ODDS ‘N’ BODS
BEGAN CEKIC, the Brooklyn producer who specializes in sound-alike remakes, has now got the Michael Jackson impersonator in Main Line to do a ‘One And Only (Jackson Medley)‘ (US Master Mix MMR-003) which in ‘Stars On 45’ style follows exactly the format of Alan Coulthard’s ‘Michael Jackson Megamix‘, the widely broadcast but commercially unavailable Disco Mix Club cassette/Epic 12in promo which legally used the genuine article (maybe now’s the ideal time for it to come out?): anyway, after I’d alerted him Alan’s comments were “An absolute blatant copy down to the most minute detail — incredible! I suppose I’m flattered really, but it’s a bit a cheek — I was flabberghasted when I heard it” (Alan is reading law at London University and had a few other things to say, tool) . . . London’s pirate soul stations must have started showing up in the ratings as increased pressure by legal stations is being brought on the Home Office to wipe them out — they certainly supply a real community service now, soul being available 24 hours now on Horizon, all day on JFM and nights on Invicta (who’ve been getting swamped by an Arab pirate!), not to forget every weekday morning with Tony Blackburn on BBC Radio London (all this regular exposure is creating Increased record sales if only to DJs) . . . Capital Radio’s Sunday pre-dawn soul slot is now filled with Peter Young doing a sort of updated ‘Pete’s Party — Part 2’, enlarging on the ‘Soul Cellar’ segment of his Friday evening show, and is soon to be followed early Sunday morning by Mister Ouch! Al Matthews’ new ‘When The Spirit Moves’ gospel show (mmm-hmm!) . . . Kashif’s imminent ‘Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart‘ (for rush release here) is a jolting 115bpm swayer with extremely mannered pent-up panting, muttering and beseeching vocal in Jackson style, while George Benson and Al Jarreau guest on his LP due next month . . . Roni Griffith’s 126bpm ‘(The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up‘, an ever-present chart threat for the past two years thanks to its enduring Hi-NRG popularity, actually hit the Nightclub list this week in its original Vanguard form, but by total coincidence has just been re-released by new label Making Waves (SURF 101T, via Rough Trade)! . . . The System has been remixed to replace current pressings, and Jive re-pressed (promo only) Hugh Masekela with his shorter LP version replacing the Stretch Mix which really was proving too monotonously stretched out and boring! . . . Circle City Band ‘Magic’ is now on US Becket, so will PRT finally get it out here? . . . Roy Floyd (Okehampton Scandals) echoes us all in his disappointment that the Detroit Spinners ‘Love Is In Season‘ isn’t out here yet on single (maybe WEA think it’s the Christmas season!) . . . The Jacksons’ ‘Victory’ LP, due in a month, has fair shares with each brother contributing songs to prevent it being dominated by Michael, while unbelievably their US tour is rumoured so far to miss such key cities as Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta and New Orleans — maybe they’ll be literally “barnstorming”, as what’s left?! . . . Polydor ought to put it about that sister LaToya Jackson was of course recording for them before her current new Private I affiliation . . . Harry Belafonte-produced hip hop movie ‘Beat Street’ is having a huge promotional push in the States, with ranges of merchandise and even special boutiques in stores, which as previously predicted should both explode and ultimately kill the whole genre . . . Herbie Hancock & Grandmixer D.ST. live in concert are on US video . . . ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ was originally planned as Jermaine Jackson’s duet with Whitney Houston until Dennis Edwards beat him to it with his own partner Siedah Garrett — who incidentally, after working with Sergio Mendes and duetting on Kashif’s new LP, has been signed to Qwest as part of the group formed to sing on the next Quincy Jones LP (which is how James Ingram surfaced, if you remember) . . . Qwest have also signed jazz veterans Jimmy Smith and Sarah Vaughan, MCA dropped Oliver Cheatham (who sadly stiffed Stateside) but picked up Rockie Robbins . . . Julio Iglesias’s next singing partner will be Diana Ross! . . . Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced Cherrelle is really Cheryl Norton. who’s sung with Michael Henderson . . . Billy Ocean is looking for PAs via In Store Music on 01-274 1563, similarly Intrigue via Nick on 01-800 6113 . . . Paul ‘Suzuki Kidd’ Anthony, producing legal ‘Mastertrax’ background/foreground music cassettes for Tape Techniques, still does Mon/Wed at Wolverhampton Eve’s but has taken over Fri/Sat at Luton’s refurbished Tropicana Beach where manager Dave Cahill (0582-458750) is keen to be included in any PA itineraries . . . Disco Gary funks Fri/Sat at Croydon Club Musique and does St James’s posh Tramp Wed, but could handle more gigs on the other nights (Medway 0634-683841) . . . Matt Hayward, responsible for putting out so much black material while managing PRT, has formed his own Shepperton Studio Centre-based Sierra label and is after masters/artists for the UK on 09328-62688 (I include this especially for our US readers) . . . Suzie Halls has left Jive to live in New York (and sing on more records?) . . . Z.Z. Hill the soulful blues man sadly died aged 48 from a blood clot on April 27: without meaning to name drop, I’ll never forget finding my first Z.Z. Hill single twenty years ago at New York’s Colony record shop on Broadway, where they used to let me play all the new stuff myself behind the counter — I’d just put ZZ on when my friend the then jazz star Les McCann came into the shop and we both raved about ZZ’s soulfulness (incidentally, how long before the jazz mafia latch onto Les?) . . . BBC-1 on Monday showed 1972’s ‘Across 110th Street’ with soundtrack songs by Bobby Womack — how many spotted the opening shot of 125th Street with the Apollo’s marquee advertising the Miracles and Jr Walker?! . . . ‘Black On Black’ this Thursday (17) are filming the first semi-final of ‘Miss Gullivers’, and Channel 4 are also at Mayfair’s Gullivers for the next few Mondays making a programme about soca . . . Heatwave are in town to record a new LP, and Sharon Redd is also about (sporting a new red Jeffrey Daniel haircut!), interestingly between labels . . . Divine Sounds ‘What People Do For Money‘ (Streetwave here) stormed into the US Black chart, while John Rocca ‘I Want It to Be Real‘ topped US Dance/Disco . . . The Earons give themselves numbers rather than names, so they’re comprised of .22, .33, .18, .28 and .69 (I wonder what he’s into?) . . . Norman Scott is packing the floor at Harringey Bolts with an exclusive Proto preview cassette of Divine’s ‘So You Think You’re A Man‘, due in June and reportedly fab . . . Chris Lucas (Earls Court Copacabana) has left the counter at Record Shack to work instead at original Embassy DJ Greg James’s brand new record and equipment shop in Hammersmith (98 Fulham Palace Road) . . . Robbie Leslie, top jock at the world’s biggest gay club, New York’s The Saint, flew to London last weekend evidently just to hear Ian Levine mixing at Heaven but got jet lag and overslept until 5am, missing it all! . . . Colin Holsgrove (London Hippodrome) was “only an inch away” from that lion . . . I find my current killers are Local Boy/Yvonne Gage ‘Haunted House ‘/Loose Ends ‘Emergency (Dub)’ (amazing effect with the exact same beat sound taking over!)/Brass Construction; Patrice Rushen/Change/The SOS Band ‘For Your Love (Dub)’ (dynamite out of Change’s break!)/Pointer Sisters; Jermaine Jackson ‘Come To Me’/The System ‘I Wanna’; Hugh Masekela/Timmy Thomas . . . El Chicano’s vocal works if you start with the instrumental, synching the vocal side over it to mix in at the first chorus —but why should we have to (a) buy two copies (b) do the producer’s work for him? . . . London Stringfellows jock Peter Anthony drove 1,500 miles in two days touring Scotland, Lake District & North Wales with not surprisingly often comatose girlfriend Philippa — hey, hey, hey, LET’S STAY FRESH OUT THERE!
BIANCA: ‘Where The Beat Meets The Street’ (EMI 12EMI 5459)
With at least a title line that sticks in the mind after just one play, this Peter Collins-produced over anxious 120bpm attempt to muscle in on Madonna territory is sung by a delightful Belgium-based Hungarian who’s even foxier in the flesh than her photo suggests! If she can just be persuaded to face the audience at PAs she should go far…
PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)’ (US Elektra 0-66970)
Quietly satisfying rather than an epoch-making mind blower, so likely to stay within soul circles without crossing over in a big way, her long awaited newie comes in two similar vocal versions with the sharper so-called ‘Dub Version‘ flip already being the floor scorcher — a repetitive gently swaying 104bpm delicate cool tugger with her usual precise singing and a perfect subdued hot tempo (great between Jocelyn Brown and Change), all very sneaky.
CHANGE: ‘Change Of Heart’ LP (WEA WX5)
Hotter than hot, in fact THE hot tempo, the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-prod/penned 107½bpm title track tensely tugging ultra nagging jitterer is poised to top the soul disco chart once UK 12in copies (remixed it seems) appear in the next fortnight, but meanwhile the original already sizzling LP is out here now and well worth getting as there are some venues which amazingly prefer the toned down jitter of the blander 110bpm ‘You Are My Melody‘ and 109bpm ‘Warm‘. If excitement comes in colours, colour this black!
FATBACK: ‘I Found Lovin” (LP ‘With Love’ US Spring SPR-33-6741)
From a initially disappointing album which I never reviewed but simmering away for many months as an underground smash in London’s hipper black clubs and now belatedly breaking in a big way thanks to pirate radio play, this truly insidious really nagging 105bpm hot tempo groove has a Yarbrough & Peoples-ish beat pushing the mellow soulsters without ever finding a climax — a much repeatable soul ‘Bolero’? Just signed to the Cotillion label, they’ll have newer product here soon so don’t get confused (however, even now an enterprising one-off 12in deal for this track could have interesting results!).
CUBA GOODING: ‘Got The Hots’ (US Streetwise SWRL 2222)
Plopping congas and afro type chanting make an odd very long intro before the beat beefs up and Cuba comes in with “hot”-hissing chix and tinkling steel drums behind him on a Gavin Christopher-prod/penned languidly pushing subduedly hot tempo 101⅓-102bpm jogger which is great (minus intro) out of Jocelyn Brown’s break and really atmospheric in its own right — the Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long’ influence at work again. Although basically instrumental, the chix-retaining 102-103⅓bpm flip starts straight off more like a Part 2 continuation. A bit of a grabber, this.
BILLY OCEAN: ‘European Queen (No More Love On The Run)’ (Jive JIVE T 55)
Produced by Keith Diamond in New York and known as ‘Caribbean Queen’ in several mixes just about everywhere except here, it seems, this spacious sounding chunkily chugging 114bpm throbber has a really great bass line and not enough of some fabulous classy sax, which thankfully kicks off the very differently treated but actually rather confusingly dubwise instrumental flip (shared with the less impressive original LP version). Billy’s best in ages, hopefully a hit.
LOCAL BOY: ‘Thriller/Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Medley)’. (Belgian Jump & Shout JS 1214)
Soul purists may sneer but this Club House style Continental (0-)122-0bpm remake medley brilliantly sets the Yes vocal to Michael Jackson’s backing track —that’s it, almost nil of ‘Thriller’ as a song but all the lyrics and some of Trevor Horn’s freaky blasts from ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ (which deserved to emulate its US success here). Needless to say it’s superb before ‘Doin’ It In A Haunted House’!
YVONNE GAGE: ‘Lover Of My Dreams’ (Belgian BMC 3603)
Two hot cuts in two consecutive weeks — is there no stopping this gal? Unlike ‘Doin’ It In A Haunted House’, which is already hitting soul and gay floors prior to surely smashing pop, this good steadily chugging 107¼bpm backbeat wailer is strictly soul (and more satisfying for purists) with weaving vocal lines and a catchy synth twiddle through the chunky rhythm drive (chorus-retaining inst flip).
THE O’JAYS: ‘Summer Fling’ (LP ‘Love And More’ US Philadelphia International FZ 39367)
Produced by themselves, this superb seasonal 107bpm soul swayer is perfect out of ‘Love Is In Season’ and by far the most current sounding thing on a collection of presumably old recordings, Bunny Sigler’s lovely 64bpm ‘Give My Love To The Ladies‘ joining Gamble & Huff’s 0-62bpm ‘I’m The Kind Of Man (Every Mother Wants Her Daughter To Love)‘ as best of the (several dead slow) smoochers, while the latter’s attractively rhapsodic 0-116bpm ‘Extraordinary Girl‘ (hitting on 12in) is a better dancer than their datedly frantic 122bpm ‘Everybody’s Dance Crazy‘ or Keni Burke’s jerky 114½bpm ‘Love You Direct‘.
COLORBLIND: ‘Crazy’ LP (US Capitol MLP-15016)
Rahni Harris-produced 5-track mini-LP of which really only the title track is appropriate here, an extremely nice Kashif-ish rolling 100bpm soul jogger with excellent sax halfway and a lovely gentle flow, worth investigation — how about 12in release here as A-side?
BARBARA MASON: ‘Don’t I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime’ (US West End WES 22174)
Self-penned but Butch Ingram-prod, her follow-up leaves ‘Another Man’ for a sensuous somewhat Sylvia ‘Pillow Talk’-ish soul sound on a beautifully sung if rhythmically confusing 115-116⅔bpm gently loping swayer (cueing and mixing with stereo cans is torture!) — possibly better for listeners than dancers as it’s certainly in highly commended classic traditional soul mould, made for radio play (inst-edit flip).
BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Never Had A Girl’ (US Capitol V-8598)
Minus the chick and faster than ‘Walkin’ The Line’ but otherwise in similar style, this infectiously gurgled jittery smacking 122⅓-122bpm driver has a repetitive title line rather than a song and mixes amazingly well out of ‘Emergency (Dial 999)’ — however, it may prove overly rushed for current UK taste despite the guys’ upcoming visit here (could a remix be in the pipeline anyway?).
THE INCREDIBLE T.H. SCRATCHERS STARRING FREDDY LOVE: ‘Hip-Hop-Bommi-Bop’ (EMI 12EMI 5473)
Captain Sensible-type German group Die Toten Hosen (The Dead Trousers) re-record their “punk drinking song” ‘Bommerlunder‘ with a still rock-tinged 108½bpm pseudo hip hop beat — using guitars, yet! — to which Fab Five Freddy adds a rap that actually ends up taking the piss out of them (longer flip with an extra ‘Bop’).
JOCELYN BROWN: ‘Somebody Else’s Guy (Remix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 5)
The ubiquitous John Morales & Sergio Munzibai have reduced to a typical US Remix what was perfection to begin with, and —instead of doing the one thing that might have been useful, adding rhythm to the acappella intro — they naturally de-gut all the ultra soulful oomph from the backing to make a percussion dominated emptier 103bpm version, with a new dub and still rhythmic ‘A’capella’ flip, doubtless useful in various combinations for fanatical mixing Jocks but (the acid test) had this come out instead of the original here it would never have been a hit. Most unnecessary.
KEITH DRUMMOND: ‘Shack Attack’ (Ensign 12ENY 509)
Nothing to do with any other spelling, this accurate representation of the Jamaican expression for house party (pronounced anyway more like “shark attack”!) is a nice gently pulsing 50½(intro)-97bpm jiggler for hip-grinding groovers (inst flip), more reggae than soul.
AL GREEN: Tired Of Being Alone’ (Cream 12HCS 107, via PRT)
Innovative in his time and still one of the great soul voices with his gospel groans and teasing word play, Al’s gentle 97- 99bpm classic is very usefully on 3-track 12in with (rather late for Tina!) the similar 99-102bpm ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and Isaac Hayes-influenced drawn out 50-49bpm treatment of the Bee Gees’ ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?’, all from the early ’70s.
DAVE ROACH: ‘Back To Back (Face To Face)’ (Coda CODS T6)
Snappily jerking 124-124½bpm smacker with simple chorusing chant vocals making a commercial setting for Dave’s squealing jazz sax, which oddly doesn’t take full advantage of the probably preferable more instrumental flip. Anyway, it’s far better than his debut single, if still a bit fast.
MEZZOFORTE; ‘Spring Fever’ (Steinar STE 1220)
Another glibly familiar 121bpm jazz-funk instrumental, brassy both sides of a long percussion break and “ba-biya”-type scatting climax, evidently remixed and partially re-recorded from the LP version.
FREEDOM: ‘Are You Available?’ LP (US Malaco MAL 7418)
Quite interesting southern soul group set with dancers ranging from the smoothly chugging 110bpm title track (yowling guitar biting through the chorusing vocal) to frantic fast stuff, slowies like the typically southern lurching deep 76bpm ‘It’s You‘ and more tranquil 72/36bpm ‘Rainbow‘ possibly having most immediate impact — but strictly for soul fans.
NIRVANA: ‘Jump Time’ (US TNT TN-1225)
Jocelyn Brown-ish introed beefily thudding 121bpm tripper starts promisingly but then nothing much develops (inst flip).
WORD OF MOUTH: ‘Heartbeat/Heartbreak’ (Challenge CHAPT 1, via PRT)
Frothily flying 130bpm pounder with guest vocals by MiMi and a differently arranged instrumental 0-130bpm ‘Heartbeat Symphony’ featuring the Climax Orchestra & Chorus, sounding authentically late ’70s New York, produced with commendable smoothness by the Sojka/de Jongh team and Chris Lucas. They got it right first time, this time!
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
Marillion 126-128-0c, Break Machine 118f, Everything But The Girl (0-)141-144f, Clannad 0-49f (undanceable), Jermaine Jackson 136f, Helen Terry 142-140f, Orange Juice 0-121-111-0r, Chris DeBurgh 99f.
DISCO TOP 85 – May 19, 1984
01 02 I’LL BE AROUND, Terri Wells, London 12in
02 01 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
03 04 CHANGE OF HEART/YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM, Change, Atlantic LP
04 07 EMERGENCY (DIAL 999)(REMIX)/DUB MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
05 03 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
06 05 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
07 06 SHE’S STRANGE/CLUB MIX (REMIX), Cameo, Club 12in
08 14 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME/DAYBREAK/A.M. (MEDLEY)/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
09 09 LOVE IS IN SEASON/TWO OF A KIND/KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic LP
10 13 STEPPIN’ OUT/PHILLY TALK/DREAM RIDE, George Howard, US TBA LP
11 12 DON’T GIVE ME UP, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
12 15 DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
13 10 LOVEQUAKE. Bobby King, Motown 12in
14 11 HI, HOW YA DOIN’? (GRAVITY MIX), Kenny G, Arista 12in
15 29 COME BACK LOVER, Fresh Band, US Are ‘N Be 12in
16 08 LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Real To Reel, Arista 12in
17 25 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN/WEIGH ALL THE FACTS/TOUCH DOWN/DON’T WORRY/LOVIN’ MAN, L.J. Reynolds, US Mercury LP
18 16 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
19 24 JAM ON IT, Newcleus, Sunnyview 12in
20 18 JUST BE GOOD TO ME, The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
21 17 THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe. Dutch Rams Horn 12in
22 62 COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
23 19 KEEP IT COMIN’/YOU CAN’T HAVE MY LOVE/BETTER THINGS TO DO/AH, AH, AH, AH/(YOU GOT THE) RIGHT STUFF, The Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
24 20 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown LP
25 41 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
26 — FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) (DUB), Patrice Rushen, US Elektra 12in
27 21 I’LL BE AROUND/RIGHT OR WRONG, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
28 23 SOMEDAY/OUTSTANDING, Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
29 31 GIVE ME TONIGHT/EXTENDED REMIX/DUB VERSION, Shannon, Club 12in
30 34 LOVE WARS (REMIX), Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
31 35 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
32 81 BREAK DANCE PARTY/DUB MIX, Break Machine, Record Shack 12in
33 64 I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD/PROMISES CAN BREAK, The System, Polydor 12in
34 22 MATT’S MOOD, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
35 50 MR GROOVE/I’LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU/LADY YOU ARE, One Way US MCA LP
36 32 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, Elektra 12in
37 30 IN THE HEART, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
38 53 STAY HERE WITH ME, Evan Rogers, US RCA Victor 12in
39 38 STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’, The Chi-Lites, US Private I 12in
40 82 FOR YOUR LOVE/EXTENDED VERSION, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
41 51 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, StreetSounds LP
42 46 DEJA VU, AB’s, Streetwave 12in
43 79 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, US Spring LP
44 45 SATISFY ME LOVER, Starpoint, Elektra LP
45 26 BREAK/INTIMATE CONNECTION, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
46 54 LUCKY STAR (US REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
47 47 JUST A TOUCH OF LOVE/STEPPIN’ OUT – WAIT FOR ME (MEDLEY), Slave, Atlantic 12in
48 63 WHAT DO I DO? (CARNIVAL MIX), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
49 37 LAND OF HUNGER, The Earons, US Island 12in
50 83 WHAT’S THE NAME OF YOUR GAME/HOLD ON, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
51 66 EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International 12in
52 — LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Belgian BMC 12in
53 74 I’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY, Zena Dejonay, Calibre 12in
54 71 ALL NIGHT PASSION, Alisha, Fourth & Broadway 12in
55 69 WHEN YOU’RE HOT YOU’RE HOT/I LIKE IT/NIGHT STALKERS/WITH YOU/ HOT BODY/JUST FOR YOU, Ingram, US Mirage LP
56 36 STAY WITH ME TONIGHT (US CLUB MIX)/PLANE LOVE (UK REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
57 27 WHAT DO I DO?, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
58 39 P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING)/THRILLER (INSTRUMENTAL), Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
59 33 ONE LOVE – PEOPLE GET READY, Bob Marley, Island 12in
60 52 A LITTLE SPICE/DIAL 999, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
61 — GOT THE HOTS, Cuba Gooding, US Streetwise 12in
62 — SUMMER FLING, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International LP
63 — DON’T I EVER CROSS YOUR MIND SOMETIME, Barbara Mason, US West End 12in
64 80 TECHNO-FREQS, Junie Morrison, Ze 12in
65 60 GOTTA GIVE A LITTLE LOVE, Timmy Thomas, US Gold Mountain 12in
66 40 COME BE WITH ME/IS THIS WHAT HAPPENS TO A LOVE?/LIGHT MY FIRE, The Ronnie McNeir Experience, Capitol 12in
67 76 YOU’RE THE BEST/ALL THINGS COME IN TIME, The Emotions, US Red Label LP
68 49 DON’T GO LOSE IT BABY, Hugh Masekela, Jive Afrika 12in
69 68 BREAKIN’ DOWN (M&M REMIX), Julia & Company, London 12in
70 — BEAT BOX, Art Of Noise, ZTT 12in
71 55 MARVIN, Edwin Starr, Streetwave 12in
72 43 ITS YOU THAT’S HAPPENING, Exquisite Taste, US Starlite 12in
73 — LET ME DANCE WITH YOU/INSTRUMENTAL, El Chicano, US Columbia 12in
74 — SWEET LOVE/CLOSE TO ME, Bobby King, Motown LP
75 57 LOVELITE, O’Bryan, US Capitol 12in
76 42 DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY, Pushé, US Partytime 12in
77 65 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY HEART/TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’, Jermaine Jackson, Arista LP
78 44 CALIFORNIA/NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, Kent Jordan, US Columbia LP
79 77 FRIENDS/SHE’S WHAT I NEED/TENDER LOVIN’/TAKE IT TO THE TOP/ DANCE IT OFF, Funk Deluxe, US Salsoul LP
80 — BREAKIN’ IN SPACE/INSTRUMENTAL, Key-Matic, US Radar 12in
81 — ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
82 73 THE CHAMP, American Gypsy, Dutch Break 12in
83 — DON’T KEEP ME WAITING, Tia Monae, Carrere 12in
84 — TURN IT AROUND (INSTRUMENTAL), Gino Soccio, US Atlantic 12in
85 84 TOSSING AND TURNING/ANXIOUSLY WAITING, Windjammer, US MCA LP
01 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 02 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER, Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
03 03 DOCTOR’S ORDERS — COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoir Faire 12in
04 04 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
05 06 EMERGENCY, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
06 08 NOTHING’S WORSE THAN BEING ALONE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
07 09 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Kofi & The Lovetones, Electricity 12in
08 11 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, Electricity 12in
09 07 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne. US Megatone 12in
10 13 THE UPSTROKE/Hi-NRG MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
11 15 WE ARE INVINCIBLE, 501’s, ERC 12in
12 17 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
13 19 I’M LIVING MY OWN LIFE (REMIX), Earlene Bentley, US TVI 12in
14 16 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, Streetwave 12in
15 05 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamela Stanley, US TSR 12in
16 12 TIE ME DOWN, Romance, Passion 12in
17 14 DESIRE (HI-ENERGY MIX), Paul Parker, Technique 12in
18 24 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
19 — WHERE IS MY MAN (HOT TRACKS MEGAMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
20 22 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
21 23 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BMC 12in
22 18 HEARTS ON FIRE (REMIX), Hush, Spirit 12in
23 — BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown US TSR 12in
24 10 JUST ANOTHER BROKEN HEART, Dorothy Moore, US Streetking 12in
25 30= TRIPPIN’ ON THE MOON, Claudja Barry, US Personal 12in
26 — LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY, Deniece Williams, CBS 12in
27 20 SOMEBODY TO LOVE, Café Society, Passion 12in
28 — SEVEN DAYS, Total Experience, ERC 12in
29 — LOVE ON THE ROCKS (REMIX), Lama, Carrere 12in
30 30= DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, US Profile 12in
So many Boys Town jocks are sending charts now that stagnation is setting in to the Hi-NRG Top 30, leaving many strongly supported records in lower positions which deserve equal consideration.
31 28 KEEP DANCING. Touch Of Class, US Next Plateau 12in
32 — NO MORE WORDS, Berlin, Mercury 12in
33 30 THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, Peter Brown, CBS 12in
34 — SO MANY MEN SO LITTLE TIME — HOT TRACKS REMIX (PHASED), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
35 21 LOVE FIRE, Jimmy James, ERC 12in
36 25 COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
37 — GO GO YELLOW SCREEN/HUMANITY, Digital Emotion, Dutch Break LP
38 — AND DANCE, Billy Preston, ERC 12in
39 — DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
40 — WITHOUT YOUR LOVE (REMIX), Nina Schiller, US Moby Dick 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (14) Jocelyn Brown, 2 (9) Pointer Sisters, 3 (3) Kool A/B, 4 (23) Terri Wells, 5 (2) Rufus, 6 (11) Gap Band, 7 (20) Evelyn Thomas, 8 (1) Phil Fearon, 9 (8) Shannon, 10 (24) Hazell Dean, 11 (29) Trans-X, 12 (12) Cameo, 13 (15) The SOS Band, 14 (17) Scritti Politti, 15 (—) Duran Duran, 16 (52) Womack & Womack, 17 (13) Paul Hardcastle, 18 (48) Phil Collins, 19 (22) Bob Marley, 20 (30) Blancmange, 21 (4) Michael Jackson. 22 (47) Bobby King, 23 (27) OMD, 24 (44) Matt Bianco ‘MM’, 25 (10) Lionel Richie A/B, 26 (39) Miquel Brown, 27 (—) Break Machine ‘BDP’, 28 (7) Madonna, 29 (38) Queen, 30 (5) Weather Girls, 31 (51) Harold Melvin, 32 (34) Kenny G, 33 (16) Thompson Twins, 34 (49) Loose Ends, 35 (36) Julia & Co, 36 (—) Human League, 37 (33) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 38 (26) Dennis Edwards, 39 (—) Slave, 40 (—) Shillelagh Sisters, 41 (32) Jeffrey Osborne ‘SWMT’, 42 (19) Depeche Mode, 43 (59) Kane Gang, 44 (25) The Special AKA, 45 (—) Roni Griffith ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, 46 (42) The Cure, 47 (60) Nik Kershaw, 48 (56) Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, 49 (6) Culture Club, 50 (43) Art Of Noise. Actually a bit of movement at last!