April 19, 1986: Trading Places Soul Weekender report, The Controllers, Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald, William Bell, Heaven 17 featuring Jimmy Ruffin

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

CHAD JACKSON did his scratch mix stretched across four decks, and demonstrated the technique on last Thursday’s ‘Blue Peter’! … Morgan Khan could find the timing of his Mike Allen Roadshow alldayer at Wembley Arena in July clashes with the New Music Seminar in New York, where all the biggest hip hop acts are already booked for club appearances … Geno Washington stood in at Bognor for Georgie Fame, who irritatingly cancelled all UK gigs to go to Finland … Tavares, Real Thing: now wouldn’t Tony Etoria’s 1977 hit ‘I Can Prove It‘ (GTO) make a good remix? … Chrysalis picked up Thomas & Taylor (from all the transatlantic calls he makes, Lamar Thomas’s ‘phone bill should soon be as big as Mike Carr’s!), 4th + B’way took Private Possession, and Streetwave have 12:41 … Alan Coulthard’s previously promoed Megamix is now Haywoode’s 12in flip … Janet Jackson’s follow-up Stateside is ‘Nasty’, although even there jocks are wondering why it isn’t ‘When I Think Of You’ … The SOS Band’s imminent album sounds so exactly as you’d expect of another set from Jam & Lewis it’s virtually a self parody, but good, if that’s your thing … 48-year-old Kelly Isley, known in earlier days as O’Kelly, of the original enduring Isley Brothers trio sadly died from a heart attack on Easter Monday … just a little bit softer now … Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love Of All’ video was shot at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, where I saw her cousin Dionne Warwick on the same bill as the Isley Brothers (presumably with Jimi Hendrix on guitar) way back in 1964 – which was when, while working in New York, I met Sam Cooke in Sammy Davis Jr’s dressing room at the Copacabana, then had a long chat with him sitting together at a Jamaica Ska dance demonstration in Greenwich Village, and on a third even more memorable encounter drove back to his Warwick Hotel suite together with New Orleans R&B pioneer Lloyd Price, whose Slide Hampton-fronted big band we’d been to see at yet another club (in common with many here, I’d in fact first seen Sam in October 1962 at the Woolwich Granada on tour with Little Richard — whose New York hotel suite I could tell you some stories about, too!) … Sam Cooke, not to seem too banal, was a very nice guy. He was so greatly loved, from his incredibly influential time as lead singer of the Soul Stirrers gospel group onwards, that his violent death shook black America as much as that of President Kennedy, everyone in the soul music business going around with tears in their eyes … ‘Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye‘, due here soon, is a great LP of unreleased tracks largely from the Sixties, stuff that then would have sounded too much like other issued material to make sense but now reeks of nostalgia even though everything is actually unknown – 6T’s dancers will flip to the familiar resonances of such as ‘That’s The Way It Goes‘, while ‘Baby I’m Glad That Things Worked Out So Well‘ could be another ‘Frankie’ … Chris Hill, who’s only a year younger than me, joins Colin Hudd hosting Dartford Flicks’ first ever Sixties Night this Saturday (19) … David Rodigan, Tim Westwood & Chris Forbes head a mighty clash Sunday (20) 2pm at Chippenham Goldiggers, where young Barrie Thyer mixes Thur/Fri/Sat … CBS’s Julian Palmer joins Jonathon More at Mayfair Legends’ Sunday Wax club (20) … Manchester mafiosi Mike Shaft & Colin Curtis funk Wigan Pier every Tuesday … Simon Goffe, not content with packing Thursdays at Leicester Square’s Secret Rendezvous in The Store (this week’s guest Lyndon T), souls Sundays at South Norwood’s plush Limelight … Essex has a new Sunday pirate on 103.8FM cheekily called JFM South … KISS-fm, who’ve sneakily snuck in between Radio London and Capital on 95.4FM, have a 2pm alldayer Sunday week (27) at Kentish Town’s Town And Country Club staring all the top London jocks you can imagine (“North London posse!”) … Phil Fearon, famed for recording at his Kensal Rise family home’s own studio, now finds his brothers Lenny and Paul have started their own 20/20 label in the kitchen! … Ralph Tee and Damon Rochefort are mulling over future plans, one very real possibility however being their own record company financed by an Arab club owner, with almost inevitably some freelance disco promotion work as a more immediate stop-gap … StreetSounds revamp their Hi-NRG LP series with an Ian Levine-compiled ‘Eurobeat‘ set, and soon start three new series of go go, P’funk, and smoochers … Streetwave’s next DJ Limited Edition 12-inchers will be Donald Byrd ‘Dominoes (Live)’, Wilbert Longmire ‘Black Is The Color’/ MFSB ‘Mysteries Of The World’, Dexter Wansel ‘Life On Mars’/Willie Bobo ‘Always There’ but no mention of ‘Expansions’ … Cliff Richard’s revival should have been of ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’, considering the amazing coincidence that the top three of a fortnight ago made! … Prince ‘Kiss’ topped US Club Play, 12in Sales and Black 45s in Billboard … Milwaukee urban radio station WLUM admits to speeding records up by three per cent, which makes everything sound brighter, and rival stations duller! … Budd Arthur, PR Counsel to the American Federation of Musicians, corrects the impression that all US radio stations before transferring a record to cartridge tape have first to hire an AFM union member to put the stylus on the record —”record turners”, as they’re called, used indeed to be widespread but now only a couple of Chicago stations are left employing such old timers (the last survivors of an arrangement that gave employment to musicians displaced by all-record programming, cumbersome but surely more satisfactory for listeners than our own “needletime” arrangement?) … RELEASE THE TENSION!


LIVE WIRE’s first Trading Places Soul Weekender at Bognor Butlins completely succeeded in adding new life and blood to the weekender concept, justifying promoter Adrian Webb’s gamble in leaving his old Showstoppers partners and taking the original Caister DJ team with him. All 5,000 sweat-soaked groovers, many from outside the South-East, were ‘in the place to be’ last weekend! Despite a few hitches with accommodation, the holiday camp’s facilities were far superior, Butlin’s staff having an almost American attitude in their desire to serve (this was the first such event ever allowed here). Huge venues housed the main Superbowl, Warehouse and Jazz Village rooms, with a proper theatre for US attraction Kleeer’s three hot concerts. Kleeer in fact were amazed by it all, and couldn’t envisage anything similar being staged in America. Dexter Wansel was also about, amongst PAs, while lunchtime acts the Team Ten Band jammed jazz and Sixties veteran Geno Washington discovered the “whoa whoa” chant! Jocks were old lags Chris Hill, Robbie ‘Speedy’ Vincent, Pete Tong, Chris Brown, Colin Hudd, Froggy, Bob Jones, Sean French (once a real Red Coat there!), plus young bloods Nicky Holloway, Gilles Peterson, Trevor Fung, Jay Strongman, Kev Hill, Ian Reading, with Colin Curtis and Jonathan made specially welcome South Of Watford. Musically, things were changed. Instead of jazz and Seventies, the extremes had become electro and Sixties, soul purism having a struggle. The ‘Garage’ groove of Serious Intention and J.M. Silk met Mantronix and Nu Shooz, Aurra was biggest newie, but Marvin Gaye and James Brown led the oldies that really signified. Camp radio WBBC plugged Thomas & Taylor. Fred Dove’s WEA record stall did a staggering £2,000 of business, but the most incredible statistic was that, not including other canned beer, 228,480 pints of lager were consumed or slopped all over the sodden floor — that’s 46 pints per person (and I for one had none)! Bognor, The Sequel, is already set for October 24-26, although as Chris Hill said during the Supremes & Four Tops ‘Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)‘ finale, ‘This is the one the others’ll have to live up to’. He was referring also, of course, to this coming weekend’s new-look Caister, which as a comparison could be even more interesting (unfortunately family commitments are keeping me from it).


HOT VINYL

THE CONTROLLERS ‘Stay’ (MCA Records MCAT 1052)
Hanging on Loose Ends’ ‘String’ rhythm, the gently soulful fellas weave a sinuous 97¾bpm swayer that’s here flipped by its radio edit and their older more falsetto friskily wriggling 113⅔bpm ‘Undercover Lover‘.

PATTI LaBELLE and MICHAEL McDONALD ‘On My Own’ (MCA Records MCAT 1045)
Straining at the leash to race up the charts and do a Whitney, this exquisite lushly swaying 92¼bpm duet must surely be another ‘Saving All My Love For You’. There’s hardly a DJ that doesn’t predict it’ll be number one.

WILLIAM BELL ‘Headline News’ (Absolute Records 12LUTE 1, via Pinnacle)
Many also anticipate great things from this soul veteran’s return, without perhaps noticing that – especially in the newly extended 95bpm 12in remix – it’s largely a gently swaying girls cooed title line looking for not that much of an eventual song, admittedly amidst the most relaxed soulful atmosphere imaginable. We all love it, but unfortunately soulful atmosphere alone is not that widely appreciated.

HEAVEN 17 featuring JIMMY RUFFIN ‘The Foolish Thing To Do’ (Virgin VS 85915)
Forget all preconceptions about the backing band, this is a 100 per cent deep soul slowie, full of stylish wee small hours sophistication in three 44-0bpm versions … and that’s not all, there’s also an ace 105¼-106⅓-106-107⅓-108bpm treatment of Luther Vandross’s ‘My Sensitivity (Gets In The Way)‘. You won’t believe it!

MARC REED ‘One Body’ (20/20 Records MOR 001, via Jet Star)
The other Fearons (see Odds ‘n’ Bods) kick off their kitchen table label with a Kashif-ish chunkily lurching 112¾bpm pusher by a Luton lad who’s just turned 20 (dub flip), and it gets stronger the longer it’s on.

THE WINANS ‘Very Real Way’ (Qwest W8744T)
The gospel stars’ previously snappy EWF-ish album track totally remixed into a much more subtle taut bubbly sparse (0-)105⅔-107⅓- 107⅔bpm loper, with a dub and flipped by two previously issued versions of ‘Let My People Go’ (M& M’s remix misleadingly called a New Club Mix).

IVY ‘Tell Me’ (US Heat HS12-2032)
Stand by your woman! In her scorching Betty Wright-style scolding conversational rap ‘n’ smooch 71bpm slowie, Ivy soul-searingly joins all those ladies who’ve wanted their men to quit playin’ around and pay attention to them. On the longer flip, her man comes right back at her, none too convincingly! Heartache city.

CHOICE REUNION ‘Free And Easy’ (US Les-Wes Record Co L/W 12001)
Excellent Temptations-style traditional soul vocal group interplay and attractive harmonica set to a strange tugging slowed-down seeming 96-0bpm beat (inst flip), worth hearing.

THE COOL NOTES ‘Into The Motion’ (Abstract Dance ADT 8, via RCA)
Well sung but disappointingly derivative ‘Change Of Heart’-type 102⅔bpm rolling plodder produced in Philly by Bobby Eli, flipped by the less ambitious 108½bpm ‘Look What You’ve Done‘ and (0-)101⅔bpm ‘Come On Back To Me‘.

WALLY BADAROU ‘Novela Das Nove (Spider Woman)’ (4th + B’way 12BRW 44)
Somewhat specialist samba-ish breezily skittery (0-)101¾bpm latin-jazz instrumental, flipped by the previously limited percussive 101bpm Precinct 13 remix of ‘Chief Inspector’.

KEN KENDRICKS ‘Feels So Good’ (Elite DAZZ 51)
The Antigua-born Blackstones’ member sounds impressively assured if not terribly assertive on a pleasant lightly pent-up sinuous little 113¾bpm wriggler, sorta Smokey meets Kashif, with gentle sax and feathery rhythm (inst flip).


HIT NUMBERS

BEATS PER MINUTE for last week’s top 75 entries on seven inch (f/c/r for fade/cold/resonant ends):

Simple Minds 104/52-0r turgid untidy fan fodder, Big Country 128r brightly striding AoR, Five Star 106⅔f Madonna-pitched black pop, Whitney Houston 0-65-0r rousing slush, Billy Ocean 0-80-0r wet slush, Force MD’s 0-35-0c static slush, Belouis Some 112½f jerky pop, It’s Immaterial 111⅔-112f Jonathan Richman-type terrific British “road” song, Millie Scott 110¾-110⅔f joyful swaggering R&B stormer, Shirley Murdock (0-)121f ‘Lady Marmalade’ meets ‘Billie Jean’, Fine Young Cannibals 0-68-67/134-0r spurting rhythmic ambiguity, Eartha Kitt (0-)122f melodic Eurodisco, Wax 186f Collins/Joel-tempo pop, Balaam And The Angel (0-)135f guitar group pop.


UK DISCO TOP 100 – April 19, 1986

01 01 THE FINEST, The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
02 03 SERIOUS, Serious Intention, London/Pow Wow Records Inc 12in
03 39 YOU AND ME TONIGHT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
04 02 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
05 04 GOTTA FIND A WAY/INSTRUMENTAL, Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
06 12 (YOU ARE MY) ALL AND ALL, Joyce Sims, London 12in
07 05 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (THE DECADE REMIX 76-86), The Real Thing, PRT 12in
08 16 DO FRIES GO WITH THAT SHAKE, George Clinton, Capitol 12in
09 09 SECRET LOVERS, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
10 08 PRISONER OF LOVE (UK RE-EDIT), Millie Scott, 4th + B’Way 12in
11 13 WHAT’S MISSING (REMIX)/A BROKEN HEART CAN MEND, Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
12 07 MINE ALL MINE, Cashflow, US Atlanta Artists LP
13 14 TENDER LOVE, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
14 33 I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
15 10 (NOTHING SERIOUS) JUST BUGGIN’, Whistle, Champion 12in
16 06 DARE TO DREAM (LONDON REMIX), Viola Wills, Streetwave 12in
17 26 THE HEAT OF HEAT (CLUB HEAT MIX), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
18 11 GALVESTON BAY (EXTENDED RE-EDIT), Lonnie Hill, 10 Records 12in
19 47 HEADLINE NEWS (EXTENDED REMIX), William Bell, Absolute Records 12in
20 — SET ME FREE, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in white label
21 20 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Modern-nique featuring Larry Woo, US Next Plateau 12in
22 23 HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL/WHODUNIT (BEN LIEBRAND REMIXES), Tavares, Capitol 12in
23 31 STAY, The Controllers, MCA Records 12in
24 28 HIGH HORSE (REMIX), Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, RCA 12in
25 19 TRUTH OR DARE (REMIX), Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in
26 18 PARTY FREAK (LATIN RASCAL EDIT), Cashflow, US Mercury 12in
27 17 WHEN I THINK OF YOU/WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY, Janet Jackson, A&M LP
28 38 YOU CAN’T BLAME LOVE, Thomas & Taylor, US Thom/Tay 12in
29 15 YOU CAN DO IT (IT’S SO EASY), Dino Terrell, Lovebeat International 12in
30 29 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE, Anita Baker, US Elektra LP
31 58 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, US Atlantic 12in
32 21 THE RIVER/DUB VERSION, Total Contrast, US London 12in
33 25 GIVE IT UP FOR LOVE, Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
34 27 FINE YOUNG TENDER/LOVE’S ON FIRE/MORE THAN A MILLION/CONFUSION/DANCE TO THE GROOVE, Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, Atlantic LP
35 44 MYSTERY OF LOVE (INSTRUMENTAL/DUB/ORIGINAL BASEMENT MIXES), Fingers Inc, US DJ International Records 12in
36 36 WONDERFUL WORLD/CUPID/A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, Sam Cooke, RCA 12in
37 32 DO YOU LOVE ME (REMIX), Durell Coleman, Fourth & Broadway 12in
38 22 LADIES, Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
39 41 THE ART OF DRUMS, Macattack, Baad Records 12in
40 69 NOVELA DAS NOVE (SPIDER WOMAN) (101¾bpm), Wally Badarou, 4th & B’way 12in promo
41 91 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (M&M REMIX) (109bpm), Shalamar, MCA Records 12in promo
42 43 STYLE (PETER GUNN THEME), Grandmaster Flash, US Elektra 12in
43 65 SHADOWS OF YOUR LOVE, J.M. Silk, US DJ International Records 12in
44 24 I’M NOT GONNA LET YOU (RICHARD JAMES BURGESS UK REMIX), Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
45 37 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Jocelyn Brown, Warner Bros 12in
46 51 ROCK ME TONIGHT, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
47 56 FIRESTARTER, Tease, Epic 12in
48 52 PRISONER OF LOVE, Mildred Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
49 53 BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE, Cut Master D.C., US Zakia Records 12in
50 — IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Tavares, Capitol 12in promo
51 — CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE, Five Star, Tent 12in
52 80 ARE YOU WID IT, Private Possession, US Mega Bolt 12in
53 87 LET’S MAKE LOVE, T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
54 34 DON’T WASTE MY TIME, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
55 62 GO-GO GADGET, Louie Oxley, Cooltempo 12in
56 61 ON MY OWN, Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, US MCA Records 12in
57 70 STROLLIN’ ON (EXTENDED REMIX), Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
58 60 COMPUTER LOVE (REMIXES), Zapp, US Warner Bros 12in
59 54 DREAMIN’/OPEN YOUR DOOR, Guinn, US Motown LP
60 — JACK YOUR BODY – HOME MADE/CLUB YOUR BODY (122)/STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY (125¾)/DUB YOUR BODY (121¾bpm), Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
61 42 WHAT’S MISSING/IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
62 81 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, US Vintertainment 12in
63 50 CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE, James Cobbin & Prime Cut, US Tuckwood 12in
64 49 FOOL’S PARADISE/DO ME BABY, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
65 — JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) (114¼bpm), Dhar Braxton, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
66 35 SUGAR FREE (DEO/REMIXES)/FOREVER AND EVER, Juicy, Epic 12in
67 40 IF YOU WANT LOVE, Tululah Moon, Total Control 12in
68 71 ALL PLAYED OUT, L.I.F.E., Lovebeat International 12in
69 — HOLD IT, NOW HIT IT (95⅓bpm), Beastie Boys, US Def Jam 12in
70 re CHAIN REACTION (DANCE MIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
71 55 I CAN’T LET YOU GO (NEW YORK REMIX), 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
72 76 OVERJOYED, Stevie Wonder, Motown 12in
73 46 STRUNG OUT (DANCE MIX), Paul Laurence, Capitol 12in
74 30 HEY! DON’T WASTE MY TIME, The Walkers, Club 12in
75 48 KISS, Prince And The Revolution, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
76 63 WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band, PRT 12in
77 — I’M FASCINATED, The Temptations, Motown 12in
78 64 BASSLINE, Mantronix, 10 Records LP
79 79 RELEASE THE TENSION/DUB THE TENSION, J-A Groove, US Studio Records 12in
80 93 MY LATIN LOVER, Q-Pid featuring Nikki Q, US Sunnyview 12in
81 72 TAKE A PIECE OF ME, Booker Newberry, US Omni 12in
82 59 A GOODBYE/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE/IT’S SERIOUS/ON THE ONE, Cameo, Club 12in twin-pack
83 75 CAN’T GET OVER YOU, Shara, Unit 7 Records 12in
84 68 HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE (UNCUT VERSION), The Style Council, Polydor 12in
85 — HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU (LIKE I DO), Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in promo
86 88 MAKE ME THE ONE, Crown Heights Affair, US Releaseme 12in
87 83 I’M NOT GONNA LET YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD US REMIX), Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
88 — DANCING IN THE STREET (0-117½/235)/SUMMER SONG (96)/SMOOTH (120)/FLY BY NIGHT (94/188bpm), Matt Bianco WEA LP
89 66 DON’T STOP THAT GO GO BEAT, Effectron, MDM Records 12in
90 re A LOVE BIZARRE, PARTS I AND II, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
91 — DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE/COVER ME, Cargo, WEA 12in
92 67 HOW WILL I KNOW (JELLYBEAN REMIX), Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
93 — CENTRAL LINE (119⅕bpm), Level 3, US Fleetwood Records 12in
94 — LOVE IS WAR, Brilliant, WEA/Food 12in
95 re VERY REAL WAY (REMIX), The Winans, Qwest 12in
96 99 CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT/I’M AVAILABLE/NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU/SMILING EYES, 52nd Street, 10 Records LP
97 — RAZZLE DAZZLE (110⅔bpm), Michael Jeffries, US Warner Bros 12in
98 78 JUST ANOTHER LOVER, Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
99 98 SAMBA/BAY WOLF BLUES/MAKING LOVE, Rob Mullins, US RMC Records LP
100 — THE JAMMIN’ NATIONAL ANTHEM/INSTRUMENTAL, Steve Arrington, US Atlantic 12in


EUROBEAT

01 01 YOU’RE A BEAT, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
02 03 ANOTHER DAY COMES, ANOTHER DAY GOES, Kiki Dee, Columbia 12in
03 02 LOVE’S GONE MAD (EUROBEAT MIX), Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
04 04 GIVE ME UP, Michael Fortunati, Belgian Ariola 12in
05 10 E.S.P. (EXTRA SENSUAL PERSUASION), Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
06 05 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN, Paul Jabara, US Warner Bros LP
07 06 DANGER FOR LOVE, Deborah, German ZYX 12in
08 07 KEEP ON ROCKIN’, Hemyl, Italian Missing 12in
09 — REFLEX ACTION, Louise Thomas, R&B 12in
10 23 CHAIN REACTION (DANCE REMIX), Diana Ross, Capitol 12in
11 20 PRISONER OF LOVE, Mildred Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
12 — MALE STRIPPER, Man 2 Man & Man Parrish, US Recca 12in
13 17 TWIST MY ARM, Pointer Sisters, US RCA 12in
14 11 AGAIN, Do Piano, French EMI 12in
15 08 NOTHING IN COMMON, Wagner, Italian Best 12in
16 — C’MON C’MON (MISS PIGGY REMIX), Bronski Beat, London 12in
17 — IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Tavares, Capitol 12in promo
18 12= ANIKANA-O, Afrika System, Italian X-Energy 12in
19 — LOVE HOSTAGE, Jessica Williams, Mexican Mastered 12in
20 12= LOVE WAVES, Patty Heart, Belgian ARS 12in
21 — OH L’AMOUR, Erasure, Mute 12in white label/US Sire LP
22 re MIDNIGHT RADIO, Taffy, German Ariola 12in
23 21 ANOTHER NIGHT (DANCE MIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
24 re I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO) (US REMIX), Taffy, US Emergency 12in
25 15 SECLUSION, Shaun Benson, US TSR 12in
26 re THIS IS MY LIFE, Eartha Kitt, Record Shack 12in
27 — YOU’RE MY FIRST, YOU’RE MY LAST, Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
28 24 KING OF HEARTS, Martinique, German ZYX 12in
29 — SHY SHY SUGARMAN, Jack’s Project, German Ariola 12in
30= 25 ICE COLD LOVE, Madigan, Italian On The Road 12in
30= — FASHION, Parking, Italian Power 12in
30= re DESTINY TIME, Roy, Italian MEM 12in

2 thoughts on “April 19, 1986: Trading Places Soul Weekender report, The Controllers, Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald, William Bell, Heaven 17 featuring Jimmy Ruffin”

  1. Phil Fearon must have been taking notes, as his next single was a remake of Tony Etoria’s “I Can Prove It” – which turned out to be much more successful than the original, peaking at #8 in the pop charts at the end of August.

    James’s cryptic Cliff Richard comment can be explained by looking at the Top 3 of 30th March: Cliff was at #1 with The Young Ones and “Living Doll”, with Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World” at ‘2 and Samantha Fox’s “Touch Me” at #3.

    And here comes “Jack Your Body”, sneaking in at #60 at the start of what would turn out to be an exceptionally slow burning rise in fortune. Interesting to note that the little remembered “Home Made” version is given the lead billing here; it was actually the lead track on the B-side.

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  2. That was a pretty momentous week – Jack your Body arriving to make 3 house records in the chart.

    I can see why Phil Fearon’s legendary 90s rave label was called Production House as it seems to have been literally based in his house. I’d heard it was a converted house just didn’t know it was his house!

    That weekender seems to have heard a bit of house breaking through – it wasn’t until the second 1988 one where it completely took over though and had the main venue. It was a good weekender though and Kleeer were very good indeed. with everyone standing on the seats in the theatre.

    Kiss FM getting its second mention in two weeks – 3 years before they got the licence although a lot of the legal Kiss’s DJs seemed to cone from the by this time shut down Solar radio. And JH also giving “north London posse” it’s first publicity something last lasted from funk crowds all through 90s rave this became most well known on the hardcore tune by Kaotic Chemistry with its “north London posse in the place” line.

    Joyce Sims was a monster tune and well ahead of its time and now high in the dance charts with little mention of how momentous a tune it was by JH – there was a big speed garage version of it in the late 90s iirc

    I think this week is the first time house music has had a sort of pervasive presence in the column although still no-ones called it house over here.

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