July 14, 1984: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Windjammer, The Cool Notes, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, T.H.S. (The Horne Section)

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MARGIE JOSEPH’s single here will be ‘Midnight Lover‘ next month, while Sister Sledge’s is a ‘Lost In Music’ remix . . . Madonna’s upcoming new LP is produced by Nile Rodgers . . . Kashif’s ‘Send Me Your Love’ album is out here now (Arista 206 350) . . . I re-explored sunny South Wales again last week, and was amazed to discover within distant sight of the Preseli Hills, also spelt Presely — from which came the blue stones of Stonehenge and, at least as often suggested, the surname of Presley — an ancient parish just east of St David’s actually called St Elvis! (I’ve never seen mention of such an obvious link in all my reading about Elvis Presley, let alone such an authenticated source for his frankly odd first name) . . . Pembrokeshire is so remote the only radio you can get is Ireland’s Galway-based commercial Radio Two 94.9FM, on which without exception every DJ sounded exactly like Terry Wogan, Henry Kelly or (especially) Gloria Hunniford — we in England don’t realise it, but this is obviously the standard “Irish broadcaster” voice . . . BBC veteran broadcaster Wynford Vaughan-Thomas’s book ‘Wales’ helped me find bits I hadn’t done before, and in checking out the photographed views for myself I found myself standing in the street where he lives when not so surprisingly along he came with his shopping — and seeing a true believer immediately spent twenty minutes poring over my map pointing out places for me to visit! . . . Radio One banned Grandmaster Melle Mel ‘Beat Street‘ evidently because they think the word “truck” sounds like something else . . . Tony Blackburn wants Laser 558’s American girl DJ Jessie Brandon to fill in for him on Radio London while he’s off with the Radio One Roadshow — whatever will the Beeb think of that? . . . Horizon 102.5FM has been off the air through nothing more sinister than a mechanical breakdown, although now indeed is nail-biting time for all the pirate stations, with the uncertainty of never knowing when and if there’s going to be a knock on the studio door . . . Abi Grant on LWR 92.6FM’s Sunday night/Monday 1-4am dawn shift may not have a great radio voice but boy does he put together a good programme, mixing up all sorts of stuff with wit and imagination . . . Jon Guy gives more details of Manchester’s KFM 94.2FM, on which his own Friday & Saturday 2-7am dawn patrol is divided up musically with soul for the first and third (4-5am) hours, “alternative” or general stuff in between . . . Paul Dodd, who does JFM 102.85’s Saturday 9-11pm Electro-Funk chart show, is after a SW London/Surrey/Middlesex area residency on 01-897 9111 (days) . . . James Ingram is obviously from a family of the same name but is no relation of the group Ingram — yet certain DJs persist in saying he is . . . One Way replaced Jermaine Jackson atop the US Black LP chart, but for how long with Prince currently overshadowing everyone including the Jacksons? . . . Janet Jackson duets on her new album with Cliff Richard! . . . Michael’s nose job is now so unlike the way his brothers look that if you notice on all current Jacksons photos everyone else’s noses have been touched-up to match! . . . Eartha Kitt’s sleeve photo has people asking “are the legs hers?” (maybe our resident beatnik Gary Crowley could find out how long ago it was taken!) . . . The Heroes ‘Russia And America’ should be 110bpm . . . Pete Wingfield turns out to be behind Band Of Gold’s ‘Love Songs Are Back Again’ (white labels are so informative, aren’t they?) . . . James Brown is suddenly getting much reactivated interest and coincidentally the also revived Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love‘ just happens to be a perfect if unlikely synch out of ‘Sex Machine’! . . . I was in poor form Friday at Mayfair Gullivers but Saturday’s set fitted together nicely like this: Sizzle/David Joseph ‘You Can’t Hide’ (inst remix)/Miami Sound Machine/Colonel Abrams (dub)/Temper (dub)/The Horne Section (inst)/Rick James/Prince/Jacksons 12in/chop Womack & Womack ‘Scared’/segue Maze ‘Before I Let Go (Live)’/synch through outro Jeffrey Osborne ‘Plane Love’/Steps Ahead ‘Radio-Active’ (middle bit)/Jermaine Jackson ‘Come To Me’/Klinte Jones (dub)/Ollie & Jerry/West Street Mob ‘I Can’t Stop’/chop Rufus ‘Ain’t Nobody’/Emotions . . . Gullivers got visited by a gaggle of girls who work at Dolcis in Oxford Street — and most of them kept taking their shoes off because they hurt! . . . Sunday seemed like the weather to visit Hemel Hempstead for the Whip & Collar’s alfresco alldayer, where sadly broken glass in the river at the bottom of the pub’s garden prevented the planned log rolling competition, and it was too hot for most people to do anything much more than lie around listening . . . Boring Bob plays a funk record, shock horror sensation (naturally it was four years old though), followed by a newie too! . . . Big Phil Etgart (Hackney Follies) recommends a Midlands discovery, Oddity Records in Leicester’s Indoor Market (Unit 2A, ground floor), “not a collectors shop that stocks soul but a soul specialist shop that also caters for collectors” (Leicester 56017): Phil adds cryptically, “‘judging by the final mix on both T. Ski Valley and Orlando Johnson, the Dutch must be listening to a lot of Froggy mixes” . . . Friday the 13th finds Cleveland Anderson chancing his luck with a funky boat trip from Westminster Pier at 8pm (£6 including buffet), Brian Mason at new residency London NW2’s Ashtons joined by Capital’s Roger Scott (will he do his great ‘Two Tribes’/ZZ Top ‘Legs’ mix?), Gary Campbell with a “Summer Soul Beach Party” at Harlow Whispers, York’s hopefully not smoke-damaged The Windmill in Blossom Street reopening with Bry (Godson) & Pete’s weekly soul/funk/60s night . . . Tricky Dicky, the original boy on the boys town disco scene, celebrates his 13th anniversary on the 14th (Saturday) at Stratford’s The Pigeons in Romford Road . . . Nicky A now adds Sunday lunchtime jazz at the Tudor Lodge wine bar in unfunky beer-brewing Romford, where he’s doing his best to keep the soul flag flying . . . Adrian Allen (Sunderland) warns that holidaymakers returning from Benidorm and Torremolinos are heavily into Laid Back ‘White Horse‘ . . . ITV has been showing barefoot water skiing, which looks like breakdancing on water at 40mph! . . . Ian Reading enjoys good dirty fun at Southend’s Zero 6 I hear, his recent “perversion” night resulting in four girls stripping starkers to be touched up all over (so where’s the perversion in that?) . . . Kev Hill (Harlow Whispers) reveals that LaRue himself will evidently be leaving ‘Hill Street Blues’ due to his real life alcoholism problems, while Alan Costa (Brighton Tootsies) says “wait until you see what happens to Sgt Esterhaus’s ashes” . . . Item Last: hey, hey, LET’S HAVE WHIPPED CREAM AND HOT FUDGE OUT THERE!


HOT VINYL

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: ‘Today’s Your Lucky Day’ (US Philly World Records PWR 2019)
(Selling fast on import although already promoed here ahead of UK release in a fortnight (London LONX 52), this “roulette”-introed electronically backed purposeful 114bpm chugger has a girl called Nikko contributing greatly to what’s really a soulful duet, with nice piano breaking briefly through the skittering busy beats or dominating the usefully clean instrumental dub flip. However will soul “purists” reconcile themselves to the backing?!

WINDJAMMER: ‘Tossing And Turning’ (MCA MCAT 897)
Look out now and accept no substitute for the 12in sleeve newly stickered “Hot Re-Mix by the Funky Sisters”, because — whoever they are — they’ve transformed what was always a lovely soul song into a really dynamite much tougher dancer, faster at 112bpm, with “eye-cued” beefy new long intro and breaks just made for mixing (unlike the original — ‘Automatic’ works well). A remix what is a remix?!

THE COOL NOTES: ‘You’re Never Too Young’ (Abstract Dance Records AD 001)
In the groove of last year’s summer tempo hits, this attractively rolling (0-)100bpm purposeful semi-slow weaver has gurgling chix wailing sweetly then grittily over the jerky electro beats and some lovely guitar and synth twiddles — yeah, these girls can sing! Frantic instrumental samba 0-128bpm ‘Sound Of Summer‘ flip.

RICHARD ‘DIMPLES’ FIELDS: ‘Jazzy Lady’ (LP ‘Mmm…’ US RCA AFL1-5169)
The light voiced ladies man is back at last after the collapse of his previous label, causing an immediate stir with this easily swinging 113bpm amalgamation of Barbara Acklin’s ‘Love Makes A Woman‘ and Paulette Reeves’ ‘Jazz Freak‘, while his 0-64bpm revival of Ivory Joe Hunter’s 1950 hit ‘I Need You So’ continues the ‘You Send Me’ traditional, and (melodically rather ‘Summertime’) the currently 12-inched well worded jaunty 126bpm ‘Your Wife Is Cheatin’ On Us‘ ends in amusing “family fight” effects: others are the quietly tripping 117½bpm ‘Don’t Turn Your Back On My Love‘, George Clinton-ish funny 114bpm ‘Dog Or A Hog?‘, sincere if mawkish 70bpm ‘Dear Mr God’, predictable 79bpm ‘We’ve Gotta Stop Meetin’ Like This’, old fashioned 0-111bpm ‘Woman (Let Me Into Your Life)’.

T.H.S. (THE HORNE SECTION): ‘Lady Shine (Shine On)’ (US 4th & Broadway BWAY 406)
Henry Horne (who he?) comes up with a very strong neatly smacking chunky 122bpm soul roller with good husky vocal and brassy blasts to please purists, the instrumental retaining some vocal and trucking nicely, everything sounding very bright and right (UK release won’t be for about a month).

ARROW: ‘Hot-Hot-Hot (Remix)’ (Cool Tempo ARROX1)
Kicking off Chrysalis’s new dance label, Steve Harvey’s 120bpm ‘Hotter Summer 84’ remix of the classic soca singalong leaper has re-emphasized breaks but isn’t radically different — however, flip it for an altogether altered 119¼bpm dub treatment with acappella intro, echo repetitions and the full (if all too short) works!

GEORGE DARKO: ‘Highlife Time’ (Oval OVALT 31/12, via Pinnacle)
Oval’s legendary Charlie Gillett finally makes widely available this previously hard to find afro delight by some Berlin-based Ghanians, a quietly infectious subtly mesmeric 115-116bpm wriggle ‘n plop shaker with great fluid sax and simple lyrics, all very understated but much more accessible than most afro material.

BRYAN LOREN: ‘Easier Said Than Done’ (LP ‘Bryan Loren’ US Philly World Records 90183-1)
Lollipop Luv‘ has only recently been hitting in the States for this Kashif-ish talented young all-his-own-work one man band synth ‘n whiny star, it being a toss up between this sparse 118bpm lurcher, the smoother 0-116bpm ‘For Tonight‘, attractive 105bpm ‘Falling In Love‘ or more mournful 102¼bpm ‘Take All Of Me‘ as to which will end up hottest here, while others are the purposeful 109¾bpm ‘Do You Really Love Me’, crawling 82bpm ‘Stay With Me’, speeding 126bpm ‘Complications’.

LAKESIDE: ‘Restrictions’ (LP ‘Outrageous’ US Solar 60355-1)
Every teenager will identify with the beefily grooving 112bpm hot tempo jiggler’s list of petty restrictions (like “you must be 21 before you have your fun”), good funk, while the chunkily chugging 119½bpm ‘Something About You‘ sets up a Brass Construction-ish backbeat behind smooth vocals (with a great soul yelp at the end!) and the disjointedly introed jauntily tripping 122bpm ‘Make My Day‘ has good words, their whipping fast 0-127bpm title track US hit and rock-ish 132bpm ‘Worn & Torn’ joining the Isleys-ish slow 79bpm ‘Show You The Way’ and 76½bpm ‘Make It Right’. This year’s heroic sleeve pose is the Indiana Jones look!

BARBARA LYNN: ‘I’m Still The Same’ (US Jamstone 104)
Now best remembered as originator of the Stones’ ‘Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)‘ although she had a huge US smash in 1962 with the sultry ‘You’ll Lose A Good Thing‘, Barbara’s back on a superb gently 109bpm soul swayer reminiscent of the old ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion/Spooky/Gimme Little Sign’ jiggly guitar and synth sound but with an ‘Another Man’ beat (inst flip), annoyingly still only on 7in. Purists will love it.

JACKSONS: ‘Victory’ LP (US Epic QE 38946)
I defy anyone to find a track that’s truly dying to be danced to: the trouble is, pretty boy Michael (trying to look like Christopher Reeves?) bends over backwards to give his brothers a chance to prod/penning, so we have Marlon’s 0-123bpm ‘Body’ merely retreading ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’, Jackie’s aptly titled rock-slanted 132bpm ‘Torture‘ and Toto co-prod 192bpm ‘Wait‘, Toto also co-producing the squeakily rolling 107⅔bpm ‘The Hurt‘, while Randy’s pleasantly drifting 71bpm ‘One More Chance‘ and Tito’s electronically tugged slow hot tempo-ish 86bpm ‘We Can Change The World‘ are the most soulful, Michael’s only contribution being the tempoless ‘Be Not Always‘ (which you can stand still to) and the also remixed UK 12in 121bpm rock duet with Mick Jagger, ‘State Of Shock‘ (Epic TA 4431) with incidentally the exact same “bass”-less electronic rhythm pattern as Prince for an amazing perfect synch. My record shop actually gave me the 12in as they can’t sell it, and the album is experiencing sales resistance in the States.

SHEILA E.: ‘The Glamorous Life’ (US Warner Bros 0-25107)
Massive in the US though how it’ll be accepted here is uncertain, percussionist Pete Escovedo’s daughter (who plays practically everything plus the percussion!) kicks off with disjointed sax squawks before hitting an exciting fast 127-0bpm sort of rattling jazzy Prince groove which I personally like a lot (the shorter more direct 126-0bpm instrumental flip may be easier to get into at first). UK copies will have less of the sax intro.

THE FOUR TOPS: ‘Your Song’ (Calibre CABL 124)
From their brief hiatus with Reliant before returning to Motown, this Cecil Womack-penned/Don Davis-produced oddly empty episodic 122¼bpm pulsator has a sparse bonking beat, rippling harp, typical Tops vocal and long catchy “DJ put the records on” sections that stand apart from the short bursts of actual song — unusual and a bit of a grower.

TEMPER: ‘No Favors’ (US MCA MCA-23506)
Confusingly introed but then beefily snicking bass burbled 123½bpm jerky semi-electro backbeater with clipped unison vocals and weaving synth, all rather “American”, but the stripped down John Hernandez-remixed 0-123-123½-123bpm Dub Version flip is far more useful as it’s frighteningly good out of Colonel Abrams having the same vocal sound (I didn’t even know which was coming through during my mix!).

TEAM 3-B: ‘Closer To You/Machine Rap’ (Elite DAZZ-33)
Emptily introed then electronically wriggled sparse light 122bpm bounder with cool chix occasionally answered by rapping chaps who gradually take over, building a groove the longer it’s on (although I’m not sure the “scratch” break helps) to end in electro gimmickry, the flip’s ‘Murderation Style’ dub mix being more blatantly hip hop.

THE EARONS: ‘Standing Room Only’ (LP ‘Hear On Earth’ US Island 90159-1)
Despite the outer space mysticism of the guys image, their album’s hottest cut is a chatter ‘n scat started straightforward 114bpm jittery soul roller with catchy “get on up” refrain, and in fact the good hip hop 115bpm ‘Put Your Earon It‘ and frantic 132bpm ‘Beat Sixteen‘ are the only examples of electro futurism amidst the traditional swaying 113bpm ‘No Heart‘, jolting funk 117½bpm ‘Working Hard‘, Rick James-ian 125bpm ‘Can’t Stop Givin’ It‘, slow 0-71/35½bpm ‘Love High’.

JOCELYN BROWN: ‘So In Love’ (US Silver Cloud SC 25)
Another of indeterminate vintage, a quite pleasantly weaving c.114bpm chugger with piping synth and her usual voice, better than the Urban Rock offering though not another ‘Guy’ (edit flip).

THE NEW WORLD PHILHARMONIC: ‘Body Talk’ (Red Bus RBUS96)
Useful sax-led 82½bpm lush instrumental 7in treatment of Imagination’s oldie.


Hi-NRG

KATIE KISSOON: ‘I Need A Man In My Life’ (Jive JIVE T 70)
Having failed with her funk and MoR efforts, Katie now puts a ‘Man’ in her title and heads into Hi-NRG territory with a hop, skip and 129bpm canter — actually, she’s in soaring good voice and the jump-along tune’s rather jolly, the sort of thing that’ll have you ‘Searchin’ for comparisons (dub flip).

SIMONE: ‘Him’ (Electricity TRICT 9)
Friskily cantering 129bpm adaptation of the Rupert Holmes oldie, nicely sung with husky trembling emotion over a jaunty “Motown” bass line (monotonous 120bpm ‘My Man Must Be American’ flip). Next week’s commercial copies will be followed by a “special shaped disc” and an Ian Levine remix, so it may pay to wait.

BETTY VALENTINO: ‘Keep It Up’ (Design Communication DEST 9)
American Fade’s singer solos on a breathy trite little 132bpm chugger with rather risque words treated innocently enough on the surface (and an “I’m the one that Heaven sent” to ensure plays you know where!), the instrumental flip on commercial copies being joined by another vocal mix.


DISCO TOP 85 – July 14, 1984

01 01 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB/REMIX, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
02 04 BREAKIN’ . . . THERE’S NO STOPPING US (CLUB MIX), Ollie & Jerry, Polydor 12in
03 02 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
04 03 FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) (DUB), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
05 07 INTERNATIONAL/RENEGADES/FASCINATING YOU/DANGEROUS/WE CAN BRING IT BACK, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
06 05 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown 12in
07 08 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
08 24 DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
09 06 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
10 12 WHEN YOUR “EX” WANTS YOU BACK, Surface, Salsoul 12in
11 42 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING/INST MIXES, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
12 10 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN/WEIGH ALL THE FACTS, L.J. Reynolds, Club 12in
13 20 PARTYLINE/NEVER HAD A GIRL/I DO LOVE YOU, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
14 17 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU, Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
15 09 TOSSING AND TURNING, Windjammer, MCA 12in
16 14 FINDERS KEEPERS/I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU/NEVER/YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING/ARE YOU READY (UNTIL TONIGHT), Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
17 16 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
18 15 MIDNIGHT LOVER/READY FOR THE NIGHT/BIG STRONG MAN/I WANTS MO’ STUFF, Margie Joseph, Cotillion LP
19 23 YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM/LOVELY LADY, Change, WEA LP
20 37 LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Pinnacle 12in
21 28 WHEN DOVES CRY/17 DAYS, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
22 31 SWEET SOMEBODY (DUB)/REMIX, Shannon, Club 12in
23 13 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/WHO’S IT GONNA BE/FRAGILE . . . HANDLE WITH CARE/I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON/LIKE I WILL, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
24 18 MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE, One Way, MCA 12in
25 19 PLANE LOVE (REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
26 30 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
27 44 HOLDING ON/DOWN ON THE STREET/EXTENDED REMIX, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
28 34 CHOOSE ME (RESCUE ME) (REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
29 21 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
30 27 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT)/CATCH THE GROOVE, T.Ski Valley/Grand Groove Bunch, Belgian BMC/US Grand Groove 12in
31 56 I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU/OOH LOVE/SEND ME YOUR LOVE, Kashif, US Arista LP
32 26 COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
33 73 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
34 — TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY/DUB, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, US Philly World 12in
35 75 CHOCOLATE CITY, Orlando Johnson & Trance, Belgian Channel 12in
36 47 HOT-HOT-HOT/INSTRUMENTAL, Arrow, AIR 12in
37 36 SUMMER FLING, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International LP
38 54 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION)/LEAVE THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE DOOR, Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
39 — TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
40 43 YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT (CHOOSE ME)/HOT LOVE, Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum LP
41 22 LOVIN’ YOUR GOOD THING AWAY, Eleanor Grant, US Catawba 12in
42 55 I COULD GIVE YOU MORE/NADINE/JUICE, Marcus Miller, Warner Bros LP
43 41 BABY DON’T BREAK YOUR BABY’S HEART, Kashif, Arista 12in
44 29 DON’T I EVER CROSS YOUR MIND SOMETIME, Barbara Mason, Streetwave 12in
45 45 YOUR LIFE/LIFE JAM, Konk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
46 11 I WANNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD/PROMISES CAN BREAK, The System, Polydor 12in
47 46 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FIRST KIND, Smokey Robinson, Motown LP
48 35 I’M SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Frederick ‘MC Count’ Linton, US Vinyl Dreams 12in
49 68 17, Rick James, US Gordy 7in/12in promo
50 58 RAT RACE, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
51 32 LOVE IS IN SEASON/COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
52 33 YOU’VE GOT THAT MAGIC/JUST BE MY LOVE/THE DRUM SONG/I LOVE YOU SO, Fatback, Cotillion LP
53 — SUMMER LAMENT, Ken Muramatsu, Japanese CBS Sony LP
54 57 DUB UNDERWORLD, Cerrone, US Personal 12in
55 66 IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL (REMIX), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
56 — JAZZY LADY/I NEED YOU SO/DONT TURN YOUR BACK ON MY LOVE, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, US RCA LP
57 49 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
58 — GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/DOIN’ IT TO DEATH/STONED TO THE BONE, James Brown, Polydor 12in/LP
59 — I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
60 72 BEAT STREET, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five with Mr Ness & Cowboy, Sugarhill 12in
61 78 HIP HOP ON WAX — VOLUME 1, DJ Chuck Chill Out, US Vintertainment 12in
62 52 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
63 — RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
64 — SUMMER BREEZE/LONG CANADIAN HOT SUMMER MIX, Baiser, Malaco 12in
65 84 AND I DON’T LOVE YOU, Smokey Robinson, Motown 12in
66 53 SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
67 76 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME, Denise LaSalle & Latimore, Malaco 12in
68 — GOT THE HOTS, Cuba Gooding, US Streetwise 12in
69 — STUCK ON YOU, Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
70 40 IN THE RIVER, I Level, Virgin 12in
71 25 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME), Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
72 67 IN THE HEAT (OF THE NIGHT) (DUB), Klinte Jones, US Oh My! 12in
73 71 STUCK ON YOU/PENNY LOVER, Trevor Walters, I&S Production 12in
74 — YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD/INSTRUMENTAL, Unique, US Prelude 12in
75 63 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
76 69 C’EST LA VIE/DON’T SAY NO, Beau Williams, US Capitol LP
77 — LESSON TWO (THE JAMES BROWN MASTERMIX), Double Dee & Steinski, US Disconet LP/cassette promo
78 48 BREAKIN’ IN SPACE/INSTRUMENTAL, Key-Matic, US Radar 12in
79 — YOU, ME AND HE, Mtume, US Epic 12in
80 — KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
81 — COMPUTER AGE (PUSH BUTTON), Newcleus, US Sunnyview LP
82 — STANDING ROOM ONLY, The Earons, US Island LP
83 79 GUILTY, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
84 — I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE/HEARTBREAKER, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
85=60 TIME FLIES/SUNSET MEMORY, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
85=— WATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVE, People’s Choice, US Mercury LP


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the Disco 85 are:

T.H.S.: ‘Lady Shine’ (US 4th & Broadway)
Bryan Loren: ‘Easier Said Than Done’ (US Philly World LP)
Lakeside: ‘Restrictions’/’Something About You’ (US Solar LP)
Cool Notes: ‘You’re Never Too Young’ (Abstract Dance)
Sizzle: ‘Keep On Trying’ (US Sutra)
Chi-Lites: ‘Running Around’ (US Private I LP)
The Latest: ‘Starting Over’ (US Ransom)
Ingram: ‘With You’ (Other End LP)
Jaki Graham: ‘Heaven Knows’ (EMI)
Rose Royce: ‘Magic Touch’ (US Montage LP)
West Street Mob: ‘I Can’t Stop’ (US Sugarhill)
T LA Rock & Jazzy Jay: ‘It’s Yours’ (US Partytime)
Loleatta Holloway: ‘Crash Goes Love’ (US Streetwise)
Jacksons: ‘State Of Shock’ (Epic 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):

Thompson Twins 0-106f, Ultravox 87f, Jacksons 121c, Shakatak 113¼f, Kane Gang 102½f, Hanoi Rocks 138-141f, Eartha Kitt 125f, Brass Construction 117-118-119f, Joe Jackson 0-28-0r, Julio Inglesias/Diana Ross 86/43f, Laura Branigan 106f.


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in
02 11 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
03 02 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
04 05 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
05 03 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
06 08 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
07 07 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
08 06 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
09 30 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in white label
10 13 TWO TRIBES, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
11 04 BREAK ME/GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Charade/Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
12 09 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
13 14 STRANGE DESIRE, Nicci Gable, Passion 12in
14 30 BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, Calibre 12in white label
15 18 JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in/US Hot Tracks re-remix
16 10 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
17 26 SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, Atlantic LP
18 12 DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, RCA 12in
19 17 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
20 21 LA SERENISSIMA (REMIX), Rondo Veneziano, Ferroway 12in
21 — WHATEVER I DO WHEREVER I GO, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
22 25 OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
23 20 HEARTBEAT — HEARTBREAK, Word Of Mouth, Challenge 12in
24 24 NO MORE WORDS, Berlin, Mercury 12in
25 16 COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
26 30 GONE WITH THE NIGHT, Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
27 15 DOCTOR’S ORDERS — COUCH COUGH, Meagan, Savoir Faire 12in
28 19 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
29 — INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in white label
30 29 SMALLTOWN BOY, Bronski Beat, Forbidden Fruit 12in
31 — I NEED A MAN IN MY LIFE, Katie Kissoon, Jive 12in white label
32 — MAMA TOLD ME, Fantastique, Carrere 12in
33 — SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY/HEARTBEAT TO HEARTBEAT, Phyllis Nelson, Carrere LP
34 — SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
35 — MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in white label
36 — RIGHT BY THE MOON/CLUB MIX (INST), K. Barré, Italian Many 12in
37 — BE YOUR OWN WOMAN, Richie, Challenge 12in
38 — MAGIC MAN, Wow, US MEMO 12in
39 — KEEP IN UP, Betty Valentino, Design Communication 12in white label
40 — SLICE ME NICE, Fancy, German Metronome 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Sister Sledge, 2 (2) Frankie GTH ‘TT’, 3 (7) Change ‘COH’, 4 (14) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 5 (6) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 6 (3) Evelyn Thomas, 7 (11) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 8 (19) Ollie & Jerry, 9 (18) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 10 (4) Hazell Dean, 11 (5) Wham!, 12 (9) Deniece Williams, 13 (8) Pointer Sisters ‘A’, 14 (13) Michael Jackson, 15 (20) Patrice Rushen ‘FSR’, 16 (21) Lionel Richie, 17 (16) Bobby Womack, 18 (10) Womack & Womack ‘LW’, 19 (12) Jocelyn Brown, 20 (22) Bronski Beat, 21 (33) Fatback ‘IFL’, 22 (23) Divine, 23 (28) Bob Marley ‘WIV’, 24 (-) Brass Construction ‘P’, 25 (-) Womack & Womack ‘BISOY’, 26 (-) Shakatak ‘DOTS’, 27 (15) Roni Griffith, 28 (42) Nik Kershaw, 29 (24) Terri Wells, 30 (25) Tina Turner, 31 (17) The System, 32 (41) Shannon, 33 (re) Pamala Stanley. 34 (34) One Way A/B, 35 (-) Detroit Spinners ‘LIIS’, 36 (26) Windjammer, 37 (-) Prince, 38 (-) Tyzik, 39 (-) Surface, 40 (re) Lisa, 41 (31) Loose Ends ‘E’, 42 (re) Eartha Kitt, 43 (-) Phil Fearon, 44 (49) Spandau Ballet, 45 (50) L.J. Reynolds, 46 (-) Howard Jones, 47 (30) Break Machine, 48 (27) Duran Duran, 49 (-) Jeffrey Osborne ‘PL(D)’/’OTWOL’, 50 (-) Gary Glitter.

4 thoughts on “July 14, 1984: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Windjammer, The Cool Notes, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, T.H.S. (The Horne Section)”

  1. I’ve only noticed over the last few weeks that JH used to split the figures for different editions of a single – such as the Windjammer remix being listed separately than the original – I don’t know why he did this because it artificially affects the true overall popularity of the tunes each week. The Windjammer tune already falling from no9 this week when as can be seen by the new entry of its remix lower down that’s just because many DJ’s have switched to playing the remix rather than because the song’s losing popularity. If a dub or other mix is on the same disc he obviously doesn’t split the dub from the main mix.

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  2. That’s interesting – I’m not sure how many further instances we’ll see of the same song appearing twice in the chart, but it hasn’t been the norm so far. I think you can mount an argument that the original and the remix of the Windjammer tune are so substantially different in rhythm and feel, that it would be useful to monitor the relative progress of each version.

    N.B. Looking ahead to the chart I’ve most recently been transcribing, from February 1985, there is one song that appears twice in the Top 20: as the lead track on its parent LP, bundled together with other tracks, and also as a standalone 12-inch remix. (I won’t say which track, to avoid spoilers!)

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    1. Yes I understand your argument but some of the dubs he has included in the same chart position are even more radically different – and on some of the others he’s split up the remixes aren’t that different.

      Ps I think it’s about now that the overall quality in the music really goes downhill until late 1986 stuff like the Harold Melvin tune and The Horne Section I thought we’re real non-entities of tunes – I even bought the THS one as I was making my attempt at becoming a deejay At the time and that one was so big at the I thought I needed it – definitely a 12” that was not replaced on cd or mp3 when all my vinyl went in the mid90s!

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      1. Perhaps the deciding factor is whether or not the tunes are on separate releases: just as album tracks are bundled together, so are different mixes of the same tune on the same 12″. But when a second 12″ comes out – still quite rare at this stage – it gets a separate entry.

        I still really like that THS (The Horne Section) track! Graeme Park used to play it at The Garage in Nottingham, and I sometimes play it out myself, albeit not to a full dancefloor. Fourth & Broadway were still a reliable label during the incoming dull period.

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