July 27, 1985: Dante, Hi Tension, Mercy Mercy, Melba Moore, Videeo

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

CAPITOL RECORDS radio pluggers strangely refuse to recognise that ‘Twilight’ is the monster track that’s selling Maze, even if there is a video of ‘Too Many Games’ . . . Princess may have a problem, despite being massive in those few shops selected for white labels, because many influential if petty provincial soul radio DJs are so disgruntled about not being serviced with it that they refuse to play it even if they do get it for free eventually (now that’s a really effective promotion campaign!) . . . Total Contrast’s finished pressing is labelled as the ‘Bandito Mix’, and the dub flip ‘Mirage Style’, but (so far) they’re the same as on the reviewed promo pressing — although of course there are almost bound to be more mixes to come (it beats me why people are still gullible enough to buy British singles within their first month of release, when inevitably there will be a range of remixes and special offers to choose between later) . . . Les Adams’ five track Megamix now flips Steve Arrington’s 12in, while Atlantic Starr’s bassier 106½bpm remix hasn’t been greeted as necessarily an improvement . . . Barbara Pennington on commercial release at last is shorter even though the sleeves still give the original timing . . . Freddie Jackson’s US follow up is ‘You Are My Lady (LP Version)‘/’I Wanna Say I Love You (Special Theme Version)‘, Kool & The Gang’s US remix of ‘Cherish’ being flipped by a medleying ‘Fresh/Misled (Special Mix)‘ . . . Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home‘ is being reissued after a sneaky six week deletion to help back orders build up (shades of Pigbag?) . . . Capital Radio’s afternoon man about town John Sachs settles down with his own Lisa Lisa after their wedding this Saturday (presumably he’ll still be with Mike Allen & Brian Mason at Cricklewood Ashtons Thursday) . . . Tony Blackburn’s secretary Rosanne, not surprisingly considering her close involvement with the Radio London Soul Night Out, has made her own recording debut on a squeaky little 102½bpm New London jogger, ‘This Is The Night‘, up for offers . . . The Intruders have remade a more electronically based 0-117¾bpm version of ‘Who Do You Love‘, due next week . . . Cheryl Lynn’s LP has her own soulful densely weaving 89½bpm ‘Fade To Black‘, subduedly ‘Encore’-ish 100½bpm ‘Loafin‘, jerkily rolling 99½bpm ‘Tug ‘O’ War‘, Motown-ish 0-120½bpm ‘Slipped Me A Mickey’, to complete last week’s review . . . Colin Curtis and I seemed to agree, amongst the many DJs encountered in Manchester at the Sandpiper Inn reception for Total Contrast last week, but Mike Shaft was determined to believe what he hadn’t read! . . . No Way Jose should be a hit in Scotland at least thanks to the plugs on Radio Forth (three plays within five hours of intermittent listening last Thursday!), the station playing a surprising amount of black music for such a supposedly pop orientated area . . . Rick James took over atop US Club Play as Paul Hardcastle moved over finally to top 12in Sales, and Rene & Angela topped black 45s — which Paul’s Silent Underdog ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’ has entered too . . . Friday’s ‘6.20 Soul Train’ has Barbara Pennington, Total Contrast, Michael Lovesmith, Loose Ends, Maze, Barry White, Michael Jackson (on video, girls) . . . Pete Tong’s soul show now follows the Network Chart on Invicta Radio 103.8FM Sundays 7-9pm, his old Saturday 6-9pm slot being filled by The Dude doing ‘The Budweiser Show’ for Brian Rix . . . Friday (26) Steve Sparling PAs at Streatham Chaplins, Saturday (27) Intrigue at Maidstone Sunset . . . Pete Haigh guests Saturday (27) at Burnley Bankhall Miners Club and Sunday (28) with Colin Curtis & Richard Searling at Manchester’s Ritz 10th Anniversary alldayer (2-11pm) . . . Wednesday (31) Greg Parrott starts a soul night in the Shimmers Room at Telford Cascades, while Andy Heryet attempts a weekly ladies-free funk night at Worthing Carioca . . . John Mayoh has moved to Bolton’s funkier Clouseaus . . . Trans X has been a permanent feature in many pop jocks charts for years, so no one DJ can claim credit for its success as a remix now . . . STAY WARM!


HOT VINYL

DANTE: ‘So Long’ (Cooltempo COOLX 112)
Light Of The World’s Bluey Maunick finally launches his Stevie Barrington-fronted new group with a purposeful pleasant enough if not over inspired steady 85bpm Britfunk jogger, hammering home the title (untidy 101½-104½-104-105½-104½-105½bpm ‘Lovin’ Eyes‘ flip).

HI TENSION: ‘You Make Me Happy (Shop Girl Remix)’ (Streetwave MKHAX 30)
Always an underground biggie with black dancers, like ‘I Found Lovin’ and ‘Magic Touch’, this newly remixed more spacious soulful wriggly purposeful 99½bpm tapper may now have wider appeal in the wake of ‘Hanging On A String’ and other similar crossover hits (98½bpm original and 98¾bpm instrumental flip). It’ll certainly ram the floors in London!

MERCY MERCY: ‘What Are We Gonna Do About It?’ (Ensign 12ENY 522)
Bass tripped plaintively sung rolling 0-105½bpm jiggly tugger with mesmeric long breaks building nicely (dub flip), slightly like a hot tempo Phil Fearon.

MELBA MOORE: ‘When You Love Me Like This (Remix)’ (Capitol 12CL 360)
Gently lurching 0-106½bpm swaying jogger soulfully nagged with a few whinnies from Lillo Thomas and some belting flute (instrumental 118½bpm ‘Winner’ flip just like ‘Jump’).

VIDEEO: ‘Young Whipper Snapper’ (US Atlantic O-86867)
Not to be overlooked, a Deep South tradition rooted muttering unison chaps chanted simple stark bass bumped 117½bpm funk chugger all about a sho nuff superfine (from behind) foxy young heifer who even turns the gay guys on! (117½bpm semi-inst Special Dance Mix flip).

SYLVIA BENNETT: ‘You’re My Fantasy’ (US The New York Music Company NYMD-1204)
Frank Wilson co-prod/penned bumpily introed then tappingly jittered 112bpm wriggler, beefier than but sung rather like the RAH Band (inst flip).

OLIVER CHEATHAM: ‘Mama Said’ (Move Records MS 3)
Pleasant typical (but not another ‘Get Down Saturday Night’) 122¾-122½-122¾-122½bpm self-penned speedier inspired by the old Shirelles song (tortured 0-36½bpm ‘The Look Of Love’ revival flip).

ALEXANDER O’NEAL: ‘If You Were Here Tonight’ (Tabu TA 6391)
Monte Moir’s mournful 81bpm drifter is a nice slowie with interesting Indian tabla effects (‘Soft Version’ remix and 116bpm purportedly instrumental ‘Innocent’ flip), but where’s ‘What’s Missing’?

ALEEM: ‘Get Loose’ (US NIA NI-1243)
Leroy Burgess moaned sorta soulful hip hop electro skittered jerky 113¾bpm jitterer from some months back but now big on London’s underground scene and detracting from their newer nagging juddery 103¼bpm ‘Confusion‘ (US NIA NI-1247) which, quite a grower, is well worth checking too (both have dub flips).

ROYALLE DELITE: ‘(I’ll Be A) Freak For You’ (US Skyview SKM 0259)
Another underground London sleeper simmering since last year yet only fleetingly charted, this purposefully wriggling 109½bpm subdued jitterer suddenly looks like surfacing to be another Krystol (inst flip).

BANBARRA: ‘Shack Up’ (Stateside 12STATES 1)
‘Relax’ inspiring basic stomping (though now rather thin sounding) 110-109½bpm classic DC funk chanter from ’75 on re-edited 12in for the first time, flipped by both original 7in sides.

THE SYSTEM: ‘The Pleasure Seekers’ LP (US Mirage 90281-1)
The self-contained synth/vocal duo are most soulful on the mumbling started quite sneaky 0-107¼bpm ‘This Is For You’ and 109¼bpm ‘I Don’t Run From Danger‘, the 113½bpm title track (also on 12in) tapping trickily into a bumpily building juddery groove while others are the 128bpm ‘It Takes 2‘, 105¼bpm ‘My Radio Rocks‘, 109½bpm ‘Big City Beat’, 128¼bpm ‘Did In By A Friend’, 0-142¼bpm ‘Love Won’t Wait For Lovin’.

THE DEELE: ‘Material Thangz’ LP (US Solar60410-1)
On one of many import LPs bought but not reviewed through lack of space and time, the excellent soulful worried jiggly rolling hot tempo 105½bpm ‘Stimulate’ has been a fave of mine for weeks and should be heard, while such enthusiastic stormers in the current black American idiom as the 120bpm ‘Let’s Work Tonight‘, 0-120bpm ‘Suspicious‘, 124bpm ‘Sweet Nothingz‘ and 122bpm title track hit (plus some slowies) really aren’t bad either.

RADIANCE: ‘Pick-n-Choose’ LP (US Qwest 1-25153)
Reggie Griffin-produced young male septet from Oakland, California, worth checking for the “I’ve been watchin’ you” bumpily tugging subdued soulful 94½bpm ‘Can’t Keep My Hands To Myself’ and the juddery 0-101¾bpm ‘Where Da Freaks At?‘, which works with Whodini and is also on 12in with the chugging 111bpm ‘All Night‘, more routine being the 120½bpm ‘Fresshh‘, 122¾bpm title track, 117½bpm ‘Shake It Break It’, 124½bpm ‘Electra-Fine Lady’, 42½-85bpm ‘Lollipop Lover’.

NILE RODGERS: ‘B-Movie’ LP (Warner Bros 925 290-1)
Unjustly ignored by all but hip radio jocks, this has three killers in the freaky chanted and muttered light guitar jittered 116½bpm ‘Stay Out Of The Light’, chunkier typically lurching 106bpm ‘State Your Mind‘, and tense slow 74½bpm ‘Wavelength‘ — plus a 3-D sleeve (with specs supplied!).

RENE & ANGELA: ‘Street Called Desire’ LP (Mercury JASH 12)
As well as the Yarbrough & Peoples-ish 106bpm ‘I’ll Be Good‘ there are the similar 0-110bpm ‘Who’s Foolin’ Who’, staccato 117¼bpm ‘Drive My Love‘, lush 72½/36¼bpm ‘You Don’t Have To Cry‘, tense 39¾/79½bpm ‘No How — No Way’, 71bpm ‘Your Smile’, FX-introed murky 112½bpm title track (aimed at being another Ashford & Simpson?).

ONE WAY: ‘Wrap Your Body’ LP (MCA Records MCF 3263)
As well as the vocodered Zapp-y 110½-0bpm P’funk ‘Serving It’ there are the wriggly 110bpm ‘Don’t Give Up On Love‘, soulful 53bpm ‘If I Knew‘, oddly weaving 120bpm title track, pleasant slow 0-80½bpm ‘More Than Friends Less Than Lovers’, 0-83½/41¾bpm ‘Believe In Me’, frantic spiky 121bpm ‘Condemned’.

CONWAY & TEMPLE: ‘You Can Lay Your Head On My Shoulder’ (Jive JIVET 27)
Summery sounding reissue of the chick ‘n’ chap cooed ‘n’ rapped attractive loping 111bpm swayer from around two and a half years ago (inst flip).

LEGACY: ‘Don’t Waste The Night’ (Epic TA 6407)
Curious cadences and haunting harmonies make this tapping gentle little 103½bpm weaver a real nagger (inst flip), worth hearing more than once so its magic can work.

THELMA HOUSTON: ‘Fantasy And Heartbreak (Dance Mix)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23552)
Latin Rascals-remixed Monte Moir-prod/penned bright light 120½bpm chugger from her last album (LP/Dub flip).

PERCY LARKINS: ‘Music Of Passion’ LP (Move Records MVLP 3, via Fast Forward & The Cartel)
The 25 year old Florida soulster quivers his breathy baritone on a timeless brass and rhythm box-backed traditional set with the swaying 93¼bpm ‘Strangers Into Lovers’, Al Green-ish 97bpm ‘Second Chance At Love‘, tender duetted 0-41½/83bpm ‘I Need To See You Again‘ and Oliver Cheatham-ish 111½bpm title track all on the romantic side one, faster bounders being side two’s 120½bpm ‘You Be Here For Me‘ 122¼bpm ‘I Can Love You Better‘, 126¼bpm ‘I Got This Feeling For You‘, 118¾bpm ‘Positive Reaction‘.

MAI TAI: ‘Body And Soul (Remix)’ (Virgin/Hot Melt VS 801/12)
And the Chic goes on, this time on a less good more Continental disjointed 0-113½bpm lurching basher and its possibly tougher 0-109¼bpm ‘What Goes On?‘ flip. In addition, the girls’ ‘History’ LP (V2359) has the pleasant 97bpm ‘Chemistry‘ and competent 101bpm ‘The Rhythm Of The Street‘, 113bpm ‘The Rules Of Love’, 112½bpm ‘What, Where, When, Who’, 111½bpm ‘You Control Me’, 34/68bpm ‘Am I Losing You Forever’.

MARVIN GAYE: ‘It’s Madness’ (CBS TA 6462)
His newly released but old Motown recorded but lushly drifting 48½-0bpm smoocher and the more recent rolling 90½bpm ‘Ain’t It Funny (How Things Turn Around)‘ are flipped on poster rapped 12in by a spiky 116½bpm remix of ‘Joy (Pts 1 & 2)‘, none essential if you have his albums.

BAR-KAYS: ‘Your Place Or Mine’ (US Mercury 550 966-1)
Subduedly muttered and chattered slightly Prince-ish drily lurching 126½bpm bounder (dub flip).

CAIRO: ‘On The Rebound’ (Champion CHAMP 12-2)
Fresh out of school, two East London boys plaintively worry a juddery little 115½bpm tugger (inst/edit flip).

SPLIFF RIFF: ‘In The Night Time’ (JKO 12JKO 110)
Jimmie Gray-prod pleasant Michael Henderson reviving 96½-97½bpm reggae-soul jogger by a Farnborough foursome (dub on flip), due via EMI.

NAT AUGUSTIN: ‘Summer Is Here Again’ (Debut DEBT 12 6)
Light Of The World bassist tenderly croons an unseasonal soulful 43½bpm smoocher although his duet with Dulice on the flip’s punchier 111½bpm ‘All My Love’ wriggler is getting more attention.

JEROME: ‘Betcha’ (Calibre CABL 202)
The Quick-mixed bassily lurching brisk (0-)118½bpm husky swayer with sax break building the urgency (inst flip), a grower on radio.

CLAUDIA: ‘Hold On’ (Rhythmic Records RMIC 009)
Seductively hissed and squeaked tugging slow 97½bpm jogger just a little too piercingly pent up to sound romantic (inst/edit flip).

LEGATO: ‘Buttercup’ (Adelphi Records ADE T002)
Useful slightly reggaefied 94bpm treatment of Carl Anderson’s hit (dub flip).

THIRD WORLD: ‘One To One’ (CBS TA 6396)
Shep Pettibone remixed soul style catchily sung but sombre sinuous 0-102½bpm plodder helped by their recent PAs, on 4-track 12in (very different 102½bpm Heavy Dub too) with the 75½bpm ‘Reggae Jam Boogie’ and old 0-115½bpm ‘Dancing On The Floor (Hooked On Love)’ hit.

ERNIE WATTS: ‘Musician’ LP (Qwest 925 283-1)
Not particularly dance-y sax set with the Phil Perry-sung bland 96½bpm ‘Don’t You Know’ getting more attention than such as the instrumental 111bpm ‘Urban Renewal‘, lush 90½bpm ‘Looking Glass‘, drifting vocal 88½/44¼bpm ‘Music Prayer For Peace’ reggae-ish 65-130bpm ‘Red Dress’, complex 95½/47¾bpm ‘Where The Spirit Lives’, frantic 150bpm ‘Rock Camping’.

BARNEY RACHABANE: ‘Blow Barney Blow’ (Jive Afrika JIVET 80)
Hugh Masekela’s saxist honks a 0-114¼bpm electro judderer (106bpm ‘Table Mountain‘ flip).

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Pata Piya’ (CellulOid CEL 705)
African accented 103½bpm sax remake of ‘Rockit’, and a much altered 126¼bpm ‘Abele Dance (’85)‘ flip.

MALIBU: ‘Keep Walking’ (RCA PT 40220)
Richard Hewson-penned chix cooed 116¾bpm striding frisky almost High Energy racer , somewhat stranded when the pirates who plugged it went off air (118¾bpm ‘Sand In My Toes’ flip).

MEZZOFORTE: ‘Garden Party (Sunshine Mix)’ (Steinar STE 1280)
Jiggly old 120¾bpm brass jolter remixed with added vocal by Second Image’s Weston Foster (jagged fast 0-136½bpm ‘Rockall‘ flip).

EDDIE ‘SKI’ WHITE: ‘Baby Be Mine’ (US Smokin’ TAI 121114)
Bass bumbled steadily jogging 109¾bpm low key stroller with some plaintive vocal around long breaks (inst and two bonus beats flip).

FREDDIE McKAY: ‘Oh Carol’ (Revue REV 025, via 01-965 9223)
Neil Sedaka reviving sweet 75¼bpm lovers rock, back to back with DELROY WILSON’s 79bpm ‘People Are Doing It Every Day‘.


DISCO TOP 85 – July 27, 1985

01 01 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
02 05 ROUND AND AROUND, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
03 03 TWILIGHT/BACK IN STRIDE (REMIX)/TOO MANY GAMES, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
04 02 SILVER SHADOW, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
05 04 GENIE, B B & Q Band, Cooltempo 12in
06 24 ON A CROWDED STREET, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
07 07 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE (REMIX), Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
08 06 GLOW, Rick James, Gordy 12in
09 18 ALL OF ME FOR ALL OF YOU, 9.9, RCA 12in
10 13 IN YOUR CAR, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
11 08 STRONGER TOGETHER, Shannon, Club 12in
12 14 MOVIN’, 400 Blows, Illuminated 12in
13 09 KEEP ON JAMMIN’/IN AND OUT, Willie Hutch, Motown 12in
14 11 HISTORY, Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
15 17 AXEL F (M&M REMIX), Harold Faltermeyer, MCA 12in
16 10 SAVE YOUR LOVE (FOR #1), Rene & Angela, Club 12in
17 15 ATTACK ME WITH YOUR LOVE/ROOM 123, Cameo, Club 12in
18 26 HAPPY FEELING, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
19 16 LET’S TALK (ABOUT SEX)/DUB VERSION, One Way, MCA 12in
20 12 MUTUAL ATTRACTION (REMIX), Change, Cooltempo 12in
21 80 THIS KIND OF LOVE, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
22 22 LET ME BE THE ONE, Five Star, Tent 12in
23 25 MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) (CUTBACK MIX), Simply Red, Elektra 12in
24 61 INTO THE GROOVE, Madonna, Sire 12in
25 20 BREAK THE ICE, Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
26 29 LONG TIME, Arrow, London 12in
27 23 WICKI WACKY HOUSE PARTY (FUNK SUCCULA VAN HELMSINK HOMICIDE MIX), The Team, EMI 12in
28 19 TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
29 79 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), “D” Train, Prelude 12in
30 39 SAY YOUR NUMBER ONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
31 36 I’LL BE GOOD/YOUR SMILE, Rene & Angela, Mercury LP
32 30 FIDELITY, Cheryl Lynn, CBS 12in
33 21 BABY DON’T HOLD YOUR LOVE BACK, Bridge, Atlantic 12in
34 32 LAY YA DOWN EZ/YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’/NEVER CRY AGAIN/ SEEEKRET, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
35 52 FINESSE (REMIX VERSION), Glenn Jones, US RCA Victor 12in
36 54 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
37 45 LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT PRETENDER ’85, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
38 35 CHEY CHEY KULE (UK REMIX), Eugene Wilde, 4th & B’way 12in
39 33 THE LOVER IN ME, September, 10 Records 12in
40 58 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SO DELICIOUS, Fatback, Cotillion LP
41 34 IF I EVER LOSE THIS HEAVEN/SERIOUS, Billy Griffin, CBS 12in
42 44 FRANKIE, Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
43 31 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
44 28 LONDON TOWN ’85, Light Of The World, Ensign 12in
45 50 SUPERFINE (FROM BEHIND), Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
46 40 BACKED UP AGAINST THE WALL Will King, Total Experience 12in
47 74 AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE IT/YOU AIN’T BEEN LOVED RIGHT, Michael Lovesmith, US Motown LP
48 42 TREAT HER SWEETER/DUBMENTAL MIX, The Paul Simpson Connection, 10 Records 12in
49 48 ON THE SHELF/MAIN ATTRACTION, B B & Q Band, Cooltempo LP
50 47 SYSTEMATIC/ELECTRIFIED, Billy Griffin, CBS LP
51 53 SINGLE LIFE/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE, Cameo, Club LP
52 — LONG TIME (THE ‘HOT’ MIXTURE)/HOT HOT HOT (Hotter Mix ’84), Arrow, London 12in
53 43 BEST PART OF THE NIGHT (UK REMIX)/STEP BY STEP (US REMIX), Jett Lorber, Club 12in
54 56 IT’S GONNA BE RIGHT/FADE TO BLACK, Cheryl Lynn, US Columbia LP
55 27 BUTTERCUP, Carl Anderson, Streetwave 12in
56 41 PICK UP THE PIECES, JoAnna Gardner, Boiling Point 12in
57 — DARE ME, Pointer Sisters, RCA 12in
58 46 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (HARDCASTLE MIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
59 51 ONE LOVE/SECRET LOVERS/IN THE HEAT OF PASSION, Atlantic Starr, A&M LP
60 — MAMA SAID, Oliver Cheatham, Move Records 12in
61 55 TURN IT UP (THE FULL MONTY MIX), Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
62 — SHACK UP (REMIX), Banbarra, Stateside 12in
63 49 IT’S OVER NOW (DANCE REMIX), Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
64 re LOVE SO FINE (ORIGINAL MIX), Sahara, Elite 12in
65 64 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (REMIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
66 re WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS (REMIX), Melba Moore, Capitol 12in
67 — LET’S TALK (REMIX), Carl Anderson, Epic 12in
68 — GOLDEN YEARS (REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
69 75 THIS IS FOR YOU/THE PLEASURE SEEKERS, The System, US Mirage LP
70 re I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam Full Force, CBS 12in
71 37 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
72 68 CAN’T WAIT TIL TOMORROW (REMIX), Johnny Gill, Atlantic 12in
73 77 STAND UP, Howard Johnson, US A&M 7in/A&M 12in promo
74 69 TAKE IT EASY, T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
75 82 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
76 57 LOVE SITUATION, Mark Fisher, Total Control 12in
77 65 PLEASE DON’T BREAK MY HEART, The Affair featuring Alyson, 10 Records 12in
78 72 WHAT’S MISSING, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
79 70 LOVER UNDERCOVER (CLUB REMIX), Fatback, Atlantic 12in
80 — TAKES A LITTLE TIME, Total Contrast, London 12in
81 — DISRESPECT (CLUB MIX), Gap Band, US Total Experience 12in
82 84 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, US Sky-view 12in
83 — (OWCH!) HOT BLOOD PRESSURE/FEEL THE FIRE/HYPNOTIZED, 9.9, US RCA LP
84 — STRANGERS INTO LOVERS/MUSIC OF PASSION, Percy Larkins, Move Records LP
85=re MOONCHILD, Rick James, Gordy LP
85=— MY BABY LOVES ME, Harry Ray, US Panoramic 12in
85=— IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT/SOFT VERSION, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 HOMOSEXUALITY/THANK GOD FOR MEN/CUBA LIBRE, Modern Rocketry, US Megatone LP
02 02 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
03 06 ENDLESS ROAD, Time Bandits, Dutch CBS 12in
04 07 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
05 09 THE EASY WAY OUT/ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
06 03 I BELIEVE IN DREAMS, Jackie Rawe, Fanfare 12in
07 — THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (REMIX), Kerry Delius, Arrival 12in
08 04 UNEXPECTED LOVERS, Lime, Boiling Point 12in
09 17 BIT BY BIT, Stephanie Mills, US MCA Records 12in
10 20 BLACK KISSES, Curtie & The Boom Box, Dutch RCA 12in
11 — DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (SYLVESTER MIX), Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
12 11 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
13 12 STRANGER IN DISGUISE, Marsha Raven, Record Shack 12in
14 16 BODY ROCK (REMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
15 — LAW OF THE LAND, The Professionals, Belgian ARS 12in
16 08 FEELS LIKE LOVE/ONE WAY TICKET, Louise Thomas, Passion 12in
17 05 DON’T LET THE FLAME DIE OUT, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
18 — TAKE ME TO FOREVER, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in
19 24 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, Debbie Jacobs & Jo-Lo, Fantasia 12in
20 10 FREEWAY OF LOVE (LATIN RASCALS MIX), Aretha Franklin, US Arista 12in
21 15 SAY YOU WILL, Santana, US Columbia 12in/Disconet remix
22 14 HUMAN NATURE, Gino Soccio, Canadian Celebration 12in
23 — NO CREDIT CARD, Amanda Lear, German ZYX 12in
24 19 NO WAR NO MORE, Mirage, Proto 12in
25 27 TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY, Divine, Proto 12in
26 — FOTONOVELLA, Ivan, Spanish CBS 12in
27 — HARMONY, Slip, German Chateau 12in
28 — STREETFIGHTER, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, US Curb 12in
29 13 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU WANT ME, Gina Lamour, Calibre 12in
30=22 THE BIG HURT (REMIX), Marianna, Fantasia 12in
30=— COME ALIVE AT NIGHT, Ernest Kohl, Canadian Black Sun 12in

2 thoughts on “July 27, 1985: Dante, Hi Tension, Mercy Mercy, Melba Moore, Videeo”

  1. I didn’t discover it for another four years, but I absolutely adore this original version of Mercy Mercy “What Are We Gonna Do About It”. It was still being played at Kiss FM nights in the late Eighties, and my sister even remembers Trevor Nelson personally dedicating it to her over the mike one night!

    In 1985, I could imagine it mixing well with the Melba Moore remix, The Deele “Stimulate”, Legacy “Don’t Waste The Night” or maybe even Conway & Temple “You Can Lay Your Head On My Shoulder”. There’s a particular rolling sound here, which I really like.

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    1. Yes it was big on the pirates at the time and Radio London – a real London type sound probably never destined to break nationally. I probably haven’t heard it fir decades but can still hum it.

      How strange what the record company did (or didn’t do) with Maze’s Twilight – it was the only side you heard at the time and was probably number 1 club tune in London at this point and could have been a massive crossover nationally but they continued to ignore it completely. I’ve even noticed that in the pop charts it was never even credited as a double a side only the other side is mentioned if you look it up.

      What the hell were the record company playing at? Unbelievably weird.

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