December 21/28 1985 (double issue): The Hammy Awards 1985, Capital Radio New Year’s Party playlist

THE HAMMY AWARDS

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Pray silence for Ham E. Fresh! Burp suck hiss burp, burp suck hiss burp, pop pop pop pop pop pop pop, burp! Yup, fighting our way through a barrage of human beat boxes, it’s time to open once again the golden envelope and see who wins the year end kudos for 1985. All statistics are derived from the year-end disco charts. for which you will have to wait a fortnight until the next issue of RM, but in the meantime . . .

DISCO ARTISTES OF THE YEAR:
René & Angela.

RUNNERS UP:
Fatback, Steve Arrington, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Loose Ends, Cameo, Change, Five Star, Kleeer, Colonel Abrams, Total Contrast, Cool Notes, Atlantic Starr, Skipworth & Turner, Midnight Star, Paul Hardcastle, Princess, Chaka Khan, Lisa Lisa with Cult Jam and Full Force, Barbara Pennington.

DISCO HIT OF THE YEAR:
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, ‘Twilight’ (Capitol).

RECORD AT NUMBER ONE FOR LONGEST:
Cameo ‘Single Life’ (six weeks).

IMPORT OF THE YEAR:
Harleqiun Four’s, ‘Set It Off’ (US Jus Born Prod).

BEAT OF THE STREEET:
“psha psha psha”.

ALBUM TRACKS OF THE YEAR:
Fatback, ‘Lover Undercover’/’So Delicious‘ (Atlantic/Cotillion).

Alexander O’Neal, ‘What’s Missing’ (Tabu LP).

Luther Vandross ‘It’s All Over Now’/’My Sensitivity (Gets In The Way)‘ (Epic).

IMPORT ALBUM TRACK OF THE YEAR (were the year longer and the track not now on UK 12in):
Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, ‘Saturday Love’ (Tabu). The first such to top our Disco chart in living memory, if ever.

DISCO LABELS OF THE YEAR:
1 (10) Atlantic, 2 (2) Club, 3 (-) Capitol, 4 (-) 10 Records, 5 (1) Motown, 6 (-) Virgin (including Hot Melt), 7 (9) Fourth & Broadway, 8 (6=) London, 9 (-) Cooltempo, 10 (6=) MCA Records.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO:
Streetwave?

WE TRY HARDER:
Club.

RECORD COMPANIES OF THE YEAR (labels ranked by hit strength):
1 (1) WEA — Atlantic/Qwest/WEA/Sire, 2 (3) Phonogram — Club/London, 3 (2) RCA — Motown/Gordy/RCA/Tent/Prelude/Total Experience, 4 (-) EMI — Capitol/EMI, 5 (-) 10 Records — 10 Records/Bluebird/10, 6 (-) Virgin —Hot Melt/Virgin, 7 (5) Island — 4th + B’way/Ensign, 8 (-) Chrysalis — Cooltempo/Chrysalis, 9 (6) MCA Records — MCA/Solar, 10 (4) CBS — CBS/Tabu/Portrait/Epic.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO:
Streetwave?

WE TRY HARDER:
Phonogram.

Hi-NRG ARTISTE OF THE YEAR:
Evelyn Thomas.

RUNNERS UP:
Miquel Brown, Carol Jiani.

Hi-NRG HIT OF THE YEAR:
Seventh Avenue, ‘Ending Up On A High’ (Record Shack).

RECORD AT NUMBER ONE FOR LONGEST:
Evelyn Thomas, ‘Reflections’ (10 Weeks).

Hi-NRG LABELS OF THE YEAR:
1 (1) Record Shack, 2 (-) Fanfare, 3 (-) Polydor, 4 (-) US Megatone, 5 (-) Carrere.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO:
Electricity & Proto?

• The above are all derived from statistics according to the RM disco charts. Now things get contentious!

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR:
Evelyn King.

SOUND OF THE YEAR:
Instrumentals, mainly those by Maze, Wally Badarou, Harleqiun Four’s, Serious Intention, D.S.M., Jellybean.

SLEEPER OF THE YEAR:
Royalle Delite, ‘I’ll Be A Freak For You’ (Streetwave).

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY:
Mink, ‘You Were The One (Too Late)’ (US River Edge Records).

REMIXER/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:
Pete Waterman, for his amazing nerve!

DOUBLE DEE & STEINSKI’S BLUNT RAZORBLADE:
Les Adams, Britain’s best megamixer.

BROADER THAN BROADWAY:
Stephen Maurice Walsh (that son of a gun).

LADIES MEN (or so we’re told):
Freddie Jackson, Alexander O’Neal, Luther Vandross.

LADIES MAN:
Orin Cozier.

BEST LEGS IN THE BIZ:
Reggie.

A ROAD MAP, CHAUFFEUR AND ALARM CLOCK:
Danny Daniels.

PHONE HOME:
ET.

WENT WENT:
Go Go.

BROADCASTERS OF THE YEAR:
Steve Collins as you know I never miss on Capital Radio early Sunday mornings, but Graham Gold who’s been sitting in for him has been really impressive in a different more exciting way too: otherwise people I actually switch on the radio to listen to include Robbie Vincent (for his ‘phone-in!), Tony Blackburn, Jeff Young, Greg Edwards, and that’s about it.


NEW NUMBERS

Hot Vinyl still keeps on coming regardless of Christmas. The following should keep you up to date with the most relevant BPMs (full reviews in January), hottest vinyl by far of course being the rush release — in a few shops only then — last weekend of CHERRELLE: ‘Saturday Love’ (Tabu TA 6829), 115⅓bpm, while shaping up as another ‘Alice’ is the 102bpm ‘Ladies’ from MANTRONIX: ‘The Album’ LP (US Sleeping Bag TLX-6), whose 0-102bpm ‘Bassline‘ is also big in the Midlands.

Streetwave’s DJ Limited editions are SIDE EFFECT: ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ 101-102-100-101-102-101-102bpm / ‘Always There’ 113-114-113-114-113bpm (SWAVE 4), SWEET THUNDER: Everybody’s Singing Love Songs’ 111-110-109bpm / SLICK: ‘Space Bass’ 127(intro)-129-128-129-128-127-129-128bpm (SWAVE 5), POSITIVE FORCE: ‘We Got The Funk’ 111-112-111-112-113bpm / SUGARHILL GANG: ‘Rapper’s Delight’ 109(intro)-111-109-111bpm (SWAVE 6).

On white label is FRANKIE JOHNSON JNR: ‘Whenever You Call Me’ (Fantasia FTAX 107) 55-110bpm, and due now is DANTE: ‘Freak In Me’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 21) 108bpm.

Two reviews which, for lack of space, were left out last week, were of the disappointing CONWAY BROTHERS: ‘Raise The Roof‘ (10 Records TEN 83-12) 120bpm, and romantically soulful DAVID SEA: ‘Angel Pt 1‘ (‘Move Into Soul Part 2’ EP Move MIS 2) 108-109-110-108bpm.

On import are the ‘Searching’-ish (and technically banned until UK release) BILLY OCEAN: ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’ (US Jive JD1-9431) 0-122bpm, stark rap ‘n cut L.L. COOL J: ‘Radio’ LP (US Def Jam/Columbia BFC 40239) with BPMs reading in listed track order 89, 111, 97, 0-95, 89, 98, 88, 120, 94, 97, the gently biting BETTY WRIGHT: ‘Pain‘ (US First String Records D-252) 84bpm, Five Star-ish SPENCER JONES: ‘How To Win Your Love‘ (Dutch Injection 234.715) 116bpm electronically jittered REACTION: ‘My Downtown Lady‘ (Strawberry Records Unltd SRU-72310) 115bpm.

The Gilles Peterson-compiled ‘Jazz Juice’ LP (StreetSounds SOUND 1) has finally arrived with instead of the listed 5:26 version only 2:55 of the exciting Ramsey Lewis-ish QUARTETTE TRES BIEN: ‘Boss Tres Bien‘ 228/114-236/ 118bpm, and finally from the soundtrack ‘The Goonies’ LP (Epic EPC 70264) the typically meandering slow 0-102bpm LUTHER VANDROSS: ‘She’s So Good To Me‘ is creating some interest.

Many thanks for all your cards and kind wishes, see you in the New Year!


NEW YEAR’S PARTY

Once again I have created the four hour continuous party music tape to be broadcast by London’s Capital Radio 95.8FM on New Year’s Eve from 10:03pm-2am, with Big Ben at midnight (plus a special surprise countdown from Les Adams!). To help any DJ’s who may be tempted to dip into the transmission at their own gigs, the whole playlist follows below. Frustratingly when fitting in all the sequences I’d laboriously compiled there just wasn’t as much contemporary hit material as originally planned – a shame as so many segues were sweet! – with the result that the frantic jollity may seem rushed leading up to midnight, but it does then ease back for a while till the usual solidly black last hour. Everything you hear was done on one take with no edits at all, on fixed-speed decks and I hope you’ll agree there are only two or three links that might be fractionally tighter. To indicate the type of link, a diagonal / means chop, dash — mix, comma , segue (records cued appropriate to the first emphatic bass beat without any intro preamble). Everything being on 7in unless specified otherwise.

So, it’s 10:03pm on Tuesday December 31st…

Prince ‘1999’, (minus intro) Ray Parker Jr ‘Ghostbusters’ – Madonna ‘Holiday’ / ‘Into The Groove’ / ‘Like A Virgin’ 12in – Maria Vidal ‘Body Rock’ – Antonia Rodriguez ‘La Bamba’ 12in, David Bowie/Mick Jagger ‘Dancing In The Street’ 12in, Bruce Springsteen ‘Dancing In The Dark’ – Glen Frey ‘The Heat Is On’ – Madonna ‘Gambler’ – Bonnie Tyler ‘Holding Out For A Hero’, George Michael ‘Careless Whisper’, Chas & Dave ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’, Dennis Waterman ‘I Could Be So Good For You’, Joe Walsh ‘Love Letters’ /

c.11pm (two second “Ninety-Five Point Eight FM” jingle).

Human League ‘Don’t You Want Me’ / Pointer Sisters ‘Automatic’ – Simple Minds ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ – Eurythmics ‘There Must Be An Angel – Stevie Wonder ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, Wham ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’, Herbie Hancock ‘Rockit’ / Paul Hardcastle ‘19’, (minus intro) Sister Sledge ‘Frankie’, Stevie Wonder ‘Part Time Lover’ / Hall & Oates ‘Maneater’ – Phil Collins ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ / (into brass) John Anderson Big Band ‘Glenn Miller Medley’ / Frankie Ford ‘Sea Cruise’ (Chiswick), Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns ‘Don’t You Just Know It’ (Kent), Little Richard ‘Lucille’ (London), Rolling Stones ‘Satisfaction’, Manfred Mann ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, Isley Brothers ‘Shout’ (chopping both parts together), The Piltdown Men ‘Piltdown Rides Again’ (Capitol) (fanfare intro only) / Bobby MacLeod & His Band ‘Swingalong Reels’ (RCA ‘This Is Scotland’ LP), Jim MacLeod & His Band ‘Skye Boat Song’ (Golden Hour ‘Scottish Favourites’ LP) fading to time to Les Adams British Telecom Special “At the third stroke it will be Nineteen Eighty-Six, precisely” and

Midnight (Big Ben chimes)

Sydney Thompson ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (Sydney Thompson Dance Records ‘Party Dances’ LP), Black Lace ‘Hokey Cokey’ 12in, (minus intro) Gary Glitter ‘I’m The Leader Of The Gang’ / Dion ‘The Wanderer’, Little Eva ‘The Loco-Motion’, Millie ‘My Boy Lollipop’, Bill Haley & His Comets ‘Rock Around The Clock’, Whitney Houston ‘Saving All My Love For You’ 12in, Alison Moyet ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’ 12in, Phyllis Nelson ‘Move Closer’, Ashford & Simpson ‘Solid’ 12in, Tina Turner ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’, Level 42 ‘Something About You’ – U2 ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ – Feargal Sharkey ‘A Good Heart’ – David Lee Roth ‘Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody’ (Warner Bros) (from title line vocal start) / Teddy Pendergrass ‘Turn Off The Lights’ LP, Freddie Jackson ‘Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake)’ /

c.1:03am (“95.8FM”) (from now on everything off 12in).

Nicole with Timmy Thomas ‘New York Eyes’ / Aswad ‘Bubbling’ – Sophia George ‘Girlie Girlie’ – (cross fade intro) Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew ‘The Show’ – Full Force ‘Alice, I Want You Just For Me’, Whodini ‘Freaks Come Out At Night’ – Wally Badarou ‘Chief Inspector’ (Vine 12in) / Krystol ‘After The Dance Is Through’ / Cameo ‘Single Life’ / Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal ‘Saturday Love’ / Rochelle ‘My Magic Man’ / Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’ – Colonel Abrams ‘Trapped’ – Roy Ayers Ubiquity ‘Running Away’ / (into guitar) Positive Force ‘We Got The Funk’ – A Taste Of Honey ‘We’ve Got The Groove’ LP / Steve Arrington ‘Feel So Real’ / Valentine Brothers ‘Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)’ (instrumental version, fading to time).

If some of the key records above may seem familiar from previous years, it’s because they’re precisely that, key records!


DISCO TOP 100 – December 21/28, 1985

01 02 ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME!, Full Force, CBS 12in
02 01 SATURDAY LOVE, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
03 04 MR D.J., The Concept, 4th + B’way 12in
04 07 LES ADAMS MEGAMIX/SHE’S STRANGE/ROOM 123, Cameo, Club 12in twin-pack
05 05 THE SHOW, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
06 14 ONE NATION, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
07 03 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
08 18 IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
09 11 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU, Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
10 09 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE (‘BAD’ MIX), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
11 06 WARRIOR GROOVE, D.S.M, 10 Records 12in
12 08 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, The Winans, Qwest 12in
13 15 MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, US Warner Bros 12in
14 16 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO, Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
15 10 CHIEF INSPECTOR, Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
16 30 NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Timmy Thomas), Portrait 12in
17 12 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, Important Records 12in
18 22 UPTOWN EXPRESS, B.T. Express, Streetwave 12in
19 17 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER/DUB MIX, Colonel Abrams, PRT 12in
20 28 SUGAR FREE/FOREVER AND EVER/BAD BOY/NOBODY BUT YOU, Juicy, US Private I Records LP
21 13 DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR BABY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
22 23 CARAVAN OF LOVE, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic 12in
23 19 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
24 21 100%, Caprice, Lovebeat International 12in
25 47 WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
26 27 I’M NOT GONNA LET/SPECULATION, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records LP
27 24 TOO TOUGH (REMIX), Lonnie Reaves, US Qwest 12in
28 26 GO HOME (REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
29 54 DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
30 20 GIVE AND TAKE, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
31 81 FUNKY SENSATION, Ladies Choice, LGR Records 12in
32 44 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
33 32 HIT AND RUN/SUNSHINE, Total Contrast, London 12in twin-pack
34 40 MAKE ‘EM MOVE (REMIX), Sly & Robbie, Island 12in
35 41 SECRET RENDEZVOUS, Rene & Angela, Champion 12in
36 48 NEPENTHE/LET ME DOWN EASY, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way LP
37 33 MATED, David Grant & Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
38 39 COLDER ARE MY NIGHTS/MAY I?/THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL/RELEASE YOUR LOVE, The Isley Brothers, US Warner Bros LP
39 50 DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in
40 45 GIRLIE GIRLIE, Sophia George, Winner 12in
41 58 GUILTY, Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
42 37 HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU/DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME/TELL ME, Chapter 8, US Beverly Glen Music LP
43 — LADIES/BASSLINE/HARDCORE HIP-HOP, Mantronix, US Sleeping Bag Records LP
44 35 HIGH HORSE/CHEMISTRY OF LOVE/SLOW DOWN/I’M SCARED, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA LP
45 49 INSPECTOR GADGET, The Kartoon Krew, Champion 12in
46 25 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
47 31 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
48 57 THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’)/SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE, Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
49 97 LIVING IN AMERICA, James Brown, US Scotti Brothers 12in
50 71 THE THINGS THAT MEN DO, Krystol, US Epic 12in
51 46 THE SCREAMS OF PASSION, The Family, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
52 36 PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
53 KEEP ON, Bobby Mardis, US Profile 12in
54 74 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), US NIA 12in
55 29 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
56 52 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
57 38 THE HEAT OF HEAT/BIG BAD WORLD, Patti Austin, Qwest LP
58 43 MAUREEN/NEVER AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME, Sade, Epic LP
59 55 RAISE THE ROOF, The Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
60 56 THE MAGIC, THE MOMENT/MOMENTAL MIX, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
61 34 AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari, Recent Future Records 12in
62 79 JAZZ GROOVE/WARRIOR GROOVE (THE SAGA CONTINUES), D.S.M., 10 Records 12in
63 re WILL YOU SATISFY?/ARTIFICIAL HEART/HIGH PRIORITY, Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
64 — KEEP THAT SAME OLD FEELING, Side Effect, Streetwave 12in
65 70 FREAK IN ME, Dante, US Panoramic 12in
66 89 NO SHOW, Symbolic Three featuring DJ Dr Shock, US Reality 12in
67 73 I’LL GIVE ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU BACK/WOULDN’T LIE, Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience LP
68 62 GENIUS, Quando Quango, Factory 12in
69 42 GIVEHERSOMEATTENTION/FASCINATED/MAGIC, The Temptations, Motown LP
70 100 ANGEL PT.1, David Sea, Move 12in/LP
71 61 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS) (M&M STYLEE), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
72 72 THAT’S A LIE/I NEED A BEAT (REMIX)/ROCK THE BELLS, L.L. Cool J, US Def Jam LP
73 77 I CAN GIVE YOU MORE/I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO, L.L. Cool J, Def Jam 12in
74 99 LIKE THIS, Chip E Inc featuring K Joy, US D.J. International Records 12in
75 — BOSS TRES BIEN, Quartette Tres Bien/MAS QUE NADA, Sergio Mendes, StreetSounds LP
76 63 (I NEED SOME) SUNSHINE, Direct Drive, DDR Records 12in
77 90 THE TRUTH, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
78 68 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gilliam, US Sutra 12in
79 78 IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER/ITCHIN’ FOR YOUR TWITCHIN’, Zapp, Warner Bros LP
80 65 STRUNG OUT, Paul Laurence, US Capitol LP
81 91 PROGRAMMED FOR LOVE/HOT/”VIRGO”, Roy Ayers, CBS LP
82 64 R.S.V.P. (NICK MARTINELLI MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
83 — WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO (US REMIXES), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
84 — IF I GAVE YOU MY HEART/WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT?, Tommy Tate, Move 12in
85 98 LONELY COLOR BLUE/ONE OF US FELL IN LOVE/LOVE 4/2, Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
86 95 DON’T WASTE MY TIME/MOONHOPPER/KING TUT, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis LP
87 59 WHODUNIT/HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL (REMIXES), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
88 96 JOHNNY THE FOX, Tricky Tee, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
89 — FUNKY SENSATION, Gwen McCrae, Atlantic 12in/US LP
90 — WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (PULL IT OFF MIX), O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
91 — THE SHOW (REMIXES), Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
92 — I’VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU, Black Ivory, US Panoramic 12in
93 66 OH LOUISE, Junior, London 12in
94 75 FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, Whodini, Jive 12in
95 — THE ART OF DRUMS, Macattack, US Future 12in
96 92 GYPSY WOMAN/SO MANY RIVERS, Bobby Womack, MCA Records LP
97 76 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Level 42, Polydor 12in
98 84 GOT TO GO, Ester, US Studio Records 12in
99 93 FIRE, Fire Fox, US Atlantic 12in
100 — SCRATCHIN’ TO THE FUNK, Doctor Funnkenstein and DJ Cash Money, US Sound Makers Records 12in


EUROBEAT

01 01 HE’S NUMBER ONE, Fantasy, US Spring 12in
02 04 DANCE, Joy St. James, US Pink Glove 12in
03 02 NO FRILLS LOVE (REMIX), Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records 12in
04 03 CUBA LIBRE (REMIX), Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
05 05 HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT (REMIX), Bronski Beat, London 12in
06 12 SHOCKWAVE, David Knopfler, Makingwaves 12in
07 08 MAGIC, Brian Soares, US Night Wave 12in
08 09 WITH YOU I COULD HAVE IT ALL, Cissy Houston, Glitter 12in
09 07 SHANGHAI, Lee Marrow, German Chic 12in
10 11 PREACHER PREACHER, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
11 10 REFLECTIONS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
12 — FAIRY TALE, Rose, Italian Disco Magic 12in
13 15 YOUNG, FREE AND SINGLE, Boney M, German Hansa 12in
14 14 IN BLUE, Data, Proto 12in white label
15 13 DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC (REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
16 20 ORIENTAL EYES/INSTRUMENTAL, Rewind, German Bellaphon 12in
17 — ONE MAN’S MEAT, The Hudsons, Wheelchair 12in
18 06 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
19 19 ON FIRE (REMIX), Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
20 — BOTH SIDES NOW, Viola Wills, US Wide Angle 12in
21 17 CASANOVA ACTION, Latin Lover, Dutch Sound Shop 12in
22 — IN SEARCH OF LOVE, Barry Manilow, US RCA 12in
23 — IT TAKES A LIFE TIME, Cheryl Hardy, Canadian RCA/Italian Papagayo 12in
24 — WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (PULL IT OFF MIX), O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
25 30 LIGHT UP MY HEART (REMIX), Angie St. Phillips, US TSR 12in
26 24 SAY YOU’LL NEVER, Lian Ross German ZYX 12in
27 21 SATISFY, Soif De La Vie, German Uff Zick 12in
28 18 BORN TO BE ALIVE, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in white label
29 25 THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN (ZULU MIX), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
30 29 MUSIC IS MY THING/UNDER CONTROL, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in


UK DISCO CHART-TOPPERS 1985 (SOUL/FUNK)

YOU USED TO HOLD ME SO TIGHT – Thelma Houston – MCA (1 wk)
SAY YEAH – The Limit – Portrait (3 wks)
WHO COMES TO BOOGIE – Little Benny & The Masters – Bluebird/10 (5 wks)
HANGING ON A STRING (CONTEMPLATING) – Loose Ends – Virgin (5 wks)
FEEL SO REAL – Steve Arrington – Atlantic (4 wks)
19 – Paul Hardcastle – Chrysalis (4 wks)
HISTORY – Mai Tai – Virgin/Hot Melt (3 wks)
SAVE YOUR LOVE (FOR NUMBER ONE) – Rene & Angela – Club (1 wk)
TURN IT UP – Conway Brothers – 10 Records (4 wks)
TWILIGHT – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol (2 wks)
SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE – Princess – Supreme Records (2 wks)
TAKES A LITTLE TIME – Total Contrast – London (1 wk)
TRAPPED – Colonel Abrams – MCA Records (1 wk)
SINGLE LIFE – Cameo – Club (6 wks)
CHIEF INSPECTOR – Wally Badarou – Fourth & Broadway (5 wks)
THE SHOW – Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew – Cooltempo (2 wks)
SATURDAY LOVE – Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal – US Tabu LP (1 wk)
ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME! – Full Force – CBS (1 wk)


UK DISCO CHART-TOPPERS 1985 (HI-NRG/EUROBEAT)

LET ME FEEL IT – Samantha Gilles – Belgian Infinity (1 wk)
LET THE NIGHT TAKE THE BLAME – Lorraine McKane – Carrere (1 wk)
STARGAZING – Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester – Record Shack (3 wks)
TAKE ME TO HEAVEN – Sylvester – Cooltempo (1 wk)
CRUISING – Sinitta – Fanfare (4 wks)
R.S.V.P. – James & Susan Wells – Fanfare (4 wks)
NEW YORK CITY – Village People – Record Shack (1 wk)
DATE WITH THE RAIN – Arnie’s Love – US Profile (1 wk)
BOYS COME AND GO – April – Record Shack (1 wk)
SORRY WRONG NUMBER – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack (5 wks)
ENDING UP ON A HIGH – Seventh Avenue – Record Shack (3 wks)
UNEXPECTED LOVERS – Lime – Polydor (1 wk)
ENDING UP ON A HIGH – Seventh Avenue – Record Shack (1 wk)
HOMOSEXUALITY / THANK GOD FOR MEN – Modern Rocketry – US Megatone LP (3 wks)
ENDLESS ROAD – Time Bandits – CBS (4 wks)
VANITY – Carol Jiani – Record Shack (4 wks)
REFLECTIONS – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack (10 wks)
HE’S NUMBER ONE – Fantasy – US Spring (3 wks)

3 thoughts on “December 21/28 1985 (double issue): The Hammy Awards 1985, Capital Radio New Year’s Party playlist”

  1. And that’s a wrap for 1985: the year that belonged to René & Angela, it says here! I was expecting a nadir, and in the middle of the year that’s just what we got, but at least we had a strong start and an encouraging finish, with all sorts of pointers to what was just around the corner. The “Blackburn Beat” pallid ploppers aren’t done with just yet, but big changes are looming, and I’m looking forward to seeing whether 1986 lives up to my memory of it as a pivotal and exciting year.

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  2. There’s definitely been a rebirth in hiphop interest as far as Britain goes in the last couple of weeks and JH perceptively mentions the sound of the year being electronic type instrumentals of the type which we now know led straight into the forthcoming house boom. However I’d say generally goijg on my fading memories that despite Love Can’t Turn Around and a few more house hits towards the end of 1986 and the arrival of some big hiphop names/records (LL Cool J and Mantronix to name two) the old funk and r&b styles remained pretty entrenched overall in 1986 – although I could be proved wrong as it all unfolds.

    The Jazz Juice album entry in the disco chart shows how jazz (often latin jazz) was still hanging on in quite a bit of clubland especially in London/SE. Ironically that record which JH mentioned potentially annoying DJ’s who had bought the original tracks especially ‘Boss Tres Bien’ eventually itself became sought after. ‘Mas Que Nada’ also on the album (and to a lesser extent Rhoda which wasn’t) by Sergio Mendes were massive at this time for quite a bit in the clubs and on the pirates.

    And Chip E still ascending the disco charts this week – the success of that as the first house dancefloor hit in Britain is something that seems to have been forgotten from the histories of the club scene.

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  3. Wow! Another year of columns have flown over. Thanks so much for keeping going. I got married half-way through the year so my record buying was reduced. I always associated 1985 as the last good year so I am looking forward to 1986 to prove me wrong!

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