July 2, 1983: Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience, Aretha Franklin, Club House, Serge Ponsar, Lonnie Liston Smith

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

CHI-LITES ‘Changing For You‘ has been picked up for UK 12in release by R&B . . . Aretha Franklin’s UK 12in of ‘Get It Right’ (due next week) has the instrumental flip plus her old ‘Jump To It’ . . . George Benson will evidently follow up here with ‘Feel Like Making Love‘ (sensible!), then ‘Inside Love (So Personal)‘ after that . . . Bluebird Records this coming month re-release Lonnie Liston Smith ‘Expansions‘ — which is inspired timing, as next week’s newie from Atmosfear, ‘What Do We Do‘ is basically ‘Expansions’ set to a 117bpm rhythm box instead of their old inconsistent drummer (and rumours of law suits are already flying!) . . . Steve Harvey, off to the States to negotiate deals for ‘Something Special’, tells me his follow-up will be “heavier and not so commercial maybe”, with Carol Kenyon and Billy Ocean amongst backup singers . . . Katie Kissoon has resurfaced on a mystery white label promoed Jive 12in, ‘You’re The One (You’re My Number One)‘, a Darryl Payne-produced formularized plodding creaky 119bpm lurcher with electronic handclaps and bass synth, in four versions . . . Ghanaian Band Kabbala, currently on a short tour, in a fortnight release ‘Yemo Osee (Rejoice)‘ on Red Flame — they’re at the Bracknell Jazz Festival this Sunday (3) . . . Leatherhead’s “all star garden party” last Saturday was in a field fifty times too big for the crowd who turned up, mainly comprised of Gary Crowley & Mick Brown punters who were happy to jump up and down to ‘Contact’, ‘Instant Replay’ and ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’ while being showered with T-shirts and Capital stickers — which left a little knot of black funkateers in their midst defiantly trying to get down to some insufficiently amplified hard jazz on a ghetto blaster! . . . I had a good time, actually, with plenty of people to talk to, but if I hear ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ again I’ll scream! . . . Showstopper’s recent South of France trip turned out to be based in a half completed new town, with the disco miles away down unlit streets and hostile natives who still reckon we’re fighting Napoleon — and I do hear there was a certain amount of fighting between various husbands and wives in the DJ team, too! . . . US cable TV will soon step up play of black music videos via Black Entertainment Television (with four million national subscribers) and Warner Amex’s Qube system (in just five cities) — the more coverage they get, the more will be made, and available for club use here . . . New York record mixer/producer John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez is due to make his own recording debut on Streetwise . . . Keith Jonas (Sale) has again compiled a list of the top as yet unissued imports for the last three months (including this week), which in order are the Chi-Lites (due soon) Lavias, Advance (due soon), Leon Haywood, Tania Maria, Paul Simpson Connection, Charles Earland, Muscle Shoals Horns, Burgess Gardner, Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo. Keith also reminds us the US group called Galaxy had an import album on Arista in 1979 containing the single ‘You And Me‘, plus Keith suggests as the fourth track on my hypothetical ‘Philly Hits’ 4-track 12in Jean Carn ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head‘ . . . I thought it had to be Jean Carn myself, but like Freddy (“a punter” from Marlow) I’d go for ‘Was That All It Was?‘ . . . Freddy incidentally wonders, “are companies promoting properly if songs like Gwen McCrae ‘Keep The Fire Burning‘ fail to sell?” — that was certainly one that got away . . . Tom Holland, back on the buns, is having fun rooting out material for his alternative soul Sunday midnight-2am show on Radio Horizon 94.4FM . . . I broke my annual diet after discovering Messrs Walls’ horribly addictive new big Feast — I wish they weren’t so good! . . . Warner Bros as a label in the States seems to be mutating into WEA, to judge from the brand new import by Serge Ponsar and UK release by Al Jarreau, both on WEA . . . Flash Gordon (who in an unguarded moment reveals he’s really called Gordon Viney!) now has a day job managing the Plastic Wax Records shop in Cheltenham Road, Bristol, but still jocks at a new local club in Bedminster called McClouds (if the neighbours complain it’s all down to the name!) — he also mutters that pluggers Eyes & Ears don’t seem to appreciate a bad record can’t be pushed in a club because the reaction is face to face . . . Cleveland Area DJ Association invites any bona fide DJ to join members at their meeting the first Sunday every month (ie: this Sunday 3) at 7.30pm in the Odd Fellow Arms, Thornaby . . . Mark Barker (Brighton) reckons Morgan Khan should try a one-off ‘Street Sounds’-style compilation of Boys Town hits, — he suggests Norma Lewis, Hazell Dean, Menage, American Fade, Sylvester, Bobby ‘O’ and more — which could actually be a surprisingly big seller as it’s all just pop music, but possibly more up Marvin Howell’s street at ERC? . . . Friday (1) is the grand final at Haringey Bolts of the National Gay Disco Dancing Championships 1983 . . . Soul To Soul do a funky get down (part 5) at Haverstock Hill’s Hampstead Country Club this Friday . . . Dundee’s Barracuda (great decor if it’s still like it used to be) this Sunday (3) has a Scotland & England jazz-funk alldayer (noon-midnight) with Bill Davidson, Bob Jeffries, John Courtney, Colin Curtis, Kev Edwards, Baz Williams, Alex Lowes . . . Boscombe’s Academy celebrates American Independence Day, July the 4th (Monday), with those well known Americans Central Line live (plus a £1000 motor boat raffle) . . . Tuesday (5) the mixing and rapping Mastermind Roadshow starts weekly at Soho Ronnie Scott’s Maze . . . Lyndon T & Gordon Mac funk it just around the corner at Jean Pierre’s in Soho’s Greek Street every Monday & Tuesday, £3 admission with first drink included, Tuesday cryptically dubbed ‘Flashdance Nite’ . . . Gary Raymond is now the sole DJ (that’s sole, not soul!) at Leicester Square’s Maximus Club, which should interest tourists . . . Dave Higgins is still after versatile jocks for Scottish “lounge” work, on Helensburgh (0436) 83261 . . . Chris Cole (Cranleigh) says a great mixer though not outstanding in its own right is Brilliant ‘Colours‘ (Risk 12in, via Rough Trade) — no, I haven’t had it . . . Roger Davis (Birmingham Boogies) is in luck, his club’s unobtainable monster sound has just been twin-packed as a US remix, the 122bpm ‘Kiss Me‘ by Tin Tin now packaged with the new 128bpm ‘Hold It‘ 12in (WEA X9763T) for pop fans . . . Mecca’s Nottingham regional director John De Holton reminisces in the current Mecca house-mag that in his days as head DJ at the Leeds Locarno, none other than Jimmy Savile OBE used to time all his records by a Beats Per Minute system . . . Pete Tong may be interested to know that Monk Higgins originally recorded ‘Who-Dun-It?‘ in 1966 on the St Lawrence label . . . Jim Kershaw (Sheffield), in our New Cars Section, is dead impressed by his new Vauxhall Nova SR 1.2 L Hatchback, £4,273 on the road, average 47.5mpg, appreciably cheaper and yet a size bigger than the BL Metro — and adds Jim, with a bumper level hatch and enough space for a standard size disco console and six boxes of records (presumably someone follows on a bike with the speakers?) . . . hey, hey, LET’S DRIVE CAREFULLY OUT THERE!


HOT VINYL

GARY BYRD & THE G.B EXPERIENCE: ‘The Crown’ (US Wondirection 4507WG)
Produced, co-penned, played on and partly sung by Stevie Wonder, this marathon 10½ minute ‘Good Times’-type 108½bpm 12in rapper will obviously be huge and really trucks with a continuous lyric that makes out civilization as we know it actually began in a mythical black kingdom called Alkebu (yeah, say it loud, I’m Alkeban and I’m proud!), Stevie’s vocal halfway being retained on the instrumental flip.

ARETHA FRANKLIN: ‘Get It Right’ LP (Arista 205544)
Aretha’s latest Luther Vandross-produced set (largely co-penned by Luther with Marcus Miller) contains two strong dancers, the rolling beefy 120-121-123(break)-122-124bpm title track thunker already being on US 12in (with a new instrumental flip) but the real killer is the much cleaner 114(very start)-117½bpm ‘Every Girl (Wants My Guy)‘ strutting smacker. A sultry 0-41½-84bpm revival of The Temptations ‘I Wish It Would Rain‘ doesn’t really cut through on the floor, while other slowies include the jogging 97bpm ‘Pretender’, 102bpm ‘When You Love Me Like That’, and swaying 99bpm ‘I Got Your Love’.

CLUB HOUSE: ‘Do It Again medley with Billie Jean’ (Italian Many Records MN 501)
At the exact same 116½bpm 12in speed as Michael Jackson, this brilliant blending of his tune and the Steely Dan classic weaves the bass lines together and swaps vocals as it progresses (re-recorded, not the original versions of course). Likely to be a massive crossover smash, and the start of yet another medley trend!

SERGE PONSAR: ‘Out In The Night’ (US Warner Bros WEA International 0-20124)
Immediately huge as it’s all so powerfully familiar, this 113bpm 12in thudder being just like Galaxy’s Phil Fearon singing Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (inst flip)! Hot stuff.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Never Too Late’ (Doctor Jazz ASL 100, via PRT)
Newly lengthened for UK-only 12in, the recently huge import smash is a great catchily phrased flowing 120-120½-120bpm soul swayer with soaring vocal by Lonnie’s brother Donald Smith, still hot and certainly strong enough for crossover success. It’ll really nag ya ‘n’ grab ya, you’ll see!

SURFACE: ‘Falling In Love’ (Salsoul SALT 104)
Gently jaunty with maddeningly catchy little twiddles in the sparse beat, this Shep Pettibone mixed sweet chick cooed 0-112bpm 12in import hit has even more of its nice featured flute on the good longer instrumental flip.

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘Just Be Good To Me’ (US Tabu 4Z9 03956)
Bang on today’s slower Mtume/Mary Jane Girls tempo, this chick sung Yarbrough & Peoples/Gap Band-ish resonantly thrumming atmospheric hypnotic stately rolling 102-101-100½bpm 12in jolter is nearly 9 minutes long and has an even longer but much less densely textured 102bpm version as flip.

MIDNIGHT STAR: ‘Feels So Good’ (LP ‘No Parking On The Dance Floor’ Solar 96-0241-1)
Dynamite with the laughably similar ‘Juicy Fruit’, this chick souled slinky 92bpm twiner and the good Al Hudson-ish 107bpm ‘Playmates‘ are for me the eight guys/one gal group’s standouts, but on import 12in the electrophonic 0-120½bpm ‘Freak-A-Zoid‘ is already popular while the 122bpm ‘Electricity‘ continues the vocodered style, ‘Night Rider‘ being a 120bpm Jackson-ish chugger, ‘Wet My Whistle‘ a 114bpm Solar jolter and the title track a 125bpm whipper.

MONYAKA: ‘Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top)’ (US Easy Street EZS-7502)
The name of this Brooklyn reggae outfit means “good luck” and based where they are they blend West Indian and New York influences into a sharp edged acappella-introed/outroed 98½-99-98¼bpm 12in chugging reggae rapper, sort of (inst flip). Interesting.

KURTIS BLOW: ‘Party Time’ (US Mercury MK 24)
Serviced on import promo 12in but possibly not in the shops yet, this rattling and tapping 108½bpm jittery thudder rapper (inst flip) is great with Fatback’s ‘The Girl Is Fine‘, and has some fine sax too in snatches.

RICHARD JON SMITH: ‘She’s The Master (Of The Game)’ (Jive JIVE T 38)
Darryl Payne/Keith Diamond co-prod chunkily rolling 113bpm thudder with chix-answered somewhat silly lyrics on 4-track 12in in three versions, all bettered to my mind by the much tenser 112¾bpm ‘Love Is What I’m After‘ with its great catchy “ooh-aah” bits. Free with the first 500 copies is a 28:20 medley on cassette of his ‘Baby’s Got Another/Stay With Me Tonight/Keep On Walkin’ Out That Door/Don’t Go Walkin’ Out That Door/She’s The Master Of The Game/This Is The Moment/Love Is What I’m After’, put together by myself but at Streetwave’s studio where there’s still only one vari-speed deck — which does make mixing difficult!

I LEVEL: ‘Treacle’ (LP ‘I Level’ Virgin V2270)
Surrounded by all their singles tracks, the only two new typical dancers are this at 112¼bpm and the 115-116bpm ‘Stone Heart‘ … and I dunno, but I must be jinxed when it comes to these guys, as even flawlessly mixed the latter still cleared the floor for me!

WILTON FELDER: ‘Gentle Fire’ (US MCA MCA-13970)
The Crusading saxist has had one of his current album’s two tracks by A Taste Of Honey remixed for 12in in three different versions, all an improvement but at a choppy 125bpm tempo that’s still a bit awkward, the instrumental Dub Mix and sparser Sax Dub Mix working better than the girls vocal Club Mix A-side.

LARRY GRAHAM: ‘I’m Sick And Tired’ (LP ‘Victory’ US Warner Bros 92-3878-1)
Disappointingly patchy set from gruff Mr Graham, this Valentine Bros-ish butch 108-108½-108bpm soul swayer being the only strong bet, while ‘I’d Rather Be Loving You‘ is a nice bluesy 68bpm smoocher, the 121bpm title track remarkably like ELP playing Jimmy Smith’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’, and 113bpm ‘Just Call My Name’, 121bpm ‘Movin’ Inside Your Love’ the other unimpressive fast ones.

ANITA BAKER: ‘The Songstress’ LP (US Beverly Glen Music BG 10002)
Largely penned by co-producer Patrick Moten (of the team who brought back Bobby Womack on the same label), the ex-Chapter Eight group’s sultry jazz-inflected soulstress has a superb listening set that’s got all the LADS excited — but it really is for home listeners rather than club dancers. The 118bpm ‘Squeeze Me’ is a token smacker, otherwise the real goods are smoochers like the 40bpm ‘Angel‘, 37½/75-0bpm ‘You’re The Best Thing Yet‘, 71bpm ‘Feel The Need’, 89bpm ‘Will You Be Mine’, 98bpm ‘Do You Believe Me’.

BRENDA RUSSELL: ‘I Want Love To Find Me’ (LP ‘Two Eyes’ Warner Bros 92-3838-1)
Sombrely pitched set of self-penned Carole King-ish pop slowies, tasteful ‘n’ that but fairly dreary, most danceable being the jogging 83bpm ‘It’s Something‘ and this 88½bpm single, plus the lightly cantering 126-125bpm ‘Hello People‘, while another inspiration is honoured on the tricky 73-0bpm ‘Jarreau‘.

AL JARREAU: ‘Trouble In Paradise’ (WEA U9871T)
Better for radio than dancing (as reflected by total lack of action on LP), a nevertheless attractively jerking 92bpm swayer on 3-track 12in with the pleasant but similarly non-floor filling ‘Save Me’ and older ‘Never Givin’ Up’.

PHYLLIS HYMAN: ‘We Should Be Lovers’ (LP ‘Goddess Of Love’ Arista 20554-3)
Narada Michael Walden is to blame for the murky 116bpm title track and 12in-issued 112½bpm ‘Riding The Tiger‘, but Thom Bell produced all the set’s so-so slowies, of which this attractive but hardly incisive 99-102-106bpm pulsator is reputedly filling floors (living room floors, maybe!).

ATTITUDE: ‘Love Me Tonight’ (US Atlantic RFC 0-86998)
Rhythm box backed dull bumbling 118bpm 12in jittery smacker with mumbling chick ages before her friends join in wailing to lighten the electro beat, flipped by the ponderous 111bpm ‘It’s Good For Me‘.


DISCO TOP 85 – JULY 2, 1983

01 02 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy LP
02 03 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
03 09 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
04 01 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – Polydor 12”
05 08 Feel Like Making Love / Inside Love (So Personal) / Never Too Far To Fall / In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros LP
06 18 Tell Me Love – Michael Wycoff – US RCA LP
07 22 I.O.U. / We Got The Jazz / I Dub You – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
08 27 Inside Love (So Personal) (Long Instrumental Version) – George Benson – US Warner Bros 12”
09 05 Something Special – Steve Harvey – London 12”
10 15 You Make It Heaven – Terri Wells – Philly World 12”
11 04 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – Epic 12”
12 06 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
13 07 Use Me Lose Me / Instrumental / Reprise Me – Paul Simpson Connection – US Streetwise 12”
14 14 Who Needs Enemies (Club Mix) – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
15 13 We Can Work It Out / I Do Love You – Brass Construction – Capitol LP
16 NE Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – US Epic LP
17 11 Walkin’ The Line / No Communication – Brass Construction – Capitol 12”
18 33 All Night Long (Instrumental) – La Famille – Sanity 12”
19 37 Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
20 34 Crazy – Manhattans – US Columbia 12”
21 10 Can’t Get Enough Of You – Wickett – Streetwave 12”
22 28 Falling In Love – Surface – Salsoul 12”
23 17 Smoothin’ Groovin’ / DJ’s Delight / DJ’s Delight Medley (Megamix) – Ingram – Streetwave 12”
24 39 Right On Time / We Are One (Remixes) – Maze – Capitol 12”
25 12 Let’s Live It Up (Nite People) – David Joseph – Island 12”
26 16 Lady Love Me (One More Time) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
27 40 Zwei (Dub Version) / Pick Me Up – Electric Mind – US Emergency 12”
28 19 You Ain’t Really Down – Status IV – TMT 12”
29 46 Changing For You / Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – US Larc LP
30 26 Surprise Surprise – Central Line – Mercury 12”
31 23 You Don’t Know What You Got / Party Mix – Karen Young – Firebird 12”
32 43 Seventh Heaven / Padlock / Peanut Butter / Family Affair / Hopscotch – Gwen Guthrie – US Island LP
33 47 I Need You Now (The Fierce Reprise) – Sinnamon – Jive 12”
34 49 Break Up – High Fashion – US Capitol 12”
35 51 Let No Man Put Asunder – First Choice – US Salsoul 12”
36 85 Love So Deep / Instrumental – Toney Lee – US Radar 12”
37 21 Music / Instrumental – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
38 25 Mornin’ – Al Jarreau – Warner Bros 12”
39 20 Dancing Tight – Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
40 62 Let’s Start The Dance III – Bohannon – US Compleat/Phase II 12”
41 35 I’m Out To Catch – Leon Haywood – US Casablanca 12”
42 30 Is This The Future? / Remix – Fatback – US Spring 12”
43 66 Messages From The Stars / Astro Mix – Rah Band – TMT 12”
44 NE Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – US Warner Bros WEA International 12”
45 31 Candy Man – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
46 42 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – West End 12”
47 76 Knock Knock – Weeks & Co – Salsoul 12”
48 41 Can’t Touch Me Anymore – Strike One – Elite 12”
49 48 Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You) – Lenny White – Elektra 12”
50 32 Looking At Midnight / Club Mix – Imagination – R&B 12”
51 24 Candy Girl – New Edition – London 12”
52 NE Get It Right / Instrumental – Aretha Franklin – Arista 12”
53 63 Get In Touch With Me – Collage – US Solar 12”
54 65 Freak-A-Zoid – Midnight Star – US Solar 12”
55 NE Show Me – Victor Tavares – Malaco 12”
56 NE Every Girl (Wants My Guy) – Aretha Franklin – Arista LP
57 29 Daybreak / Explain The Reasons – First Light – London Oval 12”
58 53 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
59 57 Ladies Night — ’83 Remix – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12” promo
60 55 When You’re Far Away – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS LP
61 44 Teacher – I Level – Virgin 12”
62 77 I Want Love To Find Me / It’s Something / Hello People / Stay Close – Brenda Russell – Warner Bros LP
63 NE Do It Again Medley With Billie Jean – Club House – Italian Many 12”
64 RE Heobah (Hey-O-Bah) – Fonda Rae – US Posse 12”
65 52 Turn The Music On – Orlando Johnson & Trance – US Easy Street 12”
66 75 Jungle Kitten (Remix) – Manfredo Fest – Bluebird Records 12”
67 83 Keep Giving Me Love (Remix) – “D” Train – US Prelude 12”
68 67 Fascination / My Turn To Love You – Lenny White – US Elektra LP
69 58 Dark Is The Night – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
70 59 Smile / Once In Your Life – Sister Sledge – US Cotillion LP
71 45 Don’t Quit / Felice – Jay Haggard – US Gramavision Inc LP
72 68 Hot Number – Anthony Franklin – US Mirage 12”
73 72 Sakhile – Sakhile – South African Moonshine LP
74 60 Step By Step / Love Is Waiting / Black And Blues / I Will Be Here For You – Al Jarreau – Warner Bros LP
75 81 Hot Hot Hot – Arrow – AIR 12”
76 64 Bless The Ladies – Oliver Cheatham – US MCA LP
77 NE Love Me Tonight – Attitude – US Atlantic RFC 12”
78 79 Groovin’ On A Groove / We Like To Do It – Ingram – Streetwave LP
79 80 Try Your Lovin’ – Cashmere – US Philly World 12”
80 NE Skip To My Lou – Finis Henderson – Motown 12”
81 NE Do What You Feel – Deniece Williams – CBS/US Columbia
82 56 Special Lady (Vocal) – Second Image – Polydor 12”
83 37 Choosey Lover / Let’s Make Love Tonight – Isley Brothers – US Tneck LP
84 NE We Should Be Lovers – Phyllis Hyman – Arista LP
85 NE B-Boys – Nona Hendryx – RCA 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Ozone: ‘(Our Hearts) Will Always Shine’ (US Motown LP)
Jimmy Spicer: ‘Money (Dolla Bill Y’all)’ (Instrumental Remix)’ (US Spring 12in)
Grandmaster Flash: ‘New York New York’ (Sugarhill 12in)
Beau Williams: ‘Stay With Me’ / ‘Love And Happiness’ / ‘SOS’ (US Capitol LP)
Canute: ‘Turn It Up’ (Loose End 12in)
Jimmy Castor: ‘It’s Just Begun’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Anita Baker: ‘Feel The Need’ (US Beverly Glen Music LP)
Denise LaSalle: ‘Come To Bed’ (Malaco 12in)
Rena & Angela: ‘Banging The Boogie’ (Capitol 12in)
Infinity featuring Grand Mixer DST: ‘Grand Mixer (Cuts It Up)’ (CellulOid 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):

Heaven 17 97-0f, Tom Robinson 102-99-0f, Mary Jane Girls 98f, Yello 126f, Jimmy The Hoover 119-120f, Bonnie Tyler 0-59½-119-59½f, A Flock Of Seagulls 134f, Haysi Fantayzee 95-0c, Barry Manilow 71-142-143f, The Bloomsbury Set 151f, Rita Coolidge 0-26½-53/106-0-26½-53/106-0-53/106-0r (what you could call a stop-starter!).


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 01 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – Polydor 12”
02 02 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
03 06 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
04 03 China Girl – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
05 11 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
06 14 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
07 05 In A Big Country (Pure Mix) – Big Country – Mercury 12”
08 04 Bad Boys – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
09 08 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – Epic 12”
10 10 Lady Love Me (One More Time) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
11 17 Surprise Surprise – Central Line – Mercury 12”
12 09 Dancing Tight – Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
13 13 Just Got Lucky – JoBoxers – RCA 12”
14 16 Looking At Midnight – Imagination – R&B 12”
15 15 Something Special – Steve Harvey – London 12”
16 07 Candy Girl (Young And Strong Remix) – New Edition – London 12”
17 12 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
18 24 Dead Giveaway – Shalamar – Solar 12”
19 18 Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
20 25 Can’t Get Enough Of You – Wickett – Streetwave 12”
21 30 Situation (Remix) / Nobody’s Diary – Yazoo – Mute 12”
22 19 Temptation – Heaven 17 – BEF/Virgin 12”
23 — All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
24 26 Walkin’ The Line – Brass Construction – Capitol 12”
25 20 Daybreak / Explain The Reasons – First Light – London/Oval 12”
26 27 Smoothin’ Groovin’ – Ingram – Streetwave 12”
27 21 Thriller / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
28 32 Who Needs Enemies (With Friends Like You) – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
29 39 Dark Is The Night – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
30 36 Sex – Paul Young & The Family – CBS 12”
31 31 Teacher – I Level – Virgin 12”
32 28 We Came To Dance – Ultravox – Chrysalis 12”
33 — I Love You (Remix) – Yello – Stiff 12”
34 — Come Live With Me – Heaven 17 – B.E.F. 12”
35 33 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
36 22 Music – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
37 — When We Were Young – BF Band (Bucks Fizz) – RCA 12”
38 23 Let’s Live It Up (Nite People) – David Joseph – Island 12”
39 40 Special Day – Second Image – Polydor 12”
40 — It’s So High – Matt Fretton – Chrysalis 12”
41 37 Reach Out – George Duke – Epic 12”
42 48 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
43 35 Family Man – Daryl Hall & John Oates – RCA 12”
44 43 Sex (I’m A . . .) (Instrumental) / (Vocal) – Berlin – Mercury 12”
45 — We Are One – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol 12”
46 41 Get Her Crazy / Yum-Yum – Nile Rodgers – Atlantic/Mirage 12”
47 29 Feel The Need In Me – Forrest – CBS 12”
48 34 Stop And Go – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
49 45 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
50 38 True – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 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 So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
02 02 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
03 05 These Memories – Oh Romeo – US Bob Cat 12”
04 08 Guilty – Lime – Canadian Matra 12”
05 04 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
06 03 Memory – Menage – Carrere 12”
07 07 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”
08 10 I’m Alive – American Fade – Proto 12”/US Hot Tracks remix
09 09 Party – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
10 06 El Watusi/La Bamba (Medley) – Rags & Riches – US Casablanca 12”
11 — Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
12 13 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – West End 12”
13 17 Angel Man (G.A.) – Rhetta Hughes – US Aria 12”/US Hot Tracks remix
14 16 Lady Marmalade – La Mama – German Hansa 12”
15 — She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – Mercury 12”
16 26 Take It Slowly / Lay It Down – Nancy Martinez – Canadian Matra LP
17 27 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Dutch High Fashion 12”
18 12 Stop Don’t Do This To Me – Phyllis Nelson – French Carrere 12”
19 19 Solitaire (Remix) – Laura Branigan – US Hot Tracks 12”
20 11 Baby Won’t You Dance With Me (Remix) – Vera – Canadian Matra 12”
21 — Angel Eyes / Together / Give Me Your Body – Lime – US Prism LP
22 — I.O.U. / I Dub U – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
23 21 Living On Video – Trans-X – Canadian Illusion 12”
24 28 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
25 15 Stay With Me – India – US West End 12”
26 23 No Tengo Tiempo – Azul y Negro – Spanish Mercury 12”
27 — Come On – Sweet Heat – Canadian ToJo 12”
28 30 Love School / Get To You – Susan Stevens – Canadian ToJo 12”
29 18 Happy Station – Fun Fun – Italian Energy 12”
30 — I Want You – Gary Low – Italian Cat 12”


DJ TOP 10

‘TRICKY DICKY’ SCANES celebrates 12 years of presenting boys town discos this Saturday (2) at Stratford (East London) The Pigeons with all sorts of outrageous surprises, and in a reflective mood has compiled his top tunes for the last 12 years, 1971-1983.

1. HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER – Carol Jiani
2. I WILL SURVIVE – Gloria Gaynor
3. LA VIE EN ROSE – Grace Jones
4. YMCA – Village People
5. REMEMBER ME – Diana Ross
6. HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – Bonnie Pointer
7. QUEEN OF FOOLS – Jessica Williams
8. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
9. LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME – Abba
10. YOUR LOVE – Lime


VIDEO 10

RON ‘SPIDER’ BAKER, the serious, intelligent, fully professional resident jock at the Dun Cow in South London’s Old Kent Road (he says, “I’m not just careful, I’m good out there” — tee hee!), makes a big feature of videos and finds the most popular seem to be those which include any unusual dancing … plus of course a quota of undulating flesh! For him, the most requested and watched videos are these…

1. BEAT IT – Michael Jackson
2. CANDY GIRL – New Edition
3. IOU – Freeez
4. BAD BOYS – Wham
5. CHINA GIRL – David Bowie
6. MINEFIELD – I Level
7. STOP & GO – David Grant
8. BILLIE JEAN – Michael Jackson
9. LET’S DANCE – David Bowie
10. BUFFALO GALS – Malcolm McLaren

One thought on “July 2, 1983: Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience, Aretha Franklin, Club House, Serge Ponsar, Lonnie Liston Smith”

  1. I think that’s Soul II Soul – although spelt differently getting a first mention and Mastermind the famous London hip hop crew getting their first one too.

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