December 20, 1980: Young & Company, Demo Cates, Peter Jacques Band, Kurtis Blow, Funk Masters


ITV’S LOOK at the funk tribes on Sunday’s Twentieth Century Box programme actually got it right and was well worth waking up for! . . . UK Champagne will be a new offshoot from the DJM label for UK-originated product, debuting next month with vocal remix of Altitude ‘Six Nine Shuffle’, whilst Vintage Champagne will put Inferno’s Freda Payne ‘Band Of Gold’ on 12ín . . . Dave McAleer’s plans for Wally Champagne are eagerly awaited . . . PRAT product next month includes Rollercoaster ‘I Wish’ 12in, Sugarhill ‘Greatest Rap Hits EP’ 12in and Skyy ‘Here’s To You’ / ‘No Music’ (Excaliber 12in) . . . Fatman Graham Canter’s party last week at his new Soho Beat Route residency attracted all the mafia and record company regulars, while back at Mayfalr Gullivers with Graham Gold and myself every weekend, the punters say the music’s never been better . . . Fatman helping Chris Hill at the Royalty last Friday, reports that LaToya Jackson seems surprisingly ignorant about the tracks that she’s recorded, having to ask Jermaine whether she’d indeed done Billy Ocean’s ‘Are You Ready’! . . . Rusty Egan (admittedly plus bands) is packing ‘em in at the Venue on Thursdays and now talks of planned electronic/futurist all-dayers just like the soul ones (many of his crowd are crossover fans anyway) – incidentally can anyone come up with a better name for the Spandau Ballet-type scene than “futurist”? . . . Chris Britton launches his new Connection company (handling drink/cigarette/record company club promotions) with a private Mayfair Penthouse Club party tonight (Thursday) . . . Chris Klopper is now known as Chris Kaye (Tunbridge Wells 23186) and due to music changes at various venues, is looking for a good Friday jazz-funk residency in South-East or London . . . Dave Middleton (Bletchley 0908 – 76079) impoverished so wishing everyone a Merry Crlmble via this page instead of Christmas cards, is organising transport to Wimbledon for Tiffanys Boxing Day all-dayer from Milton Keynes for local fans . . . Ian Turner (Llandudno Cock ‘N’ Hen), not content with hickory shafted golf clubs, now craves revealing photos of ladies in stockings and suspenders – send ’em to 30 Rhos Road, Rhos-On-Sea, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd . . . Dave Middleton incidentally should send Ian one of his spectacular 1981 nudie calendars! . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry Freddies Bar) sent me a sprig of Christmas tree, saying it’s better than a quid (oh yeah?) as if I plant it, it could be a forest next year! . . . Steve Dee’s roadie Colin France has booked to go to Los Angeles next year to see what the jazz-funk scene is like out there – er, what jazz-funk scene? . . . US import newies not covered this issue include specialist sets from Dan Siegel, Terumasa Hino, Gil Scott-Heron, soul from Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, the Futures, and a “very rocky” Rinder & Lewis . . . MFSB ‘Mysteries Of The World’ can be a trick when it lulls, but Ray Martinez ‘The Natives Are Restless‘ (US Importe / 33 12in) bridges the beat perfectly – while other mixes I’ve been meaning to mention for ages include Ned Doheny synched for a long run out of Shakatak, Linx minus intro chopped out of Ned Doheny, Gap Band ‘Oops’ synched for a long run (starting at second “oops”) through Zapp, Real Thing out of LOTW ‘Sheriff’, and JR Funk ‘Feel Good Party Time’ (US Brass 12in) varied up minus intro out of James Brown. Graham Gold’s killer mix is Glen Adams Affair, tightly synching when the backing drops halfway on into Glory ‘Can You Guess What Groove This Is?’ (US Posse 12in), this then chopping into First Love ‘Don’t Say Goodnight’ (US Dakar 12in) . . . Froggy makes the point that his major mixes use records that are well known as then the ingredients of the mix are easier to spot and have greater impact . . . I suppose next week you’ll want the ‘Hammy’ awards for 1980 and the year’s end chart plus chart-toppers, so until then, BURPY BEANFEAST!


YOUNG AND COMPANY: ‘Strut Your Stuff’ (LP ‘I Like What You’re Doing To Me’ US Brunswick BL 754224).
Nicely old-fashioned looking strong set produced with endearingly youthful civic pride in East Orange, New Jersey, the already proven killer being this sparer, funkier 116 – 115 – 116bpm variation (but by no means carbon copy) of their title track hit formula while also similar is the 122 – 123 – 124bpm ‘Waiting On Your Love‘, the rolling 111 – 113bpm ‘Checking You Out‘ being a bit monotonous and the 131 – 133 – 134bpm ‘Love Me All Night‘ reminiscent to these aged ears of 1964’s Sapphires. And they have nothing to do with Young-Holt. MK!

DEMO CATES: ‘Jamin’ (Sax)’ (Canadian Scorpio DK 49).
Suddenly six 12in remakes from Canada of various recent dance hits have arrived here, all featuring a different variety of rap on one side and even better, a jazz-funk instrumental version on the other, the artists all containing someone called Demo who presumably plays sax. This at 127bpm (mixing with Funk Masters) is Stevie’s ‘Masterblaster (Jammin’)’. DEMO-BARRY ‘Funk‘ (DK 43) at 111 – 112 – 110 – 112bpm is Tom Browne’s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica (NY)’. BOBBY/DEMO ‘Ounce (Rap)‘ (DK 47) at 101bpm (nice out of Yarbrough & People’s) is Zapp’s ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’. BARRY & DEMO ‘Another’ (DK44) at 110bpm is Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, while a version of Cameron’s ‘Magic’ in the same series is proving elusive. Why not get the set?

MILLIE JACKSON: ‘I Had To Say It’ LP (US Spring SP-1-6730).
Dynamite satirical 110bpm title track rapper gets back at Kurtis Blow with hilariously filthy throwaway lines as well as the usual “hot” call-and-answer gimmick, and will be huge here when on 12in next month. 

T. S. MONK: ‘Bon Bon Vie’ (LP ‘House Of Music’ US Mirage WTG 19291).
The late Thetonious Monk’s son and daughter are two-thirds of the trio, this terrific infectiously bubbly powerful 108bpm rapper-rhythm chugger being a killer over-shadowing the rest of the set’s less funky cuts. ‘Candidate For Love‘ being a lightweight 0 – 121- 123bpm O’Jays-ish galloper, the typing-introed 126bpm ‘Hot Night in The City’ and 125bpm title track being raucously “disco”, others are pleasant slowies.

ROBERTA FLACK & PEABO BRYSON: ‘Back Together Again’ (LP ‘Live & More’ US Atlantic SD2-7904).
Cleanly starting and finishing (ie probably studio recorded) beautiful new 107 – 109bpm version amidst a lovely “live” double set, from which the applause and chat introed 113 – 114bpm ‘Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long’ and 47bpm ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ will probably make the next most useful.

LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: ‘Love Every Minute’ (LP ‘Le Pamplemouse’ US AVI AVI-5088).
Excitingly different throbbing and tumbling chick-sung cool 123bpm lurcher with wheezing synth break and almost reggae-like undertow, the purposefully progressing unhurried 118bpm ‘Take The Load Off Me’ being rather strong as well with a distinctive bass pattern.

FIVE LETTERS: ‘Magnifico Mambo’ (US Saturn STN 1802).
Strange rolling and flowing 125bpm 12in instrumental loper with mumbling, growling and “mambo-mambo” outbursts in almost Mongo Santamaria style has a nice exotic flavour and mixed successfully (if not ideally) for me out of Eddy Grant. Groove have it.

PARLIAMENT: ‘Agony Of Defeat’ (LP ‘Trombipulation’ US Casablanca NBLP 7249).
Terrifically packaged with a cover concept that takes ‘Elephant Man’ at face value (trunk and all!), this ‘Knee-Deep’-like exciting 118bpm P’funk smacker stands out as the strongest of a typical set and works well.

GAP BAND: ‘Humpin’’ (LP ‘The Gap Band III’ US Mercury SRM -1-4803).
‘Oops’-style dynamite solidly smacking 106 (intro) – 108 – 109bpm heavy funk chanter with Zapp-type beat, but apart from ‘Burn Rubber On Me’ the rest of the set’s a disappointment.

PURE ENERGY: ‘When You’re Dancin” (US Prism PDS 407).
Queen/rapper-rhythm intro gives way to fairly trite shrill quavering chix on functional 113 – 114 – 113 – 112 – 113bpm 12in with some nice synth twiddles and uncomplicated breezy sound.

EL COCO: ‘I’ll Take My Chances’ (LP ‘Revolucion’ US AVI AVI-6082).
Precise rapper-type rhythm pushes this chick squawked cleanly arranged purposeful 114 – 115 – 116bpm little clopper with useful uncluttered break, the zingier 112bpm ‘Something Ya Got Makes Me Hot‘ being less gritty.

MYSTIC TOUCH: ‘Get Yourself Together’ (US Reflection CBL-135).
Punchy orchestral start to a creamily clopping solid 118 – 119 – 120bpm 12in soul swayer with attractive chap ‘n’ chix-sung almost Change-like lilt.

COMMON SENSE: ‘Voices Inside My Head’ (US BC 4068).
Monotonously building basically instrumental beefed-up synth-effect spiced thundering 107 – 109bpm 12in version of Sting’s Police throbber.


Superb solidly slinky pulsating 102 – 103bpm jogger with jolting bass, slick chix ‘n’ chaps and jazzy ‘Limmertz’-type feel, flip to the still subtle but more overtly disco easily tripping simple 103bpm ‘The Louder’.

KURTIS BLOW: ‘Christmas Rappin’’ (Mercury BLOW 912).
Last year’s classic 112 – 113bpm rapper on 12in again as flip to the mellow piano-rolled 114 – 113 – 114bpm ‘Throughout Your Years‘, which just doesn’t cut through as well.

FUNK MASTERS: ‘Love Money’ (Tania Music TAN 001).
Tony Williams-prod/penned bounding bass-driven simple spacious 127bpm 12in instrumental loper (in mauve vinyl) with nice clean guitar and synth twiddles, in fact the flipside version of a less interesting ‘(Money) No Love’ rapper by Bo Kool.

LENNY WHITE: ‘Kid Stuff’ (Elektra LV 43).
Ultra heavy infectious 112 – 113bpm P’funk thudder, a killer mix between BT ‘Stretch’ and Unlimited Touch ‘I Hear Music In The Streets’, but this far overshadowed on 3-track 12in by the mafia favoured delicate jittery though here un-extended 113 – 116bpm ‘Fancy Dancer’ swaying smacker, ‘Slip Away’ being a 117 – 120 – 122 – 120bpm laid-back jogger.

HIROSHIMA: ‘Cruisin’ J–Town’ / ‘Warriors’ (Arista ARIST 12388).
Fast jittery 131bpm Japanese jazz instrumental segued together on 12in (evidently with Johnny Wright’s assistance) by a neat but energy-losing percussion link into their LP’s vocal 135 – 134bpm next most popular track, and flipped by the older similar 133bpm ‘Lion Dance‘.

BANDA BLACK RIO: ‘Miss Cheryl’ (RCA PC 9637).
Specialist Brazilian jazz 4-track 12in sampler, this EWF-ish 113 – 116 – 113bpm convoluted cut being most straightforward while more Latin are the pattering jittery 109bpm ‘Melissa’ jogger, 96bpm ‘Subindo O Morro’ swayer and Portuguese sung 67bpm ‘Amor Natural’ smoocher.

FATBACK: ‘Concrete Jungle’ (LP ‘14 Karat’ Spring 2391493).
Unusual oddly powerful Afro-type 121 – 122 – 123bpm rattling percussion chanter synchs superbly out of Linx’s ‘Family Mix’ and always was much stronger than the boring monotonous 111 – 112 – 111 – 112bpm ‘Let’s Do It Again’ funk plodder which away from the LP is A-side of a 3-track 12in (POSPX 196) flipped by the much hotter interesting samba-style 113 – 114bpm ‘Chillin’ Out’ jazz instrumental swayer and older brassily pumping spirited 115 – 116 – 117bpm ‘Hot Box’ street chanter (about a girl’s portable radio and not her physical attribute!).

CENTRAL LINE: ‘We Chose Love’ (Ultra LINE 12. Via 01-609 3641).
Huskily sung ploddingly swaying 107 – 106 – 107bpm 12in jogger with persistently squawking sax, the ‘(You Know) You Can Do It‘ alternative A-side being an enthusiastically busy 123 – 124 – 123 – 122bpm jolter with speeded up rapper-type rhythm and counterpointing “life is just a groove” vocals.

CHI-LITES: ‘Have You Seen Her?’ (LP ‘Heavenly Body’ 20th Century-Fox T 519).
Subtly but not so very different gorgeous 36bpm remake of their 1972 classic smoocher, the 38/77bpm title track being similarly nice, both mixing beautifully with the Dells ‘I Touched A Dream’.

THE ORIOLES: ‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?’ (President PT 488).
Beautiful seasonal 0 – 31/63 – 0bpm 7in vintage doo-wop smoocher, not in fact their early ‘50’s original but almost as old.

SUGAR MINOTT: ‘Good Thing Going’ (Hawkeye HD 634, via 01-961 3856).
Evidently already huge and certainly much requested fabulous infectious simple little jiggly 0 – 79bpm 12in reggae slowie in blue vinyl.

GUARDIAN ANGEL: ‘Alive And Kickin’’ (Cavalis CAV 002).
Very nice sweetly soulful attractive chix ‘n’ chaps sung 45½/91bpm 12in reggae slowie with a lovely dub last part.

MOTION: ‘Walk On By’ (Blue Inc INCD19, via Red Bus/PRT Pye).
Dionne Warwick’s unbeatable 1964 classic somewhat obscured by a busily throbbing though smoothly sung 73bpm 12in reggae treatment that works best with the more pronounced rhythm of the “reggae mix” rather than the alternative A-side “soul mix”.

JULIE ROBERTS: ‘The Bed’s Too Big Without You’ (Blue Inc INCD 11).
Sting’s Police hit given a polyrhythmically complex but skeletal 79bpm 12in reggae treatment which many will find interesting.

MERLINA ROBERTS: ‘Here I Come’ (Soundoff SOFD 911, via 01-459 2528).
Winsome chix-sung 86bpm 12in reggae jogger with weezling synth, in red vinyl.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘The Pieces Fit’ (LP ‘Jermaine’ Motown STML 12147).
Minus Mr Wonderful, this sub-‘Serious’ frenetic sparse 109bpm jitterer is not exactly huge but better than the 12in issued (and here only 118bpm) ‘Little Girl Don’t You Worry’ brittle swinging smacker, while ‘Can I Change My Mind’ is a lazily swaying 99bpm Tyrone Davis oldie and ‘First You Laugh Then You Cry’ a dead slow smoocher.

SERMINA MOORE: ‘The Baby And Me’ (MAF MAF 1A).
Cheaply produced but rather lovey vibes-backed 50bpm 7in samba smoocher “organised” by Froggy – now, which Froggy is that?

UK Disco Top 90 – December 20, 1980

01 01 Kool & The Gang – Celebration – De-Lite 12”
02 04 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love – Ensign 12”
03 02 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – Excaliber 12”
04 06 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out – Motown 12”
05 04 Stephanie Mills – Never Knew Love Like This Before – 20th Century-Fox 12”
06 13 Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale – Groove On – TK 12”
07 05 Geraldine Hunt – Can’t Fake The Feeling – Champagne 12”
08 08 Wilton Felder – Inherit The Wind – MCA 12”
09 07 Jacksons – Lovely One – Epic/French 12”
10 11 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Bourgie Bourgie – CBS 12”
11 30 Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up / Don’t Blame Me – Elektra 12”
12 19 James Brown – Rapp Payback – US TK 12”/LP
13 09 Ottawan – You’re OK-D.I.S.C.O. (Segue) / You’re OK – Carrere 12”
14 28 MFSB – Mysteries Of The World / In The Shadow – US TSOP LP
15 27 UK Players – Everybody Get Up / Rivers – A&M 12”
16 18 Billy Frazier & Friends – Billy Who? – Champagne 12”
17 21 Shakatak – Feels Like The Right Time – Polydor 12”
18 20 Glen Adams Affair / Just A Groove / Remix – Excaliber 12”
19 15 Rah Band – Falcon – DJM 12”
20 17 David Bowie – Fashion – RCA 12”
21 23 Light Of The World – Time / Something For Nothing / Visualise Yourself – Ensign LP
22 26 Grover Washington Jr – Let It Flow / Winelight – Elektra 12”
23 24 Light Of The World – I Shot The Sheriff / Painted Lady – Ensign 12”
24 12 Linx – You’re Lying / Remix – Chrysalis 12″
25 25 LaToya Jackson – If You Feel The Funk – Polydor 12”
26 29 Seawind – What Cha Doin’ – A&M 12”
27 42 BT Express – Stretch / Express / Do It (Till You’re Satisfied) – Excaliber 12”
28 49 Linx – Rise And Shine – Chrysalis 12”
29 37 Level 42 – (Flying On The) Wings Of Love – Polydor 12”
30 34 Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne – Is It In / Spank – TK 12”
31 14 George Benson – Love X Love / On Broadway – Warner Bros 12″
32 10 Coffee – Casanova – De-Lite 12″
33 61 Narada Michael Walden – I Want You / Get Up! – Atlantic 12”
34 22 Tom Browne – Thighs High – Arista GRP 12”
35 16 Blondie – The Tide Is High – Chrysalis
36 36 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday / Do Like You / Did I Hear You Say You Love Me / Lately / All I Do / As If You Read My Mind – Motown LP
37 32 21 Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce – Warner Bros 12”
38 41 32 Herbie Hancock – Just Around The Corner – CBS LP
39 50 L.A.X. – All My Love – US Prelude 12”
40 44 Nino Tempo & 5th Avenue Sax – (Hooked On) Young Stuff – A&M 12”
41 38 Charles Earland – Coming To You Live / Good Question / Cornbread – US Columbia LP
42 39 The Reddings – Funkin’ On The One / Remote Control / The Awakening / Doin’ It – US BID LP
43 48 Jerome – If You Walk Out That Door – DJM 12”
44 51 Frankie Smith – Double Dutch / Instrumental – WMOT 12”
45 75 Blackbyrds – Better Days / Love Don’t Strike Twice / Don’t Know What To Say / What’s On Your Mind / Dancin’ Dancin’ – US Fantasy LP
46 71 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
47 66 Sadao Watanabe – No Problem / All About Love – CBS 12”
48 47 Earth Wind & Fire – And Love Goes On / Faces / Win Or Lose / Sparkle / Pride / You / Song In My Heart – CBS LP
49 54 Change – The Glow Of Love / It’s A Girls Affair – WEA 12”/Remix
50 58 GQ – Disco Nights (Remix) – Arista 12”
51 85 Jacksons – Heartbreak Hotel – Epic
52 62 Rodney Franklin –I Like The Music Make It Hot / In The Center / Windy City – CBS LP
53 65 Hiroshima – Cruisin’ J-Town / Warriors -US Arista LP/12” promo
54 69 Real Thing – She’s A Groovy Freak / It’s The Real Thing – Calibre 12”
55 73 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Slip And Dip – De-Lite 12”
56 60 Edit Point – Help Yourself – Magnet 12”
57 57 Patrice Rushen – Look Up / The Funk Won’t Let You Down / Time Will Tell – Elektra LP
58 82 Peaches & Herb – Fun Time / One Child Of Love – Polydor 12”
59 55 Fred Wesley – House Party – RSO 12”
60 NE Black Slate – Boom Boom / Legalize Collie Herb – Ensign 12”
61 64 Cameo – Throw It Down – Casablanca 12”
62 68 Lenny White – Fancy Dancer / Kid Stuff / Slip Away – Elektra 12”
63 35 Spargo – You And Me – Champagne 12”
64 80 Skyy – Here’s To You / Superlove / No Music / I Can’t Get Enough – US Salsoul 12”/LP
65 53 Dee Dee Bridgewater – Lonely Disco Dancer / One In A Million (Guy) – Elektra 12”
66 56 Kool & The Gang – Love Festival / Night People / Take It To The Top / Jones Vs Jones – De-Lite LP
67 74 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove – US Epic 12”
68 NE Fantasy – You’re Too Late – US Pavillion 12”
69 87 Various – Bits & Pieces III – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
70 70 Slave – Feel My Love – Atlantic 12”
71 63 Cloud – All Night Long – Flashback 12”
72 NE Surface Noise – Zero One / Right Between The Eyes – WEA 12”
73 89 Heatwave – Jitterbuggin’ / Posin’ ‘Til Closin’ / Turn Around / Goin’ Crazy / Where Did I Go Wrong / All I Am – US Epic LP
74 90 L.A.X. – Possessed – US Prelude LP
75 NE James Brown – Funky Men – US TK LP
76 NE Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me – Mercury 12”
77 88 Enchantment – Settin’ It Out – US RCA 12”/7”
78 79 Narada Michael Walden – The Real Thang / Lucky Fella / Take It To The Bossman – Atlantic LP
79 NE Aretha Franklin – What A Fool Believes – Arista 12”
80 NE Harry Mosco – Step On – Samba 12”
81 NE Earth Wind & Fire – Back On The Road – CBS
82 81 Ned Doheney – To Prove My Love – Japanese CBS Sony LP
83 NE Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson – The Bottle – Inferno 12”
84 86 Richie Rome – Remember Me / Deep – Elektra LP
85 NE Dramatics – Get It – US MCA LP
86 NE Symba – Body Bait / Hey You – US Venture LP
87 83 Slave – Watching You / Dreamin’ – Cotillion LP
88 84 Jacksons – Can You Feel It / Walk Right Now / Your Ways – Epic LP
89 RE Ernie Watts – Just Holdin’ On – Elektra 12”
90 RE Rollercoaster – I Wish / Superstition – Pye/Ronnie Scott’s LP


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

ConFunkShun: ‘Too Tight’ / ‘Lady’s Wild’ / ‘Kidnapped’ / ‘Touch’ (US Mercury LP)
Banda Black Rio: ‘Miss Cheryl’ / ‘Subindo O Morro’ (RCA 12in)
Clyde Alexander & Sanction: ‘Got To Get Your Love’ (US Heavenly Star 12in)
Billy Ocean: ‘Night’s (Feel Like Getting Down)’ (GTO / French 12in)
Floyd Beck: ‘Party Is The Solution’ (US Precision 12in)
James Brown: ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ / ‘It’s Too Funky In Here’ (Polydor LP)
Massara: ‘Margarita’ (Champagne 12in)
Cecil Parker: ‘Get On Up’ / ‘What It Is’ / ‘I’ve Been Missing Your Lovin’ (EMI LP)
Chi-Lites: ‘Have You Seen Her’ (20th Century-Fox LP)
Peter Jacques Band: ‘Mighty Fine’ / ‘The Louder’ (RCA 12in)
Katsutoshi Morizono: ‘The Cadillac Kid’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Funk Masters: ‘Love Money’ (Tania Music 12in)
Mtume: ‘So You Wanna Be A Star’ (Epic 12in)
Unlimited Touch: ‘I Hear Music In The Street’ (US Prelude 12in)
Melody Stewart: ‘Get Down Get Down’ / ‘Action Satisfaction’ (US Roy B 12in)
Altitude: ‘Six Nine Shuffle’ (Impact 12in)
Tramps: ‘Mellow Out’ / ‘Trained-Eye’ (US Atlantic LP)
Ashford & Simpson: ‘Get Our Your Handkerchief’ / ‘Happy Endings’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Toshiyuki Honda: ‘Burning Waves’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Central Line: ‘(You Know) You Can Do It’ / ‘We Chose Love’ (Ultra 12in)
Demo Cates: ‘Jamin’ (Sax)’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
Was (Not Was): ‘Wheel Me Out’ (US Antilles 12in)
Harry Thumann: ‘Underwater’ (Canadian Uniwave 12in)
Kim Carnes: ‘More Love’ (EMI America 12in)
Kurtis Blow: ‘Christmas Rappin’ / ‘Throughout Your Years’ (Mercury (12in)
Millie Jackson: ‘I Had To Say It’ (US Spring LP)
T S Monk: ‘Bon Bon Vie’ (US Mirage LP)
Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson: ‘Back Together Again’ (US Atlantic LP)
Johnny Bristol: ‘Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me’ (Ariola Hansa 12in)
Fatback: ‘Chillin’ Out’ / ‘Let’s Do It Again’ (Spring 12in)
Young & Company: ‘Strut Your Stuff’ (US Brunswick LP)
Demo-Barry: ‘Funk’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
M’Lady: ‘Come Into Me’ / ‘Baby You Lied’ (US 20th Century-Fox 12in)
Jean Adebambo: ‘Paradise’ (Santic 12in)
Shalamar: ‘Full Of Fire’ (US Solar 12in)

DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(-) John Lennon ‘Happy Xmas War Is Over’, 2(-) John Lennon ‘Imagine’, 3(3) Spandau Ballet, 4(21) John Lennon ‘Starting Over’, 5(7) UB40, 6(-) John Lennon ‘Give Peace A Chance’, 7(1) Roxy Music, 8(2) Abba, 9(6) Orch Manoeuvres, 10(8) Liquid Gold, 11(4) Kelly Marie, 12(11) Robert Palmer, 13(12) Police ‘De Do Do Do’, 14(15) Jona Lewie, 15(-) Streisand / Glbb, 16(14) Dennis Waterman, 17(24) Boomtown Rats, 18(5) Bad Manners, 19(9) Nolans ‘Pull’, 20(22) Police ‘Canary’ / ‘Voices’, 21(23) Madness, 22(-) Nolans ‘Rock’, 23(-) Devo, 24(-) Bruce Springsteen, 25(-) Stray Cats.


Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries (plus one) on 7in are:
Police 147 – 148 – 149f, The Beat 141 (intro) – 135 – 138 – 135 – 138c, Hot Chocolate 0 – 27 – 0r, Ottawan 125 – 126f, Specials 0 – 82 – 84f, Jacksons 0 – 96/48 – 0r, John & Yoko ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ 50/25 – 49/24 – 0f.

3 thoughts on “December 20, 1980: Young & Company, Demo Cates, Peter Jacques Band, Kurtis Blow, Funk Masters”

  1. WOW The “20th Century Box” video was something else! The past really is another country. It all looked so innocent, naive and amateurish! It really had the feel of a holiday camp bash or a bit of fun down the youth club. A fascinating time capsule of young folks who loved their music and were having a blast- quite a contrast to early 21st century clubbing. It’s also easy to forget how difficult it was for homegrown UK soul/funk acts to gain credibility- it did all change after the Real Thing, Heatwave, Central Line, Light of the World. The “personality jocks” like Froggy & Chris Hill really do come across as 100% cheese. Loved every minute of it!


    1. There are a couple of comments under the YouTube clip from a regular at the Southgate Royalty, calling this footage “a distortion of history” (“to the regulars, this was a complete joke”), and perhaps with all the house lights on for the shoot, there was a bit of acting up for the cameras – but none the less, it strikes me as an authentic glimpse of an under-documented scene.

      Coincidentally and frustratingly, one sequence is soundtracked by Deodato’s “Night Cruiser”, a copy of which had just arrived in today’s post; I had planned to play it out tonight, but the copy’s a beaten-up dud, bah! (I have a weekly DJ gig which is directly inspired by working on this blog, and many of the records in my boxes were bought after first hearing them here.)


  2. Within a few months the names Futurists and New Romantics were used pretty interchangeably but at this point New Romantic isn’t mentioned. And he’s right about the crossover as people like Spandau Ballet had been regulars at the Royalty, Gold Mine and give to the Bournemouth weekender.
    This must be the point when the rock scene ie guitar based music started to lose its position as cutting edge as in Britain there had always been an underground dance scene but that was completely separate from the white rock scene but from now some of those who would up to now have remained firmly part of the rock scene started to split off with the advent of futurism and make electronic dance orientated sounds with its own fashions and based on clubs not gigs never to return to the rock world – rock could never really be said to be ‘modern’ and the music of tomorrow from here on in and within 8 years with the house scene probably took about half of its fan base. Obviously hear I’m talking about Britain and Europe white America was always years behind in many ways .


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