November 5, 1983: Klique, Shannon, Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Armenta, Rufus & Chaka Khan


Michael Jackson’s caption last week (which gained a stray “no” — there IS doubt that ‘Thriller’ will be a US single) now continues with the news that Vestron Video in the States are releasing a one hour ‘Michael Jackson: Making Of The Thriller Video’ which reportedly will contain the finished 10 minute ‘Thriller’ video along with candid footage of its filming, plus “major elements” of the ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It’ clips as well as older ‘Off The Wall’ material — out before Christmas, the US video will be about £20 there but its availability in UK-compatible formats has yet to be announced . . . Streetwave are rushing Arnie’s Love here, label boss Morgan Khan currently devoting his time to a boxed ten album set ‘Decade Of Dance Hits 1973-83‘, promised for the party season and full of original smash classics! . . . Clubhouse’s follow-up medley (already on promo) will be the far less notable 113bpm ‘Supergood‘ melding of Stevie Wonder ‘Superstition’ and Chic ‘Good Times’, while Freeez follow with the pace changing 50-100bpm ‘Love’s Gonna Get You‘ .. . David Joseph’s surprisingly amateurish “Britfunk” LP due soon has only two really dynamic dancers, the 95bpm ‘Joys Of Life‘ title track and 0-118bpm ‘Do You Feel My Love Now Baby‘ . . . Brass Construction/NY Skyy at Hammersmith Odeon this Friday sold out so fast that they’re there Sunday (6) now too! . . . Channel 4 televise the Malibu World Disco Dancing finals “live” tonight (Thursday 3) — the music last week actually dropped to only 132bpm, so there may be a hope for the more subtle contestants yet! . . . Peter Stringfellow’s daringly different Hippodrome opens (at London’s old Talk Of The Town) this coming Tuesday (8), and already has a TV variety show emanating from it . . . In Store Music previously free promo cassette programmes are being forced by the BPI to institute a nominal charge for their service (“music users should be educated to expect to pay for the use of recorded music”) and so have formed a “club” restricted to bona-fide working DJs, who must first prove they work in PPL licensed premises (or have a PPL licence if mobile — which is unfair as most mobiles doing private domestic parties don’t need one), cheques for £52 (year)/£30 (six months) being payable to Midas Records Ltd, 104 Harley House, Upper Harley Street, London NW1 4PR (full details on 01-935 3987) . . . Disco Mix Club’s November oldies medleys Mary Wells ‘My Guy’/ Jackie Wilson ‘Sweetest Feeling’/ Chairmen Of The Board ‘Give Me Just A Little More Time’/Four Tops ‘I Can’t Help Myself’/Miracles ‘Tears Of A Clown’/Isley Bros ‘This Old Heart’/Stevie Wonder ‘Uptight’/Vandellas ‘Dancing In The Street’/Jr Walker ‘Road Runner’/Show Stoppers ‘House Party’/Chubby Checker ‘(At The) Discotheque’/Edwin Starr ‘SOS’/ Frankie Valli ‘You’re Ready Now’/Billy Butler ‘Right Track’/Dobie Gray ‘Out On The Floor’/Bandwagon ‘Walls Of Heartache’ — all the chops/mixes being done “live” apart from one piano-to-piano tape edit (how much will boots of that be worth up North?) . . . Discoscene ’83 equipment exhibition is this Sunday (6) at Wishaw’s Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, noon-6pm . . . Simon Berwick (0706-216980 evenings) urgently needs a versatile smart pop jock for three months at a new hotel club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, pay around £550 all-in per month — and alcohol is legal there! . . . The Chi-Lites and David Copperfield play Watford Baileys next week, Jr Walker returns to Mayfair Gullivers on Wednesday (9)… STAY OFF THOSE WHITE LINES!


KLIQUE: ‘Stop Doggin’ Me Around’ (MCA MCAT 843)
Only Lionel Richie is stopping this from being the biggest black hit in the States at the moment, a fabulous rolling slow 54bpm revival of Jackie Wilson’s 1960 ‘Doggin’ Around‘ that’s true to his original catch-in-the-throat chokingly soulful treatment, here on 3-track 12in with the otherwise Shalamar-ish trio’s blandly clopping 117bpm ‘Honey (I Want To Be Your Lover)‘, and burbling 117bpm ‘Try It Out‘.

SHANNON: ‘Let The Music Play’ (Club LET 112, via Phonogram)
Hailed Stateside as the best electro dancer ever as it combines powerful hip-hoppery with a tuneful vocal, this chick-sung 0-114½bpm 12in judderer is actually a bit offputtingly “disco” in its vocal version, the far harder and freakier electro scratch instrumental 0-116½bpm flipside dub being more exciting — though both sides mixed together is best of all! A pop smash, no sweat.

GRANDMASTER & MELLE MEL: ‘White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)’ (Sugarhill SHL 130)
The realisation that this adventurously arranged 115bpm 12in rapper owes so much to Liquid Liquid’s distinctively rumbling ‘Cavern‘ rhythm track doesn’t detract from its exciting impact, and it should still be huge here as it’s ear-grabbingly different in ‘The Message’ class (alternative breakdown flip). Should it prove tricky to put across, just try running the “freeze!” start over Herbie Hancock’s ‘Autodrive’ break!

ARMENTA: ‘I Wanna Be With You’ (Savoir Faire FAIT 005)
Rushed out here commendably fast, this chart-storming Amir Bayyan-produced chirrupy chix wailed 0-115bpm 12in smacker (like a less crisp Unique and great out of Haywoode) now has an extra UK-only ‘Part 3‘ which combines the more emphatically vocodered ‘Part 2‘ climax with the main ‘Part 1’ vocal. Great uncomplicated bop-along stuff.

RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN: ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Warner Bros RCT 1T)
Monstrous in the States and great for radio but possibly too classy for general dancefloor consumption here, this subtly bubbling and building 0- 104bpm intense wailer is now on 3-track 12in with their double LP’s hottest cuts, the dirt slow 0-27/54-0bpm ‘Don’t Go To Strangers‘ and “live” 0-98-96-0bpm ‘Stop On By‘. Try it out of Maze ‘Joy And Pain’ (which is dynamite out of Lionel Richie!).

GARLAND GREEN: ‘Don’t Tell Me, Let Me Guess’ (LP ‘Garland Green’ US Oceanfront OF 100)
1969’s ‘Jealous Kind Of Fella’ gruff soulster returns with an excellent Lamont Dozier-arr/penned set which’ll delight soul purists (despite some discreet synthetic rhythm!) as it’s quality all the way, this buoyant sparse 117bpm strider (great out of Lew Kirton ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’) and the Ernie Watts-saxed gently swaying 98/49/99bpm ‘You Make Me Feel So Good‘ being best dancers, the ultra moody 29bpm ‘Tryin’ To Hold On‘ best smoocher, but check also the 109bpm ‘These Arms‘, 112bpm ‘Always‘, 105-106bpm ‘System‘ and a remake of the deep soul Zingara/James Ingram-originated ‘Love’s Calling‘.

IMAGINATION: ‘New Dimension (Electro Mix)’ (R&B RBL 216)
Considerably remixed surface skittering and hissing 120bpm pushing rattler ‘n zapper (rather like ‘Jingo’ at times I think!), with its short acappella and the older beat-testing freaky 114-113bpm ‘Burning Up (Dub)‘ on 12in featuring an over-sized picture label — their LP ‘Scandalous’ (RBLP 1004) having a more straightforwardly speeding 120bpm version with typical nice piano, which also helps the 0-109bpm ‘Point Of No Return‘ and jerkily scatting 105-106bpm ‘Shoo Be Doo Da Dabba Doobee‘ (probably the two best cuts), others being the 32/64bpm ‘Wrong In Love’, 32¼bpm ‘The Need to Be Free’, 67½/135bpm ‘When I See The Fire’, 0-54/107½bpm ‘State Of Love’, old 110bpm ‘Looking At Midnight’. No great surprises.

CON FUNK SHUN: ‘If I’m Your Lover’ (LP ‘Fever’ US Mercury 814 447-1 M-1)
Perfectly produced and very well sung group effort, but (like the current Gap Band set) so US radio-aimed it’s hard to get actually excited about anything on it, although best bet here seems to be this choppy clean 116bpm lurcher while the US 7in-issued ‘Baby I’m Hooked (Right Into Your Love)‘ is a lushly soulful 47¼/94⅔bpm slowie, others being the brassily strutting 117bpm ‘Can You Feel The Groove Tonight‘, jerky 113½bpm ‘Thinking About You Baby‘, funky 108¼bpm ‘Hard Lovin’‘, attractive 120bpm ‘Don’t Let Your Love Grow Cold‘, dry 122½bpm ‘Lovin’ Fever’, whipping 137bpm ‘Indiscreet Sweet’.

ACTIVE FORCE: ‘Give Me Your Love (Remix) ‘ (US A&M SP-12083)
Annoyingly late on import after our gun-jumping domestic release, this much extended new 99bpm 12in remix has a great long instrumental lead-in to the soulful vocal, making it much more effective for summer tempo mixing (out of Herb Alpert ‘Rise’?), the UK-issued LP version being flip.

SLAVE: ‘Steppin’ Out’ (Atlantic SLAVE 1T)
Typical monotonous subtly shifting and shuffling 114-115-116bpm rolling whomper unlikely to mean much outside their specialist fan following, on 3-track 12in with the sparsely whipping 128⅓bpm ‘Rendezvous‘ and five years old rambling Brass Construction-ish 116-117-115-117-116-115bpm ‘Stellar Fungk‘ cult classic.

THE JONES GIRLS: LP ‘On Target’ RCA PL 84817)
The normally hot girls’ Robert Wright & Fonzi Thornton-produced set seems to be disappointing many, maybe undeservedly, the only cut to get much action being this lovely slow 0-106bpm revival of Barbara Lewis’s 1965 Van Mc-Coy-penned ‘Baby I’m Yours’, which synchs perfectly over the Mary Jane Girls’ instrumental.

PER CUSSION ALL STARS featuring GRANDMASTER FUNK: ‘Don’t Stop’ (Dutch Megadisc 128312)
Squidgily bonking instrumental build-up to the then rapping and rattling 112-114½-115-116-113-115-116bpm 12in thudder (inst 113-114-115-116-117bpm flip), which creates tension if you can stand it for long enough and could be useful with Liquid Liquid/Melle Mel.

TEENA MARIE: ‘Playboy’ (LP ‘Robbery’ US Epic FE 38882)
Disappointingly patchy label debut with only this one teasingly jittering typical 97bpm pent-up stormer an outstanding dance track for here, although slowies like the 75bpm ‘Stop The World‘, 59bpm ‘Dear Lover’, jerky 106bpm ‘Midnight Magnet‘ and beautiful ‘Shadow Boxing‘ drifter are nice, the horrendous 0-153bpm title track, 0-134bpm ‘Ask Your Momma‘ and UK 12in 124bpm ‘Fix It‘ are not. All her own work, but the poor girl’s only doing what’s necessary to get on today’s American radio.

TROUBLE FUNK: ‘Say What?’ (US D.E.T.T. DT-1002)
Brash ‘n brassy 107-105-106-108-107-105-107-108bpm 12in “partay partay” chanter which, mixed in minus its intro, is dynamite out of Kurtis Blow and great for audience participation – provided you’ve got a partying funky crowd to start with (inst flip).

HUBERT LAWS: ‘Gonna Be Happy (TV Soaps)’ (LP ‘Make It Last’ US Columbia FC 38850)
The flautist’s set is reflective straight jazz, apart from this great beefily jiggling 95bpm powerful summer tempo slow jaunty funker on which he toots piccolo and butchly raps about TV soap operas! For me it was worth the whole LP.

DELEGATION: ‘It’s Your Turn’ (CBS TA 3832)
Ken Gold-prod solid basic “disco” 107bpm jiggly strutter with a sorta slower Haywoode-ish surface texture, on 3-track 12in with its 0- 107bpm instrumental, and frantic 121bpm ‘Can We Get It Back‘ sung mainly by the two guys’ skintight pants-clad female partner – who’s good to get behind when the trio PA!

ENCHANTMENT: ‘Here’s Your Chance’ (US Columbia 44-04171)
I nearly ignored this snappy 123bpm 12in “Zapp play Rick James” jerking smacker until the vocals just got so darned infectious I had to have it – thankfully, as it’s terrific out of ‘Cold Blooded’ (inst flip).

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Hollywood’ (LP ‘Back To Basics’ US Gordy 6085GL)
Best dancer is this Harvey Fuqua co-prod good modern gently gritty wailing 98bpm swayer, while the Berry Gordy co-prod fabulously arranged mid-’60s style 51½/103-107-108bpm ‘Isn’t The Night Fantastic‘ is the other real delight, the rest though well done being still too dated for today, a side produced by their past mentor Norman Whitfield (his son helping on electronics) having the ‘Car Wash’-ish 95bpm ‘Miss Busy Body‘, brassily chugging (0-)101-103-102-101-100(break)-101bpm ‘Stop The World Right Here‘, 0-116/58-116bpm ‘Outlaw‘, 29/58-58/116bpm ‘Sail Away‘, Willie Hutch producing the Four Tops-shared 125-126-125bpm ‘The Battle Song‘.

MICHAEL FRANKS: ‘When Sly Calls’ (LP ‘Passion Fruit’ German Warner -Bros 92-3962-1)
Snug fireside listening apart from this gorgeous breathily sung gently starting and stopping subtle (0-27-0)-109-54-0-109bpm jazzy samba with staccato “don’t touch that phone” chicks creating much of the ebbing and flowing beat. Specialist jazz only, I fear.

HERB ALPERT: ‘Red Hot’ (US A&M SP-12078)
Herb’s releases get ever more confusing, this US 12in being yet another brand new remix of his LP’s already remixed ultra jiggly happy 109bpm instrumental from a few years ago, now given a less hard edge by guitar, bass and keyboards, a big attraction in sometimes quite fruity smelling red vinyl.

THE DUB BAND: ‘Reggae High’ (EMI 12RIC 118)
Very slick 97bpm reggae swayer, more of a good summer tempo mood than an actual song in its extended A-side version, on 3-track 12in with the less atmospheric 98bpm full vocal and a silly instrumental 85bpm ‘Hong Kong T’ing’.

LILLO THOMAS: ‘I Love It’ (Capitol 12CL 313)
The singing Olympic runner’s US follow-up is his LP’s more distinctive ‘Who Do You Think You Are?‘ but here we have this skittering fast remixed 118bpm jolter on 3-track 12in, with its instrumental plus thankfully the far superior ‘Good Girl’- tempoed 106bpm ‘Trust Me‘ (which deserves most play).

DJ DIVINE: ‘Get Into The Mix’ (US West End WES 22162)
Very clever 0- 107bpm 3-track 12in scratcher by the Infinity Machine’s DJ, with a groaning noise repetitively cut amongst all the hip-hoppery, though more specialist than for ‘Rockit’ fans.

SPOONIE GEE: ‘The Big Beat’ (US Tuff City 4Z9 04191)
Mumbling phonecall introed 0-105bpm 12in rapper with a fantastic different dully thudding (dull as in sound quality) heavy bass beat, probably too monotonous for general crowds (inst flip).

THE ART OF NOISE: ‘Into Battle With The Art Of Noise’ (ZTT ZTIS 100, via Island)
An extremely odd 12in collection of different electronic rhythms and textures, all very experimental but pretty well essential for any truly serious scratch mixers, the long 108bpm ‘Beat Box’ segment being best as a background while most of side 2 is the really lovely 34¼/68½bpm ‘Movements In Love/Flesh In Armour‘ smoocher, worth trying in its own right.

RIUICHI SAKAMATO: ‘Riot In Lagos’ (Island 121S 139)
Interesting particularly freaky – in fact almost jazzy – loosely skittering 130½bpm 12in electro instrumental from 1980, re-released now after action in the more specialist electro/scratch circles, although far removed from routine electrophunk.

JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: ‘I’m A Real Mother For Ya’ (DJM DJR 4)
This 1977 sassy sly purposeful 98bpm jogger works well again now thanks to its – yup! – summer tempo, on 4-track 12in with the less relevant old ‘I Need It’, ‘Ain’t That A Bitch’, ‘Gangster Of Love’.

ANTENA: ‘Be Pop’ (Les Disques Du Crepuscule 12IS 126, via Island)
Fabulous old fashioned (circa ‘77-ish) scatting 120bpm 12in girlie group hustler kinda like Dr Buzzard boopy-dooping through Chic’s ‘Dance Dance Dance’ complete with tinny strings. Quite how it’ll fit in today I don’t know, but it’s worth hearing just for your own pleasure.

THE BROADS: ‘Sing-Sing-Sing’ (Proto ENAT 112, via PRT)
Ben ‘Forrest’ Liebrand-prod belated 115bpm 12in cover version of Charlie Callelo Orchestra’s previously popular throbbing “disco meets big band” revival of the 1937 Benny Goodman swinger that launched drummer Gene Krupa (more freakily electro ‘Mega Be-Bop Mix‘ flip), probably with quite wide MoR appeal.

PAC-MAN: ‘I’m A Pac-Man’ (Malaco MAL 1214)
Big for a while on import (and now on ‘Street Sounds Electro’), this totally electro vocodered and scratched 107⅓bpm jitterer is indeed a differently spelt UK 12in release of The Packman ‘I’m The Packman (Eat Everything I Can)’, but here stupidly flipped by the previously unsuccessful ’60s/’70s soul medleying 122½bpm ‘Play It Again Sam‘ by Power – which will hardly attract the same audience.

JIMMY CLIFF: ‘Reggae Night’ (CBS TA 3849)
Co-produced by Kool brothers Amir Bayyan & Ronald Bell, this overly simplistic lightweight 0-109bpm 12in lurcher is a sorta subdued ‘Get Down On It’ and quite good out of Lionel Richie, but hardly roots (inst flip).

SECOND IMAGE: ‘Don’t You (The Big Version)’ (MCA MCAT 848)
The ‘Freddie Starr Showcase’ talent contest winners finally found a new label but after their body popping TV antics they may disappoint new audiences with this very sombre specialist moody sedate 0-115bpm 12in swayer, although the dub flip’s freakily “gated” starker ‘Horrible Heaton Mix‘ sounds tougher.

EBONY BROTHERS: ‘Brighten Up Your Night’ (RCA RCAT 376)
Competent jittery fast 118-117½bpm 12in Britfunk-by-numbers, aiming for a Quincy Jones feel but coming out as if Level 42 with harmony vocals, and very English – however, the flip’s more instrumental 118bpm ‘Dubstitute Version’ has a better beefier bass line and nice lively lick (carrying on into the run-out groove).

RICHIE SCOTTI: ‘The Break’ (US Radar Rap RDR-12006)
Fairly routine c118bpm 12in rapper by a bragging Italian-American MC with some freaky effects, but not enough to tempt me in New York, nor back home, despite three different hearings (inst ‘Breaker’ flip).

THE JAZZIE LADIES: ‘Blowin’ Your Mind’ (US Prelude PRL D668)
Dull plodding c109bpm 12in female rapper (inst flip), goes on and on and on and on and on.

RAH BAND: ‘Questions (What You Gonna Do’) (S.O.U.N.D. Recordings SNDS-1, via Pinnacle)
Hewson’s slick synth tick/cool chick formula wears thin on this “pleasant” 121bpm 12in retread, which didn’t exactly leap across counters on Sound Check pre-release but is now on 3-track 12in with a tougher dubwise ‘Teasers Mix‘ and a newly remixed 0-120bpm ‘Falcon 2‘.

HOT, COLD SWEAT: ‘Move Like That’ (US D.E.T.T. Records DT-1003)
Trouble Funk-produced heavy bass thumped and brass stabbed jittery 113-114- 113bpm 12in good-time funker with chants ‘n raps (inst flip), but not another ‘Say What?’.

MARSHA RAVEN: ‘Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love)’ (Passion PASH 127)
Relatively placid rather tunefully galloping 0-128bpm 12in Boys Town chart-topper (inst flip), with pop prospects.

THE FLIRTATIONS: ‘Earthquake’ (Siam/Proto IANT 101, via PRT)
Chix sung frantic zingy 0-130bpm 12in Boys Town ex-chart-topper (inst flip), the lacquer cutter wittily adding “BOYS” before the “TOWNHOUSE” trademark in the matrix number!

JESSICA WILLIAMS: ‘(They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools’ (Passion PASH 126)
Simon Soussan-prod/penned electronically percussive 132bpm 12in Boys Town galloper harking back to her earlier song (inst flip).

DIANA ROSS: ‘Up Front’ (Capitol 12CL 306)
Ray Parker Jr-prod/penned strutting 127bpm 12in rock-disco smacker remixed here by Tony Swain & Steve Jolley, who work hard for her money!

TRANS-X: ‘Living On Video’ (Polydor POSPX 650)
Long lasting but now long dead Boys Town oldie, a pipingly synthesized Kraftwerk-ish 130bpm 12in Eurodisco pounder.

JAYNE EDWARDS: ‘Harmony/I Got It’ (RCA/Profile RCAT 385)
Not sure of Jayne’s claim to US “personality” fame but she advertises Revlon hair products there, and here hollers in exciting gospel style the vocal ‘I Got It’ second part of a fast jittery 132⅓bpm 12in instrumentally started brassy piano flier (inst, and dated soul 122bpm ‘I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking‘ 2-track flip).

THE WEATHER GIRLS: ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’ (CBS TA 3716)
Producer Paul Jabara amazingly ignores all the camp possibilities of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic from ‘South Pacific’ steamrolling right through the tune too in a dreadful 147bpm 12in treatment which Boys Town jocks only played protestingly.


01 01 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12in/LP Remix
02 02 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – RCA 12in
03 03 Love How You Feel/Dub – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12n
04 04 All My Life – Major Harris – London 12in
05 05 Tonight/Instrumental – Steve Harvey – London 12in
06 07 Let The Music Play (Dub Version)/(Vocal) – Shannon – Club 12in
07 10 Happiness Is Just Around The Bend – Cuba Gooding – US Streetwise 12in
08 12 Body Work/Instrumental – Hot Streak – Polydor 12in
09 09 Just Cant Get Enough/Don’t Give Up Your Dream/I Can’t Live Without You – Lew Kirton – US Believe In A Dream LP
10 06 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12in
11 14 Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – West End 12in
12 18 White Lines – Grandmaster & Melle Mel – US Sugarhill 12in
13 20 All Over Your Face/Dont Need You Now – Ronnie Dyson – Atlantic 12in
14 08 What I Got Is What You Need/Dub – Unique – Prelude 12in
15 27 Spice Of Life – Manhattan Transfer – German Atlantic LP
16 13 Ladies Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12in
17 15 (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew – Rock Steady Crew – Charisma 12in
18 30 Go Deh Yaka – Monyaka – Polydor 12in
19 16 Turn You Out (In & Out)/Show Down/Shake It Up – Slave – German Cotillion LP
20 11 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12in
21 25 I Wanna Be With You (Pts 1/2) – Armenta – US Savoir Faire 12in
22 26 Give Me Your Love – Active Force – A&M 12in
23 38 Get It On – Spence – Arista 12in
24 39 The Sound Of Music – Dayton – US Capitol LP
25 21 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12in
26 22 A Time Like This – Haywoode – CBS 12in
27 16 Steppin’ Out – Slave – Atlantic 12in
28 44 All Night Long (Waterbed) – Kevie Kev – US Sugarhill 12in
29 35 Electric Kingdom – Twilight 22 – US Vanguard 12in
30 19 I’m Ready (If You’re Ready) (Remix)/Party Train – Gap Band – Total Experience 12in
31 59 It’s Your Turn – Delegation – CBS 12in
32 53 Crusin’/Brighter Tomorrow/Turn It Up (Come On Y’all)/Mr. Business – Tom Browne – Arista LP
33 34 Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie – West Street Mob – Sugarhill 12in
34 17 Two, Three, Break – The B Boys – US Vintertainment 12in
35 29 Play That Beat Mr. DJ – G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid – US Tommy Boy 12in
36 24 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12in
37 31 Love Will Find A Way – Lionel Richie – Motown LP
38 42 Fantasy Real/Anything You Want – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign 12in
39 36 You’ve Gotta Believe – ‘Love Bug’ Starski – US The Fever 12in
40 51 Dressing Up! – Street Angels – Street Beat 12in
41 37 Ain’t Nobody/Stop On By/Don’t Go To Strangers, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
42 84 I’m Out Of Your Life, Arnie’s Love, US Radar 12in
43 55 Micro-Kid, Level 42, Polydor 12in
44 33 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Montage 12in
45 58 (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12in
46 49 Move Your Body/Funky Beat/Wont You Let Me Love You – Bernard Wright – US Arista LP
47 28 Foot In The Door – Onward International – Paladin 12in
48 NE Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
49 23 Rock The World!!! – Crown Heights Affair – De-Lite 12in
50 48 Love Will Find A Way – David Grant – Chrysalis 12in
51 40 I Want Your Love/Yours Forever – Atlantic Starr – US A&M LP
52 32 Pop Goes My Love/Scratch Goes My Dub – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12in
53 79 Love Town (Froggy Mix) – Booker Newberry III – Montage 12in
54 67 Dog Talk – K-9 Corp (Featuring Pretty C) – Capitol 12in
55 54 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head – Fat Larry’s Band – WMOT 12in
56 56 Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) – Captain Rapp – US Saturn 12in
57 78 Playboy – Teena Marie – US Epic LP
58 47 Boys/All Night Long (Instrumental) – Mary Jane Girls – Gordy 12in
59 46 Wildstyle/Instrumental (Remixes) – Time Zone – Celluloid 12in
60 61 Over And Over – Shalamar – Solar 12in
61 57 Shine On Me (New York Remix) – One Way – MCA 12in
62 76 After Loving You – Omari – US Bound Sound 12in
63 85 Scratch Break (Glove Style) – Motor City Crew – US Motown 12in
64 45 Makin’ Music/Dub Mix – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12in
65 71 Holiday – Madonna – German Sire LP
66 62 In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros 12in
67 70 Serious/Respect/So Many Ways – Billy Griffin – US Columbia LP
68 52 Landslide/You Make Me Feel – UK Players – RCA 12in
69 65 Lagos Jump – Third World – CBS LP/Dutch CBS 12in/Us Columbia 12in
70 NE If I’m Your Lover/Baby I’m Hooked/Can You Feel The Groove Tonight – ConFunkShun – US Mercury LP
71 60 Private Party/Don’t Knock It (Until You Try It) – Bobby Nunn – US Motown LP
72 81 Put It To The Test/Instrumental – Jazzy Dee – Laurie 12in Promo
73 43 You’re My Number 1 – Radiance – US Are ‘N Be 12in
74 NE Cavern – Liquid Liquid – US 99 12in Ep
75 77 Knockin’/Baby I’m Yours – Jones Girls – US RCA LP
76 NE Good Love – Rome Jefferies – US Rain Records 12in
77 41 On Target – Jones Girls – RCA 12in
78 73 Before You Go – Skool Boyz – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12in
79 69 Love Reaction/Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12in
80 75 Dance Music Sex Romance – Prince – Warner Bros 12in Promo
81 64 Wet My Whistle/Freak-A-Zoid – Midnight Star – Solar 12in
82 NE The Party Scene – The Russell Brothers – US Portrait 12in
83 NE It’s Alright – NV – US Sire 12in
84 82 Love Game – Pure Energy – US Prism 12in
85 NE Get Out Of My Mix/Get On Out Of My Mix (Special Dub Version) – Dolby’s Cube – US Capitol 12in


BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

David Joseph ‘Be A Star’/’Megastar’ (Island 12in vari-speeded down!)
Oliver Cheatham ‘Bless The Ladies’ (MCA 12in)
Kinky Foxx ‘So Different’ (US Sound Of New York 12in)
Lillo Thomas ‘I Love It’/’Trust Me’ (Capitol 12in)
David Sanborn ‘I Told U So’/’A Tear For Crystal’ (German Warner Bros LP)
Richie Scotti ‘The Break’ (US Radar Rap 12in)
Janice McClain ‘Giving Me Love’ (US Mon-Tab 12in)
McCartney/Jackson ‘Say Say Say’ (Parlophone 12in)
Freeez ‘Gonna Get You Megamix’ (Beggars Banquet 12in promo)
James Ingram ‘It’s Your Night’ (German Qwest LP)
Major Lance ‘Are You Leaving Me’ (US Kat Family 12in/LP)
Garland Green ‘Don’t Tell Me Let Me Guess’ (US Oceanfront LP)
Klique ‘Stop Doggin’ Me Around’ (MCA 12in)
Bullet ‘I’m Billie Jean’ (US Earwax 12in)
Riuichi Sakamoto ‘Riot In Lagos’ (Island 12in)
Elbow Bones & The Racketeers ‘A Night In New York’ (US EMI America 12in)
The Jazzie Ladies ‘Blowin’ Your Mind’ (US Prelude 12in)
Trouble Funk ‘Say What?’ (US DETT 12in)
Hubert Laws ‘Gonna Be Happy’ (US Columbia LP)
Womack & Womack ‘Love Wars’ (US Elektra 12in).


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

Duran Duran 115f, Billy Joel 129f, UB40 75⅓f, McCartney/ Jackson 117f, Adam Ant 0-105f, Elton John 138f, The Cure 183/92-0c, Shalamar 111f, Gary Numan 122c, Level 42 118f, Sharon Redd 118f, King Kurt 223-228-0C, Musical Youth 103-104f, Curtis Hairston 114f, Kiss 120f, Kinks (PRT) 135-138-0r, Phil Fearon 0-77f, Dio 0-115-117f, China Crisis 142f, XTC 120/60-0r, Ashaye 120f, Bruce Foxton 70-141f, Rondo Veneziano 114r, Carpenters 0-20½-41/82-0r, Lotus Eaters 114-0r, Steve Harvey 110½f, Eddy Grant 113-114f, Leo Sayer 0-107-0-107f, Foster & Allen 47f, Frank Stallone 165r, This Mortal Coil 0f (really!), AC/DC 0-128-126-0c, Kinks (Arista) 0-97f, Divine 126c, Kenny Rogers 84f, Agnetha Faltskog 124f.


01 03 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12in
02 01 (Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew – Rocksteady Crew – Charisma 12in
03 07 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – RCA 12in
04 05 Blue Monday/The Beach – New Order – Factory 12in
05 06 Superstar – Lydia Murdock – Korova 12in
06 02 Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) – Monyaka – Polydor 12in
07 11 The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Statik 12in
08 12 Say Say Say (Instrumental)/(Vocal) – Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson – Parlophone 12in
09 04 Body Work – Hot Streak – Polydor 12in
10 17 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12in
11 09 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya/Karma Chameleon – Culture Club – Virgin 12in
12 10 Love Reaction – Divine – Design Communications 12in
13 08 What I Got Is What You Need – Unique – Prelude 12in
14 19 Love Will Find A Way – David Grant – Chrysalis 12in
15 13 Superman – Black Lace – Flair 12in
16 14 Pop Goes My Love/Scratch Goes My Dub – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12in
17 22 Talk To Me – Lew Kirton – Epic 12in
18 16 New Song – Howard Jones – WEA 12in
19 26 Micro-Kid – Leve142 – Polydor 12in
20 25 Ladies’ Choice – Stone City Band – Gordy 12in
21 15 I Think I Want To Dance With You – Rumple-Stilts-Skin – Montage 12in
22 27 Over And Over – Shalamar – Solar 12in
23 20 I Want You – Gary Low – Savoire Faire 12in
24 18 Vamos A La Playa – Righeira – A&M 12in
25 23 In Your Eyes – George Benson – Warner Bros 12in
26 21 Autodrive – Herbie Hancock – CBS 12in
27 29 They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman – Stiff 10in
28 24 Rockin’ Radio – Tom Browne – Arista 12in
29 28 Confusion – New Order – Factory 12in
30 NE Tonight – Steve Harvey – London 12in


01 01 Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love) – Marsha Raven – Passion 12in
02 02 Love Reaction/Instrumental – Divine – Design Communications 12in
03 06 Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home –  US Bobcat 12in
04 05 (They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools – Jessica Williams – Passion 12in
05 03 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12in
06 04 I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Pamela Stanley –  US Komander 12in/Disconet Remix
07 09 Burn It Up (Mr. DJ) – Risque –  US Importe/12 Remix/Dutch Polydor 12in
08 13 And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Koffie –  US Pandisc 12in
09 10 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12in
10 07 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12in
11 08 The Boys Come To Town – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12in
12 16 Destiny/Take My Heart Away (Remix)/Loquita (Crazy Lady)/ Love On The Rocks – Two Sisters/Gillian Lane/Dave Valentin/Lama –  US Disconet LP
13 11 I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor –  US Silver Blue 12in
14 14 Nothing But Heartaches/Nowhere To Run (Medley) – Deborah Washington – Canadian Street Level 12in
15 19 Manpower/He’s A Saint He’s A Sinner/Beeline – Miguel Brown – Record Shack LP Promo
16 20 Don’t Leave Me This Way – Slip – German Hansa 12in
17 18 Guilty/Angel Eyes (Medley)/Angel Eyes (Dub) – Lime – Canadian Matra 12in
18 30= Sing-Sing-Sing – The Broads – Proto 12in
19 26 La Cage Aux Folles/Instrumental – Le Jeté –  US Megatone 12in
20 17 Love Your Body – Amanda Lear – German Ariola 12in
21 NE Walking In The Neon – Peter Richard – German Ariola 12in
22 24 The Twilight Zone – Rusty Egan – Warner Bros 12in
23 27 Makin’ Music – Gary’s Gang – CBS 12in
24 21 DJ Girl – Miss Kimberly –  US Bobcat 12in
25 15 Band Of Gold (Clubhouse Mix)/(Edit) – Sylvester – London 12in
26 29 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – French In The Mix 12in/ US Streetwise 12in
27 22 I’ll Tumble 4 Ya/Karma Chameleon – Culture Club – Virgin 12in
28 30= Lucky Tonight – Sarah Dash –  US Megatone 12in
29 NE Mandatory Love/Rocket To Your Heart – Lisa –  US Moby Dick LP
30= NE Giving Up – Bobby “O” – Canadian Unidisc 12in
30= NE A Taste Of Love/A Taste Of Dub – Den Harrow – Italian Hole 12in
30= NE A Night In New York – Elbow Bones & The Racketeers –  US EMI 12in
30= 30= Don’t Leave Me This Way (Mega-Mix) – Slip – Proto 12in promo

2 thoughts on “November 5, 1983: Klique, Shannon, Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Armenta, Rufus & Chaka Khan”

    1. It still seems so bizarre, that this seemingly esoteric, leftfield conceptual art project from The Art Of Noise should have spawned one of the most ubiquitous and influential electro tracks of the next few months.

      NB There’s another game-changing track that has been conspicuous by its absence: Run DMC’s “It’s Like That”. One week as a Breaker in August, and no other mentions. It’s a strange omission, as I remember the track having quite an impact – rightly or wrongly, I sometimes think of it as the first true hip hop record.


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