March 26, 1983: Ingram, Lavias, Transit, Marvin Gaye, Valentine Brothers

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

STREETWAVE’S REMIX of Wish ‘Mr DJ’, due imminently, will incorporate a snippet of the actual Kool & The Gang ‘Ladies Night’ in amongst its similar bass line — which could be a first of its kind, barring bootleg mixers and full-length medleys! . . . Second Image’s limited edition twin-pack 12in sold fast last week — if any are left you’ll find the bonus free single has Pete Wingfield’s vigorously leaping 121-122-121bpm ‘Can’t Keep Holding On ’83‘ remix and the gently drifting 82-84bpm ‘Images‘ . . . Ensign’s first release via Island in a fortnight, Galaxy ‘Dancing Tight‘ has been getting much soul radio play on acetate and is now on white label: it’s a lovely creamily whomping 115½-116bpm swayer with chix-answered classy pent-up Phil Fearon vocal, or a jazzier synth, sax ‘n flute 117bpm instrumental flip . . . Chris Hill and I feel the Ingram whose ‘Smoothin’ Groovin‘ has exploded on import despite also being called James, is unlikely to be the Quincy Jones-produced James Ingram (who would surely weigh in with a vocal ballad rather than a jazz-funk instrumental) — this one must be the Ingram of ‘Mi Sebrina Tequana‘ fame, probably the keyboard/sax/flute-playing Jimmy Ingram of the mid-’70s Ingram Family whose ‘The Ingram Kingdom’ album on US Excello I chanced upon while browsing through my newly shelved record collection . . . US Atlantic are re-releasing the original Patrick Adams Phreek ‘Weekend‘, LP version and a remix, on 12in . . . Polydor look like losing the race here having picked up The System’s original ‘You Are In My System‘ — they should have gone with ‘Sweat‘ . . . Alan Omokhoje Jr’s new Move label is putting out Aural Exciters ‘Chinese Rap‘ (via Pinnacle), bone fide DJs can contact Alan at 70 Gloucester Place, London W1 (01-935 8980) . . . US 12in imports last week also included Omni ‘All For The One‘ (Fountain), Rocket ‘Here Comes My Love‘ (Canadian Quality — the slinky goodie from their album, c.103bpm I seem to remember), Jonzun Crew ‘Space Cowboy‘ (Tommy Boy — dreadful, c.101bpm), while LPs of limited interest include the very cerebral Manhattan Transfer-ish Rare Silk ‘New Weave’ (Polydor — their reading of Richie Cole’s ‘New York Afternoon‘ has specialist jazz jocks jumping), soulful stuff by Blue Magic (Mirage — they revive the Dramatics ‘In The Rain’), and a 4-track set by Blackbyrds drummer Keith Killgo (BWI — he revives Tommy James & The Shondells ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion‘) . . . Lonnie Liston Smith’s other big instrumental track is the bassily snapped then smooth 118bpm ‘Mystic Woman‘, while the O’Bryan slowie with excellent muted trumpet is the (0-)51½/103bpm ‘Soft Touch‘ . . . Patrick Simmons, whose terrific ‘So Wrong‘ mixes sensationally with Nile Rodgers ‘Get Her Crazy‘, turns out to be a Doobie Brother . . . Michael Jackson ‘Billie Jean’ is rumoured to have been remixed by US Hot Tracks but then banned by Epic, making any copies scarcer than hens teeth . . . San Francisco’s hot new gay label Arial has snapped up 250 old “disco” classics, many previously promo-only remixes, for reissue gradually over the next three years — and American DJ pool members are going to have to buy them, as that will obviously be their main market (some UK labels could learn from that) . . . Motown “plan” to release a brand new studio album by Stevie Wonder in April — they wisely don’t specify April 1983, though! . . . Johnnie Wilder stand-in Keith Harrison has reportedly left Heatwave to join the Dazz Band . . . Soul On Sound 014’s preview mix features Sunfire/Lorita Grahame/Shock ‘San Juan’/Tania Maria ‘Come With Me’/Patrick Williams ‘Too Hip For The Room’/Chill Fac-Torr/Rah Band/Wuf Ticket/Chi-Lites/Fatback ‘Is This The Future?’/Whispers ‘Keep On Lovin’ Me’/Omni ‘All For The One’/Electric Smoke/Chaka Khan ‘Best In The West’/Walter Jackson/Harry Ray/Ellie Hope/Earth Wind & Fire/Greg Kihn Band/Imagination ‘Changes’ remix/Charles Earland ‘Street Themes’/C.O.D./Nile Rodgers ‘Get Her Crazy’/Patrick Simmons/Jimmy Young/Lonnie Liston Smith ‘Rainbows Of Love’/Joe Sample ‘Wings Of Fire’ — 27 cuts in less than 21 minutes . . . Paul Lewis has re-established jazz-funk on Thurs/Saturdays at Swindon Brunel Rooms Ampitheatre (Sandy Martin does the Ballroom) . . . Tom Wilson is now full resident at Edinburgh Northumberland Hotel’s Pzazz Nitescene — with a club name like that, does the manager wear flares? . . . Mike Page reports from Telford that due to people saying they’ve nowhere to go during the week, Shifnal’s Nell Gwynn now operates on Monday too . . . Robbie Vincent jazz-souls Peckham Kisses this Saturday (26) — I bet he doesn’t play Forrest! . . . Steve Walsh seems to be cutting back on his residencies, or shall we say rescheduling his appearances? . . . Rush Release’s Nick Titchener, who plays Nightclub music with Pete Tong at Dartford Flicks on Thursdays, thoroughly recommends the Mattel Synsonics electronic “drum kit”, at just £99 or less, run on batteries or mains transformer and really impressive used with a bit of reverb, quoth he . . . Kilburn’s Cafe Lexi, just down from The National Club, is my current tip for apres-gig gorgers — nice food, reasonably priced, open until 6am seven nights a week . . . Easter deadlines mean that chart contributing DJs should get ’em in the mail RIGHT NOW, please! . . . Dave Lewis writes as manager of Bedford’s WH Smith record shop to say that thanks to these pages, his is one chain store that does stock all the hot new dance records (on UK release) and will order any DJ’s request . . . Tricky Dicky Scanes has now moved his entire stock from Disco Music in Mile End to the Record Cellar at 18 Newport Court, near Leicester Square tube station . . . I had raised eyebrows from some import buyers after last week’s mention of £6.99 as the current LP price — that’s what they are in Rayners Lane and at many other up-front stockists, so you may be shopping at the wrong place . . . Dave Phillips & The Hot Rod Gang ‘Tainted Love‘ (Rockhouse SP 8303, via Pinnacle) is a must for mobile jocks — a rockabilly backed but still Marc Almond accented 177bpm boogie! . . . Ellery Phillips (Bury St Edmunds) is desperate for the Canadian mixer (mentioned last summer by someone from the South of France) which “expertly dovetails Beatles rockers with added bass and drums” — any offers (vinyl or tape)? . . . Kevin James, currently based in Denmark at Tordenskjold Kobling, is happy to supply Continental records but warns they’re very expensive (7in £2.50, 12in up to £5) — contact him at Gronnedalen, 168 St m f, 7100 Vejle, Denmark (he also says the Danes reputedly seem to drink more than anyone else in Europe except the Germans, and they all seem to drink it at his club!) . . . Coggy (Lincoln) — no Khemistry didn’t come out here . . . Capital’s assistant librarian and Cruiser DJ ‘Disco John’ Leech, known to some as Leee(ch) John, doesn’t often get radio credits but always jocks the opening 8-9.30pm happy hour of Friday’s ‘Best Disco In Town’ at London’s Lyceum (“everybody go whoa-ho!”) . . . ooh-wee, that’s (UHH) baad, sweet peas, mmm-hmm, YES INDEEDY!


HOT VINYL

INGRAM: ‘Smoothin’ Groovin’ (US Mirage 0-99920)
Unlikely to crossover in a big way but immediately huge with “hard toon” lovers, this superb sophisticated gently flowing and pulsating 116(intro)-114-113-114-114½-114-114½-116½bpm 12in jazz-funk semi-instrumental shuffler packs a surprise punch out on the floor and sounds like a future classic, the more sombre jiggly monotonous 108½bpm ‘DJ’s Delight‘ making a good if less crucial flip. See ‘Odds ‘n’ Bods’ for an enquiry into Ingram’s identity.

LAVIAS: ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ (US Golden Pyramid GP 1208)
Lavias appears to conceal the identity of Mike T. teamed again with saxist Joe Thomas on a killer hard driving 123bpm 12in jazz-funk instrumental groove, breaking halfway for a nice mush-mouthed mellow rap which then picks up and kicks up the beat (terrific between Transit and Kabbala) — all this relating to the far hotter flip, as the nice enough vocal A-side lacks the sax.

TRANSIT: ‘Dance Groove’ (US Storm ST-519)
Out a while with (as I can testify!) proven grow-on-you appeal, this Gene Redd-produced (he’s Sharon’s brother) infectiously bounding 120-119-120-119½bpm 12in leaper starts excitingly with happy chaps and stabbing brass before exploding into a dynamite jittery but fluid bass break that then motivates most of the record.

MARVIN GAYE: ‘Joy (Parts 1 & 2)’ (CBS A13-3242)
In an extended ‘Ecstatic’ remix and sounding mighty fine, Marv’s jittery 116½bpm 12in skittering skipper has brass (real or simulated?) jerkily braying amidst the synthetic backing — which although very different in texture and feel nevertheless works well with more electrophonic stuff like C.O.D. — while, throwing away another potential hit, the flip is his lovely lush sinuous romantic 104bpm ‘Turn On Some Music‘.

VALENTINE BROTHERS: ‘Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)’ (Energy 12NGR 1, via Pinnacle)
Until recently overtaken by ‘E.T. Boogie’, the last year’s biggest unreleased import was this excellent beefy bass bumped and sax seared 108-109bpm 12in rolling thumper (similar at the time to the Band A.K.A.’s ‘Grace’), featuring great message lyrics soulfully growled and wailed by a sort of updated Sam & Dave duo (instrumental flip). Anyway, now out here at last, it should be a smash if radio play it as much as they did last summer.

ROBERT PALMER: ‘You Are In My System’ (Island 12IS 104)
On white label promo as by the RP Band but now flying its true colours, this electronically driven starkly juddering 110½bpm 12in cover of The System’s own eponymous single is already way out front in the race — where, frankly, it deserves to be. Monotonous but powerful, with a fashionable enough front man to ensure full pop media attention.

THE BEAT BOYS: ‘Be Bop Rock’ (US Sugarscoop SS-423)
Yi-ha! Just what you were waiting for — a rapping vocal version (in fact two, as the flip’s a possibly even more useable variation) of ‘Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)’, actually over the original Man Parrish 115bpm 12in backing track!

STEVE SHELTO: ‘Don’t You Give Your Love Away’ (Epic EPC A13-3277)
I’m still surprised this Shep Pettibone-mixed spurting 117-118-117-120-119-121-124-120bpm 12in loper has been so big on import, but the chix-backed moaning chap is quite soulful (in the currently accepted fashionable style) and it has a nice enough feel even if it lacks a cutting edge (instrumental flip).

VISUAL: ‘The Music Got Me’ (Prelude TA 3237)
Now for one that’s not been as big on import as it should have been — a ‘D’ Train influenced snickety cymbal backed spacious 0-117½bpm 12in roller which is set apart by the husky lead chap and, especially, by a terrific tension filled vocal group break with freaky stereo panning (instrumental flip).

CHANGE: ‘This Is Your Time’ LP (US Atlantic/RFC 80053-1)
OK, I succumbed (mainly because it wasn’t a very expensive week!) although I still think the set is fairly routine — best being the ‘Good Times’-influenced starkly thudding 0-115-116bpm title track, synth squidged jolting 0-116½bpm ‘Tell Me Why‘, ‘Searching’-styled 0-121½bpm ‘Magical Night‘, and (a poor fourth) ponderous slow thumping 0-102bpm ‘Got To Get Up‘, James ‘Crab’ Robinson doing a fair line in Luther Vandross impersonation.

MARCUS MILLER: ‘Be My Love’ (LP ‘Suddenly’ US Warner Bros 23806-1)
The supersessioning bassist’s debut solo vocal (and largely self-played) set is a disappointment, more flash than flesh, best dancers being this soulful Evelyn King-ish jerky 115½bpm swayer and the David Sanborn sax-ed pleasant lightly weaving 57/113½bpm title track jogger, the thundering staccato jittery 122½-122bpm ‘Lovin’ You‘ (also on 7in) and chunkily jolting but empty 125bpm ‘Let Me Show You‘ being more blatant.

LOOSE ENDS: ‘Don’t Hold Back Your Love’ (Virgin VS 588-12)
Pleasant relaxed 113bpm 12in swayer with tugging bass jitter, reminiscent of their debut single in its sophisticated jazz-soul mood — but as mood is really all it’s got it may not be enough to sneak up on other than just sophisticated jazz-soul freaks — the 2-track flip pairing an instrumental version with the dead slow classy ‘No Stranger To Darkness‘.

CAROL WILLIAMS: ‘You’ve Reached The Bottom Line’ (US Vanguard SPV-64)
Darryl Payne-produced chunky bass bumbled and synth spiked rolling 115bpm 12in tugger in Sharon Redd style, except Carol can’t match her vocally, making the instrumental flip seem better for some.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘Reach Out’ (US Atlantic 0-89857)
Heavily disguised with a thundering Toney Lee-like “reach” intro, this 114bpm 12in judderer suddenly reveals itself as a slightly clumsy rehash of the Four Tops ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, much more danceable than the awful disjointed ‘Shake It Off‘ official A-side.

FANTASY: ‘Live The Life I Love’ (Canadian Quality/TVI QUS 037)
Buoyantly whomping precisely smacking 121bpm 12in strutter starting out with possibly more promise than ultimately delivered, the chicks vocal line pulling faster than the TV Sounds Orchestra’s instrumental flip.

I LEVEL: ‘Minefield’ (Virgin VS 563-12)
A floor-clearing disaster area let alone minefield, this potentially good complicatedly introed 116-117bpm clippety clop rumbler has their ‘Give Me’-style vocal sound over stop-start monotonous percussion and brassy bits, all cleverly produced but less than compulsive for dancers in its present form, on 3-track 12in with a (c.114½bpm I seem to remember) US remix of ‘Give Me’ — not the superior Dub Version — and dull new ‘Number 4‘.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘I’ve Made Love To You A Thousand Times’ (Motown TMGT 1295)
Wispy 36½/73bpm 12in smoocher flipped by the far more interesting ‘Greatest Hits Medley‘ of Smokey singing his own and those he wrote for others, with “live” audience and mechanical beat backing, which although most sound like the original recordings have somehow all been kept to a steady 125bpm by producer George Tobin.

LAKESIDE: ‘Raid’ (Solar E 9836T)
Murkily monotonous 108-109bpm heavy funk thudder about raiding the dancefloor, on 3-track 12in with a couple of undistinguished oldies but sadly not their great ‘From 9.00 Until‘, which by chance I’ve been reviving recently.

WILLIE HUTCH: ‘Party Down’ (Motown TMGT 1293)
1975-recorded (and it sounds it) dated difficult but in its time good 105bpm jittery jolter on 3-track 12in with similarly vintage ‘Slick‘ and ‘Get Ready For The Get Down‘.

SHARON REDD: ‘Takin’ A Chance On Love’ (Prelude PRLA 13-3197)
Dreary slow 80bpm crawler on 3-track 12in with the ragbag-plucked 110½bpm ‘You’re The One’ and 101bpm instrumental version (just to vary it) of (yes, again) ‘Send Your Love’. Bor-ring!

DENIECE WILLIAMS: ‘It’s Gonna Take A Miracle’ (CBS A2336)
Re-release, to coincide with her visit, of last year’s US hit 63-65-66-65bpm 7in revival of the Royalettes gorgeous Bacharach-influenced 1965 smoocher.

F.R. DAVID: ‘Words’ (Carrere CAR 248) (Ed’s Note – Artist wrongly listed in column as F R WARD).
Continental smash shuffling 123bpm 7in loper with MoR potential as it sounds like Demis singing Abba.

HIGH INERGY: ‘He’s A Pretender’ (Gordy TMGT 1294)
“Spooky” bass line backed fast sparse 132bpm 12in racer getting gay play in the main.

ZINC: ‘I’m Livin’ A Life Of Love’ (Jive JIVE T 30)
Weedy over fast 135bpm 12in attempt by its original producers to recreate ‘Searching’.


DISCO TOP 85 – MARCH 26, 1983

01 01 You Can’t Hide Your Love – David Joseph – Island 12”
02 05 Joy / Instrumental – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
03 03 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
04 02 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
05 04 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
06 07 I Am Somebody / Instrumental – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
07 09 Garden Party / Funk Suite No.1 – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
08 06 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
09 14 Tonight / This Time / Turn Me Out – Whispers – US Solar 12”
10 08 I’m Down For That / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
11 18 Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – US Philly World 12”
12 20 Young Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
13 12 Weekend (Weekday Side) – Class Action – US Sleeping Bag 12”
14 13 Come With Me / Sangria / Euzinha / Sementes, Graines & Seeds – Tania Maria – US Concord Jazz Picante LP
15 19 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) / (Love Break Version) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
16 11 Outstanding – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
17 23 Don’t You Give Your Love Away – Steve Shelto – Epic 12”
18 15 Wired For Games – C-Brand – US Spring 12”
19 10 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
20 21 Never Too Much (Remix) – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
21 17 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) (Remix) – The S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”
22 22 Times Are Tight (Instrumental) – Jimmy Young – US Delirium 12”
23 37 Never Too Late / Rainbows Of Love – Lonnie Liston Smith – US Doctor Jazz LP
24 32 You Meet My Approval / Nobody Can Be You / Way Out / Weak At The Knees – Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame – US Atlantic LP
25 29 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
26 16 Phone Home – Jonny Chingas – CBS 12”
27 24 Wings Of Fire / Night Flight / The Hunter / Beauty And The Beast – Joe Sample – US MCA LP
28 30 In The Bottle – C.O.D. – US Emergency 12”
29 38 Baby’s Got Another / Dub Version – Richard John Smith – Jive 12”
30 NE Smoothin’ Groovin’ – Ingram – US Mirage 12”
31 35 Mr D.J. / Instrumental – Wish – US Blue 12”
32 59 Special Lady / Better Take Time – Second Image – Polydor 12”
33 33 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
34 41 Street Themes / Be My Lady (Tonight) – Charles Earland – US Columbia LP
35 34 Gimme The Funk – Charades – US Brunswick 12”
36 28 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / Baby Be Mine / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) / Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
37 31 Too Tough – Angela Bofill – Arista 12”
38 39 Ashewo Ara – Kabbala – Red Flame 12”
39 64 Get Her Crazy / Yum-Yum – Nile Rodgers – US Mirage 12”
40 27 Reach Up / Dub Mix – Toney Lee – TMT 12”
41 57 More Than Ever Now / She Was Once My Woman / Shoalin’ (Funky ‘N’ Half Hip) – Muscle Shoals Horns – US Monument LP
42 NE Is This The Future – Fatback – US Spring LP
43 NE You Are In My System – Robert Palmer – Island 12”
44 44 Sugar Pie Guy (Remixes) – The Joneses – Mercury 12”
45 36 The Girl Is Fine (So Fine) / Dance Version – Fatback – US Spring 12”
46 47 In The Streets / Tight Jeans – Prince Charles – Greyhound LP
47 77 Beverly – Fonzi Thornton – US RCA 12”
48 55 Falling / Remixes – The Biz – Midas 12”
49 NE Do You Wanna Dance (Instrumental) – Lavias – US Golden Pyramid 12”
50 26 50/50 Love – Maurice Massiah – Canadian Quality RFC LP
51 51 I Want Your Love Back – Celena Duncan – RCA 12”
52 58 Who’s Getting It Now (Remix) – Chocolate Milk – US RCA 12”
53 72 Baby Come To Me – Patti Austin & James Ingram – Qwest 12”
54 76 Young Free & Single – Lorita Grahame – Intense 12”
55 48 Up On The Hill (Mt. U) – Trammps – US Venture 12”
56 60 Too Hip For The Room / Agave / Lou’s Blues – Patrick Williams – US PCM LP
57 78 I Like It Like That (Remix) – Inner Life – US Salsoul 12”
58 61 Hangin’ / Dance Dance Dance – Chic – Atlantic 12”
59 52 One More Shot – C-Bank – Bronze Next Plateau 12”
60 49 Looking For The Perfect Beat – Soulsonlc Force – 21 Records 12”
61 81 The Man In My Life (Remix) – Klymaxx – Solar 12”
62 63 You Can’t Run From Love (Club Mix) – Maxine Singleton – Creole 12”
63 46 Paradise Drive – Midnite – Tivoli 12”
64 NE She Talks To Me With Her Body (Remix) – Bar-Kays – US Mercury 12”
65 42 Fire / Nothing Can Hold Us Back / Do It All For You – Jerry Knight – US A&M LP
66 74 Space Is The Place / Instrumental / Pac Jam – Jonzun Crew – 21 Records 12”
67 73 Spread Your Love – Earth Wind & Fire – CBS 12” promo
68 NE Touch (Instrumental) / Vocal – Colin Blunstone – PRT 12”
69 71 On The Wings Of Love – Jeffrey Osborne – Funk A&Merica 12”
70 79 Whatever Happened To The Love / Midnight Lady – Boy Katindig – US PAUSA LP
71 NE Keep On Lovin’ Me / Love For Love – Whispers – US Solar LP
72 NE Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – US Larc 12”
73 54 You And I / Do Something – Goodie – Total Experience 12”
74 40 Touching In The Dark – Walter Jackson – US Kelli-Arts 7”
75 69 Solo Wind / Manhattan Carnival – Dave Tofani – US Telestar Cassettes LP
76 NE Dance Groove – Transit – US Storm 12”
77 RE Is This A Dream / Love You Too Much – Angela Bofill – Arista LP
78 70 He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
79 RE Freak It Out / Instrumental – Electric Smoke – US Blue 12”
80 NE Be With Me – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
81 NE Do You Like It … (Girl) – Slave – Atlantic 12”
82 85 Love Is A Game (Remix) – Harry Ray – Sugarhill 12”
83 82 New York Afternoon – Yasuko Agawa – Japanese Invitation LP
84 80 The Music Got Me – Visual – Prelude 12”
85 NE Sam The Samba Man – Rah Band – The Red Label 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Disco Connection: ‘Rock Your Baby’ (PRT 12in)
BT Express: ‘This Must Be The Night (Remix)’ (Record Shack 12in)
Goldie Alexander: ‘Knocking Down Love’ (Proto 12in)
David Joseph: ‘You Can’t Hide (Remix)’ (US Mango 12in)
New Edition: ‘Candy Girl’ (US Streetwise 12in)
Leonard Chin/Alan Weeks: ‘What More Can I Say’ (Sanity 12in)
Lanier & Co: ‘After I Cry Tonight’ (US Larc/LP)
Change: ‘This Is Your Time’ (US Atlantic RFC/LP)
Ellie Hope: ‘Lucky’ / Instrumental (Polo 12in)
Black Gold: ‘C’Mon Stop’ (US Prelude 12in)
Neil Lockwood: ‘Tell Tale Heart’ (Red Bus 12in)
Rare Silk: ‘New York Afternoon’ / ‘(I Can Recall) Spain’ (US Polydor LP)
Wuf Ticket: ‘Ya Mama’ (US Prelude 12in)
Platinum Hook: ‘Wonderful World’ / ‘What You Want’ / ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Without You’ (US RCA LP)
Contact-U: ‘Dancing Inner Space’ (Challenge 12in)


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for the last fortnight’s 7in Top 50 entries (endings denoted by f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant) —

Style Council 129-132f, Modern Romance 124½c, Bucks Fizz 0-133½f, Band A.K.A. 114f, Foster & Allen 26½-0c, Mezzoforte 0-118f, Ultravox 0-27-109-0f, JoBoxers 0-154c, Big Country 123f, Leo Sayer 63f, Altered Images 0-122f, New Order 130f (12in), Japan 0-60/120c, Mari Wilson 0-26-0r, Nick Heyward 0-109-113-109-113-0f, Teardrop Explodes 130f, Sunfire 90f, Bow Wow Wow 139-140f, Tracey Ullman 264/132f, Barron Knights 0-110c, Rocky Sharpe 183f. OK, Andy Bradley?


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 02 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
02 01 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
03 03 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
04 07 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
05 10 Joy – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
06 04 Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
07 06 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
08 05 Too Shy – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
09 17 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama – London 12”
10 19 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
11 09 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
12 20 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
13 12 Hey Little Girl – Icehouse – Chrysalis 12”
14 08 Communication – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
15 24 Never Too Much – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
16 16 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
17 14 Change – Tears For Fears – Mercury 12”
18 35 Baby’s Got Another – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
19 45 Rip It Up – Orange Juice – Polydor 12”
20 39 High Life – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
21 — Tonight – Whispers – Solar 12”
22 15 Phone Home – Jonny Chingas – CBS 12”
23 37 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
24 50 Young, Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
25 30 Africa (Dub Mix) – Key Of Dreams – Baby 12”
26 27 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
27 21 Sign Of The Times (Stretch) – Belle Stars – Stiff 12”
28 13 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) – S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”
29 31 Thriller / Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
30 33 I’m Down For That / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
31 11 1999 – Prince – Warner Bros 12”
32 32 Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler – CBS 7”
33 40 Rap Your Love – Set The Tone – Island 12”
34 26 Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantayzee – Regard 12”
35 44 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) (Warp) – Madness – Stiff 12”
36 18 The Harder They Come – Rockers Revenge – London 12”
37 36 Soweto / D’Ya Like Scratchin’ – Malcolm McLaren & The McLarenettes / World’s Famous Supreme Team – Charisma 12”
38 — Speak Like A Child – Style Council – Polydor 7”
39 25 The Tunnel Of Love – Fun Boy Three – Chrysalis 12”
40 23 Get The Balance Right – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
41 — Buffalo Bill’s Last Scratch – Barron Knights – Epic 12”
42 29 Waves – Blancmange – London 12”
43 — Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
44 — Falling – The Biz – Midas 12”
45 43 The Chinese Way – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
46 — Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
47 — Sugar Pie Guy – Joneses – Mercury 12”
48 48 Outstanding – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
49 34 Africa – Toto – CBS 12”
50 — Snot Rap – Kenny Everett – RCA 12”


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 01 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
02 03 Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick 12”
03 02 Don’t Stop – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
04 04 The Night – Azul Y Negro – Italian Mercury 12”
05 11 Red Light Lover – Gwen Jonae – US Arial 12”
06 07 Shake It Up – Divine – Dutch Break 12”
07 08 I’m Free – Celi Bee – US Paris International 12”
08 10 Weekend (Weekend Side) – Class Action – US Sleeping Bag 12”
09 14 Breaking My Heart – Roni Griffiths – US Vanguard 12”
10 22 Under My Thumb – Fast Radio – US Radar 12”
11 20 Maybe This Time – Norma Lewis – ERC 12”
12 05 The Beach / Blue Monday – New Order – Factory 12”
13 17 I’m Alive / Instrumental – American Fade – Proto 12”
14 06 Shoot Your Shot – Divine – “O” 12”
15 16 Fantasy (Re-Remix) – Hotline – Canadian Unidisc 12”
16 18 He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
17 19 High Fashion Dance Music (Mixer) – Various – Dutch High Fashion LP
18 13 Be With You (Remix) – Sylvester – German Ariola 12”
19 12 She Has A Way – Bobby “O” – “O” 12”
20 30 Living On Video – Trans-X – Canadian Illusion 12”
21 21 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”
22 — Takin’ It Straight – Cori Josias – Metropolis/Carrere 12”
23 27 Electricity – Ashaye – Record Shack 12” promo
24 — Words – F.R. David – Carrere 12”
25 23 Just Like All The Rest – Thelma Houston – US MCA LP
26 — I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Cheri Lewis – Creole 12”
27 26 Working Girl – Cheri – 21 Records 12”
28 — X-Rated (Remix) – Carol Jiani – Dutch High Fashion 12”
29 — Party – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
30 — You Can’t Run From Love – Maxine Singleton – Creole 12”


DJ TOP TEN

JOHN SINCLAIR says, “Yes, punters still like oldies” — and these are some he’s been reviving recently at Reading’s Rebeccas:

1. CAR WASH – Rose Royce – MCA LP
2. I’M IN LOVE – Evelyn King – RCA 12in
3. MUSIC AND LIGHTS – Imagination – R&B 12in
4. LOVE HAS COME AROUND – Donald Byrd – Elektra 12in
5. LADIES NIGHT – Kool & The Gang – Mercury 12in
6. INTUITION – Linx – Chrysalis 12in
7. STOMP! – Brothers Johnson – A&M 12in
8. SOUTHERN FREEEZ – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12in
9. I WILL SURVIVE – Gloria Gaynor – Polydor 12in
10. WE ARE FAMILY – Sister Sledge – Atlantic 12in

One thought on “March 26, 1983: Ingram, Lavias, Transit, Marvin Gaye, Valentine Brothers”

  1. No posts for a while. 😦 I hope everything’s ok. Would be a shame if it stops now in the middle of one of the best years in music. Anyway thanks for this website! It’s truly amazing! 🙂

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