June 19, 1982: Dennis Brown, Blue Feather, A Taste Of Honey, Fatback, Majik

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY’S spine-tingling performance of ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ from Broadway’s much awarded ‘Dreamgirls’ musical on last week’s televising of ‘The Tony Awards’ ceremony had to be the most truly soulful, gut wrenching song ever seen on British TV, and amazingly true of the ’60s from a 23 year old — Jennifer plays the “Florence Ballard” character whose weight problem gets her kicked out of the svelte Supremes-like ’60s girlie group The Dreams, and a shortened version of her showstopper from the cast album is currently halfway up the US soul chart (on Geffen) . . . Narada Michael Walden’s single, despite ‘Summer Lady’ getting by far the most DJ support, is apparently ‘You Ought To Love Me’ — flipped for comparison by ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’! . . . Keni Burke’s LP review rather neglected the overall quality of the man’s voice even on the less immediately useful dance cuts, the whole set indeed hanging together very well for home listening, while such as the lovely 47/95-48/96bpm ‘One Minute More’, smoochy 31bpm ‘Who Do You Love’, jolting 111bpm ‘All Night’, bounding 126bpm ‘Can’t Get Enough’, and ‘Shakin’-style fast accelerating 134- 137bpm ‘Changes’ title track are certainly not without use (oh for a 30 hour day!) . . . Rose Royce’s LP similarly has created interest, albeit short lived, with the Chaka Khan-ish Ricci Benson-sung orchestrally sawing / vocally soaring (0-)123-122-124(jazzy piano)-123bpm ‘Still In Love‘, and to a lesser extent the fairly mundane 109-108bpm funky jiggler ‘Dance With Me‘ . . . B.T. Express’s album, apart from the already reviewed dynamite synth seared 106(start)-108-109-108bpm ‘Keep It Up‘ title track, includes the tunefully loping then emphatically cantering 120-121-122bpm ‘This Must Be The Night For Love’, chugging 109-110-111bpm ‘Let Yourself Go’, burbling 110-111-112-111bpm ‘Just Can’t Stop Dancin’, laser zapped throbbing 118-119-120bpm ‘Star Child’ and brassily accented 113- 114-115bpm ‘Dancin’ Dream’ — but ‘Keep It Up’ is the killer . . . Jessica Williams highly rated old frantically galloping gay 132bpm ‘Queen Of Fools‘ is about again on orange vinyl Mexican RCA 12in . . . ‘Every Way But Loose’ has had an instrumental remix with bass up / vigor down by Plunky & The Oneness of Juju (US Sutra SUD 007), while also on import 12in now are Michael Wycoff ‘Looking Up To You‘ (US RCA) and a remixed Chi-Lites ‘Try My Side (Of Love)’ (US 20th Century / Chi-Sound) . . . Mercury within a month release the US compiled ‘Platterama Medley’, edited together from snippets of the Platters original old hits ‘Only You / Harbor Lights / The Magic Touch / Twilight Time / The Great Pretender / My Prayer / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ . . . Derek Pierce (Bath Moles) infos that Bristol jazzers Groove Juice Special have a self-titled album on Bath’s Rival Records label containing Louis Jordan / Joe Jackson-type material . . . The McCrarys ‘Love On A Summer Night’ inexplicably dipped down out of the chart just as the weather got good, and just as it’s due on UK 12in — Alan Gaskell (St Helens) reckons it sounds like George Benson ‘Love X Love’, which mixes well . . . Funkapolitan ‘Run Run Run’ is evidently now on 3-track London 12in, which in common with some other recent mailouts has somehow eluded me . . . UK pressings spell in the singular, Blue Feather . . . New York District Attorneys are cracking down on bootleg “disco mixer” medleys, raiding retailers and distributors to seize copies of such as ‘Horizon One’ . . . Ernie Watts sax is on the Stones ‘Go Go’ . . . Tom Holland was first to turn most people onto Dennis Brown ‘Love Has Found Its Way’, but then Big Tom’s famous for finding ’em! . . . Bob Jones and Nicky Peck take a jazz boat around the Isle of Wight on Saturday afternoon, July 10th, £6 tickets from the jocks gigs beforehand or ring 01-723 1362 and ask for John . . . Gary Allan, Graham Carn, Terry Lennaine and guests attempt to bring a regular upfront music policy back into Liverpool every Thursday at McMillan’s — “Now it’s up to the punters”, sez Gaz . . . Gary also says another good ABC instrumental mix is with Alton Edwards ‘I Just Wanna’ instrumental . . . Bristol mafioso Martin Starr, while learning broadcasting up in London, wouldn’t mind some local gigs (offers on 01-286 5428) . . . ‘Cosmic’ Shiret, 18 year-old veteran of Zhivagos / Crocs / Quills / Westcliff Leisure Centre, spends about thirty quid a week on new releases to plug at his current Brentwood Lion And Lamb pub gig but can only afford so much, and would dearly love more consideration from mailing lists . . . New York’s Rockpool charges member DJs £31 per month for fortnightly record packages (labels aren’t charged but must supply product), while Rockamerica charges an annual £70 for their monthly hour long promotional video compilations — so UK jocks don’t know how lucky they are . . . America of course is a financially motivated country, and jocks actually get paid their worth . . . Paul Lewis (Neath), relax, Donna’s album will soon come . . . Ken Olsen (Manchester Pips) compiles from the previous weekend’s requests a Pips Disco 30 playlist chart to feature through the following week . . . Patrice loses one crown to regain another (check our two Disco / Nightclub charts) . . . Eyes & Ears certainly seem to be getting through to pop (Nightclub) jocks . . . Wham should be 114-115-118-117-118-117bpm, Congress 110-108-110bpm, Larry Graham 116bpm . . . Paul Major, what do you use to time your Beats Per Minute, a grandfather clock?! . . . WEA’s Rowdy Yeats currently sports an arm in plaster — he cracked a bone after taking on some kids at cricket . . . Rick James may be America’s biggest box office star right now, but only two years ago he was almost dropped from Motown for lack of hits — and was himself hustling New York disco DJs to play his current material (I saw him!) . . . Fatman neglected to say he needs so many records because he keeps scratching them! . . . Has a certain Phonogram man been getting his greens? . . . OK, so what’s a disco spider? — I dunno, ask ’em at the Record & Disco Centre in Rayners Lane! . . . Joe ‘Friend Of The Stars’ Adelman got me another Gene Chandler ‘Nothing Can Stop Me’, while amongst stuff uncovered during my marathon move I see my original copies of the Invitations ‘What’s Wrong With Me Baby’, Arthur Conley ‘I Can’t Stop’, Olympics ‘Secret Agents’ and Shorty Long ‘Chantilly Lace’ were lent to and never returned by a group called Neat Change way back in the ’60s — anyone any idea of their whereabouts now?! . . . Eric Fuller, our new Ed, could well be disco music’s best friend — overnight we’ve suddenly got almost a whole disco paper, this mainstream acceptance and treatment being just what disco needs to get it across at the same level as over-exposed rock ‘n’ pop . . . KEEP IT TIGHT!


UK NEWIES

DENNIS BROWN: ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ (A&M AMSX 8226).
My favourite record of the year so far, this incredibly beautiful smoothly flowing 98-100-101bpm soul-reggae swayer glides effortlessly into your mind and is now on smash-bound 3-track 12in with the good but less exceptional 73bpm ‘Why Baby Why‘ and 70bpm ‘I Couldn’t Stand Losing You‘, all from the compulsively play-it-again ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ LP (AMLH 64886), off which — if any have to be isolated — you could try the 75-76-77bpm ‘Halfway Up Halfway Down’, 77bpm ‘Weep & Moan’, 84bpm ‘Handwriting On The Wall’ and Chuck Jackson’s old 91-90-91bpm ‘Any Day Now’. Both single and album, incidentally, are rapidly climbing the US soul charts — something of a breakthrough there — while here the single won Capital Radio’s People’s Choice. Give your ears a treat, hear it!

BLUE FEATHER: ‘Let’s Funk Tonight’ (Mercury MERX 109).
This terrific mind-nagging sinuously weaving 118bpm 12in Dutch drifter starts out with weazling synth and some lightweight vocals which can be easily skipped, to toughen up about a third of the way through into a dynamite instrumental with jazzy solos from guitar, keyboards, scat, synth and percussion building the tension as it drives along (to an abrupt finish). UK pressings now have the very similar but less subtle 122bpm ‘It’s Love‘ as flip, which becomes another percussion rattled instrumental weaver once the initial vocals are over, and vari-mixes well out of the A-side.

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘We’ve Got The Groove’ (LP ‘Ladies Of The Eighties’ Capital EST 12173).
Great jauntily jolting brassily braying 113bpm Latin-flavoured choppy rattler repeats the LP’s title line amidst much floor-filling jollity, while ‘Diamond Real‘ is a bassily thrusting 108-106bpm backbeat version of the Michael Wycoff-recorded song, the 7in-issued ‘I’ll Try Something New‘ a gorgeous tremulous ‘Sukiyaki’-style 50bpm revival of the Miracles 1962 slowie, and ‘Sayonara‘ a lurching 107bpm smacker.

SECOND IMAGE: ‘Star’ (Polydor POSPX 457).
Roy Carter-produced cleanly striding strong 120-121bpm 12in smacker with good brass fills and infectious intensifying vocal work reaching an “everybody’s going to Hollywood” climax, the ‘Sambolic’ flip being a jazzy more specialist c.116bpm instrumental.

JEFFREY OSBORNE: ‘I Really Don’t Need No Light’ (LP ‘Jeffrey Osborne’ A&M AMLH 64896).
LTD’s note-holding ex-lead singer has been produced by George Duke with Larry Graham, Ernie Watts, Louis Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Paulinho Da Costa amongst the backers to ensure it’s a classy affair, and indeed this pulsating vibrant 107bpm unhurried swayer (his US single) is just that — try it sandwiched between Fatback ‘Star’ and Lamont Dozier ‘Roots’! — as are the beautifully unfurling gorgeous ultra-catchy 76-77bpm ‘Eenie Meenie‘ romantic jogger (my actual favourite) and the slightly Stevie Wonder-ish throbbing purposeful 99-100bpm ‘New Love‘, while ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Missin‘ is a clapping 103-106bpm jiggly jolter, ‘Who You Talkin’ To?‘ a vocodered brassy 119-120bpm jerker, ‘Ready For Your Love‘ a gospel tinged jittery 110-0bpm strutter, plus there are some nice crawling smoochers.

IMAGINATION: ‘Music And Lights’ (R&B RBL 210).
Immediately recognisable and unvarying though their sound has become, it does seem to be a surefire success formula and this 100bpm 12in continuation of ‘Just An Illusion’ (easy to vari-synch) could well be their biggest hit yet. You know what to expect, so let’s have it — music, lights, ACTION!

THE McCRARYS: ‘Love On A Summer Night’ (Capitol 12CL 251).
Lovely lush cool economically ticking 116bpm 12in swayer with delicate breathy brothers and sisters harmony. Benson-ish guitar (it is awfully like ‘Love X Love’), and a telling short Wayne Henderson trombone solo — hopefully it’ll climb the chart again now that its season has come, after earlier import album action.

CHANGE: ‘The Very Best In You’ (London LONX 009).
Jacques Fred Petrus-produced classy cool trim (intro) — 116bpm 12in swaying snicker with impassioned though controlled male vocal and steady momentum slips down like ice cream and honey — cool, sweet and painless — and should go very well with the similar McCrarys.


IMPORTS

FATBACK: ‘She’s My Shining Star’ (LP ‘On The Floor With Fatback’ US Spring SP-1-6736).
Nothing that you’ve heard from Fatback before could have prepared you for the unexpected shock of just how sensationally beautiful this Maze inspired 106(intro)-104-105-106bpm flowing rolling ticking jogger with jazzy sax and Frankie Beverly phrasing could be. As for the rest, it’s quality machine tooled funk like the 104-105bpm ‘On The Floor‘, 107-108bpm ‘Hip So Slick‘, 113-114bpm ‘Burn Baby Burn‘, 115-116bpm ‘U.F.O.‘, but thankfully again sweetened by more a-Maze-in’ sax on the smoochy 65bpm ‘Do It To Me Now‘. I know which of their styles will mean more here now, given this choice!

MAJIK: ‘You Gotta Get Up’ (US Gold Coast 7403).
Come in ‘Ladies Night’, your time is up! Oh well, not quite it seems, for here we go again with an extremely strong 117-118-116 (“a-o-a-o”)-117-118-117bpm 12in rerun of Kool’s hit formula (instrumental flip). The force of familiarity means people hit the floor when they hear it, and stay there.

DUNN & BRUCE STREET: ‘Shout For Joy’ (US Devaki DK 12-902).
With a name play on Dunn & Bradstreet, the guys chuckle in Terry Wogan style and tell us to “have a good time” as this languidly smacking but beefy good 111(start)-113bpm 12in bumper winds along to an effective gap in the backing rhythm near the end.

REDD HOTT: ‘Ecstasy’ (LP ‘Redd Hott No. 1’ US Venture VL-1010).
Produced by George Kerr, responsible for the O’Jays most innovatory sides in ’67, this clear rhythm introed then churningly romping 114(very start)-117-115-114-(break)-115bpm swinger owes more than the lead singer’s strangulated voice to Bobby Womack and builds an infectious good groove to dominate the rest of the set — a shame it’s not on 12in as it could be big — while reasonable funk are the 115-114bpm ‘Flashin’ At You‘, 119bpm ‘Coming Out To Get You‘, 114bpm ‘Big Fat Bottom‘, 96-97bpm ‘We Came To Funk‘, plus there are pretty slowies.

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Waka Juju’ LP (French CRC 2933130).
Discovered in France by Chris Hill during the recent (and by all accounts extremely successful) St Tropez jazz-funk trip, the title track jerky 122-124-125-124-125bpm Afro jazz instrumental is by no means a straight ahead blower, the polyrhythms shift around in intensity and Manu’s sax often gets tenderly lyrical, but it works well if you’ve got the right crowd vibe (not surprisingly it’s good at Gullivers!).

BOBBY McFERRIN: ‘Bobby McFerrin’ LP (German Elektra Musician K 52387).
If at first this jazz singer’s flashy scat vocalese makes you think he’s no more than an Al Jarreau copyist (and let’s face it, if Al Jarreau hadn’t existed neither would he), listen on and you could say the same for Jon Hendricks, Jao Gilberto, Oscar Brown Jr, Little Willie John and so many more — all of whom show up in Bobby’s voice. I won’t belittle the set by reducing it to a series of numbers (it’s not a dance album anyway), but with its variety of slowies and complex ultra fast fliers it’s bound to excite specialist jazz jocks and all who like listening, really listening, to classy music. My own favourite is his treatment of Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’. Oh, he’s evidently been added to Capital’s Knebworth bill.

SUPERIOR MOVEMENT: ‘Wide Shot’ (US CIM 429 02907).
Bass bumped gradually unfurling staccato sung (with voice box effects) 111-112-0bpm 12in funk thudder with a good long break and slow fade, the ‘Sweet Dreams‘ flip being a simply superb lovely shimmering 48/96bpm soul vocal group slowie in the tradition of 1967 — not to be missed by old timers.

JACKIE MOORE & WILSON PICKETT: ‘Seconds’ (US Catawba CA 1000).
Two soul veterans unite for an encouragingly good beefily thudding funky 107(start)-109-110-109(break)-110bpm 12in lurcher not unlike Ben E King’s ‘Music Trance’, wailing Miss Moore and still screaming Mr Pickett wanting “seconds of your love — can’t get enough” (instrumental flip).

FORRRCE: ‘Keep On Dubbin’ (US West End WES 22143).
Rhythmically freaky in the Peech Boys tradition this instrumental dub-style 120-123-0bpm 12in percussion and echoing effects tapper mixes sensationally out of the KISS “D” Train remix, and is flip to the rapping 0-121-119-121-122-123-121-123bpm ‘Keep On Dancin‘. A pity they didn’t synch to a click track, it might have made life easier for mixers!

BILLY OCEAN: ‘Calypso Funkin’ (US Epic 49-62943).
Although on the surface this good coolly pent-up 119bpm 12in jitterer with steel drum segments may seem tricky, although faster it has the same bass line as the Peech Boys and vari-mixes well.

LEGACY: ‘Word Up’ (US Brunswick D 222).
Bass synth and chinking guitar powered chunkily rolling 114(intro)-116bpm 12in smacker with gals-answered guy and a good clonking break. Instrumental flip.

GAP BAND: ‘Talkin’ Back’ (LP ‘Gap Band IV’ US Total Experience TE-1-300).
Amazingly disappointing set with the accent on mellow slowies apart from the “long” 121-123bpm (as opposed to “even longer”) version of their ‘Early In The Morning‘ hit, the lightweight churning 125bpm clopper ‘You Dropped A Bomb On Me‘, and this tongue twisting slowly twining 91bpm P’funk rapper with much play made of the word “sucker”, which could be big in Liverpool (and elsewhere, if people want to ”row” slow).


UK Disco Top 90 – June 19, 1982

01 02 Temptations/Rick James – Standing On The Top – Motown 12”
02 01 Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots – Elektra 12”
03 08 Stevie Wonder – Do I Do – Motown LP
04 07 Blue Feather – Let’s Funk Tonight / It’s Love – Mercury 12”
05 03 Patrice Rushen – Number One / Remind Me / Breakout – Elektra LP
06 05 The Band A.K.A. – Grace / Instrumental – Epic/Streetwave 12”
07 04 Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like You Know – WMOT 12”
08 06 Junior – Mama Used To Say (US Remix)– Mercury 12”
09 14 Odyssey – Inside Out – RCA 12”
10 09 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Ze 12”
11 20 Larry Graham – Sooner Or Later / One In A Million You – Warner Bros 12”
12 11 Atlantic Starr – Circles – A&M 12”
13 12 Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love – Virgin 12”
14 19 Rick James – Dance Wit’ Me – Motown 12”
15 22 Sinnamon – Thanks To You / Instrumental – US Becket 12”
16 21 High Fashion – Feelin’ Lucky Lately – Capitol 12”
17 23 Ritchie Family – I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby) – US RCA 12”
18 10 Linda Taylor – You And Me Just Started / Club Mix – GPL 12”
19 17 Jerome – (I’m Into) Your Love – RCA 12”
20 16 Touchdown – Ease Your Mind (US Remix) / Ritmo Suave – Excaliber 12”
21 28 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
22 15 Gwen Guthrie – It Should’ve Been You – Island 12”
23 25 Gap Band – Early In The Morning – Mercury 12”
24 27 Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top / Hang Tight / Changes / All Night / Can’t Get Enough – US RCA LP
25 30 A Taste Of Honey – We’ve Got The Groove / Diamond Real – US Capitol LP
26 13 ‘D’ Train – Walk On By – Epic 12”
27 18 Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight / Instrumental – US Bridge 12”
28 32 Dennis Brown – Love Has Found Its Way – A&M 12”
29 47 Rick James – Money Talks / Hard To Get / Throwdown / Happy / 69 Times – Motown LP
30 29 Narada Michael Walden – Summer Lady / You Ought To Love Me / I’m Ready / You’re No.1 / Confidence – Atlantic LP
31 26 Elecktrik Funk – On A Journey (Instrumental) – Epic 12”
32 34 Ranson/McKenzie & Friends – Orange Groves – Smokey 12”
33 45 Al McCall – Hard Times – US West End 12”
34 83 Heatwave – Lettin’ It Loose / Mind What You Find – Epic 12”
35 43 Ashford & Simpson – Street Corner – Capitol 12”
36 31 Mike Anthony – Why Can’t We Live Together – German Ariola 12”
37 44 Loose End – In The Sky / Instrumental – Virgin 12”
38 38 Candela – Love You Madly – US Arista 12”
39 24 Brass Construction – Do That Thang / Attitude / Forever Love – Liberty LP
40 73 ‘D’ Train / Sharon Redd / Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day / Strikers – You’re The One For Me / Can You Handle It / Come Let Me Love You / Body Music (Remixes) – US Prelude LP
41 33 Maze – Before I Let Go / Golden Time Of Day (Live) – Capitol 12”
42 59 Shalamar – A Night To Remember / Remix – Solar 12”
43 48 Jesse Green – Nice And Slow (US Remix) / Come With Me – Excaliber 12”
44 40 Cameo – Just Be Yourself / Flirt – Casablanca 12”
45 71 Hi-Tension – How D’You Feel – EMI 12”
46 80 Rose Royce – Best Love – Epic 12” promo
47 57 Light Of The World – Check Us Out – EMI 12”
48 39 Savanna – Never Let You Go – R&B 12”
49 46 Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat – US Vanguard 12”
50 52 Phil Upchurch – Free & Easy – US Jam LP
51 41 Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good – Solar 12”
52 NE Jeffrey Osborne – I Really Don’t Need No Light / Eenie Meenie / New Love – A&M LP
53 NE Change – The Very Best In You – London 12”
54 49 Whispers – Emergency – Solar 12”
55 56 ABC – The Look Of Love (Pts. 1/2/3) – Neutron 12”
56 90 Roy Hamilton – Take Your Time / Instrumental – White Label 12”
57 35 ‘D’ Train – Keep On / You’re The One For Me (Reprise) – Epic LP
58 36 Patrick Boothe – Dance All Night – Streetwave 12”
59 37 I.C.Q. – Final Approach – ICQ 12”
60 53 George Duke – Ride On Love – Epic 12”
61 70 Maxine Singleton – Don’t You Love It (UK Remix) – System 12”
62 68 BLT – Tighten It Up – US Gold Coast 12”
63 81 Atlantis – Keep On Movin’ And Groovin’ / Instrumental – US Chaz Ro 12”
64 55 Oliver Sain – Cruisin’ On Sunset / The Closer I Get To You – US HCRC LP
65 87 Cheri – Murphy’s Law – Polydor 12”
66 72 Herbie Hancock – Motor Mouth / Gettin’ To The Good Part / Give It All Your Heart – CBS LP
67 86 Touch – Love Something Special / Love Speciality – Elite 12”
68 79 Kandidate/Viscount Oliver – Can’t Say Bye – Polydor 12”
69 51 Stone – Time – Carrere 12”
70 50 Rah Band – Perfumed Garden / Funk Me Down To Rio ’82 – KR 12”
71 61 Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ / Go For It – Polydor 12”
72 74 D’Lllegance – Chanson D’Llegance (Mix-x-tend) – US Airwave 12”
73 61 Shakatak – Bitch To The Boys / Takin’ Off – Polydor LP
74 RE The Quick – The Rhythm Of The Jungle – Epic 12”
75 82 Kinkina – Jungle Fever – US Profile 12”
76 NE Imagination – Music And Lights – R&B 12”
77 NE Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon / I’m Corrupt – Ze LP
78 54 Level 42 – Are You Hearing (What I Hear?) – Polydor 12”
79 66 Miles Watson – You’re My Everything / Instrumental – US Profile 12”
80 84 Jean Carn – Don’t Let Me Slip Away / If You Don’t Know Me By Now / Steady On My Mind / Super Explosion – US Motown LP
81 69 George Chandler – This Could Be The Night – Polydor 12”
82 NE Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju – Every Way But Loose (Remix) – US Sutra 12”
83 85 Roni Griffith – (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up / Love Is The Drug – Vanguard 12”
84 67 Atlantic Starr – Sexy Dancer / Love Moves – A&M LP
85 89 Lenny Zakatek – Say I Love You / Waatie Mix – London 12”
86 88 Decoupage – Puerto Rico / Salsa Version – R&B 12”
87 65 Herbie Hancock – Lite Me Up – CBS 12”
88 60 Ray Parker Jr – Just Havin’ Fun / Let’s Get Off – Arista LP
89 76 BT Express – Keep It Up – US Coast To Coast LP
90 NE Fatback – She’s My Shining Star – US Spring LP


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Billy Griffin: ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’ / ‘Be With Me’ (US Columbia LP)
The LIVE Band: ‘A Chance For Hope’ (US TSOB LP)
Salsoul Orchestra: ‘Take Some Time Out (For Love)’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Manu Dibango: ‘Waka Juju’ (French CRC LP)
Howard Johnson: ‘So Fine’ (US A&M 12in)
Second Image: ‘Star’ (Polydor 12in)
Shock: ‘Electrophonic Phunk’ / ‘That’s A Lady’ (US Fantasy LP)
Freeez: ‘One To One’ / Instrumental (Beggars Banquet 12in)
William Bootsy Collins: ‘Take A Lickin’ And Keep On Kickin’ / ‘The Funky Functioneer’ / ‘Countracula’ (Warner Bros LP)
Pino D’Angio: ‘Ma Quale Idea’ (System 12in)
First Light: ‘Don’t Be Mistaken’ (Oval 12in)
Dazz Band: ‘Let It Whip’ (Motown 12in)
Superior Movement: ‘Wide Shot’ / ‘Sweet Dreams’ (US CIM 12in)
Kasso: ‘Walkman’ (US Delirium LP)
Boys Town Gang: ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Remix)’ (Dutch Rams Horn 12in)
Yvonne Elliman: ‘Love Pains’ (US Moby Dick 12in)
Majik: ‘You Gotta Get Up’ (US Gold Coast 12in)
Forrrce: ‘Keep On Dubbin’ (US West End 12in)
David Morris: ‘Saturday Night’ (US Becket 12in)
Dunn & Bruce Street: ‘Shout For Joy’ (US Devaki 12in)


Nightclub Chart:

01 02 Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
02 01 Mama Used To Say (US Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
03 03 The Look Of Love – ABC – Neutron 12”
04 05 Only You / Situation – Yazoo – Mute 12”
05 21 Torch – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
06 11 Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
07 16 House Of Fun – Madness – Stiff
08 04 Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag – Pigbag – Y 12”
09 06 I Specialize In Love – Sharon Brown – Virgin 12”
10 08 Girl Crazy – Hot Chocolate – Rak
11 17 Fantasy Island – Tight Fit – Jive 12”
12 15 Island Of Lost Souls – Blondie – Chrysalis 12”
13 07 I Can Make You Feel Good – Shalamar – Solar 12”
14 14 The Meaning Of Love – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
15 10 Walk On By – “D” Train – Epic 12”
16 24 Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds – Virgin 12”
17 25 Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant – CBS
18 20 (I’m Into) Your Love – Jerome – RCA 12”
19 43 Do I Do – Stevie Wonder – Motown LP
20 18 The Rhythm Of The Jungle – The Quick – Epic 12”
21 12 Instinction / Chant No.1 (Remix) – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
22 09 Just An Illusion – Imagination – R&B 12”
23 13 Really Saying Something – Bananarama/Fun Boy Three – Deram 12”
24 55 Standing On The Top – Temptations/Rick James – Motown 12”
25 19 I Won’t Let You Down – PhD – WEA
26 26 Work It Out – Shalamar – Solar/RCA 12”
27 28 The Telephone Always Rings – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
28 22 Night Birds – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
29 23 Act Like You Know – Fat Larry’s Band – WMOT 12”
30 34 I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett – Epic
31 37 I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
32 40 Club Country – Associates – Associates 12”
33 29 Thank You For The Party – The Dukes – WEA 12”
34 38 Grace – The Band AKA – Epic/Streetwave 12”
35 30 Circles – Atlantic Starr – A&M 12”
36 36 Magic Fly / Save Your Love For Me – Space – Metropolis 12”
37 — I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow – RCA 12”
38 — Inside Out – Odyssey – RCA 12”
39 41 Lite Me Up – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
40 39 White Boy – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
41 57 Try Jah Love – Third World – CBS 12”
42 31 A Little Bit Further Away – Kokomo – CBS
43 27 Are You Hearing (What I Hear)? – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
44 49 Paris Is One Day Away – The Mood – RCA 12”
45 32 Fantastic Day – Haircut 100 – Arista 12”
46 58 Perfumed Garden – Rah Band – KR 12”
47 47 Iko Iko – Natasha – Towerbell
48 33 Time – Stone – Carrere 12”
49 50 Show You My Love – Goldie Alexander – Project 12”
50 35 You And Me Just Started – Linda Taylor – Groove Production 12”
51 — Work That Body – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
52 44 Early In The Morning – Gap Band – Mercury 12”
53 — My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone – Charly 10” EP
54 45 On A Journey (Instrumental) – Electrik Funk – Epic 12”
55 69 Cantonese Boy – Japan – Virgin
56 — No Way Out / Dancing In The Street – UK Players – A&M 12”
57 48 Emergency – Whispers – Solar 12”
58 63 Fools Are Friendly – Xclusiv – Le Maitre Music 12”
59 66 You’re The One For Me – “D” Train – Epic 12”
60 72 (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up – Roni Griffith – Vanguard 12”
61 — Don’t You Want Me – Human League 100 – Virgin 12”
62 56 Fireworks – Siouxsie & The Banshees – Polydor 12”
63 74 Love Is All Is All Right – UB40 – DEP International 12”
64 70 Your Love – Lime – Carrere 12”
65 — Old Fashioned Love – Smokey Robinson – Motown 12”

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  1. Love all the cultural references made in real time contained in this column- the poor reviews of what we now regard as classics and that real 1982 opinion of events as they happened in an authentic 82 vernacular- often saying the kinda thing that is no longer acceptable! The impact that Jennifer Holliday’s Tony Awards performance had is one of those cultural moments. Little did we know that almost 40 years later that showstopper would be the staple of every TV talent show!

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