June 26, 1982: Narada Michael Walden, Captain Sensible, Rick James, Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju, Stevie Wonder


BLUE FEATHER is evidently about to have an extra previously unavailable ‘Club Instrumental’ added to make ‘Let’s Funk Tonight’ a 3-track 12in, while mixers should note their ‘It’s Love’ and D’Llegance have the same bongos . . . “D” Train’s ‘You’re The One For Me’ KISS remix is on one-sided Dutch Rams Horn 12in (RAMS 12-3106), their ‘Keep On’ being due here already as follow-up to ‘Walk On By’ . . . US Motown now know, so Stevie’s 12in can be acknowledged . . . 12in copies of Dennis Brown have been hard to find, which hasn’t stopped him being one of London’s top sellers . . . Light Of The World’s July album has been preceded by a 4-track promo 12in (hissily cut), their future ‘No. 1 Girl‘ being a 0-89-0-129bpm jogger with nice sax which suddenly switches into a fast Latin finish (are the lyrics really about coming home to Mum?), ‘Soho‘ a jittery 118bpm smacker with ‘Wikka Wrap’ outro, and ‘(Everybody) Move‘ a brassy 114 bpm jiggler . . . Donna Summer’s Quincy-produced ‘Love Is In Control‘ 7in is 133bpm pop . . . Harringey’s Bolts gay club starts next Thursday (1) a National Gay Disco Dancing Championship which’ll also embrace Manchester Heroes, Nottingham Le Chic Part Two, Brighton Bolts (Sherrys), Southampton Magnum Club before finishing back in Harringey — details on 01-802 0303/5959 . . . Leeds Warehouse owner Mike Wiand donated £800 to Radio Luxembourg’s recent charity telethon, buying a future half hour show on the station for the club’s DJ Ian Dewhirst . . . Steve Walsh is busy this Friday (25), guesting on Dave Brown’s BBC Radio Medway soul show, then jocking at both Battersea Queens and Soho Gossips . . . Chris Hill will be resident on Fridays when Dartford Flicks reopens . . . Fatman Graham Canter’s now doing regular spots at Piccadilly’s flashy Xenon, which gives receipts for all your drinks— good for expense accounts? . . . DJ Federation individual membership charges have been halved for the rest of 1982, costing now £12.50 — enquiries to DJF(GB), 6 Apsley Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire . . . Maze’s New Orleans video is evidently to be released officially . . . Level 42’s next single will possibly either be live, or have a live flip, or a free live extra single — according to Mark King, talking to Bristol’s Nigel Halkes, who also says “I wonder if someone could tell Froggy not to shout so much when he’s on ‘Steppin’ Out’, he does yell a bit” tee hee! . . . Staines Jacksons Nightclub needs established club DJs to guest on Friday nights with Dave Collins — call Marc Carter on Staines 53193 / Henley 5430 . . . Neil Fincham (Edinburgh Mad Hatter’s Speakeasy) revisits his Ipswich birthplace early in August and would welcome some free jazz-funk guests spots — call him (weekends) on 0368 63606 . . . Mike Page, now slipping in some jazz-funk at Telford’s Nell Gwynn, used to jock in Essex at the Essex Barn and Countryman with Bob Jones, and says “hi” to him . . . ‘Murphy’s Law’ composer credits read as James Hunt! . . . TV’s version of ‘Fame’ is less snappily edited than the movie but will obviously bear watching as it explores the diameters in greater depth (I hope) . . . Gary Numan’s image is of course that of Herbert Lom in ‘The Ladykillers’ . . . Beggar & Co’s ears have been burning, with everyone talking about their dreadful new single . . . Chris Britton (Watford Baileys) recommends Modern Romance to any promoter following their week with him . . . Cindy Ecstasy, Soft Cell’s female “voice” has been staying round my mate Sparrow’s gaff . . . Nightclub pop dance chart has settled down to a regular 65 places long — It would be nice to hear from more jocks who buy their pop records . . . Change is 115(intro)-116bpm . . . Mark Clark, Paul Major and others, note: when calculating Beats Per Minute, the beat at the moment you hit your stopwatch is “0” and not “1” — I always wind my hand tally counter back to ‘9999″ so that it hits zero as soon as I start clicking off the beats . . . Greg Edwards recommends unattached young ladies to go up to strange men in bars and say “Why suck on a strawberry cocktail when you can suck on my lips?” . . . KEEP IT TIGHT!


NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘You Ought To Love Me’ (Atlantic K 11739T).
Sensational to mix (with Larry Graham, Second Image — hell, just about anything!), this tumblingly rattling and lurching 116bpm smacker really cuts naggingly through due to its great simple bubbling synth twiddles and is now on extra strong 3-track 12in with his old classic 117-116(start)-114-115 (break)-114bpm ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ and 125(very start)-121-120-125(clap/horns)-123-121bpm ‘Tonight I’m Alright’. DJs previously plugging his LP’s ‘Summer Lady’ will be switching in droves!

The madly jaunty ‘South Pacific’ ditty — apart from being a surefire silly summer smash in this carefully created 100/50-0-100-0bpm 12in revival — amazingly blends into a funk set thanks to its solid bass! Try vari-synching it between Ray Parker ‘Just Havin’ Fun‘ and then (before it pauses slowly) into Kid Creole ‘Wonderful Thing’ — brilliant!

RICK JAMES: ‘Money Talks’ (LP ‘Throwin’ Down’ Motown STML 12167).
Beautifully packaged totally typical Rick James funk set, this 120-121-122bpm smacker synching perfectly out of ‘Standing On The Top’ and now to my mind being better than the 123-124-123bpm ‘Dance Wit’ Me‘, others in similar mould being the 121bpm ‘Hard To Get‘, 126bpm ‘69 Times‘, 129bpm ‘Throwdown‘, while Teena Marie joins him on the dead slow ‘Happy’.

CHRIS HUNTER: ‘Moody’ (Polydor POSPX 472).
Chimes introed lovely resonantly thrumming smokily sung atmospheric 87-88bpm 12in slow jogger by the jazzy saxist, much better than the now flipside jerkily thudding 120bpm ‘Keep This One In Tune’.

MYNK: ‘Get Up An’ Dance (Dance With Me)’ (Cricket HOWZAT 101, via 75-25283).
Never as big as it should have been on import around Christmas, this Fatback-produced infectious and well crafted 111(intro)-114-115bpm (fluctuating) 12in clomper runs through many changes with excellent gals/guys vocal interplay and a bubbly undertow (instrumental flip).

LINX: ‘Plaything’ (Chrysalis CHS 12-2621).
Improving with familiarity (so radio will help), if this had kept going like it starts as a Walden style 0-120bpm 12in smacker instead of veering off in a Jackson/Junior-ish jumble of directions, it could’ve been a real disco killer. Hey guys, f… art — let’s dance!

ODYSSEY: ‘Happy Together’ LP (RCA RCALP 6036).
Familiar old Turtles title track given a totally new jerkily tumbling 118-115bpm bass rumbled treatment that only straightens out for the choruses before becoming halfway a completely different clapping rhythm groove (Peech Boys synch sensationally!), while ringing the title changes. The Jimmy (Slave) Douglas-produced sets other dancers (apart from their hit) are ‘Happy People‘ and ‘Together‘, respectively 111-113bpm and 107bpm, and a bit dull.

HEATWAVE: ‘The Big Guns’ (LP ‘Current’ Epic EPC 85812).
Rushed here to coincide with imports, the largely Rod Temperton-penned set is pleasant listening but not the grittiest for dancing, apart from the 12in tracks, most interesting being this Bob James-ian drifting 113bpm mood which glides and bumps through pretty scatting into Herbie Hancock synth and a Greg Phillinganes piano finish, while ‘Naturally‘ is a typical rolling airy 120bpm thinker, ‘State To State‘ a lurching smooth 113bpm clomper, ‘Hold On To The One‘ an inconclusive slick 122bpm jiggly looping loper, ‘Find It In Your Heart‘ a lovely harmony started gentle 0-103bpm jogger and ‘Look After Love’ one of Johnnie Wilder’s dead slow specials.

LARRY GRAHAM: “Don’t Stop When You’re Hot’ (LP ‘Sooner Or Later’ Warner Bros K 56992).
Well balanced set with nice syrupy smoochers, this (his US single) being a growling then mellow jittery 115bpm funk bumper with chix introducing different instruments towards the end, ‘I Feel Good‘ a vocodered slow 92bpm funk thudder, ‘Walk Baby Walk‘ a bubblingly chugging 124bpm romper, while both vocal and instrumental versions of the hit title track dominate the album.

JUNIOR: ‘Too Late’ (LP ‘Ji’ Mercury’ MERS 3).
American style listening set, this naggingly grow-on-you Imagination-ish rolling slow 103-26/51bpm jolting jogger with doodling finish now being on extended 104bpm US promo 12in remix (presumably the form it’ll take here soon), good lyrics and tricky lurching rhythms distinguishing other half-steppers like the 115bpm ‘Let Me Know‘ and 99bpm ‘I Can’t Help It‘.

DAZZ BAND: ‘Let It Whip’ (Motown TMGT 1270).
Slow tone introed then jerky slick except far from frantic 131bpm 12in US soul chart topper locks chord for chord into Rick James’s ‘Super Freak’ and, if mailing lists DJs can be believed, seems to work here (though I’ll wager best with white crowds).

ROUNDTREE: ‘Hit On You’ (Aria VS 506-12).
Soulfully conversational chick introed smoothly rolling steady 117-119-117bpm 12in churner with a rich flavour, gals/guys interplay and swimmy phasing effects, snapped up by Virgin ahead of import.

AURRA: ‘Make Up Your Mind’ (Battersea BATTL 1, via PRT).
Slightly Shalamar-ish languidly weaving 115-116(incl break)-117bpm bass synth plopper moderately big as an import many months ago, belatedly on 4-track 33 1/3rpm 12in with a dull remix of the bass tugged ticking sparse 116bpm ‘Checking You Out’ (is it the Shep Pettibone remix currently on US Salsoul 12in?), and two versions of the equally dull jolting 116-117-118bpm ‘A Little Love’.

T. J. JOHNSON: ‘Pretty Lady’ (Switch DSW 01, via PRT).
Pleasant grow-on-you smoothly pushing 119bpm 12in UK soul swayer with a distinctive nice sounding underlying jitter, works well out of Blue Feather and deserves a listen at least.

DANNY & SHIRLEY: ‘Hey! Paula’ (Black Jack 12-BJ 015).
Paul & Paula’s classic lovey dovey duet of yesteryear naturally adapts perfectly (if slightly incongruously!) into 67bpm 12in lovers rock for today’s sweet ‘n’ dreamy duo — Danny Ray & Shirley James, of course — with sparse upfront ticking rhythm and dub last part.

SLIMLINE: ‘If You Can Dance You Can Do It’ (Channel CHAN 001T via Pinnacle).
Moronically simple pop aimed electronically resonant 121bpm 12in throbber with Rosko-ish butch bass voice intoning the title to answering chix while the energy level increases.

PINO D’ANGIO: ‘Ma Quale Idea’ (System 12-STEM 2).
Last year’s Italian croaked sparsely tapping dead simple catchy 115bpm 12in smash, still hot for holidaymakers, had much mention on this page but no UK release at the time despite it sounding dumb enough to go the Ottawan route.

CULTURE CLUB: ‘White Boy’ (Virgin VS-496-12).
Rather good pretty boy sung Spandau-ish 121bpm 12in white boys smacker with sparse clean compatible disco sound and long mixable instrumental last half.

SNUKY TATE: ‘He’s The Groove’ (Ze 12WIP 6785).
Dynamite tongue-in-cheek white boys funky 12in rapper (fluctuating low 130’s bpm) all about the Pope as a popstar with lines like “he’s the groove, he’s the man, he’s the Pope in the Vatican — get down!” and “can you do the genuflect?” — which may be blasphemous but not so very incongruous now following John Paul’s Scottish gigs.

RIP RIG + PANIC: ‘You’re My Kind Of Climate’ (Virgin VS 507-12).
Wild and whacky all happening brassily braying thunderously thumping 122bpm 12in fun probably does include the kitchen sink by the end, and has an emptier less vocal ‘Dance Mix’ on promo 12in — not that it’s needed.

HAYSI FANTAYZEE: ‘John Wayne Is Big Leggy’ (Regard RGT 100).
Bow Wow Wow-ish crass noisy 126-125bpm 12in pop galloper, no big deal despite the mega-hype.

M.C. AND HIS GREAT GOOGA-MOOGA’S: ‘Keep Your Shoes On! (Say Yeah)’ (EMI 12EMI 5302).
Adrian ‘Wikka Wrap’ Sear-produced fun filled fairly silly but effective party time 113bpm 12in chant-along rapper by New Yorker Carlton ‘Du’ DuBrowne modelled on the ‘Oops Up Side’ riff. Burp on!

BROTHER “D” WITH COLLECTIVE EFFORT: ‘Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize’ / ‘How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?’ (Island IPR 2055).
Heavy politics put across as a 1980 New York-recorded 113bpm 12in rapper to the tune of Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got To Be Real’.

FEHLFARBEN: ’14 Tage’ (Welt-Rekord/EMI Electrola 12EMI 5306). Interestingly good 117-123-128-124-0bpm convincing melange of jazz, funk, rock and rap by the (German-singing) German white boys on specially imported 4-track 12in EP, worth investigation.

CHAGRIN D’AMOUR: ‘Chacun Fait (C’Qui Lui Plait)’ (Polydor POSPX 446).
Two million selling French rapped guy/gal 114bpm 12in Eurosmash. The first and most successful “Frog Rapper” it’s claimed!

THOMPSON TWINS: ‘In The Name Of Love’ (T Records TEE 124, via Arista).
Rattling and jiggling deliberate 116bpm 12in thudder spoilt by exaggeratedly rough-edged British pop-aimed choppy chants. Number one though in the US Disco chart for several weeks.

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES: ‘Your Imagination’ (RCA RCAT 239).
Much remixed solid lurching 114bpm 12in chunky thudder, beautifully made and flipped by their old slow ‘Sara Smile’, for white boys rather than the soul disco crowd.

FASHION: ‘Something In Your Picture (Motor Drive)’ (Artista ARIST 12472).
Moodily textured 129bpm 12in throbber, well produced but disappointing from a strictly disco viewpoint.

Al Hudson/Leon Haywood-type chunky 110bpm 12in bumper with straining blue-eyed vocal by the guy behind Frantique, evidently big in Europe.

IVORY COASTERS: ‘Mungaka Makossa’ (Recreational SPORT 62, via Revolver 0272 290105).
Zaire influenced but home grown supposedly trendy Afro 126-123-121bpm 12in brassy jump-up with two more ethnic cuts on the flip.

COSMETIC: ‘Cosmetics’ (Rough Trade RT 102).
Discordant free form started then fast freaky bounding bass driven c.138bpm 12in instrumental doubtless inspired by Pigbag.

THE KINGS OF SWING ORCHESTRA: ‘Switched On Swing’ LP (K-tel ONE 1166).
The full album of big band medleys is a must for MoR mobiles especially as the best tracks in fact don’t have mechanical handclaps (some of which anyway are inconsistent and swim around in the stereo image). Apart from Pts.1/2 of the c.171bpm title track medley, check the more useful quickstepping 164/82bpm ‘Crooner’, slow fox 92bpm ‘Love’, fox trotting 117-0bpm ‘Bands’ — the 176½bpm ‘Songs’ and 182/91-0bpm ‘Shows’ medleys also being OK.

Better recorded quickstepping c.179bpm 12in American crib of the same idea started in similar style to ‘Switched On Swing’ but with different tune order from there on in, and on c.167bpm flip.

SWINGADILLA: ‘In The Mood’ (Safari SAFE 46).
‘Iko Iko’-ish odd chick sung 177bpm 7in treatment of Glenn Miller’s fave.

GIGOLO: ‘Dry Bones’ (Channel CHAN 002).
‘Iko-Iko’-type 164bpm 7in pop chant.

SMACK: ‘A Lover’s Concerto’ (Jive JIVE 18).
Brightly obvious 127bpm 7in pop MoR revival of the Toys “classic”, out of which the same label and producer’s ‘Fantasy Island’ segues perfectly.

ROBERTA FLACK: ‘Making Love’ (Atlantic K 11715T).
Lovely largely tempoless 0-35/71bpm movie theme smoocher on 3-track 12in with her classic dead slow 30bpm ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and 0-30/61bpm ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’.

THE O’JAYS: ‘I Just Want To Satisfy (You)’ (LP ‘My Favourite Person’ Philadelphia International PIR 85712).
Also on edited 7in (PIR A2247), this 115-114-113bpm swayer with nice sentiments tries almost too hard to be pleasant and ends up less gutsy than the oldies it emulates. While the 114-115bpm ‘I Like To See Us Get Down‘ gets mildly funky, the title track (my personal pick) is a Lou Rawls-ish lush 96-95bpm big band jiggler (New York, New York’s their favourite town), ‘One On One‘ a Bob James-ish thrumming 103-102bpm jogger, plus there are good slowies.

THE DRAMATICS: ‘Live It Up’ (LP ‘New Dimension’ Capitol EST 12205).
Apart from this great unusual somewhat Norman Whitfield-ish buoyantly jolting soulful 0-116bpm US 12in with its Joe Venuti-type fiddle solo, the attractive tender slow 78/39-0bpm ‘Treat Me Right‘ is next best bet on a beautifully produced set, off which for some strange reason the ultra-fast Isleys-ish 135bpm ‘I Can’t Stand It‘ will be UK single, other cuts including the similarly fast churning 132bpm ‘Dramatic Music’, pleasant shimmering 0-53/107-0bpm ‘I Believe In You’ and moody disjointed 54/108bpm ‘Night Life’.

WILLIAM BOOTSY COLLINS: ‘Take A Lickin’ And Keep On Kickin’ (LP ‘The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away’ Warner Bros K 56996).
His current US single and most useable dancer here is this 119bpm Prince-style strutter, while confirmed P’funk fans are into such as the 96-99bpm ‘So Nice You Name Him Twice‘ and 111bpm ‘No. 1 Funkateer‘, other cuts (not without humour) tending to be 96, 99, or 116bpm.

TOBA: ‘Moving Up’ (Connection CONT 8203).
Well made steadily snicking 113bpm blue vinyl 12in tugger with nice touches like Spanish guitar in amongst the sax and keyboard solos, the instrumental flip more interesting than the guys routine vocal chant.

KLIQUE: ‘Pump Your Rump’ (MCA MCAT 779).
Boring basic 112bpm 12in funk bumper flipped by the equally cliched US issued 112bpm ‘Dance Like Crazy‘ — didn’t anyone tell MCA their album has better Shalamar-ish songs?

LINDA TAYLOR: ‘Walking In The Sun’ (LP ‘Taylor Made’ Groove Production GPLP31).
For me the Chris Palmer masterminded set’s standout is this absolutely superb gut-wrenching deep, deep soul 35/70bpm blues slowie, as nothing else can approach the dance appeal of ‘You And Me Just Started‘ although the bass prodded 115-116bpm ‘Don’t Lose The Motion‘ tries.

AMERICAN EXPRESS: ‘Columbia Sunrise’ (Pinnacle SUP001).
Slightly clinical guitar led emotionless 122-124-125-128bpm determinedly “jazz-funk” instrumental on 3-track 12in with the sax led frantic c.144bpm ‘To The Limit’ and Slow doodling 46bpm ‘Interstellar’, all form and no feel.

DANCE REACTION: ‘Disco Train’ (Carrere CART 239).
Fairly awful Eurodisco 122bpm 12in low energy synth chugger, chiefly remarkable for the 122bpm ‘Train Sound’ flip which is just the synthetic choo choo effect on its own. Great for mixers.

SPECTRUM: ‘Having A Good Time’ (Smokey SMJD 006).
With labels on the wrong sides, this staccato 116-117-116-117bpm 12in jolting jitterer is not to be contused with the flip’s ‘Shake It Up‘, a lurching choppily chugging 111(intro)-108-107-108-107bpm chanter with nice crystal toned trumpet.

Prettily tinkling bass bounced 117bpm 12in MoR romper, sorta Sandie Shaw meets Raffaella Carra.

NORMA LEWIS: ‘I’m Into Your Love’ (KR KRT 8).
Rawly basic 116bpm 12in jiggly thudder full of dated disco cliches in two mixes, both about three years too late.

BEGGAR & CO: ‘We All Work Out’ (RCA RCAT 233).
Convolutedly thudding 113bpm 12in continuation of their excursion into chanting white boys futura-funk territory . . . which is more polite than most people have been about this!


PLUNKY AND THE ONENESS OF JUJU: ‘Every Way But Loose’ (US Sutra SUD 007).
This already mentioned remix by Larry Levan is so nice you have to buy the tune twice! Brilliantly different from the original, although recognisable still, it’s now a cooler jazzily jiggling 113-114(perc/sax)-113bpm bouncy bounder with new percussion and less vocal, and an even more instrumental 114-115-113(perc)-114bpm flip that’s yet different again — making this 12in a better buy than their new pleasant enough but mainly slow jazzy album, which contains the A-side remix (and not their original version at all).

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Stevie Wonder Remix’ (German C.S. 3000).
Bad news: It’s undoubtedly illegal. Good news: On pricey 8-track 12in there is an incredible 109bpm remix of ‘I Wish’ which takes the basic track and some of Stevie’s singing under a densely captured superimposition of various bits from Queen ‘Dust’, Blondie ‘Rapture’, ‘RR Express’, Fern Kinney and more — plus there’s a slight rejig of the 109bpm original Timmy Thomas ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’, more brilliant restructurings of the 129bpm Heaven 17 ‘Penthouse & Pavement’, 126bpm Jean-Michel Jarre ‘Foxygene’ (as they call it), 119bpm Jon & Vangelis ‘I Hear You Now’, while the 126-128bpm Rahni Harris ‘Six Million Steps’, 116-112-116bpm Norma Jean ‘High Society’ and 115bpm Raydio ‘It’s Time To Party Now’ sound not much different to my memory of them. Stevie and Timmy mix together superbly, so to achieve this, there is also another 3-track 12in (C.S. 3005) with the same 109bpm Timmy Thomas, another clever 0-134-136-137-139-141bpm exploration of Soft Cell, and a brilliant 125bpm ‘I Feel Love — Mega Mix Trip 3‘ which starts with some Donna before the synth synchs on into all sorts of stuff in an ever shifting wash of sound that’ll have great gay dance appeal.

SLY CABELL: ‘Feelin’ Fine’ (US Salsoul SG 371).
Shep Pettibone-mixed sombrely starting tugging slow 110bpm 12in roller builds usefully into an Odyssey type of song and feel (they mix), with a B-side much emptier and strung out “special club version” that’s actually weaker as a song and less useful except for the tricksier style of mixing.

FEEL: ‘Lets Rock (Over and Over Again)’ (US Sutra SUD 008).
Peech Boys-style “shooting gallery” ping-ponging smack effects are the main attraction of this Players Association-produced simple chunky 107bpm 12in funk bumper, the instrumental flip being the side for mixers although the chick-souled vocal ends up with much more in it. And if you get this then you MUST get the similar . . .

Also with wild and wonderful Peech Boys-type percussion effects, the 106bpm 12in instrumental side synchs sensationally over the top of Feel and has great fruity synth ‘n’ things, though the 104-105-106bpm vocal side is possibly not so good on its own.

UK Disco Top 90 – June 26, 1982

01 01 Temptations/Rick James – Standing On The Top – Motown 12”
02 09 Odyssey – Inside Out – RCA 12”
03 04 Blue Feather – Let’s Funk Tonight / It’s Love – Mercury 12”
04 03 Stevie Wonder – Do I Do – Motown 12”
05 11 Larry Graham – Sooner Or Later / One In A Million You – Warner Bros 12”
06 14 Rick James – Dance Wit’ Me – Motown 12”
07 02 Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots – Elektra 12”
08 10 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Ze 12”
09 08 Junior – Mama Used To Say (US Remix)– Mercury 12”
10 06 The Band A.K.A. – Grace / Instrumental – Epic/Streetwave 12”
11 07 Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like You Know – WMOT 12”
12 12 Atlantic Starr – Circles – A&M 12”
13 05 Patrice Rushen – Number One / All We Need / Remind Me – Elektra LP
14 16 High Fashion – Feelin’ Lucky Lately – Capitol 12”
15 15 Sinnamon – Thanks To You / Instrumental – US Becket 12”
16 24 Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top / Hang Tight / Changes / Can’t Get Enough – US RCA LP
17 19 Jerome – (I’m Into) Your Love – RCA 12”
18 25 A Taste Of Honey – We’ve Got The Groove / Diamond Real / Sayonara – US Capitol LP
19 27 Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) – US Bridge 12”
20 18 You And Me Just Started – Linda Taylor – GPL 12”
21 34 Heatwave – Lettin’ It Loose / Mind What You Find – Epic 12”
22 17 Ritchie Family – I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby) – US RCA 12”
23 21 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
24 23 Gap Band – Early In The Morning – Mercury 12”
25 30 Narada Michael Walden – You Ought To Love Me – Atlantic 12”
26 29 Rick James – Money Talks / Throwdown / Happy / 69 Times – Motown LP
27 13 Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love – Virgin 12”
28 42 Shalamar – A Night To Remember / Remix – Solar 12”
29 28 Dennis Brown – Love Has Found Its Way – A&M 12”
30 22 Gwen Guthrie – It Should’ve Been You – Island 12”
31 20 Touchdown – Ease Your Mind (US Remix) / Ritmo Suave – Excaliber 12”
32 30 Narada Michael Walden – Summer Lady / I’m Ready / Confidence / You’re No.1 / Holiday – Atlantic LP
33 53 Change – The Very Best In You – London 12”
34 38 Candela – Love You Madly – US Arista 12”
35 40 ‘D’ Train / Sharon Redd / Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day / France Joli – You’re The One For Me / Can You Handle It / Come Let Me Love You / Gonna Get Over You (Remixes) – US Prelude LP
36 26 ‘D’ Train – Walk On By – Epic 12”
37 NE Second Image – Star – Polydor 12”
38 76 Imagination – Music And Lights – R&B 12”
39 RE McCrarys – Love On A Summer Night – Capitol 12”
40 31 Elecktrik Funk – On A Journey (Instrumental) – Epic 12”
41 33 Al McCall – Hard Times – US West End 12”
42 56 Roy Hamilton – Take Your Time (Instrumental) – White Label 12”
43 46 Rose Royce – Best Love – Epic 12” promo
44 NE Dazz Band – Let It Whip – Motown 12”
45 37 Loose End – In The Sky – Virgin 12”
46 62 BLT – Tighten It Up – US Gold Coast 12”
47 82 Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju – Every Way But Loose (Remix) – US Sutra 12”
48 90 Fatback – She’s My Shining Star – US Spring LP
49 35 Ashford & Simpson – Street Corner – Capitol 12”
50 52 Jeffrey Osborne – I Really Don’t Need No Light / Eenie Meenie / New Love – A&M LP
51 43 Jesse Green – Nice And Slow (US Remix) – Excaliber 12”
52 NE Majik – You Gotta Get Up – US Gold Coast 12”
53 68 Kandidate/Viscount Oliver – Can’t Say Bye – Polydor 12”
54 41 Maze – Before I Let Go / Golden Time Of Day (Live) – Capitol 12”
55 63 Atlantis – Keep On Movin’ And Groovin’ – US Chaz Ro 12”
56 36 Mike Anthony – Why Can’t We Live Together – German Ariola 12”
57 65 Cheri – Murphy’s Law – Polydor 12”
58 39 Brass Construction – Do That Thang – Liberty LP
59 47 Light Of The World – Check Us Out – EMI 12”
60 NE Dunn & Bruce Street – Shout For Joy – US Devaki 12”
61 55 ABC – The Look Of Love (Pts. 1/2/3/4) – Neutron 12”
62 83 Roni Griffith – (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up / Love Is The Drug – Vanguard 12”
63 45 Hi-Tension – How D’You Feel – EMI 12”
64 44 Cameo – Just Be Yourself – Casablanca 12”
65 49 Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat – US Vanguard 12”
66 NE Howard Johnson – So Fine – US A&M 12”
67 NE Lisa Hill – I Am On The Real Side – US Cherry Hill 12”
68 88 Ray Parker Jr – Just Havin’ Fun / Stay The Night / Let’s Get Off – Arista LP
69 NE Forrrce – Keep On Dubbin’ – US West End 12”
70 66 Herbie Hancock – Gettin’ To The Good Part / Motor Mouth / Give It All Your Heart – CBS LP
71 59 I.C.Q. – Final Approach – ICQ 12”
72 50 Phil Upchurch – Free & Easy – US Jam LP
73 61 Maxine Singleton – Don’t You Love It (UK Remix) – System 12”
74 60 George Duke – Ride On Love – Epic 12”
75 72 D’Lllegance – Chanson D’Llegance (Mix-x-tend) – US Airwave 12”
76 64 Oliver Sain – Cruisin’ On Sunset – US HCRC LP
77 80 Jean Carn – Don’t Let Me Slip Away / Steady On My Mind – US Motown LP
78 32 Ranson/McKenzie & Friends – Orange Groves – Smokey 12”
79 71 Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ – Polydor 12”
80 85 Lenny Zakatek – Say I Love You / Waatie Mix – London 12”
81 NE Billy Griffin – Hold Me Tighter In The Rain / Be With Me – US Columbia LP
82 NE Diana Ross – Work That Body – Capitol 12”
83 NE Randy Crawford – Look Who’s Lonely Now / He Reminds Me – Warner Bros LP
84 NE Shalamar – Work It Out – Solar/RCA 12”
85 NE Redd Hott – Ecstacy – US Venture LP
86 77 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon / I’m Corrupt – Ze LP
87 78 Level 42 – Are You Hearing (What I Hear?) – Polydor 12”
88 NE Chris Hunter – Moody / Keep This One In Tune – Polydor 12”
89 67 Touch – Love Something Special / Love Speciality – Elite 12”
90 NE Angela Clemmons – Give Me Just A Little More Time – US Portrait 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Superior Movement: ‘Wide Shot’ / ‘Sweet Dreams’ (US CIM 12in)
Congress: ‘You Gotta Get It Right’ (Tooti Frootl 12in promo)
Funkapolitan: ‘Run Run Run’ / Instrumental (London 12in)
Freeez: ‘One To One’ (Beggars Banquet 12in)
First Light: ‘Don’t Be Mistaken’ (Oval 12in)
Shock: ‘Electrophonic Phunk’ / ‘That’s A Lady’ (US Fantasy LP)
Gunchback Boogie Band: ‘Funn (Instrumental)’ (US Prelude 12in)
Feel: ‘Let’s Rock (Instrumental)’ (US Sutra 12in)
Boys Town Gang: ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Remix)’ (Dutch Rams Horn 12in)
Larry Graham: ‘Don’t Stop When You’re Hot’ (Warner Bros LP)
Flirts: ‘Passion’ (Canadian Unidisc 12in)
Kevin Toney: ‘Special K’ / ‘Spread The Word’ (US Fantasy LP)
Slimline: ‘If You Can Dance You Can Do It’ (Channel 12in)
Mighty Fire: ‘You Satisfy Me’ / ‘Heavy Rotation’ / ‘Just A Little Bit / ‘Start It Up’ (US Elektra LP)
Illusion: ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ (PRT 12in)
Soft Cell: ‘Torch’ (Some Bizzare 12in)
Junior: ‘Let Me Know’ (Mercury LP)
Smokey Robinson: ‘Old Fashioned Love’ (Motown 12in)
Voggue: ‘Love Buzz (Remix)’ (Mercury 12in)
UK Players: ‘No Way Out’ (A&M 12in)

Nightclub Chart:

01 02 Mama Used To Say (US Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
02 01 Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
03 03 The Look Of Love – ABC – Neutron 12”
04 05 Torch – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
05 04 Only You / Situation – Yazoo – Mute 12”
06 06 Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
07 07 House Of Fun – Madness – Stiff
08 11 Fantasy Island – Tight Fit – Jive 12”
09 17 Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant – CBS
10 09 I Specialize In Love – Sharon Brown – Virgin 12”
11 08 Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag – Pigbag – Y 12”
12 19 Do I Do – Stevie Wonder – Motown 12”
13 15 Walk On By – “D” Train – Epic 12”
14 24 Standing On The Top – Temptations/Rick James – Motown 12”
15 31 I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
16 18 (I’m Into) Your Love – Jerome – RCA 12”
17 26 Work It Out – Shalamar – Solar/RCA 12”
18 10 Girl Crazy – Hot Chocolate – Rak
19 14 The Meaning Of Love – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
20 21 Instinction / Chant No.1 (Remix) – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
21 29 Act Like You Know – Fat Larry’s Band – WMOT 12”
22 34 Grace – The Band AKA – Epic/Streetwave 12”
23 12 Island Of Lost Souls – Blondie – Chrysalis 12”
24 20 The Rhythm Of The Jungle – The Quick – Epic 12”
25 35 Circles – Atlantic Starr – A&M 12”
26 27 The Telephone Always Rings – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
27 32 Club Country – Associates – Associates 12”
28 16 Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds – Virgin 12”
29 33 Thank You For The Party – The Dukes – WEA 12”
30 38 Inside Out – Odyssey – RCA 12”
31 23 Really Saying Something – Bananarama/Fun Boy Three – Deram 12”
32 51 Work That Body – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
33 47 Iko Iko – Natasha – Towerbell
34 25 I Won’t Let You Down – PhD – WEA
35 36 Magic Fly / Save Your Love For Me – Space – Metropolis 12”
36 30 I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett – Epic
37 42 A Little Bit Further Away – Kokomo – CBS
38 37 I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow – RCA 12”
39 52 Early In The Morning – Gap Band – Mercury 12”
40 40 White Boy – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
41 56 No Way Out / Dancing In The Street – UK Players – A&M 12”
42 — Check Us Out – Light Of The World – Ensign 12”
43 44 Paris Is One Day Away – The Mood – RCA 12”
44 — If Leaving Me Is Easy – Lloyd Charmers – KR 12”
45 — Murphy’s Law – Cheri – Polydor 12”
46 65 Old Fashioned Love – Smokey Robinson – Motown 12”
47 — Beatles Movie Medley – Beatles – Parlophone
48 39 Lite Me Up – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
49 43 Are You Hearing (What I Hear)? – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
50 — In The Mood – Swingadilla – Safari
51 53 My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone – Charly 10” EP
52 — Sooner Or Later – Larry Graham – Warner Bros 12”
53 — Miss Attractive – Victor Romero Evans – Epic 12”
54 — If You Can Dance You Can Do It – Slimline – Channel 12”
55 63 Love Is All Is All Right – UB40 – DEP International 12”
56 61 Don’t You Want Me – Human League 100 – Virgin 12”
57 — No Regrets – Midge Ure – Chrysalis
58 58 Fools Are Friendly – Xclusiv – Le Maitre Music 12”
59 — I’ve Never Been To Me – Charlene – Motown
60 — Space Age Love Song – A Flock Of Seagulls – Jive
61 — Love Buzz (Remix) – Voggue – Mercury 12”
62 — Dry Bones – Gigolo – Channel
63 — A Night To Remember – Shalamar – Solar 12”
64 — Pinky Blue (Dance Mix) – Altered Images – Epic 12”
65 — Shakti / Ever So Lonely (Dub) – Monsoon – Mobile Suit Corporation 12”


Beats Per Minute for the last five week’s of pop chart entries on 7in (endings denoted by f for fade, c for cold, r for resonant) are:

Gary Numan 122f, Roxy Music 0-34f, Steve Miller Band 130f, Cheri 118f, Lynyrd Skynyrd 0-29-31/62-147-153-150f, Dollar 89f, Shakatak 93f, Bauhaus 140f, Bucks Fizz 0-24-37/54-24-0r, Elvis Costello 112f, Paris 25/50f, Teardrop Explodes 0-25f, Leo Sayer 93f, Rolling Stones 0-129-128c-0f (Miracles 130f), Shalamar 110f, Status Quo 0-168f, Odyssey 114-113f, Queen 0-82/41-83-0r, Flock Of Seagulls 140-138r, Blue Zoo 128-127f, Temptations 121-120-122f, Mike Oldfield 65-131-130-0f, Adrian Gurvitz 25-52-53f, Midge Ure 0-47/95-0r, Billy Field 0-61f, Elton John 27-55f, Bow Wow Wow 95(intro)-220/110c-drums (Strangeloves 209f or c — depending on label), Stevie Wonder 114f, Cars 48/96f, Natasha 104/208f, Belle Stars 105/210f, (Dixie Cups 102/204-104/208f), Beatles 83-102/51-32/64-131-132-129-125-0f, Randy Crawford 0-33r, Monsoon 0-149f, Bertie Higgins 50/100f, Gap Band 0-121-124f, Eric Clapton 95f, Soft Cell 124-0r, Echo & The Bunnymen 147-0f, Siouxsie & The Banshees 153-163f, Diana Ross 113f, Classix Nouveaux 146f, Kokomo 36/72f, Colin Blunstone 0-25-99f, Matchbox 202f, Theatre of Hate 116-121-0r, Adam Ant 191-0r, Madness 128-129-130-0f, Japan 123c, Genesis 121-122f, New Order 126f, Toyah 83f, Prelude 0c, The Mood 154f, Gang Of Four 113r, Altered Images 0-148-147r, Scritti Politti 40f.

4 thoughts on “June 26, 1982: Narada Michael Walden, Captain Sensible, Rick James, Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju, Stevie Wonder”

  1. I noticed the review of Ekectrophonic Funk the other day which has now made the dance chart – I remembers as Eiectro started to take off properly towards the end of the year and into 1983 that James searching around for something to call it before it had a name at one point started to call it Ekectrophonic Funk – he has already used the term electro but used it for synth pop type stuff from the New Romantics/Fututists.


    1. Yes, we are on the threshold of the electro-funk era, which James did indeed tag as “electrophonic funk” for quite a while. I’ve just received the July columns, and can see three very significant records are about to receive their first mentions. For me, it was a landmark moment, and the point where I started following James’s columns much more closely.


  2. I ‘ll take a guess and say ‘the message’ by grandmaster flash and ‘planet rock’ by Afrika bambaataa
    And probably not because it’s not released for about 6 months but Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ .

    Or as outsiders rockers revenge ‘walking on sunshine’ pretty unmissable in clubs the coming autumn or ‘do it to the music’ by raw silk just because it was sampled on so many house/hardcore and even trance records.

    Oh and one final guess the first Streetsounds compilation which series was revolutionary and ubiquitous over the next 5 years or so.


  3. Amazingly, Thriller has already been mentioned – albeit in a roundabout way – in the May 29th column, where James writes “Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney duet on Michael’s currently in-production (by Quincy Jones) next LP “.

    And yes, the three records I was thinking of are Planet Rock, The Message and Walking On Sunshine.


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