August 2, 1980: Surface Noise, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Locksmith, Ramsey Lewis, Rick James

Editor’s note: as we have now caught up with our backlog of transcribed columns, future updates to this blog will be somewhat less frequent. 

Odds ‘N Bods

Polydor picked up Shakatak (evidently the correct spelling) and Level 42 for imminent release . . . Surface Noise acetates reached an influential few last weekend, the surprise Tom Browne-starring slow ‘Love Groove’ flip generating most interest . . . Queen ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (possibly the next single now) astounded everyone at Gullivers, mixing powerfully between Raydio and Gap Band, and Tom Browne and ‘Bounce Rock Skate Roll’ – it’s really that funky! . . . Randy Crawford’s next will be ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ / ‘Blue Flame’ . . . Erskine T wants to assemble a strong rock-orientated DJ mailing list, so well-established rock jocks send your full details to Erskine Thompson, Arista/Ariola, 49 Upper Brook Street London W1Y 2BT . . . Denis McCarthy of Southall won the £100 first prize at Erith 2001’s recent dance contest . . . Nikki Peck guests on David Brown’s BBC Radio Medway disco show this Friday (1) at 7pm . . . Loz Becket (Swinton) of Radio Barnsley says it’s Britain’s longest running hospital broadcasting service (over 22 years), while Jamie Crampton (Bushey) of Watford Hospital’s Broadcasting Service wants to play the patients our Disco Top 20 and wonders if he’ll get on company mailing lists if he does – highly unlikely, I should think! . . . Gary Allan reports lots of visitors at Liverpool McMillians just to see the gnome . . . Steve Dee writes from Gran Canaria (somewhere in the Atlantic) to say, “so far so good, nothing has caught fire . . .” . . . er, Steve, isn’t it volcanic? . . . Kelly jazz-funks Brighton Sherrys every Wednesday, other nights he’s more generally disco-orientated with oldies Thursdays, pop chart-toppers Fridays and midnite Motown medley Saturdays, weekends being “party” time . . . Dennis Lilley’s Jupiter disco spins mainly RM disco chart material at Kilmarnock’s Garrick Court Hotel Thurs-thru-Sundays . . . Paul Armor, who approves highly of my “Hit Numbers” feature, jocks Thurs/Saturdays at Bowness Bay’s Aquarius with picture window views of Lake Windermere and invites all visitors to come up and say “hi!” – so it’s a pity he won’t be there this Monday as, after the big Whitehaven Whitehouse alldayer (see Sunday details in Disco Dates), “JR” Priestman is giving the Hill-Hamilton-Young party a picnic on his Windermere yacht! . . . Alan Hughes (Worcester) reckons that, after EMI’s Mystic Merlin hit, the redundant Gof Abbey must be feeling pretty bitter – more likely he’s been hitting the bitter (or something), to judge from his performance outside Gullivers following an EMI ex-staffers’ party last week! . . . Kev Hill recommends Brentwood’s Bulls Wine Bar in Kings Road as yet another of that growing breed who play good jazz tapes . . . New York notes now: ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie should wow new mods and old soul fans here, its amazingly lavish comedy-cum-chase plot paying affectionate tribute to mainly ‘60s soul music with James Brown as a holy-rolling preacher in front of the Chaka Khan-led James Cleveland choir, Aretha Franklin singing ‘Think’ at Matt Guitar Murphy while John Lee Hooker and other Chicago blues greats play outside in the street, Ray Charles backing a display of ‘60s dance crazes, Cab Calloway reprising his ‘30s “hi-de-ho” heyday, MGs Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn as band members (the band even dress like Dexy’s/Madness), while Twiggy and even ‘Close Encounters’ director Steven Spielberg get small roles in this ‘Animal House’ follow-up! . . . Chris Hill joins me in raving about the hilarious ‘Airplane’ which sends up all those ‘Airport’ films, plus I saw Stanley Kubrick’s horrific ‘The Shining’, while Broadway shows I caught were Mickey Rooney & Ann Miller in ‘Sugar Babies’, ‘A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine’, and a spectacularly staged if simplistic show at legendary Radio City Music Hall . . . Brass Construction’s Mickey Grudge & Joe Wong bought me a late-nite pizza, Randy Muller threatened to name a forthcoming tune after me, and Cameron seemed like a nice kid . . . Channel J on New York’s cable TV at 11:30pm every Tues/Wed/Thursday is taken over by Ugly George who videos big breasted ladies after first accosting them in the street and persuading them to strip, after which Robyn Bird’s ‘Hot Legs’ features porno movies and a live sex phone-in! . . . Grace Jones seemed to be everywhere, all the time, but then New York DJs love her . . . Brooklyn’s Ozone Layer disco runs a bus trip out to a country club this Sunday for sports, silly games and dancing – the US equivalent of an alldayer or weekender? . . . Martin Platts (Blackburn) should note I was on my (jolly spiffing) hols and didn’t attend the actual disco forum at all (from all accounts it was even worse than usual), although as ever the lobby and Roseland entertainment were ideal meeting places and the event a useful reason for everyone being there . . . Billboard’s next disco forum, one a year from now on, is set for New York in March – and I’ll probably be there! . . . US DJs are clamouring for the UK 12in remix of Prince ‘Sexy Dancer’ . . . King Pleasure ‘Moody’s Mood For Love’ (now done by George Benson) remains one of New York’s perennial anthems on hipper radio stations . . . WBLS Radio’s Saturday night uninterrupted mixing session was a bit zingy but for a superb synch between Denise LaSalle ‘Try My Love’ and Teena Marie ‘Behind The Groove’ . . . KEEP IT FUNKY!

UK Newies

SURFACE NOISE: ‘Dancin’ On A Wire’ (Groove Production GP 102T)
Officially due next week but Soho’s Groove will have copies on Friday (01-439 8231), this frantically flying 129bpm 12in leaper with wheezling synth, Hi-Tension-ish chanting, beefy sax and rattling percussion break seems far too fast until you realise it’s the all-happening polyrhythmic excitement giving this effect and in fact it’s on a par with George Duke in tempo. The superb heavily bashing slow 39bpm instrumental ‘Love Groove’ jazz jogger flip is seared on sax by Mel Collins and joined halfway by Tom Browne’s equally hot horn.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ (CBS 13-6890) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Unexpectedly rushed out on the heels of their belated ‘Landlord’ 12in, this sensational catchy Roberta & Donny-type jiggly jogging 109-110-109bpm 12in smacker is gonna be a smash! In fact nearly everything on UK release this week is exceptionally strong.

LOCKSMITH: ‘Unlock The Funk’ (Arista ARIST 12364) (BNDA debut 9/6/80)
Bass-heavy monotonously driving 115-116-117bpm funk chugger mixes well with ‘Cameosis’, but the 3-track 12in flip’s snappier 114bpm ‘Far Beyond’ is far more infectious with a great Chinese-style gibberish “get the hung lung tung sung child up” chant and more variety in its brightly funky beat (which mixes sensationally out of ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ and into ‘On The One’, while the frantically racing 138-139bpm ‘Backjack’ burbler has all the jazz jocks on it. 

FATBACK: ‘Backstrokin’’ (Spring POSPX 149) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
Farting bass synth-introed jaunty remixed 117-118-117-118-117-118bpm 12in heavy funk smacker bang in the current Cameo/Locksmith/Raydio-type groove has already spawned a new dance while the US hit flip’s similar P-funky long 120bpm ‘Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)’ is strong too.

JIMMY SENYAH: ‘Weakness For Your Sweetness’ (Rokel ROK 12-13)
Great steadily rolling lurching 114bpm 12in clopper with George Benson-ish scatting, Edwin Starr-arranged brass and sparse rhythm-riding attack, already well proven on white label promo.

DYNASTY: ‘I’ve Just Begun To Love You’ (Solar SO12-10) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Craftily catchy bubbly little 116-117bpm 12in smacker with piercing strange synth sound and Isleys-type guitar, huge in New York and growing here.

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘You’ve Been Gone’ (De-Lite MERX 28)
Upfront creamily driving drums and lead vocalist with interesting rhythm accents and rattling breaks drive this buoyant 122-123-124-123(piano)-124bpm 12in smacker, the ‘Far Out’ alternative A-side from 1977 being a gradually evolving bassily galloping exerting 123-126bpm builder not so surprisingly in their old style.

AL DI MEOLA: ‘Roller Jubilee’ (CBS 13-88031)
Dazzlingly exuberant tinkling and ringing frantic 128bpm 12in acoustic guitar romper which I always said the people liked – and last week it won Capital Radio’s People’s Choice vote! It’s the same tempo as Surface Noise under all those flying fingers.

SHAKATAK: ‘Steppin’’ (Polydor POSPX 163)
Lovely classily produced lazily swaying 99bpm 12in UK jazz piano jogger with possibly too many ‘Groove’-like freezes, just the 131-130bpm ‘Killing Time’ bounder being flip now.

CANDI STATON: ‘Looking For Love’ (Warner Bros. K 17656T) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Subduedly insistent shuffling 107bpm sorta combination of Chic and ‘Street Life’, evidently due on 12in, has hidden power and could sneak up on ya.

C L BLAST: ‘I Wanna Get Down’ (Atlantic K 11531T)
Old fashioned hoarsely wailing mellow 107bpm 12in soul jogger bumped along by burbling bass and chicken-scratching guitar as if from ten years ago, the 108bpm ‘Let’s Do Something Different Tonight‘ flip turning back the hands of time in Tyrone Davis style.

FRANCE JOLI: ‘Feel Like Dancing’ (Ariola AROD 240) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Gayle Adams/Phyllis Hyman-ish solidly clomping 116bpm 12in chugging disco smacker with a corny brief rap halfway has in fact nagging potential Liquid Gold appeal and is enormous in New York.

CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Keep Smilin’’ (Solar SO12-9) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Inoffensively tuneful zingy MoR/gay-orientated 127-126-128(break)-126-128(break)-128bpm 12in pure “disco” with good breaks, well re-edited for this country.

ELO & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: ‘Xanadu’ LP (Jet LX 526)
Essential set for MoR jocks, crammed with past, present and future hits, the great lurching chunky 0-123bpm ‘All Over The World’ (124bpm on 7in JET 195) being typical of ELO’s side, while “our Livvy” duets sweetly with Cliff Richard on the 34/68bpm ‘Suddenly’, Gene Kelly on the quickstepping (but stop-start) 61/121-0bpm ‘Whenever You’re Away From Me’, the Tubes on the half heavy/half breezy 96bpm ‘Dancing’, and currently sits atop the US chart with the 52/104bpm ‘Magic’.

ABBA: ‘The Winner Takes It All’ (Epic EPC 5135)
Skippable long intro to another perky happy-sad 0-15/31-126-15/31-128bpm 7in MoR thumper.

GRACE JONES: ‘Warm Leatherette’ LP (Island ILPS 9592) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Performed by her at the Billboard forum with much knocking over of cymbals, the emphatically bumping slinky 105-107-108bpm title track is much better than her current hit, while ‘Bullshit’ is a synthetically smacking 120bpm rock chugger.

DON MCLEAN: ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ (EMI 5094)
Superb 34/68bpm 7in doo-wop revival of the Skyliners classic.

LIPPS, INC.: ‘Rock It’ (Casablanca CAN 172) (BNDA debut 9/1/79)
Re-released fast sparse 138bpm 7in thudder with clapping and synth breaks, instrumental flip.


RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Hell On Wheels’ (from LP ‘Routes’, US Columbia JC 36423)
Dynamite set (due here in a fortnight) distinguished on the Allen Toussaint-produced tracks by precise piano playing meshing into the beat, this being a tension building 103-105bpm backbeat clopper like a fleshier ‘Rise’ (a lot of things sound like ‘Rise’ this week!), ‘Come Back Jack’ a similarly percussive nagging 100-103bpm half-stepper and ‘You Are The Reason’ a purposeful 41/83-84bpm swayer, while the EWF-orientated Barry Dunn-produced ‘Colors In Space’ is a good jazzy 116bpm jitterer, ‘Whisper Zone’ a lushly scatting 105-106bpm jogger, ‘High Point’ a chunkily backed 114-115bpm tinkler, ‘Caribbean Blue’ a thrusting jazzy 116-117bpm mood changer and ‘Tondelayo’ a deliberate powerful 38/76-74bpm plodder.

RICK JAMES: ‘Big Time’ (from LP ‘Garden Of Love’, US Gordy G8-995M1) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
Terrific happily jittering backbeat kicker in its full 115(intro)-118-116-119-120-118bpm version with great “I was born to funk” catchphrase and bags of bounce, the repetitively chanted rhythm driven 114-115-116-117-115-116-117bpm ‘Mary-Go-Round’ having good solos especially on piano.

MAZE: ‘Changing Times’ (from LP ‘Joy And Pain’, US Capitol ST 12087)
Long dead slow watery guitar intro suddenly becomes an attractive gently loping 113-114bpm jogger with soulful vocals and strange synth break (both typical of this pleasant set), the title track being a gradually building atmospheric 52½/105bpm swayer with synthetic bubbling background and swelling 10cc-like harmonics, ‘The Look in Your Eyes’ a lovely 46/92-94bpm swayer with bumping ‘Rise’-like beat at the end, ‘Southern Girl’ a purposeful jittery 100½bpm jogger with yet another strange synth tone, guitar crescendo and gritty vocals, and ‘Family’ a 32bpm smoocher.

RICHIE ROME: ‘Busy Body’ (from LP ‘Deep’, US Elektra 6E-256)
Unusual but effective chopping and changing rhythm track keeps vacillating between 128-132bpm with lush orchestration and vocoder scatting lending more of a jazzy feel than the beat on its own merit might, the rest of the interesting set being slow like the ‘Rise’-clapping vocoder-featuring jazzy atmospheric 98-102-104bpm title track and Albert-ish trumpeted 80-78-79bpm ‘Claire De Lune’. I like it a lot.

JAMES MASON: ‘Sweet Power Of Your Embrace’ (from LP ‘Rhythm Of Life’, US Chiaroscuro CR 189)
Excellent steadily pushing electronically burbling 0-111bpm jazz roller with Lonnie Liston Smith flavour reaches a quavering chick and intensifies further to stereo guitar fade, the LP dating from 1977 and recently discovered by mafiosi.

AURRA: ‘When I Come Home’ (US Dream DG 705) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
Jiggly jaunty 118-119-118bpm 12in tripper (a mafia biggie back in the Spring) with beefed up burbling bass undertow and effects in a remix by Larry Levan of New York’s Paradise Garage, the anticipation of which being behind RCA’s decision not to couple the original version with ‘In The Mood (To Groove)’ here.

CAPTAIN SKY: ‘Bubble Gum (I Chewz You)’ (from LP ‘Concerned Party No 1’, US TEC 1202)
Smacking heavy beat with syndrums and brass builds bassily into a repetitive 115-116bpm funk bumper, the similar 119(intro)-122bpm ‘Sir Jam A Lot’ having more bouncy punch, while ‘Elementary School Of Funk’ is a busy 118bpm P-funk churner brought alive by a bass synth break.

STARPOINT: ‘Get Ready, Get Down’ (from LP ‘Starpoint’, US Chocolate City CCLP 2913) (‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ BNDA debut 8/9/80)
Fast flying 126bpm galloper with gruff Instant Funk-type chanting to counterpoint the chick and effete chaps hits some grittier bass breaks and increases in interest, the previously 7in issued ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ being a purposefully pushing bubbly but stolid 115-114bpm derivative chanting funk thudder that’s getting plays.

DELLS: ‘All About The Paper’ (20th Century TCD 112)
Mellow acappella intro to a cantering 119-121-120bpm hustler with their typical wailing intricate vocal interplay, on 12in I now find with their LP’s superb deep soul slow 36/72 bpm ‘I Touched A Dream’ title track as flip, this latter having the hit potential.

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Pop Your Fingers’ (US Whitfield WHI 49274)
Freaky intro explodes with shrill spiky brass into a sparse solidly smacking 120-121 bpm 7in staccato falsetto jitterer with unexpected braying bits and clapping ‘Car Wash’ feel.

FRED WESLEY: ‘House Party’ (US RSO RS 1037)
Stolidly smacking heavy bass bumped 101bpm 7in funk chanter with the ex-James Brown sideman’s trombone filling in.

MCFADDEN & WHITEHEAD: ‘I Heard It In A Love Song’ (US TSOP ZS9 4788) (BNDA debut 9/13/80)
Enthusiastically hollered easily swinging 119-121 bpm 7in backbeat kicker in the ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ style, sounds nice of course.

O’JAYS: ‘You’re The Girl Of My Dreams’ (US TSOP ZS9 4790)
Noisy gruff bumpily jolting 107-108-109-110bpm 7in jogger with scatting “shabaadoowah” pauses and wailing intensity.

UK Disco Top 90 – August 2, 1980

01 01 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
02 02 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out – RCA 12″
03 07 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – Epic 12″
04 04 Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica – Arista 12″
05 03 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove / You’re All The Boogie I Need – Motown 12″
06 05 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love – WEA 12″
07 12 George Benson – Give Me The Night / Breezin’ / The World Is A Ghetto – Warner Bros. 12″
08 08 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ / I Wanna Know Your Name – DJM 12″
09 06 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″
10 11 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 12″
11 23 Diana Ross – Upside Down – Motown 12″
12 14 Baby’O – In The Forest – Calibre 12″
13 10 Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown / All Night Dancing – Casablanca 12″
14 20 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot – Motown 12″
15 09 Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious – Motown 12″
16 18 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved – Island 12″
17 13 Cameo – On The One / Cameosis – Casablanca 12″
18 17 Cecil Parker – Really Really Love You – EMI 12″
19 15 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
20 24 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
21 21 Detroit Spinners – Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time – Atlantic 12″
22 19 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Does It Feel Good – Calibre 12″
23 16 Surface Noise – The Scratch – WEA 12″
24 28 Rene & Angela – Free And Easy – Capitol 12″
25 22 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – A&M 12″
26 25 Locksmith – Unlock The Funk / Blackjack / Far Beyond – Arista 12″
27 26 Cameron – Let’s Get It Off / Magic Of You / Funkdown – US Salsoul LP
28 31 Stacy Lattisaw – Don’t You Want To Feel It / Dynamite! / You Know I Like It / Let Me Be Your Angel – Atlantic LP
29 27 Bobby Thurston – You Got What It Takes – Epic 12″
30 35 Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend – 20th Century 12″
31 29 Kool & The Gang – Hangin’ Out / Open Sesame – De-Lite 12″
32 NE George Benson – Off Broadway / Love X Love / Dinorah Dinorah / Star Of A Story (X) / Turn Out The Lamplight – Warner Bros. LP
33 36 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star / New York New York / All Those Things – US Columbia LP
34 30 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Do Your Thang / Copy This / Pop It – MCA 12″
35 33 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love – CBS 12″
36 54 William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – US TEC LP
37 39 Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love – Calibre Plus 12″
38 52 John Handy – Hard Work – MCA 12″
39 38 Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover – US Magic Disc 12″
40 37 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic 12″
41 59 Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You – US Solar 12″
42 44 Change – Searching / It’s A Girl’s Affair – US RFC LP
43 32 Freeez – Keep In Touch – Calibre 12″
44 40 Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again – RCA 12″
45 58 Gayle Adams – Stretch’ In Out / Plain Out Of Luck – Epic 12″
46 55 Shakatak – Steppin’ – Polydor 12″
47 34 Aurra – In The Mood – Salsoul 12″
48 49 Dave Grusin – Rag Bag / Friends And Strangers / City Nights – Japanese JVC LP
49 41 Sun – Space Ranger / Hot Spot / Fancy Feet / Quest / Spread The Feeling – US Capitol LP
50 69 Stanley Clarke – We Supply – Epic 12″
51 43 Mexicano – Dallas – Mercury 12″
52 80 Whispers – My Girl – Solar 12″
53 78 Al Jarreau – Distracted / Never Givin’ Up – Warner Bros. 12″
54 66 Level 42 – Love Meeting Love – Elite 12″
55 83 Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love – Epic 12″
56 46 Lonnie Liston Smith – Give Peace A Chance / Space Princess / A Song For The Children – CBS 12″
57 63 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – US Brunswick 12″
58 64 Rick James – Big Time / Mary-Go-Round – US Gordy LP
59 48 Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing – Island 12″
60 56 Crusaders – Soul Shadows / Put It Where You Want It – MCA 12″
61 57 Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee – CBS 12″
62 77 Gibson Brothers – Mariana – Island 7″
63 65 Ozone – Walk On – Motown 7″
64 51 Donald Byrd – Dominoes (live at the Roxy) – US Blue Note LP
65 61 Johnny Guitar Watson – Booty Ooty – DJM 12″
66 45 Gary Bartz – Music – Arista 12″
67 50 Mark Soskin – Walk Tall / Colossus – Prestige 7″ promo remix/12″
68 60 Randy Crawford – Last Night In Danceland – Warner Bros. 12″
69 70 Dynasty – Do Me Right / Day And Night / Groove Control – US Solar LP
70 67 Bob James – Snowbird Fantasy / Brighton By The Sea / The Walkman – Tappan Zee LP
71 71 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out / Have Fun (Again) / My Old Piano / Now That You’re Gone / Give Up / Tenderness – Motown LP
72 73 Philly Cream – No Time Like Now – Calibre 12″
73 NE Fatback – Backstrokin’ – Spring 12″
74 62 Phyllis Hyman – Under Your Spell / Kiss You All Over – Arista 12″
75 NE Hiroshi Fukumura – Hunt Up Wind / Captain Caribe – US Inner City LP
76 74 Donna Summer – Sunset People / Our Love – Casablanca 12″
77 88 Leon Haywood – If You’re Lookin’ For A Night Of Fun – 20th Century 12″
78 79 Shalamar – I Owe You One – US Solar 12″
79 72 Isaac Hayes – I Ain’t Never / Shaft II – Polydor 12″
80 RE Narada Michael Walden – I Don’t Want Nobody Else / You’re Soo Good – Atlantic 12″
81 85 Temptations – Power – Motown 12″
82 75 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Landlord / Bourgie Bourgie – CBS 12″
83 NE Pure Energy – Party On – US Prism 12″
84 84 Patti Austin – I Can’t Stop / Body Language – US CTI LP
85 NE Locksmith – Groove Town / TMI / Cinnamon – US Arista LP
86 76 Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves – Island 12″
87 NE Aurra – When I Come Home (remix) – US Dream 12″
88 NE Jermaine Jackson – Feelin’ Free / You Got To Hurry Girl – Motown LP
89 68 Crusaders – Last Call – MCA LP
90 81 Kleeer – Winners / Open Your Mind – Atlantic 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #4 (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#8 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #9 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #10 (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
#11 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #12 (BNDA debut 4/26/80) / #13 (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
#14 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #15 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #16 (BNDA debut 10/4/80)
#19 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #20 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
#22 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #26 (BNDA debut 9/6/80) / #27 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#28 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #29 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#34 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #35 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #36 (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
#37 (BNDA debut 11/22/80) / #39 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #40 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#41 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #42 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #44 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#45 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #47 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
#57 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #58 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #59 (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
#69 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #71 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #73 (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
#74 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #76 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #79 (BNDA debut 6/7/80)
#80 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #81 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #82 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#83 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #87 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #90 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

RENE & ANGELA: ‘Turn It Out’ / ‘Do You Really Love Me’ (Capitol LP)
ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)’ (Epic 7”)
GRACE JONES: ‘Private Life’ (Island 12”)
MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Girlfriend’ (Epic 7”)
RICK CLARKE: ‘Potion’ (white label 12”)
STARPOINT: ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ / ‘Get Ready Get Down’ (US Chocolate City LP) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Love Don’t Make It Right’ (US Warner Bros. 12” promo) (BNDA debut 7/19/80)
JIMMY RUFFIN: ‘Night Of Love’ (RSO 12”)
A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Rescue Me’ (US Capitol 7”/LP) (BNDA debut 9/20/80)
DELEGATION: ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ (Ariola 12”)
JIMMY SENYAH: ‘Weakness For Your Sweetness’ (Rokel 12”)
JOHNNY HAMMOND: ‘Les Conquistadores Chocolates’ / ‘Shifting Gears’ (US Milestone LP)
GIL SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON: ‘The Bottle’ (Inferno 12”)
RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Give Me A Break’ (Mercury 12” promo/LP) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
MAZE: ‘Changing Times’ / ‘Joy And Pain’ (US Capitol LP)
SHEILA & B. DEVOTION: ‘King Of The World’ (Carrere 12”)
MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘Wide Receiver’ (US Buddah 7”/12” promo) (BNDA debut 10/18/80)
RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Hell On Wheels’ (US Columbia LP)
DELLS: ‘I Touched A Dream’ / ‘All About The Paper’ (US 20th Century 12”/LP) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
7TH WONDER: ‘The Tilt’ (US Chocolate City LP) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
QUEEN: ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (EMI LP/US Electra 12” promo) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
NED DOHENY: ‘To Prove My Love’ (Japanese CBS/Sony LP)
FRED WESLEY: ‘House Party’ (US RSO 7”)
GENE CHANDLER: ‘Rainbow ‘80’ (20th Century/Chi-Sound LP)
CAPTAIN SKY: ‘Bubble Gum (I Chewz You)’ (US TEC LP)
JAMES MASON: ‘Sweet Power Of Your Embrace’ (US Chiaroscuro LP)
DON COVAY: ‘Badd Boy’ (US Newman 12”)
SADAO WATANABE: ‘Orange Bypass’ (Japanese Flying Disk LP)

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