July 21, 1984: Manu Dibango, The S.O.S. Band, Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Animal Nightlife, Mtume

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

HORIZON RADIO combined with Showstopper Promotions last Saturday for a hastily arranged alldayer using the latter’s ‘Knebworth’ marquee in a well hidden Wandsworth park (where Sho Pro plan a month of events next year!), with the excellent Change and Ingram playing live, lots of star PAs and all the station’s DJs . . . Capital’s Peter Young and I by some freak of the marquee’s acoustics were feeding lines to the unwitting Chris Stewart from the exact opposite side of the tent — yup, that was us that made him follow the rallying cries of “North London”, “South London” with an incredulous “Croydon?”! Home Office men were actually at Wandsworth to prevent live transmission of the show, but although Tony Monson was pessimistic on air Monday morning (the day that anti-pirate legislation came into force), others at Horizon 102.55FM seem quietly confident about their quite extraordinary security measures to get around yet another legal loophole, if not in fact stay broadcasting . . . Abi Grant (praised last week) turns out to be a girl — oops! — but she’s lost her gig on LWR as the station closed down on Sunday with a special two hour documentary narrated by founder Jonny Haywood: they chose to bow out with dignity rather than face the fines if and when a bust was to come . . . JFM came off air Sunday too but have a plan up their sleeve, while as of Monday night the only other London pirate still to be heard centrally was Skyline 90.2FM . . . Monday’s TV-am had JFM’s Brian Anthony and BBC Radio London’s Tony Blackburn defending the need for soul and other ethnic types of local city-wide radio, rather than pirate or small-scale community radio . . . Capital’s suave John Sachs was then plugged on Blackburn’s show by a girl friend (which one?) as slim-hipped, six foot two, dark and balding! . . . Saturday’s TV-am had featured fun-filled five black/one white girl acappella group the Mint Juleps doing great versions of ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Shout’ (Toni Arthur: “Lulu? Nah, the Isley Brothers” — right on!) . . . Phonogram no longer have the De-Lite label, who with Kool & The Gang as a lever are after mucho increased megabucks for a UK deal . . . Sharon Redd still has one last album to do for Prelude, and will be touring here in the winter when her next single’s out . . . Polydor make the logical move next month of reviving on Verve 12in the original just Astrud Gilberto-credited ‘The Girl From Ipanema‘, the gentle subdued samba duet (her first recording) with husband Joao Gilberto from his Antonio Carlos Jobim-penned classic 1963-recorded bossa nova set with Stan Getz, ‘Getz/Gilberto’ — enduringly influential (Tracey Thorn et al), it seemed to encapsulate a world of jet set sophistication when a US hit exactly 20 years ago . . . Steve Harvey’s remix of Arrow ‘Hot-Hot-Hot’ on commercial 12in is a 3-tracker including a brighter mix of the original version . . . Jermaine Jackson’s newie will be a remixed ‘Dynamite’ with just an instrumental ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ as flip (the vocal duet with Michael was licensed for LP use only) . . . Disco Mix Club are planning a special charter trip to New York’s clubs on Monday March 11 immediately after their next DJ convention — I’ve already signed on to go! — while their first vinyl rather than cassette mixes are a usefully extended Wham! ‘Wake Me’ by Les Adams, whose floorfiller has odd contents, Alan Coulthard weighing in with a rather forced Frankie/Evelyn/Bronski and Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards ‘MegaChics’ medley . . . DJ JJ and JFM’s Ricky Rankin start spinning new soul/lovers rock weekly this Thursday (19) at Clapton Pond’s White Hart Hotel . . . Friday (20) finds Tony Blackburn with Steve Walsh at Rayleigh’s Pink Toothbrush, Froggy with Ian Reading at Southend’s Zero 6, Sandy Martin’s beach party (free in beachwear) with wet fun ‘n games at Swindon’s Brunel Rooms (where reclusive Rowdy Yeats was recently spotted guiding Greg Brown to a PA), while Fridays throughout July Chris Hill joins Nicky Holloway at Tottenham’s Valentino’s . . . Sunday (22) Bristol’s Freeze Club in Fairfax Street has a 3pm alldayer with Colin Curtis, Tim Westwood, DJ Munch, Paul Lewis, Kenny Macleod, Nic Wakefield, Baz Maleady and more, plus busy Frenchie T of Birmingham Maximillians “sophisticated Sundays” who reveals his real name is Anthony Quailey — and somehow is meant also this Sunday to be part of the 3pm–3am alldayer at Paisley’s Paris Complex in Scotland, along with London’s Cleveland Anderson, North Wales’ Adrian Thomas, Bristol’s John C, Liverpool’s Brian Davies, Newcastle’s Alex Lowes, Glasgow’s Alan David, Stirling’s Phil Leckie and Radio Clyde’s Shagan . . . Sylvester starts a UK tour at Colchester Tartan House Fri (20), Brighton Coasters Sat, Arbroath Smokees Sun, Glasgow Night Moves Mon, Manchester Heroes Wed (25) . . . Adrian Parkin’s next gay Cahoots night is Wednesday (25) at Doncaster Romeo’s & Juliet’s . . . Ian Levine is not remixing Simone after all, so buy now! . . . New York hip hop producer Mark Berry, back here working with Psycon and Animotion down in the depths of Farnham, has been doing the soundtrack music for the movie ‘Cry Of The Street’ (“a 1984 West Side Story”) . . . ‘Breakin’ (‘Breakdance’) cleaned up but ‘Beat Street’ has already folded in cinemas Stateside and should be available on Home Box Office cable TV there soon — however, both films records are doing well . . . I’m surprised Frankie Goes To Hollywood haven’t topped the Nightclub chart despite all the national hoopla — obviously dancers know a lot of loud noise and nonsense when they hear it! . . . Mark Clarke (Wokingham Mark One Records), red faced says “Whoops, what happened to Michael’s ‘Buffalo Bill’ on the Jacksons album then?” . . . Lakeside’s ‘Restrictions‘ ends with a little smurf protesting to an unbudgeable bouncer “But I’m 21, really!” — love it, love it . . . I explored last week the only sometimes sunny (luckily when it mattered) Welsh border along the Wye Valley, where the Kymin, Symond’s Yat and Skirrid Fawr were pretty spectacular but for sheer jaw-dropping wonder the unbeatable view was from the Gospel Pass above Hay-on-Wye — in the market square of which antiquarian bookshops-stuffed little country town was the incongruous sight of two black hip hoppers breakin’ to Ollie & Jerry on a ghetto blaster! . . . Jocelyn Brown obviously has to eat but by recording so many one-offs she’s now in the position of most reggae hit makers, with all her past labels resurrecting her material to cash in on her current success . . . David Grant has been concentrating on writing strong songs since January and is just about to start recording again, with confidence . . . Junior has been produced again by Arif Mardin (of Scritti Politti fame, and just a few more besides!) . . . Larry Foster, now Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri at Gants Hill Villa, has returned to pub work at Hackney Road’s The Pickle House with cheap booze/’60s soul Wed, upfront Sat/Sun, as is Robbie Collins Fri, Segue Steve Goddard there sometimes too . . . Mike Baker reports Tottenham’s Mayfair is being revamped for a September opening as The Ritzy . . . TVS are so far ahead with ‘Hill Street Blues’ that Frank Furillo has hit the bottle and been sacked (oh yeah, for how long?) while in London we’ve only just lost Sgt Phil Esterhaus, “in for a check up” . . . them lost R.I.P.


HOT VINYL

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Abele Dance’ (CellulOid CART 339)
The Cameroonian saxist whose ‘Soul Makossa’ was Afro-funk’s breakthrough 11 years ago now goes hip hop by setting his usual big blow honks and weaving chants to a mesmerically jiggling 106bpm electro beat that’s more powerful the louder it’s played (inst dub flip with extra sax). Hot-Hot-Hot!

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘Just The Way You Like It’ (US Tabu 4Z9 05031)
And talking of hot, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis now not surprisingly combine all their predictable but currently so powerful “hot tempo” tricks in an immediately floor-filling 106bpm Change-sing ‘Just Be Good To Me’/The SOS Band-sing ‘Change Of Heart’ (inst flip) . . . but have the happy dancers realised yet that it’s a new record?!

SCREAMIN’ TONY BAXTER: ‘Get Up Offa That Thing (James Who?)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 9)
Often mentioned over the last two years by DJs on the Continent, where mislabelled it was known as ‘Screamin’ by Tony Baxter, this Bobby “O”-produced now thoroughly topical funkily chugging 112bpm James Brown remake-cum-medley — NOT a soundalike — is great out of ‘Mr Groove’ and should have very wide appeal (inst flip).

ANIMAL NIGHTLIFE: ‘Mr Solitaire’ (Island 12IS 193)
Georgie Fame-style smokey vocalese meets jittering 115bpm hip hop beats, Brazilian percussion and braying big band brass in a smoothly integrated blend that’ll delight fashionable young things all over town — a credible Kid Creole from London, yet!

MTUME: ‘You, Me And He’ (US Epic 49-05024)
Now on 12in in an extended Polygamy Mix this dead slow sparse heartbeat-bonking 71½/35¾bpm smoocher already gets lovers falling into each others arms: however even slinkier is the flip’s girl-boy conversational ‘Sweet For You And Me’ Monogamy Mix, followed by a short semi-baroque ‘It’s Non-Functional‘ dub. Lick, lick!

CAMEO: ‘She’s Strange (Rap Version)’ (US Atlanta Artists 880 038-1)
Extremely useful interest reviving new 109bpm arrangement with an added rap about strange doings in ‘Room 123’, all very kinky, officially US flip to ‘Talkin’ Out The Side Of Your Neck‘.

SKOOL BOYZ: ‘Nothin’ Like A Slow Dance’ (LP ‘Skool Boyz’ US Columbia BFC 39481)
Disaster just struck — my quartz-locked deck’s stylus has broken (don’t laugh), so LP reviews this week will be restricted to those few cuts already BPM-ed! Anyway, the ideal start to a smooth session, this almost Dells-like lovely 87bpm swayer also has an instrumental version (on the other side), good uptempo newies being the jiggly strutting 113½bpm ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else‘ and smoother c.115bpm ‘Heartbreaker‘, while earlier Crossroad 12in material like the classic deep soul ‘Before You Go’ (85bpm?) makes the soulful trio’s debut set excellent especially if you don’t have their singles.

PRIME TIME: ‘I Want Somebody Tonight (Shoo Be Doo Bop)’ (LP ‘Flying High’ US Total Experience TELS-5102)
As the title suggests, the guys scat ‘n bop through a lovely mellow little 105½bpm jitterer, the standout on a strong soul set full of mainly rather short tracks (this is only 2:54), and they do some more at the start of the gentle though purposefully weaving 103bpm ‘I Owe It To Myself‘.

SWITCH: ‘Keeping Secrets’ (LP ‘Am I Still Your Boyfriend?’ US Total Experience TELS-5701)
With a new label and revamped line-up, the ex-Motown men are so far hottest to trot on this gently rolling but deliberately driving 105bpm swaying jogger, soulfully harmonised and beautifully arranged. As with Prime Time it’s an 11 track set, for fuller review next week.

SHEILA E: ‘The Glamorous Life’ (Warner Bros 9285-T)
Now here totally minus any sax at the start, Sheila Escovido’s terrific excitingly speeding 127-0bpm rattling jazzy Prince-ish US smash (he pseudonymously produced) should be much easier to mix with ‘Doves’ if your crowd can stand the pace (126-0bpm inst flip). I guarantee it’ll grow on you.

JOHNNY MATHIS: ‘Simple’ (US Columbia 44-05034)
Back in a bag, Mr Mathis smoothly croons a delightfully swinging relaxed Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields-type 98bpm brassy swayer dripping with lush but soulful sophistication (inst flip), his best in ages.

DIRECT DRIVE: ‘Pass The Paper’ (DDR DRD1T, via 01-582 3336)
All about a boy asking for some paper (or a beer mat?) on which to scribble a phone number, this reggae-type chix cooed tuggingly burbling 107bpm hot tempo swayer has Paul Hardcastle helping at the controls, and dominating the flip’s typical harder 116bpm synch instrumental ‘Overdrive‘ (which could be bigger than ‘Guilty’).

FUNK DELUXE: ‘Tender Lovin’ (Dutch Rams Horn Records RHR 3354)
Their album’s hottest cut, unremixed though now on 12in (as flip to the chugging basic 121½bpm ‘Dance It Off‘), this slinkily flowing 54½-113-114bpm shuffler has tunefully cooing girls, taut bass and a mush-mouthed fellah muttering sweet nothings near the end.

BREAK MACHINE: ‘Are You Ready’ (Record Shack SOHOT 24)
Typical though uninspired pitter pattering 115bpm hip hop jolter, without any whistling and less catchy as a consequence despite some neat cut ’em up gimmickry from remixer Froggy, whose 115bpm ‘Street Dance/Break Dance Party‘ medley on the flip could be a bigger attraction for pop crowds.

KENNY G: ‘Hi, How Ya Doin’? (Detention Mix)’ (Arista ARIST 12-574)
Remixed by Froggy but under Kenny Gorelick’s close supervision, this new version of the burbling 113bpm catchy chat-up classic has had its hard edges blurred and is now merely yet another version rather than anything essential, with a possibly more interesting instrumental treatment plus the good jazzily saxed 106bpm ‘Help Yourself To My Love‘ as flip.

REALEYES: ‘Got Me Goin’ (US Vanguard SPV 74)
The trio in which man of the moment James Brown’s son Daryle plays percussion bow is with a beat box based jittery 109bpm hot tempo-ish hip hop judderer, staccato vocal sometimes scatting through simple vibe notes while the good dub flip has scratching and R2D2 bleeps, but it’s a bit specialist.

THE BROTHERS JOHNSON: ‘You Keep Me Coming Back’ (US A&M SP-12182)
Totally remixed (with a dub instead of the 7in-only ‘Deceiver‘ flip), this Leon F Sylvers III co-prod/penned hot tempo-ish 105bpm tensely tugging swayer now has a Skool Boyz-type phonecall and FX introduction to their “new song” before the main pent-up squeaky singing begins — however, not an immediate dancer, it’ll need radio help to work.

KING SUNNY ADE: ‘Ase’ (Island 12IS 181)
Stevie Wonder blows some harp on this 110-109½bpm juju jitterer which despite electro input by Manu Dibango’s producer Martin Meissonnier retains a more specialist ethnic afro atmosphere (the flip’s ‘Bonus Beats’ could be good for mixers).

JOCELYN BROWN: ‘Picking Up Promises’ (US Easy Street EZS-7510)
This week’s Jocelyn Brown releases are a jerkily throbbing c.0-115-0bpm skitterer with some pretty powerful wailing including a foghorn-like blast, vocally far superior than its beat box backing (in four versions) and so far the best of her ‘newies’, whereas — oh dear — ‘Too Through‘ (Malaco MAL 12-26) her UK-released Began Cekic co-produced ugly 103bpm lurcher (in three versions) is worst of the lot.

CARL ANDERSON: ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ (US Epic 49-05036)
Brassily punching zappy almost Al Jarreau-ish 117bpm swaying swinger with a strong larynx-straining vocal (inst flip), out ages ago on a Street Sounds album here.

THE O’JAYS: ‘Love You Direct’ (US Philadelphia International 4Z9 05040)
Keni Burke-prod/penned pleasantly soulful jiggly swinging 114½bpm kicker with more purist than mass appeal, their LP being a better buy anyway.

VICIOUS PINK: ‘CCCan’t You See . . .’ (Parlophone 12R 6074)
Phenomenal boy/girl white electro duo from Leeds with a largely wordless (though French-sung on the A-side) Trevor Horn-type 124bpm hip hop pop bounder more full of gimmicks than tune.


Hi-NRG

DIVINE: ‘You Think You’re A Man (Remix)’ (Proto DIV 1)
“Frankly” remixed on white label if not commercially, the (0-)126bpm hit galloper now starts hilariously with a perfect ‘Two Tribes’ send up — “if your grandma or any of your parents should be here tonight, put your trousers back on, you’re not here to enjoy yourselves”!

EVELYN THOMAS: ‘Masquerade’ (Record Shack SOHOT 25)
Less distinctive than her hit, Evelyn’s follow-up is a huskily bellowed hefty 127bpm galloper with now typical fidgetty Ian Levine/Fi Trench backing (inst dub flip), due commercially in a fortnight.

PHYLLIS NELSON: ‘Somewhere In The City’ (Carrere CART 337)
Faster than it sounds, this speedily flying 152bpm backbeater pits Phyllis’s melodic wailing against a drumkit-kicked lush synth backing with pop/AOR appeal, and is actually (white label) flip of the attractive more soulful slow 75bpm title track of her ‘Move Closer’ LP (CAL 203), which also has the more gently hustling 119bpm ‘Heartbeat To Heartbeat‘. Diva fans will dig.

VIKKI BENSON: ‘Easy Love’ (Bronze BROX 170)
Slower than Hi-NRG, this Ken Gold-produced electronically backed stolid jittery 117bpm chugger is getting gay play — maybe it’s the fierce little vocal?


DISCO TOP 85 – July 21, 1984

01 01 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB/REMIX, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
02 08 DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
03 11 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING/INST MIXES, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
04 03 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
05 05 INTERNATIONAL/RENEGADES/FASCINATING YOU/DANGEROUS, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
06 39 TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
07 04 FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) (DUB), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
08 09 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
09 13 PARTYLINE/NEVER HAD A GIRL, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
10 06 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown 12in
11 02 BREAKIN’ . . . THERE’S NO STOPPING US (CLUB MIX), Ollie & Jerry, Polydor 12in
12 12 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN/WEIGH ALL THE FACTS, L.J. Reynolds, Club 12in
13 27 HOLDING ON/DOWN ON THE STREET, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
14 10 WHEN YOUR “EX” WANTS YOU BACK, Surface, Salsoul 12in
15 19 YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM, Change, WEA LP
16 34 TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY/DUB, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, US Philly World 12in
17 14 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU, Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
18 16 FINDERS KEEPERS/I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU/YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING/NEVER/ARE YOU READY (UNTIL TONIGHT), Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
19 21 WHEN DOVES CRY/17 DAYS, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
20 26 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
21 20 LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Pinnacle 12in
22 — JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
23 24 MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE, One Way, MCA 12in
24 25 PLANE LOVE (REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
25 17 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
26 22 SWEET SOMEBODY (DUB)/REMIX, Shannon, Club 12in
27 07 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
28 23 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON/WHO’S IT GONNA BE/FRAGILE . . . HANDLE WITH CARE/LIKE I WILL, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
29 38 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION)/LEAVE THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE DOOR, Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
30 35 CHOCOLATE CITY, Orlando Johnson & Trance, Belgian Channel 12in
31 18 READY FOR THE NIGHT/BIG STRONG MAN/MIDNIGHT LOVER/I WANTS MO’ STUFF, Margie Joseph, Cotillion LP
32 33 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
33 31 I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU/SEND ME YOUR LOVE/OOH LOVE, Kashif, US Arista LP
34 84 NOTHIN’ LIKE A SLOW DANCE/I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE (ONE WOMAN MAN), Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
35 66 SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
36 15 TOSSING AND TURNING, Windjammer, MCA 12in
37 29 DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
38 — SHE’S STRANGE (RAP VERSION), Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
39 — AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, Sivuca, London 12in white label
40 30 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT)/CATCH THE GROOVE, T.Ski Valley/Grand Groove Bunch, Belgian BMC/US Grand Groove 12in
41 28 CHOOSE ME (RESCUE ME) (REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
42 36 HOT-HOT-HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in
43 58 GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/GET UP OFFA THAT THING/DOIN’ IT TO DEATH/STONED TO THE BONE, James Brown, Polydor 12in/LP
44 79 YOU, ME AND HE/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic 12in
45 — LADY SHINE (SHINE ON)/INSTRUMENTAL, T.H.S. The Horne Section, US Fourth & Broadway 12in
46 51 LOVE IS IN SEASON, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
47 — HEAVEN KNOWS (FEELS SO GOOD), Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
48 40 YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT (CHOOSE ME)/HOT LOVE, Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum LP
49 59 I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
50 49 17, Rick James, US Gordy 7in
51 62 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
52 71 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME), Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
53 — PASS THE PAPER/OVERDRIVE, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
54 85 TIME FLIES/SUNSET MEMORY, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
55 32 COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
56 37 SUMMER FLING, The O’Jays, US Philadelphia International LP
57 56 JAZZY LADY/DONT TURN YOUR BACK ON MY LOVE/I NEED YOU SO, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, US RCA LP
58 53 SUMMER LAMENT, Ken Muramatsu, Japanese CBS Sony LP
59 55 RHYTHM OF THE STREET/IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL (REMIX), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
60 57 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
61 — EASIER SAID THAN DONE/FALLING IN LOVE, Brian Loren, US Philly World LP
62 45 YOUR LIFE/LIFE JAM, Konk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
63 54 DUB UNDERWORLD, Cerrone, US Personal 12in
64 83 GUILTY, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
65 64 SUMMER BREEZE/LONG CANADIAN HOT SUMMER MIX, Baiser, Malaco 12in
66 63 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
67 52 YOU’VE GOT THAT MAGIC/JUST BE MY LOVE, Fatback, Cotillion LP
68 — TENDER LOVIN’, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in/US Salsoul LP
69 — YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG/SOUND OF SUMMER, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance Records 12in promo
70 41 LOVIN’ YOUR GOOD THING AWAY, Eleanor Grant, US Catawba 12in
71 43 BABY DON’T BREAK YOUR BABY’S HEART, Kashif, Arista 12in
72 42 I COULD GIVE YOU MORE/JUICE/NADINE, Marcus Miller, Warner Bros LP
73 67 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME, Denise LaSalle & Latimore, Malaco 12in
74 80 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
75 47 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FIRST KIND, Smokey Robinson, Motown LP
76 65 AND I DON’T LOVE YOU, Smokey Robinson, Motown 12in
77 50 RAT RACE, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
78 82 STANDING ROOM ONLY, The Earons, US Island LP
79 78 BREAKIN’ IN SPACE/INSTRUMENTAL, Key-Matic, US Radar 12in
80 — INTIMATE CONNECTION/YOU DID IT AGAIN/TONIGHT, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
81 76 C’EST LA VIE/DON’T SAY NO, Beau Williams, US Capitol LP
82 77 LESSON TWO (THE JAMES BROWN MASTERMIX), Double Dee & Steinski, US Disconet LP/cassette promo
83 — GET UP OFFA THAT THING (JAMES WHO?), Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Fourth & Broadway 12in
84 — SOMETHING ABOUT YOU/RESTRICTIONS, Lakeside, US Solar LP
85 — STOP ON BY, L.T.D., Buzz International 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

Neil 0-103-0f, Echo & The Bunnymen 133-135-0r, Phil Fearon 115f, Divine 126f, Band Of Gold 73f, A Flock Of Seagulls 0-139-0f, Belle Stars 113f, Boothill Foot Tappers 115-0r.


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in remix
02 02 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
03 05 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
04 04 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
05 03 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
06 06 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
07= 09 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
07= 14 BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, Calibre 12in
09 10 TWO TRIBES, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
10 08 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
11 15 JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in/US Hot Tracks re-remix
12 07 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
13 21 WHATEVER I DO WHEREVER I GO, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
14 11 BREAK ME (REMIX), Charade featuring Norma Lewis, Passion 12in
15 11 GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
16 12 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
17 35 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in white label
18 13 STRANGE DESIRE, Nicci Gable, Passion 12in
19 16 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
20 29 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in white label
21 19 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
22 17 SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, Atlantic LP
23 20 LA SERENISSIMA (REMIX), Rondo Veneziano, Ferroway 12in
24 34 SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
25 25 COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
26 22 OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
27 39 KEEP IN UP, Betty Velentino, Design Communication 12in
28 18 DETERMINATION, Jayne Edwards, RCA 12in
29 — COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamala Stanley, Casablanca 12in
30 26 GONE WITH THE NIGHT, Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
31 33 SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY/HEARTBEAT TO HEARTBEAT, Phyllis Nelson, Carrere LP
32 32 MAMA TOLD ME, Fantastique, Carrere 12in
33 37 BE YOUR OWN WOMAN, Richie, Challenge 12in
34 — BOY OR GIRL?/INSTRUMENTAL, Eric, US MEMO 12in
35 — GET UP ACTION, Digital Emotion, Carrere 12in
36 — I NEED A MAN IN MY LIFE, Katie Kissoon, Jive 12in
37 — ITALO REMIX — VOLUME II, Various, Dutch High Fashion 12in
38 — SULTANA, Taracco, Italian Family 12in
39 — EASY LOVE, Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
40 — YOU GOT TO MOVE IT ON, Rofo, Belgian Infinity 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (4) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 2 (2) Frankie GTH ‘TT’/;W’, 3 (1) Sister Sledge, 4 (3) Change ‘COH’, 5 (8) Ollie & Jerry, 6 (5) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 7 (6) Evelyn Thomas ‘HE’, 8 (9) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 9 (16) Lionel Richie, 10 (11) Wham!, 11 (24) Brass Construction ‘P’, 12 (7) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 13 (23) Bob Marley, 14 (21) Fatback ‘IFL’, 15 (30) Tina Turner, 16 (22) Divine, 17 (37) Prince, 18 (15) Patrice Rushen ‘FSR’, 19 (20) Bronski Beat, 20 (36) Windjammer, 21 (17) Bobby Womack, 22 (14) Michael Jackson, 23 (32) Shannon, 24 (25) Womack & Womack ‘BISOY’, 25 (26) Shakatak ‘DOTS’, 26 (28) Nik Kershaw, 27 (18) Womack & Womack ‘LW’, 28 (27) Roni Griffith, 29 (-) Band Of Gold, 30 (re) Scritti Politti, 31 (10) Hazell Dean ‘S’, 32 (43) Phil Fearon, 33 (12) Deniece Williams, 34 (13) Pointer Sisters ‘A’, 35 (-) Cyndi Lauper, 36 (-) Human League, 37 (31) The System, 38 (-) Mighty Wah!, 39 (re) Melle Mel, 40 (34) One Way A/B, 41 (45) L.J. Reynolds, 42 (-) Hazell Dean ‘WID’, 43 (35) Detroit Spinners, 44 (42) Eartha Kitt, 45 (-) Teddy Pendergrass, 46 (44) Spandau Ballet, 47 (-) Gap Band, 48 (re) Rufus ‘OMK’, 49 (-) Earlene Bentley, 50 (-) Patti Austin ‘ROTS’.

3 thoughts on “July 21, 1984: Manu Dibango, The S.O.S. Band, Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Animal Nightlife, Mtume”

  1. Fascinating as always. Phyllis Nelson would of course break big on the pop chart a year later with the massive No1 Move Closer”. Hammy’s obsession with Hill Street Blues TV show is still evident. It really was a groundbreaking show with a multi plot format. A real cult following for the show. Watching in 2020 it really doesn’t hold up well! Interesting to note the demise of the “pirate” stations- a phenomenon that passed Scotland by! I must admit Johnny Mathis “Simple” was a guilty pleasure. It was perfect for radio yet…

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  2. It’s weird that Move Closer took so long to break, but Phyllis Nelson was so closely identified as a Hi-NRG artist – Don’t Stop The Train from 1980 being her enduring classic, still picking up plays in 1984 – that perhaps it seemed inconceivable that she had anything else to offer.

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  3. James is a bit premature with his gloomy news about the London pirates – most of those mentioned stumbled on but within a few months Solar Radio arrived which became the biggest of the lot pre (and possibly post) acid-house in its reach, professionalism and strong signal. Maybe only JFM, Horizon and rave station CentreForce ever rivalled it. It only closed down in 1985/86 when the government indicated that there would be legal licences on offer for a London dance music station and a lot of those involved wanted to look a bit legit for when these could be applied for – they had a big closing down day when they played the all-time Top 100 tunes (I had a recording of it for years). Over the next couple of years a few of the DJ’s broke ranks and started up again but ultimately it ended with a lot of those involved in it being part of Kiss FM which was legally launched in 1989 (I had the Kiss launch on tape too – “Pirates Anthem” a ragga type record being the first record played).

    LWR was one that was still going in 1986/87 and featured Britain’s first ever house music radio show the legendary show hosted by Jazzy M in one of those two years.

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