April 9, 1983: D Train, Wish, Galaxy, Indeep, William Robinson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

KOOL’S INCLUSION with Wish could well start a fashion tor piggybacking into the chart by incorporating bits of other artists’ back catalogue (generating additional royalties for them) — the Kool move, made at my instigation, was eased immensely by Phonogram’s John Waller and the perhaps surprisingly ready co-operation of De-Lite . . . Kool & The Gang have been much on my mind actually, as I’ve also just put together the long anticipated ‘Twice as Kool’ greatest hits double album, which Polygram will be advertising on TV next month . . . Loraine Trent’s new assistant at CBS is a fellah this time, Steve Ripley . . . Orin Cozier is setting up his own label, called — as hinted last week — Pzazz! . . . Paddington’s Bluebird Records shop has a new Bluebird label, debuting next week with a 12in of the old much-sought Manfredo Fest ‘Jungle Kitten‘ . . . 21 Records’ ‘The Perfect Beat’ electrophonic compilation LP of Soulsonic Patrol Crew stuff in its cassette form has a bonus scratch mix by Froggy . . . Dave Rawlings at Basingstoke Martines has ‘outer space’ fancydress this Friday (8), when it’s also a pyjama party with Chris Hill & Colin Hudd at Dartford Flicks, and Dave ‘TG’ Brown funks Gravesend Woodville Halls . . . Sean French guests at Brighton Busbys on Sunday (10), when in Birmingham at the Powerhouse DJs Phil & Funky Dunk go gay with a Boys Town night . . . The Band AKA play Boscombe’s Academy in Bournemouth on Monday (11), and the Stylistics start a week at Watford Baileys . . . Cleo of Stringfellows fame (it says here) and Gaz Anderson are resident now at London’s new Bootleggers, in Margaret Street on the old Speakeasy/Xclusiv site, Gaz slipping in plenty of upfront tackle . . . Ozzie, long a chart contributor, has stopped gigging at such as Waltham Cross Gatsbys and Soho Ronnie Scotts to concentrate on song writing — and maybe rapping? — good luck! . . . JoBoxers, Style Council, Tracie, now Culture Club continue the ‘Northern Soul’ renaissance . . . Adrian (Bournemouth Adams/Southampton Warehouse) reckons that if other pop groups copy New Order’s hit (“a solid slice of hard gay disco”), then maybe gays will move on to something else — or alternatively perhaps big Boys Town stars like Divine or Bobby ‘O’ will cross over more easily . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool Concert Street/Warehouse) will pay any price for a ‘This Is It’ various artists mixer, so any record store with a copy should call 051 526 5407 . . . Adrian Martin (Rhyl) semi-seriously is looking for a minder, after a hotel owner practically beat him up for charging a client £50 in a privately negotiated deal, when other discos the manager would have recommended cost only £20 . . . Nick Ratcliffe (0344 882535) would like replacement Thurs/Friday gigs nearer London after Basingstoke Martines new manager told him his mixing and presentation “goes over the head of the punters — you’re just too upmarket for this crowd”! . . . Nick on a recent Sunday at Haslemere’s Good Knight Country Club did the following “early evening” mix on fixed speed decks with a bit of fancy finger work: Kashif/Celena Duncan/Whispers ‘Tonight’/Evelyn King ‘Get Loose’/Glenn Jones/Melba Moore ‘Mind Up’/Michael Jackson ‘BJ’/Toney Lee/Jerry Knight ‘Down’/Jazzy Dee/Inner Life/David Joseph/Forrest (twice)/Mezzoforte/Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’/Central Line/Indeep/Thompson Twins — after which, he pants, the packed floor could stand any amount of upfront stuff . . . Brian Goodacre (Lincoln’s The Lion) on vari-speed decks mixes Forrest/Jaluka ‘Scatterings’/Howard Johnson ‘Say You Wanna’/Michael Jackson ‘BJ’/Evelyn King ‘Get Loose’ . . . Perian Wynne says a big “happy birthday” to Bristol’s Martin Starr for next Tuesday! . . . Steve Martin (Edinburgh Madhatters) apologizes to record companies for his lack of reaction reports, he’s been on honeymoon . . . ooh we, sweet peas, mmm-hmm, that’s baad, uhhh, YES INDEEDY!


HOT VINYL

“D” TRAIN: ‘Music’ (US Prelude PRLD 654)
Their long awaited newie kicks off with a tinklingly backed short soulful acappella intro before typical synth textures and chunky beat powerfully bump this slightly untidy 120bpm 12in rumbler, surprisingly soulfully growled and hollered with ‘Keep On’-type chants (the lack of form and its commendably “black” quality may hold it back, in fact), although once again it’s the instrumental flip which drives and bumbles along a straighter and narrower path, with probably more appeal in this electrophonic age. Both sides are different enough to give it real double-sided value.

WISH: ‘Mr D.J.’ (Streetwave WAVEL 1, via PRT)
I must declare self interest as the 3-track 12in B-side ‘Special Mega-Mix Incorporating ‘Ladies Night‘ by Kool & The Gang’ is my own effort, and to my taste it is overly freaky, but that’s what was demanded. Revolving around repeated pleas for a DJ to play a song again, the chap ‘n’ chix on the original 107-108-107-106½-107-108bpm vocal version weave around a chugging Kool-type bass line, the harder 111bpm instrumental having great sax, while the scratch-introed 108-107-106-106½-108(Kool)-107-108-0bpm remix messes everything about and slips into ‘Ladies Night’.

GALAXY: ‘Dancing Tight’ (Ensign 12ENY 501, via Island)
Anticipated by distributors Island as their next David Joseph-like crossover hit, the debut release on new-look Ensign is a lovely creamily whomping 115½-116bpm 12in swayer with chix answering classy pent-up Phil Fearon’s vocal (including some freaky stereo panning) and a trace of that old Martini ‘Dancing Easy’ lilt, the acappella introed 117bpm instrumental flip having jazzier synth, sax ‘n’ flute.

INDEEP: ‘When Boys Talk’ (US Sound Of New York SNY 5104)
Following the ‘DJ’ pattern almost too closely, this Chic-ish, 108bpm multi-version 12in really is what amounts to ‘Part 2’ — and of course it sounds fine as such and will appeal to fans of the former as the magic of that is still strong. A pity it’s got such a tough act to follow, though.

WILLIAM ROBINSON: ‘Prime Time’ (US Coast to Coast 4Z9 03803)
The blind BT Express singer (rather than Smokey) sweetly souls a superb gently jogging slow weaving 94½-94-93½-94bpm 12in swayer, drenched in blue feeling, with busily popping bass, smooth synth, and a terrifyingly thunderous bass synth break towards the end. Soul fans into the likes of Maze are going to love this!

VENNA: ‘Watching You’ (US Sutra SUD 012)
Of this excellent Michael Henderson produced platter I prefer the bassily smacking 116bpm 12in instrumental side, like a more spacious Ray Parker Jr bass line with lots slotted into it, although the soulfully worried chick sung A-side is certainly chunky enough too.

CASHMERE: ‘Do It Anyway You Wanna’ (Philly World PWSL 108)
Drastically late here but still good (it’s also on ‘Street Sounds Edition 3’), this solid synth powered 111bpm 12in beefy roller in old Slave style has Michael Jackson-ish vocals or a more electro instrumental flip, and sustained a long popularity on import.

FLOWCHART: ‘Ask The Boss’ (Greyhound Record Production GRPT 102)
Italian originated Change-type outing featuring a Vandross-ish soulful chap and chirruping chix (yup, them again!) on a good bass juddered 116bpm 12in message tripper about today’s hard times, with stark breaks and jazzy sax, and a bassier 113bpm instrumental remix flip. I’m glad it’s getting through here at last.

ADVANCE: ‘Take Me To The Top’ (US Polydor 811539-1)
Another good Italian job, this chix sung easy paced sparsely arranged bass bumbled simple 112¼bpm 12in strider sounds strong with beautifully clear production tricks, and a slightly slower 111¼bpm instrumental flip.

DeVILLE: ‘(I’d Like To) Squeeze You Hold You’ (US Philly World PWR-2011)
Exciting good sparse 119½bpm 12in smacker with pent-up staccato Rick James vocal attack, brassy blasts and synth twiddles punching into the beat, and acidic guitar towards the end (instrumental flip).

MARGIE JOSEPH: ‘Knockout’ (Jive JIVE T 32)
Recently a US soul hit and here thankfully in its reissued echoing remix form, this chunkily lurching deliberate 112-113bpm 12in jolter has great soul drenched phrasing by the veteran soulstress and a nice line in black imagery.

WARP 9: ‘Light Years Away’ (US Prime PDS 640)
Another stark 0-116½bpm 12in electrophonic hip hop be bop rapper, very emptily arranged so possibly less exciting than others (instrumental dub version flip) though certainly up to standard, with a rap engraved in the run-out groove!

MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS: ‘She Was Once My Woman’ (LP ‘Shine On’ US Monument FW38530)
Never enamoured of the Average White Band style which much of this brassy set recalls, I put off buying it until discovering the hot chart tracks are all subdued and fairly reasonable jazzy slowies — although I wouldn’t say they were essential other than for the type of specialist jock that’s already charting them after much soul show radio play — my favourite being this throbbing tone started lovely sultry soulful mellow 0-68(intro)-70½-69bpm smoocher, while the jittering 108-107bpm ‘More Than Ever Now‘ and jogging instrumental 93-95-96-101bpm ‘Shoalin’ (Funky ‘N’ Half-hip)‘ are “hotter”.

BILL FREDERICKS: ‘Too Busy Thinking About My Baby’ (Unigram UNT 777. via IDS)
The doo-wop loving ex-Drifter is one of Britain’s best singers (he lives in London now) but keeps getting lumbered in the scampi and chips bracket — this obviously Forrest inspired 121bpm 12in Marvin Gaye update doing little to change that, except Bill’s voice wins through and the zingy zest of the backing may this time actually sell it.

GREG KIHN BAND: ‘Jeopardy’ (Beserkley E 98447T)
Good forceful ominous 111bpm chugger in Hall & Oates-ish style, the more broken up semi-instrumental flip being terrific for funk jocks and mixers especially — you can have great fun with it — now on 3-track 12in here with the straight rock ‘Fascination’.

KASHIF: ‘Kashif’ LP (US Arista AL 9620)
My prejudices about this guy’s sweatless, computerised approach to soul don’t need another airing, so suffice to say he glides in predictable effortless style through the 115bpm ‘Stone Love’, 0-115bpm ‘Don’t Stop My Love‘, 117½bpm ‘Rumors‘, 107bpm ‘The Mood’, 113bpm ‘Say Something Love’, 106bpm ‘Help Yourself To My love’. Fine for fans.

NEW EDITION: ‘Candy Girl’ (London LONX 21)
From the Rockers Revenge stable and now on 3-track 12in including a new Jeff ‘Young & Strong Edition’, this 104½bpm blatant copy of the Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’ by another bunch of little bleeders is too tied to the rhythm instead of bubbling like it should.

PAGODA: ‘Finders Keepers’ (PAG 101, via City Sounds 01 405 5454)
The Inversions splinter group being touted by DJs Chris Brown and Mike Sefton are now on white label 3-track 12in, most commercial bet being this nursery rhyme introed chick sung pleasantly swaying 107-106bpm jogger, while ‘We’re Alright Tonight‘ is a perfectly played jiggly 114bpm bland jazz-funk instrumental with slick solos, and ‘Go Back‘ an old fashioned chick sung straight ahead 115bpm soul jitterer.

JIMMY COBB: ‘So Nobody Else Can Hear’ LP (US Contempo Vibrato Recordings CV003)
Thoroughly recommended for sophisticated home listening or late nite smooching, a superb jazz set led by drummer Jimmy with Freddie Hubbard on horns and great vocals by Gregory Hines & Marilyn Redfield, the gorgeous softly starting 102/51-103bpm title track swinger being best dancer and the 0-24-26/52-25-0bpm ‘My Old Friend‘ best for standing still to! Real music, for a change, which is why I bought it.

AURAL EXCITERS: ‘Chinese Rap’ (Move Music MOVE 12-01)
Satirizing New York Skyy’s ‘Call Me’, this sparsely bounding simple little 120¼bpm 12in loper has a great amusingly accented female rap (reminiscent of ‘Telephone Man’) in which she calls up her local Chinese takeaway just to hear the guy at the other end talk! I still love it.

WANDRA: ‘Sex Attack’ (US The Hudson Organization E-2805)
Here’s a horny lady who “needs a real man” as she groans and wails between complaints about previous unsatisfactory lovers over a stark 116¼bpm 12in thudder, on see-thru “smoked glass” vinyl (edited and instrumental flip).

NILE RODGERS: ‘The Land Of The Good Groove’ (Mirage B 9911T)
Despite the Chic guy’s incomparably stronger US 12in getting so much attention here, WEA crazily issue a totally different coupling of this dull Grace Jones influenced 108bpm jolter and the slow romantic 0-72/36bpm ‘My Love Song For You‘. His ‘Adventures In The Land Of The Good Groove’ album (B 0073) is mixed with a much lighter sound than either 12in, so if you can’t find his import then the terrific angry ultra-jittery 116½bpm ‘Get Her Crazy‘ and salacious 113½bpm ‘Yum-Yum‘ bumper will have to do like this, while the 105bpm ‘Rock Bottom‘ is yet more of that Grace Jones rhythm.

THE SYSTEM: ‘You Are In My System’ (Polydor POSPX 580)
The synth bumbled plodding 110bpm 12in original version has much duller vocals than Robert Palmer’s brighter cover, and a frantic 150bpm ‘Now I Am Electric‘ flip which may have futurist appeal.

SLIM: ‘It’s In The Mix’ (US D.E.T.T. Records RC 502)
More for mixing jocks to use rather than for popping on the home stereo, this 109bpm 12in jolting rhythm groove goes through many twists and turns of instrumental accompaniment, including some scratching, the shorter vocal version being mainly rapped. Graham Gold says it works for him at Gullivers.

WINSTON REEDY: ‘Dim The Light’ (Carousel CAR 4)
Reggae chart topping lovely 78bpm 12in lovers rock beauty, this and the following all being current reggae hits well worth checking for their cool sophisticated soulfulness.

FREDDIE McGREGOR: ‘Pretty Woman’ (Intense INT 007)
Lovely ice cool 79bpm 12in soulful newie by the Jamaican superstar, on a par with Dennis Brown.

BARRY BIGGS: ‘Love Come Down’ (Afrik AFD 004)
Evelyn King’s Kashif klassik slowed successfully to 88bpm 12in lovers rock tempo by the veteran hit maker.

TREVOR WALTER: ‘Handy Man’ (Ital ITD 0016)
Jimmy Jones’s vintage “come-a come-a” classic adapts superbly into Trevor’s usual classy 90bpm 12in style — this is my favourite of the current crop, for nostalgic reasons!

SANE INMATES featuring CHARLIE & SGT PEPPER: ‘The Girl Is Mine’ (Hollycone HC 104)
The Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney hit has its rhythm altered into 81bpm 10in lovers rock, but vocally it sounds the same.

SUGAR MINOTT: ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ (Carousel CAR 5)
The much recorded Isaac Hayes/etc/etc smoocher now becomes 72bpm 12in lovers rock, though not the best of this batch.

DERRICK HARRIOTT: ‘Whip It’ (Hawkeye HD 46)
The Dazz Band’s ‘Let It Whip’ rather surprisingly, but effectively, slowed down to 98bpm 12in lovers tempo.

KUNTE KINTE: ‘Aquizim’ (Ariwa AR 1015)
Interesting exotic 67/134bpm 10in instrumental throbber, of a type that used to be about in the early ’70s but still unusual sounding now.


DISCO TOP 85 – APRIL 9, 1983

01 01 You Can’t Hide Your Love – David Joseph – Island 12”
02 04 Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – Philly World 12”
03 03 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
04 02 Joy / Instrumental – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
05 07 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
06 13 Don’t You Give Your Love Away – Steve Shelto – Epic 12”
07 10 Young Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
08 08 I Am Somebody / Instrumental – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
09 05 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
10 06 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
11 09 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
12 12 Tonight / This Time – Whispers – US Solar 12”
13 21 Smoothin’ Groovin’ – Ingram – US Mirage 12”
14 16 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
15 14 Weekend (Weekday Side) / (Weekend Side) – Class Action – Jive 12”
16 11 I’m Down For That / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
17 18 Never Too Late / Mystic Woman / Rainbows Of Love – Lonnie Liston Smith – US Doctor Jazz LP
18 25 Baby’s Got Another – Richard John Smith – Jive 12”
19 27 Special Lady (Instrumental) / Better Take Time – Second Image – Polydor 12”
20 17 Times Are Tight (Instrumental) – Jimmy Young – US Delirium 12”
21 15 Come With Me / Lost In Amazonia / Euzinha / Sangria – Tania Maria – US Concord Jazz Picante LP
22 40 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
23 39 Do You Wanna Dance (Instrumental) – Lavias – US Golden Pyramid 12”
24 38 You Are In My System – Robert Palmer – Island 12”
25 29 Is This The Future – Fatback – US Spring LP
26 19 You Meet My Approval / Nobody Can Be You / Weak At The Knees – Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame – US Atlantic LP
27 23 Never Too Much (Remix) – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
28 46 Mornin’ – Al Jarreau – US Warner Bros LP
29 26 More Than Ever Now / Shoalin’ (Funky ‘N’ Half Hip) / She Was Once My Woman – Muscle Shoals Horns – US Monument LP
30 44 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
31 31 Mr D.J. / Instrumental / Special Mega-Mix – Wish – US Blue 12”/Streetwave promo
32 30 Wings Of Fire / Night Flight / The Hunter – Joe Sample – US MCA LP
33 28 The Girl Is Fine (So Fine) – Fatback – US Spring 12”
34 35 Sugar Pie Guy (Remixes) – The Joneses – Mercury 12”
35 42 Falling (Remixes) – The Biz – Midas 12”
36 22 In The Bottle – C.O.D. – US Emergency 12”
37 52 Dancing Tight / Instrumental – Galaxy – Ensign 12” promo
38 20 Wired For Games – C-Brand – US Spring 12”
39 45 Young Free & Single – Lorita Grahame – Intense 12”
40 50 Street Themes / Be My Lady (Tonight) – Charles Earland – US Columbia LP
41 80 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
42 37 Get Her Crazy / Yum-Yum – Nile Rodgers – US Mirage 12”
43 64 The Music Got Me – Visual – Prelude 12”
44 51 Joy (Ecstatic Mix) – Marvin Gaye – CBS 12”
45 47 Dance Groove – Transit – US Storm 12”
46 NE Music / Instrumental – “D” Train – US Prelude 12”
47 74 Keep On Lovin’ Me / Love For Love / Had It Not Been For You – Whispers – US Solar LP
48 61 You Can’t Hide Your Love (Remix) – David Joseph – US Mango 12”
49 43 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
50 41 Too Tough – Angela Bofill – Arista 12”
51 NE Minefield – I Level – Virgin 12”
52 72 Candy Girl – New Edition – US Streetwise/London 12”
53 49 You Can’t Run From Love (Club Mix) – Maxine Singleton – Creole 12”
54 65 Paradise Drive – Midnite – Tivoli 12”
55 NE When Boys Talk – Indeep – US Sound Of New York 12”
56 NE Don’t Hold Back Your Love – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”
57 83 Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – US Larc 12”
58 75 Lovin’ You / Suddenly / Much Too Much / Be My Love / Just For You / Just What I Needed – Marcus Miller – US Warner Bros LP
59 63 Feels So Good (Remix) – Yarbrough & Peoples – US Total Experience 12”
60 36 In The Streets / Tight Jeans – Prince Charles – Greyhound LP
61 82 Love Is A Game (Remix) – Harry Ray – Sugarhill 12”
62 78 Spread Your Love – Earth Wind & Fire – CBS 12” promo
63 48 Ashewo Ara – Kabbala – Red Flame 12”
64 70 He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
65 59 Beverly – Fonzi Thornton – US RCA 12”
66 69 She Talks To Me With Her Body (Remix) / Propositions – Bar-Kays – US Mercury 12”
67 NE Stone Love / The Mood / Help Yourself To My Love / Don’t Stop My Love / Say Somethin’ Love / Rumors – Kashif – US Arista LP
68 NE Rico Rico / Steppin’ Out Jam / Steppin’ Out (With You) – Cloud – Slivertown 12”
69 NE Dancing Inner Space – Contact U – Challenge 12”
70 NE Be Bop Rock / Part 2 – Beat Boys – US Sugarscoop 12”
71 NE Light Years Away / Dub Version – Warp 9 – US Prism 12”
72 55 Fire – Jerry Knight – US A&M LP
73 NE Prime Time – William Robinson – US Coast To Coast 12”
74 56 Be With Me – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
75 66 Who’s Getting It Now (Remix) – Chocolate Milk – US RCA 12”
76 67 Freak It Out / Instrumental – Electric Smoke – US Blue 12”
77 NE New York Afternoon / Joy! / (I Can Recall) Spain – Rare Silk – US Polydor LP
78 84 New York Afternoon – Yasuko Agawa – Japanese Invitation LP
79 NE Rock Your Baby – Disco Connection – PRT 12”
80 NE Take Me To The Top – Advance – US Polydor 12”
81 54 I Like It Like That (Remix) – Inner Life – US Salsoul 12”
82 62 Agave / Lou’s Blues – Patrick Williams – US PCM LP
83 NE Knocking Down Love – Goldie Alexander – Proto 12”
84 60 Touching In The Dark – Walter Jackson – US Kelli-Arts 7”
85 NE This Is Your Time / Don’t Wait Another Night – Change – US Atlantic RFC LP


BREAKERS

No Breakers listed this week.


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 02 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
02 01 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
03 08 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
04 06 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
05 03 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
06 05 Joy – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
07 09 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
08 04 Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
09 23 Snot Rap – Kenny Everett – RCA 12”
10 21 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
11 07 Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
12 10 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
13 15 Rip It Up – Orange Juice – Polydor 12”
14 16 Young, Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
15 12 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama – London 12”
16 17 Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
17 22 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
18 43 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
19 25 Tonight – Whispers – Solar 12”
20 19 Speak Like A Child – Style Council – Polydor 7”
21 26 Baby’s Got Another – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
22 37 Falling – The Biz – Midas 12”
23 11 Too Shy (Midnight Mix) – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
24 40 Love To Love You Baby – Donna Summer – Casablanca 12”
25 31 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
26 28 I’m Down For That / She’s Got To Be (A Dancer) – Jerry Knight – Funk A&Merica 12”
27 44 Special Lady / Better Take Time – Second Image – Polydor 12”
28 — Ooh To Be Aah (Construction Mix) – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
29 24 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
30 14 Communication – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
31 27 Get Loose – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
32 — Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – Philly World 12”
33 13 Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep – Sound Of New York 12”
34 18 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
35 30 Never Too Much – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
36 35 Rap Your Love – Set The Tone – Island 12”
37 33 Africa – Key Of Dreams – Baby 12”
38 — Two Hearts Beat As One / New Year’s Day (US Remix) – U2 – Island 12”
39 49 Doot Doot – Freur – CBS 12”
40 47 True – Spandau Ballet – Reformation LP
41 — Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
42 34 Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler – CBS 7”
43 36 Buffalo Bill’s Last Scratch – Barron Knights – Epic 12”
44 — Young Free & Single – Lorita Grahame – Intense 12”
45 29 Hey Little Girl – Icehouse – Chrysalis 12”
46 42 Telephone Operator – Pete Shelley – Genetic 12”
47 46 Let It Loose – Chris Rea – Magnet 12”
48 45 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) (Warp) – Madness – Stiff 12”
49 — Clunk Click (Belt Up Dub) – Laurel & Hardy – CBS 12”
50 — Der Komissar – After The Fire – CBS 12”


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 01 The Night – Azul Y Negro – Italian Mercury 12”
02 17 The Beach / Blue Monday – New Order – Factory 12”
03 03 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
04 09 I’m Free – Celi Bee – US Paris International 12”
05 02 Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick 12”
06 04 Maybe This Time – Norma Lewis – ERC 12”
07 08 Don’t Stop – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
08 07 Breaking My Heart – Roni Griffiths – US Vanguard 12”
09 06 Red Light Lover – Gwen Jonae – US Arial 12”
10 05 Shake It Up – Divine – Dutch Break 12”
11 10 I’m Alive / Instrumental – American Fade – Proto 12”
12 15 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”
13 11 Under My Thumb – Fast Radio – US Radar 12”
14 12 Weekend (Weekend Side) – Class Action – US Sleeping Bag 12”
15 13 Be With You (Remix) – Sylvester – German Ariola 12”
16 — Party – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
17 21 Angel Man (G.A.) – Rhetta Hughes – US Aria 12”
18 14 Shoot Your Shot / Jungle Jezebel – Divine – “O” 12”
19 20 Electricity – Ashaye – Record Shack 12”
20 30 Shot In The Night – Paul Parker – US Megatone 12”
21 — Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
22 16 Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
23 — You Are A Danger – Gary Low – Canadian Quality 12”
24 24 Working Girl – Cheri – 21 Records 12”
25 — Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
26 29 High Fashion Dance Music (Mixer) – Various – Dutch High Fashion LP
27 — Words – F.R. David – Carrere 12”
28 19 He’s A Pretender – High Inergy – Gordy 12”
29 — I Love You So – Manny’s – Canadian DJ 12”
30 — Rock Your Baby – Disco Connection – PRT 12”


DJ TOP TEN

SANDY BRUCE, mobile with his mate Mike (01-657 4471) and the Crimson Mist disco around Croydon/Bromley/South London (Mike works at Dolby Laboratories so their sound is super clean!), has come up with a real ‘Night’ club chart for fun, as you will see:

1. LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE – Indeep
2. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER – Shalamar
3. GIVE ME THE NIGHT – George Benson
4. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT – Imagination
5. LADIES NIGHT – Kool & The Gang
6. DISCO NIGHTS (ROCK FREAK) – GQ
7. BOOGIE NIGHTS – Heatwave
8. LOVE ON A SUMMER NIGHT – McCrarys
9. WORKING DAY AND NIGHT – Michael Jackson
10. IT’S A DISCO NIGHT (ROCK DON’T STOP) – Isley Brothers

One thought on “April 9, 1983: D Train, Wish, Galaxy, Indeep, William Robinson”

  1. Great to see the blog back after a short summer break. Well into 1983 and we can see how important the home grown soul contingent has become on the scene. We now had a solid base of credible UK acts able to really hold their own against the established African American performers. UK “stars” now regularly appearing on the national pop charts and more readily available for TV appearances on the expanding number of TV outlets across 4 channels.

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