April 27, 1985: Freddie Jackson, Gloria D. Brown, Advance, George Duke, The Gap Band

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

T. C. CURTIS snapped up for his Virgin/Hot Melt label no less than Mai Tai (which, a cocktail, is pronounced “My Tie” — hi Peter!) . . . Alexander O’Neal’s UK 12in will be ‘A Broken Heart Can Mend’/’Are You The One?’/’Innocent’, while Loose Ends follow up with ‘Magic Touch’ — incidentally the latter plus Steve Arrington, ‘Club Classics Volume 2‘ and Jet-star’s TV advertised ‘Reggae Hits Volume 1‘ have been doing deservedly well in the overground LP charts . . . Atlantic Starr’s LP is due on UK release by next week, so save some money! . . . Jakata ‘Golden Girl’ (Motown TMGT 1379) adds its instrumental on UK 12in . . . US smash Animotion ‘Obsession‘ (Mercury PH 3412), the excellent locomoting 115bpm pop chugger I turned on to in DC, is now out here and looking indeed hitbound . . . Bluebird Records worked out from mail order demand the two areas most worth setting up shop in (wouldn’t you like to know the other?!), and have opened a branch in Luton at 16 Stuart Street managed by Solar FM’s Andy Taylor — the “catalogue” mentioned in their advert is actually a 24 page monthly newspaper called Blueprint with features by such radio stars as John Sachs, Andy Peebles . . . Tony Berry, ex-Arista disco plugger and latterly boss of Pinnacle, is updating his CLUB mailing list at Tony Berry & Associates, 33 Mallings Drive, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent ME14 4HF; Music Power Records, the home of Intrigue, are building a mailing list at 37 Grand Arcade, Green Lanes, London N4 1AQ; Jon Williams is running General, Alternative/Hi-NRG, and Black mailing lists at The Reaction Report, Unit 20, Liverpool Business Centre, Mathew Street, Liverpool: all want truthful applications from bona fide DJs . . . Carl Richardson has written a BPM programme for the BBC Micro computer, calculating (in fractions) over exactly 30 or 60 seconds when you press any key in time to a beat: send 40 track disk or cassette tape plus £2 to him at 32 Abbeydale Oval, Hawksworth Park, Leeds LS5 3RF . . . Morecambe’s tourism committee hold a UK Breakers Championship on Saturday June 1, £200 prize for crews (£2.50 enrolment fee), £100 for individuals over & under 16 (£1 fee) — but all enrolments are due by April 30 so call Cary Smith for details on 0524-34386

. . . Ethiopia’s potentially most interesting fund raiser is actually being recorded today (Thursday) in New York by ex-members of such doo wop oldies groups as the Cadillacs, Chords, Dubs, Orioles, Channels, Teenagers, Del-Vikings, Drifters, Halos, Jive 5, Chiffons, Tokens, Mellows — Arthur Crier of the latter, with his son GQ bassist Sabu, co-ordinating the ‘Don’t Let Them Starve’ session which is being videoed by the NYC Board of Education . . . Rare Soul fan Peter Gibbins of Hull infos that the Maze LP track ‘I Want To Feel I’m Wanted‘ was first cut by Frankie Beverly way back on Washington DC’s Rouser label — so rare only two copies reached Britain — before reissue on Philadelphia’s Fairmount label (around £40 when found here), both times as flip to ‘Because Of My Heart’ . . . Expose ‘Point Of No Return‘ topped US Club Play (not a particularly big seller), USA for Africa topping 12in sales . . . DeBarge seem bigger than ever with US pop fans, two old albums even re-entering the chart . . . Lisa Lisa is selling like hot cakes in the States still on UK CBS import, and remains huge with young black Londoners — as is the old Cheryl Lynn ‘Gotta Be Real’ for Steve Walsh’s crowd . . . Carrie Lucas’s import LP nicely revives ‘Goin’ In Circles‘ and ‘Hello Stranger‘, and Gwen Guthrie has a 5-tracker of old remixes (mainly of ‘Padlock’, and powerful) . . . Phyllis Nelson ‘Move Closer’ (which strikes me as being another Ketty Lester ‘Love Letters’) was launched on its way entirely by Tony Blackburn’s perseverance . . . Curtis Hairston does all the vocals you hear multitracked — “I’ve always liked male and female singers and when I came to record I wanted to try and get in between” (he sure couldn’t dance though on Soul Train, whose main stars this Friday should be Chaka Khan, Haywoode, Working Week) . . . Solar, Horizon & LWR all lost their transmitters last Thursday but were back by the weekend, LWR even in stereo now . . . Southwark’s Pentecostal black mayor Sam Beaver King is evidently applying to run a religious community radio station, Gospel Broadcasting Station (GBS) London, when local radio is expanded . . . Pete Tong’s Saturday soul show on Invicta Sound 103.8FM this week moves an hour earlier to 6-9pm . . . DMC mix champ Roger Johnson joined LWR lunchtime weekdays, Eddy James ditto 8-10 Tuesdays, while Damon Rochefort — who confides that now he’s got to know everyone on the soul scene he finds it hard to mouth off about them — has a “Street Noise of the air” on Horizon 5-7.30pm Saturdays . . . James & Susan Wells ‘RSVP‘ has been copied note for note as ‘Our Love Is Heart And Soul’ by The Denials on Canadian BMG . . . Pamela Nightingale used to be called Zippy Azizollah, her real name, when lead singer on Croisette’s old AVI LP produced by Ian Levine . . . Chris ‘Connie’ Crooks took his after-hours day Habits to Squires at Derby’s Rowleys . . . Gillingham’s Paul French unbelievably has moved yet again, now Spatts Mon, Ice Bowl Wed/Sun, Kents Thur, The Avenue Fri/Sat — right that’s yet lot! . . . Chad Jackson mixes just the early evening junior disco at Bolton Dance Factory on Saturdays, Franklin Sinclair taking over after 10pm . . . Rick Robinson starts funking Friday (26) at the actual opening of Brentwood’s brand new Bugatti’s, still does over-21 Sundays at Beckenham McCormacks, and has moved Thursday to London Bridge Royal Oak with PAs etc — also, keeping in with his Soul Patrol, he’s arranging free coaches to Stage 3 on May 24 (details 01-771 1761) . . . Brentwood Bugatti’s (A128 Ongar Road) other jocks include The Dude Sat, Dave Gregory & Kev Hill Wed (when it’s free for members) . . . Hereward Radio’s Steve Allen go go funks Peterborough Fletton Fleet Centre Friday (26) with Nick Graham & Trevor Mac . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn meets Sunday (28) noon at Sunbury on Thames Constines Restaurant (Sunbury Cross Shopping Precinct) with a presentation by Martin Audio . . . Carl Anderson’s old ‘Buttercup‘ is happening again (especially at Caister) confusingly just as a new LP is due . . . Los Angeleans are reportedly all walking around the streets going “da ha da ha, da ha ha ha-ha ha”, the Rappin’ Duke having taken a mighty hold! . . . WHAT IT IS IS WHAT IT WILL BE!


PAUL HARDCASTLE’S controversial ’19’ despite having smash written all over it oddly seems to be considered too offensive for army veterans by his record company in America, who have released ‘King Tut‘ instead — for the time being? Here ’19’ (a perfect synch with the Conway Brothers incidentally) is flipped by the typical 115¼bpm melodic jitterer ‘Fly By Night‘ and wave washed romantic 88½bpm ‘Dolores‘, but another as yet unheard Destruction Mix will add ‘The Asylum (It’z Weird)‘ to that version’s flip. Ever busy, Paul has also remixed ‘Oh What A Feeling‘ and ‘Let’s Go Together‘ back-to-back as the follow-up by Change! Does this man sleep?


HOT VINYL

FREDDIE JACKSON: ‘Calling’ (LP ‘Rock Me Tonight’ US Capitol ST-12404)
Superb soulful love set by the sometimes almost over-mannered Kashif-ish agoniser, hottest being this phone introed 103½bpm sparse tender snapper, the jiggly 115½bpm ‘He’ll Never Love You (Like I Do)‘, lush 92 1/6bpm (eee, you’re so precise James — Ed) ‘Love Is Just A Touch Away‘, and 12in hit 72bpm title track, although the 105¼bpm ‘I Wanna Say I Love You‘, (0-)109bpm ‘Sing A Song Of Love‘, 0-91½/45¾bpm ‘You Are My Lady‘, 0-26/52-0bpm ‘Good Morning Heartache’ (Billie’s) are just about as strong. Not to be missed if masculine breathy, wriggly vocal teasing is your style.

GLORIA D. BROWN: ‘The More They Knock The More I Love You’ (US Krystal Records KRY-16)
Instantaneously powerful Rodney Brown-prod/penned remorseless jiggly snapping 109½bpm chugger in the Jenny Burton/Jocelyn Brown class (inst flip), destined to be huge.

ADVANCE: ‘Take Me To The Top (Remix)’ (Belgian BMC BMC-3528)
Originally on a ‘Studio 57’ mixer LP ages ago, this brilliant Ben Liebrand restructuring of the chix chanted bass burbled 113½-112½bpm roller from over two years back (never issued here by Polydor) is causing a sensation on 12in thanks largely to the way it sounds as if the deck keeps accidentally stopping, only to restart without losing a beat (inst flip). Large!

GEORGE DUKE: ‘Thief In The Night’ (Elektra EKR 5T)
Slightly Arrington-ish percussion tapped episodic 0-113½bpm building wriggler with whispy vocal through buzzing rock guitar, the flip’s dub here being joined by the far more infectious Latin lilting Lionel-ish 114½bpm ‘La La‘ which is ideal with DeBarge.

THE GAP BAND: ‘I Found My Baby (Remix)’ (US Total Experience TED1-2613)
Now speeded closer to the ‘Outstanding’ it so blatantly copies — which doesn’t worry the instantly floor-filling fans of that truly monstrous underground classic! — the 12in of this hypnotic ‘Bolero’-ish intense jogger has three new remixes, the 98½-98¾bpm Club/Dance Mix, 98¾-98½-98¾bpm Remix LP Version w/Breakdown, 98½-99-98¾-0bpm Dub Version (you may wonder at such ludicrous detail, but all three are obviously going to be much mixed, and the original US 12in pressing of ‘Outstanding’ is an unwavering 99bpm).

GEORGE HOWARD: ‘Love Will Find A Way’ (LP ‘Dancing In The Sun’ US TBA TB 205)
The gentle electro backed soprano saxist is nowhere as punchy as on his last hit dance set, but this attractive (0-)100/50bpm Lionel Richie instrumentalisation, the exotically tapping 113½bpm title track, fluidly pushing 103½bpm ‘Stay Here With Me‘, snapping 111½bpm ‘In Love‘, jogging 105½bpm ‘Quiet As It’s Kept’, 95½bpm ‘Telephone’, (0-)88½bpm ‘Moods’ are all good jazzy instrumentals.

THE INTRUDERS: ‘Warm And Tender Love’ (LP ‘Who Do You Love?’ Streetwave MKL6)
Leon Bryant-prod/penned excellent soul vocal group magic maybe most for cosy listening, this (12in intended) 88¾bpm gentle swayer leading such luscious slowies as the 73¼bpm ‘Dedicated‘ (and 73bpm ‘Reprise’), 90bpm ‘Spend A Little Time (With Me)‘ 44½bpm ‘Tell Me’, while the emphatically loping 113½bpm ‘It’s Alright‘, War-like old (0-)118bpm title track hit and slightly corny 120½bpm ‘Rise To The Occasion‘ are the fast ‘uns. The guys wail.

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Come Get Some Of This (Nunk Remix)’ (Belgian Nunk N 1025)
The recent infectious chunky jiggler, chix sung around a butch bloke’s rap, has been brightly remixed with a certain amount of repeat echo — and the original as flip — both now 110bpm.

ENCHANTMENT: ‘Feel Like Dancin’ (Prelude MHST 104)
Surprisingly cool on import, this powerful jittery 105½bpm stomper with whinneying guys getting all het up over the remorseless beat (inst flip) deserves to be bigger now it’s out here.

THE REDDINGS: ‘In My Pants’ (Boiling Point POSPX 738)
Good snortingly solid 107¾bpm heavy funk jolter with snappy P’funk touches and staccato unison vocals mellowing out in spurts, double A-sided on limited pre-release 12in with the guys’ current US hit slow attractive 0-85½-0bpm ‘Where Did Our Love Go‘ (new song) and the spikily lurching Prince-ish 106bpm ‘Parasite‘.

JAMES BROWN: ‘Froggy Mix’ (Boiling Point FROGX 1)
The beat lost me 30 seconds in amidst a flurry of “uh uh uh” effects, but everyone will know what to expect of this Froggy & Simon Harris megamix of all Mr Brown’s ’70s classics. the really clever Part 2 being in almost Double Dee & Steinski style: their problem on Part 1 being that any idiot can fill a floor better by chopping live from one JB single to another while on vinyl that would sound too rough, so something “special” is required.

DELAYLINE: ‘We Can Make It’ (Gas Records GM 2010, via Pinnacle)
Braking car introed old fashioned slightly Galaxy-ish lively 120¾bpm Britfunk bounder leaping spiritedly along through the juddery electro beats of a Paul Hardcastle Remix, no less (inst flip).

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Babies’ (Capitol 12CL 355)
Francois Kevorkian remixed brittle little jittery 0-112½bpm chugger warning in tight breathy voices that “your mama shouldn’t have told you babies were made in heaven” — a salutary birth control message — flipped by its dub and the import hit beefier ponderously jolting tense 0-109½bpm ‘Outta The World’ remix.

EARL KLUGH: ‘Soda Fountain Shuffle’ LP (Warner Bros 925262-1)
The tasty finger picker (that’s acoustic guitarist to you!) gets electronic rhythm frameworks from the likes of Harvey Mason & Greg Phillinganes on a totally self-prod/penned instrumental set designed for sophisticated mellow listening, although jazzier jocks will doubtless delve amidst the 111bpm ‘Moonlight Dancing’. 78½bpm ‘Just Pretend‘, 117½bpm title track, 115bpm ‘Incognito‘, 107bpm ‘Close To Your Heart‘, 93½bpm ‘Rainbow Man‘, 81bpm ‘Baby Cakes’, 40½-0bpm ‘Some Other Time’, 138/69bpm ‘One Night’.

RICHIE WEEKS: ‘Forbidden Fruit’ (Streetwave HENRY 1)
Electronically skittered oddly tempoed semi-slow attractive 120/60-0bpm sax instrumental, nice listening if possibly tricky to slot in initially (edit flip).

RIKKI PATRICK: ‘Never Too Late’ (CBS TX6180)
Bolton’s wanderer has at last written a simple 65½bpm soul slowie to show he can sing satisfyingly without a horrid electro framework: not maybe a hit but flipped by the equally good pent-up spurting 88½bpm ‘So Much In Love‘ (and earlier ugly 123bpm ‘Clear The Way’). Do CBS now see him as Jermaine rather than Michael?


Hi-NRG RELEASES

MARSHA RAVEN: ‘Stranger In Disguise’ (Record Shack SOHOT 43)
A spirited rattling 128bpm high energy galloper, sorta Donna Summer in the navy, racing through the wrong notes.

VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘New York City (Special New York Remix)’ (Record Shack SOHOT 39)
A flowingly remixed beefy 124bpm pounder with squealing sax.

ISLEY, JASPER, ISLEY: ‘Kiss And Tell’ (Epic TX 6081)
An unlikely source for 130½bpm pure HI-NRG with useful inst flip.

DEAD OR ALIVE: ‘Lover Come Back To Me’ (Epic TA 6086)
More mindless hip twitching 125bpm noise for noise’s sake by TV’s new Diddymen (my dear, those trousers!).

PATTI LaBELLE: ‘New Attitude’ (MCA MCAT 958)
The fiesty 137¾bpm ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ canterer finally out here in Extended Mix flipped by an even longer Club Version.

EURYTHMICS: ‘Would I Lie To You’ (RCA PT 40102)
Drums thundered (0-)132-0bpm backbeat basher with a totally different 132bpm brassy rock Extended Mix flip — these out here, while sent me from Belgium:

KRISTEEN ‘Don’t Stop The Train’ (Nunk 1030)
Grafts new vocals over the 135bpm classic Donna-ish original (whatever will Viola Wills say?).


ELECTRO SELECTION

FAT BOYS: ‘Jail House Rap’ (WEA U9123T)
This porky threesome are the best promoted exponents of the gimmicky “human beat box” effect, for which their belatedly released jittery jerky 0-101½bpm US rap smash with nice piano (inst too) is a good enough showcase although the flip’s brilliant “backing”-less c.104bpm ‘Stick ‘Em‘ is far more spectacular (their LP ‘Fat Boys’ (WEA 251 987-1) is also finally out here).

Hip hopping through some other current stuff, BEVERLY HILLS VERSION: ‘Axel F’ (US Club CL-101) is a far more fierce, dangerous and danceable 116½bpm remix of Harold Faltermeyer’s movie theme with a ‘Like Eddie Did‘ rap version flip, while ever opportunistic Began Cekic has produced in ALEX MURPHY: ‘How Far Can You Go (Axel ‘F’)‘ (US Streetwave SWR-101) a powerful 119bpm rapped cover version with inst flip, THE KNIGHTS OF THE TURNTABLE: ‘Fresh Mess‘ (US JDC JDC0041) being a Liquid Liquid-type bass backed busy frantic c.124½-123½bpm cut ‘n scratch exciting instrumental with Dub and light sparse c.126bpm ‘We Are The Knights‘ flip, KING KUT featuring D.J. Cheese: ‘Word Of Mouth‘ (US Beauty and The Beat BAB 100) a good heavily grinding 107bpm cut ‘n scratch MC popped rapper with ‘La Marseillaise’ chiming into the dense atmosphere, THE B BOYS: ‘Stick Up Kid‘ (US Vintertainment VTIS-005) a very exciting starkly pumping weird double time 88½/177bpm electro beats powered staccato rap, THE WORLD CLASS WRECKIN CRU: ‘Juice‘ (US Kru’ Cut KC 003) a ‘Planet Rock’ meets ‘Flight Of The Bumble Bee’ fierce panting and synth blasts spiked 130½bpm vocodered rap, WHODINI: ‘Big Mouth (Beat Box Mix)‘ (US Jive JD1-9332) a starkly backed 102(start)-101½bpm strong aggressive staccato rap in three mixes, JAZZY JEFF: ‘King Heroin‘ (US Jive JD1-9330) a London recorded angry 97½bpm rap reminder of James Brown’s old message of the same name (in three mixes), KURTIS BLOW: ‘Basketball‘ (US Mercury 881-529-1) a chanting chix started drily jittered 0-105bpm rap namechecking his fave players now breaking pop Stateside (nothing to do with an advertorial, surely?), WHIZ KID: ‘He’s Got The Beat‘ (US Tommy Boy TB 854) a chick sung melodically cute soft-centred (0-)114½bpm choppy jitterer with cutting breaks, THE UNKNOWN D.J. (Andre Manuel): ‘808 Beats‘ (US Techno Hop Re-cords THR-2) a rapped 124¾bpm blend of ‘Tour De France’ and ‘Trans Europe Express’.

Other album-derived 12in newies include RUN-D.M.C.: ‘You Talk Too Much’/’Daryll & Joe (Krush-Groove 3)‘ (US Profile PRO-7069) with respective instrumentals, GRANDMASTER FLASH: ‘Girls Love The Way He Spins‘/’Larry’s Dance Theme (Remix & Inst)’ (US Elektra 0-66908), while GIGOLO TONY, LACE LACY: ‘The Parents of Roxanne‘ (US 4-Sight 3-85-FS-4) proves that that particular saga is far from finished!


DISCO TOP 85 – April 27, 1985

01 01 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
02 02 SPEND THE NIGHT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
03 11 I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, London 12in
04 07 CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON, RAH Band, RCA 12in
05 08 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE/SHE JUST DON’T KNOW/TURN UP THE LOVE, Steve Arrington, Atlantic LP
06 05 COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE, David Grant & Jaki Graham, Chrysalis 12in
07 25 NINETEEN, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
08 19 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE, Skipworth & Turner, 4th & B’way 12in
09 03 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (CONTEMPLATING), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
10 17 FAN THE FLAME, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
11 06 BAD HABITS, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
12 04 LET’S GO TOGETHER, Change, Cooltempo 12in
13 12 THE NIGHT I FELL IN LOVE/IT’S OVER NOW/MY SENSITIVITY/CREEPIN’, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
14 20 THE SWEETEST PAIN/MAGIC TOUCH/A NEW HORIZON/SO WHERE ARE YOU?/GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT/SILENT TALKING, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
15 36 LIKE I LIKE IT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
16 13 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
17 15 SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX), Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
18 14 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, US Cotillion 12in
19 18 WHAT’S MISSING/A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND/YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu LP
20 21 HAPPY FEET, Mass Extension, Fourth & Broadway 12in
21 09 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT/SHE’S A GO-GETTER/SEQUENCE 96/START IT UP, Fatback, Cotillion LP
22 22 GROOVIN’, War, Bluebird/10 12in
23 10 WE NEED LOVE, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
24 30 OHH BABY (REMIX), Spank, Champion 12in
25 26 EYE TO EYE (REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in/7in mix
26 33 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
27 23 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
28 40 DANGEROUS/CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS (REMIXES), Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
29 70 HISTORY, Mai Tai, Dutch Injection 12in
30 66 PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR PUT YOUR LEFT HAND DOWN IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, Redds & The Boys, London ‘Go-Go’ LP/7in promo
31 46 THIEF IN THE NIGHT (REMIX)/LA LA, George Duke, Elektra 12in
32 24 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (MASTERMIND MEGAMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
33 62 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT/FRIENDS, Whodini, Jive 12in EP
34 16 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
35 55 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, US Paula Records 12in
36 48 BABY FACE, Merc And Monk, US Manhattan 12in
37 41 ROSES, Haywoode, CBS 12in
38 29 LOVE ME RIGHT NOW, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
39 51 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
40 43 CURIOUS, Midnight Star, Solar 12in
41 42 OH YEAH!, Bill Withers, US Columbia 7in
42 — CALLING/HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU (LIKE I DO)/LOVE IS JUST A TOUCH AWAY, Freddie Jackson, US Capitol LP
43 35 THE ABC OF KISSING, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
44 44 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, Atlantic 12in
45 28 CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/TOO MANY GAMES/MAGIC/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
46 52 ALWAYS THERE (US REMIX)/LET’S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO/BARBARA ANN/THE SWEETEST PAIN, Willie Bobo/Philadelphia International All-Stars/Webster Lewis/Dexter Wansel, ‘Club Classics 2’ LP
47 — THE MORE THEY KNOCK THE MORE I LOVE YOU, Gloria D. Brown, US Krystal Records 12in
48 45 BEYOND THE SEA (LA MER), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
49 47 MUTUAL ATTRACTION/OH WHAT A FEELING, Change, Cooltempo LP
50 39 HOLD ME TIGHT, Robert White, Calibre 12in
51 50 C’EST LA VIE/YOU’RE GONNA LOVE BEING LOVED BY ME/YOU SEND ME, The Manhattans, US Columbia LP
52 37 MY LOVE IS TRUE (TRULY FOR YOU)/I’LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW, The Temptations, Motown 12in
53 27 IN MY HOUSE, Mary Jane Girls, Motown 12in
54 31 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
55 — BABIES/OUTTA THE WORLD (REMIX), Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
56 — BUTTERCUP, Carl Anderson, US Epic LP
57 32 PARTY TIME (THE GO-GO EDITION), Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
58 49 LOVE ON THE RISE, Kenny G & Kashif, US Arista 12in
59 59 TEASER (UPTOWN MIX), Toney Lee, US Critique 12in
60 73 MEET ME AT THE GO-GO/SAY WHAT?, Hot Cold Sweat/Trouble Funk, 4th & B’way ‘Go Go Crankin’ LP
61 — TAKE ME TO THE TOP (REMIX), Advance, Belgian BMC 12in
62 53 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/CAUGHT IN THE ACT/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE, Rockie Robbins, US MCA LP
63 — I FOUND MY BABY (REMIXES), Gap Band, US Total Experience 12in
64 — A LOVE WILL FIND A WAY/DANCING IN THE SUN/STAY WITH ME, George Howard, US TBA LP
65 54 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
66 38 MYSTERIOUS (REMIX), Twilight 22, WEA 12in
67 81 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (NEILL KING REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
68 67 WORK FOR LOVE/WE BELONG TOGETHER, Rockie Robbins, MCA 12in
69 64 SERIOUS FREAK/COME INTO MY LIFE/THE BELLS, Process And The Doo Rags, US Columbia LP
70 — FROGGY MIX, James Brown, Boiling Point 12in
71 80 WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS (with Lillo Thomas)/KING OF MY HEART, Melba Moore, Capitol LP
72 re NIGHTSHIFT, Winston Groovy, Jive 12in
73 — GOLDEN GIRL, Jakata, Motown 12in
74 58 SOME KINDA LOVER/NEVER TOO LATE, The Whispers, Solar 12in
75 — MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME (REMIX), Nina Simone, Charly 12in
76 56 STEP BY STEP (EXTENDED REMIX), Jeff Lorber, US Arista 12in
77 — IT’S YOUR NIGHT (JELLYBEAN REMIX), James Ingram, Qwest 12in
78 — RAPPIN’ DUKE, Rappin’ Duke, US JWP 12in
79 — SANCTIFIED LADY, Marvin Gaye, US Columbia 7in
80 re YOU NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE MINE, Naima, 10 Records 12in
81 — WARM AND TENDER LOVE/IT’S ALRIGHT, The Intruders, Streetwave LP
82 re ALL IN ONE NIGHT, Lifesighs, Pressure 12in
83 — FREAK-A-RISTIC, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
84 78 BERRO E SOMBARO, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Source LP
85 — WICKI WACKY/HOUSE PARTY (MEDLEY), The Team, EMI 12in promo


HI-NRG DISCO

01 07 BOYS COME AND GO, April, Record Shack 12in
02 02 R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
03 06 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
04 05 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
05 03 EAT YOU UP, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
06 04 FAMOUS PEOPLE, Sharpe & Niles, Polydor 12in
07 08 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, Record Shack 12in
08 16 TUNNEL OF LOVE, Carol Cooper, US Profile 12in
09 10 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, Pamela Nightingale, Carrere 12in
10 18 NO ANGEL/ECSTASY, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
11 14 YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE, Nana McLean, US Boulevard 12in
12 09 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
13 23 DANGEROUS, Natalie Cole, US Modern 12in
14 11 SINDERELLA, Betty Wright, US Jamaica 12in/Dutch Rams Horn remix
15 — STRANGER IN DISGUISE, Marsha Raven, Record Shack 12in promo
16 01 DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
17 — LIMELIGHT, Jessica Williams, Mexican Ducal 12in
18 re LET ME FEEL IT (DISCONET REMIX), Samantha Gilles, Record Shack 12in
19 — CAN’T STOP, Rick James, Motown 12in
20 13 THE BEAST IN ME, Bonnie Pointer, Epic 12in
21 15 WALK LIKE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in promo
22 19 VICTIM OF LOVE, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, US Passion 12in
23 28 MAN IN A MILLION, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
24 12 MAKE ME BELIEVE IN YOU, Chantelle, Fantasia 12in
25 21 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL, Modern Talking, Magnet 12in
26 — SQUARE ROOMS, Al Corley, US Mercury 12in
27 20 HARMONY, Suzy Q, Canadian Black Sun 12in
28 17 LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART, Lisa, Fantasia 12in
29 26 IN THE NIGHT, Zenobia, US Streetwise 12in
30=— RISE UP FOR MY LOVE, Yvonne Kay, Italian X-Energy 12in
30=22 IN THE NAME OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 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):

Howard Jones (0-)117½f, Dead Or Alive 125f, Bronski Beat 94½-139-138¾-138½-0c, Dire Straits 114¼-114¾f, Chaka Khan 102¼f, Eurythmics 132f, Freddie Mercury 139¼f, Faith Bros 145¼-0r, Ashford & Simpson 112½f, George Benson 122-117-114-112-0c, Beatles 125-123-125f, Kevin Kitchen 132/66-132¼f.

2 thoughts on “April 27, 1985: Freddie Jackson, Gloria D. Brown, Advance, George Duke, The Gap Band”

  1. Looking at the records reviewed this week classic tracks are rare as hens teeth, compare with the heady days of 78/79 when almost every record was top drawer. By 1985 it does look like everyone had run out of steam and lacked innovation.

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