March 22, 1986: Alexander O’Neal, The S.O.S. Band, Art Of Noise featuring Duane Eddy, Russ Brown, Tippa Irie


NEW YORK’S brand new Stringfellows opened last Wednesday with a live two-way satellite TV link that joined it to the original London club both visually and musically, Tigrr spinning the sounds in the big Apple and Marie Thompson here – forget International DJ Mixing, how about Intercontinental?! … 4th + B’way are rushing Circuit’s 1984 version of ‘Release The Tension‘ for the first time on 12in here, to counteract J-A Groove’s new treatment and cash in on its Colonel Abrams connection … London had already circulated white labels of Serious Intention ‘Serious‘ (LONX 93) before last week’s import review was printed … Cherry Red’s associated labels are getting really involved with go go, Baad Records releasing not only Macattack but also the equally hard to find Osiris ‘War On the Bullshit‘ (plus a ‘Roots Of Hip Hop’ EP), and Dance the brand new Ayre Rayde ‘Sock It To Me‘ plus oldies and newies by Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers – drop the bomb! … Cooltempo, after the track was first circulated privately on cassette a year ago, is the label that finally picked up the exciting instrumental ‘Go Go Gadget‘ by Louie Oxley (keyboadist on Tyrone Branson’s ‘The Smurf’) … Island’s go go movie ‘Good To Go’ is now scheduled for a summer release, with a UK visit from Trouble Funk and/or EU to coincide … L.L. Cool J’s labels were wrongly printed, the slower long B-side version of ‘Rock The Bells’ being the new one, so no wonder everyone still prefers the shorter scratching A-side LP version — now it’s out here (Def Jam/CBS TA 7003) the 12in also includes the foul mouthed new exciting unaccompanied rap interplay ‘El Shabazz‘ … Arista actually added the US 0-119bpm Dub Mix to their 12in of Aretha Franklin ‘Another Night’ (ARIST 22-657) before rapidly eclipsing it with the current Les Adams megamix … 12in copies of the 10in promoed tempoless Force MD’s ‘Tender Love‘ will be flipped for the first 10,000 by the hip hop ‘Force MD’s Meet The Fat Boys‘ (owned jointly by WEA, hence the limited edition) … Theresa Davis featuring Jerry Butler is now also on US 12in, as for a while evidently has been Andrew Barrax … Sam Cooke’s rippling 128-129-0bpm ‘Wonderful World’ classic from 1960, used in the Levi’s 501 commercial, has been reissued on 7in with the 130bpm ‘Chain Gang’ (RCA PB 49871), and on 4-track 12in, all also being on a new double album ‘The Man And His Music’ (PL 87127) … William Bell when last heard was still up for grabs, a deal with Virgin having fallen through … Steve Collins has returned to Capital Radio’s Sunday 1-5am pre-dawn shift, the great thing about his record selection being that nearly all are from what Robbie Vincent calls “the little label collection”, largely unfamiliar (though new), and very soulful indeed – there’s always something worth jotting down to try and buy — however, the bad news is that Froggy seems to be alternating with him and will be back this weekend … Adrian Allen (South Shields Chelsea Cat) has so impressed ’em at Radio Tees he sits in hosting the next two Saturday’s 6pm ‘Nightlife’ soul shows … Alan James Jewell actually came back just for the 3rd International DJ Convention all the way from Hong Kong, where he’s still Bacchus’s star DJ at Hollywood East, a video jock on live TV, and starts a radio show in May on British Forces Broadcasting Service (not surprisingly maybe the colony’s hottest station!) … Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal’s ‘Saturday Love’ remix was actually by an uncredited John Morales, who’s also just remixed the Shalamar oldies ‘Take That To The Bank’, ‘There It Is’ and ‘A Night To Remember’ for a bonus 12in that’ll be twin-packed with a TV merchandised hits LP, only the latter title’s remix being due on regular commercial 12in too, slightly in advance … Disco Mix Club could soon have a rival, modelled more on the US Hot Tracks and Disconet concept … Jermaine Jackson is getting back together with his brothers in the Jacksons for their next LP, and with Michael Jackson for his too – it seems his label move away from Motown and Berry Gordy Jr’s grasp has helped heal those family recording rifts … Michael Jackson and Prince are both oddly getting to look ever more like mid-Fifties black rock ‘n’ roll superstar Little Richard, one of whose apt sayings is “make-up can’t fix up!” … America’s record labels are running scared of news reports that several independent pluggers have mafia connections, this new payola scandal causing them to stop using even innocent pluggers — meanwhile, Billboard continues incorporating easily manipulated radio playlists along with sales in its charts, the root cause of the problem (at least Whitney Houston ‘How Will I Know’ and Rene & Angela ‘Your Smile‘ have each just successively topped the US Black 45s chart while number one in sales too) … Keith Sweat as long suspected is really Keith Crier of the group GQ … Bronx dancers have a new move called “the helicopter”, one guy standing and twirling another by the waist over his head in spreadeagled rotor style … CJ Carlos still funks like a good ‘un, but he’s also discovered there’s money to be made out of both Spanish and Jewish teenage nights (he’s Portuguese himself)! … I can’t understand why the terrific Alyson Williams ‘Yes We Can Can‘, much played on radio, is so slow to go in discos … DJs, early Easter deadlines mean we need your charts by Monday morning, so break with habit and please post ’em NOW .. GET LOOSE!

52nd STREET’S ‘I Can’t Let You Go’ now has a less languid 102⅓bpm New York Remix shoving the original Extended A-side onto the 12in flip with the Jazz Version (10 Records TEN 11413), while in other vinyl revamps America’s Mildred does indeed here become MILLIE SCOTT for the 0-110⅓bpm UK re-edit of her gloriously whomping brassy ‘Prisoner Of Love‘ (4th + 4 B’way 12BRW 45) with the dub version’s intro and rap break spliced into it, and CHERRELLE has a belated clumsy (0-)100⅓bpm Remix of ‘Will You Satisfy?’ (Tabu QTA 6927) with a more interesting 100⅔bpm Dub-Dance Remix flip.


New York’s Cheese won Sunday’s International Mixing Championships, seriously scratching even when handcuffed! Closely second was Chad Jackson, and third Holland’s Orlando Voorn — who grumbled “Was this a mixing or a scratching competition?” It was state of the art, 1986 stylee.

(NOTE: There will be a full report in the following week’s column.)


ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘What’s Missing (Remix)’ (US Tabu 4Z9 05361)
Once past a superfluous cheap intro this 111bpm Louil Silas Jr remix of his current UK hit’s hottest 12in dance side strides more strongly than before with beefier beat and rolling repetition building infectious intensity around a fresh break (inst flip). Essential!

THE S.O.S. BAND ‘The Finest’ (Tabu TA 6997)
Comfortingly familiar 109⅔bpm steadily driving Jam & Lewis roller with Alexander O’Neal’s eagerly anticipated contribution amounting to some mumbling, and a few echoing phrases (acappella interrupted instrumental, and old 67⅘bpm ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else’ flip).

THE ART OF NOISE featuring DUANE EDDY ‘Peter Gunn’ (China WOKX 6)
Duane’s twangy guitar recreates his 1959 instrumental classic while the Noise’s typical 120bpm beat thrashes on through varied breaks to create floor-pounding power. Talk about hot!

RUSS BROWN ‘Gotta Find A Way’ (10 Records TENT 122)
Excitingly adventurous and already the new Harleqiun Four’s, not only because it slides into the ‘Set It Off’ cymbal beat, this fascinating mournfully sung 112⅔bpm mesmeric rambling builder has yet to be as big in sales charts as it is with DJs (inst/edit flip). I love it!

TIPPA IRIE ‘Hello Darling’ (UK Bubblers TIPPA T4, via EMI/Priority)
Far removed from routine reggae, this smash bound gorgeous breezily swinging 134/67bpm fluid story song delight should get all but dullards hopping on the good foot (two inst mixes too) — it rapidly topped Capital Radio’s requests.

JAZZY D ‘That’s What I Did (For You Baby)’ (US Techno Hop Records THR-9)
Do give this terrific jaunty rapping 115bpm hip hop basher a chance as it just keeps getting better the longer it’s on, with jazzy piano and human beat box boosting the catchy groove (inst/acappella too). Dyn-o-mite!

ZAPP ‘Computer Love’ (US Warner Bros 0-20440)
Three subtly quite different mixes of this lovely atmospheric slinky slow smoocher, with typical vocoder offsetting soulful Shirley Murdock — the (0-)86 1/7 bpm Extended version, 85bpm Remix, 846/7 bpm Instrumental — are joined on 12in by 1980’s classic 105¾bpm ‘More Bounce To The Ounce‘ P’funk groove.

GEORGE CLINTON ‘Do Fries Go With That Shake’ (US Capitol V-15219)
Marathon episodic solidly smacking (0-)113bpm P’funk groove with just two bursts of goofy ensemble vocal amidst the all important powerhouse beat (Scratch Medley flip adding 112bpm bits from ‘Pleasures Of Exhaustion’).

MACATTACK ‘The Art Of Drums’ (Baad Records 12 HIP-NO 1, via Cherry Red)
Sadly killed in a car crash at Christmas, the young Trouble Funk drummer was playing for Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers at Washington DC’s Black Hole when I met him exactly a year ago, and not even he had a copy of his then brand new but until now maddeningly elusive go go rarity! A monotonous hypnotic rhythm jiggler there in the original 106bpm rap plus three more 105⅚bpm versions (two inst), it was inspired in name more than sound by The Art Of Noise.

MANTRONIX ‘The Album’ (10 Records DIX 37)
Dangerously late UK release for the solid hip hop set, its hot 0-102⅔bpm ‘Bassline’ being due soon remixed and flipped by a ‘Ladies‘ remake, although there are still the classic 98bpm ‘Needle To The Groove‘, its 97⅓bpm ‘Mega-Mix‘, and the violent 96bpm ‘Hardcore Hip-Hop‘.

RUBY TURNER ‘I’m In Love’ (Jive JIVE T 118)
Tina Turner-ish mellow strong (0-)97½bpm swayer with equal AoR appeal, flipped (inst too) by the usefully ‘When The Going Gets Tough’-like 124⅙bpm ‘I’m Livin’ A Life Of Love‘.

CITY HEAT ‘Ba Ya (Means I Love You)’ (US HQ Records HQ 92844)
Richly arranged with real old fashioned instruments, this soulful chaps sung and scatted moodily undulating 50/100-100¾-100⅓-100½-101-100¾-100⅓bpm jiggly soaring builder (inst flip) could become a bit of a grabber. Remember jazz-funk?

EASTBOUND EXPRESSWAY ‘You’re A Beat’ (Passion PASH 12 53)
Ian Levine’s girls-sung simple jolly 120bpm canterer attempts to do for Eurobeat what his Evelyn Thomas-sung ‘High Energy’ did for Hi-NRG. Is he splitting hairs?

THE ROLLING STONES ‘Harlem Shuffle’ (Rolling Stones Records TA 6864)
Improved on 12in, there’s a clean Steely Dan-ish 121½-122-0bpm NY Mix and more muddily Bob & Earl-ish 0-121-121½bpm London Mix. The sleeve’s cartoon coons could just as well be crows.

(NOTE: James explains his reasons for using this strong racial slur at the very start of next week’s Odds ‘N’ Bods, as well as apologising to his readers for the offence he has unintentionally caused.)

CONNIE ‘Funky Little Beat’ (US Sunnyview SUN 431)
Warm a while. Stateside, this appealing lightweight 117¾bpm combination of familiar elements –  “London”-style sing-song chick, smurfs, swaying synth, chattering beats (good inst flip) – deserves not to be overlooked here.

DEBORAH COOPER ‘Your Love Is All I Need’ (US World To World Records Inc WWR-W 212)
From its opening breath rap and first hint of ‘Our Day Will Come’ melody, this superb sweetly wailed gentle yet gritty 82¼- 83¾-85½-86-87-41½-87-88bpm drifter is so steeped in pure Sixties soul it’ll make veteran fans’ spines tingle!

ALFIE ‘That Look’ LP (US Motown 6146ML)
On Alfie Silas’s disappointingly patchy debut Motown set, out a while, her cheerfully bounding 119⅓bpm title track strutter has got deserved soul support and should be a single.

CAMEO ‘A Goodbye’ (Club JABXD 28)
The 12in twin-pack with this experimental rock-ish 47½-95bpm slowie thankfully has four oldies, the lushly lurching slow 77 5/8 bpm ‘I’ve Got Your Image‘, jerkily leaping 124 (intro)-122½-121½-121¾-120½-121bpm ‘It’s Serious‘, funkily snapping 114½-114⅓bpm ‘On The One‘, and hurriedly jolting 0- 124¾bpm ‘Just Be Yourself‘.

JUNIOR ‘Acquired Taste’ LP (London LONLP 14)
Acknowledging the wry title, he makes it easy for us on the good slinkily purposeful 104⅔bpm ‘Not Tonight’ and attractively swaying pent-up (0-)103⅓bpm ‘Look What You’ve Done To Me‘.


BEATS PER MINUTE catching up to last week’s Top 75 entries 7in (f/r for fade/resonant ends):

David Bowie 114f doleful midtempo swayer, Culture Club (0-) 132f slick canterer, Howard Jones 47½-95-0r static slow ticker, Rolling Stones (0-)121f uninspired Bob & Earl remake, Pogues ‘Planxty Noel Hill’ 0-164-162f Irish jig/’London Girl’ 169⅓-172f bog rock, Siouxsie & The Banshees 152-154-156-157-155-0r fan fodder, Real Thing 104-103¾f nostalgic pop-soul, Stevie Wonder 83-0f innocuously lapping slowie, Viola Wills (0-)96⅔f gorgeous crossover swayer, Sinitta 129f corny Hi-NRG (an updated ‘Bobby’s Girl’?), Housemartins 212-206-208-0r nervy beat group pop, Atlantic Starr 39¾/79½-79¼f slushy slowie, Talk Talk 110f insistent surger more mood than song, John Taylor 82-164/82-164f episodic juddering then racing video pop, Amazulu 105f mildly exotic MoR wriggler, Jocelyn Brown 108⅓-0r jittery soul.

UK DISCO TOP 100 – March 22, 1986

01 01 (NOTHING SERIOUS) JUST BUGGIN’, Whistle, Champion 12in
03 04 LADIES, Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
04 02 DARE TO DREAM (LONDON REMIX), Viola Wills, Streetwave 12in
05 14 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
06 09 IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT/WHAT’S MISSING, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
09 05 DO YOU LOVE ME (REMIX), Durell Coleman, Fourth & Broadway 12in
11 10 DON’T WASTE MY TIME, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
12 19 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (THE DECADE REMIX 76-86), The Real Thing, PRT 12in
13 11 MY MAGIC MAN, Rochelle, Warner Bros 12in
14 27 GALVESTON BAY (EXTENDED RE-EDIT), Lonnie Hill, 10 Records 12in
15 13 GOTTA FIND A WAY, Russ Brown, US Jump Street 12in
16 08 WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band, PRT 12in
17 15 RHYTHM OF YOUR LOVE, Isabel Roberts, Hot Vinyl 12in
18 21 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
20 16 STRUNG OUT (DANCE MIX), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
22 18 LIVING IN AMERICA, James Brown, Scotti Brothers 12in
23 34 I CAN’T LET YOU GO (REMIX)/(NEW YORK REMIX), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
24 28 HOW WILL I KNOW (JELLYBEAN REMIX), Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
26 23 PARTY FREAK (LATIN RASCAL EDIT), Cashflow, US Mercury 12in
27 71 I’M NOT GONNA LET YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD US REMIX), Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
28 75 A GOODBYE/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE/IT’S SERIOUS/ON THE ONE, Cameo, Club 12in twin-pack promo
29 24 HEY! DON’T WASTE MY TIME, The Walkers, Club 12in
30 29 TRUTH OR DARE (REMIX), Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in
31 32 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, Warner Bros 12in
32 31 YOU CAN DO IT (IT’S SO EASY), Dino Terrell, Lovebeat International 12in
34 35 (YOU ARE MY) ALL AND ALL, Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
35 26 WILL YOU SATISFY?, Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
36 43 PRISONER OF LOVE, Mildred Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
37 53 HIGH HORSE (REMIX)/SHAME/TAKE A CHANCE, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
39 25 IF I RULED THE WORLD, Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
40 38 SERIOUS, Serious Intention, US Pow Wow 12in/London promo
41 73 KISS, Prince And The Revolution, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
42 41 ALL I WANT IS MY BABY, Roberta Gillam, WEA 12in
43 66 THIS IS THE HOUSE (GHETTO CONDO MINIMUM MIX), Three Degrees, Supreme Records 12in
44 78 OVERJOYED, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
45 — DO FRIES GO WITH THAT SHAKE, George Clinton, US Capitol 12in
46 70 IF YOU WANT LOVE, Tululah Moon, Total Control 12in
47 85 DUB THE TENSION/RELEASE THE TENSION, J-A Groove, US Studio Records 12in
48 52 ANOTHER NIGHT (DANCE MIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
49 42 UPFRONT, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
50 68 YOU CAN’T BLAME LOVE, Thomas & Taylor, US Thom/Tay 12in
51 58 CHAIN REACTION (DANCE MIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
52 37 $UCCE$$ IS THE WORD, 12:41, US Fresh Records 12in
53 44 DON’T WASTE MY TIME (ESSENTIAL WELL-HARD CRUCIAL MIX), Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
54 — ZOOMIN’ TO THE FREEWAY (LES ADAMS MEGAMIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
55 51 THE RIVER (EXTENSIVE REMIX), Total Contrast, London 12in
56 — GIVE IT UP FOR LOVE, Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in white label
57 54 TURN YOUR LOVE (RIGHT AROUND), Projection, Elite 12in
58 36 LOVE MONEY (REMIX 86)/FORT KNOX, Funk Masters, Tai Wan 12in
59 49 SKIPS A BEAT (CLUB MIX), Warp 9, Motown 12in
60 — STAY (97½bpm), The Controllers, US MCA 12in
61 77 A LOVE BIZARRE, PARTS I AND II, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
62 72 SIDEWALK TALK/WAS DOG A DOUGHNUT, Jellybean, EMI America 12in
63 63 BASSLINE/NEEDLE TO THE GROOVE, Mantronix, 10 Records LP
64 — WHAT’S MISSING (REMIX), Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
65 30 PAIN, Betty Wright, Cooltempo 12in
66 47 LOVE’S ON FIRE, Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, US Atlantic 12in
67 74 BABY LOVE, Regina, Funkin’ Marvellous Records 12in
68 re FIRESTARTER, Tease, US Epic 12in
70 39 IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER (REMIX), Zapp, Warner Bros 12in
71 56 CAN YOU FEEL IT?, Original Concept, US Def Jam 12in
72 40 FUNKY SENSATION, Ladies Choice, Sure Delight 12in
73 — HELLO DARLING, Tippa Irie, UK Bubblers 12in
74 — PETER GUNN, The Art Of Noise featuring Duane Eddy, China Records 12in
75 — MY LATIN LOVER (114¾bpm), Q-Pid featuring Nikki Q, US Sunnyview 12in
76 57 CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE, James Cobbin & Prime Cut, US Tuckwood 12in
77 64 I LOVE ONLY YOU, Ruth Dawes, US Profile 12in
78 48 SLOWLY, September, 10 Records 12in
79 — ARE YOU WID IT (116bpm), Private Possession, US Mega Bolt 12in
80 — MAKE ME THE ONE (102bpm), Crown Heights Affair, US Releaseme 12in
81 re ROCK THE BELLS, L.L. Cool J, Def Jam 12in
82 80 DON’T STOP THAT GO GO BEAT, Effectron, MDM Records 12in
83 61 YOU BLOW MY MIND, Stimulus featuring Milton Smith, US Roulette 12in
84 50 LET MY PEOPLE GO (M&M REMIX), The Winans, Qwest 12in
85 46 FOOL’S PARADISE/DO YOU STILL LOVE ME?, Meli’sa Morgan, US Capitol LP
86 — BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE, Cut Master D.C., US Zakia Records 12in
87 62 HOW TO WIN YOUR LOVE, Spencer Jones, Champion 12in
88 97 COMPUTER LOVE (REMIXES), Zapp, US Warner Bros 12in
89 — I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, US Atlantic 12in
90 55 GAMES, 94 East, US Hot Pink LP
91 — MYSTERY OF LOVE (INSTRUMENTAL) (116½-116-115½bpm)/ORIGINAL/CLUB MIX/DUB (119¼bpm), Fingers Inc, US DJ International Records 12in
92 87 LOVE WILL FOLLOW (49½/99bpm), George Howard, US TBA LP
93 100 FUNKY SENSATION, Gwen McCrae, Atlantic 12in
94 92 SHE’S THE ONE, Cabo Frio, US Zebra Records LP
95 69 BEST FRIENDS, Eddie Towns (ET), US Total Experience 12in
96 60 DOUBLE DEF FRESH, Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
97 — SAMBA/MAKING LOVE, Rob Mullins, US RMC Records LP
98 — DANCING IN THE STREET (0-117½/235)/FLY BY NIGHT (94/188)/SUMMER SONG (96bpm), Matt Bianco, WEA LP
99 81 TOUCHING AND CARING, Nina Simone, US VPI Records LP
100 88 CLOUD NINE, Mystery Assignment, Virgin 12in


01 01 LOVE’S GONE MAD (EUROBEAT MIX), Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
02 04 ANOTHER NIGHT (DANCE MIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
03 03 YOU’RE A BEAT, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
04 02 DANGER FOR LOVE, Deborah, German ZYX 12in
05 07 STRANGER, Linda Imperial, US Pink Glove 12in
06 06 PRISONER OF LOVE, Mildred Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
07 11 CHAIN REACTION (DANCE REMIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
08 17 THIS IS MY LIFE, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
09 05 FLY TO ME, Aleph, Italian Disco Magic 12in
10 16 PISTOL IN MY POCKET, Lana Pellay, Sublime 12in
11 10 ALL PLAYED OUT, L.I.F.E., US Dance-Sing 12in
12 08 PEOPLE SAY IT’S IN THE AIR, The Herreys, Canadian Chateau 12in
13 18 ONE BITE (JOHN MORALES REMIX), Street Angels, Calibre 12in
14 09 MIDNIGHT LOVER, People Like Us, Passion 12in
15 12 LIFELINE DANCING, Pattie Brooks, US Easy Street 12in
16 13 I ENGINEER, Animotion, US Casablanca 12in
17 14 DESTINY TIME, Roy, Italian MEM 12in
18 15 DIAL MY NUMBER, The Back Bag, German Transparent 12in
19 27 THEME FROM ‘DYNASTY’/THE BREAK (’86 VERSION), Kat Mandu, Canadian Matra 12in
20 20 IF YOU SHOULD EVER BE LONELY (CLUB MIX), Val Young, US Gordy 12in
21 19 ONE MORE SHOT, Oh Romeo, US MEMO 12in
22 21 COME ON, Alan Barry, Italian Time 12in
23 22 MOSKOW DISKO (1986 VERSION), Telex, German Rush 12in
24 30= SECLUSION, Shaun Benson, US TSR 12in
25 23 BOLERO, Fancy, Swedish Mega 12in
26 — BROTHER LOUIE, Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
27 28 TONIGHT, Ken Laszlo, Italian MEM 12in
28 24 MY DELIGHT, Solid Strangers, German ZYX 12in
29 re DEVIL ON MY SHOULDER, Angel Chorus, 10 Records 12in
30= re OCHO RIOS, Paul Jabara, US Warner Bros 12in
30= 25 ICE COLD LOVE, Madigan, Italian On The Road 12in

6 thoughts on “March 22, 1986: Alexander O’Neal, The S.O.S. Band, Art Of Noise featuring Duane Eddy, Russ Brown, Tippa Irie”

  1. Louie Oxley’s ‘Go Go Gadget’ doesn’t seem to be available anywhere online, which makes me all the more curious to hear it. Almost none of the Jam & Lewis productions from this era – such as this week’s ‘The Finest’ – do it for me anymore, much as I enjoyed them at the time, and I can’t quite work out why – maybe they sound too stiff / stark / airless now? Russ Brown’s BPM may be too low to strictly qualify as house, but it still slots in well with the nascent genre, while at the lower end of the disco chart we catch our first glimpse of the great Larry Heard, as ‘Mystery of Love’ becomes the fourth Chicago house release to land, and the second to chart.


  2. The comment about Keith Sweat being Keith Crier is incorrect. Crier was Sweat’s uncle, and died in 2013. Keith Sweat is still alive.

    I see the Rock The Bells thing last week was a mistake, which explains things.


  3. I see “Stay” by The Controllers entering the dance chart – I’m really surprised it was out this early. Anyone who listened to Kiss FM or the London pirates at the end of the 1980s and well into the 1990s will remember this tune as that rare thing an old style pre-house r&b track that stuck around for years. Years later I remember a female hardcore raver/very early lover of jungle (first one I ever new) I used to work with saying this was one of her favourite tunes of all time.


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