ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DAVID JOSEPH ‘Let’s Live It Up (Nite People)‘ will be the follow-up in about two weeks, a bubbly 120½bpm jitterer tied to a busy more electronic beat and possibly less catchy as a pop crossover than last time — but sure to be big in the clubs . . . Steve Harvey is not on Elite but on Pressure, who share the same building, and released Norman Giscombe Junior’s debut in 1980 — meanwhile, Elite/Challenge’s Andy Sojka has kicked off the new extremely limited Blackmarketing mailing list (great name!) with a (needlessly?) remixed Craig Peyton ‘Be Thankful For What You Got‘ white label, which will be on Elite! . . . Island’s Bryan O’Connor, who claims “Galaxy is currently outselling David Bowie on 12in”, will be reviewing his mailing list soon and warns “anyone not pulling their weight will be knocked off” . . . Phonogram’s Jeff Young is joined by DJ/import distributor Mike Sefton as a similarly knowledgeable plugger from May 9 . . . Prince Charles ‘In The Streets‘ has evidently been remixed for Greyhound 12in . . . Gladys Knight is indeed on UK 12in (CBS TA3314) . . . George Clinton ‘Atomic Dog’ unseated ‘Billie Jean’ as top US Black single — and has a dynamite video, if you can catch it . . . Edwin Starr appears at Mayfair’s Gullivers for the next two Thursdays (28/5), sandwiching the Chi-Lites on Wednesday (4) — mmm-hmm! . . . Second Image continue touring at Preston Clouds (Thur 28), Retford Porterhouse (Fri), Harlow Benny’s (Sat), Purley Cinderella Rockerfella’s (Sun), Ilford Room At The Top (Tues), before supporting all the Maze concerts . . . Galaxy’s Phil Fearon PAs Saturday (30) at Peckham Kisses, where Froggy makes his first monthly appearance alongside regulars Steve Walsh, Lyndon T, Gordon Mac . . . Steve Walsh, Tony Jenkins, Owen Washington, Ian Shaw, Chris Ellis, Tim Westwood soul London Lyceum’s Bank Holiday Monday alldayer (2) — and mafioso Chris Brown joins the National Soul Festival line-up for the next one on May 30 . . . Capital’s cool talkin’ pin-up Gary Crowley joins George ‘Zorba’ Alexander for a return engagement at Harrow Leisure Centre on Friday (29) . . . ‘DJ Of The Year’ winner at Edgbaston’s Faces French was Franklyn Hughes (Long Eaton Donovan’s), runners-up being Mick McGinley (Wakefield Heppy’s), Ian Plant (Blackpool Raffles), Jimmy Franks (Birmingham Cagney’s) — all from north of Watford, you’ll note . . . Brian Cardno has started Saturdays (Thurs/Fri too when possible) at Berwick’s Red Lion in Castle Gate, pub hours (free admission) and as up-front as punters and finances will allow . . . Darryl Hayden has stopped managing nightclubs to concentrate on a mobile big-screen video show, which you can see at Wimbledon Tiffany’s (Thurs), London Lyceum (Sat), Mortlake Rumps (Mon) weekly — the Monday Rumps gig includes an audition slot for which two aspiring jocks are always needed, and incidentally John ‘Kojak’ Harvey has resurfaced at Rumps spinning soul oldies (what else?) on Thursdays . . . Dave Thomas has switched to Shrewsbury Tiffany’s on Saturdays, doing under-18s on Mondays . . . Steve Davies is part of a DJ team who pack 1,300 under-18s into Kirkcaldy Bentleys every Monday! . . . David Bryant however does over-23s at Camberley Splinters on Mondays — hey Dave, get hip! . . . Frank Samms is “now well established Sunday night at Addleston’s Holly Tree, and Mondays at London’s Maximus in Leicester Square playing rock and electro music” . . . Nick Ratcliffe & John Dene on Tuesdays at Guildford’s Cinderella Rockerfellas have gone mad on phasing, doing it to practically everything — and to my surprise I’ve had much praise for the phasing on my Wish remix, which I wouldn’t mind re-doing with less gimmickry . . . C.O.D. ‘In The Bottle’/Tyrone Brunson ‘The Smurf’ megamix begins with some electronic drum beats laid down by Streetwave’s resident engineer Rob Mallett (a big inspiration and help with the studio tricks), a quick ‘Smurf’ scratch before editing alternate beats into some “harmonized” instrumental, the “uno dos” countdown then synched over the music before it then synchs one bar apart, phases, adds Rob on electronic drum “gating” another synched copy, then runs the vocal over the instrumental before hitting the main “gated” break which segues into a similarly “gated” ‘Smurf’ before returning to a less tampered with but much re-edited mainly instrumental finale — so now you know! (“gating” is a trick that cuts out the body of the beat to leave just the peaks) . . . PRT or Streetwave must have something running slow, as somehow both my remixes have ended up 2bpm slower than anticipated . . . I-Level I am delighted to see has posed fewer problems to other jocks than experienced by me, when on its first play the floor just vanished — like gone, baby, goodbye! — which was upsetting as I’d only played it because I thought they were good . . . Frenchie (Blackpool) is not alone in noticing how Burgess Gardner’s album uses several old Al Hudson backing tracks, ‘Gemstone‘ in particular being nothing less than ‘Spread Love‘! . . . Catherine Harris (Preston — was that you at Gully’s last Saturday?) reckons Jeffrey Daniel is seen looking mean behind the first warehouse door in Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ video . . . David Grant took time out from his club PAs to look in at Gully’s and tell me to lay off with the “Jeffrey Daniel” comments — gulp! . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood) ended up gigging (playing tapes from his car) just for the booze at Easter on his fruitless trip to Cornwall, when asked to help make a “jazz-funk” night at Liskard’s Carlton Suite more accurately just that . . . ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball somehow moved ‘Downtown’ in my party top 20 last week! . . . Danny & The Juniors founder Danny Rapp apparently killed himself on April 5 in Arizona, aged 42 — ‘At The Hop’ will never die, though . . . Derek Lawrence (75 Argyll Ave, Southall, Middx) needs copies of Maurice Starr ‘Let’s Dance’ and Lime ‘You’re My Magician (Instrumental)’, adding that some of his Saturday punters at Southall White Hart’s Friends refer to electrophonic phunk as ‘ET music’ — Extremely Tedious! . . . Adrian Dunbar (Bournemouth Adams Sun/Tues, Southampton Warehouse Thurs/Fri/Sat) says Julius Brown ‘Party‘ sandwiches perfectly with Sylvester ‘Be With You‘ / ‘Don’t Stop‘ — he also hopes for some mailing list recognition now he’s working five nights a week, playing up-front black as well as gay music (in fact he’s so busy he’s considering giving up his day job!) . . . Chester Browton (Selsy) says ‘Beat It’ is a killer mix with Ike & Tina Turner ‘Nutbush City Limits’ (150-154bpm), but somehow he hasn’t noticed we print not one, not even two, but actually three different types of disco chart! . . . DJs not on record pluggers mailing lists, or at least who buy a lot of their material, may have nothing much to gain by sending us their charts but those are the ones we especially want — please? . . . YOWSAH YOWSAH YOWSAH!
BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘We Can Work It Out’ (LP ‘Conversations’ US Capitol ST-12268)
This one’ll blow you away! Already a monster for those lucky few serviced with promos, it’s a fantastic old-style ‘Movin’-type 117-119-118-117-116-118bpm hard driving leaper full of life (acappella fade finish), dominating the solidly trucking set’s 12in-issued 114½-116bpm ‘Walkin’ The Line‘ and the groovin’ movin’ 121-122-123-122bpm ‘I Do Love You‘, 118-119bpm ‘No Communication‘, 109½bpm ‘Physical Attraction‘, 111-114-117bpm ‘It’s A Shame‘, 130-131bpm ‘Breakdown‘, and nice mellow instrumental 0-98-100bpm ‘Easy‘. Ha cha cha!
STEVE HARVEY: ‘Something Special’ (Pressure PRESS 005, via PRT)
Perhaps significantly our top request at Gully’s already, an excellent insistently pushing simple sparse 117bpm 12in thwacker with nice little twiddles between the cool title line repetition, instrumental flip.
C.O.D.: ‘In The Bottle’ (Streetwave WAVEL 2)
The much loved/hated 117bpm vocal and instrumental electrophonic versions of Gil Scott Heron’s classic are here on 3-track 12in flipped by my own 115-116-115bpm ‘Special Megamix incorporating ‘The Smurf’ by Tyrone Brunson‘ (for full description see Odds ‘N’ Bods). Getting great floor reaction, this one I’m quite proud of. Continue reading “April 30, 1983: Brass Construction, Steve Harvey, C.O.D, Mary Jane Girls, The Chi-Lites”