July 16, 1983: The Chi-Lites, The Rake, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Skyy


JULIE ROBERTS, who was replaced by some dolly bird when the Funk Masters did Top Of The Pops, has her own ‘Fool For You‘ on white label prior to Bluebird release in a fortnight — John Rocca-prod/Steve Jerome-penned, it’s an attractive 109bpm rhythm box jerked summer tempo with good singing and sax, if a bit repetitive . . . Michael Lovesmith’s sinuous synth growled swaying summer tempoed 107bpm ‘Just Say The Word‘ is actually hitting first off his LP reviewed last week . . . PRT’s claim to the new Bohannon ‘Let’s Start The Dance III‘ has been disputed by ‘Let’s Start II Dance Again’ — owning London, who nipped repressed stock of their oldie into the shops . . . Club House, due on Island now, already has a less good Continental cover by Slingshot, while Pink Project have similarly blended ‘Billie Jean’ with ‘Jeopardy’! . . . The O’Jays imminent ‘Put Our Heads Together’ UK 12in flip was due to be a mixed oldies medley until axed by the US . . . Streetwave picked up the recent Blue Magic set to compile a 4-track 12in, and follow-up Ingram with ‘We Like To Do It‘ / ‘Groovin’ On A Groove‘ (no remix!) — Morgan Khan incidentally is plugging and advising Arista/West End black product . . . Our Price record shops stopped stocking imports and have been selling all they had left (up to current releases) at giveaway prices — hurry, as the word spread fast . . . Yellowman’s live Capital Radio concert (aired as it happened) was terrific: especially effective was the way he suddenly changed the mesmeric tension of his droning reggae raps by slipping into such oldies as ‘Mr Lonely’, ‘It’s Now Or Never’, even Teddy’s ‘Turn Out The Lights’ (not to forget a reggae singalong ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’!) — while DJ David Rodigan must have been chuffed the amount his surname got woven into lyrics! . . . Midas Records have revived a much tried idea, putting pay-for-play new (in this case, soul) releases onto promotional-only cassettes which are then distributed to shops, DJs, wine bars and the like for background play: called ‘In-Store Music’, the cassettes have a stronger selection than the Disco Mix Club previews and make great in-car listening! . . . I continued exploring sunny South-West Wales last week accompanied by cassettes of Bob Jones and Jeff Young at Oct ’81 Caister, and even lots of early Greg Edwards (sounding like Al Matthews, mmm-hmm!) . . . Al Matthews incidentally plays the fire chief in ‘Superman III’ . . . Aberystwyth University’s Malayan soul society president Nick Abdullah, now he’s on long vac, is bringing all his friends to Mayfair Gullivers — where last Friday he bumped into his better publicised oppo from Loughbrough University, Eddie Gee (both discovered they’re reading economics!) . . . Sunday seemed the weather to trek into Sussex to Stan & Jayne Barrett’s Sheffield Arms at Sheffield Park where the really elegant Music Room disco is extremely impressive — and much more is planned . . . Sunday star there Chris Hill, long the Funk Mafia godfather, now really is godfather to Paula ‘n’ Bob Geldof’s new little bundle of joy . . . Sho Pro big cheese Adrian Webb should note that even eye-witness Pete Tong reported on Chris Hill commandeering a bus to get punters back to their South of France flats safely through the darkened streets — and anyway, Ada, where did I say anyone had a horrid time there (apart from some battered wives!)? . . . Justin Lubbock should note that Canute himself gave me his record well ahead of any organised promotion (which I’ve yet to encounter, anyway!) . . . Jimmy Brown (Euston Travel) is selling one Technics SL 1400 quartz digital readout vari-speed deck on 01-688 2434 . . . London’s mixing Mastermind Roadshow learnt the hard way that in New York they like their mixers HOT! . . . Graham Gold at Gullys did (his words) “an unreal long running mix out of Kurtis Blow into Herbie Hancock — I’ll never be able to repeat it!” . . . Arrow ‘Hot-Hot-Hot’ has been massacred for 7in, editing out all the most catchy “olay olay” bits . . . Kitty Grant ‘Glad To Know You‘ is evidently now selling fast on remixed 12in — thanx for getting one to me (I don’t think), IDS! . . . Tania Maria is at London’s Dominion this Sunday (17) . . . Central Line producer Roy Carter looks amazingly like a younger version of the current Lou Rawls album sleeve photo! . . . David Grant methinks doth protest too much — he’s always on the defensive about his new look even on telly . . . War called their track ‘U-2’ after being amused to see the group U-2 with an album called ‘War’! . . . Walter Jackson, a polio victim since childhood whose crutches often featured in photographs, sadly died three weeks ago of a heart attack — debuting on OKeh in ’64 with much influence from Curtis Mayfield (who wrote for him), Walter stuck with regular producer Carl Davis through to his recent and ironically best known record here, ‘Touching In The Dark‘ . . . Attitude’s rapid rise and much album activity in the charts shows mainly what happens when Fred Dove services his WEA mailing list jocks . . . hey hey hey, LET’S KEEP COOL OUT THERE!


THE CHI-LITES: ‘Changing For You’ (R&B RBL 215)
Thankfully refusing to die despite overdue release here, this superb summer tempoed 101bpm swaying jogger goes great with ‘All Night Long’ etc and is ultra, ultra soulfully sung with a cool acappella harmony intro and punchy brief rap halfway, hopefully a Billy Griffin/Sunfire-style smash now it’s on 12in here with their chunkily jittering fun-filled funky 103bpm ‘Bottom’s Up‘ US hit as flip.

THE RAKE: ‘Street Justice’ (US Profile PRO-7024)
Charles Bronson’s ‘Death Wish’ movies set to music, this lyrically searing 110bpm 12in rapper overnight suddenly makes ‘The Crown’ sound silly and trite. Preaching the vigilante message, it’s a harrowing tale of a guy whose family gets violated and raped, so he swears “gotta meet the punks on the battle front — gotta beat the punks, street justice” as the courts have let the perpetrators walk free. Radio won’t like it, but this really does carry on ‘The Message.’

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Feel Like Making Love’ (Warner Bros W9551T)
His album’s smash, Roberta’s oldie gets a great subtle yet smacking 112bpm dance groove (much better than ‘Lady Love Me’) on 3-track 12in with — incredible surprise value! — the terrific flute ‘n’ scat 117bpm long instrumental import hit 12in-only version of Kashif’s ‘Inside Love (So Personal)‘, plus the gradually unfurling delicate 51/102bpm ‘Use Me‘. Possibly his biggest ever.

ARETHA FRANKLIN: ‘Get It Right’ (Arista ARIST 12537)
Seemingly the same as the album version though recalculated at 120-121-122(break)-121½-122½bpm, the Luther-produced fluidly pushing looper has a great vocal sound but not much actual song, on 12in with instrumental flip — plus, on commercial copies, her similar and still stronger 119-120-120½bpm ‘Jump To It’, which actually mixes best with the LP’s ‘Every Girl’.

SKYY: ‘Show Me The Way’ (LP ‘Skyylight’ US Salsoul SA8562)
Randy Muller has excelled himself, combining the beat of ‘Walkin’ The Line’, feel of Slave and inflections of Michael Jackson into a sensational simple 115½-116½bpm rolling smacker that’s immediately leapt from this good set, on which Randy’s similarly current Brass Construction-ish 115½-117-119½bpm ‘Swing It‘, (0-)117-118-119-120bpm ‘Married Man‘ and 105bpm ‘Questions No Answers‘ easily surpass Solomon Roberts’ 119-121bpm ‘Hey Girl‘ and amusingly introed 0-144bpm ‘She’s Gone‘ … and unfortunately already out here on 12in as by NEW YORK SKYY is the latter’s ‘Bad Boy‘ (Epic TA 3571), an emptily jittering fast 123-124-125bpm pent-up rattler (semi-instrumental flip), interestingly produced but best for the US. Get the album!

COLD HAND BAND: ‘Tropicana’ (DJM DJR 2)
Very welcome 12in remix of their ultra infectious and immediately familiar Modern Romance-type happy 125bpm brassy conga kicker, terrific party fun, originally on 7in last year and now hopefully a hit (inst flip).

THE TECHNOS: ‘Foreign Land’ (The Technos TWINL 1, via PRT)
Excellent exciting solidly thwacking 128bpm 12in electro-pop bounder with ‘Blue Monday’-type appeal, chick sung even on the freaky dub flip, by the erstwhile Techno Twins.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘Give It Up’ (Epic TA 3017)
Catchy pop-aimed horribly jolly 0-125bpm 12in backbeat jiggler in their old style, huge with holidaymakers on the Costa Del Sol.

PEACHES & HERB: ‘One On One Situation’ (LP ‘Remember’ US The Entertainment Company/Columbia FC 38746)
More for slushy home listening apart from this one tougher pulsating 106½bpm jiggly infectious soul duet which deservedly has now shone through and goes great with Michael Wycoff etc. A potential classic, so how about a 12in here, CBS?

BEAU WILLIAMS: ‘Stay With Me’ LP (US Capitol ST-12286)
With Jeffrey Osborne & Sam Dees amongst backing vocals, the surprisingly punchy soulfully sung 106½-107-108bpm jiggly title track swinger is another that’s good with Wycoff etc, while on a largely slow set there’s also a great (0-)109bpm revival of Al Green’s ‘Love And Happiness‘, the jittery half-steppin’ 112bpm ‘SOS‘ and synth strutting fast 124bpm ‘You’re Front Page News‘.

ONE WAY: ‘Shine On Me’ LP (US MCA MCA-5428)
Quite a strong and vocally very soulful return to form for Al Hudson’s mob following all their other recent productions on MCA, the tripping sparse 114bpm title track lurcher being unsurprisingly great out of Oliver Cheatham, while ‘So Afraid It’s Over‘ is a superb deep 61bpm smoocher, ‘Didn’t You Know It‘ a convoluted 109bpm tugger with exceptional vocals, ‘Sugar Rock‘ a synth burbled 104bpm funk half-stepper, ‘Together Forever’ a wailing 42bpm squeaker, ‘Shake It Till It’s Tight’ a slow 98bpm judderer.

ELECTRIC MIND: ‘Zwei (Dub Version)’ (Passion PASH 123, via PRT)
Dead simple and effective ultra-mixable spacious cool 117½bpm 12in instrumental with bursts of Shakatak-type piano, catchy piping synth notes and stark electro rhythm box beats, far stronger than the trite chix chirruped ‘Pick Me Up (Can We Go)‘ vocal version alternative A-side.

DEE SHARP: ‘Rising To The Top’ (Fashion FAD 015, via Dub Vendor 01-969 3375)
Buzzz’s singer returns to his reggae roots for a nice 88bpm 12in Keni Burke adaptation that’s sadly a bit too slow to synch comfortably with the similar bass line of ‘All Night Long’ (unless you meet La Famille’s instrumental halfway and don’t mind Dee sounding squeaky!). Its own instrumental flip has a good sax lead.

KEN BOOTHE: ‘If I Had Known’ (Greensleeves GRED 122, via 01-749 3277)
Toe-curling soulful harmony backed moody slow 74bpm 12in reggae smoocher, naggingly reminiscent of something old, and really good!

TOM ROBINSON: ‘War Baby (Re-recorded extended version)’ (Panic NICT 2, via IDS)
Still good though now with a drier sound, the (0-)100-98-0bpm 12in remake mysteriously has twittering birds all through it, whereas the 7in merely extended might have been preferable. Extremely soulful in its way, it’s compatible with ‘All Night Long’ and other summer tempo stuff.

DIRECT DRIVE: ‘In The Middle Of Spring’ (Passion PASH 121, via PRT)
. . . which is probably when they first heard ‘It’s Over’, and then didn’t plan ahead for their own unseasonal title! Shakatak’s Nigel Wright produced this pleasant chix wailed steadily shuffling summer tempo 86½bpm 12in jogger, not quite another Funk Masters but nice enough.

RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Real Love’ (LP ‘All Night All Right’ US RCA AFL1-4601)
Co-prod by Jimmy (Slave/Odyssey) Douglass, the leggy ladies best track is this lethargically sung but persistently pushing 115-0bpm snappy tripper, while ‘Stop And Think‘ is a stark-then-smooth 114-113-114-0bpm jolter, the 12in-issued title track a bass synth bumbled 111bpm swayer, ‘Live It Up‘ a sharp edged 117bpm jerker, but most soul satisfying are the less blatant 108½bpm ‘Lost In Your Love‘ and Jones Girls-ish drifting 50- 98½bpm ‘Cold Winds‘.

KASSO: ‘Walkman’ (Focus FOS 812, via Virgin)
Originally on import in Spring ’82 (when it mixed with Band AKA ‘Grace’), this licketty-spit 113bpm 12in instrumental leaper has simple piano taking the nagging lead and always was rather good — but why so late now?

HERB ALPERT: ‘Garden Party’ (US A&M AM-2562)
Wanna laugh? Herb first heard Mezzoforte’s tune played at the wrong 33 1/3rpm by mistake (when it would have been 87bpm) and so liked it that he’s done his own 7in version at 0-89½bpm! A real reversal on the speed-spin thing, when if you remember his own ‘Rise’ was played by some at 45rpm instead of 33 1/3rpm!

DENIECE WILLIAMS: ‘Do What You Feel’ (LP ‘I’m So Proud’ CBS 25352)
A lovely set for listeners, this George Duke produced lightweight 0-121-122-0bpm strutter with neat Ernie Watts sax getting LADS attention and the 132bpm ‘Heaven In Your Eyes‘ some gay play.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘You Wouldn’t Have To Work At All’ (LP ‘Fickle’ Buddah BDLP 4070)
Nothing major but getting some Northern action are this tuneful bass synth burbled lightweight 117bpm swinger and the jogging 103-104bpm ‘Assault With A Friendly Weapon‘.

JEFFREY OSBORNE: ‘Don’t You Get So Mad’ (US A&M AM-2561)
Nice throbbing steadily pushing c.115bpm 7in swayer with a familiar sounding Ashford & Simpson-ish structure.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘High Rise’ (US Capitol 8558)
Well made but over fast c.132bpm 12in builder with the old ‘Contact’ backing track and nice vibes on the instrumental flip.

KURTIS BLOW: ‘Party Time’ (Mercury BLOW 1112)
Rattling ‘n’ tapping 108½bpm 12in jittery thudding routine rapper mixes well with Fatback ‘The Girl Is Fine‘ and has some fine sax too in snatches (monotonous inst flip).

THE BEAT BOYS: ‘Be Bop Rock’ (Juice JUICE 802, via A&M)
Ludicrously late UK release for the rapping 115bpm 12in vocal version of ‘Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)’, using Man Parrish’s original track (Pt 2 flip).

JONZUN CREW: ‘Space Cowboy’ (21 Records POSPX 623)
Arthur Baker’s colleague Michael Jonzun aims for kiddie appeal with a juddering slow 102bpm 12in electro jitterer lightened by “yippee yi yay” bits but pretty dull really (inst flip).

SLIM: ‘It’s In The Mix’ (Greyhound Record Productions GRPT 104)
Designed for use in segments by New York mixing jocks, this 109bpm 12in has two lengths of jolting rhythm with many instrumental twists and turns, some snatches of chanting rap, and (the best bit) built-in scratching halfway.

WAYNE WADE: ‘Lady’ (Epic TA 3457)
Rhythmically overstated 78-76bpm 12in Kenny Rogers/Lionel Richie reggaefication ending in skanking King Toast, with its original version and the 77bpm ‘Breezin’ sax instrumental on 2-track flip.

RUDDY THOMAS/SUSAN CADOGAN: ‘Only Heaven Can Wait’ (Hawkeye HD 049)
Roberta Flack/Peabo Bryson duet with similarly paired superstars in a blandly predictable throbbing 0-66bpm 12in lovers rock style (dub flip).

CENTRAL LINE: ‘Lovely Day’ (Mercury MERX 144)
Extraordinarily complex “Caribbean” polyrhythms (113bpm on certain bass bumps) with steel drums behind cool harmonies and dialect chatter, the 12in flipped by a less cluttered ‘Sunshine Mix‘. To call this an adventurous gamble would be an understatement.

KATIE KISSOON: ‘You’re The One (You’re My Number One)’ (Jive JIVE T 37)
Darryl Payne-prod formularised Kashif-type plodding dull 119bpm 12in lurcher with electro handclaps and bass synth, in four versions.

SIGN OF THE TIMES: ‘Point Blank’ (US Malaco MAL 1209)
Chick sung muddily jolting 109bpm 12in jitterer gets to some nice busy sax but ain’t that special.

RONNIE LAWS: ‘In The Groove’ (US Capitol B-5241)
Bright jaunty 91bpm 7in jiggler, not as bad as some have said, though his forthcoming album’s hit will be the romping Jackson-ish ‘Can’t Save Tomorrow‘!

PEABO BRYSON/ROBERTA FLACK: ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love’ (US Capitol B-5242)
Re-teamed, they go the Richie/Ross route on a sweet dead slow 0-29½-0bpm 7in pop slowie, made for US radio.

DIANA ROSS: ‘Pieces Of Ice’ (Capitol 12CL 298)
Moroder-styled cool (0-)133bpm 12in synth ticker with yowling rock guitar, big with the Boys.

BOYS TOWN GANG: ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ (ERC ERC/L 107)
BJ Thomas originated/Elvis Presley popularised MoR oldie in a chick sung predictable hustling over-fast slick 138bpm 12in guess-what treatment, flipped by an extended version of the old 129bpm ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.

MEN WITHOUT HATS: ‘The Safety Dance’ (Statik TAK 1-12)
Out since last year but now top of the US dance chart, a sombrely thudding 101bpm 12in urban contemporary (ie: pop) plodder with English (Australian?) accented talk-singing, which must have helped in the current US climate.

BONK: ‘Car Jam’ (Ensign 12ENY502)
Metronomically bonking 119bpm 12in instrumental ‘Electro-Jazz-Mix’ alternative A-side of the white boys vocal ‘Cupid In Cars‘, with tinkling vibes over the electronic beat in quite a freaky mix.

PRIVATE SECTOR: ‘Like A Ton Of Bricks (It’s Hit Me)’ (Food-For-Thought YUMT 103)
Fast bright poppy 127bpm boom boom boinker not without charm in its amateurish male vocal over peppy rhythms (inst flip).

B BEAT GIRLS: ‘For The Same Man’ (Juice JUICE 801, via A&M)
Limp 121bpm 12in electro jitterer.

DISCO TOP 85 – JULY 16, 1983

01 01 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
02 02 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
03 05 Tell Me Love – Michael Wycoff – US RCA 12”
04 11 Put Our Heads Together / I Can’t Stand The Pain – O’Jays – US Epic LP
05 04 I.O.U. / We Got The Jazz / I Dub You – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
06 03 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
07 13 All Night Long (Instrumental) / (Vocal) – La Famille – Sanity 12”
08 40 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – US Columbia 12”
09 09 Feel Like Making Love / Inside Love (So Personal) / Never Too Far To Fall / In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros LP
10 15 Crazy – Manhattans – US Columbia 12”
11 21 Falling In Love / Instrumental – Surface – Salsoul 12”
12 08 Inside Love (So Personal) (Long Instrumental Version) – George Benson – US Warner Bros 12”
13 12 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
14 06 You Make It Heaven – Terri Wells – Philly World 12”
15 07 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – Polydor 12”
16 30 Out In The Night / Instrumental Dub – Serge Ponsar – US WEA International 12”
17 51 Get It Right – Aretha Franklin – US Arista 12”
18 16 You Ain’t Really Down / Instrumental – Status IV – TMT 12”
19 20 Between The Sheets / Summer Breeze – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
20 37 Do It Again Medley With Billie Jean – Club House – Italian Many 12”
21 43 The Crown / Instrumental – Gary Byrd – US Wondirection 12”
22 42 Angel / Feel The Need – Anita Baker – US Beverly Glen Music LP
23 10 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – Epic 12”
24 24 Something Special – Steve Harvey – London 12”
25 56 Love Me Tonight – Attitude – US Atlantic RFC 12”
26 25 Changing For You / Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – R&B 12”
27 18 Who Needs Enemies (Club Mix) – Montana Sextet – Virgin 12”
28 36 Messages From The Stars / Astro Mix – Rah Band – TMT 12”
29 41 Break Up – High Fashion – US Capitol 12”
30 50 Skip To My Lou – Finis Henderson – Motown 12”
31 34 Every Girl (Wants My Guy) – Aretha Franklin – Arista LP
32 14 Use Me Lose Me / Instrumental / Reprise Me – Paul Simpson Connection – US Streetwise 12”
33 22 Smoothin’ Groovin’ / DJ’s Delight / DJ’s Delight Medley (Megamix) – Ingram – Streetwave 12”
34 29 Zwei (Dub Version) / Pick Me Up – Electric Mind – US Emergency 12”
35 38 Let’s Start The Dance III – Bohannon – US Compleat/Phase II 12”
36 17 Can’t Get Enough Of You – Wickett – Streetwave 12”
37 35 Love So Deep / Instrumental – Toney Lee – US Radar 12”
38 26 Lady Love Me (One More Time) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
39 31 Is This The Future? / Remix – Fatback – US Spring 12”
40 19 We Can Work It Out – Brass Construction – Capitol 12”
41 74 (You’re A) Good Girl – Lillo – US Capitol 12”
42 78 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
43 32 Padlock / Seventh Heaven / Peanut Butter / Family Affair – Gwen Guthrie – US Island LP
44 NE Show Me The Way – Skyy – US Salsoul LP
45 28 We Are One / Right On Time – Maze – Capitol 12”
46 23 Walkin’ The Line – Brass Construction – Capitol 12”
47 27 Surprise Surprise – Central Line – Mercury 12”
48 54 Sakhile – Sakhile – Jive Afrika 12” white label
49 39 I Need You Now / The Fierce Reprise – Sinnamon – Jive 12”
50 65 Keep Giving Me Love (Remix) / Dub – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
51 84 We Should Be Lovers / Let Somebody Love You – Phyllis Hyman – Arista LP
52 33 I’m Out To Catch – Leon Haywood – US Casablanca 12”
53 58 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
54 47 Let No Man Put Asunder – First Choice – US Salsoul 12”
55 81 Freak-A-Zoid – Midnight Star – US Solar 12”
56 59 Bring It On … Bring It On – James Brown – Sonet 12”
57 71 Show Me – Victor Tavares – Malaco 12”
58 48 You Don’t Know What You Got / Party Mix – Karen Young – Firebird 12”
59 44 Teacher – I Level – Virgin 12”
60 49 Heat You Up (Melt You Down) – Shirley Lites – West End 12”
61 75 Get In Touch With Me – Collage – US Solar 12”
62 NE Wet My Whistle / Electricity / Feels So Good / Playmates / No Parking (On The Dance Floor) – Midnight Star – Solar LP
63 80 B-Boys – Nona Hondryx – RCA 12”
64 63 Looking At Midnight / Club Mix – Imagination – R&B 12”
65 NE I’m Sick And Tired / Just Call My Name / I Never Forgot Your Eyes / Victory – Larry Graham – Warner Bros LP
66 NE Stay With Me / SOS – Beau Williams – US Capitol LP
67 NE Brazelia – Brazelia – Broad Star 7”
68 NE The Key (Instrumental) – Wuf Ticket – US Prelude 12”
69 NE U-2 (Medley) – War – US RCA LP
70 46 Knock Knock / Rock Candy – Weeks & Co – Salsoul 12”
71 69 Special Lady (Vocal) – Second Image – Polydor 12”
72 64 Smile / Once In Your Life / Gotta Get Back To Love / B.Y.O.B. – Sister Sledge – US Cotillion LP
73 82 Never Too Late – Lonnie Liston Smith – Doctor Jazz 12”
74 57 Watching You Watching Me – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
75 60 When You’re Far Away – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS LP
76 73 Boogie Down / Love Is Waiting / Step By Step / Black And Blues / I Will Be Here For You – Al Jarreau – Warner Bros LP
77 NE Megamix – Michael Jackson – Disco Mix Club cassette/CBS 12” promo
78 62 Dark Is The Night – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
79 NE Shine On Me – One Way – US MCA LP
80 NE Real Love – Ritchie Family – US RCA LP
81 83 Just Be Good To Me / Long Version – The SOS Band – US Tabu 12”
82 66 I Want Love To Find Me / Hello People / Stay Close – Brenda Russell – Warner Bros LP
83 70 Ladies Night — ’83 Remix – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12” promo
84 NE Turn It Up (Instrumental) – Canute – Loose End 12”
85 NE Hot Hot Hot – Arrow – AIR 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Sunfire: ‘Step In The Light’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Whispers: ‘Keep On Lovin’ Me’ (US Solar 12in)
Al Jarreau: ‘Trouble In Paradise’ (WEA 12in)
Deniece Williams: ‘Do What You Feel’ (CBS LP)
Keni Burke: ‘Risin’ To The Top’ (RCA 12in)
New Guys On The Block: ‘On The Dance Floor’ (Sugarhill 12in)
Pagoda: ‘Finders Keepers (Remix)’ / ‘We’re Alright Tonight’ (Chrysalis 12in)
Wayne Wade: ‘Lady’ (Epic 12in)
Natasha King: ‘AM-FM’ (Ecstasy 12in)
Jr Tucker: ‘Take A Message’ / ‘Mr Telephone Man’ (US Geffen LP)
Peaches & Herb: ‘One On One Situation’ (US The Entertainment Co LP)
Kurtis Blow: ‘Party Time’ / Inst (Mercury 12in)
Cashmere: ‘Try Your Lovin’ (US Philly World 12in)
Dee Sharp: ‘Rising To The Top’ (Fashion 12in)
Starpoint: ‘I’m So Crazy ‘Bout You’ / ‘I Got The Love’ (US Boardwalk LP)
Brass Construction: ‘Walkin’ The Line (Brassy Version)’ (US Capitol 12in)
Collage: ‘Move In Time’ (Solar LP)
Julie Roberts: ‘Fool For You’ (Bluebird 12in promo)
Gwen Guthrie: ‘Hopscotch (Remix)’ (Island 12in promo)
Crown Heights Affair: ‘Rock The World!!!’ (US De-Lite LP)


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):

Eurythmics 0-59-119-59-119f, The Cure (0-)130-0r, Bananarama 108f, Elvis Costello 50½-101-103f, Ure/Karn (0-)116f, Musical Youth (0-)98f, Gibson Bros 120f, Undertones 135-133-0r, RAH Band 113f, Peter Gabriel 122c-applause f (tricky time signature), Status IV 118f, Sergio Mendes 0-33-66f, Bluebells 139f, Vision 123f, Tintin 128f.


01 01 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
02 02 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
03 05 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
04 07 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
05 04 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
06 10 Dead Giveaway – Shalamar – Solar 12”
07 03 Love Town – Booker Newberry III – Polydor 12”
08 06 China Girl – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
09 13 Come Live With Me – Heaven 17 – BEF/Virgin 12”
10 08 In A Big Country (Pure Mix) – Big Country – Mercury 12”
11 09 Juicy Fruit – Mtume – Epic 12”
12 12 Lady Love Me (One More Time) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
13 11 Bad Boys – Wham – Inner Vision 12”
14 18 Situation (Remix) / Nobody’s Diary – Yazoo – Mute 12”
15 14 Surprise Surprise – Central Line – Mercury 12”
16 27 Sex / Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) – Paul Young – CBS 12”
17 25 I Love You (Remix) – Yello – Stiff 12”
18 20 When We Were Young – BF Band (Bucks Fizz) – RCA 12”
19 15 Dancing Tight – Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
20 16 Something Special – Steve Harvey – London 12”
21 36 Double Dutch / D’Ya Like Scratchin’ – Malcolm McLaren/World’s Famous Supreme Team – Charisma 12”
22 21 Dark Is The Night – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
23 17 Looking At Midnight – Imagination – R&B 12”
24 33 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
25 31 Save The Overtime (For Me) – Gladys Knight & The Pips – CBS 12”
26 22 Beat It – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
27 19 Just Got Lucky – JoBoxers – RCA 12”
28 45 Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – US Epic LP
29 28 Walkin’ The Line – Brass Construction – Capitol 12”
30 34 Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
31 23 Can’t Get Enough Of You – Wickett – Streetwave 12”
32 24 Who Needs Enemies (With Friends Like You) – Montana Sextet featuring Nadivah – Virgin 12”
33 32 It’s So High – Matt Fretton – Chrysalis 12”
34 26 Teacher – I Level – Virgin 12”
35 42 Bring It On … Bring It On – James Brown – Sonet/Churchill/ Augusta Sound 12”
36 50 You Make It Heaven – Terri Wells – Philly World 12”
37 46 You Ain’t Really Down – Status IV – TMT 12”
38 49 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
39 30 Thriller / Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
40 — Messages From The Stars – Rah Band – TMT 12”
41 43 Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh) – Jimmy The Hoover – Innervision 12”
42 41 We Are One – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol 12”
43 35 Daybreak / Explain The Reasons – First Light – London/Oval 12”
44 — Keep Giving Me Love – “D” Train – Prelude 12”
45 — Watching You Watching Me – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
46 38 Special Day – Second Image – Polydor 12”
47 — Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
48 37 Let’s Dance – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
49 29 Candy Girl – New Edition – London 12”
50 39 Smoothin’ Groovin’ – Ingram – Streetwave 12”

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


01 01 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) / Remix – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
02 02 So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
03 03 Guilty – Lime – US Prism 12” remix/Canadian Matra/German Polydor 12”
04 04 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
05 15 On The Grid / Angel Eyes / Give Me Your Body – Lime – US Prism LP remix/German Polydor LP
06 12 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
07 05 These Memories – Oh Romeo – US Bob Cat 12”
08 13 El Watusi/La Bamba (Medley) – Rags & Riches – US Casablanca 12”
09 09 Memory – Menage – Carrere 12”
10 07 She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – Mercury 12”
11 10 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
12 23 Band Of Gold / Dub Version – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
13 08 Take It Slowly – Nancy Martinez – Canadian Matra LP
14 17 Party – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
15 16 I.O.U. / I Dub U – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
16 18 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
17 11 I’m Alive – American Fade – US Hot Tracks 12” remix/Proto 12”
18 — Pieces Of Ice – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
19 — Bobby “O” Medley / Free Enterprise – ‘Studio 57 Dubble Album’ – Dutch Dance LP
20 20 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
21 — Lover To Lover – Joe Yellow – Italian Hole 12”
22 — Do It Again Medley With Billie Jean – Club House – Italian Many 12”
23 27 Stay With Me – India – US West End 12”
24 — Living On Video – Trans-X – Canadian Illusion 12”
25 — No Tengo Tiempo – Azul y Negro – Spanish Mercury 12”
26 — I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley – US Kommander 12”
27 — Crazy Family – Jock Hattle – Italian Market 12”
28 — When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
29 29 Addicted To The Night – Lipps Inc – US Casablanca 12”
30 — The Loving Dub / Not The Loving Kind – The Twins – German Hansa 12”


LAST SATURDAY at Mayfair Gullivers I did such a perfect heavily vari-speeded synch out of ‘Rockit’ into ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ that it seemed worth mentioning, and then looking backwards the whole set was pretty neat so here’s the lot! Michael Wycoff/Peaches & Herb ‘One On One’/Funk Masters/Beau Williams ‘Stay’/Gary Byrd/Chic ‘Good Times’/The Rake/Brass Construction ‘Walkin’ (Brassy Version)’/Skyy ‘Show Me’/Oliver Cheatham/One Way ‘Shine’/Crown Heights Affair ‘Rock The World’/Herbie Hancock/Michael Jackson/LaFleur.

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