October 1, 1983: David Grant, Major Harris, Rocksteady Crew, Hawkeye, Active Force


MICHAEL JACKSON and movie director John Landis are discussing a half million dollar video featuring Vincent Price as well as Michael to illustrate an extended 10 minute version of the ‘Thriller’ title track as a “thank you” gesture to all who bought the album (well over 8,500,000 US sales so far and still selling 200,000 a week) — there’s a question of just how the video will be financed, and how indeed it’ll be shown (incidentally, ‘Thriller’ is not set for US singles release although ‘P.Y.T.’ is — the sixth single there from that one LP) . . . Lionel Richie will be on commercial 12in here as soon as his ‘Can’t Slow Down’ album is out in the States (should be next week), the mix then possibly being different from the 7in version used on promo pressings . . . Newcleus in the 111bpm re-edited 7in version sent to me on acetate turns out to be a Froggy mix, and the new commercially released 7in version (Calibre BKS 8) — l know it’s only small, not a big butch 12in, but this version is far easier for mixers as it starts bang on the main “wikki-wikki”, so get it! . . . Gap Band ‘I’m Ready (If You’re Ready)‘ in much remixed form will be their UK 12in A-Side, soon . . . Jive Afrika have signed veteran afro-jazz tootler Hugh Masekela for future product . . Martini & Rossi booze manufacturers are staging a ‘Martini Screentest’ in 80 clubs during the autumn, with a video cameraman, casting director and helpful Max Factor beauty consultant singling out one guy and gal at each venue to compete for an appearance in a future Martini commercial, with spinoffs for the punters of free cocktail vouchers and the chance to win a holiday — all very “exciting”, to use their most overworked word? . . . Dick Carrier (ex-promotions wallah at the Goodhews chain of clubs) now fronts Croydon’s burgeoning Light & Sound Distribution equipment company and startled several people at the BADEM show with a catalogue constructed so much like a magazine that that indeed is what it could become! . . . Steve Dennis (who info’s that Birmingham’s most upfront import shop is Summit Records in Temple Street) has settled his new nights in that city as Monday ‘teen disco at the Powerhouse, Wed/Fri at Millionaire, Thurs/Sat still at Faces French — where Jon Alsop assumes Steve’s old mantle of DJ/entertainments manager . . . Mark Clark now does Tues at Bagshot pub The Hero, Thurs at Burnham Beeches Henrys, Fri/Sat at Maidenhead Valbonne/Skindles where he also arranges PAs on 0734-793779 (and where he may just find Friday turning into a boys night) . . . Liverpool’s ex-godfather DJ, Les Spaine is now doing independent record plugging from the old Shepperton Studio Centre (Chertsey 09328-62688) . . . ‘Krazy’ Kevin Worth started his club career in Blackpool and has been busy ever since (compering the Miss Wet T-Shirt shows in previous years amongst other things) — anyway, he’s now just moved to a new residency at Cambridge’s Ronelles, six nights a week . . . Cramond Perry (031-225 9740) has been filling in at Edinburgh’s Reflections up to this weekend, and then could use other gigs . . . Karl Kingston (0482-42169), as well as being full time at Hull’s refitted Mecca Peppermint Park, is busily doing commercial voiceovers around the whole northern ILR circuit plus for Yorkshire TV and Channel 4, and now offers to make customised NAB (or other) DJ jingles, IDs and promo adverts at competitive prices . . . ‘Segue’ Steve Goddard (01-500 2749) is keen to do free swaps of UK released material already bought on import and thus not needed, plus he’s looking to swap gigs with jocks who maybe can’t afford to be upfront all the time . . . Kev Hill (0277-223030) is going in a party of about 25 funkateers to Cromer next weekend (7-10) and wonders if any venues dare give him gigs there to ensure those extra punters (last time he tried this idea he had a hoax booking!) . . . Viking Radio’s Roadshow offers special cheap or even free dates for minority groups like the physically handicapped (two on the team are social workers), and also needs investors — full clarifications from Philip Watkins, 59b Hilton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk (send SAE) . . . Nick Ratcliffe (most impressed by rapper/MC Andy ‘Supercool’ Read, bookable 025679-7952) this Saturday (1) starts weekly with ex-208 Tony Baron at Portsmouth’s brand new Ritzy (formerly Locarno) — could this be of interest to Andrew Macey in Winchester I wonder? . . . Radio London soul jock Tony Blackburn guests on Saturday (1) at Harrow Weald’s Middlesex & Herts Country Club, which you can see masquerading as an East End nightclub on BBC-1 next Thursday in the ‘Give Us A Break’ series, while Froggy joins George ‘n’ Eric there next Tuesday (4), Sean French, Chris Brown, Bob Jones, Nicky Holloway & Ed Stokes jazz-soul another final allniter this Saturday (1) at Watford Gema’s in the Odeon Centre, which will then be torn down to make way for a Sainsbury’s — £4 tickets include a buffet and can only be bought in advance from various record shops and jocks gigs . . . Larry Foster, Steve Goddard, Steve ‘Walthamstow’ Day, Robbie Collins, Mark Eniver & Chris Kenny have a funky party on Tuesday (4) at Epping Forest Country Club near Albridge, £1.50 tickets bookable on 01-519 7280/531 8948/529 6203 . . . Lyndon T & Gordon Mac have moved their electro-funk to Soho Gossips on Wednesdays . . . Gary Oldis has joined Dave Chadwick on Wednesdays for funky fun at The Scorpion in Colburn, Catterick Garrison . . . Steve Charles, Julianas Jock recently taking time out at Benidorm ‘s Beachcomber where Gary Low ‘I Want You‘ was the holidaymaker fave (oddly he says Gary Low and Ryan Paris are the same guy), is organising a Benidorm reunion night at Swansea’s Harpers Nightclub next Thursday (6) . . . Pete Haigh & Steve Naylor mix black & white/US & UK dance music every Thursday at Standish Cassinelli’s where they also eagerly slurp up the home-made Cassinelli’s ice cream and now eat to bursting at the newly opened Mamma’s Ristorante . . . Columbia 12in sleeves, or at least the US company’s distributed labels, now show a montage of fabulous monochrome photos of such swing era New York nightspots as Smalls Paradise and the Savoy Ballroom, all very evocative and coincidentally in line with the ‘I Remember Harlem’ TV series and other topics recently touched on here . . . Tricky Dicky Scanes was threatening at a recent ’60s night to demonstrate the Mashed Potato dance — yeah, gimme gimme gimme gravy! . . . Darryl Hayden did a gig for Moody Blue John Lodge where Noel Edmonds arrived by helicopter, Ringo Starr had a chat and Who drummer Kenny Jones booked him for his own party — by the way, Darryl, evidently US-originated videos are restricted as to use here by various exchange rules, which some companies adhere to more carefully than others . . . London Town 91FM broadcasts now to West London on Saturdays, East London on Sundays, and will soon start on ‘Outernational’ short wave service to simulcast all over the south and into Europe! . . . Chris Ryder is after all types of radio presenter for the 7 days a week/24 hour Skyline Radio 212MW, send biog/demo tape to him at 3 Horsley Drive, New Addington, Croydon, Surrey . . . Chris Dinnis now makes fortnightly appearances on Tim Arnold’s Saturday 6-9pm DevonAir soul show . . . Madonna ‘Holiday’ / ‘Lucky Star’ now tops the US Dance/Disco chart which is ever more high energy rock-disco oriented (Randy Crawford ‘Nightline‘ fitting there perfectly) . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) — or rather the local boys in blue — found his stolen car, seized up and stranded in an M4 layby, and luckily the thieves hadn’t looked in the boot so all his records ‘n stuff were safe . . . I gotta fly . . . TWO, THREE, BREAK!


DAVID GRANT: ‘Love Will Find A Way’ (Chrysalis GRANX 3)
Attractive but very lightweight Galaxy-ish 121½bpm 12in pulsator full of soft mushy harmonies, breaking for nice walking bass and tinkling vibes towards the end — presumably he’ll have another video to help sell it (untitled on white label, the flip’s a different purposeful 114bpm instrumental).

MAJOR HARRIS: ‘All My Life’ (US Pop Art PA 1401)
Early ’70s instigator of that infamous soundtrack to a thousand seductions. ‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait‘, Major’s finally back on a happily jiggling lickety-spit 117½bpm 12in lurcher, sorta soulfully electro with supporting chicks cheerily chipping in and then taking over when the beat gets freakiest (dub/edit flip). Don’t get too excited, but it’s almost another ‘Love Town’.

THE ROCK STEADY CREW: ‘(Hey You) Rock Steady Crew’ (Charisma RSC 1-12)
The famous five break dancing b-boys (and one rather vocal girl) from ‘Flashdance’, the ‘Buffalo Gals’ video and (reputedly) ‘Wild Style!’ serve up their own Africa Islam-scratched backbeat smacking all-happening 0-115bpm 12in hip hopper in such a bright vocal style that it’s more a pop than street sound, and so should cross over fast (inst flip).

HAWKEYE: ‘All Systems Go’ (US Beantown Music BM08)
Dreadful male vocal doesn’t exactly help the two Morales & Munzibai-mixed vocal versions of this ponderous 103bpm slinker, but happily the 5-track 12in (dedicated to black astronaut Guion Bluford!) includes the killer ‘Cosmo Wyatt Dub Mix’ which gets all kinds of freaky following a “tracking station to Hawk Starship — you are now clear for takeoff” intro. This mix is full of funny voices and effects, and sets up a mesmeric beat — don’t pass it by.

ACTIVE FORCE: ‘Give Me Your Love’ (A&M AMSX 150)
Very good soulfully sung clippety clopping summer tempo 99bpm 12in jittery jogger with an almost Genesis-like “ha!” bit, by the here gruff guy-led new four chaps one chick vocal group, the lady singing lead on the flip’s Gladys Knight-ish slowly building stop-start 0-79bpm ‘My Sunshine‘.

LEW KIRTON: ‘Talk To Me’ (Epic TA 3805)
Huskily soulful Lew satisfyingly wails and worries a group-answered nagging title line repetition over a synthetic strings backed accelerating creamy 103(intro)/105-106-107bpm 12in jitter and wriggle, which makes memorable home listening too (inst flip).

GEORGE BENSON: ‘In Your Eyes’ (Warner Bros W9487T)
Tempoless started dead slow and deadly attractive 0-33½/67-0bpm pop MoR smoocher, on 3-track 12in with his delicate 34/68-0bpm ‘Being With You‘ and great old romping jazzy “live” 115-117-0bpm ‘Weekend In L.A.‘ guitar instrumentals.

MARY JANE GIRLS: ‘Boys’ (Gordy TMGT 1315)
Rick James-prod/penned amazingly bouncy yet sparse 122bpm ‘Candy Man’-type bubbly bounder, and indeed a 122bpm instrumental of that earlier hit is on 3-track 12in flip — as however is the record’s real attraction, the at last released 98bpm instrumental of ‘All Night Long’ . . . which actually sounds oddly empty now after La Famille.

UK PLAYERS: ‘You Make Me Feel’ (RCA RCAT 347)
Rather classy brisk Galaxy-ish 118bpm 12in canterer with soulful sharp harmony work, though maybe not enough of an edge to interest other than the already converted, flipped by the excellent jazzily textured 121bpm ‘Landslide‘ instrumental — all in all possibly the most impressive thing they’ve done, ever.

CANDY McKENZIE: ‘Remind Me’ (Intense INT010)
Patrice Rushen’s slowie given a jogging 90bpm 12in ‘Young Free And Single’ — style reggae-soul treatment with nice jazzy guitar and piccolo sax, the aptly-titled 92bpm ‘Different Style‘ instrumental flipside dub possibly being most atmospheric and cooking into some tasty gentle vibes. Ooh-ooh, this is good!

WEST STREET MOB: ‘Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie’ (Sugarhill SHL 128)
With an odd “open” percussion sound but lotsa scratching and vocoder amongst all the disjointed 112bpm 12in activity, this isn’t as good as other scratchers like the B Boys or Motor City Crew but is different enough to stick out purely because of its naturalistic rather than electro rhythm (filler 118bpm inst flip).

RONNIE DYSON: ‘All Over Your Face’ (Atlantic B9841T)
Ingram Family-prod/penned electronically burbled oddball Moroder-ish 119bpm 12in pulsator with very soulful vocals creating a telling tension that’s already got to a lot of people on import, the Ingram-ish 126bpm ‘Don’t Need You Now‘ flip being more traditional.

MARCIA GRIFFITHS: ‘Electric Boogie’ (Island 121S 112)
Re-released in a new much more obviously open and less twee remix, this enjoyably sly catchy little simple sinuous 106¾bpm Bunny Wailer-produced/interjected gently electro jiggly weaver currently mash up several African nations and is once again here on a 5-track 12in in different dub variations.

BEVERLEY SKEETE: ‘If The Feeling Is Right’ (Elite DAZZ 21)
Atmosfear’s singer is Minnie Ripperton-ish on a jerkily lurching 108-109-108-109bpm 12in swayer with nice mellow sax breaks, which only the irritatingly angular structure prevents from being as completely pleasant as the other ingredients try to make it (radical dub ‘Get My Love’ / instrumental ‘Feeling Minus One’ versions on flip).

KEVIE KEV (WATERBED KEV): ‘All Night Long (Waterbed)’ (US Sugarhill SH-461)
After an offputting start to this 99bpm 12in rap treatment of the Mary Jane Girls tune things actually get better the longer it’s on, and you can at least chop into the “are you talkin’ to me?” where the song itself gets going. The flip’s instrumental percussive 111½bpm ‘Sweet Stuff‘ is kinda like a scratch-less West Street Mob meeting Positive Force’s partygoers.

THE RUSSELL BROTHERS: ‘The Party Scene’ (US Portrait 4RP-04086)
Stark electro beats and tones start getting quite hypnotic before the rapping brothers burst through to ride the 103½bpm rhythm, on 3-track 12in with instrumental and two vocal lengths, best for subtle mixers.

RON BANKS: ‘Truly Bad’ (US CBS Associated Records 4Z9 04143)
The Dramatics lightly whinnying singer dresses things in frantic sounding but empty 122bpm 12in electro trappings to disguise that basically he’s nicked the ‘Shake Your Body’ / ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ lick, which cuts through best on the vocodered instrumental flip.

C-BANK: ‘Get Wet’ (Elite US DAZZ 26)
Extremely specialist 118bpm 12in electro patterer with wailing women over stark hip hops and effects (inst/alternative vocal flip).

STEVE GRANT & TIGHT FIT: ‘Love The One You’re With’ (Jive JIVE T50)
Steve Stills oldie given a sorta pop-reggae-electro 0-101bpm treatment produced by Roy Carter, the 3-track 12in having an instrumental 99½bpm dub that could interest certain mixers.

SINITTA RENET: ‘Never Too Late’ (Midas 12SIN 1)
Evidently some famous chanteuse’s daughter (pronounced Sen-eater Re-nay) with an old fashioned somewhat limply spurting 115bpm 12in disco swayer currently on white label.

I LEVEL: ‘Stone Heart’ (Virgin VS 62612)
The now notorious floor-clearers began with so much promise that it’s sad to witness their decline with each successive release, this dreary lethargically sung electro-backed 117bpm 12in jerker only being saved on 2-track flip by its much more invigoratingly smacking stark 117bpm ‘The Wagon‘ instrumental dub version, and the quite reasonable tinny trumpet backed 78bpm reggae ‘Historical Nights‘ (in Ethiopia?!)

Freakily started but then disappointingly messy electro c.120bpm 12in hip hopper — except Bill’s own percussion stops it really matching that metronomic description.

GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Love Me Real’ (Ecstasy XTCT 4)
Brassily braying urgent fast thudding 124-125-124½-124bpm 12in chugger set to an old Detroit Emeralds tempo.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Side Effect’ (LP ‘High-Rise’ Capitol EST 7122821)
Disappointing set with only this chunkily rolling shrill 107bpm jiggly thumper having a relevant rhythm, even if like a soulful Bee Gees.

THE BEE GEES: ‘Someone Belonging To Someone’ (RSO RSOX 96)
Barry’s first breathily tremulous utterance on this sexy 62½bpm 12in smoocher has toe-curling shock impact and should sell it.

DIVINE: ‘Love Reaction’ (Design Communications DEST 4, via IDS)
The overweight transvestite’s rhythm box backed 126bpm 12in Boys Town canterer only gets vocal halfway (totally instrumental flip) and has stirred up most interest by being so like New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ / ‘The Beach’.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘(You Said) You’d Gimme Some More’ (Epic EPC A 13 2760)
’60s bubblegum-style monotonous 129¼-130bpm 12in pop chugger (inst flip).

RANDY CRAWFORD: ‘Nightline’ (Warner Bros W9530T)
Randy’s had to go the awful fast “black rock” 0-144bpm 12in Ross/Shalamar/’Beat It’ route to try and dent the US market, where she still means nothing.

US-aimed ultra frantic 165bpm 12in “rock disco” Sembello-style stormer by Sylvester’s brother, from ‘Staying Alive’.

JEFFREY OSBORNE: ‘Other Side Of The Coin’ (LP ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ A&M AMLX 64940)
George Duke-produced set, not a patch on last year’s, his 12in being the only really danceable track although this throaty 104bpm blues jiggler could have possibilities, the staccato 120bpm title track, jerky 112bpm ‘Plane Love‘, ‘Car Wash’-ish 102bpm ‘When Are You Comin’ Back?‘ and rocky 128bpm ‘Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right‘ being interspersed by particularly drippy slowies.

OLIVER CHEATHAM: ‘Just To Be With You’ (MCA MCAT-831)
Dave MacAleer remixed ponderous 104½bpm 12in jiggly jogger, flipped by the 121bpm ‘Make Your Mind Up‘ — why didn’t they go with ‘Bless The Ladies‘?

ADELE BERTEI: ‘Build Me A Bridge’ (Geffen TA 3675)
Thomas Dolby-produced chick wailed 115bpm 12in beefy bumper falling between several stools, being neither electro/soulful/exciting enough for Britain’s various disco markets (inst ‘Take It To The Bridge’ flip).

ARLANA: ‘You Can’t Keep Breaking My Heart’ (Hitman HM 002)
Chick sung loosely churning 117bpm 12in canterer in four versions, which earned brief interest on import during a lean week.

FONDA RAE: ‘Live It Up’ (US Posse POS 1210)
Dreadful raucous jerky c.120bpm 12in clanker, very KC ‘Give It Up’ with such a similar title phrase.

FIAT LUX: ‘Aqua Vitae’ (Polydor RATX 1)
Bill Nelson’s brother Ian plays sax in the spacey mix of this quite interesting instrumental 122bpm 12in electro-ish white boys jiggler.

BRIAN & ZAN: ‘Pump Your Body’ (Sound Of New York SNYL 5)
Rhythm box started squeakily sung dull 121½bpm 12in electro jitterer with bumbling bass adding a more fluid feel, the instrumental ‘Club Version’ flip getting most play.

BOBBY GILLIOM: ‘Gimme A Break’ (New York Connexion NYCX 101, via IDS)
Sly & Robbie-backed light voiced rapped/sung electro-ish 103bpm 12in bumper, dub flip credited to Clappa Club.

TREACHEROUS THREE: ‘Get Up’ (US Sugarhill SH-462)
Unattractive noisy staccato rap-chant c.108bpm 12in judderer.

PEECH BOYS: ‘On A Journey’ (Island 12IS 119)
Dull ponderous 107bpm 12in meanderer, 108bpm dub flip, drifting listlessly through different languages in an interesting concept that’s not fully realized.

MAYANA: ‘Skips A Beat (Dub)’ (Graffiti 12 GRAFT 2, via Pinnacle)
The dub version jittery jolting 118bpm instrumental on 3-track pop 12in has been getting some electro-ish mixer use up north.

DREAM MERCHANT: ‘As The World Turns’ (Legacy LGY T6, via IDS)
Brassy brittle squeaky EWF-ish brightly snapping 119bpm 12in strutter by UK-based American bassist Deon Estus, not quite what’s happening in black music right now (inst flip).

NINA SHAW: ‘Stop If You Love Me’ (Ecstasy XTCT 3)
Quite solidly jittering slow 93½bpm 12in jogger spoilt by awful Minnie Mouse vocals (inst flip).

DISCO TOP 85 – OCTOBER 1, 1983

01 01 Body Work / Instrumental – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
02 04 Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
03 02 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
04 03 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
05 05 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
06 15 Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12”
07 06 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
08 09 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – US Pretty Pearl 12”
09 20 Do You Want Me (Instrumental) – El Chicano – CBS 12”
10 11 Just In Time / Dub – Raw Silk – West End 12”
11 08 Show Me The Way – New York Skyy – Epic 12”
12 12 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
13 16 Two, Three, Break – The B Boys – US Vintertainment 12”
14 26 Give Me Your Love – Active Force – US A&M LP
15 10 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Montage 12”
16 07 One Mind Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
17 51 Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – US West End 12”
18 24 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA International 12”
19 36 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown/12” promo
20 23 Street Justice – The Rake – Streetwave 12”
21 54 Rock The World / Heavy Lovin’ – Crown Heights Affair – De-Lite 12”
22 18 Dog Talk – K-9 Corp (Featuring Pretty C) – Capitol 12”
23 39 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12”
24 28 All Over Your Face – Ronnie Dyson – US Cotillion 12”
25 40 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – US Prelude 12”
26 26 Keep On Rockin’ / Bottom Line / Cold Blooded Lover / Rise Up – Active Force – US A&M LP
27 17 Cold Blooded – Rick James – Gordy 12”
28 14 Jingo (Remix) / Jingo Breakdown – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
29 13 Put Our Heads Together (Remix) – O’Jays – US Philadelphia Int 12”
30 31 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
31 55 Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie – West Street Mob – Sugarhill 12”
32 21 Rainbows (Jazz Remix) / Soul On Fire (Party Mix) – Del Richardson – US Joy Spring 12”
33 27 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
34 35 Just Be Good To Me – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
35 19 I’m The Packman – The Packman – US Enjoy 12”
36 46 I Really Miss You Baby – Tavares – US RCA LP
37 29 Foot In The Door – Onward International – Paladin 12”
38 48 Runnin’ (Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
39 52 The Return Of Capt. Rock – Captain Rock – US NIA 12”
40 45 The Wildstyle / Instrumental – Time Zone – US CellulOid 12”
41 41 Color Blind / Give The Gift Of Music – Motivation – De-Lite 12”
42 42 In And Out / Closer Than Close / Sex Pot – Junior Walker – US Motown LP
43 62 Confusion / Confusion Beats – New Order – Factory 12”
44 34 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
45 49 On Target – Jones Girls – US RCA 12”
46 44 Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
47 22 Show Me The Way (Disconet Remix) / Instrumental – Skyy – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
48 33 P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. – Rick James – US Gordy LP
49 50 The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
50 58 I’m Sick And Tired – Larry Graham – Warner Bros 12”
51 56 Feel The Force / Dub – G-Force – US SMI 12”
52 — (Hey You) Rock Steady Crew – The Rock Steady Crew – Charisma 12”
53 — Love Town (Froggy Mix) / Teddy Bear – Booker Newberry III – Montage 12”
54 47 High Noon – Two Sisters – IRS 12”
55 — Heartbreaker / Stranger – Leroy Burgess – US Salsoul 12”
56 32 Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack – Capitol 12”
57 57 You’re My Number 1 – Radiance – US Are ‘n Be 12”
58 — All My Life – Major Harris – US Pop Art 12”
59 38 Put Our Heads Together – O’Jays – US Philadelphia Int 12”
60 53 It’s Cool – Walter Jackson – US Chi-Sound 7”
61 68 Boogie Down – Al Jarreau – WEA 12”
62 30 Smooth – Edwin Starr – Calibre 12”
63 71 I Know / The Good Guy’s Supposed To Get The Girls – Philip Bailey – CBS 12”
64 25 Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned A Penny – Kenny Lynch – Satril LP
65 — Shine On Me (New York Remix) / Didn’t You Know It – One Way – MCA 12”
66 — Half The Day’s Gone (Bethnal Green Chin-Mental Funk Mix) – Kenny Lynch – Saint 12”
67 — The Key (Instrumental) – Wuf Ticket – US Prelude 12”
68 — Scratch The Rock / Caveman Rock – Funk Masters / Junior Gee – Master-Funk 12”
69 — All Night Long (Instrumental) / Boys – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
70 61 Let’s Get It Right – Keywi – Virgin 12”
71 60 Scratch Goes My Dub / Pop Goes My Love – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
72 34 TFS / Future Shock – Herbie Hancock – CBS LP
73 78 Cheap Thrills / Instrumental – Planet Patrol – 21 Records 12”
74 59 What Do We Do – Atmosfear – Chrysalis 12”
75 83 Gettin’ Money – Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde – US Profile 12”
76 84 Makin’ Music / Instrumental – Gary’s Gang – US Radar 12”
77 — Turn You Out (In & Out) / Steppin’ Out / Show Down – Slave – US Cotillion LP
78 77 It’s Alright – NV – US Sire 12”
79 67 Watching You Watching Me – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
80 — I Can Make You Dance – Zapp – US Warner Bros 12”
81 — Locked Up In Your Love – Manhattans – CBS LP/7”
82 — Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
83 76 Scratch Break (Glove Style) – Motor City Crew – US Motown 12”
84 66 Do You Feel Like I Feel – Raymun – US Clockwork 12”
85 — Landslide / You Make Me Feel – UK Players – RCA 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Dolby’s Cube: ‘Get Out Of My Mix’ / Dub (US Capitol 12in)
Chilltown: ‘Rock The Beat (Dub)’ (US A&M 12in)
Gap Band: ‘Jam The Motha’ / ‘I’m Ready’ (Total Experience LP)
Dimples D: ‘Sucker DJs’ (US Party Time 12in)
Motivation: ‘Motivation (Instrumental)’ / ‘Crazy Daze’ (US De-Lite LP)
Newtrament: ‘London Bridge Is Falling Down’ (Jive 12in)
Shango: ‘Shango Message’ (US CellulOid 12in)
Shannon: ‘Let The Music Play (Dub)’ (US Emergency 12in)
Alfie Silas: ‘Who Put The L in Love’ (US RCA 12in)
Valerie Oliver: ‘(GTM) Get The Money’ / Dub (US Cyclops 12in)
Shalamar: ‘Over And Over’ (Solar LP)
Spence: ‘Get It On’ (Dutch Ariola 12in)
UB40: ‘Red Red Wine’ (DEP Int 12in)
Forrest: ‘One Lover’ (CBS 12in)
G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid: ‘Play That Beat Mr. DJ’ (US Tommy Boy 12in)
Sinitta Renet: ‘Never Too Late’ (Midas 12in white label)
Candy McKenzie: ‘Remind Me’ / Dub (Intense 12in)
Glen Riccs: ‘Ribbons In The Sky’ (Diamond C 12in)
Sakhile: ‘Sakhile’ (Jive Afrika 12in)
Karen Young: ‘Hot For You’ (Design Communications 12in)


01 01 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
02 03 Confusion – New Order – Factory 12”
03 02 The Sun Goes Down (Livin’ It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
04 07 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
05 06 Dolce Vita – Ryan Paris – Carrere 12”
06 10 Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
07 08 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
08 04 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
09 13 Body Work – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
10 05 The Crown – Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – Motown 12”
11 12 Show Me The Way (Remix) – New York Skyy – Epic 12”
12 16 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
13 21 Come Back And Stay – Paul Young & The Family – CBS 12”
14 09 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
15 26 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Polydor 12”
16 14 One Mind Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
17 11 Half The Day’s Gone And We Haven’t Earned A Penny – Kenny Lynch – Satril 12”/LP
18 15 Gold – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
19 25 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
20 17 Long Hot Summer – Style Council – Polydor 12”
21 18 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
22 23 What Am I Gonna Do – Rod Stewart – Warner Brothers 12”
23 29 Jingo (Remix) – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
24 — Vamos A La Playa – Righeira – A&M 12”
25 19 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA 12”
26 — Just In Time – Raw Silk – West End 12”
27 — I’ll Tumble 4 Ya (Remix) / Karma Chamelion – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
28 27 Just Be Good To Me – SOS Band – Tabu 12”
29 22 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
30 30 Red Red Wine – UB40 – DEP International 12”


01 04 Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
02 01 I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley – US Komander 12”
03 02 Got To Get To You – Charade featuring Jessica – Passion 12”
04 06 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
05 21 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12” white label
06 13 Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home – US Bobcat 12”
07 08 (They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools – Jessica Williams – Passion 12”
08 11 Burn It Up (Mr. DJ) – Risque – Dutch Polydor 12”/US Importe/12 remix
09 05 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”/US Prism remix
10 10 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
11 30 Catch Me – Marsha Raven & The Ravenettes – Passion 12” white label
12 — Nothing But Heartaches / Nowhere To Run (Medley) – Deborah Washington – Canadian Street Level 12”
13 12 Dolce Vita / Instrumental – Ryan Paris – Carrere 12”
14 07 When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
15 14 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
16 17 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12”
17 25 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12” white label
18 16 My Forbidden Lover – Tapps – Canadian Power 12”
19 03 Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) / Megamix – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”/US TSR remix
20 — Body Work – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
21 15 Many Men So Little Time – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
22 20 I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – Weather Girls – US Columbia 12”
23 28 Band Of Gold – Sylvester – London 12”
24 — Not The Loving Kind – The Twins – German Hansa 12”
25 24 The Continental – Gina Lamour – Glamour 12”
26 22 Voices In The Dark – Mike Cannon – Italian Memory 12”
27 18 Band Of Gold (Clubhouse Mix) – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
28 09 On The Grid / Angel Eyes – Lime – US Prism remix/German Polydor LP
29 — DJ Girl – Miss Kimberly – US Bobcat 12”
30 30 Confusion / Rough Mix – New Order – Factory 12”

One thought on “October 1, 1983: David Grant, Major Harris, Rocksteady Crew, Hawkeye, Active Force”

  1. MADONNA gets a mention as does…SINITTA! Fascinating to see the reference to the Thriller video which would of course become a cultural phenomenon. I remember everyone coming back from the pub on Friday night to watch the Channel 4 special “world preview” on a Friday night. It really was groundbreaking stuff! A few classic new releases featured this week too!


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