ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LONDONERS COMPLAINING that the soul pirates by plugging certain great records so much are lessening their lasting value should wake up to the reality of American-style soul radio, which is basically what we’ve got now, and stop being so selfish in their “soul is sacred” outlook — it’s just part of daily life to millions of black Americans for whom it’s also a business in which to make money, and while this doesn’t preclude the creation of timeless art it may indeed seem to cheapen something that once in cloistered Britain seemed rare and special . . . WEA seem to be “doing a Fonda Rae”, holding back UK pressings of the Chaka Khan 12in (which, unlike US copies that people have been forking out for, includes the 7in edit too), while evidently owing to US RCA being caught short of stocks the Glenn Jones LP has all but dried up . . . Island got Washington DC’s DETT label for a Fourth & Broadway 6-track “go-go” sampler LP to include Chuck Brown ‘Bustin’ Loose’, Trouble Funk’s re-recorded ‘Drop The Bomb’, Hot Cold Sweat ‘Meet Me At The GoGo‘ and more . . . Cooltempo picked up Cutty . . . Shalamar’s now solo Jody Watley debuts on Mercury with ‘Where The Boys Are‘ — no, NOT that one! . . . Kool promises a new jazz track with definitely George Benson & Ron Carter, and hopefully Patti Austin or similar singer . . . Eugene Wilde has been proving a big ladies’ fave, especially last week at Mayfair’s packed Gullivers where he helped judge and then PA-ed after the grand final of the Mr Gullivers competition — I hear his hotel’s been practically besieged by female admirers throughout his visit! . . . Grandmaster Melle Mel is the cut-up rapper on “Chaka Khan I Feel For You” . . . Disco Mix Club’s October mixes are Sanny Xenokottas’ very timely James Brown medley, Les Adams & Al Dupres’ exciting general mix-up, while Alan Coulthard medleys Break Machine as predictably as their music dictates, and brilliantly hip hops Herbie Hancock/Man Parrish/Melle Mel/Ollie & Jerry with lotsa sneaky inserts — one of the most useful packages yet (DJs-only subscription details on 06286-67276) . . . Southern Sound, 2CR, Radio Mercury, County Sound, Radio Victory & Radio 210 have started an ILR network broadcasting the rock review/magazine show ‘The Hawk’ in the hour preceding Capital’s Sunday afternoon networking of their new national chart show — however, of far greater significance to us, when Peter Young starts at Radio Mercury on Oct 20 his Saturday 6-7pm Soul Cellar (oldies) and 7-9pm Pete’s Party (newies) will be relayed also by Southern Sound, so that “Mrs Young of Pease Pottage” will cover even more of the south-east with wit and excitement! . . . Mercury incidentally has also recruited from Capital the legendary Ian “Good Morning Good People” Davidson for Saturday nights and Tony Myatt for weekday breakfasts . . . Al Matthews Sunday 6-7am Capital Gospel Train may be awfully early (or late!) but it’s really worth catching, the best singing you’ll hear all week . . . Tom Wilson has gone legal at last, on Radio Forth 96.8FM mainly for the (quite jazzy) midnight shift . . . Graham Gold’s “dance mix” last Wednesday afternoon on Horizon 102.5FM synched Lillo Thomas ‘Settle Down’/Jermaine Jackson ‘Come To Me’/Dazz Band ‘Let All Blow’, after which he proved the similarity of Tom Browne’s newie to The SOS Band by mixing it into ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’, and then just as he was about to interview Eugene Wilde the transmitter blew up! . . . LWR were briefly back amateurish and over-modulated, on 92.45FM — which blotted out a BBC transmission (wallys) . . . Sundays it seems Bournemouth FM is on 91FM . . . Jon Guy is now KFM’s official soul jock, Sunday 6-8pm . . . Steve Walsh must be unique amongst DJs, working for BBC, ILR and pirate radio, respectively Radio London (at the National Club with Tony Blackburn), Guildford’s County Sound, and JFM . . . Tony Blackburn last Thursday was wearing his underpants outside his tights in a Superberk outfit (actually they were shorts, so he looked more like Mickey Mouse in a cape!), Bill Fredericks’ deep bass voice causing most stir during the PAs . . . Tony’s exhortations to come on down to the National Club are all very well but as the night wears on they leave the police and bouncers having to cope with a crowd of disaffected youths who practically climb the drainpipes in their desperation to get in . . . Kev Hill reports Sister Sledge’s recent London Dominion show was evidently highlighted before the curtain had even gone up by Boy George in the audience being abused by the entire Duran Duran contingent in the opposite Royal Box! . . . Jacques Morali semi-jokingly is talking about making a record called ‘We Hate Donna Summer’! . . . Sense is 130bpm, Kofi’s remix singularly UN-dramatic! . . . Saturday (13) London Lyceum’s 2pm strictly Under-18s hip hop alldayer has Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force + Shango, Mastermind, Steve Devonne, Jonathan, Steve Jackson, Gordon Mac plus rappers, breakers & graffiti — and it’s nothing to do with the GLC (in fact it’s a co-promotion of Steve Walsh & JFM) . . . Saturday also sees Intrigue PA at Harlow Whispers, Haywoode at Burnham-on-Crouch’s aptly named Scandals (been yachting, chaps?) . . . Sunday (14) Ilford Palais 3pm alldayer stars Froggy, Graham Gold, Colin Hudd, Ian Reading, Nicky Holloway . . . Dave Thomas starts jazz-funk-electro Wednesday (17) at Shrewsbury Ravens Meadows Park Lane Suite . . . Pete Tong finally blew his noze . . . Rowdy Yeats seems to be back in the business — so how come he hasn’t sent me the record he’s plugging? . . . Phil Eve as a roving photographer reckons he hits more clubs in London per night than anyone else . . . Peter Stringfellow recently returned for a reunion night at what used to be the King Mojo, his mid-’60s Sheffield club, taking along once regular visitors Jimmy James & The Vagabonds including Count Prince Miller . . . Renko, married? . . . LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
CHAKA KHAN: ‘I Feel For You’ (Warner Bros 925162-1)
On an electro influenced set supervised by Arif Mardin, brother Joe Mardin’s great moodily purposeful slow 94bpm groove ‘Caught In The Act’ and The Sembello Brothers’ jiggly buoyant 101bpm jogger ‘Eye To Eye‘ are in the soaring soul stye we love, while Material’s ‘This Is My Night‘ is a violently staggering 0-108½bpm judderer, Hawk’s ‘Hold Her‘ an intense but slightly disappointing (0-)107-106½bpm judderer, Gary Wright’s ‘My Love Is Alive‘ gets John Robie’s full 119-0bpm ‘IOU’ electro treatment, Prince’s 124bpm title track smash is a usefully extended version of the superior 7in mix, Bacharach/Bayer Sager/Roberts’ ‘Stronger Than Before‘ is a delicate 0-81bpm ballad and David Foster’s ‘Through The Fire‘ a tender 0-65bpm crawler, just Philippe Saisse’s emptily jolting 103-0bpm ‘La Flamme‘ and jumbled 118bpm ‘Chinatown‘ letting the rest down. Think it’ll sell?
EUGENE WILDE: ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 15)
The voice of Simplicious is wowing the ladies both in person and on vinyl with this superb gently jogging 93bpm swayer, a fully orchestrated ‘Sexual Healing’ as if sung by Marvin and Lionel, here in a slightly brighter less mellow mix (inst flip).
LIONEL RICHIE: ‘Penny Lover (Remix)’ (Motown TMTG 1356)
Finally the fifth single from ‘Can’t Slow Down’, much remixed to tempt anew all those who bought the album for it, this delectable mellow 99bpm singalong swayer on 3-track 12in is flipped by the bubblingly building (0-)111bpm ‘You Are’ and dead slow 0-32-0bpm ‘My Love’.
TOM BROWNE: ‘Secret Fantasy’ (LP Tommy Gun’ US Arista AL8-8249)
Now revealed to be sung by Siedah Garrett, this lovely squirming 102bpm swayer really is ‘Juicy Fruit’ as if by The SOS Band and has gained immediate acceptance — however the rest of the set is determinedly electro, the title track a mean moody 0-113bpm judderer with ’30s gangster movie soundtracks cut in, ‘Break Out‘ a Newcleus-like 117bpm Maurice Starr showcase complete with smurf, ‘Loop‘ a stark 104¾-0bpm jitterer getting radio play for Tom’s trumpet, others being the jerky scratched ‘n vocodered 112-0-112bpm ‘Wee Out‘, running started disjointed dramatic 0-113bpm ‘Hit Man‘, ‘Rise’-like 93bpm ‘Free And Easy‘, whipping 129bpm ‘Station Break‘.
BOBBY BROOM: ‘Magic Johnson’ (LP ‘Livin’ For The Beat’ US Arista ALS-8253)
Although often similarly but far more sympathetically electrofied, guitarist/electrician/singer Bobby’s satisfying set is actually jazzily instrumental on this lovely fresh breezy 110bpm Wes Montgomery-ish swinger, the pleasant 107½bpm treatment of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together‘ and lazy 68bpm ‘Rubye‘, ‘He Said I Love You‘ being a nice Jarreau-ish 104-105bpm jogger while the (0-)105bpm ‘Give Me Your Love‘ has sweetly soulful singing underpinned by jerky jittering, ‘Find Yourself‘ is a lightly jiggly 111bpm swayer, ‘Let It Go‘ a convolutedly tugging 107½bpm semi-slowie, and the 12in-issued 0-117½-0bpm ‘Beat Freak‘ an odd disjointed bassy driver (sort of an electro ‘Papa Oom Mow Mow’).
GENE CHANDLER: ‘I’ll Make The Living If You Make The Loving Worthwhile’ (Bluebird BRT 10)
Bluebird have again used strategic imports ahead of UK release Oct 19 to build a buzz on this great oldie from around three years ago, a chix-echoed cleverly worded (the title tells it all) catchily jogging 99bpm swinger still — if not now more than ever — in today’s groove.
NAT KING COOL & THE COOL RUNNERS: ‘Checking Out’ (Tai Wan TWD 1949, via 01-673 1188)
Phil Fearon influenced though less commercial good jaunty 115¾bpm Britfunk jiggler with a buoyantly bouncing beat and nice variety, something of a grower worth more radio play than it’s getting, followed by an instrumental dub and flipped by the slick calypso-ish (0-)119bpm ‘Satellite Music’. Nick Straker co-produced.
PAULINHO DA COSTA: ‘I’m Going To Rio’ (German Pablo Today PABLO 5155)
A snip at around £3.99, this 12in has all three hottest cuts from the percussionist super-sessioneer’s expensive LP, this Carl Carwell-sung frantically frisky and infectious 133½-133bpm Brazilian flier, the Jorge Ben-penned brassily trotting Ernie Watts-saxed 122bpm ‘Taj Mahal‘, and George Duke-bassed really fast Latin 0-148-152bpm ‘Groove‘. That said, they’re specialist jazz — though ‘Rio’ is hard to resist.
CHARME: ‘Georgy Porgy’ (US RCA Victor PD-13910)
Jonathan Fearing-remixed really pleasant catchy “pudding and pie” jiggly thudding 101bpm jogger with a lead vocal that simply has to be by Luther Vandross — it’s an old track which I remember from before, so can someone confirm? (inst flip).
NATIVE: ‘Love Ain’t No Holiday’ (US Jamaica JR-9003)
James Mtume-produced — and it shows — chap-sung slow tapping 95½bpm rolling swayer not surprisingly in the Mtume groove, pleasant but less incisive than the real thing (edit flip).
AL JARREAU: ‘I Keep Callin’ (US Warner Bros 7-29262)
Brassily started delicate classy c.97bpm slow tripper, rather Rod Temperton-ish, actually 7in flip but a bigger attraction than the crawling ‘After All‘.
WEST STREET MOB: ‘Mosquito’ (US Sugarhill SH-32027)
On 12in at last, the Malcolm McLaren/Trevor Horn-penned brilliantly simple sparse 107bpm jolter has worrying calls of “Mummy, Mummy” and comforting answers — ‘Cos the kid’s been bitten by a mosquito and the record naturally just keeps “scratchin” (inst/edit flip).
GEORGE LEE’S ANANSI: ‘Sea Shells’ (Ebusia EB001, via Jetstar 01-961 5818)
Brassy afro-latin-jazz instrumental rambling through 0-120-0-120-123-124-0bpm with George’s sax driving exotic percussion and a piano solo, somewhat specialist but building a groove the longer it’s on (reviewed off radio as Rowdy hasn’t got it together, so no idea of flip).
JEFFREY OSBORNE: ‘Don’t Stop’ LP (A&M AMA 5017)
You only need check the black acts hitting pop in the states to understand this disaster, in which one of soul’s finest feels compelled to go unsympathetically rock-disco on the frantic 148bpm title track, 165bpm ‘Hot Coals’, 133bpm ‘The Borderlines‘ — however, the 105bpm ‘You Can’t Be Serious’ approaches his ‘Plane Love’ rhythmic intensity while Hawk Wolinski himself programmed the jerkily swaying 109bpm ‘Is It Right‘, the stop-start 57¼-114½bpm ‘Live For Today‘ spurting powerfully and 114bpm ‘The Power‘ jittering busily, while slowies are the radio ballad 0-35/70bpm ‘Let Me Know’ and nice comfortable 67bpm ‘Crazy ‘Bout Cha’. Of no soul appeal, the 147bpm 12in re-edit of ‘Don’t Stop’ (AMY 222) is at least flipped by his old gorgeous catchy 76-75½-76½bpm ‘Eenie Meenie’ (a better A-side!) and the tortuous tender 64½/32¼bpm ‘Forever Mine’.
RUDY G: ‘Everything I Own’ (Seara Records SEA 8, via RCA)
Eddy Grant’s brother The Mexicano turns Bread’s oldie into a simple bonking 116bpm semi-soca partytime shuffler which’ll get ready reaction as the songs so well known (99½bpm pop-reggae ‘Better Love Next Time’ flip, labelled as ‘Jam’).
PENNYE FORD: ‘Change Your Wicked Ways’ (US Total Experience TED1-2805)
The fact that Pennye’s a dead ringer for Chaka ain’t all, as this pleasantly pushing 0-118½bpm trotter is incredibly like something else I just can’t place (edit flip).
JUNIOR GEE & THE CAPITAL BOYS: ‘Check Us Out’ (Tai Wan TWD 1948)
Tony Williams-produced homegrown poppin’ MCs jumblin’ up an 108bpm electro jitterer (cleaner inst flip credited as ‘The Break’ to Tai Wan), selling in London.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & SOULSONIC FORCE with Shango: ‘Frantic Situation’ (Tommy Boy/Polydor AFRX 3)
Arthur Baker-produced tedious jittery 114bpm rap from ‘Beat Street’ (inst/Frantic Mix flip).
VAUGHAN MASON & KRUSH featuring Jerome Bell: ‘Breakers Anthem’ (US Funky Feet FF-102450)
Speeded up and re-jittered 118bpm revamp of ‘Bounce Rock Skate Roll’ with murderous juddering bass, the less good Rick Noble-featuring 121bpm flip being ‘Electric Body’ (followed by its inst).
KID FROST T.M.S.: ‘Rough Cut’ (US Electrobeat EB001)
Good scratch, less tough rap, but nice cleanly structured 114bpm hip hop cutting in clever effects scratched by “Yella” of Wreckin Kru (inst/edit flip).
DIVINE SOUNDS: ‘Changes (We Go Through)’ (US Specific Records D-299)
Disappointingly mundane (though hot with fans) 0-111bpm rapp ‘n tapp follow-up, with edit/dub plus the starker and stronger hip hop 100bpm ‘Do Or Die Bed Stuy‘.
NEW EDITION: ‘Cool It Now’ (MCA MCAT 922)
Still squeakily juvenile, the kids’ bland 116bpm electro jitterer sounds old hat here but is happening stateside (tougher dub flip).
CANUTE: ‘Amazing Mind’ (Canute AUG 1, via 01-590 2524)
UK rapper singing too with chix and twiddly support over bonking busy 114bpm electro beats (inst flip), all perhaps a little too hurried.
FINESSE: ‘Tonight Will Last Forever’ (Tudor FINT 1, via IDS)
The Liverpool group oddly combine traditionally melodic brass and piano instrumentation plus a nervously soulful chick at both ends of this (0-)117bpm swayer with a suddely more violently metallic instrumental central section — an intriguing effect (“straight” vocal/inst flip).
SLAVE: ‘That’s The Way I Like It’ (US Cotillion 7-99696)
None too special juddering disjointed c.116bpm jerker only on 7in so far, with a better smoothly chugging c.117bpm ‘Ooohh‘ flip.
TEENA MARIE: ‘Lovergirl’ (US EPIC 34-04619)
Friskily bounding 122bpm chugger, better than the tempo might suggest (inst flip), 7in only so far.
“KARISMA featuring JOCELYN BROWN”: ‘Got You Dancing’ (US Sound Of The Universe Record Corp SU-2424)
And still they come, this undistinguished busy c.115bpm burbler from as far back as 1976!
Hi-NRG BREAKERS include:
Nicci Gable: ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’ (Passion)
Linda Clifford: ‘Love Hostage’ (US Red Label LP)
Sylvester: ‘Menergy’ (ERC)
Taracco: ‘Sultana’ (Italian Family)
Maria Vidal: ‘Body Rock’ (US EMI America)
EVELYN THOMAS: ‘High Energy’ LP (French In The Mix 206080)
Although promo-ed here her Ian Levine/Fi Trench prod/penned LP is actually out first in France, Hi-NRG newies being the frantically skittering 130bpm ‘Running Wild In The Night’ and beefier 131bpm ‘Second Best‘, the latter in this form 3 minutes shorter than it’ll be on UK copies, while conversely the good decidedly Lo-NRG soulful ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’-ish 0-105bpm ‘Heartless‘ is 3 minutes longer than it’ll be here (however it’s also due on M&M remixed 12in) — and on no account should soul fans miss the fabulous mid-’60s style shuffling 104bpm fingersnapper ‘Chalk It Up To Experience‘ (or less danceable 119bpm ‘Shy Guy‘). The downtempo tracks deserve wide attention.
NICCI GABLE: ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’ (Passion PASH 1235)
Several old good ideas go through the 140bpm Hi-NRG treadmill again, not least Clark Gable’s immortal ‘Gone With The Wind’ line (two much altered exciting dubs on flip).
HAZELL DEAN: ‘Back In My Arms (Once Again)’ (Proto ENAT 122)
Sneakily melodic flurrying fast 129bpm breakneck rattling rusher, out commercially Oct 19.
LIQUID GOLD: ‘Turn The Tables’ (Ecstasy XTCT 9, via PRT)
Their old hits were “Hi-NRG” prototypes but this 134bpm canterer lacks passion (produced by Mud’s Rob Davis).
THE VELS: ‘Private World’ (US Mercury 880138-1)
Simple jaunty lightly skipping organ-backed post-Cyndi Lauper chick-sung 125bpm pop nagger with “casbah” synth chords, hitting US clubs.
BOYS TOWN GANG: ‘Brand New Me’ (Rich and Famous Records Ltd 12RNF 1, via PRT)
Chick sung 131bpm remake of Jerry Butler’s old Philly romper, not currently hot on LP, flipped by the 139bpm ditto of BJ Thomas’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing‘. Cabaret time, folks.
MARI WILSON: ‘Let’s Make This Last’ (London PINKX 9)
Impossibly frantic 145bpm skitterer, but the flip’s better emptier more instrumental Stereo Shift Mix Loop One is being used by some.
DISCO TOP 85 – October 13, 1984
01 03 TUCH ME, Fonda Rae, Streetwave 12in
02 04 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
03 07 GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 09 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
05 02 THE MEDICINE SONG/DUB VERSION, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
06 01 RAIN FOREST/SOUND CHASER, Paul Hardcastle, Bluebird 12in
07 05 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT/DON’T DRIVE DRUNK/IT’S YOU (with Dionne Warwick)/THE WOMAN IN RED, Stevie Wonder, Motown LP
08 06 LOST IN MUSIC (REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
09 11 OFF AND ON LOVE, Champaign, US Columbia 12in
10 08 I WISH YOU WOULD/DUB, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
11 30 CANDLELIGHT AFTERNOON, Phyllis St James, Motown 12in
12 12 FINESSE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE/SHOW ME/EVERLASTING LOVE, Glenn Jones, US RCA LP
13 13 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
14 26 WEEKEND GIRL/NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU, The SOS Band, US Tabu LP
15 27 HALF A MINUTE/MATT’S MOOD II, Matt Bianco, WEA LP
16 31 WHO’S THAT STRANGER/JUST LIKE DREAMIN’/CAN’T STOP, Terri Wells, London LP
17 14 MAGIC TOUCH (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
18 24 TODA MENINA BAIANA, Gilberto Gil, WEA 12in
19 10 PRIME TIME/YOU, ME AND HE/C.O.D. (I’LL DELIVER)/TIE ME UP, Mtume, US Epic LP
20 17 YOUR TOUCH (CLUB VERSION), Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
21 20 AIN’T NO TURNIN’ BACK/PHONEMATE, Phyllis St. James, US Motown LP
22 15 ENCORE/GOT TO BE REAL, Cheryl Lynn, Streetwave 12in
23 18 UNDERCOVER LOVER/GIVIN’ UP ON LOVE/ONE GIRL/JUST FOR YOU, The Controllers. US MCA LP
24 19 PLEASE DON’T GO (REMIX), Steve Washington, Streetwave 12in
25 28 HOT POTATO, LaToya Jackson, US Private I 12in
26 21 YOU TURN ME ON, Rick James, Gordy LP
27 33 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Kyrstol, US Epic 12in
28 37 JAZZY LADY, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, RCA LP/US 12in
29 59 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, US Motown 12in
30 83 SECRET FANTASY/BREAK OUT, Tom Browne, US Arista LP
31 42 INTERNATIONAL (REMIX), Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
32 16 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
33 32 DR BEAT, Miami Sound Machine, US Epic 12in
34 35 RUNNING, Gwen Pressley & Portable Patrol, US Aerial 12in
35 48 MAS QUE NADA, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, A&M LP
36 45 NOT THAT I HAVE YOU, McGee, US American Dream Records Ltd 12in
37 25 YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME (SAY, SAY, SAY), Alicia Myers, MCA 12in
38 23 I’M GIVIN’ ALL MY LOVE, Terri Wells, US Philly World 12in
39 29 LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE, Intrigue, Music Power Records 12in
40 41 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird 12in
41 — GIVE ME YOUR LOVE/MAGIC JOHNSON/LET’S STAY TOGETHER/FIND YOURSELF, Bobby Broom, US Arista LP
42 39 I CAN’T LET YOU GO, Haywoode, CBS 12in
43 40 I GET ROMANTIC, Booker Newberry III, Buzz International 12in
44 38 WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET, Hashim, US Cutting Records 12in
45 85 RELEASE YOURSELF (DUB), Aleem, Streetwave 12in
46 22 GHOSTBUSTERS, Ray Parker Jr, Arista 12in
47 53 NAUGHTY TIMES, Cutty, US Hudson River Records 12in
48 62 MIDNIGHT LOVER/BIG STRONG MAN, Margie Joseph, Atlantic 12in
49 — YOU MAKE ME HAPPY, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in promo
50 80 IPANEMA LADY/GOT TO GET BACK TO LOVE, George Duke, US Epic LP
51 — UNITY, Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
52 34 HOT WATER, Level 42, Polydor 12in
53 36 YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
54 57 IN THE NAME OF LOVE, Ralph MacDonald/Bill Withers, London 12in
55 55 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER (DUB VERSION), Colonel Abrams, US Streetwise 12in
56 54 NIGHT SO RIGHT, Dolos, US Sunnyview 12in
57 — CARIBBEAN QUEEN (REMIX)/AFRICAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
58 58 COME AND GET MY LOVIN’, Barbara Fowler, Master Mix 12in
59 44 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
60 47 MEGAMIX II (WHY IS IT FRESH?), D.ST., CellulOid 12in
61 — SEA SHELLS, George Lee’s Anansi, Ebusia 12in
62 66 MR SOLITAIRE (PANTHER MIX), Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
63 49 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME) (REMIX), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
64 — BATTLE CRY, Rockers Revenge (‘Beat Street 2’), Atlantic LP
65 — RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
66 63 STOP PLAYING WITH MY LOVE, Steve Drayton, Master Mix 12in
67 73 ONE HUNDRED SPEAKERS, Daniel Sofer/Dr Dre/Unknown DJ, US Saturn Records 12in
68 52 I’VE BEEN WATCHING YOU (JAMIE’S GIRL), Randy Hall, MCA 12in
69 74 I’M WARNING YOU, Gayle Adams, US Mainline 12in
70 — CAUGHT IN THE ACT/EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT/HOLD HER/MY LOVE IS ALIVE, Chaka Khan, US Warner Bros LP
71 51 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
72 — WORK IT (REMIX)/DONKEY STROKE/NEW LOVE, Rose Royce, Streetwave LP
73 60 SURPRISE, SURPRISE, Bobby Womack, Motown LP/7in
74 68 CHECKING OUT, Nat King Cool & The Cool Runners, Tai Wan 12in
75 — RE-RON, Gil Scott-Heron, Arista 12in
76 67 I CAN’T WAIT TO BREAK, Billy Jones, US NIA 12in
77 — WE GOT LOVE, The Real Thing, RCA 12in
78 — FRANTIC SITUATION, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force with Shango, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
79 64 WE DON’T WORK FOR FREE, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill 12in
80 70 WHAT IS LIFE, Black Uhuru, Island 12in
81 — IT MUST BE HEAVEN, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in promo
82 — EROTIC CITY, Prince & The Revolution, US Warner Bros 12in
83 56 SETTLE DOWN/NEVER GIVE YOU UP, Lillo Thomas, US Capitol LP
84 — DO OR DIE BED STY, Divine Sounds, US Specific Records 12in
85 75 NO FAVORS, Temper, MCA 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Culture Club 116½f, Paul McCartney 42-85-89f (playout version 0-124f), The Stranglers 128f (Eric Burdon rides again!), Bruces Springsteen 120f, Meat Loaf 0-156-0-156-0f, Fonda Rae 114f, ZZ Top 120f, Julian Lennon 122f, Aswad 87½-88f, Everything But The Girl 139-141f, Laura Branigan (0-)122r.
01 05 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
02 01 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
03 02 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
04 06 REACHING FOR THE BEST, Xenia Rowe. Crystal City 12in pre
05 12 HEARTS ON FIRE, Sam Harris, US Motown LP
06 03 CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Earlene Bentley, Record Shack 12in
07 08 TIME BOMB, Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
08 10 HIGH SEX DRIVE, Dolmann, Passion 12in
09 18 SECOND BEST/RUNNING WILD IN THE NIGHT/HEARTLESS, Evelyn Thomas, French In The Mix LP/Record Shack LP promo
10 09 CAN THE RHYTHM, Girltalk, Innervision 12in
11 04 THE FIGHT (FOR THE SINGLE FAMILY), Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
12 13 EASY LOVE (REMIX), Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
13 11 YOU CRY, Sense, W.A.R. 12in
14 22 I’M ON FIRE, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus 12in white label
15 26 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, Heat-X-Change, Passion 12in white label
16 07 MASQUERADE, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
17 17 HEY HEY GUY, Ken Laszlo, Italian MEM 12in
18 — LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
19 24 BE MY BABY, Dennis Dwyer, Dutch Friends 12in
20 — I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE FREE, Tina B, US Elektra LP
21 14 DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY/A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, Boystown Gang, Dutch Rams Horn LP
22 20 GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW (CELEBRATION DANCE MIX) Viola Wills, Touch 12in
23 — HANDS OFF, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in white label
24 — LONG AFTER TONIGHT IS ALL OVER, True, Rock City 12in
25 28 REMEMBERING LOVE, Tiffany, Canadian Unidisc 12in
26 — SATELLITES, Christopher Street, ERC 12in
27 — THE LUCKY ONE (JACK WHITE MIX)/(JOHN ROBIE MIX), Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
28 19 WHY?, Bronski Beat, London 12in
29 16 I’M SO BEAUTIFUL, Divine, Proto 12in
30=— SWEPT AWAY (REMIX), Diana Ross, US RCA 12in
30=— THE MEDICINE SONG, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (2) Ray Parker Jr, 2 (3) Sister Sledge, 3 (1) Miami Sound Machine, 4 (5) Stephanie Mills, 5 (4) Stevie Wonder 12in, 6 (10) Bronski Beat, 7 (6) Level 42, 8 (11) Animal Nightlife, 9 (9) Paul Hardcastle, 10 (15) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 11 (7) Jocelyn Brown, 12 (13) Simplicious, 13 (14) Rose Royce, 14 (19) David Bowie, 15 (12) Laura Branigan ‘SC’, 16 (8) Hazell Dean, 17 (re) Alica Myers, 18 (26) Alphaville, 19 (21) Depeche Mode, 20 (—) Prince ‘PR’, 21 (17) THS, 22 (—) Sade, 23 (16) Shakatak (new), 24 (—) Culture Club, 25 (20) Howard Jones, 26 (re) Haywoode, 27 (33) UB40, 28 (30) OMD, 29 (24) Stephen ‘Tin-Tin’ Duffy, 30 (40) Cheryl Lynn, 31 (—) Freddie Mercury, 32 (—) Staple Singers, 33 (—) Stacy Lattisaw/Johnny Gill, 34 (—) Girltalk, 35 (—) Kelly Marie ‘B’, 36 (36) Pointer Sisters, 37 (27) Gilberto Gil, 38 (35) Margie Joseph, 39 (—) Fonda Rae, 40 (re) Black Lace.
MASTERMIND ROADSHOW recently won by democratic audience vote at Slough’s Farhum Centre what was rather surprisingly their very first “challenge”, against Chris Forbes and Positive Force Roadshow. The vinyl they cut ‘n scratched included:
1 WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET, Hashim
2 UNITY, Afrika Bambaataa/James Brown
3 DO OR DIE BED STY, Divine Sounds
4 FRESH, WILD, FLY AND BOLD, Cold Crush Brothers
5 WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?, Ultimate 3 MC’s
6 MEGAMIX II (WHY IS IT FRESH?), D.ST.
7 B BOYS BREAKDANCE, High Fidelity Three
8 RELEASE YOURSELF (DUB), Aleem
9 BITERS IN THE CITY, Fantasy Three
10 BATTLE CRY, Rockers Revenge