March 9, 1985: Cool Notes, Kurtis Blow, Rah Band, T.C. Curtis, Twilight 22

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

SUNDAY’S CONVENTION at London’s Hippodrome sees mixing finalists Jeff Cree, Martin McSweeney, Roger Johnson, Lee Reynolds, Ricky Santini and seven European winners compete plus panels on radio and “the biz” with Radio 1’s Stuart Grundy, Wiltshire’s Johnnie Walker, Luxembourg’s Richard Swainson, a Home Office official (pirates can put their case from the floor). Sussex Hillys’ Chris Hill, Plymouth Academy’s Kelly, Bacchus’s Tony Savill, Phonogram’s Jeff Young, EMI’s David Hughes, MCA Music’s Charlie Crane, and much more: Steve ‘Touch The Speaker’ Dennis will take last-minute bookings on 021-351 3217… DMC’s Feb Mixes reached me late but were all marvy, Alan Coulthard’s medleys of Madonna and Boystown oldies, Sanny X’s medley of Melle Mel and remix of ‘1999’, Les Adams’s medley of oldies — incidentally Sanny has remixed Ray Parker Jr’s next commercial single and Jermaine Jackson’s current hit, Alan doing a megamix medley for the latter’s flip and remixing Whitney Houston’s debut single … Kool’s ‘Misled’ Dance Mix is not Mark Berry’s remix but a close copy by the group themselves … Disco 85 breakers include Amii Stewart LP, Manhattans 7in, Robert White, War, Morrissey Mullen, Prince, David Roach, Pink Rhythm, Levert, Jazzy Jay — all of which a few weeks ago with the same support would have hit easily … DJs please always post your charts early enough to reach us by Wednesday morning, but just for your next chart can you get it to us by this coming Tuesday — or give it to me in person on Sunday? … Alan James Jewell is again after excellent mixing showman DJs for high class Hong Kong work: contact Lee Taylor (01-472 5355) — who himself sent me a brilliant fast-cued flowing live megamix to show what jocks not bothering with the contest can do too … Dr Who freak Ian Levine is not only calling on all fans to badger my old school chum BBC1 controller Michael Grade into not suspending the series for 18 months but also, rather than make a good Hi-NRG version of the theme tune, he’s about to produce a Band Aid-style group containing Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Madness, Imagination, Blancmange, Kim Wilde, Hazell Dean, Village People, Alexei Sayle, Slade, Capt Sensible, Limahl and many more to actually raise the money to finance a new series — which sets a precedent for any pressure group now: do any superstars fancy bringing back ‘Juke Box Jury’? The miners’ strike (it’s over in case you hadn’t heard!)? Hanging? … EMI are bringing back Banbarra ‘Shack Up‘ on 12in for the first time, and David Grant & Jaki Graham are reviving the Detroit Spinners’ 12 years old 106⅓bpm ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ next week … Bruni Pagan ‘You Turn Me On’ was withdrawn for some reason in the States, and David Roach snuck out here in limited numbers by mistake ahead of its late March release … ‘Beyond The Sea‘ is already George Benson’s US follow-up, on 7in … Diana Ross ‘Missing You‘ topped US Black Singles, Chaka Khan ‘This Is My Night‘ replaced Sheena Easton ‘Sugar Walls’ atop Dance/Disco … America’s Grammy Awards were dominated by black stars, Tina Turner (3), Prince (3), Lionel Richie (2), Pointer Sisters and even Michael Jackson for his video — hopefully their pop crossover compromises were worth it to further reawaken white radio (and MTV) to The Sound Of Young America? … 25 or so years ago certain crossover-aimed black pop records were ruined to my mind by then pervasive unsubtle string arrangements, the forerunner of modern compromises, and so violent was my prejudice then that it was ages before I could appreciate much of Sam Cooke’s strings-backed work, which has in fact endured better than most — but will its modern equivalent? … I only ever saw Sam Cooke performing at the Woolwich Granada in October ’62 when he supported Little Richard’s first UK tour (and my first rock ‘n’ roll show!), but then in 1964 while working in New York I met him in Sammy Davis Jr’s dressing room at the Copacabana, following which on separate occasions we really got talking while watching a demonstration of Jamaica Ska dancing at Trude Heller’s in Greenwich Village, and even more memorably drove back to his Warwick Hotel suite together with Lloyd Price after we’d been to see the latter, in his ‘Misty’ phase backed by Slide Hampton’s big band and young Erma Franklin, at the Cuba Cabana — where I also met Miles Davis … Record Mirror, where the name dropping gets shameless! … Little Richard’s documentary on The South Bank Show was essential viewing (find a video): I met him, with Angel Lee, backstage at Harlem’s Apollo where his (briefly glimpsed on Sunday) comeback engagement was 10 rather than the usual 7 days, spent mainly haranguing the audience with quotes like “New York is the world’s capital for sissies — you live here, I don’t” and “Makeup can’t fix up!” —he invited me back to the Park-Sheraton Hotel, luckily not on orgy night, where with his tour managing brother and a whole mixed crowd (including a couple who prompted “I’m so glad you faggots came over tonight,”) we talked till dawn … Esquerita, also called SQ (Eskew) Reeder of ‘Green Door’ fame, used to hang out in a Broadway burger joint I haunted (along with Donald Height and so many more “rare soul” names) — he was into vicuna tied-belt overcoats and camper than Richard … 1984, and “Prince is me in this generation” as (the more talkative) Little Richard so truly says … Jennifer Holliday will play gospel singer Mahalia Jackson — a role originally offered to Aretha Franklin —in the Broadway-bound ‘Sing Mahalia Sing’ … Radio London’s Soul Night Out this Thursday (7) is at Hammersmith Palais in the first of its one-offs … Friday (8) finds the Cool Notes at Bolton Dance Factory, soulful Pete Tong & Jazzy Bob Jones at London Bridge Royal Oak … Second Image start touring Sun (10) Colchester Embassy Suite, Mon (11) Bournemouth Academy, Tues (12) Harrow Weald Middlesex & Herts Country Club, Thur (14) Birmingham Bobby Brown’s … Legear plays Edinburgh Fire Island, Carol Jiani Luton Bolts and Phyllis Nelson Bournemouth Bolts Sun (10), Carol Jiani London Hippodrome Mon (11) … Sacha Vitorovich’s Wednesdays of fashion, makeup, video and live music are an arty alternative at Roxanne in South Kensington Harrington Gardens, something different every week … Rotherhithe’s new club is Bloomers, not Bootles (thanx Graham!), Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’ should be 115½-115-115⅔-115¼bpm … Streetwave/ StreetSounds have moved from their cosy “Hollywood bungalow” in West Acton to nearby 1 Haven Green in Ealing, W5 2UU … DEE OH DA DA!


HOT VINYL

Lorraine & Heather look and sound cool as they lead THE COOL NOTES ‘Spend The Night’ (Abstract Dance ADT 3, via EMI) through their by now usual 105⅔bpm hot tempo fusion of lovers rock and soul, the true Britfunk, this insistent little jittery tripper really nagging into the brain even if maybe it does seem less strong than their last two on first hearing — and in fact there’s an emptier 108bpm remix of ‘I Forgot’ as flip, with the short 124½-0bpm jazz-funk instrumental ‘Halu (Spring)‘.

KURTIS BLOW: ‘Party Time (The Go-Go Edition)’ (Club JABX 12)
Spliced from the LP by Jeff Young into a marathon new 108¾-108 9/10 bpm version, this classic percussive party jitterer was go go before we realized it in ’83 (listen to the lyrics!), and has filled floors ever since. As well as its 108½bpm inst, the flip has his influential 1980 rap ‘The Breaks‘ —actually 112⅘-113-113¼bpm percussive go go too in all but city of origin.

RAH BAND: ‘Clouds Across The Moon’ (RCA PT 40026)
The one we’ve been waiting for, a gorgeous dreamily drifting 102⅓bpm one-sided telephone conversation in which Mrs Johnson implores her Flight Commander husband to come home … from his star fighter base on Mars, the gimmick that, amidst the subtle banality of her domestic preoccupations, will really intrigue everyone being the procedure and problem of placing an intergalactic ‘phonecall complete with operators and lost connections! Tremendously clever (freaky Super Nova dub and the pirate-plugged original old 102bpm rough mix on flip).

T.C. CURTIS: ‘You Should Have Known Better (Melt Down Mix)’ (Virgin/Hot Melt VS 754-13)
Strategically timed 113⅓bpm remix adding extra clomp and stuttering trickery to a track that without being damaged isn’t improved either as it was so good to start with — it’s now merely different (as is the newly striding dub).

TWILIGHT 22: ‘Mysterious (Remix)’ (WEA YZ35T)
Gordon Bahary’s very Jimmy Jam-ish sneaky slow burning hot tempo wriggling stark 102bpm tapper, strainingly sung in spurts between all sorts of little bleeps and infectious smurfs, finally appears here flipped by its dub plus the original LP version.

SUN: ‘Dance!’ (AIR City Records 12AIR 3701, via PRT)
Great solidly churning 111⅓bpm whomping infectious funk groove from early last year, which more sensibly should have been flipped by the now Fatback-ish lascivious ‘Legs’ but instead gets the indeterminate 125bpm ‘Reggae Man‘.

LOOSE ENDS: ‘Silent Talking’ (Virgin VS748-13)
Strategic marketing again: a limited edition of ‘Hangin’ On A String’ now has the added bonus track of this Tom Browne trumpeted very complex 108½-110-111⅓bpm jazz instrumental, strictly specialist.

WORKING WEEK: ‘Inner City Blues’ (Virgin VS745-12)
Julie Roberts now fronts a commendable brassy 96bpm jazz reworking of Marvin Gaye’s classic, maybe not a monster on the floor but worth keeping, while the flip’s classy latin instrumental 0-129½-0-131-132-129½-0bpm ‘No Cure, No Pay‘ (Mongo Santamaria-ish with climactic free form blowing by Harry Beckett) really will raise educated sweat. It cooks!

PROCESS AND THE DOO RAGS: ‘Stomp And Shout’ (US Columbia 44-05173)
Rick James-prod/penned falsetto-led burbling rather than blasting 123½-0bpm brassy chanter with crowd noises (inst flip), by five studiedly dated dudes sporting the ’50s/’60s Little Richard/Temptations-type lank straightened and pomaded hair “process” which in off-duty moments was kept pressed tartly in place by a tightly turbanned kerchief, known as a doo rag.

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘My Love Is True (Truly For You)’ (Motown TMGT 1373)
Hopefully not too over tenuous, dreamy sweet falsetto 85½-0bpm smoocher ending in romantic rap, on 12in with the sharper jogging gospelly 91⅓bpm ‘I’ll Keep My Light In My Window‘ and — sho ’nuff! — the jigglier 113bpm M&M Remix of ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: ‘Take Good Care Of My Heart’ (LP ‘Whitney Houston’ US Arista AL8-8212)
Cissy’s stunning daughter, long limbed and leonine, is flying in for Sunday’s DJ convention to launch her debut solo set put together by several producers, this lightly tripping 112bpm swayer being a duet with Jermaine Jackson (they’re slushy together on the 30½/61-0bpm ‘Nobody Loves Me Like You Do‘), Michael Masser’s deceptively intense 66/33bpm ‘Saving All My Love For You‘ being a slow then searing builder with Tom Scott sax (although he’s truer to form with the Teddy Pendergrass-duetted 0-29/58bpm ‘Hold Me’, 0-33/66bpm ‘All At Once’, Ali’s theme 0-32½/65-0bpm ‘Greatest Love Of All’), tightest of the other slowies being Kashif’s 37½/75bpm ‘You Give Good Love’ while his lurching wriggly 120bpm ‘Thinking About You‘, Jermaine’s leaping (0-)124bpm ‘Someone For Me‘ and Narada Michael Walden’s jerkily strutting 118⅓bpm ‘How Will I Know‘ are the only fast ‘uns. Another auntie Dionne?

PHILIP BAILEY & PHIL COLLINS: ‘Easy Lover’ (CBS TA 4915)
Finally released after inter-label finanglings over Phil’s billing wore sorted out, this US smash 12in remixed choppily jolting guitar-buzzed 127½bpm breezy rock strutter will obviously be huge here too, like Prince (moodier semi-slow 107½bpm ‘Woman‘ flip, pop slanted like much of his Collins-produced LP).

RUN-D.M.C.: ‘King Of Rock’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 21)
Too raucously raw for many, I expect, this shouted 100⅓bpm rapper has angry rock guitar backing which may make it a big pop hit, and as well as the flip’s 100bpm inst guitarist Eddie Martinez also yowls through the older more monotonous 101⅚bpm ‘Rock Box‘.

FIONA FRANKLYN: ‘Busted Up On Love (The Don Was Remix)’ (Virgin VS726-13)
The flip’s undistinguished dreary pop song beefed up immeasurably into an ultra tough totally remade 111¾-112-111¾bpm electronically tugged and tapped dubwise instrumental, hot on soul radio.

RICHARD JON SMITH: ‘ABC Of Kissing’ (Jive JIVE T 85)
RJ’s latest adopted style is Phil Fearon’s on this typical 118⅓bpm Galaxy skipper (inst flip, and calypso-ish 123bpm ‘Jessica’).

BELOUIS SOME: ‘Imagination’ (Parlophone 12R 6092)
Bowie vocal and Chic guitar combined on a purposefully strutting 108⅓-109bpm chugger (inst 107⅔-108⅓bpm dub flip), trying to be another ‘Let’s Dance’.

OHIO PLAYERS: ‘Follow Me’ (AIR City Records 12AIR 3700, via PRT)
Quite jaunty dated 105⅚-106⅓-106bpm funk lurcher from months back, maybe a welcome alternative to go go (jerky 121bpm ‘Fast Track‘ flip).

PRINCE CHARLES: ‘Skintight Tina’ (US Atlantic 0-86910)
Muttered and whinnied burbling c118bpm jitterer with lots of “ooh”-“ahh” interplay (inst/edit flip), another risque one both Peter Young and Pete Tong are airing on radio.

VANESSA HOLMES and CHICAGO NITE LIFE: ‘Take My Love’ (US Nuance NU 1249)
Good passionately wailed purposeful 104½bpm pounder like a less bouncy Jocelyn/Jenny (inst/edit flip).

BLACK IVORY: ‘You Are My Lover’ (US PanOramic PRI-1200)
Good huskily wailed rolling 122bpm clopper with something of a Stevie-like inflection, flipped by a chunkier brassy long Disco Mix scratched halfway.

PURE D FUNK: ‘Modern World’ (Sierra FED 4T, via WEA)
“Wikka Rappers” Nigel Martinez & Graham De Wilde regroup for a gimmicky bright jerky 114½bpm “hip hop” jumper (inst flip).

OLLIE & JERRY: ‘Electric Boogaloo’ (Polydor POSPX 730)
Belated UK release for the Jellybean remixed funky repetitive 112bpm theme song from ‘Breakdance 2’ (inst, and electro 129½bpm ‘Physical Clash’ flip).


HI-NRG RELEASES

SAMANTHA GILLES: ‘Let Me Feel It’ (Record Shack SOHOT 35)
Good excitingly pumping 130⅓(intro)-131bpm leaper in the classic tradition with many rhythm breaks on its rare Disconet remix A-side (132bpm original & inst flip).

VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Sex Over The Phone (Remix)’ (Record Shack SOHORT 34)
Remade rather than remixed, this now is Hi-NRG and 7bpm faster at 125bpm, a galloping bounder less distinctive maybe than the original but much looser (ditto inst).

LEGEAR: ‘Crashin’ Down (Remix)’ (Proto ENAT 124)
Sylvester-style squeaker meets the (oddly edited) 126⅓-126¾bpm Hazell Dean/Dead Or Alive rattle rhythm.

DENNIS DWYER: ‘Be My Baby’ (DAT DATT-001)
Richard Jones-produced breezily disguised 134bpm Hi-NRG/pop update of the Ronettes, now remixed, good for general radio.

KIM CARNES: ‘Invitation To Dance’ (EMI America 12EA 191)
Nile Rodgers-produced 122⅓bpm techno chugger from a film that’s otherwise mainly of old musical movie clips.

52nd STREET: ‘Can’t Afford’ (Factory FAC 118)
UK-recorded undisciplined frantic bass skittered 124½bpm chick-sung racer influenced by ‘She’s So Divine’ and ‘IOU’, now a US dance hit on Profile.

MUSIC ACADEMY: ‘Ringing The Bell’ (Record Shack SOHOT 36)
Chaps chanted “organ” chorded (0-)129bpm spurting skitterer.

ASTAIRE: ‘In The Name Of Love’ (Passion PASH 1241)
Chick sung 0-139bpm locomoting flier, 135bpm ‘Shout It Out‘ flip, both with probably more hi-hat than balls.

KERRY DELIUS: ‘They Say It’s Gonna Rain’ (Arrival 12PIK 16)
Commercial 12in remix of a lisping chick’s 113bpm Europop-type throbber from last year. Yup, she’s related.


HIT NUMBERS

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

Stephen TinTin Duffy 121⅘-0f, Shakin’ Stevens 134¼f, The Alarm 136-136½c, Jesus & Mary Chain 0-168-166-0r, Glenn Frey (0-)149f, Hazell Dean 107⅓, Roland Rat 119⅔f, Tina Turner 88r, Man Bianco 0-85f.


DISCO TOP 85 – MARCH 9, 1985

01 03 HANGING ON A STRING/SILENT TALKING, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
02 02 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
03 07 BAD HABITS/LET’S GET BACK TO LOVE, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
04 01 WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny & The Masters, Bluebird/10 12in
05 04 THEME FROM ‘SHAFT’ (HOT PURSUIT MIX), Eddy and the Soulband, Club 12in
06 09 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
07 06 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in/LP Mix promo
08 08 PERSONALITY (COMPLEX)/LET HER FEEL IT (RETOUCHED), Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 11 BUSTIN’ LOOSE/PT 2, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Source 12in
10 05 I’M SO HAPPY, Julia & Co, London 12in
11 13 OPERATOR, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
12 16 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, US Cotillion 12in
13 66 CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/TOO MANY GAMES/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
14 14 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, Polydor 12in
15 10 NIGHTSHIFT, Commodores, Motown 12in
16 18 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
17 19 STEP BY STEP (REMIX), Jeff Lorber featuring Audrey Wheeler, US Arista 12in
18 20 NIGHTSHIFT (REMIX), Commodores, Motown 12in
19 12 CAN I, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
20 15 YAH MO B THERE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, Qwest 12In
21 17 CURIOUS/PLANETARY INVASION/SCIENTIFIC LOVE/LET’S CELEBRATE, Midnight Star, Solar LP
22 54 LET’S GO TOGETHER/PART OF ME, Change, Cooltempo 12in
23 35 IN MY HOUSE, Mary Jane Girls, Motown 12in
24 31 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
25 70 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, US Atlantic 12in
26 42 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE/INSTRUMENTAL (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIXES), Third World, Island 12in
27 21 I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE SLIPPIN AWAY, Samson & Delilah, US Saturn 12in
28 62 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/WORK FOR LOVE/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/WE BELONG TOGETHER/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE/STAY WITH ME, Rockie Robbins, US MCA LP
29 26 HEARTBEAT/LET IT ALL BLOW (REMIX), Dazz Band, Motown 12in
30 32 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
31 — PARTY TIME (THE GO-GO EDITION)/INSTRUMENTAL, Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
32 29 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, US Atlantic 12in
33 28 (NO MATTER HOW HIGH I GET) I’LL STILL BE LOOKIN’ UP TO YOU, Wilton Felder, MCA 12in
34 25 EVERY WOMAN NEEDS IT/STEP BY STEP/GROOVACIOUS/ON THE WILD SIDE/PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, Jeff Lorber, US Arista LP
35 23 WE NEED LOVE/CUTIE PIE/FASCINATION/KEEP ME UP, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway LP
36 36 MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’, Redds And The Boys, Fourth & Broadway 12in/US TTED 12in mix
37 22 (I GUESS) IT MUST BE LOVE, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
38 40 I DIDN’T MEAN IT AT ALL/CITY LIFE, Sasss, 10 Records 12in
39 27 DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE), Junior, London 12in
40 38 FOREST FIRE/RAIN FOREST, Paul Hardcastle, Bluebird/10 12in
41 41 HERE I COME, Barrington Levy, London 12in
42 30 MR TELEPHONE MAN, New Edition, MCA 12in
43 81 ANYTHING? (MARK KING/PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIXES), Direct Drive, Polydor 12in promo
44 34 MISLED (DANCE MIX), Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
45 44 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
46 52 DO WHAT YOU DO (REMIX)/TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’, Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
47 37 THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME (WITHOUT YOU), First Love, 10 Records 12in
48 re ‘TIL MY BABY COMES HOME, Luther Vandross, US Epic 12in
49 51 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS (REMIX), Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
50 64 OHH BABY/YOU, Spank, German Metrovynil LP
51 55 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, US Gordy 7in
52 49 OUT OF CONTROL (REMIX), Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
53 50 IN THE SAND, I Level, Virgin 12in
54 74 PARTY TIME, Kurtis Blow, Mercury 12in/US LP remix
55 48 BEYOND THE SEA/20/20, George Benson, Warner Bros LP
56 76 BIG ROSE/MORE THAN I CAN BEAR/MATTS MOOD (REMIXES), Man Bianco, WEA 12in
57 61 DROP THE BOMB/PUMP ME UP, Trouble Funk, Sugarhill 12in
58 58 LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING/BOYFRIEND/I DON’T PLAY THAT, Shirley Brown, US Soundtown LP
59 53 FLY GIRL, Intrigue, US World Trade Records Inc 12in
60 39 STARTING AGAIN/OVO MEXIDO, Second Image, MCA 12in
61 57 SECRET FANTASY (EXTENDED VERSION), Tom Browne, US Arista 12in
62 80 WARM, Beverley Skeete, Elite 12in
63 43 THIS IS MY NIGHT (DANCE REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
64 67 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, US Vanguard 12in
65 46 LOVERIDE, Nuance featuring Vikki Love, Fourth & Broadway 12in
66 47 1999, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
67 71 COME GET SOME OF THIS, Mass Production, US Paran 12in
68 85 TIE ME UP (REMIX), Mtume, US Epic 12in
69 45 CONTAGIOUS, The Whispers, Solar 12in
70 73 PAPAIA, Alex Malheiros, US Milestone LP
71 65 GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/GET UP OFFA THAT THING, James Brown, Polydor 12in
72 — SPEND THE NIGHT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
73 56 SHAFT, Van Twist, Polydor 12in
74 63 PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
75 — POO POO LA LA/RUNNING AWAY, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
76 85 AMAZING MIND, Canute, EMI 12in
77 — YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER (MELT DOWN MIX), T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
78 75 SHOULD I (PUT MY TRUST IN YOU), Caution/Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
79 — ROXANNE, ROXANNE/THE REAL ROXANNE/ROXANNE’S BACK SIDE (SCRATCH IT), UFTO/Roxanne (with UFTO), Streetwave LP
80 59 BUSTIN’ LOOSE, D.C. Allstars, Streetwave 12in
81 re SIGN OF THE TIMES/LARRY’S DANCE THEME, Grandmaster Flash, Elektra 12in
82 — FRIENDS/FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in EP
83 82 GALVESTON BAY, Lonnie Hill, US Urban Sound LP
84 re YOU TURN ME ON, Bruni Pagan, US Motown 12in
85 84 COOL OUT, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in


Hi-NRG DISCO

01 01 CRUISING, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
02 04 SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in
03 02 KNOCKIN’ ON MY DOOR, Barbara Fowler, US Profile 12in
04 07 R S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
05 03 LET ME FEEL IT (DISCONET REMIX), Samantha Gilles, Record Shack 12in
06 17 SEX OVER THE PHONE (REMAKE), Village People, Record Shack 12in
07 19 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, French Scorpio LP
08 10 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
09 09 BELIEVE IN THE BEAT, Carol Lynn Townes, Polydor 12in
10 12 I’M NO ANGEL/ECSTASY, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
11 05 STARGAZING, Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester, Record Shack 12in
12 14 CHINESE EYES/COME INSIDE (REMIX), Fancy, US Personal 12in
13 08 CHINATOWN, Cruisin’ Gang, Italian Cruisin’ 12in
14 06 DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
15 11 TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in promo/remix
16 16 TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/SEX (REMIXES), Sylvester, Cooltempo 12in
17 13 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, Koffie, US Pandisc 12in
18 18 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
19 20 JUNGLE BEWARE, June Brown, Bolts Records 12in
20 21 NEW ATTITUDE, Patti LaBelle, US MCA 12in
21 26 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
22 22 NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON, Gaby Lang, Dutch Casablanca 12in
23 24 WALK THE NIGHT, Bent Boys, Canadian Black Sun 12in
24 15 HEARTS ON FIRE (DANCE MIX), Sam Harris, Motown 12in
25 25 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD), Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
26 27 AMERICANO, Vivien Vee, Dutch Break 12in
27 re NO FOOL (FOR LOVE), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
28 — DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
29 23 NO REGRETS, Martinique, German Teldec 12in
30 29 GIRLS IT AIN’T EASY, Peggi Blu, Dutch Injection 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Ashford & Simpson, 2 (6) Eugene Wilde A/B, 3 (8) Commodores, 4 (3) James Ingram, 5 (5) Little Benny, 6 (2) King, 7 (4) Prince ‘1999’/B, 8 (7) Cashmere 12in, 9 (9) Dead Or Alive, 10 (17) Eddy & The Soulband, 11 (31) Amii Stewart, 12 (11) Billy Ocean, 13 (10) The Limit, 14 (23) Kool & The Gang ‘M’, 15 (16) George Benson 12in, 16 (14) Madonna ‘LAV’, 17 (15) Direct Drive, 18 (36) Junior, 19 (32) TC Curtis, 20 (19) Van Twist, 21 (18) Art Of Noise, 22 (21) Bruce Springsteen, 23 (35) Jermaine Jackson, 24 (22) Howard Jones, 25 (27) Chuck Brown ‘BL’, 26 (13) Chaka Khan, 27 (40) Midnight Star ‘O’, 28 (12) Phil Collins, 29 (33) Laid Back, 30 (-) Prince ‘EC/LGC/TMWU’, 31 (-) West End (mailing list promo), 32 (29) KoKo-POP, 33 (-) Third World, 34 (41) Vicious Pink, 35 (45) Jenny Burton, 36 (46) Sharpe & Numan, 37 (-) Village People 12in, 38 (re) Wham!, 39 (-) Maze 12in, 40 (42) Bar-Kays, 41 (50) Bowie/Metheny, 42 (-) Sinitta, 43 (24) Dazz Band A/B, 44 (30) Phyllis Nelson, 45 (26) Julia & Co, 46 (-) Madonna ‘MG’, 47 (25) Kool & The Gang ‘F’, 48 (re) Temptations (old), 49 (-) Belouis Some (mailing list promo), 50 (-) TinTin (original). And jolly useful I hope you find it!

2 thoughts on “March 9, 1985: Cool Notes, Kurtis Blow, Rah Band, T.C. Curtis, Twilight 22”

  1. So that’s gogo already peaked then?!- Kurtis Blow aside all the other gogo tunes in the dance chart are pretty stagnant or falling.

    Before the many (at least partly) press driven micro genres post-house in the history of the British dance underground all the way back to the original mods just about every other development came straight from the clubs/DJs – gogo must have been the first that didn’t really cone from there at all and is probably to a large extent why it never really happened in this country.

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    1. That’s an interesting point. I danced a lot to go-go in 1985 & 1986, but that’s largely because Graeme Park at The Garage in Nottingham was a big champion of the genre. Elsewhere, I think its popularity was greater with the style-mag set than with the soul clubs, probably helped along by the strong graphic appeal of those UK-issued DETT releases. But in general, it’s only in retrospect that I can see how much of this was basically a huge promotional push from Island Records. We’ll see more evidence of the latter soon!

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