May 4, 1985: Fatback, Pennye Ford, Loose Ends, Atlantic Starr, Marvin Gaye

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

PAUL HARDCASTLE has made an even more spectacularly high pop entry than Steve Arrington this week! . . . Gloria D. Brown is so hot she has at least seven UK labels after her . . . A&M at the last minute decided not to release the Atlantic Starr LP here until June . . . Lillo Thomas’ last LP is finally set for UK release, but Freddie Jackson is being rushed next week . . . ‘Too Many Games‘ is the new US 12in for Maze, while Bill Withers’ LP (surely due here soon?) is as mellow as you’d expect . . . Sheila E ‘The Glamorous Life’ (Warner Bros W9285T) is the intro-less 127½-0bpm UK re-edit, and hopefully this third time around the exhilarating rattler with its nagging sax/rhythm hook will finally confirm my faith in it as one of 1984’s finest . . . Graham Gold — credited as from Solar Radio rather than Gullivers — had half a second of fame as DJ of the week on 6.20 Soul Train . . . (this Friday’s guests are Paul Hardcastle, Billy Ocean, Lifesighs) . . . Chaka Khan videoed “live” on stage at Hammersmith singing ‘Eye To Eye’ was obviously post-synched with the actual record . . . ACR (Alternative Community Radio) 103.3FM should be going around the clock this weekend in SE Essex . . . Birmingham Nightingale Hi-NRG jock (Wed/Sat/Sun) Tony de Vit and veteran radio man Mike Baker (hi Mike!) present a ‘Dance Hour’ on Beacon Radio relayed also by Wyvern Radio Wednesday midnight, and repeated at club chucking-out time Sunday 3am on the same plus Mercia Sound & Radio Trent . . . BBC Radio Cleveland presenter/ITV Razzamatazz DJ Paul Gough (0429-70036) badly needs a replacement James Brown ‘Honky Tonk‘ 7in for his South Shields Buddy’s weekends — he’ll pay well . . . Gary Webber (Northfield Blairs/Cannock Chasers) is after Jerry Knight ‘Overnight Sensation‘ on 021-358 2863 . . . Adrian Allen, who reminds me his Chelsea Cat venue is in South Shields, says although it doesn’t stock imports the hottest record shop with local DJs (50 go there weekly) is Chartz in Sunderland . . . Paul Barron Entertainments at The Music House, 111 Bole Hill Lane, Sheffield S10, South Yorkshire, urgently needs big name groups to PA for big bread over the next month . . . Steve Young, running disco equipment hire and his own upmarket mobile on 01-455 5055, is desperately looking for high class talking DJs with wide music variety for North London Saturday private functions . . . Beverley Winston, of his publishers Abkco Music (01-580 4571), is searching for first hand reminiscences and especially film of Sam Cooke’s UK visit . . . Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland has made a sensible seeming label move to that home of southern soul, Malaco . . . DeBarge topped US Black 45s, Maze topping instead Black LPs . . . Washington DC suddenly is becoming an American Liverpool, with US labels like Atlantic, Elektra, Manhattan, PolyGram, Columbia & Warner Bros all scouting for go go product in the wake of Island as news of their ‘Good To Go’ movie and the music’s success here rapidly spreads . . . Les Knott, scarpering from home town Harlow where he says most people spend the time hitting each other, is gigging in the Canary Islands for a fortnight before returning to jazz-funk Thur/Fri/Sat at Bishop Stortford’s Juicy Duck . . . The Guvnor “does a Dennis” to become ‘Mad Max Miller’ for Thursday party nights at Harlow Whispers (where Barbara Pennington PAs this Sat); meanwhile, Colin Hudd “does a Kevin” reviving 1976 this Fri (3) at Dartford Flicks — where incidentally on a New Year’s Eve visit David Grant was inspired by all the 70s soul classics to try his current hit revival — Flicks on Bank Holiday Monday (6) having a 6pm Kent Soul Festival Reunion with Colin Hudd, Kev Ashman, The Dude and more . . . Bank Holiday weekend, and sure enough Phil England does Cullompton Blazers Sat (4) . . . Sunday (5) Get Down & Lick Wood’s “2nd massive alldayer” at Hammersmith Palais 2-11pm stars Steve Walsh, David Rodigan, Freddie M, Smiley Culture, Asher Senator, Peter King, Patto Banton & the Fashion crew plus Cool Notes live and Aswad, Direct Drive, TC Curtis, Hi-Tension, Hot Shots PAs . . . Baz Fe Jazz bosses the Jazz Room at Camden Electric Ballroom Fri (3), joins Gilles Peterson at Richmond’s Sheen Road Belvedere Arms Sun (5), and with Chris Reid jazzes Hanley’s Place Club 3pm Mon (6) alldayer funked by Trevor M, Colin Curtis, Jonathan & Simon Smith . . . Paul Oakenfold hip hops Funhouse Saturdays at Scarletts in Purley Royal Oak Centre . . . Joe Field & Martin Collins have moved in Hemel Hempstead and now established soulful Sundays at the Midland Hotel (arrive by 8.45pm to get in, £1 including raffle) . . . Erskine Thompson seems to be making a habit of not turning up as arranged with Loose Ends for confirmed PAs, tsk, tsk . . . Theo Loyla surveyed 300 Superjocks DJs to find their favourite viewing is Dallas, The Tube, Hill Street Blues, Top Of The Pops, Minder — similarly, fave food is steak, curry, Chinese, and the person they’d like to spend a night with had Samantha Fox on top, then Madonna, and “the wife or girlfriend” (aah!) . . . Wiltshire Radio disco DJ Sandy Martin of Swindon’s Brunel Rooms now has all the expense of being a new daddy, just after he’d lashed out on 200 pre-printed cards for the charts he sent us — and we went and changed addresses! . . . Motown seem to have changed their traditional singles prefix from TMG to an anonymous Z . . . Roger Johnson, Detroit style . . . Neil Fincham topically revives Detroit Spinners ‘Love Is In Season‘ at Edinburgh Mad Hatters Sunday Soul Club — spring is the season it was meant for . . . The RAH Band’s video and TV presentation is sadly cheap and tacky, not the mental image I want to remember, and it’s possibly the cause of their dramatic drop in the soul chart . . . Alan Knight (Southsea), the track you want is George Kranz ‘Din Daa Daa’ (Island) . . . ‘Rappin’ Duke’, the label of which doesn’t list an artist, is being credited by Billboard to both Shawn Roberts and Shawn Brown . . . DA HA DA HA, DA HA HA HA-HA HA!


HOT VINYL

FATBACK: ‘Girls On My Mind’ (Atlantic FBACK 1T)
Better late than never, this terrific insidiously wriggling now 101½bpm low down nasty R&B smash has Sanborn’s sax squawking over the rambling chant ‘n chat, with its instrumental and last year’s overshadowed hot tempo-ish 108½bpm ‘Just Be My Love‘. Yes Yes Yes!

PENNYE FORD: ‘Dangerous’ (Total Experience FT 49976)
Sharon Redd’s kid sister is suddenly exploding with the back-to-back exciting remixes of this fun filled electro FX-ified 0-111½bpm jittery disco chugger and her earlier (0-)118½bpm ‘Change Your Wicked Ways‘ (both slower on UK 12in). Don’t miss ’em.

LOOSE ENDS: ‘Magic Touch’ (Virgin VS 761-12)
Not perhaps their album’s immediate standout, this winsome sneaky little 114½bpm wriggler (inst flip) sounds brightly jaunty in its Club Mix — initially marketed with a lavishly gatefolded bonus 12in of their old 122bpm ‘Emergency (Dial 999) (Dub Mix)‘ and 118bpm ‘Tell Me What You Want‘, but also due at some crucial chart stage in another mix with Roy Ayers on vibes!

ATLANTIC STARR: ‘Silver Shadow’ (LP ‘As The Band Turns’ US A&M SP 5019)
Produced by the group’s three brothers Lewis but often sounding more like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the guys and gal get most ‘Change Of Heart’-ish on this attractive 108-0bpm wriggler, 101½bpm ‘In The Heat Of Passion‘, 0-108½bpm ‘One Love‘, then soulfully jiggle the 110¾bpm ‘Thank You‘ and wailingly duet the slow 66½-0-33½-66¾-0bpm ‘If Your Heart Isn’t In It’, all stronger than the here 110bpm ‘Freak-A-Ristic‘ single, cool agonised 85¾bpm ‘Let’s Start It Over’, gentle 40/80-0bpm ‘Secret Lovers’, whipping 120¼bpm ‘Cool Calm Collected’. Too hot to hold until June!

MARVIN GAYE: ‘Sanctified Lady’ (CBS TA4894)
Airily extended on 12in, UK copies of his electronically percolated 116¼bpm cooed ‘n crooned infectious bubbler (as well as its inst) oddly include the classic 95¼bpm ‘Sexual Healing’ — which surely everyone has?

RICK JAMES: ‘Glow’ LP (US Gordy 6135 GL)
The title track superb soulful flowing 117½bpm joyful whomper has scat ‘n solos as it drives gloriously above his norm, other goodies being the typical macho lurching 116¼bpm ‘Somebody (The Girl’s Got)‘, Keni Burke-ish 92bpm ‘Moonchild‘, tortuous 73¼-72¾-72¼-71¾-72¼-0bpm ‘Sha La La La La‘, but less so the jittery 98bpm ‘Melody Makes Me Dance‘, flashdance 135¼bpm ‘Can’t Stop’, predictable 126¾bpm ‘Spend The Night With Me’, 120¼bpm ‘Rock And Roll Control’.

DAVID GRANT: ‘Take My Heart’ (LP ‘Hopes And Dreams’ Chrysalis CHR 1483)
Having shown what can happen when musically true to himself rather than to trendy marketing pressures, David now delivers this sophisticated swaying (0-)92bpm iazz-soul jogger beautifully duetted with Sabrina Gillison, the similar more purposeful 96½bpm ‘Love Is Alive‘, ’70s-ish enthusiastic soaring 108½bpm ‘Where Our Love Begins‘ (evidently follow-up to his 106½bpm hit and its classy 103½bpm ‘Turn Around‘ flip), ‘Medicine Song’-ish 0-108bpm ‘Crime Of Passion’, electro 113½bpm ‘So Excited‘, reggae 72½bpm title track, exotic 125/62½bpm ‘Cool September’, Prince-ish 126bpm ‘How Many Times’.

FIVE STAR: ‘All Fall Down’ (RCA PT 40040)
Helped immensely by their ‘6.20 Soul Train’ appearance, the young family group’s Nick Martinelli-prod/Loose Ends-arranged busy little (0-)115½bpm wriggler is kinda like The Jacksons doing ‘I Forgot’ (inst flip, and instrumental Kashif-ish 108½bpm ‘First Avenue‘).

CENTREFOLD featuring MARGARET BLOUNT ‘Sugar Daddy’ (Streetwave MKHAN 42)
Richie Weeks & Centrefold’s 120/60-0bpm ‘Forbidden Fruit’ reviewed last week off teaser promo turns out to be teamed on 4-track 12in with this “billiard ball” beat sparsely starting infectiously building 115bpm chick sung simple spacious long bounder (edit too), easier on the feet and good value.

RENE & ANGELA: ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’ (US Mercury 880 731-1)
The synth wielding duo’s label debut is a remorselessly nagging ever building electronically jiggled 111½bpm wriggler started and climaxed by Kurtis Blow’s staccato rap with pent-up ‘Plane Love’-ish intensity in between (inst/edit flip), sneakily powerful in current Chaka Khan style.

E.U.: ‘E.U. Freeze’ (4th B’way/ TTED 12GOGO 3)
The rawest go go 12in released here yet, this rattling and blasting choppily stopping and “freezing” loosely strung 106(intro)-103-104-101-103½-103-104-102½-103¾-104-104½bpm rambler has been remade to emphasize its periodic rip-off of Frankie Beverly’s “ah ah ah ah” scat from ‘Joy And Pain’ (two more mixes on flip). The real stuff, like it or leave it, best experienced in a “live” two-way call and answer atmosphere.

CACIQUE: ‘Devoted To You’ (Diamond Duel Records DISCT 1, via EMI)
Pronounced “Ka-seek”, the UK group launch yet another record shop’s label (in Stoneleigh, SW London/Surrey borderlands) with an accomplished Loose Ends-ish initially nervy then mellow then bold 104¾-104½bpm swayer led by the two girls weaving through an ever developing arrangement (inst/edit flip), which could have been more tidily mixed but sounds naggingly subtle on soul radio and seems a likely grower.


POP POURRI
A MIXTURE of odds & ends, MoR, Hi-NRG, Pop.

DAVID LEE ROTH: ‘Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody (Medley)’ (Warner Bros W9040)
Great gruff brassily swinging 124-123½-125-125½-0bpm MoR kicker much influenced by Louis Prima and just right for my type of mobile gigs, highly recommended.

NELLIE LUTCHER with NAT ‘KING’ COLE: ‘For You My Love’ (Capitol/Stateside 12CL 351)
1950 recorded smoothly shuffling 148-143-142-0bpm jump ‘n’ jive with muted trumpet, snarling sax and much period swing for the open minded to enjoy.

CHEYNE: ‘Call Me Mr ‘Telephone’ (Answering Service)’ (les disques du crepuscule 12TWI532)
Continental and now US dance hit by an ex-hatcheck girl at New York’s Dancetaria, a jauntily throbbing 117¼bpm strong pop jiggler like ‘Rapture’ pitched between Cyndi Lauper and Madonna (dub flip), due here on MCA.

DIVINE: ‘Walk Like A Man/Man Talk’ (Proto ENAT 125)
Four Seasons oldie gratingly growled to a (0-)127¾bpm mock Moroder synth beat and rattling break, much of the instrumental backing being separately credited as ‘Man Talk’ which alone is 127½bpm flip.

DEBBIE J: ‘I Can’t Control My Needs’ (Belgian Nunk N 1014)
Eddy (and the Soulband) Conard re-produces some of his ‘Shaft’ noises on a bongos rattled straightforward 129½bpm bomp bam bomp bam racer.

DIZZI HEIGHTS: ‘The Gospel!’ (Parlophone 12DIZZ 1)
Paul Weller originated murky gruff 94½-0bpm rap jiggler with braying brass (dub/inst flip), sorta early Spandau gone hip hop badly!


AFRO BEATS

BOSCA: ‘(We’ll Be) Together’ (Oval OVALT 33/12) This moderately jolly 119bpm soca leaper from Sierra Leone is aimed at Arrow’s market, while more for intellectuals who dance inside their heads rather than on the floor are

DEADLINE: ‘Makossa Rock’ (CellulOid CEL 704), a murkily burbling 107bpm afro-electro-jazz-funk odyssey with Manu Dibango, Bernie Worrell, Bill Laswell, Jaco Pastorius, Paul Butterfield and a didjeridu all doing their thing in an interesting fusion;

HUGH MASEKELA ‘Lady’ (Jive Afrika JIVET 94) a light jigging 113½bpm chugger similarly shifting and shuffling through different instrumental elements in two mixes, out to coincide with his BBC2 ‘Arena’ special on Monday (which includes chat with Quincy Jones);

MANDINGO: ‘Harima’ (CellulOid CEL 702) Gambian kora plinking and ethnic chants ‘n beats fused with Herbie Hancock’s 113bpm Yamaha DX-7;

TOURE KUNDA: ‘Toure Kunda’ (CellulOid CEL 701) a specialist upbeat jumpy 130-128½-129½-130bpm Senegalese jitterer popular in France — at least this one’s lively, although afro despite trendy press coverage has so far been even less popular here than go go!


DISCO TOP 85 – May 4, 1985

01 01 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
02 07 19, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
03 03 I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, London 12in
04 08 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE, Skipworth & Turner, 4th & B’way 12in
05 02 SPEND THE NIGHT, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
06 05 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE/SHE JUST DON’T KNOW/STAND WITH ME/TURN UP THE LOVE, Steve Arrington, Atlantic LP
07 15 LIKE I LIKE IT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
08 18 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, Atlantic 12in
09 06 COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE, David Grant & Jaki Graham, Chrysalis 12in
10 16 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
11 09 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (CONTEMPLATING), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
12 28 DANGEROUS/CHANGE YOUR WICKED WAYS (REMIXES), Pennye Ford, US Total Experience 12in
13 11 BAD HABITS, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
14 17 SETTLE DOWN (REMIX)/I LIKE YOUR STYLE, Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
15 29 HISTORY, Mai Tai, Dutch Injection 12in
16 12 LET’S GO TOGETHER, Change, Cooltempo 12in
17 10 FAN THE FLAME, Barbara Pennington, Record Shsck 12in
18 19 WHAT’S MISSING/A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND/YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY/INNOCENT, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu LP
19 13 MY SENSITIVITY (GETS IN THE WAY)/IT’S OVER NOW/THE NIGHT I FELL IN LOVE/CREEPIN’, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
20 25 EYE TO EYE (REMIX), Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in/7in mix
21 22 GROOVIN’, War, Bluebird/10 12in
22 42 CALLING/HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU (LIKE I DO)/I WANNA SAY I LOVE YOU/ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, US Capitol LP
23 26 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
24 04 CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON, RAH Band, RCA 12in
25 49 MUTUAL ATTRACTION/OH WHAT A FEELING, Change, Cooltempo LP
26 47 THE MORE THEY KNOCK THE MORE I LOVE YOU, Gloria D Brown, US Krystal Records 12in
27 21 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT/START IT UP/SHE’S A GO-GETTER/SEQUENCE 96, Fatback, Cotillion LP
28 45 CAN’T STOP THE LOVE/TOO MANY GAMES/MAGIC/I WANT TO FEEL I’M WANTED/REACHING DOWN INSIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol LP
29 34 BACK IN STRIDE, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
30 35 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, US Paula Records 12in
31 31 THIEF IN THE NIGHT (REMIX)/LA LA, George Duke, Elektra 12in
32 30 PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR PUT YOUR LEFT HAND DOWN IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, Redds & The Boys, London LP/7in promo
33 14 THE SWEETEST PAIN/A NEW HORIZON/SO WHERE ARE YOU?/GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
34 39 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
35 20 HAPPY FEET, Mass Extension, Fourth & Broadway 12in
36 27 MOVE CLOSER (NEW MIX), Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
37 24 OHH BABY (REMIX), Spank, Champion 12in
38 23 WE NEED LOVE, Cashmere, Fourth & Broadway 12in
39 33 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT/FRIENDS, Whodini, Jive 12in
40 64 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY/DANCING IN THE SUN, George Howard, US TBA LP
41 79 SANCTIFIED LADY, Marvin Gaye, US Columbia 12in
42 41 OH YEAH!, Bill Withers, US Columbia LP
43 70 FROGGY MIX/PART 2, James Brown, Boiling Point 12in
44 — MAGIC TOUCH (CLUB MIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
45 — SILVER SHADOW/IN THE HEAT OF PASSION/ONE LOVE/THANK YOU, Atlantic Starr, US A&M LP
46 50 HOLD ME TIGHT, Robert White, Calibre 12in
47 61 TAKE ME TO THE TOP (REMIX), Advance, Belgian BMC 12in
48 36 BABY FACE, Merc And Monk, US Manhattan 12in
49 73 GOLDEN GIRL, Jakata, Motown 12in
50 37 ROSES, Haywoode, CBS 12in
51 38 LOVE ME RIGHT NOW, Rose Royce, Streetwave 12in
52 85 WICKI WACKY/HOUSE PARTY (MEDLEY), The Team, EMI 12in promo
53 43 THE ABC OF KISSING, Richard Jon Smith, Jive 12in
54 46 BARBARA ANN/ALWAYS THERE (US REMIX)/THE SWEETEST PAIN/LET’S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO/FAMILY AFFAIR, Webster Lewis/Willie Bobo/Dexter Wansel/Philadelphia International All-Stars/Sly & The Family Stone, CBS LP
55 75 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME (REMIX)/LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, Nina Simone, Charly 12in
56 — ALL FALL DOWN, Five Star, RCA 12in
57 48 BEYOND THE SEA (LA MER), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
58 44 LOVE TONIGHT, David Simmons, Atlantic 12in
59 — FRESH (US REMIXES)/CHERISH, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
60 55 BABIES/OUTTA THE WORLD, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
61 63 I FOUND MY BABY (REMIXES), Gap Band, US Total Experience 12in
62 — GLOW/SOMEBODY (THE GIRL’S GOT), Rick James, US Gordy LP
63 51 C’EST LA VIE/YOU’RE GONNA LOVE BEING LOVED BY ME/YOU SEND ME, The Manhattans, US Columbia LP
64 56 BUTTERCUP, Carl Anderson, US Epic LP
65 re ANYTHING (PAUL HARDCASTLE/MARK KING REMIXES)/A.B.C. Direct Drive, Boiling Point 12in
66 58 LOVE ON THE RISE, Kenny G & Kashif, US Arista 12in
67 — KEEP ON JAMMIN’, Willie Hutch, US Motown 12in
68 74 SOME KINDA LOVER/NEVER TOO LATE, The Whispers, Solar 12in
69 60 SAY WHAT?/MEET ME AT THE GO GO, Trouble Funk/Hot Cold Sweat, 4th & B’way LP
70 — IN MY PANTS/WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO/PARASITE, The Reddings, Burning Point 12in
71 62 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER/YOU FINALLY FOUND THE ONE/STAY WITH ME/CAUGHT IN THE ACT, Rockie Robbins, MCA LP
72 72 NIGHTSHIFT, Winston Groovy, Jive 12in
73 32 HANGIN’ ON A STRING (MASTERMIND MEGAMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
74 83 FREAK-A-RISTIC/CIRCLES, Atlantic Starr, A&M12in
75 54 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
76 52 MY LOVE IS TRUE (TRULY FOR YOU), The Temptations, Motown 12in
77 — YOU’RE MY CHOICE TONIGHT, Teddy Pendergrass, Asylum 12in
78 re HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE? (’85 RE-EDIT), Brother D with Collective Effort, 4th & B’way 12in
79 82 ALL IN ONE NIGHT, Lifesighs, Pressure 12in
80 — WARM AND TENDER LOVE/RISE TO THE OCCASION, Intruders, Streetwave 12in
81 re I REALLY WANT YOU, Smoke City, US Epic 12in
82 — DEVOTED TO YOU, Cacique, Diamond Duel Records 12in
83 re LOVE WILL FOLLOW, Kenny Loggins, US Columbia 7in
84 67 NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE (NEILL KING REMIX), Third World, Island 12in
85 71 WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS (with Lillo Thomas)/KING OF MY HEART, Melba Moore, Capitol LP


HI-NRG DISCO

01 03 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 06 FAMOUS PEOPLE, Sharpe & Niles, Polydor 12in
03 04 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
04 01 BOYS COME AND GO, April, Record Shack 12in
05 05 EAT YOU UP, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
06 02 R.S.V.P., James & Susan Wells, Fanfare 12in
07 08 TUNNEL OF LOVE, Carol Cooper, US Profile 12in
08 16 DATE WITH THE RAIN, Arnie’s Love, US Profile 12in
09 15 STRANGER IN DISGUISE, Marsha Raven, Record Shack 12in promo
10 13 DANGEROUS, Natalie Cole, US Modern 12in
11 09 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, Pamela Nightingale, Carver 12in
12 22 VICTIM OF LOVE, Charade featuring Norma Lewis, US Passion 12in
13 21 WALK LIKE A MAN, Divine, Proto 12in
14 07 NEW YORK CITY, Village People, Record Shack 12in
15 — YOU’RE SO ROMANTIC (REMIX), Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company/Dutch Beat Box 12in
16 26 SQUARE ROOM, Al Corley, US Mercury 12in
17 19 CAN’T STOP, Rick James, Motown 12in
18 30 RISE UP FOR MY LOVE, Yvonne Kay, Italian X-Energy 12in
19 14 SINDERELLA (REMIX), Betty Wright, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
20 29 IN THE NIGHT, Zenobia, US Streetwise 12in
21 17 LIMELIGHT, Jessica Williams, Mexican Ducal 12in
22 23 MAN IN A MILLION, Life Force, Polo 12in promo
23 — THREE STEPS FROM TRUE LOVE, Margaret Reynolds, US Dubwise 12in
24 25 YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL, Modern Talking, Magnet 12in
25 re LOVER COME BACK TO ME, Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
26 24 MAKE ME BELIEVE IN YOU, Chantelle, Fantasia 12in
27 12 CRASHIN’ DOWN (REMIX), Legear, Proto 12in
28 30 IN THE NAME OF LOVE, Astaire, Passion 12in
29 20 THE BEAST IN ME, Bonnie Pointer, Epic 12in
30 — CHEATED BY A PAINTED LOVE/THE ELECTRICITY MEDLEY, Dee Dee/The Electricity All-Stars, Passion 12in promo


NIGHTCLUB

POP JOX are playing: 1. Grant & Graham, 2. Phyllis Nelson, 3. RAH Band, 4. Steve Arrington, 5. Change, 6. Curtis Hairston, 7. Cool Notes, 8. Paul Hardcastle, 9. Tears For Fears, 10. Skipworth & Turner, 11. Jenny Burton, 12. Loose Ends ‘HOAS’, 13. Lillo Thomas, 14. DeBarge, 15. Chaka Khan, 16. Tin Tin, 17. FGTH, 18. Commodores ‘N’, 19. Alison Moyet, 20. Sheila E JBOSM’, 21. Power Station, 22. Howard Jones, 23. Diana Ross, 24. War, 25. Go West, 26. Third World, 27. Dead Or Alive ‘YSMR (LAR)’, 28. Jermaine Jackson, 29. Aurra, 30. Cashmere, 31. Philip Bailey/Phil Collins, 32. Fatback, 33. Pennye Ford, 34. Dead Or Alive ‘LCBTM’, 35. Madonna ‘MG’, 36. Mass Extension, 37. Spank, 38. James Brown, 39. Mary Jane Girls, 40. Luther Vandross.


HIT NUMBERS

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

Simple Minds 111f, Steve Arrington (0-)113½-0r, New Model Army 198-200c, Curtis Hairston (0-)119f, Divine 127¾f, Toyah 128½f, Kim Wilde 0-169-167f, Belouis Some 107½-108-109-109½f, James Brown c.112 . . . 118f/7in Pt. 2 100½ . . . 115f, Lillo Thomas 0-109f, Barbara Pennington 105f, Robin George 0-113f, Skipworth & Turner 107¼f, Jimmy Nail 0-43-86-0r, Sal Solo 111f, while Phil Collins on 7in is 68f.

6 thoughts on “May 4, 1985: Fatback, Pennye Ford, Loose Ends, Atlantic Starr, Marvin Gaye”

  1. I think Paul Hardcastle hits number 1 in the pop charts around now – arguably the first hiphop number 1 in Britain although New Edition did rap on Candy Girl in 1983.

    If PH doesn’t satisfy some because he’s a white Englishman and New Edition although black Americans are hardly really hip hop does anyone know the first proper hiphop record to top the British charts made by a black American(s)?

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    1. I’d say it was Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Boom! Shake The Room” in September 1993, followed by Coolio “Gangsta’s Paradise” in October 1995.

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  2. Amazing – nearly 14 years after rap first arrived on the UK charts! And when that first entry ‘Rapper’s Delight’ had itself got as high as number 3 on only its 3rd week in the charts right back in December 1979!

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    1. You could make a slender case for including Melle Mel’s rap at the start of Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You”, but Arif Mardin is hardly a hip hop producer!

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  3. There’s always Reasons To Be Cheerful by Ian Dury & The Blockheads that peaked at no. 3 UK in ’79, and was released 2 months before Rapper’s Delight. Not a US release made by black artists but definitely an early Rap tune. Wonder how Dury & co. picked up on it that early?

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