June 16, 1984: Windjammer, Fatback, L.J. Reynolds, Barbara Mason, Brass Construction

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

STEVE HARVEY looks like heading for New York to record with The System, while the track mentioned last week is finally being dusted down for eventual release by London . . . Martha & The Muffins revamped name change to M+M could cause confusion with the M&M monicker by which hot remixers John Morales & Sergio Munzibai are better known . . . Arthur Baker’s remix of Bruce Springsteen evidently didn’t come up to scratch and thus got junked . . . Froggy’s megamix on Horizon the other Saturday of Grand Groove Bunch/T. Ski Valley seems to have been behind its being my biggest request later that night — doubtless news to disturb Greg Edwards, who would have been on Capital at the time . . . Monday afternoon Horizon and JFM both simultaneously played ‘When Your X Wants You Back‘, by coincidence of course, stand-in Dave Collins on the latter then fatally pre-announcing his entire playlist for the next half hour (I joined all the dial tuners searching for novelty) . . . Nick Lawrence on Horizon is known with reason as “The Pink Whale”! . . . Disco Mix Club’s June megamixes are an excellent Queen & King Bowie by Alan Coulthard who combines with Les Cokell for some vintage Hi-NRG, Les Adams doing the neat floorfiller and joining Simon Harris for a topical ‘Thrill Upon Thrill‘ Michael Jackson/Yvonne Gage/Local Boy blend that would be even better without so much of the actual ‘Thriller’ . . . Jermaine & Michael Jackson ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin‘ topped US Dance/Disco, and works like a dream in the hot tempo mix Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’/SOS Band ‘Just Be Good To Me’/Cherrelle ‘Like I Will’/Change ‘Change Of Heart’/SOS Band ‘For Your Love’ (dub)/Jermaine & Michael/Jermaine Jackson ‘Come To Me’/The System ‘I Wanna Make You Feel Good’ (original) . . . Adrian Dunbar (Southampton Raffles) currently revives Teena Marie ‘I Need Your Lovin‘ and Shalamar ‘I Owe You One‘, the latter “surprisingly good” with The Earons and both “hot tempo” . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh) takes Womack & Womack out of Lionel Richie ‘Running With The Night’ “made for each other” sez he (quite!) . . . Mark Antony (Edgbaston Faces French) perks up his mixing by using a drum machine and drum synth to lay down his own rhythm tracks “live” . . . Shem Jensby (Shepherds Bush), confused, wrongly assumes that printed promotional slip mats like the Malcolm X ones are superior to the shop-bought variety (nope, just snobbier!) . . . Steve Davis was spotted watching Womack & Womack at Southend Cliffs Pavilion, where Essex Radio soul jock Dave Gregory was last-minute guest MC after they’d enjoyed doing his Saturday 6-9 show — Dave also guests this Sat (16) at Harlow’s heaving but aggro-free Whispers with Kev Hill, who gets punters asking where they can buy the “remix” when he uses two copies of Sister Sledge to synch back into the guitar intro out of the break and then set up an echo-type repetition on the verses . . . Sister Sledge (whose intro is also good through the Maze ‘Joy And Pain’ acappella outro) could be followed by yet another buzz about Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love‘ — Big Phil Etgart (01-864 3271) is after the superior remix, and also reminds us the great reggaefication of ‘I’ll Be Around‘ by Otis Gayle is still available on the ‘Best Of Studio One, Vol 4’ LP (at Shepherds Bush’s Peckings Studio One Store in Askew Road, if nowhere else) . . . Friday (15) Chris Hill joins Nicky Holloway at Tottenham’s Valentino’s while Jeff Young joins Colin Hudd (wot, no charts?) at Dartford Flicks . . . Saturday (16) sees John Dene (having stopped the weekly trip to Newport Tiffany’s) reuniting for a new regular “dimwit” night with Nick Ratcliffe at Portsmouth’s Ritzy, London’s Baz Fe Jazz joining Rhythm Doc for their fortnightly jazz/soul/electro/funk at Coventry’s Hand And Heart in Gosford Street, and Chris Dinnis souling a one-off at Bournemouth’s Upstairs At Eric’s . . . Sunday (17) at Birmingham’s Powerhouse 3pm alldayer stars Steve Walsh, Tim Westwood, Baz Fe Jazz, Colin Curtis, Jonathan, Shaun Williams, Trevor M etc . . . Brass Construction kick off their UK tour Mon/Tues (18/19) at Watford Baileys, Thur (21) Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall (with the inevitable Chris Kaye) . . . Brooklyn mixing jock Dan ‘Danny Disc’ Pucciarelli has returned for his fifth UK season since 1980, this time at Ernie Priestman’s two Bunters clubs in Liverpool and Blackpool, until July 2, during which time he’ll again be mixing two special shows for airing by Mike Shaft on Piccadilly . . . Invicta’s Steve Devonne-a-go-go spins only a little hip hop amidst the soul Fridays at Soho Ronnie Scott’s Maze . . . Rita Gray & Alex Yearwood have weekly Thursday funk (no trainers) at Manchester Annabell’s in Wood Street off Deansgate . . . Ilford’s reorganised The Villa (‘Segue’ Steve Goddard soul-jazz Wed, Larry Foster disco party Thur/upfront funk Fri, Robbie Collins party Sat, Kenny jazz-funk Sun) has revamped its restaurant as Porky’s and charges for only one meal if two people order a full three-course feast and one can actually finish it! . . . Steve Walsh now does Rayleigh’s Pink Toothbrush Thur/Fri (isn’t Ilford on the way?) . . . Peterborough’s Grapevine in Queen Street has “disco-dine” music to eat ‘n booze to, with Duane Hanson & Nick Graham’s alternative pop Fri, Steve ‘Hereward’ Allen & Jerry Little’s soul Sat . . . John DeSade funks Gillingham Joanna’s Fri with half-price booze all night . . . John ‘Nick’ Osborne is back in Ilford at Oscars Fri/Sat . . . Dennis Clarke at Wolverhampton’s gay Fri/Sat Silver Webb Private Club plays mostly Hi-NRG with pop-funk and chart hits for variety too . . . Tricky Dicky Scanes of Soho’s Record Cellar Hi-NRG shop describes Big Ben (apropos the Flirtations/Marsha Raven ‘Anglia Remix’ rather than more recent escapades) as the guy with the biggest dong in London — how does he know? . . . Earls Court Copacabana DJ Chris Lucas is back at the Shack (behind the record counter) . . . Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre is offering big money (or part exchange) for your unwanted soul oldies to help kick off a new department . . . South Harrow star George Alexander just caught up with ‘Grease’ — or at least his sister did, to judge from the hairstyle she’s given him! . . . Nicky A (he’s abbreviated his Aravis surname) proudly boasts the Tudor Lodge opposite the station is the only wine bar in Romford to play upfront black music on Saturdays (when there isn’t an “R” in the month?) . . . Phill Andrews, funking Derby Chamaille’s, wonders if he’s the only jock writing to us from the East Midlands — well, this particular week yes Phill! . . . Franklin Sinclair reports from Radcliffe Benny’s (pulling punters from “funk-starved” Blackpool) that Rikki Patrick, “one baad dancer”, and his whole family are regulars but his brothers prefer dancing to Paul Hardcastle! . . . ‘Electro Boogie’, the follow-up film to ‘Breakin’/’Breakdance’, is already in production . . . Heineken’s new “prehistoric movie” commercial is a monster! . . . ‘Burundi Black’ briefly used out of context behind Kenyan scenes rather casts doubts on the authenticity of Channel 4’s otherwise excellent ‘Africa’ series . . . LET’S BE VERY CAREFUL OUT THERE!


HOT VINYL

WINDJAMMER: ‘Tossing And Turning’ (MCA MCAT 897)
Growing steadily on import LP and now rushed as a UK 12in, the Joe Jackson-managed New Orleans group’s lushly textured 109½bpm swaying jogger has rich “new soul” vocals and remarkably a feel reminiscent of Tony Etoria’s old ‘I Can Prove It‘ (108bpm). The flip’s starkly jerking vocodered 126bpm ‘Dive Inside My Love‘ typifies the uneasily schizoid programming of the parent LP ‘Windjammer II’ (US MCA MCA-39021), although amidst the frantic rock-disco ‘Anxiously Waiting‘ is another lovely soulfully wailed 106½bpm swayer and ‘I’ll Always Love You‘ a gentle 75bpm romancer with Isleys-style guitar. I guess it’s all down to Mr Jackson’s famous son and ‘Beat It’ that the current US market dictates such catch-all contents.

FATBACK: ‘Just Be My Love’ (LP ‘Phoenix’ US Cotillion 90188-1)
Although it has no one song as strong as ‘I Found Lovin’, I can say after living with it on in-car cassette for the last fortnight that this as a set is extremely strong. Most intense of the three hot tempo goodies and best out of ‘I Found Lovin’ is this 109bpm clopper, the gradually unfurling 0-107bpm ‘You’ve Got That Magic‘ and ‘Plane Love’-ish 111bpm ‘The Drum Song‘ being the others, while ‘I Love You So‘ is the 115bpm slowed-down ‘Searching’ style, ‘Jump Up Baby, Jump Up!‘ a trite cheerful fast 122bpm romper and ‘Call Out My Name‘ a good wailing 68bpm slowie. Easy to live with, indeed.

L.J. REYNOLDS: ‘Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down’ (Club JABX 4)
Now on exceptionally good value 4-track 12in, the dramatic soulster’s Jones Girls-backed terrific huskily wailed Dennis Edwards-ish 104bpm jittery jogger as anticipated exploded on import LP, from which also come the regionally possibly more popular Philly-style 118bpm ‘Weigh All The Facts‘, supposedly “live” 127-126bpm ‘Don’t Worry‘, and slow rolling 0-68bpm ‘Love Me All Over‘. This guy sings soul — don’t miss him!

BARBARA MASON: ‘Don’t I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime’ (Streetwave MKHAN 15)
Beautiful on the radio if a bit tricky to get into the floor, this delightful ‘Pillow Talk’-ish floating 115-116½bpm swinger nags away with little synth licks and soulful phrasing (inst/edit flip), the perfect lightweight summery soul record. Meanwhile the new Other End label has also issued it as part of an odd 6-track mini-LP ‘Tied Up’ (Other End OE BM-1), which as well as ‘Another Man’ has two lengths of the unremarkable lurching 107bpm ‘All Of A Sudden Baby‘, the churning fast 125bpm title track (all sounding rather unfinished) and a nice slow 60bpm ‘Winter Love‘ in her classic old ‘Yes I’m Ready’ style.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Renegades’ LP (Capitol EJ 2401601)
Randy’s “walkin’ the line” to infinity on their dependable new set (out here ahead of the States!), totally predictable but beefy with it, the sharply smacking 0-115-116bpm title track synching superbly as it happens between ‘Holiday’ and ‘Haunted House’ while other jiggling groovers are the 116-118bpm ‘Fascinating You‘, 117-118bpm ‘We Can Bring It Back‘, 118-119bpm ‘Partyline‘ (probably the UK single), 123bpm ‘Never Had A Girl‘ (the US single), 107¼bpm ‘Dangerous‘, 120bpm ‘International‘, fragmentary 0- 104bpm ‘What Is The Law?‘ Ha cha!

THE KAZU MATSUI PROJECT featuring ROBBEN FORD: ‘Time Flies’ (LP ‘Standing On The Outside’ US Lakeside LSI 30007)
Thankfully cheaper as now on an American label but otherwise shaping up as another AB’S ‘Deja Vu’, this jazzily-pitched atmosphere-laden 98-96½bpm cool slow vocal jogger stands out from a mournful and often rather “white” set on which otherwise singer Ford’s guitar picks prettily the chix-cooed lightweight Spyro Gyra-ish 111-110bpm ‘Sunset Memory‘, London radio’s already on ‘Time Flies’.

SHANNON: ‘Sweet Somebody’ (Club JABX 3)
Less commercial than her hip hoppers, this now extended 107bpm hot tempo lurcher nevertheless has a winsome little vocal — although once again the power’s poured on more in the flip’s infinitely preferable far beefier, electro, and really “hot” version, good between Fatback ‘Just Be My Love’ and Cameo’s Club Mix.

GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & THE FURIOUS FIVE WITH MR. NESS & COWBOY: ‘Beat Street’ (Sugarhill SHL 9659)
The 12in release of the title track from the film soundtrack album of the same name, this scratching introed 104bpm rap judderer ain’t no ‘White Lines’ but after silver screen exposure could cut through, and is flipped by the older tediously limp pseudo-“live” 0-104½bpm ‘Internationally Known‘ vocal/instrumental.

EXECUTIVE: ‘Celebrate Your Love’ (Personal 12PER 102)
Overdue UK release for an interesting “Luther-meets-Chic” 117-116½(break)-115-116bpm soul jolter that vari-mixes perfectly between ‘I Wanted Your Love’ and ‘Good Times’ (slightly slower inst flip), still potent.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Waiting In Vain’ (Island 12IS 180)
Another but much better known oldie to follow the other one (literally, as at 79bpm it’s a doddle to mix out of ‘One Love’), flipped by a not overly useable Chad Jackson-sequenced ‘Marley Mix Up’ of ‘Exodus/Positive Vibration/Pimpers Paradise/Punky Reggae Party’ — I can see why he wanted to use the old promo 7in intro but it then lumbered him with an outdated rhythm. Cool down the pace!

BAISER: ‘Summer Breeze’ (Malaco MAL 1224)
Belatedly adopted by the mafia long after release last summer, this classy cool chick-sung Kid Creole-ish sinuously jiggling slinker with chording piano and sassy brass used to work well with Elbow Bones and now has a chunkier 109½bpm new A-side minus the piano intro, or the original 109¼bpm Celsius A-side as the flip’s ‘Long Canadian Hot Summer Mix’.

RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN: ‘One Million Kisses’ (Warner Bros W9244T)
Smoothly pumping 126bpm canterer like a soulful Donna Summer, flipped by the “live” lurching joyously soaring singalong 120-117-116-117-115-117-0bpm ‘Do You Love What You Feel‘ (likely to get most real soul play) and older jiggly rolling (0-)89½bpm ‘Any Old Sunday‘, all three confirming Chaka as the best lil’ wailer in the business.

JEFFREY OSBORNE: ‘Plane Love (US Dub Mix)’ (A&M AMX 198)
Oh dear, it’s only the Larry Levan-mixed 112bpm instrumental dub (useful in itself) on 12in flip of two old radio ballads, ‘On The Wings Of Love’ and ‘I’m Beggin’, whereas had A&M finally released the full proper US vocal remix it could have been another ‘Ain’t Nobody’ — it’s hung on in our chart for long enough.

GENERAL CAINE: ‘Where’s The Beef?’ (US Capitol V-8599)
Tenderloinz began the rush to cash-in on America’s current catchphrase from the Wendy’s Burgers commercial, and amongst the followers is this very P’funky Clinton-esque rambling 111bpm perky jitterer (inst flip), good with One Way, but so far rather hard to find here. Keep those bodies rolling, Rawhide!

NEWCLEUS: ‘Jam On Revenge’ LP (US Sunnyview SUN 4901)
Interestingly linked with spacey synth effects in concept style, the self-contained hip hop group’s set (only with a Marvel Comic cover pic instead of a whole comic as reported) surprisingly is better for listening than dancing, friskiest newies being a more instrumental 0-111½bpm Special Re-Mix of the “wikki wikki” title tune, and especially the catchphrase adapting 116½-0bpm ‘Where’s The Beat‘ with its ‘Peter Gunn’ bassline and flurrying rhythm. Good fun for smurf fans.

SHAHID: ‘1984 (Future Shock)’ (US Clockwork CW 80919)
Frighteningly dense bassy stark 101bpm hip hoppery with scratching (best alone on the inst flip) and poppin’ MCs over the effective simple beat, on a par with Spoonie Gee for specialist appreciation.


Hi-NRG

SEVENTH AVENUE: ‘I Hear Thunder’ (Record Shack SOHOT 22)
Ian Levine/Fiachra Trench-prod/penned powerfully pounding 134bpm slickly tuneful guys-sung galloper in the spirit of Northern Soul (‘Thunderdubbing’ inst flip). I can see why other record companies are jealous about Ian’s productions hogging the Hi-NRG chart — his stuff is so much better than theirs!

MARSHA RAVEN: ‘False Alarm’ (Passion PASH 1229)
Ian Anthony Stephens-prod/penned strong beefily strutting 126bpm “high energy” thudder (inst flip), very prettily packaged, likely in the current climate to give the girl her first crossover hit.

EARTHA KITT: ‘I Love Men’ (Record Shack SOHOT 21)
Jaques Morali-produced quite smoothly swaying tripper with rather a French flavour (not the Cinema song) in its vocal and instrumental 125bpm “original version” on one side, or a far raunchier totally re-recorded much more disco 124½bpm vocal and instrumental “dance remix” flip — in fact the latter instrumental has soul appeal (the song’s not as strong as her last one).

RONDO VENEZIANO: ‘La Serenissima (Remix)’ (Ferroway 12 RON 1)
The baroque string ensemble’s first pseudo-classical instrumental hit speeded up and given a beefier 118bpm beat by the ubiquitous and influential Ian Levine, for wide pop/MoR appeal.

HOT GOSSIP: ‘Break Me Into Little Pieces’ (Fanfare HGT 1)
Ian Levine/Fiachra Trench-prod/penned (in their grandiose rather than Northern Soul style) 0-127bpm throbber with cooing chix-backed respectable male vocal wailing away (inst flip), better than the dance group have done before but possibly not a crossover.

VARIOUS: ‘Passion Tracking Volume II’ LP (Passion PADL 102)
Joining the previously reviewed PAUL PARKER ‘Desire’, CAFE SOCIETY ‘Somebody To Love’, FANTASIA ‘Evergreen’, ASTAIRE ‘Love Trap’ and NICCI GABLE ‘Strange Desire’ are the also concurrently 12in promoed CHARADE ‘Break Me’, a thunderously introed reedy chick sung Moroder-ish 0-134½bpm synth speeder, and NORMA LEWIS ‘Give Me Back My Heart‘, a standard 0-127bpm Hi-NRG canterer. while the remixed/extended old galloping 127-126bpm ARPEGGIO ‘Love And Desire/Desire Suite‘ and rather staid chick-sung 120bpm ROMANCE ‘Tie Me Down‘ are on twin-packed bonus 12in. There seems to be an awful lot of “Desire” under the elms!

GINA LAMOUR: ‘I Yi I Yi I I (Like You Very Much)’ (Calibre CABL 125)
Breathily sung ghastly coy 128bpm early ’50s-type mock Italian novelty song (its probable origin).


DISCO TOP 85 – June 16, 1984

01 01 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
02 02 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
03 07 I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD/PROMISES CAN BREAK, The System, Polydor 12in
04 03 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
05 08 FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) (DUB), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
06 04 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
07 05 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
08 06 I’LL BE AROUND, Terri Wells, London 12in
09 09 EMERGENCY (DIAL 999) (REMIX)/DUB MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
10 10 LOVE WARS (REMIX), Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
11 15 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN/WEIGH ALL THE FACTS/TOUCH DOWN/DON’T WORRY, L.J. Reynolds, US Mercury LP
12 12 MIDNIGHT LOVER/READY FOR THE NIGHT/I WANTS MO’ STUFF/ADONAI/TELL ME/BIG STRONG MAN, Margie Joseph, US Cotillion LP
13 16 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, US Polydor LP/12in
14 28 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown 12in
15 17 YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM/TRUE LOVE/IT BURNS ME UP/SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN, Change, WEA LP
16 38 COME BACK LOVER, Fresh Band, US Are ‘N Be 12in
17 11 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
18 26 EXTRAORDINARY GIRL, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International 12in
19 19 COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
20 13 I’LL BE AROUND/RIGHT OR WRONG, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
21 21 I’M SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Fredrick ‘MC Count’ Linton, Fourth & Broadway 12in
22 27 DON’T I EVER CROSS YOUR MIND SOMETIME, Barbara Mason, Streetwise 12in
23 24 LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY (REMIX), Deniece Williams, CBS 12in
24 22 STEPPIN’ OUT/PHILLY TALK, George Howard, US TBA LP
25 42 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
26 41 THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe, Streetwave 12in
27 35 STAY WITH ME TONIGHT (US CLUB MIX), Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
28 14 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY (REMIXES), Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
29 18 LOVE IS IN SEASON/TWO OF A KIND, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic LP
30 25 ONE LOVE — PEOPLE GET READY, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Island 12in
31 29 MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE, One Way, MCA 12in
32 32 SUMMER FLING, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia Int LP
33 43 LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Belgian BMC 12in
34 39 SHE’S STRANGE/CLUB MIX (REMIX), Cameo, Club 12in
35 23 BREAK DANCE PARTY, Break Machine, Record Shack 12in
36 63 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME), Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
37 30 WHAT’S THE NAME OF YOUR GAME/HOLD ON, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
38 33 TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’, Jermaine & Michael Jackson, Arista LP
39 31 DON’T GIVE ME UP, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
40 20 JUST BE GOOD TO ME, The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
41 60 LOVIN’ YOUR GOOD THING AWAY, Eleanor Grant, US Catawba 12in
42 34 LAND OF HUNGER/DUB VERSION, The Earons, Island 12in
43 59 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/LIKE I WILL/I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON/FRAGILE . . . HANDLE WITH CARE, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
44 50 TOSSING AND TURNING, Windjammer, MCA 12in
45 44 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME (MEDLEY), Paul Hardcastle, Total Control 12in
46 48 LET ME DANCE WITH YOU (INSTRUMENTAL), El Chicano, US Columbia 12in
47 37 DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
48 67 WHEN YOUR X WANTS YOU BACK, Surface, Dutch Rams Horn/US Salsoul 12in
49 36 BREAK/NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
50 40 KEEP IT COMIN’/YOU CAN’T HAVE MY LOVE, The Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
51 52 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
52 57 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
53 62 BREAKING IN SPACE/INSTRUMENTAL, Key-Matic, US Radar 12in
54 49 LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Real To Reel, Arista 12in
55 — JUST BE MY LOVE/YOU’VE GOT THAT MAGIC, Fatback, US Cotillion LP
56 66 (YOU’RE MY) APHRODISIAC, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
57 73 STAY HERE WITH ME, Evan Rogers, RCA 12in
58 45 LOVEQUAKE/FALL IN LOVE, Bobby King, Motown 12in
59 51 EUROPEAN QUEEN/AFRICAN QUEEN/CARIBBEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
60 77 IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL (REMIX), Patti Austin, US Qwest 12in
61 70 CALIFORNIA/NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, Kent Jordan, US Columbia LP
62 46 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, Elektra 12in
63 54 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, StreetSounds LP/US Epic 12in
64 71 VENCEREMOS — WE WILL WIN, Working Week, Paladin 12in
65 58 FOR YOUR LOVE/EXTENDED VERSION, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
66 75 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
67 84 GOT THE HOTS, Cuba Gooding, US Streetwise 12in
68 68 TENDER LOVIN’, Funk Deluxe, US Salsoul LP
69 65 JAM ON IT, Newcleus, Sunnyview 12in
70 56 YOU DID IT AGAIN/INTIMATE CONNECTION/GO FOR IT, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
71 72 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME, Denise LaSalle & Latimore, Malaco 12in
72 61 STATE OF LOVE (REMIX) Imagination, R&B 12in
73 — TIME FLIES, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
74 — RENEGADES/PARTYLINE/WE CAN BRING IT BACK, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
75 55 BABY DON’T BREAK YOUR BABY’S HEART, Kashif, Arista 12in
76 69 IT’S YOU THAT’S HAPPENING, Exquisite Taste, US Stodge 12in
77 — STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’, Chi-Lites, US Private I 12in
78 85 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FIRST KIND, Smokey Robinson, US Tamla LP
79 82 CRAZY, Colorblind, US Capitol mini-LP
80 53 WHEN YOU’RE HOT YOU’RE HOT (REMIX), Ingram, Other End 12in
81 — YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
82 85 MAGIC TOUCH/WORK IT, Rose Royce, US Montage LP
83 — GOTTA GIVE A LITTLE LOVE, Timmy Thomas, US Gold Mountain 12in
84 79 YOU’RE A WINNER/HANGIN’ DOWNTOWN, Cameo, Club 12in
85 — FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE, Michael Jackson, Motown 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

Spandau Ballet 136f, Scritti Politti 0-114f, The Damned 0-143-144-0r, Pretenders 0-64f, Working Week 131-130r, Tracie 0-52-0r, Patrice Rushen 104f, The System 112½f (Madness should have been 119/59½-123f).


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 03 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in white label
03 02 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
04 07 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
05 04 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in/Dutch High Fashion remix
06 06 DOCTOR’S ORDERS – COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoir Faire 12in/US Hot Tracks remix
07 05 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in white label
08 12 WE ARE INVINCIBLE, 501’s, ERC 12in
09 11 BEELINE (REMIX), Miguel Brown, US TSR 12in
10 08 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
11 21 I LOVE MEN, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in white label
12 14 STRANGE DESIRE, Nicci Gable, Passion 12in
13 17 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
14 13 DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, US Profile 12in
15 09 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET/CLASS-STYLE, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
16 30 JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Passion 12in
17 20 LA SERENISSIMA (REMIX), Rondo Veneziano, Ferroway 12in
18 18 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER, Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
19 28 BREAK ME, Charade, Passion 12in
20 30 GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Norma Lewis, Passion 12in promo
21 29 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamala Stanley, Casablanca 12in
22 22 THE UPSTROKE/NAUGHTY MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
23 10 EMERGENCY, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
24 — BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in white label
25 19 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, Electricity 12in
26 — HEARTBEAT – HEARTBREAK, Word of Mouth, Challenge 12in
27 16 NOTHING’S WORSE THAN BEING ALONE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
28 15 HEARTS ON FIRE (REMIX), Hush, Spirit 12in
29 24 AND DANCE, Billy Preston, ERC 12in
30 — COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
31 34 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, Streetwave 12in
32 23 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
33 36 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Carrere 12in
34 26 KEEP DANCING, Touch Of Class, US Next Plateau 12in
35 25 THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, Peter Brown, US Hot Tracks remix
36 — AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
37 27 NO MORE WORDS, Berlin, Mercury 12in
38 30 BREAKDANCE (REMIX), Irene Cara, US Hot Tracks remix
39 — HEAVEN TO ME, Technique, ERC 12in
40 — LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY (REMIX), Deniece Williams, CBS 12in

Hi-NRG CHART positions may seem a bit inconsistent but several records despite gaining greatly in strength have been forced down in the generally bull-ish situation; those which still deserve a “bullet” to show increased action are numbers 3, 5, 7, 10, 14, 18, 29, 32. We can only list ’em in the order in which they fall once all the numbers have been totted up, and —using chart returns from about half the gay clubs in the country (including all the main trend-setters) — that’s the way they fall this week!


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Pointer Sisters, 2 (2) Womack & Womack, 3 (4) Deniece Williams, 4 (5) Hazell Dean, 5 (3) Evelyn Thomas, 6 (6) Terri Wells, 7 (7) Break Machine, 8 (8) Jocelyn Brown, 9 (12) Wham!, 10 (22) Change, 11 (20) Sister Sledge, 12 (11) Jeffrey Osborne, 13 (14) Loose Ends, 14 (10) Rufus, 15 (17) The System, 16 (40) Trans-X, 17 (9) Duran Duran, 18 (16) The SOS Band, 19 (23) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 20 (—) Bronski Beat, 21 (21) Miquel Brown ‘SMM(R)’, 22 (13) Bob Marley ‘OL’, 23 (33) Matt Bianco B/A, 24 (29) Style Council, 25 (26) Ultravox, 26 (50) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 27 (46) Cameo ‘SS’, 28 (15) OMD, 29 (—) Bobby Womack, 30 (—) Patrice Rushen, 31 (18) Human League, 32 (24) Detroit Spinners A/B, 33 (—) Michael Jackson ‘FMSL’, 34 (—) Parachute Club, 35 (28) Blancmange, 36 130) Earons, 37 (37) Alisha, 38 (36) Nik Kershaw, 39 Kashif, 40 (—) Madonna ‘B’.

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