ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LONDON’S AIRWAVES are buzzing again with Horizon, Skyline, DBC being rejoined by JFM but on 103.4FM (not to clash with BBC Radio Kent who have claimed 102.8 with a Radio 2 relay, which is also keeping 103.1 clear — and in fact there seems to be increased activity further on up to 105.9, including that Greek Cypriot pirate) . . . JFM’s new no chat/continuous mellow soul format is tagged “Where we gag the DJs to give you more music” — it’s certainly easy listening! . . . US radio stations seem to have construed Carol Lynn Townes’ ‘99½‘ as a plug for rivals broadcasting on 99.5, so she’s evidently re-recorded alternative versions for 99.5, 95.5, 97.5, 98.5! . . . Capital’s Roger Scott is currently catching 10 consecutive shows by Bruce Springsteen all at New Jersey’s Meadowlands stadium, with a side trip the one night Brucie isn’t playing, to see and interview the Jacksons in Knoxville, Tennessee! . . . Stockport/South Manchester’s 24hr KFM 94.2FM have made a properly prepared application for an experimental licence to operate a local radio service, and are still on air (though of course unlicensed) . . . London club attendances especially have been boosted by regular pirate radio advertising, all those punters being likely to rush out and buy Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Encore‘ when clever Morgan Khan releases it here next week on Streetwave — bubbling away since Christmas, it’s the next ‘Ain’t Nobody’ . . . Atlantic must regret not making ‘Love Is In Season‘ the first release from the Detroit Spinners album back in the spring — but if quality “will out”, what the hell happened? . . . Master Mix picked up Chuck Brown, Island got Simplicious, PRT are issuing Cerrone and Klinte Jones . . . Bryan Loren’s LP is on Virgin next week, followed by a remixed 12in ‘Easier Said Than Done’/’Lollipop Luv’/’Do You Really Love Me’ coupling . . . Chad ‘Funky Sister’ Jackson has remixed Hi Tension ‘Hi Tension’ it better be good! — while unfortunately the new Cherrelle US remix is only ‘Fragile . . . Handle With Care‘ . . . Special Request ‘Take It To The Max’ reviewed last week, is already out here (Tommy Boy 12IS 194) . . . ‘Breaker Beat‘, a jittery 111bpm electro instrumental, is the only hard cut from a pretty predictable Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson US Columbia LP . . . Lionel Richie plus a hundred body poppers don’t forget are due to perform ‘All Night Long’ at the Olympics closing ceremony —meanwhile, Colin Hudd & John Rush host fancy dress Olympic fun & games at Dartford Flicks Friday (10) . . . Saturday (11) sees Robbie Vincent at Harlow Whispers, fire-eating video DJ Darryl Hayden at Dorchester Buzz Inn . . . Sunday (12) London’s Heaven under Charing Cross arches becomes ‘Soul City’ for a 3pm-1am alldayer with a cast of at least 17 DJs from around Great Britain, etc etc . . . “Black Monday” (13) Pete Girtley & Steel City Gary Senior start weekly free sophisticated funk at Sheffield Exchange Street precinct’s The Garden wine bar . . . Darren Fogel adds soulful Fridays (free) at Bethnal Green/Mile End The Beehive in Roman Road, and also lurks during Sunday trading hours down Petticoat Lane (playing music?) . . . Martin T insists Saturdays at Hackney’s Pickle House are his alone, Robbie Collins souling Fri, Larry Foster Wed/Sun, Steve Goddard sometimes . . . Mike Hall’s Saturday soul sessions at the new T’s in Erith (Pier Rd) give away one new import LP and one new UK LP weekly in a competition, answers to which are usually found in these pages . . . Mad Marx soul/funk/Latin/jazzes Leigh-On-Sea’s Whispers wine bar/restaurant Sunday evenings . . . Pete Haigh has moved from Sundays to the better Tuesdays mixing urban funk ‘n soul at Caton’s Scarthwaite Hotel near Lancaster (A683 from exit 34 off the M6), and guests Wednesdays at Morecambe Harvey’s Clubranger night — he suggests trying Mtume with Fatback ‘Please Stay’ . . . Steve Jason solved a segue problem by following Arrow with Booker T & The MG’s instantly recognised TV cricket theme ‘Soul Limbo’ on hot-hot-hot sweaty Sundays at Peterborough Cantors . . . Nick Epps (any relation of Preston?!) and partner Trev Pearce are long established on Wednesdays with their Sophisticated Sounds mobile at Fair Oak’s Old George near Southampton, where during hot weather the punters boogie in the street . . . Norman Scott is back at Bang’s on Monday . . . Terry Deal has just started compiling a gay disco chart for the monthly Him, and immediately like me wonders why some record companies spend more time and effort in whingeing on about the positions they reach than in ensuring their releases are really strong to start with! . . . Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ LP review should have read that even soul fans should enjoy the sexily “grinding” 77-79-81-0bpm ‘Darling Nikki‘, which’ll never get airplay! . . . Uncle James the DJ’s buddy? . . . YO!
HIP HOP takes off! Manchester’s break dance crew Broken Glass have finally hit vinyl via ex-DJ Greg Wilson’s pet project ‘Style Of The Street‘, and following TV appearances on such as The Tube are currently breakin’ up suitably roomy clubs and under-18 venues. Book ’em off S. Taylor, 73 Carlton Rd, Whalley Range, Manchester 16.
HUGH MASEKELA: ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby’ (Jive Afrika JIVE T 64)
This better brand new faster 122bpm Hot African Mix re-emphasises the lurching polyrhythms, bringing in Hugh’s sharply stabbing trumpet and the afro chants with more immediacy, but still seems unlikely to repeat its huge US disco success here (very freaky dub/acappella flip).
PAUL HARDCASTLE: ‘Guilty — The Retrial’ (Total Control Records TOCO 2)
With a freakily distorted spacey vocal intro, this perhaps slightly more skitteringly jolting 116bpm remix is the now mandatory marketing ploy to make people with more money than sense buy it again and help it even higher up the chart (inst flip). Frankie Goes To Barclays.
JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Dynamite’ (Arista JJK 122)
Jellybean remix notwithstanding, who do Arista think will want this ludicrously fast 190bpm rock-disco leaper? Once again, flip it for Jermaine’s outstanding rhythmically adventurous jittering and jumping 115bpm ‘Come To Me (One Way Or Another)‘, evidently remixed, and a new instrumental of the now Michael-less slower but similar 108½bpm ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ (Too Good To Be True)’.
SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Close Encounters Of The First Kind’ (LP ‘Essar’ Motown FG 72152)
Oddly late out here, his album’s only hot cut with soul jocks is this lovely sinuously swaying 100bpm jogger with classic Smokey lyrics and singing, while on import now there’s also a remixed new (0-)115bpm 12in of the ‘Thriller’-ish meandering ‘And I Don’t Love You‘ (US Motown 4521MG), with an instrumental flip, unlikely to do much unless mailing list jocks are sent it.
BOBBY GLOVER: ‘What Kind Of Lady’ (US Columbia 44-05037)
From Roger Troutman’s Zapp team, this light chant backed jerkily flowing 119½bpm story of a freaky chick has some nice little traditional comedy touches, and as so astutely observed by West London DJ Big Phil Etgart is surely what the Coasters would have sounded like had Leiber & Stoller been producing them in the Eighties (edit flip).
GIL SCOTT-HERON: ‘Re-Ron’ (US Arista AD1-9216)
Keeping things simple to a jittering 105bpm beat, the thinking man’s rapper Gil gruffly builds up many clever topical cross-references and political arguments why America don’t want President Ron to re-run, bringing Maggie and more into the rap (harder 104bpm hip hop Special Mix flip). UK copies in a fortnight will include his old similarly Reagan-attacking ‘B Movie’.
ONE ON ONE: ‘Gotta Thang’ (US Kee Wee KW 8409)
Good naggingly tugging c.111bpm soulfully wriggling chugger that’s worryingly familiar — was it out before, or has Monson merely been plugging it? (inst flip).
DYNAMITE TWO: ‘Let’s See You Dance’ (US Atlantic 0-86934)
Mind messingly freaky offbeat scratch intro to what then becomes just another staccato c.108bpm rapper, although with quite astute lyrics about the current break dance exploitation and some exciting scratching (more routine c.112bpm ‘The Main Beat’ flip).
KURTIS BLOW: ‘8 Million Stories’ (US Mercury 880 170-1)
“There are eight million stories in the Naked City” announces Kurtis, quoting from the old TV show, on a juddering c.103bpm hip hop rap that’s flipped by the considerably better c.100bpm ‘AJ Scratch’ which already has a reputation.
SHANGO: ‘Shango Message’ (CellulOid CART 341)
Afrika Bambaataa and Material “rub real instruments up against the Prophet 5 and DMX” (it says here) on a “post-synth funk” juddering 100½bpm hip hopper from around two years ago (flip, and an edit of their brassy 102½bpm Sly Stone-reviving ‘Thank You‘).
WARP 9: ‘Master Of The Mix’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 11)
Chap rapped/chix chanted jittery 108bpm hip hop judderer (dub flip), nothing new.
PUZZLE: ‘I Love Funkin’ (Steiner PUZZ 12)
An augmented Mezzoforte string together snippets (some very short) from various well known “jazz-funk” oldies for a disjointed 118bpm instrumental medley, flipped by their own ponderous 104bpm ‘Blue Ice’.
MORRISSEY MULLEN: ‘One Step’ (Coda CODS 7T)
Rather dated though slick enough 117½bpm Britfunk lurcher nicely sung by new recruit Noel McCalla (slightly phased flip).
ICQ: ‘Flight Of The Vendohair’ (Unsquare Records ICQ 1203)
Ivan Chandler’s jazz sextet with an odd disjointedly introed and interrupted but basically fast c.0-129-126-0bpm brass ‘n piano instrumental, thankfully minus gimmicks on the original ‘Vendohair’ flip.
BLACK UHURU: ‘What Is Life?’ (Island 12IS 150)
Drily thudding deliberate slow 85bpm reggae jogger with dubby sax and unison vocal chants.
SMILEY CULTURE: ‘Cockney Translation’ (Fashion FAD 020)
A recent reggae chart-topper, this amusing 84-85bpm roots monologue compares Cockney slang with its Jamaican equivalent!
BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES: ‘Feeling It/Soft Man’ (Dynamic DYN 12-16)
Tricky tone introed 0-124bpm editing together of two jolly soca leapers, the vocal ‘Soft Man’ sandwiched between the other more instrumental tune, flipped by the even livelier 128bpm ‘Don’t Back Back‘.
FONDA RAE: ‘Tuch Me’ (US TeleScope TL-21)
Greg Carmichael/Patrick Adams-prod/penned slow starting then emptily juddering c.115bpm unfrantic ticker, rather dull (more electro B-side ‘Special Mix For Break Dancing’).
PAUL SHARADA: ‘Florida (Move Your Feet)’ (Dutch Rams Horn Records RHR 3367)
Beefy c.115bpm Eurodisco chugger with a catchy enough chorus but dire phonetic rap, and my dear would you believe syndrums? (inst flip).
T.H.S. THE HORNE SECTION: ‘Lady Shine (Shine On)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 100)
Philadelphian writer/producer/musician Henry Horne and vocalist Roger Garnett whip up an excellent zesty 122bpm soul smacker full of bright brass, perfect piano and floor filling chunky momentum, the harder instrumental flip retaining some vocal and trucking nicely too, everything sounding so spot on that like all great records it takes on a life of its own. A future classic?
JOCELYN BROWN: ‘I Wish You Would’ (US Vinyl Dreams VND D03)
Hold everything — THIS is the one and only official new Jocelyn Brown release! The actual follow-up to ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’, it’s a less distinctive (what an act to follow) but in every respect excellent exuberant jiggly trotting chugger building infectiously as the (electronically calculated!) 1109/10bpm beat nags away under her inimitable wailing (dub flip). Forget the rest, this is the hit.
INGRAM: ‘With You’ (Other End OET 2, via PRT)
Finally on long awaited 12in (likely to be in short supply at first), this very soulful subtle 111-110-111-112bpm wriggle ‘n bump hot tempo bumbler is an immediate specialist smash but will leave most of the population totally cold as it isn’t much of a song as such, more a rambling series of husky yelps, pleas and groans creating tense soul emotion over the nagging beat (two emptier dubs flipside). I love it!
JUNIOR: ‘Somebody’ (London LONX 50)
Co-penned by Norman with Gap Band guitarist Glen Nightingale and originally intended by its veteran producer Arif Mardin as a duet with Chaka Khan — which still shows in Josie James’s squalling support — this excitingly intense 0-116bpm angular rolling jolter has the System’s keyboardist David Frank adding to the hot tempo wriggle ‘n thud, which becomes freakily electrofied on the flip’s 0-117bpm Extreme Mix.
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Say You Love Me (Jazz Mix)’ (Other End OET 5)
Offputtingly on the on-beat in a fiendishly tricky time signature for mixers, this Larry Joseph-prod/penned 104½bpm instrumental nevertheless brilliantly sets Lonnie’s jazz piano against the fiercest hip hop rhythm imaginable in an ultra-exciting fusion that’s less accessible than ‘Rockit’ though far more adventurous, the flipside Dance Mix replacing piano with synth and Angie Moore’s disjointed wails. Hard ‘n heavy.
ASTRUD GILBERTO: ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ (Verve IPAX 1)
Twenty years ago this breakthrough classic of Brazil’s then “new wave” bossa nova beat seemed the epitome of jet set sophistication with a sound that soon became cliched — witness any number of adult party scenes in films from the period — but now has been rediscovered by young would-be hipsters and appreciated for something that subsequent associations cannot remove, its music. To his own very gentle guitar and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s piano. Joao Gilberto melodically moans the Portuguese lyrics before his young wife Astrud (in her debut) calmly breathes the English translation, the softly shuffling 63½-64/128-127-125bpm samba climaxing in Stan Getz’s cool tenor sax and some Jobim piano before Astrud counterpoints Getz to the fade. To use a much abused word, it’s still incredibly fresh!
LILLO THOMAS: ‘All Of You’ LP (US Capitol ST-12346)
Criticised by some for being too Kashif-ish — his sometime partner Paul Laurence produced — the light voiced singer’s set’s strongest dancer remains the 12in-issued jolting 110bpm ‘Your Love’s Got A Hold On Me’ although the skittery 109bpm ‘Settle Down‘ goes great with Jermaine’s ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’, the piano backed gently swaying 111bpm ‘I Like Your Style‘ is truly soulful and the 111bpm ‘Never Give You Up‘ chugs chunkily — however, Lillo’s evidently traditional Temptations cover this time is a nice cleanly updated though essentially unchanged 104bpm ‘My Girl‘ which should gain widest attention. They’ll all grow on you with time, smoochers too.
ALICIA MYERS: ‘You Get The Best From Me (Say, Say, Say)’ (US MCA MCA-23511)
Kevin McCord-produced slow introed then very appealing lurchingly loping 112bpm lightweight wailer with a jauntily bumping jolt on every beat in the bar, due here soon. The gal can sing!
POINTER SISTERS: ‘I Need You’ (Planet RPST 107)
Unlikely to have the wide crossover appeal of their recent hits, this newly remixed classily rolling 106bpm soul jogger stays solid and sombre instead of soaring, usefully flipped by the old slinky 110bpm ‘Slow Hand’ (and 182bpm ‘I’m So Excited’).
THE BROTHERS JOHNSON: ‘You Keep Me Coming Back (Remix)’ (A&M AMX 209)
In my experience the quite amusing Skool Boyz-style phonecall, screeching tyres and doorbell scenario that bridges between the jittery intro and actual vocal of this pent-up 105bpm hot tempo wriggler’s remix can be disruptive on the floor — however, the remix and its dub are one side of their four-track UK 12in, flipped by the previously US 7in-only more traditional 121bpm light soul canterer ‘Deceiver‘ and their LP’s complicatedly tapping 95½bpm flute, trumpet & piano jazz instrumental ‘Tokyo‘. On the LP ‘Out Of Control’ (AMEX 64965) the original uninterrupted and faster 106½bpm ‘You Keep Me Coming Back‘ is far more manageable and, while the set is less than essential, it also has the good Hawk Wolinski co-penned ‘Plane Love’-ish 107bpm title track, Prince-ish electro driven romping 122bpm ‘I Came Here To Party‘, throbbing intense 115bpm ‘Save Me‘, trotting 122½bpm ‘Do You’, jiggling 111bpm ‘Lovers Forever‘, rock-disco 138bpm ‘Dazed’, crawling 79bpm ‘It’s All Over Now’, Joyce Kennedy-duetted 63½bpm ‘Let’s Try Love Again’.
FORCE M.D.’S: ‘Forgive Me Girl’ (US Tommy Boy TB 848)
Traditionally vocalised rather attractive almost 5 Stairsteps-style juddering little 102½bpm swayer with a beseeching rap halfway between youthful harmonies, officially flip of the dead slow ‘Tears’ but the side that’s selling here.
CHARADES: ‘Goin’ Out Dancing (US Blue Parrott BP 205)
Fantastic Aleems-prod/penned jiggly trotting c.108bpm chugger with a channel swapping stereo gimmick before the crooning and chanting chaps gradually build to a rap and added electro intensity, less monotonous the longer it’s on (dub/edit flip).
BOYS DON’T CRY: ‘Turn Over’ (Legacy LGY(T) 13, via IDS)
Lustfully drawling chap apparently likes it from the other side, and his lady friend seems keen too (or are they merely after an all-over tan?), on this jauntily shuffling 124bpm pop burbler remixed for Britain with its original 122bpm French mix and heavy breathing 124½bpm ‘Back Alley’ instrumental on (appropriately) the B side.
SHEILA & B. DEVOTION: ‘Spacer’ (Carrere CART 327)
Dig out your 1979 copy of the veteran French star’s Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards-prod/penned typical (at the time) lightweight 132bpm bounder as this issue is only the edited version, albeit flipped by her horrendously zingy 135bpm ‘Singing In The Rain‘.
REAL LIFE: ‘Send Me An Angel’ (MCA/Curb MCAT 850)
“Futurist”-influenced Australian popsters with a gradually unfurling comes-and-goes 128bpm throbber (very un-disco) that hit in the US and elsewhere ages ago but is being re-promoted following play by Laser 558, and foreigner inspired South Coast club reaction.
DISCO TOP 85 – August 11, 1984
01 02 JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
02 04 DR. BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
03 01 TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
04 05 TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
05 09 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, Sivuca, London 12in
06 10 DOWN ON THE STREET/HOLDING ON, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
07 03 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING/INSTRUMENTAL (TOM BROWNE), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
08 22 YOU ARE MY MELODY, Change, WEA 12in
09 13 BLACK STATIONS/WHITE STATIONS (REMIX), M+M, RCA 12in
10 14 GUILTY, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
11 07 WHEN DOVES CRY/17 DAYS, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
12 28 ETERNALLY GRATEFUL, Janet Kay, Local Records 12in
13 11 LADY SHINE (SHINE ON)/INSTRUMENTAL, T.H.S. The Horne Section, Fourth & Broadway 12in
14 24 MASTERMIND TURNTABLE MIX/CHOOSE ME (RESCUE ME) (REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack
15 — EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING (SANGRIA MIX), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
16 06 I FOUND LOVIN’/DUB, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
17 — WITH YOU (REMIX), Ingram, Other End 12in
18 15 17, Rick James, US Motown 12in
19 31 ABELE DANCE, Manu Dibango, CellulOid 12in
20 12 INTERNATIONAL/RENEGADES/FASCINATING YOU, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
21 33 HOT-HOT-HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in/Cooltempo remixes
22 16 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
23 — SHINING STAR/ASTRAL MIX, Precinct, Passion 12in
24 45 PASS THE PAPER/OVERDRIVE, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
25 21 SHE’S STRANGE (‘ROOM 123′ RAP VERSION) Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
26 19 I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE (ONE WOMAN MAN)/NOTHIN’ LIKE A SLOW DANCE/HEARTBREAKER, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
27 17 FINDERS KEEPERS/NEVER/I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU/YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING/ARE YOU READY (UNTIL TONIGHT), Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
28 23 SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
29 30 DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON MY LOVE/JAZZY LADY, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, US RCA LP
30 76 LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN, Band Of Gold, RCA 12in
31 27 FALLING IN LOVE/EASIER SAID THAN DONE/STAY WITH ME/DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME, Bryan Loren, US Philly World LP
32 08 CHANGE OF HEART, Change, WEA 12in
33 37 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance Records 12in promo
34 40 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION)/LEAVE THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE DOOR, Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
35 47 YOUR LIFE/LIFE JAM, Konk, Fourth &.Broadway 12in
36 34 I OWE IT TO MYSELF/I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/I CAN’T GET YOU OFF MY MIND, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
37 44 YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK/TOKYO, Brothers Johnson, A&M LP/12in promo
38 35 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT)/CATCH THE GROOVE, T. Ski Valley/Grand Groove Bunch, Belgian BMC/US Grand Groove 12in
39 20 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
40 42 YOU, ME AND HE/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic 12in
41 36 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (JAMES WHO?), Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Fourth & Broadway 12in
42 32 DUB UNDERWORLD/CLUB UNDERWORLD, Cerrone, US Personal 12in
43 29 PARTYLINE, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
44 — WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, Tina Turner, Capitol 12in
45 18 BREAKIN’ . . . THERE’S NO STOPPING US, Ollie & Jerry, Polydor 12in
46 26 THINKING OF YOU, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
47 63 SLIP AWAY, Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
48 56 OOH LOVE/EDGARTOWN GROOVE/I’VE BEEN MISSIN’ YOU, Kashif, Arista LP
49 49 IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL/RHYTHM OF THE STREET (REMIXES), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
50 57 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/WHO’S IT GONNA BE, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
51 64 MADALENA, Claudio Roditi, US Green Street LP
52 52 ENCORE, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
53 48 CHOCOLATE CITY, Orlando Johnson & Trance, Belgian Channel 12in
54 59 YOUR TOUCH, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
55 50 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
56 38 GET UP OFFA THAT THING/GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE, James Brown, Polydor 12in
57 — BREAKER’S REVENGE/DUB/JAZZY BREAKDOWN, Arthur Baker, US Atlantic 12in
58 77 TENDER LOVIN’, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
59 83 RUNNIN’ AROUND, The Chi-Lites, US Private I LP
60 66 GIVE ME THE MUSIC (MEDLEY)/SWEET SOMEBODY (NEW SWEET DUB VERSION), Shannon, Club 12in
61 58 NO FAVORS/DUB VERSION, Temper, US MCA 12in
62 25 SWEET SOMEBODY (DUB)/REMIX, Shannon, Club 12in
63 82 C’EST LA VIE/DARK AND LONELY NIGHTS/DON’T SAY NO, Beau Williams, US Capitol LP
64 54 FEEL THE HEAT/INSTANT LOVE, Bloodstone, US T-Neck LP
65 — SOMEBODY, Junior, London 12in promo
66 69 LOVE IS IN SEASON, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
67 53 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
68 60 TIME FLIES, The Kazu Matsui Project, US Lakeside LP
69 — THE GLAMOROUS LIFE, Sheila E., Warner Bros 12in
70 — MR SOLITAIRE/LAZY AFTERNOON, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
71 — YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME (SAY, SAY, SAY), Alicia Myers, US MCA 12in
72 — OUR LOVE IS HOT, Alphonse Mouzon, US Private I 12in
73 62 YOU’RE THE BEST, The Emotions, US Red Label LP/12in remix
74 — RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
75 61 YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT (CHOOSE ME), Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum 12in
76 67 BEAT STREET/INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five with Mr Ness & Cowboy, Sugarhill 12in
77 74 MAGIC TOUCH, Rose Royce, US Montage LP
78 81 HUMAN BEAT BOX, Disco 3, US Sutra 12in
79 80 CAPT. ROCK TO THE FUTURE SHOCK, Captain Rock, US NIA 12in
80 — SET IT OUT, Midway, US Personal 12in
81 68 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME/TRUST ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
82 — WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US TTED 12in
83 — SETTLE DOWN/MY GIRL/I LIKE YOUR STYLE/NEVER GIVE YOU UP, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol LP
84 72 SIMPLE Johnny Mathis, US Columbia 12in
85 79 TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX)/FRENCH VERSION, Kraftwerk, US Warner Bros
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
George Michael 76½f, The SOS Band 0-104f, AC/DC 0-82-83-0c, Farmer’s Boys 0-158f, Carol Lynn Townes 118½f, Friends Again 124-123f, King Kurt 130c, Kevin The Gerbil 130f, Harold Melvin (FX-)115f, Herbie Hancock 107c.
01 01 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
02 05 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
03 03 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
04 02 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN (REMIX), Divine, Proto 12in
05 08 BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, Calibre 12in
06 11 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in
07 06 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
08 07 FALSE ALARM (REMIX). Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
09 09 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
10 15 GOTTA HAVE YOUR LOVE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
11 04 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
12 10 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
13 12 BREAK ME/Hi-NRG (REMIX), Charade featuring Norma Lewis, Passion 12in
14 24 YOU CRY, Sense, French Sneak Preview 12in
15 21 EASY LOVE, Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
16 25 SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
17 13 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
18 18 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
19 23 KEEP IT UP, Betty Valentino, Design Communication 12in
20 26 TAKE IT UP/MY LOVE, Lime, Dutch Polydor LP
21 16 BEELINE (REMIX), Miquel Brown, US TSR 12in
22 22 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
23 30 SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, Atlantic LP
24 27 OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
25 19 TWO TRIBES/WAR IREMIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
26 17 GIVE ME BACK MY HEART, Norma Lewis, Passion LP/12in promo
27 29 INVISIBLE LOVE (REMIX), Lisa, US Moby Dick 12in
28 — ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH, C. Shore, US Oh My! 12in
29 — I NEED A MAN IN MY LIFE, Katie Kissoon, Jive 12in
30=— PRIME CUTS (MEDLEY), Various, ERC 12in promo
30=— SULTANA, Taracco, Italian Family 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 2 (2) Frankie GTH ‘TT’/’W’, 3 (5) Phil Fearon, 4 (8) Prince, 5 (4) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 6 (6) Shakatak, 7 (7) Divine, 8 (3) Ollie & Jerry, 9 (9) Sister Sledge ‘TOY’, 10 (10) Change ‘COH’, 11 (13) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 12 (15) Shannon ‘SS’/Medley, 13 (14) Tina Turner, 14 (12) Windjammer, 15 (17) Evelyn Thomas ‘HE’, 16 (11) Brass Construction ‘P’, 17 (16) Arrow, 18 (45) Hazell Dean, 19 (26) Band Of Gold, 20 (25) Bronski Beat, 21 (18) Wham, 22 (22) Patti Austin A/B, 23 (19) Fatback, 24 (46) Laura Branigan ‘SC’, 25 (—) Earlene Bentley, 26 (21) Nik Kershaw, 27 (re) Jeffrey Osborne ‘OTWOL’, 28 (re) Jacksons/Jagger, 29 (40) Lionel Richie, 30 (23) Bob Marley, 31 (34) Neil, 32 (27) Tyzik, 33 (44) Blancmange, 34 (re) Mighty Wah, 35 (32) Bobby Womack, 36 (28) Ronni Griffith, 37 (35) Harold Melvin, 38 (re) Screamin’ Tony Baxter, 39 (39) Yvonne Gage ‘HH’, 40 (50) Detroit Spinners, 41 (42) L.J. Reynolds, 42 (47) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 43 (re) Cyndi Lauper, 44 (48) Change ‘YAMM’, 45 (re) Michael Jackson ‘FMSL’, 46 (20) Womack & Womack, 47 (—) Bluebells, 48 (31) Eartha Kitt, 49 (—) The SOS Band, 50 (—) Paul Hardcastle, 51 (—) Trevor Walters, 52 (re) Human League, 53 (re) Scritti Politti, 54 (24) Sivuca, 55 (—) Alison Moyet, 56 (re) Teddy Pendergrass ‘HM’, 57 (—) Evelyn Thomas ‘M’, 58 (—) Real Life, 59 (—) Life Force, 60 (—) Tony Jackson. This may reflect what the majority of Britain’s DJs are playing, but does it actually inspire anyone to go out and buy a record?