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

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

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).


HOT VINYL

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.

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Do You Really Love Your Baby’ (Motown ZT 40454)
Rapid UK release for the Marcus Miller-prod/Luther Vandross co-penned/M&M-mixed repetitive 0-115¼-0bpm chugger whose underlying monotonous structure not even great gospel vocal intensity can disguise, so it won’t be another ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ (dub/edit and 91½bpm ‘I’ll Keep My Light In My Window‘ flip).

52nd STREET: ‘Tell Me (How It Feels) (M&M Stylee)’ (10 Records TEN 7413)
Although the original didn’t really need remixing, to give it (yawn) a further marketing edge this (0-)105¾bpm ponderously tugging percussive job by John Morales is good in its own right and certainly different — but might not have hit had it been out first (original and dub flip).

MASQUERADE: ‘One Nation’ (Streetwave MKHAN 59)
Reputedly to be fronted on PAs by Morgan Khan himself, this English accented although otherwise faithful remake of Funkadelic’s classic ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ is in three differently emphasised mixes, the 0-119½-0bpm Extended Groove actually losing the groove during its awkward percussion break, while the 0-119½bpm Street Mix and Horny Alternative are both beefier.

DIRECT DRIVE: ‘(I Need Some) Sunshine’ (DDR Records DRD 3)
Following the failure of their last over-fast flop they return, reluctantly maybe, to the restricting but sage Cool Notes-type sound for a lightweight perkily squeaked 99½bpm throbbing tripper mixed by Paul Hardcastle (with evidently his remix of ‘Pass The Paper’ as flip).

THE FAMILY: ‘The Screams Of Passion’ (Warner Bros/Paisley Park W8953T)
Specially speeded up for Britain, this baroque “strings” started and backed intensifying 0-106¾bpm looping loper builds mesmeric power as the chick-led Princely vocal sucks and hisses (check the LP review for the wild instrumental ‘Yes’ flip’s meandering BPM!).

SKIPWORTH & TURNER: ‘Skipworth & Turner’ LP (4th + B’way BRLP 508)
Hottest cuts on the duo’s debut set are the friskily bounding joyously invigorating keyboards instrumental 121¼bpm ‘Nepenthe’, and more typical wriggly vocal 112bpm ‘Let Me Down Easy‘.

PAUL HARDCASTLE: ‘Paul Hardcastle’ LP (Chrysalis CHR 1517)
Apart from his two gimmicky hits this has the Carol Kenyon-souled draggingly jaunty 99¾bpm half-stepper ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and Kevin Henry-sung “D” Train-ish 104¾bpm ‘Better‘, while determinedly easy listening and easily visualised in his older instrumental style are the 0-125¾bpm ‘Rainforest‘ (surely faster so a remake?), 113bpm ‘Central Park‘, 0-125¼bpm ‘King Tut‘, 122¾bpm ‘In The Beginning‘, 0-108¾bpm ‘Moonhopper‘, 108½bpm ‘Strollin‘. Meanwhile he’s also been going remix mad on 12in, ‘Just For Money (Make Or Break)‘ (Chrysalis CASHR 1) being a much more dance orientated cleaner 0-115½-0bpm mix and ‘Just For Money (Breakers Version)‘ (CASH T1) an instrumental 0-115½bpm hip hoppy version, both now adding an 117¾bpm US instrumental of ’19’ to the flip.

PRINCESS: ‘After The Love Has Gone (Special DJ Bad Mix)’ (Supreme Records SUPETX 103)
You will not believe this as for the first two minutes there’s nothing to suggest it isn’t another 98¼-98¾bpm remix of ‘Chief Inspector’ (so that’s Bad as in Badarou!), then suddenly blow me if Princess doesn’t start singing! Brilliant, or an incredible rip-off depending on viewpoint, there’s no denying it’ll cause a sensation (the flip’s 100¼-100¾bpm Pete Waterman Floater Mix sticks to the normal arrangement). At least it no longer sounds like another Princess record!

ZAPP: ‘The New Zapp IV U’ LP (Warner Bros 925 327-1)
Roger Troutman combines Prince and George Clinton on the sassy 118bpm ‘Itchin’ For Your Twitchin’ and retreads familiar vocodered terrain on the sharp 118bpm ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter‘ (about James Brown, Chuck Berry), his new jazz-blues guitar ‘n scat instrumental being the (0-)138¼bpm ‘Make Me Feel Good‘.

SLY AND ROBBIE: ‘Make ‘Em Move’ (Island 12IS 251)
Remixed by Groucho Smykle with a Doug E Fresh human beatbox intro and outro, this Manu Dibango dominated (0-)114-0bpm lurching afro leaper always was best as a mixer with ‘Soul Makossa’ but may eventually benefit from inclusion in the ‘Good To Go’ movie (stark 114¾bpm ‘Move A Little More‘ dub flip).


I M P O R T S

THIS WEEK’S imports worth buying (for subsequent review) include the LPs CHAPTER 8: ‘This Love’s For Real (Beverly Glen Music BG-10007), containing the 12in ‘How Can I Get Next To You’ which is shaping up as a hot one; THE ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Masterpiece’ (Warner Bros 25347-1), mainly smoochy; YARBROUGH & PEOPLES: ‘Guilty’ (Total Experience TEL8-5715), containing their title track 12in version of a Prime Time album cut; and on 12in: LOOSE ENDS: ‘Tell Me What You Want (Remix)‘ (MCA Records MCA-23596), predictable and good; BOBBY MARDIS: ‘Keep On‘ (Profile PRO-7085), Kashif penned and it shows; MELI’SA MORGAN: ‘Do Me Baby‘ (Capitol V-15211), Paul Laurence-produced Prince smoocher like a female Freddie Jackson; ESTER: ‘Got To Go‘ (Studio Records STU-412), wailing wriggler; INSTANT FUNK: ‘Tailspin‘ (Pop Art PA-8500), Dazz Band-ish Def Mix.


DISCO TOP 100 – November 23, 1985

01 02 THE SHOW/LA-DI-DA-DI, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
02 01 CHIEF INSPECTOR (VINE STREET)/(HILL STREET)/(PRECINCT 13), Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
03 03 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
04 05 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, Important Records 12in
05 07 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
06 04 SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, Champion 12in
07 06 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
08 19 WARRIOR GROOVE, DSM, Elite/10 12in
09 08 HIT AND RUN, Total Contrast, London 12in
10 27 SATURDAY LOVE (with Alexander O’Neal), WILL YOU SATISFY?/HIGH PRIORITY, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
11 11 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, TheWinans, US Qwest 12in
12 13 GIVE AND TAKE/VINTAGE BRASS MEDLEY, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
13 09 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM (BLOODED), Grace Jones, ZTT 12in
14 26 ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME!/ALICE (BANG ZOOM), Full Force, US Columbia 12in
15 28 MR D.J./INSTRUMENTAL, The Concept, US Tuckwood Records 12in
16 10 STATUS-QUO, Donald Banks, 4th + B’way 12in
17 66 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO, Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
18 35 CARAVAN OF LOVE, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic 12in
19 24 IS THIS THE FUTURE?, Fatback, Important Records 12in
20 12 THIS IS FOR YOU (REMIX), The System, Boiling Point 12in
21 16 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
22 — SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU, Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
23 30 MAUREEN/NEVER AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME, Sade, Epic LP
24 15 SINGLE LIFE, Cameo, Club 12in
25 29 AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari, Recent Future Records 12in
26 17 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
27 32 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
28 14 NEVER CRY AGAIN (REMIX)/LAY YA DOWN EZ, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
29 23 SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE/THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
30 37 DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in
31 51 STRUNG OUT, Paul Laurence, US Capitol LP
32 20 HOT/”VIRGO”/PROGRAMMED FOR LOVE, Roy Ayers, CBS LP
33 39 NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Timmy Thomas) US Portrait LP
34 55 MATED, Jaki Graham & David Grant, EMI 12in
35 80 THE MAGIC, THE MOMENT/MOMENTAL MIX, Subject,US Pow Wow 12in
36 36 HIGH HORSE/I’M SCARED/SLOW DOWN/CHEMISTRY OF LOVE/A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, US RCA Victor LP
37 53 UPTOWN EXPRESS, B.T. Express, US King Davis Records 12in
38 50 MAKE ‘EM MOVE (REMIX), Sly & Robbie, Island 12in
39 31 THE HEAT OF HEAT/ONLY A BREATH AWAY/BIG BAD WORLD/ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN HERE, Patti Austin, Qwest LP
40 56 FOREVER AND EVER/SUGAR FREE/NOBODY BUT YOU/BAD BOY, Juicy, US Private I Records LP
41 45 R.S.V.P. (MARTINELLI/MORALES MIXES), Five Star, Tent 12in
42 18 WE ARE THE TEAM/ROCK CREEK PARK, The Team, EMI 12in
43 — COLDER ARE MY NIGHTS/MAY I?/RELEASE YOUR LOVE, The Isley Brothers, US Warner Bros LP
44 47 100%, Caprice, US NIA 12in
45 68 IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
46 57 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
47 — TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS) (M&M STYLEE), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
48 33 KNEES/STAND UP (US REMIX), Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
49 61 TOO TOUGH (REMIX), Lonnie Reaves, US Qwest 12in
50 44 CHIQUITA LINDA, Gardenia, London 12in
51 49 DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR BABY, The Temptations, US Gordy 12in
52 — MUSIC IS THE ANSWER/DUB MIX, Colonel Abrams, PRT 12in
53 85 WHODUNIT/HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL (REMIXES), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
54 41 IS THIS THE FUTURE? (M&M REMIX), Fatback, Important Records 12in
55 — THE SCREAMS OF PASSION/YES, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
56 38 DON’T SAY NO TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde/LET HER FEEL IT, Simplicious, 4th + B’way 12in
57 43 THE SWEETEST TABOO, Sade, Epic 12in
58 58 GENIUS, Quando Quango, Factory 12in
59 — ONE NATION, Masquerade. Streetwave 12in white label
60 48 ONE OF US FELL IN LOVE/LONELY COLOR BLUE/LET ME BE CLOSER/LOVE 4/2, Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
61 — GO HOME, Steve Wonder, Motown 12in
62 79 PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
63 76 WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT?, Jellybean, Dutch EMI America LP
64 81 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
65 re I WISH THAT I WERE OLDER, Leisa Dove, Streetwave 12in
66 40 FALL DOWN (SPIRIT OF LOVE), Tramaine, A&M 12in
67 63 OH SHEILA, Ready For The World, MCA Records 12in
68 — SHE’S STRANGE (MIXES)/LES ADAMS MEGAMIX, Cameo, Club 12in twin-park
69 — TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT (US REMIX), Loose Ends, US MCA Records 12in
70 46 YEH YEH, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
71 78 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
72 54 THE OAK TREE, Morris Day, US Warner Bros 12in
73 re SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Level 42, Polydor 12in
74 — KEEP ON, Bobby Mardis, US Profile 12in
75 91 NEPENTHE, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way LP
76 74 SEDUCTION, Val Young, Gordy 12in
77 69 ITCHIN’ FOR YOUR TWITCHIN’/IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER. Zapp, Warner Bros LP
78 — HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU, Chapter 8, US Beverly Glen Music LP/12in
79 95 SHO YUH RIGHT, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US TTED 12in
80 re WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
81 77 THE HEAT IN ME, Linda Clifford, US Red Label 12in
82 72 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
83 62 A LOVE BIZARRE, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park LP/US 12in
84 75 BIG NOISE, Base, US Prism 12in
85 — MY LOVE IS HOT/ALL I WANNA DO/I LOVE YOU/COME ON BACK TO ME/I DON’T WANNA STOP, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance LP
86 59 DANCIN’ AROUND THE WORLD/INSATIABLE WOMAN, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic LP
87 re I CAUGHT YOU OUT, Dotty Green, Hot Melt 12in
88 — LEAVE IT TO LUCK/EAST VERSUS WEST, Topper Headon, Mercury 12in
89 73 MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, US Warner Bros 12in
90 52 AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE?, Julie Roberts, Bluebird/10 12in
91 98 GOOD TIMES, Rosie Gaines, US Epic LP
92 67 AFRICAN BREEZE, Hugh Masekela with Jonathan Butler, Jive Afrika 12in
93 86 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT/FRIENDS, Whodini, Jive 12in
94 — IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, Taka Boom, Boiling Point 12in promo/US Mirage LP
95 — GUILTY, Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience 12in
96 90 FIRE, Fire Fox, US Atlantic 12in
97 100 HEARTBREAKER, Sweet Cookie, US Checkpoint Records 12in
98 97 FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
99 — STATE YOUR MIND/STAY OUT OF THE LIGHT (REMIXES), Nile Rodgers, US Warner Bros 12in
100 — DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, US Capitol 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

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

2 thoughts on “November 23, 1985: Colonel Abrams, Cameo, The Winans, The Temptations, 52nd Street”

  1. This week, “The Show” becomes the first hip hop chart-topper since “Jam On Revenge” in September 1983 (unless you count “19”, which I don’t). We won’t have to wait anything like two years for the next one.

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  2. I notice Graham Gold seems to be the first DJ reviving James Brown’s ‘Don’t Tell It’ which became so big over the next couple of years – it had already graduated to a place on one of my weekender cassettes by 1986 although I can’t remember which DJ played it on his show there.

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