October 29, 1983: Spence, Armenta, Dayton, Lionel Richie, Arnie’s Love


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”


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!

LIONEL RICHIE: ‘Love Will Find A Way’ (LP ‘Can’t Slow Down’ Motown STMA 8041)
The only way to get his smash rhythmically remixed and extended 109bpm ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ is now on his obviously blockbusting set which most will want anyway, the other instantly scorching new dancer being this Greg Phillinganes co-penned cool steady 102/51bpm tripper, the 123bpm title track sounding extremely ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and galloping 121¼bpm ‘Running With The Night‘ rather (soft-)rock orientated, the gentle 48½/97-49½/99bpm ‘Penny Lover‘ being best slowie in that it gets away from his typically formularized 0-33-0bpm ‘Stuck On You’, 0-31-62-0bpm ‘Hello’, 0-31½/63bpm ‘The Only One’.

ARNIE’S LOVE: ‘I’m Out Of Your Life’ (US Radar RDR-12007)
Eric Matthew-produced slow starting dreamily shuffling 0-104bpm 12in swaying jogger with superb Luther-ish vocal and sophisticated support, side one’s instrumental tag being picked up so easily by the jazzier flip that two copies seem a must! A monster.

MAJOR HARRIS: ‘All My Life’ (London LONX 37)
The ‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait’ smoocher returns in grittier style on a great happily jiggling lickety-spa 117½bpm 12in lurcher, kinda like a soulfully electro ‘Love Town’ with cheerful chix chipping in and then taking over when things get freakiest (dub/edit flip), already huge on import.

STREET ANGELS: ‘Dressing Up!’ (Street Beat STBX 100, via Phonogram)
Ray Shell’s backup girls led by Linda Taylor now out on their own with a coolly cooed ‘n souled excellent creamily rolling 106bpm 12in thumper penned by Steve Jerome, much plugged on previously scarce promo by Radio London soul DJ Tony Blackburn (less good jerky 98bpm ‘Who’s Fooling Who’ flip).

ATLANTIC STARR: ‘I Want Your Love’ (LP ‘Yours Forever’ US A&M SP-4948)
Quality soulful stuff dominated by this purposefully tripping tenderly pent-up 100bpm jogger and the atmospherically textured 99bpm title track, both extremely good, while the slow 79bpm ‘Touch A Four Leaf Clover‘ ranks next over the 112bpm ‘Who Could Love You Better?‘, 108bpm ‘Island Dream’ 45/90bpm ‘Second To None’, ditto 45/90bpm ‘More Time For Me’, 22-44-0bpm ‘More More More’, 134bpm ‘Tryin’. Due here soon.

LIQUID LIQUID: ‘Cavern’ (US 99 Records 99-11 EP)
By guys whose weird drums-driven wild non-electro rhythm tracks really deserve the description “punk-funk” far more than Rick James, this excitingly compulsive somewhat weaving 113-115-114-115-117-118-111- 113-116bpm semi-instrumental was known only to the elite of hip hop before Melle Mel’s ‘White Lines’ vocal version brought it into general view to fill floors in its own right (I now realise it’s on one of my New York radio tapes, and in the WBLS ‘White Lines’ remix), on 4-track 12in EP with the equally interesting if punk-ier 113-115-0-114-0-114bpm ‘Scraper‘, 122bpm ‘Optimo‘, 164/82bpm ‘Out‘. A must for Melle Mel fans.

MAJOR LANCE: ‘Are You Leaving Me’ (LP ‘The Major’s Back’ US Kat Family FZ 38898)
Due here for some Northern Soul gigs where his new material may well be ignored, the 20 year veteran should be down South promoting this superb subtle soul-drenched set as it’s one of this quality-packed week’s very, very best! This beautiful light jiggly 107-110bpm chugger is also on 12in, flipped by his previously released aching 97-98bpm ‘I Wanna Go Home‘ (recorded fresh out of jail), but the whole album’s a better buy as you also get the equally good 106-104-0bpm ‘Gypsy Woman’ (Impressions), 100/101-0bpm ‘I’ve Never Found A Girl’ (Eddie Floyd) — both remarkably recorded live here in Hinkley along with a racing 140-146bpm revival of his classic ‘The Monkey Time’ — 106-107-108-111bpm ‘Power Of Love’, 113bpm ‘Since I Lost My Baby’s Love‘. Fellow veterans Garland Green and Tyrone Davis also have new albums (on the Ocean Front label), which I’ll have to afford another time!

BOGAZ: ‘I’ve Got Love’ (AGR Records 12AGR 2, via PRT)
These intelligent East Londoners were on BBC-1’s first ‘Hotline’ a fortnight ago launching their self-prod/penned masterful 116bpm 12in bounding skipper, with harmony supported strong vocal line, soaring sax and terrific romping jazzy guitar (inst flip). An impressive debut.

KINKY FOXX: ‘So Different’ (US Sound Of New York SNY 5107)
Tony Humphries-mixed stumblingly thudding then gradually intensifying 109-110-111-112-111-113(break)-111-113-0bpm 12in builder by a slightly Michael J-ish fellah who gets really soulful the longer it’s on, ending up very powerful indeed (inst flip).

BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘Serious’ (LP ‘Respect’ US Columbia FC38924)
John Barnes-produced/co-penned/performed/”conceptualized” set on which lightly soulful Billy does at least get to sing over Barnes’s synthesized rhythms, best dancer being this creamily soaring 113bpm chugger although he whinnies effectively over the juddering jerky 118bpm title track and 116bpm ‘Save Your Love For Me‘ (less so the 115bpm ‘Hit Me With The Beat’), while loveliest slowie is the 80bpm ‘So Many Ways’, the 51½-103bpm ‘Don’t Ask Me To Be Friends’ being too self-conscious a remake of ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’ (even down to the exact same BPM!).

FOUR TOPS: ‘Make Yourself Right At Home’ (LP ‘Back Where I Belong’ US Motown 6066ML)
Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland are back with Motown and prod/penning again for the also returned Four Tops (all their backing tracks synthesized by that man Barnes, incidentally), this cheerful 117bpm lurcher and less impassioned 117½bpm ‘Sail On‘, the UK 12in issued lovely slow 0-39½/79-0bpm ‘I Just Can’t Walk Away‘ (Motown TMGT 1321) and full blown 0-32½/65-0bpm title track making up the H-D-H side, while the flip’s 101bpm jiggly funk ‘Body & Soul‘ is another good modern dancer though their Temptations partnered 115bpm ‘Hang’ (12in B-side) and Aretha Franklin duetted 48-96bpm ‘What Have We Got To Lose’ are less so. Vocally, the set’s a great listen. (Do not confuse with an obviously earlier churning c.122bpm ‘I’m Here Again’ 12in on US Reliant REG 3691).

SYBIL THOMAS: ‘Rescue Me’ (West End WEND 124)
Mellow electro jittered soulfully wailed unhurried 110¼-110½bpm 12in swaying plippety plopper with a great jazzy guitar and keyboards break (sadly subdued on inst flip), hot for a while on import but possibly now just a little too late here — though still of course good.

MELBA MOORE: ‘Keepin’ My Lover Satisfied’ (US Capitol 8569)
Paul Lawrence Jones III-produced totally typical jerky 116bpm 12in smacker (inst flip), fine of its type but — y’know, like we’ve heard it all before!

DISCO TOP 85 – OCTOBER 29, 1983

01 02 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”/LP remix
02 01 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – RCA 12”
03 06 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
04 10 All My Life – Major Harris – London 12”
05 37 Tonight / Instrumental – Steve Harvey – London 12”
06 04 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12”
07 16 Let The Music Play (Dub) / (Vocal) – Shannon – US Emergency 12”
08 07 What I Got Is What You Need / Dub – Unique – Prelude 12”
09 21 Just Can’t Get Enough / Don’t Give Up Your Dream / I Can’t Live Without You – Lew Kirton – US Believe In a Dream LP
10 45 Happiness Is Just Around The Bend – Cuba Gooding – US Streetwise 12”
11 09 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
12 03 Body Work / Instrumental – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
13 05 Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12”
14 08 Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – West End 12”
15 14 (Hey You) Rock Steady Crew – Rock Steady Crew – Charisma 12”
16 38 Steppin’ Out / Turn You Out (In & Out) / Show Down / Bad Girl / Shake It Up – Slave – US Cotillion LP
17 15 Two, Three, Break – The B Boys – US Vintertainment 12”
18 54 White Lines / Dub – Grandmaster & Melle Mel – US Sugarhill 12”
19 27 I’m Ready (If You’re Ready) (Remix) – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
20 23 All Over Your Face / Don’t Need You Now – Ronnie Dyson – Atlantic 12”
21 19 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
22 13 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12”
23 26 Rock The World!!! – Crown Heights Affair – De-Lite 12”
24 17 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
25 — I Wanna Be With You – Armenta – US Savoir Faire 12”
26 12 Give Me Your Love – Active Force – A&M 12”
27 63 Spice Of Life – Manhattan Transfer – German Atlantic LP
28 22 Foot In The Door – Onward International – Paladin 12”
29 34 Play That Beat Mr. DJ – G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid – US Tommy Boy 12″
30 11 Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
31 — Love Will Find A Way / Penny Lover – Lionel Richie – Motown LP
32 25 Pop Goes My Love / Scratch Goes My Dub – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
33 18 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Montage 12”
34 20 Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie – West Street Mob – Sugarhill 12”
35 52 Electric Kingdom – Twilight 22 – US Vanguard 12”
36 42 You’ve Gotta Believe – ‘Love Bug’ Starski – US The Fever 12”
37 40 Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Warner Bros 12”
38 39 Get It On – Spence – Arista 12”
39 — The Sound Of Music / It Must Be Love – Dayton – US Capitol LP
40 — I Want Your Love / Yours Forever – Atlantic Starr – US A&M LP
41 44 On Target – Jones Girls – RCA 12”
42 51 Fantasy Real / Anything You Want – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign 12”
43 33 You’re My Number 1 – Radiance – US Are ‘n Be 12”
44 47 All Night Long (Waterbed) – Kevie Kev – US Sugarhill 12”
45 41 Makin’ Music / Dub Mix – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12”
46 36 Wildstyle / Instrumental (Remixes) – Time Zone – CellulOid 12”
47 30 Boys / All Night Long (Instrumental) – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12”
48 60 Love Will Find A Way – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
49 83 Move Your Body / Funky Beat / Mr. Clean / Get Your Lover Back / Won’t You Let Me Love You – Bernard Wright – US Arista LP
50 28 Deeper In Love / I Really Miss You Baby – Tavares – RCA 12”
51 — Dressing Up – Street Angels – Street Beat 12”
52 64 You Make Me Feel / Landslide – UK Players – RCA 12”
53 55 Brighter Tomorrow / Crusin’ / Turn It Up (Come On Y’All) – Tom Browne – US Arista LP
54 71 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head – Fat Larry’s Band – WMOT 12”
55 65 Micro-Kid (Remix) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
56 66 Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) / Instrumental – Captain Rapp – US Saturn Records 12”
57 61 Shine On Me (New York Remix) / Didn’t You Know It – One Way – MCA 12”
58 35 (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
59 — It’s Your Turn – Delegation – CBS 12” promo
60 — Private Party / Don’t Knock It (Until You Try It) – Bobby Nunn – US Motown LP
61 81 Over And Over / Uptown Festival – Shalamar – Solar 12”
62 62 In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
63 46 Heartbreaker – Leroy Burgess – US Salsoul 12”
64 — Wet My Whistle / Freak-A-Zoid – Midnight Star – Solar 12”
65 53 Lagos Jump – Third World – CBS LP/US Columbia 12”/Dutch CBS 12”
66 — Hot Hot Hot – Arrow – AIR 12”
67 24 Dog Talk – K-9 Corp (Featuring Pretty C) – Capitol 12”
68 — AC/DC – Paz – Paladin LP
69 68 Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
70 — Serious / Respect / So Many Ways / Don’t Ask Me To Be Friends – Billy Griffin – US Columbia LP
71 75 Holiday – Madonna – German Sire LP
72 — Someday / Jam The Motha – Gap Band – Total Experience LP
73 50 Before You Go – Skool Boyz – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12”
74 69 Cold Blooded – Rick James – Gordy 12”
75 — Dance Music Sex Romance – Prince – Warner Bros 12” promo
76 67 After Loving You – Oman – US Bound Sound 12”
77 56 Knockin’ / Baby I’m Yours – Jones Girls – US RCA LP
78 — Playboy – Teena Marie – US Epic LP
79 32 Love Town (Froggy Mix) / Teddy Bear – Booker Newberry III – Montage 12”
80 — Hot For You – Karen Young – Design Communications 12”
81 58 Put It To The Test / Instrumental – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12” promo
82 77 Love Game / A Love Dub – Pure Energy – US Prism 12”
83 — Let’s Straighten It Out – Latimore – US Malaco LP
84 — I’m Out Of Your Life – Arnie’s Love – US Radar 12”
85 70 Scratch Break (Glove Style) – Motor City Crew – US Motown 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Marcia Griffiths: ‘Electric Boogie (Remix)’ (Island 12in)
Liquid Liquid: ‘Cavern’ (US 99 12in EP)
Jimmy McGriff: ‘All About My Girl’ (Sue/Ensign 7in EP)
Michael Franks: ‘When Sly Calls’ (US Warner Bros LP)
Rome Jefferies: ‘Good Love’ (US Rain 12in)
Janice McClain: ‘Giving My Love’ (US Mon-Tab 12in)
The SOS Band: ‘Tell Me If You Still Care’ (US Tabu 12in)
Kinky Foxx: ‘So Different’ (US Sound Of New York 12in)
McCartney/Jackson: ‘Say Say Say’ / Instrumental (Parlophone 12in)
Love Club: ‘Hot Summer Nights’ / Instrumental (US West End 12in)


01 06 (Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew – Rocksteady Crew – Charisma 12”
02 01 Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
03 09 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
04 02 Body Work – Hot Streak – Polydor 12”
05 04 Blue Monday / The Beach – New Order – Factory 12”
06 05 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12”
07 10 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – RCA 12”
08 03 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12”
09 08 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya / Karma Chamelion – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
10 11 Love Reaction – Divine – Design Communications 12”
11 13 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12”
12 28 Say Say Say (Instrumental) / (Vocal) – Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson – Parlophone 12”
13 23 Superman – Black Lace – Flair 12”
14 14 Pop Goes My Love / Scratch Goes My Dub – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
15 07 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Polydor 12”
16 22 New Song – Howard Jones – WEA 12”
17 — Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
18 15 Vamos A La Playa – Righeira – A&M 12”
19 — Love Will Find A Way – David Grant – Chrysalis 12”
20 20 I Want You – Gary Low – Savoire Faire 12”
21 16 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12”
22 26 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
23 30 In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
24 25 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12”
25 — Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12”
26 — Microkid – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
27 — Over And Over – Shalamar – Solar 12”
28 18 Confusion – New Order – Factory 12”
29 — They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman – Stiff 10”
30 17 Come Back And Stay – Paul Young – CBS 12”


01 03 Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love) – Marsha Raven – Passion 12”
02 01 Love Reaction / Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12”
03 01 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12”
04 04 I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley – US Komander 12”/Disconet Remix
05 05 (They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools – Jessica Williams – Passion 12”
06 08 Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home – US Bobcat 12”
07 07 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12”
08 09 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
09 10 Burn It Up (Mr. DJ) – Risque – US Importe/12 remix/Dutch Polydor 12”
10 12 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
11 11 I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – US Silver Blue 12”
12 06 Got To Get To You – Charade featuring Jessica – Passion 12”
13 13 And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Koffie – US Pandisc 12”
14 15 Nothing But Heartaches / Nowhere To Run (Medley) – Deborah Washington – Canadian Street Level 12”
15 24 Band Of Gold (Clubhouse Mix) / (Edit) – Sylvester – London 12”
16 20 Destiny / Take My Heart Away (Remix) – Two Sisters / Gillian Lane – US Disconet LP
17 21 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12”
18 19 Guilty / Angel Eyes (Medley) / Angel Eyes (Dub) – Lime – Canadian Matra 12”
19 25 Manpower / He’s A Saint He’s A Sinner / Beeline – Miquel Brown – Record Shack LP white label
20 14 Don’t Leave Me This Way – Slip – German Hansa 12”
21 — DJ Girl – Miss Kimberly – US Bobcat 12”
22 23 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya / Karma Chameleon – Culture Club – Virgin 12”
23 26 When Will I See You Again – Magda Layna – US Megatone 12”
24 17 The Twighlight Zone – Rusty Egan – Warner Bros 12”
25 16 To Sir With Love – Vicki Sue Robinson – US Profile 12”
26 18 La Cage Aux Folles / Instrumental – Le Jete – US Megatone 12”
27 27 Makin’ Music – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12”
28 22 Tubular Affair / Instrumental – Samoa Park – Italian Zanza 12”
29 28 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – French In The Mix 12”
30=29 Lucky Tonight – Sarah Dash – US Megatone 12”
30=— All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
30=— Sing-Sing-Sing – The Broads – Proto 12”
30=— Don’t Leave Me This Way (Mega-Mix) – Slip – Proto 12” promo

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