December 14, 1985: Sheena Easton, John Anderson Big Band, James Brown, Black Ivory, Ladies Choice, Hi-NRG roundup


PETE WATERMAN craftily keeps nicking other records riffs to boost his own mixes, cleverly choosing instrumental disco monsters that didn’t cross fully over the first time, and now he’s re-emphasised the psha psha ‘Set It Off’ cymbal beat for the 111¾bpm ‘Pull It Off’ (geddit?) remix of O’chi Brown ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ (Magnet MAGTR 288) which in Princess ‘Bad’ style starts off instrumentally just like Harleqiun Four’s! . . . D.S.M. ‘Warrior Groove’ (10 Records DAZZ 45-13) as threatened has been remixed minus its excellent scratching for the rather fractured and empty seeming 0-118¼bpm ‘The Saga Continues’ and ‘Warrior Dub’ versions, although some remains in subdued form on ‘Jazz Groove‘ . . . Aretha Franklin’s 108¾-109-108¾-109-108¾-0bpm ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who’ US Dance Mix adds a ‘Set It Off’-ish 108¾108¼bpm Dub and full length Acappella . . . Cherrelle cracked it, the first import album track to top our Disco chart (all over and not just in London) for no knowing how long — and Full Force reached runner-up position ahead of UK release too! . . . CBS have taken so much flak over not recognising Cherrelle’s hit potential — Tony Blackburn really pulverised them on air last week! — that they’ve been embarrassed into snatching her back from Streetwave to release themselves on January 10 (let’s hope they alert the sales force!) . . . Streetwave meanwhile are releasing back-to-back on one 12in the first two Doug E. Fresh singles, from different US labels, Vintertainment’s ‘The Original Human Beat Box‘ (when he was merely Dougie Fresh) and Enjoy’s ‘Just Having Fun (Do The Beat Box)‘/’Bonus Lesson #1’ — did he change his name’s spelling to get some DEF initials? . . . ‘Streetsounds 15‘ has the current hits by The Concept, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Princess (‘Bad’), David Grant & Jaki Graham, Colonel Abrams (‘Music Is The Answer’), Brass Construction, B.T. Express, Caprice, Lonnie Reaves, Aleem, while ‘Streetsounds Electro 10‘ includes Full Force, Tricky T, LL Cool J — and the ‘Jazz Juice‘ LP is now finally due after it seems my enthusiastic comments about it containing the ultra rare Quartette Tres Bien gave the track’s owners Decca thankfully short-lived second thoughts! . . . Colonel Abrams’ LP (MCA Records MCG 6001), The Temptations ‘Touch Me’ LP (Motown ZL72413) are out here now, The Isley Brothers ‘Masterpiece’ LP (Warner Bros 925347-1) is due next week, while on 12in Yarbrough & Peoples ‘Guilty’ (Total Experience FT49906) should be out too . . . Lionel Richie’s album isn’t now expected until January 12, his next single being a duet with Sheila E (it’ll all depend on the tempo!) . . . Marvin Gaye ‘Romantically Yours’ LP (US Columbia FC 40208) is better waited for on UK release, all slushy standards ‘n stuff . . . Symbolic Three featuring DJ Dr Shock ‘No Show‘ (US Reality D-250) is a chix-led answer to ‘The Show’ which although quite jolly in its word-switching insults (“fairy cake” instead of “frosty flake”) adds nothing else new to the original inventive format . . . John Morales has remixed The Winans, and Masquerade in another rap version remix is due imminently with a reprinted sleeve on which Morgan Khan’s eloquent message will actually be legible . . . Natasha King’s old 102½bpm ‘AM-FM‘ and its alternative c.103bpm Megamix pressing have been reshipped by Ecstasy to meet sudden underground demand, before proper re-release in the new year — another Royalle Delite-like sleeper? . . . Stevie Wonder was so late at his Stringfellows Christmas luncheon last week it was a bit like waiting for him to deliver a new album, but once he’d delivered a rambling speech and been photographed, the groaning buffet was finally opened to queueing grub grabbers (slurp slurp!) — amongst whom I waited with Greg Edwards, Chris Tarrant, Richard Allinson (all Capital Radio), Simon Bates, Ranking Miss P, Pete Ritzema, John Walters (Radio One), Dave Gregory (Essex Radio), Five Star and Dotty Green . . . Steve Walsh amazingly passed on the food to spend instead a liquid afternoon (evening and night!), moving on during closing hours with myself, Heaven’s “gay funk” DJ Damon Rochefort, Stringfellows jockette Marie Thompson and Hombre lighting girl Melanie to Tin Pan Alley’s A&R Club (just like “The Winchester Club”, know what I mean?) . . . Marie Thompson got her prestigious gig just two weeks after starting DJ-ing for the first time ever in a pub — her skintight black PVC dress so impressed Stringfellows’ main jock Tig’rr (sic ’em) she was offered an audition in the middle of a Saturday night (don’t it make ya sick?!) . . . 4th + B’way as stated will continue, run by newly promoted Adrian Sykes . . . Cameo’s rock guitar intro at Hammersmith Odeon was so appalling I nearly walked out then, but thankfully I stayed a while as about 20 minutes into the show they actually started singing (drowned though by deafeningly amplified instruments, which became too much for me) — to choose between two sometimes confusingly similar groups, the Gap Band are much better fun live . . . Graham Gold at last has realised an ambition, sitting in on Capital Radio for the Sunday 1-5am Steve Collins soul slot both last and this weekend (15), playing and brilliantly mixing (Roberta Gilliam/Ester, wow!) the black music that from experience he knows Londoners really relate to — exciting listening at such an early hour, but then club-leavers will love it! . . . CJ Carlos idiotically, considering of all the Solar jocks he had most star potential, has started broadcasting illegally again on TKO instead of being good and waiting for the community radio licences to be announced — Tony Monson thinks it’s a great shame that he and others have done this when there’s a real possibility they could do so legally soon, and as far as he is concerned those DJs and their breakaway activities have put them beyond the pale having no connection now with Solar or that station’s licence application as SLR (South London Community Radio) . . . Radio Tees soul jock Mike Prior links with New York KISS-fm DJ Bugsy every Saturday 7.15pm to run down the Big Apple’s hot hits . . . Kenni James it is who souls Radio Merseyside Monday evenings, any confusion over his spelling being due to the inaccuracies of a Radio Waves column in another supposedly streetwise paper — sorry to Kenni, and to Kenny Jaymes (who now apparently is resident jock at Luton’s Tropicana Beach, ex-Sands) . . . Christmas means that next week we combine two issues of RM, with the Hammy Awards and my Capital Radio New Year’s Eve four hour party tape’s running order, year end charts not appearing until January 4 — however, regular Disco and Eurobeat charts will appear in every issue, so DJs please post your chart returns NOW and again on Monday December 30 . . . MERRY CRIMBLE!


SHEENA EASTON: ‘Do It For Love’ (EMI 12EMI 5536)
Had this black dance-style 115¾bpm lurching bright strutter arrived on import by some unknown it would have been snapped up by all the hip jocks. The fact it didn’t doesn’t deserve to make a difference, but doubtless will! Not actually great, it’s worth trying, though.

JOHN ANDERSON BIG BAND: ‘Glenn Miller Medley’ (Modern Records 12GLEN 1, via EMI/Priority)
Mobile/MoR-type jocks may remember me raving about this Belfast bandleader’s essential seven inch a year ago, ‘In The Mood/American Patrol/Little Brown Jug/Pennsylvania 6-5000’ medleyed to an ungimmicky timeless twist beat. Well, he’s tinkered needlessly with the 192bpm beat but at least now on 12 inch, it should be easier to order, and will do unless you can find the still superior seven inch a likely floor filler for years! Incidentally, BLACK LACE: ‘Hokey Cokey’ (Flair Records 12LACED 3) will do for parties as well, especially the “X rated” pressing with a filthy ‘Agadoo Have A Screw)’ too!

JAMES BROWN: ‘Living In America’ (US Scotti Brothers 4Z9 05310)
Mr Brown comes storming back firing on all cylinders in a traditionally styled if lighter textured skipping rope strutter, prod/co-penned by Dan Hartman for the ‘Rocky IV’ film, in 114bpm R&B Dance and Soundtrack LP, 0-113¾bpm Instrumental Versions — so get down and do the double bump, it’s a brand new day, UHH!

BLACK IVORY: ‘I’ve Got My Eye On You’ (US Panoramic Records Inc PRI-1207)
Setting up a compulsively striding and swinging beefy 113½bpm momentum that just don’t quit, this tradition-rooted solid dancer is topped off with terrific wailing vocal group singing and some chat (113bpm inst flip, mislabelled on my copy).

LADIES CHOICE: ‘Funky Sensation’ (LGR Records LGR 010)
As reported the naggingly jogging Gwen McCrae original and Kryptic Krew featuring Tina B/Afrika Bambaataa & the Jazzy 5 ‘Jazzy Sensation’ versions have been revived in London clubs, so to meet the new demand here’s a homegrown straightforward chix-sung, juddery remake in 101¾bpm Up-Tempo-Mix and harder 98½bpm Mid-Tempo-Mix, OK in their own right.

KRYSTOL: ‘The Things That Men Do’ (US Epic 49-05319)
Not another ‘After The Dance Is Through’ — it couldn’t be, the girl who sang that is dead — but once past the possible shock of its very jagged jerky 111bpm electronic “billiard ball”-ish beat it is an equally good sweatier jiggler with the remaining girls nagging through the busy rhythm (Radio Version flip), a likely biggie.

B.T. EXPRESS: ‘Uptown Express’ (Streetwave MKHAN 62)
Here the longer and leaner 117¼-117½bpm Club Version of their infectiously locomoting return to their decade old original style is rightly the A-side (so it’s an edit and acappella flip).

BOBBY MARDIS: ‘Keep On’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 20)
Now likely really to take off, this Kashif co-penned (0-)117-117½(break)-118bpm chunky lurcher is catchy enough to be a solid club hit (inst flip).

CAPRICE: ‘100%’ (Lovebeat International LOV 1T, via Lightning/Spartan)
Leroy Burgess-produced American answer to Five Star, a groaning and quaveringly wailing chick-sung frisky 111bpm wriggler (dub flip) already big on import.

C-BANK (featuring ELEANOR MILLS): ‘Good To The Last Drop’ (10 Records Next Plateau TEN 109-12)
Likely to hang on in hard dancing discos for ages without breaking overground, here’s another ryddim for ‘Set It Off’ freaks — rambling and schlurping through the 116bpm vocal Long and Short Versions, really getting loose on the 116¼bpm Dub and, especially, piano played 116½bpm Salsa Version.

STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘Stand Back’ (US MCA Records MCA-23598)
Gratuitous ugly electro edit effects spoil an otherwise ‘Medicine Song/Plane Love’-ish, if ponderous, Nick Martinelli-produced 0-109bpm pent-up jittery backbeat jolter, doubtless inspired by Chaka Khan’s current direction (inst/edit flip).

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Workin’ It Back’ LP (Elektra EKT 26)
Often with singalong chix support, Teddy successfully returns to his lushly romantic old smoothie style on Liquid Gold’s 67½bpm ‘One Of Us Fell In Love’, Womack And Womack’s sultry 68½/34¼bpm ‘Lonely Color Blue‘ (their 100½bpm ‘Love Emergency‘ too), the 71bpm ‘Love 4/2’, 59bpm ‘Let Me Be Closer’, jogging 80½bpm ‘Want You Back In My Life’, only getting faster for the heartfelt jerky (0-)114½bpm ‘Never Felt Like Dancin‘ (just as well in the circumstances).

GLENN JONES: ‘Everlasting Love’ (US RCA Victor PD-14242)
Wayne Brathwaite co-prod/penned good typical classy gentle 98bpm soul swayer, flipped by the Leon Sylvers III-produced languidly rolling 109bpm ‘Meet Me Half Way There‘ for extra value (if you don’t already have his old ‘Finesse’ LP).

TOMMY TATE: ‘If I Gave You My Heart’ (Move Records MIS 3, via Charly)
Hottest on a 4-track 12in by the veteran southern soulster (who I never realised replaced Ollie in the Nightingales), this excellent pent-up 109¼bpm bubbly jitterer is traditional real soul with modern appeal too. Worth hearing.

52nd STREET: ‘You’re My Last Chance’ (10 Records TEN 89-12)
Moodily crescendoing atmospheric 0-111½bpm rolling rumbler loaded with superfluous gimmicky effects — Vincent Price ‘Thriller’-type rap included — doubtless to disguise the fact it ain’t that special (edit, and pleasant better cool 109bpm ‘I’m Available‘ flip).


AN UPDATE on those irritatingly few of the recent UK Hi-NRG/Eurobeat releases to have reached me:

JEANIE TRACY: ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ (Domino Records DOM 2T, via 0705-833818)
Thelma Houston/Harold Melvin classic in yet another leapalong 0-132bpm revamp oddly relegating the far hotter excitingly storming 131½bpm Sylvester mix to the B-side;

BRONSKI BEAT: ‘Hit That Perfect Beat (Instant Mix)’ (London BITER 6)
Ian Levine-remixed 139bpm nervy frantic jumper like Moroder on acid;

DAVID KNOPFLER: ‘Shockwave’ (makingwaves SURFT 107, via EMI/Priority)
Rattlingly started 130bpm AOR-style Hi-NRG pounder as if some US stadium rocker was spinning round (like a record);

THE VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Medley 1985’ (Record Shack SOHOT51)
Playing up the intro’s ‘High Energy’ similarity this edits together 127½bpm remakes of ‘In The Navy/Macho Man/YMCA’ with no clever tricks at all, but it’s flipped by (for the first time here?) the always superior once eagerly sought percussively extended 124¾-125¼-125-125¼bpm original US promo remix of ‘YMCA’;

KELLY MARIE: ‘Born To Be Alive’ (Passion PASH 1250)
Untidy though enthusiastic (0-)125½bpm revival of the old Patrick Hernandez wally stomper with a “strings”-surging (0-)130½bpm ‘Are You Ready For Love‘ flip;

RAEMON: ‘Private Joy’ (T-Mac OEZT 001, via PRT)
Five Star-ish youthfully sung cantering (0-)135½bpm Prince-penned frisky lurcher;

DEBBIE SHARP: ‘Zapped By Love’ (Cooltempo COOLX 115)
Michael Lovesmith may have written this well made and much promoted 87½-175¼bpm ‘Maneater’ clone earlier but it still sounds unfortunately like ‘Part-Time Lover’;

PHYLLIS NELSON: ‘I Like You’ (Carrere CART 365)
Tremulously wailed but clumsily old fashioned 122bpm disco canterer with dreadful breaks and proven limited appeal;

LISA: ‘Tempt Me’ (Fantasia Records LISA 1)
Friskily rushing 138bpm galloper still getting some play;

PEARLY GATES: ‘Action!’ (Boystown UK 12BOYS 101)
Cynically well crafted 129¾bpm Hi-NRG by numbers, with influences from all over, to bow in writer/producer George Hargreaves’ label;

RIKKI: ‘Seven Days A Week’ (OK OKL-009, via PRT)
Glaswegian 130½bpm galloper like DOA doing ‘Body Rock’, still lurking in some gay charts;

THE TECHNOS: ‘Foreign Land’ (PRT 12TECH 4101)
Vigorous jaunty (0-)128¾bpm backbeat bounder worth checking, I’d have thought;

CREATIVE CONNECTION: ‘Scratch My Name’ (Conifer CFZ 1000)
Chick-sung drearily chugging 112bpm German Eurobeat hit flipped by its slightly livelier 113bpm ‘Call My Name‘ remix;

ANGIE GOLD: Timebomb’ (Passion PASH 1249)
Shortlived 130bpm FGTH clone;

TRACEY CARMEN: ‘Rescue Me’ (InfraStructure INFRA 1T, via MIS/EMI)
Fontella Bass’s soul classic weedily revived in 136¼bpm basically similar style by the Liverpudlian co-director (and benefactress?) of Greg Wilson’s new label;

THE RAH BAND: The Crunch ’85’ (RCA PT 40482)
Fairly pointless 133¼bpm remake of Richard Hewson’s 1977 debut hit with a better brassier 134½bpm Jazz Mix flip;

LIME: ‘The Greatest Hits’ LP (Polydor 827 612-1)
Not being over familiar with the originals I can’t say how different these new remixes are, but M&M get at the 122bpm ‘Angel Eyes’ while Mark Kamins and the Latin Rascals rejig the 128bpm ‘Unexpected Lovers‘, 137bpm ‘Your Love‘, 124½bpm ‘Guilty‘, 131½bpm ‘Come And Get Your Love‘, 132½bpm ‘Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight‘, 124bpm ‘Take It Up‘, all big in their day for Canada’s own RAH Band equivalent D-I-Y disco duo.

DISCO TOP 100 – December 14, 1985

01 02 SATURDAY LOVE, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu LP
02 05 ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FORME!, Full Force, US Columbia 12in
03 03 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
04 09 MR D.J., The Concept, 4th + B’way 12in
05 01 THE SHOW, Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
06 06 WARRIOR GROOVE, DSM, Elite/10 12in
07 10 SHE’S STRANGE/LES ADAMS MEGAMIX/ROOM 123, Cameo, Club 12in twin pack
08 04 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, The Winans, Qwest 12in
09 11 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE (‘BAD’ MIX), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
10 07 CHIEF INSPECTOR, Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
11 08 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU, Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
12 12 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, Important Records 12in
13 14 DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR BABY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
14 17 ONE NATION, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
15 16 MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, US Warner Bros 12in
16 15 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO, Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
17 36 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER/DUB MIX, Colonel Abrams, PRT 12in
18 19 IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
19 13 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
20 21 GIVE AND TAKE, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
21 22 100%, Caprice, Lovebeat International 12in
22 23 UPTOWN EXPRESS, B.T. Express, US King Davis Records 12in
23 18 CARAVAN OF LOVE, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic 12in
24 32 TOO TOUGH (REMIX), Lonnie Reaves, US Qwest 12in
25 45 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
26 27 GO HOME (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
27 44 I’M NOT GONNA LET/SPECULATION, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records LP
29 20 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
30 30 NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Timmy Thomas), US Portrait LP/UK 12in promo
31 71 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
32 33 HIT AND RUN/SUNSHINE, Total Contrast, London 12in twin-pack
33 26 MATED, David Grant & Jaki Graham EMI 12in
34 31 AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari, Recent Future Records 12in
36 39 PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
37 41 HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU, Chapter 8, US Beverly Glen Music LP
40 48 MAKE ‘EM MOVE (REMIX), Sly & Robbie, Island 12in
41 25 SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, Champion 12in
44 47 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
45 49 GIRLIE GIRLIE, Sophia George, Winner 12in
46 58 THE SCREAMS OF PASSION, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
47 76 WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
48 34 NEPENTHE/LET ME DOWN EASY, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way LP
49 51 INSPECTOR GADGET, The Kartoon Krew, Champion 12in
50 28 DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in
51 69 IS THIS THE FUTURE?, Fatback, Important Records 12in
52 42 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
53 40 KEEP ON, Bobby Mardis, US Profile 12in
54 74 DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
55 88 RAISE THE ROOF, The Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
56 81 THE MAGIC, THE MOMENT/MOMENTAL MIX, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
57 57 THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’)/SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE, Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
58 50 GUILTY, Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience 12in/UK promo
60 85 IS THIS THE FUTURE? (M&M REMIX), Fatback, Important Records 12in
61 52 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS) (M&M STYLEE), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
62 54 GENIUS, Quando Quango, Factory 12in
63 61 (I NEED SOME) SUNSHINE, Direct Drive, DDR Records 12in
64 89 R.S.V.P. (MARTINELLI/MORALES MIXES), Five Star, Tent 12in
65 55 STRUNG OUT, Paul Laurence, US Capitol LP
66 64 OH LOUISE, Junior, London 12in
67 68 GO HOME, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
68 80 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
69 73 LEGS, Sun, AIR City Records 12in
70 62 FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
71 — THE THINGS THAT MEN DO, Krystol, US Epic 12in
72 — THAT’S A LIE, L.L. Cool J, US Def Jam LP
73 50 WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER/I WOULDN’T LIE, Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience LP
74 70 GET LOOSE, ALEEM (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
75 67 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in
76 77 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Level 42, Polydor 12in
80 60 SAY YOU, SAY ME, Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
81 — FUNKY SENSATION, Ladies Choice, LGR Records 12in
82 — WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO (US REMIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
83 re KNEES/STAND UP (US REMIX), Howard Johnson, A&M 12in
84 79 GOT TO GO, Ester, US Studio Records 12in
85 63 THE HEAT IN ME, Linda Clifford, US Red Label 12in
86 83 DO IT ANYWAY YOU WANNA (JAM, JAM, JAM), Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
87 — LEAVING ME NOW/I SLEEP ON MY HEART (REMIX), Level 42, Polydor 12in
88 re ON THE RADIO, Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in
89 — NO SHOW, Symbolic Three featuring DJ Dr Shock, US Reality 12in
90 — THE TRUTH, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
92 re GYPSY WOMAN/SO MANY RIVERS, Bobby Womack, MCA Records LP
93 re FIRE, Fire Fox, US Atlantic 12in
94 95 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY, O’Chi Brown, Magnet 12in
95 86 DON’T WASTE MY TIME/MOONHOPPER/KING TUT, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis LP
96 — JOHNNY THE FOX, Tricky Tee, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
97 — LIVING IN AMERICA, James Brown, US Scotti Brothers 12in
98 87 ONE OF US FELL IN LOVE/LOVE 4/2, Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
99 — LIKE THIS, Chip E. Inc featuring K. Joy, US D.J. International Records 12in
100 — ANGEL PT.1, David Sea, Move LP


01 01 HE’S NUMBER ONE, Fantasy, US Spring 12in
02 03 NO FRILLS LOVE (REMIX), Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records 12in
03 04 CUBA LIBRE (REMIX), Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
04 08 DANCE, Joy St. James, US Pink Glove 12in
05 09 HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT (REMIX), Bronski Beat, London 12in
06 02 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
07 10 SHANGHAI, Lee Marrow, German Chic 12in
08 06 MAGIC, Brian Soares, US Nite Wave 12in
09 — WITH YOU I COULD HAVE IT ALL, Cissy Houston, Glitter 12in
10 05 REFLECTIONS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
11 11 PREACHER PREACHER, Animal Nitelife, Island 12in
12 — SHOCKWAVE, David Knopfler, makingwaves 12in
13 07 DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC (REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
14 — IN BLUE, Data, Proto 12in white label
15 13 YOUNG, FREE AND SINGLE, Boney M, German Hansa 12in
16 12 HOLD ME, Laura Branigan, US Atlantic 12in
17 — CASANOVA ACTION, Latin Lover, Dutch Sound Shop 12in
18 20 BORN TO BE ALIVE, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in white label
19 16 ON FIRE (REMIX), Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
20 18 ORIENTAL EYES/INSTRUMENTAL, Rewind, German Bellaphon 12in
21 27 SATISFY, Soif De La Vie, German Uff Zick 12in
22 14 THE FIGHTER, Arpeggio, US Nissim Records 12in
23 17 I LIKE YOU, Phyllis Nelson, Carrere 12in
24 — SAY YOU’LL NEVER, Lian Ross, German ZYX 12in
25 28 THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (ZULU MIX), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
26 26 VERTIGO, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack LP
27 25 I HEAR TALK (REMIX), Bucks Fizz, US Disconet LP
28 22 CUPID, Aida, Carrere 12in
29 19 MUSIC IS MY THING/UNDER CONTROL, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
30 — LIGHT UP MY HEART (REMIX), Angie St Philips, US TSR 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):

Madonna 136f, Band Aid 57½-115f, Cameo 0-108¾bpm, Shakin’ Stevens 50½-204/102-202½/101¼-100c, Level 42 83f, Elton John 138¾-138¼f, Sting 0-28½f, Colonel Abrams 116f, Julian Lennon 48¾/97½f, The Kartoon Krew 0-99¾-0c, Cliff Richard 33½-0r, Sophia George (0-)82¼-82¾f, Black Lace 0-142-134-0-148-170-0c, Thompson Twins 121r, DSM 0-111¼f.

One thought on “December 14, 1985: Sheena Easton, John Anderson Big Band, James Brown, Black Ivory, Ladies Choice, Hi-NRG roundup”

  1. JM Silk’s “Music Is The Key” might have been the first Chicago house record to land in the UK, but it hasn’t actually managed to make the Disco chart. Instead, the “first house hit” honour falls to the second Chicago record to feature in these pages: Chip E’s “Like This”, which scrapes in this week at Number 99.

    That Tommy Tate track is a very nice find, which I could imagine could still go down well in a “modern” room in the north of England. Elsewhere, I’m surprised to see James writing off Phyllis Nelson’s “I Like You” – it was ubiquitous in the gay clubs I was going to, for months and months and months, to the point where I couldn’t stand to hear it one more time!


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