June 30, 1984: Phil Fearon & Galaxy, T. Ski Valley, Detroit Spinners, Brass Construction, Prince

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

JULY’S ISSUE sees the DJ’s only (currently 1,300 Subscribers) Disco Mix Club graduate from cassette to vinyl, the mixes on one album and preview excerpts on another — which will make the mixes really easy to use at last . . . Kenny G ‘Hi How Ya Doin’?’ is evidently due again in yet another new remix, flipped by a live version . . . Lionel Richie’s next LP will finally be preceded in August by the 12in coupling of ‘Love Will Find A Way’/’Penny Lover’ — nothing like leaving the best till last, huh?! . . . ‘Beat Street’, volume one of the movie’s soundtrack LPs, is now out here (Atlantic 780 154-1), as belatedly is the Fatback ‘Phoenix’ LP (Cotillion 790 168-1) — this latter totally overshadowed here by their older ‘I Found Lovin’ hit, the remix of which was by Master Mix label co-owner Lewis Hayes, who happens to be son of the late jazz saxist Tubby Hayes . . . Marsha Raven’s Dutch remix is now on her UK flip, while Evelyn Thomas has been remixed (with a remixed instrumental flip) on US TSR 12in . . . Ian Levine is back in the studio with Barbara Pennington, who’s been kicking her heels in Chicago since he recorded her last in ’78 . . . Laser’s aerial was hit by lightning even as I typed last week’s copy, but is back in action again pumping out exciting all-hit radio on 558MW, where you’re truly “never more than a minute away from music” — unlike on Horizon, for instance, which these days seems to be wall to wall advertisements and tedious telephone numbers . . . DBC (Dread Broadcasting Corp) has moved to 94FM — actually they say it’s 93.9 — and although not full time they were certainly pumping out reggae, soul and intelligent jazz oldies from Thursday onwards last week in “North-West Central” London, to become my favoured listening at the time (as maybe you can guess, recent theft means I now listen to new Blaupunkt Toronto with auto-search electronic tuning, which can be — and is — removed whenever I park!) . . . Worthing And Brighton Commercial Radio WABC 102.7FM has a soul show Sundays 11am-5pm with the likes of Paul Bentley, Andy King, Paul Clark, Mick Fuller . . . Jon Guy plays “quality daytime musics” during his Saturday 2-7am dawn shift on Stockport/South Manchester pirate KFM (what wavelength?) . . . Gary Mathews on Dublin Community Radio DCR Stereo 105FM does a Friday 9-11pm soul and dance music show — only weekly though, unlike rival Tony Turner’s daily slot on Radio Dublin . . . Paul DeKane (Hull Romeo’s & Juliet’s) mixes a special weekly ‘Tasty Mixer’ for the Friday edition of Carl Kingston’s 6-7pm Electric Wireless Show on BBC Radio Humberside 96.9FM/1485MW . . . Dartford Flicks are managing another protege of Colin Hudd to rival his earlier legendary discovery the appalling Ian Moore, who thought he could dance: this new guy thinks he can sing, under the name of Hughie Chunder! . . . O’Bryan ‘Lovelite‘ topped US ‘Black’ 45s with Prince ‘When Doves Cry’ looking almost certain to have replaced it by the time you read this . . . ‘Electric Breakdance‘, a K-tel compiled US LP (Dominion NU 2320) could be useful even at import prices as it has Newcleus ‘Jam On It’, Melle Mel ‘White Lines’, D Train ‘You’re The One For Me’, Twilight 22 ‘Electric Kingdom’, GLOBE & Whiz Kid ‘Play That Beat Mr DJ’, Whodini ‘Magic’s Wand’, Run-DMC ‘It’s Like That’, Double Vision ‘Clock On The Wall‘, BT & The City Slickers ‘Rockit‘ — the trouble is, as this package exemplifies, the USA is so late in latching onto electro hip hop — now largely due to the Breakdance-type films and Shannon hits — that there will be no stimulus for producers there to develop the sound they’ve been making for ages, while here this lack of freshness has already made hip hop sound predictable to ears that tuned into it from the outset . . . Adrian Dunbar (Southampton Raffles) sees something similar happening to Hi-NRG with a glut of UK product swamping the chart as small labels board the bandwagon in the (misguided?) hope it’ll make them money: he thinks “fast disco” could be a passing fad with the general public and hopes Hi-NRG will soon return underground, and mainly on import . . . Norman Scott (Harringey Bolts) got criticised by some first (and last) time visitors from Heaven for playing “too much Hi-NRG music”: Norman in turn predicts now Hi-NRG has crossed over that the gays will be searching for something new to identify with — he also says that his Wednesday oldies night at Charing Cross Road Busby’s is attracting 800 weekly, ironically more than double the number at the Monday Bang gay night there . . . Rick Robinson (Lee Danielle’s Fri/Sat, Penge McCormack’s Sun) has added a Thursday oldies night at Bermondsey Dockhead’s Swan & Sugarloaf, where he’ll be keeping to “credible” ’66-’80 shades of soul . . . Trevor ‘Redeye’ Hughes, back in action around Telford, reports Shropshire’s current biggies are the 18 month old Tin Tin ‘Kiss Me (US Remix)‘ (WEA Curve), 3 year old Animal Magnet ‘Welcome To The Monkey House‘ (EMI) and of course 5 year old Sister Sledge — the first two of course have a reputation in the Midlands already, but are also now huge for Nick Davies on his Sunday “alternative” nights at Watford’s New Penny (where with an enlarged stage Mr Harris is after guest PAs on Watford 22003) . . . Adrian Allen at South Shields ancient Chelsea Cat scores with oldies of a funkier hue, Freeez ‘Southern Freeez’ and Bobby Rush ‘Wanna Do The Do‘ (he’d welcome offers of the latter in better nick than his on Boldon 364895) . . . New Hill (Harlow Whispers) is one of those reviving Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love‘ (Curtom/US promo remix), but John Dane (Bishopsgate BB’s Mon-Fri, Portsmouth Ritzy Sat) reckons Johnny Bristol ‘Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me‘ (Ariola Hansa) could be the next ‘Thinking Of You’ . . . John DeSade goes right against the grain this Sunday (1) reviving nothing but Beatles at Leysdown King Henry’s Club — mummy, what’s a Beatle? . . . Ian Reading, an oldie of a different ilk, celebrates his birthday Thursday (28) at Southend Zero 6 International . . . Friday (29) Chris Hill souls Tottenham Valentino’s, Robbie Vincent souls Dartford Flicks with Jaki Graham, Chris Dinnis souls Taunton Kingston’s, JFM’s Graham Gold funks Southgate Pink Elephant early before returning to Mayfair Gullivers (with yours truly) to host a Shannon PA and hand over a hi-fi in our “arrive before midnight” lucky draw . . . Chris Kaye does Southborough Royal Victoria Hall Fri (29), Tonbridge Angel Centre Sat (30) — cor, ‘Angel’, we know about her, don’t we boys?! . . . Divine plays Edinburgh Fire Island Sunday (1), when Shannon starts touring at Nottingham Rock City’s 3pm alldayer (with Jonathan, Shaun Williams, Colin Curtis, Baz Fe Jazz, the usual crew) before visiting London’s Venue Mon (2), Luton Pink Elephant Wed (4) . . . Pete Haigh hopes his Monday Funk & Soul Club at “funk starved” Blackpool’s Secrets will get the support he has in Wigan and Lancaster . . . Steel City Gary Senior is now slipping in some electro and lovers rock on Tuesdays at Chesterfield Fascination . . . Gary Hallwood souls Wednesdays at Watford’s Levi pub in St Albans Road (free admission) . . . Big Phil Etgart is also free at Hackney Follies (Victoria Park) on Saturdays, and re-starts his “history of soul” on Sundays at Greenford Barbarella’s following its grand re-opening next Thursday (5) — where the rest of the team is Chris ‘Tequila’ Paul Wed/Fri, Darryl Le Moody Thur/Sat . . . Steve Bryant runs a fax ‘n info crammed fanzine Souled Out, similar to New Blackbeat but published only every 4-5 months so less current in its news, good for trivia freaks at 65p or £1.95 for three issues (UK rates) from 141 Pembroke Road, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex IG3 8PF . . . Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields has produced for his new label RCA a Boston girlie group called Ouch! doing a revival of the late great Linda Jones’ classic ‘Hypnotized‘ . . . Manhattan Transfer’s next LP will be all straight jazz with much new material created by scat pioneer Jon Hendricks, of the ’50s Lambert, Hendricks & Ross group who remain so influential (the Ross was our own Annie Ross) . . . Chuck Jackson, the ex-Independents singer and producing partner of Marvin Yancy rather than the veteran solo soul star, turns out to be the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s brother! . . . Gary Glitter’s new hit was helped by possibly the best picture-disc yet, a die-cut upright figure (with the very small 33 1/3rpm disc bit forming just the centre part) . . . Chris Britton (0442-41700) after four years finally left Watford Baileys to freelance again and would love sensible offers of a “party nite”-type gig within the Home Counties . . . Colchester sounds a dangerous place to visit if you’re black — ask Second Image, and be warned, and LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, HUH?


HOT VINYL

PHIL FEARON & GALAXY: ‘Everybody’s Laughing’ (Ensign 12ENY 514)
Starting with chix and percussion before the now typical beat beefs up, this latest frothy 115bpm shuffle ‘n kick swinger has steel drums and some sizzling trumpet — by none other than Tom Browne, who’s featured on one of the flip’s more immediate instrumental versions, the other featuring Brass Construction keyboardist Randy Muller, although a flute seems most dominant on his. Megamixers will have a field day combining all three treatments!

T. SKI VALLEY: ‘Catch The Beat (Scratch The Beat)’ (Belgian BMC 3597)
So, a new “scratch” version does exist of this approximately four years old weaving funky summer tempo rap classic, which never went out of date and now thanks to pirate plays and dancefloor reaction in London at least looks all set to be the next Fatback-type “sleeper” smash! Remixed by Pascal B with some effective scratching and a bit of phasing near the end, it’s now a faster 106½-108-109-106½bpm while the instrumental flip is 103-104½-105bpm — however, still just as powerful remains the original ‘!Catch The Beat!‘ (US Grand Groove 7701) at 105(intro)-103-104-105-103bpm and especially the Grand Groove Bunch credited 102½-104-105bpm ‘!Catch The Groove!‘ instrumental flip, which latter is terrific out of Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’ or with such hot tempo hits as indeed ‘I Found Lovin’. Catch the beat, indeed!

DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Love Is In Season’ (Atlantic A9649T)
This is the hit, finally on 12in here, a gorgeous mellow gentle 101bpm swayer in traditional soul vocal group style with bass voice playing a key role to melt summer holidaymakers hearts, flipped by their classic old swaying 100-105bpm ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ and episodic slow ‘Living A Little Laughing A Little’.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Partyline’ (Capitol 12CL 335)
Although ‘International‘ has exploded as the album’s hit, this infectious flowing 117-118-119bpm chant could have Kool-type appeal on 3-track 12in with their US single ‘Walkin’ The Line’-type jittery 122¾-123bpm ‘Never Had A Girl‘ and older excellent value synth-piped catchily socking 121-122bpm ‘I Do Love You‘. Most people are buying the LP though.

PRINCE: ‘When Doves Cry’ (Warner Bros W9286T)
As with the Womack’s it’ll be radio that breaks this adventurous very stark odd 0-126-0bpm rock-tinged lurcher, full of emptily knocking beats (like billiard balls!) behind his muttering and yelping — it’s literally shot to the top Stateside — while initially here discos will find the flip’s staccato jolting 0-114bpm ‘17 Days‘ easier to get into. Early copies are twin-packed with the old ‘1999’/’DMSR’ on 12in and cassette.

KLINTE JONES: ‘In The Heat (Of The Night)’ (US Oh My! OM 4009)
Ignored on release until thankfully some jocks charted it, this chirruping chix accompanied electro burbled staccato clipped 117bpm jitterer is less interesting than its organ-led 116¼bpm instrumental flip, which is absolutely stunning mixed between Jermaine Jackson ‘Come To Me’ and Ollie & Jerry. You have to try it!

TREVOR WALTERS: ‘Stuck On You’ (I&S Production IST 002, via IDS)
Timely reissue and reversal of last year’s release, so that now the great soulful 79bpm lovers rock version of Lionel’s current hit is A-side and the previously successful 96bpm ‘Penny Lover‘ flip — both are excellent, with ‘Stuck On You’ actually far better for dancing than the bland country-pop original.

TONY JACKSON: ‘Summer Groove’ (Cedar 12CAG 1, via PRT)
Fading in through jet plane effects, the ex-Ritz singer hits one of those corny but effective happy jiggle-along swinging 115bpm summer grooves that Phil Fearon has made his own (edit/inst flip), and familiarity has helped him immediately.

YVONNE GAGE: ‘Lover Of My Dreams’ (Pinnacle PIN 102T)
More satisfying for strict soul purists than ‘Haunted House’, a good steadily chugging 107¼bpm backbeat wailer with weaving vocal lines and a catchy synth twiddle through the chunky rhythm drive (chorus retaining inst flip).

WOMACK & WOMACK: ‘Baby I’m Scared Of You’ (Elektra E9733T)
Always the soul purists fave and now with its way to pop success paved by the more accessible ‘Love Wars’, this all the same remains tricky to get into even if you know the floor will be grooving to it before the end; Linda-led, it’s a fabulous subtly ultra-soulful tugging 104/52-105-106-109-110bpm builder tightening up as it intensifies (ambiguous 119/59½bpm ‘A.P.B.‘ flip), an Ashford & Simpson for the ’80s.

KASHIF: ‘Send Me Your Love’ LP (US Arista AL8 8205)
Mixed reactions so far to this set, most interesting possibly being ‘Ooh Love’, a tense little (0-)112¼bpm chugger, while ‘That’s How It Goes‘ is a typical tight pent-up 117¼bpm ticker, the George Benson guitar-picked ‘I’ve Been Missin’ You‘ a disjointed 117½bpm jitterer (not mellow enough), ‘Call Me Tonight‘ a drily jolting 117¼bpm instrumental, slowies being the tender 0-79bpm ‘Are You The Woman’, aching 87bpm title track, drifting 0-41½bpm ‘Love Has No End’, while Al Jarreau helps scat the ambiguously speeding 158/79bpm ‘Edgartown Groove‘ and his current single here is 116bpm. Has it been too long coming?

JOCELYN BROWN: ‘Hands Off’ (US Urban Rock Records UR 44444)
Chunky c.121bpm burbler with her recognisably good voice — recorded pre-‘Guy’ — let down by an undistinctive arrangement and song (in four versions).


Hi-NRG

EARLENE BENTLEY: ‘Caught In The Act’ (Record Shack SOHOT 23)
And the beat goes on . . . another ruthlessly efficient Ian Levine/Fi Trench-prod/penned grittily wailed shuffling and jittering 128½bpm high energy charger with a steam engine backbeat and pulverising vocal (phased inst dub flip).

JAYNE EDWARDS: ‘Determination’ (RCA RCAT 412)
Producer Rick Giantos adds a ‘Let’s All Chant’ handclap rhythm to this Levine & Trench custom-penned huskily wailed 132bpm “northern soul” galloper, which remains much hotter Hi-NRG than the official A-side’s 0-125bpm revival of Yvonne Fair’s ‘It Should Have Been Me‘.

POINTER SISTERS: ‘Jump (For My Love)’ (Planet RPST 106)
Jumping the gun nationally already, as with ‘Automatic’ the 12in of this high energy bounder is a substantially different 133bpm remix (inst flip).

HOT GOSSIP: ‘Break Me Into Little Pieces’ (Fanfare HG T1)
Finished commercial pressings now have a somewhat beefed and speeded up 0-129bpm remix of this chap-sung Levine & Trench-prod/penned freely flowing classically tinged canterer (0-127bpm inst flip).


DISCO TOP 85 – June 30, 1984

01 01 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
02 04 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
03 02 FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) (DUB), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
04 03 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
05 07 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown 12in
06 12 INTERNATIONAL/RENEGADES/DANGEROUS/FASCINATING YOU, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
07 05 I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD/PROMISES CAN BREAK, The System, Polydor 12in
08 11 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
09 06 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN/WEIGH ALL THE FACTS, L.J. Reynolds, Club 12in
10 09 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
11 20 WHEN YOUR “EX” WANTS YOU BACK, Surface, Salsoul 12in
12 15 YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM, Change, WEA LP
13 08 READY FOR THE NIGHT/MIDNIGHT LOVER/BIG STRONG MAN/I WANTS MO’ STUFF/ADONAI, Margie Joseph, US Cotillion LP
14 44 BREAKIN’ . . . THERE’S NO STOPPING US (CLUB MIX), Ollie & Jerry, Polydor 12in
16 14 TOSSING AND TURNING, Windjammer, MCA 12in
16 27 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
17 25 DON’T I EVER CROSS YOUR MIND SOMETIME, Barbara Mason, Streetwave 12in
18 10 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
19 16 MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE, One Way, MCA 12in
20 31 I’M SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Frederick ‘MC Count’ Linton, US Vinyl Dreams 12in
21 23 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/LIKE I WILL/I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON/WHO’S IT GONNA BE/FRAGILE . . . HANDLE WITH CARE, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
22 17 COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
23 26 LOVIN’ YOUR GOOD THING AWAY, Eleanor Grant, US Catawba 12in
24 19 LOVE WARS (REMIX), Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
25 18 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
26 22 EMERGENCY (DIAL 999)(REMIX)/DUB MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
27 13 I’LL BE AROUND, Terri Wells, London 12in
28 34 LOVE IS IN SEASON, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
29 56 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME)/GOTTA FIND IT, Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
30 46 SWEET SOMEBODY (DUB)/REMIX, Shannon, Club 12in
31 39 THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe, Streetwave 12in
32 21 LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Pinnacle 12in
33 32 TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’, Jermaine & Michael Jackson, Arista LP
34 50 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU, Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
35 29 SUMMER FLING, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International LP
36 — PARTYLINE/NEVER HAD A GIRL, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
37 33 NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL/BREAK, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
38 60 FINDERS KEEPERS/ARE YOU READY (UNTIL TONIGHT)/I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU/NEVER, Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
39 42 BABY DON’T BREAK YOUR BABY’S HEART, Kashif, Arista 12in
40 28 LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY (REMIX), Deniece Williams, CBS 12in
41 24 EXTRAORDINARY GIRL, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International 12in
42 37 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
43 — IN THE RIVER, I Level, Virgin 12in
44 47 TENDER LOVIN’, Funk Deluxe, US Salsoul LP
45 — CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT)/CATCH THE GROOVE, T.Ski Valley/Grand Groove Bunch, Belgian BMC/US Grand Groove 12in
46 41 EUROPEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
47 79 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
48 35 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY (REMIXES), Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
49 — DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
50 62 TIME FLIES/SUNSET MEMORY, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
51 82 THE HIP HOP BEAT, The Rapologists, Billy Boy Records 12in
52 72 INTIMATE CONNECTION/GO FOR IT, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
53 40 I’LL BE AROUND/RIGHT OR WRONG, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
54 36 JUST BE MY LOVE/YOU’VE GOT THAT MAGIC/I LOVE YOU SO, Fatback, Cotillion LP
55 59 BREAKIN’ IN SPACE/INSTRUMENTAL, Key-Matic, US Radar 12in
56 49 LET ME DANCE WITH YOU/INSTRUMENTAL, El Chicano, US Columbia 12in
57 77 NADINE/I COULD GIVE YOU MORE, Marcus Miller, Warner Bros LP
58 — YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT (CHOOSE ME)/HOT LOVE, Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum LP
59 51 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
60 61 WAITING IN VAIN, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Island 12in
61 54 STAY HERE WITH ME, Evan Rogers, RCA 12in
62 30 COME BACK LOVER, Fresh Band, US Are ‘N Be 12in
63 53 KEEP IT COMIN’/YOU CAN’T HAVE MY LOVE/AH AH AH AH, Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
64 55 I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD/PROMISES CAN BREAK (REMIXES), The System, Polydor 12in
65 — CLOSE TO ME/SWEET LOVE/FALL IN LOVE/MIDNIGHT SHINE, Bobby King, Motown LP
66 66 AND I DON’T LOVE YOU, Smokey Robinson, Motown 12in
67 — HOT HOT HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in
68 70 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
69 43 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett, StreetSounds LP/US Epic 12in
70 — HOLDING ON/DOWN ON THE STREET, Shakatak, Polydor 12in promo
71 74 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FIRST KIND, Smokey Robinson, US Tamla LP
72 — RAT RACE, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
73 — SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
74 69 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME, Denise LaSalle & Latimore, Malaco 12in
75 — STUCK ON YOU, Trevor Walters, I&S Production 12in
76 80 (YOU’RE MY) APHRODISIAC, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
77 — LET’S RISE/BLUE CITY JAM/YOU REALLY TURN ME ON, Billy Mitchell, US PAUSA LP
78 — SUNSET SERENADE/SUMMER LAMENT, Ken Muramatsu, Japanese CBS Sony LP
79 — FUNKY BREAKDOWN, Awesome Foursome, US Partytime 12in
80 52 IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL (REMIX), Patti Austin, US Qwest 12in
81 58 NO QUESTION ABOUT IT/CALIFORNIA, Kent Jordan, US Columbia LP
82 — IN THE HEAT (OF THE NIGHT) (DUB), Klinte Jones, US Oh My! 12in
83 — YOUR LIFE, Konk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
84 — FAST LIFE/INSTRUMENTAL, Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, US Profile 12in
85 — LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 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):

Pointer Sisters 134f, Lionel Richie 0-32½-0r, Ollie & Jerry 116½f, Bob Marley 79f, Gary Glitter 115½f, Billy Joel 108-112f, The Bluebells (0-)114½f, Alison Moyet 122f, Fatback 105f, Surface 123f, Jeffrey Osborne 0-35/70-69-0r, Gap Band 135f, Fire Inc 0-142f, Human League 0-124f.


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in
02 02 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
03 06 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
04 03 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
05 08 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
06 05 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
07 07 BREAK ME/GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Charade/Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
08 10 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES/INSTRUMENTAL, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
09 09 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
10 04 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
11 12 DOCTOR’S ORDERS — COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoy Faire 12in/US Hot Tracks remix
12 29 TWO TRIBES, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
13 15 STRANGE DESIRE, Nicci Gable, Passion 12in
14 23 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamala Stanley, Casablanca 12in
15 14 DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, RCA 12in
16 17 LA SERENISSIMA (REMIX), Rondo Veneziano, Ferroway 12in
17 13 JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
18 11 WE ARE INVINCIBLE, 501’s, ERC 12in
19 35 COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
20 18 NO MORE WORDS, Berlin, Mercury 12in
21 22 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
22 — CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in white label
23 30 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
24 21 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET/CLASS-STYLE, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
25 19 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
26 28 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Carrere 12in
27 16 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
28 36 SEVEN DAYS, Total Experience, ERC 12in
29 24 HEARTBEAT — HEARTBREAK, Word of Mouth, Challenge 12in
30 30 SMALLTOWN BOY, Bronski Beat, Forbidden Fruit 12in
31 33 HEAVEN TO ME, Technique, ERC 12in
32 25 THE UPSTROKE, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
33 — OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
34 26 KEEP DANCING, Touch Of Class, US Next Plateau 12in
35 — SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, US Atlantic LP
36 — GUILTY, Hotline, US MEMO 12in
37 39 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, Streetwave 12in
38 20 THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, Peter Brown, US Hot Tracks remix
39 — SEARCHIN’, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
40 38 LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY (REMIX), Deniece Williams, CBS 12in
41 — GET UP ACTION, Digital Emotion, Carrere 12in
42 — GONE WITH THE NIGHT, Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
43 40 BREAKDANCE (REMIX), Irene Cara, Epic 12in/US Hot Tracks remix
44 32 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
45 — YOU GOT TO MOVE IT ON, Rofo, Belgian Infinity 12in
46 — GREASED LIGHTNING, Robert John, US Mosaic 12in
47 — BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, PRT 12in promo
48 — MAGIC MAN, Wow, US MEMO 12in
49 — GO GO YELLOW SCREEN/HUMANITY, Digital Emotion, Dutch Break LP
50 — UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS, Alicia Bridges, US Second Wave 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (7) Sister Sledge, 2 (2) Deniece Williams, 3 (5) Evelyn Thomas, 4 (10) Change, 5 (1) Pointer Sisters ‘A’, 6 (6) Wham!, 7 (3) Womack & Womack ‘LW’, 8 (4) Hazell Dean, 9 (16) Frankie GTH, 10 (9) Jocelyn Brown, 11 (8) Terri Wells, 12 (14) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 13 (15) The System, 14 (13) Bobby Womack, 15 (38) Patrice Rushen, 16 (23) Yvonne Gage, 17 (12) Loose Ends ‘E’, 18 (26) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 19 (25) Michael Jackson, 20 (22) Spandau Ballet, 21 (17) Rufus ‘AN’, 22 (27) Bronski Beat, 23 (20) Jeffrey Osborne ‘SWMT’, 24 (11) Break Machine, 25 (—) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 26 (19) The SOS Band ‘JBGTM’, 27 (24) One Way A/B, 28 (31) Ronni Griffith, 29 (35) Ollie & Jerry, 30 (50) Detroit Spinners ‘IBA’/’WOR’, 31 (42) Cameo ‘SS’, 32 (21) Duran Duran, 33 (18) Bob Marley ‘OL’, 34 (32) Divine, 35 (—) L.J. Reynolds, 36 (—) Pamala Stanley, 37 (33) OMD ‘L’, 38 (—) Nik Kershaw, 39 (34) Parachute Club, 40 (—) Maegan, 41 (37) Style Council, 42 (—) Eartha Kitt, 43 (45) Earons, 44 (41) Howard Jones, 45 (—) Lionel Richie.

2 thoughts on “June 30, 1984: Phil Fearon & Galaxy, T. Ski Valley, Detroit Spinners, Brass Construction, Prince”

  1. The comments in Odds ‘N’ Bods about both electro and Hi-NRG becoming stale through over-saturation – which echo the position that disco got itself into, exactly five years earlier – feel very timely, as late June/early July 1984 was where the shine came off both genres for me personally. Sadly, though, both the hope that Hi-NRG would go back underground and import-led, and the prediction that gay dancefloors would get into something different, proved unfounded – the long tail of Hi-NRG was very long indeed. There were still some big tunes to come, but they became more sporadic, and the Hi-NRG chart became less reliable and more hype-led, with many of the big “hits” not really being hits at all. It was a happier outcome for hip-hop, though – things did go back underground, and new mutations eventually surfaced.

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