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?
THE FLYING LIZARDS: ‘Sex Machine’ (Statik TAK 19-12)
Is James Brown currently hot or what? Now his classic gets his fabulous freaky sparse 118bpm electro revamp in deadpan ‘Money’ style with hilarious exaggerated English enunciation — and simultaneously there’s the less intriguing slow 0-54bpm THE RESIDENTS: ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World‘ (Korova KOW 36), while on import MISTER “B”: ‘Mister B’ (US Black Jack BJ 0777-12) is a Continental c.123bpm instrumental medley somewhat electro orientated with grunts rather than song-identifying vocal.
JANET KAY: ‘Eternally Grateful’ (Local Records LR 8, via Jet Star 01-981 4422)
Singing soul rather than lovers rock, Janet’s been selling van loads of this sinuously chugging bass prodded 120bpm tightly smacking yet summery swayer, prettily wailed before great sizzling synth cuts over the rhythm for an all too short final phase (but it’s hot on the chunky inst dub flip).
BLOODSTONE: ‘Instant Love’ (LP ‘Party’ US T-Neck FZ 39146)
Much imported on 7in though now longer, this squeakily souled superb languidly drifting lush 88/44bpm smoocher remains the McKinley Jackson-produced mainly downtempo strong set’s standout, only the mellow mildly funky rolling repetitive 0-109bpm ‘Bloodstone’s Party‘, good chunkily jogging 97bpm ‘Feel The Heat‘ and jerky 117½-117bpm ‘Contagious‘ rising above the satisfying slowness of such as the 94½bpm ‘It Feels So Good (With You)’, 36/72bpm ‘I Adore You’, 33½/66½bpm ‘Why Be The First One Home’. Lovely stuff of vintage lovers.
WEST STREET MOB: ‘Mosquito’ (LP ‘Break Dance — Electric Boogie’ US Sugarhill SH-9201)
Written by Malcolm McLaren & Trevor Horn (originally for whom?), this terrifically simple 107bpm groove revolves around worrying calls of “Mummy, Mummy” and comforting answers — ‘cos you see the kids been bitten by a mosquito and the record naturally just keeps “scratchin’”. Brilliant! The remixed 112bpm title track hit (based on the Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’) joins more funk/rap/hip hop, but this is the killer. How about a 12in soon?
SHANNON: ‘Give Me The Music (Medley)’ (Club JABXR 3)
The unaltered 107bpm ‘Sweet Somebody‘ vocal remix is now teamed on 3-track 12in with a different 107bpm ‘New Sweet Dub Version‘ and — the big attraction — this neat 0-117-116-118½-118bpm “intermixture” of ‘Let The Music Play’ and ‘Give Me Tonight’.
FONZI THORNTON: ‘A Natural (Yessirree)’ (US RCA Victor PO-13854)
Joyfully strutting perky little 118bpm thudder like a looser and livelier ‘Bad Mama Jama’ in a way, but the drily plopping backbeat also hints at Prince (even drier dub inst flip), good fun.
WORKING WEEK: ‘Storm Of Light’ (Paladin Records/Virgin VS703-12)
Very ’60s bluesy Flamingo Allnighter music, an atmospheric brassy 67-0bpm low down hoochie coo climaxing with overwrought Julie (Driscoll) Tippetts after Brian Auger substitute Mike Carr has twiddled his Hammond organ — he solos a shorter instrumental plus the regular band jiggle ‘n flute an afro-jazz leaping 126bpm ‘Afoche‘.
JELLYBEAN: ‘The Mexican’ (US EMI America V7831-1/2)
John Benitez produced & mixed, naturally, but it doesn’t say anywhere who wrote his long awaited debut as an “artiste”, an episodic jittery percussive 115bpm hip hopper with ‘Tubular Bells’-ish synths adding a tinkling melody when rock-slanted Joplin-esque Jenny Haan (of Babe Ruth) isn’t hollering around yowling guitar on the Dance Mix — the instrumental Funhouse Mix may be preferable, plus there’s a Short Version, A Cappella and ‘Hip Hop Bean Bop’ bonus beats. Cerebral stuff, technically clever, musically unmoving.
CAROL LYNN TOWNES: ’99½’ (Polydor POSPX 693)
‘Breakdance’ now spawns this here 118bpm pale Shannon copyist, flipped on 12in by the frantic scratched ‘n rapped 129bpm CHRIS ‘THE GLOVE’ TAYLOR & DAVID STORRS: ‘Reckless‘ and previous UK hit 121bpm HOT STREAK: ‘Body Work’.
HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Hardrock’ (US Columbia 44-05027)
Um, it’s hard to tell, but I don’t think this is yet another remix of ‘Rockit’ although if it really is brand new then it’s stupidly similar — Grandmixer D.ST. again scratches up the familiar Bill Laswell/Material electro structure, 103bpm this time, with yowling rock guitar adding bite to the title (edit flip). Oddly unexciting, just noisy.
NEWCLEUS: ‘Computer Age (Push The Button)’ (US Sunnyview SUN 415)
Vocodered and muttered fast skittery 129bpm electro snicker (inst flip), fine for acrobatic breakers who are into faster tempos now, while instead the UK gets a ‘Two Slices Of Jam’ pairing of the old (although current US hit) 116bpm ‘Jam On It‘ (Sunnyview SUNYL 103) with their LP’s largely instrumental 0-112-0bpm remix of ‘Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)’.
KRAFTWERK: ‘Tour De France (Remix)’ (US Warner Bros 020146)
Very dry rather ‘When Doves Cry’ fast skittering c.130bpm electronic beats with panting and groaning bicyclists now start and violently break up the well known tinkling melodic synth tune (French version flip).
ALPHONSE MOUZON: ‘Our Love Is Hot’ (US Private I 4Z9-05045)
Infectiously bounding deceptively fast c.128bpm canterer with wailing Carol Dennis squalling up a storm in dated “jazz-funk/disco” style, rather good (dub/bonus beats flip).
LOOSE ENDS: ‘Mastermind Turntable Mix’ (Virgin VS 697-12)
As predicted the moody ‘Choose Me‘ wasn’t strong enough an actual song to cross over and is now being marketed to success with a twin-packed bonus 12in containing this exciting 122½bpm Mastermind Mix of ‘Emergency (Dial 999)’ and ‘Tell Me What You Want’, flipped by an 111bpm remix of 1982’s less assured ‘In The Sky‘.
RAMA: ‘Don’t Want You To Be’ (US Sugarscoop SS-429)
Raul Rodriguez-produced heavyweight c.115bpm hip hop judderer, good but nothing new despite — or because of? Man Parrish’s involvement. Dub flip.
NEXT MOVEMENT: ‘All I Do’ (Nuance NU-1245)
Tom Tom-prod quite classily clopping c.114bpm chugger with subdued familiar sounding male group vocal (two shorter mixes too), nice but somehow insubstantial.
ROCKERS REVENGE: ‘Living For The Weekend (Let’s Work)’ (US Streetwise SWRL 2232)
Boxily thudding jittery c.118bpm boring usual old noises enlivened a bit by Donnie Calvin partnering Adrienne Johnson’s lusty pipes (inst/rough mix flip).
GRIFFIN: ‘Throw Down’ (US Qwest 0-20224)
Reggie Griffin-produced fairly anonymous rock-disco tinged c.123bpm jolter (breakdown mix flip).
JAY NOVELLE: ‘If This Ain’t Love’ (US Emergency EMDS 6544)
Tediously derivative c.118bpm electro rumbler with groaning guy and squawking chix (dub flip), from the Shannon team.
HIGH FIDELITY THREE: ‘B Boys Breakdance’ (US Cutting Records CR 202)
Typical rap ‘n scratch c.115bpm hip hop judderer (inst flip).
I LEVEL: ‘Our Song’ (Virgin VS694-12)
The guys now give up all pretence of soul for a straight pop 156½bpm galloper worthy of The Smiths — which’ll probably make them exceedingly rich.
VELVETTE: ‘Got To Have Your Love’ (Electricity TRIC(T)10, via PRT)
Already on commercial copies but not fully released for a fortnight, the Sapphires frisky ’60s northern soul classic is now made to sound like everything else by producer Kevin Anthony Roberts and mixer Ian Geoffrey Levine, with a romping 134bpm bass line and over-long intro (inst flip) — though the girlie group vocal’s as catchy as ever.
LIFE FORCE: ‘Invitation’ (Polo POLO 1234)
Another datedly familiar “disco” galloper, except far stronger than their debut effort, a chick-led zappy fast 134bpm beefy bounder in the label’s old Liquid Gold style (inst flip).
SYLVESTER: ‘Menergy’ (ERC ERCL 200, via PRT)
Belated UK release for the old Patrick Cowley-prod/penned Moroder-ish 0-125bpm synth churner with stratospheric yelps between the repetitive title chants, AIDS victim Cowley’s own lighter 0-124-0bpm original being on the flip with Sly’s typical 129bpm ‘Won’t You Let Me Love You‘.
TARA BUTLER: ‘Up Against The Wall’ (Illuminated Records ILL 4412)
Ex-BB Girls (her solo fast ‘Feels Good‘ hit US dance charts a while back), Tara’s energetic 133½bpm whipper is probably too funky for Hi-NRG and too fast for funk (dub flip), though Prince players should check it.
DISCO TOP 85 – July 28, 1984
01 02 DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
02 01 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB/REMIX, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
03 03 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING/INST MIXES, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
04 16 TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY/DUB, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
05 06 TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
06 13 HOLDING ON/DOWN ON THE STREET, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
07 19 WHEN DOVES CRY/17 DAYS, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
08 04 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
09 05 INTERNATIONAL/FASCINATING YOU/RENEGADES/DANGEROUS, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
10 11 BREAKIN’ . . . THERE’S NO STOPPING US (CLUB MIX), Ollie & Jerry, Polydor 12in
11 08 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
12 20 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in/remix
13 22 JUST THE WAY YOU UKE IT, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
14 15 YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM/SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN, Change, WEA LP
15 — BLACK STATIONS/WHITE STATIONS (REMIX), M+M, RCA 12in
16 41 MASTERMIND TURNTABLE MIX/CHOOSE ME (RESCUE ME) (REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack
17 27 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
18 39 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, Sivuca, London 12in
19 34 NOTHIN’ LIKE A SLOW DANCE/I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE/HEARTBREAKER, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
20 45 LADY SHINE (SHINE ON)/INSTRUMENTAL, T.H.S. The Horne Section, US 4th & Broadway 12in
21 26 SWEET SOMEBODY (DUB)/REMIX, Shannon, Club 12in
22 09 PARTYLINE, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
23 42 HOT-HOT-HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in
24 10 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown 12in
25 38 SHE’S STRANGE (‘ROOM 123’ RAP VERSION), Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
26 14 WHEN YOUR “EX” WANTS YOU BACK, Surface, Salsoul 12in
27 — MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION), Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
28 50 17, Rick James, US Motown 12in
29 64 GUILTY/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
30 17 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU, Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
31 18 FINDERS KEEPERS/I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU/YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING, Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
32 23 MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE, One Way, MCA 12in
33 40 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT)/CATCH THE GROOVE, T. Ski Valley/Grand Groove Bunch, Belgian BMC/US Grand Groove 12in
34 21 LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Pinnacle 12in
35 35 SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
36 63 DUB UNDERWORLD/CLUB UNDERWORLD, Cerrone, US Personal 12in
37 69 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG/SOUND OF SUMMER, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance Records 12in promo
38 49 I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
39 30 CHOCOLATE CITY, Orlando Johnson & Trance, Belgian Channel 12in
40 33 OOH LOVE/I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU/THAT’S HOW IT GOES, Kashif, Arista LP
41 53 PASS THE PAPER/OVERDRIVE, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
42 44 YOU, ME AND HE/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic 12in
43 07 FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) (DUB), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
44 43 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/LPs
45 59 IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL/RHYTHM OF THE STREET (REMIXES), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
46 60 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
47 83 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (JAMES WHO?), Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Fourth & Broadway 12in
48 24 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
49 62 YOUR LIFE, Konk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
50 48 YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT (CHOOSE ME), Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum 12in
51 54 TIME FLIES/SUNSET MEMORY/LOVE’S A HEARTACHE, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
52 25 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
53 57 JAZZY LADY/DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON MY LOVE/I NEED YOU SO, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, US RCA LP
54 61 EASIER SAID THAN DONE/DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME/FALLING IN LOVE, Bryan Loren, US Philly World LP
55 46 LOVE IS IN SEASON, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
56 12 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN, L.J. Reynolds, Club 12in
57 32 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
58 68 TENDER LOVIN’, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
59 — INSTANT LOVE/BLOODSTONE’S PARTY/FEEL THE HEAT, Bloodstone, US T-Neck LP
60 55 COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
61 52 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME)/GOTTA FIND IT, Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
62 67 YOU’VE GOT THAT MAGIC/JUST BE MY LOVE/I LOVE YOU SO/THE DRUM SONG, Fatback, Cotillion LP
63 — ABELE DANCE, Manu Dibango, US Celluloid 12in/UK promo
64 — GIVE ME THE MUSIC (MEDLEY)/SWEET SOMEBODY (NEW STREET DUB VERSION), Shannon, Club 12in
65 74 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
66 65 SUMMER BREEZE, Baiser, Malaco 12in
67 47 HEAVEN KNOWS (FEELS SO GOOD), Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
68 — KEEP ON TRYIN’, Sizzle, US Sutra 12in
69 51 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME/TRUST ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
70 81 C’EST LA VIE/DON’T SAY NO, Beau Williams, US Capitol LP
71 — MAGIC TOUCH, Rose Royce, US Montage LP
72 — SIMPLE, Johnny Mathis, US Columbia 12in
73 72 I COULD GIVE YOU MORE/IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO, Marcus Miller, Warner Bros LP
74 82 LESSON TWO (THE JAMES BROWN MASTERMIX), Double Dee & Steinski, US Double Dee & Steinski Records 12in/cassette promo
75 — NO FAVORS/DUB VERSION, Temper, US MCA 12in
76 — THE GROOVE/DON’S GROOVE, Donald D, US Elektra 12in
77 — ALL I DO, Next Movement, US Nuance 12in
78 — IT’S YOURS, T LA Rock & Jazzy Jay, US Partytime 12in
79 84 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU/RESTRICTIONS, Lakeside, US Solar LP
80 66 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
81 — TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX), Kraftwerk, US Warner Bros 12in
82 — WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US T.T.E.D. 12in
83 — MOSQUITO, West Street Mob, US Sugarhill LP
84 — LIPSERVICE, Beatmaster, Tommy Boy 12in
85 58 SUMMER LAMENT, Ken Kuramatsu, Japanese CBS Sony LP
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r for fade/resonant):
Blancmange 115f, Beatles 0-139-137-0f, Killing Joke 0-132-130f, Everything But The Girl 32/64f, Rolling Stones 125-127-128-0r, Loose Ends 107f, Trevor Walters 79-81f, Nino De Angelo 0-88½r, David Austin 153r.
01 02 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
02 01 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN/REMIX, Divine, Proto 12in
03 05 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
04 04 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
05 03 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
06 07 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
07 06 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
08 07 BREAKOUT, Kelly, Calibre 12in
09 17 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in white label
10 14 BREAK ME/Hi NRG MIX, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, Passion 12in
11 13 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
12 12 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
13 15 GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
14 10 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in/US TSR remix
15 20 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in
16 — GOTTA HAVE YOUR LOVE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
17 11 JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in/US Hot Tracks re-remix
18 19 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
19 16 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
20 09 TWO TRIBES/CARNAGE/WAR (REMIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
21 21 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
22 18 STRANGE DESIRE (Hi-NRG MIX), Nicci Gable, Passion 12in
23 23 LA SERENISSIMA (REMIX), Rondo Veneziano, Ferroway 12in
24 26 OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
25 30 GONE WITH THE NIGHT, Patrice Rushen, Elektra LP
26 22 SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, Atlantic LP
27 24 SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
28 25 COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
29 28 DETERMINATION, Jayne Edwards, RCA 12in
30 — EASY LOVE, Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
31 38 SULTANA, Taracco, Italian Family 12in
32 36 I NEED A MAN IN MY LIFE, Katie Kissoon, Jive 12in
33 — INVISIBLE LOVE (REMIX), Lisa, US Moby Dick 12in
34 40 YOU GOT TO MOVE IT ON, Rofo, Belgian Infinity 12in
35 — MAYBE THIS TIME (RE-REMIX), Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (2) Frankie GTH ‘TT’/;W’, 2 (1) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 3 (5) Ollie & Jerry, 4 (6) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 5 (3) Sister Sledge, 6 (4) Change, 7 (32) Phil Fearon, 8 (8) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 9 (17) Prince, 10 (7) Evelyn Thomas ‘HE’, 11 (16) Divine, 12 (10) Wham!, 13 (11) Brass Construction ‘P’, 14 (19) Bronski Beat, 15 (25) Shakatak A/B, 16 (23) Shannon, 17 (26) Nik Kershaw, 18 (14) Fatback, 19 (9) Lionel Richie, 20 (22) Michael Jackson, 21 (31) Hazell Dean ‘S’, 22 (21) Bobby Womack, 23 (12) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 24 (24) Womack & Womack ‘Baby’, 25 (re) Tyzik, 26 (15) Tina Turner, 27 (28) Roni Griffith, 28 (29) Band Of Gold, 29 (44) Eartha Kitt, 30 (-) Surface, 31 (re) Gary Glitter, 32 (13) Bob Marley, 33 (18) Patrice Rushen, 34 (33) Deniece Williams, 35 (34) Pointer Sisters ‘A’, 36 (20) Windjammer, 37 (41) L.J. Reynolds, 38 (re) Jeffrey Osborne ‘Wings’, 39 (-) Megachics (DMC promo), 40 (43) Detroit Spinners, 41 (35) Cyndi Lauper, 42 (49) Earlene Bentley, 43 (40) One Way B/A, 44 (-) Bluebells, 45 (30) Scritti Politti, 46 (re) Lisa ‘Rocket’, 47 (27) Womack & Womack ‘LW’, 48 (-) Jacksons/Jagger, 49 (38) Mighty Wah!, 50 (39) Melle Mel, 51 (-) Yvonne Gage ‘LOMO’, 52 (-) Screamin’ Tony Baxter, 53 (48) Rufus ‘OMK’, 54 (42) Hazell Dean ‘WID’, 55 (-) Alison Moyet, 56 (-) Marsha Raven, 57 (-) Laura Branigan ‘SC’, 58 (-) Arrow, 59 (-) Hot Gossip, 60 (50) Patti Austin ‘ROTS’. So, Frankie finally did it!
2 thoughts on “July 28, 1984: M+M, Precinct, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Flying Lizards, Janet Kay”
There are a couple of significant buried debuts in this week’s column: the rapper on Chris ‘The Glove’ Taylor & David Storrs “Reckless” is Ice-T, and the producer of T LA Rock & Jazzy Jay “It’s Yours” (which quietly enters the chart at #78) is Rick Rubin. This latter record offers an early signpost of where hip hop would head, and it stands in marked contrast to the already cliched chirrupings of tunes like Rama’s “Don’t Want You To Be”.
It’s not a dance record, but I fell hard for Working Week’s “Storm Of Light” at the time; the long-forgotten Julie Tippetts (formerly Driscoll) delivers a superb performance. (And I’d loved the previous Working Week single, “Venceremos”, just as much.)
Nice to see a mention of Leechy (John Leech) actually DJ-ing. Never had the chance to listen to his Essex Radio shows in the 80s but thankfully due to the internet I can now listen to his Friday and Sunday shows on BBC Essex and great programs they are too!