ODDS ‘N’ BODS
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.
THE CONCEPT: ‘Mr. D.J.’ (US Tuckwood Records TW 105)
Huge already on radio, not surprisingly, this jauntily backed 120bpm affectionate send-up accurately reflects American DJ patter and ‘phone-in chat as broadcast by the fictituous WONE — where of course “you’re on the one”! — and is such fascinating fun it’s over too soon (inst flip). A monster!
NICOLE: ‘New York Eyes’ (LP ‘What About Me?’ US Portrait BFR 40019)
Nicole McCloud is joined just for this standout gently wriggling deceptively slow 79¼bpm groovily weaving jiggly infectious soul jogger by duetting Timmy Thomas and seems set to have a huge hit around London, for which everything about it is exactly right. Terrific!
H I P H O P D O N ‘ T S T O P
DOUG E. FRESH and THE GET FRESH CREW: ‘The Show’ (Cooltempo COOLX 116)
Human beat box Doug provides percussive vocal effects around the rapping crew’s catchy 0-100½bpm jiggler which with its ever changing textures, bursts of live “show” atmosphere, quotes from the ‘Inspector Gadget’ theme and ‘Michelle’, and intriguing fun-filled appeal seems destined to be our next ‘White Lines’-like crossover monster. As well as its instrumental and edit, the 12in has the totally acappella and sometimes beat-losing but brilliant ‘La-Di-Da-Di‘ which in bowdlerised form has had equal or greater radio play in New York.
FULL FORCE: ‘Alice, I Want You Just For Me!’ (US Columbia 44-05282)
Far more than mere hip hop, this joyful bouncy (0-)101-0bpm jiggler is sung in unison rather than rapped and is completely compulsive setting up a dynamite groove that shouldn’t be missed (two more freaky stark mixes on flip).
KURTIS BLOW: ‘If I Ruled The World’ (US Mercury 884 269-1)
Also on the ‘Krush Groove’ soundtrack and his own LP, Kurtis and Davy DMX create their own hip hop go go rhythm for a great buoyantly bouncing (0-)96½bpm melodic rap-chant-song which jogs along at an infectious lick with chorussing chix punctuating his beat trippling staccato vocal.
THE KARTOON KREW: ‘Inspector Gadget’ (US Profile PRO-7087)
For comparison with ‘The Show’ here’s inevitably a useful 100-0bpm hip hop treatment of the dancestep-inspiring much musically quoted US TV cartoon character’s theme tune, with bits of dialogue (in two lengths).
DOCTOR FUNNKENSTEIN and D.J. CASH MONEY: ‘Scratchin’ To The Funk’ (US Sound Makers Records TTED-3014)
A clue’s in the title, this exciting 107bpm wild and woolly demonstration of DJ scratching cuts up Trouble Funk’s ‘Pump Me Up’ and more of their TTED material (105½-107bpm Part II flip uses live tracks including ‘Drop The Bomb’). The first go go scratch?
TRICKY TEE: ‘Johnny The Fox’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-0016)
‘The Show’ should broaden the audience for such exciting hip hop as this violently scratched (by E Z Earl) and electro drums thundered frantic jittery 102¼bpm rap, prod/mixed by Mantronik (inst/edit flip).
FAT BOYS: ‘Hard Core Reggae’ (US Sutra SUD 038)
Studiedly mannered and dread, the American porky three sing in praise of such as Bob Marley and Jacob Miller using reggae accents and gimmicks to a Kurtis Blow-produced 72¼bpm (non-human) beat box version of the real rhythm, such good fun it’s odd there’s no UK release yet apart from on their ‘The Fat Boys Are Back!’ LP (WEA 252 368-1) — which has lots of their human beat box but otherwise seems routine.
BILLY CRYSTAL: ‘You Look Marvelous’ (US A&M 392 045-1)
“Jody” of TV’s ‘Soap’ currently plays a new range of characters on US TV, including Latin smoothie “Fernando” in whose accent he talks the inconsequential, smarmy, “marvelous” star-namechecking, Arthur Baker co-produced 0-112½-0bpm jitterer of which the latin disco-meets-hip hop instrumental dub flip was recently promoed here, with some success — it even won Essex Radio’s soul poll and is huge around Southend!
CHOICE M.C.’s featuring Fresh Gordon: ‘Gordy’s Groove (Mayberry Mix)’ (US Tommy Boy TB 871)
No, not Berry, but of similar US appeal as ‘Inspector Gadget’ this 97½bpm juddery hip hopper with snatches of rap and ‘Barbara Ann’-ish “ba ba ba-ba” uses the theme tune from the old Andy Griffiths TV show.
THE DYNAMIC DUO featuring SHAQUAN: ‘Knights Of The Turntables’ (US West 25 TFW-1016)
Or should the label be 25 West? Anyway, what sound like real James Brown grunts, Arthurian chivalry and poppin’ MCs top off juddery 99¼bpm scratchin’ by Lenny D (in four versions), fine of its kind.
MAC, MAC with the JAMMALOTT KINGDOM: ‘Let Me Take You Home — ‘Lisa Lisa’ (Creole CRT87, via PRT)
Around a while, the (0-)117½-0bpm answer version to ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’ is more of the same but by blokes, if mixers still need it (inst/acappella flip).
LISA LISA and CULT JAM with FULL FORCE: ‘Can You Feel The Beat’ (CBS ETA 6635)
Uninspired rattling 0-122¼-0bpm basher with none of their hit’s charm despite similar sing-song delivery, already also out as an 122½bpm Full Force Remix (QTA 6635) with Dub Remix flip.
ROXANNE SHANTE: ‘Bite This’ (10 Records TEN 88-12)
Months old Marty Marl-scratched ‘n’ cut 103bpm bragging put-down of other Roxannes, rapped in her distinctive young tones which sound both vulnerable and brash (dub/edit flip).
DISCO TOP 100 – November 2, 1985
01 01 CHIEF INSPECTOR (VINE STREET)/(HILL STREET), Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
02 02 SINGLE LIFE, Cameo, Club 12in
03 03 TRAPPED/DUB,Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
04 25 SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, Champion 12in
05 06 HIT AND RUN, Total Contrast, London 12in
06 12 THE SHOW/LA-DI-DA-DI, Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, US Realty Records 12in
07 11 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM (BLOODED)/JONES THE RHYTHM, Grace Jones, ZTT 12in
08 04 ROMEO WHERE’S JULIET?, Collage, MCA Records 12in
09 08 THIS IS FOR YOU (REMIX), The System, Styling Point 12in
10 10 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, Streetwave 12in
11 13 STATUS-QUO, Donald Banks, 4th + B’way 12in
12 09 NEVER CRY AGAIN (REMIX)/LAY YA DOWN EZ, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
13 05 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
14 21 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, US Easy Street 12in
15 26 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
16 14 WE ARE THE TEAM/ROCK CREEK PARK, The Team, EMI 12in
17 07 I’LL BE GOOD, Rene & Angela, Club 12in
18 15 THE HEAVEN I NEED, The Three Degrees, Supreme Records 12in
19 18 THE SWEETEST TABOO, Sade, Epic 12in
20 20 SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE/THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
21 22 IS THIS THE FUTURE?, Fatback/WICKI WACKY, Fatback Band, Important Records 12in
22 16 SLIP N SLIDE, Roy Ayers, CBS 12in
23 64 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
24 35 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, The Winans, US Qwest 12in
25 36 DON’T SAY NO TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde/LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, 4th + B’way 12in
26 30 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA Victor 12in
27 19 FALL DOWN (SPIRIT OF LOVE), Tramaine, A&M 12in
28 52 KNEES (STAND UP (US REMIX), Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
29 32 “VIRGO”/HOT/PROGRAMMED FOR LOVE, Roy Ayers, CBS LP
30 29 NATURAL ENERGY/HAVE A GOOD FOREVER, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
31 24 LOVE TAKE OVER, Five Star, Tent 12in
32 50 CHIQUITA LINDA/INSTRUMENTAL, Gardenia, London 12in
33 23 AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE IT (M&M REMIX), Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
34 27 CARAVAN OF LOVE/INSATIABLE WOMAN/DANCIN’ AROUND THE WORLD, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic LP
35 17 I’LL BE GOOD (MARK BERRY REMIX), Rene & Angela, Club 12in
36 33 SET IT OFF, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
37 67 AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE?, Julie Roberts, Bluebird/10 12in
38 42 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
39 59 THE OAK TREE, Morris Day, US Warner Bros 12in
40 97 AFTER THE LOVE IS GONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in promo
41 39 I’LL BE YOUR FRIEND, Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
42 46 WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
43 41 YEH YEH/SMOOTH, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
44 43 GETTING CLOSER, Haywoode, CBS 12in
45 85 OH SHEILA, Ready For The World, MCA Records 12in
46 54 SHO YUH RIGHT, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US TTED 12in
47 78 100%, Caprice, US NIA 12in
48 55 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in
49 53 GET LOOSE, Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, US NIA 12in
50 62 I WISH HE DIDN’T TRUST ME SO MUCH, Bobby Womack, MCA Records 12in
51 44 ROCK CREEK PARK/WALKING IN RHYTHM, The Blackbyrds, Streetwave 12in
52 — DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in promo
53 49 PART-TIME LOVER (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
54 89 LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
55 28 HOT PURSUIT!, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way 12in
56 60 BUBBLING, Aswad, Simba 12in
57 61 GENIUS, Quando Quango, Factory 12in
58 84 MESSIN’ WITH MY MIND, Clarence Carter, Certain Records 12in
59 31 WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?, Mercy Mercy, Ensign 12in
60 79 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
61 80 I CAUGHT YOU OUT, Dotty Green, Hot Melt 12in
62 71 WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT? Jellybean, Dutch EMI America LP
63 48 ON THE ONE, Lukk featuring Felicia Collins, Important Records 12in
64 37 EMOTIONS, Starpoint, Elektra 12in
65 re SEDUCTION, Val Young, Gordy 12in promo
66 58 (KRUSH GROOVE) CAN’T STOP THE STREET, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
67 68 EXTRA SPECIAL, Jerome, Calibre 12in
68 75 A LOVE BIZARRE, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP
69 51 MUSIC (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIX), “D” Train, Prelude 12in
70 86 AFRICAN BREEZE, Hugh Masekela with Jonathan Butler, Jive Afrika 12in
71 — NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Timmy Thomas), US Portrait LP
72 77 STILL SMOKIN’ (HUG-A-BUT), Troubie Funk, 4th + B’Way/TTED 12in
73 63 YOU BLEW IT, The World Famous Mad Lads, Champion 12in
74 70 SWEET SURRENDER, Jeff Tyzik featuring Maurice Starr, US Polydor 12in
75 — GET SERIOUS, Lifesighs, Pressure Records 12in
76 94 GIVE AND TAKE/VINTAGE BRASS MEDLEY, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
77 74 JAZZY LADY, Slave, Certain Records 12in
78 — AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari, Recent Future Records 12in
79 57 STOP PLAYING ON ME, Vikki Love, US 4th + B’way 12in
80 re SO IN LOVE, Nicci, Boiling Point 12in
81 — CAN YOU FEEL THE BEAT, Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam With Full Force, CBS 12in
82 99 SMILE, Jeff Tyzik, US Polydor LP
83 56 SHE’S A GO-GETTER, Fatback, Atlantic 12in
84 — MR D.J., The Concept, US Tuckwood Records 12in
85 87 FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
86 — WARRIOR GROOVE, DSM, Elite 12in white label
87 45 HIGH FASHION/THE SCREAMS OF PASSION, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP
88 re AFTER YOU, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan LP
89 — AM I LOSING YOUR FOREVER/THE RULES OF LOVE, Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in promo
90 — BIG NOISE, Base, US Prism 12in
91 — GOOD TIMES, Rosie Gaines, US Epic LP
92 — PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
93 re MAKE ‘EM MOVE, Sly & Robbie, Island 12in
94 100 YOUR PLACE OR MINE/SEXOMATIC, Bar-Kays, Club 12in
95 — THE GROOVE (DRIVE TO HOLLYWOOD VERSION), Facade, US Techno Hop Records 12in
96 re GYPSY WOMAN, Bobby Womack, MCA Records LP
97 — LOVE WITH A STRANGER, Rick Clarke, Local Records 12in
98 82 WHAT’S THAT YOU SLIPPED INTO MY WINE/GUILTY, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
99 47 THE DANCE ELECTRIC, Andre Cymone, CBS 12in
100 — LET ME TAKE YOU HOME — LISA, LISA, Mac Mac with the Jammalott Kingdom, Creole 12in
01 01 REFLECTIONS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 03 FUTURE BRAIN, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
03 07 VERTIGO, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack LP
04 05 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
05 06 THE FIGHTER, Arpeggio, US Nissim Records 12in
06 02 I LIKE YOU, Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
07 09 I HEAR TALK (REMIX), Bucks Fizz, US Disconet LP
08 08 LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME (REMIX), Sylvester, US Megatone 12in
09 — HIGH ABOVE THE CLOUDS/THUNDERING INSTRUMENTAL, Narada Michael Walden, US Warner Bros 12in
10 13 ACTION!, Pearly Gates, Boystown UK 12in
11 10 THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (INDIAN SUMMER MIX), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
12 re HOLD ME, Laura Branagan, US Atlantic 12in
13 12 TIMEBOMB, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
14 29 FANTASY (REMIX)/SATURDAY NIGHT, Lian Ross, German ZYX 12in
15 14 CONGA (REMIX), Miami Sound Machine, US Hot Tracks LP
16 — PREACHER PREACHER, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
17 20 I CAN LOSE MY HEART TONIGHT, C.C. Catch, German Hansa 12in
18 04 NO FRILLS LOVE, Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records LP
19 25 WHISPER TO A SCREAM, Bobby O/Claudja Barry. US MenoVision 12in
20 — CUPID, Aida, Carrere 12in
21 22 THE MEN IN MY LIFE, Miriam Lee, Passion 12in
22 — TEMPT ME, Lisa, Fantasia 12in
23 — LET ME TAKE YOU DANCING, David Karr, US Dance-Sing Records 12in
24 16 EATEN ALIVE (REMIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
25 17 NIGHTFLIGHT, Jack’s Project, German Ariola 12in
26 15 SAVING MYSELF, Oh Romeo, US “O” Records 12in
27 18 MY OBSESSION, Meri D. Marshall, US Atlantic 12in
28 23 VOULEZ VOUS (REMIX), The Flirts, German Ariola 12in
29 30 BODY ROCK (MEGAMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
30=— THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (ZULU MIX), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
30=— HURRICANE, Tapps, US Boulevard 12in
One thought on “November 2, 1985: Tyrone, Serious Intention, DSM, Brass Construction, The Concept, hip hop review special”
James has picked a good week to do a hip hop round-up: Doug E Fresh “The Show” was about to become the biggest rap hit since Melle Mel’s “Step Off” at the start of the year, and the Full Force and Kurtis Blow tracks would also soon make the pop charts, with plenty more to follow in their wake. Some have claimed that “Alice I Want You Just For Me” lays down the blueprint for what eventually became new jack swing, while Kurtis Blow once again draws on go go rhythms – as does Grace Jones on “Slave To The Rhythm” – throwing the DC sound something of a lifeline in the process.
Hip hop was evolving fast, as the term “electro” finally started falling into disuse. Rap was becoming the prime element in almost every track. Break beats are starting to surface more on record: Tricky Tee’s “Johnny The Fox” is derived from an old Thin Lizzy track, and the legendary “Ultimate Breaks & Beats” compilations would start appearing in a few months’ time. And with the Dynamic Duo’s “Knights Of The Turntables”, we have what might be our first sighting of a James Brown sample; there would be many, many more to come!