September 6, 1980: R.J.’s Latest Arrival, Ernie Watts, J.R. Funk & The Love Machine, Queen, Stevie Wonder

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

BADEM’S DISKOTEK ’80 equipment exhibition at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel is this weekend, the only public (i.e. you, me and other DJs) day being Saturday 6th from 10am – 6pm, trade (i.e. dealers) days being Sun / Mon / Tuesday – comments are invited . . . Morgan Khan, back from the States and lurid video viewing, finally reveals that first releases on his new Excalibre label (ex-Calibre, geddit?!) will be Geraldine Hunt and future BT Express product plus several UK groups are also currently recording, while his RIB Division promotion service will be plugging Inner City, Buddah, Roadshow, WMOT, Source and many other labels material. Mailouts to DJs starting with Michael Henderson, Hiroshi Fukumura and a Judy Roberts newie imminently, his number being c/o Red Bus at 01-402 9111 (but don’t bother applying for his list if you’re not already on his old one) . . . George Benson’s follow-up 12in couples ‘Love X Love’ / ‘Óff Broadway’ / ‘On Broadway’, Deodato’s being ‘Night Cruiser’ / ‘Love Magic’ . . . Diana Ross’s US newie is rightly ‘I’m Coming Out’ but here we get ‘My Old Piano’ . . . Linx ‘You’re Lying’ has a remixed instrumental flip on Chrysalis (the 7in anyway, CHS 2461), while Ottawan ‘D.I.S C.O.’ is now on 7in (and promo 12in) in both English and French versions (Carrere CAR 161) . . . McFadden & Whitehead ‘I Heard It In A Love Song’, on US 12in promo due commercially here next week, has been spliced from the 7in into a bootleg acetate 12in by someone evidently impatient . . . Funktion starts at Mayfair’s Penthouse Club this Friday (5) and switches to Sundays at Battersea Bennett but has temporarily pulled out of Dial 9 as too many big-spending Arabs were still being admitted, their Lipps Inc requests clashing with Funktion’s jazz-funk policy (details of this exciting moveable-venue club on 01-352 7349) . . . Chris Brown’s hefty ‘Family Album’ photo book is finally out and it really covers comprehensively all the events at which funk mafia followers can claim “I was there!” – so, if you was there you could be in the book, which costs £7 or £8 by post from The Mail House, 111A Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2PN . . . ‘Family Album’ perusers should note that since our various photos were taken, Tom Holland has lost 5 stone, Sean French and myself 3 1/2 stone (each!), and Graham Canter has put on a lot! . . . Tunbridge Wells’ recently opened Carriages club was burnt down early lást Sunday morning, arson being suspected . . . Canvey Island’s infamous Hill haunt, the Goldmine has instituted a ‘Stanley’ award for significant contributors to the jazz-funk cause, consisting of mounted antique miner’s lanterns . . .  Showstoppers’ sold-out Bank Holiday Brighton Beach Party saw the unveiling of their new computerised illuminated message board, now installed at Southgate Royalty . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood 0277 221309), distraught that due to a mail screw-up his deposit never arrived, wonders if anyone has four spare tickets to the first October Caister . . . Noss Ryan (Maidstone 861951 / 50151) plays a wide variety of black music and wants a club gig – who doesn’t? . . . Greg Davies has left the now Top 50-orientated Watford New Penny but plugs his promos at Stevenage Bo Jangles and Luton Sands still . . . Trevor Funk finds himself playing a lot of class oldies like Natalie Cole and Dee Dee Bridgewater, even Nat King Cole, amongst the jazz at Covent Garden’s hip Rumours wine bar at weekends (usually Fridays) . . . I did well last Thursday night after a few days with my parents 150 miles up the A1, I drove home to London to find I’d forgotten my keys, so – after a meal at the Rock Garden with Cuddles, Zit and the Brat – I drove back to get the keys and then down again in time to put Roger Scott’s Story Of The ’60s and Cruising together – phew! . . . Graham Bond of Teesvalley Roadshow says, “Jazz-funk up here in the North-East is like what Kelly Marie is to the so-called funky South – let’s get back to our roots, disco music, which everyone can freak out to, as it’s what the public want and not what we like that makes a good disco night” – hmm, d’you think jazz-funk fans don’t freak out down South? . . . Richard ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse gigged at a Gateshead social club where a gigantic Geordie skinhead asked him to follow the Gap Band (to which everyone was rowing on the floor) with Judge Dread’s old ‘Up With The Cock’ – and to Lofty’s amazement and the girls concern all the fellas came up with a brand new dance from the same position! . . . Andy Greg (Loughton) mixes Cameron ‘Funkdown’ through the backing-less bit of George Benson . . . Brass Construction ‘How Do You Do’ is a killer out of Fred Wesley ‘House Party’ (how long before the latter’s on much-needed 12in?) . . . KEEP IT GOOD.


IMPORTS

R.J.’S LATEST ARRIVAL: ‘Ultimate Masterpiece’ (US Stand-By VR SB-1001-D).
Excellent bassily bumping jaunty 118 – 120 – 121bpm 12in jolter with squawking chix counterpointing mellow chaps goes into a percussion and conversational back-chat break before pleasant piano fills in for a jazzily swaying finish, this piano coming to the fore on the instrumental remix flip with extra echoing bits, the whole thing having “an old Lacy Lady flavour” comments young Martin Collins!

ERNIE WATTS: ‘Just Holdin’ On’ (LP ‘Look In Your Heart’ US Elektra 6E-285).
Instant Funk ‘Got My Mind Made Up’- influenced dynamite jauntily jiggling steady 115bpm chix-supported smacker, sadly short at just 4:12 as apart from the unconvincing blatantly “disco” 123bpm ‘Dance Music‘ this sax / woodwind multi-instrumentalist’s set is pure jazz with the 123 – 0bpm ‘Marching To Cretonia’ being quite Frank Zappa-ish. How about a 12in, Fred?

J.R. FUNK AND THE LOVE MACHINE: ‘Feel Good, Party Time’ (US Brass BRDS 2511).
Useful unaccompanied “get up” start to a great powerful James Brown-type heavily funky 113 – 116 (rhythm) – 113 (guitar/chix) – 112 – 113 – 114bpm 12in thudder that chugs along through several segments and varimixes beautifully with ‘Unlock The Funk’, the angrily buzzing synth being brought out more on the instrumental flip

JUDY ROBERTS: ‘The Other World’ LP (US Inner City IC 1988).
Flora Purim-like specialist fast Latin-tinged title track jazz vocal flier with flashy guitar and piano breaks is basically 136bpm but winds down briefly every so often. There are some nice mellow slowies too, though this is what’s got the jazz jocks excited.

MICHAL URBANIAK: ‘Joy’ (LP ‘Serenade For The City’ US Motown M7-944R1).
Dramatic freaky intro to a great electric jazz fiddler’s flowing and building exciting 123 – 125 – 126 – 125bpm instrumental romper with searing sound from twinned violin and sax, like another ‘Always There’ sez Chris Hill.

SHADOW: ‘Village Destiny’ (LP ‘Shadow’ US Elektra 6E-293).
Rhapsodic intro to a lovely 103 – 105 – 107 – 109 – 111 – 0bpm lush harmony soul jogger, the bass-introed slow swaying 108 – 111 – 109 – 111 – 113bpm ‘Hot City‘ smacker with ‘Back Together Again’ feel being equally nice. ‘Can You Keep It Up‘ a squeaky 120 – 119 – 118bpm chugging stop-start smacker and ‘Mystery Dancer‘ a bass-introed bland 123 – 124 – 126 – 128bpm loper that suddenly freaks halfway.

McFADDEN & WHITEHEAD: ‘I Heard It In A Love Song’ LP (US TSOP JZ 36773).
Title track’s the full-length creamily pounding 118 – 119 – 120bpm swinger due on UK 12in next week, immediately recognisable as only the tempo has been changed to make it differ from ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, while best of the pleasantly soulful rest is the yearning repetitive slow then alarmingly pent-up 0 -31- 68/136 – 31 – 0bpm ‘Love Song Number 690 (Life’s No Good Without You)‘.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘Wide Receiver’ LP (US Buddah BDS 6001).
Confusingly chat-introed though then infectiously silly great 125bpm heavy P’funk title-track smacker fair zaps along in full-length 8:05 version, but is causing problems for some jocks as it gets better the longer it’s on and can be a floor-clearer earlier. Nothing else has surfaced from the album’s eight other tracks, which I must confess made me in no hurry to review it!

ZAPP: ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’ (US Warner Bros WBS49534).
Bootsy Collins co-produced solidly heavy slow 105bpm 7in funk smacker builds an infectious intensity with vocoder noises and a massive clapping offbeat.

THE GAP BAND: ‘Party Lights’ (US Mercury MK-138)
Although it originally came out on LP long before, this Al Hudson-influenced brightly remixed 119 – 118 – 117bpm 12in promo (due here with ‘Baby Baba Boogie’ as flip next week) is now exactly like Johnny Guitar Watson’s ‘Booty Ooty’!

GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS 5: ‘Freedom’ (US Sugarhill SH-549).
Heavily smacking jittery 108bpm 12in rapper with kazoo bits and lots of enthusiasm, evidently huge in rapper-crazy New York (where black kids’ brains seem in inverse proportion to the size of their portable radio speakers).


UK NEWIES

QUEEN: ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (EMI 5102).
Forget the group, this is heavy 110bpm FUNK of the highest order and a potential chart-topping smash, possibly due for 12in once EMI have sorted out some pressing problems.

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Masterblaster (Jammin’)’ (Motown TMG 1204).
Reggae-derived strange sparse 131bpm finger-snappin’ foot-tappin’ infectious jittery jerker, now not due on 12ín until EMI’s pressing problems are resolved, with a 132bpm ‘Dub’ version as flip.

BLACK SLATE: ‘Amigo’ (Ensign ENT 4212).
Really strong great naggingly catchy singalong rolling and pausing 61/122 bpm 12in reggae throbber discovered by Cuddles Canter and now rapidly becoming a new “family” anthem thanks to Chris Hill’s admittedly self-interested efforts.

DIMPLES: ‘Confidential’ (Orbitone D-ORB 2).
Beautiful resonantly mellow lazy romantic 57/28 1/2 – 56/28 – 0bpm 12in revival of Sonny Knight’s 1956 slowie, currently huge with London’s West Indian community due to Greg Edwards’ plugs, is not in fact reggae at all and has a ‘Goodnight My love’ feel that’s true to the original (which doubtless we’ll play on Cruising soon!). The instrumental flip features lovely piano as well as the A-side’s sax break.

DEODATO:’Night Cruiser’ LP (Warner Bros K 56848).
Dynamite jazz-funk instrumental set now on imported UK release, killers being the gritty 113bpm title track, prettier 113bpm ‘Love Magic‘, cooler 112 – 110bpm ‘Groovitation‘, heavy funk 98 – 97 bpm ‘Uncle Funk‘ and bubbly 99bpm ‘Skatin“.

RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Colors In Space’ (LP ‘Routes’ CBS 84243).
Consistently good jazz set, this being a bass-snapped then pleasantly loping but inconsequential 116bpm jitterer, ‘Whisper Zone‘ a lushly scatting 104 – 105 – 106bpm jogger, ‘Hell On Wheels‘ a much grittier ‘Rise’-like 103 – 105bpm heavy clapper, ‘High Point‘ a chunky 114 – 115 bpm tinkler, ‘Caribbean Blue’ a thrusting jazzy 116 – 117bpm mood changer, ‘Come Back Jack‘ another clapping 100 – 103bpm half-stepper and ‘You Are The Reason’ a rolling 41/83 – 84bpm slow swayer.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Get Out Your Handkerchief’ (LP ‘A Musical Affair’ Warner Bros K 56840).
Lovely 113bpm backbeat swayer in similar style to the more pent-up 12in-issued 110 – 109 – 110bpm ‘Love Don’t Make It Right‘, others on this unnervingly Bee Gees/AWB-style squeaky set being the jolting 105bpm ‘I Ain’t Asking For Your Love‘ jogger, soaring 50/100 bpm ‘You Never Left Me Alone‘ builder and Diana Ross-type over-the-top 118 – 119 – 120bpm ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Love T.K.O.’ (LP ‘TP’ Phil Int PIR 84542).
The cheerfully clopping sparse 127bpm ‘Take Me In Your Arms Tonight‘ canterer (dominated as is the dead slow 0 – 16/32 bpm ‘Feel The Fire’ by tremulously wailing Stephanie Mills) may have had most DJ attention so far, but really is rather empty, the killer cut being this gorgeous 36bpm smoocher which is odds-on his next single here, although the more melodic tender 16/32 bpm ‘Can’t We Try’ is out in the US.

KWICK: ‘Can’t Help Myself’ (EMI America 12EA 117).
One of the few tracks on their now long-dead import LP that never got any action, this emerges on US promo 12in remix as a currently useful slowly smacking 100 – 99bpm heavy funk burbler in Gap / Brass / Wesley / Clarke bag, due out here whenever EMI’s presses permit.

AMERICA’S: ‘Joggin’ In America’ (via Diplomat Distribution 01-207 2373). Record Shack’s latest (yawn!) white label is a competent but unexciting rolling and tumbling pitter-pattering 118 – 120 – 118 – 121 – 119 – 120 – 119bpm 12in “West London” jazz instrumental that links a series of varied trumpet, sax, bass and electric piano solos, the guitar at the start (contrary to the impression he’s trying to create) NOT being by DJ Chris Ryan!

JAZZ SLUTS: ‘Fuchi (Free Spirit)’ (Epic EPC 13-8974).
CBS enter the white label scene with moody advance copies (officially out in a fortnight) of a certain lady singer’s pseudonymous band’s 124 – 126 – 124 – 128bpm 12in instrumental Latin jazz leaper, like Carlos Santana playing ‘Roller Jubilee’ backed by George Duke.

LARSEN-FEITEN BAND: ‘Further Notice’ (Warner Bros K 17686).
Jauntily galloping 126 – 129 – 130 – 127bpm edited 7in organ and guitar jazz  instrumental with less energetic intro/outro.

STARSHIP ORCHESTRA: ‘New York New York’ (LP ‘Celestial Sky’ CBS 84558). Jazz album’s trumpet-introed 43/87 bpm slow jogger becomes an almost reggae- backed vocal which has held its own against the now 12ín-issued 122 – 123 – 122 – 121 – 0bpm ‘You’re A Star‘ remake.


UK Disco Top 90 – September 6, 1980

01 01 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 04 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
04 03 Diana Ross – Upside Down – Motown 12″
05 06 Locksmith – Unlock The Funk / Blackjack / Far Beyond – Arista 12″
06 09 Fatback – Backstrokin’ – Spring 12″
07 05 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out – RCA 12″
08 07 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
09 08 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved – Island 12″
10 13 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 12″
11 11 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot – Motown 12″
12 15 George Benson – Off Broadway / Love X Love / Moody’s Mood / Dinorah Dinorah / Star Of A Story (X) / Turn Out The Lamplight – Warner Bros. LP
13 10 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – Epic 12″
14 14 Baby’O – In The Forest – Calibre 12″
15 16 Hiroshi Fukumura – Hunt Up Wind / Captain Caribe – US Inner City LP
16 18 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love – CBS 12″
17 12 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love – WEA 12″
18 19 Gibson Brothers – Mariana – Island 7″
19 22 Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love – Calibre Plus 12″
20 17 Stacy Lattisaw – Dynamite! – Atlantic 12″
21 24 Change – Searching / Angel In My Pocket – WEA 12″
22 20 Rick James – Big Time – Motown 12″
23 34 Rose Royce – Pop Your Fingers – Whitfield 12″
24 23 Cameron – Let’s Get It Off / Magic Of You – Salsoul 12″
25 27 Shakatak – Steppin’ / Killing Time – Polydor 12″
26 31 Crown Heights Affair – You’ve Been Gone / Far Out – De-Lite 12″
27 38 Deodato – Night Cruiser (all cuts) – Warner Bros. LP
28 26 William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got / Hold-On-To-Love / Figures Can’t Calculate – EMI 12″/US TEC LP
29 32 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – US Brunswick 12″
30 25 Level 42 – Love Meeting Love / Instrumental Love – Polydor 12″
31 21 Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You – Solar 12″
32 28 Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee – CBS 12″
33 51 Ashford & Simpson – Love Don’t Make It Right – Warner Bros. 12″
34 33 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Does It Feel Good – Calibre 12″
35 42 Black Slate – Amigo – Ensign 12″
36 36 Ramsey Lewis – Hell On Wheels / Colors In Space / Whisper Zone / Come Back Jack / High Point / Caribbean Blue / You Are The Reason – CBS LP
37 29 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ – DJM 12″
38 30 Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
39 63 Shalamar – I Owe You One – Solar 12″
40 58 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Casanova / Slip And Dip / Can You Get To This – US De-Lite LP
41 46 Rhyze – Do Your Dance – Epic LP
42 50 Grace Jones – Private Life – Island 12″
43 40 Jimmy Senyah – Weakness For Your Sweetness – Rokel 12″
44 35 Detroit Spinners – Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time – Atlantic 12″
45 52 Dells – All About The Paper / I Touched A Dream – US 20th Century 12″
46 37 Narada Michael Walden – I Don’t Want Nobody Else / You’re Soo Good – Atlantic 12″
47 70 Surface Noise – Dancin’ On A Wire / Love Groove – Groove Production 12″
48 61 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star – CBS 12″
49 60 Linx – You’re Lying – Chrysalis 7″/Aves 12″
50 41 Cameo – On The One – Casablanca 12″/promo remix 12″
51 47 Teddy Pendergrass – TP (all cuts) – Philadelphia Int’l LP
52 54 Cecil Parker – Really Really Love You – EMI 12″
53 74 A Taste Of Honey – Rescue Me / Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 12″
54 44 Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover – Calibre 12″
55 56 Maze – Joy And Pain / Changing Times / The Look In Your Eyes / Roots – US Capitol LP
56 62 Roberta Flack – Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long / God Don’t Like Ugly – Atlantic 12″
57 55 McFadden & Whitehead – I Heard It In A Love Song – US TSOP 7″/12″ promo
58 57 Ritz – I Wanna Get With You – US Posse 12″
59 49 Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend – 20th Century 12″
60 64 Crusaders – Soul Shadows / Put It Where You Want It – MCA 12″
61 NE Nick Straker Band – A Walk In The Park – CBS 7″/Pinnacle 12″
62 69 Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love – Japanese CBS/Sony LP
63 73 Geraldine Hunt – Can’t Fake The Feeling – US Prism 12″
64 68 Sadao Watanabe – Samba Do Marcos – Japanese Flying Disk LP
65 59 Rene & Angela – Free And Easy – Capitol 12″
66 83 Village People – Can’t Stop The Music – Mercury 7″/12″ promo/LP
67 76 Michael Henderson – Wide Receiver – US Buddah 12″ promo/LP
68 79 Queen – Another One Bites The Dust – EMI 7″/LP/US 12″ promo
69 53 Sun – Space Ranger / Hot Spot / Quest – Capitol 12″
70 75 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out / Give Up / My Old Piano / Tenderness – Motown LP
71 NE Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin’ / Chains / First Class Love – US Gordy LP
72 48 Stanley Clarke – We Supply / More Hot Fun / Together Again – Epic 12″
73 67 Aurra – When I Come Home (remix) – US Dream 12″
74 72 Sadao Watanabe – Nice Shot – Japanese Flying Disk LP
75 86 Ashford & Simpson – Get Out Your Handkerchief / You Never Left Me Alone / I Ain’t Asking For Your Love – Warner Bros. LP
76 65 Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love – Epic 12″
77 RE Starpoint – I Just Wanna Dance With You / Get Ready Get Down – Casablanca 12″ promo/US Chocolate City LP
78 80 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
79 NE Chocolate Milk – I’m Your Radio – RCA 12″
80 82 John Handy – Hard Work – MCA 12″
81 66 Cameron – Funkdown – Salsoul LP
82 NE Eighties Ladies – Ladies Of The Eighties – US Uno Melodic 12″
83 77 Dynasty – Do Me Right / Day And Night / Groove Control / Ice Breaker – US Solar LP
84 81 Dells – Passionate Breezes – US 20th Century LP
85 NE Brass Construction – How Do You Do / We Are Brass / Working Harder Every Day – US UA LP
86 78 Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away / Blue Flame – Warner Bros. 12″
87 RE Locksmith – Groove Town / TMI / Cinnamon – Arista LP
88 85 Fred Wesley – House Party – US RSO 7″
89 90 Captain Sky – Bubble Gum (I Chewz You) / Sir Jam-A-Lot / Non Stop (To The Sky) – US TEC LP
90 NE Mtume – Give It On Up (If You Want To) – US Epic 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry


Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #3 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
#4 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #5 (BNDA debut 9/6/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
#7 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #8 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #9 (BNDA debut 10/4/80)
#10 (BNDA debut 4/12/80) / #11 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #14 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#16 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #19 (BNDA debut 11/22/80)
#20 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #22 (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
#24 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #27 (BNDA debut 9/13/80) / #28 (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
#29 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #33 (BNDA debut 7/19/80)
#34 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #37 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #38 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #44 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #46 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#49 (BNDA debut 3/28/81) / #51 (BNDA debut 8/30/80) / #53 (BNDA debut 7/24/78 & 9/20/80)
#54 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #57 (BNDA debut 9/13/80) / #58 (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
#63 (BNDA debut 8/2/80) / #66 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #67 (BNDA debut 10/18/80)
#68 (BNDA debut 8/9/80) / #70 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #71 (BNDA debut 9/13/80)
#73 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #76 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #77 (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
#78 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #83 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)


Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:
CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Keep Smilin’’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
WINDY CITY: ‘I Still Love You’ (US Kelli-Arts 7”)
FRANCE JOLI: ‘Feel Like Dancing’ (Ariola/Dreyfus 12”) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
DAVID RUFFIN: ‘Still In Love With You’ / ‘Can We Make Love’ / ‘Slow Dance’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘For Your Love’ / ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’ (US Fantasy LP) (BNDA debut 8/30/80)
MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Cosmic Lust’ / ‘Gonna Make You Love Me’ (Atlantic 12”)
STEVIE WONDER: ‘Master Blaster (Jammin’)’ (Motown 7”) (BNDA debut 10/18/80)
STARSHIP ORCHESTRA: ‘New York New York’ (CBS LP)
NORMAN CONNORS: ‘Take It To The Limit’ (Arista 12”)
DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Split Decision’ / ‘Now That You’re Mine Again’ (Atlantic 12”)
MINNIE RIPERTON: ‘Here We Go’ / ‘Strange Affair’ / ‘The Song Of Life’ / ‘You Take My Breath Away’ (US Capitol LP)
LAKESIDE: ‘From 9:00 Until’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
POINTER SISTERS: ‘He’s So Shy’ (Planet 7”) (BNDA debut 9/20/80)
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA: ‘Behind The Mask’ (A&M 12”)
O’JAYS: ‘Girl Don’t Let It Get You Down’ (TSOP 7”)
SUGARHILL GANG: ‘Hot Hot Summer Day’ (Sugarhill 12”)
7TH WONDER: ‘The Tilt’ (US Chocolate City LP) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
VOYAGE: ‘I Love You Dancer’ (US Marlin LP) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
GAP BAND: ‘Party Lights’ (US Mercury 12” promo)
KWICK: ‘Can’t Help Myself’ (US EMI America 12” promo)


DORC
1 (2) Sheena Easton ‘9 To 5’, 2 (7) Roxy Music ‘Oh Yeah’, 3 (1) ABBA, 4 (4) Hot Chocolate, 5 (5) Rolling Stones, 6 (6) Piranhas, 7 (9) Sheena Easton ‘Modern Girl’, 8 (10) David Bowie, 9 (8) Olivia Newton-John & ELO, 10 (-) Jam, 11 (14) Ultravox, 12 (16) Bad Manners, 13 (13) ELO, 14 (18) Cliff Richard, 15 (15) Dexy’s, 16 (-) Frank Sinatra, 17 (-) Olivia Newton-John ‘Magic’, 18 (19) Liquid Gold, 19 (11) UB40, 20 (17) Amii Stewart & Johnny Bristol

Nick Straker, huge in Scotland/North, would have been number one but has been crossed over to the Disco 90 where he belongs about as much as Kelly Marie belongs in the DORC (work that one out if you can!), leaving Sheena Easton at the equivalent to number 65 in the 90.

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