May 14, 1983: David Joseph, Mtume, Status IV, Nile Rodgers, Gladys Knight & The Pips

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MORGAN KHAN’S latest smash ‘n grab for Streetwave release imminently is nothing less than Ingram, 12in and LP (plus he’s muttering about getting the older ‘Mi Sebrina Tequana’ too)! . . . Steve Harvey has indeed signed a major label deal with London . . . Michael Jackson thankfully follows up with ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ . . . Jeff Young at Phonogram isn’t being “joined” by Mike Sefton — Mike’s taking over as plugger alone because Jeff’s moving over to A&R (for yet more ‘Young & Strong’ strategies?!) . . . Midas Records are updating their DJ and — especially — specialist record shop mailing lists, so send relevant truthful details to 104 Harley House, Upper Harley Street, London NW1 4PR . . . Jive will be packaging the next Richard Jon Smith single with a cassette of his oldies specially remixed by myself (using multi-track master tapes at last!) . . . Soul On Sound 016’s preview mix features Cameo ‘You’re A Winner’/Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’/Chi-Lites ‘Changing for You’/Lenny White ‘Didn’t Know About Love’/Tony McKenzie ‘Ha-Chica’/Hurt ‘Em Bad ‘The Boxing Game’/Gladys Knight ‘Save The Overtime’/Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo ‘Party On The Corner’/Craig Peyton ‘Be Thankful’/Raymond Harris ‘Under Your Spell (Inst)’/Booker Newberry III ‘Love Town’/Luther Vandross ‘You’re The Sweetest One’/Marcus Miller ‘Suddenly’/David Diggs ‘Gentle Thoughts’/First Light ‘Daybreak’/Maze ‘Right On Time’/Brass Construction ‘We Can Work It Out’/Brass Construction ‘Walkin’ The Line’/Leon Haywood ‘I’m Out To Catch’/Anthony Franklin ‘Hot Number’/Shirley Lites ‘Heat You Up ‘/David Joseph ‘Let’s Live It Up’/Prince Charles ‘Bush Beat’/Ingram ‘Groovin’ On A Groove’ — pretty hot stuff, and a good Mix Master sequence in itself (although today I’d have substituted Dick Smith ‘Sunny’ for Marcus Miller, the latter used after five hours spent trying to get neatly out of Luther Vandross — who, ever so soulfully maybe, sings across virtually every bar progression mix point the bum!) . . . Maze seemed less exciting than last year on their opening night at Hammersmith, and the obviously well primed audience reaction less spontaneous, Frankie Beverly not exactly helping the mood by chopping short the admittedly somewhat forced ‘Joy And Pain’ singalong to then go into the dreadful fast ‘Running Away’ (their own, not Roy Ayers’) amidst total audience apathy, before getting back to the groove with ‘Before I Let Go’ — and I hear he was still doing this at the weekend . . . next! . . . London’s Xenon club literally tore up the guest list for last week’s awards night, which was over-subscribed by exactly twice the number of punters allowed, leaving many invited dignitaries out on the pavement and those lucky (?) ones crammed downstairs struggling for breathing space — which I and several others found in the bar upstairs . . . Eugene Record & the Chi-Lites were excellent at a packed Mayfair Gullivers later that night, but — ooo-er! — hadn’t rehearsed ‘Changing For You’ (don’t worry, I told ’em) . . . Edwin Starr the previous week at Gullys was joined by Ben E King, Bill Fredericks, all the Drifters (except Johnnie Moore), plus the inevitable Clem Curtis, Carl Douglas & Gene Latter, fourteen singers in all on stage — however, at his less packed second appearance there, Edwin did a great soulful set leaving out all his hits and instead making a reggae tempoed slow ‘The Girl Is Smooth (Rude!)’ last half an hour . . . Terry Davis, Ian Clark ‘n more return this Saturday (14) for more ’60s soul at the site of their first successful ‘Function At The Junction’, Lavender Hill’s The Cornet in Lavender Gardens (South London) . . . Greg Wilson, still doin’ the poodle dog at Wigan Pier (Tues) / Manchester Legend (Wed), has left all other residencies to give Manchester a “viable Saturday funk venue” at Berties (formerly Hell) . . . Gary Allan’s gone a hundred percent Boys Town on Fri/Sat at Liverpool’s Concert Street, so he’s now only doing guest spots at The Warehouse there . . . Jon Alsop has made Mondays at Edgbaston Faces French Club Jardine into modern music/modern fashion night (no dress restrictions), featuring local groups live weekly (Katu on Mon 16) . . . Martin John (Bromley Bibas Fri/Sun) does Saturdays at Deptford Cheeks, where he’s also trying to build a Thursday funk night with free admission as some inducement (but no jeans/trainers) . . . Cosmic currently handles the hen night Thursdays at Basildon New Yorker . . . Brian Mason (South Harrow Bobby Magees) has dropped the ‘Bazzer’ from his stage name — though his mates still call him Baz — and now adds Saturdays at St Albans Adelaide Disco Wine Bar (where Chiltern Radio’s Martin Collins props up the bar Wednesdays) . . . Mezzoforte play Boscombe Academy on Monday (13) . . . Gary Oldis’s two Bee Jays residencies at Aycliffe and Darlington have both just had refits, the latter being due to reopen about now . . . Dave Rawlings follows the hula hoop with ‘space hopper’ racing as the new craze at Basingstoke Martines . . . Trevor Hughes hopes the crowd’ll be into imports at Wellington (Telford) Gallys, where he starts this Saturday (14) . . . Paul McGeown, studying in Glasgow, reports that Beacon’s Mike Baker has a rival in Radio Clyde’s Mark Goodier, who also features nothing but 12in dance cuts of all types (plus live concert recordings of bands on tour) on his Tuesday 8-10pm ‘Check It Out (Music Of The ’80s)’ show . . . I actually listened to Mike Baker on Beacon while driving down from North Wales last Wednesday (from somewhere around Knutsford clear to the M1), and was pleased to hear him and rock segment co-presenter Mike Davis refer to the bit in Record Mirror even at that late stage! . . . I looked in on Rhyl jocks Andy Baker and Al Taylor on the Monday, but having arrived too late for the weekend missed anyone else — however, holidaying late, I got the sun! . . . Nick Ratcliffe recommends new dance group Attika (3 black guys/2 white gals), bookable on Crawley 31620 and evidently a wow the other Saturday at Guildford Cinderella Rockerfellas (hi, All) . . . Rob Harknett (Croydon) features a track sent to him by Zambia DJ John Nkonjera, the reggae ‘Sound Of Africa’ album (EMI Zambia) . . . Fatman Graham Canter has quit London’s Xenon, saying “They didn’t give me either the money or the musical freedom I deserve — but watch out for the re-emergence of Le Beat Route!” . . . Greg Edwards, looking great, has lost so much weight he’s having to wear old clothes! . . . DJ/plugger Theo Loyla and LP sleeve designing spouse Joy have returned to Herne Bay (02273 64806) . . . Soul On Sound’s resident wind-up artiste Chris Ellis has done a bunk (he says to Corfu, but if you believe that . . . !), probably because the taxman cometh, and in parting says a sincere thanks to all those in the soul world who have helped him, especially Chris Hill, Ralph Tee, Tony Jenkins, Anthony Bernards (collapse of half London in hysterics) . . . London’s late nite eaterie Rockafella’s (off Regent Street next to Samantha’s) has finally reopened after £30,000 of fire damage, evenings/nights only . . . John ‘Nick’ Osborne (Ilford Room At The Top) warns other jocks that a PA by Set The Tone may not be exactly what you or your punters expect (unless you’ve got gross tastes!) . . . Anthony Franklin of ‘Hot Number’ is, like Jennifer Holliday, from the cast of ‘Dreamgirls’ . . . Gladys Knight & The Pips album credits contradict their 12in, making Rickey Smith producer of ‘Overtime’, and the Sylvers Bros arrangers only . . . Simon Walsh finally reveals why The Webboes ‘Under The Wear‘ was so big at Bradford’s Time & Place club — it coincided with the launch of a new beer, called Webbo! . . . Northern Soul star/black Elvis imitator/Eddy Grant mentor Gene Latter can now also describe himself as a 3 hour marathon runner . . . Burgess Gardner’s ‘Gemstone‘ is painfully awful — I knew there was some reason I didn’t review it . . . Second Image’s LP has of course the 118bpm vocal version of ‘Special Lady’ while other correct BPMs are ‘Life Is What You Make It’ 145-72½bpm, ‘Is it Me?’ 119½bpm . . . RM’s record deck, used for some reviews last week, resulted in some other errors: correct now are Mary Jane Girls ‘Boys’ 122bpm, Chi-Lites ‘Making Love’ 75bpm / ‘I Love’ 72bpm, Earl Klugh ‘Back In Central Park’ 103-104-0bpm, DeBarge ‘I Like It’ 88-87bpm, Dynasty ‘Does That Ring A Bell’ 113bpm / ‘Give Your Love To Me’ 104bpm — oh, and thanks to the decks in Rayners Lane evidently running slow you may need to add up to 3bpm to last week’s “c” (for circa) figures . . . Nick Abdullah, president and chief bottle washer of the University College Of Wales in Aberystwyth’s ‘Steppin Out’ soul society (it’s considered “alternative” music amongst the unsoulful students), wonders about BPM-ing: I use a 30 second sweep stopwatch (giving greater space between seconds for split BPM accuracy) and a hand tally counter to click off the beats in time with the music, the counter — very important this — set to 9999, so that as soon as I hit both watch and counter it reads 0000 (the beat where you start counting is obviously not “1”, but “0”, this mistake probably accounting for most published inaccuracies elsewhere, especially where the error is magnified by multiplying up from a short timed segment) . . . Booker Newberry III, due here on Polydor next week, has done sensationally well to top the Disco chart while still only on import . . . J. Walter Negro/Nicky Tesco is drearily tempoed, not “freakily” . . . Adrian Dunbar (Bournemouth Adams/Southampton Warehouse) reckons I Level needs a harder mix — good lad! . . . Eyes & Ears and Rush Release mailing list jocks please note, we do not — repeat NOT — want two separate charts from you unless you work different nights at totally different music venues — we’ll decide whether your chart is Disco or Nightclub, thank you, and if you’re playing funky soul records at the same gig as pop and rock, that’s fine, just put ’em all together (the longer the chart the better) . . . Island’s Bryan O’Connor has just come through with some hot poop that’ll break many a heart across the country — yup, roving record plugger, Pzazz boss, (old-style) David Grant lookalike and, above all, ladies man Orin Cozier has announced his intention to marry one Sue Stockley of this parish! . . . ‘Hill Street Blues’ fans staying in on Saturday to watch ‘Naked City’ would have spotted a young Michael Conrad last week . . . BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

BREAKFAST MUSIC — those wonderful Warner Brothers have now put Al Jarreau’s cereal commercial, ‘Mornin‘, on 3-track 12in with his older ‘Roof Garden‘ and ‘We’re In This Love Together‘ (U9929T).


HOT VINYL

DAVID JOSEPH: ‘Let’s Live It Up (Nite People)’ (Island 121S 116)
Happily jumping 120½bpm 12in chanter with electronic (but not “electro”) backing, sensational mixed out of Shirley Lites or Nile Rodgers ‘Get Her Crazy’, a bit repetitive which may limit it to being a dancefloor smash although there’s an infectious sort of updated Gibson Bros-ish pop appeal (interesting instrumental flip).

MTUME: ‘Juicy Fruit’ (Epic TA 3424)
Tawatha sensually wails an electronically backed stately slow 0-96¼bpm 12in slinker with the killer line ‘I’ll be your lollipop, you can lick me everywhere’ — but even sexier is the 7in B-side ‘Reprise Part II‘, which now thankfully also shows up as ‘The After 6 Mix’ on the Reggie (Sunfire) Lucas-partnering James Mtume’s self-named group’s import ‘Juicy Fruit’ LP (US Epic FE 38588), on which best disco dancer is the punchily smacking 114½bpm ‘Green Light‘ although more interesting is the scat, electro and swing melding 94bpm ‘Hip Dip Skippedabeat‘ (very much an updated ‘Jack That Cat Was Clean‘!), while all with the same dry electronic drive are the 121bpm ‘Your Love’s Too Good (To Spread Around)‘, 0-106½bpm ‘Hips‘, 103bpm ‘Would You Like To (Fool Around)‘, 91bpm ‘Ready For Your Love‘.

STATUS IV: ‘You Ain’t Really Down’ (US Radar RDR-12003)
Eric Matthew/Toney Lee-created excellent rumbling and finger snappin’ 118bpm 12in ‘Reach Up’-type episodic jitterer with exceptionally soulful male vocal group work and some soaring trumpet, instrumental/acappella flip, which dancers may need to hear a few times before it’s massive.

NILE RODGERS: ‘Get Her Crazy’ (Atlantic B9918T)
Rapidly released here to rectify WEA’s bad ‘Good Groove’ goof, this dynamite jaggedly jittering 116½bpm 12in afro-flavoured but electronic and guitar backed repetitive chant is actually flip to the starkly bumping mildly risque 113½bpm ‘Yum-Yum‘ (just love that poontang!).

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ‘When You’re Far Away’ (LP ‘Visions’ US Columbia FC 38205)
Edmund Sylvers-produced (it says), this great chunkily flowing 111bpm roller now gets a better floor buzz than ‘Overtime’, while also on this quality packed soulful set are the equally excellent buoyantly smacking 109bpm ‘Ain’t No Greater Love‘ (evidently the UK 12in flip) and the best version yet of the Sam Dees co-prod/penned 99½bpm ‘Seconds‘ (originally by Jackie Moore & Wilson Pickett, then Loleatta Holloway), smoochers being the lush 58½bpm ‘Just Be My Lover’, lovely 38/76½bpm ‘You’re Number One (In My Book)’, tortuous Dees-penned 0-30½/61bpm ‘Heaven Sent’.

NEW HORIZONS: ‘Your Thing Is Your Thing’ (US Columbia 44-03888)
Roger Troutman-prod/Zapp-backed, this vocal group’s resonant bass boomed 115bpm 12in jiggly funk groove goes great out of ‘Dance Floor’ and on into recent Bootsy/Clinton stuff, with a differently arranged 113bpm ‘Your Thing (Rap)‘ flip.

WEEKS & CO: ‘Knock, Knock’ (LP ‘Weeks & Co’ US Salsoul SA 8560)
Surprise dark horses of the week (I didn’t even remove the shrink wrap in case I wanted to return it!), this electro clapping introed 121bpm jiggler becomes a terrific hard driving groove that mixes brilliantly between Brass Construction ‘We Can Work It Out’ and ‘Movin’ — however, other cuts are competently routine, the 113bpm ‘Rock Candy‘ getting played too.

GEORGE BENSON. ‘Inside Love (So Personal)’ (US Warner Bros 7-29649)
Here’s an interesting situation — this Kashif-penned (arranged?)/Arif Mardin-produced perky smooth 0-117½bpm 7in tripper is out in the States while here, in the same sleeve and with the same 0-81bpm instrumental ‘In Search Of A Dream’ flip, we get the romantic radio-aimed pleasantly loping 102½bpm ‘Lady Love Me (One More Time)‘. Let’s wait for the album!

DICK SMITH: ‘Sunny’ (LP ‘Initial Thrust’ US Warner Bros 23835-1)
Also Roger-prod/Zapp-backed set, a George Benson-ish soulster singing standards over typical Roger rhythms — the ultimate easy listening for modern lovers! — like this ‘Dance Floor’-mixing 116½bpm Bobby Hebb classic, 0-99bpm ‘Tobacco Road‘, 84-0bpm ‘The Long And Winding Road‘, 76bpm ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, new being the jaunty standout 113bpm ‘Over And Over Again (Reggae)’ and Detroit Emeralds-ish 131bpm ‘Stay With Me Baby‘.

“D” TRAIN: ‘Keep Giving Me Love’ (LP ‘Music’ Prelude PRL 25295)
Out a while but received too late for last week’s early deadline, the set’s less hit-crammed than before, this typical 122½bpm bubbler being similar to the 0-120-120½bpm title track, James Williams’s scatting souling of the old (0-)113bpm ‘The Shadow Of Your Smile‘ having Benson-ish (and Dick Smith?) appeal, the more ordinary 0-120-119bpm ‘Are You Ready For Me‘ and 114-113-0bpm ‘Don’t You Wanna Ride (The D Train)‘ being leavened by the jogging 99bpm ‘Children Of The World’, slow (0-)69½bpm ‘Let Me Show You’.

VENNA: ‘Watching You’ (Buddah BDSL 500)
Extremely powerful Michael Henderson-produced bassily smacking 116bpm 12in boom boom boom boom boom boom boinker (tee hee!) soulfully worried and wailed by an unidentified lady, with a starker Ray Parker Jr-ish instrumental flip, worthy of more attention than received on import.

KAREN YOUNG: ‘You Don’t Know What You Got’ (Firebird/Pinnacle FLAME 40T)
Pinnacle’s PRO should note this was only the hottest import newie over a particularly lean two day period prior to last week’s deadline! Sure it’s good, a soulfully wailed weaving 123½-124-123½-123-123½bpm 12in burbling thudder with nice sax, instrumental flip (the new US Boardwalk pressing has a reputedly hotter ‘Party Mix‘), getting gay play initially.


DISCO TOP 85 – MAY 14, 1983

01 04 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – US Boardwalk 12”
02 03 Dancing Tight / Instrumental – Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
03 05 Music / Instrumental – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
04 06 Smoothin’ Groovin’ / DJ’s Delight – Ingram – US Mirage 12”
05 02 Minefield – I Level – Virgin 12”
06 44 We Can Work It Out / I Do Love You – Brass Construction – US Capitol LP
07 12 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – US Epic 12”
08 14 Walkin’ The Line – Brass Construction – US Capitol 12”
09 03 Twist (Round ‘N’ Round) – Chill Fac-Torr – Philly World 12”
10 20 Stop And Go – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
11 33 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
12 11 In The Bottle / Megamix With The Smurf – C.O.D. – Streetwave 12”
13 25 Summer Nights In Rio / Somewhere In My Past / Driftin’ On A Dream – Wilton Felder – MCA LP/12” promo
14 15 Never Too Late / Rainbows Of Love – Lonnie Liston Smith – US Doctor Jazz LP
15 55 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – US Gordy LP
16 46 Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You) – Lenny White – US Elektra 12”
17 29 Mornin’ / Love Is Waiting / I Will Be Here For You / Step By Step – Al Jarreau – Warner Bros LP
18 16 Is This The Future – Fatback – US Spring LP
19 21 Take Me To The Top – Advance – US Polydor 12”
20 19 Times Are Tight (Instrumental) – Jimmy Young – Nitelife 12”
21 41 Candy Girl – New Edition – London 12”
22 56 Right On Time / We Are One – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol LP
23 08 Weekend – Class Action featuring Chris Wiltshire – Jive 12”
24 07 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph – Island 12”
25 39 Don’t Hold Back Your Love – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”
26 40 Come With Me – Tania Maria – US Concord Jazz Picante LP
27 18 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
28 22 You Are In My System – Robert Palmer – Island 12”
29 13 Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
30 09 Don’t You Give Your Love Away – Steve Shelto – Epic 12”
31 54 I’m Out To Catch – Leon Haywood featuring Karen Roberts – US Casablanca 12”
32 35 Do You Wanna Dance (Instrumental) – Lavias – US Golden Pyramid 12”
33 59 Groovin’ On A Groove – Ingram – US Mirage LP
34 34 Cash (Cash Money) / Jungle Stomp – Prince Charles – Virgin 12”
35 78 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – US West End 12”
36 10 Joy / Instrumental – The Band A.K.A. – Epic Streetwave 12”
37 30 The Music Got Me – Visual – Prelude 12”
38 73 Changing For You / Bottom’s Up / Bad Motor Scooter / I Just Wanna Hold You – Chi-Lites featuring Eugene Record – US Larc LP/12”
39 26 Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) – Man Parrish – Polydor 12”
40 28 I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On) – Kashif – Arista 12”
41 32 Mr D.J. / Megamix With Ladies Night – Wish – Streetwave 12”
42 62 Love Is The Key – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol 12”
43 68 Shoot Your Best Shot / Gemstone / Little Bellflower – Burgess Gardner – US MCA LP
44 50 You’re The Sweetest One – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
45 52 Let It Out – Blue Feather – Mercury 12”
46 31 Young Free And Single – Sunfire – Warner Bros 12”
47 65 Candy Man / Instrumental – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
48 36 Special Lady (Instrumental) / Better Take Time – Second Image – Polydor 12”
49 43 Thriller / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
50 45 Love’s Gonna Get You – UK Players – RCA 12”
51 NE Something Special – Steve Harvey – Pressure 12”
52 NE Let’s Live It Up (Nite People) – David Joseph – Island 12” promo
53 63 Be Bop Rock / Part 2 – Beat Boys – US Sugarscoop 12”
54 NE Light Years Away / Dub Version – Warp 9 – US Prism 12”
55 69 Ha-Chica / Instrumental Remix – Tony McKenzie – US SAM/Dutch Cash 12”
56 70 When Boys Talk – Indeep – Sound of New York 12”
57 74 Communication Breakdown – Junior – Mercury 12”
58 48 You Meet My Approval / Nobody Can Be You – Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame – Atlantic LP/12” promo
59 NE Daybreak / Explain The Reason / Instrumental – First Light – London 12”
60 49 The Girl Is Fine (So Fine) / Dance Version – Fatback – Spring 12”
61 53 Do It Anyway You Wanna – Cashmere – Philly World 12”
62 NE Victory ’83 / Sun Dancer / Style / Chasing Rainbows / Time Bomb – Mass Production – US Cotillion LP/12”
63 57 The Mood / Help Yourself To My Love / Don’t Stop My Love / Rumors – Kashif – Arista LP
64 58 Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – Narada Michael Walden – Atlantic 12”
65 51 The Hunter / Night Flight / Wings Of Fire – Joe Sample – MCA LP/12” promo
66 64 Knockout (Remix) – Margie Joseph – Jive 12”
67 NE Hot Number – Anthony Franklin – US Mirage 12”
68 72 You Are In My System – The System – Polydor 12”
69 NE Tell Tale Heart – Neil Lockwood – Red Bus 12”
70 85 Reach Out – George Duke – Epic 12”
71 67 True – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
72 84 Keep Giving Me Love / The Shadow Of Your Smile – “D” Train – Prelude LP
73 NE Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – US TNeck 7”
74 RE Young Free & Single – Lorita Grahame – Intense 12”
75 66 Get Her Crazy / Yum-Yum – Nile Rodgers – Atlantic 12”
76 47 You Can’t Hide Your Love (Remix) – David Joseph – Island 12”
77 71 Sam The Samba Man – Rah Band – TMT 12”
78 76 Burnin’ Up / Heart ‘N’ Soul (Remixes) – Imagination – R&B 12” promo
79 81 Party On The Corner – Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo – US Salsoul 12”
80 83 Finders Keepers / We’re Alright Tonight – Pagoda – White Label 12”
81 NE Street Themes – Charles Earland – US Columbia LP
82 60 Knocking Down Love – Goldie Alexander – Proto 12”
83 NE Does That Ring A Bell – Dynasty – Solar 12”
84 61 Keep On Lovin’ Me / Love For Love – Whispers – Solar LP
85 80 Ask The Boss – Flowchart – Greyhound 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Weeks & Co: ‘Knock Knock’ / ‘Rock Candy’ (US Salsoul LP)
Greg Kihn Band: ‘Jeopardy’ (Beserkley 12in)
Craig Peyton: ‘Be Thankful For What You Got’ (US Profile 12in)
Mtume: ‘Green Light”/ ‘The After 6 Mix’ (US Epic LP)
Grace Jones: ‘My Jamaican Guy’ / ‘Cry Now Laugh Later (Remixes)’ (Island 12in)
Aural Exciters: ‘Chinese Rap’ (Move 12in)
Bob Marley: ‘Buffalo Soldier’ (Tuff Gong 12in)
Elixia: ‘Soho Phaze’ / ‘Soho Nights’ (Record Shack 12in)
Status IV: ‘You Ain’t Really Down’ (US Radar 12in)
George Benson: ‘Inside Love’ (US Warner Bros 7in)
Gladys Knight: ‘When You’re Far Away’ (US Columbia LP)
Jonzun Crew: ‘Space Cowboy’ (US Tommy Boy 12in)
Whodini: ‘The Haunted House Of Rock’ (Jive 12in)
Fantasy: ‘Live The Life I Love’ / Instrumental (Canadian Quality TVI 12in)
Cameo: ‘You’re A Winner’ (US Atlanta Artists LP)
Jimmy Cobb: ‘So Nobody Else Can Hear’ / ‘Pistachio’ (US Contempo Vibrato LP)
Phil Upchurch: ‘When I Fall In Love’ / ‘Revelation’ (US Jam LP)
Aurra: ‘Baby Love (Instrumental)’ / Remix (US Salsoul 12in)
Venna: ‘Watching You’ (Buddah 12in)
Slim: ‘It’s In The Mix’ (US DETT 12in)


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries not previously covered on 7in (endings denoted by f/c/r for fade/resonant/cold):

Blancmange 121f, Pink Floyd (0-)91-45-91-45-91f, Thin Lizzy 0-101-102-204-0r, Modern Romance 116½f, Rush 0-131f, “D” Train 0-121-120½f, Bonnie Tyler 97-99-97-206f, Bob Marley 0-62f, Class Action 121f, Hot Chocolate 115f, B-52’s 115½c/r, Elvis Presley 190-192c, Lionel Richie 31½-64-31½-0r, Robert Wyatt 0-23½-24½/49-0c.


NIGHTCLUB CHART

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

Selections from this chart are played on Radio Luxembourg 208m, 1440Khz between 9 and 11pm on Fridays and 11pm and 1am on Mondays.


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 01 Maybe This Time – Norma Lewis – ERC 12”
02 06 Love Is A Stranger (Remix) / The Best Of Hot Tracks ’82 / Heart To Heart (Remix) – Eurythmics / Various / Twins – US Hot Tracks 12”
03 03 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
04 02 The Night – Azul Y Negro – Spanish Mercury 12”
05 07 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Bill Fredericks – Unigram 12”
06 04 Party / Instrumental – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
07 11 So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
08 09 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
09 05 I’m Free – Celi Bee – US Paris International 12”
10 10 Don’t Stop – Sylvester – London 12”
11 25 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – US West End 12”
12 08 Got You Where I Want You Babe – Stereo Fun Inc. – US Moby Dick 12”
13 12 Shot In The Night – Paul Parker – US Megatone 12”
14 13 I’m Alive – American Fade – Proto 12”
15 — Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12” promo
16 24 Baby Won’t You Dance With Me – Vera – Canadian Matra 12”
17 15 Angel Man (G.A.) – Rhetta Hughes – US Aria 12”
18 — El Watusi/La Bamba (Medley) – Rags & Riches – US Casablanca 12”
19 — Music / Instrumental – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
20 — Memory – Menage – US Profile 12”
21 27 Lady Marmalade – La Mama – German Hansa 12”
22 21 I Love You So – Manny’s – Canadian DJ 12”
23 — Sex (I’m A Slut) – Berlin – Mercury 12”
24 — These Memories – Oh Romeo – US Bob Cat 12”
25 22 Rock Your Baby (Re-Edit) – Disco Connection – PRT 12”
26 19 Top Tune Medley ’82 (Mixer) – Various – US Disconet LP
27 — Church Of The Poison Mind – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
28 — Candy Man – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
29 — Madly In Love / Instrumental – Reportage – Italian Il Disc 12”
30 — You Don’t Know What You Got – Karen Young – Dutch Ariola Dance/US Boardwalk/Firebird 12”


DJ TOP TEN

‘BIG PHIL’ Etgart (South Harrow Bobby Magees) has compiled a list of his own personal favourite cover versions in reggae style of past soul classics (the original US artists are in brackets), all coincidentally produced in Jamaica by Coxsone Dodd. Some may still be available from Peckins Studio One Shop in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, the list merely representing just the tip of the iceberg of a wealth of fine under-rated music (to quote Big Phil):

1. I’LL BE AROUND – Otis Gayle – JA Coxsone (Detroit Spinners)
2. SHOW ‘N’ TELL – Horace Andy – JA Studio One (Al Wilson)
3. CAN I CHANGE MY MIND – Alton Ellis – UK Studio One (Tyrone Davis)
4. A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME – Sugar Minott – JA Studio One (Dionne Warwick)
5. COLLEGE ROCK (instrumental ‘Never Found A Girl’) – Big Willie – JA Ironside (Eddie Floyd)
6. FREEDOM BLUES – Roy Richards – JA Studio One (Little Richard)
7. STILL WATER – Jerry Jones – UK Bamboo (Four Tops)
8. YES I’M READY – Freddie McGregor – JA Studio One LP (Barbara Mason)
9. JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY – Horace Andy – JA Ironside (Main Ingredient)
10. THE CHOKING KIND – Ken Parker – UK Bamboo (Joe Simon)

2 thoughts on “May 14, 1983: David Joseph, Mtume, Status IV, Nile Rodgers, Gladys Knight & The Pips”

  1. I’ve searched high and low for James’s Richard Jon Smith medley, but can’t find it anywhere – it’s not even listed on Discogs. So either it was never issued, or else none of the promo cassettes have ever surfaced.

    Like

  2. So Maze have just played the second year of the legendary London performances which James is quite critical of here – in my local pub the Maze 1982 or 1983 t-shirt seemed t0 be worn by what seemed like literally half of the customers in there in 1983, the car sticker was in half the cars parked outside and the Joy and Pain/Happy Feelings single seemed to be played what seemed like every other record on the jukebox. Generally the jazz-funk had reached peak penetration by that summer. No other craze/phenomenon approached the universal popularity with the various people who hung around the place until acid house came along in 1988.

    I also see James distancing himself from last week’s Karen Young record which makes sense as like a Whispers single of a couple of months ago which he also had as his first review I thought as I read them both in 2019 how strange as I remember a high proportion of all the records he mentions but don’t remember these two records which he really singling out as gonna be big.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.