October 8, 1983: New York radio report, Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Herbie Hancock, Instant Funk, Skool Boyz


TEDDY PENDERGRASS has returned to recording, doing soundtrack songs for a film called ‘Choose Me’ . . . Curtis Hairston whose price was rising the hotter he got on US radio, has finally been bought here by RCA for imminent release — and Polydor snapped up Major Harris! . . . ‘Street Sounds — Electro 1‘ is due now, with Captain Rock, West Street Mob, G-Force, The Packman, Newcleus, Project Future, C-Bank, K-9 Corp — talk about wikki-wikki! . . . Steve Harvey’s ‘Tonight‘ is out next week, and sounds brighter when speeded up for a killer synch out of his ‘Something Special‘, which in turn is superb out of Sharon Redd — so much so in fact, that Steve’s publishers are taking steps about the similarity . . . WEA’s Fred “Listen” Dove has re-serviced a promo of the old 109bpm Prince ‘D(ance) M(usic) S(ex) R(omance)‘ a whole year after its debut at Caister, and a US Qwest promo of James Ingram’s Quincy Jones-produced 111¾bpm ‘Party Animal‘ which coincidentally also sounds like a gruffer Prince . . . Gap Band ‘I’m Ready‘ has been dragged down to 117bpm for remixed 12in next week, while for some crazy reason CBS have ruined Haywoode ‘A Time Like This’ with a dreadful remix which now replaces all commercial copies in the shops — they can keep it! . . . MCA have withdrawn Oliver Cheatham’s current ill-advised 12in to put out ‘Bless The Ladies‘ instead — yay . . . Take Three ‘Tonight’s The Night (All Right)‘ has turned up on import Dance-Sing 12in remix, now more sparsely clomping with a freakier ‘Tonite (All Right)‘ flip, but both versions will be re-edited again and included with both earlier UK promo versions on the finally due 4-track commercial UK copy . . . Showstopper Promotions have had to cancel this month’s second Caister “overflow” weekender, they say following “the non-availability of the main Caister centre for the later dates”, but have relocated where possible people booked for Part 2 into increased accommodation at the now obviously completely full first Oct 14-16 weekend . . . Showstoppers have also joined forces with man-about-North London Joe Williams (01-487 5584) to set up Club Attack, which aims to provide properly co-ordinated liaison between artistes and clubs for PAs, charging clubs a realistic fee for a guaranteed appearance by star names with full back-up services for both parties . . . Bryan O’Connor has disappeared from his Island plugger’s job, just like that . . . Sinnita Renet turns out to be the vary tasty 18 year-old daughter of Miquel Brown, and niece of Amii Stewart! . . . ‘New Blackbeat’ deep soul fanzine (£3.75 well spent for six densely packed issues from 101 Sevenacres, Orton Brimbles, Peterborough PE2 OXJ) reveals in its full Frankie Beverly discography that his first-ever record around 1962 was the Madara & White-produced ‘Loveable Girl‘ as by The Butlers — which I’ve had for years without knowing (offers in excess of £200 only!) . . . Steve of the above mag should note that High Fashion record in Italy with European producers, and that several of the mag’s early London soul listings are in fact country & western singles! . . . Lyndon T is now promotions/A&R manager at the increasingly dance orientated Polo Records, 351 Edgware Road, London W2 1BN, where he’d welcome funky demos — plus he’s jocking with Shaun Healy every Wednesday at Kensal Green’s Tropical Palace in Chamberlayne Road (free before 9.30pm), electro-boogie ‘n soul . . . Shaun Healy also crops up with Greg Trotman & Gordon Antony as of this Saturday (8) electro-phunking Hammersmith Broadway’s Clarendon Hotel (again free before 9.30pm) . . . Hereward Radio’s Steve Allen celebrates the 4th anniversary of Slickers at Peterborough’s Cresset Centre this Sunday (9) with a 4pm alldayer (arrive before 5.30 for a special present) starring Martin Collins, Jonathan, Paul Murphy, Malcolm James, Jerry Little & Trevor Mack . . . Tony Blackburn, always a champion of Motown on his old Radio One brekky show, is now rapidly making such a reputation as “Radio London’s soul jock” he’s being inundated with club gigs! . . . Paddington Green’s Bluebird Records have taken over the shop next door just to sell US deletions and cut outs, while Kev Edwards, as threatened when he quit Manchester’s Spinn Inn, has indeed opened his own Hott Waxx record shop in Earlstown, Newton-Le-Willows — I’m sure our advertising department would love to hear from both (after all, this is the paper most read by DJs) . . . Peter Lee reports from Bolton’s Dance Factory that our mention of their recent lazer light show brought in extra punters . . . Lance Nuttall has renamed the old Cinderella’s disco at Sayers Common’s motel in Sussex (Hickstead), calling it with great imagination the Dance Factory too, the expensively refitted club now having its own Attica dance troupe made up of ex-punters who involve customers in their routines rather than just doing a cabaret spot, and Lance (0273-833232) is after other dance acts to appear there (Wednesdays everything is 50p, drinks/burgers/admission) . . . Alan James Jewell, briefly back in Blighty after poking around the Orient, has left the Bacchus fold to make a fortune jocking in Hong Kong at the Hollywood Boulevard, where high energy rules . . . I took part in what could have been a Neil Simon scenario when attending the New York wedding of Capital Radio producer Mike Childs & Jan Sedofsky at Marylou’s restaurant in Greenwich Village (haunt of Jack Nicholson), where the amazing wise-cracking showbiz rabbi (it was the full glass-stamping thing) had to get the background music turned off before uniting the couple — and guess what was playing, ‘Sexual Healing’! . . . Capital’s one-time late night producer Robbie Barish and his Dairy Milk-chomping wife Susie were my hosts, yet again (incidentally I used to live in the city a long time ago, so it’s not exactly new to me!) . . . ‘Trading Places’ starring Dan Aykroyd & Eddie Murphy (plus an eye-boggling Jamie Lee Curtis) was the only movie I caught, good John Landis-directed fun mainly for fellahs . . . Chaka Khan and Kashif were appearing together in Newark last Sunday (New Jersey, that is!) . . . Broadway’s musical version of the French film ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ looks like fuelling the Boys Town chart for months to come, Gloria Gaynor and Le Jeté already leading the race to discotize its songs . . . Men Without Hats video for ‘The Safety Dance’ is the opposite of the techno/electro you might expect — it’s a medieval morris dancing scene! . . . “We are Pepsi Free” goes a US radio commercial, to the tune of Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ . . . Graham Hunter (Basingstoke) either had his Christmas card lost in the post last year or else he’s first with one this year! . . . TWO, THREE BREAK!


URBAN CONTEMPORARY radio’s big catchphrase in New York City is “commercial free music”, meaning that the three main black stations either haven’t got or are prepared to lose all advertising for great swathes of airtime lasting anything from half to three and a half hours! This does not result in chatter free radio though, as all the DJs have the irritating habit of following every record with “I am Mary Thomas” (or whoever) and a station identification.

WBLS is still the most consistently listenable, programmed by evening DJ Frankie Crocker who initiates most of the gimmicks copied by the here better publicised WRKS (KISS-fm) — in fact last week he actually joked on air “Why don’t they pay me for programming that other station too!” MIKTU is less high energy and more soulful with a long slow late morning “Love Break”. Despite a lack of commercials, only WBLS seems to make any attempt at completely mixed programming, disco DJ Jonathan Fearing being in evidence on occasion doing some neatly segued continuous sweeps (and a killer mix of Hot Streak/Raw Silk). Shep Pettibone’s main effort on KISS last week was a remix of G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid ‘Play That Beat Mr. DJ’ incorporating bits of hits every time it goes “mastermix those number one tunes”, but the big remixes were on WBLS with Grandmaster & Melle Mel ‘White Lines’ (gigantic there!) and the much played West Street Mob ‘Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie‘, this by Charlie Casanova & Sergio Munzibai, the latter probably being responsible for Melle Mel too.

Against all expectations there was not a lot of electrophonic phunk on the airwaves, nor that much UK-derived “new music” . . . in fact, there wasn’t much anywhere that we don’t already know about here, very disappointingly. The surprising fact is that we are better served with imports (and by radio in London at least) than are soul fans in New York. The legendary NY equivalent of City Sounds/Groove/Record Shack/Bluebird, the now relocated Downstairs Records at 20 West 43rd Street (just off 5th Avenue) were amazed by how upfront our Disco Chart is, John there having to remark “You’ve got it all, there’s nothing we can sell you” — and indeed it wasn’t until I got home and went to Rayners Lane that I could see what was actually new!

To give you a very accurate idea of what’s currently being played by black urban contemporary radio in New York, the following is an exhaustive list of the stuff I heard most: Lionel Richie, Melle Mel, West Street Mob, Klique ‘Stop Doggin’ Me Around’, Tavares ‘Deeper In Love’, Rick James ‘Ebony Eyes’ / ‘Cold Blooded’, Twilight 22, Love Bug Starski, Curtis Hairston, Madonna ‘Holiday’, Jones Girls, Rufus/Chaka Khan ‘Ain’t Nobody’, Stephanie Mills ‘Pilot Error’, Michael Wycoff ‘Tell Me Love’, O’Jays ‘Heads’, Herbie Hancock ‘Rockit’ (the last three still rising there), Peabo/Roberta, Jennifer Holliday ‘I Am Love’, The SOS Band, Gladys Knight ‘You’re Number One’, Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’, Hot Streak, Raw Silk, Ronnie Dyson, Lew Kirton, Lillo, NV, Colors, Herb Alpert ‘Red Hot’, Peech Boys ‘On A Journey’ (sounds better on radio), Manhattan Transfer, Pure Energy, Aretha Franklin ‘Every Girl Wants A Guy’, Gloria Gaynor ‘I Am What I Am’ (from ‘La Cage Aux Folles’), Koffie ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ (discotization of Jennifer Holliday’s ‘Dreamgirls’ biggie), Hazell Dean, Donna Summer, Spandau Ballet ‘True’, Rick Springfield ‘Human Touch’, Bonnie Tyler ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’, and (in heavy rotation as it was number one nationally) a Jellybean Benitez remix of the 181bpm Billy Joel ‘Tell Her About It’.

Billy’s video of his album’s ‘Uptown Girl’ (a garage-set Four Seasons meets Busby Berkely production number) was the best to be seen on video-saturated cable television, MTV pumping ’em out 24 hours a day in initially addictive but then sense dulling rotation. Best cable viewing was SuperStation WTBS Atlanta, whose evening video slot was better than MTV (at one time at the weekend there were five channels all showing videos, two of them black orientated), WTBS also including a great game show called ‘Starcade‘ in which two kids compete on video games!

However, with all this music being thrust at once, there were few stations worth staying tuned to, and in fact for me the most entertaining listening was oldies station WCBS’s Sunday night doo-wop show! Yeah, but what about the clubs and disco DJs, I hear you ask? Well, as threatened I did a lot of eating and didn’t actually go to any clubs at all, instead having a lovely time with a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn called Rhonda! Help Me!


GRANDMASTER & MELLE MEL: ‘White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)’ (US Sugarhill SH-465)
Taking rap to another higher plane in the most daring record of the year more controversial even than ‘Street Justice’ and more innovative than ‘The Message’, this adventurously arranged 115bpm 12in judderer may sound strange at first but once you’re into it you’ll be hooked . . . and that’s the subject, cocaine. The rumbling rhythm in West Street Mob style is non “electro”, with brassy crescendos, ‘Twist And Shout’ climaxes, and all the way through an inciting vocal variety (harder, freakier flip with mixing elements). Given the breaks this could go Top 20, but it’ll certainly blow your mind, if not freeze your teeth!

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Autodrive’ (CBS TA 3802)
Terrific bass resonance underpins another mixture of Material-programmed synthetic hip-hoppery and Herbie’s keyboards, this time acoustic jazz piano in an interesting 115bpm combination (try starting Hot Streak’s acappella flip over the freaky break a third through!), on 3-track 12in with last year’s ‘The Bomb‘ (already flip to the 7in of ‘Rockit’) and a remix of his vintage jazz fusion ‘Chameleon’.

INSTANT FUNK: ‘(Just Because) You’ll Be Mine’ (US Salsoul SG 410)
Producer Bunny Sigler sets up a great bouncily driving beefy 116bpm beat, especially on the 12in extended club version flip, before the guys get meshed into it to end up chanting a familiar “right on time you’ll be mine” (anytime?!), the beat having strong floor impact. I got this on white label in New York only to find finished copies a day later in Rayners Lane!

SKOOL BOYZ: ‘Before You Go’ (US Crossroad Entertainment Corp CR 12-1)
Veteran R&B producer Bunky Sheppard bows in his latest label with a superb lazily swaying romantic 69bpm 12in deep soul smoocher, already getting rave reaction in London (wot, not New York?), flipped by an equally useful piano version. Real class, recommended.

ELBOW BONES and the RACKETEERS: ‘A Night In New York’ (US EMI America 7812)
Kid Creole/August Darnell returns to his old Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band style for this lovely slick chick crooned brassily tripping 109bpm 12in swayer, with a choppily jerking four-to-the-bar rhythm that’s unusual today but seemed to work out of Lionel Richie. Could swing be coming back to Canvey Island?

SHALAMAR: ‘Over And Over’ (Solar E9792T)
Speeded up from their LP version and now much brighter, this typical old-style 111bpm roller is on 3-track 12in with the lovely slow 79½bpm ‘You’re The One For Me‘ and the original different line-up’s Simon Soussan-produced Motown medleying 127-0bpm ‘Uptown Festival’ from the spring of ’77.

Rapid release here for this Fonzi Thornton/Robert Wright-prod/penned rather Solar-ish shrilly sung catchy 116½bpm 12in chunky thudder (huge on NY radio), flipped by the more typical meandering slow 39/78bpm ‘Curious‘. Their album’s due now.

TWILIGHT 22: ‘Electric Kingdom’ (US Vanguard SPV 68)
Blatantly borrowing the Soul Sonic Force format, this exciting jerky staccato 127bpm electro rap/chant flier is one of the hottest newies in New York and slowed down here mixes well out of Hot Streak (four versions on 12in to play with).

RICK JAMES: ‘P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P.’ (LP ‘Cold Blooded’ Gordy STMA 8038)
Proving a poor seller here, Rick’s gatefold-sleeved set is just too fast for Britain apart from this dynamite ‘All Night Long’-tempo 97½bpm tale about Mary’s pimp, part rapped by Grandmaster Flash, while huge on New York radio is the Smokey Robinson-duetted dreamily romantic slow 35/70bpm ‘Ebony Eyes‘, his new single there.

RUFUS AND CHAKA KHAN: ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (LP ‘Live — Stompin’ At The Savoy’ German Warner Bros 92-3679-1)
No time for a full review of this double album comprising three sides of their last ever live concert and one of studio newies, this from the latter being the hot monster, a gradually unfurling then naggingly insistent sultry 0-104bpm slow jitterer with mesmeric chanting and wailing over its unusual somewhat Lionel Richie-ish rhythm (which may be tricky to mix).

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY: ‘I Am Love’ (LP ‘Feel My Soul’ US Geffen 25591)
No time either for a full review of the large Dreamgirl’s debut Maurice White-produced set, on which the slowies work better than the inevitable EWF-style strutters, this dead slow started then overwrought 0-64/32-0bpm smoocher being her grow-on-you US hit.

ALFIE SILAS: ‘You Put The L In Love’ (LP ‘Be Yourself’ US RCA MFL1-8510)
So-so squeaky 6-track set (budget priced, or meant to be) produced by Larry Graham with slowies/dancers in equal proportions, this 12in-issued pent-up jittery 110bpm jogger still being the best bet and actually very soulful in sorta Wycoff-ish style.

GARY’S GANG: ‘Makin’ Music’ (CBS TA 3788)
That familiar Gary’s Gang rhythm kicks things off but then very cleverly it becomes electronic before the guys got singing (in a rather pop style) on this Eric Matthew prod/penned clippety clopping 121bpm 12in canterer, the instrumental dub mix flip being electronic from the start before reaching ordinary percussion breaks. Wally crossover rather than heavy soul.

ASHAYE: ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson Medley)’ (Record Shack SOHOT 10)
The prospect of a long soundalike Michael Jackson medley will obviously excite many, but be warned that this more chopped than blended 120bpm 12in effort is not as clever as it could have been — which won’t stop people using it in droves (inst flip could be a good tease!).

MICHAEL STERLING: ‘Desperate’ (US Success 110-26-83)
Picking up from ‘Thriller’, complete with police chase effects before the odd low-energy drum-tapping beat, this one man self-prod/arr/pen/engineered 118bpm 12in vocal impersonation of Michael Jackson is good enough to fool people (long/even longer versions).

PAUL McCARTNEY/MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Say Say Say’ (Parlophone R 6062)
I’ve yet to hear the Jellybean Benitez mixed 12in version but to judge from this the 117bpm 7in lurching ‘C-Moon’-type backbeater is more Paul than Michael, and mainly pop.

PURE ENERGY Featuring LISA STEVENS: ‘Love Game’ (US Prism PDS 480) “Eeny meeny miny mo”-introed catchy lightweight squeakily 121½bpm 12in girlie group skipper with good stark backing bashing out the old Cerrone ‘Supernature’ riff (thanx, Michael Pilgrim!), evidently selling here more for the ‘A Love Dub‘ flip.

FUNKY FOUR: ‘Feel It (The Mexican)’ (US Sugarhill SH-463)
Quite interesting combination of jerky electro rap and Mexicali brass in an episodic 0-109bpm 12in hip hopper, fairly freaky with scratchin’ ‘n stuff (inst flip).

MOBLEY GANG: ‘Groove For You’ (US Chancy Records International CRI-1249)
Slightly untidily sung emphatically jolting guys/gals 12in smacker (club mix 120bpm/shorter special mix 119bpm), worth getting for the dynamite central section where a squealing synth erupts to set your teeth on edge — great inserted into Hot Streak during a mix!

SHAKATAK: ‘Out Of This World’ (Polydor POSPX 648)
More easy listening 110bpm 12in fuzak, like Joe Sample backing the Ray Conniff Singers (really!), flipped by the ultra-frantic — once it gets going — 0-146bpm jazz instrumental ‘Sanur‘.

EBN/OZN: ‘A.E.I.O.U. (Sometimes Y)’ (Arista ARIST 12536)
Croakingly spoken spurting 0-125bpm 12in chugger has a great amusing storyline about picking up a Swedish chick on trendy Columbus Avenue, with exciting breaks and freaky atmosphere (inst flip) good for electro mixers , if they don’t already know it.

DISCO TOP 85 – OCTOBER 8, 1983

01 01 Body Work / Instrumental – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
02 02 Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
03 03 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
04 08 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – US Pretty Pearl 12”
05 06 Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12”
06 05 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
07 04 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
08 15 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Montage 12”
09 19 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown/12” promo
10 14 Give Me Your Love – Active Force – A&M 12”
11 10 Just In Time / Dub – Raw Silk – West End 12”
12 30 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
13 22 Dog Talk – K-9 Corp (Featuring Pretty C) – Capitol 12”
14 16 One Mind Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
15 11 Show Me The Way – New York Skyy – Epic 12”
16 17 Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – US West End 12”
17 23 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12”
18 31 Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie – West Street Mob – Sugarhill 12”
19 28 Jingo (Remix) / Jingo Breakdown – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
20 13 Two, Three, Break – The B Boys – US Vintertainment 12”
21 12 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
22 09 Do You Want Me (Inst) / (Vocal) – El Chicano – CBS 12”
23 44 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
24 36 I Really Miss You Baby / Deeper In Love – Tavares – RCA 12”
25 18 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA International 12”
26 07 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
27 37 Foot In The Door – Onward International – Paladin 12”
28 25 Love How You Feel / Dub – Sharon Redd – US Prelude 12”
29 58 All My Life – Major Harris – US Pop Art 12”
30 20 Street Justice – The Rake – Streetwave 12”
31 33 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
32 26 Keep On Rockin’ / Bottom Line / Cold Blooded Lover / Rise Up – Active Force – US A&M LP
33 52 (Hey You) Rock Steady Crew – The Rock Steady Crew – Charisma 12”
34 21 Rock The World!!! – Crown Heights Affair – De-Lite 12”
35 24 All Over Your Face – Ronnie Dyson – Atlantic 12”
36 71 Scratch Goes My Dub / Pop Goes My Love – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
37 45 On Target – Jones Girls – RCA 12”
38 65 Shine On Me (New York Remix) / Didn’t You Know It – One Way – MCA 12”
39 35 I’m The Packman – The Packman – US Enjoy 12”
40 34 Just Be Good To Me – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
41 53 Love Town (Froggy Mix) / Teddy Bear – Booker Newberry III – Montage 12”
42 82 Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
43 55 Heartbreaker / Stranger – Leroy Burgess – US Salsoul 12”
44 57 You’re My Number 1 – Radiance – US Are ‘n Be 12”
45 — Get It On – Spence – Dutch Ariola 12”
46 41 Color Blind / Give The Gift Of Music – Motivation – De-Lite 12”
47 32 Rainbows (Jazz Remix) – Del Richardson – US Joy Spring 12”
48 54 High Noon – Two Sisters – IRS 12”
49 51 Feel The Force / Dub – G-Force – US SMI 12”
50 46 Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
51 42 In And Out / Closer Than Close – Junior Walker – US Motown LP
52 29 Put Our Heads Together (Remix) – O’Jays – US Philadelphia Int 12”
53 40 The Wildstyle – Time Zone – US CellulOid 12”
54 50 I’m Sick And Tired – Larry Graham – Warner Bros 12”
55 69 Boys / All Night Long (Instrumental) – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
56 27 Cold Blooded – Rick James – Gordy 12”
57 49 The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
58 38 Runnin’ (Remix) – Junior – Mercury 12”
59 — Please (Don’t Break My Heart) – Lady M – Calibre 12”
60 76 Makin’ Music / Dub – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12”
61 43 Confusion / Confusion Beats – New Order – Factory 12”
62 84 Do You Feel Like I Feel – Raymun – US Clockwork 12”
63 68 Scratch The Rock – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
64 48 P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P. – Rick James – US Gordy LP
65 — Freak-A-Zoid / Electricity / Wet My Whistle – Midnight Star – Solar 12”
66 67 The Key (Instrumental) – Wuf Ticket – US Prelude 12”
67 39 The Return Of Capt. Rock – Captain Rock – US NIA 12”
68 — Ain’t Nobody / Don’t Go To Strangers / One Million Kisses / Stop On By – Rufus & Chaka Khan – German Warner Bros LP
69 60 It’s Cool – Walter Jackson – US Chi-Sound 7”
70 66 Half The Day’s Gone (Bethnal Green Chin-Mental Funk Mix) – Kenny Lynch – Saint 12”
71 — Let The Music Play (Dub Version) / (Vocal) – Shannon – US Emergency 12”
72 77 Turn You Out (In & Out) / Steppin’ Out / Show Down – Slave – US Cotillion LP
73 — Dr. Jam (In The Slam) – Men At Play – Design Communications 12”
74 — Before You Go – Skool Boyz – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12”
75 56 Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack – Capitol 12”
76 62 Smooth – Edwin Starr – Calibre 12”
77 85 You Make Me Feel / Landslide – UK Players – RCA 12”
78 — Atomic Dog – George Clinton – Capitol 12”
79 — You’ve Gotta Believe – ‘Love Bug’ Starski – US The Fever 12”
80 47 Show Me The Way (Disconet Remix) / Instrumental – Skyy – Dutch 81 81 — I’m Ready (If You’re Ready) (Remix) – Gap Band – Total Experience 12” promo
82 — Get Out Of My Mix / Get On Out Of My Mix (Special Dub Version) – Dolby’s Cube – US Capitol 12”
83 — Play That Beat Mr. DJ – G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid – US Tommy Boy 12″
84 70 Let’s Get It Right – Keywi – Virgin 12”
85 — Ribbons In The Sky – Glen Riccs – Diamond C International 12”


No Breakers listed this week.


01 01 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
02 06 Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
03 04 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
04 09 Body Work – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
05 15 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Polydor 12”
06 12 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
07 07 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
08 02 Confusion – New Order – Factory 12”
09 03 The Sun Goes Down (Livin’ It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
10 11 Show Me The Way (Remix) – New York Skyy – Epic 12”
11 05 Dolce Vita – Ryan Paris – Carrere 12”
12 13 Come Back And Stay – Paul Young & The Family – CBS 12”
13 27 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya (Remix) / Karma Chamelion – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
14 08 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
15 24 Vamos A La Playa – Righeira – A&M 12”
16 10 The Crown – Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – Motown 12”
17 — Big Apple – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
18 19 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
19 14 I.O.U. – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
20 16 One Mind Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
21 21 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
22 — All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 7”/12” promo
23 — Pop Goes My Love / Scratch Goes My Dub – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
24 23 Jingo (Remix) – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
25 — Love Reaction – Divine – Design Communications 12”
26 — Do You Want Me – El Chicano – CBS 12”
27 22 What Am I Gonna Do – Rod Stewart – Warner Brothers 12”
28 29 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
29 — Kissing With Confidence – Will Powers – Island 12”
30 28 Just Be Good To Me – SOS Band – Tabu 12”


01 01 Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
02 02 I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley – US Komander 12”
03 06 Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home – US Bobcat 12”
04 03 Got To Get To You – Charade featuring Jessica – Passion 12”
05 04 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
06 05 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12” white label
07 09 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”/US Prism remix
08 07 (They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools – Jessica Williams – Passion 12”
09 11 Catch Me – Marsha Raven – Passion 12” white label
10 18 My Forbidden Lover – Tapps – Canadian Power 12”
11 08 Burn It Up (Mr. DJ) – Risque – Dutch Polydor 12”/US Importe/12 remix
12 17 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12” white label
13 12 Nothing But Heartaches / Nowhere To Run (Medley) – Deborah Washington – Canadian Street Level 12”
14 16 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12”
15 13 Dolce Vita – Ryan Paris – Carrere 12”
16 — What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
17 24 Not The Loving Kind – The Twins – German Hansa 12”
18 29 DJ Girl – Miss Kimberly – US Bobcat 12”
19 26 Voices In The Dark – Mike Cannon – Italian Memory 12”
20 23 Band Of Gold – Sylvester – London 12”
21 — And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Koffie – US Pandisc 12”
22 10 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
23 — I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – US Silver Blue 12”
24 22 I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – Weather Girls – CBS 12”
25 — Don’t Leave Me This Way – Slip – German Hansa 12”
26 — The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
27 15 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
28 14 When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
29 — La Cage Aux Folles – Le Jeté – US Megatone 12”
30=— Love Taker – Stefano Pulga – US Disconet remix/Italian System Music 12”
30=— Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”

2 thoughts on “October 8, 1983: New York radio report, Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Herbie Hancock, Instant Funk, Skool Boyz”

  1. Another fascinating snapshot of dance music & wider popular culture from the early 80s. White Lines has become such an iconic track, instantly recognisable today. Back in 1983 you would NEVER hear this record on BBC Radio 1 daytime programming! The record would of course bounce around the bottom end of the chart for a year before exploding and eventually reaching the UK top 10- a rare feat for any authentic African American rap track! Rufus & Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody was one of the rare occasions that Chaka or Rufus would be playlisted by the BBC. Another iconic recording. Each time I read one of these old columns I wallow in several hours of nostalgia afterwards, so many memories triggered!


    1. Agree 100% on the nostalgia. Besides the music that’s probably why I go “YES!” every time a new column’s posted here. lol 🙂


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