ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Thomas Dolby is mooted as possible producer of Michael Jackson’s next LP! … Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’’ is suddenly due on remix/dub/original 12in from new label Master Mix (via PRT) … Yvonne Gage’s ‘Haunted House’ has evidently met opposition from the ‘Thriller’ publishers … Grandmaster Melle Mel ‘White Lines’ is now on picture disc 12in to accelerate its chart climb! … Anne LeSear is due on 12in, Emotions ‘You’re The Best’ is on US 12in remix, but Change will not be a remix … Streetwave’s Julian Woolley wants all the pirate jocks to contact him on 01-993 1512 … Jez Nelson’s Horizon show early Sunday morning was his radio debut — “I was on a Dave Brown phone-in once, but then who wasn’t?”! … Froggy is another Horizon recruit, Tuesday evenings, which is when he also returns with the Rappers night to Epping Forest Country Club near Chigwell … London’s soul pirates would pay royalties for the music they play but until they’re legalised they can’t get a licence to do so … Carlos and Gary Kent, TV stars! … Gallup’s UK singles chart last week again held steady with a third being black, if not necessarily soul, while Top Of The Pops was a sea of black faces … Edwin Starr will be compere of a ‘Soul Train’-type show on Channel 4 … ‘StreetSounds Electro 4‘ is being mixed by new team Noel & Morris, ‘UK Electro‘ by Herbie Mastermind, and whichever charts highest will determine who mixes ‘Crucial Electro 2’ (stir, stir)! … Alan Coulthard’s May mixes on Disco Mix Club cassette are an extended return to Sharon Redd ‘Beat The Megastreet‘, an exciting pop set, and Alan s exploration of the “hot tempo” which brilliantly runs Yes ‘Leave It’ under Y&P (the only guy to pick up my tip?) … Creole Records are updating their DJ mailing list at 91-93 High Street, Harlesden, London NW10 … Record Shack sold a controlling share to IDS … Greg James’s Hammersmith Spin-Off’s record shop at 98 Fulham Palace Road is open Sundays noon-6pm, as now (11am-3pm) is Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre … O’Jays ‘Extraordinary Girl’ should have been 0-115bpm last week, when a miscalculation by our Mike Gardner meant most disco dates didn’t get printed — his brother Brian Gardner’s amongst them! (Brian, ousted after three years at the Whisky A Go Go when it became the Wag Club, now funks Wed/Sat at Soho’s Le Beat Route) … Pete Haigh & Richard Searling’s monthly ‘Mecca Soul Revival night’ is again at Blackpool Baskervilles this Friday (25), yet Pete says he’s glad he wasn’t at Caister as it sounded like a Wigan oldies session! … ‘Breakin’’, a budget hip hop movie set in LA rather than the Bronx, beat ‘Beat Street’ into US cinemas to boffo box office … K-Tel in the States have a teach-yourself ‘Breakdance’ video and LP, a sure sign that anyone hip will soon have to stop! … Yarbrough & Peoples is now top US Black single, The Earons rapidly replacing Deniece Williams atop US Dance/Disco (where Womack & Womack ‘Baby I’m Scared‘ is huge) … Arthur Baker collaborates with Daryl Hall on a future Dana Ross track ‘Swept Away‘, and Maurice Starr is producing the Stylistics for the Streetwise label … The Kane Gang (a thinking man’s ‘Relax’) I now see is produced by Pete Wingfield … Shakatak take another less commercial jazz direction on their next LP, teasingly promo-ed for radio … “Any football hooligans?” I quipped on entering Mayfair’s late nite Rockafella’s eaterie last Friday night – “Yes, Kevin Keegan” was the true reply … LET’S BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL OUT THERE!
BANK HOLIDAY DISCO DATES
Scotland’s funksters have a sort of weekender at Coatbridge (Glasgow) Le Club De France with Kenny G live Friday, a Radio Clyde alldayer Saturday, “normal get-together” Sunday, farewell party Monday, jocks involved at some stage including London’s Cleveland Anderson, Birmingham’s Frenchie T, Bedford’s Stanford John, Radio Merseyside’s Kenny James, not to forget local lads Radio Clyde’s Jim Simon, Alan David, Derek Money, while down in the south-west “the most exciting sound system outside of Jamaica” Saxon Studio and its MC posse tour Bristol Trinity Hall Sat/Gloucester Jamaican Sports & Social Club Sun/Cardiff Penylan New Ocean Club Mon. Otherwise, FRIDAY (25) Plymouth’s old Palace Theatre reopens as The Academy, as with the Boscombe branch stuffed full of hi-tech effects and featuring live music, theatre and circus acts with uptempo sounds Fri/Sat; Steve Walsh Wheels Edwin Starr & Paul Hardcastle PA-ing to Torquay Monroes and then Paignton Ritzy’s; Darryl Hayden’s videotheque & Radio One’s Gary Davies do Fareham’s Ferneham Hall near Portsmouth; Phil England funks two nights at Yeovil Carnabys; SUNDAY (27) Simon Edwards promises Second Image, Central Line and more at Liverpool Wavertree Dallas Club’s first alldayer (noon-midnight, only £1.50); Kev Hill & Gary Campbell soul Harlow Whispers’ second charity allniter (midnight-7am Mon, £4 including breakfast); BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY (28) Luton Pink Elephant alldayer (noon-midnight) has Kenny G live and Chris Hill, Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Martin Collins, Chris Brown; Wigan Pier alldayer (2pm-midnight) has Colin Curtis, Kev Edwards, Mike Shaft, Jonathan, Richard Searling, Pete Haigh, Chad, Kenny McLeod etc; Birmingham Millionaires’ first alldayer (5pm-2am so more an all-eveninger?) debuts also ‘The Knights Of The Sound Table’ Steve Dennis, Frenchie T, Paul Dixon & Shaun Williams with Pressure Point live and lots of fun promised; Sean French & Nicky Holloway have a shorts ‘n shades party at Bermondsey Dockheads’s Swan & Sugarloaf; Evelyn Thomas, Miquel Brown & Earlene Bentley represent Record Shack at Preston Clouds Star Bar’s Hi-NRG alldayer; Marsha Raven plays Bournemouth’s Cabaret Club. Happy holidays!
SISTER SLEDGE: ‘Thinking Of You’ (Atlantic B 9744T)
Originally flip of 1979’s ‘Lost In Music’, this guitar-jittered pleasantly sung rolling 102⅓bpm jogger strangely has become something of a spearhead for the banner waving “back to soul” brigade and finally resurfaces on 3-track 12in with the previously better known 117-118-119bpm ‘We Are Family’ and 115-116-115¾(break)-116bpm ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’ which doubtless have helped its rapid initial sale.
TYZIK: ‘Jammin’ In Manhattan’ LP (US Polydor 422-821 605-1 Y-1)
First cousin to ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ and scorching the floor in London already, trumpeter Jeff Tyzik’s sizzling hot 114½bpm funk instrumental title track is evidently due on better value 12in, if you can wait (the rest is jazz/slow).
MARGIE JOSEPH: ‘Ready For The Night’ LP (US Cotillion 90158-1)
Drummed by executive producer Narada Michael Walden, Margie’s label debut is loaded with dancers like the Teena Marie-ish 116bpm title track (also on 12in), brightly strutting 115bpm ‘Midnight Lover‘ (possibly best), Aretha-ish 115½bpm ‘I Wants Mo’ Stuff‘, raunchily worded 114bpm ‘Big Strong Man‘, lurching (0-)107bpm ‘Tell Me‘, swaying 112bpm ‘Adonai’, plus two slowies … in fact, there may be too many to take in. Continue reading “May 26, 1984: Sister Sledge, Tyzik, Margie Joseph, Frederick ‘M.C. Count’ Linton, Sun”