January 29, 1983: Gap Band, S.O.S. Band, The Band AKA, Jazzy Dee, Pure Energy

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MONTANA SEXTET is now as of this week in the shops flipped by Mick Clark’s new “vibes” (but not “sax”) remix, retitled ‘Heavy Heavy Vibes‘ — the eventual follow-up incidentally will be their older ‘Philly Hits Medley’, which failed to impress at the time on import . . . I Level’s commercial 12in tracks will not necessarily be as previously announced on extremely limited test-pressed promo, final selection having been due for decision on Monday . . . Jonny Chingas is being rushed out here in about a fortnight . . . Forrest ‘Rock The Boat’ literally exploded last weekend in London, thanks largely to Capital Radio’s Greg Edwards — though why jocks took so long to go on such an obvious pre-sold winner is a mystery . . . Holborn’s City Sounds based Greyhound label/distribution set-up is putting out the much sought legendary ‘In The Street’ LP by Prince Charles . . . Bronze has signed the Next Plateau label for UK release, debuting next week with C-Bank ‘One More Shot‘ — which, exciting intro apart, is not the most danceable of rhythms . . . RECORD MIRROR picked up the “Trade Publication” prize last Monday at the well attended Thames Valley Disc Jockeys Association’s Shownite ’83 in Hounslow — thanks for your votes . . . Hackney-based Peter Saunders launched his artsy multimedia dance/disco troupe Coruscation at Hounslow, prior to its first proper showcase this Saturday (29) at Birmingham’s Bourneville Club . . . August should see a “major sponsored fund raising event” in southern Scotland involving about 10 Scottish jocks — any wishing to participate (it’s likely to get national media coverage) should be prepared to do strenuous risky stunts like repeated parachute jumps, contact Neil Fincham or Raymond Tuzi at Edinburgh’s Mad Hatters (031-225 4343) . . . US Dance/Disco chart-toppers since Christmas have been Weather Girls, Thompson Twins ‘Lies‘, Michael Jackson LP, the top Block LP remaining Marvin Gaye, whose 10 week run with ‘Sexual Healing’ as top Black single was ended by Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney (no’s 2 & 3 last week being Sonny Charles and Tyrone Davis — classy soul still lives!) . . . Phyllis Hyman and now Dionne Warwick ‘Live From Her Majesty’s’ — and what a truly beautiful musical instrument Dionne’s voice is . . . Holland’s Dureco Benelux company say they’ll sue any unauthorised use of their Smurf characters, presumably in response to all the Smurf dance records (which surely don’t owe much to those petrol promoting little blue people?) . . . ‘E.T. Smurph Home’? . . . Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre’s switched on salesperson Paul Mohamed threatens to supply us with regular male beauty hints, straight from his “macho counter”! . . . Atari’s excitingly realistic new Fuji Racetrack video game incorporates an electronically generated phrase which sounds just like the Buffalo Gals “oh that scratching is making me itch” . . . Steve Allen & Jerry Little kick off their new monthly Friday’s Club at Peterborough’s Fleet Centre this Friday (28) with a cheap drink happy hour between 8-9pm . . . Paul Hazelle starts this Saturday (29) alone at Guildford Newlands Corner’s Straceys, where he and Phil Jay plus guests still jazz-funk Fridays . . . Dave Smith & Darren Fogel at London’s Samantha’s in New Burlington Street (off Regent Street, next to the temporarily closed Rockerfellas late-nite eaterie) offer free admission to anyone carrying a copy of this Disco’s column next Monday and Wednesday (31, 2) . . . Phil Mitchell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Julies) recommends local wine bar Legends, where John Myers plays nice mellow stuff in pre-nightclub hours . . . PM Dinnis — who wonders if he’s related to Exeter’s Chris Dinnis — souls Beckenham’s over-21’s only McCormacks at The Clockhouse, open Thurs-thru-Sunday . . . Tom Wilson returns to souling Edinburgh at the Northumberland Hotel on Thursdays . . . Flash Gordon (Keynsham 5557, that’s Keynsham — K-E-Y-N-S-H-A M), who’s been jocking successfully in Bristol and now Bath, fancies a move to the London area . . . London man-about-town hoaxster/Soul On Sound interviewer Chris Ellis (01-629 5897) is also after a regular club/bar jocking slot . . . Nic Wakefield (Sidmouth Carinas) picked up on the Ex Tras off Soul On Sound and it’s now exploded for him . . . I’m glad many other jocks, especially on radio, dislike Central Line’s remixed ‘Nature Boy’ intro — but in chart terms the general herd seem to have looked no further than the official A-side instead of flipping for the superior uncluttered original (’83 Mix) US version . . . Rockers Revenge ‘The Harder They Come’ could almost be another ‘Brown Girl In The Ring’, heaven forbid! . . . New York Citi Peech Boys didn’t hang around for long — who was that masked man? . . . I mentioned to Theo Loyla, whose departure from the Bridge Country Club near Canterbury must have been a bit traumatic, that the venue’s current jock Dave Stodart is sending us charts and Theo very magnanimously said the place is now packed . . . Nick Aravis now works alone, without Gary Kent, at Hornchurch Daniels (Monday under-18’s/Wednesday over-21’s — tough if you’re 19 or 20!), as well as Tuesdays at Leyton’s Lion & Key, Fri/Saturdays at Romford’s Tudor Lodge Wine Bar . . . Sandy Martin does a late night soul oldies session every Wednesday at Swindon’s Vadims Club . . . London’s gay faves the Trollettes are every Friday at Kings Cross’s Euston Tavern and Saturday at Stratford’s The Pigeons . . . Adrian (Bournemouth Adams) is experimenting with his own synthesizer and drum box to beef up various dated type records, like Scherrie Payne . . . Set The Tone’s ‘Let Loose‘ B-side as anticipated is getting gay play . . . Cori Josias and Spencer Jones’s “vibrant” ‘Garage Mix’ blend terrifically together . . . Prince Charles ‘The Jungle Stomp‘ goes great with Peech Boys ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’, says John Tracy (Manchester Hacienda Tues/Sat, Sheffield Pennys Wed, Sheffield Leadmill Stylus Videotheque Fri) . . . Bob Heather (Southampton Top Rank Ice Rink) says Xavier ‘Work The Sucker To Death’ mixes superbly out of the end of Set The Tone ‘Dance Sucker’ . . . John Cecchini & Pez tonight (Thursday 27) start funking the Golden Guinea weekly — I think that’s in Birkenhead, it’s certainly on the Wirral (I’m not clairvoyant) . . . Jinx Joynson (Wallasey) hasn’t a copy himself but has seen Bobby Nunn ‘She’s Just A Groupie‘ get such a good reaction he reckons it ought to be on more than just promo 12in — bit late now, though . . . I don’t appear to be receiving all the promos sent to me, something being wrong with the mail in my area, so apologies if records aren’t reviewed immediately . . . Anne Marie Bevan (Dublin), bad luck, but my Spandau Ballet card got thrown out after Christmas — sorry! . . . DO IT IN THE MIX!


THE BIZ are a carefully assembled glamorous British answer to Shalamar, though with the different sexual ratio of Yasmin Evans, Austin Howard and Suzette Smithson — almost a black Bucks Fizz! — whose debut 113bpm ‘Falling‘ 3-track 12in has already sold out on white label advantage pressing but is due this week again in its fully remixed final form from the new Midas label. If your club gets offered them for a PA, grab ’em — as we discovered at Gullivers last Saturday, they really do do “the biz”!


HOT VINYL

THE GAP BAND: ‘Outstanding’ (Total Experience TEX 001, via Phonogram).
Powerfully propelled by an ultra-infectious ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ beat (they mix), this dynamite nagging 99bpm 12in jiggly jogger has great soulful vocal work weaving through the insistent groove and, arguably the guys’ best ever, seems likely to be a huge hit what with their UK visit ‘n all.

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’)’ (US Tabu 4Z9 03528).
Due here soon too, a great beefed up, remixed and lengthened 107 2/3bpm 12in version chorus chant, based unashamedly on Rodney Franklin’s original ‘Groove’.

THE BAND AKA II: ‘Joy’ (US Bouvier BO-0101-5).
Hailed by many as the best thing to happen in soul music since Bessie Smith, this shuffling 114bpm 12in side to side swinger in its present form seems flawed to me, the vocal side going on interminably without any variation while the marvellous sax which graced ‘Grace’ is only on the (to my mind) preferable instrumental-with-chorus flip. A remix combining the two — now, that would be a killer!

JAZZY DEE: ‘Get On Up’ (US Laurie DM 503).
A welcome return for the vintage label (Dion’s early ’60s hits were on it) with a burbling somewhat monotonous 117bpm 12in chix chanted and chap sung jiggly groove which ends eventually in a rap, with datedly “jazz-funky” instrumental flip.

PURE ENERGY: ‘Spaced Out’ (US Prism PDS 455).
“Chipmunk” intro-ing countdown and interruptions lend Smurf (ooh hush my mouth) appeal to a good simple jaggedly tripping 114¼bpm 12in semi-electrophonic disco bumbler, great out of the Ex Tras, and possibly best in its sparser ‘Party Mix‘ rather than the chick-sung A-side.

THE JONESES: ‘Sugar Pie Guy’ (US Mercury 422-810309-1 M-1).
With a catalogue number like that, what’s the ZIP code? Anyway, here’s a must for all the soul revivalists, four brand new remixes (remakes?) of the guys classic mid ’70s “spudadah spudadah” vocal group gem all on one 12in, the ‘Club Mix’ (not necessarily best) being 122-123-126-127bpm.

TONEY LEE: ‘Reach Up’ (TMT TMTT 2).
Chunkily thudding 115bpm combination of Steve Arrington-ish shuffle and kick chant with Rockers Revenge rhythm, on 3-track 12in with possibly punchier ‘Dub’ and new radio length ‘Quick’ mixes, the effect somehow being joyless and dead until it reaches the more rhythmically busy last half.

INSTANT FUNK: ‘No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ (US Salsoul SG385).
Although sounding slower their vocoder started sparse snapper slots into the Soul Sonic Patrol orbiter groove, on 4-track 12in with Tom Moulton’s mix at 127½bpm and the other variations by Sergio Munzibai at 128bpm, creating a strange tension because really everything about it is quite lethargic. Also now about on Dutch import ahead of the US pressings is their new album ‘V’ (Rams Horn RAMSH 5030), on which for me the stunning standout is the ultra-soulful slow 63bpm ‘Smack Dab In The Middle‘ — wow, it wails! — while also subtly soulful with possible revivalist appeal are the 123bpm ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours‘ and 124bpm ‘I’ll Be Good To You‘, although the routine funky 101½-102bpm ‘Who Took Away The Funk’ will be easier to use, frantic being the 130bpm ‘Easy Come Easy Go’, 141bpm ‘Blazin’, 146bpm ‘A Hard Day’s Night‘ (yes, the Fabs!).

PRINCE: ‘1999’ (Warner Bros W9896T).
Murkily introed then jerkily driving good (0-)119bpm “party party” stormer with an underlying message of doom, ending in the childish question ‘Mummy why does everybody have a bomb?’ (not “bum” as originally thought!). On 3-track 12in with the equally strong lurching 109bpm ‘D.M.S.R.‘ chanter — that’s “dance — music — sex — romance”, the funkster’s answer to ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’!

GEORGE CLINTON: ‘Atomic Dog’ (Capitol 12CL 280).
Much extended and not necessarily improved 107bpm 12in remix of the “bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay” P’funk groove, flipped by an 108bpm instrumental version and the more ‘Loopzilla’-ish 113bpm ‘Man’s Best Friend‘.

CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Ms Got-The-Body’ (US Mercury 810 341-1).
The sub EWF-ish vocal side did nothing here on LP and can be ignored now on 12in, as it’s the 125bpm B-side instrumental which really sizzles with an intro percussion arrangement that’ll rock your socks off!

HOWARD JOHNSON: ‘Say You Wanna’ (Funk A&Merica USAF 1226).
Kashif-penned creakily lurching 112bpm 12in male version of the Melba Moore/Evelyn King sound, nowhere near so fine as ‘So Fine’, flipped by the much better more soulful jauntily jumping 122-123-124-125bpm ‘Jam Song‘.

GLENN JONES: ‘I Am Somebody’ (US RCA PD-13436).
Good chunkily clomping if slightly muddled soulful 117bpm 12in message lurcher eventually quotes from Martin Luther King’s actual speech, which once also inspired a similarly titled US hit for Johnnie Taylor (instrumental flip — and a word sheet enclosed).

ATTITUDE: ‘We Got The Juice’ (US Atlantic RFC 0-89884).
Throbbing bass synth and skittering surface beats bump along this useful enough 120½bpm 12in electrophonic phunk chanter, with freakily introed 120bpm flipside version.

TALKBACK: ‘I Can’t Let You Go’ (CBS A13-2829).
Halls & Oates-ian breathily chanted jittery Belgian blue-eyed 114-112-113-114bpm bounder on 3-track 12in with its instrumental and a doodling slowie.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Very Special Part’ (Motown TMGT 1286).
Nice enough lightly smacking 116bpm 12in jiggly strutting swinger (instrumental flip), melodically infectious.

CHIC: ‘Hangin’ (Atlantic A 9898T).
Amusing “Theodore” rap-introed chaps sung staccato sharp jiggly chugging 122-123bpm strutter with some good guitar, on 3-track 12in with the more typical sparse bassy instrumental 118-119-121-120bpm ‘City Lights‘ and zingily romping old 123-122-121-123bpm ‘Dance Dance Dance’.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘I’m Ready’ (Atlantic A 9949T).
Surprisingly late 12in remix for his pleasant Evelyn King/Michael Jackson-ish 114bpm lurching swayer, in subdued ‘I Should Have Loved Ya’ style.

GALE GRIER: ‘Inseparable’ (Identity IDS 003, via IDS).
Gorgeous yummy ’60-ish souling of Natalie Cole’s old slowie on 67bpm 7in, recommended.

PATTI AUSTIN & JAMES INGRAM: ‘Baby, Come To Me’ (Qwest K 15005).
Tender gently swelling 45/90bpm 7-in slowie, belatedly big now in America after being featured during a love scene in TV’s ‘General Hospital’ soaper.

JEFFREY OSBORNE: ‘On The Wings Of Love’ (Funk A&Merica USAF 1225).
Radio aimed sombre 0-34½-69bpm 12in production ballad, recently big in the States, flipped by the pleasant new 0-84-83bpm ‘I’m Beggin‘.

LA FAMILE: ‘Dancer’ (Chequers DR 001).
Pleasant if not particularly incisive 0-115-116-117-118bpm 12in attempt by a well-connected UK line-up to emulate one of those classy chick-led US drifters usually sung by a Patti Austin or Jones Girls, say.

MIKE McCRAY: ‘Bring Your Love Back’ (US Topflight TOP-001).
“D” Train inspired not totally successful 122(start)-121½bpm 12in chunderer with Stone-type vibes and certainly some good points, plus an emptier 122½bpm B-side mix, although a totally instrumental remix could’ve been a killer.

INTRIGUE: ‘I Like It’ (Pressure PRESS D-1003).
Pleasantly put together if unexceptional 114bpm 12in jogger with a “money crazy” message, on the label which gave us Norman Giscombe Junior’s debut two years ago.

LEVEL 42: ‘The Chinese Way’ (Polydor POSPX 538).
Slick 120bpm “oriental” jiggler with possible pop appeal, remixed for yellow vinyl 12in and flipped by a raucous live Guildford version of the 134-136bpm ‘88‘.


DISCO TOP 85 – JANUARY 29, 1983

01 04 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
02 02 Heavy Vibes / Club Mix – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
03 12 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
04 09 Hold Me Tighter In The Rain – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
05 01 Be Mine Tonight / What Have You Got To Lose / And You Know That – The Jammers – Salsoul 12”
06 03 The Smurf – Tyrone Brunson – Epic 12”
07 27 Nature Boy (Remix) / (US Original) – Central Line – Mercury 12”
08 08 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
09 48 Let’s Stay Together – Bobby M/Jean Carn – Gordy 12”
10 10 In And Out – Willie Hutch – Motown 12”
11 21 Mind Up Tonight (Remix) – Melba Moore – Capitol 12”
12 16 Ride On The Rhythm – Mahogany – US West End 12”
13 07 E.T. Boogie – Extra T’s – US Sunnyview 12”
14 NE Rock The Boat – Forrest – German Ariola/US Profile 12”
15 15 Reach Up / Dub Mix – Toney Lee – US Radar 12”
16 05 Buffalo Gals (Scratch) – Malcolm McLaren – Charisma 12”
17 34 Haven’t Been Funked Enough – Ex Tras – ExcellenT 12”
18 23 Loopzilla – George Clinton – Capitol 12”
19 18 Magic’s Wand – Whodini – Jive 12”
20 06 My Love Is Waiting – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
21 25 The Harder They Come / Sunshine Partytime (Rap) – Rockers Revenge – London 12”
22 24 Phone Home – Jonny Chingas – US Columbia 12”
23 40 Outstanding – Gap Band – US Total Experience 12”
24 13 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) (Remix) – The S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”
25 20 Do It Anyway You Wanna – Cashmere – US Philly World 12”
26 NE Joy / Instrumental – Band AKA II – US Bouvier 12”
27 19 Friends – Shalamar – Solar 12”
28 33 Ms Fine Brown Frame – Syl Johnson – Epic 12”
29 11 Just Keep On Walking / Instrumental – Rod – US Prelude 12”
30 17 Jazzy Rhythm – Michelle Wallace – System 12”
31 14 Soul Makossa – Nairobi – London 12”
32 41 Scorpio / It’s A Shame (Mt. Airy Groove) – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Sugarhill 12”
33 28 (Sexual) Healing – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
34 22 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – US Importe/12 12”
35 NE Get On Up / Instrumental – Jazzy Dee – US Laurie 12”
36 26 Up On The Hill (Mt. U) / Instrumental – Trammps – US Venture 12”
37 RE 1999 / D.M.S.R. – Prince – Warner Bros 12”
38 30 Keep The Fire Burning – Gwen McCrae – Atlantic 12”/Remix
39 56 Changes – Imagination – R&B 12”
40 44 Dancin’ All Night / Party Mix Instrumental – Master Jam – Proto 12”
41 51 Message II (Survival) – Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – Sugarhill 12”
42 59 The Chinese Way (Remix) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
43 NE Electric Avenue (Remix) / Walking On Sunshine (US Mix) – Eddy Grant – Ice 12”
44 35 Such A Feeling – Aurra – US Salsoul 12”
45 31 Fool For Love / The Jungle Stomp – Prince Charles – US MJS 12”
46 38 Gimme The Funk – Charades – US Brunswick 12”
47 45 Creme De Creme / Instrumental – William DeVaughn – Excaliber 12”
48 65 Ashewo Ara – Kabbala – Red Flame 12”
49 NE No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
50 78 Can You Handle It (Remix) / In The Name Of Love – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
51 37 Give Me (Dub Version) / Remix – I Level – US Epic 12”
52 29 Super Duper (Lovin’) – Masurrati & Huey Harris – US Lioness Ltd 12”
53 66 Let’s Do It – Kadenza – PRT 12”
54 36 Can You Dig It / The Best Is Yet To Come – Grover Washington Jr – US Elektra LP
55 13 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) – The S.O.S. Band – Tabu LP
56 69 Love Is A Game – Harry Ray – US Sugarhill LP
57 49 Let Love Shine / Won’t You Be Mine / Let’s Celebrate (Remix) – NY Skyy – Epic Streetwave 12”
58 53 I’d Like To (Instrumental) / (Vocal) – Feel – US Sutra 12”
59 39 Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
60 RE Atomic Dog (Remix) / Man’s Best Friend – George Clinton – Capitol 12”
61 71 Fire / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) / I’m Down For That – Jerry Knight – US A&M LP
62 58 The Preacher / Asphalt Gardens – George Howard – US Palo Alto Jazz LP
63 32 Feelin’ Hot (Instrumental) – Futura – US Reelin & Rockin 12”
64 67 Fall In Love With Me – Earth Wind & Fire – CBS 12”
65 47 Step In The Light / Young Free And Single – Sunfire – US Warner Bros LP
66 76 I’ll Be Around – Detroit Spinners – Atlantic 12”
67 NE Garden Party / Funk Suite No.1 – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
68 46 Too Tough / Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing / Is This A Dream / Love You Too Much – Angela Bofill – US Arista LP
69 42 Huevo Dancing / Chimental Mix – Fresh Face – US Catawba 12”
70 72 I’ll Be There / You Can’t Take My Love / Paradise / I Knew It Couldn’t Happen – Stanley Turrentine – US Elektra LP
71 60 I’ll Be Gone / Do You Like It … (Girl) – Slave – US Cotillion LP
72 54 Be Mine Tonight (Remix) / Instrumental – Jammers – US Salsoul 12”
73 57 Can’t Get Enough / Put It In A Magazine – Sonny Charles – US HighRise LP
74 70 Cool Down The Pace – Gregory Isaacs – Island 12” Remix
75 73 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
76 63 Midnight Lady – Boy Katindig – US PAUSA LP
77 NE Spaced Out — Party Mix / Spaced Out – Pure Energy – US Prism 12”
78 NE I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – US RCA 12”
79 NE I Can’t Let You Go – Talkback – CBS 12”
80 79 Holding On For Love / It’s Your Love – Cargo – EMI Zonophone 12”
81 80 She’s Just A Groupie – Bobby Nunn – Motown 12” promo/US LP
82 NE Thug Rock / Chimental Mix – Sandy Kerr – US Catawba 12”
83 82 What More Can I Say – Leonard Chin/Alan Weeks – Sanity 12”
84 NE Falling – The Biz – Midas 12” white label
85 NE All I Need Is You / Instrumental – Starshine – US Prelude 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Chic: ‘Hangin’ / ‘City Lights’ (Atlantic 12in)
Narada Michael Walden: ‘I’m Ready’ (Atlantic 12in)
Yarbrough & Peoples: ‘Heartbeats’ (US Total Experience 12in)
Cheryl Lynn/Luther Vandross: ‘If This World Were Mine’ (CBS 12in)
Jimmy Riley: ‘Sexual Healing’ (Taxi 12in)
The Galaxy TU Orchestra/Rosko: ‘Always And Forever’ (US Moonglow 12in)
Tyrone Davis: ‘Are You Serious’ (US HighRise LP)
Arlene Duncan: ‘I Wanna Groove’ (Proto 12in)
Stevie Wonder: ‘Front Line’ (Motown 12in)
Kajagoogoo: ‘Too Shy’ (EMI 12in)
Jermaine Jackson: ‘Very Special Part’ (Motown 12in)
Plush: ‘Free And Easy’ (US RCA 12in)
Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde: ‘The Challenge’ / Instrumental (US Profile 12in)
Convertion: ‘Sweet Thing’ (US Vanguard 12in)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: ‘The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel’ (Sugarhill 12in)


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 01 Buffalo Gals – Malcolm McLaren – Charisma 12”
02 02 You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins – Virgin 12”
03 05 Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
04 04 Friends – Shalamar – Solar 12”
05 03 I Feel Love (Mega Mix) – Donna Summer – Casablanca 12”
06 08 Time (Clock Of The Heart) – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
07 10 Living On The Ceiling – Blancmange – London 12”
08 33 Electric Avenue (Remix) – Eddy Grant – Ice 12”
09 06 Best Years Of Our Lives – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
10 — Down Under – Men At Work – Epic 12”
11 24 Hold Me Tighter In The Rain – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
12 32 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
13 19 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
14 07 Mirror Man – Human League – Virgin 12”
15 30 Magic’s Wand – Whodini – Jive 12”
16 38 Heartache Avenue (Remix) – Maisonettes – Ready Steady Go! 12”
17 12 (Sexual) Healing – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
18 11 The Other Side Of Love – Yazoo – Mute 12”
19 16 In And Out – Willie Hutch – Motown 12”
20 28 In The Name Of Love – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
21 40 Story Of The Blues – Wah! – Eternal 12”
22 15 Changes – Imagination – R&B 12”
23 14 The Look Of Love (Scratch Mix) – ABC – Neutron 12”
24 09 Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
25 27 Gloria – Laura Branigan – Atlantic 12”
26 26 Heavy Vibes – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
27 25 Our House (Stretch) – Madness – Stiff 12”
28 37 Too Shy – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
29 32 Thriller / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
30 — The Chinese Way (Remix) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
31 — Be Mine Tonight – Jammers – Salsoul 12”
32 — My Love Is Waiting – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
33 17 Loopzilla – George Clinton – Capitol 12”
34 34 It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls – CBS 12”
35 31 The Smurf – Tyrone Brunson – Epic 12”
36 18 Wishing – A Flock Of Seagulls – Jive 12”
37 21 Mind Up Tonight – Melba Moore – Capitol 12”
38 — Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
39 — The Harder They Come – Rockers Revenge – London 12”
40 22 Hymn – Ultravox – Chrysalis 12”


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 04 It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls – CBS 12”
02 01 She Has A Way – Bobby “O” – US “O” 12”
03 03 Shoot Your Shot – Divine – Canadian Black Sun 12”
04 02 Don’t Stop / Won’t You Let Me Love You – Sylvester – US Megatone LP
05 05 In The Name Of Love (Remix) – Sharon Redd – Canadian Prelude 12”
06 07 I Feel Love (Mega Mix) – Donna Summer – Casablanca 12”
07 10 You Are A Danger / Instrumental – Gary Low – Canadian Quality 12”
08 12 Buffalo Gals (Scratch) – Malcolm McLaren – Charisma 12”
09 09 Medley: I’m Not In Love – Scherrie Payne – Record Shack 12”
10 11 Fantasy / Re-Remix – Hotline – Italian Il Disc 12”
11 13 Der Amboss (Instrumental Remix) / The Anvil – Visage – Polydor 12”
12 08 Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
13 06 Thunder & Lightning – Risque – Dutch Polydor 12”
14 19 Rock The Boat – Forrest – German Ariola/US Profile 12”
15 17 Work Me Over / I Will Follow Him – Claudja Barry – Canadian Lollipop 12”
16 15 Takin’ It Straight / Dub Mix – Cori Josias – Metropolis/Carrere 12”
17 16 Heatstroke – Man Parrish – US Importe/12 LP
18 27 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
19 21 Magic’s Wand – Whodini – Jive 12”
20 29 Back In My Arms Again – Cynthia Manley – US Atlantic 12”
21 20 Heartbeats – Yarbrough & Peoples – US Total Experience 12”
22 — “X” Rated (Remix) – Carol Jiani – Dutch High Fashion 12”
23 — Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
24 — Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick 12”
25 14 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
26 28 Soul Makossa – Nairobi – London 12”
27 22 Tequila – Bo Boss – US Emergency 12”
28 — Let Loose / Dance Sucker – Set The Tone – Island 12”
29 — Don’t Stop – Motion – Canadian Tojo 12”
30 — Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson – A&M 12”

2 thoughts on “January 29, 1983: Gap Band, S.O.S. Band, The Band AKA, Jazzy Dee, Pure Energy”

  1. I remember that Atari racing game which we had in my local and which unfortunately half my friends seemed to spend half of 1983 playing on I was bored after a couple of games:-(

    Jazzy Dee was another that everyone seemed to have on their car stereos that year – sort of rap but still with a slightly jazz-funky feel to it – I can still recite most of the rap in it all these years later – “I’m the rapamatician and the man of the year and all the other MCs can disappear….” etc etc.

    “Outstanding” is one of the records that everyone knows and was played on the London pirates for years but wasn’t that big a pop hit at the time – Kenny Thomas’s version in the 90s was a bigger crossover.

    These are unbelievably nostalgic times for me. Nice long hot summer in 1983 too made it even better.

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  2. That text about The Biz – which I believe accompanied a photo in RM – mentions two names who’d have greater success later in the 80s: Austin Howard was one third of trio Ellis Beggs & Howard (the ‘Beggs’ being former Kajagoogoo bassist Nick Beggs); and, even more successful, Yasmin Evans was Yazz – recently seen on BBC Four’s TOTP 88 re-runs.

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