ODDS ‘N’ BODS
STEVIE WONDER wanted to remix his 12in again but Motown said no, get on with the album — so, the 12in is delayed (indefinitely?) while his ‘The Woman In Red’ soundtrack set should be due within two weeks … C.L. Blast’s eponymous LP (US Park Place) is the deep soul event of the year, a real stunner (full review next week) — you’ve been warned! … Bill Laswell, taking time out from producing Mick Jagger’s solo LP, recorded Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon and keyboardist Bernie Worrell for Celluloid release under the name Time Zone … Paul Hardcastle has moved to Chrysalis’s Cooltempo label, but his current release is on Bluebird — who have NOT got Willie Bobo or any other CBS oldies (thanks, Phil!), but are releasing Paris ‘I Choose You‘ (currently on scarce Kelli-Arts import), Walter Jackson’s LP and an old Magnum Force set … Streetwave picked up Fonda Rae and Aleem … US Elektra promoed on 12in the Ralph MacDonald-pattered moodily thematic but intensifying 118bpm instrumental ‘Inside Moves‘ title track of Grover Washington Jr’s imminent new LP … Animal Nightlife ‘Mr Solitaire’ has been reissued in a mushy 115½bpm “Panther Mix” which removes all the exciting hip-hoppery, making it less a fusion of styles … ITV last Tuesday (outside the Thames area) showed ‘Mardi Gras Funk’ with the Neville Brothers, Mac ‘Dr John’ Rebennack, Professor Longhair, Ernie K-Doe amongst others demonstrating how New Orleans’s black musicians adopt Red Indians chants, rhythms and costumes just for the Shrove Tuesday carnival celebrations — explaining at a stroke the rhythms behind ‘Iko lko’, ‘Hey Pocky A-way’ and most of The Night Tripper mumbo jumbo … I spent last week in sunny North Notts, constantly running the gauntlet of police pickets at every exit road from the South Yorkshire coalfield area (er, routes through from Derbyshire were clear!), driving home Friday evening listening first to Carl Kingston playing a Miami/Sledge ‘Dr Music’ mix on BBC Radio Humberside, then Peter Young’s last old soul Pete’s Party on Capital, and someone called Raymondo (not THE Raymondo) on Chiltern Radio with a ‘Soul Seeking’ show … Peter Young’s very last Capital programme, Saturday night’s five hour Pete’s Party, was an emotional occasion with more guests than the studio has held since Wolfman Jack’s one-off nine years ago: however his new home Mercury Radio is already keeping pirates at bay on 103.6FM with a test tone that’s loud ‘n clear over most of London, his shows starting October 22 being weekdays 4-7pm and Pete’s Party Saturday 6-9pm (it’s non-Londoners’ loss if you’ve never heard this guy combine zany voices, dry wit and personally selected excellent music) … Capital’s soul shows now are Greg Edwards Sat 5-8pm/Fri 8-10pm, Steve Collins Sun 1-5am (chart still at 1.45am), Al Matthews (gospel) Sun 5- 7am, while doubtless Mike Allen will slip some in Fri/Sat/Sun 11pm-1am … Chris Tarrant 7 – Kid Jensen 1 … Polydor’s little plugger Pete Tong has won Kent ILR Invicta Sound’s soul show Sat 7-10pm from October 6 … Laser 558’s much admired Jessie Brandon may be swapping her sea legs for a land base in London soon … DBC apparently have been busted but got back on air just for the Notting Hill Carnival, while Horizon have been off air intermittently with transmitter and mixing desk problems … Rayner’s Lane’s Record & Disco Centre have unearthed timely supplies of the Astrud Gilberto/Vince Montana ‘Girl From Ipanema’ — rush rush! … John Luongo’s remix of A Taste Of Honey ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’, only on a ‘Golden Honey’ US Capitol compilation LP so far, sounds vicious! … Bobby Womack plays Hammersmith Odeon Sept 21/22/23 — and Kev Hill (0277-223030) is desperate to swap his Saturday night Row C front stalls tickets for a similar pair on either night … Evelyn Thomas ‘High Energy’ topped US Dance/Disco, Jellybean and Temper challenging hotly … Narada Michael Walden had produced Olympics hero Carl Lewis singing ‘Goin’ For The Gold‘ on – er, hmm – the Megatone label (maybe Daley Thompson was right!) … Haringey Bolts DJ Norman Scott (that was him between George Michael and an un-dragged Divine in last week’s uncaptioned photo) had the world exclusive first play of Divine’s ‘I’m So Beautiful‘ and Wham’s ‘Freedom‘ (“northern soul”), the latter brought in by George on acetate only three hours after recording! … Adrian Dunbar starts a Bournemouth Bolts at Boscombe’s Academy Sunday (9), while Bolts’ National Gay Disco Dancing Championships 1984 kick off around the circuit at London Palm Beach Fri (7), Blackpool Flamingo Sat (8) … Ken Livingstone hopes to gain street cred? — the GLC hold a huge open air Hip Hop Jam this Sunday 2- 8pm on London’s South Bank with assorted scratchers, rappers, breakers, graffiti artists, hula-hoopers, hockey players and more … Big ‘H’ (Harry Jenkins!) has a Cool Notes PA at Burnham Beeches’ Grenvill Lodge Hotel Henrys Monday (10) on his soul night (Thurs there he has ladies free), jazzing Fri and Teddington Clarence Hotel’s La Moulin Sat … KFM’s Wednesday evening “dance” jock, brainy Jon Guy suddenly got a good job as Manchester rep for Record Merchandisers … Elvis fan Kid Galahad and Miss Alexi White funk/rock/megamix Soho’s Le Beat Route as resident jocks now — Kid will doubtless be saddened like me by the death aged 57 in Lubbock, Texas, of Norman Petty, producer/manager of Buddy Holly … BE CAREFUL
McGEE: ‘Now That I Have You’ (US American Dream Records Ltd AD 541)
My much played fave of the week, a dynamite steadily grooving 97-98¼bpm hot tempo rolling groin grinder soulfully teased by the dual-tracked semi-falsetto Tommy McGee over Norman Harris-arranged scratchy strings and some jazzy sax, a real mind grabber for getting lost in! So good it doesn’t matter that the flip merely repeats the A-side.
MARGIE JOSEPH: ‘Midnight Lover’ (Atlantic B9713T)
Finally out here on 3-track 12in, this snappily kicking 115¾bpm romper unashamedly copies its zest from ‘Holiday’ (with which it mixes superbly), flipped for excellent value by two more killers from her recent LP, the stolidly smacking 114bpm ‘Big Strong Man‘ and Aretha-ish 116bpm ‘I Wants Mo’ Stuff‘. Hot Stuff!
MATT BIANCO: ‘Matt’s Mood II’ (LP ‘Whose Side Are You On’ WEA WX7 240 472-1)
The jitterbugging and samba sashaying popsters proved their hip credibility with the (included) jazzy (0-)105bpm ‘Matt’s Mood‘ instrumental, and this more freely flowing 120bpm follow-up features mid ’60s-style organ and brass over busy percussion (it’s also on promo 12in) — however, what’s exciting album-buying jocks is the timely Gilberto-ish bossa nova 107bpm ‘Half A Minute‘ (friskier than the BPM suggests), which is really excellent.
EUGENE WILDE: ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ (US Philly World Records PWR-2021) Simplicious by their/his new name sounds far more soulful on a classy laid back gentle but intense 93bpm jogger right in the groin grinding groove, reminiscent of a fully orchestrated ‘Sexual Healing’, mixed by Martinelli & Todd (inst flip).
GOODIE: ‘Because Of You’ (US Total Experience TED1-2607)
Sounding for a moment like it’s the wrong speed, but in reality merely ultra-slinky, this sensuously rolling 77¼bpm smoocher is sorta Lowrell meets Mtume with some ace soprano sax to sweeten the romantic pain — phew! The initially tempoless instrumental dub flip might sound good varied down a bit from the 104½bpm it would be at 45rpm!
HASHIM: ‘We’re Rocking The Planet’ (US Cutting Records CR-203)
Beefily moody densely juddering instrumental hip hop with plenty of variation in the rhythm attack, treated very differently in three mixes — the Steve Peck-mixed 117⅓-117⅔bpm A-side is followed by a starker 117⅔bpm bonus while potentially another ‘Al-Naafiysh’ is the much fuller 0-118⅓-118⅔-119bpm Aldo Marin-mixed flip (continuous despite a separately banded Bonus).
RUN-D.M.C.: ’30 Days’ (US Profile PRO-7051)
Monsters in the States, whore they have to be seen live for full appreciation, the hip hop stars’ jolting stark 119bpm rap packs both message and rhythm interest into the barest minimum of ingredients (inst flip). Less likely to cross over here, but the best rap since ‘White Lines’ . . . and that, remember, came out in the US exactly this month a year ago!
LEON HAYWOOD: ‘Tenderoni’ (US Modern Records 0-96918)
Presumably reviving the classic old R&B label (but now via Atlantic), Leon’s newie also revives his late ’70s sound in a ‘Bad Mama Jama/Ladies Night’-like 0-111/55½-111⅓bpm jiggling brassy strutting lurcher full of familiar licks (inst flip). Ooh whee!
BONNIE POINTER: ‘Johnny’ (LP ‘Bonnie Pointer’ US Private I Records FZ 39406)
The Sisters’ sister obviously had a close shave before posing for the sleeve (cor!) of her Jeffrey Bowen-produced patchy set, on which this Brian Holland co-produced soulfully soaring loosely strutting 113bpm chugger is the stand out, Greg Perry co-producing the more friskily shuffling 119bpm ‘If The Price Is Right‘ and datedly flying 122bpm ‘Under The Influence Of Love‘, her current single ‘Your Touch‘ here being an un-remixed 0-119bpm while other cuts include the jolting pop 0-114bpm ‘Tight Blue Jeans‘ and two frantic rock-disco racers.
HAYWOODE: ‘I Can’t Let You Go’ (CBS TA 4664)
Quick-produced familiar repetitive emphatically chanted 112bpm lurcher really nicely sung by Sid but a lot less compulsive than her first hit as the dated rhythm structure holds it back (inst flip).
REBBIE JACKSON: ‘Centipede’ (US Columbia 44-05047) Prod/penned by her brother Michael (eek!), this rather disappointing (0-)117bpm messy lurcher has Rebbie hissing and wailing nicely to a jerky over-obviously electro rhythm pattern which tends to dominate the song’s structure until things loosen up a bit (inst flip). I like sticky little feet!
BARBARA ROY: ‘With All My Love’ (Arista ARIST 12-578) One half of Barbara & Brenda, whose 1964 ‘Hurtin’ Inside‘ was on a par with the Soul Sisters, Barbara Jean Haskins also led Ecstasy Passion & Pain (and is Jocelyn Brown’s auntie!), her Roy Be-Produced newie being a less interesting 120bpm judderer influenced by Shannon, but with a better 119bpm dub flip which borrows from ‘White Lines’!
MR. T: ‘MR T’s Commandment’ (US Columbia 44-05083)
Showing where his appeal lies the sleeve poses Mr T surrounded by kids, his gruff rap being maybe mixed too low in the Patrick Henderson-produced slightly ponderous 107bpm all-purpose hip hop backing, which with more imagination could have been another ‘The Crown’ (inst flip).
NIK KERSHAW: ‘Human Racing’ (MCA NIKT 5)
Really unexpected, this slinky 96bpm delight sounds just like Stevie Wonder singing a Timmy Thomas song and were it not so obviously an instant smash it could have fooled a lot of people!
SHAKATAK: ‘Don’t Blame It On Love’ (Polydor POSPX 699)
Taking the emphasis right away from their old cliched sound (in a mix different from the LP’s), this sultry jiggly 103bpm jogger starts with chinking guitars over the dry rhythm before Gill and the girls join in with just a bit of subdued piano. On 4-track 12in there’s also an 111bpm US Dub Mix of ‘Down On The Street‘, c127bpm ‘Night Birds – Live In Japan‘, and chunkily bounding 122bpm ‘If You Want My Love (Come And Get It)‘, while their listenable album ‘Down On The Street’ (POLD 5148) has its share of pseudo-jazzy tinklers and smoochers, plus the frantic Burundi Black-ish c227bpm ‘Fire Dance‘.
STEVE DRAYTON: ‘Stop Playing With My Love’ (Master Mix 12CHE 8407)
Tapping and rumbling in ‘Plane Love’-ish style but otherwise much more shrill, ponderously juddering 104bpm lurcher with noisily keening vocal line and good stark break (inst dub flip).
KRAFTWERK: ‘Tour De France (Remix)’ (EMI 12EMI 5413)
Remixed by Francois Kevorkian and hotter than ever thanks to inclusion in the ‘Breakdance’ flick, this panting introed and punctuated 0- 129bpm electro skitterer has newly hardened busy stark fast beats, on 3-track 12in with its more vocal 129bpm “French” version and faster here 132bpm 7in edit.
MICHAEL JONZUN & THE JONZUN CREW: ‘Time Is Running Out’ (Tommy Boy/Polydor POSPX 698)
Prince-influenced fast skittering 127bpm electro (rhythmically quite like Kraftwerk) with hollering and chanting vocals, hardest in its Overtime Mix (vocal/Last Minute Mix dub flip).
SPLIT IMAGE: ‘Kiss And Make It Better’ (Capitol 5377)
Acappella punchy “ooh — let me show you what a kiss can do” introed, chick-led brightly poppy little 118bpm burbling group chugger in sort of early Jackson 5 style, likely to cross over.
MONA RAYE: ‘I’ve Been Watching You’ (US West End WES 22176)
Quite sneaky sinuously weaving slow 106bpm jogger with Mona moaning and wailing through the purposeful bass and electro beats to satisfying effect (inst/edit flip).
RANDY HALL: ‘I’ve Been Watching You (Jamie’s Girl)’ (MCA MCA-912)
Ray Parker Jr-produced jauntily tripping little 112½bpm chugger lightly sung with soulful yelps over chanting chix and bubbling bass, rather Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields/Oliver Cheatham, hitting Stateside on 7in.
CIRCLE CITY BAND: ‘My Place’ (US Becket BKD-522)
Loosely rolling burbling c122bpm shuffler with repetitive “I’ve been watching you” lyrics (there’s a lot of it about — see above!) flipped by a Long Club Mix, simple and none too special though possibly a nagger.
RALPH MacDONALD: ‘In The Name Of Love’ (LP ‘Universal Rhythm’ US Polydor 823 323-1 Y-1)
Most economical way of buying the best tracks is to get the UK 12in and this on US 7in, a very gentle Bill Withers sung 46-92bpm drifter with Randy Brecker’s trumpet soloing, flipped by the bicycle bell including odd percussive little 102bpm ‘Play Pen‘ tapper, other cuts being a fast Lou Rawls-ish 138bpm bounder ‘(It’s The) Game‘, tricky c108/216bpm Latin samba ‘Park Plaza‘ and Yogi Lee-sung dead slow ‘Tradewinds’, the sleeve credits being a predictable thrill for train spotters.
RICHIE WEEKS: ‘Your Next Door Neighbor’ (US Ascot ASCOT 106)
Knocking introed then bassily untidy c120½bpm jerky lurcher with a “hi hi hi, I’m your next door neighbour” message — so if you’re feeling lonely girl you know what to do —punctuated by some hip hop-style smurfs and smashes (dub flip).
SINNAMON: ‘Thin Line’ (US Powerhouse PH 111)
Darryl Payne-prod/Shep Pettibone-mixed skittery electro beats, packing a chest cavity shaking bass frequency, litter this chix wailed c116bpm judderer, quite bright sounding thanks to a blatant rip-off of Donna Summer’s old ‘toot toot beep beep’ from ‘Bad Girls’ (inst flip).
GEORGE McCRAE: ‘Own The Night’ (President PT 12-530)
John Luongo-mixed odd jangly chugging 0- 120⅔bpm thudder, instrumental for the long slow start and first two minutes before George gets all impassioned over an interesting strong arrangement that may sound best on radio (inst flip).
STONE: ‘Puppet’ (US Sunnyview SUN 415)
Chick sung shrill fast c128bpm jerker with catchy “video game” synth sounds (inst flip), much played on London radio.
T-CONNECTION: ‘You Can Feel The Groove’ (US Capitol 5373)
Vigorously lurching 123bpm backbeat bounder soulfully sung over the funky beat.
PURE ENERGY Featuring Lisa Stevens: ‘One Hot Night’ (US Prism ITP 204)
Competent if uninspiring monotonous electro juddered c115bpm jitterer with Lisa eventually squeaking along (dub/edit flip).
ROYALLE DELITE: ‘(I’ll Be A) Freak For You’ (US Skyview SKR 5800)
Chix cooed juddering little c110bpm clopper, a bit monotonous (inst flip).
BARBARA PENNINGTON: ‘All American Boy’ (Record Shack SOHOT 28)
One of Ian Levine’s original hitmakers returns (her ’24 Hours A Day’ was a US dance smash in ’77) on a catchily cantering 125bpm galloper soulfully wailed with brassy backing and butch “I’m your all American boy” interruptions (inst flip), initially white labelled.
STEVE GRANT: ‘Run For Cover’ (Record Shack SOHOT 26)
Tight Fit’s original hunk whinnies and squeaks through a snappy fast 180bpm Motown style shuffler deliberately intended as a sort of Phil Collins ‘Tell Her About It’/Billy Joel ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ (inst flip), now remixed and useful sounding for pop jocks.
MAGGIE: ‘Beat Of The Night’ (Canadian Polydor PDSX 2259)
Not our leaderene, just some Canadian squawking over a dull jiggly 125bpm backing that seems to go on forever before reaching the mandatory “peaks” (inst/edit flip).
DISCO TOP 85 – SEPTEMBER 8, 1984
01 01 DR. BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
02 05 YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME (SAY, SAY, SAY), Alicia Myers, MCA 12in
03 10 MAGIC TOUCH (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
04 07 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
05 02 JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
06 26 LOST IN MUSIC (REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
07 04 LADY SHINE (SHINE ON), T.H.S. The Horne Section, Fourth & Broadway 12in
08 06 17, Rick James, Gordy 12in
09 16 WEEKEND GIRL/NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU, The SOS Band, Dutch Tabu LP
10 11 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
11 14 ENCORE/GOT TO BE REAL, Cheryl Lynn, Streetwave 12in
12 09 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU, Stevie Wonder, Motown 7in
13 34 THE MEDICINE SONG/DUB VERSION. Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
14 03 TOSSING AND TURNING (REMIX), Windjammer, MCA 12in
15 15 UNITY, Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
16 30 TODA MENINA BAIANA, Gilberto Gil, WEA 12in
17 20 THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA/TAKE ME TO ARUANDA, Astrud Gilberto, Verve 12in
18 08 YOU ARE MY MELODY, Change, WEA 12in
19 36 YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK (REMIX)/TOKYO, Brothers Johnson, A&M 12in
20 17 PRIME TIME/YOU, ME AND HE/C.O.D. (I’LL DELIVER)/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic LP
21 41 YOU TURN ME ON, Rick James, Gordy LP
22 49 I’M GIVIN’ ALL MY LOVE, Terri Wells, US Philly World 12in
23 47 HOT WATER, Level 42, Polydor 12in
24 60 COME AND GET MY LOVIN’, Barbara Fowler, US Radar 12in
25 12 TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
26 19 ETERNALLY GRATEFUL, Janet Kay, Local Records 12in
27 28 I WISH YOU WOULD, Jocelyn Brown, US Vinyl Dreams 12in
28 51 ABELE DANCE, Manu Dibango, CellulOid 12in
29 76 UNIVERSAL RHYTHM, Ralph MacDonald, London 12in
30 82 GHOSTBUSTERS (SEARCHIN’ FOR THE SPIRIT), Ray Parker Jr, Arista 12in
31 52 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
32 31 YOUR TOUCH, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
33 27 INTIMATE CONNECTION/OPEN YOUR MIND, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
34 43 OUR LOVE IS HOT, Alphonse Mouzon, US Private I 12in
35 37 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Master Mix 12in
36 73 HAPPY/YOUR SPELL/WHAT KIND OF LADY/SO MEAN, Bobby Glover, US Columbia LP
37 23 WITH YOU (REMIX), Ingram, Other End 12in
38 75 RE-RON, Gil Scott-Heron, Arista 12in
39 69 I’M WARNING YOU, Gayle Adams, US Mainline 12in
40 21 GUILTY, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
41 18 SHINING STAR, Precinct, Passion 12in
42 32 DOWN ON THE STREET/HOLDING ON, Shakatak, Polydor 12in
43 79 NO FAVORS/DUB VERSION, Temper, MCA 12in
44 61 BLOODSTONE’S PARTY/IT FEELS SO GOOD (WITH YOU)/FEEL THE HEAT/INSTANT LOVE, Bloodstone, US T-Neck LP
45 45 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
46 66 STUCK ON YOU/PENNY LOVER, Trevor Walters, I&S Production 12in
47 62 SOMEBODY/EXTREME MIX, Junior, London 12in
48 78 BLOCK PARTY, Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill, Atlantic 12in
49 22 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION)/LEAVE THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE DOOR, Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
50 — DUB UNDERWORLD/CLUB UNDERWORLD, Cerrone, Personal 12in
51 38 MR. SOLITAIRE, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
52 — GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/GET UP OFFA THAT THING/HONKY TONK, James Brown, Polydor 12in/LPs
53 25 I WANT SOMEBODY TONIGHT (SHOO BE DO BOP)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
54 44 FINDERS KEEPERS, Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
55 77 I’M GOING TO RIO/TAJ MAHAL/YOU CAME INTO MY LIFE, Paulinho Da Costa, US Pablo Today LP
56 59 BE-POP, Antena, Mercury 12in
57 55 MADALENA, Claudio Roditi, US Green Street LP
58 67 YOUR LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME/TRUST ME, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
59 80 I OWE IT TO MYSELF (REMIX), Prime Time, US Total Experience 12in
60 50 DO YOU WANT MORE?/STILL THINKING OF YOU, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign LP
61 48 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (JAMES WHO?), Screamin’ Tony Baxter, Fourth & Broadway 12in
62 29 HOT-HOT-HOT, Arrow, AIR 12in/Cooltempo remixes
63 — MAS QUE NADA, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, A&M LP
64 68 I LIKE YOUR STYLE/MY GIRL/NEVER GIVE YOU UP, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol LP
65 58 HOT POTATO, LaToya Jackson, US Private I 12in
66 — MATT’S MOOD II/HALF A MINUTE, Matt Bianco, WEA LP
67 85= TIME IS RUNNING OUT, The Jonzun Crew, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
68 — NOW THAT I HAVE YOU, McGee, US American Dreams Ltd 12in
69 65 SAY YOU LOVE ME (JAZZ MIX), Lonnie Liston Smith, Other End 12in
70 — GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, US Philly World 12in
71 — IN THE HEAT (OF THE NIGHT) (DUB), Klinte Jones, Personal 12in
72 40 FALLING IN LOVE/TAKE ALL OF ME/FOR TONIGHT, Bryan Loren, Virgin LP
73 — JOHNNY, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I LP
74 64 KEEPING SECRETS/I’M SO SATISFIED, Switch, US Total Experience LP
75 — LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
76 — GOIN’ OUT DANCING, Charades, US Blue Parrot 12in
77 — MOSQUITO, West Street Mob, US Sugarhill LP
78 33 OUT OF CONTROL/YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK, Brothers Johnson, A&M LP
79 — L.A. IS MY LADY/MACK THE KNIFE, Frank Sinatra, Qwest LP
80 — WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET, Hashim, US Cutting Records 12in
81 — RELEASE YOURSELF (DUB), Aleem, US NIA 12in
82 — IN THE NAME OF LOVE, Ralph MacDonald, US Polydor LP/7in
83 — STOP PLAYING WITH MY LOVE, Steve Drayton, Master Mix 12in
84 — MIDNIGHT LOVER/BIG STRONG MAN/I WANTS MO’ STUFF, Margie Joseph, Atlantic 12in
85= — TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX), Kraftwerk, EMI 12in
85= — BREAKER’S REVENGE/DUB/JAZZY BREAKDOWN, Arthur Baker, US Atlantic 12in
85= — THE PRISONER, Azymuth, US Milestone LP
01= 03 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
01= 01 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
03 02 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in/remix
04 10 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in white label
05 08 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
06 18 PRIME CUTS (MEDLEY), Various, ERC 12in
07 38 THE FIGHT (FOR THE SINGLE FAMILY), Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
08 04 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
09 14 DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY/A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, Boystown Gang, Dutch Rams Horn LP
10 15 EASY LOVE (REMIX), Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
11 05 YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN/REMIX, Divine, Proto 12in
12 06 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
13 20 BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
14 11 TAKE IT UP, Lime, Dutch Polydor LP
15 31 GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW (REMIX), Viola Wills, Touch 12in
16 33 TIME BOMB, Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
17 07 BREAKOUT, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus! 12in
18 — ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in white label
19 09 GOTTA HAVE YOUR LOVE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
20 32 MY LOVE, Lime, Canadian Matra 12in
21 — I CAN’T TAKE IT, Janet Wright, US Cotillion 12in
22 30 SELF CONTROL, Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
23 13 YOU CRY, Sense, French Sneak Preview 12in
24 24 DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, Epic 12in
25 — HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT, Kim Fields, US Critique 12in
26 — I’M SO BEAUTIFUL, Divine, Proto 12in white label
27 12 I HEAR THUNDER, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
28 — THERE GOES MY BABY, Donna Summer, Warner Bros 12in
29 17 ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH, C. Shore, US Oh My! 12in
30 16 I NEED A MAN IN MY LIFE, Katie Kissoon, Jive 12in
31 — MENERGY, Sylvester, ERC 12in
32 34 YOUR TOUCH, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
33 39 THE MEDICINE SONG, Stephanie Mills, Club 12In
34 — YOUNG HEART (HANG ON), Jimmy Ruffin, ERC 12in white label
35 21 SAVE ME, Mary Love, US Mirage 12in
36 — SELF CONTROL, RAF, Carrere 12in
37 25 BEAT OF THE NIGHT, Maggie, Canadian Polydor 12in
38 — YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME, Alicia Myers, MCA 12in
39 36 DON’T YOU LOVE ME ANYMORE, Lynda Hayes, Safari 12in
40 — SULTANA, Tarraco, Italian Family 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
The Smiths 130r-0f, Depeche Mode 0-127f, Malcolm McLaren 0-101-0f, Level 42 (0-)112f, Heaven 17 0-139⅔f, Motorhead 0-134f, Visage 128½f-0c, Rose Royce 103f, Aztec Camera 120f, Bambaataa/Brown 111f, Bluebells 0-146f, Marc Almond 188-192-188-184f, Cyndi Lauper (0-)136-0f, Associates 133f, Alicia Myers 0-111¾f.
POP JOX are playing: 1 (4) Miami SM, 2 (3) Shakatak, 3 (1) Phil Fearon, 4 (5) Melle Mel, 5 (8) Prince, 6 (2) Hazell Dean, 7 (15) SOS Band 12in, 8 (16) THS, 9 (13) Laura Branigan, 10 (6) Windjammer, 11 (17) Rick James ’17’, 12 (7) Frankie GTH ‘TT/W’, 13 (11) Arrow, 14 (10) Tina Turner, 15 (21) Change, 16 (—) Alicia Myers, 17 (9) George Michael, 18 (55) Bambaataa/Brown, 19 (41) Animal Nightlife, 20 (12) Divine, 21 (31) Cool Notes, 22 (24) Sister Sledge, 23 (19) Harold Melvin, 24 (–) Ray Parker Jr, 25 (39) M+M, 26 (20) Frankie GTH ‘R’, 27 (50) Howard Jones, 28 (28) Jeffrey Osborne, 29 (32) Level 42, 30(—) Stevie Wonder, 31 (18) Black Lace, 32 (—) Ralph MacDonald, 33 (—) Gil Scott-Heron, 34 (34) Trevor Walters, 35 (46) Astrud Gilberto, 36 (re) Pointer Sisters ‘INY’, 37 (37) Real Life, 38 (57) Michael Jackson, 39 (re) Spandau Ballet, 40 (re) Paul Hardcastle, 41 (53) Frank Sinatra, 42 (re) Fatback, 43 (—) Tears For Fears, 44 (—) RAF, 45 (14) Pointer Sisters ‘J’, 46 (23) Band Of Gold 47 (—) Shriekback, 48 (—) Alphaville, 49 (—) Precinct, 50 (40) Break Machine, 51 (27) 0llie & Jerry, 52 (43) Junior, 53 (42) Patti Austin, 54 (—) Stephanie Mills, 55 (—) Kleeer, 56 (47) James Brown, 57 (48) Marsha Raven ‘CM’, 58 (–) Flying Lizards, 59 (58) Sundance, 60 (35) Second Image.
2 thoughts on “September 8, 1984: McGee, Margie Joseph, Matt Bianco, Eugene Wilde, Goodie”
That lead-reviewed McGee track is a great find – it’s a remake of an older recording, also good and since re-pressed, but the remake sadly goes for £££.
Royalle Delite’s ‘I’ll Be A Freak For You’ may have been the last single reviewed by James that week – and he was obviously underwhelmed – but that track hung around on the underground, finally getting a UK release two years later (on Streetwave).