October 31, 1981: Caister report, Earth Wind & Fire, Diana Ross, George Benson, Gayle Adams, Melba Moore


THIS SUNDAY’S big DJ Convention at Birmingham’s Faces in Edgbaston, by the Five Ways roundabout at 34 Auchinleck Square, promises fun and games as well as serious discussion and, if it’s like last year’s (and if you can stop Fatman getting too excitable!), should be well worth attending that afternoon (2–6.30pm) . . . I am unlikely to be there as I’ve a big gig the previous night . . . Bristol’s Radio West goes on air this week (96.3 FM/238 MW) with Raymondo hosting a weeknight show which from 10pm to midnight goes softly soulful with reggae on Thurs/Fridays, plus at the tail end of his Saturday afternoon show from 5 to 6pm Ray’ll play new disco before switching for an hour of ’60’s soul oldies in a progressive examination of that era called ‘The Soulful Years’, put together for him by myself . . . Dunstable’s Radio Chiltern (97.5 FM/362 MW) has Martin Collins doing an imports slot for the last half-hour of Paul Cook’s 3-6pm Sunday soul show . . . George Benson actually recorded a new album which didn’t meet his label’s requirements, so instead next month there’s a double set of oldies with just three new tunes, one being his current single and another a monster at Caister . . . London has picked up Alphonse Mouzon for remixed 12in soon . . . Second Image not surprisingly sound like Linx – David Grant wrote it (and ‘Walking Into Sunshine’s’ Roy Carter produced it – these fax not discernible on white label!) . . . Junior ‘Mama Used To Say’ has had yet another 110bpm “special new mix” on promo-only 12in, flipped by the Linx-ish stop-start 115bpm ‘Fame’ (a new song) . . . Pete Gage has produced a newly recorded recreation of the notorious Disconet version of ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ – NOT in this case performed by Abba, but by The Bank – which on the Hot Spinner label is being touted as a “legal bootleg” (repeat: this is NOT by Abba, it’s a soundalike) . . . Rose Royce’s full length ‘R.R. Express’ is on Dutch 12in . . . Slave ‘Snap Shot’ / ‘Funken Town’ and edited versions of Yellowjackets ‘Matinee Idol’ / ‘Sittin’ In It’ / ‘Rush Hour’ have been sent out by Fred Dove on US promo-only 12in . . . Chris Hill heads a special return of jazz-funk to Southgate’s Royalty on New Year’s Day with a Caister Veterans party, tickets on sale in advance to Caister identity “passport” holders only . . . Pete Tong now jocks for Funktion on Fri/Saturdays at London’s Barracuda in Baker Street . . . ITV’s World Freestyle Dancin’ Championship 1981 last week could have been better presented but at least the music was quite convincing – until the soundalike musicians got faster and faster as the show progressed (still, the Londoners won!) . . . Marshal King (Sunderland Mayfair Suite) wonders if any companies have a current touring Boogie Bus-style promotion which could entertain 1500 teenage consumers? . . . John Mayoh (Bolton Rockerfellas) has been having fun on Saturday nights running look-alike competitions – Blondie, Manilow, Sting – John himself doing a good Manilow-nosed Debbie Harry! . . . Southampton’s Dennis Brynner (Barbarellas – soul) and Dave Van Seiger (Turpins/Floaters – Pop/Futurist) now have two shows on the local university’s Radio Glen, Wednesdays 6-8pm being futuristic and old soul, Sunday same time being a disco newies report . . . Paul Clark (Brighton Busby – Sunday) reports that his Savanna venue was short-lived due to poor response and complaints about the sound system! . . . Chris Dinnis switches his jazz-funk nights at Exeter Boxes to Wednesday as from 11th Nov . . . Gary Allan’s gay Wednesdays and Sundays are now Liverpool McMillans’ busiest nights . . . Tricky Dicky says although the gay disco scene has got larger (he magnanimously recommends Lazers), fewer people are interested in the music – appearances by ’60s girl singers being the latest gay club fad, people like Helen Shapiro, Susan Maughan, even Diana Dors (he himself presents Kathy Kirby at Tottenham Eltons next Wednesday 4th) . . . Dicky also reckons that the lowest record prices are at Groove, apart that is from his own prices at Disco Music, 391c Mile End Road, London E3 – open 2-7pm Thurs; 1-6pm Fri/Sat only – with a large stock of old and new goodies at ultra-keen prices . . . Flash Gordon, keeping it funky at Bristol’s Mistys Nite Club, says (and I must agree) that the only local import stockists, Virgin, are so expensive he rings Alan at Flashback Records in Swindon, who gives a ten per cent DJ discount – US LP £5.99/12in £3.99 and actually delivers right to the club! . . . K. Henderson (Birkenhead) wants a separate import chart – but they’re all in the same order they would be in the main chart already . . . Jim Kershaw hopefully raised lotsa money for Sheffield’s very first Over-60s Pop-In Centre by running in last Sunday’s New York marathon . . . John Waller’s highly prized secretary Karin has been pinched from Phonogram by Orin Cozier at Arista! . . . PLAY A NEWIE!


SHOWSTOPPER PROMOTIONS eighth jazz-funk and soul weekender at Caister was evidently the most trouble-free of them all, and in other respects a great success too. However, some elements seemed to be missing: audience participation events and new records. The lack of the latter was much commented on by those concerned with the current sad state of the scene. The first two Caister weekenders in 1979 created several hits by playing lots of new material, but since then the DJs, by taking the easy option, have encouraged the crowd to expect a diet of oldies which already have proven chant-along appeal. October 1981 will be remembered for Kool & The Gang’s ‘Get Down On It’ thanks to Chris Hill (the other biggies were Alphonse Mouzon and – not really a newie – Bohannon), and in fact it really was only Chris, in some superb sets which embraced excellent mixing, crowd control, walking on water, and blues harmonica over ‘R.R. Express’, who really took a chance to play new material. Otherwise, the closed circuit Radio Caister was more upfront than the live jocks. It was on the round-the-clock radio that you heard Gayle Adams, Melba Moore and the like. Martin Collins once again proved himself to have the best radio style (for my money he would walk into a late night slot now), while Tom Holland and Bob Jones played some really interesting selections during the dawn-watch hours when the rowdies had left the radio venue, Brother Louie and Mick Clark were the other featured radio jocks (along with some help from facility supplying Radio Invicta), while a slot was found for all the rest of the live DJs too – Froggy, Robbie Vincent, Sean French, Chris Brown, Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Nicky Peck. During an on-air agony auntie session, Chris Hill was moved to remark about a young man wearing a mini-skirt “that he obviously hasn’t got a sexual problem” – not realizing that unseen by him the guy was lifting up the front of his skirt to show off his masculine characteristics! This sort of silliness used to be on a mass organized scale at previous Caisters, most notably through fancy dress or talent competitions, but this time in place of punter-created inspired lunacy there was a sad boxing kangaroo and other assorted animal acts in a truly appalling circus, run by professionals, which fell very flat. (The racing camels had been banned – evidently the locals weren’t keen on the idea of camel shit on their beach!). However, sweaty fun and mass hysteria reached their usual levels once everyone was crammed together swaying, chanting, call-and-answering, the new chant for some obscure Vincent-originated reason being “Bobby Moore!” (minus his Rhythm Aces), while Al Jarreau’s ‘Roof Garden’ formed the basis for a lewd and lascivious singalong. There was nearly an ugly situation at the end of Sunday’s final finale when it was revealed that (in a deliberate policy move) none of the jocks had brought a copy of ‘Shout’ to the gig, but Cab Galloway’s “hi-de-hi” filled ‘Minnie The Moocher’ was eventually played as a substitute. Amongst the tribes, the Medway Rain Forest Missionaries freely distributed ‘Woah Cry’ fanzine (great title!) had a slightly higher chuckle content than the Staines Fusion Few’s pussy mag (sorry Chris!), and Welwyn Toxicated had to be the best tribe name. Perran Sands camp photographer, nicknamed Rolf following his antics at the earlier weekender, was adopted as Showstoppers official Caister cameraman, Fred Dove showed his WEA videos to huge audiences, Arista’s Orin Cozier broke down on the way home (thanks for the lift anyway, Orin!), Nicky Peck sported a pinstriped bomber jacket and baggy pegged pants custom tailored for him by Image of Chatham, Chris Brown bought a round (and a cheroot for himself!). Despite my own and other veteran Caister-goers’ misgivings about the lack of new material being broken, first-timers like the four funkiest people in Frieth (yeah – you find it on the map!) had a fabarootie time and doubtless will be back for Caister 9 on March 26/27/28, 1982 – earlier in the year than usual so as not to clash with Showstoppers trip to St Tropez in May. Anyway, another first-timer at Caister, RM’s Alan Coulthard will be revealing his impressions in Record Mirror next week.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD having fragmented into the horny Beggar & Co and jazzy Incognito, just Gee Bello and Nat Augustin are left under the original group name, and they now sound like Linx. Gee (vocals/percussion) and Nat (guitar/bass/vocals) have the same talents as David and Sketch, but even so the similarity on their EMI debut ‘Ride The Love Train’ is ridiculous!


EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Let’s Groove’ (CBS A13-1679).
Vocoder introed typically lurching 124(start)-125bpm jittery strutter with lots of staccato squeaky vocal clucking, now at last on impatiently awaited full length 12in with instrumental flip. Their ‘Raise!’ LP (CBS 11-85272), available if you’re lucky on picture disc, is pretty typical too, my own fave cut being the lovely buoyantly slinky 0-84bpm ‘Wanna Be With You‘ which has a jazzy undertow, while ‘I’ve Had Enough‘ is a squeaky 117bpm smacker, ‘Lady Sun‘ a snappy brittle brassy 126bpm smacker, ‘Evolution Orange‘ a similar but more excitable 126-128bpm smacker, ‘Kalimba Tree/You Are A Winner‘ an oddly introed clapping 105(intro)-103-106bpm heavy judderer, ‘My Love’ a ticking 47bpm slowie, and ‘The Changing Times’ an overly frantic 133-134-135bpm jolter.

DIANA ROSS: ‘Mirror Mirror’ (LP ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ Capitol EST 26733).
Self-produced debut set from her new label, dominated for discos by this chunkily jolting 103bpm steady plodder with yowling guitar and Randy Brecker brass, and by the snaredrum-introed catchily counting 110bpm ‘Work That Body‘ – which really seems to be a limbering-up exercise set to music! Other cuts are all pleasant but tend to be either too fast or slow, the attractively jogging 101bpm ‘Two Can Make It‘ hitting a happy medium.

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Turn Your Love Around’ (Warner Bros K 17877).
Lovely chunkily tripping 103bpm 7in jogging jittery throbber with brassy pent-up climaxes and nice background piano, great with Dukes, Dimples, Four Tops, etc. 

G.Q.: ‘Shake’ (Arista ARIST 12427).
Their old jitter and jiggle get swamped by the bustling activity of this Michael Jackson-ish 111(intro)-113-112bpm 12in pounder, with just one simple thudding break to remind us of their real power . . . not that the result here is weak.

GRACE JONES: ‘Pull Up To The Bumper (Remix)’ (Island 12WIP 6739).
Although sadly not the dynamite Disconet remix, this largely instrumental new 108-110-108-109bpm 12in version is good in its own right, and more programmable than the complex strange 65/131 bpm ‘Walking In The Rain‘ plugside.

HEAVEN 17: ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ (BEF VS455-12).
Even diehard jazz-funk fans should check the instrumental B-side of this superbly played jiggly 128bpm 12in rattler which features great splurges of synth amongst the busy bass and plonking piano.

NOEL POINTER: ‘Classy Lady’ (Liberty UP 645).
Sweeping strings introed beautifully arranged jiggly cool 0-110-109bpm 7in lush vocal tripper with some great sobbing fiddle.

PHYLLIS HYMAN: ‘Tonight You And Me’ (Arista ARIST 12444):
Jolly somewhat conga-shuffling 114bpm 12in skipper soaringly souled, with a good chance of radio acceptance, although already issued on 12in as part of her last three-tracker.

ERIC MERCURY: ‘Gimme A Call Sometime’ (Capitol CL 216).
Cleanly bumping huskily sung classy 115-116bpm 7in soul driver with subtle instrumentation, serviced on promo-only US 12in.

ENIGMA: ‘Summer Groovin’ (Creole CR 16).
Excellent 128bpm 7in medley of every Wally’s favourite Eurodisco hits, ideal for parties and evidently on 12in too.

SHOWSTOPPERS ’81: ‘The (Disco) Sound Of Music’ (Whisper 7 WSP 105).
Hilariously accurate impression of Julie Andrews is so over the top it can be taken as a straight 125bpm 7in medley or as a satirical send-up – either way it works, and should be great MoR fun (also evidently on 12in).


GAYLE ADAMS: ‘Love Fever’ (US Prelude PRL D 618).
Widely hailed as the hottest import since . . . well, Bohannon actually, and that wasn’t so long ago but you get the picture! – this purposefully smacking break filled 106-107-108-109bpm 12in bumper cranks up the beat with dynamite synth and all the expected Prelude trademarks to build an hypnotic tension as it just keeps rolling right along. And it’s got an instrumental flip.

MELBA MOORE: ‘Let’s Stand Together’ (LP ‘What A Woman Needs’ US EMI America ST – 17060).
Much stronger than her current single, this terrific McFadden & Whitehead-penned/produced ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’-style swinging 0- 119-121bpm soul anthem features heavily what has to be the guys themselves joining in to share the vocals around a beefy bass break. Other cuts are OK, but this one’s the killer!

JEANETTE ‘LADY’ DAY: ‘Come Let Me Love You’ (US Prelude PRL D 619).
The soulful lady takes time out from panting and groaning to wail every so often over catchily chanting guys and a choppily rolling and rattling 113-114bpm 12in groove, with flip instrumental, yet another hit pick from Prelude.

THE CHI-LITES: ‘Try My Side (Of Love)’ (LP ‘Me And You’ US 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound T – 535).
Simply superb subtle floater starts percussively before sweet soul harmonies, subdued scatting and mellow rapping ride the tapping 116-117-118-119-120-0bpm Latin lilt, while also strong are the Solar-style smacking 109bpm ‘Hot On A Thing (Called Love)‘ and 34/69bpm revival of ‘Oh Girl’.

SKOOL BOYZ: ‘Jam Beneath The Groove’ (LP ‘Skool Boyz’ US Destiny DLA – 10001).
Excellent somewhat Prince-inspired funk set assembled by the new label’s Bunky Sheppard (veteran producer of early Gene Chandler, Esquires, etc), this enthusiastic bumpy 116-117-121bpm smacker speeding up at the end to segue perfectly into Rhyze, the jerkily lurching 116bpm ‘Can We Do It Again‘ being extremely Prince-like and rhythmically similar to both the more beefily fleshed 113-114-115-116bpm ‘Burning Up‘ and 119-120-121bpm ‘You Can Get Down‘, while nice smoochers are the lovely 0-38/75bpm ‘Your Love’, 36/72bpm ‘I Ain’t Gonna Go Searching’ and 36-73-74bpm ‘This Feeling Must Be Real’.

SKYY: ‘Call Me’ (LP ‘Skyy Line’ US Salsoul SA – 8548).
Sensibly dressed in civvies instead of their usual awful spacesuits, the Randy Muller-produced gang go the Rafael Cameron route (or is it Prince they copy?!) especially on this 12in-issued amazingly pent-up 121-122bpm jitterer, ‘Let’s Celebrate‘ being a thundering 117-118bpm thudder, ‘Jam The Box‘ a booming 120bpm smacker with more of their ‘Skyyzoo’, ‘Get Into The Beat‘ a Chic-ish 118-119bpm jiggler, and ‘Girl In Blue‘ a bumping 114(start)-115bpm smacker.

RUFUS WITH CHAKA KHAN: ‘Music Man (The DJ Song)’ (LP ‘Camouflage’ US MCA MCA – 5270).
Quite a perky set with its share of slowies too, all the uppers being on side one – this great funk bass introed subdued but soaring 113-114bpm brassy strutter, the guys-sung cool loping 118bpm ‘Secret Friend‘ thudder, bass-pattered jittery 121bpm ‘Jigsaw‘ smacker, least strong being the opening 118bpm ‘Better Together‘ slick lurcher.

KWICK: ‘You’re The Kind Of Girl I Like’ (LP ‘To The Point’ US EMI America ST – 17048).
Good synth-twiddled steady Solar-style 115bpm canterer, certainly on a par with Dynasty, while ‘Nightlife‘ is a more heavily funky rolling slow 104bpm chugger.

LIVE: ‘Strut Your Stuff’ (US TSOB TS – 2006).
Basic but effective bass synth growled then guys chanted 119bpm 12in smacker with instrumental flip, which slots well alongside other funkers like – yep! – Prince, Raydio or the Solar acts.

RUBY WILSON: ‘Why Not Give Me A Chance’ (LP ‘Ruby Wilson’ US Malaco MAL 7404).
Beautiful deeply and toe-curlingly soulful 30/61-0bpm revival of Jackie Verdell’s old slowie, emoted by a gospel singing lady who also wails over the 0-121bpm rhythm box-driven ‘I Thought I Would Never Find Love‘. One for the old soul freaks to discover.

FINE QUALITY FEATURING CUZ: ‘Ahh Dance’ (US Sugarhill SH – 563).
Smoothly pushing 122-123-124-125bpm 12in jiggler with synth between soulful vocals over a clapping, booming and scratching backing, alone on instrumental flip.

UK Disco Top 90 – October 31, 1981

01 02 Rose Royce – R.R. Express / Lock It Down – Whitfield LP/12”
02 01 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around / Loving You – Elektra 12”
03 05 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor – RCA 12”
04 04 The Dukes – Mystery Girl – WEA 12”
05 03 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine – Mercury 12”
06 15 Bob James – Sign Of The Times – Tappan Zee 12”
07 07 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ – RCA 12”
08 08 Mike ‘T’ / Joe Thomas – Do It Any Way You Wanna – Blue Inc 12”
09 13 Roger – I Heard It Through The Grapevine / A Chunk Of Sugar – Warner Bros 12”
10 11 Strikers – Inch By Inch – Epic 12”
11 09 Linx – So This Is Romance / The Rio Mix – Chrysalis 12”
12 06 Savanna – I Can’t Turn Away – R&B 12”
13 10 T Life – Somethin’ That You Do To Me – US Arista 12”
14 22 Slave – Wait For Me / Party Lites / Smokin’ / Steal Your Heart / Snap Shot / Funken Town – US Cotillion LP
15 17 Freddie Hubbard – You’re Gonna Lose Me / Sister ‘Stine – Fantasy 12”
16 16 Ronnie Laws – Heavy On Easy / Stay Awake – Liberty 12”
17 38 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It / Take My Heart – US De-Lite LP
18 37 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here – US PAUSA LP
19 26 Funk Fusion Band – Can You Feel It – US WMOT 12”
20 23 Dynasty – Love In The Fast Lane – US Solar LP
21 34 Bohannon/Dr. Perri Johnson – Let’s Start II Dance Again / Let’s Start The Dance (Remix) – US Phase II 12”
22 36 Trevor Walters – Love Me Tonight – Ital 12”
23 25 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – I Like Your Lovin’ – Epic
24 20 Stanley Turrentine – Havin’ Fun With Mr.T / After The Love Is Gone / Hermanos / Tamarac – US Elektra LP
25 46 Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out – De-Lite 12”
26 87 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove / Lady Sun / You Are A Winner – CBS LP
27 41 Four Tops – When She Was My Girl – Casablanca 12”
28 49 Northend – Tee’s Happy / Happy Days – US Emergency 12”
29 NE Prince – Controversy – Warner Bros 12”
30 18 Pieces Of A Dream – Warm Weather / Body Magic – Elektra LP
31 19 Al Jarreau – Easy / We’re In This Love Together – Warner Bros 12”
32 27 Jerome – You’re Supposed To Be My Friend – DJM 12”
33 39 Roger – Do It Roger / So Ruff So Tuff / Maxx Axe – US Warner Bros LP
34 66 Second Image – Can’t Keep Holding On – Polydor 12”
35 24 Chi-Lites – Me And You – 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound 12”
36 45 Conquest – Give It To Me (Instrumental) – US Prelude 12”
37 53 Rodney Franklin – Hill Street Blues / Endless Flight / Vibrations / Dance Tonight / Return To The Source – US Columbia LP
38 43 Melba Moore – Take My Love – EMI America 12”
39 12 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know – Epic 12”
40 33 Patti Austin – The Genie / Love Me To Death / Baby Come To Me / Every Home Should Have One / Stop Look Listen – Qwest LP
41 48 Whispers – This Kind Of Lovin’ – Solar 12”
42 29 Junior Giscombe – Mama Used To Say – Mercury 12”
43 32 Candy Bowman – I Wanna Feel Your Love – RCA 12”
44 74 Al Jarreau – Roof Garden / Closer To Your Love / Teach Me Tonight / Breakin’ Away – Warner Bros LP
45 21 Imagination – In And Out Of Love – R&B 12”
46 89 Letta Mbulu – Kilimanjaro – US MJS 12”
47 76 Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) – GTO 12”/Video
48 40 Keni Burke – You’re The Best – RCA 12”
49 72 Bang Gang – Street Music (Instrumental) – US Sugarscoop 12”
50 NE Imagination – Burnin’ Up / So Good So Right / Flashback – R&B
51 55 K.I.D. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! – US SAM 12”
52 30 Beggar & Co – Mule (Chant No.2) – RCA 12”
53 58 Material – Bustin’ Out – Ze 12”
54 52 Donald Byrd – Love For Sale / I’ll Always Love You / I Feel Like Loving You Today / Butterfly – Elektra LP
55 51 Patti Austin – Do You Love Me? – Qwest 12”
56 83 Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love – Motown
57 35 The Joneses – Summer Groove (Moving-On) – Champagne 12”
58 57 Hi-Tension – We Got The Funk / Objects – EMI 12”
59 63 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor (Instrumental) – US Inculcation 12”
60 47 Geraldine Hunt – Heart To Heart – US Prism 12”
61 NE Sylvers – Take It To The Top / Come Back Lover Come Back / I’m Gettin’ Over / Heart Repair Man / Just When I Thought It Was Over – US Solar LP
62 69 Skool Boyz – Jam Beneath The Groove / Can We Do It Again / Burning Up – US Destiny LP
63 65 Shadow – Born To Hustle / Best Lady – Elektra LP
64 68 Jumbo – Take It Light – US Atlantic 12”
65 62 Rhyze – Rhyze To The Top – US 20th Century-Fox 12”
66 NE Gayle Adams – Love Fever – US Prelude 12”
67 80 Lloyd Charmers – If Leaving Me Is Easy – Radioactive 12”
68 79 UK Players – Girl / Jim’s Jam – A&M 12”
69 90 Earl Klugh – Twinkle – Liberty LP
70 NE Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper (Remix) / Walking In The Rain – Island 12”
71 71 Gwen McCrae – Funky Sensation / Poyson – US Atlantic LP
72 NE Bobby Broom / Madagascar / Spaces – Saturday Night / Baby Not Tonight / Song For Jeremy – Arista 12” EP
73 NE Mel Brooks – It’s Good To Be The King Rap / Instrumental – Luggage Label 12”
74 44 Real Thing – Foot Tappin’ – Calibre 12”
75 82 Captain Sky – Station Brake – US WMOT 12”
76 RE Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – She’s Got Papers On Me – US Boardwalk LP
77 61 K.I.D. – No.1 – Record Shack 12”
78 54 Rick James – Superfreak – Motown 12”
79 NE Patrick Cowley – Menergy – US Fusion 12”
80 NE Index – Starlight (Instrumental) – Record Shack 12”
81 73 Harlow – Take Off – Champagne 12”
82 NE Freddie Hubbard – Splash / Touchdown – US Fantasy LP
83 88 Michael Henderson – (We Are Here To) Geek You Up – US Buddah LP
84 85 The Quick – Zulu (Remix) – Epic 12”
85 NE Vera – Take Me To The Bridge – Carrere 12”
86 NE Bunny Mack – Supafrico – RCA 12”
87 NE Dells – Happy Song – US 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound 12”
88 NE Melba Moore – Let’s Stand Together – US EMI America LP
89 NE Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day – Come Let Me Love You – US Prelude 12”
90 60 Maze/Frankie Beverly – Joy And Pain – Capitol 12”/Video


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Ranking Dread: ‘Fattie Bum Bum’ (Greensleeves 12in)
George Benson: ‘Never Give Up On A Good Thing’ (Warner Bros LP promo)
Bob James: ‘The Steamin’ Feelin’ (Tappan Zee LP)
George Benson: ‘Turn Your Love Around’ (Warner Bros)
Luther Vandross: ‘Never Too Much’ (US Epic/LP)
Randy Crawford: ‘Street Life (Live)’ / ‘Secret Combination’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Hot Cuisine: ‘Skunkin’ / ‘Disco Calypso’ (KRL 12in)
Diana Ross: ‘Mirror Mirror’ / ‘Work That Body’ (Capitol LP)
Rufus/Chaka Khan: ‘Secret Friend’ / ‘Music Man’ (US MCA LP)
Skyy: ‘Let’s Celebrate’ (US Salsoul LP)
Karen Silver: ‘Nobody Else’ (Canadian Quality RFC 12in)
Eddy Grant: ‘California Style’ / ‘Time To Let Go’ (Ice 12in)
Bits & Pieces: ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ (Island 12in)
Shalamar: ‘Talk To Me’ / ‘Go For It’ / ‘Rocker’ (US Solar LP)
Pablo: ‘Bo Mbanda’ (Island 12in)
GQ: ‘Shake’ (Arista 12in)
Jimmy Haynes (Senyah): ‘Funk On The Rocks’ (RCA 12in)
Skyy: ‘Call Me’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Eric Mercury: ‘Gimme A Call Sometime’ (Capitol/US 12in promo)
Chi-Lites: ‘Try My Side (Of Love)’ / ‘Hot On A Thing (Called Love)’ (US 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound LP)
J. Walter Negro & Loose Jointz: ‘Shoot The Pump’ (US Zoo York 12in)
Kid Creole & The Coconuts: ‘Going Places’ / ‘Latin Music’ (Ze 12in)
Victor Romero Evans: ‘I Need A Girl Tonight’ (Epic 12in)
Lime: ‘You’re My Magician’ (US Prism 12in)
Tom Tom Club: ‘Genius Of Love’ (Island 12in)
Spandau Ballet: ‘Paint Me Down’ (RCA 12in promo)
Light Of The World: ‘Ride The Love Train’ (EMI 12in)
Linda Taylor: ‘(You’re) In The Pocket (Remix)’ (Groove Production 12in promo)
Live: ‘Strut Your Stuff’ (US TSOB 12in)
Ashford & Simpson: ‘It Seems To Hang On (Live)’ (US Warner Bros LP)

POD (Pop Orientated Dance):

1(10) Human League Blue, 2(6) Depeche Mode, 3(1) Soft Cell, 4(2) Ottawan, 5(7) Tweets, 6(3) Linx, 7(4) Human League Red, 8(13) Central Line, 9(8) Modern Romance ‘Salsa’, 10(5) Hi-Gloss, 11(9) Imagination, 12(28) Stewart/Gaskin, 13(20) Japan, 14(-) Altered Images, 15(12) Tight Fit Pt.2, 16(14) Heaven 17 ‘Play’, 17(11) Funkapolitan, 18(-)Donald Byrd, 19(24) Tom Tom Club, 20(-) Haircut One Hundred ‘Favourite Shirts’ (Arista), 21(15) Star Sound Vol.3, 22(35) Madness, 23(17) Pointer Sisters, 24(19) Ross/Richie, 25(26) Carl Carlton, 26(16) Beggar & Co, 27(-) Four Tops, 28(-) Heaven 17 ‘Penthouse’, 29(-) OMITD ‘Joan Of Arc’, 30(-) Evelyn King ‘Lovin’, 31(21) OMITD ‘Souvenir’, 32(27) Duran Duran, 33(25) UB40, 34(23) Phyllis Hyman, 35(30) Gidea Park, 36(-) Shock ‘Dynamo Beat’ (RCA), 37(37) Flock Of Seagulls, 38(-) Jerome, 39(-) Debbie Harry, 40(44) Real Thing, 41(18) Spandau Ballet ‘Chant’, 42(-) Pete Shelley ‘Homosapien’ (Genetic), 43(-) Arthur Adams, 44(-) Dukes, 45(-) Strikers, 46(31) Bits & Pieces, 47(39) Bee Gees, 48(-) Bananarama ‘Aie A Mwana’ (Deram), 49(-) Elvis Costello, 50(22) Police ‘Sun’.


Beats Per Minute for the last two weeks pop chart entries on 7in (endings donated by “f” for fade, “c” for cold, “r” for resonant) are:
Laurie Anderson 0/37-75/149c, The Jam 130-0r, Robertson/Bell 0-128f, Police 82-164r, Rod Stewart 160f, Four Tops 101f, Orchestral Manoeuvres 0-29/57-57/115-29/57f, The Cure 122-124-126-0f, Video Symphonic 0-63/31-0r, ELO 0-140-0f, Trevor Walters 0-93-96f, U2 138/69(intro)-146f, Chris Cross 15-33-69f, Dukes 0-106-107-109f, Sugar Minott 87f, Secret Affair 0-180f, Haircut One Hundred 143-144-145-146-144-0r, Discharge 0-306/153c, Star Turn 124f, Julio Iglesias 119f, Bob Seger 0-161-0f, Louis Clark/RPO 157r, Arthur Adams 116-117-116f.

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