September 5, 1981: Keni Burke, Beggar & Co, Quincy Jones, Bob James, Donald Byrd


POLYDOR’S DJ mail-outs look like continuing under Theo Loyla’s ex-secretary Jill Merrett, who confesses to not knowing much about disco music but somehow I expect Greg Lynn will be giving her a hand (why? you ask — a-ha!) . . . Savanna is now about on white label . . . Level 42’s album (with sleeve design by Theo’s good friend Joy Barling) is being promoted by a 4-track 12in sampler, which does not have “43” on it . . . Mike “T” has been picked up by Blue Inc for imminent UK release with a new instrumental mix as flip, and The Joneses is evidently due soon too from DJM . . . Strikers ‘Inch By Inch’ will be on 12in next week in an exclusive UK-only new remlx (done in the States but not available there) . . . Al Jarreau ‘Easy’ and the Whispers US newie, both reviewed last week, turn out to be on 12in too . . . Love Unlimited Orchestra ‘Welcome Aboard’ (US Unlimited Gold FZ 37425), Emotions ‘Turn It Out’ (US ARC 44-02477) and Cerrone ‘Hooked On You’ (Canadian Black Sun BS-2) have surfaced on import 12in, Cerrone you remember being a killer synch with Odyssey ‘Roots’ . . . Aretha Franklin ‘Hold On I’m Comin’ is only flip to the 12in version of her George Benson-duetted new UK slowie . . . Nicky Peck, previously hirsute Medway area main man, has chopped his locks for a sorta Freddie Mercury new look and —more importantly — has moved his much praised Central Sunday Soul Club to Gillingham’s King Charles Hotel, next to the Black Lion Sports Complex on the A231 Brompton Road (very close to Gillingham Station and High Street), with Chris Hill’s free appearance there this Sunday (6) kicking the new venue off . . . Theo Loyla celebrated his Polydor redundancy last Wednesday at Soho’s Le Beat Route (no fool — it was 25p drinks night!), where the stars turned out to wish him well: Froggy was there (checking Alan Coulthard’s mixing), along with Mick Clark, Martin Collins, Steve Walsh, Graham Canter, Rudi G, Owen Washington, Liverpool’s Mike Davidson, Level 42’s Mark King, Shakatak’s Nigel Wright, George Chandler, and such pluggers as Les Spaine, Rowdy Yeats, Morgan Khan, John Waller, Greg Lynn, Jill Merrett . . . Mike Davidson (Liverpool Hollywood) then came out with some of us for a snackette and wolfed two hamburgers, but couldn’t finish the second salad! . . . Soho’s Groove Records is in fact open as usual until 10 pm, Tim Palmer being prepared to put in extra time during staff hols to keep the tills ringing . . . K.I.D.’s hot SAM import will be available to all when it arrives, and is scheduled as follow-up by Record Shack . . . Birmingham Faces’ DJ Convention 1981, originally scheduled for October 4th, will now in somewhat expanded form be taking place on Sunday 1st November — note the date in your diary, as this one should be good . . . Confunktion Promotions (281 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 5AU) would like to hear from any pop or funk/fusion groups who’d like to be included in a register of bands available to play a wide range of gigs in Central Essex — send demo tapes and details . . . psst, Renzo’s on Kingsway is the place this Saturday (but you won’t get in) . . . Jon Sheldrake (Swindon), a Superfly fan who reckons the West will liven up again when soul returns to Bristol radio, has been getting his funky airwave fix by tuning to Radio Leicester’s Herbie White soul & reggae show on Saturdays 6-7 pm, which since frequency changes to 358m/837kHz MW can be heard all over the Midlands (plus it’s relayed by Radio’s Derby & Nottingham) . . . Jon also tunes his dial on Saturdays 2-3 pm to 444m/675kHz MW for a Dutch disco show, and Sundays 2.30-5pm to 1271m/236kHz LW for RTL’s French ‘Hit Parade Des Clubs’, based on wally DJ charts . . . Frankie Smith ‘Double Dutch Bus’ has sold over 500,000 on 12in 800,000 on 7in and 200,000 on LP in the States yet (amongst many other “uptempo black singles”) just can’t win wide play on US pop radio stations who are still frightened of the “disco” stigma – and the record’s resultant poor position in the purportedly national charts just goes to show how biased towards radio play rather than sales those are . . . Quila (Ipswich Cinderella’s), who mixes ‘Chant No.1’ with Brass Construction ‘Movin’, gives good advice not only to DJs — “Dedication and determination will get anyone anywhere they want to go, if they’re good enough — and if they’re not, self confidence helps a lot” . . . Alan Donald (Rothesay Paddleboat) finds Barry White ‘Sha La La La’ (20th Century) fits well with the Latin thing, as even the less upfront punters can recognise the fat man’s voice . . . Tony St Michael (Finsbury Park) on a Peterborough visit to see Steve Allen in action found at the WH Smith’s there an album called ‘Motown Instrumentals’ with a cut by the Crusaders in amongst the San Remo Strings stuff, for only £1.99 — mind you, with a name like his, it’s surprising he wasn’t in Marks & Sparks! . . . Steve Dennis, sunning in Corfu along with a horde of fellow Brits, says Central Line ‘Walking Into Sunshine’ has become their anthem . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) reckons Max Bygraves invented the medley mixer concept! . . . Frank Barber Orchestra ‘Glen Miller Today’ (PRT) is the big band medley I recently mentioned (but I’ve yet to hear it) . . . Roy Gould (Mitcham) asks, what swings from tree to tree and sounds like Abba? Tarzan 45! . . . John Waller says any announcement about Phonogram being likely to do Donna Summer and Village People medleys would be entirely premature . . . Geoffrey Lovell (Crawley) and all you other busy working DJs who want to send in charts, the procedure is simple — just send ’em in! . . . Davy King (Ballymena) wonders if we heard the one about the Irishman who though Slim Panatella was a country and western singer — no? . . . Dial lunacy 25 hours a day and do it the Curlyman way, on 01-736 6411 . . . MURDERATION . . . SHON . . . SHON . . . shon . . . shon . . . shon (with acknowledgements to David Rodigan), OINK!

ST TRINIANS fun and games gave everyone a good time recently at Swindon’s Brunel Rooms, where whacky “headmaster” Sandy Martin handed out the bubbly as first prize for a space-hopper race. Sandy says “Get more bounce to the ounce at the Brunel Rooms”. Thank you, for that short commercial message!


KENI BURKE: ‘You’re The Best’ (RCA RCAT 126).
Dominated by an excitingly throbbing resonant synthesizer figure and great jangly keyboard effects, this unusual 124-123bpm 12in pent-up juddering skipper really is the ideal fusion between futurist and soul, and as such should be a smash across the board. The flip is not the US pressing’s ‘Night Riders’ remix, but a substitute slowie.

BEGGAR & CO: ‘Mule (Chant No.2)’ (RCA RCAT 130).
With a moodily tricky intro leading into sword and sorcery lyrics about a “new romantic warrior” (and a couple of Spandau’s woah-woahing in the background), this smoothly rolling 122-121bpm 12in bounder might pose identity problems for some people, but even so after the second of two dramatic pauses there’s some nice furry flute followed by more solos in an instrumental fade, plus the ‘Go Forth’ flip’s a straightforward instrumental version with lots more brass amidst the fuzz-tone guitar (if that’s what it is?). On closer examination though, it ain’t another ‘Chant No.1’.

QUINCY JONES: ‘Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me’ (A&M AMSX 8157).
Stevie Wonder-penned/synthed slightly subtle Patti Austin-sung low key steadily smacking 28(intro)-111bpm swayer, good with ‘Back Together Again’, on 3-track 12in with ‘Somethin’ Special’ and the older ‘Superstition’. 

FUNKAPOLITAN: ‘As The Time Goes By (Instrumental)’ (London FUNK 1).
Whether generally available, only on white label, or merely a promotional item is unclear, but this new 12in pressing features a useful 123-122-124-123bpm instrumental version as A-side (with good guitar in the last eye-cued section) and vocal as flip, obviously with mixers in mind.

MAZE: ‘Joy And Pain’ (Capitol 12CL 211).
Live recorded terrific jittery soulful subtle 108bpm pent-up pusher similar in flavour to ‘Roots’ reaches a singalong 105bpm acappella finish, on 3-track 12in with the lovely gentle 38½-0bpm ‘Happy Feelin’s‘ and older equally lovely mellow 49bpm ‘Golden Time Of Day‘. If you’ve yet to discover singer Frankie Beverly and his jazzily soulful band, do check this out.

LONNIE YOUNGBLOOD: ‘Feelings/Expressions’ (LP ‘Lonnie Youngblood’ WEA K 99172).
Absolutely gorgeous sexy sax-played 41-83-84bpm instrumental of Morris Albert’s smoocher with mumbled butch bits and title-chanting chix at times, this synchs on perfectly into both Imagination hits and is huge for those few soul jocks already on it, making the album a must even though all other cuts are boringly mundane funkers.

BIG DIPPER & THE HEAVENLY BODIES: ‘Victim Of The Planets’ (Epic EPC A13-1531).
‘Tainted Love’ singer Gloria Jones’s Gonzalez co-producing big brother Richard groaning in Barry White style while crass chix create catchy 111- 110bpm 12in pop fun out of the zodiacal star signs, all very frothy and silly but none the less effective, the less cluttered bouncing 111bpm ‘Dippers Delight’ flip carrying on with even more of big butch Ritch.

DR. YORK: ‘Shake-N-Skate’ (Groove Production GP 110T).
Driven by fast burbling bass with very simple emphatically monosyllabic vocal effects adding to the whirl of excitement, this perfectly pure “disco” 124-123-124-123bpm 12in galloper cops a lot from ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ but whips it up into a flurry of fast moving motion that’ll make many dancers reach fever pitch.

ROBERT WINTERS & FALL: ‘Magic Man’ (Buddah BDSL 496).
Sexy chick introed superbly soulful tender 15(intro)-32-33½bpm 12in smoocher, which stayed on the US soul chart for more months than anything else in recent times, sung by an amazingly flexible voice full of toe-curling inflexions.


BOB JAMES: ‘Sign Of The Times’ LP (US Tappan Zee FC 37495).
Rod Temperton now joins up with the master of orchestral jazz and what a dose of double dynamite they make! The title track is an incredible sleazy steadily bouncing 0-99-100bpm jogger full of fantastic effects, scat contra-bass, piping calliope and Dr Buzzard-ish harmonies (Patti ‘n’ Luther are amongst the singers), while very similar but less flashy ‘The Steamin’ Feelin‘ is a sensational bubbling little jaunty 101bpm tripper. Try both with Hi-Gloss and Dimples! These two tracks are irresistible and must make anyone feel a whole lot happier, no matter what their taste in music.

DONALD BYRD AND 125th STREET, N.Y.C.: ‘Love Bird’ LP (US Elektra 5E-531).
The best album lsaac Hayes has made in ages — as producer, arranger and keyboardist — this is dominated by the sensational 0-112bpm ‘Love Has Come Around’ (already a 12in smash) but amongst the many lovely smoochers also hot are the hypnotically ticking mellow Byrd-tootled lushly crooned 77bpm ‘I Feel Like Loving You Today‘ and patteringly bumping grittier guy agonised jittery 98/49bpm ‘I Love Your Love‘, while the lurchingly smacking though shallow 118bpm ‘Love For Sale‘ (unrecognised as Cole Porter’s!) vari-mixes nicely out of the Commodores. Incidentally, British copies are due this week, so don’t pay import prices.

THE BANG GANG: ‘Street Music’ (US Sugarscoop SS-419).
With two vocal lengths and an instrumental version to choose between on 3-track 12in, by far and away it’s the extremely Raydio-like latter that’s the killer, a resonantly boomy bass-pushed 121bpm mind-numbing funker with interesting rhythm developments and the odd interjected title line of “uh” to keep things cooking.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘(We Are Here To) Geek You Up’ (LP ‘Slingshot’ US Buddah BDS 6002).
Wearing a hearthrug on his chest and Prince-style tiny knickers (the title’s Slingshot?), Michael’s cover pose will turn you on or off depending on your preference, while inside he really funks it up when not repeating his current Phyllis Hyman duet or souling other full-blown good listening slowies. This gibberish-enhanced repetitive slab of 108bpm instrumental P’funk grooves and grooves (in an admittedly specialist way) but’ll nag your brains out, while on the heavily thudding sparse 116-118bpm ‘In It For The Goodies‘ he eventually duets with Venna Keith, the 0-130bpm title track being one of his fast freaky smackers and not that applicable here.

COUSIN ICE: ‘You Stepped Into My Life’ (LP ‘Cousin Ice’ US Urban Rock URR-267746).
Bee Gees ditty previously covered by Melba Moore here given a delicately stepping flute-tootled jazzy 117-116bpm instrumental treatment, while other cuts include Patti Austin among the singers.

OTHER IMPORTS include Gladys Knight & The Pips latest off which the spirited c.123bpm ‘Reach High‘ romper is getting attention from Froggy, and the Harold Wheeler-produced Jump Street Band who brassily but slightly stodgily instrumentalise ‘The Groove’ and ‘Native New Yorker’. Albums many may find pleasant include Four Tops, Stylistics, Peaches & Herb, Tavares, LaToya Jackson, Sheree Brown, Woods Empire, SOS Band, Temptations, Silvetti (much sought good gay disco), Demo Cates (12in material), while varying degrees of deep jazz are Tom Grant, Dick Griffin, Kinesis, Multiphonic Tribe, and I suppose Spyro Gyra. On the 12in front evidently Candy Bowman is strong disco (and temporarily sold out). Mention here does not preclude future review.

UK Disco Top 90 – September 5, 1981

01 01 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant – Reformation 12”
02 03 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody – WEA 12”
03 02 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama – 20th Century-Fox 12”
04 04 Evelyn King – I’m In Love – RCA 12”
05 06 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday – Motown 12”
06 05 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine – Mercury 12”
07 17 Funkapolitan – As The Time Goes By – London 12”
08 07 Level 42 – Turn It On / Beezer One – Polydor 12”
09 09 Tight Fit – Back To The 60’s – Jive 12”
10 21 Human League – Hard Times/Love Action – Virgin 12”
11 14 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know / I’m Totally Yours – Epic 12”
12 11 Jacksons – Walk Right Now – Epic 12”
13 15 Rafael Cameron – Funtown USA / All That’s Good To Me – Salsoul 12”
14 12 Third World – Dancing On The Floor – CBS 12”
15 08 BB&Q Band – On The Beat – Capitol 12”
16 13 Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight – CBS 12”
17 30 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around – Elektra 12”
18 16 Commodores – Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Motown 12”
19 10 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots – RCA 12”
20 29 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – I Like Your Lovin’ – Epic
21 18 Teena Marie – Square Biz / Instrumental – Motown 12”
22 32 Love Unlimited Orchestra – Lift Your Voice And Say – Unlimited Gold 12”
23 45 Imagination – In And Out Of Love – R&B 12”
24 22 Voggue – Dancin’ The Night Away – Mercury 12”
25 44 Enigma – I Love Music – Creole 12”
26 34 Lobo – The Caribbean Disco Show – Polydor 12”
27 26 Roy Ayers – Destination Motherland / There’s A Master Plan / Land Of Fruit And Honey / The River Niger / Africa Center Of The World – Polydor LP
28 36 Rah Band – Rock Me Down To Rio / Riding On A Fantasy – DJM 12”
29 41 Phyllis Hyman – You Sure Look Good To Me / Tonight You And Me / Don’t Tell Me Tell Her – Arista 12”
30 25 Black Slate – Live A Life / Reggae Feeling – Ensign 12”
31 38 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Hooked On Classics – RCA 12”
32 60 Quincy Jones – Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me – A&M 12”
33 47 Brick – Sweat (‘Til You Get Wet) – US Bang 12”
34 27 Starsound – Stars On 45 Volume 2 – CBS 12”
35 28 Eddy Grant – I Love You Yes I Love You – Ensign 12”
36 24 Al Jarreau – Easy / We’re In This Love Together – Warner Bros 12”
37 53 Cameo – Freaky Dancin’ / Don’t Be So Cool / The Sound Table /On The One – Casablanca 12” pack
38 59 Randy Crawford – Rainy Night In Georgia – Warner Bros
39 40 Boys Town Gang – Remember Me/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Suite / Cruisin’ The Streets – Moby Dick LP
40 72 Linx – So This Is Romance / The Rio Mix – Chrysalis 12”
41 20 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Instrumental – US Motown 12”
42 50 Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus / Instrumental – WMOT 12”
43 62 Chris Rainbow – Body Music – EMI 12”
44 46 Wish – Nice And Soft – US Perspective 12”/Excaliber 12”
45 54 Cayenne – Roberto Who…? – Groove Production 12”
46 51 Stephanie Mills – Top Of My List – 20th Century-Fox 12”
47 42 Strikers – Inch By Inch – US Prelude LP
48 24 Al Jarreau – Roof Garden / Closer To Your Love / Teach Me Tonight – Warner Bros LP
49 48 Impressions – Fan The Fire – 20th Century-Fox 12”
50 37 Bobby Broom – Saturday Night / Clean Sweep – US Arista GRP LP
51 33 Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me – Epic 12”
52 63 Sylvester – Give it Up / Here Is My Love – Fantasy 12”
53 82 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor – US Inculcation Band 12”
54 71 Keni Burke – You’re The Best (Remix) – RCA 12”
55 79 Level 42 – ’43’ – Polydor LP
56 89 Mike ‘T’ – Do It Any Way You Wanna – US Golden Pyramid 12”
57 43 Morrissey Mullen – Do Like You / Badness – Beggars Banquet 12”
58 58 Dynasty – Here I Am – Solar 12”
59 57 Candido – Jingo / Dancin’ & Prancin’ – Excaliber 12”
60 65 Vicki Sue Robinson – Hot Summer Night / Hot Version – US Prelude 12”
61 52 Raydio – Still In The Groove / A Woman Needs Love – Arista 12”
62 74 Startrax – Startrax Club Disco – Picksy 12”
63 49 Shakatak – Brazilian Dawn – Polydor 12”
64 56 Rene & Angela – Wall To Wall / Wanna Be Close To You / I Love You More – US Capitol LP
65 83 Herbie Hancock – Everybody’s Broke / Magic Number – US Columbia 12”
66 NE The Joneses – Summer Groove / Moving-On – US Good 12”
67 61 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ – RCA LP
68 66 Brothers Johnson – The Real Thing – A&M 12”
69 80 Yellowjackets – Sittin’ In It / The Hornet / Matinee Idol – US Warner Bros LP
70 55 Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One – Epic 12”
71 64 Avonn – Everybody Get Down – US RBL 12”
72 67 Pig Bag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag – Y
73 90 Keith Diamond Band – The Dip – US Millennium 12”
74 75 Love Unlimited Orchestra / Webster Lewis – Welcome Abroad / Night Life In The City – US Unlimited Gold 12”/LP
75 NE Big Dipper & The Heavenly Bodies – Victim Of The Planets / Dippers Delight – Epic 12”
76 NE Patti Austin – Do You Love Me? / Solero – Qwest 12”
77 77 Supremes – Supremes Medley – Motown 12”
78 81 Morrissey Mullen – Slipstream / Blue Tears – Beggars Banquet LP
79 NE Dr. York – Shake-N-Skate – Dutch Jungle Jam 12”
80 86 Nina Decosta – Don’t Want To Lose You – Rokel 12”
81 NE Beggar & Co – Mule (Chant No.2) – RCA 12”
82 RE Rick James – Super Freak – Motown 12”
83 NE Boys Town Gang – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough/Remember Me (Edit) – Moby Dick 12”
84 NE Aretha Franklin – Hold On I’m Comin’ / You Can’t Always Get What You Want / It’s My Turn – US Arista LP
85 78 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – She’s Got Papers On Me / Let The Lady Dance – US Boardwalk LP
86 76 Stacy Lattisaw – Feel My Love Tonight / Screamin’ Off The Top / Love On A Two Way Street / Spotlight / Young Girl / Baby I Love You – Cotillion LP
87 RE Jean Carn – We Got Some Catchin’ Up To Do / Bet Your Lucky Star – US TSOP LP
88 NE Bunny Mack – Supafrico (Version) – White Label 12”
89 NE Bob James – Sign Of The Times / The Steamin’ Feelin’ – US Tappan Zee LP
90 NE BB&Q Band – Starlette / Mistakes / I’ll Cut You Loose – US Capitol LP


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Donald Byrd: ‘I Feel Like Loving You Today’ / ‘Love For Sale’ / ‘I Love Your Love’ (US Elektra LP)
Heaven 17: ‘Play To Win’ / ‘Play’ (Virgin 12in)
Silhouettes: ‘Hot Licks’ (MCA)
Pleasure: ‘Glide’ / ‘The Real Thing’ (Fantasy 12in)
The Time: ‘Get It Up’ / ‘The Stick’ (US Warner Bros LP)
Woods Empire: ‘Sweet Delight’ (US Tabu 12in)
Rahmlee: ‘Think’ / ‘Heartbreaker’ (US Headfirst LP)
Rockie Robbins: ‘Time To Think’ (US A&M LP)
Justo Almario: ‘Sho’ You Right’ (US Uno Melodic LP)
Shirley James & Danny Ray: ‘Right Time Of The Night’ (Black Jack 12in)
Trevor Walters: ‘Love Me Tonight’ (Ital 12in)
Lonnie Youngblood: ‘Feelings’ (WEA LP)
Fania All Stars: ‘Going Back To My Roots’ / ‘Sausalito’ (US Fania LP)
Savanna: ‘I Can’t Turn Away’ (R&B 12in white label)
M.S.O.: ‘Colombia (In The Jungle)’ (Mainstreet 12in)
K.I.D.: ‘No.1’ (Record Shack 12in)
Hi-Tension: ‘We Got The Funk’ (EMI 12in)
Lamont Dozier: ‘Cool Me Out’ (CBS)
Larry Graham: ‘Just Be My Lady’ (Warner Bros)
Ottawan: ‘Hands Up’ (Carrere 12in)
Randy Crawford: ‘Rio De Janiero Blue’ / ‘You Bring The Sun Out’ / ‘Trade Winds’ (Warner Bros LP)
Gene Chandler: ‘Love Is The Answer’ (20th Century-Fox 12in)
Passport: ‘Rambling’ (US Atlantic LP)
Bang Gang: ‘Street Music’ (US Sugarscoop 12in)
Bobbettes – 1981: ‘Love Rhythm’ (US QIT 12in)
Cousin Ice: ‘You Stepped Into My Life’ (US Urban Rock LP)
Eric Mercury: ‘Gimme A Call Sometime’ (US Capitol LP/12in promo)
Sister Sledge: ‘He’s Just A Runaway (Tribute To Bob Marley)’ (Atlantic 12in)
Michael Henderson: ‘Geek You Up’ (US Buddah LP)
Eddy Grant: ‘California Style’ (Ice LP)

DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(6) Aneka, 2(3) Soft Cell, 3(2) Duran Duran, 4(1) Depeche Mode, 5(9) Ultravox, 6(7) Shakin’ Stevens, 7(10) Gidea Park, 8(16) Kid Creole, 9(20) Simple Minds, 10(19) UB40, 11(5) Debbie Harry, 12(11) ELO, 13(14) Kraftwerk B/A, 14(22) Tenpole Tudor, 15(-) John Foxx, 16(8) Specials, 17(4) Bad Manners, 18(24) Kiki Dee, 19(-) Havana Let’s Go, 20(18) Pointer Sisters, 21(29) Bow Wow Wow, 22(30) Kim Wilde, 23(27) Siouxsie, 24(26) Grace Jones, 25(-) Au Pairs, 26(23) B-52’s, 27(-) Mojo ‘Dance On’, 28(-) Hazel O’Connor, 29(28) Jim Steinman, 30(17) Eddie Maelov & Sunshine Patteson.


Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries on 7in (with endings denoted by “f” for fade, “c” for cold, “r” for resonant) are:
Gary Numan 0-106c, Cliff Richard 159f, Rolling Stones 0-123f, Orchestral Manoeuvres 0-103/52f, Ottawan 128f, Teardrop Explodes 0-137-139f, Hollies 129(JOL) – 131(HIGA) – 134(IA) – (ICLG) – 135(LCWIABD) – 133(BS) – 125(CA)r, John Foxx 144-143f, The Look 0-82-164-169f, The News 140r, Beach Boys 29 – 154(GV) – 147(HMR) – 146(IGA) – 159(SD) – 160(SS/BA) – 163(SUSA) – 161(FFF)f, Foreigner 0-117-116f. Those medleys are accurate, but just for a laugh — in case you think I’ve gone bonkers!


ALAN COSTA has just jetted off for a month with his fiancee in foreign Venezuela, so consequently prior to leaving he brushed up on the old lingo by making his punters at Brighton’s Kings Club suffer to such Spanish/Latin/Salsa style things as these:

1. Celebremos – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12in
2. Aqui Con Tigo – Smokey Robinson – US Tamla
3. Que Pasa—Me No Pop I – Coati Mundi – Ze 12in
4. Fiesta Cubana – Cayenne – Groove Production LP
5. Mi Nueva Cancion – Barry White – US Unlimited Gold 12in
6. Reina Danzante – Abba – Epic LP
7. Everybody Salsa – Modern Romance – WEA 12in
8. Llame (Call Me) – Blondie – US Salsoul 12in
9. Cinco De Mayo – War – US LAX 12in
10. Aranjuez – Herb Alpert – A&M 12in

Er, Alan, hasta la vista!

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