November 6, 1982: Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney, Willie Hutch, Gwen McCrae, Billy Griffin, Central Line

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MARVIN GAYE has reputedly already been deleted on 94/47bpm 12in, record shops being supplied with far fewer copies than ordered of those that did appear after the long wait — what game are CBS trying to play? . . . Marvin’s 7in is actually a sharper mix than the 12in, so don’t despair if you missed out . . . Wreckin Crew, after my review last week, caught all the importers on the hop and was in short supply too . . . Marvin Gaye is now based in Belgium (two pads, Ostend & Brussels) with many visits to London, and it seems the latest US soul stars on the house hunting trail in England include Isaac Hayes, Jermaine Jackson, Billy Paul . . . Galaxy’s Phil Fearon has co-produced an interestingly successful fusion of funk and, believe it or not, Pakistani instruments in various 128bpm mixes by Risan, ‘Eastern Palace‘ (Saffron), fully available next week . . . Eddy Grant’s brother Alpine appears as Once Bitten on his self-produced funk 105bpm ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’, which is literally on white label as no deal has been signed yet . . . Klein & MBO will be on TMT next week, when ‘Bad Boy/Having A Party’ will be Luther Vandross’s UK 7in . . . Stix Hooper ‘Gimme Some Space’ will be on UK 12in, George Clinton ‘Loopzilla’ gets ‘Pot Sharing Tots’ as bonus third track on UK 12in . . . Sharon Redd’s ‘In The Name Of Love’ gay smash is now due on US Prelude 12in with a new instrumental version B-side, not on the Canadian pressing . . . K-tel’s ‘Disco Dancer‘ album (NE 1190) has 18 tracks all mixed as smoothly as the material will allow by none other than Alan Coulthard . . . Fred Dove is after DJs doing kids and young teens gigs to plug WEA’s newly affiliated Walt Disney label, Disneyland — send your work details to Fred at WEA, Disney Mailing List, PO Box 59, Alperton Lane, Wembley, Mx HA0 1FJ . . . Ian Levine rejoins Colin Curtis on Sunday 14th November at a Manchester Ritz alldayer, reviving their mid-’70s Blackpool Mecca material — the transitional period that turned away from old Northern Soul to then current disco, Ian (who’s on before Colin from 5 to 7pm) promising lots of Dr Buzzard, Crown Heights Affair and the like plus more recently released remixes of original classic cuts, but all now played in Ian’s present mixing style — which sounds too good to miss and I hope to be there myself! . . . Liverpool’s Chad, on the bill at this Sunday’s Birmingham Snobs alldayer, is organising a coach to the event — see him at Cagneys or call 74-50587 . . . Wallasey’s Pez sez “Let’s hear it for the Wirral”, which shouldn’t be classed with the rest of Merseyside as a funk desert, when he and Steve Murphy mix every Monday at the Chelsea Reach (upstairs), Pez alone funks Fridays at the Golden Guinea (downstairs), Desa funks Tues/Thursdays at Birkenhead’s Sir James, while up-front newies ‘n oldies are mixed Thurs/Fri/Saturdays at Birkenhead’s Ruperto . . . Mike ‘Hippo’ Page, who says that Shifnal Nell Gwyn’s increasingly mirror be-decked dance area is getting like the 1,000 dollar room at the Chicken Ranch, recommends Telford area DJs to get a discount at the TTS record shop in Madley’s High Street . . . Graham Hunter ‘The Funky Scot’ (44 Waltham Rd, Overton, Basingstoke), who recommends Basingstoke’s Our Price for really cheap imports, is desperate to find a copy of Letta Mbulu ‘Kilimanjaro’ . . . Carl Richardson, jocking at Hull’s brand new gay disco the first Saturday of every month (this week is the second held) at Hull’s Bali Ha’i in George Street, is desperate for a copy of Front Page (featuring Sharon Redd) ‘Love Insurance’ . . . Tony de Vit’s gay slanted disco show on Beacon Radio has been moved forward on Tuesday nights to 9-10pm, and now features a 15 minute mix produced by Tony at home on his new Technics SL 1200 Mk. 2 decks . . . Stereo Fun Inc ‘Gotcha Where I Wantcha Babe‘ (US Moby Dick 12in) gets an early warning tip as a future gay number one by Ian Levine . . . Yaz ‘Don’t Go’, still top of the US/Dance chart, is now commercially available in the States, at least on Sire 12in, in a previously promo-only 6 minute remix version . . . Evelyn King, as of last week, was still top US Black single after five weeks, and top Black LP as well . . . Ian (“wot, ‘im again”) Levine at London’s Heaven currently mixes Scherrie Payne through her scream into the rap intro of Gwen McCrae, her bass break into Sharon Redd ‘In The Name Of Love’, her last break under the tempoless intro of Weather Girls . . . Soul On Sound 007’s preview mix is probably the strongest completely danceable medley yet, (Editor’s note: the mix starts at 0:59) anything that didn’t stand up rhythmically being junked (bye bye most of the UK productions!) — bearing in mind that only around 50 seconds of each track is used and many are edited within themselves to reach the mixing point sooner, the sequence should still work well in more stretched out form and is as follows: Grandmaster Flash ‘It’s A Shame’/Once Bitten/Kurtis Blow/Central Line/Wreckin Crew/Detroit Spinners/Strikers/Syl Johnson/Carl Carlton ‘Swing That Sexy Thang’/Carol Douglas (Inst)/Klymaxx 12in/Jimmie Gray (Inst)/Evelyn King ‘Back To Love’/Melba Moore ‘Knack For Me’/Captain Sky ‘Don’t Touch That Dial’/Jammers (Richie Weeks & Shep Pettibone mixes)/Skyy ‘Won’t You Be Mine’/Hurt ‘Em Bad ‘Monday Night Football’/Gwen Guthrie US Remix/Gloria Gaynor/Stone/Puff (Inst)/Donald Byrd 12in/First Light/Gwen McCrae/Debbie Trusty (26 records in 23:29 on the tape!) . . . Rocket ‘I Wanna Know’ out of Raw Silk worked well for me last weekend at Gullivers . . . Raw Silk’s interview in RM really did hold some surprises — so that’s what became of Jessica Cleaves, whose vocals with the Friends Of Distinction and the early Earth Wind & Fire made some of their songs amongst my all-time faves . . . Soul On Sound’s Tony Jenkins guests this Sunday afternoon on Martin Collins’s Chiltern Radio soul show — SOS back issues are now incidentally in such heavy demand amongst completists that new copies are having to be run off! . . . Streetwave’s Morgan Khan since my introducing him to it has now eaten at Watford’s Ponderosa five more times) . . . Horizon FM was rumoured to be doing a breakfast show complete with traffic plane on Mon/Tuesdays, but when I dialled 94.3 this Monday I got JFM (faintly) instead — still, there’s so many of ’em who knows what’s what? . . . Fusion FM sticks strictly to jazz-fusion and soul on 90.4 from 8.30pm Tuesdays in South London/Croydon . . . Radio Alpha’s Jerry Wilson funks Fri/Sat/Sundays pub hours at Colindale’s Surrey Arms, and joins ‘Steve’ Wed/Thurs/Sundays at Hendon Central’s new Melanies night club (opposite the Classic) . . . ‘Fat’ Larry Foster sent me the year’s first Xmas card (and present!), for which I can only help plug a dance he’s promoting on Tuesday 30th November at Epping Forest Country Club with himself plus Steve Day, Robbie Collins, Steve ‘Soul Messiah’ Goddard & Neil Harnett, £2 tickets from the jocks venues . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) finally got that Saragossa Band ‘Za-Za-Zabadak’ German Ariola LP he’d been after for ages, and luckily it’s now much requested at his MoR gigs . . . Dave Rawlings (Reading Rebeccas) thanks those pluggers who helped replace some of his stolen records . . . I find that, as predicted, there’s just too much product to play at the moment . . . Mark Summers (Hackney Flappers), inspired by George Clinton, has taken to singing in the bathroom “Don’t touch that knob, just dry your nuts”! . . . EDIT! EDIT!


UK NEWIES

MICHAEL JACKSON/PAUL McCARTNEY: ‘The Girl Is Mine’ (Epic EPC A2729).
Gorgeous dreamily tempoed 81bpm 7in duet with even conversational “Michael” and “Paul” dialogue towards the end (in ‘Two Sleepy People’ style!), the underlying feel being soulful, but the overall message being across-the-board, megahit! The hurriedly frantic noisy 126bpm ‘Can’t Get Outta The Rain‘ flip is a further less satisfying taster to Michael’s imminent new Quincy Jones-produced LP.

WILLIE HUTCH: ‘In And Out’ (Motown TMGT 1285).
All the work’s already been done for Motown on this ultra catchy “in and out — up and down — around and around” jiggler, the soulfully sung 111-112bpm 12in having reached the top of our disco chart on import play alone. Not as totally synthesized as Marvin Gaye, the effect though is similarly of electronics played for and by human beings.

GWEN McCRAE: ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ (Atlantic K 789951-7T).
Already a monster after initial LP play, this beautifully unfurling conversationally starting 128bpm 12in unhurried and deadly catchy soul flier has fantastic huskily sexy singing (and a snappy bass break out of which Debbie Trusty is indeed dynamite!), flipped by her equally good older and, earlier this year, much copied sensuous slowly rolling 98-99bpm ‘Funky Sensation‘.

BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’ (CBS A13-2935).
Picked up on by many in May/June but only now recently a real monster on import LP, this lovely pent-up soulful swaying 51(intro)-103bpm 12in jogger is lightly wailed by one of the Miracles’ Smokey Robinson replacements to even shriller “shoo doo do” support over a steadily grooving rhythm. The similar 96bpm ‘Understand‘ B-side could warrant attention now too.

CENTRAL LINE: ‘You’ve Said Enough’ (Mercury MERX 117).
Produced by Roy Carter with a nod towards the Arthur Baker way of doing things (there’s an almost acappella continuation for instance), this very strong 111bpm 12in chugger has an excellent even tempoed rhythm track and lots of percussion tricks, the 2-track flip as well as an instrumental dub including their last LP’s standout 122-124-123bpm ‘Breaking Point‘ jazz instrumental.

DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Magic In The Moonlight’ (Atlantic K 789962-7T).
Freddie Perren-produced excellent catchily lurching 112bpm 12in chugger, combining all that’s needed for easy pop crossover appeal with a substantial helping of purist soul, flipped by the crawling slow 43bpm ‘So Far Away’.

FIRST LIGHT: ‘A.M.’ (Oval FLIGHT 23/12, via 01-622 0111).
Twittering dawn chorus birds start a really good beautifully made 124bpm 12in jazz fusion instrumental full of beefily jittering rhythm and flute-like noises, mostly electronic I’d guess, and all the work of Paul Hardcastle — his singing partner Derek Green only getting a look-in on the flip’s two less essential tracks. Sorry, Dell.

GREGORY ISAACS: ‘Cool Down The Pace’ (Island 10WIP 6828).
Superbly produced sensational clean ultra cool 75-77bpm 10in swayer by reggae’s own ‘Ice Man’, starting with the instrumental dub rather than ending with it, the sort of thing that deserves extensive radio play.

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘High Hopes’ (Tabu TBU A13-2936).
I’m really glad this unusual chunkily weaving slow 107bpm 12in swayer has done so well on import, the “new soul” harmonising guys having possibly too specialist an appeal for the general market, although the lurching 111bpm ‘Good & Plenty‘ flip is more pedestrian.

EVELYN KING: ‘Back To Love’ (RCA RCAT 287).
Here comes another one just like the other one, the 115-114bpm 12in being flipped by her original classic 132-133-134-135-134bpm ‘Shame’.

SHAKATAK: ‘Stranger’ (Polydor POSPX 530).
And here comes yet another one just like the other one(s), though this time the 126bpm 12in rhythm track is possibly slightly harder, with a frantic flyaway 140bpm ‘Sol Fuego‘ flip.

GRAND MASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE: ‘Scorpio’ (LP ‘The Message’ Sugarhill SHLP 1007).
Originally it looked as if their 107bpm rap treatment of ‘Mt. Airy Groove’ (interspersing the Detroit Spinners intro) on ‘It’s A Shame‘ would be the biggie, but now all the requests are for this completely vocodered ultra electronic 123bpm fierce jitterer.

KLYMAXX: ‘Wild Girls’ (Solar K 969955-7T).
Somewhat ponderous heavily jolting 0-113-112½-113bpm girlie group funker in familiar style, ending with nice semi-acappella “can you slow me down” repetition, on 3-track 12in.

DONALD BYRD: ‘Star Trippin’ (Elektra K 967962-OT).
Isaac Hayes-prod/penned pleasant if hardly dynamic smoothly soothing much vocodered slick 0-120 1/3bpm (such accuracy!) 12in glider, featuring more of his 125th Street, NYC group than Donald himself.

CLINT EASTWOOD & GENERAL SAINT: ‘Shame & Scandal In The Family’ (Greensleeves 12 OINK 3, via 01-749 3277).
Jolly 78bpm 12in reggae revival of the ’60s calypso classic, good enough fun if not their best, but likely to hit as radio is playing it on the tail of Musical Youth.

TORSO with GAIL GRIER: ‘In Heat’ (Identity IDP 100, via 01-602 6351).
Sharon Brown copying 113bpm 12in jiggly skipper sounds OK but rather lightweight, especially when played alongside the heavyweight real thing — however Gail and the guys do a good PA.

ROBERT SACCHI: ‘Jungle Queen’ (Splash 12SP 23).
TV’s Humphrey Bogart impersonator looks likely to have a pop hit with this 102bpm 12in chugging scenario and its similarly Bogey storylined 116bpm ‘Casablanca‘ flip, both complete with sound effects and incidentally quite nice backings.

WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS: ‘Bug-A-Boo’ (Disneyland WD 2T, via WEA).
Bland 131-129bpm “disco” hustler with hardly any blatant kids appeal, on 3-track 12in flipped by the far better Village People lampooning 130bpm ‘Macho Duck‘ complete with Donald’s voice, and the — get this! — Edwin Starr-sung quite funky 120bpm ‘Tweedledee and Tweedledum‘ (which Greg Edwards has been playing on the radio!).

LOUIS CLARK CONDUCTING THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: ‘Tales Of The Vienna Waltz’ (RCA 277).
Overly heavy handed with the bass drum maybe, this extremely straightforward 70/210bpm 7in ‘Hooked On’ waltz medley is excellent for wedding gigs, although the A-side’s 0-133bpm ‘Hooked On America‘ is less good than their other efforts.

JIMMIE GRAY: ‘The Kool People’ (JKO 12JKO 100, via 01-354 0841/444 9841).
UK based but Milwaukee, USA bred Jimmie’s self-produced dead simple and oh-so-right really nice languid 113bpm 12in swayer (that’s the instrumental side with occasional cooing chick) has LOTW-type support and is one of the moment’s most usable mixers, much more so than the faster 115bpm vocal side — which isn’t bad in itself.


IMPORTS

ONCE AGAIN it’s a swings and roundabouts situation, this time there being no room for full Import reviews. However, for me and all true deep soul fans the week’s killer is:

ROBERT WINTERS & FALL: ‘Do It Any Way You Want’ (Casablanca 7in) — sensational wailing 70/35bpm smoocher.

While hot on 12in are:
REG MUNDY BAND: ‘Finger Pop‘ (Atlantic RFC) — 111bpm great with Willie Hutch.
MONTANA SEXTET: ‘Heavy Vibes‘ (Philly Sound Works) — 114bpm jazz funk instrumental.
SCHERRIE PAYNE ‘Medley: I’m Not In Love/Girl, You’re In Love‘ (Altair) — 122bpm gay initially but soulful.
LEGACY: ‘The Groove Is Here‘ (Airwave) — 121bpm fierce-ish disjointed Hi Voltage type instrumental.
THE FEARLESS FOUR: ‘Rockin’ It‘ (Enjoy) — 96-95bpm infectiously bouncy rapper.
ORBIT: ‘The Beat Goes On‘ (Quality RFC) — 127bpm Soul Sonic Force-ish electrocution of Sonny & Cher’s oldie).

And on LP the double album by PRINCE ‘1999’ (Warner Bros) is dominated by the 109bpm ‘D.M.S.R.‘ (Caister’s ‘Dance Music Sex Romance’), THE BAR-KAYS ‘Propositions’ (Mercury) by the soulful slow 73/36½bpm ‘Anticipation‘, there also being albums by DYNASTY (Solar), CON FUNK SHUN (Mercury), RAMSEY LEWIS (CBS) — ‘What’s Going On‘ and ‘Paradise‘ being “pleasant”. Full reviews next week, when maybe it’ll be the turn of the UK Newies to take a dip!

STOP PRESS! Vanity 6 ‘Nasty Girls‘ is now number one US Dance/Disco, Marvin Gaye top US Black Single, Luther Vandross top US Black LP. All change!


UK DISCO TOP 85 – NOVEMBER 6, 1982

01 06 Willie Hutch – In And Out – US Motown 12”
02 01 Sharon Redd – Beat The Street (Inst) / Never Give You Up / Beat The Street (Remix) – Prelude 12”
03 10 Marvin Gaye – (Sexual) Healing / Instrumental – CBS 12”
04 14 Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning – Atlantic 12”
05 05 Greg Henderson – Dreamin’ – Greyhound Record Productions 12”
06 03 Raw Silk – Do It To The Music / Special Remix / Dub Mix – KR 12”
07 02 New Jersey Connection – Love Don’t Come Easy – US Carnival 12”
08 07 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie I’m Not Your Daddy – Ze 12”
09 09 Rockers Revenge – Sunshine Partytime (Rap) / Dubbing In Sunshine – US Streetwise 12”
10 13 George Clinton – Loopzilla – US Capitol 12”
11 12 Gary’s Gang – Knock Me Out / Instrumental – Arista 12”
12 23 Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf – US Believe In A Dream 12”
13 04 Evelyn King – Love Come Down – RCA 12”
14 11 Melba Moore – Love’s Comin’ At Ya – EMI America 12”
15 18 Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie – US Sunnyview 12”
16 28 Kool & The Gang – (Ooh La La La) Let’s Go Dancin’ / Stand Up And Sing – De-Lite 12”
17 16 Shalamar – There It Is – Solar 12”
18 34 Grace Jones – Nipple To The Bottle / The Apple Stretching – Island 12”
19 19 Billy Griffin – Hold Me Tighter In The Rain – US Columbia LP
20 15 The Nick Straker Band – Straight Ahead / Instrumental / Reprise – Firebird 12”
21 20 The S.O.S. Band – High Hopes / Good & Plenty – US Tabu 12”
22 17 Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame – Way Out – US Konglather 12”
23 45 Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait – TMT 12”
24 25 The Limit – She’s So Divine / Pop – Ariola 12”
25 NE Central Line – You’ve Said Enough – Mercury 12”
26 37 Planet Patrol – Play At Your Own Risk – US Tommy Boy 12”
27 26 Loose End – We’ve Arrived – Virgin 12”
28 27 Bootsy’s Rubber Band – Body Slam! – US Warner Bros 12”
29 29 Wham – Young Guns (Go For It) / Going For It – Inner Vision 12”
30 24 Fat Larry’s Band – Zoom – WMOT 12”
31 22 B.T. (Brenda Taylor) – You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too – US West End 12”
32 47 Alfie Silas – A Puppet To You – US RCA 12”
33 33 Weeks & Co – Go With The Flow – US Prelude 12”/Epic LP
34 NE Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney – The Girl Is Mine – Epic
35 39 Whodini – Magic’s Wand – US Jive 12”
36 49 William DeVaughn – Creme De Creme – US HCRC 12”
37 21 Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine – London 12”
38 40 Passion – Don’t Stop My Love – Prelude 12”
39 08 Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie – MCA 12”
40 NE Stone – Girl I Like The Way That You Move / Dub Mix – US West End 12”
41 30 Jay W McGee – When We Party (Uptown Downtown) – Ensign 12”
42 32 Galaxy – Head Over Heels / Instrumental – Ensign 12”
43 38 Grand Master Flash – The Message – Sugarhill 12”
44 NE Detroit Spinners – Magic In The Moonlight – Atlantic 12”
45 51 Evelyn King – Back To Love – RCA 12”
46 77 Syl Johnson – Ms Fine Brown Frame – US Boardwalk 12”
47 42 Warriors – Destination / Hot Apple / Je Ne Sais Quoi – Ensign LP
48 NE Jimmie Gray – The Kool People (Instrumental) – JKO 12”
49 67 Kurtis Blow – Tough – Mercury 12”
50 63 Luther Vandross – Better Love / You’re The Sweetest One / Bad Boy/Having A Party / She Loves Me Back – US Epic LP
51 83 Donald Byrd & 125th Street, NYC – Star Trippin’ – Elektra LP
52 52 Gang’s Back – Love – US Handshake LP
53 84 Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan – (You Know How To) Make Me Feel So Good – Virgin 12”
54 54 Warp 9 – Nunk – US Prism 12”
55 56 Gwen McCrae – Doin’ It / I Need To Be With You / Make Believe – US Atlantic LP
56 66 Pieces Of A Dream – Mt. Airy Groove (Remix) / Warm Weather – Elektra 12”
57 51 Evelyn King – Get Loose / I Can’t Stand It – RCA LP
58 43 Imagination – In The Heat Of The Night – R&B 12”
59 46 Stix Hooper – Feeling Happy / Gimme Some Space – US MCA LP
60 78 “Q” – The Voice Of “Q” – US Philly World 12”
61 35 Imagination – Changes / Heart ‘N’ Soul – R&B LP
62 85 Hi Voltage – Let’s Get Horny / Somewhere Beyond – US One Way 12”
63 59 Marc Sadane – One Minute From Love / Exciting – Warner Bros 12”
64 60 Level 42 – Weave Your Spell – Polydor 12”
65 NE Carol Douglas – You’re Not So Hot (Instrumental) – Canadian Next Plateau 12”
66 NE Klymaxx – Heartbreaker / Girls Will Be Girls / Convince Me / The Man In My Life – US Solar LP
67 76 Bobby Nunn – She’s Just A Groupie – US Motown LP
68 73 Cargo – Holding On For Love / It’s Your Love – CG Records 12”
69 NE Rocket – I Wanna Know / Here Comes My Love – Canadian Quality RFC LP
70 64 Bloodstone – Go On And Cry – Epic
71 RE Jonzun Crew – Pack Jam / Instrumental – US Tommy Boy 12”
72 55 Johnnie Taylor – What About My Love – US Beverly Glen Music 12”
73 69 Khemistry – Can You Feel My Love / I Got A Feeling – US Columbia LP
74 72 Light Of The World – Famous Faces – EMI 12”
75 61 Freda Payne – In Motion – US Sutra 12”
76 NE Klymaxx – Wild Girls – Solar 12”
77 48 Mandrill – Put Your Money Where The Funk Is – US Montage 12”
78 NE Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kouchie – Music Works 12”
79 44 Lionel Richie – Serves You Right / Tell Me – US Motown LP
80 70 Kadenza – Let’s Stay Together – PRT 12”
81 68 Gwen Guthrie – It Should Have Been You (Remix) – US Island 12”
82 71 Stacy Lattisaw – Sneakin’ Out / Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12”
83 82 Tomorrow’s Edition – In The Grooves / A Song For Everyone – US Atlantic RFC LP
84 NE Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance – Ice 12”
85 53 Deodato – Keep On Movin’ / Whistle Bump (Remix) – Warner Bros 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 85 with increased support are:

First Light: ‘A.M.’ (Oval 12in)
Touchdown: ‘Breakout Dub’ (Excaliber 12in)
Denroy Morgan: ‘Happy Feeling’ / Inst (US Becket 12in)
Debbie Trusty: ‘Searchin’ For Some Lovin’ / Inst (US West End 12in)
Shakatak: ‘Stranger’ / ‘Sol Fuego’ (Polydor 12in)
Yaz(oo): ‘Situation (Remix / Dub Version)’ (US Sire 12in)
Culture Club: ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’ (Virgin 12in)
Spandau Ballet: ‘Lifeline’ (Reformation 12in)
Level 42: ‘The Chinese Way’ / ‘You Can’t Blame Louis’ (Polydor LP)
Carol Williams: ‘Can’t Get Away (From Your Love)’ (US Vanguard 12in)
Gap Band: ‘You Dropped A Bomb On Me’ (Mercury 12in)
Ozo: ‘Skintight’ (Sphinx 12in)
Pure Energy: ‘Too Hot’ (US Prism 12in)
Captain Sky: ‘Don’t Touch That Dial’ (US Philly World 12in)
Wreckin Crew: ‘Chance To Dance’ (US Erect 12in)
Reg Mundy Band: ‘Finger Pop’ (US Atlantic RFC 12in)
Conway & Temple: ‘You Can Lay Your Head On My Shoulder’ (Jive 12in)
Robert Winters & Fall: ‘Do It Any Way You Want’ (US Casablanca)
Jimmy Cliff: ‘Special’ (CBS)
Montana Sextet: ‘Heavy Vibes’ (US PSW 12in)


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 01 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
02 02 Lifeline – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
03 03 Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth – MCA 12”
04 10 Annie I’m Not Your Daddy – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
05 05 There It Is – Shalamar – Solar 12”
06 04 Walking On Sunshine – Rockers Revenge – London 12”
07 08 Love Come Down – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
08 09 Zoom – Fat Larry’s Band – WMOT 12”
09 06 Never Give You Up / Beat The Street – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
10 07 Life In Tokyo – Japan – Hansa 12”
11 11 Jackie Wilson Said – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Mercury 12”
12 17 Ooh La La La (Let’s Go Dancin’) – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
13 13 Just What I Always Wanted – Mari Wilson – Compact 12”
14 16 Reap The Wild Wind – Ultravox – Chrysalis 12”
15 14 Saddle Up – David Christie – KR 12”
16 18 Do It To The Music – Raw Silk – KR/TMT 12”
17 39 Love’s Comin’ At Ya – Melba Moore – EMI America 12”
18 23 Situation (Remix) – Yaz(oo) – US Sire 12”
19 26 Starmaker – Kids From ‘Fame’ – RCA
20 15 Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
21 24 Mad World – Tears For Fears – Mercury 12”
22 22 The Message – Grand Master Flash – Sugarhill 12”
23 12 Do Ya Wanna Funk – Sylvester/Patrick Cowley – London/Record Shack 12”
24 — Love Me Do – Beatles – Parlophone 12”
25 30 Nipple To The Bottle – Grace Jones – Island 12”
26 25 I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant – Ice 12”
27 32 Hi-Fidelity – Kids From ‘Fame’ – RCA
28 19 Don’t Go (Remix) – Yazoo – Mute 12”
29 47 Let Me Go – Heaven 17 – B.E.F./Virgin 12”
30 33 Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Mercury 12”
31 31 All Of My Heart – ABC – Neutron 12”
32 — E.T. Boogie – Extra T’s – US Sunnyview 12”
33 48 Shoo-Ra Shoo-Ra – Pauline Black – Chrysalis 12”
34 34 Weave Your Spell (Remix) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
35 — Planet Rock (Rap) – Soul Sonic Force – 21 Records 12”
36 42 Ziggy Stardust – Bauhaus – Beggars Banquet 12”
37 — Head Over Heels – Galaxy – Ensign 12”
38 21 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”
39 40 Shock The Monkey – Peter Gabriel – Charisma 12”
40 — What! – Soft Cell – Some Bizzare 12”
41 — (Bigger And Better) Lies – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
42 — Magic’s Wand – Whodini – US Jive 12”
43 44 Living On The Ceiling – Blancmange – London 12”
44 — (Sexual) Healing – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
45 49 I Can’t Help Myself – Orange Juice – Polydor 12”
46 — Passion In Dark Rooms – Mood – RCA 12”
47 — Shining Light – Alton Edwards – CBS 12”
48 — Back On The Chain Gang – Pretenders – Real 12”
49 29 So Fine – Howard Johnson – Funk A&Merica 12”
50 — The River – King Trigger – Chrysalis 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:

Status Quo (0-)161-163-0f, Hall & Oates 182f, Marvin Gaye 94½/47f, Blancmange 115f, Rush (0-)133-0r, Renee & Renato 79-0c, Peech Boys 0-115f, Men At Work 126-128-0r, Classix Nouveaux 0-138c, Supertramp 120-121f (great MoR!), Heaven 17 0-108-0r, Killing Joke 164-168f, Foster & Allen 54/163f (waltz), Bad Manners 87f, The Mood 126f, Grace Jones 130/65f.


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 03 I’m So Hot For You / Still Hott 4 U – Bobby “O” – US “O” 12”
02 04 Beat The Street (Inst) / (Remix) / Never Give You Up – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
03 01 Do Ya Wanna Funk – Sylvester/Patrick Cowley – London 12”
04 06 In The Name Of Love – Sharon Redd – Canadian Prelude 12”
05 05 It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls – US Columbia 12”
06 10 Dirty Talk (USA Connection / Inst) – Klein & MBO – US 25 West Records 12”
07 08 Native Love (Remix) – Divine – Canadian Black Sun 12”
08 02 Passion (Remix) – Flirts – Canadian Unidisc 12”
09 22 Keep The Fire Burning – Gwen McCrae – Atlantic 12”
10 11 Can He Find Another – Double Discovery – US Polydor 12”
11 07 I Like Plastic – Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven – Red Bus 12”
12 12 Situation (Remixes) – Yaz(oo) – US Sire 12”
13 18 Die Hard Lover – Loverde – US Moby Dick 12”
14 19 Make My Feet Wanna Dance – Motion – Canadian Scorpio 12”
15 — Medley: I’m Not In Love — Girl You’re In Love – Scherrie Payne – US Altair 12”
16 — Calling All Boys / Passion – Flirts – Canadian Unidisc 12”
17 28 Masterpiece – Gazebo – Baby 12”
18 — The Voice Of “Q” – “Q” – US Philly World 12”
19 — Come And Get Your Love – Lime – Canadian Matra 12”
20 — Remember (Remix) – Gino Soccio – Canadian Quality 12”
21 23 Dubbing In Sunshine / Sunshine Partytime (Rap) – Rockers Revenge – US Streetwise 12”
22 — Heart ‘N’ Soul – Imagination – R&B LP
23 — In And Out – Willie Hutch – Arista 12”
24 27 Knock Me Out – Gary’s Gang – US Radar 12”
25 25 Can’t Believe – Nancy Martin – US Atlantic RFC 12”
26 — You Are A Danger – Gary Low – Italian II Disc 12”
27 — Heatstroke – Man Parrish – US Disconet 12”
28 — Mind Warp / Tech-No-Logical World – Patrick Cowley – US Megatone LP
29 — Workout / Give Me Love (Remix) / Call Me Tonight (Remix) – Cerrone – French Malligator LP
30 30 E.T. Boogie – Extra T’s – US Sunnyview 12”

One thought on “November 6, 1982: Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney, Willie Hutch, Gwen McCrae, Billy Griffin, Central Line”

  1. Another big week – that Gwen McRae 12” was going to become pretty legendary – keep the fire burning being sampled on a load of big hardcore tunes in the early 90s and you also had funky sensation on the bside.
    Then there’s first lights AM which was paul hardcastles first big hit sort of sums up my jazz funk youth in 1982/83 along with the also first mentioned Heavy Vibes from the Montana Sextet which was as big as any tube got in 1983 – if anyone said what summed up those two years in the London and Home Counties jazz funk scene back then this tune would be it.Absolutely monstrous tune. Played in and on every club, pub and car stereo.

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