February 16, 1985: UTFO/Roxanne Shanté, Eddy and the Soulband, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Thelma Houston, Fatback

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Not many realise the incongruous origins of the expression “go go”: amazingly it derives from the much loved 1948 Ealing comedy about thirsty Hebridean islanders hi-jacking a shipwrecked cargo of booze, Whisky Galore, which when shown in France to huge popular success was retitled ‘Whisky-A-Go-Go’ — a name subsequently adopted by so many Continental discotheques (another French name and invention), including the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Soho’s Wardour Street which is now the Wag Club (and was next door to London’s original 1962 La Discotheque!), that by the mid ’60s the term “go go” came to signify discos and disco dancing in general, and especially in the States, where unwittingly the Washington DC party crowd still keep that forgotten French expression alive with their “go go funk” . . . I know all this partly because I did some of my growing up in Paris during the late ’50s, and well remember my parents coming home for the first time from an amusing new type of nightclub rapidly becoming all the rage, where there wasn’t a band but instead you danced to records, which they told me was called a “discotheque” — the one they used to go to, often in a party with the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, was the fashionable if hardly smart L’Etoile (so Gallic that to get to their own loo the ladies had to walk through the stand-up gents, where my mother couldn’t avoid seeing the Duke do the dirty!) . . . Record Mirror, where you must admit the names that get dropped have class! . . . Soul On Sound’s Private Funktion night at London’s Hippodrome was a night full of familiar faces and spirited conversation, PAs including Canute, Ritchie Family (now called Rich Girls), Cool Notes, and Cashmere with an extended set as climax of which ‘We Need Love‘ got the little chickies swaying with the swing and will rightly be the next single . . . Cooltempo surprisingly have signed Change with a brand new single in three weeks, when Paul Hardcastle’s official follow-up will be ‘Nineteen‘, while the go go Pump Blenders are due sooner . . . Mick Clark at 10 Records picked up the Next Plateau catalogue, which now gives them the newly signed Aurra whose hot ‘Happy Feeling‘ will be out here next month just after imports arrive, while straight out of Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound studios he also snapped up O’Jays leader Eddie Levert’s 18 year-old son known just as Levert, whose less commercial but terrific pent-up slow deep soul ‘I’m Still‘ will be out soon too . . . Sergio Munzibai’s more densely pattering and pausing Commodores remix is on initially scarce white label here, while Mark King’s remix of Direct Drive (now flipped by another Paul Hardcastle remix) turns out oddly to be promo only . . . Northern Ireland’s Solomon & Peres wholesalers following my mention went out of stock of the John Anderson ‘Glenn Miller Medley’! . . . TC Curtis was Radio 2’s record of the week, surely unusual for a funky soul single? . . . Charlie Wolf rang to confirm Laser 558 was back on air with its transmitter mast mended, saying it was really “rough” earlier in the winter when they ran out of not only showering but also even drinking water for four days; rumours of another MoR frequency, and of further boats in the Mediterranean and at Hong Kong, derive from discussions ages ago and aren’t definite plans . . . Jon Guy reports that Manchester’s much changed KFM reappeared with a limited service on 1017kHz MW, Southside Radio continuing on 103FM when interference from the university’s pesky Radio Rag lets it . . . Paul Dakeyne, jocking at the soon to be £90,000 refurbished Juliets suite of Hull Romeo’s & Juliet’s, now creates a special weekly mastermix for the Kerry Evans show on Viking Radio 102.7FM Wednesdays at 8.30pm . . . ‘Guvnor’ Kev Hill, whose Chelmsford Tico’s soul night moved to Tuesday, has also started producing weekly mixes for Dave Gregory’s evening soul show on Essex Radio . . . Steve Allen’s soul show has been extended to 6-9pm Saturdays on Hereward Radio 95.7/ 102.8FM, and he joins Nick Graham & Trevor Mac at Peterborough’s Region Fleet Centre this Friday (15) . . . Radio London’s Soul Night Out returns Thursday (14) to Kilburn’s National Club, but in this series will be visiting other venues too . . . Robbie Vincent convincingly proved during an hilarious on-air exchange that Tony Blackburn should stick to talking about what he knows about — and that obviously isn’t soul music, or at least not the recordings of Jean Carn, Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith! . . . Theo Loyla, sitting at home in Herne Bay unusually without a gig last Saturday rang in to vote for the record of the week on Invicta Sound’s soul show hosted by Pete Tong, who asked him on air why as a DJ he wasn’t working — whereupon Theo was then rung by a listening John DeSade to stand-in at Charing’s Lodge that night as the regular jock couldn’t make it! . . . Angela Bofill plays London’s Dominion Monday March 4 (let’s hope she ignores her last two albums’ material) . . . Danny Smith (0493-843327) has two spare Feb 24 tickets for the New York Jazz Explosion — zoom! — sorry, make that had . . . ’60s jazz classics Lee Morgan ‘The Sidewinder‘ and Horace Silver ‘Song For My Father‘ have been promoed back-to-back by the revitalized legendary label Blue Note through EMI (DJs call Ian Dewhirst on 01-486 4488), while a reunion jazz concert at New York Town Hall next Friday (22) will feature Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock amongst thirty musicians previously associated with Blue Note . . . Erskine Thompson is updating his Hot Licks mailing list — DJs send full work details to him at 81 Harley House, Marylebone Road, London NW1 . . . Ian Richards needs lots of PAs on 0923-779516 for Watford Baileys’ “non-stop disco party” next Monday (17) . . . Lenny Zakatek warns to watch for 7th Heaven, hot playing live and chased by labels . . . Ashford & Simpson topped Billboard’s US Black LPs (in which further down Wham! have joined Culture Club), while Billy Ocean ‘Loverboy‘ topped Dance/Disco . . . Strafe ‘Set It Off‘ (US Jus Born JB 001) has belatedly become the hottest thing in New York: my review of 9/6/84 read “Weirdly tugging rumbling slow c112bpm weaver with a White Lines-ish feel as guys wander about over the stereophonic meandering backing, all very odd” . . . Narada Michael Walden’s new c160bpm ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme‘ unbelievably cribs from Wham! ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ . . . Channel 4 on Monday starts a series ‘Repercussions’ about various aspects of different black musics, with an accompanying £10.95 book (Century): programmes 2 & 3 about gospel Quartets and Los Angeles vintage R&B should be worth seeing but the opening hour with frustratingly unhelpful commentary about ethnic musicians in Gambia seemingly aimed exclusively at Africologists is unlikely to be an audience builder, despite some strong imagery . . . Yorkshire TV’s wittily different ‘The Beiderbecke Affair’ has ended — Sundays will never be the same . . . ‘Miami Vice’ on BBC1 Tuesdays may show the sordid side of Latin life but seems so real it’s fascinating, and the all-hit music’s hot too! . . . Betty Thomas (Hill Street’s Lucy Bates) flashed her boobs in ‘Skateboarders From Hell’ — how many saw ’em? . . . Cashmere stayed on in Britain until ‘Can I’ went back up the chart but still didn’t get onto ‘Top Of The Pops’ — too many black hits at the moment, it seems (can’t someone at the Beeb, radio and TV, work out that’s maybe because black records are popular?) . . . BBC2 s Thursday (14) ‘Love Story’ reveals Steve Dennis broadcasting in his old ‘Mr Romantica’ guise on BRMB — Steve’s currently reviving Eddie Murphy ‘Boogie In Your Butt‘ around Birmingham, where his Friday at the Three Horseshoes’ Huntsman Suite is becoming the hottest spot for fresh vinyl . . . Capital’s Gary Crowley plus Pete Barret soul Soho Wag Club Thursday (14) with TC Curtis & Dizzy Heights PAs . . . Radio One-featured The Dude opens a new weekly “Club 18-29”-type fun funk night Tuesday (19) at Castle Hedingham Memories in Essex, where this Thursday (14) Dave Malone takes time off from his normal Thur/Fri/Sun at the Queen’s Arms near Sudbury . . . Friday (15) finds Vicious Pink PA-ing for Wayne Curtis Blow II at Bolton Dance Factory, Owen Washington at Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush, Phil England at Yeovil Carnaby’s (Sat too) . . . Saturday (16) Carol Jiani plays Edinburgh Fire Island, Chris Dinnis souls Swindon Brunel Rooms Amphitheatre with Paul Lewis (who also funks Swindon Vadims Tuesday) . . . Baz Fe Jazz joins Gilles Peterson latin-jazzing Richmond Sheene Road’s Belverdere Arms Sunday (17), free admission . . . Damon Rochefort, fully employed at St James’s L’Equipe Anglaise, admits he doesn’t read his own publication . . . Primmer than Primula, safer than Safeway, Woah oh oh!


ROXANNE ROX ON!

Get ready for the rap saga that’s taken American black kids by storm, and is already outdoing Johnnie Taylor’s old tales of ‘Jody’ (although it’s unlikely to be as long lasting as soul’s endless ‘Woman To Woman’ — ‘She’s Got Papers’ — ‘Another Man — ‘I Don’t Play That’ saga).

First of all there was UTFO ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’ (US Select FMS 62254), double-A-sided with the 0-109bpm ‘Hanging Out‘, in which Kangol Kid, Dr Ice & The Educated Rapper complain about a stuck-up Brooklyn girl called Roxanne and compare their unsuccessful attempts to chat her up, then (with the first few thousand rare pressings actually backed by their original 100bpm Full Force-created scratching instrumental cassetted off radio!) came the scolding-pitched young ROXANNE SHANTÉ ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’ (US Pop Art PA-7406) with her nagging reply, which prompted not only the similarly scolding SPARKY “D” ‘Sparky’s Turn (Roxanne You’re Through)’ (US NIA NI-1245) but also — getting back in on the act with of course the original Full Force track — ROXANNE (with UTFO) ‘The Real Roxanne’ (US Select FMS 62256). Stark and somewhat specialist though good fun, they all include various other dub, scratch and instrumental mixes, making the complete saga a cut-up caper for hip hop jocks, while the next chapter is rumoured to be ‘Roxanne’s Mother’! Roxanne had a baby, and can’t work no more?


HOT VINYL

EDDY and the SOULBAND: ‘Theme From “Shaft”‘ (Club JABX 11)
Holland-based percussionist Eddy Conard from Indiana congas through the blazing Ben Liebrand-cut recreation with real instruments of Isaac Hayes’ epochal movie theme, fluctuating fractionally through c122.123-122-0bpm on the car-revving Hot Pursuit Mix and c122-123- 122⅓-0bpm on the more Ike-like tamer Extended Version (oddly A-side here). Blistering!

CHUCK BROWN & THE SOUL SEARCHERS: ‘Bustin’ Loose’ (Source 12SOURCE 1, via EMI)
1978’s original US million-selling go go smash, an infectious percussive 111-110-112-114(break)-112-113-113¾bpm brassy chanter, is finally out here for the first time (apart from on a promo ‘Soul Source’ EP) — and it’s already rightly trounced the UK cover version! (longer Pt 2 inst flip).

THELMA HOUSTON: ‘(I Guess) It Must Be Love’ (MCA MCAT 940)
The Monte Moir-prod/penned hottest cut from her LP is a craftily lurching (0-)113⅓bpm nagging repetitive soarer of that sneaky old style Evelyn King type that could end up huge (older Hi-NRG 0-133bpm ‘Working Girl‘ flip).

FATBACK: ‘Girls On My Mind’ (US Cotillion 0-96896)
Glorious real mean, low down dirty 102bpm snorting solid funk groove with irresistible fluid bass and honking sax (inst flip) over which they gloat “yes yes yes” while imagining the delights of all those young lay-dees! Certain murder in black clubs.

JULIA & CO: ‘I’m So Happy’ (London LONX 61)
Washington’s dreamgirl returns with an M&M-mixed happily shuffling 111⅓bpm wriggler spoilt slightly by a cumbersome rhythm intro and break, flipped by its inst and last year’s big band-goes-go go 115bpm ‘Breakin Down (Remix)’.

NEW EDITION: ‘Mr Telephone Man’ (MCA MCAT 938)
The hot youngsters sound mellow, soulful and cool on this so obviously Ray Parker Jr-prod/penned jauntily jolting mid-tempo 94bpm naggingly catchy US smash, with its (unbilled) inst and the slower 89⅓-0bpm acappella-outroed ‘Delicious‘.

FIRST LOVE: ‘Things Are Not The Same (Without You)’ (10 Records TEN 43-12) A real grow-on-you distinctively dragging slow 73bpm smoocher, sweetly cooed by the girls in teasingly nagging style, with its edit flip and bonus snappy shrill 122bpm ‘Can I Be With You Tonight‘.

VAN TWIST: ‘Shaft’ (Polydor POSPX 729)
This Belgium-based duo from Cuba & Zaire actually alerted us to ‘Shaft’ with their quite faithful but electronic 122-0bpm remake and then got beaten by the more exciting Eddy (though they’re good too), flipped by an edit and the chunkily tapping 0-112bpm ‘Hot Wax’.

PAUL HARDCASTLE: ‘Forest Fire’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 15)
‘Rain Forest’ catch-a-fire in the ‘AM’ and Mastermind Herbie cuts it up to a hard 115bpm hip hop beat! Paul’s original un-remixed US quarter million-selling 120⅓bpm ‘Rain Forest’ is actually A-side, both also being on the video soundtrack LP ‘Zero One’ (LBPR 1003) with the Herbie-scratched heavily hip hop 0-116bpm ‘Panic’, 115bpm ‘Sound Chaser’ and UNIVERSAL FUNK’s ditto 0-115bpm title track, 113½bpm ‘Ready Ready Go’, 109bpm ‘Drum Beat’, 111⅔bpm ‘Hip Hop Beat’.

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION: ‘Erotic City’ (Warner Bros W2000T)
The Sheila-E duetted War-like 123⅔-123-123⅔bpm snappy chugger (risqué the way they repeatedly mis-pronounce “funk”!) finally appears here on 12in with the jaunty little 0-120-124-121bpm ‘Take Me With U’ and rock radio-aimed “preacher”-introed frantic 0-196bpm ‘Let’s Go Crazy’.

GRANDMASTER FLASH: ‘Sign Of The Times’ (Elektra E9677T)
Bodypop tempo jittery stark 98bpm ratatat-tat rhythm and a sinuous weave behind the MC popped message, good if nothing new, with its inst and the more spectacularly scratched 101bpm ‘Larry’s Dance Theme’.

REDDS AND THE BOYS: ‘Movin’ And Groovin’’ (Fourth & Broadway/D.E.T.T. 12GOGO 1)
Island’s first release from DC’s DETT label not surprisingly is yet more, sparsely starting and not particularly outstanding, 105bpm go go funk with a dubwise Crank Down flip.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ‘My Time’ (US Columbia 44-05161)
Co-prod/penned by soul hero Sam Dees, this disjointedly starting 0-116bpm chunky lurcher is surprisingly funky apart from some rock guitar but somehow doesn’t quite deliver (inst flip).


Hi-NRG BREAKDOWN

YELLO: ‘Vicious Games’ (Elektra EKR 1)
An invigoratingly different subtle yet compelling 127bpm odyssey through fascinatingly shifting percussion and some understated female vocal, this is truly dance music with intelligence . . . and a corker! Far from mere Hi-NRG it deserves to be massive, so don’t miss it.

PAUL PARKER: ‘Don’t Play With Fire’ (Fantasia FTAX 101)
Exciting ‘Two Tribes’-flavoured powerful rattling, chording and stuttering 125bpm electro bounder, flipped by his previous 130½bpm ‘Without Your Love’, both beefily tuneful.

JAMES & SUSAN WELLS: ‘R.S.V.P.’ (Fanfare 12FAN 2900, via PRT)
Even prettier (on the sleeve) than Susan, James had a Northern Soul hit in ’76 and Ian Levine’s biggest ever US disco hit in ’78 (‘My Claim To Fame’), now returning for a gospelly wailed 0-129-0bpm pumping pounder let down by its pedestrian rhythm track.

JUNE BROWN: ‘Jungle Beware’ (Bolts Records BOLTS 1, via Proto)
This US-recorded dramatic percussive 133¾-134bpm galloper in traditional disco style introduces the Haringey-based chain of gay clubs’ own label.

HAZELL DEAN: ‘No Fool (For Love)’ (Proto ENAT 123)
This time a mid-tempo 108⅓bpm pop chugger with the usual heavy handed emphatic melody treatment.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7 in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):

Howard Jones (0-)108¼f, Bowie/Metheny 115/57½f, Smiths 0-95⅓f, Sharpe & Numan 0-124f, Kool 122f, Whitesnake 0-124-125½-0-126-0r, Soft Cell 144½-144¼f, Don Henley 176/88f, Hall & Oates 94½f, Village People 118f, Junior 124¾c, Cliff Richard 0-116¾f, Bluebells 0-114⅔f, Sam Harris 136¾f, Fink Bros 0-130⅔-0r.


DISCO TOP 85 – FEBRUARY 16, 1985

01 01 WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny & The Masters, Bluebird/10 12in
02 03 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in/LP Mix promo
03 02 PERSONALITY (COMPLEX)/LET HER FEEL IT (RETOUCHED), Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 05 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, Polydor 12in
05 09 NIGHTSHIFT, Commodores, Motown 12in
06 06 YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, Qwest 12in
07 04 CAN I, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
08 17 THEME FROM ‘SHAFT’ (HOT PURSUIT MIX), Eddy & The Soulband, Club 12in
09 12= YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
10 08 I DIDN’T MEAN IT AT ALL/CITY LIFE, Sasss, 10 Records 12in
11 07 SAY YEAH, The Limit, Portrait 12in
12 10 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 12= STARTING AGAIN/OVO MEXIDO, Second Image, MCA 12in
14 21 BAD HABITS/LET’S GET BACK TO LOVE, Jenny Burton, US Atlantic 12in
15 — HANGING ON A STRING, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
16 16 BEYOND THE SEA/20/20/PLEASE DON’T WALK AWAY/STAND UP/NEW DAY, George Benson, Warner Bros LP
17 34 I’M SO HAPPY, Julia & Co, London 12in
18 15 THIS IS MY NIGHT (DANCE REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
19 23 I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, KoKo-PoP, Motown 12in
20 11 FRIENDS, Amii Stewart, RCA 12in/Dutch High Fashion Music remix
21 19 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
22 14 CURIOUS/PLANETARY INVASION, Midnight Star, Solar LP
23 22 I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE SLIPPIN AWAY, Samson & Delilah, US Saturn 12in
24 24 (NO MATTER HOW HIGH I GET) I’LL STILL BE LOOKIN’ UP TO YOU, Wilton Felder, MCA 12in
25 20 OPERATOR, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
26 54 DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE), Junior, London 12in
27 26 FLY GIRL, Intrigue, US World Trade Records Inc 12in
28 18 CONTAGIOUS, The Whispers, Solar 12in
29 58 EVERY WOMAN NEEDS IT/GROOVACIOUS/IT TAKES A WOMAN/THIS IS THE NIGHT, Jeff Lorber, US Arista LP
30 36 WE NEED LOVE/CUTIE PIE/SOMEONE LIKE YOU/FASCINATION/KEEP ME UP, Cashmere, US Philly World Records LP
31 25 20/20 (JELLYBEAN REMIX), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
32 35 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
33 29 STEP BY STEP (REMIX)/PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, Jeff Lorber, US Arista 12in
34 27 1999, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
35 33 HERE I COME, Barrington Levy, London 12in
36 28 ARE YOU SATISFIED (FUNKA NOVA), RAH Band, RCA 12in
37 30 EYE TO EYE/THIS IS MY NIGHT, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
38 32 SHAFT, Van Twist, Polydor 12in
39 61 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, US Atlantic 12in
40 41 I FOUND MORE LOVE, Godfrey Lloyd Jnr & Hot Shots, Justice 12in
41 62 PARTY TIME, Kurtis Blow, Mercury 12in/US LP remix
42 45 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
43 77 THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME (WITHOUT YOU)/CAN I BE WITH YOU TONIGHT, First Love, 10 Records 12in
44 64 BIG ROSIE (REMIX), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
45 42 SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN/CHANGE MEDLEY, Change, WEA 12in
46 31 SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
47 49 LOVE IN MODERATION (REMIX)/PADLOCK (REMIX), Gwen Guthrie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
48 43 I DON’T PLAY THAT/BOYFRIEND/LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING, Shirley Brown, US Soundtown LP
49 46 PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG, The Silent Underdog, Kaz 12in
50 39 OUT OF CONTROL (REMIX)/VOCAL DUB VERSION, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA 12in
51 38 I FOUND MY BABY/DISRESPECT, Gap Band, Total Experience LP
52 — HEARTBEAT/LET IT ALL BLOW (REMIX), Dazz Band, Motown 12in
53 85 BUSTIN’ LOOSE, Chuck Brown, Source 12in
54 — SIGN OF THE TIMES/INSTRUMENTAL, Grandmaster Flash, Elektra 12in
55 — FOREST FIRE, Paul Hardcastle, Bluebird/10 12in
56 — BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, US Capitol 7in
57 57 PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
58 37 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, US Vanguard 12in
59 47 TOUCHING IN THE DARK, Walter Jackson, Bluebird/10 12in
60 48 PLEASE DON’T GO (DUB VERSION), Nayobe, US The Fever 12in
61 66 LOVIN’/MECHANISM, Jonzun Crew featuring Michael Jonzun, Tommy Boy/Polydor 12in
62 59 LIKE A VIRGIN (US DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
63 — DROP THE BOMB/PUMP ME UP, Trouble Funk, Sugarhill 12in
64 53 (YOU GOT ME) HYPNOTIZED/SHE’S A PLAY GIRL Ci Ci, US Creative Funk 12in
65 55 THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU/THE BACKSTABBERS, Jimmy Ruffin, EMI 12in
66 52 YOU TURN ME ON, Bruni Pagan, US Motown 12in
67 67 SHOULD I (PUT MY TRUST IN YOU), Caution/Maxi Priest, Level Vibes! 12in
68 51 NOBODY CAN TELL ME (HE DON’T LOVE ME), Jenny Burton, US Atlantic LP
69 56 I BELIEVE IN LOVE, Major Harris, Streetwave 12in
70 — LOC-IT-UP, BMP, US Epic LP
71 74 COME GET SOME OF THIS, Mass Production, US Paran 12in
72 76 POLICE OFFICER, Smiley Culture, Fashion 12in
73 69 L.O.S. (LOVE ON SIGHT), Colors, US Power Light Records 12in
74 — MR. TELEPHONE MAN, New Edition, MCA 12in
75 — TIE ME UP (REMIX), Mtume, US Epic 12in
76 83 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
77 82 GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/GET UP OFFA THAT THING, James Brown, Polydor 12in
78 50 PROVE IT TO ME, New Experience, US Philly World Records 12in
79 72 MY DEAR MR. GAYE, Teena Marie, Epic LP
80 60 COOL OUT/GET IN THE MIX, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in
81 — SUSSUDIO, Phil Collins, Virgin 12in
82 — AMAZING MIND, Canute, EMI 12in
83 63 A MIX TO REMEMBER/MY GIRL LOVES ME, Shalamar, MCA 12in
84 — OH BABY, Spank, German Metrovynil LP
85 68 OUTTA THE WORLD (REMIX), Ashford & Simpson, US Capitol 12in


Hi-NRG DISCO

01 05 CRUISING, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
02 01 TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/SEX (REMIXES), Sylvester, Cooltempo 12in
03 02 STARGAZING, Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester, Record Shack 12in
04 03 BELIEVE IN THE BEAT, Carol Lynn Townes, Polydor 12in
05 04 LET ME FEEL IT, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in/US JVC remix
06 06 TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in promo
07 07 LET THE NIGHT TAKE THE BLAME, Lorraine McKane, Carrere 12in
08 09 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
09 — R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
10 13 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
11 15 KNOCKIN’ ON MY DOOR, Barbara Fowler, US Profile 12in
12 — SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in
13 22 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL, Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
14 16 NO REGRETS, Martinique, German Teldec 12in
15 23 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, Koffie, US Pandisc 12in
16 24 IN THE EVENING, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Arista 12in
17 19 APPRECIATION (REMIX), Alicia Myers, US MCA 12in
18 29 DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
19 12 CHINATOWN, Cruisin’ Gang, Italian Cruisin’ 12in
20 10 DO YOU NEED ME (Hi-NRG MIX), Touchdown, Krack 12in
21 18 THIEF OF HEARTS, Melissa Manchester, US Casablanca 12in
22 — FOOL FOR LOVE, Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
23 08 CHINESE EYES/COME INSIDE (REMIX), Fancy, US Personal 12in
24 — JUNGLE BEWARE, June Brown, Bolts Records 12in white label
25 21 HEARTS ON FIRE (DANCE MIX), Sam Harris, Motown 12in
26 11 SEX OVER THE PHONE, Village People, Record Shack 12in
27 re NEW ATTITUDE, Patti LaBelle, US MCA 12in
28 14 ONE SHOT LOVER/TIME BOMB (STUDIO 57 REMIXES), Venus/Jeanie Tracy, Belgian ARS LP
29 20 IN THE EVENING (REMIX), Sheryl Lee Ralph, Swedish Beat Box 12in
30= — INTO THE NIGHT, Tony Beverly, French Vogue 12in
30= — CRASHIN’ DOWN, Legear, Proto 12in promo
30= — NEW YORK CITY, Village People, French Scorpio LP


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (4) Ashford & Simpson, 2 (1) The Limit, 3 (12) King, 4 (2) James Ingram, 5 (3) Prince A/B, 6 (6) Billy Ocean A/B, 7 (5) Madonna, 8 (10) Chaka Khan, 9 (11) Cashmere 12in, 10 (16) Commodores, 11 (23) Little Benny, 12 (7) Melle Mel, 13 (8) Amii Stewart, 14 (35) Dead Or Alive, 15 (25) Eugene Wilde A/B, 16 (22) Foreigner, 17 (19) Sheryl Lee Ralph, 18 (28) Phil Collins, 19 (14) Wham!, 20 (32) Art Of Noise, 21 (15) George Benson 12in, 22 (13) Nuance, 23 (21) Direct Drive, 24 (38) Sass A/B, 25 (18) BarKays, 26 (9) Kool & The Gang ‘F’, 27 (43) Jimmy Ruffin B/A, 28 (30) Strawberry Switchblade, 29 (31) Tears For Fears, 30 (-) Van Twist (mailing list promo), 31 (-) Silent Underdog, 32 (-) Paul Hardcastle ‘FF/RF’, 33 (37) Bruce Springsteen, 34 (-) Village People, 35 (17) Temptations, 36 (49) Russ Abbot, 37 (29) Carol Lynn Townes, 38 (24) Dazz Band ‘LIAB’, 39 (re) The Sweet, 40 (41) Whispers, 41 (-) Lorraine McKane, 42 (20) Ray Parker Jr, 43 (50) Sylvester A/B, 44 (-) Sharpe & Numan, 45 (-) Second Image A/B, 46 (48) Pointer Sisters, 47 (45) Laid Back, 48 (-) Kool & The Gang ‘M/LN’, 49 (-) Time Zone, 50 (-) Sam Harris.

2 thoughts on “February 16, 1985: UTFO/Roxanne Shanté, Eddy and the Soulband, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Thelma Houston, Fatback”

  1. Paul Hardcastle’s new single will be n-n-n-n-Nineteen… another of those understated small nuggets that capture that moment in time. Another pop culture nugget- a mention of the TV phenomenon Miami Vice. Those New Edition boys would go on to make an impact in various ways! Also important to hi light the comment from James regarding the institutional racism running through the BBC (and most of the country’s institutions) at the time- The “black quota” on TOTP’s. Mustn’t frighten granny!

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    1. Agreed – and I’d add that the insight into James’ upbringing was fascinating … was there anything that he didn’t experience?!? What a remarkable life he must have had.

      We’re approaching peak hype with Go-Go – as well as in RM, there were extensive features in The Face, NME and i-D … I don’t think anyone expected it to fall flat on its face in the way it did. Island really persisted with it, nevertheless – backing the Good To Go movie which then tanked on release the following year, then pairing Trouble Funk up with Bootsy Collins in ’87. And yet Go-Go failed to cut the mustard commercially, despite some great music, its chances dwindling even further when house exploded. It couldn’t even catch a break from the Rare Groove DJs – ironic, considering its roots lay in the music which was very much part of that scene.

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