February 21, 1981: Rusty Egan’s record boxes – “get that little lot and you too can be a Futurist DJ”

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

STEVIE WONDER ‘Lately’ is finally due on 7in (to combat Rudy Grant?) Fuse One ‘Fuse One’ LP is now a cheaper German import . . . Kleeer ‘Get Tough’, Free Expression ‘Chill-Out!’, Skyy ‘Superlove’, Narada Michael Walden ‘The Real Thang’ are due on UK 12in next week, followed by Firefly ‘Love’, Parliament ‘Agony Of Defeet’ / ‘Tear The Roof Off The Sucker’, Richie Rome ‘Remember Me’ / ‘Deep’ and a Barbara Mason coupling . . . Kool & The Gang’s current 4-track 12in is also available as a gatefold-housed 7in twin-pack — but is still too long to qualify for the new singles chart regulations (which, due to their “one artist only” clause, would debar all John Lennon’s hits featuring Yoko Ono on the flip, Frankie Valli ‘Grease’, Lee Marvin ‘Wand’rin’ Star’, and all the other classics with the misfortune to credit someone else on the B-side!) . . . Showstopper Promotions hold a ‘2001/Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon’ “space” theme alldayer on Easter Bank Holiday Monday April 20th at Southampton Top Rank with the usual mafia team . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) and the Gnomes had special gnome suits tailored just for Caister but were too late for tickets and now beg for a chalet (call 051 – 526 5407), and will even pay over the odds for one . . . TISWAS’s Lenny Henry is making a record (again) – hopefully it won’t be ‘D.I.S.C.O.- K’! . . . Chris Brown’s ‘The Family Album‘ jazz-funk gig picture book has been picked up by W.H. Smith & Son for distribution to all their major branches at a much cheaper £4.95, for which it can be ordered at any of their shops not carrying it in stock . . . Canvey Shades first Wednesday was a blinder by all accounts (and not only because of the custard pies!) – Steve Walsh and friends (likely to be Owen Washington & Alan Jewell) will be there weekly . . . Al Taylor’s Sunday soul club at Rhyl’s Dixieland Showbar also got off to a good start . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn meets Sunday (22) lunchtime in Chesham Gatsbys, Lothian & Fife DJA’s AGM is on Tuesday (24) at 7.30 pm in Edinburgh’s Grange Hotel, Whitehouse Terrace . . . Inversions are getting rave reports for their live appearances . . . Cloud at Mayfair Gullivers last Wednesday played all the jazz hits you know and love – ‘Hunt Up Wind’, ‘Hard Work’, ‘Winelight’ etc – which were nice to hear live even if the youthful white group lacked the polish they are bound to acquire with time . . . Shock, the freaky futurist mime group, are at Gullivers this Friday (20) and next Wednesday (25) . . . Bob Jones has left Chelmsford Dee-Jay’s after eight years but is at Chelmsford Countryman Mondays, with Froggy at Copford Windmill Tuesdays, and Braintree Barn Wednesdays . . . Paul Bannon, recently moved to Sunbury-on-Thames (86124) from Belfast, is looking for London area jazz/funk/soul gigs . . . TWA have cut their package holiday prices to the USA if you book by April 30th, making four days in New York including flights and accommodation just £164 (less than two standby fares on their own!) – are you reading this Froggy? . . . Whitehaven Whitehouse soon start a themed Wednesday “international” night representing with drinks etc, a different country each week, people collecting tickets from all the eight nights then being eligible for a draw to win two weeks for two in sunny Spain (thanx for the drink, Phil!) . . . BRMB’s Nicky Steele acknowledges Edgbaston Faces’ floor response chart as a significant influence on the content of his Saturday night soul show . . . Alan Coulthard (Barry Atlantic Wine Bar), who visited Gullys with Cloud, reckons the public’s lack of interest in newies is only partly due to the depression and more to do with radio’s reluctance to play the sort of disco material that previously would have been automatic chart fodder . . . I certainly can’t understand radio ignoring such as LAX, Fantasy, Skyy, TS Monk, Ned Doheny . . . Whispers ‘It’s A Love Thing’ sounds stronger by the week while we wait for ‘Imagination’ and may have been a better UK singles choice after all – it’s actually getting screams of recognition now (although these may be from Americans!) . . . Shalamar, which last week looked ready for the knacker’s yard, has had an unexpected chart resurgence (how much are you paying ’em, Rowdy?!) . . . Bernard Wright, whose Arista GRP import LP is the week’s hottest entry, turns out to be only 16 years old . . . Robbie Dee, and anyone else who lost it, Island’s mailing list address is Elaine Sutcliffe, Island Records, 22 St Peters Square, London, W6 9NW – give full gig details . . . Graham Gold has an unbelievably good mix from Yarbrough & Peoples into the JB’s ‘Gimme Some More’ (Mojo)! . . . Turkish boffins, as you may have read, have determined that loud disco music makes mice queer and pigs deaf (they don’t mention native New Yorkers.) . . . Tom Amigo (Cardiff M Disco Services) says the Beatles ‘Twist And Shout’ is so much requested it could hit again . . . Marshal King (Sunderland Mayfair Suite / Genevieves) points out that pop dance hits are more popular than disco nowadays, but in the same area Graham Bond (Teesvalley Roadshow) reckons that jazz-funk has finally started going over quite well at all his discos . . . Gordon Lyle, Glasgow-based musical co-ordinator for Scotland’s Unicorn Leisure company, says that as many clubs have to play across-the-board music with a bit of everything (including funk), then this page should review the likes of Spandau Ballet (I did review their first record), Roxy Music and the like. Well Gordon, as you and every other DJ surely knows, the sort of punter that you’re dealing with really only want to dance to the hits and you don’t need me to tell you what they are, you only need to switch on the radio. While on the ether hand soul, jazz, funk (plus the other oddities that I do indeed mention from time to time) have a devoted following yet lack any comparable media coverage – so, by all means keep it varied, but also KEEP IT GOOD!


FUTURE HITS

RUSTY EGAN, not only drummer and tape-loop supplier to Visage, Shock etc but one of the leading DJs of the original fashion-setting Futurist scene, last Saturday organised at London’s Rainbow the biggest New Romanticism event yet, declares that he has now retired from jocking (we’ll have to see if that’s for real!), leaving the scene to its commercialisers. He’s such a generous guy though that he let me rummage around through his record boxes to find out what, for him at least, makes up the required material for Futurist gigs – and the result could come as a surprise! In point of fact, New Romanticism is still sufficiently ill defined for its followers to be unsure of what it is that they ought to like, so that Rusty finds whatever it is he happens to be playing at the time is what people want to buy when they hear it in his shop. Rusty’s record shop, ‘The Cage’ (conveniently next to ‘Axiom’ for stylish clothes) is in the Great Gear Market at 85 Kings Road, Chelsea. First off, he bubbles with enthusiasm about his forthcoming remix of ‘Burundi Black’ (Decca 12in), Visage ‘Mind Of A Toy‘ and Ronny ‘If You Want Me To Stay‘ (both due on Polydor 12in), before launching into THE LIST:

Landscape ‘Einstein A Go Go‘ (RCA 12in), Shock ‘Angel Face‘ (RCA 12in), Space ‘Tender Force‘ (French Vogue 12in), Metro ‘America in My Head’ (German Metronome 12in), Sugar Minott ‘Good Thing Going‘ (Hawkeye 12in), Me & You ‘La La Means I Love You‘ (Castro Brown 12in), The Reddings ‘The Awakening’ (Epic), Rinder Lewis ‘Put Yourself In Alpha’ (US AVI LP), Simple Minds ‘I Travel’ (Arista 12in), Duran Duran ‘Planet Earth’ (EMI), Talking Heads ‘Once In A Lifetime’ (Sire), Tantra ‘Hills Of Katmandu‘ (US Importe LP), Kid Creole & The Coconuts ‘Maladie D’Amour‘ (Island), Was Not Was ‘Wheel Me Out’ (US Antilles 12in), Harry Thumann ‘Underwater’ (Decca 12in), Grace Jones ‘Demolition Man‘ (Island 12in), Giorgio Moroder ‘The Chase‘ (Casablanca 12in), Kraftwerk ‘The Model‘ (Capitol LP, ‘The Man Machine’), Rinder & Lewis ‘Willie And The Hand Jive‘ (US AVI LP), Basement Five ‘1965 To 1980‘ (Island LP), Roxy Music ‘Jealous Guy’ (Polydor), Joy Division ‘Atmosphere’ / ‘She’s Lost Control’ (Factory 12in), Simple Minds ‘Celebrate‘ (Arista LP), Snakefinger ‘The Model‘ (Virgin LP), Depeche Mode ‘Photographic‘ (Mute), Lizzy Mercier Descloux ‘Press Colour‘ (US Ze LP), Shirley Bassey ‘Never Never Never‘ (UA), Doris Day ‘Move Over Darling’ (CBS), Liza Minelli ‘New York New York’ (Soundtrack LP), plus the following albums: Human League ‘Travelogue’ (Virgin), Yellow Magic Orchestra ‘Solid State Survivors’ (A&M), Talking Heads ‘Remain In Light’ (Sire), Telex ‘Looking For St Tropez’ / ‘Eurovision’ (Sire), Ultravox ‘Vienna’ (Chrysalis), John Foxx ‘John Foxx’ (Virgin), Sparks ‘Number One In Heaven’ (Virgin), Gary Glitter ‘Greatest Hits’ (GTO), Roxy Music ‘Viva’ (Polydor), David Bowie ‘Scary Monsters’ / ‘Heroes’ / ‘Low’ (RCA), Ziggy Pop ‘Lust For Life’ / ‘The Idiot’ (RCA), Lou Reed ‘Transformer’ (RCA), Visage ‘Visage’ (Polydor), Ultravox ‘Three Into One’ (Island), Kraftwerk ‘Trans-Europe Express’ (Capitol), Roboterwerke ‘Roboterwerke’ (German CBS), Wolfgang Riechmann ‘Wunderbar’ (German Sky), Love Of Life Orchestra ‘LOLO’ (US Fetish), Contortions ‘Contort Yourself’ (Ze), Don Armando’s 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band ‘2nd Avenue Rhumba Band’ (Ze), Scientist ‘The Best Dub Album In The World‘, Sly & Robbie ‘King’s Dub’. Rusty assumes you’ve already got Spandau Ballet, right? Well there you are, get that little lot and you too can be a Futurist DJ . . . except, as with any type of music, it ain’t what you play it’s the way that you play it which matters most.


IMPORTS

ALPHONSE MOUZON: ‘By All Means’ LP (US P.A.U.S.A. 7087).
Forget his zingy “disco” efforts, the jazz drummer is back on form with a dazzlingly brilliant instrumental set starring Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, the Seawind Horns and a flugelhorn solo from Freddie Hubbard, the doodlingly starting smooth long 114 – 115bpm title track taking a while to become compulsive but then skipping and tripping through a well related series of solos, the more immediate (and my own fave) attractive nagging 99bpm ‘Do I Have To?‘ jogger dually synchs perfectly out of Yarbrough & Peoples while the even prettier 97bpm ‘The Next Time We Love‘ is similar, and ‘The Jogger‘ an intense sombre slow 90bpm jolter. Possibly in short supply at present, this should have wide enough appeal to be huge – it’s certainly the only stand-out in a busy but boring week for new imports.

VARIOUS: ‘Disco Mix’ (US Disco Mix AL-1001).
Don’t wet yourselves with excitement “disco mixer” fans, but here’s another real goodie! Dance-Orientated-Rock rather than soul, it brilliantly if slightly monotonously builds at 113 – 112bpm with some new freaky additions around Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, blending into Kraftwerk, Steve Wonder, Genesis, Eagles, Doobie Bros, Timmy Thomas and more mainly instrumental “spot the intro” snippets — even the Stones ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, James Brown ‘Body Heat’, AWB ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ and, you’d better sit down if you’ve a weak heart, is flipped by the full ‘Let’s Do It’ in other words, ‘Bits & Pieces III’! What value! However be warned as there has been a bootleg of the original ‘Bits & Pieces III’ bootleg in circulation that only has the short disco side on both sides, leaving out the longer pop medley. To be safe, get this version. It has black print on white label, ‘Disco Mix’ on Side A, ‘Let’s Do It’ on Side B.

STARS ON 45: ‘Stars On 45’ (Dutch CNR 151.028).
“Legitimate” (depending on your viewpoint) Euro version of ‘Bits & Pieces III’, this 124bpm 12in recreation has been recorded with heavily accented singers as a bland medley instead of “mixing” the original hit snippets in bootleg style, and consequently sounds merely jolly like so many other Continental medleys even though it slavishly copies (in one continuous take) just about every detail.

QUINCY JONES: ‘Ai No Corrida’ (US A&M 2309-S).
So, all of you who ignored Chas Jankel’s happy skipper, the laugh’s on you. Quincy has added some twiddles and a short violent break on 123bpm 7in (ahead of his album) yet retains so much of the radio-plugged original’s flavour that this got my floor going while the punters were just beginning to arrive. 

RONNIE JONES: ‘Video Games’ (US Polydor PD DS 515).
Not evidently on UK 12in after all but on far superior 7:46 US 12in anyway, this pop-orientated potential smash now has a dynamite break with Space Invader video game sound effects. Somehow I forgot to buy it, but will let you know if the BPM differs from the 122bpm 7in.

UNLIMITED TOUCH: ‘Searching To Find The One’ (LP ‘Unlimited Touch’ US Prelude PRL 12184).
Crown Heights Affair-produced determinedly rhythmic set from the smartly turned-out youngsters, this being a bass-burbled simple purposeful choppy 113 (intro) – 115 – 113 – 115 – 113 – 115bpm clapper with wailing lead lady and acid guitar last part. ‘Carry On‘ a gently lilting 114 – 113bpm swayer with nice jazzy piano. ‘Feel The Music‘ a beefily starting 119bpm smacker, ‘Private Party‘ a burbling 118 – 121 – 117 – 122bpm smacker, ‘In The Middle‘ a chugging 122 – 123 – 126 – 0bpm thumper and ‘Happy Ever After‘ a languid bland 117bpm bumper, but none stand out more than their hit.

WILLIE MITCHELL: ‘Sparkle’ (LP ‘Willie Mitchell Listen Dance’ US Bearsville BRK 3520).
Veteran Memphis musician/producer most recently of Al Green fame with a nice sometimes slightly dated instrumental set, this thickly textured lushly orchestrated 101bpm jiggly jogger having a powerful undertow, the more spacious ‘Reaching Out‘ being a slick 0 – 106bpm swayer with banging pauses and jazz appeal (possibly spoilt by some shrill chix near the end). The easily lilting attractive jaunty jiggly 109 – 110bpm ‘Give The World More Love‘ swayer sounding most commercial, while ‘Midnight Rhapsody‘ is a dead slow sweeping bluesy Deep South doodle and my own fave.

ATLANTIC STARR: ‘When Love Calls’ (US A&M 2312-S).
Lovely chix-cooed and wailed swaying little 106 – 107bpm 7in jogger. slightly edited from their ‘Radiant’ LP (SP-4833) on which this is by far the best track.

T-CONNECTION: ‘Everything Is Cool’ LP (US Capitol ST-12128).
Disappointingly uninspired set never rising above the merely functional, the title track being a slinky purposeful slow 102 – 103bpm funk jitterer with yowling guitar sounds. ‘We’ve Got A Good Thing‘ an urgent choppy 117bpm jiggler that begins to spark but never ignites, ‘Groove City‘ a fizzling 109bpm funk smacker, ‘Spinnin‘ a percussively varied but dull 108bpm burbler, and ‘Give Me Your Love‘ sounds like they’re on old form but blows its 114bpm rhythmic promise.

CAROL JIANI: ‘Hit ‘N’ Run Lover’ (Canadian Matra W-12044).
Disconcertingly slow though fast seeming old fashioned zingy 121bpm 12in rattling romper might if instrumental have had Francine McGhee / Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King-type appeal, the overly “disco” vocal blending into the overall exuberance on Greg Edwards’ show enough to make me buy it — which I now regret.

MYSTIC MERLIN: ‘Sixty Thrills A Minute’ LP (US Capitol SKAO-12137).
Mundane dull disco set completely lacking the jazzy spark that at least enlivened ‘Just Can’t Give You Up’. The title track being an emptily chugging 125bpm smacker. ‘Got To Make It Better‘ a Bee Gees-ish squeaky 119bpm jolter, ‘Goddess Of The Boogie‘ a slow tapping introed 109bpm plodder, others being the swaying 118bpm ‘Haunting You (Crystal Ball)‘ jittery 121bpm ‘Hideaway‘, jogging 95bpm ‘Get It For Yourself’ and bass snapped 131bpm ‘Monkey Love’.

STRIKERS: ‘Body Music’ (US Prelude PRL D 508).
Chaps-sung cheerful jittery jerky 123 – 124 – 125 (inc break) – 124bpm 12in canterer with an exciting simple sparse break and “huh! huh!” macho shouts instrumental flip.

JAMES McGREE: ‘Super Love’ (US Sun Seed RH 001).
Ben E King’s ‘Supernatural Thing’ (soon for futurist revival by Siouxsie!) given a simple cooled-out 104 – 105bpm 12in treatment.

WANDA ‘STAR’ WILLIAMS: ‘Soap Opera Lover’ (US Dash 461).
You’re my what?! Soulfully sung but basic jolting 111bpm 12in thudder with rapper-type feel.

TAANA GARDNER: ‘Heartbeat’ (US West End WES-22132).
Ponderously clapping slowly jittering choppy 99bpm 12in swayer with a nice “heartbeat” break.

LIBERTY SILVER: ‘I Need Lovin’ (Canadian Scorpio DK 47).
In other words Demo Cates by any other name doing Teena Marie’s ‘I Need Your Lovin’ at 0 – 111bpm and leading yet more 12in cover versions on Scorpio, others being LIBERTY SILVER: ‘Tide Is High’ (DK 53), LIBERTY SILVER & MR Q: ‘Don’t Stop The Funk‘ (‘Music’) (DK 54), THE NOW BAND: ‘No Music‘ (Skyy) (DK 55) – however, Mr Q: ‘Love & Kisses‘ (DK 21) turns out to be a great 32/64bpm revival of Bobby Harris’s late ’60s ‘Mr Success’ deep soul smoocher! Incidentally, whereas last year saw a drastic reduction in the number of US 12in releases, 1981 seems to have heralded a deluge of 12in vinyl (admittedly from small labels in the main), there being many more titles about this week but none necessarily very strong.


UK NEWIES

I’M AFRAID over-tiredness has caught up with my deadline this week (I hope you realise it’s bloody hard work putting this page together!), so rather than do detailed reviews I can only mention the BPMs that I’ve already worked out in this listing of all the wax that matters.

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Goro City’ (Island 12WIP 6672).
Dynamite out of ‘Southern Freeez’, ought if it’s like the acetate to be 128 – 130 – 129 – 130bpm.

YOUNG & COMPANY: ‘(Strut Your Stuff) Sexy Lady’ (Excaliber EXCL 505).
Should be 116bpm and is unbelievable to synch Kleeer ‘Get Tough’ out of, while the ‘Waiting On Your Love‘ double-A coupling should be 122 – 123 – 124bpm if it’s like the LP.

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘All American Girls’ LP (Atlantic K 50774).
Is a perfect mix, with all the appropriately tempoed Narada Michael Walden oldies, killers being the 116bpm ‘Music Makes Me Feel Good’, 121bpm ‘If You Really Want Me‘, 108½bpm ‘Ooh You Caught My Heart‘, the 122 – 121bpm title track also being on 12in (K 11656T).

EARTH WIND & FIRE: ‘And Love Goes On’ (CBS 13 – 9521).
Should be 117 (intro) – 121 – 122 – 124bpm and the ‘Faces‘ flip 140bpm.

RAY CARLESS: ‘Tarantula Walk’ (Ensign ENYT 204).
Is an excellent if slightly specialist 118 – 119 – 120 – 121bpm jazz instrumental.

GENE DUNLAP: ‘It’s Just The Way I Feel’ (Capitol 12CL 16183).
Should be 45/90bpm with the 3-track 12in flip’s ‘Love Dancin‘ 116bpm and ‘Surest Things Can Change‘ 0 – 112/56 – 113 – 118bpm.

ME & YOU: ‘La La Means I Love You’ (Castro Brown CB 011).
Is a nice 83bpm reggae, other 12in reggae being:

SHIRLEY JAMES & DANNY RAY: ‘Why Don’t You Spend The Night’ (Black Jack BJD 4509) and EUGENE PAUL: ‘Children Go To School‘ (Ensign ENYT 205).

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: ‘Saddest’ LP (Motown TMSP 5011).
Is a double album of his Kudu oldies.

TOM BROWNE: ‘Magic’ LP (Arista GRP 5503).
Has been out a while with zilch response except for lukewarm mutterings about ‘Let’s Dance’.

. . . and that’ll have to do. Next week I promise to be wider awake and do ’em all properly.


UK Disco Top 90 – February 21, 1981

01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
02 08 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version – Beggars Banquet 12”
03 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me – Mercury 12”
04 06 MFSB – Mysteries Of The World – TSOP 12”
05 03 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove – GTO 12”
06 07 Blondie – Rapture – Chrysalis 12”
07 04 James Brown – Rapp Payback – RCA 12”/US TK LP
08 05 L.A.X. – All My Love – Epic 12”
09 23 Rah Band – Slide – DJM 12”
10 10 Fantasy – You’re Too Late – Epic 12”
11 12 Whispers – Imagination / I Can Make It Better / Up On Soul Train / Continental Shuffle – US Solar LP
12 09 Light Of The World – I Shot The Sheriff – Ensign 12”
13 16 Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson – The Bottle – Vintage Champagne 12”
14 15 (New York) Skyy – Here’s To You / No Music – Excaliber 12”
15 27 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out / Rising Sun – Ensign 12”
16 19 Cloud – All Night Long (Remix) / Take It To The Top – UK Champagne 12”
17 18 T.S. Monk – Bon Bon Vie – Mirage 12”
18 14 Stevie Wonder – I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It – Motown 12”
19 33 Kleeer – Get Tough / De Kleeer Ting – US Atlantic LP/12” promo
20 20 Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love – CBS 12”
21 24 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers – US Solar 12”
22 17 Joe Sample – Burnin’ Up The Carnival – MCA 12”
23 11 Kool & The Gang – Celebration – De-Lite 12”
24 21 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It – Epic 12”
25 32 K.I.D. – Don’t Stop – Groove/EMI 12”
26 13 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love – Ensign 12”
27 31 Unlimited Touch – I Hear Music In The Streets – Epic 12”
28 25 T.S. Monk – Candidate For Love / Can’t Keep My Hands To Myself – Mirage LP
29 36 Millie Jackson – I Had To Say It (Expletive Deleted) – Spring 12”
30 34 Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair / Praise / Funk Me / Love Party – Motown LP
31 38 Funk Masters – Love Money – Tania Music 12”
32 22 Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up – Elektra 12”
33 28 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – Excaliber 12”
34 35 Wilton Felder – Insight – MCA 12in
35 30 Inversions – Passport / Mr Mac – Groove Production 12”
36 44 Odyssey – Hang Together – RCA 12”
37 37 Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) – GTO 12”
38 56 Breakfast Band – L.A.14 – Disc Empire 12”
39 26 Various – Bits & Pieces III – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
40 29 Level 42 – (Flying On The) Wings Of Love (Remix ’81) – Polydor 12”
41 43 Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You – Island 12”
42 49 Central Line – (You Know) You Can Do It / We Chose Love – Mercury 12”
43 60 Spectrum – Taking It To The Top – Smokey 12”
44 39 Harry Thumann – Underwater – Decca 12”
45 40 The Reddings – Remote Control – Epic
46 46 ConFunkShun – Too Tight / Play Widit – Mercury 12”
47 50 Ozone – Mighty-Mighty / Jump On It / Ozonic Bee Bop / Love Zone / Rock And Roll, Pop And Soul – US Motown LP
48 55 Gene Dunlap – Love Dancin’ / It’s Just The Way I Feel / Rock Radio / Before You Break My Heart – US Capitol LP
49 47 Young & Company – Strut Your Stuff (Sexy Lady) / Waiting On Your Love – Excaliber 12”
50 67 David Bendeth – Goldmine / Love Collect – Ensign 12”
51 48 Fuse One – Grand Prix / Double Steal – Japanese CTI LP
52 68 Freeez – Flying High / Mariposa (Butterfly) / Caribbean Winter – Beggars Banquet LP
53 84 Altitude – Six Nine Shuffle – UK Champagne 12”
54 74 Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love – US Uno Melodic 12”
55 62 Nick Straker Band – A Little Bit Of Jazz – CBS 12”
56 61 Hot Cuisine – All Fired Up / Dancin’ Me To Ecstacy – Kaleidoscope 12”
57 85 Shalamar – Full Of Fire – US Solar 12”
58 51 Mystic Touch – Get Yourself Together / Party People – US Reflection 12”
59 52 Slave – Watching You / Dreamin’ – Atlantic 12”
60 NE Bernard Wright – Bread Sandwiches / Just Chillin’ Out / Spinnin’ / Master Rocker / Firebolt Hustle / Haboglabotribin’ – US Arista GRP LP
61 78 Blackbyrds – Don’t Know What To Say / Rock Creek Park – Fantasy 12”
62 57 Tom Browne – Midnight Interlude / Magic – Arista GRP 12”
63 82 Lenny White/Twennynine – Fancy Dancer (Remix) – Elektra 12in promo
64 58 Bar-Kays – Boogie Body Land – Mercury 12”
65 73 One On One – Body Music – US Bonus 12”
66 89 Firefly – Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) – US Emergency 12”
67 88 Frank Hooker & Positive People – Ooh Suga Wooga / This Feelin’ (Remix) – US Panorama LP
68 63 Grace Kennedy – I’m Starting Again – DJM 12”
69 76 Freda Payne – Band Of Gold – Vintage Champagne 12”
70 NE Second Image – The Jazzy Dancer / Dance Dance Dance – Polydor 12”
71 RE Shalamar – Make That Move / Some Things Never Change / Attention To My Baby / Pop Along Kid – US Solar LP
72 71 Kool & The Gang – Jones Vs Jones / Summer Madness / Funky Stuff / Hollywood Swinging – De-Lite 12” EP
73 NE George Benson – What’s On Your Mind / Turn Out The Lamplight – Warner Bros 12”
74 NE Alphonze Mouzon – By All Means / Do I Have To? – US P.A.U.S.A. LP
75 79 Diana Ross – It’s My Turn – Motown
76 54 Linda Clifford – Runaway Love – US Curtom 12” promo
77 72 Free Expression – Chill-Out! – US Vanguard 12”
78 59 Ernie Watts – Just Holdin’ On – Elektra 12”
79 65 Bill Summers – Call It What You Want / T.V. / You Better Turn Around / Summer Fun – US MCA LP
80 NE Ray Carless – Tarantula Walk / New Born Child – Ensign 12”
81 69 Rose Royce – I Wanna Make It With You / You’re A Winner – Whitfield LP
82 81 Wizzdom – Free Bass – US TK 12”
83 80 Heatwave – Posin’ ‘Til Closin’ / Jitterbuggin’ / Turn Around / Goin’ Crazy – GTO LP
84 75 53 Hiroshima – Cruisin’ J-Town – Arista 12”
85 NE Leprechaun – Loc-It-Up – US Citation 12”
86 53 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday / Did I Hear You Say You Love Me / Lately – Motown LP/12” promo
87 77 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Slip And Dip – De-Lite 12”
88 NE Frankie Valli – Soul – MCA 12”
89 RE (New York) Skyy – Superlove / I Can’t Get Enough – Excaliber LP
90 90 Norman Giscombe Jnr – Get Up And Dance – Pressure 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK 90 with increased support are:

Azoto: ‘San Salvador’ (Dutch Rams Horn 12in)
Manu Dibango: ‘Goro City’ / ‘Happy Feeling’ (Island 12in promo)
Denise LaSalle: ‘I’m Trippin’ On You’ / ‘E.R.A.’ (US MCA LP)
Delegation: ‘Singing’ (Ariola 12in)
Jerry Knight: ‘Perfect Fit’ (US A&M)
Rose Royce: ‘Golden Touch’ (Whitfield 12in)
Alicia Myers: ‘Spirit Of The Boogie’ (US MCA LP)
Lakeside: ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (Solar 12in)
Casiopea: ‘Ripple Dance’ / ‘Make Up City’ / ‘Eyes Of Mind’ (Japanese Alfa LP)
Powerline: ‘Journey’ / ‘Double Journey’ (Elite 12in)
Sister Sledge: ‘All American Girls’ / ‘Music Makes Me Feel Good’ / ‘If You Really Want Me’ (Atlantic LP)
Maurice Starr: ‘Dance To The Funky Groove’ (US RCA 12in)
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble: ‘Breaking And Entering’ (US Phil Int LP)
Demo Cates / Barry: ‘Magic’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
One Way: ‘Push’ / ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’ (US MCA LP)
Cedar Walton: ‘Latin America’ (US Columbia LP)
Sugar Minott: ‘Good Thing Going’ (Hawkeye 12in)
Esther Phillips: ‘We’ve Got A Good Thing Going’ / ‘Crazy’ / ‘Reaching Out For Love With Love’ (US Mercury LP)
Center Stage: ‘Never’ (US Prelude 12in)
Revelation: ‘Feel It’ (US Handshake 12in)
Quincy Jones: ‘Ai No Corrida’ (US A&M)
Willie Mitchell: ‘Sparkle’ / ‘Reachin’ Out’ / ‘Give The World More Love’ (US Bearsville LP)
Rudy Grant: ‘Lately’ (Ensign 12in)
Willie Bobo: ‘Always There’ (US Columbia LP)
Roy Haynes: ‘Vistalite’ (US Galaxy LP)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(1) Spandau ‘Freeze’, 2(2) Adam ‘Ant Music’, 3(3) Visage, 4(4) Susan Fassbender, 5(16) Ultravox, 6(5) Lennon ‘Imagine’, 7(8) Lennon ‘Woman’, 8(9) Specials, 9(15) Phil Collins, 10(-) Barbara Jones, 11(10) Nolans, 12(12) Bad Manners, 13(6) Look, 14(-) Adam ‘Parisians’, 15(20) Gen X, 16(-) Madness ‘Embarrassment’, 17(17) Police ‘Voices’, 18(21) Steve Winwood, 19(18) Cliff Richard, 20(13) Madness ‘Return’, 21(14) Beat, 22(-) Passions, 23(11) Spandau ‘Story’, 24(-) Status Quo ‘Lies’, 25(7) Police ‘De Do’.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries (plus some stragglers) on 7in are:

Pretenders 144f, The Jam (import 7in version) 143f, Gillan 66 – 0 – 66 – 0r, Adam ‘Car Trouble’ 143c, Adam ‘Zerox’ 148 – 152 – 155r, Toyah ‘Mystery’ 48/97f, Christopher Cross 0 – 38r, Sheena Easton 122f, Neil Diamond 0 – 15/30r, Rudy Grant 41/82f, Elvis Presley 117f, Freshies 160c, Boney M 124f.

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