February 25, 1984: Julia & Company, AB’s, Duces Wild, T.C. Curtis, Shannon

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

DAYTON ‘The Sound Of Music’ has been test promo-ed as a really useful ‘US Pre-Release X-Tended Re-Mix‘ which straightens it out into a steady 114-115-114-115(break)-114-115bpm, replacing the jazzy but tricky intro with vocoder and beat . . . Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon ‘What Do I Do‘ is another frothy 113½bpm shuffling pop kicker, due commercially next week . . . Luther Vandross ‘I Wanted Your Love‘ is now on US 12in (Epic 49-04969), as is a remix of Gladys Knight & The Pips ‘When You’re Far Away‘ (US Columbia 44-04965, 111bpm) . . . Adrian Sykes’ new co-plugger at Island, Julian Palmer is starting an electro/alternative DJ mailing list — jocks honestly into it should send him their details at Island Records, 22 St Peters Square, London W6 9NW . . . Art Of Noise ‘Beat Box‘ now tops US Dance/Disco, Cheryl Lynn ‘Encore‘ is top US Black single — c’mon Britain, get on the case! . . . Break Machine’s video (like all the others) is good enough, but live on TVam with no clever editing they were brilliant — and were even more marvellous, according to Gary Van Praagh, at Soho Bananas (where they return on Tuesday 28) . . . Capital Radio’s Mister Ouch! Al Matthews acted the jitterbugging black GI victim of the dance hall punch-up in ‘Yanks’ . . . Burundi Black’s original unadorned African chant sounded highly incongruous throbbing out of the Amazonian jungle during ‘Fitzcarraldo’ on telly — couldn’t painstaking director Werner Herzog have found something more authentic, or at least less well known? . . . Radio Invicta’s nightly 103.6FM broadcasts may be from SE London but cover the metropolis and are good reason for turning the radio on at night again — though why do Mastermind leave their mixes until so late on Wednesday (actually Thursday morning)? . . . Giorgos Pappas calls his station Greek Cypriot Broadcasting For London, according to my local kebab take-away! . . . Gary Allen tonight (Thursday 23) starts a fetish club Decadance II at Liverpool’s Concert Street, where there’ll be a human cage and (he hopes) lots of kinky dressers . . . Daryl Stafford (well known printing error) insists The Cabaret Club is Bournemouth’s only exclusively gay club — so there! . . . Paul Parker appears exclusively at Haringey Bolts this Friday (24), when Froggy, Chris Dinnis, John C and Central Line “live” funk Yeovil Olivers, Roger Dynamite has another ’60s special at Gt Yarmouth Tiffany’s, and Robbie Vincent joins Colin Hudd at Dartford Flicks . . . WE FUNK ALL NIGHT!


MICHAEL JACKSON has blazed back into the US Top 5 now that ‘Thriller’ is out there on 12in (US Epic 49-04961), with something that we (and mixing DJs in particular) really missed — an instrumental flip! However, one step behind, well be getting it on the B-side of ‘P.Y.T.’ whenever that comes out here. The same 118bpm backing track, it retains some chorus singing and Vincent Price, and is worth buying on import for the cover pic alone.


HOT VINYL

JULIA AND COMPANY: ‘Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba)’ (London LONX 46)
Steeped in gospel (dad was an original Dixie Hummingbird), Julia McGirt took over Jennifer Holliday’s role in ‘Dreamgirls’ and now wails as well as you’d expect over a fantastically infectious frisky jazz backing that’s already burning up the airwaves here — the UK 12in somehow runs slower at 115-114½bpm, with a new Pedro Edit for radio and same Club Insert.

AB’S: ‘Deja Vu’ (LP ‘AB’S’ Japanese Moon MOON-28007)
Now selling fast as word spreads it’s worth the money (c.£11.75), this “slant eyed soul” set is actually sung in Japanese with the odd disconcerting English phrase woven into it, all rather “yellow Level 42”, this lightly harmonised subtly half-stepping 0-91-92-88½-92-88½bpm jazzy jogger being the raved about standout — though also nice are the tranquil 97½-98bpm ‘Fill The Sail‘, 0-76½bpm ‘Django‘, (0-)96½bpm ‘In The City Night‘, and thunder-thumbed 125bpm ‘Dee-Dee-Phon‘.

DUCES WILD: ‘Gimmick’ (US Next Plateau NP 50018)
The week’s hottest hip hop, great with Pumpkin/Art Of Noise, this 107bpm 12in judderer has terrific freaky FX as it progresses but really rates for its rapping lyrics (inst/bonus beats flip). Presumably they can’t spell “deuce”, or are they Mussolini fans?
[Editor’s Note: only the Instrumental/Bonus Beats is available online.]

T.C. CURTIS: ‘Dance To The Beat’ (Hot Melt TC002)
Only on limited white label while major companies fight for it, cuddly TC’s powerfully socking 119-118½bpm 12in smacker is almost moronically simple and frighteningly effective in the chanting KC tradition (dub flip).

SHANNON: ‘Give Me Tonight’ (US Emergency EMDS 6542)
Useful as ‘Let The Music Play — Part 2’ though not so strong a song, the 118½bpm 12in dub version is again best for hip hoppers and bumps up an electrical storm that mixers will love (this time both sides are the same BPM!)

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & SOUL SONIC FORCE: ‘Renegades Of Funk’ (Tommy Boy AFRX 1, via Polydor)
Giving trendy Tommy Boy its own label identity here, the poppin’ MCs hop their 114bpm hips in three ways on 12in, with afro/carib influences emphasised on the catchier ‘Iko Iko’-quoting ‘Renegades Chant‘ version.

VARIOUS: ‘Rapped Uptight Vol. 2’ LP (Sugarhill SHLD 5551)
Without question this twin-packed double LP is the best rap compilation yet, containing Melle Mel’s masterly 115bpm ‘White Lines’, the essential 106-111-109-111-107-111bpm ‘Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel’ (which, the first scratcher, will sell it alone), plus the 0-99bpm Kevie Kev ‘All Night Long’, 112bpm West Street Mob ‘Break Dancin’, 125bpm Melle Mel & Duke Bootee ‘Message II’, 111-115-117(etc)bpm Sugarhill Gang ‘Kick It Live’, 0-112bpm Ferrari ‘Simon Says Dance’, 101bpm Crash Crew ‘We Are Known As Emcees’, 96bpm Furious Five ‘New York New York’, 107bpm Jocko ‘Everybody’s Uptight’, 121-122-123-125bpm Fine Quality ‘Ash Dance’, 92½bpm Treacherous Three ‘Yes We Can-Can’.

STEVE ARRINGTON’S HALL OF FAME: ‘Hump To The Bump’ (Atlantic A 6963T)
Less impressive than others on his LP, an urgently bashing Narada Michael Walden-ish fluid 121-122-123bpm smacker climaxing in tinkling steel drums, on 3-track 12in with the edit alone on one side pushing the long version next to the older 109bpm ‘Nobody Can Be You‘.

EVAN ROGERS: ‘Secret Love’ (RCA RCAT 392)
Quietly creeping ever higher on import, the satisfying if unstartling jiggly thudder with soulful Evan surrounded by busily chorusing chix is now 111bpm on UK 12in (110bpm inst/110½bpm dub).

GABY LANG: ‘1-2-3 O’Clock’ (Excaliber EXCL 537)
Another “tick-tock” number, this Dutch originated gentle scratch introed then deceptively bland 111bpm 12in swayer suddenly toughens up through a throbbing rap to end with ever more mesmeric “tick-tock” chix, the differently structured 110½bpm instrumental flip being equally strong. Hear it 1-2-3 times!

ALISHA: ‘All Night Passion’ (US Vanguard SPV 72)
Shannon inspired 117½bpm 12in blend of flurrying electro beats and passionless “disco” squawking, not as good as Shannon or Xena but obviously useful for mixers (differently textured dub/bonus beats).

TWO SISTERS: ‘B-Boys Beware’ (Streetwave X KHAN 502)
Laughably described as a 12in EP, this is the hip hop duo’s entire US LP masquerading in a 12in sleeve (sadly minus their dangerous photo)! Hottest cuts are this 113 2/3bpm one-time single and its 113 1/3bpm ‘B-Boys B-Dubbed‘, and especially the Man Parrish co-produced 116 1/3bpm ‘High Noon (Remix)‘ which synchs sensationally out of Break Machine, others being the 119bpm ‘Hot Hot Sound’, 123bpm ‘Scratch This’, 115bpm ‘Pop Lock This Rock’, Hi-NRG 0-130bpm ‘Destiny’.

ALEX & THE CITY CREW: ‘Say What, Say Who’ (Dutch Megadisc 128318)
Say which exact Continental city are the crew from? Competent enough to be from the South Bronx, if nothing different, the youngsters’ 115bpm 12in hip hop rapper is flipped by 14 short snippets of various effects “specially cut and ready to scratch”.

JOHN ROCCA: ‘I Want It To Be Real’ (Beggars Banquet BEG 105T)
Freeez’s unconvincing singer goes totally Minnie Mouse on an Arthur Baker-mixed tiresome 122bpm 12in funk-less overkill of their previous tricks, flipped by its more bearable instrumental and the sound FX-introed properly hip hop 119bpm ‘Englishman In New York‘ scratcher.

THE MALEMEN : ‘Baby Doll’ (LP ‘Express Male’ US Mercury 422-814983-1)
Five soulful girl watchers (in case you expected different?) sounding strongest on this gently jiggling 94½bpm jogger, their Atlanta-recorded debut set’s best dancers being the Deele-type punchy 121bpm ‘Shakedown‘ (with “police bust” dialogue) and funkily jittering 109½bpm ‘Take You Out‘, plus there’s the 0-82bpm ‘The Love We’ll Share’, 37½bpm ‘Over The Rainbow’, 113bpm ‘Party Time’, 121 bpm ‘Hard On It’, 121bpm ‘Squeeze Play’.

WAS (NOT WAS): ‘(Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks’ (Ze/ Geffen TA 4178)
Tricky to explain, the 12in A-side remix of their current LP’s remake of an old track is a marathon 100¼bpm Smokey Robinson-sings ‘Spanish Harlem’ to a ‘Sexual Healing’ beat type of idea, the flip’s ‘Predominantly Funk Version‘ being a meandering mix of the very different 118bpm original (I think).

MILLIE JACKSON: ‘I Feel Like Walking In The Rain’ (Sire W 9348)
Thunder introed pleasant peaceful 43/86bpm 7in slowie, serviced to DJs by WEA.

BOBBY WOMACK & PATTI LaBELLE: ‘Love Has Finally Come At Last’ (US Beverly Glen Music BG 2012)
Patti’s piercing tones add edge to Bobby’s more thickly textured histrionics on a gentle then tense c.72bpm 7in swayer.

MAVIS STAPLES: ‘Love Gone Bad’ (US PhonoRecords CP-1051)
Although the Staples are now on Larc, Mavis solos independently with a sultry slow soulful c.98bpm 7in swayer, bronchially emoted as ever.

ROZ RYAN: ‘Boy Where Have You Been’ (US Mirage 0-96969)
Butch Ingram-produced old fashioned c.121bpm 12in hop, skip and shuffle with bumbling bass and twiddles behind the strident chick (inst ‘club mix’/slow flip).

LAID BACK: ‘White Horse’ (Creole CRT 63)
With male vocals and overall feel harking back to Eurodisco’s 1977 Boney M era, this sparsely simple looping 12in loper was once flip to the Continental smash ‘Sunshine Reggae’ but now in its own right has topped the US Dance chart, hence its reissue here in 123bpm US Megamix and blander 123½bpm UK Remix.

SCOOTER: ‘Minute By Minute’ (Streetwave MKHAN 6)
Dutch originated dreadfully disjointed 0-112-0bpm 12in electro based but phonetically sung non-hip hop jolter, forever stopping, starting, and clonking off down rhythm dissipating side alleys (edit/remix flip).


Hi-NRG

CAROL JIANI: ‘Touch And Go Lover’ (Streetwave MKHAN 7)
Stealing a march on import copies by here being in both a punchier 145-146-145bpm Shep Pettibone and (presumably original) 146bpm Michel Simard mix, this urgent galloper also includes her older jaunty 130(intro)-128bpm ‘Love Now Play Later‘ on 3-track 12in.

THE WEATHER GIRLS: ‘It’s Raining Men/I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’ (CBS TA 2924)
Yet again the large frantically hollering ladies return with a phasing remix that now segues into its less distinguished follow-up for a 140-145bpm 12in medley (‘Raining’ inst flip).

ASTAIRE: ‘Love Trap’ (Passion PASH 1219)
Ian Anthony Stevens-remixed chick-sung 0-138bpm 12in speeder (inst flip) from the Malibu World Disco Dancing soundtrack — and regular readers will know my low opinion of that.

KING CRIMSON: ‘Sleepless’ (EG EGOX 15)
Interesting densely throbbing episodic 133-132½-133bpm 12in vocal and rhythm workout, rather Visage ‘Der Amboss/Night Train’-ish (inst/edit flip).

IRENA CARA: ‘The Dream’ (Epic TA 4100)
Giorgio Moroder-produced totally predictable slow then frantic 36/72-144-143bpm 12in rock-disco flier with lotsa fuzz guitar.

THE ACADEMY: ‘On The Beach’ ACADT 1)
London lads, obviously New Order fans, spoiling a good 133bpm 12in backing track with posturing pop vocals, produced by John (Re-Flex) Punter.

ABLE RAM: ‘Disco In Moscow’ (PRT 12P 287)
Guys-sung 0-136bpm 12in pop galloper, hidden as flip of ‘Hope We Make It‘, worth checking.


DISCO TOP 85 – FEBRUARY 25, 1984

01 20 LET THE MUSIC PLAY/REMIX/DUB, Shannon, Club 12in
02 01 HOLIDAY, Madonna, Sire 12in
03 09 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME, Rockwell, Motown 12in
04 05 STREET DANCE/INSTRUMENTAL, Break Machine, Record Shack 12in
05 04 SHARE THE NIGHT, World Premiere, Epic 12in
06 03 SPICE OF LIFE, Manhattan Transfer, Atlantic 12in
07 13 BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA), Julia And Company, London 12in
08 02 DON’T KNOCK IT (UNTIL YOU TRY IT/PRIVATE PARTY (REMIXES), Bobby Nunn, Motown 12in
09 08 JOYS OF LIFE (REMIX), David Joseph, Island 12in
10 11 LOVIN’ YOU, Status IV, Design Communications 12in
11 29 ON THE FLOOR (ROCK-IT), Tony Cook & The Party People, Half Moon 12in
12 22 TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
13 16 LOLLIPOP LUV, Bryan Loren, Virgin 12in
14 07 ANOTHER MAN/RAP, Barbara Mason, Streetwave 12in
15 19 HI, HOW YA DOIN’?/I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU/HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE/ TRIBECA/G FORCE/DO ME RIGHT, Kenny G, US Arista LP
16 58 HEY! DJ/INSTRUMENTAL, World’s Famous Supreme Team, Charisma 12in
17 10 I WANTED YOUR LOVE/FOR THE SWEETNESS OF YOUR LOVE, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
18 21 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER/I THOUGHT I COULD HANDLE IT, Dennis Edwards, US Gordy LP
19 32 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU/LOVE WARS/T.K.O., Womack & Womack, European Elektra LP/12in promo
20 12 MAGIC, Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
21 06 WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME/MELLOW AS A CELLO/HUMP TO THE BUMP/YOUNG AND READY/MONEY ON IT, Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame, Atlantic LP
22 33 SECRET LOVE, Evan Rogers, RCA 12in
23 14 FRESH (SCRATCH MIX)/FRESH, Tyrone Brunson, US BID 12in
24 15 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
25 26 LET ME SHOW YOU, Larry Wu, US Atlantic 12in
26 23 YAH MO B THERE, James Ingram/Michael McDonald, Qwest 12in
27 38 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, US Elektra 12in
28 17 SERIOUS, Billy Griffin, CBS 12in
29 27 STAY ON IN THE GROOVE, Rodney Franklin, US Columbia LP
30 41 WHAT ABOUT MY LOVE?, Damaris, US Columbia 12in
31 31 A NIGHT IN NEW YORK, Elbow Bones & The Racketeers, EMI America 12in
32 30 THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Dayton, Capitol 12in
33 34 (I’M JUST A) SUCKER FOR A PRETTY FACE, West Phillips, Canadian Quality 12in
34 25 SO DIFFERENT, Kinky Foxx, Sound Of New York 12in
35 18 AL-NAAFIYSH (THE SOUL), Hashim, Streetwave 12in
36 54 RENEGADES OF FUNK/RENEGADES CHANT/INSTRUMENTAL, Afrika Sambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, Tommy Boy 12in
37 35 TAXI/WHERE IS LOVE, J. Blackfoot, US Sound Town 7in/LP
38 42 BABY DOLL (REMIX), Girls Can’t Help It, Virgin 12in
39 39 YOU’RE A WINNER/ACTIVATE, Sharon Redd, Prelude 12in
40 51 RELAX (US REMIX)/(SEX MIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
41 52 OUT OF SIGHT, Lefturno, US Ascot 12in
42 59 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
43 49 STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART (REMIX), Fat Larry’s Band, Virgin 12in
44 — FO-FI-FO/FOR THE FUN OF IT/IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE/IT’S TIME FOR LOVE, Pieces Of A Dream, European Elektra LP/12in promo
45 34 DIN DAA DAA (TROMMELTANZ), George Kranz, Fourth & Broadway 12in
46 44 BELIEVER/YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL/YOU GOT SOME LOVE FOR ME, Chic, US Atlantic LP
47 45 EBONY EYES, Rick James & Friend, Gordy 12in
48 43 FILL MY CUP/DUB, L.C.G.C., Island 12in
49 — LOVE WILL FIND A WAY/CAN’T SLOW DOWN/STUCK ON YOU/PENNY LOVER/HELLO, Lionel Richie, Motown LP
50 48 LAGOS JUMP, Third World, CBS 12in
51 63 MAGIC, Carl Anderson, US Epic 12in
52 — THRILLER (INSTRUMENTAL), Michael Jackson, US Epic 12in
53 — THE SOUND OF MUSIC (X-TENDED US REMIX), Dayton, Capitol 12in promo
54 60 PLAY THAT BEAT MR. DJ (MASTER MIX), Double Dee & Steinski, Aircheck cassette
55 — (RETURN TO THE VALLEY OF) OUT COME THE FREAKS (EXTENDED REMIX), Was (Not Was), Ze/Geffen 12in
56 62 SOMEHOW SOMEWAY (VOCAL), Visual, US Prelude 12in
57 — GIVE ME TONIGHT/DUB VERSION, Shannon, US Emergency 12in
58 — FEEL LIKE WALKING IN THE RAIN, Millie Jackson, Sire 7in
59 46 DOGGIE BOOGIE BABY, Charles Earland, US Strut 12in
60 50 WISH YOU WERE HERE, First Light, London/Oval 12in
61 80 IT’S ALRIGHT, NV, Sire 12in
62 — DEJA VU, AB’S, Japanese Moon LP
63 24 DEEP COVE VIEW/FUNKY TAMBORIM, Tania Maria, US Concord Jazz Picante LP
64 40 OUT TO GET YOU, Fascination, Banana 12in
65 — BACK AT YA (INSTRUMENTAL), Kerr, US Tra San 12in
66 — DANCE TO THE BEAT, T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in white label
67 55 RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT (REMIX), Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
68 56 ELECTRIC BOOGIE (REMIX), Marcia Griffiths, Island 12in
69 57 NEVER TOO LATE, Julius Brown, US West End 12in
70 79 PLANE LOVE (REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
71 64 JOYSTICK, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
72 53 JOANNA/TONIGHT/YOU CAN DO IT, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
73 47 KING OF THE BEAT, Pumpkin, US Profile 12in
74 — YOU AIN’T GOT NO MONEY, Jaime Lynn, US Salsoul 12in
75 — TENDER TOUCH, Cargo, Korova 12in
76 69 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
77 — WORK THAT BODY, Keith & Darrell, Motown 12in
78 73 S&M (SEXY MUSIC) RATED X, De De, US Clockwork 12in
79 83 HOT FOR ROCKING, West End, Sound Out 12in
80 75 MOVE IT, Dave Roach, Coda 12in
81 — LOVE TEMPO (REMIX), Quando Quango, Factory 12in
82 — THIS LOVE IS FOR REAL, Ron Banks, US CBS Associated Records LP
83 — DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVIN’, Michael Baker, US JDC 12in
84 — BODY TALK/WORKING (9 TO 5)/STREET BEAT, The Deele, European Solar LP
85 76 BOY WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, Roz Ryan, US Mirage 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 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 08 LIFE IS THE REASON, Norma, ERC 12in
04 04 EVERGREEN / JEALOUS LOVE, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
05 03 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BMC 12in/US Hot Tracks LP
06 06 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Koffi & The Love Tones, Electricity 12in
07 19 SOUND OF MY HEART, Sleeping Lions, CBS 12in
08 05 IT’S TOO LATE, Simone, KRP 12in
09 07 YOU’RE A WINNER, Sharon Redd, Prelude 12in
10 16 RELAX (US REMIX) / (SEX MIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
11 23 LOVE TRAP (REMIX), Astaire, Passion 12in
12 17 IN ORBIT, Yvonne Gidden, Electricity 12in
13 15 DIDN’T SAY A WORD (MEGAMIX), Shirley Lewis, Electricity 12in
14 — COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamela Stanley, US TSR 12in
15 10 DANGER, Flirts, Canadian Unidisc 12in
16 14 THE MAN’S SO REAL, Mimi, Challenge 12in
17 12 I AM WHAT I AM, Gloria Gaynor, Chrysalis 12in
18 24 BRING ON THE MEN, Wow, US MEM 12in
19 09 WHERE IS MY MAN, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
20 30 JUMP, Pointer Sisters, US Planet LP
21 21 LET THE MUSIC PLAY / REMIX / DUB Shannon, Club 12in
22 30 STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT, Baumann, Arista 12in
23 26 I’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY, Zena Dejonay, US TVI 12in
24 30 GOT A DATE (REMIX), Dionne Warwick, Arista 12in
25 — DESIRE, Paul Parker, Passion 12in promo
26 — REPUTATION / I PRETEND, Bobby “O”, Dutch BMC LP
27 18 EVERLASTING LOVE, Vicki Sue Robinson, US Profile 12in
28 — I’VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME, Yvonne K, Italian X-Energy 12in
29 11 MANPOWER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
30 20 SWEET TEMPTATION, Gem, US Street King 12in


 

BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Bobby Womack & Patti LaBelle: ‘Love Has Finally Come At Last’ (US Beverly Glen Music 7in)
Malemen: ‘Baby Doll’ / ‘Take You Out’ (US Mercury LP)
Laid Back: ‘White Horse’ (Creole 12in)
Duces Wild: ‘Gimmick’ (US Next Plateau 12in)
Art Of Noise: ‘Beat Box’ (ZTT 12in)
Paula Moore: ‘Valpariso’ (Canadian Unidisc 12in)
Stacye Branche: ‘Precious And Special’ (US BouVier 12in)
Collage: ‘Get In Touch With Me’ (US Solar 12in)
Davy DMX: ‘One For The Treble (Fresh)’ (US Tuff City 12in)
Thomas Dolby: ‘Hyperactive!’ (Parlophone Odeon 12in)

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

Lama: ‘Love On The Rocks (Re-remix)’ (Carrere 12in promo)
Norma Lewis: ‘For All We Know’ (ERC 12in promo)
Tina Fabrique: ‘Alive With Love’ (US Prism 12in promo)
David Christie: ‘Stress’ (Carrere 12in promo)
Lime: ‘Re-Lime-D (Medley)’ (Dutch Polydor 12in)
Brando: ‘Rainy Day’ (Italian Memory 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):

Style Council 136-138f, Howard Jones 22½/45-0r, Billy Joel 52/104-55/110/0r, Dire Straits (10in/12in only) ‘Solid Rock’ appl-70/140-139-0-applause f/’Love Over Gold’ appl-50-49-47-0-appl f, James Ingram 116½-117f, Hazell Dean 130f, David Joseph 96f, Mel Brooks 106f, Fashion 127r, Gerrard Kenny 20½/41-41/82-41-0r, Miquel Brown 0-129f, Boomtown Rats 136r, Fraggles 113-0c.


NIGHTCLUB THE POPJOX’ CHOICE

01 01 RELAX, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT
02 02 HOLIDAY, Madonna, Sire
03 05 BREAK MY STRIDE, Matthew Wilder, Epic
04 22 STREET DANCE, Break Machine, Record Shack
05 17 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME, Rockwell, Motown
06 06 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, Cyndi Lauper, Portrait
07 14 RADIO GA GA, Queen, EMI
08 08 LET THE MUSIC PLAY, Shannon, Club
09 10 SPICE OF LIFE, Manhattan Transfer, Atlantic
10 04 RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT, Lionel Richie, Motown
11 03 STRAIGHT AHEAD, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
12 09 I AM WHAT I AM, Gloria Gaynor, Chrysalis
13 07 THRILLER, Michael Jackson, Epic
14 12 A NIGHT IN NEW YORK, Elbow Bones, EMI America
15 11 SHARE THE NIGHT, World Premiere, Epic
16 29 JOANNA, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite
17 16 YOU’RE A WINNER, Sharon Redd, Prelude
18 28 DON’T KNOCK IT, Bobby Nunn, Motown
19 21 DIN DAA DAA, George Kranz, Fourth & Broadway
20 — THE POLITICS OF DANCING, Re-Flex, EMI
21 — EVERGREEN / JEALOUS LOVE, Hazell Dean, Proto
22 30 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster & Melle Mel Sugarhill
23 13 WHERE IS MY MAN, Eartha Kitt Record Shack
24 18 BLUE MONDAY, New Order, Factory
25 26 EBONY EYES, Rick James & Friend, Gordy
26 27 HYPERACTIVE!, Thomas Dolby, Parlophone Odeon
27 19 HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN, Eurythmics, RCA
28 15 WE ALL ARE ONE, Jimmy Cliff, CBS
29 — DOCTOR DOCTOR, Thompson Twins, Arista
30 — WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE, The Smiths, Rough Trade


MIXMASTER

ANOTHER SATURDAY night (last week) at Mayfair’s Gullivers, another mixed sequence that flows so smoothly it deserves to be shared. Starting through the outro guffaws of Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ instrumental, it goes AB’S ‘Deja Vu’/World’s Famous Supreme Team (vocal/inst)/Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’ (inst)/Grand Groove Bunch ‘Catch The Groove’/Pumpkin/Duces Wild (megamixing bursts from Art Of Noise ‘Beat Box’)/Jeffrey Osborne ‘Plane Love’/Cheryl Lynn/Kerr (inst)/Ray Parker Jr ‘For Those Who Like To Groove’/Dayton (remix)/Larry Wu/Madonna/Shannon ‘Music Play (Dub)’/Alisha/Shannon ‘Give Me Tonight (Dub)/’Soul Sonic Force ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’/Hashim/Freestyle ‘Freestyle Express’ (inst)/(chop) Newcleus ‘Wikki Wikki’ (7in remix)/Sine ‘Rotation’/Herbie Hancock ‘Rockit’.

Apart from a straight segue out of AB’s and the Newcleus chop, all are vari-synched running mixes, with from Shannon onwards using very short segments only.

2 thoughts on “February 25, 1984: Julia & Company, AB’s, Duces Wild, T.C. Curtis, Shannon”

  1. I am still reeling from shock at finding King Crimson in the Hi-NRG section (albeit remixed by Francois Kevorkian), and I had to check Discogs to see whether “Minute By Minute” was an early work by that Scooter (it isn’t!).

    James remains decidedly lukewarm about the music that eventually became known as “freestyle” – Shannon’s “Let The Music Play” and “Give Me Tonight” absolutely defined early 1984 for me, and I danced to one or the other, or both, every weekend for months. Alisha’s “All Night Passion” was another huge favourite, and I was even fond of the John Rocca track, which went on to top the Billboard dance charts.

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  2. I think that Alex & The City Crew b-side was the first record made especially for scratching. Definitely the first European one where a full side was dedicated to sound fx for scratching. They were from Holland I believe.

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