July 3, 1982: Patrice Rushen, Candela, Sinnamon, Booker T, Magic Lady

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Kool’s new ‘Big Fun’ 12in is due here in a fortnight hopefully, with the ‘Get Down On It’ remix as probable flip, the Gang’s ‘Best Of’ double LP having been shelved temporarily . . . Roy Hamilton will be remixed on Excaliber . . . Linx and Rick James are both on picture disc 7in, Rick also being confirmed as a commercial 12in . . . Motown have a full length ‘Do I Do’ video which includes Dizzy Gillespie, but ‘Top Of The Pops’ obviously didn’t get that far! . . . “D” Train’s ‘Keep On’ 12in is a 3-tracker including ‘You’re The One For Me (Reprise)’, but somehow it hasn’t reached me yet— nor has the Rah Band’s new 3-tracker, ‘Hungry For Your Jungle Love’ / ‘Party Games’ / ‘Tears And Rain’ (TMT) . . . Donna Summer (ooh — let’s use a pic, quick!) has a US promo 12in that’s only the 40 seconds longer LP version, but a new Quincy Jones remix could be coming commercially . . . Deodato’s fast ‘Celebration’-ish new ‘Happy Hour‘ (127bpm US 12in promo / 126bpm UK 7in) is due here on 3-track 12in with the better more mellow 115-116bpm ‘Sweet Magic‘ and old 114bpm ‘Night Cruiser’ (Warner Bros) . . . Jeffrey Osborne ‘I Really Don’t Need No Light‘ is imminent here on 12in, Herbie Hancock’s rapid follow-up (7in so far) is ‘The Fun Tracks’ / ‘Give It All Your Heart’ . . . Billy Ocean’s empty 127bpm ‘I Can’t Stop’ UK 7in release is on promo 12in now . . . Saint Tropez have an import 4-track “mini-LP” with extended versions of the great ‘Femmes Fatales‘, ‘Belle De Jour’, ‘Love Stealers’, ‘One More Minute’ (US Destiny DTA-20001) . . . Odyssey are the pop number one in London and even Larry Graham’s at 29 (2 Disco) — Larry incidentally will be in town this Saturday, doing PA’s in Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre at 2.30pm and Paddington’s Bluebird Records shop as well sometime . . . ever tried mixing to a muffled echo because (although requested) the monitors weren’t on, using a cue system which cuts off the PFL as soon as you start running the record in, with decks which won’t slip start when you try to chop mix? — that’s what it was like at Margate on Sunday, so apologies for any disappointment . . . Steve Walsh had the devil of a job trying to co-ordinate the all-dayer’s events, but at least there was a good crowd (poorly served by the atrocious sound system) and there was always the seafront sleaze as a counter-attraction . . . I called in on Nicky Peck at Bearsted’s Tudor whatsit on the way home, bumping into Tom Holland, and was interested to note that Nicky had a far better floor, once he switched from commercial to hard sounds — or was it just that the bar had closed and there was nothing else to do but dance?! . . . Tom really did celebrate his birthday at Leysdown Stage 3 last Saturday, but not his 21st — in fact, he’s (whisper whisper whisper) four years younger than me! . . . Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes were so superb (as if the ’70s had never existed) at Mayfair Gullivers last Wednesday that they came back on Friday as well, Wednesday’s audience having included Ben E King and Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel . . . Jeffrey was in fact much in evidence around London last week, doing his dance at Le Beat Route’s “every Monday is New Year’s Eve” night — which is amazingly good and busy, not only for a Monday but for any night . . . Slave are rumoured to be in line for a seaside gig in October — ouch, that’s me kneecaps! . . . Ernie Priestman, co-founder of Whitehaven’s legendary Whitehouse, has resurfaced with a new club in Blackpool opening this coming Tuesday (6), the Touchdown in Talbot Road, where Ernie himself and local lad Gary Hickson will handle the jocking (Chris & Carol, we’re invited up) . . . Nick Ratcliffe starts a freestyle dance championship at Camberley Ragamuffins on Tuesday (6) to run through August weekly, details on Camberley 24420 . . . Froggy does a Chris Hill and starts a Friday residency at Southend’s Zero 6 this month . . . Pete Tong has surrendered Fridays at the Barracuda to an electro night and is already funking Charing’s King Arthur’s Court instead . . . Cleveland Area DJ Association meet this Sunday (4) 7-10pm at Middlesbrough’s Post House with a special guest, DJF secretary Mike Hill, details from Teesvalley Roadshow’s Graham Bond (0642-325112) . . . Radio Cleveland’s Colin Bunion is inviting Cleveland area DJs to review new records ‘Round Table’ style on air, call him on Middlesbrough, 248491 . . . West Surrey & Hampshire DJ Assn’s Disco magazine is getting quite bulky — a cheque/PO for £3.60 (payable to the assn) will get ten issues mailed from Chris Cole, Brooklands Farm Bungalow, Pepperbox Lane, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0LW . . . SOS stands for ‘Soul On Sound’ and is an interesting new aural enterprise from Tony Jenkins, who’s got things taped . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) reckons the Beeb are bigoted by not mentioning the black Deniece Williams and Ray Parker Jr in a recent US chart rundown on ‘Top Of The Pops’ — but at least ‘TOTP’ made up for it last week, looking at times more like ‘Soul Train’! . . . Yvonne Mobely’s Shep Pettibone interview on ‘Steppin’ Out’ was a waste of time, all typically American hot air telling one nothing about the technique of remixing records, and using bland American records as a demonstration instead of something recognizable here so that we could spot what had been done to change them . . . Jack Wood (Huddersfield Flix) does his own clever remixes which he puts on cassette, ‘You’re The One For Me’ being best that I’ve heard . . . those illegal remixes mentioned last week are going to be impossible to find, I fear, as the whistle’s really been blown on ’em . . . Mark Clark (Bracknell) is back from Rotterdam clutching some Canadian speed-up remixes of Imagination’s singles . . . Bobby McFerrin is obviously the macho name to put in your charts currently, his 134-128-0-(intro)-132/264bpm ‘Dance With Me‘ being undeniably brilliant and popular at a certain level — but a major floor-filler? . . . South Wales’s Phil Black is now Head of Music on Jersey for the Modern Hotels Group’s own internal radio station MHG Radio Channel 2 . . . Paul Macey, busy over the last two years since starting at Nodes Point holiday camp, has returned to the Isle Of Wight as full-time resident jock at the big screen video equipped Keats Inn in Shanklin, and would welcome any VHS promos (73 Downsview Road, St Helens, Ryde, IoW, PO33 1YD . . . Neil Midha & Billy Baker jazz-funk Kensington Muppets every Tuesday now with reduced £2 admission for non-members, free cocktails before 11pm and other inducements, because they say (and this is a real cri de coeur!), “We are funking sick of playing ‘Boogie Wonderland’ to wallies who think they’re dancing to jazz-funk and if I have to play ‘Ladies Night’ as a request for one more person I think I’ll give up being a jock and become a consultant for run down DJs” . . . Phil Jay’s jazz-funk activities now embrace Godalming’s Secrets club Sunday/Thursday, Guildford’s Royal Hotel Friday, West Byfleet’s Carafino pub Tuesday — all evidently doing well . . . Stockton’s Fiesta has closed briefly for a refit to become a top class disco . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) finds that local bands are now copying the medley running order of his German Ariola 7in version of Saragossa Band ‘Saragossa On 45’ . . . Alan Costa (Brighton Kings Club) has a similar medley of Italian disco hits, Italian Stars ‘Italian Disco Stars‘ . . . Boys White Teeth from Hampshire are the first disco signing to Melksham’s TW label (now home of ex-CBS Jenni Nicholson), their ‘Prices (Will Be Quoted)‘ being due soon . . . Fatman Graham Canter jocked at Drifter Johnny Moore’s wedding recently, and says it was the funkiest gig he’s over done! . . . Teddy Pendergrass, while obviously not very fit, is reportedly not as bad as feared and could even be returning to the studios soon (which must please the ailing Philadelphia International) . . . Alan Donald (Rothesay Paddle Boat) has revived Nancy Wilson ‘I’ve Never Been To Me‘ (Capitol) . . . It seems a certain hot and bothered Edinburgh DJ has been dealing in the futures market — like flogging the rights to his future mail-outs from individual companies to other less fortunate jocks at a hundred quid a time . . . Earth Wind & Fire’s ever busy Phoenix Horns Esquire are on Genesis ‘Paperlate’ . . . Graham Gold (Mayfair Gullivers) surprised himself with a brilliant mix from Dunn & Bruce Street into A Taste of Honey, Eddie Gee (Loughborough Students Union Jazz-Funk Society) mixes Superior Movement ‘Wide Shot’ and the KISS remix Empress ‘Dyin’ To Be Dancin’ . . . Mike Anthony (Uxbridge) mixes Chic ‘Good Times’ clapping break into Cheri . . . I badly need lots more pix of good disco artistes to use in this expanded column, if record companies could oblige . . . Capital Radio’s Peter Young (who originally didn’t want a name check but has now changed his mind) is responsible for this current tag — KEEP IT TIGHT! (or right!) (pop-pickers!) (stay bright!) . . . AAH, SHUDDUP!


PHYLLIS HYMAN, star of the long running smash Tony Award Winning Broadway musical ‘Sophisticated Ladies’ built around the music of Duke Ellington, has had special leave of absence to appear as a guest singer at The Duke Ellington Sacred Concert this coming Wednesday (7) at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Any chance of some PAs too, cos over here she’s better known as a soul star?


UK NEWIES

PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘I Was Tired Of Being Alone’ (Elektra K 13184T).
Her album’s slow ‘Remind Me‘ would have given radio a better indication of Patrice’s staying power than this pale and so far insignificant 118bpm imitation of ‘Forget Me Nots’, BUT — it is on a 3-track 12in with an extended 115-114-115bpm version of the monster cool jazzy ‘Number One‘ instrumental and the older but now extremely useful soaringly stomping 113(intro)-115-116-118-115-116-118-115(break)-116bpm ‘The Funk Won’t Let You Down‘. Flip it!

CANDELA: ‘Love You Madly’ (Arista ARIST 12473).
‘Boogie Wonderland’ — introed strong vocal interplay driven lurching 117bpm 12in thudder with wailing chix, soulful guys and an exciting stereo synth break, combining to make an established import hit with possibly classic potential.

SINNAMON: ‘Thanks To You’ (Becket BKL 3).
Starting with a great abrasively scolding lady and timid guys “telephone” exchange over the basic beat, this import smash sparsely arranged ever changing chick squawked excellent drumkit prodded 118-119-118bpm 12in thudder is remarkably (and ultra-mixably) like Electrik Funk most of the time, especially on 2-track flipside 119bpm instrumental and Peech Boys-ish ‘Fierce Reprise‘ continuation.

TONY CROCKETT: ‘Queen Of Hearts’ (Alternative ALT 0108, via 01-460 1621).
Tony Graham was with Junior Giscombe, Shakatak’s George Anderson and Modern Romance’s Paul Gandler in an embryo group called Atlantis who had demos played on Capital Radio by Greg Edwards before the others split for fame and fortune, leaving Tony to change names and debut on an insidious unfurling tapping little 0-109bpm 12in weaver with free form piano, tootling cool flute, subdued jiggly rhythm, light Britfunk vocal and even a bit of rap, plus a different 0-109bpm version as flip.

AL MARSHALL: ‘(I Like The Way You) Dance With Me’ (Pavilion PAVT 403, via Pinnacle).
Well recorded 118(intro)-120-121bpm 12in disco roller could have found a more original synth twiddle to feature behind its Britfunk vocal but has a commendable ever progressing American sounding backing track, instrumental flip.

CONGRESS: ‘You Gotta Get It Right’ (Tooti Frooti TOOT 12-2).
Gonzalez associated chap-sung initially downtempo but building 110-108-110bpm 12in bumbling soul shuffler with whispering “you can get it girl”-type group refrains, around a while on white label and surely out by now.

ANGELA STEWART: ‘When Love Comes Knocking’ (Dynamic DYN 12-11).
Thom Bell co-penned pleasant slow 75-76bpm 12in lovers rock swayer, already getting radio plugs.

FREDDIE McGREGOR: ‘Big Ship’ (Greensleeves GRED 90).
Very repetitive simple 70-71bpm 12in reggae slowie (dub continuation) by the man who mash up de nation on his current tour — presumably, although the lyrics don’t hint it, the “big ship sailing on the ocean” is the Black Star liner. In fact the flip’s more flowing 72bpm ‘Come And Take It‘ is a far stronger song.

SYLVIA TELLA: ‘You Might Need Somebody’ (SRL DD1).
Lloyd Charmers-produced rather nice 79-80bpm 12in lovers rock reading of Randy Crawford’s oldie — an advantage to start with — continuing into a dub, flipped by a more stolid but soulful 71bpm treatment of the Soul Children’s ‘The Sweeter He Is‘.

JIMMY RILEY: ‘Hey Love’ (Taxi 10WIP 6796).
Stevie Wonder-penned pleasant enough steady little 72bpm reggae jogger on 3-track 10in with the 73bpm ‘Give Me Your Love’ and 67bpm ‘Delicious’.

PORTIA MORGAN: ‘Infatuation’ (Afrik International AF 137T).
Yet more pleasant enough 73bpm 12in lovers rock by one of those sweet voiced but slightly suspect pitched young ladies, dub flip.


IMPORTS

BOOKER T.: ‘Don’t Stop Your Love’ (US A&M SP-12046).
Climbing the US disco chart on promo for a while, this emphatically strutting 123-122-123bpm 12in smacker has slightly old fashioned orchestral and vocal “disco” backing between driving bass rhythm breaks, Mr Jones forsaking his keyboards to sing in husky Isaac Hayes style.

MAGIC LADY: ‘Hot ‘n’ Sassy’ LP (US A&M SP-6-4891).
Prince inspired, but not themselves inspiring, leather clad black girlie trio whose funk attack on the 126bpm ‘Freaky’, 119bpm ‘Red Hot Stuff‘, 116bpm ‘Sexy Body‘, 105bpm ‘Stand Up’ and 107bpm ‘Shake’ tends to be clinically careful and dull, but at least the mellow alternately swaying, jogging, rolling 102bpm ‘Giving It Up‘, 90bpm ‘Hold Tight’, 106bpm ‘When We Love’ are pleasant enough.

SKY’S THE LIMIT: ‘Your Love Runs Free’ (US De-Lite DDS 504).
Tony Valor-produced mediocre 109-110-109bpm 12in jiggler with possibly better 109bpm instrumental flip credited to the TV Sounds Orchestra.

BOYS TOWN GANG: ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Remix)’ (Dutch Rams Horn RAMSH 12-3090)
Slick none too energetic chick sung c.0-130bpm 12in revival with much phasing of the old Frankie Valli / Andy Williams MoR standard, now number one in Holland.

THINGS TO COME: ‘Go For What You Know’ (US Two Musketeers MT-0100).
Disjointedly starting brassy c.118bpm 12in chundering jitterer with dated cliches but nice jazzy instrumental touches amidst Temptations-type vocal interplay.

KEVIN TONEY: ‘Special K’ LP (US Fantasy F-9616).
One time Blackbyrd solos with a mainly mellow slow set, the attractively shuffling c.122bpm title track instrumental being the sort that specialist jazz-funk jocks tend to push.

RISQUE: ‘Starlight’ (Dutch Polydor 2141536).
Nice synthetic resonant slinky slow c.97bpm 12in swayer eventually reaches cooing chix while the bass tone burps away.

LEON WARE: ‘Why I Came To California’ (LP ‘Leon Ware’ US Elektra E1-60050).
Leon’s label change has seen him come up trumps with the week’s major compulsive play-it-again soul listening set, this absolutely gorgeous Janis Siegel duetted 0-106bpm catchy tugger being sorta Maze/Crusaders in sound, while he gets slyly sexy on the gentle 108-110bpm ‘Can I Touch You There‘ (you know where!) and pulsating 0-98-96bpm ‘Miracles‘ (“when we come together it’s a miracle”), ‘Slippin’ Away’ being one nice 43-86bpm slowie amongst several real smoochers.

ROCKERS REVENGE featuring DONNIE CALVIN: ‘Walking On Sunshine’ (US Street Wise SWRL 2203).
Eddy Grant’s oldie undergoes all kinds of freakiness in four different versions (one of them in totally tight acappella) on throbbing 115bpm 12in, incorporating a ‘You’re The One For Me’ break halfway and the now mandatory Peech Boys-type effects, the electronics being most pronounced in the ‘Rockin’ On Sunshine‘ version.

TRILARK: ‘Love Never Looked Better’ (US Handshake 4W9 02981).
There’s yet more ‘You’re The One For Me’ in the blatantly derivative halfway break of this powerfully striding 123-125-121-122bpm 12in instrumental smacker, restructured from the chix sung 121-122-123-125-123bpm A-side‘s backing track.

GINO SOCCIO: ‘It’s Alright’ (LP ‘Face To Face’ US Atiantic/RFC SD 19358).
Basically a remake of his ‘Try It Out’, this persistent 118bpm chugger synchs beautifully with ‘Sooner Or Later’ and sounds great really loud, while ‘Who Dunnit?‘ is a synthetically burbled 0-121bpm snicker and ‘Remember‘ a Giorgio-ish 125bpm synth looper, the 122bpm ‘Dream On’ and 115bpm ‘You Move Me’ being a bit dull.

BEAU WILLIAMS: ‘If You’re Ready’ (LP ‘Beau Williams’ US Capitol ST-12213).
Pleasant slow soul set with this lovely 105bpm jogger featuring some great gurgling vocal gimmicks and Beau’s hang-up fixation on “red pants”, slotting in well with Fatback/Jeffrey Osborne/Leon Ware-etc, but of the other cuts only the smoochy 91bpm ‘I Like Everything About You‘ has real dance appeal despite two more uptempo efforts.

THE PARTNERS: ‘Give It To Me All Night Long’ (US Moby Dick BTG-1232).
Reasonable guys/gals-sung c.119bpm 12in loper with simple rhythm intro and break, not gay despite the label.


UK Disco Top 90 – July 3, 1982

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


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Sly Cabell: ‘Feelin’ Fine’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Gunchback Boogie Band ‘Funn (Instrumental)’ (US Prelude 12in)
Trilark: ‘Love Never Looked Better (Instrumental)’ (US Handshake 12in)
Feel: ‘Let’s Rock (Instrumental)’ (US Sutra 12in)
Mighty Fire ‘Just A Little Bit’ / ‘Heavy Rotation’ / ‘Start It Up’ (US Elektra LP)
Larry Graham: ‘Dont Stop When You’re Hot’ / ‘Still Thinkin’ Of You’ (Warner Bros LP)
Illusion ‘Why Can’t We live Together’ (PRT 12in)
Captain Sensible: ‘Happy Talk’ (A&M 12in)
Manu Dibango: ‘Waka Juju’ (French CRC LP)
The LIVE Band: ‘A Chance For Hope’ (US TSOB LP)
Kevin Toney: ‘Special K’ / ‘Spread The Word’ (US Fantasy LP)
David Sanborn: ‘Rush House’ / ‘Port Of Call’ (US Warner Bros LP)
Soft Cell: ‘Memorabilia (Remix)’ (Some Bizzare LP)
Toba: ‘Moving Up’ / Instrumental (Connection 12in)
BT Express: ‘Keep It Up’ (US Coast To Coast LP)
Fat Larry’s Band: ‘Be My Lady’ (WMOT LP/Canadian WMOT 12in)
Sadane: ‘One Minute From Love’ (US Warner Bros 12in promo)
Leon Ware: ‘Why I Came To California’ / ‘Can I Touch You There’ (US Elektra LP)
Beau Williams: ‘If You’re Ready’ (US Capitol LP)
Junior: ‘Let Me Know’ (Mercury LP)
Soul Sonic Force: ‘Planet Rock (Instrumental)‘ (US Tommy Boy 12in)
Magic Lady: ‘Give It Up’ (US A&M LP)
Roundtree: ‘Hit On You’ (Aria 12in)
Chi-Lites: ‘Try My Side (Of Love)’ (US 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound 12in)
David Morris: ‘Saturday Night’ (US Becket 12in)
Billy Ocean: ‘Calypso Funkin’ (US Epic 12in)
Gap Band: ‘Talkin’ Back’ / ‘You Dropped A Bomb On Me’ (US Total Experience LP)
Dance Reaction: ‘Disco Train’ / ‘Train Sound’ (Carrere 12in)
John Handy: ‘Hard Work’ (ABC Impulse 12in)
Junior: ‘Too Late’ (US Mercury 12in promo)


Nightclub Chart:

01 03 The Look Of Love – ABC – Neutron 12”
02 01 Mama Used To Say (US Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
03 02 Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
04 06 Hungry Like The Wolf / Night Version – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
05 04 Torch – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
06 15 I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
07 12 Do I Do – Stevie Wonder – Motown 12”
08 30 Inside Out – Odyssey – RCA 12”
09 14 Standing On The Top – Temptations/Rick James – Motown 12”
10 32 Work That Body – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
11 08 Fantasy Island – Tight Fit – Jive 12”
12 05 Only You / Situation – Yazoo – Mute 12”
13 10 I Specialize In Love – Sharon Brown – Virgin 12”
14 07 House Of Fun – Madness – Stiff
15 38 I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow – RCA 12”
16 24 The Rhythm Of The Jungle – The Quick – Epic 12”
17 16 (I’m Into) Your Love – Jerome – RCA 12”
18 63 A Night To Remember – Shalamar – Solar 12”
19 45 Murphy’s Law – Cheri – Polydor 12”
20 09 Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant – CBS
21 33 Iko Iko – Natasha – Towerbell
22 — Music And Lights – Imagination – R&B 12”
23 13 Walk On By – “D” Train – Epic 12”
24 17 Work It Out – Shalamar – Solar/RCA 12”
25 31 Really Saying Something – Bananarama/Fun Boy Three – Deram 12”
26 11 Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag – Pigbag – Y 12”
27 25 Circles – Atlantic Starr – A&M 12”
28 22 Grace – The Band AKA – Epic/Streetwave 12”
29 23 Island Of Lost Souls – Blondie – Chrysalis 12”
30 27 Club Country – Associates – Associates 12”
31 20 Instinction / Chant No.1 (Remix) – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
32 21 Act Like You Know – Fat Larry’s Band – WMOT 12”
33 57 No Regrets – Midge Ure – Chrysalis
34 34 I Won’t Let You Down – PhD – WEA
35 19 The Meaning Of Love – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
36 26 The Telephone Always Rings – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
37 35 Save Your Love For Me / Magic Fly – Space – Metropolis 12”
38 28 Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds – Virgin 12”
39 47 Beatles Movie Medley – Beatles – Parlophone
40 — Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band – Mercury
41 18 Girl Crazy – Hot Chocolate – Rak
42 — Stool Pigeon / Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy – Kid Creole – Ze LP
43 46 Old Fashioned Love – Smokey Robinson – Motown 12”
44 — Dance Wit’ Me / Give It To Me Baby / Super Freak – Rick James – Motown 12” promo
45 — Going To A Go Go – Rolling Stones – EMI
46 61 Love Buzz (Remix) – Voggue – Mercury 12”
47 39 Early In The Morning – Gap Band – Mercury 12”
48 — Avalon – Roxy Music – EG/Polydor
49 59 I’ve Never Been To Me – Charlene – Motown
50 — A Way You’ll Never Be / Love Cascade (Dance Mix) – Leisure Process – Epic 12”
51 — Streetwalkin’ – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
52 65 Shakti / Ever So Lonely (Dub) – Monsoon – Mobile Suit Corporation 12”
53 51 My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone – Charly 10” EP
54 — Paperlate – Genesis – Charisma
55 49 Are You Hearing (What I Hear)? – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
56 41 No Way Out – UK Players – A&M 12”
57 36 I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Epic
58 — Let It Whip – Dazz Band – Motown 12”
59 60 Space Age Love Song – A Flock Of Seagulls – Jive
60 37 A Little Bit Further Away – Kokomo – CBS


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:

Imagination 100f, Capt. Sensible 100/50-0-100-0r, Visage 134-136f, David Essex 57/115-120-121-123-121f, Four Tops 0-144c, J. Geils Band 0-107f, The Clash 129f, Elvis Presley 41-43/87-47/94f.

6 thoughts on “July 3, 1982: Patrice Rushen, Candela, Sinnamon, Booker T, Magic Lady”

  1. And here we have it – the first mentions of two landmark records, both fully electronic, and both produced by Arthur Baker: Walking On Sunshine and Planet Rock. Dance music had used electronics before, dating back to I Feel Love and Magic Fly in 1977, but only the futurist movement (which James had controversially championed a year earlier) had taken up the baton in earnest. But while established UK funk/soul jocks had successfully pushed back against futurism, causing James to stage what looked like a rare tactical retreat, US dance practitioners such as Arthur Baker, John Robie, Afrika Bambaataa and Jellybean Benitez were feeding European electronic influences back into funk and nascent hip hop, to ground-breaking effect. D Train’s You’re The One For Me and the Peech Boys’ Don’t Make Me Wait were already proving influential, with a glut of new releases referencing their ideas, but Planet Rock and Grandmaster Flash’s The Message (due later this month) seemed to mark the start of a full-on schism, which could no longer be held back by the British funk mafia. Electronic beats made sense on dance floors, and so they were here to stay.

    As 80s Nights pointed out in a comment on the previous column, James started to use the “electrophonic” tag in his reviews, almost certainly derived from Shock’s Electrophonic Phunk (which also debuts in the Club Chart this week). And so from this point on, I converted from a casual to a committed reader of his section, scouring the reviews for more records in this vein.

    It’s also worth noting that James’s section had just expanded, no doubt thanks to RM’s new editor Eric Fuller, who championed greater coverage of black music in the magazine as a whole. This was a fertile period right across the board, with many excellent funk/soul/boogie tunes also emerging, making 1982 one of my personal favourite years in dance.

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  2. So that Magic Lady signed to A&M in 1982 is the same Magic Lady who had a minor hit on Motown in 1988 with ‘Betcha Can’t Lose’ …?

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  3. Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniels “dance” was of course the Moonwalk that he taught Michael Jackson -Daniel’s Moonwalked to a Shalamar hit on Top of the Pops and caused a minor sensation with school kids the length and breadth of the UK raving about it. Jackson blew the door of the Motown 25 TV Special a couple of years later and the rest is… history (some of it not very nice {allegedly} ) Rocker’s Revenge- another important milestone in dance music. It really is amazing how quickly disco/dance transformed over such a short period from 1974 to 82! Interesting to see Hammy make reference to BBC Radio 1 & TV “reluctance” to feature “black” acts. It was always the case back in the day. Even the biggest African American stars found it difficult to get on the Radio playlist- Stevie, Aretha, Diana, Marvin, Temps, EWF & Donna included but of course there was always space for the Wurzels, Shakin Steven’s and the other crud of the day. It really is criminal that the UK was denied access to so much great music as a result of their outdated programming

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  4. Rockers Revenge “Walking On Sunshine” is significant in a couple of other ways, too. It’s the first time we’ve seen a record with multiple mixes of the same track (in this case, four), and it’s the first record with an accapella mix. Both features were soon to become commonplace.

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