ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LIONEL RICHIE’s ‘All Night Long’ 12in will now stay as it is, Motown merely emphasising that an extended remix is on his album — and really, at this stage, who can blame them? . . . Rufus/Chaka Khan ‘Ain’t Nobody’ is now evidently on UK 12in, Melle Mel ‘White Lines’ (without a remix) is due here imminently, Cuba Gooding has been grabbed by London (who don’t have automatic rights to Streetwise material), Steve Harvey’s next pressing of the ‘Tonight’ 12in will replace the flip’s versions with Steve’s own original mix plus ‘Something Special’ . . . Third World ‘Lagos Jump‘, unscheduled for 12in here, has turned up (unremixed) on two different import 12in pressings — US Columbia (44-04194) flipped by ‘Swing Low‘ and Dutch CBS (CBSA 12.3744) with ‘Love Is Out To Get You (Instrumental)‘ . . . Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes have just signed to Philly World, with new product in the new year . . . Tony Monson while on his record delivery round had his car burgled, losing three large export shipper’s boxes of the current hottest new imports plus a few one-offs, and (easiest to spot) some obscure Japanese albums — anyone with suspicions of their present whereabouts should call Monson Of The Yard on Orpington 22350 . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Reflections) while helping on Graham Jackson’s Radio Forth soul show had an on-air phone chat with Randy Muller, who said Brass Construction were about to re-record ‘Movin’ in “a sort of 1983 version” — doubtless I’ll get more news when the guys are in town next week! . . . Dionne Warwick’s album is out here already but for some reason retitled ‘So Amazing’ (Arista 2057-55), the US’s ‘How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye‘ title track duet with Luther Vandross being on UK 12in . . . Herb Alpert’s old ‘Rise’, which in pre-quartz locked days I’d always believed was 100bpm, on its present UK 12in pressing (as flip to ‘Garden Party’) turns out to be 98 2/3bpm and very useful for mixers again — unless speed-spun at 133bpm! . . . Everett Jervis from Hackney Flappers thankfully managed to make something out of the dreadful 142bpm music to win last week’s semi-final of the Malibu World Disco Dancing contest in moderately realistic style, the tempo and background dancing ironically returning to complete reality when Junior Gee performed live! . . . The Rock Steady Crew’s own video is visually busy but surprisingly unspectacular when it comes to their break dancing . . . Birmingham’s Steve Dennis will soon announce plans to continue his annual DJ Convention, although wherever he holds it the date will now not be until early next year . . . Steve Walsh starts taking complete control of the Saturday 6-9pm ‘Street Life’ soul show on Guildford’s County Sound 96.6FM/203MW as from next week, and will fill TV screens on Tuesday (Nov 1) as a guest on Channel 4’s 10.30pm ‘Loose Talk’ chat show — evidently to make up for the musical other Steve Walsh having preceded him! . . . Phil Riley’s Friday ‘Soul Train’ on BRMB has been extended half an hour to run 7.30-10pm, starting now with a Midland Dance Floor Chart for which he’d welcome local jocks contributions — send your charts to Phil at BRMB, PO Box 555, Birmingham B6 4BX (and if you’re an electro jock in the Midlands, how about sending ’em to us as well?) . . . Radio Caroline is on 965kHz/319m MW . . . Her Majesty’s Home Office seem to be harassing London’s weekend soul pirates so much at the moment that most if not all have been off the air . . . US TV and cable stations have at last started a veritable bandwagon of black music video shows, at a local rather than nationally networked level to start with, and although new video material will obviously be in the pipeline now that it has an outlet, the stations are getting great reaction to all the old black videos that previously had gone unseen . . . Lionel Richie is top US Black single, Klique still at two . . . “Top 40” radio stations seem to be winning back ratings in some US cities, several significantly just like in the ’60’s mixing white and black records without the narrowcast segregation that in recent years took variety out of playlists (and all but the blandest black acts out of the pop charts) . . . I keep mentioning the state of US TV and radio because it does directly influence the records that we get . . . October 1963, twenty years ago exactly, was just about the birth of soul music in all its modern glory — certainly there was a sense of something different in the air, with acts like Major Lance, The Impressions, Martha & The Vandellas, Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye and so many more making memorable records, plus the whole Motown machine getting its gears in order with the first of its classic “formula” releases: is it any wonder that this was about the time that I started going over the top as a record collector, getting Billboard every week to tick off all the soul hits I’d got?! . . . US publishers Holt, Rinehart & Winston have just put out ‘Showtime At The Apollo‘ by Ted Fox, reputedly an excellent much-illustrated account of the famous Harlem variety theatre where all the black stars appeared, I used to go there every week in ’64, and to the Baby Grand and Small’s Paradise (the latter included in the photo montage on import CBS 12in sleeves) . . . Curly King, another name much more known in nightlife circles twenty years ago, these days is successfully manufacturing an interlocking tubular plastic King Plan display and stacking system which could well be ideal for mobile disco use — coming in various smart colours, the tubes lock together in any cube-based permutation you want, take no time to set up/take down, weigh next to nothing yet support up to four tonnes per square metre, and fitted with shelves or with boxes just put straight across the top must be a useful alternative to boring old tables for all your gear at gigs (details from King Plan Marketing, Unit 12, Elizabeth Industrial Estate, Juno Way, Deptford, London SE14 (01-692 9657) . . . Lee Taylor (01-385 6955/0506) as well as wanting a quality venue himself, for some mysterious reason needs a good Barbadian DJ el pronto, like fast! . . . Hidden Charms, promoting their white pop-reggae 0-142½bpm ‘Lover’s Rock’ around the clubs, are after more PA’s and radio interviews — contact John Walsh on 01-567 1668 or PRT’s Robert Blenman and Kenny Barker on 01-262 8040 . . . Halloween lasts the whole weekend at Hinckley Bubbles with Paul Major, Tony Allen & Leigh Clark keeping the witches cauldron boiling through Sat/Sun/Monday, while elsewhere the predictable horror theme gets played to the hilt on Saturday (29) by Gary Oldis at Aycliffe Bee Jay’s Country Club (free for appropriate fancy dressers), Tricky Dicky at Stratford’s The Pigeons in Romford Road (Boys Town), and similarly Norman Scott at Haringey Bolts, Brighton Bolts 1am bar extension party being on Sunday (30), as are an alldayer at Bolton’s Dance Factory with Greg Wilson, Colin Curtis, Mike Shaft, Richard Seeding, Peter Lee ‘n more and another alldayer at Birmingham’s Hummingbird with Frenchie T and presumably more, Radio London soul DJ Tony Blackburn joining Colin Hudd at Dartford Flicks on Monday (31), when Dave Rawlings at Kensington’s The Park lets in fancy-dressers for free, and Kelly combines Halloween with the 1st birthday at Boscombe’s The Academy . . . Darren Fogel, soul/jazzing Kensington’s Thackeray’s winebar Fri/Sat, is joined weekly this Thursday (27) by Steve Walsh at Tufnell Park’s Boston Club . . . Julian Palmer, playing Liquid Liquid ‘Cavern‘ for some time amongst his more left-field electrofunk on Fridays at London’s Oxford/Tottenham Court Road The Pleasure Dome, is after more West End/Surrey residencies on 01-409 2211 . . . Capital’s Phil Allen does Dartford Flicks this Friday (28) rather than last week, Bob Jones joins Pete Tong at the Sheffield Arms near Uckfield on the A275, and Tom Felton joins Kev Ashman weekly at Charing King Arthur’s Court from this Friday too . . . Chris Ramrachia, just back from Mauritius and looking for a club residency (messages on 01-422 6338), has a special Mauritian night downstairs at Mayfair Gullivers this Saturday (29) . . . Cino Berigliano, whose cheeky attempt to get the records he’s promoting into our chart is being totally ignored (so save your stamps!), joins Carol at London’s Lyceum every Saturday and would welcome PAs on 01-688 3699 . . . John Dene provides funk and Paul Kristian fun (like Max Bygraves!) every Saturday at Dunstable Tiffany’s, John also doing Streatham Cats Whiskers (Fri)/Guildford Cinderfellas (Mon) and wanting more mid-week gigs on Eaton Bray 220310 . . . Disco Dave Singleton, big in Eccles for years, this Sunday (30) starts a new nightly video show at Warrington’s Lord Rodneys (pub hours) and Eccles Rainbow (after hours), his twin giant screen video show going out from Newton-Le-Willows 6018 . . . Pete Tong souls Bermondsey Dockhead’s Swan & Sugarloaf with Nicky Holloway on Monday (31), the Chi-Lites play Mayfair Gullivers on Wednesday (2) . . . Stevie Wonder’s campaign paid off, the third Monday every January will be an American public holiday, Martin Luther King Day (it being closest to his ‘Happy Birthday’), . . . Prince’s current US pop smash from his year-old double album is the rhythmically ambivalent jaunty 100/200bpm ‘Delirious‘ — as you may have noticed now the US charts are back in your caring sharing RM! . . . Gene Chandler’s old 115bpm ‘Get Down‘ is interesting out of Melle Mel, while last Friday my set ended in mellow style with a full floor to Kevie Kev, Herb Alpert ‘Rise’, Hubert Laws, Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’ (Inst), Teena Marie ‘Playboy’, Atlantic Starr ‘I Want Your Love’, Lionel Richie ‘Love Will Find A Way’, Dennis Brown ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ . . . Whiz Kid, scratching partner of rapping MC G.L.O.B.E., did the scratches on Freeez ‘Scratch Goes My Dub‘ . . . import buyers had to be rich last week — I picked up about 90 quid’s worth and still didn’t get everything . . . what happened this week to Hardcase’s “now you’re cookin” which looked like a handy catchphrase? . . . STAY OFF THOSE WHITE LINES!
MICHAEL JACKSON is right now in the middle of filming with director John Landis the previously mooted half-million dollar video of an extended 10-minute version of ‘Thriller’ (however only the LP version and a new shorter remix will be on the UK 12in due next week! By supplying slightly more finance than CBS for this venture, Michael retains all rights to the video, which together with his older ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It’ clips could possibly end up on sale to the public! Meanwhile in the States, where promo pressings of ‘Thriller’ may be serviced to radio and clubs, there’s no doubt that it will actually follow ‘P.Y.T.’ as the seventh single to be pulled off the one LP . . . although, after its inevitable UK success, who knows?
PETE TONG fleshes out last week’s simple list of the obvious big newies at the Caister soul weekender with a more in-depth look at the other tracks that were equally big but mainly of a more specialist jazz or oldies type. Although the general influence of this event has greatly decreased, it’s still interesting to see what the soul purists are currently playing.
1. ALL ABOUT MY GIRL – Jimmy McGriff – Sue/Ensign 7” EP
2. BAIHIA – Gilberto Gil – French WEA LP
3. AC/DC – Paz – Paladin LP
4. JAMAICAN GIRL – Love Unlimited – Unlimited Gold LP
5. FOOT IN THE DOOR – Onward International – Paladin 12”
6. WHEN SLY CALLS – Michael Franks – US Warner Bros LP
7. GOT MY MOJO WORKING – Jimmy Smith – Verve LP
8. SOUL LIMBO – Booker T & The MG’s – Stax 7”
9. BRIGHTER TOMORROW – Tom Browne – US Arista LP
10. WET MY WHISTLE – Midnight Star – Solar 12”
11. LOVE HOW YOU FEEL – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
12. JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH – Lew Kirton – US BID LP
SPENCE: ‘Get It On’ (Arista ARIST 12547)
In short supply on Dutch import although immediately massive for all who found it, this floor-packing ultra-beefy bass bumped 112bpm 12in thudder builds from street noises into a great ‘Funkin’ for Jamaica’ groove (synch ’em to excite your punters!) breaking after chant backed light lead vocals into some electro hiccups near the end. There ain’t no stoppin’ it now!
ARMENTA: ‘I Wanna Be With You’ (US Savoir Faire SF 201)
Exploding faster than dynamite and obviously the next Unique (it’s like a less crisp version, and terrific out of Haywoode), this Amir Bayyan-prod chirrupy chix wailed 0-114½bpm 12in pounder has nice open tuned guitar amidst the hard knocking beat, and great vocoder on Part 2 picking up from Part 1’s outro.
DAYTON: ‘The Sound Of Music’ (LP ‘Feel The Music’ US Capitol ST-12297)
Rahni Harris’s group come blazing back with a sensational soul set on which even the duffer tracks at least have great singing, this jazzily flavoured flowing vocoder scatted 55/110-112-113-114-112-0-115bpm roller being the big floor filler, the 7in-issued ‘It Must Be Love‘ a lovely 81-82bpm jogger and ‘Out Tonight‘ a Kashif-ish 113bpm jolter, oddly the Zapp Family Troutman-masterminded 111bpm ‘Love You Anyway‘ being weakest of all, while others are the Staples-ish 87bpm ‘Lookin’ Up’, 51½-106-104bpm ‘Promise Me’, 0-32-65½bpm ‘Caught In The Middle’, 125bpm ‘So What’, 0-136bpm ‘Eyes’. They have it! Continue reading “October 29, 1983: Spence, Armenta, Dayton, Lionel Richie, Arnie’s Love”