December 1, 1984: Roy Ayers, The Intruders, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Midnight Star

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Pennye Ford appears to be Sharon Redd’s sister, although oddly her biography confirms everything but that … Kool & The Gang’s LP is now out here (De-Lite DSR 6, ‘Misled’ being [unreadable] bpm), as is Deodato’s (Warner Bros 825 175-1), BPMs fractionally different from review) … James Ingram’s remix is due here January, when Chaka Khan’s follow-up will be ‘This Is My Night’ … Second Image return after Xmas with the aptly titled ‘Starting Again’ and jazzily instrumental ‘Ovo Mexido’, both soulfully harmonised swayers mixed by The Quick … Leroy Burgess (anything featuring his voice) seems to be an avidly collected hot property in certain quarters of black London … I’ve belatedly seen ‘Purple Rain’ and find significant Prince’s evident attitude to the more traditional black music exemplified by The Time’s two numbers (and some of his own more soulful rolling-on-the-floor screamers), the style which eventually makes him a star in the film and which he seems most genuinely to enjoy – and which he’s featuring on his current US tour – being unadulterated rock: taking the plot as loosely autobiographical, we must assume in real life his increasingly controversial early hit singles were but cynical confirmation of the black stereotype expected of him by the colour-coded US media until such time as his outrageous image had made him big enough to leap the barrier with ‘Little Red Corvette’ and rock like the Jimi Hendrix he now seems to emulate – he must, of course, have known all along that the white mass market will always prefer a rock star to a soul star (the film itself is basically just a remake of Elvis Presley’s ‘Loving You’ in many respects, my own favourite bits being indeed The Time, and Apollonia Kotero’s corset!) … Morris Day as reported has now split from The Time following the popularity of his scene-stealing “shuck and jive nigger” role in the film, the somewhat unkind send-up nature of which he himself may not have realised … London’s Hippodrome a year late on its first birthday finally launched its much ballyhooed “spaceships”, lighting loaded contraptions which came creaking across the ceiling at about three feet per minute to underwhelming response and looking, to quote Phonogram’s John Waller, “like my bathroom heater!” (the effect would have been better without up-lighters showing the suspension gantry), yet Peter Stringfellow kept babbling on, when the painful sound system didn’t cut out on him (as it did also in the middle of a mimed Rondo Veneziano PA!), about how only London and not New York could manage such a stunt — for the self-proclaimed “best disco in the world” the whole evening was not very impressive, showing that the world Stringfellow lives in is one of his own, and I’m afraid that my other companions including Theo & Joy Loyla, Kev Hill, Kim & Clare all agreed it was a shame the way it just begged sarcasm (by and large we’d rather have been at Flicks!) … Jez Nelson of Solar-FM’s Friday 7-9pm fan show (he’s at Bromley Dr Crippens Thursdays) and colleague Gilles Peterson are compiling an all-time Jazz Top 100 for Xmas broadcast: all (not just local listeners) are invited to send top ten nominations to him c/o Unit 1, 8-20 Well Street, London E9 … Les Knott explains his Harlow Hospital Radio party chart was compiled from local disco DJs for broadcast to the bedbound patients! … Hugh Williams, soon to leave the Black & White disco in Interlaken’s Hotel Metropole, warns jocks heading for Switzerland his slow-changing hits are Sandy Marton ‘People From Ibiza‘, Carrava ‘Shine On Dance‘, Paul Sharada ‘Florida (Move Your Feet)‘, P. Lion ‘Dream‘, Fancy ‘Chinese Eyes‘ — and, despite these, breakdancing is big news there … Frank Sammes in the Thames Valley DJ Assn’s current ‘Disco Action’ mag writes good advice for DJs about not buying more records than you can reasonably expect to use at the type of gigs you do (unadventurous maybe, but the richest jocks play the same old party records and just the biggest hits) … Flash Gordon, commuting home for Fri/Sat at Bristol’s Faliron Greek restaurant and a Wednesday night slot talking about record collecting on BBC Radio Bristol, now manages the London branch of Plastic Wax Records at 17 Westbourne Grove, offering 10 per cent discount on oldies and newies to bona fide DJs … Sandy Martin, whose Friday ‘Disco-Trekin’’ show on Wiltshire Radio, 96.4/97.4FM is 9-11pm, points out the Pointer Sisters also recorded Prince’s ‘I Feel For You’ on 1982’s ‘I Am So Excited’ LP, and that Chaka Khan’s real name is Yvette Marie Stevens (incidentally her sister Tasha Thomas recently died) … Norman Scott, reminding us Paul Parker’s current ‘Without Your Love‘ was originally by Cut Glass on RCA in 1980, is now joined by Colin Peters Saturdays at Haringey and circulates Sundays between the Bolts at Brighton, Bournemouth and the newly opened one in Luton RoneIles … Daryl Stafford (Bournemouth Cabaret Club) regrets that gay music ever got called “Hi-NRG” as the identikit formula then adopted by some UK record producers (he excludes Ian Levine) has helped fuel the growing Anti-Hi-NRG movement in gay clubs … Record Shack following the collapse of IDS is now distributed by EMI, so ‘Heartless’ should be back in stock (Evelyn Thomas, who’s sung backups with them, penned Fatback’s next single) … New Edition ‘Cool It Now‘ topped US Hot Black … Big Phil Etgart, surprised Angela Bofill wasn’t hotter as it’s great out of Thelma Houston, starts weekly with Gary Steele & Paul M at Berkhampstead’s Old Mill Hotel Fridays, when Tim Westwood hip hops Forest Gate Upper Cut’s roller disco while Zero Gravity reggaes the back room dance club … Pete Tong souls Chatham St. George’s Hotel The Music Parlor Sun (2), London Bridge Tooley Street Royal Oak Mon (3), when Steve Walsh funks Tottenham Silver Lady … Judge Dread’s “naughty disco show” hits the Bier Keller circuit in Leeds Mon (3), Blackpool Tues (4), Liverpool Wed (5) … Chris Dinnis souls Exeter Boxes Wed (5) … Roy Ayers has an RANYCBA, mane’s a JHLTBA, what’s yours? … Sophia Loren to guest in ‘Hill Street Blues’?! … Taurean Blacque to guest at Street Sounds’ Xmas party???? … SAY-YAY-YAY-YAY-YEAH!


HOT VINYL

ROY AYERS: ‘In The Dark’ (C8S TA 4855)
Excellent value 3-track 12in, this deceptively very catchy floor-filling huskily sung (0-)120bpm beefy chugger now being coupled with not only the more subduedly shuffling instrumental 121-120½bpm ‘Love Is In The Feel‘ but also — a big bonus —his album’s equally infectious if jazzier Grover Washington Jr/Tom Browne-backed driving 123bpm ‘Goree Island‘!

THE INTRUDERS: ‘Who Do You Love’ (Streetwave MKHAN 34)
A delayed action explosion on import, this rhythmically War-like gospelly-sung superbly soulful 0-118bpm trotter is packing floors thanks to its “who do you love — is it him or is it me?” catch line (inst/edit flip).

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Love Light In Flight’ (Motown TMGT 1364)
Always hotter in soul clubs than ‘I Just Called’ — and thus unlikely to emulate its total crossover MoR success — this purposefully pulsating 108-0bpm swaying jogger is flipped by the gentle “vibes”-y instrumental 35/70bpm ‘It’s More Then You‘.

TEENA MARIE: ‘My Dear Mr Gaye’ (LP ‘Starchild’ US Epic FE 39528)
Dominated by this stunning tribute, a tempo changing 58/29-61-95-96bpm smoocher which echoes Marvin’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ arrangement later, her self-arr/prod/penned set’s stronger than the last one with a jittery semi-slow 101bpm title track, sneakily juddering 100bpm ‘Help Youngblood Get To The Freaky Party‘ with some Allen McGrier rap, soulfully lurching 42bpm ‘We’ve Got To Stop (Meeting Like This)’ duetted with Ronnie McNeir, tenderly soaring 0-63bpm ‘Out On A Limb’, rock-funk 131⅓bpm ‘Jammin’, rock disco 161bpm ‘Alibi’ and her frisky 123bpm ‘Lovergirl’ hit.

MIDNIGHT STAR: ‘Can You Stay With Me’ (LP ‘Planetary Invasion’ US Solar 60384-1)
Lotsa hard tunes by an act whose last set put them in the platinum bracket, their moronically catchy 0-119½bpm ‘Operator‘ hit being joined by this 115⅓bpm classy swayer, the backbeat booming 113bpm ‘Scientific Love‘, soulfully winding 100⅓bpm ‘Curious‘, lush smoochy 69⅓bpm ‘Let’s Celebrate‘, snappy electro-funk (0-)124¾bpm ‘Body Snatchers‘, rockily thudding 117⅓bpm title track.

PHILIP BAILEY: ‘I Want To Know You’ (LP ‘The Wonders Of His Love’ US Myrrh SPCN-7-01-679606-X)
The Earth Wind & Fire singer’s inspirational gospel album is the set that soul fans have been praying for (hotter already than his Phil Collins pop LP!), thus light 105⅚bpm strutter co-penned/synthed by George Duke, Skip Scarborough co-penning/playing the EWF-ish slow 72⅓bpm ‘I Will No Wise Cast You Out‘, Teri DeSario co-penning/singing the exotic samba-ish 105½bpm title track, while other “smoochers” (if that isn’t blasphemy) include the 96⅓bpm ‘God Is Love’, 70/35bpm ‘He Don’t Lie’.

PENNYE FORD: ‘Dangerous’ (LP ‘Pennye’ US Total Experience TEL8- 5704)
Almost the Chaka Khan album you wished she’d made, it’s spot-the-influences time as Pennye wails in oh so familiar style this disco-ish 111⅔bpm beater and the (0-)92⅚bpm ‘Uh Oh I Made A Mistake‘, 93bpm ‘Don’t You Know That I Love You‘, 0-99bpm ‘Spend My Time With You‘, (0-)111⅔bpm ‘Ready For Love‘, 40½bpm ‘Never Let You Go‘, 0-113bpm ‘I Feel The Music‘ and ridiculously ‘Ain’t Nobody’-ish 104⅓bpm ‘Serious Love‘.

DIRECT DRIVE: ‘Anything?’ (DDR DRD2)
Another distinctively British soul sound due to the sweet lovers rock based chicks chirruping to a jauntily tripping 101bpm rhythm engineered by Paul Hardcastle (at home?), all very pleasant, with a beefily jolting 117bpm instrumental ‘Singapore Sling‘ and breathily sung 111bpm ‘I Won’t Be Back Tonight‘ flip.

DUTCH ROBINSON: ‘Happy’ (US Catawba 4Z9-05137)
George Kerr-prod/Vaughan Mason-mixed interestingly textured very densely throbbed 106bpm judderer over which Dutch squeaks in Sylvester/Donnie Elbert style before briefly going all butch and in the same breath sliding up in pitch again (inst flip), worth hearing.

CASHMERE: ‘Can I’ (US Philly World 0-96905)
Bobby Eli-produced tricky off-beat stereo introed then perky 123bpm bouncer with a freaky final rap break, presumably wailed by Bryan Loren although he has no credited involvement (rap-less vocal/edit flip).

CAPTAIN ROCK: ‘Cosmic Blast’ (US NIA NI-1244)
Good slowly weaving 100bpm rap with exciting panting and “human beat box” effects (dub too), human beat box and fresh scratching on the strong stark 101bpm ‘The Pure‘ flip.

READY FOR THE WORLD: ‘Tonight’ (US MCA MCA-23527)
Toe-curling tortuously tempoed 37/74-0bpm crawler worried to death by an impassioned nasal young man crying “oh-oh-oh-oh” in his sweet agony (duplicate flip).

GRIFFIN: ‘Move (Jellybean Remix)’ (US Qwest 0-20269)
Ex-Sugarhill musician Reggie Griffin butchly proclaims “I am the great and powerful Griffin” before this chunky 0-110bpm funk chanter lurches into motion (inst flip).

SKYY: ‘Dancin’ To Be Dancin’’ (US Salsoul SG 430)
Randy Muller-prod/penned chick-sung beefily bounding 119½bpm slippery strider, frisky if lightweight (funkily juddering 116½bpm chap-worried ‘It’s My Life’ flip).

OLLIE & JERRY: ‘Electric Boogaloo’ (US Polydor 881 534-1)
Sparsely chugging and initially rather dull 112bpm lurcher (inst flip), theme from the ‘Breakdance’ follow-up film.

BRONSKI BEAT: ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ (London BITEX 3)
Aiming now for the sophisticated Sade/Carmel/Matt Bianco/Everything But The Girl direction, they give the Gershwin standard a lovely 127-0bpm brittle musicianly treatment complete with atmospheric trad-type clarinet.

SOUNDTRACK: ‘Beat Street II’ LP (Atlantic 780 158-1)
Hottest hip hop hits seem to be the film’s eagerly awaited climactic excitingly violent densely juddering 117bpm ROCKERS REVENGE ‘Battle Cry’, good juddered ‘n scratched 108-0bpm instrumental JAZZY JAY ‘Son Of Beat Street‘, and irritatingly bleeped realistically bitter social commentary 104bpm THE TREACHEROUS THREE ‘Santa’s Rap‘ (more about muggers than Santa).

GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & THE FURIOUS FIVE: ‘At The Party’ (LP ‘Work Party’ Sugarhill SHLP 5553)
Out a while, the only hot cuts have been this “good evening” introduced then nicely sung gentle 105bpm swayer with some wailing doo wop vocal work, and the well worded sharp scratched fast poppin’ 111bpm ‘The Truth‘, Mastermind Herbie’s electronically altered 115bpm ‘White Lines (New UK Master Mix)‘ (SHLM 130) already being on 12in flipped by the Original and US Street Mixes.

VARIOUS: ‘Club Classics Volume 1‘ LP (CBS VAULT 1)
Steve Ripley’s pet project revives the 127bpm ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS ‘The Soul City Walk‘, 126-124bpm HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES ‘The Love I Lost‘, 119bpm TEDDY PENDERGRASS ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore‘, 121bpm INSTANT FUNK ‘It Ain’t Reggae (But It’s Funky)’, (0-)116⅔-119bpm DEXTER WANSEL ‘Life On Mars‘, long version 120½-122-121-122bpm INTRUDERS ‘I’ll Always Love My Mama‘, 109-110bpm PEOPLE’S CHOICE ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna‘, 109½bpm LOU RAWLS ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine‘, 117bpm JEAN CARN ‘If You Wanna Go Back‘, 120bpm POCKETS ‘Come Go With Me‘ (the only one not on Philadelphia International, all being from 1973-’77). Nuff said?

WALTER JACKSON: ‘A Portrait Of Walter Jackson’ LP (Bluebird/10 LPBR 1001)
The Jerry Butler-toned Chi-Sound balladeer, a crutch supported cripple, had Carl Davis-produced soul hits from 1964 until his death early last year, this posthumous collection (with liner notes by Jesse Jackson) including his strings-backed Lou Rawls-ish smoothly swaying 110bpm ‘Touching In The Dark’ and many recent slowies like the mesmeric 78-79-80bpm ‘It’s Cool‘ and Isaac Hayes-ish mournful 71-73bpm ‘If I Had A Chance‘.

AL JARREAU: ‘Imagination’ (LP ‘High Crime’ WEA 250 807-1)
US aimed and aptly titled (to the minds of initially shocked faithful fans), his often speedily backed but well sung set grows on one and does settle down for this brassily lurching 118bpm spurter, the synth jolted 114bpm ‘Sticky Wicket‘, pattering slow 73bpm ‘Love Speaks Louder Than Words‘, Jackson-esque started jerky 118bpm title track, and lightly jaunty 124bpm ‘Murphy’s Law‘ (loosely related) — however, nothing’s as good as his oddly un-included ‘I Keep Callin’‘ B-side.

LA FAMILLE: ‘Lost In Paradise’ (BP0P BPOP701)
Alan Weekes-produced pleasant jazzily soulful harmony backed swaying 107¾bpm sophisticated duet (inst flip), oddly only on 7in.

CHRIS BECKERS’ SPLASH: ‘Brazilian Air’ (Steinar STE 1235)
Quite good guitar and piano-led shuffling 120bpm jazz-funk instrumental, officially flip to the disjointedly spurting breathy 115bpm ‘Keep On Dancing‘.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Babies’ (LP ‘Solid’ Capitol EJ 2402501)
With an acappella-introed version of their 101bpm title track single, Valerie & Nick keep abreast of today’s electronically generated rhythms on this interestingly worded jaunty little 113bpm lightweight chugger and the pent-up smacking 109½bpm ‘Outta The World‘, worth checking, the 74½bpm ‘Honey I Love You‘ being best of three slowies, while worst of all not surprisingly are the 128bpm ‘Closest To Love‘ and 124bpm ‘The Jungle‘ from the film ‘Body Rock’.

STAPLE SINGERS: ‘This Is Our Night’ (LP ‘Turning Point’ Epic EPC 26212)
Soulful set reviewed in full on import (when it did little), the only dancer to cut through being this brightly nagging title-chanting 115bpm lively jiggIer, quite a grower (and their US follow-up). Beware, ‘Slippery People’ on LP stupidly lacks the hit single’s slippery scratching!

REBBIE JACKSON: ‘I Feel For You’ (LP ‘Centipede’ CBS 25926)
Inessential set, but this alternative much lighter 125bpm coincidental cover of the old Prince strutter could have obvious Chaka-mixing uses right now (there’s a yowling rock guitar break).

BILLY OCEAN: ‘Loverboy’ (US Jive/Arista JD-1-9280)
Pop-aimed bonking 0-107bpm loper with hackneyed rock guitar powerchords and a little electronic trickery.

GWEN GUTHRIE: ‘Love In Moderation’ (US Island 0-96906)
Deodato-produced John Barnes-synthed quietly lurching 104bpm minimalist tapper bumping behind sinuous vocal, a less than gripping experiment (dub flip).

LISA RICHARDS: ‘Hooked On Your Love’ (US Special K SK-100)
Patrick Adams co-prod/penned mournfully wailed purposeful 108½bpm plodder (inst flip). Is she the New Yorker I knew 20 years ago?

RITA HART: ‘Pardon Me Mister’ (US Envelope Records Inc NV 12001)
Lean meaty start to a then uncomfortably sung 113bpm boring bumpy chugger which loses its way (inst flip).

WHODINI: ‘Escape (I Need A Break)’ (Jive JIVE T56)
Police siren introed juddering 114bpm message, better than their usual stuff, on 4 track 12in (inst/acappella too) with the starker 107bpm rap ‘Five Minutes Of Funk‘ — which latter also flips their current US smash ‘Friends‘ (US Jive/Arista JD-1-9227), a slowly weaving 96bpm rap (insts too).

DOUGY FRESH: ‘The Original Human Beat Box’ (US Vintertainment VTIS-004)
Bragging rapper staking his claim to raspberry-blowing vocal dexterity over a monotonous 104bpm beat (inst, duplicate flip).

‘LOVE BUG’ STARSKI: ‘Do The Right Thing’ (US The Fever SF 801)
Ponderous 102bpm rap retread of last year’s ideas, with its inst and the better 99bpm ‘Starski Live At The Fever — Pt II‘.

URBANIAX: ‘Burning Circuits’ (Sonet UBX SON2271)
Jazz-funk electric fiddler Michal Urbaniak now heads a snappy 120bpm electro hip hop jitterer introed and interrupted by smurfs cackling “I can even change my sex for you!” (7in only, long version flip).

VALENTINE BROTHERS: ‘Lonely Nights’ (LP ‘Have A Good Time’ US A&M SP-4989)
Ages ago this Orientally flavoured lovely subtle soulful (0-)42½/85bpm slowie was a deserved US Black hit, while Hawk Wolinski produced an electronically updated Sam & Dave-reviving 113bpm ‘I Thank You’ (and several more untypical tracks) — however, for deep soul freaks the set’s real stunner is the Sam Dees co-arranged dead slow spine-tingling 57-0bpm ‘I Know You Need Love‘, quite a find! Ooohh…

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: ‘So Romantic’ LP (RCA PL85308)
Britain prefers Evelyn without the ‘Champagne’ now and like her last LP this set isn’t selling, best tracks being the Jimmy Douglass-produced rolling 118bpm ‘Out Of Control’ (on 12in here) and sparse lurching 109bpm ‘Talking In My Sleep‘, and the Evan Rogers co-prod Kashif-ish 114bpm ‘Heartbreaker‘, Hawk Wolinski contributing the jittery 116bpm ‘Just For The Night‘ US hit and moody 0-41/83bpm ‘Till Midnight’, The System’s jolting 119bpm ‘So In Love‘ and frantic flashdance 142bpm ‘I’m So Romantic’ also being on our 12in, while rocky are the 101bpm ‘Give Me One Reason’, 128½bpm ‘Show Me (Don’t Tell Me)’.


Hi-NRG

Hi-NRG breakers include:
Climax Orchestra ‘Interaction’ (Challenge)
Girly ‘Working Girl’ (US “O”)
Krukutz ‘Love Insurance’ (Zam B Zam)
Lorraine McKane ‘Let The Night Take The Blame’ (Dutch Injection)

ABC: ‘How To Be A Zillionaire (Bond St. Mix)’ (Neutron NTXR 107)
Considering Martin Fry once had a Smokey Robinson-ish facility with rhymes it’s sad he’s now substituting a fashionable production formula for real inspiration; however, this much improved remix does turn his current 121bpm hip hop mish mash into a very brightly galloping fast leaper.

OH ROMEO: ‘Once Is Not Enough’ (Personal 12PER 109)
Months too late, this Bobby O-produced Dusty Springfield-type chick sung frantic zingy 134bpm rattler hit our Hi-NRG chart under its composer credit of C. Shore, as original imports left off the artist’s name!

LAURA BRANIGAN: ‘Satisfaction’ (Atlantic A9608T)
Racing fast 134bpm flier, warm a while back, now on 3-track 12in as flip to the slow ‘Ti Amo’.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):

Shakin’ Stevens 73-72f, Kool & The Gang 117f, Black Lace 121c, Paul McCartney 49-0r (pity the poor Beatles completists!), Breekout Krew 97½f, Bananarama 117/58½f, Art Of Noise 107¼f, Shalamar 159f, Imagination 0-122¾f.


DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 1, 1984

01 01 TREAT HER LIKE A LADY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
02 04 YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
03 02 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
04 03 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
05 05 MATT’S MOOD, The Breekout Krew, London 12in
06 06 IN THE DARK/GOREE ISLAND/LOVE IS IN THE FEEL, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
07 09 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, Total Experience 12in
08 07 HALF A MINUTE (REMIX)/MATT’S MOOD II, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
09 28 FRESH, Kool And The Gang, De-Lite 12in
10 24 SAY YEAH, The Limit, US Portrait 12in
11 42 WHO DO YOU LOVE, The Intruders, Streetwave 12in
12 10 GEORGY PORGY, Charme, RCA 12in
13 13 RAIN FOREST (REMIX)/EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
14 40 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
15 11 FINESSE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/SHOW ME, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
16 08 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
17 17 CARIBBEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
18 15 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
19 16 I FORGOT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
20 20 POO POO LA LA/COMPADRE, Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
21 18 CONTAGIOUS/SOME KINDA LOVER/NEVER TOO LATE/SWEET SENSATION/DON’T KEEP ME WAITING, The Whispers, Solar LP
22 19 CHIC CHEER (LP VERSION)/(1984 REMIX), Chic, Atlantic 12in
23 14 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird/10 12in
24 25 LOVERGIRL, Teena Marie, US Epic 12in
25 30 WE ARE FAMILY (1984 REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
26 12 GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
27 31 RUNNING/I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW/MEMORIES, The Temptations, US Gordy LP
28 36 HEARTLESS (REMIX), Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
29 26 I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING WORTHWHILE, Gene Chandler, Bluebird/10 12in
30 22 SLIPPERY PEOPLE, Staple Singers, US Private I 12in
31 21 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
32 39 OPERATOR/PLAYMATES, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
33 38 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
34 49 YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, US Qwest 12in
35 27 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
36 68 THANK YOU MY LOVE/BODY AND SOUL/POINT OF NO RETURN, Imagination, R&B 12in
37 23 OFF AND ON LOVE, Champaign, CBS 12in
38 35 PERSONALITY/CHEY CHEY KULÉ/LATELY/JUST BE GOOD TO ME/RAINBOW, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway LP
39 37 YOU TURN ME ON (REMIX), Rick James, Gordy 12in
40 50 MAGIC JOHNSON/LET IT GO/LET’S STAY TOGETHER, Bobby Broom, US Arista LP
41 60 FALLING BACK IN LOVE/AIN’T NOBODY, Scheer Music, US TBA LP
42 29 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, CRC 12in
43 54 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (REMIX), The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
44 41 ENLIGHTENMENT/ONCE AGAIN LOVE/IF YOU TAKE CARE OF ME, Lonnie Liston Smith, US Doctor Jazz LP
45 51 UNDERCOVER LOVER/CRUSHED, The Controllers, MCA 12in
46 46 FLYIN’ TO SANTA BARBARA, Special Occasion, Belgian Nunk 12in
47 56 SOLID/STREET CORNER, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
48 — YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, G.Q., US Stadium 12in
49 — MY DEAR MR. GAYE/STARCHILD, Teena Marie, US Epic LP
50 32 NAUGHTY TIMES, Cutty, Cooltempo 12in
51 — DANGEROUS/SPEND MY TIME WITH YOU/UH OH I MADE A MISTAKE/DON’T YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU/READY FOR LOVE, Pennye Ford, US Total Experience LP
52 — ARE YOU FOR REAL/BUS STOP, Deodato, Warner Bros LP
53 44 YOU MAKE ME HAPPY, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
54 52 IN THE NIGHT/MYSTERIOUS/DON JUAN/YOU WOULD NEVER, Twilight 22, US Vanguard LP
55 84 NEW LOVE, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
56 — WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES (REMIX), Cherrelle, US Tabu 12in
57 65 L.A. NIGHT, Yasuko Agawa, Japanese Invitation LP
58 — IMAGINATION/MURPHY’S LAW/HIGH CRIME, Al Jarreau, WEA LP
59 82 E.Z. LOVIN’ U/FOREVER MINE/K.O.G./THE WORD IS OUT/SHARE YOUR (L.O.V.E.), Slave, Cotillion LP
60 83 OOOHH/THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT, Slave, US Cotillion 12in
61 67 I KEEP CALLIN’, Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
62 — SLIPPERY PEOPLE (LIVE), Talking Heads, EMI 12in
63 — CAN YOU STAY WITH ME/CURIOUS/SCIENTIFIC LOVE/LET’S CELEBRATE, Midnight Star, US Solar LP
64 — I WANT TO KNOW YOU/THE WONDERS OF HIS LOVE, Philip Bailey, US Myrrh LP
65 53 BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish featuring Freeze Force, US Sugarscoop 12in
66 34 INTERNATIONAL (REMIX), Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
67 71 FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, Italian RCA italiane 12in
68 — ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
69 58 EROTIC CITY, Prince, US Warner Bros 12in
70 59 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, US 4th & B’way 12in
71 81 MR. TURBULENCE/NEVER AGAIN/JUST BEEN HOME, Chosen 3, Plezure 12in
72 61 LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
73 33 WHO’S THAT STRANGER, Terri Wells, London LP
74 47 THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Take 3, Elite 12in
75 67 STICK ‘EM, Fat Boys, US Sutra LP
76 43 FORGIVE ME GIRL, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
77 73 WE’VE GOT OUR CHANCE, Linda Clifford, US Red Label LP
78 74 JAMIE, Ray Parker Jr, US Arista 7in/LP
79 re MOSQUITO/BREAK DANCE – ELECTRIC BOOGIE (US REMIX), West Street Mob, Sugarhill 12in
80 72 I’M THE BEST, Tomorrow’s Edition, US Mel-O Records 12in
81 63 SATURDAY NIGHT, Glen Adams Affair featuring T.Ski Valley, Belgian Nunk 12in
82 66 BIG LOVE, Theophilus P. Wildebeeste, Chrysalis 12in
83 re HOT POTATO, LaToya Jackson, US Private I 12in
84 78 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE, Sheila E, Warner Bros 12in
85 80 COSMIC BLAST/THE PURE, Captain Rock, US NIA 12in


Hi-NRG DISCO

01 05 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
02 03 SEX/TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME, Sylvester, Cooltempo LP
03 02 WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
04 01 SECOND BEST, Evelyn Thomas, French In The Mix LP/Record Shack promo
05 09 THE POWER OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 12in
06 07 HANDS OFF!, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
07 04 IF IT’S LOVE (THAT YOU’RE AFTER), Jackson Moore, ERC 12in promo
08 08 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
09 10 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
10 14 HELPLESS, Flirts, US Telefon 12in
11 13 REACH FOR THE STARS, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
12 12 I’M ON FIRE, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus! 12in
13 11 BLACK LEATHER, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
14 06 LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
15 17 I FEEL LOVE (JOHNNY REMEMBER ME)/WHY?, Bronski Beat, London LP
16 28 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
17 16 LONG AFTER TONIGHT (IS ALL OVER), True, Rock City 12in
18 21 ONE SHOT LOVER, Venus, Belgian ARS 12in
19 15 I’LL CRY FOR YOU (1984 REMIX), Kumano, Canadian Power 12in
20 24 RELIGHT MY FIRE, Café Society, Passion 12in
21 — LET ME FEEL IT, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
22 25 LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHIN’ IN MY HEART, Cijay, Canadian Power 12in
23 — I’M ON MY WAY, Tabu, Crystal City 12in pre
24 19 TURN THE TABLES, Liquid Gold, Ecstasy 12in
25 re I FEEL FOR YOU, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
26 — SEXCRIME (NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR), Eurythmics, Virgin 12in
27 20 SHARPSHOOTER, Laura Branigan, US EMI America LP (Soundtrack)
28 30 TEAR YOU DOWN, English Evenings, Safari 12in
29 — I’M SO EXCITED, Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
30 18 BACK IN MY ARMS (ONCE AGAIN), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Chaka Khan 12in, 2 (2) Billy Ocean, 3 (3) Dazz Band, 4 (23) Temptations 12in, 5 (7) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 6 (12) Pointer Sisters, 7 (5) Eugene Wilde 12in, 8 (6) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 9 (8) Wham!, 10 (11) Matt Bianco ‘HAM/MM2’, 11 (13) Moroder/Oakey, 12 (4) Stephanie Mills, 13 (9) Staple Singers, 14 (—) Eurythmics, 15 (16) Rick James, 18 (10) Ray Parker Jr ‘G’, 17 (—) Switch, 18 (21) Chic, 19 (17) Duran Duran, 20 (15) Simplicious, 21 (25) The SOS Band ‘WG’, 22 (19) Bronski Beat ‘W’, 23 (—) Limahl, 24 (re) Julian Lennon, 25 (—) Kool & The Gang, 26 (36) Paul Hardcastle ‘RF(R)/EYHO’, 27 (28) Style Council, 28 (40=) Dead Or Alive, 29 (26) Champaign, 30 (20) Fonda Rae, 31 (32) Ashford & Simpson, 32 (38) Viola Wills, 33 (re) Hazell Dean, 34 (—) Level 42, 35 (18) Cutty, 36 (33) Breekout Krew, 37 (—) Madonna, 38 (39) Culture Club, 39 (14) Brass Construction, 40= (—) Melle Mel remix/Gene Chandler.

One thought on “December 1, 1984: Roy Ayers, The Intruders, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Midnight Star”

  1. 109 tracks were BPM-ed this week; I strongly suspect this is a new record. Meanwhile, the Northern Soul Hi-NRG covers keep coming – it’s interesting to see that in this week’s chart, there are covers of two of the three tracks that were traditionally played at the end of the Wigan Casino nights: the famous “Three Before Eight”. Jimmy Radcliffe’s “Long After Tonight Is All Over” is covered by True; Dean Parrish’s “I’m On My Way” is covered by Tabu/Debbie Sharp; and as for the third track, Tobi Legend’s “Time Will Pass You By”, this would eventually be covered by Kylie Minogue (and produced by M People) in 1994.

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