ODDS ‘N’ BODS
MARY JANE GIRLS ‘Boys‘ 12in, due imminently, finally finds their own instrumental of ‘All Night Long’ as flip, while also due is Steve Harvey ‘Tonight‘ mixed by Francois Kevorkian . . . ‘Street Sounds Edition 6‘ has current hits by Raw Silk, Serge Ponsar, El Chicano, Paradise, The Rake, Newcleus, Candido, ‘Jingo (Remix)’, SOS Band ‘Tell Me If You Still Care’, the as yet unissued (why now bother?) Beverly Skeete ‘If The Feeling Is Right (Remix)‘, all then let down by KC ‘Give It Up’ — however, watch the singles sales suffer! . . . Skyy ‘Show Me The Way’ is now on yet another 12in (US Salsoul SG 408) in presumably a Randy Muller mix (the original?) flipped by what seems to be Shep Pettibone’s UK remix — confused? . . . Teena Marie ‘Fix It‘ / Inst is on US Epic 12in, (I do hope it’s not our single), while One Way’s US 12in is ‘Let’s Get Together‘ / ‘Didn’t You Know It‘ . . . Active Force ‘Give Me Your Love‘ is due on UK 12in, ‘I Love It‘ will be the Lillo follow-up . . . Curtis Hairston is not definitely confirmed on CBS yet, the money’s been spiralling . . . Stevie Wonder’s forthcoming ‘People Move, Human Plays‘ album title track will be on single soon, the LP later in the year (Motown hope!) . . . Michael Jackson’s return duet with Paul McCartney will be in fact a McCartney release, ‘Koala Bear‘ / ‘Say Say Say‘ / ‘The Man‘ . . . BADEM’s annual disco equipment exhibition becomes ever more a self celebratory social for all the fellow exhibitors to impress each other, as their attitude this year made very apparent . . . Jerry Green, the new hopefully switched on salesperson at Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre, jocks as well (Windsor Park Safari Club Sats/Hendon Melanies Weds) and always spends a fortune at the shop himself — so he should know what’s what! . . . Lee Taylor tells me the current fashion amongst New York’s mixers is indeed to put the records on any old how, with the faders fully up, scratch back on the beat and then (faders still up about halfway) bring the record to synching speed with their thumb against the platter before doing a crossfade — which must explain how Larry Levan and other DJ legends sounded rough to recent visitor Simon Walsh (Bradford Time & Place) . . . Rick James has replaced Thriller as top US Black LP — but for good? . . . Richard Searling, in his recently changed new time slot, this Sunday 3-5pm on Red Rose Radio 301MW/97.3FM does an all-Northern show marking the would-have-been 10th anniversary of Wigan Casino . . . Lew Kirton, from Barbados originally, sang with the Invitations — I bet some Northern ears pricked up just then! . . . Mike Shaft is special guest at the North West DJ Assn meeting this Sunday (25) 9-11pm in the Belgrade Hotel, Offerten, Stockport (non-members welcome), while earlier that day (noon) the Thames Valley DJA mob meet at Didcot’s Rio on the A4130 towards Wallingford, behind a filling station) . . . Peter Lee hosts “Bolton’s first laser light show” this Thursday (22) at the Dance Factory, followed on Friday (23) by a CBS ‘Dance Mix Dance Hits Vol II’ promotion night — coinciding with one at Edgbaston Faces French as well . . . Chris Brown & Johnnie Walker on Sunday (25) have Camberley Frenchies first-ever “all lighter” yes, light, as in miners helmets, bow ties, torches, anything except a naked flame . . . Odyssey do next week at Watford Baileys . . . ‘Grunting George’ Alexander & ‘Eccentric Eric’ Downs have bodypop/break dancers Micron at their ‘Steppin’ Out’ Tuesday next week (27) in Harrow Weald’s Middlesex & Herts Country Club . . . Paul ‘Datsun Cherry’ Gough (Hartlepool) asked for an old Prince Philip Mitchell LP on this page and says “The power of your column takes some believing, the day the paper came out I had no less than eleven calls!” — he got his copy off Martin Smith (Cardiff), who in turn kindly comments that this page “is the best for info on new releases there is” (gosh, gee, shucks, it’s folks like you who make all the sweat worthwhile!) . . . Darryl Hayden (Twickenham) recently advertised in Record Mirror for DJs and so far has had over 130 demo tapes from Plymouth to Argyle, “which goes to show how many DJs read RM” — he also runs videotheques in a big way and can’t understand why Fred Dove won’t let anyone else use, let alone copy, the many WEA promotional videos which are going to waste when just Fred himself is the only one ever to screen them . . . Dave Rawlings, adding Mon/Thurs at Kensington High Street’s The Park to his residencies, this week drops his WEA chart quota to 18 out of 50, but now 6 make his top 15 — who’s a good boy, then? . . . ‘Segue’ Steve Goddard has just started mixing good music Fridays at Strood’s La Club (where Thursday is a £6 entry/free drinks hen night), while he’s also at Barking Chains Sat/Mon, Stratford Reflections Sun . . . John ‘Nick’ Osborne has now moved on Wed/Fri/Sat to Leysdown Stage 3, replacing Tom Felton . . . Dartford Flicks bank holiday allniter raised a record-breaking £1,500 towards a cancer-treating laser gun for West Hill Hospital . . . I’m surprised Ian Levine hasn’t picked up on Mercy Ray ‘You Really Got To Me‘ what with the much repeated line (especially on the dub) “I’m waiting for a call from Heaven”! . . . Carl Richardson’s boogieing with the boys again next Wednesday (28) at Hull Fagins . . . John Tracy (Manchester Hacienda) reckons A Certain Ratio’s ‘Don’t Worry About A Thing‘ is very similar to the Cal Tjader/Carmen ‘Mama Corleone’ McCrae version on the ‘Heatwave’ LP, which was a big “cool off” jazz track at the group’s hometown club . . . The Jones Girls fairly fast shrill ‘On Target‘ 12in is an unexpected chart entry — I thought most people were waiting for their obviously imminent album . . . Tavares LP’s ‘Caught Short’ should be 133-0bpm . . . Guy Dalton ‘Passer La Nuit’ at 33 1/3rpm was dynamite between La Famille and Michael Wycoff! . . . Haywoode’s first name is Sharon — but why’s she known as Sid? . . . PRT’s Tilly Rutherford made a specially edited 111bpm 7in acetate of the Newcleus wikki-wikki’s for me, making mixes much easier — he may also (at my suggestion) be getting some without any backing . . . Arthur Baker is doing the soundtrack music, including established electro hits, for a Harry Belafonte-produced “street life” movie set in the South Bronx — presumably a more elaborate ‘Wild Style’? . . . Channel 4’s ‘I Remember Harlem’ last Sunday somehow went right through the ’30s without showing any jitterbugging apart from the last few seconds — sorry! . . . I’ll be in New York myself this weekend, for the wedding of Capital Radio producer Mike Childs and native New Yorker Jan Sedofsky, and while I can promise to do some serious eating I may not be doing much disco-going . . . TWO, THREE BREAK!
TOM BROWNE really doesn’t have much tootlin’ to do on his ‘Rockit’-style Maurice Starr/Michael Jonzun-prod/penned ‘Rockin’ Radio‘ — detailed off import 7in last week and now already on the 118½-119bpm UK 12in (Arista ARIST 12 545) — his horn making the merest token appearance especially on the (initially mislabelled) 119bpm dub version flip.
SPENCE: ‘Get It On’ (Dutch Ariola 600.956)
My monster of the weekend, an immediate floorfiller both nights despite being totally unknown, this Dutch-made dynamite ultra-beefy bass bumped 112bpm 12in trucking thudder starts with street sound effects while the beat builds in ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ style before hitting an Al Hudson-ish groove behind the chant supported light voiced guy, breaking with some electro hiccups towards the end (Haywoode synchs out superbly). This should be huge.
ONWARD INTERNATIONAL: ‘Foot In The Door’ (Paladin PAL 001, via Rough Trade)
Out of Paul Murphy’s jazz basement streaks this excellent homegrown frantic fast bounding brass, piano and percussion latin-jazz instrumental driven with great solidity by a familiar bass line — 0-125-126-124-126-124-126-124½-125½-127-124-126-0bpm, although 126-0.c is simpler as you’ll play it all! — on 3-track 12in flipped by the really specialist latin ‘Samba Doo Bonnay‘ and ‘21st Floor Mambo‘.
LIONEL RICHIE: ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ (Motown TMG 1319)
“Great for radio but not really a dance record” said all the pundits when this came in on import 7in last week. Oh yeah? Now on 12in promo and due as a UK 7in (flipped by last year’s delicate ‘Wandering Stranger‘), this quietly starting then madly infectious brassily spurting 108½bpm afro/carib-flavoured party jiggler is a floor filling monster (I mixed it between Michael Wycoff and Odyssey ‘Roots’), especially as it is indeed already hot on radio! Continue reading “September 24, 1983: Spence, Onward International, Lionel Richie, Sharon Redd, Tavares”