ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DARTFORD FLICKS now looks like a very pretty spacious ice cream parlour all in pale pink and blue, although the effect is more green thanks to the lighting — the suspended central lighting grid now includes a spinning multi-directional ‘Close Encounters’ UFO effect and dangling “jelly-fish” — but how the hell is anyone other than a midget meant to fit in the restaurant’s fixed chairs, which are almost as excruciating as the red Julienas wine!? . . . Sharon Redd’s UK single will now be ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ next week, while London has picked up Patrick Cowley/Sylvester for imminent release . . . Morgan Khan’s latest “bitch”, due on Streetwave in a fortnight, the Hudsons ‘Show Me You Care‘ turns out to be a tentatively sung blandly “pleasant” mid-tempo 111bpm shuffling side-to-side swayer with semi-scat harmonies and an easy sophistication — well made but nothing you haven’t heard before, and hardly the potential pop hit crossover material Morgan must be badly in need of right now (why doesn’t he grab some white girls and record them chanting over a jungle rhythm, like everyone else does to get a hit these days) . . . Grand Master Flash UK 12in pressings are still the same “pissing” version, though doubtless the delayed 7in version will be different for radio . . . Melba Moore ‘Love’s Comin’ At Ya‘ and the similarly Paul Lawrence Jones III-prod/penned Evelyn King ‘I Can’t Stand It‘ album track are to all extents and purposes (especially for mixers) the exact same record! . . . Eddy Grant’s original ‘Walking On Sunshine’ has been reissued in the States on Epic with a bit of ‘Sunshine Jam’ added to extend the intro . . . Larry ‘Peech Boy’ Levan has completely remixed Gwen Guthrie’s ‘It Should Have Been You’ on US promo . . . Froggy says he’s a working jock and doesn’t have five days in which to assemble an Alan Coulthard-type mix, and anyway Radio One policy evidently is against that sort of thing . . . I know what he means, having spent 20 hours assembling the next Soul On Sound preview mix, which even if I say so myself is — given the usual restrictions — as close to perfection as anyone could get it, and at £1.50, better than most boots that would cost £8 or more . . . I’m all too aware that although it’s only a neat way of combining short segments of new releases for review purposes, everyone’s expecting a fully fledged mixer medley: well, now you’ve really got one! . . . Soul on Sound cassettes seem much in demand with our lads in the South Atlantic, incidentally . . . Tony Jenkins takes over funking Epping Forest Country Club every Thurs/Fri/Saturday in October . . . Pete Tong can’t have been studying our Disco chart during June/July, when over a six week run the 12.6.82 reviewed Billy Griffin ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’ (US Columbia LP) peaked at 65 — not a monster maybe, but surely hard for most other people to miss? . . . Zapp ‘Dance Floor‘ is now top US Black Single with Grand Master Flash climbing fast, while Yazoo ‘Situation (Remix)‘ tops the US Dance chart — which is currently very dull, our own being much hotter . . . Romanelli ‘Chain Reaction‘ (21 Records 12in) is top new add for Ian Levine at London’s gay Heaven . . . Tony Walton (Blackpool 0253-24562), 10 year veteran DJ, first of the ballroom and most recently the Continental circuits, can really mix to judge from a cassette made at his last Munich Club New York gig, where much of the material he used would make him suitable for gay venue work: however, he’s not specifying that, but would like the high quality UK residency his skill so obviously warrants . . . Greg Wilson has started mixing funk/soul/jazz on Thursdays at Huddersfield Stars Bar and Saturdays at Liverpool Rotters Scene 2, in addition to Tuesdays at Wigan Pier and Wednesdays at Manchester Legend, and by all accounts has built up quite a following (all heavily into handclaps, huh?!) . . . Neil Fincham and Colin Cordrey, still at Edinburgh Mad Hatters Speakeasy, now take turns with Roy Menzies so that one of the three funks Whitburn’s Mainstreet club every Thurs/Fri/Saturday — and they do mean “funk”! . . . Chris Britton says Watford Baileys is leaving behind its old image and will be THE leading venue for upfront quality music both UK and US (he then adds he’s just become press and publicity manager too!) . . . Peterborough’s Sunday Slickers soul club returns to the Cresset in Bretton on September 26 . . . Tomorrow’s Edition ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ is not of course the mistaken composer credited Lou Reed song but the old movie-theme (previously souled by Brook Benton/Marvin Gaye, jazzed by Jimmy Smith), now given a vintage vocal group treatment . . . Patrick Boothe has already had his “badger” hairstyle chopped off! . . . Wonder Dog ‘Ruff Mix’ was created by one H. Trumann — presumably that’s Harry . . . Buzzz . . . still haven’t . . . who’s the speed king in the Sound 2000 disco Transit who tried to cut me up north of Aylesbury on Saturday evening? . . . I could only afford 14 of the week’s unusually strong batch of 12in imports — with so much useful material about and so few chances for DJs to get it across, there is going to be an awful lot that’ll get lost, making the market for this type of music almost exclusively made up of the DJs themselves, I should think . . . many of today’s Wally hits were yesterday’s hip imports, but they’re still the same records so why give up on them when nothing about them has changed? . . . next you’ll be sneering at Rockers Revenge . . . DO IT DO IT . . . HEY . . . DO IT DO IT!
THE COLAHS are real live triplets — and how many of them have you heard of in the music biz? Classically trained from an early age, James now plays keyboards, Marke bass and Peter guitar, and as youngsters they wrote an experimental rock ballet before appearing in the Young Jazz Musician Of The Year competition, their career together being nipped in the bud by Peter’s incapacitating car crash in 1978.
Now regrouped, the Colahs have been gigging at such as Ronnie Scott’s Club and debut on 7in with ‘Hesitation’ (Epic EPC A2642), an Earth Wind & Fire influenced brassy lurching 119bpm blue-eyed chanter with many familiar ingredients, which is getting disco attention as a promo-only 12in.
Pain and passion
SHARON BROWN’S stunning grey-eyed features are worth seeing any time, even if her new Virgin 12in is causing disappointment in many quarters.
Titled ‘Love Don’t Hurt People’, the song makes out that it’s not love but “people who hurt people” — which is often true, but what about those people in love with the concept of being in love? Their partners can’t be blamed when the bubble bursts. Anyway, that’s enough heavy philosophising! You could find the record (reviewed last week) grows on you, and if it does to the extent that it sells well, we could then be graced by a visit from New York-based Sharon. Hmmm, it’s a hit!
GAZ ANDERSON currently jocks virtually every night at the swank Fred & Gingers in Mayfair’s Old Burlington Street, where he continuously mixes upfront music with no speech at all save for important announcements — which sounds familiar! Gaz reckons this could be the coming trend for clubs in major cities, although he snidely suggests it’ll take a while for most DJs to “mix” rather then just “patch” rhythms together, citing as a superb example of a real mixer Pelter Rommer at Xenon and casting libellous aspersions about patching in the direction of certain green skinned persona. Hey, as long as it keeps ’em dancing, let’s just do what we do do best! Some are born rappers, some are born mixers, some are born party ravers, some are multi-talented, and everyone should try developing their capabilities, but once these have been established don’t go forcing yourself into a hole you don’t fit, just because someone else is good at it.
LACK OF sleep and subsequently time means that I can only list the new releases this week — but as everyone says that what they really like are the Odds ‘N’ Bods, I doubt if anyone will worry! Next week’s deadline being early on account of the Bank Holiday, I am going to have a lot of extra work cut out this way too, but that’s not the reason. BPM’s listed as “c” have only been roughly calculated at this stage. The following are all on import: Continue reading “August 28, 1982: “Some are born rappers, some are born mixers, some are born party ravers””