ODDS ‘N’ BODS
BOILING POINT is now confirmed as Polydor’s new dance label — and it’s signed the available Philly World Records catalogue, starting with Joanna Gardner . . . Salsoul has folded, Aurra being their first act already to find a new label . . . Paul Hardcastle and Mark King’s remixes of ‘Anything’ will finally be out commercially next week as flip to Direct Drive ‘A.B.C. (Falling In Love’s Not Easy)‘ (Boiling Point POSPX 742), a brittle brassy fast un-funky 0-135¾bpm bounder that’ll need all they can do for it, a big mistake . . . Atlantic Starr ‘Freak-A-Ristic‘ (A&M AMS 245) is already due here but with its dub replaced by the old 117½bpm ‘Circles‘ and 108½bpm ‘Island Dream‘ . . . CBS have lost a great opportunity by only using the 7in edit of ‘You’re Gonna Love Being Loved By Me‘ on the 12in of The Manhattans ‘You Send Me’ (CBS TA 6046), flipping it instead with the old slow ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’, ‘Hurt’ and ‘Shining Star’ — doesn’t everyone already have them on StreetSounds? — yawn! . . . Jeff Lorber’s first UK single on Club, although flipped with ‘Step By Step‘, oddly has ‘Best Part Of The Night’ as A-side — why not the far hotter ‘Every Woman Needs It’? . . . Chaka Khan’s ‘Eye To Eye‘ 7in mix is indeed far superior to the dreadful 12in botch up — can’t something be done? . . . New Edition’s excellent “extended version” seems totally unknown to certain MCA sales reps and hence has yet to show up in the chart — really creative marketing! . . . Nigel Wright & Froggy have done a so far promo-only Shakatak ‘Megamix’, which starts at 106bpm but sounds so dull I soon gave up! . . . Herman Kelly has evidently been cutting up rough over the inclusion of his old ‘Dance To The Drummer’s Beat‘ in Tommy Boy’s ‘Roots Of Rap’ LP and its Double Dee & Steinski medley, which seems to have put the project in jeopardy: unless he has equally clever re-release plans himself, what more profitable use could he find for such an obscure track? . . . Disco Mix Club’s April mixes are Roger Johnson’s championship winning clever cut ‘n scratch, Les ‘Mix Doctor’ Adams’ exciting ‘Hip Hop! What’s Up Doc?‘ based on Eddy’s ‘Shaft’, Sanny X’s powerfully restructured Lipps Inc ‘Funkytown’, Alan ‘The Judge’ Coulthard’s scrappy Level 42 and frustratingly bitty UK funk medleys being rather abrupt (DMC subscriptions on 06286-67276) . . . Les Adams actually bought Ready For The World ‘Tonight‘ just to play for me on his Friday late night Solar 102.45FM show, but his copy turned out too warped to track (excuses, excuses, but thanks anyway!) . . . RAH Band ‘Clouds Across The Moon‘ must be the biggest hit yet to be created primarily by London’s soul radio . . . KJAZZ, KO? . . . Robbie Vincent & Jeff Young co-hosted Radio London’s Saturday lunchtime soul show last week live from Caister . . . Colin Day may not be a nationally known radio DJ but has solid experience and currently operates as a “Jock Doctor”, evaluating and giving very sensible lengthy advice about prospective radio audition tapes, for £15 plus £10 per follow-up critique, on 0905-353361 . . . Soul Train on US TV let’s face it isn’t exactly action-packed, and in fact the UK version if anything has more happening even though it follows the same rather limp format (Cool Notes, Phyllis Nelson & Fat Boys guest this week) . . . Curtis Hairston is on Soul Train next week, and at London’s Lyceum with Barbara Pennington & Edwin Starr for Radio London’s Soul Night Out this Thursday (18) . . . Tony Blackburn & Steve Walsh start an alternative night out Monday (22) at the Old Kent Road’s Dun Cow — don’t spread it too thin, lads — while Steve Walsh, Freddie M & Damon ‘Cheesedip’ Rochefort attempt to make Leicester Square’s Maximus funky on Wednesdays . . . Colin Hudd and “new boy” John Courtney hold pyjama party Friday (19) at Dartford Flicks . . . Derby Habits is no longer gay Sats . . . Gillingham’s busy Paul French filled Wednesday at the Ice Bowl but dropped The Avenue on Sunday, now his only night off (which nevertheless he’d like to fill again!) . . . Maze topped US Black 45s, and on Wednesday May 1 join Dionne Warwick (plus Rita Coolidge, Peter Allen & Gregory Hines of ‘Cotton Club’) at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a gala night in aid of USA for Africa . . . Mark ‘1’ Richards (0432-57710) is after freebies and sponsors for the Hereford Disco Club’s well organised popular under-18s charity gigs, the next with Radio Wyvern DJ Sammy Southall (hi Sam!) being at Hereford Town Hall next Sat (27) in aid of Ethiopia . . . Shaun Sullivan gets solidly funky Tuesdays now (as well as more mixed Thur/Fri/Sat) at 800 capacity Bloxwich Flix, where he’d welcome PAs, videos etc on Walsall 27307 . . . Dave Rawlings has a new video system to play with at refitted Basingstoke Martines . . . Oneness Of Juju ‘Every Way But Loose‘ is being revived by both Dave Malone (Sudbury Queens Arms) and Adrian Allen (who writes reams weekly from Sunderland but never reminds me what his club is — not very bright, and he’s not alone!) . . . Alan Jones appears to be over-worked, hence no Nightclub chart recently . . . WHAT IT IS IS WHAT IT IS?
MARVIN GAYE’S first posthumous new release, initially on import 7in (US Columbia 38-04861) from his imminent ‘Dream Of A Lifetime’ LP, is the electronically bubbled lightly shuffling 116¼bpm ‘Sanctified Lady’ with gospel-ish girls emphasizing the “sanctified” as Marvin coos, croons ‘n yowls in his inimitable style, all slightly like an updated sexually healed ‘Got To Give It Up’ (inst flip). Pleasantly jaunty, co-penned and (with Harvey Fuqua) produced by Gordon Banks & Marvin, it may not have seemed such a major opus in his lifetime but is sure to satisfy expectations now.
STEVE ARRINGTON: ‘Feel So Real’ (Atlantic A9576T)
In an exceptionally strong week this, our current chart topper, has to be lead review, an incredibly original rattling and wriggling (0-)113½-0bpm inspirational soarer with Freddie Hubbard’s horn before the distinctive percussion breaks, the inst flip here being joined by the sombre ‘In The Ghetto’-ish (0-)95¼bpm ‘Willie Mae‘. Massive!
PAUL HARDCASTLE: ‘Nineteen’ (Chrysalis CHS 12-2860)
“In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26, in Vietnam he was 19” — that’s the boldly stated basis of this brilliant aural documentary with news reports and veterans comments superimposed and cut up over typical jittery 117½bpm electronics, sure to be as controversial a smash in America as Tom Clay’s classic ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin And John’. As Paul himself says, “If this doesn’t shock you there’s something wrong”. (Promos had beats and bits for mixers, commercial copies have two as yet unheard newies on the flip).
CURTIS HAIRSTON: ‘I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)’ (London LONX 66)
So familiar to Londoners it’s almost an oldie now, this excellent leanly striding wriggly 119bpm soul burbler like his earlier hit ‘I Want You All Tonight’ is apparently duetted with a similarly straining girl — unless that’s him multi-tracked? — with a strong dub too.
ROBERT WHITE: ‘Hold Me Tight’ (Calibre CABL 203)
As suspected a real grower, this great wriggling 120bpm harmony-answered semi-falsetto wailer is classy soul and although not similar in sound seems hard not to think of at the same time as Curtis Hairston (inst flip).
AURRA: ‘Like I Like It’ (10 Records TEN 45-12)
As warned, the sinuously loping loose limbed 0-106½bpm soulful chick and chap swapped creamy pusher has been rushed out here just as its sneaky appeal has had time to take a hold (inst flip).
BILL WITHERS: ‘Oh Yeah!’ (US Columbia 38-04841)
Instantly familiar like an old friend, this chunkily swaying comfortable 106¼bpm delight has exploded on 7in ahead of his imminent LP thanks to plays on London’s soul radio.
NINA SIMONE: ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ (Charly CYZ 112)
Usefully coinciding with Benson’s ‘Beyond The Sea’ and now unobtrusively spliced into a new “special extended smoochtime version” on proper 12in for the very first time, this 119-121-120-121-120-119-120-0bpm shuffling piano swinger from the late ’50s remains the all-time “goodnight” record in many London clubs. Could it finally hit the charts this time, too?
REDDS & THE BOYS: ‘Put Your Right Hand In the Air Put Your Left Hand Down In Your Underwear’ (LP ‘Go-Go: The Sound Of Washington D.C.’ London BOMB 1)
Stealing the thunder from Fourth & Broadway’s material due to the outrageousness of its chant, this actually unlisted 109bpm excerpt from a continuous live show spread over two sides (drop your stylus in at “love boat love boat love boat love boat” for the last third of Side One) has been titled like this on edited promo-only 7in and is easily the sassiest go go smash of them all y’all! On this double LP, a side each by the lacklustre SHADY GROOVE and PETWORTH seems superfluous.
KENNY G & KASHIF: ‘Love On The Rise’ (US Arista AD1-9338)
Kashif lives up to expectations with a breathily tremulous wriggly almost hesitant 105½-0bpm tapping judderer featuring bursts of Mr Gorelick’s sax, some cliched rock guitar chords and stuttery electro effects (LP Version & saxier semi-inst flip).
CONWAY BROTHERS: ‘Turn It Up’ (US Paula Records PAULA 1245)
Terrific dead simple beefily trotting 118¾bpm funk driver basically instrumental with butch chants and funny interjections by the landlord and other unlikely characters begging “Could you PLEASE turn that up!”, better the longer it’s on (in four mixes, fractionally varying from the BPM-ed 6:43 one).
MAI TAI: ‘History’ (Dutch Injection 234.686)
Those crafty Dutch update and recreate the old Chic/Sister Sledge sound for a crowd-fooling typical jiggly 104bpm chugger (in three mixes) which’ll get ’em singing “fam-ee-lee” instead of “his-ster-ree”! Strong stuff.
CHUCK BROWN & THE SOUL SEARCHERS: ‘Berro e Sombaro’ (LP ‘Bustin’ Loose’ Source EG 26 0520 1)
Brassy funk and such superb soul as Jerry Butler’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, this 1979 set is far from the anticipated wall-to-wall go go . . . and in fact the all too short track that’s exploding is a Spanish chanted Mongo Santamaria-ish 115½-117¼-118½bpm chunky Latin jumper with jazz flute, once big for the mafia.
VARIOUS: ‘Go Go Crankin‘ LP (4th & B’way/TTED DCLP 100)
This long awaited 8-track compilation is and will remain hottest for the all-time go go classic party chanter TROUBLE FUNK ‘Say What?’ (here shorter and much faster at an ever-fluctuating c.110-107-109bpm) which minus its intro chops superbly out of ‘Party Time’, and (similarly shortened/speeded) the 108bpm HOT COLD SWEAT ‘Meet Me At The Go Go‘.
CHANGE: ‘Mutual Attraction’ (LP ‘Turn On The Radio’ Cooltempo CHR 1504)
By far their (here shoddily packaged) album’s hottest cut, this chick-cooed delicate but muscular (0-)104¼bpm sinuous tapper is huge in black clubs while initial support quickly fell away from the over-obvious glibly rehashed ‘Change Of Heart’-like 113bpm ‘Oh What A Feeling‘ — which is unfortunate, as the latter would appear to be the next single.
SMOKE CITY: ‘I Really Want You’ (US Epic 49-05189)
Building through snapping stark beats, guitar, flute and muttering chick so that it sounds slower than 118¾-0bpm, this then strainingly seared and wailed duet is impellingly soulful in a Teena Marie-ish convoluted strange way (inst flip), a specialist goodie.
SECOND IMAGE: ‘Satisfies Your Life’ (LP ‘Strange Reflections’ MCA MCF 3255)
Let a set simmer for a few weeks and you soon see what’s really hot — which boils down to this coolly tripping classy 113bpm ticker with jazzy tinges, although the Rod Temperton-penned equally cool 117½bpm ‘Lights Out‘, and breathy grittier 119½bpm ‘Only Lover‘ had an early bubble too. Cool in fact is the word, they’re as slick as Loose Ends’ last LP. You may have gathered I prefer passion!
KENNY LOGGINS: ‘Love Will Follow’ (US Columbia 38-04849)
Not that the exciting human beat box-ish fast 177½bpm rock flashdance ‘Vox Humana‘ US hit A-side of this 7in isn’t good, the surprisingly long 6:20 flip’s breathily squeaked gently undulating ethereal (0-)50/100-100½bpm smoocher is beautiful blue-eyed soul.
SEVENTH AVENUE: ‘Ending Up On A High’ (Record Shack SOHOT 42)
More excellent 0-132-0bpm Northern Soul from Ian Levine, with a lush tinkling intro leading into ’70s-style disco rattling before the stratospheric fellahs then wail over that Fred Smith beatin’ rhythm, worth hearing by older soul fans. Do The Duck!
PAMELA NIGHTINGALE: ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ (Carrere CART 361)
Routine but bright Eurodisco-type 127bpm squawker to spin you round.
BRONSKI BEAT: ‘Love To Love You Baby/I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me’ (London BITEX 4)
Footsteps introed/outroed newly recorded (0-)94½-138¾-0-138¾-0bpm duet by Jimmy Somerville & Marc Almond re-making the LP’s Donna Summer/John Leyton medley but now preceded by another slower Summer oldie. With the sound effects it’s odd they don’t swat a fly at the end.
CHANTELLE: ‘Make Me Believe In You’ (Fantasia FTAX 103)
Ian Anthony Stephens-produced un-”energetic” sombre eventually chick-sung 120bpm stark moody tripper influenced by ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, written by Curtis Mayfield originally for Patti Jo.
NORMA LEWIS: ‘Dancing With The Desperate (Tonight)’ (London LONX 65)
Oddly dated off-beat attractive ’60s-style 0-117/58½bpm semi-slowie, kinda like Hazell Dean singing Dusty Springfield.
REGGAE’S RECENT chart fling needs a further boost to prolong it, so here’s a checklist of other dancehall hits to consider. Currently hottest of all is WAYNE SMITH ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’ (Greensleeves GRED 169), a mesmeric perpetually spinning 81½bpm chant not unlike Barrington Levy with rhythm box backing, although causing most excitement as the trailblazer of the full “electro”-fication of reggae is PATO BANTON ‘Allo Tosh‘ (Don Christie Records DCR 1), a nagging 79½bpm DJ fast talker building on the “allo tosh, gotta Toshiba?” slogan, while PAUL BLAKE & THE BLOODFIRE POSSE ‘Every Posse Get Flat‘ (Real Authentic Sound RAS 7011) is a tightly controlled electro backed (0-)77bpm intriguing call-and-answer message surprisingly based on ‘Frere Jaques’ (with ultra-slinky 0-64bpm ‘Pink Panther’ flip). Lick wood! Less revolutionary, BRITISH REGGAE ARTISTS FAMINE APPEAL TEAM ‘Let’s Make Africa Green Again‘ (Island BRAFA 1) is a worksong-like all star 0-77bpm chugger to benefit the Save The Children Fund’s long term work in African famine areas, one of its featured stars DENNIS BROWN ‘Ole Man River‘ (Maccabees MPCDB1) being an unexpected gentle 69-70-71bpm reggaefication of the poignant song from ‘Showboat’. Ribber! Ribber! (Jet Star, 01-961 5818, distribute most of the above).
DISCO TOP 85 – April 20, 1985
01 01 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
02 04 SPEND THE NIGHT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
03 02 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (CONTEMPLATING), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
04 03 LET’S GO TOGETHER. Change, Cooltempo 12in
05 06 COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE, David Grant & Jaki Graham, Chrysalis 12in
06 05 BAD HABITS, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
07 10 CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON, RAH Band, RCA 12in
08 24 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE/SHE JUST DON’T KNOW, Steve Arrington, Atlantic LP
09 07 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT/ SHE’S A GO-GETTER/START IT UP, Fatback, Cotillion LP
10 09 WE NEED LOVE, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
11 12 I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, London 12in
12 13 IT’S OVER NOW/THE NIGHT I FELL IN LOVE/MY SENSITIVITY/CREEPIN’, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
13 14 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
14 08 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, US Cotillion 12in
15 28 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
16 11 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
17 19 FAN THE FLAME, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
18 16 WHAT’S MISSING/A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND/YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY/MEDLEY: INNOCENT/ALEX 9000, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu LP
19 46 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE, Skipworth & Turner, 4th & B’way 12in
20 — THE SWEETEST PAIN/SO WHERE ARE YOU?/YOU CAN’T STOP THE RAIN/A NEW HORIZON/MAGIC TOUCH, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
21 31 HAPPY FEET, Mass Extension, Fourth & Broadway 12in
22 15 GROOVIN’, War, Bluebird/10 12in
23 22 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
24 17 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (MASTERMIND MEGAMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
25 — NINETEEN, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in white label
26 42 EYE TO EYE (REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
27 25 IN MY HOUSE, Mary Jane Girls, Motown 12in
28 18 CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/TOO MANY GAMES/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED/MAGIC, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
29 34 LOVE ME RIGHT NOW, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
30 29 OHH BABY (REMIX), Spank, Champion 12in
31 26 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
32 21 PARTY TIME (THE GO-GO EDITION), Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
33 32 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
34 23 YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, T.C. Curtis, Virgin 12in
35 36 THE ABC OF KISSING, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
36 37 LIKE I LIKE IT, Aurra, US Next Plateau 12in
37 41 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
38 27 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, WEA 12in
39 35 HOLD ME TIGHT, Robert White, US Paris 12in
40 38 DANGEROUS/CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS (REMIXES), Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
41 40 ROSES, Haywoode, CBS 12in
42 — OH YEAH!, Bill Withers, US Columbia 7in
43 20 CURIOUS, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
44 30 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, Atlantic 12in
45 73 BEYOND THE SEA (LA MER), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
46 70 THIEF IN THE NIGHT (REMIX)/LA LA, George Duke, US Elektra 12in/LP/UK 12in promo
47 49 MUTUAL ATTRACTION/OH WHAT A FEELING, Change, US Atlantic LP
48 51 BABY FACE, Merc And Monk, US Manhattan 12in
49 — LOVE ON THE RISE, Kenny G & Kashif, US Arista 12in
50 39 YOU’RE GONNA LOVE BEING LOVED BY ME/C’EST LA VIE/DON’T SAY NO, The Manhattans, US Columbia LP
51 57 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
52 — ALWAYS THERE (US REMIX)/FAMILY AFFAIR/BARBARA ANN/THE SWEETEST PAIN/LET’S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO/JAM JAM JAM, Willie Bobo/Sly & The Family Stone/Webster Lewis/Dexter Wansel/Philadelphia International All-Stars/People’s Choice, CBS ‘Club Classics 2’ LP
53 33 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE/GOODBYE’S DON’T LAST FOREVER, Rockie Robbins, US MCA LP
54 50 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
55 — TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, US Paula Records 12in
56 43 STEP BY STEP (EXTENDED REMIX), Jeff Lorber, US Arista 12in
57 58 THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE, Alison Moyet, CBS 12in
58 — SOME KINDA LOVER/NEVER TOO LATE, The Whispers, Solar 12in
59 59 TEASER (UPTOWN MIX), Toney Lee, US Critique 12in
60 74 FOLLOW ME, Ohio Players, AIR City Records 12in
61 81 ‘TIL MY BABY COMES HOME, Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
62 47 FIVE MINUTES OF FUNK/FRIENDS/FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in EP
63 76 INNOCENT/ARE YOU THE ONE?, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in/7in
64 55 COME INTO MY LIFE/SERIOUS FREAK/STOMP AND SHOUT/THE BELLS/OOH WEE, Process And The Doo Rags, US Columbia LP
65 52 MR. TELEPHONE MAN, New Edition, MCA 12in
66 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
67 — WORK FOR LOVE/WE BELONG TOGETHER, Rockie Robbins, MCA 12in
68 53 DO WHAT YOU DO, Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
69 71 MORE THAN I CAN BEAR/BIG ROSIE (REMIXES), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
70 — HISTORY, Mai Tai, Dutch Injection 12in
71 54 SATISFIES YOUR LIFE, Second Image, MCA LP
72 62 SIDEWALK TALK (DANCE MIX), Jellybean, EMI America 12in promo
73 — MEET ME AT THE GO-GO, Hot Cold Sweat, US DETT 12in/4th & B’way LP
74 72 MISSING YOU, Diana Ross, Capitol 7in/video
75 — I WISH I HAD SOMEONE TO GO HOME TO/SEARCHING FOR MY LOVE/I’M SO PROUD, Bobby Womack, US Beverly Glen Music LP
76 44 GALVESTON BAY, Lonnie Hill, US Urban Sound LP
77 — LOVE WILL FOLLOW, Kenny Loggins, US Columbia 7in
78 82 BERRO E SOMBARO, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Source LP
79 66 HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE? (’85 RE-EDIT), Brother D With Collective Effort, Fourth & Broadway 12in
80 80 WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS (with Lillo Thomas)/KING OF MY HEART, Melba Moore, Capitol LP
81 45 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (NEILL KING REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
82 — I REALLY WANT YOU, Smoke City, US Epic 12in
83 — APPRECIATION (US REMIX), Alicia Myers, MCA 12in
84 84 ELECTRIC LADY, Con Funk Shun, US Mercury 12in
85 85 WATCHING YOU, Joanna Gardner, US Philly World Records 12in
01 08 DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
02 02 R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
03 03 EAT YOU UP, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
04 16 FAMOUS PEOPLE, Sharpe & Niles, Polydor 12in
05 28 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in promo
06 10 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
07 06 BOYS COME AND GO, April, Record Shack 12in
08 01 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, Record Shack 12in
09 04 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
10 17 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, Pamela Nightingale, Carrere 12in
11 07 SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in/Dutch Rams Horn remix
12 23 MAKE ME BELIEVE IN YOU, Chantelle, Fantasia 12in
13 05 THE BEAST IN ME, Bonnie Pointer, Epic 12in
14 12 YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE, Nana McLean, US Boulevard 12in
15 09 WALK LIKE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in promo
16 — TUNNEL OF LOVE, Carol Cooper, US Profile 12in
17 13 LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART, Lisa, Fantasia 12in
18 11 I’M NO ANGEL/ECSTASY, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
19 14 VICTIM OF LOVE, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, US Passion 12in
20 — HARMONY, Suzy Q, Canadian Black Sun 12in
21 20 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL, Modern Talking, Magnet 12in
22 19 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/SHOUT IT OUT, Astaire, Passion 12in
23 — DANGEROUS, Natalie Cole, US Modern 12in
24 24 MY LOVE IS MUSIC, Gloria Gaynor, Carrere 12in
25 21 CHEATED BY A PAINTED LOVE/THE ELECTRICITY MEDLEY, Dee Dee/The Electricity All-Stars, Passion 12in promo
26 — IN THE NIGHT, Zenobia, US Streetwise 12in
27 29 IF LOOKS COULD KILL, Pamala Stanley, US Mirage 12in
28 18 MAN IN A MILLION, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
29 — LOVER COME BACK TO ME, Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in promo
30 — DON’T STOP THE TRAIN, Kristeen, Belgian Nunk 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (all fade):
USA for Africa 0-36-72½f, Phil Collins 0-68f, The Colour Field 105/52½-108f, Art Of Noise 68½-34¼f, Tom Petty 80/40f, Marilyn 0-116-118f, Haywoode 114¼f.
5 thoughts on “April 20, 1985: Steve Arrington, Paul Hardcastle, Curtis Hairston, Robert White, Aurra”
James putting the boot into Soul Train rather unfairly in my opinion. There were very few outlets for soul/R&B music in the UK back in the day. Even an appearance on TOTPs was rare as hens teeth. You could count the live appearances by the biggest superstars like the J5 or The Supremes on one hand. The majority of US Soul/R&B stars NEVER appeared on the show. Soul Train UK was a breakthrough- a TV show where we could SEE & hear the biggest acts in the genre. With the advent of satellite channels devoted 24/7 to music videos things did change and of course the internet has finally seen the walls come tumbling down. We can now belatedly see these performers on stage & TV in their prime & in colour- many for the very first time. We are also discovering acts that we never heard of- old and new!
I dunno – I share some of James’s reservations about the UK version of Soul Train. Naturally, I watched it every week, but a lot of it felt slick and soulless in a way that matched the music of the time. The yuppification of R&B? (Also, The Cool Notes seemed to be on it a lot. I rest my case!)
The date of this column – Saturday April 20th, 1985 – was also the day I got together with my partner of the last 35 years, so this is a key week for me. The weekend before, I’d been down in London, visiting a friend. One of his housemates was a long-time soul boy, who introduced me to London soul radio – I forget which stations, but I remember hearing Lisa Lisa’s “I Wonder If I Take You Home” for the first time, and catching a Tim Westwood show – and he was also evangelising about Paul Hardcastle’s as yet unreleased “19”, which is one of those tunes that has a massive instant impact, but little long-term staying power. Anyhow, it became my favourite tune for the next few weeks, until over-exposure did for it…
Paul Hardcastle ‘19’ must have been the next big hit made by the funk pirates – it was played on white label for what seemed weeks before getting its proper release – early days of the holding back of releases which ended up with the situation in the second half of the 90s when some trance tunes were around for a year or more before you could buy the official release. That pirate you were listening was probably Solar because it was massive at this time with a crystal clear reception all over London and the Home Counties and it had saturation play of the ‘Nineteen’ white label.
The Bill Withers record just coming out was his last ever as he did the really rare thing of retiring relatively young and spending the next 35 years until he recently passed away keeping to it.
Damon Rochefort who appears this week was later behind Nomad’s ‘Devotion’ in about 1990.
In a weird coincidence last week JH was on about Bobby Moore and England’s World Cup winners and now he’s talking about another 60s musical figure called Gordon Banks who also had a namesake This time in the goalie.
Also JH was bang on about the Direct Drive follow up – these days just about any BritFunk record from 1978-87 is sought after these days but this one has few takers even now.
Damon Rochefort was writing for RM quite regularly during this part of the 80s but his transition to chart success as Nomad came via numerous remixing gigs, at one point working with Leigh Guest as Double Trouble – they did a samples-stuffed remix of Bam Bam’s ‘Give It To Me’. He left Guest with the Double Trouble name before their hits fronted by the Rebel MC.
Rochefort is now one of the core writing team on Coronation Street – so that’s a pretty diverse CV he’s ended up with!