ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LAST WEEK my exploration of sunny Somerset/North Wilts, where Salisbury Plain eases into the South Cotswolds (Castle Combe etc), apart from a bookie in Bath called Chris Hill Racing yielded the sight of two white boys strolling along a remote country road playing playing Break Machine on a ghetto blaster — this electro stuff, hated by club managers who want “smart” older booze-buyers, has been driven into youth club-type teenage discos where it’s now treated just as pop music and is HUGE (so how come we still don’t get many electro charts?) . . . Trevor Thorne wonders why I didn’t listen to Dublin’s pirate stations while in Pembrokeshire, citing Radio Nova 102.8FM (which he can get in Burton-on-Trent on 819MW) and Sunshine Radio 539MW — well if they’d been there to pick up, my Blaupunkt would surely have locked in, but it didn’t . . . London’s Horizon 102.55FM reaches out past Slough, while coming back I just caught one of Peter Young’s jingles in Marlborough before Capital’s 96.8FM became listenable from nearer Hungerford . . . Capital’s assistant librarian ‘Disco’ John Leech made his DJ debut last Saturday dawn, sounding surprisingly posh! . . . Paul Entwistle & Barry Clifford, with a team of jocks from the Costa Brava’s top discos (where Raf ‘Self Control‘ is huge), broadcast 11 hours daily in English with tourist info and music on Radio Holiday 102.3FM from Lloret De Mar . . . Carl Kingston (BBC Radio Humberside) did a package of voice-overs for Texas radio station KYMX-FM 97 in Eastland, and is now off there to present some programmes in his hols! . . . US DJ Bob Atkins, better known as ‘The Dude’ on his regular phone-ins to Steve Wright on Radio One, does Bournemouth’s Showbar Thur/Fri, Southend’s Westcliff Leisure Centre Pimpernells Sat (just send a chart, Bob) . . . Jimmy Cliff ‘Reggae Night‘ according to my neighbours has been huge in Spain and is now remixed by Francois Kevorkian on Columbia, other import remixes being Patti Austin ‘Shoot The Moon‘ (Qwest), Planet Patrol ‘Danger Zone‘ (Tommy Boy), Rick James ’17’ now being on Motown 12in . . . New World Philharmonic Orchestra’s instrumental ‘Body Talk’ is also on 12in — Forrest rather surprisingly is a member of Band Of Gold, while the Funky Sisters who remixed Windjammer turn out to be Chad Jackson & Pete Waterman (mmm, nice!) . . . Tina Turner nipped in as top US Black LP, and Lionel Richie ‘Stuck On You’ sure enough has hit the US Country chart . . . Paulinho Da Costa is currently exciting jazz and radio jocks with a specialist set costing from £8.50 to £10 on import . . . Peter Lee left Bolton’s Dance Factory for a promotions post with Firehurst Leisure, who run nine Merseyside venues including Litherland Clouds and Liverpool New Coconut Grove in which he also still regularly jocks and where this Thursday (26) the Cool Notes PA, followed by Jaki Graham on Saturday (Coconut Grove only) — Chris Hill & Foggy head a mafia team when the Caister Soul Weekend Roadshow 84 hits Taunton Kingston’s Thurs (26), Hastings Downtown Saturday’s Wed (1) . . . Big Phil Etgart, Paul M & “the real” Gray Steele soul-funk-soca Gerrards Cross Smarties behind WH Smiths on Thursdays, when Nick Davies has a ‘Naughty Night’ at Chesham Whispers with sexy barmaids, cheap booze, lurid videos — Gary Oldis finally established his break dance competition every Friday until Aug 10 at Dalton Piercy’s Slix on the A19, further sponsors welcome . . . Pete Tong souls Hemel Hempstead’s The Railway Sat (28), and deputizes for “our man Gal” at South Harrow Bogarts Tues (31) . . . Hammersmith Palais Sunday (29) 3-12pm alldayer has Steve Walsh, Froggy, Mastermind, Frenchie T, Jonathan, and a cast of radio DJs plus a £500 break dance contest . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn meets Sunday (29) lunchtime at Hayes The Adam & Eve, with a preview of Citronic’s new 400w stereo console and a Manhattan light show . . . Friday (27) Bournemouth’s Cabaret Cub has Earlene Bentley & Sylvester (after his Boscombe Academy show), Sly’s other dates being London’s Hippodrome Thur (26)/Mon (30), Rayleigh’s Pink Toothbrush Tues (31) . . . Divine’s remix is now his commercial B-side, Kelly Marie oddly is now called just ‘Kelly’, Roni Griffith’s next revival is of the Jackson 5’s ‘Dancing Machine’, “Miss Piggy” asks “where’s the beef?” — Disco Mix Club megamixer Alan Coulthard took a first in law at University College London and is now going up to Oxford to read for a BCL (he can spell, too!), while Jon Guy celebrated his own BA (Hons) in Geography with some fellow Manchester University graduates in a silly sounding session on KFM — but is the station still on the air? — Adrian Allan (Sunderland) reports that Phil Esterhaus is replaced by newly qualified Sgt Lucy Bates — HEY HEY HEY!
HORIZON RADIO pirates climbed the marquee’s mast at their Wandsworth alldayer to hoist not the jolly Roger but a UHF aerial — however, the proximity of some very interested Home Office observers stopped any live link-up! As of Monday, Horizon and Skyline were still going strong, with JFM and DBC significantly just transmitting a carrier signal (will their bait be taken?).
M+M: ‘Black Stations/White Stations (Remix)’ (RCA RCAT 426)
Oddly never imported despite huge US club success, the modern Martha & The Muffins pop-sung afro-funk flavoured infectiously jiggling 118bpm bounder has literally exploded now it’s out here — true “Urban contemporary” with lyrics to match (and an instrumental flip) — a monster in the making.
PRECINCT: ‘Shining Star’ (Passion PASH 1232)
Manchester’s Steve Menzies & Leroy Grant somehow previously linked with Dundee’s Rokotto, cleverly cross elements of the Phil Fearon and EWF sounds for an instantly familiar lazy (0-)111bpm summery swayer which lets lovely lyrical sax take over during the dreamy long break (less vocal Astral Mix flip). A bit of a biggie, methinks!
CHUCK BROWN & THE SOUL SEARCHERS: ‘We Need Some Money’ (US T.T.E.D. TDE-3004)
From Washington DC-a-go-go where the percussion based R&B bands still play their jittery soulful party music with real instruments to a distinctive beat borrowed and epitomised by Kurtis Blow on ‘Party Time‘, this gruffly chanted and brassily blown tradition-rooted 104-105-104½bpm infectious ballsy jiggler is hip hop music for and by real live breathing people — and it’s great (two Radio Versions too). Dollar bill, y’all? Continue reading “July 28, 1984: M+M, Precinct, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Flying Lizards, Janet Kay”