July 20, 1985: Total Contrast, Danny D & Collusion, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Odyssey, Steve Sparling

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

HI TENSION’s hot tempo ‘You Make Me Happy’ is indeed being reissued in a new ‘Shop Girl Remix‘ by Streetwave, who’ve picked up the marvellous Mink, and are starting a 12in Dance Classics oldies series including Brass Construction ‘Movin’, McFadden & Whitehead . . . A&M’s initial pressings of the Atlantic Starr remix were so hot they all came out warped! . . . Home Secretary Leon Brittan has finally announced, in vague terms, that a range of 20 experimental community radio stations will soon be offered to applicants, for subsequent evaluation in a Green Paper next summer — however, don’t assume that these are intended as a direct replacement of pirate services . . . BBC Radio One’s bid to get the Gallup chart compilation brought forward so that its first broadcast could be on Sunday, rivalling ILR’s Network Chart, seems for the present to have met resistance from record retailers . . . Five Star’s LP is now out here (Tent PL 70735), the sets by B. B. & Q Band (Cooltempo CHR 1509) and Cameo (Club JABH 11) also being due, while ‘Buttercup’ has evidently been added to Carl Anderson’s current ‘Protocol’ album for UK release . . . Atlantic appear maybe to have cut some of the clumsy breaks out of their ‘Touch Of Class’ UK 12in re-edit, but it still isn’t the superior US original . . . Fourth & Broadway belatedly picked up Colors ‘L.O.S.’, and The World Famous Mad Lads seem set for Champion here . . . ‘Disco Breaks #9‘ (KLS KL 8504) is a European import “only for DJs” which, part of a series, megamixes a variety of current hits in exciting style . . . The Reddings’ funky 107½bpm ‘In My Pants‘ has been remixed as the now commercial flip to their 106bpm Prince-like ‘Parasite‘ (Boiling Point POSPX 738), just when everyone was waiting for ‘Talk’s All Over Town‘, other remixes including The Cool Notes’ percussively thickened (0-)115¾bpm London Mix (which they’ve been in no rush to put out after all), Simon Harris’s irritating stuttery beat repeating 117½bpm Full Monty Mix of the Conway Brothers, and O’Chi Brown’s semi-instrumental 0-118¼bpm Friends Mix . . . Les Adams’ faster 0-108bpm Loyalty Mix of Cacique ‘Devoted To You’ (Diamond Duel DISCX 1) makes them sound like The Cool Notes and may be different but to my mind doesn’t help . . . No Way Jose’s far better promo “Espanol” version of ‘Tequila’ is 188½bpm, and seems of course to be due commercially at some stage . . . Loose Ends ‘Hanging On A String’ topped US Black 45s, a significant step for UK soul, while Tony Blackburn turned New York’s WBLS onto Jaki Graham in a big way . . . Paul Hardcastle appears to have one more remix left to do — of T.Rex! . . . Melle Mel has scrapped any pretence of a Furious Five accompanying group and is now solo . . . Brother Louis Johnson’s solo set which recently surfaced here on US Capitol (with only one OK cut, ‘A Touch Of Class‘) evidently shouldn’t have been released even in the States, so how importers got it is a mystery! . . . US video company Telegenics — at 150 Nassau Street, Suite 1338, New York, NY 10038 (0101-212-227 5966) — is releasing the first in a series of ‘Images Per Minute’ half hour programmes all edited to a consistent soundtrack beat (this particular ‘IPM’ at 115BPM), for use by clubs in synchronisation with their own similarly tempoed records (rather a good idea?) . . . Scandinavia’s disco magazine ‘DJ and Trade News’ nicks all my BPM’s for a listing that quite obviously includes nothing new of their own — one way to fill space cheaply . . . ‘I M’ the unknown mixer, in other words Ian McIntyre (0254-667743 evenings), wants the chance to show what he can do spinning soul in a North-West residency . . . Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (who originated ‘The Twist’, and whose crown James Brown captured as top black act in the early 60’s) spearhead Charly Records revival of material from the Cincinnati King label with an extended 130½bpm ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go‘ chanter from 1960 as A-side of a 3-track 12in (CYZ 113), flipped by Bill Deggett’s 105-104-103-0bpm ‘Honky Tonk Pt.2‘ and Little Willie John’s original 130-134bpm ‘Fever‘, both from ’56, the latter possibly another ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’, these three acts also have well packaged albums on Charly, as do Little Esther (the only one without any hits), saxist Earl Bostic (including ‘Flamingo‘), and Wynonie Harris (including ‘Bloodshot Eyes‘, which by coincidence I played off 45 at my last gig, a stormer great before ‘Reet Petite’!) . . . Sam Cooke ‘Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963’ (RCA PL85181) is a previously unissued live LP for vintage fans which finds him sounding more like a raw ’60s soul singer than a suave balladeer . . . ‘Ready Steady Go!’ last week with the Isley Brothers, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, was hotter than ‘6.20 Soul Train’ — which this Friday has 9.9, Light Of The World, Phyllis Nelson, Stylistics, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Cameo . . . I think I’ve sussed why so much current American black music is so bad — obviously, just like ‘6.20 Soul Train’ here, TV producers and radio programmers demand fast material to brighten up their shows, as real soul would never do . . . King Enri (Sidcup Danielles/Sydenham Breeze-Inn) makes the point that, despite his playlist being funk, Sister Sledge’s ‘Frankie’ is number one because it’s the most requested floorfiller with girls . . . Dave Dee (not that one), unemployed in Essex so a second hand/discount bin chain store shopper, says there are many import bargains to be found if you’re prepared to wait, and to look . . . Cardiff Ritzy jocks Peter C Helyer & Marcus Paul have just launched the local addition to Radio Top Shop’s in-store network . . . London’s gay Heaven closes for a £500,000 refit the first few days of next week, reopening at the weekend with the Weather Girls Saturday (27) — however they play Bournemouth Bolts at The Academy this Sunday (21), and 400 Blows PA at Harlow Whispers Saturday (20) . . . Sunday (21) Steve Allen, Jonathon, Simon Smith & Trevor Mac soul Peterborough Rinaldo’s 6pm all-eveninger . . . Tuesday (23) sees the first Wicked Pulse esoteric funk night at London Charing X Rd’s Busbys with Ian Dewhirst, Dave Hucker, Jonathon More, Jay Strongman, Steve Ramsey, Eddie Richards . . . Freddie ‘M’ funks London’s Cavendish Square Phoenix Wednesday’s (with Steve Walsh when he isn’t at Disneyland), Peckham Kisses Friday’s with Gordon Mac, Crystal Palace Buttercups at Heroes Club Sundays (free) with Solotronic (GBS) . . . Andy Vaughan now mixes Tues as well as with Spider Fri/Sat at Old Kent Road’s Dun Cow . . . Adrian Parkin Hi-NRGises Huddersfield’s all new Gemini Club Mon/Tues/Wed . . . Ian Dewhirst last week was arrested right in his office at EMI by uniformed coppers, kept in a cell and driven by Black Maria all the way to Leeds, for non-payment of an £80 traffic fine — just because they’d mislaid his change of address! . . . Steve Walsh sat in for holidaying Greg Edwards last weekend on Capital Radio — where maybe he wiped the earlier smiles off a few faces? . . . Denise LaSalle is a whole lotta woman, maybe a warning to Tina Turner not to eat too many ham hocks? . . . Tina incidentally was ill advised to don a white wig for her ‘Mad Max’ role — it doesn’t make her look any younger! . . . Willie Hutch’s lyric about “the girl with T and A” surely doesn’t mean birds and donkeys, does it? . . . STAY COOL!


HOT VINYL

TOTAL CONTRAST: ‘Takes A Little Time’ (London LONX 71)
Dellroy Murray & Robin Achampong of ‘Sunshine’ near-fame, forsake their own label and let Steve Harvey produce a jittery driving 111bpm Britfunk jiggler of sneaky simplicity if no great depth (chunkier 110¾bpm dub flip).

DANNY D & COLLUSION: ‘Party People’ (Elite DAZZ 42)
Terrific fresh simple jaunty buoyantly rolling and jiggling mellow chanted 101¼bpm party groove with everything understated, and all the more infectious for it — most un-British! — the picky guitar being brought out on the instrumental flip’s 101bpm ‘Jazzy People’ and 90½bpm ‘Vee’.

PHIL FEARON & GALAXY featuring Dee Galdes: ‘This Kind Of Love’ (Ensign 12ENY 521)
Lovely floating 111½bpm smooth shuffly soul revival of Special Delivery’s 1978 oldie with the Galaxy girls almost more prominent than Phil (98½bpm ‘Sharing Love’ flip).

ODYSSEY: ‘(Joy) I Know It’ (Mirror Records BUTCH 12, via EMI/Priority)
Delightful immediately familiar friendly seeming bubbly gossamer light 118¼bpm inspirational skipper, perfectly produced here by Butch Ingram for his new label (inst and 119¾bpm ‘Keep On Laughing‘ flip).

STEVE SPARLING: ‘Mercy Mercy Me’ (Important Records TANT 5)
Superb homegrown faithful yet fresh 104¼bpm revival of Marvin Gaye’s soundwave washed marvel, now with some searing sax and Arrington-ish inspirational drive (inst flip).

ARROW: ‘Long Time (The “Hot” Mixture)’ (London LONXR 70)
More than mere creative marketing, this even friskier 125bpm virtual remake really leaps along with some added ‘Hot Hot Hot’, of which Steve Harvey’s 120½bpm remix from last year now joins the flip.

EUGENE WILDE: ‘Chey Chey Kule (Remix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 30)
Tricky long double beat introed UK remix totally destroying the simpler US remake’s pop impact, although once into it this urgent 113¼bpm surging jitterer is like a faster ‘Roots’, flipped by the smoochy 71-0bpm ‘Rainbow’ and remixed 94½bpm ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ — but you can be sure other couplings are due too.

COLONEL ABRAMS: ‘Trapped’ (US MCA Records MCA-23568)
Datedly grabbing jiggly churning 115bpm bounder huskily souled as if a “jazz-funk” hit from six years ago (in five different mixes).

HOWARD JOHNSON: ‘Stand Up’ (US A&M AM-2752)
Strong stark simple rolling 111¼bpm smacker co-prod by Monte Moir, initially on 7in.

CARL ANDERSON: ‘Let’s Talk (Remix)’ (Epic TA 6439)
Bass rumbled rolling and tumbling snappy (0-)113¼bpm good disco, but not as special as ‘Buttercup’ (inst and 115bpm ‘Light Me‘ flip).

THE GAP BAND: ‘Disrespect (Club Mix)’ (US Total Experience TED1-2615)
Woody Woodpecker and whistles started powerfully cranking ‘Oops’-ish vivacious lurching 107½-0bpm P’funk groove further to re-entrench them with the black market (Breakdown and LP Version flip).

MIQUEL BROWN: ‘Close To Perfection’ (Record Shack SOHOT 44)
Piano introed impressive melodically flowing lovely old-fashioned 0-107½bpm swayer something like Dionne Warwick singing Gloria Gaynor with wide appeal especially for radio (inst flip).

MICHAEL ST JAMES: ‘There Is Only One Love’ (WEA YZ44T)
Although not strictly a soul act, Walthamstow’s cheek-sucking blond makes a soulful debut with his gorgeous ‘Summer Of ’42’-saxed lushly drifting 0-89/44½bpm romancer (inst flip), now fully available.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Give And Take’ (US Capitol V-8652)
Pace-changing almost early Diana Ross/Ashford & Simpson-ish throbbing slinky 103½bpm jogger duetted with pent up power and possible MoR appeal (dub and 125bpm ‘My Place‘ flip), a grower.

HARRY RAY: ‘My Baby Loves Me’ (US Panoramic PRI-1203)
The Smokey-ish ex-Moment beautifully revives Martha & The Vandellas 1966 oldie as a basically similar superb 105bpm swayer (duplicate flip), recommended.

BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘If I Ever Lose This Heaven’ (CBS TX 6415)
Although ‘Systematic‘ is hotter, this Quincy Jones/AWB-reviving Angel Rogers-duetted/Richard Elliot-saxed tricky electro introed then 109bpm spurting loper soars satisfyingly, on 4-track 12in with the similar 110½bpm ‘This Ain’t Puppy Love‘ plus his old hit 113bpm ‘Serious’ and (51½)-103bpm ‘Hold Me Tighter In The Rain’.

9.9: ‘9.9’ LP (US RCA NFL 1-8049)
Boston’s wailing Margo Thunder, Wanda Perry & Leslie Jones — almost a perfect 10! — in their Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields-produced set sound beefiest on ‘(Owch!) Hot Blood Pressure’, a wriggly trucking 116-115¾bpm smacker next best dancer after their included hit, better than the bright empty 121bpm ‘I Like The Way You Dance‘, Dimples-duetted skipping 122½bpm ‘I’ll Help You Forget About Him‘, ponderous Prince-ish 118bpm ‘Hooked On You‘, but they scorch a strong (0-)44½bpm soulful treatment of Peabo’s ‘Feel The Fire‘ and a faithful 0-69½-70½bpm revival of the late Linda Jones’ classic ‘Hypnotized‘ with typical Dimples rap finish.

CHERYL LYNN: ‘It’s Gonna Be Right’ LP (US Columbia FC 40024)
As well as their ‘Fidelity‘ the soul squawker’s set has Jam & Lewis’s standout zestfully jolting 113½bpm title track return to ‘Got To Be Real’, “D” Train’s meandering 100¼bpm ‘Let Me Love You’ (and rocky 0-125bpm ‘Find Somebody New’), and her own (better) soulful densely weaving 89½bpm ‘Fade To Black‘.


Hi-NRG RELEASES

MARIANNA: ‘The Big Hurt (Remix)’ (Fantasia FTAX 105)
Toni Fisher’s classic (in 1959 the first “phased” record) beautifully revived as a slick melodic (0-)132¾bpm galloper flipped by the Paul Parker-prod/penned 128½bpm ‘Just One More Touch‘.

LIME: ‘Unexpected Lovers’ (Boiling Point POSPX 755)
Hoarse chap ‘n’ chick chanted bounding 127½bpm ‘High Energy’ pounder flipped by the old 124bpm ‘Guilty’.

KELLY MARIE: ‘Don’t Let The Flame Die Out’ (Passion PASH 1245)
Classily backed harshly sung ’70s style 0-130½bpm bounder.

DEBBIE JACOBS featuring JO-LO: ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ (Fantasia FTAX 104)
Paul Parker-prod pulsing 131bpm leaper with rattling break.

SILVER POZZOLI: ‘Around My Dream’ (Sierra FED 15T)
Instrumentally emphasised UK remix of the Human League-ish jaunty 111bpm Italian synth strider.

FANCY: ‘Chinese Eyes’ (Personal 12PER 3902)
Belated UK release for last winter’s hot Hi-NRG old fashioned catchy 123bpm Continental smash.

MIRAGE: ‘No War No More’ (Proto ENAT 128)
Europeans (not the UK medleyists) like Howard Jones joining the Village People at 119½bpm.

BOYS DON’T CRY: ‘I Wanna Be A Cowboy’ (Legacy LGYT 28)
Grace Jones-ishly introed guy ‘n’ gal muttered fast lightly rocky 0-142bpm flier with quite amusing words.

PEOPLE LIKE US: ‘Reincarnation (Coming Back For Love)’ (Passion PASH 1246)
Chick squawked routine 0-133¼bpm galloper with tasteless trite lyrics.

501’s: ‘Let The Night Take The Blame’ (Fanfare 12FAN 4)
Guitar yowled 120bpm cantering cover of Lorraine McKane’s recent Gloria Gaynor-ish hustler.

MODERN TALKING: ‘You’re My Heart You’re My Soul (Steve Harvey Remix)’ (Magnet MAGT 227)
Limited white label 122¾bpm remix.

SCOTCH: ‘Disco Band’ (Red Bus RBUSL 2201)
Italian moronic 112bpm pop chugger from last year with a coughing gimmick.

GEOFF DEANE AND THE TROPICAL FISH: ‘Holiday-In’ (Record Shack SOHOT 47)
Less Hi-NRG than Black Lace-like (once past the intro) ‘La Bamba’-ish 120bpm wally summer kicker.


NIGHTCLUB NEWIES

MADONNA: ‘Into The Groove’ (Sire W8934T)
Remorselessly keened (without a break) shrill Cyndi-ish 116½bpm breezy pop chugger flipped by her old debut 119½bpm ‘Everybody’ and 0-46¾/93½bpm ‘Shoo-Bee-Doo’.

POINTER SISTERS: ‘Contact’ LP (RCA PL85487)
Best smash to be is the storming bright bubbly 122½bpm ‘Bodies And Soul’, a new ‘Automatic’ the husky Ruth-led 106bpm ‘Hey You‘, or derivative but soulful 104½bpm ‘Back In My Arms‘, a new ‘Jump’ the 149bpm ‘Pound, Pound, Pound‘, racing rock 142bpm ‘Twist My Arm’, frantic 175bpm ‘Burn Down The Night’, 171bpm title track, inspirational attractive 0-70bpm ‘Freedom‘, but the first 12in is the raucous wriggly thudding 109½bpm lurcher ‘Dare Me‘ (RCA PT 49958) with fast non-LP 135½bpm ‘I’ll Be There’ flip.

TINA TURNER: ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ (Capitol 12CL 364)
Predictable typical subdued sinewy 98½bpm ticking MoR-rock chugger, inst flip.

PRINCE: ‘Raspberry Beret’ (Warner Bros W8929T)
Much extended more danceably typical 120¼bpm frolic in sorta Dylan-drawls-‘Doves’ style. 124bpm ‘Hello‘ flip.

CHEYNE: ‘Call Me Mr Telephone (Dog & Bone Mix)’ (MCA MCAX 960)
Percussively extended jumpily trucking 117½bpm USA dance smash by a duskier Madonna, dub flip.

LOOSE ENDS: ‘Golden Years (Remix)’ (Virgin VS 795-12)
Surprising and disappointing choice of their lacklustre 105½bpm Bowie revival leaving many cold, older 120bpm ‘Let’s Rock’ flip.

EL TRAIN: ‘Action Style’ (Red Bus 12WAR 3002)
Rusty Egan-prod disjointedly roaring 120bpm rhythm workout full of breaks for mixing jocks on the better inst flip without club DJ Jay Strongman’s white boy rap.


DISCO TOP 85 – July 20, 1985

01 01 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
02 02 SILVER SHADOW, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
03 14 TWILIGHT/BACK IN STRIDE (REMIX)/TOO MANY GAMES, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
04 03 GENIE, B B & Q Band, Cooltempo 12in
05 06 ROUND AND AROUND, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
06 04 GLOW, Rick James, Gordy 12in
07 05 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE (REMIX), Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
08 12 STRONGER TOGETHER, Shannon, Club 12in
09 09 KEEP ON JAMMIN’/IN AND OUT, Willie Hutch, Motown 12in
10 08 SAVE YOUR LOVE (FOR #1), Rene & Angela, Club 12in
11 07 HISTORY, Mai Tai. Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
12 13 MUTUAL ATTRACTION (REMIX), Change, Cooltempo 12in
13 30 IN YOUR CAR/SECRETS OF THE NIGHT, Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
14 11 MOVIN’, 400 Blows, Illuminated 12in
15 10 ATTACK ME WITH YOUR LOVE/ROOM 123, Cameo, Club 12in
16 15 LET’S TALK (ABOUT SEX)/DUB VERSION, One Way, MCA 12in
17 18 AXEL F (M&M REMIX), Harold Faltermeyer, MCA 12in
18 17 ALL OF ME FOR ALL OF YOU, 9.9, RCA 12in
19 19 TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY/CALL MY NAME, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
20 25 BREAK THE ICE, Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
21 22 BABY DON’T HOLD YOUR LOVE BACK, Bridge, Atlantic 12in
22 37 LET ME BE THE ONE, Five Star, Tent 12in
23 20 WICKI WACKY HOUSE PARTY (FUNK SUCCULA VAN HELMSINK HOMICIDE MIX), The Team, EMI 12in
24 33 ON A CROWDED STREET, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in white label
25 32 MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) (CUTBACK MIX), Simply Red, Elektra 12in
26 31 HAPPY FEELING, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
27 16 BUTTERCUP, Carl Anderson, Streetwave 12in
28 26 LONDON TOWN ’85, Light Of The World, Ensign 12in
29 34 LONG TIME, Arrow, London 12in
30 35 FIDELITY, Cheryl Lynn, CBS 12in
31 27 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
32 24 LAY YA DOWN EZ/YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’/NEVER CRY AGAIN, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
33 23 THE LOVER IN ME, September, 10 Records 12in
34 — IF I EVER LOSE THIS HEAVEN, Billy Griffin, CBS 12in
35 51 CHEY CHEY KULE (UK REMIX), Eugene Wilde, 4th + B’way 12in
36 47 I’LL BE GOOD/WHO’S FOOLIN’ WHO/DRIVE MY LOVE/YOUR SMILE, Rene & Angela, US Mercury LP
37 36 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
38 21 THE MORE THEY KNOCK THE MORE I LOVE YOU, Gloria D Brown, 10 Records 12in
39 53 SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE, Princess, Supreme 12in
40 38 BACKED UP AGAINST THE WALL, Will King, Total Experience 12in
41 28 PICK UP THE PIECES/WATCHING YOU (REMIX), JoAnna Gardner, Boiling Point 12in
42 42 TREAT HER SWEETER, The Paul Simpson Connection, 10 Records 12in
43 29 BEST PART OF THE NIGHT (UK REMIX)/STEP BY STEP (US REMIX), Jeff Lorber, Club 12in
44 46 FRANKIE, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
45 68 LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT PRETENDER ’85, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
46 54 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (HARDCASTLE MIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
47 43 SYSTEMATIC/ELECTRIFIED, Billy Griffin, CBS LP
48 55 ON THE SHELF/MAIN ATTRACTION/DREAMER/RICCOCHET, B B & Q Band, Dutch Break LP
49 48 IT’S OVER NOW (DANCE REMIX), Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
50 65 SUPERFINE (FROM BEHIND), Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
51 40 ONE LOVE/SECRET LOVERS/IN THE HEAT OF PASSION, Atlantic Starr, A&M LP
52 50 FINESSE (REMIX VERSION), Glenn Jones, US RCA Victor 12in
53 49 SINGLE LIFE/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE/URBAN WARRIOR, Cameo, US Atlanta Artists LP
54 — TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
55 — TURN IT UP (THE FULL MONTY MIX), Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
56 82 IT’S GONNA BE RIGHT/FADE TO BLACK, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia LP
57 56 LOVE SITUATION, Mark Fisher, Total Control 12in
58 44 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS, Fatback, Cotillion LP
59 41 WICKI WACKY HOUSE PARTY, The Team, EMI 12in
60 52 AXEL F (THE LONDON MIX), Harold Faltermayer, MCA Records 12in
61 — INTO THE GROOVE, Madonna, Sire 12in
62 63 DON’T GO/DANCE MIX, Precinct, Calibre 12in
63 58 I CHOOSE YOU/YOU’VE GOT ALL NIGHT, North West Ten, Ensign 12in
64 — RIPE FOR THE PICKING (REMIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
65 45 PLEASE DON’T BREAK MY HEART, The Affair featuring Alyson, 10 Records 12in
66 39 YOU DON’T NEED A REASON, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
67 59 ALL FALL DOWN, Five Star, RCA 12in
68 76 CAN’T WAIT TIL TOMORROW (REMIX), Johnny Gill, Atlantic 12in
69 60 TAKE IT EASY, T C Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
70 69 LOVER UNDERCOVER (CLUB REMIX), Fatback, Atlantic 12in
71 75 WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
72 57 WHAT’S MISSING, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
73 77 BUTTERCUP (US PERCUSSION REMIX), Carl Anderson, Streetwave 12in
74 79 AIN’T NOTHING LIKE IT, Michael Lovesmith, US Motown LP
75 — THIS IS FOR YOU/THE PLEASURE SEEKERS, The System, US Mirage LP
76 80 STRANGE AND FUNNY, Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
77 — STAND UP, Howard Johnson, US A&M 7in
78 66 IS THIS LOVE (CLUB REMIX), Chris Cameron, Steinar 12in
79 — YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), “D” Train, Prelude 12in promo
80 — THIS KIND OF LOVE, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in promo
81 re PROVE IT TO ME, New Experience, Boiling Point 12in
82 — GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
83 83 CAN’T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR LOVE) (CLUB REMIX), Take Three, Elite Re-Mix 12in
84 re (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, US Skyview 12in
85=re SERVING IT/DON’T GIVE UP ON LOVE/WRAP YOUR BODY/BELIEVE IN ME, One Way, MCA LP
85=— YOU BLEW IT, The World Famous Mad Lads, US Express Records Inc 7in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 HOMOSEXUALITY/CUBA LIBRE/THANK GOD FOR MEN, Modern Rocketry, US Megatone LP
02 02 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
03 04 I BELIEVE IN DREAMS, Jackie Rawe, Fanfare 12in
04 03 UNEXPECTED LOVERS, Lime, Boiling Point 12in
05 07 DON’T LET THE FLAME DIE OUT, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
06 10 ENDLESS ROAD, Time Bandits, Dutch CBS 12in
07 15 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
08 11 FEELS LIKE LOVE/ONE WAY TICKET, Louise Thomas, Passion 12in
09 06 THE EASY WAY OUT, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
10 13 FREEWAY OF LOVE (ROCK MIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
11 05 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
12 08 STRANGER IN DISGUISE, Marsha Raven, Record Shack 12in
13 09 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU WANT ME, Gina Lamour, Calibre 12in
14 12 HUMAN NATURE, Gino Soccio, Canadian Celebration 12in
15 17 SAY YOU WILL, Santana, US Columbia 12in/Disconet remix
16 21 BODY ROCK (REMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
17 — BIT BY BIT, Stephanie Mills, US MCA Records 12in
18 18 HI FANTASY, Nola York, Dutch Injection 12in
19 14 NO WAR NO MORE, Mirage, Proto 12in
20 16 BLACK KISSES, Curtie & The Boom Box, Dutch RCA 12in
21 20 AROUND MY DREAM, Silver Pozzoli, German Teldec 12in/Sierra remix
22 27 THE BIG HURT/JUST ONE MORE TOUCH, Marianna, Fantasia 12in
23 19 KNOCK ON WOOD, Francine Kerr, US Boulevard 12in
24 30 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, Debbie Jacobs & Jo-Lo, Fantasia 12in
25 25 SQUARE ROOMS, Al Corley, Polydor 12in
26 26 LOVE IN THE DARK, The Twins, German Hansa 12in
27 23 TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY, Divine, Proto 12in
28 28 DON’T GIVE IT AWAY, Alexis, US Disconet 12in
29 29 DANCE, Betty Miranda, German ZYX 12in
30=— ZAPPED BY LOVE, Debbie Sharp, S.O.U.N.D. Recordings 12in
30=24 DANCING IN THE DARK, Mike Mareen, German Night & Day 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

Eurythmics 112f, Style Council 134-0-133-0f, Cool Notes 115f, Steve Arrington 115f, Russ Abbot 129½-130f, Animal Nightlife 90c, Trans-X 130½f, BB&Q Band 101f, Dire Straits (0-)134f, The Smiths 0-58-57f, Arrow 124½-124f, Billy Idol 147½f, 9.9 114¾-115¾f, AC/DC (0-)78-79-0c, Amazulu, (61-)122/244f, Change 107f, Freddie Mercury 78f, Adam Ant 131¾-0r, Cameo (0-)106¾f, Faith Bros 132¾-0r, ZZ Top 144-0r, Aretha Franklin 125½f, The Adventures 120-0f, Hipsway 0-120f, Willie Hutch 118½f.

2 thoughts on “July 20, 1985: Total Contrast, Danny D & Collusion, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Odyssey, Steve Sparling”

  1. It’s strange indeed to see Colonel Abrams “Trapped” – one of 1985’s most influential releases – described here as “dated”, and James continues to be lukewarm about “Into The Groove”, which went on to be one of the most durable pop-dance hits of the next few years. Elsewhere, Danny Poku – aka “Dancin’ Danny D”, later of D-Mob, and later a good friend of James’s – checks in for the first time… and while James continues to be far too generous in his assessments of Ian Levine’s forays into mid-tempo soul, “Close To Perfection” did at least become a gay “morning music” classic. A nod also to Silver Pozzoli’s “Around My Dream”, an Italo classic which bizarrely went to Number One in South Africa…

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  2. Dee Galdes (of Galaxy ) was later of course Baby D of hardcore rave fame on Phil Fearon’s legendary Production House records (House Crew/Acen/Nino etc) which sort of took over London for a bit in 1991/92. And one of the original acid house records (Evil) Eddie Richards also getting his (first?) mention.

    I remember this period as full of unremarkable music but (and younger people who weren’ t around in the mid-80s might not realise this) but in the 2 or 3 years before Acid House hit despite the state of the music (and at least in London and the SE) the underground dance scene was already dominating with the 16-25 year old market and there was already a big influx of people who before the mid 80s would have not been part of it. It was the default music for most young people is how I remember it even before 1988.

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