ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Many may be surprised to hear I had a very enjoyable lunch with Tony Blackburn, sitting either side of Evelyn Thomas as guests of Record Shack at the annual Music Publishers Association Christmas bash, not the least because Tony was recently quoted as calling me “the most boring man I’d ever met” — an expression I could well imagine him using lightheartedly, but which (as he apologetically announced on Radio London the day after it appeared in print) he had not actually used at all, the words having been put into his mouth as suspected by a student reporter hurrying to make a journalistic reputation, no matter who he upset. OK Ralph Tee, you can stop stirring it! … Solar-FM’s new studio had another “very heavy” raid last Tuesday afternoon (11) with absolutely everything confiscated again — but they were promising to be back on the air again soon … lan Dewhirst invites “imaginative, innovative, good DJs” to send their full details to Dance, EMI House, 20 Manchester Square, London W1A 1ES … Disco Dave Singleton (our “oldest” reader?) is selling his giant video show for £1,000 and looking for DJs/groups on Newton-Le-Willows 6018 as, after eight years jocking there, he’s become general manager and licensee of Eccles Rainbow — a proper job at last! … ‘Purple Rain’ is already available on video Stateside and selling so fast it could outstrip ‘Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller’ — meanwhile, Prince has been modifying his US tour’s content so that when he played predominantly black Washington DC he revived many of his soul oldies in singalong style before really turning on the funk aided by Sheila E, to delightedly stunned response (a thought: could it be that now he’s won the white mass market with his rock style, he’s going to turn them on to soul?) … Madonna topped US Hot Dance/Disco … Reggie Thompson, who so distinctively mixed Mtume’s hits amongst others, is currently adding synthesized drums and a modern “urban” treatment to a whole pile of unreleased 1968-1972 recordings by Bob Marley & The Wailers – the mind boggles … February 23/24 Hammersmith Odeon has the New York Jazz Explosion – basically Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Lonnie Liston Smith & Jean Carn, each doing a set before combining for one giant jam (at last someone’s promoting the sort of jazz bill people under 50 want to see!) … Haywoode supports Imagination this Fri/Sat (21/22) at the Hammersmith Odeon, where the orchestra pit has been boarded over specially! … Rick Robinson won’t be playing Five Star any more at Bermondsey Old Kent Road’s Oasis after they failed to turn up despite last minute confirmation (has TV gone to their heads?), but with any luck the much nicer Cool Notes will be there tonight (Thur 20) … Johnnie Gee (ex-Tottenham Eltons) souls the Old Kent Road’s Oasis Fri/Sun, while down the road Les Adams funks the Green Man Fri and Dun Cow Thur (plus Tues with Greg Edwards, for whose Saturday Capital show he creates a weekly megamix), Les also doing New Maiden Chemies Wine Bar Sat … John Sachs kids not, his weekday afternoon Capital show was practically wall-to-wall soul when last heard — keep it up! … Simon Harris, mixing Saturdays at Epping Billie Jean’s 18-21 disco, joins Froggy creating a special weekly mix for Tony Blackburn on Radio London … Paul Dakeyne, spinning up-front sounds to up-front people at Hull Romeos & Juliets, is the creator of the weekly ‘Tasty Mixer’ on Carl Kingston’s evening BBC Radio Humberside disco show – and he sent me an absolutely excellent Steinski-type mix on cassette with lots of nice snappy speech drop-ins … Nicky A (Aravis) has quite unfunky Romford to soul Thur-Sun at Ilford High Road’s ArBeez Wine Bar (beer & spirits too), while Dave Clark is fairly funky Mon/Sat at Barking’s non-dancing Chains wine bar … Trevor ‘Redeye’ Hughes is thankfully able to get quite soulful Saturdays at Woodcote’s Preachers (in a converted chapel, between Wolverhampton-Newport) … Stuart Hughes wears two hats both managing and jocking at Sidmouth Carinas (where Nic Wakefield used to hold court), open also as a fun pub lunchtime and the first UK club to be fitted with a 60 selection Thorn Laser Video System, Wednesdays being jazz-funk night, Thursdays reggae … Nick Graham fills Werrington (Peterborough) The Gables with up-front funk Thursdays … Glenn Jones started out singing gospel, first recording when only aged 8 with the Bivens Specials on Nashboro, and later in his teens solo on Savoy … Billboard’s Hot Black chart has gradually been showing there must be an unheralded market presumably amongst young black Americans for records by cute kids, like New Edition, Kids At Work, Force MDs, Menudo, Nolan Thomas and probably even the Fat Boys — it would be ironic if this new youthful market was opened up by that former child star Michael Jackson … Passion next year becomes an exclusively Hi-NRG label, soul/funk going onto the provisionally titled Debut … Tricky Dicky’s record of the year at Soho Newport Court’s Record Cellar shop is Pamala Stanley ‘Coming Out Of Hiding‘, still selling five copies a week (as opposed to ‘High Energy’ now doing one a fortnight) … Evelyn Thomas’s import LP now won’t be out here until March! … Donna Summer’s two simultaneous singles, old and new, didn’t do much did they? … Adrian Allen (South Shields Chelsea Cat) got his Peter Brown ‘Love In Our Hearts’ after Andy Gregory (Laughton Tempo Rico) rang him and rabitted for an interesting hour … Pete Haigh (0253-824156) is after New Birth ‘K-Jee‘ (US RCA LP), JB’s ‘Doin’ It To Death’ (Canadian/US Polydor 12in), Beginning Of The End ‘Funky Nassau’ (LP version) … Chris Ellis, notorious wind-up artiste of recent Greek experience, is back not in London but looking for gigs with David John in Lancashire on 0772- 22771 — could he be the DJ Ellis who’s been doing the odd Club Ranger Night Out at Morecambe’s Harveys?! … Colin Hudd (Dartford Flicks) quips at last there’s a record for everyone who comes up to ask “Can you play anything for my mate?” — Direct Drive! … Nicky Holloway (London Bridge Royal Oak) stumbled on a good mix, Dazz Band into Imagination’s old ‘Burning Up”— “same BPM and everything!” … Jeffrey Osborne ‘Stay With Me Tonight‘ is resurging for Alan Donald in mid-Clyde on the Isle of Bute at Rothesay’s Ashburn, where it “seems to be the type of beat they want up here the noo!” … New Year’s Eve once again I’ll be doing Capital Ratio’s four-hour 10pm party tape, and what’s more the full playlist will be in next week’s Record Mirror, along with the usual year-end features … many thanks for all your cards, kind wishes and welcome drinks, and LETS HAVE AN OUTASIGHT, SNOWY WHITE, CHRISTMAS!
BIG BAM BOO! When recently in Birmingham, AFRIKA BAMBAATAA looked in at the 222 Broad Street headquarters of THE STUDIO 222 EXPERIENCE where young PAUL DIXON (left), street name “Mix Wizzard”, lays down his ambitious mixes — including a weekly selection featured every Saturday night on Steve Dennis’s BRMB soul show.
THE LIMIT: ‘Say Yeah’ (Portrait TA 4808)
Suddenly due in our shops on Christmas Eve — ‘cos let’s face it. it’s too hot to hold! — this breezily skittering 123bpm light snapper with Gwen Guthrie joining the chaps is the deadly catchy “say-yay-yay-yay-yeah!” singalong smash that’s already number 2 in our chart just on import. UK copies will have the as yet unheard ‘Destiny‘ added to the 12in inst flip.
AMII STEWART: ‘Friends’ (RCA RCAT 471)
Exploding as predicted now that European imports have finally flooded in, this unexpectedly beautiful almost ‘I’m Not In Love’-like gently bubbling 0-94⅓bpm soft soul swayer is truly haunting and should with luck (her past Wally hits will help at Radio One) cross over to a wide public — don’t miss it (inst flip).
SOUNDTRACK: ‘Breakdance 2 — Electric Boogaloo’ LP (Polydor POLO 5168)
Hollywood’s quickie follow-up film again has OLLIE & JERRY providing its title track, a chunky 112bpm lurcher obviously led by straining Jerry Knight with whinneying support and stronger than it struck me on 12in, plus their stark skittery 124⅓bpm electro ‘When I.C.U.‘, while the FIREFOX girls return on the jerkily strutting electro 121½bpm ‘Radiotron‘ and similarly backed but more soulful 125bpm ‘Stylin’ Profilin’‘, oldies being GEORGE KRANZ’ eccentric 123bpm vocalised drum solo ‘Din Daa Daa‘ and MIDWAY’s D Train-ish 119½bpm ‘Set It Out‘ (both abbreviated), CAROL LYNN TOWNES’ Hi-NRG pop 135bpm ‘Believe In The Beat‘ being due as our first single, MARK SCOTT’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Come Down‘ being a Michael Jackson-ish fast 129⅓bpm jolter and STEVE DONN’s ‘Gotta Have The Money‘ frantic 164½bpm flashdance —however, the one that’ll do the business here is RAGS & RICHES ‘Oye Mamacita‘, a light 117⅓bpm Latin chugger reminiscent of the Chakachas’ ‘Jungle Fever’.
BONZO GOES TO WASHINGTON: ‘5 Minutes’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX 666-13)
President Reagan’s notorious “My fellow Americans … we begin bombing in five minutes” gaffe immortalised by Bootsy Collins and the Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison who cut and freak the actual quote through a burbling 102⅓bpm electro track of some invention (in T-T-T Three Mixes) — even so, the unaccompanied words at the start could be the most useful part (used with ‘Two Tribes’?).
AIR FORCE 1: ‘See The Light/Feel The Heat’ (US Streetwise SW 2238)
President Reagan again (or an impersonator) cut up to a jittery 111bpm ultra hip hop beat (dub flip).
JESSE RAE: ‘(It’s Just) The Dog In Me’ (Supreme International Editions EDITION 84-5, via 031-225 1938)
You may have seen this video-making eccentric helmetted Scot on ‘The Tube’ without realising he was one of George Clinton’s cohorts, a member of Funkadelic offshoot the Space Cadets along with Bernie Worrell — who plays on this 1979-recorded loosely rambling 106(intro)-103½-105-104-105½bpm ancestor of ‘Atomic Dog’! Last year’s 100⅓bpm ‘Be Yourself’ flip is even tighter P’funk, though both are more interesting than essential.
THE REBELS: ‘You Can Make It!’ (CellulOid CART 348)
Busily fronted by Shango/Peech Boys singer Bernard Fowler and rapper/synthesist Steven Brown, this choppy 105bpm hip hop jitterer has some splurges of acid rock guitar to make it a meaningful fusion (dub flip).
D.ST & JALAL: ‘Mean Machine’ (CellulOid CART 343)
Acappella chant-introed juddering 108⅓-0bpm update of Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin’s rapped street poem from the Last Poets’ 1971 ‘This Is Madness’ LP — yup, yet more intellectual hip hop that posers don’t dance to (in three versions)!
GWEN McCRAE: ‘Do You Know What I Mean’ (Sierra FED 3T, via WEA)
Uneasily jittering buildup to a then sparsely snapping 121⅔bpm gospel phrased soul strutter, dated despite its electronic rhythm and best for old-timers (edit/vocal dub flip).
JACKIE VERDELL: ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ (WEA YZ27T)
Produced by Joe Simon for a gospel LP on Spring last year, the dated 101-104-103-105-105½(break)-106bpm funky disco treatment could’ve been a gas (“Gabriel” blows his horn!) had it swung more, her ‘Oh Happy Day’-style ‘Can I Get A Witness‘ flip being much better.
WOMACK & WOMACK: ‘Express Myself’ (Elektra E9865T)
Organ-backed murkily rumbling 114-115bpm spurter getting little response despite a remix (dreary slow ‘Woman’ flip).
DOUBLE ENTENTE ‘Sleeping Dogs Lie’ (US Columbia 44-05113)
Randy Jackson-produced trite 119bpm trotting backbeat smacker with painful juvenile lead vocal of indeterminate gender (edit flip).
GEOFF WILLIAMS: ‘I Want You To Stop’ (Code 12L0B-18, via PRT)
Long unpromising 0-115bpm instrumental lead-in to a decently enough sung semi-falsetto wriggling weaver (inst flip).
DAZZ BAND: ‘Jukebox’ LP (Motown ZL72335)
Disappointing set, 115bpm hit apart, experimenting with Prince’s ‘billiard balls’ beat on the 119bpm ‘Undercover Lover’ and 117bpm ‘She’s The One‘, reasonable slowies being the 0-86½bpm ‘Heartbeat‘, 0-87bpm ‘So Much Love‘, (0-)77½bpm ‘I’ve Been Waiting‘, while the mildly pleasant 113bpm ‘Dream Girl‘ and whipping 125bpm ‘Keep You Comin’ Back For More‘, 124bpm ‘Main Attraction‘ complete it.
DRUM KCOR: ‘Drum Corps’ (10 Records KCOR 112)
Shallow UK-made sub-Break Machine 123bpm pop-hip hop.
PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION: ‘I Would Die 4 U’ (Warner Bros W9121T)
Excitingly spurting 134½-0bpm rock jerker, flipped by the rambling slow ‘Purple Rain’-ish ‘Another Lonely Christmas‘ and the older slow ‘Free‘, unlikely to mean much on UK floors.
FRITZ BRAUSE: ‘That’s Terrific’ (German Cris Crazz CCR 012)
Afro tinged brassy 118bpm phonetic jiggler, flipped by the really rather nice chick sung sophisticated smoochy 90bpm ‘Half Past Midnight‘.
TUGA: ‘Drunk Driving’ (US MCA MCA-23523)
Downtempo weaving atmospheric 110bpm rap with sound effects and Edward G Robinson-type tipsy dialogue (inst/edit flip).
RISQUE: ‘If It’s The Last Thing I Do’ (US Next Plateau NP 50026)
Melle Mel-ish disjointed sung/rapped 107½bpm meandering judderer (dub flip).
CLANDESTINE featuring NED SUBLETTE: ‘Radio Rhythm (S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T)’ (US Sleeping Bag SLX-00011)
Slow to get going sub ‘White Lines’-ish 0-118-0bpm burbling oddity with real percussion (bonus/dub/edit too).
HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Metal Beat’ (US Columbia 44-04637)
More ugly metallic 107bpm judderings scratched by D.ST., flipped by the 115-116bpm afro-jazz piano instrumental ‘Karabali‘.
TIDEE-T: ‘Sequential Groove’ (Carrere CART 318)
Blatant 113bpm ‘Rockit’ ripoff, flipped by an 120¼bpm ‘Unlimited Dance Sounds‘ rhythm track possibly useful for scratchers.
SUGAR KAY & THE MIGHTY THREE: ‘Rock On’ (US Specific Records SR-343)
Thunderously juddering 103bpm unison MC poppin’ (alternative Mix flip).
KOLD KREW: ‘Don’t Let ‘Em Drop The Bomb’ (US Time Trax TT-003)
Usual poppin’ MCs/jerky 111bpm hip hop noises with a message (inst/edit too).
BARBARA JOYCE: ‘Message In The Love’ (US LuLu 2000)
Plaintively wailed wriggling and plonking 114½bpm shuffler (dub flip).
Craig Dawson of Edinburgh’s Road Runner Mobiles has come up with an inspired selection of “sillies” for the party season. He has so many regular annual bookings that he has to spend ages rummaging about in junk shops to find fresh material each year, but says it’s well worth the trouble when he sees his floor packed to the most unlikely records – I know exactly what he means, this being my own policy.
1. HI HO, ‘Snow White’ soundtrack, Walt Disney Hits LP
2. SCOTLAND THE BRAVE (MEDLEY), Royal Philharmonic Orch, K-tel 7in
3. TULIPS FROM AMSTERDAM, Max Bygraves, Decca 7in
4. BARE NECESSITIES/I WANNA BE LIKE YOU, ‘Jungle Book’ soundtrack, Disney EP
5. WE ARE THE DIDDY MEN, Ken Dodd & The Diddy Men, MfP LP
6. LONELY GOATHERD, Julie Andrews & ‘The Sound Of Music’ Cast, RCA LP
7. DANCE OF THE NUTCRACKERS/BARBER OF SEVILLE, Royal Philharmonic Orch, Decca 7in
8. TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC, Henry Hall, EMI “Kids’ Faves” LP
9. LITTLE WHITE BULL, Tommy Steele, Decca 7in
10. A WINDMILL IN OLD AMSTERDAM, Ronnie Hilton, HMV 7in/EMI “Kids’ Faves” LP
11. THE DAMBUSTERS MARCH, The Enid, Pye 7in
12. SHOUT, Isley Brothers/Lulu & The Luvvers, RCA 12in/Decca 7in
Some of the above, and other useful oddities, have also been issued on 7in by the type of kids-aimed labels that often have browser bins in newsagents like WH Smiths, always well worth checking.
You can’t argue with weight of numbers (even if you wouldn’t want to go to their gigs around Christmas!), these all-time seasonal classics having been compiled by 125 DJ members of the Disco Mix Club’s Hit Squad:
1. MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY, Slade
2. HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER), Lennon/Ono
3. WHITE CHRISTMAS, Bing Crosby
4. I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, Wizzard
5. I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS, Greg Lake
6. PHIL SPECTOR’S CHRISTMAS ALBUM, Various
7. LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS, Mud
8. MARY’S BOY CHILD, Boney M
9. WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME, Paul McCartney
10. LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, Bing Crosby/David Bowie
Wot, no Elvis? Bah, humbug!
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
Band Aid 57½-115f, Wham 106½f, Wizzard 0-141-0-70f, Alvin Stardust 0-73-0r, Ian McCulloch 0-47½-0-95-0r, Sal Solo 120f, Smiley Culture 86c, Slade 122(intro)-127-129-131-0r, Grandmaster Melle Mel 0-101⅔-102f, ZZ Top 127f.
STREETWAVE/STREETSOUNDS’ Thursday (20) giant party at Hammersmith Palais has Greg Edwards, Tony Blackburn, Steve Walsh & Graham Gold presenting PAs by Rose Royce, Odyssey, Intruders, Major Harris, Phil Fearon, Hi-Tension, possibly Lenny Henry and many more surprises (including 3 LPs for the £12 admission) … Joe Field now souls Hemel Hempstead’s Whip & Collar every Friday, plus Sundays with Martin Collins, this Fri (21) being a beach party, Sun (23) mince pie and sausage roll ‘stuff yourself with pastry’ night, Sun (30) indoor fireworks, while Xmas Eve he hosts a ticket only party … Steve Walsh funks Farnbrough Recreation Centre with Tony Blackburn Sat (22), Stoke Newington New Willow Club Sun (23), Harrow Leisure Centre Fri (28), and is at London’s Lyceum both Xmas and New Year’s Eves … Chris Dinnis souls Bournemouth Upstairs At Eric’s Sat (22), Bristol Trinity Wed (26), Exeter Boxes Mon (31) … Willy Wicket (well, will he?) has fun and games at Dorchester Buzz Inn Fri (21), Bude Headland Pavilion Wed (26), Willand Blazers near Cullompton Mon (24), Sat (29), and New Year’s Eve (with Simon Bates), while Phil England does Hastings Rennies Fri/Sat (21/22), Yeovil Carnabys Mon (24) and then Blazers Wed (26), Buzz Inn Mon (31) … Kings Lynn Precinct’s Sun (23) noon-midnight alldayer stars Froggy, Hereward Radio’s Saturday 6pm soul jock Steve Allen, Trevor Mac, Kev Kingham and more, Steve & Trevor also joining Malcolm James Mon (24) for Peterborough’s traditional Christmas Eve soul event at Hatton Fleet Centre, and Sat (29) for an electro-funk 10pm allniter at the same city’s Marcus Garvey Club … Hull Romeos & Juliets has a St. Trinian’s party Wed (26), all white Snow Ball Thur (27) … Boxing Day (Wed 26) also finds Chris Brown, Sean French, Nicky Holloway, Chris Bangs, Joe Field, Jerry Green and more on two floors at London Bridge Tooley Street’s Royal Oak (8pm), while Kev Hill has free admission at Harlow Whispers … New Year’s Day (Tues 1) Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Froggy, Jeff Young & Pete Tong return to The Royalty — or rather Southgate’s Pink Elephant — for a 6pm special with £1 discount to Caister “Passport” and Gold Card holders … HO-DE-HO!
DISCO TOP 85 – DECEMBER 22, 1984
01 01 YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
02 06 SAY YEAH, The Limit, US Portrait 12in
03 02 TREAT HER LIKE A LADY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
04 05 FRESH, Kool And The Gang, De-Lite 12in
05 04 WHO DO YOU LOVE, The Intruders, Streetwave 12in
06 03 IN THE DARK/GOREE ISLAND, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
07 11 YAH MO B THERE/INSTRUMENTAL/IT’S YOUR NIGHT (JELLYBEAN REMIXES), James Ingram, US Qwest 12in
08 07 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
09 08 HEARTLESS (REMIX), Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
10 19 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
11 14 PERSONALITY/LATELY/CHEY CHEY KULÉ/JUST BE GOOD TO ME/RAINBOW, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway LP
12 18 (I GUESS) IT MUST BE LOVE/I’D RATHER SPEND THE BAD TIMES WITH YOU THAN SPEND THE GOOD TIMES WITH SOMEONE NEW/FANTASY AND HEARTBREAK, Thelma Houston, US MCA LP
13 09 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
14 17 OPERATOR/PLAYMATES, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
15 13 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, US Vanguard 12in
16 20 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
17 27 YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, G.Q., US Stadium 12in
18 23 FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, Italian RCA Italiana 12in
19 24 MY DEAR MR GAYE, Teena Marie, US Epic LP
20 16 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
21 22 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT/MY LOVE IS ALIVE, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
22 10 I FEEL FOR YOU/REMIX, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
23 15 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, Total Experience 12in
24 12 MATT’S MOOD, The Breekout Krew, London 12in
25 34 LIKE A VIRGIN (US DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
26 26 CONTAGIOUS/SOME KINDA LOVER/NEVER TOO LATE/SWEET SENSATION, The Whispers, Solar LP
27 21 HALF A MINUTE (REMIX), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
28 52 I FOUND MY BABY/DISRESPECT, Gap Band, US Total Experience LP
29 38 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
30 37 CURIOUS/CAN YOU STAY WITH ME/SCIENTIFIC LOVE/LET’S CELEBRATE/BODY SNATCHERS, Midnight Star, US Solar LP
31 45 DANCIN’ TO BE DANCIN’/LOVE IS BLIND/I GOT YOUR NUMBER/PAY-UP/IT’S MY LIFE, Skyy, Dutch Rams Horn LP
32 53 ARE YOU FOR REAL/NEVER KNEW LOVE/BUS STOP, Deodato, Warner Bros LP
33 41 I BELIEVE IN LOVE/THROUGH IT ALL (THE GAME)/WHAT EVER HAPPENED, Major Harris, Streetwave
34 32 RAIN FOREST (REMIX)/EAT YOUR HEART OUT, Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
35 33 POO POO LA LA/COMPADRE, Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
36 39 E.Z. LOVIN’ U/SHARE YOUR (L.O.V.E.)/FOREVER MINE/K.O.G., Slave, Cotillion LP
37 44 FALLING BACK IN LOVE/AIN’T NOBODY, Scheer Music, US TBA LP
38 28 I FORGOT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
39 70 DANCE LOVER, Mikki featuring Starz, US Renaissance Recording 12in
40 49 LET ME SHOW YOU, BMP, US Epic 12in
41 25 CHIC CHEER (1984 REMIX)/(LP VERSION), Chic, Atlantic 12in
42 48 SURRENDER/EMERGENCY/CHERISH/YOU ARE THE ONE, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite LP
43 56 CAN I, Cashmere, US Philly World 12in
44 31 FINESSE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
45 35 LOVERGIRL, Teena Marie, US Epic 12in
46 30 CARIBBEAN QUEEN, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
47 36 I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING WORTHWHILE, Gene Chandler, Bluebird/10 12in
48 50 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, US 4th & B’way 12in
49 62 LOST IN PARADISE, La Famille, Bpop 12in
50 61 PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
51 57 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
52 54 WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES (REMIX), Cherrelle, US Tabu 12in
53 40 I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW/MEMORIES/SET YOUR LOVE RIGHT/RUNNING, The Temptations, Motown LP
54 29 WE ARE FAMILY (1984 REMIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
55 — WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny & The Masters, US Jem-Rose 12in
56 71 STEP OFF (REMIX), Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill 12in
57 42 GEORGY PORGY, Charme, RCA 12in
58 69 20/20, George Benson, US Warner Bros 7in
59 74 SIMONE/FUNKY G/NAKINYE, Anansi, Ebusia LP
60 64 BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish featuring Freeze Force, US Sugarscoop 12in
61 65 I WANT TO KNOW YOU/I AM GOLD/I WILL NO WISE CAST YOU OUT, Philip Bailey, US Myrrh LP
62 84 THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Take 3, Elite 12in
63 81 IN MY LIFE/WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
64 43 THANK YOU MY LOVE, Imagination, R&B 12in
65 66 FLYIN’ TO SANTA BARBARA, Special Occasion, Belgian Nunk 12in
66 55 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (REMIX), The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
67 72 I CAN’T GET OVER LOSING YOU/SERVE YOU RIGHT, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic LP
68 — SPREAD LOVE, Fatback (featuring Evelyn Thomas), US Spring 12in
69 60 I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird/10 12in
70 67 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
71 76 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE, Sade, US Portrait 12in
72 re 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
73 47 I KEEP CALLIN’, Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
74 63 YOU TURN ME ON (REMIX)/FIRE AND DESIRE, Rick James, Gordy 12in
75 re LET ME FEEL IT, Simplicious, Fourth & Broadway 12in
76 77 UNDERCOVER LOVER, The Controllers, MCA 12in
77 79 COOL OUT, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in
78 51 MR TURBULENCE/NEVER AGAIN/JUST BEEN HOME, Chosen 3, Plezure 12in
79 80 VALPARAISO, R.E.Q., Passion 12in
80 85 THE ORIGINAL HUMAN BEAT BOX, Dougy Fresh, US Vintertainment 12in
81 73 EROTIC CITY, Prince, US Warner Bros 12in
82 — UNDER MI SENSI, Barrington Levy, Time 12in
83 — THINK FAST, Pamela Joy, US Pizazz 12in
84 re YOU MAKE ME HAPPY, Hi-Tension, Streetwave 12in
85 — LET’S MAKE A BABY, Pete Campbell, P.C. Record Production 12in
01 02 SEX/TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME, Sylvester, Cooltempo LP
02 08 LET ME FEEL IT, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
03 01 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
04 19 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
05 11 I’M ON MY WAY, Tabu featuring Debbie Sharp, Crystal City 12in
06 30 LET THE NIGHT TAKE THE BLAME, Lorraine McKane, Carrere 12in
07 22 I’LL CRY FOR YOU (1984 REMIX), Kumano, Canadian Power 12in
08 04 SECOND BEST, Evelyn Thomas, German Hansa/French In The Mix LP
09 03 WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
10 06 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company 12in/Swedish remix
11 17 LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHIN’ IN MY HEART, Cijay, Canadian Power 12in
12 12 REACH FOR THE STARS/REMIX, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
13 07 ONE SHOT LOVER, Venus, Belgian ARS 12in
14 16 LAST CALL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
15 28 THIEF OF HEARTS, Melissa Manchester, US Casablanca 12in
16 10 ALL AMERICAN BOY, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
17 25 DO YOU NEED ME (Hi-NRG MIX), Touchdown, Krack 12in
18 05 HANDS OFF!, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
19 18 RELIGHT MY FIRE, Café Society, Passion 12in
20 29 S.O.S. FIRE IN THE SKY (DISARMAMIX), Deodato, US Warner Bros 12in
21 — WORKING GIRL, Girly, US “O” 12in
22 26 SHARPSHOOTER, Laura Branigan, US EMI America LP (soundtrack)
23 24 TURN THE TABLES, Liquid Gold, Ecstasy 12in
24 09 THE POWER OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 12in
25 14 I FEEL LOVE (JOHNNY REMEMBER ME), Bronski Beat, London LP
26 13 HELPLESS, Flirts, US Telefon 12in
27 23 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
28 20 IF IT’S LOVE (THAT YOU’RE AFTER), Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
29 — SHOUT!, Donald Waugh, Midas 12in promo
30 — I CAN’T CONTROL MY NEEDS, Debbie J, Belgian Nunk 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (7) Kool & The Gang 12in, 2 (10) Madonna, 3 (1) Temptations 12in, 4 (3) Dazz Band, 5 (2) Chaka Khan 12in, 6 (4) Billy Ocean, 7 (5) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 8 (8) Matt Bianco ‘HAM/MM2’, 9 (9) Eurythmics, 10 (6) Pointer Sisters, 11 (14) Breekout Krew, 12 (23) Stevie Wonder, 13 (32) Thelma Houston 12in, 14 (46) Kane Gang, 15 (12) Eugene Wilde 12in, 16 (17) Dead Or Alive, 17 (15) Chic, 18 (19) Bar-Kays, 19 (28) Switch, 20 (40) Gene Chandler, 21 (31) Roy Ayers 12in, 22 (25) Paul Hardcastle ‘EYHO/RF’, 23 (33) Bob Marley, 24 (22) Duran Duran, 25 (-) Nik Kershaw, [positions 26 to 28 were not printed] 29 (41) Evelyn Thomas 12in, 30 (35) Imagination, 31 (11) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 32 (re) Talking Heads ‘SP’, 33 (21) Frankie GTH, 34 (27) Human League, 35 (29) Nick Heyward, 36 (-) Trevor Walters, 37 (50) Intruders, 38 (26) Limahl, 39 (-) ABC, 40 (18) Murray Head.