ODDS ‘N’ BODS
SUDDENLY SPRING has sprung, and more to the point Easter deadlines loom — please send charts ‘n into NOW, before the weekend if possible! . . . Polydor’s Pete Tong makes the sending of charts to Record Mirror a qualifying requirement of his DJ mailing list (he must have a small list!): for him or any other label I’m always happy to supply corroboration about DJs who say they send charts when they don’t . . . Dean Cavedaschi (Wallington), unsure of what was wanted, listed “the disco records that are making my audiences move” — a perfect definition, ideally a Top 20 or more, sent regularly to arrive normally by Wednesday addressed to James Hamilton, Record Mirror, 40 Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT (please don’t divide your charts into “disco” and “pop” or whatever unless each section relates to totally different gigs) . . . Showstoppers soul weekender at Caister sounds like a good ‘un with all the jocks working so hard individually that there was little collusion over what was played, though biggies appear to have been the anticipated Detroit Spinners, Change, Jocelyn Brown, Matt Bianco, Don Wilkerson ‘Dem Tambourines‘ (Blue Note), Huey Piano Smith ‘Don’t You Just Know It‘ (Kent), other individual successes including Terry Callier ‘Ordinary Joe‘ (Elektra), Sivuca ‘Ain’t No Sunshine‘ (Brazilian obscurity), Natalie Cole ‘Lovers‘ (Capitol), but the big one-off finale blinder was a customised Caister video by Terri Wells of her imminent revival of ‘I’ll Be Around’! . . . Chris Brown (Camberley Frenchies/Ascot Belvedere) protests that his live Tom Jones ‘It’s Not Unusual/Land Of A 1000 Dances‘ is purely a fun record very popular in silly sessions, and he’s always first to campaign against the over-use of oldies as otherwise the scene will become like Northern Soul . . . Jeffrey Osborne’s Dominion support will now be local girl Julie Roberts, but if work permits allow it could be Ingram at Hammersmith Odeon (Barbara Mason can’t make it) . . . Julia & Co’s remix is now flip of the original, in selected specialist shops only . . . Streetwave’s £2.99 price tag on the AB’S classifies their 12in as an LP, so it’ll never hit the singles chart despite big sales — seems silly? . . . Tia Monae has now resurfaced on Carrere (CART 320) with the Dub Mix/Club Mix/Club Mix Instrumental (all 0-117bpm), but still no Dub Mix Instrumental! . . . Kool’s newie is 105½bpm . . . PRT on promo-only 12in edited together J. Blackfoot and Anne LeSear into a 66½-70-67bpm ‘Maxi-Taxi Cab Mix‘ to complete the saga (Anne’s 7in is out here next week) . . . Jive Afrika’s first promo from Hugh Masekela, ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby‘, is a monotonously driving jiggly 120½bpm semi-instrumental with ‘Roots’-y chanting and surprise rap climax, due soon, as is EMI’s home grown Jaki Graham ‘What’s The Name Of Your Game‘, a stark 104½bpm example of the current “hot tempo” (ie ‘Ain’t Nobody’/’Plane Love’-penning Hawk Wolinski material crossed with Change/Cheryl Lynn/Gladys Knight/SOS Band-producing Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam Harris — and guess what, Wolinski/Lewis/Harris have combined to produce Thelma Houston — will that be hot or what?!) . . . I never have room for such vital info as the fact that Kleeer ‘Tonight’ vari-synched exactly runs chord for chord night through Cameo ‘She’s Strange’, or that Brass Construction’s ‘Walkin’ The Line’ title line can be repeatedly dropped into Funk Deluxe ‘This Time’, or that Jocelyn Brown chops sensationally (right after the intro) out of the worth investigating Jo Jo ‘Jackson Rd‘, or that Collage/Dells/Dennis Edwards vari-synch into a beautiful smooth sequence . . . Nicky Holloway needs an enthusiastic MoR pop-soul jock midweek at Bermondsey’s Swan & Sugarloaf on 01-237 1862 . . . Brussels-based Station Independente Satellite 101.65FM has started an English service 7pm-3am and invites interested DJs to send demo tapes/CV details to Kevin Gover, Rue Vilain XIIII 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium . . . London’s entire population if they didn’t before must now know what Marvin Gaye sounded like . . . I forgot, that Brooklyn Fox show in ’64 also starred the Shangri-La’s amongst others! . . . Toni Smith is one helluva woman and did a great really horny PA at Mayfair’s Gullivers while recently in London — she’ll be back for fuller promotion soon . . . Top Of The Pops being off the screens last week could just result in soul hits moving up the chart in usual fashion, but it deprived us of a Chaka Khan video specially filmed at Stringfellows —where resident DJ Peter Anthony tells me Jeffrey Daniel has been wearing that old sailor suit again! . . . Kevin Antony Roberts is currently in the studio cutting two new Hi-NRG singles which are specially NOT at 129bpm! . . . Miquel Brown’s heart pacemaker is actually set at an ultra Lo-NRG 40bpm, and she’s battling to get Ian Geoffrey Levine to produce her down at around 120bpm for a change! . . . Disco Mix Club’s current mixes are a second bash at Shalamar and more Floorfillers by Alan Coulthard, who had a new toy for his birthday and it shows — Tony & Christine Prince gave him a digital delay unit! — while Sanny Xenokattas who staggered everyone with the same device at the Hippodrome convention has that event’s same sequence (though a different take) included, which loses out by being canned rather than vibrantly “live” . . . Alan Coulthard’s 7in edit of the Crusaders ‘MegaStreet’ is even punchier and more to the point than the 12in, being just ‘Street Life/Many Stops/Inherit The Wind/Dead End’ . . . Island sent DJs a pair of Malcolm X slipmats bearing the legend “we send the sounds … you cut the beat!” . . . Pete Richards & Big Phil Etgart’s “Western” night this Thursday (12) at Greenford Barbarellas has a mechanical bucking bronco . . . Slave extended their tour and now wind up at Frating Tartan House near Colchester on Friday (13), which’ll upset Essex Radio soul DJ Dave Gregory just along the road at Copford’s Windmill, while Chris Hill makes his debut at Peckham’s award-winning Kisses . . . Saturday (14) Kev Hill has a Caister reunion at Harlow Whispers, while at Mayfair’s Titanic (in Lansdowne Row just south of Berkely Square) the weekly scratching ‘n rapping hip hop challenge is between The Language Lab (Nick Jones, Danny, Mix In Machine, Jive Junior & Man Friday) versus The Island All Stars (Adrian Sykes, Julian Palmer, Papa Levi and more) — get down! . . . Cameo are top US Black single — their video always makes me think it should be of the Gap Band somehow . . . Michael Jackson’s success is certainly helping other uptempo black hits into the US pop chart, but with ‘Beat It’ he’s done a dis-service too as now seemingly every black album is lumbered with a horrid fast rock-disco clone . . . STAY FRESH!
THE EMOTIONS: ‘You’re The Best’ (LP ‘Sincerely’ US Red Label RLLP-001 -1)
Generally downtempo set only really sparked for dancers by their now extended current 7in, a swaying 105bpm “hot tempo” jogger quite blatantly inspired by ‘Ain’t Nobody’ but less vocally biting (so better mixed out of Jocelyn Brown rather than Chaka Khan to give it more contrast). Useful, though expansive like this!
KENNY G: ‘Hi, How Ya Doin? (Gravity Mix)’ (Arista ARIST 12-561)
So well established on LP already that it’s sure now to be a text book crossover hit, this brightly remixed 113bpm swaying electro lurcher has a dangerously catchy “hi, how ya doin’, hey, what’s happenin’ baby?” hookline that’s burrowed into every soul fan’s brain and should make it an equally deadly pop monster. Gullivers Graham Gold does a dynamite doubling-up megamix using the 7in instrumental flip repeatedly echoing the intro acappella hookline, switching and swapping between versions back and forth . . . oddly though the 12in flip’s labelled instrumental is in fact the original LP vocal, with the similarly pleasant jazzier 107bpm ‘Tribeca‘.
REAL TO REEL: ‘Love Me Like This’ (Arista ARIST 12565)
Busy producer Leon F Sylvers III gives the brothers — Leslie, Matthew, Dominic and Peter — a terrific slinkily jogging chunky 105bpm soul wailer with excellent vocal interplay and great chatter bits, rightly huge on import. Get it!
GEORGE HOWARD: ‘Steppin’ Out’ LP (US TBA Records TB 201-N)
An immediate monster in London last weekend, the DMX drum machine (and Ndugu Chancler) driven soprano saxist squeals ‘n toots through chatter ‘n chants on the dead simple and so effective 107½bpm title track groove, getting mellower for the also 107½bpm ‘Philly Talk‘ and lyrically jazzy drifting 109/54½bpm ‘Dream Ride‘, the juddering 113½bpm ‘Dr Rock‘ being over-electro — something which intrudes into several straight jazz slowies too. However, the floor fillers really work!
THE KANE GANG: ‘Small Town Creed’ (Kitchenware SKX 11, via Phonogram)
Tynesiders with an excellent excitingly infectious 114½bpm white boys funker borrowing a lead-swapping chant style from Sly & The Family Stone (black-compatible inst flip), the main amazement being the bass line which is exactly the same as the Detroit Spinners ‘Right Or Wrong‘ (Marvin’s ‘Grapevine’ is great out of it!), although at the Hippodrome they run it through ‘Relax’. Massive!
BOBBY KING: ‘Close To Me’ (LP ‘Love In The Fire’ US Motown 608—ML)
Hold it! Don’t buy the single! This set despite duff moments is largely dynamite! Trying to choose the most soulful song is tricky when, classily backed by Toto-type session stars, it’s got this dreamily jogging 83¼bpm duet with Alfie Silas, the stunning Ernie Watts saxed smoochy 64-0bpm ‘Sweet Love‘ and beautifully flowing gently loping 115-116bpm ‘Fall In Love‘ (UK flip to the 0-109bpm ‘Lovequake‘), jolting and wailing 94bpm ‘Ain’t Never Met A Woman Like You‘, all perfection. Less so are the 125bpm ‘Midnight Shine’, 136¼bpm ‘Show Me Your Magic’, 139½bpm title track, for which ‘Beat It’ is to blame.
THE RONNIE McNEIR EXPERIENCE: ‘Come Be With Me’ (Capitol 12CL 329)
Big on import as a US “mini-LP” although now here as a cheaper 4-track 12in, this Rene & Angela-penned classy rolling 104½bpm soul jogger is full of jiggly undertow and sinuous singing, the punchily bumping 108bpm ‘Light My Fire‘ (new song), sombrely jolting 101½bpm ‘Keep Giving Me Love‘ and lovely deep slow 41bpm ‘Is This What Happens To A Love?‘ adding to the value.
THE CHI-LITES. ‘I Keep Comin’ Back To You’ (LP ‘Steppin’ Out’ US Private I Records BFZ 39316)
Eugene Record seems overawed and dominated by the electronic drums which as producer he’s obviously yet to master, though in fine voice he hits soul paydirt with this lovely gently tripping lush 107½bpm swayer, the tougher though similar 107bpm ‘Gimme Whatcha Got‘, and ‘Coldest Day’-recalling smoochy 70½bpm ‘Let Today Come Back Tomorrow‘, 0-61bpm ‘Little Girl‘, 93½bpm ‘Runnin’ Around‘ (all in classic old vocal style), the cleanly trotting 120½bpm ‘Do What You Want‘ and 123bpm ‘Hey Girl (I Love The Way You Dance)‘ falling short of the romping 121bpm ‘Stop What You’re Doin‘ hit. A grower.
MATT BIANCO: ‘Matt’s Mood’ (WEA YZ3 T)
Unlikely B-side source for a very cool classy self-composed (0-)105bpm throbbing jazz instrumental with constantly chinking Latin percussion pushing baritone sax, piano and organ solos in hip ’60s style, selling like hot cakes and a wow at Caister!
THE JONES GIRLS: ‘Keep It Comin’ (US Philadelphia International FZ 38555)
Presumably all pre-RCA and so truly typical Jones Girls, the most viable dancers are actually just the Keni Burke-prod/penned squeakily flowing 122½-120½-121½-122bpm ‘You Can’t Have My Love‘, ‘Won’t Let You Take It Back‘, 114bpm ‘Better Things To Do‘, Leon Huff’s topically titled 0-116-115bpm ‘(You Got The) Right Stuff‘ and more for listening. Fans will dig.
SLAVE: ‘Just A Touch Of Love’ (Atlantic B 6955T)
Steve Arrington’s slippery rhythm drives this classic five years old rolling 110-108-107½-109-109½-107½bpm churner flipped by a Froggy-mixed volume surging 116-117-118-116-115bpm medley of ‘Steppin’ Out’ and ‘Wait For Me’, coinciding with the new Arrington-less group’s UK tour, as does a predictable ‘The Best Of . . . ‘ LP (Cotillion 790157-1).
TIMMY THOMAS: ‘Gotta Give A Little Love (Ten Years After)’ (US Gold Mountain GG-81203)
His best in ages, the early pioneer of synthetic rhythms sets one up in typical style (coincidentally perfect between Marvin’s ‘Got To Give It Up’ and Hugh Masekela) for an easily imagined if faster 120bpm continuation of his original idea of eleven long years ago (harder 120½bpm inst dub flip).
THE EARONS: ‘Land Of Hunger’ (US Island 0-96958)
Rather good extremely ‘Roots’-y percussion building afro/carib-accented (Richie/Monyaka influenced?) 111bpm protest song accumulating power the longer it’s on (dub/edit flip). The texture is more Odyssey than Dozier.
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘One Love/People Get Ready’ (Island 12IS 169)
Subliminally reminiscent of ‘Here Comes The Bride’, which won’t hurt, Bob’s loosely chugging song weaves through quotes from the Impressions’ oldie in a newly extended 77-78-78½-78-78½bpm remix, crossover reggae stylee.
LOOSE ENDS: ‘Dial 999’ (LP ‘A Little Spice’ Virgin V2301)
Trendy poser music, all form and no substance, totally passionless and painstakingly correct, produced in Philadelphia by Nick Martinelli so that this (soon on single) is an 123bpm MFSB ‘Mysteries Of The World’ remake with cool vocals and effects, the temperature never rising above frigid through the lush 0-83bpm ‘Feels So Right Now‘, 44½/89bpm ‘Music Takes Me Higher‘, Latin flute 90bpm title track samba, jazzily jogging 105bpm ‘Choose Me’, Kashif-ish 110½bpm ‘So Much Love’, jaggedly electro 120bpm ‘Let’s Rock’. You may like it, many do (look at Sade!) — I prefer soul that sweats.
ONE WAY: ‘Mr Groove’ (LP ‘Lady’ US MCA MCA-5470)
Disappointingly lacking in character after past classics, this Zapp-like vocodered cool 112bpm ‘Dance Floor’-type groove and the bounding 120bpm ‘Dynomite‘ jolter are better dancers than the 121bpm ‘Smile‘, 0-130bpm ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love‘, downtempo side one having a jogging 105bpm ‘I’ll Make It Up To You’ but really sparkling with the real slowies, their current soul hit 45½/91bpm ‘Lady You Are’, crawling 41/20½bpm ‘If Only You Knew’, deep wailing 67bpm ‘Don’t Stop’ — but they’re better for radio/listening.
PATRICK ADAMS: ‘Michael’s Medley’ (US Mirage 0-96954)
No guessing whose tunes, past and present, get interestingly woven into an 123bpm instrumental medley! Slightly empty sounding and basic but effective enough, especially the early Jackson 5 material, the original spirit of which is emphasised on the far freakier very differently structured 0-123bpm dub mix flip which has more actual power. Pop jox should investigate.
SHALAMAR: ‘Dancing In The Sheets’ (CBS TA 4171)
Jellybean-mixed/Bill Wolfer-prod/Howard Hewett-sung jerkily driving here 122bpm catchy rhythm knocker in slowed down rock-disco Prince-ish style (inst flip), from the ‘Footloose’ flick and far better than its ‘DC Cab’ rival.
MADONNA: ‘Lucky Star (US Remix)’ (Sire W9522TV)
Jellybean remixed (unlike the original) brighter more teasingly structured version of her still 117bpm follow-up hit, though the song’s not a patch on ‘Holiday’ despite its chart performance.
“LEDERNACKEN” AND BAND: ‘Amok!’ (Strike-Back SBR2T)
Love Affair’s Mo Bacon snapped up UK rights to this George Kranz-inspired Germanic lunacy from Hamburg, hitting Stateside but hard to find on import, gibberish grunted, shouted and chanted white boys funk over a chugging electronic backbeat (131-130bpm edit/127-126bpm extended version), good fun and amusingly packaged in a printed cardboard envelope/DIY sleeve.
INGRAM: ‘With You’ (LP ‘Night Stalkers’ US Mirage 90150-1)
Extremely disappointing dated set from the family group, devoid of last year’s jazzy soul or current street beat, most soulful though hardly gripping being this tugging 110-111bpm swayer while the hard driving 125-126-125bpm ‘When You’re Hot You’re Hot‘ with wailing police sirens has an old fashioned vocal group groove better than the similar (0-)121bpm ‘Hot Body‘, tripping 118¼bpm ‘I Like It‘, Temptations-type jerky 0-122bpm title track, while the drifting 0-81½bpm ‘Just For You’ is best of several slowies. Let’s hope they draw on old material if they do play here!
MADE IN BRASIL: ‘Babete’ (LP ‘Tudo Joia’ US PAUSA PR-7156)
White chick sung unsoulful very specialist c.101-105-107-104½-0bpm samba-type jazz.
WOMACK & WOMACK: ‘Love Wars’ (Elsktra E9799T)
Rather than their now dead LP’s recently hot ‘Baby I’m Scared Of You‘ (their new US single), here’s the family-backed husband and wife’s doubtless radio-aimed offbeat rock-tinged 121bpm chugger, flipped by the plaintive 104-106bpm ‘Good Times‘.
GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL: ‘Jesse’ (Sugarhill SHL 133)
There’s no Flash mentioned and indeed (as I always emphasised with ‘White Lines’) this is a Melle Mel project, reverting to narrative rap for a 0-109bpm political endorsement of Jesse Jackson, punctuated by calls to “vote, vote” (also on inst flip), almost an as-it-happens ‘No Sell Out’.
FRESH BAND: ‘Come Back Lover’ (US Are ‘N Be RB 003)
Their name was inevitable, but the music’s a bit mute though moderately hypnotic, a title repeating harmony chant with meandering lead fella over a monotonously tugging c.112-115bpm rumble rhythm breaking for piano, strictly specialist (dub flip).
GREG HENDERSON: ‘Never Too Late’ (US Rain Records A253)
Rome Jefferies-sung electro-backed juddering c.114bpm rumbler with stabs of searing synth but a bit lacking in sparkle and dynamics (inst flip).
JULES SHEAR: ‘When Love Surges’ (EMI America 12EADJ 169)
John Robie & Don Was (Not Was)-prod electro driven 119bpm skittering trotter with some ‘IOU’ influence behind the otherwise non-hip hop Jules’s lightweight smooth crooning (more blatantly electro 117bpm inst flip though), recently warm Stateside.
IMPERIAL BROTHERS: ‘We Dub To Scratch’ (Streetwave MKHAN 9)
Sparse 118bpm hip hop instrumental with a funny little cough cut into it, useful for mixers. ‘We Come To Dub’ being the basic beat while the ‘We Come To Rock’ plug track’s poppin’ MCs are least impressive.
MIDNIGHT STAR: ‘Feels So Good’ (Solar E 9775)
Chick-sung ‘Juicy Fruit’/’Sexual Healing’-type 92bpm slinker, only on 7in, with the smoochy guys-wailed 64/32bpm ‘Slow Jam’ for good late nite value.
JENNY BURTON: ‘Remember What You Like’ (Atlantic A 6959T)
John Roble produces the C-Bank ‘One More Shot’ girl on another similar freaky effects filled 116¼bpm electro hip hop which despite some Shannon spinoff US success did little here on import — and UK pressings now replace the alternative rapping ‘Players’ version with merely an edit flip.
BON ROCK: ‘It’s Alright’ (Recent Future/Beau-Jolly BJ 1001)
Competent if unremarkable cleanly chugging repetitive 118bpm shuffler by a chix-backed chap, who raps at the end, and on the semi-hip hop 100½bpm B-Boy flip.
CLAUDIO SIMONETTI: ‘I Love The Piano’ (Banana FRUIT 10T)
The composer of Kasso’s simple Shakatak-type instrumental with his own presumably original 115½bpm version, which has more of a chugging Al Hudson beat than the other’s ‘Billie Jean’ approach.
MAEGAN: ‘Doctor’s Orders/Couch Cough’ (Savoir Faire FAIT 007)
Sunny’s Carol Douglas covered coy “hi honey, it’s me again” oldie revived by another Yankee lady in 135bpm Hi-NRG Northern Soul style, retaining the Motown-esque bassline melody that’s still fiendishly catchy enough to hit here again.
OMD: ‘Locomotion’ (Virgin VS 660-12)
Ridiculously infectious instantly familiar 125bpm pop chugger with great walking bass pumping away, obviously smash-bound.
ZENA DEJONAY: ‘I’ve Got To Find A Way’ (Calibre CABL 121)
Tony Valor-produced 15 year old white girl (posing like Suzi Quatro!) on an old fashioned pleasant pop-aimed tuneful if tentative 121bpm bounder which can’t cut it like Madonna but has similarities (dub flip), hitting both Hi-NRG and Soul on import.
PETER BROWN: ‘They Only Come Out At Night’ (CBS TA 4334)
Jellybean-mixed cleanly striding cicada-introed 0-120½bpm electro backed loper with a ‘Grapevine’-ish bassline behind “white” vocal (inst flip), so far warm only at Heaven here though hot Stateside.
GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Strive’ (Chrysalis GAY X 1)
Particularly ugly frantic 132bpm basher (dub flip) totally ignored by the Hi-NRG boys.
DISCO TOP 85 – April 14, 1984
01 01 SHE’S STRANGE/GROOVE WITH YOU, Cameo, Club 12in
02 08 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
03 02 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
04 03 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME/DAYBREAK/A.M. (MEDLEY)/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
05 04 WHAT DO I DO? (CARNIVAL MIX)/(PINA COLADA MIX-IN-DUB), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
06 25 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, US Vinyl Dreams 12in
07 06 HI, HOW YA DOIN’? (GRAVITY MIX)/TRIBECA, Kenny G, Arista 12in
08 05 BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA), Julia& Company, London 12in
09 09 WHAT DO I DO?, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
10 11 TELL ME WHY/LOVE HAS FINALLY COME AT LAST/SURPRISE SURPRISE/TRYIN’ TO GET OVER YOU, Bobby Womack, US Beverly Glen Music LP
11 13 LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Real To Reel, Arista 12in
12 10 TAXI/WHERE IS LOVE, J. Blackfoot, Allegiance/Sound Town 12in
13 19 LOVE IS IN SEASON/RIGHT OR WRONG/TWO OF A KIND/KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, Detroit Spinners Atlantic LP
14 — SEXUAL HEALING, Marvin Gaye, CBS 12in
15 18 OUT OF SIGHT (REMIX), Lefturno, MCA 12in
16 26 BREAK/GO FOR IT/INTIMATE CONNECTION/NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL/TONIGHT/YOU DID IT AGAIN, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
17 29 DEJA VU, AB’S, Streetwave 12in
18 33 CHANGE OF HEART/YOU ARE MY MELODY, Change, US Atlantic RFC LP
19 14 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, US Elektra 12in
20 07 S.O.S., Matsubara, US D&D 12in
21 21 GIVE ME TONIGHT/DUB VERSION, Shannon, Club 12in
22 12 GET IN TOUCH WITH ME (US MIX), One Blood, Ensign 12in
23 — WHAT’S GOING ON/I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, Marvin Gaye, Motown 12in
24 28 STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’, The Chi-Lites, US Private I 12in
25 35 SOMEDAY/OUTSTANDING, Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
26 24 MEGA STREET, Crusaders, MCA 12in
27 54 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
28 15 DON’T KEEP ME WAITING/DUB MIX/DUB INSTRUMENTAL, Tia Monae, Carrere/US First Take 12in
29 68 KEEP IT COMIN’, The Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
30 32 HELLO/ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) (INSTRUMENTAL), Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
31 73 LOVEQUAKE/FALL IN LOVE, Bobby King, Motown 12in
32 — THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
33 37 FLYING HIGH, Cloud One, US Heavenly Star Record Corp 12in
34 27 DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience 12in
35 22 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
36 17 YOUR LOVE IS KING/SMOOTH OPERATOR, Sade, CBS 12in
37 34 COME BE WITH ME/LIGHT MY FIRE, The Ronnie McNeir Experience, US Capitol mini-LP
38 20 THE SOUND OF MUSIC (X-TENDED REMIX), Dayton, Capitol 12in
39 51 LUCKY STAR, Madonna, Sire 12in
40 — STEPPIN’ OUT/PHILLY TALK, George Howard, US TBA LP
41 72 STAY WITH ME TONIGHT (US CLUB MIX)/THE JEFFREY OSBORNE SOUL MIX/PLANE LOVE (UK REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
42 30 STREET DANCE/INSTRUMENTAL, Break Machine, Record Shack 12in
43 55 SATISFY ME LOVER/BREAKOUT/USE ME, Starpoint, US Elektra LP
44 44 LOVE ON, The Dells, US Private I LP
45 80 CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE, Executive, US Oh My! Records 12in
46 36 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
47 47 ANOTHER MAN IS TWICE AS NICE, Tout Sweet, Buzz International 12in
48 23 BACK AT YA/INSTRUMENTAL/CLUB MIX, Kerr, Greyhound 12in
49 69 BREAKIN’ DOWN (M&M REMIX), Julia & Company, London 12in
50 45 NO SELL OUT (REMIX), Malcolm X/Keith LeBlanc, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
51 77 JAM ON IT, Newcleus, US Sunnyview 12in
52 — BEAT BOX (DIVERSION ONE)/(TWO), Art Of Noise, ZTT 12in
53 46 P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING)/THRILLER (INSTRUMENTAL), Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
54 31 RENEGADES OF FUNK/RENEGADES CHANT, Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, Tommy Boy 12in
55 49 COTTAGE IN NEGRIL (EXTENDED REMIX), Tyrone Taylor, MCA 12in
56 39 OOH, I LIKE THE WAY IT FEELS, Toni Smith, Malaco 12in
57 53 (I’M JUST A) SUCKER FOR A PRETTY FACE, West Phillips, Trans Q/S.O.U.N.D. 12in
58 — CLOSE TO ME/SWEET LOVE/FALL IN LOVE, Bobby King, US Motown LP
59 74 SHE’S STRANGE (CLUB MIX REMIX), Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
60 84 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, Dutch Epic LP
61 61 LET ME SHOW YOU, Larry Wu, US Atlantic 12in
62 75 FUNKY BREAKDOWN/FUNKY MIXDOWN/SCRATCHY BREAKDOWN, Awesome Foursome, US Partytime 12in
63 — SMALL TOWN CREED/INSTRUMENTAL, The Kane Gang, Kitchenware 12in
64 — ALL NIGHT PASSION, Alisha, Fourth & Broadway 12in
65 — IT’S ALRIGHT/B-BOY, Bon Rock, Recent Future Beau-Jolly 12in
66 56 TURN IT AROUND (INSTRUMENTAL), Gino Soccio, US Atlantic 12in
67 52 YA MO B THERE, James Ingram/Michael McDonald, Qwest 12in
68 — DIAL 999, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
69 — DON’T GIVE ME UP, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in promo
70 06 I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU/HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE, Kenny G, Arista LP
71 — BABETE, Made In Brasil, US PAUSA LP
72 58 (RETURN TO THE VALLEY OF) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX)/ (PREDOMINANTLY FUNK VERSION), Was (Not Was), Ze/Geffen 12in
73 65 WHEN YOU’RE FAR AWAY (REMIX), Gladys Knight & The Pips, US Columbia, 12in
74 71 NEW LOVE, Rose Royce, US Montage 12in
75 64 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME, Denise LaSalle/Latimore, US Malaco LP
76 — YOU ARE THE ONE (BAMBO WANGU)/INSTRUMENTAL, ‘Om’ Alec Khaoli, US Emergency 12in
77 63 I’VE GOT TO AND A WAY, Zena Dejonay, Calibre 12in
78 76 I’M GONNA GETCHA/L.A. MIX, Family Brown, US Buzz Records 12in
79 — LUCKY STAR (US REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
80 42 HAVE YOU GOT THE TIME (DISCO MIX), The Funkmasters, Master-Funk 12in
81 81 ON & ON/DON’T MAKE ME WAIT/TIME TO WIN/KEEP IT ALIVE, Carl Anderson, US Epic LP
82 83 I LOVE THE PIANO, Kasso, Banana 12in
83 — (WHEN YOU SAY YOU LOVE SOMEBODY) IN THE HEART, Kool & The Gang, De-lite 12in
84 78 ONE FOR THE TREBLE (FRESH), Davy DMX, US Tuff City 12in
85 — MATT’S MOOD, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Phil Collins 0-29-58-0r, The Cure 0-123-0C, Shannon 119f, Julio & Willie 0-83/41½-0r, The SOS Band 103-102f, Paul Hardcastle 117-0f, Killing Joke 149-152½f, Weird Al Yankovic 0-147f, Crusaders 126f, Malcolm X 102-0r, Talk Talk 112c-0f, Dolly Parton 101-104-106f.
01 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 06 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamela Stanley, US TSR 12in
03 02 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Kofi & The Lovetones, Electricity 12in
04 05 I’M LIVING MY OWN LIFE, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in/US TVI remix
05 03 NOTHING’S WORSE THAN BEING ALONE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
06 10 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BMC 12in
07 09 EMERGENCY, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
08 11 SOMEBODY TO LOVE, Cafe Society, Passion 12in white label
09 12 THE UPSTROKE/Hi-NRG MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in white label
10 08 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER, Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
11 07 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in white label
12 04 DESIRE (HI-ENERGY MIX), Paul Parker, Technique 12in
13 16 LOVE TRAP (REMIX), Astaire, Passion 12in
14 27 AFTER THE FALL, Kathy Wilson, US BMO 12in
15 19 JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, US Hot Tracks LP
16 22 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, US Prism 12in
17 14 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
18 25 JUST ANOTHER BROKEN HEART, Dorothy Moore, US Streetking 12in
19 13 HAPPINESS, Christopher Street, ERC 12in
20 20 TIE ME DOWN, Romance, Passion 12in white label
21 28 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
22 18 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, US Promise 12in
23 15 FOR ALL WE KNOW, Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
24 23 EVERGREEN/JEALOUS LOVE, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
25 21 IN ORBIT, Yvonne Gidden, Electricity 12in
26 — THE MAN’S SO REAL (TOTALLY INTENSIFIED REMIX), Mimi, Challenge 12in
27 29 HE’S A SAINT HE’S A SINNER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
28 30 LOVE ON THE ROCKS (REMIX), Lama, Carrere 12in
29 24 LOVE FIRE, Jimmy James, ERC 12in
30=17 THE MAN’S SO REAL, Mimi, Challenge 12in
30=26 WHO’S YOUR BOYFRIEND, Eric, US MEMO 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (2) Phil Fearon, 2 (1) Julia & Co. 3 (3) Lionel Richie A/B, 4 (4) Weather Girls, 5 (14) Culture Club, 6 (27) Michael Jackson A/B, 7 (5) Break Machine, 8 (-) Rufus, 9 (17) Dennis Edwards, 10 (20) Madonna ‘LS’, 11 (-) Mel Brooks, 12 (-) Crusaders A/B, 13 (10) Shannon ‘GMT’, 14 (11) Cameo, 15 (6) Shannon ‘LTMP’, 16 (13) Bananarama, 17 (28) UB40, 18 (19) Sade, 19 (18) The Special AKA, 20 (39) Depeche Mode, 21 (23) Lefturno, 22 (12) Madonna ‘H’, 23 (-) Dead Or Alive, 24 (38) Gap Band, 25 (-) Dayton, 26 (8) Rockwell, 27 (-) Kool ‘ITH’, 28 (31) Tyrone Taylor, 29 (-) Art Of Noise, 30 (15) Afrika Bambaataa, 31 (-) Shalamar ‘Deadline USA’, 32 (-) Psychedelic Furs, 33 (-) Propaganda, 34 (26) Van Halen, 35 (16) Tony Cook, 36 (-) Paul Hardcastle, 37 (24) Millie Jackson, 38 (-) Pumpkin ‘King Of The Beat’ (US Profile), 39 (-) Die Zwei ‘Grapschi’ (US Personal), 40 (-) Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes/McFadden & Whitehead (tie).
GRAHAM GOLD at Mayfair’s Gullivers was probably the first DJ here to play Arrow’s soca smash ‘Hot-Hot-Hot’ last year on import, and still spins it nightly to an audience who really love their soca. These however are his more recent soca hits:
1 GIVE ME THE TING, Lord Kitch, US Charlie’s LP
2 DON’T BACK BACK, Sparrow, US Mr B’s LP
3 DANCE DIS DANCE, Arrow, JA Dynamic LP
4 RASTA CHIC, Explainer, US Charlie’s LP
5 HELLO AFRICA, Rudy G, Seara 12in
6 GO RIGHT UP IN DAY, Poorsah, Trindisc 12in
7 BILLS/SOCA RHUMBA, Arrow, Hot Vinyl 12in
8 TAKE ME BACK, Hot Syndicate, Sunburn 12in
9 MY MISTAKE, Roy Alton, Sunburn 12in
10 MIX IT UP, Designer, US Charlie’s LP