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

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

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!


HOT VINYL

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?

B.T. EXPRESS: ‘Uptown Express’ (US King Davis Records KD-3662)
Complete with train whistle and locomoting rhythm, this infectiously driving and chanting 117½bpm jiggly clonker is a welcome update of their decade old original style — the longer, leaner Club Version oddly being squeezed on the flip with an Acappella.

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Do You Really Love Your Baby’ (US Gordy 4550GG)
Luther’s involvement as co-writer (with producer Marcus Miller) must surely extend to the typical “whoa-oh-oh” just before the main vocal of this dramatic acappella introed then choppily lurching 0-115-0bpm strider, with quite gospel-ish intense repetitive group vocals (dub/edit too, and the also gospelly lovely old 91½bpm ‘I’ll Keep My Light In My Window‘).

ARETHA FRANKLIN: ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who’ (Arista ARIST 12-633)
Returning her to wailing soulful form, this great chunkily lurching 108¾-109-0bpm ballsy strutter with rich chix ‘n bass chaps vocal support on the title line and wriggly breaks did surprisingly little on import but now should be huge.

JUICY: ‘It Takes Two’ LP (US Private I Records BFZ 40098)
Multi-instrumentalist brother and sister Jerry and Katreese Barnes deliver a solid set full of hot tempos for London’s dancers, the sweetly jolting 107½bpm ‘Forever And Ever’, juicily fruity 92bpm ‘Sugar Free‘, ponderously pushing 95bpm ‘Nobody But You‘, previously released 105bpm ‘Bad Boy‘, swaying 74bpm title track, smoochy 0-36-72bpm ‘Slow Dancing’, soulful 0-96bpm ‘Love Is Good Enough’, the chugging 120bpm ‘Stay With Me’ being their only “fast” one. Like I say, solid.

ROCHELLE: ‘My Magic Man’ (US Warner Bros 0-20376)
An irritatingly catchy shrill little 112¼bpm jiggly pop nagger in Lisa Lisa style, given four different mixes, likely to be big with the kids.

FATBACK: ‘Is This The Future? (M&M Remix)’ (Important Records TANRT 7)
OK, so here you are, from May 1983 the legendary previously unissued much extended and less intense (0-)109bpm John Morales & Sergio Munzibai remix in which tapping percussion replaces bassy drive and Evelyn Thomas takes over wailing (their US-issued dub is flip).

SADE: ‘Promise’ LP (Epic EPC 86318)
Another fragile cool set mainly for listening, with apart from their 91½bpm ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ single only the pulsatingly swaying 107½bpm ‘Never As Good As The First Time‘ and piano backed gentle jiggly jazz-funk 96½bpm ‘Maureen‘ the genuine dancers, the latter probably ending up a biggie.

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Go Home’ (Motown ZT 40502)
Amazingly his album’s hottest dance track is actually already the follow-up single, a cheerfully leaping 119bpm light backbeat bounder with big band brass accents (inst flip).

JOCELYN BROWN: ‘Love’s Gonna Get You’ (US Warner Bros/Jellybean 0-20383)
John Benitez’s own logo bows in with a slightly too electro backed but vocally good 108bpm jitterer in four mixes, rhythmically not free and easy enough to be another ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’.

KASHIF: ‘Condition Of The Heart’ LP (US Arista AL8-8385)
The somewhat ‘Sexual Healing’-ish 88bpm title track, a bit of a grower, is also on 12in which has been selling more for the flip’s 0-107-0bpm live version of ‘Help Yourself To My Love‘ (US Arista AD19416) with catchy almost Maze-like “help yourself” repetition, the album only having a lightly juddering wriggly instrumental 115bpm ‘Movie Song‘, typical 117½bpm ‘Say You Love Me‘ and (0-)117¾bpm ‘I Wanna Have Love With You‘, smoochy 83bpm ‘Stay The Night’, Richie-ish 0-82/41bpm ‘Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart)’, urgent jerky 121¾bpm ‘Weakness’, while his (0-)104-0bpm ‘Botha Botha (Apartheid Song)‘ joins the swelling flood of anti-South Africa sentiment.

SUBJECT: ‘The Magic, The Moment’ (US Pow Wow WOW 403)
Co-produced by Paul Simpson (on Mark Kamins’ label), this jerkily tugging and groaning 116½bpm shameless Colonel Abrams copy usefully bridges between his ‘Trapped’ and ‘Music Is The Answer’ styles (with two more ‘Set If Off’-ish mixes as flip!) — the surprise is that it, JM Silk and Janice Christie haven’t attracted more jocks as all are Abrams derived.

HANSON & DAVIS: ‘Tonight (Love Will Make It Right)’ (US Fresh Records FRE-001)
Out several months now and apparently once warm around the Midlands, these mournfully hollering guys may or may not have had something to do with ‘Love Is The Answer’ but certainly their friskily skittering 122¼bpm leaper is another that’s very similar (dub/acappella flip).

FIRE FOX: ‘Fire’ (US Atlantic 0-86843)
The ‘Break Dance — Electric Boogaloo’ girls get funkier, just, on a siren-spiked shrill simple little jiggly 116½bpm wriggler (inst flip) still better than anything on their new album.

JUNIOR: ‘Oh Louise’ (London LONX 75)
Trickily started eventually spurting ‘All Night Long (All Night)’-ish jittery odd 91½bpm choral slowie kinda like something from a musical, full of atmosphere and bravely different (easier edit and frantic instrumental 120¼bpm ‘Fyne Tymes’ flip), much boosted by Phonogram-employed radio jocks.

LEROI: ‘You Mean Everything To Me’ (Bpop Records 12 BPOP 3, via EMI/Priority)
Fiendishly catchy familiar seeming cheerful (0-)123½bpm bright strutter with a slightly dated EWF-ish approach (inst flip) evidently by a duo rather than one bloke.

OLIVER CHEATHAM: ‘Turning Point’ (Move Records MS 6, via Charly)
Great for veteran soul fans if untidy for disco dancers, this jerkily trotting 114-116-117-116½(rap)-118-120bpm Dakar-ish duet suddenly breaks into the Lord’s Prayer (frisky 130¾bpm ‘Play Me Trade Me‘ flip) — it’s rather refreshing to find a record so unconcerned with the current market-place.

MIQUEL BROWN: ‘On The Radio’ (Record Shack SOHOT 59)
Competent but retrogressive 0-111¾bpm routine disco shuffler (inst flip) produced by Geoff Deane (ex-Modern Romance) instead of Ian Levine — thus causing his rift with the label! — much stronger in its 7in edit.

TAKA BOOM: ‘In The Middle Of The Night’ (Boiling Point POSPX 763)
Chaka’s kid sister, ex-Undisputed Truth, first sang solo in the “disco” era and is still slightly Hi-NRG on this 0-119¼-118¾-119¼-0bpm bright wriggly thudder (dub flip). Full release has been put back to January, but it’s the best cut on her import album.


DISCO TOP 100 – November 16, 1985

01 01 CHIEF INSPECTOR (VINE STREET)/(HILL STREET), Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
02 03 THE SHOW/LA-DI-DA-Di, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
03 10 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
04 08 SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, Champion 12in
05 07 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, Important Records 12in
06 11 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
07 15 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
08 02 HIT AND RUN, Total Contrast, London 12in
09 04 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM (BLOODED), Grace Jones, ZTT 12in
10 09 STATUS-QUO, Donald Banks, 4th + B’way 12in
11 21 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, The Winans, US Qwest 12in
12 13 THIS IS FOR YOU (REMIX), The System, Boiling Point 12in
13 23 GIVE AND TAKE/VINTAGE BRASS MEDLEY, Brass Construction, Capital 12in
14 16 NEVER CRY AGAIN (REMIX)/LAY YA DOWN EZ, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
15 06 SINGLE LIFE, Cameo, Club 12in
16 04 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
17 17 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Fours, US Jus Born Prod 12in
18 12 WE ARE THE TEAM/ROCK CREEK PARK, The Team, EMI 12in
19 29 WARRIOR GROOVE, DSM. Elite 12in
20 33 “VIRGO”/HOT/PROGRAMMED FOR LOVE, Roy Ayers, CBS LP
21 20 I’LL BE GOOD, Rene & Angela, Club 12in
22 14 ROMEO WHERE’S JULIET?, Collage, MCA Records 12in
23 19 SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE/THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
24 18 IS THIS THE FUTURE?, Fatback, Important Records 12in
25 22 (I’LL BE A) FREAK FOR YOU, Royalle Delite, Streetwave 12in
26 37 ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME!, Full Force, US Columbia 12in
27 63 SATURDAY LOVE (with Alexander O’Neal)/HIGH PRIORITY/WILL YOU SATISFY?/YOU LOOK GOOD TO ME, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
28 39 MR D.J., The Concept. US Tuckwood Records 12in
29 93 AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari/HOOKED ON YOUR LOVE, Lisa Richards, Recent Future Records 12in
30 — NEVER AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME/MAUREEN, Sade, Epic LP
31 46 THE HEAT OF HEAT/ONLY A BREATH AWAY/ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN HERE, Patti Austin, Qwest LP
32 27 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
33 28 KNEES/STAND UP (US REMIX), Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
34 25 THE HEAVEN I NEED, The Three Degrees, Supreme Records 12in
35 — CARAVAN OF LOVE, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic 12in
36 61 I’M SCARED/HIGH HORSE/SLOW DOWN/CHEMISTRY OF LOVE/A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA Victor LP
37 53 DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in
38 26 DON’T SAY NO TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde/LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, 4th + B’way 12in
39 54 NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Tommy Thomas), US Portrait LP
40 36 FALL DOWN (SPIRIT OF LOVE), Tramaine, A&M 12in
41 — IS THIS THE FUTURE? (M&M REMIX), Fatback, Important Records 12in
42 30 NATURAL ENERGY/HAVE A GOOD FOREVER, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
43 24 THE SWEETEST TABOO, Sade, Epic 12in
44 32 CHIQUITA LINDA, Gardenia, London 12in
45 — R.S.V.P.(MARTINELLI/MORALES MIXES), Five Star, Tent 12in
46 52 YEH YEH/SMOOTH, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
47 35 100%, Caprice, US NIA 12in
48 — LONELY COLOR BLUE/ONE OF US FELL IN LOVE/LOVE 4/2, Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
49 — DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR BABY, The Temptations, US Gordy 12in
50 75 MAKE ‘EM MOVE (REMIX), Sly & Robbie, Island 12in
51 51 STRUNG OUT, Paul Laurence, US Capitol LP
52 50 AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE?, Julie Roberts, Bluebird/10 12in
53 — UPTOWN EXPRESS, B.T. Express, US King Davis Records 12in
54 60 THE OAK TREE, Morris Day, US Warner Bros 12in
55 — MATED, Jaki Graham & David Grant, EMI 12in
56 — FOREVER AND EVER/SUGAR FREE/NOBODY BUT YOU/BAD BOY/STAY WITH ME, Juicy, US Private I Records LP
57 — LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
58 71 GENIUS, Quando Quango, Factory 12in
59 34 INSATIABLE WOMAN/DANCIN’ AROUND THE WORLD, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic LP
60 67 GETTING CLOSER, Haywoode CBS 12in
61 — TOO TOUGH (REMIX), Lonnie Reaves, US Qwest 12in
62 84 A LOVE BIZARRE, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP/US 12in
63 38 OH SHEILA, Ready For The World, MCA Records 12in
64 — LEGS, Sun, AIR City Records 12in
65 42 I’LL BE YOUR FRIEND, Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
66 — WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO, Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in promo
67 59 AFRICAN BREEZE, Hugh Masekela with Jonathan Butler, Jive Afrika 12in
68 — IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
69 — ITCHIN’ FOR YOUR TWITCHIN’/IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER, Zapp, Warner Bros LP
70 91 SHE JUST DON’T KNOW, Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
71 — SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM/THE FASHION SHOW, Grace Jones, ZTT LP
72 40 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
73 — MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, US Warner Bros 12in
74 48 SEDUCTION, Val Young, Gordy 12in
75 83 BIG NOISE, Base, US Prism 12in
76 80 WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT?, Jellybean, Dutch EMI America LP
77 — THE HEAT IN ME, Linda Clifford, US Red Label 12in
78 43 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
79 76 PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
80 — THE MAGIC, THE MOMENT, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
81 74 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
82 69 LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
83 56 STILL SMOKIN’ (HUG-A-BUT), Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way/TTED 12in
84 81 (KRUSH GROOVE) CAN’T STOP THE STREET, Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
85 87 WHODUNIT/HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL (REMIXES), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
86 45 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT/FRIENDS, Whodini, Jive 12in
87 86 SO IN LOVE, Nicci, Boiling Point 12in
88 49 SET IT OFF, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
89 92 WHAT’S THAT YOU SLIPPED INTO MY WINE/I BET CHA’/CONFESS IT BABY/BABY DON’T BREAK MY BACK, Prime Time, US Total Experience LP
90 96 FIRE, Fire Fox, US Atlantic 12in
91 — NEPENTHE/LET ME DOWN EASY, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way LP
92 47 WALKING IN RHYTHM/ROCK CREEK PARK, The Blackbyrds, Streetwave 12in
93 95 LOVE CAUGHT YOU BY SURPRISE, Earl Turner, US CRI 12in/4th + B’way promo
94 94 INSPECTOR GADGET, The Kartoon Krew, US Profile 12in
95 55 SHO YUH RIGHT, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US TTED 12in
96 27 AFTER THE LOVE IS GONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in white label
97 re FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
98 77 GOOD TIMES, Rosie Gaines, US Epic LP
99 — I KNOW YOU WILL/DANCING INTO THE STARS/SWEET TO ME, Logg, Dutch Rams Horn LP
100 — HEARTBREAKER, Sweet Cookie, US Checkpoint Records 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 REFLECTIONS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 03 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
03 02 VERTIGO, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in
04 04 FUTURE BRAIN, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
05 06 THE FIGHTER, Arpeggio. US Nissim Records 12in
06 11 CUPID, Aida, Carrere 12in
07 30 THEY SAY ITS GONNA RAIN (ZULU MIX), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
08 08 I LIKE YOU, Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
09 09 HIGH ABOVE THE CLOUDS/THUNDERING INSTRUMENTAL, Narada Michael Walden, US Warner Bros 12in
10 — MUSIC IS MY THING/UNDER CONTROL, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
11 12 HOLD ME, Laura Branagan, US Atlantic 12in
12 14 PREACHER PREACHER, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
13 15 SHANGHAI, Lee Marrow, German Chic 12in
14 05 I HEAR TALK (REMIX), Bucks Fizz, US Disconet LP
15 13 ACTION!, Pearly Gates, Boystown UK 12in
16 21 DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC (1985 BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Captol 12in
17 25 JONES THE RHYTHM, Grace Jones, ZTT LP
18 16 HE’S NUMBER ONE, Fantasy, US Spring 12in
19 17 WHISPER TO A SCREAM, Bobby O/Claudja Barry, US MenoVision 12in
20 10 TEMPT ME, Lisa, Fantasia 12in
21 — STEP BY STEP, Silver Pozzoli, Italian Many 12in
22 28 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE, Arabesque, German ZYX 12in
23 22 FANTASY (REMIX)/SATURDAY NIGHT, Lian Ross, German ZYX 12in
24 — HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT, Bronski Beat, London 12in
25 20 SAVING MYSELF, Oh Romeo, US “O” Records 12in
26 07 LOVIN’ IS REALLY MY GAME (REMIX), Sylvester, US Megatone 12in
27 18 TIMEBOMB, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
28 19 CONGA (REMIX), Miami Sound Machine, US Hot Tracks LP
29 24 LET ME TAKE YOU DANCING, David Karr, US Dance-Sing Records 12in
30 26 NO FRILLS LOVE, Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records 12in


HIT NUMBERS

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

Paul Hardcastle 0-115½-0c, Doug E Fresh 0-100½f, Lloyd Cole 138½-0r, Dionne Warwick & Friends 60/30f, Dee C Lee 30½f, Evelyn King 111f, Prefab Sprout 0-66-134-65¼-134-65f, Kiss 124¼f, Princess 101f, Fine Young Cannibals 122f (Northern Soul), Brass Construction 103½f, Johnny Nash 78/39f, The Cramps 139-145-147-144- 146½r (great old influences!), Art Of Noise 0-115¼-0r, New Order 124¾-0r (12in only), Power Station (0-)122½r.

2 thoughts on “November 16, 1985: Whitney Houston, Linda Clifford, Lonnie Reaves, B.T. Express, The Temptations”

  1. Yes, there really was an Italo-disco record called “AIDS”, with bizarre lyrics that are a mixture of the unintelligible and the ungrammatical. (Someone has provided a best-guess transcription in the YouTube comments.) The chorus gives you a flavour: “I love my life, I don’t want to sin as I don’t want to get die.” I mean, really?

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  2. The awful Mixmag getting its first mention today although admittedly back here in 1985 it would have been the inoffensive publication for members of the Disco Mix Club. Not the over excitable and embarrassing abomination seemingly written by people who didn’t seem to even really like dance music or know sod all about it and it’s culture that it had become by the mid 90s.

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