ODDS ‘N’ BODS
PIRATE UPDATE: South Manchester’s KFM had a full studio confiscation bust last Thursday, leaving the nearby Southside 92.1FM (STR renamed) planning to go week-long now, while the previous night London’s JFM 104.4FM amongst others lost their transmitter yet again (by chance Solar 102.45FM’s had temporarily broken down!) . . . Radio Mercury now seem to be beefing about Radio Jackie on Medium Wave clashing with their audience area rather than their signal . . . I get the impression there’s some dissatisfaction “up-country” about the content of these pages: maybe if I lived only within range of Radio One I too would be enthusing about Duran Duran, but as I live in Britain’s soul capital, London (where Tony Blackburn’s weekday BBC Radio London soul show tops the morning ratings, Solar-FM plays soul around the clock, Capital features soul heavily at weekends, other nearby ILR stations have expanded their soul programming, and import shops still shift the hottest vinyl), I write about what’s happening amongst those for whom black music is an easily accessible part of normal life — if this upsets some in less fortunate areas I’m sorry, it’s done to keep people in touch with the stuff that even less specialist DJs could be playing in the months to come . . . Andy Peebles sits in on Radio London for holidaying Tony Blackburn at the end of this month, which should be interesting as Andy’s old Piccadilly soul show in Manchester was the talk of the north — a pity though that Tony’s dropped his daily club DJ charts . . . Andy Grahamme’s weekday 2-5pm show on Kent’s Invicta Sound copies the Blackburn format with nothing but soul every afternoon, while of course Pete Tong Saturday 7- 10pm remains the specialist soul slot (heard best in London/Essex on 103.8FM) . . . Solar-FM’s chart-compiling breakfast jock Tony Monson now co-presents the Monday edition of Dave Gregory’s 7-9pm soul show on Essex Radio 95.3FM . . . Swindon Brunel Rooms jock Sandy Martin (not Continental ‘Ibiza’ hitster Sandy Marton!) now has a regular Friday night Disco-Trekin’ show on Wiltshire Radio 96.4/97.4FM — but what time? . . . London’s saturation soul radio has resulted in some records like Brass Construction, Mercy Mercy and even Fonda Rae “burning out” before finished copies finally hit the shops (LP tracks like Switch and Rose Royce seem unaffected by the wait though) — maybe record companies should re-think their traditional white label promotion methods? . . . Stevie Wonder ‘Love Light In Flight‘ is due here next week, The Intruders could be sooner on Streetwave . . . Robert Blenman is leaving PRT to become a music publisher at EMI Music, his parting shot being a TK compilation LP ‘Queen Of Clubs‘ including The Controllers ‘Somebody Gotta Win Somebody’s Gotta Lose‘ and — wait for it — Paulette Reeves ‘Jazz Freak‘ amongst the 16 cuts, due next week . . . Bluebird/10 is the joint label identity in a new distribution link with Virgin/10 Records for Bluebird, whose owners “The Two Billies” are about to become Scottish lairds with a castle by the Solway Firth! . . . Paul Hardcastle has replaced his current Cooltempo hit’s flip with a new sax-overdubbed 0-121bpm remix of Bluebird’s original ‘Rain Forest’ (currently climbing the US Hot Dance/Disco chart, which Chaka Khan still tops as well as Hot Black) . . . Rose Royce guitarist Walter McKinney will be joining our own Nat King Cool & The Cool Runners from the new year, probably in the role of lead singer “Nat” himself (the band also includes Nick Straker) . . . Sho-Pro’s soul weekender won’t be moving to Camber Sands until next October, in April merely slipping sideways back at Caister into the other nearby smaller Seashore camp to which it was briefly demoted in 1980 (for the “twin” events) . . . Suzanne Gigli ‘Boys Do It’ (Lamborghini) somehow came out as Suzanne Young last week, it’s Eramus Hall P’funking on US Capitol, Paula Anderson on US Starlite, Rich Cason’s track is ‘X-Plantary Zone, Roni Griffith is only 116bpm! . . . Disco Mix Club’s November mixes are Alan Coulthard’s brilliantly integrated Pop hotch potch and near flawless Heaven 17 medley (spoilt only by some of the later actual tracks), and Sanny X’s electronically augmented early ’70s Glam Rock oldies and surprisingly bad disjointed Evelyn King medley (normally a doddle for anyone to mix smoothly): DJ subscription details on 06286-67276 . . . Friday (16) finds Froggy at Stanmore Chevaliers (arrive before 11pm), Jackson Moore PA-ing at Manchester New Millionaire . . . Imagination are signing records at Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre Saturday 11.30am . . . Sunday (18) Steve Walsh joins the Birmingham Powerhouse 2pm alldayer crew, Viola Wills joins DJ Alex Baker at the new Dicks Inn Sunday Club Musique gay venue in London Cavendish Square’s Phoenix . . . Paul French souls Gillingham’s new Kents fun pub in Jeffrey Street nightly, while the other Paul ‘Frenchy’ French is about to leave Dunfermline’s Night Magic to open a brand new Bacchus International club in Norway, Bergen’s Ole Bull (their most lavishly lit installation yet) . . . Alan James Jewell in, the land of opportunity, Hong Kong (he’s currently DJ at Casablanca in Aberdeen, zany video jock on TVB Pearl’s top-rated live ‘Music TV’ and about to start on ‘8.30 Video’, while his previously mentioned mixed disco LP and 12in remix were the first ever done locally) is looking for extrovert showmen DJs, mixing essential, for Hong Kong and Asian club work: send cassette, photo and history to him at The Manhattan Discotheques Ltd, South Seas Center, Tower II, Suite 805, Tsimshatsui East, Hong Kong . . . Adrian Allen (South Shields Chelsea Cat) is after Peter Brown ‘Love In Our Hearts‘ and Locksmith ‘Blackjack‘ (the latter old B-side huge Hi-NRG locally) on Boldon 364895 . . . Brainstorm’s old ‘Lovin’ Is Really My Game‘ is hitting US clubs by Zino featuring Tyne Mouton (US Pacific) while here it’s hot on LP by Sylvester — who will guest on Earlene Bentley’s next single ‘Stargazing‘ . . . RM’s fax man Alan Jones wonders how Les Knott can gauge floor reaction to a disco party chart “as presented on Harlow Hospital Radio”?! . . . HEAVE HO, HEAVE HO!
“MIGHTY ATOM” CLEVELAND ANDERSON, has joined ALAN DAVID for Saturday soul-funk-reggae-calypso sessions at The Warehouse in Glasgow’s Dunlop Street, guests this Saturday (17) including George Lee’s Anansi live and Cool Notes PA. Sounds a hoot, mon!
KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Fresh’ (De-Lite DEX 18)
Back on form, this self-produced beefily chugging simple 117bpm jiggler may borrow its nagging title from the world of hip hop but its modernity lies in uncluttered tight production rather than an “electro” sound (promos had no flip).
CHARME: ‘Georgy Porgy’ (RCA RCAT 464)
In its third released form since 1979, this now Jonathan Fearing-remixed Toto-penned tuggingly pulsed 101-102-103-101-103bpm catchy singalong swayer has the unmistakable moaning tones of Luther Vandross as its main attraction (inst flip, plus the old 106-107bpm HUES CORPORATION ‘Rock The Boat’).
PENNYE FORD: ‘Change Your Wicked Ways’ (Total Experience XET 503)
Originally a demo singer for Motown publishers Jobete, Pennye wails like Chaka Khan on a fabulous immediately familiar rolling and swinging 0-119bpm backbeat smacker, really classy (edit flip).
ROY AYERS: ‘Poo Poo La La’ (LP ‘In The Dark’ US Columbia FC 39422)
The vibist’s superb set is most outrageous in this confidentially conversational gentle 109bpm swayer where he huskily croons “let me kiss you on your poo la la, squeeze you on your dee oh da da”! Mighty fine jazz-funk are the Grover Washington/Tom Browne-backed 123bpm ‘Goree Island‘, 121bpm ‘Love Is In The Feel‘, 122bpm ‘Campadre‘ and madly catchy (0-)120bpm title track (which many waited for on LP), ‘Blast The Box‘ being mild 113bpm hip hop, ‘I Can’t Help It‘ delicately 43½/87bpm, ‘Sexy Sexy Sexy‘ jerkily 126bpm.
THE BREEKOUT KREW: ‘Matt’s Mood’ (London LONX 59)
Exploding fast, Matt Bianco’s slinky tune becomes a great rapped ‘n sung 97½bpm nagging tugger right in today’s groove (Rock Beats inst, flipped by a fast 121bpm electro skitterer in ‘Everybody Break‘ and ‘Break Break’ form).
THE WHISPERS: ‘Contagious’ (LP ‘So Good’ US Solar 60356-1)
A strong return (largely produced by Midnight Star’s Reggie Calloway), hottest being this imminently 12-inched typical catchy 115bpm burbler, while the strutting 116bpm ‘Some Kinda Lover‘, 117bpm ‘Sweet Sensation‘ and rock-disco 143bpm ‘On Impact‘ are other dancers, particularly good romancers being the superbly soulful slow 36/72bpm ‘Never Too Late‘, 80bpm ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’, 66bpm ‘Are You Going My Way’, 38½bpm title track.
THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Running’ (LP ‘Truly For You’ US Gordy 6119GL)
Another strong set, selling also for their 113bpm hit, this gritty 111bpm jolter, the more dated scat-climaxed 113bpm ‘Memories‘ and 125bpm ‘Set Your Love Right‘ being other dancers while exceptional soul slowies are the rap-outroed sweet 85½-0bpm ‘My Love Is True‘, 91bpm ‘I’ll Keep My Light In My Window‘, (0-)95bpm ‘Just To Keep You In My Life‘.
EVELYN THOMAS: ‘Heartless’ (Record Shack SOHOT 30)
Unexpected maybe but huge at Caister and breaking first for the old jazz-funk mafia jocks is this excellent John Morales-remixed Jocelyn Brown-style soulfully wailed 0-105-104½bpm rolling chugger (inst flip), prod/penned by Ian Levine & Fi Trench — whose likewise Lo-NRG Laura Pallas newie has yet to get similar support.
AMII STEWART: ‘Friends’ (Italian RCA Italiana PC 6763)
Only a shortage of copies prevents this Rome-recorded unexpectedly gorgeous piano and “strings” backed almost 10cc-ish atmospheric gently bubbling 0-94½bpm soft soul swayer from exploding in London, where it’s a pirate plugged slow burner (inst flip).
PETE CAMPBELL: ‘Let’s Make A Baby’ (P.C. Record Production PC 2, via Jet Star 01-961 4422)
Mashing up the airwaves and much requested, a delightful lightly reggaefied 97bpm revival of Billy Paul’s classic, likely to be large!
THE LIMIT: ‘Say Yeah’ (US Portrait 4R9-05106)
John Luongo-mixed breezily skittering 123bpm snapper sung by a light chap and guest Gwen Guthrie to sparsely jittering percussion and tooting sax (inst flip), pure class.
EUGENE WILDE: ‘Personality’ (LP ‘Eugene Wilde’ US Philly World 90239-1)
The guy’s range is confusing (as are his sleeve credited family connections!), stretching from gruff and mature to young and tender on his 93bpm hit, this short Kashif/D Train-ish 116bpm smooth jitterer, the rolling 111½bpm ‘Just Be Good To Me‘, lurching 0-111bpm ‘Lately‘, Woody Woodpecker/introed Kid Creole-ish 114¼bpm ‘Chey Chey Kule‘, Simplicious’ 0-124bpm ‘Let Her Feel It‘, rock-disco (0-)127bpm ‘Gold’, slow 69½-0bpm ‘Rainbow’.
GLENN JONES: ‘Finesse’ LP (RCA PL88036)
Instantly huge on import, the consistent Kashif/Lillo-ish set’s dance hits are the 112bpm title track, 109bpm ‘Meet Me Half Way There‘, 108½bpm ‘You’re The Only One I Love‘, 84bpm ‘Show Me‘.
BAR-KAYS: ‘Sexomatic’ (Club JABX 10)
Mark Berry-remixed suspensefully introed freakily dramatic 0-113bpm semi-electro rolling and rumbling judderer (strong dub/bonus beats flip), exciting yet soulful too and good with Stephanie Mills/Dazz Band.
SPECIAL OCCASION: ‘Flyin’ To Santa Barbara’ (Belgian Nunk 1010)
Rather good steadily snapping bright little 108bpm jazz-funk instrumental swayer with various solos and some soaring chix, largely the work of just Frank De Gryse.
TWILIGHT 22: ‘In The Night’ (LP ‘Twilight 22’ US Vanguard VSD 79452)
Mainly all the work of Gordon Bahary, the supposedly hip hop act’s big surprises are this beautiful gently sung gossamer light 112bpm easy listening swayer and the purposefully plopping 107-0bpm ‘Don Juan‘ both having great Stevie Wonder-style harmonica (synthesized?), while the 102bpm ‘Mysterious‘ and 102bpm ‘You Would Never‘ are good subdued today’s groove joggers: otherwise angrily electro are the 114bpm ‘Street Love‘, 123½bpm ‘Break Anyway‘, (0-)127bpm ‘Electric Kingdom‘, 130bpm ‘Siberian Nights‘, 133bpm ‘Rubber Band Clown‘.
SHINEHEAD: ‘Billie Jean/Mama Used To Say’ (Virgin VS 735-12)
Recent reggae number one now crossing over fast, this ice cool slinky slow 82¼bpm Jackson/Junior medley incorporates ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ whistling (dub flip), a real pace-changing gas!
SMILEY CULTURE: ‘Police Officer’ (Fashion FAD 026, via Jet Star)
The fast talking ‘Cockney Translation’ toaster currently tops the reggae chart with this mesmeric 86bpm tongue twister telling a “nick nick” tale, abruptly followed by its dub (78bpm ‘Shan A Shan‘ flip).
CHIC: ‘Chic Cheer’ (Atlantic A96604T)
Bernard Edwards’ teasingly introed 0-113-111-113-112-111-113bpm remix of the guitar jittered sparse semi-instrumental may prove a less solid dancer than the flip’s original 0-115-113-115-113-114bpm LP Version.
Hi-NRG BREAKERS include:
Silhouette with Jeanie Tracy: ‘Manhunt’ (US Fantasy)
Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey: ‘Together In Electric Dreams’ (Virgin)
Diana Ross: ‘Swept Away (Remix)’ (US RCA)
Dennis Dwyer: ‘Be My Baby’ (Dutch Friends)
English Evenings: ‘Tear You Down’ (Safari)
Peter Brown: ‘(Love Is Just) The Game’ (US Columbia)
Eurythmics: ‘Sexcrime’ (Virgin)
TONY ESPOSITO: ‘Kalimba De Luna’ (Red Bus RBUSL 102)
Finally we get the Continental hit original, best and most infectious 111bpm version of this playfully bouncing romp, well up to Ottawan-type standards, co-penned by Italian Tony himself with “tamborder” backing (inst, and perky 122bpm ‘Lagos‘ flip). So happy it should be a party smash . . . and even I really like it!
SYLVESTER: ‘Sex’ (LP ‘M-1015’ Cooltempo CHR 1492)
Electronically skittered archetypal fast flying 128bpm Sylvester, way out front as the set’s biggest Hi-NRG hit, his storming 137bpm revival of Brainstorm’s ‘Lovin’ Is Really My Game‘ and frantic 0-137bpm ‘Take Me To Heaven‘ being well in its wake.
PRINCESS U-F-O: ‘Hi Flyer’ (Youngblood YBT 0088, via Pinnacle)
Frantic rattling 131bpm galloper with some husky Germanic vocal and plenty of pounding percussion, probably worth unearthing.
DISCO TOP 85 – November 17, 1984
01 01 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
02 04 TREAT HER LIKE A LADY (REMIX), The Temptations, Motown 12in
03 02 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
04 03 HALF A MINUTE (REMIX)/MATTS MOOD II, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
05 17 IN THE DARK/LOVE IS IN THE FEEL Roy Ayers, US Columbia 12in
06 16 MATT’S MOOD, The Breekout Krew, US Next Plateau 12in/London white label
07 07 GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
08 13 GEORGY PORGY, Charme, RCA 12in
09 10 YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT, Thelma Houston, US MCA 12in
10 05 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/MY LOVE IS ALIVE/ STRONGER THAN BEFORE, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
11 15 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, Total Experience 12in
12 19 CARIBBEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
13 11 I FORGOT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
14 09 FINESSE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/SHOW ME, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
15 12 OFF AND ON LOVE, Champaign, CBS 12in
16 08 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
17 06 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird 12in
18 32 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
19 28 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
20 26 WHO’S THAT STRANGER/JUST LIKE DREAMIN’, Terri Wells, London LP
21 14 TUCH ME, Fonda Rae, Streetwave 12in
22 27 NAUGHTY TIMES, Cutty, Cooltempo 12in
23 23 LOVERGIRL, Teena Marie, US Epic 12in
24 21 EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
25 18 INTERNATIONAL (REMIX), Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
26 22 YOU TURN ME ON (REMIX), Rick James, Gordy 12in
27 — POO POO LA LA/GOREE ISLAND/BLAST THE BOX/COMPADRE, Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
28 24 THE MEDICINE SONG, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
29 37 CHIC CHEER (1984 REMIX), Chic, Atlantic 12in
30 36 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, CRC 12in
31 33 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
32 — WE ARE FAMILY (1984 REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
33 — SAY YEAH, The Limit, US Portrait 12in
34 34 I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING WORTHWHILE, Gene Chandler, Bluebird 12in
35 20 YOU MAKE ME HAPPY, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
36 65 ENLIGHTENMENT/ONCE AGAIN LOVE, Lonnie Liston Smith, US Doctor Jazz LP
37 — CONTAGIOUS/SOME KINDA LOVER/SWEET SENSATION/ARE YOU GOING MY WAY/DON’T KEEP ME WAITING, The Whispers, US Solar LP
38 38 SOLID/STREET CORNER, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
39 29 SECRET FANTASY/TOMMY GUN/BREAK OUT, Tom Browne, Artista LP
40 39 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (REMIX)/I DON’T WANT NOBODY ELSE, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
41 — RUNNING/I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOWMY LOVE IS TRUE (TRULY FOR YOU), The Temptations, US Gordy LP
42 — PERSONALITY/JUST BE GOOD TO ME/LATELY/CHEY CHEY KULE, Eugene Wilde, US Philly World LP
43 45 FORGIVE ME GIRL/ITCHIN’ FOR A SCRATCH, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
44 66 WHO DO YOU LOVE?, The Intruders, US El Cee Records 12in
45 44 NEW LOVE/WORK IT (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
46 31 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown LP
47 — HEARTLESS (REMIX), Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in white label
48 58 BEAT FREAK/DUB, Bobby Broom, US Arista 12in
49 68 PLAYMATES/OPERATOR, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
50 54 OUT OF CONTROL, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
51 75 CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO, Philip Bailey, CBS 12in
52 46 I KEEP CALLIN’, Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
53 42 I’M WARNING YOU, Gayle Adams, Fourth & Broadway 12in
54 40 MAGIC TOUCH (REMIX), Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
55 41 IT MUST BE HEAVEN, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in
56 49 COMPROMISE/WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT, Jellybean, EMI America EP
57 70 MAS QUE NADA, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, A&M LP
58 — RAIN FOREST (RECUT REMIX), Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
59 — BILLIE JEAN/MAMA USED TO SAY (MEDLEY), Shinehead, Virgin 12in
60 30 CANDLELIGHT AFTERNOON, Phyllis St. James, Motown 12in
61 57 UNDERCOVER LOVER, The Controllers, US MCA LP
62 — THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Take 3, Elite 12in
63 63 CONTAGIOUS, Whispers, US Solar 7in
64 79 SATURDAY NIGHT, Glen Adams Affair featuring T.Ski Valley, Belgian Nunk 12in
65 78 MOSQUITO (A.K.A. HOBO SCRATCH), West Street Mob, Sugarhill 12in
66 71 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
67 re EROTIC CITY, Prince, US Warner Bros 12in
68 50 SUNSHINE, Total Contrast, Total Contrast Records 12in
69 69 AIN’T NO TURNIN’ BACK/PHONEMATE, Phyllis St. James, US Motown LP
70 74 IN THE NIGHT/DON JUAN/MYSTERIOUS, Twilight 22, US Vanguard LP
71 48 MAGIC JOHNSON/GIVE ME YOUR LOVE, Bobby Broom, US Arista LP
72 — DO IT/INSTRUMENTAL, Cargo, CG Records 12in
73 55 IN THE NAME OF LOVE, Ralph MacDonald/Bill Withers, London 12in
74 80 CHINAFREAK/GIVE ME THE NIGHT, B.R.U.T., French Jump & Shout 12in
75 51 CAN’T SLOW DOWN, Angela Bofill, US Arista 12in
76 47 ENCORE/GOT TO BE REAL, Cheryl Lynn, Streetwave 12in
77 — LOVERIDE, Nuance Featuring Vikki Love, US 4th & B’way 12in
78 re FRESH, WILD, FLY AND BOLD, The Cold Crush Brothers, US Profile 12in
79 — POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
80 85 PEOPLE HOLD ON, Earl Flint, US Panda 12in
81 — JAMIE, Ray Parker Jr, US Arista 7in
82 re THE GLAMOROUS LIFE, Sheila E, Warner Bros 12in
83 — BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish featuring Freeze Force, US Sugarscoop 12in
84 — COSMIC BLAST, Captain Rock, US NIA 12in
85=— FLYIN’ TO SANTA BARBARA, Special Occasion, Belgian Nunk 12in
85=72 I’M THE BEST, Tomorrow’s Edition, US Mel-O Records 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Depeche Mode ‘S’ 19-39-0f/’BR’ 0-59¾/119½f, Matt Bianco 108f, Murray Head (0-)108-0c, Kane Gang 112f, Redskins 0-222f, ABC 121c, Elvis Presley 0-86-0r, OMD 37½f, Switch 104f. So much hot vinyl this week, so little space!
01 12 WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in white label
02 02 SECOND BEST/RUNNING WILD IN THE NIGHT, Evelyn Thomas, French In The Mix LP/Record Shack promo
03 07 IF IT’S LOVE (THAT YOU’RE AFTER), Jackson Moore, ERC 12in promo
04 08 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
05 01 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
06 04 HANDS OFF!, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
07 10 LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
08 05 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
09 14 SEX/LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME/TAKE ME TO HEAVEN, Sylvester, Cooltempo 12in
10 06 I’M ON FIRE, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus 12in
11 03 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
12 22 BACK IN MY ARMS (ONCE AGAIN), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
13 11 HELPLESS, Flirts, US Telefon 12in
14 09 REACHING FOR THE BEST, Xenia Rowe, Crystal City 12in pre
15 23 THE POWER OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 12in
16 20 I FEEL LOVE (JOHNNY REMEMBER ME)/WHY?, Bronski Beat, London LP
17 25 REACH FOR THE STARS, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
18 16 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, Heat-X-Change, Passion 12in
19 17 THE FIGHT (FOR THE SINGLE FAMILY), Norma Lewis, ERC 12in
20 13 LONG AFTER TONIGHT (IS ALL OVER), True, Rock City 12in
21 15 SHARPSHOOTER, Laura Branigan, US EMI America LP (soundtrack)
22 26 I’LL CRY FOR YOU (1984 REMIX), Kumano, Canadian Power 12in
23 re I’M SO BEAUTIFUL, Divine, Proto 12in
24 30 I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE FREE, Tina B, US Atlantic 12in
25 re WHY?, Bronski Beat, London 12in
26 18 CAN THE RHYTHM, Girltalk, Innervision 12in
27 29 TURN THE TABLES, Liquid Gold, Ecstasy 12in
28 re TIME BOMB, Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
29 27 I FEEL FOR YOU, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
30=— ONE SHOT LOVER, Venus, Belgian ARS 12in
30=— YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, CBS 12in promo
POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Chaka Khan 12in, 2 (2) Billy Ocean, 3 (5) Wham!, 4 (7) Moroder/Oakey, 5 (6) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 6 (3) Stephanie Mills, 7 (13) Dazz Band, 8 (8) Eugene Wilde, 9 (10) Culture Club, 10 (16) Pointer Sisters, 11 (9) Bronski Beat ‘W’, 12 (4) Ray Parker Jr, 13 (21) Lionel Richie, 14 (28) Duran Duran, 15 (11) Staple Singers, 16 (12) Stevie Wonder 12in, 17 (23) Fonda Rae, 18 (24) Julian Lennon, 19 (15) Miami Sound Machine, 20 (17) Animal Nightlife, 21 (14) Style Council, 22 (—) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 23 (—) Rick James, 24 (25) Paul Hardcastle ‘RF’, 25 (27) Spandau Ballet, 26 (—) Matt Bianco ‘HAM’/’MM2’, 27 (39) Sade, 28 (35) Hazell Dean, 29 (—) Cutty, 30 (30) Brass Construction, 31 (—) Heaven 17, 32 (29) Simplicious, 33 (20) Phyllis St. James ‘CA’, 34 (32) David Bowie, 35 (36) Ashford & Simpson, 36 (38) Paul McCartney, 37 (31) Margie Joseph, 38 (19) The SOS Band ‘WG’, 39 (re) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 40= (re) Stranglers/U2.
6 thoughts on “November 17, 1984: Kool & The Gang, Charme, Pennye Ford, Roy Ayers, Breekout Krew”
James was right, living in Scotland mils away from the Capital and access to Soul pirate stations was frustrating. Reading about wall to wall soul on radio I was green with envy. We were even starved of access to new releases in record stores at the time. My first visits to Manchester and London were a revelation that resulted in me going wild on the old credit card buying records I’d never seen before!
I know that feeling! 🙂 From Norway, and we had great import DJ shops but every visit to Groove in London had me stackin’ ’em up by the 100’s.
Loopzilla: if you enter the same email address every time you comment, then once I approve the first one, all your other ones will automatically be published without waiting for approval. (It doesn’t have to be your actual email address – I can see it, but nobody else can.)
I think the Roy Ayers album marks the end of an era – maybe the last good jazz-funk album by one of the greats just as the scene that had dominated things over here for the previous 5 0r 6 years sort of disappeared in this country. Most of the tracks on ‘In The Dark’ were played on the pirates at the time and were still seen as at the forefront of things. but things were changing rapidly by now.
In the comment above it didn’t come out as I wanted it – I didn’t mean Roy Ayers last good album but the last good one of ALL the jazz-funk greats who had been so revered on the dance scene in Britain since the end of the 70s and which was still looked on as cutting edge enough to be also all over pirate radio.
@ Mike A: Cool, I’ll use the same email from now on. 🙂