February 7, 1981: “A mixture of white rock and Wally pop can hardly fail with fashion–jumping posers, can it?”

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

HOT CUISINE ‘All Fired Up’ due to DJ demand will be re-released on newly lengthened 12in remix as the double A-side, so check which version you’re buying . . . Lenny White ‘Fancy Dancer’ finally made into a proper record at last, is circulating in an extended version as flip to a white label 12in promo of Kleeer ‘Get Tough’ . . . K.I.D. ‘Don’t Stop’ new catalogue number is 12EMI 5143 . . . ConFunkShun ‘Too Tight’ was originally only serviced on one-sided white label 12in, concealing the fact that its ‘Play Widit‘ flip is a far superior choppily starting brassy 123 (intro) – 121 – 123bpm instrumental bass bumper . . . Gene Dunlap, with a 3-track UK 12in of ‘Love Dancin’ / ‘It’s Just The Way I Feel’ / ‘Surest Things Can Change’ due imminently, used to play with Roy Ayers amongst others, so his ‘Running Away’ similarity ain’t so surprising, while his LP’s liner notes have indeed made a cock-up of the fact that Earl Klugh is on guitar . . . Jacksons ‘Can You Feel It’ plus the LAX LP and a Bob James newie should be due from CBS next week . . . WMOT and TEC have merged in the States . . . Champagne’s latest acquisition is Sylvia Striplin ‘Give Me Your Love’, which will explain its future chart progress . . . James Brown’s follow-up will not be the obvious ‘Funky Men’, but ‘Stay With Me’ instead . . . Manu Dibango has a white label 12in floating about . . . Showstoppers’ Caister ’81 over the first weekend in April has already sold out . . . Colin Day (Luxembourg Royal Bugatti), who remembers with me the day when soul music was soulful, reports that club regulars Ottawan have a new 12in ‘Haut Les Mains (Hands Up)’ as awful/good as the other two! . . . Al Taylor of St Asaph Stables fame starts a new Sunday Soul Club this weekend at Rhyl’s Dixieland Showbar with good music, free admission, pub booze ‘n’ food from 8-11.30pm . . . Honey Bee Benson, when not taking her new improved roadshow around the country, is at Gloucester’s plush Arabellas on Tues/Wed/Thursdays . . . Andy St John (02013 – 71972), who makes reasonably priced and customised disco jingles, is looking for jazz-funk/soul club gigs following the closure of Bournemouth’s Stateside Center (which I must say comes as a shock) . . . Stevie Allan, no longer packing thousands into Liverpool Rotters as he’s at Oscars instead now, needs bookings anywhere in the UK (051 426 2069) . . . Des A (Birkenhead NFR) sez Merseyside’s buzzing about new jazz-funk band Sutch ‘N’ Sutch . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) finds that duck-calls make more noise than kazoos when used with Skyy ‘No Music’, while meanwhile Chris Hill has picked up on Gary’s recommendation of Roger Squire’s electronic syndrum, finding though that a dull-thud setting is great for running through vari-synch segues to add to the mix and the actual syndrum, “ping” is dynamite with “echo” . . . Canvey Goldmine’s suntanned Stan Barrett is a year older on Monday . . . Robbie Vincent caught up with a box load of jazz oldies in Florida, so now he too can play Eddie Ross . . . BMRB’s singles chart (the Top 75 most used by the music business) will now only include records with a trade price between 50p and £1.25 (ex VAT), with no more than four tracks, one featured artist, and 15 minutes maximum playing time – which will obviously affect some disco releases (Sugarhill’s ‘Rapper’ 12in to name but one) . . . Peter Young’s ‘Capital Countdown’ on Saturday mornings at 9am is compulsive listening for anyone interested in what’s actually selling in London, the first hour containing as well Peter’s intelligent section of hot newies, many of ’em jazzy/soulful . . . ‘TISWAS!’ then makes it difficult for me to sleep on Saturdays until the afternoon! . . . Hiroshima may play up their Japanese angle but are merely third generation Japanese-Americans from Los Angeles, founder Dan Kuramoto’s wife June Okida Kuramoto being the only member actually born in Japan, and an expert on the classical koto – but can she suck a large one? . . . Chris Dinnis (Exeter Boxes), by all accounts a nice lad, now resents my trying to get people to take him seriously . . . George Power & Andy Hunter say “hi” – or, more appropriately, “lo!” – to Sugar Shack (drop ’em Chris!) . . . John Grant (Manchester) says a chop between synths at end of Casiopea ‘Eyes Of Mind’ into Whispers ‘It’s A Love Thing’ is very effective, Kev Hill (Basildon Sweeneys) recommends Disco Dub Band ‘For The Love Of Money’ oldie out of Funk Masters, while Alan Coulthard (Barry Atlantic Wine Bar) revives Frantique ‘Strut Your Funky Stuff’ out of Fantasy, and joins many others running Sharon Redd through Blondie’s break . . . Chart File readers note, the Anglos ‘Incense’ was not by Stevie Wonder but by Jimmy Miller, before he became an Island producer . . . Robbie Collins (Ilford Room At The Top) suggests a new name for Futurist could be “Hi-Tech” – which of course you hear in a Hi-Tech Disco-Tech (we’ll let you know!) . . . Alan Donald (Rothesay Paddle Boat) suggests, “CHIP”, Chart for Hip Intellectual People – he obviously hasn’t seen the Futurist fans who used to hang out in the Rock Garden! . . . Divyen Shah (Harrow) likes pop music, and that’s all right . . . Martin Platts (Blackburn) maybe doesn’t realise his anagram is Stalin M Pratt! . . . John Mayoh (Thornton Illawalla Country Club) has along with many others noticed a sudden widespread taste for oldies amongst punters, making new product difficult to break – is this because of the recession keeping people at home more, or what? . . . I’d welcome your views on this, but in the meantime do your best to KEEP IT GOOD!


RAY CARLESS, Jamaica-born but British bred since the early ’60s, has been blowing tenor sax for years with a variety of musical acts, fronting his own reggae/funk Zami in the mid-’70s and then touring Europe with Afro-jazz/rock Boombaye before backing such as Hi-Tension, Jimmy Lindsay, Central Line and Black Slate (‘Amigo’) on record. Now his jazz preference has been given free reign on ‘Tarantula Walk’, due on Ensign 12in in a fortnight but circulating on promo already, featuring his sinuously strung out honking sax line over a bass-bumbled loping 118 – 119 – 120 – 121bpm thud beat. Ray may be Carless but he sure ain’t clueless (ouch – sorry, ‘baht that)!


IMPORTS

KLEEER: ‘Get Tough’ (LP ‘License To Dream’ US Atlantic SD 19288).
The base-pushed group now features some good looking chicks too, this dynamite rattling-introed sparse and steadily progressing 116 – 118 – 120 – 121 (bass on) bpm jittery driver having great piano breaks and a John Wayne impersonator, exploding over the weekend for all who used it (try mixing out of Young & Co ‘I Like’ for starters!). Far and away THE track, it’s infinitely better than the freakily introed 116 – 118bpm ‘De Kleeer Ting‘ and 124 – 126bpm ‘Running Back To You‘, although the gentle 101bpm swaying ‘Sippin’ & Kissin‘ is pretty.

Apart from a Frank Hooper LP containing a remix of ‘This Feelin’ and an evidently undistinguished RJ’s Latest Arrival 12in, there wasn’t much else about on import last week.


UK NEWIES

T.S. MONK: ‘Bon Bon Vie’ (Mirage K11653T).
Unexpectedly, out of the blue, good sense has prevailed and although ‘Candidate For Love‘ is already pressed it’s been shelved temporarily in place of this fabulous jauntily chugging sleazy singalong 109bpm catchy tripper, due on 12in, huge on import and a far more commercial hit-bound bet as it’s much requested already.

JOE SAMPLE: ‘Burnin’ Up The Carnival’ (MCA MCAT 571).
Brazilian flavoured exotic chix-sung throbbing and thrumming 107 – 109 – 108 – 109 – (incl break) – 0bpm jaunty skipper, with long piano passages, now remixed for 12in but not necessarily better than the LP version, may be rhythmically complex for general disco punters although of course anyone with an ear will love it. 

BILLY OCEAN: ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’ (GTO GT 13-286).
Nigel Martinez-produced greatly tensely jolting stark 116bpm bumper building a sparse smack behind worriedly whimpering Billy. Finally on much-needed UK 12in, the languid 117bpm ‘Everlasting Love‘ flip being George Benson-ish.

HEATWAVE: ‘Jitterbuggin’ (LP ‘Candles’ GTO GTLP 047).
Finally out here but kind of old hat for those who sneaked an import long before Xmas. The set is typically smooth and relaxed, this 111bpm ‘Give Me The Night’-ish pusher being great mixed between Slave ‘Watching You’ and (especially!) Whispers ‘Continental Shuffle’. ‘Posin’ ‘Til Closin‘ is a lovely lazy steadily jogging 105bpm swayer, ‘Turn Around‘ a lush 113bpm bass-hiccuped meanderer, ‘Goin’ Crazy‘ a trickily starting cool 118 – 113bpm disjointed jiggler and ‘Dreamin’ You‘ a light 121 – 120bpm ticker.

RONNIE JONES: ‘Video Games’ (Carrere CAR 173).
Infuriatingly catchy pop-orientated jaunty Eurodisco 122bpm 7in amalgam of the ‘Ladies Night’ feel with electronic trappings (for all I know it may be on 12in too, but WEA’s mail is late this week), sounding suspiciously like a smash, the breezy 120bpm ‘We Make The Music‘ B-side skitterer being good too.

NICK STRAKER BAND: ‘A Little Bit Of Jazz’ (CBS 13-9519).
Precisely thudding electronically backed 117bpm jogger with superimposed jitter, jazzily tinkling piano and simple repetitive chant builds an hypnotically nagging power and has surprised many previously anti-Straker jocks – however, he’s back on Wally form with the 133bpm ‘The Last Goodbye‘ alternative A-side.

(NEW YORK) SKYY: ‘Superlove’ (LP ‘Skyyport’ Excaliber EXCLP 5002).
Nice perky synth driven little 121 – 122bpm skipping smacker incredibly and usefully similar to Prince’s ‘Head’, ‘I Can’t Get Enough‘ being a languid 115 – 114bpm smacker with jazzy piano between good vocals and ‘Take It Easy‘ a slinky 103bpm plodder.

BOZ SCAGGS: ‘Miss Sun’ (CBS 9424).
David Paich-produced Toto-type great sleazily chugging 103 – 104bpm 7in attractive slow thumper with sophisticatedly manner vocal and unidentified chick over a beat that sounds like the tape’s running slow, also on extended 102 – 104bpm US 12in promo, nice out of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Heavy Love Affair’.

KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Jones Vs. Jones’ (De-Lite KOOL 1112).
‘Too Hot’-type steadily jogging pleasant 94 – 93bpm swayer with divorce court lyrics, on 4-track 12in for some reason with the old atmospheric mood doodling “live” 0 – 18 – 36bpm ‘Summer Madness’, which at least makes good listening, while the once hot 102 – 103bpm ‘Funky Stuff’ and 111 – 113bpm ‘Hollywood Swinging’ now merely sound stale, tired and untidy.

LAKESIDE: ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (Solar SOT-15).
Influence riddled jittery 117bpm 12in heavy funk smacker with beefy-bass-synth and gruff vocals, sounds familiar but doesn’t stand out and did nothing on import, although it’s now a big US soul hit.

POINTER SISTERS: ‘Could I Be Dreamin’ (Planet K 12505T).
Staggeringly Jacksons-like rumbling 118 – 119 – 120bpm 12in kicker may shake a few bodies down to the ground.

G.C. CAMERON: ‘Live For Love’ (Flamingo FMT 5-11).
Detroit Spinners’ one-time leader’s sophisticated Sam Cooke / Al Green-ish 55/109bpm 12in swayer starts confusingly with dramatic tom-toms and will delight veteran soul freaks, the trickily fading-up 112 – 113bpm monotonous moody instrumental ‘If I Love You‘ flip being designed for obscurity seekers.

JEAN-LUC PONTY: ‘Happy Robots’ (Atlantic K11543).
Simple little jazzy 106 – 105bpm 7in instrumental jiggler with unhurried electric fiddle, warm for John Grant.

DELBERT McCLINTON: ‘Giving It Up For Your Love’ (Capitol CL 15180).
Muscle-Shoals produced dated 108bpm 7in brassy jitterer harks back to the town’s ’60s soul heyday.

JOYCE COBB: ‘How Glad I Am’ (Cream HCS 105, via PRT).
Lurching jittery 44/88bpm 7in revival of Nancy Wilson’s 1964 US hit.

ROBERT JOHN: ‘Sherry’ (EMI America EA 119).
Nice brightly strutting 119bpm 7in MoR revival of the Four Seasons’ 1962 classic.

THE JAYVEE’S: ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (V-Tone V-TONE 001).
J.Vincent Edwards sung mellow vintage Motown-styled rolling bass 128bpm 7in revival of Maxine Nightingale’s 1975 oldie, with Northern appeal.

YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA: ‘Tighten Up’ (A&M AMSP 8104).
Side-splitting (for those who know the original) “slant-eyed soul” 134bpm 12in recreation of Archie Bell’s 1968 classic, with a “Japanese gentlemen stand up please” line that inspired some certain Kanu Sukalagwun skulduggery!

TELEX: ‘Soul Waves’ (Sire SIR 4047).
Electronic 119bpm 7in futurist disco with ’60s Stax brass.

CHI-LITES: ‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You’ (Chi-Sound TCD 2479).
Undistinguishedly dated romping chunky 116 – 119bpm 12in judderer, flipped by the pattering slow 0 – 118 (intro) – 44 – 88/44bpm ‘Love Shock’. You’ll have to buy their album for ‘Have You Seen Her’.

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Take Me Away’ (Motown TMG 1216).
Pleasant lush 37/75bpm 7in slowie.

MAXINE NIGHTINGALE: ‘Take Your Heart’ (Liberty 8P 384).
Soulful tapping slow 36bpm 7in smoocher.

PETER JACQUES BAND: ‘Counting On Love “One Two Three” ‘ (RCA T-36).
Horrendously zingy 133bpm 12in Eurodisco galloper flipped by the sub-‘Searching’-ish 130bpm ‘Is It It‘.

TALKING HEADS: ‘Once In A Lifetime’ (Sire SIR 4048).
Afro-flavoured strange 119bpm 7in rumbling jitterer with talk-chanting owing much to such as Gil Scott-Heron, Cassandra and the Street Poets.

LANDSCAPE: ‘Einstein A Go-Go’ (RCA 22).
Great “crossed-line” telephone intro to a sorta Johnny & The Hurricanes go electronic 0 – 132bpm 7in futurist jiggler.

FRANK BARBER ORCH: ‘Dallas’ (BBC RESL 87).
Usefully close 127 – 125bpm 7in recreation of the actual TV version, good MoR obviously.


BACK NUMBERS

RAH BAND ‘Slide’ is yet another great mix out of MFSB, while other oldies in addition to those previously detailed include DC LaRue ‘Cathedrals’ (US Pyramid 12in) 120 – 122 (sax) – 120bpm, Aquarium Dream ‘You’re A Star’ (Elektra 12in) 122 – 124 – 126 – 127 – 128 – 126 – 0bpm, Wilbert Longmire ‘Black Is The Color’ (US Tappan Zee LP) 124 – 126 – 128 – 127 – 129 – 131 – 132bpm, the already mentioned Quincy Jones ‘Stuff Like That’ (A&M 12in – 121bpm) then going nicely into Rick James ‘You And I’ (US Motown 12in promo – 121 – 120bpm), Sea Level ‘Sneakers Fifty Four’ (US Capricorn 12in promo – 110bpm) vari-synchs superbly through Ned Doheny, John Gibbs & US Steel Orchestra ‘Trinidad’ (US Jumbo Caribbean Disco 12in 127 – 128 – 129bpm) is good out of Harry Mosco (thanks to Graham Gold).

Peter Brown ‘Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me’ (US TK 12in – 104bpm segues well out of Yarbrough & Peoples. Ashford & Simpson ‘It Seems To Hang On’ (US Warner Bros 12in promo – 114 – 116 – 117 – 118bpm) is amazingly similar to Patrice Rushen and Charles Earland ‘Let The Music Play’ (US Mercury LP – 130 – 131 – 132 – 131bpm) could be useful with current jazz hits. (Label details merely denote the versions used, in case of BPM discrepancy).

Incidentally, on closer examination the current Central Line 12in clocks in fast side at 124 – 125 – 124 – 123 – 122bpm, slow side 109 – 107 – 106 – 107bpm, Change ‘Glow Of Love’ at 118bpm, LAX ‘All My Love’ at 117bpm (voltage fluctuation time again?). While TS Monk ‘Can’t Keep My Hands To Myself’ is 54/108 – 53/105bpm. OK, numbers freaks?


DJ TOP TEN

BRITAIN’S OWN answer to the USA’s ‘Urban Cowboy’ disco fad would appear to be Futurist (I mean, a mixture of white rock and Wally pop can hardly fail with fashion–jumping posers, can it?). The Message has obviously got through to unhip record pluggers that there’s a market out there to be exploited, if the number of requests I’ve had for Futurist DJs addresses is anything to go by – so, all you bubbling Futurist jocks – you could just be doing yourself a favour by keeping in contact with this page. While we will remain orientated towards the true disco music, soul in all its current forms, there is no reason why we shouldn’t feature a Futurist disco chart too, for those that are interested. Send in your charts (indicating that you want them to be thought of as Futurist) to: James Hamilton, Record Mirror, 40 Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT – This being the address for all types of disco chart – to arrive by Wednesday, weekly. ALAN GIBSON, spinning “electronic dance music” on Thurs/Fri/Saturdays in Edgbaston Faces Profile Suite, is currently doing just that. Gibbo’s current dance floor fillers are these . . .

1. To Cut A Long Story Short – Spandau Ballet – Chrysalis 12in
2. Angel Face – Shock – RCA
3. Tar – Visage – Polydor LP
4. Empire State Human – Human League – Virgin LP
5. Fashion – David Bowie – RCA 12in
6. Fade To Grey – Visage – Polydor 12in
7. Showroom Dummies – Kraftwerk – Capitol 12in
8. Quiet Men – Ultravox – Island LP
9. Warm Leatherette – The Normal – Mute
10. The Quiet Life – Japan – Ariola LP


UK Disco Top 90 – February 7, 1981

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


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Mikio Masuda: ‘My Delight’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Azoto: ‘San Salvador’ (Dutch Rams Horn 12in)
Skyy: ‘Superlove’ (Excaliber LP)
Floyd Beck: ‘Party Is The Solution: (US Precision 12in)
Freda Payne: ‘Band Of Gold’ (Vintage Champagne 12in)
Diana Ross: ‘It’s My Turn’ (Motown)
Gene Dunlap: ‘Love Dancin’ / ‘Rock Radio’ / ‘It’s Just The Way I Feel’ / ‘Surest Things Can Change’ (US Capitol LP)
Trammps: ‘Mellow Out’ / ‘Trained-Eye’ (Atlantic LP)
Cecil Parker: ‘Get On Up’ / ‘I’ve Been Missing Your Lovin’ (EMI LP)
Spectrum: ‘Taking It To The Top’ (Smokey 12in)
Mtume: ‘So You Wanna Be A Star’ (Epic 12in)
Wizzdom: ‘Free Bass’ (US TK 12in)
Frankie Valli: ‘Soul’ (MCA 12in)
Bill Summers: ‘T.V.’ / ‘Call It What You Want’ / ‘Snatch (Is A Dance)’ (US MCA LP)
Gil Scott-Heron: ‘Waiting For The Axe To Fall’ / ‘The Klan’ (US Arista LP)
Gladys Knight: ‘Still Such A Thing’ (CBS)
Native Son: ‘Racing Around’ / ‘Supersafari’ / ‘Orange Sunshine’ / ‘Sexy Lady’ (Japanese JVC LP)
Rose Royce: ‘Help Yourself’ / ‘Golden Touch’ (Whitfield 12in)
Nobuo Yagi: ‘Mi Mi Africa’ (Japanese Invitation LP)
Trammps: ‘Looking For You’ (Atlantic 12in)
People’s Choice: ‘You Ought To Be Dancing’ (US Casablanca LP)
Ray Carless: ‘Tarantula Walk’ (Ensign 12in promo)
Dramatics: ‘Get It’ ‘Turn On The Music’ (US MCA LP)
Kool & The Gang: ‘Jones Vs Jones’ / ‘Funky Stuff’ (De-Lite 12in)
George Benson: ‘What’s On Your Mind’ / ‘Turn Out The Lamplight’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Stone City Band: ‘Freaky’ (US Gordy LP)
DC LaRue: ‘Cathedrals’ (US Pyramid 12in)
Dan Siegel: ‘Full Moon’ / ‘Hot Shot’ (US Inner City LP)
Delegation: ‘Singing’ (Ariola 12in)
Sister Sledge: ‘All American Girls’ (US Cotillion)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

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


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last weeks pop chart entries on 7in are:
Rainbow 133f, Boomtown Rats 157c, Stranglers 140f, Passions 0 – 58/115 – 0r, Fred Wedlock 76 – 0r, Barbara Jones 88f, Slade 237/119 – 109 – 228 – 80 – 0c, Teardrop Explodes 160c, MFSB 120f, Praying Mantis 153f, Cloud 121 – 122 – 127 – 122f, Central Line 122 – 124 – 123f, Coast to Coast 179 – 0r.

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