January 3, 1981: Whispers, Sharon Redd, Shalamar, L.A.X., Millie Jackson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

DEMO CATES of the Canadian disco remakes currently flooding in on the Scorpio label turns out to be a middle-aged black lady saxophonist, full name Demona . . . Record Shack are excited about their latest UK-aimed mixer, ‘Get Up And Boogie 1980’ . . . Billy Ocean is finally due on UK 12in next week, a Dutch import having pushed him into the chart at last . . . Heatwave ‘Gangsters Of The Groove’ is now on UK 7in (GTO GT 285) but a brand new and UK-only extended 12in will be out later in the month . . . Simon’s record shop in Yateley have put out a white label of Radiation ‘Rocket In The Pocket’ which has been getting some minor DJ action and will be reviewed next week . . . Altitude’s ‘Six Nine Shuffle‘ has not necessarily been improved by the up-coming UK Champagne remix’s addition of typical hackneyed “session” chix . . . Inversions have signed to Chris Palmer’s Groove label and have a 3-track 12in due by next weekend . . . Chris Hill has been handing out white-labels of Beggar & Co ‘Help Me Out‘, a Light Of The World spin-off “doing a Linx” at 58 (intro) – 116bpm with instrumental flip, and David Bendeth ‘Love Collect’, a jerky 120 – 123 – 121 – 123bpm with the much mentioned but disappointing 128bpm ‘Goldmine‘ as flip . . . Slave ‘Watching You’ / ‘Dreamin’ is already pressed on UK 12in but not scheduled yet . . . Trammps LP and a Kleeer set are due here next week . . . Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love‘ (US Warner Bros 12in) is huge again for mafiosi in Ilford / Essex . . . Johnny Wright of Holborn’s City Sounds record shop hosted another mafia party just before Xmas, present being Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Jeff Young, Mick Clark, Tom Holland, Chris Brown, Sean French, Bob Jones, Froggy, Brother Louie, Craig Royale, David & Sketch from Linx, Showstoppers’ Adrian Webb & John Morris, Groove Weekly’s Ralph Tee (who stayed up late specially!), myself, a stand-up comic (who had a hard time with Hill), and two naughty ladies who did dirty things (and nearly ruined Hill’s hard time!) . . . Adrian ‘Grecian 2000′ Webb came up with a classic about Chris Hill, “The man who put the Pee into peroxide”! . . . Sean French has lost so much weight (over 5 stone) that he won six months’ supply of RyVita from ‘Slimmers’ magazine! . . . Fatman Graham Canter then played genial mine host for some of us at Soho’s Le Beat Route, where future developments should see a weekly mafia night and the rebirth of a celebrated DJ team, until which his best night is actually Thursday . . . Chris Britton’s new expanded Connexion company now co-ordinates product promotions for all aspects of the leisure industry, encompassing such as record, drink, cosmetics, fashion campaigns singly or combined at different types of venue like clubs, shopping centres, or roadshow tours, full details on 01-586 0204 or 0494-451797 (mornings) . . . Kenneth Richardson of Kilmarnock’s The Card And Pop-Inn record shop, had sold over 2,500 import copies of ‘Spank’ prior to its UK release, other Scottish underground hits including Uncle Louie ‘Full Tilt Boogie‘ . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) recently visited London for the day and spent most of the time stuck in traffic and one-way systems, but he did manage to get to Groove . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans), who sent a toy gnome with a crowd of Merseysiders who visited Mayfair Gullivers just before Xmas, thinks the Gap Band ‘Rubber’ sounds like Johnny Guitar Watson . . . Watford’s New Penny club is auditioning for DJs, contact Mr Harris any night except Tues / Wednesday after 8pm on Watford 22003 . . . Richard ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse, now resident Mon – thru – Thursday at Whitley Bay’s new pub The Compass, also works in the singles basement record department of JG Windows in Newcastle’s Central Arcade, giving discounts to all regular DJ customers . . . Tyneside jock Dirty Harry has sent a postcard from Ghana, but no explanation (yet) . . . Graham Bond of Tees Valley Roadshow (with a few January dates free on Redcar 471236) says Roger Squires did deliver his goods . . . Paul Macey, who spent the summer as resident jock at the Isle of Wight’s Nodes Point holiday camp, would love to see veteran campers at his new Greenford Oscars gig in the Oldfield Tavern, Greenford Road . . . Morgan Khan of Excaliber spent the festive last few days in Sao Paolo, Brazil – still, travel does come cheaper when your dad runs an airline! . . . Norwich Soul Bokkers (Staines Branch) a tribe whose actual connection with Norwich is uncertain — have a nice little magazine containing a picture feature titled ‘Paula Yates eat your heart out — Funk DJs In Their Lingerie’ (they’ve superimposed the DJs’ heads over pin-up pix)! . . . Happy New Year, thanks again for all the cards and even presents, and KEEP IT UP!


AHMAD JAMAL – recently getting plenty of background listening play off his current Motown LP ‘Night Song’ (STML 12145) — was born Fritz Jones in Pittsburgh on July 2nd 1930 and started tinkling the ivories at the early age of three, playing and studying piano through his school years until he left in 1949 to tour first with the George Hudson Band and then the Four Strings, before forming his own trio in 1951. Adopting the Mohammedan faith during the ’50s, Fritz changed names-prior to releasing his ‘But Not For Me’ live LP on Argo in 1958, from which came his breakthrough ‘Poinciana’. A veteran of many labels, he’s now hoping with Motown to reach a wider audience than ever before. The rest is up to you . . .


IMPORTS

WHISPERS: ‘I Can Make It Better’ (LP ‘Imagination’ US Solar BZL1-3578).
Released exactly as was their ‘And The Beat Goes On’ — spawning last LP just before Xmas and too late for review then, this possibly even more consistently good set may actually lack a comparable monster single track but all are worth attention. Many jocks prefer this straightforwardly rolling 120bpm smacker, others the bassily jiggling 122 – 123bpm title track, I personally am mixing the 112 – 113 – 114bpm ‘Continental Shuffle‘ out of the sensationally similar Heatwave ‘Jitterbuggin’ and have also used the jittery then lushly swaying 121bpm ‘Up On Soul Train‘, the least smacking 0 – 117 – 118 – 119bpm ‘It’s A Love Thing‘, while gorgeous smoochers are the 0 – 34/69bpm ‘Say You (Would Love For Me Too)’, 32bpm ‘Girl I Need You’, 27bpm ‘Fantasy’.

SHARON REDD: Can You Handle It’ (LP ‘Sharon Redd’ US Prelude PRL 12181).
Another good ‘un from the team who brought you Bobby Thurston and Gayle Adams (Sharon seems related to veteran arranger Gene Redd), the subdued patterningly pulsating set’s killer being this naggingly repetitive simple 109 – 108 – 109bpm swayer with typically jazzy guitar and sax, which mixes like a bitch between Roberta/Peabo ‘Back Together Again’ and Billy Paul ‘Bring The Family Back’ (that’ll give you some idea of what it’s like!), and is here sandwiched between the mood-related steadily plodding 105 (intro) – 107bpm ‘You Got My Love‘ and tension building 110bpm ‘It’s A Lie‘, the 112 – 113bpm ‘Love is Gonna Get Ya‘ being similarly pleasant and ‘Try My Love On For Size‘ a nicely done but unincisive 118 – 120bpm bounder.

SHALAMAR: ‘Some Things Never Change’ (LP ‘Three For Love’ US Solar BZL1-3577).
A strong if shallow pop-disco set, this being a buoyantly socking well crafted typical 118 – 117bpm Solar smacker and ‘Make That Move‘ another at 118 – 117bpm with nice piano and harp break, both better than the 12in-issued 120bpm ‘Full Of Fire‘, while ‘Work It Out‘ is a smoothly rolling ‘Back Together Again’-type 111 – 112 – 113 – 114 – 113 – 114bpm swayer and ‘Pop Along Kid‘ a chunky trite 115bpm chugger with beefy bass synth break. 

DEMO CATES/BARRY: ‘Magic’ (Canadian Scorpio DK 48).
Completing (at the time of writing) the instrumental c/w rapper remakes detailed a fortnight ago, this honking creamy 121bpm bass-thrummed jogger is the Cameron number.

BOB BOYER – DEMO CATES: ‘Kidd Stuff’ (DK 50).
At 115bpm is Lenny White’s heavy funker, and BOB BOYER – DEMO CATES: ‘Pop It (Sax ‘n Rapp)’ (DK51) at 112bpm is the Al Hudson / One Way bubbler and set’s least distinguished.

IKE STRONG: ‘Boogie Land’ (US Willkerr 1128).
Steadily clomping monotonous jittery 108 – 107bpm 12in thudder with hypnotically chanting chix, scratching guitar and splurging synth, to my mind preferable on the Ike-less instrumental side (the vocal side starts I think at around 107bpm).

ELOISE LAWS: ‘Got You Into My Life’ (LP ‘Eloise Laws’ Liberty LT-1563).
Thom Bell-arranged set mainly of nice slowies, this being a lush choppily rhythmic smooth jogging 112 (intro) – 110bpm swayer and ‘If You Don’t Watch Out‘ a Natalie Cole-type 126bpm swinger.


UK NEWIES

L.A.X.: ‘All My Love’ (Epic EPC 12-9457).
Surely and recently not so slowly growing import smash, an excellent deceptively, simple chugging 118bpm 12in pounding clapper with soulfully straining Luther Vandross-ish vocal appeal and searing sax break, one of its hooks being the great rhyming line, “at the risk of being a male chauvinist”.

MILLIE JACKSON: ‘I Had To Say It’ LP (Spring 2381495).
Dynamite satirical 110bpm title track rapper gets back at Kurtis Blow with hilariously filthy throwaway lines as well as his usual “ho!” call–and–answer gimmick (which chops nicely out Christmas Rappin’s “ho!”), due soon on 12in.

FREEEZ: ‘Southern Freeez’ LP (Pink Rhythm EL PEE 1).
Thin-sounding frenetic specialist set with the BPMs going all over the place . . . and as the type of jocks who will no doubt like this will not necessarily be mixing it, and as Christmas deadlines flash towards me, I won’t bother (at this stage anyway) to even attempt to BPM it. Chris Hill likes the jazzy solo piano introed complex ‘Mariposa (Butterfly)’, while so far ‘Flying High‘ and the more coherently rhythmic title track are also getting attention. But are they floor-fillers?

NORMAN GISCOMBE JNR: ‘Get Up And Dance’ (Pressure PRES.D.002).
UK-prod jittery but striding 0 – 112 (intro) – 114 – 115 – 114bpm 12in soul vocal loper, pressed in mushy pea-coloured green vinyl, takes a while to wind up and deserves to break out of the ethnic market even if it won’t be huge.


RECAP

LAST WEEK’S Issue was probably missed by some of you, what with Chrissy ‘n’ all, so here’s a quick recap of the Beats Per Minute from the reviews that (hopefully) appeared in it:

STEVIE WONDER: ‘I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It’ 57 – 114 – 57 – 114 – 115 (Motown 12TMG 1215)
JUANITA GOOCHIFRITA: ‘Go Funk Yourself’ 111 (EMI 12EMI 5128)
MISTER PC: ‘C’Mon Home’ 112 (Fx FX1)
STEELY DAN: ‘Glamour Profession’ 118 / ‘Hey Nineteen’ 120 / ‘Time Out Of Mind’ 125 (LP ‘Gaucho’ MCA MCF 3090)
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Happy Endings’ 0 – 34 / ‘Get Out Your Handkerchief’ 114 (Warner Bros K 17738T)
CAPTAIN & TENNILLE: ‘Song For My Father’ 60/120 – 62/123 – 61/122 – 135 – 65/130 (LP ‘Keeping Our Love Warm’ Casablanca NBLP 7250)
MASSARA: ‘Margherita’ 115 (Champagne FIZY 1002)
RAYDIO: ‘It’s Time To Party Now’ 112 / ‘More Than One Way To Love A Woman’ 104 / ‘Can’t Keep From Crying’ 43/87 (Arista ARIST 12380)
SLICK: ‘Forget You’ 110 (intro) – 112 – 118 – 117 (Fantasy FTCT 193)
THE DAZZ BAND: ‘Shake It Up’ 111 (12in promo) 113 (7in) (Motown TMG 1213)
HIGH INERGY: ‘Hold On To My Love’ 0 – 102 – 104 – 0 (Motown TMG 1214)
MAVE & DAVE: ‘Do You Really Want My Love’ 101 – 103 (Red Stripe SON 2215)


UK Disco Top 90 – January 3, 1981

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


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Altitude: ‘Six Nine Shuffle’ (Impact 12in)
Mtume: ‘So You Wanna Be A Star’ (Epic 12in)
Sharon Redd: ‘Can You Handle It’ / ‘It’s A Lie’ (US Prelude LP)
Roberta Flack / Peabo Bryson: ‘Back Together Again’ / ‘Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long’ (US Atlantic LP)
Freeez: ‘Mariposa (Butterfly)’ / ‘Flying High’ / ‘Southern Freeez’ (Pink Rhythm LP)
Peter Jacques Band: ‘Mighty Fine’ / ‘The Louder’ (RCA 12in)
Central Line: ‘(You Know) You Can Do It’ / ‘We Chose Love’ (Ultra 12in)
Stevie Wonder: ‘I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It’ (Motown)
Shalamar: ‘Some Things Never Change’ / ‘Make That Move’ / ‘Work It Out’ / ‘Pop Along Kid’ (US Solar LP)
Fatback: ‘Let’s Do It Again’ / ‘Chillin Out’ (Spring 12in)
Katsutoshi Morizono: ‘The Cadillac Kid’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Fuse: ‘Grand Prix’ / ‘Double Steal’ (Jap CIT LP)
Johnny Bristol: ‘Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me’ (Ariola Hansa 12in)
Dazz Band: ‘Shake It Up’ (Motown 12in promo)
Bobby & Demo: ‘Do It Right’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
Melody Stewart: ‘Get Down Get Down’ (US Roy B 12in)
Al Foster: ‘She Is The Greatest Dancer’ (Jap Better Days LP)
Trammps: ‘Mellow Out’ / ‘Looking For You’ / ‘Trained Eye’ (US Atlantic LP)
Ashford & Simpson: ‘Happy Endings’ / ‘Get Out Your Handkerchief’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Toshiyuki Honda: ‘Burning Waves’ (Jap Electric Bird LP)
Linda Clifford: ‘Runaway Love’ (US Warner Bros 12in)
Michael Urbaniak: ‘Nanava’ / ‘Joy’ (Motown 12in)
Gap Band: ‘Humpin’ (US Mercury LP)
Fatback: ‘Concrete Jungle’ (Spring LP)
Five Letters: ‘Magnificent Mambo’ (US Saturn 12in)
Le Pamplemousse: ‘Love Every Minute’ / ‘Take The Load Off Me’ (US AVI LP)
M’Lady: ‘Baby You Lied’ / ‘Come Into Me’ (US 20th Century-Fox 12in)
Kanzaki On The Road: ‘Open My Road’ / ‘Watch Out’ (Jap Philips LP)
Whispers: ‘It’s A Love Thing’ (US Solar 12in)
Sunburst: ‘Sunburst’ (Jap JVC LP)
Super Funky Sax: ‘Seditty’ (Jap Electric Bird LP)
Desi Roots: ‘One In A Million You’ (Hawkeye 12in)
Dan Siegel: ‘Full Moon’ (US Inner City LP)
Jun Fukamachi: ‘Dance Of Paranoia Opus 2’ / ‘On The Move’ (Jap Alfa LP)
Sugar Minott: ‘Good Thing Going’ (Hawkeye 12in)
Bobby / Demo: ‘Ounce (Rap)’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
Gregory Isaacs: ‘I Can’t Give You My Love’ (Shashamane 12in)
Parliament: ‘Agony Of Defeat’ (US Casablanca LP)
Mikio Masuda: ‘Goody Goody’ (Jap Electric Bird LP)
Demo Cates / Barry: ‘Magic’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(1) John & Yoko ‘Happy Xmas’, 2(3) Spandau Ballet, 3(13) Police, 4(2) John Lennon ‘Imagine’ 5(4) John Lennon ‘Starting Over’, 6(14) Jona Lewie, 7(8) Abba, 8(17) Boomtown Rats, 9(7) Roxy Music, 10(5) UB40, 11(15) Streisand / Gibb, 12(9) Orch Manoeuvres, 13(12) Robert Palmer, 14(21) Madness, 15(22) Nolans ‘Rock You’, 16(-) Nick Straker 12in, 17(-) Siouxsie, 18(25) Stray Cats, 19(-) John Lennon ‘Mind Games’, 20(23) Devo.


DORC TOP 10 1980

MARTIN SIMPSON, a 15-year-old reader from Edinburgh (who confesses his tastes aren’t totally Scottish – ie: Kelly Marie – but aren’t that far away either), has slaved away compiling a 1980 year’s-end DORC from our published charts. Mad fool! Anyway, he only did it for the fame and glory. Here then are the Pop biggies in discos last year . . .

1. 9 To 5 – Sheena Easton
2. Modern Girl – Sheena Easton
3. Substitute – Liquid Gold
4. Xanadu – Olivia Newton-John / ELO
5. Over You – Roxy Music
6. Geno – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
7. No Doubt About It – Hot Chocolate
8. King / Food For Thought – UB40
9. Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones
10. Don’t Stand So Close To Me – Police

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