January 31 1981: Fuse One, Gene Dunlap, Azoto, The Breakfast Band, Rah Band


LEVEL 42 ‘(Flying On The) Wings Of Love (Remix ’81)’, as detailed last week, has now taken over the previous version’s catalogue number (Polydor POSPX 200) and added as flip their previous ‘Love Meeting Love’ . . . Joe Sample ‘Burning Up The Carnival’ is already about on UK 7in (MCA 671) but will be on remixed 12in . . . Stevie Wonder’s hit has not appeared on 12in after all, but ‘Happy Birthday’ was pressed on promo 12in with Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech as flip just in case it was released instead . . . LAX ‘All My Love’ is on rare US 12in promo with an instrumental version B-side (1bpm faster) . . . Marvin Gaye’s LP, due here Feb 16th, has evidently been banned on import just long enough after it came in for quick-off-the-mark jocks to build a buzz . . . EMI’s version of the Groove Production label is rushing KID now, so it should be easier to get, but Inversions is still via Groove only . . . RCA have not lost Solar, not yet at any rate, and await an ‘Imagination’ remix for 12in issue . . . Dells ‘Your Song’ remix 12in and Lakeside ‘Fantastic Voyage’ are due soon . . . CBS’s double LP of jazz-funk, scheduled for March 6th, will be titled ‘Bitter Suite Assortment’ . . . Young & Co’s retitled ‘(Strut Your Stuff) Sexy Lady’ 12in gets ‘Waiting On Your Love’ as flip – something for North and South! . . . Morgan Khan now handles A&R for all PRT black product since Graham Bells departure . . . Central London readers who got this copy on Wednesday (28) can catch Incognito tonight at Mayfair Gullivers, where hot jazz-funk bands will be appearing over the next few Wednesdays . . . Showstoppers reinforce their faith in Brighton with an all-star Chris Hill-headed all-niter there on Feb 27th . . . Haringey Lazers, where they were making the pina coladas with ice cream last week, has a disco dancing competition over six weeks from Feb 13th with star guests and even the lady Mayoress opening the show, contestants apply personally or in writing (with a photo) to the club at 6/9 Salisbury Promenade, Green Lanes, London N8 . . . Dartford Flicks also starts another disco dancing competition on March 13th, as usual for club dancers rather than slick gymnasts . . . Funktion’s Saturdays at Baker Street Barracuda now feature half-price drinks all night . . . Phil Lamb will be playing all types and vintages of soul for the nicely named CO MAN CHE Soul Society at the City Of Manchester College of Higher Education – everyone welcome, look for the posters. Staines tribe the Norwich Soul Bokkers have avoided confusion by renaming themselves the Staines Fusion Few, and are preparing fanzines for Brighton and Caister . . . Chris & Carol Hill plus some married chums including the Vincents, should by now be back from a fortnight in Florida, where the weather’s actually been colder than here – except for Miami, which is where they were . . . Southern TV last Thursday showed a fascinating BB King narrated programme about the Blues, made by the Mississippi Authority For Educational Television . . . MFSB’s massive chart drop is the mystery of the week – whassamatter jazz jox, ain’t it hip now it’s out? . . . Blondie, or at least the 12in instrumental break, is however getting lots of “hip” attention! . . . Harry Thumann turns out to be German, ‘Underwater’ breaking first in Holland quite some time ago . . . ‘Funky Mix’ is getting belated attention for its Michael Jackson portion . . . ‘Get Up And Boogie 1980’ is awful and not worth the effort of listing all the titles, I’m afraid . . . Alan Coulthard is now doing mobiles with his Barry neighbour Steve Wiggins, who in turn mourns the switch and contraction of Cardiff Broadcasting Company’s ‘Souled Out’ from Sunday to just one hour on Monday . . . Alan Gibson plays “futurist” at Birmingham Faces Profile Suite weekends . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) raves about Roger Squire’s electronic syndrums, great he says used with Mammatapee ‘Monster Fun’, but warns jocks not to overdo the effect on every record . . . Bob Jones (Chelmsford) recommends the new version of ‘Let’s Groove’ by Groove Holmes on UK Manhattan LP, only £1.50 from Our Price – where he picked up the Dells ‘No Way Back’ (1976 Mercury LP track) for only 50p . . . Craig Dawson (Edinburgh) lists the current Dutch disco chart, two local entries being Stars On 45 ‘Stars On 45’ (CNR) and Fruitcake ‘My Feet Won’t Move’ (EMI) . . . Mike Allen (Capital Radio) says, apropos of nothing much, “It’s not true – don’t believe it!” . . . oh yeah? . . . KEEP IT GOOD!


FUSE ONE: ‘Grand Prix’ (LP ‘Fuse One’ Japanese CTI K26P-6020).
Creed Taylor-produced superstar supersession with such as Ronnie Foster, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, Ndugu, Paulinho DaCosta, on one of those expensive Jap albums which record shops are happy to demonstrate – hence the late review, this great electronically zinging, rattling, tinkling and splurging jittery 0 – 124 – 129bpm racer with sax punctuations and the purposeful slow basically 109bpm ‘Double Steal‘ jiggly jolter which are well established specialist monsters.

GENE DUNLAP: ‘Love Dancin’ (LP ‘It’s Just The Way I Feel’ US Capitol ST12130).
Superb satisfying set produced with a jazzy bias by drummer Dunlap and sung by the Ridgeway’s (sisters and a brother) maybe more listening than raving although this delicately pitter-pattering low-key bubbling 115bpm gentle jiggler with wheezing synth actually beefs up when you whack on the bass and mix perfectly out of Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’ (a pivotal feature in my own sets as you may have gathered!). The lovely title track is a swaying 45/90bpm melodic lurcher. ‘Rock Radio‘ an Isley-ish fast pulsating 127 – 128bpm smacker, ‘Before You Break My Heart’ a pretty winsome smooth slow 60bpm jogger with nice vocals, ‘I Got You’ a gospel-ish 34/69bpm slowie where Earl Klugh plays keyboards and the lustful explosively jazzy Spanish guitar 0 – 112/56 – 113 – 118bpm ‘Surest Things Can Change’ instrumental, but not on the slow 38bpm ‘Should I Take Her Back, Should I Let Her Go’.

AZOTO: ‘San Salvador’ (Dutch Rams Horn RAMSH 3008).
Italian-recorded rattling 125bpm 12in Euro bounder with nice piano and guitar effects enlivening overly mechanical bland strings, the instrumental latter part being better than the first half shopgirl aimed Wally vocal section and proving surprisingly hot for jazz fans. 

POSITIVE FORCE: ‘Especially For You’ (US Sugarhill SH 552).
Bass bounced jerky jaunty jittery little 115 – 113 (percussion on) – 115bpm swayer, not as infectious as ‘We Got The Funk’ but with similar qualities, that same guitar making tunefully snappy bass and chattering chicks conversation in the breaks.

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘All American Girls’ (US Cotillion 45007).
Unbelievably Narada Michael Walden’s debut frothy 122bpm 12in with the girls sounds just like ”We Are Family’, plus some of his rhythmic sound thrown in for good measure.

Somehow last week’s reviews got the uninterestingly empty funk set cut short, missing many correct details. Not my fault! This 116bpm cut mixes nicely with Young & Co’s ‘Strut Your Stuff’ while the 114bpm ‘You Better Turn Around‘ is maddeningly familiar and the 121bpm title track is a staccato bumper, others being the 115 – 116bpm ‘Snatch (Is A Dance), 122bpm ‘Jammin’, 116 – 118bpm ‘Summer Fun, 123bpm ‘Come On Out’, 78/39BPM ‘I Believe In You’.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Who Said?’ (US T-Neck ZS6 2293).
Title line–punctuated self produced 124 – 127bpm 7in choppy chanter with languid subdued backing and party noises to build a dominant socking bouncy smacking offbeat.

MARKLEY BAND: ‘Sunrise’ (LP ‘The Markley Band’ US Accord ST-7000).
Gently swaying pretty guitar and piano 113 – 115 – 116 – 117 – 0bpm jazz instrumental with rising intensity the piano at one stage coming in with surprisingly discordant staccato, other specialist cuts including the ultra fast brassy 167bpm ‘Chicken Fat’ and jazzy 119 – 125bpm ‘Butterfly Stomp‘.

DEBRA LAWS: ‘Be Yourself’ (US Elektra E-47084).
Bassily slow starting attractive moody 86/43bpm 7in, joggy and winsome sweet strings backed 51/102bpm ‘Your Love‘ flip make a nice trailer to her imminent LP.

LATIMORE: ‘Take Me To The Mountain Top’ (US TK Disco TKD-459).
Beautiful piano-rolled 38/76bpm 12in deep soul slowie, likely to be overlooked.

LIME: ‘Your Love’ (US Prism PDS 409).
Thundering fast 138bpm 12in gay disco galloper.

RUTH ‘SILKY’ WATERS: ‘Everybody Loves A Good Funk’ (LP ‘Out In The Open’ US Midsong Int PW 36850).
Bass synth bumped brassy 119 – 118bpm basic funk jerker on an unimpressive dated album.


THE BREAKFAST BAND: ‘L.A. 14’ (Disc Empire DEF 1, via 01-351 1433).
Exploding in London initially on limited while label from Tony Monson’s emporium but due commercially soon, this dynamite brassily blasting rhythmically busy incisive bass pushed 115 – 116 – 115 – 116bpm 12in jazz instrumental strangely features steel drums and builds to nice piano and punchy breaks, mixing superbly out of ‘The Bottle’ with much more than mere specialist appeal.

RAH BAND: ‘Slide’ (DJM DJR 10964).
Excellent bassily bumping 62 (intro) – 124bpm 12in instrumental skipper continues the ‘Falcon’ sound but with ballsier bounce and jazzier feel (beware the hiccuping first main beat – cue on the “ho” or mix running on the offbeat claps), the jerkily pausing 114bpm ‘Drat That Cat‘ flip being pure jazz. One wonders who Hewson uses as session musicians?

BEGGAR AND CO: ‘(Somebody) Help Me Out’ (Ensign ENYT 201).
Now on extended commercial 12in through RCA, this 58 (intro) – 116bpm Light Of The World spin-off does a Linx with “whoa oh” chants and thudding lurch beats plus added jittery rhythm and braying punchy brass for the last part, the brand new largely instrumental 118bpm ‘Rising Sun‘ flip being a lot jazzier with a Hi-Tension rhythm.

SPECTRUM: ‘Taking It To The Top’ (Smokey SMJD 001, via Record Shack).
Put together by Chris Richardson & Kris Staines for Smokey Joe Productions, this nicely clean coolly clopping episodic 115 (intro) – 117 (incl rap) – 118 – 116 (synth) – 119 – 120bpm 12in jazz-funk finger snapper even includes a brief rapper section amidst the anticipated solos, the instrumental flip having a slightly sharper smack.

BLACKBYRDS: ‘Don’t Know What To Say’ (Fantasy FTCT 194).
Bland but serviceable 119bpm 12in chugger released after careful consideration instead of either ‘Better Days’ or ‘Love Doesn’t Strike Twice’, the good news for jazzier jocks being it’s flipped by the remixed 111bpm version of their classic ultra-jittery ‘Rock Creek Park‘.

DAVID BENDETH: ‘Goldmine’ (Ensign ENYT 203).
Brassily punctuated staccato falsetto 129 – 130bpm 12in jitterer rather in the old Light Of The World style improves with acquaintance but still doesn’t strike me as being a massive killer despite its popularity at predictable venues – it is however stronger than the jerky jolting soft soul 121 – 123 – 121 – 123 – 124bpm ‘Love Collect‘ official A-side. David incidentally confirms that Canadian-based expatriate West Indian Demo Cates is a bloke.

MISTER P.C.: ‘C’Mon Home’ (FX FX1D, via 01-444 6870).
‘Falcon’-type chix-cooed sax-squealed smoothly thumping 57/114 (intro) – 112bpm jazz-funk instrumental, now as promised on 12in, well worth checking but possibly just a little bit bland and straightforward in comparison with other UK jazz efforts.

GEORGE BENSON: ‘What’s On Your Mind’ (Warner Bros K 17748T).
Gently jogging 0 – 105bpm swayer with nice guitar, due on 12in, flipped by the previously hotter 19/38bpm ‘Turn Out The Lamplight‘.

CRUSADERS: ‘Last Call’ (MCA MCAT 657).
Joe Sample’s new import album will steal what little thunder might have been generated by last summer’s pleasantly flowing 125 – 126 – 125 – 124bpm jazz instrumental trotter, now belatedly on extended 12in remix with the sinuous jauntily jogging 99 – 100 – 101bpm ‘Honky Tonk Strutting‘ as flip.

SECOND IMAGE: ‘Dance Dance Dance’ (Polydor POSPX 224).
Thickly textured raggedly sung simple brassy 120 – 121 – 119 (piano) – 121 – 122 (percussion/chant) – 120bpm 12in UK jolting smacker with instrumental flip, reminiscent of (and mixing with) Linx ‘You’re Lying’ but lacking its finesse. In current circulation on white label.

HOT CUISINE: ‘Dancin’ Me To Ecstasy’ (Kaleidoscope KRL 13-9461).
Biddu-produced 140bpm 12in pop galloper with a trace of ska joining traditional disco trappings, hip jocks naturally preferring the more manageable mellower but too short 122bpm jiggly smacking ‘All Fired Up‘ flip, the group being Sheffield’s erstwhile Celebration.

‘Instant Replay’ style fiercely rattling and pounding 129bpm 12in pop-disco blaster would have been eagerly snapped up in ’78 and could be welcomed by Wallys now.

KELLY MARIE: ‘Hot Love’ (Calibre Plus PLUSL 5).
Disappointingly hollow 116bpm attempt to emulate Liquid Gold’s forced jollity is seemingly pitched a tone too low although some bagpipe breaks add spacious excitement (that breeze you just felt was James ‘Fish’ Heron rushing to get a copy!), while the inclusion of a new 121bpm Special American Remix of ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’ as the 12in version’s flip suggests someone else suspects it ain’t too hot too.

TATA VEGA: ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ (Motown 12TMG 1219).
Supremes oldie given a dated pop aimed galloping 119 – 122 – 123 – 124bpm murkily mixed 12in treatment.

EDWIN STARR: ‘Twenty-Five Miles’ (20th Century-Fox TCD 2477).
Frantically flying galloping 125 – 138bpm 12in remake of his 1969 hit in similarly hollered style with added zing.

FREDA PAYNE: ‘Band Of Gold’ (Vintage Champagne VATS 301).
1970’s once vital classic on extended 108 – 110 (instrumental) – 108 – 110 (inst) – 108bpm blue vinyl 12in for the very first time is proving to be incompatible with today’s sounds for many mixing jocks.

ROSE JOYCE: ‘Help Yourself’ (Whitfield K 17747T).
Squeakily sung dated lurching 101 – 102 – 103bpm 12in jitterer could have done with a better more modern remix, but in fact the dead slow 35/17½bpm ‘Golden Touch‘ smoocher is the A-side and indeed already hotter.

DELEGATION: ‘Singing’ (Ariola AROD 252).
Latin-influenced rattling frantic tricky 127bpm jitterer on 3-track 12in with the chatter-introed old fashioned brassy smacking 117bpm ‘Dance Prance Boogie‘ and slow 0 – 44 – 0 – 44 – 0bpm ’12th House’.

RUDY GRANT: ‘Lately’ (Ensign ENYT 202).
Stevie Wonder’s tender smoocher given a gently thumping 41/82bpm 12in reggae beat by the Mexicano, with a nice 41/83bpm ‘Your Loving Is Something Else‘ flip.

THE ASTRONAUTS: ‘Pretty Islands’ (Thunder Bolt TB-D-02 via Orbitone, 01-965 8292).
Fairly ethnic 96bpm 12in calypso, useful for receptive crowds.

CASSANDRA: ‘Thank You For The Many Things You’ve Done’ (Chrysalis CHS 12-2489).
Nice but not outstanding 69bpm 12in lovers rock from the film ‘Babylon’. Johnny Clarke’s more ethnic 68bpm title song being the flip.

TINA CHARLES: ‘Rolling’ (Polydor POSP 218).
Moderately ghastly monotonously piping breezy 146bpm 7in electronic pop throbber, on 12in promo.

UK Disco Top 90 – January 31, 1981

01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
02 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me – Mercury 12”
03 06 L.A.X. – All My Love – Epic 12”
04 07 James Brown – Rapp Payback – RCA 12”
05 10 Fantasy – You’re Too Late – Epic 12”
06 05 Kool & The Gang – Celebration – De-Lite 12”
07 09 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove – GTO 12”
08 03 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love – Ensign 12”
09 11 Light Of The World – I Shot The Sheriff – Ensign 12”
10 13 Whispers – Imagination / I Can Make It Better / Up On Soul Train / Continental Shuffle – US Solar LP
11 04 MFSB – Mysteries Of The World – TSOP 12”
12 08 Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up – Elektra 12”
13 19 T.S. Monk – Bon Bon Vie / Candidate For Love / Can’t Keep My Hands To Myself / House Of Music – US Mirage LP
14 16 (New York) Skyy – Here’s To You / No Music – Excaliber 12”
15 12 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – Excaliber 12”
16 17 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Remix – Beggars Banquet 12”
17 23 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It / You Got My Love / Try My Love On For Size / It’s A Lie – US Prelude LP
18 15 Various – Bits & Pieces III – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
19 24 Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love – CBS 12”
20 31 Stevie Wonder – I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It – Motown 12”
21 14 BT Express – Stretch / Express / Do It (Till You’re Satisfied) – Excaliber 12”
22 37 Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson – The Bottle – Vintage Champagne 12”
23 32 Unlimited Touch – I Hear Music In The Streets / In The Middle – Epic 12”
24 20 UK Players – Everybody Get Up – A&M 12”
25 28 The Reddings – Remote Control / The Awakening – Epic
26 30 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday / Lately / Do Like You / As If You Read My Mind / Did I Hear You Say You Love Me – Motown LP/12” promo
27 18 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out – Motown 12”
28 62 Blondie – Rapture – Chrysalis 12”
29 36 Young & Company – Strut Your Stuff (Sexy Lady) / Waiting On Your Love / Checking You Out / Love Me All Night – US Brunswick LP
30 73 Cloud – All Night Long (Remix) / Take It To The Top – UK Champagne 12”
31 25 Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale – Groove On – TK 12”
32 64 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out – Ensign 12” white label
33 66 Central Line – (You Know) You Can Do It / We Chose Love – Mercury 12”
34 41 K.I.D. – Don’t Stop / Do It Again – Groove Production 12”
35 44 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers – US Solar 12”
36 45 Funk Masters – Love Money – Tania Music 12”
37 21 Grover Washington Jr – Let It Flow / Winelight – Elektra 12”
38 29 Ottawan – You’re OK-D.I.S.C.O. (Segue) / You’re OK – Carrere 12”
39 38 Ernie Watts – Just Holdin’ On – Elektra 12”
40 56 Wilton Felder – Insight – MCA 12in
41 48 Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) / Everlasting Love – Dutch GTO 12”
42 47 ConFunkShun – Too Tight – Mercury 12”
43 27 Stephanie Mills – Never Knew Love Like This Before – 20th Century-Fox 12”
44 26 Blackbyrds – Better Days / Love Don’t Strike Twice / Dancin’ Dancin’ – US Fantasy LP
45 77 Slave – Watching You – Atlantic 12”
46 65 Inversions – Passport / Mr Mac / In The Meantime – Groove Production 12”
47 22 Level 42 – (Flying On The) Wings Of Love – Polydor 12”
48 43 Heatwave – Posin’ ‘Til Closin’ / Jitterbuggin’ / Turn Around / Goin’ Crazy – US Epic LP
49 34 Altitude – Six Nine Shuffle – UK Champagne 12”
50 46 Fatback – Let’s Do It Again / Chillin’ Out / Hot Box – Spring 12”
51 NE Joe Sample – Burnin’ Up The Carnival – MCA 12”
52 58 Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson – Back Together Again / Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long / Killing Me Softly With His Song / Love Is A Waiting Game – US Atlantic LP
53 72 James Brown – Funky Men / Honky Tonk – US TK LP
54 63 Fuse One – Grand Prix / Double Steal – Japanese CTI LP
55 49 Billy Frazier & Friends – Billy Who? – Champagne 12”
56 57 Bar-Kays – Boogie Body Land – Mercury 12”
57 NE Mystic Touch – Get Yourself Together / Party People – US Reflection 12”
58 39 Jacksons – Heartbreak Hotel – Epic
59 71 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Slip And Dip – De-Lite 12”
60 84 Norman Giscombe Jnr – Get Up And Dance – Pressure 12”
61 55 Narada Michael Walden – I Want You / Get Up! – Atlantic 12”
62 51 LaToya Jackson – If You Feel The Funk – Polydor 12”
63 NE Odyssey – Hang Together – RCA 12”
64 17 Freeez – Flying High / Mariposa (Butterfly) – Beggars Banquet LP
65 86 Millie Jackson – I Had To Say It – Spring 12”
66 42 Seawind – What Cha Doin’ – A&M 12”
67 61 Black Slate – Boom Boom – Ensign 12”
68 35 Change – The Glow Of Love – WEA 12”
69 NE David Bendeth – Goldmine / Love Collect – Ensign 12”
70 85 Nick Straker Band – A Little Bit Of Jazz – CBS LP/12” promo
71 50 Jerome – If You Walk Out That Door – DJM 12”
72 53 Shalamar – Make That Move / Some Things Never Change / Pop Along Kid / US Solar LP
73 88 The Reddings – Funkin’ On The One – US BID LP
74 NE Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair / Funk Me / Love Party / Praise – US Tamla LP
75 60 Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne – Is It In / Spank – TK 12”
76 89 Enchantment – Settin’ It Out – RCA 12”
77 NE Hot Cuisine – All Fired Up / Dancin’ Me To Ecstacy – Kaleidoscope 12”
78 NE Breakfast Band – L.A.14 – Disc Empire 12”
79 NE Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love – US Uno Melodic 12”
80 82 Rose Royce – I Wanna Make It With You – Whitfield LP
81 NE Harry Thumann – Underwater – Decca 12”
82 NE Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park / Don’t Know What To Say – Fantasy 12”
83 80 Demo-Barry – Funk / City Funk – Canadian Scorpio 12”
84 68 Dazz Band – Shake It Up – Motown/12” promo
85 NE Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You – Island 12”
86 NE Grace Kennedy – I’m Starting Again – DJM 12”
87 NE Linda Clifford – Runaway Love – US Curtom 12” promo
88 NE Crusaders – Last Call / Honky Tonk Strutting – MCA 12”
89 67 Hiroshima – Cruisin’ J-Town / Warriors (Segue) – Arista 12”
90 RE Harry Mosco – Step On / Sexy Dancer – Samba 12”


BUBBLING UNDER THE UK Disco 90 with increased support are

Azoto: ‘San Salvador’ (Dutch Rams Horn 12in)
Ozone: ‘Love Zone’ / ‘Ozonic Bee Bop’ / ‘Mighty Mighty’ / ‘Rock And Roll, Pop And Soul’ / ‘Jump On It’ (US Motown LP)
Free Expression: ‘Chill-Out!’ (US Vanguard 12in)
Cecil Parker: ‘Get On Up’ / ‘I’ve Been Missing Your Lovin’ (EMI LP)
Gap Band: ‘Humpin’ (US Mercury LP)
Trammps: ‘Mellow Out’ / Trained-Eye’ / ‘Looking For You’ (Atlantic LP)
Mammatapee: ‘Dance With Me Baby’ / ‘Monster Fun’ (US Whitfield LP)
One On One: ‘Body Music’ (US Bonus 12in)
Spectrum: ‘Taking It To The Top’ (Smokey 12in)
Wizzdom: ‘Free Bass’ / ‘W-I-Z-Z-D-O-M’ (US TK 12in)
Frankie Valli: ‘Soul’ (MCA 12in)
Mikio Masuda: ‘My Delight’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Diana Ross: ‘It’s My Turn’ (Motown)
Gene Dunlap: ‘Love Dancin’ / ‘It’s Just The Way I Feel’ (US Capitol LP)
Bill Summers: ‘T.V.’ / ‘Call It What You Want’ / ‘Snatch (Is A Dance)’ (US MCA LP)
Desi Roots: ‘One In A Million You’ / Carol Cool: ‘Upside Down’ (Hawkeye 12in)
Shalamar: ‘Full Of Fire’ (US Solar 12in)
Level 42: ‘Wings Of Love (Remix ’81)’ (Polydor 12in)
Sunburst: ‘Sunburst’ / ‘Cool K’ (Japanese JVC LP)
Lenny Williams: ‘Ooh Child’ / ‘Let’s Do It Today’ (MCA)
Gil Scott-Heron: ‘Waiting For The Axe To Fall’ / ‘The Klan’ (US Arista LP)
Rhythm Makers: ‘Zone’ (US Vigor LP)
Kanzaki On The Road: ‘Open My Road’ / ‘Watch Out’ (Japanese Philips LP)
Native Son: ‘Racing Around’ / ‘Orange Sunshine’ / ‘Sexy Lady’ / ‘Supersafari’ (Japanese JVC LP)
Rose Royce: ‘Golden Touch’ / ‘Help Yourself’ (Whitfield 12in)
Gladys Knight: ‘Still Such A Thing’ (CBS)
Convertion: ‘Let’s Do It’ (US Sam 12in)
Tata Vega: ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ (Motown 12in)
Maurice Starr: ‘Dance To The Funky Groove’ (US RCA 12in)
Demo Cates / Barry: ‘Magic’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
Bobby / Demo: ‘Ounce (Rap)’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
Cedar Walton: ‘Latin America’ (US Columbia LP)
Al Foster: ‘She Is The Greatest Dancer’ (Japanese Better Days LP)
Second Image: ‘Dance’ (Polydor 12in)
People’s Choice: ‘You Ought To Be Dancing’ (US Casablanca LP)

DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(1) Police, 2(3) John Lennon ‘Imagine’, 3(9) Adam ‘AntMusic’, 4(4) Lennon ‘Starting Over’, 5(8) The Look, 6(13) Susan Fassbender, 7(17) Spandau Ballet ‘Freeze’, 8(5) Nolans, 9(-) The Beat, 10(2) Spandau ‘Story’, 11(24) Bad Manners, 12(15) Stray Cats, 13(11) Status Quo, 14(14) Robert Palmer, 15(10) Madness, 16(-) Specials, 17(22) David Bowie, 18(12) John & Yoko, 19(18) Police ‘Voices’, 20(21) Visage, 21(23) Kenny Rogers, 22(16) Streisand/Gibb, 23(-) Matchbox, 24(-) Steve Winwood, 25(-) Neil Diamond.


Beats Per Minute for the last three weeks pop chart entries on 7in are:
John Lennon 40/81f, Phil Collins 47½ – 95f, Blondie 108f, Ultravox 20/40½r, David Bowie 141 – 145f, Dire Straits 43/87f, Diana Ross 0 – 37 – 39f, Heatwave 57 (intro) – 113 – 114f, Cliff Richard 118f, Susan Fassbender 127f, Madness 146c, James Brown 118f, Light Of The World 122 – 124f, UFO 0 – 137 – 0 – 138 – 0f, Odyssey 111 – 115 – 116f, Donna Summer 126f, Spandau Ballet 140c, Steve Winwood 0 – 130f, Plastic Ono Band 87 – 84f, Sheila Hylton 41 (intro) – 82f, Styx 0 – 37 – 40/80 – 38 – 40/81f, XTC 131 – 129c, Motels 66 – 132 – 134f, The Clash 0 – 100/200 – 101/202 – 0r, Honey-Bane 156 – 150f, Patrice Rushen 119 – 118f, Jane Kennaway 117f, Gen X 177f.

4 thoughts on “January 31 1981: Fuse One, Gene Dunlap, Azoto, The Breakfast Band, Rah Band”

  1. Loads of fascinating things as usual. A week or so ago we had Mezzoforte mentioned as worth checking out a couple of years before they had a big crossover hit with ‘Garden Party’.

    Lots of talk about Le Beat Route which was mentioned later in the year on Spandau Ballet’s Chant No 1 which I always wanted to visit but never did as being just a bit too young still but which I never really knew much about – I thought it would be full on new romantic type sounds back then but it seems it was more funky stuff.

    Its about now that an indication of just how big jazz-funk became especially in London and the south east – although over the next couple of years it was a as big as rave was in the hardcore era (similar demographic too) although both were largely ignored by the mainstream media. Talking of the jazz-funk underground Second Image have just got their first mention.


    1. Re the upcoming Beat Route reference in Spandau’s Chant No 1: they specifically mention Friday nights, whereas James was DJ-ing on Saturday nights, so perhaps there were two different crowds, with Friday’s punters being more overtly style-conscious?


  2. Yes maybe.
    Also this week is really significant in that he mentions Stars on 45 (as a Dutch import) for the first time which know became massive and sparked off over a year of similar medleys in just about every type of music.


  3. Argh! The dreaded “disco medley’s” Stars on 45, Hooked on Classics and all the other hideous wally trash that clogged up the airwaves in the early 80s – the precursor to Jive Bunny!


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