November 14, 1981: George Benson, Incognito, Earl Klugh, Syreeta, Jakob Magnusson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MORGAN KHAN, who built Excaliber single-handed and then even more significantly R&B (which scored three hits with its first three releases), has formed a new label called Streetwave with CBS in a deal that could make him almost as rich as the rest of his family, the label to be headquartered in fashionable downtown West Acton . . . Linx won Capital Radio’s People’s Choice vote last week but I’ve yet to find a DJ that doesn’t agree their new single is awfully dull . . . Hot Cuisine’s ‘Disco Calypso’ is being issued as remixed A-side — and, incidentally, which US disco chart is it that they’re top of? . . . Dynasty ‘Love In The Fast Lane’ and Donald Byrd ‘I’ll Always Love You’ are due on 12in . . . Wallabys opened on Tuesday and not Monday, as an unfortunate printing vision last week would have had you believe, Jeff Young’s gig being at another venue on the previous night and Martin Collins’s weekly night at Luton’s Hat & Bonnet on Tuesdays — apologies to all concerned . . . Anthony Bernards & Ken Gerou will be taking Wallabys to various venues around the London area as a loveable feast, full details of dates as they are decided . . . BG & Alex Allders, late of Funktion, have formed their own Winners moveable event, having taken over London’s Embassy this Monday just gone for an historic event fancy dress party, and then start two weekly next Thursday (19) at the Exclusive Club in Margaret Street on the site of the old Speakeasy . . . Jr. Walker last Wednesday at Mayfair’s Gullivers could not have found a better setting or atmosphere for his dynamite chuck and jive-filled act — protesting after every number that he had to go, he nevertheless stayed on for an hour and a quarter of energy packed blowing and hollering all firmly rooted in the blues, to produce one of the very best nights that Gullivers has ever seen . . . Mark Haywood’s Roots With Zoots night every Monday at Soho’s Le Beat Route features 1940s/early ’50s R&B and boogie laced with doowop . . . Mark Clark (Bracknell) is in charge of presentation at Earl’s Court’s Ski Show from Saturday (14) for eight days, promising plenty of appropriately cool soft soul and jazz over the speaker system . . . Tom Amigo & Steve Wiggins are cataloguing 10,000 singles from 1973 to now, all tastes and invite jocks with wants to send an SAE to Steve at 19 High Street, Barry, South Glamorgan CF6 8EA — legitimate DJs will get a good deal . . . Frenchie reports from the North-West that — in places like Manchester’s Placemates, Legends, Rufus, Wigan Pier, Blackpool Man Fridays, etc — the jazz-funk scene has survived the disasters of 1980 to get back on the right track, and he wonders how this compares with the scene down South . . . Steve Dennis and Gibbo, playing disco/soul and electro/futurist respectively at Edgbaston Faces, both say their punters are demanding newies rather than oldies — how refreshing . . . Alan Gaskell (St Helens) buys his imports at Liverpool City Centre’s Rumbelows (NEMS) in Whitechapel, where prices are LP £5.49/£5.99, 12in £3.49, 7in £1.10 (in the current climate these prices may have changed by now), while Steven Fay (Darwen) recommends Manchester’s HMV Records in Market Street for 7in imports and LPs . . . Alan Coulthard’s killer mix between Modern Romance’s ‘Tear The Roof Off The Moose’ and their US ‘Can You Move’ rapper remix of ‘Salsa’ reveals a remarkable similarity in the backing tracks . . . Jon Williams (Birkenhead) reckons all labels should employ a clerk to BPM their disco releases so that the correct BPM can be printed on the record, thus spreading the enjoyment of the art of mixing to all DJs . . . Sylvers ‘Come Back Lover Come Back’ last week should have been printed as 0-108-107bpm . . . Neil Benjamin (Guildford) now looks ultra-futuristic but used to roadie for Chris Brown, and says “hi” to Chris . . . Roger J Cooperman souls Wed/Sat/Sundays at Reflections in Stratford, E15 . . . Xmas hits are tricky to predict too far in advance, but I for one won’t be upset if Cliff Richard’s revival of ‘Daddy’s Home’ wins the race this year . . . I wonder how many other mobile DJs find their biggest request is nearly always Dire Straits? . . . KEEP ‘EM HAPPY!


LUTHER VANDROSS, looking like Lenny Henry on his finally released album’s sleeve, made his name as a session singer and by doing numerous commercial jingles for US TV and radio, before finding fame as the vocalist on Change’s ‘Glow Of Love’ and ‘Searching’. Didja know though that he arranged the vocals for Barbra & Donna’s ‘Enough Is Enough’?


UK NEWIES

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Never Give Up On A Good Thing’ (LP ‘The George Benson Collection’ Warner Bros K65107).
An obviously high quality oldies double album set (including CTI and Arista material), packed in a single pocket sleeve with a testimonial filled booklet, the only newie apart from the 7in-issued 102bpm ‘Turn Your Love Around‘ being this excellent smoothly whomping brassy 114bpm backbeat smacker which is already huge for demo-serviced jocks and well up to his usual standard … though word has it that the rest of his newly recorded material was not, hence this hasty stop-gap set.

INCOGNITO: ‘North London Boy’ (Ensign ENYT 221).
Their most commercial bet yet, this terrific powerfully skipping 121-122-123bpm 12in jazzy shuffler has het-up vocals by Tessa Webb, the good lyrics interspersed with some searing sax stabs.

EARL KLUGH: ‘Twinkle’ (Liberty 12UP 647).
Dynamite bass snapped delicate but beefy 123bpm guitar picked instrumental jazz jitterer, great mixed out of ‘Heavy On Easy’, on 3-track 12in with the lusher ‘Broadway Ramble’ and ‘Dance With Me’. 

ALPHONSE MOUZON: ‘I’m Glad That You’re Here’ (London HLX 10581).
Silkily lolloping 117bpm jittery loper with Michael Brecker sax and chanting chix, remixed for cooler and less vocal UK-only 12in, which now at this late stage sounds strangely bland and not necessarily better than the original LP version (which is also out here now, on the ‘Morning Sun’ set, London SH 8547).

EDDIE RUSS: ‘Zaius’ (Impact IMP 5).
For a long time one of jazz-funk’s most keenly sought rarities until a flood of cheap cut-out LPs killed its cachet, the now slightly slowed-down rattling and jiggling 125-127-129-126(guitar)-128bpm solo-filled instrumental leaper is on 3-track 12in with the almost as hot but even more specialist ‘See The Light‘ and ‘Tea Leaves‘.

SHAKATAK: ‘Easier Said Than Done’ (Polydor POSPX 375).
The enigmatic Nigel Wright, England’s one man record industry, hits paydirt again with a gorgeous lazily clopping jazzy 103bpm 12in piano tinkler which ends with cooing chix, possibly the pleasantest thing they’ve done. Flipped by the slick guitar shuffled 127-0bpm ‘Late Night Flight‘.

ROGER: ‘Do It Roger’ (LP ‘The Many Facets of Roger’ Warner Bros K 56960).
Amazingly successful fusion of heavy funk and jazz, an essential purchase not only for the 12in-issued 0-118bpm ‘Grapevine‘ and beautifully jazzy 118bpm ‘A Chunk Of Sugar‘, but also for this slow starting then sleazily rolling 0-27-108bpm funker, the synth twiddled 0-112bpm ‘Maxx Axe‘ and P’funky 111bpm ‘So Ruff So Tuff‘ — in fact every track is a very listenable and subtle gem. Get it, if you haven’t already!

SLAVE: ‘Wait For Me’ (LP ‘Showtime’ Cotillion K50831).
Creating a consistently solid dance sound, the hot funk set’s standouts are this chunkily motorvatin’ 116bpm rolling chugger, the similarly chunky rolling 0-114-113-112-113bpm ‘Party Lites‘, pent-up funkily lurching 113bpm ‘Snap Shot‘, “live”-style repartee-filled clonking 111bpm ‘Smokin‘, huskily sung swaying 111-109bpm ‘Steal Your Heart‘, and somewhat inconclusive 102-100bpm ‘Funken Town‘.

RUDDY THOMAS: ‘Just One Moment Away’ (Hawkeye HD 038, via 01-961 0868).
Although maybe not immediately devastating, this cool slinky slow subtle 74bpm 12in lovers rock swayer nevertheless sneaks up your trouser leg and seems set to be huge — in its relevant market at least. A Rodigan hot shot!

LUTHER VANDROSS: ‘Never Too Much’ LP (Epic EPC 85275).
The US smash title track, the only one off his debut solo set really to do anything disco-wise, is a lovely languidly pulsating soulful 110/55bpm swayer and will soon be out here on single too, at last.

AL JARREAU: ‘Closer To Your Love’ (Warner Bros K 17876T).
Low key but bumpily building complex 115bpm 12in jiggler with typical flights of vocal fancy, flipped by the older jerkily phrased scatting 116bpm ‘Love Is Real‘. So, where’s ‘Roof Garden‘?

PIG BAG: ‘Sunny Day’ (Y Y-12).
No sooner do I say it’s too short on 7in than this greet refreshingly freaky jagged 131-128bpm instrumental turns up on longer 12in! Incidentally, Imagination’s newie on 12in turns out to be 1bpm faster on both sides reviewed last week.

GAYNOR BUNCH: ‘Music’ (Smokey Joe SMJD 004).
Cymbal schlurped skittery 122bpm 12in wah-wah synth instrumental with an interesting quieter rhythm break and jazz-funk-ish feel, the very different beefier butch guys and rather reedy gals sung vocal 123-124bpm ‘Drop’ A-side being overly “disco”.

GLORIA JONES: ‘Tainted Love’ (Inferno HEAT 6).
Belatedly reissued, here’s the pounding frantic 162bpm Northern Soul original, on blue vinyl 7in.

THE ATLANTICS: ‘Stacks Of Soul’ (Mean MEAN 6).
Fast, furious, and surprisingly convincing 132bpm 7in medley of Memphis soul classics from the ’60s by Otis, Wilson, Sam & Dave etc, with an instrumental backing track flip that’s doubtless freakin’ ’em up North already.

ROD STEWART: ‘How Long’ (LP ‘Tonight I’m Yours’ Riva RVLP 14).
Obviously best for mobile/pop jocks, this excellent gradually winding up then rolling 58-116-117-118bpm revival of Ace’s oldie ends with some sustained acappella harmony chanting that’s great for mixers.

SIMPLE MINDS: ‘Sweat In Bullet’ (Virgin VS 451 – 12).
Good 109bpm white boys funker, on 4-track 12in and already hitting pop, usefully like Bowie s ‘Fashion’ and Queen’s ‘Dust’.

QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE: ‘Under Pressure’ (EMI 5250).
Not the fusion of ‘Fashion’ and ‘Dust’ it could have been, this disjointedly pent-up 114-115bpm 7in pause-filled jiggler is more pop than funk but will be big for many.

HOT GOSSIP: ‘Soul Warfare’ (Dindisc DIN 38-12).
BEF-produced surprisingly good tumbling and tapping 123bpm 12in version of Heaven 17’s song, certainly Gossip’s most convincing effort to date.

SPANDAU BALLET: ‘Paint Me Down’ (Reformation CHS 122560).
Amazingly boring 0-118bpm 12in bass bumbled smacker wastes the solid enough rhythm track with disappointingly dull vocals and a pedestrian tune.

PRETENDERS: ‘I Go To Sleep’ (Real ARE 18 S).
Simply sensational Dionne Warwick-style 49-51bpm 7in smoocher, a beautiful soulfully delivered song (written by Kink Ray Davies).

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Inside You’ (Epic EPC A13-1741).
Typical jaggedly jumping 127-128-129bpm 12in racer does all it’s ever going to do in the first minute but goes on anyway for another eight to waste vinyl that could more profitably been used for Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields.

MICHAEL ZAGER BAND: ‘Dr. Rhythm’ (EMI 12EMI 5238).
Mundane dull 111bpm 12in chunderer goes on and on asking “Is there a doctor in the house?” For this crud, Dr. Soul is out.

PATTI AUSTIN: ‘Every Home Should Have One’ (Qwest K 17874).
Dukes-penned (ie: Bugatti & Musker) catchily Michael Jackson-ish thudding steady 103bpm 7in throbber, flipped by Rod Temperton’s ‘Razzamatazz’ / ‘Stomp’ style 123bpm ‘The Genie‘.

QUINCY JONES: ‘Just Once’ (A&M AMS 8178).
James Ingram-sung dead slow 38bpm 7in smoocher, predictably the track from ‘The Dude’ to do best in the States, flipped by Rod Temperton’s Patti Austin-sung Michael Jackson-like bubbly 121bpm ‘Turn On The Action‘.

NEIL DIAMOND: ‘Yesterday’s Songs’ (CBS A1755).
Chick-echoing gently bouncy 97-0bpm 7in jogger, his best MoR dancer in a while.

THEME MACHINE: ‘Themes Ain’t What They Used To Be’ (BBC RESL 104).
Wright Orchestra-type but less punchy 7in medley of TV themes (including the BBC News jingle), useful enough MoR.

FRANK SINATRA: ‘Say Hello’ (Reprise K 14513).
Brassily kicking somewhat croaky 119-85-0bpm 7in big band MoR treatment of the Pan-Am commercial.


IMPORTS

SYREETA: ‘Out The Box’ (LP ‘Set My Love In Motion’ US Tamla T8-376M1).
Great sparsely lurching chunky 117bpm funker with synth twiddles and heavy booming breaks, an amazing mix synched on into Teena Marie’s ‘Behind The Groove’ (out of which her newie then goes nicely).

JAKOB MAGNUSSON: ‘Meet Me After Midnight’ (LP ‘Jack Magnet’ Icelandic Steinar 841).
Blue eyed jazz-funker from Iceland’s Mezzoforte stable, this happily leaping vocal 117bpm jiggler being well worth checking, as are the AWB-ish jerky 111-0bpm ‘You’ve Got It‘ and the more specialist instrumental jazz ‘Shell Shock‘, ‘Lifesaver‘ and ‘Redneck Riviera‘.

OTHER IMPORTS, some of which I would have reviewed had Jean at Groove not had one of her funny turns, include LPs by Norman Connors, Nightlife Unlimited, Madagascar, Main Ingredient, Shock, Spunk, while the 12in newies include Geraldine Hunt, Lakeside, LTD, Candi Staton, Kat Mandu, Pure Energy, Evelyn Smith, Simon & McQueen, Sula, Age, Brothers Unique, Debra DeJean, Amanda Lear, Hot Plate, Dolly Potts, Nightforce, Camille, Phyllis Nelson, FF Yellowhand, Brooklyn Express, Magnum Force, Nancy Nova, Satin Dream, Tracy Weber, and — with a name like this could they ever be superstars?! — Mike & Brenda Sutton.


UK Disco Top 90 – November 14, 1981

01 01 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor – RCA 12”
02 02 Rose Royce – R.R. Express – Whitfield LP/12”
03 04 The Dukes – Mystery Girl – WEA 12”
04 03 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around – Elektra 12”
05 08 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove – CBS 12”
06 06 Slave – Wait For Me / Snap Shot / Party Lites / Smokin’ / Steal Your Heart / Spice Of Life – US Cotillion LP
07 21 Four Tops – When She Was My Girl – Casablanca 12”
08 05 Roger – I Heard It Through The Grapevine / A Chunk Of Sugar – Warner Bros 12”
09 07 Mike ‘T’ / Joe Thomas – Do It Any Way You Wanna – Blue Inc 12”
10 11 Bob James – Sign Of The Times – Tappan Zee 12”
11 10 Strikers – Inch By Inch – Epic 12”
12 09 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It / Take My Heart – US De-Lite LP
13 16 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here – US PAUSA LP/London 12” remix promo
14 20 Bohannon – Let’s Start II Dance Again / Let’s Start The Dance (Remix) – US Phase II 12”
15 15 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ – RCA 12”
16 12 Ronnie Laws – Heavy On Easy / Stay Awake – Liberty 12”
17 28 Northend – Tee’s Happy / Happy Days – US Emergency 12”
18 14 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine – Mercury 12”
19 17 Savanna – I Can’t Turn Away – R&B 12”
20 19 Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out – De-Lite 12”
21 13 T Life – Somethin’ That You Do To Me – US Arista 12”
22 27 Second Image – Can’t Keep Holding On – Polydor 12”
23 24 Trevor Walters – Love Me Tonight – Magnet 12”
24 18 Funk Fusion Band – Can You Feel It – US WMOT 12”
25 41 Imagination – Burnin’ Up / Flashback – R&B 12”
26 22 Prince – Controversy – Warner Bros 12”
27 25 Linx – So This Is Romance / The Rio Mix – Chrysalis 12”
28 48 The Quick – Zulu (Remix) – Epic 12”
29 23 Dynasty – Love In The Fast Lane – US Solar LP
30 34 Conquest – Give It To Me (Instrumental) – US Prelude 12”
31 38 Melba Moore – Take My Love – EMI America 12”
32 31 Jerome – You’re Supposed To Be My Friend – DJM 12”
33 39 Junior Giscombe – Mama Used To Say – Mercury 12”
34 36 Letta Mbulu – Kilimanjaro – US MJS 12”
35 26 Stanley Turrentine – Hermanos / Havin’ Fun With Mr.T / After The Love Is Gone / Tamarac – US Elektra LP
36 40 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – I Like Your Lovin’ – Epic
37 33 Pieces Of A Dream – Warm Weather – Elektra LP
38 30 Freddie Hubbard – You’re Gonna Lose Me / Sister ‘Stine – Fantasy 12”
39 29 Roger – Do It Roger / So Ruff So Tuff / Maxx Axe – US Warner Bros LP
40 37 Skool Boyz – Jam Beneath The Groove / Burning Up / Can We Do It Again – US Destiny LP
41 53 Randy Crawford – Secret Combination / Street Life (Live) / Rio De Janeiro Blue – Warner Bros 12”
42 67 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around – Warner Bros
43 32 Rodney Franklin – Hill Street Blues / Endless Flight / Dance Tonight / Return To The Source / Vibrations – US Columbia LP
44 35 Patti Austin – The Genie / Love Me To Death / Baby Come To Me / Every Home Should Have One / Stop Look Listen – Qwest LP
45 42 Al Jarreau – Easy / We’re In This Love Together – Warner Bros 12”
46 45 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know – Epic 12”
47 46 Whispers – This Kind Of Lovin’ – Solar 12”
48 81 Sylvers – Take It To The Top / Come Back Lover Come Back / I’m Gettin’ Over / Just When I Thought It Was Over – US Solar LP
49 52 Candy Bowman – I Wanna Feel Your Love – RCA 12”
50 54 Modern Romance – Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey / Moose On The Loose / Tear The Roof Off The Moose – WEA 12”
51 49 Gayle Adams – Love Fever – US Prelude 12”
52 60 K.I.D. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! – US SAM 12”
53 50 Earl Klugh – Twinkle – Liberty 12”
54 71 Light Of The World – Ride The Love Train – EMI 12”
55 80 Jimmy Haynes (Senyah) – Funk On The Rocks – RCA 12”
56 73 Donald Byrd – Love For Sale / I’ll Always Love You / I Feel Like Loving You Today / I Love Your Love – Elektra LP
57 51 Bang Gang – Street Music (Instrumental) – US Sugarscoop 12”
58 RE Index – Starlight (Instrumental) – Record Shack 12”
59 56 Blue Rondo A La Turk – Me And Mr. Sanchez – Diable Noir 12”
60 55 Rhyze – Rhyze To The Top – US 20th Century-Fox 12”
61 70 Twennynine/Lenny White – Twennynine (The Rap) / Need You / Just Like Dreamin’ – Elektra LP
62 64 Rick James – Superfreak / Fire And Desire – Motown 12”
63 74 GQ – Shake – Arista 12”
64 NE George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing – Warner Bros
65 41 Imagination – So Good So Right – R&B LP
66 62 Vera – Take Me To The Bridge – Carrere 12”
67 NE Level 42 – Starchild – Polydor 12”
68 63 Gwen McCrae – Funky Sensation – US Atlantic LP
69 43 Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) – GTO 12”/Video
70 65 Jumbo – Take It Light – US Atlantic 12”
71 69 Melba Moore – Let’s Stand Together – US EMI America LP
72 68 Bunny Mack – Supafrico (Dub) – RCA 12”
73 44 Chi-Lites – Me And You – 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound 12”
74 NE Hot Cuisine – Disco Calypso / Skunkin’ – Kaleidoscope 12”
75 NE Frontline Orchestra – No Entry / Don’t Turn Your Back On Me – Ice 12”
76 58 Shadow – Born To Hustle / Best Lady / Tennis Shoes / Shadows In The Street / Party In The Streets – Elektra LP
77 86 Freddie Hubbard – Splash / Touchdown – US Fantasy LP
78 85 UK Players – Girl – A&M 12”
79 77 Skyy – Let’s Celebrate / Get Into The Beat / Jam The Box – US Salsoul LP
80 47 Al Jarreau – Roof Garden / Teach Me Tonight / Breakin’ Away – Warner Bros LP
81 NE Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Will Survive – CBS
82 76 Material – Bustin’ Out – Ze 12”
83 79 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – She’s Got Papers On Me – US Boardwalk LP
84 66 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor (Instrumental) – US Inculcation 12”
85 61 Mel Brooks – It’s Good To Be The King Rap – Luggage Label 12”
86 59 Captain Sky – Station Brake – US WMOT 12”
87 NE Luther Vandross – Never Too Much – Epic LP
88 72 Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day – Come Let Me Love You – US Prelude 12”
89 NE Eddy Grant – California Style / Time To Let Go – Ice 12”
90 RE Lloyd Charmers – If Leaving Me Is Easy – Radioactive 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Haircut One Hundred: ‘Favourite Shirts’ (Arista 12in)
Jimmy Ross: ‘First True Love Affair’ (Megafunk 12in)
Skyy: ‘Call Me’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Brick: ‘Sweat’ / ‘Seaside Vibes’ (US Bang 12in)
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘Reach High’ / ‘I Will Fight’ (CBS LP)
Pablo: ‘Bo Mbanda’ (Island 12in)
Celena Duncan: ‘Shine On’ (RCA 12in)
Level 42: ’43’ (Polydor LP)
Incognito: ‘North London Boy’ (Ensign 12in)
Rick James: ‘Give It To Me Baby’ (US Motown 12in)
Lime: ‘You’re My Magician’ (US Prism 12in)
Temptations: ‘Aiming At Your Heart’ / ‘The Life Of A Cowboy’ (Motown 12in)
Ruddy Thomas: ‘Just One Moment Away’ (Hawkeye 12in)
Sugar Minott: ‘Never My Love’ (RCA 12in)
Pig Bag: ‘Sunny Day’ (Y 12in)
Tyzik: ‘In The Mood’ / ‘The Way You Move Me’ (US Capitol LP)
Jumpp: ‘The Bounce’ (RCA 12in)
Denroy Morgan: ‘I’ll Do Anything For You’ (US Becket 12in / Disconet remlx)
Secret Weapon: ‘Must Be The Music (Instrumental)’ (US Prelude 12in)
Karen Silver: ‘Nobody Else’ (Canadian Quality RFC 12in)
Grace Jones: ‘Pull Up To The Bumper (Remix)’ / ‘Walking In The Rain’ (Island 12in)
ABC: ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ (Neutron 12in)
Freeez: ‘Anti-Freeez’ (Beggars Banquet 12in)
Heaven 17: ‘Penthouse & Pavement’ (BEF 12in)
Teena Marie: ‘It Must Be Magic’ (Motown 12in)
Syreeta: ‘Out The Box’ (US Tamla LP)
Klymaxx: ‘All Fired Up’ (Solar LP)
Al Jarreau: ‘Closer To Your Love’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Weapon Of Peace: ‘Jah Love’ / ‘Suspicion’ (Safari 12in)
Ann-Margret: ‘Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes’ (US Ram 12in)


POD (Pop Orientated Dance):

1(2) Depeche Mode, 2(1) Human League Blue, 3(8) Altered Images, 4(3) Ottawan, 5(7) Stewart/Gaskin, 6(4) Soft Cell ‘Tainted Love’, 7(6) Tweets, 8(14) Hi-Gloss, 9(10) Central Line, 10(17) Donald Byrd, 11(12) Human League Red, 12(5) Linx ‘Romance’, 13(20) OMITD ‘Joan Of Arc’, 14(13) Japan ‘Quiet Life’, 15(16) Four Tops, 16(-) Earth Wind & Fire, 17(-) Arthur Adams, 18(11) Modern Romance ‘Salsa’, 19(27) Haircut One Hundred, 20(19) Heaven 17 ‘Penthouse’, 21(-) Police ‘Magic’, 22(-) Spandau Ballet, 23(9) Imagination ‘In & Out’, 24(15) Tight Fit, 25(34) Toyah, 26(38) Shock ‘Dynamo Beat’ (RCA), 27(24) Star Sound, 28(26) Tom Tom Club, 29(25) Ross/Richie, 30(47) Evelyn King, 31(45) ABC, 32(46) Barry Manilow, 33(40) Elvis Costello, 34(-) Kool ‘Steppin’, 35(28) Pointer Sisters ‘Slow Hand’, 36(-) Second Image, 37(18) Funkapolitan, 38(-) Laurie Anderson, 39(39) Gary Glitter, 40(-) Enigma ‘Summer Groovin’ (Creole), 41(22) Madness, 42(23) Jerome, 43(-) Ultravox, 44(43) Bananarama ‘Aie A Mwana’ (Deram), 45(-) Rose Royce, 46(42) Alvin Stardust ‘Pretend’, 47(29) Human League ‘Do Or Die’ (LP), 48(-) This Year’s Blonde, 49(21) Heaven 17 ‘Play’, 50(49) Bad Manners.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries on 7in (endings denoted by f for fade, c for cold, r for resonant) are:
EWF 125-126f, Diana Ross 161/81f, Modern Romance 119f, Ultravox 0-155-156f, Bow Wow Wow 0-131-132-134f, Fun Boy Three 0-58/116f, Japan 99-0r, Black Sabbath 0-138f, Stray Cats 135f, Aneka 0-131-130f, Simple Minds 109f, Orange Juice 109/55-110-111f, Classix Nouveaux 149f, Pig Bag 131-128f.


DJ TOP TEN

PHIL ‘ROD’ ANDREW runs the unfortunately named Woofters Roadshow in Derby (Derby 364899), working Monday and Wednesday at the Horse And Groom where on Mondays specifically he packs the pub with his special ’60s nite, playing stuff like this . . .

1. Wooly Bully – Sam The Sham – MGM
2. Bend It – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Fontana
3. Something Here In My Heart – Paper Dolls – Pye
4. Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison – London
5. Only One Woman – Marbles – Polydor
6. Happy Jack – The Who – Reaction
7. Spider And The Fly – Rolling Stones – Decca
8. Winchester Cathedral – New Vaudeville Band – Fontana
9. Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me – Tams – HMV
10. Double Barrel – Dave & Ansel Collins – Technique

(Er, ‘Rod’, it ain’t that important, but the last one’s from ’71!)

2 thoughts on “November 14, 1981: George Benson, Incognito, Earl Klugh, Syreeta, Jakob Magnusson”

  1. The next milestone should be a review of D-Train ‘You’re the One For Me’ which although not the full blown Jonzun Crew, Afrika Bambaataa type sound I remember Mr Hamilton treating as the start of a new sound which eventually began to be called electro.

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    1. Interestingly, Shock’s “Let Get Crackin” (first reviewed on October 10th 1981) uses the phrase “electrophonic funk” during its intro – a term which James would frequently use as electro broke in 1982. Turns out that was also the title of their 1980 LP, now selling for £££.

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