ODDS ‘N’ BODS
SHOWSTOPPER PROMOTIONS have now officially announced their National Soul Picnic at Knebworth on Saturday August 17, noon-8.30pm in the open air (no circus tent this time), starring Change, Kleeer and Pieces Of A Dream! . . . Stevie Wonder appears to have been so displeased at being the token black act on Live Aid that he refuses to take part, although the official excuse is inevitably that he has to finish his album . . . Madonna has the best-selling 12in by far in America thanks to its B-side being the only form in which ‘Into The Groove‘, a song from her film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, is available: however, here this continuously keened (no break) 116¼bpm moronic chugger will be an already promo-ed A-side (flipped by ‘Holiday’) . . . Shannon ‘Stronger Together (Remix)‘ is breaking up north on promo, serviced well ahead of the joyously churning 0-118¼bpm backbeat basher’s release next week . . . Sonique ‘Let Me Hold And Squeeze‘ is a chick squalled decent 115¾bpm wriggly jiggler in the “New London” style, of which just 500 white labels have been pressed pending a major deal by Intersong Music — bona fide DJs call their Chris Page on 01-499 0067 . . . WEA picked up the (surprisingly, white) Michael St James ‘There Is Only One Love‘, a gorgeous lush 0-89/44½bpm romancer with ‘Summer Of ’42’ sax, previously promoed on white label independently . . . Touch Of Class may yet be out here in its superior original mix, while oddly Gloria D. Brown’s remix won’t now be out at all, and Harold Faltermeyer has done yet another brand new London Remix incorporating bits of ‘Shoot Out’ . . . Eugene Wilde’s remake of ‘Chey Chey Kule’ has been promo-ed as an 113¼bpm UK Remix with a complex long double-beat intro which may be tougher for soul club mixers but stupidly destroys its pop impact: not due commercially until July 22, it’ll be flipped by ‘Rainbow’ and a ‘Got To Get You Home Tonight’ remix, although its US-only “Woody Woodpecker” LP version may yet be added later in a creative marketing ploy . . . Sahara are adding proper vocals to make an actual song, so their original A-side will soon be the flip, and T.C. Curtis has an evidently better remix due . . . ‘Ready Steady Go’ brought back memories for older folks and must have been an education for the young, the Otis Redding special reminding me that the central most prominently featured of the three go go girls, Sandy Sarjeant was discovered by the series dancing at my allniters in Soho’s Scene Club! . . . ‘6.20 Soul Train’ this Friday has 400 Blows, RAH Band, Chris Cameron, Aretha Franklin, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Isley Brothers . . . ‘Top Of The Pops’ looks like moving “live” to Tuesdays, presumably to leave more of the week available for the sales it generates to register so that then Gallup can bring their chart compilation date forward, and allow Radio One to compete against the fresher ILR Network Chart with a brand new chart of their own? (I expect most people will still do their record shopping at the weekend though) . . . Horizon (fully), Solar (fitfully), LWR (fleetingly) finally returned after the longest bust-caused break in London’s soul airwaves yet Radio London, despite trumpeting soul throughout the week, have strangely stopped relaying their own star Robbie Vincent’s Sunday evening Radio One soul show (still however on 89.1FM), replacing him with Radio Two’s ‘Your 100 Best Tunes’! . . . Radio London’s Soul Night Out this Thursday (27) visits Luton Pink Elephant and will be relayed by the new BBC Radio Bedfordshire (as in future will be Dave Pearce’s full 10pm-1am soul show Thursday nights) — however, in a big splash to end this current season, the Soul Night Out next week (appropriately the 4th of July) will find just Steve Walsh at Hammersmith Palais with an expanded PA line-up of Jaki Graham, David Grant, Paul Hardcastle, Phil Fearon, Phyllis Nelson, Imagination, Five Star (if they turn up), and actually playing live The Cool Notes, while in a simultaneous two-way broadcast link Tony Blackburn & Dave Ricardo, whose regular show with Tony as guest will precede the 11pm Hammersmith link which similarly will be followed by Mary Thomas’s show with Dave as guest, both carried here on Radio London exactly as they are being heard at that moment in New York, commercials and all! . . . Dave Treharne on DevonAir 95.8/95.1FM this Saturday starts three weeks of ‘Rock Me Gently’ 10pm-1am with the central hour devoted to old, and deep, soul . . . Skipworth & Turner topped US Club Play, Whitney Houston Black LPs . . . Helena Springs will be backing David Bowie at the Live Aid show, and is live at London’s Hippodrome sometime soon . . . Carl Anderson had to cancel a UK trip to promote ‘Buttercup’ as a stage musical he recently joined in Philadelphia wouldn’t give him time off . . . Al Green and Sly Stone have signed to A&M, while in the USA New Order are on Quincy Jones’s label Qwest . . . Tommy Boy in the States are soon to couple on promo only all three Double Dee & Steinski mastermixes . . . ‘The Complete Story Of Roxanne‘ (US Compleat 671014-1) is a £6.99 8-track LP of cover versions tracing the Roxanne saga to date . . . Tricky Dicky Scanes, dedicated (rightly) to turning his customers at Soho’s Record Cellar shop towards more than just Hi-NRG music even if that does pay his bills, celebrates on July 1st the 14th anniversary of his opening London’s first commercial gay disco club . . . Hi-NRG breakers include Terry Wade ‘Single Girl‘ (Big Top), Sharon Redd ‘Undercover Girl‘ (US Prelude), Bad Boys Blue ‘You’re A Woman‘ (German Coconut), LaJeune ‘Love Is Only Skin Deep‘ (US Mastered), Curtis & The Boom Box ‘Black Kisses‘ (Dutch RCA) . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn meets Sunday (30) at noon in Windsor’s Royal Adelaide Hotel (Sheet Street), with a tax consultant talking . . . Thursday (27) the Canadian Club Disco Doubles Championship grand final is at Tottenham Ritzy . . . Friday (28) Pete Tong & Eddie Gordon start souling Gravesend’s new late licence The Waterfront weekly, T.C. Curtis PAs for DJ Bob James at Hastings Pier, and Adrian Allen at South Shields Chelsea Cat has an all white night (half price if dressed accordingly) . . . Sunday (30) Martin Collins, Jeff Young, Joe Field, Nicky Holloway & Ralph Tee celebrate Hemel Hempstead Midland Hotel’s noon-10.30pm summer soul alldayer in a marquee, Baz Fe Jazz, Chris Reid & Rhythm Doc do Birmingham’s first ever Latin-jazz alldayer 4-10pm at Bobby Browns (in Gas Street aptly!), mixers Froggy & Flip join John Dean at Hastings Images, and The Cool Notes PA at Peterborough Canters . . . Soul On Sound’s next funktion at the Hippodrome is Wednesday (3) with Tony Jenkins, Steve Wren, Ray Stevens and doubtless Damon Rochefort . . . Peter C. Helyer considers himself fully employed now at Cardiff Ritzy Mon/Fri, Bristol Studio Wed, Gloucester Cinderellas Rockerfellas Thurs/Sat — um, what about Tues/Sun, you idle boy! . . . Neil Matthew, souling Basildon’s “laid back” Flying Childers pub Mon, wonders whether our disco chart-topper’s sales have suffered from people asking for Rene & Renato ‘Save Your Love’, only to be told it’s deleted! . . . I did a wedding gig last Saturday that the host insisted had to end at 1am, after which nobody wanted to stop so someone drove a car right inside the marquee, opened all the doors, and everyone carried on dancing to its stereo at full blast! . . . I made the mistake of using the 7in version of Sister Sledge ‘Frankie‘ — yeucch, it sounds so thin and weedy! — but a bigger success was the superior original 174½bpm Rockin’ Sidney ‘My Toot Toot‘ (Jin KID 001, via EMI/Priority), followed nicely by ‘Casatschok’ . . . Colin Hudd (Dartford Flicks) now mixes David Grant ‘Love Is Alive’ vocal/instrumental/Jaki Graham ‘Round And Around’ while Graham Gold (Mayfair Gulliver’s) as well as the Skipworth & Turner mix also synchs Maze ‘Twilight’ with the old 109½bpm Royalle Delite ‘(I’ll Be A) Freak For You‘ . . . Mink ‘You Were The One (Too Late)‘ is in danger of becoming THE one that got away in ’85 — but why, as it’s brilliant? . . . Gary Hickson (0253-66701), also after early-week residences in the North-West, offers a graphics package to clubs with video facilities . . . Mike Page, Thur/Sat at Shrewsbury Park Lane with Paul Anthony, is also at Shifnal’s currently being refitted Boo’s for whose grand reopening he’s after PAs on 0952- 461517 . . . Dave Morris is expanding the mailing list at Elite, 262 Holloway Road, London N7 6NE . . . Justin Lubbock, son of hot LA-based arranger Jeremy Lubbock, has taken over disco promotion at Impulse, while Debbie Gopie, no longer an employed disco plugger, stupidly didn’t keep a personal record of the DJs on her list and wants to hear from them again on 01-352 8027 . . . Brown Music? — currently in the marketplace are hot toons by Gloria D. Brown, Shirley Brown, James Brown, Julius Brown, Keisa Brown, O’Chi Brown and Chuck Brown . . . clear the decks, LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!
BARBARA PENNINGTON: ‘On A Crowded Street’ (Record Shack SOHOT 49)
Looking lovely, Barbara’s even better than on her last to my mind over contrived attempt at the Man Tran/Kid Creole style, this terrific happy brassy swinger being almost pure Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band! Producer Ian Levine’s original 105¼-105½-105¼-105½-105¼bpm 12in mix is however just too damn long, so the label have laughed off the first thousand white label pressings as a “full unedited version” and will make the commercial release a more sensible length (dub inst flip).
RICK JAMES: ‘Glow/Glow Reprise’ (Gordy ZT 40224)
Seemingly around for ages though only now finally seeing UK singles release, Rick’s easily churning 117½-0bpm sinuous whomper has some glorious scat and brass solos (inst flip).
STEVE ARRINGTON: ‘Dancin’ In The Key Of Life (Remix)’ (Atlantic A9534T)
Obviously always destined to be the follow-up to ‘Feel So Real’, this similar if less dense 115¼bpm jittery joyous leaper has been slightly remixed towards the end (inst, and more stolid 0-111½bpm ‘Turn Up The Love‘ flip). Continue reading “Jun 29, 1985: Barbara Pennington, Rick James, Steve Arrington, Willie Hutch, Cameo”