January 11, 1986: Kurtis Blow, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Evelyn Thomas, Viola Wills, Mantronix


DEN HARROW’s new Eurobeat hit you will see is called ‘Charleston‘ — no, not the 1920s oldie, but the name being given to the Continent’s current slower dance tempo in Italy and France (so did we jump the gun in retitling the Hi-NRG chart to Eurobeat when this could be more appropriate?) … Sahara ‘Love So Fine‘ just refuses to die, Christmas plays and sales bringing it back into the Disco chart, where maybe not surprisingly there’s been a big resurgence of the solo sets by Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal — the latter’s ‘What’s Missing‘ most now surely be a candidate for 12in release? … George McCrae ‘Rock Your Baby’ has been remixed on US Sunnyview Classics (with his 1974 original as flip), while Bernard Wright’s new import 12in couples a remixed ‘After You’ with ‘Yo Nard’ on US Manhattan … Les Adams’ excellent Change medley, covering all their vintages and making intelligent use of digital delay, has been promoed by WEA with no commercial release date set yet (maybe if it does come out it should be titled ‘Give Me, Give Me, Give Me Some Change’?): meanwhile Disco Mix Club colleague Alan Coulthard has a similarly promo-only Haywoode megamix on CBS, rhythmically more compatible of course so more slickly flowing but for some reason largely instrumental … Disco Mix Club’s December mixes were mainly 1985 medleys, Les Adams’ Funk, Alan Coulthard s Pop (and Merry Mixmas!), Sanny X s Rock, Euro and general Dance Party, while just received their January mixes are Les’s current funk, Alan’s pop-soul oldies (kicked off by his fave much-used Sharon Redd ‘Beat The Street’), Sanny’s hip hop and Billy Idol megamix (subscription details on 06286-67276) … Les Adams incidentally has been impressing various DJ Association meetings with his live mixing demonstrations, and can be caught by the public megamixing funk on a 3000 watt system at Norbury’s Sussex Tavern every Tues/Thur … Disco Gary VanDenBussche still funks Fridays at Croydon Southend’s facelifted Club Musique, now called Langleys, where Dirty Dave Shirt souls Saturdays (and Shepherds Bush Silks Fri) … Chris Brown’s Sunday lunchtimes are legendary but he classily souls Wednesday nights as well as Ascot’s The Belvedere Arms (at Blacknest Gate on the A329) … Kevin Hawkins has started ‘70s soul at Westcliff On Sea Swag Club Tues, disco at Brentwood Blazers Thurs and Hornchurch Rivals Sun (latter two are wine bars), with weekends at reopened Brentwood Elliotts … Jeff Thomas has dropped all other gigs to be resident jock at Bridgend’s Valbonne (ex-Drones) in Mid-Glamorgan … Stevie Dee is now the sole DJ at Gillingham’s Regency in the King Charles Hotel, having added jazz-funk Sundays to his other full line-up of nights … Paul Anderson & Steve Walsh’s sidekick Freddie M funk Peckham Kisses Friday with girls admitted free … Jonathon More & Rob Milton’s somewhat esoteric Meltdown night is back at Deptford Champs Fridays … Gary Steel funks Greenford Oscars Sundays and does Gerrards Cross Smarties Fridays … London Charing Cross Road Busby’s has had a major refit, the fourth (I think) to be endured there by long standing resident Greg Gregory in the last ten years … Ciarian Lawlor does Fri/Sat at Birmingham’s refurbished The Millionaire — which I’ll be visiting next month as a roving guest judge of the 1986 Technics DJ Mixing Championships … Merseyside’s Personality DJ Of The Year “Julia” Grant, entertainment overlord of Firehurst Leisure’s rapidly expanding Mersey/Manchester pub chain (18 and adding), does La Jardin nightly and then doubles at Clouds Mon/Tues, Coconut Grove Wed/Fri, Secrets Thur/Sat (Sunday she has a lie in!) … Darryl Hayden’s fire-eating video roadshow recently gigged at the House Of Commons … Dartford’s Mixmaster Fressh FM is touting for work on 04747 6381 (evenings) — ask for Chris Marshall! … Ken Brudenell (Southampton Raffles) reckons Patti Austin ‘The Heat Of Heat‘ if issued here on 12in could be another Cherrelle as they’re so similar … Chris Gagola, playing to Radio One listeners at Hemel Hempstead’s The Living Room, nevertheless has successfully revived Sheila E ‘A Love Bizarre’ in anticipation of its UK release this month, and remains a big fan of The Family ‘High Fashion‘ … Level 42 to my mind have been a rock group (albeit soulful like Steely Dan) for several years now, yet still there are DJs who play them but don’t touch Tina Turner — how odd … Ladies Choice are men? … ‘Vision Quest’, the movie, has been renamed by Warner Bros for video release after the song Madonna is seen singing — her only appearance — ‘Crazy For You‘ … Club DJ Of The Year nominations are still welcome from globe trotting disco pluggers, few of whom managed to get them to me before Christmas … I had a refreshing full fortnight off, half in North Notts and half in North Wales, the New Year’s Eve party at my mate Sparrow Harrison’s mansion in the latter once again being the only one outside London to relay Capital Radio’s four hour party tape, to which I rocked ‘n’ rolled with Ann ‘Spud’ Murphy — many renewed thanks to all for your cards, and the odd Jeroboam! … 1986 deserves to see us all campaigning for more soul during daytime shows on BBC Radio One —IN EIGHTY-SIX LET’S GIVE ‘EM STICK!


KURTIS BLOW ‘If I Ruled The World’ (Club JABX 26)
Already monstrous as it fits right in with Full Force, Mantronix, Doug E. Fresh and the rest, this half sung/half rapped (0-)97bpm infectious bouncy jiggler from ‘Krush Groove’ has go go percussion, chix chanted choruses and scratching breaks (dub/inst flip), another to fly the flag for “new wave hip hop”.

CHERRELLE with Alexander O’Neal ‘Saturday Love’ (Tabu TA 6829)
Well, we at least all knew that this 115⅓bpm catchy slinker would be a smash, although most must be disappointed that the 12in lacks the LP’s dialogue intro, inessential for disco use of course but a major part of the total track’s appeal and doubtless responsible for the album’s renewed sales (her old 120bpm ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On‘ vocal is flip, sadly not the superior exciting instrumental version). Meanwhile back in the States. their 12in is an acappella started more spaciously remixed 116bpm Extended Version (US Tabu 4Z9 05332), with instrumental flip and a useful rhythm-started acappella for mixers … so CBS have further options to issue to boost the chart place, if needed!

EVELYN THOMAS ‘Cold Shoulder’ (Record Shack SOHOT 60)
Borrowing shamelessly from Instant Funk’s ‘Got My Mind Made Up’ chant, this Ian Levine produced/John Morales mixed infectiously pushing 105bpm piledriver has an irresistible rhythm and soaring vocals designed to drive soul clubs wild (dub flip) – don’t stop, don’t stop, I’ll tell you when! Phew, is this good! (Due fully Jan 20).

VIOLA WILLS ‘Dare To Dream’ (US Wide Angle TTW 8563)
A double-bladed battle-axe of a record, the cutting side in soul clubs being this lovely lazily swaying melodic 96⅔bpm self-penned SOS Band-style drifter which has become an instant smash, while gay jocks have flipped for her tasteful 132½bpm Hi-NRGising of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now‘. Duck, you’ve been warned!

MANTRONIX ‘Ladies’ (LP ‘The Album’ US Sleeping Bag Records TLX-6)
Snorting up the floors in London as the next ‘Alice’, the rapping duos’s similarly buoyant 102bpm new wave hip hop jitterer is joined on a particularly solid set by the initially Midlands-favoured 0-102⅔bpm ‘Bassline‘, their classic 98bpm ‘Needle To The Groove‘, its 97⅓bpm ‘Mega-Mix’, the violent 96bpm ‘Hardcore Hip-Hop‘, more subdued 95bpm ‘Get Stupid “Fresh” Part I‘ and 97⅔bpm ‘Fresh Is The Word‘.

MASQUERADE ‘One Nation (Def Mix)’ (Streetwave MKHAX 59)
Forget Funkadelic, although some of their song does still sneak in, this 112¾bpm total revamp finds local MCs Junior Gee, Lotti G, and Brooklyn’s Westrock rapping to a combination of ‘Set It Off’ and ‘Good Times’ — talk about fresh! — the original 0-119½bpm Clinton rhythm only being heard on the flip’s P.A. Edit of the track you already know.

ROCHELLE ‘My Magic Man’ (Warner Bros W8838T)
Due finally on Monday and already firmly entrenched as the new Lisa Lisa (or ‘Ring My Bell’?), all this horribly jaunty 112¼bpm nagging bright jiggler (in four versions) has to do now is cross over. No sweat.

KEITH SWEAT ‘My Mind Is Made Up’ (US Stadium STA 303)
The unfortunately named gent (not a misprint!) mumbles and moans an M&M mixed sneaky little 107⅓bpm burbling wriggler with naggingly repeated vocal lines and a reedy synth solo, all subdued and the more powerful for it (inst flip).

JAMES BROWN ‘Living In America’ (CBS TA 6701)
Boosted by cheaper Dutch imports but due here imminently, Mr Brown’s Dan Hartman-produced ‘Rocky IV’ funker is in 113¾bpm R&B Dance, possibly tighter 114bpm Soundtrack LP, and 0-113¾bpm instrumental versions, a fine traditionally styled skipping-rope strutter which nevertheless has not been a KO for everyone yet.

BILLY OCEAN ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’ (US JD1-9431)
Too hot to hold until UK release later this month despite an obviously ineffective import “ban”, Billy’s tautly striding (0-)122bpm roller from ‘The Jewel Of The Nile’ has that Change ‘Searching’ rhythm powering a sparse lean production with crossover sax ‘n guitar, in four mixes.

PAUL SCOTT ‘Off The Wall’ (US Ace Beat AS 91113)
Originally a filler on someone else’s 12in, this excellent bass bubbled jittery bounder remains in its original 118¼bpm instrumental Ace Mix and is now also revamped into a more obviously Colonel Abrams-ish long 117¾bpm Radio Version with subduedly mixed and digitally delayed vocal, a very sparse 0-118bpm Blazing Dub Mix, and James Brown scream started acappella.

FARLEY JACKMASTER FUNK ‘Funkin With The Drums Again’ (US Trax TX 106)
More a mini-LP than a 12in, this features three different 119bpm versions of a percussively pushing full bodied interestingly varied frisky instrumental titled variously ‘Jack’n The House’, ‘Jack’n The Trax‘, ‘Clap’n The Pella‘, flipped by the more skittery 120bpm instrumental ‘Farley Knows House‘ and its title line-scratched ‘Farley Farley’ version, plus the more sombre vocally scratched 113bpm ‘Oh My God‘.

ROY AYERS ‘Hot’ (US Columbia 44-05330)
His album’s tightly chugging infectious 114⅔bpm Prince-ish funk groove slightly remixed (evidently not enough to tempt many LP owners so far though), with an even tighter more claustrophobic Dub Remix flip.

ALISHA ‘Baby Talk’ (Total Control 12TOCO 6)
Due on Monday, this Mark Berry produced (0-)114⅓bpm revival of Greg Brown’s song is obviously a runaway US smash because of its startling similarity to Madonna, which could here help make it profitable for Steve Walsh’s label too!

REGINA ‘Baby Love’ (US West 78th Street Records Inc. WEST 78/12)
Here’s another 115¼bpm Madonna clone, less forceful than the similarly titled Alisha, although actually produced by Steve Bray of ‘Into The Groove’ —with David Sanborn on sax (dub/edit flip).

THE FLIRTS ‘You And Me’ (Epic TA 6760)
And now producer Bobby O gives these previously Hi-NRG girls a 113¼bpm Madonna groove too (inst/dub flip). Can Britain stand any more?

BETTY WRIGHT ‘Pain’ (US First String Records D-252)
A dynamite downtempo 84½bpm attractive soul soaked gentle low key but biting domestic commentary in interestingly mature subdued vocal style (she breaks into a rap for the ladies on one side’s version), not to be missed by more thoughtful soul fans.

DAVID SEA ‘Angel Pt 1′ (Move Into Soul Part 2’ EP Move Records MIS 2, via Charly)
Unearthed by discerning jocks off a hard to find various artists 6-track 45rpm 12in EP of southern soul — some gritty, some mellow — this romantically, achingly, huskily crooned Walter Jackson-ish 108-108⅔-109½-108⅓bpm swayer is just right for lovers dancing in the dark (Pt 2 follows).

SPENCER JONES ‘How To Win Your Love’ (Dutch Injection 234.715)
Already promoed here by Champion (Champion CHAMP 1210), this undemandingly pleasant tick-tocking 116½bpm bland bubbler borrows from the likes of Five Star, Cool Notes, Michael Jackson, and seems likely to have teen hit appeal (inst flip).

FIVE STAR ‘System Addict’ (Tent PT 40516)
Less than incisive lightweight 0-126bpm lolloper remixed by John Morales (dub too), not an obvious dancer, flipped as usual by a tougher instrumental, the juddering 114bpm ‘Pure Energy‘, and — the sharpest cut on offer — a newly extended version of Steve Harvey’s 117¼bpm ‘Winning’.

FRANKIE JOHNSON JNR ‘Whenever You Call Me’ (Fantasia Records FTAX 107)
Causing a slight stir on white label from a company previously associated with Hi-NRG, this is quite an impressive rumbling (55-)110pm soulfully surging swayer with an interestingly jangly keyboards sound (inst flip), a bit of a grower.

REACTION ‘My Downtown Lady’ (US Strawberry Records Unltd. SRU-72310)
The dry electronic percussion and bass 115bpm beat puts this into a Lisa Lisa-ish framework for mixers while the soulful male singer adds understated subtlety in sorta Leroy Burgess style (inst too), flipped by three versions of the less good 123⅓bpm ‘Hunter’.

TULULAH MOON ‘If You Want Love’ (US Beauty and The Beat BAB 104)
Duke Bootee may be behind it but this is far from hip hop, a joltingly wriggled 105½bpm weaving tapper sweetly wailed in slightly “London” style (by a girl who looks to be all lady yet oddly appears to have a hairy chest – unless that’s a badly printed shadow!), with edit and instrumental flip.

THE CONWAY BROTHERS ‘Raise The Roof’ (10 Records TEN 83-12)
Jauntily burbling disjointed 120¼bpm funker (edit too) over-similar to the far better ‘Turn It Up’, of which yet another 118bpm London Mix is flip.

LW5 ‘Get To Know You’ LP (Virgin V2363)
Patchy lacklustre set surprisingly under-produced by Paul Hardcastle – apart rather embarrassingly from the only tune to get much attention, the raggedy soulful episodically spurting wriggling 0-110¼bpm title track (evidently due on 12in), which Peter Hammond produced.

UK DISCO TOP 100 – January 11, 1986

01 01 SATURDAY LOVE, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
02 02 ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME!, Full Force, CBS 12in
03 04 SHE’S STRANGE/LES ADAMS MEGAMIX/ROOM 123, Cameo, Club 12in twin-pack
04 03 MR DJ, The Concept, 4th + B’way 12in
05 10 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO, Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
06 08 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU, Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
07 11 MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, US Warner Bros 12in
08 07 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE (‘BAD’ MIX), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
09 14 IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
10 05 WARRIOR GROOVE, DSM, 10 Records 12in
11 06 THE SHOW, Doug E Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
12 12 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
13 09 ONE NATION (STREET MIX)/(EXTENDED GROOVE), Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
14 18 NEW YORK EYES, Nicole (with Timmy Thomas), Portrait 12in
15 13 LET MY PEOPLE GO/RAW INSTRUMENTAL, The Winans, Qwest 12in
16 17 MUSIC IS THE ANSWER/DUB MIX, Colonel Abrams, PRT 12in
17 19 UPTOWN EXPRESS, BT Express, Streetwave 12in
18 16 CHIEF INSPECTOR, Wally Badarou, 4th + B’way 12in
20 28 LIVING IN AMERICA, James Brown, US/Dutch Scotti Brothers 12in
21 24 DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR BABY, The Temptations, Motown 12in
22 27 GIRLIE GIRLIE, Sophia George, Winner 12in
23 36 LADIES/BASSLINE/NEEDLE TO THE GROOVE, Mantronix, US Sleeping Bag Records LP
24 15 YOU DON’T KNOW (SPECIAL REMIX), Serious Intention, Important Records 12in
25 23 SUGAR FREE/FOREVER AND EVER, Juicy, US Private l Records LP
26 21 100%, Caprice, Lovebeat International 12in
27 20 WHO DO YOU LOVE, Bernard Wright, US Manhattan 12in
28 38 I’M NOT GONNA LET/SPECULATION, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records LP
29 22 DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
30 26 THE THINGS THAT MEN DO, Krystol, US Epic 12in
31 39 GUILTY, Yarbrough And Peoples, Total Experience 12in
32 56 HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU, Chapter 8, US Beverly Glen Music LP
33 25 TELL ME (HOW IT FEELS), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
34 65 I’M AVAILABLE/YOU’RE MY LAST CHANCE, 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
35 32 CARAVAN OF LOVE, Isley Jasper Isley, Epic 12in
36 30 FUNKY SENSATION, Ladies Choice, LGR Records 12in
37 42 RAISE THE ROOF, The Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
38 31 GO HOME(REMIX), Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
39 — DARE TO DREAM, Viola Wills, US Wide Angle 12in
40 41 COLDER ARE MY NIGHTS, The Isley Brothers, Warner Bros LP/US 12in
41 33 MATED, David Grant And Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
42 73 WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO (US REMIXES), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
43 35 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
44 34 YOU ARE MY LADY, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
45 37 TRAPPED, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
46 75 MAUREEN, Sade, Epic LP
47 43 DAY BY DAY, Shakatak with Al Jarreau, Boiling Point 12in
48 63 HIGH HORSE/CHEMISTRY OF LOVE, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA LP
49 40 TOO TOUGH (REMIX), Lonnie Reaves, US Qwest 12in
50 — MY MIND IS MADE UP, Keith Sweat, US Stadium 12in
51 — WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN, Prince Charles, US Electric Ice 12in
52 re WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (PULL IT OFF MIX), O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
53 50 FREAK IN ME, Danté, US Panoramic 12in
54 29 MAKE ‘EM MOVE (REMIX), Sly And Robbie, Island 12in
55 — BABY TALK, Alisha, US Vanguard 12in/EMI promo
56 47 KEEP THAT SAME OLD FEELING/ALWAYS THERE, Side Effect, Streetwave 12in
57 46 AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH, Frankie Kelly, 10 Records 12in
58 64 ROCK THE BELLS, LL Cool J, US Def Jam LP
59 62 GIVE AND TAKE, Brass Construction, Capitol 12in
60 60 THE HEAT OF HEAT/BIG BAD WORLD, Patti Austin, Qwest LP
62 re LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
64 61 AFTER LOVING YOU, Omari, Recent Future Records 12in
65 57 GET LOOSE, Aleem (featuring Leroy Burgess), Streetwave 12in
66 45 NEPENTHE/LET ME DOWN EASY, Skipworth And Turner, 4th + B’way 12in
67 59 RSVP (NICK MARTINELLI MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
68 54 INSPECTOR GADGET, The Kartoon Krew, Champion 12in
69 — MY DOWNTOWN LADY, Reaction, US Strawberry Records Unltd. 12in
71 76 IT DOESN’T MATTER, Zapp, Warner Bros LP/US 7in
73 52 SET IT OFF, Harleqiun Four’s, US Jus Born Prod 12in
74 53 THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ (LIKE YOUR LOVIN’)/SHE’S NOT A SLEAZE, Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
75 55 SUNSHINE/HIT AND RUN, Total Contrast, London 12in twin-pack
76 — HOT (REMIX), Roy Ayers, US Columbia 12in
77 74 KEEP ON, Bobby Mardis, US Profile 12in
78 67 JAZZ GROOVE, DSM, 10 Records 12in
79 — PAIN, Betty Wright, US First String Records 12in
80 80 WE GOT THE FUNK, Positive Force/RAPPER’S DELIGHT, Sugarhill Gang, Streetwave 12in
81 81 CONFUSION, Aleem, US Atlantic 12in
82 re WHAT’S MISSING, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
83 — ONE NATION (DEF MIX), Masquerade, Streetwave 12in
84 — IF YOU WANT LOVE, Tululah Moon, US Beauty and The Beat 12in
85 66 PARTY LIGHTS, The Circle City Band, US Circle City Records 12in
86 77 GOT TO GO, Ester, US Studio Records 12in
87 85 THE TRUTH, Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
88 — BABY LOVE, Regina, US West 78th Street Records Inc 12in
89 58 THE MAGIC, THE MOMENT, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
90 88 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Level 42, Polydor 12in
92 — GET TO KNOW YOU, LW5, Virgin LP
93 68 ANGEL PT 1, David Sea, Move 12in EP
94 94 WHODUNIT (REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
95 — LET’S FIRE IT UP, Nature’s Creation featuring ‘Chief Sir Funky’, US Sound Makers Records 12in
96 — SATURDAY LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX), Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
97 86 LIKE THIS, Chip E Inc. featuring K.Joy, US D.J. International Records 12in
98 98 THE HEAT IN ME, Linda Clifford, US Red Label 12in
99 — STAND BACK, Stephanie Mills, US MCA Records 12in
100 — HOW TO WIN YOUR LOVE, Spencer Jones, Dutch Injection 12in/Champion promo


01 01 HE’S NUMBER ONE, Fantasy, US Spring 12in
02 05 HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT (REMIX), Bronski Beat, London 12in
03 07 MAGIC, Brian Soares, US Night Wave 12in
04 05 CUBA LIBRE (REMIX), Modern Rocketry featuring Jo-Lo, US Megatone 12in
05 — LOVE’S GONE MAD, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in white label
06 09 FAIRY TALE, Rose, Italian Disco Magic 12in
07 — PISTOL IN MY POCKET, Lana Pellay, Sublime 12in white label
08 — CHARLESTON, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
09 04 DANCE, Joy St James, US Pink Glove 12in
10 10 NO FRILLS LOVE (REMIX), Jennifer Holliday, Geffen Records 12in
11 06 SHOCKWAVE, David Knopfler, makingwaves 12in
12 15 BOTH SIDES NOW, Viola Wills, US Wide Angle 12in
13 23 BORN TO BE ALIVE, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
14 26 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (PULL IT OFF MIX), O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
15 08 DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC (REMIX), Tavares, Dutch Capitol 12in
16 30= SATISFY, Soif De La Vie, German Uff Zick 12in
17 07 WITH YOU I COULD HAVE IT ALL, Cissy Houston, Glitter 12in
18 21 CASANOVA ACTION, Latin Lover, Dutch Sound Shop 12in
19 12 SHANGHAI, Lee Marrow, German Chic 12in
20 — STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, Pamala Stanley & Paul Parker, US TSR 12in
21 — I KNOW, I KNOW, Sylvie Sanders, German Chic 12in
22 28 MUSIC IS MY THING/UNDER CONTROL, Samantha Gilles, Belgian Infinity 12in
23 14 ANOTHER BOY IN TOWN, Two Girls, US Popular 12in
24 re THE FIGHTER, Arpeggio, US Nissim Records 12in
25 17 ONE MAN’S MEAT, The Hudsons, Wheelchair 12in
26 13 IN BLUE, Data, Proto 12in white label
27 16 ORIENTAL EYES/INSTRUMENTAL, Rewind, German Bellaphon 12in
28 20 ON FIRE (REMIX), Madleen Kane, US TSR 12in
29 19 YOUNG, FREE AND SINGLE, Boney M, German Hansa 12in
30= — SCRATCH MY NAME/CALL MY NAME, Creative Connection, Conifer 12in
30= 25 TONIGHT, Ken Laszlo, Italian MEM 12in

2 thoughts on “January 11, 1986: Kurtis Blow, Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal, Evelyn Thomas, Viola Wills, Mantronix”

  1. And so the third Chicago house record to land in the UK marks the first appearance of the Trax label, and the first appearance – unnoticed for now – of the term “house” (for strange as it may now seem, nobody in the UK would yet be able to decode the track titles “Jack’n The House” and “Farley Knows House”).

    Aware that something significant is going on, James deploys the term “new wave hip hop” in his reviews of Kurtis Blow and Mantronix, and he’s on the right track – a new wave is on the verge of breaking big.

    Elsewhere, James’s protracted championing of Alexander O’Neal’s “What’s Missing” keeps rolling on, and he’s far from done yet! The track’s OK, but I can’t quite see what makes it so special. Then again, I always thought that “Saturday Love” was overrated, so what do I know!

    Morgan Khan of StreetSounds, who takes a rare lead vocal on the Masquerade track, popped up on BBC4’s superb jazz-funk documentary last Friday night, his ebullience undimmed by the passing of the years. The programme is still available on iPlayer, and should be essential viewing for long-term followers of this blog.

    There’s a surprise first mention this week for Keith Sweat, one of the founding fathers of new jack swing, with a single so obscure that it’s not even listed on his Wikipedia discography. (And as with Frankie Knuckles before him, James can’t stifle a giggle at his name.)

    Paul Scott’s “Off The Wall” earns a second review, and like Dynamic Duo’s “Knights Of The Turntables”, it features a James Brown sample… an another early signifier of an avalanche. Meanwhile James Brown’s own comeback single is about to give him his first Top 20 pop hit since “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” twenty years earlier. The Dan Hartman production doesn’t quite do it for me, but the single is still a well-timed reminder of the Godfather’s legacy.

    Betty Wright’s “Pain” was a big favourite of mine at the time, and it still sounds just as good now, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s a new entry for Seventh Avenue’s “Love Gone Mad”, which became wildly popular and completely inescapable in gay clubs for the next few months: one of those rare Eurobeat “hits” which actually did feel like a hit!


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