December 5, 1981: Alton Edwards, New York Skyy, Gayle Adams, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Aurra


THE KOOL Gang’s ‘Get Down On It’ is proving too hot to hold and now it’s being rushed on sale before Christmas in a fortnight, flipped by the original studio version of ‘Summer Madness’ . . . Central Line’s album is out in the States next week, the UK version in January having an extra bonus track, but as a stop-gap Phonogram are importing US copies for sale here before that — so don’t pay Import prices . . . Angela Bofill’s LP is not actually out here yet, having been put back to the New Year, although Tom Browne’s is now in the shops — and the correct titles for his two hot tracks turn out to be ‘Fungi Mama/Bebopafunkadiscolypso’ and ‘Bye Gones’ (the latter sung by Keith John) . . . Melba Moore’s album is due here next weekend . . . Ernie Watts has evidently discofied Vangelis’s ‘Chariots Of Fire’ film theme for US Qwest 12in, while Michael Henderson ‘(We Are Here To) Geek You Up’ and Sylvers ‘Come Back Lover Come Back’ are reportedly on US 12in too (promotionally at least) . . . Lakeside have two different conflicting new sets on Solar in the States, respectively via WEA and RCA . . . Charmaine Burnette ‘(Am I The) Same Girl’ (PRO 12in), reviewed last week in haste, actually has a better 0-87-88-89bpm B-side dub played by trumpet over a good sparse beat, listed on the label as being Session In Session ‘Direct Response’ (although the tune is still in fact ‘Soulful Strut’) . . . George Benson’s 12in B-side version of ‘Soulful Strut’ is 0-101bpm, and ‘Unchained Melody’ 0-33½bpm . . . Theo Loyla is now disco plugger at MAP (Magnum Associate Promotions), where not surprisingly he already has his old DJ mailing list — incidentally, Theo, the G-Clefs / Freddie & The Dreamers ‘I Understand’ was based on ‘Auld Lang Syne’ . . . Debbie Gopie’s stay at DJM was short lived, her redundancy following hard on Dave McAleer’s resignation, so that now the future of the Champagne label itself must be in serious doubt . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn invite anyone from the disco industry to their Christmas luncheon at Maidenhead’s Riviera Hotel next Sunday (13), tickets for four course menu, speakers, awards and cabaret costing £9.75 from Steve Brandy, TVDJA, PO Box 39, Staines, Middlesex (cheques payable TVDJA) . . . Essex Radio’s programme controller, despite the new ILR station’s situation in one of England’s funkiest counties, has decided there’s no call for a soul show — still, everyone there listens to Dave Brown on BBC Radio Medway, don’t they? . . . Roger Tovell, whose ‘Friday Funkshun’ goes out weekly between 7-10pm on Gloucester’s Severn Sound, alternates with Sean French as the Sunday guest of resident John Rowe at Cheltenham’s new Frenchies in the Charles Hotel (or is that a pub?) . . . Neil Fincham is now resident at Edinburgh’s plush Uptown in South Clark Street, Colin Cordrey helping him at the funkier weekends when (Fri/Sat) they hope to stay as up-front as possible . . . John Mayoh has been joined at Bolton’s Cinderella Rockerfellas by John Barry (ex-Millionaires), this new partnership promising plenty of zany entertainment including a Charles & Di panto over Christmas . . . Kev Hill (Basildon Sweeneys) reckons everyone is waiting for an excuse really to let rip over the extended holiday period this Christmas, which should see some really massive celebrations, sez he . . . Guy Andrews (Bawtry), I hate to shatter any illusions, but I’m not actually all that into Boney M myself! . . . Chris Cole (Guildford) can’t understand ‘Zulu’s’ high chart showing considering its poor floor performance for him, and in general seems less than enchanted by the product mailed out from CBS . . . Jim Kershaw (Sheffield) says several of the current ethnic African releases, like Pablo ‘Bo Mbanda‘ (Island 12in), are doing the business for him on dancefloors around South Yorkshire / North Midlands . . . Chocolate Milk ‘Blue Jeans‘ (US RCA 12in), Kwick ‘You’re The Kind Of Girl I Like‘ (US EMI America LP) and, especially, the Chi-Lites ‘Try My Side (Of Love)‘ (US 20th Century-Fox LP) are in danger of qualifying for the “One That Got Away” category unless someone else realises their floor potential pretty darned quick! . . . 14-year-old Nigel Halkes, who does Under-13 mobiles with a mate, was bitterly disappointed that Froggy left out his mixing at his recent Under-18’s Radio One disco in Bristol — Nigel saying “it’s not just the people old enough to go to clubs who are interested in hearing the best mixing jock in Britain” . . . Imagination ‘Flashback’, mixed during the instrumental bit after the intro and before the main vocal, is a killer synched through the break in George Benson ‘Give Me The Night’, and ‘Burnin’ Up’ surprisingly vari’s down for a blinder out of Chic ‘Good Times’ (LP/US 12in version), while K.I.D. ‘Hupendi Muziki Wangu?!’ is sensational out of Deodato ‘Whistle Bump’ . . . Perry Haines ‘What’s Funk’ is of course, as I’m reminded, virtually a cover of the Rare Gems Odyssey oldie on Casablanca . . . Twennynine by total coincidence are appropriately at 29 in the disco chart this week! . . . I’m sorry there isn’t room to print the POD chart larger, but it still deserves close scrutiny in comparison with the more specialist main soul-orientated disco chart, and should be considered a main chart too (the split seems to be working rather well, don’tcha think?) . . . FILL THAT FLOOR!

Morgan Khan, the shy and retiring 23-year-old whizz kid founding managing director of Excaliber/R&B Records, the incredible hit release ratio of which is well known, has now just signed a brand new deal for all future material (excluding Imagination) to be released via CBS, UK originated product on his own Streetwave label and licensed US product (from sources like Salsoul) on a split Epic/Streetwave logo. It’s no longer got to be about the product — now his new Streetwave slogan is “longevity . . . continuity”. And teenage girls?!


ALTON EDWARDS: ‘I Just Wanna’ (Spend Some Time With You)’ (Streetwave STR A13-1897).
Morgan Khan’s new label bows in with an ultra-exciting hot then cool then hot then cool 121bpm 12in smacker which kinda combines ‘It’s A Love Thing’ and ‘Give It To Me Baby’ over a rhythm track that’s so sharp it draws blood (there’s an instrumental flip), the 7in edit actually making it a tighter song.

NEW YORK SKYY: ‘Let’s Celebrate’ (Epic / Streetwave EPC A13-1898).
Smoothly thudding jiggly base and steady beat driven 118-119-120bpm 12in cool groove giving the impression of having less cooing vocal than instrumental, flipped by the extremely Prince-like but excellent pent up jittery jolting 122-123bpm ‘Call Me‘.

GAYLE ADAMS: ‘Love Fever’ (Epic EPC A13-1881).
Great purposefully chugging break-filled 106-107-108-109bpm 12in smacking bumper with catchy synth and an hypnotic tension as it just keeps right on rolling along. 

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: ‘Little Black Samba’ (LP ‘Come Morning’ Elektra K 52337).
It’s Grady Tate’s turn to be guest singer on both this tricky clicking cowbell introed then infectiously jaunty 110 bpm jazz samba and the subduedly slow starting but tootlingly building 0-28/56-112-56-112bpm ‘Be Mine (Tonight)‘, ‘Jamming‘ being a smoothed out 121/60-0bpm Bob Marley tribute while Grover gently squeals his sax on the similarly tempoed meandering 0-80/40bpm ‘East River Drive‘, 40/81-81bpm ‘Reaching Out’ and 0-39½/79bpm title track. Nice, but maybe not the monster his last set was.

MODERN ROMANCE: ‘Clubland Mix’ (LP ‘Adventures In Clubland’ WEA K 58407).
Dynamite ready-mixed medley (which every jock worth their salt should have been doing for themselves anyway) runs together the 122bpm ‘Everybody Salsa’, 121bpm ‘Moose On The Loose’, 120bpm ‘Salsa Rappsody’ and 118bpm ‘Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey’, ‘Bring On The Funkateers‘ being a fairly traditional type jiggly 114bpm rapper, ‘Nothing Ever Goes The Way You Plan/Queen Of The Rapping Scene‘ a smooth 124bpm jitterer with romantic French accordion and a lady joining in for a rapping duet last part, while the 121bpm ‘I Can’t Get Enough‘ and 127bpm ‘I Stand Alone‘ are yet more examples of what by now we already know they can do.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE 100: ‘Don’t You Want Me (Ext. Dance Mix)’ (Virgin VS 466-12).
Excellent classy simple resonantly synthesized 118bpm 12in instrumental with a heart-stopping shock effect where the sound cuts out momentarily, flipped by the smash-bound shorter vocal version.

BIM: ‘Wally Rap (Mumble Jumble)’ (Swerve SKID 003T, via WEA).
Rather effective freakily backed jerky 146-147bpm 12in “new dance” groove with lots happening as it rattles along.

EDIKANFO: THE AFRICAN SUPER BAND: ‘Nka Bom’ (LP ‘Edikanfo — The Pacesetters’ EG EGED 12).
Brian Eno-produced Ghanaians with brassy jumping ethnic rhythms great for African orientated (or otherwise hip) audiences, this at 127-128-129-131(drums)-129-0bpm and the 121-122-123-124-123bpm ‘Blinking Eyes‘ being pulled from this otherwise unheard album for sadly promo-only 12in.

OTIS THOMPSON: ‘My Woman, My Woman’ (Em-Kay MCT 5277, via 01-960 3284).
Typically accelerating 0-125-127-129-130bpm 12in afro calypso burbler with ethnic rhythms but soulfully strained English lyrics.

CRUSADERS: ‘This Old World’s Too Funky For Me’ (MCA MCAT 754).
Joe Cocker-croaked jaggedly jerky 116bpm 12in jumper with nice solos and steady momentum, the jazzier subtly catchy 116-115bpm instrumental ‘Luckenback Texas‘ flip originally having been a Waylon Jennings country hit.

DURAN DURAN: ‘My Own Way (Night Version)’ (EMI 12EMI 5254).
Long instrumentally introed fast galloping 145bpm 12in of their current hit, with busy bass and dated squeaky “disco” strings.

RIP RIG & PANIC: ‘Bob Hope Takes Risks’ (Uh Huh! Prods VS 468-12).
Extremely offbeat chix-sung jumbly bass-boomed 132bpm 12in almost free-form “new dance” oddity, excitingly different if kinda complex for general play.


DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES: ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ (US RCA PD-12358).
Dynamite electronic rhythm box driven 110bpm 12in slick hook-filled gorgeous lush harmony swayer by the somewhat Dukes-ish consistent US chart toppers. Currently hotter than a brace of pistols Stateside, who admittedly don’t disguise that this is primarily a pop song — but it’s so strong (and sensational mixed out of Gayle Adams!) that it should be huge.

AURRA: ‘Make Up Your Mind’ (US Salsoul SG 360).
With an incredible synthetic bass noise that sounds good enough to eat, this languidly chugging 115(start)-116(incl break)-117bpm 12in gal and guys interplayed ticking tugger could kinda creep up on ya! There’s a longer and looser B-side version misleadingly labelled as instrumental.

‘D’ TRAIN: ‘You’re The One For Me’ (US Prelude PRL D 621).
Immediately familiar sounding powerfully whomping 120bpm 12in busy but sparse smacker with chanting chaps and a great break, well up to prevailing Prelude standard, the instrumental flip being a fractional ½bpm slower.

VARIOUS: ‘The Best Of Philadelphia International Records‘ LP (US Phil Int FZ 37684).
A terrifically useful selection of classics, conveniently collected and most in reasonably long versions, currently very timely as they’re extremely mixable being: Lou Rawls 110-111bpm ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’, the O’Jays accelerating 110-116bpm ‘Use Ta Be My Girl’, McFadden & Whitehead’s 113-116bpm ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ and Billy Paul’s 33/67-66bpm ‘Me And Mrs Jones’, the others being Teddy Pendergrass’s 43/86-88bpm ‘Close The Door’, Jones Girls’ 105-106bpm ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’, Peoples Choice’s 111bpm ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’, Three Degrees 122-120bpm ‘When Will I See You Again’.

LESETTE WILSON: ‘Caveman Boogie’ (LP ‘Now That I’ve Got Your Attention’ US Headfirst HF – 9708).
Singing keyboardist’s self-produced specialist jazz set, hotter than hot being this moodily starting and rhythmically inconsistent c.112-110bpm Lonnie Liston Smith-ish meanderer with varying degrees of intensity all held together by a naggingly repetitive chanted scat phrase that sounds literally like the letters “R-D-R-D-O” (it’s reputedly about on less stop-start remix too). Others for shuffling to in dark corners are the party chatter introed straightforward jolting 114-117-111bpm ‘Saturday Nite Groovin‘ piano jitterer and similarly piano played 0-111-114bpm treatment of ‘Corrida (“Ai No Corrida”)‘, ‘Traveling Song’ being a disjointed doodler.

GENE DUNLAP: ‘Take My Love’ (LP ‘Party In Me’ US Capitol ST – 12190).
Angrily jolting strange beefy 0-117bpm rattler with wailing chix over the solid rhythm drive, which may take a bit of getting used to although it’s hot for many jocks, ‘This One’s On Me‘ being a pleasantly harmonised rhythm riding 110bpm loper, the title track a slow-starting laid back 112bpm jiggly chugger with nice instrumental touches, ‘Jam City‘ a chix chanted 122-121bpm funk jerker with yowling guitar, plus there are pretty slowies.

THE JONES GIRLS: ‘(I Found) That Man Of Mine’ (LP ‘Get As Much Love As You Can’ US Phil Int FZ 37627).
Pleasantly squeaky set mainly for home listening, although this Gamble & Huff-prod/penned steadily ticking 110(start)-112bpm strutter has some jocks, while the jazz guys especially are all on Dexter Wansel’s exotically introed, slinky 55/110bpm ‘Nights Over Egypt‘, the staccato lurching 120bpm ‘ASAP (As Soon As Possible)‘ being the only other fast ‘un.

GODMOMA: ‘Godmoma Here’ (LP ‘Here’ US Elektra 5E – 552).
Bootsy Collins-produced girlie trio P’funkily backed by Rubber Bandsmen, this good Zapp-ish 0-108bpm monotonous heavy chugger being the main killer, ‘Hands Up (Punk Funk)‘ a flowing 114bpm thudder, ‘I Like It‘ a sinuous squeaky 89bpm slowie, ‘Spice (Too Nice)‘ a 101bpm jiggler, ‘Taste Of Magic‘ a disjointed 113bpm pounder and ‘Godmoma Of Love’ a meandering 80bpm doodle.

LAVA: ‘Sky Rocket’ (LP ‘Cruisin’ Norwegian Polydor 2382 120).
After Icelandic jazz-funk, Norwegian jazz-funk — this being a surprisingly good piano-pushed 0-115-118-117-0bpm instrumental romper which really works well, ‘The Ratter‘ a happily skipping 110bpm lurching instrumental, ‘Hideaway‘ a ponderous but solid chick-sung 103-104-105-106bpm jogger with solos, and ‘Give It Up‘ a good sweetly scatting chick-sung 91bpm jogger too.

VICKY ‘D’: ‘This Beat Is Mine’ (US SAM S – 12343).
Solar style strong 113-112bpm 12in smacker with piercing synth through the long instrumental rhythm intro and a killer break when the chix stop squawking, the flip being usefully instrumental.

PHIL PERRY & KEVIN SANLIN: ‘Wait Till The Next Time’ (LP ‘We’re The Winners’ US Capitol ST – 12180).
Maybe not the most essential set but certainly the one I’ve enjoyed most this last fortnight, beautifully produced by Richard Evans with veterans like Les McCann and Victor Feldman backing the soulful duo. This choppy brassy 119-120bpm jitterer is the best dancer — others being the sluggish 100½bpm ‘Shake Down‘, jogging 91bpm ‘Show Stopper‘ and EWF-ish 123-122bpm title track — while the real spinetinglers are the Stylistics / Dells-style gorgeous 0-38-76-77bpm ‘Love Is Like A Statue‘ and 0-16/32-0bpm ‘Special To Me‘. Don’t pass this by.

SYLVIA ST JAMES: ‘The Way To Your Heart’ (LP ‘Echoes & Images’ US Elektra 5E – 548).
Including some densely textured moody slowies that make good listening, the Richard Evans co-arranged set’s main dancers are this brassily rolling 109-112bpm smacker, the jerkily racing 120(intro)-122-123-124bpm ‘Prime Time‘ and bass pattered jolting 117bpm ‘Behind My Back‘, although the longer term winner could be the attractive convoluted jogging 0-85/42-87bpm ‘If You Let Me Love You‘.

FIVE SPECIAL: ‘You Can Do It’ (LP Track’n’ US Elektra 5E – 553).
Frankly, I find this trickily unrolling exaggeratedly wheezed 126bpm jitterer badly mixed and boring, but it’s cut one side and so far the DJs choice. I’d have gone for its B-side counterpart, the throbbing backbeat smacking 118bpm ‘Just A Feeling‘ with some scat near the end, while the accappella finishing 104-0bpm ‘Sexy Lady‘ is a sweet jogger, ‘Now And Then’ a nice lush 0-101bpm slowie, and ‘Love-A-Thon’ an over-obvious 121bpm gruff jolter.

BAR-KAYS: ‘Nightcruising’ LP (US Mercury SRM-1-4028).
Borrowing blatantly from Rick James, the title track bass bumped 117bpm lurching smacker is very ‘Give It To Me Baby’ while the 128bpm ‘Freaky Behaviour‘ IS ‘Super Freak’! The ‘Mama Jama’-ish 117bpm ‘Traffic Jammer‘, dull heavy funk 111-112-113bpm ‘Hit And Run‘ and convolutedly thudding 109-110bpm ‘Backseat Driver‘ all have cars in common, the very fast 145bpm ‘Touch Tone’ being reminiscent of 1968’s ‘Baby Do The Philly Dog’.

VARIOUS: ‘Live On Stage‘ LP (US Phil Int FZ 37683).
Although nice to have, this totally “live” compilation (some recorded in England) is not too good for discos, although the 32-31-0bpm Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ shows Teddy Pendergrass off at his soulful best.

UK Disco Top 90 – December 5, 1981

01 01 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove – CBS 12”
02 02 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor – RCA 12”
03 05 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It / Take My Heart / Good Time Tonight / Be My Lady / No Show – De-Lite LP
04 07 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around – Warner Bros 12”
05 03 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here – London 12”/LP
06 04 Rose Royce – R.R. Express – Whitfield LP/12”
07 06 Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out – De-Lite 12”
08 09 Second Image – Can’t Keep Holding On / Images – Polydor 12”
09 08 Imagination – Flashback / Burnin’ Up – R&B 12”
10 11 Four Tops – When She Was My Girl – Casablanca 12”
11 19 Modern Romance – Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey / Moose On The Loose / Tear The Roof Off The Moose – WEA 12”
12 12 The Quick – Zulu (Remix) – Epic 12”
13 18 George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing / Nature Boy – Warner Bros LP
14 13 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around – Elektra 12”
15 14 The Dukes – Mystery Girl – WEA 12”
16 10 Slave – Snap Shot / Party Lites / Wait For Me / Steal Your Heart / Smokin’ – US Cotillion LP
17 17 Bohannon/Dr. Perri Johnson – Let’s Start II Dance Again / Let’s Start The Dance (Remix) – US Phase II 12”
18 26 Level 42 – Starchild – Polydor 12”
19 15 Earl Klugh – Twinkle – Liberty 12”
20 32 Dynasty – Love In The Fast Lane – Solar 12”
21 34 Skyy – Let’s Celebrate / Call Me – Epic/Streetwave 12”
22 42 Brandi Wells – What Goes Around Comes Around / Watch Out – US WMOT LP
23 31 Blue Rondo A La Turk – Me And Mr. Sanchez – Diable Noir 12”
24 20 Prince – Controversy – Warner Bros 12”
25 16 Letta Mbulu – Kilimanjaro – US MJS 12”
26 22 Gayle Adams – Love Fever – US Prelude 12”
27 25 Roger – I Heard It Through The Grapevine / A Chunk Of Sugar – Warner Bros 12”
28 45 Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done – Polydor 12”
29 33 Twennynine/Lenny White – Twennynine (The Rap) / Rhythm / Movin’ On / Just Like Dreamin’ / Need You – Elektra LP
30 29 Light Of The World – Ride The Love Train – EMI 12”
31 28 K.I.D. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! – US SAM 12”
32 24 Bob James – Sign Of The Times – Tappan Zee 12”
33 40 Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough / You Are A Winner / Evolution Orange / Lady Sun / Wanna Be With You / – CBS LP
34 50 Linx – Can’t Help Myself – Chrysalis 12”
35 54 Rick James – Superfreak – Motown 12”
36 43 Teena Marie – It Must Be Magic – Motown 12”
37 30 Melba Moore – Take My Love – EMI America 12”
38 27 GQ – Shake – Arista 12”
39 21 Northend – Tee’s Happy / Happy Days – US Emergency 12”
40 49 Jumpp – Bouncy Bouncy / The Bounce – RCA 12”
41 47 T Life – Somethin’ That You Do To Me – Arista 12”
42 83 Alton Edwards – I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You) – Streetwave 12”
43 53 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – I Like Your Lovin’ / She’s Got Papers On Me – Epic
44 52 Haircut One Hundred – Favourite Shirts – Arista 12”
45 41 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ – RCA 12”
46 37 Ronnie Laws – Heavy On Easy / Stay Awake – Liberty 12”
47 46 Melba Moore – Let’s Stand Together / Let’s Go Back To Lovin’ – US EMI America LP
48 35 Trevor Walters – Love Me Tonight – Magnet 12”
49 38 Incognito – North London Boy – Ensign 12”
50 86 Perry Haines – What’s Funk? / What’s What? – Fetish Funk Rox 12”
51 39 Strikers – Inch By Inch – Epic 12”
52 58 Patti Austin – The Genie (Remix) / Every Home Should Have One – Qwest 12”
53 23 Mike ‘T’ / Joe Thomas – Do It Any Way You Wanna – Blue Inc 12”
54 71 Shock – Let Your Body Do The Talkin’ / Let’s Get Crackin’ / I Think I Love You / Stand Up – US Fantasy LP
55 60 Mike & Brenda Sutton – We’ll Make It – US SAM 12”
56 78 Phyllis Hyman – Tonight You And Me – Arista 12”
57 NE Hawk & Co – Nitelife – Epic 12” promo
58 64 Spandau Ballet – Paint Me Down – Reformation 12”
59 51 Stanley Turrentine – Hermanos / Havin’ Fun With Mr.T / After The Love Is Gone / Tamarac – Elektra LP
60 36 Hot Cuisine – Disco Calypso (Remix) / Skunkin’ – Kaleidoscope 12”
61 63 Freeez – Anti-Freeez (Set Me Free) – Beggars Banquet 12”
62 56 Skool Boyz – Jam Beneath The Groove – US Destiny LP
63 77 Roger – Do It Roger / Maxx Axe / So Ruff So Tuff – Warner Bros LP
64 61 Sylvers – Take It To The Top / Come Back Lover Come Back / Just When I Thought It Was Over – US Solar LP
65 70 Imagination – So Good So Right / Tell Me Do You Want My Love – R&B LP
66 48 Norman Connors – Mr. C / She’s Gone / Keep Doin’ It – US Arista LP
67 NE Lessette Wilson – Caveman Boogie / Corrida (Ai No Corrida) / Travelling Song / Saturday Nite Groovin’ – US Headfirst LP
68 44 Funk Fusion Band – Can You Feel It – US WMOT 12”
69 59 Jimmy Haynes (Senyah) – Funk On The Rocks – RCA 12”
70 72 Gwen McCrae – Funky Sensation / Poyson – US Atlantic LP
71 68 Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day – Come Let Me Love You – US Prelude 12”
72 87 Prince – Let’s Work / Do Me Baby / Sexuality – Warner Bros LP
73 NE Grover Washington Jr – Little Black Samba / Be Mine (Tonight) / Jamming / East River Drive – Elektra LP
74 67 Whispers – This Kind Of Lovin’ – Solar 12”
75 85 Mel Brooks – It’s Good To Be The King Rap – Luggage Label 12”
76 NE Tom Browne – Fungi Mama – Arista GRP LP
77 57 Rhyze – Rhyze To The Top – US 20th Century-Fox 12”
78 62 Randy Crawford – Street Life (Live) / Secret Combination – Warner Bros 12”
79 79 Angela Bofill – Tropical Love / I Do Love You / Only Love – Arista LP
80 88 Al Jarreau – Closer To Your Love / Love Is Real – Warner Bros 12”
81 66 Frontline Orchestra – No Entry / Don’t Turn Your Back On Me – Ice 12”
82 NE Celena Duncan – Shine On – RCA 12”
83 74 Isley Brothers – Inside You – Epic 12”
84 84 Tracy Weber – Sure Shot – Canadian Quality RFC 12”
85 69 Pieces Of A Dream – Warm Weather – Elektra LP
86 NE Hi-Lites – Stylistic Love – EMI
87 89 Luther Vandross – Never Too Much – Epic 12”
88 NE Jones Girls – (I Found) That Man Of Mine / Nights Over Egypt – US Phil Int LP
89 82 Garfield Fleming – Don’t Send Me Away – US Becket 12”
90 73 Gene Dunlap – Take My Love – US Capitol LP


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

ABC: ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ (Neutron 12in)
Donald Byrd: ‘I’ll Always Love You’ (Elektra)
Pig Bag: ‘Sunny Day’ (Y 12in)
Johnny Bristol: ‘Take Me Down’ (Hansa 12in)
Fine Quality Featuring Cuz: ‘Ahh Dance’ (US Sugarhill 12in)
Diana Ross: ‘Work That Body’ / ‘Mirror Mirror’ (Capitol LP)
Five Special: ‘You Can Do It’ / ‘Just A Feeling’ (US Elektra LP)
Human League: ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (Virgin 12in)
Aurra: ‘Make Up Your Mind’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Bob James: ‘The Steamin’ Feelin’ (Tappan Zee 12in)
Ruddy Thomas: ‘Just One Moment Away’ (Hawkeye 12in)
Crusaders / Joe Cocker: ‘This Old World’s Too Funky For Me’ (MCA 12in)
‘D’ Train: ‘You’re The One For Me’ (US Prelude 12in)
Commodores: ‘Oh No’ (Motown)
Diana Ross: ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ (Capitol)
Godmoma: ‘Godmoma Here’ (US Elektra LP)
Syreeta: ‘Out The Box’ (US Tamla LP)
Brooklyn Express: ‘Sixty-Nine’ / ‘Change Position (88)’ (US One Way 12in)
Quincy Jones: ‘Just Once’ (A&M)
Temptations: ‘Aiming At Your Heart’ (Motown 12in)
Lowrell Simon: ‘Love Massage’ (US Zoo York 12in)
Edikanfo: ‘Nka Bom’ / ‘Blinking Eyes’ (Editions EG 12in promo)
Vicky ‘D’: ‘This Beat Is Mine’ (US SAM 12in)
Sharon Benson: ‘Get It Over With’ (Epic)
Daryl Hall & John Oates: ‘I Can’t Go For That’ (US RCA 12in)

POD (Pop Orientated Dance — compiled from DJs playing a wide range of material):

1(2) EWF 12in, 2(5) Modern Romance, 3(17) Blue Rondo, 4(4) Kool 12in, 5(14) Haircut 100, 6(1) 4 Tops, 7(8) Spandau Ballet, 8(10) Soft Cell ‘Bed’, 9(7) Arthur Adams, 10(15) ABC, 11(30) Queen/Bowie, 12(3) Altered Images, 13(11) Police ‘Magic’, 14(22) Second Image, 15(20) Rose Royce, 16(24) Ultravox, 17(45) Jumpp, 18(27) Soft Cell ‘Tainted’, 19(12) OMD ‘Joan’, 20(6) Human League ‘Heart’, 21(18) Donald Byrd, 22(-) George Benson, 23(21) Olivia Newton-John, 24(18) Ottawan, 25(-) Imagination, 26(-) The Quick, 27(9) Depeche Mode, 28(13) Stewart/Gaskin, 29(23) Enigma ‘Summer Groovin’ (Creole), 30(40) Incognito, 31(19) Heaven 17, 32(31) Rod Stewart ‘Tonight’, 33(29) Japan ‘China’, 34(36) Julio Iglesias, 35(25) Tweets ‘BS’, 36(49)Pretenders, 37(38) Fun Boy Three, 38(-) Diana Ross ‘Fools’, 39(34) Dukes, 40(42) Mel Brooks, 41(-) Nuptown Keys ‘The Best Of Christmas’ (EMI), 42(39) Central Line, 43(-) Rick James, 44(-) Isley Bros, 45(-) Tears For Fears ‘Suffer The Children’ (Mercury), 46(-) Duran Duran, 47(-) Human League ‘Don’t’, 48(37) Simple Minds, 49(-) Hot Cuisine, 50(46) Tenpole Tudor.


NEIL MIDHA has a ’60s night at Kensington’s Muppets which cleverly combines London’s growing trend for loss-leader 25p drinks with the nostalgia theme . . . they’re billed as being ’60s prices. 5/- that’s five shillings for our younger readers!). Thursday is the night, the cheap drinks applying up to 11pm, as does free admission for all those dressed in ’60s style, while the sounds that Neil spins include these:

1. Needle In A Haystack – Velvelettes
2. This Old Heart Of Mine – Isley Bros
3. Do You Love Me – Contours
4. Al Capone – Prince Buster
5. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
6. Roadrunner – Jr. Walker All Stars
7. Last Night – Mar-Keys
8. Put Yourself In My Place – Elgins
9. Ya Ya – Lee Dorsey
10. I’ll Pick A Rose For My Rose – Marv Johnson

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