ODDS ‘N’ BODS
THE LUDICROUS situation has arisen that, because a well known black superstar’s US label doesn’t give official sanction for his material to be issued on 12in (not even as a promo), it now cannot be publicised or mentioned in any way that his long awaited new 114bpm marathon ever changing groove is in that format for the UK only (as well as on 7in) — hence all chart reference will remain as if for the full length LP version . . . Old Grey Whistle Test’s clip from the New Orleans concert has prompted a possible 50 minute TV special on Maze in August, while the Hammersmith ‘Joy And Pain’ will definitely be the flip at least of Maze’s next 12in . . . WEA’s Fred Dove is promoting Larry Graham in a novel way, sending a 12in white label of just the instrumental version of ‘Sooner Or Later’ to clubs four weeks ahead of UK release — it’s a swaying 116bpm synth smacker with vocodered title line repeated to occasionally answering chix . . . London Lyceum DJ Steve Walsh has become promotions head at Red Bus/Excaliber/R&B (handy as he only lives just over the road!), and info’s that the Jesse Green remix will soon come on Excaliber (Paul Major stop fretting!) . . . Theo Loyla’s now promoting Super-Vision’s range of exciting visual but silent videos for use in clubs to go with their own appropriate music, all legal and cleared for public showing, so beat the impending purge on clubs showing TV tapes and movies (strictly illegal) and call Theo on 01-548 2911 for a demonstration . . . Sinnamon, Fonda Rae are coming via PRT . . . A Taste Of Honey and Dramatics LPs are due 10th June, the Dramatics 12in here however being ‘I Can’t Stand It’ . . . Jeremy Thomas’s new Battersea label belatedly picked up Aurra and Instant Funk for 3-track 12in imminently . . . Sharon Brown evidently has a vocal remix flip on later copies — swizz! . . . Temptations featuring Rick James (on a raised podium behind them) have a good video of the edited single . . . Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney duet on Michael’s currently in-production (by Quincy Jones) next LP . . . Linx’s David Grant sits in for Robbie Vincent on Radio London this Saturday lunchtime . . . Peter Powell’s soul show somehow sounds rather dreary — can’t they choose more tuneful music from the abundance of strong stuff now out? — but at least Froggy’s mix was up to scratch last week, Narada ‘You Ought To Love Me’ into a combination of Sinnamon versions . . . Mike Shaft’s Piccadilly Radio soul show on Monday evenings is featuring a ‘Greg Wilson mix’ every fortnight or so . . . ABC were looking very Billy Fury on TOTP, and I see that the ‘Fame’ movie’s spin-off TV series starts on BBC 1 soon . . . Three Degrees choreography was breathtakingly tight on the 1982 British Beauty Championships . . . Neil Bogart, legendary label boss of Buddah, Casablanca and then Boardwalk, died of cancer aged 39 on 8th May — the musical tribute at his funeral featured a choir including organizer Carole Bayer Sager, her husband Burt Bacharach, Donna Summer, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, Gladys Knight & The Pips, the Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Neil Diamond, Marvin Hamlisch, members of Kiss and more . . . Streetwave’s Morgan Khan says “You were right” — but the backing track’s still great — all Patrick Boothe needs now is a song . . . Alton Edwards ‘I Just Wanna’ now joins his mate Richard Jon Smith in the US Soul chart . . . Cameo are surprisingly high in the US LP chart, while the Thompson Twins ‘In The Name Of Love‘ is now number 1 Disco (but Patrice is 2) . . . ‘That Girl‘ was Stevie Wonder’s biggest ever US soul hit, yet bombed badly here — wouldn’t it have done better if available on 12in? . . . ‘Keep On’ is ‘D’ Train’s single in the States . . . George Chandler is taking delight in confusing people, having shaved off his beard! . . . Gilles Moehrie, who’ll be broadcasting jazz-funk in South London every Tuesday evening come September, reckons Showstoppers should hold a straight jazz alldayer as, he says, “the recent Caister and Brighton jazz rooms were brilliant” . . . Gilles also info’s that North Cheam’s Blue Rondo Records (708 London Road) sell imports real cheap to regulars . . . Keith Barker-Main, ex-Earls Court Grafitti / Kensington Sombrero / Mayfair Napoleon / Paris Scaramouche, is looking (on 01-352 2301) for a gay/mixed venue to jock at, possibly as a relief or guest DJ rather than full time . . . Alan Gaskell’s packing four hundred plus into St Helens West Park Rugby Club every Sunday — not bad for a rugby club, or a Sunday, huh? . . . Graham Gold (Mayfair Gullivers) does an undiscernible mix between Electrik Funk and D’Llegance, Brian Brindle (Chelsea Alibi) and Alan Coulthard (Soho Le Beat Route) both say the rhythm ‘n’ rap bit of Sharon Brown goes like a bitch over Stevie Wonder’s cowbells bit, while Alan adds that ABC’s instrumental bass line synchs unbelievably with ‘D’ Train ‘You’re The One For Me’ . . . I’m really in the middle of the heavy record moving in my house switch, giving me less time this week, but that does not explain why so many reviews are late in getting printed — no space — nor why last week’s Imports were cunningly disguised as UK Newies! . . . DISCO IS BACK!
ASHFORD & SIMPSON first started recording as Valerie & Nick on the Glover label in 1964, when I saw them at Harlem’s Apollo (Valerie in tight bright pink spangled sheath!), before writing ‘Let’s Go Get Stoned’ for Ronnie Milsap in the days when he was a soul singer. Ray Charles then covered the song, and their career as songwriters was off and running. Their new ‘Street Opera’ LP (Capitol EST 12207) however is a lethargic down-tempo set on which their current ‘Street Corner‘ 12in cut is the only hard dancer.
FUNKAPOLITAN: ‘Run Run Run’ (LP ‘Funkapolitan’ London SH 8548).
Wherein which the amateurish August Darnell-produced Kid Creole clones run the full gamut from 121bpm to 124bpm, best being this (vocal only) 122bpm US 12in release, 121bpm ‘If Only‘, 122bpm ‘In The Crime Of Life‘, 122bpm ‘As The Time Goes By’, 123-121bpm ‘War’, 124bpm ‘Illusion’, 124bpm ‘There It Is Again’, only the 127bpm ‘Behold The Super Ace’ breaking the pattern. Maybe they’d do well with Rod Temperton, next?
KENI BURKE: ‘Shakin’ (RCA RCAT 223).
Disappointingly old fashioned “disco” chix squawked fast 135-133-135-133-135bpm 12in churner with some Prince influence and probably more gay/white boys than black appeal, from a far, far better album.
MIKEY DREAD: ‘Rocky Road’ (Dread At The Controls DUN IT 21).
Rather appealing nasally croaked 72bpm 12in reggae swayer (with dub second half) keeps lapsing into an adaptation of Brenton Wood’s ‘Gimme Little Sign’. Continue reading “May 29, 1982: Funkapolitan, Keni Burke, Mikey Dread, Rick James, Jean Carn”