June 13, 1981: Grace Jones, Bobby Thurston, Quincy Jones, Evelyn King, Mona Raye

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

BOB MARLEY ‘No Woman No Cry’ flipped by ‘Jamming’ will be on 12in imminently . . . Island have circulated a strictly limited (and numbered) DJ-only box set of ‘Mutant Disco’ containing all the LP’s six tracks back-to-back on three 12in promos . . . Capitol are rushing the new Maze ‘Live In New Orleans’ double album (including a studio side) as soon as delayed US copies arrive . . . Diana Ross, having left Motown for RCA in the USA and Canada, will be on Capitol/EMI for the rest of the world, including here . . . Quincy Jones, apparently so proud of the Patti Austin album he’s produced for August release, has turned down the chance to produce Diana Ross in case of a publicity clash . . . Motown in the States have reissued at mid-price, but all in their original sleeves, a huge selection of old albums, including many of their earliest by the likes of Stevie, Miracles, Mary Wells . . . Beach Boys are actually making their very own ‘Stars On 45’ medley! . . . Atmosfear ‘Invasion’ has been promoed on white label 12in with a commercial remix to follow within a fortnight . . . Ensign are circulating white labels (actually, as is common these days, the label is red!) of a specialist Nigerian jazz-funk instrumental, Tee Mac ‘Sound Of The Universe‘ – which, at 104-107-108-109/110(main part)-109bpm is disappointingly un-African but might mix with ‘Roots’ . . . Pete Haig (Blackpool) says the recent Junior Tucker ‘The Kick’ (Island 12in) is flipped by an instrumental dub of ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ titled ‘Peanut Butter‘ (damn – and I’ve only got a one-sided promo!) . . . Genji Sawai & Bacon Egg ‘Skipjack‘ (Japanese Electric Bird LP) is “the best Jap-jazz album yet,” sez Chris Hill . . . Shakatak live (as seen at Mayfair Gullivers last Wednesday) are much better and more exciting than on record – and instead of vocoder, which is evidently too expensive and difficult to use on stage, they feature two energetic girl singers (from Enigma, or is it Minnie & The Metros?!) . . . Linda Taylor usually seen with Gonzalez, sings on both the Morrissey Mullen and Cayenne albums, plus Chris Palmer is producing her for a solo single on Groove Production . . . Inversions gig at Gillingham Central had to be postponed from last Sunday until July 19th due to their support spot on the LOTW farewell tour . . . Pete Haig & Frenchie, as well as Blackpool JR’s on Tuesdays, have added Wednesdays at Morecambe Blackjacks (on the prom by the Midland Hotel) to their jazz-funk itinerary, plus they’re amongst the jocks at Blackpool Jenks Breakers Yard on Thursdays . . . Radio Luxembourg’s broadcast from Swindon Brunel Rooms is in fact tonight (Thursday 11) at 10pm, including interviews with Imagination, The Quick, and resident jock Sandy Martin . . . Alan Costa (Brighton Kings Club / Kings II) is amongst jocks reviving T-Connection ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) suggests two tracks from Janet Brown’s ‘Iron Lady’ LP (Logo MOGO 4006) for fun at Conservative Club gigs, ‘I’m There’ being “funky” while ‘They Call Me The Iron Lady‘ is credited to “Phoney M’ . . . I’m doing a Conservative gig myself at Lound (near Retford) soon, so it could be useful! . . . John Diamond has new residencies in Hove, at the Cheminee in Western Road on Tues/Wed/Fri/Saturdays and the Cliftonville by the station on Thurs/Sundays . . . Dave King, ill in bed with ‘flu, let his roadie Rab Henry fill in for him at Ballymena Raglan but now regrets it – he got bumper crowds! . . . Gary Allan, to clarify last week’s muddle, is calling himself the Liverpool Pixie now following the horrific discovery in a catalogue that the famous Gnudger Gnome mascot of Liverpool McMillan’s is described as “a pixie behind a toadstool”! . . . Dorset mobiles, I wish you’d charge more – I had a nice gig lined up in Wareham until the party-giver’s parents said they weren’t used to paying £300 prices in that area . . . UK Disco 90 at last sees some staggeringly big changes this week following a welcome and long overdue influx of charts – keep ’em coming! . . . I’m afraid some reviews may seem a bit late, but space limitations keep preventing them from being printed . . . silly not to? . . . YODELLY-OO HOO HOO!


MORRISSEY MULLEN, veteran jazz saxist Dick Morrissey and Kokomo guitarist Jim Mullen, get their best shot at cracking the Britfunk market with their imminent ‘Badness’ album on Beggars Banquet. Produced with his trademarked beefy bottom end by Chris Palmer, the set’s strongest cut is Stevie Wonder’s ‘Do Like You’, the rest of the material being just a little bit bland but very well played.


UK NEWIES

GRACE JONES: ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ (Island 12WIP 5696).
Remixed for smash-bound 12in, this terrific aptly titled bumpy 108-109-110-108-110bpm sparse jittery thudder has zappy stereo synth suspension and rock solid automatic transmission, but instead of the lovely ‘Libertango’ as originally planned the flip is the similarly bumpy stark 108-109-110bpm ‘Feel Up‘ bass boomer.

BOBBY THURSTON: ‘Very Last Drop’ (Epic EPC A13-1301).
Superb creamily clomping 113(intro)-114-115-116bpm 12in soul swinger in the mid-tempo Philly mould of McFadden & Whitehead or Roberta & Donny, with a nice electric piano fade.

QUINCY JONES: ‘Razzamatazz’ (A&M AMS 8140).
Impossible to tell apart from a Michael Jackson record although reputedly sung by Patti Austin, this terrifically happy snappy strutter is certainly on 0-121bpm 7in and doubtless will surface on 12in too. 

EDDY GRANT: ‘California Style’ (LP ‘Can’t Get Enough’ Ice ICEL 21).
His largely self-performed set’s best new cuts are this lovely urgently pushing bass-bopped 123-124bpm calypso-style romper which builds happily to some steel drums and synth breaks, and the instrumentally interesting moodily jogging melodic 112-114bpm ‘I Love To Truck‘ swayer with searing fuzz guitar, but the more typical synth-punched pleasantly old fashioned 122bpm ‘I Love You Yes I Love You‘ backbeat snapper is due as the next single, while ‘That Is Why‘ is a more beefily speeding 127-125-126bpm multi-tracked harmony chanter, ‘Give Yourself To Me’ a rocky slow 110/55bpm jogger and ‘Kill ‘Em With Kindness’ a 35bpm smoocher.

RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Expansions’ (LP ‘Three Piece Suite’ CBS 84980).
No, not the Lonnie Liston Smith classic, this bass jolted happy 0-118-119-118-119-0bpm jazz-funk instrumental romp has a strutting Rodney Franklin feel without the freezes, while ‘Lakeshore Cowboy‘ is a frenetic pent-up 129(start)-131bpm snappy racer with background party noises and ‘Romance Me‘ is a prettily pattering and tinkling 51-52bpm lush swayer, others by the piano star for specialist consideration being the 125(intro)-122-0bpm ‘Can’t Wait Till Summer’, 0-130bpm ‘Love Is’, 89/44bpm ‘She’s Out Of My Life’ and 55/111bpm ‘Don’t Ever Go Away’.

BILL WITHERS: ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ (LP ‘Greatest Hits’ CBS 85049).
Recently repackaged to include his guests vocals with Grover Washington Jr and the Crusaders, the set’s killer cut (causing screams of delight during a slow set last weekend!) is this yearning 34/78-0bpm classic smoocher from ’71 which sounds really good right now. Also endearing being the jogging 98/49bpm ‘Lovely Day’ and sombre slow jittery 78bpm ‘Use Me’.

THE SPANIELS: ‘Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight’ (Charly CYTS 1077).
One of the all-time greatest doo-wop classics and the perfect closedown smoocher, this deep bass burbled bitter-sweet 35bpm 7in from 1954 used to make up my goodnight routine in the ’60s together with Bessie Banks ‘Go Now’ and James Brown ‘Night Train’.

STARPOINT: ‘I Just Want To Be Your Lover’ (Casablanca CANX 1001).
Guys and gal wailed simple bass-bumped cool clean 112bpm 12in jogger with a sparse break and Young & Co-ish format flipped by the bass-bumped 109(intro)-107-106bpm ‘Keep On It‘ funk smacker.

STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE: ‘I Just Want To Love You’ (LP ‘The Clarke/Duke Project’ Epic EPC 84848).
Unjustly ignored because it was out here ahead of imports (there’s a moral somewhere) the set is not that vital although this creamily tripping 121bpm traditional soul vocal group-like loper shrilly sung with some searing guitar is now also on 7in (EPC A1311), ‘Let’s Get Started‘ being an electronically tricked out violently smacking 112bpm P’funk chanter that’s happening for me, while ‘Wild Dog‘ is an even more electronically sizzling snappy 92-90-0bpm instrumental jitterer, the stop-start ‘Touch And Go’ and ‘Sweet Baby’ both being 0-36-0bpm falsetto slowies, plus there’s an interesting revival of Richard Berry’s ‘Louie Louie’.

SHAKATAK: ‘Brazilian Dawn’ (LP ‘Drivin’ Hard’ Polydor POLS 1030).
The ultimate “fuzak”, ideal accompaniment for a cocktail, this flawlessly played set is so bland it’s enough to make one appreciate Atmosfear! Due as their next single will be a remix of this frantic 138-139bpm Latin flier, while in addition to the previously released 116bpm ‘Livin’ In The UK’ 118bpm ‘Covina’ and a live 0-100bpm ‘Steppin’, ‘Toot The Shoot’ is at least different by being a slow heavy funk 93bpm vocoder bumper, ‘Late Night Flight’ is a guitar-yowled 126-0bpm racer and ‘Into The Night’ a 141bpm galloper, others being mellow slowies. It’s certainly easy listening.

WEAPON OF PEACE: ‘If’ (Fontana TFX 1083).
Extremely attractive 42/84bpm 12in reggae-soul fusion jazzily played and smoothly sung in sorta EWF-ish style, the lovely 50/100bpm ‘Misty Rhodes‘ instrumental flip being even jazzier.

CLAUDIA FONTAINE: Natural High’ (Decca FX 13905).
Bloodstone’s classic 1973 soul smoocher given a winsomely pretty 65bpm 12in reggae reading now getting wider distribution.

FREDDY McGREGOR: ‘Follow This Ya Sound’ (African Museum AM 03).
Sinuous slinky 68-67bpm 12in reggae and a more melodic 69bpm soulful ‘Yes I’m Ready‘ flip (not Miss Mason’s), given to me by David Rodigan as was the same artist’s ‘Once A Man‘ (Yashemabeth YM 01), a nicely tripping 73bpm slow catchy lilter, both working well for me at Gullivers.


IMPORTS

EVELYN KING: ‘I’m In Love’ (US RCA PD-12244).
Dynamite dead simple precisely smacking bumpy little 114½bpm 12in chugger with lots of airy spaces between little Miss Champagne’s bursts of wailing vocal (whatever’s become of her bubbly nickname?), out of which Cameo ‘Don’t Be So Cool’ vari-mixes nicely. It’s already promoed on 115bpm UK pressing (RCAT 95) which must be imminent – and, yes, there really does seem to be a ½bpm discrepancy!

MONA RAYE: ‘Do Me’ (US Park Place ALI-121081).
Sultry chix chant and chip in with “I love the way you do me when you do me” over a lazily swinging clap beat when Mona isn’t trading lines with an echoing hoarse distant-sounding chap as this loosely knit joyfully simple 107-108bpm 12in beauty just keeps rolling right along (with an instrumental flip). It looks like a biggie!

WISH: ‘Nice And Soft’ (US Perspective P-101).
Amazingly like a girlie group version of the Strikers (with which it’s a killer mix) this long repetitive jittering rhythm 12in groove comes on two sides in two mixes, the shorter 125bpm ‘Uptown Version’ being bassily beefier than the 126bpm ‘Downtown Version‘ (check the labels match the matrix numbers though, as mine were reversed).

THE GRAINGERS: ‘Shine Your Light’ (US BC BC4009).
Great heavily funky ponderous powerful 110-109bpm 12in chix ‘n’ chaps thudder tricked out with synthetic effects chops perfectly (minus intro) between Juny Boom ‘Rules Of The Game’ (which is a monster for me!) and Clarke/Duke ‘Let’s Get Started’, one of the flip’s two extra versions being usefully instrumental.

FATBACK. ‘Kool Whip’ (LP ‘Tasty Jam’ US Spring SP-1-6731).
Simple accelerating less heavily funky than usual rhythms dominate most tracks, this jauntily burbling jiggly little 119-120-121-122½bpm backbeat smacker having stereo-panned chants early after a brief traffic noises intro and then mainly gibberish scatting over the infectious bubbly groove, ‘Take It Any Way You Want It‘ being an unhurriedly tripping fuzz bass-backed steadily clopping 115-117-118-120(break on)bpm repetitive lightweight chanter, ‘High Steppin’ Lady‘ a mundane rolling 121-124-126-128bpm chugger and ‘Keep Your Fingers Out The Jam‘ a stark sparse 119-122bpm smacker.

JUNIE: ‘Rappin About Rappin (Uh-Uh-Uh)’ (LP ‘Junie 5’ US Columbia ARC 37133).
Ex-Ohio Players, Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison’s solidly self-produced set is actually a bit more varied than the following might suggest, a heavily thudding beat driving this brassy slow 103bpm rap lurcher with chix behind confidentially subdued Junie, as well as the more melodically treated 111bpm ‘I Love You Madly‘ and angry guitar-yowled 117bpm ‘Victim Of Love‘ freaky chanter, while ‘Jarr The Ground‘ is a more open 118bpm jitterer.

DENROY MORGAN: ‘I’ll Do Anything For You’ (US Becket BKD 502).
Bert Reid-produced clapping steadily jolting 115-116-117bpm 12in soul chugger with busily jiggly dry-sounding guitar, catchy chix ‘n’ synth and a freaky short break before a brief rapper-type bit, Denroy vocally sounding slightly like Eddy Grant at times.

LEE MOORE: ‘Do You Feel Like A Party’ (US LM Records LMR 555).
Monotonously bumbling 122bpm 12in soul smacker with bass and clapping breaks but to my mind nothing much to set it apart, although others are keen on it.

LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA: ‘Lift Your Voice And Say (United We Can Live In Peace Today)’ (US Unlimited Gold 4Z8-02135).
Barry White / Webster Lewis-co-prod/penned cheerfully tripping 0-115-116bpm 12in clapper with a long lushly backed lead up to the massed (but not too prominent) voices cooing their message.

KAREN SILVER: ‘Set Me Free’ (Canadian Quality / RFC ORFC 001).
Solidly trucking jaunty 114-115bpm 12in clomper with nice tootling flute and twiddly bits in the background decorating its simple “disco” drive.

THE DAZZ BAND: ‘Don’t Stop’ (LP ‘Let The Music Play’ US Motown M8-957M1).
Brass-punched solid 124-127bpm smacker and the seemingly ‘Ladies Night’-ish circa 114-117bpm title track are competently useful rather than breathtakingly vital, and have so much power pressed in the grooves that my home system’s stylus gets chucked all over the place – hence I can’t be more detailed!

JAMES BROWN: ‘Give That Bass Player Some’ (LP ‘Nonstop!’ US Polydor PD-1-6318).
Disappointing leftovers from the ‘Rapp Payback’ session, mostly sloppy one-take reruns of old material, although evidently futurists are going for this typical mindlessly monotonous 113-114-113bpm groove with a repetitive call-and-answer “git git git on up y’all” chant taking it to the bridge for the bass player to drop it off, while ‘World Cycle Inc‘ is a slightly jazzy c. 118bpm instrumental synth doodler, probably conceived by the young bloods in the band while JB wasn’t looking.

JOHNNY ‘GUITAR’ WATSON: ‘Ain’t Movin’ (LP ‘And The Family Clone’ US DJM DJM-501).
Prod-arr-penned and entirely played (apart from one drum track) by Johnny on his own, the set otherwise ain’t so special, this mellow burblingly buoyant 110-109bpm jogger having his usual mush mouth vocal and precisely ringing bluesy guitar.

RAINBOW BROWN: ‘Till You Surrender’ (US Vanguard Disco SPV43).
Patrick Adams-prod/penned old fashioned frothily flailing girlie group-sung 115-117bpm 12in romper with a busily tricked out hustle beat and instrumental flip.


UK Disco Top 90 – June 13, 1981

01 07 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman / Make Love To Me – Motown/LP/US 12” promo remix
02 09 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It – RCA 12”
03 27 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots – RCA 12”
04 25 Evasions – Wikka Rap – Groove Production 12”
05 04 Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida – A&M 12”
06 12 Enigma – Ain’t No Stopping – Disco Mix 1981 – Creole 12”
07 05 Starsound – Stars On 45 – CBS 12”
08 08 Gino Soccio – Try It Out / Hold Tight / Closer – Canadian Celebration LP
09 19 Smokey Robinson – Being With You – Motown 12” promo
10 15 Strikers – Body Music – Epic 12”/Dutch Rams Horn 12” remix
11 22 Aurra – Nasty Disposition / Are You Single – Salsoul 12”
12 14 Imagination – Body Talk – R&B 12”
13 02 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers – Solar 12”
14 03 Jacksons – Can You Feel It – Epic 12”
15 07 Shalamar – Make That Move – Solar 12”
16 10 Carol Jiani – Hit ‘N’ Run Lover – Champagne 12”
17 21 Champaign – How ‘Bout Us – CBS 12”
18 16 The Quick – Zulu – Epic 12”
19 32 Coati Mundi – Que Pasa/Me No Pop I – Ze 12”
20 40 Esther Williams – I’ll Be Your Pleasure – RCA 12”
21 29 Whispers – I Can Make It Better – Solar 12”
22 06 Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going – RCA 12”
23 11 Eddy Grant – Can’t Get Enough Of You – Ensign 12”
24 28 Keni Burke – Let Somebody Love You – RCA 12”
25 18 The Clash – The Magnificent Seven / The Magnificent Dance – CBS 12”
26 52 Kool & The Gang – Take It To The Top / Celebremos – De-Lite 12”
27 34 Players Association – Get On Up Now / Let Your Body Go – US Vanguard 12”
28 24 Eighties Ladies – Turned On To You – US Uno Melodic 12””
29 50 Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper / I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) / Nightclubbing – Island LP
30 33 Harvey Mason – How’s It Feel – Arista 12”
31 17 Linx – Intuition – Chrysalis 12”
32 55 Stephanie Mills / Teddy Pendergrass – Two Hearts – 20th Century-Fox 12”
33 54 Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd – Virgin 12”
34 35 Quincy Jones – Razzamatazz / The Dude / Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me – A&M LP
35 36 Second Image – Pinpoint The Feeling – Polydor 12”
36 41 Mystic Merlin – 60 Thrills A Minute – Capitol 12”
37 37 L.A.X. – Possessed (Remix) – US Prelude 12”
38 23 Level 42 – Love Games – Polydor 12”
39 30 Various – Bits & Pieces III (Stars On 45) – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
40 74 Third World – Dancing On The Floor – CBS 12”
41 20 Gap Band – Humpin’ – Mercury 12”
42 38 Jay Hoggard – Reverend Libra – US Contemporary LP
43 13 Freeez – Flying High / Remix – Beggars Banquet 12”
44 42 Heath Bros – Dreamin’ / Use It (Don’t Abuse It) – US Columbia LP
45 56 Barbara Roy / Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – If You Want Me – US Roy B 12”
46 72 Barry Biggs – Wide Awake In A Dream – Dynamic 12”
47 47 Webster Lewis – El Bobo / Let Me Be The One / Kemo-Kimo / You Are My Life / ‘Bout The Love – US Epic LP
48 39 Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One – US Prelude LP/12” remix
49 44 Spandau Ballet – Glow / Muscle Bound – Reformation 12”
50 65 Atmosfear – Invasion / Interplay / Free Tonight – MCA LP/12” promo
51 46 David Bendeth – Just DeMix / Make It Pop – Ensign 12”
52 49 Heaven & Earth – I Really Love You / Kick It Out / He Don’t Really Love You / You’re A Blessing – US WMOT LP
53 53 Freddie James – She’s A Lady / Music Takes Me Higher / Dance To The Beat – Canadian Black Sun LP
54 82 Linx – Throw Away The Key / Together We Can Shine (Remix) – Chrysalis 12”
55 58 Eastside Connection / Love Symphony Orchestra – You’re So Right For Me / Let Me Be Your Fantasy – Excaliber 12”
56 81 Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots – Warner Bros 12”/LP
57 43 Bobby Thurston – Is Something Wrong With You / Main Attraction / Keep It Going – Epic LP
58 70 Midas Touch – Too Much Too Soon – Maaw 12”
59 31 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Spur Of The Moment / Monster Man / Magic Lady – Arista 12”
60 68 Voggue – Dancin’ The Night Away – Canadian Celsius 12”
61 64 Soft Cell – Memorabilia – Some Bizzare 12”
62 43 Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop – Epic 12”
63 NE Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair – Motown 12”
64 85 Cameo – Freaky Dancin’ / Don’t Be So Cool / The Sound Table – US Chocolate City LP/12” promo
65 45 Rah Band – Downside Up – DJM 12”
66 57 Incognito – Shine On / Interference / Chase The Clouds Away / Sunburn – Ensign LP
67 61 Raydio – Still In The Groove / A Woman Needs Love / You Can’t Fight What You Feel / It’s Your Night – Arista LP
68 79 Reality – (Tell Me) What’s Going On In Your Mind / OK – MCA 12”
69 62 Teddy Pendergrass – Love T.K.O. / The Whole Town’s Laughing At Me – Phil Int 12” promo
70 76 Times Square – You’re Hot – US New York City Records 12”
71 77 Cerrone – Hooked On You / You Are The One – Canadian Black Sun LP
72 73 Shirley James / Danny Ray – Why Don’t You Spend The Night – Black Jack 12”
73 88 Leon Bryant – Just The Way You Like It – De-Lite 12”
74 71 Tata Vega – Love Your Neighbor – Motown 12”
75 75 Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu / Wishbone – US Importe/12 12”/LP
76 90 Jermaine Jackson – You Like Me Don’t You – Motown 12”
77 NE Sharon Redd – Love Is Gonna Get Ya / It’s A Lie – Epic 12”
78 59 Not James Player – Friends Again (Re-Remix) – Ultimate 12”
79 NE Was (Not Was) – Wheel Me Out – Ze LP/12” promo
80 86 Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life – Motown
81 RE Touchdown – Ease Your Mind – Record Shack 12”
82 80 Landscape – Norman Bates – RCA 12”
83 NE Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know – US Prelude LP
84 84 Future Flight – Red Light Row / Don’t Pull The Plug – US Capitol LP
85 RE Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me – Epic LP/ US Disconet 12” promo
86 69 Klique – I Think You Know – US MCA LP
87 89 Alton McClain & Destiny – My Destiny – US Polydor LP
88 67 People’s Choice – Hey Everybody – US West End 12”
89 NE Teena Marie – It Must Be Magic / Square Biz – US Gordy LP
90 NE Wish – Nice And Soft – US Perspective 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

James Brown: ‘Funky Men’ (RCA 12in)
Bunny Wailer: ‘Dancing Shoes’ / ‘Proud Land’ (Island 12in)
Heatwave: ‘Posin’ ‘Til Closin’ (GTO 12in)
Evelyn King: ‘I’m In Love’ (US RCA 12in)
Incognito: ‘Shine On’ / ‘Incognito (Remix)’ (Ensign 12in)
Leon Bryant: ‘Mighty Body’ / ‘I Promise’ (US De-Lite LP)
Lime: ‘Your Love (Remix)’ (Canadian Unidisc 12in)
War: ‘Cinco De Mayo’ (US LAX)
Pacific Jam: ‘Antes De Mais Nada’ (Japanese Discomate LP)
Scandal / Lee Genesis: ‘I Wanna Do It’ / ‘Love Either Grows Or Goes’ (US SAM 12in)
Stephanie Mills: ‘Winner’ / ‘I Believe In Love Songs’ (US 20th Century-Fox LP)
Claudia Fontaine: ‘Natural High’ (Decca 12in)
Proton Plus: ‘Pay Up’ (UK Champagne 12in)
Victor Romero Evans: ‘At The Club’ (Special Request 12in/Epic)
Eddy Grant: ‘California Style’ (Ice LP)
Len Boone: ‘Love Won’t Be Denied’ (Chrysalis 12in)
T/Ski Valley: ‘Catch The Beat’ (US Grand Groove 12in)
Impressions: ‘Fan The Fire’ (US 20th Century-Fox LP)
Candi Staton: ‘Without You I Cry’ (US LA 12in)
Space: ‘Tender Force’ (PRT 12in)
Cheryl Lynn: ‘Shake It Up Tonight’ (US Columbia 12in)
Claudja Barry: ‘Radio Action’ (Canadian Polydor 12in)
Ramsey Lewis: ‘Expansions’ (US Columbia LP)
Earth Wind & Fire: ‘You’ (CBS)
Sylvester: ‘Give It Up’ (US Fantasy / Honey LP / 12in promo remix)
Casiopea: ‘Asayake’ / ‘A Place In The Sun’ (US Alfa LP)
Mona Raye: ‘Do Me’ (US Park Place 12in)
Kelly Marie: ‘Love Trial’ (Calibre Plus 12in)
Baresi: ‘Runaway’ (Groove Prod 12in)
Parliament: ‘Crush It’ (US Casablanca 12in promo)
LA Boppers: ‘La La Means I Love You’ (Mercury 12in)
Weapons Of Peace: ‘Misty Rhodes’ / ‘If’ (Mercury 12in)
Michael McGloiry: ‘Won’t You Let Me Be The One’ (Record Shack 12in)
Genji Sawai & Bacon Egg: ‘What Comes Next’ / ‘Hand And Foot’ / ‘Green Vestige’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Potion: ‘Showstopper’ (Slapps & Sticks 12in)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(4)Kim Carnes, 2(1) Shakin’ Stevens, 3(3) Kim Wilde, 4(2) Adam, 5(-) Ultravox, 6 (-) UB40, 7(9) REO Speedwagon, 8(6) Paul Shane, 9(7) Madness, 10(10) Talking Heads, 11(19) Duran Duran ‘Memories’ / ‘Fame’, 12(8) Nolans, 13(11) Stray Cats, 14(12) Tenpole Tudor, 15(-) Japan, 16(5) Bucks Fizz, 17(18) Graham Bonnet, 18(-) Sheena Easton, 19(20) Kraftwerk, 20(14) Visage, 21(-) Hazel O’Connor, 22(22) Duran Duran ‘Earth’, 23(21) Ennio Morricone, 24(-) Toyah, 25(-) Marvin Gaye.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for the last two weeks pop chart entries on 7in are:
The Jam 154-160c, Kate Robbins 37f, Odyssey 0-108f, Siouxsie 37-148-151c, Kool 119f, Dead Kennedys 209r, Phil Collins 0-29f, Ultravox 160c, Jermaine Jackson 91/46c, Kelly Marie 111f, Hot Chocolate 0-121/60r, Randy Crawford 41/83-42/84f, Bucks Fizz 0-133f, Gary ‘US’ Bonds 0-147f, Whitesnake 125-0r, Third World 58-116-117f, Elaine Page 28-0r, Strikers 124f, Stiff Little Fingers 167r.


DJ TOP 10

HUGH BARNETT (Chesterfield 823425) runs the Bolsover-based Starlight Disco Mobile Roadshow doing from two to four gigs a week around the NE Derbyshire area, always including a “fun spot” in which he plays the following oldies to encourage everyone to forget their troubles and simply be daft. Sounds like a worthy enough aim.

1. Wooly Bully – Sam The Sham – MGM
2. The Locomotion – Little Eva – London
3. Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker – London
4. Tiger Feet – Mud – Rak
5. Hi Ho Silver Lining – Jeff Beck – Columbia
6. Satisfaction – Rolling Stones – Decca
7. The Bump – Kenny – Rak
8. Mony Mony – Tommy James – Major Minor
9. Let’s Dance – Chris Montez – London
10. Hokey Cokey – MfP – Kiddies Disc


ELECTRO-DISCO

EAN & THERESA have started weekly futurist nights at Basildon Sweeneys on Mondays and (the one to which this their chart relates) at South Harrow Bogart’s on Tuesdays.

1. Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag – Pig Bag – Y
2. I’m Your Money – Heaven 17 – Virgin 12in
3. Sound Of The Crowd – Human League – Virgin 12in
4. Pocket Calculator – Kraftwerk – EMI 12in
5. About The Weather – Magazine – Virgin 12in
6. Follow The Leader (Dub) – Killing Joke – Polydor 12in
7. Fascist Groove Thang – Heaven 17 – Virgin LP
8. Numbers – Kraftwerk – EMI LP
9. Kites – 39 Lyon Streets – Polydor 12in
10. Kick In The Eye – Bauhaus – Beggars Banquet 12in

Robbie Collins, who you may remember was futuristing Richmond Cheekee Pete’s until its closure, has surfaced again West of London every Thursday at Alexandra’s in Cippenham, Slough. I’m not sure of the exact musical style of new group Les Fauves, but their self-description as “the latest London band to emerge from the startling new Lord Rockingham’s XI meet Van Gogh scene” sounds interesting, and Alistair (01 527 2377 ext 385, workdays except Wednesday) can supply a demo tape. Maybe they’re one-eared pink-suited rock ‘n’ rollers? Or maybe not!


RECORD SHACK . . . GOSSIP FROM THE SHACK

Editors Note: After 7 weeks of none too complimentary exchanges, the fall-out between Record Shack and James reaches a final conclusion this week, with Record Shack stating in their advertisement …. “After this, the famous SHACK advert on this page will be disappearing”….. and disappear it did.

Something else that disappears from Hammy’s page after this week, as a direct result of the fall-out, is the Electro-Disco/Futurist Section, including all charts, reviews, plugs and, in fact, there will be very few mentions of the word “futurist” in future. From next week on, ‘The Disco Page’ returns to being just that.

One thought on “June 13, 1981: Grace Jones, Bobby Thurston, Quincy Jones, Evelyn King, Mona Raye”

  1. So this is when Maze’s Live In New Orleans came out a record with thr single from it Joy and Pain/Happy Feelings which became omnipresent in jazz funk pubs, clubs and pirate radio in 1982/83 throughout London and the South East.

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