ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DIANA ROSS, now living in London on Chelsea Embankment, turned up to lend moral support to her sometime Supremes partner Cindy Birdsong at the Hippodrome’s gay night recently, where she came face to startled face with her notorious lookalike — and, my dear, if looks could kill! . . . Champion definitely have UK rights to Harleqiun Four’s ‘Set It Off’ and, while the A-side will remain unaltered, Herbie Mastermind is remixing the original master tape for what may well turn out to be a special edition twinpack of different mixes (including an instrumental) . . . Jeff Young’s plays of it on Radio London have created fantastic interest in 1982’s previously rare and always underground proto-“garage” groove, Dinosaur L ‘Go Bang! #5‘ (US Sleeping Bag), a fascinating fast 0-130½-130-129½-129-128½-126½-129-0bpm avant garde ramble with some of the hi-hat schlurp now known as “the ‘Set It Off’ beat” — and it’ll soon be out here on Tim Palmer’s burgeoning CityBeat label! . . . Eighties Ladies ‘Turned On To You‘, originally on US Uno Melodic and currently much revived in London’s sweatier dives, has turned up here credited to just “Ladies” on “United Records” (but only under certain counters) . . . Cashflow’s US 12 inch is much better value than their separate UK singles, all four of the ‘Mine All Mine’ mixes plus ‘Spending Money’ being on the one piece of vinyl (US Atlanta Artists 884 722-1) . . . be*bop & Fresh are rushing next week Cut Master DC ‘Brooklyn’s In The House’ (remix and original back-to-back) . . . Lovebug Starski’s UK sleeve suggests that those really are the voices of Captain Kirk, Scotty, Spock and even Bela Lugosi on ‘Amityville’, not impersonations — although they are in fact the latter, by one Ron Darian . . . Ian Levine has been commissioned to create a Chic-like group called Moonstone for Warner Bros, in a mega-bucks seven album international deal . . . EMI may be going through some staff changes, which hopefully won’t affect the disco side, following the departure of managing director Peter Jamieson . . . I can’t tell yet, but which two Ian’s and a Welsh rarebit will be starting their own label come September? . . . Damon Rochefort and Ralph Tee have, as anticipated, started their own West End PR/management company, Style Inc, already plugging such hits as Oliver Cheatham, Cool Notes and more . . . Jon Williams has landed on his feet too, doing A&R for Malaco Records here, so that’s The Street Scene’s founding trio taken care of . . . StreetSounds are about to have a rival, Serious Records, who release their first double LP ‘Upfront 1‘ next week (at single LP price) containing current hits by Princess, Joyce Sims (remix), George Clinton, William Bell, Cool Notes, Willie Collins (title track), TC Curtis, Crown Heights Affair (original), Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Total Contrast, Spyder-D, Ice-T, MC Boob, Cut Master DC, plus two megamixes of all these — impressive, huh? . . . UK Fresh ’86 as rather suspected may not feature exactly the same artist line-up as first announced, and will be staged as two separate (afternoon and evening) shows with no artist duplication — so that’s two tickets you’ll need . . . Steve Walsh had his second Soul Set at The Hippodrome last Wednesday, in a radio studio stage set that if it wasn’t sponsored by a double-glazing company was a missed commercial opportunity — Steve is undeniably a commanding presence, but at a venue like that he should realise that there is more to DJ-ing than merely looking large and shouting . . . Home Office prevarication has, as anticipated, encouraged several soul pirates to return to London’s FM airwaves during weekdays, among those heard recently being LWR 92.1, TKO 102.4, TRAX 103.35, and ever present JBC 104.7 . . . Steve Collins in his 4-6am show on Capital Radio only plays some soul plus bland pop instead of the independent label soul gems that used to make him such essential listening — aren’t they still non-needletime? . . . Disco Mix Club’s trip to the New Music Seminar in New York is getting so big they’re having to fly British Caledonian (with first class perks) rather than Virgin as before . . . Jellybean, with an album due on his new label Chrysalis (and Adele Bertei singing its first single), is making selected US club appearances — so how about a trip behind the turntables here too? . . . ‘Chess’, the musical, had its preview party at the still not quite finished Limelight (built, as in New York, inside a church) . . . Morecambe Pier has sunk by three feet into the sand following the jumping up and down at a Mod alldayer, and is closed to music events until repaired! (Morecambe’s northern soul allniters continue the last Friday every month temporarily at the Charlton Club on the prom-prom-prom tiddly-om-pom-pom) . . . Friday (23) Northampton’s Whirlwind with MCs Jay Rock & Wild Ski join UD4 at Bristol’s Sunset Rendezvous (behind the Inkerman pub) . . . Sunday (25) Eccles Silver Screen’s 2pm purist soul alldayer has a strong Scottish element with Richard Searling, Kev Edwards, Billy Wildman, Keni James, Ray Rose, Billy Davidson, Bob Jeffries, Tom Jackson . . . Bank Holiday Monday alldayers include Martin Collins, Bob Jones, Danny Smith and more at Linton (Cambridge) Chilford Hall from 3pm, Steve Allen and more at Hunstanton’s Club Alexia from 4pm, Steve Walsh, CJ Carlos and a cast of thousands at Hammersmith Palais from 4pm, Chris Brown, Big H, Sean French, Johnnie Walker, Sandy Martin and more at Padworth (Reading) The Out Of Town Club’s barbeque from 4pm . . . Chris Forbes, Tim Westwood & Jasper solidly soul London Leicester Square’s Maximus every Wednesday . . . Les Adams-trained attractive Aniela, until recently at Soho’s Le Beat Route, mixes everything slickly at Harlow’s Whispers Fridays now . . . BILLYboy’s artist is Gerry Trew, not Tew . . . RELEASE THE TENSION!
THE COOL NOTES’ new single may not be too alluring, but you can’t say that about the new image of Heather and Lorraine! Now all they and the guys need is some slickly synchronised puppet-like choreography and they could teach that Pearson mob a thing or two!
NEW YORK’S singing postman has had his excellent debut LP overstickered on import for UK release. WILLIE COLLINS ‘Where You Gonna Be Tonight?’ (Capital EST 2012), Recently reviewed in full, its hottest cuts on a generally ladies-aimed lurve set are the smoothly wriggling 0-113½bpm title track and romantic candlelit 45½-0bpm ‘First Time Making Love‘. Make that special delivery, my man!
CANDI STATON: ‘Young Hearts Run Free (Extended M&M Mix Eighty-Six)’ (Warner Bros W8680T)
John Morales’ much stretched and restructured (0-)115¼-116-115½-116½-117-117½-118-117½-0bpm “Decade Remix” of her classic canterer (it hit the UK chart exactly 10 years ago this week!) now funnily sounds more correct than the nervier 115¼-116-116½-117½bpm short original, which is joined as flip by an Instrumental M&M Mix emphasising the modem overdub’s elements.
SLEEQUE: ‘One For The Money’ (US Easy Street EZS-7524)
As I said to Jerry at the shop after only a few bars, “No, take it off, I want to groove to this in the privacy of my own home!” A fabulous breezily bounding (0-)114¼-0bpm mixture of garage rhythm, bouncy acoustic piano and wailing lady with lots of space (in four Paul Simpson mixes) and infectious charm.
BLUE MODERNE: ‘Through The Night’ (US Roll Records SUN 440)
Ish Ledesma (of Foxy)-prod/penned with a hi-hat schlurping 106¾-0bpm ‘Set It Off’ beat (in five mixes), this girlie group wailed and souled sneakily satisfying multi-layered swayer looks like being large! Continue reading “May 24, 1986: Candi Staton, Sleeque, Blue Moderne, Willie Colon, Yang”