April 2, 1983: Chill Fac-Torr, Al Jarreau, Class Action, Yarbrough & Peoples

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

DONNA SUMMER as a result of legal shenanigans will have her next new material once again on Casablanca here, something being due in a few weeks time, thus scuppering a re-release on 12in of her old ‘Love To Love You Baby’ — but not before promo pressings were sent out, consequently making them rather rare! . . . Jive Records have signed the soulful HCRC catalogue for Britain, debuting with Margie Joseph, while in other label moves Jimmy Young will be out here on Nite Life, Flowchart on Greyhound, T. Ski Valley ‘Sexual Rapping’ on Pama, plus Cashmere and Rod are belatedly due on Philly World and Prelude respectively . . . ‘Street Sounds Edition 3‘ (STSND 003) features current/recent disco hit A-sides by the Gap Band, Kashif, Jerry Knight, Richard Jon Smith, Angela Bofill, Gwen McCrae, Melba Moore, Cashmere, Steve Arrington (‘Approval’) . . . LPs on import includes a Jamaica-recorded Betty Wright ‘Wright Back At You’ (Epic), Denise LaSalle ‘Lady In The Street’ (Malaco), Dan Siegel ‘Reflections’ (PAUSA) plus three sets on Palo Alto Jazz by David Diggs, Richie Cole, David Lahm, and a 12in of George Howard ‘The Preacher‘ (PAJ PA 8035-12) . . . ABC ‘Poison Arrow’ has been remixed with a nice jazzy flute intro on US Mercury 12in (811 329-1) . . . “D” Train ‘Music’ (US Prelude 12in) is evidently now in the country, but football crowds in Wembley evidently prevented it getting through to Rayners Lane last Saturday! . . . Streetwave’s Morgan Khan with characteristic impatience hustled out test pressings of the Wish ‘Mr DJ’ remix (incorporating bits of Kool ‘Ladies Night’) before it had been properly balanced and EQ-ed, and with a final edit that was not my doing — wait for the finished cut! . . . Xenon in London’s Piccadilly, home of Fatman Canter and Peter Romer, had a star-studded first birthday party last Thursday which just about everyone was at, including David Joseph, Leee John, David Grant (with a spec-less, slimline, slicked back hairstyle new look), Patrick Boothe (in his old clothes), and all the pluggers you’d expect plus some you wouldn’t . . . David Joseph has hopefully opened up the pop chart to a hipper rhythm by getting so surprisingly high with a hard club sound . . . Radios Orwell & Saxon are about to have Medway soul jock Dave ‘TG’ Brown doing the Mon-thru-Thursday 10pm-midnight show, starting after Easter, Terry — oops, sorry! — Dave promising some soft soul and jazz amongst the easy listening . . . Ray ‘Raymondo’ Edwards may be down but not out at Radio West — he’s still got a funk show every Tuesday at 8pm . . . London’s Radio Invicta is planning to be back with a bang every Sunday on 92.4FM with amongst other things a gospel hour at 6pm followed by three hours of jazz in collaboration with Fusion FM . . . Capital’s Gary Crowley had the World’s Famous Supreme Team on his Saturday afternoon show last week but they were disappointingly unimpressive . . . Nick Sanquest (01-727 8676) is looking for jocks to do two weeks throughout the summer at a disco in Cork (Ireland) . . . Edgbaston’s Faces French next Thursday (7) hosts the national final of a Disc Jockey Of The Year contest, the title being decided there between Stuart Gensian (Ealing Madocs), Andy King (Brighton Busbys), Neil Fincham (Edinburgh Mad Hatters Speakeasy), Gary Oldis (Aycliffe Bee Jays), Mick McGinley (Wakefield Heppys), Ian Plant (Blackpool Raffles), Dave Maurice (Nottingham Isabellas), Jimmy Franks (Birmingham Cagneys), Franklyn Hughes (Long Eaton Donovans), Marcus Lee (Stowmarket Maltings), Phil Rees (Wrexham Shafts), Stuart James Rendle (Plymouth Boobs) . . . George Power & Steve Walsh headline an allniter at Peckham Kisses this Thursday (31) . . . Robbie Vincent, Colin Hudd, Tom Holland & John Rush have a charity allniter (for the elderly) on Good Friday at Dartford Flicks, with lotsa videos, and traditional English breakfast included in the £5 cost . . . Saturday (2) a weekly disco and fashion show starts at Birmingham city centre’s Vintage Room in Corporation Street, music by Frenchie-T and mixing Dr. P (Paul Dixon) . . . Bob James, Steve Allen, Jonathon Cleveland Anderson and more jazz-soul an Easter Day alldayer (3pm) at Peterborough’s Cresset Centre . . . Colin Curtis, Richard Searling, Mike Shaft, Kev Edwards, Frenchie, Baz Williams, ISIS “live” and more jazz-soul Preston Clouds alldayer (2pm) on Bank Holiday Monday when two rival evening events in Kent threaten to cancel each other out, best established being the 5th Kent Soul Festival at West Malling Greenways with Nicky Peck, Chris Kaye, Tom Felton, John DeSade, Kev Ashman, a Richard Jon Smith PA and more, while the 1st Kent Soul & Jazz-Funk Carnival at Bearsted Tudor House has Keith Kapri with unspecified guest DJs and Kabbala live . . . Ian Reading won’t be joined by Froggy on Good Friday at Southend’s Zero 6 as the club is closed, but it will be open until 1am on Thursday and Saturday — and interestingly the Zero 6 operates a coach service for punters from various East London/Essex areas (details on Southend 540117) . . . Steve Jason (0733 43161) — who does Peterborough’s Taverna Wine Bar in Bridge Street on Sundays with free admission before 9.30pm and cheap booze — is organising a coach for the Maze concert at Nottingham’s Rock City on Wednesday 11th May, with pickups on the A1 and A52 Peterborough/Stamford/Grantham/Nottingham route — call him days for details . . . Chris Dinnis is selling tickets for the Showstoppers Bournemouth bank holiday bash at Exeter Boxes for those who want to join the Devonshire funk contingent . . . Invicta’s Andy Bailey and Richard Felstead at Islington JR’s in Upper Street feature soul/jazz/funk/lovers rock Fridays, a wider range Saturdays . . . Steve Walsh stopped his Thursdays at Hammersmith Palais after a series of pop concerts disrupted the jazz-funk continuity, and then regretfully left the Lyceum after many years to enable Mecca to switch Saturdays to over-25s MoR in an effort to retain their lease (Andrew Lloyd Webber is after it to turn the venue back into a theatre — just what London needs with so many “dark” already, right?) . . . Gary Alan now doubles Thurs/Fri/Sat at Liverpool’s Warehouse but still has his “Sleaze ‘n’ Cruise” every Fri/Sat 7-11.30pm (free admittance) at McMillans — except this is now called Concert Street, after the street it’s in, and this Easter Sunday starts a Sunday lunchtime gay session in addition to the evening one . . . Edinburgh’s Fire Island gay club in Princes Street, featuring the Incredible Jason Horror Show on Easter Sunday, now sells a full range of import newies but does not intend operating a mail order service . . . Billboards US Dance/Disco Top 80 when last seen included only 18 non “disco” records, of which 13 were British and Michael Jackson still hogged the top (Black LP/Single charts too) . . . Orin Cozier is dusting off his flares — well a guy’s gotta have ‘Pzazz’! . . . Virgin’s Mick Clark huffily says I Level ‘Minefield’ is a floor filler at the clubs he’s visited recently . . . Shaun James (Aylesbury), who kindly defended our Disco coverage in a letter last week, looked in at Mayfair Gullivers last Saturday to say “hi” and request Ingram — the guy does have taste! (Gullivers incidentally is fully open on Good Friday, but I’ll be away this weekend) . . . Whiskers Casstoke should try the earlier unremixed Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery version of ‘Pinky Blue’ it’s much more soulful! . . . Brian Cardno (Morpeth) and Tony Cochrane (Dundee Club Feet) both sent in a clipping from the Scottish Sunday Post about one Paul Johnston of Edinburgh suffering from “disco knee”, brought on by his over doing the Jeffrey Daniel-type body popping! . . . PRT to tie in with Chil Fac-Torr’s ‘Twist’ are toying with the idea of running a twist dance contest — and indeed they can count me in! . . . Cleveland, Ohio, DJ Doug Shannon in his USA-published book ‘Off The Record — The Disco Concept’ traces the birth of disco to the Paris of World War II when during the German occupation live jazz was banned, forcing jazz fans in their Left Bank cellar clubs to dance to amplified gramophone records — having spent my school holidays in Paris during the late ’50s, I knew that discotheques were fashionable there then (my parents used to go to one called L’Etoile with the Duke & Duchess of Windsor!), but I hadn’t realised they’d started like that . . . John Krenski, who wrote ‘The Cheater‘ for Bob Kuban & The In Men back in ’65, could profit by listening to ‘Boxerbeat‘ — Jo Boxers may not be the Bee Gees, but the two songs are sorta similar! . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood 223030) accepted from a Mr Wallace (think about it) to do a gig at ‘Sugars’ in Newquay, booked accommodation for himself and some mates, and then only when his confirmation letter and subsequent phone call’s failed to find a Mr Wallace realised that he’d been booked for April the 1st — Kev still doesn’t know who fooled him, but his mates think it’s VERY funny, and they’re all going to Newquay anyway even without a gig there (unless someone genuine wants him at short notice)! . . . Nigel Halkes (Portishead) says the old KID ‘Don’t Stop’ (Groove Production 12in) goes well with Man Parrish now . . . Frenchie (Blackpool Barons) is getting great response to the old Gene Dunlap ‘Before You Break My Heart‘ (Capitol LP) . . . Dave Stodart (Bridge Country Club) has started noticing how nubile young ladies seem to be getting prettier and less fully clothed, making him wonder if this means he’s becoming a dirty old man or whether it’s the fate of all DJs? . . . that’s right, baby cakes, mmm-hmm, ouch, YES INDEEDY!


HOT VINYL

CHILL FAC-TORR: ‘Twist (Round ‘N’ Round)’ (Philly World PWSL-109)
Now as huge on the floor as it’s been in the shops on import, and surely headed for novelty pop smash status, this is a brilliant adaptation of Hank Ballard’s Chubby Checker popularised ‘The Twist’ disguised for much of the time by being stretched and spaced out into a still twist-tempoed cool 183-91½bpm 12in funk framework, the original lyrics only meshing recognisably with a burst of the vintage arrangement for a while halfway, the slow acappella vocal side and instrumental flip both taking most of their power from a superb sax duet that soars, honks and squeals in stereo.

AL JARREAU: ‘Mornin’ (LP ‘Jarreau’ US Warner Bros 23801-1)
Already on import 7in, this superb classy 90bpm swayer has all the potential to be another ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’, and is the standout dancer on an obviously excellent listening set (fuller review when more time).

CLASS ACTION Featuring Chris Wiltshire: ‘Weekend’ (Jive JIVE T 35)
In the same 4-track format and at 33 1/3rpm as in the States, this revival by its original girl singer of the Patrick Adams Phreek disco oldie is an exciting Gwen McCrae-ish ever changing fast seeming though only 122bpm 12in galloper, the Sergio Munzibai & John Morales-mixed ‘Weekday Side‘ on the flip being most soulful while the Larry Levan-mixed ‘Weekend Side’ A-side is a zingier pop/gay concoction, there also being dub and acappella versions. Bright enough to break out overground.

YARBROUGH & PEOPLES: ‘Feels So Good (Special Remix)’ (US Total Experience TED 705)
Although vocally different, ‘Outstanding’ had the same beat as this duo’s ‘Don’t Stop The Music’, and now this has both the beat and the vocal sound — making all three records eminently mixable! By now you’ll know what to expect, a deceptively beefy 96¼bpm 12in sleazy pusher, flipped by its LP and instrumental versions, incorporating a gimmicky “stop” pause early on and a good tapping percussion break. Despite the shadow of their earlier hit it’s still great in its own right, and an immediate floor burner!

MORE VINYL: Easter deadlines prevent me reviewing in full the other new 12in imports, but they are:

112¼bpm ADVANCE: ‘Take Me To The Top’ (US Polydor 811 539-1)

119½bpm DeVILLE: ‘(I’d Like To) Squeeze You Hold You’ (US Philly World PWR-2011)

116½bpm WARP 9: ‘Light Years Away’ (US Prism PDS 460)

116bpm VENNA: ‘Watching You’ (US Sutra SUD 012)

109bpm SLIM: ‘It’s In The Mix’ (US DETT RC 502)

116¼bpm WANDRA: ‘Sex Attack’ (US THO E-2805)

Also, although still not crazy about it, I picked up MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS: ‘Shine On’ LP (US Monument FW38530), hottest being the 108-107bpm ‘More Than Ever Now’, 0-68(intro)-70½-69bpm ‘She Was Once My Woman‘, 93-95-96-101bpm ‘Shoalin‘.

OK, go hug a bunny for me!


DISCO TOP 85 – APRIL 2, 1983

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


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Tyrone (Tystick) Brunson: ‘Sticky Situation’ (US BID 12in)
Stephanie Mills: ‘You Can’t Run From My Love (Remix)’ (US Casablanca 12in)
Terry Burrus & Transe: ‘Love Rockin’ (US Arista 12in)
Pure Energy: ‘Spaced Out’ / Party Mix (US Prism 12in)
O’Bryan: ‘Soft Touch’ (US Capitol LP)
Ellie Hope: ‘Lucky’ (Polo 12in)
Mtume: ‘Juicy Fruit’ (US Epic 7in)
Grace Jones: ‘My Jamaican Guy (Remix)’ / ‘Cry Now Laugh Later (Remix)’ (Island 12in)
New Order: ‘Blue Monday’ (Factory 12in)
Warp 9: ‘Light Years Away’ (US Prism 12in)
Shock: ‘San Juan’ / ‘Waitin’ On Your Love’ / ‘Nite Life’ / ‘Love Affair’ (US Fantasy 12in)
Laurel & Hardy: ‘Clunk Click’ (CBS 12in)
Omni: ‘All For The One’ / ‘Warriors’ (US Fountain LP)
Alton Edwards: ‘Take Me’ (CBS 12in)
Animal Nightlife: ‘Mighty Hands Of Love’ (Inner Vision 12in)
The System: ‘Sweat’ / ‘Stand Up And Cheer’ (US Mirage LP)
Glenn Jones: ‘Love Intensity’ / ‘Keep On Doin’ (US RCA LP)
Narada Michael Walden: ‘Reach Out’ (US Atlantic 12in)
Imagination: ‘Changes (Remix)’ (US MCA 12in/PRT LP)
Gene Dunlap Band: ‘There’s Talk’ (US Capitol LP)

Bubbling under the Boys Town 30 are:

Disco Connection: ‘Rock Your Baby’ (PRT 12in)
Vincent Montana Orchestra: ‘Ride Like The Wind’ (US PSW 12in)
Julius Brown: ‘Party’ (US West End 12in)
Steve Shelto: ‘Don’t You Give Your Love Away’ (Epic 12in)
Talko: ‘Psyko Flash’ / ‘Dub Mix’ (Italian Babalu 12in)
Inner Life: ‘I Like It Like That (Remix)’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Various: ‘The Hits Of ’82’ (US Disconet LP)
Band A.K.A.: ‘Joy’ (Epic Streetwave 12in)
Valery Allington: ‘Stop’ (US Emergency 12in)
Sweet Heat: ‘The Best Of You’ (Canadian ToJo 12in)
Taco: ‘Putting On The Ritz’ (RCA 12in promo)
Stephanie Wells: ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ (Canadian ToJo 12in)
Vivien Vee: ‘Just For Me’ (Italian Banand LP)
Gary Low: ‘I Want You’ (Italian Cat 12in)
Nightlife Unlimited: ‘Ready For You’ (Canadian ToJo 12in)


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop top fifty entries on 7in (all fade) are:

Duran Duran 124, David Bowie 114-116, Wah! 88/44-94, Twisted Sister 0-136-142, Phil Collins 17-68, Kissing The Pink 115, Eddy Grant 138.


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 01 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
02 03 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
03 02 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
04 04 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
05 05 Joy – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
06 10 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
07 06 Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
08 — Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
09 12 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
10 16 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
11 08 Too Shy (Midnight Mix) – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
12 09 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama – London 12”
13 07 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
14 14 Communication – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
15 19 Rip It Up – Orange Juice – Polydor 12”
16 24 Young, Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
17 46 Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
18 11 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
19 38 Speak Like A Child – Style Council – Polydor 7”
20 20 High Life – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
21 43 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
22 29 Thriller / Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
23 50 Snot Rap – Kenny Everett – RCA 12”
24 23 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
25 21 Tonight – Whispers – Solar 12”
26 18 Baby’s Got Another – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
27 26 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
28 30 I’m Down For That / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
29 13 Hey Little Girl – Icehouse – Chrysalis 12”
30 15 Never Too Much – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
31 — Ooh I Love It (Love Break) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
32 17 Change – Tears For Fears – Mercury 12”
33 25 Africa (Dub Mix) – Key Of Dreams – Baby 12”
34 32 Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler – CBS 7”
35 33 Rap Your Love – Set The Tone – Island 12”
36 41 Buffalo Bill’s Last Scratch – Barron Knights – Epic 12”
37 44 Falling – The Biz – Midas 12”
38 22 Phone Home – Jonny Chingas – CBS 12”
39 27 Sign Of The Times (Stretch) – Belle Stars – Stiff 12”
40 — Love To Love You Baby (Remix) – Donna Summer – Casablanca 12”
41 34 Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantayzee – Regard 12”
42 — Telephone Operator – Pete Shelley – Genetic 12”
43 — Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
44 — Better Take Time / Special Lady – Second Image – Polydor 12”
45 35 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) (Warp) – Madness – Stiff 12”
46 — Let It Loose – Chris Rea – Magnet 12”
47 — True – Spandau Ballet – Reformation LP
48 45 The Chinese Way – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
49 — Doot Doot – Freur – CBS 12”
50 28 Groovin’ (That’s What We’re Doin’) – S.O.S. Band – Tabu 12”


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 04 The Night – Azul Y Negro – Italian Mercury 12”
02 02 Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick 12”
03 01 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
04 11 Maybe This Time – Norma Lewis – ERC 12”
05 06 Shake It Up – Divine – Dutch Break 12”
06 05 Red Light Lover – Gwen Jonae – US Arial 12”
07 09 Breaking My Heart – Roni Griffiths – US Vanguard 12”
08 03 Don’t Stop – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
09 07 I’m Free – Celi Bee – US Paris International 12”
10 13 I’m Alive / Instrumental – American Fade – Proto 12”
11 10 Under My Thumb – Fast Radio – US Radar 12”
12 08 Weekend (Weekend Side) – Class Action – US Sleeping Bag 12”
13 18 Be With You (Remix) – Sylvester – German Ariola 12”
14 14 Shoot Your Shot / Jungle Jezebel – Divine – “O” 12”
15 21 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”
16 — Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
17 12 The Beach / Blue Monday – New Order – Factory 12”
18 — You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
19 16 He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
20 23 Electricity – Ashaye – Record Shack 12”
21 — Angel Man (G.A.) – Rhetta Hughes – US Aria 12”
22 28 X-Rated (Remix) – Carol Jiani – Dutch High Fashion 12”
23 20 Living On Video – Trans-X – Canadian Illusion 12”
24 27 Working Girl – Cheri – 21 Records 12”
25 — Love On Your Side – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
26 — Going Home (Remix) – Patrick Cowley – US Megatone 12”
27 30 You Can’t Run From Love (Club Mix) – Maxine Singleton – Creole 12”
28 — Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Ambiance – Canadian Power 12”
29 17 High Fashion Dance Music (Mixer) – Various – Dutch High Fashion LP
30 — Shot In The Night – Paul Parker – US Megatone 12”


IMPORT UPDATE

KEITH JONES from Sale, not a mad chart freak but a mad soul freak, he corrects, has again compiled a list of unreleased import hits, this time covering just the first quarter of 1983. Keith explains that as he’s unemployed and can’t afford imports he’s doing his best to get the good ones released here and hopes his list will jog record companies into action. He also recommends other hard-up collectors to check record departments in big stores like Boots, Woolworths, Debenhams or any pop orientated retailers, where non-chart material gets dumped in the cheapo bins — out of which he has extracted many import LP goodies for 99p. So, still awaiting release here although hot on your chart since January are these:

1. E.T. Boogie – Extra T’s – US Sunnyview 12in
2. Up On The Hill (Mt. U) – Trammps – US Venture 12in
3. Gimme The Funk – Charades – US Brunswick 12in
4. Come With Me – Tania Maria – US Concord Jazz Picante LP
5. Such A Feeling – Aurra – US Salsoul 12in
6. Fool For Love / The Jungle Stomp – Prince Charles – US MJS 12in
7. 50/50 Love – Maurice Massiah – Canadian Quality RFC LP
8. Super Duper (Lovin’) – Masurrati & Huey Harris – US Lioness Ltd 12in
9. Can’t Get Enough / Put It In A Magazine – Sonny Charles – US HighRise LP
10. The Preacher – George Howard – US Palo Alto LP


DJ TOP TEN

MARK CLARK plays to a cosmopolitan crowd at Marylebone’s Cinecitta in London, the (as he puts it) “numerous EEC type people” giving his playlist an international flavour. Current foreign language faves with the Continentals are these:

1. Frivole De Nuit – Laurie Destal – French RCA 7in
2. Un Fait Divers Et Rien De Plus – Le Club – French Elephant 12in
3. Sei La Sola Che Amo – Dario Farina – Italian Baby 12in
4. Los Ninos Del Parque – Liaisons Dangereuses – Roadrunner 12in
5. Der Kommissar – Falco – German A&M 12in
6. Masterpiece – Gazebo – Italian Baby 12in
7. Maracaibo – Luisa ‘Lu’ Colombo – Italian Moon 12in
8. Couleur – Premiere Classe – Carrere 12in [note: the correct title is La Fille Qui Rit]
9. Giornale Di Bordo – Dik Dik – Italian Lupus 7in
10. Carbonara – Spliff – German CBS 7in (also Das Blech by Spliff)

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