June 23, 1984: Tyzik, Leon Bryant, Surface, Konk, Shakatak

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

OBVIOUSLY SOMEONE doesn’t want Jermaine Jackson to have a hit: instead of reactivating the still climbing ‘Come To Me‘ as an A-side, Arista are scheduling it again as 12in flip of another as yet undecided new plug side — and if you’re assuming it has to be his sure-fire ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin‘ brotherly duet with Michael then be prepared for a shock ‘cos THAT’ll be on the B-side too! . . . Chris Hill’s big northern soul — sorry, jazz bossa nova — discovery at Caister, the early ’70s Sivuca ‘Ain’t No Sunshine‘ is being put out through Polygram soon (Tracey Thorn fans will dig) . . . June 1979 saw Anita Ward ‘Ring My Bell’ atop the national chart with McFadden & Whitehead ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, Sister Sledge ‘We Are Family’ and Earth Wind & Fire ‘Boogie Wonderland’ all close behind in the Top 10 — never again was the “Caister effect” more keenly felt . . . Frankie Goes To Hollywood has received a surprisingly cautious initial response from chart-returning pop jox, who seem more inspired to resurrect ‘Relax’! . . . Shannon’s new 12in in the States plays safe (?) with the 116bpm continuation of her established formula, ‘My Heart’s Divided‘ (US Mirage 0-96937) . . . Tom Wilson, helping out on Radio Forth’s soul show with Graham Jackson, was inspired to call several urban contemporary radio stations in the States for their current charts, and much to his surprise all but WRKS (KISS-fm) said yes — so now at around 11.15pm every Tuesday, listeners within range of Edinburgh can hear the likes of Charlie Casanova of New York’s WBLS, Graham Armstrong of Chicago’s WGCI, Dan Shannon of Oakland’s KDIA, live on the phone! . . . Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre soul seller Jerry Green has his own 9-11pm Monday show on Horizon 102.5FM . . . I’m getting a bit bored by London’s soul pirates actually, but over on the Medium Wave at 558kHz the all pop-zappy Laser boasts “you’re never more than a minute away from music” — kick out the jams! . . . Streetwave/StreetSounds boss Morgan Khan starts a monthly hip hop/electro/Hi-NRG guest spot this Friday (22) at 9pm on Dave Brown’s soul show over BBC Radio Medway 96.7FM/290MW . . . Chrysalis Records, with new developments in the dance field looming, are looking for an experienced dance/disco plugger with good current DJ contacts (call the A&R Dept on 01-408 2355) . . . Mail Order or personal shoppers spending more than £75 at the Derek James Disco Centre in Frome before Monday July 9 will be eligible to win a flight in Concorde including a low-level fly past at the Brands Hatch air display on July 22 . . . DJ Andy Turvey has organised for Gloucestershire builders Robert Hitchins Homes a county-wide disco dancing championship with finals this Saturday (23) in Pittville Park at Cheltenham’s weekend Midsummer’s Daze Festival – mmm, sounds exciting! . . . Big Phil Etgart (Greenford Barbarellas) makes a “hot tempo” mixer out of the old Lalo Schifrin ‘Jaws‘ on 45rpm by playing it (in short doses) at 33 1/3rpm! . . . Graham Gold (Mayfair Gullivers) does a great logical mix between El Chicano ‘Let Me Dance With You‘ and Cameo ‘(Let Me) Groove With You‘ . . . Gary Millwood (Quainton Chequers mobiles) has come up with an “orgasmix” of Jane Birkin ‘Je T’Aime’/Yvonne Elliman ‘Love Me’/Mtume ‘Juicy Fruit’/Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’/Donna Summer ‘Love To Love You Baby’, all vari-speeded to 96bpm! . . . Rusty Egan is bubbling about his ‘Beat Boy‘ on the next Visage LP (probably on 12in later), white hip hop with yowling but melodic ‘Rock Box’ guitar and touches of ‘Relax’ meeting ‘Rockit’ — Marsha Raven guests on the mellow rock-disco ‘Questions‘ while some of the album is surprisingly jazzy with Pestorius-style bass and great sax (though you’ll have to wait a while) . . . Nate Nelson, ex-Flamingos but best known here in person as a latter day Platter from ’65-’82 (and a New York pal of mine 20 years ago), sadly died aged 52 of heart disease on June 1 . . . Brass Construction continue their tour at Nottingham Rock City Fri (22), Glastonbury Festival Sat (4pm, followed later by Stevie Wonder!), Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush also Sat (midnight), and three nights at London’s Venue Sun/Mon/Tues (24-26) . . . Thursday (21) Kenny Hume starts weekly soul/funk at Wimbledon Nelson’s . . . Friday (22) Chris Hill souls Southend Zero 6, Jeff Young souls Tottenham Valentino’s, Divine party’s at Haringey Bolts . . . Saturday (23) Record Mirror’s chirrupy Gary Crowley bossa nova’s Sheffield Park’s Sheffield Arms in Sussex . . . Sunday (24) Shango (minus Bill Laswell but plus Grandmixer D.ST) funk a one-off at the Camden Palace . . . Monday (25) Chris Hill souls Bermondsey Dockhead’s Swan & Sugarloaf . . . Tuesday (26) Essex Radio’s “live on-air scratcher” Dave Gregory hits Harlow Whispers — his scratch is from Orlando Johnson & Trance ‘Chocolate City‘ (US Channel) . . . DJ Stash mixes hip hop Tuesdays at the new Sunderland Genevieves night of Newcastle-based moveable club The Sidewalk . . . Steve Cochrane is normally at Palms fun pub next to Rayleigh’s Pink Toothbrush but does Hi-NRG Tuesdays in the latter . . . Danny Searle has “alternative/Hi-NRG funk” Wednesdays (jeans allowed) at Southampton’s Riverside Nightclub (ex-Floaters) . . . Poole’s Mariner’s Wharf has Hi-NRG Wed/Fri with Andy Bianchi, upfront funk Tues/Thur with Ken ‘B’ Brudenell, both combining Sat . . . Darren Fogel, no longer at Thackeray’s, souls Saturdays at Earls Court’s La Vie En Rose 2 (wine & buffet included for £3) . . . Frenchie (yet another) after two years in Leicester at Isabella’s and then Coasters is now at Baccus International’s extravagantly lit Night-Magic lazer disco in Dunfermline . . . Stuart McNiff not so surprisingly uses the stage name Stuart Alexander at Bathgate Rico’s (where Thurs seems most soulful) . . . Steve Ogley is now apparently full time at Lowestoft Wherry Hotel’s Park Avenue Disco . . . Alan Costa at Brighton’s new Tootsies explains it’s on the site of the old Bonsoir Club . . . ‘Mad Mike’ Gill, mixing hip hop/pop at Redcar Leo’s pub-disco, brags he’s the guy with the biggest dong in Cleveland! . . . Bruce Harper has a fan, or a press agent, in one Colin Niblett who never stops going on about how marvy the former is at Stafford’s Top Of The World, mixing Hi-NRG “to a T” . . . Phil England (Slough) reports the resident jock at a West Country club he recently played staggered him by spinning nothing but oldies of the Dan Hartman/Sylvester/Edwin Starr 130bpm ilk for a solid three hours — he’ll never complain about slow movement in the Nightclub chart again! . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) after complex computations comes to the conclusion “perhaps my lot are just a little bit Hi-NRG but mainly Wallys”! . . . Jonathan Guy (061-273 1038), about to graduate from university, is after a Manchester area club in which to “purvey the funk” . . . Yugoslavian Sacha Vitorovich and Swiss Kevin Sebastian’s new big production Roxy Horror Wedding Show cabaret act is about to hit London’s smarter nitespots, and they remind us that their Strawz cocktail video bar in South Molton Street is where the elite meet (and we’re talkin’ B-I-G stars there) . . . Eddy Grant ‘Romancing The Stone‘ evidently is from an Indiana Jones-type film of the same name, on which (to judge from its trailer) Eddy’s own video was closely based . . . I suddenly received en masse last Thursday (June 14) all the records mailed me between 21-25 May! . . . Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, or rather the late Michael Conrad, was horribly prophetic with his “It’s a grave situation indeed” — HEY, LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, HUH?


THE SYSTEM made a motorway dash after two other gigs to fit in an appearance at Dartford’s Flicks, where vocalist McMurphy later enthused “The audience were far more in tune with what we are about than any of the other venues we visited”. That should make any other DJs they visited really feel like plugging their next record, right?


HOT VINYL

TYZIK: ‘Jammin’ In Manhattan’ (Polydor POSPX 692)
Trumpeter Jeff Tyzik scrapes the sky with searing sax support and vocodered title lines in the electrofied 114bpm logical follow-on from ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica (NY)’, real jazz-funk (emphasis on both words), already a monster. His beat box backed 131bpm attack on Benny Golson’s ‘Killer Joe‘ is flip.

LEON BRYANT: ‘Finders Keepers’ LP (US De-Lite DSR 8507)
Gruff suave soulster with the week’s hottest set, and the hottest cut is the great Dennis Edwards/L.J. Reynolds-type 94bpm title track, while also 94bpm is the more freely rolling and soulful ‘Never‘ (more detailed review next week).

SURFACE: ‘When Your X Wants You Back’ (Salsoul SALT 106)
Flute tootled acappella-introed chick-sung cleanly tripping 122bpm trotter with much airy space and an attractive lilt (inst/aca flip), now really taking off and cute enough to click.

KONK: Your Life’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 7)
Liquid Liquid-type chanting brassy ominous odd 119bpm New York new wave punk funk with particularly useful rattling percussion, here slightly faster and in only three different versions, impressing some quite unlikely people . . . but then it is very ‘White Lines’ without the words.

SHAKATAK: ‘Down On The Street’ (Polydor POSPX 688)
Trickily introed before a ‘Good Times’ bass bumps in, this repetitive 113bpm loper is flipped by a different tinnier mix and the far preferable lushly jogging Mary Jane Girls-ish 94bpm ‘Holding On‘, already teasingly promoed on 7in and certainly their best in yonks.

RUDDY THOMAS: ‘Tonight Is The Night’ (Diamond C International DCD 004)
Curtis Simon’s label strikes again with another deadly weaving sinuous 81bpm reggae-soul killer, beautifully teased and wailed rather than just “sung”, full of crossover class (dub flip) — do hear it.

CARROLL THOMPSON & TREVOR WALTERS: ‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait’ (Sanity IST 004, via IDS)
The Major Harris classic revamped in a lovely different gently pulsing 71bpm lovers-soul duet treatment (jazzy guitar inst flip), an ace smoocher.

LOOSE ENDS: ‘Choose Me (Rescue Me)’ (Virgin VS 697-12)
Solo sax-introed chick-cooed very gentle 107bpm swayer, newly remixed though more a pleasant mood than an actual song so unlikely to cross over (snappier inst dub flip).

LIPSTICK: ‘Rain Song’ (US Music Merchant MM 101)
Presumably Brian & Eddie Holland’s latest venture (they co-penned, Brian produced), this lightly skipping 113bpm breathy Emotions/Jones Girls-ish trotter is far from their old Motown/Invictus material but could quietly hook you.

MIAMI SOUND MACHINE: ‘Dr. Beat’ (US Epic 49-05023)
Excitingly gimmicky for mixers, an infectious rumbling and jiggling jittery 117½bpm groove with jerky female vocal helping the drive (inst flip).

WEST STREET MOB FEATURING CHERYL THE PEARL & JOEY ROBINSON JR: ‘I Can’t Stop’ (US Sugarhill SH 32002)
‘Break Dancin’ — Electric Boogie’ style scratching on a beefier more resonant 119bpm bumper with chanting chix and continuous party noises (inst flip), spirited good time hip hop.

DISCO 3: ‘Fat Boys’ (US Sutra SUD 024)
Kurtis Blow-produced fat boys doing a slow ponderous stark 100bpm hip hop rap judderer (inst flip), with the big difference that one of them is a ‘Human Beat Box‘ making his incredible noises on the 97-99bpm track of that name (and evidently on a recent ‘Ear Say’ to wild acclaim!). Definitely odd.

KENNY BECK: ‘The One’ (US Oh My! Records OM 4007)
Mechanically backed stark hot tempo 112bpm jitterer in four different versions jerkily souled and rapped in gruff then squeaky familiar style — like C.O.D. backing ‘Plane Love’?! Try the ‘Semi-Dub’.

CERCLE OF NEW YORK: ‘Prancer Dancer’ (French DMRecords 742613)
Quite good gruffly rap-sung chunkily jittering 120bpm jerker with scratchy guitar in Nile Rodgers style . . . no coincidence, as the actual A-side is an accurate 121bpm ‘Meddley Chic‘ neatly blending Chic’s oldies and newies, well known and less so (hear it first).

JIMMY CASTOR: ‘Amazon’ (US Dream DG 707)
Synth chording 113bpm jerky rhythm box shuffler with chant vocals and gimmicky title line, far from his best but the freakier and harder dub (of four versions) is great for mixers between Brass Construction ‘Renegades’ and Miami Sound Machine.

ZEKE MANYIKA: ‘Heaven Help Us (Try)’ (Polydor/EOSA ZMX 1)
Orange Juice’s black percussionist with an interestingly insidious vocal 118bpm afro-funk fusion more for “new dance” spots, while the flip’s 126bpm ‘Everywhere I Go’ is getting some specialist afro interest.

L.T.D.: ‘Stop On By’ (Pinnacle VIBE5T)
Jeffrey Osborne’s old mob with replacement singers Leslie Wilson (ex-New Birth) and Andre Ray cranking out a slinky 110bpm funk roller, flip to the radio ballad ‘For You’.

BEATMASTER: ‘Lipservice’ (Tommy Boy/Island 12IS 187)
Keith LeBlanc’s latest crashing stark 107bpm hip hop drum judderer full of smurfs, kazoos, chanting chaps (inst flip), a bit specialist for now.

LIONEL RICHIE: ‘Stuck On You’ (Motown TMGT 1341)
No, neither ‘Penny Lover’ nor even ‘Love Will Find A Way’ — instead it’s another country-styled 0-32½-0bpm crawler, on 12in with the older lurching 0-80½bpm ‘Round And Round‘, brassily trotting 120bpm ‘Tell Me‘.

GAP BAND: ‘Jammin’ In America’ (Total Experience TEX 6)
Phonogram’s last gasp pop-aimed fast “la la la”-singalong 135bpm ‘I Want To Be In America’-type skitterer, flipped in desperation by long versions of the old 117bpm ‘Burn Rubber On Me’ and 105-103-102-104bpm ‘Oops’.

DR JECKYLL & MR HYDE: ‘Fast Life’ (US Profile PRO-7048)
Kurtis Blow-produced slow tugging typical c.104bpm rap with a social commentary, and the more staccato c.99bpm ‘A.M./P.M.‘ on the same side (ditto inst flip).

RICHARD ‘DIMPLES’ FIELDS: ‘Your Wife Is Cheatin’ On Us’ (US RCA Victor PD-13831)
Lightly loping c.125bpm clopper melodically like ‘Summertime’ (inst flip).

DAVID ASTRI: ‘Dancing Digits’ (US Award Records DA 2510)
Cantering c.119bpm hip hop instrumental with sundry breaking glass type effects, rhythmically different at least, with the beefier c.116bpm ‘Option “B”’ and its LP mix on the flip, in clear vinyl.


Hi-NRG

RICHIE: ‘Be Your Own Woman’ (Challenge TAL 9)
Chris Lucas/Garry Hughes-produced squeakily whinnying Sylvester-ish 133bpm skipping bounder with throbbing tom toms halfway, all very spare, and an instrumental ‘TV Mix’ flip to drag out the theme (if you haven’t already got the message).

FILLMORE KING: ‘Keep On Dancin’ (Pinnacle PIN 103T)
Soulfully croaked and not particularly “Hi-NRG” slick sparse 129bpm choogler, but it does have that old clapping ‘Contact’/’Instant Replay’ rhythm at the start and on the beefier instrumental flip, which could be useful.

FANTASTIQUE: ‘Mama Told Me’ (Carrere CART 317)
Carrere on the ball as ever, another long-gone Eurodisco oldie ghastly at that, a 126¼bpm Boney M-sing-‘Funkytown’.


DISCO TOP 85 – June 23, 1984

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


HIT NUMBERS

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

Frankie GTH 0-130r, Nik Kershaw 105f, OMD 123f, Elvis Costello 42-84f, Sisters Of Mercy 60½-121-60½f, Associates 137f, Cyndi Lauper 32½-64¾f, Tina Turner 98/49f, Bobby Womack 111f, Roger Taylor 144-143-0r, Psychedelic Furs 122½f.


HI-NRG DISCO

01 02 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in white label
02 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
03 05 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
04 04 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
05 03 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
06 07 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
07 19 BREAK ME/GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Charade/Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
08 11 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
09 09 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
10 24 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
11 08 WE ARE INVINCIBLE, 501’s, ERC 12in
12 06 DOCTOR’S ORDERS — COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoir Faire 12in/US Hot Tracks remix
13 16 JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, US Planet 12in
14 14 DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, US Profile 12in
15 12 STRANGE DESIRE, Nicci Gable, Passion 12in
16 13 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
17 17 LA SERENISSIMA (AEMIX), Rondo Veneziano, Ferroway 12in
18 37 NO MORE WORDS, Berlin, Mercury 12in
19 10 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
20 35 THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, Peter Brown, US Hot Tracks remix
21 15 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
22 32 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
23 21 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamala Stanley, Casablanca 12in
24 26 HEARTBEAT — HEARTBREAK, Word of Mouth, Challenge 12in
25 22 THE UPSTROKE/NAUGHTY MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
26 34 KEEP DANCING, Touch Of Class, US Next Plateau 12in
27 25 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, Electricity 12in
28 33 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Carrere 12in
29 — TWO TRIBES, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
30=— SMALLTOWN BOY, Bronski Beat, Forbidden Fruit 12in
30=— LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Pointer Sisters, 2 (3) Deniece Williams, 3 (2) Womack & Womack, 4 (4) Hazell Dean, 5 (5) Evelyn Thomas, 6 (9) Wham!, 7 (11) Sister Sledge, 8 (6) Terri Wells, 9 (8) Jocelyn Brown, 10 (10) Change, 11 (7) Break Machine, 12 (13) Loose Ends ‘E’, 13 (29) Bobby Womack, 14 (19) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 15 (15) The System, 16 (—) Frankie GTH ‘TT, 17 (14) Rufus ‘AN’, 18 (22) Bob Marley ‘OL’, 19 (18) The SOS Band, 20 (12) Jeffrey Osborne, 21 (17) Duran Duran, 22 (—) Spandau Ballet, 23 (26) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 24 (—) One Way A/B, 25 (33) Michael Jackson, 26 (re) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 27 (20) Bronski Beat, 28 (—) Bob Marley ‘WIV’, 29 (39) Kashif, 30 (re) Irene Cara, 31 (re) Roni Griffith, 32 (—) Divine, 33 (28) OMD ‘L’, 34 (34) Parachute Club, 35 (—) Ollie & Jerry, 36 (16) Trans-X, 37 (24) Style Council, 38 (30) Patrice Rushen, 39 (40) Madonna, 40 (re) Kenny G, 41 (—) Howard Jones, 42 (27) Cameo ‘SS’, 43 (—) Dennis Edwards, 44 (—) Scritti Pollitti, 45 (36) Earons, 46 (—) Smokey Robinson 12in, 47 (—) Daisy Chain, 48 (—) O’Jays, 49 (re) Bobby King, 50 (32) Detroit Spinners A/B.


DJ TOP 10

MASTERMIND ROADSHOW pioneered the scratchin’ ‘n rappin’, cuttin’ ‘n struttin’ hip hop package idea in London, the crew currently consisting of Herbie, Dave, Max, KC, CJ, DA, Jam and Macho Moore. Listening to the early American “masterrnix” records they originally assumed that all the mixing was done live, without tape edits, and thus set up an elaborate multi-deck system on which several jocks worked simultaneously to build up their own marathon quick-cut megamixes. It wasn’t until they’d got their technique down pat that they realised this is not how the records are remixed! Catch ’em if you can, and you’ll hear —

1 IT’S YOURS, T.L.A. Rock & Jazzy J, US Partytime
2 HERE COMES THAT BEAT!, Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars, US Profile
3 RUN-D.M.C. (various), Run D.M.C., US Profile LP
4 HIP HOP ON WAX — VOLUME 1, DJ Chuck Chill Out, US Vintertainment
5 HUMAN BEAT BOX, Disco 3, US Sutra
6 THE HIP HOP BEAT, The Rapologists, Billy Boy Records
7 BEAT STREET (various), Soundtrack, US Atlantic LP
8 CAVERN, Liquid Liquid, US 99 Records EP
9 UNDER FIRE/A.J. SCRATCH, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury
10 BEAT BOX (original), Art Of Noise, ZTT

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  1. And so it came to pass that Disco 3, aka Fat Boys, landed the first mention of human beatboxing – which, like scratching and rapping before it, defied all predictions of merely being a short-lived craze … The dreaded term “fun pub” is gaining currency this year; I don’t think I ever went to one that actually turned out to be, you know, FUN … The swipes at the Mafia continue, for turning jazz-funk into the new northern soul, but that re-issued Sivuca tune was a good ‘un, which did indeed cross over with the emerging black-polo-neck-sweatered, Face-reading, Sade/Working Week/Tracey Thorn nu-jazz brigade … Still, it’s interesting the see the schism between James and the mafia laid bare, considering their closeness three/four years earlier; James just isn’t much interested in any form of revivalism (save for the big band records he still plays at posh country-house bookings!)

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  2. I arrived on the scene in 1982/83 which was just before the Mafia DJs started to change into what you and James mention. They always played the occasional rediscovered tune and but round about now the Latin jazz and other obscurities began to take over. The more south London/inner city Steve Walsh, George Power etc stayed far more with the current sounds. The London pirates sort of mixed the two depending on whose show it was.

    I think a fair case can be made for saying that that trendy West End Robert Elms, EBTG, Face magazine scene You both mention eventually a year or two later gave birth to the equally West End trendy (originally at least) Rare Groove scene.

    In his column in one of those great evocations of forgotten popular culture this week he mentions Lazer Radio. This was for a short time a real national phenomenon – in a few weeks everyone seemed to be listening to this station I can’t remember anything else similar as unlike the dance pirates this was national and played straight pop music so appealed to a massive across the board audience of 16-25 year olds. I think it’s immense popularity sewed the seeds of its own eventual demise as its policy if music almost non stop with professional sounding American DJs was probably upsetting the BBC just a bit too much. Even at the peak of JFM and Solar in the jazz-funk era or CentreForce and Green Apple in the rave era nothing came close to the audience reach it had at this time albeit pop and not underground dance.

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  3. This is has got me thinking about some of the big tunes that were played by the Mafia part of the scene around 1984/85

    ‘House of Bamboo’ – Andy Williams Or Earl Grant
    ‘Comin’Home Baby’ – Mel Torme
    ‘Coffee Song’ – Peggy Lee
    ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – Sivuca
    Just about anything from Tania Maria
    ‘New York Afternoon’ – Richie Cole
    Some track off a Patsy Gallant album (she was best known for the pop hit New York to LA)
    ‘Mas Que Nada’ and ‘Rhoda’ – Sergio Mendes
    ‘Black Whip’ – Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones
    ‘Celebration Suite’ – Airto
    ‘The More I See You’. – Chris Montez
    ‘Bossa Nova Baby’ – Elvis Presley
    Some really hard samba thing by Baden Powell

    So that’s gives you an idea of what JH was talking about.

    To be honest a few of those were so popular (House of Bamboo, Bossa Nova Baby) that they bubbled around or just outside the lower reaches of the pop charts for and quite a few were reissued as singles because of the scene.

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