ODDS ‘N’ BODS
PAUL HARDCASTLE has now anonymously produced a cricket pisstaking ‘N-N-Nineteen Not Out‘ by The Commentators (featuring Rory Bremner of Spitting Image) for rush release on WEA, while the Bluebird/10 label has been legally prevented from reissuing ‘Rain Forest’, but not before some copies snuck out to become instant collectors items (especially the 33 1/3 rpm 3-track 7in of ‘Rain Forest’/Remix/’Forest Fire’!) . . . The Team, whose pop progress was delayed by pressing problems, have an even better percussive remix by the Blood Succulas due now, Chris Cameron has a slicker Club Remix next week, Mark Fisher has indeed been remixed, Les Adams has remixed Cacique for rush release, while on US 12in are slight remixes of Steve Arrington ‘Dancin’ In The Key Of Life’ and Melba Moore ‘When You Love Me Like This’ — it’s now reaching the stage where record companies are lucky to sell any singles at all, with everyone hanging on to their money while they wait to see which of the inevitable remixes will be the definitive one to buy . . . I hear that Duran Duran’s sales have suffered badly because some punters refuse to believe ‘A View To A Kill’ won’t be on 12in let alone remixed! . . . Maze ‘Twilight‘ will be teamed on 12in here with remixes of ‘Too Many Games’ and ‘Back In Stride’ — the latter incidentally did most of its US Black chart-topping business down in the Southern States . . . Billboard’s Hot Black singles currently include such as Wham!, Phil Collins, Howard Jones, Sting, Don Henley, thanks to US urban contemporary radio playlisting them, while Cheyne ‘Call Me Mr Telephone‘ topped Club Play there — I’m surprised it isn’t bigger in pop clubs here, actually . . . Whitney Houston’s eponymous LP is now out here (Arista 206978) as is the Rodney Franklin ‘Skydance’ LP (CBS 26399), with its Richie-esque carnival ‘Fiesta‘ 121bpm — and the Marvin Gaye LP here is a teensy fraction faster too . . . Stevie Wonder’s new album ‘In Square Circle’ would appear to be a good’un — trouble is, Motown are still waiting for him to approve the art work! . . . London’s soul radio has brought out a brand new generation of kids for whom black music seems exciting and what’s happening, just what it needed, for the first time since the “soul boy” scene went stagnant, yet the old guard of club DJs (who no longer control it) are grousing that the music now is shallow and their tried and trusted (ie: boring as hell) oldies don’t work any more — in other words, it’s a brand new day so let a man come in and do the funky popcorn, the new generation have their own groove and their own favourite 105bpm oldies (yet Kent’s “godfather” promoter still boasts that his jocks get a crowd going with ‘Contact’, none of that modern muck!) . . . Fatback dropped the Band from their name to indicate their broader more modern direction, with good reason as indeed most of their mid-’70s oldies were totally alien to today’s ‘Is This The Future?’ generation at Hammersmith Odeon last weekend, where only ‘Spanish Hustle’ caused a stir (although ‘Bus Stop’ was used for some sexy audience participation dancing), the audience on their own sounding more capable singing the roof-raising ‘I Found Lovin’ than the uncharesmatic John DeBerry, while Linda Blakely really shook ass on ‘Play With Me Tonight’! . . . Steve Walsh preceded them with a disjointed series of mimed PAs by Mistaken Identity (with a chick like a less buxom Chaka), whose ‘The Answer‘ still deserves more support, Intrigue, who need a choreographer bad, Mark Fisher & Dotty Green, chucking out T-shirts, The Team, whose T-shirt chucking caused pandemonium, and Five Star, perfectly synchronised but almost totally in the dark — I don’t find this technological age of lighting rigs, which so often leave the stage in semi-gloom, an advance over the old days when there were footlights where now there are foldback speakers . . . ‘6.20 Soul Train’ if it is to continue having any credibility really must as a matter of priority hire an adviser who actually knows what’s going down on the street: that said, this Friday’s has The Team, David Grant, JoAnna Gardner, Al Green, McFadden & Whitehead . . . David Grant’s latest video was shot in 10 hours, edited in 12, and shown on TV within four days of the camera crew actually turning up, all for £17,000 (which is enough) whereas Go West spent £120,000 on their video and are lucky if TV shows more than 20 seconds — aren’t the economics of modern pop bonkers? . . . David Grant, Phil Fearon and lots more late night revellers (whose anonymity is guaranteed) celebrated Chris & Carol Hill’s wedding last Wednesday, much of it videoed by producer Tony Eyers — including Carol falling off her horse in an expensive ‘Dynasty’-style cream satin suit, now with green trim (sidesaddle, satin, bareback, bump!) . . . “Phil Who?”, asked Chris’s mum, on being introduced to the star whose music her son publishes — yeah, and even now after 16 years my own mother can’t remember the name of Record Mirror! . . . Island boss Chris Blackwell admits about the low budget $1 million ‘Good To Go’ go go movie, due to open in August Stateside, “There’s simply not enough strong material to break the music ahead of the film” — this and much more was interestingly reported by The Washington Post of May 20 (it’s useful having a godmother in DC!) . . . Berry Gordy’s ‘The Last Dragon’, opening here in a month, is terrific fun which after a few first embarrassed titters will have you in gales of guffaws as you suddenly realize it’s an hilarious comedy on purpose, concerning a naive black kung fu master (Taimak) called ‘Bruce’ Leroy (geddit? — there’s even a “Hey Leroy!” joke), a gorgeous video jock (Vanity), a massive Black Shogun Of Harlem (Julius J. Carry III, likely to eclipse Mr T.), a send-up of Cyndi Lauper, some cute kids, comic villains, martial arts, and many good cross-cultural jokes about the black hero acting like he’s Chinese while a Chinese rap trio jive talk like they’re black: in fact there’s so much to enjoy on many often subtle levels (how’s Sum Dum Goy for a Chinese name?), it’s a shame the music isn’t any better — to my mind the best track, by the Chinese rappers, doesn’t even make it onto the soundtrack LP . . . ‘Fast Forward’, the Sidney Poitier-directed dance movie, has shown up here on RCA Columbia video cassette rather than in cinemas . . . Steve Davis, consoling himself after his snooker defeat, is back practising his disco mixing! . . . Essex Radio’s new expanded soul policy seems to have spurred South-East Essex’s so far only intermittent soul pirate ACR 103.3FM into broadcasting around the clock Fri-Sun every weekend now . . . Solar FM and LWR quickly recovered from transmitter raids last week, Horizon were still silent when last heard . . . Jasper souls the early hours 1.30-3am Mon-Thurs on Skyline Radio 90.2FM, his gigs being Egham 21’s Fri/Barnet Broadway Sat/Mill Hill Bradways Sun . . . Pete Tong may find The Dude is a gunslinger . . . Greg Edwards evidently appears on Divine’s new single, while Capital’s Sunday 5am gospel jock Al Matthews has had to shave his head for a film he’s in! . . . Adrian Dunbar (Bournemouth Bolts, with Kelly Marie this Sunday) apologises to Tricky Dicky that his gay club isn’t playing much soul: “perhaps he meant the smaller venues where you have to play pop hits to get them on the floor?” (like it, like it!) . . . Friday (14) Colin Hudd reviews 1978 at Dartford Flicks, and Dave Rawlings looks for Basingstoke’s worst dancer at Martines (where — no connection! — Sean French joins him next Wednesday) . . . Paul Morrissey joins Paul Lewis (the Pauls that refresh?) funking Swindon Brunel Rooms Amphitheatre Saturday (15), when Five Star hit Harlow Whispers . . . Kev Edwards wheels Take Three around Merseyside to Birkenhead Promises and The Sandpipers Sun (16), Warrington Carlton and BBC Radio Merseyside Mon (17) . . . Disco Mix Club’s hit mixer Sanny X now has a guest spot at London’s Hippodrome every Tues/Fri . . . Edinburgh jock Cramond Perry, still alternating Saturdays at Mistys On The Mound and Reflections (every Sunday there too), does Thurs and funky Fri at the brand new plush Madison by the Playhouse theatre . . . Paul Anthony, still at Cuddles near Solihull Wed, joins Mark Page at Shrewsbury Park Lane Mon/Thur/Fri/Sat . . . Big Phil Etgart adds Fri as well as heaving Sun at Wembley Stallones (pub hours) . . . Big ‘H’ jazzes Staines Jacksons Tues, Ascot Belvedere Fri, Teddington Le Moulin Sat (& Sun lunchtime), and does Woburn Grange Foxy’s ladies night Thurs . . . Eon Irving, obviously blind tired before, corrects he’s Mon/Fri at Chelsea Mainsqueeze where it’s ‘Rain Forest’ that ‘Forbidden Fruit’ mixes with . . . Andy ‘Bomber’ Boules (who must be a petonk player!) has joined Halstead’s Mirror Image Roadshow, ex-Faze One . . . Michael Buzzi, polishing up his English, tries his best to play funky alternatives to the usual Europop at Mettmenstetten’s Disco Club Tiffany in Switzerland, which could be useful for holidaymakers (if they know where it is!) . . . Kenny Copeland’s disco plays seem to depend on the weather each weekend . . . Pete Haigh (0253-824156) is now after J.R. Funk & The Love Machine ‘Feel Good Party Time‘ (US Brass 12in), the James Brown clone I reviewed Sept 6, 1980 (that particular page of Record Minor was blown up big for the BADEM show and now graces my bathroom wall!) . . . DJs who could honestly use Virgin’s segued ‘Massive 1’ reggae hits album at their venues should contact Hot Licks on 01-486 8794 . . . DJs in places outside mainland Britain (Ireland, Channel Islands, Europe and anywhere that UK release schedules don’t apply) must realize that record companies are unable to include you in their tightly budgeted mailouts, which are designed to expose their product in areas well served by chart return shops . . . Gary Hickson, pulling 2,500 at weekends to Blackburn’s Peppermint Place Pepps 2, complains he knows many mobile and Top 30 resident DJs who received promos every week but won’t be playing them until jocks like himself have helped to chart them by buying often two copies to break them in a mix . . . I wish record companies could bike their stuff to my home address, as I never get mail on a Saturday and rarely on Monday for some reason, especially now I’ve started a disco column in Music Week (as a supplement to that well known spelling mistake Barry Lazell!) . . . North West Ten turns out to be Phil Who’s brother Lenny Fearon with two chums, their 119½bpm ‘I Choose You‘/120¾bpm ‘You’ve Got All Night‘ double-sider being due July 1 . . . Ian Levine’s production is really Dr Buzzard for Barbara Pennington’s follow-up, an M&M remix however ruining Miquel Brown’s ‘Close To Perfection’ which hopefully can be altered before reaching vinyl . . . MCA in the States have chickened out over its lyrics being too suggestive for radio and have stopped promoting One Way ‘Let’s Talk’ — pooh! . . . LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!
LUTHER VANDROSS: ‘It’s Over Now’ (US Epic 49-05228)
Always his album’s most danceable track, this soulfully teased lurching smacker has been much freak-ified with fancy effects and “get out” growls for a drastic and powerful 110(intro)-113(start)-114-114½-114¼-113¾(break)-114¼-0bpm Dance Remix (straighforward inst flip), not as blatant as a Chaka Khan but exciting enough to smash.
9.9: ‘All Of Me For All Of You’ (US RCA Victor PW-14083)
Richard Dimples Fields-produced good looking girlie trio wailing an excellent simple brightly bonking 115¼-115¾-116¼bpm disco wriggler, with a far harder Dub Version and the traditionally bluesy 92bpm ‘Little Bitty Woman‘ as flip, exploding right out of the box!
SKIPWORTH & TURNER: ‘Thinking About Your Love (A Lady Sings The Blues) — Remix #2’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRWX 23)
Now extremely different, this Jocelyn Brown-ish 106½bpm remix finds Helena Springs wailing and gurgling after the long intro and then counterpointing the guys in a remix what is a remix (original as flip), even if it is only likely to get many of the same people buying it yet again. Does that make it a hit?
KLEEER: ‘Lay Ya Down Ez’ (LP ‘Seeekret’ Atlantic 781254-1)
This slightly Isleys-ish softly sensual 0-108¾bpm caresser is another ‘Intimate Connection’ and the Eumir Deodato co-produced strong set’s slow sizzler, uptempo being the ‘Keeep Your Body Workin’-like datedly bounding 123½bpm ‘You Got Me Rockin‘, ominously chugging 0-112¾bpm title track, slowly preambled snappily wriggling 121¾bpm ‘Take Your Heart Away‘ single, gently burbling 117½bpm ‘Call My Name‘, slinky 107½bpm ‘Never Cry Again‘, frantic 126¾bpm ‘Do Not Lie To Me‘.
ATLANTIC STARR: ‘Silver Shadow’ (A&M AMY 260)
Barbara Weathers warbled delicious jiggly (0-)109½-0bpm swayer like a less urgent ‘Change Of Heart’, now massive, flipped by the snappily whipping 121¾bpm US Club Mix of ‘Cool, Calm, Collected‘, while on the already released LP ‘As The Band Turns’ (AMA 5019) the 0-108½bpm ‘One Love‘ and 101¾bpm ‘In The Heat Of Passion’ are even more Jimmy Jammy.
RICK JAMES: ‘Glow/Glow Reprise’ (US Gordy 4539GG)
While his LP ‘Glow’ (Gordy ZL72362) is now out here, with the 92bpm ‘Moonchild‘ and 116¼bpm ‘Somebody (The Girl’s Got)‘ its next hottest cuts, the blazing title track has been linked at the end on 12in to its previously fragmentary slow singalong reprise, making an easily churning 117¾-0bpm sinuous whomper with glorious scat and brass solos (much longer inst flip).
RENE & ANGELA: ‘I’ll Be Good’ (LP ‘Street Called Desire’ US Mercury 824 607-1)
With Miss Winbush especially desirable on the sleeve, this purposefully rolling 108bpm ticker is virtually part two of Yarbrough & Peoples’ ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’ (mix ’em and they answer back!), by far the hottest track on a good album that I’ll review in full later.
JAKI GRAHAM: ‘Round And Around’ (EMI 12JAKI 4)
Getting rave reaction, this Derek Bramble-prod/penned slickly soaring smooth (0-)101½bpm soul roller is reminiscent of David Grant’s ‘Love Is Alive’ with Jaki in excellent voice (you’d never guess from her sophisticated singing how raucous she is in real life!), another good untitled 114bpm bonker joining the flip’s edit.
BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘If I Ever Lose This Heaven’ (LP ‘Systematic’ US Columbia FC 39907)
Starting with busily rumbling synth but then straightening out into an almost duetted kicking 109bpm swayer of punchy beauty, this and the radio favoured gradually unfurling but then typically soaring 0-111½bpm title track shuffler are the handsome ex-Miracle’s mellowest goodies on a fast-selling set that I’ll do in full next week.
B.B. & Q. BAND: ‘Riccochet’ (LP ‘Genie’ Dutch Break Records 1850331)
The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band are very Change/SOS Band-like throughout this excitable nervy 114bpm wriggler, then 110½bpm ‘Main Attraction‘, 107¾bpm ‘Dreamer‘, 113½bpm ‘Don’t Force It‘, less good 116bpm ‘Won’t You Be With Me Tonight‘, while the strong Solar-ish 113¾bpm ‘On The Shelf‘ is now also correctly married with its label as flip to more recent 12in pressings of the here 99¾bpm title track (which in this different LP mix was the mis-labelled initial B-side on 100bpm 12in). A shame ‘Shelf’ won’t be the UK flip.
MICHAEL LOVESMITH: ‘Break The Ice’ (US Motown 4537MG)
Marvin Gaye flavoured jittery slow 100½bpm hot tempo tugger causing quite a stir, with a less substantial brightly strutting 115bpm ‘Lucky In Love‘ flip.
YORK: ‘Don’t Stop’ (LP ‘New: York’ US Passion Records PRC-786-19)
Building quite a buzz with his self-promoted set, the good Dr. York reputedly uses the original backing track for this 111¾bpm revival of the old Passion disco swayer he helped produce, other good soul dancers being the rather Band AKA-ish sax squawked rolling 115bpm ‘Plain As Black And White‘ and smoothly chugging 116½bpm ‘Star‘, while the Stylistics 63½bpm ‘You Are Everything’ is hottest of many romantic slowies.
DISCO TOP 85 – June 15, 1985
01 01 HISTORY, Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
02 03 WICKI WACKY HOUSE PARTY, The Team, EMI 12in
03 06 SAVE YOUR LOVE (FOR #1), Rene & Angela, Club 12in
04 05 THE MORE THEY KNOCK THE MORE I LOVE YOU, Gloria D. Brown, 10 Records 12in
05 22 SILVER SHADOW/ONE LOVE, Atlantic Starr, A&M LP/12in promo
06 13 BUTTERCUP, Carl Anderson, Streetwave 12in
07 24 TURN IT UP/MASTERMIND MIX, Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
08 02 19, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
09 17 MAGIC TOUCH (THE VIBES VERSION), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
10 41 LAY YA DOWN EZ/YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’/SEEEKRET/CALL MY NAME, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
11 11 19 — THE FINAL STORY/KING TUT (REMIX), Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
12 33 GENIE/ON THE SHELF, B.B. & Q. Band, Dutch Break 12in
13 04 FEEL SO REAL, Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
14 16 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE (REMIX), Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way 12in
15 21 GLOW, Rick James, US Gordy 12in
16 19 WHAT’S MISSING, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
17 08 LIKE I LIKE IT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
18 20 ALL FALL DOWN, Five Star, Tent 12in
19 15 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way 12in
20 07 I WANT YOUR LOVIN’, Curtis Hairston, London 12in
21 27 LET’S TALK/DUB VERSION, One Way, MCA 12in
22 09 GIRLS ON MY MIND, Fatback, Atlantic 12in
23 14 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE, Steve Arrington, Atlantic LP/US 12in
24 34 FIDELITY, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia 12in
25 18 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
26 75 BEST PART OF THE NIGHT (UK REMIX)/STEP BY STEP (US REMIX), Jeff Lorber, Club 12in
27 35 MOVIN’/INSTRUMENTAL, 400 Blows, Illuminated 12in white label
28 26 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
29 50 PICK UP THE PIECES/WATCHING YOU (REMIX), JoAnna Gardner, Boiling Point 12in
30 — THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE (A LADY SINGS THE BLUES – REMIX #2), Skipworth & Turner/Helena Springs, 4th + B’way 12in
31 36 OH WHAT A FEELING (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), Change, Cooltempo 12in
32 — ALL OF ME FOR ALL OF YOU, 9.9, US RCA Victor 12in
33 10 19 (DESTRUCTION MIX), Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
34 28 OH YEAH!/LOVELY DAY, Bill Withers, CBS 12in
35 44 BABY DON’T HOLD YOUR LOVE BACK, Bridge, US Atlantic 12in
36 42 TWILIGHT, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, US Capitol 12in
37 23 CALLING/HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU (LIKE I DO)/I WANNA SAY I LOVE YOU, Freddie Jackson, Capitol LP
38 — I’LL BE GOOD/DRIVE MY LOVE/NO HOW — NO WAY/WHO’S FOOLIN’ WHO, Rene & Angela, US Mercury LP
39 — YOU DON’T NEED A REASON, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
40 — IT’S OVER NOW (DANCE REMIX), Luther Vandross, US Epic 12in
41 — IF I EVER LOSE THIS HEAVEN/SYSTEMATIC, Billy Griffin, US Columbia LP
42 40 IT AIN’T FAIR, Edwin Starr, Hippodrome 12in
43 55 TAKE ME TO THE TOP (REMIX), Advance, Boiling Point 12in
44 43 PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR PUT YOUR LEFT HAND DOWN IN YOUR UNDERWEAR (MASTERMIND MEGAMIX), Redds & The Boys, London 12in
45 — ALL FALL DOWN (M&M REMIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
46 25 BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE (REMIX)/WE’VE GOT THE GROOVE, A Taste Of Honey, Capitol 12in
47 32 SANCTIFIED LADY, Marvin Gaye, CBS 12in
48 12 MAGIC TOUCH (CLUB MIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
49 59 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS/SHE’S A GO-GETTER/LET’S PLAY TONIGHT, Fatback, Cotillion LP
50 58 BABY FACE, Merc And Monk, Manhattan 12in
51 31 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
52 56 LET’S TALK/SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME, Carl Anderson, US Epic LP
53 30 DANGEROUS (REMIX), Pennye Ford, Total Experience 12in
54 46 CAN’T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR LOVE), Take Three, Elite 12in
55 45 TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY, Kleeer, US Atlantic 12in
56 52 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
57 — BREAK THE ICE, Michael Lovesmith, US Motown 12in
58 39 A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND/INNOCENT, Alexander O’Neal, 12in
59 71 GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE/GET UP OFFA THAT THING, James Brown, Boiling Point 12in EP
60 38 THIEF IN THE NIGHT (REMIX)/LA LA, George Duke, Elektra 12in
61 — RICCOCHET/MAIN ATTRACTION/DREAMER/DON’T FORCE IT, B. B. & Q Band, Dutch Break LP
62 54 IS THIS LOVE, Chris Cameron, Steiner 12in
63 62 WHERE OUR LOVE BEGINS/LOVING YOU, David Grant, Chrysalis 12in
64 81 LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
65 — DON’T STOP/PLAIN AS BLACK AND WHITE/STAR, York, US Passion Records LP
66 53 LIFE IS TOO SHORT/JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL, Antena, Mercury 12in
67 — LONDON TOWN ’85, Light Of The World, Ensign 12in promo
68 83 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (HARDCASTLE MIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
69 49 SERVING IT/DON’T GIVE UP ON LOVE, One Way, German MCA LP
70 73 TREAT HER SWEETER, The Paul Simpson Connection, US Easy Street 12in
71 48 KEEP ON JAMMIN’/IN AND OUT, Willie Hutch, Motown 12in
72 29 LET’S CHANGE IT UP, Inner Life, Personal 12in
73 76 CHEY CHEY KULE (REMAKE), Eugene Wilde, US Philly World 12in
74 — LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING (RE-EDIT), Touch Of Class, Atlantic 12in
75 65 SUMMER (THE FIRST TIME), Kenny Copeland, Streetwave 12in
76 66 I’M TOO COOL, Young & Company, US Sound Of London 12in
77 61 MASOCHISTIC BEAUTY/SYMPHONY/IT’S MADNESS/AIN’T IT FUNNY, Marvin Gaye, CBS LP
78 — LOST IN LOVE, Michelle Gold/Grover Washington Jr, Dutch Palace 12in
79 21 MOONCHILD/SOMEBODY (THE GIRL’S GOT), Rick James, Gordy LP
80 79 DON’T WASTE THE NIGHT (REMIX), Legacy, US Private I Records 12in
81 — NIGHT RIDER/MAZE/EYES, Womack & Womack, Elektra LP
82 — AXEL F (M&M REMIX), Harold Faltermeyer, MCA 12in
83 68 FIESTA, Rodney Franklin, CBS LP
84 72 YOU WERE THE ONE (TOO LATE), Mink, US River Edge 12in
85=— LOVE SITUATION, Mark Fisher, Total Control 12in
85=69 GUARANTEE, Legion, US Columbia 12in
85=64 ATTACK ME WITH YOUR LOVE, Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
85=— TAKE IT EASY, T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
01 01 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
02 02 UNEXPECTED LOVERS, Lime, Canadian Matra 12in
03 03 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
04 04 STRANGER IN DISGUISE, Marsha Raven, Record Shack 12in
05 06 THE EASY WAY OUT/CLOSE TO PERFECTION/ONE HUNDRED PERCENT/LEARN THE LINES OF LOVE, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
06 — HOMOSEXUALITY/THANK GOD FOR MEN/CUBA LIBRE, Modern Rocketry, US Megatone LP
07 26 HI FANTASY, Nola York, Dutch Injection 12in
08 14 SAY YOU WILL, Santana, US Columbia 12in/Disconet remix
09 05 KEEP ON WALKING, Steve Rodway, Record Shack 12in
10 07 HUMAN NATURE, Gino Soccio, Canadian Celebration 12in
11 — I’M GONNA MAKE YOU WANT ME, Gina Lamour, Calibre 12in
12 13 DANCING IN THE DARK, Mike Mareen, German Night & Day 12in
13 08 TUNNEL OF LOVE, Carol Cooper, US Profile 12in
14 20 AROUND MY DREAM, Silver Pozzoli, German Teldec 12in
15 15 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, Pamela Nightingale, Carrere 12in
16 11 DANGEROUS, Natalie Cole, US Modern 12in
17 17 RISE UP FOR MY LOVE, Yvonne Kay, Italian X-Energy 12in
18 12 SQUARE ROOMS, Al Corley, US Mercury 12in
19 09 ONE WAY TICKET, Louise Thomas, Passion LP
20 18 EAT YOU UP, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
21 21 MAN IN A MILLION (REMIX), Life Force, Polo 12in
22 — I BELIEVE IN DREAMS, Jackie Rawe, Fanfare 12in
23 16 THE PERFECT KISS, New Order, Factory 12in
24 10 BOYS COME AND GO, April, Record Shack 12in
25 — DON’T GIVE IT AWAY, Alexis, US Disconet 12in
26 19 YOU’RE SO ROMANTIC (REMIX), Sheryl Lee Ralph, US New York Music Company/Dutch Beat Box 12in
27 27 GODDESS OF LOVE, Soif De La Vie, US JDC 12in
28 — DOUBLE TROUBLE, Mike Mareen, German Night & Day 12in
29=— YOU CAN WIN IF YOU WANT (REMIX), Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
29=— SINGLE GIRL, Terry Wade, Big Top 12in
29=29 YOU’RE A WOMAN, Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
29=re BODY WORK (REMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
The Crowd 75¼-0r, David Bowie 117-0r, Madonna 47/94f, Sister Sledge 165-0c, FYC 133½f, Sting 125f, Marti Webb 0-16½-33-0r, Black Lace 132c, James Brown 0-107½-109f, Nick Heyward 131/65½-131f, Edwin Starr 105½f, The Team 113f, Big Sound Authority 0-141r, Gloria D Brown 109¾f, Cacique 105f, T Rex 128½-134½-132½/66¼-0r.
6 thoughts on “June 15, 1985: Luther Vandross, 9.9, Skipworth & Turner, Kleeer, Atlantic Starr”
Although I can’t help having some sympathy with the “old guard” of club DJs – whose music has stood the test of time markedly better than that of the “brand new generation” – it’s still heartening to see James once again shedding his old allegiances, at the risk of alienating long-standing supporters, and maintaining his commitment to musical progress and renewal.
In this respect, his stance reminds me of John Peel’s – and with this in mind, it’s worth noting that James Hamilton and John Peel attended the same boarding school (Shrewsbury, albeit three years apart), and that they shared the same lifelong close friend from school days, Sparrow Harrison.
Every time I read one of the columns, for a few minutes I’m back there. I’m 24 again I can here the fresh new music & I’m steeped in the cultural references. Just a few minutes. Then the present begins to seep in and envelope me… Music helps connect the present to the past.
Yes it’s good that he was open to the new sounds but the standard of music overall in 1985 was horrendous – because I was giving DJing a try I actually brought a load of stuff that makes me shudder now. I obviously don’t know a lot of the stuff in the Disco chart but I rereleased JB oldies aside I can only think of Fatback and Mazes Twilight and possibly the Paul Hardcastle bonus tracks is not 19 that I’d want to play now. So different from 1978-83.
Dr York is now more notoriously known for being a sort of American Jimmy Savile sentenced to something like 900 years (!) inside for literally thousands of rapes and assaults of children and adults.he also founded his own religion before he got nicked.
Loads of places that I vaguely remember visiting in the column this week from the good Jackson’s, Staines, the Belvedere to the mediocre Martines to the absolutely awful Foxys, High Wycombe.
I was just thinking how the tragedy of JH dying so young is compounded by the fact that he passed away just a year or so before the internet took off. He’d have been made for it and could plausibly in his late 70s still be running a site now. And the first development in underground dance culture he missed was the start Of the rise of trance to its eventual years of domination. I’d loved to have known what he would have thought if it as like Oakenfold and a few other DJs who started right back in the jazz-funk days it’s the music I’ve stayed with ever since.
Oh and JH who usually seems to know everything about everything from obscure technicalities about thirds of beats etc to amazing creative ideas with outdoor disco lights he wasn’t so sharp about why he doesn’t get many records on Monday.
As a former postman I could have told him that back then when first class really did mean next day few businesses are posting anything on a Saturday hence we always had a smaller delivery on a Monday.
I don’t know if James would have found trance sufficiently interesting rhythmically, but I suspect he’d have loved UK Garage. He’d would probably have adapted just fine to CD mixing, and then to digital mixing. I shudder somewhat at the thought of him being on social media, as the forthrightness of his opinions would probably have landed him in all sorts of trouble. I’d like to think of him maybe hosting a show on Solar Radio, or presenting a history of soul music for the BBC, or curating a reissue series, or writing his autobiography. He’d have kept himself busy, no doubt about that.
You’re probably right about the trance when it went big although I was slightly in error earlier asthe early tunes were actually around when he was still active. He was there for the first few years of jungle too. Just missing out on speed garage.
The biography would have been great – an intelligent bloke, a story worth telling and he could have combined it with THE definitive history of British dance culture from the mods onwards.