December 8, 1984: Major Harris, Mascara, Sheena Easton, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Dreamboy

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

SOUTH-WEST LONDON’s long established community-serving Radio Jackie 1332kHz/227m MW last Friday were served with a writ by Radio Mercury and the Attorney General claiming loss of advertising revenue and the stealing of Mercury’s audience, amongst other complaints (this despite sympathetic support from their local MP) — however the writ is being contested by Jackie, who are taking their case to the European Court Of Human Rights … Jon Guy reports from Manchester that the busted KFM were planning by now to be back on air, but on Medium Wave using a low power transmitter, while the unconnected rival Carousel Radio have been testing on the thus vacated 94.3FM with an aim to run around the clock … LWR seem firmly back on 92.05FM, and although not one of London’s soul stations there are various hip hop shows … Brian Hurst now counts down the Billboard top 100 US Hot Black singles on Solar 102.45FM Fridays 9.11 pm … Ashford & Simpson topped US Hot Black, Alphaville ‘Big In Japan’ Hot Dance/Disco with Paul Hardcastle ‘Rain Forest’ streaking up fast behind!! … The Temptations actually increased their UK sales but because four other singles vaulted higher they slipped one place in last week’s Gallup chart, thus becoming ineligible for Top Of The Pops, which was a shame as (now too late) their video was then ready — ironically they were overtaken by labelmates the Dazz Band, whose video was ready and shown the week they went Top 30 (still, these are the breaks) … Marion McClain, of Jeff Lorber Fusion and Pleasure as well as solo fame has joined the Dazz Band for their US tour … Roy Ayers’ ‘In The Dark’ LP is also out here now (CBS 26199), as is the Phyllis St. James set (Motown ZL72298), while La Famille ‘Lost In Paradise’ is indeed on 107⅓bpm 12in (Bpop BPOPT 01, via PRT) … G.Q. should have been 115½-0bpm … Morgan Khan’s latest compilation, not without some help from myself, is a massive 14 album boxed set of 142 Love Ballads (Street Sounds LVBAL 1)! … Lenny Henry’s current 12in is about to be twin-packed with a great “Hip Hop Katanga” electro scratcher and a comedy routine, neither on his LP … Erskine Thompson is overseeing a largely re-recorded remix of Total Contrast ‘Sunshine‘ … Ian Dewhirst, ex-Leeds Warehouse DJ, is now the disco man at EMI who are launching a classy new Manhattan label next year with such jazzy signings as Bobby McFerrin … George Benson’s new LP ’20/20’ is due Jan 11 … Chris Hill (Sheffield Park Hilly’s) and Tom Holland (Canvey Goldmine) have exclusive tapes of Sister Sledge’s unreleased ‘Outrageous’ well ahead of vinyl issue … Double Dee & Steinski, with Whiz Kid, are creating “an historic mastermix” of classic hip hop tracks for an LP on US Tommy Boy which next month will compliment Steve Hager’s similarly titled book ‘Hip Hop’, the album (and the mastermix’s starting point) featuring such seminal “break” oldies as the Incredible Bongo Band ‘Apache‘, Dennis Coffey ‘Scorpio‘, Baby Huey & The Babysitters ‘Listen To Me‘, Ralph MacDonald ‘Jam On The Groove‘ … Les Adams’ remix of ‘Stomp‘ will be promoed on 12in backed by his 4-track medley, only available commercially on the Brothers Johnson’s final A&M hits LP … Kev Hill soulfully VJs “video funk” Thursdays at Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush Palms Cocktail Bar (pub hours) to build the night for eventual transfer into the club itself, while his Saturdays at Harlow Whispers are being talked about as the Goldmine’s natural successor — he himself tips Basildon’s Chris Hewitt as a “singing Paul Hardcastle-like future star”, hot on Essex radio duo to Dave Gregory plugging his demo of ‘Dateline Girl’ recorded as by Onyx … Booker Newberry Ill, an amiable fellow with whom it’s a pleasure to chat, may be big (though not as big as Steve Walsh!) yet he really struts his stuff in a dynamic stage act worth catching while he’s here — and the slinky Vanity moves it about a bit too, cor! … l was too late to see much of David Sanborn at Wembley but Al Jarreau was pretty good when not over-doing his self-indulgent scatting — his frantic acappella scat ‘Take Five’ was great though, while my faves were his sultry ‘Teach Me Tonight’ and bluesily staged ‘Just Got In From Chicago’ — after which I waited with Fiona Waterman and birthday girl Barbie Dunne to watch him perform again to a playback of the first few numbers so that, while all around was being dismantled, he and the band could have some action close-ups filmed to slot into the TV programme shot at Wembley … Lovely Previn acting as tour guide later that night led Al Jarreau and Slim Gaillard into Rockafella’s late nite eaterie and introduced us, so naturally we had a chat in which Al revealed he’s such a perfectionist he’d have repeated the entire show for the cameras had it been necessary … Brenda Russell’s ‘Jarreau’, off last year’s ‘Two Eyes’ LP, was played immediately before Al hit the stage and has been causing quite a demand in record shops since … Junior joins such as the Pointer Sisters, Rick James, Shalamar, The System, Patti LaBelle in supplying soundtrack songs for the new Eddie Murphy movie ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ … Beggars Banquet have picked up and re-packaged/titled the old 1981 Grove Production album by Robert Greenfield’s alter-ego Roberto Campoverde, the “London Latin” and hot in its day Cayenne ‘An Evening In Jaffa‘ (Coda CODA 11) … Band Aid’s as yet unheard 12in was mixed by Trevor Horn … Capital’s John Sachs bribed me not to mention where he was in Cricklewood last Thursday, but Mike Allen is there instead this week and the club (your starter for ten) is named after the surname of a Labour MP from a North Midlands mining constituency! … Five Star join Rick Robinson at South London’s Old Kent Road Oasis (free admission) Thursday (6), when Judge Dread hits Whitchurch (Shropshire) 007 Club — he’s at Charing (Kent) Night Owl Fri/Sat (7/8) … Friday (7) finds Chris Hill & Froggy back at The Royalty, or rather Southgate’s Pink Elephant for one night only, Jeff Young (who will sit in for Robbie Vincent on Radio One too!) at Dartford Flicks, Chris Dinnis at Yeovil Electric Studio with Paul Lewis & John C (and alone at Taunton Kingstons Sat) … Friday (7) also sees Pete Haigh & Kev Birchall alternate between floors at Blackpool Baskervilles with monthly Mecca/Wigan classix upstairs and the new Black alternative Dance downstairs (£1 covers both), PAs needed on 0253-824156 … Saturday (8) Mastermind cut up an under-18s hip hop scene 6.30-11pm at West Norwood’s Nettlefold Hall … Sunday (9) Electricity Records present Kofi & The Lovetones, Simone, Velvette, Linda Lewis, Angie Gold and more at Nottingham Barry Noble’s Astoria 2pm Hi-NRG alldayer jocked by Peter Martine, Les Cokell, Richard Jones, while the previous Ilford crew of Froggy, Graham Gold, Nicky Holloway & Ian Reading funk another 3pm alldayer but at Southend Zero 6 with lotsa PAs … Paul Major now does Birmingham Millionaire’s Fri/Sat, and is about to start the other five nights at Derby’s non-dancing Knotted Snake fun pub … Birkenhead Atmosphere’s Tuesday Hi-NRG nights are hosted by the enigmatically named Gypsy Rose Lee … Clair Hicks & Love Exchange ‘Push (In The Bush)‘ (US KN) is a Greg Carmichael/Shep Pettibone-produced scratch remake of 1979’s Musique ‘In The Bush’ — and Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett has re-recorded his immortal 1962 ‘Monster Mash’ as an updated ‘Monster Rap‘ (US Easy Street) … Al Matthews, whose Sunday 6-7am Capital gospel show is an hour I try never to miss, really played some corkers last Sunday — such soulful singing! … Continental hits Tony Esposito ‘Kalimba De Luna‘ (Red Bus) and Sandy Marton ‘People From Ibiza‘ (Carrere) mix nicely using 7in copies if you run the latter’s electro intro through the former’s short 4 bar break (chopping that out as Sandy’s beat begins) … who is this Damon Cheesedip anyway? . . . SAY-YAY-YAY-YAY-YEAH!


ATTENTION DJs! Please post your charts and all Christmas/New Year gig info NOW to arrive this coming Monday (10) or else you’ll be too late for inclusion in the Dec 22 issue, and likewise next Thurs/Friday aim for Monday (17) delivery to catch Jan 5. We’ll be back to normal (ie: previous Wednesday 2) for the Jan 12 issue, but especially at this busy time for everyone we really need ya to keep ‘em coming!


HOT VINYL

MAJOR HARRIS: ‘I Believe In Love’ LP (Streetwave MKL 3)
Produced by Butch and backed by the whole family Ingram (who typically go more for soul content than strict tempo), the traditional throaty soulster’s excellent classy set’s most haunting standout is the gently weaving 104⅓-105⅔-108½- 0-108bpm title track swayer, beefier being the 110-111-112bpm ‘What Ever Happened‘ and 110½-111-112½bpm ‘Let Me Give You Love‘ while in this company his recent wriggling 113⅓- 113¾bpm ‘Gotta Make Up Your Mind‘ sounds stronger (a better mix?), many mellow slowies including the 82¼/41bpm ‘Through It All (The Game)’, 68½bpm ‘After All’, 74bpm ‘I Love You’, 69-0bpm ‘Rediscover’, 62bpm ‘Spend Some Time’.

MASCARA: ‘Baja’ (Personal 12PER 110)
‘Jingo’-ish jaunty rattling 122¾bpm bounder with Spanish chattering chix and Kid Creole-ish rapping chap going into a vibes-based conversational break (useful Instrumental Dub and echoey Ruff Mix flip), mixed by Jellybean and huge in US clubs as is anything he touches. A stiff on import, but then even ‘Jingo’ took time to explode.

SHEENA EASTON: ‘Strut (Dance Mix)’ (EMI 12EMI 5510)
Starkly percussive powerful 114⅓bpm jagged jerker building intensity as it motorvates along behind chanting shrill Sheena, monstrous in the States since the summer and given the chance likely to do a Madonna here. I think it’s terrific!

GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & THE FURIOUS FIVE: ‘Step Off’ (Sugarhill SHL 139)
Although the slower US original is credited to The Furious Five featuring Cowboy, Melle Mel & Scorpio, our much more useful remix capitalizes on Melle Mel’s current fame with a repeat of his ‘Chaka Khan’ intro and rap from ‘I Feel For You’ laid over the start of this strongly tugging 101⅔-102bpm rap set to the O’Jays’ old ‘For The Love Of Money’ bass line, likely to be big (and for third generation b boys the flip reprises their classic 100bpm The Message’).

DREAMBOY: In The Nite’ (LP ‘Contact’ US Qwest 1-25163)
Rhythmically similar to Jermaine Jackson’s ‘Come To Me’, this anxiously sung lead-swapping pent-up mellow 111bpm jitterer has been simmering in certain black clubs for some time and smells suspiciously like another Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’’ in the making — otherwise the five squeaky young guys’ set is heavily influenced by pre-‘Purple Rain’ Prince on the 117½bpm title track, 122bpm ‘Make It Work‘, 128bpm ‘Luv Games‘, 0-122bpm ‘Hold On Tight‘, while their dead slow US Black hit ‘I Promise (I Do Love You)’ is one of four reasonable smoochers.

TWILIGHT 22: ‘Mysterious (Remix)’ (US Vanguard SPV 80)
Gordon Bahary has now treated his naggingly tugging 102bpm today’s groove jogger as if it had had a typical Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis remix (dub flip), making it great to mix with those guys’ own current SOS Band/Cherrelle stuff, and hotter than ever it was on LP. Crafty!

FATBACK: ‘Spread Love’ (US Spring SPR-12-414)
From the old ‘Is This The Future?’ set on which she sang, Evelyn Thomas indeed co-penned and is actually the only lead vocalist on this beefily grinding 109⅓bpm pent-up slow chugger with a sassy rap halfway (Inst flip), remixed by M&M since ‘Heartless’ (with which it mixes!) and quite a rival to it — in fact although she’s oddly uncredited it’s virtually a solo single as if to cash in on her ‘High Energy’ US success, and considering the similarity of ‘Heartless’ to ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ it’s all ironically like Jocelyn Brown’s recent situation.

BOGAZ: ‘I’ve Got Love’ (AGR 12AGR 2, via PRT)
Very neat tightly striding 116½-117½bpm modem soul from East London, originally out last year, with harmony reinforced lead chap and wailing sax break over the Kashif-ish beat (inst flip), well worth checking anew and just the thing to freshen up Solar’s airwaves.

PATRICK BROWN: ‘Fantasy’ (Kufe EB003, via 01-500 1845 or Pinnacle)
Sparsely tripping attractive 121 bpm light soul canterer, almost in stripped-down Philly style and worth hearing if that’s your fancy, flipped by the tender tortuous slow wailing ‘On The Right Track’ for added soul appeal, impressively un-English.

CHRISTINE LEWIN: ‘It’s A Secret’ (Kufe EB004, as above)
‘Juicy Fruit’s reggaefier returns with a pleasant lightly swaying straight 109⅓-111bpm soul roller on which her winsome little voice may lack range but is somewhat reminiscent of Barbara ‘Hello Stranger’ Lewis (inst flip).

JAYE WILLIAMS: ‘Let Me Be The One’ (Local Records LR 9, via 01-808 5180 or Jet Star)
The ex-Style Council girl singer’s John Collins-created rather drily electronic purposeful 97⅔bpm slow tugger could do with some more mellow “sweetening” to realize Its full promise — and indeed the better flipside instrumental (credited to SEMI-AUTOMATIC) gets just that courtesy of some classy sax. Now if they could only marry the two!

ATMOSFEAR: ‘Telepathy’ (Elite DAZZ-35)
Electronically burbled sparsely striding 119bpm wriggler with nice jazzy brass and vibes behind some female vocal, possibly better in the instrumental flip’s Electrojazzmix and Metalepathymix.

PAMELA JOY: ‘Think Fast’ (US Pizazz PZ-119)
Sparsely tapping and wriggling deceptively fast 122bpm smoothly souled jittery swayer (inst flip), quite interesting and getting a mild buzz.

ART OF NOISE: ‘Close-Up’ (ZTT 12ZTPSO1)
Their LP-promoting 7in hit is merely the old ‘Beat Box (Diversion Two!’ and now on 12in here’s yet another variation of the powerfully juddering hip hop instrumental, this time 106½-107bpm with would you believe yet another freakily finishing 0-110bpm ‘Close-Up (Hop)‘ version as flip. If only Trevor Horn could get all five 12in mixes the exact same speed, someone with five decks could build up a real wall of sound.

THE YOUNGER GENERATION: ‘Breakloose (Breakdancin’)’ (Master Mix 12CHE 8411)
Produced by Terry Lewis alone (he’s rumoured to have split from Jimmy Jam Harris — is this confirmation?), a Patrick Adams-mixed heavily juddering 109bpm hip hop rap of no great freshness aimed more at Break Machine’s market (dub flip with stun gun zaps). The title is revealingly opportunist.

CAROL JIANI: ‘Dancing In The Rain’ (Streetwave XKHAN 505)
A whole 7-track LP packaged budget-style as a sleeveless 12in, happening first in Hi-NRG clubs are this thunder-introed 136⅓bpm galloper and a subdued 0- 121-122¾bpm revival of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, although much played on soul radio is the huskily rapped mildly chugging 104bpm ‘Bum Rap’ story-song, others being the 2-Tone-ish 119½bpm ‘Dear John’, brassily cantering 129bpm ‘I Can’t Stop‘, old Hi-NRG 129bpm ‘Love Now Play Later‘ and 145½bpm ‘Touch And Go Lover‘.

MADONNA: ‘Stay’ (LP ‘Like A Virgin’ Sire 925 157-1)
Produced with cold efficiency by Nile Rodgers, the icily erotic looking lady’s second set is much more pop orientated than before and strongly reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper, next best after her sharply chugging 119-120-119-120bpm title track hit being this grow-on-you ‘Searching’-ish 118bpm infectiously building singalong roller while rock-disco are the 136bpm ‘Dress You Up‘, 136¾bpm ‘Material Girl‘, 0-133bpm ‘Angel‘, 111bpm ‘Pretender‘, 150bpm ‘Over And Over‘, 0-94bpm ‘Shoo-Be-Doo‘ — Rose Royce’s classic slow 0-35/70-0bpm ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore‘ showing she’s no soul singer.

WHAM!: ‘Last Christmas’ (Epic GA4949)
Lovely gently chugging 106½bpm ethereal breathy floater with some seasonal sleighbells and strong short-term MoR appeal.

LUTHER: ‘At Christmas Time’ (US Atlantic 7-89593)
Dreamy slow tender 63bpm seasonal smoother from Luther Vandross’ 1976 incarnation, also on a ‘Funky Christmas’ LP but 7in flip to The Treacherous Three ‘Santa’s Rap‘.

BAND AID: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ (Mercury FEED 1)
The other side of the seasonal coin, a remarkably selfless 57½-115bpm all-star shuffler about which you must surely know the details.

AFRICAN CONNEXION: ‘Dancing On The Sidewalk’ (Oval OVAL 32/12, via 01-622 0111)
Sierra Leone originated foursome augmented by others in London with a simple jolly easily danceable almost soca-style 122⅓bpm Afro jiggler, fusing elements from Zaire, Ghana and Nigeria without either getting too ethnic or losing their integrity, while the flip’s similar 0-129-131bpm ‘E Sidom Panam‘ compromises even less.

WINSTON REEDY: ‘Baby Love’ (DEP International DEP 13-12)
Jackie Mittoo-produced extremely catchy chunkily chugging 73bpm slow reggae swayer, ending in a much harder dub, powerful stuff (freaky dubwise 79bpm ‘Instant Buzz’ flip).

CARROLL THOMPSON featuring Total Contrast: ‘The Apple Of My Eye’ (Virgin VS698-12)
Forsaking Floy Joy, she’s joined in close vocal counterpoint by the guys from Total Contrast for an electronically jittered 95½bpm reggae-soul swayer which would be even more attractive were the beat slightly less mechanical (inst dub flip).

RUDY GRANT: ‘Get Ready, Get Right’ (RAK 12RAK 380)
Eddy’s brother The Mexicano fits a familiar infectious Grant-style repetitive vocal groove to a bass synth’ wheezled and burped 107⅓bpm jiggly rhythm that’s naggingly effective in an ultimately lightweight way (semi-inst flip).

MIKEY DREAD: ‘Reggae Hit-Shot’ (DEP International DEP 12-12)
Nasally sung “self-penned” 0-111-112-113-114 113⅔bpm ripoff of Marcia Griffiths’ ‘Electric Boogie’, good enough fun if you aren’t familiar with that moronically catchy underground smash.

TREVOR WALTERS: ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’ (Polydor POSPX 716)
Andrew Gold’s oldie adapted unconvincingly and coldly into electronically driven tricky stop-go 0-102⅓bpm pop-reggae (self-penned older more rootsy 81bpm ‘You Make Me Feel‘ flip).

MEZZOFORTE: ‘Take Off’ (Steinar ST 1250)
Melodically infectious busily lurching beefy fast chugging 120bpm jazz-funk instrumental with Level 42-style bass and buzzing brassy synthetics, doing best so far in pop venues.


HIT NUMBERS

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

Frankie GTH 0-30½-61-0-61-0r, Big Country 124½f, Culture Club (0-)47/94f, Alison Moyet 96⅔f, Stevie Wonder 108½f, Tears For Fears 97⅔f, Stranglers 104f, Bronski Beat 125-128r, Dead Or Alive 128f, Toy Dolls 0-156-117-0-150-0-152-0f, Steve Wright 40-120-213/71-120-213/71-120-213/71f, UB40 0-94¾f, The Adventures 0-136⅓f, Gary Glitter 163f, Trevor Walters 0-103¾f, Bobby G 0-65½-131-0r.


DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 8, 1984

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


Hi-NRG DISCO

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


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Chaka Khan 12in, 2 (3) Dazz Band, 3 (2) Billy Ocean, 4 (4) Temptations 12in, 5 (5) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 6 (10) Matt Bianco ‘HAM/MM2’, 7 (6) Pointer Sisters, 8 (25) Kool & The Gang ‘F’, 9 (7) Eugene Wilde 12in, 10 (19) Duran Duran, 11 (9) Wham!, 12 (37) Madonna, 13 (14) Eurythmics, 14 (28) Dead Or Alive, 15 (8) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 16 (13) Staple Singers, 17 (17) Switch, 18 (15) Rick James, 19 (40) Gene Chandler, 20 (18) Chic, 21 (12) Stephanie Mills, 22 (36) Breekout Krew, 23 (11) Moroder/Oakey, 24 (—) Frankie GTH ‘TPOL’, 25 (26) Paul Hardcastle ‘EYHO/RF(R)’, 26 (23) Limahl, 27 (—) Evelyn Thomas ‘H’, 28 (—) Tina Turner, 29 (—) Jim Diamond, 30 (—) BarKays, 31 (re) Cool Notes, 32 (—) Talking Heads ‘SP’, 33 (20) Simplicious, 34 (—) Thelma Houston, 35 (re) Kane Gang, 36 (—) Nik Kershaw, 37 (22) Bronski Beat ‘W’, 38 (—) Stevie Wonder, 39 (—) Imagination, 40 (—) Shinehead.

3 thoughts on “December 8, 1984: Major Harris, Mascara, Sheena Easton, Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Dreamboy”

  1. That Tommy Boy breakbeat compilation never dropped because they couldn’t secure the rights to all the songs. Word on the street back then was that Herman Kelly, the artist responsible for Dance To The Drummers Beat, threatened to either drop a bomb or shoot up the Tommy Boy offices if they released it or used it for mixes, so Lessons 1-3 was a promo 12″ only, plus plenty bootlegged. The original breakbeats used by Hiphop DJ’s in The Bronx in the early days were instead compiled first in Octopus Breaks, and then the 25 volume Ultimate Breaks & Beats series which were also bootlegs. I think Outrageous by Sister Sledge was never released either unless they changed it’s title.

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    1. Yes, I couldn’t find any reference to Sister Sledge’s Outrageous – it’s gone the same way as that lost Michael Jackson track and that lost Stevie Wonder album. But I do remember some of the Ultimate Breaks & Beats comps being for sale at Selectadisc in Nottingham, my local store.

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