December 7, 1985: Masquerade, Full Force, Nicole with Timmy Thomas, Sophia George, Colonel Abrams


ADRIAN WEBB has resigned his founding directorship of Showstopper Promotions over policy disagreements and set up instead his own new Livewire operation to run amongst others The Ultimate Soul Weekend next April 11-14 at the evidently superior spacious Bognor Regis Butlins, exclusively using the usual Caister security and DJ team (including Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Martin Collins, Pete Tong, Froggy, Sean French, Chris Brown, Bob Jones plus such guest newcomers as Colin Hudd, Jonathon, Nicky Holloway, Gilles Peterson but minus the semi-retired Jeff Young), with proper sit-down concert presentations of visiting live acts, quality being his aim at all events (details on 01-440 3264) — meanwhile, although this move might be presumed to put their April 18-20 Caister Soul Weekender in jeopardy, Showstoppers’ John Morris assures me the traditional Gt Yarmouth Ladbrokes Holiday Village event will remain as planned with DJs including he claims established current Caister “names” as well as “new younger faces” (details on 01-886 8141) . . . Luton’s Sho-Pro owned Pink Elephant coincidentally has just reverted to being called The ‘New’ California — has this any bearing on anything? . . . Jeff Young, still doing just the odd selected evening gig, has given up jocking at weekenders no matter who the promoter as what with his Saturday lunchtime Radio London show and full-time Phonogram day job he needs to relax — he’s even reluctantly dropping his Sundays at South Harrow Bogarts after Christmas . . . Nicky Holloway following the artistic success of his own recent Bognor Regis weekender is planning a possible week away in Ibiza in May, on a small scale, with DJs playing in a different club every night . . . Ashley Newton and Julian Palmer are leaving it at the end of the year to start their own respective labels, but despite a strange spate of rumours to the contrary 4th + B’way will continue as before as Island’s funk outlet — and even celebrated the launch of its compilation double album ‘Beauty + The Beat > On Broadway‘ (BEAUT 1) last Monday week at Brixton’s The Fridge with a party attended by almost every DJ and disco figure from the London area, a great social occasion, entertained notably by Paul Johnson and friends from the London Community Gospel Choir singing acappella . . . Streetwave amazingly have snatched Cherrelle ‘Saturday Love’ from CBS, who nevertheless are enough on the ball to rush out Nicole . . . Bluebird/10 picked up Bobby Mardis — which, ultra-accurately, is (0-)117-117½-(break)-118bpm, and Meli’sa Morgan ‘Do Me Baby’ (Capitol 12CL 385) is already out here . . . Loose Ends ‘Choose Me’ has also been remixed on import . . . Sly & Robbie’s 12in has added ‘Bass And Trouble‘ to help it sell . . . Royalle Delite’s already promoed Streetwave newie after Christmas will be the dialogue started then sickly sweet 42¾-85½bpm ‘Spend A Little Time With Me‘, not terribly exciting, while Polo likewise have white labelled Midnight’s better pleasant gently cooed slow (0-)100½bpm ‘Easy Promise To Break‘, a bit Cool Notes-ish . . . Stevie Wonder was celebrating with an exclusive Christmas party at Stringfellows this Tuesday lunchtime, full menu details next week! . . . Junior as suspected did not anticipate much club play for ‘Oh Louise‘, wanting it to sound different and make it as a song . . . Haywoode, going to the same doctor as Paul Young for the nodules on her throat, doesn’t now visit the States until January to coincide with the release of her album . . . Five Star’s outfits didn’t exactly flatter their thighs and hips on last Saturday’s ‘Wide Awake Club’ on TV-am, talk about pork! . . . Leisa Dove, only 17 and no hits to her name, seems to be upsetting people by acting the prima donna already . . . Teddy Pendergrass’s ‘One Of Us Fell In Love‘ is actually a cover of 1981’s Liquid Gold single! . . . Lionel Richie on his upcoming LP has recorded one track with top country group Alabama, presumably to give him the chance of pulling off a truly across-the-board US chart-topper, Pop, Black, Dance, Adult and Country? . . . Isley Jasper Isley topped US Black 45s in Billboard . . . Gallup, to be fair, also openly allow record companies to hold albums off the UK LP chart during the first week when sometimes shipments have reached only a very few shops, although enough to result in an unrealistically low chart entry . . . Robbie Vincent points out that Radio One producer Pete Ritzema at least had been featuring Doug E. Fresh before it hit on Annie Nightingale’s Sunday evening show (thus giving Robbie the perfect excuse for not playing it himself?), although that’s not exactly a daytime “strip” show . . . BBC Local Radio stations together raised almost half the total money in the recent Children In Need appeal, in the face of TV and national radio competition — jolly well done! . . . LWR 92.1FM, TKO 102.4FM, KISS 94.05FM and JBC 105FM were still pumping out black music in London as of the weekend, when they were joined by yet another unidentified test transmission on both 106 and 101.05FM — while “upfront pop and soul” Radio Sanctum was due on 90.2FM (which won’t be popular with the Beeb) . . . Disco Mix Club main man Alan Coulthard is so addicted to TV soaps that he’s setting up a Soap-Opera Appreciation Society, and next Tuesday (10) he’s even talking about it on Radio London after 11pm with Steve Allen (not the Peterborough one!) . . . Pete Haigh does his monthly soul roundup this Sunday (8) on Steve Barker’s 2-5pm Radio Lancashire show, and doubtless will be raving about Manchester jazz-fusionists The Stems, with Viv Dixon’s vocals and Snake Davis’s slick sax sounding very American (and just a little characterless?) — they’re gigging at Withington Mulberry’s Tues (10), Sheffield University Thur (12), Carlisle Front Page Fri (20) . . . Colonel Abrams makes his first ever live concert debut, with British musicians, at Hammersmith Palais Monday (9) . . . Friday (6) Marsha Raven PAs for Adrian Parkin at Huddersfield’s revamped and renamed Hi-NRG 42nd Street (ex-Gemini Club, free admission), Saturday (7) Divine joins Norman Scott for a full show at Haringey Bolts, Sunday (8) Hazell Dean joins Bill Grainger for a 30 minute show at Edinburgh Fire Island . . . Tricky Dicky & Alex Baker have now started gay Wednesdays at Shepherds Bush Silks . . . Thursday (5) Lyndon T guests with Simon Goffe at London Leicester Square’s Secret Rendezvous . . . Chris Dinnis guests at Yeovil Electric Studio Sat (7), then souls with Chris Stagg Exeter Boxes Wed (11), Taunton Kingstons Thur (12), plus he’s jazzy Tues/funky Fri at Torquay Monroes weekly . . . LWR’s Ron Tom funks Canning Town Bentley’s Sat, Stamford Hill Cotton Club Wed . . . Chris Kaye took over Thursdays at Gillingham’s The Avenue (smart dress) . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn members meet Sunday (8) noon at Iver’s Tower Arms — I must agree with their Disco Action mag’s comment that for most mobile gigs 7in singles (apart from the rare essential 12in mix) are all that DJs need, which is precisely why (for my own use ultimately!) I always BPM the Hit Numbers on 7in for you . . . Kensington’s The Park went pop so Dave Rawlings left his funky Thursdays there after two years — he feels the DJ should be allowed to judge what music will work, while of course reacting to the dancers’ prevailing taste and that if forced into an unhappy musical compromise this will communicate to the audience (however he concedes that the new Top 20 format is working on the floor) . . . Full Force is neck and neck with Cherrelle as the number one in London’s clubs, with on their heels Kurtis Blow and Rochelle coming up fast — the latter being huge around Manchester too . . . Linda Clifford seems biggest along the Thames estuary for some reason! . . . Began Cekic’s prod/penned exciting catchy (0-)118bpm instrumental bounder from about three years ago, featuring Madness’s “Hey you” and other identifiable vocal punctuations, Brooklyn Express ‘Sixty-Nine’ has turned up in some London charts again evidently as a remix, which I’ve yet to locate although I’ve certainly seen the original (on US One Way) being used too — its shorter flipside ‘Change Position (88)‘ version always struck me as even more urgent . . . Corky Hale debuting at 93, is a female jazz harpist who otherwise sounds like Shakatak, if that’s your bag . . . EMI have mailed out import copies of Bernard Wright’s 12in, unscheduled here, so let’s see what delayed action they have on the Disco chart now — Clarence Carter as anticipated dropped right out again, and Sun returned, thanks to the “mailing list syndrome” (good records both, though) . . . Capitol need to get a Brass Construction video to Jonathan King in case Ashford & Simpson-like, lightning really can strike twice! . . . Froggy Productions Inc (or whatever it’s called) did the UK Gadget Version on the Doug E. Fresh remix, and Solar’s Chris Forbes with Disco Mix champ Roger Johnson were due to do one too although whether theirs is the Dr D. & Necam 7 Get Fresh Gadget Mix is unclear . . . Oliver Cheatham ‘Turning Point’ is now actually on Champion, for whom he’s currently cutting an album in London, licensed from Move . . . CBS have reissued not only Marvin Gaye ‘Sexual Healing’ but also Miami Sound Machine ‘Conga’ although not in its Hi-NRG hit Hot Tracks remix . . . Eurobeat breakers include Den Harrow ‘Future Brain (Remix)‘ (Italian Baby), Shady ‘Get Right Next To You‘ (Boystown UK), Bondettes ‘007‘ (Dutch Sound Shop), Evelyn Thomas ‘High Energy Medley’ (Record Shack), Angie St. Phillips ‘Light Up My Heart (Remix)‘ (US TRS), David Knopfler ‘Shockwave‘ (makingwaves), O’chi Brown ‘Whenever You Need Somebody‘ (Magnet), Tony Baron ‘Dream In Black‘ (French Carrere), Taracco, ‘Voodoo Night‘ (German Metronome), Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin ‘Sisters’ (RCA) . . . Christmas deadlines mean that if any gigs between now and January 8 are to be publicised, you MUST send details TODAY, not tomorrow, marking your envelope (addressed to me as usual) with “DISCO DATES” to arrive no later than Monday morning — that’s right, this coming Monday (9), for printing next week . . . SEND IT OFF!

Streetwave boss Morgan Khan hasn’t let colour supplement exposure go to his head, he really does appear with Masquerade on their record sleeve and at gigs with good reason — it seems he handles much of the lead vocal on their ‘One Nation’! Based on Funkadelic’s classic ‘One Nation Under A Groove’, with interpolations from other George Clinton P’funkers ‘Flashlight’, ‘Tear The Roof Off Sucker’ and ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’, this version and the group’s use of the Union Jack have an underlying message, the significance of which would be more apparent to record buyers had the sleeve’s printing not obscured it. Morgan’s wise words which you should have been able to read are extremely pertinent: “Britain urgently needs to become one nation again, and perhaps the biggest obstacle preventing that happening is racism — a sickness that has to be wiped out. One way we can defeat racism is by reclaiming the flag for all Britons. The Union Jack has been hijacked and perverted by racist organisations and used by them as a symbol of hostility to any Briton who isn’t Caucasian. Let’s make the Union Jack the emblem of all the races in Britain today and at the same time deny the racists one of their most potent symbols. Then we can all have pride in our country, our environment and, most of all, in our future — one nation regardless of colour, creed, race, or sex.” Amen.


FULL FORCE: ‘Alice, I Want You Just For Me!’ (CBS TA 6640)
Out on Monday, this totally compulsive joyful bouncy (0-)101-0bpm unison-sung jiggler has as expected exploded and should even be a crossover monster maybe to rival Doug E Fresh, not that it’s a normal rap (two much more freaky quiet stark mixes on flip). Stay still if you can!

NICOLE with Timmy Thomas: ‘New York Eyes’ (Portrait TX 6805)
Currently a much bigger request than its parent import LP’s progress might suggest, poised to explode now on 12in, this delightful buoyant rhythm filled though surprisingly slow 79¼bpm tripping little jogger is duetted in irresistible pent-up style right from its “Hi, are you from New York?” conversational start (the ugly crass 125bpm ‘Ordinary Girl‘ flip’s a pity though).

SOPHIA GEORGE: ‘Girlie Girlie’ (Winner WIN/T 01, via Jet Star 01-961 4422)
Beware, here is a storm warning . . . storming the nation is this likely successor to the old ‘Up Town Top Ranking’ (at the same time of year too), another deadly irrepressible silly little (0-)81½-82½bpm reggae nonsense song that’ll scramble your brains with its indefinable charm (dub flip), too hot to stop and hitting hard in London already at all levels!

COLONEL ABRAMS: ‘Colonel Abrams’ LP (German MCA Records 252 705-1)
Apart from his 115bpm ‘Trapped’ smash and its Cerrone co-produced disappointingly rocky 116bpm ‘The Truth‘ follow-up (easily worst track!), the compulsively cantering 117bpm ‘I’m Not Gonna Let’, exciting ‘Music Is The Answer’-like 122¼bpm ‘Speculation’ and mellow swaying catchy 0-107¼bpm ‘Over And Over‘ are the dancers on a strong debut set whose slowies are equally good, especially the Sam Dees co-prod/penned soulfully unfurling 0-34¾/69½-35-70-0bpm ‘Never Change‘, the 99½bpm ‘Picture Me In Love With You’ and 44-88bpm ‘Margaux’ being less intense. US copies were closely followed by these cheaper German pressings, although presumably it’s due imminently here too.

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Touch Me’ LP (US Gordy 6164 GL)
The naggingly dense self-produced 0-104¾bpm ‘Givehersomeattention’ (sic) harks back to ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ and has taken over as hottest dancer from the Marcus Miller-produced Sam Cooke-ish gentle 0-102½bpm ‘I’m Fascinated‘, superbly sung weaving 105½bpm ‘Oh Lover‘, intensely jogging 93¼-93¾-93½bpm ‘She Got Tired Of Loving Me‘, dated 0-120bpm ‘Deeper Than Love‘ (the ‘Do You Really Love Your Baby‘ edit here is 116bpm), while sultriest of the slowies are the 70½bpm ‘Touch Me‘ and “I am under your power, it is the power of love”-introed 0-38/76¼bpm ‘Magic’, the lush 39½bpm ‘Don’t Break Your Promise To Me’ being duetted with Alfie Silas.

CHAPTER 8: ‘This Love’s For Real’ LP (US Beverly Glen Music BG-10007)
Anita Baker’s old group is now led by Valerie Pinkston and Gerald Lyles through a terrific soul set sparked by the also 12in-issued great swaying and surging 90bpm ‘How Can I Get Next To You’ (previously by Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor or someone?), well nigh essential, while dreamy side one’s smoochers include the 34/68-67½bpm ‘Don’t Stop Loving Me‘, 58bpm ‘How Is It Possible’, 79-39½bpm title track, all the fast ones being vocally infectious no matter how speedy, the 125bpm ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time‘, 120bpm ‘It’s My Turn‘, (0-)142bpm ‘Tell Me‘ (Greg Edwards’ most played track in fact).

JAKKY BOY & THE BAD BUNCH: ‘Don’t Go’ (US Atlantic 0-86836)
Rather like the Isleys singing ‘Outstanding’, this gently lurching 103bpm jittery jogger creeps up on you to become a real nagger building understated power (inst flip), well worth investigating.

YARBROUGH & PEOPLES: ‘Guilty’ (US Total Experience TED1-2623)
Giving a decided London lilt to Prime Time’s tune, this catchy simple 116½bpm rolling swayer sounds like a classier Five Star (inst flip)! It’s also title track of their strong new ‘Guilty’ LP (US Total Experience TEL8-5715), on which in more typical (now quite Change-ish) ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ style are the 104¾bpm ‘Anytime‘, 111¼bpm ‘I Wouldn’t Lie‘ and dense sparse (0-)100½bpm ‘Everything‘, while others are the slinkily pulsing 91½bpm ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger‘, wriggling 108¼bpm ‘Let The Music Play On‘, swaying 97½bpm ‘I’ll Give Anything To Have You Back‘, and gorgeous oddly familiar (0-)81-86½bpm ‘A Closer Love Affair‘ which radio should check pronto.

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: ‘A Long Time Coming’ LP (RCA P87015)
Her album’s hot ones seem to have settled down as the soulfully wriggling 118bpm ‘High Horse’ and old-style rolling 115½bpm ‘Chemistry Of Love‘, while the lazily lurching 109½-110bpm ‘I’m Scared‘ remains a contender and the Tina Turner-ish 99bpm treatment of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come‘ deserves more attention.

TONY RANSOM: ‘Stay If You Wanna’ (US Expansion Records ER-1286)
Soulfully building as it progresses, this huskily nagged 108½bpm jolting wriggly roller is sneaking up a few trouser legs right now, flipped by the Duran Duran influenced throbbing 125bpm ‘Think Before You Do‘ (with nice muted trumpet by its co-writer Miles Davis, no less!).

CHIP E. INC. featuring K. JOY: ‘Like This’ (US D.J. International Records D-251)
Yet another stripped down sparse skittery electronic drumkit-driven groove, with rambling chick and Germanic overtones — Liquid Liquid meet Serious Intention visiting Colonel Abrams (Colin Hudd synchs it perfectly with ‘Music Is The Answer’) — in “Hot Rod”-edited 123¼bpm Re Mix, Chip E & J.M. Silk’s 120½bpm Club Mix and 0-120½-0bpm Radio Version.

THE GAP BAND: ‘Gap Band VII’ (US Total Experience TEL8-5714)
Treading water rather unambitiously, the repetitive (0-)111½bpm ‘Ooh What A Feeling’ is the set’s ‘Outstanding (although not as good), the infectious 102½bpm ‘Bumpin’ Gum People‘ very much its ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’, while the similarly funky ‘L’il Red Funkin’ Hood‘ joins the 119bpm ‘Automatic Brain‘, (0-)115bpm ‘I Know We’ll Make It‘ and 12in-issued (0)-132¼bpm ‘Desire‘ as the other fast ‘uns, a straight 39½bpm remake of the Friends Of Distinction’s classic ‘Going In Circles‘ standing out from other slowies the 74bpm ‘I Want A Real Love’, 0-39½bpm ‘I Need Your Love’.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Masterpiece’ LP (US Warner Bros 1-25347)
On a totally downtempo quality set the cool smoochers are the purposefully pushing shivery tense 98¼bpm ‘Colder Are My Nights’, romantic though still steely (0-)88½bpm ‘Release Your Love‘, ethereally rolling 84¾bpm ‘May I?‘, Charlie Rich’s cunningly disguised 25-50bpm ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’, Phil Collins’ dreamy 28/56½bpm ‘If Leaving Me Is Easy’.

DISCO TOP 100 – December 7, 1985

01 01 THE SHOW, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
03 02 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
04 06 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, The Winans, Qwest 12in
05 15 ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME!, Full Force, US Columbia 12in
06 05 WARRIOR GROOVE, DSM, Elite/10 12in
07 04 CHIEF INSPECTOR (VINE STREET)/(HILL STREET), Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
08 08 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU, Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
09 13 MR D.J., The Concept, 4th + B’way 12in
10 22 SHE’S STRANGE (MIXES)/LES ADAMS MEGAMIX, Cameo, Club 12in twin-pack
11 16 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE (‘BAD’ MIX), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
12 07 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, Important Records 12in
13 20 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
14 18 DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR BABY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
15 12 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO, Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
16 46 MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, US Warner Bros 12in
17 19 ONE NATION, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
18 17 CARAVAN OF LOVE, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic 12in
19 31 IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
20 11 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
21 09 GIVE AND TAKE/VINTAGE BRASS MEDLEY, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
22 49 100%, Caprice, US NIA 12in
23 33 UPTOWN EXPRESS, B.T. Express, US King Davis Records 12in
25 10 SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, Champion 12in
26 25 MATED, David Grant & Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
27 52 GO HOME (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
28 44 DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in
29 48 SUGAR FREE/FOREVER AND EVER, Juicy, US Private I Records LP
30 32 NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Timmy Thomas), US Portrait LP/UK 12in promo
31 24 AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari/HOOKED ON YOUR LOVE, Lisa Richards, Recent Future Records 12in
32 34 TOO TOUGH (REMIX), Lonnie Reaves, US Qwest 12in
33 14 HIT AND RUN/SUNSHINE, Total Contrast, London 12in twin pack
34 50 NEPENTHE/LET ME DOWN EASY, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way LP
36 41 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER/DUB MIX, Colonel Abram PRT 12in
38 53 HIGH HORSE/CHEMISTRY OF LOVE, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA LP
39 39 PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
40 61 KEEP ON, Bobby Mardis, US Profile 12in
41 47 HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU/IT’S MY TURN, Chapter 8, US Beverly Glen Music LP
42 36 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
44 — I’M NOT GONNA LET/SPECULATION, Colonel Abrams, German/US MCA Records LP
45 23 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
47 66 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
48 58 MAKE ‘EM MOVE (REMIX), Sly & Robbie, Island 12in
49 — GIRLIE, GIRLIE, Sophia George, Winner 12in
50 82 GUILTY/I WOULDN’T LIE, Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience LP
51 95 INSPECTOR GADGET, The Kartoon Krew, Champion 12in
52 57 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS) (M&M STYLEE) 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
53 35 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM (BLOODED), Grace Jones, ZTT 12in
54 56 GENIUS, Quando Quango, Factory 12in
55 59 STRUNG OUT, Paul Laurence, US Capitol 12in
56 29 STATUS-QUO/JUST ONE MORE CHANCE, Donald Banks, 4th + B’way 12in
57 28 SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE/THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
58 27 THE SCREAMS OF PASSION/YES, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
59 30 THIS IS FOR YOU (REMIX), The System, Boiling Point 12in
60 78 SAY YOU, SAY ME, Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
61 — (I NEED SOME) SUNSHINE, Direct Drive, DDR Records 12in
62 73 FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
63 65 THE HEAT IN ME, Linda Clifford, US Red Label 12in
64 97 OH LOUISE, Junior, London 12in
65 38 NEVER CRY AGAIN (REMIX)/LAY YA DOWN EZ, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
67 76 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in
68 92 GO HOME, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
69 37 IS THIS THE FUTURE?, Fatback, Important Records 12in
70 68 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
71 42 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
72 86 I WISH THAT I WERE OLDER, Leisa Dove, Streetwave 12in
73 re LEGS, Sun, AIR City Records 12in
74 77 DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
75 67 WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT?, Jellybean, Dutch EMI America LP
76 80 WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
77 79 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Level 42, Polydor 12in
78 re I CAUGHT YOU OUT, Dotty Green, Hot Melt 12in
79 85 GOT TO GO, Ester, US Studio Records 12in
80 64 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
81 45 THE MAGIC, THE MOMENT, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
82 — 69 (REMIX), Brooklyn Express, US ARS Records 12in/SIXTY-NINE, Brooklyn Express, US One Way Records 12in
83 81 DO IT ANYWAY YOU WANNA (JAM, JAM, JAM)/SCRATCH VERSION, Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
85 62 IS THIS THE FUTURE? (M&M REMIX), Fatback, Important Records 12in
86 72 DON’T WASTE MY TIME, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis LP
87 60 ONE OF US FELL IN LOVE/LONELY COLOR BLUE/LOVE 4/2, Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
88 — RAISE THE ROOF, The Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in promo
89 55 R.S.V.P. (MARTINELLI/MORALES MIXES), Five Star, Tent 12in
90 99 STAY IF YOU WANNA, Tony Ransom, US Expansion Records 12in
91 — EVERLASTING LOVE, Glenn Jones, US RCA Victor 12in
92 — SUN CITY (LAST REMIX), Artists United Against Apartheid, Manhattan 12in
94 63 DON’T SAY NO TONIGHT, Eugene Wilde. 4th + B’way 12in
95 98 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY, O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
96 96 BIG NOISE, Base, US Prism 12in
97 74 TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT (US REMIX), Loose Ends. US MCA Records 12in
98 91 GOOD TIMES, Rosie Gaines, US Epic LP
99 90 TURNING POINT, Oliver Cheatham, Move Records 12in
100 re AFRICAN BREEZE, Hugh Masekela with Jonathan Butler, Jive Afrika 12in


01 04 HE’S NUMBER ONE, Fantasy, US Spring 12in
02 02 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
03 03 NO FRILLS LOVE (REMIX), Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records 12in
04 15 CUBA LIBRE (REMIX), Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
05 01 REFLECTIONS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
06 12 MAGIC, Brian Soares, US Night Wave 12in
07 14 DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC (REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
08 10 DANCE, Joy St James, US Pink Glove 12in
09 — HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT (REMIX), Bronski Beat, London 12in
10 08 SHANGHAI, Lee Marrow, German Chic 12in
11 06 PREACHER PREACHER, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
12 11 HOLD ME, Laura Branigan, US Atlantic 12in
13 re YOUNG, FREE AND SINGLE, Boney M, German Hansa 12in
14 05 THE FIGHTER, Arpeggio, US Nissim Records 12in
15 24 JONES THE RHYTHM, Grace Jones, ZTT LP
16 — ON FIRE (REMIX), Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
17 26 I LIKE YOU, Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
18 17 ORIENTAL EYES, Rewind, German Bellaphone 12in
19 29 UNDER CONTROL/MUSIC IS MY THING, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
20 — BORN TO BE ALIVE, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in white label
21 19 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE, Arabesque, German ZYX 12in
22 21 CUPID, Aida, Carrere 12in
23 22 FUTURE BRAIN, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
24 re FANTASY (REMIX), Lian Ross, German ZYX 12in
25 07 I HEAR TALK (REMIX), Bucks Fizz, US Disconet LP
26 09 VERTIGO, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack LP
27 16 SATISFY, Soif De La Vie, German Uff Zick 12in
28 23 THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (ZULU MIX), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
29 28 TONIGHT, Ken Laszlo, Italian MEM 12in
30 re WHISPER TO A SCREAM, Bobby O/Claudja Barry, US MenoVision 12in

EUROBEAT is the new name by which gay club DJs are calling the now outmoded and not strictly accurate Hi-NRG, although the criteria behind this chart remain the same.


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

Paul McCartney 96-192-0r, The Cult 109/54½-0r, Marillion 0-97-100-69-71-0r, Nik Kershaw (0-)117¼f, Bronski Beat 139¼f, New Model Army 205½f, Slade 0-112f, Aled Jones 0c, John Lennon 33½-66-65-65½-0r, Jimmy Tarbuck 351/2/107-0c (waltz), The Winans (0-)113¾-113½f, Junior 91½f.

3 thoughts on “December 7, 1985: Masquerade, Full Force, Nicole with Timmy Thomas, Sophia George, Colonel Abrams”

  1. Fourth & Broadway were, for me, a reliable guide through thin times, and I’m still enjoying their commendably diverse Beauty + Beat double compilation to this day. I don’t recall them maintaining their standards very far into 1986, so it’s interesting to note that two of their leading lights were about to leave the label; they were credited as “F.A.B. Architects” on the sleeve. A pre-fame Jonathan Ross was also working for the label, and is credited elsewhere, in a very long roll-call that has James as its third name on the list (just behind Russell Simmons, just ahead of Tony Blackburn!)


  2. I don’t think there’s any more accurate barometer of what really happened in the development of Britain’s underground dance scene than these columns.thats what makes them so good.

    This week we may have had the first mention of anything that will eventually be shown to have been connected to the whole of rave and dance culture which came to take over the world. That’s in the line that Nicky Holloway was putting together a holiday for 1986 in Ibiza with other London DJs – this sounds like a precursor of the legendary Ibizan jaunt of 1987 where Holloway, Oakenfold, Rampling etc discovered the combination of ecstasy and dance music and brought it back to England .
    This must be THE first time Dance DJs going to Ibiza was even mentioned.

    Also out of all the original 1988/89 acid house DJs surely JH’s mention of Colin Hudd already mixing Chip E and similar stuff in the reviews must give Colin a Hudd a claim to be the first house DJ in Britain or probably outside Chicago/New York.


    1. There’s just one previous reference to British DJs working in Ibiza, in the column of 24 November 1984:

      “Richard Knapp (Hornchurch 41043) spent the summer jocking at San Antonio’s Star Club on Ibiza and now with colleague ‘Starmixer’ Si Read plans an Ibiza 84 reunion roadshow if any (beach?) parties are interested .”

      This is also indeed the first reference to a British DJ playing a house track – and it makes sense that it was Colin Hudd, as he and Pete Tong had spotted Chocolette’s proto-house ‘It’s That East Street Beat’ back in June. I also recall reading – although I no longer recall where – that a house track was first played at a Nottingham Rock City all-dayer in the autumn of 1985. And here’s Graeme Park, a notable early champion, talking about his first exposure to the music:

      “It was late 1985 when I first discovered what was to become known as House Music. I was DJing at the Garage club in Nottingham and working at a local independent record shop in the city. I vividly remember tearing the shrink wrap from JM Silk’s ‘Music Is The Key’, putting the needle on the record and being totally blown away. The stabs at the very beginning, the electronic funked up bassline, the mechanical groove of the electronic drums, the trippy synth riff, the synth strings and Keith Nunally’s soaring, soulful vocal sounded like nothing else. It even had a rap in the middle! I absolutely loved it and was immediately drawn to other 12 inch releases that began to appear on the DJ International label from Chicago alongside those of Trax Records and other obscure new record labels…”


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