April 3, 1982: Maze, Brass Construction, Stone, The McCrarys, Judy Roberts

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

UNDERGROUND SOUL truly surfaced to confound the overground media last week when Maze sold out two terrific nights at Hammersmith Odeon after just one plug on Robbie Vincent’s Radio London show . . . Maze refresh the parts that mere boogie bands miss — by going back to gospel roots, disguised by a web of rhythm that’s far from traditional, they use subtly shifting simple repetition and Frankie Beverly’s superb sinuous vocal gymnastics to cut right through to the soul (it can be no coincidence his favourite singer is Sam Cooke) . . . Monday’s show was evidently recorded live, so maybe we can expect London’s very own version of ‘Joy And Pain’, the final encore of which was continued in acappella unison for a full two minutes by the audience (in fact it was only the band returning to wave goodbye which stopped it), to start up again spontaneously as people drifted out through the foyer — and then minutes later, Capital Radio’s John Sachs played the record … magic! . . . Funktion’s Peter Byfield obviously knew something we didn’t when he referred to himself as “the Freddie Laker of jazz-funk” — Funktion folded last week, leaving the future of their Barracuda club in some doubt (now then, who claims to be the “Tiny Rowlands of jazz-funk”?!) . . . Lenny Henry has rapidly recorded his ‘Katanga Rap’ . . . RCA picked up Stone ‘Time’ . . . KR reissue in a fortnight Lloyd Charmers superb lovers rock reading of Phil Collins ‘If Leaving Me Is Easy’ . . . Phonogram dropped Janet Kay . . . Bob James ‘Angela (Theme from Taxi)’ is due on 3-track 12in, Star Sound’s follow-up is (yawn) a Rolling Stones medley (how many of them have there been?), while in a fortnight after Easter there’s a new 12in by Herbie Hancock and also “D” Train’s revival of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Walk On By’ . . . Rick James has cancelled his UK visit next week . . . SEDA ’82 Spring Fair at Hollingbourne’s Great Danes Hotel a few miles east of Maidstone starts this Saturday afternoon with a record fair, followed by Froggy’s disco in the evening, then Sunday (4) there’s the equipment exhibition, followed by an annual dinner and cabaret . . . Froggy will again be Radio One’s jazz-funk mouthpiece as well as doing some nifty mixes when Peter Powell’s summer soul show returns . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn secretary Frank Smith is currently on a computer programming course so he can cope with the new Sinclair ZX 81 now installed at TVDJA HQ to handle membership data . . . Tom Amigo (Barry) is also settling into his new day job computer programming . . . London’s Organisation of DJs (LODJ) is after more members — call Ralph on 01-805 8211 . . . Burnley’s Martin Platts, typically, this Saturday runs up the highest point in Lancashire with a 40lb pack on his back to raise funds for a hospice, starting at 11am at Darwen Circus (there’ll be a disco 800 feet up at the summit!) . . . Alan Taylor, 26 Terence Avenue, Rhyl, Clwyd, North Wales, LL18 1DD, has a US VHS 1½hr video of roller disco and invites Mark Clarke to drop him a line for a list of song titles used . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) has a DIY tip for people wanting to paint their lamp bulbs: ‘Instalead’ comes in many colours and handy £1.05 tins from good class shops . . . Chris Kaye, 36 Dudley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1LH, has a secure but boring day job writing for a technical mag on frozen foods when he’s not DJing, but would prefer an interesting creative position in the music biz (so would lots of people who used to be in the music biz) . . . Staines Fusion Few and the Grooving Gropers both stayed away from Caister in protest at the banning by Showstoppers of Groove Weekly, who evidently had the temerity to print some letters criticising the previous Caister and other Sho-Pro gigs . . . Kevin James (Golders Green Great Expectations/various London pubs) was asked by a Greek accented young lady for some ballet music — no, not Swan Lake — “Belly dance music. I’m a belly dancer!” . . . Kev Hill (Basildon Sweeney’s) loved his trip to see Earth Wind & Fire: someone nicked his sweatshirt, while outside his car was broken into with superglue squirted all over his locks and the CB radio taken, and then his exhaust blew on the way home . . . I encountered a thief at Le Beat Route: some swine stole my original copies of Gene Chandler ‘Nothing Can Stop Me’, Tyrone Davis ‘Can I Change My Mind’, Willie Tee ‘Thank You John’ / ‘Walking Up A One Way Street’ and ‘Teasin’ You’ — offers of replacements would be appreciated . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry) has his own woes, a dose of glandular fever . . . Paul Major now funks Gt Yarmouth’s Brunswick (Regency Suite) every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday when its the Country Bumpkins Club . . . Eddie Gee of the 150-strong Loughborough University Jazz-Funk Society has a campus radio soul show called ‘The Sounds Of Underground Loughborough’, and goes mobile with Rohail Banduri in the Mastermind Roadshow . . . Robbie Collins now jazz-funks Ilford Lords on Fridays and has a teenage soul disco there on Mondays . . . Shalamar ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ actually sounds insidiously catchy on radio . . . Voggue ‘Love Buzz’ is 122-121-122bpm . . . Roger Ames — I didn’t know Junior Giscombe was a white non-“disco” performer! . . . I must emphasise that the purpose of DJs sending us charts is not to hype records received in the mail but to reflect true floor reaction to your current playlist, thus giving the lower end of both the UK Disco 90 and POD more stability, and enabling companies to advertise their disco hits with more confidence — instead of, as was the recent case, watching their record drop right out again after an initial high entry — hyping helps nobody if you aren’t getting genuine audience reaction — and if you really are playing all the rubbish received in the mail, the last person it’s helping is you . . . KEEP IT GOOD!


UK NEWIES

MAZE featuring FRANKIE BEVERLY: ‘Joy And Pain’ (Capitol 12CL 211).
With nothing to stop it being a pop smash as it’s rhythmically similar to ‘Roots’ (out of which it mixes superbly), this live-recorded terrific jittery soulful subtle 106-105bpm anthem has an acappella singalong finish and should break wide open now following their sensational shows here, especially on 3-track clear vinyl 12in, flipped by the lovely gentle 38½-0bpm ‘Happy Feelin’s’ and older equally lovely mellow 49bpm ‘Golden Time Of Day’. To continue your education, get the parent ‘Live In New Orleans’ album (EST-12156), with the full length ‘Joy And Pain’, chugging 105-106-105bpm ‘Southern Girl‘, hustling 118½-119-120bpm ‘Changing Times‘ and similarly sinuous long 97-98-100-101-99bpm ‘Feel That You’re Feelin‘ and 95-94-96-0bpm ‘The Look In Your Eyes‘. THE sound of ’80s soul, not to be missed.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Can You See The Light’ (Liberty 12UP 652).
Randy Muller in an overdue style change has created a dynamite ultra-infectious skipping little 116-117-116-115-116bpm 12in smacker with a nagging simple synth riff and catchy “na na na” chants which explode into the title line, all of which the funk fans are lapping up even if some stick-in-the-mud jazzers are groaning, while it’s breezy enough to hit pop fans too.

STONE: ‘Time’ (Carrere CART 236).
Blatantly modelled on the Strikers ‘Body Music’ and synching like a bitch with “D” Train, this tick-tocking alarm clock introed 123(very start)-121-123-121-123bpm 12in shrill chix/gruff guys prodded synth grumbler is so dead simple it’s the right side of moronic to have wide appeal, the shorter 121-123bpm instrumental flip being useful for mixing too.

GOLDIE ALEXANDER: ‘Show You My Love’ (Project PRJX 1, via London).
Vari-synching synths perfectly out of Xavier ‘Love Is On The One’, this import smash punchily burbling 118-117-116-117-118-117bpm 12in smacker has powerful electronics including a catchy pin-table riff and a dynamite beat doubling break, while soulful Goldie (a guy) gets more to do on the nice mellow jogging 102bpm ‘Go Back‘ flip.

THE BREAKFAST BAND: ‘Tokyo Shuffle’ (Breakfast Music 12BM 101).
Lovely infectiously loping lightly melodic nagging jazz-funk instrumental skipper with steel drums taking the lead line, presumably still 117bpm on 12in (I haven’t had one), flipped by the much more specialist percussive busily Latin 104-0-107-108-107bpm ‘Broadside Rhumba’.

JUNIOR: ‘Mama Used To Say’ (Mercury MERX 98).
Our own young Norman Giscombe Jr is currently Top 5 US Soul and Disco and fast climbing Pop with this much stronger Tee Scott remix of his UK recorded 110bpm 12in comes-and-goes Michael Jackson-ish jolter, which has been surprisingly and undeservedly neglected here on import once the original domestic mix had died down. Mercury know how to break our soulsters Stateside it seems — they keep hitting there with Central Line too.

GILBERT GIL: ‘Palco’ (WEA K 79285T).
The gorgeous EWF-ish Portuguese scatted happy 0-109bpm bouncer has the MoR appeal of another Julio Iglesias, and is now on 3-track 12in flipped by the older more specialist and less freely flowing 105-106-108bpm ‘Maracatu Atomico‘ and frantically complex 118-124bpm ‘Samba De Los Angeles‘ — however, beware, as the B-side titles are printed in the wrong order!

MARK-E: ‘Let’s Get Married’ (Dolphin white label, via 01-639 8682 or Jetstar).
Frontline Orchestra-backed veteran of the original Specials line-up says “hello baby” to kick off a nice steadily lurching 39(intro)-82bpm 12in lovers rock swayer with a perennial romantic message, flipped by the equally attractive but harder 66bpm ‘Summer Dreamin’ with good guitar.

CHAS JANKEL: ‘Glad To Know You’ (A&M AMSX 8213).
Steadily chugging jittery 116bpm hypnotic pop-disco vocal thudder on 33 1/3rpm 12in, but sadly not in the superior much sought Disconet remix version, for ages now the top US gay disco hit, while previously overlooked here the eerily starting synth snicked and washed 116-117bpm ‘3,000,000 Synths‘ futurist instrumental flip of his earlier ‘109’ (AMSX 8173) is also warm Stateside.

DAVID BOWIE: ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire)’ (MCA MCAT 770).
‘Chariots Of Fire’-ish very slow moodily starting then aggressively thundering 30-119bpm 12in Giorgio Moroder-prod-penned rock-disco chugger from an up-coming flick, obviously destined for much attention.

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES: ‘Private Eyes’ (RCA RCAT 134).
Reissued straight bright hook-filled 121bpm 12in pure pop, remixed for the UK but lacking the last one’s blue-eyed soul appeal.

RAH BAND: ‘Perfumed Garden’ (KR KRT 5).
Despite punters having voted with their feet for the original 3-tracker’s ‘Winter Love‘, it’s been left off for this 2-track coupling of the radio-aimed pleasant Jones Girls-ish chix cooed 0-104/52bpm 12in gentle jazzy shuffler and the rather hurriedly over busy 124bpm remix of ‘Funk Me Down To Rio ’82‘.

BAR BOUND: ‘Barrack Room Ballads’ (Godfather SH-1T).
Hilarious in intent though awful in fact, this filthy 135-133-134-136bpm 12in medley of rugger song-type smut is rumoured to be by various well-known jazz-funk DJs including an Essex expatriate, his dog-loving South London pal, a bun eater, famous slimmer and boy wonder. Thankfully it could be hard to find!

THE TIME: ‘Get It Up’ (LP ‘The Time’ Warner Bros K 56947).
Long overdue UK release for the Prince-affiliated and inspired funksters, this thudding 112½bpm US hit and the excellent long precisely played 118-117-116-114-115-117-116bpm ‘The Stick‘ still getting requested by Americans, while the sparse 126bpm ‘Cool‘ is currently on 12in.


IMPORTS

THE McCRARYS: ‘Love On A Summer Night’ (LP ‘All Night Music’ US Capitol ST-12196).
Wayne Henderson produced (and, on this trick, trombone soloed) superb gently swaying classy cool 116-115bpm ticking pulsator by the gals/guys family singers, great synched out of Patrice Rushen, by far the best cut although ‘For You‘ is a pleasant breezy 0-106bpm jogger, ‘Night Room‘ a deliberate 95bpm brassy jiggler, and the title track a flashy fast 125bpm smacker.

JUDY ROBERTS: ‘Ole’ (LP ‘Nights in Brazil’ US Inner City IC 1138).
Good specialist Latin jazz set, ultra hot for those who are into it being this happily romping flashily scatting 139-141-143-141bpm leaper with ringing toned flying keyboards, guitar and percussion, ‘I Can’t Help It’ limping in next as a languidly drifting 48-98/49bpm meanderer.

JEFF LORBER: ‘Always There’ (LP ‘It’s A Fact’ US Arista AL 9583).
Apart from this brassily romping (revised 117-118-119-59-118-0bpm) jazz synth Ronnie Laws/Willie Bobo revamp, Tom Browne accompanies his co-penned beefily brassy but formless 120bpm ‘Full Moon‘ vocal funker and jerky 116bpm ‘The Magician‘, while ‘Delevans’ is a bubbly 99bpm subdued jiggler and other slowies are the huskily duetted 96/48bpm ‘Your Love Has Got Me’, 95/47bpm ‘Warm Springs’, 103/51bpm ‘Above The Clouds’, 40/81bpm ‘Tierra Verde’, and mushy vocal 92/46bpm title track.

CORNELIUS BUMPUS: ‘Saul’s Afar’ (LP ‘A Clear View’ US Broadbeach 2).
Quaintly named tenor saxist solos along with guitar and nice piano on one of those ever-popular freely flowing but rhythmically nagging 118bpm jazz-funk instrumentals, switching to flute and vocal for the c.164-86bpm title track samba skipper which glides into half time for a prettily picked guitar and bass finish, while ‘Set Me Down Easy’ is an old fashioned 0-126bpm vocal swinger with a familiar (Marvelettes?) lilt, and the rest are less accomplished vocals.

FRED PARRIS & THE FIVE SATINS: ‘Medley: Memories Of Days Gone By’ (US Elektra E-47411).
The 1956 originators of ‘In The Still Of The Night’ (New York City’s all time doo-wop anthem) with a glorious new 78-0bpm 7in medley of that and such other old doo-wop classics as ’16 Candles’, ‘Earth Angel’, ‘Only You’, ‘A 1000 Miles Away’, ‘Tears On My Pillow’ and ‘Since I Don’t Have You’.

CAMEO: ‘Just Be Yourself’ (LP ‘Alligator Woman’ US Chocolate City CCLP 2021).
I can’t believe that this 12in-promoed Prince inspired 125bpm funky lurcher is the strongest cut, but as its parent LP was the only new import to surface over the weekend I devoted my time to fresh air and the Boat Race instead. Sorry!

COFFEE: ‘Take Me Back’ (LP ‘Second Cup’ US De-Lite DSR 8503).
Disappointing so initially ignored, but belated slight support has appeared for this breezily empty 122-121bpm canterer, bounding 125-122-124-122-123bpm ‘My Turn To Burn‘, Chic-ish 114bpm ‘Purpose‘ and Tyrone Davis-ish Ecstasy Passion & Pain-originated 121-119bpm ‘I Wouldn’t Give You Up‘, while for me the 91/46-93bpm ‘Fantasy‘ is not only best of three slowies but of the whole lot.

LINDA CLIFFORD: ‘Don’t Come Crying To Me’ (LP ‘I’ll Keep On Loving You’ US Capitol ST-12181).
Michael Gore co-penned Irene Cara/Donna Summer-style electronically bounced 0-134bpm sparse wailer does indeed sound like a ‘Fame’ reject, and is huge in US gay discos.

SUN: ‘Turn Out The Light’ (LP ‘Let There Be Sun’ US Capitol ST-12204).
US soul radio aimed careful lethargic soul-funk set devoid of any real “party” material — in fact the best track is this atmospheric 38/77bpm smoocher — but as I did the numbers anyway other cuts are the 94bpm ‘Slamm Dunk The Ffunk‘, 92bpm ‘A Love Affair’, 108bpm ‘Super Duper Super Star’, 108bpm ‘I Wanna Be With You’, 114bpm ‘We’re Gonna Party Tonight’, 124bpm ‘Be My Lady’.

ALVIN FIELDS: ‘Special Delivery’ LP (US A&M SP-4890).
Michael Zager-produced competent but unexciting light voiced guy, with burbling 123bpm title track, tripping 117bpm ‘Lucky Number Seven‘, jerky slow 96bpm ‘Punk Funk‘.

OTHER IMPORTS on 12in include:

WEEKS & CO: ‘Rock Your World’ (Canadian Formula FD-005).
Gimmicky repeating c.117bpm remix of the Beggar & Co-copying chanter.

RICK SMITH: ‘(We Should Be) Lovers’ (US Birdie BJW 0003 MS).
Huskily crooned c. 113bpm rolling clomper with thudding break and cooing chix.

BLUE FEATHERS: ‘Lets Funk Tonight’ (Canadian Siamese SIA 011).
Lightweight c.119bpm swayer that belies its title.

EDWIN STARR: ‘Tired Of It’ (US Montage 7908).
Slow c.72bpm growler sounds the wrong speed while clopping c.120bpm ‘Double Or Nothing’ flip is no better.


UK Disco Top 90 – April 3, 1982

01 07 Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love – US Profile 12”
02 02 Xavier – Love Is On The One / Work That Sucker To Death – Liberty 12”
03 01 ‘D’ Train – You’re The One For Me (Instrumental) – Epic 12”
04 04 Smokey Robinson – Tell Me Tomorrow – Motown 12”
05 06 War – You Got The Power / Cinco De Mayo – RCA 12”
06 03 Vicky ‘D’ – This Beat Is Mine – SAM 12”
07 10 Imagination – Just An Illusion – R&B 12”
08 09 Roy Ayers – Turn Me Loose / Our Time Is Coming – Polydor LP
09 05 Oneness Of Juju – Every Way But Loose – Buddah 12”
10 11 Kool & The Gang – Take My Heart – De-Lite 12”
11 12 George Duke – Shine On / Positive Energy – Epic 12”
12 14 The Band A.K.A. – Grace – US PPL LP
13 08 Tomorrow’s Edition – U Turn Me On – CBS 12”
14 19 Shakatak – Night Birds / Rio Nights – Polydor 12”
15 21 Brass Construction – Can You See The Light – US Liberty 12”
16 40 Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots – US Elektra 12”
17 13 Stone – Time / Instrumental – US West End 12”
18 25 Maxine Singleton – Don’t You Love It – US Peter Pan 12”
19 23 New York Skyy – Call Me (Remix) – Epic/Streetwave 12”
20 16 Goldie Alexander – Show You My Love / Go Back – US Chaz Ro 12”
21 22 Michael Wycoff – Still Got The Magic – RCA 12”
22 24 Elecktrik Funk – On A Journey (Instrumental) – US Prelude 12”
23 15 Bohannon – Let’s Start II Dance Again – London 12”
24 17 Brandi Wells – Watch Out – WMOT 12”
25 54 Atlantic Starr – Circles – US A&M LP
26 20 Central Line – Don’t Tell Me (Remix) – Mercury 12”
27 32 Next Movement – Let’s Work It Out (Inst) / (Vocal) – US Prelude 12”
28 36 Search – Like The Way (You Funk With Me) – Philly World 12”
29 27 Kleeer – Taste The Music / I Shall Get Over / Wall To Wall – Atlantic LP
30 42 Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good / Friends – Solar 12”
31 30 Carol Kenyon / Morrissey Mullen – Come And Get Me / Life On The Wire – Beggars Banquet 12”
32 RE Frankie Beverly & Maze – Joy And Pain – Capitol 12”
33 35 Richard Jon Smith – Stay With Me Tonight – Jive 12”
34 56 Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like You Know – US WMOT 12”
35 46 Gonzalez – (I Want To Get) Closer To You – Tooti Frooti 12”
36 68 P-Funk All Stars – Hydraulic Pump Part III – Virgin 12”
37 31 Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough – CBS 12”
38 34 Second Image – Fall In Love / Take A Trip – Polydor 12”
39 50 Was (Not Was) – Tell Me That I’m Dreaming – Ze 12”
40 37 Gilberto Gil – Palco – WEA 12”
41 18 Whispers – In The Raw – Solar 12”
42 26 George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing – Warner Bros 12”
43 29 Touch – Keep On – Elite 12”
44 NE Savanna – Never Let You Go / Instrumental – R&B 12”
45 41 Mystic Merlin – Mr Magician / Full Moon – US Capitol LP
46 61 Judy Roberts – Ole / I Can’t Help It / Country Samba – US Inner City LP
47 59 Breakfast Band – Tokyo Shuffle / Broadside Rhumba – Breakfast Music LP/12”
48 49 Whatnauts – Help Is On The Way – US Harlem Int 12”
49 38 Lamont Dozier – You Oughta Be In Pictures / Help Is On The Way – US M&M LP
50 39 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another / Sincerely / Mr. Look So Good – US Boardwalk LP
51 79 Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me – Charly 10” EP
52 64 Irakere – Chekere Son – US Milestone LP
53 70 The Quick – The Rhythm Of The Jungle – Epic 12”
54 53 Four Tops – Tonight I’m Gonna Love You All Over – Casablanca 12”
55 28 Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt – Philadelphia Int 12”
56 60 Charles Earland – Earland’s Jam / The Only One / Animal – US Columbia LP
57 62 Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus / Double Dutch – WMOT 12”
58 89 B.B.C.S. & A. – Rock Shock – US SAM 12”
59 47 Claudja Barry – If I Do It To You – Ensign 12”
60 67 Greg Perry – It Takes Heart – US Alta 12”
61 RE Cool Runners – Play The Game / Hawaiian Dream – MCA 12”
62 71 Azymuth – Estreito De Taruma / May I Have This Dance – US Milestone LP
63 88 Universal Robot Band – Barely Breaking Even – US Moonglow 12”
64 NE Mass Production – Inner City / Never Ever – US Cotillion LP
65 NE Chocolate Milk – Let’s Go All The Way / Blue Jeans – RCA 12”
66 RE Gayle Adams – Baby I Need Your Loving – Epic 12”
67 73 Brandi Wells – What Goes Around Comes Around – WMOT LP/12” remix promo
68 44 Slave – Wait For Me – Cotillion 12”
69 RE Komiko – Feel Alright / Instrumental – US SAM 12”
70 80 Gayle Adams – Let’s Go All The Way – US Prelude LP
71 45 Central Line – Breaking Point / That’s No Way To Treat My Love / Goodbye / (You Know) You Can Do It – Mercury LP
72 58 Phyllis Nelson – Don’t Stop The Train – US Tropique 12”
73 NE Lime – Your Love – Carrere 12”
74 77 Michael Wycoff – Looking Up To You / Diamond Real – US RCA LP
75 65 The Cage/Nona Hendryx – Do What You Wanna Do / Dub – Metropolis 12”
76 81 Jeff Lorber – Always There / Full Moon – US Arista LP
77 57 Ramsey Lewis – You Never Know / It’s Just Called Love / Lynn / Sassy Stew / Callin’ Fallin’ / Hits Medley – CBS LP
78 NE Melba Moore – Let’s Stand Together – EMI America 12”
79 52 Rafael Cameron – All That’s Good To Me / Boogie’s Gonna Get Ya – US Salsoul 12”
80 63 Detroit Spinners – Knack For Me – Atlantic 12”
81 NE Joy – I Need Your Love – Part 3 – US Eastern 12”
82 NE Freddie Hubbard – This Is It / Ride Like The Wind / Hubbard’s Cupboard – Elektra Musician LP
83 NE McCrarys – Love On A Summer Night – US Capitol LP
84 RE Janet Kay – You Bring The Sun Out – Black Roots 12”
85 72 J. Gale Gaymon – (If You) Study Long You’ll Study Wrong – US Alton 12”
86 78 George Duke – Ride On Love / Dream On – Epic LP
87 NE Maze – Southern Girl / The Look In Your Eyes / Changing Times – Capitol LP
88 NE Third World – Try Jah Love – CBS 12”
89 NE Quincy Jones – The Dude / One Hundred Ways – A&M 12”
90 NE ADC Band – Roll With The Punches / Give It Up / A Little Taste Of Love – US Cotillion LP


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:
Tom Tom Club: ‘Genius Of Love (Remix)’ (Island 12in)
Hot Quisine: ‘Ride On A Rhythm’ (Kaleidoscope 12in)
Spandau Ballet: ‘Chant No. 1 (Remix)’ (Reformation 12in)
Rare Essence: ‘Body Moves (Party/Tune)’ (US Fantasy 12in)
Shalamar: ‘Talk To Me’ (Solar/RCA 12in)
Commodores: ‘Why You Wanna Try Me’ (Motown 12in)
Sheree Brown: ‘It’s A Pleasure’ (Capitol 12in)
Fat Larry’s Band: ‘Be My Lady’ (US WMOT LP)
Shalamar: ‘A Night To Remember’ / ‘Playing To Win’ (Solar/WEA LP)
Roni Griffith: ‘(The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up’ (US Vanguard 12in)
Kool & The Gang: ‘Good Time Tonight’ (De-Lite LP)
Style: ‘Movin’ On’ (US Emergency 12in)
One Way: ‘Who’s Foolin’ Who’ / ‘Cutie Pie’ (MCA 12in)
Alton Edwards: ‘Strange Woman’ (Epic 12in acetate)
The Time: ‘Cool’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Cornelius Bumpus: ‘Saul’s Afar’ / ‘A Clear View’ (US Broadbeach 12in)
Danny Ray: ‘Spring Again’ (Black Jack 12in)
Waldo: ‘You Bring Out The Freak In Me’ (US Columbia 12in)
Funkapolitan: ‘Run Run Run’ (US Pavillion 12in)
Keith Diamond Band: ‘All Night Rocker’ / ‘Body Talk’ (US Millennium 12in)


Pop Orientated Dance Chart:

01 05 Poison Arrow – ABC – Neutron 12”
02 01 Love Plus One – Haircut 100 – Arista 12”
03 02 It Ain’t What You Do – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
04 16 Just An Illusion – Imagination – R&B 12”
05 03 You’re The One For Me – “D” Train – Epic 12”
06 06 The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tight Fit – Jive 12”
07 11 Take My Heart – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
08 25 This Beat Is Mine – Vicky “D” – SAM 12”
09 10 Stars On Stevie – Star Sound – CBS 12”
10 04 Never Give Up On A Good Thing – George Benson – Warner Bro 12”
11 20 Klacto Vee Sedstein – Blue Rondo A La Turk – Diable Noir 12”
12 15 See You – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
13 07 I’ve Had Enough – Earth Wind & Fire – CBS 12”
14 24 Mickey – Toni Basil – Radialchoice
15 40 Your Honour – Pluto – KR 12”
16 22 Chant No.1 (Remix) / Instinction (Re-Remix) – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
17 09 I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates – RCA 12”
18 38 Go Wild In The Country – Bow Wow Wow – RCA 12”
19 44 Damned Don’t Cry – Visage – Polydor 12”
20 12 Town Called Malice / Precious – The Jam – Polydor 12”
21 08 Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
22 32 Shine On – George Duke – Epic 12”
23 13 Let’s Start To Dance Again – Hamilton Bohannon – London 12”
24 39 You Got The Power / Cinco De Mayo – War – RCA 12”
25 43 Party Fears Two – Associates – Associates 12”
26 29 Night Birds – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
27 23 Watch Out – Brandi Wells – WMOT 12”
28 26 Centrefold / Flamethrower – J Geils Band – EMI America
29 30 Height Of The Fighting (He-La-Hu) – Heaven 17 – Virgin 12”
30 58 Layla – Derek & The Dominos – RSO 12”
31 45 Double Dutch Bus / Double Dutch – Frankie Smith – WMOT 12”
32 14 Say Hello Wave Goodbye – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
33 34 I’ve Got To Learn To Say No – Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – Epic 12”
34 35 U Turn Me On – Tomorrow’s Edition – CBS 12”
35 47 Coffee Club / Paint Me Down / Instinction – Spandau Ballet – Reformation LP/12” promo
36 21 I Just Wanna – Alton Edwards – Streetwave 12”
37 17 The Model – Kraftwerk – EMI 12”
38 31 Tonight I’m Gonna Love You All Over – Four Tops – Casablanca 12”
39 61 Jungle Music – Rico & The Special AKA – 2 Tone 12”
40 46 Don’t Tell Me (Remix) – Central Line – Mercury 12”
41 42 Showroom Dummies / Pocket Calculator – Kraftwerk – EMI 12”
42 57 Seven Tears – Goombay Dance Band – Epic
43 27 Don’t You Want Me / Seconds – Human League 100 – Virgin 12”
44 19 Some Guys Have All The Luck – Robert Palmer – Island 12”
45 59 In The Name Of Love – Thompson Twins – T 12”
46 60 Tell Me Tomorrow – Smokey Robinson – Motown 12”
47 54 Fall In Love – Second Image – Polydor 12”
48 63 House On Fire – Boomtown Rats – Mercury 12”
49 48 Because You’re Young – Private Lives – Chrysalis 12”
50 28 Queen Of The Rapping Scene – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
51 51 In The Raw – Whispers – Solar 12”
52 65 Ain’t No Pleasing You – Chas & Dave – Rockney
53 — Try Jah Love – Third World – CBS 12”
54 55 I Travel / Celebrate – Simple Minds – Arista 12”
55 18 Easier Said Than Done – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
56 73 A Kick In The Eye – Bauhaus – Beggars Banquet 12”
57 33 Cardiac Arrest – Madness – Stiff
58 — I Can Make You Feel Good – Shalamar – Solar 12”
59 — Nowhere Girl – B-Movie – Some Bizarre 12”
60 75 Erection – Mag & The Suspects – London 12” promo
61 — Baby I Need Your Loving – Gayle Adams – Epic 12”
62 37 Genius Of Love (Remix) – Tom Tom Club – Island 12”
63 62 Do What Ya Wanna Do – The Cage/Nona Hendryx – Metropolis 12”
64 56 Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag – Pigbag – Y 12”
65 — Call Me (Remix) – NY Skyy – Epic/Streetwave 12”
66 — Classic – Adrian Gurvitz – Rak
67 — In The Crime Of Life / War – Funkapolitan – London 12”
68 — Sex Dwarf / Secret Life – Soft Cell – Some Bizarre 12”
69 — Do Or Die – Human League – Virgin LP
70 — Is It A Dream – Classix Nouveaux – Liberty 12”
71 41 Come And Get Me – Morrissey Mullen – Beggars Banquet 12”
72 — (I Want To Get) Closer To You – Gonzalez – Tooti Frooti 12”
73 — Let’s Go All The Way / Blue Jeans – Chocolate Milk – RCA 12”
74 74 Stay With Me Tonight – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
75 — I Ran – A Flock Of Seagulls – Jive 12”


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:

Bucks Fizz 71-141f, Dollar 33/66-66r, Status Quo 155f, Altered Images 141-0r, Anti-Nowhere League 179c, Tygers Of Pan Tang 143-0r, Shalamar 113f, Elton John 36/72-0r, A Flock Of Seagulls 147-145-144-0r, Slade 148-0r, B-Movie 146f, T Rex 120-122f, Mobiles 0-45/90f, XTC 133-134-136-134f, Chris Rea 53-105f.

2 thoughts on “April 3, 1982: Maze, Brass Construction, Stone, The McCrarys, Judy Roberts”

  1. You know it’s the 80’s when James makes the cultural references to Sinclair ZX and CB Radio in his column. It’s fascinating to see that by 1982 the Dance culture has matured and the Chart is no longer merely a reflection of the UK singles chart sans white pop/rock acts. A more sophisticated scene with impeccable taste!

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  2. Blue Feather (or Feathers as it’s called here) ‘Let’s Funk Tonight’ another big tune that year that’s hardly remarked on here – it was Dutch but seemingly surfaced first as a Canadian import here. Seeing it here takes me right back as a girl I used to live opposite to back then and who used to give me a lift to work for a bit was mad on it.

    The Groovin’ Gropers mentioned here about Caister were my local jazz-funk tribe who I’d forgotten all about and I never knew they boycotted Caister this time.

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