ODDS ‘N’ BODS
STEVIE WONDER actually counters accusations that ‘Part-Time Lover‘ sounds like Hall & Oates’ ‘Maneater‘ with the confession that both owe their inspiration to the Supremes’ ‘My Whole World Is Empty Without You‘! . . . Strafe’s original 111¾bpm ‘Set It Off‘ finally hits our Disco chart over a year after it came out — the Harleqiun Four’s version was recorded as a retaliatory replacement when Strafe split from the Jus Born label and according to producer Craig Peyton it almost included rock guitar (thank goodness it doesn’t!) . . . Prince-associated records noticeably dipped in last week’s Disco chart thanks largely to their main boosters being out of the country in New York . . . TC Curtis snapped up Mark Fisher’s vocalist Dotty Green for his Hot Melt label, promoing her strong simple bubbly striding 111¾bpm ‘I Caught You Out‘ three weeks ahead of full release . . . Bobby Womack will again be accompanied by Alltrinna Grayson at his Hammersmith Odeon concerts this week, while Roy Ayers is going to have Dee Dee Bridgewater — try and keep snooker’s Steve Davis away! . . . Jean Carne apparently added an “e” to celebrate her divorce from Doug Carn, after also consulting a numerologist — as did Dionne Warwick in her brief Warwicke phase and Al Greene in his permanent Green phase, before her . . . ‘In My House‘ was originally by Val Young until Sergio Munzibai flexed his muscles and got the Mary Jane Girls to record it, as he reckoned their album needed beefing up — it was their biggest US hit to date, and served notice to Motown on the West Coast that their new boy in New York knew what he was talking about, after which he was then able to convince them that ‘Nightshift’ should be more than just a Commodores album track! . . . Miquel Brown having been diverted to another producer and Seventh Avenue’s next single postponed for three months, Ian Levine has decided to quit Record Shack when his contract expires and to go freelance producing Earlene Bentley and Eastbound Expressway in the new year (where there’s smoke there’s fire!) . . . EMS plugger Ian Dewhirst in New York unearthed an old white label M&M remix of Fatback ‘Is This The Future’ — do Important Records know about that one? . . . Jellybean not surprisingly is closely following the belated British progress of his instrumental version of Cat Stevens’ 1977 ‘Was Dog A Doughnut?‘ appreciating that supplies on EMI America are likely to remain limited now it’s known his new product will be on his own Warner Bros-distributed label . . . Andrew Holmes (Manchester Brown’s) complains he couldn’t buy Chuck Brown as Spin Inn sold their only copy to Mike Shaft — who then didn’t even play it on air! . . . Pete Haigh (0253-824156 after 5.30pm) is servicing North-West go go jocks with new TTED product (he also guests with Steve Barker on Radio Lancashire this Sunday afternoon) . . . TTED boss Maxx Kidd is bringing in George Clinton, Dexter Wansel and Verdine White to work with Washington DC’s go go artists, and broaden their appeal . . . The Jones Girls have split up . . . Norman Connors’ Starship Orchestra has a new vocal trio offshoot The Lift . . . New York mixers the Latin Rascals are producing Frankie Gaye . . . Warp 9 have moved to Motown, and far from staying electro now sound more like the Cool Notes! . . . The Real Roxanne looks like reverting to the name Dimples to help reduce US radio resistance following saturation of all the associated ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ records . . . Pepsi has the Jacksons, and in a similar US TV commercial New Edition sing “Coke is it!” . . . ABC ‘Be Near Me‘ topped US Club Play, Madonna ‘Dress You Up‘ 12in Sales, Freddie Jackson ‘You Are My Lady‘ Black 45s in Billboard — whose disco columnist Brian Chin I was pleased to meet . . . Dance Music Report’s editor Stephanie Shepherd actually came over to London before anyone had returned from the New Music Seminar, but later last week I took her to such relevant hot spots as Radio London’s Soul Night Out at Luton’s Pink Elephant (where Hot Licks plugger Danny D was so late with Total Contrast they didn’t get on the radio), Mayfair’s Gullivers, London Bridge’s Royal Oak, Old Sarum, Stonehenge and Avebury (eh?) . . . Go West ‘Eye To Eye‘ sounded really “urban” on New York black radio even before I knew Alan Jones’ Chartfile had speculated about its acceptance by that market . . . Darryl Hayden, whose video roadshow played at Horizon’s farewell gig, a trouble free melting pot of 3,000 people, observes that soul music leads to racial harmony which is why it’s such a shame the soul pirates are being hounded off the air . . . LWR had their studio busted last Wednesday under dodgy circumstances considering they’d just inherited another station’s premises . . . Dave Brown’s 7-9.30pm BBC Radio Kent soul show this Friday (11) is also being relayed by both Radio Norfolk and Radio Cambridgeshire to coincide with Caister — he’s of course as usual on Radios Saxon and Orwell Saturday 6-9pm too . . . Peter Young is back on Capital, 5pm weekday drive time — yay! . . . Sandy Martin’s Friday night Disco Trekin’ on Wiltshire Radio now reaches Bristol too — WR becoming GWR — and by coincidence I caught some of it last week . . . Billy Paul ‘Lately’ LP (Total Experience FL85711) is out here . . . Gary Hickson (0253-66701) needs good PAs to celebrate the refurbishment of his “funk factory” at Blackburn’s Peppermint Place on Thursday Oct 31 (or any Friday) . . . Alan Taylor (0745-36757, 6-7pm) is again after good quality soul acts for Friday PAs at Towyn Mirrors near Rhyl, including return visitors (expenses, accommodation and additional North Wales PA opportunities provided as usual) . . . Dan Pucciarelli, well known around Blackpool/Manchester for his many seasons mixing there but currently at Manhattan’s Starbucks (45th St between 3rd & Lexington Ave), would appreciate any offers enabling him to return here — write to 9 Hancock Street, Staten Island, NY 10305 or call 010-1-718987 0124 . . . Tony ‘Flange’ Glass creates his own live electronic remix and sampling effects with his mobile roadshow as well as at Wickford Dickens Wed/Thorpe Bay Shorehouse Thurs/Wickford Charlies Fri . . . Dirty Dave Shirt with Wild Magnum Geoff Watts Friday (ladies free before 11pm) and The PDM Perry Daniels Saturday at Deptford Cheeks mix, phase, remix and generally cut ’em up . . . Froggy too seems to be trekking North-East, recently pleasing a Teeside crowd at South Bank Bonnets with two hours of mixing . . . Colin Hudd’s hot mix at Danford Flicks is Whodini ‘Freaks’/Wally Badarou/Doug E Fresh ‘The Show’ . . . Gary Campbell pulls about 400 from North and East London as well as Essex to Harlow Whispers for Sunday’s under-18s, with whom Sahara ‘Love So Fine‘ is huge — a Sleeper Of The Year? . . . Fatman Graham Canter revives 1979 at Victoria Park Follies Thursday (10), Steve Allen funks Wellingborough Tithe Barn Friday (11) . . . Keni Stevens PAs at Bournemouth Academy Fri (11), Southend Fantasies Sat (12), Birkenhead Promises & Warrington Carlton Sun (13), Liverpool Trophies’ launching night with Kev Edwards Mon (14) . . . Adrian Parkin displays our Hi-NRG chart as a poster at Huddersfield’s Gemini Club, while of course the number of record shops who display the Disco chart is enormous — and now it’s a Top 100 again! . . . Stuart Cochrane (Clackmannanshire) was finally the first jock to chart Tony McKenzie’s invigorating ‘Lolita‘ (Belgian USA 12in) . . . UK and US disco product is flooding out in such quantity at the moment that a lot of good records are in danger of getting lost, as nobody can afford them all . . . SET IT OFF!
PATRIS: ‘Love Oasis’ (US Emergency EMDS-6554)
Classy disco rather than soul — and in fact a brief Hi-NRG chart entry four weeks ago, although it’s not that fast — this smoothly striding sinewy 118bpm shuffler is subduedly cooed by nice little 19 year old singing actress Patris Pitman, whose oddly accented name was given her by mother Delethia Brown in honour of Congolese politician Patrice Lumumba, a bloke. I know all this as I kept bumping into her (and mum!) in New York.
SERIOUS INTENTION: ‘You Don’t Know (Special Remix)’ (US Easy Street EZS-7512)
An old Paul Simpson-produced track now in its crucial third remix, by Pablovia Raban, this new loosely skittering and drifting (0-)116½-0bpm instrumental version has chiming melody and dubby vocals washing through it to make it another ‘Set It Off’, snapped up already here by Important Records (two acappellas sandwich the flip’s tighter 116bpm Live/Extramental mix).
GRACE JONES: ‘Slave To The Rhythm (Blooded)’ (ZTT 12IS 206)
Trevor Horn doubtless has a host more mixes waiting in the wings of this theatrically introduced languidly rolling EU percussion pattered (0-)96¾-0-96¾-0bpm slinky atmospheric pull up to the bumper and other past rhythms, extracted from a longer piece, the flip’s instrumental 95½-97bpm ‘Jones The Rhythm‘ being even more go go, followed by a throwaway 140bpm rigid rock beat.
SADE: ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ (Epic TA 6609)
Cool, of course, and deceptively lively, this sophisticated samba-ish 91½bpm gentle jittery dense shuffler builds subtle power not unlike Grace Jones.
FACADE: ‘The Groove’ (US Techno Hop Records THR-4)
One of the best jazz-funky instrumentals in ages, the terrific wriggling and shifting 124¾bpm Drive To Hollywood Version goes through all sorts of bright fresh changes without losing its catchy impetus (edit/ bonus beat flip). Steve Walsh should note they’re pronounced “fass-ard” in English, “fass-aid” in American! A potential monster.
THE WINANS: ‘Let My People Go’ (US Qwest 0-20388)
The gospel singing family Winans are inspirational on the 0-113¼bpm vocal A-side, but the sizzling hot side is the Denzil Miller remixed Raw Instrumental flip, a sinuously pushing and pattering 0-111½bpm burbler with rolling momentum and all the most telling bursts of singing, massive already for those who’ve found it. Oh, the vinyl is mauve!
ISLEY JASPER ISLEY: ‘The Caravan Of Love’ LP (Epic EPC 26656)
Dramatically the opposite of their disappointingly catch-all debut, the younger Isleys return on a dynamite solid soul set that finds them firmly back between the sheets for the 88¼bpm title track, 76¼bpm ‘Insatiable Woman‘, 94-0bpm ‘If You Believe In Love‘, 81bpm ‘I Can Hardly Wait‘, while they’re in Sly/ Prince mood on the 123¼bpm ‘High Heel Syndrome‘, 119½bpm ‘Dancin’ Around The World‘, and thunderthumb the 112bpm ‘Liberation‘. Great news!
THE SYSTEM: ‘This Is For You’ (Boiling Point POSPX 768)
David & Mic’s great sneakily tugging, tumbling and rumbling wriggly (0-)106½bpm subtle soul swayer here is flipped oddly by the jerkily flying (0-)141¾bpm ‘Love Won’t Wait For Lovin‘.
DONALD BANKS ‘Status-Quo’ (4th + B’way 12BRW 36)
Powerful still for first timers but so heavily played I’ve tired of it for weeks, this Washington DC rap from 1983 is a gradually building gently tapping percussive 107¼-107½-107¼-108-109-108-108½-108bpm political protest rather as if Gil Scott Heron had done ‘The Message’, flipped for contrast by the Teddy Pendergrass & The Blue Notes-like 67¼-0bpm ‘Just One More Chance‘.
THE COOL NOTES: ‘Have A Good Forever’ (Abstract Dance ADT 5)
The girls go for Minnie Riperton territory on a dreamy 64½-0bpm smoocher with lush real strings and oodles of class, followed by its instrumental and flipped by the tougher ‘D’ Train-ish 105½bpm ‘Natural Energy‘ instrumental.
GARDENIA: ‘Chiquita Linda’ (Belgian Magic M 773)
Chick chanted repetitive wriggly rattling and tapping 105½-105¾bpm Latin percussion pusher something like a more sedate Kid Creole (good inst flip), big on the Continent and due here next week (London LONX 78) at 105½-105¾bpm on salmon pink vinyl.
J.M. SILK ‘Music Is The Key’ (US D.J. International Records D.J. 888)
Out a while, disc jockey and recording artist Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s electro jiggled 117½bpm infectious leaper has good words of its own but so closely copies Colonel Abrams’ old ‘Music Is The Answer‘ that right now it’s starting to attract strong spinoff attention (in four variations).
JEROME: ‘Extra Special’ (Calibre CABL 208)
Steve’s strong ‘D’ Train-ish 118bpm speedy hustler is also due in a few weeks remixed by Michael Brauer (inst flip) — and it does sound as if he keeps singing “it’s suspicion” instead of the title!
CAPRICE: ‘100%’ (US NIA NI-1249)
The Leroy Burgess-produced groaning then quaveringly wailing chick at times sounds quite Five Star-ish on a more substantial than that suggests bright and friskily lurching 110¾bpm wriggler (dub flip), likely to do well.
PAUL LAURENCE (with Lillo Thomas & Freddie Jackson): ‘She’s Not A Sleaze’ (Capitol 12CL 379)
The writer/producer’s own unsurprisingly typical sounding debut is a pleasant sparse gently wriggling 112¼bpm swayer with a couple of chums adding conversational and vocal support, flipped by its edit and the almost equally hot similarly typical 109¼bpm ‘There Ain’t Nothin’ (Like Your Lovin’)‘.
DANTE: ‘Freak In Me’ (US Panoramic PRI-1210)
This particular Luther-ish Dante confusingly isn’t the London based one but he’s terrific on this sneakily sleazy jauntily jogged 107¾bpm bass beat wriggler, flipped by the equally good timelessly romantic slow soul 72½bpm ‘One More Time’.
EUGENE WILDE: ‘Don’t Say No Tonight’ (US Philly World Records 0-96853)
A pleasant 86¼bpm return to the dreaminess of ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ — and, guess what, the 93½bpm original version of that is flip. Wait for the imminent UK release.
‘D’ TRAIN: ‘Music (Paul Hardcastle Remix)’ (Prelude ZT40432)
Over stripped of the original’s vigorous texture this 0-121bpm follow-up remix seems oddly empty and has been getting disappointed reactions — however, the butchly charging 0-120¼bpm original does join the typical 120bpm ‘Are You Ready For Me‘ as flip.
CHAKA KHAN: ‘(Krush Groove) Can’t Stop The Street’ (Warner Bros W8923T)
America’s new Shannon continues the ‘I Feel For You’ formula with Nile Rodgers’ rap replacing Melle Mel on a jittery 110½bpm tedious semi-hip hop jerker from the “Def Jam” movie (Inst/edit flip).
LW5: ‘Kill Or Be Killed’ (Virgin VS809-12)
Kevin Gibbs and Maria Bell lead the London Weekend Five through a cranking and churning beefy bass boomed 0-112½-0bpm lurcher with ‘D’ Train touches and some datedly yowling rock guitar two-thirds through, which some may want to skip.
BERNARD WRIGHT: ‘Mr. Wright’ LP (US Manhattan ST 53014)
Along with his fast growing haunting 100bpm ‘Who Do You Love’ single, the Jamaica Boy is similarly wriggly but livelier on the 107bpm ‘After You‘ and 0-100bpm ‘Love You So‘, others on a careful set being the bright vocoder duetted 113bpm ‘Killin’ Me‘, ‘Rockit’-like 107bpm ‘Yo Nard’, jiggly rapped 98½-0bpm ‘Too Damn Hot‘, bluesily Zapp-ish jolting 88½bpm ‘Brown Shoes‘, dreary slow 39/78bpm ‘Just When I Thought You Were Mine’.
RICHARD JON SMITH: ‘Hold On’ (Jive JIVE T 104)
Joyously surging pop-ish 0-124½bpm chugger, plus the more soulful nice gently swaying Lillo-ish 112¼bpm ‘Hands Off (Don’t Touch)’, flipped at 33 1/3rpm by a much edtted 114-113¾-113½-111¾bpm extract from my old James Hamilton Megamix of his past material which was only ever available as a twin-packed bonus cassette in 1983. People always seemed to like the full length version, greatly padded to fill a C60, even though it was done on primitive equipment (one vari-speed, one non-slippable fixed speed!).
TEARS FOR FEARS: ‘Shout (US Remix)’ (Mercury IDEA 1112)
This previously US-only mix of their monotonously juddering 98½bpm chanted grinder, owing a debt to Ernie Maresca’s ‘Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)’, is still one of New York’s biggest disco hits and with a dub too is now on the 12in version of their current ‘I Believe’.
M.C. CRAIG “G”: ‘Shout (Rap Version)’ (US Pop Art PA-1412)
And here’s the strangely mixed 98bpm hip hop cover treatment (Def Mix and inst flip).
MADONNA: ‘Gambler’ (Geffen Records TA 6585)
Another snappy urgent 148¼-148bpm pop bounder, produced by Jellybean, only on 7in a week ahead of 12in.
TA MARA AND THE SEEN: ‘Everybody Dance’ (US A&M SP-12149)
A group backed white girl’s extraordinarily unoriginal 119¼bpm blatant ripoff of Sheila E’s sound, produced by Jesse Johnson, practically a copyright infringement!
JEFF LORBER: ‘Every Woman Needs It’ (Club JABX 23)
His album’s best track has been ruined by Jeff’s own rambling disjointed 0-104½bpm remix (inst too), Lutheran vocalist James ‘Crab’ Robinson now also gracing the flip’s new messy 0-111bpm UK Slosh Mix of ‘Best Part Of The Night’.
EARL TURNER: ‘Love Caught You By Surprise’ (US Cutting Records Inc CRI-1001)
Huskily sung guitar jittered slightly old fashioned 121bpm urgently surging soul jolter with a very differently mixed boxier 122½bpm dub, due here soon on Island.
R E V I V A L S
NEW YORK can wait when faced with such a pile of hot vinyl as there is this week — so much in fact that I haven’t had time to BPM some sizzling reissues, but working on the principle that most people will know what they sound like I reckon their full reviews can wait until next week too! Suffice to say they are, on 12in here for the first time, FATBACK: ‘Is This The Future?’ (Important Records TANT 7), RENE & ANGELA: ‘Secret Rendezvous’ (Champion CHAMP 12-5), THE BLACKBYRDS: ‘Rock Creek Park’/’Walking In Rhythm’ (Streetwave SWAVE 3), McFADDEN & WHITEHEAD: ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’/BILLY PAUL: ‘Bring The Family Back’ (Streetwave SWAVE 2), WHODINI: ‘Freaks Come Out At Night’/’Friends’ (Jive JIVE T 107). Are they hot?
DISCO TOP 100 – October 12, 1985
01 01 SINGLE LIFE, Cameo, Club 12in
02 02 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
03 05 ROMEO WHERE’S JULIET?, Collage, MCA Records 12in
04 03 I’LL BE GOOD, Rene & Angela, Club 12in
05 21 CHIEF INSPECTOR (VINE STREET)/(HILL STREET), Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
06 07 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
07 06 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, Streetwave 12in
08 04 ONE LOVE (REMIX), Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
09 08 LOVE TAKE OVER, Five Star, Tent 12in
10 23 I’LL BE GOOD (MARK BERRY REMIX), Rene & Angela, Club 12in
11 09 TAKES A LITTLE TIME, Total Contrast, London 12in
12 10 NEVER CRY AGAIN (REMIX), Kleeer, US Atlantic 12in
13 11 WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in
14 18 THE HEAVEN I NEED, The Three Degrees, Supreme Records 12in
15 17 SAY I’M YOUR NO.1, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
16 13 FALL DOWN (SPIRIT OF LOVE), Tramaine, A&M 12in
17 32 STATUS-QUO, Donald Banks, US Kapitol Sity Records 12in
18 19 AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE IT (M&M REMIX), Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
19 64 HIT AND RUN, Total Contrast, London 12in
20 16 PART-TIME LOVER (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
21 60 WE ARE THE TEAM/ROCK CREEK PARK, The Team, EMI 12in promo
22 27 THIS IS FOR YOU (REMIX), The System, US Mirage 12in
23 15 ON THE ONE, Lukk featuring Felicia Collins, Important Records 12in
24 24 TWILIGHT/BACK IN STRIDE (REMIX), Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
25 14 EMOTIONS, Starpoint, Elektra 12in
26 26 HOT PURSUIT!, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way 12in
27 — HAVE A GOOD FOREVER/NATURAL ENERGY, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
28 20 HIGH FASHION/SUSANNAH’S PAJAMAS/MUTINY/THE SCREAMS OF PASSION, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP
29 31 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), “D” Train, Prelude 12in
30 37 I WISH HE DIDN’T TRUST ME SO MUCH/GOT TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT, Bobby Womack, MCA Records 12in
31 — THE SWEETEST TABOO, Sade, Epic 12in
32 55 THE SHOW/LA-DI-DA-DI, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality Records 12in
33 30 SLIP N SLIDE, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
34 — SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM (BLOODED), Grace Jones, ZTT 12in
35 29 A LITTLE PAIN, P.P. Arnold, 10 Records 12in
36 34 GO HOME/STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE/SPIRITUAL WALKERS/OVERJOYED/WHEREABOUTS/NEVER IN YOUR SUN, Stevie Wonder, Motown LP
37 22 YOU BLEW IT, The World Famous Mad Lads, Champion 12in
38 35 I’LL BE YOUR FRIEND, Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
39 40 ZIG ZAG/CONQUEST (REMIXES), Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
40 48 TRAPPED (REMIX), Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
41 47 YOU WEAR IT WELL (M&M REMIX), El DeBarge with DeBarge, Gordy 12in
42 51 STOP PLAYING ON ME, Vikki Love, US 4th + B’way 12in promo
43 54 GETTING CLOSER, Haywoode, CBS 12in
44 83 WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
45 52 SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE/THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
46 33 THE DANCE ELECTRIC, Andre Cymone, CBS 12in
47 28 STAND UP/SO FINE, Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
48 25 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force, CBS 12in
49 42 STILL SMOKIN’ (HUG-A-BUT), Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way 12in
50 12 SEXUAL THERAPY, Billy Paul, Total Experience 12in
51 53 GET UP OFFA THAT THING (GODFATHER II), Screamin’ Tony Baxter 4th + B’way 12in
52 43 A LOVE BIZARRE, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP
53 38 GIVE AND TAKE, Brass Construction, US Capitol 12in
54 36 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, US TWI 12in
55 41 SHE’S A GO-GETTER, Fatback, Atlantic 12in
56 100 YEH YEH/SMOOTH, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
57 61 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
58 — YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, US Early Street 12in
59 39 LET ME HOLD YOU, Sonique, Cooltempo 12in
60 44 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS, Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records 12in
61 56 HEAVEN KNOWS (REMIX), Jakki Graham, EMI 12in
62 92 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
63 86 SET IT OFF, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
64 50 (KRUSH GROOVE) CAN’T STOP THE STREET, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
65 — LET MY PEOPLE GO (RAW INSTRUMENTAL), The Winans, US Qwest 12in
66 — EXTRA SPECIAL, Jerome, Calibre 12in
67 74 RAISE THE CURTAIN/OUT OF THE DARKEST NIGHT, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack LP
68 58 JAZZ RAP/INSTRUMENTAL, Cargo, Cargogold Productions 12in
69 — I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU, Michael Wycoff, US Valley Vue 12in
70 88 AMERICA/AJ MEETS DAVY DMX, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
71 57 LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
72 — SHO YUH RIGHT, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US TTED 12in
73 82 BODY ROCK (JELLYBEAN MIX), Maria Vidal, EMI America 12in
74 — KILL OR BE KILLED, LW5, Virgin 12in promo
75 80 L.O.S. (LOVE ON SIGHT), Colors, 4th + B’way 12in
76 63 MAIN ATTRACTION (REMIX), Brooklyn Bronx & Queens, Cooltempo 12in
77 68 I SPECIALIZE IN LOVE, Sharon Brown, Virgin 12in
78 — AFTER YOU/LOVE YOU SO, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan LP
79 re THE OAK TREE, Morris Day, US Warner Bros 12in
80 76 KNEES/OLDER GIRL, Howard Johnson, A&M LP
81 79 BODY AND SOUL (REMIX), Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
82 62 BASS AND TROUBLE/MAKE ‘EM MOVE, Sly & Robbie, lsland LP
83 46 SO IN LOVE, Nicci, Debut 12in
84 — CHIQUITA LINDA, Gardenia, Belgian Magic 12in/London promo
85 — DON’T SAY NO, Eugene Wilde, US Philly World Records 12in
86 49 WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT?, Jellybean, EMI America LP
87 — BUBBLING, Aswad, Simba 12in
88 — EVERY WOMAN NEEDS IT, Jeff Lorber, Club 12in promo remix/LP
89 81 GENTLE/SOMEBODY WON’T SLEEP TONIGHT/MOVE ON, Frederick, US Heat LP
90 — LOVE TAKE OVER (THE LIMIT EDITION MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
91 69 OFF THE WALL, Paul Scott/DON’T YOU TAKE YOUR LOVE, Everess, US Ace Beat 12in
92 84 HOLD ON, Claudia, Bluebird/10 12in
93 — INSATIABLE WOMAN/CARAVAN OF LOVE/I CAN HARDLY WAIT, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic LP
94 — PREACHER, PREACHER (ALTARED), Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
95 90 STAND UP (REMIX), Howard Johnson, US A&M 12in
96 re SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, US Capitol LP/Champion 12in promo
97 — SHO NUFF BUMPIN’, EU, US TTED 12in
98 — SET IT OFF, Strafe, US Jus Born Prod 12in
99 — FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
100— SWEET SURRENDER, Jeff Tyzik featuring Maurice Starr, US Polydor 12in
01 01 REFLECTIONS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 02 VANITY, Carol Jiani, Record Shack 12in
03 05 VERTIGO, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack LP
04 15 I LIKE YOU, Phyllis Nelson, US Carrere 12in
05 26 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
06 06 WHISPER TO A SCREAM, Bobby O/Claudja Barry, US MemoVision
07 03 THE MEN IN MY LIFE, Miriam Lee, Passion 12in
08 21 I CAN LOSE MY HEART TONIGHT, C.C. Catch, German Hansa 12in
09 04 THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN, Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
10 10 EATEN ALIVE (REMIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
11 16 NO FRILLS LOVE, Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records LP
12 — LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME (REMIX), Sylvester, US Megatone 12in
13 22 I HEAR TALK (REMIX), Bucks Fizz, US Disconet LP
14 18 STANDING, Nick Eastside & Loleatta Holloway, US Rocky 12in
15 — THE FIGHTER, Arpeggio, US Nissim Records 12in
16 14 STREETFIGHTER, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, US Curb 12in
17 07 CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
18 09 FUTURE BRAIN, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
19 re NIGHTFLIGHT, Jack’s Project, German Ariola 12in
20 re STARSTRUCK LOVER, Boiling Point, Canadian Power 12in
21 — TIMEBOMB, Angie Gold, Passion 12in white label
22 25 FANTASY (REMIX)/SATURDAY NIGHT, Lian Ross, German ZYX 12in
23 — ACTION!, Pearly Gates, Boystown UK 12in
24 13 BLACK KISSES, Curtie & The Boom Box, RCA 12in
25 12 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (SYLVESTER MIX), Jeanie Tracy, US Megatone 12in
26 — HOLD ME, Laura Branigan, US Atlantic 12in
27 29 YOU MAKE MY HEART GO BOOM, Mother Cube And The Boom Tube, Sonic Solution 12in
28 08 WIND BENEATH MY WINGS, Menage, US Profile 12in
29 17 BODY ROCK (MEGAMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
30=23 MY HEART GOES BANG, Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
30=— CHERI CHERI LADY, Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):
Style Council 52¾-105½f, Depeche Mode 134f, Iron Maiden 176-190-188-198-0f, The Cult 122¼-0c, A-Ha 169½-170f, Three Degrees 109½f, Matt Bianco 179f, Pee Bee Squad 0-113¼-0f, Strawberry Switchblade 0-126¾f, Erasure 120f, Roger ‘Bruce’ Daltrey 0-29-115½-0f, Tramaine (0-)118f, The Long Ryders 140-138½f, Bobby Womack 88½f, Animal Nightlife 126-0c, DeBarge 124¼r, Haywoode 114½f, Video Kids (0-)113f, Michael Lovesmith 0-116¼f, Warren Mills 110¾f, Diana Ross 128½-0r, Simply Red 116f. You’ll note some are corrections.
2 thoughts on “October 12, 1985: Patris, Serious Intention, Grace Jones, Sade, Facade”
I think that James is very smart to make the connection between “Music Is The Key” and “Music Is The Answer” – when the latter track first appeared here in July 1984, it felt to me like a glimpse of the future.
Elsewhere, the “special remix” of “You Don’t Know” is another track which will exert a huge influence over the coming months (and I’d missed the Paul Simpson connection until now, too).
I still remember being really surprised that the Coolnotes’ ‘Have A Good Forever’ wasn’t a massive pop hit. Although not the kind of thing I’d dash out and buy in 1985 days where everywhere except specialist dance clubs still played slowies at 12/12.30 and then at 10 to 2 I would have thought this well written, well produced and constructed tune (on the back of a couple of big hits) would have had all the ingredients to have been a massive pop hit. It wasn’t really pirate material although it was played a bit – maybe Radio 1 and the commercial stations ignored it for some reason.