ODDS ‘N’ BODS
PAUL HARDCASTLE has pseudonymously recorded an electro remake of ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag‘ for release as flip of the Pigbag original — on yet another label! . . . MCA have imported 5,000 Thelma Houston 12in and 1,000 Whispers LPs for sale at UK prices, while Eugene Wilde’s LP is already out here (Fourth & Broadway BRLP 502) with different sleeve and running order . . . CRC plan a brand new US remix of Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love’ just after Christmas . . . Chaka Khan, back together again with Rufus, will make one solo and one group LP a year for the next five years — can’t be bad! . . . Howard Johnson is currently recording here with Rod Temperton and Barry Blue . . . Marvin’s two years younger brother Frank Gaye is in London shopping for a deal — sounding and looking the same, he was drafted to Vietnam in ’65 before he could start his own career and then later was overshadowed by those very similarities . . . Peter Stringfellow’s special Poppy Day charity night at London’s Hippodrome raised an incredible £40,000 in donations . . . Brothers Johnson have left A&M, a final ‘Best Of’ set being due next month compiled by Orin Cozier with a 4-track medley mixed by Les Adams . . . Victor Carstarphen, responsible for the brilliant Temptations ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ arrangement, was a sometime partner of McFadden & Whitehead in the mid-’70s . . . Cheryl Lynn ‘Encore’ finally dropped out of our chart after nearly a year, in which it came to personify 1984’s “hot tempo” — now readjusting as you may have noticed into “today’s groove” (all these tempos are basically slow-ish, tense, and the soul equivalent of reggae’s heartbeat) . . . Kool & The Gang have a greatest hits “live” video called ‘Tonight’ on sale in America . . . ‘Thriller’-videoing John Landis’ next film ‘Into The Night’ has BB King singing three songs, each made into a video too . . . Hall & Oates ‘Out Of Touch’ topped US Hot Dance/Disco (oddly its exciting video hasn’t helped it here) . . . JFM came back on 103.3FM . . . Solar-FM’s loud Graham Gold will be warm-up, JFM’s large Steve Walsh on-air jock for the next three Thursdays at BBC Radio London’s Soul Night Out while Tony Blackburn is away — they at least will know how to keep a disco crowd actually dancing instead of just standing around looking bored stiff (let’s face it, once the novelty of seeing Blackburn act like a prat has worn off he doesn’t do much else to move one) . . . Friday (23) Tony Simmons (there every Sun) funks Luton Dumbos with lovers rock by Lovelite, Gary Oldis has a silly “jungle safari party” at Dalton Piercy Slix (fancy-dressers free), Norman Scott hosts the national Gay Disco Dancing finals at Harringey Bolts . . . Jackson Moore PA’s Stratford Romford Road’s The Pigeons Sat (24) . . . Sunday (25) Hammersmith Palais 3pm alldayer has Booker Newberry III, Cool Notes, Jaki Graham, Intrigue, Haywoode ‘n more with CJ Carlos, Chris Stewart, Cleveland Anderson, Lyndon T, Frenchie T, Baz Maleady etc plus hip hop events (out of town details on 0772-700282) . . . Booker Newberry III also joins many of the above plus Paul Hardcastle and possibly Phil Fearon PA-ing while Bluey’s new group Dante debut “live” at Gary Raymond’s Tuesday (27) Epping Forest Country Club funk special (advance tickets only, details on 0992-469069) . . . Wed (28) JFM’s Dave Collins (after extra soul gigs on 01-946 4534) & Marc Damon funk Purley Cinderellas Rockerfellas with the Cool Notes playing live . . . Sean Brett should by now have fully refurbished surroundings at Bolton’s The Dance Factory . . . George Knowles Jr & Sr and Stuart Cochrane of Scotland’s Stirling Leisure are opening a ¾-million quid Rox Rainbow club in Stirling mid-February and already are scouting for record company contact re PAs/etc on 0259-50655 or 0786-64904 . . . Pete Tong has left Fridays at Sheffield Park Hilly’s to find a new gig nearer his lnvicta Sound catchment area . . . Chic’s LP Version of ‘Chic Cheer’ does indeed seem hotter than the remix, while Disco Gary (London Tramp/Croydon Club Musique/Hastings Flamingos) tips their first LP’s ‘Est-Ce Que C’Est Chic?‘ and finds the ‘Good Times’ beat has made the Sugarhill Gang ‘Rappers Delight’ huge again . . . ‘Let’s Make A Baby’ was the Billy Paul classic now reggaefied by Peter Campbell, and for the third time of trying it’s Eramus Hall (not Erasmus) P’funking on US Capitol! . . . Richard Knapp (Hornchurch 41043) spent the summer jocking at San Antonio’s Star Club on Ibiza and now with colleague ‘Starmixer’ Si Read plans an Ibiza 84 reunion roadshow if any (beach?) parties are interested . . . Scarborough Scene 1 & 2 jock Howard Nurse is after a couple of weekly Sheffield Hi-NRG disco gigs while at university there, c/o Stephenson Hall, Sheffield S10 3LF . . . Danny Daniels seems to be steaming Sundays at Earls Court La Vie En Rose II, one of London’s black clubs where Krystol determinedly hangs on as an underground smash . . . HUBBA HUBBA!
THELMA HOUSTON: ‘I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New’ (LP ‘Qualifying Heat’ US MCA MCA-5527)
Although all four of side one’s tracks feature Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as main musicians, along with Monte Moir, they only prod/penned her 0-111bpm hit and this marvellously titled somewhat ‘I Feel For You’ flavoured exciting electro skittered frantic 120bpm driver, the previously unfamiliar Moir taking over for the actually much easier to use creamily bumping 0-113-0bpm ‘(I Guess) It Must Be Love‘ and infectious jauntily tripping 119bpm ‘Fantasy And Heartbreak‘. The less cohesive flip has Dennis Lambert’s classy 107bpm ‘Generate Love‘ (and AOR-ish 120bpm ‘Love Is A Dangerous Game‘), the good sultry slow tugged 85bpm ‘What A Woman Feels Inside‘, and inevitable rock-disco 158bpm ‘Shake You‘. Thelma herself sounds superb.
JAMES INGRAM: ‘Yah Mo B There (Jellybean Remix)’ (US Qwest 0-20270)
Jellybean remixed 4-track 12in of old material hottest for this great eagerly greeted smooth lush 117½-118bpm soaring Michael McDonald duet, now with fluttering electronic percussion and added break, flipped by the soulfully weaving subdued ‘Plane Love’-ish 95bpm ‘It’s Your Night‘ (both with new instrumentals).
KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Surrender’ (LP ‘Emergency’ US De-Lite 822 943-1 M-1)
Good simple sparsely striding 120bpm chugger, least worrying newie on a well-made set where not surprisingly in 1984 rock rears its head, but tempered with funk, the soulful 117½bpm ‘Fresh‘ thus making a sensible first UK single while the US gets ‘Misled‘, an exciting combination of taut vocal with yowling rock guitar and starkly lurching then spurting beat (sure to hit here eventually), the rock-funk 124½bpm title track and ambiguously racing catchy pop 182/91bpm ‘You Are The One‘ being other dancers, the lush swaying 75bpm ‘Bad Woman’ and attractive 0-95/47½bpm ‘Cherish’ (new song) the slowies.
T.SKI VALLEY: ‘Catch The Beat (Scratch The Beat)’ (Master Mix 12CHE 8409)
T.Ski’s catchy oldie remixed in Belgium with added scratching (evidently by Pumpkin), this great slinkily rolling 106-108-109-106½bpm infectiously friendly rapper caused an enduring stir on import and remains right in today’s groove, flipped by its now differently credited but actually original old unaltered instrumental 102½-104-105bpm ‘!Catch The Groove!’ by the Grand Groove Bunch. Still good enough fun to cross over here now.
SCHEER MUSIC: ‘Falling Back In Love’ (LP ‘High Rise’ US TBA TB-204)
Produced by saxist Scot Scheer with Beau Williams & Larry Graham, the otherwise jazzy set is exploding for this excellent Billy Davis Jr-sung chunkily trucking 119¼bpm soul roller (he also sings the 125bpm ‘She Can Dance‘), instrumentals being a useful 100bpm ‘Ain’t Nobody‘ (Rufus), 107bpm ‘Three Of Us‘, 111½bpm ‘Find One Hundred Ways‘, 120bpm ‘Dancionomono’, 50½/101bpm ‘Something Else’, 127bpm ‘Back Pocket’ (most more for listening).
SADE: ‘Hang On To Your Love’ (US Portrait 4R9-05122)
By all accounts the hottest thing on her LP, this mesmerically ticking distinctively crooned slick smooth 108bpm roller is finally on import 12in in a “special version” (edit flip).
CHOSEN 3: ‘Never Again’ (Plezure P12 12841)
Interesting 4-track 12in with this excellent classy Al Jarreau-ish 98bpm buoyant jogger (sung by George Williams, ex-Tymes), the equally well received shuffling 112½bpm vocoder and flute instrumental ‘Mr Turbulence‘, solo filled saxy 103-106bpm jazz instrumental ‘Just Been Home‘, and ultra-husky chap/sweet chick duetted doodling 82½bpm ‘Only Holding On’.
STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘In My Life’ (Club JABX 9)
4-track 12in with her current LP’s Hawk Wolinski-produced Chaka Khan-ish rolling 102-0-102bpm jogger (the pause may be a trick until dancers can anticipate its dynamics) and George Duke-produced radio-aimed resonant 0-34-69-71bpm smoocher ‘Everlasting Love’, plus her old Mtume & Lucas-prod/penned 1980 MoR hit (0-)112½bpm ‘Never Knew Love Like This Before’ and superb sultrily swaying 102bpm ‘Watcha Gonna Do With My Lovin‘ from ’79 (still the most vital of all).
THE CONTROLLERS: ‘Crushed’ (MCA MCAT 923)
Stevie Wonder’s harmonica has made this attractive enough 0-67/33½-0bpm soul harmony crawler the plug side for radio, but on 12in it’s flipped by the guys’ LP hit chunkily strutting 113bpm ‘Undercover Lover‘ and (a last minute change) less danceable wriggling 113bpm ‘Nothing Can Stop This Feeling‘, all with impressive group vocals.
CHERRELLE: ‘When You Look In My Eyes’ (US Tabu 4Z9 05133)
Remixed with a long cool tense instrumental start, this Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced typically tapping 103½bpm gently nagging swayer was her LP’s hottest cut (dead slow 59½bpm ‘I Will Wait For You’ flip).
CABO FRIO: ‘Find It (Hold That Note)’ (LP ‘Just Having Fun’ US Zebra ZR-5002)
I’ve had this excellent jazz-funk instrumental set for so long it’s already out of the chart but still deserves to be heard for this fabulous sleazy slow weaving 100½-101-100-99½-101-0bpm jogger in which saxist Terrance Bruce brags he can hold his note — and proceeds to do so for 1 minute 38 seconds to enthusiastic chatter of “how’d he do that?” while the lazy beat keeps winding along! Similarly tempoed is the more episodic but equally warm half-stepping 101(intro)-97-94-95-96-93-95-0bpm ‘Prism‘ (you can see why their lack of Linn drums didn’t make me rush to BPM it!), but the snappily leaping 131-132bpm title track has had most “jazz room” action. ‘Find It’ gets much radio play and could prove a sleeper if 12-inched here.
JELLYBEAN: ‘Compromise’ (EP ‘Wotupski!?!’ EMI America EE 2402311)
Now I finally get around to checking the New York DJ/remixer’s 5-track EP (mini LP) I’m amazed to find this is a really good infectiously building Vernon Jeffrey Smith-sung Vandross-ish 125bpm soulful strutter with David Sanborn sax, although electro based are indeed the Nile Rodgers guitared downbeat mellow melodic hip hop instrumental 0-98bpm ‘Was Dog A Doughnut‘, John Robie-created Audrey Wheeler-sung Shannon-ish beat switching 111bpm ‘Dancing On The Fire‘, 12-inched Jenny Haan-sung 115bpm ‘The Mexican‘, and Madonna-penned Catherine Buchanan-sung tritely chugging 115bpm ‘Sidewalk Talk‘.
BOOKER NEWBERRY III: ‘Shower Of Love’ (Malaco MAL 1228)
Joyfully sung infectious scat climaxed lightly cantering 115bpm soul swinger, officially B-side but far better than the dated Barry White-ish almost Hi-NRG 121½bpm ‘Shadows‘.
TWIN IMAGE: ‘Love Lesson’ (LP ‘Mirror’ US Capitol ST-12338)
Looking exactly like Evelyn King doubled, the twin Sisters Russ oddly aren’t selling here yet but deserve attention for this great classily loping 110bpm swayer which starts grittily and huskily before stretching out into lightly soulful repetition, not to be missed! And worth checking are the tightly emphatic 117bpm ‘My Baby Loves Me (Do Do)‘, 111bpm ‘Champions‘, 113bpm ‘Turn The World Around‘ and the 12-inched 118bpm ‘Kiss And Make It Better‘.
NEW EDITION: ‘Mr Telephone Man’ (LP ‘New Edition’ MCA MCF 3238)
Although the kids-pitched 116bpm mildly electro juddered melodic ‘Cool It Now‘ is a US radio smash, the hot club track here will be this Ray Parker Jr-prod/penned harmony interwoven sneakily pushing 94bpm swaying jogger (promised on 12in) full of adult soul appeal. Other downtempo stuff on side one sounds reasonable too, so it’s a pity they’re currently most successful as “winsome kids”.
BETTY LAVETTE: ‘Trance Dance’ (US Streetking SKDS 1122)
Soulfully sung huskily enunciated simple nagging little 111½bpm tripper with nasal chix-chanted catchy title line and a good counting-introed guitar break (dub flip), all rather sneaky. Yet another I knew in New York 20 years ago!
SLAVE: ‘Forever Mine’ (LP ‘New Plateau’ Cotillion 790 238-1)
Nice soulfully sinuous gentle 88bpm slow tapper, initially warmest cut out of the lightweight set’s rumbling hot tempo 114½bpm ‘Share Your (L.O.V.E.)‘, jiggly weaving 115bpm ‘E.Z. Lovin’ U‘, snappily striding 117bpm ‘The Word Is Out‘, chugging 115½bpm ‘Motorway‘, hip hop 121bpm ‘K.O.G.‘, The Time-inspired 126bpm ‘Jungle Dance‘, only the bouncily lurching 117½bpm ‘Ooohh‘ being included off their current 12in.
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Enlightenment’ (LP ‘Silhouettes’ US Doctor Jazz FW 39420)
As well as this chugging old-style semi-instrumental 117bpm jazz-funk jitterer the mainly laid-back grow-on-you set has the more specialist jazz 58½/117-121-122bpm ‘Once Again Love‘, brother Donald-sung slow soul 77bpm ‘If You Take Care Of Me‘, and atmospheric 60bpm title track.
IMAGINATION: ‘Thank You My Love’ (R&B Records RBL219)
Bravely different lightly shuffling and swinging ethereal 0-123bpm attractive radio swayer, flipped by the polyrhythmic ultra-jittery 109bpm ‘Body And Soul‘ and more typically lush older 109bpm ‘Point Of No Return‘.
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Could You Be Loved’ (Island 12IS 210)
Fast pushing 103bpm reggae oldie on 4-track 12in with new 1984 Remixes of the 123bpm ‘Jamming‘, 48½/97bpm ‘No Woman No Cry‘, 69-71½bpm ‘Coming From The Cold‘.
CURTIE & THE BOOMBOX: ‘Let’s Talk It Over In The Ladies Room’ (RCA RVAT 461)
Based on Bohannon’s ‘Disco Stomp’, the Dutch-recorded repetitive jolly 114-115-116bpm Eurodisco leaper finds its phonetic black chicks meeting in the loo to talk about boys (inst flip and 123½bpm ‘Disco Bamba’ — yup, ‘La Bamba’). A “Wally” hit?
THE VIDEO KIDS: ‘Woodpeckers From Space’ (Record Shack HO HO T1)
Silly little Woody Woodpecker-type smurfs spice an otherwise mundane 113bpm phonetic chap sung pop chugger from the Netherlands, which a cartoon video could help sell to kids for Christmas.
AUTOMATION: ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ (Jungle Rhythm SWE-T 2)
Atmosfear’s classic Britfunk instrumental totally revamped with the same solo structure and sound set to a (this time consistent!) 119bpm electro rhythm — it actually works well — flipped by a rapped and scratched ‘Outer Space 84 Rap‘ version featuring Islington’s Family Quest.
G.Q.: ‘You Are The One For Me’ (US Stadium STA 301)
Rhythmically very odd and adventurous 114bpm skittery rumbling and tapping smoothly flowing jitterer with many familiar little trademarks, though it may need some getting used to — sorta “hot tempo” taken to the outer limits (wild dub flip too).
ALEEM featuring Leroy Burgess: ‘Get Loose’ (US NIA NI-1243)
Gruffly groaned electro kicked bumpy 113½bpm wriggler, not hip hop as such and really quite soulful (dub flip).
DEODATO: ‘Are You For Real’ (LP ‘Motion’ US Warner Bros 1-25175)
Grow on you set, this densely swaying 107½bpm tugger wailed by Camille who also eventually appears on the ‘High Energy’-ish electro breaks interrupted rolling chugging 123bpm ‘S.O.S., Fire In The Sky‘, the beefily thrumming brassy 120bpm ‘Make You Feel Good‘ featuring Juicy as does the chick-led chunkily jiggling 100bpm ‘Never Knew Love‘, but so far most played is the Bob Malach-saxed resonantly throbbed jogging 109bpm ‘Bus Stop‘, the 136bpm title track being rock-disco.
THE GAP BAND: ‘Beep A Freak’ (US Total Experience TED1-2606)
Steadily winding monotonous 115bpm jiggly funk cranker with semi-spoken chant lyrics and lotsa giggling (dub flip).
THE FURIOUS FIVE featuring COWBOY, MELLE MEL & SCORPIO: ‘Step Off’ (US Sugarhill SH-32033)
Breekout Krew-tempoed 98bpm slow tugging rap set to the O’Jays old ‘For The Love Of Money’ bass line (inst flip).
JONZUN CREW featuring MICHAEL JONZUN: ‘Lovin’ (US Tommy Boy TB 850)
Enunciating “Lovin'” like “Marvin” and singing just like him to a dis-jointedly tugging Gaye-style 96bpm slow tempo, this pleasantly haunting smoocher must be meant as a tribute (Jazz Version and inst flip).
TOUCH OF CLASS: ‘Keep Dancin’ (Atlantic A 9643T)
Northern Soul-ish guys and “don’t stop” girls sung good frantically pumping frisky 134½bpm smacker big on import during the summer (inst/edit flip), fast but vocally more than mere Hi-NRG.
CAFE SOCIETY: ‘Relight My Fire’ (Passion PASH 1238)
Dan Hartman’s oldie in a good bounding 0-123bpm South African revamp switching vocals between Anneline Malebo and Lolly Peterson, due commercially next week.
DEAD OR ALIVE: ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’ (Epic TX 4861)
The team behind Hazell Dean and Divine now rattle out the same 128bpm formula for another noisy instant “Hi-NRG” galloper.
SAM HARRIS: ‘Hearts On Fire’ (LP ‘Sam Harris’ Motown ZL72237)
America’s “Berni Flint”, shrill pop-singing Sam won all 14 heats of a ‘Star Search’ TV talent show, this derivative 137bpm smooth galloper having been hot Hi-NRG here while his US hit single is the Hall & Oates-ish slick 120bpm ‘Sugar Don’t Bite‘ (TMGT 1354).
JOHN ROCCA: ‘Once Upon A Time’ (Beggars Banquet BEG 113T)
Would-be “epic” high-pitched chix backed frantic 124bpm electro, slower than it sounds but more Hi-NRG than hip-hop (dub/beat box flip).
DISCO TOP 85 – November 24, 1984
01 02 TREAT HER LIKE A LADY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
02 01 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
03 03 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
04 09 YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT, Thelma Houston, US MCA 12in
05 06 MATT’S MOOD, The Breekout Krew, London 12in
06 05 IN THE DARK/LOVE IS IN THE FEEL, Roy Ayers, US Columbia 12in
07 04 HALF A MINUTE (REMIX)/MATTS MOOD II, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
08 10 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/MY LOVE IS ALIVE/ STRONGER THAN BEFORE, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
09 11 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, Total Experience 12in
10 08 GEORGY PORGY, Charme, RCA 12in
11 14 FINESSE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/SHOW ME, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
12 07 GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 58 RAIN FOREST (REMIX)/EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
14 17 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird/10 12in
15 19 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
16 13 I FORGOT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
17 12 CARIBBEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
18 37 CONTAGIOUS/SOME KINDA LOVER/NEVER TOO LATE/SWEET SENSATION/DON’T KEEP ME WAITING, The Whispers, US Solar LP
19 29 CHIC CHEER (LP VERSION)/1984 REMIX, Chic, Atlantic 12in
20 27 GOREE ISLAND/POO POO LA LA/COMPADRE, Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
21 18 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
22 16 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
23 15 OFF AND ON LOVE, Champaign, CBS 12in
24 33 SAY YEAH, The Limit, US Portrait 12in
25 23 LOVERGIRL, Teena Marie, US Epic 12in
26 34 I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING WORTHWHILE, Gene Chandler, Bluebird/10 12in
27 31 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
28 — FRESH, Kool And The Gang, De-Lite 12in
29 30 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, CRC 12in
30 32 WE ARE FAMILY (1984 REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
31 41 RUNNING/I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW/MY LOVE IS TRUE (TRULY FOR YOU)/MEMORIES, The Temptations, US Gordy LP
32 22 NAUGHTY TIMES, Cutty, Cooltempo 12in
33 20 WHO’S THAT STRANGER/JUST LIKE DREAMIN’, Terri Wells, London LP
34 25 INTERNATIONAL (REMIX), Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
35 42 PERSONALITY/LATELY/JUST BE GOOD TO ME/CHEY CHEY KULE/RAINBOW, Eugene Wilde, US Philly World LP
36 47 HEARTLESS (REMIX), Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
37 26 YOU TURN ME ON (REMIX), Rick James, Gordy 12in
38 79 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
39 49 OPERATOR/PLAYMATES, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
40 46 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown LP
41 36 ENLIGHTENMENT/ONCE AGAIN LOVE/IF YOU TAKE CARE OF ME, Lonnie Liston Smith, US Doctor Jazz LP
42 44 WHO DO YOU LOVE, The Intruders, US El Cee Records 12in
43 43 FORGIVE ME GIRL, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
44 35 YOU MAKE ME HAPPY, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
45 21 TUCH ME, Fonda Rae, Streetwave 12in
46 85 FLYIN’ TO SANTA BARBARA, Special Occasion, Belgian Nunk 12in
47 62 THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Take 3, Elite 12in
48 53 I’M WARNING YOU, Gayle Adams, Fourth & Broadway 12in
49 — YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, US Qwest 12in
50 71 LET IT GO/MAGIC JOHNSON/GIVE ME YOUR LOVE/LET’S STAY TOGETHER/FIND YOURSELF, Bobby Broom, US Arista LP
51 61 UNDERCOVER LOVER, The Controllers, MCA LP
52 70 IN THE NIGHT/MYSTERIOUS/DON JUAN/YOU WOULD NEVER, Twilight 22, US Vanguard LP
53 83 BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish featuring Freeze Force, US Sugarscoop 12in
54 50 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (REMIX), The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
55 39 SECRET FANTASY/TOMMY GUN, Tom Browne, Artista LP
56 38 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
57 52 I KEEP CALLIN’, Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
58 67 EROTIC CITY, Prince, US Warner Bros 12in
59 77 LOVERIDE, Nuance Featuring Vikki Love, US 4th & B’way 12in
60 — FALLING BACK IN LOVE/AIN’T NOBODY, Scheer Music, US TBA LP
61 66 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
62 50 OUT OF CONTROL, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
63 64 SATURDAY NIGHT, Glen Adams Affair featuring T.Ski Valley, Belgian Nunk 12in
64 — I WONDER, Rodney Saulsberry, Allegiance 12in
65 re L.A. NIGHT, Yasuko Agawa, Japanese Invitation LP
66 — BIG LOVE, Theophilus P. Wildebeeste, Chrysalis 12in
67 — STICK ‘EM, Fat Boys, US Sutra LP
68 — THANK YOU MY LOVE/BODY AND SOUL, Imagination, R&B Records 12in
69 59 BILLIE JEAN/MAMA USED TO SAY (MEDLEY), Shinehead, Virgin 12in
70 68 SUNSHINE, Total Contrast, Total Contrast Records 12in
71 — FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, Italian RCA Italiana 12in
72 85 I’M THE BEST, Tomorrow’s Edition, US Mel-O Records 12in
73 re WE’VE GOT OUR CHANCE, Linda Clifford, US Red Label LP
74 81 JAMIE, Ray Parker Jr, US Arista 7in
75 48 BEAT FREAK/DUB, Bobby Broom, US Arista 12in
76 72 DO IT/INSTRUMENTAL, Cargo, CG Records 12in
77 re LAY ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE/BOOMERANG LOVE, C.L. Blast, US Park Place LP
78 82 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE, Sheila E, Warner Bros 12in
79 re THE PAYOFF MIX/LESSON TWO, Double Dee & Steinski, US Double Dee & Steinski Mastermixes 12in promo/Disconet LP
80 84 COSMIC BLAST/THE PURE, Captain Rock, US NIA 12in
81 — MR. TURBULENCE/NEVER AGAIN/JUST BEEN HOME, Chosen 3, Plezure 12in
82 — FOREVER MINE/THE WORD IS OUT/SHARE YOUR (L.O.V.E.), Slave, Cotillion LP
83 re THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT/OOOHH, Slave, US Cotillion 12in
84 45 NEW LOVE, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
85 — PLACIN’ THE BEAT, Spyder D, US Profile 12in
01 02 SECOND BEST/RUNNING WILD IN THE NIGHT, Evelyn Thomas, French In The Mix LP/Record Shack promo
02 01 WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
03 09 SEX/LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME/TAKE ME TO HEAVEN, Sylvester, Cooltempo LP
04 03 IF IT’S LOVE (THAT YOU’RE AFTER), Jackson Moore, ERC 12in promo
05 04 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
06 07 LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
07 06 HANDS OFF!, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
08 05 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
09 15 THE POWER OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 12in
10 08 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
11 11 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
12 10 I’M ON FIRE, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus 12in
13 17 REACH FOR THE STARS, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
14 13 HELPLESS, Flirts, US Telefon 12in
15 22 I’LL CRY FOR YOU (1984 REMIX), Kumano, Canadian Power 12in
16 20 LONG AFTER TONIGHT (IS ALL OVER), True, Rock City 12in
17 16 I FEEL LOVE (JOHNNY REMEMBER ME), Bronski Beat, London LP
18 12 BACK IN MY ARMS (ONCE AGAIN), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
19 27 TURN THE TABLES, Liquid Gold, Ecstasy 12in
20 21 SHARPSHOOTER, Laura Branigan, US EMI America LP (soundtrack)
21 30 ONE SHOT LOVER, Venus, Belgian ARS 12in
22 14 REACHING FOR THE BEST, Xenia Rowe, Crystal City 12in pre
23 18 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, Heat-X-Change, Passion 12in
24 — RELIGHT MY FIRE, Café Society, Passion 12in white label
25 — LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHIN’ IN MY HEART, Cijay, Canadian Power 12in
26 23 I’M SO BEAUTIFUL, Divine, Proto 12in
27 24 I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE FREE, Tina B, US Atlantic 12in
28 30 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
29 28 TIME BOMB, Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
30=— TEAR YOU DOWN, English Evenings, Safari, 12in
30=re SWEPT AWAY (REMIX), Diana Ross, US RCA 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Chaka Khan 12in, 2 (2) Billy Ocean, 3 (7) Dazz Band, 4 (6) Stephanie Mills, 5 (8) Eugene Wilde 12in, 6 (5) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 7 (22) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 8 (3) Wham!, 9 (15) Staple Singers, 10 (12) Ray Parker Jr ‘G’, 11 (26) Matt Bianco ‘MM2’/ ‘HAM’, 12 (10) Pointer Sisters, 13 (4) Moroder/Oakey, 14 (30) Brass Construction, 15 (32) Simplicious, 16 (23) Rick James, 17 (14) Duran Duran, 18 (29) Cutty, 19 (11) Bronski Beat ‘W’, 20 (17) Fonda Rae, 21 (—) Chic, 22 (13) Lionel Richie, 23 (—) Temptations, 24 (24) Paul Hardcastle ‘RF’, 25 (38) The SOS Band ‘WG’, 26 (—) Champaign, 27 (re) Gayle Adams, 28 (21) Style Council, 29 (19) Miami Sound Machine, 30 (37) Margie Joseph, 31 (33) Phyllis St. James, 32 (35) Ashford & Simpson, 33 (—) Breekout Krew, 34 (re) Gilberto Gil, 35 (re) Paris, 36 (—) Paul Hardcastle ‘EYHO’, 37 (—) Prince ‘1999’, 38 (—) Viola Wills, 39 (9) Culture Club, 40= (—) Kane Gang/Dead Or Alive/Bar-Kays.
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Nik Kershaw 102-0r, Temptations 0-113½f, Human League 98f, Slade 0-33/99f, Sister Sledge 116-117-118f, Madonna 119½f, Tina Turner 27½-57½/115-116½f, Strawberry Switchblade 0-124½f, Lloyd Cole 151-152-0r, Scritti Politti 96½f, Cyndi Lauper 0-47¼/94½f, Charme 101-102-103-101-103f, Cool Notes 110f, Paul Hardcastle 125½f.
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For this week’s column, James managed to BPM a staggering 98 different tracks. Did he ever sleep?