August 24, 1985: Sister Sledge, Rene & Angela, The Family, Tony McKenzie, Donald Banks

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

DESIREE HESLOP, whose singing father records as James Lloyd while she’s better known as Princess, has a timely exciting 103¾bpm Alternative Version of ‘Say I’m Your No. 1’ which adds a ‘Billie Jean’ bass line (after an eye-cued band in the vinyl), with semi-instrumental No. 2 Mix of the original as confusingly labelled flip . . . Dave Pearce has launched a black music talent search for non-professional acts on his Thursday 10pm soul show: send tapes (tunes must be original) within four weeks to him at Radio London, 35A Marylebone High Street, London W1A 4LG — judges will include Paul Hardcastle and David Grant . . . I myself am on Radio London as Guy Hornsby’s guest reviewer at 3.30pm this Thursday (22) . . . Damon Rochefort last Saturday on his 5-7.30pm Horizon spot exclusively previewed Barbara Pennington’s September LP — an advantage of doing promotion for Record Shack . . . EMI plugger Ian Dewhirst then followed him on air previewing The Team’s rambling revival of ‘Rock Creek Park’ (evidently by coincidence one of three imminent competing versions), due as their next B-side — they’re in danger of becoming a black Showaddywaddy . . . Horizon apparently close down in a fortnight, to aid their application for community licence . . . 102.4FM should find Radio Haddock in the Bournemouth area this weekend . . . Solar last weekend started test transmissions on 102.5FM in Manchester, which city might finally become a significant market for soul records (they mainly sell in one non-chart return shop at the moment) should Mike Shaft succeed in his application for his proposed black music Sunset Radio to be the “community of interest” station — to further clarify my criticism of the job soul jocks are currently doing there, Capitol Records report that ‘Twilight’ only sold two copies in Manchester’s chart return shops the week it actually hit nationally! . . . Maze finally appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops’, but of course playing ‘Too Many Games’, and the record immediately dropped in the chart (although not as far as it would have done without the plug, and they have sold more albums than usual) — if only Radio One could have been convinced that ‘Twilight’, which all along has been the side selling most copies, is as popular an instrumental as ‘Axel F’ . . . Jonathan King’s own presence is badly needed on ‘No Limits’ to make the featured music stand out . . . Friday’s ‘6.20 Soul Train’ includes Lisa Lisa, Freddie Jackson, Nona Hendryx, Martha & The Vendellas (note it’s not at 4.30, although Jeffrey Daniel last week told us to tune in “when the big hand is on the six and the little hand is on the four” — stupid boy!) . . . I never knew Princess Di sang with Phil Fearon — or was that Dee Galdes? . . . Island’s go go movie ‘Good To Go’ due to be opening about now in America, won’t be shown here until January — presumably to leave time for a nostalgic go-go revival, and for yet more journalists to visit Washington DC? . . . 1976’s ‘Dreamglrls’-inspiring film ‘Sparkle’ (with Curtis Mayfield score, Aretha Franklin title song, Irene Cara debut, Lonette McKee soul) has appeared in the States on Warner Home Video, so could it come out here? . . . Jaki Graham ‘Heaven Knows’ is flipped by a more instrumental After Hours Mix and the doodling 105bpm ‘Who’s Making Up Your Mind’ . . . Solar’s Jerry Green suspected something was wrong when trying to mix Lukk, and sure enough, my mistake, it actually surreptitiously slides around through 104-104½-106½-104¼-107¼-104½-103¼(break start)-104(break end)-105½-106-105¼bpm, most unexpectedly in this mechanised age! . . . Jeffer Seif ‘All Out Groove‘ on a yellow labelled but otherwise unidentified import 12 inch is in fact an instrumental version of ‘Into The Groove’ of which the Madonna original has been given a far harder remix incorporating bits from Chaka Khan’s ‘I Feel For You’ on the current ruinously expensive circa £34 Hot Tracks set . . . Disco Mix Club’s August mixes are Les Adams’ already renowned Maze megamix (surely now adjusted brilliantly to include — not enough of — ‘Twilight’?) and useful Arrow-based soca sequence, Alan Coulthard’s slightly patchy current dance mix, Steve Gladder’s frisky disco oldies medley, and Sanny X’s typically (over-) tampered treatment of Jimmy Bo Horne’s ancient ‘Dance Across The Floor’ . . . Les Adams has also done a usefully neat Black Lace megamix as the flip to their new 12in, if you can bear it! . . . Five Star’s most recent remixers (I hope!), Hardrock turn out to be Max and Dave of the sadly now shattered Mastermind Roadshow, who are also recording or Elite — it seems Mastermind had become too much of a one man show (Herbie retains the name) . . . Brian Mason (Cricklewood Ashtons) wonders why although everything new is remixed regardless, such reissues as Sharon Brown, Conway And Temple, Class Action are still in their dated original form when they really do warrant remixing (yes, but that costs more than just using up old stock!) . . . Adrian Dunbar (Poole Wharf) adds that once remixes were usually improvements of established dance tracks whereas now they’re of things most people don’t yet know well enough anyway: his own all time fave remixes were of Sharon Redd ‘Beat The Street’, Barbara Roy ‘If You Want Me’, Carol Jiani ‘Hit ‘N’ Run Lover (Canadian Matra), Lisa ‘Rocket To Your Heart’ (Disconet), Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music (1984)’ . . . Fourth & Broadway seem to hove been hoist with their own petard: Eugene Wilde’s UK remix of ‘Chey Chey Kule’ evidently didn’t sell well enough to justify creatively marketing it with alternative mixes and/or couplings, whereas the reason it didn’t sell (apart from not being very good) was possibly that most people wore anticipating its reappearance with his original US LP version as flip . . . 400 Blows’ treatment of ‘Movin’ has been slavishly covered, seemingly slower, by The Funky Carburetors on US Profile . . . The System’s LP is now out here (Boiling Point POLD 5182) . . . Alexander O’Neal is a far hotter property than CBS’s sales force seem to realise, hence his late entry into the national chart . . . America’s Top 40 radio programmers, an unimaginative timid breed, are beginning to recognise that their playlists are full of “dance” material, mostly of British origin or inspiration, currently a good third of Billboard’s Hot 100 being British — by coincidence the same proportion which in the Sixties used permanently to be black (last week though only 22 hits were by black artists, with fewer than half those being considered as “soul” here) . . . Prince ‘Raspberry Beret’ topped US 12in Sales . . . Breakers bubbling under our Disco 85 include Detroit Spinners, Weather Girls, Starpoint LP, Whitney Houston ‘Thinking About You’, Atlantic Starr ‘One Love’, The SOS Band, Howard Johnson US remix, Bobby Womack 7 inch, Sharon Brown, Andre Cymone, Aleem ‘Confusion’, Screamin’ Tony Baxter . . . Detroit Spinners incidentally are now signed to Mirage in the States, although Atlantic retains them everywhere else, and Bootsy Collins is on Arista . . . Mark Clark of Wokingham’s Mark One Records shop, after talking to me about his local well heeled suburban white kids who buy hip hop (featured in the current Music Week), sent me a great Roxanne with UTFO T-shirt bearing the legend Mixmaster No Shit — like it, like it! . . . Shaun Askey reckons Ruby Red Records in his hometown Wolverhampton is the West Midland’s best DJ shop (I hope you get a discount for that!), and Shaun Sullivan at Bloxwich Flix is brill (no relation is he?) . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn’s Bournemouth meeting on September 1 has been cancelled so as not to clash with the PLASA equipment exhibition (details of which are not to hand, although I thought it was for dealers only) . . . Edinburgh’s Fire Island starts a Thursday soul night on September 19, for which Bill Grainger is after suitable PAs on 0506-54305 . . . Swansea’s jocks predictably didn’t enjoy the local paper’s report about James Lewis, Jeff Thomas & The Bean’s upfront Wednesdays at Harry’s Dance Bar being an alternative to the boringly repeated top 40 records that are all you’ll hear elsewhere in the area . . . Colin Hudd (Dartford Flicks) cracks he’d happily pay five quid for a good quality loud volume pressing instead of WEA’s current promo copy of the old Melba Moore ‘Standing Right Here‘ that Fred Dove has serviced to mailing list DJs (flipped by The Trammps ‘Hold Back The Night’, if you can hear it), plus Colin’s surprised nobody else is getting great reaction to 9.9 ‘(Owch!) Hot Blood Pressure‘ (RCA LP) . . . Essex Radio’s Tony Monson (not wanting to give anyone the wrong impression with this!) suspects he was probably the first person ever to play Madonna on radio here, when her debut single ‘Everybody’ first came in on import — before anyone knew what was to follow — although he can’t remember if it was on Capital or Horizon that this momentous occasion occurred . . . MUSIC FOR MUSIC’S SAKE!


HOT VINYL

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘Dancing On The Jagged Edge’ (Atlantic A9520T)
A welcome if not necessarily vintage 111¼-0bpm return to their classic lurching staccato style with catchy pop disco appeal (dub mix and pleasant 89½-0bpm ‘You Need Me‘ flip.

RENE & ANGELA: ‘I’ll Be Good’ (Club JABX 18)
Even more potent than their last one, this soulfully het up rumbling purposeful 108¼bpm slippery snicking pusher sounds like Yarbrough & Peoples produced by Jam & Lewis, and is guaranteed to melt your stylus (thunder introed attractive 73bpm ‘You Don’t Have To Cry‘ flip). Hot!

THE FAMILY: ‘High Fashion’ (LP ‘The Family’ Warner Bros/Paisley Park 925322-1)
Imagine Prince back in soulful funky mood to get an idea of this adventurous four guy/one gal group, who mutter and chant in their guvnor’s style but to bubbling jiggly chugging grooves on this (0-)114¼-114¾-113¾-113¼-112¾-112¼bpm lightly flowing lurcher, which bridges straight into the raunchier 112½-111¼-113¼-112-114bpm ‘Mutiny‘, the here intro-less chunkily rolling duetted 104½bpm ‘The Screams Of Passion‘ being also on 12in, while their ever important jazzy sax comes into its own on the choppily half-stepping 108¼-107¾-107¼-105¾-109-110-0bpm ‘Susannah’s Pajamas‘ and even more angrily free form 114¾-114½-114-113-111-112-0-112bpm ‘Yes‘ instrumentals. Thankfully the slushy slowies are all on one side, the rest is real music.

TONY McKENZIE: ‘Lolita’ (Belgian USA USA-1030)
Corny maybe but this cheerfully clopping 129¾bpm “Latin” strutter is so bright and blatant I had to buy it for its easy simple appeal at mobile gigs (inst too). Try staying still to this!

DONALD BANKS: ‘Status-Quo’ (US Kapitol Sity Records CCR 1201)
A recently unearthed 1093 release from Washington DC, now attracting quite wide attention, this gradually building gently tapping percussive (but not go go!) 105¾-105¼-106¼-107-106-106½-106bpm protest rap sounds rather as if Gil Scott Heron had joined the Furious Five, flipped for contrast however by the totally different Teddy Pendergrass-like soul vocal group backed 66½-0bpm ‘Just One More Chance‘, with support too (both have instrumentals as well).

COLORS: ‘L.O.S. (Love On Sight)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 34)
Finally out here after being promoed an age ago (and of course being on import some months back), this is a gorgeous gently tugging 80bpm smoochy soul swayer nagged and wailed by a timeless male vocal group, with extra weaving sax on the extended flipside version.

JEAN CARN: ‘Was That All It Was (US Remix)’ (Streetwave SWAVE 1)
The label’s new DJ Limited Edition series kicks off with two cuts culled from CBS’s ‘Club Classics Volume 2‘ (and if the BPMs have changed since then I’m sorry!), this moaned and wailed 116½-116(intro)-114½-115-116-117-117½-118½bpm burbling bounder from 1979, and 1977’s speedily protesting 119-121-122-121-122bpm PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL ALL STARS ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto‘.

SONIQUE: ‘Let Me Hold You’ (Cooltempo COOLX 114)
Originally promoed by its publisher in May to create record company interest, this breezy 115¼-115¾bpm bubbler by an athletic lady from Hornsey may not be another Princess but does she have some excitingly different effects building up through the break (dub flip), worth hearing.

KENI STEVENS: ‘Nightmoves’ (Elite DAZZ 41, via PRT)
Romantically atmospheric nice mellow ethereal throbbing 0-107¾-107¼-107½bpm jogger with Keni and some chix crooning through softly searing sax (inst flip), not due fully for a fortnight.

KRYSTAL DAVIS: ‘So Smooth’ (US Urban Rock Records UR 919)
Chick squeaked dated pleasant if bland chunkily strolling sweatless 107bpm roller (inst flip).

FINESSE: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (US Mercury 880 946-1)
No “sugar pie honey bunch” here, it’s a youthfully pitched weaving wriggly 0-106¼bpm roller in ‘I’ll Be Good’ style increasing in interest as it goes (inst/edit flip).

MAURICE WHITE: ‘Stand By Me’ CBS TA 6512)
Ben E King’s venerable classic makes an odd choice of material both for the Earth Wind & Fire leader’s solo debut, and for a modern update — it consequently sounds like a gradually building (and slightly Lionel-ish) 119bpm revamp of ‘Boogie Wonderland’, and not very modern! Pop radio will like it.

STYLISTICS: ‘Love Is Not The Answer’ (Virgin VS 793-12)
Electro backed 115½bpm jitterer with strong catchy choruses in their old style but not really enough else in between, although TV and PAs are helping plug the gap.

THE WEATHER GIRLS: ‘No One Can Love You More Than Me’ (CBS TA 6488)
Getting away from Hi-NRG the two tons of fun wail and worry a jittery 98-98½bpm jogger just like Jennifer Holliday, while Sanborn or someone honks in the background.

CURTIS MAYFIELD: ‘Baby It’s You’ (US CRC Records CRC 12-001)
Curtis bows in his own latest label with a typical timeless tranquil dead slow 40¾/81½bpm squeaky smoocher, occasionally accented by simple brass notes (inst flip), lovely for oldtimers — although an imminent album should be better value.

DOUG E. FRESH and THE GET FRESH CREW: ‘The Show’ (US Reality D-242)
“Live” lead in to the rapping crew showcasing Dougie’s human beat box skills over a basic 0-100¾bpm thud ‘n’ scratch (in three mixes), plus the “sexually explicit” really good ‘La-Di-Da-Di‘ rap backed by vocal burps alone, currently hot with headspinning kids.

HAROLD FALTERMEYER: ‘”Fletch” Theme’ (MCA MCAT 991)
No nagging charm this time to a dull dry 100bpm electro skitterer from the new Chevy Chase movie, already remixed by John Morales (whose inevitable remix is likely to be on the second pressing with Louis Silas Jr’s US Remix as flip, if that isn’t kept for the third edition — not that anything about this warrants so much marketing effort).

SHIRLEY LITES ‘Slip Away’ (US Atlantic 0-86866)
Episodic sparse 0-116¼bpm old-fashioned disco loper with more Hi-NRG than soul attention so far (dub/edit flip).


DISCO TOP 85 – August 24, 1985

01 01 SAY I’M YOUR NO. 1, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
02 02 TWILIGHT/TOO MANY GAMES/BACK IN STRIDE (REMIX), Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
03 06 TAKES A LITTLE TIME, Total Contrast, London 12in
04 08 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA 12in
05 03 INTO THE GROOVE, Madonna, Sire 12in
06 04 SINGLE LIFE/URBAN WARRIOR/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE, Cameo, Club LP
07 05 ON A CROWDED STREET, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
08 07 ROUND AND AROUND, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
09 21 WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in
10 17 I’LL BE GOOD, Rene & Angela, Club 12in
11 23 MAMA SAID, Oliver Cheatham, Move Records 12in
12 14 STAND UP/SO FINE, Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
13 35 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME (FULL FORCE/SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES), Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam With Full Force, CBS 12in
14 22 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force, CBS 12in
15 15 ATTACK ME WITH YOUR LOVE, Cameo, Club 12in
16 18 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), “D” Train, Prelude 12in
17 09 STRONGER TOGETHER, Shannon, Club 12in
18 69 TAKES A LITTLE TIME (US REMIX), Total Contrast, London 12in
19 11 BREAK THE ICE/LUCKY IN LOVE, Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
20 12 GENIE, B B & Q Band, Cooltempo 12in
21 16 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE (REMIX), Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
22 20 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
23 13 SILVER SHADOW, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
24 24 (JOY) I KNOW IT, Odyssey, Mirror Records 12in
25 49 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
26 29 SUPERFINE (FROM BEHIND), Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in/LP
27 44 ROMEO WHERE’S JULIET?/WINNERS AND LOSERS/KICKIN’ IT/STEP RIGHT UP/IN THE MIX/HERE AND NOW, Collage, US Constellation LP
28 10 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
29 34 KNEES/OLDER GIRL, Howard Johnson, A&M LP
30 46 WHEN YOU LOVE ME LIKE THIS (REMIX), Melba Moore, Capitol 12in
31 38 LET ME BE THE ONE/ALL FALL DOWN (NEW DUB MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
32 19 BABY DON’T HOLD YOUR LOVE BACK, Bridge, Atlantic 12in
33 33 IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
34 27 LET ME BE THE ONE (PHILADELPHIA REMIX)/(LONG HOT SOULFUL SUMMER MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
35 26 IN YOUR CAR, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
36 47 YOU MAKE ME HAPPY (SHOP GIRL REMIX), Hi Tension, Streetwave 12in
37 45 THE PLEASURE SEEKERS, The System, Boiling Point 12in
38 — SAY I’M YOUR NO. 1 (ALTERNATIVE VERSION), Princess, Supreme 12in
39 40 SEXUAL THERAPY/FIRE IN HER LOVE/HOT DATE/ME AND YOU/I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, Billy Paul, US Total Experience LP
40 36 THIS KIND OF LOVE, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
41 32 GLOW, Rick James, Gordy 12in
42 25 LAY YA DOWN EZ/NEVER CRY AGAIN/SEEEKRET, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
43 55 SHACK UP (REMIX), Banbarra, Stateside 12in
44 37 ON THE ONE, Lukk featuring Felicia Collins, US Easy Street 12in
45 31 KEEP ON JAMMIN’, Willie Hutch, Motown 12in
46 48 LOVER UNDERCOVER, Fatback, Cotillion LP
47 59 MYSTERY LADY/CLUB MIX, Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
48 30 TEQUILA (KNOCKOUT MIX) INSTRUMENTAL, No Way Jose, 4th & B’way 12in
49 54 BODY AND SOUL (REMIX), Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
50 39 GIVE ME THAT LOVIN’/FEEL LIKE I’M IN LOVE/YOU ARE MY LOVE, Skool Boyz, US Columbia LP
51 66 BARELY BREAKING EVEN (’85 CLUB MIX), Universal Robot Band, Streetwave 12in
52 61 LOVE IS IN SEASON/INSTRUMENTAL DUB, Peter Royer, Club 12in
53 51 LET’S TALK (REMIX), Carl Anderson, Epic 12in
54 60 IN YOUR CAR (LONDON MIX), The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
55 76 BASS AND TROUBLE, Sly & Robbie, Island LP
56 — HIGH FASHION/MUTINY/SUSANNAH’S PAJAMAS/THE SCREAMS OF PASSION, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP
57 52 LONG TIME, Arrow, London 12in
58 63 LET’S TALK (ABOUT SEX), One Way, MCA 12in
59 71 GENTLE/SOMEBODY WON’T SLEEP TONIGHT/THAT BODY/GAMES, Frederick, US Heat LP
60 — WAS THAT ALL IT WAS (US REMIX)/LET’S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO, Jean Carn/Philadelphia International All Stars, Streetwave 12in
61 62 FIDELITY, Cheryl Lynn, CBS 12in
62 56 BOYFRIEND, Shirley Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
63 53 DARE ME, Pointer Sisters, RCA 12in
64 — NIGHT MOVES, Keni Stevens, Elite 12in white label
65 41 CHEY CHEY KULE (UK REMIX), Eugene Wilde, 4th + B’way 12in
66 75 GET LOOSE/DUB, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
67 — LET ME HOLD YOU, Sonique, Cooltempo 12in
68 57 HOT SPOT, Dazz Band, Motown 12in
69 67 THROUGH THE FIRE/I’M EVERY WOMAN, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
70 — SO SMOOTH, Krystal Davis, US Urban Rock Records 12in
71 58 IT’S GONNA BE RIGHT, Cheryl Lynn, CBS LP
72 re LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
73 73 TURN THE LIGHTS DOWN, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
74 re LONG TIME (THE ‘HOT’ MIXTURE)/HOT HOT HOT (Hotter Mix ’84), Arrow, London 12in
75 74 FINESSE (REMIX VERSION), Glenn Jones, US RCA Victor 12in
76 80 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, US Skyview 12in
77 68 ON THE SHELF/RICCOCHET/MAIN ATTRACTION/MINUTES AWAY, B B & Q Band, Cooltempo LP
78 83 GIVE AND TAKE, Brass Construction, US Capitol 12in
79 81 WILD AND CRAZY LOVE, Mary Jane Girls, Gordy 12in
80 re PARTY PEOPLE, Danny D & Collusion, Elite 12in
81 77 GET TO THIS, GET TO THAT, Sly & Robbie Band, Island 12in
82 79 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (REMIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
83 re HOLIDAY, Madonna, Sire 12in
84 — STATUS-QUO, Donald Banks, US Kapitol Sity Records 12in
85 — MAKE YOUR MOVE ON ME BABY, Charlie Singleton, US Arista 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 ENDLESS ROAD, Time Bandits, CBS 12in
02 04 VANITY, Carol Jiani, Record Shack 12in white label
03 03 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
04 02 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (SYLVESTER MIX), Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
05 07 BIT BY BIT, Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
06 18 I BELIEVE IN DREAMS, Jackie Rawe, Fanfare 12in
07 05 HOMOSEXUALITY/THANK GOD FOR MEN/CUBA LIBRE, Modern Rocketry, US Megatone LP
08 12 STREETFIGHTER, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, US Curb 12in
09 10 CRYING MY HEART OUT, Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
10 23 BLACK KISSES, Curtie & The Boom Box, RCA 12in
11 14 THE EASY WAY OUT/ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
12 09 THEY SAY ITS GONNA RAIN (REMIX), Kerry Delius, Arrival 12in
13 06 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
14 17 HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL (1985 BEN LEBRAND REMIX), Tavares. Dutch Capitol 12in
15 11 BODY ROCK (REMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
16 08 NO CREDIT CARD, Amanda Lear, German ZYX 12in
17 20 SUMMERTIME HOT NIGHTS FEVER, Electric Theatre, German Metronome 12in
18 24 UNEXPECTED LOVERS, Lime, Boiling Point 12in
19 15 TAKE ME TO FOREVER, Lydia Steinman, Long Island Sound 12in
20 16 REINCARNATION, People Like Us, Passion 12in
21 — HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCIN’ YET, Faces, MKO 12in
22 13 IF LOOKS COULD KILL (REMIX), Pamala Stanley, US Mirage 12in
23 — HE’S A PRETENDER, Jennifer Holliday, US Geffen 12in
24 29 NO WAR NO MORE, Mirage, Proto 12in
25 — FUTURE BRAIN, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
26 27 SO MACHO/SHOWDOWN, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
27 re YOU CAN WIN IF YOU WANT (REMIX), Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
28 — KNOCK ON WOOD (ALAN COULTHARD REMIX), Amii Stewart, Sedition 12in
29 30 THE BIG HURT (REMIX), Marianna, Fantasia 12in
30 25 SLIP AWAY, Shirley Lites, US Atlantic 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

Kate Bush 108-0r, King 0-105½c, Amii Stewart 0-140¼f, Odyssey 118f, Billy Ocean 0-54½-109¼f, Tracie Young 112¾f, Colonel Abrams 116¼f.

2 thoughts on “August 24, 1985: Sister Sledge, Rene & Angela, The Family, Tony McKenzie, Donald Banks”

  1. Famously, 1985 was the year that King, Queen, Prince and Princess all had hit records – and here we have the latter’s “Say I’m Your No. 1”, a Stock Aitken Waterman composition and production, still sitting at the top of the Disco Chart. (SAW would repeat this feat just one more time before the decade was out.)

    I could imagine a certain amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth from Ian Levine’s corner. As if it wasn’t enough for SAW to join the UK Hi-NRG market late in the day and score its biggest pop hits, they’ve now beaten Levine at his next game, going Top Ten Pop with a mid-tempo soul tune, something Levine wouldn’t get to match until 1991 with Frances Nero’s “Footsteps Following Me”.

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  2. And the ridiculous Maze ‘Twilight’ situation goes on – I wonder if in all the years of the pop charts this is the only instance of the tune that was “really” the a-side (that is the one that shifted virtually all the copies of the record) not being mentioned on the pop chart – usually if another track gets a life of its own it eventually gets listed as a double A-side but not this one for some reason.

    If anyone’s thinking why after London and Manchester Bournemouth is the third English town to get a pirate station in Radio Haddock it’s because it was the name of the pirate station set up by DJ’s/promoters from the London area just for the Bournemouth Bank Holiday weekender which originally just at spring bank holidays had spread to August Bank Holiday too by now IIRC.

    That long established weekender was another thing that disappeared within a few years of now because of acid house -1988 was the last year I think. I remember that year it was weird mixture of people who had gone acid house and those still sticking to the older sounds.

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