February 11, 1984: Shannon, Dennis Edwards, Rodney Franklin, Warp 9, Larry Wu

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

AMIDST FIERCE fighting, London won Julia And Company for rush UK release . . . Shannon’s remix will go on sale when current commercial copies are exhausted . . . New York DJ turned hot pop remixer, John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez has signed to EMI America in his own right, debuting next month with the 5-track 12in EP ‘Wotupski‘ (as in “What’s up, Doc?”) featuring different actual artistes on each cut . . . Ian Levine, slipping back into his old shape, has mixed Miquel Brown ‘Men’/Kofi/Laura Pallas/Simone/Shirley Lewis/Abba ‘The Visitors’/Earlene Bentley ‘Life’/Gloria Gaynor/Sharon Redd ‘Winner’/Eartha Kitt for ‘Street Sounds Hi-Energy 1‘ (HINGR 16), due now . . . Gary London starts this week presenting a Record Shack sponsored Hi-NRG Disco show 8-10pm, Saturdays on SE London’s Skyline Radio 103.6FM/212MW . . . Tyne-Tees’ The Tube is rumoured to be trying to avoid all mention of the word “disco” on their Hi-NRG special in a fortnight (24th)! . . . Alan Coulthard’s megamixes on Disco Mix Club cassette this month include ‘Hi-NRG 83’ (fine after a dodgy Irene Cara start), yet another remix of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and a largely successful Mac ‘n Jack medley of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson material (the former’s oldies working best, actually) — however, probably most useable of all is a Salsa medley by Steve Gladders . . . CBS weigh in with two more all-mixed albums, both lumbered with poor material dragging down the hits, Peter Romer’s ‘Electro Shock — Voltage 1‘ (VOLT 1) having a neat side two in Dead Or Alive’s weak pop revival of KC’s ‘That’s The Way I Like It’/Herbie Hancock ‘Rock It’/The Tribe ‘Jungle Rock’/Herbie Hancock ‘Autodrive’ though side one is dull, while Greg Wilson’s ‘Dance Mix — Dance Hits Vol. III‘ (DM3) is forever clashing vocal on vocal and offsets some neat tricks with surprising clumsiness too . . . Total Contrast’s own label is now distributed by PRT . . . BBC 2’s Arena Special last Saturday, ‘Say Amen Somebody‘, was such a compulsive grabber for true soul fans that I bet most stayed with it rather than changing channel for Mel Brooks — focusing on gospel music, the programme’s standouts were the Barrett Sisters (who, spiritual lyrics apart really brought back the atmosphere of Harlem’s Apollo Theatre in the mid ’60s — fantastic!) and the obese O’Neal Twins (who, as a point of interest were the direct inspiration for Sam & Dave in ’64): it was O’Neal who articulated an epitaph for soul as well as gospel in the sage observation, “Unfortunately we are living in a hit record society, and we get caught up on a hit record and miss the substance” . . . Amen . . . Karen Spreadbury of pluggers Eyes & Ears has stopped promoting London’s Xenon niterie after 14 months and says thanks to all the liggers who put it on the music biz itinerary (does this mean now they’ll all be going somewhere else?!) . . . Chris Britton (Watford Baileys) is booking small dance acts (two to five members) into Europe and invites all to send him CVs with photos and videos at The Paddock House, 4 Paddock Way, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead, Herts — where he’s also selling a complete late ’70s to present dance record collection (700 LP/12 in, 400 7in) for £425 ono . . . Steve Dennis starts his new 7-9pm Friday funk show on BRMB this week, plus on Saturdays he’s got the 6-9am breakfast show and 11pm-2am snooze show — is he gonna be knackered or what?! . . . Hereward Radio’s Saturday evening soul host Steve Allen currently electro-funks Tuesday at The Gables and souls Sunday at the Wheatsheaf pubs, both in Peterborough . . . Millie Jackson is at Watford Baileys Thurs-Sat (9-11) this week . . . Friday (10) finds Pete ‘n Jeff with a fancy dress “odd couples” lovers ball (½ price before 11pm) at Sheffield Park’s Sheffield Arms on the A275 in Sussex, Nicky Holloway & Sean French with a pyiama party at Bermondsey Dockhead’s Swan & Sugarloaf, Greg Edwards with Cohn Hudd at Dartford Flicks (Colin’s recent number one is now top US Dance/Disco hit, Laid Back ‘White Horse‘) . . . Saturday (11) Chris Hill & Jeff Young rattle their maracas at Canvey Goldmine’s Brazilian Carnival night and things get hot at Daryn Stafford’s weekly Boys Town night in Bournemouth’s Cabaret Club . . . Sunday (12) Nottingham’s Rock City all dayer (3pm) stars Steve Allen and the other usual non-chart returning mob . . . Monday (13) Chris Paul, George Alexander & Mick Salmon celebrate Valentines Day early at South Harrow Bogart’s, while on Tuesday Theo Loyla returns after 2½ years to the totally refitted Bridge Country Club near Canterbury . . . Danny Smith, pretty upfront Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat at Gt Yarmouth’s after-hours 151 Club, is looking for good “modern” DJs on 0483-57303 (though for what he doesn’t say) . . . Feminine Touch need another jazz-soul venue while Upton Park JR’s is being redecorated (call via JD Roadshow on 01-579 0225) . . . Brentwood’s mad Kev Hill (0277-223030) once again guarantees extra punters should any Galway area niteries care to book him during his annual visit . . . Tony Monson agrees with Cyndi Lauper’s similarity to Sue Thompson, tempered with a lot of Little Peggy March ‘I Will Follow Him‘ (yeah, well us old ‘uns remember them!) . . . Lauriece Hudson, not Laurence (last week’s review), is a lady . . . US Atlantic has another nicer new 12in sleeve design, and US Arista a new label . . . DIN DAA DAA!


HOT VINYL

SHANNON: ‘Give Me Tonight’ (LP ‘Let The Music Play’ US Mirage 790134-1)
Avid hip hoppers preferred her instrumental dub’s excitement but the “disco”-pitched gal’s album is all vocal, this 119bpm jitterer — freakiest towards the end — being a very obvious frantic follow-on from the title track hit (here in 115½bpm 7in edit and the disappointing newly promo-ed 0-116¾-115½-116-116¾bpm vocal remix), other similar style including the 116bpm ‘My Heart’s Divided‘, 108bpm ‘Sweet Somebody‘, while the 149bpm ‘One Man‘ pumper is blatant US rock-disco.

DENNIS EDWARDS: ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ LP (US Gordy 6057GL)
With obvious exceptions, albums on Motown these days don’t exactly set the pulse racing in anticipation, but here from an unexpected source (the Temptations original “new boy”) comes a right good ‘un. The noisemaker is the dynamite jogging 95bpm title track duet with Siedah Garrett, a snappily jiggling but lazily swaying drifter growled and wailed through catchy ‘Roots’-ish chanting, but check too the smoochy Sam Dees co-penned 66½bpm ‘(You’re My) Aphrodisiac‘ and smoothly thrumming 115bpm ‘I Thought I Could Handle It‘, others of lesser though still reasonable degree being the 66bpm ‘Just Like You’, 108bpm ‘I’m Up For You’, 102bpm ‘Can’t Fight It’, 70-140/70bpm ‘Let’s Go Up’, 119bpm ‘Shake Hands (Come Out Dancin’)’.

RODNEY FRANKLIN: ‘Stay On In The Groove’ (LP ‘Marathon’ US Columbia FC 38953)
Realistically just a one-track album, but that track’s a corker! Starting in an ultra-mixable hip hop flurry, it settles into an electro-backed 121bpm groove with cooing chix and a sizzling jazz piano melody over the by then mind-snaring backbeat (Luther locks on superbly!). Otherwise the frantically pumping 149bpm title track has Ronnie Laws on soprano sax, the samba-ish 0-130bpm ‘Lumiere‘ has LP producer Stanley Clarke on piccolo bass, while (two slowies apart) the vocal 128½bpm ‘Let’s Talk‘ and 126bpm ‘Searchin’ For‘ (sic) are sub-EWF.

WARP 9: ‘No Man Is An Island’ (US Prism PDS 495)
Far from the hip hop one might expect, this exotic percussion driven happy 112bpm 12in kicker has zestful singalong unison gals ‘n guys and a Salsa/Caribbean flavour which makes it really rather infectious (with luck it’ll lock onto World Premiere’s beat — the starker dub flip is 111bpm). Party party!

LARRY WU: ‘Let Me Show You’ (US Atlantic 0-86973)
Amir Bayyan-produced good Kashif-ish bass synth bumped beefy 113bpm 12in swayer with singalong soul chorus and respectable lead vocal (inst flip), all very neat and tidy and already causing quite a stir. Could be a bit of a grower.

CHERYL LYNN: ‘Encore’ (US Columbia 44-04257)
Currently a Top 10 US Black hit and finally taking off properly here on much extended 12in (3 minutes longer), this crowd noises-applause-surrounded soulfully sung 108½bpm bumping thudder has a catchily tugging tempo and deserves serious attention — try it between Maze ‘Joy And Pain’ and Steve Arrington!

DOUBLE VISION: ‘Clock On The Wall’ (US Profile PRO-7041)
No prizes for guessing the whole thing has a tick tock rhythm, with nice steel drums spicing the shrill chix trilled jaunty 116½bpm 12in stark semi-electro see-sawing thudder (sadly no steel on inst flip). Possible pop.

DR. JOHN ‘Jet Set’ (US Streetwise SWRL 2219)
Surprise of the decade, though logical when one considers his gruffly rasping talk-sing vocal style, the New Orleans night tripper turns up with Duke Bootee-produced 113bpm 12in hip hop backing to rap inimitably about the joys of foreign travel (inst flip). Get down!

THE WORLD’S FAMOUS SUPREME TEAM: ‘Hey D.J.’ (Charisma TEAM 112)
Last week’s only decent UK newie, this slow tugging 94½bpm 12in rapper betrays its origin in the chicks chanted “dancin’ All Night Long” refrain — yup, the Mary Jane Girls! — and as some stereo scratching amidst rumbling freakiness is halfway through both sides, the piano played powerful instrumental flip is much more useful and should get mixers pulling out all their old versions again.

MARILYN SCOTT: ’10 x 10′ (US Mercury 814959-1)
Although a floor clearer when chopped in cold, as its introductory rhythm seemed to deserve, this bass synth jittered 101bpm 12in jiggly sparse throbber could become a left-field biggie if jazzier jocks get behind its blue-eyed singer (who’s riding a hit US LP) — the so-called “dub” is actually A-side and starts with a repetitive vocodered title line countdown, presumably to get mixers around the problem I experienced. Regardless, I like it a lot.

SADE: ‘Your Love Is King’ (DBS TA 4137)
Nigerian-born sultry Sade is a lady (though actually pronounced “Sharday” — shame!) whose sax-backed debut 90bpm 12in swayer sounds self consciously sophisticated but not terribly special, the 2-track flip’s long jazzy 119½-0-218-0bpm ‘Smooth Operator/Snake Bite‘ being sorta Grace Jones meets Timmy Thomas before Gerry Mulligan blows in. Kinda Carmel.

MICHAEL BAKER: ‘Don’t You Want My Lovin’ (US JDC JDC-0031)
Light voiced steady bass driven c.112bpm 12in tapper with pleasant if bland atmosphere (inst flip).

FRED WAITE: ‘Love Me’ (Virgin VS 64412)
A child star in Jamaica starting aged 11 with the Techniques, and now in turn father of Musical Youth’s Patrick & Junior, Fred sounds muffled on a naggingly familiar throbbing 94bpm 12in reggae thudder.

CENTRAL LINE: ‘Betcha Gonna’ (Mercury MERX 152)
Owing nothing to disco or funk, this Roy Carter-produced blatantly pop-aimed 89¼bpm 12in lurching plodder is practically Mungo Jerry ‘In The Summertime’ as rendered by Bucks Fizz (inst/old ‘Time For Some Fun’ flip).

SAPPHIRE: ‘Rock Me Slowly’ (Becket BKSL 9)
Pleasant breathy chix smooched slow 87bpm 12in swayer flipped by the urgently pushing 119-120-119-120-121bpm ‘Make Love To The Music‘.

KEITH & DARRELL: ‘Work That Body’ (Motown TMGT 1332)
Smokey Robinson co-produces his nasal nephews on a chugging 125bpm 12in whomper whose most clued-in if cliched bit is the title (inst flip).

BROAD STREET BAND Featuring BRUCE GREY: ‘Work Your Body’ (US Tempre TS 5501)
Similarly titled fairly undistinguished c.120bpm 12in hip hop judderer let down by an inappropriate gruff vocal (edit/inst flip).

JULES SHEAR: ‘When Love Surges’ (US EMI America 501271)
John Robie/Don Was-prod skittering c.119bpm 12in lurcher with obviously electro but non-hip hop rhythm elements and a loosely flowing vocal (inst flip).


DISCO TOP 85 – FEBRUARY 11, 1984

01 01 SHARE THE NIGHT, World Premiere, Epic 12in
02 05 HOLIDAY, Madonna, Sire 12in
03 06 DON’T KNOCK IT (UNTIL YOU TRY IT) / PRIVATE PARTY (REMIXES), Bobby Nunn, Motown 12in
04 15 STREET DANCE (INST) / (VOCAL), Break Machine, Record Shack 12in
05 14 SPICE OF LIFE, Manhattan Transfer, Atlantic 12in
06 02 MAGIC, Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
07 04 ANOTHER MAN / RAP, Barbara Mason, Streetwave 12in
08 07 SERIOUS, Billy Griffin, CBS 12in
09 03 AL.NAAFIYSH (THE SOUL), Hashim, Streetwave 12in
10 09 THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Dayton, Capitol 12in
11 12 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
12 08 LOVIN’ YOU, Status IV, US Radar 12in
13 16 WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME / HUMP TO THE BUMP / MELLOW AS A CELLO / MONEY ON IT, Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame, Atlantic LP
14 47 LOLLIPOP LUV, Bryan Loren, Virgin 12in
15 20 FRESH (SCRATCH MIX) / (FRESH), Tyrone Brunson, US BID 12in
16 13 I WANTED YOUR LOVE / FOR THE SWEETNESS OF YOUR LOVE, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
17 11 (I’M JUST A) SUCKER FOR A PRETTY FACE, West Phillips, Canadian Quality 12in
18 10 LET THE MUSIC PLAY / DUB, Shannon, Club 12in
19 26 JOYS OF LIFE, David Joseph, Island LP
20 65 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME, Rockwell, Motown 12in
21 19 THRILLER, Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
22 34 JOYS OF LIFE (REMIX), David Joseph, Island 12in
23 40 BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA), Julia And Company, US District Of Columbia DYSC 12in
24 17 HI, HOW YA DOIN’? / G FORCE / I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU / DO ME RIGHT / HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE, Kenny G, US Arista LP
25 38 DEEP COVE VIEW / FUNKY TAMBORIM / IT’S ALL IN MY HANDS, Tania Maria, US Concord Jazz Picante LP
26 18 ON THE UPSIDE, Xena, Streetwave 12in
27 33 TAXI, J Blackfoot, US Sound Town 7in
28 23 SO DIFFERENT, Kinky Foxx, Sound Of New York 12in
29 29 KING OF THE BEAT, Pumpkin, US Profile 12in
30 37 RENEGADES CHANT / RENEGADES OF FUNK, Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, US Tommy Boy 12in
31 24 WHAT ABOUT MY LOVE?, Damaris, US Columbia 12in
32 27 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU / LOVE WARS / T.K.O., Womack & Womack, German Elektra LP
33 30 OUT OF SIGHT, Letturno, US Ascot 12in
34 63 EBONY EYES, Rick James & Friend, Gordy 12in
35 70 A NIGHT IN NEW YORK, Elbow Bones & The Racketeers, EMI America 12in
36 58 SECRET LOVE, Evan Rogers, US RCA Victor 12in
37 22 STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART (REMIX), Fat Larry’s Band, Virgin 12in
38 59 OUT TO GET YOU, Fascination, Banana 12in
39 39 RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT (REMIX), Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
40 82 MOVE IT / RUNNING WITH THE RIVER, Dave Roach, Coda 12in
41 36 WISH YOU WERE HERE, First Light, London/Oval 12in
42 35 DOGGIE BOOGIE BABY, Charles Earland, US Strut 12in
43 21 CRAZY CUTS, Grandmixer D.ST., Island 12in
44 62 DIN DAA DAA (TROMMELTANZ), George Kranz, Fourth & Broadway 12in
45 — ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
46 — DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER, Dennis Edwards, US Gordy LP
47 51 YOU’RE A WINNER / ACTIVATE, Sharon Redd, Prelude 12in
48 — JOANNA, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
49 32 CUTTIN’ HERBIE, The B Boys, Streetwave 12in
50 42 LAGOS JUMP, Third World, CBS 12in
51 25 WHERE IS MY MAN, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
52 76 RELAX (US REMIX) / (SEX MIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, US Island/ZTT 12in
53 43 NEVER TOO LATE / INSTRUMENTAL, Julius Brown, US West End 12in
54 — STAY ON IN THE GROOVE, Rodney Franklin, US Columbia LP
55 48 BELIEVER / YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL / YOU GOT SOME LOVE FOR ME, Chic, US Atlantic LP
56 — YAH MO B THERE, James Ingram/Michael McDonald, Qwest 12in
57 75 BE WITH YOU TONIGHT, Total Contrast, Total Contrast Records 12in
58 — LET ME SHOW YOU, Larry Wu, US Atlantic 12in
59 28 BABY DOLL (REMIX), Girls Can’t Help It, Virgin 12in
60 81 IN THE NIGHT / I NEED YOU, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
61 61 ELECTRIC BOOGIE (REMIX), Marcia Griffiths, Island 12in
62 64 SOMEBODY SAVE THE NIGHT / SWEET SENSATION, Sharon Redd, Prelude LP
63 71 IT’S ALRIGHT, NV, Sire 12in
64 — NO MAN IS AN ISLAND, Warp 9, US Prism 12in
65 — ON THE FLOOR (ROCK-IT), Tony Cook & The Party People, Half Moon 12in
66 — FILL MY CUP, LCGC, Island 12in
67 — SOMEHOW SOMEWAY (VOCAL), Visual, US Prelude 12in
68 69 INSIDE LOVE (SO PERSONAL), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
69 31 STRAIGHT AHEAD, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
70 — I WANNA DANCE, The Cool Notes, Sour Grape 12in
71 49 BIG APPLE NOISE, Trans-Lux, US Master Mix 12in
72 46 THIS LOVE IS FOR REAL / TRULY BAD / SHE’S SO GOOD TO ME, Ron Banks, US CBS Associated Records LP
73 79 FUTURE SHOCK / HERBIE HANCOCK MEGAMIX, Herbie Hancock, CBS 12in
74 66 DELICIOUS / I’M SO GLAD I MET YOU, Deco, US Qwest LP
75 — LET THE MUSIC PLAY (REMIX), Shannon, Club 12in promo
76 41 BIGGER THAN LIFE, Lamont Dozier, Demon LP
77 78 JUST CAN’T LET YOU GO, Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove, US Crossroad Entertainment Corp
78 — DON’T KEEP ME WAITING, Tia Monae, US First Take 12in
79 74 JOYSTICK, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
80 44 YOU AIN’T GOT NO MONEY, Jaime Lynn, US Salsoul 12in
81 — YOU AND ME FOR RIGHT NOW / CRAZY ABOUT YOUR LOVE / HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS, Teddy Pendergrass, Philadelphia International LP
82 — S&M (SEXY MUSIC) RATED X, De De, US Clockwork 12in
83 54 AC/DC / CRAVO E CANELA, Paz, Paladin LP
84 52 BAD TIMES, Captain Rapp, US Saturn/Becket 12in
85 PLEASE STAY, Fatback & Gerry Bledsoe, US Spring 12in/LP


HI-NRG DISCO

01 07 I’M LIVING MY OWN LIFE, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
02 02 HE’S A SAINT HE’S A SINNER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
03 03 JEALOUS LOVE / EVERGREEN, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in promo
04 01 YOU’RE A WINNER, Sharon Redd, Prelude 12in
05 08 IT’S TOO LATE / INSTRUMENTAL, Simone, KRP 12in
06 06 I AM WHAT I AM, Gloria Gaynor, Chrysalis 12in
07 05 RELAX (US REMIX) / (SEX MIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, US Island/ZTT 12in
08 09 LIFE IS THE REASON, Norma, ERC 12in
09 10 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BDC 12m/US Hot Tracks LP
10 02 MANPOWER/BEELINE, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
11 29 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Kofi & The Love Tones, Electricity 12in
12 11 DIDN’T SAY A WORD (MEGAMIX), Shirley Lewis, Electricity 12in
13 16 EVERLASTING LOVE, Vicki Sue Robinson, US Profile 12in
14 18 DANGER, Flirts, Canadian Unidisc 12in
15 04 WHERE IS MY MAN, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
16 12 LOVE ON THE ROCKS (REMIX) / TAKE MY HEART AWAY (REMIXES), Lama / Gillian Lane, US Disconet LP
17 — THE MAN’S SO REAL, Mimi, Challenge 12in
18 13 SWEET TEMPTATION, Gem, US Street King 12in
19 — IN ORBIT, Yvonne Gidden, Electricity 12in White label
20 16 REPUTATION / I PRETEND, Bobby “O”, Dutch BMC LP
21 26 SOUND OF MY HEART, Sleeping Lions, CBS 12in
22 21 HOLIDAY, Madonna, Sire 12in
23 — EVERGREEN / INSTRUMENTAL, Fantasia, Passion 12in
24 30 BALLET DANCER, Electric Theatre, German Mercury 12in
25 20 LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Le Jete Dance 12in
26 24 SKIING IN THE SNOW, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
27 17 LET THE MUSIC PLAY, Shannon, Club 12in
28 19 GET READY / (FREAK MIX), X-Ray Connection, Dutch Break 12in
29 14 I’M THE ONE / SAVE YOURSELF FOR ME, Charade / Dee Dee Martin, Passion LP
30 — WHERE ARE YOU NOW, Cerrone, Record Shack 12in


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Michael Baker: ‘Don’t You Want My Lovin’ (US JDC 12in)
Three Million: ‘I’ve Been Robbed’ (Atlantic 12in)
Loose Ends: ‘Tell Me What You Want’ (Virgin 12in)
David Sanborn: ‘Neither One Of Us’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Stacye Branche: ‘Precious And Special’ (US BouVier 12in)
Shannon: ‘My Heart’s Divided’ (US Mirage LP)
Jeffrey Osborne: ‘Plane Love (Remix)’ (US A&M 12in)
West End: ‘Hot For Rocking’ (Sound Out 12in)
Tony Joe White: ‘Our Day Will Come’ (US Columbia LP)
Zena Dejonay: ‘I’ve Got To Find A Way’ (US TVI 12in)

and under the Boys Town/Hi/NRG 30 are:

Astaire: ‘Love Trap (Remix)’ (Passion 12in promo)
Zena Dejonay: ‘I’ve Got To Find A Way’ (US TVI 12in)
Pointer Sisters: ‘Jump’ (US Planet LP)
Susan Stevens: ‘This Is Love (Remix)’ (Dutch Rams Horn 12in)
Xena: ‘On The Upside’ (Streetwave 12in)
Dionne Warwick: ‘Got A Date (Remix)’ (Arista 12in)
Brando: ‘Rainy Day’ (Italian Memory 12in)
First Choice: ‘Doctor Love (Mega Dub Remix)’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Wow: ‘Bring On The Men’ (US MEM 12in)
The JDC Mixer: ‘7 Years Of Disco/Dance Music 12 Minutes Of Non-Stop Energy’ (US JDC 12in)


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Queen 112f, Duran Duran 122f, Thompson Twins 119f, Swansway (0-)124-0r, Break Machine 115f, Rockwell 124f, Slade 129f (what a stormer!), Nena 0-97-194-97-194-0r, Hot Chocolate 137f, Van Halen 0-129-0-129f, Bobby Nunn 112f, The Truth 119-120-119f.


NIGHTCLUB

01 01 RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT, Lionel Richie, Motown
02 03 RELAX, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT
03 01 STRAIGHT AHEAD, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite
04 04 THRILLER, Michael Jackson, Epic
05 08 HOLIDAY, Madonna, Sire
06 06 I AM WHAT I AM, Gloria Gaynor, Chrysalis
07 05 WHERE IS MY MAN, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack
08 10 BREAK MY STRIDE, Matthew Wilder, Epic
09 07 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, Cyndl Lauper, Portrait
10 09 SHARE THE NIGHT, World Premiere, Epic
11 15 LET THE MUSIC PLAY, Shannon, Club
12 21 SPICE OF LIFE, Manhattan Transfer, Atlantic
13 12 YOU’RE A WINNER, Sharon Redd, Prelude
14 18 GIVE ME THE NIGHT (MEDLEY), Mirage, Passion
15 — ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT), Lionel Richie, Motown
16 16 EBONY EYES, Rick James And Friend, Gordy
17 14 SERIOUS, Billy Griffin, CBS
18 22 HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN, Eurythmics, RCA
19 20 WISH YOU WERE HERE, First Light, London/Oval
20 28 DIN DAA DAA (TROMMELTANZ), George Kranz, Fourth & Broadway
21 11 EVERGREEN/JEALOUS LOVE, Hazell Dean, Proto
22 13 DON’T KNOCK IT, Bobby Nunn, Motown
23 17 THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Dayton, Capitol
24 30 A NIGHT IN NEW YORK, Elbow Bones & The Racketeers, EMI America
25 — INSIDE LOVE (SO PERSONAL), George Benson, Warner Bros
26 19 WE ALL ARE ONE, Jimmy Cliff, CBS
27 26 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Sugarhill
28 — LET’S STAY TOGETHER, Tina Turner, Capitol
29 29 WHAT IS LOVE, Howard Jones, WEA
30 — RADIO GAGA, Queen, EMI

A second helping of the pop jocks chart, and if our soul and Hi-NRG charts are upfront then this has to be outback! Exciting new entries, huh?


DJ TOP TEN

THIS SATURDAY (11) sees another Function At The Junction upstairs in the Cornet, at 51 Lavender Gardens in South London’s Lavender Hill, when Terry Davis, Ian Clark, Tony Ellis and guests will once again be bringing back soulful ’60s memories with the likes of these…

OOH BABY, Deon Jackson, Atlantic
THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO, Temptations, Stateside
THE SLOOPY, Billy Young, US Jotis
UNTIE ME, The Tams, HMV
HOLD ON, Radiants, Chess
HE WAS REALLY SAYIN’ SOMETHIN’, Velvelettes, Stateside
THE PAIN GETS A LITTLE DEEPER, Darrow Fletcher, London
THESE KIND OF BLUES, Junior Parker, Vocalion
INVESTIGATE, Major Lance, Columbia
YOU GOT ME, Jaibi, US Kapp

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