ODDS ‘N’ BODS
London’s pirates last weekend were hit by the biggest burst of harassment yet, the DTI now evidently being supported by helicopter surveillance and an extra team of “pirate-busters” from Liverpool, South. West London’s long-standing Radio Jackie losing its studio twice within 24 hours (yet returning defiantly on Monday), London Greek Radio losing their studio too, and Solar-FM switching off just before losing their transmitter again … Eddy and the Soulband seem to be winning the ‘Shaft’ battle despite Van Twist being supplied to shops on UK white label ahead of schedule … Virgin have snapped up the great T.C. Curtis ‘You Should Have Known Better‘ (VS 75412) … Level 42 bassist Mark King has remixed Direct Drive, for no real reason other than “creative marketing”, due now … 10 Records picked up First Love … Chaka Khan seems to have been disappointing everyone at her concerts, especially in Edinburgh and London (where a dodgy throat was used as an excuse) —incidentally, The System originally intended her ‘This Is My Night’ for the ‘Beat Street’ soundtrack … I had a delicious dinner and enthusiastic long conversation at Stringfellows last week with Dan Hartman, who revealed that his US hit ‘We Are The Young‘ is so anthemic as it was originally intended to be the theme song for Breakdance’ and in fact that sequence had already been filmed before, as no contracts had been exchanged, he decided he’d keep the song for himself —whereupon Ollie & Jerry then had to write their own theme song at the some tempo to fit the rhythm danced to on screen! (Dan’s favourite New York club remains Paradise Garage, about which he still raves) … Eugene Wilde ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ and now New Edition ‘Mr Telephone Man‘ have topped US Hot Black singles since last mentioned, similarly Nuance ‘Loveride‘ and now Jellybean ‘Sidewalk Talk‘ (on promo-only 12in off his EP) topped Hot Dance/Disco in Billboard … BMP, the group name, is made up of the first name initials of its members Butch McNeil, Marlon Holland, Pete DaCosta (their album’s rather ragged) … Luther Vandross’s new LP is imminent … Jimmy Jam Harris, Terry Lewis & Monte Moire will be recording themselves as The Secret, along the lines of Chic (and The System?) … Crawley’s Radio Mercury 103.6FM has decreed that in the South-East the weekend starts a half hour later — Peter Young’s essential Saturday soul show now runs only from 6.30-9pm (however, Sandy Martin’s on Wiltshire Radio is an earlier 7-9pm on Fridays) … Laser 558’s honey-toned large lady Jessie Brandon has confirmed past speculation by joining London’s Capital Radio, on which Phil Fearon has been sitting in for Greg Edwards — and Steve Collins’ early Sunday 1-5am soul show still beats all the pirates by playing lots of fresh newies … Kent’s Invicta Sound 103.8FM was in danger of losing Andy Grahamme’s weekday 4-5pm non-stop soul hour until he logged 57 protesting ‘phonecalls within 15 minutes of the announcement … Paddington Green’s Bluebird Records shop has evidently located a load of old go go cut-outs, while the Blue/10 label sent out a brightly logo-ed “Go Go” sweatshirt to plug Little Benny (extra-extra large for all, it seems!) … Chuck Brown, Kurtis Blow, Fatback Band & James Brown are all go go going back up our chart, while other oldies currently being mentioned by jocks within a go go context include Maceo ‘Soul Power 74‘, Fred Wesley & The JB’s ‘House Party‘, James Brown ‘Bodyheat‘, Gary Toms Empire ‘7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)‘, Trouble Funk ‘Pump Me Up‘ and ‘Early In The Morning‘, War ‘War Is Coming‘, Charles Earland ‘(It’s A) Doggie Boogie Baby‘, and oddest of all Ashton Gardner & Dyke ‘Resurrection Shuffle (Instrumental)’! … Euston’s Shaw Theatre this Fri/Sat (8/9) at 8pm presents the legendary rap-innovating Last Poets, followed in April by a Rap Attack week of hip hop workshops, masterclasses and gigs including a DJ convention with Afrika Bambaataa, the Mastermind Roadshow and top New York DJs (sounds well crucial!) … Saturday’s Channel 4 two hour ‘Gospel According To Al Green’ must have been the most exhaustive (and exhausting?) TV examination of a soul singer over, a shame then that I kept dozing off! … Jackie Wilson seems likely to have his life story filmed —rights have been acquired by New York’s ERB Productions — while Marvin Gaye’s tribute on video by Diana Ross has been getting rave reaction (a pity though that her actual song isn’t tougher) … Prince, so far as “soul” discos are concerned, this time around seems hottest in the Midlands, and Magnum Force ‘Cool Out‘ is surprisingly big around Bolton … Island were crafty to suggest a similarity between Nuance and Art Of Noise, the latter now belatedly piggybacking up the Nightclub chart … Adrian Allen (Boldon 364895) info’s that in England John Anderson’s ‘Glenn Miller Medley’ (Modern MOD 006) is distributed via Spartan, but he himself has a few copies for jocks in a hurry — incidentally, I know some of you favour Frank Barber’s Miller medley on PRT but to my mind it’s nothing like as timeless, or powerful … Showstopper Promotions (01-886 4112) have sold out the 15th Caister Soul Weekender on April 19-21 but are now booking for an in every respect similar overflow event on the previous weekend 12-14, both at the smaller Seashore camp near Gt Yarmouth used for the other doubled-up events in 1980 (the autumn Caister is likely to be at Kent’s Camber Sands during the old site’s refurbishment) … Chris Kaye (0892-45023) is after soul/reggae PAs for several tailormade gigs in Kent/Sussex, and similarly upfront mixer Paul Fernandez (01-550 0840 office hours) wants PAs for his Fri/Saturdays at Purley and Kingston Cinderella’s Rockerfella’s … Joy, Babs & Teddy, the 1950s’ singing Beverley Sisters guested on Monday at the first anniversary of London Hippodrome’s gay night! … Lorraine McKane plays Edinburgh Fire Island Sat (9) … Tottenham’s Eltons has reopened with £50,000 lazer ‘n lights as Websters, Hi-NRG stars queuing up to PA at the first gay Guys Tuesday (12) hosted by Norman Scott … Thursday (7) Tony Blackburn, Steve Walsh, CJ Carlos & Graham Gold with PAs including Direct Drive & Cool Notes are at Hammersmith Palais, where coincidentally CJ, Graham & Direct Drive return Sunday (10) for a North-South 3pm alldayer along with Colin Curtis, Tim Westwood and at least 14 more regional DJs … Direct Drive are also at Maidstone’s Sunset Club Sat (9) with Disco Gary … Friday (8) finds the start of Danair & Jonathon More’s funk/roots/afro/go go Flim Flam versus Meltdown night at New Cross Harp Dance Club in Clifton Rise (between the stations), and of Gordon ‘BMP’ Mac’s Blinders at Peckham Kisses with Tim ‘Zulu’ Westwood … Darren Dawes’ Studio 54 Roadshow does Bracknell Rugby Club Fri (8), Windsor Thames Hotel’s “Caister Reunion” (?) Sat (9) … Essex’s incipient megastar Onyx joins Kev Hill at Harlow Whispers Sat (9) … Mastermind start a weekly afternoon gig (2-5pm, £1.50, no age restriction) at Lewisham Paradise Garage on Sunday (10) before that evening joining Steve Jackson & Gordon Mac at Peckham Kisses (ladies free) … Monday (11) Gary Kent & Gary Taylor start a Solar-FM under-18s’ night at Ilford Town Hall (£1.50), and Brother To Brother’s brother Russell gets go-going at Harefield’s Breakspear … Tuesday (12) Ralph Tee begins jazzing the City of London’s Bass Clef in Coronet Street with a live group weekly, starting with George Lee’s Anansi … Polydor’s mailing list obviously has the same jocks as Fourth & Broadway’s —bad luck, Paul! … Broader than Broadway, Safer than Safeway, WOAH OH OH!
‘Saturday Superstore’ viewers and BBC DJs should note that the bespectacled singer next to saxophonist Wilton Felder not only looks and sounds like but actually IS Bobby Womack! He and his spine-tingling protégé Altrina Grayson are the real stars of the eagerly anticipated new single credited just to WILTON FELDER, ‘(No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still Be Looking Up To You’ (MCA MCAT 919), a tortuous soul-drenched 28½-57½…61⅓bpm gut wrencher roared and wailed by the duo in stunning style (Wilt blows alone on the flip’s speedy 138⅔bpm instrumental ‘La Luz’).
JENNY BURTON: ‘Bad Habits’ (US Atlantic 0-86909)
From the fellahs who gave us ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’, so similarities can be forgiven, this monstrously vivacious bouncy 103½bpm skipper finally supplied Jenny with soulful material to equal 1975’s ‘Nobody Loves Me Like You Do‘ (when known as Jeannie Burton), the more Jimmy Jam-ish 98⅓bpm ‘Let’s Get Back To Love‘ flip being quietly stormy although on her LP ‘Jenny Burton’ (US Atlantic 81238-1) only the extremely Teena Marie-ish lurching 112bpm ‘Nobody Can Tell Me (He Don’t Love Me)‘ also rises above her more usual electro (and some ballads).
CASHMERE: ‘We Need Love’ (LP ‘Cashmere’ US Philly World 90243-1)
Getting right away from the blatant pop commercialism of their included hit, this is a great soulfully worried buoyantly tripping little 103½bpm ticker, while the gently swaying 94⅔bpm ‘Cutie Pie‘, jerkily bubbling 120bpm ‘Keep Me Up‘, wriggling 117⅓bpm ‘Someone Like You‘, ‘Thriller’-ish 120bpm ‘Fascination‘ and jittery D Train-ish 120bpm ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting‘ are all degrees of good.
JEFF LORBER: ‘Step By Step’ (US Arista AD 1-9311)
On remixed 12in ahead of his The System-produced album, this Audrey Wheeler wailed soulful 109⅓bpm jitterer is proving quite a nagger in Thelma style, flipped by its inst plus the jerkily tinkling instrumental 108bpm ‘Pacific Coast Highway‘ — this latter also on that ‘Step By Step’ LP (US Arista AL8-8269) along with the jaggedly lurching electro-jazz 116⅓bpm ‘Groovacious‘, Luther-ish 104⅔bpm ‘Every Woman Needs It‘, Luther meets Jimmy Jam-ish 98⅓bpm ‘It Takes A Woman’, System-ish 111⅓bpm ‘Best Part Of The Night‘, James Ingram-ish 122bpm ‘When You Gonna Come Back Home‘, Madonna-ish 120⅓bpm ‘This Is The Night‘, snarling 106bpm ‘On The Wild Side’, better by far than his last set.
PHYLLIS NELSON: ‘Move Closer’ (Carrere CART 337)
Previously obscured (despite my praise at the time) by Hi-NRG interest in its 153bpm ‘Somewhere In The City‘ flip, this beautifully sung now remixed densely tugging 80⅔bpm gentle sultry slow swayer has finally been broken wide open by radio. A haunting hit.
DAZZ BAND: ‘Heartbeat’ (Motown TMGT 1368)
Surprisingly good very Jimmy Jam-ish satisfying slow soulful 0-87bpm tippy-tapping weaver, a likely smooch smash, flipped by the gigolo whipping old 149½bpm ‘Rock With Me‘ and — a big ‘un — Sergio Munzibai’s 115bpm remix of ‘Let It All Blow‘!
LOOSE ENDS: ‘Hangin’ On A String (Contemplating)’ (Virgin VS74812)
Again produced by Nick Martinelli but sounding just like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, this purposefully snapping 102⅔bpm soulful wriggler has bright presence and interesting little fills weaving through the beat, flipped by their last LP’s 90⅓bpm samba ‘A Little Spice‘.
TROUBLE FUNK: ‘Drop The Bomb’ (Sugarhill SHL 140)
Maybe too raw for mass consumption, the heavyweight Washington DC go go crew’s seminal percussive chanter fluctuates around 107-106-107-105bpm and is flipped by the more conventionally rapped jiggly 107⅓bpm ‘Pump Me Up‘ for good timely value. Yippee, I’ve just been invited to DC in March, instead of the DMC trip!
D.C. ALLSTARS: ‘Bustin’ Loose’ (Streetwave MKHAN 36)
Admittedly well made but shamelessly opportunistic, this evidently UK-recorded brassy bouncy 108-108⅓bpm rip-off of Chuck Brown’s archetypal go go classic (in three versions) even has the cheek to say on its sleeve “Thanks and inspiration to Chuck Brown”! Sure, it’s ideal with Little Benny etc, but if you can wait the original will be on EMI again soon.
LO.REN.ZO: ‘She Just Might Be An Angel’ (US Kaliph KL-112784)
Lorenzo Brown’s huskily crooned and croaked gorgeous mellow 106(intro)-103⅓-104½-105-107-108-108⅓-0bpm swayer builds through jogging breaks to girlie group finale (inst flip) and is maddeningly familiar — my mind goes back, perhaps wrongly, to Looking Glass ‘Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)’. Burning up airwaves more than floors so far, a slippery delight!
KIRK THORNE: ‘Mr. Magic/Party For Two’ (JKO 12JKO 109, via 01-354 0841)
Largely remade since inclusion on 1981’s ‘Premixture’ compilation, this sassily strutting ‘Killer Joe’-ish rap ‘n’ scat over Grover Washington Jr’s compulsively rolling 113-114⅓bpm jazz classic is well “In The Bottle”, with a saucier bragging X-Rated version as flip.
GWEN GUTHRIE: ‘Love In Moderation’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 17)
I’ve long regretted my hasty initial impression of this particularly soulful almost Aretha-ish grower, a Deodato-produced lurching 105bpm jolter with dynamite lyrics, now remixed and flipped by its very different dub plus Larry Levan’s gradually unfurling pattering 116bpm remix of ‘Padlock’.
SHALAMAR: ‘A Mix To Remember’ (Solar SHALT 2)
Selling here exclusively for Alan Coulthard’s revised neatly mixed 107-110-112- 111bpm B-side medley of his favourite group’s better oldies, the 12in also has the original session Shalamar’s full length Motown-medleying 127-128bpm ‘Uptown Festival’ to boost Howard ‘n Hawk’s unimpressive new electro jolted 104¾bpm ‘My Girl Loves Me‘ — which joins the cheaply backed 109bpm title track‘s attempt to rekindle old magic as the only non-rock dancers on their ‘Heart Break’ LP (MCF 3242).
JIMMY RUFFIN: ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ (EMI 12EMI 5514)
Not received on full 12in, this shuffling (0-)108bpm wriggler with Junior’s backup vocal updates his classic old style, while (judged on 7in) the flip’s light 0-126bpm revival of the O’Jays’ ‘Back Stabbers‘ is so far hottest with soul jocks.
LAID BACK: ‘White Horse’ (Sire W 9346T)
Reissued here over a year later and for the first time on its US hit label, this simple repetitive electronically burbled 123bpm Boney M-ish loping bounder now works well with Princely rhythms.
KOOL AND THE GANG: ‘Misled’ (De-Lite DEX 19)
Guitar based spurting 122⅓bpm rock-funk for pop clubs, flipped by the dull 115⅓bpm ‘Rollin’‘ and 1983’s remix of ‘Ladies Night’.
ALEXANDER O’NEAL: ‘Innocent’ (US Tabu 4Z9-05140)
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis themselves meanwhile revert to The Time for this buzzingly bashing 116bpm Prince-ish funker (dub flip), not their most inspired moment though OK.
ENCHANTMENT: ‘Feel Like Dancin’’ (US Prelude PRL D690)
Michael Stokes-produced beefily whomping soulfully whinneyed ‘n worried deliberate slow 103bpm roller (inst flip), powerfully bumping.
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Outta The World’ (US Capitol V-8623)
Francois Kevorkian remixed slightly plodding 109½bpm lurcher (dub flip), less catchy than ‘Solid’.
LILLO THOMAS. ‘Settle Down’ (US Capitol V-8625)
Pent up squeaked and cooed gentle shuffling 109bpm tapper remixed from his last LP with a sparse rhythm break (inst, and swaying 112bpm ‘I Like Your Style‘ flip).
MTUME: ‘Tie Me Up’ (US Epic 49-05162)
Sparsely remixed deliberate slow 104bpm instrumental jolter with brassy blasts and some party chatter through a jazzy piano solo, flipped by the even more weirdly lurching chopped up 100bpm ‘Simply Like‘ vocal & dub.
MICHAEL WYCOFF: ‘Gonna Chase You (Till You Catch Me)’ (US Valley Vue VV-1270)
Self-prod/penned infectiously bright snapping 126bpm see-sawing jerky strutter, not sadly the sort of thing that happens much here but darned good fun anyway.
Last week’s tentative breakdown of the Hi-NRG Disco chart was an interesting stab at an idea which of course, as now follows, reveals even more when the mail-in and also the “upfront” ‘phone-in figures are listed separately side by side so that the final combined result can be broken down into two remarkably different charts. Using this week’s combined running order, the chart positions compiled from the more general gay venue DJs (in the majority) are listed first, on the left, followed for comparison by those from the more aggressively upfront specialist “Hi-NRG” jocks (like indeed Ian Levine at London’s Heaven). Take your pick, and decide which type holds the other back:
1/3 Sylvester, 4/1 Earlene Bentley, 3/8 Carol Lynn Townes, 2/15 Samantha Gilles, 8/2 Sinitta, 5/17 Lydia Steinman, 7/24 Lorraine McKane, 18/5 Fancy, 14/11 Carol Jiani, 19/10 Touchdown, 13/18 Village People, 39/6 Cruisin’ Gang, 6/- Dead Or Alive, 9/36 Venus/Jeanie Tracy, 32/7 Barbara Fowler, 11/32 Martinique, 16/23 Hot Gossip, 15/27 Melissa Manchester, -/9 Alicia Myers, 10/40 Sheryl Lee Ralph (remix), 23/22 Sam Harris, -/4 Modern Talking, 21/25 Koffie, 12/- Sheryl Lee Ralph (UK), 20/29 Evelyn Thomas, 40/21 Claudja Barry, 26/31 Tabu, 30/30 Nayobe, -/12 Paul Parker, 17/- Girly, -/13 Peggi Blu, -/14 Patti LaBelle, 37/28 Priscilla Love, 24/38 Tony Caso, -/16 Village People ‘New York City‘ (French Scorpio LP), 29/34 Rofo ‘I Want You‘ (Belgian Infinity), 31/33 Space ‘Magic Fly (Remix)’ (Record Shack), -/19 Bent Boys ‘Walk The Night‘ (Canadian Black Sun), -/20 Tony Beverley ‘Into The Night‘ (French Vogue), 22/- Joanne Daniels ‘After The Rainbow‘ (Dutch Break), 25/- Princess U-F-O ‘Hi Flyer‘ (Youngblood), 38/39 Mike Mareen ‘Cecilia‘ (German Night & Day), 27/- Venus (original), -/26 Stephanie Wells, 28/- Cijay, -/35 Seduction ‘Electricity’ (Challenge), 33/- Ken Laszlo ‘Hey Hey Guy (Remix)’ (Swedish Beat Box), -/37 Jerome ‘Something To Say About Love’ (Calibre), 40/- Hazell Dean ‘Fool For Love’ (Proto promo), 34/- Jolo, 35/- Flirts, 36/- Barbara Pennington).
Check past printed charts for full details of titles dropping in the expanded bottom 20. It’s worth remembering that records like Carol Lynn Townes, Samantha Gilles, Lydia Steinman and Lorraine McKane got their initial chart support from the upfront guys, whose enthusiasms have now moved on to other tracks that may also end up with general support.
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7 in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
Eugene Wilde 116f/(0-)124f, Killing Joke (0-124⅓-122⅔f, Shalamar 104⅔f, Barrington Levy 0-84½-85⅓c, Little Benny 109-110f, Second Image 108¾f, Jim Diamond 52-104⅔-108f, Honeydrippers 0-83-0r, while Cashmere should be 61¾-123½f.
DISCO TOP 85 – FEBRUARY 9, 1985
01 01 WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny & The Masters, Bluebird/10 12in
02 03 PERSONALITY (COMPLEX)/LET HER FEEL IT (RETOUCHED), Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
03 10 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in/LP Mix promo
04 08 CAN I, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
05 06 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, Polydor 12in
06 04 YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, Qwest 12in
07 02 SAY YEAH, The Limit, Portrait 12in
08 12 I DIDN’T MEAN IT AT ALL/CITY LIFE, Sasss, 10 Records 12in
09 09 NIGHTSHIFT, Commodores, Motown 12in
10 07 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, Fourth & Broadway 12in
11 05 FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, RCA 12in/Dutch High Fashion Music remix
12= 16 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
12= 15 STARTING AGAIN/OVO MEXIDO, Second Image, MCA 12in
14 19 CURIOUS/PLANETARY INVASION, Midnight Star, Solar LP
15 14 THIS IS MY NIGHT (DANCE REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
16 11 BEYOND THE SEA/20/20/PLEASE DON’T WALK AWAY/STAND UP/NEW DAY/I JUST WANNA HANG AROUND YOU/YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, George Benson, Warner Bros LP
17 30 THEME FROM ‘SHAFT’, Eddy & The Soulband, Dutch Break 12in
18 18 CONTAGIOUS, The Whispers, Solar 12in
19 22 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
20 13 OPERATOR, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
21 35 BAD HABITS/LET’S GET BACK TO LOVE, Jenny Burton, US Atlantic 12in
22 25 I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE SLIPPIN AWAY, Samson & Delilah, US Saturn 12in
23 28 I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, KoKo-PoP, Motown 12in
24 57 (NO MATTER HOW HIGH I GET) I’LL STILL BE LOOKIN’ UP TO YOU, Wilton Felder, MCA 12in
25 17 20/20 (JELLYBEAN REMIX), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
26 20 FLY GIRL, Intrigue, US World Trade Records Inc 12in
27 45 1999, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
28 26 ARE YOU SATISFIED (FUNKA NOVA), RAH Band, RCA 12in
29 79 STEP BY STEP (REMIX)/PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, Jeff Lorber, US Arista 12in
30 24 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
31 31 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
32 58 SHAFT, Van Twist, Belgian Magic 12in/Polydor white label
33 33 HERE I COME, Barrington Levy, London 12in
34 — I’M SO HAPPY, Julia & Co, London 12in promo
35 48 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
36 41 WE NEED LOVE/CUTIE PIE/SOMEONE LIKE YOU/FASCINATION/KEEP ME UP, Cashmere, US Philly World Records LP
37 29 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, US Vanguard 12in
38 40 I FOUND MY BABY/DISRESPECT, Gap Band, Total Experience LP
39 42 OUT OF CONTROL (VOCAL DUB VERSION)/REMIX, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA 12in
40 23 IN THE DARK/GOREE ISLAND, Roy Ayers. CBS 12in
41 38 I FOUND MORE LOVE, Godfrey Lloyd Jnr & Hot Shots, Justice 12in
42 37 SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN/CHANGE MEDLEY, Change, WEA 12in
43 50 BOYFRIEND/LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING/I DON’T PLAY THAT, Shirley Brown, US Soundtown LP
44 21 STEP OFF (REMIX), Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Sugarhill 12in
45 74 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
46 56 PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG, The Silent Underdog, Kaz 12in
47 34 TOUCHING IN THE DARK, Walter Jackson, Bluebird/10 12in
48 68 PLEASE DON’T GO (DUB VERSION), Nayobe, US The Fever 12in
49 85 LOVE IN MODERATION (REMIX)/PADLOCK (REMIX), Gwen Guthrie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
50 51 PROVE IT TO ME, New Experience, US Philly World Records 12in
51 35 NOBODY CAN TELL ME (HE DON’T LOVE ME), Jenny Burton, US Atlantic LP
52 66 YOU TURN ME ON, Bruni Pagan, US Motown 12in
53 59 (YOU GOT ME) HYPNOTIZED/SHE’S A PLAY GIRL Ci Ci, US Creative Funk 12in
54 53 DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE), Junior, London 12in
55 65 THE BACKSTABBERS/THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU, Jimmy Ruffin, EMI 12in
56 62 I BELIEVE IN LOVE, Major Harris, Streetwave 12in
57 47 PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
58 — GROOVACIOUS, Jeff Lorber, US Arista LP
59 39 LIKE A VIRGIN (US DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
60 61 COOL OUT/GET IN THE MIX, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in
61 70 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, US Atlantic 12in
62 80 PARTY TIME, Kurtis Blow, Mercury 12in/US LP remix
63 — A MIX TO REMEMBER, Shalamar, MCA 12in
64 re BIG ROSIE (REMIX), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in promo
65 49 LET ME SHOW YOU, BMP, US Epic 12in
66 69 LOVIN’/MECHANISM, Jonzun Crew featuring Michael Jonzun, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
67 63 SHOULD I (PUT MY TRUST IN YOU), Caution/Maxi Priest, Level Vibes! 12in
68 84 OUTTA THE WORLD (REMIX), Ashford & Simpson, US Capitol 12in
69 55 L.O.S. (LOVE ON SIGHT), Colors, US Power Light Records 12in
70 64 FINESSE/YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE I LOVE/MEET ME HALF WAY THERE, Glenn Jones, RCA LP
71 46 (I GUESS) IT MUST BE LOVE/FANTASY AND HEARTBREAK, Thelma Houston, MCA LP
72 76 MY DEAR MR. GAYE, Teena Marie, US Epic LP
73 61 STOMP (REMIX), Brothers Johnson, A&M LP/12in promo
74 81 COME GET SOME OF THIS, Mass Production, US Paran 12in
75 54 FOR YOU MY BABY LOVE, The Gents, US Positive Image Records 12in
76 44 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
77 78 THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME (WITHOUT YOU), First Love, US Mirage 12in
78 re NIGHTS (FEEL LIKE GETTING DOWN)/LOVERBOY, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
79 — (ARE YOU READY) DO THE BUS STOP/WICKI WACKY, Fatback Band, Spring 12in
80 52 THAT LOVING FEELING, Amii Stewart, Dutch High Fashion Music LP
81 75 THANK YOU MY LOVE, Imagination, R&B Records 12in
82 — GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/GET UP OFFA THAT THING, James Brown, Polydor 12in
83 — SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
84 re WAY DOWN DEEP IN MY SOUL, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
85 83 BUSTIN’ LOOSE, Chuck Brown, US Source 12in
01 03 TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/SEX (REMIXES), Sylvester, Cooltempo 12in
02 01 STARGAZING, Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester, Record Shack 12in
03 02 BELIEVE IN THE BEAT, Carol Lynn Townes, Polydor 12in
04 04 LET ME FEEL IT, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in/US JVC remix
05 11 CRUISING, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
06 06 TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in promo
07 05 LET THE NIGHT TAKE THE BLAME, Lorraine McKane, Carrere 12in
08 08 CHINESE EYES/COME INSIDE (REMIX), Fancy, US Personal 12in
09 09 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
10 07 DO YOU NEED ME (Hi-NRG MIX), Touchdown, Krack 12in
11 14 SEX OVER THE PHONE, Village People, Record Shack 12in
12 16 CHINATOWN, Cruisin’ Gang, Italian Cruisin’ 12in
13 10 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
14 25 ONE SHOT LOVER/TIME BOMB (STUDIO 57 REMIXES), Venus/Jeanie Tracy, Belgian ARS LP
15 19 KNOCKIN’ ON MY DOOR, Barbara Fowler, US Profile 12in
16 23 NO REGRETS, Martinique, German Teldec 12in
17 12 DON’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, Hot Gossip, Fanfare 12in
18 17 THIEF OF HEARTS, Melissa Manchester, US Casablanca 12in
19 13 APPRECIATION (REMIX), Alicia Myers, US MCA 12in
20 15 IN THE EVENING (REMIX), Sheryl Lee Ralph, Swedish Beat Box 12in
21 18 HEARTS ON FIRE (DANCE MIX), Sam Harris, Motown 12in
22 — YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL, Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
23 27 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, Koffie, US Pandisc 12in
24 24 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Arista 12in
25 22 SECOND BEST, Evelyn Thomas. German Hansa/French In The Mix LP
26 21 BORN TO LOVE, Claudja Barry, US Personal 12in
27 20 I’M ON MY WAY, Tabu featuring Debbie Sharp, Crystal City 12in
28 30 PLEASE DON’T GO, Nayobe, US The Fever 12in
29 — DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
30 re WORKING GIRL, Girly, US “O” 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) The Limit, 2 (6) James Ingram, 3 (10) Prince A/B, 4 (3) Ashford & Simpson ‘S’, 5 (2) Madonna, 6 (13) Billy Ocean ‘L/N’, 7 (7) Melle Mel, 8 (8) Amii Stewart, 9 (4) Kool & The Gang ‘F’, 10 (12) Chaka Khan ‘TIMN’, 11 (14) Cashmere 12in, 12 (24) King, 13 (19) Nuance, 14 (20) Wham!, 15 (26) George Benson 12in, 16 (17) Commodores, 17 (5) Temptations 12in 18 (9) Bar-Kays, 19 (21) Sheryl Lee Ralph, 20 (22) Ray Parker Jr, 21 (28) Direct Drive, 22 (18) Foreigner, 23 (31) Little Benny, 24 (15) Dazz Band, 25 (-) Eugene Wilde 12in A/B, 26 (23) Billy Ocean ‘CQ’, 27 (29) Chaka Khan ‘IFFY’, 28 (-) Phil Collins, 29 (27) Carol Lynn Townes, 30 (-) Strawberry Switchblade, 31 (25) Tears For Fears, 32 (-) Art Of Noise, 33 (16) Intruders, 34 (re) Eurythmics ‘1984’, 35 (34) Dead Or Alive, 36 (11) Thelma Houston 12in, 37 (-) Bruce Springsteen, 38 (-) Sasss A/B, 39 (38) Smiley Culture, 40 (33) Matt Bianco ‘HAM/MM2’, 41 (-) Whispers ‘C’, 42 (re) Sister Sledge ‘LIM’, 43 (-) Jimmy Ruffin A/B, 44 (30) Roy Ayers ‘ITD/GI’, 45 (-) Laid Back, 46 (-) Junior, 47 (-) ZZ Top, 48 (37) Pointer Sisters, 49 (-) Russ Abbot, 50 (-) Sylvester 12in B/A.
3 thoughts on “February 9, 1985: Jenny Burton, Cashmere, Jeff Lorber, Phyllis Nelson, Dazz Band”
The list of “other oldies currently being mentioned by jocks within a go go context” feels to me like an early foreshadowing of Rare Groove, a scene which I recall as peaking in 1987, but I’d guess that the bigger influence on Rare Groove would have been hip hop’s eventual shift towards funk samples.
1984-85 was my first year as an adult in full time employment after Uni. This year 2020 I retire. Where did all the time go? I remember these new releases first dropping. My clubbing days are over now but the music of course lives forever and interest in new sounds never dims. Phyllis Nelson would have a massive No1 hit and join the ranks of “one hit wonder”. Diana Ross’s Missing You was written by Lionel Ritchie. The video was a homage to Motown colleagues Tammi Terrell, Flo Ballard and of course Marvin Gaye who had been murdered in 1984. The single would be Diana’s final US top 10 hit. It stiffed in the UK despite bouncing around the bottom of the chart for 6 months reaching a peak of no 76. At this time I was working part time in a club at the weekend. I have a strange memory of Loose End’s doing a live PA while I was cleaning sick off a sofa in the chill zone. Strange what sticks with you…
It was around this time I got my first paid DJ gig. £15 per night! 🙂 ..but it was vinyl money..remember playing Little Benny, The Limit, Shaft, Nuance, etc a lot along with FGTH, Duran Duran, lots of Hiphop, Go-Go, and some Hi-Nrg.