January 7, 1984: charts only.

Editor’s Note:
From James’s January 14th Odds ‘N’ Bods column:

I did well after Xmas, fell over in the gutter (on the rooftop car park at Doncaster’s Arndale Centre, of all romantic locations!) and strained a ligament in my ankle, which resulted in a relaxing week with my leg up!

This would explain the absence of reviews and Odds ‘N’ Bods this week…


DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 31, 1983

Rated by the country’s top DJ’s as the most up-front disco chart in the UK, compiled on Monday, on the street on Wednesday

01 02 The Sound Of Music – Dayton – Capitol 12”
02 03 Holiday – Madonna – Sire 12”
03 01 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
04 04 Crazy Cuts – Grandmixer D.ST. – Island 12”
05 06 Let The Music Play (Dub) / (Vocal) – Shannon – Club 12”
06 08 Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) – Hashim – Streetwave 12”
07 09 On The Upside – Xena – Streetwave 12”
08 07 Another Man / Rap – Barbara Mason – Streetwave 12”
09 05 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown LP remix
10 18 Cuttin’ Herbie/Rock The House/Two Three Break – The B Boys – Streetwave 12”
11 11 I’m Out Of Your Life – Arnie’s Love – Streetwave 12”
12 10 Love How You Feel / Dub – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
13 15 Share The Night – World Premiere – US Easy Street 12”
14 14 Serious – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
15 23 Magic – Circle City Band – US Circle City Records 12”
16 12 Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Warner Bros 12”
17 22 Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner – Capitol 12”
18 30 Straight Ahead – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
19 31 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack 12”
20 25 Out Of Sight – Lefturno – US Ascot 12”
21 16 Happiness Is Just Around The Bend – Cuba Gooding – London 12”
22 20 Joys Of Life – David Joseph – Island LP
23 32 Inside Love (So Personal) (Vocal) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
24 26 Love Will Find A Way – Lionel Richie – Motown LP
25 21 Get It On – Spence – Arista 12”
26 47 Watch The Closing Doors / Dub – I.R.T. – US RCA 12”
27 19 I Wanna Be With You – Armenta – Savoir Faire 12”
28 24 Somebody Save The Night / You’re A Winner / Activate / Got Ya’ Where I Want – Sharon Redd – Prelude LP
29 17 Love Is The Message – Hi Voltage – KRP 12”
30 13 White Lines – Grandmaster & Melle Mel – Sugarhill 12”
31 29 Scratch Break (Glove Style) – Motor City Crew – Motown 12”
32 33 Just Can’t Let You Go – Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12”
33 52 I Wanted Your Love / For The Sweetness Of Your Love / Busy Body – Luther Vandross – US Epic LP

34 — Big Apple Noise – Trans-Lux – US Master Mix 12”
35 50 Just Can’t Get Enough / Don’t Give Up Your Dream – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
36 41 B-Boys Beware / B-Boys B-Dubbed – Two Sisters – US Sugarscoop 12”
37 37 Make Mine Guarana – Azymuth – US Milestone LP
38 27 Single Handed – Haywoode – CBS 12”
39 34 Fo-Fi-Fo / Tell Me A Bedtime Story – Pieces Of A Dream – German Elektra LP
40 28 Don’t You – Second Image – MCA 12”
41 42 Running With The Night (Remix) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
42 51 No Sell Out – Malcolm X / Keith LeBlanc – US Tommy Boy 12”
43 40 My Guy – Mary Wells – US Allegiance 12”
44 49 Baby I’m Scared Of You / T.K.O. – Womack & Womack – German Elektra LP
45 38 Crotona Park – Dave Valentin – US GRP LP
46 56 You Ain’t Got No Money – Jaime Lynn – US Salsoul 12”
47 36 All My Life – Major Harris – London 12”
48 44 It’s Really Love / Got To Have Your Love / Never Say Never – Melba Moore – Capitol LP
49 68 This Love Is For Real – Ron Banks – US CBS Associated Records LP
50 43 Dressing Up! – Street Angels – Street Beat 12”
51 46 All Night Long (All Night) (Instrumental) – Lionel Richie – US Motown 12”
52 53 Baby Doll (Remix) – Girls Can’t Help It – US Sire 12”
53 35 So Different – Kinky Foxx – Sound Of New York 12”
54 54 (Whatever Happened To) The Party Groove / ‘Jellybean’ Remix – The Walkers – London 12”
55 65 Beat Wave – Warp 9 – US Prism 12”
56 39 Cavern – Liquid Liquid – US 99 12” EP
57 71 I’ll Let You Slide – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
58 62 It’s Your Turn – Delegation – CBS 12”
59 73 A Night In New York – Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – EMI America 12”
60 70 Deeper – Gerry Trew – Bluebird 12”
61 63 King Of Soul Medley – Soul Kings – US Pandisc 12”
62 61 Time For Some Fun – Central Line – Mercury 12”

63 — Radio Activity Syndrome – Arcade Gang – US Rappers Rapp Disco Co 12”
64 64 Red Hot – Herb Alpert – A&M 12” re-remix/LP remix
65 66 (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
66 — (I’m Just A) Sucker For A Pretty Face – West Phillips – Canadian Quality 12”
67 69 You And Me Right Now / I Want My Baby Back – Teddy Pendergrass – Philadelphia International LP
68 59 Stay With Me Tonight (Remix) – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
69 78 Love Is Still Waiting – Al Jarreau – WEA 12”
70 76 Tell Me If You Still Care – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
71 55 Bigger Than Life – Lamont Dozier – Demon LP
72 72 Bad Times – Captain Rapp – US Saturn/Becket 12”
73 79 Summer Breeze – Baiser – Canadian Celsius 12”
74 — Give Me The Night (Medley) – Mirage – Passion 12”
75 81 What’s Going On / I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Remix) – Marvin Gaye – Motown 12”
76 48 Give Me Your Love (Remix) – Active Force – US A&M 12”
77 — Electric Boogie (Remix) / (Long Version) – Marcia Griffiths – Island 12”
78 57 Copy Cat – P.Funk All-Stars – US Uncle Jam LP
79 — How Can I Love Again – O.C. Miller – Orbitone 12”
80 77 You Are Beautiful / Believer / You Got Some Love For Me – Chic – US Atlantic LP
81 58 Yah Mo B There – James Ingram – German Qwest LP
82 — Let’s Take Time Out – Howard Johnson – A&M 12”/US remix
83 — Encore – Cheryl Lynn – CBS LP/US Columbia 12”
84 — The Good Times – Stanley Clarke/George Duke – Epic LP
85 — ‘Lectric Ziggee Groove – Ziggee Toir – US TSOM 12”


BOYS TOWN/HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack 12”
02 02 He’s A Saint He’s A Sinner / Manpower / So Many Men So Little Time (Remake) / Beeline – Miquel Brown – Record Shack LP
03 03 I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – Chrysalis 12”
04 04 Skiing In The Snow – Laura Pallas & The Reputations – Record Shack 12”
05 05 Earthquake – Flirtations – Siam/Proto 12”
06 06 Giving Up / I Cry For You – Bobby “O” – Design Communications 12”
07 08 La Cage Aux Folles – Le Jeté – Dance/Pinnacle 12”
08 07 You’re A Winner – Sharon Redd – Prelude LP
09 09 Where Are You Now – Cerrone – Record Shack 12”
10 10 It’s Too Late – Simone – KRP 12”
11 12 Trouble In Paradise / Too Late – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
12 13 You Can Dance – Motion – Canadian DBA 12”
13 14 Don’t Leave Me This Way (Mega-Mix) / Twelve Inches Of Pleasure (Medley) – Slip / Various – Proto 12”/LP twin-pack
14 17 Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love) – Marsha Raven – Passion 12”
15 11 I’m The One / Save Yourself For Me / I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten / Queen Of Fools – Charade / Dee Dee Martin / Simon Orchestra / Jessica Williams – Passion LP/12” twin-pack
16 15 Primitive Desire – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12”
17 16 And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Koffie – Red Rooster 12”
18 27 Evergreen – Fantasia – Passion 12”
19 18 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
20 28 Let The Music Play / Dub – Shannon – Club 12”
21 — Reputation – Bobby “O” – Dutch BMC LP
22 20 Relax (Sex Mix) – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ZTT 12”
23 21 Rocket To Your Heart – Lisa – US Moby Dick LP
24 22 Sweet Temptation – Gem – US Street King 12”
25 23 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
26 19 Love On The Rocks / Take My Heart Away (Remix) / Destiny – Lama / Gillian Lane / Two Sisters – US Disconet LP
27 — Why Me – Irene Cara – Epic 12”
28 25 Happy Station / Stop (Italo Disco Remixes) – Fun Fun / Valerie Allington – Dutch High Fashion Music 12”
29 26 A Night In New York – Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – EMI America 12”
30 24 Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner – Capitol 12”

3 thoughts on “January 7, 1984: charts only.”

  1. I notice ‘Encore’ by Cheryl Lyn making a very quiet debut right at the bottom of the disco chart – this became absolutely massive on a club level although I don’t think it was very big on the pop charts.

    I also noticed a week or two ago JH mentioning he was only going to review brand new tunes and complaining that the “country cousins” with what he saw as an interest in “obscurities” from yesteryear being similar to the pursuit of rare old records on the northern soul scene.

    I’d hardly call the tunes he’s talking about being played by “country cousins” as these tunes were played on the London pirates at the time and at central London clubs such as the Special Branch, and later on places like Doo at the Zoo etc as well as being universally played by all the jazz-funk dj’s out in the suburbs and Home Counties. You basically only got them played within about 40 miles radius of central London (plus Manchester/the North West) so hardly out in the sticks.

    I think JH deejaying in Gullivers with its unique (often international audience) clouded his judgement there. And at this time generally there were no more oldies being played than at any other time – it was before my time but I know that tunes such as ‘Expansions’ (1975 but massive in 1979), ‘Dominoes’ and loads of other tunes back in the disco glory days of 1978-1980 were revived oldies.

    However I admit it did eventually start to get a bit ridiculous with non-stop obscure latin jazz at other jazz (sometimes from as far back as the 1940s) being played at certain places but they were the exception not the rule. And that shouldn’t stop him reviewing the generally massive tunes in all the underground clubs I mentioned in my other post (Gilberto Gil, Sister Sledge, Special Delivery etc) just because they were revived or just discovered.

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    1. “Dominoes” became massive all over again towards the end of the 1980s, doubtless aided by its sampling by Stetsasonic on “Talking All That Jazz”, while I think Cheryl Lynn’s “Encore” will go on to become the longest-running entry on the Disco Chart to date, hanging around for a whole 12 months, and beating the 44-week record currently held by “Oops Upside Your Head”…

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    2. ‘Encore’ was never a big hit on the pop charts because CBS, who had the rights to release the track in the UK, refused to do so. Having been the home to so much great black music, the British label lost pretty much all interest in it from 1984 onwards. So ‘Encore’ became a sleeper hit. It was finally licensed to Streetwave, later in 1984, but by then it had lost any momentum and could only manage a lower chart placing.

      James complained bitterly about the label’s policy and he wasn’t the only one – Tony Blackburn routinely scolded CBS on air in late 1985, when they were refusing to release Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal’s ‘Saturday Love’. That was also lined up to be licensed to Streetwave, then CBS relented at the last minute and released it themselves … and it of course became a huge pop hit.

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