August 14, 1982: Rockers Revenge, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force, Galaxy, Wanda, Jay W. McGee


IMAGINATION, after doing backing vocals for Kelly Marie’s Crusaders- produced track, hint they weren’t exactly impressed despite the Crusaders’ twenty years of musical experience — “the guys are fantastic but they need to utilize what’s happening now, though we did learn a lot from them,” hastily adds Leee . . . Leee also says, “I can’t wait to get a flop, then we’ll know who the real people are in the music business” . . . Italy meanwhile has Imagination’s ‘Just An Illusion’ at 4 and ‘Body Talk’ at 10 in the chart, Belgium has ‘Music And Lights’ at 12, and in Canada ‘Just An Illusion’ has sold enough to go “double gold” . . . Dartford’s futuristically revamped Flicks reopens next week with a preview night party on Thursday (19) and a fireman’s fancy dress ball on Friday (20), when Chris Hill joins Colin Hood, and already the enquiries have been so heavy that the club has had to install an answerphone to handle reopening details on Dartford 25520 . . . Canvey’s Goldmine, on the first week of its tenth anniversary celebrations, had kids queueing outside at 10 in the morning last Saturday! . . . Orin Cozier is now deservedly the Streetwave label’s full time national radio plugger and artist liaison manager, Morgan Khan meanwhile is now hyping himself up on new singings, the Hudson Brothers . . . Howard Johnson ‘So Fine‘, which hasn’t stopped climbing since the news got about it wouldn’t be on UK release, will be out here after all, but as flip to ‘Keepin’ Love New’ (now watch the hipper than hip drop it fast!), spearheading the relaunch next week A&M’s Funk A&Merica series along with Magic Lady ‘Sexy Body’ / ‘Get Off’ (wot not ‘Give It Up’?), Jeffrey Osborne ‘Eenie Meenie’ / ‘You Were Made To Love’, Atlantic Starr ‘Love Me Down’ / ‘You’re The One’ . . . Britain’s first video pool, A. B. SEE provides a monthly one hour compilation of current hot promotional videos at £50 + VAT per month, initially sending two tapes so that the older one can be replaced after the first month thus leaving you always with two to rotate, and the service is already much used by London Clubs (I can vouch for the videos at Le Beat Route) although A. B. SEE’s Roz Bea would like to hear from more provincial clubs with video facilities — contact her at Albion Leisure Services, 147 Oxford Street, London W1 (01-734 9072) . . . Peter Powell’s Steppin’ Out soul show on Radio One (Mondays 6.10pm) would surely be of most benefit if it left all the brand new pre-release exclusives to the local radio specialist shows, which have more time available, and instead concentrated its 50 minutes on consolidating those soul disco hits which, with just a little bit more national airplay, could possibly cross over into the pop chart . . . Industry sources estimate that 5000 sales are needed to break even on a disco hit, many not getting anywhere near that despite apparent chart popularity, while with luck an average disco chart topper which also hits the bottom end of the pop chart can possibly sell around 30,000 after a lot of hard graft . . . Froggy’s Steppin’ Out mixes really should be more ambitious and busier — its no fun waiting right through a record just to hear one segue, especially now that young Alan Coulthard on Radio Luxembourg zaps you with something incredible every few seconds on his megamix masterworks (provided radio reception lets you hear it) . . . Martin Collins Soul Seekin’ show on Chiltern Radio (c.792 MW) every Sunday 3-6pm can be picked up in London, and I’m glad to hear he’s more than lived up to his earlier praised potential . . . Jeff Young is sitting in for Robbie Vincent on Radio London’s Saturday lunchtime soul show for the next few weeks . . . Capital’s recently absent reggae jock David Rodigan has grown a muff around his mouth, to go with the second star lead role he’s been off filming in Greenland for BBC TV’s ‘Shackleton’ series, due on our screens next spring . . . Tony Jenkins Soul On Sound cassette magazine got off to a great start, shops already reporting that my preview mix medley has brought people back in to buy records featured — remember, I can’t use more than a short excerpt (to comply with copyright laws) and so will never be able to do an ideal mix by waiting for all the optimum mix points, but I think you’ll find this week’s edition is even neater . . . Ambiance drummer Mike Parkinson stuck it out giving helpful nods while Tony Jenkins dozed off during the marathon all night session it took to end up with the new medley! . . . Technics digital readout adjustments to achieve the Rockers Revenge/Sharon Redd ‘Beat The Street’/Bobby “O” mix (during which I’m still not sure what bits belong to what records!) are +2.1/0.0/–3.7 . . . Bobby “O” (for Orlando) produced the Flirts ‘Passion‘ gay synth hit, a c.120bpm 12in remix of which is now on Canadian Unidisc (UNI-1086) . . . Graham Gold moves downstairs on Friday nights at Mayfair’s Gullivers in Down Street, leaving me to funk the whole night upstairs on my own (no hardship in itself!) . . . Wham’s glamorous platinum blonde dancer Shirlie Holliman gets nothing from gigs and so earns her keep, not working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, but as one of the remarkably friendly girls at Watford’s Ponderosa — the UK’s first truly authentic American restaurant which is so good I’ve travelled there from London twice in four days to gorge on dirt cheap steak with shrimp, unlimited help yourself salad, unlimited soft drink refills, unlimited um-yum! . . . Harringay Bolts national gay disco dancing championship was won by 20 year old masseur David Beard . . . Ian Levine (Charing Cross Heaven) has Sharon Redd ‘In The Name Of Love‘ at the top of the gay venue’s chart and reminds me that Stephanie Mills ‘I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You‘ was of course originally Syreeta’s debut single when called Rita Wright . . . CBS conned a lot of jocks by disguising the Goombay Dance Band as the GD Band on white label 12in promos of ‘Rain’ . . . Marvin Howell’s ERC label (hot with the Boys Town Gang, whose ‘Signed Sealed And Delivered‘ revival will be the next single pulled off their September-issued LP) is now clarified as being the outlet for product licensed from the US, with acts going on Marvin’s Project label System being phased out (Pino D’Angio possibly being transferred to ERC later in the summer) . . . Adrian reports from Bournemouth’s gay Adams Disco in the Maison Royale complex that Carol Jiani ‘Hit ‘N Run Lover’ megamix is still Bournemouth’s biggest hit, the Fri/Sat/Sun/Tuesday club being busiest on the cabaret Tuesday nights . . . Tony St Michael’s nights at Islington’s Hemingford Arms pub have changed from funk to gay, Sundays for women, Mondays for men . . . Tony de Vit compiles a gay disco chart at Birmingham’s Nightingale Club which he then features on his Beacon Radio show, without identifying the fact that it’s gay, and supplies to listeners by post . . . Paul Parker ‘Right On Target‘ (US Megatone 12in) is top of the US Dance/Disco chart, although Ian Levine prefers the ‘Pushin’ Too Hard‘ flip . . . Laura Branigan ‘Gloria’ is now on UK 12in (Atlantic K 11759T) . . . Gibbo is playing so much material normally associated only with gay discos that I had difficulty in stopping our chart compiler Alan Jones from classifying Edgbaston Faces French Club Jardine as gay! . . . Tricky Dicky Richard Scanes in his Disco Music shop at 391C Mile End Road, London E3, offers UK 12in at £1.90 and US 12in at £3.50 to our gay chart readers, the same discount as for DJs, adding “If you’re gay and a DJ you get an extra special kiss!” . . . yeuchh! . . . Eddie Murphy, whose ‘Boogie In Your Butt‘ was intended as a disco parody but is in fact one of the best funk cuts this year, is a sort of American equivalent to Lenny Henry on TV there . . . Keni Burke, selling well on UK 12in, appears to have been around too long for jocks to stick with him . . . I don’t understand the evident rush to buy Glass — the girls are out of tune, dammit! — nor the surprisingly short lived peak reached by the incredibly good Redd Hott ‘Ecstasy‘ . . . A&M in America have started an AyM label series for strictly Latin music (of the ethnic Mexican/South American variety) . . . Gunch appears probably to be some new illegally ingested substance . . . Al Green is taking time off from his Memphis church to play the type-cast role of a minister alongside Patti LaBelle on Broadway in a new adaptation of the gospel musical ‘Your Arm’s Too Short To Box With God’, set for an eight week run starting in a month at the Alvin Theatre . . . Teddy P, many doctors agree, may never walk again — so I’m sorry about last week’s comment, based on earlier more optimistic reports — although he is already in other respects more mobile than the even more unfortunate Johnnie Wilder . . . Nigel Halkes (Portishead) reminds us that the flip of Shalamar’s ‘Make That Move’ was ‘The Pop Along Kid‘, all about body popping . . . Teesside jocks Cleveland Area DJ Association is now affiliated with the DJF, details from Graham Murray, 7 Crossbeck Way, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, Cleveland . . . Theo Loyla has returned to Mecca after 12 years, joining Dave Munday on Saturday’s at Guildford’s Cinderella Rockerfellas . . . Suzie Halls, remembered by many DJs as Fred Dove’s assistant a while back, now works just along the road from me in Willesden at Jive . . . Brian ‘Bazzer’ Mason jocks Mon/Tues/Wednesday upstairs at Southgate’s Pink Elephant (ex-Royalty) . . . Dion Schoun of Copenhagen’s Tattersall (Tatters Disco) recommends the Ding Dong record shop at Silkegade 3, behind the Illum warehouse, in Copenhagen as a hot source of imported US and UK material . . . Kev James is now permanently based in Denmark (this month at Skagen’s Disco Admiralen), where he says Rick James is king and Falco’s original ‘Der Kommisar‘ is classed as funk . . . Mark Clark (Bracknell) on a recent return to Rotterdam spent a weekend coaching Blue Feather to speaka de English, so now you know who to blame if you encounter them here . . . Rob Harknett (Roydon 027979 2329) had an expensive narrow escape (literally) from Czechoslovakia after his young son came out with measles (silly taking him there really), Rob only managing one gig behind the Iron Curtain but at least he was greeted by the crowd like a superstar — now he needs a copy of the 24.4.82 Record Mirror as the copy he sent his Czech chum was lost . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh) writes from Salou near Tarragona that Kasso ‘Kasso‘ seems big in Spain . . . Nick Ratcliffe (Winkfield) says the taverns in Corfu all wind up with a selection of terrible Eurodisco, the ‘Stars On 45’ singles and ‘Disco Bouzouki’, but it’s all good fun (apart from the other bloody foreigners)! . . . Mark Summers, resident at Hackney’s recently opened luxurious 1920s-styled Flappers in Temple Mills Lane, regularly gets visited by local tribe the Hymen Bursters! . . . Donna Summer’s recording sessions with Quincy Jones were more of a strain than originally anticipated, according to a good report in the LA Times, Donna being preoccupied by her unexpected pregnancy — and did you spot it on TV, but because of this her current video makes extensive use of a slimline cardboard cutout of her! . . . Mike Page (Shifnal Nell Gwynn), who’s always being told he’s too expensive, asks on behalf of himself and several other local jocks, who the hell is Trevor Hughes? (OK guys, meet at noon on main street) . . . Frenchie’s sweat dripped onto his close talk mike while he was fiddling with the badly earthed lighting controller the other Wednesday at Kirkham Charlie Max’s and — ZAPP! – instant hair straightener . . . Chris Cole (Cranleigh Cranley Hotel), please note that although provincial reaction comes via the mail, London’s contribution to the Disco 90 includes bang up to date verbal reports . . . Eddy James (Walthamstow Royal Standard) reckons BPM should now become CPM, for Claps Per Minute . . . WEA’s Fred Dove opines “There are too many DJs asking for free records because they can’t afford to buy them, not because they want to promote them” (think about it, there’s a subtle difference!) . . . Alfred McCrarys says “Absolutely!” . . . Delbert says “KEEP IT CRUCIAL!”


ROCKERS REVENGE featuring DONNIE CALVIN: ‘Walking On Sunshine ’82’ (London LONX 11).
Along with “D” Train’s ‘You’re The One For Me’, likely in retrospect to be 1982’s most influential disco record, this brilliant 115bpm 4-track 12in restructuring of the Eddy Grant song is already deservedly the hottest sound in the nation and an absolute delight for mixers. Try overdubbing its own acappella version (get two copies!). Aretha Franklin’s acappella intro, the US ‘Keep On’ B-side’s acappella intro, the Peech Boys acappella 7in, or synch for sensational effect as much of Sharon Redd’s ‘Beat The Street’ as you can manage. If you’re one of the few who haven’t yet heard it, look out for all the sneaky bits nicked from “D” Train and others. It’s a hit-bound cross fertilisation of culture, owing as much to the Human League as to funk. What a blast!

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE: ‘Planet Rock’ (21 Records POPX 497, via Polydor).
People either love or loathe this blatant pinch of Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans Europe Express’ speeded up on 126bpm 12in as either an instrumental flip (big for many) or with a freaky US smash rap as the main side. Either way it’s big and getting bigger all the time, with lots of pop appeal.

GALAXY: ‘Head Over Heels’ (Ensign ENYT 229, via RCA).
Not widely available just yet but already eagerly sought on red label promo following weeks of teasing radio play by Robbie Vincent, this Phil (Kandidate) Fearon-penned/sung Quincy Jones-ish slick creamy 117bpm 12in roller was produced by the currently hot Pete Wingfield, whose own gorgeous piano playing on the jazzier instrumental flip is making that the most danced to side, although both develop beautifully as they flow along.

FATBACK: ‘She’s My Shining Star’ (Polydor POSPX 494).
Slavishly copying Maze though maybe it does, this superb sensuous jazzily rolling 106-104-105-106bpm 12in jogger has terrific sax, subtle “new soul” singing and a toe-tingling beauty that’s not to be missed now that it’s finally out here.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘Summer Lady’ (Atlantic K 11752T).
His charging excitably yelping Eurohit has been much remixed and improved for faster 122bpm 12in, which the French speaking foxy lady two-thirds through could even help make a hit here. Flipped by the more sedately knocking 117bpm ‘Confidence‘ in which he’s preaching the teaching of guru Sri Chinmoy.

STANLEY CLARKE: ‘New York City’ (LP ‘Let Me Know You’ Epic EPC 85846).
Getting ever funkier and more soulful the ex-jazz bassist has obviously been listening to Rod Temperton’s work with Quincy Jones to judge from this clapping and bass started then lushly harmonised then steadily intensifying 123-124-125bpm builder with great napping bass synth as it progresses, and the jauntily jolting 121bpm ‘The Force Of Love‘, Carlos Santana’s guitar climaxing the repetitive slick 126bpm ‘Straight To The Top‘.


WANDA: ‘I Must Be Dreamin’ (US Elektra 0-67996).
Narada Michael Walden’s sister (he’s executive producer) takes the Evelyn King route on a Randy Jackson produced predictable but well crafted sinuous synth spiked 113bpm 12in smacker which is a gift for mixers and destined to be a disco biggie.

JAY W. McGEE: ‘When We Party’ (Canadian Scorpio CAPAC DK 82-01).
Already mentioned in brief, this GQ-ish jauntily pushing surprisingly subtle 120-121bpm 12in kicker improves immensely with familiarity and really trucks the further into it you get, the chix sung “uptown downtown” hook line making it one to watch (especially when, as seems likely, it comes out here). Deep soul fans should check the lovely slow ‘I’ve Been Checking Out (Too)’ flip (too).

SWEET PEA ATKINSON: ‘Dance Or Die’ (US Ze IL 0-99997).
Was Not Was-produced strongly solidly thunking and thudding 118bpm 12in chugger with chanting chaps like a funky Human League, giving it good crossover appeal. The snazzy new die-cut 12in sleeve it’s housed in may get torn in record boxes easily.

RAW SILK: ‘Do It To The Music’ (US West End WES 22148).
This week’s big seller on West End (isn’t there one every week?!), the chix cooed and wailed slinky 112-114-115-116bpm 12in swayer builds through nice sax to a more rhythmic semi-“fierce” last part which is then emphasised in an acappella introed 0-114-115-116bpm B-side ‘Dub Mix‘, two copies thus being useful for mixers.

TYZIK: ‘Sweet Nothings’ (LP ‘Radiance’ US Capitol ST-12224).
Trumpeter Jeff Tyzik gets ravishing chick-led scatting vocal support on this lovely Crusaders-ish lightly Latin jiggly 109bpm instrumental jogger, similar in flavour to Leon Ware’s ‘Why I Came To California’, the rest of the set being pleasant — sometimes fast — lightweight jazz listening. From the tone of his horn, I’d reckon we’ve heard him plenty on Hollywood TV themes.

ALFONZO: ‘Girl, You Are The One’ (US Joe-Wes JW 81500).
I last week mentioned the flip’s 125-126bpm treatment of ‘Low Down’, but in fact the very Michael Jackson-ish youngster has a US soul hit with this actually much more useable nicely developing 113-114-115-116-117bpm 12in pent up slow roller.

GOODIE: ‘Do Something’ (US Total Experience MK 205).
Solid sounding but fast 127(intro)-129-131bpm 12in funk smacker whips along, produced by Gap Bandeman, Lonnie Simmons and already a US soul hit.

THUNDERBOLT: ‘Love Is So Funny’ (US Rapture 1455).
Soulful chaps sung repetitive rattling brassy 124-125bpm 12in chugger (beware — it’s at an unmarked 45rpm), possibly better on the instrumental flip.

UK Disco Top 90 – August 14, 1982

01 02 Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine / Accapella Sunshine / Rockin’ On Sunshine – London 12”
02 05 Howard Johnson – So Fine – US A&M 12”
03 04 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon – Ze 12”
04 01 Larry Graham – Sooner Or Later – Warner Bros 12”
05 30 Sharon Redd – Beat The Street / Never Give You Up / You’re The One – US Prelude LP
06 10 McCrarys – Love On A Summer Night – Capitol 12”
07 03 Shalamar – A Night To Remember – Solar 12”
08 12 Kool & The Gang – Big Fun / Get Down On It (Remix) – De-Lite 12”
09 06 Imagination – Music And Lights – R&B 12”
10 07 Blue Feather – Let’s Funk Tonight / Club Instrumental – Mercury 12”
11 20 Aretha Franklin – Jump To It – US Arista 12”
12 46 Evelyn King – Love Come Down – RCA 12”
13 34 Patrick Boothe – Never Knew Love Like This Before – Streetwave 12”
14 09 ‘D’ Train – Keep On / You’re The One For Me (Reprise) – Epic 12”
15 26 Passion – Don’t Stop My Love – US Prelude 12”
16 31 BB&Q Band – Imagination – Capitol 12”
17 11 Dennis Brown – Love Has Found Its Way – A&M 12”
18 40 Dunn & Bruce Street – Shout For Joy – US Devaki 12”
19 25 Jeffrey Osborne – I Really Don’t Need No Light – A&M 12”
20 33 Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock / Instrumental – US Tommy Boy 12”
21 14 Patrice Rushen – Number One (Remix) / I Was Tired Of Being Alone / The Funk Won’t Let You Down – Elektra 12”
22 13 Dazz Band – Let It Whip – Motown 12”
23 38 Zapp – Dance Floor / A Touch Of Jazz / Playin’ Kinda Ruff / Doo Wa Ditty – Warner Bros LP
24 50 Grand Master Flash And The Furious Five – The Message – US Sugarhill 12”
25 17 Deodato – Happy Hour / Sweet Magic / Night Cruiser – Warner Bros 12”
26 19 Thunderthumbs & The Toetsenman – Freedom / Freedom A Gogo – Polydor 12”
27 18 Junior – Too Late (US Remix) – Mercury 12”
28 24 Fatback – She’s My Shining Star – US Spring LP
29 08 Odyssey – Inside Out – RCA 12”
30 15 Rick James – Dance Wit’ Me – Motown 12”
31 85 Leroy Hutson – She’s Got It – US Elektra 12”
32 22 Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top / Hang Tight – RCA 12”
33 51 Leon Ware – Why I Came To California – US Elektra LP
34 23 Sinnamon – Thanks To You – Becket 12”
35 16 Second Image – Star / Sambolic – Polydor 12”
36 39 Bobbi Humphrey – Baby Don’t You Know (Instrumental) – US Uno Melodic 12”
37 56 Freddie James – Don’t Turn Your Back On Love – US Arista 12”
38 49 Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) – US Bridge 12”
39 41 Sugarhill Gang – The Lover In You – US Sugarhill 12”
40 21 Candela – Love You Madly – Arista 12”
41 36 Sly Cabell – Feelin’ Fine / Special Club Version – Virgin 12”
42 32 Shock USA – Electrophonic Phunk / That’s A Lady – Fantasy 12”
43 37 Narada Michael Walden – You Ought To Love Me – Atlantic 12”
44 84 David McPherson – You Can’t Stop! – US SAM 12”
45 61 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
46 76 I Level – Give Me – Virgin 12”
47 55 Bloodstone – My Love Grows Stronger / Funkin’ Around – US T Neck LP
48 NE Narada Michael Walden – Summer Lady (Remix) – Atlantic 12”
49 71 Hot Quisine – Keep That Same Old Feeling – Kaleidoscope 12”
50 44 Deodato – Keep On Movin’ – US Warner Bros LP
51 NE Jay W McGee – When We Party – Canadian Scorpio 12”
52 43 Gunchback Boogie Band – Funn (Instrumental) / (Vocal) – US Prelude 12”
53 52 Irene Cara – Fame – RSO 12”
54 77 Glass – Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat – US West End 12”
55 54 A Taste Of Honey – We’ve Got The Groove – Capitol LP
56 NE Wanda – I Must Be Dreamin’ – US Elektra 12”
57 45 ‘D’ Train / Sharon Redd / Strikers / Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day / Secret Weapon / Unlimited Touch / France Joli – You’re The One For Me / Can You Handle It / Body Music / Come Let Me Love You / Must Be The Music / Searchin’ To Find The One / Gonna Get Over You (KISS Remixes) – Prelude LP
58 47 Change – The Very Best In You – London 12”
59 63 Conway & Temple – Love Lights – US Old Town 12”
60 35 Feel – Let’s Rock (Over And Over Again) / Instrumental – US Sutra 12”
61 48 Forrrce – Keep On Dubbin’ / Keep On Dancin’ – US West End 12”
62 90 Eddie Murphy – Boogie In Your Butt – US The Entertainment Co 12”
63 NE Marc Sadane – Exciting / One Minute From Love – US Warner Bros LP
64 72 Roy Hamilton – Take Your Time (The Ultimate Mixx) – Excaliber 12”
65 74 Redd Hott – Ecstacy – US Venture LP
66 65 Howard Johnson – Say You Wanna / Keepin’ Love New – US A&M LP
67 NE Trevor Walters – Loving As One – Magnet 12”
68 73 Bobby McFerrin – Dance With Me – Elektra Musician LP
69 RE Starpoint – Bring Your Sweet Lovin’ Back – Casablanca 12” promo
70 NE Bettye Lavette / Bobby Womack – I Can’t Stop / So Many Sides Of You – Eyes & Ears 12” promo
71 86 Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – ERC 12”
72 57 Linx – Plaything – Chrysalis 12”
73 53 Search – Peanut Butter And Jam – Philly World Records 12”
74 NE Amuzement Park – Groove Your Blues Away – US Our Gang Entertainment 12”
75 70 Chris Hunter – Moody – Polydor 12”
76 68 Bohannon – The Party Train – US Phase II LP
77 75 Gino Soccio – It’s Alright / Remember / Who Dunnit? – US Atlantic RFC LP
78 67 Majik – You Gotta Get Up / Instrumental – US Gold Coast 12”
79 80 Angela Clemmons – Give Me Just A Little More Time – Portrait 12”
80 NE Midnight Star – Hot Spot – US Solar 12”
81 NE Raw Silk – Do It To The Music / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
82 NE Bobby “O” – Still Hott 4 U – US “O” 12”
83 NE Laurice Hudson – Feel My Love – US Snowflake 12”
84 78 Larry Graham – Dont Stop When You’re Hot / You’re My Girl / Easy Love / Let Me Come Into Your Life – Warner Bros LP
85 NE Stephanie Mills – You Can’t Run From My Love – Casablanca 12”
86 NE Rafael Cameron – Desires – US Salsoul 12”
87 RE Starpoint – Get Your Body Up / All Night Long / I Like It – US Chocolate City LP/12” promo
88 NE Stanley Clarke – New York City / The Force Of Love / Straight To The Top – Epic LP
89 NE Herbie Hancock – The Fun Tracks – CBS
90 NE Al Marshall – (I Like The Way You) Dance With Me – Pavilion 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Jermaine Jackson: ‘Running’ / ‘Very Special Part’ / ‘There’s A Better Way’ (US Motown LP)
Trilark: ‘Love Never Looked Better (Instrumental)’ (US Handshake 12in)
Tyzik: ‘Sweet Nothings’ (US Capitol 12in)
UK Players: ‘Missbehavin’ (A&M 12in)
UK Players: ‘No Way Out’ (A&M 12in)
Illusion: ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ (PRT 12in)
Galaxy: ‘Head Over Heels (Instrumental)’ (Ensign 12in promo)
Jean Carn: ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ (Motown/12in promo)
Boys Town Gang: ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ (ERC 12in promo/US Moby Dick LP)
Janet Kay: ‘You Bring The Sun Out’ (Arista 12in)
Distinction: ‘That’s The Way I Like It’ (Hansa 12in)
Freddie McGregor: ‘Reggae On It’ (JA Thompson Sound 12in)
Fat Larry’s Band: ‘Golden Moment’ (WMOT 12in)
Wynd Chimes: ‘Stylin’, ‘Smilin’ & Profilin’ / ‘Alakazam’ / ‘Body Rap’ / ‘Do It’ (US RCA LP)
Donna Summer: ‘Love Is In Control’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Wham: ‘Wham Rap!’ (Inner Vision 12in/US promo remix)
Weeks & Co: ‘Go With The Flow’ (Canadian Black Sun 12in)
Jennifer Holiday: ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ (Geffen LP)
Brandi Wells: ‘Fantasy’ (WMOT 12in)
Peech Boys: ‘Don’t Make Me Wait (Acappella)’ (US West End)

Nightclub Chart:

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

Associates ’18 Carat Love Affair’ 142f / ‘Love Hangover’ 128-130f, Sylvian/Sakamoto 0-133c, Pink Floyd 0-21r, Kool & The Gang 116-117f, Kate Bush 112-56f, Scritti Politti 108-109-110-111-112-0r, Rocky Sharpe 123(intro)-126-128-0r, 10cc 0-33-0r, Diana Ross 129f, Tom Tom Club 122r, Toto Coelo 148f, Louis Clark 128r, China Crisis 126/63f


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

2 thoughts on “August 14, 1982: Rockers Revenge, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force, Galaxy, Wanda, Jay W. McGee”

  1. Hammy prints an apology for his comments about Teddy Pendergrass car accident. He refers to Eddie Murphy as an “American Lenny Hendry”!!! James also gets it spot on about Walking On Sunshine. Planet Rock gets a review. The Gay clubs emerge from the shadows and break a few hits. Looking at the chart 1982 was another great year for dance music.


  2. I should imagine the Mark Summers mentioned jocking in Hackney must be the same one who had the hit in the 1990s with the rave hit that sampled the Magic Roundabout theme and later on in the mid/late 90s had some good hard house type tunes out under some other names – and talking of hard house that must be the future godfather of hard house the legendary Tony De Vit’s first mention in a national publication .

    And what with big mentions for Planet Rock, The Message, Rockers Revenge at number 1 and Raw Silk’s oft sampled Do It To The Music entering the chart this seems an all round pretty ahead of it’s time week .

    July or August 1982 is also when I first went clubbing so this era really brings it all back for me. Great times!


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