April 28, 1984: Terri Wells, Evan Rogers, The S.O.S. Band, L.J. Reynolds, Steps Ahead

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

‘BUFFALO BILLY’ was the name of the first record I ever had as a child — now it seems ‘Buffalo Bill’ is the title of a Michael Jackson-penned/performed uptempo track from the Jacksons hopefully soon-come new LP, buzzing the States in rough demo form according to the US contacts of Wokingham Mark One Records shop owner/DJ Mark Clark . . . Jermaine Jackson’s debut Arista LP is disappointingly rock-disco to judge from advance cassette promos, while sister LaToya Jackson joins the queue of ladies enlisting Musical Youth’s support . . . Jocelyn Brown (and Lisa Stevens) sing back-ups behind Tina Fabrique . . . Phonogram’s latest marketing strategy is to make the Shannon ‘Give Me Tonight’ 12in a 3-tracker with a new 118½bpm Special Extended Version as A-side (Club JABXR 1) . . . Jeffrey Osborne’s ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ 7in has been selling at £1.50 shrink-wrapped with his US ‘Plane Love’ 12in — sneaky! . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) and Paul Major (Hinckley Bubbles) can tell their punters to relax: Polydor have reissued the 131bpm Trans-X ‘Living On Video‘ (POSPX 650) . . . S.O.U.N.D. Recordings have put all the RAH Band’s recent titles on 7-track low-price ‘Upper Cuts’ LP (SNDLP 601) . . . Chic have quit Atlantic and are label shopping . . . The Jones Girls LP track ‘You Can’t Have My Love’ is 112-112½bpm . . . Peter Brown ‘They Only Come Out At Night‘ tops US Dance/Disco now — and Adrian Allen, Thur/Fri/Sat at Sunderland’s Chelsea Cat (“possibly the North’s oldest nightclub, going 20 years — as is the equipment!”), wonders if it was Peter Brown singing a ’79 track with the line “love in our hearts”? . . . Adrian Thomas (0248-723054), keeping things hot ‘n hip at Anglesey’s Minnies, is after soulful PAs (they’ve had Second Image recently) . . . Sandra Reid’s reggaefication of Midnight Star’s ‘Feels So Good‘ (Sir George) and Delroy Wilson’s ditto of the Chi-Lites ‘Changing For You’ (Mobiliser) make useful alternatives . . . Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes PA around the Bolts circuit at Harringey Sat (28), Brighton Sun (29), Southampton Warehouse/Raffles Bolts Mon (30) . . . East London Stratford’s The Pigeons has a gay Thriller horror night Saturday (28) with £35 for the campest corpse! . . . Lorna Luft (the other daughter of Judy Garland) has remade Connie Francis’ ‘Where The Boys Are‘, as well as starring in a remake of her old film . . . Adrian Parkin’s gay Monday Club has moved upmarket to a new venue and name as Dorothy’s at the Adega in Huddersfield (off John William Street in Byram Court), opening April 30 . . . Alan ‘Gibbo’ Gibson is briefly back in Brum between foreign engagements at The Millionaire Tues/Wed/Sat, and Fri with old partner Steve Dennis . . . Basildon Raquel’s first Essex Soul Festival next Sunday (6) stars Robbie Vincent, The Dude, Ian Reading, Micky Laudat & Stavros with full English Breakfast included in the £5 entry, tickets in advance only (details on 0268-24970/727696) . . . Friday (27) Odyssey play Harringey Bolts, Greg Edwards funks Harlow Whispers, Froggy mixes West Norwood, Norwood Suite G Bee’s, Chris Kaye soul-reggaes Southborough Royal Victoria Hall (on A26), Jeff Young & Pete Tong soul Sheffield Park’s Sheffield Arms in Sussex . . . Saturday (28) Steve Walsh funks Leysdown Stage 3, Darryl Hayden’s 2K video roadshow dazzles Stroud Leisure Centre . . . Colin Taylor at Beeston Charlie’s Barn has Monday “Ritzy” nights with £5 admission and free booze all night . . . Jim K (Kell) at Cambridge’s newly opened Bumpers fun pub in Histon Road is pretty upfront music-wise, to start with anyway . . . Thursday (3) Odyssey play Edinburgh Mad Hatters with Neil Fincham jocking . . . Les Knott (Harlow Bennys), spinning soul and funk but no jazz (no way in his town now), whispers he only knows about a dozen locals who went to Caister — “let’s have a reunion, yeah!” . . . miaou! . . . Danny Smith brags Gt Yarmouth’s The 151 Club has to shut its doors at 11.30pm (Thur-Sat) — what, to keep them in?! . . . Steve Ogley (Lowestoft Ziggie’s) complains that he only got one Malcolm X slipmat from Island with which to “cut the beat” . . . Tony Hall, veteran jazz critic/Record Mirror columnist most recently famous for managing Real Thing, now handles Loose Ends . . . Larry Wu’s full name is Larry Wu Wedgeworth . . . I hadn’t enough time to do a Nightclub chart this week, and before you know it there’s another early deadline looming — so please send all charts ‘n info again NOW, to arrive by Tuesday . . . suddenly everyone wants to hire a mechanical bucking bronco — anyone got any details I can pass on? . . . HIP HOP!


HOT VINYL

TERRI WELLS: ‘I’ll Be Around’ (London LONX 48)
Now, this is the Nick Martinelli production that prompted London to pick up Philly World here, Harold Melvin et all sticking closely to the Detroit Spinners original phrasing and feel, but faster, wailing Terri’s cheerfully cantering 115bpm revival is prodded by electronic rhythms which suddenly erupt three-quarters through into a decidedly “electro” break which may seem upsetting but does add an edge where it’s needed (however, with two copies, you can always mix into the instrumental flip before it). The buzz is massive, as will the record be.

EVAN ROGERS: ‘Stay Here With Me’ (US RCA PW-13807)
The spaghetti soulster hits an even stronger groove than before with this chix-answering jiggly pushing 110bpm backbeat jogger, powerfully structured with a usefully familiar feel as soon as you hear it (inst/dub flip). Almost another ‘Hi, How Ya Doin’?’!

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘For Your Love’ (US Tabu 4Z9 04991)
Much remixed from last summer’s album and now hitting Stateside, this Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam Harris-prod/penned typically pushing chick-wailed infectiously tense 112bpm hot tempo lurcher (good with ‘Plane Love’) is flipped by an amazing Extended Version 112½bpm dub which is full of staggering drum rolls, dark hip hoppery and dangerously opened out spaces. Talk about hot!

L.J. REYNOLDS: ‘Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down’ (LP ‘Lovin’ Man’ US Mercury 818 479-1 M-1)
Although the set has several good slowies there’s no time now for a full review, so suffice it to say that this self-penned/Gene Dozier co-produced great huskily wailing 104bpm jittering soul jogger sounds like the next Dennis Edwards, while the brightly strutting 111bpm ‘Touch Down‘ jolter is nice too.

STEPS AHEAD: ‘Radio-Active’ (US Elektra 0-66965)
The Michael Brecker-saxed jazz group have an album as well from which the best track’s been remixed in two versions on this 12in into a really interesting combination of extremely tight ‘n terse brass with Craig Peyton-programmed 115bpm electronic hip hoppery, Brecker searing through between bursts of Oriental percussion and a vibes solo on the hot tempo Radio Remix (which, started well in, works with the ubiquitous ‘Plane Love’), while the more emphatically hip hop but emptier Dub Version For Clubs lacks tension and individuality though it is easier to mix.

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Magic Touch’ (LP ‘Music Magic’ US Montage MA110)
Ricci Benson’s lead vocals lack the piercing bite and authority of Gwen Dickey, so the dead slowies and more dated dancers on this Bobby Eli/group members-produced set aren’t too distinctive, though this gently weaving 103½bpm hot tempo swayer is in subdued ‘Ain’t Nobody’ vein and worth checking, while the 12in-issued mildly shuffling 114¾bpm ‘New Love‘ is pleasant enough. Best is the sleeve painting, a vintage Rolls Royce shining its headlamps through the eyes of a crystal head wearing stereo cans.

RARE ESSENCE: ‘Back Up Against The Wall’ (US Sounds Of The Capital RE 607)
Washington DC’s “go go” funk party rhythm jitters away on this 112½bpm half-stepper, the more punchily blasting 112bpm instrumental flip sounding strongest with chinking guitar and searing synth riding the bumpy beat. Paar-tay, paar-tay!

INTRIGUE: ‘No Turning Back’ (Music Power Records MPRT 1, via Greyhound 01-385 8146)
Self-contained Middlesex trio with a white labelled tentative steadily slapping 113bpm basic Britfunk shuffler, the more cleanly loping 114bpm ‘Call Of The Heart‘ flip’s catchier simple structure sounding stronger and more danceable.

JAKI GRAHAM: ‘What’s The Name Of Your Game’ (EMI 12 JAKiDJ 1)
Derek Bramble-produced rather stark electro-thudded wailing 104½bpm hot tempo, perfect out of the Force MD’s as the same synth and drum sound!

LORZINE WRIGHT: ‘I Really Love You’ (US Tyson HS 4444)
Soulful lady prod/penned by once again busy Patrick Adams, the old fashioned chugging downtempo 100bpm ‘You’re So Good‘ A-side bellower not being a patch on this stunning pure gospel “waltz” 44½/67bpm slowie which is so full of pent-up simple soul it’s straight from the ’60s — the sort of thing I bought by the boxful back then!

DARNELL WILLIAMS: ‘Better Man’ (Dutch Epic EPCA 12-4309)
I have a feeling this guy goes way back, and his beautiful tranquil 0-61-62-59-62-0bpm pure soul ballad while borrowing heavily from Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ is another that’s rooted in ’60s simplicity. Well worth finding.

INDEEP: ‘If You Want It’ (LP ‘Pajama Party Time’ US Becket BKS-016)
Another so-so set sparked though by this one very decent dancer, a solidly thwacking c.116bpm chick-sung jazz-funk roller with great catchily tootling twinned saxes by “Mr Robin Corley of the Soul Dukes”, as the sleeve puts it.

NV: ‘Let Me Do You’ (US Sire 0-20199)
Darryl Payne-produced smooth chap-sung languidly tugging c.115bpm thundering judderer, more swaying soul than hip hop though electronically created (Shep Pettibone remix and dub flip).

HUGH MASEKELA: ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby’ (Jive Afrika JIVE T64)
Stewart Levine-produced monotonously driving jiggly 120½bpm semi-instrumental, with ‘Roots’-y chanting and unexpected rap climax but little tootling by the South African trumpeter, whose classic ‘Grazing In The Grass‘ topped the US chart in ’68 before the Friends Of Distinction then gave it words (LP version/dub flip).

ATMOSFEAR: ‘When Tonight Is Over’ (Elite DAZZ 31, via PRT, The Cartel, or 01-609 7017)
Beverley Skeete-sung routine 117bpm electro skitterer in three versions, the Adrian Sherwood-mixed US Thunder Mix flip sounding strongest although none are exactly startling.

DIE ZWEI: ‘gRAPsch!’ (US Personal P-49807)
A recent unexpected Nightclub charter thanks to more avant garde clubs, this very odd jerkily disjointed white boys hip hopper in four freaky versions has some “English”-accented voices though I believe originated in Germany: certainly interesting listening (though a floor filler?), the c.115bpm US Mix is more coherent than the 115bpm Minimal Dub and Original Mix, while a really wild 114bpm Communist Party Mix cuts in all sorts of political broadcast excerpts and is well worth hearing by avid hip hop fanatics.

DAZZ BAND: ‘Swoop (I’m Yours)’ (Motown TMGT 1338)
Another 0-127bpm ‘Let It Whip’ with added surface scratching, not terribly relevant here (there’s no knowing what the flip is as Motown now annoyingly only service double-sided promos).

ROCK STEADY CREW: ‘Uprock’ (Charisma RSC 2 12)
More 0-115bpm candy store hip hop, but far from infectious and not even very pop, with a fatal pause before the vocals start (inst/edit flip).

AMERICAN GYPSY: ‘The Champ’ (Dutch Break 308449)
Pleasant if not particularly revolutionary loose limbed c.123bpm loper with electronics driving the traditional male vocal (inst dub flip).

MELBA MOORE: ‘Love Me Right’ (US Capitol V-8586)
Paul Lawrence Jones III-prod/penned typically Kashif-ish tugging 111bpm slick judderer from her last LP (inst flip).

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: ‘Shake Down’ (US RCA PW-13765)
A new M&M remix somewhat improves the Leon F Sylvers III-produced starkly smacking 109½bpm jitterer which still lacks her old charm (dub/126bpm ‘Tell Me Something Good‘ flip).

ROCKWELL: ‘(Obscene) Phone Caller’ (Motown TMGT 1336)
Mel Brooks-accented frisky but over-fast rock-disco 153bpm formula follow-on, minus that magic Jackson touch (inst flip).

THE JAMMERS: ‘Let’s B-B Break’ (Dutch Rams Horn Records RHR 3339)
Richie Weeks/Shep Pettibone-created disappointing densely textured monotonous c.116bpm electro judderer (edit/inst flip).

INNER LIFE: ‘No Way’ (Personal 12PER 101, via PRT)
A ringing phone and bitchy conversation with “Shirley” precedes the acappella intro of this remixed languidly jogging 110bpm swayer (in 3 versions) presumably sung by Jocelyn Brown, soulful listening if too rambling for real floor action.

ZZ TOP: ‘Legs (Metal Mix)’ (Warner Bros W9334T)
Shrink-wrapped as a twin-pack with ‘TV Dinners’, this instrumentally started 124bpm electro rock chugger could be useful for pop mixers before getting Rod Stewart-ish, while the 95bpm start of ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ is a blatant copy of Edgar Winter’s ‘Frankenstein’!

CANDIDO: ‘Thousand Finger Man’ (Dutch Rams Horn Records RHR 3323)
From the percussionist’s ‘Jingo’-spawning ’79 LP, a tempo-less long moodily introed then metronomically thudding and tapping 121¼bpm instrumental with cooing voices and flugelhorn solo, flipped by that same 4-track LP’s brassily bounding 125-126-124-126bpm ‘Rock & Shuffle‘.

R.J.’S LATEST ARRIVAL: ‘Shackles’ (US Quality/Golden Boy QUS 059)
Bassily burbling semi-electro c.120bpm lurcher with guys, gal and vocoder swapping lines almost like ‘The Bottle’ meets ‘The Name Game’ (radio mix/inst flip).

PRETTY TONY: ‘Fix It In The Mix’ (US Music Specialist Incorporated MSI 104)
Quite good lightweight c.128bpm smurf attack for hardened hip-hoppers, full of “space” effects (inst flip).

TWILIGHT 22: ‘Siberian Nights’ (US Vanguard SPV 73)
Predictably structured but over-fast c.131bpm rapid-fire hip hop with grunting and hollering (dub flip).

MAGNIFICENT THREE & FEARLESS MASTER: ‘Crush’ (US C.C.L. Record Inc CCL 102)
MC-poppin’ hip-hoppin’ Mellow ‘D’, Cazzy ‘L’, ‘Precious Eve’ swapping c.111bpm “fresh”-varying lines (inst/bonus/sound effects too).

SPARGO: ‘Lady’ (German Ariola 601.238)
Pleasantly pushing c.104bpm brassy jogger with chix-backed fella getting worked up around a punchy piano break (inst flip).

LYDIA MURDOCK: ‘Life In America’ (US Team TRS 3003)
The ‘Billie Jean’-answering gal’s strident voice spoils this lurching 97bpm jogger, so the instrumental’s better than the club mix or long version.

DYNAMIX: ‘I Just Wanna Dance’ (US Exuma Ex 0010)
Stark electro beats build into a cool female vocal in subdued Xena style over the less infectious c.114½bpm rumble ‘n judder (edit/dub/bonus too).

SWITCH: ‘Switch It Baby’ (US Total Experience TED1-2602)
Subdued c.126bpm variation on the ‘Let It Whip’ format, nicely flowing but US-aimed (inst flip).

KYM YANCEY: ‘Determination’ (Pinnacle PIN 101T)
Ex-Ohio Players/Sun, the funky chap’s throbbingly lurching 126bpm chant is OK but more US than UK (inst/edit flip).

PEABO BRYSON: ‘D.C. Cab’ (MCA MCAT 872)
Out of character fast sparse 138bpm rock-disco flier from the ‘Street Fleet’ flick (dub flip).

STOCKINGCAP: ‘Wave Craze’ (Greyhound GRPT-108)
Duke Bootee-produced jerkily juddering staccato 112bpm electro rapper about waved “processed” hair which stockingcaps keep down tight (mainly inst 112½bpm flip), cold on import nearly a year ago.

DRU: ‘I Can’t Live Without Your Love’ (US Silver Screen Records SSR 116)
Nasally agonising chap-sung jittery c.120bpm trotter in three different lengths.

MIKE THEODORE: ‘Hellfire’ (US Earthtone ET-1203)
Weird ugly rattling and rumbling c.125bpm noisy chant backed by electro drums (Part II flip).


DISCO TOP 85 – April 28, 1984

01 01 SOMEBODY’S ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
02 03 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
03 02 SHE’S STRANGE/CLUB MIX (REMIX)/GROOVE WITH YOU, Cameo, Club 12in
04 07 HI, HOW YA DOIN’? (GRAVITY MIX), Kenny G, Arista 12in
05 06 CHANGE OF HEART/YOU ARE MY MELODY, Change, US Atlantic RFC LP
06 09 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME/DAYBREAK/A.M. (MEDLEY)/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
07 04 LOVE IS IN SEASON/TWO OF A KIND/RIGHT OR WRONG, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic LP
08 08 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
09 05 LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Real To Reel, Arista 12in
10 13 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
11 37 I’LL BE AROUND, Terri Wells, London 12in
12 19 STEPPIN’ OUT/PHILLY TALK/DREAM RIDE, George Howard, US TBA LP
13 18 GIVE ME TONIGHT/DUB VERSION/SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION, Shannon, Club 12in
14 14 LOVEQUAKE, Bobby King, Motown 12in
15 10 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, US Beverly Glen Music LP
16 15 WHAT DO I DO?, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
17 17 SOMEDAY/OUTSTANDING, Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
18 27 MATT’S MOOD, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
19 30 DON’T GIVE ME UP, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
20 16 BREAK/GO FOR IT/NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL/INTIMATE CONNECTION/YOU DID IT AGAIN/TONIGHT, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
21 11 WHAT DO I DO? (CARNIVAL MIX)/PINA COLADA MIX-IN-DUB, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
22 24 THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
23 23 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
24 12 BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA), Julia & Company, London 12in
25 22 STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’, Chi-Lites, US Private I 12in
26 20 KEEP IT COMIN’/YOU CAN’T HAVE MY LOVE, The Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
27 25 DEJA VU, AB’S, Streetwave 12in
28 63 LUCKY STAR (US REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
29 21 GET IN TOUCH WITH ME (US REMIX), One Blood, Ensign 12in
30 38 EMERGENCY (DIAL 999) (REMIX)/DUB MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
31 41 P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING)/THRILLER (INSTRUMENTAL), Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
32 29 S.O.S., Matsubara, US D&D 12in
33 36 COME BACK LOVER, Fresh Band, US Are ‘N Be 12in
34 43 PROMISES CAN BREAK/I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, The System, US Mirage LP
35 62 IN THE HEART, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
36 34 STAY WITH ME TONIGHT (US CLUB MIX)/PLANE LOVE (UK REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
37 50 JAM ON IT, Newcleus, Sunnyview 12in
38 40 DIAL 999/A LITTLE SPICE/CHOOSE ME/SO MUCH LOVE/FEELS SO RIGHT NOW, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
39 35 DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
40 85 I’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY, Zena Dejonay, Calibre 12in
41 61 JUST A TOUCH OF LOVE/STEPPIN’ OUT — WAIT FOR ME (MEDLEY), Slave, Atlantic 12in
42 46 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, Dutch Epic 12in
43 31 FLYING HIGH, Cloud One, US Heavenly Star Record Corp 12in
44 51 LUCKY STAR, Madonna, Sire 12in
45 42 TAXI, J. Blackfoot, Allegiance/Sound Town 12in
46 45 I KEEP COMIN’ BACK TO YOU/RUNNIN’ AROUND, The Chi-Lites, US Private I LP
47 82 LAND OF HUNGER, The Earons, US Island 12in
48 60 BEAT BOX (DIVERSION ONE)/(TWO), Art Of Noise, ZTT 12in
49 54 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
50 — STAY HERE WITH ME, Evan Rogers, US RCA Victor 12in
51 49 SWEET LOVE/CLOSE TO ME/FALL IN LOVE, Bobby King, US Motown LP
52 — I REALLY DON’T NEED NO LIGHT, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M LP
53 — OOH, I LIKE THE WAY IT FEELS, Toni Smith, Malaco 12in
54 73 LOVELITE, O’Bryan, US Capitol 12in
55 56 CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE, Executive, US Oh My! Records 12in
56 66 SMALL TOWN CREED/INSTRUMENTAL, The Kane Gang, Kitchenware 12in
57 26 SATISFY ME LOVER/BREAKOUT/USE ME/IT’S ALL YOURS/ALWAYS ON MY MIND, Starpoint, US Elektra LP
58 28 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, US Elektra 12in
59 79 GET IN TOUCH WITH ME, Collage, US Solar 12in
60 44 LOVE ON, The Dells, US Private I LP
61 65 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME, Denise LaSalle/Latimore, US Malaco LP
62 58 HELLO, Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
63 59 MEGA STREET/NIGHT LADIES, Crusaders, MCA 12in
64 — FOR YOUR LOVE/EXTENDED VERSION, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
65 68 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP
66 71 MR GROOVE, One Way, US MCA LP
67 52 COME BE WITH ME/LIGHT MY FIRE/IS THIS WHAT HAPPENS TO A LOVE?, The Ronnie McNeir Experience, Capitol 12in
68 55 NEW LOVE, Rose Royce, US Montage 12in
69 69 NEVER TOO LATE/INSTRUMENTAL, Greg Henderson, US Rain 12in
70 67 NO SELL OUT (REMIX), Malcolm X/Keith LeBlanc, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
71 — ALL NIGHT PASSION, Alisha, Fourth & Broadway 12in
72 75 BREAK DANCER/SHAKE & BREAK/ZODIAC, Boogie Boys, US Capitol 12in
73 70 LET ME SHOW YOU, Larry Wu, US Atlantic 12in
74 — DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN, L.J. Reynolds, US Mercury LP
75 — FEELS SO GOOD, Midnight Star, Solar LP/7in
76 33 DON’T KEEP ME WAITING, Tia Monae, Carrere 12in
77 — RADIO-ACTIVE, Steps Ahead, US Elektra 12in
78 76 OUT OF SIGHT, Lefturno, MCA 12in
79 — TAKE A CHANCE/DUB, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, Fourth & Broadway 12in
80 64 WHEN YOU’RE HOT YOU’RE HOT, Ingram, US Mirage LP
81 80 ONE FOR THE TREBLE (FRESH), Davy DMX, US Tuff City 12in
82 — JACKSON RD, Jo Jo, US LaRue Records 12in
83 — BREAKIN’ DOWN (M&M REMIX), Julia & Company, London 12in
84 — TIME WILL REVEAL/I LIKE IT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
85 83 CALL OF THE HEART/NOT TURNING BACK, Intrigue, Music Power Records 12in


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

Timmy Thomas: ‘Gotta Give A Little Love’ (US Gold Mountain)
Grandmaster Melle Mel: ‘Jesse’ (Sugarhill)
Gloria Ifill: ‘All Night Long (Soca)’ (Trindisc)
Family Brown: ‘I’m Gonna Getcha’ (US Buzz)
Slack: ‘Slack (Funhouse Mix)’ (US Streetwise)
Bar-Kays: ‘Dance, Party, Etc’/’Sexomatic’ (US Mercury LP)
Scritti Politti: ‘Wood Beez’ (Virgin)
Trammps: ‘Truly Wonderful’ (Dutch Injection)
Jaki Graham: ‘What’s The Name Of Your Game’ (EMI)
Rose Royce: ‘Magic Touch’ (US Montage LP)

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

501’s: ‘We Are Invincible’ (ERC)
Technos: ‘Nightime Heaven’ (PRT)
Life Force: ‘What A Way To Go’ (Polo)
Rofo: ‘You Got To Move It On’ (Belgian Infinity)
Peter Brown: ‘They Only Come Out At Night’ (CBS)
Gary’s Gang: ‘Runaway’ (Dutch Ariola Dance)
Digital Emotion: ‘Go Go Yellow Screen’ (Dutch Break LP)


HIT NUMBERS

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

Echo & The Bunnymen 0-136-0r, Bob Marley 79-80f, Flying Pickets 56f, Jocelyn Brown 0-130f, Sandie Shaw 155f, Belle & The Devotions 136-138f, Hazell Dean 130f, Marilyn 95f, Evelyn Thomas 0-124f, Real To Reel 105f, Kenny G 0(113)-113f, Bruce Foxton 72½/145f.


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 02 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Kofi & The Lovetones, Electricity 12in
03 05 NOTHING’S WORSE THAN BEING ALONE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
04 07 EMERGENCY, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
05 03 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamela Stanley, US TSR 12in
06 06 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER, Jimmy Ruffin/Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
07 10 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
08 11 DESIRE (HI-ENERGY MIX)/(ROCX MIX), Paul Parker, Technique 12in
09 14 JUST ANOTHER BROKEN HEART, Dorothy Moore, US Streetking 12in
10 13 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, Electricity 12in
11 12 THE UPSTROKE/Hi-NRG MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
12 08 SOMEBODY TO LOVE, Cafe Society, Passion 12in
13 23 YOU TURNED MY BITTER SWEET INTO SWEET/CLASS-STYLE (I’VE GOT IT), Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
14 16 JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, US Hot Tracks LP
15 15 TIE ME DOWN, Romance, Passion 12in
16 22 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, US Passion 12in
17 — DOCTOR’S ORDERS — COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoir Faire 12in
18 — I’M LIVING MY OWN LIFE (REMIX), Earlene Bentley, US TVI 12in
19 09 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BMC 12in
20 21 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
21 17 HAPPINESS, Christopher Street, ERC 12in
22 — HEARTS ON FIRE, Hush, Spirit 12in
23 28 THE MAN’S SO REAL (TOTALLY INTENSIFIED REMIX), Mimi, Challenge 12in
24 25 IN ORBIT, Yvonne Gidden, Electricity 12in
25 26 WHO’S YOUR BOYFRIEND, Eric, US MEMO 12in
26 — COLOUR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
27 29 LOVE FIRE, Jimmy James, ERC 12in
28 27 BREAKDANCE (REMIX), Irene Cara, Dutch Epic 12in
29 30 I WANT A MAN, Bonnie Forman, US MEMO 12in
30 — TRIPPIN’ ON THE MOON, Claudja Barry, US Personal 12in

NIGHTCLUB
No chart this week.

5 thoughts on “April 28, 1984: Terri Wells, Evan Rogers, The S.O.S. Band, L.J. Reynolds, Steps Ahead”

  1. It doesn’t look as if Michael Jackson’s “Buffalo Bill” ever surfaced – the nearest we get on YouTube are some fan-made recreations (or merely imaginings, maybe).

    The Rare Essence review marks the first time that James specifically refers to Washington DC “go-go” as a distinct genre, although he’s already made a couple of observations that a particular rhythm has been emerging from the city. Is go-go is the genre that time forgot? It was intensely fashionable in some quarters during 1985 and 1986, before falling off the radar with remarkable swiftness, never to be revived.

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  2. I think there was one minor crossover go-go pop hit but in this country it was sort of an artificially generated by West End trendies and music press types I thought.

    I see a mention of Raquels in Basildon which 10 years later gained brief notoriety as the place where Leah Betts acquired the ecstasy (I think they were ‘apples’ IIRC) that killed her.

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  3. The Go-Go beat was used in a whole lot of crossover dance rcords for a while around 87/88then vanished, but a quick return in the mid 90’s with DJ Kool though more Hiphop related then. This is a good week to hear the change in Funk/Boogie as records in that genre changed it’s sound to a cleaner, more polished one around now, and Hiphop soon taking over on a mainstream level with the release of Beat Street, and it’s soundtrack in May/June-ish.

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