August 27, 1983: Newcleus, The O’Jays, Unique, Monyaka, The Rake


DISCO PLUGGER Fred Dove has spare copies of Serge Ponsar and the Clark Sisters for the first hundred bona fide DJs not already on his WEA list to contact him at PO Box 59, Alperton Lane, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 1FJ . . . Francois Kevorkian has remixed Time Zone for Island release soon, while One Way ‘Shine On Me‘ remix/instrumental is about on MCA 12in now . . . Steve Harvey may yet alter it, but his follow up is likely to be ‘Tonight‘, a juddering jolting c.110bpm smacker reminiscent of the Whispers similar title . . . Herbie Hancock’s LP title track ‘Future Shock‘ is indeed as my white label review said “Curtis Mayfield-ish” — he wrote it (and it’s sung by a squeaky chap, Dwight Jackson)! . . . IMS ‘Nonline‘ is 114½bpm, in case anyone was wondering how to get it down to “wikki wikki” speed, while last week’s Donald Byrd review should have mentioned the “live” 118-117-116-115-0bpm ‘Dominoes‘ jazz-funk anthem, and disco-aimed 107-106bpm ‘Change‘ . . . OPEC-UK’s Paul Oakenfold has finally got a day job at Rush Release . . . London Weekend Radio 92.5FM, normally funking the airwaves just on Saturdays (when Colin Hudd features the City Sounds sales chart during his 5-7pm slot), this weekend keeps going through to Monday . . . Peckham’s Kisses has a busy holiday weekend lined up, Richard Jon Smith & Katie Kissoon PA-ing with their radio commercial’s star DJ Froggy on Friday (29), Galaxy’s Phil Fearon somersaulting with Steve Walsh on Saturday, while Monday’s 3pm alldayer has Atmosfear, Direct Drive, State Of Grace and Katie Kissoon again PA-ing with JFM’s Graham “Good Morning” Gold, Invicta’s Steve Devonne, Lyndon T & Gordon Mac . . . Bob Jones, Chris Brown, Sean French & Nicky Holloway jazz-soul Watford Gemas all night Saturday (27) . . . Sunday (28) Manchester Hacienda’s 2pm alldayer stars Colin Curtis, Mike Shaft, Greg Wilson, Simon Walsh, Cleveland Anderson and more, Edinburgh Madhatter’s 3pm alldayer has Alan David, Kenny McLeod, Jim Symon, Billy Davidson, Paul Murphy, Cleveland Anderson (is this possible?) and more, while Wimbledon Tiffany’s 7pm ‘After Carnival Street Dance’ features the magical Mastermind Roadshow, Steve Devonne, Gordon Mac, Lyndon T & Nite Groove plus a £100 dancing prize (£4 advance tickets from Bluebird & Groove, £4.50 on door) . . . Bank Holiday Monday (29) starts early at midnight with Robbie Vincent, Colin Hudd & John Rush hosting Dartford Flicks annual charity allniter (this time a pre-swim beach party) which includes a free full British breakfast from 1am! Bank Holiday events then include Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Jeff Young, Pete ‘Pedro’ Tong, Chris Brown, at Eastbourne Kings Country Club 2pm (check ticket availability on 01-866 8141), Colin Curtis, Greg Wilson, Mike Shaft, Kev Edwards, Baz Maleedy, Toby Perkins, Ralph Tee etc plus PAs at Preston Clouds alldayer, Greg Edwards, Steve Walsh, George Power, Paul Anderson, Owen Washington, Steve Jackson at London Lyceum 2pm, Medway/Orwell’s Dave ‘TG’ Brown, Steve Devonne, King Enri, Barry Lee Martin, Tom Mator, Johnny North at Eltham’s Yorkshire Grey 2pm, Froggy, Martin Collins, Sean French, Bob Jones at Luton Pink Elephant’s noon toga party, Tom Felton, John ‘Nick’ Osborne, Russ B at Leysdown Stage 3 early evening 6pm . . . John ‘Nick’ Osborne has in fact left his tenure at the Room At The Top to move around the corner to Ilford’s Lords in Cranbrook Road on Tues (kids 14-18 before 10.30pm)/ Thurs (party night)/Fri & Sat (“good stuff”), still doing Wed at Bletchley Peaches and Sun with Steve Walsh at Streatham Cats Whiskers . . . Bluebird follow their re-release of Lonnie Liston Smith ‘Expansions’ with Francine McGee “Delirium” (which should please Brother To Brother in Stanmore!), all within a couple of months . . . Earlene Bentley is out here on import ahead of commercial UK copies, while the next exclusive Record Shack white label produced by Ian Levine will be the violently percussive Eastbound Expressway ‘Primitive Desire‘ . . . Tony Godden (01-370 7556), with Peter Brown ‘Can’t Be Love’ / ‘Do It To Me Anyway’ for sale, is after a copy of Gianco ‘Old Night Flight‘ and is also trying to identify a very fast “war dance”-ish record with the line “make it on your own” heard at Heaven’s Friday funk night . . . Boys Town “high energy” material seems to be crossing over into straight charts especially up North and in Scotland, where they’ve always been into fast stuff anyway (now then, who said “no taste”?!) — either that, or there’s an undiscovered new pink zone north of the Humber! . . . Brighton’s boys presumably will not be opening a new club called the Pink Zone . . . Bill Grainger (0506 54305) is after artistes with suitably high energy new records for PAs at Edinburgh’s Fire Island disco during the current Edinburgh International Festival (ends 10 Sept) . . . NYC Peech Boys pulled out of their UK club tour due to one boy’s injury — however, disgruntled reports suggest they were rather more rock orientated than expected . . . Slingshot’s cover of the ‘Do It Again/Billie Jean’ medley has topped the US Dance/Disco chart, Aretha Franklin ‘Get It Right’ the US Black Singles . . . Graham Gold (Mayfair Gullivers), back from his hols, reports the shops in Majorca have stopped stocking Ryan Paris ‘Dolce Vita’ as it’s “out of date”, the huge summer hit there being Righeira ‘Vamos A La Playa‘ (Spanish HispaVox 12in) . . . Monyaka, my import review of which was so long ago most people have forgotten it, only ever really sold around Harrow until Gary Crowley started plugging it on Capital — could his Tuesday residency at South Harrow’s Bogarts be the reason? . . . Men At Play has had far more reaction from people buying UK copies than from any jocks sent it on import for free by Rush Release . . . Motivation was serviced to DJs by Phonogram and has yet to sell as well as its current chart showing suggests . . . Level 42’s pop position must be due to the creative marketing of the 7in twin-packed with a free picture disc of ‘Out Of Sight Out Of Mind’ and the 12in similarly with either ‘Love Games’ or a cassette of LP extracts — but the creative marketing prize for shifting plastic over counters must go to Annabel Lamb, whose 7in is packaged with a free video! . . . Steve Dennis (Edgbaston Faces) was recently visited by Island’s Bryan O’Connor, who just happened to have a copy of Hot Streak which he let Steve play to great success — “Bryan, generous to a fault, allowed me to keep the polythene shrink wrap — which even created dance floor reaction, as my dog pulled it from my bag and played it for most of Sunday morning!” (like it, like it!) . . . Will Powers inferior version of ‘Adventures In Success’ is now about on import 12in, but thankfully it looks as if the great Big Brother version will finally get a push from Island . . . Steve Walsh was able to stagger Kenny Lynch during an interview with the info I’d fed him that Kenny’s cover of ‘Stand By Me’ in 1964 was not of Ben E King but of the then current version by new boxing champ Cassius Clay! . . . Phil Fearon’s big birthday party titbit which I forgot last week was Jabba The Hutt taking a swing at Doris Morris — whoops! . . . Channel 4 last week showed the Broadway production of ‘Eubie!’, reviving songs written by Eubie Blake who died recently aged 100, which hopefully anyone really interested in black music was able to see — from cakewalking vaudevillian ragtime to jazzy torch songs, big band blues and gospel, it was virtually an illustrated version of a book I’ve often recommended before, ‘Jazz Dance — The Story Of American Vernacular Dance‘ by Marshall & Jean Stearns (Macmillan), Rock On’s Ted Carroll this Sunday at Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom (7.30pm) presents a ‘1950s R&B Jamboree’ with Big Jay McNeely, Chuck Higgins, Young Jessie & Willie Egans — which brings the history of black music slightly more up to date, as these were the pre-rock ‘n’ roll “booting” sax guys . . . Roger Scott’s ‘Hall Of Fame’ on Capital has reached artistes beginning with the letter ‘P’, in the compilation of which last week I discovered in a spectacular mix how Pigbag got the rhythm for ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’ from Esther Phillips ‘What A Diff’rence A Day Makes’! . . . Newcleus only just missed being Capital Radio ‘Peoples Choice’ by one vote . . . WIKKI WIKKI WIKKI WIKKI!

SECOND IMAGE did indeed win the final of TV’s ‘Freddie Starr Showcase’ on Tuesday, as widely tipped (actually some of us knew, as it had been pre-recorded in July!). They now go on to star in a telly special all of their own . . . which just shows where bodypopping can get you?


NEWCLEUS: ‘Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)’ (Becket BKSL 8, via PRT)
Frankly pretty silly but such good fun that kids’ll love it, this ultra-catchy chipmunk/smurf-sung somewhat rambling 109½bpm 12in electrophonic jitterer imitates the scratching effect with its deadly “wikki-wikki wikki-wikki” hookline (dynamite synched over the ‘Rockit’ scratches!), and now as anticipated is such an underground cult it must be a monster crossover smash too (rap/inst flip, the UK pressing fractionally slower than import — a pity that fraction wasn’t upwards to 111bpm) Wikki Wikki!

THE O’JAYS: ‘Put Our Heads Together (Remix)’ (Philadelphia International 4Z9 04073)
Well, lookie lookie! Extended to 7 minutes with new stretches of instrumental adding to its peaks, and a totally instrumental flip, the 120bpm 12in soul stormer now gives itself and mixers more room to breathe (thus lessening the danger of crashing vocals during a mix into ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, for instance).

UNIQUE: ‘What I Got Is What You Need’ (Prelude TA 3707)
My original mention of it being that week’s hottest import seems belatedly to have shot this surprisingly high in the chart, conveniently for CBS coinciding with its UK release. Dead simple, it’s a straightforward synth burbled chix sung striding 115bpm 12in disco smacker in classic uncluttered style (dub flip), strong enough to cross over.

MONYAKA: ‘Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top)’ (Polydor POSPX 641)
With a name that means Good Luck in Swahili, the Brooklyn-based Jamaicans blend Caribbean and New York influences into an infectious acappella introed/outroed sharp edged chugging 98½-99-98¼bpm 12in reggae rapper (inst flip) that’s finally exploding after radio play in London at least, and is widely tipped to hit big.

THE RAKE: ‘Street Justice’ (Streetwave WAVEL 8)
The ‘Death Wish’ movies set to music, this lyrically searing excellent 110bpm 12in rapper preaches the vigilante message in Fatback ‘Is This The Future?’ style with a harrowing tale of a working man who tracks down the punks that violated his family after the courts let them walk free. Luckily certain hip radio jocks are plugging it heavily, as the all-important words can get lost on the floor (inst flip).

MEN AT PLAY: ‘Dr Jam (In The Slam)’ (Design Communications DEST 1, via IDS)
Ignored on import but immediately charting here, this bassily thrumming synth splurged sinuous 116bpm 12in Gary Byrd-ish rapper is all about Philadelphia’s star basketball player (he’s actually mentioned in ‘The Crown’), something of a local youth hero after almost single handedly winning the national championship for his team (inst flip).

LEW KIRTON: ‘Talk To Me’ (US Believe In A Dream 4Z9 04072)
A familiar name returns with a huskily soulful rather good deceptively chunky summer tempo 103(intro)-105-106-107bpm 12in jogger, chicks joining in through the “strings” backing to help build a nagging title line repetition (inst flip) in sorta Wycoff style.

ACTIVE FORCE: ‘Keep On Rockin’ (LP ‘Active Force’ US A&M SP-4932)
Michael Stokes-prod/co-penned useful one chick/four chaps soul group debut, this mellow 0-101½bpm jitterer going great vari-synched between Rick James ‘P.I.M.P.’ and Kurtis Blow while the 99bpm ‘Give Me Your Love‘ is even more summer tempoed, the 65bpm ‘I Never Thought I’d Live Again‘ being a lovely soulful smooch, 115½bpm ‘Bottom Line‘ a catchy light lurcher, 116bpm ‘Cold Blooded Lover‘ a straining smacker and 0-126bpm ‘Rise Up‘ a vocoder-introed fast stark pumper. Worth checking.

ZAPP: ‘I Can Make You Dance’ (US Warner Bros 0-20140)
Unlikely to win new converts to their monotonous but tense yowling vocoder/answering chant heavy funk format but great if you’re into it anyway, this ‘Dance Floor’-style jolting 113½-114-113½bpm 12in bumbler vari-synchs nicely with ‘Atomic Dog’, ‘Nonline’, ‘Wikki-Wikki’ etc (edit flip) and is already out here on the UK-released LP ‘Zapp III’ (Warner Bros 92-3875-1), along with more of the Family Troutman ‘s usual sleazy bump ‘n funk on side one’s 104½bpm ‘Heartbreaker‘ and 111½bpm ‘Play Some Blues‘, but everything mellows for the flip’s lovely instrumental 38/76bpm ‘Tut-Tut (Jazz)‘ and vocally soulful 38½-77bpm ‘Spend My Whole Life’, 79bpm ‘We Need The Buck’.

LILLO THOMAS: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ (LP ‘Let Me Be Yours’ US Capitol ST-12290)
The extremely Kashif-like Lillo’s surname is here revealed on his Paul Lawrence Jones III-prod/largely penned debut set, this oddly mixed 106bpm jolter standing out with a different sound while the jerky 118bpm ‘I Love It‘ is quite Jackson-ish and the lovely 44/90bpm revival of ‘Just My Imagination’ stays true to the Temptations (the 36½/73bpm ‘Joy Of Your Love’ is a nice smooch too), truly Kashif-ish being the 110bpm ‘Hot Love’, 109½bpm title track, 106bpm ‘(You’re A) Good Girl’ 12in and 106bpm ‘Trust Me’.

TWO SISTERS: ‘High Noon’ (IRS PFSX 1021, via A&M)
Man Parrish co-produced juddering 116bpm 12in electrophonic hip hop be bopper with unison chanting chix each side of a good gimmicky “barking” scratch break, certainly useful in a mix and now selling fast (more spacious less vocal ‘Part 2’ flip minus the scratching).

MAN PARRISH: ‘Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) (Remix)’ (Dutch Rams Horn RHR 12-3204)
Bang on target for the electrophonic revival, the style setting 115bpm 12in instrumental is now in its more busily introed special — wait for it! — Disconet remix at a price you can afford, flipped by the ditto 133bpm ‘Heatstroke‘.

NEW ORDER: ‘Confusion’ (US Streetwise SWRL 2213)
Co-prod/penned with Arthur Baker no less, the busy Rockers Revenge-ish hip hop rhythm track is (as to my mind was Freeez) let down by unconvincing pop vocals — these making no attempt to disguise their grating rawness — but with a useful electro instrumental 119½bpm ‘Confusion Beats‘ as well as the 0-119½bpm not-so-instrumental, 119½-0bpm main vocal and 119bpm rough mix all on 4-track 12in there should be something for everyone. Incidentally, ‘Blue Monday’ wasn’t reviewed as I wasn’t sent it, but I do buy imports . . . is there a moral there?

RAYMUN: ‘Do You Feel Like I Feel’ (US Clockwork CW 80911)
Lovely listening and potentially big though possibly tricky to break in clubs, Raymond Carter’s smoochily starting very mellow soulful 29¼/58½-117½-118bpm 12in looper is by turns wailing, growling and sexy as he builds its interesting atmosphere (dub flip), worth investigating.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Choosey Lover’ (Epic TA 3690)
Typically yowling guitar immediately puts the Isleys stamp on this gorgeous romantic 68/34bpm soul smoocher, here on 4-track 12in which continues their budget ‘greatest hits’ reissue series with the flip’s old 0-32/64-69bpm ‘The Highways Of My Life’, “live” 103-104bpm ‘Take Me To The Next Phase’, 132bpm ‘It’s A Disco Night’.

RAW SILK: ‘Just In Time’ (West End WEND 122, via Arista)
Name power boosted initial import sales of the sweet chicks’ pleasant lightweight rhythmically Galaxy-ish 0-122-121bpm 12in swayer with nice piano near the end (tougher inst flip), but floor reaction’s already faltered — although it could have Shakatak/Diana Ross-type radio appeal here.

NORMA JEAN WRIGHT: ‘Love Attack’ (US Mirage 0-96994)
Starting punchily but then losing direction fast after nicking The Limit’s “woah oh” from ‘She’s So Divine’, this empty 0-116(intro)-118-119-117bpm 12in tripper (inst flip) had a brief sales burst before the truth sank in.

SYLVESTER: ‘Band Of Gold (Clubhouse Mix)’ (London LONX 33)
High energy 128bpm 12in blend of Freda Payne’s oldie with the Four Tops ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ bass line and “sugar pie honey bunch” vocal hook, plus the sort of dated percussion breaks you’d expect, here in a UK-only ‘Pedro Edit’ (by Pete Tong!) which emphasises the Tops bits more (inst/edit flip).

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘High Rise’ (Capitol 12CL 304)
Diana Ross-ish energy lurching 129bpm 12in galloper, the very different and vastly superior 129½bpm instrumental flip starting with cool jazzy vibes over a ‘Contact/Instant Replay’ beat.

CHARADE featuring Jessica: ‘Got To Get To You’ (Passion PASH 124)
Ultra frantic fast empty 138bpm 12in galloper for the moustachioed bunch, this particular Jessica not being the Jessica Williams originally hinted at.

RYAN PARIS: ‘Dolce Vita’ (Carrere CART 289)
So this is the holidaymaker hit all the fuss has been about — an English-sung mildly chugging 120bpm 12in pop-disco singalong swayer with a more violent electro break (inst flip), which doubtless will have FR David ‘Words’-type appeal.

CLIFF RICHARD: ‘Never Say Die’ (EMI 12EMI 5415)
Cliff’s gone disco, on 12in (for the first time?) with a jerkily starting 101bpm Bee Gees-ish jolter that’s probably too contrived to have the wide appeal of his more immediately contagious pop hits, but certainly had me rooted by the radio waiting to hear who it was! Move it and a-groove it!

DISCO TOP 85 – AUGUST 27, 1983

01 01 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
02 13 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
03 08 Show Me The Way – New York Skyy – Epic 12” remix/US Salsoul LP
04 04 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA International 12”
05 03 The Crown – Gary Byrd – Motown 12”
06 07 Just Be Good To Me – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
07 10 Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned A Penny – Kenny Lynch – Satril LP
08 05 Changing For You / Bottom’s Up – Chi-Lites – R&B 12”
09 20 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
10 28 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
11 14 One Mind — Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
12 21 Body Work / Instrumental – Hot Streak – US Easy Street 12”
13 09 Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
14 02 Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – Philadelphia International 12”
15 06 Crazy – Manhattans – CBS 12”
16 22 Jingo (Remix) / Jingo Breakdown – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
17 11 Falling In Love – Surface – Salsoul 12”
18 — Put Our Heads Together (Remix) – O’Jays – Philadelphia International 12”
19 12 Tell Me Love – Michael Wycoff – RCA 12”
20 18 I.O.U. / I Dub You – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
21 30 Wait Until Tonight (My Love) – Galaxy – Ensign 12”
22 44 Fool For You – Julie Roberts – Bluebird 12”
23 63 Color Blind / Motivation (Are You Ready) / Motivation (Instrumental) – Motivation – US De-Lite LP
24 17 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
25 67 Ladies Choice / Love Hassles – Stone City Band – US Gordy LP
26 75 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
27 27 Didn’t You Know It / Shine On Me – One Way – US MCA LP
28 38 Hopscotch (US Remix) – Gwen Guthrie – Island 12”
29 15 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
30 19 Get It Right – Aretha Franklin – Arista 12”
31 16 Do It Again/Billie Jean (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
32 74 High Noon – Two Sisters – US Sugarscoop 12”
33 33 Rock The World!!! / Don’t Need A Lot Of Money – Crown Heights Affair – US De-Lite LP
34 40 The Key (Instrumental) – Wuf Ticket – US Prelude 12”
35 24 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
36 23 U-2 (Medley) – War – US RCA LP
37 29 Skip To My Lou – Finis Henderson – Motown 12”
38 45 Valley Style (Billie Jean) – T. Ski Valley – US Capo 12”
39 49 Cold Blooded – Rick James – Gordy 12”
40 52 Autodrive / Future Shock / TFS – Herbie Hancock – CBS LP
41 59 The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
42 56 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – US Heat 12”
43 35 What Do We Do – Atmosfear – Chrysalis 12”
44 25 All Night Long (Instrumental) – La Famille – Sanity 12”
45 65 (You’re A) Good Girl – Lillo – Capitol 12”
46 41 Risin’ To The Top – Keni Burke – RCA 12”
47 47 Superstar (Billie Jean) – Lydia Murdock – US Team Entertainment 12”
48 58 Locked Up In Your Love / Start All Over Again / Forever By Your Side – Manhattans – US Columbia LP
49 64 Let’s Get It Right / Instrumental – Keywi – Virgin 12”
50 78 It’s Cool – Walter Jackson – US Chi-Sound 7”
51 73 The Wildstyle – Time Zone – US CellulOid 12”
52 82 Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
53 76 Street Justice – The Rake – Streetwave 12”
54 36 Lovely Day / Sunshine Mix – Central Line – Mercury 12”
55 70 P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. – Rick James – US Gordy LP
56 43 Sakhile – Sakhile – Jive Afrika LP/12” white label
57 83 I’m The Packman – The Packman – US Enjoy 12”
58 39 Feels So Good / Wet My Whistle / Electricity – Midnight Star – Solar LP
59 — In And Out / Closer Than Close – Junior Walker – US Motown LP
60 — Half The Day’s Gone (Bethnal Green Chin-Mental Funk Mix) – Kenny Lynch – Satril 12”
61 48 Out Of The Funk / Historical Places (Ethiopia) / This Love Of Mine – Dennis Brown – A&M LP
62 57 Chicago / Good Good Music – Roy Ayers – Uno Melodic LP
63 71 You Brought The Sunshine – Clark Sisters – Elektra 12”
64 34 Feel Like Making Love – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
65 — Love Attack – Norma Jean Wright – US Mirage 12”
66 — Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack – Capitol 12”
67 42 Inside Love (So Personal) / Never Too Far To Fall / Love Will Come Again – George Benson – Warner Bros LP
68 66 Green Light / Hip Dip Skippedabeat – Mtume – Epic 12”
69 62 Please (Don’t Break My Heart) – Lady M – US Blue Parrot 12”
70 53 Just In Time – Raw Silk – West End 12”
71 — Too Much Too Soon / Let The Music Play – Ian Prince – London 12”
72 69 Never Too Late – Lonnie Liston Smith – Doctor Jazz 12”
73 — Soul Makossa / Big Blow – Manu Dibango – London 12”
74 51 Do You Want Me (Instrumental) – El Chicano – US Columbia 12”
75 — Ray-Gun-Omics – Project Future – Capitol 12”
76 — All Over Your Face – Ronnie Dyson – US Cotillion 12”
77 26 Hopscotch – Gwen Guthrie – Island 12”
78 37 Messages From The Stars – Rah Band – TMT 12”
79 55 What’s The Bottom Line / Baby I Will – Michael Lovesmith – Motown 12”
80 61 Tell Me If You Still Care – The SOS Band – US Tabu LP
81 — Long Hot Summer – Style Council – Polydor 12”
82 — I Can Make You Dance – Zapp – US Warner Bros 12”
83 54 One On One Situation – Peaches & Herb – US The Entertainment Company LP
84 — You’re The One (You’re My Number One) – Katie Kissoon – Jive 12”
85 — Atomic Dog – George Clinton – Capitol 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Ladies Choice: ‘Girl’s Night Out’ (US SMI 12in)
Larry Graham: ‘I’m Sick And Tired’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Feel: ‘Got To Have Your Lovin’ (US Posse 12in)
Earth Wind & Fire: ‘Spread Your Love (Remix)’ (US Columbia 12in)
McKenzie & Gardiner: ‘From Time’ (The Sound Of London 12in)
Edwin Starr: ‘Smooth’ (Calibre 12in)
Byron Lee: ‘Hot-Hot-Hot’ (Dynamic 12in)
Ariana: ‘You Can’t Keep Breaking My Heart’ (US Peach Tree 12in)
Active Force: ‘Keep On Rockin’ (US A&M LP)
TeeRoy Morris: ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Dub)’ (Polydor 12in promo)
Roy Alton: ‘Girl I Love You’ (Sunburn 12in)
Run DMC: ‘It’s Like That’ (US Profile 12in)
Shango: ‘Shango Message’ (US CellulOid 12in)
Shakatak: ‘If You Could See Me Now’ (Polydor 12in)


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):

Madness 116f, UB40 89f, Moody Blues 127f, The Glove 146r, Twisted Sister 0-191-193-0r, Michael Sembello 157f, Bryson/Flack 0-29½/59-0r, Kenny Lynch 113f, Dio 0-91-93f, Asia 36-145-147 149f (revised).


01 01 The Crown – Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – Motown 12”
02 02 Do It Again/Billie Jean (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
03 11 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
04 03 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
05 05 Crazy – Manhattans – CBS 12”
06 04 Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – Philadelphia International 12”
07 18 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA 12”
08 07 All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
09 06 Feel Like Makin’ Love – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
10 14 Changing For You – Chi-Lites – R&B 12”
11 39 Long Hot Summer – Style Council – Polydor 12”
12 08 It’s Over – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
13 27 Gold – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
14 21 Wait Until Tonight (My Love) – Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
15 12 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
16 24 Freak – Bruce Foxton – Arista 12”
17 09 Wherever I Lay My Hat / Sex – Paul Young – CBS 12”
18 13 Flashdance . . . What A Feeling – Irene Cara – Casablanca 12”
19 19 Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers – Epic 12”
20 10 Double Dutch – Malcolm McLaren – Charisma 12”
21 29 Just Be Good To Me – SOS Band – Tabu 12”
22 43 Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned A Penny – Kenny Lynch – Satril 12”
23 — Everything Counts – Depeche Mode – Mute 12”
24 25 Club Tropicana – Wham! – Innervision 12”
25 15 (Do You Really Love Me) Tell Me Love – Michael Wycoff – RCA 12”
26 17 China Girl – David Bowie – EMI America 12”
27 36 Tour De France – Kraftwerk – EMI 12”
28 20 She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby – Venice In Peril 12”
29 16 Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham – MCA 12”
30 40 Give It Up – KC & The Sunshine Band – Epic 12”
31 22 Watching You Watching Me – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
32 35 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
33 — Disappearing Act – Shalamar – Solar 12”
34 31 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
35 23 Dead Giveaway – Shalamar – Solar 12”
36 33 Maniac – Michael Sembello – Casablanca 12”
37 26 Falling In Love – Surface – RCA 12”
38 37 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”
39 41 Summer Dub / Cruel Summer – Bananarama – London 12”
40 — Lined Up / My Spine (Is On The Bassline) – Shreikback – Y 12”
41 — You’re The One (You’re My Number One) – Katie Kissoon – Jive 12”
42 38 Messages From The Stars – Rah Band – TMT 12”
43 48 Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
44 46 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
45 — Fool For You – Julie Roberts – Greyhound 12”
46 34 Trouble In Paradise – Al Jarreau – WEA 12”
47 30 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
48 42 Get It Right – Aretha Franklin – Arista 12”
49 28 You Ain’t Really Down – Status IV – TMT 12”
50 45 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”

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


01 01 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”/US Prism remix
02 05 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – US Megatone 12”
03 03 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) (Megamix) – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
04 04 On The Grid / Angel Eyes – Lime – US Prism remix/German Polydor LP
05 07 I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley – US Kommander 12”
06 09 Band Of Gold – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”/London re-edit
07 11 Take It Slowly – Nancy Martinez – Canadian Matra LP
08 08 So Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
09 06 When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
10 02 Do It Again/Billie Jean (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
11 19 Got To Get To You – Charade featuring Jessica – Passion 12”
12 15 Maniac – Michael Sembello – Casablanca 12”
13 20 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12”
14 14 Boogie Nights – Lafleur – Proto 12”
15 — These Memories (Remix) – Oh Romeo – Canadian Unidisc 12”
16 10 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
17 26 Love Taker – Stefano Pulga – Italian System Music 12”
18 12 She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – Mercury 12”
19 13 El Watusi/La Bamba (Land Of A Thousand Dances Medley) – Rags & Riches – US Casablanca 12”/LP
20 — I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – Weather Girls – US Columbia 12”
21 22 My Forbidden Lover – Tapps – Canadian Power 12”
22 16 I Just Can’t Help Believing – Boys Town Gang – ERC 12”
23 — Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home – US Bob Cat 12”
24 — Medley: Billie Jean/Jeopardy – Pink Project – Italian Baby 12”
25 — Burn It Up Mr DJ – Risque – US Importe/12 12”
26 — Stars On 45 Presents The Star Sisters – Stars On 45 – CBS 12”
27 23 Lover To Lover – Joe Yellow – Italian Hole 12”
28 — Space – Viola Wills – US RVA 12”
29 — Voices In The Dark – Mike Cannon – Italian Memory 12”
30=— God Knows – Donna Eyes – Italian Il Disc 12”
30=— Give It Up – KC & The Sunshine Band – Epic 12”

2 thoughts on “August 27, 1983: Newcleus, The O’Jays, Unique, Monyaka, The Rake”

  1. And all within a few lines of Oakenfold’s mention we had Nicky Holloway, Colin Hudd, Froggy (if only for his sound system which was such a part of the scene) – a virtual who’s who of the 1988 acid house scene around London town.

    And Paul Anderson, Steve Jackson, Gordon Mac, Graham Gold all getting early mentions and all part of the pirate and then legal Kiss FM around the same time.


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