October 15, 1983: Cuba Gooding, Lew Kirton, Curtis Hairston, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Time Zone


MELLE MEL ‘White Lines’ is being rushed out by PRT, possibly with a WBLS-type remix included . . . Sybil Thomas is due soon, Shannon’s been snapped up by Phonogram, and sadly Teena Marie’s Epic debut will indeed be ‘Fix It’ (which died on import) . . . Imagination finally get vigorous with their rock-disco ‘New Dimension‘, which will be on 12in at 33 1/3rpm due to a Japanese-style extra large label and corresponding die-cut sleeve . . . Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson ‘Say Say Say’ could soon be about on very limited promo in an exclusive UK disco remix, toughening it up considerably . . . Sinitta ‘Never Too Late‘ on commercial copies is a Jellybean Benitez remix (instrumental flip), but the song’s still a bit flabby . . . Motown are about to release a major reunion, the Four Tops back with the label and unbelievably produced by the veteran Holland-Dozier-Holland team on one side of their excellent LP, which also includes duets with Aretha Franklin and the Temptations — which is more significant, the Tops or H-D-H? . . . Lionel Richie’s promo 12in has been released commercially here as an interim measure (it’s the same as the 7in), but may yet be superceded should an alternative longer version result from the final mixdown of his still unfinished but imminent LP . . . Radio London soul DJ Tony Blackburn (and Arnold!) is advertising Paddington Green’s Bluebird Records shop during Capital’s soul shows, while “Blackburn’s playing it” is a comment increasingly heard in the record company corridors of soul power . . . Steve Walsh is planning to open an amusement arcade in Church Street market, over the Edgware Road from Bluebird . . . Capital Radio was rocking with laughter last week, not only because the franchise was retained, but especially because a certain big London disco jock came in for an audition! . . . Channel 4’s Malibu World Disco Dancing finals use awful fast music (remakes produced by ex-Shakatak/soundalike specialist Nigel Wright) for all the contestants, and noticeably the good actual dancers mainly from London were poorly served by a tempo which dictates Wally white athletic high jinks rather than any subtlety . . . Ashaye’s ‘Michael Jackson Medley‘ in no way even approximates Alan Coulthard’s megamix of the genuine article, so why are the Disco Mix Club raising such a ruckus? . . . Alan’s October DMC mixes are lugubrious UB40, good KC & The Sunshine Band, and (for the first useable half) excellent Freeez medleys, but star of the tape is Peter Romer’s floorfiller mix which is so smooth it’s almost bland (though The Rake was a bad way to start it) . . . CBS seem to be suffering from the “mailing list syndrome”, with El Chicano and now Lew Kirton rocketing up the chart for a week after jocks got ’em for free, only to plummet back to their earlier more realistic import level (and RCA seem to be having similar trouble with Tavares and the Jones Girls) . . . Spence’s ultra-hot Dutch import is only slow moving through lack of copies in the shops . . . Carl Kingston, still at Hull’s Peppermint Park, has joined the DJ rota of Radio Caroline 319MW aboard the MV Imagine, weekend boat trips to which and further details about Caroline being available in the Cleveland area DJ Assn’s Disco Reaction mag, free with a large SAE from Graham Murray, 30 Pilkington Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, Cleveland (DJ Association/Disco Mix Club members given priority) . . . Chris Ryder’s recent request for DJ demo tapes to audition for the soon-come Skyline Radio actually related to London area jocks, as no pay is involved (see RM Oct 1) . . . Terry Lees (021-707 1925) is organising the Midlands club and mobile disco equipment expedition Discoscene ’83 on Sunday November 6 at Wishaw’s Belfry Hotel, Sutton Coldfield . . . Oliver Cheatham PAs this Friday (14) at Mayfair’s Gullivers, where last week by coincidence airtime rivals John Sachs (Capital) and Susie Barnes (Radio London) were both in the club following their respective shows! . . . Gullivers’ previously charisma-lacking downstairs room has undergone a total transformation, becoming a really classy comfortable cocktail lounge with a new dancefloor moved further out of earshot . . . Strawz, above Applebaum’s in South Molton Street (Mayfair), is an “exciting” new cocktail bar handy for music biz people (especially ERC’s Marvin Howell, upstairs!), recently opened by travelling camp cabaret artists Kevin Sebastian and Sacha Vitorovich — the latter recording interviews there with the likes of Wham! for Yugoslav radio . . . Jeffrey Daniel gave his hairstyle an airing last weekend at Rockafella’s late-nite eaterie (next to Samantha’s off Regent Street), where live jazz on Sundays can include harmonica by Larry Adler . . . Greg Wilson joins resident Peter Lee plus the Broken Glass Street Crew body popping break dancers at Bolton’s Dance Factory this Thursday (13), when most drinks will be 50p too . . . Robbie Vincent joins Colin Hudd at Dartford Flicks this Friday (14) . . . Saturday (15) sees the opening of new weekly venue The Icebox above the Fridge in Brixton, which promises to be a bit different with constant live acts and even an ice cream/waffle bar . . . Paul Major & Tony Allen have “outrageous” fancydress at Hinckley Bubbles on Saturday (15), when Derby’s revamped Blue Note has an optional fancy-dress 4th Anniversary Ball (followed on Sunday by electro-funk with DC Connection) . . . First Approach play live jazz-funk on Sunday (16) at Camberley Frenchies in the Cambridge Hotel . . . CBS’s Al Dupres now does Cardiff Nero’s, Chas Marshall & Guy Francis do Edinburgh’s refitted Bentleys Nightscene (Wed-Sun), Paul Johnson does Bedford’s “good value” Apples & Pears Nightclub (let me guess — its on the ground floor, right?) . . . Des Russell takes over the Club Jardine at Edgbaston Faces Thur/Fri/Sat . . . Dave Rawlings (Basingstoke Martines/Kensington The Park/Reading Out Of Town) justifies his allegiance to WEA’s product with the valid point that they’re the only company who regularly send him albums, on which he finds lots of slowies to use . . . Rick James’s powerfully attractive duet with Smokey Robinson, ‘Ebony Eyes‘, which should be the one to break him here on radio, is not in fact his new single in the States despite all the airplay it’s getting there — instead they’ve gone with the fast ‘U Bring The Freak Out‘, which Motown in Britain are rightly trying to bypass . . . Norman Scott (Haringey Bolts) reports the holiday smash in Gran Canaria was Miquel Brown ‘So Many Men‘ . . . Gary Low is not Ryan Paris . . . Chill-Fac-Torr follow their revival of ‘The Twist’ with — guess what — ‘Shout‘! . . . Latin percussionist Willie Bobo (49) and early R&B star Roy Milton (76) both recently died . . . I bumped into Mick Fleetwood and Peter Barden by chance last week — back in early ’66 they were The Cheynes, playing regularly at a Balham gig (promoted by then Moody Blues managing Tony Secunda) where I was the DJ, just back from living in New York and heavily into ‘Shotgun’! . . . Ensign/Island kick off their reissues of vintage ’60s classics from the old Sue label with six EPs (jazz freaks should check Hank Jacobs and Jimmy McGriff) plus a terrific 25-track cassette-only compilation ‘Maximum R&B‘ (ENSUC 3) including a sensational doo-wop wailer by the Matadors, most material having been red hot imports of their day (weird though that may now seem) . . . Motown’s two twin-pack ‘Cruisin’ With Motown’ cassette-only compilations are well worth examining from a tactile point of view — they’re see-through cassettes with scaled down reel-to-reel spools looking large and dramatic, housed back-to-back in a chunky butch double-door box (unfortunately I had to open one up to stop a bent spool snagging the tape) . . . ‘Motown 25‘ the ratings-grabbing 25th anniversary US TV show soon to be expanded for video release, won an Emmy award — and Gary Byrd will be introducing clips from it (as he did on stage with the Commodores) when he tours UK clubs . . . ‘Party Train’ by the Gap Band has the most incredible video, filmed at Venice Beach in LA and full of poppin’ ‘n’ breakin’, contortin’ ‘n’ flauntin’ flesh, an eye boggling smash (which reminds me, Jamie Lee Curtis’s stunning appearance in the ‘Trading Places’ film could be rivalled for some by Bo Diddley playing a pawnbroker!) . . . I’m gradually getting through all my New York radio tapes (many recorded while I was actually out or asleep) and now realise that KISS-fm on Saturday nights have a 3½ hour commercial free Mastermix Dance Party, mixed during my visit by Darryl Baird/Bayard Beyer (?) . . . New York disco and oldies show Downstairs Records has relocated around the corner at 20 W. 43rd St as its original site downstairs in the subway arcade at 42nd & 6th has been blocked off to become the foundation for a new skyscraper! . . . 25 cents for the Staten Island Ferry at night is the most spectacular sightseeing value ever, all South Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty lit up as you glide away (and back again without paying extra if you’re clever!) . . . I’m dieting after so much Big Apple eating — too much Haagen Dazs ice cream actually stopped me doing full justice to the unlimited prawns, salads, soup and puddings (let alone lobster tails and goldfish bowl cocktails) at Cookies in White Plains . . . hey, hey, hey — KEEP OFF THOSE WHITE LINES!


CUBA GOODING: ‘Happiness Is Just Around The Bend’ (US Streetwise SWRL 2214)
Don’t be frightened by the frisky tempo and chirruping chix that start this madly infectious thriller, in which the ex-Main Ingredient singer revives their Brian Auger-penned oldie over an incredibly joyful Arthur Baker created bounding 120-119-120bpm beat (synthetic but not in his electro style), soulfully scatting and skipping up to a beefier vibey break, on 3-track 12in with 119bpm dub instrumental and acappella flip. Pop, soul, electro and MoR all in one, this will be massive!

LEW KIRTON: ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ (LP ‘Talk To Me’ US Believe In a Dream FZ 38956)
Making a strong play for Teddy P’s crown, husky Lew will win here with this fantastic cleanly bounding 117½bpm smacker which is already burning up the hipper floors, the more delicately unfurling but beefy 115bpm ‘Don’t Give Up Your Dreams (Hang On In There)‘ also sounding strong, the (0-)117½bpm ‘Here’s My Love‘ less so, while his mellow romantic smoochers are the 76bpm ‘I Can’t Live Without You’, (0-)33-66bpm ‘Hooked On You’, 0-29-30/60bpm ‘Always Will’, 0-34-69bpm ‘Got To Find Somebody To Love’. He’s gonna be big!

CURTIS HAIRSTON: ‘I Want You (All Tonight)’ (RCA RCAT 368)
Rightly huge on import the chix-backed and often confusingly chick-like wailing new soulster’s superb creamily striding 114bpm 12in chugger has indeed lived up to its Philly-style classic feel but may not have enough general crossover appeal to justify the mega-bucks it must’ve cost for Britain — which is not to discourage anyone, as it’s excellent (dub/edit flip).

PHIL FEARON & GALAXY: ‘Fantasy Real’ (Ensign 12ENY 507)
Phil gives himself proper prominence for this maddeningly familiar gorgeous smoochily jogging 0-77bpm 12in soul slowie, running on dubwise into an instrumental Part 2 (why do I keep wanting to sing “prove your love” when the girls go “fantasy”?), flipped by the chix-chanted lively leaping instrumental 119bpm ‘Anything You Want‘ with jazz-funk guitar and piano, just as strong in its own right. A smash.

TIME ZONE: ‘Wildstyle’ (CellulOid 12IS 135, via Island)
This (as it turns out) originally Rusty Egan-prod/penned German track by Wunderverke was for the US release we know remodelled by Afrika Bambaataa, Material, Grand Mixer D. ST., Uncle Tom Cobley and all, but now has been remixed yet again for fluctuating c.111½bpm UK 12in by Francois Kevorkian & Paul ‘Groucho’ Smykle, losing its “Hurray For Hollywood” intro (hurrah!) and some of its dense texture in the process to end up a still violently exciting gimmick-stuffed rappin’ ‘n’ scratchin’ hip hopper (similarly remixed powerful instrumental flip). Run for cover!

BULLET: ‘I’m Billie Jean’ (US Earwax EW-770)
Essential if you’re hooked on the saga, and anyway even better than Lydia Murdock, this 117bpm 12in answer version actually has a Michael Jackson soundalike as well as the woman he done wrong accusing “the kid is your son” . . . plus lotsa powerful scratchin’! The less vocal flip’s a sorta scratch mix edit.

JANICE McCLAIN: ‘Giving My Love’ (US Mon-Tab MT 303)
The lovely languidly loping instrumental intro takes a while to wind up into a sneakily nagging soulfully wailed rolling 107½-109bpm 12in swayer that could be huge at the likes of Caister as it’s a side-to-side shuffling kicker! As well as an instrumental version, the flip has the tremulous slow 79/39½bpm ‘Number One On My Love Chart‘.

THE JONES GIRLS: ‘On Target’ LP (US RCA AFL1-4817)
Robert Wright & Fonzi Thornton-prod/largely penned eagerly awaited set by the popular soul squeakers, Robert asking if each individual girl is ready before they hit the 12in-issued catchily chunky 117bpm opening title track, the 113bpm ‘2 Win U Back‘ continuing in looser similar style before the two new killers, a usefully summer tempoed (0-)98½bpm revival of Barbara Lewis’s chirrupy Van McCoy-penned old ‘Baby I’m Yours‘ (dynamite over MJG ‘All Night Long’ instrumental) and the superb lovely slow stately swaying 0-106bpm ‘Knockin‘, side two starting with the sadly now obligatory rock-disco type 137bpm ‘I Can Make A Difference’ before settling into the delicate dead slow wailing 32¾bpm ‘What A Fool’, 39/78½bpm ‘Curious’ and reggae tinged 74½bpm ‘I’m A Woman Here’.

STEVE HARVEY: ‘Tonight’ (London LONX 36)
Actually sounding better and brighter if speeded up, the 109bpm Francois Kevorkian-mixed A-side version of this chix-backed busily synthesized tinkling and thudding non-electro jolter is a great synch out of ‘Something Special’ when played about 6½ per cent faster, the 3-track 12in also having an 111bpm instrumental rough mix and 110½bpm Pedro Tong edit.

FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’ (WMOT VS 632.12)
Thoroughly recommended for listening initially, Jean Carn’s oldie gets a fantastically soulful treatment from Freddie Campbell and Monica Thoughton but over an extremely stark strange jerkily tapping 111-112-113-114-112-114-113bpm rhythm pattern laid down by Larry, likely to be a trick for both dancers and mixers to begin with (a pity he’s the drummer it rules out a rhythm box!). The 3-track 12in is flipped by a moderately sassy 117bpm ‘Naughty‘ funk smacker and US-style 0-126-128bpm ‘Kilowatt‘.

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY: ‘Just Let Me Wait’ (LP ‘Feel My Soul’ Dutch Geffen GEF 25591)
Totally reversing last week’s snap judgement, the best cuts on the soul-stacked Dreamgirl’s Maurice (EWF) White-produced set are this Aretha-ish 117-118-119bpm strutter (great between ‘Every Girl Wants My Guy’ and ‘Jump To It’), and the throbbing sultry 104bpm ‘My Sweet Delight’, the trotting 0-121-123bpm ‘Shine A Light‘ and 119-123bpm ‘This Game Of Love‘ being less effective, while soulful slow crawlers are the 0-64/32-0bpm ‘I Am Love’, 67¼-76-80/160-0bpm ‘I Am Ready Now’, 0-35-74bpm ‘Just For A While’, 36-38/76bpm ‘Change Is Gonna Come’ (not Sam Cooke’s). Hey girl, calm down!

TOM BROWNE: ‘Rockin’ Radio’ LP (US Arista/GRP AL8-8107)
Maurice Starr only produced the trumpeter’s 119bpm title track hit but his violently hip hopping electro style carries on into the equally exciting 111bpm ‘Crusin‘ (a play on GRP’s Dave Grusin?) and 119½bpm ‘Turn It Up (Come On Y’all)‘, as well as to a lesser extent the ultra jerky 113bpm ‘Mr Business‘ — however, here things are jazzily soulful too, as indeed are the chick-sung tripping 113bpm ‘Brighter Tomorrow‘, slow 89bpm ‘Angeline’ (the 7in flip), and Association’s 91bpm ‘Never My Love’. Herb Alpert fans could dig!

GAP BAND: ‘I’m Ready (If You’re Ready)’ (Total Experience TEX 004)
Sombrely bumping almost distorted sounding start to a remixed 117bpm 12in choppily lurching chanter, far from their normally distinctive best, but flipped by the slow effects introed then jerkily bashing 126bpm ‘Party Train‘ which could end up bigger thanks to its fantastic video.

BERNARD WRIGHT: ‘Get Your Lover Back’ (LP ‘Funky Beat’ US Arista/GRP AL8-8103)
The young singing keyboardist’s three Lenny White co-produced tracks are slaves to the rhythm box beat, this 107bpm jolter, hip hop rapping 105bpm title track (with acoustic piano) and Prince-ish 109bpm ‘Video Generation’, ‘Move Your Body‘ being a fast spurting 122bpm Rick James-ish romper, but the 95(start)-97-96-97-98bpm ‘Mr Clean‘ is a stark summer tempo jazzy instrumental jiggler and the sophisticated smoochy 0-31½-63bpm ‘Won’t You Let Me Love You‘ the most accessible of three really jazzy tracks.

SHARON REDD: ‘Love How You Feel’ (Prelude TA 3868)
Eric Matthew adds some zappy zip of his own to Steve Harvey’s ‘Something Special’ to produce this happily rattling rhythm box beat switching 118bpm 12in leaper (great between Haywoode and Steve’s “original”), with a useful less beefy dub flip, lively enough to have wide disco appeal.

MONTANA ORCHESTRA: ‘One More Time V.M.J.’ (LP ‘Heavy Vibes’ US Philly Sound Works PSW LP 001)
Yi-hah! Tinkling vibraharpist Vincent Montana Jr has readapted the classic swinging ‘You Know How Good It Is‘ from his 1978 ‘I Love Music’ LP into a much lusher sophisticated sax tootled 121-122-124-0-125-0bpm big band arrangement which still ends with a gap, shouted “one more time”, and brassy drumming finale (great at evening’s end): however, anyone already owning his last three singles (‘Heavy Vibes’ / ‘Ride Like The Wind’ / ‘Who Needs Enemies’) will be getting ’em again along with this and just two other new nice instrumentals, Stevie’s 117-116bpm ‘Another Star‘ and the 107-108-0bpm ‘Lover’s Magic‘ — the whole set making a good listen.

LATIMORE: ‘Let’s Straighten It Out’ (LP ‘I’ll Do Anything For You’ US Malaco 7414)
The down home moaning soulster has re-recorded his mid-’70s classic atmosphere-laden slowie with added mellow conversational rap, but less throat-catching vocal trickery, in a beautiful 80/40-79bpm smooch treatment worth the price of the whole deep Southern soul set.

PAUL McCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Say Say Say’ (Parlophone 12 R 6062)
Jellybean’s 12in remix tightens Paul’s pop ditty into an 116bpm smacker with good breaks and added disco strength (although it’s still not a Michael Jackson record), the 115bpm instrumental version being best of all.

MADONNA: ‘Holiday’ (LP ‘Madonna’ German Sire 92-3867-1)
This photogenic white girl’s Jellybean Benitez-produced brightly infectious 115bpm skipper is never off New York’s airwaves and has huge pop appeal, but here instead on 12in we get her more angular convolutedly lurching 117bpm ‘Lucky Star‘ (Sire W9522T). The otherwise Reggie Lucas-produced set is all pure unadulterated US chart-topping “disco”, excellent of its unsoulful kind, with the 119bpm ‘Physical Attraction‘, 118bpm ‘Think Of Me‘, 120bpm ‘Everybody‘, 119bpm ‘Borderline‘, 128bpm ‘I Know It‘, and archetypal rock-disco 138bpm ‘Burning Up‘ (made for mixing between ‘Beat It’ and ‘Hard For The Money’!).

DISCO TOP 85 – OCTOBER 15, 1983

01 01 Body Work / Instrumental – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
02 04 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – RCA 12”
03 03 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
04 09 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
05 02 Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
06 06 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
07 05 Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12”
08 17 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12”
09 07 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
10 08 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Montage 12”
11 28 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – US Prelude 12”
12 23 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
13 10 Give Me Your Love – Active Force – A&M 12”
14 16 Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – US West End 12”
15 29 All My Life – Major Harris – US Pop Art 12”
16 11 Just In Time / Dub – Raw Silk – West End 12”
17 15 Show Me The Way – New York Skyy – Epic 12”
18 13 Dog Talk – K-9 Corp (Featuring Pretty C) – Capitol 12”
19 20 Two, Three, Break – The B Boys – US Vintertainment 12”
20 33 (Hey You) Rock Steady Crew – The Rock Steady Crew – Charisma 12”
21 18 Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie – West Street Mob – Sugarhill 12”
22 36 Scratch Goes My Dub / Pop Goes My Love – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
23 34 Rock The World!!! – Crown Heights Affair – De-Lite 12”
24 27 Foot In The Door – Onward International – Paladin 12”
25 14 One Mind Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
26 12 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
27 35 All Over Your Face – Ronnie Dyson – Atlantic 12”
28 19 Jingo (Remix) / Jingo Breakdown – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
29 71 Let The Music Play (Dub Version) / (Vocal) – Shannon – US Emergency 12”
30 22 Do You Want Me (Inst) / (Vocal) – El Chicano – CBS 12”
31 21 Don’t You Get So Mad – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
32 31 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
33 26 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
34 41 Love Town (Froggy Mix) / Teddy Bear – Booker Newberry III – Montage 12”
35 44 You’re My Number 1 – Radiance – US Are ‘n Be 12”
36 81 I’m Ready (If You’re Ready) (Remix) / Party Train – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
37 38 Shine On Me (New York Remix) / Didn’t You Know It – One Way – MCA 12”
38 25 Out In The Night – Serge Ponsar – WEA International 12”
39 45 Get It On – Spence – Dutch Ariola 12”
40 55 Boys / All Night Long (Instrumental) – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
41 43 Heartbreaker / Stranger – Leroy Burgess – US Salsoul 12”
42 40 Just Be Good To Me – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
43 24 Deeper In Love / I Really Miss You Baby – Tavares – RCA 12”
44 — Wildstyle (Remix) / Instrumental (Remix) – Time Zone – CellulOid 12”
45 — Just Can’t Get Enough / Don’t Give Up Your Dream – Lew Kirton – US Believe In a Dream LP
46 68 Ain’t Nobody / Don’t Go To Strangers – Rufus & Chaka Khan – German Warner Bros LP
47 — (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine (Club Version) – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
48 30 Street Justice – The Rake – Streetwave 12”
49 48 High Noon – Two Sisters – IRS 12”
50 74 Before You Go – Skool Boyz – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12”
51 32 Keep On Rockin’ / Bottom Line / Rise Up / Cold Blooded Lover – Active Force – US A&M LP
52 79 You’ve Gotta Believe – ‘Love Bug’ Starski – US The Fever 12”
53 — Love Will Find A Way – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
54 83 Play That Beat Mr. DJ – G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid – US Tommy Boy 12″
55 54 I’m Sick And Tired – Larry Graham – Warner Bros 12”
56 37 On Target – Jones Girls – RCA 12”
57 39 I’m The Packman – The Packman – US Enjoy 12”
58 — Tonight – Steve Harvey – London 12” promo
59 46 Color Blind / Give The Gift Of Music – Motivation – De-Lite 12”
60 72 Turn You Out (In & Out) / Steppin’ Out / Show Down – Slave – US Cotillion LP
61 53 The Wildstyle / Instrumental – Time Zone – CellulOid 12”
62 52 Put Our Heads Together (Remix) – O’Jays – US Philadelphia Int 12”
63 77 You Make Me Feel / Landslide – UK Players – RCA 12”
64 42 Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
65 65 Freak-A-Zoid / Wet My Whistle / Electricity – Midnight Star – Solar 12”
66 60 Makin’ Music / Dub Mix – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12”
67 49 Feel The Force / Dub – G-Force – US SMI 12”
68 — Scratch Break (Glove Style) / Let’s Break – Motor City Crew – US Motown 12”
69 50 Party Time – Kurtis Blow – Mercury 12”
70 56 Cold Blooded – Rick James – Gordy 12”
71 51 In And Out / Closer Than Close – Junior Walker – US Motown LP
72 — Happiness Is Just Around The Bend – Cuba Gooding – US Streetwise 12”
73 — Cheating – Prestige – US Atlantic RFC 12”
74 47 Rainbows (Jazz Remix) – Del Richardson – US Joy Spring 12”
75 — In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
76 — Electric Kingdom – Twilight 22 – US Vanguard 12”
77 — Baby I’m Yours / 2 Win U Back / Knockin’ – Jones Girls – US RCA LP
78 — It’s Alright – NV – US Sire 12”
79 — Lagos Jump – Third World – CBS LP
80 73 Dr. Jam (In The Slam) – Men At Play – Design Communications 12”
81 — Boogie Down – Al Jarreau – WEA 12”
82 — A Night In New York – Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – US EMI America 12”
83 — Get Your Lover Back / Mr. Clean – Bernard Wright – US Arista LP
84 63 Scratch The Rock – Funk Masters – Master-Funk 12”
85 — Feels So Good / Night Rider – Midnight Star – Solar LP


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Jennifer Holliday: ‘Just Let Me Wait’ / ‘My Sweet Delight’ (US Geffen LP)
Shakatak: ‘Out Of This World’ / ‘Sanur’ (Polydor 12in)
Manhattans: ‘Locked Up In Your Love’ (CBS LP/7in)
Sinitta: ‘Never Too Late’ (Midas 12in)
Hawkeye: ‘All Systems Go (Cosmo Wyatt Dub Mix)’ (US Beantown 12in)
Kevie Kev: ‘All Night Long (Waterbed)’ (US Sugarhill 12in)
Janice McClain: ‘Giving My Love’ (US Mon-Tab 12in)
Designer: ‘Feeling Nice’ (Trindisc 12in)
Gap Band: ‘Jam The Motha’ (Total Experience LP)
Pure Energy: ‘Love Game’ (US Prism 12in)
Rome Jefferies: ‘Good Love’ (US Rain 12in)
Royalcash: ‘Radio Activity’ (US Sutra 12in)


Beats Per Minute for the last three week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/c/r for fade/resonant/cold):

David Bowie 180-187f, Siouxsie 101f, Tracey Ullman 113-0r, George Benson 0-33½/67-0r, Black Lace 135-136-0r, The Alarm 140-132c, Nick Heyward 128½f, Soft Cell 149-0f, Depeche Mode 0-100½f, Meat Loaf 107-109f, Rock Steady Crew 0-115f, Lionel Richie 109f, Toyah 106-0r, Freeez 117f, David Grant 121f, Bucks Fizz 0-90f, Lydia Murdock 116½–116¾f, Herbie Hancock 115f, Will Powers 131f, Olympic Orchestra 16-0c, Donna Summer 100f, KC 130c, Roman Holliday 0-214r, Booker Newberry III 115f, Rumple-Stilts-Skin 112f, Righeira 128f, Chris Rea 123f, Randy Crawford 0-144f, Time UK 155-0r, Al Jarreau 112f, Gary Low 124f, Men Without Hats 102c, Tik & Tok 131-0f, Mary Jane Girls 122c, Space Monkey 0-140-0f, Melanie 156f (West Street Mob only on 12in).


01 02 Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
02 01 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
03 04 Body Work – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
04 07 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
05 05 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Polydor 12”
06 03 Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) – Newcleus – Becket 12”
07 06 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
08 13 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya (Remix) / Karma Chamelion – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
09 08 Confusion – New Order – Factory 12”
10 10 Show Me The Way (Remix) – New York Skyy – Epic 12”
11 12 Come Back And Stay – Paul Young – CBS 12”
12 17 Big Apple – Kajagoogoo – EMI 12”
13 21 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
14 09 The Sun Goes Down (Livin’ It Up) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
15 23 Pop Goes My Love / Scratch Goes My Dub – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
16 15 Vamos A La Playa – Righeira – A&M 12”
17 22 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
18 11 Dolce Vita – Ryan Paris – Carrere 12”
19 18 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
20 20 One Mind Two Hearts – Paradise – Priority 12”
21 25 Love Reaction – Divine – Design Communications 12”
22 — Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
23 24 Jingo (Remix) – Candido – US Salsoul 12”
24 26 Do You Want Me – El Chicano – CBS 12”
25 14 Rockit – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
26 29 Kissing With Confidence – Will Powers – Island 12”
27 — (Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew – Rocksteady Crew – Charisma/Virgin 12”
28 16 The Crown – Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – Motown 12”
29 27 What Am I Gonna Do – Rod Stewart – Warner Brothers 12”
30 — Modern Love – David Bowie – EMI America 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 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12” white label
04 04 Got To Get To You – Charade featuring Jessica – Passion 12”
05 03 Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home – US Bobcat 12”
06 09 Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love) – Marsha Raven – Passion 12”
07 08 (They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools – Jessica Williams – Passion 12”
08 05 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
09 11 Burn It Up (Mr. DJ) – Risque – Dutch Polydor 12”/US Importe/12 remix
10 23 I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – US Silver Blue 12”
11 13 Nothing But Heartaches / Nowhere To Run (Medley) – Deborah Washington – Canadian Street Level 12”
12 12 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12” white label
13 10 My Forbidden Lover – Tapps – Canadian Power 12”
14 22 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
15 20 Band Of Gold (Clubhouse Mix) – Sylvester – London 12”
16 28 When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
17 14 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12”
18 — Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – US Prelude 12”
19 29 La Cage Aux Folles – Le Jete – US Megatone 12”
20 21 And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Koffie – US Pandisc 12”
21 15 Dolce Vita – Ryan Paris – Carrere 12”
22 24 I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – Weather Girls – CBS 12”
23 17 Not The Loving Kind – The Twins – German Hansa 12”
24 07 Guilty – Lime – Polydor 12”/US Prism remix
25 30 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
26 18 DJ Girl – Miss Kimberly – US Bobcat 12”
27 19 Voices In The Dark – Mike Cannon – Italian Memory 12”
28 — Makin’ Music – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12”
29 25 Don’t Leave Me This Way – Slip – German Hansa 12”
30=— Success – Weather Girls – US Columbia 12”
30=26 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”

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