June 14, 1980: Tom Browne, Change, Ben E. King, Flakes, One Way ft Al Hudson

Odds ‘N Bods

Diana Ross’ new “Chic” LP, reviewed last week on import, is now out here (Motown STMA 8033) but add 1bpm to my original estimates (and the Temptations ‘Power’ on UK 12in is 126bpm) – in fact BPM differences caused simply by voltage variations between the times of doing them is giving me problems at the moment! . . . Johnny Guitar Watson’s B-side (on 7in anyway) is the slow ‘Jet Plane’ . . . BT Express and Cameo are both due now next week, but Cameo will be preceded for jocks by promo-only extra “special” versions . . . Invisible Man’s Band compared with the US original is so much brighter (even though 2bpm slower) that it sounds like a smash . . . George Duke’s rapid rather left-field rise is reminiscent of Azymuth . . . The Mexicano joins the “who shot JR” race with a 114bpm rapper called ‘Dallas’ . . . PEEL’s latest 4-track Sponsor-Disc finally has a disco-orientated jingle thanks to Foster Grant (the sunglasses one on telly) . . . Dartford Flicks’ VE Night wartime fancy dress party this Thursday (12) stars General Robbie Vincent, Catering Cpl Jeff Young, a real WWII searchlight outside, nostalgia on tape and guest surprises, the whole lot being videoed for showing again next week – now, where’s my gas mask?! . . . August Bank Holiday Saturday sees a 7000-capacity marquee going up at Skegness to house two major US jazz-funk acts (Colin Curtis tells me the Brothers Johnson are under negotiation) – what an original idea! . . . Mike Allen takes over Greg Edwards’ Capital soul show for a few weeks this Saturday . . . Ilford Room At The Top wants an experienced local club-orientated jock for extra work there, no time wasters, call Terry Hooper on 01-478 5588 (club hours) . . . Rob Harknett’s Danish DJ friend needs a British jock with “crazy” chat who’ll get room and evening meal as well as a good wage, send demo tape to White Corner, 7700 Thisted, Denmark . . . Chris Britton’s drink/record company-subsidised promotional disco tour still has a few vacant dates, call 0494-451797 and be amazed at the low asking price . . . Fatman’s jockette friend Nicky Mackenzie wants more London club work three nights a week (01-351 1624) while her flatmate had a mystery visitor – no, say no more! . . . Chris Klopper, whose Funkannection show works around West/Mid-Kent, wants to get up-front funk gigs slightly further afield (Goudhurst 211229 evenings) . . . Gordon Hart & Colin Dalton plead for more hip funksters so they can improve the music at Charing Cross Griffin Tavern’s dive bar in Villiers Street, Tues-thru-Fridays . . . Sammy DeHavilland reports a healthy clan scene growing at Halesowen Libertys on the jazz-funk Fridays, saying any Black Country funksters needing transport should contact him on 021-444 6593/7919 . . . Terry Lennaine’s recent busload of Merseysiders at Mayfair Gullivers was a lot of fun (they say they’ll be back regularly) – special hello’s to DJs John Hazelhurst & Steve Murphy, my tall friend Flora, and to Phil, Collette, Alan & Norman . . . Alan Jewell, chauffeur and dining companion of the stars, now mixes alongside Des Hill on Sat/Sundays at Finchley Road’s really lavishly redecorated Les Elites, where Terry Prince still does the other nights . . . BT Express ‘Funk Theory’ was of course originally a hit for Rokotto, who had a good laugh when they heard it recently! . . . Franklin Sinclair (Stretford) points out that Collins & Collins ‘You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good’ was originally on Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ ‘Wake Up Everybody’ LP . . . Larry Foster (Ilford Room At The Top) and Steve Wiggins (Barry Freddies Bar) both do a dance to ‘The Scratch’ in a fairly self-explanatory way, while Kev Hill (Brentwood) says the BT Express ‘Give Up The Funk’ “space invaders” dance (surely only a variation on the old Funky robot?) was being done in ‘74 to War’s ‘Me And Baby Brother’ – as Chris Hill says, if you look hard enough you’ll find Egyptian pyramid carvings that show every step ever invented! . . . Gary Oldis is delighted that he’s swung back to funk at Aycliffe Gretna Green club . . . Ashley Woods (Sleaford) says his pet python Clyde nearly escaped from his cage after getting into Breakwater ‘Release The Beast’! . . . Northampton Cinderella Rockerfella’s Jason Maine, aka Colin Prime, has had to find a painful new position so I’m told – for jocking, that is! . . . Mecca’s “mole”, Tina Lee should have been in her boxer shorts at the Stevenage forum . . . Steve Allen (Peterborough) asks, “wot about the Steve Allen of the ‘Benny Goodman Story’ fame?” . . . Phonogram’s Orin Cozier now says he’s “anyone’s man”, while the brat from PRAT confesses to being a pantie stealer – which seems highly likely! . . . Rod Bolam (Stevenage) recommends Manchester-based funkers the Reality Band and similarly Stevie Glover (Bournemouth) sez the local Blackwater Gold are dynamite, like a cross between Surface Noise and Hi-Tension (African Music Machine’s old ‘Blackwater Gold’ being their theme tune) – you can catch the latter every Sunday from July 6th at Bournemouth Maison Royale . . . Paul Lofthouse is the third DJ in Southampton’s Virgin spinning team . . . Mark Clark’s big Back Chat Roadshow backs the 208 jocks in Middlesbrough’s Albert Park this weekend . . . ‘And Justice For All’, a harrowing black comedy that’s not in itself an incredibly good movie, has a great jazz-funk score by Dave Grusin that should be on record . . . King Enri (Catford) has formed a rival mafia for fat DJs, the Flabby Fat Funkers DJA! . . . I’m on a diet! . . . Southampton University Bootsies points out the huge revival of disco in the charts, Erik-Jack (Bognor Regis) adding “disco is alive and well, it’s the record companies that are dead” . . . KEEP IT FUNKY!



UK Newies

TOM BROWNE: ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ (Arista ARIST 12357) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
A 2½ bar trumpet note followed by chattering chaps intro this dynamite 112bpm 12in heavy funk clapper that explodes with the dirtiest and loudest bass you’ve ever heard! Out here ahead of the US, it’s causing a sensation for lucky acetate-serviced Mafiosi and mixes perfectly on into ‘Bounce Rock Skate Roll (Pt 2)’ . . . if you can synch the latter’s claps! The more normal 48/96-98 bpm ‘Her Silent Smile’ jazz trumpet jogger is flip.

CHANGE: ‘A Lover’s Holiday’ (WEA K 79141T) (BNDA debut 3/29/80)
Bass-snapped chix chanted simple steady 117 bpm 12in thudder not unlike Gino Soccio’s ‘Dancer’, flipped by the Chic-influenced fluidly melodic chap-sung gay 119 bpm ‘The Glow Of Love’ which many now prefer.

BEN E. KING: ‘Music Trance’ (Atlantic K 11495T) (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
Long established great jauntily bubbling 109(intro)-108-110-109 bpm funk chugger finally (and probably too late) on speeded-up commercial 12in as the flip to the similarly speeded but badly mixed and nowhere as strong blandly romping 118-117-120(“one chance”)-119(break)-120-119 bpm ‘You’ve Only Got One Chance To Be Young’ swinger. 

COMMODORES: ‘Old Fashion Love’ (from LP ‘Heroes’, Motown STMA 8034)
With its expected share of pop slowies (‘Jesus Is Love’ sounding like the most obvious future biggie), the set’s first single will be in fact this pleasant, jerky 107-109 bpm harmony swayer, the 108-109-110 bpm ‘All The Way Down’ and 105(intro)-107-108-109 bpm ‘Sorry To Say’ being rather polite (and similar) funkers, ‘Celebrate’ a tripping 49-51/103 bpm semi-slow builder, while the muddled 119-122 bpm ‘Got To Be Together’ tries to do a Harold Melvin and the slinky 100-101-102 bpm ‘Mighty Spirit’ is the most interesting. ‘Brick House’ they ain’t.

DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Cupid / I’ve Loved You For A Long Time’ (Atlantic K 11498) (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
Breezy 124 bpm 7in revival of Sam Cooke’s classic done in ‘Working My Way Back To You’ medley style and shooting up the US charts.

AURRA: ‘In The Mood (To Groove)’ (Salsoul SAL12-3) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
Exciting bassily rolling fast beefy 127 bpm churner with chanting chaps ‘n chix now on UK 12in in what sounds more like its (short intro) LP version . . . and – what a goof! – amazingly the Mafia-preferred ‘When I Come Home’ is no longer the flip, a drossy 128 bpm ‘You’re The Only One’ replacing it. Stick with the import!

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ (Capitol 8507) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
Classic from ‘78 serviced to jocks ¡n its 120(intro)-126 bpm US 12in form, and I can’t make out if this US pressing is how it has (or indeed ever will) hit the shops again.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)’ (Epic EPC 8664)
Typical tender 25/51 bpm 7in smoocher could be a summer hit.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Could You Be Loved’ (Island 12WIP 6610) (BNDA debut 10/4/80)
Infectious busily polyrhythmic 52/104 bpm 12in reggae jitterer with walking bass, the 30/61 bpm ‘One Drop’ being good slower flip.

CHAKA KHAN: ‘Naughty’ LP (Warner Bros. K 56713) (‘Clouds’ BNDA debut 5/3/80)
Apart from the single-released ‘Clouds’ this set seems to revolve around a series of typically wailed joggers that tend to blur together indistinguishably when heard en masse – take your pick from the 91-92 bpm ‘Papillon (aka Hot Butterfly)’. 89 bpm ‘Get Ready Get Set’ (arguably the two best), 99-100 bpm ‘Move Me No Mountain’, 95-96 bpm ‘Nothing’s Gonna Take You Away’, 96-97-99 bpm ‘So Naughty’, 91 bpm ‘All Night’s All Right’ and 108-110 bpm ‘What You Did’. Yawn!

BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA: ‘One More Time For Love’ (Motown TMG 1188)
Another bittersweet 18/37 bpm 7in pop smoocher.

DEBBIE JACOBS: ‘High On Your Love’ (MCA 597) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Six months-old zingy 122 bpm 7in “disco” throbber obviously hoping for some Lipps Inc action.

DAN HARTMAN: ‘Free Ride’ (Blue Sky SKY 12-8562) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
Noisily exciting 127-128-127-128 bpm 12in revival of his old Edgar Winter rock hit still sounds more DORC – if not Heavy Metal! – than Disco Chart fodder.

GERARD KENNY: ‘No-One Knows’ (RCA PB 5256)
Cheerful 127 bpm 7in B-side pop romper could be useful for MoR jocks.

BOZ SCAGGS: ‘Jojo’ (CBS 8740)
Nice jazzy blue-eyed 95 bpm 7in jogger with a real New York atmosphere.


Imports

FLAKES: ‘Sugar Frosted Lover’ (US Magic Disc MD 1980) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Superb scrumptious 118-119-120 bpm 12in sugar smacker (presumably sponsored by Kellogg’s!) with wailing soulful chap and chanting chix set to a syndrum spiked beat that should mix between Bobby Thurston ‘You Got What It Takes’ and Narada ‘Tonight I’m Alright’. Jazzier jocks may prefer the instrumental flip, but either way it could be big.

ONE WAY FEAT. AL HUDSON: ‘Pop It’ (from LP ‘One Way’, US MCA MCA-5127) (‘Do Your Thang’ BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Strangely starting ultra heavy monotonous sparse 113-114 bpm smacking thudder should now prove hotter than the included 110-112-114 bpm ‘Copy This’ and lengthened 115-114-115-116 bpm ‘Do Your Thang’, other cuts being the similar light comes-and-goes 121-122-123 bpm ‘Let’s Go Out Tonite’ and 114 bpm ‘You’re The One’, plus some pleasant slowies.

SYLVIA ST. JAMES: ‘Better Things’ (from LP ‘Magic’, US Elektra 6E-268)
Smoothly harmonized jazzy 111-119-123-125 bpm jitterer builds saxily backed by Lenny White’s Twennynine, ‘Can’t Make You Mine’ being a jaunty little squeakily wailing 123-124-125-126-127 bpm strutter with acappella finish.

AL JARREAU: ‘Distracted’ (from LP ‘This Time’, US Warner Bros. BSK 3434)
Fabulous tension-filled jazzy slow 43/86-87 bpm jogger with searing sax break and rhythm-riding vocal building to a scatting finale.

ROCKIE ROBBINS: ‘You And Me’ LP (US A&M SP-4805)
Lovely gentle 47/94 bpm title track soul swayer (also on US 7in) lazily bumped along by snapping bass, others on the Bobby Martin-produced set being the wailing snappy 112-113 bpm ‘Hang Tough’ jiggler with clapping last part, 34 bpm ‘After Loving You’ smoocher, fidgety 48/97 bpm ‘Together’ slowie and lurching lightweight 117-119 bpm ‘I Never Knew’ smacker.

CHUCK JACKSON: ‘Waiting In Vain’ (from LP ‘I Wanna Give You Some Love’, US EMI America SW-17031)
Luther Dixon-produced nostalgic return by the veteran soulster (NOT the Independents/Natalie Cole one), this rap-introed loping 113 bpm soul treatment actually having Bob Marley’s I Threes on vocal backups, the title track being a gentle 50/100 bpm swayer and both ‘Let’s Get Together’ and ‘After You’ similarly tender husky 29 bpm smoochers.

STANLEY TURRENTINE: ‘Theme From Shaft’ (from LP ‘Inflation’, US Elektra 6E-269)
Ike’s classic done recognisably like the original at 127-128-129-130 bpm by the jazz saxist, ‘Song For Donny’ being a mellow 14/28 bpm pretty smoocher, the title track a honking 42-43/86-91-93 bpm slowie, while Ike Hayes also co-penned the sensuous 35 bpm ‘Deja-Vu’ and ‘Shaft’ movie director Gordon Parks penned another track – so what’s the connection?

LARRY GRAHAM: ‘There’s Something About You’ (from LP ‘One In A Million You’, US Warner Bros. BSK 3447)
Bass-snapping jolting 113 bpm jogger with wheezling synth, the lurching 94 bpm ‘I’m So Glad It’s Summer Again’ swayer copying Sly Stone’s old ‘Hot Fun In The Summer Time’ and ‘Batman’-like introed smacking 129 bpm ‘I Just Can’t Stop Dancing’ also being datedly Sly-style, while ‘When We Get Married’ is a great 26/51 bpm doo-wop slowie (the Dreamlovers’ oldie?).

GINO SOCCIO: ‘I Wanna Take You There (Now)’ (from LP ‘S-Beat’, US RFC 3430) (BNDA debut 6/21/80)
‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’-copying steady 121 bpm girlie group jittery thudder without an ounce of funk or soul – and oddly that old Jacksons hit always used to mix with Soccio’s old ‘Dancer’!

YOUNG & COMPANY: ‘I Like (What You’re Doing To Me)’ (US Brunswick D 213) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Heavily thudding walking bass-boomed monotonous 119 bpm 12in girlie group thwacker with less vocal B-side that many prefer, should varimix up into Sho Nuff.



UK Disco Top 90 – June 14, 1980

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


Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#4 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #9 (BNDA debut 3/29/80)
#10 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #11 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #12 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#14 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #18 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#19 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 4/26/80) / #22 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#23 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #24 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #25 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#26 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #29 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
#33 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #35 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #36 (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
#39 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #42 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #44 (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
#45 (BNDA debut 1/5/80) / #49 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #52 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
#53 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 4/26/80) / #58 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#59 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #60 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #65 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#66 (BNDA debut 4/11/81) / #67 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #68 (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
#73 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #74 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #77 (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
#78 (BNDA debut 5/3/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #80 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#82 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #83 (BNDA debut 4/12/80) / #88 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#90 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)


Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

TOM BROWNE: ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.)’ (Arista 12”) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
TWO TONS O’ FUN: ‘Just Us’ / ‘Got The Feeling’ (Fantasy 12”) (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
DAVE GRUSIN: ‘Rag Bag’ (Japanese JVC LP)
STANLEY CLARKE: ‘We Supply’ (US Epic 12” promo)
JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: ‘Love Jones’ / ‘Going Up In Smoke’ / ‘Telephone Bill’ (US DJM LP)
INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘Love Can’t Come/Love Has Come’ (US Mango LP)
LAKESIDE: ‘From 9:00 Until’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
FLAKES: ‘Sugar Frosted Lover’ (US Magic Disc 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘I Ain’t Never’ (Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 6/7/80)
DAN HARTMAN: ‘Free Ride’ (Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
FRANKIE VALLI: ‘Passion For Paris/An American In Paris’ (MCA 12”)
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Expansions’ (RCA 12”)
FERN KINNEY: ‘I Want You Back’ / ‘Groove Me’ (WEA 12”) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
MILLIE JACKSON: ‘This is It’ (US Spring LP)
SYLVIA ST. JAMES: ‘Better Things’ / ‘Can’t Make You Mine’ (US Elektra LP)
CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Keep Smilin’’ (US Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
MANFREDO FEST: ‘Jungle Kitten’ (US Tabu LP)
STANLEY TURRENTINE: ‘Shaft’ / ‘A Song For Donny’ / ‘Déjà Vu’ / ‘Inflation’ (US Elektra LP)
PAUL JABARA & DONNA SUMMER: ‘Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor’ (Casablanca 12”)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Could You Be Loved’ / ‘One Drop’ (Island 12”) (BNDA debut 10/4/80)
KURTIS BLOW: ‘The Breaks’ (instrumental) (US Mercury 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Roll With The Punches’ (US Prestige LP)
CHOCOLATE MILK: ‘I’m Your Radio’ / ‘Hey Lover’ (US RCA LP)
FIVE SPECIAL: ‘Jam’ (US Elektra LP)
CHUCK JACKSON: ‘Waiting In Vain’ (US EMI America LP)


DORC (Dance Orientated Rubbish Chart):

1 (3) Roxy Music, 2 (1) Paul McCartney, 3 (2) Dexy’s, 4 (4) Hot Chocolate, 5 (5) UB40, 6 (-) Manhattan Transfer, 7 (6) The Beat, 8 (-) Liquid Gold, 9 (9) ELO, 10 (10) Specials, 11 (-) Lambrettas, 12 (11) Madness, 13 (7) Logan, 14 (15) Nolans, 15 (13) Pretenders, 16 (8) MASH, 17 (-) Don McLean, 18 (17) Gary Numan, 19 (14) Bodysnatchers, 20 (12) David Essex

7 thoughts on “June 14, 1980: Tom Browne, Change, Ben E. King, Flakes, One Way ft Al Hudson”

  1. The guy singing on the “gay ” “Glow of Love” by Change is of course the one and only Luther Vandross who was finally about to break out and become a soul superstar. Couldn’t be 1980 and not expect a mention of the TV event of the year, “Who killed J.R.” The media hype generated at the time all seems so tame and amateurish when compared to the slick campaigns of the 21st C. We were all so much simpler (and younger) back then. A look at the chart sees the continued dominance of “Jazz Funk”. The CHIC produced “DIANA” album by Miss Ross would go on to become the best selling of her career. Referring to a jock as a “panty stealler” jezus it really was a different time!!!!

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    1. What’s odd with all the references to the diana album is that there is no mention of the big stink there was over Chic having their work taken away from them and remixed by Motown (with some track lengths changing). I can’t recall where I read about this at the time, but I’d’ve thought JH would have been the source … apparently not!

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  2. I had no idea that Young & Co’s brilliant ‘I Like What You’re Doing To Me’ came out as early as June 1980 – it didn’t hit the UK singles chart until about six months later, as I recall. It was, of course, released in the UK on Calibre – the label managed by the aforementioned ‘panty stealer’ … presumably Morgan Khan?

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  3. A rare instance of JH ‘s categorisation of a tune puzzling me is why he calls Glow of Love gay – In every other case the term gay has the generally accepted meaning of any zingy poppy disco that came out after about 1978 and which a couple of years later became hi energy. This Change tune is nothing like it and aside from the fact that Luther Vandross was gay Ive never seen anything gay about it.
    It seems I’m not alone in this as ive heard others on the Internet wonder why he called it this.

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    1. The only “gay” element of Glow Of Love is a single use of the word “gay” in the first verse – but even then, I think the word is being used in its traditional sense. If it isn’t, then I suppose the rest of the lyric could be interpreted as being about a gay relationship…

      Flower’s bloomin’, mornin’ dew
      And the beauty seems to say
      It’s a pleasure when you treasure
      All that’s new and true and gay

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  4. Yes there is that or maybe his djing colleague at Gullivers back then Fatman who I believe was gay and when he wasn’t at Gullivers deejayed on that scene told him it was a gay record.

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  5. I doubt that JH would know about Luther Vandross sexuality at this point as LV was still a relatively unknown session singer whom he doesn’t even reference by name in the review. The Diana /Chic produced album controversy was mentioned by JH. She did have a reputation for being difficult to work with, Barry Gibb also clashed with the Diva during the sessions that produced Chain Reaction as did Michael Masser when working with her during the 70s. Apparently Nile Rodgers was the first person to tell her she was singing off key which went down like a cup of sick

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