December 25, 1982: Indeep, Eleanor Grant, Masurrati & Huey Harris, Grover Washington Jr

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

‘BILLIE JEAN’ will be the new Michael Jackson single, next month — no comment! . . . Sharon Redd’s current ‘Can You Handle It (Remix)‘ actually turns out be a UK concocted sequence of bits from three different earlier mixes . . . I’m once again putting together the 4 hour ‘Ain’t Nothing But A House Party’ tape which Capital Radio broadcasts between 10pm-2am over the turn of the New Year on the 31st, which’ll give you some idea of how I handle my mobile gigs if you can catch it — I understand cassettes of last year’s were a hot property! . . . Tony de Vit is presenting a special 4 hour Beacon Radio show on the evening of Monday 3rd January, recalling the best dance music of ’82 with plenty of mixes . . . Ian Levine & Colin Curtis reunite again in their old jocking partnership for a star-studded Manchester alldayer on May Day bank holiday Monday, when even some unexpected vintage US soulsters could be appearing too if all goes to plan . . . Capital’s dub plate reggaemeister David Rodigan recently surprised me by confessing that these days at his gigs he has to play sixty percent funky soul music, rather than pure reggae as that’s what his crowd want now . . . murderation! . . . Nick Ratcliffe has joined ace mixer John Dene on Tuesdays at Guildford Cinderella Rockerfellas easing funk-wards in the New Year, plus on Wednesdays in January he’ll be joining Dave Maskell there too . . . Phil Black (0222 595891) is now DJ and promotion manager at Cardiff’s new Chaplins, where he’d welcome doing some promotion nights . . . Cleveland Area DJ Association have a late night Christmas party on Monday 10th January at the Oak Leaf Club in Middlesbrough’s South Bank, with £2.50 tickets from Graham Murray on 0642 325112/470046 . . . Banbury’s Hospital Radio Horton have all sorts of high jinks planned over Christmas including a disco — for the patients? . . . Tony St Michael (01 609 3851 — ask for Peter) would like some gigs in the Oakham area of Rutland . . . Pete Alex at Oxford’s Boodles has arranged free entry to the club for any kosher DJ Association members Tues/Wed/Thursdays, and, while the venue is available to equipment-type companies for exhibitions, Pete is also thinking of staging an Oxford ‘Disco Fair’ — interested parties can reach him at Boodles, 35 Westgate, Oxford . . . Trevor John Hughes, out of action recently through illness (better than lead poisoning, huh?), recommends the good deals available to DJs at Wednesfield’s Max Millward Records and Wolverhampton’s Ruby Red Records . . . John Sinclair funks Reading Rebeccas on Thurs/Saturdays, having to incorporate the ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ style of oldies to keep everyone (including the manager) happy . . . Rob Harknett still hits Ongar’s Haunt once a month, his longest running gig, since 1969 — and he now finds himself playing to the kids of those original 1969 members (shades of ‘Mr Chips’!) . . . Trademark ‘Uh-Huh!‘ (US Move ‘N Groove 12in), yet to do much here, turns out to be a new adaptation of the Invisible Man’s Band ‘All Night Thing‘ from 1980 . . . Chester Browton (Selsey) is trying to place two records he heard in Spain: ‘Rock Your Baby’ is obviously either Disco Connection (PRT) or the slightly slower Julius Green (German Ariola), but his guess at the title line of ‘Oh Baby Don’t You Love The Night’ has got me foxed over the other . . . Nick Davies (Watford New Penny) says Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Traditional Square Dance’ version goes great after ‘John Wayne Is Big Leggy’ . . . Wednesday 5th January is the next deadline for DJ’s charts ‘n’ info, and we’d really appreciate your effort (next week it’s Hammy Award time) . . . many thanks for all your cards — one that came from Spandau Ballet made the guys look such hunks I thought it must’ve been from Bolts! — and the very generous “drinks” . . . HEAVY HEAVY XMAS VIBES!


UK NEWIES

REVIEWS Uh-oh, blown it again! I hope you can appreciate that during the less than 24 hours since finishing last week’s copy I have had to completely recompile not only everything in this issue but also everything in next week’s year-end round up too, including a 1982 Top 100 and the Hammy Awards which relate closely to the former’s contents. There has not been time for anything more than some overdue unprinted import reviews, and all the relevant BPMs that fit. Apart from keeling over for a while from exhaustion I haven’t slept in over 48 hours. Isn’t Christmas a gas? See you in ’83.


IMPORTS

INDEEP: ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ (US Sound Of New York SNY 51 5102).
Potentially a pop crossover smash, this fantastically compulsive simple 110bpm 12in chugger features a slinky lady setting up the story situation, ringing phone effects, squealing brakes, flushing loo, and a rapping DJ saying how he “can do it in the mix” (great into Malcolm McLaren or Feel). Multi-banded with various dub versions, the flip even has the sound effects usefully on their own.

ELEANOR GRANT: ‘(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing’ (US Catawba CA 8000).
Less electronically created than Marvin but otherwise a straight female viewpoint 93¼bpm 12in answer version, in three versions including a mainly instrumental ‘Chimental Mix’.

MASURRATI & HUEY HARRIS: ‘Super Duper (Lovin’)’ (US Lioness Ltd MC-0001).
Incredibly infectious chix cooed sweetly swaying 116-115½-116bpm 12in tapper chugs gently along with lovely odd plopping noises, yowling guitar break and a huskily rapping chap before some more intense wailing.

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: ‘Can You Dig It’ (LP ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ US Elektra 60215).
Not out here until January and already cooling off on import, the most obvious dancer of a consistently pleasant set is this sinuous tootling unhurried 110-111-112bpm weaver with a Deodato-ish undertow, ‘More Than Meets The Eye‘ being a very pretty slow 86bpm Latin jogger, ‘Mixty Motions‘ a fast 134bpm racer, ‘Brazilian Memories‘ a languid 52/104-104½bpm drifter, ‘Things Are Getting Better‘ a Bobby McFerrin sung specialist 91½bpm floater.

THE ABOVE are the lead reviews, while (for full review soon) the killers now are:

NEW YORK CITI PEECH BOYS: ‘Life Is Something Special’ (Island 0-110bpm).

MAHOGANY: ‘Ride On The Rhythm’ (West End 109-etc bpm).

FRESH FACE: ‘Huevo Dancing’ (Catawba 115bpm).

FUTURA: ‘Feelin’ Hot’ (Reelin & Rockin 116-117-118-119-120bpm).

CASHMERE: ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ (Philly World 111bpm).

PRINCE CHARLES: ‘Fool For Love’ (MJS 117-116bpm).

THE ADC BAND: ‘Hot Legs’ (Uhuru 118½bpm).

AURRA: ‘Such A Feeling’ (Salsoul 111bpm).

BROOKLYN EXPRESS: ‘Burning Hot’ (BC 103-104-103bpm).

THE FUNKACISE GANG: ‘Funkacise’ (GRP 114½bpm).

THE JONZUN CREW: ‘Space Is The Place’ (Tommy Boy 125bpm).

VAUGHAN MASON: ‘You Can Do It’ (Salsoul 114-117bpm).

ELOISE LAWS: ‘I’ve Got The Rhythm You’ve Got The Blues’ (Capitol LP 118-119bpm).

MAN PARRISH: ‘Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)’ (Importe/12 115bpm).

KLEEER: ‘Stonseee’ (Atlantic LP 107bpm).

THE COLD CREW: ‘Rappin’ Christmas’ (Profile 99-100½-101-102-101-103bpm — this starts with them chanting “I don’t care what the people say, Santa Claus is a black man”!)

LACE: ‘Can’t Play Around’ (Catawba 112½-115-114bpm).

FRANKIE SMITH: ‘Double Dutch II’ (Frills 121-etc bpm).

HARRY RAY: ‘Love Is A Game’ 113-114bpm / ‘You Ain’t Been Loved’ 96½bpm (Sugarhill LP).

QUADRANT SIX: ‘Body Mechanic’ (Atlantic RFC 124bpm).

SYLVESTER: ‘All I Need’ 94bpm / ‘Don’t Stop‘ 130bpm (Megatone LP).

FORREST: ‘Rock The Boat’ (Ariola 114½bpm).

SLAVE: ‘I’ll Be Gone’ 106-107bpm / ‘Be My Babe‘ 0-116-117-118-119bpm (Cotillion LP).

MARLENA SHAW: ‘More Room At The Top’ 118-120-122-124bpm / ‘At Last‘ 57½-59bpm (South Bay LP/12in).

PEABO BRYSON: ‘We Don’t Have To Talk (About Love)’ (Capitol 32½bpm) . . . and so it goes on.


UK DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 25, 1982

01 01 Montana Sextet – Heavy Vibes / Club Mix – Virgin 12”
02 05 The S.O.S. Band – Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) – Tabu LP
03 03 Willie Hutch – In And Out – Motown 12”
04 10 Nairobi – Soul Makossa – London 12”
05 08 The Jammers – What Have You Got To Lose / Be Mine Tonight / And You Know That – Salsoul 12”
06 06 Michelle Wallace – Jazzy Rhythm / Brenda Watts – Who Needs Love Like That – System 12”
07 02 Marvin Gaye – (Sexual) Healing – CBS 12”
08 04 Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf – Epic 12”
09 13 Michael Jackson – Thriller / Baby Be Mine / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / Billie Jean / Beat It – Epic LP
10 09 Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie – US Sunnyview 12”
11 12 George Clinton – Loopzilla – Capitol 12”
12 07 Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning – Atlantic 12”/Remix
13 17 Rod – Just Keep On Walking – US Prelude 12”
14 11 Billy Griffin – Hold Me Tighter In The Rain – CBS 12”
15 14 The S.O.S. Band – High Hopes – Tabu 12”
16 16 Whodini – Magic’s Wand – Jive 12”
17 21 Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals (Scratch Mix) – Charisma 12”
18 24 First Light – A.M. – Oval 12”
19 43 Indeep – Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – US Sound Of New York 12”
20 20 Warp 9 – Nunk – Arista 12”
21 31 NY Skyy – Let Love Shine / Won’t You Be Mine / Let’s Celebrate (Remix) – Epic Streetwave 12”
22 32 Masurrati & Huey Harris – Super Duper (Lovin’) – US Lioness Ltd 12”
23 18 Central Line – You’ve Said Enough – Mercury 12”
24 34 Roy Ayers – Fast Money – US Uno Melodic 12”
25 61 Rocket – I Wanna Know / It Keeps Me Coming Back – Virgin 12”
26 29 Grover Washington Jr – Can You Dig It / Brazilian Memories / Mixty Motions – US Elektra LP
27 23 Evelyn King – Back To Love / Shame – RCA 12”
28 80 Aurra – Such A Feeling – US Salsoul 12”
29 38 Planet Patrol – Play At Your Own Risk – 21 Records 12”
30 44 Bobby Nunn – She’s Just A Groupie – Motown 12” promo/US LP
31 51 Sunfire – Step In The Light / Young Free And Single – US Warner Bros LP
32 49 Central Line – Nature Boy – Mercury 12”
33 41 Orbit – The Beat Goes On – Canadian Quality RFC 12”
34 25 Greg Henderson – Dreamin’ – Greyhound Record Production 12”
35 33 Toney Lee – Reach Up – US Radar 12”
36 37 Bill Wolfer – Pop Quiz / Camouflage / Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone / Call Me / Nobody Knows / Why Do You Do Me / Soaring – US Constellation LP
37 26 Wham – Young Guns (Go For It) – Inner Vision 12”
38 39 Bobby M/Jean Carn – Let’s Stay Together / How Do You Feel Tonight / Charlie’s Backbeat – US Gordy LP
39 NE New York Citi Peech Boys – Life Is Something Special – US Island 12”
40 35 Syl Johnson – Ms Fine Brown Frame – US Boardwalk 12”
41 75 Slave – Do You Like It … (Girl) / I’ll Be Gone / Intro (Come To Blow Ya Mind) – US Cotillion LP
42 15 Raw Silk – Do It To The Music – KR 12”
43 40 Stone – Girl I Like The Way That You Move – US West End 12”
44 46 Stanley Turrentine – I’ll Be There / Paradise / You Can’t Take My Love / I Knew It Couldn’t Happen – US Elektra LP
45 22 Shalamar – Friends (Remix) – Solar 12”
46 68 I Level – Give Me (Dub Version) – US Epic 12”
47 56 Sonny Charles – Can’t Get Enough / Put It In A Magazine / Per.so.nal.ly – US High Rise LP
48 53 Eleanor Grant – (I Am Ready) Sexual Healing – US Catawba 12”
49 36 Detroit Spinners – Magic In The Moonlight – Atlantic 12”
50 54 Chaka Khan – Pass It On (A Sure Thing) / Be Bop Medley / Got To Be There / Best In The West – US Warner Bros LP
51 NE Antoniou – Street Sound – Elite 12”
52 NE Mahogany – Ride On The Rhythm – US West End 12”
53 72 Cashmere – Do It Anyway You Wanna – US Philly World 12”
54 63 Wreckin Crew – Chance To Dance – US Erect 12”
55 27 Marvin Gaye – My Love Is Waiting / Third World Girl – CBS LP
56 NE Prince Charles & The City Beat Band – Fool For Love / The Jungle Stomp – US MJS 12”
57 64 Luther Vandross – Bad Boy/Having A Party – US Epic 12”
58 55 George Clinton – Atomic Dog / Man’s Best Friend – Capitol LP
59 42 William DeVaughn – Creme De Creme – US HCRC 12”
60 83 Ex Tras – Haven’t Been Funked Enough – ExcellenT 12”
61 NE Fresh Face – Huevo Dancing – US Catawba 12”
62 NE Futura – Feelin’ Hot / Instrumental – US Reelin & Rockin 12”
63 73 Lemelle – You Got Something Special – US Leviticus 12”
64 RE Kool & The Gang – Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho – De-Lite 12”
65 59 Imagination – Changes (Remix) – R&B 12”
66 58 Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Mega Mix) – Casablanca 12”
67 48 B.T. (Brenda Taylor) – You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too – Excaliber 12”
68 62 Prince – D.M.S.R. / 1999 / Lady Cab Driver – US Warner Bros LP
69 NE The Funkacise Gang – Funkacise – US GRP 12”
70 69 Feel – I’d Like To (Instrumental) – US Sutra 12”
71 71 Robert Winters & Fall – Do It Any Way You Want – US Casablanca LP
72 81 Sharon Redd – In The Name Of Love – Prelude 12”
73 74 Luther Vandross – You’re The Sweetest One – US Epic LP
74 NE Jimmy Riley – Sexual Healing – Taxi 12”
75 70 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – You Send Me – Boardwalk LP
76 NE RJ’s Latest Arrival – Stay With Me – US Zoo York 12”
77 79 Rocket – Here Comes My Love – Canadian Quality RFC LP
78 78 Dynasty – Strokin’ / Check It Out / Right Back At Cha! / Questions / Straight Out – Solar LP
79 NE Brooklyn Express – Burning Hot – US BC 12”
80 67 Strikers – Contagious – Prelude 12”
81 NE Harry Ray – Love Is A Game / You Ain’t Been Loved – US Sugarhill LP
82 NE Chic – Hangin’ – US Atlantic 12” promo
83 NE Morrissey Mullen – Bladerunner (Version) – Beggars Banquet 12”
84 RE Mighty Diamonds – The Last Dance (The Last Waltz) – KR 12”
85 RE Margie Joseph – Knockout – US HCRC 12”


BREAKERS

No Breakers listed this week.


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 01 Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
02 03 Buffalo Gals – Malcolm McLaren & The World Famous Supreme Team – Charisma 12”
03 02 Mirror Man – Human League – Virgin 12”
04 04 (Sexual) Healing – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
05 07 Friends – Shalamar – Solar 12”
06 05 I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant – Ice 12”
07 06 Living On The Ceiling – Blancmange – London 12”
08 08 In And Out – Willie Hutch – Motown 12”
09 16 Time (Clock Of The Heart) – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
10 18 Truly – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
11 12 Mad World – Tears For Fears – Mercury 12”
12 09 Never Give You Up / Beat The Street – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
13 13 Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
14 11 I Feel Love (Mega Mix) – Donna Summer – Casablanca 12”
15 17 Keep The Fire Burning – Gwen McCrae – Atlantic 12”
16 14 Back To Love – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
17 24 Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) – A Flock Of Seagulls – Jive 12”
18 19 Rio – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
19 27 The Look Of Love (Scratch Mix) – ABC – Neutron 12”
20 10 Annie I’m Not Your Daddy – Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Ze 12”
21 25 You’ve Said Enough – Central Line – Mercury 12”
22 21 Best Years Of Our Lives – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
23 15 Ooh La La La (Let’s Go Dancin’) – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
24 28 The Other Side Of Love – Yazoo – Mute 12”
25 22 Love’s Comin’ At Ya – Melba Moore – EMI America 12”
26 20 Do It To The Music – Raw Silk – KR 12”
27 26 Talk Talk – Talk Talk – EMI 12”
28 23 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
29 40 Christmas Rapping – Dizzy Heights – Polydor 12”
30 35 High Hopes – S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”
31 30 There It Is – Shalamar – Solar 12”
32 31 The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney – Epic
33 — Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – David Grant – Chrysalis
34 — Youth Of Today – Musical Youth – MCA 12”
35 39 Love Don’t Come Easy – New Jersey Connection – Nite Life 12”
36 34 You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins – Virgin 12”
37 — Heavy Vibes – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
38 — Don’t Let Go Of Me (Grip My Hips And Move Me) – Mike and Brenda Sutton – US Sam 12”
39 32 Knock Me Out – Gary’s Gang – Arista 12”
40 — Move On Up / Beat Surrender – Jam – Polydor 12”


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 01 It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls – CBS 12”
02 02 In The Name Of Love (Remix) – Sharon Redd – Canadian Prelude 12”
03 03 Medley: I’m Not In Love — Girl You’re In Love – Scherrie Payne – Record Shack 12”
04 04 She Has A Way – Bobby “O” – US “O” 12”
05 05 Dirty Talk (USA Connection) / (Canadian Remix) – Klein & MBO – TMT 12”
06 10 I Feel Love (Mega Mix) – Donna Summer – Casablanca 12”
07 06 Mind Warp / Tech-No-Logical World – Patrick Cowley – US Megatone LP
08 07 Keep The Fire Burning – Gwen McCrae – Atlantic 12” remix
09 — Don’t Stop / Be With You – Sylvester – US Megatone LP
10 14 Mirror Man – Human League – Virgin 12”
11 08 I’m So Hot For You – Bobby “O” – US “O” 12”
12 13 Der Amboss (Instrumental Remix) – Visage – German Polydor 12”
13 23 Magic’s Wand – Whodini – Jive 12”
14 19 The Other Side Of Love – Yazoo – Mute 12”
15 15 Die Hard Lover – Loverde – US Moby Dick 12”
16 16 Living On The Ceiling – Blancmange – London 12”
17 09 Do Ya Wanna Funk – Sylvester/Patrick Cowley – London 12”
18 24 Work Me Over / I Will Follow Him – Claudja Barry – Canadian Lollipop 12”
19 22 Don’t You Want My Love – Vera – Canadian Matra 12”
20 21 Situation (Remix) / (Dub Version) – Yaz(oo) – US Sire 12”
21 11 Native Love (Remix) – Divine – Canadian Black Sun 12”
22 18 The Voice Of “Q” – “Q” – Philly World 12”
23 — Shoot Your Shot – Divine – Canadian Black Sun 12”
24 20 Thunder & Lightning – Risque – Dutch Polydor 12”
25 — Day After Day – Margaret Reynolds – US Moby Dick 12”
26 — Over And Over – Reggie Simms – Canadian PBI 12”
27 — Master Piece – Gazebo – Baby 12”
28 — You Are A Danger – Gary Low – Canadian Quality 12”
29 — Collision (Remix) – Sphinx – Italian Systems Music 12”
30 — Workout / Call Me Tonight (Remix) – Cerrone – French Malligator LP

4 thoughts on “December 25, 1982: Indeep, Eleanor Grant, Masurrati & Huey Harris, Grover Washington Jr”

  1. Many thanks for posting another year of Hammy. What a year 1982 was for music. It was one of my favourites but readings these columns make you realise just how much good music there was. In fact there may have been too much with good records being overlooked. Looking forward to 1983, the year of Michael Jackson and Thriller. Wonder if Hammy will change his mind on Billie Jean?

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  2. And it was still just the tip of the iceberg. Lots of great releases were never mentioned by Hammy. I guess because they were too scarce on smaller local labels in the US, etc.

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  3. Very strong week for new releases – Indeep, Mahogany ‘Ride On The Rhythm’, Cashmere ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ ,Jonzun Crew ‘Space Is the Place’ and Man Parrish ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ – all destined to become classics

    incidentally that is the first mention of the term ‘hip hop’ in the column and probably one of the first in print in Britain.

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    1. Yes indeed – hot on the heels of scratching making its debut, hip hop just sneaks under the wire at the end of 1982. I don’t think many people would categorise Man Parrish as a hip hop artist these days, but we’re still a few years away from hip hop emerging as a distinct category from electro.

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