June 21, 1980: Cameo, Whispers, Kool & The Gang, Patti Austin, Charanga 76

Odds ‘N Bods

Detroit Spinners ‘Cupid’ is also on 12in, while Bob Marley’s 12in flip includes the bonus 63bpm ‘Ride Natty Ride’ . . . Dave Grusin’s direct-cut Japanese import LP on JVC is getting big for jazz jocks, but I’ve yet to hear it as Groove don’t demonstrate direct-cuts as they’re so expensive! . . . Whitehaven Whitehouse got their Sunday licence back and celebrate with an all-dayer on August 3rd starring Chris Hill, Jeff Young, Pete Haigh, Frenchie and the resident jocks – see you there! . . . Jeff Young starts a weekly live jazz night this Sunday (22) at Dartford Flicks, starring Reg Webb’s Fusion . . . Flicks’ VE night last week was fun, but Robbie Vincent’s fascinating World War II tape did seem to last a week! . . . Erskine T (Thompson) is now Arista’s disco plugger, at 01-491 3870 on Mon/Tuesday Pete Haigh & Frenchie, rapidly expanding their activities from Caton Scarthwaite, are now part of a Northern funk mafia known as The Team and including Eric Hearn (Liverpool), Billy (Standish Cassinellis), Neil Neile (Stoke/Nottingham), Pete Girtley (Sheffield) and the Rumours funk night jocks . . . Darryl Hayden claims Yellow Magic Orchestra broke first at February’s Slough allniter and thanks the Richmond Cheekee, Pete’s “funk invaders” for first adopting it as their theme tune – however Mark Cotgrove writes from Southend to say “although I’m ashamed to admit it, I started the Zero 6 “space invader” dance (damn it)!” – anyone else for instant fame? . . . Colin Curtis thinks there were about a thousand Northerners at Knebworth and says the alldayer that he and John Grant returned for was down in numbers noticeably by 500 or so . . . Kev Hill funks – and he really does mean funks – a barbeque at the South Weald Flower Festival in Brentwood next Saturday (28) and advises £2.50 tickets covering food as well are available from him (send SAE) at 65 London Road, Brentwood CM14 4NN . . . Chris Britton is selling some rare disco 12in promos and pop collectors items, lists from him at 16 Portland House, Arnison Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks . . . Ralph Tea, Marious Cee & Nigel RA See work in Fleet Street and in their spare time have put together a regular and rather hip jazz-funk fanzine called Groove Weekly which though skimpy is well worth seeing – Ralph also runs a jazz-funk disco around Watford, so for more details call him on Rickmansworth 77774 (presumably evenings) . . . Arbie is back at Retford MAYC, cos the wally jock who replaced him evidently lost over half the audience! . . . Pete Tong, whose West Kingsdown Hilltop jazz-funk night is every Monday, joins Dave Brown on BBC Radio Medway this Friday (20) from 7-8pm . . . Martin Collins now can be found behind the counter at Groove . . . Gary Oldis reports that Geordies are chanting “why aye” to Cameo’s ‘On The One’ at Aycliffe Gretna Green . . . Steve Dennis says that the alternations at Edgbaston Profile Suite will double the size and update his room . . . Sammy DeHavilland whispers that Halesowen Libertys manager Steve Lefearve was wearing a Saturday Night Fever badge! . . . SEDA have a little wine and cheese party in Chilham next Sunday, which could be pleasant if the weather’s good . . . Diana Ross’s remix of her Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards-produced LP‘s far from their own original version, which had a fuller-fleshed Chic texture – and its thinness is indeed annoyingly evident if you mix it out of something beefier . . . Teena Marie’s 7in might just as well be a different record, amazingly leaving out all the most distinctive features of the full version! . . . One Way ‘Pop It’ is another good mix out of Tom Browne ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ . . . Brian Brindle (Chelsea Alibi) sez that Change ‘Searching’ isn’t difficult to get into, he merely wacks up the volume on the intro and for all those who leave the floor, double enter it . . . DJ Donald seems to be getting less rock and more disco-orientated up in the Berwick/SE Scotland area, and probably starts a local paper review column soon . . . Paul “Wiggy” Wignall (Liverpool Oscars) is the latest Merseysider to complain at the lack of a proper import outlet there . . . Chart contributors and potential contributors, please note that our deadline is Wednesday/Thursday, so get ‘em in by then if possible (on your own paper – there are no printed forms) to James Hamilton, Record Mirror, 40 Longacre, London WC2 . . . KEEP IT FUNKY!

UK Newies

CAMEO: ‘On The One’ (Casablanca CANL 199)
Great jittery lurching 115bpm 12in funk smacker with infectious “wah oh” chanting that’s already become one of the big call and answer shouts (in fact possibly making it the biggest record at Knebworth), flipped by the similar but even heavier bass-pulverised 116-115bpm ‘Cameosis’ for read double sided value.

WHISPERS: ‘My Girl’ (Solar SO 12-8)
Teasingly started and interrupted by tapping and rattling percussion spliced in amongst the familiar Temptations bass line, this 116(intro)-118-119-118-120-119-116bpm 12in revival should be a pop smash – and in fact was instantly but briefly even bigger than ‘And The Beat Goes On’ around Christmas!

KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Hangin’ Out’ (De-Lite KOOL 912) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
Powerfully remixed spurting 117(intro)-118-120-122-120-123-121-124bpm 12in “rock” smacker now flipped by the full version of 1976’s brassily galloping 117(intro)-121bpm ‘Open Sesame’, complete with good rattling break and bags of bounce.

RENE & ANGELA: ‘Free And Easy’ (from LP ‘Rene & Angela’, Capitol EST 12077)
Perkily skipping 123bpm soul duet with hints of ‘Shame’ about it, also on 3-track 12in (12CL 16155) with the 99bpm ‘I Don’t Know (Where Love Comes From)’ and 49/98bpm ‘Hotel California’ (which has roused mixed feelings), other LP cuts being the playground taunt-based (you’ll understand on hearing it) 105bpm ‘Do You Really Love Me’, staccato fast snappy 124bpm ‘Turn It Out’, smoochy 38bpm ‘Everything We Do’ and even slower 16bpm ‘Strangers Again’. Personally, I find the pair’s soulfulness slightly cosmetic, though attractively so.

ONE WAY FEAT. AL HUDSON: ‘Do Your Thang’ (MCA 619) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Dead simple jittery 116bpm 7in thudder, likely to be on UK 12in eventually, lacks the hook of a ‘You Can Do It’ and in my opinion isn’t now as good as their LP’s ‘Pop It’.

EDWIN STARR: ‘Get Up-Whirlpool’ (20th Century STARR 12-1)
Jiggly slow 46/93bpm 12in funker with continuous synthesizer for a while builds better with piano later and evidently works well out of a slowie. For the future, Edwin’s already penned two jazz funk tunes over here!

LEON HAYWOOD: ‘If You’re Lookin’ For A Night Of Fun (Look Past Me I’m Not The One)’ (20th Century TCD 2454)
Bass boomed jittery 115-116bpm 12in ‘Booty Ooty’ smacker is beautifully made but possibly too obviously similar a follow-up to ‘Don’t Push It’.

With the 117bpm ‘Booty Ooty’ now on 12in there is less of vital importance on the LP, though the title track 38bpm duetted smoocher and loping 121bpm ‘Going Up In Smoke’ are getting some attention.

ISAAC HAYES: ‘And Once Again’ LP (Polydor 2430538) (‘I Ain’t Never’ BNDA debut 6/7/80)
Similarly with the 124bpm ‘I Ain’t Never’ on (not terribly well-received so far) UK 12in – but aha, due soon on stronger remixed US 12in too! – this set unfortunately never puller the punters for its beautiful smoochers, the 30/61bpm ‘It’s All In The Game’ and 29-30-34bpm ‘Ike’s Rap VII / This Time I’ll Be Sweeter’ being infinitely superior to my ears.

ROY AYERS & WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Thank You Thank You’ (from LP ‘Prime Time’, Polydor 2381455)
Dreadfully disappointing set of flat and uninteresting songs, this monotonously repetitive 93bpm jogger being the best(?) of a dull lot including the lush but lightweight 63bpm ‘Weekend Lover’, samba skeletal 103bpm ‘You Make Me Feel Like (Rockin’ With Ya)’ funker, lackluster 120bpm ‘It Ain’t Your Sign It’s Your Mind’ jitterer, bland 118bpm ‘Have Your Way’ loper, limp 101bpm ‘Can You Dance’ jogger, uninspired 128(intro)-134bpm ‘Million Dollar Baby’ “disco” and the 121-123bpm ‘Tell Me What You Want’ with awful chix.

AMBROSIA: ‘Biggest Part Of Me’ (Warner Bros. K 17611)
Slow US smash 36/78bpm 7in soft soul jogger in AWB style, overlooked here so far.

ROBBIE DUPREE: ‘Steal Away’ (Elektra 12459)
US hit perkily catchy blue-eyed 123/51bpm 7in DOR, pinched blatantly from the Doobies’ ‘What A Fool Believes’.

JIMMY LINDSAY: ‘I Wanna Dance’ (Gem GEM12 33)
Attractive rock steady-slanted lively bass-pushed 118bpm reggae 12in segues into the long 116-117-120-121bpm dub version.

BOUNTY HUNTERS: ‘Coconut Shuffle’ (More Cut RIC 112)
Extremely strange lurching and phasing 113bpm 7in West Indian disco with neat drums and quirky appeal – is it plugging a well-known chocolate confection?

STEEL PULSE: ‘Caught You Dancing’ (Island 12WIP 8589)
Rhythmically complex 73bpm 12in reggae with hooter effects goes on into the dub.

DR STRUTT: ‘Struttin’’ (Motown TMG 1190)
Bluesy 32/64bpm 7in jazz slowie with early Jr Walker flavor.

BARRON KNIGHTS: ‘We Know Who Done It’ (Epic EPC 8789)
Brilliant winner of the “who shot JR?” race uses Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ as the 133/67bpm 7in basis and ends with a continuously repeating “it was . . .” in the runout groove!

FRANK ZAPPA: ‘I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted’ (CBS 8652)
Zappa goes disco on 121bpm 7in much as Ian Dury did with ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ – and I personally love it!

LEO SAYER: ‘More Than I Can Say’ (Chrysalis CHS 2442)
Mellow slow 98bpm 7in MoR revival of Bobby Vee’s oldie should be useful for mobiles.

RON GRAINER: ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’ (RK 1021)
At last the non-“disco” original soundtrack TV theme, a swinging 36/72bpm 7in waltzer loved by my mum and surely many others (mobile jocks take note).

Another 128bpm pop pounder segues perfectly out of ELO’s 129bpm ‘I’m Alive’ (so guess who’s been doing some mobile gigs then?).

JIMMY RUFFIN: ‘Night Of Love’ (RSO 2090459)
Mushily rhythmic 127bpm pop with an ELO flavor, due on limited £1.49 12in.

ELKIE BROOKS: ‘Why Don’t You Say It’ (A&M AMS 7529)
Slightly ABBA-ish 123bpm 7in pop getting some DOR action.

PETER BROWN: ‘Can’t Be Love – Do It To Me Anyway’ (TK TKR 13-7960) (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
Frantic 140bpm 12in SLOP with ‘Chain Gang’-type grunts.

DION: ‘The Wanderer’ (Philips 6146700)
Useful 7in reissue flipped by his ‘Little Diane’.

TAVARES: ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’ (Capitol CL 16146)
Jerky 84bpm 7in half-stepper, the gentle old 46bpm ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before’ being better B-side.

GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Ain’t No Bigger Fool’ (Polydor 2141259)
Old fashioned gospel-based 135bpm 12in rouser.


PATTI AUSTIN: ‘I Can’t Stop’ (from LP ‘Body Language’, US CTI JZ 35503)
In a Muscle Shoals-recorded set that’s too varied to be consistent, the beautiful Patti is however truly superb on the jazzier cuts like this dynamite lovely buoyantly smacking 103-100-103bpm rhythmic jitterer that’s full of Phyllis Hyman and Randy Crawford flavor, while the steadily ticking title track is a slinky 88-87bpm purposeful sensuous throbber, ‘People In Love (Do The Strangest Things)’ a nice 93bpm jogger and ‘(Ooh-Wee) He’s Killing Me’ a less distinctive 110bpm chugger.

CHARANGA 76: ‘Music Trance’ (US TR 610)
Terrific Spanish-sung 107bpm 12in version in the tradition of their ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ and ‘Good Times’ keeps close to Ben E King but adds more percussion (especially at intro and break) and is a doddle to vari-synch for a mix with the original!

PATRYCE “CHOC’LET” BANKS: ‘Sunshine Love’ (from LP ‘She’s Back And Ready . . .’, US T-Electric MCA-3243)
Extremely good, consistent soul set from which it’s difficult to extract one lead track, though this steadily knocking zestful 118bpm canterer must vie with the bass jittered building 111-113bpm ‘It’s Loving Time’, wailing beefy jogger, while ‘The Feeling Goes On’ is a less urgent though still beefy 104bpm jogger, ‘I Wanna Get Close To You’ an Emotions-style 125-127bpm strutter and ‘Thanks For Staying Around’ a jaunty little 113bpm jiggly bounder, other cuts being nice slowies.

CAMERON: ‘Let’s Get It Off’ (from LP ‘Cameron’, US Salsoul SA 6535) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Randy Muller penned/produced set with the obvious Brass Construction-type tracks being this long 116-118-119-120-119bpm thumper which changes gear and really builds tension as it progresses and the more jaggedly jolting 119-118bpm ‘Magic Of You’, with wheezling synth in ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’ style. Both should do quite well here, methinks!

STARSHIP ORCHESTRA: ‘New York New York’ (from LP ‘Celestial Sky’, US Columbia NJC 35456)
Although the chart-leaping 122-123-122-121-0bpm ‘You’re A Star’ remake has already been raved over, this trumpet introed 43/87bpm vocal jogger with an almost Police-like reggae feel is getting hot too, along to a lesser degree with the complex convoluted 126-131bpm ‘The Genie’, specialist c. 107bpm ‘All Those Things’ samba and tinkling 50bpm title track slowie.

FRANCE JOLI: ‘Feel Like Dancing’ (from LP ‘Tonight’, US Prelude PRL 32179) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
The steadily smacking good creamily buoyant 115-116bpm beat may be reminiscent of Phyllis Hyman but this young Canadian’s voice veers more towards Liquid Gold.

SUN: ‘Space Ranger (Majic’s In The Air)’ (US Capitol 4873)
Focus-lacking lightweight 125bpm 7in skipper with longer instrumental flip is reportedly not one of the best tracks on their new ‘Sun Of The Universe’ LP, of which only a few dozen copies have so far reached us. Similarly sold out but evidently huge for jazz-funk Mafiosi is ‘Roller Jubilee’ off Al Di Meola’s new double album (US Columbia): look out for it!

UK Disco Top 90 – June 21, 1980

01 03 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″
02 01 Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious – Motown 12″
03 06 Surface Noise – The Scratch – WEA 12″
04 04 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
05 09 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove – Motown 12″
06 10 Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown – Casablanca 12″
07 08 Freeez – Keep In Touch – Calibre 12″
08 02 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic 12″
09 12 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
10 05 Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up – Capitol 12″
11 07 Rodney Franklin – The Groove – CBS 12″
12 15 Mass Production – Shante – Atlantic 12″
13 13 Sho Nuff – It’s Alright – Ensign 12″
14 11 Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove – Epic 12″
15 16 Brothers Johnson – Light Up The Night – A&M 12″
16 24 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ – DJM 12″
17 20 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – US Epic LP
18 18 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot / You Got To Hurry Girl – Motown LP
19 21 Baby’O – In The Forest – US Baby’O 12″
20 42 Bobby Thurston – You Got What It Takes – Epic 12″
21 22 Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again – RCA 12″
22 17 Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove / Two Places At The Same Time / Until The Morning Comes – Arista 12″
23 NE Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love – WEA 12″
24 30 Randy Crawford – Last Night In Danceland – Warner Bros. 12″
25 32 Eddy Grant – My Turn To Love You / Use It Or Lose It – Ice 12″
26 26 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Takin’ Off – US Columbia LP
27 25 Aurra – When I Come Home / In The Mood – US Dream 12″
28 29 Cameo – On The One / Cameosis / Shake Your Pants – US Chocolate City LP
29 34 Gary Bartz – Music – Arista 12″
30 39 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out / Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her – RCA 12″
31 14 Brothers Johnson – Stomp! – A&M 12″
32 19 Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It Don’t Force It – 20th Century 12″
33 28 Detroit Spinners – Body Language – Atlantic 12″
34 53 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
35 44 Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing – Island 12″
36 27 Jimmy Ruffin – Hold On To My Love – RSO 7″
37 35 Gayle Adams – Gayle Adams (all cuts) – US Prelude LP
38 36 Jerry Knight – Overnight Sensation – A&M 7″/US 12″
39 37 Mark Soskin – Walk Tall / Colossus – Prestige 12″
40 65 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Do Your Thang / Copy This / Pop It / I Wanna Be With You / Let’s Go Out Tonite – US MCA LP
41 79 Phyllis Hyman – Under Your Spell / Kiss You All Over – Arista 12″
42 46 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – A&M 12″
43 38 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Supremes Medley – Motown 12″
44 33 Stacy Lattisaw – Don’t You Want To Feel It / Dynamite! – US Cotillion LP
45 72 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star / New York New York / The Genie / All Those Things – US Columbia LP
46 40 Bunny Mack – Love You Forever / Let Me Love You – Rokel 12″
47 41 El Coco – Let’s Get It Together – AVI 12″
48 43 GQ – GQ Down – Arista 12″
49 69 Cecil Parker – Really Really Love You – US TEC 12″
50 58 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love / Bourgie Bourgie – US Columbia LP
51 56 Johnny Guitar Watson – Booty Ooty – DJM 12″
52 23 Change – Searching – US RFC LP
53 49 Kool & The Gang – Hangin’ Out – US De-Lite 12″
54 48 Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves – Island 12″
55 47 Donald Byrd – Dominoes (live at the Roxy) – US Blue Note LP
56 50 Michael Jackson – She’s Out Of My Life – Epic 7″
57 71 John Handy – Hard Work – ABC/Impulse LP
58 61 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Wizard Island (all cuts) – US Arista LP
59 70 Randy Crawford – Same Old Story / Blue Flame / When Your Life Was Low / One Day I’ll Fly Away – Warner Bros. LP
60 54 Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough – Mercury 12″
61 82 Diana Ross – Diana (all cuts) – Motown LP
62 60 Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
63 86 Rene & Angela – Free And Easy / Do You Really Love Me / Turn It Out / I Don’t Know – US Capitol LP
64 NE Dave Grusin – Rag Bag / Friends And Strangers / City Nights / Either Way – Japanese JVC LP
65 83 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 7″/US 12″
66 62 Ozone – Walk On – US Motown LP
67 80 Deodato – Whistle Bump / Knights Of Fantasy – Warner Bros. 12″
68 RE Fern Kinney – I Want You Back / Groove Me – WEA 12″
69 75 Ronnie Laws – O.T.B.A. Law (Outta Be A Law) / Every Generation – UA 12″
70 67 Breakwater – Say You Love Me Girl / Splashdown / Love Of My Life – US Arista LP
71 78 Chaka Khan – Clouds – Warner Bros. 12″
72 63 Dan Siegel – Bad Habit / Friday / Phunkin’ – US Inner City LP
73 81 Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Co. – Shadow Dancing – Epic 12″
74 89 Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend – 20th Century 12″
75 59 Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love – US Sam 12″
76 87 L.A. Boppers – Is This The Best / Watching Life – Mercury 12″
77 57 James Last Band – The Seduction (Love Theme) / Night Drive – Polydor 12″
78 NE Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved / One Drop – Island 12″
79 NE Donald Byrd – Dominoes / Wind Parade – Blue Note 12″
80 NE Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica – Arista 12″
81 NE Sylvia St. James – Better Things / Can’t Make You Mine – US Elektra LP
82 NE Two Tons ‘O Fun – Just Us / Got The Feeling – Fantasy 12″
83 68 Ben E. King – Music Trance – Atlantic 12″
84 74 Kwick – I Want To Dance With You / Tonight Is The Night / We Ought To Be Dancing – US EMI America LP
85 RE Avenue B Boogie Band – Bumper To Bumper – Salsoul 12″
86 64 V/A – Calibre Cuts – Calibre 12″
87 55 Isley Brothers – Go All The Way / Say You Will – Epic LP
88 RE Herbie Hancock – Saturday Night / Stars In Your Eyes / Don’t Hold It In – CBS LP
89 NE Invisible Man’s Band – Love Can’t Come/Love Has Come – US Mango LP
90 90 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 4/5/80) / #4 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #8 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#9 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #11 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #14 (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
#16 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #18 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #19 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#20 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #22 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#23 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #26 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #27 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#28 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #30 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#32 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #34 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #35 (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
#37 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #38 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #40 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#41 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #50 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#52 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #53 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #61 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#62 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #65 (BNDA debut 4/12/80) / #67 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#68 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #70 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #71 (BNDA debut 5/3/80)
#75 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #78 (BNDA debut 10/4/80) / #80 (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
#82 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #83 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #84 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#87 (BNDA debut 4/26/80) / #88 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #90 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

JUDY ROBERTS BAND: ‘Never Was Love’ (US Inner City LP)
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Love Is The Answer’ / ‘In The Park’ (CBS LP)
JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: ‘Love Jones’ / ‘Going Up In Smoke’ (DJM LP)
KURTIS BLOW: ‘The Breaks’ (instrumental) (US Mercury 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
FLAKES: ‘Sugar Frosted Lover’ (US Magic Disc 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
TEMPTATIONS: ‘Power’ (Motown 12”) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
ROY AYERS & WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Thank You Thank You’ / ‘Million Dollar Baby’ / ‘You Make Me Feel Like’ (US Polydor LP)
WHISPERS: ‘Lady’ (Solar 12”)
ROCKIE ROBBINS: ‘You And Me’ / ‘After Loving You’ (US A&M LP)
STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘D-A-N-C-I-N’’ / ‘Try My Love’ (20th Century LP)
FIVE SPECIAL: ‘Jam’ (US Elektra LP)
NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘You’re Soo Good’ / ‘Why Did You Turn Me On’ (Atlantic LP)
TWENNYNINE FEAT. LENNY WHITE: ‘Peanut Butter’ / ‘Citi Dancin’’ (Elektra 12”)
IRAKERE: ‘Anung Anunga’ (US Columbia LP)
FEVER: ‘Spring Fever’ / ‘Just My Nature’ / ‘The One Tonight’ / ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (US Fantasy LP) (BNDA debut 8/30/80)
ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)’ (Epic 7”)
CHAKA KHAN: ‘Papillon’ / ‘Too Much Love’ / ‘So Naughty’ (Warner Bros. LP)
DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Cupid / I’ve Loved You For A Long Time’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 5/31/80)


1 (1) Roxy Music, 2 (4) Hot Chocolate, 3 (8) Liquid Gold, 4 (2) Paul McCartney, 5 (6) Manhattan Transfer, 6 (16) MASH, 7 (3) Dexy’s, 8 (9) ELO, 9 (13) Logan, 10 (7) The Beat, 11 (-) Whitesnake, 12 (18) Gary Numan, 13 (17) Don McLean, 14 (-) Elton John, 15 (-) Jona Lewie, 16 (5) UB40, 17 (12) Madness, 18 (-) B.A. Robertson, 19 (10) Specials, 20 (-) Matchbox

2 thoughts on “June 21, 1980: Cameo, Whispers, Kool & The Gang, Patti Austin, Charanga 76”

  1. Diana Ross’s remix of her Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards-produced LP‘s far from their own original version, which had a fuller-fleshed Chic texture – and its thinness is indeed annoyingly evident if you mix it out of something beefier

    So I hadn’t imagined James commenting on this – I was just ahead of myself!

    And he’s so right – the Chic mixes (finally liberated on the Special Edition double CD set two decades later) are superior.


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