July 31, 1982: I Level, Evelyn King, Roy Hamilton, Eddie Murphy, Peech Boys


THE CRUSADERS continue in their attempt to alienate all their original fans. Joe Sample and Wilton Felder (who will be doing production work here several times a year now) have produced, written and played on the next release by — honestly, you’re never in a million years going to guess this, and in fact I find it hard to believe still, despite Joe having told me himself — yes, really, Kelly Marie! . . . Tony Jenkins SFX-like ‘Soul On Sound’ cassette magazine debuts this week and includes a review section constructed as a marathon mix of just 45 seconds each of 26 records, all segued in a continuous session by myself — and considering the restrictions, TJ hovering stopwatch in hand to tell me when 45 seconds was coming up, I think the result ain’t bad (it really was just one take, but there’s a splice near the end as a stylus jumped!) . . . Motown’s Robert Blenman is planning some Rick James promotion nights (featuring his records and videos with giveaways etc.) for the period 19-29 August and needs more midweek venues — if interested, contact Robert or Rose on 01-499 4100 . . . Rick’s follow-up, due then, will be ‘Hard To Get’ . . . Phonogram’s Jeff Young urgently requires heavy metal jocks for a new mailing list — apply to him with full genuine work details at Phonogram/Decca, 50 New Bond Street, London, W1 9HA . . . Polydor Promotions’ Adam Vincent is putting together a very limited video club list . . . Sharon Redd’s UK single looks like being ‘In The Name Of Love’ (oh well, another one down the tube) . . . Narada Michael Walden’s ‘Summer Lady‘, evidently big on the Continent thanks no doubt to its French speaking lady, is now on US Atlantic 12in flipped by his current UK issued ‘You Ought To Love Me’ . . . Rah Band’s remixed ‘Tears And Rain’ is due now as the A-side on 3-track KR 12in flipped by their recent TMT red label’s other two cuts . . . Pinnacle distributed Ace Records (one of Ted ‘Rock On’ Carroll’s labels along with Chiswick) in August launches a new Kent Records logo especially for ’60s soul, starting with a ‘For Dancers Only‘ LP containing such Northern specialities as Mary Love, Felice Taylor, Ikettes, ZZ Hill . . . Phonogram’s licence for Can’t Stop Productions — Ritchie Family and, er Village People product — expired last December so rather than having to renegotiate a new deal which would include the, er, Village People they passed on the Ritchie Family (although there were belated talks about just their album until that subsequently stiffed), while Can’t Stop’s deal with RCA evidently doesn’t include Britain . . . Whitehaven Whitehouse’s DJ Colin Young has his club top 20 on Radio Luxembourg this Friday (11pm), Colin’s own ‘Turn It Up’ show going out on BBC Radio Cumbria every Tuesday and Thursday 5-6pm . . . Luxembourg irritatingly kept fading away during Alan Coulthard’s ‘1979 CBS’ mix last Friday, a week when Alan sported his first love bite from a home town Cardiff girl who didn’t know he’d found such fame in London, that he’s now even getting records from Fred Dove! . . . WEA’s Dove incidentally takes time out in North Wales this weekend to help Al Taylor run to WEA party nights on Fri/Saturday at Poppeys in Bodelwyddan, just south of Rhyl . . . Roger Tovell’s Friday Funkshun show on Gloucester’s Severn Sound (388 MW) is an hour shorter now, 8-10pm, but much more up-front since its reclassification as a minority interest programme — Roger also jocks Fri/Saturdays at apathy-filled Stroud’s Brewhouse . . . Capital Radio’s Tony Hale, once producer of Radio One’s old Al Matthews soul show, never stopped talking about Bobby McFerrin during his on-air plugs for the Knebworth jazz festival (where the weather continued to be fine) — I wonder who told him Bobby was hot! . . . Jennifer Holliday is now top US black single and climbing the pop chart too . . . Angela Clemmons here has finally broken outside gay clubs — and it’s good to see Second Image with a chart hit at last . . . Irene Cara’s 12in quartz locks at 130bpm, the massive success of ‘Fame’ unfortunately proving that as people go out less these days you’ve really got to be on telly to get a hit . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) says: “Still waiting for the return of the US Disco chart, as Billboard is starting to eat a large hole in my pocket — I’d rather buy a record with the money it costs” . . . Pete Tong should note my idea of soul is not “one big hand-clap”, although handclaps do help make disco records danceable — trouble is, there are not many people left who can remember my own idea of real soul (for instance, how many Falcons fans are out there now?!) . . . Jeff Young, Ian Shaw, now Wigan Pier’s Greg Wilson is the latest with a poodle haircut . . . Paul Anthony (Wolverhampton’s luxurious Eve’s, where he’d welcome more artist PA’s) watched for the first time a video of the movie ‘Fame’ and was more shocked by the language than young son Duncan! . . . Edgbaston Faces French jocks Steve Dennis and Alan Gibson are both noticing a demand for newer and newer material, Gibbo in the previously futurist-slanted Club Jardine section now playing what he calls “innovative uptempo electronic dance music”, which combines electro pop, funk, and gay sounds . . . Gary Old is packing Aycliffe Bee Jays at the weekends with mainly soul/funk people, nevertheless breaks up the night with no complaints from anyone by catering to the future-pop fans with two half-hour spots early and late in the evening . . . Newcastle Upon Tyne’s David Emery (54 Reid Park Road, Jesmond, NE2 2ES) has been operating a hand serviced promotion service to just a dozen or so Newcastle/Sunderland area DJs on behalf of various major labels (no jerks serviced and no other DJs needed at the moment), and would welcome further record company interest . . . Trevor Hughes of Telford’s Redeye mobile says Abba’s ‘When All Is Said And Done‘ is currently big with rock fans when played at 33 1/3rpm and introduced as the newie by either Jim Steinman or Meat Loaf! . . . Mike Page (Telford Nell Gwynn) had better strap on his cowboy holster incidentally as Trev is gunning for him with the charge that by under-cutting fees at the gig he’s spoiling things for established local jocks . . . Graham Gold hosts the first of four Sundays this week (1) at Deptford’s Albany Empire to be divided fortnightly between funk and reggae, this Sunday seeing Incognito and One Force playing live, then Second Image there two weeks later (15) . . . Keith Barker-Main, ex-Earls Court Grafitti, starts a weekly gay night at Brixton’s well-appointed Fridge club next Thursday (5) . . . Imagination ‘Just An Illusion’ still gets more requests than ‘Music And Lights’ — anyone else notice that? . . . Paul Major is busy at Great Yarmouth’s Brunswick Regency Suite yet still finds time to write a weekly Country Bumpkin newsletter full of reviews of his promos, and to write a book (which he’s paying to have published — Paul, that’s a con, they should be paying you) — so why’s he looking for work elsewhere? . . . Paul’s brother at some other unidentified East Anglian hot spot, Roger Dynamite, was impressed by the fun and games during a recent Tony Prince appearance, a “change your clothes” competition producing lots of fast fully frontal stripping, followed by 1500 plus people all turning their clothes inside out to Odyssey . . . Steve Day next season starting 21st August will be club DJ at Leyton Orient football ground . . . Bob Jones & Nicky Peck’s recent Isle of Wight jazz-funk boat trip had the added attraction of a close look in Portsmouth harbour at all the returned Falkland fleet . . . Hot Quisine ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ finished copies quartz lock at 124bpm . . . Chris Britton: ‘Saddle Up’ is 110bpm, T-Connection ‘Wanna’ 120-122bpm, OK? . . . Tony Reeve (St Albans) thinks it’s unfair and sexist in this age of ‘equal pay’ that club managements should give concessions to women with free or reduced admission and fewer dress restrictions than for men — but, Tony, think about it as a man, aren’t you going to frequent a club that’s full of scantily clad young ladles? . . . Paul Macey has moved residencies on the Isle Of Wight to the Warners Puckpool Holiday Camp at Ryde, while Mad Marx says “hi de hi” and “see you in September” to his jazz punters from his seasonal stint as a Redcoat at Clacton on Sea Butlins . . . Gary Allan is now taking bookings for a weekender at Butlins in Wales, any DJs want to join him? (that’s a joke!) . . . M Platts says “I’ve got to be honest, sometimes I do exaggerate” — no, surely not? . . . Nick Bradman, resident at Sheffield’s luxurious Maximillions, writes in the guise of “Disgusted, Rotherham” that as a bona fide full time DJ he still doesn’t get many promos . . . Edinburgh’s naughty DJ is rumoured now to have been using other DJs names to try and get additional mailouts from record companies, which may unwittingly have cut off the genuine DJs . . . oh for a return to the days when everyone bought all their records . . . KEEP IT TIGHT!


I LEVEL: ‘Give Me’ (Virgin VS 523-12).
Brilliant British trio, (two white, one black) debut with a fantastically simple catchy fresh 113½–114½–113½bpm 12in snapping and tapping roller (dynamite between Freddie James and Larry Graham) full of weird effects and budgie noises, smoothly chanted or instrumental on the ‘3 a.m.’ flip. This has crossover pop appeal just as much as the funksters will love it.

EVELYN KING: ‘Love Come Down’ (RCA RCAT 249).
Typically well controlled and carefully crafted steady 116-117bpm 12in snicker, terrific out of Larry Graham, with a surprisingly faster 117½-118½bpm instrumental flip, Evelyn wailing well and most powerfully as it progresses, but unless she pulls pop punters pre-conditioned by Patrice she may not cross over from the committed disco crowd this time.

ROY HAMILTON: ‘Take Your Time (The Ultimate Mixx)’ (Excaliber EXCL 522).
Roy’s terrific frantically fierce smacking Narada/“D” Train-inspired 130(intro)-123-121-123bpm 12in instrumental exciter has been cleaned up since its brief burst of white label activity — but beware, as it’s the flip that’s good, his new remixed vocal A-side now actually being worse than the first.

STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘You Can’t Run From My Love’ (Casablanca CANX 1011).
Usefully locking its bass beat onto Patrick Boothe, this jittering sombre 110bpm 12in pusher finds Stephanie celebrating her label move in fine quavering voice, flipped by the brassily jolting 119bpm ‘Last Night‘, while her disturbingly reptilian looking album sleeve pose (sadly the inner liner’s steamy bath shot isn’t in colour for Britain!) graces the new ‘Tantalizingly Hot’ LP (CANS 2) which is pleasant enough without having anything more danceable than the single, tracks including the jogging 88-90bpm ‘Your Love Is Always New‘, jerky 120bpm ‘True Love Don’t Come Easy’ and ‘Love Hangover’-ish slow starting then gaily romping 0-129-127-128bpm ‘I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You‘ — which overall is actually the set’s stand out.

SHOCK USA: ‘Electrophonic Phunk’ (Fantasy FTCT 200).
Chant introed powerfully thudding good 115-116-117-116bpm 12in funk smacker full of infectious electronic effects and jiggly rhythm, hotter than but hidden as B-side to the pleasant enough brassily braying soul vocal group-styie trotting 118-117-118-120bpm ‘That’s A Lady‘.

SEARCH: ‘Peanut Butter And Jam’ (Philly World Records PWSL 103, via PRT).
Moderately jolly hollering and chanting 117-118-117bpm 12in funky jiggler, nothing like as distinctive as their debut effort but useful enough.

SLY CABELL: ‘Feeling Fine’ (Virgin VS 525-12).
Shep Pettibone-mixed gradually building jittery 110bpm 12in roller reaches an Odyssey-type feel (they mix although there are now many more which do so much better), with a B-side emptier strung out remix that’s weaker as a song.

HIGH FASHION: ‘You’re The Winner’ (LP ‘Feelin’ Lucky’ Capitol EST 12214).
Like the Jacques Fred Petrus-produced group’s name implies, the two gals one guy feature a brittle gloss on their debut LP, best being the 117bpm snappy strutter (dynamite between Evelyn King and Aretha Franklin), while ‘I Want To Be Your Everything‘ is a jolting slow 93bpm “new soul” jogger with nice sax, ‘Hold On‘ a driving 122½bpm smacker and ‘Next To You‘ a lurching 114bpm shuffler.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘Livin’ In America’ (LP ‘Donna Summer’ Warner Bros K 99163).
A less tiresomely one dimensional singer could have done greater justice to Quincy Jones’s classy production and the all-star supporting cast, this whining patriotically climaxing 99bpm jogger, the quite soulful 111bpm ‘(If It) Hurts Just A Little‘ and Vangelis-penned electronically bubbling 0-84½bpm ‘State Of Independence‘ being best, while ‘Mystery Of Love‘ is a (0-)116bpm swayer, ‘The Woman in Me’ a lush 40½/81bpm slowie and ‘Protection’ a typical Bruce Springsteen-penned 134bpm rock stormer.

POWERLINE: ‘Watching You’ (PLR 1-12, via Pinnacle).
Pleasant sounding if not particularly incisive 124-125-124-125bpm 12in flowing Britfunk bubbler with the title line soulfully harmonised, and worked over and over again in nicely dated style, flipped by a tougher cool 127-125-126bpm instrumental version which may be better for floors.

BOYS WHITE TEETH: ‘Prices (Will Be Quoted)’ (TW HIT 12-108, via Pinnacle).
Seven promising Hampshire lads who used to gig as Funktion tread the fine line between Britfunk and white boys on a brassily burbling 127bpm chanted churner on thls 3-track 12in debut release from the new Melksham (Wiltshire)-based Tracks West label, flipped by the jazzier instrumental 125-127-128-127-128-0bpm ‘Trip To Rio’ and unison rapped jerky 124-126-124bpm ‘Fame’ (popular title that). Vocally, they teeter over into white-boys territory.

CHANGE: ‘Hard Times (It’s Gonna Be Alright)’ (LP ‘Sharing Your Love’ London SH 8550).
Disappointing Petrus & Malavasi-produced set, the best track already being on single, leaving this dull jolting 105bpm funk smacker, a chick-sung 107bpm revival of the Four Seasons ‘Oh What A Night‘, slowies and stuff.

JEAN CARN: ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ (Motown TMG 1271).
Beautiful dead slow soulful atmospheric 0-31bpm 7in revival with the Temptations instead of Blue Notes, flipped by the doodlingly drifting Dionne Warwick-ish ‘Completeness‘.

DIANA ROSS: ‘It’s Never Too Late’ (Capitol CL 256).
Orchestrally cantering 128bpm 7in MoR rather than disco material.

THE MANAGERS: ‘Shake It Up, Shake It Up’ (Sire SIR 4056).
Chanting white KC-type fast 132-134bpm 7in jittery smacker, in the US disco chart.

K.I.D: ‘I Wanna Piece Of The Action’ (Carrere CAR 238).
Brassy electronic 142bpm 7in pop smacker.


EDDIE MURPHY: ‘Boogie In Your Butt’ (US The Entertainment Company/Columbia 44-03012).
Get down and boogie blast of the week, this lays down a terrifically infectious floor-filling 116bpm 12in groove behind the conversational then gritty rapping of US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ personality (instrumental flip). Whether Liberal leader David Steel’s New York recorded rap record can sound as good must remain to be heard!

PEECH BOYS: ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ (US West End WES-1240).
Mixing jocks must now get this the 7in version as the flip is totally acappella, like the tail end of Rockers Revenge only even more useable, to slip in over the top of all sorts of other records instrumental sections.

BLOODSTONE: ‘We Go A Long Way Back’ LP (US T Neck FZ 38115).
Out a while and now happening for the easily swaying Imagination-ish 112bpm ‘My Love Grows Stronger’ and strongly funky 114½bpm ‘Funkin’ Around‘ (great out of Eddie Murphy), this dynamite Isley Brothers-produced set is terrific listening, the whole slow deeply soulful side one — including their US soul smash 31/62bpm title track — being reminiscent of and on a par with the best of the Dells or Chi-Lites!

MIDNIGHT STAR: ‘Hot Spot’ (LP ‘Victory’ US Solar 60145).
Machine honed hard knocking effective 113-114bpm funk smacker with nice Temptations-ish vocal interplay (good out of Bloodstone ‘Funkin’ Around’), by far the main standout on a Solar set that includes other smackers like the 116bpm title track, 125bpm ‘Strike A Match‘, 124bpm ‘Make Time (To Fall In Love)‘.

Around a while but steadily growing for funk jocks following initial futurist interest in the spacey instrumental flip, this freakily disjointed 126bpm 12in rapper has sparsely rhythmic electronic effects and enough gimmicky appeal to be quite big, even at pop crossover level.

MARC SADANE: ‘Exciting’ LP (US Warner Bros BSK 3675).
Mtume & Lucas-produced very listenable consistent “new soul” set without being particularly innovative, The title track being a strong electronically burbling jittery 111bpm funk jolter, ‘One Minute From Love‘ a skittering smooth 121bpm canterer, ‘Never Had A Love Like You‘ a swaying 115-114bpm kicker, ‘Message From Me To You’ a ‘Street Life’-introed 99bpm everybody-singing soaring jogger, ‘Baby Won’t Cha’ a Tawatha-duetted 120-122bpm snicker, ‘Love You Right’ a jiggly 118bpm chugger, while it’s nice to hear an appropriately aching 57bpm revival of the Marvelettes old slow ‘Forever’.

AMUZEMENT PARK: ‘Groove Your Blues Away’ (US Our Gang Entertainment OG 12901).
Rock solid simple effective Shalamar-ish swaying 109-111bpm 12in smacker with gals/guys vocals “ya hoo hoo”-ing infectiously up to a good tempo increasing break, the less incisive 121bpm ‘Love Show Down‘ flip also getting some action.

UNLISTED: ‘Reggae On It’ (Jamaican Thompson Sound DSR 5387).
Uncredited as the blank label B-side to a “pre”-pressing of Freddie McGregor’s ‘Big Ship‘, although not by Freddie, this terrific 96bpm 12in reggaefication of Kool’s ‘Get Down On It’ may be hard to find but well worth the effort, Rayners Lane’s Paul Mohamed having flogged me his own personal copy.

LJ REYNOLDS: ‘Special Effects’ (US Capitol 8534).
Don Davis-produced nice easily loping steadily smacking 107-106bpm 12in swayer with chanting chix-backed soulful Mr Reynolds riding a rhythm that’s interspersed with some clanking and splurging SFX, while his equally soulful ‘Travelin’ LP (ST-12223) is getting even more reaction from the lovely Aretha Franklin-penned pent up deep slow romantic 22/43-45bpm ‘Call Me’ smoocher.

DAYTON: ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ (US Liberty 7203).
Fairly straightforward seasonal revival of Sly & The Family Stone’s 1969 US hit, here an ever looping 99bpm 12in tripping jogger with the original’s vocal interplay retained, while on their ‘Hot Fun’ LP (LT-51126) William ‘Bootsy’ Collins contributes much to the hard smacking 99bpm P’funk jiggler ‘Krackity-Krack‘, with Rahni Harris helping a lot too throughout the uniformly competent funk set, the driving P’funky 112bpm ‘Gunch‘ especially (good out of Zapp) and unison sung soulful slowly twining 0-79-91bpm ‘Patiently‘ being others to hear. Gunch, Gunchback Boogie Band — what is this “Gunch”?!

LEROY HUTSON: ‘Paradise’ LP (US Elektra 60141).
If you haven’t yet got his dynamite sound effects filled funky fluctuating c.119bpm ‘She’s Got It’ 12in, get it on this album instead because although nothing else is as danceable, the whole LP is great listening, the chugging 114bpm ‘Nobody But You‘ and ‘Whip’-tempoed c.129bpm ‘Stay At It‘ rounding out the fast side while the whole of the relaxed mainly down tempo side one is bliss!

LESLIE SMITH: ‘It’s Something’ (LP ‘Heartache’ US Elektra El-60108).
Pleasant down-tempo soul listening set., this hook-filled liltingly phrased dreamy smoocher with jazzy alto sax being well worth hearing.

WEEKS & CO: ‘Go With The Flow’ (Canadian Black Sun MM-001).
The ‘Rock Your World’ mob aren’t in particularly good voice on this 119½bpm 12in judderer, but it gets better from the bass halfway and becomes quite usefully “fierce” with butch “watch it” and chanting chix bits amidst the beats, while the 2-version flip’s slower 117bpm instrumental although calmer may have more jazz-funk appeal as the underlying tune is quite pleasant.

DISCO FOUR: ‘Whip Rap’ (US Profile PRO-7010).
Good rap version c.131bpm 12in re-make of Dazz Band’s ‘Let It Whip’.

TREACHEROUS THREE: ‘Whip It’ (US Sugarhill SH-585).
Offputtingly fast tongue-twisting c.140bpm 12in rap version of ‘Let It Whip’ with Philippe Wynne as guest singer.

STEVE ARRINGTON’S HALL OF FAME: ‘Way Out’ (US Konglather KNR 7491).
Ex-Slave/Aurra guy’s ponderously rolling c.109bpm 12in thudder has some nice sax, poor vocals.

UK Disco Top 90 – July 31, 1982

01 01 Larry Graham – Sooner Or Later (Inst) / (Vocal) – Warner Bros 12”
02 04 Blue Feather – Let’s Funk Tonight / Club Instrumental – Mercury 12”
03 03 Shalamar – A Night To Remember – Solar 12”
04 02 Odyssey – Inside Out – RCA 12”
05 06 Imagination – Music And Lights – R&B 12”
06 07 Second Image – Star / Sambolic – Polydor 12”
07 10 ‘D’ Train – Keep On / You’re The One For Me (Reprise) – Epic 12”
08 21 Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine – US Streetwise 12”
09 14 Howard Johnson – So Fine – US A&M 12”
10 43 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon – Ze 12”
11 13 Patrice Rushen – Number One / I Was Tired Of Being Alone / The Funk Won’t Let You Down – Elektra 12”
12 09 Rick James – Dance Wit’ Me – Motown 12”
13 05 Temptations/Rick James – Standing On The Top – Motown 12”
14 19 Dennis Brown – Love Has Found Its Way – A&M 12”
15 26 McCrarys – Love On A Summer Night – Capitol 12”
16 41 Deodato – Happy Hour / Sweet Magic / Night Cruiser – Warner Bros 12”
17 16 Dazz Band – Let It Whip – Motown 12”
18 08 Stevie Wonder – Do I Do – Motown 12”
19 12 Narada Michael Walden – You Ought To Love Me – Atlantic 12”
20 35 Junior – Too Late (US Remix) – Mercury 12”
21 28 Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top / Hang Tight – RCA 12”
22 11 Fatback – She’s My Shining Star / On The Floor – US Spring LP
23 42 Jeffrey Osborne – I Really Don’t Need No Light – A&M 12”
24 47 Thunderthumbs & The Toetsenman – Freedom / Freedom A Gogo – Polydor 12”
25 44 Deodato – Keep On Movin’ – US Warner Bros LP
26 17 Candela – Love You Madly – Arista 12”
27 51 Gunchback Boogie Band – Funn (Instrumental) – US Prelude 12”
28 20 Cheri – Murphy’s Law – Polydor 12”
29 18 Sinnamon – Thanks To You – Becket 12”
30 60 Aretha Franklin – Jump To It – US Arista 12”
31 23 Change – The Very Best In You – London 12”
32 88 Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up / Beat The Street / You’re The One – US Prelude LP
33 NE BB&Q Band – Imagination – Capitol 12”
34 64 Passion – Don’t Stop My Love – US Prelude 12”
35 40 Leon Ware – Why I Came To California – US Elektra LP
36 24 Atlantic Starr – Circles – A&M 12”
37 52 Feel – Let’s Rock (Over And Over Again) / Instrumental – US Sutra 12”
38 27 Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight – US Bridge 12”
39 15 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Ze 12”
40 85 Patrick Boothe – Never Knew Love Like This Before – Streetwave 12”
41 38 Shock USA – Electrophonic Phunk / That’s A Lady – Fantasy 12”
42 57 Afrika Bambaataa/Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock – US Tommy Boy 12”
43 31 Linx – Plaything – Chrysalis 12”
44 69 Zapp – Dance Floor / A Touch Of Jazz / Playin’ Kinda Ruff – Warner Bros LP
45 45 Sly Cabell – Feelin’ Fine – Virgin 12”
46 25 BLT – Tighten It Up – US Gold Coast 12”
47 61 Majik – You Gotta Get Up – US Gold Coast 12”
48 63 Sugarhill Gang – The Lover In You – US Sugarhill 12”
49 72 Bobbi Humphrey – Baby Don’t You Know (Instrumental) – US Uno Melodic 12”
50 22 France Joli / Unlimited Touch / Secret Weapon / ‘D’ Train / Sharon Redd / Empress – Gonna Get Over You / Searchin’ To Find The One / Must Be The Music / You’re The One For Me / Can You Handle It / Dyin’ To Be Dancin’ (KISS Remixes) – Epic/Prelude LP
51 37 Redd Hott – Ecstacy – US Venture LP
52 54 Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – ERC 12”
53 32 Forrrce – Keep On Dubbin’ / Keep On Dancin’ – US West End 12”
54 34 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
55 53 Dunn & Bruce Street – Shout For Joy – US Devaki 12”
56 70 Freddie James – Don’t Turn Your Back On Love – US Arista 12”
57 66 Bohannon – The Party Train (Pts I/II/III) – US Phase II LP
58 59 A Taste Of Honey – We’ve Got The Groove – Capitol LP
59 NE Magic Lady – Give It Up / Hold Tight – US A&M LP
60 58 Manu Dibango – Waka Juju – French CRC LP
61 73 Irene Cara – Fame – RSO 12”
62 46 Heatwave – Lettin’ It Loose – Epic 12”
63 56 Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ / Go For It – Polydor 12”
64 33 Narada Michael Walden – Summer Lady / I’m Ready / Confidence – Atlantic LP
65 NE Hot Quisine – Keep That Same Old Feeling – Kaleidoscope 12”
66 55 Al McCall – Hard Times – US West End 12”
67 NE Search – Peanut Butter And Jam – Philly World Records 12”
68 50 Rick James – Money Talks / Throwdown / Happy – Motown LP
69 87 Gino Soccio – It’s Alright / Remember / You Move Me – US Atlantic RFC LP
70 NE Conway & Temple – Love Lights – US Old Town 12”
71 65 Chris Hunter – Moody / Keep This One In Tune – Polydor 12”
72 67 Freeez – One To One – Beggars Banquet 12”
73 NE Roundtree – Hit On You – Aria 12”
74 29 Diana Ross – Work That Body – Capitol 12”
75 RE Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Remix) – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
76 NE Glass – Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat – US West End 12”
77 RE Angela Clemmons – Give Me Just A Little More Time – Portrait 12”
78 39 Bobby McFerrin – Dance With Me / Moondance – Elektra Musician LP
79 76 Kool & The Gang – Big Fun – De-Lite 12”
80 30 Jesse Green – Nice And Slow (US Remix) – Excaliber 12”
81 75 Billy Griffin – Hold Me Tighter In The Rain / Be With Me – US Columbia LP
82 71 The LIVE Band – A Chance For Hope – US TSOB LP
83 77 Trilark – Love Never Looked Better (Instrumental) – US Handshake 12”
84 NE Pieces Of A Dream – Mt. Airy Groove / Don’t Be Sad / Yo Frat – Elektra LP
85 NE Bloodstone – My Love Grows Stronger / Funkin’ Around – US T Neck LP
86 NE David McPherson – You Can’t Stop! – US SAM 12”
87 NE Dave Valentin – Clove And Cinnamon / The Flight / Street Beat – US Arista GRP LP
88 78 Atlantis – Keep On Movin’ And Groovin’ / Instrumental – US Chaz Ro 12”
89 NE Starpoint – Get Your Body Up / Bring Your Sweet Lovin’ Back – US Chocolate City LP/12” promo
90 NE Leroy Hutson – She’s Got It – US Elektra 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Evelyn King: ‘Love Come Down’ (RCA 12in)
Howard Johnson: ‘Keepin’ Love New’ / ‘Say You Wanna’ (US A&M LP)
I Level: ‘Give Me’ (Virgin 12in)
Wynd Chimes: ‘Stylin’ Smilin’ & Profilin’ / ‘Checkin’ Out Your Stuff’ / ‘Do It’ (US RCA LP)
Janet Kay: ‘You Bring The Sun Out’ (Arista 12in)
Dramatics: ‘I Can’t Stand It’ / ‘It’s Dramatic Music’ (Capitol 12in)
Aurra: ‘Checking You Out’ / ‘Make Up Your Mind’ / ‘A Little Love’ (Battersea 12in)
Illusion: ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ (PRT 12in)
Al Marshall: ‘(I Like The Way You) Dance With Me’ (Pavilion 12in)
Beau Williams: ‘If You’re Ready’ (US Capitol LP)
LJ Reynolds: ‘Call Me’ (US Capitol LP)
UK Players: ‘No Way Out’ (A&M 12in)
Midnight Star: ‘Hot Spot’ (US Solar LP)
Stephanie Mills: ‘You Can’t Run From My Love’ (Casablanca 12in)
Amuzement Park: ‘Groove Your Blues Away’ / ‘Love Show Down’ (US Our Gang Entertainment 12in)
LJ Reynolds: ‘Special Effects’ (US Capitol 12in)
Light Of The World: ‘Famous Faces’ / ‘Soho’ / ‘(Everybody) Move’ (EMI LP)
Light Of The World: ‘No.1 Girl’ (EMI 12in)
Rafael Cameron: ‘Desires’ (US Salsoul 12in)
High Fashion: ‘You’re The Winner’ (Capitol LP)
Peech Boys: ‘Don’t Make Me Wait (Acappella)’ (US West End 7in)
McCoy Tyner: ‘Island Birdie’ (US Columbia LP)
Bobby “O”: ‘Still Hot 4 U’ (US “O” 12in)
Herbie Hancock: ‘The Fun Tracks’ (CBS)
Sonny Stitt: ‘Samba De Orpheo’ (Japanese Flying Dutchman LP)

Nightclub Chart:

01 05 Fame – Irene Cara – RSO 12”
02 02 Inside Out – Odyssey – RCA 12”
03 01 The Look Of Love (Pts. 1/3) – ABC – Neutron 12”
04 07 Music And Lights – Imagination – R&B 12”
05 06 A Night To Remember – Shalamar – Solar 12”
06 04 Work That Body – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
07 03 I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
08 11 Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band – Mercury
09 10 Murphy’s Law – Cheri – Polydor 12”
10 08 Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
11 19 Shy Boy – Bananarama – London 12”
12 09 Do I Do – Stevie Wonder – Motown 12”
13 15 Night Train (Dance Mix) – Visage – Polydor 12”
14 16 Let’s Funk Tonight – Blue Feather – Mercury 12”
15 17 Da Da Da – Trio – Mobile Suit Corporation 12”
16 14 Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
17 12 Mama Used To Say (US Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
18 13 Torch – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
19 20 Sooner Or Later / One In A Million You – Larry Graham – Warner Bros 12”
20 24 Stool Pigeon – Kid Creole – Ze 12”
21 21 Standing On The Top – Temptations/Rick James – Motown 12”
22 22 Iko Iko – Natasha – Towerbell
23 18 Happy Talk – Captain Sensible – A&M 12”
24 38 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”
25 — Don’t Go – Yazoo – Mute 12”
26 36 Grace – The Band AKA – Epic/Streetwave 12”
27 44 Circles – Atlantic Starr – A&M 12”
28 52 Too Late – Junior – Mercury 12”
29 27 Save Your Love For Me / Magic Fly – Space – Metropolis 12”
30 28 Keep On – “D” Train – Epic 12”
31 65 Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Mercury 12”
32 29 Let It Whip – Dazz Band – Motown 12”
33 33 Star – Second Image – Polydor 12”
34 25 Dance Wit’ Me – Rick James – Motown 12”
35 54 I’m Afraid Of Me – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
36 31 House Of Fun – Madness – Stiff
37 23 Fantasy Island – Tight Fit – Jive 12”
38 34 Streetwalkin’ – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
39 35 No Regrets – Midge Ure – Chrysalis
40 — Rock The Casbah – The Clash – CBS 12”
41 47 Love Has Found Its Way – Dennis Brown – A&M 12”
42 51 (I’m Into) Your Love – Jerome – RCA 12”
43 61 I Was Tired Of Being Alone / Number One – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
44 39 The Very Best In You – Change – London 12”
45 32 Going To A Go Go – Rolling Stones – EMI
46 43 A Way You’ll Never Be / Love Cascade (Dance Mix) – Leisure Process – Epic 12”
47 — It Started With A Kiss – Hot Chocolate – Rak
48 60 Plaything – Linx – Chrysalis 12”
49 56 Love Buzz – Voggue – Mercury 12”
50 30 Lettin’ It Loose – Heatwave – Epic 12”
51 — The Clapping Song – Belle Stars – Stiff
52 — I Second That Emotion – Japan – Hansa 12”
53 — I Really Don’t Need No Light – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
54 — Rain – Goombay Dance Band – Epic 12” promo
55 — Freedom – Thunderthumbs & The Toetsenman – Polydor 12”
56 — Lovers Concerto – Smack – Jive 12”
57 64 Miss Attractive – Victor Romero Evans – Epic 12”
58 63 Videotheque – Dollar – WEA
59 57 White Wedding – Billy Idol – Chrysalis 12”
60 — All Of My Heart / Date Stamp – ABC – Neutron LP
61 — Happy Hour – Deodato – Warner Bros 12”
62 53 What – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare LP
63 — Fools Are Friendly – Xclusiv – Le Maitre Music 12”
64 — Wham Rap! – Wham – Inner Vision 12”/promo remix
65 — Warchild – Blondie – Chrysalis 12”


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:

Madness 0-123c, Kid Creole 107½f, Stranglers 0-31-63r, The Cure 133/266-136/272-0r, Talk Talk 153r, Blondie 128f, Second Image 120½f, Samson 121-123-121f, Haysi Fantayzee 124r.

One thought on “July 31, 1982: I Level, Evelyn King, Roy Hamilton, Eddie Murphy, Peech Boys”

  1. This weeks cultural references include… “poodle haircuts” of course Hammy is referring to the dreaded curly perm so beloved of professional footballers at the time. Interesting to note the mention of ACE Records launch, one of the best labels in terms of quality product produced by folks who love music. The phenomenon that was “Fame” was on the rise too. Ah, that blasted poor signal from Luxembourg that always dropped out when the DJ was announcing the name of the artist performing the new record just played!


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