August 23, 1980: Change, Ashford & Simpson, Shalamar, Minnie Riperton, Geraldine Hunt


Rose Royce ‘Pop Your Fingers’ is due on UK 12in, as is Rick. James . . . Starpoint ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ / ‘Get Ready Get Down’ / ‘Gonna Lift You Up’ is a 3-track 12in next week . . . Arista are calling Locksmith ‘Far Beyond’ by the new title ‘Chinese Funk Song’! . . . Showstoppers’ Caister weekender an October 10/11/12 is completely sold out but the later one on Oct 31/Nov 1/2 is only half sold so far, and instead of the full mafia features Froggy, Greg Edwards, Jeff Young, Brother Louie, Pete Tong, Mick Clark, Eric Hearn, Les Knott and more plus possibly Crown Heights Affair but certainly a similar star soul act . . . Tony Jenkins & Peter Byfield’s “moveable feast” Funktion club got off to a great start with 250 of their already 1000-plus members boogying at Battersea’s really plush Bennett last (and every) Tuesday, while this (and every) Wednesday the jazz-funk action takes over the similarly swank Marble Arch Dial 9, with other top and normally exclusive discos like the Embassy and Garden likely to become regular venues as well soon and a special party already fixed for the Playboy Club next month, this whole idea being so good as it fills a place on a normally slack night (details 01-352 7349) . . . Tom Wilson & JC have chucked out the DOR and concentrate (to their delight) on funkier disco at Edinburgh’s plush new half-million quid Oscars under the old Rutland Hotel in Princes Street, West End (thanx for the drink, Tom!) . . . Robin & Paul Wheeler’s new Jacksons in Clarence Street, Staines, opened last week with Mike Sefton (ex-Rumours / Harrow Tudors) mixing jazz aimed at an audience who’ve outgrown sweaty kids’ clubs every Thurs / Fri / Saturday, and it was Mike who two years ago started playing James Mason which recently got picked up from him by Chris Brown and subsequently the other mafiosi . . . Chris Brown’s ‘Family Album’ photo book is, he swears, really nearly ready! . . . Tony Monson discovered Ned Doheny when his assistants at Chelsea Disc Empire were playing the otherwise rather country-rock orientated old LP downstairs and the jazz track suddenly wafted up through the floorboards! . . . Sean French is raving over Roy Ayers ‘Ladies Of The Eighties’ (US Polydor 12in promo) . . . Key Hill (Brentwood) says Morrisey / Mullen ‘Cape Wrath’ from their 1978 LP is worth trying, Bob Jones (Chelmsford) now being on Jimmy McGriff ‘Please Don’t Take Me Out’ off the 1976 US Groove Merchant ‘Mean Machine’ LP . . . Paul Wiggy Wignall (Liverpool Oscars) thanks on behalf of other local jocks the girls at Rumbelows – Jan, Colleen & Lyn – for getting their import section going . . . Eric Hearn, how long since you saw me? . . . Richard Witcombe (Shepton Mallet) raves over Cardiff Broadcasting’s Sunday 7-9 pm 221m ‘Souled Out & Roots Rockers’ programme, bringing good music to all within earshot . . . Steve Dennis plans yet another DJ forum for Edgbaston Faces on Sunday, 19th October and says he’s aiming at doing something different but the topics for conversation look familiar . . . East Anglian DJ Assn members are pissed off with the up-coming BADEM exhibition not admitting DJs on the trade-only Sunday, expecting them to go with the public on the Saturday 6th September – a d I must say they have a point . . . Steve Dee, now president of the Thames Valley DJ Assn and funking High Wycombe’s Oak Room Suite every Thursday with either Tony Hodges or Chris Britton, says Lipps Inc was inescapable on Gran Canaria, as was a Spanish version of ‘One Step Beyond’ – urgghhh! . . . Nick Holloway. tanking Bermondsey’s Royal Fort on Sundays as well as Wally gigs other nights, wants good funk gigs even as unpaid warm-up (01-458 1551) . . . John Douglas (Braintree 0376-62070), delighted with his new cloud 9P console which features middle tone control, also wants a regular jazz-funk gig or residency . . .Jim Hunter, ex-Airdrie Club Marcos, now does Coatbridge Taggarts Disco . . . Noel Wright takes over from Chris Britton on the Pernod roadshow this weekend . . .


CHANGE: ‘Searching’ (WEA K 79156T)
Luther Vandross-sung smash soaring synthesizer burbled rattling and tapping 129bpm 12in bounder you’ve been waiting for (mixers note there’s a ½bpm drag at times), the tightly snapping spiky 126bpm ‘Angel In My Pocket‘ being chix-sung flip.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON. ‘Love Don’t Make It Right’ (Warner Bros K 17679T)
Bottled up bubbly 111-110-111 bpm 12in thudder lull of jittery excitement like a zappier Flack & Hathaway / Gladys Knight (it mixes well with ’em of course), the flip being 1977’s ‘Bourgie Bourgie‘ which I’ll BPM later as initial promo pressings are evidently faulty.

SHALAMAR: ‘I Owe You One’ (Solar SO12-11)
Although brighter in sound this jittery jaunty little smacker should synch in sensationally halfway through ‘Back Together Again’ except, unless it’s voltage fluctuation time again, the UK 12in pressing seems now slightly faster at 112bpm. No matter, it’s still bang in the currently trendy tempo bag! 

RHYZE: ‘Do Your Dance’ (LP ‘Just How Sweet !s Your Love’ Epic EPC 88457)
Dead slow bluesy brass intro suddenly becomes a creamily clopping 119-120-123-125 bpm restrained chanter with braying brass, due to be their next single, others all with a distinctive glibly soulful sound being the Commodores-ish smoochy 29bpm ‘Home’, tunefully galloping happy lightweight 128-127-128 bpm ‘Free‘, romping attack and rhythm switching falsetto / bass 126 (intro)-127-126 (break)-127 bpm ‘Singing And Dancing‘, the smoothly cantering 127 bpm ‘I Found Love In You‘ of course being flip to the also creamily clopping 118-119 bpm title track hit.

LOCKSMITH: ‘TMI’ (LP ‘Unlock The Funk’ Arista SPART 1143)
As well as the three 12in titles, this menacing bumpy 118bpm instrumental jazz throbber with tinkling chiming tones is getting some action, along with the jiggly 57/114bpm ‘Cinnamon‘ piano jogger, place-naming simple funky 115-117-116-115 bpm ‘Groove Town‘ burbler and jaunty sparse 123-124-123-124 bpm ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself‘ tapper with catchy synth tones.

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Cosmic Lust’ (Atlantic K 11601T)
The stars of Knebworth – sorry, Skegness – couple on 12in their classic jazzily racing 126-128-125-126-124 bpm synth, brass and keyboards instrumental oldie and the loosely-knit strange sparse new 129-130 bpm ‘Gonna Make You Love Me‘ knocker with wailing chick and harmony chanting chaps.

INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘Love Can’t Come / Love Has Come’ (Island 12WIP 6642)
Soft conversationally starting and then ever changing constantly accelerating 117 to 126 bpm 12in jazzy disco canterer with great subtle ingredients and inventive vocal work by the old Five Stairsteps that were, the attractively invigorating result being a bit specialist.

FLAKES: ‘Sugar Frosted Lover’ (Calibre CABL 506)
Unnecessary awful empty dead 120-121-120-121 bpm remix ludicrously leaves out the syndrums, but at least the 3-track 12ín flip features the syndrum-spiked 118-119-120 bpm original of this effetely walled purposeful sugar smacker, plus a guitar-led but again syndrum-lacking 120-121-122-121 bpm instrumental version.

ZEN featuring JIMMY THOMAS: ‘Just A Matter OI Time’ (Laser LAS 34T)
Hot Chocolate-flavoured vocals somewhat spoil a rolling 116bpm 12in chugger with interesting long jazzy piano breaks, the well made smacking pure “disco” 127bpm ‘Music Is Life’ flip being good for Scotland.

SUGARHILL GANG: ‘Hot Hot Summer Day’ (Sugarhill SHL 104)
More mellow flowing 114bpm 12in bumper but it’s still a rapper, the “instrumental” flip actually bringing the pleasant background singing to the fore.

CHIC: ‘Real People’ LP (Atlantic K 50711)
Their textures are denser than before but it’s still basically the same old judder and jolt, the 98-97bpm title-track logger following on from the strange strings-played 105bpm ‘Open Up‘, and ‘26‘ being 84bpm.

BACCHUS: ‘Ya Gotta Get Up To Get Down’ (Great North Western GNW 001)
Locally popular repetitive rolling Hot Chocolate-type 111bpm 7in lurcher by the resident band at Newcastle-under-Lyme Tiffanys (details Dave Christie 061-236 5552)

PAUL SIMON: ‘Late In The Evening’ (Warner Bros K 17666)
Latin-tinged rhythmically skittering 120bpm conga kicker with a great storyline, evidently on limited 12in.


MINNIE RIPERTON: ‘Love Lives Forever’ LP (US Capitol SOO-12097)
I’m not often suckered by the superstar session scam, but this time it’s different. Minnie died of cancer a year ago, and her unissued Epic-recorded 1978 vocal tracks heard here have within the last few months had completely new instrumental backings and vocal support added by a galaxy of stars. Most notably her lovely slinky 0-44/89bpm ‘Here We Go’ has Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson & Tom Scott, similarly jogging 39/79bpm ‘You Take My Breath Away’ has George Benson and 41/82-83bpm ‘The Song Of Life (La-La-La) ‘ has Patrice Rushen, gorgeous slowies being the 0-32bpm ‘Give Me Time’ with Stevie Wonder’s harmonica and 34bpm ‘I’m In Love Again’ with Michael Jackson & Hubert Laws, the only semi-fast ones being the long steady sinister thumping 100-101bpm ‘Strange Affair’ and languidly swinging 0-115bpm ‘Island in The Sun’. Basically down-tempo, the set may not become a vital disco smash but you’ll never regret getting it.

GERALDINE HUNT: ‘Can’t Fake The Feeling’ (US Prism PDS-405)
Somewhat glossed over when reviewed in haste last week, this heavily smacking 115-116-114-115-116-114bpm 12in driving funk thudder with soulful rhythm-riding vocal is an absolute killer and looks like being huge! (The instrumental break is the central 114-115bpm of this revised rating.)

WINDY CITY: ‘I Still Love You’ (US Kelli-Arts KA-4501)
Carl Davis/Otis Leavill-produced, Reggie Butler-penned, superb pent-up 25/50bpm 7in deep soul smoocher lull of aching hurt, soaring Marvin Gaye-like wailing and searing sax, all kinda reminiscent of the originals ‘Baby I’m For Real’ (it’s that powerful!) and currently causing a sensation at Gullivers since Tom Holland turned us on to it.

TRIPLE “S” CONNECTION: ‘Got To Get Your Number’ (US 20th Century-Fox TCD-111)
Great bassily whomping powerful but otherwise sparse 119bpm 12in strutter with a lot of space between bursts of Temptations-ish vocal, the attacking drive (though not the sound) being strangely reminiscent of Johnnie Taylor’s old ‘Who’s Making Love’.

Blood Sweat & Tears-flavoured skippable slow intro to a subduedly chanted 119-120bpm 7in churner with ‘We are Brass, so move your . . . body’ lyric, surprisingly not credited to Randy Muller and indeed a slight style change, from their imminent new ‘VI’ album.

NEIL LARSEN/BUZZ FEITEN: ‘Further Notice’ (LP ‘Larson-Feiten Band’ US Warner Bros BSK 3468)
Rock orientated white group with a jaunty 126-128-129 (guitar)-128-127bpm organ instrumental in Neil’s more usual jazz style, also on 7in (WBS49282).

TIM WEISBERG. ‘What’s Going On’ (LP ‘Party Of One’ US MCA MCA-5125)
Marvin’s oldie in a nice gently jogging 98/49bpm jazz flute treatment, others being the blandly tootling lightly Latin 107bpm ‘Magic Lady’ jiggler, slightly grittier 106bpm ‘Page One’ jogger, swaying 44/88-43bpm ‘Katie’ with yowling voicebox guitar joining in, and staccato vocal 130bpm ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting Girl’ snapper.

CHUCK BROWN / THE SOUL SEARCHERS: ‘Time Has No Ending’ (LP ‘Funk Express’ US Source SOR-3234)
Lovely 28bpm smoocher with scatting and producer Wayne Henderson’s trombone, ‘Sticks And Stones’ being a lazily heavy 93-94bpm funk swayer, ‘In The Pocket‘ a rapper-rhythm 110-111bpm heavy funk bumper, ‘Come On And Boogie‘ a two-part angry dated 126-129bpm soul-funk charger with buzzing bass, and ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling‘ a disastrously speeded-up 127bpm treatment of the classic that destroys all its subtlety.

LTD: ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ (US A&M 2250-S)
Sam Dees-penned tortuous aching 33bpm 7in smoocher, the ponderous 94bpm ‘Stand Up LTD‘ heavy funk B-side being due here also as flip of our forthcoming ‘Shine On‘ 12in.

MAIN INGREDIENT: ‘Think Positive’ (US RCA PD-12061)
Cuba Gooding-sung slow-starting then Latin-tinged lush 120bpm 12in jitterer with freakily zapping attacks from strings ‘n’ things.

MARGARET REYNOLDS & KC: ‘Take Me To The Moon’ (US Sunshine Sound SSD-4217)
Slinky slow 99-100-99bpm 12in chugging duet with background sax and subdued variation of the KC sound.

PARRIS: ‘Never Take Your Love’ (US Brunswick D214)
Yearning chick-sung 129(intro)-126bpm 12in fag fodder with basic smacking break.

RICHIE COLE: ‘Hi-Fly’ (LP ‘Hollywood Madness’ US Muse MR 5207)
Manhattan Transfer-produced frantic fast 127-130bpm Latin jazz sax flier with a short scatting finale by the late Eddie Jefferson (King Pleasure’s contemporary), the whole set being determinedly dated real jazz.


Bernard Lyons from Dublin was a constant visitor to Mayfair Gullivers last week on holiday in London. Part of the Taskforce Roadshow (Dublin 744056), who also operate two of Dublin’s best roller discos, resident weekly on Tuesdays at Sloopys and Saturdays at Hoops, and with a disco show on the pirate Big D radio (one of several tolerated stations it seems), Bernard says that Roy Taylor, Karen Black & The Nevada’s version of ‘Walk In The Park’ (Spider WEB 028) is top of the pops there but not of his disco chart!

1 LET’S GET IT OFF, Cameron (Salsoul 12in)
2 FREE AND EASY, Rene & Angela (Capitol 12in)
3 LET’S ROLLERSKATE, Poussez (Vanguard LP)
4 IN THE FOREST. Baby ‘O (Calibre 12in)
5 I LIKE (WHAT YOU’RE DOING TO ME), Young & Company (US Brunswick 12in)
6 I’VE JUST BEGUN TO LOVE YOU, Dynasty (Solar 12in)
7 OOPS UP SIDE YOUR HEAD, Gap Band (Mercury 12in)
8 BURNIN’ HOT, Jermaine Jackson (Motown 12in)
9 REBELS ARE WE, Chic (Atlantic 12in)
10 BEHIND THE GROOVE, Teena Marie (Motown 12in)

UK Disco Top 90 – August 23, 1980

01 03 George Benson – Give Me The Night / The World Is A Ghetto / Breezin’ – Warner Bros. 12″
02 02 Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica – Arista 12″
03 05 Diana Ross – Upside Down – Motown 12″
04 01 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out – RCA 12″
05 04 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
06 10 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
07 11 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot – Motown 12″
08 09 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved – Island 12″
09 06 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – Epic 12″
10 13 Locksmith – Unlock The Funk / Blackjack / Far Beyond – Arista 12″
11 08 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 12″
12 07 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love – WEA 12″
13 12 Baby’O – In The Forest – Calibre 12″
14 29 Fatback – Backstrokin’ – Spring 12″
15 16 George Benson – Off Broadway / Love X Love / Moody’s Mood / Dinorah Dinorah / Star Of A Story (X) / Turn Out The Lamplight – Warner Bros. LP
16 14 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ – DJM 12″
17 23 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love – CBS 12″
18 15 Detroit Spinners – Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time – Atlantic 12″
19 21 Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love – Calibre Plus 12″
20 28 Hiroshi Fukumura – Hunt Up Wind / Captain Caribe – US Inner City LP
21 25 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Does It Feel Good – Calibre 12″
22 24 Stacy Lattisaw – Dynamite! – Atlantic 12″
23 19 Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown – Casablanca 12″
24 32 Shakatak – Steppin’ / Killing Time – Polydor 12″
25 36 Rick James – Big Time / Mary-Go-Round – US Gordy LP
26 35 Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You – Solar 12″
27 17 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove / You’re All The Boogie I Need – Motown 12″
28 26 William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – US TEC LP
29 34 Level 42 – Love Meeting Love / Instrumental Love – Polydor 12″
30 33 Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee – CBS 12″
31 20 Cameo – On The One / Cameosis – Casablanca 12″/promo remix 12″
32 44 Gibson Brothers – Mariana – Island 7″
33 40 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – US Brunswick 12″
34 27 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
35 30 Cameron – Let’s Get It Off / Magic Of You – Salsoul 12″
36 31 Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend – 20th Century 12″
37 18 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″
38 22 Cecil Parker – Really Really Love You – EMI 12″
39 52 Ramsey Lewis – Hell On Wheels / Colors In Space / Whisper Zone / Come Back Jack / High Point / Caribbean Blue – US Columbia LP
40 48 Crown Heights Affair – You’ve Been Gone / Far Out – De-Lite 12″
41 58 Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
42 45 Change – Searching / Angel In My Pocket – WEA 12″
43 53 Narada Michael Walden – I Don’t Want Nobody Else / You’re Soo Good – Atlantic 12″
44 41 Rene & Angela – Free And Easy – Capitol 12″
45 66 Grace Jones – Private Life – Island 12″
46 59 Crusaders – Soul Shadows / Put It Where You Want It – MCA 12″
47 50 Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover – Calibre 12″
48 60 Maze – Joy And Pain (all cuts) – US Capitol LP
49 38 Whispers – My Girl – Solar 12″
50 69 Aurra – When I Come Home (remix) – US Dream 12″
51 39 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Do Your Thang / Copy This / Pop It – MCA 12″
52 55 Sun – Space Ranger / Hot Spot / Quest – Capitol 12″
53 51 Stanley Clarke – We Supply / More Hot Fun / Together Again – Epic 12″
54 64 Rhyze – Do Your Dance / Home / Free / Singing And Dancing – Epic LP
55 49 Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love / I Found Love In You – Epic 12″
56 73 Jimmy Senyah – Weakness For Your Sweetness – Rokel 12″
57 71 Deodato – Night Cruiser (all cuts) – US Warner Bros. LP
58 76 Rose Royce – Pop Your Fingers – Whitfield 7″
59 56 Gayle Adams – Stretch’ In Out – Epic 12″
60 47 John Handy – Hard Work – MCA 12″
61 62 Dynasty – Do Me Right / Day And Night / Groove Control – US Solar LP
62 37 Kool & The Gang – Hangin’ Out / Open Sesame – De-Lite 12″
63 63 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star – CBS 12″
64 46 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – A&M 12″
65 61 Al Jarreau – Distracted / Never Givin’ Up – Warner Bros. 12″
66 57 Mexicano – Dallas – Mercury 12″
67 81 McFadden & Whitehead – I Heard It In A Love Song – US TSOP 7″
68 68 Dells – All About The Paper / I Touched A Dream – US 20th Century 12″
69 80 Teddy Pendergrass – TP (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
70 NE Cameron – Funkdown – Salsoul LP
71 77 Ritz – I Wanna Get With You – US Posse 12″
72 74 Sadao Watanabe – Samba Do Marcos – Japanese Flying Disk LP
73 67 Starpoint – I Just Wanna Dance With You / Get Ready Get Down – US Chocolate City 12″ promo/LP
74 NE Roberta Flack – Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long / God Don’t Like Ugly – Atlantic 12″
75 82 Philly Cream – No Time Like Now – Calibre 12″
76 65 Shalamar – I Owe You One – Solar 12″
77 RE Ashford & Simpson – Love Don’t Make It Right / Get Out Your Handkerchief / You Never Left Me Alone – US Warner Bros. LP
78 54 Dave Grusin – Rag Bag / Friends And Strangers / City Nights – Japanese JVC LP
79 NE A Taste Of Honey – Rescue Me / Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 12″
80 78 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Casanova / Slip And Dip / Can You Get To This – US De-Lite LP
81 75 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out / Have Fun (Again) / My Old Piano / Tenderness – Motown LP
82 83 Queen – Another One Bites The Dust – EMI LP/US Elektra 12″ promo
83 72 Michael Jackson – Girlfriend – Epic 7″
84 NE Black Slate – Amigo – Ensign 12″ promo/TCD LP
85 NE Fred Wesley – House Party – US RSO 7″
86 NE Candi Staton – Betcha I’m Gonna Get Ya / The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game / It’s Real / If You Feel The Need – Warner Bros. LP
87 NE Surface Noise – Dancin’ On A Wire / Love Groove – Groove Production 12″
88 84 Crusaders – Honky Tonk Struttin’ / Last Call – MCA LP
89 NE Captain Sky – Bubble Gum (I Chewz You) / Sir Jam-A-Lot / Non Stop (To The Sky) – US TEC LP
90 70 Stacy Lattisaw – Don’t You Want To Feel It (For Yourself) / Let Me Be Your Angel / You Know I Like It – Atlantic LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #3 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#4 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #5 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
#7 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #8 (BNDA debut 10/4/80) / #10 (BNDA debut 9/6/80)
#11 (BNDA debut 4/12/80) / #12 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #13 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#14 (BNDA debut 8/9/80) / #16 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#18 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #19 (BNDA debut 11/22/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
#22 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #23 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #25 (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
#26 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #27 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #28 (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
#33 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #34 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #35 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#37 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #41 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 3/29/80)
#43 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #50 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#51 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #57 (BNDA debut 9/13/80)
#59 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #61 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #62 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#67 (BNDA debut 9/13/80) / #69 (BNDA debut 8/30/80) / #71 (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
#73 (BNDA debut 8/9/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #80 (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
#81 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #82 (BNDA debut 8/9/80) / #86 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:
LIPPS, INC.: ‘Rock It’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 9/1/79)
LOCKSMITH: ‘TMI’ / ‘Cinnamon’ / ‘Groove Town’ (Arista LP)
DAVID HUDSON: ‘Ease Up’ (US Alston LP)
STARSHIP ORCHESTRA: ‘New York New York’ (US Columbia LP)
MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘Wide Receiver’ (US Buddah LP) (BNDA debut 10/18/80)
NED DOHENY: ‘To Prove My Love’ (Japanese CBS/Sony LP)
DELLS: ‘Passionate Breezes’ (US 20th Century LP)
SADAO WATANABE: ‘Nice Shot’ (Japanese Flying Disk LP)
LINX: ‘You’re Lying’ (Aves 12”) (BNDA debut 3/28/81)
VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Can’t Stop The Music’ (Mercury 12” promo/LP) (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
RANDY CRAWFORD: ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ / ‘Blue Flame’ (Warner Bros. 12”)
CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Keep Smilin’’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
MTUME: ‘Give It On Up’ (US Epic 12”)
PROTON: ‘Make Your Move’ (Ballistic 12”)
RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Give Me A Break’ (Mercury 7”/12” promo/LP) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
GERALDINE HUNT: ‘Can’t Fake The Feeling’ (US Prism 12”) (BNDA debut 8/2/80)
ROD: ‘Shake It Up (Do The Boogaloo)’ (US Prelude 12”) (BNDA debut 7/5/80)
OTTAWAN: ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ (Carrere 12”)
FRANCE JOLI: ‘Feel Like Dancing’ (Ariola 12”) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
DENNIS BROWN: ‘Sitting And Watching’ (Jamaican Taxi 12”)
RICHIE ROME: ‘Busy Body’ / ‘Deep’ / ‘Remember Me’ (US Elektra LP)
AL JARREAU: ‘Love Is Real’ (Warner Bros. LP)
POINTER SISTERS: ‘Save This Night For Love’ (US Planet LP)
SUN: ‘Fancy Feet’ (US Capitol LP)
LEON HUFF: ‘The Money’s Tight’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 7”)
CANDI STATON: ‘Looking For Love’ (Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
LARSEN-FEITEN BAND: ‘Further Notice’ (US Warner Bros. 7”/LP)
IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘For Your Love’ (US Fantasy LP) (BNDA debut 8/30/80)
WINDY CITY: ‘I Still Love You’ (US Kelli-Arts 7”)
TERUMASA HINO: ‘Send Me Your Feelings’ (Japanese Flying Disk LP)

1 (1) Rolling Stones, 2 (6) Sheena Easton ‘9 To 5’, 3 (2) Olivia Newton-John & ELO, 4 (3) Liquid Gold, 5 (7) Roxy Music ‘Over You’, 6 (8) Nick Straker, 7 (4) Hot Chocolate, 8 (9) ABBA, 9 (5) UB40, 10 (-) Piranhas, 11 (15) Sheena Easton ‘Modern Girl’, 12 (11) ELO ‘World’, 13 (10) Dexy’s, 14 (13) Darts, 15 (14) Bad Manners. Stones would have been at 61 if included in the Disco 90, Sheena Easton at 84.

3 thoughts on “August 23, 1980: Change, Ashford & Simpson, Shalamar, Minnie Riperton, Geraldine Hunt”

  1. My pangs of nostalgia are strong reading this post. 1980 really was a great year for dance music/soul/jazz/r&b. The quality of the music- so many iconic recordings and legendary artists- solid bona fide classics. They still sound great today and each time I hear them so many great memories are stirred. Yeah I know the old “nostalgia ain’t what it used to be” trope but really how many of todays generic dance hits will stand the test of time? A few maybe…


  2. Aside from the odd mention of Johnnie Walker is this appearance by Nicky Holloway the first mention of an original acid house dj we’ve encountered?


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