August 20, 1983: New York Skyy, Edwin Starr, Rick James, Earth Wind & Fire, Junior Walker

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

PHIL FEARON of GALAXY, whose ‘Fantasy Real‘ follow-up will be a ballad, belatedly celebrated his birthday last week with the widely acclaimed “best party of the year” aboard a Mississippi-type paddle steamer going right down the Thames through the futuristic ‘Star Wars’-ish Thames Barrier (like the Sydney Opera House chopped up!), a really swell affair rounded off by his brother Paul Fearon turning DJ to play Tom Jones and ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ in traditional style! . . . Phil’s friends (and just about everyone was there) included such out of town jocks as Ian Turner (Llandudno), Paz (Wallassey), Steve Dennis (Birmingham), Sandy Martin (Swindon), Steve Day (Dover) and one-time DJ of the year Dave Silver, now lunchtime jock on Leeds ILR . . . Muhammad Ali looked in at Mayfair Gullivers last Friday, where naturally I played Hurt ‘Em Bad ‘The Boxing Game‘ and ‘The Crown’ while screening ‘The James Brown Story’ — trouble is, we then gave him the latter! . . . Kenny Lynch is actually looking for club PAs, via Nine Bees Promotions on 01-902 4205/900 1683 (incidentally, the mafia jocks join me in hating his 12in mix) . . . Pete Tong is cutting down his journalism and jocking to join London/Polydor as club plugger and junior A&R man, working with Mike Sefton on London product but starting a new Polydor mailing list once settled in next month, his only club residency now being Fridays at Sheffield Park’s Sheffield Arms in Sussex (Bob Jones & Jeff Young taking turns to join him there) . . . Streetwave issue The Rake imminently, Arista/West End have Raw Silk next week, Chrysalis picked up Atmosfear from Elite for a 3-tracker now including their old 109bpm ‘Xtra Special‘ . . . Style Council has been promoed with a less good 86¼bpm remix on white label, luckily flipped by the fuller sounding superior 87bpm original ‘Long Hot Summer’ . . . Booker Newberry III’s ‘Teddy Bear‘ follow-up not surprisingly will be out here ahead of the States (where he’s yet to hit), while the UK version of Sylvester ‘Band Of Gold’ will make much use of its ‘I Can’t Help Myself’-quoting “sugar pie honey bunch” in a so-called ‘Clubhouse mix‘ . . . Hot Streak, the now radio activated New York reggae Monyaka, and Rumple-Stilts-Skin will be here on Polydor (I now find Lady M works better than Rumple-Stilts-Skin, by the way) . . . Liverpool’s Tony Tiger is looking for a versatile experienced club jock for a rapidly expanding local circuit of ten discos like Clouds, Coconut Grove & Earl St John’s, paying top money — full details were in an ad on August 6, p.39, or contact Box No 3841 at Record Mirror . . . Barrie Thyer (Bath 23728), something of an infant prodigy, started broadcasting on Bath Hospital Radio when only 11 and has been jocking kids discos until now aged 17 he’d appreciate some regular club work (he can mix) . . . Larry Foster (01-519 7280), still busy around East London other nights, is after another residency to replace Saturday at Tottenham Mayfair . . . Bank Holiday deadlines mean we need all charts and info for early September sent NOW! . . . Boys Town “High Energy” stuff is really starting to show up in Nightclub pop charts, which could get confusing, so would any new Boys Town contributors please come out and confirm it? . . . Norman Scott (Haringey Bolts) wishes the instrumental promo of Visage ‘The Anvil’ could be commercially released as he’s sick of all the punter enquiries . . . Carl Richardson boogies with the boys next Wednesday (24) at Hull’s Fagins under the Station Hotel (a week early) . . . Joe Field & Mike Allin’s guest this Thursday (18) at Hemel Hempstead’s Whip & Collar is busy Pete Tong . . . Ian Reading at Southend Zero 6 has Canadian Club at half-price all night this Thursday (18) and all spirits at half-price for three hours every Friday . . . Sean Brett jazz-funks Fri/Sat (19/20) at Nethertown’s Village Inn amidst the lovely Lake District . . . Galaxy PA with John DeSade at Maidstone Queens Head on Friday (19) before moving on to join Steve ‘Dover’ Day’s Tia Maria promotion night at Sheerness Woodys . . . Jon Kutner, now with new pluggers Feedback Promotions on Potters Bar 77-4410, starts jocking weekly this Saturday (20) at Brighton’s Pink Coconut (he also does Soho Hombre/Mile End Benji’s) . . . Watford Gema’s has an allniter next Saturday (27) with Bob ‘Dr Jazz’ Jones, Chris Brown, Sean French & Nicky Holloway — £4 tickets from the latter at 101 Lyttelton Road, London N2 ODD . . . Peter Young had Millie Jackson fans ears wide open when on his Friday 6.30pm ‘Soul Cellar’ on Capital he played her 94-96-0bpm ‘Not On Your Life‘ — but rapidly chopped it before the final “not on your *@+!ing life”! (on her 1980 ‘For Men Only’ LP, it’s another good summer tempo) . . . Tony Blackburn’s mid-morning Radio London show is reportedly rivalling Robbie Vincent and the weekend pirates for soul content — incidentally, London now has more soul radio stations than New York, even if they are all only part-time! . . . London Town 91FM, transmitter losses permitting, souls the airwaves Sunday nights 5-11pm with Big Phil Etgart, Paul The Big M, and the real Gary Steel — Paul also jocks Fridays at Bethnal Green’s Weavers Arms in Roman Road . . . Simon Walsh (Bradford Time & Place) was appalled in New York to find these days at the Paradise Garage one-time ace mixer Larry Levan merely slings on the records any old how, evidently a prevailing fashion amongst the Big Apple’s elitist gay jocks — oh dear! . . . Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre’s Andy Mann found Record Mirror on sale in Rhodes, three weeks late maybe, but all the jocks buying it conscientiously! . . . Steve Jason (Peterborough) says Funk Masters and New Order were huge in Corfu, where he pushed Spandau Ballet for Rush Release (a big help, I’m sure!) . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood) writes, with further descriptions you can imagine, “In your dreams you’ve been to Tunisia — and in your nightmares you had to stay two weeks”! . . . Dave Stodart (Bridge) sent the best holiday postcard so far, from the Algarve — cor! . . . I’ll be in North Wales for the bank holiday, if jocks there can remind me how to find them before then . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn’s annual riverboat shuffle is this Sunday (21), leaving Walton-on-Thames at 7.30pm, £5 tickets on Ashford (Mx) 58881 . . . London’s LODJ Association have heard that the Inland Revenue are using 400 new recruits to winkle out moonlighters — be warned! . . . Morgan Khan on being told there’s a new US label called Street Sounds said: “I’ll sue ’em” . . . David Joseph goes the fast pop Shalamar route on his next c.141bpm ‘Be A Star‘ — so much for funk . . . Alton Edwards has been produced by Isaac Hayes . . . Gwen Guthrie isn’t exactly the smash that Island’s Bryan O’Connor confidently predicted — hopefully he’s not been too creative? . . . Ensign launch a great reissue series of ’60s Sue label classics soon . . . Second Image are hotly tipped to win the Freddie Starr Showcase final on telly next Tuesday (23) . . . Marvin Gaye’s ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ was actually recorded in 1962 for his January ’63 ‘That Stubborn Kinda Fella’ US LP and was merely resurrected in ’69 as flip to ‘Too Busy Thinking About My Baby’ . . . Motown, further to last week’s closing comment, was the only indigenous US pop music to compete successfully with the original ’60s “British Invasion” — and if today’s American radio programmers really looked at our own current UK pop chart, they’d find that full of black acts too . . . Newcleus played at the end of the night already has people going home chanting “motel, hotel, Holiday Inn” — wot a monster! . . . WIKKI WIKKI!


HOT VINYL

NEW YORK SKYY: ‘Show Me The Way’ (Epic TA 3691)
Randy Muller’s monster album track smash is out here ahead of import in Shep Pettibone remixed, though not necessarily improved, 12in form — and could catch out dozy dealers unaware of its popularity already! Now acappella introed, the perfectly simple 114(start)-115-116½-117bpm bass bumbled deceptively driving smacker has great anxious Jackson-ish vocal interplay and is a subtle dancers delight similar to Brass Construction’s ‘Walkin’ The Line’ (dead slow flip).

EDWIN STARR: ‘Smooth’ (Calibre CABL 114)
Originally unveiled at Mayfair’s Gullivers in a marathon half hour “live” version — during which Edwin’s all-star backup singers changed it to “the girl is rude”! — and now on vinyl seemingly lasting almost as long, this superb slightly reggae flavoured mesmeric soulful sultry slow slinky 77bpm 12in groin grinder should send shivers down your spine and could certainly sneak up your trouser leg to be a surprise big hit (inst flip). Thoroughly recommended.

RICK JAMES: ‘P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P.’ (LP ‘Cold Blooded’ US Gordy 6043GL)
Getting the gatefold white suit glamour treatment, Rick’s latest is most notable for its slowies — the obvious monster being this dynamite ‘All Night Long’-mixing 97½bpm purposeful pusher with rapping help from Grand Master Flash, while on the gorgeous old fashioned sweetly wailing 36/72bpm ‘Tell Me (What You Want)‘ smoocher there’s passionately whispering actor Billy Dee Williams, and the equally romantic 35/70bpm ‘Ebony Eyes‘ is duetted by Smokey Robinson. Of the rest it’s his routine formula, all at fast US tempos — the 128bpm ‘U Bring The Freak Out‘, 130bpm ‘1,2,3 (U, Her And Me)‘, 134bpm ‘New York Town‘, 137bpm ‘Doin’ It‘ — apart from the now UK-issued title track 12in ‘Cold Blooded‘ (Gordy TMGT 1314), a Prince-type sparse jiggly 117½bpm smacker with “sexy sexy sexy” muttering, stronger on the floor than it sounds at home . . . though it’s a pity the instrumental flip couldn’t here have been replaced by the not exactly made-for-radio but more commercial ‘P.I.M.P.’!

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Spread Your Love’ (US Columbia 44-04008)
Issued here ages ago to a resounding zilch but now given a great beefy 12in remix on import, this jiggly driving chunky almost Al Hudson-ish acappella introed 113½-113-113½ stacatto strutter smacks ‘n taps into some sizzling steel drums and really burns up the floor (although I can’t help missing the underlying chords of ‘Jeopardy’ from my old SOS mix!).

JUNIOR WALKER: ‘In And Out’ (LP ‘Blow The House Down’ US Motown 6053ML)
Autry DeWalt’s return to Motown is a real rag bag produced by various people with some tracks extremely fast, the only real killer — and I do mean killer! — although disappointingly short being Willie Hutch’s production of his own singalong classic, now a less electronic but similar 113bpm bouncy jiggler with terrific familiar rasping, wailing and searing sax. How about an extended 12in here, Motown?

HAYWOODE: ‘A Time Like This’ (CBS TA 3651)
UK-recorded very Evelyn King-ish but business like beefily strutting 114½bpm 12in thudder, by a crowd pleasing foxy lady who wears her hair through her hat and has all Michael Jackson’s jerky dance steps down pat (alternative ‘Extended Version Part 2’ flip).

I.M.S. (International Music System): ‘Nonline’ (US Emergency EMDS 6539)
Designed specifically for mixers and scratchers rather like the Jive Rhythm Trax LPs but using original tunes which stand up on their own, this 4-track 12in features four synthesizer instrumentals with different electro rhythms (modern dance as well as electrophonic), the 1144bpm lead track vari-synching perfectly under Newcleus so you can keep re-cueing the “wikki wikki” bits over it again and again! Other cuts are the 119bpm ‘An English ’93‘, 117bpm ‘Run Away‘, 121bpm ‘Bonus Single “Joke”‘. Useful.

PROJECT FUTURE: ‘Ray-Gun-Omics’ (Capitol 12CL 305)
Stark extremely sparse jerky 114bpm 12in electrophonic ticker with totally vocodered protest lyrics, good in a Herbie-based electro mix.

CONTACT-U: ‘Ecuador’ (Challenge TALL 4)
Jerky sparse 112½bpm 12in electronic instrumental, nowhere near as noisy as Herbie but another that fits in a mix (especially from about a third through), with an alternative emptier 112bpm ‘Inca Sacrifice‘ dub flip.

IAN PRINCE: ‘Too Much Too Soon’ (London LONX 30)
Black youngster studying (electronics?) at the City Of London School Of Music makes his Junior-esque debut with a confusingly disjointed ultra jittery 114½bpm jerker full of surface excitement, on 3-track 12in with an alternative mix and the more stolid (0-)113½bpm ‘Let The Music Play’.

CASHMERE: ‘Try Your Lovin’ (Philly World PWSL 113)
Michael Jackson copyist yelping a jittery synth backed 125bpm 12in ‘Son Of Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, here flipped by a dead slow Smokey-ish 0-43bpm revival of ‘Tracks Of My Tears’.

STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘Never Get Enough Of You’ (LP ‘Merciless’ US Casablanca 811 364-1 M-1)
Relaxed listening set by the half-pint soulstress, this chunkily swaying 114½bpm roller probably making more sense than the set’s already reviewed 12in but really it’s the slowies that stand out, ‘His Name Is Michael‘ being a smoochy 40½/81bpm girl talk duet with Peggy Blue about the two-timing man in their life (odd he’s not called Dimples!), while the lovely lazily undulating 42/84bpm ‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?‘ and lightly jogging 83½bpm ‘Since We’ve Been Together‘ are most danceable.

PHILIP BAILEY: ‘I Know’ (CBS 3686)
Surprisingly rapid UK release for the squeaky EWF singer’s solo George Duke-produced purposeful slow rolling 92¼bpm 12in slinker, which’ll need radio to break here, flipped by the dated jerky 113bpm ‘The Good Guy’s Supposed To Get The Girls‘.

MELLAA: ‘Free’ (US Larc LR 81014)
Huskily led mixed soul group with a nice timeless brassily jiggling little 96½-96bpm 7in-only jogger, officially flip to the slower slinkier 46-47/94bpm ‘Makin’ Love In The Fast Lane‘.

DONALD BYRD: ‘(Fallin’ Like) Dominoes’ (LP The ‘Blue Note Collection’ Blue Note LCSP 1867013, via EMI)
The jazz trumpeter’s most important mid-70’s fusion tracks collected on double LP with help from Pete Tong sees what must surely be the first actual UK release for this New York Central Park-recorded “live” 118-117-116-115-0bpm ‘Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)‘ and summer tempo 74bpm ‘Stepping Into Tomorrow‘. For specialist collectors.

BLUE MAGIC: ‘In The Rain’ (Streetwave WAVEL 6)
Thunder enhanced delicately introed dead slow 35½bpm traditional soul vocal group revival of the Dramatics classic on 4-track 12in with the similarly ’70s-sounding (though new) jiggly chugging 96bpm ‘R.S.V.P.‘, 124bpm ‘Magic‘, 113-114bpm ‘See Through‘, all in old squeaky Stylistics/Chi-Lites style, nice for aging soul freaks.

COATI MUNDI: ‘? (Part 1)’ (Virgin VS 622)
Finally tracked down as the 7in-only flip of his unattractive ‘Oh! That Love Decision’, this little oddity is what Greg Edwards has been teasingly playing between records on Capital Radio, a meandering 0-58bpm autobiographical rap (reminiscent of Clarence Ashe’s 1964 talking blues, ‘Trouble I’ve Had’) where he carries on whining even though “the music’s stopped” — so if you’re going to use it, let it carry on over a slow instrumental! I got giggles playing it early evening last week, and actually I love it.

FONDA RAE: ‘Heobah (Hey-O-Bah)’ (TMT TMTT 6)
Never the summer hit on import that some anticipated back in May, this sorta mock afro chanting chugging 112¼bpm 12in jittery smacker is too monotonous like this but remade in a totally wally Ottawan-type treatment could indeed be huge for someone (inst/edit flip).

JUNIOR: ‘Runnin’ (Mercury MERX 145)
Norman Giscombe Jr may be panting at the start but any sweat will be from worry as this limp 115(intro)-118½bpm 12in loping swayer (belying the title’s urgency), while quite pleasant, is hardly startling enough to be the smash he needs (inst on 2-track flip).

RICHARD DE JONGH: ‘So Easy’ (Challenge TALL 3)
Stark tricky rhythm box beats bump a whinnying repetitive 121bpm 12in lurcher (empty tougher inst flip).

BERNARD EDWARDS: ‘Glad To Be Here’ LP (Atlantic 78-0079-1)
The Chic man’s a bit lightweight for dancers apart from the Nile Rodgers ‘Get Her Crazy’ influenced sparse funk jiggly bumping 109bpm title track.


DISCO TOP 85 – AUGUST 20, 1983

01 01 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
02 02 Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – Philadelphia International 12”
03 03 The Crown / Instrumental – Gary Byrd – Motown 12”
04 05 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA International 12”
05 09 Changing For You / Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – R&B 12”
06 04 Crazy – Manhattans – CBS 12”
07 11 Just Be Good To Me – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
08 07 Show Me The Way / Married Man / Swing It – Skyy – US Salsoul LP/Epic 12” remix
09 27 Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
10 18 Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned A Penny – Kenny Lynch – Satril LP/12” remix
11 10 Falling In Love – Surface – Salsoul 12”
12 08 Tell Me Love – Michael Wycoff – RCA 12”
13 16 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – US Prelude 12”
14 22 One Mind — Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
15 12 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
16 06 Do It Again/Billie Jean (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
17 13 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
18 15 I.O.U. / I Dub You / We Got The Jazz – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
19 21 Get It Right – Aretha Franklin – Arista 12”
20 35 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
21 46 Body Work / Instrumental – Hot Streak – US Easy Street 12”
22 55 Jingo (Remix) / Jingo Breakdown – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
23 14 U-2 (Medley) – War – US RCA LP
24 23 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
25 17 All Night Long (Instrumental) – La Famille – Sanity 12”
26 28 Hopscotch – Gwen Guthrie – Island 12”
27 25 Didn’t You Know It / Shine On Me – One Way – US MCA LP
28 30 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – US Sunnyview 12”
29 24 Skip To My Lou – Finis Henderson – Motown 12”
30 34 Wait Until Tonight (My Love) – Galaxy – Ensign 12”
31 37 You Ain’t Really Down – Status IV – TMT 12”
32 19 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
33 31 Rock The World!!! – Crown Heights Affair – US De-Lite LP
34 20 Feel Like Making Love – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
35 29 What Do We Do – Atmosfear – Chrysalis/Elite 12”
36 47 Lovely Day – Central Line – Mercury 12”
37 38 Messages From The Stars – Rah Band – TMT 12”
38 73 Hopscotch (US Remix) – Gwen Guthrie – Island 12”
39 33 Feels So Good / Electricity / Wet My Whistle / Playmates – Midnight Star – Solar LP
40 36 The Key (Instrumental) – Wuf Ticket – US Prelude 12”
41 53 Risin’ To The Top – Keni Burke – RCA 12”
42 32 Inside Love (So Personal) / Never Too Far To Fall / Love Will Come Again – George Benson – Warner Bros LP
43 40 Sakhile – Sakhile – Jive Afrika LP/12” white label
44 26 Fool For You – Julie Roberts – Bluebird 12”
45 64 Valley Style (Billie Jean) – T. Ski Valley – US Capo 12”
46 78 She’s The Master (Of The Game) – Richard Jon Smith – Jive 12”
47 52 Superstar (Billie Jean) – Lydia Murdock – US Team Entertainment 12”
48 48 Out Of The Funk / Historical Places (Ethiopia) / The Prophet Rides Again – Dennis Brown – A&M LP
49 54 Cold Blooded – Rick James – US Motown 12”
50 60 Turn The Music On – Orlando Johnson & Trance – Magnet 12”
51 NE Do You Want Me (Instrumental) – El Chicano – US Columbia 12”
52 49 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS LP Promo
53 NE Just In Time – Raw Silk – US West End 12”
54 51 One On One Situation – Peaches & Herb – US The Entertainment Company LP
55 67 What’s The Bottom Line / Baby I Will – Michael Lovesmith – Motown 12”
56 NE I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – US Heat 12”
57 80 Chicago / Good Good Music – Roy Ayers – Uno Melodic LP
58 74 Locked Up In Your Love – Manhattans – US Columbia LP
59 NE The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
60 45 Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
61 62 Tell Me If You Still Care – The SOS Band – US Tabu LP
62 NE Please (Don’t Break My Heart) – Lady M – US Blue Parrot 12”
63 69 Color Blind / Motivation (Are You Ready) – Motivation – US De-Lite LP
64 NE Let’s Get It Right / Instrumental – Keywi – Virgin 12”
65 41 (You’re A) Good Girl – Lillo – Capitol 12”
66 NE Green Light / Hip Dip Skippedabeat – Mtume – Epic 12”
67 NE Love Hassles / Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – US Gordy LP
68 61 Stay With Me – Beau Williams – US Capitol LP
69 39 Never Too Late – Lonnie Liston Smith – Doctor Jazz 12”
70 NE P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. – Rick James – US Gordy LP
71 NE You Brought The Sunshine (Into My Life) – Clark Sisters – Elektra/Westbound 12”
72 79 Free / Making Love In The Fast Lane – Mellaa – US Larc 7”
73 56 The Wildstyle – Time Zone – US CellulOid 12”
74 NE High Noon – Two Sisters – US CBS 12”
75 59 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
76 77 Street Justice – The Rake – US Profile 12”
77 NE In The Groove / Big Stars / Mr. Nice Guy / You – Ronnie Laws – Capital LP
78 NE It’s Cool – Walter Jackson – US Chi-Sound 7”
79 NE Spiritual Healing – Toots Hibbert – Island 12”
80 58 Freak-A-Zoid – Midnight Star – US Solar 12”
81 NE I Can’t Stand The Pain – O’Jays – US Epic LP
82 NE Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – US Easy Street 12”
83 84 I’m The Packman – The Packman – US Enjoy 12”
84 72 Hot Hot Hot – Arrow – AIR 12”
85 68 Silver Vibrations – Roy Ayers – Uno Melodic 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Take 3: ‘Tonight’s The Night’ (Tempo 12in promo)
Michael Lovesmith: ‘Just Say The Word’ (US Motown LP)
Jonzun Crew: ‘Space Cowboy’ (21 Records 12in)
Ian Prince: ‘Too Much Too Soon’ (London 12in)
George Clinton: ‘Atomic Dog’ (Capitol 12in)
Earth Wind & Fire: ‘Spread Your Love (Remix)’ (US Columbia 12in)
Junior Walker: ‘In And Out’ (US Motown LP)
Morrissey Mullen: ‘Mr Sax And Captain Axe’ (Beggars Banquet 12in)
Phil Upchurch: ‘When And If I Fall In Love’ (Physical 12in)
Donald Byrd ‘Dominoes (Live)’ (Blue Note LP)

While under the Boys Town 30 are:

Pink Project: ‘Jeopardy/Billie Jean (Medley)’ (Italian “O” 12in)
Malcolm McLaren: ‘Double Dutch’ (Charisma 12in)
Stars On 45: ‘The Star Sisters’ (CBS 12in)
Bee Gees: ‘The Woman In You’ (RSO 12in)
Loverde: ‘Backstreet Romance’ (US Moby Dick 12in)
KC: ‘Give It Up’ (Epic 12in)
Digital Emotion: ‘Don’t Stop’ (Dutch Break 12in)
Wham!: ‘Club Tropicana’ (Inner Vision 12in)
Weather Girls: ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’ (US Columbia 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):

Style Council 87f, Spandau Ballet 0-143r, Whitesnake 173f, Y&T 0-166-0r, Shalamar 159f, Asia 72-146-148f, New Edition 104f, Stewart/Gaskin 0-118-59-60/121-127-0f, Steve Harley 0-58-116/58f, Agnetha Faltskog (47-)95f, Animal Nightlife 66-136-138-141-0r, JoBoxers 0-112f, Chi-Lites 101½f, Belle Stars 85f, H2O 30-126-127-63-127-0r.


NIGHTCLUB CHART

01 01 The Crown – Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – Motown 12”
02 02 Do It Again/Billie Jean (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
03 03 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
04 04 Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – Philadelphia International 12”
05 08 Crazy – Manhattans – CBS 12”
06 07 Feel Like Makin’ Love – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
07 05 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
08 09 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
09 06 Sex / Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) – Paul Young – CBS 12”
10 12 Double Dutch – Malcolm McLaren – Charisma 12”
11 15 Rockit / I Thought It Was You – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
12 10 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
13 13 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
14 21 Changing For You – Chi-Lites – R&B 12”
15 14 (Do You Really Love Me) Tell Me Love – Michael Wycoff – RCA 12”
16 11 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
17 20 China Girl – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
18 32 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA 12”
19 16 Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
20 18 She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby – Venice In Peril 12”
21 25 Wait Until Tonight (My Love) – Galaxy/Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
22 22 Watching You Watching Me – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
23 17 Dead Giveaway – Shalamar – Solar 12”
24 — Freak – Bruce Foxton – Arista 12”
25 27 Club Tropicana – Wham! – Innervision 12”
26 23 Falling In Love – Surface – RCA 12”
27 — Gold – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
28 24 You Ain’t Really Down – Status IV – TMT 12”
29 40 Just Be Good To Me – SOS Band – Tabu 12”
30 26 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
31 30 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
32 19 Come Live With Me – Heaven 17 – BEF/Virgin 12”
33 39 Maniac – Michael Sembello – Casablanca 12”
34 37 Trouble In Paradise – Al Jarreau – WEA 12”
35 34 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
36 — Tour De France – Kraftwerk – EMI 12”
37 44 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”
38 29 Messages From The Stars – Rah Band – TMT 12”
39 — Long Hot Summer – Style Council – Polydor 12”
40 48 Give It Up – KC & The Sunshine Band – Epic 12”
41 42 Summer Dub / Cruel Summer – Bananarama – London 12”
42 31 Get It Right – Aretha Franklin – Arista 12”
43 — Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned A Penny – Kenny Lynch – Satril 12”
44 35 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
45 43 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”
46 50 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
47 33 Situation (Remix) / Nobody’s Diary – Yazoo – Mute 12”
48 — Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
49 45 Saturday Night Mix / The Woman In You – Bee Ges – RSO 12”
50 28 Bring It On … Bring It On – James Brown – Sonet 12”

Radio Luxembourg (208m, 1440Khz) will be playing the pick of the Nightclub hits on Friday (9-11pm) and Monday (11pm-1am).


BOYS TOWN CHART

01 01 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”/US Prism remix
02 03 Do It Again/Billie Jean (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
03 02 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) (Remix) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
04 04 On The Grid / Angel Eyes – Lime – US Prism remix/German Polydor LP
05 05 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
06 09 When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
07 10 I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley – US Kommander 12”
08 06 So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
09 07 Band Of Gold – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
10 11 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
11 14 Take It Slowly – Nancy Martinez – Canadian Matra LP
12 08 She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – Mercury 12”
13 13 El Watusi/La Bamba (Land Of A Thousand Dances Medley) – Rags & Riches – US Casablanca 12”/LP
14 12 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
15 — Maniac – Michael Sembello – Casablanca 12”
16 18 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”
17 17 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
18 15 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”/US Hot Tracks remix
19 20 Got To Get To You – Charade featuring Jessica – Passion 12” promo
20 23 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12”
21 16 Pieces Of Ice – Diana Ross – Capitol 12”
22 30 My Forbidden Lover – Tapps – Canadian Power 12”
23 19 Lover To Lover – Joe Yellow – Italian Hole 12”
24 26 Foreign Land – The Technos – Twins 12”
25 27 Diana – Julius Brown – US West End 12”
26 28 Love Taker – Stefano Pulga – Italian System Music 12”
27 23 Stop Don’t Do This To Me – Phyllis Nelson – Carrere 12”
28 29 Crazy Family – Jock Hattle – Italian Market 12”
29 21 Memory – Menage – Carrere 12”/US Hot Tracks remix
30=30 Not The Loving Kind / The Loving Dub – The Twins – German Hansa 12”
30=25 The Crown – Gary Byrd – Motown 12”

One thought on “August 20, 1983: New York Skyy, Edwin Starr, Rick James, Earth Wind & Fire, Junior Walker”

  1. I never registered at the time how big a club hit Kurtis Blow’s ‘Party Time’ was – I thought that when it blew up in 1985 in the short-lived Go-Go craze that it had flown under everyone’s radar when it was first released … how wrong could I have been?!

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