March 30, 1985: Special report from Washington DC, Midnight Star, Luther Vandross, Touch Of Class, Mass Extension

HEY FELLAH! What? In the capital of the nation, we were livin’ the limo sensation. Yup, all fired up and ready to go go, Tony Blackburn, Steve Walsh, James Hamilton and Island Records’ Adrian Sykes arrived two weekends ago amidst magnolia blossom and sunny blue skies in springtime Washington DC to be whisked by ludicrously luxurious dove grey and white 1985 Lincoln Town Car (smoked windows, concealed lighting, TV, ice box and push-button liquor dispenser!) to the equally luxurious brand new hotel where the Jacksons stayed, The Regent, a short walk from Chelsea-like Georgetown. The action we were there to observe however took place in seedier surroundings. Our host, Max Kidd, with his brothers runs a computer company in NE Washington, using the back rooms for his independent promotions of labels like Total Experience, his own DETT/TTED go go logos, and as rehearsal space for the go go bands. His concept of time seems somewhat Jamaican, appropriately enough as Island’s boss Chris Blackwell sees the long established but still local ghetto-bounded Washington go go scene as another reggae, and as well as now distributing Kidd’s labels is financing a film about the scene (working titles ‘Movin’ And A Groovin’’, ‘Good To Go’) which won’t start shooting until the summer. This movie cannot help but break go go nationally in the States on a par with hip hop, but in Britain by the time it’s released it’ll have to revive our interest in a music which, despite differences of nuance, is frankly limited in range. Island are carefully staggering release of the best records while other less committed companies have already rushed out whatever product they can get — so, the big question here is, can the best records sustain and increase our interest? It’s hard to get a straight answer as to why DC’s ghetto groups stripped down to percussive African roots, although doubtless lack of finance contributed, as exemplified by the Junk Yard Band, all just kids, caught playing on Saturday in the street outside the downtown American Art And Portrait Gallery Building, beating out their go go funk on cut-off plastic bin bottoms mounted on conical roadwork warning beacons and milk crates. Go go as “found art”? These kids could be huge, incidentally, if marketed like New Edition. That Saturday night there were three venues offering more sophisticated go go, Cheriys with Rare Essence, Pump Blenders and more (none Max’s so unvisited), the sparsely decorated Black Hole in SE Washington with Chuck Brown and Mass Extension, and — miles out in Maryland so visited first — the 121st Engineer Battalion (CBT) Company A armory at Prince Frederick with EU and Trouble Funk. (Typically used as in every community for local music-type events, this particular armory was an all-purpose barn of a building with a basketball net right over the band.) The original Experience Unlimited started out in ’72 as a Jimi Hendrix-style rock group but being all black couldn’t find a market (many of the guys still really want to play rock), switching to go go in the ’78 wake of Chuck Brown’s ‘Bustin’ Loose’ success. Now called just EU they crank on and on in James Brown-ish style while the audience point in turn to the guys they want to solo, but by being disjointed they keep breaking the tension: Trouble Funk in contrast have a harder sound and maintain their groove. Surprisingly, playing a reporter in the movie, an incognito Art Garfunkel was checkin’ the scene there too! We had been joined by Tommy Boy’s Tom Silverman and it really was quite remarkable that on walking into both the armory and then the Black Hole (also patronized by many kids from the earlier country gig) both EU and Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers were singing the slow ‘Tears’ smash by Tom’s hottest act the Force MD’s . . . which pointed up that all the go groups remain “Top 40 bands”, performing current hits as well as their own material. The Soul Searchers were soulful and really tight with lots of space and proper jazzy solos — imagine, all in one continuous medley, a go go treatment sticking close to the original of King Pleasure’s ‘Moody’s Mood For Love’ seguing through ‘Woody Woodpecker’ to (in our honour?) ‘Bustin’ Loose’ and ‘We Need Some Money’! They deserve a UK tour. At both these venues we were “minded” by such enormous Mr T-type characters as Big Al, who are known by all the kids and much respected, although as one of them said, “Go go is safer than the streets — they disarm you before you go in!”

Tony Blackburn flew straight home Sunday dawn to fulfill his Sky cable TV commitments on Monday (and was ill the rest of the week!), so it was Steve Walsh who cameo-ed with similarly sized Big Al being challenged to dance the Jerry Lewis as the climax to Redds & The Boys’ video, shot in the JFK Playground at 7th & O, where the kids have a real jet plane, tank, troop carrier, fire engine, locomotive and two trams to play on. The Jerry Lewis is much like the old Mashed Potato and even older Charleston, and just one of the steps on which possibly go go’s wider success will depend. Unfortunately apart from some formation dancing which looks like fun, most of the associated dances revolve around wriggles and fancy footwork with nothing startlingly distinctive (as in breakdancmg) to latch onto: however, and very important here of course, there is a silly haircut, the Philly, shaved way up above the ears with just a very short crew cut left on top. Hopefully all these elements will still seem fresh when the movie eventually opens here, but as already in Britain there’s a TV ad for petrol which says “We’ll keep you on the go-go” and veterans Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band have returned with a “new go go sound”, it could be hard to hold back until then . . . unless Island’s unreleased go go goodies really are that strong. I hope so. The hotel bill alone cost nearly $3,500!

The guy who “looked after” us most in Washington DC was Vincent Randolph, whose Buddah Productions manages Tyrone Brunson amongst others, and whose incredible limousines — hired out only to showbiz people — were at our disposal. This Wednesday (27) our sharp young driver Eric will have Eddie Murphy riding with him for instance! Sometimes we transferred to Teddy’s similarly fitted but slightly less glamorous dark blue and black ’84 limo, which also boasted a much-used ‘phone, as we did on the Sunday when Eric was driving B.B. King . . . to whose MCA Records hosted pre-gig cocktail party we were invited. Very charmingly, B.B. seemed genuinely to remember my interviewing him twelve years ago. Currently he’s hardly off the radio with his theme song from the John Landis film ‘Into The Night‘, which may be down to masterful plugging by MCA’s regional promotion man Ron White (previously top jock in Detroit before moving on-air to DC in ’75), who got Steve Walsh, Adrian Sykes and myself into that night’s concert by blues veteran Bobby Blue Bland and B.B. King at the downtown Warner Theater (right now Jennifer Holliday is briefly there with ‘Sing, Mahalia, Sing’!). Bobby’s so soulful voice was hard to hear from backstage but thankfully we had seats for B.B.’s half (sadly they didn’t duet), and I’m glad that Steve and Adrian were able to experience the atmosphere. Blues and soul singers, when they were getting through to their audience, traditionally always had an answering response of friendly encouragement laced with testifying shouts and banter (like in a black church congregation), which no matter who has appeared in Britain has never travelled here too, and which is probably dying out amongst the new young noisy generation. The audience that night was primarily middle-aged or older, and they knew how to react. I was actually in tears, it was so good. It was the sort of audience who must have frequented the old Howard Theater, in the days when it was on the same circuit as Harlem’s Apollo, now forlorn and crumbling yet amazingly open for go go as recently as January. Forgetting go go, the best club we visited was the Ethiopian-run downtown Saba, with its dancefloor dramatically on two abrupt levels and looked down on from balconies a floor above, although it was plainly decorated. Another, not recommended, was Georgetown’s foreign au-pair filled Cafe Med playing Hi-NRG pop, while on the Monday night (when I was shivering with the same virus that felled Tony Blackburn at the same time back in England) was The Classics out in Maryland at Allentown, a black version of the sort of disco that here would have palm tree decor but there had a mechanical bull. Everywhere it seemed the jocks mixed more instrumentals than vocals, and the generally familiar (if not now dated) music seemed monotonous. Washington’s urban black radio plays very little go go as it mainly attracts kids, the wrong demographic, and in fact only isolated plays of Redds And The Boys and Mass Extension could be heard on the FM stations (which Max Kidd reckons he can call on when, as then, he has hot new product). Umm, if go go isn’t big on radio or in clubs and is largely unknown outside the ghetto in its own city of origin, that had better be one hell of a movie that Island are making! Luckily there is one station on poorly received Medium Wave with nothing to lose and everything to gain by adventurous programming. WOL 1450MW, which is hauling itself up by featuring several go go sides every hour, and a terrific oldies show at night (going right back to the booting ’40s and ’50s). WOL is owned by Kathy Hughes, whose breakfast chat show was virtually hijacked to enthusiastic ‘phone-in response by Steve Walsh on the Tuesday, and whose son Alfred Liggins (met at B.B.’s party) was our DC club guide. Sweeping along the radio dial there’s a lot of bluegrass and country music, big bands oldies, and I encountered an amazing gospel station full of self-pitying sobbing and encouragements to purchase their “I am a Positive Thinker” stick-pin, while on the Friday night WDCU FM 90, a public service of the University of the District of Columbia, played some great stone blues and mellow vocal jazz. In the main though, and without realising it, I kept coming back to WHUR 96.3FM (“Progressive 96”), whose bland urban contemporary playlist was spiked on the dawn shift by some wailing slowies like the Montclairs ‘Beggin’ Is Hard To Do‘ and Atlantic Starr ‘Your Love Finally Ran Out‘. The only TV of musical note was Philip Bailey singing a sweet slowie on Dick Clark’s still running American Bandstand, and a black video show New York Hot Tracks glimpsed on the limo’s TV. Stocked with a mouth-watering range of every music type imaginable, the vinyl supplier for the visit was the 19th & L branch of Record & Tape Ltd, whose manager Wresch Dawidjan compiles the local (Hi-NRG biased) disco chart from twenty DJs’ returns (Nayobe was top at the time). Otherwise the stuff that was hard to avoid on radio included B. B. King ‘Into The Night’ (concert tie-in?), Gladys Knight & The Pips ‘My Time‘ (due in concert – and our limo!), Mary Jane Girls ‘In My House‘, Ready For The World ‘Tonight‘ (someone please start playing this here!), Luther Vandross LP, Maze LP, Midnight Star ‘Scientific Love‘, Whispers ‘Some Kinda Lover‘, Sade ‘Smooth Operator’, Kool & The Gang ‘Fresh’, Commodores, Prince (anything), Harold Faltermeyer, Shalamar ‘My Girl Loves Me’, Wilton Felder, Steve Arrington, TC Curtis, Jeff Lorber, Julian Lennon ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’, Culture Club ‘Mistake 3‘, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder ‘Love Light In Flight’, New Jersey Mass Choir ‘I Want To Know What Love Is‘, Klymaxx ‘Meeting In The Ladies Room‘, Opus Ten, Animotion ‘Obsession’, Al Jarreau ‘Raging Waters‘, Jeffrey Osborne ‘The Borderlines‘. In fact come to think of it, much of that is through MCA — surely not all Ron’s work?


ODDS ‘N’ BODS

LARRY LEVAN’s mixing at New York’s Paradise Garage is being taped nightly by Island with the aim (if copyright can be cleared) of releasing the best medley sequences, on cassette only — what an exciting idea (it should have his number one fan Froggy slavering in anticipation)! … Marvin Gaye’s unissued CBS material will be out in May, some of it controversial … Prince’s new LP ‘Around The World In A Day’ is rumoured to be much more musically adventurous than ‘Purple Rain’ (on which incidentally most cuts were heavily edited so they’d fit) … Jeff Lorber has signed with Phonogram for the world outside the USA, Club having him here … WEA did not consider the deal worth it to retain Change here, but Atlantic still have them Stateside — does that clear up your confusion? … The Cool Notes’ management were so short of their hit on 7in that they actually had to buy five copies to service Radio One – and nearly got accused of hyping in the process! … Levert turns out in fact to be a group, containing Eddie’s sons Gerald and Sean (the latter 17 year old previously unmentioned), plus six more musicians … Krystol member Dee Marie Warren’s death was more horrific than previously reported, her car went off a winding road and fell 300 feet down a cliff near Los Angeles … Luther Vandross was available on Dutch import in Britain ahead of the Washington DC stores, who received it Monday, although the whole album was all over the radio there on our arrival the previous Friday … Beverley Skeete may be proving a trick to mix but is good out of Spank … VERY IMPORTANT: with immediate effect all chart contributors and other info senders should note that our new address is Record Mirror, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7QZ (just around the corner from the Camden Palace) — alter your address books NOW! … Tina Turner topped US black LPs, Jenny Burton US Dance/Disco Club Play, while Ray Charles is back with a vengeance — not only does the ‘Uncle’ Ray and Stevie Wonder segment dominate USA For Africa’s ‘We Are The World’ but also amazingly his album of duets ‘Friendship’ and its single (with Willie Nelson) ‘Seven Spanish Angels‘ have topped both respective, wait for it, Country charts! … The O’Jays’ late ’60s sides for Neptune (somehow missed out from last week’s reissues feature) were also recently compiled in PRT’s new Chess series (CXMB 7200) … Big Daddy are well worth catching live by people with wide musical memories: as you may know, they set modern hits to easily recognised rock ‘n’ roll arrangements, their ‘All Night Long (All Night)‘ done as the Jayhawks ‘Stranded In The Jungle’ being especially funny, with its “meanwhile, back in the jungle” segment containing Lionel Richie’s mumbo jumbo chanting … “Meanwhile, back in the States” the ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’ craze has even prompted the re-release of The Police ‘Roxanne’, while Roxanne Shanté’s follow-up is ‘Queen Of Rox (Shanté Rox On)‘ (US Pop Art) … ‘Roxanne’s Doctor’ should be by Dr. Freshh, with a double “h” (of course) … Sparky D of ‘Roxanne You’re Through‘ was with Trouble Funk at Prince Frederick Armory in Maryland last Saturday … Anthony Kenneth Blackburn & Stephen Maurice Walsh take Radio London’s Soul Night Out to the Lyceum for a few Thursdays from next week (4) until moving permanently to Hammersmith Palais, where the security is so good … London’s three soul stations Solar, Horizon, LWR were all back in strength around the clock when last heard — maybe, if they finally get around to playing my favourite record of the last few months, Ready For The World ‘Tonight’, I might bother to tune in to them more … Carl Kingston is now evening man on Leeds ILR station Radio Aire … Kev Hill ‘The Guvnor’ starts a new 18-30 night Thursday (28) at Harlow Whispers … Richard Searling, Pete Haigh & Ellis funk Morecambe Carleton Inn Sat (30) … Gary Crowley lets “April Fools rush in” on April 1st (Monday) at Kensington’s The Park, when Judge Dread hosts the largest “ladies’ sewing evening” ever at Dartford Flicks! … Bob Boardman again jocks the big Bass breakdance final at Sunderland Barnes Hotel Wed (3) … John Myers has actually left Newcastle Upon Tyne Julies to join the team at Walkers Club Café … Keith Anthony souls Bermondsey Tanners Fri/Sun, Grumpy Brown & Russ B bump Billericay Shed Sun, John Rush returns to Basildon New Yorker Fri … Paul French now souls Spatts Mon and still does Kents Tues/Thur, The Avenue Fri/Sat/Sun, all in Gillingham (wot, nothing Wed?) … Ian Robertson’s nightly residency in Dalkeith has changed names from The Paddock to Scandals, with increased capacity and extra soul … Julia Grant reckons she makes more money (and noise!) playing soul at Southport’s Pavilion Fun Pub and the Silver Screen than most male DJs —fighting talk, huh? … Adrian Dunbar has found the addition of full video facilities at Southampton Raffles has helped anything available on video (like DeBarge) to break much faster than usual … “Europe’s number one VJ” Kent Vanderberg has perfected vari-speed running mixes between videos at London’s The Hippodrome — “it’s hard”, he says … Alan Taylor (0745 36757) can present a whole video evening using his extensive promo collection (many unique) if ready-equipped clubs in the North-West are interested … Hill Street Blues’ current series (amongst others) has thankfully been saved from a rudely curtailed unscripted finish following the Writers Guild of America calling off their strike … The Muppets now have a cartoon TV series, which even though fully animated is probably still cheaper than the puppet version (showing in Washington DC on another channel at the same time!), although it does rather miss the point … Mickey Rooney’s current wife Jan somewhat surprisingly writes and roars gospel songs in powerfully rocking style, as witnessed on a religious breakfast TV show — even she admits to being worried about what her hellraising hubby thinks! … I flew back sitting next to Barry Muller, drummer with legendary society bandleader Lester Lanin (sort of America’s Joe Loss) whose band were playing for a ball at London’s Grosvenor Hotel, and who was interested to hear that my discotheque was the first ever to play for Queen Charlotte’s Ball there in ’72 … Disco Mix Club’s postponed trip to New York is now definitely set for Sunday-to-Sunday August 4-11, coinciding with Tom Silverman’s annual New Music Seminar whose tickets will open all the city’s discos, the two-tiered price structure having yet to be worked out … DMC’s mixing contest at the DJ Convention seems to have created much controversy, and frankly as a judge even I was surprised by the result … WHAT IT IS IS WHAT IT IS!


HOT VINYL

MIDNIGHT STAR ‘Curious’ (Solar MCAT 961)
Their album’s Marvin Gaye-ish monster is rightly the new UK single, a sexually healing 100⅚-100⅔-100½bpm sneaky snapper, flipped by the vocodered whipping ‘Planet Rock’-ish (0-)125¼-124¾bpm ‘Body Snatchers‘.

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘It’s Over Now’ (LP ‘The Night I Fell In Love’ US Epic FE 39882)
With a reputation that if anything has grown here during the wait between albums, Luther now delivers his finest set ever, all apart from its previously reviewed single in mellow mood but tempered by steel amidst its silky soul. Easiest dancer is this familiar 109-114bpm wriggler, while the tapping breathy 103⅔bpm title track, swaying 103½bpm ‘My Sensitivity (Gets In The Way)‘ and Stevie Wonder’s aptly titled 88/44bpm ‘Creepin’‘ have subtle muscle, the 0-55/22½-0bpm ‘If Only For One Night’, 30¼/60½bpm ‘Wait For Love’, 30bpm ‘Other Side Of The World’ are candlelight romancers. Other fast hitting albums this week, which my virus fever left no time to review, include the Jimmy Jam-produced excellent ALEXANDER O’NEAL (US Tabu — note it does not feature his 7in flip’s ‘Settle Down’-ish ‘Are You The One‘), THE MANHATTANS (US Columbia), SECOND IMAGE (MCA).

TOUCH OF CLASS ‘Let Me Be Your Everything’ (US Atlantic 0-86900)
A delight from the instant you hear it, the happily harmonising guys go back to ‘Grazin’ In The Grass’ and other old bouncy skippers for this fabulous frothy 118⅔bpm canterer (inst flip), gorgeous!

MASS EXTENSION ‘Happy Feet’ (Fourth & Broadway/DETT 12GOGO 2)
If all of Island’s go go releases are as good as this they should be able not only to bridge the gap but also to build our interest until their movie is out — a jauntily lurching chunky 106⅔bpm wriggler with cheerful throaty chant extolling its formation dance (inst flip).

WAR ‘Groovin’’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 16)
An harmonica backed blissful 109⅕bpm revival of the Young Rascals’ summer classic subtly blended with War’s own ‘All Day Music’, rich and swaying for wide appeal (inst flip).

MERC AND MONK ‘Baby Face’ (US Manhattan V56004)
Eric Mercury & Thelonius Monk III (of past T.S. Monk success) debut together on the new EMI label’s snazzy building block logo with a nagging subtly developing 105⅓bpm wriggler, like a hoarsely worried subdued ‘Plane Love/Settle Down’ so worth keeping an eye on (inst/edit flip).

THE DEUCE ‘Someone Else’ (US Columbia 38-04833)
Tony Blackburn’s fave from Washington, the local DC group revive the now Touch Of Class-type ‘Dancing In The Moonlight/Groovin’ vocal style for a ‘Joanna’-ish appealing lightweight bubbly 117bpm swayer (inst flip).

JOANNA GARDNER ‘Watching You’ (US Philly World Records 0-96893)
Jocelyn Brown-ish but more ponderous, a convolutedly rolling 106⅚bpm judderer with much passionate if directionless wailing through the busy beat (inst flip).

NOLAN THOMAS ‘Yo Little Brother’ (Polydor POSPX 733)
Most irritatingly, in Washington I finally bought this un-imported 19 weeks old US single hit only to find three UK pressings waiting on my return! With a catchy “yo” chant, it’s a Liggett & Barbosa-produced jittery 105bpm Shannon-ish electro judderer pitched at kids with the help of its Minipops-type video (dub flip).

JERMAINE JACKSON ‘Do What You Do — Mega Disc’ (Arista ARIST 32609)
Sanny X’s new 55⅔bpm remix of the current hit slowie starts achingly with a long instrumental, flipped by Alan ‘The Judge’ Coulthard’s confusing 111-112½-138½-198bpm Mega-Mix of ‘Come To Me/Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’/Sweetest, Sweetest/ Dynamite’.

ANIMOTION ‘Obsession’ (US Mercury 880 266-1)
A powerfully locomoting 115bpm “new wave” funk chugger with Human League/Bananarama-ish guys ‘n’ gals chanting, deservedly hot to trot Stateside and a likely pop hit here if not thought too derivative (spikier Dub Mix flip).

SHEENA EASTON ‘Sugar Walls’ (EMI 12EMI 5517)
Written and co-produced by Prince, her second consecutive US pop/dance smash is a jerky 126⅓bpm basher like a less slick Sheila E ‘The Glamorous Life’, and not to my taste as good as last year’s ‘Strut’ (less vocal Red Mix flip).

JULIAN LENNON ‘Too Late For Goodbyes (Remix)’ (Charisma JL312)
A monster on Washington’s urban radio, where it sounded right at home, this rhythmically emphasized almost Latin 122bpm extended remix of his debut UK hit MoR chugger is here 12in flip to ‘Say You’re Wrong’.


DISCO TOP 85 – MARCH 30, 1985

01 01 HANGING ON A STRING (CONTEMPLATING) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
02 02 BAD HABITS/LET’S GET BACK TO LOVE, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
03 07 SPEND THE NIGHT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
04 04 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, US Cotillion 12in
05 10 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, US Atlantic 12in
06 06 LET’S GO TOGETHER, Change, Cooltempo 12in
07 03 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
08 20 COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE, David Grant & Jaki Graham, Chrysalis 12in
09 13 PARTY TIME (THE GO-GO EDITION), Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
10 17 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS/START IT UP/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT, Fatback, Cotillion LP
11 05 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Virgin 12in
12 11 TOO MANY GAMES/CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED/MAGIC, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
13 08 WHO COMES TO BOOGIE, Little Benny, Bluebird/10 12in
14 12 WE NEED LOVE, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
15 — CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON, RAH Band, RCA 12in
16 36 CURIOUS, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
17 26 I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, US Pretty Pearl 12in
18 18 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/GOODBYES DON’T LAST FOREVER/WORK FOR LOVE/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE/ STAY WITH ME, Rockie Robbins, US MCA LP
19 23 IN MY HOUSE, Mary Jane Girls, Motown 12in
20 19 NIGHTSHIFT (REMIX), Commodores, Motown 12in
21 21 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
22 09 THEME FROM ‘SHAFT’, Eddy and the Soulband, Club 12in
23 22 OPERATOR, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
24 30 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
25 14 I’M SO HAPPY, Julia & Co, London 12in
26 34 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIXES), Third World, Island 12in
27 — THE NIGHT I FELL IN LOVE/MY SENSITIVITY (GETS IN THE WAY)/IT’S OVER NOW/CREEPIN’, Luther Vandross, US Epic LP
28 39 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Motown 7in/12in
29 15 BUSTIN’ LOOSE, Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Source 12in
30 16 SOLID, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in/LP Mix promo
31 — A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND/YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL)/LOOK AT US NOW/WHAT’S MISSING/IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT/INNOCENT (MEDLEY), Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu LP
32 67 YOU’RE GONNA LOVE BEING LOVED BY ME/YOU SEND ME/DON’T SAY NO/C’EST LA VIE, The Manhattans, US Columbia LP
33 38 MUTUAL ATTRACTION/OH WHAT A FEELING, Change, US Atlantic LP
34 32 MR. TELEPHONE MAN, New Edition, MCA 12in
35 27 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, WEA 12in
36 31 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER (MELT DOWN MIX), T.C. Curtis, Virgin 12in
37 66 GROOVIN’, War, Bluebird/10 12in
38 33 EVERY WOMAN NEEDS IT/STEP BY STEP/BEST PART OF THE NIGHT/GROOVACIOUS, Jeff Lorber, US Arista LP
39 24 STEP BY STEP (EXTENDED REMIX), Jeff Lorber, US Arista 12in
40 28 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, US Atlantic 12in
41 41 DO WHAT YOU DO (REMIX)/TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’, Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
42 — SATISFIES YOUR LIFE/LIGHTS OUT/ONLY LOVER, Second Image, MCA LP
43 37 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
44 55 GALVESTON BAY, Lonnie Hill, US Urban Sound LP
45 45 OHH BABY/YOU/CLASSY LADY, Spank, German Metrovynil LP
46 — LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
47 re THE ABC OF KISSING, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
48 — ROSES, Haywoode, CBS 12in
49 54 MY LOVE IS TRUE (TRULY FOR YOU)/TREAT HER LIKE A LADY (M&M REMIX), The Temptations, Motown 12in
50 50 MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’, Redds And The Boys, Fourth & Broadway 12in
51 85 LOVE ME RIGHT NOW, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
52 — FAN THE FLAME, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
53 77 FOLLOW ME, Ohio Players, AIR City Records 12in
54 58 HOLD ME TIGHT, Robert White, US Paris 12in
55 40 (I GUESS) IT MUST BE LOVE, Thelma Houston, MCA 12in
56 60 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
57 — HAPPY FEET, Mass Extension, Fourth & Broadway 12in
58 47 POO POO LA LA, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
59 42 BIG ROSIE/MORE THAN I CAN BEAR/MATTS MOOD (REMIXES), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
60 35 HEARTBEAT/LET IT ALL BLOW (REMIX), Dan Band, Motown 12in
61 52 SECRET FANTASY (EXTENDED VERSION)/LOOP (REMIX), Tom Browne, US Arista 12in
62 49 PAPAIA, Alex Malheiros, US Milestone LP
63 72 BOOGIE DOWN (BRONX), Man Parrish, Polydor 12in
64 80 STOMP AND SHOUT, Process And The Doo Rags, US Columbia 12in
65 71 HOT WAX/SHAFT, Van Twist, Polydor 12in
66 re EROTIC CITY, Prince, Warner Bros 12in
67 29 ANYTHING? (PAUL HARDCASTLE/MARK KING REMIXES), Direct Drive, Polydor 12in promo
68 76 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU/SOMEONE FOR ME/THINKING ABOUT YOU, Whitney Houston, US Arista LP
69 48 ‘TIL MY BABY COMES HOME, Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
70 68 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT/FRIENDS, Whodini, Jive 12in EP
71 — LOVE BOAT (GET ON DOWN Y’ALL), Pump Blenders, Cooltempo 12in
72 78 TEASER (UPTOWN MIX), Toney Lee, US Critique 12in
73 — WATCHING YOU, Joanna Gardner, US Philly World Records 12in
74 51 THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME, First Love, 10 Records 12in
75 — SIDEWALK TALK/FUNHOUSE MIX, Jellybean, EMI America 12in promo
76 81 ALL IN ONE NIGHT, Lifesighs, white label 12in
77 83 I’M STILL/I WANT TOO, Levert, US Tempre 12in
78 57 IN THE SAND, I Level, Virgin 12in
79 46 MISLED (DANCE MIX), Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
80 — HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE? (’85 RE-EDIT), Brother D With Collective Effort, Fourth & Broadway 12in
81 re INNER CITY BLUES, Working Week, Virgin 12in
82 74 WHY DON’T YOU BREAK IT/COME SEE WHAT I’VE GOT/DO YOU WANNA DANCE, Alphonse Mouzon, US PAUSA LP
83 82 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
84 re THE TRUTH SONG, Wilton Felder, MCA LP
85 — FLOAT, RAH Band, RCA LP


Hi-NRG

01 01 R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
02 03 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
03 02 SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in
04 06 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, Record Shack 12in
05 10 DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
06 — WALK LIKE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in promo
07 05 I’M NO ANGEL/ECSTASY, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
08 — THE BEAST IN ME, Bonnie Pointer, Epic 12in
09 30 BAD MONEY (REMIX), Rikki, Klub 12in promo
10 13 VICTIM OF LOVE, Charade, US Personal 12in
11 — EAT YOU UP, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
12 12 CRUISING, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
13 — YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE, Nana McLean, US Boulevard 12in
14 26 MY LOVE IS MUSIC, Gloria Gaynor, Carrere 12in
15 — BOYS COME AND GO, April, Record Shack 12in promo
16 08 KNOCKIN’ ON MY DOOR, Barbara Fowler, US Profile 12in
17 — MAN IN A MILLION, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
18 18 LET ME FEEL IT (DISCONET REMIX), Samantha Gilles, Record Shack 12in
19 09 MATERIAL GIRL (JELLYBEAN DANCE REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
20 17 WALK THE NIGHT, Bent Boys, Canadian Black Sun 12in
21 21 STARGAZING, Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester, Record Shack 12in
22 19 NO REGRETS, Martinique, German Teldec 12in
23 03 SEX OVER THE PHONE (REMAKE), Village People, Record Shack 12in
24 23 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/SHOUT IT OUT, Astaire, Passion 12in
25 27 CHEATED BY A PAINTED LOVE/THE ELECTRICITY MEDLEY, Dee Dee/The Electricity All-Stars, Passion 12in promo
26 07 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
27 — LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART, Lisa, Fantasia 12in
28 16 AMERICANO, Vivien Vee, Dutch Break 12in
29 — THE COLLECTOR, Cerrone, French Malligator 12in
30= — IF LOOKS COULD KILL, Pamala Stanley, US Mirage 12in
30= — ONLY A MEMORY, Oh Romeo, US “O” 12in


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1 (1) Dead Or Alive, 2 (4) Philip Bailey And Phil Collins, 3 (7) Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy, 4 (3) Little Benny, 5 (2) Eddy And The Soulband, 6 (5) Ashford And Simpson, 7 (8) Kool And The Gang, 8 (16) Maze, 9 (6) Eugene Wilde, 10 (19) Jenny Burton, 11 (9) Commodores, 12 (10) James Ingram, 13 (35) Loose Ends, 14 (27) Mary Jane Girls, 15 (22) Bruce Springsteen ‘CM’, 16 (11) Amii Stewart, 17 (21) Phyllis Nelson, 18 (15) Prince ‘LGC/TMWU’, 19 (12) King, 20 (28) Sheila E, 21 (20) Madonna ‘MG’, 22 (32) New Edition, 23 (13) Madonna ‘LAV’, 24 (14) Prince ‘1999/LRC’, 25 (31) Third World, 26 (36) Change, 27 (39) Cool Notes, 28 (18) Art Of Noise, 29 (29) Bruce Springsteen ‘DITD’, 30 (33) Killing Joke, 31 (-) David Grant And Jaki Graham ‘CIBIFIL’, 32 (23) Direct Drive, 33 (34) Vicious Pink, 34 (24) Cashmere, 35 (26) Van Twist, 36 (-) Power Station ‘SLIH’, 37 (-) Rah Band ‘CATM’, 38 (25) Billy Ocean, 39 (-) King ‘WYHMHN’, 40 (30) TC Curtis.

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