ODDS ‘N’ BODS
‘SOLID SOUL’, the newly independent successor to ‘Soul Train’, hits Channel 4 this Friday at 6.30pm (only half an hour long now) with singer Julie Roberts and club jock Chris Forbes as presenters, Serious Intention, Millie Scott and Joyce Sims being likely amongst the guests … I’m sorry to see after just 19 issues the abrupt demise of dance music mag The Street Scene, which had some enthusiastic writers on its staff … Pinnacle’s dance music manager Mark Arthurworrey has remixed with added sax and percussion an extended 95bpm 12in of William Bell ‘Headline News’, out fully on Absolute Records next week although white labelled now … Viola Wills’ 97bpm Diva Mix turns out to be instrumental with Mary Jane Girls-type bass … Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald’s smash-bound smoochy ‘On My Own’ will be out here within a fortnight … Nu Shooz topped US Club Play in Billboard and is likewise scheduled here … ’48 HRS’ being shown on TV was a massive plug for the featured Busboys — always described as playing rock they turned out to be black rock ‘n’ rollers (a big difference), reminiscent of the Rivingtons to these ears, their ‘The Boys Are Back In Town‘ possibly being worth belated issue by Arista here … George Clinton, doubtless encouraged by response to the animated element of his ‘Atomic Dog’ video, has been collaborating with Thomas Dolby on the music for a George Lucas-produced cartoon called ‘Howard The Duck’ … Kashif’s discovery Johnny Kemp turns out to be from the Bahamas, which may make his “London” sound less surprising … Joyce Sims is due here for PAs, hopefully taking in this week’s big Bognor bash … System X should keep their subscribers better informed if they really want to rival the Disco Mix Club … I can appreciate while listening to the cassette of the six best Technics World DJ Mixing finalists why DJ Cheese’s winning mix may seem like a swizz to those who didn’t see him do it live, as its visual and physical intricacy is not conveyed by the resulting sound alone (that boy was busy!): remember that stage presence and audience response were just as important as the mixers’ ability and imagination to the judges’ final score, so things which now sound slick on tape were not necessarily that exciting live … 1984’s winning mix by Sanny X was likewise far more excitingly dynamic live than on tape … South Harrow one man band Chris Paul, whose ‘Expansions 86‘ should soon be white labelled, wants to be another Jeff Lorber rather than Paul Hardcastle! … RELEASE THE TENSION!
GEORGE CLINTON ‘Do Fries Go With That Shake’ (Capitol 12CL 402)
Shaping up as another ‘Let It All Blow’ or even ‘Rockit’, this marathon mesmeric 112⅔bpm funk groove has bursts of chant and blistering Tom Browne-type trumpet, its piledriving dancefloor punch not stopping enthusiastic radio play either. A biggie!
JAKI GRAHAM ‘Set Me Free’ (EMI 12JAKI 7)
Roaring and storming, her exuberant 0-104bpm jittery lurcher is like a denser Skipworth & Turner as it pushes and stomps along, only the repetitively rolling song structure maybe being short of inspiration.
THE FORCE MD’S ‘Tender Love’ (Tommy Boy/Island 12ISX 269)
WEA belatedly barred ‘Force MD’s Meet The Fat Boys‘ from being a limited edition flip to this Richie-esque dead slow 0-35-0bpm radio ballad (prod/penned by Jam & Lewis), ever so tender and here in two lengths with the ‘Groovin’’-like 106bpm ‘Chillin’‘ as couplin’ instead.
JOYCE SIMS ‘(You Are My) All And All’ (London LONX 94)
Mantronik’s new remix will now be added later to UK pressings of this nagging squeakily wailed (0-)109¼bpm electro-soul jitterer, for the time being here still in its original four mixes, like a more subtle Rochelle.
TEASE ‘Firestarter’ (Epic EPC TA 7084)
As suspected, the husky soulsters’ haunting piano accented groin grinding 95⅓bpm swayer has proved a real nagger on import, steadily creeping up trouser legs!
T.C. CURTIS ‘Let’s Make Love’ (Hot Melt 12 TC005, via PRT)
Good breathily sung infectiously fluid 117¼bpm canterer somewhat like a looser less emphatic Colonel Abrams (inst flip).
TAVARES ‘It Only Takes A Minute (Remix)’ (Capitol 12TAV 2)
Specially remixed as UK follow-up by Ben Liebrand, their 122-121¾-123¼-122⅔-121⅔ (break)-122¾bpm galloper originally was huge in 1976 on import but beaten in the pop chart by Jonathan King’s One Hundred Ton And A Feather cover version (they retaliated by having a bigger hit at the very same time with ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’!). Instrumental revamp, and Ben’s older 107⅓bpm ‘More Than A Woman’ remix make the flip.
SYLVIA SMITH ‘Don’t Wanna Be A Sometime Lover’ (US Qwest 0-20418)
Craftily combining several familiar favourite soul elements (in four mixes), this satisfying subdued 114½bpm wriggly weaver will mean most to the already converted, who’ll love it.
THE TEMPTATIONS ‘I’m Fascinated’ (Motown ZT 40622)
Classy ethereal Sam Cooke-ish 102½bpm swayer very like ‘Nightshift’, flipped by M&M’s 113¼bpm Club Mix of ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’, yet again.
FIVE STAR ‘Can’t Wait Another Minute’ (Tent PT40698)
Fresh product at last, not from their milked dry album, this Richard James Burgess-produced jerky 53¼/106½-106⅔bpm fractured lurcher with Billy Ocean-ish rock guitar seems too laboured to win any new fans. The seven inch hangs together better, actually.
BOOKER NEWBERRY ‘Take A Piece Of Me’ (US Omni 0-96820)
Philly veterans Len Barry and John Madara helped write this rich voiced sneaky swaying (0-)104bpm soul jogger in four mixes) with some ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ exoticism in its choral support and meandering percussion.
DANTÉ ‘Freak In Me’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 21)
Only three months overdue here, America’s Dennis Sanders — rather than our own Steven Danté — soulfully nags through his weaving beat-bumping 107⅙bpm wriggler (edit, and timeless 72½bpm ‘One More Time’ flip).
52nd STREET ‘Children Of The Night’ LP (10 Records DIX 25)
Loose Ends meet the SOS Band with Sade-ish sophistication too on a Nick Martinelli-produced consistent set, most interesting newies being the moody cool 97-0bpm title track, 101½bpm ‘Never Give Up On You‘, 109bpm ‘I’m Available‘, 102½bpm ‘Smiling Eyes‘, while the 116½bpm ‘Abandon Love’, 111bpm ‘Let’s Celebrate’, 133bpm ‘Look I’ve Heard’ join their hit 102½bpm ‘I Can’t Let You Go’, 105¾bpm ‘Tell Me (How It Feels)’, 0-111¾bpm ‘You’re My Last Chance’.
SADE ‘Never As Good As The First Time (Remix)’ (Epic TA 7061)
After ‘Maureen‘ her current album’s other dance track, this breathy jittery jerky 0-107½bpm burbler has been remixed but never rises above being merely pleasant.
J.M. SILK ‘Shadows Of Your Love’ (US DJ International Records DJ-777)
Rapidly creating a new “Chicago Sound”, this label can be called both opportunistic and influential as it once again assembles another rambling garage groove from elements of Colonel Abrams, Serious Intention and ‘Set It Off’ (in 119¼bpm House, 119½bpm Fierce/Original/Beats Mixes).
THE JAMAICA GIRLS ‘On The Move’ (US Sire 0-20444)
Endearingly dated looking and sounding, the girls’ speedy little (0-)121½bpm jitterer has inconsequential wailing over bright beats (inst flip) rather like a female Colonel Abrams.
L.I.F.E. ‘All Played Out’ (Lovebeat International LOVT 4)
Sylvester meets Colonel Abrams on a bright bounding 115bpm throbber that despite hitting gay clubs first should cross over especially to poppier venues too (dub/bonus flip).
FREDDIE JACKSON ‘He’ll Never Love You (Like I Do)’ (Capitol 12CL 387)
Blandly pleasant 116½bpm light bounder, with a new “na na na” girl-introed Maserati Mix on the flip alongside the more grabbing breathily pent-up 106bpm ‘I Wanna Say I Love You‘.
MELI’SA MORGAN ‘Fool’s Paradise’ (LP ‘Do Me Baby’ Capitol EST 2008)
Overdue UK release for a quality set dominated on dancefloors by this excellent thigh brushing 100¼bpm soaring soul slinker, co-penned/played by Lesette Wilson.
STEVE ARRINGTON ‘The Jammin’ National Anthem’ (US Atlantic 0-86822)
‘Star Spangled Banner’-introed juvenile 0-118bpm jiggly jumper (inst flip), disappointing the soul crowd although others may like its bubbly zest.
THE STYLE COUNCIL ‘Have You Ever Had It Blue’ (Polydor CINEX 1)
Although anachronistic in its ‘Absolute Beginners’ context (not a lot of bossa nova about in 1958!), this gently pulsing 0-93⅔/187⅓-93¼/186½-93⅔/187⅓-94/188-94⅔/189⅓bpm jazz samba makes a pleasant soundtrack for early Sixties nostalgia.
PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION ‘Parade’ LP (Paisley Park WX 39)
Strange fragmentary scraps from his next movie ‘Under The Cherry Moon’, less rocky than the last one, most useable probably being the 104bpm ‘Anotherloverholenyohead’, 116½bpm ‘Girls & Boys‘, 101⅔-102⅓bpm ‘Mountains‘, brief 124½bpm ‘New Position‘ — although useable doesn’t necessarily mean floor-filling.
MARVIN HOLMES ‘Feel So Good’ (US MCA Records MCA-23619)
Huskily growled chunkily lurching (0-)101bpm sombre soul roller with repetitive girls (inst flip), nothing new but solid.
THE CONWAY BROTHERS ‘Turn It Up!’ LP (10 Records DIX 22)
On a dated set containing their two similar raucous hits and such really old fashioned fast dancers as the 122½bpm ‘Set It Out‘, it’s their soulful slowies that stand out, the 99½bpm ‘Gonna Refuse Your Love’, 70bpm ‘Over And Over‘, 71-0bpm ‘Together‘. They wail.
HAYWOODE ‘You’d Better Not Fool Around’ (CBS TA 6743)
Sharon’s purposefully tiny voice is almost swamped by the Stock-Aitken-Waterman production on this (0-)109⅔bpm swayer.
EXCEPTION ‘Slap You Back’ (City Beat CBE 1201, via Beggars Banquet/WEA)
Now on Jump Street in the USA, this Euro-tinged ponderous 106bpm ‘Change Of Heart’ chugger did little here two months ago as debut release on its UK label, owned by Tim Palmer of Soho’s Groove Records shop (dub/edit flip).
LOVEBUG STARSKI ‘House Rocker’ (Epic TA 6952)
New York’s jaded hip hoppers are turning in Run-DMC’s wake towards heavy metal rock, the actually unalarming good guitar on this otherwise normal (0-)101-0bpm rap, scratch ‘n’ chant being less offputting than the boring song (dub flip).
CHIP E., INC ‘Jack Trax’ (US DJ International Records DJ-895)
Six very strange minimalist rhythm cuts similar to Farley Jackmaster Funk’s recent six-tracker but even emptier and all (apart from the 116bpm ‘MB Dance‘) within a fraction of 124- 125bpm, the 124¼bpm ‘Time To Jack’ (or 124½bpm ‘It’s House‘?) evidently being big beats for Midlands B Boys.
DAVID GRANT ‘Close To You’ (Chrysalis GRANX 8)
Fairly tedious slow 74 7/8 -0bpm pop spurter with a more soulful mushily shuffling 97⅔bpm ‘Goodbye Love’ flip.
KING DREAM CHORUS & HOLIDAY CREW ‘King Holiday’ (Club JABX 29)
This Band Aid-inspired all-star Martin Luther King tribute, linked to the new US public holiday honouring his January birthday, is a lacklustre 94⅓bpm semi-slowie led by hip hoppers Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Melle Mel, Run-DMC and Whodini, with contrasting lush choruses by El DeBarge, Whitney Houston, Stacy Lattisaw, Lisa Lisa, Teena Marie, Menudo, Stephanie Mills, New Edition and Kool & The Gang’s James ‘JT’ Taylor.
BEATS PER MINUTE for last week’s top 75 entries on seven inch (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):
George Michael 25 1/8 f dead slow, A-Ha 139¾f frantic pop, Style Council 94⅓/188⅔-93⅓/186⅔-94/188-94⅔/189⅓c bossa nova, Alexander O’Neal (0-)100⅓f gentle soul, Serious Intention 115⅙f burbling club fodder, Van Halen (0-)88½f splurging metal, Joe Fagin 0-135¼r gruff TV theme, Feargal Sharkey 80-0r sombre Clapton-ish Kitty & The Heywoods revival, Melissa Manchester/Al Jarreau 0-38-0c stop-start movie theme, Gene Loves Jezebel (0-)133f flower power.
UK DISCO TOP 100 – April 12, 1986
01 01 THE FINEST, The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
02 02 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
03 08 SERIOUS, Serious Intention, London/Pow Wow Records Inc 12in
04 05 GOTTA FIND A WAY, Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
05 07 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (THE DECADE REMIX 76-86), The Real Thing, PRT 12in
06 04 DARE TO DREAM (LONDON REMIX), Viola Wills, Streetwave 12in
07 17 MINE ALL MINE, Cashflow, US Atlanta Artists LP
08 30 PRISONER OF LOVE (UK RE-EDIT)/PRISONER OF THE GROOVE, Millie Scott, 4th + B’Way 12in
09 06 SECRET LOVERS/ONE LOVE (DANCE MIX)/WHEN LOVE CALLS, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
10 03 (NOTHING SERIOUS) JUST BUGGIN’, Whistle, Champion 12in
11 14 GALVESTON BAY (EXTENDED RE-EDIT), Lonnie Hill, 10 Records 12in
12 28 (YOU ARE MY) ALL AND ALL, Joyce Sims, London 12in
13 09 WHAT’S MISSING (REMIX)/A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
14 34 TENDER LOVE, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
15 13 YOU CAN DO IT (IT’S SO EASY), Dino Terrell, Lovebeat International 12in
16 19 DO FRIES GO WITH THAT SHAKE, George Clinton, Capitol 12in
17 27 WHEN I THINK OF YOU/WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY/CONTROL/FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES, Janet Jackson, A&M LP
18 25 PARTY FREAK (LATIN RASCAL EDIT), Cashflow, US Mercury 12in
19 15 TRUTH OR DARE (REMIX), Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in
20 39 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Modern-nique featuring Larry Woo, US Next Plateau 12in
21 16 THE RIVER (CLUB VERSION)/SUNSHINE (INSTRUMENTAL), Total Contrast, US London 12in
22 21 LADIES, Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
23 22 HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL/WHODUNIT (BEN LIEBRAND REMIXES), Tavares, Capitol 12in
24 11 I’M NOT GONNA LET YOU (RICHARD JAMES BURGESS UK REMIX), Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
25 46 GIVE IT UP FOR LOVE, Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
26 53 THE HEAT OF HEAT (CLUB HEAT MIX), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
27 40 FINE YOUNG TENDER/LOVE’S ON FIRE/CONFUSION/MORE THAN A MILLION/DANCE TO THE GROOVE, Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, Atlantic LP
28 24 HIGH HORSE (REMIX), Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
29 26 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE, Anita Baker, US Elektra LP
30 29 HEY! DON’T WASTE MY TIME, The Walkers, Club 12in
31 33 STAY, The Controllers, US MCA 12in
32 12 DO YOU LOVE ME (REMIX), Durell Coleman, Fourth & Broadway 12in
33 38 I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
34 18 DON’T WASTE MY TIME, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
35 10 SUGAR FREE (DEO/REMIXES)/FOREVER AND EVER, Juicy, Epic 12in
36 32 WONDERFUL WORLD/A CHANGE IS GONNA COME/CUPID/CHAIN GANG, Sam Cooke, RCA 12in
37 35 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, Warner Bros 12in
38 50 YOU CAN’T BLAME LOVE, Thomas & Taylor, US Thom/Tay 12in
39 61 YOU AND ME TONIGHT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
40 43 IF YOU WANT LOVE, Tululah Moon, Total Control 12in
41 — THE ART OF DRUMS, Macattack, Baad Records 12in
42 31 WHAT’S MISSING/IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
43 71 STYLE (PETER GUNN THEME), Grandmaster Flash, US Elektra 12in
44 55 MYSTERY OF LOVE (INSTRUMENTAL/DUB/ORIGINAL BASEMENT MIXES), Fingers Inc, US DJ International Records 12in
45 36 RHYTHM OF YOUR LOVE, Isabel Roberts, Hot Vinyl 12in
46 20 STRUNG OUT (DANCE MIX), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
47 — HEADLINE NEWS (EXTENDED REMIX), William Bell, Absolute Records 12in white label
48 47 KISS, Prince And The Revolution, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
49 89 FOOL’S PARADISE/DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, US Capitol LP
50 49 CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE, James Cobbin & Prime Cut, US Tuckwood 12in
51 23 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
52 59 PRISONER OF LOVE, Mildred Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
53 62 BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE, Cut Master D.C., US Zakia Records 12in
54 51 OPEN YOUR DOOR/DREAMIN’/PEOPLE WILL BE PEOPLE, Guinn, US Motown LP
55 44 I CAN’T LET YOU GO (REMIX)/(NEW YORK REMIX), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
56 57 FIRESTARTER, Tease, Epic 12in
57 52 HEADLINE NEWS, William Bell, US WRC LP
58 84 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, US Atlantic 12in
59 54 A GOODBYE/IT’S SERIOUS/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE/ON THE ONE, Cameo, Club 12in twin-pack
60 65 COMPUTER LOVE (REMIXES), Zapp, US Warner Bros 12in
61 95 ON MY OWN, Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, US MCA Records 12in
62 — GO-GO GADGET, Louie Oxley, Cooltempo 12in
63 41 WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band, PRT 12in
64 74 BASSLINE/NEEDLE TO THE GROOVE/HARDCORE HIP-HOP, Mantronix, 10 Records LP
65 — SHADOWS OF YOUR LOVE, J.M. Silk, US DJ International Records 12in
66 81 DON’T STOP THAT GO GO BEAT, Effectron, MDM Records 12in
67 82 HOW WILL I KNOW (JELLYBEAN REMIX), Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
68 — HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE (UNCUT VERSION), The Style Council, Polydor 12in
69 — NOVELA DAS NOVE (SPIDER WOMAN), Wally Badarou, Fourth & Broadway 12in promo
70 66 STROLLIN’ ON (EXTENDED REMIX), Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
71 re ALL PLAYED OUT, L.I.F.E., Lovebeat International 12in
72 — TAKE A PIECE OF ME, Booker Newberry, US Omni 12in
73 re FREAK ME IN, Danté, Bluebird/10 Records 12in
74 63 WHAT I LIKE, Anthony And The Camp, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
75 90 CAN’T GET OVER YOU, Shara, Unit 7 Records 12in
76 78 OVERJOYED, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
77 — DON’T WANNA BE A SOMETIME LOVER, Sylvia Smith, US Qwest 12in
78 — JUST ANOTHER LOVER, Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
79 48 DUB THE TENSION/ RELEASE THE TENSION, J-A Groove, US Studio Records 12in
80 58 ARE YOU WID IT, Private Possession, US Mega Bolt 12in
81 — PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, US Vintertainment 12in
82 re WILL YOU SATISFY?, Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
83 60 I’M NOT GONNA LET YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD US REMIX), Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
84 73 HELLO DARLING, Tippa Irie, UK Bubblers 12in
85 79 LOVE MONEY (REMIX 86)/FORT KNOX, Funk Masters, Tai Wan 12in
86 re ZOOMIN’ TO THE FREEWAY (LES ADAMS MEGAMIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
87 — LET’S MAKE LOVE, T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in promo
88 56 MAKE ME THE ONE, Crown Heights Affair, US Releaseme 12in
89 80 ROCK THE BELLS (REMIX), L.L. Cool J, Def Jam 12in
90 70 CAN YOU FEEL IT?, Original Concept, US Def Jam 12in
91 — A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (M&M REMIX), Shalamar, MCA Records 12in promo
92 — HOUSE ROCKER, Lovebug Starski, Epic 12in
93 69 MY LATIN LOVER, Q-Pid featuring Nikki Q, US Sunnyview 12in
94 67 $UCCE$$ IS THE WORD, 12:41, US Fresh Records 12in
95 — DARE TO DREAM (DIVA MIX), Viola Wills, Streetwave 12in
96 85 LOVE WILL FOLLOW, George Howard, US TBA LP
97 68 SLOWLY, September, 10 Records 12in
98 77 SAMBA/BAY WOLF BLUES/MAKING LOVE, Rob Mullins, US RMC Records LP
99 — CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT/NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU/SMILING EYES, 52nd Street, 10 Records LP
100 45 YOU NEED MORE CALYPSO/SURPRIZE, Ralph MacDonald, London 12in
01 01 YOU’RE A BEAT, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
02 02 LOVE’S GONE MAD (EUROBEAT MIX), Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
03 03 ANOTHER DAY COMES, ANOTHER DAY GOES, Kiki Dee, Columbia 12in
04 04 GIVE ME UP, Michael Fortunati, Belgian Ariola 12in
05 06 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN, Paul Jabara, US Warner Bros LP
06 05 DANGER FOR LOVE, Deborah, German ZYX 12in
07 — KEEP ON ROCKIN’, Hemyl, Italian Missing 12in
08 — NOTHING IN COMMON, Wagner, Italian Best 12in
09 08 RADIATION, Barbara & Simone, Italian Good Times 12in
10 — E.S.P., Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
11 — AGAIN, Do Piano, French EMI 12in
12= — ANIKANA-O, Afrika System, Italian X-Energy 12in
12= — LOVE WAVES, Patty Heart, Belgian ARS 12in
14 07 FLY TO ME, Aleph, Italian Disco Magic 12in
15 23 SECLUSION, Shaun Benson, US TSR 12in
16 20 COME ON, Alan Barry, Italian Time 12in
17 12 TWIST MY ARM, Pointer Sisters, US RCA 12in
18 13 ALL PLAYED OUT, L.I.F.E., US Dance-Sing 12in
19 09 HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES, Mike Weyman, German D.R. 12in
20 10 PRISONER OF LOVE, Mildred Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
21 17 ANOTHER NIGHT (DANCE MIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
22 11 ROMANTIC VIDEO, New Romance, German Polydor 12in
23 28 CHAIN REACTION (DANCE REMIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
24 22 KING OF HEARTS, Martinique, German ZYX 12in
25 30= ICE COLD LOVE, Madigan, Italian On The Road 12in
26 — THIS LOVE, Two Nations, Dutch Injection 12in
27 14 PEOPLE SAY IT’S IN THE AIR, The Herreys, Canadian Chateau 12in
28 15 HIGH TENSION CLUB, Nancy Dee, Belgian ARS 12in
29 19 DIAL MY NUMBER, The Back Bag, German Transparent 12in
30= — DISCO LADY, Rocky M, German Arrow 12in
30= — HERE I AM (REMIX), Mike Mareen, French Savoir Faire 12in
4 thoughts on “April 12, 1986: George Clinton, Jaki Graham, The Force MD’s, Joyce Sims, Tease”
Several new Chicago house records are landing this month – this week, for the first time, there are two of them – and although another brief lull is on the way, there’s one more VERY big one to come next week. Meanwhile, lo and behold, the highest new entry on the Disco Chart is a go go tune!
I don’t think I ever saw a copy but I vaguely remember that Streetsounds magazine – at this point I don’t think there was much catering for the club scene. Blues and Soul (except for Streetnoise, the street chart and the actual club page ) was like watching paint dry . I think DJ magazine was just about to launch though which was always a cut above anything else once we started getting bombarded with dance magazines in the 1990s.
Chip E already on his 2nd UK imported house single! And he’s been pretty forgotten these days.
DJ Magazine didn’t launch under that exact name until 1991, but essentially the same publication did indeed launch in November 1986 – with an extensive review section, also written by James – bearing the title Jocks.
Oh yes – amazing! – I’d completely forgotten it was called Jocks for those years! I used to buy it quite a bit too! Whole swathes of my brain cells from back then were clearly lost!