August 4, 1984: Change, Rufus & Chaka, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Bonnie Pointer, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

LENNY HENRY’s long threatened ‘Katanga‘ is finally due next month on Chrysalis, coinciding with his new TV series . . . Horizon and Skyline are still broadcasting to London and Dread Broadcasting Corp 93.9FM even re-emerged on Friday, while some West London wallys called Radio Duck keep over-modulating on 94.4FM . . . Paul Burnett is sitting in (without any outrageous chat about nipples and 12 inchers though!) for Tony Blackburn on BBC Radio London . . . Simon Harris (Walthamstow Charlie Chans Tues) makes a monthly megamix for Gary Crowley’s Magic Box show on Capital 95.8FM, last Saturday’s “electro” blinder being worthy of Double Dee & Steinski — and he promises something “very special” on this month’s Disco Mix Club too! . . . Art Of Noise’s US LP/7in hit ‘Close (To The Edit)’ is the same as the UK issued ‘Beat Box (Diversion Two)‘ remix . . . Vicious Pink Phenomena ‘CCCan’t You See’ is due again in a speeded up harder Tony Mansfield remix with English vocals/new dub/mastermix with drums on one channel, vocal & keyboards the other (for panned mono separation)/effect/original B-side coupling — all on the one 12in (look for Parlophone 12RA 6074) . . . Chart File’s Alan ‘Sherlock’ Jones reckons the straight jazz instrumental ‘Comfort And Joy‘ mysteriously promoed as by Mark One is really Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits! . . . The Cool Notes, held back by still only being on promo, have an evidently “blinding” remix due commercially . . . Morgan Khan has a remix of Rose Royce ‘Magic Touch’ due on Streetwave, while ‘Street Sounds 10‘ will include Change ‘Change Of Heart’, Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’ Arrow ‘Hot-Hot-Hot (Remix)’, Funk Deluxe ‘Tender Lovin’, Kashif ‘I’ve Been Missin’ You’ . . . Froggy’s remix of Kenny G (now also on shaped picture disc 7in) is evidently intended to play at ultra high and soft volume without distortion . . . Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre already have the Jacksons ‘State Of Shock‘ as one end of a shrink-wrapped 12in “lucky dip” ten-pack at £2.99, the only way they can shift it! . . . Kelly Marie objects to becoming just “Kelly” and has reverted to her old name, while Marsha Raven is sucking her teeth over a cash-in ‘US Remix’ of her old ‘I Like Plastic’ . . . ERC’s promo-only medley 12in of ‘Prime Cuts’ from their ‘Greatest Hi-NRG Hits’ LP is cheekily linked by the ‘High Energy’ rhythm riff — mind you, if he released the 12in commercially Marvin Howell might even have a hit, for once! . . . Mark Clark (Wokingham Mark One Records) has the hots for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger “work out” LP sleeve — he guesses gay clubs’ll love the cover as a poster . . . Prince is now top of the US Black LP, Black 45, Dance/Disco and Pop 45 charts (and could have dethroned Brucie as Pop LP by now) — this kid is hot! . . . Jocelyn Brown’s UK released ‘Too Through’ is indeed an oldie, originally credited to the Bad Girls on Began Cekic’s BC label . . . Phillipa Wynne, who died July 14, as well as lead vocalist on the Detroit Spinners classic ’70s hits was of course latterly a P-Funk All Star . . . Roger Dynamite should now be back (but sitting down) at Gt Yarmouth Tiffany’s after some particularly hairy surgery . . . Friday (3) Colin Hudd hosts a “1980 tribal reunion” at Dartford Flicks, Robbie Vincent waves banners across the water from Southend Zero 6 . . . Saturday (4) the Broken Glass Street Crew break dance around Liverpool with a lunchtime kids show at the Coconut Grove, then evening gigs at Gatsby’s, Litherland Clouds and the Grove again . . . Saturday also sees Chris Hill and big Tom Holland kick off a month-long celebration at Canvey Goldmine with “12 Years Of Soul & Jazz” before reaching the official 12th birthday party on Saturday 25th . . . Chris Hill & Froggy head the Caister Roadshow ’84 at Great Yarmouth Tiffany’s next Thursday (9) . . . Harp Lager Rock Week at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in The Mall (by the steps from Lower Regent Street) kicks off Tuesday (7) with Mastermind, Maurice, Greg Wilson, break dancers and more at a Streetsounds/Streetwave night, Paul Murphy presenting Onward International and Kalmia live on Wed (8), while Record Mirror’s own Gary Crowley, Jon Reid & Graham Smith play DJ on the Sat (11) pop night . . . Chris Stewart, who late the other Friday night sounded despondent about sluggish reaction to great new records at his regular gig, finally got away with “no reggae at all” at Hackney Dougie’s for his “best night ever” — good on ya! . . . Steve Glover (Bournemouth Zig Zag) just got married, sold his flat, bought a much more expensive house — and the mortgage rate went up! . . . Paul ‘Frenchie’ French (Dunfermline Night Magic), thanks for the “drink” — but you know, staples make holes in a tea bag! . . . James B Sikking repeats his Howard Hunter role as an admiral in ‘Star Trek III’ . . . YO!


HOT VINYL

CHANGE: ‘You Are My Melody’ (WEA YZ 14T)
Smoothly souled by Rick Brennan and much more placid than the nervy intense ‘Change Of Heart’, this Jimmy Jam Harris & Terry Lewis-prod/penned slickly ticking 110bpm wriggler nevertheless slips in under the skin to become just as compulsive in a more traditional way. Commercial copies will be flipped by the old ‘Glow Of Love’ (Luther sung) and ‘Hold Tight’.

RUFUS & CHAKA: ‘Do You Love What You Feel’ (MCA MCAT 892)
Sensible reissue in a ‘Special US Disco Mix’ — (whatever significance that has) of the Quincy Jones-prod/Hawk Wolinski-penned steadily jolting 120bpm jittery side-to-side kicker that was the last, early 1980, US hit of the group’s classic period (jumbled brassy c.114bpm ‘Dancin’ Mood‘ flip),

PHIL FEARON & GALAXY: ‘Everybody’s Laughing (Sangria Mix)’ (Ensign XENY 534)
So hot off the press that Phil himself was touting only an acetate around the radio stations last weekend, this overdubbed and re-edited 116-115-116-115-116bpm remix has many extra breaks and added “bup doo bup” repetitions — and not to be too cynical is mainly a marketing ploy to boost its chart placing. You can almost hear the tape edits whir by!

BONNIE POINTER: ‘Your Touch’ (US Private I 4Z9 04996)
With a separately banded dead slow intro, this Jeffrey Bowen-produced gently hustling 118-117-118bpm melodic swayer is all rather ‘I Will Survive’ as Bonnie unhurriedly croons around a long instrumental break (mixed by Martinelli & Todd, with an odd 117bpm dub), likely to get gay/MoR attention too.

JOHNNY ‘GUITAR’ WATSON: ‘Strike On Computers’ (US Valley Vue VV 1269)
The mush mouthed mutha is back ‘n rappin’ — rather sensibly, against computers taking over human jobs — to a mean ‘n moody 0-105bpm bass line that’s a slowed down ‘Bad Mama Jama’, loose ‘n greasy (guitar-picked inst flip), great stuff.

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION: ‘Purple Rain’ LP (Warner Bros 925 110-1)
Although less innovative than Jimi Hendrix in so successfully melding flamboyant black (and ambiguously sexual) raunch with universally acceptable rock formats, Prince can arguably be hailed as his first true successor. I’ve been driving around with this new soundtrack set for several weeks and find it really exciting — for listening to. There’s nothing on it for traditional soul/funk fans (although even they should enjoy the airplay!), but rock jocks are already into the storming 138-139bpm ‘Baby I’m A Star’, “preacher”-introed 0-196-0bpm ‘Let’s Go Crazy‘ (next single), Vanity 6-introed 132-0bpm ‘Computer Blue‘, while the jauntily catchy 120-125bpm ‘Take Me With You‘ and mournful slow Lennon-esque title track have strong pop appeal.

SHEILA E: ‘The Glamorous Life’ LP (Warner Bros 925 107-1)
Miss Escovedo is another co-produced by Prince, punchy sockers with his typical non-rocky trademark (though less searing than her sizzling title track single) being the 117½bpm ‘Oliver’s House’ and 120½bpm ‘Shortberry Strawcake‘. These albums repay home (or in-car) listening and hang together better as sets than most “soul” LP’s.

PAUL BROWN: ‘Time After Time’ (Carrere CART 311)
Alpine Grant-produced delightful little 105bpm swinger smokily sung in similar style to such fashionable acts as Animal Nightlife yet hidden away on the flip of a minor sloppily recorded 0-105bpm party jitterer, ‘We’re Havin’ Fun‘. For F’s sake, flip it!

THE TIME: ‘Ice Cream Castle’ LP (Warner Bros 925 109-1)
The group of Prince co-produced freaksters (who once included Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) will mean most to ears already attuned to the less rocky Prince sound, as on the rap-127-129-132bpm ‘The Bird’ (lovingly rocked in the early ’60s dance craze), 119-0bpm ‘Jungle Love‘, 0-120-0bpm ‘My Drawers‘, (0-)116½-0bpm ‘Ice Cream Castles‘, but soul fans should enjoy the again non-airplay slow sensuously weaving 68-73-75½-0bpm ‘If The Kid Can’t Make You Come‘ (and hear also the drifting conversational mood piece ‘Chilli Sauce‘).

RICHARD JON SMITH: ‘Dance With Me’ (Jive JIVE T69)
Low key quietly plopping 91/45½bpm semi-smooch revival of the oft-recorded Orleans oldie, kinda classy with jazzy sax and lush harmonies (Lo-NRG lurching 112bpm ‘Jump For You‘ flip).

TINA TURNER: ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ (Capitol 12CL 334)
Discovered late in the day on remixed 12in (with a long undanceable intro), the slinky 97bpm pop smash deserves more soul support as the lady’s in superb subtle voice (OK, no jokes about it being Bonnie Tyler’s!).

MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Girl You’re So Together’ (Motown TMGT 1355)
Naggingly familiar and obviously dated 98bpm pop jiggler with cloying lyrics, so short that on 12in it’s joined by the inconsistent c.76bpm ‘Touch The One You Love‘, flipped by his classic 68/34-0bpm ‘Ben’ (a love song to a rat!) and plaintive 77-75-0bpm contemporary cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ — a smart move, that.

THE LATEST: ‘Starting Over’ (Souled Out SOULED 1-T, via 01-866 3787)
Quietly satisfying somewhat dated by pleasant guy and gal wailed steadily rolling 113bpm bomp bomb bomper with synth twiddles and a rap out of the break (inst flip), a slow burner while on import.

DAN HARTMAN: ‘I Can Dream About You’ (MCA MCAT 895)
From the ‘Blade Runner’-ish upcoming ‘Streets Of Fire’ flick, this cool clear 112½bpm tapper follows the Hall & Oates format, blue-eyed pop AoR, nice of its type.

KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS: ‘My Male Curiosity’ (Virgin VS690-12)
Remixed from the ‘Against All Odds’ soundtrack (hence temporary label change), this jittery tunefully swaying 115bpm little tripper is pretty typical and could work with Phil Fearon for pop crowds, but haven’t they rather blown it here now? To counteract this, Island have a 3-track 12in of the 99bpm ‘Don’t Take My Coconuts‘ (Island 12IS 190), 103bpm ‘If You Wanna Be Happy’ and 103bpm ‘Going Places (Remix)’, all sounding equally passé.

ARTHUR BAKER: ‘Breaker’s Revenge’ (US Atlantic 0-86931)
From ‘Beat Street’ the angrily busy c.120bpm hip hop jitterer egged on by James Brown-ish yelps is now on 12in flipped by a really exciting dub and an instrumental ‘Jazzy Break Down‘ with emphasised doodling piano amidst the fierce beats.

JUICY: ‘Beat Street Strut’ (US Atlantic 0-86943)
Due here next week (A9655T), the Deodato-produced and played friskily bounding fluid 122½bpm strutting simple chanter from ‘Beat Street’ has been usefully opened up by remixer David (son of Harry?) Belafonte, with an instrumental flip emphasising the bass line.

SPECIAL REQUEST: ‘Take It To The Max’ (US Tommy Boy TB 844)
Fast though unenergetic skittering 128bpm electro with a noise like a giant clomping about upstairs, chix ‘n chaps squeakily chanting the catchy Vocal, trumpet tootling the Latin Hip Hop Mix, but it’s the longer dubwise Bugger Mix that’s getting most specialist action.

SYNCBEAT: ‘Music’ (Streetwave MKHAN 19)
Greg Wilson-remixed commendably tuneful 119½-118½bpm electro instrumental with background afro-ish chanting and a cut-up “diabolical sound” break on the Dance Mix (plainer 120bpm Original Mix and ‘More Music’).

TRIPLE BEAT ALLIANCE: ‘Street People (Of London Town)’ (Fresh N’Bad Records FNB 1T)
Simple little beat box based 112bpm hip hop judderer intermittently plugging such London DJs as George Power in so odd a Cockney accent it’s almost phonetic (dub flip). I can imagine those not mentioned are unlikely to buy it!

REATHEL BEAN & THE DOONESBURY BREAK CREW: ‘Rap Master Ronnie’ (US Silver Screen Records SSR 115)
Out a while but hard to find, this follows a long tradition with an impersonation of Ronnie & Nancy Reagan attempting to rap in a mildly funny 101bpm hip hop context, getting everything wrong. Best for listening, it’s a Senator Bobby updated!

WEST STREET MOB: ‘I Can’t Stop’ (Sugarhill SHL 135)
While we await ‘Mosquito‘ this violently scratched and bumped 119bpm “party” rapper (inst flip) makes a useful lyrical follow-on from Ollie & Jerry.

WILLESDEN DODGERS: ‘Gunsmoke Breakout’ (Jive Electro JIVE T 67)
Jive’s in-house producer/engineer duo Pete “Q” Harris & Nigell Green mix up Andean flute, spaghetti western whistling, afro chanting and the kitchen sink in a busily jittering 120bpm instrumental aimed at the Break Machine market (in 2 mixes).

ROGER: ‘In The Mix’ (Warner Bros W0235T)
Usual rap ‘n yowl vocoder noises set to an empty 0-127bpm tempo that’ll work with Prince and sounds like fun, but unless break dancers dig it could be too fast for funk fans here (edit flip).

RUN-D.M.C.: ‘Rock Box’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 8)
The rapping hip hop crew get accompanied by Van Halen-type rock guitar — fine, but the plodding 100bpm beat just isn’t exciting enough (two different dubs).

BILL LASWELL: ‘Worksong’ (Dutch Megadisc MEGA 128332)
Bassily burbling 95½bpm instrumental meanderer with fruity brass — it’s “real music” with a jazzy slant, ultimately hypnotic and more for head nodders than dancers, distributed here now by Rough Trade.

LIGHTNIN’ ROD with JIMI HENDRIX: ‘Doriella Du Fontaine’ (CellulOid CART 332)
You may have read about, even heard, the Last Poets who pioneered protest street rap 15 or so years ago — well, from 1968 this previously unreleased now Bill Laswell-remixed 103-100-0-100bpm story song teams their vocalist Jalal with the drums/organ or Buddy Miles and guitar/bass of none other than Jimi Hendrix! While the result may not be hip hop by modern standards, it’s a fascinating precursor of P’Funk (inst flip).

SUGARHILL GANG: ‘Livin’ In The Fast Lane’ (Sugarhill SHL 134)
Jiggly buoyant 110bpm rap with partying chix on the chorus, nothing different (inst flip).

BROKEN GLASS: ‘Style Of The Street’ (Streetwave MKHAN 17)
Mancunian rappers over busy 123bpm electro beats, even busier 121bpm Original Mix, 115½bpm ‘Streetbeat’ dub, freaky 124bpm ‘Streetstyle’, remixed by New York’s Craig Bevan after Merseyside’s Greg Wilson had a go.

FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH: ‘Fresh Cut’ (Jungle Rhythm SWET 1, via The Cartel)
Four treatments of the same pretty tedious instrumental 110½bpm scratcher, UK originated with Mastermind evidently involved. How about some tune too?

FOREVEREACTION: ‘B.E.D. ’34’ (Streetwave MKHAN 19)
Greg Wilson-remixed very thin sounding 113bpm hip hop with freakily cut scraps of dialogue, paired with the equally thin 124bpm ‘U People‘ and flipped by their Original Mixes.

JONZUN CREW: ‘Time Is Running Out’ (Tommy Boy TB 645)
Hip hop meets Prince in a jittery fast c.125bpm lurcher (in three mixes).

MC CHIEF FEATURING SEXY LADY: ‘Beef Box’ (US 4-Sight Records 1-84-FS-1)
Fast spacey c.130bpm electro jitterer with topical guy/gal rap, good of its type (inst/scratch dub flip).

I.R.T. (Interboro Rhythm Team): ‘Made In The U.S.A. (American XTC)’ (US RCA Victor PW-13852)
More juddering c.115bpm hip hop, powerfully mixed like — but less inspired than — ‘Watch The Closing Doors‘ (edit/dub flip).

MIDWAY: ‘Set It Out’ (US Personal P49811)
Powerfully jittering c.119½bpm electro backbeater with vocal in D Train/Hot Streak style (in 5 versions!).

THE MICHAEL ZAGER BAND: ‘Shot In The Dark’ (US Mosaic 4Z9 05046)
Pleasant enough bumbling c.119bpm bounder with a “one shot — that’s all it took” refrain but little that really cuts through (breakdown mix/acappella flip).

SUNDANCE: ‘Montego Bay/Montego Suite’ (Passion PASH 1231)
Bobby Bloom’s jolly oldie updated — no, backdated to a chugging 0-115bpm Boney M formula that pop jox predictably like.

SECOND IMAGE: ‘Sing And Shout’ (MCA MCAT 882)
Over-produced (by Christopher Heaton) ponderous and far from compulsive 114½bpm judderer desperately trying to sound like a heavy duty dancer (114bpm inst flip).

RAY PARKER JR: ‘Ghostbusters’ (US Arista AS1-9212)
US smash theme from the Dan Akroyd/Bill Murray/Sigourney Weaver film, though oddly not that strong a song, it’s a perkily chugging 0-114½bpm strutter on 7in only (inst flip) in the Prince-ish rock-funk grey crossover style, reminiscent at times of Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster’!


DISCO TOP 85 – August 4, 1984

01 04 TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY/DUB, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
02 13 JUST THE WAY YOU UKE IT, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
03 03 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
04 01 DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
05 05 TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
06 02 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB/REMIX, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
07 07 WHEN DOVES CRY/17 DAYS, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
08 08 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
09 18 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, Sivuca, London 12in
10 06 DOWN ON THE STREET/HOLDING ON, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
11 20 LADY SHINE (SHINE ON)/INSTRUMENTAL, T.H.S. The Horne Section, US 4th & Broadway 12in
12 09 INTERNATIONAL/FASCINATING YOU/RENEGADES/DANGEROUS, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
13 15 BLACK STATIONS/WHITE STATIONS (REMIX), M+M, RCA 12in
14 29 GUILTY/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
15 28 17, Rick James, US Motown 12in
16 12 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
17 31 FINDERS KEEPERS/NEVER/I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU/YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING/I CAN SEE ME LOVING YOU, Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
18 10 BREAKIN’ . . . THERE’S NO STOPPING US (CLUB MIX), Ollie & Jerry, Polydor 12in
19 19 I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE/NOTHIN’ LIKE A SLOW DANCE/HEARTBREAKER, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
20 11 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
21 25 SHE’S STRANGE (‘ROOM 123’ RAP VERSION), Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
22 14 YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM/SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN, Change, WEA LP
23 35 SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
24 16 MASTERMIND TURNTABLE MIX/CHOOSE ME (RESCUE ME) (REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack
25 21 SWEET SOMEBODY (DUB)/REMIX, Shannon, Club 12in
26 17 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
27 54 EASIER SAID THAN DONE/FOR TONIGHT/STAY WITH ME/DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME, Bryan Loren, US Philly World LP
28 — ETERNALLY GRATEFUL, Janet Kay, Local Records 12in
29 22 PARTYLINE, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
30 53 DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON MY LOVE/JAZZY LADY, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, US RCA LP
31 63 ABELE DANCE, Manu Dibango, US CellulOid 12in
32 36 DUB UNDERWORLD/CLUB UNDERWORLD, Cerrone, US Personal 12in
33 23 HOT-HOT-HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in/Cooltempo Remixes
34 38 I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF/I CAN’T GET YOU OFF MY MIND, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
35 33 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT)/CATCH THE GROOVE, T. Ski Valley/Grand Groove Bunch, Belgian BMC/US Grand Groove 12in
36 47 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (JAMES WHO?), Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Fourth & Broadway 12in
37 37 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG/SOUND OF SUMMER, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance Records 12in promo
38 44 GET UP OFFA THAT THING/GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE, James Brown, Polydor 12in
39 26 WHEN YOUR “EX” WANTS YOU BACK, Surface, Salsoul 12in
40 27 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION), Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
41 34 LOVER OF MY DREAMS, Yvonne Gage, Pinnacle 12in
42 42 YOU, ME AND HE/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic 12in
43 24 TELL ME WHY, Bobby Womack, Motown 12in
44 — YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK (REMIX), Brothers Johnson, US A&M 12in
45 41 PASS THE PAPER/OVERDRIVE, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
46 30 BABY I’M SCARED OF YOU, Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
47 49 YOUR LIFE, Konk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
48 39 CHOCOLATE CITY, Orlando Johnson & Trance, Belgian Channel 12in
49 45 IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL/RHYTHM OF THE STREET (REMIXES), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
50 65 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
51 84 LIPSERVICE, Beatmaster, Tommy Boy 12in
52 46 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
53 48 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
54 59 FEEL THE HEAT/INSTANT LOVE/IT FEELS SO GOOD (WITH YOU)/BLOODSTONE’S PARTY, Bloodstone, US T-Neck LP
55 32 MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE, One Way, MCA 12in
56 40 OOH LOVE/I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU/EDGARTOWN GROOVE/SEND ME YOUR LOVE, Kashif, Arista LP
57 — WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/LIKE I WILL/WHO’S IT GONNA BE, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
58 75 NO FAVORS/DUB VERSION, Temper, US MCA 12in
59 — YOUR TOUCH, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
60 51 TIME FLIES, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
61 50 YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT (CHOOSE ME), Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum 12in
62 57 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
63 52 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
64 — MADALENA, Claudio Roditi, US Green Street LP
65 62 YOU’VE GOT THAT MAGIC/JUST BE MY LOVE/I LOVE YOU SO/THE DRUM SONG, Fatback, Cotillion LP
66 64 GIVE ME THE MUSIC (MEDLEY)/SWEET SOMEBODY (NEW STREET DUB VERSION), Shannon, Club 12in
67 — BEAT STREET/INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five with Mr Ness & Cowboy, Sugarhill 12in
68 69 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME/TRUST ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
69 55 LOVE IS IN SEASON, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
70 66 SUMMER BREEZE, Baiser, Malaco 12in
71 67 HEAVEN KNOWS (FEELS SO GOOD), Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
72 72 SIMPLE, Johnny Mathis, US Columbia 12in
73 74 LESSON TWO (THE JAMES BROWN MASTERMIX), Double Dee & Steinski, US Double Dee & Steinski Records 12in/cassette promo
74 71 MAGIC TOUCH, Rose Royce, US Montage LP
75 85 SUMMER LAMENT, Ken Muramatsu, Japanese CBS Sony LP
76 — LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN, Band Of Gold, RCA 12in
77 58 TENDER LOVIN’, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
78 68 KEEP ON TRYIN’, Sizzle, US Sutra 12in
79 81 TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX)/FRENCH VERSION, Kraftwerk, US Warner Bros 12in
80 — CAPT ROCK TO THE FUTURE SHOCK, Captain Rock, US NIA 12in
81 — HUMAN BEAT BOX, Disco 3, US Sutra 12in
82 70 C’EST LA VIE/DARK AND LONELY NIGHTS/DON’T SAY NO, Beau Williams, US Capitol LP
83 — RUNNIN’ AROUND, The Chi-Lites, US Private I LP
84 — FAST LIFE/A.M./P.M., Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, US Profile 12in
85 76 THE GROOVE, Donald D, US Elektra 12in


Hi-NRG BREAKERS:

Phyllis Nelson: ‘Somewhere In The City’ (Carrere)
C. Shore: ‘Once Is Not Enough’ (US Oh My!)
Prince: ‘When Doves Cry’ (Warner Bros)
Norma Lewis: ‘Maybe This Time’ (Re-remix) (ERC)
Eddy & The Soul Band: ‘Shaft’ (Dutch Philips)


HIT NUMBERS

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

Queen 0-82-0-83½-0f, Hazell Dean 131f, Rod Stewart 120f, Tracey Ullman 123/61½f, Paul Hardcastle 0-116f, Sivuca 183-190-192f, Shriekback 118-119f, The Colourfield 116-117-118-0r, M+M 120½f, Captain Sensible (0-)136½f, Arrow 120c . . . and, jumping the gun with a forgone conclusion, George Michael 76½f!


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
02 02 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN/REMIX, Divine, Proto 12in
03 06 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
04 05 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
05 09 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
06 03 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
07 04 FALSE ALARM,REMIX, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
08 08 BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, Calibre 12in
09 07 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
10 11 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
11 15 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in
12 10 BREAK ME/Hi NRG MIX, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, Passion 12in
13 12 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
14 17 JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in/US Hot Tracks re-remix
15 16 GOTTA HAVE YOUR LOVE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
16 18 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
17 13 GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
18 19 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
19 20 TWO TRIBES/WAR (REMIX)/CARNAGE, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
20 14 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in/US TSR remix
21 30 EASY LOVE, Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
22 21 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
23 — KEEP IT UP, Betty Valentino, Design Communication 12in
24 — YOU CRY, Sense, French Sneak Preview 12in
25 27 SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
26 — TAKE IT UP/MY LOVE, Lime, Dutch Polydor LP
27 24 OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
28 28 COLOR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
29 33 INVISIBLE LOVE (REMIX), Lisa, US Moby Dick 12in
30 26 SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, Atlantic LP


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (2) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 2 (1) Frankie GTH ‘TT’/’W’, 3 (3) Ollie & Jerry, 4 (4) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 5 (7) Phil Fearon, 6 (15) Shakatak, 7 (11) Divine, 8 (9) Prince, 9 (5) Sister Sledge ‘TOY’, 10 (6) Change ‘COH’, 11 (13) Brass Construction ‘P’, 12 (36) Windjammer, 13 (8) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 14 (26) Tina Turner, 15 (16) Shannon, 16 (58) Arrow, 17 (10) Evelyn Thomas, 18 (12) Wham!, 19 (18) Fatback, 20 (24) Womack & Womack ‘Baby’, 21 (17) Nik Kershaw, 22 (60) Patti Austin ‘ROTS’, 23 (32) Bob Marley, 24 (-) Sivuca, 25 (14) Bronski Beat, 26 (28) Band Of Gold, 27 (25) Tyzik, 28 (27) Roni Griffith, 29 (50) Melle Mel ‘BS’, 30 (-) M+M, 31 (29) Eartha Kitt, 32 (22) Bobby Womack, 33 (51) Yvonne Gage ‘LOMO’, 34 (-) Neil, 35 (-) Harold Melvin, 36 (-) Patto, 37 (33) Patrice Rushen, 38 (-) Heroes, 39 (23) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 40 (19) Lionel Richie, 41 (39) Megachics, 42 (37) L.J. Reynolds, 43 (-) Konk, 44 (-) Blancmange, 45 (54) Hazell Dean ‘WID’, 46 (57) Laura Branigan ‘SC’, 47 (-) Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music’, 48 (-) Change ‘YAMM’, 49 (-) Sundance, 50 (40) Detroit Spinners.

4 thoughts on “August 4, 1984: Change, Rufus & Chaka, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Bonnie Pointer, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson”

  1. Although James dismisses it as “plodding”, I’d argue that Run DMC’s “Rock Box” initiated a major new direction for hip hop – and it ended up being my favourite rap release of 1984. Then again, I wasn’t faced with the challenge of making it work on a dance floor!

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  2. After having my memory jogged by their appearance here I’ve been listening to JapJazz stuff like Ken Murumatsu (not how it’s actually spelt on the uploads) and Kazu Matsui on YouTube.

    It’s a sound that You don’t hear much of these days but very nostalgic as this was the kind of stuff that you’d hear so much of on the London pirates or the cassettes we’d record it weekender radio back then and really brings those pirate station days back for me. Quality chill out music and when they were putting Balearic Chill Out Volume 58 together back in the late 90s should have tried to licence sone of this stuff rather than the often very unimaginative stereotypical stuff they did.

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      1. I think ‘Hunt Up Wind’ was probably the nearest a jap-jazzer got to crossing over into the pop chart.

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