ODDS ‘N’ BODS
My mail deliveries again are up the spout, so much UK-issued hot vinyl has yet to reach me — especially irritating as next week’s reviews will have to be done early as this Friday Tony Blackburn, Steve Walsh and I fly with Island’s Adrian Sykes for the weekend in Washington DC (just call us the Plump Benders!) … Pete Wingfield reveals that “go go bells” are two little cowbells with different pitches mounted together which you hit with a stick (usually in fifths, for the musically minded): doubtless we’ll know that ourselves after two solid nights of live go go (gawd) … I actually attended a music publishers’ meeting on copyright in 1964 at the Library Of Congress in Washington, where I had a privileged tour of the miles of files, then on the way back from a swing through the Southern States with a girlfriend in ’67 we stopped off in DC for a night at Daddy G’s — Daddy Grace’s temple, a church with a nightclub downstairs (also with stained glass windows), the altarpiece being dominated by a huge monochrome photo of this evidently Marcus Garvey-type ‘20s/‘30s figurehead dressed in doublebreasted suit, the congregation all cooling themselves with cardboard fans advertising a funeral parlour while the singers went mad just like in ‘The Blues Brothers’ … Mel Medalie has picked up Spank for new label Champion, remixing ‘Ohh Baby’ for 12in … Motown signed the Emotions and Alfie Silas… Froggy and Simon Harris have megamixed a James Brown medley for Polydor … 3-D’s ‘Tommy Boy Greatest Beats Megamix‘, commercially only on LP, has been promoed by Island on 12in … Disco 85 breakers include Tina Turner, Wilton Felder LP, Gladys Knight & The Pips LP, Process & The Doo Rags, David Grant & Jaki Graham, Temptations (remix), Pump Blenders, Levert, Ohio Players, Tippa Irie … Polydor really ought to release the Direct Drive remixes to satisfy public demand … David Simmons has been delayed here as thanks to mislabelled master tapes it was pressed as instrumental on both sides! … I did so much talking to everyone at Sunday’s DJ Convention that now I’ve lost my voice — luckily not before being called on at the very last minute to talk on the radio panel as replacement for Home Office press officer Roy Sutherwood, who evidently bottled out of appearing despite careful arrangements … Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis winning as International Producers was the only credible “disco” rather than pop award made on a remorselessly commercial day that most observers considered less good than last year’s but by no means bad, the main criticism being that events went on too long — especially a marathon three-part pop quiz with little relevance to disco (Bruno Brooks, Andy Peebles & Adrian John didn’t even know the first ever record played on their own station Radio One was the Move’s ‘Flowers In The Rain’!) … The Hippodrome’s lights fused just as their showpiece display began, which consequently went off at half-cock (and without “spaceships”), following which the finals of the mixing championships saw a Belgian jock do a three minute scratch remix of Paul Anka’s ‘Lonely Boy’ (I mean, bizarre!), the French entrant turning out to be a personality DJ who couldn’t mix: however, sanity did rule, and London’s Roger Johnson won with his funky cut ‘n scratch style (catch him Mondays at Tottenham’s Silver Lady), with Martin McSweeney from Rotherham’s Adam & Eve a well deserved second, Sweden’s Roger Tuuri third … Peter Stringfellow has realised his ambition and just bought the premises for a New York disco, to open in November, at the Gramercy Twin Building on E 21st St/Park Avenue S … Disco Mix Club’s March mixes are again all marvy, Alan ‘The Judge’ Coulthard’s Chaka Khan, early Wham! and current hit medleys, Sanny X’s ZZ Top and “go go” ditto … LWR 92.05FM can usually be counted on to be bright and loud even when Solar 102.45FM or Horizon 94.5FM are faint or off-air, but this time LWR itself has had a full studio bust (they promise to be back this week) … Patti LaBelle/Harold Faltarmeyer topped US Dance/Disco … Hi-NRG’s more general jocks after seeing our recent chart breakdown apparently don’t want to be in the majority any more — fine, but don’t start wingeing now you’ve left the door open for the “Heaven effect”! … Ian Levine’s record to keep a new series of Dr Who instead of repeats for 18 months has turned out less star-studded than planned, featuring the show’s cast and the likes of Bobby Gee, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ultravox, Hazell Dean and Faith Brown … Darren, 121bpm … Oscar J Jennings to 208? … DEE OH DA DA!
Looking like an unfortunate example of the embalmer’s art (shoot that lighting cameraman!), DAVID GRANT & JAKI GRAHAM ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ (Chrysalis GRANX 6) is an otherwise attractively treated 106⅓bpm revival, without any modern frills, of the Detroit Spinners’ 12 years old swayer done as David’s tribute to its original lead singer, the late Phillippe Wynne (edit, and solo subdued 104⅙bpm ‘Turn Around‘ flip) — pure class.
FATBACK. ‘So Delicious’ LP (Cotillion 790253-1)
The new ‘I Found Lovin’ on an outstanding set is the gently weaving 97bpm title track with Ben E King joining its leading ladies and David Sanborn saxxing (as he does of course on the lasciviously funky 102bpm ‘Girls On My Mind‘ hit), although hotter on the floor for less romantic moments is the cloppingly pushing 111bpm ‘Lover Undercover‘, while potentially as hot are the cleanly striding 108½bpm ‘Start It Up‘, Jimmy Jam-ish 107⅓-0bpm ‘Let’s Play Tonight‘ and 88⅓-0bpm ‘Go Out With A Bang‘, soulfully lurching 112⅕bpm ‘She’s A Go-Getter‘, only the percussive talking “live” 127⅔bpm ‘Sequence 96‘ and jittery 125bpm ‘Evil‘ finishing each side in less than essential style.
CHANGE: ‘Mutual Attraction’ (LP ‘Turn On Your Radio’ US Atlantic 81243-1)
Exactly a year after their influential Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced set they return to Jacques Fred Petrus yet retain the Jam sound throughout side two for this purposeful delicate (0-)104½bpm tapper which already sounds like an old friend on radio, the synth chorded brightly strutting 115⅘bpm ‘If You Want My Love‘, starkly jolting 112bpm ‘Love The Way You Love Me‘ — however, initially jocks are falling for the more obvious glibly rehashed ‘Change Of Heart’-like 113bpm ‘Oh What A Feeling‘ (both sides of the single join the lightweight 119⅘bpm title track and 117⅓bpm ‘Examination‘ on side one).
CURTIS HAIRSTON: ‘I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)’ (US Pretty Pearl PPRT 215)
Beefy bass burbled wriggling 119bpm side-to-side swayer, once again sounding like a duet unless that’s really Curtis’s female-pitched voice (dub flip), taking off like a rocket although apart from its bassline it doesn’t strike me as being quite that strong.
DeBARGE: ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ (Motown TMGT 1376)
DJs may be hindered rather than helped by this eagerly anticipated 12in version, which starts trickily fading in through traffic noises to a stripped down tapping dub section before eventually the hitbound ‘All Night Long (All Night)’-type infectious 116bpm singalong jiggler gets going like the 7in/LP, but with an extended break — in fact from white labels it’s impossible to tell if this is the M&M remix, yet it sounds more like their video soundtrack. Received too late for full review this week, their LP ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ (US Gordy 6123GL) is hottest for the Ray Parker-ish 111bpm ‘Give It Up‘ and snappy 124bpm ‘You Wear It Well‘.
FREDDIE JACKSON: ‘Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake)’ (Capitol V-8640)
Toe curling knee trembling slow 72bpm soul smoocher not unlike David Simmons/Eugene Wilde, although possibly a little “deeper” in appeal, rooted in tradition yet with a clean modern beat (edit/inst flip).
GAP BAND: ‘I Found My Baby’ (LP ‘Gap Band VI’ Total Experience FL89476)
Recently released here on LP but now also a US 7in, this blatant 97bpm remake of ‘Outstanding’ is just as big in black clubs as was its original, while ‘Disrespect‘ is a Woody Woodpecker introed whistle blowing 107¾bpm P’funk groove, their completely ignored here previous US hit 114¼bpm ‘Beep A Freak‘ being even P’funkier.
EDDIE CAPONE’S TREATMENT Featuring Diane Jones: ‘I Won’t Give You Up’ (Treatment Records SOB 004, via Pinnacle)
UK-made tight little 107⅓-107¼bpm roller distinctively wailed by Diane (perhaps an acquired taste) with a commendably American touch to its underlying “new Britfunk” feel, a bit of a grower if the pirates play it (ragged “old Britfunk” 121bpm ‘We Would Like To Spend Some Time With You‘ flip).
BARBARA PENNINGTON: ‘Fan The Flame’ (Record Shack SOHOT 37)
Ian Levine’s “Jocelyn Brown” style now adds some Kid Creole/Manhattan Transfer influence for an M&M remixed 0-105bpm tripping brassy jiggler that despite its title somehow lacks fire, though it’s pleasant enough and Barbara works hard (dub flip).
VISION: ‘Lucifer’s Friend’ (PRT 12P 320)
Simple almost cliched deadpan guy-sung jaunty 0-126-0bpm “new romantic” pop bounder that like TinTin ‘Kiss Me’ has been big around the East Midlands since ’82. Be warned!
HAROLD FALTERMEYER: ‘Axel F’ (MCA MCAT 949)
‘Beverly Hills Cop’s’ memorable atmospheric 117bpm electro instrumental prowler (a modern ‘Pink Panther’) is here flipped by the grittier 101bpm ‘Shoot Out‘ — also incidentally Glenn Frey’s 7in flip.
FRENCH IMPRESSION: ‘Breaking Love’ (Steinar STE 1255)
The old Change ‘Searching’ rhythm reappears much slowed down on a phonetic chaps sung (0-)109bpm Euro lurcher, with sax helping keep it just this side of soulful — and that sax kicks off the flip’s better nice slow 86bpm ‘Water From The Moon‘, worth checking.
ALPHONSE MOUZON With Guest Artists: ‘Why Don’t You Break It’ (LP ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ US PAUSA PR-7173)
Simple rather rushed 122½bpm electro jitterer, Ronnie Laws distinctively saxxing and Ray Parker Jr picking on the driving 117⅓bpm ‘Come And See What I’ve Got‘, the Waters girls doing a Poussez on the bounding 0-123bpm ‘Do You Wanna Dance‘, but really the keyboardist’s instrumental set is most listenable on some mellow slowies.
CHOPS: ‘Bust It Out’ (LP ‘Chops’ US Atlantic 80155-1)
Actually released earlier last year and already in cutout bins, the brittle brassy funkers at the time seemed too dated but now of course slot right into the go go groove with this 104bpm choppy chanter! Other cuts include the more routine 109bpm ‘Your Red Hot Love‘, Rick James-ish 120½bpm ‘Does Your Mama Know‘, slow 79bpm ‘I Know You’ and 47/94bpm ‘Still Breaking My Heart’.
TEMPER: ‘Fever (I Sweat)’ (US MCA Records MCA 23524)
Similarly titled to the guys’ last ‘No Favors’ but otherwise totally different, a drily jolting 110½bpm electronic bass bumper with wandering vocals, very like The System’s ‘Sweat’ (dub/inst flip).
RIKKI PATRICK: ‘Clear The Way’ (CBS TX 5039)
Sub-‘Sexomatic’ Junior-esque ugly 122¾bpm jolter, more techno flash than substance, although the flip’s 0-114bpm ‘I Never Thought It Would Come To This‘ and 122bpm ‘Take A Raincheck‘ are more listenable. I hear his LP has some good stuff but its yet to reach me.
PREDICTION: ‘After The Dance Is Through’ (Sanity STY T0015, via 01-837 2440)
Slightly reggaefied chix-sung 112⅔bpm homegrown cover of the still unreleased Krystol klassik, nowhere as good technically although a useful enough alternative (nice gentle 88⅔bpm reggae instrumental ‘Wonderland‘ flip).
VARIOUS: ‘Reggae Hits — Volume One‘ (Jetstar JELP 1001, via 01-961 4422)
Excellent economical collection of many recently ranking reggae hits, including BARRINGTON LEVY’s squiddly 0-74bpm ‘Under Me Sensi’, the INVESTIGATORS’ soulful 93½bpm ‘Woman I Need Your Loving‘, GREGORY ISAACS’ irresistible 76-77bpm ‘Lovers Magic‘.
PAULA: ‘Jazzy Lady (Baby)’ (Rock N Groove RNG 001, via Jetstar)
Nice lazy 63bpm lovers rock slow down and sex change for Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields’ recent swinger, a cool breeze with PAULA & JILLIAN really wailing ‘I Want Your Man’ to the same rhythm as flip.
YVONNE ARCHER: ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Virgo Stomach VG 013, via 01-965 1855)
Useful if basic 96bpm reggaefication of Rufus, double A-ed by the better atmospheric 72bpm attractively tinkled and squeaked ‘Checking Out The Way I Feel‘.
THIRD WORLD: ‘Sense Of Purpose’ (CBS TA 4993)
Shep Pettibone-remixed dull War-ish 125bpm plopping loper, no threat to Paul Hardcastle, with its cooler (0-)125bpm Club Mix plus the old 109bpm ‘Lagos Jump’ and mournful reggae 78½bpm ‘How Can You’.
MELBA MOORE: ‘Read My Lips’ (US Capitol V-8627)
Stolidly thudding 0-109bpm chugger with a whiff of ‘Caribbean Jean’ and some buzzing rock guitar (old, better, 98bpm ‘Got To Have Your Love‘ flip).
OPUS TEN: ‘Love’s Calling’ (US Pandisc PD 012)
And now the American copies of Paul Hardcastle begin, a typical c120bpm ‘Rain Forest’ instrumental!
Q.T. HUSH: ‘It Ain’t You Babe’ (US Epic 49-05171)
Teena Marie co-produced (they’re her band) messy rumbling unsteady c117bpm lurcher with squeakily pent-up chap, chording synth, muttering finish (inst flip).
T.C. ANDERSON: ‘Something Or Nothing’ (Rollerball Records BALL 3T)
Chirpy chix-backed gruff guy-souled burbling 114⅓bpm wriggler showing promise (longer flip).
RANCH: ‘Put Your Love In Me’ (EDIT L 3300)
Despite pop roots the Kate Mooney-fronted Scots debut with this (over-long) patteringly introed quite soulfully building gradually unfurling 0-119⅓bpm shuffler, more interesting arrangement than actual song.
Beats Per Minute for most of last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
Madonna 136-134¾f, Philip Bailey 0- 129⅔f, Paul Young 82f, Starvation 100-0c/Tam-Tam 0-121f, Elton John 0r, Billy Connolly 0-141-142f, Sisters Of Mercy 0-136-0r, Third World 120-120½f (or, if the remix is on commercial 7in, 119⅘f), Kane Gang 0-121⅘-0r, Ollie & Jerry (0-)112⅓-112⅕f, Julian Lennon 150½-149f.
DISCO TOP 85 – MARCH 16, 1985
01 01 HANGING ON A STRING/SILENT TALKING, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
02 03 BAD HABITS/LET’S GET BACK TO LOVE, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
03 02 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
04 06 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
05 04 WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny & The Masters, Bluebird/10 12in
06 05 THEME FROM ‘SHAFT’ (HOT PURSUIT MIX), Eddy And The Soulband, Club 12in
07 10 I’M SO HAPPY/BREAKIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Julia & Co, London 12in
08 22 LET’S GO TOGETHER/YOU’LL ALWAYS BE PART OF ME, Change, Cooltempo 12in
09 07 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in/LP Mix promo
10 12 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, US Cotillion 12in
11 23 IN MY HOUSE, Mary Jane Girls, Motown 12in
12 09 BUSTIN’ LOOSE, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Source 12in
13 13 CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/TOO MANY GAMES/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
14 25 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, US Atlantic 12in
15 17 STEP BY STEP (REMIX), Jeff Lorber featuring Audrey Wheeler, US Arista 12in
16 11 OPERATOR, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
17 31 PARTY TIME (THE GO-GO EDITION)/THE BREAKS, Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
18 08 PERSONALITY (COMPLEX)/LET HER FEEL IT (RETOUCHED), Eugene Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
19 18 NIGHTSHIFT (REMIX), Commodores, Motown 12in
20 35 WE NEED LOVE/KEEP ME UP, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway LP 12in promo
21 16 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
22 43 ANYTHING? (MARK KING/PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIXES), Direct Drive, Polydor 12in promo
23 72 SPEND THE NIGHT/I FORGOT (REMIX), The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
24 30 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), LiIlo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
25 15 NIGHTSHIFT, Commodores, Motown 12in
26 21 CURIOUS/SCIENTIFIC LOVE/BODY SNATCHERS, Midnight Star, Solar LP
27 26 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE/INSTRUMENTAL (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIXES), Third World, Island 12in
28 24 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
29 — SO DELICIOUS/LOVER UNDERCOVER/START IT UP/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT/SHE’S A GO-GETTER, Fatback, Cotillion LP
30 28 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/WORK FOR LOVE/WE BELONG TOGETHER/STAY WITH ME/GOODBYES DON’T LAST FOREVER/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE, Rockie Robbins, US MCA LP
31 29 HEARTBEAT/LET IT ALL BLOW (REMIX), Dazz Band, Motown 12in
32 32 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, US Atlantic 12in
33 42 MR TELEPHONE MAN, New Edition, MCA 12in
34 36 MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’, Redds And The Boys, Fourth & Broadway 12in/US TTED 12in mix
35 46 DO WHAT YOU DO (REMIX)/TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’, Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
36 77 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER (MELT DOWN MIX), T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
37 37 (I GUESS) IT MUST BE LOVE, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
38 51 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, US Gordy 7in/LP
39 19 CAN I, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
40 64 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, WEA 12in
41 — MUTUAL ATTRACTION/IF YOU WANT MY LOVE/OH WHAT A FEELING/LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME, Change, US Atlantic LP
42 14 ANYTHING?, Direct Drive, Polydor 12in
43 — I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, US Pretty Pearl 12in
44 44 MISLED (DANCE MIX), Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
45 34 EVERY WOMAN NEEDS IT/STEP BY STEP/GROOVACIOUS, Jeff Lorber, US Arista LP
46 56 BIG ROSIE/MATTS MOOD (REMIXES), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
47 38 I DIDN’T MEAN IT AT ALL/CITY LIFE, Sasss, 10 Records 12in
48 48 ‘TIL MY BABY COMES HOME, Luther Vandross, US Epic 12in
49 75 POO POO LA LA/RUNNING AWAY, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
50 49 CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS (REMIX), Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
51 62 WARM, Beverley Skeete, Elite 12in
52 53 IN THE SAND, I Level, Virgin 12in
53 54 PARTY TIME, Kurtis Blow, Mercury 12in/US LP remix
54 50 OHH BABY/YOU, Spank, German Metrovynil LP
55 27 I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE SLIPPIN AWAY, Samson & Delilah, US Saturn 12in
56 82 FRIENDS/FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in EP
57 39 DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE), Junior, London 12in
58 45 WE NEED SOME MONEY, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Master Mix 12in
59 re BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish, Polydor 12in
60 74 PUSH (IN THE BUSH), Clair Hicks And Love Exchange, US KN 12in
61 41 HERE I COME, Barrington Levy, London 12in
62 83 GALVESTON BAY, Lonnie Hill, US Urban Sound LP
63 61 SECRET FANTASY (EXTENDED VERSION), Tom Browne, US Arista 12in
64 70 PAPAIA, Alex Malheiros, US Milestone LP
65 57 DROP THE BOMB/PUMP ME UP, Trouble Funk, Sugarhill 12in
66 73 SHAFT/HOT WAX, Van Twist, Polydor 12in
67 40 FOREST FIRE/RAIN FOREST, Paul Hardcastle, Bluebird/10 12in
68 — HOLD ME TIGHT, Robert White, US Paris 12in
69 52 OUT OF CONTROL (REMIX)/GIVE ME ONE REASON, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
70 68 TIE ME UP (REMIX), Mtume, US Epic 12in
71 re I FOUND MY BABY/DISRESPECT, Gap Band, Total Experience LP/US 7in
72 47 THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME (WITHOUT YOU), First Love, 10 12in
73 — ABC OF KISSING, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
74 78 SHOULD I (PUT MY TRUST IN YOU), Caution/Maxi Priest, 10 12in
75 85 COOL OUT, Magnum Force, US Paula Records 12in
76 re OUTTA THE WORLD (REMIX), Ashford & Simpson, Dutch Capitol 12in
77 — GROOVIN’, War, US Coco Plum 12in
78 re EROTIC CITY, Prince And The Revolution, Warner Bros 12in
79 — YOU SEND ME/YOU’RE GONNA LOVE BEING LOVED BY ME, The Manhattans, US Columbia 7in
80 — WITH YOU, Morrissey Mullen, Coda 12in
81 — ROCK ME TONIGHT (FOR OLD TIME’S SAKE), Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
82 — I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force, CBS 12in
83 — TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY HEART/SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU, Whitney Houston, US Arista LP
84 67 COME GET SOME OF THIS, Mass Production, US Paran 12in
85= re I GOTTA HAVE YOU BACK/THAT LOVING FEELING, Amii Stewart, RCA LP
85= — INNER CITY BLUES, Working Week, Virgin 12in
85= — WHY DON’T YOU BREAK IT/COME SEE WHAT I’VE GOT, Alphonse Mouton, US PAUSA LP
01 04 R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
02 02 SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in
03 06 SEX OVER THE PHONE (REMAKE), Village People, Record Shack 12in
04 07 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, French Scorpio LP
05 03 KNOCKIN’ ON MY DOOR, Barbara Fowler, US Profile 12in
06 10 I’M NO ANGEL, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
07 18 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
08 08 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
09 01 CRUISING, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
10 28 DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
11 11 STARGAZING, Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester, Record Shack 12in
12 — MATERIAL GIRL (JELLYBEAN DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
13 — VICTIM OF LOVE, Charade, US Personal 12in
14 05 LET ME FEEL IT/DISCONET REMIX, Samantha Gilles, Record Shack 12in
15 12 CHINESE EYES/COME INSIDE (REMIX), Fancy, US Personal 12in
16 13 CHINATOWN, Cruisin’ Gang, Italian Cruisin’ 12in
17 23 WALK THE NIGHT, Bent Boys, Canadian Black Sun 12in
18 27 NO FOOL (FOR LOVE), Hazell Dean, Proto 12in
19 17 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, Koffie, US Pandisc 12in
20 20 NEW ATTITUDE, Patti LaBelle, US MCA 12in
21 21 DANCING IN THE RAIN/DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, Carol Jiani, Streetwave LP
22 26 AMERICANO, Vivien Vee, Dutch Break 12in
23 15 TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in promo/remix
24 14 DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
25 22 NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON, Gaby Lang, Dutch Casablanca 12in
26 — IN THE NAME OF LOVE/SHOUT IT OUT, Astaire, Passion 12in
27 16 TAKE ME TO HEAVEN/SEX (REMIXES), Sylvester, Cooltempo 12in
28 29 NO REGRETS, Martinique, German Teldec 12in
29 09 BELIEVE IN THE BEAT, Carol Lynn Townes, Polydor 12in
30= 30 GIRLS IT AIN’T EASY, Peggi Blu, Dutch Injection 12in
30= 19 JUNGLE BEWARE, June Brown, Bolts Records 12in
POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Ashford & Simpson, 2 (10) Eddie & The Soulband, 3 (2) Eugene Wilde, 4 (3) Commodores, 5 (9) Dead Or Alive, 6 (5) Little Benny, 7 (4) James Ingram, 8 (6) King, 9 (14) Kool & The Gang ‘M’, 10 (7) Prince 1999/LRC, 11 (11) Amii Stewart, 12 (18) Junior, 13 (16) Madonna ‘LAV’, 14 (21) Art Of Noise, 15 (8) Cashmere, 16 (-) Philip Bailey & Phil Collins, 17 (12) Billy Ocean, 18 (20) Van Twist, 19 (19) TC Curtis, 20 (35) Jenny Burton, 21 (46) Madonna ‘MG’, 22 (-) Tin Tin ‘KM’, 23 (17) Direct Drive, 24 (13) The Limit, 25 (15) George Benson, 26 (23) Jermaine Jackson, 27 (30) Prince ‘EC/LGC/TMWU’, 28 (39) Maze, 29 (44) Phyllis Nelson, 30 (22) Bruce Springsteen, 31 (24) Howard Jones, 32 (33) Third World, 33 (26) Chaka Khan, 34 (-) Mary Jane Girls ‘IMH’, 35 (-) Killing Joke ‘LLB’, 36 (29) Laid Back, 37 (25) Chuck Brown ‘BL’, 38 (41) Bowie/Metheny, 39 (27) Midnight Star, 40 (34) Vicious Pink, 41 (32) KoKo-Pop, 42 (31) West End, 43 (28) Phil Collins, 44 (42) Sinitta, 45 (40) Bar-Kays, 46 (36) Sharpe & Numan, 47 (-) Sheila E ‘TBOSM’, 48 (37) Village People, 49 (-) New Edition ‘MTM’, 50 (43) Dazz Band.
One thought on “March 16, 1985: Fatback, Change, Curtis Hairston, DeBarge, Freddie Jackson”
Freddie Jackson making his debut today along with Alexander O’Neal and Luther Vandross this return if the male r&b singer was probably the last development before house blew it all away along with a lot of other parts of the club scene in 3 years time. Freddie, Alexander and Luther were pretty unavoidable for the next few years and were still even the default listening in people’s cars and in post rave (what would become chill outs) sessions back home into 1988 and 1989. I suppose a few of the hippest types might have been sticking the Meddle (Echoes) and other mid-period Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, and Bladerunner soundtracks albums on at home by then but not in the circles I was with that early on.