South Devon venues but is now starting to travel further afield and import tips:

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: ‘Prayin’’ (US Source 12”)
SYL JOHNSON: ‘Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now’ (US Shama LP)
TOWER OF POWER: ‘In Due Time’ (US Columbia LP)
MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: ‘Rainy Day Friend’ (US Epic LP)
JONESES: ‘Love Contest’ (US Spring 12”)
SOLOMON BURKE: ‘Yes I Love You’ (US Infinity LP)
ZZ HILL: ‘I Want To Be Your Every Need’ (US Columbia LP)
NATALIE COLE & PEABO BRYSON: ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ (US Capitol LP)
HARVEY SCALES: ‘I Get Off On You’ (US Casablanca LP)


UK Disco Top 90 – December 22, 1979

01 02 Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill 12″
02 01 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night – Mercury 12″
03 03 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – Epic 7″
04 04 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
05 06 Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida – Island 12″
06 05 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – AVI 12″
07 12 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – Sugarhill 12″
08 07 Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – CBS 12″
09 08 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
10 10 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
11 14 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Music – MCA 12″
12 11 Shalamar – The Second Time Around – Solar 12″
13 09 Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – MCA 12″
14 13 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu / Brazos River Breakdown – MCA 12″
15 19 Azymuth – Jazz Carnival – Milestone 12″
16 16 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – Pye 12″
17 15 Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
18 21 Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After – Whitfield 12″
19 17 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
20 18 Commodores – Still – Motown 7″/LP
21 24 Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover – Warner Bros. 12″
22 31 Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ – Mercury 12″
23 23 Dan-I – Monkey Chop – Island 12″
24 26 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – Warner Bros. 12″
25 20 Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Ariola Hansa 12″
26 25 Stargard – Wear It Out – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
27 57 Diana Ross – It’s My House – Motown 12″
28 33 Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music – Epic 12″
29 30 Rufus & Chaka – Do You Love What You Feel – MCA 12″
30 22 Hudson People – Boogie On Downtown – Virgin 12″
31 54 War – The World Is A Ghetto – US UA LP
32 40 Brass Construction – Brass Construction 5 (all cuts) – US UA LP
33 63 Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer / Don’t Go – Carrere 12″
34 27 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star – CBS 7″
35 44 Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Let Go – CBS 7″
36 60 Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing – Atlantic 12″
37 45 Trussel – Love Injection – US Elektra 12″
38 29 Robin Beck – Sweet Talk – Mercury 12″
39 37 Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me – US Arista LP
40 49 Slave – Just A Touch Of Love / Are You Ready For Love / Funky Lady / Shine – US Cotillion LP
41 55 Three Degrees – My Simple Heart – Ariola 7″
42 36 Herb Alpert – Rotation – US A&M 12″
43 51 George Duke – I Want You For Myself / Look What Yound Find / Games – Epic LP
44 32 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
45 34 Deborah Washington – Rock It – Ariola 12″
46 28 Chic – My Forbidden Lover – Atlantic 12″
47 56 Roy Ayers – Don’t Stop The Feeling – Polydor LP/US 12″ promo
48 35 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
49 41 Delegation – Put A Little Love On Me / Welcome To My World – Ariola 12″
50 58 Michael Jackson – Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / Burn This Disco Out / She’s Out Of My Life – Epic LP/US 7″
51 64 Madness – One Step Beyond – Stiff 7″
52 52 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo 12″
53 53 Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep – Warner Bros. LP
54 61 Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Capitol 7″/US 12″
55 79 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright / I Shoulda Loved Ya / You’re Soo Good – US Atlantic LP
56 46 Marvin Gaye – Ego Tripping Out – Motown 12″
57 42 Shalamar – Right In The Socket – Solar LP
58 39 Stevie Wonder – Send One Your Love – Motown 7″
59 43 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
60 67 Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – US Arista 12″
61 59 Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard – US Elektra LP
62 68 Prince – Sexy Dancer / Still Waiting – US Warner Bros. LP
63 48 Kool & The Gang – Too Hot / Hangin’ Out / If You Feel Like Dancin’ / Tonight’s The Night – Mercury LP
64 69 ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) – Epic 7″
65 65 Selecter – On My Radio / Too Much Pressure – 2-Tone 7″
66 38 Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions – RCA 12″
67 NE France Joli – Come To Me – Ariola 12″
68 47 Wayne Henderson – Dancin’ Love Affair – Polydor 12″
69 66 Herb Alpert – Street Life / 1980 / Behind The Rain – A&M LP
70 NE Chain Reaction – Dance Freak – US Sound Of New York 12″
71 86 Nature’s Divine – I Just Can’t Control Myself – Infinity 12″
72 77 Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band – Holdin’ On – US Casablanca LP
73 NE Sylvester – Can’t Stop Dancing / In My Fantasy – Fantasy 12″
74 RE Earth, Wind & Fire – In The Stone / Rock That / Let Your Feelings Show – CBS LP
75 72 Crème D’Cocoa – Doin’ The Dog / Doggin’ It / Gimme Your Love – US Venture 12″/LP
76 74 Jean Carn – When I Find You Love (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
77 82 Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O – US Salsoul 12″
78 73 Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Go – Polydor 12″
79 80 Janis Ian – Fly Too High – CBS 12″
80 RE Ramsey Lewis – Spring High / All The Way Live – CBS 12″
81 75 Specials – A Message To You Rudy – 2-Tone 7″
82 RE Storm – It’s My House – Scope 12″
83 76 Sergio Mendes Brasil 88 – I’ll Tell You / A Dream Come True – US Elektra 12″/LP
84 71 Brass Construction – Movin’ / Changin’ – UA LP
85 84 Ritchie Family – Put Your Feet To The Beat – Mercury 12″
86 70 Jay Hoggard – West End Dancer – US GRP/Arista LP
87 89 Billy Cobham – What Is Your Fantasy – US Columbia 12″
88 83 Real Thing – Give Me Your Love – Pye 12″
89 NE Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions – Atlantic 7″
90 90 Discotheque – Intro Disco – Mercury 12″

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #8 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
#9 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #10 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 11/3/79)
#12 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #19 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#21 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #25 (BNDA debut 3/15/80)
#26 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #29 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#32 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #33 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #36 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#37 (BNDA debut 12/8/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #39 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #42 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #43 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#44 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #46 (BNDA debut 9/1/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#50 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #51 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #53 (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
#55 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #57 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #59 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
#60 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #61 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #62 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#63 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #67 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #73 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#76 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #77 (BNDA debut 12/1/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
#79 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #83 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #85 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

RICK JAMES: ‘Love Gun’ / ‘When Love Is Gone’ / ‘Fire It Up’ (Motown LP) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
RITZ: ‘Dance Until You Drop’ (Epic 12”)
HIROSHIMA: ‘Lion Dance’ (US Arista LP)
EDGAR WINTER: ‘Above And Beyond’ (US Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
ONE WAY FEAT. AL HUDSON: ‘I Am Under Your Spell’ / ‘Tonight’ / ‘Come Dance With Me’ (US MCA LP)
GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Tonight’ (Polydor 12”)
O’JAYS: ‘Identify’ (Philadelphia Int’l 7”)
GIORGIO MORODER: ‘What A Night’ / ‘E=MC2’ (Oasis LP) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
BILLY OCEAN: ‘Are You Ready’ (GTO 12”) (BNDA debut 12/13/80)
PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: ‘We Got The Groove’ (US Vanguard promo LP) (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
BUSTA JONES: ‘(You) Keep On Making Me Hot’ (US Spring 12”) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
XANADU & SWEET LADY: ‘Rocker’s Choice’ / ‘Rapper’s Delight’ (US Joe Gibbs 12”)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: ‘Prayin’’ (US Source 12”)
ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Shout’ (RCA 12”)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Come Go With Me’ / ‘Turn Off The Lights’ / ‘Life Is A Circle’ (Philadelphia Int’l LP)
MODS 79: ‘Green Onions’ (Casino Classics 7”)
BEN E. KING: ‘Music Trance’ (Atlantic 7”) (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
PEACHES & HERB: ‘I Pledge My Love’ / ‘Roller Skatin’ Mate’ (Polydor 12”)
VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Ready For The 80’s’ (Mercury 12”) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
WILSON PICKETT: ‘I Want You’ (US EMI America LP)
GAP BAND: ‘Party Lights’ / ‘I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance’ (US Mercury LP) (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
DENNIS COFFEY: ‘Wings Of Fire’ / ‘Free Spirit’ (US Atlantic LP) (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
SYLVERS: ‘Theme From Mahogany’ (Casablanca 12”)
KOCKY: ‘Just Keep On Dancing’ / ‘Remone’ / ‘That’s How It Is’ (US Windsong LP) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
FLB: ‘Center City’ (Fantasy LP)


It’s unfortunate that Hammy doesn’t give the song names of the pop singles he’s begun listing at the end of his Odds ‘N Bods section, but then again I’m sure everybody back then knew which ones he was talking about. From what I can gather from the then-current singles charts, these are the pop singles being played as of the latest column:

1 Pink Floyd: ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ (Harvest)
2 Police: ‘Walking On The Moon’ (A&M)
3 Queen: ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ (EMI)
4 Tourists: ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ (Logo)
5 KC & The Sunshine Band: ‘Please Don’t Go’ (TK)
6 ELO: ‘Last Train To London’ (Jet)
7 The Beat: ‘Tears Of A Clown’ (2-Tone)
8 M: ‘Moonlight And Muzak’ (MCA)
9 The Jam: ‘The Eton Rifles’ (Polydor)
10 Barry Biggs: ‘What’s Your Sign Girl’ (Dynamic)
11 Dooleys: ‘The Chosen Few’ (GTO)
12 Moody Blues: ‘Nights In White Satin’ (Deram)
13 Matchbox: ‘Rockabilly Rebel’ (Magnet)
14 Billy Preston & Syreeta: ‘With You I’m Born Again’ (Motown)
15 Blondie: ‘Union City Blue’ (Chrysalis)

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