ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LUTHER VANDROSS does indeed sing ‘Georgy Porgy’ by Charme, originally a B-side, although as everyone’s been quick to remind me it first came out in 1978 by Toto featuring Cheryl Lynn . . . Sister Sledge ‘We Are Family (Remix)‘ and Chic ‘Chic Cheer‘ will be out next month, as (rather late?) will be Matt Bianco ‘Half A Minute‘, but George Benson’s LP has gone back to the New Year . . . ‘Street Sounds 11‘ looks a winner with Staple Singers, Fonda Rae, Steve Washington, Rose Royce, Paul Hardcastle, Major Harris, The SOS Band ‘Weekend Girl’ Mtume ‘You Me And He’, Bonnie Pointer ‘Johnny’ — watch singles sales plummet! . . . Hi-Tension is not now commercially released until next week, while Brass Construction are in danger of “doing a Divine” unless copies hit the shops darned fast — all the initial disco buzz has gone and it hasn’t been on radio for weeks . . . Richard Welsh, in a growing trend, has left his managership of Holborn’s City Sounds record shop to take over disco promotion for Cooltempo, building a mailing list from scratch — so send full work details (which’ll be checked) to him at Chrysalis Records, 12 Stratford Place, London W1N 9AF . . . Roy Ayers has at least two jazz-funk goodies that I’ve heard on his long-awaited new LP . . . Yasuko Agawa ‘LA Night‘ is rumoured to be on US 12in (but has anyone actually seen one?) . . . JiFs in Chadwell Heath have evidently kept their import prices to LP £7.50 (from £6.99), 12in £4.50 (from £3.99) . . . Hereford’s The Disco Centre are organising SALSA ’84, a Second-hand Auction of Lighting, Sound and Accessories at Wormelow’s Park Hall on November 4 (11am for noon start), so call 0432-55407 now if you’ve any unwanted gear to sell . . . Dave Gregory’s weeknight 7-9pm Essex Radio 95.3/96.4FM ‘Gregamix’ show has now joined his Saturday 6-9pm ‘Electric Boogie’ in being totally black, the growing trend at least in the south-east (he mixes ‘Sexomatic’ out of ‘Medicine Song’) . . . Graham Gold on the old Horizon last Wednesday synched perfectly Staple Singers ‘Slippery People’/Bar-Kays ‘Sexomatic’/Slave ‘That’s The Way I Like It, before then playing back the previous week’s Eugene Wilde interview which luckily he’d recorded anyway at the time unaware the station had gone off air — it revealed Eugene actually wrote ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ during an earlier London visit in May, immediately after a night out at Graham’s club Mayfair Gullivers! . . . Radio Mercury 103.6FM/ 1521kHz/197m MW, where you’re never more than three minutes away from an oldie (during weekday shows anyway), must have the country’s pleasantest setting for its studios in an elegant 150 year-old house just outside Crawley — don’t forget it starts this Saturday (20) with Peter Young’s 6pm soul show the first proper (non-introductory) programme, Pete then also doing weekdays 4-7pm, while (cripes!) Ian Davidson actually does Saturday mornings — so he really can say “good morning good people!” (Capital listeners will remember Ian fondly, the only man who reads so much off the back of an LP sleeve that once he even said “printed by Garrod & Lofthouse”!) . . . Mike Allen now runs down Groove’s electro chart at 11.30pm Fridays on his soulful weekend midnight shift on Capital, where weekday 3-5pm jock John Sachs is doing his best to get black material onto the playlist . . . Stockport’s KFM has moved studios, and up a notch to 94.3FM, while American accented Al Stockwell has moved from KFM to South Manchester’s brand new STR 92.1FM (currently just Fri/Sat/Sun 7am-midnight) for the Saturday 1-4pm ‘Livin’ Wildstyle For The Weekend’ pop-disco show, during which he counts down Record Mirror’s Nightclub chart — so he’s a fortnight out of date before he starts (however Manny Junior hip hops Sun 3-6pm) . . . ‘Tugboat’ Phil Blizzard (Stoke On Trent 0782-634584) is the latest graduate from Soho’s IBA-guided National Broadcasting School — a part-time college lecturer and disco DJ, he’s now a qualified radio presenter/producer too (given a gig) . . . New York City’s airwaves are still just led by the Top 40 format of WHIZ (Z-100), over the once dominant Urban Contemporary of WRKS (KISS-fm) at number two in the latest ratings . . . Prince ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ briefly topped US Black 45s, Stephanie Mills Dance/Disco, both toppled by respectively Stevie Wonder (Black and Pop — Motown’s first US chart-topper in over four years NOT by Lionel Richie!) and Diana Ross ‘Swept Away’ (her ‘Upside Down’ was Motown’s last non-Richie No.1): Lionel Richie has had at least one of his singles from ‘Can’t Slow Down’ somewhere in the US Top 40 since Oct 1st 1983, when ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ first hit, the LP itself still being Top 10 after 50 weeks . . . Alan ‘Gibbo’ Gibson en-route to Bangkok found Lionel Richie even being relayed over the PA in Moscow! . . . Mark Ryman (London Tokyo Joe) recently flew out for a one night gig in Karachi, Pakistan! . . . Jeffrey Osborne has produced his US hit partner Joyce Kennedy singing the ‘Stronger Than Before‘ Burt Bacharach/Carole Bayer Sager/Bruce Roberts song from Chaka Khan’s LP (on which of course The System, not Material, did ‘This Is My Night) . . . Pennye Ford actually seems to fluctuate fractionally around 0-119bpm, while it’s Bobby Broom with an LP on Arista . . . Bar-Kays guitarist Marcus Price was shot dead while leaving a Memphis rehearsal studio Sept 24 — that group have had enough disasters, most original members perishing in the Otis Redding plane crash . . . Streetwave had a party for Rose Royce last week at Mayfair’s Gullivers, where amongst others I chatted at length with almost the entire staff of Horizon (a new slimline CJ Carlos included), pre-bust . . . Rose Royce apparently lost their audience halfway through their Dominion show with over-long self indulgent bass, guitar and drums solos: I myself felt when seeing them at Baileys that Loquient Jobe’s bass was very powerful in its initial shock impact but the others had nothing to say — however, the set there was saved by the huge hydraulic stage/dancefloor which then reverted to its latter function for the dance-along finale . . . Steve Jason let local rappers Rayon Gee & Owen Lee take over the mike during his Sunday soul spot at Peterborough Canters and the result was so good that the duo have written a rap specially about the club — and are recording a live version there this Sunday (21) . . . Chad Jackson (a ‘Funky Sister’ only for the first Windjammer remix) is currently giving “live” lunchtime mixing demonstrations in various record shops (Thur 18 Birmingham HMV Shop, Fri 19 London Virgin Megastore) to plug his ‘Crew Cuts Lesson 2‘ LP on Island, while having left Wednesdays at Manchester Legend he’s after major city weekend residency —mixing, of course! — on 0744-50587 . . . Silhouette plugger Bryan O’Connor’s razor-cut bonce was the cleverly interlocked sleeve design on the first ‘Crew Cuts’, and his hair still looks the same! . . . Tony Blackburn’s Soul Night Out will soon be making once monthly forays from Kilburn’s National Club to other assorted venues around London . . . Central London purchasers of Rif this Wednesday (17) are in time for Steve Watts’ latin samba night at Purley Brighton Road’s Bar Montmartre (½ price booze if appropriately dressed, bring your maracas) — he’s also at South Croydon Royal Oak Centre Scarlett’s Sat, and after more gigs on 71-52110 . . . Stafford Top Of The World’s exciting Hi-NRG mixer Bruce Harper has joined Reg Saunders for a new Wednesday Hi-NRG night at Birmingham’s Powerhouse . . . Thursday (18) Tony Simmons funks Luton Pink Elephant with jazz band Catch Catch Catch, and Ian Reading has another notoriously “rude” night at Southend Zero 6 . . . Friday (19) Mastermind Roadshow cut up Ealing Town Hall until midnight . . . Ray Davies mixes soul/disco-cum-chart and always some soulful smoochers Thur/Fri at Uxbridge High Street’s “Hippodrome-ish” new Regals (another old cinema?), where Top Hats Nightclubs have started a specialist soul Monday with Joe Field joined by Chris Hill (22), Tony Blackburn (29) . . . Simon Dunmore jazz-souls Mondays 8-11pm at Hillingdon’s Hiccups Wine Bar in Hercies Road, “proper punters” now replacing his mates as the place hots up . . . Steve Glover plays sophisticated stuff like Frank Sinatra’s ‘Mack The Knife’ at Bournemouth’s Zig Zag . . . Gt. Yarmouth’s Danny Smith, still Thur/Fri/Sat at the One Five One Club, now also jazz-soul-hip hops Wed at Spangles in Regent Road . . . Steve Ogley offers a reward at Lowestoft Oulton Broad’s Park Avenue Disco following the very selective theft of about a hundred imports, promos, vinyl DMCs, and — cruellest cut of all! — his Malcolm X slipmats . . . Ian Gordon reckons he’s swung weekends at Liverpool’s Corns around to “much harder material” and could do with PAs/promotion nights on 051-207 1962 (11am-4.30pm) . . . George S. Georgiou funking Aycliffe Bee Jays Country Club (funkiest Sun) and Steve Vaughn similarly at Stockton Buddy’s Bar are both keen for allniter/dayer gigs if offered — maybe the LADS up there could check ’em out? . . . Island plugger Julian Palmer and Mike’s brother Brian Gardner (now known as Slack & Black!) are a firm fixture Wednesdays at Soho Whisky-A-Go-Go’s Wag Club, mixing up funk, soul, hip hop and northern — and they’re muttering about a real mix-up coming soon (Double Dee & Steinski look out) . . . Ken Brudenell (Poole Mariners Wharf) and Paul Lewis (Swindon Brunel Rooms) both suggest synching the rightly re-activated Sheila E ‘Glamorous Life’ out of Chaka Khan ‘I Feel For You’ . . . Stephanie Mills’ video on Top Of The Pops should help her medicine go down even better . . . BBC-2’s excellent ‘The Money Programme’ last Sunday examined Michael Jackson’s finances — and expressed the fear that like Elvis Presley he may be shutting himself off too much from reality, which could adversely affect future career moves . . . London appears to be plastered with posters of Morgan Khan, bearing the caption “This man is a Nerd” — it is of him, isn’t it? . . . Adrian Allen (South Shields Chelsea Cat) sent my first Christmas card of the season . . . Graham Hunter of Basingstoke’s Firefly Roadshow bought a Mercedes Benz L409 van, but while it was being customised used the old Ford Transit for one last time — and of course broke down on the way to the gig! . . . HEAVE HO, HEAVE HO!
PIRATE BUST UPDATE
SOUTH LONDON’S pirate TV station Channel 36, plus the proximity of JFM on 103.3FM to ILR’s imminent Radio Mercury on 103.6FM (about which I warned months ago), finally last Thursday prodded the Department of Trade & Industry’s men into swooping on the heights of Crystal Palace and confiscating all the transmitter aerials along Church Road, the street corners of which were thronged with pirates watching while their property was dismantled! Horizon, JFM, Skyline and LWR were thus all off the air, only Radio Jackie being left on Medium Wave, but as transmitter confiscation in the past has meant only a brief hiccup you can expect many to be back — and indeed already Horizon’s DJs have organised a new co-operative management to run Solar 102.5FM (Sound of London Alternative Radio) which actually began broadcasting a continuous music test transmission as early as Sunday evening, still going round the clock as I write (great — no boring chat!). The most dramatic event of last Thursday though was the swoop on Horizon’s studio. Rivals JFM had taken time off after the latest anti-pirate laws came into force in which to move their studio location and set up an infra-red transmitter link, which spared them from further detection, but unfortunately Horizon had merely moved up one floor in their original East Dulwich building and spent £15,000 on brand new studio equipment (this despite decoy details of a move to Victoria!). In the lull when no action was taken against them their security became lax, and it was only when on-air jock CJ Carlos glanced at the TV monitor at about 4.45pm that he realized the front door was being beaten down — so, quick as a flash, he pulled out the actual transmitter link (the one prosecutable bit of equipment) and, Plan A, chucked it out of the window into the neighbour’s garden. This is where farce takes over, as the neighbour picked it up and was bringing it back round to the front door when luckily he was waylaid by Gary Kent, arriving just after the Department’s men and the police has forced an entry, who smuggled it into the private ground floor flat’s front room and immediately scattered all the component parts! However nobody in charge of the bust seemed too sure of procedure, and confiscated absolutely everything out of the studio, brand new cart machines, Technics desks, the lot, leaving just the clock on the wall and a chair — this despite Horizon’s then owner Chris Stewart suddenly remembering Plan B, that the building belonged to an African diplomat and had diplomatic immunity. CJ Carlos actually languished in the police cells for two hours, but eventually got away with all his records bar those that he’d played on air. Anyway, Chris Stewart has washed his hands of Horizon, it’s now back as Solar with new studios being built, and who knows what the future of London’s airwaves will hold? Don’t forget though that any legal soul station, should such ever materialize, will obviously be bound by the same restrictive “needletime” agreement with the Musicians Union which prevents both the BBC and ILR from playing wall-to-wall records around the clock — so make the most of the pirates while you’ve got them.
Heavyweight dudes George Lee and Steve Walsh seem to agree that “George Lee’s NOT a Nancy” . . . as pronunciation of his label credit might lead one to think, it reading “GEORGE LEE’S ANANSI”! Finally biked to me by Rowdy Yeats, saxophonist George’s ‘Sea Shells’ (Ebusia EB 001) is indeed a brassily shuffling and pausing 0-120-0-120-123(piano)-124-0bpm afro-jazz instrumental, flipped by the moodily atmospheric slow ‘Song Of Peace‘, both quality jazz.
CHAMPAIGN: ‘Off And On Love’ (CBS TA 4768)
CBS without any disco feedback have made the disastrous mistake of putting the dreadful stark 108bpm Dance Remix on the A-side, relegating the sizzling hot superb scat-climaxed jauntily catchy 110bpm soul swayer hit side to the B-side, which it now shares with the undanceable short cod-creole ‘Laissez Le Bontemps Roulez’ Buyers, beware!
ANGELA BOFILL: ‘Can’t Slow Down’ (US Arista AD 1-9277)
Prod-penned by The System, wailing Angie’s back in business with a ‘Plane Love/Medicine Song’-style starkly rumbling 111bpm judderer full of bonging bells, slippery scratches and much pent-up excitement (sparser electro inst flip).
TEENA MARIE: ‘Lovergirl’ (US Epic 49-05100)
Self-prod/penned as usual, the 12in version of her rhythmically Rick James-ish 123bpm frisky bounder has an intensely keened catchy “I just want to be your lovergirl” hook line which with some subdued rock guitar (inst flip) must help widen her appeal Stateside without any of her LP’s less satisfying compromises.
FORCE MD’S: ‘Forgive Me Girl’ (Tommy Boy/Island 12IS 207)
Purveyors of “hip hop doo wop” the guys even pose like a ’50s photo on the sleeve, this juvenile pitched plaintive 102bpm soul swayer sounding like a nagging grower given enough radio play, while the flip’s beatier 105bpm ‘Itchin’ For A Scratch‘ has the expected effect but still relies on their fun-filled vocals. A clever concept.
LAURA PALLAS: ‘Hands Off!’ Record Shack SOHOT 29)
Forget all preconceptions of this lady’s Hi-NRG appeal — her Ian Levine-produced newie is sighted smack on soul fans, even if it is already climbing the HI-NRG chart. Set to a speeded-up but still only 102bpm retread of the Lowrell ‘Mellow Mellow Right On’ bass rhythm, it’s a great gritty chugger right in today’s groove (inst flip).
GAYLE ADAMS: ‘I’m Warning You’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 16)
Out here in the nick of time, this Willie Lester & Rodney Brown-prod/penned huskily wailed heavily jotting 107bpm rolling tripper is solidly workman like soul-disco (inst flip).
SLAVE: ‘Ooohh’ (US Cotillion 0-96913)
Now on 12in, this pumping bass jittered nasally nagged 117¼-117¾-0bpm rolling chugger turns out to be A-side, but on better acquaintance the jerkily jolting worryingly whinneyed 116½bpm ‘That’s The Way I Like It‘ may be more memorable — though both seem too introverted to have wide appeal.
SYLVESTER: ‘Rock The Box’ (Cooltempo COOLX 104)
Not Hi-NRG but still speedy, Sylvie’s switched to an 124bpm electro rhythm for some lightweight hip hop (bonus beats and inst Drum Box dub flip).
THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ (US Gordy 1765GF)
Only on 7in but exploding anyway, a powerful nicely wailed beefily jogging 0-113bpm backbeat swayer with jittery undertow (older mellow harmony 106bpm ‘Isn’t The Night Fantastic‘ flip).
AL McCALL: ‘Lock It Up’ (US Profile PRO-7054)
Eric Matthew-mixed spacious lean bass bumped swaying 113bpm revival of Leprechaun’s oldie (on Excaliber 3 years ago), very well controlled if ultimately just a little lacking (inst flip).
THE SYLVERS: ‘In One Love And Out The Other’ (US Geffen Records 0-20258)
Leon F. Sylvers III produces his siblings on a lurchingly chugging 114½bpm beefy jolter kicking a powerful backbeat through staccato vocals (inst flip).
HAYWOODE: ‘I Can’t Let You Go (Thigh & Mighty Remix)’ (CBS QTX 4664)
Held back in soul clubs by its pop sound, Sharon’s 111½bpm hit-let has had a harder remix (flipped by its inst and her older better 114½bpm ‘A Time Like This‘), which may be too late.
JOCELYN BROWN: ‘I Wish You Would (Mastermix)’ (Fourth & Broadway BRWX 14)
Too late and not sufficiently different 111bpm remix by Slack & Black, flipped by its inst and the old (but previously import-only) 103bpm ‘I’m Somebody Else’s Guy — Rap‘ by Frederick ‘MC Count’ Linton.
Hi-NRG BREAKERS include:
Nicci Gable: ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’ (Passion)
Peter Brown: ‘(Love Is Just) The Game’ (US Columbia)
Hazell Dean: ‘Back In My Arms’ (MCA)
Maria Vidal ‘Body Rock’ (US EMI America)
The Tapps: ‘Runaway’ (Dutch Injection)
BRONSKI BEAT: ‘I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me’ (LP ‘The Age Of Consent’ London/Forbidden Fruit BITLP 1)
Haunting falsetto wailed 139bpm medley of — if this isn’t a deterrent — Donna Summer’s classic (which sets the tempo) and John Leyton’s 1961 oldie.
SECESSION: ‘Touch (Part 3)’ (Beggars Banquet BEG 118T)
Droningly intoned skittery 0-128bpm galloper with chugging backbeat (less vocal Part 4).
JOHN STAX: ‘Dance For My Love’ (Lamborghini 12LMG 18)
Noisily enthusiastic 136bpm racer, fast pop with Hi-NRG trappings (inst on flip).
CHARLENE: ‘We’re Both In Love With You’ (Motown TMGT 1352) Lightweight fast 147bpm see-sawing backbeat flier, vocally post-Lauper.
DISCO TOP 85 – October 20, 1984
01 04 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
02 02 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
03 03 GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 01 TUCH ME, Fonda Rae, Streetwave 12in
05 05 THE MEDICINE SONG, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
06 16 WHO’S THAT STRANGER/JUST LIKE DREAMIN’, Terri Wells, London LP
07 12 FINESSE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE, Glenn Jones, US RCA LP
08 70 EYE TO EYE/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/THIS IS MY NIGHT, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
09 29 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, US Motown 12in
10 09 OFF AND ON LOVE, Champaign, CBS 12in
11 07 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT/DON’T DRIVE DRUNK/IT’S YOU (with Dionne Warwick), Stevie Wonder, Motown LP
12 06 RAIN FOREST/SOUND CHASER, Paul Hardcastle, Bluebird 12in
13 11 CANDLELIGHT AFTERNOON, Phyllis St. James, Motown 12in
14 40 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird 12in
15 15 HALF A MINUTE/MATT’S MOOD II, Matt Bianco, WEA LP
16 19 PRIME TIME/C.O.D. (I’LL DELIVER)/TIE ME UP/YOU, ME AND HE/I SIMPLY LIKE, Mtume, US Epic LP
17 21 AIN’T NO TURNIN’ BACK/PHONEMATE, Phyllis St. James, US Motown LP
18 08 LOST IN MUSIC (REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
19 13 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
20 17 MAGIC TOUCH (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
21 10 I WISH YOU WOULD, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
22 22 ENCORE/GOT TO BE REAL, Cheryl Lynn, Streetwave 12in
23 — GEORGY PORGY, Charme, US RCA Victor 12in
24 41 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE/FIND YOURSELF/BEAT FREAK/MAGIC JOHNSON/LET IT GO, Bobby Broom, US Arista LP
25 23 UNDERCOVER LOVER/GIVIN’ UP ON LOVE/JUST FOR YOU/ONE GIRL, The Controllers, US MCA LP
26 14 WEEKEND GIRL/NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU, The SOS Band, US Tabu LP
27 24 PLEASE DON’T GO (REMIX), Steve Washington, Streetwave 12in
28 30 SECRET FANTASY, Tom Browne, US Arista LP/7in
29 38 I’M GIVIN’ ALL MY LOVE, Terri Wells, US Philly World 12in
30 20 YOUR TOUCH (CLUB VERSION), Bonnie Pointer, US Private I 12in
31 54 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/UNIVERSAL RHYTHM (INSTRUMENTAL MIX), Ralph MacDonald, London 12in
32 25 HOT POTATO, LaToya Jackson, US Private I 12in
33 27 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
34 28 YOU TURN ME ON, Rick James, Gordy LP
35 31 INTERNATIONAL (REMIX), Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
36 18 TODA MENINA BAIANA, Gilberto Gil, WEA 12in
37 36 NOW THAT I HAVE YOU, McGee, US American Dream Records Ltd 12in
38 44 WE’RE ROCKING THE PLANET, Hashim, US Cutting Records 12in
39 50 IPANEMA LADY/GOT TO GET BACK TO LOVE, George Duke, US Epic LP
40 — CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
41 49 YOU MAKE ME HAPPY, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in promo
42 39 LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE, Intrigue, Music Power Records 12in
43 — SEXOMATIC (REMIX), Bar-Kays, US Mercury 12in
44 34 RUNNING, Gwen Pressley & Portable Patrol, US Aerial 12in
45 28 JAZZY LADY, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, RCA LP/US 12in
46 35 MAS QUE NADA, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, A&M LP
47 57 CARIBBEAN QUEEN/DANCEFLOOR/AFRICAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
48 47 NAUGHTY TIMES, Cutty, US Hudson River Records 12in
49 — OUT OF CONTROL, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
50 — OOOHH/THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT, Slave, US Cotillion 12in
51 32 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
52 71 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, US Total Experience LP
53 — INSIDE MOVES/WHEN I LOOK AT YOU, Grover Washington Jr, Elektra LP
54 63 GET OFF (YOU FASCINATE ME) (REMIX), Patrice Rushen, Elektra 12in
55 59 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
56 84 DO OR DIE BED STY/CHANGES (WE GO THROUGH), Divine Sounds, US Specific Records 12in
57 43 I GET ROMANTIC, Booker Newberry III, Buzz International 12in
58 77 WE GOT LOVE, The Real Thing, RCA 12in
59 — TREAT HER LIKE A LADY, The Temptations, US Gordy 7in
60 48 MIDNIGHT LOVER/BIG STRONG MAN, Margie Joseph, Atlantic 12in
61 65 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, Curtom 12in/US remix promo
62 73 SURPRISE SURPRISE, Bobby Womack, Motown LP/7in
63 58 COME AND GET MY LOVIN’, Barbara Fowler, Master Mix 12in
64 51 UNITY, Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
65 64 BATTLE CRY, Rockers Revenge (‘Beat Street 2’), Atlantic LP
66 67 ONE HUNDRED SPEAKERS, Daniel Sofer/Dr Dre/Unknown DJ, US Saturn Records 12in
67 56 NIGHT SO RIGHT, Dolos, US Sunnyview 12in
68 — L.A. NIGHT, Yasuko Agawa, Japanese Invitation LP
69 74 CHECKING OUT, Nat King Cool & The Cool Runners, Tai Wan 12in
70 — JAIL HOUSE RAP, Fat Boys, US Sutra 12in
71 — LOCK IT UP, Al McCall, US Profile 12in
72 — CAN’T SLOW DOWN, Angela Bofill, US Arista 12in
73 42 I CAN’T LET YOU GO, Haywoode, CBS 12in
74 — LOVE AIN’T NO HOLIDAY, Native, US Jamaica 12in
75 61 SEA SHELLS, George Lee’s Anansi, Ebusia 12in
76 81 IT MUST BE HEAVEN, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in promo
77 45 RELEASE YOURSELF (DUB), Aleem, Streetwave 12in
78 68 I’VE BEEN WATCHING YOU (JAMIE’S GIRL), Randy Hall, MCA 12in
79 69 I’M WARNING YOU, Gayle Adams, Fourth & Broadway 12in
80 — I KEEP CALLIN’, Al Jarreau, US Warner Bros 7in
81 — FIND IT (HOLD THAT NOTE)/JUST HAVING FUN, Cabo Frio, US Zebra LP
82 — LOVERGIRL, Teena Marie, US Epic 12in
83 — KINKY GIRL, The Creations, US Dre Mar Records 12in
84 — (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, US Skyview 12in
85 — GET READY, LET’S PARTY/U CAN DO (WATCHA WANNA)/DANCE FRITE, New Horizons, US Columbia 12in/LP
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Wham! 132f, Style Council 144-143½f, Paul Young 112f, Alison Moyet 72/144f, Eugene Wilde 93f, Kim Wilde 118f, The SOS Band 79f, Feargal Sharkey 135f, Billy Ocean 113½f, Limahl 121f, Jets 187f.
01 01 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
02 02 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
03 09 SECOND BEST/RUNNING WILD IN THE NIGHT/HEARTLESS, Evelyn Thomas, French In The Mix LP/Record Shack promo
04 14 I’M ON FIRE, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus, 12in
05 03 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
06 07 TIME BOMB, Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
07 10 CAN THE RHYTHM, Girltalk, Innervision 12in
08 04 REACHING FOR THE BEST, Xenia Rowe, Crystal City 12in pre
09 05 HEARTS ON FIRE, Sam Harris, US Motown LP
10 15 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, Heat-X-Change, Passion 12in white label
11 11 THE FIGHT (FOR THE SINGLE FAMILY), Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
12 18 LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
13 08 HIGH SEX DRIVE, Dolmann, Passion 12in
14 23 HANDS OFF!, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in white label
15 19 BE MY BABY, Dennis Dwyer, Dutch Friends 12in
16 13 YOU CRY, Sense, W.A.R., 12in
17 12 EASY LOVE (REMIX), Vikki Benson, Bronze 12in
18 24 LONG AFTER TONIGHT IS ALL OVER, True, Rock City 12in
19 17 HEY HEY GUY, Ken Laszlo, Italian MEM 12in
20 20 I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE FREE, Tina B, Elektra LP
21 — SHARP SHOOTER, Laura Branigan, US EMI America LP (soundtrack)
22 26 SATELLITES, Christopher Street, ERC 12in
23 22 GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW (CELEBRATION DANCE MiX), Viola Wills, Touch 12in
24 — HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT, Kim Fields, US Critique 12in
25 21 DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY/A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, Boystown Gang, Dutch Rams Horn LP
26 28 WHY?, Bronski Beat, London 12in
27 — PRIME CUTS (MEDLEY), Various, ERC 12in
28 — IF IT’S LOVE (YOU’RE AFTER), Jackson Moore, ERC 12in white label
29 — HELPLESS, Flirts, US Telefon 12in
30 — MY LOVE, Lime, Canadian Matra 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (2) Sister Sledge, 2 (4) Stephanie Mills, 3 (1) Ray Parker Jr, 4 (3) Miami Sound Machine, 5 (24) Culture Club, 6 (5) Stevie Wonder 12in, 7 (7) Level 42, 8 (6) Bronski Beat, 9 (9) Paul Hardcastle, 10 (14) David Bowie, 11 (8) Animal Nightlife, 12 (12) Simplicious, 13 (15) Laura Branigan ‘SC’, 14 (32) Staple Singers, 15 (11) Jocelyn Brown, 16 (39) Fonda Rae, 17 (10) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 18 (31) Freddie Mercury, 19 (-) Chaka Khan, 20 (-) Cars, 21 (-) Matt Bianco ‘MM2’, 22 (-) Moroder/Oakey, 23 (27) UB40, 24 (-) Style Council, 25 (22) Sade, 26 (-) Billy Ocean, 27 (18_ Alphaville, 28 (38) Margie Joseph, 29 (17) Alicia Myers, 30 (19) Depeche Mode, 31 (16) Hazell Dean, 32 (13) Rose Royce, 33 (20) Prince, 34 (37) Gilberto Gil, 35 (-) Eugene Wilde, 36 (29) Tin-Tin, 37 (-) Wham, 38 (-) Miquel Brown, 39 (-) Kraftwerk, 40 (-) Boney M.