January 19, 1985: Commodores, Sasss/Dexter Wansel/Grover Washington Jr, George Benson, Nuance/Vikki Love, Barrington Levy

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

IMPORT PRICES seem certain to rise horrendously, possibly this week, to keep pace with the plummeting pound (anyone going to New York in March should consider buying their dollars now before the bad exchange rate gets even worse): even at current prices the records that DJs buy as soon as they come out are not necessarily the best, but the cheapest (ie: UK releases) . . . Sergio Munzibai, now ensconced as Motown’s New York A&R guy, is already busy with John Morales remixing such as the Dazz Band and Temptations hits (back-to-back on US promo), for likely inclusion on their respective UK follow-ups, while American pressings of Stevie Wonder ‘Don’t Drive Drunk’ include a bonus remix of the old 121½bpm ‘Did I Hear You Say You Love Me‘ from his 1980 ‘Hotter Than July’ LP . . . Prelude, answering my “Whatever Happened” question, have signed Rose Royce, LTD, Undisputed Truth and Enchantment in a move away from disco to soul . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn’s annual Shownite next Sunday (27) at Sunbury Kempton Manor — at which Wham! are heavily hinted to be appearing! — will for the first time be preceded in the afternoon (2-7pm) by a major equipment exhibition in a separate hall . . . Hammersmith Odeon’s New York Jazz Explosion with Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Lonnie Liston Smith & Jean Carn on Sat/Sun Feb 23/24 has added a 5.30pm matinee on the Sunday to help satisfy demand . . . Junior ‘Do You Really Want My Love’ from ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ has been remixed by John Luongo for UK release in a fortnight — the film opens Jan 25 with Eddie Murphy himself coming here to promote it (and take the country by storm?) . . . Polydor have picked up Direct Drive, and EMI next week put out the previously reviewed rapped and sung bonking 114½bpm Canute ‘Amazing Mind‘ (12TAKE 1) . . . WEA for some reason have reissued Dominatrix ‘The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight‘ (X9572T), last year’s quirky sparse 112½bpm US club hit which meant little here . . . Julia & Company’s new ‘I’m So Happy‘ is due soon . . . Shalamar’s current product is so poor that that their next single looks like being creatively marketed with a medley of their old hits as flip . . . Eugene Wilde’s ‘Chey Chey Kule‘, has been remixed for Dutch 12in, while the version used on UK pressings of his LP misses out the Woody Woodpecker intro that’s such a catchy feature of the US album . . . Dave Gregory this Saturday (19) devotes the 6-7pm hour of his nightly Essex Radio 95.3/96.4FM soul show to the favourites of snooker champ Steve Davis (bad luck in Warrington though), who reveals he’s so into the music he even once spent a day working behind the counter at Chadwell Heath import shop JiFS! . . . London’s latest radio ratings would appear to show all the pirates combined with only a 10 per cent listenership, Tony Blackburn making no appreciable difference to Radio London’s figures during the day, and Capital on the upsurge again level pegging with Radio One just a little behind Radio Two . . . JFM have had their first full studio confiscation bust, under sinister circumstances (rumour suggests that a former pirate is trying to clear away competition for his own return — which really is madness when a show of respectable solidarity has never been needed more), but thankfully Solar-FM returned on 102.4FM last Sunday — JFM had become so boring playing the same old pre-Xmas hits that I actually switched back to Capital for the same records played less frequently! . . . BMP’s name seems to be tripping up word-blind radio DJs, one wally even explaining in detail what the initials BPM stand for after playing the record! . . . Phonogram’s Pete Tong reckons Rymans no longer stock the Rexel hand tally counter (useful for counting Beats Per Minute) but he found one at a commercial office supplier, where it only cost £7.95 — whereas Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre’s Jerry Green had to pay £13.50 for his at a normal stationers recently . . . Disco Mix Club’s November ‘Glam-Rock’ mixer Sanny X has now restructured oldies by The Sweet into a commerical 12in ‘It’s It’s . . . The Sweet Mix‘ (Anagram 12ANA 28), a bit bitty at first but doubtless fun for the ‘Supersonic’ TV generation, his January DMC mixes being an excitingly scratched ‘The Adventures Of Sanny‘, wild freaky Millie ‘My Boy Lollipop’ remix and electronically over-clever Billy Ocean medley, while Alan Coulthard’s more straightforward and danceable mixes are an excellent Sister Sledge medley and really useful (especially the first ½) fast pop Hyper-Energy set . . . Stargard ‘Which Way Is Up‘ (MCA), coincidentally included on Sanny’s ‘Adventures’, has been getting revived alongside the “go go” hits by the likes of Radio London’s Jeff Young, while Chaka Khan ‘I’m Every Woman’ has had much provincial play again . . . Major Harris ‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait‘ (57½/28¾-58/29bpm in the sexier extended Atlantic LP version) always used to be followed nicely by the similar vintage and equally orgasmic 47¼-95-93-92-91½-92bpm Leon Haywood ‘I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You‘ (20th Century LP) — has anyone thought of reviving that, too? . . . Chaka Khan (with Billy Ocean) celebrates her birthday on Tuesday (22) wetting herself playing the Playhouse in Edinburgh — where ‘Hopalong’ Neil Fincham is back funking the Speakeasy . . . I myself the same night (Tuesday) return to London’s old Speakeasy, now Bootleggers, for a special ’60s night in aid of Ethiopia with such as Eric Clapton raffling a guitar and the likes of The Who and Tony Curtis promised in the audience! . . . Kenny Tosh (Belfast) evidently prefers a ‘Hooked On’-type clap track on his Glenn Miller medleys and will be sticking with Tony Evans ‘Jive Alive’ (Tema) instead of the ungimmicky powerful John Anderson Big Band ‘Glenn Miller Medley’ (on still elusive Modern) — isn’t it hard to say “clap track” and not “clap trap”?! . . . Philip Radjuschko of Maidenhead’s small scale AKOM (All Kinds Of Music) mobile and Jay Buzz of Dagenham’s Buzzers mobile were amongst jocks successfully relaying some of my Capital party tape on New Year’s Eve — Jay incidentally gets as funky as requested (which looks like, very!) Wed/Fri at the Old Burford Arms’ newly refurbished Magnums cocktail bar just off Stratford Broadway near Bow flyover . . . Disco Gary now does Maidstone High Street’s brand new The Sunset on funky Thursdays (girls free) and hot fun Saturdays, with PAs by Jimmy Ruffin Sat (19) and Chosen 3 Thurs (24) . . . Sunday (20) London Lyceum’s 2-11pm reggae/funk alldayer stars David Rodigan, Steve Walsh, Smiley Culture, Barrington Levy, Maxi Priest, Asher Senator, Papa Face & Bionic Rhona, Direct Drive, Cool Notes, Jaki Graham, Hi-Tension . . . Jeff Young joins Nicky Holloway Monday (21) at London Bridge Tooley Street Royal Oak . . . Greg Wilson revives “the interesting years” 1980-1983 on a one-off Tuesday (22) at Wigan’s The Pier . . . Wednesday (23) Sacha Vitorovich starts weekly The Future at South Kensington Harrington Gardens Roxanne’s with fashion shows, live bands, video spectaculars and other trendy excitements . . . Ben Calhoun does Peterborough Hickory’s Fri, March Raffles Sat . . . ‘Toad’ seems a surprising nickname for Marie Clare, now full time at Bolton’s Sundowners — ‘Sleuth’ may be more appropriate, as she has a degree in criminology! . . . ‘Frenchie’ Paul French finally made it from Dunfermline’s Night Magic over to Norway and Bergen’s Oleana’s . . . P’funker (and Time Zone player) Bernie Worrell guested live after Christmas with his old colleague Jesse Rae at Edinburgh’s Hoochie Coochie Club before flying home after a European tour . . . Mick Clark, the Brighton soul jock who went into A&R at Virgin, has not disappeared but merely moved sideways to 10 Records — where the red hot Sasss is his current project . . . Slack & Black might get more phonecalls at Island if their answering machine’s opening “soundtrack” was about three minutes shorter! . . . Cashmere ‘Can I’ isn’t only Hall & Oates-ish, it has the “uh-oh” from ‘Self Control’ . . . Mike Morgan wants to hear from other Hi-NRG jocks around Central/SE Essex at 281 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford . . . Carol Lynn Townes from all accounts has the best bit in ‘Breakdance 2 — Electric Boogaloo’, yet anyone watching telly recently has probably seen it anything up to three times already, used as a video . . . Phil Fearon was sitting just behind me last Friday at ‘The Terminator’ (a cut price ‘Blade Runner’ for violent fun fans) . . . Big Phil Etgart (Greenford Barbarellas) synchs Krystol/Nuance (dub)/Clair Hicks/Chaka Khan (newie) for the sound of now — everyone else is digging out James Brown, Fatback, T-Connection and other percussive choppy oldies for the sound of tomorrow . . . GO GO GO-GO!


HOT VINYL

COMMODORES: ‘Nightshift’ (Motown TMGT 1371)
A spine tinglingly haunting gently intensifying 105bpm tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, sung by new ex-Heatwave member J.D. and Walter Orange, produced by Dennis Lambert, most easily slotted in for dancers before it becomes familiar between either Teena Marie ‘My Dear Mr Gaye’ or Midnight Star ‘Curious’, and (whose rhythm it borrows) Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ — thanks for the mix to Graham Gold. This should be a national smash.

SASSS Featuring DEXTER WANSEL and GROVER WASHINGTON JR.: ‘I Didn’t Mean It At All’ (10 Records TEN 41-12)
Not only that but sounding like it’s sung by the (sassy?) Jones Girls an’ all, this gorgeous dreamy slow 94bpm ticker aims to be another ‘Nights Over Egypt’ as Grover softly toots through producer Dexter’s weaving beat (beefily striding flipside 121bpm ‘City Life‘ by the het-up chix) — but Wally Average may miss its subtle charms.

GEORGE BENSON: ’20/20′ (Warner Bros W9120T)
Remixed by ubiquitous Jellybean and losing the 7in/LP version’s Al Jarreau-ish scat impact in the process, this rhythmically tricky electro skittered staccato 0-110bpm jerky spurter somehow lacks warmth, and fades away before an instrumental continuation comes back in on the beat. The flip’s guitar doodled jazzy instrumental 106bpm ‘Shark Bite‘ is not on the new LP, which (along with others) time has prevented me reviewing.

NUANCE Featuring VIKKI LOVE: ‘Loveride’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 20)
Finally getting to be as big as it always deserved, the remorseless 107½bpm electronic beat bashing roller sung in Shannon-ish style with a Melle Mel-ish rap break is frighteningly noisy in Art Of Noise style (Dubride flip) and should cross over.

BARRINGTON LEVY: ‘Here I Come’ (Time Records TR009, via Jet Star 01-981 4422)
Massively requested already on Capital Radio and obviously the next Smiley Culture style crossover smash, this twiddly vocal gimmick “broader than Broadway” 84bpm ultra-catchy reggae singalong follows on from his similar ‘Under Mi Sensi‘ (which as with Smiley’s ‘Cockney Translation’ paved the way for the follow-up’s pop acceptance), with three different dubs on 12in.

GODFREY LLOYD JR & HOT SHOT: ‘I Found More Love’ (Justice JUS 005, via Jet Star)
Exploding inevitably in London, this is nothing less than a squawking sax-led 104½-104¾bpm instrumental treatment of Fatback’s ‘I Found lovin’, very slightly reggaefied, flipped by the Smiley Culture-copying 79bpm JOHNNY RED ‘Court Majesty’.

THE WHISPERS: ‘Contagious’ (MCA MCAT 937)
Pretty typical burbling simple chant-along 114½bpm smacker produced by Midnight Star’s Reggie Calloway, with an edit and the older mushy 100/50bpm ‘Keep Your Love Around‘ as flip.

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: ‘Out Of Control (Remix)’ (US RCA Victor PW-13981)
Jonathan Fearing has taken her recent more highly rated UK B-side track and given the chunkily lurching 119bpm clomper three different powerful remixes with added phasing fluttery effects, the Vocal Dub Version probably being the one to rock your socks off. A shame this wasn’t her UK single.

SECOND IMAGE: ‘Starting Again’ (MCA MCAT 936)
Starting acappella actually, a pleasantly sophisticated gently rolling 109bpm backbeat swayer with husky semi-falsetto singing and much soulful class (which may limit its crossover potential but is certainly to be admired), with a livelier vibes-played Latin instrumental 109bpm ‘Ova Mexido‘ version and new 0-115bpm ’85 Mix of ‘Don’t You‘ as flip.

MAJOR HARRIS: ‘I Believe In Love’ (Streetwave MKHAN 35)
The lovely sinuous Ingram-backed classy soul swayer clocks in on 12in at 103-104½-106-104½-106½-107-108-0-107½bpm (please, Butch, buy a drum machine!), with its edit and the beefier burbling 0-109-110-111bpm ‘What Ever Happened‘ as flip.

CAUTION/MAXI PRIEST: ‘Should I (Put My Trust In You)’ (Level Vibes! LV005, via Jet Star)
Sounding like a young Keni Burke and the Five Stairsteps set in an 88-89bpm reggae framework, Maxi worries the words before the song bridges beautifully through bass backed group vocal into its dub continuation (two more dubs on flip). Mash it!

BILLY OCEAN: ‘Loverboy’ (Jive JIVE T 80)
Although this rock-flavoured 0-107½bpm US hit chugger with freaky electro effects (dub too) is the official A-side, soul jocks here have all flipped for his Nigel Martinez-produced old 115bpm ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’ — while initial 7in editions were flipped by either ‘Red Light’ or ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, his pop oldies.

PRINCE: ‘1999’ (Warner Bros W1999T)
It’s a brand now year so let a man come in and do the funky re-release! His apocalyptic 0-119bpm lurcher is double A-sided with the rockier spurting 123bpm ‘Little Red Corvette‘, and seems a likely high chart re-entry this week.

DAN HARTMAN: ‘We Are The Young’ (MCA MCAT 924)
The ‘Instant Replay’ hitster currently tops the US Dance/Disco heap with this anthemic Hall & Oates-ish 114½bpm jittery electro-rock fusion (inst on even rockier flip), pop-aimed and quite potent.

GRANDMASTER FLASH: ‘Sign Of The Times’ (US Elektra 0-66922)
The originator returns with a solidly juddering 98bpm rap (by whom?), obviously good, lean and ‘fresh’ for the crows ears but not actually anything very new for the less committed (inst flip).

BUTCH SAM AND THE STATION BAND: ‘Say That You Will’ (US Private I Records 4Z9-05141)
Written/arranged and presumably sung by Robert Butch Sam — but produced by Butch Ingram, so what gives? — this chunkily lurching 124¾-125½bpm funk bounder moves along apace, with a nice rhythmically offbeat slow strikingly tapping 93bpm ‘Give It To Me’ flip.

A. J. BROWN: ‘Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind’ (Level Vibes LV006, via Jet Star)
Particularly pleasant well made chap sung 94-94¾bpm quality reggae-soul swayer (inst flip with jazzy horn).

DANNY RAY: ‘No Love Today’ (World Enterprize WER/D 116)
Baldy bonce returns on an appealingly simple old fashioned 78-78½bpm gentle reggae ditty, ending in its dub (Version flip), prod/penned by Dandy Livingstone. He also has a new LP, DANNY RAY featuring SHIRLEY JAMES ‘Why Don’t You Spend The Night’ (Black Jack BJLP-03, via Jet Star), with a lovely 87bpm remake of his classic ‘Play Boy’.

GLENN RICCS: ‘Keep On Searching’ (Intense INT 015, via Jet Star)
‘Juicy Healing’-type electronically ticking good soulful 75½bpm reggae smoocher (dub flip).

“ICE T”: ‘Body Rock’ (US Electrobeat EB002)
Beefy beat started steady 115bpm electro thudder with an eventual rap and “monster” voice (Bonus Beats too), flipped by the poppin’ MC style 99½bpm ‘Killers‘ and its instrumental dub.

MR MAGIC: ‘Magic’s Message (There Has To Be A Better Way)’ (US Posse POS 1213-A-1796)
The New York DJ who Whodini’s first hit celebrated gives out a gloomy sounding slow juddering 97bpm “message” (Dub Version, and a Bonus Beat Mix by Davey DMX and DJ Marly-Marl).

BARBARA FOWLER: ‘Knockin’ On My Door’ (US Profile PRO-7063)
Jauntily cantering almost Hi-NRG 125bpm bounder pinching R2D2’s twitters and a little synth line from something familiar too (dub/inst flip).


DISCO TOP 85 – January 19, 1985

01 01 SAY YEAH, The Limit, Portrait 12in
02 02 YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, Qwest 12in
03 07 FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, RCA 12in
04 06 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, DDR 12in
05 05 IN THE DARK/GOREE ISLAND/LOVE IS IN THE FEEL, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
06 28 CAN I, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 18 STEP OFF (REMIX), Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill 12in
08 03 YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
09 04 TREAT HER LIKE A LADY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
10 15 WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny & The Masters, US Jem-Rose 12in
11 37 20/20 (JELLYBEAN REMIX), George Benson, US Warner Bros 12in
12 08 WHO DO YOU LOVE, The Intruders, Streetwave 12in
13 23 LIKE A VIRGIN (US DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
14 30 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, Fourth & Broadway 12in
15 10 FRESH Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
16 09 PERSONALITY/LATELY/CHEY CHEY KULE/LET HER FEEL IT, Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway LP
17 17 OPERATOR/PLAYMATES, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
18 — THIS IS MY NIGHT (DANCE REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
19 31 ARE YOU SATISFIED (FUNKA NOVA), RAH Band, RCA 12in
20 35 CONTAGIOUS, The Whispers, Solar l2in
21 14 LET IT ALL BLOW, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
22 15 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
23 11 (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
24 19 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, US Vanguard 12in
25 13 HEARTLESS (REMIX), Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
26 34 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
27 25 CURIOUS, Midnight Star, US Solar LP
28 32 LET ME SHOW YOU, BMP, US Epic 12in
29 21 SET YOUR LOVE RIGHT/I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW/ RUNNING, Temptations, Motown LP
30 33 I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, KoKo PoP, Motown 12in
31 53 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
32 56 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
33 — STAND UP/PLEASE DON’T WALK AWAY/BEYOND THE SEA/NEW DAY, George Benson, Warner Bros LP
34 45 I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE SLIPPIN’ AWAY, Samson & Delilah, US Saturn 12in
35 27 FLY GIRL, Intrigue, US Word Trade Records Inc 12in
36 22 FINESSE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
37 49 TOUCHING IN THE DARK, Walter Jackson, Bluebird/10 12in
38 36 DON’T DRIVE DRUNK (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
39 29 I BELIEVE IN LOVE, Major Harris, Streetwave 12in
40 52 BOYFRIEND/I DON’T PLAY THAT/LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING, Shirley Brown, US Soundtown LP
41 26 KEEPING SECRETS, Switch, Total Experience 12in
42 16 EYE TO EYE, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
43 40 I FOUND MY BABY/DISRESPECT, Gap Band, US Total Experience LP
44 54 GEORGY PORGY, Charme, RCA 12in
45 50 I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING WORTHWHILE, Gene Chandler, Bluebird/10 12in
46 20 POO POO LA LA/COMPADRE, Roy Ayers, CBS LP
47 38 MY DEAR MR GAYE, Teena Marie, US Epic LP
48 24 YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME, G.Q., US Stadium 12in
49 47 LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
50 — HERE I COME, Barrington Levy, Time 12in
51 41 PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
52 65 PROVE IT TO ME, New Experience, US Philly World Records 12in
53 72 BIG ROSIE (REMIX), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in promo
54 76 STOMP (REMIX), Brothers Johnson, A&M LP/12in promo
55 39 DANCE LOVER, Mikki featuring Starz, US Renaissance Recording 12in
56 68 PLEASE DON’T GO (DUB VERSION), Nayobe, US The Fever 12in
57 79 THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME (WITHOUT YOU), First Love, US Mirage 12in
58 — 1999, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
59 35 SOME KINDA LOVER, The Whispers, Solar LP
60 46 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS, Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
61 — I FOUND MORE LOVE, Hot Shot, HR white label 12in
62 82 SPREAD LOVE (REMIX), Fatback, US Spring 12in
63 re NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (REMIX), The S.O.S. Band, Tabu 12in
64 61 RAIN FOREST (REMIX), Paul Hardcastle, Cooltempo 12in
65 — I DIDN’T MEAN IT ALL, Sasss featuring Dexter Wansel and Grover Washington Jr, 10 Records 12in promo
66 — (YOU GOT ME) HYPNOTIZED, Ci Ci, US Creative Funk 12in
67 48 MATT’S MOOD, The Breekout Krew, London 12in
68 77 IN MY LIFE/WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’, Stephanie Mills, Club 12in
69 — I GOTTA HAVE YOU BACK/THAT LOVING FEELING/LOSING CONTROL, Amii Stewart, Dutch High Fashion Music LP
70 63 CHIC CHEER (1984 REMIX), Chic, Atlantic 12in
71 re HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE, Sade, US Portrait 12in
72 re I CHOOSE YOU, Paris, Bluebird/10 12in
73 71 L.O.S. (LOVE ON SIGHT), Colors, US Power Light Records 12in
74 73 COOL OUT, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in
75 — OUT OF CONTROL (REMIX)/VOCAL DUB VERSION, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA 12in
76 — THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU, Jimmy Ruffin, EMI 12in promo
77 67 SHARE YOUR (L.O.V.E.), Slave, Cotillion LP
78 80 JUST HAVING FUN (DO THE BEAT BOX), Doug E Fresh with DJ’s Chill Will & Barry Bee, US Enjoy 12in
79 re GHOSTBUSTERS, Ray Parker Jr, Arista 12in
80 — NIGHTS (FEEL LIKE GETTING DOWN), Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
81 84 UNDER MI SENSI, Barrington Levy, Time 12in
82 44 LOVE IS BLIND/DANCIN’ TO BE DANCIN’, Skyy, Dutch Rams Horn LP
83 64 ARE YOU FOR REAL, Deodato, Warner Bros LP
84 — SHOULD I (PUT MY TRUST IN YOU), Caution/Maxi Priest, Level Vibes! 12in
85 74 I WANT TO KNOW YOU, Philip Bailey, US Myrrh LP


HI-NRG DISCO

01 03 STARGAZING, Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester, Record Shack 12in
02 01 LET THE NIGHT TAKE THE BLAME, Lorraine McKane, Carrere 12in
03 04 LET ME FEEL IT, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in/US JVC remix
04 08 BELIEVE IN THE BEAT, Carol Lynn Townes, Polydor 12in
05 05 DO YOU NEED ME (Hi-NRG MIX), Touchdown, Krack 12in
06 13 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
07 02 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
08 09 CHINESE EYES/COME INSIDE (REMIX), Fancy, US Personal 12in
09 15 REACH FOR THE STARS (REMIX), Life Force, Polo 12in promo
10 — APPRECIATION (REMIX), Alicia Myers, US MCA 12in
11 10 CHINATOWN, Cruisin’ Gang, Italian Cruisin’ 12in
12 18 TAKE ME TO HEAVEN (REMIX), Sylvester, Cooltempo 12in promo
13 30 ALL AMERICAN BOY (REMIX), Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
14 07 I’M ON MY WAY, Tabu featuring Debbie Sharp, Crystal City 12in
15 16 THIEF OF HEARTS, Melissa Manchester, US Casablanca 12in
16 23 I GET WHAT I WANT, Carol Douglas, French Jonathan 12in
17 06 SEX/TAKE ME TO HEAVEN, Sylvester, Cooltempo LP
18 27 TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in promo
19 11 SECOND BEST, Evelyn Thomas, German Hansa/French In The Mix LP
20 17 I WANNA LOVE YOU, Stephanie Wells, Canadian Man 12in
21 14 BORN TO LOVE, Claudja Barry, US Personal 12in
22 20 OPEN MIND, Jean-Luc Ponty, US Atlantic 12in
23 24 SHOT IN THE DARK, Norma Jean, US MCA 12in
24 28 ONE SHOT LOVER, Venus, Belgian ARS 12in/LP remix
25 — DON’T QUIT, Bobby Caldwell, US MCA 12in
26 26 ALL THE LOVE IN MY HEART, Tony Caso, US “O” 12in
27 12 I’LL CRY FOR YOU (1984 REMIX), Kumano, Canadian Power 12in
28 22 WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
29 re LONG AFTER TONIGHT (IS ALL OVER), True, Rock City LP
30 — PLEASE DON’T GO, Nayobe, US The Fever 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Madonna, 2 (3) Kool & The Gang, 3 (4) Dazz Band, 4 (2) Temptations 12in, 5 (5) Thelma Houston 12in, 6 (re) Ray Parker Jr ‘G’, 7 (13) The Limit, 8 (8) Chaka Khan ‘IFFY’, 9 (12) Bar-Kays, 10 (9) Billy Ocean ‘CQ’, 11 (18) Evelyn Thomas ‘H’, 12 (17) Wham! ‘ESW/LC’, 13 (24) Grandmaster Melle Mel ‘SO’, 14 (15) Sister Sledge ‘WAF’, 15 (30) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 16 (11) Kane Gang, 17 (26) Amii Stewart, 18 (re) Dead Or Alive, 19 (—) Tears For Fears, 20 (—) Sheryl Lee Ralph, 21 (20) James Ingram, 22 (23) Murray Head, 23 (14) Eurythmics, 24 (6) Intruders, 25 (7) Matt Bianco ‘HAM’, 26 (10) Roy Ayers 12in, 27 (—) Brothers Johnson ‘S(R)’, 28 (27) Foreigner, 29 (re) Bronski Beat ‘IANS’, 30 (re) Nik Kershaw, 31 (28) Simplicious, 32 (—) Cashmere, 33 (22) Breekout Krew, 34 (re) Wham! ‘F’, 35 (35) Band Aid, 38 (—) The Sweet, 37 (—) Stevie Wonder ‘DDD’, 38 (—) Lorraine McKane, 39 (re) Frankie GTH ‘TPOL’, 40 (—) Toy Dolls. Frankly I’m amazed that Band Aid and Toy Dolls haven’t shown up higher, to judge from demand and reaction at my own few Xmas gigs.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
King 125½-0r, Pointer Sisters 209½f, James Ingram 117-117½f, Bar-Kays 112¾f, Pat Benatar 0-67½/33¾f, Bryan Adams 126½f.


JOCKS ROCK

175 DJs from the Superjocks Hit Squad mailing list have compiled their most played rock ‘n’ roll records. If ‘The Wanderer’ can get to number 9 it seems surprising that Little Eva’s ‘Loco-Motion’ didn’t even make the Top 50 whereas ELO did, but that apart the result seems pretty realistic.

1 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, Bill Haley & His Comets
2 JAILHOUSE ROCK, Elvis Presley
3 AT THE HOP, Danny & The Juniors
4 LET’S TWIST AGAIN, Chubby Checker
5 BLUE SUEDE SHOES, Elvis Presley
6 C’MON EVERYBODY, Eddie Cochran
7 HOUND DOG, Elvis Presley
8 GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, Jerry Lee Lewis
9 THE WANDERER, Dion
10 SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL, Bill Haley & His Comets

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