ODDS ‘N’ BODS
BOBBY WOMACK & Company at Hammersmith Odeon last Saturday would have been one of the best, most comfortable, soul shows ever seen in Britain even had Stevie Wonder not stepped on stage out of the audience! Alltrinna Grayson, one of Bobby’s three backing girls (the band were ten strong), practically stole the show with her goosebumps-inducing voice when she soloed and duetted —obvious comparisons being drawn with Jennifer Holliday although for me she was more like the one occasion I saw the late Linda Jones — while Bobby paced everything superbly with much sly wit, like slipping briefly into a Jimmy Reed blues riff during the harmonica solo of ‘Surprise Surprise’! … Fonda Rae should finally be in the shops on Streetwave, and is proving moronically catchy enough now to be massive … Yasuku Agawa’s Japanese LP is hard to find, the potentially hot c99bpm ‘LA Nights‘ being a re-worded revival of Light Of The World’s ‘London Town’ … Real Thing return in a couple of weeks with the soulfully credible c103bpm ‘We Got Love‘ … Music Week celebrated their 25th anniversary with a star-studded party at Abbey Road Studios last Friday, for which I dug out all the hits from August 1959 and March 10th 1960 (their first chart) plus other oldies for the disco — the hottest newie I used was Bronski Beat ‘Why?‘ which got screams and people rushing to see what it was! … The Record Retailer Vol 1 No 1, which is how Music Week began, was reprinted specially, and interestingly listed as a July/August 1959 release Quincy Jones & His Orchestra ‘Syncopated Clock‘ (Mercury EP) … Steve Washington’s remix should be 103(intro)-105-106bpm (very significantly speeding up for mixers), Stevie Wonder ‘Don t Drive Drunk’ 125bpm and ‘It’s More Than You’ 35/70bpm, Dianne Reeves ‘Sneaky’ 103bpm … Ray Parker Jr ‘Ghostbusters’ 12in is now on a great picture disc with luminous ghost (try mixing ‘Relax’ out of it!) … Simon Harris has joined forces with Froggy, the M ‘Pop Muzik’ mix on DMC actually being an unbilled Froggy Production Team effort created in his newly built remix/editing studio, the duo’s next job being a re-edit of Jeffrey Osborne’s forthcoming ‘Don’t Stop’ … Warren Aylward (Portsmouth) does a weekly mixing spot on “fast-talkin’” Franklin Hughes’ Sat 6-9pm Radio Victory ‘Funkadelic’ disco show … Hereward Radio’s soul jock Steve Allen, whose ‘Street Beat’ Sat 6-8pm show will next month be transmitted from Northampton on 102.8FM/1557MW as well as from Peterborough on 95.7FM/1332MW, appears at Kings Lynn’s Precinct Club next Wednesday (3) and rightly says “Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields ‘Jazzy Lady‘ always was THE track on the LP!” … DMC’s Les Adams mixes 8.30-10pm during experimental Monday night transmissions by Radio Contact 102.9FM … Horizon 102.55FM’s Chris Stewart, who tickled my ears with some really tasty mixes last Wednesday lunchtime, hints “don’t believe all we say” and promises another 20 feet of transmitter aerial —reception’s been so patchy it wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t hit by lightning on Monday afternoon … JFM 103.3FM’s new “TV turn-off” time late night jock Lee Doyle, a familiar looking punter from way back, should gain lots of listeners when Horizon irritatingly shut down for a while at 1am … Tim Smith sounds slick Tues 4.30-7pm/Sun 11pm-1am on JFM, while biggies on Motown/’70s-slanted Thursdays at Guildford Cinderellas Rockafellas are Karen Young ‘Hot Shot‘ and Kool & The Gang ‘Open Sesame‘ … Peter Young is now in residence at Mercury Radio and worried that pluggers may not know how to send product to him there, c/o Radio Mercury, Broadfield House, Brighton Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9BJ … Geoff Dorsett, veteran DJ currently on South Shropshire’s Sunshine Radio 299MW and each summer on Central Florida’s Q-102, calls on all club jocks to boycott product on labels who no longer service mailing list promos, just to show ’em who’s got the power —which is all very well, but (naming no names) those labels’ marketing departments even with DJ support couldn’t break disco material, which may be exactly why they cut back! … Norma Lewis stars at Edinburgh Fire Island’s first allniter Sat (29) … Tony Jenkins confides the recent Soul On Sound alldayer at Epping Forest Country Club, by all accounts a great success with 3,000 there, made him more money than anything else he’s ever done — Soul On Sound now moves to Scotland this Sunday (30) for a 3pm-3am alldayer at Glasgow Custom House Quay’s Panama Jax with jocks from around the UK as well as locals (oh, and the old Funktion moveable venue idea could be due back in London!) … Gary Olds has “bak to skool” fun at Dalton Piercy Slix Friday (28), when Darryl Hayden hits Chester College, and Owen Washington (with all new records at last!) funks Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush — Owen’s still Thurs/Sun at Neasden Level 1, and now Sat at the Lyceum in London … CBS one time disco plugger Steve Ripley’s dad pilots the Capital Flying Eye! … hey, hey, LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
JFM RADIO’S ‘funk cruise’ to Holland last week was, for me, exhausting but well worth while. Anticipation of the early 6.30am start by bus from Victoria to Sheerness meant I only managed one hour’s sleep, but there was so much to do once aboard the luxuriously equipped Olau Hollandia that I kept going regardless, carrying bags for Haywoode and her chum (ex-Toto Coelo) Anita Mahadervan, queueing for breakfast with Jimmy Ruffin, eating it with Paul Hardcastle (who’s written some electro for the Beach Boys!), sunbathing with Pzazz plugger Orin Cozier and Joanne Hudson, drinking lunch with Island’s Adrian Sykes & Julian Palmer and PRT’s Robert Blenman. By then the music had started in the ship’s regular disco, its resident DJ Tom Felton (of Leysdown Stage 3 fame) having to mend the linear-tracking decks before any of Clive Richardson’s great ’60s oldies would play properly on 7in. I spent the afternoon with my binoculars watching sunny Belgium and Holland glide by, looking right inland at all the windmills and villages, before briefly disembarking at Vlissingen (also known as Flushing), where rather than join the common herd in a dreadful disco pub that could have been anywhere, the more adventurous Martin John, Sandra Goy, Silhouette plugger Bryan O’Connor and Fiona Waterman (that was her on the right in the recent Miss Wet T-Shirt photo — the GOOD looking one, cor!) joined me dining on fried eel. Orin and Joanne had missed the bus, so back on board in the excellent restaurant I joined them for a starter and pud, Orin much amused by the Dutch for “whipped cream” being “slagroom”! Although there were several hundred in our party (mainly it seemed from South and East London), the car deck which became the main disco was always very underpopulated, chief jock Steve Walsh winding up the crowd with chants of ‘Lon-don” and “you what?” whenever he wasn’t doing a Tony Blackburn routine. Haywoode PA-ed, in the dark until I adjusted some lighting onto the poor girl, Precinct impressively carried on singing even when the volume was whipped out under them, Loose Ends had some neat choreography, while I missed (but talked to) Jaki Graham, Cool Notes, Total Contrast and of course Jimmy Ruffin. The talent was certainly there, so maybe the comfy cabins were too big an alternative attraction once it was night? Finally just as I’d managed to get a couple of hours’ much needed sleep, JFM jock Steve Jackson and friends started roistering outside my cabin door, and when at last they’d shut up the loudspeakers started announcing breakfast being served, thus rendering any further sleep impossible! As a day-and-night’s outing to foreign places amidst good company it was great fun — hopefully like me the punters were there less for the “funk” than for the “cruise”. Thanks, JFM!
BRASS CONSTRUCTION ‘International’ (Capitol 12CL 341)
Brilliantly remixed by M&M&M (Morales, Munzibai & Muller!), their friskily jiggling 120½bpm LP hit now has Lionel-like appeal with an afro-caribbean acappella-ish intro before hitting a much more instrumental and really infectious ‘Movin’’-style groove — potentially their biggest hit here ever! — on 3-track 12in flipped by a similarly exclusive UK-only 121-122-0bpm remix of ‘I Do Love You‘, and the 0-118bpm dub mix of ‘Partyline’. Due commercially October 8th.
GLENN JONES: ‘Finesse’ LP (US RCA NFL1-8036)
Rightly selling fast, an exceptionally consistent modern soul set in sorta more mellow Kashif/Lillo-like style loaded with train-spotter credits to ensure top notch quality (if few surprises), six cuts — count ’em! — being excellent sinuous dancers, the 112bpm title track, 109bpm ‘Meet Me Half Way There‘, 108½bpm ‘You’re The Only One I Love‘, 98bpm ‘Everlasting Love‘, 117bpm ‘It Hurts Too Much‘ and 12in issued 84bpm ‘Show Me‘.
KRYSTOL: ‘After The Dance Is Through’ (US Epic 49-05084)
Broken wide open in London by repeated radio plays, this Leon Sylvers III co-prod excellent chix sung jittery rolling remorseless 106⅓bpm deliberately paced hot tempo chugger (inst flip) really worms its way upside your head — you’ve been warned!
BAR-KAYS: ‘Sexomatic’ (US Mercury 880 255-1)
Mark Berry-remixed suspensefully introed freakily dramatic 0-113bpm semi-electro funky rumbler, juddering an easily rolling groove through pent-up chants and Depeche Mode-ish effects, exciting yet soulful too (strong dub/bonus beats flip).
TERRI WELLS: ‘Who’s That Stranger’ (LP ‘Just Like Dreamin’’ London LONLP 4)
Most commonly heard comment last weekend was “the Terri Wells LP isn’t that special — why are people going on about it?” (something I’d known since July from an advance cassette). However, it does have her singles hits, plus this sophisticated jazzy Roy Ayers vibes backed 107-0bpm swayer and a nicely saxed gently lurching 109bpm title track (owing something to ‘Street Life’), both real classy.
EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: ‘I’m So Romantic’ (RCA RCAT 446)
Honky took piano introed dreadfully disappointing 142bpm rock disco, thankfully flipped on 3-track 12in by the much better chunkily striding taut 118bpm ‘Out Of Control‘, and subdued 121bpm ‘Teenager‘ Even so her US newie may be a more useful buy, after all.
REBBIE JACKSON: ‘Centipede’ (CBS TA 4528)
Prod/penned by her most famous brother, Michael’s big sister nicely hisses ‘n wails a jittery (0-)117bpm jolter held back by its jerky electronic rhythm (inst flip), the smoother tune itself being quite catchy.
SHIRLEY BROWN: ‘I Don’t Play That’ (US Sound Town ST-0007)
From the veteran Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks who prod/penned ‘Taxi’, this ‘phone rap started ‘hello Barbara, this is Shirley’ 40½-81-85bpm 7in traditional slow grinding swayer is a belated follow-on from ‘Woman to Woman’ but bringing in Barbara Mason’s ‘Another Man’ (and thus Dimples’ ‘Papers’) … so the long-running soap-like saga continues. Nice wailing old fashioned 111-113bpm ‘Looking For The Real Thing‘ flip, too.
PHYLLIS ST. JAMES: ‘Candlelight Afternoon’ (Motown TMGT 1358)
Lurchingly loping lightweight 113bpm swayer, pleasant enough but not so strong a dancer as other stuff on her LP (the lush 66¼bpm ‘Back In The Race‘ is 7in flip, though as usual 12in white labels repeat the A-side).
BLOODSTONE: ‘Bloodstone’s Party (Vocal Remix)’ (US T-Neck 4Z9-05085)
Tighter treatment of their album’s funkily rolling sneakily nagging 109bpm swayer with good brass, worth checking (dub/acappella flip).
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Solid’ (US Capitol V-8612)
Francois Kevorkian-remixed and beefed up sinuously chugging slow purposeful 101bpm jogger with inspirationally soaring vocal interplay (dub flip), lovely stuff.
BILLY JONES: ‘I Can’t Wait To Break’ (US NIA NI-1242)
Not the expected electro, but an Aleems-produced hoarse soulster wheezing over a somewhat stark clopping c111bpm jolter (beefier inst Dub Mix flip).
DOLOS: ‘Night So Right’ (US Sunnyview SUN 414)
Ponderously clomping c108bpm lurcher unenthusiastically sung by an occasionally growling lady, all rather routine and dull yet exciting some interest (flutter echoed Club Mix flip).
BRENDA LEE EAGER: ‘Watch My Body Talk’ (US Private I Records 4Z9-05092)
First semi-dud in Private I’s current hot streak, Jerry Butler’s erstwhile singing partner succumbing to a jerkily trotting 124bpm sub-Jackson format (dub/bonus beats flip).
WINDJAMMER: ‘Live Without Your Love’ (MCA MCAT 921)
Pop-style 75-0bpm sweet voiced smoother worthy of Bread, 130bpm ‘Call Me Up‘ flip, unlikely to mean much in soulsville.
MASTER O.C. & KRAZY EDDIE Featuring PESO & TITO of The Fearless Four, & MAIN ATTRACTION: ‘Masters Of The Scratch’ (US Next Plateau NP 50023)
Good violent 104bpm judder, rap ‘n’ scratch full of stuttering beats, with chanting chix adding extra texture (inst/bonus beats too).
KNIGHTS OF THE TURNTABLES: Techno Scratch’ (US JDC JDC0034)
Quite inventive scratching and cutting to a bubbly 123bpm beat, bringing in Chipmunk and Woody Woodpecker effects (‘Short Stuff’ and harder 130bpm ‘Techno Beats‘ flip), the Knights being Curtis Harvey & Gerard Burton.
D.ST.: ‘Megamix II (Why Is It Fresh?)’ (CellulOid CART 344)
Footsteps introed clever but jumbled 0-106-106½-106bpm mix-up set to Steven Brown’s ‘The Smurf’ of cuts by Shango, Time Zone, Afrika Bam, Bill Laswell, Material, Futura 2000, The Clash, Bernard Fowler, Jimmy Mac, B-Side, Daniel Ponce, Nicky Skopelitis, D.St., ‘Good Times’ and some ‘Rockit’, the result being indistinct with nothing cutting through (possibly stronger, intro-less 106½-106bpm edit flip).
400 BLOWS: ‘Groove Jumping’ (Illuminated Records ILL 48122)
Good angrily jittering 115bpm UK hip hop instrumental with realistically ringing telephone and thunder thumbs bass amidst the electro beats, worth specialist attention.
REATHEL BEAN & THE DOONERSBURY BREAK CREW: ‘Rap Master Ronnie’ (Streetwave MKHAN 25)
Clever impersonations of Ronnie & Nancy Reagan attempting to rap in a mildly funny 101bpm hip hop context, as with Mel Brooks more for listening than dancing (inst/edit flip).
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/r for fade/resonant ends):
David Bowie 122-125-124-127-0r, Queen 126-130-0r, Bronski Beat 138-0r, Prince 0-58-57½-57f, Freddie Mercury 125f, Adam Ant 118c, UB40 77f, Melle Mel 127⅓f, Paul Hardcastle 120f, Jocelyn Brown 111⅔f, Mtume (0-)109f, Moroder/Oakey 129f, Everly Bros 130½-0r.
DISCO TOP 85 – SEPTEMBER 29, 1984
01 01 THE MEDICINE SONG/DUB VERSION. Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
02 04 RAIN FOREST/SOUND CHASER, Paul Hardcastle, Bluebird 12in
03 02 LOST IN MUSIC (REMIX)/SMILE, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
04 06 PRIME TIME/C.O.D. (I’LL DELIVER)/YOU, ME AND HE/TIE ME UP/SWEET FOR YOU AND ME, Mtume, US Epic LP
05 13 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
06 07 YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME (SAY, SAY, SAY), Alicia Myers, MCA 12in
07 09 I WISH YOU WOULD, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
08 03 MAGIC TOUCH (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
09 19 TUCH ME, Fonda Rae, Streetwave 12in
10 14 GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, US Philly World 12in
11 11 TODA MENINA BAIANA, Gilberto Gil, WEA 12in
12 21 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown LP
13 05 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
14 08 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU/WEEKEND GIRL, The SOS Band, US Tabu LP
15 12 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
16 24 OFF AND ON LOVE, Champaign, US Columbia 12in
17 10 ENCORE/GOT TO BE REAL, Cheryl Lynn, Streetwave 12in
18 69 PLEASE DON’T GO (REMIX), Steve Washington, Streetwave 12in
19 31 I CAN’T LET YOU GO, Haywoode, CBS 12in
20 15 YOU TURN ME ON, Rick James, Gordy LP
21 23 GHOSTBUSTERS, Ray Parker Jr, Arista 12in
22 48 I FEEL FOR YOU, Chaka Khan, US Warner Bros 7in
23 16 UNDERCOVER LOVER/ONE GIRL/ GIVIN’ UP ON LOVE, The Controllers, US MCA LP
24 17 DR. BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
25 30 I’M GIVIN’ ALL MY LOVE, Terri Wells, US Philly World 12in
26 32 HALF A MINUTE/MATT’S MOOD II, Matt Bianco, WEA LP
27 22 UNITY, Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
28 25 AIN’T NO TURNIN’ BACK/PHONEMATE, Phyllis St. James, US Motown LP
29 18 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
30 36 LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE/LIKE THE WAY YOU DO IT, Intrigue, Music Power Records 12in
31 28 NOW THAT I HAVE YOU, McGee, US American Dreams Ltd 12in
32 — MEET ME HALF WAY THERE/FINESSE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/SHOW ME/EVERLASTING LOVE/IT HURTS TOO MUCH, Glenn Jones, US RCA LP
33 62 I GET ROMANTIC, Booker Newberry III, Buzz International 12in
34 20 HOT WATER, Level 42, Polydor 12in
35 34 YOUR TOUCH (CLUB VERSION), Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
36 35 LADY SHINE (SHINE ON), T.H.S., Fourth & Broadway 12in
37 41 JAZZY LADY, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, RCA LP/US 12 in
38 47 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
39 27 17, Rick James, Gordy 12in
40 44 SAVED BY LOVE/WHERE DOES THAT BOY HANG OUT, David Lasley, EMI America 12in
41 40 DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE (REMIX), Shakatak, Polydor 12in
42 45 MAS QUE NADA, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, A&M LP
43 42 I’M WARNING YOU, Gayle Adams, US Mainline 12in
44 39 MR. SOLITAIRE, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
45 — GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME) (REMIX), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
46 58 HOT POTATO, LaToya Jackson, US Private I 12in
47 63 STOP PLAYING WITH MY LOVE, Steve Drayton, Master Mix 12in
48 72 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
49 66 WITH YOU (REMIX), Ingram, Other End 12in
50 — WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET, Hashim, US Cutting Records 12in
51 29 COME AND GET MY LOVIN’, Barbara Fowler, Master Mix 12in
52 57 TENDERONI, Leon Haywood, US Modern Records 12in
53 50 MIDNIGHT LOVER, Margie Joseph, Atlantic 12in
54 78 OUR LOVE IS HOT, Alphonse Mouzon, US Private I 12in
55 26 THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA/TAKE ME TO ARUANDA, Astrud Gilberto, Verve 12in
56 — AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH (REMIX), Krystol, US Epic 12in
57 37 HAPPY/YOUR SPELL/ BRIGHT SKIES SUNNY DAYS, Bobby Glover, US Columbia LP
58 59 RUNNING, Gwen Pressley & Portable Patrol, US Aerial 12in
59 — NAUGHTY TIMES, Cutty, US Hudson River Records 12in
60 49 ABELE DANCE, Manu Dibango, CellulOid 12in
61 — MEGAMIX II (WHY IS IT FRESH?), D.St., CellulOid 12in
62 83 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, US Skyview 12in
63 67 I CAN SEE ME LOVING YOU/FINDERS KEEPERS/ARE YOU READY (UNTIL TONIGHT), Leon Bryant, US De-Lite LP
64 53 TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX), Kraftwerk, EMI 12in
65 80 I DON’T PLAY THAT, Shirley Brown, US Sound Town 7in
66 71 NO FAVORS, Temper, MCA 12in
67 46 I OWE IT TO MYSELF (REMIX), Prime Time, US Total Experience 12in
68 — NIGHT SO RIGHT, Dolos, US Sunnyview 12in
69 — WHAT IS LIFE, Black Uhuru, Island 12in
70 56 JOHNNY, Bonnie Pointer, US Private I LP
71 — WHO’S THAT STRANGER, Terri Wells, London LP
72 55 INTIMATE CONNECTION, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
73 38 ETERNALLY GRATEFUL, Janet Kay, Local Records 12in
74 — I CAN’T WAIT TO BREAK/DUB MIX, Billy Jones, US NIA 12in
75 76 BREAKER’S REVENGE, Arthur Baker, US Atlantic 12in
76 — LAY ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE/50-50 LOVE, C. L. Blast, US Park Place LP
77 65 SUCKER FOR LOVE (I’M A SUCKER FOR YOUR LOVE), B-biz-R, Magnet 12in
78 — AT THE PARTY, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill LP
79 75 CATCH THE BEAT (SCRATCH THE BEAT), T.Ski Valley, Belgian BMC 12in
80 — WE DON’T WORK FOR FREE, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill 12in
81 — JUST FOR THE NIGHT, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA Victor 12in
82 54 MR SOLITAIRE (PANTHER MIX), Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
83 70 IT FEELS SO GOOD (WITH YOU)/FEEL THE HEAT/INSTANT LOVE, Bloodstone, US T-Neck LP
84 — EROTIC CITY, Prince, US Warner Bros 12in
85 — CLOSE TO ME/MIDNIGHT SHINE, Bobby King, Motown 12in
01 01 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in white label
02 06 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
03 07 TIME BOMB, Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
04 04 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in white label
05 02 THE FIGHT (FOR THE SINGLE FAMILY), Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
06 05 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
07 11 EASY LOVE (REMIX), Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
08 03 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
09 21 I’M SO BEAUTIFUL, Divine, Proto 12in white label
10 09 INVITATION, Life Force, Polo 12in/remix
11 10 REACHING FOR THE BEST, Xenia Rowe, Crystal City 12in pre
12 18 PRIME CUTS (MEDLEY), Various, ERC 12in
13 08 DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY/A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, Boystown Gang, Dutch Rams Horn LP
14 20 YOU CRY/INSTRUMENTAL, Sense, French Sneak Preview 12in
15 16 WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
16 12 TAKE IT UP/DON’T YOU WANNA DO IT/I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU/SENSUAL SENSATION, Lime, Dutch Polydor LP
17 24 HEARTS ON FIRE, Sam Harris, US Motown LP
18 14 CAN THE RHYTHM, Girltalk, Innervision 12in
19 13 I CAN’T TAKE IT, Janet Wright, US Cotillion 12in
20 15 HIGH SEX DRIVE, Dolmann, Passion 12in
21 25 GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW (CELEBRATION DANCE MIX), Viola Wills, Touch 12in
22 — HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT, Kim Fields, US Critique 12in
23 — SECOND BEST/RUNNING WILD IN THE NIGHT/HEARTLESS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack LP promo
24 — THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, Heat-X-Change, Passion 12in white label
25 17 MY LOVE, Lime, Canadian Matra 12in
26 19 GOTTA HAVE YOUR LOVE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
27 30= THE MEDICINE SONG, Stephanie Mills, Club 12In
28 23 HIM, Simone, Electricity 12in
29 — REMEMBERING LOVE, Tiffany, Canadian Unidisc 12in
30 — HEY HEY GUY, Ken Laszlo, Italian MEM 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Ray Parker Jr, 2 (2) Miami Sound Machine, 3 (3) Stevie Wonder 12in, 4 (22) Stephanie Mills, 5 (5) Sister Sledge, 6 (12) THS, 7 (28) Jocelyn Brown, 8 (24) Animal Nightlife, 9 (6) Level 42, 10 (46) Change ‘You Are My Melody’ (!), 11 (26) Simplicious, 12 (—) Paul Hardcastle, 13 (8) George Michael, 14 (25) Shakatak (old), 15 (11) Phil Fearon, 16 (48) Haywoode, 17 (—) Shakatak (new), 18 (17) Windjammer, 19 (16) Frankie GTH ‘W/TT’, 20 (20) Divine (old), 21 (34) Alicia Myers, 22 (—) Diana Ross, 23 (—) Clint Eastwood & General Saint, 24 (9) Laura Branigan ‘SC’, 25 (7) Melle Mel 26 (—) Norma Lewis, 27 (—) Divine (new), 28 (re) Kid Creole (mix), 29 (13) Rick James 12in, 30 (42) Pointer Sisters, 31 (31) Rose Royce, 32 (29) Break Machine, 33 (—) Margie Joseph, 34 (—) Jimmy Ruffin, 35 (49) Ralph MacDonald, 36 (—) David Lasley, 37 (—) Richard Jon Smith, 38 (14) Bambaataa/Brown, 39 (—) Melle Mel (new), 40 (re) Gil Scott-Heron. Hot, huh? Where’s Bronski, Bowie, and the new hits that are actually happening?
3 thoughts on “September 29, 1984: JFM Radio’s “funk cruise” to Holland, Brass Construction, Glenn Jones, Krystol, Bar-Kays”
WOW this particular week is one of the milestones in my life. It’s the week I started working full time in a permanent job finally leaving FT education behind and joining the “adult world” and UK workforce. Great times filled with hopes and dreams of a long successful career. Those 36 years have flown. The memories are fading but the music remains.
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On the funk cruise the Steve Jackson making the noise out in the corridor is the Steve Jackson who used to run down the rave chart (1989-92) and became synonymous with the hardcore era on kiss fm in London on a Tuesday (?) evening – unmissable. Then when the split came into jungle and happy hardcore he changed it to a US garage chart which I didn’t find half so appealing.
It’s fascinating seeing more and more of the figures who became so well known once scid house kicked off gradually emerging each week with their first mentions.
The Royal Oak in Tooley Street which was mentioned a week or two ago was where people like Danny Rampling joined Nicky Holloway and I think Paul Oakenfold deejaying there on Saturday nights around this time IIRC.
I was a JFM DJ at the time, but I wasn’t on the cruise to Vlissingen. Keith Renton was though (currently Solar Radio director), and we managed a brief telephone link to the ship and which was re-broadcasted live on JFM. Great days, just so long ago now…