May 5, 1984: Edwin Starr, Bobby Womack, Jermaine Jackson, Exquisite Taste, Divine Sounds

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Last Thursday’s soul awards would have looked busier back at Xenon rather than the Lyceum, where the hired muscle weren’t exactly bright and many of the guests reckoned it was a Chris Hill & Tony Blackburn benefit night – still, it was good to see all the faces, and especially veteran soul prophet/DH Lawrence-lookalike David Godin, who now runs Sheffield’s National Film Theatre . . . Greg Wilson may have given up jocking but his hairstyle seems to be carrying on in the North-West under the name of Chaz! . . . ‘Streetsounds 9’ is completed by George Howard ‘Steppin’ Out’, Ingram ‘Night Stalkers’, Gap Band ‘Someday’ joining Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, Funk Deluxe, Jones Girls, Real to Reel, AB’s, Carl Anderson – hot enough? . . . Jonathan King’s excellent Wednesday BBC2 ‘Entertainment USA’ is back, the first two having just included an interview with Lionel Richie, plus the Jacksons’ hair raising Pepsi commercial! . . . Capital Radio producer Mike Childs reports US cable music channel MTV is now showing almost more commercials than videos . . . New York’s urban radio stations WRKS (KISS-fm), WKTU and WBLS – in that order – have taken the black sound back to number one in the city’s ratings, over more popular contemporary top 40 . . . Thompson Twins ‘Hold Me Now’ topped US Dance/Disco last week, overtaken now by Talk Talk ‘It’s My Life’ – Billboard’s DJ sample seems very rock-orientated these days – while in the black charts Cameo have top LP plus two Jackson 5 greatest hits sets, one a picture disc and the other on cassette with an MJ die-cut “stand-up” . . . Jermaine reckons the Jacksons’ world tour should be here by Christmas! . . . Eddy Murphy’s new “straight” vocal is due, produced by Rick James, while no less than Bruce Springsteen’s imminent ‘Dancing In The Dark’ has been mixed for clubs by Arthur Baker . . . Manu Dibango has been recording with Afrika Bambaataa & Nairobi for MCA, evidently marathon electro hot tempo with jazzy sax . . . Arrow plays Harrow (Leisure Centre, that is) in June – hot hot hot! . . . Peabo Bryson is now on Elektra (as is Teddy Pendergrass), and Fatback (who play London’s Venue June 13) are on Cotillion – Womack & Womack do the Dominion June 10/11, incidentally . . . Tony Prince’s ever-expanding Disco-Mix Club has now combined with the ubiquitous Theo Loyla’s mailing service to form a new marketing company renamed The Superjocks Hot Squad, including twelve area controllers to oversee local promotion (club/media/retail) and arrange DMC membership for bona fide DJs, who now need to be proposed and seconded by current subscribers to the monthly promos/megamixes cassettes and magazine (details on 06286-67276) . . . Theo Loyla has been servicing jocks (to no great effect) with selected CBS product like Shalamar and Peter Brown, which may explain his attitude to my comments about CBS’s records still selling whether DJs got them for free or not: however, it’s noticeable that nothing new other than ‘PYT’ has hit our charts since the company’s mailing list ended, The SOS Band only just making it now this week on re-release (I’ve yet to “black” anything although I’m still not getting any review copies to tell our 16,000 DJ readers about) . . . Nightclub chart contributors seem much more influenced by their most recent Island mailouts in particular, with emphasis on recent, as many “hits” are so short-lived one wonders why they charted them in the first place? . . . Island’s slipmats, Nike hooded training jackets and now (for the select few) canvas record carrying cases will soon be followed by day-glo sweatshirts for promotional wear – what’s next, Jocelyn Brown leather wallets containing real money (please!)? . . . Steve Ogley now has a matching pair (of Malcolm X slipmats, that is!) – he funks Thur/Fri/Sat at Lowestoft’s refurbished Ziggie’s (ex-Snaps), where Paul Lincoln (0502-86679) is desperate for promo VHS videos which would get large screen showings in two rooms seven nights a week . . . Paul Earnshaw is hoping to promote groups from the North of England via video and wants to hear from VJs at 78 Fern Street, Colne, Lancs . . . Lyndon T is updating the soul/funk/electro/Hi-NRG mailing lists at Polo Records, 351 Edgware Road, London W2 . . . Gary Crowley’s Magic Box has moved back to 4-6pm on Saturdays on Capital so as not to clash with his dimpled self on TV’s ‘Ear Say’, which now gives Greg Edwards three hours again 6-9pm (and he’s even doing a Best Disco again at the Lyceum this Friday!) . . . Phil Allen, as hinted, left Capital’s Saturday night-time soul show for the daily dawn shift, John Sachs currently caretaking until hopefully Peter Young can keep us informed with the Fusion Top 40 . . . Tony Monson celebrated his 40th birthday last Friday stranded on the air at Horizon for six hours as the other jocks didn’t show up! . . . London’s airwaves now include an Asian pirate – what with Greek, reggae, soul etc, this really is community local radio . . . Change ‘Change Of Heart’ is too hot to hold – mixed in logical sequence Y&P/SOS Band/Change it’s the one that causes a commotion on the floor, so can we have a 12in NOW, please? . . . Evan Rogers of course is like Michael Wycoff ‘Tell Me Love’, which Jan Allen (Eastbourne Shimmers) finds a useful hot tempo . . . Ian Levine, most upset, insists the dodgy level drop towards the end of side two of his flawlessly mixed ‘StreetSounds Hi-Energy 2’ wasn’t his doing, and answers comments from Paul Major (Hinckley Bubbles) and others about Evelyn Thomas copying the ‘Relax’ riff with “’Snot, it’s more like ‘In The Navy’”! . . . Jo Jolly’s 100MPH Disco at Brighton Poynings Devils Dyke Hotel mixes Roni Griffith ‘The Best Part Of Breakin’ Up’ with ‘High Energy’ . . . Evelyn Thomas herself kicks off a tour at Sheffield Chequers Fri (4), London Bang Mon (7), Harringey Bolts Thur (10) . . . Hazell Dean does Bournemouth Boscombe The Academy Fri (4), Mimi hits Harringey Bolts Sat (5), Eartha Kitt Sun (6) . . . Phil England does Eastbourne King’s Country Club Thur (3), Dorchester Buzz Inn Sat (5) . . . Radio London’s Tony Blackburn and JFM’s Graham Gold soul West Norwood Norwood Suite’s G. Bee’s Nite Spot Friday (4), when Invicta’s Mastermind Roadshow cut up Peckham Kisses (where resident jock Gordon Mac forgot to turn the tape over during their Easter “four deck mix” – thanx!), Radio Kent’s Dave Brown & Ian Reading funk Southend Zero 6, and Chris Kaye again funks Southborough Royal Victoria Hall . . . Saturday (5) Gary Oldis sez “name that toon for cash” at sunny Scarborough’s packed Victoria’s (however he’s after Southern residencies on 0325-84619), Froggy funks Leysdown Stage 3, Peterborough Fletton Fleet Sleckers’ 1am (Sunday) allniter stars Jonathon, Steve Allen etc . . . Chris Hill & Jeff Young in a confusion over the date can’t make Sunday (6) at Glasgow Panama Jack’s alldayer – they thought it was Monday! . . . Horizon’s Gilles Peterson is taking over from Paul Murphy playing jazz/latin/samba/salsa/bebop for the twinkling feet every Friday in Camden Electric Ballroom’s jazz room . . . Kev Hill shouts from Whispers that while indeed straight jazz ain’t so hot in Harlow his recent Caister Reunion night attracted lots of soul weekenders, many club regulars included as his solid soul/funk Saturdays attract crowds from London/Southend/etc, who come from the music rather than to drink and start a tuck! . . . miaou miaou . . . hey, forget about “fresh”, let’s look at that FLESH!


Tripping the light fantastic, T.C. Curtis has somewhat belatedly unleashed a remix of his ‘Dance To The Beat’ (Hot Melt 12-TC 002, via IDS) now in the form of a 3-track 12in with a basic 119bpm A-side Remix or even brighter but shorter 118½bpm Club Remix as well as the original First Mix on the flip. A simple funk groove not unlike KC in chant structure, it’s moronic enough fun to deserve wider attention from pop jocks now the summer’s come.


HOT VINYL

EDWIN STARR: ‘Marvin’ (Streetwave MKHAN 12)
Borrowing its plopping backing twiddle from ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, this sincere heartfelt tribute “from a friend, to a friend” is a gently drifting 84/42-0bpm smoocher that’s usefully the same BPM as ‘Let’s Get It On’ (Kevin Keys ‘Distant Lover’ follows nicely). The lyrics especially will strike a responsive chord – except the opening evocative “it was a Sunday morning about 1am” is unfortunately a day out . . . the news broke here at 1am on Monday morning, and it was Sunday evening in the States. Other tributes are coming, though this’ll be a hard act to follow.

BOBBY WOMACK: ‘Tell Me Why’ (LP ‘The Poet II’ Motown ZL 72205)
Co-produced by Andrew Loog Oldham of early Stones fame (they covered the Womack brothers-comprised Valentinos’ ‘It’s All Over Now’ exactly 20 years ago), the gospel-drenched soul star’s hottest dancer is this superb jiggly 111bpm swaying backbeat snapper, great out of ‘Automatic’, while other slower snoggers are the Patti LaBelle duetted 35-71½bpm ‘Through The Eyes Of A Child’, and solo “shoo be doo wah” started old fashioned gently plopping 91-94bpm ‘Surprise Surprise’. The whole set is essential.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Come To Me (One Way Or Another)’ (Arista JJK121)
Infinitely preferable to the derivative 136bpm rock-disco ‘Sweetest Sweetest’ A-side, this exotically frisky 115bpm rhythm kicker with a Latin lilt is a tuneful delight and locks onto Kenny G should the starkly skittering beats frighten you at first. An extremely classy return to ‘Rio’, not to be missed . . . and surely worth making plug-side?

EXQUISITE TASTE: ‘It’s You That’s Happening’ (US Starlite B335)
Last week’s biggest new import, a starkly smacking then tightly scatted and unison sung (0-)118½bpm synth burbled simple socker driven electronically, while the soulful fellahs have an almost Britfunk vocal approach (punchy inst dub/acappella flip). Likely to do rapid business.

DIVINE SOUNDS: ‘What People Do For Money’ (Streetwave MKHAN 11)
Powerful acappella chant-introed then beefily smacking 122⅓bpm almost anthemic rapper with title-chorusing chix between line-swapping chaps and hip hop effects, unexpectedly strong and evidently huge in New York thanks to the bitter acidity of its “message” – its differently structured and scratched instrumental-with-chick 123bpm ‘Dollar Bill Dub Dub’ flip, previously unproven, kicked off ‘StreetSounds Electro 3’. Worth attention.

PUSHÉ: ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away’ (US Partytime PT 108)
Rather good Winston Jones/Paul Simpson (Connection) co-prod/penned rumbling and chugging chap-sung 119bpm lurcher rhythmically based on Hot Streak’s ‘Body Work’ though looser in sound (nice out of Exquisite Taste), the alternative instrumental dub flip tightening up on the synth. Likely to be big.

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Mega-Mix’ (US Columbia 44-04960)
Not to be mistaken for an earlier inferior UK release, this brilliant if somewhat floor confusing 0-111⅔-0-111⅔–111¼bpm mega-mix by Grandmixer D.ST. throws together snatches and scratches of ‘Rockit’, ‘Autodrive’, ‘Future Shock’, ‘TFS’, ‘Rough’, Chameleon ‘84’ and even the chimes of Big Ben! A little too disorientating to be huge although certainly a hip hop collectors’ item.

IMAGINATION: ‘State Of Love’ (R&B RBL 218)
Drastically remixed by Jonathan Fearing, this now 0-110bpm juddering densely textured electro jolter is usefully “hot tempo” with Leee’s occasionally Bee Gee-ish voice carrying the melody through it all in an impressive return (lovely slow drifting 64bpm ‘Wrong In Love’ flip), but possibly more for soul than pop fans. Hope I’m wrong!

SOUL KINGS: ‘King Of Soul Medley’ (Red Rooster HEN 4T, via Pinnacle)
Belated UK release for the vocally brilliant James Brown impersonating medley which was all too briefly warm on import late last year, a very cleverly constructed 122⅗bpm combination of JB material from early ‘60s to early ‘70s, smoothly flowing so everything’s the same even tempo without disturbing the songs’ accurate sound, singer Forest Beverly getting every little vocal inflexion exactly like the original albeit slightly lighter in tone (edit flip).

STARPOINT: ‘It’s All Yours’ (Elektra E6964 T)
Probably champing at the bit as this is so late here but still sounding better than ever before, wailing Renee Diggs struts her stuff in Patrice Rushen/Chaka Khan/Ashford & Simpson style on an excellent electronically bumped Kashif-ish 114⅕bpm lurcher that’ll have to build fresh support from the pop sector as it’s just about over on import now (acappella intro-less LP Version/dead slow ‘Something In Your Eyes’ flip).

THE DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘I’ll Be Around’ (Atlantic A 9666T)
Timely reissue of their classic original 1972 US smash/UK miss, at 109-111bpm useful for megamixing with Terri Wells, officially now as flip to the current chunkily rolling 114bpm ‘Right Or Wrong’ (which has the exact same familiar old bassline as The Kane Gang!). A strategic warm-up before ‘Love Is In Season’?

KENT JORDAN: ‘California’ (LP ‘No Question About It’ US Columbia FC 39325)
Last week’s specialist album sensation, the Stanley Clarke-produced jazz flautist from New Orleans tootles gently on this (not surprisingly) bass snapped lazily drifting 97bpm jogger, the electronic percussion, synth ‘n chant driven Latin flavoured (0)117½bpm title track (great out of Cloud One), and tranquil almost mushy 102bpm ‘Looking Through The Windows’ (the Jackson 5 tune). Others are mood music/jazz.

KEY-MATIC: ‘Breakin’ In Space’ (US Radar RDR-12014)
Possibly French in origin, this “break!”-punctuated vocodered, sung ‘n rapped 110½bpm surprisingly gentle hip hop swayer, if such is imaginable, has scratching ‘n stuff behind some lovely sax by Najee and is interestingly melodic – the sax interplay being emphasised on the instrumental flip, while ‘Luna Beats I’ is ideal to run under the Herbie Hancock megamixes’ tempoless ‘Future Shock’ section.

JUNIE MORRISON: ‘Techno-Fréqs’ (Ze/Island 12 IS 171)
Interesting marriage of P’funk with hip hop on an infectiously rolling 107bpm groove mixing up all kinds of funky voices, smurfs and electro effects over the solid Zapp-like beat (‘T-Fréqan’ flipside inst continuation), Junie being the Ohio Players’ original front man and now a regular P. Funk All-Star (he co-penned/sang Funkadelic’s ‘One Nation’). F-f-f-fréqan fresh!

FREESTYLE EXPRESS: ‘Freestyle’ (Sunnyview SUNYL 104)
Surely the title and group name should more logically be reversed? One of my own “secret weapons” for months now, this over-fast but easily varied-down 0-129bpm hip hop electro whipper with smurf voices was dynamite synched between Hashim and Laid Back, but now Tenderloinz ‘Where’s The Beef?’ works with it equally well. I personally play the more instrumental flip.

O’JAYS: ‘Extraordinary Girl’ (US Philadelphia International 4Z0 05000)
Starting with an ‘I Will Survive’-style slow intro that’s impossible to avoid, and going through many rhapsodic piano-backed schmaltzy lulls, this Gamble & Huff-prod/penned jiggly c0-116bpm melodic swayer is certainly attractive but more likely to break via radio play (dead slow flip).

RAH BAND featuring NADIA FLASCH: ‘Dream Street’ (S.O.S. SNDS 1003X)
Disjointedly introed tunefully loping 120¼bpm strider with new girl Nadia doing a husky Grace Jones-meets-Eartha Kitt in spoken passages interspersed by the regular RAH samba sound and some acid guitar (edit/inst flip), unusual but unlikely to put off faithful fans.

BILL FREDRICKS: ‘You’ll Never Find A Love Like Mine’ (Unigram UNT 555, via IDA)
Big butch Bill (never shake hands with this man!) revives Lou Rawls’ classic swayer from deep down in his boots before then soaring soulfully, the 111bpm Radio Mix flip being better as a whole than the soul-less chix and Forrest rhythm started 112bpm Dance Mix, which sounds best if you miss the dreadful first quarter!

PAUL BLAKE AND THE BLOOD FIRE POSSE: ‘Rub A Dub Soldier’ (Revue REV 008D, via Creole)
Wild offbeat ambiguously fast 156½/78¼bpm reggae romp full of fun, causing most stir on pop radio so likely to cross over first, and fast (starker 157⅓/78⅔bpm Scratch Version inst flip).

AKABU: ‘Watch Yourself’ (US Body Rock BR5003)
Britfunk goes hip hop, this London-recorded/New York-mixed, Adrian Sherwood-prod/Double Dee & Steinski-cut, Vyris Edghill & Valerie Skeete-sung vibes-tinkled bassily pushing 114-113½-114-113½bpm lurcher is full of C-Bank style breaking glass effects and gets all too briefly freakiest at the very end (inst flip/113½bpm ‘Akabu Beats’).

BREAK MACHINE: ‘(Let’s Have A) Break Dance Party’ (Record Shack SOHOT 20)
Although the mainly instrumental alternative mix flip is more hip hop, this dreadfully uninspired 118½bpm follow-up is so devoid of fresh ideas it deserves to do a Monyaka.

CINDY VOLZING: ‘I Want You Every Day And Night (“Fresh”)’ (US Clockwork CW 89018)
Choppily burbling 118⅓bpm synth jitterer with the now current “young female innocent” vocal (though not such a Shannon hip hop rhythm) and Donald Duck quacking “you look so fresh” through an electronically gated break, the best bit – the instrumental dub flip being even more electronically gated with a nice slippery rhythm (but sadly not enough of “Donald”).

CD III: ‘Success’ (US Prelude PRL D679)
Disappointingly dull 105¾bpm juddering jitterer with rapping and chanting interplay, more interesting semi-instrumental flip with scratching and good effects for electro fanatics.

X RAY CONNECTION: ‘No More Communication’ (Dutch Break 308443)
Basic c116½bpm electro skitterer with Tornadoes-style synth and R2D2 effects twittering away, not bad but not exactly “fresh” (Surprise Edit flip).

LARRICE: ‘Bop ‘Til I Drop’ (US Streetwise SWRL 2227)
Particularly trite Shannon-sings-‘IOU’ c122bpm ripoff in Bop Mix/Drop Mix/Bonus Beats, causing a mild stir Stateside where oddly in general it’s the duff (to our ears) electro tracks that click!

DISCO 3: ‘Fat Boys’ (US Sutra SUD 024)
Dragging predictable poppin’ MCs c100½bpm rapper, ‘Human Beat Box’ continuation, inst flip.

STARCHILD/DISCO BEE: ‘B-Boy Breakers’ (US Quality QUS 060)
Boring c120½bpm rap jolter.


Hi-NRG

MIQUEL BROWN: ‘So Many Men So Little Time – Hot Tracks Remix (Phased)’ (Record Shack SOHOT 17)
Well known old rattling 130bpm racer with catchy count-up hook and much breezy excitement, messily re-edited in the US and then phased here to add further effect (original version flip).

CINEMA: ‘I Love Men’ (Streetwave MKHAN 10)
Warren Schatz-prod-pen/arr/engineered chick-sung rattling 130bpm skipper with a fluidly pumping bassline and tinny strings (inst flip), already proving short-lived on import although it sounds good – maybe it’s the words?

LIFE FORCE: ‘What A Way To Go’ (Polo 12-33)
Chick-led London group pounding out what sounds like an 139bpm rewrite of Peaches & Herb’s ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’ (inst flip), on white label for the next fortnight.

LAURIECE HUDSON: ‘Automatic Lover’ (Recent Future CART 325)
Belated UK release for the vocoder-introed chick-sung choppily jittering 127bpm synth skitterer (dub flip), not the Dee D Jackson oldie.


DISCO TOP 85 – MAY 5, 1984

01 01 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
02 02 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
03 03 SHE’S STRANGE/CLUB MIX (REMIX)/GROOVE WITH YOU, Cameo, Club 12in
04 05 CHANGE OF HEART/YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM, Change, US Atlantic RFC LP
05 11 I’LL BE AROUND, Terri Wells, London 12in
06 06 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME/DAYBREAK/A.M. (MEDLEY)/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
07 08 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
08 10 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
09 14 LOVEQUAKE, Bobby King, Motown 12in
10 04 HI, HOW YA DOIN? (GRAVITY MIX), Kenny G, Arista 12in
11 09 LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Real To Reel, Arista 12in
12 07 LOVE IS IN SEASON/TWO OF A KIND/NOT JUST ANOTHER LOVER, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic LP
13 19 DON’T GIVE ME UP, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
14 12 STEPPIN’ OUT/PHILLY TALK/DREAM RIDE, George Howard, US TBA LP
15 22 THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
16 21 WHAT DO I DO? (CARNIVAL MIX)/(PINA COLADA MIX-IN-DUB), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
17 30 EMERGENCY (DIAL 999)/DUB MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
18 13 GIVE ME TONIGHT/DUB VERSION, Shannon, Club 12in
19 17 SOMEDAY/OUTSTANDING, Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
20 18 MATT’S MOOD, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
21 39 DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
22 24 BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA), Julia & Company, London 12in
23 15 TELL ME WHY/LOVE HAS FINALLY COME AT LAST/SURPRISE SURPRISE/THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD, Bobby Womack, Motown LP
24 20 BREAK/GO FOR IT/NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL/INTIMATE CONNECTION/TONIGHT/YOU DID IT AGAIN, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
25 16 WHAT DO I DO?, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
26 33 COME BACK LOVER, Fresh Band, US Are ‘N Be 12in
27 28 LUCKY STAR (US REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
28 26 KEEP IT COMIN’/YOU CAN’T HAVE MY LOVE, The Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
29 41 JUST A TOUCH OF LOVE/STEPPIN’ OUT – WAIT FOR ME (MEDLEY), Slave, Atlantic 12in
30 29 GET IN TOUCH WITH ME (US MIX), One Blood, Ensign 12in
31 37 JAM ON IT, Newcleus, Sunnyview 12in
32 36 STAY WITH ME TONIGHT (US CLUB MIX)/PLANE LOVE (UK REMIX)/THE JEFFREY OSBORNE SOUL MIX, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
33 — I’LL BE AROUND/RIGHT OR WRONG, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
34 25 STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’, The Chi-Lites, US Private I 12in
35 27 DEJA VU, AB’s, Streetwave 12in
36 31 P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING)/THRILLER (INSTRUMENTAL), Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
37 23 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffery Osborne, US A&M 12in
38 58 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, Elektra 12in
39 — JUST BE GOOD TO ME, The S.O.S. Band, Tabu 12in
40 32 S.O.S., Matsubara, US D&D 12in
41 74 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN, L.J. Reynolds, US Mercury LP
42 35 IN THE HEART, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
43 57 SATISFY ME LOVER/BREAKOUT, Starpoint, US Elektra LP
44 50 STAY HERE WITH ME, Evan Rogers, US RCA Victor 12in
45 63 MEGA STREET/NIGHT LADIES, Crusaders, MCA 12in
46 76 DON’T KEEP ME WAITING (DUB MIX), Tia Monae, Carrere 12in
47 67 COME BE WITH ME/LIGHT MY FIRE, The Ronnie McNeir Experience, Capitol 12in
48 54 LOVELITE, O’Bryan, US Capitol 12in
49 62 HELLO, Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
50 55 CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE, Executive, US Oh My! Records 12in
51 — DON’T GO LOSE IT BABY, Hugh Masekela, Jive Afrika 12in
52 43 FLYING HIGH, Cloud One, US Heavenly Star Record Corp 12in
53 75 FEELS SO GOOD, Midnight Star, Solar LP/7in
54 45 TAXI, J. Blackfoot, Allegiance/Sound Town 12in
55 83 BREAKIN’ DOWN (M&M REMIX), Julia & Company, London 12in
56 40 I’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY, Zena Dejonay, Calibre 12in
57 34 PROMISES CAN BREAK/I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, The System, US Mirage LP
58 71 ALL NIGHT PASSION, Alisha, Fourth & Broadway 12in
59 — ONE LOVE – PEOPLE GET READY/SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Island 12in
60 — IT’S YOU THAT’S HAPPENING, Exquisite Taste, US Starlite 12in
61 47 LAND OF HUNGER, The Earons, US Island 12in
62 — CALIFORNIA/NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, Kent Jordan, US Columbia LP
63 78 OUT OF SIGHT, Lefturno, MCA 12in
64 46 I KEEP COMIN’ BACK TO YOU/RUNNIN’ AROUND, The Chi-Lites, US Private I LP
65 64 FOR YOUR LOVE/EXTENDED VERSION, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
66 56 SMALL TOWN CREED/ONE MILLION CHICKENS CAN’T BE WRONG (INSTRUMENTAL), The Kane Gang, Kitchenware 12in
67 44 LUCKY STAR, Madonna, Sire 12in
68 70 NO SELL OUT (REMIX), Malcolm X/Keith LeBlanc, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
69 — LOVE WARS (REMIX), Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
70 42 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, Dutch Epic LP
71 — MEGA-MIX, Herbie Hancock/Grandmixer D.ST., US Columbia 12in
72 48 BEAT BOX (DIVERSION ONE), Art Of Noise, ZTT 12in
73 — ALL NIGHT LONG (SOCA), Gloria Ifill, Trindisc 12in
74 52 I REALLY DON’T NEED NO LIGHT, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M LP
75 — DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY, Pushé, US Partytime 12in
76 53 OOH, I LIKE THE WAY IT FEELS, Toni Smith, Malaco 12in
77 84 TIME WILL REVEAL/I LIKE IT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
78 — OUT OF SIGHT (REMIX), Lefturno, MCA 12in
79 — THE CHAMP, American Gypsy, Dutch Break 12in
80 38 DIAL 999/A LITTLE SPICE/CHOOSE ME/SO MUCH LOVE/FEELS SO RIGHT NOW, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
81 — MARVIN, Edwin Starr, Streetwave 12in promo
82 65 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP
83 — AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ (AIN’T NO WAY), McFadden & Whitehead, US Sutra 12in
84 — IT’S ALRIGHT, Bon Rock, Recent Future Beau-Jolly 12in
85 — GOTTA GIVE A LITTLE LOVE, Timmy Thomas, US Gold Mountain 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 06 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER, Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
03 05 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamela Stanley, US TSR 12in
04 04 EMERGENCY, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
05 07 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
06 02 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Kofi & The Lovetones, Electricity 12in
07 03 NOTHING’S WORSE THAN BEING ALONE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
08 08 DESIRE (HI-ENERGY MIX)/(ROCK MIX), Paul Parker, Technique 12in
09 10 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, Electricity 12in
10 17 DOCTOR’S ORDERS – COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoir Faire 12in
11 11 THE UPSTROKE/Hi-NRG MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
12 15 TIE ME DOWN, Romance, Passion 12in
13 19 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BMC 12in
14 09 JUST ANOTHER BROKEN HEART, Dorothy Moore, US Streetking 12in
15 12 SOMEBODY TO LOVE, Café Society, Passion 12in
16 20 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
17 — FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
18 18 I’M LIVING MY OWN LIFE (REMIX), Earlene Bentley, US TVI 12in
19 22 HEARTS ON FIRE, Hush, Spirit 12in
20 23 THE MAN’S SO REAL (TOTALLY INTENSIFIED REMIX), Mimi, Challenge 12in
21 16 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, Streetwave 12in
22 — WE ARE INVINCIBLE, 501’s, ERC 12in
23 27 LOVE FIRE, Jimmy James, ERC 12in
24 13 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
25 — THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
26 21 HAPPINESS, Christopher Street, ERC 12in
27 — LOVE ON THE ROCKS (REMIX), Lama, Carrere 12in
28 — WHAT A WAY TO GO (ENERGETIC MIX), Life Force, Polo 12in
29 — WHERE IS MY MAN (HOT TRACKS MEGAMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
30= — KEEP DANCING, Touch Of Class, US Next Plateau 12in
30= — JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, US Planet 12in
30= — DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, US Profile 12in


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):

Duran Duran 0-125-129f, New Order 113-0c, Cocteau Twins 60f, Billy Joel 168/84f, Kenny Loggins 0-172r, The Imposter 40½-0f, King Kurt 240-242-96-95-0c, Womack & Womack 0-121f, Whitesnake 133-135f, Joe Jackson 0-130½-0r, Roland Rat 120f, Kerri & Mick 38f, Harold Melvin 119f, Loose Ends 123f.


NIGHTCLUB

Pop jocks are playing: 1 (1) Phil Fearon, 2 (2) Michael Jackson A/B, 3 (10) Rufus, 4 (5) Madonna ‘LS’, 5 (34) Kool ‘ITH’/’T’, 6 (12) Shannon ‘GMT’, 7 (3) Weather Girls, 8 (6) Culture Club, 9 (8) Cameo, 10 (4) Lionel Richie A/B, 11 (25) Gap Band, 12 (13) Paul Hardcastle, 13 (14) Break Machine ‘SD’, 14 (-) The SOS Band, 15 (-) Thompson Twins, 16 (9) Dennis Edwards, 17 (29) Pointer Sisters, 18 (-) Jocelyn Brown, 19 (11) Depeche Mode, 20 (-) Scritti Politti, 21 (36) Dead Or Alive, 22 (7) Julia & Co, 23 (19) The Special AKA, 24 (23) Shannon ‘LTMP’, 25 (27) Bob Marley, 26 (-) Terri Wells, 27 (37) Sade, 28 (-) OMD, 29 (-) The Cure, 30 (-) Melle Mel ‘White Lines’, 31 (15) Bananarama, 32 (-) Alisha, 33 (-) Hazell Dean ‘S’, 34 (26) Psychedelic Furs, 35 (32) Propaganda, 36 (-) Kenny G, 37 (38) Kool ‘J’, 38 (-) Queen, 39 (-) Evelyn Thomas, 40 (-) Jeffrey Osborne ‘SWMT’, 41 (-) Bobby King, 42 (-) Trans-X ‘Living On Video’, 43 (20) Crusaders, 44 (-) Earons, 45 (-) Phil Collins, 46 (-) Blancmange, 47 (17) Malcolm X, 48 (31) Art Of Noise, 49 (-) Matt Bianco B/A, 50 (-) Womack & Womack

… an extended chart to make up for its absence last week (and, with another bank holiday deadline looming, doubtless ditto next week!)

2 thoughts on “May 5, 1984: Edwin Starr, Bobby Womack, Jermaine Jackson, Exquisite Taste, Divine Sounds”

  1. Good to see a mention of the legendary Tony Monsoon who’s still going strong at 76 with a fantastic new compilation CD released in late 2019, “The Music Inside Me”. We all know what happened to Jonathan King but there’s no denying “Entertainment USA” was a groundbreaking series that gave the UK a unique insight to US pop culture on a weekly basis long before the internet. Hard for millennials to understand how vital that link was, we had very little info on what was happening in the US in “real time”. The show was responsible for breaking many US releases here. It was required viewing!

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  2. Yes, Tony Monson still going strong on Solar Radio every weekday 10:00 till 13:00. Always a good listen. Would love to see an archive of his Street Sales chart that appeared in Black Echoes. Would be great to compare what was being bought compared to what what was being danced to.

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