June 7, 1980: Birth of the rowing dance, Bobby Thurston, Stacy Lattisaw, Odyssey, Starship Orchestra, Johnny Guitar Watson

Southend Boating Song

Gina Hall of Hornchurch writing on behalf of Fat Kev and Howie, founders of the Golden Lion Rowing Team, fills in some really interesting details about the birth of the now rapidly spreading “rowing” dance (which surely is a close cousin of Chris Hill’s Just One Cornetto silly?).

Gina says that the dance, which consists of sitting on the floor and rowing to the beat of the music (see photo), was originated exactly a year ago when Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell was new on import.

Some regulars at Romford’s Golden Lion pub came up with the idea while enjoying an evening’s drinking in the lounge bar of the Zero 6 disco in Southend, where they proceeded to try it out on the floor, much to everyone else’s amusement.

“Mainly because it’s great fun both to watch and do”, explains Gina. “Soon we had a flourishing Golden Lion Rowing Team with an ever-growing number of rowers, for whose sake Ring My Bell was endured until the record died the death by being smashed up.”

“Rowing continued through parties at Christmas and then in the New Year along came the Gap Band’s I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!)” – reissued on 12in this week as Oops Up Side Your Head (Mercury MERX 22) – “which proved to be a worthy beat substitute.”

“Once again rowing was a hit and now after a few more months the thing is really catching on. At the Zero 6 it is as much of an institution as Shout and the freeze or anti-freeze. The whole place is reduced to swarms of people sitting on the floor swaying back and forth to the music and adding to the already many variations and improvisations such as clapping, aeroplane and circular motions.”

“The Caister and Isle of Wight weekenders have been the most recent holders of rowing contests. You may find the situation rather amusing, but recognition is all I strive for – down here rowing is a serious business (although essentially a fun thing)! Now in fact the latest dance craze at Zero 6 is the jerky space invaders dance performed to BT Express’s Give Up The Funk.”

Hmm, thanks a lot Gina. Let’s hope it stays fine in Southend so they have “jolly good boating weather”!

Odds ‘N Bods

BT EXPRESS ‘Give Up The Funk’ / ‘Does It Feel Good’ will be on 4-track Calibre 12in with remixed versions as flip (CBS has ‘em only in the States) . . . Cameo ‘On The One’ / ‘Cameosis’ is on UK 12in next week but their LP is postponed, and Kool & The Gang ‘Hangin’ Out’ will be backed here by 1976’s ‘Open Sesame . . . I missed all the really hot vinyl and info last week due to early Bank Holiday deadlines – amongst the UK 12in versions now out are LA Boppers (MERX 12), Liquid Gold and Manhattan Transfer, while Raydio ‘For Those Who Like To Groove’ finally makes 12in as the second track on a B-side preceded by the almost seguing 117bpm ‘Until The Morning Comes’ (ARIST 12334) . . . Brothers Johnson (the remix being 124bpm) is on 3-track 12in with ‘Free Yourself Be Yourself’ the addition . . . Teena Marie turns out to have been 117bpm all this time (which just shows what voltage fluctuations can do) . . . Tom Browne ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’, a dynamite 112bpm ultra heavy funker serviced to mafiosi on acetate, will be on UK 12in ahead of US release . . . Change ‘Searching’ seems to be heavily requested but not played so much as DJs find it tricky to slot in, the upcoming UK 12in in any case being ‘A Lover’s Holiday’ / ‘Glow Of Love’ . . . Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson’s disappointing new ‘Prime Time’ LP is being rushed out here to combat US imports . . . Elaine & Ellen ‘Fill Me Up’ is on US 12in (Ovation OVD 5004) . . . Phyllis Hyman’s 12in is being repressed with a new extended disco version of ‘Kiss You All Over’ . . . London’s Oxford Street HMV Shop is evidently selling the import cut-out double ‘Blue Note Live At The Roxy’ album (featuring the live ‘Dominoes’) for under two quid . . . Martin Collins (Ware Beckets on Thursdays) started the buzz on Manfredo Fest ‘Jungle Kitten’ (US Tabu LP), playing the 137bpm samba to Sean French . . . John Handy ‘Hard Work’ (ABC/Impulse LP) at 131-130-131-132bpm, though slower seeming, and Dexter Wansel ‘Life On Mars’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP) at 118bpm are the other big revivals for jazz-funkers . . . Knebworth’s outbreak of trouble by about twenty black hooligans once it got dark prompted DJ Pepe to say “today for the first time I’m ashamed to be black”, and was the subject of Greg Edwards’ ‘Bathroom Call’ on Capital last Saturday . . . Sho-Pro will have to improve the catering facilities next time as the queues were ridiculous . . . Colin Curtis and John Grant, whisked back North to another alldayer (hence defeating the point in including them at Knebworth) were evidently amazed by the scale and atmosphere, Curtis reportedly saying “the North have no idea what they’re missing” . . . Ernie Priestman brought his Whitehaven Whitehouse partners Phil Haslehurst & Wayne Nicholls (plus wives) down to Knebworth, then spent the day working on his tan . . . Robbie Vincent made sure the funky bugler (discovered at Caister) was one of the stars at Knebworth! . . . Southend Zero 6’s claim to be the home of “rowing” may be sound, but surely the craze really got started at an alldayer in Harlow around the end of ‘78? . . . Greg Davies’ Disco Forum 80 was well attended by record company pluggers and mobile DJs, achieved little, and started ludicrously late . . . Stevenage is no place to try and eat after 9:30 on a Sunday night! . . . Surface Noise’s Chris Palmer on bass and Capital Radio’s Mike Allen on guitar used to be in a group called the Moondogs, er – fifteen years ago (gulp!), and they hope to reunite if ‘The Scratch’ hits ‘Top Of The Pops’ . . . Froggy says it’s amazing what some people will do to make their roadshows look bigger – he’s even heard of someone sawing speaker cabinets in half! – and advises that buying a monster roadshow doesn’t guarantee more work; often it means less work for less money as the buyer goes power crazy (“never mind the quantity think about the quality” being the Froggy motto) . . . Mark Clark’s re-named Back Chat Roadshow, now sponsored by Electro-Voice and running Sentry IV’s with EV II’s loaded with the new EV M standard Driver (200w each) powered by 2x Crown DC 300 A Amps, whatever that means, backs Alvin Stardust at Hastings Pier Ballroom this Saturday (7) . . . Grant Brodie, tragically murdered last week, was a great kid well into his jazz-funk and a regular down at Gullivers – his death has saddened Fatman and myself immensely.

UK Newies

BOBBY THURSTON: ‘You Got What It Takes’ (Epic EPC 13-8594) (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
Terrific tapping and rattling polyrhythmic 120-121-122bpm 12in smacker (faster than the LP) with ultra-catchy title line chant builds to jazzy guitar and piano, and has been one of the big side-to-side one-two-three-kick swayers. Better than his last one it deserves to be bigger but may be too late for the funkateers to support again.

STACY LATTISAW: ‘Jump To The Beat’ (Atlantic K 11496T) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
Narada Michael Walden-produced typical 120-118-119-118-119(bass)-120(“go ahead”)-118-120bpm 12in smacker is a simple if piercingly squeaky smash, flipped by the thudding 102-101-102-101-102bpm ‘You Don’t Love Me Anymore’.

ODYSSEY: ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’ (RCA PC 1962) (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
Great happy throbbing 127-128bpm 12in Afro rattler with catchy “one two three shake your body down” chanting and party flavour mixes perfectly out of Osibisa’s ‘Pata Pata’ percussion, the ‘Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her’ alternative A-side being a good beefy 85bpm jogger. 

INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘All Night Thing’ (Island 12WIP 6571) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
Jauntily jiggling 120-122bpm 12in backbeat tripper packed with clever production tricks and vocal dexterity was warm a while back on import and now is hot pop in the States. The longer instrumental flip has added zap.

MARK SOSKIN: ‘Walk Tall’ (Prestige PRC 105)
Bennie Maupin-tootled brassy 117-122-124-122-121bpm 12in remix of the instrumental jazz jiggler now leaves out Mark’s own piano solo but still falters badly halfway before the beat builds back, the slow starting and ending 120bpm ‘Colossus’ flip being more consistently rhythmic.

RANDY CRAWFORD: ‘Last Night At Danceland’ (Warner Bros. K 17631T)
Crusaders-produced typical bittersweet lightly rhythmic 106-110-112bpm 12in jogger by the ‘Street Life’ lady, with the dead slow ‘Tender Falls The Rain’ as flip.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Give Peace A Chance’ (CBS 13-8660)
His biggest import hits finally on 4-track UK 12in, this current 121-119-118-119-120-119bpm jiggly backbeat thumper, last autumn’s 126(intro)-124-125-126bpm ‘A Song For The Children’, the previous winter’s 123-126/7/8/9/30/29/8(percussion)-125-126bpm ‘Space Princess’, segued perfectly into 1978’s less well known 127-129-127-130-127-130bpm ‘Sunburst’. Also his latest ‘Love Is The Answer’ LP is out at last (CBS 84365) with many even jazzier tracks (reviewed in full on import), while his now probably best-known 61½-126-129bpm ‘Expansions’ although deleted on 12in is still available on ‘The Best Of Lonnie Liston Smith’ (RCA PL 12897).

DEODATO: ‘Whistle Bump’ (Warner Bros. LV 39) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
Classic jittery thumping jazz instrumental finally out in the once much-sought 117-120bpm remix version on 3-track 12in with the lusher 112bpm ‘Knights Of Fantasy’ and plodding 116-119bpm ‘Space Dust’.

CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Got To Be Enough’ (Mercury MERX 14) (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
Straightforward monotonous jiggly 124bpm 12in “rock” smacker mixes well out of ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ but always strikes me as being a bit boring.

ISAAC HAYES: ‘I Ain’t Never’ (Polydor 2141262) (BNDA debut 6/7/80)
Bass thumped steady 124bpm 12in backbeat smacker never gets particularly exciting, the 33½rpm 2-track flip featuring the old 126bpm ‘Shaft II’ and loping 122bpm ‘Love Has Been Good To Us’.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘Sunset People’ (Casablanca CANL 198) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
Old-style 141bpm 12in synthesiser pounder from the ‘Bad Girls’ LP, as is the more manageably thudding 126bpm ‘Our Love’ flip.

STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘D-A-N-C-I-N’’ (from LP ‘Sweet Sensation’, 20th Century T803)
Catchily spelling beefy 113-114-115-114-116bpm chugger had a surprisingly short burst on import but remains good, ‘Try My Love’ being a 114-112-114bpm jolter and ‘I Just Wanna Say’ a 17/33bpm smoocher.

EDWIN STARR: ‘Tell-A-Star’ (20th Century TC 2450)
Bubbly smooth 119-121bpm 7in pop-soul romper with grittier gruff 116bpm ‘Boop Boop Song’ flip.


STARSHIP ORCHESTRA: ‘You’re a Star’ (from LP ‘Celestial Sky’, US Columbia NJC 36456)
Norman Connors-produced dynamite new jazzily building 122-123-122-121-0bpm version of the Aquarian Dream oldie has a naggingly simple synthesiser line and will be a monster, mark my words!

JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: ‘Booty Ooty’ (from LP ‘Love Jones’, US DJM DJM-31)
Based on ‘Don’t Push It Don’t Force It’ but full of Johnny’s own bluesy personality, this terrific 117bpm chunky chugger is evidently on UK 12in already (DJM OJA 18011) flipped by this set’s slinkily duetted 36bpm title track smoocher, other hot cuts being the semi-rapped 111bpm ‘Telephone Bill’, loping 121bpm ‘Going Up In Smoke’ and jogging 99/50bpm ‘Lone Ranger’ re-make.

CECIL PARKER: ‘Really Really Love You’ (US TEC 66)
Bassily booming superb lightly sung soulful gentle 112-113-114-115bpm 12in jogger in the ‘Back Together Again’ bag with tootling sax, husky rap and an earthy black feel.

DIANA ROSS: ‘Upside Down’ (from LP ‘Diana’, US Motown M8-936M1) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Not a newie by Michael Jackson (though the sleeve could fool you), this in fact is the latest from Chic . . . or at least, their producers! Bang in the ‘Good Times’ groove this lead track is a 108bpm jolter, the many other variations on a well-worn theme being the 117bpm ‘Tenderness’, jittery 110-112bpm ‘I’m Coming Out’, jerky 124-125bpm ‘Have Fun (Again)’, 117bpm ‘My Old Piano’, 38/76bpm ‘Now That You’re Gone’ and 125bpm ‘Give Up’. As Chic albums go, it’s a good one.

MILLIE JACKSON: ‘For Men Only’ LP (US Spring SP-1-6727)
Killer new concept set sees her return to old form with a great “growing up” dialogue intro, rapping slinky segues between the soulful tracks and an overall atmosphere that demands home rather than disco listening – however, the circa 107/54bpm ‘This Is It’ (due on single) is a powerful hypnotic semi-slow jittery jogger with a great “piss on him” line!

ONE WAY FEAT. AL HUDSON: ‘Do Your Thang’ (US MCA MCA-41238) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Simple subdued jittery 116-115bpm 7in thudder like a break from ‘You Can Do It’, the flip’s sinuous sparse 111-112-113-114bpm ‘Copy This’ “rock” smacker sounding stronger possibly.

SLICK: ‘Forget You (It’s Too Late)’ (from LP ‘Go For It’, US Fantasy F-9596)
Wheezling synth intros a naggingly catchy slinkily chugging subtly accelerating 110(intro)-112/3/4/5/6/7-118-117bpm girlie group “rock” thumper that’s the LP’s only goodie and also on 12in promo.

TRUSSEL: ‘I Love It’ (from LP ‘Love Injection’, US Elektra 6E-272) (BNDA debut 8/2/80)
Excellent brassily introed 105bpm funk thudder builds with staccato chanting and scatting through interesting breaks and is full of powerful variety (as was of course the title track hit), the result working well with the Gap Band.

RENE & ANGELA: ‘Free And Easy’ (from LP ‘Rene & Angela’, US Capitol ST-12077)
Perkily tripping 123bpm backbeat snapper by glibly soulful Mr. Moore and Ms. Winbush should mix with Stacy’s ‘Don’t You Want To Feel It’, the romantic 106bpm ‘Do You Really Love Me’ having a playground lilt while the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ becomes a 49/98bpm jogger and ‘Everything We Do’ is a 38bpm slowie.

INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘Love Can’t Come/Love Has Come’ (from LP ‘The Invisible Man’s Band’, US Mango MLPS9537)
Rather good lushly rolling and accelerating 117-118-119(break)-121-122-123-124-125bpm harmony thumper with tootling sax builds lazily through Latin percussion to a more jagged exciting finale. The group turns out to be the Five Stairsteps in most respects but name!

FEVER: ‘Just My Nature’ (from LP ‘Dreams And Desire’, US Fantasy F-995) (‘The One Tonight’ BNDA debut 8/30/80)
Surprisingly jazzy monotonously building 90-91-92(piano)-92bpm plodder got a lot of enquiries when I played it last week, ‘The One Tonight’ being a subdued 110-112bpm chugging thudder and ‘Spring Fever’ a slow starting 107-105bpm jazz instrumental.

IRAKERE: ‘Anung Anunga’ (from LP ‘Irakere II’, US Columbia JC 36107)
Latin album with an amazingly Manu Dibango-like 122½-123bpm throbber that starts with slow solo trumpet before rattling and booming in ‘Makossa’ style. It really needs a remix but is creating interest anyway.

CHOCOLATE MILK: ‘Hey Lover’ (from LP ‘Hipnotism’, US RCA AFL1-3569)
Good heavy 103bpm slow funk chugger works with the Gap Band, the title track being a 104bpm variation, ‘Showdown’ a 121bpm bumper and ‘I’m Your Radio’ an ideal summery radio record with gimmicky dial-turning intro and thumping 110bpm harmony swing.

FIVE SPECIAL: ‘Jam’ (from LP ‘Special Edition’, US Elektra 6E-270)
Good jittery 98-99bpm heavy funk half-stepper with burbling bass synth and jolly chanting may work with ‘We Supply’ but is possibly too American to be really useful here in 1980.

BRECKER BROTHERS: ‘You Ga (Ta Give It)’ (from LP ‘Detente’, US Arista AB 4272)
Slightly dull George Duke-produced set, this jittery 115bpm vocal smacker being the initial DJ pick though I prefer the romping 124 bpm ‘You Left Something Behind’ instrumental and vocal ‘Don’t Get Funny With My Money’ heavy 96bpm funk smacker with squealing trumpet.

DAN SIEGEL: ‘Bad Habit’ (from LP ‘Nite Ride’, US Inner City IC 1046)
John Klemmer-tootled fast 136-137bpm jazz sax flier with weird keyboard break from Mario Viola lookalike Dan, ‘Phunkin’’ being a jittery 96bpm Lee Ritenour guitar funk half-stepper and ‘Friday’ a tinkling 99bpm samba.

KURTIS BLOW: ‘The Breaks’ (US Mercury MDS-4010) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Another 113bpm 12in rapper but the magic’s gone despite a party atmosphere and “whoa-oh” reprise – in fact the instrumental side’s getting more play.

PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Roll With The Punches’ (from LP ‘Let There Be Funk’, US Prestige P-10110)
A ‘Best Of’ set comprising newly remixed oldies, this convoluted fast c.132bpm brassy jazz instrumental churner being the fave so far.

WAX: ‘Rock Stomp’ (from LP ‘Wax Attack’, US RCA AFL1-3608)
Portentously introed jiggly thumping dated 123bpm clapper gruffly hollered by Joseph Lattisaw Jr. amongst other group members.

CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Keep Smilin’’ (US Solar YD-12015) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Fairly awful zingy dated 127-126-125-127(break)-125-127(break)-126bpm 12in “disco” pounder isn’t really saved by the repetition of a good beefy break.

UK Disco Top 90 – June 7, 1980

01 03 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic 12″
02 01 Rodney Franklin – The Groove – CBS 12″
03 02 Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up – Capitol 12″
04 04 Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious – Motown 12″
05 07 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
06 06 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″
07 05 Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove – Epic 12″
08 08 Freeez – Keep In Touch – Calibre 12″
09 10 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove – Motown 12″
10 09 Brothers Johnson – Stomp! – A&M 12″
11 39 Surface Noise – The Scratch – WEA 12″
12 14 Mass Production – Shante – Atlantic 12″
13 11 Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It Don’t Force It – 20th Century 12″
14 17 Sho Nuff – It’s Alright – Ensign 12″
15 12 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot – Motown LP
16 NE Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
17 15 Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove / Two Places At The Same Time – Arista 12″
18 13 Detroit Spinners – Working My Way Back To You – Atlantic 12″
19 36 Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown – Casablanca 12″
20 29 Jimmy Ruffin – Hold On To My Love – RSO 7″
21 26 Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again – RCA 12″
22 21 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love / Searching / It’s A Girl’s Affair – US RFC LP
23 22 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Supremes Medley / Love Hangover – Motown 12″
24 18 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Takin’ Off / Does It Feel Good – US Columbia LP
25 31 Aurra – When I Come Home / In The Mood – US Dream 12″
26 20 Cameo – Cameosis (all cuts) – US Chocolate City LP
27 49 Brothers Johnson – Light Up The Night / Streetwave – A&M 12″
28 24 Bunny Mack – Love You Forever / Let Me Love You – Rokel 12″
29 19 Jerry Knight – Overnight Sensation – A&M 7″/US 12″
30 54 Baby’O – In The Forest – US Baby’O 12″
31 64 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – US Epic LP
32 23 Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band – Holdin’ On / Burnin’ Alive – Calibre 12″
33 30 Gary Bartz – Music – Arista 12″
34 35 Detroit Spinners – Body Language – Atlantic 12″
35 25 Bobby Thurston – You Got What It Takes – Epic 12″
36 48 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ – DJM 12″
37 16 Stacy Lattisaw – Don’t You Want To Feel It / Dynamite! – US Cotillion LP
38 34 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright – Atlantic 12″
39 28 Shalamar – Right In The Socket (remix) / The Second Time Around – Solar 12″
40 44 Randy Crawford – Last Night In Danceland – Warner Bros. 12″
41 50 Eddy Grant – My Turn To Love You – Ice 12″
42 63 Mark Soskin – Walk Tall / Colossus – Prestige 12″
43 27 Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy – Polo 12″
44 45 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out / Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her – RCA 12″
45 75 Gayle Adams – Gayle Adams (all cuts) – US Prelude LP
46 37 Brenda Russell – In The Thick Of It / So Good So Right – A&M 12″
47 40 Whispers – And The Beat Goes On – Solar 12″
48 43 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away / Can’t You See Me – Polydor 12″
49 57 Michael Jackson – She’s Out Of My Life – Epic 7″
50 38 El Coco – Let’s Get It Together – AVI 12″
51 47 James Last Band – The Seduction (Love Theme) / Night Drive – Polydor 12″
52 32 Blondie – Call Me – Chrysalis 7″/Polydor LP
53 51 Breakwater – Say You Love Me Girl / Splashdown / You – US Arista LP
54 58 Kool & The Gang – Hangin’ Out – US De-Lite 12″
55 42 Prince – Sexy Dancer – Warner Bros. 12″
56 41 Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – Arista 12″
57 46 V/A – Calibre Cuts – Calibre 12″
58 55 Ben E. King – Music Trance / Hired Gun / Touched By Your Love / And There Is Love – US Atlantic LP
59 33 Donald Byrd – Dominoes (live at the Roxy) – US Blue Note LP
60 86 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – A&M 12″
61 76 Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves – Island 12″
62 RE Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
63 56 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Wizard Island (all cuts) – US Arista LP
64 62 Randy Crawford – Same Old Story / Blue Flame / When Your Life Was Low – Warner Bros. LP
65 53 Billy Ocean – Stay The Night – GTO 12”
66 60 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
67 85 Ozone – Walk On – US Motown LP
68 61 GQ – GQ Down / Lies – Arista 12″
69 88 Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough – Mercury 12″
70 65 Isley Brothers – Go All The Way / Don’t Say Goodnight – Epic LP
71 72 Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing – Island 12″
72 NE One Way feat. Al Hudson – Do Your Thang / Copy This – US MCA LP
73 NE Johnny Guitar Watson – Booty Ooty / Love Jones / Going Up In Smoke / Lone Ranger / Telephone Bill – DJM 12” promo/LP
74 81 Renzo Fraiese / La Pregunta / Rinder & Lewis / David Benoit – 12 Engle Street / Chameleon / Blue Steel / Los Angeles – Pye 12″ EP
75 84 Chaka Khan – Clouds – Warner Bros. 12″
76 71 Kleeer – Close To You – Atlantic 12″
77 89 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love / Bourgie Bourgie – US Columbia LP
78 74 Slave – Are You Ready For Love – Atlantic 12″
79 83 Denise LaSalle – I’m So Hot – US MCA 7″/LP
80 52 Chico Hamilton – Strut / Magic Fingers / Mysterious Maiden – US Elektra LP
81 90 Kwick – I Want To Dance With You / Tonight Is The Night – US EMI America LP
82 78 Avenue B Boogie Band – Bumper To Bumper – Salsoul 12″
83 87 Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love – US Sam 12″
84 67 Gary Bartz – Rockin’ All Night / After The Love Has Gone / Need Your Love / After Glow – US Arista LP
85 69 Ronnie Laws – O.T.B.A. Law (Outta Be A Law) / Every Generation – UA 12″
86 82 Festival – Don’t Cry For Me Argentina / Buenos Aires – RSO 12″
87 RE L.A. Boppers – Is This The Best / Watching Life – Mercury 12″
88 59 Community People – Education Wrap – US Delmar Int’l 12″
89 RE Voyage – I Love You Dancer – US Marlin LP
90 70 John Handy – Hard Work – ABC/Impulse LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #4 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
#9 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #10 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #13 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#15 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #16 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#18 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #19 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#22 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #24 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #25 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#26 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #29 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #30 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#32 (BNDA debut 1/5/80) / #35 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #36 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#37 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #38 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #39 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
#43 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #45 (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
#47 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #48 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #52 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
#53 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #54 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #55 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #58 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #62 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#65 (BNDA debut 4/11/81) / #66 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #70 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#71 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #72 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #75 (BNDA debut 5/3/80)
#77 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #81 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#83 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #86 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #89 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

STARSHIP ORCHESTRA: ‘You’re A Star’ (US Columbia LP)
S.O.S. BAND: ‘Take Your Time (Do It Right)’ (Tabu 7”) (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
NDUGU & THE CHOCOLATE JAM COMPANY: ‘Shadow Dancing’ (Epic 12”)
DAN SIEGEL: ‘Bad Habit’ / ‘Phunkin’’ / ‘Friday’ (US Prestige LP)
DONALD BYRD: ‘Dominoes’ / ‘Wind Parade’ (Blue Note 12”)
TOM BROWNE: ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.)’ (Arista 12” promo) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
MANHATTAN TRANSFER: ‘Twilight Zone’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
CECIL PARKER: ‘Really Really Love You’ (US TEC 12”)
GENE CHANDLER: ‘Does She Have A Friend?’ (20th Century/Chi-Sound 12”)
VAUGHAN MASON & CREW: ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ (US Brunswick 12”) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
SIDE EFFECT: ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ (Fantasy LP)
RENE & ANGELA: ‘Free And Easy’ (US Capitol LP)
PHYLLIS HYMAN: ‘Under Your Spell’ / ‘Kiss You All Over’ (Arista 12”)
SUZI LANE: ‘Harmony’ (Elektra 12”) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
TRUSSEL: ‘I Love It’ (US Elektra LP) (BNDA debut 8/2/80)
IRAKERE: ‘Anung Anunga’ (US Columbia LP)
CLIFFORD COULTER: ‘Don’t Wanna See You Cry’ (US Columbia LP)
DEODATO: ‘Whistle Bump’ (remix) (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
DAVE GRUSIN: ‘Rag Bag’ (Japanese JVC LP)
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Expansions’ (RCA 12”)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘I Ain’t Never’ (Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 6/7/80)
AL JOHNSON: ‘I’m Back For More’ (CBS 7”)
BRECKER BROTHERS: ‘You Ga (Ta Give It)’ (US Arista LP)
INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘Love Can’t Come/Love Has Come’ (US Mango LP)
STANLEY CLARKE: ‘We Supply’ (US Epic 12” promo)


1 (1) McCartney, 2 (2) Dexy’s, 3 (6) Roxy Music, 4 (4) Hot Chocolate, 5 (3) UB40, 6 (8) The Beat, 7 (14) Logan, 8 (-) MASH, 9 (-) ELO, 10 (-) Specials, 11 (6) Madness, 12 (9) David Essex, 13 (13) Pretenders, 14 (7) Bodysnatchers, 15 (10) Nolans, 16 (-) Prelude, 17 (-) Gary Numan, 18 (-) Laurel Aitken, 19 (16) Boney M., 20 (-) Whitesnake

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