May 7, 1983: Karen Young, Tony McKenzie, Disco Connection, DeBarge, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band


BOOKER NEWBERRY III despite being on the CBS-affiliated Boardwalk label in the States has somehow been picked up here by Polydor . . . Phonogram follow Street Sounds lead with a 7-track £2.99 full-length disco album, due mid-May, made up exclusively of stuff unreleased here and called ‘Wired For Clubs (Club Tracks Volume 1)‘ on the new Club logo, containing Fatback ‘Is This The Future?’, current 12in imports by C-Brand, Bar-Kays, ConFunkShun, Yarbrough & Peoples, Stephanie Mills, plus Brooklyn Dreams 4-yrs-old original ‘Touching In The Dark’ — if successful there’ll be follow-ups every two months (this concept replacing the previously mentioned 4-track 12in scheme) . . . IDS will be distributing what can now be described as “a typical Roy Carter smacker” in the shape of Warner’s 118¼-119-119½bpm ‘Live And Learn‘, so far only on unidentifiable white label (the 102½-103½bpm flip isn’t bad either) — how about more detailed info, guys? . . . Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame ‘You Meet My Approval‘ / ‘Nobody Can Be You‘ is rather belatedly about on promo 12in . . . Leon Haywood’s Karen Roberts-sung 115bpm ‘I’m Out To Catch‘ is now on remixed US 12in . . . 12in singles incidentally were the only record format (apart from cassettes) to register an increase of sales in the States last year — hardly surprising when the Jonzun Crew can claim a quarter million 12in sales for ‘Pack Jam‘, which wasn’t exactly a smash in radio-regulated “chart” terms (and let’s not forget the notorious case of Frankie Smith’s ‘Double Dutch Bus‘, which if I remember right was at two million-plus the biggest seller of 1981 yet barely scraped into the top 40) . . . Rhetta Hughes briefly topped the US Dance/Disco chart for one week before David Bowie claimed the crown — thus doubtless halting our own David Joseph at impressive number 2! . . . America’s current Black hits, with a few obvious exceptions, are quite remarkably the opposite of what’s currently popular here in soul circles . . . Sunday (8) sees Bradford Time & Place’s Simon Walsh make his alldayer debut alongside Greg Wilson, Colin Curtis, Richard Searling, Soul Sam & Cleveland Anderson at Sheffield’s Leadmill (2pm) . . . Larry Foster is promoting himself, John ‘Nick’ Osborne & Robbie Collins at Hackney Flappers next Wednesday (11), £1 before 10pm/£1.50 after, smart dress — hopefully the start of a series of dances — while on Saturdays at Tottenham’s Mayfair the huge cult oldie for Larry is El Coco ‘Let’s Get It Together (Remix)‘, with punters searching fruitlessly for it in local record shops (hint hint, PRT?) . . . Oxford’s Boodles has an alldayer on Bank Holiday Monday May 30 with Devonair’s Tim Arnold & Nic Wakefield (a long way from Devon!), Ralph Tee, Ian White & Greg Parrott — entrance by £3 ticket available locally from record shops or on Oxford 730529/245136 from Greg Parrott . . . Edwin Starr don’t forget is at Mayfair Gullivers again tonight (Thursday 5), and Sylvester is live at Harringey Bolts on Friday (6) . . . Capital’s Phil Allen joins John DeSade Wed (11) at Canning Town’s International Club . . . Chris Dinnis starts playing lovely down-tempo deep soul and jazz on Sundays at Exeter’s Nosey Parkers, on The Quay near Boxes — a listening/non-dancing venue, but with video games for the more dimwitted! . . . Ian Shaw souls Fridays at Mortlake’s new Rumps disco fun bar . . . George E Scott (wasn’t he good as ‘Patton’?!) is resident jock at Chelmsford’s Dee Jays now, playing the hits but with a party slant . . . Brian Brindle revives great ’40s/early ’50s swing, R&B, rock ‘n roll and ’60s soul every Thursday at the Cat Flap (great name!) in Fulham Old Town Hall — that sounds like real music! . . . Soho’s Maze Club (upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s) has turned Tuesday into amateur comedians night . . . Dave Rawlings finally presented the Golden Hula Hoop Award at Basingstoke Martine’s to Lynne Oakley, who not content with a single hoop then went on to hula with two — some hip action! . . . Al Dupres (Cardiff) says a current “silly” going well is La La ‘Jolie Fille D’Alger‘ (Charisma) . . . Phil Lynch & Nicky Burnell with their Clouds roadshow currently put on a party-type show Tues/Wednesdays at Shepherds Bush pub The Wellington, where a biggie is — no relation — Lee Lynch ‘Famous Shamus‘ (but what’s the label?) . . . Keith Yershon’s Old Gold label has just reactivated eight double-sided Four Seasons hits on 7in — most vital for DJs now being ‘Sherry’ / ‘Dawn’ (OG 9276), ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ / ‘Walk Like A Man’ (OG 9277), ‘Let’s Hang On’ / ‘Workin’ My Way Back To You’ (OG 9278) — while other new revivals essential for MoR jocks include 1910 Fruitgum Co ‘Simon Says’ / Ohio Express ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ (OG 9293), Neil Diamond ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ / ‘Sweet Caroline’ (OG 9324), Eydie Gorme ‘Blame It On The Bossa Nova’ (OG 9302), all orderable along with the label’s full range (get a catalogue) by your local record shop on 01-969 0155 . . . ‘Tricky Dicky’ Scanes at his Record Cellar (Oasis Records), 18 Newport Court behind Leicester Square tube station (entrance through boutique) is currently charging only £3.70 for all the Boys Town import 12in hits — and adds that at his gigs the latest “drag” smash is Norma Lewis ‘Maybe This Time‘, many punters going into a full mime act as soon as the vocal starts . . . Mark Clark’s Mark One Records in Wokingham (is that 23 Peach Street?) does £3.99 import 12in/£6.75 LP, with discount for most jocks provided they buy a copy of Soul On Sound to qualify! . . . Thames Valley DJ Association’s current Disco Action newsletter has much sensible advice about advertising and promoting a mobile disco — TVDJA also appear to be national in scope now, so doubtless you can apply for membership details on their newly installed 24-hr ‘Tivvyphone’ on Ashford (Middx) 58881 . . . Alan ‘Gibbo’ Gibson, ex-Edgbaston Faces, appears to be following the Alan James Jewell route from Oslo’s Leopard out to Bangkok . . . ConFunkShun obviously hope some of Kool & The Gang’s success will rub off on them by getting Deodato to produce their next album . . . Andrew ‘The Funky Shepherd’ Macey (Adisham) presumes that Leysdown Stage 3’s Tom Felton is reviving the punk funk image in freaky T-shirt and spiky hair, and also wonders when Charing King Arthur’s Court regular Kev Ashman will buy new needles for the decks — well, that’s two venues Andrew’s going to be welcome at! . . . Eric Hearn (long time no hear?) in the second issue of Merseyside’s Soulblowin’ fanzine suggests that all of Liverpool tunes in to Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio on Sundays 3-7pm to hear Mike Shaft’s soul show rather than endure their own local variety . . . Capital’s Al Wilson — mmm-hmm, uhh, make that Matthews — recently announced Ingram as “Ingrid” and made Lenny White into a “Ms.”! . . . Al’s a nice guy actually, currently in the position of having to play the part of a DJ, as if an actor — so don’t blame him . . . NO SIRREE!


KAREN YOUNG: ‘You Don’t Know What You Got’ (Dutch Ariola Dance Records 600.790)
Hottest newie before last week’s early Bank Holiday deadline (much more stuff expected by the weekend), an interestingly soulful weaving (slightly fluctuating) 123½bpm 12in roller at a cantering Class Action type of tempo with long burbling break leading to nice sax, instrumental flip, possibly needing a few listens for its quality to sink in.

TONY McKENZIE: ‘Ha-Chica’ (US SAM S-12357)
About for a while as ‘Ah-Chica’ on Holland’s Cash label but only now taking off (reputedly in a different mix) after US copies arrived, this Kid Creole influenced 106½bpm happy party rattler is set to electronic drums with lots of percussion between amusing lyrics. On 3-track 12in with freakily altered strong ‘Instrumental Remix’ and ‘Short’ versions, a likely crossover hit.

DISCO CONNECTION: ‘Rock Your Baby (Re-edit)’ (PRT 12P 269)
A bit late now for Forrest’s ‘Rock The Boat’, with which it mixes superbly, this similarly 114½bpm 12in vocodered George McCrae revival has finally surfaced in my suggested form, minus the awful phonetic countdown bits (although these are still on the Euro-edit flip).

DeBARGE: ‘I Like It’ (Gordy TMGT 1296)
This brothers and sisters family group had a US Black smash with their self-penned jogging 87-86bpm 12in slowie thanks to the lead brother’s ear-bending falsetto pitch shifts and the family’s slinky back-up response. A bit sneaky this — try it!

PRINCE CHARLES AND THE CITY BEAT BAND: ‘Bush Beat’ (LP ‘Stone Killers’ Virgin V2271)
The PR job done on this really rather routine heavy funk merchant is remarkable, making him far better known here then in his homeland. The best newie of his uneven set is this bass synth burbled 120-119½bpm instrumental with howling dog effects and searing synth climax, the 118-117bpm ‘I’m A Fool For Love‘ and its rattling tapping 118-117½-118-117-0bpm ‘Jungle Stomp‘ instrumental remix having been on 12in last year, while the older material on side one is muddily monotonous with only his flute lightening the texture of the 97(intro)-101-102-103bpm ‘Don’t Fake The Funk‘, 96-97bpm ‘Cash (Cash Money)’, 95-97-98-99-98bpm ‘Big Chested Girls’, 102-105-108bpm ‘Cold As Ice (NYC Blues)’.

R.J.’S LATEST ARRIVAL: ‘Movin’ On Up’ (US Larc LR-81503)
Now on yet another label, RJ Rice’s group sound deceptively slower than in fact the tempo is on this chick-wailed hard 126bpm 12in smacker with buzzing synth and stark beat, instrumental flip.

FIRST LIGHT: ‘Explain The Reasons’ (London LONX 26)
The South London duo’s lightweight lurching 110½bpm electronic drum judderer has effete Britfunk vocals but the 3-track 12in flip features an instrumental version plus the probably more danceable attractively tinkling instrumental 115bpm ‘Daybreak‘ (logical follow-up to ‘A.M.’).

SECOND IMAGE: ‘Life Is What You Make It’ (LP ‘Second Image’ Polydor POLS 1081)
Full of so many old singles it’s hard to work out what’s new, the set’s only unissued dancers are this clever cool ’60s Motown-type swinging then startlingly reggae and dub finished but even-tempoed 147-73½bpm harmony squeaker, and (I think) the jerkily galloping 120bpm ‘Is It Me?

WAR: ‘Five Spot’ (LP ‘The Music Band — Jazz’ US MCA MCA-5411)
Rhythmically too rumblingly bottom heavy and murky for more than just strictly specialist jazz dancers, this soprano sax squealed and electric piano tinkled 115-117-121-122-120-123-120-122-123-122-124-120bpm marathon instrumental is a killer of its type, the rest of the intense set being more for listening.

ELEANOR GRANT: ‘Name Your Game’ (US Catawba CA 8200)
Rather surprisingly produced by our own Kenny Lynch, the 3-track 12in ‘Breakdown Mix’ is probably the most interesting version of this low-key sultry soulful 113½-114-114½-113½-114bpm bumpily jittering swayer.

MAXIMUM JOY: ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ (Garage GAR 1/12, via Stiff)
Extremely awkwardly tempoed basically slow but disjointedly jolting 115-114-115-114 cum 57bpm 12in re-arrangement of the Timmy Thomas classic by producer Dennis Bovell with chick singers. Maybe one for I Level fans!

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘Bet Cha Say That To All The Girls’ LP (US Cotillion 90069-1)
George Duke-produced set with mainly pop tempos or slowies, although the title track bumping brassy 113½bpm jitterer has amusing “chat-up” lines by Al Jarreau and enough balls for disco use, while ‘Smile‘ is a sweet little 0-109bpm Diana Ross-ish swayer.

MORRISSEY MULLEN: ‘Do I Do’ (LP ‘It’s About Time’ Beggars Banquet BEGA 44)
Spicily mixed brittle stuff from the sax/guitar duo, now with Tessa Niles on vocal, not that compulsively danceable apart from a few specialist jazz tracks — and especially this excellent 114bpm instrumental treatment of Stevie Wonder’s classic (which I rather think was on a 12in?).

A-TEAM: ‘Double Trouble (Club Mix)’ (Drum RUM 3T, via Greensleeves)
Interesting extremely stark electronic drum created 118bpm 12in instrumental with booming bass and drifting dubwise fragments of things building up intensity as it progresses — provided you let it get that far.

TREVOR WALTERS: ‘You Make Me Feel’ (Ital ITD0017, via 01-249 5445)
The sweet voiced reggae soulster has as classy a sound as ever on this 80bpm 12in slow swayer, worthy of Stevie Wonder, but the song’s not his best.

FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Stubborn Kind Of Fellow’ (Virgin VS 589-12)
Maybe not “disco” enough for today’s orthodox dancers but a soulfully brilliant 113-116-117-118bpm 12in remake of Marvin Gaye’s very first 1962 hit — I especially love the way it becomes the Miracles ‘I’ll Try Something New’ on the fade out.

LARRY HOUSTON: ‘Promise’ (HFMP Records-1001, via Pinnacle)
Quite nice grow-on-you datedly, but well arranged, throbbing purposeful 101bpm 12in pounder evidently big on the North’s “modern soul” scene, while Larry’s even more old fashioned loosely strung stop-start 115-116-117bpm 7in ‘Let’s Spend Some Time Together‘ (HFMP HFM-001) was recently worth £15 to some specialist Northern fanatics, both now being out here through Neil Rushton’s Inferno label set-up.

T-CONNECTION: ‘Time Is Short’ (LP ‘The Game Of Life’ US Capitol ST-12264)
Their best set in a while still can’t rescale their old heights with the likes of this bass snapped sparse 117bpm jitterer, the US 12in-issued forceful jerky 122bpm ‘Tonight’s The Night‘ stomper, bumpy 117bpm ‘I’ve Got News For You‘ jiggler, nicely sung comes-and-goes 118bpm title track jolter.

DYNASTY: ‘Does That Ring A Bell (Remix)’ (Solar E 9911T)
Rumbling and thumping typical 112½bpm Solar smacker, a formula that’s suddenly sounding awfully dated and stale, on 3-track 12in with the older jittery 103bpm ‘Give Your Love To Me‘ and once quite warm Shalamar-ish 109bpm ‘Love In The Fast Lane‘. Get a haircut!

GRAND MASTER CHILLY T. & STEVIE G.: ‘Rock The Message Rap’ (Eclipse – SG026, via Solid Groove Records, 88 Church Street, Croydon)
Nicely bright sounding if cliched 118(intro)-114-116-114-116bpm 12in two-handed rap over honking sax. Say “ho!”

EARL KLUGH: ‘Back In Central Park’ (LP ‘Low Ride’ Capitol EST 12253)
The acoustic jazz guitarist’s latest quality set is instrumental bar some occasional chorusing chix, this chatter accompanied frisky finger picker shuffling happily to a 103-0bpm samba beat, while the 110bpm title track‘s a doodlingly introed pleasant swaying jitterer, 119-122bpm ‘(If You Want To) Be My Love‘ a punchy then lush alternator, 119-117-120-122-120-123-119-120bpm ‘Night Drive‘ an episodic Spanish flavoured voyage, and 84bpm ‘Just Like Yesterday’ most buoyant of the delicate slowies.

ASHAYE: ‘Electricity’ (Record Shack SOHOT 5)
Whinnyingly pitched black youngster over a gay tempoed 124bpm 12in electronic rhythm track, instrumental flip, good enough of its ‘I Feel Love’ type.

STATE OF GRACE: ‘Touching The Times’ (PRT 12P 266)
Two white guys and a black gal who so far have done more Stateside than here at home, this carefully created but ultimately dull 103bpm 12in harmony bumper being unlikely to change things.

WHODINI: ‘The Haunted House Of Rock’ (Jive JIVE T 34)
Footsteps/thunder/creaking door FX-introed but from there on rather dull, 107bpm electro rapper in four versions on vile green vinyl 12in.

DAZZ BAND: ‘On The One’ (Motown TMGT 1299)
Boring US-aimed squeakily harmonised emptily trotting 130bpm 12in whipper, instrumental flip, correctly titled ‘On The One For Fun’.

O’BRYAN: ‘I’m Freaky’ (Capitol 12CL 286)
Forgettable squeaky fast 130bpm funk whipper on 3-track 12in with its instrumental and the slow 90bpm ‘Doin’ Alright’.

J. WALTER NEGRO/NICKY TESCO: ‘Cost Of Living’ (Albion 12ION 1044)
Wham influenced but freakily tempoed ponderous pop-accented 103bpm 12in message rapper by the ‘Shoot The Pump’ New Yorker and our own Members member.

ANIMAL MAGIC: ‘Doo Doo Dooley’ (Sniff SNIFF 1, via Towerbell)
Ghastly or great according to taste, a rollicking 131-0bpm 7in instrumental of ‘Tom Dooley’ with synthesized farmyard animals taking turns to “scat” it! With a moo moo here, a moo moo there . . .

MARLENA SHAW: ‘Never Give Up On You’ (US South Bay SB 22004)
James Gadson remixed good bright boppy c.118bpm 12in whomping strutter, credited as “Instrumental” though far from it, flip to the original LP version.

KARAVAN: ‘The Funk Is Gonna Get You Yet’ (US Colombia 44-03851)
Bert DeCoteaux co-produced heavy slow c.110bpm 12in funker, well enough made but a bit dull and spoilt by a squawking female (slow ‘Never Alone’ flip).

KLASSIQUE: ‘Somebody’s Loving You’ (US SAN S-12358)
Boring monotonous rattling c.115bpm 12in chunderer with hectoring chick (her intro scolding is great on its own), more instrumental flip.

AURRA: ‘Baby Love (Remix)’ (US Salsoul SG 294)
Chick ‘n chap cooed soulfully climaxed 110bpm 12m tripper, the new instrumental flip being the side with most action.

DERRICK: ‘Boogie Times’ (US Sunnyview SUN 407)
Busily jiggling and bumping but unfrenetic c.117bpm 12in chugger, quite well done, with a continuous vocal line.

JEROME BRAILEY & MUTINY: ‘Peanut Butter And Jam’ (US LA Records LA-9000)
Search’s oldie by its author, an OK monotonous c.113bpm 12in funker.

CAROL HAHN: ‘Do Your Best’ (US Nickel CH-9637)
Zestful good oddly driving c.123bpm 12in gay-ish canterer.

KILOWATT: ‘She Wants It’ (US Airwave AW 12-94990)
Forceful c.123bpm 12in instrumental chugger with a beefy bass bottom and nice momentum, good but sadly not quite a current rhythm.

FREDI GRACE & RHINESTONE: ‘Head Over Heels’ (US RCA PD-13499)
Chick sung c.123bpm 12in cross between the Jacksons ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ and Change ‘Searching’.

STARGAZE: ‘You Can’t Have It’ (US TNT Unlimited Inc TNT-3001)
Tedious c.117bpm 12in chix wailed jolter.

TEASE: ‘Flash’ (US RCA PD-13488)
Unashamedly blatant c.116bpm 12in copy of Prince.

FEARLESS FOUR: ‘Just Rock’ (US Elektra 0-67924)
Group interplay c.125bpm 12in rapper with busy jumbled backing based on a Gary Numan number.

GUILT: ‘Do It Till You’re Satisfied’ (Canadian JC 12-013)
Ponderous dull c.105-107bpm 12in remake of the BT Express oldie, adding little.

FARRARI: ‘Simon Says Dance’ (US Sugarhill SH 454)
Dull c.111bpm 12in vocoder bumper.

FAB 5 FREDDY: ‘Change The Beat’ (US CellulOid 0156)
Ponderous slow tugging c.95bpm 12in rapper.

DISCO TOP 85 – MAY 7, 1983

01 03 Dancing Tight – Galaxy (featuring Phil Fearon) – Ensign 12”
02 04 Minefield – I Level – Virgin 12”
03 01 Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – Philly World 12”
04 07 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – US Boardwalk 12”
05 06 Music / Instrumental – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
06 05 Smoothin’ Groovin’ / DJ’s Delight – Ingram – US Mirage 12”
07 02 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
08 08 Weekend (Weekday Side) / (Weekend Side) – Class Action – Jive 12”
09 09 Don’t You Give Your Love Away – Steve Shelto – Epic 12”
10 10 Joy / Instrumental – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
11 21 In The Bottle / Megamix With The Smurf – C.O.D. – Streetwave 12”
12 19 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – US Epic 12”
13 20 Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
14 32 Walkin’ The Line – Brass Construction – US Capitol 12”
15 13 Never Too Late / Rainbows Of Love – Lonnie Liston Smith – US Doctor Jazz LP
16 29 Is This The Future – Fatback – US Spring LP
17 14 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
18 24 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
19 27 Times Are Tight (Instrumental) – Jimmy Young – Nitelife 12”
20 42 Stop And Go – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
21 22 Take Me To The Top – Advance – US Polydor 12”
22 15 You Are In My System – Robert Palmer – Island 12”
23 11 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
24 16 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
25 35 Summer Nights In Rio / Driftin’ On A Dream / Somewhere In My Past / Gentle Fire – Wilton Felder – MCA LP/12” promo
26 25 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
27 17 Tonight / This Time / Turn Me Out – Whispers – Solar 12”
28 18 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
29 23 Mornin’ / Love Is Waiting / I Will Be Here For You / Step By Step / Save Me / Black And Blues / Boogie Down – Al Jarreau – Warner Bros LP
30 36 The Music Got Me – Visual – Prelude 12”
31 12 Young Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
32 26 Mr D.J. / Megamix With Ladies Night – Wish – Streetwave 12”
33 41 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
34 39 Cash (Cash Money) / Jungle Stomp – Prince Charles – Virgin 12”
35 37 Do You Wanna Dance (Instrumental) – Lavias – US Golden Pyramid 12”
36 28 Special Lady (Instrumental) / Better Take Time – Second Image – Polydor 12”
37 30 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
38 31 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
39 40 Don’t Hold Back Your Love – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”
40 46 Come With Me – Tania Maria – US Concord Jazz Picante LP
41 44 Candy Girl – New Edition – London 12”
42 34 Baby’s Got Another / Dub Version – Richard John Smith – Jive 12”
43 38 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) / Human Nature / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
44 71 We Can Work It Out / I Do Love You – Brass Construction – US Capitol LP
45 55 Love’s Gonna Get You / At Last – UK Players – RCA 12”
46 48 Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You) – Lenny White – US Elektra 12”
47 43 You Can’t Hide Your Love (Remix) – David Joseph – Island 12”
48 45 You Meet My Approval / Nobody Can Be You – Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame – Atlantic LP/12” promo
49 50 The Girl Is Fine (So Fine) – Fatback – Spring 12”
50 68 You’re The Sweetest One – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
51 51 The Hunter / Wings Of Fire / Night Flight – Joe Sample – MCA LP/12” promo
52 52 Let It Out – Blue Feather – Mercury 12”
53 60 Do It Anyway You Wanna – Cashmere – Philly World 12”
54 77 I’m Out To Catch – Leon Haywood – US Casablanca 12”
55 67 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – US Gordy LP
56 NE Right On Time – Maze – Capitol LP
57 61 Rumors / Help Yourself To My Love / Don’t Stop My Love / Stone Love / The Mood – Kashif – Arista LP
58 73 Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – Narada Michael Walden – Atlantic 12”
59 57 Groovin’ On A Groove – Ingram – US Mirage LP
60 49 Knocking Down Love – Goldie Alexander – Proto 12”
61 54 Keep On Lovin’ Me / Love For Love / Had It Not Been For You – Whispers – Solar LP
62 NE Love Is The Key – Maze – Capitol 12”
63 47 Be Bop Rock – Beat Boys – US Sugarscoop 12”
64 65 Knockout (Remix) – Margie Joseph – Jive 12”
65 84 Candy Man / Instrumental – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
66 56 Get Her Crazy / Yum-Yum – Nile Rodgers – US Mirage 12”
67 62 True / Lifeline (Remix) – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
68 79 Shoot Your Best Shot / Gemstone / Little Bellflower – Burgess Gardner – US MCA LP
69 NE Ha-Chica / Instrumental Remix – Tony McKenzie – US SAM/Dutch Cash 12”
70 RE When Boys Talk – Indeep – Sound of New York 12”
71 78 Sam The Samba Man – Rah Band – TMT 12”
72 69 You Are In My System – The System – Polydor 12”
73 82 Changing For You / Bad Motor Scooter / Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – US Larc LP/12”
74 80 Communication Breakdown – Junior – Mercury 12”
75 74 In The Streets – Prince Charles – Greyhound LP/12”
76 NE Burnin’ Up / Heart ‘N’ Soul (Dub Remixes) – Imagination – R&B 12”
77 83 Five Spot – War – US MCA LP
78 75 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – US West End 12”
79 63 Lovin’ You / Suddenly / Much Too Much – Marcus Miller – Warner Bros 12”
80 RE Ask The Boss – Flowchart – Greyhound 12”
81 NE Party On The Corner – Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo – US Salsoul 12”
82 NE This Is Your Time / Didn’t Wait Another Night / Magical Night / Tell Me Why – Change – US Atlantic RFC LP
83 NE Finders Keepers / We’re Alright Tonight – Pagoda – White Label 12”
84 NE Keep Giving Me Love / The Shadow Of Your Smile – “D” Train – Prelude LP
85 NE Reach Out – George Duke – Epic 12”


No Breakers listed this week.


Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/c/r for fade/resonant/cold):

Tears For Fears 0-119f, Fun Boy Three 125½-0r, Kiss 121r, The Beat 55½-112f, David Grant 118f, Hall & Oates 65-131f, Elton John (20-)80-0r, Prince 61½-123f.


01 02 Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
02 03 True / Lifeline (Remix For USA) – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
03 01 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
04 10 Minefield – I Level – Virgin 12”
05 22 Dancing Tight – Galaxy – Ensign 12”
06 05 Billie Jean (Remix) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
07 07 Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – Philly World 12”
08 08 Church Of The Poison Mind – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
09 12 Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
10 04 Rock The Boat – Forrest – CBS 12”
11 06 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
12 17 (Keep Feeling) Fascination – Human League – Virgin 12”
13 11 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
14 14 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
15 21 Temptation – Heaven 17 – Virgin 12”
16 15 Young, Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
17 09 Joy – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
18 20 Weekend – Class Action – Jive 12”
19 24 We’re Celebrating – Language – Stiff 12”
20 16 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
21 18 Garden Party – Mezzoforte – Steinar 12”
22 31 Why Can’t We Live Together – Maximum Joy – Garage 12”
23 13 Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix) – Duran Duran – EMI 12”
24 34 Cash (Cash Money) – Prince Charles & The City Beat Band – Virgin 12”
25 29 Don’t Hold Back Your Love – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”
26 33 Candy Girl – New Edition – London 12”
27 26 I Am Somebody – Glenn Jones – RCA 12”
28 19 Snot Rap – Kenny Everett – RCA 12”
29 37 Love’s Gonna Get You – UK Players – RCA 12”
30 — Music – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
31 38 Mr D.J. – Wish – Streetwave 12”
32 27 Rip It Up – Orange Juice – Polydor 12”
33 44 Rock Your Baby – Disco Connection – PRT 12”
34 25 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics – RCA 12”
35 23 Get On Up – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12”
36 30 You Are In My System – Robert Palmer – Island 12”
37 28 Ooh To Be Aah (Construction Mix) – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
38 45 Words – F.R. David – Carrere 12”
39 — Stop And Go – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
40 32 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
41 35 Breakaway (Well Extended And Remixed) – Tracey Ullman – Stiff 12”
42 40 Tonight – Whispers – Solar 12”
43 36 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) – Salsoul Orchestra – Salsoul 12”
44 42 Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) – Thompson Twins – Arista 12”
45 50 Crazy Music – Ottawan – Carrere 12”
46 — Doot Doot – Freur – CBS 12”
47 46 Baby’s Got Another – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
48 47 Der Komissar – After The Fire – CBS 12”
49 — Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
50 39 Don’t You Give Your Love Away – Steve Shelto – Epic 12”

Selections from this chart are played on Radio Luxembourg 208m between 9 and 11pm on Fridays and 11pm and 1am on Mondays.


01 01 Maybe This Time – Norma Lewis – ERC 12”
02 02 The Night – Azul Y Negro – Italian Mercury 12”
03 03 The Beach / Blue Monday – New Order – Factory 12”
04 04 Party / Instrumental – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
05 13 I’m Free – Celi Bee – US Paris International 12”
06 25 Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics – US Hot Tracks remix/RCA 12”
07 21 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Bill Fredericks – Unigram 12”
08 06 Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick 12”
09 08 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
10 16 Don’t Stop – Sylvester – London 12”
11 — So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
12 12 Shot In The Night – Paul Parker – US Megatone 12”
13 05 I’m Alive – American Fade – Proto 12”
14 26 Be With You (Remix) – Sylvester – German Ariola 12”
15 07 Angel Man (G.A.) – Rhetta Hughes – US Aria 12”
16 17 Weekend (Weekend Side) – Class Action – Jive 12”
17 24 Under My Thumb – Fast Radio – Excaliber 12”
18 29 Red Light Lover – Gwen Jonae – Carrere 12”
19 — The Hits Of ’82 – Various – US Disconet LP
20 11 Going Home (Remix) – Patrick Cowley – US Megatone 12”
21 18 I Love You So – Manny’s – Canadian DJ 12”
22 23 Rock Your Baby (Re-Edit) – Disco Connection – PRT 12”
23 14 Breaking My Heart – Roni Griffiths – US Vanguard 12”
24 — Baby Won’t You Dance With Me – Vera – Canadian Matra 12”
25 — Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – US West End 12”
26 — Solitaire – Laura Branigan – US Atlantic 12”
27 — Lady Marmalade – La Mama – German Hansa 12”
28 — I Want You – Gary Low – Italian Cat 12”
29 — Shake It Up (Remix) – Divine – Dutch Break 12”
30 09 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”

One thought on “May 7, 1983: Karen Young, Tony McKenzie, Disco Connection, DeBarge, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band”

  1. From a very personal point of view none of the new releases featured in this weeks column register with me or trigger feelings of nostalgia. This is where my 22 year old self, now in a steady relationship & about to start work as a full time professional, saw my priorities begin to shift. The music was changing too. The weekends of clubbing from Friday to Sunday and my cash going on buying vinyl abruptly stopped here. Of course I was still passionate about music but real life kinda got in the way!


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