December 3, 1983: Dayton, Xena, Girls Can’t Help It, Hi Voltage, The B Boys

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

LIONEL RICHIE’s ‘All Night Long’ instrumental was all set for the flip of his current UK 12in until nixed by Motown’s HQ, typically out of touch in LA — instead of running scared about alternative 12in imports from Britain messing up their US plans (and giving people what they actually want?), why don’t Motown move back to a ghetto, put people out on the street and find out where the energy’s really coming from today? . . . Brian Godson & Pete Funnell funk York’s Windmill in Blossom Street this Friday (2) — with Kelvin Knight they play more general stuff there Saturdays too (50p both nights) . . . Greg Edwards does Dartford Flicks Friday (2), when Dave Rawlings kicks off 4th birthday high jinks at Basingstoke Martines with a Pernod party before being joined on Saturday (3) by fire-eating Darryl Hayden’s video show . . . Miquel Brown flits between Bolts in Haringey this Friday and Brighton on Sunday (4) . . . Tony Prince & Steve Dennis co-host the Martini Screen Test finals at London Piccadilly’s Xenon early evening Friday (2) . . . Saturday lunchtimes are very jazzy indeed at London Oxford Street Spats with Darren Johnson, Ed Stokes & Gilles Peterson, the latter airing latin jazz Friday nights 10pm-midnight on the self-explanatory South London Broadcasting SLB 94.4 FM, sandwiched between Jerry Jones & Stu Wilson with a weekly guest show immediately preceding Gilles . . . Saturdays at Portsmouth Ritzy have taken off so well for him that Nick Ratcliffe will be there Thursdays too from next week (8) with Jeff Powell, getting as funky as they can, while Nick’s also back with John Dene on Fridays at Streatham Cat’s Whiskers and at Guildford Cinderella Rockerfellas next Tuesday (6) has a free admission army/nurse fancydress M*A*S*H night . . . Baz Maleedy & Baz Williams have started a specifically oldies disco/funk/soul/jazz Sunday at Manchester’s Gallery off Deansgate . . . Ernie Priestman, original partner in Whitehaven’s legendary Whitehouse, has returned to radioactive Egremont to transform the ancient Old Hall pub into a hi-tech disco opening next Thursday (8) with himself and Blackpool’s Steve Naylor getting as upfront as the locals will allow . . . Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre has split in two with hardware, design/installation, disco hire etc at the new Middlesex Sound & Lighting just around the corner in Village Way East (01-866 5500), leaving records and video at the original shop (where the DJ elite meet!) . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry) wonders — fourteen weeks, eighty-eight quid and countless calls later — just when the Derek James Disco Centre will get around to supplying his projector bulbs . . . Luton’s recently opened Tropicana Beach (resident jock Mark West) is reaching its 750 capacity at weekends and wants PAs/promotion nights etc — call manager Mick Jordan (0582 458750) . . . Chris Britton at Watford Baileys shows up to twenty videos nightly to around 2,000 people (half of whom are seated) and would welcome any promo videos for guaranteed screening . . . David Grant’s had another haircut and is now practically a skinhead — the similarity of his new single to the Dazz Band’s ‘Let It Whip’, and all the spike-haired punks in its video, lead me to suspect that ‘Rock The Midnight’ is intended as an assault on the American charts rather than for here . . . Whodini’s story-telling video for the lacklustre ‘Rap Machine’ really brings it alive . . . Ebony Brothers turn out to be Pinky & Tony who danced on Top Of The Pops with Kelly Marie, Pinky’s brother Paul Pink being Capital Radio’s biggest engineer! . . . Eartha Kitt didn’t flatter herself on TV-am — she came across remarkably like Yoda from the Star Wars saga . . . Sharon Redd either bought her first record when aged just one, or else started out buying an oldie (see last week’s Profile and call me a cad!) . . . Sid Haywoode turns out to be the daughter of Ron Haywoode from the Fantastics, and before that more significantly the Velours, whose 1957 ‘Can I Come Over Tonight‘ was one of the all-time doo-wop greats . . . ‘I’m Out Of Your Life’ writer/Delegation producer Ken Gold, never out of Mayfair’s Gullivers these days, last week brought down this vaguely familiar looking guy — Paul Johnson, one of London’s DJ legends in the mid-60s (he did Brixton’s Ram Jam), latterly a record exec before leaving the business (I bought a whole pile of ska off him in ’66!) . . . ‘Kennedy’ on telly last week obviously sent all minds that are old enough back to that day twenty years ago — I was staying at an old school friend’s off the King’s Road, on the brink of joining the then incipient Beatles merchandisers Seltaeb Inc. washing up coffee cups when Paul McCartney & John Lennon came to call, and heavily into such sounds as Mary Wells ‘What’s Easy For Two‘, Stevie Wonder ‘Monkey Talk‘, Lloyd Price ‘Misty‘, Sam Cooke ‘Little Red Rooster‘ . . . ‘Dr Soul’s ’60s Stompers — The Girls’ on the next Disco Mix Club is a bit of a compromise I fear, the original medley was intended to end up with a further nine girlie group tracks out of the Bandwagon but they didn’t fit the time available, so for this continuation I built them up to twenty but by playing two verses instead of one I then had to cut back again at the end as only fifteen fitted — and the final three do come as a jolt now — the running order being Crystals ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’/Four Pennies ‘When The Boy’s Happy’/Chiffons ‘He’s So Fine’/Exciters ‘Do-Wah-Diddy’/Velvelettes ‘Really Sayin’ Somethin’/Tami Lynn ‘Gonna Run’/Betty Everett ‘Mighty Crowded’/Supremes ‘Where Did Our Love Go’/’Baby Love’/Martha & The Vandellas ‘Jimmy Mack’/Fascinations ‘Girls Are Out’/Mary Wells ‘What’s Easy For Two’/Chiffons ‘Sweet Talking Guy’/Candy & The Kisses ‘The 81’/Gloria Jones ‘Tainted Love’ (I had to end with that, right?!) . . . Disco Mix Club subscription details are on 06286 67276 . . . Al Jarreau will play Nat ‘King’ Cole in a biopic of the late star, next year . . . Capital’s reggaemeister David Rodigan plays the barman in TV’s current Malibu commercial! . . . Robert ‘Santa’ Bienman is heavily disguised as ‘Billy Jackson’ . . . MCA’s Katie Farmer seems to be taking a personal interest in Second Image! . . . Edgbaston Faces French Club Visage jock Jon Alsop for some strange reason now calls himself Jon David — he’s obviously after a job on hospital radio . . . Graham Hunter (Basingstoke) reckons the best disco in Paris, France is La Scala, in the Rue De Rivoli . . . ‘Street Sounds 7’ being heavily advertised on radio last weekend ahead of stocks being shipped was thoroughly irritating for record dealers, who now talk about “the late Morgan Khan” . . . Arnie’s Love seems to have peaked with the specialist audience, saleswise . . . LET THE MUSIC PLAY!


CHARTS

BRITAIN’S PUBLIC like dancing to what they already know. This was accurately reflected by our pop-orientated Nightclub chart, which unfortunately (from an editorial viewpoint) followed, rather than set the fashion, neither a pointer to the future nor even a useful shopping list. It’s gone. However, DJs who reckon their charts contributed towards it are still encouraged to send them in as Alan Jones will continue compiling them into a guide for the Performing Rights Society, amongst others — and along with the upfront soulful Disco and Boys Town DJs all remain eligible for the weekly £20 record token lucky draw. In fact it’s a hell of a job keeping the Disco and Boys Town charts as upfront as hopefully they are, and regular contributions from some of the jocks we ought to be hearing from yet who may feel it beneath them would be more than welcome. All charts (Top 20 or more, if possible, based on audience rather than DJ reaction) should reach us by Wednesday of the week before publication especially if enclosing any news items, sent to James Hamilton, Record Mirror, 40 Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT. Just in case you don’t know what’s big in Britain’s pop venues at the moment, record plugger Theo Loyla happens to have compiled a chart from all the clubs on his Super Jocks mailing list:

1. LIONEL RICHIE – ‘All Night Long’
2. MICHAEL JACKSON – ‘Thriller’
3. BILLY JOEL – ‘Uptown Girl’
4. McCARTNEY/JACKSON – ‘Say Say Say’
5. ROCK STEADY CREW – ‘Hey You’
6. SHARON REDD – ‘Love How You Feel’
7. SHALAMAR – ‘Over And Over’
8. CULTURE CLUB – ‘Karma Chameleon’
9. HOWARD JONES – ‘New Song’
10. STEVE HARVEY – ‘Tonight’

Yeah, and ‘Rock Around The Clock’ still gets ’em going, too!


HOT VINYL

DAYTON: ‘The Sound Of Music’ (Capitol 12CL 318)
Rahni Harris takes the helm for a superb soulfully flowing 54½-112-114-112-114bpm groove with a really nagging repeated hookline, catchy vocoder scatting and sophisticated jazz-funk feel, now on 3-track 12in with the disappointing Zapp dominated 111bpm ‘Love You Anyway‘ and 1980’s good speedily romping 119-120-119-117(sax solo)-121-122bpm ‘Eyes On You‘ (whose tinny strings sounded dated when it was new). Pure class — but unlikely to break outside circles as sadly sophistication and groovability aren’t enough for a general public who basically can’t dance.

XENA: ‘On The Upside’ (US Emergency EMDS 6541)
Very similar to Shannon, an initially offputting “disco” chick (she put me off it for a fortnight!) singing somewhat at odds with the busily 118½bpm 12in hip hop electro framework — except they blend together in naggingly melodic style and are now exploding doubtless because she and Shannon mix so superbly (complex dub flip). How she ever managed to carry the tune through it all is a miracle!

GIRLS CAN’T HELP IT: ‘Baby Doll’ (US Sire 0-29773)
When originally out here ages ago on Virgin this seemed such a blatant pop rip off of something else that I resisted reviewing it — the trouble is, now I can’t remember what it’s copying and have spent hours trying to think! Help, please! Anyway, newly remixed and revived on import — to huge local success following plugs by Robbie Vincent on Radio London — the girlie trio are sorta Bananarama doing the Mary Jane Girls after listening to Meri Wilson’s ‘Telephone Man’, the nagging familiarity of the spoken-sung languidly jiggling 97bpm 12in structure only adding to its compulsive catchiness (inst flip). Its time has certainly come.

HI VOLTAGE: ‘Love Is The Message’ (KRP KRPT-103 via PRT)
Unexpected new label source for a rapid UK release of the smash import which cleverly combines a remake of the Vince Montana-arranged MFSB jazz-funk instrumental with added scratching all over it and an abrupt rap break — 116-120-121-116(rap on)bpm — now on 3-track 12in with its rap-less alternative mix and last year’s strong Bohannon-ish 124bpm ‘Somewhere Beyond‘ for real extra value.

THE B BOYS: ‘Cuttin’ Herbie’ (US Vintertainment VTI-002)
Following their inventive ‘Two Three Break’ with two more cool cuts (both on both sides of the 12in), scratcher Chuck Chill-Out and rapper Donald D really cut up ‘Rockit’ to dynamite effect on this 112bpm hip hop that outdoes Grandmixer D.ST. for skill and thrills — although he sandwiches nicely between this and their MC poppin’ 116bpm ‘Rock The House‘, which is less dense. Amazingly, the label’s printed BPMs are spot on accurate —almost a first. These guys mean biz-ness!

GRANDMIXER D.ST.: ‘Crazy Cuts’ (US Island 0-96972)
Piqued by lack of recognition for his scratching structure on ‘Rockit’, D.ST. sets things straight in his vocodered intro to a Material-produced 113bpm 12in repeat of that same riff with added brass and some ‘Good Times’ cutting (rearranged mellower dub flip). Due here in a fortnight, UK copies (12IS 146) are already pressed so may be about earlier to head off the unexpected imports.

SOUL KINGS: ‘King Of Soul Medley’ (US Pandisc PD12-002)
Who’s the King Of Soul? The hardest workin’ man in show business, the man who sang ‘Think’, ‘I Go Crazy’, the million dollar seller ‘Night Train’, the man with the crown, Mister James Brown! Yeah, believe it or not, those vintage songs and others up to the early ’70s have been woven into a great 122½bpm 12in medley featuring a brilliant vocal impersonation, slightly lighter in tone but with every little inflexion like the original (edit flip). Fans of the real man won’t be disappointed.

BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘Serious’ (CBS TA 4053)
John Barnes-prod/programmed/co-penned cool synth backed swaying gentle 113bpm 12in chugger lightly souled by the ex-Miracle in what’s now sorta Arnie’s Love style (ungainly 115bpm ‘Hit Me With The Beat‘ flip), very sophisticated and nice.

PIECES OF A DREAM: ‘For The Fun Of It’ (LP ‘Imagine This’ German Elektra 96-0270-1)
Amongst the first to showcase scratching last year, the Grover Washington Jr-produced young jazz trio now don’t incorporate enough to hold the floor in this nevertheless great little (0-)111-110bpm jauntily herky jerky instrumental half-stepper, less effectively echoed minus any scratch in the 109-108bpm ‘It’s Getting Hot In Here‘ — however, what’s got the jazzier jocks jumping is the lovely airily skipping 121bpm ‘Fo-Fi-Fo‘ vocal (that’s “4-5-4”), the moodily smoochy 0-46½/93bpm ‘It’s Time For Love’, and chix-sung 122bpm ‘Foreverlasting Love’. Classy listening.

KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Straight Ahead’ (De-Lite DEX 15)
Routine bounding 119½bpm 12in pounder with carefully spaced vocal and squeaky answering harmonies, beefed up by shouts of “let’s go!” but unlikely to be one of their classics now as it sounds so old hat (pleasant slow 0-70-0bpm ‘Place For Us’ flip). A year is a long time to be away when that year is 1983.

MELBA MOORE: ‘Got To Have Your Love’ (LP ‘Never Say Never’ Capitol EST 7123051)
Any ideas of a less seasonal description than “summer tempo” for sleazy stuff mixing around 98-100bpm? That’s what this welcome surprise is, a soulful 99bpm jogger great out of the Active Force remix, while the 111bpm ‘Love Me Right‘ is best of the formula sparse funk, like the 115bpm title track, 121bpm ‘Lovin’ Touch’, 118bpm ‘It’s Really Over’.

ROY AYERS: ‘And Then We Were One’ (LP ‘Drivin’ On Up’ Uno Melodic UMLP2, via Pinnacle)
Infuriating for those who bought the vibist’s new import album, this budget £2.99 5-track set is exactly the same but minus its previously issued ‘Fast Money’ and ‘Lots Of Love’, only two tracks being of real interest here though, this attractive lightly cantering 121bpm jazz instrumental and the Fela Kuti co-penned rather specialist intensifying long subdued 114(start)-118-119bpm afro jitterer ‘Black Family‘.

LEFTURNO: ‘Out Of Sight’ (US Ascot ASCOT 103)
Good beefy bass synth driven building 112½bpm 12in jiggler with “check my rhythm, guy!” chix before they and the chaps then start lifting bits from all sorts of well known disco oldies over an infectious rhythm groove, to end in laughter (inst flip).

CHIC: ‘You Are Beautiful’ (LP ‘Believer’ US Atlantic 80107-1)
Stripping down their old rhythm and adding their more recent chinking guitar sound, this jittery 114bpm lurcher combines both with electro influences and sparse vocals (including Fonzi Thornton — and a great throwaway Clark Gable line!) to create a decent dancer, while the 97bpm ‘You Got Some Love For Me‘ is a nice comes-and-goes slowie with jazzy flourishes. Less notable are the 107½bpm ‘Party Everybody‘, 115bpm title track, 107bpm ‘Give Me The Lovin’, 0-61-0bpm ‘Take A Closer Look’, 114½bpm ‘Show Me Your Light’, 44/88bpm ‘In Love With Music’.

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: ‘Givin’ You My Love’ (LP ‘Face To Face’ US RCA AFL1-4725)
Produced half by Solar’s Sylvers and half by the dodgy Andre Cymone — and lumbered (surely by mistake?) with her kids nickname again — poor Evelyn takes a step backwards on a set that’s got a few minor goodies mainly on side two. This jiggly 108½bpm jitterer works well out of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Rufus), the winsome 122bpm ‘Teenager‘ follows (for radio) the spirit of early ’60s lyrics, the nice slow 76bpm ‘Makin’ Me So Proud‘ smooches soulfully, the 95bpm ‘Let’s Get Crazy‘ is a convoluted electro swayer, while most obvious dancer though rather empty is the stark smacking 109½bpm ‘Shake Down‘, others being the 119½bpm ‘Action‘, 126bpm ‘Tell Me Something Good’, 133bpm ‘Don’t It Feel Good’, 142bpm title track. Guess whose are the fast ones!

SHARON BROWN: ‘You Got Me Where I Want To Be’ (US Profile PRO-7035)
Probably too monotonous to become massive, the grey eyed lady’s latest rather plodding 110½bpm 12in jittery drawn out shuffler prompted a plea of “liven it up” but nobody on the floor actually threw anything, it’s selling, and sinks in better the more you hear it (dub flip).

BARBARA MASON: ‘Another Man’ (US West End WES 22164)
Languidly swaying 112bpm 12in continuation of the ‘She’s Got Papers On Me’ saga, pleasant if a bit wishy washy in intensity but in its quiet way made controversially startling by its eventual fairytale rap — yup, he leaves her for “another man” (edit/inst/rap versions too).

STACYE BRANCHE: ‘Precious And Special’ (LP ‘Flash’ US BouVier BO 0303-2)
Winsomely loping little c.109bpm soul chugger well worth checking on an otherwise less useful debut album, better had it just been a 12in — and what did Morgan Khan do to earn “thanks” on the sleeve?

FREE RUSSELL: ‘I’ve Got A Song For You’ (US Half Moon HM 1133)
Chick wailed quite lively c.120bpm 12in leaping bounder with tricky bass backing, not bad (inst flip).

B+: ‘B-Beat Classic’ (US West End WES 22163)
Shrill vocodered and scratched ponderous c.107½bpm hip hop rap evidently using breaks from ‘At Midnight’ and ‘Scorpio’, on 3-track 12in with its straight c.107bpm instrumental and the juddering c.106bpm ‘Beat Rock (Rock Your Own Rhyme)’.

ZIGGEE TOIR: ‘Lectric Ziggee Groove’ (US TSOM Records Inc TSOM/2379)
“The Sound Of Miami”, jaunty if trite c.121bpm 12in electro hip hop with silly lyrics and scratching behind the tippy tapping beat box rhythm (dub/edit flip).

YES: ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ (Atco B9817T)
Shock horror, but — yes! — their 12in ‘Red And Blue Mix’ is a terrific Trevor Horn-produced 0-124bpm electro instrumental full of little tricks, though more smoothly flowing than hip hop. Hear it.

ROLLING STONES: ‘Undercover Of The Night’ (EMI 12RSR 113)
Shock horror, part 2 — the first instrumental minute and eighteen seconds of their dub 122-123(inst)-121-122-123bpm 12in version could surprise mixers, the whole strutter obviously being great pop.

GREGORY ISAACS: ‘Love Me With Feeling’ (Island IPR 2066)
The cool ruler’s cool as ever on a nice 75-74bpm 12in reggae swayer (‘Rubadub Style’ flip), maybe not another ‘Night Nurse’ to mash up de nation but that ain’t no disgrace.

MALCOLM X: ‘No Sell Out’ (US Tommy Boy TB 840)
Malcolm X was the Black Muslim leader whose militant stance contrasted with the dreams of Martin Luther King and worried the hell out of white America before his inevitable assassination in the mid-’60s. Obviously of obscure specialist interest, bits of his 1964 speeches have been cut into a Keith LeBlanc-programmed angular stark 101½bpm 12in beat box hip hopper that grows on one (inst flip). An electro history lesson?

HERB ALPERT: ‘Red Hot’ (A&M AMX 165)
Now out here in ordinary un-fruity black vinyl, this is the US 12in re-mix of his happy exotic 109bpm party jiggler — here flipped by the slow ‘Oriental Eyes’ which is a pity, as the current LP mix of ‘Red Hot’ would have been good too as it’s much harder and better for mixing (in fact start with the LP, out of Lionel, say, then mix on into the 12in).

NICK STRAKER: ‘Against The Wall’ (Firebird/Pinnacle FLAME 44T)
Beat box based but bassily flowing 117bpm 12in loper with harmony backed anguished vocal and nice jazzy sax around a tapping percussion break, certainly worth checking (electro-pop 134bpm ‘Dummy Dancing‘ flip).

PARADISE: ‘With You’ (LP ‘Love Is The Answer’ Priority PLP 1, via EMI)
The guys show promise but fall too often into all the old cliched “Britfunk” traps, the set’s classiest newie being this slickly pulsating 117bpm light soul harmony swayer which would have made a better follow-up single, while the bassily loping 116bpm ‘New World‘ is a pleasant if unspectacular instrumental.

SAPPHIRE. ‘Rock Me Slowly’ (US Becket BKD 516)
Tony Camillo-prod girlie group 12in double-sider, with this breathy little slow 87bpm slinker or the possibly more immediate urgently pushing 119-120-119-120-121bpm ‘Make Love To The Music‘ (getting gay interest).


DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 3, 1983

01 03 I’m Out Of Your Life – Arnie’s Love – Streetwave 12”
02 01 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”/LP remix
03 04 Let The Music Play (Dub Version) / (Vocal) – Shannon – Club 12”
04 02 Happiness Is Just Around The Bend – Cuba Gooding – London 12”
05 09 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
06 15 Ain’t Nobody / Stop On By – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Warner Bros 12”
07 08 Get It On – Spence – Arista 12”
08 07 White Lines – Grandmaster & Melle Mel – Sugarhill 12”
09 17 Holiday – Madonna – Sire 12”
10 06 All My Life – Major Harris – London 12”
11 10 I Wanna Be With You – Armenta – Savoir Faire 12”
12 05 Love How You Feel / Dub – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
13 11 Tonight – Steve Harvey – London 12”
14 13 Spice Of Life – Manhattan Transfer – German Atlantic LP
15 19 The Sound Of Music – Dayton – Capitol 12”
16 14 Dressing Up – Street Angels – Street Beat 12”
17 18 It’s Your Turn – Delegation – CBS 12”
18 12 Love Will Find A Way / Can’t Slow Down / Penny Lover – Lionel Richie – Motown LP
19 16 I Want You (All Tonight) – Curtis Hairston – RCA 12”
20 21 Steppin’ Out – Slave – Atlantic 12”
21 20 (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
22 22 Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – West End 12”
23 28 Scratch Break (Glove Style) – Motor City Crew – Motown 12”
24 32 Love Is The Message – Hi Voltage – US One Way 12”
25 23 All Night Long (All Night) (Instrumental) / (LP Remix) – Lionel Richie – US Motown 12”
26 33 Just Can’t Let You Go – Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12”
27 25 (Hey You) Rock Steady Crew – Rock Steady Crew – Charisma 12”
28 37 Cavern / Scraper – Liquid Liquid – US 99 12” EP
29 42 Make Mine Guarana – Azymuth – US Milestone LP
30 26 Lagos Jump – Third World – CBS LP/US Columbia 12”/Dutch CBS 12”
31 — Single Handed – Haywoode – CBS 12”
32 — Time For Some Fun / Conviction – Central Line – Mercury 12”
33 35 New Dimension (Electro Mix) – Imagination – R&B 12”
34 44 Tell Me If You Still Care – SOS Band – Tabu 12”
35 49 Give Me Your Love (Extended Remix) – Active Force – US A&M 12”
36 39 B-Boys Beware / B-Boys B-Dubbed – Two Sisters – US Sugarscoop 12”
37 — On The Upside – Xena – US Emergency 12”
38 27 Brighter Tomorrow / Crusin’ / Turn It Up (Come On Y’All) – Tom Browne – Arista LP
39 43 Let’s Take Time Out – Howard Johnson – A&M 12”/US remix
40 47 Canadian Sunset / The Hunt – Steve Narahara – US PAUSA LP
41 67 Joys Of Life / Baby Won’t You Take My Love / Dreaming – David Joseph – Island LP
42 54 Get Tough (Instrumental) / (Vocal) – CD III – US Prelude 12”
43 56 Superstition/Good Times (Medley) – Club House – Island 12”
44 31 Play That Beat Mr. DJ – G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid – US Tommy Boy 12″
45 — Don’t You (The Big Version) – Second Image – MCA 12”
46 — Baby Doll (Remix) – Girls Can’t Help It – US Sire 12”
47 — (Whatever Happened To) The Party Groove – The Walkers – London 12”
48 — Inside Love (So Personal) (Vocal) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
49 46 Remember What You Like – Jenny Burton – US Atlantic 12”
50 38 Micro-Kid (Remix) – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
51 — Fo-Fi-Fo / For The Fun Of It / It’s Getting Hot In Here / It’s Time For Love / Foreverlasting Love – Pieces Of A Dream – German Elektra LP
52 — Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) – Hashim – US Cutting Records 12”
53 34 Over And Over – Shalamar – Solar 12”
54 55 Say Say Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Parlophone 12”
55 — What’s Going On / I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye – Motown 12”
56 — Rock The House / Cuttin’ Herbie – The B Boys – US Vintertainment 12”
57 — Crazy Cuts / Dub – Grandmixer D.ST. – US Island 12”
58 52 Get Into The Mix / Scratcher’s Delight – DJ Divine – US West End 12”
59 — Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner – Capitol 12”
60 53 All Night Long (Waterbed) – Kevie Kev – US Sugarhill 12”
61 62 Somebody Save The Night / You’re A Winner – Sharon Redd – Dutch Rams Horn LP
62 24 Just Can’t Get Enough – Lew Kirton – US Believe In a Dream LP
63 — Deeper – Gerry Trew – Bluebird 12”
64 30 Serious – Billy Griffin – US Columbia LP
65 — Rat Rapping / Extended Version – Roland Rat Superstar – Rodent Records 12”
66 64 Spacey Lady – Maurice Starr – US Arista 12”
67 29 I Want Your Love – Atlantic Starr – US A&M LP
68 85 Reggae Night – Jimmy Cliff – CBS 12”
69 71 Summer Breeze – Baiser – Canadian Celsius 12”
70 — You Got Me Where I Want To Be – Sharon Brown – US Profile 12”
71 — Crotona Park / Flute Juice – Dave Valentin – US GRP LP
72 59 So Different – Kinky Foxx – US Sound Of New York 12”
73 — D.M.S.R. – Prince – Warner Bros 12”
74 78 Reggae-Matic-Funk – Monyaka – Polydor 12”
75 63 Good Love – Rome Jefferies – US Rain Records 12”
76 70 I Want My Baby Back / You And Me For Right Now / Heaven Only Knows / Just Because You’re Mine – Teddy Pendergrass – US Philadelphia International LP
77 80 Jungle Rock – The Tribe – US Prelude 12”
78 — Tender Touch / Instrumental – Cargo – CG Records 12”
79 — Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack 12”
80 83 Yah Mo B There / There’s No Easy Way / It’s Your Night / One More Rhythm / She Loves Me – James Ingram – German Qwest LP
81 — Gonna Get You (Megamix) – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
82 — Stop Doggin’ Me Around – Klique – MCA 12”
83 74 B-Beat Classic / Beat Rock – B+ – US West End 12”
84 — Got To Have Your Love – Melba Moore – US Capitol LP
85 72 Party Animal – James Ingram – Qwest 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

B Beat Girls: ‘Nasty Jungle Scratch’ / ‘Lifetime’ (WEA 12in)
David Grant: ‘Rock The Midnight’ (Chrysalis 12in)
Hall & Oates: ‘Say It Isn’t So’ (RCA 12in)
Barbara Mason: ‘Another Man’ (US West End 12in)
Al Jarreau: ‘Love Is Waiting’ (WEA 12in)
Major Lance: ‘Are You Leaving Me’ (US Kat Family 12in/LP)
Warp 9: ‘Beat Wave’ / Dub (US Prism 12in)
Ebony Bros: ‘Brighten Up Your Night’ (RCA 12in)
Roy Ayers: ‘Black Family’ / ‘And Then We Were One’ (Uno Melodic LP)
Ziggee Toir: ‘Lectric Ziggee Groove’ (US TSOM 12in)
Herb Alpert: ‘Red Hot’ (A&M LP)
Michael Franks: ‘When Sly Calls’ (US Warner Bros LP)
ConFunkShun: ‘Can You Feel The Groove Tonight’ / ‘Baby I’m Hooked’ (US Mercury LP)
Special-T: ‘It’s Your Love’ (US Next Plateau 12in)
T.Ski Valley: ‘The USA Is The Best’ (US Capo 12in)
Kool & The Gang: ‘Straight Ahead’ (De-Lite 12in)
Gregory Isaacs: ‘Love Me With Feeling’ (Island 12in)
Jeffrey Osborne: ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ (A&M 12in)
Inner Life: ‘No Way’ (US Personal 12in)


HIT NUMBERS

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

Paul Young 90f (Nicky Thomas 102f), Michael Jackson 118f, Style Council 136f, Thompson Twins 53½-107f, Tina Turner 0-104f, Simple Minds 121-0r, Ozzy Osbourne 147c, Cliff Richard 0-90-0r, Slade 0-34½-69-0-69r, Roland Rat 109f, Blancmange 138r, Howard Jones 48-96f, Nik Kershaw 107f, Shannon 114½f, Pretenders 66r, Toyah 19-38/76-19-0r, Kid Creole 161f, David Grant 131f, The Who ‘Batman’ 140f, ZZ Top 127f, Flying Pickets 0-100/50f (acappella), Beatles 134-130-128-0r, Grandmaster & Melle Mel 114f, Prince 123f, Frankie Goes To Hollywood 0-115r, Second Image 0-115f, Arnie’s Love 0-103½f, David Essex 106f, Yello 0-122f, Cuba Gooding 120-119-120f.


BOYS TOWN/HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack 12”
02 04 He’s A Saint He’s A Sinner / Manpower / So Many Men So Little Time (Remake) Beeline – Miquel Brown – Record Shack LP
03 02 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12”
04 05 I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – Chrysalis 12”
05 06 And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Koffie – US Pandisc 12”
06 03 Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love) – Marsha Raven – Passion 12”
07 12 Love Reaction – Divine – Design Communications 12”
08 07 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12”
09 13 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
10 09 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
11 10 Take A Chance On Me – Waterfront Home – US Bobcat 12”
12 11 La Cage Aux Folles / Instrumental – Le Jete – US Megatone 12”
13 08 Twelve Inches Of Pleasure (Medley) / Don’t Leave Me This Way (Mega-Mix) – Various / Slip – Proto LP/12” twin-pack
14 15 Sing-Sing-Sing / Mega Be-Bop Mix – The Broads – Proto 12”
15 20 Try It – Oh Romeo – Canadian Unidisc 12”
16 — You’re A Winner – Sharon Redd – Dutch Rams Horn LP
17 22 A Night In New York – Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – EMI America 12”
18 18 Rocket To Your Heart – Lisa – US Moby Dick LP
19 21 Burn It Up (Mr. DJ) – Risque – US Importe/12 remix/Dutch Polydor 12”
20 23 Love On The Rocks / Loquita / Destiny / Take My Heart Away (Remix) – Lama / Dave Valentin / Two Sisters / Gillian Lane – US Disconet LP
21 — I’m The One / Save Yourself For Me – Charade / Dee Dee Martin – Passion LP
22 22 Where Are You Now – Cerrone – Record Shack 12”
23 — It’s Too Late – Simone – KRP 12”
24 26 Skiing In The Snow – Laura Pallas & The Reputations – Record Shack 12”
25 — (They Call Me The) Queen Of Fools (Remix) – Jessica Williams – Passion 12”
26 30 Boogie Walk – Susan Stevens – Dutch Rams Horn 12”
27 14 Giving Up / I Cry For You – Bobby “O” – Canadian Unidisc 12”
28 29 A Taste Of Love / A Taste Of Dub – Den Harrow – Italian Hole 12”
29 27 Trouble In Paradise – Sylvester – US Megatone LP
30= — New Dimension (Electro Mix) – Imagination – R&B 12”
30= 17 Get Up (Do You Want To Funk) – Digital Emotion – Dutch Break 12”
30= — Another Man – Barbara Mason – US West End 12”

2 thoughts on “December 3, 1983: Dayton, Xena, Girls Can’t Help It, Hi Voltage, The B Boys”

  1. JH mentions trying to get more disco chart returns from the dj’s “who think it’s a bit below them”.

    I think that this may have had something to do with the failure to appear of some tunes which were massive around this time on the jazz-funk scene in London and the Home Counties and haven’t been mentioned/made the disco chart.

    Arguably the biggest omission is Gilberto Gil’s ‘Toda Menina Baiana’ which every underground dance club and pirate station in the London area played in late 1983 for weeks, other things that were very big in the clubs in 1983 but haven’t featured would be Sister Sledge ‘Thinking Of You” which had been rediscovered from their 1979 album in ’83 by the Funk Mafia in ’83 and was so big that it eventually got released as a single in 1984, another was Special Delivery with ‘This Kind Of Love’ so big that Phil Fearon did a cover version a year or two later and Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones “Black Whip”. I should imagine it’s the bigger DJ’s from the Hilly’s Mafia, the South London version of that or the Funk pirates that never supplied any charts.

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  2. Good points. I also remember from 1982 that Bootsy’s The One Giveth…LP wasn’t mentioned at all by Hammy though it was quite big, P-Funk that he tended to really like, and Take A Lickin’… on 12″ was played a lot in the clubs too. Makes me wonder why some records were skipped. That said, about 99% of the goodies were mentioned by Hammy.

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