August 25, 1984: David Lasley, Mtume, The Staple Singers, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, LaToya Jackson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Stevie Wonder delivered a 6½ minute 12in remix, due here next week . . . Curtis Mayfield’s own label CRC is being activated here through IDS by Nigel Bagley, who’s scheduled a total remake of ‘Move On Up’ and — yup, you guessed! — Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love’ within a month . . . Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 ‘Mas Que Nada‘ (A&M) looks like the next Sivuca/Astrud Gilberto, to judge from the buzz . . . Nile Rodgers’ remix of Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music’, out next week, features overdubs by Simon Le Bon & Andy Taylor of Duran Duran — how hip is that! . . . Yogi Lee is Ralph MacDonald’s featured lady . . . Pete Tong has moved sideways from Polydor to become the “London man” he was always meant to be, replaced by Paul Redman who will now consider more applicants for the mailing list at Polydor, 14 St George Street, London WIR 9DE (Mike Sefton continues to handle London club promotion) . . . Bluebird Records seem, like Streetwave, to be picking up some select CBS material including evidently that much-sought Willie Bobo ‘Always There’ remix (however rumour has it that CBS themselves may feature it on a “mid-’70s classix” LP) — Bluebird meanwhile have made a hip hop musical called ‘Zero-One’ for sale to TV, containing tracks by Paul Hardcastle and Whiz Kid . . . London’s airwaves are going mad again — I can only suggest pirate freaks twiddle around the clock to monitor the current situation for themselves — while belatedly The Standard evening newspaper last week did some investigative reports on pirate radio, quite a hoot and so investigative that they kept going on about a North Sea station called “Lazar”! . . . “Wonderful Radio London” should be joining Laser and Caroline broadcasting from off The Naze this weekend . . . Island’s plugger Julian Palmer reports back from New York’s New Music Seminar that all he seemed to hear in clubs and on KISS-fm were Aleem, Run-DMC, Disco 3 and Pure Energy . . . Billboard’s US pop Hot 100 last week saw Lionel Richie join Ray Parker Jr, Tina Turner, Jacksons and Prince to make an entirely black Top 5 (Peabo Bryson at 10, too!), if their skin colour counts for more than their music, while Sheila E’s great ‘The Glamorous Life‘ topped US Dance/Disco . . . Morris Day has said “time” to The Time and disbanded them, just as his own role in Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ film is stealing thunder from the Starr . . . ‘When Doves Cry’ has been done in three different ‘Rapp’ treatments by Captain Rapp, MC Fosty & Lovin’ C, and Arcade Gang Featuring Rich Cason all on the same 12in (US Rappers Rapp Disco Co RR-12″-2002) . . . Larry Levan has remixed Dan Hartman’s US smash ‘I Can Dream About You’ . . . Antena’s sleeve photo seems a mistake, putting off many potential buyers . . . Chris Dinnis, getting great reaction to the old Alessi ‘Oh Lori‘ (A&M), souls Yeovil Electric Studio Fri (24), Exeter Nosey Parkers Sun (26), while Friday also finds TP & Grandmaster ‘G’ piloting a new funk gig at Harlow’s Moat House Motel (ex-Saxon Inn), and Adrian Allen at South Shields Chelsea Cat holding a “Shorts” night, free if wearing shorts and all spirits (shorts) 50p . . . Sat (25) Darryl Hayden wows Winchester’s Gordon Road Recreation Centre with his newly enlarged 5 kilowatt video roadshow . . . Thursdays see Phil England temporarily at Salisbury’s Jams, Steve Cochrane souling Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush (with I Level live next week 30th) . . . Mike Allin has quit jocking, Joe Field souling alone at Hemel Hempstead’s Whip & Collar Sundays and fortnightly Thursdays (next week 30th with Chris Brown), plus Joe’s at Luton Cheers Tuesdays . . . Kev Hill at Harlow’s heaving soulful Whispers hosts a Tony Jackson PA Saturday (25), and with Gary Campbell a charity allniter Sunday (26) midnight-5am Monday — similar timing to Dartford Flicks annual charity ‘niter (their eleventh, in aid of Dartford Age Concern) this time starring Greg Edwards with Colin Hudd & John Rush (breakfast included) . . . Bank Holiday Monday’s major events are a marathon 10am-1am Soul On Sound alldayer at Epping Forest Country Club with Tony Jenkins, John Osborne, Dave Gregory, Robbins Collins, parascending, steel band, barbeque and footballing DJs vs First Division All Stars Trevor Brooking, Danny Thomas, Mo Johnston etc; Showstoppers noon-11pm Treasure Island alldayer with Chris Hill and the usual crew taking over Tiffany’s, The Quay & Boxes on Exeter’s Quay with market stalls and outdoor fun; Gary Kent and a Horizon team noon-past midnight at Forest Gate Uppercut Stadium with Kadenza live, lotsa PAs, £1000 breakdance contest; Dave Thomas & Richard Searling noon-midnight with jazz-funk and northern rooms at Oswestry’s Moreton Lodge; Preston Clouds 2pm-midnight with Colin Curtis, Mike Shaft and the usual crew; Paul Clark, John Osborne, Nicky Holloway, Simon Grant etc 3pm-midnight at Sayers Common’s Hickstead Dance Factory on the A23; Kev Ashman, The Dude and other Kentish Men just 6pm-1am at West Malling The Greenway’s Hawaiian beach party with lotsa PAs and live music . . . Hazell Dean plays Haringey Bolts Sat (25), Norma Lewis Edinburgh Fire Island Sun (26) . . . Ian Levine’s “gay northern soul” Sunday (26) at London’s Charing Cross Heaven will feature Jimmy Ruffin live . . . ERC are releasing the ‘Prime Cuts’ medley commercially next week . . . Andy Greg (Loughton Tempo Rico) has written an hilarious “Hi-NRG” lyric, unprintable but it’s called ‘Three Men In A Bed’! . . . Mad Mike says dancers at Redcar Leo’s have switched from hip hop to Hi-NRG . . . Ken ‘B’ Brudenell (Poole Mariners Wharf) rejoices “A week when Frankie wasn’t even requested, let alone played — thankfully they really are getting peed off with the noise and nonsense!” . . . Steve Ogley (Lowestoft Oulton Broad Park Avenue) is amazed the James Brown revival has even reached “Carrot Crunch Country”, where you’re never more than three months away from a hit! . . . John Keenan (Barrow-in-Furness Champers) says pop biggies with holidaymakers returning from Spain are Alphaville ‘Big In Japan‘, Baby’s Gang ‘Happy Song‘, Xalan ‘I Only Move For Money‘ . . . I revisited misty Shropshire, Mid-Wales and the sunny Gower last week, spotting in The Mumbles a girl sporting our Record Mirror T-Shirt! . . . Mark Ryman, who used to write regularly from around Swansea, after travelling the world for Bacchus has been resident DJ-PR at London Piccadilly’s swank Tokyo Joe since 1981 . . . James Lewis B.Sc. (Hons), with the only soul show in South-West Wales on University Radio Abertawe Sat 10am-noon, suggests jocks needing radio experience could do worse than approaching their local pro soccer club (yes, James, I revisited the Worms only on Saturday!) . . . Aug 14 saw mail arrive posted July 19 and 24 — maybe more record companies could consider biking me their stuff? . . . America’s Labor Day record releases have flooded import shops with so much new vinyl that this week only a few can fit! . . . BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.


HOT VINYL

DAVID LASLEY: ‘Saved By Love’ (EMI America 12EA 179)
Strange but true — this falsetto-singing session man sang lead on Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ and Chic’s ‘Everybody Dance’! Officially A-side of his self-penned-Don Was (Not Was)-produced 3-track 12in, the 122bpm ‘Where Does That Boy Hang Out‘ sounds like Sylvester singing ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ while the 186/93bpm ‘Next Time’ is a finger snappin’ Frankie Lymon-type ’50s doo-wop jumper (all kinda Billy Joel so far, huh?), but the big noise in soul circles is this excellent squeaky swaying lush 98bpm jogger with soaring sax and again an affectionate nod towards established styles. Hot on the grapevine for months, it’ll sell the record.

MTUME: ‘Prime Time’ (LP ‘You, Me And He’ US Epic FE 39473)
Infinitely better than their last LP and sure to reward repeated home listening, the truly mature set’s immediate dance hit is this superb rolling 109bpm ticker like ‘Juicy Fruit’ brought up to the hot tempo, while ‘C.O.D. (I’ll Deliver)‘ is another teetering suspenseful slow 93½bpm jolter modelled on that earlier classic, ‘You Are My Sunshine‘ an even more strung out 80bpm entwining smoocher, the title track single a terrific stripped down crawling 72bpm examination of a romantic triangle with a separate “I love another” conversation started and sweetly saxed 71½bpm ‘Sweet For You And Me (Monogamy Mix)‘ variation, leaving three funkier cuts in the starkly lurching choppy 99½bpm ‘I Simply Like‘, sax ‘n guitar jiggled instrumental (0-)121bpm ‘To Be Or Not To Bop That Is The Question‘, and loose 103bpm party burbler ‘Tie Me Up‘ which starts and ends with chatter and footsteps as they stroll over to Spooner’s Place to hear Mtume play!

THE STAPLE SINGERS: ‘Slippery People’ (US Private I Records 4Z9 05078)
The suddenly super-hot label’s latest smash is a superb brightly wriggling and whomping 107bpm rattling electro drums-driven trotter with slippery synth squiggles and Mavis leading the family in her usual vocal style like an infectious ‘Do The Do’ combining the modern with the old (inst flip).

CHUCK BROWN & THE SOUL SEARCHERS: ‘We Need Some Money’ (Master Mix 12CHE 8403)
Initially greeted with caution but now suddenly and deservedly massive, this dynamite prime example of Washington DC’s “go go” party funk is a gruffly chanted and brassily blown catchy 104-105-104½bpm jiggler plopped and popped by the style’s distinctive percussion beat — all of it real music rather than electro, yet the hardest hip hop you’ll find.

LaTOYA JACKSON: ‘Hot Potato’ (US Private I Records 4Z9 05074)
Now, this one really is good! Amir Bayyan-prod/Martinelli & Todd-mixed, it’s an exciting fast frisky ‘Dr Beat’/D Train-type 120½bpm leaper which bounds away from a scratching, barking and glass breaking intro without ever letting up (great episodic more electro dub flip too), guaranteed to put “sis” in the chart with her brothers.

THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ (LP ‘Just The Way You Like It’ Dutch Tabu TAB 26058)
Epitomising their album-making approach with Change and Cherrelle, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis prod/penned four current formula songs leaving three to the group themselves — however, side one is a suite with surf effects linking this (0-)101½bpm hot tempo ticker and the 0-103bpm title track hit in a sandwich each side of the lovely slower 0-79bpm ‘Weekend Girl‘, which could end up the set’s real biggie. ‘Break Up‘ is a shrill electronically lurched strutter, the group maintaining the house style with the mellower 0-96bpm ‘Feeling‘, lush 68bpm ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else‘, jerky rushed electro 125-0bpm ‘Body Break‘.

TERRI WELLS: ‘I’m Givin’ All My Love’ (US Philly World Records PWR-2020)
I’ve been driving around with her whole new Nick Martinelli-produced LP on test cassette for ages, impatiently awaiting vinyl release of this great bouncily trucking 107bpm backbeat-socking strutter which she soulfully growls ‘n wails in Aretha-ish style around some terrific interplay with her backing girls, who go “ah ooh” and “ah-ooh-ooh” in answer (joyously jangly piano inst flip).

LYDIA MURDOCK: ‘Love On The Line’ (WEA YZ17T)
A bit of a disaster on import months ago (surely in a different harsher mix?) but selling well now it’s out here, this rather abruptly starting mid-tempo powerfully rolling 96bpm jogger finds the ‘Superstar’ lady lamenting her man’s phone line always has a “busy” signal (inst flip). Kinda nagging the more you hear it.

TONY JACKSON: ‘Love Blind’ (Cedar 12CAG 2, via PRT)
Again rather rawly mixed, this infectiously swinging 0-114bpm wriggler has huskily soulful Tony moaning through a tasty short vibes break, which thankfully is expanded virtually to take over the dubwise flip.

GILBERTO GIL: ‘Toda Menina Baiana’ (WEA U 9451T)
Now picked up on by the fashion conscious although huge for ages at jazz gigs, this Portuguese sung and scatted purposefully jiggling 104-105-106-107bpm Brazilian jitterer is what Kid Creole would sound like were he hip! The 3-track 12in flip has the smoothly swinging 119bpm ‘Dono Do Pedaco‘ and frantic 117bpm ‘Samba De Los Angeles‘. Eso beso!

BRYAN LOREN: ‘Easier Said Than Done’ (Virgin VS 706-12)
Almost over-obviously remixed, this beefily lurching 118bpm Kashif-ish jolter on 3-track 12in is flipped by the ex-Cashmere “all his own work” 18 year-old’s original hit 120bpm ‘Lollipop Luv‘ and its US follow-up more sombrely thudding 109½bpm ‘Do You Really Love Me‘. If you’re into Kashif and Lillo you’ll love these.

RAY PARKER JR.: ‘Ghostbusters (Searchin’ For The Spirit)’ (Arista ARIST 12580)
The US number one pop smash from 1984’s biggest blockbuster movie is a catchily chugging 0-113bpm rock-funk strutter with Sweet-like chanted title line, obviously a gas in the film’s context and fine for truckin’ (114bpm inst dub flip), remixed for 12in by Martinelli & Todd.

EL CHICANO: ‘Let Me Dance With You’ (Streetwave MKHAN 24)
Another from CBS and hot still in London’s sweatier cellars, this you may remember is let down by some of the female vocal but is otherwise a great chunkily jogging 96bpm tugger with an instrumental that many prefer, now also flipped by their distinctive organ-backed attractive older 86bpm ‘Do You Want Me‘.

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘People Are Changing’ (LP ‘Sound-System’ US Columbia FC 39478)
Let down by the dreadful 107bpm single ‘Hardrock‘, similar more metallic 107bpm ‘Metal Beat‘, juddering 107½bpm ‘Junku‘ and 111bpm title track (respectively lightened by ethnic African and Japanese instruments), which are far from being experimental future shocks as the underlying electro framework is now just ugly and dull, the set is saved by this Bernard Fowler-sung superb simple sparse buoyant 108¼bpm treatment of the typical Timmy Thomas tune, and — an unexpected bonus for jazz fans — the exciting complex 116-115bpm “real” afro-jazz piano instrumental ‘Karabali‘ with Daniel Ponce’s exotic time signature and Wayne Shorter’s soprano sax.

GAYLE ADAMS: ‘I’m Warning You’ (US Mainline ML-5002)
Welcome return of the unlikely jolting 107bpm rolling tripper on timeless soul disco style, now possibly a bit ponderous and unadventurous although certainly still solid sounding (inst/edit flip).

KLINTE JONES: ‘In The Heat (Of The Night)’ (Personal 12PER 104)
Forget the chirruping chix and gruff guy sung staccato 117bpm vocal, flip for the great organ led 116¼bpm skittering electro instrumental which synchs sensationally between Jermaine’s ‘Come To Me’ and Ollie & Jerry.

TEMPER: ‘No Favors’ (MCA MCAT 916)
Likewise, the stripped down 0-123-123⅔-123bpm John Hernandez-remixed Dub Version is frighteningly good out of Colonel Abrams and more useful here than the US-aimed confusingly introed jerky semi-electro 123⅓bpm vocal side.

GIL SCOTT-HERON: ‘Re-Ron’ (Arista ARIST 12573)
Bringing Boy George, Maggie Thatcher and more into his cast of characters, the thinking man’s rapper (really more a street poet) argues against President Ron re-running — all to a Bill Laswell-produced simple 104½bpm jittery judder, followed by a harder hip hop 104bpm here subtitled ‘Missing Brain Link‘ special mix and flipped by the older but similarly aimed conversationally talked then chanted long jazzy 0-95/47½bpm ‘“B” Movie‘.

NEVILLE BROTHERS: ‘Neville-ization’ LP (US Black Top BT-1031)
Aaron Neville and his brothers (basically the once rhythmically innovative Meters) were recorded live in their New Orleans home town at Tipitina’s two Septembers ago, and like Maze in that same crescent city the set’s an enduring pleasure for true soul afficionados. Southern Louisiana’s unofficial anthem, Aaron’s classic gut-snagging melismatic 58½-59½-0bpm ‘Tell It Like It Is’ joins Bobby Womack’s 88-90-92-0bpm ‘Woman’s Gotta Have It‘ as most current sounding dancers, while oldies like the 0-72½-72-0bpm ‘Fever‘ rub shoulders with typical jerky Meters rhythms and even Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan‘.

FRANK SINATRA: L.A. Is My Lady’ LP (Qwest 925145-1)
The Quincy Jones-arranged/produced traditional set of swinging standards, well worth investigation by classier mobiles, features George Benson on Frank’s latest “city song”, the modern sounding 113-80-0bpm title track which still ends up in ‘New York, New York’ slowed down high kicking style . . . and in fact that hard-to-find classic has been shrink-wrapped with the 7in version (W 9223F)!


Hi-NRG

MIQUEL BROWN: ‘Black Leather’ (Record Shack SOHOT 27)
Prod/penned by Ian Levine & Fi Trench in their drama-laden style, the moodily introed 0-123bpm chuggingly rocking strider gets away from the usual Hi-NRG cliches (although there’s some ‘High Energy’ in it) while Ms Brown hollers up a hurricane, her LP’s lovely swinging ’60s-type 129bpm ‘Sunny Day‘ usefully being the flip.

SECESSION: ‘Fire Island’ (Beggars Banquet BEG 112T)
Emphatically thudding 137bpm electro bounder with some cooing chick, groaning chap and Frankie grunts, excitingly mixed by John Rocca and named for the Edinburgh gay club/notorious Long Island resort (inst flip).

THE BOLLOCK BROTHERS: ‘The Prince And The Showgirl’ (InDisc DID 127700)
Frankie tempoed 130bpm jaunty galloper alluding in punk-ish accent to Andy ‘n Koo and Jack ‘n Marilyn (in three variations), sure to be banned . . . they hope?

D.A. WILLIAMS: ‘Make You Happy’ (Nu-Disk WIL 121, via Pinnacle)
Paul Brett’s label debuts with a pleasant late ’70s-style 126bpm disco canterer soulfully sung by this Nottingham lad.

LORNA: ‘Where The Boys Are’ (Epic A4472)
Judy Garland’s other daughter, Lorna Luft revives the remade Connie Francis movie theme as a hoarsely sung 141bpm galloper, sorta Bonnie Tyler goes Northern Soul, seemingly only on 7in.

LIFE FORCE: ‘Invitation (Remix)’ (Polo POLO 1234)
Frantically rattling. 134bpm remix of the Liquid Gold-type galloper, getting a cool reception from many influential jocks for being unnecessary/too early.

P.P. ARNOLD: ‘Electric Dreams’ (10 Records TEN 29-12)
Don Was (Not Was)-produced but messily limp skittering 0-132bpm movie tune (in three versions) co-penned by Boy George and sung by the ’60s-vintage ex-Ikette.


DISCO TOP 85 – August 25, 1984

01 01 DR. BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
02 02 JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
03 04 TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
04 03 LADY SHINE (SHINE ON), T.H.S. The Horne Section, Fourth & Broadway 12in
05 06 YOU ARE MY MELODY/THE GLOW OF LOVE/HOLD ‘TIGHT, Change, WEA 12in
06 09 17, Rick James, Gordy 12in
07 12 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
08 05 TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
09 08 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING (SANGRIA MIX), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
10 13 YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME (SAY, SAY, SAY), Alicia Myers, MCA 12in
11 70 MAGIC TOUCH (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
12 11 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, Sivuca, London 12in
13 14 ETERNALLY GRATEFUL, Janet Kay, Local Records 12in
14 10 GUILTY, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
15 21 SHINING STAR/ASTRAL MIX, Precinct, Passion 12in
16 — PRIME TIME/C.O.D. (I’LL DELIVER), Mtume, US Epic LP
17 07 EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
18 45 ENCORE/GOT TO BE REAL, Cheryl Lynn, Streetwave 12in
19 — LOST IN MUSIC (REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in promo
20 16 DOWN ON THE STREET/HOLDING ON, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
21 — NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU/BREAK UP/FEELING/I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE, The SOS Band, Dutch Tabu LP
22 31 YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK/TOKYO/DO YOU/LOVERS FOREVER, Brothers Johnson, A&M LP
23 15 WITH YOU (REMIX), Ingram, Other End 12in
24 79 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
25 25 ABELE DANCE, Manu Dibango, CellulOid 12in
26 — I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU, Stevie Wonder, Motown 7in
27 20 BLACK STATIONS/WHITE STATIONS (REMIX), M+M, RCA 12in
28 40 THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA/TAKE ME TO ARUANDA, Astrud Gilberto, Verve 12in
29 30 EASIER SAID THAN DONE/FOR TONIGHT/FALLING IN LOVE, Bryan Loren, Virgin LP
30 27 SHE’S STRANGE (‘ROOM 123’ RAP VERSION), Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
31 38 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION)/LEAVE THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE DOOR, Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
32 17 I FOUND LOVIN/REMIX, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
33 19 HOT-HOT-HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in/Cooltempo remixes
34 22 DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON MY LOVE/JAZZY LADY, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, RCA LP
35 24 WHITE LINES, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sugarhill 12in
36 37 INTIMATE CONNECTION/OPEN YOUR MIND, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
37 29 FINDERS KEEPERS, Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
38 48 MR. SOLITAIRE/LAZY AFTERNOON, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
39 26 INTERNATIONAL/RENEGADES, Brass Construction, Capitol LP
40 55 I WISH YOU WOULD, Jocelyn Brown, US Vinyl Dreams 12in
41 74 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
42 41 SOMEBODY, Junior, London 12in
43 — YOUR TOUCH, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
44 64 UNITY, Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown, US Tommy Boy 12in
45 65 OUR LOVE IS HOT/DUB, Alphonse Mouzon, US Private I 12in
46 72 I’M GOING TO RIO/TAJ MAHAL/GROOVE/CARIOCA, Paulinho Da Costa, US Pablo Today LP
47 84 SAY YOU LOVE ME (JAZZ MIX), Lonnie Liston Smith, Other End 12in
48 60 I OWE IT TO MYSELF/I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/FLYING HIGH, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP/12in
49 39 RHYTHM OF THE STREET/IT’S GONNA BE SPECIAL (REMIXES), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
50 44 YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK (REMIX), Brothers Johnson, A&M 12in
51 18 WHEN DOVES CRY, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
52 — FEEL THE HEAT/INSTANT LOVE/BLOODSTONE’S PARTY/IT FEELS SO GOOD (WITH YOU), Bloodstone, US T-Neck LP
53 — SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
54 58 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (JAMES WHO?), Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Fourth & Broadway 12in
55 — LOVE ON THE LINE, Lydia Murdock, WEA 12in
56 80 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME/TRUST ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
57 63 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
58 73 BE-POP, Antena, Mercury 12in
59 — HOT POTATO/DUB VERSION, LaToya Jackson, US Private I 12in
60 53 YOU ME AND HE/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic 12in
61 — LET ME DANCE WITH YOU/INSTRUMENTAL, El Chicano, Streetwave 12in
62 33 JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN, Tyzik, Polydor 12in
63 56 MY GIRL/SETTLE DOWN/I LIKE YOUR STYLE/NEVER GIVE YOU UP, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol LP
64 23 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, Tina Turner, Capitol 12in
65 — DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL, Rufus & Chaka MCA 12in
66 54 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES/LIKE I WILL/WHO’S IT GONNA BE, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
67 50 BEAT STREET, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five with Mr. Ness & Cowboy, Sugarhill 12in
68 — DON’T GO LOSE IT BABY (HOT AFRICAN MIX), Hugh Masekela, Jive Afrika 12in
69 82 I NEED YOU (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
70 — THE MEDICINE SONG/DUB VERSION, Stephanie Mills, US Casablanca 12in
71 47 NOTHIN’ LIKE A SLOW DANCE/I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE (ONE WOMAN MAN, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
72 34 SUMMER GROOVE, Tony Jackson, Cedar 12in
73 — I’M GIVIN’ ALL MY LOVE, Terri Wells, US Philly World 12in
74 59 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT), T. Ski Valley, Belgian BMC 12in
75 35 CHOOSE ME (RESCUE ME) (REMIX)/MASTERMIND TURNTABLE MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack
76 52 PASS THE PAPER, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
77 — STUCK ON YOU, Trevor Walters, I&S Production 12in
78 62 HIGHLIFE TIME, George Darko, Oval 12in
79 38 GUILTY – THE RETRIAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
80 — SIMPLE, Johnny Mathis, US Columbia 12in
81 49 GIVE ME THE MUSIC (MEDLEY)/SWEET SOMEBODY, Shannon, Club 12in
82 — RE-RON, Gil Scott-Heron, US Arista 12in
83 77 MADALENA/NOTHING WILL BE AS IT WAS TOMORROW/THE MONSTER AND THE FLOWER, Claudio Roditi, US Green Street LP
84 — THE MEXICAN/FUNHOUSE MIX, Jellybean, US EMI America 12in
85 — GOIN’ OUT DANCING, Charades, US Blue Parrot 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

Iron Maiden 180-186-190c, David Sylvian 54-56-0-56-57-0-57-58-0r, Tears For Fears 0-118½-0r, T.H.S. 121½f, Cool Notes 99½f, Jon & Vangelis 0-82½f, Alphaville (0-)97½-0r, Animal Nightlife 0-113f.


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
02 02 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
03 05 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in/remix
04 03 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
05 04 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN/REMIX, Divine, Proto 12in
06 09 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
07 06 BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus 12in
08 11 GOTTA HAVE YOUR LOVE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
09 10 EASY LOVE, Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
10 13 TAKE IT UP, Lime, Dutch Polydor LP
11 08 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
12 30 ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH, C. Shore, US Oh My! 12in
13 12 YOU CRY, Sense, French Sneak Preview 12in
14 — BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in white label
15 — IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
16 14 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
17 23 I NEED A MAN IN MY LIFE, Katie Kissoon, Jive 12in
18 20 KEEP IT UP, Betty Valentino, Design Communication 12in
19 21 TWO TRIBES/WAR (REMIX), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
20 07 FALSE ALARM, Marsha Raven, Passion 12in
21 17 SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
22 — DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY/A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO WIN, Boystown Gang, Dutch Rams Horn LP
23 — MY LOVE, Lime, Canadian Matra 12in
24 22 INVISIBLE LOVE (REMIX), Lisa, US Moby Dick 12in
25 24 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
26 16 I LOVE MEN (DANCE REMIX), Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
27 25 PRIME CUTS (MEDLEY), Various, ERC 12in promo
28 — BEAT OF THE NIGHT, Maggie, Canadian Polydor 12in
29 29 OUT OF MY LIFE, Gino Soccio, Dutch Atlantic 12in
30 19 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, US Philly World 12in
31 — SAVE ME, Mary Love, US Mirage 12in
32 15 BREAK ME, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, Passion 12in
33 — ENERGHIGHS (MEDLEY), Various, CBS LP
34 18 JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in/US Hot Tracks re-remix
35 28 SATISFACTION, Laura Branigan, Atlantic LP
36 — DR. BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, Epic 12in
37 — YOUR TOUCH, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
38 — THE FIGHT, Norma Lewis, ERC 12in promo
39 — DON’T YOU LOVE ME ANYMORE?, Lynda Hayes, Safari 12in promo
40 — SUGAR DADDY, Eartha Kitt, Dutch High Fashion LP


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (2) Phil Fearon, 2 (1) Shakatak, 3 (4) Melle Mel, 4 (8) Frankie GTH ‘TT’/’W(R)’, 5 (3) Prince, 6 (7) Divine, 7 (6) Windjammer, 8 (9) Hazell Dean, 9 (12) Miami Sound Machine, 10 (10) Tina Turner, 11 (5) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 12 (15) Harold Melvin, 13 (22) The SOS Band, 14 (24) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 15 (27) THS, 16 (14) Arrow, 17 (18) M+M, 18 (17) Change ‘YAMM’, 19 (13) Laura Branigan, 20 (39) Evelyn Thomas ‘M’, 21 (42) George Michael, 22 (11) Ollie & Jerry, 23 (30) Screamin’ Tony Baxter, 24 (19) Sister Sledge ‘TOY’, 25 (26) Change ‘COH’, 26 (re) Roni Griffith, 27 (20) Earlene Bentley, 28 (—) Black Lace, 29 (36) Sivuca, 30 (33) Shannon ‘SS’, 31 (re) Jeffrey Osborne ‘OTWOL’, 32 (37) Wham!, 33 (49) Paul Hardcastle, 34 (23) Sister Sledge ‘LIM(R)’, 35 (29) Rick James, 36 (—) Animal Nightlife, 37 (16) Patti Austin, 38 (—) Manu Dibango, 39 (—) Break Machine, 40 (31) The Force, 41 (re) Lisa ‘RTYH’, 42 (51) James Brown ‘Sex Machine’/’Get Up Offa That Thing’, 43 (46) Detroit Spinners, 44 (47) Bluebells, 45 (43) Shannon ‘GMTM’, 46 (—) Cool Notes, 47 (—) Rod Stewart, 48 (—) Pointer Sisters, ‘INY’, 49 (—) Brass Construction ‘I’, 50 (55) Trevor Walters, 51 (25) Evelyn Thomas ‘HE’, 52 (—) Frank Sinatra, 53 (—) Michael Jackson ‘GYST’, 54 (28) Band Of Gold, 55 (—) Loose Ends ‘MTM’, 56 (re) Laid Back ‘White Horse’, 57 (—) Klinte Jones, 58 (41) Tyzik, 59 (re) MegaChics, 60 (—) Alphaville.

4 thoughts on “August 25, 1984: David Lasley, Mtume, The Staple Singers, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, LaToya Jackson”

  1. Ah Prince Andrew & Ko Stark, “Randy Andy”. I wonder whatever happened to him?.. A totally unrecognisable LaToya Jackson! David Lasley, one of THE top session singers of the 70s/80s featured in the documentary “6 Feet from Stardom”

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  2. It’s such travesty that James never had a weekly radio show. Hearing him play these tunes and enthuse about them on-air, as well as in writing, would have been awesome.

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  3. I completely agree.
    The nearest I ever heard to that was sometime around about 1994 when on Kiss FM in London early one evening in the slot where they sometimes had a discussion type programme there was a debate between JH and Caspar Pound (hardcore rave producer and owner of Rising High records and now also sadly deceased) about the underground dance scene in Britain. It was actually really good with that rare thing on popular radio an intelligent debate with two people who both really knew their stuff.

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  4. Did David Lasley REALLY sing lead vocals on ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Everybody Dance’?!? I mean, I love a conspiracy theory but Kathy Sledge has such a distinctive voice … surely he was just part of the Chic choir? (Along with Luther)

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