July 9, 1983: Herbie Hancock, Michael Wycoff, Brass Construction, LaFleur, Bob Andy

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

HOT POP — Polydor and WEA will be merging worldwide in the next few months, this however is not the reason for last week’s unexpected appearance of Al Jarreau and Serge Ponsar on WEA International, as Al is signed direct to that label anyway and now gets properly identified, while Serge although black is actually French and an international signing in his own right . . . Island picked up the ultra-hot Italian-recorded Club House medley for rush release next week, and put out a remix of Gwen Guthrie ‘Hopscotch’ a week later — but confusingly follow it with a Larry Levan remix another two weeks after that (more fuss than the song warrants, I reckon) . . . Skratch Music’s new PRT-distributed Passion label is rushing out Electric Mind ‘Zwei‘, one of the best mixers of the moment . . . South African jazzers Sakhile’s eponymous ‘Sakhile‘ 99bpm hotsie is now on white label 12in prior to their album’s release next week on the new Jive Afrika logo . . . Phil Fearon & Galaxy get the moody advance white label treatment again for their new 120bpm ‘Wait Until Tonight (My Love)‘, which doesn’t have as good a beat or strong a hook as their hit . . . Y Records new NYC (New York Connection) label has licensed a whole bunch of rappers from Enjoy to put on a twin-pack album made up of two 4-track 12in singles next week . . . 21 Records here go back a release to ‘Space Cowboy‘ for the next Jonzun Crew 12in, presumably hoping for pop crossover success . . . New York Citi Peech Boys are currently in this country purely to do club gigs, and are still looking for suitable venues with enough stage space (book ’em on 01-221 6136 from Neil Brett at Wasted Talent) . . . David Emery, currently ferrying Helen Shapiro around Northern radio stations for his new Pacific Promotions service, still needs jocks in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a few dolly birds for occasional promotional work persuading shop owners to put up posters, etc — plus, David wonders where all the vivacious out-going young people are in Middlesbrough, as a mate’s singing telegram service can’t find any there (call 0632 814001) . . . Oldham-born Tony Prince of Radio Luxembourg and Disco Mix Club fame has been made honorary president of the North West DJ Association and in that capacity heads home to speak at a NWDJA meeting this Sunday (10) in Oldham’s Belgrade Hotel, Manchester Street, at 2pm (free admission, non-members especially welcome) . . . Alan Coulthard’s featured megamix on July’s Disco Mix Club cassette is of Human League . . . Nick Heyward lookalike John Osborne starts weekly upfront hot funky vinyl at Bletchley Peaches this Wednesday (6) — which was yesterday for most people outside central London, but maybe he’ll get some commuters who bought RM for the train! — plus Nick sorry, John still has upfront Tuesdays at Ilford Room At The Top and joins David Rodigan ‘n’ Steve Walsh Sundays at Streatham Cats Whiskers . . . Nick Ratcliffe and Steve Walsh are currently teamed for the next few Tuesdays at Guildford Cinderellas Rockerfellas — and speaking of big Steve, it was he who at their Capital Radio recorded London concert introduced Mezzoforte as “possibly the best band to come out of Iceland”! (think about it) . . . Robbie Vincent is Martin John’s special guest this Thursday (7) at Croydon Laurels (ex-Scamps), the same night as Jeff Young joins Joe Field & Mike Allin to kick off Thursdays at Hemel Hempstead’s Whip & Collar . . . Paul & Robin Wheeler’s Jacksons Nightclub in Staines re-opens Thursday (alternative music), Friday (jazz-funk), Saturday (disco) in a triple-pronged ceremony . . . Tony ‘Flanger’ Glass now does Fridays at Rayleigh Croc’s, with 10 foot video screens and civilised sound equipment . . . “Disco is dead” says Shalamar singer Howard Hewett (the uncharismatic one without a haircut), who can’t have done badly out of disco before switching to pure pop — still, presumably now I won’t have to review any more of their boring records . . . Tavares play Watford Baileys from next Monday (11) for six nights . . . Heatwave’s Keith Wilder at Mayfair Gullivers last weekend was non-plussed by LaFleur’s remake of ‘Boogie Nights’, which he’d never heard of . . . Flash Gordon’s new Bedminster (Bristol) residency is spelt McLouds — which is why if the neighbours complain it’s all down to the name — while as you probably realised, Richard Jon Smith’s free megamedley cassette is with the first 5,000 of his new 12in . . . South Eastern Discotheque Association next year change their annual exhibition to a later date in June and at Gravesend’s Woodville Halls, tied in with a celebration of their tenth anniversary (don’t panic, you’ll get full info nearer the date!) . . . Bob Heather (Southampton Top Rank Ice Rink) mixes Forrest ‘Rock The Boat’/Man Parrish ‘Hip Hop’/Indeep ‘When Boys Talk’/’Last Night A DJ’/Toto Coelo ‘Milk From The Coconut‘ . . . Pete Haigh, mixing urban contemporary at (deep breath) Caton Scarthwaite Hall (Sun)/Standish Cassinellis (Thurs)/Heysham 42nd Street (Mon)/Standish Hartley Hall (Fri) — can’t he go back to being just Pete Haigh & Frenchie (Blackpool)? — wants to identify the UK white label of Night Moves ‘Trans Dance‘, a c.118bpm “great mixer with loads of current faves” . . . Tom Robinson is evidently re-recording the superb ‘War Baby’ for 12in . . . Mark Clark, nattering in the current Thames Valley DJA newsletter, is upset in his Mark One record shop by the DJs who stick to chart hits without buying anything new, no matter how hot it obviously sounds, concluding very realistically that they could improve their reputation no end if punters were able to remember that they first heard the next number one played by that particular disco . . . Tricky Dicky Scanes in his West End record shop natters to boys town jocks from around the country and reckons most think the use of Hot Tracks remixes of older faves is short sighted as well as selfish because punters can’t then buy what they hear — better tell that to the Disco Mix Club too! . . . Alan Jones has some side deals going with our Nightclub chart and so offers record tokens “out of the hat” as inducement to contributing jocks — however, the same address applies for all charts, and it’s only when he’s opened the envelopes that he divides the charts into the different types, so anyone stands a chance of winning . . . James Brown has remixed and extended ‘Bring It On . . . Bring It On’ for UK 12in pressings, making it sound much more tidy and useable (although I still think it’s a shame that only the current chart system has made this a hit when so many of his monster classics missed having a fair shot at the chart in the old days) . . . Diana Ross’s new ‘Ross’ LP is largely with the same team as on Donald Fagan’s ‘The Nightfly’, but not aimed at our market . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Northumberland Hotel), evidently the marrying kind, is reminded by Central Line ‘Surprise Surprise’ of Funkapolitan ‘As The Time Goes By’ . . . TV-AM’s Saturday morning Space Watch slot last week had a mind-blowing sequence which in one continuous shot went ever-outwards from the open palm of a guy sunbathing in Chicago to the furthest reaches of space before zooming back and on into the guy’s hand until reaching the inner space of one of his atoms — what a video that would make! . . . I got my disco console plus two record boxes under the closed luggage lid of my Datsun Cherry 1.3GL hatchback, without putting the seats down, so yah-boo and sucks to you, Jim Kershaw! . . . PHEW, WHAT A SCORCHER!


HOT VINYL

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Rockit’ (US Columbia 44-03978)
The sensation of the weekend, the hottest record of the decade! You won’t believe it until you’ve heard it, but Herbie’s gone electrophonic with an incredibly powerful 111bpm 12in explosion co-produced by Material which began as an ultra-funky instrumental before Grand Mixer D.S.T. then took two copies and scratched them into the hottest pool of melted vinyl you’ll ever hear this or any heatwave. Phew!

MICHAEL WYCOFF: ‘(Do You Really Love Me) Tell Me Love’ (RCA RCAT 348)
Huge on import LP and now on UK 12in with its dead catchy hook sensibly added to the title, this Webster Lewis-produced brilliant classy 105-106bpm soul jogger after an acapella title chant intro builds cumulatively (through enough instrumental to let mixers vari-speed back up out of the slower Mary Jane Girls/Funk Masters/SOS Band/etc), ending up a real mind nagger . . . not a crossover maybe, but a soul must!

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘We Can Work It Out’ (Capitol 12CL 299)
Hopefully not now too late on 12in, this infectious socking jittery 117-119-118-117-116-118bpm (acapella fade) groove in the ‘Movin’ tradition is their best since in fact that classic and to rekindle interest has a 2-track flip of last year’s sparser 117-118-119-120bpm ‘Do That Thang‘ and 1976’s speeding 126-127bpm ‘Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)‘.

LaFLEUR: ‘Boogie Nights’ (Proto ENAT 111)
Produced by Ben Liebrand of Forrest fame, so you know what to expect, the Heatwave oldie gets an intelligent 121bpm 12in revamp with pounding percussion added to its original vocal sound — and the result is great (not another ‘Feel The Need In Me’!), a likely smash (good sparse dub flip).

BOB ANDY: ‘Honey’ (i-Anka AV 001)
Bob of “& Marcia” hopefully has hit paydirt again with a self-penned stunningly lovely mellow 60/120bpm 12in lovers rock roller which ends with him counterpointing the cooing chix in a lather of scatting “buzz-buzz-buzz” vocalese. Gorgeous!

GLEN RICCS: ‘Lovely Lady’ (Diamond C International DC-001, via Jet Star 01-961 4422)
Curtis Simon, home from Jamaica with his own new label, produced the JA radio fave gently crooning a lovely 70½bpm 12in lovers rock reading of the romantic Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields slowie, just made for smoochers (dub flip).

CAIPHUS SEMENYA: ‘Angelina’ (Jive Afrika JIVE T40)
South African superstar with a pedigree of impressive involvements back to the fifties, now debuting Jive’s new specialist label with a beautifully self-produced jiggly pumping 118bpm 12in groove full of exotic effects (even twittering birds!) without being at all ethnic — though it may need a few plays to convince some people (dub flip).

LILLO: ‘(You’re A) Good Girl’ (US Capitol 8554)
Paul Lawrence Jones III-prod/penned Kashif colleague sure enough singing ‘Love Come Down’ in all but name, although at a usefully slower 106bpm 12in tempo that is great with Wycoff/SOS Band/etc (inst flip).

“D” TRAIN: ‘Keep Giving Me Love’ (Prelude TA 3497)
Minus the original LP version, our 12in teams the better 121bpm remix and 121½bpm dub of this typical synth ‘n’ tinkle tugged gruff lurcher (good out of O’Jays) with the messy unimpressive 114-113-0bpm ‘Don’t You Wanna Ride (The “D” Train)‘.

WUF TICKET: ‘The Key’ (US Prelude PRL D662)
Not another insult-swapping ‘Ya Mama’, their new 123bpm 12in vocal side is a dull thumper — but, far more interesting is the Francois Kevorkian-mixed 121bpm instrumental flip, quite (old-style) “D” Train-ish and a good beefy mixer with ethereal vocoder break and unhurried beat, worth checking.

ATMOSFEAR: ‘What Do We Do’ (Elite DAZZ 1223)
Lonnie Liston Smith’s ‘Expansions’ set to a 117bpm 12in rhythm box beat (more consistent than their old rhythm section!) but then mucked up by naff Minnie Mouse vocals, even on the jerky dub flip. It’ll find takers, though!

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘Rock The World!!!’ (LP ‘Struck Gold’ US De-Lite DX-1-510)
Other cuts are distinctly dodgy (and their current OK 7in isn’t even on it!), but this solidly thudding funky 115bpm semi-rapper works really well though probably best for mixers (in a sandwich between Serge Ponsar and Oliver Cheatham, if I remember right).

WAR: ‘U-2 (Medley)’ (LP ‘Life (Is So Strange)’ (US RCA AFL1-4598)
Quietly satisfying with specialist appeal, this building Gil Scott Heron-ish jittery groove runs through 0-111(Part 1)-110(‘Automatic Eyes’ vocal)-112(Part 2)-111-112(Part 3)bpm, the continuous but separately banded latter two parts being gentle instrumental with wukka-wukka ‘Shaft’ guitar behind ‘War’ harmonica and brass — however, the smoochy attractive piano backed 86bpm title track slowie could be easier to break.

MICHAEL LOVESMITH: ‘Baby I Will’ (LP ‘I Can Make It Happen’ US Motown 6045ML)
Looking like Cleo Laine with a moustache, the young Lovesmith borrows Change’s ‘Searching’ beat for a slower looping 118bpm tripper with feathery gentle vocals and feel (don’t be confused by the prominently labelled but only 25 seconds-long track immediately before this one). The rest is mushily pleasant for listeners, evidently selling well.

STATE OF GRACE: ‘That’s When We’ll Be Free’ (PRT 12P 277)
Re-released in an Eric Matthews US Remix but probably still too subtle to hit home here, this cool sparse 109bpm 12in jiggler by a two guys/one gal UK group is much more geared to American speaker systems and styles of disco (inst flip).

DYNASTY: ‘The Only One’ (Solar E 9814T)
Still not quite another Shalamar, a bland relaxed lush 0-84bpm jogger on 3-track 12in with the more blatantly Shalamar-ish 115bpm ‘Check It Out‘ and older slow pop 82bpm ‘A Man In Love’.


DISCO TOP 85 – JULY 9, 1983

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


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Isley Bros: ‘Choosey Lover’ / ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight’ (US TNeck LP)
Miles Davis: ‘U ‘N’ I’ (US Columbia LP)
Push: ‘Midnight’ (Excaliber 12in)
Second Image: ‘Can’t Keep Holding On 83’ (Polydor LP)
Pagoda: ‘Finders Keepers (Remix)’ / ‘We’re Alright Tonight’ (Chrysalis 12in)
Keni Burke: ‘Rising To The Top’ (RCA 12in)
Weeks & Co: ‘If You’re Looking For Fun’ (US Salsoul 12in)
New Guys On The Block: ‘On The Dance Floor’ (Sugarhill 12in)
Michael Jackson: ‘Megamix’ (Disco Mix Club cassette/CBS 12in promo)
Phyllis Hyman: ‘Riding The Tiger’ (Arista 12in)
Natasha King: ‘AM-FM’ (Ecstasy 12in)
Michael Henderson: ‘You Wouldn’t Have To Work At All’ (Buddah LP)
Kurtis Blow: ‘Party Time’ (US Mercury 12in promo)
Brazelia: ‘Brazelia’ (Broad Star 7in)


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):

Iron Maiden 158-163c, Sylvian/Sakamoto 0-26-0f, Roman Holiday 190-0r, Malcolm McLaren (0-)120-119f, Marc & The Mambas 0-119-0r, Men At Work (104-)105-107-0f (every time I think they’re singing “it’s midsummer’s day”!), James Brown (0-)121f, Oliver Cheatham 116f, Clannad 20/40f, The Beat (0-)113-0f, Terri Wells (0-)107-109f, Lotus Eaters 0-165-0f, John Foxx 131-0f.


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 02 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
02 06 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
03 01 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – Polydor 12”
04 03 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
05 05 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
06 04 China Girl – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
07 23 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
08 07 In A Big Country (Pure Mix) – Big Country – Mercury 12”
09 09 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – Epic 12”
10 18 Dead Giveaway – Shalamar – Solar 12”
11 08 Bad Boys – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
12 10 Lady Love Me (One More Time) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
13 34 Come Live With Me – Heaven 17 – B.E.F. 12”
14 11 Surprise Surprise – Central Line – Mercury 12”
15 12 Dancing Tight – Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
16 15 Something Special – Steve Harvey – London 12”
17 14 Looking At Midnight – Imagination – R&B 12”
18 21 Situation (Remix) / Nobody’s Diary – Yazoo – Mute 12”
19 13 Just Got Lucky – JoBoxers – RCA 12”
20 37 When We Were Young – BF Band (Bucks Fizz) – RCA 12”
21 29 Dark Is The Night – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
22 19 Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
23 20 Can’t Get Enough Of You – Wickett – Streetwave 12”
24 28 Who Needs Enemies (With Friends Like You) – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
25 33 I Love You (Remix) – Yello – Stiff 12”
26 31 Teacher – I Level – Virgin 12”
27 30 Sex / Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) – Paul Young – CBS 12”
28 24 Walkin’ The Line – Brass Construction – Capitol 12”
29 16 Candy Girl – New Edition – London 12”
30 27 Thriller / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
31 35 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
32 40 It’s So High – Matt Fretton – Chrysalis 12”
33 42 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
34 — Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
35 25 Daybreak / Explain The Reasons – First Light – London/Oval 12”
36 — Double Dutch / D’Ya Like Scratchin’ – Malcolm McLaren/World’s Famous Supreme Team – Charisma 12”
37 17 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
38 39 Special Day – Second Image – Polydor 12”
39 26 Smoothin’ Groovin’ – Ingram – Streetwave 12”
40 22 Temptation – Heaven 17 – BEF/Virgin 12”
41 45 We Are One – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol 12”
42 — Bring It On … Bring It On – James Brown – Sonet/Churchill/ Augusta Sound 12”
43 — Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh) – Jimmy The Hoover – Innervision 12”
44 41 Reach Out – George Duke – Epic 12”
45 — Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – US Epic LP
46 — You Ain’t Really Down – Status IV – TMT 12”
47 38 Let’s Live It Up (Nite People) – David Joseph – Island 12”
48 32 We Came To Dance – Ultravox – Chrysalis 12”
49 49 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
50 — You Make It Heaven – Terri Wells – Philly World 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 02 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
02 01 So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
03 04 Guilty – Lime – Canadian Matra 12”
04 05 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
05 03 These Memories – Oh Romeo – US Bob Cat 12”
06 07 Can We Try Again – Technique – US Arial 12”
07 15 She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – Mercury 12”
08 16 Take It Slowly / Lay It Down – Nancy Martinez – Canadian Matra LP
09 06 Memory – Menage – Carrere 12”
10 — To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
11 08 I’m Alive – American Fade – Proto 12”/US Hot Tracks remix
12 17 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Dutch High Fashion 12”
13 10 El Watusi/La Bamba (Medley) – Rags & Riches – US Casablanca 12”
14 14 Lady Marmalade – La Mama – German Hansa 12”
15 21 Angel Eyes / Together / Give Me Your Body – Lime – US Prism LP
16 22 I.O.U. / I Dub U – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
17 09 Party – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
18 24 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
19 13 Angel Man (G.A.) – Rhetta Hughes – US Aria 12”/US Hot Tracks remix
20 11 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
21 18 Stop Don’t Do This To Me – Phyllis Nelson – French Carrere 12”
22 27 Come On – Sweet Heat – Canadian ToJo 12”
23 — Band Of Gold – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
24 12 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) / Melt Down Mix – Shirley Lites – West End 12”
25 19 Solitaire (Remix) – Laura Branigan – US Hot Tracks 12”
26 28 Love School – Susan Stevens – Canadian ToJo 12”
27 25 Stay With Me – India – US West End 12”
28 — So Excited – Nancy Martinez – Canadian Matra 12”
29 — Addicted To The Night – Lipps Inc – US Casablanca 12”
30 20 Baby Won’t You Dance With Me (Remix) – Vera – Canadian Matra 12”


DJ TOP 10

GARY OLDIS is resident at Bee-Jays Country Club in Aycliffe, Co. Durham, which he reports is “still heaving every Fri/Sat/Sunday” (that must make the floor mucky!). Anyway, every Friday through July he’s holding heats to find the “World’s Worst Disco Dancer ’83”, and in general while the weather’s good in amongst all the funky stuff he’s also playing the following “summer party fun tracks”….

1. Y VIVA ESPANA – Sylvia – Sonet ’74
2. LA BAMBA – Antonia Rodriguez – Magnet ’79
3. BIRDIE SONG – The Tweets – PRT ’82
4. CARIBBEAN DISCO SHOW – Lobo – Polydor ’81
5. DANCING IN THE SUN – Los Diablos – Columbia ’71
6. SUMMER HOLIDAY – Cliff Richard – Columbia ’63
7. PALOMA BLANCA – George Baker Selection – Warner Bros ’75
8. BARBADOS – Typically Tropical – Gull ’75
9. HANDS UP – Ottowan – Carrere ’81
10. SUMMER NIGHTS – John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John – RSO ’78

Wot, no waltz from ‘Swan Lake’?! Yeah, that one takes bottle — but it works, it really works!

One thought on “July 9, 1983: Herbie Hancock, Michael Wycoff, Brass Construction, LaFleur, Bob Andy”

  1. As a Midlander, my trips to London record shops were rare, but I did make the pilgrimage to Groove Records on Greek Street, specifically to buy “Rockit” on import. That’s how essential it felt at the time, and James’s ecstatic review has reminded me of the impact which the track made.

    Firstly, it took scratching to a place that most of us had never heard before; indeed, my best clubbing buddy commented that it took scratching “as far as it could go”. Little did we know that rather than representing the peak of a craze, it was helping to establish a new musical language.

    Secondly, it sparked a renewed interest in electro, boosting a niche genre to a wider audience. You’ll see this play out in club chart placings in the weeks to come.

    And perhaps, at least from the perspective of established soul/funk jocks, having a musician of Hancock’s pedigree embrace the genre gave it a new legitimacy. This was no longer novelty music about smurfs and packmen…

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