December 29, 1984: The Hammy Awards 1984, End Of Year Disco/Hi-NRG/Nightclub Charts 1984

The HAMMY Awards

Yes folks, amidst a flurry of beat boxes and a slither of scratching, it’s time to announce the big ones for that year of destiny 1984! All statistics are derived from the year-end disco charts, for the contents of which you only have yourselves to blame — which leads us straight into . . .

THE REAL HITS OF THE YEAR:

Cheryl Lynn ‘Encore’ (US Columbia/Streetwave), Jeffrey Osborne ‘Plane Love’ (US A&M), both of which hung on but mainly midway in the chart for month after month after month.

1984’s HOT TEMPO:
95-113bpm

THE OTHER HITS THAT STILL MATTER:
Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’ (Master Mix), Rose Royce ‘Magic Touch’ (Streetwave), Dennis Edwards ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ (Motown), Jocelyn Brown ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ (Fourth & Broadway), Cameo ‘She’s Strange’ (Club).

PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR:
Jimmy Jam Harris & Terry Lewis.

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR:
Chaka Khan.

‘SLEEPER’ OF THE YEAR:
Grandmaster Melle Mel ‘White Lines’ (Sugarhill).

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Leon Bryant ‘Finders Keepers’ (US De-Lite/Club)

IMPORT OF THE YEAR:

Circle City Band ‘Magic’ (US Circle City Records).

DISCO LABELS OF THE YEAR:
1 (-) Motown, 2 (-) Club, 3 (1) Epic, 4 (-) Warner Bros, 5 (-) WEA, 6= (-) MCA and London, 8 (4) Streetwave, 9 (-) Fourth & Broadway, 10 (-) Atlantic.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO:
Prelude?

RECORD COMPANIES (labels ranked by hit strength):
1 (7) WEA — Warner Bros/WEA/Atlantic/Sire/Elektra, 2 (3) RCA — Motown/Planet, 3 (2) Phonogram — Club/London, 4 (1) CBS — Epic/CBS/Tabu, 5 (6) Island — Fourth & Broadway/Ensign, 6 (-) MCA, 7 (5) Streetwave, 8 (9) Arista, 9 (-) Record Shack, 10= (-) Total Control and Master Mix.

IMPORT LABEL OF THE YEAR:
Private I Records.

Hi-NRG LABELS:
1 (1) Record Shack, 2 (-) Electricity, 3 (2) Proto.

Hi-NRG ARTISTES:
Evelyn Thomas, Earlene Bentley, Miquel Brown, (the Record Shack triumvirate!)

A GOLD KEY TO TRIDENT STUDIOS:
Ian Levine.

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR:
The Temptations.

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY:

Detroit Spinners ‘Love Is In Season’ (Atlantic), World Premiere ‘Share The Night’ (Epic), T.H.S. ‘Lady Shine (Shine On)’, Fourth & Broadway.

HIGHEST RATIO OF NATIONAL HITS PER RELEASE:
Phonogram (as usual!).

MY OWN TOE-CURLING FAVE:

McGee: ‘Now That I Have You’ (US American Dream Records Ltd).

THE JENNIFER HOLLIDAY/LINDA JONES SPINE-TINGLING TROPHY:
Altrina Grayson.

BEST LIVE SHOW:
Bobby Womack at Hammersmith Odeon.

THE MARVIN GAYE MEMORIAL AWARD:
Eugene Wilde.

THE MICHAEL JACKSON ACHIEVEMENT CITATION:
Billy Ocean.

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED:
Madonna (or rather WEA!).

AMERICAN SUPERSTAR IN ANY COLOUR:
Prince, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Pointer Sisters.

JOHN LUONGO’S GUIDE TO INTENSE CONCENTRATION:
John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, John Morales & Sergio Munzibai, Nick Martinelli.

SHEP PETTIBONE’S BLUNT RAZORBLADE:
Double Dee & Steinski.

BEST MOVE OF THE YEAR:
Disco Mix Club’s move into vinyl.

DISC-JOCKEY JAMBOREE:
Disco Mix Club’s DJ Convention at the Hippodrome.

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR VAULTS:
Bluebird Records.

BRINGING BACK THE GOOD TIMES:
Sister Sledge, Chic.

BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA:
Sivuca, Matt Bianco, Astrud Gilberto, Julia & Company, Gilberto Gil.

SOUND OF URBAN LONDON:
The Cool Notes, Direct Drive, Paul Hardcastle (not to forget Phil Fearon).

A TAXI TO THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN:
J. Blackfoot.

A REAL MAN:
Barbara Mason.

SKINNIEST LEGS IN THE BIZ:
Sharon Haywoode.

SPOKESMAN FOR A NATION:
Afrika Bambaataa.

BEST BOOK:
David Toop ‘The Rap Attack’.

BROADCASTERS OF THE YEAR:
I generally stay tuned to Solar-FM (where in particular C.J. Carlos, Gary Kent & Tony Hodges are the jocks I hear most), tuning to JFM only to avoid some of the jazz and reggae on Solar — however people I actually have made a point of tuning into during the year include Peter Young, Tony Blackburn, Bob Jones, Clive Richardson, Tony Monson, Mastermind, Roger Scott, Graham Gold, Robbie Vincent (Radio One but especially his Radio London phone-in!). Al Matthews, Steve Collins, Phil Allan, Jeff Young and several others have the misfortune to be on at the same time as other attractions — like sleep!


End Of Year UK Disco Chart 1984

01. CHANGE OF HEART – Change – WEA 12”
02. AIN’T NOBODY – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Warner Bros 12”
03. HI, HOW YA DOIN’? – Kenny G – Arista 12”
04. I FEEL FOR YOU – Chaka Khan – Warner Bros 12”
05. DR. BEAT – Miami Sound Machine – Epic 12”
06. HOLIDAY – Madonna – Sire 12”
07. DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER – Dennis Edwards – Motown 12”
08. SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY – Jocelyn Brown – Fourth & Broadway 12”
09. LET IT ALL BLOW – Dazz Band – Motown 12”
10. SHE’S STRANGE – Cameo – Club 12”
11= BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) – Julia & Company – London 12”
11= TOSSING AND TURNING – Windjammer – MCA 12”
13. TELL ME WHY – Bobby Womack – Motown 12”
14. SHARE THE NIGHT – World Premiere – Epic 12”
15. AUTOMATIC (REMIX) – Pointer Sisters – Planet 12”
16. LET THE MUSIC PLAY – Shannon – Club 12”
17. TREAT HER LIKE A LADY – The Temptations – Motown 12”
18. GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT – Eugene Wilde – Fourth & Broadway 12”
19. SLIPPERY PEOPLE – Staple Singers – Epic 12”
20. STREET DANCE – Break Machine – Record Shack 12”
21. THE MEDICINE SONG – Stephanie Mills – Club 12”
22. YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME / DAYBREAK / A.M. (MEDLEY) – Paul Hardcastle – Total Control Records 12”
23. I FOUND LOVIN’ – Fatback – Master Mix 12”
24. I’LL BE AROUND – Terri Wells – London 12”
25. JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
26. YOU ARE MY MELODY – Change – WEA 12”
27. INTERNATIONAL – Brass Construction – Capitol LP/12” Remix
28. YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT – Thelma Houston – MCA 12”
29. ANOTHER MAN – Barbara Mason – Streetwave 12”
30. FINDERS KEEPERS / I’M GONNA PUT A SPELL ON YOU / YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING / I CAN SEE ME LOVING YOU / ARE YOU READY (UNTIL TONIGHT) – Leon Bryant – Club LP
31= FEELS SO REAL (WON’T LET GO) – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
31= HALF A MINUTE / MATT’S MOOD II – Matt Bianco – WEA 12”/LP
33. IN THE DARK / GOREE ISLAND / LOVE IS IN THE FEEL – Roy Ayers – CBS 12”
34. DON’T KNOCK IT (UNTIL YOU TRY IT) – Bobby Nunn – Motown 12”
35. LOVE IS IN SEASON – Detroit Spinners – Atlantic 12”/LP
36= LOST IN MUSIC (REMIX) – Sister Sledge – Atlantic 12”
36= MAGIC TOUCH – Rose Royce – Streetwave 12”
36= LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT – Stevie Wonder – Motown LP/12”
39. TUCH ME – Fonda Rae – Streetwave 12”
40. LOVIN’ YOU – Status IV – TMT 12”
41. EYE TO EYE / THIS IS MY NIGHT – Chaka Khan – Warner Bros LP
42. WHAT DO I DO? – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign 12”
43= THINKING OF YOU – Sister Sledge – Atlantic 12”
43= LOVE ME LIKE THIS – Real To Reel – Arista 12”
45. MAGIC – Circle City Band – US Circle City Records 12”
46. JAMMIN’ IN MANHATTAN – Tyzik – Polydor 12”
47= OFF AND ON LOVE – Champaign – CBS 12”
47= YOU GET THE BEST FROM ME (SAY, SAY, SAY) – Alicia Myers – MCA 12”
49. EMERGENCY (DIAL 999) – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”
50= TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – London 12”
50= DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE – Yvonne Gage – Epic 12”


End Of Year UK Hi-NRG Chart 1984

01. HIGH ENERGY – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack 12”
02. IN THE EVENING – Sheryl Lee Ralph – US New York Music Company 12”
03. CAUGHT IN THE ACT – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
04. I’M LIVIN’ MY OWN LIFE – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack 12”
05. COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME) – Kofi & The Lovetones – Electricity 12”
06. ALL AMERICAN BOY – Barbara Pennington – Record Shack 12”
07. YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN – Divine – Proto 12”
08. ROCKET TO YOUR HEART – Lisa – Carrere 12”
09. BLACK LEATHER – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
10. COMING OUT OF HIDING – Pamela Stanley – Casablanca 12”
11. HE’S A SAINT HE’S A SINNER – Miquel Brown – Record Shack 12”
12. I HEAR THUNDER – Seventh Avenue – Record Shack 12”
13. SECOND BEST – Evelyn Thomas – German Hansa/French In The Mix LP
14. FRANTIC LOVE – Eastbound Expressway – Record Shack 12”
15. MASQUERADE – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack 12”
16. NOTHING WORSE THAN BEING ALONE – Velvette – Electricity 12”
17. EMERGENCY – Laura Pallas – Record Shack 12”
18. EVERGREEEN / JEALOUS LOVE – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
19. I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER – Jackson Moore & Jimmy Ruffin – ERC 12”
20. FALSE ALARM – Marsha Raven – Passion 12”
21. WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM – Ramming Speed – Proto 12”
22. JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) – Pointer Sisters – Planet 12”
23. INVITATION – Life Force – Polo 12”
24. YOU’RE A WINNER – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
25. DON’T BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH – Hot Gossip – Fanfare 12”
26. THE NEXT IN LINE – Eric Roberts – Electricity 12”
27. HIM – Simone – Electricity 12”
28. BREAK ME INTO LITTLE PIECES – Hot Gossip – Fanfare 12”
29. DOCTOR’S ORDERS (COUGH COUGH) – Maegan – Savoir Faire 12”
30. DESIRE – Paul Parker – Technique 12”


End Of Year UK NIGHTCLUB Chart 1984

01. RELAX – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ZTT 12”
02. WHITE LINES (DON’T DO IT) – Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Sugarhill 12”
03. LOST IN MUSIC (1984 REMIX) – Sister Sledge – Atlantic 12”
04. HIGH ENERGY – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack 12”
05. DR. BEAT – Miami Sound Machine – Epic 12”
06. I FEEL FOR YOU – Chaka Khan – Warner Brothers 12”
07. CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) – Billy Ocean – Jive 12”
08. TWO TRIBES / WAR (HIDE YOURSELF) – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ZTT 12”
09. GHOSTBUSTERS (SEARCHING FOR THE SPIRIT) – Ray Parker Jr. – Arista 12”
10. WHAT DO I DO? – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign 12”
11. AUTOMATIC (REMIX) – Pointer Sisters – Planet 12”
12. THE MEDICINE SONG – Stephanie Mills – Club 12”
13. HOLIDAY – Madonna – Sire 12”
14. LET THE MUSIC PLAY – Shannon – Club 12”
15. EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign 12”
16. AIN’T NOBODY – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Warner Brothers 12”
17. SEARCHIN’ – Hazell Dean – Proto 12”
18. CHANGE OF HEART – Change – WEA 12”
19. STREET DANCE – Break Machine – Record Shack 12”
20. THINKING OF YOU – Sister Sledge – Atlantic 12”
21. I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU – Stevie Wonder – Motown 12”
22. WHEN DOVES CRY – Prince – Warner Brothers 12”
23. HELLO – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
24. JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) – Pointer Sisters – Planet 12”
25. LET IT ALL BLOW – Dazz Band – Motown 12”
26. DOWN ON THE STREET – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
27. BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) – Julia & Company – London 12”
28. IT’S RAINING MEN – Weather Girls – CBS 12”
29. SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME – Rockwell – Motown 12”
30= LOVE WARS – Womack & Womack – Elektra 12”
30= SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY – Jocelyn Brown – Fourth & Broadway 12”


DISCO CHART-TOPPERS 1984 (FUNK)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Dayton – Capitol (1 wk)
HOLIDAY – Madonna – Sire (2 wks)
SHARE THE NIGHT – World Premiere – Epic (3 wks)
HOLIDAY – Madonna – Sire (1 wk)
LET THE MUSIC PLAY – Shannon – Club (1 wk)
BREAKIN’ DOWN {SUGAR SAMBA) – Julia & Company – London (4 wks)
DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER – Dennis Edwards – Motown (1 wk)
SHE’S STRANGE / GROOVE WITH YOU – Cameo – Club (2 wks)
SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY – Jocelyn Brown – Fourth & Broadway (4 wks)
I’LL BE AROUND – Terri Wells – London (2 wks)
CHANGE OF HEART – Change – WEA (5 wks)
I FOUND LOVIN’ – Fatback – Master Mix (3 wks)
DR BEAT – Miami Sound Machine – Epic (1 wk)
TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY – Harold Melvin – London (1 wk)
JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT – S.O.S. Band – Tabu (1 wk)
DR BEAT – Miami Sound Machine – Epic (5 wks)
THE MEDICINE SONG – Stephanie Mills – Club (2 wks)
RAIN FOREST / SOUND CHASER – Paul Hardcastle – Bluebird (1 wk)
TUCH ME – Fonda Rae – Streetwave (1 wk)
I FEEL FOR YOU – Chaka Khan – Warner Brothers (3 wks)
LET IT ALL BLOW – Dazz Band – Motown (2 wks)
TREAT HER LIKE A LADY – The Temptations – Motown (2 wks)
YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT – Thelma Houston – MCA (3 wks)


DISCO CHART-TOPPERS 1984 (HI-NRG)

WHERE IS MY MAN – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack (2 wks)
EVERGREEN / JEALOUS LOVE – Hazell Dean – Proto (2 wks)
YOU’RE A WINNER – Sharon Redd – Prelude (1 wk)
I’M LIVIN’ MY OWN LIFE – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack (5 wks)
COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME) – Kofi & The Lovetones – Electricity (3 wks)
HIGH ENERGY – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack (10 wks)
YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN – Divine – Proto (5 wks)
CAUGHT IN THE ACT – Earlene Bentley – Record Shack (8 wks)
MASQUERADE – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack (1 wk)
BLACK LEATHER – Miquel Brown – Record Shack (3 wks)
ALL AMERICAN BOY – Barbara Pennington – Record Shack (2 wks)
BLACK LEATHER – Miquel Brown – Record Shack (1 wk)
ALL AMERICAN BOY – Barbara Pennington – Record Shack (2 wks)
WITHOUT YOUR LOVE – Paul Parker – Fantasia (1 wk)
SECOND BEST – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack LP (1 wk)
DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH – Hot Gossip – Fanfare (1 wk)
SEX / TAKE ME TO HEAVEN – Sylvester – Cooltempo LP (1 wk)
DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH – Hot Gossip – Fanfare (1 wk)
SEX / TAKE ME TO HEAVEN – Sylvester – Cooltempo LP (2 wks)


DISCO CHART-TOPPERS 1984 (NIGHTCLUB)

STRAIGHT AHEAD – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite (1 wk)
RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT – Lionel Richie – Motown (1 wk)
RELAX – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ZTT (5 wks)
LET THE MUSIC PLAY – Shannon – Club (1 wk)
WHAT DO I DO? – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign (1 wk)
BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) – Julia & Company – London (1 wk)
WHAT DO I DO? – Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Ensign (5 wks)
SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY – Jocelyn Brown – Fourth & Broadway (1 wk)
AUTOMATIC – Pointer Sisters – Planet (5 wks)
THINKING OF YOU – Sister Sledge – Atlantic (3 wks)
JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) – Pointer Sisters – Planet (1 wk)
TWO TRIBES / WAR – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ZTT (1 wk)
JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) – Pointer Sisters – Planet (3 wks)
DOWN ON THE STREETS – Shakatak – Polydor (2 wks)
DR BEAT – Miami Sound Machine – Epic (2 wks)
GHOSTBUSTERS – Ray Parker Jr. – Arista (2 wks)
DR BEAT – Miami Sound machine – Epic (1 wk)
GHOSTBUSTERS – Ray Parker Jr. – Arista (1 wk)
LOST IN MUSIC (1984 REMIX) – Sister Sledge – Atlantic (2 wks)
THE MEDICINE SONG – Stephanie Mills – Club (1 wk)
I FEEL FOR YOU – Chaka Khan – Warner Brothers (5 wks)
TREAT HER LIKE A LADY – The Temptations – Motown (1 wk)
FRESH – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite (2 wks)


HIP HOP NEWSFLASH

GRANDMASTER FLASH, the master mixer himself (not to be confused with other usurpers of his title), flies into London this weekend to help launch two brand new hip hop clubs. Residents at both weekly venues will be Mastermind while on the opening nights Flash will be joined by the London All Star Breakers, and both clubs are called Arena. Starting Friday (28) Arena 1 at the Lyceum is for over-18s, starting Saturday (29) Arena 2 at Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom is for under-18s.


NEW YEAR’S PARTY POPS

ONCE AGAIN I have compiled the four hour continuous party music tape which will be going out around London on Capital Radio 95.8FM from 10.03pm New Year’s Eve until 2am, with Big Ben at midnight. In the past so many DJs have told me they’ve tuned in to relay the chimes at their gigs and then been sucked into the musical jollity without being able to escape that this time I’ve made sure the playlist is ready and printed in advance to give warning of what to expect! Always called ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But A House Party’, the programme actually includes the Show Stoppers record this year and is possibly rather harder and pacier with more pop and less MoR than on previous occasions. Most of the sequences have been proven to work at my mobile gigs this year (monitor cassettes of which I checked for much of the running order), everything having been recorded “live” in the Capital studio and only tidied up with a razor blade in a few instances where a record jumped and others were affected by static crackle after cueing on one particular slipmat. Decks were unfortunately not vari-speed so there’s not much fancy mixing, but there are a lot of chops (hence one of my nicknames ‘Megamix The Mighty Chopper’!). When chopping I usually come in on an emphatic beat and even when just seguing (letting one record follow the natural outro of another) I often skip any intro preamble, many records being mixed or chopped after only a verse or two. To indicate the type of link, a diagonal / means chop, dash — mix, comma , segue (everything up to the last hour being 7in unless specified). Here we go then, at 10.03pm on Monday December 31st:

Ray Parker Jr ‘Ghostbusters’ — Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’, Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come On Eileen’ (DJ Edit), Rolling Stones ‘Brown Sugar’, Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Two Tribes’ (minus intro), Bronski Beat ‘Why’, Michael Jackson ‘Beat It’ (minus intro) — Soft Cell ‘Tainted Love’ (12in) — Wham ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ (one “jitterbug” only) / Phil Collins ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ / Billy Joel ‘Tell Her About It’ (Jellybean 12in) / Pointer Sisters ‘I’m So Excited’ (12in) — Culture Club ‘Karma Chameleon’ (12in), John Anderson Big Band ‘Glenn Miller Medley’, Shakin’ Stevens ‘This Ole House’, Stevie Wonder ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, Gene Kelly ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ (minus intro), Henry Hall & The BBC Dance Orchestra ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ (EMI WRC LP, first verse only) / Mandy Miller ‘Nellie The Elephant’ (End of first verse) / after build-up “ohh” The Toy Dolls ‘Nellie The Elephant’.

11pm
Louise Prima/Phil Harris (‘Jungle Book’) ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ (Buena Vista), Bill Haley & His Comets ‘Rock Around The Clock’, Little Richard ‘Tutti Frutti’, Elvis Presley ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Jamming’ / Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘One Love/People Get Ready’ / UB40 ‘Red Red Wine’ — Genesis ‘That’s All’ / Nik Kershaw ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ / Nena ’99 Luftballoons’ (12in minus intro/outro) / Van Halen ‘Jump’ (to slow bit) — Steve Harley ‘Make Me Smile’ / Elvis Costello ‘Oliver’s Army’, Cyndi Lauper ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ — Cyndi Lauper ‘Fun With V. Knutsn’ (12in) — Madonna ‘Like A Virgin’ / Kool & The Gang ‘Fresh’ / Miami Sound Machine ‘Dr Beat’ (12in minus intro) / Dazz Band ‘Let It All Blow’ / Cliff Richard ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, Julian Lennon ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’, Barry Manilow ‘I Wanna Do It With You’, Marcello Minarbi ‘Zorba’s Dance’ / Bobby MacLeod & His Band ‘Swingalong Reels’ (RCA ‘This Is Scotland’ LP), Jim MacLeod & His Band ‘Skye Boat Song’ (Golden Hour ‘Scottish Favourites’ LP).

MIDNIGHT Big Ben Chimes
Sydney Thompson ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (Sydney Thompson Dance Records ‘Party Dances’ LP), Mrs Mills ‘Glad’s Party’ (Parlophone), Black Lace ‘Do The Conga’ / Spandau Ballet ‘Chant No.1’ (starting at brass), Duran Duran ‘The Reflex’ (starting at “flex flex flex”) / Wham ‘Freedom’, Billy Joel ‘Uptown Girl’ / Four Seasons ‘Let’s Hang On’ (minus intro) — Len Barry ‘1-2-3’ — Jr Walker & The All Stars ‘Road Runner’ — Martha & The Vandellas ‘Dancing In The Street’ / The Show Stoppers ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But A House Party’, Pointer Sisters ‘Jump (For My Love)’ / Steve Miller Band ‘Abracadabra’ / Dire Straits ‘Sultans Of Swing’, Bruce Springsteen ‘Dancing In The Dark’, Lionel Richie ‘Hello’, George Michael ‘Careless Whisper’, Tina Turner ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, Laura Branigan ‘Self Control’ / Survivor ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ (minus intro) / The Police ‘Every Breath You Take’ — Thompson Twins ‘Doctor! Doctor!’ (minus intro) — Malcolm McLaren ‘Double Dutch’ (12in) synching rather neatly through the halfway “Ebo, Ebonettes” chant into –

circa 1am
Arrow ‘Hot Hot Hot’ (12in, as is everything from now on), Dennis Edwards ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ / Rose Royce ‘Magic Touch’ / Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’ / Cheryl Lynn ‘Encore’ / Little Benny & The Masters ‘Who Comes To Boogie’ / Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers ‘We Need Some Money’ / James Brown ‘Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine’ — The Staple Singers ‘Slippery People’ — Trouble Funk ‘Say What?’ / Bar-Kays ‘Sexomatic’ / Stephanie Mills ‘The Medicine Song’ / Chaka Khan ‘I Feel For You’ (Remix) / Prince ‘When Doves Cry’ / The Intruders ‘Who Do You Love’ / Candido ‘Jingo’ (Pettibone Remix) / Roy Ayers ‘In The Dark’ / The Limit ‘Say Yeah’ (Instrumental).

6 thoughts on “December 29, 1984: The Hammy Awards 1984, End Of Year Disco/Hi-NRG/Nightclub Charts 1984”

  1. Blimey – 1984 flew over so quickly. As Angus says many thanks for these columns. They truly are brilliant and a fantastic look back at the culture and the music of our younger days

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  2. Thanks, folks. There are currently two of us working on this blog. Broadly speaking, Jim C is more “back office”, and I’m more “front of house”. We must also thank Dave L for supplying us with a scan of this particular column – it was unusually hard to track down.

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  3. I’ll throw my support in too. Each post is devoured and I slip into a fog of nostalgia for times past. The hair may have gone and the joints ache but at least we still have the music!

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  4. 84 was a lot better than I recalled. A good year to show the diversity of club music back then. Lookin’ fwd. to revisit 85 though a lot of people say it was a horrible year for music but I remember the odd gem now & then + Go-Go was pretty big, and House music came along though as far as I remember it was really slept on ’til 86 when Farley’s Love Can’t Turn Around dropped. Anyway, keep up the great work guys! Major trip down memory lane this. I love it! 🙂

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