June 6, 1981: Barry Biggs, Keni Burke, Bobby Thurston, Hi-Gloss, The Impressions

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

GREG LYNN, ex-disco plugger most recently responsible at CBS for pushing Adam & The Ants (and Star Sound), has moved to Ensign as marketing and international manager . . . Bobby Thurston’s UK 12in will now be ‘Very Last Drop’ following its Robbie Vincent-caused popularity surge . . . Shakatak’s founders have for years been making disco and pop records under various pseudonyms (several came out on Ensign) so the identity of Enigma shouldn’t be too hard to fathom . . . Linx ‘Together We Can Shine’ on their new 12in is in fact a complete remake, while with vari speed adjustment their ‘Throw Away The Key’ is indeed an amazing imperceptible mix with Change ‘Searching’ . . . BADEM’s Discotek 81 equipment exhibition at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel on September 13-16th will for the first time be open to exhibitors who by being either too small, new, or not directly involved in the disco business would not normally qualify for membership of the trade association – fuller info from Howard Hills on 01-669 9464 . . . Showstoppers mafia DJ team have now rethought their all-dayer/niter strategy and plan for any future events only to sell tickets actually in the clubs where they work, direct to their regular punters . . . Southgate Royalty has been forced to close down the Friday jazz-funk night as the local tube station now shuts early to prevent alleged aggro – and the Saturday is only continuing with the help of a specially organised bus service to get punters home . . . Capital Radio’s Roger Scott, Mike Allen and myself start a weekly series of lavishly organised oldies nights this Saturday (6) at Edmonton’s Picketts Lock Sports Centre, with hot rods, rock ‘n’ roll groups, dance troupes, competitions and much more . . . Camberley’s Frenchies venue at the Cambridge Hotel has temporarily closed for an extensive £120,000 refit but meanwhile Chris Brown and Johnnie Walker continue spinning Latin-tinged jazz every Sunday at the Silvermere Lakeside Club in Cobham (just off the A3) . . . Reflections is the new club in the completely redecorated Devil’s Dyke Hotel at Poynings near Brighton, jazz-funked Thursdays and Sundays by Jon Hill with Paul Jaconelli . . . Sudanese superstar Muhammad Al-Amin, who picks a lute-like sound while wailing in Arabic, appears with his whole orchestra this Saturday (6) at 8pm in Bloomsbury’s Logan Hall (20 Bedford Way, just off Russell Square) – I saw him solo last week with a crowd of Ethiopeans/Sudanese whose exciting reaction to his admittedly (to our ears) esoteric ethnic music was reminiscent of scenes at Harlem’s Apollo, so with an orchestra it could be incredible . . . DJ Alan Matthews was booked and confirmed to do the disco at Jeff Young’s wedding but, without any explanation, was best man himself at another wedding and so sent someone else with equipment which immediately failed, and although the music was a shambles for ages the evening did finally come together and somehow this unfortunate guy (with help from Joe Williams) got things going OK . . . Linx’s David Grant, Phonogram’s Orin Cozier and Rush Release’s Robert Blenman should have been photographed together, they all looked alike . . . Chris Brown, Tom Holland, Bob Jones, Mick Clark, Nicky Peck, Richard James were amongst DJs taking the night off. Robbie Vincent left early and the Brixton Front Line stayed late – some wedding guest list! . . . PEEL’ s latest sponsor disc package arrived burst asunder, spewing forth T-shirts, flexi-discs, boxes of shampoo and a jingle-interspersed 12in of soul oldies, all rebagged in polythene by the Post Office – very efficient (the PO I mean!) . . . Kool’s ‘Celebration’ has been the USA’s biggest selling single since 1979, or to put it another way – since they said “disco is dead” (what do they know?)! . . . Billy Ocean is doing well Stateside with ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’ . . . Marvin Gaye somewhat belatedly won the People’s Choice vote on Capital Radio, which means the phone-in panels have been consistently soulful recently . . . ‘A’ and probably ‘O’ level exams have been hitting disco attendances for some clubs recently . . . Chris Hill has joined Rusty Egan in being one of the main boosters for Was (Not Was) ‘Wheel Me Out’ . . . Chris also raves about a reggae goodie, General Saint & Clint Eastwood ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (Greensleeves 12in) . . . Gino Soccio’s 123bpm ‘Dancer’ slots sensationally between Future Flight ‘Don’t Pull The Plug’ and Strikers ‘Body Music’, while his ‘Try It Out’ synchs perfectly with Mantra ‘Doin’ It To The Bone’ . . . Ramsey Lewis’s new import set is due here too, so full review when received but meanwhile the killer cut looks like ‘Expansions’ followed by ‘Lakeshore Cowboy’ and ‘Romance Me’ . . . Phil Haslehurst (The Mighty Chomper) finds the real floor fillers at Whitehaven’s Whitehouse are mod oldies like Velvelettes ‘Needle In A Haystack’, Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’, Spencer Davis ‘Keep On Running’, R Dean Taylor ‘Ghost In My House’, Harry J ‘Liquidator’ . . . I’m back on my diet and losing weight fast Phil! . . . Gary Allen is calling himself the Liverpool McMillans famous Gnudger Gnome mascot was described as a pixie behind a toadstool! . . . Chris Kaye (0892 23186) wants to hear from Owen Washington, Keith Kapri and King Enri, who will find it to their advantage . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry Freddies Bar), can’t contact Excaliber’s ever reliable Morgan Khan anywhere – join the club, Steve, you now know what he’s reliable for! . . . Silly not to? . . . HO DE HO!


AURRA was assembled by Slave’s Steve Washington using several sometime members of Slave, lead vocalists Curt Jones and Starleana (“Star” for short) Young (whose brothers are Young & Company!) also having been in a New Jersey group called Symphonic Express. Slave lyricist Jennifer Marie Ivory (London-raised, Jamaican-born) helps out too, but apart from Steve on lead guitar/bass/drums/percussion, the other main musicians are keyboardist Philip Fields and saxist Tom Lockett.


UK NEWIES

BARRY BIGGS: ‘Wide Awake In A Dream’ (Dynamic DYN 12-10).
Philip James & The Blues Busters 1965 slow ska classic has been beautifully revived true to the original as a gorgeous 65bpm 12in lovers rock smoocher which literally exploded in London two weekends ago, unfortunately after last week’s page had gone to press. Hear it, don’t miss it!

KENI BURKE: ‘Let Somebody Love You’ (RCA RCAT 93).
This ex-Stairstep’s infectiously jittery 119-120bpm 12in clapping soul bubbler took off like a rocket on import and seems set to go even higher now it’s out here. The instrumental flip’s useful too for mixers.

BOBBY THURSTON: ‘Very Last Drop’ (LP ‘The Main Attraction’ Epic EPC 85070).
Robbie Vincent pioneered acceptance for this McFadden & Whitehead-ish lush jiggly smooth 113-114-115-116bpm soul swinger (which I had a hunch could do the business) while initially the buzz was on the incredibly ‘Ladies Night’-like (and still extremely strong) 111-(intro)-115-116-117-118bpm ‘Is Something Wrong With You‘, ‘Main Attraction‘ being a conversation-introed slinkily jolting 54(intro)-108bpm bumper, ‘I Know You Feel Like I Feel‘ a bumpily rolling 103-104bpm jogger and ‘Keep It Going‘ a less incisive but eventually quite tense 112-113bpm swayer. 

INCOGNITO: ‘Shine On’ (Ensign ENYT 211).
Although the remixed but still rather lightweight meandering jittery 127-0-127-126-127bpm ‘Incognito‘ vocal is the 3-track 12in A-side, it’s this much discussed Jeremy Lloyd-produced live Capital Radio session tape of their delicately tootling 0-127-128-130-128-129-128bpm instrumental hit which will get the pure jazz fans clamouring, while ‘Tracey’ is a pleasant slow moody c.44bpm jazz instrumental doodle.

BB&Q BAND: ‘On The Beat’ (Capitol 12CL 202).
Jacques Fred Petrus-produced classy pure 121bpm 12in New York disco with everything kept cool and clean in Fantasy/GQ-ish style, including some great throbbing bowed bass (not enough of it!). Although the white label is rumoured to be due for a final remix, it’s still going to be out here commercially ahead of the US release.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD: ‘Remixed‘ LP (Mercury 6359062).
Budget priced collection of their best known tracks but in remixed form, some beefier now than others, best of course being the 126-125-124-125 -126-125-124-125bpm 12in version of ‘Time’, while the 121bpm ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ is completely instrumental and the 134bpm ‘Midnight Groovin‘ sounds stronger like this than the 0-133 bpm ‘Swingin’ and 127bpm ‘The Boys In Blue’.


IMPORTS

HI-GLOSS: ‘You’ll Never Know’ (LP ‘Hi-Gloss’ US Prelude PRL 12185).
Prelude pull another one out of the bag with this excellent chix ‘n’ chaps-sung set (brainchild of one Giuliano Salerni) on which the jostling standouts are this superb lazily jolting 98½bpm ‘Rise’-clapping jogging swayer, the lovely gently bumping cool 112bpm ‘I’m Totally Yours‘, soulfully wailed presumably by Phillip Ballou although sounding more like Luther Vandross (who’s a background singer anyway), the languidly rolling chunky 111bpm ‘I Want Your Love To Last‘, and the bass-jittered unhurriedly smacking 0-119bpm ‘All Day All Night‘, while ‘It’s Up To You‘ is an energetically strutting rattling 121bpm leaper and ‘Cash‘ a frantic 130bpm gay flier. They’re all wrapped up with a gloss black-painted naked lady’s torso on the sleeve – what more do you want?

THE IMPRESSIONS: ‘Fan The Fire’ LP (US 20th Century-Fox T-624).
Carl Davis/Eugene Record-produced set’s terrific long title track is a dramatically doodling introed then lopingly rolling subduedly smacking 57/115-116-118bpm soul swayer distinguished by some kazoo, cop sirens and a great bass break. All combining to build up gently infectious power and likely to hit big when on inevitable 12in.

CAMEO: ‘Freaky Dancin’ (LP ‘Knights Of The Sound Table’ US Chocolate City CCLP 2019).
Dynamite jerkily lurching but steady staccato 120bpm smacker mixes with so many current hits and is on US 12in promo for the lucky few, although the UK single will possibly be the brilliantly worded jauntily tripping 113bpm ‘Don’t Be So Cool‘ with great bragging soul talk passages by Nona Hendryx, while the ultra-complex jazzy 132bpm ‘The Sound Table‘ could grab even futurist fans of the Reddings ‘The Awakening’.

TEENA MARIE: ‘It Must Be Magic’ LP (US Gordy G8-1004M1).
Another self-penned/produced effort with the title track being another ‘Behind The Groove’-type killer rolling pent-up smacker usefully close to Rick James at 0-120bpm (but it could do with a ballsier mix), while less powerful are the ponderous jittery shrill 113-114bpm ‘Square Biz‘, doowop-introed happily swinging 120bpm ‘The Ballad Of Cradle Rob And Me‘, lurching tense swaying 112-115bpm ‘365‘ and purposefully jiggling 0-99bpm ‘Revolution‘. My main misgiving is the dreadfully thin, tinny, recording quality.

SYLVESTER: ‘Give It Up (Don’t Make Me Wait)’ (LP ‘Too Hot To Sleep’ US Fantasy / Honey F-9607).
In a dramatic change of style this superb steadily clapping rolling 112-111-110-111bpm thudder has title-chanting cool chix and a squawking honking jazzy sax over the all too short dynamite groove (however it’s already on promo 12in). The other fast one on a rather nice slow set being the happily romping 129bpm ‘Can’t You See‘ socking swinger.

KENI BURKE: ‘You’re The Best’ LP (US RCA ALFI-4024).
A satisfying if not spectacular set even for those with the included hit (which you can mix into the 12in instrumental flip), the title track being a synthetically throbbed (in an infuriatingly familiar way) steadily pulsating jiggly cool 123bpm pusher which fades out and back in again near the end, ‘Night Riders‘ a sound effects-introed chix-chanted chugging 123-124bpm ticker and ‘Love Is The Answer‘ a gently pumping but unenergetic 0-119-117(bass)-119-117bpm swayer which suddenly switches gear into snapping bass then churning tension, before mellowing out again.

ZENITH: ‘People Of The Sun’ (US Lynx International 4Z8 02104).
Starting with a list of African tribe names, this falsetto harmony chanted 118-121-120bpm 12in rumbling jolter ends up by being slightly more Latin than Afro with an all too short burst of jangling piano, but it’s working well with the cosmopolitan crowd at Gullivers!


UK Disco Top 90 – June 6, 1981

01 07 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman – Motown/LP/US 12” promo remix
02 01 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers – Solar 12”
03 02 Jacksons – Can You Feel It – Epic 12”
04 06 Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida – A&M 12”
05 04 Starsound – Stars On 45 – CBS 12”
06 03 Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going – RCA 12”
07 05 Shalamar – Make That Move – Solar 12”
08 19 Gino Soccio – Try It Out / Hold Tight / Closer / Love Is – Canadian Celebration LP
09 12 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It – RCA 12”
10 10 Carol Jiani – Hit ‘N’ Run Lover – Champagne 12”
11 11 Eddy Grant – Can’t Get Enough Of You – Ensign 12”
12 22 Enigma – Ain’t No Stopping – Disco Mix 1981 – Creole 12”
13 09 Freeez – Flying High / Remix – Beggars Banquet 12”
14 24 Imagination – Body Talk – R&B 12”
15 18 Strikers – Body Music – Epic 12”/Dutch Rams Horn 12” remix
16 16 The Quick – Zulu – Epic 12”
17 08 Linx – Intuition – Chrysalis 12”
18 15 The Clash – The Magnificent Seven / The Magnificent Dance – CBS 12”
19 40 Smokey Robinson – Being With You – Motown 12” promo
20 17 Gap Band – Humpin’ – Mercury 12”
21 23 Champaign – How ‘Bout Us – CBS 12”
22 30 Aurra – Are You Single / Nasty Disposition – Salsoul 12”
23 13 Level 42 – Love Games – Polydor 12”
24 29 Eighties Ladies – Turned On To You – US Uno Melodic 12”
25 28 Evasions – Wikka Rap – Groove Production 12”
26 14 Light Of The World – Time (Remix) / I’m So Happy – Mercury 12”
27 44 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots – RCA 12”
28 39 Keni Burke – Let Somebody Love You – US RCA 12”
29 53 Whispers – I Can Make It Better – Solar 12”
30 36 Various – Bits & Pieces III (Stars On 45) – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
31 21 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Spur Of The Moment / Monster Man / Magic Lady – Arista 12”
32 51 Coati Mundi – Que Pasa/Me No Pop I – Ze 12”
33 25 Harvey Mason – How’s It Feel – Arista 12”
34 34 Players Association – Get On Up Now / Let Your Body Go – US Vanguard 12”
35 20 Quincy Jones – Razzamatazz / The Dude / Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me – A&M LP
36 59 Second Image – (Get Your Finger Out) Pinpoint The Feeling – Polydor 12”
37 48 L.A.X. – Possessed (Remix) – US Prelude 12”
38 26 Jay Hoggard – Reverend Libra – US Contemporary LP
39 32 Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One – US Prelude LP/12” remix
40 33 Esther Williams – I’ll Be Your Pleasure – RCA 12”
41 37 Mystic Merlin – 60 Thrills A Minute – Capitol 12”
42 38 Heath Bros – Dreamin’ / Use It (Don’t Abuse It) – US Columbia LP
43 49 Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop / Is Something Wrong With You / Keep It Going / I Know You Feel Like I Feel – US Prelude LP
44 27 Spandau Ballet – Glow / Muscle Bound – Reformation 12”
45 46 Rah Band – Downside Up – DJM 12”
46 60 David Bendeth – Just DeMix (Feel The Real Again) – Ensign 12”
47 31 Webster Lewis – Let Me Be The One / You Are My Life / El Bobo / Open Up Your Eyes / Kemo-Kimo / ‘Bout The Love / Flying High – US Epic LP
48 35 Alphonze Mouzon – By All Means – Excaliber 12”
49 45 Heaven & Earth – I Really Love You / He Don’t Really Love You / You’re A Blessing – US WMOT LP
50 65 Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper / Nightclubbing / I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) / Use Me – Island LP
51 41 Landscape – Einstein A Go-Go – RCA 12”
52 62 Kool & The Gang – Take It To The Top / Celebremos – De-Lite 12”
53 70 Freddie James – She’s A Lady / Music Takes Me Higher / Dance To The Beat – Canadian Black Sun LP
54 73 Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd – Virgin 12”
55 52 Stephanie Mills / Teddy Pendergrass – Two Hearts – 20th Century-Fox 12”
56 56 Barbara Roy / Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – If You Want Me – US Roy B 12”
57 43 Incognito – Shine On / Chase The Clouds Away / Incognito / Sunburn – Ensign LP
58 61 Eastside Connection / Love Symphony Orchestra – You’re So Right For Me / Let Me Be Your Fantasy – Excaliber 12”
59 55 Not James Player – Friends Again (Re-Remix) – Ultimate 12”
60 57 Revelation – Feel It – Handshake 12”
61 69 Raydio – Still In The Groove / A Woman Needs Love / You Can’t Fight What You Feel / It’s Your Night / So Into You – Arista LP
62 63 Teddy Pendergrass – Love T.K.O. / The Whole Town’s Laughing At Me – Phil Int 12” promo
63 47 Dave Pike – Swan Lake – US Muse LP
64 74 Soft Cell – Memorabilia – Some Bizzare 12”
65 72 Atmosfear – Interplay / Free Tonight / Invasion – MCA LP
66 64 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday – Motown LP/12” promo
67 RE People’s Choice – Hey Everybody (Party Hearty) – US West End 12”
68 NE Voggue – Dancin’ The Night Away – Canadian Celsius 12”
69 NE Klique – I Think You Know / It’s Winning Time / Love’s Dance – US MCA LP
70 89 Midas Touch – Too Much Too Soon – Maaw 12”
71 54 Tata Vega – Love Your Neighbor – Motown 12”
72 NE Barry Biggs – Wide Awake In A Dream – Dynamic 12”
73 85 Shirley James / Danny Ray – Why Don’t You Spend The Night – Black Jack 12”
74 86 Third World – Dancing On The Floor (Hooked On Love) – CBS 12”
75 77 Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu – US Importe/12 LP/12” remix
76 68 Times Square – You’re Hot – US New York City Records 12”
77 NE Cerrone – Hooked On You – Canadian Black Sun LP
78 75 Harding & Browne – Working In A Coalmine – DJM 12”
79 84 Reality – (Tell Me) What’s Going On In Your Mind – MCA 12”
80 NE Landscape – Norman Bates – RCA 12”
81 83 Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots – Warner Bros 12”/LP
82 NE Linx – Throw Away The Key – Chrysalis 12”
83 NE Starpoint – I Just Want To Be Your Lover – Casablanca 12”
84 NE Future Flight – Red Light Row – US Capitol LP
85 NE Cameo – Freaky Dancin’ – US Chocolate City LP/12” promo
86 NE Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life – Motown
87 76 Skip Mahoney – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) – Underworld 12”
88 NE Leon Bryant – Just The Way You Like It – De-Lite 12”
89 NE Alton McClain & Destiny – My Destiny / Love Notes / Making Room For Love / We’re Gonna Make It – US Polydor LP
90 NE Jermaine Jackson – You Like Me Don’t You – Motown 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Marvin Gaye: ‘Heavy Love Affair’ (Motown 12in)
James Brown: ‘Funky Men’ (RCA 12in)
Sharon Redd: ‘Love Is Gonna Get Ya’ (Epic 12in)
Was (Not Was): ‘Wheel Me Out’ (US Antilles 12in/Ze LP)
Thelma Houston: ‘Never Give You Up’ (US RCA LP)
Teena Marie: ‘It Must Be Magic’ (US Gordy LP)
Pacific Jam: ‘Antes De Mais Nada’ (Japanese Discomate LP)
Scandal / Lee Genesis: ‘I Wanna Do It’ (US SAM 12in)
Jeff Lorber Fusion: ‘Galaxian’ (US Arista LP)
John Kalzan’s Neptune: ‘Fun Key’ (Japanese Far East LP)
Stephanie Mills: ‘Winner’ / ‘Top Of The List’ / ‘I Believe In Love Songs’ (US 20th Century-Fox LP)
Claudia Fontaine: ‘Natural High’ (Decca 12in)
Candi Staton: ‘Without You I Cry’ (US LA 12in)
Incognito: ‘Shine On (Live)’ / ‘Incognito (Remix)’ (Ensign 12in)
Leon Bryant: ‘Mighty Body (Hotsy Totsy)’ (US De-Lite LP)
Lime: ‘Your Love (Remix)’ (Canadian Unidisc 12in)
Teruo Nakamura: ‘Route 80’ / ‘A Day In The Life Of A Frog’ (Japanese Agharta LP)
Space: ‘Tender Force’ (PRT 12in)
Himiko Kikuchi: ‘Mambo Is Magic’ / ‘Stormy Spring’ (Japanese Continental LP)
Casiopea: ‘Asayake (Sunrise)’ / ‘A Place In The Sun’ (US Alfa LP)
Hi-Gloss: ‘You’ll Never Know’ (US Prelude LP)
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble: ‘Breaking And Entering’ (US Phil Int LP)
Impressions: ‘Fan The Fire’ (US 20th Century-Fox LP)
Sylvester: ‘Give It Up’ (US Fantasy / Honey LP / 12in promo)
Marlon McClain: ‘Close To You’ / ‘Shake It Up’ (US Fantasy LP)
LA Boppers: ‘La La Means I Love You’ (Mercury 12in)
Dom Um Romao: ‘Ponteio’ (US Muse LP)
Donato / Deodato: ‘Batuque’ (US Muse LP)
Juny Boom: ‘Rules Of The Game’ (US Snowflake 12in)
Robert Winters & Fall: ‘Magic Man’ (US Buddah / LP)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(2) Shakin’ Stevens ‘Crazy’, 2(1) Adam, 3(7) Kim Wilde, 4(6) Kim Carnes, 5(3) Bucks Fizz, 6(12) Paul Shane, 7(4) Madness, 8(9) Nolans, 9(19) REO Speedwagon, 10(28) Talking Heads, 11(16) Stray Cats, 12(10) Tenpole Tudor, 13(21) Barry Manilow, 14(14) Visage, 15(24) Keith Marshall, 16(18) Bill Haley, 17(5) Shakin’ Stevens ‘House’, 18(8) Graham Bonnet, 19(26) Duran Duran ‘Memories’ / ‘Fame’, 20(13) Kraftwerk, 21(11) Ennio Morricone, 22(-) Duran Duran ‘Planet’, 23(22) Heaven 17, 24(15) Liquid Gold, 25(29) Way Of The West.


DJ TOP 10

MIREK HASEK is a Czechoslovakian jock and regular correspondent/record swapper with Harlow based Europop fan Rob Harknett, who has forwarded a chart from Mirek. Western records are cripplingly expensive (£12 an LP) so those he’s charted were received from Rob, while the locally originated titles are evidently very MoR and mainly just slightly up-tempo ballads. Czech DJs, who as already mentioned have to pass exams before they can go into business, earn a set fee of about £10 plus pro-rata expenses for travel hours and the like, making possibly another £10. Even cowboys make that much here don’t they, without passing exams?!

1. Stars On 45 – Star Sound – CBS 7in
2. Don’t Stop – K.I.D. – Groove/EMI 7in
3. Beatles – Karel Gott – Cz Supraphon 7in
4. Lasko Vonds Destem – Marie Rottrova – Cz Supraphon 7in (Czech version of Black Sabbath’s ‘She’s Gone’)
5. Woman – John Lennon – Geffen LP
6. Libezna – Michal David – Cz Supraphon 7in
7. Angel Face – Shock – RCA 7in
8. A Little Bit Of Jazz – Nick Straker Band – CBS 12in
9. Ranni Loueem – Marie Rottrova – Cz Supraphon 7in (Czech version of Leo Sayer’s ‘I Can’t Stop’.
10. You Win I Lose – Leo Sayer – Chrysalis LP

It looks like you can get any label you want in Czechoslovakia, as long as it’s Supraphon!


ELECTRO-DISCO

MANCHESTER’S LEGEND in Princess Street seems to be going from strength to strength as the place to be for Mancunian futurists on Thursday nights, the latest thrill for resident DJs Paul Rae and Ralph Randell being a recent PA by Landscape. Paul and Ralph’s top ten oldies make this week’s chart.

1. 20th Century Boy / Telegram Sam – T.Rex – EMI LP
2. Rock And Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter – Bell LP
3. A Touch-A Touch Me / Sweet Transvestite – Rocky Horror Soundtrack LP
4. Vicious / A Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed – RCA LP
5. Nightclubbing / China Girl – Iggy Pop – RCA LPs
6. Judy Teen / Make Me Smile – Cockney Rebel/Steve Harley – EMI LP/7in
7. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones – Decca 7in
8. All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople – CBS LP/7in
9. Making Your Mind Up – Bucks Fizz – RCA 7in
10. Chanson D’amour – Manhattan Transfer – Atlantic 7in

Another new venue for futurist-type music is Fridays at South Normanton’s Storthfield Country Club in Derbyshire with DJ Glen Ross, while Kevin Wilson of Kingstanding’s Fashion has a good wheeze – he’s using the title track of Sly Stone’s old ‘There’s A Riot Goin’ On’ album (Those in the know will remember that there is no title track on the actual record – a fact which though deliberate cost CBS a fine at the time).


RECORD SHACK . . . GOSSIP FROM THE SHACK

Editors Note: A temporary truce appears to have been reached this week, as Record Shack dedicate their advertisement to their Birthday celebrations. However, their 12” single by Touchdown has disappeared from the Disco Chart after just 1 week – Any connection to their attack on James last week, or just a coincidence? A final resolution to the fall-out is reached next week.

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