ODDS ‘N’ BODS
HOWARD JOHNSON ‘Stand Up’ in its US 12in form (US A&M SP-12137) irritatingly is a brilliant 111½bpm remix with dialogue impersonating such as Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown, Mr T, Humphrey Bogart – wait now for its inevitable UK release! . . . Five Star have (yawn, double yawn!) yet another remix of ‘Let Me Be The One’, the Dance Mix by Hardrock incorporating bits of ‘All Fall Down’, now with the Philadelphia Remix on 12in (incidentally John Morales on his visit remixed their album’s ‘RSVP’ and ‘System Addict’) . . . Michael Brauer’s much more solid 0-111bpm US Remix of Total Contrast really brings out the Luther Vandross similarity . . . DJs as predicted are now complaining that Madonna ‘Into The Groove’ has no break and are demanding a remix to make it easier to mix (one case where a remix would be legitimate) . . . King Enri sums up the sentiments of many fellow jocks: “Thank god they’re all bored with ‘Frankie’, but now it’s gonna be Madonna for another three months!” . . . Virgin have repressed 1982’s 113bpm Sharon Brown ‘I Specialize In Love’ (VS 49412), and Jive are offloading 1983’s 122bpm Class Action ‘Weekend’ (JIVET 35) . . . MCA’s 10in EP of four famous tunes from ‘The Glenn Miller Story’ (MCAV 985) could be useful for mobile jocks — though note they’re not the originals, but soundtrack remakes by the Universal International Studio Orchestra (in primitive stereo) . . . ‘Just Be Good To Me’ has evidently been added to the S.O.S. Band’s flip, and No Way Jose’s Spanish version has been available as the B-side of their picture disc — isn’t modern marketing marvellous? . . . George Howard ‘Dancing In The Sun’ has been remixed for US 12in, rather late by our standards . . . Brass Construction ‘Give And Take‘ will be a single here, but not the first one, as as Capitol feel the imminent album’s more typical club tracks will swamp it in the short term . . . Full Force have had an oddly little heralded answer version on US Columbia for several weeks now, ‘Girl If You Take Me Home‘, beefier than the original . . . Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Force MD’s, Kurtis Blow, UTFO, The Real Roxanne, Rockmaster Scott & The Dynamic Three, and — somewhat incongruous in such company despite the rap element of their last hit — Rene & Angela are all currently touring the Eastern half of the USA as the ‘Jam-A-Tron Street Fest’ . . . Atlantic, as mentioned last week, picked up in the States from its original Easy Street label the Paul Simpson Connection’s recent ‘Treat Her Sweeter‘ — but somehow someone obviously neglected to tell them it’s already been a minor UK hit on 10 Records, as WEA disco plugger Fred Dove has been sent several boxes of US promos to service his mailing list here! . . . Soul On Sound’s monthly London Hippodrome night last Wednesday found such as Glasgow DJ Alan David and bronzed groovettes Barbie Dunne & Fiona Waterman watching PAs by Sonique, Dante (the kid can sing), Peter Royer, Total Contrast (aggressively chucking T-shirts), Miquel Brown, 7th Heaven, One Touch, Stylistics, No Way Jose, and Oliver Cheatham who wiped the floor (almost literally, doing press-ups in a white suit!), while Canning Town Bentleys jock Derek Bolland scratched ‘n’ synched a solid groove whenever he got the chance (he mixes Harleqiun Four’s through Aleem ‘Get Loose’) . . . Oliver Cheatham tells me ‘Mama Said‘ wasn’t consciously modelled on the Shirelles’ oldie, but admits his chorus hook is indeed awfully like theirs! . . . Adrian Allen sat in with Radio Tees’ Saturday 6-10pm soul presenter Mike Prior on a telephone interview with Bobby Womack (broadcast last weekend), in which Bobby revealed he’s working on the next Rolling Stones LP (Ronnie Wood & Keith Richards were with him at the time), his five year contract with MCA is for four albums and a fifth ‘Best Of’ set, he’ll be recording again with Altrinna Grayson while Shirley Brown will be joining him on tour (the latter is interviewed on Tees this Saturday), and the tour should be here late Oct/early Nov — oh, and Tees had his album for a UK exclusive even ahead of Robbie Vincent (now paying for jumping the gun on Bobby’s first MCA single?) . . . Gary Neal (Bristol) seems to be another provincial DJ who thinks he’s read things that I haven’t written: where have I ever dismissed DJs outside the London area as “pop jocks” — go on, show me! — and why do you suppose I always mention all the soul gigs around the country that the DJs concerned can be bothered to tell me about? The fact remains that London is a soul city, due largely to its black (and incidentally other types of immigrant) population, the cause of the current remarkable upsurge in soul sales there being radio, both pirate (who prompted them) and legal local stations, soul saturating the airwaves to such an extent that the whole population can’t fail to hear it — which is why I write to such an extent that the whole population can’t fail to hear it — which is why I write so much about radio as now that rather than disco play, is what makes soul hits . . . LWR last Wednesday reopened their wavelength by switching on their transmitter, which before broadcasts began unintentionally relayed nearby Solar’s signal, whereupon within a few hours both Solar and Horizon had their own transmitters busted (however all three were back by the weekend) . . . Capital’s gospel jock Al Matthews played a big part in Sunday night’s TV movie ‘Rough Cut’, while Saturday morning’s ‘Apache Drums’ was the chief cause of all my childhood nightmares (amazingly I’d remembered every detail since 1951, not that it keeps me awake at nights now!) . . . Friday’s ‘6.20 Soul Train’ has Phil Fearon, Stylistics, Sister Sledge, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Gary’s Gang . . . Fatback ‘Is This The Future?‘ is getting so much play again it could be worth someone finally issuing it here on 12in . . . Harleqiun Four’s may sound rotten on radio but believe me it’s something else loud on the floor! . . . I’ll be trekking up to Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Walkers Club Café with Chris Hill this Monday (19), see you there? . . . Margate’s brand new Rumours, opened by Invicta Radio jocks this Wed/Thur, features funky Paul French (not the Gillingham one) on Friday after finishing his regular Ramsgate Kents 8-11pm slot . . . Saturday (17) Andy Heryet has a ‘Caligula’ Roman orgy at Worthing Carioca, and Yeovil Electric Studio already has a Somerset Soul Weekend reunion night . . . Tuesday (20) George Clinton paaartays with Wicked Pulse at London Busbys — mmm, do the dog! . . . John DeSade rather regally has an “official” birthday party at Gillingham’s The Avenue next Thursday (22), when in fact he isn’t 28 (and counting!) until next May . . . Dave Thomas & Greg Parrott are boosting hot funk newies every Wednesday at Telford Cascades to a good turnout . . . Pete Haigh & Richard Searling soul (ancient and modern) Blackpool Bananas Fridays . . . Solar’s Dave Collins and JFM’s Paul Dodd soul Staines Jacksons Saturdays, when maniac mixer Chad Jackson has graduated to the over-18s late night slot at Bolton’s Dance Factory . . . Gary Hickson points out it was his home that was redecorated and not Blackburn’s Peppermint Place, although that’s due in a few months! . . . Ron Tom, Fuzzy D and sometimes Tim Westwood funk ‘n’ reggae Forest Gate Upper Cut Stadium’s Sunday 6.30-10.30pm LWR rollerskating sessions . . . Paul Clark’s current Brighton soul gigs are with Tim Jeffrey at The Escape Sat, and with Andy Henderson at Toppers Sun, Brighton Belle Mon . . . Neil Fincham soon moves in Edinburgh to the old Styx in George Street, re-opening as Capers . . . Unknown Mixer I.Mc, looking for NW funk gigs, wants to hear again from the guy who spoke to his sister on 0254-667743 . . . Paul Lawrence Jones’ imminent debut single ‘She’s Not A Sleaze‘ also features his producing/songwriting colleagues Lillo Thomas & Freddie Jackson . . . The Family comprises Jellybean Johnson, ‘Saint’ Paul Peterson and Jerome Benton from defunct The Time with Eric Leeds (ex-JB’s) and Susannah Melvoin (sister of Prince & The Revolution’s Wendy) . . . Eon Irving (Chelsea Mainsqueeze) infos that his mate Peter Royer was photoed standing behind Loose Ends on the front cover of their current album . . . Mayfair’s late nite eaterie Rockafella’s is about to re-open twice the size after expanding actually into Samanthas next door! . . . Andy Phippen of Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre found DJ Takis at Rhodes’ Hi-Way disco club working out his BPMs by synching a West Germany-made Willner Taktell electronic metronome with the record’s beat: not a new idea, and I have doubts about its absolute accuracy (although all records timed similarly should match), this particular metronome works from 43 to 208 beats per minute . . . I think that, after nearly seven years of weekly BPM-ing experience, my own figures are likely to be more accurate than others you may find listed elsewhere . . . MUSIC FOR MUSIC’S SAKE!
ATLANTIC STARR: ‘One Love (Remix)’ (A&M AMY 273)
Not quite another ‘Silver Shadow‘ although their LP’s next hottest cut, this jolting (0-)108¼bpm jiggly tripper has been remixed already and builds nagging tension, with almost inevitably their old classic 79bpm ‘Touch A Four Leaf Clover‘ as flip.
COLLAGE: ‘Romeo Where’s Juliet?’ (LP ‘Shine The Light’ US Constellation MCA-5564)
This great beefily lurching 107¼bpm rolling driving groove by Larry White’s seven man band has been bubbling under our chart on 107bpm 12in (US MCA-23558, the same length mix but with good longer dub too), finally to rocket in on LP with the excellent semi-falsetto solid 89½bpm ‘Winners And Losers‘, attractive Shalamar-ish 111¼bpm ‘Step Right Up‘, buoyantly “fresh” 0-120bpm ‘In The Mix‘, rockily chugging 113¼bpm ‘Kickin’ It‘, soulfully doodling 74bpm ‘Here And Now’, Ollie & Jerry-ish 118bpm ‘Let’s Rock And Roll’, slushy EWF-ish 0-74bpm title track all adding up to a strong set.
JAKI GRAHAM: ‘Heaven Knows’ (EMI 12JAKI 5)
Out next Monday, her soulfully wrought slow swaying rhythmically hesitant 90-0bpm much admired oldie has been spaciously remixed by Derek Bramble so all the instruments are precisely placed amidst the overall echo (which for disco use possibly should be tightened up).
THE SYSTEM: ‘The Pleasure Seekers’ (Boiling Point POSPX 753)
Mic & Dave’s rumbling, rattling and thudding 112¼bpm angry jerky judderer is big for some although may be too complex for others, rhythmically like a rockier Jermaine ‘Come To Me’ (dub flip).
MARK IV: ‘Rainy Days’ (US World Trade Records Inc WT-1001)
Finally stocked in my area so late it’s sadly now cooling off elsewhere, this Patrick Adams-prod/penned acappella introed cheerfully bounding 119bpm skipper is a traditional male vocal group delight not to be missed if you liked Touch Of Class or Bridge, one of the brightest goodies of recent months with probably wide appeal (inst flip).
FREDERICK: ‘Somebody Won’t Sleep Tonight’ (LP ‘Frederick’ US Heat HT 011)
Forget Frankie Beverly, this Ohio soulster’s tenderly agonised slinky slow 63½-0bpm intensifier really hooked me while driving around Yorkshire repeatedly playing back Steve Collins’ Capital soul show, and now others are picking up on it plus his recent hit ultra romantic 64½bpm ‘Gentle‘, with mushy rap start and duetting Janice Dowlen wailing in counterpoint, 69½bpm ‘Girl I Know You’re Lovely’, 68bpm ‘Games’, 74bpm ‘I Love You’, jauntily chugging 111bpm ‘That Body’, bounding 121bpm ‘Love Taker’, busily jittering 122bpm ‘Move On’. Thoroughly recommended to soul lovers.
ANTHONY WATSON: ‘Solid Love Affair’ (US SRO SRO-231-7)
Now also on LP, this recent US soul hit 7in is another that Steve Collins turned me on to, an agonised 0-65½-65¾bpm deep soul slowie hauntingly wailed in fantastic strangulated falsetto and interrupted by a mush-mouthed short “lurve” rap. Phew!
BOBBY WOMACK: ‘I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much’ (MCA MCA-994)
First 7in from his imminent ‘So Many Rivers’ LP is a great gritty smooth 88½-88¼bpm soul swayer about a man in torment over his best friend’s wife, with a deeper smooch flip.
SHIRLEY BROWN: ‘Boyfriend’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 31)
Shirley’s superb romantic 45/90-89bpm southern swayer sounds like she’s serenading the guy Denise LaSalle wants to ‘Come To Bed’, while the flip’s a remix of the whooping Aretha-ish 113-114¼bpm ‘Looking For The Real Thing‘.
CARL CARLTON: ‘Private Property’ (US Casablanca 880 949-1)
Little Carl returns warbling Wonder-fully over an Allen A Jones-prod/penned chunkily trucking 117½bpm ‘For Those Who Like To Groove’ bass line — the best kind! — with a bit of ‘Bad Mama Jama’ too (dub flip). Get down Saturday night!
PRIME TIME: ‘Baby Don’t Break My Back’ (US Total Experience TED1-2619)
Pleasant beefily burbling 111bpm swaying chugger sung by the lead bloke at such a self-consciously Wonder/Jackson-ish pitch he’s often more like a husky girl, but the rest of the bunch are butch when not vocally imitating the ’19’ stutter (Dub & Club’ Mix flip).
CHARLIE SINGLETON: ‘Make Your Move On Me Baby’ (US Arista ADI-9387)
Cameo’s recently departed multi-instrumentalist prod/penned his own solo similar if less dense jiggly 116½bpm strutter (with two edits as flip), bubbling under our chart.
DAZZ BAND: ‘Hot Spot’ (Motown 40308)
Disappointingly corny un-cool 0-119½bpm busy thudder with electro stutters and noisy guitar creating spurious excitement (older (0-)77¾bpm ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ flip).
BILLY OCEAN: ‘Mystery Lady’ (Jive JIVET 98)
Always his album’s most soulful track, this trickily surging 0-54½-109¼bpm swayer has also been tightened up almost unrecognisably into an 109¼bpm Club Mix flip, but may lack the pop appeal of the oddly included ‘Suddenly’.
CHAKA KHAN: ‘Through The Fire’ (Warner Bros W9025T)
Mushy though popular 0-65bpm MoR slowie flipped more vigorously by her Ashford & Simpson-penned classic rousing 114½-115bpm ‘I’m Every Woman’ (and the dire ‘La Flamme’).
MARY JANE GIRLS: ‘Wild And Crazy Love’ (Gordy ZT 40272)
Typical Rick James-produced rumbling urgent 118½bpm driver, flipped (inst too) by the team’s unsurpassed 98bpm ‘All Night Long’.
ANDRE CYMONE: ‘The Dance Electric’ (US Columbia 44-05249)
Prince actually joins his old home town rival to prod/pen a typical muttering monotonous jittery 112¼bpm groove with terrific tugging undertow, possibly best for white sensibilities here although very exciting.
THE FAMILY: ‘The Screams Of Passion’ (US Paisley Park 0-20360)
Obviously yet more pseudonymous Prince product by some young sidekicks, in his more soulful style, this doodling baroque strings started chunkily rolling 0-104½bpm het up duet is an intensifying grower (good snarling percussion and brass 114½bpm instrumental ‘Yes‘ flip).
MARIA VIDAL: ‘Body Rock’ (EMI America 12EA 189)
Reissue of last year’s Jellybean mixed Cara/Ciccone/Branigan-ish striding 119½bpm chugger, now a Continental hit and huge in gay pubs here as a bootleg remix.
TIME BANDITS: ‘Endless Road’ (CBS TX 6233)
Deceptively quiet and slow seeming gently pulsed 123½bpm plaintive pop burbler, big in gay clubs rather than pubs.
CURTIE & THE BOOM BOX: ‘Black Kisses Never Make You Blue’ (RCA PT 40064)
Dutch Guyanan chicks chanted 0-129½bpm vigorous racer with some Def Leppard guitar.
STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘Bit By Bit’ (MCA MCAT 990)
Hazel Dean-ish 133¾bpm galloper from the ‘Fletch’ movie, fully available in a fortnight.
CAROL JIANI: ‘Vanity’ (Record Shack SOHOT 52)
Ian Levine-produced thinly wriggling skittery 132¼bpm galloper with a backing squeak like a noise from ‘Psycho’.
AMII STEWART: ‘Knock On Wood’ (Sedition EDITL 3303, via PRT)
Alan Coulthard & Barry Leng-restructured frantic 0-140½bpm wally disco oldie flipped by her ditto even more frantic 48-135½bpm ‘Light My Fire‘.
CHAI-AM: ‘Dance Crazy’ (Illuminated ILL 6312)
Frisky rattling 126bpm DOA-ish galloper by the girls who sang on 400 Blows ‘Movin’, out fully in three weeks.
EVAN ROGERS: ‘Private Joy’ (RCA PT 49938)
Prince-penned predictable 0-137¼bpm rock disco flipped by the more soulful 111½bpm ‘Hold On (Remix)‘.
DISCO TOP 85 – August 17, 1985
01 02 SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
02 01 TWILIGHT/TOO MANY GAMES/BACK IN STRIDE (REMIX), Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
03 07 INTO THE GROOVE, Madonna, Sire 12in
04 13 SINGLE LIFE/URBAN WARRIOR/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE, Cameo, Club LP
05 04 ON A CROWDED STREET, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
06 14 TAKES A LITTLE TIME, Total Contrast, London 12in
07 03 ROUND AND AROUND, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
08 34 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA 12in
09 12 STRONGER TOGETHER, Shannon, Club 12in
10 05 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
11 06 BREAK THE ICE, Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
12 10 GENIE, B.B. & Q. Band, Cooltempo 12in
13 08 SILVER SHADOW, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
14 19 STAND UP/SO FINE, Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
15 15 ATTACK ME WITH YOUR LOVE, Cameo, Club 12in
16 09 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE (REMIX), Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
17 42 I’LL BE GOOD/WHO’S FOOLIN’ WHO, Rene & Angela, Club LP/12in promo
18 38 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), “D” Train, Prelude 12in
19 36 BABY DON’T HOLD YOUR LOVE BACK, Bridge, Atlantic 12in
20 75 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
21 — WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in
22 25 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force, CBS 12in
23 23 MAMA SAID, Oliver Cheatham, Move Records 12in
24 28 (JOY) I KNOW IT, Odyssey, Mirror Records 12in
25 21 LAY YA DOWN EZ/NEVER CRY AGAIN/SEEEKRET, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
26 11 IN YOUR CAR, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
27 26 LET ME BE THE ONE (PHILADELPHIA REMIX)/(LONG HOT SOULFUL SUMMER MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
28 18 HAPPY FEELING, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
29 24 SUPERFINE (FROM BEHIND), Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in LP
30 22 TEQUILA (KNOCKOUT MIX)/INSTRUMENTAL, No Way Jose, 4th & B’way 12in
31 17 KEEP ON JAMMIN’, Willie Hutch, Motown 12in
32 16 GLOW, Rick James, Gordy 12in
33 35 IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT/SOFT VERSION, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
34 33 KNEES/OLDER GIRL, Howard Johnson, A&M LP
35 61 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME (REMIXES), Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
36 27 THIS KIND OF LOVE, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
37 57 ON THE ONE, Lukk featuring Felicia Collins, US Easy Street 12in
38 47 LET ME BE THE ONE, Five Star, Tent 12in
39 58 GIVE ME THAT LOVIN’/FEEL LIKE I’M IN LOVE/YOU ARE MY LOVE, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
40 46 SEXUAL THERAPY/FIRE IN HER LOVE/I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU/I SEARCH NO MORE/HOT DATE/GET DOWN TO LOVIN’, Billy Paul, US Total Experience LP
41 31 CHEY CHEY KULE (UK REMIX), Eugene Wilde, 4th + B’way 12in
42 29 ALL OF ME FOR ALL OF YOU, 9.9, RCA 12in
43 41 TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY/CALL MY NAME, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
44 — ROMEO WHERE’S JULIET?/WINNERS AND LOSERS/STEP RIGHT UP/IN THE MIX/KICKIN’ IT/HERE AND NOW, Collage, US Constellation LP
45 60 THE PLEASURE SEEKERS, The System, Boiling Point 12in
46 32 WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS (REMIX), Melba Moore, Capitol 12in
47 51 YOU MAKE ME HAPPY (SHOP GIRL REMIX), Hi Tension, Streetwave 12in
48 50 LOVER UNDERCOVER/SHE’S A GO-GETTER, Fatback, Cotillion LP
49 72 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
50 49 AXEL F (M&M REMIX), Harold Faltermeyer, MCA 12in
51 59 LET’S TALK (REMIX), Carl Anderson, Epic 12in
52 39 LONG TIME, Arrow, London 12in
53 52 DARE ME, Pointer Sisters, RCA 12in
54 82 BODY AND SOUL (REMIX), Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
55 48 SHACK UP (REMIX), Banbarra, Stateside 12in
56 — BOYFRIEND/LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING (REMIX), Shirley Brown, 4th + B’way 12in
57 65 HOT SPOT, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
58 63 IT’S GONNA BE RIGHT/LOAFIN’/FADE TO BLACK/LET ME LOVE YOU Cheryl Lynn, CBS LP
59 — MYSTERY LADY, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
60 30 IN YOUR CAR (LONDON MIX), The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
61 45 LOVE IS IN SEASON/INSTRUMENTAL DUB, Peter Royer, Club 12in
62 40 FIDELITY, Cheryl Lynn, CBS 12in
63 55 LET’S TALK (ABOUT SEX)/DUB VERSION, One Way, MCA 12in
64 68 SEDUCTION/TELLIN’ ME LIES, Val Young, US Gordy LP
65 56 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
66 73 BARELY BREAKING EVEN (’85 CLUB MIX), Universal Robot Band, Streetwave 12in
67 — THROUGH THE FIRE/I’M EVERY WOMAN, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
68 80 RICCOCHET/MAIN ATTRACTION/ON THE SHELF, B B & Q Band, Cooltempo LP
69 — TAKES A LITTLE TIME (US REMIX), Total Contrast, London 12in
70 71 SPECIAL LADY/READY OR NOT/BECAUSE OF YOU/I WANNA BE YOUR MAN, Goodie, US Total Experience LP
71 76 GENTLE/SOMEBODY WON’T SLEEP TONIGHT/THAT BODY/GAMES, Frederick, US Heat LP
72 43 AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE IT, Michael Lovesmith, Motown LP
73 — TURN THE LIGHTS DOWN, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
74 54 FINESSE (REMIX VERSION), Glenn Jones, US RCA Victor 12in
75 re GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
76 79 BASS AND TROUBLE/MAKE ‘EM MOVE/LANGUAGE BARRIER, Sly & Robbie, Island LP
77 — GET TO THIS, GET TO THAT, Sly & Robbie Band, Island 12in
78 64 IT’S OVER NOW (DANCE REMIX), Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
79 70 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (REMIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
80 85 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, US Skyview 12in
81 — WILD AND CRAZY LOVE, Mary Jane Girls, Gordy 12in
82 — SO LONG, Dante, Cooltempo 12in
83 78 GIVE AND TAKE, Brass Construction, US Capitol 12in
84 77 IF I EVER LOSE THIS HEAVEN/SERIOUS, Billy Griffin, CBS 12in
85 62 DISRESPECT (CLUB MIX), Gap Band, US Total Experience 12in
01 01 ENDLESS ROAD, Time Bandits, CBS 12in
02 06 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (SYLVESTER MIX), Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
03 03 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
04 04 VANITY, Carol Jiani, Record Shack 12in white label
05 02 HOMOSEXUALITY/THANK GOD FOR MEN/CUBA LIBRE, Modern Rocketry, US Megatone LP
06 05 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
07 14 BIT BY BIT, Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
08 18 NO CREDIT CARD, Amanda Lear, German ZYX 12in
09 08 THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (REMIX), Kerry Delius, Arrival 12in
10 09 CRYING MY HEART OUT, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
11 17 BODY ROCK (REMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
12 22 STREETFIGHTER, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, US Curb 12in
13 10 IF LOOKS COULD KILL (REMIX), Pamala Stanley, US Mirage 12in
14 07 THE EASY WAY OUT, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
15 16 TAKE ME TO FOREVER, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in
16 11 REINCARNATION, People Like Us, Passion 12in
17 15 HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL (1985 BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
18 12 I BELIEVE IN DREAMS, Jackie Rawe, Fanfare 12in
19 21 LAW OF THE LAND, The Professionals, Belgian ARS 12in
20 — SUMMERTIME HOT NIGHTS FEVER, Electric Theatre, German Metronome 12in
21 19 WALK AWAY SATISFIED, Zino featuring Jayne Edwards, US Pacific Records 12in
22 25 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, Debbie Jacobs & Jo-Lo, Fantasia 12in
23 23 BLACK KISSES, Curtie & The Boom Box, Dutch RCA 12in
24 13 UNEXPECTED LOVERS, Lime, Boiling Point 12in
25 24 SLIP AWAY, Shirley Lites, US Atlantic 12in
26 20 KILLER INSTINCT, Robey, US Silver Blue 12in
27 27 SO MACHO/SHOWDOWN, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
28 — NEW YORK CITY, Kristin, German ZYX 12in
29 26 NO WAR NO MORE, Mirage, Proto 12in
30 29 THE BIG HURT (REMIX), Marianna, Fantasia 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Dio 57-118-120-121f, Gary Numan 107¾c, Baltimora 110f, Propaganda (0-)107½r, Bryan (‘Bruce’) Adams 138½f, Spear Of Destiny 107-106r, Elvis Presley 43-44/88-91-0-91f.
2 thoughts on “August 17, 1985: Atlantic Starr, Collage, Jaki Graham, The System, Mark IV”
Derek B mentioned in this one (under his full name Derek Bolland) at Bentleys in Canning Town although it’s for his djing/mixing side not the rapping one that he became most famous for.
Also by now go go after all that hype has completely gone off the radar – no mentions, releases or even minor chart appearances for the last few weeks.
And I don’t think I’ve ever JH be as hostile to a tune as he is to Chaka Khan’s La Flamme and as I’ve just discovered it is a horrendously ugly mess.