August 7, 1982: Aretha Franklin, Dunn & Bruce Street, Teddy Pendergrass, Grandmaster Flash, Jermaine Jackson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

SHOWSTOPPER PROMOTIONS next year will keep a huge marquee disco running for three months right through the summer season at St Tropez after their return ten day jazz-funk special has finished . . . Southgate Royalty meanwhile is packing ’em in six nights a week in its new guise of the Pink Elephant Fun House, with two separate discos, lotsa fun and sideshows, dirt cheap admission . . . Canvey Island’s legendary Goldmine celebrates its tenth anniversary all this month with a different musical theme each Saturday, this week’s finding Chris Hill and Jeff Young reviving ten years of jazz (including Chris’s “swing thing”) . . . Chris Hill, if he and Carol have been to the movies recently, is doubtless saying “MISTER Porky, to you!” . . . Capital Radio’s bright young blood, Gary Crowley starts a weekly Saturday lunchtime shindig this week (7) at London’s Charing Cross Road Busbys, 11.30am-2.30pm, soft drinks only, aided by ‘Motorway Mick’ Brown and PA’s by Buzz and Wham . . . ‘Reggae On It’ is indeed by Freddie McGregor and will be out here on Erskine Thompson’s new Intense label segued out of ‘Follow This Ya Sound’ as a 3-track 12in flipped by the ‘Big Ship’ remix . . . Narada Michael Walden’s US 12in of ‘Summer Lady’ is a new improved remix and will be out here imminently . . . ‘Chanson D’Llegance‘ in an 11½ minute remix is on the new Disconet . . . Sharon Redd’s ‘Can You Handle It’ in probably the KISS remix version (although it seems slower at c.109bpm) is on US Prelude 12in (PRD-1005) flipped by Muslque ’82 ‘Keep On Jumpin’ (remixed) and ‘In The Bush’ (one version or another), both c.132bpm . . . Holland’s enterprising Rams Horn label is sadly reported to be going broke, which will dry up a strong source of remixes . . . Soul Sonic Force may soon come here on Polydor-distributed 21 Records, Fatback ‘She’s My Shining Star’ is evidently now on UK 12in, Zapp ‘Dance Floor is due too . . . MCA are re-releasing the Crusaders ‘Street Life’ on 12in (MCAT 513), Motown revive Smokey Robinson’s 1979 US smash ‘Cruisin’ . . . Patrick Boothe had a close encounter with a paint sprayer, or is his new hairstyle the “badger” look?! . . . ‘School’s Out’, huh, David and Ji? . . . KEEP IT TIGHT!


Laura ‘n’ Order

LAURA BRANIGAN is shooting up the gay charts in the States and now here with her version of Umberto Tozzi’s storming Euro-hit of 1979 (covered by Jonathan King), the Donna Summer-ish driving 130½bpm ‘Gloria‘ (US Atlantic DM 4835) which is already getting so much pop radio play in Britain that the import 12in has been joined by a UK 7in (K 11759). Born and bread in Brewater, a small upstate New York town, Laura moved to New York City for a drama school course before singing behind Leonard Cohen on his 1977 European tour as part of The Army.


Level Crossing

I LEVEL, whose now released ‘Give Me‘ debut on Virgin has got everyone talking, are Duncan Bridgeman, Sam Jones and Joe Dworniak. Lead vocalist Sam, who used to sing with reggae group Brimstone, wrote the record while Duncan and Joe are co-owners of the Moody demo studios which they financed from past involvements, Duncan with Shake Shake and bassist Joe with BEF. Both have backed John Foxx. This variety of backgrounds is obvious in their work now, giving ‘Give Me’ a very strong wide appeal and freshness of approach which should make it a monster crossover hit.


UK NEWIES

ARETHA FRANKLIN: ‘Jump To It’ (Arista ARIST 12479).
Luther Vandross-produced/co-penned feminist angering (0-)119-120-120½bpm 12in bumper starts with some skippable acappella wailing and a bit of talking before the beat bubbles up and Lady Soul gets down to moaning and searing her way through the supporting chix with some incredible soaring “shabadoodledaweeda” scatting that’ll make your neck hairs bristle!

DUNN & BRUCE STREET: ‘Shout For Joy’ (Satril 12SAT 5OO).
With a name play on Dun & Bradstreet, the guys chuckle in Terry Wogan style and tell us to “have a good time” as this quietly infectious languidly smacking 111(start)-113bpm 12in bumper winds along to an effective gap in the backing rhythm towards the end. An immediate monster for those few jocks initially on it, it’s been surprisingly slow to spread considering how good it is (especially with Howard Johnson, and try A Taste of Honey out of it).

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Now Tell Me That You Love Me’ (LP ‘This One’s For You’ Philadelphia PIR 85937).
Gamble & Huff-prod/penned absolutely gorgeous familiar 37bpm smoocher with a Dexter Wansel-arranged catchy little twiddle in the backing (did he sing this at Hammersmith?), while other nice slowies on a typical set are the Ashford & Simpson-prod/penned 37-75bpm ‘Only To You‘ and synthetically burbling steadily rolling 0-98-101bpm ‘I Can’t Win For Losing‘. If he had a funny way of walking before his accident, what’ll it be like now?

ORCHESTRA MAKASSY: ‘Mambo Bado’ (Virgin VS 526-12).
East African jump up music for a change, this frantic and accessible Kenyan 131-132bpm 12in rattling leaper has ethnic chanting, good brass, and evidently the first ever recording in the area on stereo multi-track equipment!

RICHARD JON SMITH: ‘Don’t Go Walkin’ Out That Door’ (Jive JIVE T 19).
Due commercially next week, this otherwise excellent John Kongos-produced chugging 113bpm 12in smacker suffers from a lead vocal that’s a bit too buried to cut through strongly out on the floor, but the following rhythm, backing chix and fashionable pent-up feel all sound good, and there’s an instrumental faster 115bpm ‘Keep On Walkin’ Out That Door’ flip.

STARPOINT: ‘Bring Your Sweet Lovin’ Back’ (Casablanca CANX 1013).
Rapidly rushed here as its the the best cut on their import LP, this Chaka Khan-ish chick wailed jittery tapping and clapping 109-108-109bpm 12in swayer has some nice little licks and works well with Stephanie Mills but is unlikely to mean much outside strictly soul circles. Flipped by the Shalamar-ish 111 bpm ‘I Want You Closer‘.

RAH BAND: ‘Tears And Rain’ (KR KRT 10).
A fast seller on red label “pre” but yet to get much dance reaction, the sweet chix-sung 3-track 12in plug side is now this attractively tuneful swaying 0-118bpm shuffler with appealingly pitched vocal sound and tinkling “rain” intro. Flipped by the slow moody starting then vocodered and cooed 0-117bpm ‘Hungry For Your Jungle Love‘ (hang on — it now says ‘Hunger’) and jiggly 0-117bpm ‘Party Games‘.

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘The Fun Tracks’ (CBS A2563).
‘Off The Wall’-ish jaunty 120½bpm canterer on 7in only just lacks that vital vocal spark, flipped by the slow atmospheric 38/76bpm ‘Give It All Your Heart’ duet with Patrice Rushen.

AVERAGE WHITE BAND: ‘You’re My Number One’ (RCA RCAT 250).
Well made jittery 108-109bpm 12in judderer much played by middle aged radio DJs, who feel safe with the bland blue-eyed soul of these BOF’s yet run a mile from anything that’s black, real and relevant — which is enough reason for anyone’s violent prejudice!

NICK STRAKER BAND: ‘Way Of Life’ (Firebird FLAME 3-12, via Pinnacle).
Reminding us he started out in Matumbi before his Eurodisco success, this easily jogging 118bpm 12in reggae flavoured swayer is flipped by the jazzily tuneful slow 94bpm ‘Airwaves‘ instrumental.

THE DRAMATICS: ‘I Can’t Stand It’ (Capitol 12CL 252).
Ultra frantic fast Isleys-like 135bpm 12in racer, flipped by the only slightly less frantic churning 132bpm ‘It’s Dramatic Music’.

CARLY SIMON: ‘Why’ (WEA/Mirage K79300T).
Chic-prod/penned haunting but trickily slow 93bpm 12in rolling jogger with an almost reggae feel allied to Chic’s usual rhythm.

THE CLASH: ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ (LP ‘Combat Rock’ CBS FMLN 2).
As rock jocks surely know, this 113bpm treatment of a classic rock riff is great with Bowie ‘Fashion’ and Queen ‘Dust’.

ROMANELLI: ‘Connecting Flight’ (21 Records POSPX 484, via Polydor).
Rusty Egan co-prod/penned naffo bland Vangelis-like 130bpm 12in instrumental flipped by the far stronger Giorgio-style 136bpm ‘Chain Reaction‘.

JANET KAY: ‘You Bring The Sun Out’ (Arista ARIST 12481).
Lovely gentle lightly lovers rock 0-37-75bpm 12in treatment of Randy Crawford’s smoocher, belatedly given major label release (to no great effect so far).

RUDDY THOMAS: ‘Just One Moment Away’ (Creole CR 12-27).
Out again now long after its original success, this beautiful cool slinky subtle slow 74bpm 12in lovers rock swayer is still worth hearing.


IMPORTS

GRAND MASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE: ‘The Message’ (US Sugarhill SH-584).
Already praised in brief, this superior 100bpm 12in rapper is now shaping up as a monster thanks to its gritty reality rooted “message” delivered in a mixture of natural speaking voice and beat biting rap with a sound effect ‘Living For The City’-like street bust as the climax to the mesmerizing simple repetitive rhythm riff.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Running’ (LP ‘Let Me Tickle Your Fancy’ US Motown 6017ML).
In a very Hollywood sleeve, this simple jittery 115bpm smacker may be derivative but works well and has an “on your marks, get set, GO!” bit out of which Diana Ross ‘Work Your Body’ chops sensationally (at the “reach two three four” start), ‘Uh Uh I Didn’t Do It‘ being a Prince-inflected 108bpm funk bumper, ‘This Time‘ a Stevie Wonder-ish 115bpm jolter, ‘Very Special Part‘ a jiggly 116bpm strutter, while the sweetly swaying Syreeta-duetted 101bpm ‘You Belong To Me‘ is best of the slowies.

ARCHIE BELL: ‘Touchin’ You’ (Canadian WMOT WMOT-101).
David ‘Saturday Night’ Morris co-prod/penned nice melodically humming and electronically bubbling then steadily ticking 115-116-117bpm 12in jiggly swayer pushes tunefully along building a good soulfully intensifying groove, Archie’s plaintive voice riding over blander guys (instrumental flip) to make it well worth hearing all through.

ALFONZO: ‘Low Down’ (US Joe-Wes JW 81500).
Pent-up juvenile Jackson/Rafael Cameron-sounding guy gives a rather nice fluidly swaying deceptively fast 125bpm 12in soul treatment to the familiar Boz Scaggs oldie.

VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Fox On The Box’ (Canadian Able ABT-37).
Can’t Stop Prods must be having difficulty in placing the, er, Village People to turn up on this Canadian label with a new Jacques Morali-produced butchly hollered but subdued (for them) solid c.115bpm 12in smacker, more funk than gay and with hetero lyrics.

NEW YORK EXPRESS: ‘Hot On The Clue’ LP (US Cherie CR 19364).
Slinkily monotonous white male disco band won’t probably mean much here although they should sound good (as obviously intended) over New York’s urban contemporary airwaves, with such as the 110bpm title track 124bpm ‘A-Bomb Calling‘ (a change from Avon), 118½bpm ‘Show Me Your Good Side‘ (that’s your funky back side!).

WYND CHIMES: ‘Stylin’, Smilin’ & Profilin’ (LP ‘Arrival’ US RCA NFL1-8021).
Heatwave influenced group especially on this very ‘Posin’ ‘Til Closin’-type choppy c.120bpm smacker, the 12in-issued ‘Checkin’ Out Your Stuff‘ being a dull c.115bpm jiggler, ‘Body Rap‘ a pleasant c.106bpm swayer, ‘Do It (Fun In The Sun)’ a jerky c.117bpm jitterer and ‘Alakazam’ a slow c.109bpm jolter.

DAVE VALENTIN: ‘Clove And Cinnamon’ (LP ‘In Love’s Theme’ US Arista/GRP GRP 5511).
Patchy album that’s already stiffed (although maybe some jocks charted it on name appeal?), this comes-and-goes c.131bpm jazz flute tootler sounding frisky on the surface.

ORIENT EXPRESS: ‘Shine On’ (US Radio Records O-99994).
Cleanly chugging chap-sung c.114bpm 12in smacker.

SONS OF ROBIN STONE: ‘I Need It Bad’ (US Pezza P-111).
Bongo tapping long lead in to an old-type Temptations-ish c.122bpm 12in chugger.

SYNTHERCHESTRA: ‘Chariots Of Fire’ (US Chaz Ro CHDS 2526).
Synth led unhurried c.126bpm 12in lush disco orchestration of the Vangelis theme.


UK Disco Top 90 – August 7, 1982

01 01 Larry Graham – Sooner Or Later (Instrumental) – Warner Bros 12”
02 08 Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine – US Streetwise 12”
03 03 Shalamar – A Night To Remember – Solar 12”
04 10 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon – Ze 12”
05 09 Howard Johnson – So Fine – US A&M 12”
06 05 Imagination – Music And Lights – R&B 12”
07 02 Blue Feather – Let’s Funk Tonight / Club Instrumental – Mercury 12”
08 04 Odyssey – Inside Out – RCA 12”
09 07 ‘D’ Train – Keep On / You’re The One For Me (Reprise) – Epic 12”
10 15 McCrarys – Love On A Summer Night – Capitol 12”
11 14 Dennis Brown – Love Has Found Its Way – A&M 12”
12 79 Kool & The Gang – Big Fun / Get Down On It (Remix) – De-Lite 12”
13 17 Dazz Band – Let It Whip – Motown 12”
14 11 Patrice Rushen – Number One / I Was Tired Of Being Alone / The Funk Won’t Let You Down – Elektra 12”
15 12 Rick James – Dance Wit’ Me – Motown 12”
16 06 Second Image – Star / Sambolic – Polydor 12”
17 16 Deodato – Happy Hour / Sweet Magic / Night Cruiser – Warner Bros 12”
18 20 Junior – Too Late (US Remix) – Mercury 12”
19 24 Thunderthumbs & The Toetsenman – Freedom / Freedom A Gogo – Polydor 12”
20 30 Aretha Franklin – Jump To It – US Arista 12”
21 26 Candela – Love You Madly – Arista 12”
22 21 Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top / Hang Tight – RCA 12”
23 29 Sinnamon – Thanks To You – Becket 12”
24 22 Fatback – She’s My Shining Star / On The Floor – US Spring LP
25 23 Jeffrey Osborne – I Really Don’t Need No Light – A&M 12”
26 34 Passion – Don’t Stop My Love – US Prelude 12”
27 13 Temptations/Rick James – Standing On The Top – Motown 12”
28 18 Stevie Wonder – Do I Do – Motown 12”
29 28 Cheri – Murphy’s Law – Polydor 12”
30 32 Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up / Beat The Street / You’re The One – US Prelude LP
31 33 BB&Q Band – Imagination – Capitol 12”
32 41 Shock USA – Electrophonic Phunk / That’s A Lady – Fantasy 12”
33 42 Afrika Bambaataa/Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock – US Tommy Boy 12”
34 40 Patrick Boothe – Never Knew Love Like This Before – Streetwave 12”
35 37 Feel – Let’s Rock (Over And Over Again) / Instrumental – US Sutra 12”
36 45 Sly Cabell – Feelin’ Fine – Virgin 12”
37 19 Narada Michael Walden – You Ought To Love Me – Atlantic 12”
38 44 Zapp – Dance Floor / A Touch Of Jazz / Playin’ Kinda Ruff – Warner Bros LP
39 49 Bobbi Humphrey – Baby Don’t You Know (Inst) / (Vocal) – US Uno Melodic 12”
40 55 Dunn & Bruce Street – Shout For Joy – US Devaki 12”
41 48 Sugarhill Gang – The Lover In You – US Sugarhill 12”
42 36 Atlantic Starr – Circles – A&M 12”
43 27 Gunchback Boogie Band – Funn (Instrumental) – US Prelude 12”
44 25 Deodato – Keep On Movin’ – US Warner Bros LP
45 50 France Joli / ‘D’ Train / Sharon Redd / Strikers / Secret Weapon / Unlimited Touch / Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day – Gonna Get Over You / You’re The One For Me / Can You Handle It / Body Music / Must Be The Music / Searchin’ To Find The One / Come Let Me Love You (KISS Remixes) – Epic LP
46 NE Evelyn King – Love Come Down – RCA 12”
47 31 Change – The Very Best In You – London 12”
48 53 Forrrce – Keep On Dubbin’ / Keep On Dancin’ – US West End 12”
49 38 Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight – US Bridge 12”
50 NE Grand Master Flash And The Furious Five – The Message – US Sugarhill 12”
51 35 Leon Ware – Why I Came To California – US Elektra LP
52 61 Irene Cara – Fame – RSO 12”
53 67 Search – Peanut Butter And Jam – Philly World Records 12”
54 58 A Taste Of Honey – We’ve Got The Groove – Capitol LP
55 85 Bloodstone – Funkin’ Around / My Love Grows Stronger – US T Neck LP
56 56 Freddie James – Don’t Turn Your Back On Love – US Arista 12”
57 43 Linx – Plaything – Chrysalis 12”
58 60 Manu Dibango – Waka Juju – French CRC LP
59 39 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Ze 12”
60 59 Magic Lady – Give It Up – US A&M LP
61 54 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
62 74 Diana Ross – Work That Body – Capitol 12”
63 70 Conway & Temple – Love Lights – US Old Town 12”
64 63 Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ / Go For It – Polydor 12”
65 NE Howard Johnson – Say You Wanna / Keepin’ Love New – US A&M LP
66 62 Heatwave – Lettin’ It Loose / Mind What You Find – Epic 12”
67 47 Majik – You Gotta Get Up – US Gold Coast 12”
68 57 Bohannon – The Party Train – US Phase II LP
69 NE Heatwave – The Big Guns – Epic LP
70 71 Chris Hunter – Moody – Polydor 12”
71 65 Hot Quisine – Keep That Same Old Feeling – Kaleidoscope 12”
72 NE Roy Hamilton – Take Your Time (The Ultimate Mixx) – Excaliber 12”
73 78 Bobby McFerrin – Dance With Me – Elektra Musician LP
74 51 Redd Hott – Ecstacy – US Venture LP
75 69 Gino Soccio – It’s Alright / Remember – US Atlantic RFC LP
76 NE I Level – Give Me – Virgin 12”
77 76 Glass – Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat – US West End 12”
78 RE Larry Graham – Don’t Stop When You’re Hot / Easy Love / You’re My Girl – Warner Bros LP
79 46 BLT – Tighten It Up – US Gold Coast 12”
80 77 Angela Clemmons – Give Me Just A Little More Time – Portrait 12”
81 68 Rick James – Money Talks / 69 Times / Throwdown / Teardrops – Motown LP
82 64 Narada Michael Walden – Summer Lady / I’m Ready / Confidence – Atlantic LP
83 RE David Christie – Saddle Up – KR 12”
84 86 David McPherson – You Can’t Stop! – US SAM 12”
85 90 Leroy Hutson – She’s Got It – US Elektra 12”
86 52 Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – ERC 12”
87 NE Light Of The World – No.1 Girl – EMI 12”
88 80 Jesse Green – Nice And Slow (US Remix) – Excaliber 12”
89 RE Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat – US Vanguard 12”
90 NE Eddie Murphy – Boogie In Your Butt – US The Entertainment Company 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

The Dramatics: ‘I Can’t Stand It’ / ‘It’s Dramatic Music’ (Capitol 12”)
Bobby “O”: ‘Still Hott 4 U’ (US “O” 12in)
Stephanie Mills: ‘You Can’t Run From My Love’ (Casablanca 12in)
Herbie Hancock: ‘The Fun Tracks’ (CBS)
Midnight Star: ‘Hot Spot (US Solar LP)
Light Of The World: ‘Soho’ / ‘Famous Faces’ / ‘(Everybody) Move’ (EMI LP)
Rafael Cameron: ‘Desires’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Pino D’Angio: ‘Ma Quale Idea’ (System 12in)
Al Marshall: ‘(I Like The Way You) Dance With Me’ (Pavilion 12in)
David Morris: ‘Saturday Night’ (US Becket 12in)
Trevor Walters: ‘Loving As One’ (Magnet 12in)
Amuzement Park: ‘Groove Your Blues Away’ (US Our Gang Entertainment 12in)
Marc Sadane: ‘Exciting’ / ‘One Minute From Love’ (US Warner Bros LP)
Bobby Womack: ‘So Many Sides Of You’ / Bettye Lavette: ‘I Can’t Stop’ / High Inergy: ‘First Impressions’ (Motown 12in promo)
Kat Mandu: ‘I Wanna Dance (Remix)’ (Canadian Formula 12in)


Nightclub Chart:

01 01 Fame – Irene Cara – RSO 12”
02 05 A Night To Remember – Shalamar – Solar 12”
03 02 Inside Out – Odyssey – RCA 12”
04 08 Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band – Mercury
05 04 Music And Lights – Imagination – R&B 12”
06 09 Murphy’s Law – Cheri – Polydor 12”
07 11 Shy Boy – Bananarama – London 12”
08 25 Don’t Go – Yazoo – Mute 12”
09 15 Da Da Da – Trio – Mobile Suit Corporation 12”
10 03 The Look Of Love (Pts. 1/3) – ABC – Neutron 12”
11 07 I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
12 15 Night Train (Dance Mix) – Visage – Polydor 12”
13 20 Stool Pigeon – Kid Creole – Ze 12”
14 06 Work That Body – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
15 12 Do I Do – Stevie Wonder – Motown 12”
16 14 Let’s Funk Tonight – Blue Feather – Mercury 12”
17 31 Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Mercury 12”
18 10 Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
19 22 Iko Iko – Natasha – Towerbell
20 17 Mama Used To Say (US Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
21 28 Too Late – Junior – Mercury 12”
22 16 Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
23 18 Torch – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
24 41 Love Has Found Its Way – Dennis Brown – A&M 12”
25 19 Sooner Or Later – Larry Graham – Warner Bros 12”
26 23 Happy Talk – Captain Sensible – A&M 12”
27 51 The Clapping Song – Belle Stars – Stiff
28 47 It Started With A Kiss – Hot Chocolate – Rak
29 21 Standing On The Top – Temptations/Rick James – Motown 12”
30 40 Rock The Casbah – The Clash – CBS 12”
31 24 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”
32 60 All Of My Heart / Date Stamp – ABC – Neutron LP
33 33 Star – Second Image – Polydor 12”
34 34 Dance Wit’ Me – Rick James – Motown 12”
35 52 I Second That Emotion – Japan – Hansa 12”
36 — Driving In My Car – Madness – Stiff 12”
37 — Love Is In Control – Donna Summer – Warner Bros 12”
38 32 Let It Whip – Dazz Band – Motown 12”
39 38 Streetwalkin’ – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
40 29 Save Your Love For Me – Space – Metropolis 12”
41 53 I Really Don’t Need No Light – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
42 35 I’m Afraid Of Me – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
43 45 Going To A Go Go – Rolling Stones – EMI
44 27 Circles – Atlantic Starr – A&M 12”
45 39 No Regrets – Midge Ure – Chrysalis
46 62 What / Sex Dwarf – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare LP
47 26 Grace – The Band AKA – Epic/Streetwave 12”
48 55 Freedom – Thunderthumbs & The Toetsenman – Polydor 12”
49 43 I Was Tired Of Being Alone / Number One – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
50 48 Plaything – Linx – Chrysalis 12”
51 30 Keep On – “D” Train – Epic 12”
52 64 Wham Rap! – Wham – Inner Vision 12”/promo remix
53 — Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Remix) – Boys Town Gang – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
54 61 Happy Hour – Deodato – Warner Bros 12”
55 44 The Very Best In You – Change – London 12”
56 56 Lovers Concerto – Smack – Jive 12”
57 — Big Fun – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
58 65 Warchild – Blondie – Chrysalis 12”
59 — Me And My Girl (Night-Clubbing) – David Essex – Mercury
60 — Take It Away – Paul McCartney – Parlophone 12”
61 — Margate – Chas & Dave – Rockney
62 — Keep This One In Tune / Moody – Chris Hunter – Polydor 12”
63 — Love You Madly – Candela – Arista 12”
64 — Summertime – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
65 — John Wayne Is Big Leggy – Haysi Fantayzee – Regard 12”


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:

Bad Manners 149f, Willie Nelson 0-18-36-37/73-0r, Psychedelic Furs 125-126f, Sheena Easton 158f, Survivor 108f, Blancmange 110f, Fun Boy Three (0-)111f, Boys Town Gang (0-)129f, McCrarys 117-116f, Bow Wow Wow 129-133c, Prelude 121(aca)-124f, Tlght Fit (0-)132½f, Philip Jap 139f, Cheap Trick 57-114-115-0r.


GAY TOP 20

01 01 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”/promo mix
02 02 Love Pains – Yvonne Elliman – US Moby Dick 12”
03 04 Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight / Comes And Get Your Love / Oh Babe – Lime – US Prism 12”/German Polydor LP
04 — Do Ya Wanna Funk – Patrick Cowley/Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
05 06 Give Me Just A Little More Time – Angela Clemmons – Portrait 12”
06 05 Rain – Goombay Dance Band – Epic 12” promo/ US Portrait 12” remix
07 10 Passion – Flirts – Canadian Unidisc 12” remix
08 07 (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up / Love Is The Drug – Roni Griffith – Vanguard 12”
09 — Happy Hour – Deodato – Warner Bros 12”
10 16 Don’t Come Crying To Me – Linda Clifford – US Capitol LP
11 — Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Remix) – Boys Town Gang – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
12 08 Stormy Weather – Viola Wills – US Sunergy 12”
13 — Gloria – Laura Branigan – US Atlantic 12”
14 09 Mama Told Me – Fantastique – Canadian Rio 12”
15 — Fame – Irene Cara – RSO 12”
16 19 I Like Plastic – Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven – Red Bus 12”
17 11 Sing Sing Sing – Charlie Calello Orchestra – US Profile/Dutch Rams Horn 12”
18 — Love Is In Control – Donna Summer – Warner Bros 12”
19 — Love Buzz – Voggue – Mercury 12”
20 — Love You Madly – Candela – Mercury 12”


DJ TOP TEN

DAVE FAWKNER, expatriate Manchester jock, says “I’ve joined the army of English jocks in Norway who have opted out for better pay and conditions — average pay for a jock out here is over £1000 a month after all deductions. The punters think nothing of waiting an hour before the club opens, paying £4 to get in and then £2.75 for a pint of lager.” (With lager at £2.75 a pint, no wonder DJs get paid so much!) “Of course the music scene is totally different from the UK,” adds Dave, whose current floor fillers at Diskotek Le-Ni in Tonsberg are these . . .

1. MURPHY’S LAW – Cheri
2. BAD MOON RISING – Creedence Clearwater Revival
3. STAR – Second Image
4. ON THE ROAD AGAIN – Barrabas
5. TAKE IT AWAY – Paul McCartney
6. NEW YORK NEW YORK – Frank Sinatra
7. NO REPLY – Gary Holton
8. DA DA DA – Trio
9. (ANYTHING) – Rolling Stones
10. (ANYTHING) – Kenny Rogers

One thought on “August 7, 1982: Aretha Franklin, Dunn & Bruce Street, Teddy Pendergrass, Grandmaster Flash, Jermaine Jackson”

  1. So Grandmaster Flash & “The Message” is reviewed this week. Interesting to note James’ pointed comments about the preference of radio jocks for “safe” “white” product! So much great artists & music really struggled to find a place on UK daytime radio throughout the 60s 70s & 80s. Similarly the UK Musicians Union had a stranglehold on how many visiting foreign acts could appear on UK TV- yup they had a quota! Difficult for youngsters to understand just how far our access to music was censored back in the day. A cultural reference to “Porky’s” which we all thought was hilarious at the time.. A cringeworthy reference to Teddy Pendergrass horrific life changing car crash with just more than a hint of a homophobic dig. How things have changed! Motown records “last hurrah” as a consistent hit making force is in full flow as Aretha’s comeback gathers steam. Jazz Funk is THE thing and UK black acts really have now become a credible force and regular mainstream hitmakers.

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