April 13, 1985: Loose Ends, George Benson, Melba Moore, Lillo Thomas, Winston Groovy

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MORGAN KHAN has brought back Orin Cozier to Streetwave as A&R man (at last, someone with ears!), and label manager for both CellulOid and Butch Ingram’s new label Society Hill (which latter will include Ingram, Ronnie Dyson and — scoop new signing — Phyllis Nelson?) . . . Champion picked up Robert White, but because they’re so hot with Spank they’re putting it out on Calibre (in over just a week) . . . Kool & The Gang’s 12in of ‘Cherish’ will be flipped by both ‘Celebration’ and the US remix of ‘Fresh’ . . . Froggy and Simon Harris’s megamix medley of James Brown is due next week . . . George Duke ‘La La’ is of course great with DeBarge — can’t it be the A-side here? . . . Afrika Bambaataa joins the Rap Attack season of hip hop happenings and seminars at Euston’s Shaw Theatre from Sunday to give master classes, no less, other specific events being the Last Poets in concert this Fri/Sat at 8pm, a marathon 1am-3pm “graffiti splash” with artist Brim Monday (15), 8pm DJ Convention Tues (16) and grand all-star hip hop spectacular Wed/Thur (17/18) at 8pm — full details from Jane New or Jean Davenport on 01-388 0031 . . . London now has a 100% jazz station KJAZZ 94FM Sundays 10am-10pm with DJs Gilles Peterson, Baz Fe Jazz, Chris Bangs, Jez Nelson, Paul Murphy . . . Andy Grahamme appears to have an audience for his 2-5pm weekday show (totally soul Fri) on Kent’s Invicta Sound 103.8FM — which apparently is more than the breakfast show has! . . . Channel 4’s thirteen week series of 6.20 Soul Train debuting this Friday (at 6.20pm!) is introduced by Jeffrey Daniel, who of course started out as a dancer on the long-running US original of the show before being recruited into Shalamar . . . Commodores topped US Black LPs (which, at 42, Luther Vandross amazingly entered more than twice as low as in the UK Pop LP chart!), Mary Jane Girls topping US Dance/Disco Club Play . . . T.T.E.D.’s distribution in the States by Island has immediately resulted in Redds & The Boys hitting both the US Black and Dance/Disco charts . . . Lisa Lisa is selling Stateside on UK CBS import as oddly it isn’t out there yet on Columbia . . . Ralph Rolle ‘Roxanne’s A Man‘ (US Streetwise) is subtitled, hopefully with reason, ‘The Untold Story — Final Chapter’ . . . US LPs on import also include, if you can afford ’em, a strong Johnny Mathis, disappointing Joanna Gardner . . . Paul Hardcastle’s import-blocked compilation album is storming up the US Pop LP chart — incidentally, Paul plus Steve Walsh, Billy Idol, Gary Crowley & Phil Daniels were all together at Paddington’s Rutherford School (had it not been before the days of leg-warmers it might have been like Fame!) . . . EMI Music plugger Robert Blenman queued outside the Montcalm Hotel to get Michael Jackson’s autograph, actually met the man, and now is even more of an MJ lookalike even investing in the sunglasses and pulling down his front curl! . . . Kev Hill — “Today Harlow, Tomorrow The World”? — has two spare second row stalls tickets for Maze on Fri 26 to sell (face value) to the first true fan who correctly names the group’s debut LP on 0268-702626 (days) . . . Maze immediately sold out all their six April dates at Hammersmith Odeon, and doubtless by now have filled the late extra concert there on May 10 too . . . Paul Young fanatics may want to check their local import shop for a seemingly BBC-recorded ‘The Live Edition’ LP only available on Japanese Epic/Sony (20.3P-578) at about £10.99 . . . Colin J. Dale (Lee) is after Rare Essence ‘Body Moves‘ (Fantasy) on 01-674 8668, Dave Dutch wants Visage ‘Pleasure Boys‘ (12in remix) on 01-253 7777 days, Darren Dawes needs the ‘King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown’ LP on Bracknell 486260 . . . Bournemouth Boscombe’s The Academy with fire-eating new DJ Johnny Proctor on Fridays this month has Loose Ends (12), Haywoode (19), Cool Notes (26) . . . Friday (12) Brian Mason celebrates Cricklewood Ashton’s first birthday with Page 3 Girls Samantha Fox & Corrine Russell, plus PAs and radio DJs — hmm, I might go to that! . . . Bolton Dance Factory (where Chad Jackson appears to be mixing Saturday’s) has a big Island/Fourth & Broadway promotion weekend Fri/Sat (12/13) . . . Sat (13) The Guvnor plugs ‘Club Classics Volume 2’ at Harlow Whispers . . . Chris Brown souls Bermondsey Royal Oak Mon (15), doubtless the inevitable “after Caister” night . . . DJ Undercover at Soho’s Wag Club Saturday lunchtime sounds like one of Britain’s best cut ‘n’ scratch mixers, to judge from an inventive long “live” sequence played on LWR . . . Chris ‘Connie’ Crooks does the after hours Saturday 11pm-2am Boystown Habits round the rear of Derby’s Friary Hotel, and the similarly based video disco Sundays at the Rising Sun pub where he needs more video promos — maybe he should contact Roz Bea at The Video Pool on 01-602 5935 . . . Paul Clark, back at Sheffield Park Hilly’s Sun, go go funks Brighton Royal Escape Sat (packed at pub chucking-out time) and has returned to soul cheap booze Mondays at the Brighton Belle . . . Cleveland Anderson, Allan Sullivan & Soul Incorporated Roadshow funk Fridays at Southall Feathers . . . Nicky Leek spins 95% soul & funk at Stratford on Avon Punt & Cushion Thursdays . . . Jeff Thomas mixes upfront funk and a bit of smut in Swansea at Strikeout Sundays, Martha’s Vineyard Fridays (Cool Notes “live” at the latter Fri 19) . . . Peter C. Helyer does Mondays at Cardiff Ritzy — fascinating, what? . . . Phil Roberts & Aquila P. Weekes (like it!) at “East Anglia’s most versatile funk club” Ipswich Cindys have updated the sound system there three times in three years yet still want one that’s bigger and better (but does the boss?) . . . RECORD MIRROR is now at Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7QZ (incidentally that’s a Q before the Z) to which all charts ‘n’ info should now be sent: meanwhile main deliveries at my home have been so erratic that if any record companies wonder why their releases haven’t been reviewed it may be because they never reached me . . . WHAT IT IS IS WHAT IT IS!


HOT VINYL

LOOSE ENDS: ‘The Sweetest Pain’ (LP ‘So Where Are You?’ Virgin V2340)
With strings handled by Dexter Wansel it’s no surprise his own classic 97bpm sultry smoocher, the similar 0-90/45bpm title track and sweetly drifting SOS Band-ish 78¾-0bpm ‘You Can’t Stop The Rain‘ come off best, while — their in this context untypical 103bpm ‘Hangin’ On A String’ hit apart — the faster material may wriggle too slickly to have immediate floor response, but once familiar the 0-115bpm ‘A New Horizon‘, 115½bpm ‘If My Lovin’ Makes You Hot‘, 114½bpm ‘Magic Touch‘, (0-)115bpm ‘Give It All You Got‘ (did the drum machine get stuck?) should work too, a faithful 105¼bpm revival of David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years‘ presumably being a tribute-like case of coal to Philadelphia (where both were recorded), the set ending in a Ron Jennings-guitared 107-109-111bpm jazz carnival instrumental half-stepper ‘Silent Talking‘. Still lots of surface gloss although more substance this time, too.

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Beyond The Sea (La Mer)’ (Warner Bros W9014T)
Surprisingly close to Bobby Darin’s 25 years old swingingly arranged big band translation of Charles Trenet’s classic old French standard, George croons, Joe Sample tinkles and the brass brays through this 122-117-114-112-0bpm sophisticated quickstepping delight, real music (flipped by the old instrumental (0-)82-81bpm ‘Breezin’, just to remind us he used to be a guitarist of reknown, and the slow ‘This Masquerade’).

MELBA MOORE: ‘King Of My Heart’ (LP ‘Read My Lips’ Capitol MEL 1)
On a quite amazingly derivative set, this Keith Diamond-prod/penned 116bpm chugger IS ‘Caribbean Queen’, while ‘When You Love Me Like This‘ is a plopping 0-106½bpm lurcher duetted with Lillo Thomas and the 0-118-0bpm ‘Dreams‘ sounds like Fleetwood Mac because indeed they did it first: however Tina Turner never did the (0-)103-0bpm ‘I Can’t Believe It‘, the 0-103bpm ‘Love Of A Lifetime‘ tries to be ‘Sexomatic/Medicine Song’, leaving the 110bpm rock chugger title track and empty fast 119bpm ‘Winner’, 120bpm ‘Mind Over Matter’.

LILLO THOMAS: ‘Settle Down (Extended Remix)’ (Capitol 12CL 356)
One of those wriggling worrying naggers which worm into soul fans’ brains, like ‘Plane Love’, ‘Encore’ and others that hang around the disco charts for months, a pent-up whinneying sparse driving 109bpm tapper with a great empty break currently huge in black clubs (inst flip, and equally good lightly loping 111bpm ‘I Like Your Style‘ for extra value).

WINSTON GROOVY: ‘Nightshift’ (Jive JIVE T 93)
Beefing up the rhythm this immediately massive 102-102½-103½bpm reggaefication also adapts the Commodores lyrics to fit in Bob Marley before getting to Marvin and Jackie, with a different cooler 50½-101½-103½bpm ‘Late Nightshift’ version on the flip.

PROCESS AND THE DOO RAGS: ‘Too Sharp’ LP (US Columbia BFC 40021)
Masterminded by Rick James, the five cool cats (in ’50s threads) on the applause-linked uptempo side one return no earlier than indeed to vintage Rick James, especially on the storming 118½bpm ‘Come Into My Life’ and strutting 111bpm ‘Serious Freak‘, the squeaky 125½bpm title track has nice timeless words about their clothes and the 12in-issued brassy 123½-0bpm ‘Stomp and Shout‘ is like the others quite Temptations-ish vocally, while (applause-less) side two starts with the modern fast 134bpm ‘Dance The Way You Want (Party Freaks)‘, jolting 106bpm ‘Searching For Love‘ and good rolling 105½bpm ‘Ooh Wee‘, before getting very interesting indeed — the guys (who’ve been wailing throughout) suddenly goosebump into a dynamite deep soul 0-49¾bpm revival of the Marvin Gaye co-penned Originals oldie ‘The Bells‘, followed by acappella versions of Shep & The Limelites: ‘Daddy’s Home‘ and the Persuaders: ‘Thin Line Between Love and Hate‘. Ooh ooh! Somehow I doubt that Rick James’s own album will be as good as this.

THE MANHATTANS: ‘You’re Gonna Love Being Loved By Me’ (LP ‘Too Hot To Stop It’ US Columbia FC 39277)
A soul vocal group to be reckoned with for twenty years now, the guys are in fine voice on this now extended swaying modern 115bpm trotter with excellent sharp staccato harmony, deep bass lines and some “shoo dubba doo wah” around a new gently yowling guitar break, the snappily lurching 113bpm ‘C’est La Vie‘ being a better bet for our floors than the cantering 123½bpm ‘Angel Of The Night‘ and jerky 119bpm ‘Too Hot To Stop It‘ while the tranquil Sam Cooke reviving 35¾-71½bpm ‘You Send Me‘ is joined by the Mtume-ish lush lovely 83bpm ‘Don’t Say No‘, pleasantly derivative 83bpm ‘Dreamin‘ and — guess what? (see above) — fabulous acappella ‘When We Are Made As One‘.

VARIOUS: ‘Club Classics Volume 2‘ LP (CBS VAULT 2)
Steve Ripley’s latest collection of deleted specialist gems lives up to its title far more than the first volume, this one having that hotly sought US promo 12in-only 125-127-129-128bpm remix of WILLIE BOBO ‘Always There‘, the US remixed 116½-116(intro)-114½-115-116-117½-118½bpm JEAN CARN ‘Was That All It Was‘, timely (0-)99bpm DEXTER WANSEL ‘The Sweetest Pain‘ (sung by Terri Wells), 124-125-128-129-128-130-128bpm WEBSTER LEWIS ‘Barbara Ann‘, 119-121-122-121-122bpm PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL ALL STARS ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto‘, 116-117-118-119½-120bpm PEOPLE’S CHOICE ‘Jam, Jam, Jam‘, 0-117-118bpm ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS ‘Let’s Groove‘, 58-128½-132-0bpm ISLEY BROTHERS ‘Harvest For The World’, 108½-108¾bpm SLY & THE FAMILY STONE ‘Family Affair’. So what’s missing?

BOBBY WOMACK: ‘I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To’ (LP ‘Someday We’ll All Be Free’ US Beverly Glen Music SG 10006)
Ironic title for a set of odds and ends released surely against Bobby’s wishes by the label from which at last he is free (his proper new LP will be on MCA). That said there’s nothing shaming here: on a familiar sounding basically downtempo soul set his unmistakable throaty rasp is just as you’d imagine on this Cecil & Linda-penned melancholy 68¾bpm gritty swayer and their similar 71½bpm ‘Gifted One’, Cecil’s duetted 77 1/3-77 2/3-78bpm ‘I’m So Proud’, Donny Hathaway’s reflective dead slow 0-27-63bpm title track, the mournful 65-67-0bpm ‘In Over My Heart’ and frantically flying (but good listening) 141-142bpm ‘Falling In Love Again’, while my own nostalgic fave is the 95bpm revival of Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces ‘Searching For My Love‘ (ah, memories of the ’66 World Cup, all of us singing it around the TV set whenever his namesake got the ball!).

CHAKA KHAN: ‘Eye To Eye (Extended Remix)’ (Warner Bros W9009T)
Oh dear, producer Russ Titelman has remixed, electrofied and frankly effed up what was her album’s standout soul dancer to turn it into another gimmicky cut-up (0-)102bpm jittery rolling pecker with all its mellow qualities and most of the song sacrificed to make way for ugly supposed pop trimmings. The horrid jolting 103½bpm ‘La Flamme‘ flip is even harsher on the ears. At least the 7in remix is evidently not so gimmicky.

ROCKIE ROBBINS: ‘We Belong Together’ (MCA MCAT 950)
Perhaps misguidedly MCA ignore the soulster’s hottest album tracks here in favour of this US-issued pleasant enough inspirational sounding 91½bpm Frankle Beverly-ish slow swayer, flipped at least by the M&M-mixed shuffling 118½bpm rolling lurcher ‘Work For Love‘, not that it’s got much for a wide audience.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: ‘The Answer’ (Ram Records 12CHP 7010)
Thunderthumbs snapped cleanly arranged lurching mid-tempo 117½-118-117½-118bpm weaver with guys and gal worrying soulfully on about “what is the answer”, well made though maybe a little dated (alternative mix flip).

ATLANTIC STARR: ‘Freak-A-Ristic’ (US A&M SP-12126)
Cameo’s ‘She’s Strange’ (the main influence) meets Bobby Broom’s ‘Beat Freak’ for a so far underestimated drily driving 108(intro)-107¾-107¼-107bpm electro funk mutterer (108¾-108¼bpm Dub Mix flip), worth checking. Beware, the beat jumps after the intro.

CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Electric Lady’ (US Mercury 860 836-1)
And ‘She’s Strange’ also influences this sparsely bomping 114¾bpm muttering narrative funker (inst flip).

RAPPIN’ DUKE: ‘Rappin’ Duke’ (US JWP Records 1456)
Hilarious impersonation of a rappin’ ‘Duke’ John Wayne to a slow but jaunty 83¼bpm beat with wicked “da ha ha ha” hooks and some very funny lines (inst. flip), surprisingly produced by veteran H.B. Barnum. More than just a novelty.

JAMES INGRAM: ‘It’s Your Night (Jellybean Remix)’ (Qwest W9026T)
The other side of the thus better value import version of ‘Yah Mo B There’ now appears here, a nagging jittery pent-up 98½bpm weaver, flipped by the lightly skipping 117bpm ‘Try Your Love Again‘ and sassily brassy infectious 104bpm ‘One More Rhythm‘.

JAKATA ‘Golden Girl’ (US Motown 1778 ME)
Previously on Motown’s brief lived Morocco rock label, the guys are now soulful on a good 89bpm slinky slow jogger, so far only seen as a 7in flipped by the mellow spiky 123bpm ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel‘, well worth checking.

APOLLONIA 6: ‘Blue Limousine’ (Warner Bros W9092T)
Blue? White is nicer! The Purple Prancer’s ladies get Mary Jane Girls-ish for a backbeat bonking 119-0bpm languid Vanity 6-style chugger, not bad, flipped by the datedly half-stepping 0-100½bpm ‘Some Kind Of Lover‘ and more typical US hit Princely 122-0bpm ‘Sex Shooter (Dance Remix)‘.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN (with Patti Austin): ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ (Warner Bros W9077T)
Blatant (and derivative) perky pop romping 170¾bpm jerker, undeniably catchy and like so many of the fast black pop-rock hits a brightener when programmed on US urban radio — in which context they suddenly make sense, and don’t sound so bad!

THE UNTOUCHABLES: ‘Free Yourself’ (Stiff BUY IT 221)
Self conscious frantic 154bpm ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose/Land Of A Thousand Dances’-type ’60s soul revival by some Los Angeleans, who look and sound like they’d rather come from Coventry.

CULTURE CLUB: ‘Mistake No. 3’ (LP ‘Waking Up With The House On Fire’ Virgin V 2330)
I know, I know, but unlikely to see singles release here, this US hit haunting tender tremulous 41-0-82-0bpm delicate smoocher is biggest if anything on black radio Stateside — a tribute to George’s sensibilities.

POINTER SISTERS: ‘Baby Come And Get It (Remix)’ (Planet FT 48882)
Electrically backed like a more aggressive Timmy Thomas with ‘Satisfaction’ power chords, a jerkily chugging 125½bpm chanter (frantic Jackson-esque 135bpm ‘Operator‘ flip).


DISCO TOP 85 – April 13, 1985

01 02 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, US Atlantic 12in
02 01 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (CONTEMPLATING), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
03 03 LET’S GO TOGETHER, Change, Cooltempo 12in
04 04 SPEND THE NIGHT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
05 05 BAD HABITS, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
06 07 COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE, David Grant & Jaki Graham, Chrysalis 12in
07 08 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT/START IT UP/SHE’S A GO-GETTER/SEQUENCE 96, Fatback, Cotillion LP
08 06 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, US Cotillion 12in
09 09 WE NEED LOVE, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 11 CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON, RAH Band, RCA 12in
11 10 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
12 13 I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, US Pretty Pearl 12in
13 19 IT’S OVER NOW/THE NIGHT I FELL IN LOVE/MY SENSITIVITY (GETS IN THE WAY)/CREEPIN’/IF ONLY FOR ONE NIGHT, Luther Vandross, US Epic LP
14 14 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
15 20 GROOVIN’, War, Bluebird/10 12in
16 23 A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND/WHAT’S MISSING/YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL)/LOOK AT US NOW, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu LP
17 61 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (MASTERMIND MEGAMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
18 17 CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/TOO MANY GAMES/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED/MAGIC/REACHING DOWN INSIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
19 21 FAN THE FLAME, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
20 22 CURIOUS, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
21 12 PARTY TIME (THE GO-GO EDITION), Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
22 18 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
23 15 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Virgin 12in
24 24 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE/SHE JUST DON’T KNOW, Steve Arrington, Atlantic LP
25 16 IN MY HOUSE, Mary Jane Girls, Motown 12in
26 26 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
27 25 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, WEA 12in
28 27 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
29 34 OHH BABY (REMIX), Spank, Champion 12in
30 30 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, Atlantic 12in
31 51 HAPPY FEET, Mass Extension, Fourth & Broadway 12in
32 46 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
33 31 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/WORK FOR LOVE/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE, Rockie Robbins, US MCA LP
34 33 LOVE ME RIGHT NOW, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
35 35 HOLD ME TIGHT, Robert White, US Paris 12in
36 38 THE ABC OF KISSING, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
37 45 LIKE I LIKE IT, Aurra, US Next Plateau 12in
38 47 DANGEROUS/CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS (REMIXES), Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
39 53 YOU’RE GONNA LOVE BEING LOVED BY ME/C’EST LA VIE/YOU SEND ME/DON’T SAY NO, The Manhattans, US Columbia LP
40 49 ROSES, Haywoode, CBS 12in
41 43 MY LOVE IS TRUE (TRULY FOR YOU)/TREAT HER LIKE A LADY (M&M REMIX)/I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW, The Temptations, Motown 12in
42 70 EYE TO EYE (REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
43 63 STEP BY STEP (EXTENDED REMIX), Jeff Lorber, US Arista 12in
44 48 GALVESTON BAY, Lonnie Hill, US Urban Sound LP
45 — NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (NEILL KING REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
46 — THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE, Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
47 58 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT/FRIENDS/FIVE MINUTES OF FUNK, Whodini, Jive 12in EP
48 re POO POO LA LA/RUNNING AWAY, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
49 37 MUTUAL ATTRACTION/OH WHAT A FEELING, Change, US Atlantic LP
50 77 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
51 66 BABY FACE, Merc And Monk, US Manhattan 12in
52 40 MR. TELEPHONE MAN, New Edition, MCA 12in
53 50 DO WHAT YOU DO, Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
54 65 SATISFIES YOUR LIFE/LIGHTS OUT, Second Image, MCA LP
55 — COME INTO MY LIFE/SERIOUS FREAK/OOH WEE/THE BELLS, Process And The Doo Rags, US Columbia LP
56 54 AFTER THE DANCE IS THROUGH, Krystol, US Epic 12in
57 64 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
58 42 THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE, Alison Moyet, CBS 12in
59 45 TEASER (UPTOWN MIX), Toney Lee, US Critique 12in
60 59 STOMP AND SHOUT, Process And The Doo Rags, US Columbia 12in
61 56 THINKING ABOUT YOU/TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY HEART/SOMEONE FOR ME/HOW WILL I KNOW, Whitney Houston, US Arista LP
62 82 SIDEWALK TALK/(DANCE MIX), Jellybean, EMI America 12in promo
63 44 BUSTIN’ LOOSE, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Source 12in
64 36 NIGHTSHIFT (REMIX), Commodores, Motown 12in
65 68 MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’, Redds & The Boys, 4th & B’way 12in
66 69 HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE? (’85 RE-EDIT), Brother D With Collective Effort, Fourth & Broadway 12in
67 52 ANYTHING? (PAUL HARDCASTLE/MARK KING REMIXES), Direct Drive, Polydor 12in promo
68 34 YOU/CLASSY LADY, Spunk, German Metrovynil LP
69 78 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER (MELT DOWN MIX), T.C. Curtis, Virgin 12in
70 — THIEF IN THE NIGHT (REMIX)/LA LA, George Duke, US Elektra 12in/LP/UK 12in promo
71 73 MORE THAN I CAN BEAR/BIG ROSIE/MATTS MOOD (REMIXES), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
72 84 MISSING YOU, Diana Ross, Capitol 7in/video
73 81 BEYOND THE SEA (LA MER) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
74 60 FOLLOW ME, Ohio Players, AIR City Records 12in
75 — NIGHTSHIFT, Winston Groovy, Jive 12in
76 — ARE YOU THE ONE?/INNOCENT, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 7in/12in
77 74 INNER CITY BLUES, Working Week, Virgin 12in
78 — PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR PUT YOUR LEFT HAND DOWN IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, Redds & The Boys, London ‘Go-Go’ LP/7in promo
79 85 ALL IN ONE NIGHT, Lifesighs, Pressure 12in
80 — KING OF MY HEART/WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Melba Moore, Capitol LP
81 55 ‘TIL MY BABY COMES HOME, Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
82 — BERRO E SOMBARO, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Source LP
83 79 NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE MINE, Naima, 10 Records 12in
84 — ELECTRIC LADY, Con Funk Shun, US Mercury 12in
85 83 WATCHING YOU, Joanna Gardner, US Philly World Records 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 03 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, Record Shack 12in
02 01 R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
03 07 EAT YOU UP, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
04 04 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
05 05 THE BEAST IN ME, Bonnie Pointer, Epic 12in
06 08 BOYS COME AND GO, April, Record Shack 12in white label
07 02 SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in/Dutch Rams Horn remix
08 06 DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
09 14 WALK LIKE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in promo
10 09 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in white label
11 10 I’M NO ANGEL, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
12 11 YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE, Nana McLean, US Boulevard 12in
13 16 LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART, Lisa, Fantasia 12in
14 12 VICTIM OF LOVE, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, US Passion 12in
15 13 BAD MONEY (REMIX), Rikki, Klub 12in promo
16 24 FAMOUS PEOPLE, Sharpe & Niles, Polydor 12in
17 — I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, Pamela Nightingale, Carrere 12in promo
18 19 MAN IN A MILLION, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
19 27 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/SHOUT IT OUT, Astaire, Passion 12in
20 17 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL, Modern Talking, Magnet 12in
21 30 CHEATED BY A PAINTED LOVE/THE ELECTRICITY MEDLEY, Dee Dee/The Electricity All-Stars, Passion 12in promo
22 30 VICIOUS GAMES, Yello, Elektra 12in
23 21 MAKE ME BELIEVE IN YOU, Chantelle, Fantasia 12in promo
24 18 MY LOVE IS MUSIC, Gloria Gaynor, Carrere 12in
25 26 THE COLLECTOR, Cerrone, French Malligator 12in
26 28 COMPUTER MUSIC, Suzy Q, Canadian Black Sun 12in
27 15 LET ME FEEL IT (DISCONET REMIX), Samantha Gilles, Record Shack 12in
28 — ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in promo
29 23 IF LOOKS COULD KILL, Pamala Stanley, US Mirage 12in
30 29 ONLY A MEMORY, Oh Romeo, US “O” 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

ABC 0-124½f, Foreigner (0-)113-115-117-114-116-120-0r, The Untouchables 153c, War 109¼f, DeBarge 116f, Mady Mesple & Danielle Millet 0c, Rose Royce 120½f, Smiley Culture 84-85-86-0c, Pogues 0-56½-55¼f, Los Lobos ‘Wolf’ 136r (great!)/’Worry’ 184-189c.

4 thoughts on “April 13, 1985: Loose Ends, George Benson, Melba Moore, Lillo Thomas, Winston Groovy”

  1. Fond memories of the UK version of Soul Train. Sadly it only had a short run before being cancelled. Looking at the releases this week most leave me cold. By this time the generic electro elements that had infected so many soul/dance records almost erased the soulful groove and make them sound so dated in 2020

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  2. More first mentions this week – that’s Colin Dale (here as Colin J Dale) the legendary techno DJ from the early days of KissFM

    JH also mentions DJ Undercover later a member of Hijack and famously name checked on ‘The Badman Is Robbin'” which back in the days when I used to know about such things was often listed as one of the best 1 or 2 British hiphop records ever made. “The low profile most versatile child, the number 1 Undercover, the inventor of wildstyle” from that tune was then later sampled on various hardcore and hard house records.

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    1. The Hijack DJ’s Supreme, and Undercover were way ahead of the time with their scratching. Mindblowing back then.

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      1. Of course DJ Supreme he also used to be sampled on hardcore and then bangin’ house records – IIRC he actually started making those latter types of records as DJ Supreme – his tune ‘the Horns Of Jericho’ actually got quite big about 1996/97. I think I actually had THOJ- it’s amazing what you can completely forget – I probably haven’t ever so much as thought of that record for well over 20 years!

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