November 30, 1985: The Concept, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ester, Loose Ends


EMI AMERICA here are indeed now going to release Jellybean ‘Was Dog A Doughnut?‘ out in January with promos sooner . . . Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew ‘The Show’ (the latest black hit to take Radio One by surprise!) has two new remixes, the more instrumental Doctor D v Necam 7 mix (101½bpm on acetate) and restructured UK Gadget Mix (100½bpm plus ‘La-Di-Da-Di’ has been cleaned up into a non-explicit version . . . CBS on December 9 rush release Full Force, whose B-side ‘Bang Zoom‘ dirty monologue version was inspired by the Jackie Gleason/Art Carney vintage US TV series ‘The Honeymooners’ — prior to producing UTFO last year, their 1979 debut ‘Turn You On‘ (US Dazz Records) was the only thing Full Force had done . . . New York TV’s Channel 5 WNEW shows the ‘Inspector Gadget’ cartoon series every weekday morning for half on hour at 7am, so there must be a lot of early rising hip hoppers there! . . . Caprice ‘100%’ is due here on new label Lovebeat International (via Lightning/Spartan), and Streetwave picked up B.T. Express plus Aleem ‘Get Loose’ . . . Supreme Records worked out something with Wally Badarou so that the Princess “Bad” mix could come out — mind you, most clubs I’ve visited only seem to play the first two minutes before the singing starts, as an alternative to poor Wally whose ‘Chief Inspector’ it of course now copies! . . . Masquerade’s PAs are indeed being fronted by Streetwave boss Morgan Khan, leading the dancers — but then you never could keep him still (can your pussy do the dog, indeed)! . . . DSM may stand for Devastating Street Music but it’s also the first name initials of vocalist/producer Danny ‘Daniels’ Poku, scratcher Shaun Williams, DJ Mambo, as suspected . . . Cherrelle’s album track import smash is confusing many shoppers, who ask for the Alexander O’Neal newie instead . . . Cameo’s luxuriously packaged 12in “twofer” looks like selling out fast . . . Aretha Franklin’s 12in certainly adds a dub mix this week, but there’s confusion over whether its publicised new Dance Mix will be any different from the available one already billed as that . . . Kashif ‘Condition Of The Heart’ LP (Arista 207 426) is now out here . . . Glenn Jones’ album tracks ‘Everlasting Love‘/’Meet Me Half Way There‘ make up his new US RCA 12in . . . Eurobeat seems to be catching on fast amongst gay DJs as an alternative and now more accurate description of the Hi-NRG music they play, so, although I’m not convinced it’s as snappy a name, that’s what the relevant RM chart is now called — incidentally, Fantasy ‘He’s Number One‘ is number one in more gay charts than anything else, although not in enough to be number one nationally, yet . . . Tricky Dicky Scanes left London’s Spats after nine years amidst a blaze of publicity . . . Dave Gregory, soulling Saturdays at the now Keith Giles-owned Canvey Island Goldmine, returns well rested to Essex Radio this week on Fridays 9pm-1am and Saturdays 6-9pm, plus he’ll still be running the station’s Soul Night Specials (the next at Southend Zero 6 Friday the 13th), the other reprieved soul shows being presented by Disco John Leech Mon-Fri 6-9pm and Tony Monson Sat 9pm-1am — Essex funkers can breathe again! . . . Segue Steve Goddard defends the appearance of TKO on Solar’s old wavelength by pointing out that even if the latter does get a community radio licence there won’t be room in its restricted legal form for all its old 37 DJs to broadcast, which is why some are now on air again taking the law in their own hands . . . US radio stations when they put records onto cartridge tape (most use carts rather than vinyl singles) unbelievably have to hire an American Federation of Musicians’ union member musician to put the stylus on the record before the tape can roll! . . . Aretha Franklin and now Sheila E topped US Club Play, Phyllis Nelson ‘I Like You‘ 12in Sales in Billboard, whose dance charts are always what amounts to nearly a fortnight out of date being compiled by Monday of the week before the one in which they appear — what’s more, US record companies can evidently control the impact of their albums’ entry in the LP charts by getting Billboard not to include them until they’ve reached a more favourably high debut position! . . . Whitney Houston on account of her earlier credits partnering Teddy Pendergrass and Jermaine Jackson is ridiculously ineligible for the Grammy Award category that everyone expected her to win, Best New Artist — but can’t she aim for Best Female Vocal? . . . The Isley Brothers switched labels to Warner Bros and are in the process of suing Epic for allegedly enticing Isley Jasper Isley away from the family in what appears to be a very sad and unbrotherly squabble . . . Michael Praed of ‘Dynasty’ has covered Michael St. James’ ‘There Is Only One Love’ on US Columbia . . . Samantha Fox interviewed Steve Walsh on last Friday’s ‘The Six O’Clock Show’ on TV about how he turns down all the offers of free sex at his gigs! . . . Mayfair’s late nite eaterie Rockafella’s has finally reopened but under new management and as the flashy neon lit Rocky’s, serving unlimited “buffet” breakfasts after 4am . . . Reggie could well pinch the title from skinny Haywoode as best legs in the biz — she shakes ass, too! . . . Friday (29) David Grant visits Towyn Mirrors near Rhyl, and Eon Irving funks Kensington Roof Gardens . . . Saturday (30) LW5 PA — and Monday week (9) play live — at Harlow Whispers . . . Cameo headline Nottingham Rock City’s Sunday (1) 3pm alldayer . . . Belfast’s co-operative Belfast Soul Club meets next Thursday (5) at Skipper Street’s Crow’s Nest playing soul, funk, jazz, electro with freebies for all new members (£1 admission), details from Terry Corr on Belfast 661761 after 6pm . . . Baz Fe Jazz & Andy McConnell jazz, latin, Afro-Cuban, R&B and boogie woogie London Charlotte Street’s Sol Y Sombre Tuesdays . . . Paul Lambert plays really danceable soul at Brighton seafront Zap Club’s Wednesday The Hothouse . . . Chris Kaye welcomes well dressed upfront South Londoners at Wrotham Stocks Saturdays, and funks Tonbridge free admission fun pubs Harveys Mon, Loggers Tues . . . Colin Hudd at Dartford Flicks amongst other more usual James Brown stuff is reviving 1962’s ‘Night Train’, to get ’em all twistin’! . . . Steinski tipped me off in New York about the Music Factory shop in Times Square at 1476 Broadway (between 42nd and 43rd) as being good for “beats”, and sure enough that’s where I found for $5.99 some of the 6-track 12in ‘Break Beats’ series of essential cut ‘n scratch throwdown break rhythms (mentioned last week by Jay Strongman), Vol 3 including Herman Kelly ‘Dance To The Drummer’s Beat‘ (119¼-118-116¾-116½-117-118bpm), Incredible Bongo Band ‘Apache‘, Cheryl Lynn ‘Got To Be Real’ — not that the artists are mentioned, or indeed the titles printed properly, it being one of those dodgy sort of records (I’d previously picked up an ‘Apache’ boot at Downstairs Records in 1979!) . . . Go West’s current 12in includes an 114¼bpm Horizontal Mix of their US urban contemporary hit ‘Eye To Eye‘, except it’s nowhere near as mellow and soulful (in admittedly Hall & Oates-ish style) as the version I was hearing on New York radio — that one could cause a surprise if ever out here . . . Pete Townsend’s 204½bpm ‘Face The Face‘ although slightly slower should be good for pop jocks in the 219-220bpm Katrina And The Waves ‘Walking On Sunshine’/The Sweet ‘Ballroom Blitz’ mix — now all it needs is to be a hit! . . . Brian Chin, my counterpart in US trade paper Billboard, has as mentioned been visiting London and slipped me many of the bits in this week’s column, if you hadn’t guessed . . . Clarence Carter returns to the Disco Chart once again purely on mailing list DJs plays, so how long will they keep him there this time? . . . I reckon those record pluggers who regularly tour the country visiting clubs must be in the best position to judge how DJs rate against each other nationally, so within the next week or so could they please let me have a list, in complete confidence, of who they honestly think technically, musically, floor and vibe-wise, are the jocks worth not only a detour but the journey itself to see — if they’re fair about it, the results could be interesting indeed (and don’t forget the annual Hammy Awards loom closer!) . . . SET IT OFF!

• Latest product from the hot Waterman-Stock-Aitken team is O’CHI BROWN: ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ (Magnet MAGI 288), a friskily wriggling 113½bpm bounder with many of their usual trademarks plus the fashionable “psha” cymbal beat. Although yet to hit the Hi-NRG/Eurobeat chart, it actually broke first in gay clubs, which may give some idea of its infectious jollity.


THE CONCEPT: ‘Mr D.J.’ (4th + B’way 12BRW 40)
Los Angeles radio jock Eric ‘Rico’ Reed of KJLH makes out instead he’s on WONE (“where you’re on the one”) as he fields dumb phone-in requests and gives out the weather (“purple rain forecast out of Minnesota — we’re talking forty days and forty nights here gang”!), all just slightly satirical — or is it? — and set to an innocuous 122bpm backing (inst flip). We’re talking a pick to click here gang, like monstrous!

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Touch Me’ LP (US Gordy 6164 GL)
Selling equally for its slowies (reviewed in full next week), this lovely set’s best dancers are the Sam Cooke-ish gently 0-102½bpm ‘I’m Fascinated’, weaving 105½bpm ‘Oh Lover‘, nagging 0-104¾bpm ‘Givehersomeattention‘ (sic), while that really is Luther V making his usual noises on ‘Do You Really Love Your Baby‘! Just to keep you posted about other current import LPs, the throatily jolting EWF-ish 103¾bpm ‘Very Real Way‘ is best dancer on the soulful gospel listening THE WINANS: ‘Let My People Go’ (US Qwest 1-25344), the slinky 0-93½bpm ‘All Fired Up‘ is creating some interest on the disappointing BRANDI WELLS: ’21st Century Fox’ (US Omni Records 90489-1), while the terrific soulful 90bpm ‘How Can I Get Next To You‘ is shaping up as a real classic on the previously mentioned CHAPTER 8: ‘This Love’s For Real’ (Beverly Glen Music BG 10007). The latter’s essential!

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Go Home (Remix)’ (Motown ZT 40502)
Stevie delivered, better late than never: replacing previous pressings, he’s remixed, toughened and extended this now much modified 119¼bpm light loper with new instrumental emphasis and bursts of electronic effects (new inst flip too) although whether it’s destined to be a future classic seems still in doubt. Continue reading “November 30, 1985: The Concept, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ester, Loose Ends”

November 23, 1985: Colonel Abrams, Cameo, The Winans, The Temptations, 52nd Street


D.S.M. (standing for Devastating Street Music — how long did it take them to work backwards to that?) is being remixed on Elite/10 Records with some of the scratching substituted by sax . . . 4th + B’way snapped up The Concept ‘Mr DJ’ for December 2 release . . . Streetwave’s next DJ Limited Edition revivals will be Side Effect ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling‘/’Always There‘ (SWAVE 4), Sweet Thunder ‘Everybody’s Singin’ Love Songs‘/Slick ‘Space Bass‘ (SWAVE 5), Positive Force ‘We Got The Funk’/Sugarhill Gang ‘Rapper’s Delight’ (SWAVE 6), the 12in-only pressing limit being raised due to demand from 5,000 to 10,000 . . . EMI have made available here Bernard Wright ‘Mr Wright’ LP (Manhattan MTL 1000) . . . Dillinger’s 1977 reggae classic ‘Cocaine’ is being reissued on snow white vinyl by Champagne Records (via Culture Press) with a new backing track remixed in disco stylee . . . Oliver Cheatham is distributed by Champion/PRT, rather than Charly (who handle most Move product) — in fact, Andy Omokhoje of Move Records (031-225 8518) and Gary Jones of Domino Records (0705 833818) are getting together to invite other frustrated small soul and dance labels to combine with them in possibly forming a specialist distribution company as an alternative to the new wave orientated indies . . . 4th + B’way, taking a leaf out of London’s book, held the first of several parties for regional DJs at Liverpool’s Palmers Club this last Monday, and next Monday (25) hold another at Brixton’s Fridge . . . Kenny Jaymes (who must move about a bit as he sends us charts from Norwich Spencers) really knocks out some hot vinyl playing imports still unheard in London on Liverpool’s BBC Radio Merseyside Mondays 8-9.30pm, followed by soul veteran Terry Lennaine but in his mellow week-night slot — but most impressive listening on my last North Wales visit was Piccadilly Radio’s early morning Lee Brown, playing a majority of black music with a great radio voice right through the night . . . Al Jarreau, talking to Jeff Young on Radio London (amongst others), sounded surprisingly like Kelly Monteith — and just as funny, about the discomfort of the old Concorde seats (“three hours sitting with your chin on your chest”), and his days as a rehabilitation counsellor in flower power San Francisco — his collaboration with Bob James & David Sanborn being due in February . . . Malcolm Laycock while recently sitting in on Radio London’s afternoon show played an interestingly wide range of oldies including much pre-rock ‘n’ roll pop from the ’50s and earlier, with lots of assertive females — the disco divas of their day? . . . Capital Radio’s soul jock Greg Edwards, not many people will know, for the last two years has had a day job as boss of a fashion clothing company which takes him to his factory in Bologna, Italy, every week . . . St Martins Lane Lacey’s would have been a more congenial new venue for Soul On Sound’s Private Funktion with less officious bouncers and a few more funkers — as it was, I crossed the road to Stringfellows and checked Marie Thompson’s slick mixing of Matt Bianco and No Way Jose instead . . . Martin John of Welling’s Station got married and Silhouette Promotions’ super cool Bryan O’Connor was spotted at the wedding leading the ‘Birdie Song’ dance! . . . Alan ‘Gibbo’ Gibson, between globe-trotting for Bacchus International (over the next few months he’ll be jocking in Korea, Singapore and Indonesia), is briefly back in Birmingham at The Millionaire where he finds little change as the real monsters remain Animal Magnet ‘Welcome To The Monkey House‘, Roni Griffith ‘(Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up‘ and the inevitable Tin Tin ‘Kiss Me’ . . . Stevie Wonder ‘Part-Time Lover’ also topped US Club Play, Miami Sound Machine ‘Conga’ 12in Sales in Billboard — whose Brian Chin, my opposite number, will be visiting London’s clubs and second-hand record shops until next week . . . Graham Gold (Mayfair Gullivers) when mixing from Full Force into Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’ bridges between the new and the old soul faves of the reggae crowd, and suggests other newies that even Steve Walsh could get away with including Kurtis Blow, Jellybean, Aleem, DSM, Wally Badarou, Tavares, Serious Intention, Circle City Band, Sahara, Evelyn King ‘High Horse‘, Hardrock Soul Movement ‘Do It Anyway You Wanna (Jam Jam Jam)‘ (dynamite between ‘Set It Off’ and ‘Trapped’), while alternative oldies are Jermaine Jackson ‘Come To Me‘, Bobby Nunn ‘Don’t Knock It’, Maze ‘Before I Let Go‘, Keni Burke ‘All Night‘, James Brown ‘Don’t Tell It‘, Archie Bell ‘Don’t Let Love Get You Down‘ . . . Graham Murray (0642 226270) tours NATO bases in January and would appreciate advice about the stuff they’re currently dancing to in Italy . . . Andy Richards back in April was sent by Peter Larsen of Copenhagen’s Street Dance Records shop an orchestral remix 12in (not out here) of the then nearly year old Jennifer Rush ‘The Power Of Love’, which became an immediate monster for him at Streatham’s gay Chaplins where he was thus probably the first UK jock to break it — but, despite eventually proven demand and wide appeal, it took so long to explode nationally he reckons thanks to “the wallies at Radio One” ignoring it because it was too sentimental and not actually inside the Top 40 (her German newie is the 97bpm ‘Destiny‘ dancer) . . . Cherrelle is unfortunate to be on a CBS label as the current massive demand for ‘Saturday Love’ is unlikely to be translated into a hit should they ever get around to making it a single here, to judge from their marketing and promotion departments’ past all too familiar form with black product . . . EMI America despite losing him have put Jellybean’s old ‘Sidewalk Talk’ out in America and straight into the Hot 100, doubtless due to Madonna writing it and singing backups behind Catherine Buchanan’s lead vocal, so maybe there’s hope here yet for ‘Was Dog A Doughnut?’ . . . Bernard Fowler actually sings lead on Hanson & Davis ‘Tonight’ . . . Nayobe goes direct to the original Martha & The Vandellas’ ‘Dancing In The Street’ for the rhythmic and vocal drive of her 123½bpm ‘Schoolboy Crush’, bypassing Bowie & Jagger although obviously and inevitably their influence has now been felt . . . Ian Levine has remixed Bronski Beat ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’ to make it even more Hi-NRG . . . I’d review Hi-NRG releases more often if more consistently supplied, but it seems silly reviewing only some and not all of the UK-issued hits in our chart . . . Brian Mason (Cricklewood Ashtons) puts it just right, the sudden fast bit in Lionel Richie is about as welcome during a smoochy slow set as somebody turning the house lights on! . . . King Enri (Sidcup Danielles) reckons it’s cheaper to buy an import 12in containing all the mixes than in the end having to fork out for two or more UK versions to get the same, which reinforces my argument last week — he also suggests Cleveland Eaton ‘Bama Boogie Woogie‘ for reissue following Caister-generated demand . . . Paul Cummings (19 Myrtle Close, Alphington, Exeter EX2 8UX) badly needs Hamilton Bohannon ‘Let’s Start The Dance Again’ and Geraldine Hunt ‘Can’t Fake The Feeling’ . . . Kelly’s Great British Soul Par-tay has lots of PAs at Bournemouth’s The Academy Friday (22) . . . Darryl Hayden’s next under-18 video roadshow gigs are Greenford Town Hall Fri (22), South Reading Sports Centre Sat (23), Chard Guildhall Fri (29) . . . Saturday (23) sees rhythm pals Pete Tong & Jeff Young in action at Brands Hatch Kentagon . . . Colin Hudd has been joined by Eddie Gordon on Fridays at Dartford Flicks, and this Sunday (24) starts weekly up-front soul at Margate Bronco’s (ex-Atlantis) — where John DeSade also does Thursdays, while still at Sheerness Woodys Mon (under-18)/Fri/Sat . . . Direct Drive PA at Harlow Whispers Sat (23), and Weather Girls-like Sheer Heaven over the next few Saturdays tour Blackpool Flamingo (23), Doncaster Seventh Heaven (30), Birmingham Pagoda Park (7), London Maximus (14) . . . Mark Grice souls Blackburn The Club Wednesdays, and (free admission) Accrington Rumours Tuesdays . . . Swansea’s Harry’s Dance Bar funk nights with James Lewis & Jeff Thomas have changed to Tuesdays . . . Jay Strongman, Ian Dewhirst & Joseph Melotte have started the hard funk The Lid at Mayfair’s The Embassy Thursdays . . . Sun, as I nearly warned last week in as it turns out accurate anticipation, is the latest “mailing list hit” to whiz in and out of the Disco chart without selling, thanks to DJs’ short lived loyalty to certain of the promos they receive — oh, and Omari dropped half its DJs again although luckily sales strengthened — but this week’s mailing list hits are Sly & Robbie, The Team, The Family, Morris Day, Zapp, Topper Headon, Taka Boom (Jaki Graham & David Grant conversely are charted mostly on sales) . . . SET IT OFF!

• This cute bundle of mischief is 17-year-old New Yorker Leisa Dove, from the Manhattan School Of The Performing Arts (portrayed in ‘Fame’), whose precocious Jocelyn Brown-ish soul wailing belies her age on the new finally released ploddingly lurching 109bpm ‘I Wish That I Were Older‘ (Streetwave MKHAN 58), receiving mixed reaction as the song itself is none too strong (inst/edit flip).


COLONEL ABRAMS: ‘Music Is The Answer’ (PRT 12P 336)
Sneakily snapped up from the seemingly now defunct Streetwise label, this year and a half old gruffly sung influential 122bpm jittery fast leaper remains far stronger and more infectious in its fabulous largely instrumental 120½bpm dub version with tootling flute and echoing scat building a hefty “D” Train-ish drive, the flip also including his 0-63-64½-0bpm ‘Leave The Message Behind The Door‘ deep soul gem — far better value than his disappointing official follow-up ‘The Truth‘ (MCA Records MCAT 1022), evidently already outshone by his upcoming album’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Let You‘, this is a bassily bounding dull 116bpm lurcher tinged with rock-funk guitar (inst/acappella flip).

CAMEO: ‘She’s Strange’ (Club JABX 252)
Although seemingly a big enough hit last year this apparently was bought only by a third of the number who put ‘Single Life’ into the Top 20, so it’s out again to maximise its still potent potential — and instead of yet more remixes it’s actually now a 12in twin-pack containing all existing 108¾bpm versions for DJs to mix themselves (the original, Mark Berry’s club mix, and the ‘Room 123’ rap version!), plus an 110½bpm megamix of ‘Attack Me With Your Love/Room 123/Single Life’ by Les Adams in a rejig of his Disco Mix Club version.

THE WINANS: ‘Let My People Go’ (Qwest W8874T)
The gospel singing Winans family inspirationally weave South Africa’s problems into a parallel with Moses and the Egyptians on the 0-113½bpm vocal A-side, which is most played by radio, but many DJs prefer the Denzil Miller remixed more subdued 0- 111¼bpm Raw Instrumental flip which retains the chorus amidst a better dance beat. Here the vinyl is boring black, not purple. Continue reading “November 23, 1985: Colonel Abrams, Cameo, The Winans, The Temptations, 52nd Street”

November 16, 1985: Whitney Houston, Linda Clifford, Lonnie Reaves, B.T. Express, The Temptations


THE CONCEPT’S actual ‘Mr DJ’ is real life Los Angeles radio jock Eric ‘Rico’ Reed — of station KJLH, rather than WONE! . . . Paul Laurence evidently intends that odd beat-losing jolt in ‘Strung Out‘ to portray the effect of a dozing “free base” junkie suddenly jerking awake, although it may be smoothed out on future pressings if response is too negative (he’s seriously anti-drugs) . . . Ben Liebrand’s remixes of ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel‘, ‘Whodunit‘, ‘Don’t Take Away The Music‘ and ‘More Than A Woman‘ (the last two also now back-to-back on Dutch Capitol 12in) are likely to make up a Tavares 4-tracker here in the new year . . . Motown’s latest regurgitation of their past glories is a massive nine volume boxed LP set ‘150 Motown Hits Of Gold‘ (Motown WL 72410), the ninth album being of current material while the main eight contain the hits, all of which peaked in the UK chart above position 23, only Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder not being fully represented as their more recent tracks are contractually unavailable for compilation purposes . . . DSM has been snapped up from Elite by 10 Records . . . Masquerade have now covered the old ‘One Nation Under A Groove‘, due next week, in three differently emphasised 119½bpm treatments, English accented although still based on Funkadelic’s extended promo mix version (which surely should be rushed out sharpish?) . . . Tony Grant of ‘Newsbeat’ on Radio One points out that this twice daily 15 minute news magazine at least has played and interviewed Wally Badarou, along with many other disco acts who don’t necessarily get further exposure on the station . . . Disco John Leech has been covering the daily soul shows on Essex Radio for a resting nervously exhausted Dave Gregory, whose emotional total involvement with his job reached danger level following the previously reported sloppy technical back-up he had at his last live broadcast . . . LWR were having a party last Sunday to celebrate more than three weeks uninterrupted illegal broadcasting, the only trouble being — you guessed? — they were off air again by then! . . . Solar itself is staying legal pending its community radio application, but several of its jocks seeing their gigs suffer without incessant radio plugs very stupidly at the weekend started test transmissions on 102.45FM again as “TKO Ten Twenty-Four”, even though warned they’d never be welcomed back . . . US trade paper Billboard last week printed a complete list of all 222 radio stations whose playlists get incorporated along with sales reports into the Hot 100 chart, and just about all of them could apply for the call sign “WASP” — no wonder black product has a problem being seen to cross over in the States (New York’s two contributing stations are WHTZ and WPLJ, maybe “contemporary” but far from “urban” although that’s the city’s dominant sound) . . . Tony Blackburn’s repeated references to Radio London as “the class of music radio” are a direct pinch from the current slogan of New York’s WBLS, by the way! . . . Stevie Wonder’s ‘In Square Circle’ topped US Black LPs and ‘Part-Time Lover’ 12in Sales, The Flirts ‘You & Me‘ Club Play in Billboard — incidentally, Stevie got his wish and Martin Luther King’s birthday January 14 will be a US national holiday . . . Rick James and Isaac Hayes appear together acting and singing in a future episode of TV’s ‘The A-Team’, while at the movies Kurtis Blow is not only in ‘Krush Groove’ (playing himself) but also is about to act in ‘Bamboo Cross’ (yet another Vietnam veterans versus allcomers right wing rouser), and in next year’s first Fat Boys film . . . Disco Mix Club’s November mixes are Brian Butler’s very slick Five Star and Alan Coulthard’s serviceable “D” Train medleys, Paul Dakeyne’s initially bitty but then trucking “alternative” classics, Les Adams’ less well chosen than usual funk, and Sanny X’s ‘Trapped’ remix (Mix Mag readers should note I didn’t eat breakfast in New York quite as often as reported, although I did manage four lobsters in six days — a guy’s gotta eat, after all!) . . . John Morales actually began his music career as a rock guitarist, touring with Grand Funk Railroad and even playing with them here in Hyde Park at their early ’70s free open air concert — not being a recording member of the group he never got rich, and so then took up dee-jaying . . . Five Star ‘Let Me Be The One’ on US 12in contains all four remixes that were spread over separate records in Britain, although now their ‘R.S.V.P.’ 12in here similarly has three mixes with no further ones due: even if it doesn’t leave the record companies any leeway for later manipulative marketing, this long established US norm of a multiple mix 12in giving DJs and punters alike up to five different versions on the one piece of vinyl must make good sales sense as keen mixing jocks are likely to buy two copies anyway, probably even at the same time or soon after (of course in the States, with huge distances and slower distribution, UK-style successive separate mixes would be impractical in a disco market that is kept much farther apart from the radio orientated pop and black charts, with different bigger crossover problems, than our own) . . . 12in singles may be in short supply leading up to Christmas due to this year’s exceptionally heavy demand for record pressing capacity with precedence given to the more profitable album format, many previously scheduled singles being delayed until January (including Sheila E ‘A Love Bizarre’, now on import) . . . Mezzoforte’s first proper vocal featuring Noel McCalla ‘This Is The Night‘ has likewise been put off on Steinar 12in until January, when it’ll also be out on RCA in Germany, where the label who failed to sign it Teldec have already pipped it to the post by rushing out their own cover version by local lads Kano . . . Leisa Dove’s commercial release has been postponed until next week in the hope that her PAs will build bigger demand — unfortunately though in the meantime she, along with Dotty Green (also not fully available yet) and several others similarly with no back-up sales support, dropped out of the Disco chart thanks to the fickleness of mailing list DJs! . . . Julie Roberts, Val Young and even unbelievably Shakatak were only saved from similar extinction by their sales, while Omari’s up-down-up chart progress (now strong jocks and sales) was also the result of inconsistent DJ charts — look, when you get something in the mail for free only put it in your chart if it’s genuinely big on the floor, not for favours, and then if it’s that big it’ll presumably stay there longer (you can always send us more than just a Top 20 if there isn’t room, we set no limits) . . . Greg Edwards and Mike Allen on Capital Radio are rightly campaigning for white label advance promos to list at least such little details as the artist, title and label, let alone writer and publisher — it’s especially aggravating to receive something from a previously unheard of source without even a recognisable matrix number to work backwards from, yet some pluggers increasingly expect DJs and reviewers to cope with just such sloppy service . . . Soul On Sound have left London’s Hippodrome for nearby St Martin’s Lane’s Lacey’s where, with Doug E Fresh and more, the first Private Funktion is tonight (for Central London readers), Wednesday 13 — a pity they’ve pulled out of the other place as their nights there with unending well staged funky PAs were the only good reason for ever visiting it (however they could return for some specials in December) . . . Jay Strongman does Croydon Sgt Peppers’ weekly Boiler House! Thursday (14) . . . Watford Baileys reopens this Friday (15) as Paradise Lost, “the most beautiful discotheque in the world” . . . Alan Taylor is joined at Mirrors near Rhyl by Booker Newberry Friday (15), and Jimmy James & The Vagabonds live Thursday (21) . . . Rick Clarke PAs at Harlow Whispers Saturday (16), and Conn Hudd guests Tuesday (19) . . . Sylvester is live at Bournemouth Bolts Sunday (17) . . . Dublin’s Beat Records import shop presents Carol Jiani next Thursday (21) at McGonagles pub, evidently the first visit to Ireland by a Hi-NRG act . . . Steve Walsh heads the DJ line-up at Luton Pink Elephant’s 3pm-midnight alldayer next Sunday (24), advance £10 tickets including return London coach from Rick Robinson at LWR, 37b New Cavendish Street, London W1 (payable Le GoGo Promotions), or £4 at the door . . . Roger Tovell, whose weekday evening show on Severn Sound is strictly soul 6-8pm Fridays, on that same night has moved in Worcester to the brand new big Pavillion . . . Hugh Williams funks Weedon’s Globe Hotel Sundays and would welcome more Midlands gigs on 0604 65438 . . . Dirty Dave Shirt & The P.D.M. Perry Daniels, not un-busy, could still use more London residencies on 01-674 5409 especially now that Deptford Cheeks has gone experimentally gay . . . Norman Scott of Bolts fame is after other gay or straight gigs in Central or Northern London on 01-529 8107 (evenings) . . . Risen From The Rank ‘AIDS’ (Italian Discotto) could apparently qualify as the worst taste disco record ever . . . Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King’s album was of course lead review last week, and the start of the running order . . . Colin Hudd (Dartford Flicks) synchs Cherrelle ‘Saturday Love’ with Paul Laurence ‘Strung Out’ practically forever, or at least until the latter’s hiccup . . . I spent a memorable “lost weekend” in 1967 staying at the New Orleans home of Joe Banashak, owner of such legendary labels as Minit, Instant and Alon on which (General Johnson’s group) The Showmen, Benny Spellman, Ernie K-Doe, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Chris Kenner and Jessie Hill came to fame: he introduced me to all the names in the Crescent City but best of all was the day and a half spent sitting in our pyjamas around the kitchen table while his kids kept going out to the liquor store for more bottles of Bacardi and his wife Bonnie kept serving salty pretzels to increase our thirst — sadly, Joe has died aged 62 of a heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia (would anyone knowing how please pass on my condolences?) . . . I don’t remember what if anything was “an unstoppable machine” as any remark to that effect was made at least four months ago! . . . SET IT OFF!


WHITNEY HOUSTON: ‘Saving All My Love For You’ (Arista ARIST 12640)
Always the discerning soul jocks choice from her LP (but swamped by its fast rubbish when that was promoed here instead), this US charts-topping gorgeous 33-66bpm slow smoochy torch song is very reminiscent of ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ and deserves to be massive — if at MoR level. It was originally by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr on their 1978 ‘Marilyn & Billy’ LP, incidentally.

LINDA CLIFFORD: ‘The Heat In Me’ (US Red Label V-70057)
An excellent solidly pushing 107½bpm beefy rolling jolter with great thrumming background bass and soulful singing, in four mixes, now starting really to take off — it is a grower, so give it time!

LONNIE REAVES: ‘Too Tough (Remix)’ (US Qwest 0-20393)
Quincy’s label gets streetwise with this terrific monotonously jittering 115bpm groove, full of chattering beats, loose chants, wailing chicks, mellow chords and chinking triangle (inst flip) — a more fully fleshed ‘Set It Off’, dare I say? Continue reading “November 16, 1985: Whitney Houston, Linda Clifford, Lonnie Reaves, B.T. Express, The Temptations”

November 9, 1985: Princess, Rosie Gaines, The Circle Band, Tavares, Val Young


IMPORTANT RECORDS misled me last week: instead of an initial 4-track promo there’ll just be two new (May 1983) M&M mixes of Fatback ‘Is This The Future?’ back-to-back commercially, the unheard long vocal and US issued dub . . . Wally Badarou’s 12in has quietly become a 3-tracker with an added even more percussive 100½bpm Precinct 13 mix, while (as promised, with no new remixes) Total Contrast has added a free bonus 12in containing “The Basement Tapes”, a drifting 0-97bpm instrumental ‘Sunshine‘ and old jolting 112½bpm ‘Next Time I’ll Know Better‘ — Wally incidentally has a massive 17 DJ lead at the top of the Disco chart over Total Contrast, although both acts’ sales are falling now in specialist shops . . . Radio One last week had yet to play Wally Badarou even once, evidently giving the excuse that there are too many instrumental hits at the moment so they’re just playing Jan Hammer’s: maybe there are instrumentals in the chart because the public likes them, which means that as licence fee funded public servants surely — forgive me if I seem naive — the BBC have a duty more than any other broadcasters to play the records real people (rather than radio producers) think are popular, and deserve to hear? . . . RCA have repressed 1,000 copies of the ‘Risin’ To The Top’-featuring old Keni Burke ‘Changes’ LP, to meet an order from Bluebird Records, and Capitol rather late in the day have finally released Rene & Angela’s 1981 ‘Wall To Wall’ LP, containing of course ‘Secret Rendezvous’ . . . MCA have re-serviced One Way ‘Let’s Talk (About Sex)’ presumably for the party season, as it was massive for months in pop clubs without the crossover sales it deserved . . . Champion picked up The Kartoon Krew ‘Inspector Gadget’ . . . Evelyn Thomas’s excellent ‘Cold Shoulder‘, like Instant Funk’s ‘Got My Mind Made Up’, is now at last due for rush release following the predictable flop of ‘Reflections’ . . . Will King ‘Backed Up Against The Wall‘ has been remixed on import with a tougher intro, and Keni Stevens ‘Night Moves’ is now in a much drier less bassy sparse 107½-0bpm Ultra-Sensual Remix and dub . . . John Morales, over here so often he now has a London flat, joined me again for lunch between remixing 52nd Street (with a new percussive drive) and Barbara Pennington ‘Out Of The Darkest Night‘: he finds following our campaign that the demand for “creative marketing” remixes has dropped off by 50 per cent but he’s still mixing things before they’re released, as always intended . . . Brass Construction’s ‘Vintage Brass Medley’ was originally 17 minutes long and under EMI’s supervision had to be edited down by John cutting into each tune rather than reducing the total included, so no wonder it’s overly jerky — but even so the sequencing could have been smoother for UK floor acceptance . . . M&M’s US remix of Michael Lovesmith returns the great piano to rightful dominance (a patch lead had fallen out without anyone noticing during the original remix session!) . . . Motown had their hand forced into releasing Lionel Richie’s new single ‘Say You, Say Me‘ ahead of schedule when Columbia Pictures, distributors of the Mikhail Baryshnikov/Gregory Hines-starring film ‘White Nights’ of which it’s somehow the “title” song, circulated it on tape to major US radio stations off their own bat (his album isn’t due until December): a dreary 32-64-98-0-64-0bpm slowie with a disconcertingly abrupt brief tempo change, it’s only flipped by his old 122½bpm ‘Can’t Slow Down’ (Motown ZB40421) . . . BPMs are easily calculated wrong by people new to the scene, who may feel tempted to copy those already printed here — but then their own calculations when there’s nothing to copy can end up embarrassingly adrift (RM, where you know we get it right!) . . . I realise many DJs get records in the mail which they legitimately put in their charts to show floor reaction, but to counteract the resultant “mailing list syndrome” with a “hard cash factor” here for cross-reference with the main Disco chart are the Top 20 actual sellers in specialist shops last weekend: 1. Doug E Fresh, 2. Evelyn King 12in, 3. Rene & Angela ‘SR’, 4. Serious Intention, 5. 52nd Street, 6. Princess, 7. Wally Badarou, 8. Isley Jasper Isley LP, 9. Frankie Kelly, 10. The Concept, 11. Brass Construction, 12. Total Contrast, 13. Grace Jones 12in, 14. Evelyn King LP, 15. DSM, 16. Roy Ayers LP, 17. Kashif LP, 18. Full Force, 19. Paul Laurence LP, 20. Cherrelle LP — some difference! — possibly to embarrass record pluggers even more the following are charted almost entirely on DJ play rather than sales (the last seven with no sales reported at all): Donald Banks, The Team, Paul Laurence 12in, Eugene Wilde, Cool Notes, Gardenia, Ready For The World, Freddie Jackson, Trouble Funk, Shakatak (promo), Clarence Carter, Morris Day, Leisa Dove (promo), Canute, Nicci (our charts, unlike some new ones, are fully researched — RM, where you know we get it right!) . . . Paul Hardcastle is of course selling strongly at the moment, but so far after two weeks of largely unenthusiastic DJ reactions there’s been little evidence that he’s happening on the floor (of soul clubs anyway), although if you think he deserves inclusion his position at 4 in sales would put him at 34 overall . . . Rene & Angela ‘I’ll Be Good‘ finally topped US 12in Sales in Billboard . . . Paul Laurence’s B-side, despite EMI’s insistence to the contrary, still trails waaay behind the DJ plays of ‘She’s Not A Sleaze’ . . . DJs into Ready For The World ‘Oh Sheila’ might now finally get their fingers out and start playing its superior inspiration, Sheila E’s ‘The Glamorous Life’ . . . Kleeer have left Atlantic, so as no further singles will be on the label ‘Lay Ya Down EZ‘ is at least a B-side — maybe radio could find it and flip it for themselves? . . . Pete Tong’s Sunday Invicta Radio soul show returns to being three hours, 7-10pm . . . North London’s Contrast Radio 90FM will be back early next month, manned by some well known black jocks . . . Thursday (7) London Leicester Square’s The Store becomes the weekly Secret Rendezvous (good name for a song!) hosted by Simon Goffe with Steve Walsh the first of a guest roster including CJ Carlos, Chris Stewart, Lyndon T, while Sylvester joins Norman Scott at Luton’s Bolts in the Tropicana . . . Nicky Holloway’s soul weekender on the Club 18-30 campsite near Bognor Regis this Fri-Sun (8-10) with Jeff Young, Martin Collins, Chris Brown, Bob Jones, Gilles Peterson, Johnnie Walker, Joe Field, Paul Morrisey & Trevor Fung still has a few tickets left on 01-853 1953 . . . Saturday (9) Steve Walsh returns weekly to Peckham Kisses, Danny Smith with weekly guests starts upfront jazz-soul at Gt Yarmouth Aquarius on Marine Parade, DevonAir’s Dave Treharne has an R&B/’60s charity party with Firing On Five and The Vipers live at Exeter’s Devon And Exeter Arts Centre . . . Segue Steve Goddard, Thursdays now at Shepherds Bush’s funky Silks, is after Younger Generation ‘We Rap More Mellow‘ and Shalamar ‘Sweeter As The Days Go By‘ on 01-857 8775 . . . Paul French, now Thur/Fri/Sat at The Avenue, reports his other Wed/Sun Gillingham gig at the Ice Bowl is installing large screen video . . . Tony James has started doing Saturdays at Chertsey’s The Bell pub prior to refurbishment that’ll include a proper night club if demand can be established . . . Dave Lorentzen & Jon Alsop get up to such high jinks at Dunfermline’s Night Magic Laser Discotheque as roaring in on a motorbike . . . Graham Gold, getting poor response to Minneapolis purpleness at Mayfair Gullivers, mixes up 52nd Street with The SOS Band ‘High Hopes’ and Patti Austin ‘Only A Breath Away’ . . . Bernard Wright poses with his hands in his pockets for a purpose, as according to The London Standard he’s got six fingers on his right hand . . . Sun’s ‘Legs’ sadly is not sleeved in their LP’s photo of lusciously rounded limbs, what a waste . . . Fort Baxter fans will join me mourning the death last Friday of Phil Silvers . . . Mark Fisher, ex-Second Image keyboardist, far from still being solo now seems to be part of Matt Bianco, to judge from the Thames Telethon . . . The Team and Simone have been the most recent acts to tour Tony Cochrane’s Scottish PA circuit of clubs and media — other so far unvisited venues, and interested acts, call him on 0382-644003/22348 . . . Jeff Thomas does a soul show on University Radio Abertawe Wednesdays 7-9pm before joining James Lewis funking Swansea Harry’s Dance Bar (free before 11pm) — his Saturday job at Derricks Records finds him selling 7in hits to DJs who depressingly have no interest in anything not already in the chart, which must make South Wales a tough place to “break” records (although one can sympathise with jocks on a tight budget) . . . 17p less, RM still sets the standard — SET IT OFF!


PRINCESS: ‘After The Love Has Gone’ (Supreme Records SUPET 103)
With amended title, totally new vocal and 100¼-100bpm restructured rhythm, the commercial pressings in a move to counter widespread criticism of the white label version already use what was intended to be the (first) remix — but, although better, it’s still just another Princess record (semi-instrumental Senza Voce flip).

ROSIE GAINES: ‘Good Times’ (LP ‘Caring’ US Epic BFE 40090)
On a patchy album with nice slowies and horrendous fast stuff, Rosie shows how sultrily soulful she can get classily singing and scatting this excellent jazzily tapping 103½bpm attractive swaying jogger, her vocal flexibility deserving wide attention.

THE CIRCLE BAND: ‘Party Lights (Shake Your Body Get Loose)’ (US Circle City Records BKD 526)
Brightly cranking, wriggling and smacking a happy infectious 120-0bpm beat in their usual style, the guys use vocoders and solos more than their own voices to colour a terrific dance groove (dub flip). Continue reading “November 9, 1985: Princess, Rosie Gaines, The Circle Band, Tavares, Val Young”

November 2, 1985: Tyrone, Serious Intention, DSM, Brass Construction, The Concept, hip hop review special


IMPORTANT RECORDS are about to circulate a DJ limited edition 12in with four of their eight different Fatback ‘Is This The Future?’ mixes (including M&M’s), the proven favourite then also being released commercially . . . ‘StreetSounds 14‘ includes Frankie Kelly and Gardenia already, along with current hits by Ready For The World, Three Degrees, Collage, Five Star and Tramaine, plus 12in imports by Bernard Wright, Jeff Tyzik and Starpoint — however, the label’s Gilles Peterson-complied ‘Jazz Juice‘ amongst other Latin-slanted goodies will have Quartette Tres Bien’s ‘Boss Tres Bien‘, which should cause much gnashing of teeth for those few jocks who paid fortunes for the few rare copies to be tracked down on US Decca LP! . . . Maze have repeated their ‘Live In New Orleans’ video and album concept (a double LP with three sides live, one new), except this time they were live in LA, not for release until March . . . Jaki Graham & David Grant reunite for the Todd Rundgren-penned poppily rolling heartily duetted brightly noisy 105-0bpm ‘Mated‘ (EMI 12JAKI 6), due next Monday . . . Streetwave have promoed, a fortnight before release to coincide with her current visit, 17 years old New Yorker Leisa Dove’s lurching 109bpm ‘I Wish That I Were Older‘, soulfully enough squalled to belie her age (but then she’s a product of the ‘Fame’ School Of The Performing Arts) . . . Grace Jones is backed by The TTED All Stars comprised of members from not only EU but also Slug-go and Redds & The Boys, it being the latter who are confirmed as the subject of studio attention from Dexter Wansel, Verdine White and now Kenny Gamble in an effort to expand their go go sound . . . TTED boss Maxx Kidd is planning a definitive four-LP ‘Anthology Of Go Go‘ . . . Lifesighs agreed with my review before even seeing it last week, and have already remixed ‘Get Serious‘ to soften the beats . . . Island told me Sly & Robbie ‘Make ‘Em Move’ was faster on promo 12in, but it always was 114bpm . . . Formtronic Audio have organised a stand-crammed Southern Disco ’85 equipment exhibition primarily for the mobile market next Sunday (17) noon-6pm at Rochester’s Crest Hotel in Maidstone Road . . . Gary Raymond & Cino’s ‘Best Of British Funk 85’ night at Epping Forest Country Club last Tuesday was packed with people to see Haywoode, Julie Roberts, Total Contrast, Lifesighs, Princess, Odyssey, Sonique, Peter Royer, Claudia and Shi Shi Ha Ha (three pretty white girls looking for a deal) — wot, no Cool Notes?! . . . Princess threw DJ at that particular moment Peter Davis into a tizzy when instead of singing her cued-up newie she launched into an acappella ‘Say I’m Your No. 1’, which he didn’t even have out, but then when she carried on into ‘Ain’t Nobody’ he got the idea and was able to relax . . . Haywoode is suffering from nodules on her throat, so she’ll either be a lot quieter or else croaking when she unavoidably has to make a promotional visit to plug ‘Roses’ in the States . . . Julie Roberts carries on singing very soulfully when the record ends at PAs, given the chance, which she didn’t get at Essex Radio’s Soul Night Special last Friday at Braintree’s crammed and steaming Barn (if it’s that hot in winter what’s it like in summer?) . . . Johnny Nash, The Team, LW5, Josie James and Rick Clarke were others enduring the steam, while main presenter Dave Gregory was badly let down by the unprofessional attitude of some in his technical team allowing records and tapes to miscue very sloppily — the guy crusades for soul on the station and these outside broadcasts are already successful enough for syndication to be discussed, so he deserves better support from those around him however grudgingly given . . . Radio London’s Soul Night Out back at Luton’s Pink Elephant this Thursday is totally sold out . . . Nick Ratcliffe has taken over the Saturday 6-8pm soul show on Guildford’s County Sound 96.6FM — nice one! . . . Steve Collins at last is back unearthing (wittingly or not) great new non-needletime soul Sundays 1-5am on Capital Radio 95.8FM — where Greg Edwards last Saturday in his weekly philosophy slot, “the bathroom call”, could surely have produced a more convincingly unanswerable argument than merely to tell all rioters, looters and muggers that they’re “arseholes”? . . . Johnny S is disappointed my wavelength-sweeping digital radio tuner has never locked onto North London’s Contrast Radio 90FM, broadcasting between violent busts since January and due back soon (possibly under another name) . . . Northern Ireland’s recent Radiothon raised £55,000 for children’s charities, with 41 out of the country’s 50 discotheques contributing their own raffle proceeds . . . South Shields Chelsea Cat’s resident jock Adrian Allen presents a ten minute ‘Pop File’ slot every Thursday night on Radio Tees, and would welcome inside info from record companies on Boldon 364895 to help keep it as upfront as possible . . . Peter Anthony as originally tipped has settled in at Radio Luxembourg, leaving London’s Stringfellows with two girl DJs, Marie Thompson and Tigrr (sic ’em) . . . SEDA meets Sunday (3) at 8pm in Canterbury’s Coach And Horses pub, but check first with Roger Eagleton on 0795-89436 (potential new members always welcome) . . . BBC-1’s ‘Songs Of Praise’ from Detroit last Sunday showed a glimpse of Winans Gospel Record Shop, surely too coincidental not to be connected with The Winans (who are pronounced “Whynans”) . . . El DeBarge with DeBarge ‘You Wear It Well‘, only a quick flash here, topped US Club Play in Billboard . . . Aleem ‘Confusion‘ is now on US Atlantic . . . Segue Steve Goddard (Gants Hill The Villa) confirms my suspicion that Rene & Angela’s ‘Secret Rendezvous’ always was on 12in, in fact as flip to its present B-side ‘Bangin’ The Boogie’ . . . Thursday (31) predictably sees nearly every club having a Halloween night, Colin Hudd’s at Dartford Flicks being a Bride Of Frankenstein variation, Mike Allen & Brian Mason’s at Cricklewood Ashtons being free for fancydressers, as is Dave Rawlings (before 10.30pm) at Kensington The Park, Dave also celebrating late at Basingstoke Martines Saturday (2) . . . Gloria Gaynor does her reputedly first-ever UK club PA at Charing Cross Heaven Friday (1) . . . Saturday (2) Donald Banks PAs with Chad Jackson & Andrew Holmes at Manchester Hacienda, jazzy Chris Brown joins Paul Oakenfold & Trevor Fung at Croydon Scarletts, the Cool Notes join Jan Allen & Paul Wernham at Eastbourne Winter Garden — Jan also souls nearby Oscars wine bar usually on Saturdays, and for other larger venues can always use good PAs on 0323-23835 . . . Fridays at Rayleigh’s Pink Toothbrush have gone drastically upfront with a DJ roster including Chris Hill, Froggy, Pete Tong, Jeff Young, Tom Holland and John Dean, the latter’s Sunday at Hastings JR’s having similar guests weekly while on Mondays John joins Froggy at Canning Town Bentleys . . . Double “B” soul sound’s jocks Tony B, Chas, Eddie & Frank spin upfront funk in London at Euston Road Tulips Sun, Orchard Street Blitz Fri/Sat, and more commercial Lower Richmond Road Caines Sat too, while they’re due to start laid back jazz-soul at Warren Street, Jeaves wine bar . . . Mike Sullivan (Portsmouth Ritzy Tues/Wed/Thurs, Leigh Park Frenchie L’Amours Fri) reports that Mecca’s new fun pub Central Park opens at the Ritzy Nov 29 but the lighting rig’s already working and as of now the music policy is completely upfront — though compared to what? . . . Lance Nuttall manages Brighton’s fairly new seafront Club Savannah (48 hour advance membership and admission free), and is more likely to get the desired PAs if his letterhead has a ‘phone number! . . . Keith Valle, still six nights a week at Bristol Bibas, wonders how many other jocks have been solidly at it for over 20 years . . . John Clancy (Medway 53992), a hospital radio and mobile disco veteran of 15 years, is keen finally to cross over into club work (less lugging to do!) . . . Stuart Murray reckons the only clubs making an effort on the Isle of Wight are Ryde Patsy’s (where, wouldn’t you know, he does Fridays) and Sandown Court Jester — punters are ruled by Radio One, but he promises to play more funk than others . . . Disco Gary Van Den Bussche finds big demand for Stacy Lattisaw’s old ‘Jump To The Beat’ as it sounds like Madonna . . . King Enri (Sidcup Danielles) wonders what happened to Second Image’s prize pilot TV show after winning Freddie Starr’s Showcase, why in ‘EastEnders’ is Miquel Brown always on in the background, and when is Luther Vandross actually touring here? . . . Mark Barker (Brighton Secrets) says it’s all very well Bobby O borrowing from other records, Ian Levine has used the same tune with just different words on at least twelve Hi-NRG hits! . . . Keith Sterling, playing a wide range of music at Taunton Kingstons, Southampton Riverside and Bournemouth Shunters, doesn’t appreciate Island dictating the limited range suitable for inclusion in his disco chart returns — fear not, our man Alan Jones keeps promising the more applicable Nightclub chart will be back soon . . . The Team appear to be only a “mailing list hit”, without the strength of sales their Disco chart placing might suggest . . . Franklin Sinclair (Manchester Playpen) in thinking it isn’t fair that our disco charts list all remixes separately, when combined they could put a record much higher, completely misses the previously stated point: all mixes are listed separately precisely to minimise that sort of “creative marketing” advantage, and to discourage the now thankfully less widespread practice of multiple mix releases . . . SET IT OFF!


TYRONE: ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’ (Total Control 12TOCO 4, via EMI)
Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations’ 1969 MoR classic sounds comfortable and comforting enough to be hitbound again in this 63½(intro)-90-91-91½bpm lovers rock revival shared by Tyrone with the unbilled but equally featured Yasmine James, who sticks to Di’s original vocal line until after a nice brass break (inst flip).

SERIOUS INTENTION: ‘You Don’t Know (Special Remix)’ (Important Records TANT 8)
This loosely skittering (0-)116½-0bpm instrumental third remix of an old Paul Simpson-produced track has a chiming melody and dubbily washing vocals to make it another ‘Set It Off’ (two acappellas sandwich the flip’s tighter 116bpm Live/Extramental mix) . . . except all of a sudden it’s got strong competition.

DSM: ‘Warrior Groove’ (Elite DAZZ 45)
Not due fully for a fortnight but too hot to hold, Danny D and chums have shameless fun combining the best bits from ‘Set It Off’ and ‘Twilight’ to make a powerful cymbal-shushed 0-111¼-0bpm groove with Tyzik-ish trumpet toots, scratching, gibberish, chicks ‘n’ whistles that like its influences will — and already does in London — drive dancefloors wild!

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Give And Take’ (Capitol 12CL 377)
Duetted by Randy Muller with Lisa Fischer, this long overdue superb pent-up 103½bpm chugger has all the crossover appeal of Ashford & Simpson’s ‘Solid’ and deserves to be massive — it’s already winning radio soul polls — flipped (dub too) by a disappointingly jerky and messy John Morales-mixed ‘Vintage Brass Medley’ which any UK disco DJ with years of practice at mixing this material could have blended more smoothly for our market. Continue reading “November 2, 1985: Tyrone, Serious Intention, DSM, Brass Construction, The Concept, hip hop review special”