March 19, 1983: Lonnie Liston Smith, Charles Earland, Man Parrish, Fatback, Patrick Simons


DAVID JOSEPH has been remixed for US Mango 12in (MLPS 7804), but the result is slower (c.115bpm), more percussive and less bright, with a similarly remixed instrumental flip, unlikely to cause a stampede here (in fact, shades of the US version of ‘Hi-Tension’?) . . . Kashif, Change, Champaign, Muscle Shoals Horns all have new import LPs, which you may want to fork out £6.99 for but I don’t . . . Epic have already issued the Tyrone Brunson ‘Sticky Situation’ LP (EPC 25291), very uninteresting and only with the vocal, no instrumental, of the title track . . . C.O.D. ‘In The Bottle’ has been snapped up here by Morgan Khan for Streetwave . . . Chill Fac-Torr is now coming through strongly on the dancefloors, following increased familiarity and radio plays — could it herald another Twist revival? . . . South Eastern Discotheque Association hold their seventh well organised equipment exhibition, SEDA 83 Spring Disco Fair, on Sunday April 17 at the Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone, followed by a dinner and cabaret — call Dave Pullen for details of stand space on 022779 2041 . . . Sunday 1st May (Bank Holiday weekend) sees the promised marathon ‘Ritz Revival’ alldayer at Manchester’s Rotters with living legends Ian Levine, Colin Curtis & Richard Searling spinning ’70s soul before at midnight switching into an allniter situation with the addition of Northern Soul pioneers Tony Jebb, Les Cokell, Kev Roberts & Simon Soussan plus two as yet unspecified US acts (veterans of the Mirwood label looking likely) — now that is one that I’ll definitely try to get to! . . . Ian Levine is currently donning suit and tie and lugging all his records across town to do “up market semi-gay” Sundays at Kensington High Street’s Gardens, kinda like New York’s Studio 54 before it became ultra-commercial, sez he . . . Tonie Walsh reports from Dublin that Flikkers is the only gay disco in the city although pubs and other venues abound . . . Duncan ‘Funky Dunk’ Finlayson of Birmingham’s Top Ten shop in Bristol Road, Selly Oak (where they sell the music), is organising a one-off night of Boys Town Disco music on Sunday April 10 at the Powerhouse . . . Chris Lucas (Earls Court Copacabana) says Azul y Negro and New Order once synched stay together on the beat for ages . . . Friday at Mayfair’s Gullivers the headphones weren’t working but even so, just by matching the LED cueing lights I amazed myself by getting two copies of Forrest perfectly synched so the percussion break phased all the way through (something easy to do with cans — but without, a sheer fluke!) . . . Graham Hardy, hitting Basildon at Raquels on Fridays and Sweeneys on Saturdays, has for his own use run off a computer read out listing of an odd assortment of old BPMs from this page . . . T. Evans (Sunbury-on-Thames), mobile for 15 years and mixing since before it was called that, warns fellow mobile jocks that at most gigs their own fave funk raves are unlikely to be appreciated (too true!): “your record purchases should be regarded like angler’s bait — you won’t get far playing the latest hip album track to Aunt Maud at a wedding just because it’s your only gig of the week” . . . Lawrence E.A. Flowers said it himself last week — he’s got 39 pages in which to read about the Eurythmics, Malcolm McLaren and similar pop stuff (the most danceable of which shows up in our Nightclub chart), as well as Radio One on which to hear it whenever he chooses, so he shouldn’t begrudge soul fans their bit of space (after all, where would the Eurythmics be without Grace Jones, or McLaren without the World’s Famous Supreme Team Show — and come to think of it, where indeed is ‘Soweto‘ without the latter?!) . . . Barry ‘Bazza’ Neale & Richard Searling host an ‘Upfront American Soul Session’ every Thursday at Manchester’s luxuriously equipped Sandpiper in Wilbraham Road . . . Martin Collins, Joe Field & Ralph Tee jazz-soul Hemel Hempstead’s Dacorum College tonight (Thursday 17), Joe Field & Mike Allin moving across town to the Whip & Collar pub for soul oldies on Sunday (20) . . . Adrian Thomas (0248 723054) has managed to establish Friday for jazz-funk-soul at Minnies in the Min-Y-Don Hotel at Red Wharf Bay way out on Anglesey, where he reckons a record company promotion night would help really put it on the map (gotta lotta Gallup chart shops on Anglesey, then?) . . . Paul Travis (90 Queensway, Moss Bank, St Helens WA11 7BY) has taken on promoting party nights on Thursdays at Wigan Pier, where he’d welcome some celebrity PAs to go with the various drinks company sponsored themes . . . Dave Rawlings this week adds Fridays as well as Saturdays at Basingstoke’s hula-hooping Martines (do they hula to Chill Fac-Torr yet?) . . . Graham Hunter (Basingstoke 771 238 evenings) is looking for a mid-week residency between weekend mobile gigs — he has a large varied record collection but prefers disco-jazz-funk . . . ‘Big’ Phil Etgart now does Saturdays, Brian ‘Bazzer’ Mason Fridays, at South Harrow’s Bobby McGees, early evening being most upfront soul-wise . . . Rose Royce play Watford Baileys for the week from Monday (21) . . . Pez (Wallasey), updating his home sound system with vari-speed Technics 1200 decks for possible use at a new venue later, reports Chris Currie is now similarly equipped at New Brighton’s Chelsea Reach . . . Tandy hi-fi shops have a vari-speed Realistic deck in their current sale at £79.95, but whether it’s any good for disco use I don’t know. . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) is having fun experimenting with a £75 ‘Rhythm Box’ which keeps the beat forever (he reckons more expensive models offer even greater potential), and now hankers after a hand ‘drum kit’ played with the fingers, at around £320 . . . I finally got all my British Standard Steel shelving up in a marathon session aided by my father last week, which means my vast record collection will soon be propertly sorted and housed, but also means the next Soul On Sound preview mix will either be rather short or else reach you late again . . . Phonogram staff have inside info that their John Waller is in line for ‘Ghandi II’! . . . Luther Vandross on video looks not unlike the young Jimmy James (of Vagabonds fame), while certain shots of King Kong in a remake (recently reviewed on video) remind me of a certain lady hit maker on Prelude (especially her current 12in sleeve!) . . . Robert Perono, late of the defunct Shock dance troupe, appears briefly in ‘Extro’ — he’s killed off in the first reel . . . Prelude incidentally have really gone off the boil, to judge from most of the label’s current releases . . . WEA press officer Barbara Charone sent me a 12in of Modern Romance ‘Cherry Pink’, lickety spit — many thanks! . . . Mark Herstell’s “that’s life, c’est la vie, mon cheri” song query was in fact Gina X ‘No G.D.M.‘ info courtesy of Ann Ovenden (Northolt), Stewart Swan (Sheffield), Russell Davies (Worthing 0903 35904 — looking for jocking jobs in Sussex), Anthony Godden (23 Redcliffe Square, London SW10 — he volunteers to track down almost any oldie given time) . . . ooh-wee, that’s baad, sweet peas, mmm-hmm. YES INDEEDY!


LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Never Too Late’ (LP ‘Dreams Of Tomorrow’ US Doctor Jazz FW38447)
Bob Thiele’s independent label returns to vinyl the jazz-funk keyboardist whose following is probably greater here than in the States. Co-produced, mostly penned and played on by bassist Marcus Miller (whose one solo LP is due on import), Lonnie’s set features his vocalist brother Donald on this lovely Luther Vandross-ish 120½(intro)-121-121½-120½bpm soul swayer, his other likely vocal being the slow jogging 89½bpm ‘A Lonely Way To Be‘, the monster specialist jazz instrumental being the busily backed but fluidly bouncing 124bpm ‘Rainbows Of Love‘.

CHARLES EARLAND: ‘Street Themes’ (LP ‘Earland’s Street Themes’ US Columbia FC 38457)
Another fave jazz-funk keyboardist returns with a good Dunn Pearson Jr-produced set, featuring a lot of vocals (fuller review next week), the immediate standouts being this Ramsey Lewis-ish pattering 115bpm piano instrumental which breaks from an early flow into piercing percussion for a while, and the 7in-issued gently pent-up purposeful jiggling 105-107-108bpm ‘Be My Lady (Tonight)‘ vocal.

MAN PARRISH: ‘Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)’ (Polydor POSPX 575)
Better late than never, this terrific flutter flanging Tyrone Brunson/Extra T’s-type 115bpm 12in electrophonic phunk instrumental is long established as one of the best of the bunch — in fact right up there with the two already mentioned.

FATBACK: ‘Is This The Future?’ LP (US Spring SP-1-6738)
The title track is a terrific bass synth bumped rolling calm 109bpm swayer featuring a great chocolate voiced message rap, likely to be a future smash and pretty essential (as is their included 107bpm ‘The Girl Is Fine‘ 12in hit), but the rest of the probably Marvin Gaye inspired electronically backed — though not electrophonic — set is less remarkable, comprising the 115bpm ‘Finger Lickin’ Good‘, 98bpm ‘Sunshine Lady‘, 109bpm ‘Spread Love‘, 109bpm ‘Funky Aerobics‘, 115bpm ‘Double Love Affair‘, 127bpm ‘Up Against The Wall‘.

PATRICK SIMONS: ‘So Wrong (Dance Mix)’ (US Elektra 067929)
Monotonous good powerfully jittering emphatic 117bpm 12in polyrhythmic smacker with clanking then acidic guitar (great out of Jimmy Young), instrumental flip, packaged like an album. Nile Rodgers ‘Get Her Crazy‘ has a similar feel.

THE JONESES: ‘Sugar Pie Guy’ (Mercury MERX 138)
Replacing the US pressing’s short ‘Small Slice’ with 1974’s unadorned original version, the UK’s 4-track 12in represents the best value for fans of the guys’ classic “spudaduh” scatting soul vocal group romper, three vocal variations and an instrumental of the same song, which climbs in stages from around 122 to 127bpm. However, great musically, it’s not terribly contemporary.

JULIE LONDON: ‘Cry Me A River’ (Edsel E5004)
All-time classic sophisticated sultry dead slow 31bpm 7in smoocher from ’55, backed simply by soft bass and guitar, featured during a ghostly sequence in the rock ‘n’ roll film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ and a must for everyone with taste.

MTUME: ‘Juicy Fruit’ (US Epic 34-03578)
From James Mtume’s imminent LP, a nice chunkily snapping insidious slow 96bpm 7in sneaker mainly wailed by a soulful lady, though the more instrumental muttering and giggling ‘Part II (Reprise)‘ flip has most sex appeal for smooch spots.

GOLDIE ALEXANDER: ‘Knocking Down Love’ (Proto ENAT 104)
Snapped up here before even getting much import action, this good simple sax started Band AKA-ish briskly loping soulful 120-122-121-122½bpm 12in swayer ends with acappella from Mr Alexander. Instrumental flip.

THE BOONE BROS: ‘(Party People) Throwdown’ (US Atlantic 0-89873)
Rather quietly pressed, this happy crowd crammed electrophonic-type jerky rhythm 116¼bpm 12in “Paartay” rapper rambles on a bit into some acidic guitar but communicates instant good times to party hearty funk fans (long instrumental-ish flip).

THE CHI-LITES: ‘Bottom’s Up’ (US Larc LR-81502)
Eugene Record ‘n the lads return on a killer chunkily thudding purposeful 103bpm 12in Gap Band-ish jiggler, growling out great fun-filled lyrics about ladies with fatty bum-bums (ooh — look at that meat!), the flip’s ‘Groove’ version having less of the song’s verse.

ELIXIA: ‘Soho Phaze’ (Record Shack SOHOT 4, via IDS)
Freakily disjointed electro intro and outro to a totally phased and mucked about 130bpm 12in instrumental that began life as a decent jazz-funk romper — still, it certainly sounds intriguingly different, although is it quite what the Essex-based group originally envisaged? The flip’s ‘Soho Nights‘ version is less over the top.

BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘Be With Me’ (CBS A13-3209)
Old fashioned lightly whinnying urgently pushing 125bpm 12in canterer, too fast to be funky but fine for soul revivalists.

DIONNE WARWICK: ‘Take The Short Way Home’ (Arista ARIST 12518)
Rightly a double ‘A’-side on 12in, her album’s best Bee Gees supported dancer and a current US smash, this ultra catchy bubbling jittery 102bpm chugger should rapidly be flipped on 7in to become the radio plug side here too.

SLAVE: ‘Do You Like It … (Girl)’ (Atlantic B 9912T)
Sinuously rolling 120-122-120-122-120bpm 12in shuffler from their current album with jittery repetitive title line tension but little really to hook the general public, the 2-track flip having their brassily churning Brass Construction-style instrumental 119-121-120-122bpm ‘You And Me‘ and more recent Steve Arrington-sung coolly rambling 110½-109½-108½-109½bpm ‘Steal Your Heart‘ for spurious historical perspective.

ALTON EDWARDS: ‘Take Me’ (CBS A13-3146)
Competently done lightly strutting 113bpm 12in smacker, nicely sung and perfectly acceptable, but with nothing distinctively special about it either — unlike his debut hit.

NEW EDITION: ‘Candy Girl’ (US Streetwise SWRL-2208)
Maurice Starr/Michael Jonzun-prod/penned herky-jerky 104bpm 12in blatant rewrite of the Jackson Five’s ‘ABC’ by similarly juvenile little squeakers, the instrumental flip co-mixed by Arthur Baker still being held back by the dated rhythm. UK release on London will be structurally altered.

O’BRYAN: ‘Shake’ (LP ‘You And I’ US Capitol ST-12256)
Aimed at the ladies with a poster included (how’s he keep his face so dry when his chest’s so sweaty?), the suave young soulster’s set won’t be colossal here but this 120bpm funker works well out of Chocolate Milk. The 0-106bpm ‘Soul Train’s A’Comin‘ reaches nice piano, the 130bpm ‘I’m Freaky‘ is a formula gigolo whipper, while slowies especially muted trumpet, 53bpm ‘Together Always’, and Stevie Wonder’s lovely (0-)71-0bpm title track.

TIME BANDITS: ‘I’m Specialized In You’ (CBS A13-2915)
Dutch blue eyed soulsters sound like Smokey Robinson or early Temptations singing to a Hall & Oates backing track with a Stevie Wonder harmonica break on this delicate lightweight flowing 117-116-115-116-115-116bpm 12in swayer.

PLATINUM HOOK: ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Without You’ (LP ‘Watching You’ US RCA MFL1-8506)
A five track “specially priced” Mini LP — which means even here it’ll only cost you an arm and a thigh, instead of a whole leg! — with this good 76bpm soul smoocher, the chunkier 90bpm ‘Wonderful World‘ and usefully funky 116bpm ‘Woo‘, 105bpm ‘What You Want‘, 122bpm ‘Girl I’m Watching You‘.

KIDDO: ‘Thinking About Your Charm’ (LP ‘Kiddo’ US A&M SP-6-4924)
Basically this Time-influenced male funk set is pretty dire but I actually did hand over an arm and a leg for this one superb 32-65-0bpm deep soul smoocher, which got to my gut like the good ‘uns do, while the also 12in issued 108bpm ‘Try My Loving (Gimme Just Enough)‘ is about the only other usable thing on it.

T-CONNECTION: ‘Tonight’s The Night’ (US Capitol 8546)
Staccato chanting introed 122bpm 12in jolter soulfully eases off on the energy before it returns in spurts.


MAYFAIR’S GULLIVERS was jumping to a Chill Fac-Torr inspired twist session on Saturday, which Graham Gold followed with Bunny Mack ‘Love You Forever (Instrumental)’ 124-125bpm/Explainer ‘Lorraine’ 125-124bpm before handing over to me as usual for the last hour. Graham had already played the week’s major newies so to keep the happy atmosphere I kept things pretty obvious, slipping in a few strategically placed new ‘uns, and in fact what follows is my entire hour’s programme, all of it done with running mixes and much vari-speed manipulation to synch ’em — so BPMs are included as a guide. I kept straight on into Bunny Mack ‘Supafrico’ 127-128bpm/Kabbala ‘Ashewo Ara’ 125bpm/T-Connection ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ percussion break 122bpm/David Joseph ‘You Can’t Hide’ 117bpm/Jimmy Young ‘Times Are Tight (Instrumental)’ 120bpm/Patrick Simmons ‘So Wrong’ 117bpm/Forrest ‘Rock The Boat’ phasing two copies 114bpm/Boone Bros ‘Throwdown’ 116¼bpm/Nostalgia ‘Breakdown’ 117-116bpm (a rare old mixer based on Kurtis Blow ‘The Breaks’, which would substitute at c.113bpm)/Positive Force ‘We Got The Funk’ 112bpm/Indeep ‘Last Night A DJ’ 110bpm/Wish ‘Mr DJ’ 109bpm/Kool ‘Ladies Night’ 109-116bpm/Whispers ‘It’s A Love Thing’ 116-117-118bpm/Tyrone Brunson ‘The Smurf’ 118bpm/C.O.D. ‘In The Bottle’ 117bpm/Nile Rodgers ‘Get Her Crazy’ 116½bpm/Willie Hutch ‘In And Out’ 111-112bpm/Michael Jackson ‘Billie Jean’ 116bpm/Shalamar ‘A Night To Remember’ 109bpm/Mezzoforte ‘Garden Party’ 117½bpm. Like I said, a lot of vari-speed needed, but it is all very obvious, high energy, and it certainly keeps ’em going right up until closing at Gullys!

DISCO TOP 85 – MARCH 19, 1983

01 01 You Can’t Hide Your Love – David Joseph – Island 12”
02 02 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
03 03 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
04 05 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
05 04 Joy / Instrumental / Grace – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
06 10 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
07 09 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
08 13 I’m Down For That / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
09 12 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
10 06 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
11 07 Outstanding – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
12 20 Weekend (Weekday Side) / (Weekend Side) – Class Action – Sleeping Bag 12”
13 19 Come With Me / Sementes, Graines & Seeds / Euzinha – Tania Maria – US Concord Jazz Picante LP
14 21 Tonight – Whispers – US Solar 12”
15 14 Wired For Games – C-Brand – US Spring 12”
16 08 Phone Home – Jonny Chingas – CBS 12”
17 11 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) (Remix) – The S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”
18 49 Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – US Philly World 12”
19 18 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) / (Love Break Version) / (Love Break Groove) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
20 26 Young Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
21 15 Never Too Much (Remix) – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
22 30 Times Are Tight (Instrumental) – Jimmy Young – US Delirium 12”
23 28 Don’t You Give Your Love Away – Steve Shelto – US SAM 12”
24 62 Wings Of Fire / The Hunter / Beauty And The Beast – Joe Sample – US MCA LP
25 17 Nature Boy (Remix) / (Original ’83 Mix) – Central Line – Mercury 12”
26 29 50/50 Love / How Long – Maurice Massiah – Canadian Quality RFC LP
27 16 Reach Up / Dub Mix – Toney Lee – TMT 12”
28 24 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) / The Lady In My Life – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
29 25 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – US Importe/12 12”
30 59 In The Bottle – C.O.D. – US Emergency 12”
31 32 Too Tough – Angela Bofill – Arista 12”
32 39 You Meet My Approval / Nobody Can Be You / Speak With Your Body – Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame – US Atlantic LP
33 33 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
34 23 Gimme The Funk – Charades – US Brunswick 12”
35 63 Mr D.J. / Instrumental – Wish – US Blue 12”
36 60 The Girl Is Fine (So Fine) / Dance Version – Fatback – US Spring 12”
37 NE Never Too Late / Rainbows Of Love – Lonnie Liston Smith – US Doctor Jazz LP
38 40 Baby’s Got Another – Richard John Smith – Jive 12”
39 56 Ashewo Ara – Kabbala – Red Flame 12”
40 43 Touching In The Dark / If I Had A Chance – Walter Jackson – US Kelli-Arts 7”
41 NE Street Themes / Be My Lady (Tonight) – Charles Earland – US Columbia LP
42 47 Fire / Nothing Can Hold Us Back / Do It All For You – Jerry Knight – US A&M LP
43 22 Ride On The Rhythm – Mahogany – West End 12”
44 36 Sugar Pie Guy (Remixes) – The Joneses – Mercury 12”
45 37 The Harder They Come – Rockers Revenge – London 12”
46 65 Paradise Drive – Midnite – Tivoli 12”
47 54 In The Streets / Tight Jeans – Prince Charles & The City Beat Band – Greyhound Record Productions LP
48 35 Up On The Hill (Mt. U) – Trammps – US Venture 12”
49 55 Looking For The Perfect Beat – Soulsonlc Force – 21 Records 12”
50 53 No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
51 41 I Want Your Love Back – Celena Duncan – RCA 12”
52 48 One More Shot / One More Time – C-Bank – Bronze Next Plateau 12”
53 38 Haven’t Been Funked Enough – Ex Tras – ExcellenT 12”
54 50 You And I / Do Something – Goodie – Total Experience 12”
55 75 Falling (Remixes) – The Biz – Midas 12”
56 27 1999 – Prince – Warner Bros 12”
57 NE More Than Ever Now / Shoalin’ (Funky ‘N’ Half Hip) / She Was Once My Woman / Celebrate Recreate Participate – Muscle Shoals Horns – US Monument LP
58 66 Who’s Getting It Now (Remix) – Chocolate Milk – US RCA 12”
59 NE Special Lady (Instrumental) / Better Take Time – Second Image – Polydor 12” promo
60 73 Too Hip For The Room / Lou’s Blues / Agave – Patrick Williams – US PCM Records LP
61 61 Hangin’ / Dance Dance Dance – Chic – Atlantic 12”
62 42 Rico Rico / Steppin’ Out (With You) / Steppin’ Out Jam – Cloud – Silvertown 12”
63 57 You Can’t Run From Love (Club Mix) – Maxine Singleton – Creole 12”
64 NE Get Her Crazy / Yum-Yum – Nile Rodgers – US Mirage 12”
65 NE Underlove (Remixes) – Melba Moore – Capitol 12”
66 46 The Chinese Way (Remix) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
67 76 Atomic Dog (Remix) – George Clinton – Capitol 12”
68 RE Heartbeats – Yarbrough & Peoples – Total Experience 12”
69 85 Solo Wind / Manhattan Carnival – Dave Tofani – US Telestar Cassettes LP
70 NE He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
71 67 On The Wings Of Love – Jeffrey Osborne – Funk A&Merica 12”
72 69 Baby Come To Me – Patti Austin & James Ingram – Qwest 12”
73 NE Spread Your Love – Earth Wind & Fire – CBS 12” promo/LP
74 77 Space Is The Place / Pac Jam – Jonzun Crew – 21 Records 12”
75 NE Ask The Boss – Flowchart – Italian Maximus 12”
76 84 Young Free & Single / Instrumental – Lorita Grahame – Intense 12”
77 83 Beverly – Fonzi Thornton – US RCA 12”
78 64 I Like It Like That (Remix) – Inner Life – US Salsoul 12”
79 RE Whatever Happened To The Love / Midnight Lady – Boy Katindig – US PAUSA LP
80 70 The Music Got Me – Visual – US Prelude LP
81 NE The Man In My Life (Remix) – Klymaxx – Solar 12”
82 NE New York Afternoon – Yasuko Agawa – Japanese Invitation LP
83 72 I’d Like To (Instrumental) – Feel – Buddah 12”
84 71 Spaced Out / Party Mix – Pure Energy – US Prism 12”
85 NE Love Is A Game (Remix) – Harry Ray – Sugarhill 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Tyrone (Tystick) Brunson: ‘Sticky Situation’ (US BID 12in)
Rah Band: ‘Sam The Samba Man’ (Red Label 12in)
Rufus: ‘Take It To The Top’ / ‘When I Get Over You’ / ‘Blinded By The Boogie’ / ‘You’re Really Out Of Line’ / ‘The Time Is Right’ / ‘You Turn Me All Around’ (US Warner Bros LP mailed out by Fred Dove to totally typical all-over-the-place DJ reaction)
Transit: ‘Dance Groove’ (US Storm 12in)
Billy Griffin: ‘Be With Me’ (CBS 12in)
Shock: ‘San Juan’ (US Fantasy LP)
Zinc: ‘I’m Living A Life Of love’ (Jive 12in)
Omni: ‘All For The One’ (US Fountain LP)
Grace Jones: ‘My Jamaican Guy (Remix)’ / ‘Cry Now Laugh Later’ (Island 12in)
R.P. Band: ‘You Are In My System’ (Island 12in promo)
Fatback: ‘Is This The Future?’ (US Spring LP)
Goldie Alexander: ‘Knocking Down Love’ (Canadian CBS 12in)
Micronawts: ‘Letzmurph Acrossdasurf’ (US Tuff City 12in)
Vanity 6: ‘Nasty Girl’ (Warner Bros LP)


01 01 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
02 02 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
03 05 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
04 03 Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
05 04 Too Shy – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
06 06 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
07 35 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
08 11 Communication – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
09 09 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
10 08 Joy – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
11 12 1999 – Prince – Warner Bros 12”
12 10 Hey Little Girl – Icehouse – Chrysalis 12”
13 07 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) – S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”
14 13 Change – Tears For Fears – Mercury 12”
15 18 Phone Home – Jonny Chingas – CBS 12”
16 21 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
17 — Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama – London 12”
18 16 The Harder They Come – Rockers Revenge – London 12”
19 22 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
20 39 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
21 26 Sign Of The Times (Stretch) – Belle Stars – Stiff 12”
22 14 Hold Me Tighter In The Rain – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
23 37 Get The Balance Right – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
24 17 Never Too Much – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
25 34 The Tunnel Of Love – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
26 20 Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantayzee – Regard 12”
27 19 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
28 28 Buffalo Gals (Scratch) – Malcolm McLaren – Charisma 12”
29 15 Waves – Blancmange – London 12”
30 27 Africa (Dub Mix) – Key Of Dreams – Baby 12”
31 38 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
32 — Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler – CBS 7”
33 — I’m Down For That – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
34 31 Africa – Toto – CBS 12”
35 — Baby’s Got Another – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
36 30 Soweto / D’Ya Like Scratchin’ (With The Red River Valley Girls) – Malcolm McLaren & The McLarenettes – Charisma 12”
37 — I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
38 — Baby Come To Me – Patti Austin & James Ingram – Qwest 12”
39 — High Life – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
40 — Rap Your Love – Set The Tone – Island 12”
41 23 Ride On The Rhythm – Mahogany – West End 12”
42 32 Down Under – Men At Work – Epic 12”
43 40 The Chinese Way – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
44 — Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) (Warp) – Madness – Stiff 12”
45 — Rip It Up – Orange Juice – Polydor 12”
46 25 Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant – Ice 12”
47 — Genetic Engineering – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Telegraph
48 24 Outstanding – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
49 29 Cash Flow – Leisure Process – Epic 12”
50 — Young, Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”


01 01 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
02 04 Don’t Stop – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
03 06 Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick/Dutch Rams Horn 12”
04 02 The Night – Azul Y Negro – Italian Mercury 12”
05 21 The Beach / Blue Monday – New Order – Factory 12”
06 07 Shoot Your Shot – Divine – “O” 12”
07 — Shake It Up – Divine – Dutch Break 12”
08 19 I’m Free – Celi Bee – US Paris International 12”
09 03 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
10 08 Weekend (Weekend Side) / (Weekday Side) – Class Action – US Sleeping Bag 12”
11 13 Red Light Lover – Gwen Jonae – US Arial 12”
12 11 She Has A Way – Bobby “O” – “O” 12”
13 09 Be With You (Remix) – Sylvester – German Ariola 12”
14 15 Breaking My Heart – Roni Griffiths – US Vanguard 12”
15 05 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
16 10 Fantasy (Re-Remix) – Hotline – Canadian Unidisc 12”
17 — I’m Alive / Instrumental – American Fade – Proto 12”
18 28 He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
19 — High Fashion Dance Music (Mixer) – Various – Dutch High Fashion LP
20 — Maybe This Time – Norma Lewis – ERC 12”
21 17 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”
22 16 Under My Thumb – Fast Radio – US Radar 12”
23 18 Just Like All The Rest – Thelma Houston – US MCA LP
24 26 Penguins Invasion – Scotch – Italian Il Disc 12”
25 24 Ride Like The Wind – Vincent Montana Orchestra – US PSW 12”
26 25 Working Girl – Cheri – 21 Records 12”
27 — Electricity – Ashaye – Record Shack 12” promo
28 — I Like It Like That (Remix) – Inner Life – US Salsoul 12”
29 — This Love’s On Me – Ritchie Family – Dutch High Fashion 12”
30 — Living On Video – Trans-X – Canadian Illusion 12”

3 thoughts on “March 19, 1983: Lonnie Liston Smith, Charles Earland, Man Parrish, Fatback, Patrick Simons”

  1. WOW Did James really compare an African American female singer to King Kong? I just cringed at that one. It’s so easy to forget how openly racist our society was. It ran right through our society from top to bottom. Of course racism persists, although more subtle than in the past. That a man of James’s stature, a strong advocate and supporter of African American & Latino artists his entire career would use this age old trope should serve as a stark reminder of just how bad things were.


    1. Not just racist, but sexist too. Some of the comments James came out with really were from a different time (I’m assuming this was a dig at Sharon Redd?) and while I don’t think he meant that, or other comments he’s made, in a malicious or bigoted way, they could obviously be taken as such. As I recall, he apologised about comments he made about the Ruling Stones’ video for ‘Harlem Shuffle’ which alluded to old racist stereotypes … so the penny did start dropping. And as you say, in the grand scheme of things, it was a minor blemish on the landscape for him. But a shame, nevertheless.

      In other observations, I couldn’t believe James was so dismissive of Larry Levan’s brilliant remix of David Joseph’s ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love’ – for me, the definitive version after I heard Ian Dewhirst play it at Leeds Warehouse back in the day.


      1. Agree 100%. I find it fascinating to read James’s contemporary reviews of records that would go on to become stone cold classics. He is often less than impressed! There are of course other records he raves about, predicting great things for them… and they sank without a trace. Just another reminder of how difficult it is to predict what will click with the public.


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