August 15, 1981: Donald Byrd, Cameo, Bunny Mack, The Time, Herbie Hancock

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

DAVID GRANT of Linx celebrated his birthday last Friday (21 again!) at Mayfair’s Gullivers, unveiling the group’s up-coming ‘So This Is Romance‘ 12in which, by reverting to their earlier easily recognizable sound, is an excellent slickly bounding 118bpm jaunty loper with neat lyrics and nice noises erupting into a great musically exciting instrumental outro with squealing sax, while the instrumental flip (subtitled ‘The Rio Mix‘) brings out all the lovely twiddly bits behind the smoothly booming beat . . . Star Sound’s next at the end of the month will be (yawn) a Supremes medley – but in this case there’s actually a real one out ahead of it . . . Portsmouth Symphonia (remember they’re the ones what can’t play proper) are attempting a discordant send-up of ‘Hooked On Classics’! . . . Quincy Jones is rumoured to be producing Donna Summer’s next album in the hopes of giving her a hit as Giorgio Moroder’s recently delivered new efforts got nixxed by her label . . . Chrysalis held a lavish bash for Debbie Harry (Greenie rather than Blondie on the night) at Covent Garden’s normally ladies-only Sanctuary – all plants, pools of water, dangerous drops and steam heat – with Kurtis Blow plus spinning pals Russell Simmons and David Reeves jetted in from New York to handle the jocking alongside our own Fatman Graham Canter and Alan Jewell, while Chic’s Bernard and Nile also put in an appearance (boy, was this a gig that Froggy shoulda been at!), the main point being that despite all this not a single Debbie Harry track got played all night! . . . Alan Jewell actually gave himself a fright discovering how perfectly bits of the Human League instrumental B-side mix backwards and forwards in and out of Cerrone ‘Supernature’ . . . Landscape’s Spandau-producing Richard James Burgess tells me he’s just finished work on Hot Gossip’s new album with unbelievably Harvey Mason, David Sanborn, Airto, Neil Studenhaus, and even on one cut veteran Gil Evans! . . . Motown have now (maybe because it didn’t as anticipated leap to the top) put Stevie Wonder on commercial extended 12in in the new disco mix with instrumental flip, and Eddy Grant is also now on 12in too . . . Lobo on 12in appears to be 125bpm, Stephanie Mills 116bpm, Winston Groovy 89bpm . . . Dr York ‘Shake-n-Skate’ has been picked up by Groove Production . . . Was (Not Was) ‘Wheel Me Out’ will finally be on 12in here, as flip to their next release . . . Nick Straker ‘A Little Bit Of Jazz’ is the latest UK oldie to do well in the States hard on the heels of Billy Ocean ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’, which later in a new remix with added instrumentation will be out here again in September . . . Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields ‘I Like Your Lovin’, also now moving Stateside, is due here this week while Strikers ‘Inch By Inch’ should be out soon . . . Billboard’s UK Disco chart has been reduced to a Top 80 . . . 40 of last week’s UK Top 75 pop hits were issued on 12in . . . TK Records in the States are in debt to the tune of more than four million dollars but reckon that one hit record would put them back in profit – first, ya gotta get a hit . . . Phonogram’s John Waller finally got married off last weekend (how long before someone’s daddy points a shotgun at Orin Cozier?!) . . . Jeff ‘Boy Wonder’ Young sits in for Robbie Vincent on Radio London for the next three Saturdays (11.30am-2.00pm), with guests this week David Grant, then successively Patti Austin, Donald Byrd . . . Tricky Dicky’s record shop opposite Mile End tube station, Disco Music at 391c Mile End Road, London E3 (01-981 4531), is only open Thurs/Fri/Saturdays but gives good DJ discounts (US 12in £3, UK 12in £1.90) and stocks all the old 12in classics . . . Lee Taylor, jock at Mayfair’s swank Tokyo Joe’s, gives us the hot gossip that HRH Prince Andrew was dancing to Rah Band ‘Rock Me Down To Rio‘ when Lee chopped into ‘In The Navy’ – “V. funny” was the royal comment! . . . ‘Rio’ is in fact definitely the hot side of the Rah Band, despite being the same BPM as all their others . . . Robin & Paul Wheeler, of Frenchies and now Jacksons fame, are opening another up-market new club on the first Monday in September at Henley-on-Thames, appropriately called Wheeler’s – jocks will include Sean French, Chris Brown, Dave Collins, Mike Sefton . . . Terry Hooper’s new Reflections club in Stratford did not in fact open as planned but should do so soon, and his replacement at Ilford Room At The Top is now John Osbourne . . . John Tracy’s futurist ‘Hollywood’ Wednesdays at Sheffield Penny’s are doing so well that he and Paul St James open up on Mondays too for a ‘Tropical Heatwave’, while meanwhile at Manchester Legend the ‘Dancematic’ Thursdays are chock-a-block for Ralph Randell & Paul Rae . . . Wigan Casino’s 8th anniversary Northern all-niter has had to be brought forward to Saturday 29th August to beat the end of their lease – jocks will be Russ Winstanley, Richard Searling, Dave Evison, Keith Minshull, Gary Rushbrook, Brian Rae, Pat Brady . . . Mad Marx hopefully didn’t lose his pants when with Uncle Merv he jazz-funked Southend Rascals this Wednesday (12), as he certainly did in publicity pix! . . . Anthony Bernards is organizing a coach from Sutton Wallabys for the Dimlo’s reunion at Well Pond Green Candles, where DJ Wally promises such Jap-jazz greats as Kanu Sukalagwun . . . Teesvalley Roadshow’s Graham Bond (Middlesbrough 325112) has offshore radio recordings to swap . . . Alan Coulthard, until recently a relatively unknown wine bar DJ in South Wales, is now writing regularly for Record Mirror and has just taken over as warm-up jock at Soho’s Le Beat Route – all because he sent very intelligent letters with all his chart returns (being able to spell and about to start university in London helped as well, but he could have been YOU) . . . I can’t help people I don’t hear from, so think about it . . . OINK!


JEANIE TRACY, sounding less coy than she looks, does most of the singing on Sylvester’s great ‘Give It Up (Don’t Make Me Wait)‘ and is his duetting partner on the ‘Here Is My Love‘ official A-side. From a gospel family background, Jeanie also appears on the imminent new Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard sets (the latter like Sylvester on Fantasy).


UK NEWIES

DONALD BYRD: ‘Love Has Come Around’ (Elektra K 12559T).
Although not even slightly jazzy this hypnotically rolling 0-113bpm 12in slinky smacker sets up a Sylvester-style groove with a nice jangly piano figure, harmonious ethereal chanting, and soulful chick ‘n’ chap emerging to swap a few lines, the whole being beautifully produced and a brilliant mix with Central Line amongst others (thanx Gareth!), while for extra value the flip is his old chix-cooed jogging 109bpm ‘Loving You‘ – virtually the A-side’s 1978 forerunner in format if not in sound.

CAMEO: ‘Freaky Dancin’ (Casablanca CANXX 1004).
Although only added as a single-sided extra to make the 12in issue a twin-pack, this staccato powerful 121bpm brittle funk snapper is the one everyone’s been dancing to for some time and it’s still strong now (try mixing out of Commodores or Rick James), the other 3-tracker’s official plug side being the sparsely smacking 114bpm ‘Don’t Be So Cool‘ with a conversationally bragging rap by Nona Hendryx, flipped by the jazzy 133bpm ‘The Sound Table‘ and last year’s “whoa-oh” filled 115bpm ‘On The One‘.

BUNNY MACK: ‘Supafrico’ (white label MACK-12-3).
Literally on white label with no name or affiliation decided yet. Akie Dean’s latest Afro-disco production is a happily skipping 125-126bpm 12in bubbler that has ‘D.I.S.C.O.’- type tinges and Gibsons-style crossover appeal, but in fact the mainly instrumental 127-128bpm B-side version is much stronger (once again) for the hard core disco crowd, with extra percussion and some great dub-like rhythm gaps making it the one to use. Naturally it’s already monstrous for us at Gullivers! 

AL JARREAU: ‘Roof Garden’ (LP ‘Breakin’ Away’ Warner Bros K 56917).
Lovely album of lush songs which tend to start out softly before sending VU meters bonkers, all of which will find specialist favour I don’t doubt, but for me the killer is this nasally enunciated jaunty slow 98/49-100-101bpm scatting and jogging tripper, while jazz jocks are already on the 114bpm ‘Easy‘ which from a pent-up scatting intro becomes an explosive skipper, the most straightforward and tranquil smoocher being the lovely 34bpm ‘Teach me Tonight’. Watch your volume!

EVELYN KING: ‘If You Want My Lovin’ (LP ‘I’m In Love’ RCA RCALP 5048).
Extremely strong consistent set, the floor fillers definitely being this similar 115-116bpm variation on the title track hit and to a lesser extent the creamily clumping 114-116bpm ‘What Are You Waiting For‘, while I still like the slinkily rolling 102bpm ‘The Other Side Of Love‘.

ROY AYERS: ‘There’s A Master Plan’ (LP ‘Africa Center Of The World’ Polydor 2391517).
Now pulling through nicely after initial doubts, his Afro-slanted welcomely jazzy set has this gorgeous mellow 106bpm singalong swayer, the chix-sung subduedly thunking 113-111bpm ‘Land Of Fruit And Honey‘, and the real jazz standout instrumentals the beautiful rippling 96-97bpm ‘The River Niger‘ and tinkling “Freeze”-ish 105bpm ‘Destination Motherland‘.

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘He’s Just A Runaway (Tribute To Bob Marley)’ (Atlantic K 11576T).
Completely remade by the girls themselves in 130(intro)-128bpm ‘Masterblaster’ meets ‘Searching’ style, this 12in “disco A-side” is a much more powerful pop attraction than the Narada Michael Walden-produced rather ugly angular 136bpm original treatment on t’other side.

ENIGMA: ‘I Love Music’ (Creole CR 12-14).
Further review of the full length 129bpm 12in is now somewhat superfluous, except to add it’s a pity that some of the material had to be speeded up so much, although it must now make a usefully BPM-ed stepping stone up to ‘Hooked On Classics’ for some jocks. As usual the Shakatak guys have done another flawless production.

THE QUICK: ‘Sharks Are Cool, Jets Are Hot’ (Epic EPC A13-1500).
Remade and drastically slowed down from their 1979 original (which was in its own remlx 137-138bpm), this now 132bpm 12in infectious enough bounder is determinedly Eurodisco.

ARCHIE BELL: ‘Any Time Is Right’ (Becket BKSL 1, via PRT).
Bass bumbled subduedly smacking 0-117-118-116(break on)bpm 12in bumper gets really good when the pattering percussion comes up front for an extended break with some nice piano joining in.

DYNASTY: ‘Here I Am’ (Solar K 12550T).
Bass boomed busily burbling yet surprisingly static 116-115-114bpm 12in jumble of adequate components somehow comes out by being strangely un-compulsive.

PATTI AUSTIN: ‘Do you Love Me?’ (Qwest K 17838T).
Now on 12in, this slick speeder sadly is no more substantial and rather than being slower or at least the same speed as the 7in is actually faster at a consistent 129½bpm. Her album must be meatier, surely?

MARLON McCLAIN: ‘Shake It Up’ (Fantasy FTCT 198).
Boringly mundane uninspired 119bpm 12in funk jolter, saved for anyone with ears by the gorgeous delicately drifting 54-109bpm ‘Pastel‘ flip, a superb jazz instrumental which builds with pretty guitar picking to some all too brief piano and ‘Street Life’-like brass.

CHAMPAIGN: ‘Can You Find The Time’ (CBS A13-1381).
Pleasant enough low key jitteringly bumping 56/113-114-115bpm 12in swayer released by DJ choice – but being the best bet from a choice of LP tracks is not the same as saying it’s a sure fire smash just dying for release.

YARBROUGH & PEOPLES: ‘Third Degree’ (Mercury MERX 62).
Philly-style dated 127-128bpm 12in soul socker with twiddly synth, OK for people who prefer the past.

GENE CHANDLER: ‘Love Is The Answer’ (20th Century-Fox TCD 2505).
Pleasant enough 120bpm 12in shuffler with skittering synth, but if this packs dancefloors (even for Mick Clark, who prompted its release), I’ll be very surprised, while the ‘I’m Attracted To You‘ flip (his US single) is a lovely lush sophisticated 38bpm smoocher.

MOJO: ‘Dance On’ (Creole CR 17).
Thin and weedy 147bpm 7in Shadows medley, vastly inferior to the Silhouettes on MCA (which turns out to be by the ‘Hooked On Classics’ team using Cliff Richard’s current guitarist).

NEW AGE STEPPERS: ‘My Love’ (Statik STAT 612).
Off-key youthfully sung 47/95bpm 12in reggae jogger with nice doo-wop touches, mailed to some jocks rather than bought.

STOP PRESS: The Crusaders have a brand new single featuring Joe Cocker on vocals rush released this week, ‘I’m Standing Here Today’ (MCA 741), from an album that’s due next month to co-inside with their UK visit.


IMPORTS

THE TIME: ‘The Stick’ (LP ‘The Time’ US Warner Bros BSK 3598).
Although in their slavish copying of Prince these guys could hardly be called original, but – lawdy lawdy – do they copy him well! Led by Morris Day, they keep to his more manageable snapping mid-tempo funk style and on this excellent precisely played long 118-117-116-114-115-117-116bpm rhythm ramble they shift through several subtle emphasis changes, while the more blatantly thudding 112½bpm ‘Get It Up‘ is equally strong (and the US single). If you like Prince and/or funk with acid synth ‘n’ guitar, you’ll love this.

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Everybody’s Broke’ (US Columbia AS 1251).
Only on 7in so far (or rare promo 12in if you’re really lucky), this extremely heavy funk slow 90bpm thudding lurcher is almost the American answer to ‘Ghost Town’ being about the recession (with a debt collector’s dunning doors knocks as intro) – and despite being unexpected from Herbie in its total P’funk orientation it’s dynamite for what it is.

VICKI SUE ROBINSON: ‘Hot Summer Night’ (US Prelude PRL D 617).
And still the hits keep coming from Prelude, this simple 12in disco stamper progressing strongly with all sorts of gimmicky effects through 113-110(rap)-111-113(percussion/hissing)-112(incl. rap)bpm while the shorter semi instrumental title-chanting 114-113-112bpm B-side ‘Hot Version‘ is powerful in its own right and just brilliant for mixing! (try it with Teena Marie!).

THE KEITH DIAMOND BAND: ‘The Dip (Show Me What You Got)’ (US Millennium YD-11812).
Extremely effective transposition of the old ‘Rise’-style bump and smack to a heavy funk (103)start-104-105bpm 12in setting with plenty of emphasis shift as the precise bass beat progresses through various synth licks and vocal interplay between a gruff chap and amazingly Chaka Khan-like wailing lady . . . In fact there’s many would swear it was her!

YELLOWJACKETS: ‘Sittin’ In It’ (LP ‘Yellow Jackets’ US Warner Bros BSK 3573).
Good specialist instrumental jazz set from the band who backed Randy Crawford here, this piano dominated Crusaders-ish 55-112-113bpm jittering jogger proving to be the most useful cut.

AFTERBACH: ‘It’s You’ (LP ‘Matinee’ US Columbia ARC 37472).
Disappointingly empty debut by the brothers Robert & Michael Brookins, produced as it is by EWF’s Verdine & Maurice White (the Brookins look awfully like Verdine so are they related?), the smacking rhythm tracks being merely hollow frameworks for varieties of facile-funk, which like this 118bpm US single sound strong at first – others are the 117-116bpm ‘Have You Seen Her‘, 114bpm ‘Ladies Of The ’80s‘, 122bpm ‘Wanna Fill You Up‘ and Stevie Wonder-ish 133bpm ‘Once Is Not Enough‘.

THE EMOTIONS: ‘Turn It Out’ (US Columbia ARC AS 992).
On 7in so far (or rare promo 12in), this beefily strutting 119bpm chugger has their usual spirited yelping but not a lot else apart from the beat.

THE SEQUENCE: ‘Funky Sound (Tear The Roof Off)’ (US Sugarhill SH-561).
Ponderously slowed down and simplified thudding 100bpm 12in retread of Parliament’s P’funk classic.

GLORY: ‘Let’s Get Nice’ (US Posse POS 1204).
Deliberately smacking ponderous 105-108-109bpm 12in heavy funk bumper with familiar synth sounds and some vocoder.

CAPRICORN: ‘Pow Pow Pow’ (US Emergency EMDS 6519).
Rather untidy 118-119bpm 12in jitterer with tribal-type title chanting, bursts of synth and a frenetic messiness – but there’s them as likes it.


UK Disco Top 90 – August 15, 1981

01 02 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant – Reformation 12”
02 01 Evelyn King – I’m In Love – RCA 12”
03 10 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody – WEA 12”
04 04 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama – 20th Century-Fox 12”
05 03 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots – RCA 12”
06 09 BB&Q Band – On The Beat – Capitol 12”
07 15 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday – Motown 12”
08 08 Third World – Dancing On The Floor – CBS 12”
09 07 Quincy Jones – Razzamatazz – A&M 12”
10 14 Jacksons – Walk Right Now – Epic 12”
11 06 Imagination – Body Talk – R&B 12”
12 18 Tight Fit – Back To The 60’s – Jive 12”
13 05 Starsound – Stars On 45 Volume 2 – CBS 12”
14 11 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It – RCA 12”
15 16 Gino Soccio – Try It Out – Atlantic 12”
16 20 Commodores – Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Motown 12”
17 13 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Mr Policeman / Super Freak / Fire And Desire – Motown LP/12”
18 24 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know / I’m Totally Yours – Epic 12”
19 12 Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood – Island 12”
20 21 Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me – Epic 12”
21 23 Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight – CBS 12”
22 25 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine – Mercury 12”
23 41 Teena Marie – Square Biz / Instrumental – Motown 12”
24 28 Morrissey Mullen – Do Like You / Badness – Beggars Banquet 12”
25 17 Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper – Island 12”
26 45 Black Slate – Live A Life / Reggae Feeling – Ensign 12”
27 19 Coati Mundi – Que Pasa/Me No Pop I – Ze 12”
28 30 Voggue – Dancin’ The Night Away – Mercury 12”
29 36 Raydio – Still In The Groove / A Woman Needs Love / So Into You – Arista 12”
30 42 Eddy Grant – I Love You Yes I Love You – Ensign
31 35 Cayenne – Roberto Who…? – Groove Production 12”
32 32 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – I Like Your Lovin’ / She’s Got Papers On Me – US Boardwalk LP
33 37 Shalamar – Uptown Festival / Take That To The Bank – RCA Golden Grooves 12”
34 40 Strikers – Inch By Inch / Hold Onto The Feeling – US Prelude LP
35 49 Level 42 – Turn It On – Polydor 12”
36 22 Evasions – Wikka Rap – Groove Production 12”
37 31 Shakatak – Brazilian Dawn – Polydor 12”
38 33 Bobby Broom – Saturday Night / Clean Sweep – US Arista GRP LP
39 29 Kool & The Gang – Take It To The Top / Celebremos – De-Lite 12”
40 68 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Hooked On Classics – RCA 12”
41 39 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ / What Are You Waiting For – RCA LP
42 34 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It (Remix) – US Prelude 12”
43 27 Keni Burke – Let Somebody Love You – RCA 12”
44 82 Roy Ayers – There’s A Master Plan / Land Of Fruit And Honey / The River Niger / Destination Motherland – US Polydor LP
45 60 Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu / Wishbone – Automatic 12”
46 53 Lobo – The Caribbean Disco Show – Polydor 12”
47 51 Rafael Cameron – Funtown USA / All That’s Good To Me – Salsoul 12”
48 46 Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop – Epic 12”
49 43 Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry / Jamming (Live) – Island 12”
50 47 Wish – Nice And Soft – US Perspective 12”
51 59 Brick – Sweat (‘Til You Get Wet) – US Bang 12”
52 85 Hi-Tek – Car Tune – Original 12”
53 44 Material – Bustin’ Out – Ze 12”
54 50 Stacy Lattisaw – Feel My Love Tonight / Young Girl / Spotlight / Baby I Love You / Screamin’ Off The Top – US Cotillion LP
55 54 Candido – Jingo / Dancin’ & Prancin’ – Excaliber 12”
56 57 Pig Bag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag – Y
57 56 Rene & Angela – Wall To Wall / I Love You More / Wanna Be Close To You – US Capitol LP
58 66 Dynasty – Here I Am – Solar 12”
59 38 War – Cinco De Mayo- US LAX 12”
60 58 Morrissey Mullen – Slipstream / Stay A While – Beggars Banquet LP
61 69 Love Unlimited Orchestra – Lift Your Voice And Say – Unlimited Gold 12”
62 83 Brothers Johnson – The Real Thing – A&M 12”
63 86 Sylvester – Give it Up / Here Is My Love – Fantasy 12”
64 NE Stephanie Mills – Top Of My List – 20th Century-Fox 12”
65 76 Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus / Instrumental – WMOT 12”
66 80 Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One – Epic 12”
67 67 Yellowjackets – Sittin’ In It / Matinee Idol / The Hornet – US Warner Bros LP
68 71 Teena Marie – It Must Be Magic / Portuguese Love – US Gordy LP
69 48 Spaces – Song For Jeremy / Try Some Of This – US Arista LP
70 64 Avonn – Everybody Get Down – US RBL 12”
71 62 Randy Crawford – Rainy Night In Georgia – Warner Bros
72 NE Suzy Q – Get On Up And Do It Again – Canadian JC 12”
73 NE Woods Empire – Sweet Delight – US Tabu 12”
74 61 Tee Mac – Sound Of the Universe – Ensign 12”
75 NE Rah Band – Riding On A Fantasy / Rock Me Down To Rio – DJM 12”
76 NE Human League – Hard Times/Love Action – Virgin Red 12”
77 65 Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots – Warner Bros 12”/LP
78 81 Genji Sawai & Bacon Egg – What Comes Next? / Hand And Foot – Japanese Electric Bird LP
79 NE Imagination – In And Out Of Love – R&B 12” white label
80 55 Boys Town Gang – Cruisin’ The Streets / Remember Me/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Suite – US Moby Dick LP
81 NE Love Unlimited Orchestra / Webster Lewis – Welcome Abroad – US Unlimited Gold LP
82 88 Lee Oskar – Song For My Son – US Elektra LP
83 89 Phyllis Hyman – Tonight You And Me / You Sure Look Good To Me / Don’t Tell Me Tell Her – Arista 12”
84 75 Randy Crawford – You Might Need Somebody – Warner Bros 12”
85 NE Enigma – I Love Music – Creole 12”
86 NE Funkapolitan – As The Time Goes By – London 12”
87 RE Was (Not Was) – Out Come The Freaks – Ze 12”
88 90 Jean Carn – We Got Some Catchin’ Up To Do / Bet Your Lucky Star / Sweet And Wonderful – US TSOP LP
89 78 Maze – Joy And Pain / Changing Times – Capitol LP
90 79 Cameo – Freaky Dancin’ / Don’t Be So Cool / The Sound Table – Casablanca 12” pack


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Al Jarreau: ‘Easy’ / ‘Roof Garden’ / ‘Closer To Your Love’ / ‘Breakin’ Away’ (Warner Bros LP)
Dr York: ‘Shake-n-Skate’ (Dutch Jungle Jam 12in)
Startrax: ‘Startrax Club Disco’ (Picksy 12in)
Vicki Sue Robinson: ‘Hot Summer Night’ / ‘Hot Version’ (US Prelude 12in)
Impressions: ‘Fan The Fire’ (20th Century-Fox 12in)
General Saint & Clint Eastwood: ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (Greensleeves 12in)
Keith Diamond Band: ‘The Dip’ (US Millennium 12in)
Pleasure: ‘Glide’ / ‘The Real Thing’ (Fantasy 12in)
Inversions: ‘Loco-Moto’ (Groove Production 12in)
Barbara Roy / Ecstasy Passion & Pain: ‘If You Want Me’ (US Roy B 12in)
The Time: ‘The Stick’ / ‘Get It Up’ (US Warner Bros LP)
Rahmlee: ‘Heartbreaker’ / ‘Think’ / ‘Basin Street Brass’ / ‘Down In Storyville’ (US Headfirst LP)
Manhattan Transfer: ‘(Wanted) Dead Or Alive’ (Atlantic)
Supremes: ‘Supremes Medley’ (Motown 12in)
Herb Alpert: ‘Magic Man’ / ‘Rise’ (A&M 12in)
Donald Byrd: ‘Love Has Come Around’ (Elektra 12in)
T/Ski Valley / Grand Groove Bunch: ‘Catch The Beat’ / ‘Catch The Groove’ (US Grand Groove 12in)
Ozone: ‘Mighty-Mighty’ (US Motown 12in promo)
David Sanborn: ‘Let’s Just Say Goodbye’ / ‘The Seduction’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Bunny Mack: ‘Supafrico (Version)’ (white label 12in)
Phyllis Hyman: ‘Can’t We Fall In Love Again’ / ‘I Ain’t Asking’ (Arista LP)
Yarbrough & Peoples: ‘Third Degree’ (Mercury 12in)
Billy Ocean: ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’ / ‘Stay The Night’ (US Epic 12in)
Boys Town Gang: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough/Remember Me’ (Moby Dick 12in)
Brothers Johnson: ‘Caught Up’ (A&M LP)
Midnight Star: ‘I’ve Been Watching You’ (Solar 12in)
Nina Decosta: ‘Don’t Want To Lose You’ (Rokel 12in)
Michael Jackson: ‘We’re Almost There’ (Tamla Motown 12in)
New Age Steppers: ‘My Love’ (Statik 12in)
Marlon McClain: ‘Shake It Up’ (Fantasy 12in)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(2) Depeche Mode A/B, 2(1) Bad Manners, 3(4) Shakin’ Stevens, 4(3) Specials, 5(5) Human League ‘Crowd’, 6(15) Soft Cell, 7(9) Duran Duran, 8(8) Visage, 9(10) Gidea Park, 10(14) Debbie Harry, 11(11) Dept S, 12(6) Kraftwerk B/A, 13(7) Ultravox, 14(12) B-Movie, 15(13) B-52’s, 16(-) Ultravox ‘Thin Wall‘, 17(24) Positive Noise A/B, 18(-) Kiki Dee ‘Midnight Flyer‘ / ‘Loving You Is Sweeter‘ (Ariola), 19(17) Passions, 20(19) Eno / Byrne, 21(18) Our Daughter’s Wedding, 22(-) Duran Duran ‘Careless Memories‘, 23(-) UB40, 24(16) Eddie Maelov & Sunshine Patterson, 25(20) Icehouse.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for the last two weeks pop chart entries on 7in (endings denoted by “f” for fade, “c” for cold, “r” for resonant) are:
Kim Wilde 0-148f, ELO 145r, Human League 0-122f, Debbie Harry 112-113c, Startrax 119f, Tenpole Tudor 115-0f, Siouxsie 0-63-128-64-0f, U2 0-151-149f, Soft Cell 145f, Michael Jackson 48f, Hazel O’Connor 159-161f, Enigma 129f, Our Daughter’s Wedding 165c, UB40 63/126f, Commodores 0-122f, Aneka 0-122f, Matchbox 148f, Classix Nouveaux 163f, Level 42 119f (2bpm up on the 12in), Hi-Gloss 99f, Randy Crawford 37f, Thin Lizzy 170f, Kim Carnes 45/91f.


DJ TOP TEN

DAVE SEAMER, normally based in Oxford (0865-40054), is currently halfway through an 18 week summer season as resident DJ at ‘The Talk Of Ayr’ cabaret venue . . . but in which particular Scottish resort he fails to mention. Anyway, operating in short bursts between the live attractions, Dave finds he’s playing a complete range of music including waltzes, country, pop, funk and rock, and while recent hits like Shakin’ Stevens, Bucks Fizz and the various medleys are obviously big, his top pop/MoR floor fillers are these (ulp!) . . .

1. Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie – MCA
2. Tie A Yellow Ribbon – Dawn – Bell
3. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone – Penny Farthing
4. I’m In The Mood For Dancing – Nolans – Epic
5. Sugar Sugar – Archies – RCA
6. Knock Three Times – Dawn – Bell
7. Save Your Kisses For Me – Brotherhood Of Man – Pye
8. Y Viva Espana – Sylvia – Sonet
9. Let’s Dance – Chris Montez – London
10. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – Marmalade – CBS

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