ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Steve Ripley’s follow-up CBS compilation ‘Club Classics 2‘ will definitely include the much sought Willie Bobo ‘Always There’ remix (possibly even shrink-wrapped on limited bonus 12in!), but not before March … Froggy has launched his own Krack label (one track mind!) with surprisingly some Hi-NRG by Touchdown … Thelma Houston’s 12in is now on UK pressings (MCA MCAT 932), and The Temptations’ LP is out here too (Motown ZL72342) … RCA are rushing Amii Stewart next week, and the Skyy LP … David Middleton, jocking aboard the OW Hollandia across the North Sea, reports that Holland’s time-shared TV channels show a lot of new videos and it’s noticeable how less censored some are than here — he cites the Pointer Sisters’ ‘I’m So Excited’, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ and The Cars’ ‘Hello Again’ as being much raunchier than the versions we see here (the lucky Dutch!) … David also info’s that the now land-based TV offshoot of Radio Veronica has just been voted ‘Europe’s Young People’s Television Company’ – incidentally, could Holland be a good new base for London’s soul pirates to beam from? … David Collins has joined the deserters from JFM to Solar-FM … Tony Hodges keeps revealing (in his great radio voice) that his exclusive megamixer ‘Scratcher’ lives in Burnham near Slough – which is Disco Mix Club territory, so are we to assume he’s had written permission to play their mixes on Solar? … DMC’s Glam-Rock mix seems to have been sparking off a ‘70s pop revival especially up north, while December’s set of mixes should cause even more excitement: Sanny X has totally restructured Chaka Khan ‘I Feel For You’ and put together an Electro ’84 medley, Alan Coulthard has excelled himself on a brilliant Hi-Energy ’84 stormer (enabling DJs to junk half the Hi-NRG records they previously carried!) although his Pop ’84 is less compulsive, and Les Adams is hot in spurts on Funk ’84 (subscription details 06286-67276) … Graham Gold does an indiscernible mix between Temptations ‘I’ll Keep My Light In My Window‘ and Kool & The Gang ‘You Are The One‘, both a bit gospelly, both 91bpm (even if the latter is really double-time!) … Stevie Wonder ‘Woman In Red’ finally topped Prince’s own soundtrack atop the US Top Black LPs … Arista ought to rush out Ray Parker Jr’s US hit ‘Jamie‘ while telly soap fans’ interest in the like-named new ‘Dallas’ character is still high … Chaka Khan and Dennis Brown headline this Saturday at Kingston Jamaica’s third annual Reggae Superjam … Peter Kok, a faithful Toronto reader, reports Run-DMC are currently working on their own ‘Run-DMC’ film which they say will show the “real story” of hip hop, while Jimmy Jam Harris & Terry Lewis seem indeed to be together and forming their own Flyte Time label in Minneapolis … Philip Bailey is following his own wonderful gospel LP on Myrrh by producing gospel singer Jubilant Sykes for the label … Teena Marie’s soulful ‘We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This‘ duet with Ronnie McNeir was originally intended as a return engagement with Rick James (like ‘Fire and Desire’), but Motown won’t let him work with her now she’s moved labels to Epic … Al Jarreau’s slowie ‘After All‘ is huge on US “adult contemporary” radio so it’s strange he let himself be talked into using uncomfortable fast electro rhythms on his album just to be supposedly fashionable … Toddy, another Essex jock into Onyx, has a pre-Xmas boogie at Ilford Town Hall’s Lambourne Rooms this Friday (14), when Froggy funks Stanmore Chevaliers in The Limes (get there by 11pm), and Colin Hudd attracts an ever older crowd to Dartford Flicks for soul oldies from ’75 to ’70 (loon pants!) … Saturday (15) Chris Dinnis joins Paul Lewis souling Swindon Brunel Rooms Ampitheatre, which pulls the party hearty crowds from the likes of Reading, Gloucester, Oxford & Bristol … Steve Walsh, now weekly Fridays at Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush, joins the usual crew at Birmingham’s Powerhouse alldayer Sunday (16), when Frenchie T in the same city reminds everybody to check the funk weekly at Edgbaston Maximillians’ Sunday Night Experience … Dave Hucker, celebrated Thur/Sat spinner of ethnic exotica at Soho’s Sol Y Sombra, moves his Afro/Carib/N & S American ryddims into Ronnie Scott’s Maze Club Wednesday (19) … Bolts gay venues are spreading north to Nottingham’s Easy Street every Wednesday from the 19th … Llandudno’s hot Hi-NRG mixer John Dineley made a big move from North Wales to Surrey and Camberley’s new gay Krugers, where he’s after PAs (and members) on Camberley 64547 …Tony Howard shirtily sniffs he’s been sole DJ at Brighton Bolts (Sundays in the Pink Coconut) since Summer ’83 … Hazell Dean is square jawed at London’s Hippodrome Mon (17) … John DeSade has opened Wed/Thur at Gillingham’s lavish new The Avenue, and in the same town souls Sundays at Kents with lots of old jazz to please Barry the boss (makes a nice change!), Paul French (the other one), still at Kents Tues/Thurs, now does Fri/Sat at The Avenue – which he reckons is in Rainham’s Watling Street … Franklin Sinclair the funky solicitor (really!) has actually replaced Sean Brett Fri/Sat at Bolton’s fully refurbished The Dance Factory, which now turns “the young element” away but is if anything funkier than before … Phil England spins ’60s soul at Egham Olivers Wednesdays … Darryl Hayden has clocked up nearly 70,000 miles this year alone in his Ford lorry with his 6 kilowatt video roadshow – among selected upcoming dates are Ruislip Southbourne School Sat (15), Cranford Community Centre Mon (17), Potters Bar Elm Court YC Fri (21) – and he now also operates a Twickenham-based Abracadabra disco equipment hire service (01-898 1127) offering a whopping third-off discount to reader DJs caught short over Xmas … I’d advise anyone parking in the West End of London to pay attention to police “No Parking” signs no matter how unreasonably sited you may think they are, otherwise you could find the bomb squad letting off controlled explosions in your car – I was parked perfectly legally not far from just such a suspicious vehicle and the police only begrudgingly let me move in a great hurry (while they hid around the corner) after checking first for a secondary device under my own car, so be warned, be careful, and be aware that your lack of consideration can cause unnecessary alarm and trouble … Theo Loyla probably realizes his record plugging job enables him to visit such far flung hot spots as Blackburn’s Peppermint Place, which I too would love to see if it cost nothing to get there and wasn’t at the weekend when my own job ties me down to assembling the charts he finds so useful – thanks for the kind words though Theo … DJs post your charts ‘n info NOW to arrive Monday (17) to catch the issue dated January 5 … SA Y-HO-HO-HO!
GAP BAND: ‘I Found My Baby’ (LP ‘Gap Band Vl’ US Total Experience TEL8-5705)
The guys repeat their enduring underground smash ‘Outstanding’ bar for bar at 97bpm but now with a flavour of Fatback’s ‘I Found Lovin’’ – and as both are still instant floor fillers in black clubs this is off to a great start! – while ‘Disrespect‘ is a Woody Woodpecker-introed whistle blowing easily rolling and swaying 107¾bpm groove with chanting from halfway, ‘The Sun Don’t Shine Everyday‘ a particularly beautiful very delicate tenderly started 52/26bpm slow smoocher building in a Marvin Gaye influence (fragments of its instrumental link some other tracks), ‘I Believe‘ an interesting old fashioned yet Stevie Wonder-ish tortuous 73-0bpm weaver, ‘Beep A Freak‘ (the US 12in) a perfectly serviceable repetitive 114 ¼bpm P’funker, ‘Weak Spot‘ a rambling 106bpm soul swayer, their inevitable fast ones being the frantic 136½bpm ‘Video Junkie‘ and jerky 134½-137bpm ‘Don’t You Leave Me‘. Now, how about a megamix of ‘Outstanding’ and ‘I Found My Baby’ as UK 12in?
ASWAD: ‘Need Your Love (Each And Every Day)’ (Island 12IS 214)
Nice lazily soulful attractive 83bpm reggae swayer ending in its dub.
WARREN G BURRIS FEATURING MICHELLE: ‘I’ve Got It’ (US Becket Records BKD 524)
Chick ‘n’ chap souled 120bpm jitterer, blandly uninvolving (Master Mix flip).
MAGNUM FORCE: ‘Cool Out’ (US Paula Records PAULA 1244)
Nice to see the Shreveport, Louisiana, label’s old ’60s design still in use on this Willie Henderson co-produced deadly simple cool 118½bpm chugging funk groove with just some butch bass muttering as vocal, less gimmicky than the Dazz Band but similar in idea, the flip’s different more rolling 119-118- 117½bpm ‘Get In The Mix‘ being virtually instrumental and equally sparse. This could be an embarrassment to Bluebird, who by now should have just released Magnum Force’s older 1982 Kelli-Arts recorded ‘Share My Love’ LP (Bluebird/10 LPBR 1002), which even two years ago must have sounded pretty dated with several slow sweet vocal group meanderers and the churning 119-120½bpm ‘Girl You’re Too Cool‘, brassily jolting 112½-113½bpm ‘A Touch Of Funk‘, 115bpm ‘Oh You Just (Look So Good)‘, sorta Mass Production-ish.
CLAIR HICKS AND LOVE EXCHANGE: ‘Push (In The Bush)’ (US KN Records KN 1002)
As mentioned. Greg Carmichael & Shep Pettibone have remade Musique’s memorably smutty 1979 disco hit at a far slower chugging 111bpm tempo with some scratching and chattering electro beats (in five versions), a bit stolid now though currently of course much more useable.
BMP: ‘Let Me Show You’ (US Epic 49-05138)
Beats Minute Per? Produced by Sharon & Pennye’s brother Gene Redd, this stereo acappella introed chaps-sung fiercely snappy 123¾-124¾(break)-125½bpm fast jitterer makes up in pace what it lacks in polish and should work out of ‘Lovergirl’ or ‘Say Yeah’ … and coincidentally ‘Say Yes‘ is the flip, a lovely 62-0bpm smoocher full of lush atmosphere.
MIKKI featuring STARZ: ‘Dance Lover’ (US Renaissance Recording 12-1125)
Nick Martinelli co-produced rather strong soulful Vandross-ish chap sung and then chick squawked classy 120bpm roller with neat backing and good stereo separation especially during the long lead in (dub/edit flip). If Mikki’s the girl, who’s hiding as Starz?
RICK DEES: ‘Get Nekked’ (US Atlantic 0-86916)
The ‘Disco Duck’ guy, actually a top US radio DJ, returns on a brassily jiggling 113-112½bpm take-off of ‘Ghostbusters’, looser and funkier than Ray’s with a party atmosphere and lots of voices chipping in around trombone solos and dated almost go-go drums (inst flip and funny slow ‘Eat My Shorts‘).
ISLEY JASPER ISLEY: ‘Serve You Right’ (LP ‘Broadway’s Closer To Sunset Blvd’ Epic EPC 26307)
Isley Brothers guitarist Ernie, bassist Marvin, and synth-wielding Chris Jasper have splintered from the rest to do their own thing, only the vocal quality having altered on this ‘Between The Sheets’-ish 82/41bpm slow roller and the cool ticking relaxed swaying 108⅓bpm ‘I Can’t Get Over Losin’ You‘, ‘Sex Drive‘ being a chix chorused 119bpm funk jitterer – however, unbelievably ‘Kiss and Tell‘ is 130bpm Hi-NRG, while the 119bpm ‘Look The Other Way‘ is pure Police, (0-)35/70-0bpm ‘Love Is Gonna Last Forever’ a pop ballad, 125bpm ‘Break This Chain’ and the 126-0bpm title track raw rock, all the latter lacking personality (in fact the perfect soundtrack for TV’s otherwise enjoyable ‘Legmen’ series!)
JULIE ROBERTS: ‘I’m So Glad’ (Bluebird/10 BR 12)
Very impressively sung almost Sade-like bluesy bass and hi-hat kicked 79½bpm self-penned gospel slowie, 7in flip to a mournful ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ presumably aimed at ‘Stars On Sunday’.
DAVID SANBORN: ‘Love And Happiness’ (Warner Bros W9105T)
Sax started “live” (0-)102-103-105 (incl. break)-0bpm vocal revival of Al Green’s, true to the original Hi Sound, flipped by two more jazzy live tunes from the upcoming ‘Straight To The Heart’ LP.
GEORGE BENSON: ’20/20′ (US Warner Bros 7-29120)
Russ Titelman produced scat started tricky stop-start Al Jarreau-ish jittery spurter about his hindsight being 20/20 vision, not a particularly good dancer, with a Tommy LiPuma-prod doodling guitar instrumental ‘Shark Bite‘ flip on 7in ahead of the LP (which won’t now be here until Jan 25).
ANANSI: ‘Funky G’ (LP ‘Anansi’ Ebusia EBUS 1, via 01-748 0016)
African saxist George Lee (no longer A Nancy!) presents an excellent if specialist afro-jazz fusion set with the emphasis switching in both directions to ethnic rhythms and blowing jazz, initially most accessible probably being this straightforward 118-119bpm jazz-funker, the fast jazz 128-131bpm ‘Simone‘ and ‘Sakhile’-ish 92-93½bpm ‘Nakinye’ (his recent ‘Sea Shells‘ A-side is not included).
TONY JACKSON: ‘Snowy White Christmas’ (Cedar 12XMAS-1, via PRT)
Dangerously addictive truly slushy 73bpm slowie sung in Johnny Mathis-type tones before a long fruity sax break, much played on soul radio – who may later briefly flip for the funkier less together 113bpm ‘New Year’s Resolution‘ B-side.
THE TREACHEROUS THREE: ‘Santa’s Rap’ (Sugarhill SHL 138)
Kool Moe Dee, Special K & LA Sunshine’s bitterly humorous jittery 105½bpm rap from ‘Beat Street’, a message more about ghetto life than Christmas, has been de-bleeped with a few words changed in transfer from LP to 12in and could got renewed interest especially in its reference to human beat box Dougy Fresh (inst flip).
BOUW KOOL: ‘Merry Christmas/Happy New Year’ (Master-Funk 7MF 006)
Funk Masters-backed basic 101½bpm rap originally released just a little too late last year (inst flip).
KoKo-PoP: ‘I’m In Love With You’ (Motown TMGT 1363)
Months after the Chris Powell-led new foursome’s debut LP met minimal reaction this attractively arranged strings twiddled 123bpm trotter is now climbing the US soul chart but may prove too subtle and brisk here despite an excellent Michael Jackson-ish lead vocal, unless radio gets behind it … in which case it would do a Windjammer.
THOMAS McCLARY: ‘Contagious’ (LP ‘Thomas McClary’ US Motown 6121ML)
Another, guitar playing, Commodore self-prod/pens his solo debut set and while it all sounds good ‘n clean some is ultimately empty, this Ashford & Simpson-ish frisky 120bpm bumper being duetted by Deborah Thomas who also joins Lionel Richie and more in helping on the gently starting breathily intensifying catchy 94⅔bpm ‘Thin Walls‘ (eventual hit cut?), others being the snappily jolting 116bpm ‘Man In The Middle‘, chunkily lurching 113bpm ‘Gonna Get You Back‘, fast 126⅓bpm ‘Read Between The Lines‘, frantic 126bpm ‘Wild Imagination‘, while inevitably Richie-esque slowies are the 0-33-67bpm ‘Love Will Find A Way’, 0-37/74bpm ‘Marianne’.
LITTLE BENNY & THE MASTERS: ‘Who Comes To Boogie’ (US Jem-Rose JR 914)
From Washington DC, home of the percussive go-go beat, this typical “say what?” rapped 109bpm brassy jitterer has the same rhythm and sound as Chuck Brown’s ‘We Need Some Money’ but not enough of a song — as a groove though it’s great, with a largely instrumental Club Mix (edit too).
R.E.Q.: ‘Casa Forte’ (Passion PASH 1237)
Nigel Wright-produced “jabadaba”-scatted ultra-specialist frantic 0-142-144-147bpm latin jazz, flipped by the more Shakatak-ish smooth slick instrumental 120bpm ‘Valparaiso’.
JIMMY YOUNG: ‘Twenty Four/Seven’ (Streetwave MKHAN 33)
Rather dull rumbling 113bpm plodder which owes a teensy tiny bit to the ‘Holiday’ chord structure but borrows none of its vivacity (inst/edit flip). If you remember, it was the instrumental of his ‘Times Are Tight’ which happened here before — lightning won’t strike twice.
LEMURIA: ‘Thunder In Your Love’ (Street-Level CRT 70, via Creole)
New York sessioneers’ rather anonymous burbling 117½bpm strutter with muffled vocals, stabs of rock guitar and a slight ‘Bertha Butt’ flavour (inst flip).
PAPA LEVI: ‘Big ‘N’ Broad’ (Island 12IS 208)
“Please fasten your seat belts”-introed clever tongue-twistingly toasted but very ethnic 0-93bpm reggae, similar 0-81bpm ’84 ‘tion’ flip, not as catchy as Smiley Culture.
THE BLACKSTONES: ‘Mighty Long Time’ (PRT 12P 319)
Chi-lites inspired rhythmically limp lightly reggaefied 85(intro)-91-92-93-94bpm sweet soul harmony shuffler, pleasantly sung.
CARL SMITH: ‘Come Back Lover’ (US Clarence Music Records CM 532)
Huskily souled spacious clean base bumbled 119bpm backbeat socker with synth-chording, sparse breaks, pleasant if not terribly gripping (Club Mix flip).
FUTURE SHOCK: ‘Hip Shakin’’ (US Becket Records BKD 525)
Purposeful slow 109bpm Rick James-ish funk, a well worn still effective though this time none too startling groove (inst flip).
WHODINI: ‘Freaks Come Out At Night’ (US Jive/Arista JD-1-9303)
Now a hot property Stateside, the guys follow their ‘Friends’ smash with another 101bpm narrative rap probably better for listening (inst flip and 108bpm ‘Grandmaster Dee’s Haunted Scratch‘ based on ‘Magic’s Wand’).
JOHN ANDERSON BIG BAND: ‘Glenn Miller Medley’ (Modern Records MOD 006)
One of the most useful, ballsiest recorded, un-gimmicky and timeless MoR party singles to surface in a long time, this twist beat introed quickstepping 191bpm 7in medley is flipped by an equally useful slow 72-0bpm ‘Scot’s Medley’. Mobile Jocks should check it, pronto — you’ll be playing it for years! I cannot emphasize enough how useful this is going to be.
THE SWING COLLECTION: ’42nd Street’ (Hobo HOS 025, via PRT)
Perfect alter Maureen McGovern’s ‘The Continental’ at MoR gigs, a chap-sung foxtrotting 97/194-0bpm 7in revival of the ’30s classic (the original soundtrack tapdancing version used to be on UA).
JOHNNY LISTER & HIS SHUFFLE BAND: ‘Reginela Campagnola’ (Masterchord MCS 414, via PRT)
Golden trumpet tootled prancealong cha cha cha-ish 130bpm 7in knees-up jollity, possibly best started after the intro at the trumpet itself.
GRACE: ‘Dr Rhythm’ (WEA U9402)
Phonetic chix chanted typical Gibson Bros/Ottawan-type 117⅓bpm 7in Europop frolic, big on the Continent a while back but good now out of Sandy Marton ‘People From Ibiza’.
LORRAINE McKANE: ‘Let The Night Take The Blame’ (Carrere CART 353)
Blatant 0-120bpm copy of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ style (inst flip), briefly imported from Holland though actually English.
TABU Featuring DEBBIE SHARP: ‘I’m On My Way’ (Crystal City CRITY 2, via 01-653 2386)
Chick squawked resonantly splurging 128bpm electronic canterer reviving Dean Parrish’s northern stomper (inst flip).
TOUCHDOWN: ‘Do You Need Me’ (Krack SUE 100T, via Pinnacle)
Two back-to-back mixes of the same song, Ian Levine’s typically rattling 123⅓bpm Hi-NRG Mix making it a simple galloper with caterwauling chick joining in, while Froggy’s beefier 122bpm Street Level Mix gives the rhythm an entirely different emphasis — trouble is, the song and male singer aren’t really strong enough for Froggy’s weightier approach.
MARIA VIDAL: ‘Body Rock’ (EMI America 12EA 189)
Jellybean remixed quite subdued 120bpm Irene Cara-ish rock-disco title song from yet another American dance movie. Yup, disco sure is dead!
JULIE: ‘I’m In Love With Michael Jackson’s Answerphone’ (Calibre CABL 129)
One of the many singles PRT slip out without telling anyone, this recent minor US hit is a ‘Billie Jean’-based but far friskier 134bpm teenager-squeaked ditty using Michael Jackson’s — and Jim Rockford’s! — answerphone message (inst dub flip), good fun.
VARIOUS: ‘Non Stop Passion Volume 1‘ LP (Passion NOSTO 1)
Continuously mixed by John Davies & Nigel Stock, who don’t only blend the tracks but also cleverly drop in title lines from other songs featured later, Side One starts at 136bpm with Marsha Raven ‘Catch Me’, Charade ‘Got To Get To You’, Café Society ‘Somebody To Love’, Dee Dee Martin ‘Save Yourself For Me’, Nicci Gable ‘Strange Desire’, Astaire ‘Love Trap’ (ending cold), Side Two starts at (0-)136⅔bpm with Charade ‘Break Me’, Norma Lewis ‘Give Me Back My Heart’, Paul Parker ‘Desire’, Jessica Williams ‘(They Call Me The) Queen of Fools’, Fantasia ‘Evergreen’, Charade ‘I’m The One’ (fade).
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
Spandau Ballet 0-28-56/112f, Thompson Twins (0-)101⅚f, Queen 71⅔f, Paul Young 77⅓f, Thelma Houston 0-111c, David Bowie (0-)98-0c, Kim Wilde 0-122½f, Prince 134½-0r, Beatles 0-178-177f, Foreigner 40½/81f, Flying Pickets 117½/58¾f, Bob Marley 0-104½f.
DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 15, 1984
01 02 YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
02 01 TREAT HER LIKE A LADY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
03 04 IN THE DARK/GOREE ISLAND, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
04 06 WHO DO YOU LOVE, The Intruders, Streetwave 12in
05 08 FRESH, Kool And The Gang, De-Lite 12in
06 05 SAY YEAH, The Limit, US Portrait 12in
07 03 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
08 14 HEARTLESS (REMIX), Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
09 19 SEXOMATIC/DUB VERSION, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
10 07 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
11 12 YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, US Qwest 12in
12 09 MATT’S MOOD, The Breekout Krew, London 12in
13 38 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, US Vanguard 12in
14 15 PERSONALITY/ JUST BE GOOD TO ME/CHEY CHEY KULÉ/LATELY/RAINBOW, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway LP
15 10 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, Total Experience 12in
16 16 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
17 40 OPERATOR/PLAYMATES, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
18 44 (I GUESS) IT MUST BE LOVE/FANTASY AND HEARTBREAK/I’D RATHER SPEND THE BAD TIMES WITH YOU THAN SPEND THE GOOD TIMES WITH SOMEONE NEW, Thelma Houston, US MCA LP
19 24 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
20 31 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
21 11 HALF A MINUTE (REMIX), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
22 18 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT/MY LOVE IS ALIVE, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
23 33 FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, Italian RCA Italiana 12in
24 36 MY DEAR MR GAYE, Teena Marie, US Epic LP
25 30 CHIC CHEER (1984 REMIX), Chic, Atlantic 12in
26 28 CONTAGIOUS/SOME KINDA LOVER, The Whispers, Solar LP
27 37 YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, G.Q., US Stadium 12in
28 21 I FORGOT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
29 25 WE ARE FAMILY (1984 REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
30 22 CARIBBEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
31 26 FINESSE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
32 13 RAIN FOREST (REMIX)/EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
33 17 POO POO LA LA/COMPADRE, Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
34 54 LIKE A VIRGIN (US DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
35 27 LOVERGIRL, Teena Marie, US Epic 12in
36 29 I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING WORTHWHILE, Gene Chandler, Bluebird/10 12in
37 52 CURIOUS/CAN YOU STAY WITH ME/SCIENTIFIC LOVE/LET’S CELEBRATE/BODY SNATCHERS, Midnight Star, US Solar LP
38 23 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
39 43 E.Z. LOVIN’ U/SHARE YOUR (L.O.V.E.)/FOREVER MINE/K.O.G./THE WORD IS OUT, Slave, Cotillion LP
40 41 I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW/RUNNING/MEMORIES/SET YOUR LOVE RIGHT, The Temptations, Motown LP
41 — I BELIEVE IN LOVE/THROUGH IT ALL (THE GAME), Major Harris, Streetwave
42 20 GEORGY PORGY, Charme, RCA 12in
43 47 THANK YOU MY LOVE, Imagination, R&B 12in
44 46 FALLING BACK IN LOVE/AIN’T NOBODY, Scheer Music, US TBA LP
45 81 LOVE IS BLIND/I GOT YOUR NUMBER/DANCIN’ TO BE DANCIN’/PAY-UP, Skyy, Dutch Rams Horn LP
46 60 OOOHH/THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT, Slave, US Cotillion 12in
47 63 I KEEP CALLIN’, Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
48 70 SURRENDER/EMERGENCY/CHERISH/MISLED/YOU ARE THE ONE/BAD WOMAN, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite LP
49 — LET ME SHOW YOU, BMP, US Epic 12in
50 55 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, US 4th & B’way 12in
51 35 MR TURBULENCE/NEVER AGAIN, Chosen 3, Plezure 12in
52 — I FOUND MY BABY/DISRESPECT, Gap Band, US Total Experience LP
53 re ARE YOU FOR REAL/NEVER KNEW LOVE, Deodato, Warner Bros LP
54 62 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES (REMIX), Cherrelle, US Tabu 12in
55 58 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (REMIX), The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
56 84 CAN I, Cashmere, US Philly World 12in
57 42 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
58 69 DON’T GIVE UP (YOUR LOVE), Claudia, Rhythmic 12in
59 59 RUNAWAY LOVE, Linda Clifford, CRC 12in
60 39 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird/10 12in
61 — PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
62 79 LOST IN PARADISE, La Famille, Bpop 12in
63 45 YOU TURN ME ON (REMIX)/FIRE AND DESIRE, Rick James, Gordy 12in
64 74 BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish featuring Freeze Force, US Sugarscoop 12in
65 57 I WANT TO KNOW YOU/I AM GOLD/I WILL NO WISE CAST YOU OUT, Philip Bailey, US Myrrh LP
66 56 FLYIN’ TO SANTA BARBARA, Special Occasion, Belgian Nunk 12in
67 64 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
68 48 MAGIC JOHNSON/LET IT GO/LET’S STAY TOGETHER, Bobby Broom, US Arista LP
69 — 20/20, George Benson, US Warner Bros 7in
70 — DANCE LOVER, Mikki featuring Starz, US Renaissance Recording 12in
71 — STEP OFF (REMIX), Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill 12in
72 — KISS AND TELL/I CAN’T GET OVER LOSING YOU/SERVE YOU RIGHT, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic LP
73 66 EROTIC CITY, Prince, US Warner Bros 12in
74 — FUNKY G/SIMONE, Anansi, Ebusia LP
75 61 ENLIGHTENMENT, Lonnie Liston Smith, US Doctor Jazz LP
76 — HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE, Sade, US Portrait 12in
77 53 UNDERCOVER LOVER, The Controllers, MCA 12in
78 68 NEW LOVE, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
79 — COOL OUT, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in
80 — VALPARAISO, R.E.Q., Passion 12in
81 — IN MY LIFE/WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’/EVERLASTING LOVE, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
82 77 L.A. NIGHT, Yasuko Agawa, Japanese Invitation LP
83 80 WE’VE GOT OUR CHANCE, Linda Clifford, US Red Label LP
84 82 THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Take 3, Elite 12in
85 — THE ORIGINAL HUMAN BEAT BOX, Dougy Fresh, US Vintertainment 12in
01 02 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
02 01 SEX/TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME, Sylvester, Cooltempo LP
03 04 WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
04 06 SECOND BEST, Evelyn Thomas, German Hansa/French In The Mix LP
05 05 HANDS OFF!, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
06 10 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in
07 19 ONE SHOT LOVER, Venus, Belgian ARS 12in
08 17 LET ME FEEL IT, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
09 03 THE POWER OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 12in
10 07 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
11 22 I’M ON MY WAY, Tabu featuring Debbie Sharp, Crystal City 12in
12 09 REACH FOR THE STARS (REMIX), Life Force, Polo 12in promo
13 11 HELPLESS, Flirts, US Telefon 12in
14 13 I FEEL LOVE (JOHNNY REMEMBER ME), Bronski Beat, London LP
15 12 I’M ON FIRE, Kelly Marie, Calibre Plus! 12in
16 16 LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
17 21 LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHIN’ IN MY HEART, Cijay, Canadian Power 12in
18 18 RELIGHT MY FIRE, Café Society, Passion 12in
19 23 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
20 08 IF IT’S LOVE (THAT YOU’RE AFTER), Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
21 20 LONG AFTER TONIGHT (IS ALL OVER), True, Rock City 12in
22 14 I’LL CRY FOR YOU (1984 REMIX), Kumano, Canadian Power 12in
23 15 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
24 26 TURN THE TABLES, Liquid Gold, Ecstasy 12in
25 — DO YOU NEED ME (Hi-NRG MIX), Touchdown, Krack 12in promo
26 25 SHARPSHOOTER, Laura Branigan, US EMI America LP (soundtrack)
27 re SEXCRIME (NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR), Eurythmics, Virgin 12in
28 27 THIEF OF HEARTS, Melissa Manchester, US Casablanca 12in
29 28 S.O.S. FIRE IN THE SKY (DISARMAMIX), Deodato, US Warner Bros 12in
30 — LET THE NIGHT TAKE THE BLAME, Lorraine McKane, Carrere 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (4) Temptations 12in, 2 (1) Chaka Khan 12in, 3 (2) Dazz Band, 4 (3) Billy Ocean, 5 (5) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 6 (7) Pointer Sisters, 7 (8) Kool & The Gang 12in, 8 (6) Matt Bianco ‘HAM/MM2’, 9 (13) Eurythmics, 10 (12) Madonna, 11 (15) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 12 (9) Eugene Wilde 12in, 13 (23) Moroder/Oakey, 14 (22) Breekout Krew, 15 (20) Chic, 16 (16) Staple Singers, 17 (14) Dead Or Alive, 18 (-) Murray Head, 19 (30) Bar-Kays, 20 (11) Wham! ‘F’, 21 (24) Frankie GTH, 22 (10) Duran Duran, 23 (38) Stevie Wonder, 24 (31) Cool Notes, 25 (25) Paul Hardcastle ‘EYHO/RF(R)’, 26 (26) Limahl, 27 (-) Human League, 28 (17) Switch, 29 (-) Nick Heyward, 30 (33) Simplicious, 31 (-) Roy Ayers 12in, 32 (34) Thelma Houston, 33 (-) Bob Marley, 34 (28) Tina Turner, 35 (39) Imagination, 36 (re) Ray Parker Jr ‘G’, 37 (37) Bronski Beat ‘W’, 38 (re) Style Council, 39 (29) Jim Diamond, 40 (19) Gene Chandler, 41 (27) Evelyn Thomas, 42 (18) Rick James, 43 (21) Stephanie Mills ‘TMS’, 44 (-) ZZ Top ‘GAYL’, 45 (re) Heaven 17, 46 (35) Kane Gang, 47 (-) Tony Esposito, 48 (-) Sheila E, 49 (re) Ashford & Simpson, 50 (-) Intruders.
2 thoughts on “December 15, 1984: Gap Band, Aswad, Warren G Burris, Magnum Force, Clair Hicks & Love Exchange”
Despite its lowly position in the order of reviews this week, Little Benny & The Masters “Who Comes To Boogie” would soon become a massive track, which arguably paved the way for a major upswing of interest in Washington DC go-go. Perhaps it emerged at the right time of the year; music papers were preparing their predictions for 1985, go-go felt like an emerging “thing”, and this was a handy track to pin hopes upon.
Elsewhere, it’s yet another lukewarm review for Whodini, who were a much bigger deal than this column would have you believe (with present-day YouTube hit-counts to match). I saw them live in late 1984 – the show was well-attended, but pretty corny, if truth be told.
Hi-NRG-wise, it’s time to welcome Maria Vidal’s Body Rock, which was inescapable for months and months and months and months (as was Samantha Gilles “Let Me Feel It”). The Hi-NRG chart remains as bafflingly unrepresentative as ever, though – Dead Or Alive drop 8 places to 23, whereas in reality they rivalled Sheryl Lee Ralph as December’s biggest floor-filler, well ahead of their Pop chart breakthrough.
I should imagine that Debbie Sharp from Tabu featuring Debbie Sharp is the same singer who was featured on all those big early 90s rave tunes by Dream Frequency.
Including ‘Take Me’ the Prodigy remix of which is often looked on in rave circles as along with The Prodigy (Liam Howletts)’s remix of his own ‘Your Love’ as the best things he’s ever done as remixer or producer.