February 2, 1980: Michael Jackson, GQ, Bunny Mack, Ronnie Laws, Cheryl Lynn

Odds ‘N Bods

‘Center City’ remains a collector’s item 12in as, after all that, it’s only the Fat Larry B-side on promo copies (at 2bpm slower than reviewed, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ being 1bpm faster) . . . Pye’s brand new black product label Calibre launches soon with Tony Rallo ‘Holdin’ On’ and has picked up Stop ‘I Can Feel It’ from Elite . . . Whispers hit last week’s London sales chart (non-disco) at a massive number 15! . . . Patrice Rushen’s 12in checks in at 130-129-130-129-128 (piano on)-127bpm, Roy Ayers at 113½-114bpm, Brass Construction ‘Shakit’ going down 1bpm . . . Mercury retain De-Lite for two more years and have a new Crown Heights Affair LP at the end of Feb . . . Light Of The World, Jocko, Narada Michael Walden are due on UK 12in next week, Slave and a Gap Band 3-tracker (‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ / ‘Steppin’ Out’ / ‘Oops!’) the week after . . . Shalamar ‘Right In The Socket’ is on 12in only, the 7in edit being just for radio . . . Grey & Hanks ‘Now I’m Fine’ is set for UK 12in in March, but no LP plans yet . . . I’m sworn to secrecy, but Arista have interesting plans for promoting GRP jazz product, about which certain select DJ’s will doubtless be hearing shortly – and it’s good to see Phyllis Hyman on Radio One’s main playlist, too . . . Merry Clayton ‘Emotion’, reviewed last week, is of course Webster Lewis’s ‘Give Me Some Emotion’ which Fatman loves so . . . Glenn J Simpson, having built up a largely mobile/youth club DJ mailing list, is now in a lather as his Sponsor-Disc idea is attracting cigarette and alcohol advertisers who require airplay outlets in licensed clubs and pubs: jox from these are all invited to apply for inclusions on his list now, at Public Eye Enterprises Ltd, Penthouse Suite, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY . . . Rusty Egan, well known sessions gorilla with various power pop combos, has been offered a thousand bucks a week to jock at New York’s Mudd Club, but doesn’t think it’s enough . . . Darryl Hayden (01-898 1127) will set fire to himself in aid of Cambodian refugees at any London area club for a £30 donation, following his blazing Lambeth Bridge leap . . . Paul Clark (Brighton 698699) is after Sussex area funky gigs prepared to take him plus a coach-load of lunatic followers . . . Blackpool’s Pete Haigh & Frenchie have teamed up to form the solidly funky Stateside Connection, bookable on Cleveleys 824156 . . . Norman Scott is cock-a-hoop over gay club Bang’s continued success in face of stiff opposition down Charing Cross way, while Tony Jenkins could be taking his Anthony’s soul club to Heaven on Sundays soon . . . Southampton University’s Bootsies soul club (Union Ballroom every Friday) made more money than any other social activity on campus last year . . . Chris Britton reports the Saturday crowds at High Wycombe Tuesdays come mainly from London as the locals only like his pop nights . . . Dave Hipperson’s Maximum Axis (01-207 0179) supplied an impressive array of disco gear for Record Mirror’s 25th Anniversary party, an event that made me nostalgicize about RM’s old Mod style-setter, Norman Jopling, without whom so much would not be as it is now: first to write about the Stones, instigator of the “Great Unknowns” soul star feature and much more, his “America Awakes” US reviews column was taken over by myself exactly eleven years ago . . . Garrell Redfearn has now completely closed his MIF production company . . . Loraine Trent’s remarkable CBS newsletter, in which she was quite staggeringly indiscreet about a DJ’s drinking problem, proved a big talking point last weekend and won her the Bitch Of The Year award eleven months early . . . 1980, remember at all times (and tell ‘em at Pye, RCA, Mercury & WEA!), is meant to be the year that disco died – if disco is dead, I hadn’t noticed!


UK Newies

MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Rock With You’ (Epic EPC 8208)
Great insidious lazy 115 bpm 7in “rock” swayer, already huge on import and LP, usefully flipped by the jerky hiccupping strangulated 124 bpm ‘Get On The Floor’.

GQ: ‘Standing Ovation’ (Arista ARIST 12328) (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
Michael Jackson-like urgent 126 bpm backbeat canterer with an interesting “diddle de da” rhythm arrangement, due on 12in, is catchier than one thinks at first.

BUNNY MACK: ‘Let Me Love You’ (Rokel SD-RK 09)
Absolutely dynamite 125-126 bpm afro-reggae throbber like a cross between ‘Jingo’ and ‘Frontline Symphony’, the 124-125 bpm ‘Love You Forever’ instrumental B-side version possibly being even better. 

PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: ‘The Get Down Mellow Mellow Sound’ (from LP ‘We Got The Groove’, Vanguard VSD 79431) (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
Now ready for release, but possibly pipped to the shops by the import version, the UK LP adds the old 116-118 bpm ‘Turn The Music Up’ and 122 bpm ‘Ride The Groove’ as bonus tracks, the catchy 128 bpm title track already being on 12in, leaving this steadily jogging 114 bpm plodder as the most popular newie. Much like ‘Turn The Music Up’ with various breaks, it’s pleasant enough and mixes out of The Whispers if you’re clever, while the similar 115 bpm ‘We’re Almost There’ and churning 125-126 bpm ‘Dance’ with syndrums and clapping break enlivening the end, have already died for promo-serviced jocks.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘A Song For The Children’ LP (CBS 83809)
“Funky rhythm” chanting chix and rattling percussion start and stop the otherwise smoothly sung though jittery 126-124-126 bpm title track jazz-funk fave from last autumn, now thankfully reviving interest, while ‘Street Festival’ is a lush 131 bpm Brazilian piano plonker with percussion break, ‘Nightlife’ a more subdued samba-ish 120-122 bpm swayer and ‘Fruit Music’ an urgent 126-128 bpm vocal chugger with good guitar.

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Tek Time’ (from LP ‘Gone Clear’, Island ILPS 9539)
African saxist’s eagerly awaited reggae set is beautifully produced if not blatantly disco, this slinkily hypnotic comes-and-goes 49/98-97 bpm ever-shifting jiggler being reminiscent of the old Rinder and Lewis sound, the more Afro-slanted 126-127 bpm ‘Goro City’ building up a jazzy intensity, while the straight reggae tracks are a slow 92/46 bpm revamp of an oldie into ‘Reggae Makossa’, gentle 45/90 bpm ‘Doctor Bird’ with twittering effects, lovely lightweight jaunty 67 bpm ‘Full Up’ swayer and similarly instrumental 97 bpm ‘Frozen Soul’.

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘The Best Of Herbie Hancock’ LP (CBS 84106)
Useful oldies set features the 118-114-116-118-116-29-118-117-116 bpm ‘I Thought It Was You’, gradually accelerating 95-100-106-111 bpm ‘Chameleon’, 120 bpm ‘Ready Or Not’, remixed 122 bpm “disco” version of ‘Tell Everybody’ and remixed jittery sparse 99 bpm ‘Doin’ It’ instrumental.

GUARDIAN ANGEL: ‘Self Service Love’ (Matumbi 12RIC 106)
Interesting solidly pushing 121 bpm 12in happy girlie group skipper is not particularly West Indian, until it goes into a dub last part, while the good convoluted fast 126 bpm instrumental ‘Jim Screechie’ flip should be checked by jazz jocks.

RICK JAMES: ‘Love Gun’ (Motown TMG 1174) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
Heavily booming enthusiastic 122 bpm 7in backbeat bashing funker.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘On The Radio’ (Casablanca NB 2236) (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
Slow-starting typical melodic pop fodder on 7in will entice punters for Scottish and other mobile jocks (who don’t need a BPM to use it . . . though it does reach 128 bpm!).

DONNA SUMMER: ‘I Feel Love’ (GTO GT 100) (BNDA debut 7/2/77)
Percolating 126 bpm synthesizer trend-setter from ‘77 on 7in again, still sounds good, with the “cars” part of Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ superimposed through the break.

MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS: ‘Heatwave’ / ‘Dancing In The Street’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1176)
Back-to-back New Mod-aimed 7in re-issue of the 168 bpm ‘63 and 127 bpm ‘64 classics.

(DETROIT) SPINNERS: ‘Working My Way Back To You’ (Atlantic K 11432) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
Creamily chugging classy 123 bpm 7in remake of the Four Seasons oldie with superb vocal arrangement featuring deep bass bits.

BONNIE POINTER: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (from LP ‘Bonnie Pointer 2’, Motown STML 12129) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Fully reviewed on import only 2 weeks ago, this is the full 128 bpm version that synchs perfectly into Montana’s ‘I Love Music’, being 1 bpm slower than the 7in version.

ROULETTE: ‘Lovers And Gamblers’ (Ariola AROD 196)
Bugatti and Musker-prod/penned pseudo jazzy bass snapped rolling and thudding repetitive 111 bpm 12in jiggler soulfully sung by Nigel Martinez with Shezwae Powell, goes into a thumping “take a chance” break and is worth a spin (ouch!).

CHARME: ‘Do It For Love’ (RCA PC 1727)
Emotions-type sparsely arranged staccato 122-124 bpm 12in lurcher, flipped by a nice enough 103 bpm version of Toto’s great haunting but sadly ignored ‘Georgy Porgy’ jogger.

EDWIN STARR: ‘Stronger (Than You Think I Am)’ (20th Century-Fox TC 2445)
‘25 Miles’-type old fashioned 131 bpm Northern stinker, only on 7in and with good reason.

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: ‘Peter Gunn’ (Atlantic K 11416)
Excitingly vibrant “live” electronic rock 7in treatment of the Sid Snot theme should grab pop crowds.

TOMAS LEDIN: ‘Not Bad At All’ (Epic EPC 8079)
Staccato 130 bpm 7in pop pounder by an ABBA sidekick, getting radio play.

DEL RICHARDSON: ‘Lady With The Red Dress On’ (Concept CR 100)
Bassily booming pleasantly tuneful 63 bpm 7in reggae-cum-ska throbber with an almost cha cha beat, reminiscent of something really old.

THE REGULARS: ‘Don’t Stay Out Late’ (CBS 8150)
Authentically dated 66/132 bpm 7in ska blue-beater and even better 123 bpm ‘Rude Boy Gone Jail’ B-side.

RAM & TAM: ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ (HAWK HSP 8)
Bassily throbbing 68 bpm 7in reggae revival of the classic Shirelles slowie.

ROBERTA FLACK WITH DONNY HATHAWAY: ‘You Are My Heaven’ (Atlantic K 11414)
Jazzily jogging 102/51 bpm 7in slowie.

US OF A: ‘Bodysnatching’ (Carrere CAR 132T)
Rather dull ‘Tighten Up’-type jerkily jittering 119 bpm 12in jiggler with weedy fake “live” vocals on A-side and not enough balls on the instrumental flip.


Imports

RONNIE LAWS: ‘OTBA Law (Outta Be A Law)’ (from LP ‘Every Generation’, US UA LT-1001)
Star-studded set by the jazz saxist, this bass-snapped steadily pushing 115-113-114-113 bpm instrumental jiggler progressing interestingly through sax and synthesizer with a subdued sorta Tony Rallo flavour, while the skippable slow-starting ‘Young Child’ is a fast alto sax squawker that hits an Isleys-like lick but decelerates imperceptibly through 134-129 bpm and the Latin trimmed tootling ‘As One’, a jittery 90 bpm smacker at times in the ‘Rise’ style.

CHERYL LYNN: ‘I’ve Got Faith In You’ (LP ‘In Love’, US Columbia JC 36145) (BNDA debut 2/2/80)
Barry (Heatwave) Blue-produced pent-up bass-spiked smoothly pushing jiggly 126bpm wailer could be almost too busy just as the oddly chiming 113 bpm ‘Keep It Hot’ “rock” jitterer has a surfeit of shrill surface excitement, but the solidly thudding 120 bpm ‘Love Bomb’ chugger with explosion effects and tinkling build-up joins the jolting 123 bpm ‘I’ve Got What You Need’ “rock” roller in being less cluttered.

BLOWFLY: ‘Blowfly’s Rapp’ (US TK DISCO 438)
Soul-singing Clarence Reid’s foul-mouthed alter ego joins the rappers on a 104-107 bpm 12in that’s “restricted from airplay – X-rated” and hilariously filthy at first (it falls off), the ‘Rapp Dirty’ A-side version actually being a cleaner conspiratorial tale.

AHMAD JAMAL: ‘Genetic Walk’ LP (US 20th Century Fox T-600)
The title track’s long first part is a slow strings and doodling piano intro to a magnificently moody 89/44 bpm instrumental jazz thudder with washes of lush sound over the deliberate piano plonking, ‘Chaser’ being a bass bumped 51/101 bpm jogger and ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbours’ a 37 bpm smoocher with chix chorus, all lovely listening material.

JON FADDIS: ‘Good And Plenty’ LP (US Buddah BDS 5727)
Specialist 133-141 bpm fast title track jazz trumpet galloper might have some Azymuth appeal, ‘Razor Blade’ being a bass-snapped 118 bpm trumpet tootler with slightly ‘Shaft’-like intro.

DAVID AXELROD: ‘Dr T’ (from LP ‘Marchin’’, US MCA MCA 3199)
Jazz-rock fusionist from the hippy ‘60s returns with an atmospheric weird moodily shifting sorta jazz-reggae 77 bpm instrumental slowie, while equally lovely listening though even less usable is the nice slow 37 bpm ‘Wandering Star’.

THELMA HOUSTON: ‘Suspicious Minds’ (from LP ‘Breakwater Cat’, US RCA AFL1-3500)
The mainly Jimmy Webb-penned set’s ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ equivalent, this Mark James-penned Elvis Presley oldie remains a strong pop song in a good 130 bpm pop disco treatment that’s due soon on radio-aimed UK 7in. She looks like a black Anna Ford on the cover!

LA FLAVOUR: ‘Mandolay’ (US Sweet City SCD 5555) (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
Solidly whapping and noisily beefy 135 bpm Latin “rock” smacker doesn’t really sound all that fast and is big in US discos.

INNER LIFE: ‘I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)’ LP (US Prelude PRL 12175) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
Evidently around on 12in a while back, the languidly clapping 111 bpm title track girlie group jogger builds a wailing jittery tension, but other tracks are zingier.

KOCKY: ‘Remone’ (US Windsong CD-11890) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
Zingy 128 bpm girlie group galloper with good long percussion break.

M’LADY: ‘Sweet Honey’ (US 20th Century-Fox TCD-104) (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
Emotions type staccato 125 bpm 12in strutter should probably work with Stargard.

PJ LABOY: ‘Baya Latinos’ (US Etcetera 47AR)
Ethnically percussive 110 bpm Latin rapper on Spanish-spoken 12in.


UK Disco Top 90 – February 2, 1980

01 01 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – Epic 7″
02 02 Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill 12″
03 03 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – Sugarhill 12″
04 06 Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover – Warner Bros. 12″
05 07 Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After – Whitfield 12″
06 10 Azymuth – Jazz Carnival – Milestone 12″
07 04 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night – Mercury 12″
08 13 Kool & The Gang – Too Hot / Tonight’s The Night – Mercury 12″
09 05 Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida – Island 12″
10 25 Whispers – And The Beat Goes On – Solar 12″
11 11 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Music – MCA 12″
12 08 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
13 09 Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – CBS 12″
14 19 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright / I Shoulda Loved Ya / You’re Soo Good / Lovin’ You Madly / Carry On – US Atlantic LP
15 15 Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing – Atlantic 12″
16 12 Shalamar – The Second Time Around / Leave It All Up To Love – Solar 12″
17 30 Michael Jackson – Rock With You / Get On The Floor – Epic 7″
18 29 Brass Construction – Shakit / Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing – UA 12″
19 14 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – AVI 12″
20 37 Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band – Holdin’ On / Burnin’ Alive – US Casablanca LP
21 31 George Duke – I Want You For Myself – Epic 7″/LP/US 12″ promo
22 32 Slave – Just A Touch Of Love / Are You Ready For Love / Funky Lady – US Cotillion LP
23 16 Diana Ross – It’s My House – Motown 12″
24 24 War – The World Is A Ghetto – US UA LP
25 21 Stargard – Wear It Out – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
26 47 Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me – Arista 12″
27 22 Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ – Mercury 12″
28 28 Roy Ayers – Don’t Stop The Feeling – Polydor 12″
29 26 Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer – Carrere 12″
30 42 Chain Reaction – Dance Freak – US Sound Of New York 12″
31 41 Trussel – Love Injection – US Elektra 12″
32 46 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Prayin’ – Source 12″
33 17 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
34 44 Rufus & Chaka – Do You Love What You Feel – MCA 12″
35 18 Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – MCA 12″
36 33 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – Warner Bros. 12″
37 40 Players Association – We Got The Groove – Vanguard 12″
38 45 Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – US Arista 12″
39 20 Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Let Go – CBS 12″
40 34 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu – MCA 12″
41 36 Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music – Epic 12″
42 27 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
43 77 Billy Preston & Syreeta – With You I’m Born Again – Motown 7″
44 23 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – Pye 12″
45 38 Herb Alpert – Rise / Aranjuez – A&M 12″
46 58 Billy Ocean – Are You Ready – GTO 12″
47 50 KC & The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go – TK 7″
48 54 Sister Sledge – Got To Love Somebody – Atlantic 12″
49 52 Prince – Sexy Dancer / Still Waiting – Warner Bros. LP
50 75 Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight My Fire – Blue Sky 12″
51 80 Eddie Cheba – Lookin’ Good – US Tree Line 12″
52 55 Deborah Washington – Rock It – Ariola 12″
53 57 Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O – US Salsoul 12″
54 35 Commodores – Still – Motown 7″/LP
55 53 Herb Alpert – Rotation – A&M 12″
56 68 Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep – Warner Bros. 7″/LP
57 78 Commodores – Wonderland – Motown 7″
58 NE Jocko – Rhythm Talk – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
59 49 Sylvester – Can’t Stop Dancing / In My Fantasy – Fantasy 12″
60 70 Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions – Atlantic 7″
61 88 Whispers – Lady / My Girl / Can You Do The Boogie / Out The Box / A Song For Donny – US Solar LP
62 39 Three Degrees – My Simple Heart – Ariola 12″
63 72 Stop – I Can Feel It – Elite 12″
64 56 Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall – Harvest 7″
65 48 Dan-I – Monkey Chop – Island 12″
66 84 The Beat – Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop – 2-Tone 7″
67 74 Players Association – The Get Down Mellow Mellow Sound / Dance / We’re Almost There – Vanguard LP promo
68 71 Shalamar – Right In The Socket / The Right Time For Us – Solar LP
69 65 Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard – Elektra 12″
70 73 Rick James – Love Gun – Motown 7″
71 51 Madness – One Step Beyond – Stiff 7″
72 64 Edgar Winter – Above And Beyond – US Blue Sky 12″
73 63 France Joli – Come To Me / Let Go – Ariola 12″
74 67 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
75 76 v/a – Four Hot Imports – Casablanca 12″
76 NE Mr. Q – Love And Time / Rapping Time – Canadian DK Sounds 12″
77 NE Hiroshima – Lion Dance – US Arista LP
78 86 M – Moonlight And Muzak – MCA 12″
79 NE Nolans – I’m In The Mood For Dancing – Epic 7″
80 NE Donna Summer – On The Radio – Casablanca 7″/LP
81 85 Xanadu & Sweet Lady – Rocker’s Choice / Rapper’s Delight – US Joe Gibbs 12″
82 RE Jean Carn – When I Find You Love (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
83 62 Delegation – Put A Little Love On Me – Ariola 12″
84 NE Modern Sound Corporation – Safari – US Sunshine Sound 12″
85 RE Sonny Rollins – Harlem Boys – Milestone 12″
86 90 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance / Party Lights / Who Do You Call / Steppin’ Out – US Mercury LP
87 NE Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow – US Brass 12″
88 79 Police – Walking On The Moon – A&M 12″
89 NE Madness – My Girl – Stiff 7″
90 66 ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) – Epic 7″


Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #4 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#7 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#10 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #11 (BNDA debut 11/3/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#13 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #14 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#16 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #18 (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
#20 (BNDA debut 1/5/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #22 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#25 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #26 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#29 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 12/8/79) / #33 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#34 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #36 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#38 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #41 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
#45 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #46 (BNDA debut 12/13/80) / #48 (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
#49 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #50 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
#55 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #56 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #59 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#61 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #64 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #67 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#68 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #69 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #70 (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
#71 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #72 (BNDA debut 2/16/80) / #73 (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
#74 (BNDA debut 8/11/79) / #75 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 2/2/80)
#80 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #86 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)


Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

BONNIE POINTER: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (Motown 7”) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
THE INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘All Night Thing’ (US Mango 12”) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
INSTANT FUNK: ‘Bodyshine’ / ‘Witch Doctor’ (US Salsoul LP) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
BAR-KAYS: ‘Move Your Boogie Body’ (US Mercury LP)
JOHNSON PRODUCTS: ‘Johnson Jumpin’’ (US Sound Of New York 12”)
MAXIMUM PENETRATION: ‘Maximum Penetration Part 1’ (Sidewalk 12”)
ALTON & JOHNNY: ‘Hang On In There Baby’ (US Polydor 7”)
JUNIOR WALKER: ‘Wishing On A Star’ / ‘Back Street Boogie’ (Whitfield LP)
FREDDIE JAMES: ‘Hollywood’ / ‘Crazy Disco Music’ (Warner Bros. LP)
WEBSTER LEWIS: ‘You Deserve To Dance’ / ‘Give Me Some Emotion’ (US Epic LP)
FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Here Comes The Sun’ / ‘Center City’ / ‘Last Chance To Dance’ (Fantasy 12”/LP) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Hangin’ Out’ (Mercury LP) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
GREY & HANKS: ‘Now I’m Fine’ / ‘Tired Of Taking Chances’ / ‘We Need More’ / ‘Single Girls’ (US RCA LP) (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
RONNIE LAWS & PRESSURE: ‘Shove It In The Oven’ / ‘Can You Feel It’ (US MCA LP)
LOOSE CHANGE: ‘I Wanna Hold On To You’ / ‘Straight From The Heart’ / ‘Babe’ (US Casablanca LP)
STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘You Can Get Over’ (20th Century 12”) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
JAN AKKERMAN: ‘She’s So Divine’ (Atlantic 7”)
DON ARMANDO’S 2ND AVENUE RHUMBA BAND: ‘Deputy of Love’ (ZE 7”) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
COSMO WAVE AND THE SPACE CADETS: ‘Star Treking’ (US Epic 12”)
JOHN LEE & GERRY BROWN: ‘Chaser’ / ‘Will It Last’ (US Columbia LP)
CHUCK MANGIONE: ‘Give It All You Got’ (US A&M LP)
CANDIDO: ‘Candi’s Funk’ / ‘Samba Funk’ / ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ / ‘Super City’ (US Salsoul LP)
ONE WAY FEAT. AL HUDSON: ‘I Am Under Your Spell’ (US MCA LP)
WILSON PICKETT: ‘Groove City’ (EMI America 12”)
LA PREGUNTA: ‘Chameleon’ (US GNP Crescendo 12”)
CHERYL LYNN: ‘Keep It Hot’ / ‘I’ve Got Faith In You’ (US Columbia LP) (BNDA debut 2/2/80)
RONNIE LAWS: ‘Always There’ (UA 12”)
KOCKY: ‘Just Keep On Dancing’ / ‘Remone’ / ‘I Can’t Dance’ / ‘That’s How It Is’ (US Windsong LP) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
THE SEQUENCE: ‘Funk You Up’ (US Sugarhill 12”)
COOK COUNTY: ‘State Street Samba’ / ‘Pinball Playboy’ (US Motown LP)
DYNASTY: ‘Satisfied’ / ‘It’s Still A Thrill’ (US Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
CONTROLLERS: ‘I Can’t Turn The Boogie Loose’ (US TK 12”) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
MARTHA HIGH: ‘Showdown’ (US Salsoul 12”) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
BIG FOOT: ‘I Apologize’ / ‘Watch Your Step’ (US Sue International 12”)
SHARON PAIGE: ‘Tonight’s The Night’ (US Source 12”) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)


Pop 15 (hit titles outside the Disco 90):
1. Pretenders, 2. Tourists, 3. Stevie Wonder, 4. David Bowie, 5. Fiddlers Dram, 6. ABBA, 7. Amii Stewart, 8. Specials, 9. Styx, 10. Inmates, 11. Boney M., 12. Dr. Hook, 13. Dollar, 14. Bee Gees, 15. Moody Blues.

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