May 24, 1986: Candi Staton, Sleeque, Blue Moderne, Willie Colon, Yang


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!

WILLIE COLON: ‘Set Fire To Me’ (US A&M SP-12181)
Snorting along at a slick “Latin Jazzbo” lick, this 116½bpm largely instrumental percussion sizzler — with if anything an even beefier scatting Inferno Dub flip — encompasses garage, soca, disco, Santana and Candido. Jingo ba la?

YANG: ‘Power’s In Your Mind’ (US Jump Street JS 1003)
Imagine Russ Brown duetting loosely with Annie Lennox over a catchily cantering percussive wriggly 113¼bpm garage beat that’s compulsive in the extreme (four mixes), and you won’t even stop to sweat!

MATT BIANCO: ‘Dancing In The Street’ (WEA YZ72T)
The two Marks, Reilly and Fisher, have revamped their frisky samba-ish album track into a madly happy 115½-115¾-117½-115½bpm carnival kicker with wide appeal (inst on flip).

THE REAL ROXANNE WITH HITMAN HOWIE TEE: ‘Bang Zoom (Let’s Go-Go)’ (US Select Records FMS 62269)
Full Force create a fascinating 0-99¼-0bpm framework for braggin’ Roxanne and fierce cuttin’ Howie as a hollow beat and scratching segue into human beat box backed melodic real soul singing. ‘Alice’ go go hip hoppery, and a Bugs Bunny finish! (Howie cuts even more on the stark 102bpm ‘Howie’s Teed Off‘ flip, including (as Southall Barbarella’s jock Darryl Lee spotted) Brick’s ‘Dazz’. Definitely fresh!

SPYDER-D (FEATURING D.J. DOC): ‘I Can’t Wait (To Rock The Mike)’ (US Profile PRO-7103)
Are you ready for the rap to Nu Shooz? Essential in a mix at 103½-0bpm (inst flip), that’s what this is — and it’s a hot one!

MIDNIGHT STAR: ‘Headlines’ LP (German Solar TSR 330202)
Now also on exactly similar 12 inch (but with a longer dub flip, US Solar 0-66851), the title track tight insistent 0-103½-103¼bpm go go-ish jiggler has inevitable “read all about it” hooks and I’ve already heard it being sung in the street. So, that’s the immediate hit, but it’s a strong set too with the Shalamar-ish (0-)117bpm ‘Midas Touch‘, slinky 80bpm ‘Close Encounter‘, jogging 101½bpm ‘Close To Midnight‘, jolting 110½bpm ‘Dead End‘, smoochy 103/51½bpm ‘Stay Here By My Side’, crawling 65½bpm ‘Searching For Love’, dated (0-)122½bpm ‘Engine No. 9‘, trite (0-)122½bpm ‘Get Dressed’, confirming their superstar status.

SHOT Featuring Kim Marsh: ‘Main Thing’ (US Easy Street EZS-7523)
Bumbling and tugging in dated sorta Slave-ish style, this chick-keened jiggly weaving roller was maddening to monitor as it’s 102¼(intro)-103¼-105¼-105½-105¼-105-106¾-105¼bpm — and then the dub is 102¾(intro)-104¼-105¾-105¼-105½-106¼-105¼bpm. I deserve overtime!

CHUCK BROWN & THE SOUL SEARCHERS: ‘Go-Go Swing’ (US Future F 0007)
On the other hand I did not resent one moment of BPM-ing this marathon lazily rambling live jam (0-94-94¼-94-93½-93-92½-93½-93-93½-95¼-94½bpm) which — rather as I saw them do at Washington DC’s Black Hole last year — medleys jazzily through Lionel Hampton’s ‘Midnight Sun’, King Pleasure’s ‘Moody’s Mood For Love’, and the ‘Woody Woodpecker’ theme in amongst the good natured go go framework. Likewise the continuing ‘Here We Go Again’ flip (0-94¾-94-92-93½-94½-93-94¼-93¼bpm) makes great play of the Viscounts’ Harlem Nocturne’, and a snatch of ‘The Message’. Superb, and excellent home listening too.

CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Burnin’ Love’ (US Mercury 884-762-1)
A punchy bassline helps push this Total Contrast-copying (0-)115½bpm wriggly canterer, smoothly done in three versions if less exciting than other more adventurous imports this week.

MATTHEW DAVID: ‘Don’t Let Love Get You Down’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 23)
Archie Bell & The Drells’ old ‘Where Are You Going When The Party’s Over’ LP has been much sought since last year as the buzz has built in London’s sweatier dives over its original version of this creditably recreated 94½bpm moody jogger (useful inst flip) — which is only a stopgap, as now CBS have been forced into scheduling the Bell original here.


Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):

Status Quo 142¾-0r heads down boogie, Liverpool Football Team 125¼c martial fan fodder, Mantronix 102¼r hip hop, Simply Red 87f haunting classy smoocher, Thomas + Taylor 102¼-102¾f hot soul swayer, Blow Monkeys 107¾-107¼f messy rambler, Dio (0-)132f Meat Loaf-ish metal, Miami Sound Machine (0-)181f ‘Frankie Can’t Hurry Love’, Cool Notes 0-103¼f plodding black pop, Talk Talk 87f sombre dull slowie (a synch with Simply Red?).

DISCO TOP 100 – May 24, 1986

01 03 (YOU ARE MY) ALL AND ALL, Joyce Sims, London 12in
03 01 THE FINEST, The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
04 02 YOU AND ME TONIGHT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
05 04 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
06 08 EXPANSIONS ’86, Chris Paul featuring David Joseph, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 06 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Modern-nique featuring Larry Woo, 10 Records 12in
08 15 JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE), Dhar Braxton, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 05 ON MY OWN, Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, MCA Records 12in
10 14 I CANT WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
11 12 DO FRIES GO WITH THAT SHAKE, George Clinton, Capitol 12in
12 09 YOU CAN’T BLAME LOVE, Thomas & Taylor, Cooltempo 12in
13 10 YOU AND ME TONIGHT (MIDNIGHT MIX), Aurra, 10 Records 12in
14 20 BASSLINE (STRETCHED)/LADIES (REVIVED), Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
15 11 SERIOUS, Serious Intention, London/Pow Wow Records Inc 12in
16 22 MINE ALL MINE (MARK BERRY REMIXES), Cashflow, Club 12in
17 33 AMITYVILLE (THE HOUSE ON THE HILL), Lovebug Starski, Epic 12in
18 13 I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU, Princess, Supreme Records 12in
19 27 SET ME FREE, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
20 46 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, US Solar 12in/German LP
21 43 ALL AND ALL (MANTRONIK MEGA MIX), Joyce Sims, London 12in
22 19 NOVELA DAS NOVE (SPIDER WOMAN)/CHIEF INSPECTOR (PRECINCT 13), Wally Badarou, Fourth & Broadway 12in
23 47 DESTINY, D.S.M., Elite 12in
24 23 WHAT YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT (REMIX), Total Contrast, London 12in
25 21 STAY, The Controllers, MCA Records 12in
26 24 S.O.S., Oliver Cheatham, Champion 12in
27 28 CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE, Five Star, Tent 12in
28 16 GOTTA FIND A WAY/NSTRUMENTAL, Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
29 26 PRISONER OF LOVE (UK RE-EDIT), Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
30 29 LESSONS IN LOVE/WORLD MACHINE, Level 42, Polydor 12in
31 17 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (M&M REMIX), Shalamar, MCA Records 12in
32 100 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, US A&M 12in
33 18 TENDER LOVE, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
34 31 GIVIN’ IT (TO YOU), Skyy, Capitol 12in
37 32 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE/BEEN SO LONG, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
38 46 MIDAS TOUCH/CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, Midnight Star, German Solar LP
39 83 COMPUTER LOVE (REMIXES), Zapp, Warner Bros 12in
40 30 HEADLINE NEWS (EXTENDED REMIX), William Bell, Tout Ensemble 12in
41 52 CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX), Real Thing. PRT 12in
42 34 IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Tavares, Capitol 12in
43 — BURNIN’ LOVE (115½bpm), Con Funk Shun, US Mercury 12in
44 42 WHEN I THINK OF YOU, Janet Jackson, A&M LP
46 56 STYLE (PETER GUNN THEME), Grandmaster Flash, Elektra 12in
47 — ONE FOR THE MONEY, Sleeque, US Easy Street 12in
48 44 OPEN YOUR DOOR, Guinn, Motown 12in
49 45 THROUGH THE NIGHT, Blue Moderne, US Roll Records 12in
50 — HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE (0-109¾bpm)/I’LL TAKE YOU ON (0-109½-0bpm)/HOLD ON TO YESTERDAY (38bpm), Hanson & Davis, US French Records 12in
51 37 SHADOWS OF YOUR LOVE, J.M. Silk, US DJ Internatsonal Records 12in
52 38 MAIN THING/MAIN DUB, Shot featuring Kim Marsh, US Easy Street 12in
53 — GIVE ME UP (119¾bpm), Beau Williams, US Capitol 12in
54 35 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX), Real Thing, PRT 12in
55 — YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (M&M REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL, Candi Staton, Warner Bros 12in promo
56 40 DIAL MY NUMBER, Pauli Carman, US Columbia 12in
57 87 I CANT WAIT (TO ROCK THE MIKE), Spyder D (featuring DJ Doc), US Profile 12in
58 39 BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE, Cut Master D.C., US Zakia Records 12in
59 — BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO)/HOWIE’S TEED OFF, The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, US Select Records 12in
60 — TURNED ON TO YOU, (Eighties) Ladies, United Records 12in
61 82 TROW THE DICK/TROW THE D./DUB MIX, Ghetto Style with 2 Live Crew, US Luke Skyy Walker Records 12in
62 53 PRAYIN’ (GOSPEL MIX), Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Stateside 12in
63 57 RAZZLE DAZZLE, Michael Jeffries, Warner Bros 12in
64 50 MY LATIN LOVER, Q-Pid Featuring Nikki Q, US Sunnyview 12in
65 77 TELL ME TOMORROW/IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD, Princess, Supreme Records LP
66 54 INTO THE MOTION, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
67 55 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, Marvin Gaye, Motown 12in
68 74 BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE (REMIX)/SHE’S GOOD TO GO, Cut Master D.C., US Zakia Records 12in
69 51 I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU (DUB & SCRATCH REMIXES), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
70 71 GO-GO SWING, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US Future 12in
71 73 JACK YOUR BODY — HOME MADE/CLUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
72 86 ONE BODY, Marc Reed, 20/20 Records 12in
73 — CAPTURED (110bpm), Dexter Wansel featuring The Jones Girls, 10 Records 12in promo
74 64 THE HEAT OF HEAT (CLUB HEAT MIX), Patti Austin, Qwest 12in
75 — NO WAY BACK (125¼bpm), Adonis, US Trax 12in
76 62 MY ADIDAS, Run-D.M.C., US Profile 12in
77 63 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, US Vintertainment 12in
78 78 TAKE A PIECE OF ME, Booker Newberry, Omni 12in
79 69 WHAT’S MISSING (REMIX), Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
80 — LOVE ME ANYWAY (0-101½-101¾bpm), W.Q.B.C., Expansion Records 12in
81 66 MY SECRET FANTASY, The Controllers, US MCA Records LP
82 70 DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK, Cognac, Rise Records 12in
83 58 THE FOOLISH THING TO DO, Heaven 17 featuring Jimmy Ruffin, Virgin 12in
84 61 CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE, James Cobbin & Prime Cut, Lovebeat International 12in
85 72 MYSTERY Of LOVE (INSTRUMENTAL/DUB/ORIGINAL BASEMENT MIX), Fingers Inc, US DJ International Records 12in
86 49 HOLD IT, NOW HIT IT, Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
87 65 SECRETS, Linda Tillery, US 411 Records LP
88 48 SOUL POWER, James Brown, Boiling Point 12in
89 79 MYSTERY, Anita Baker, US Elektra 12in
90 80 A LOVE BIZARRE, PARTS I AND II, Sheila E, Warner Bros/Paisley Park 12in
91 68 FINE YOUNG TENDER/LOVE’S ON FIRE/DANCE TO THE GROOVE, Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, Atlantic LP
92 — TELL ME IT’S TRUE, Ian Foster, MCA Records 12in promo
93 98 BYE-BYE, Janice, US 4th + B’way 12in
94 — DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN (94¾bpm), Matthew David, Bluebird/10 12in
95 88 LOVE ZONE, Billy Ocean, Jive LP
96 89 OFF THE HOOK, C.M. Dance, US Midnight Sun 12in
97 67 RELEASE THE TENSION/DUB THE TENSION, J-A Groove, US Studio Records 12in
98 90 JUST ANOTHER LOVER/EXTENDED MIX, Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
99 — GO BANG! #5, Dinosaur L, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
100=re ARE YOU WID IT, Private Possession, US Mega Bolt 12in
100=— POINT OF NO RETURN, Earlene Bentley, Champion 12in promo


01 01 REFLEX ACTION, Louise Thomas, R&B 12in
02 06 OH L’AMOUR/GIMME GIMME GIMME, Erasure, Mute 12in
03 03 E.S.P. (EXTRA SENSUAL PERSUASION), Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 04 MALE STRIPPER, Man 2 Man Meet Man Parrish, US Recan 12in
05 05 YOU’RE A BEAT, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
07 08 RUNNING AWAY FROM LOVE, Astaire, Passion LP bonus 12in
08 — IN THE HEAT OF A PASSIONATE MOMENT, Princess, Supreme Records LP
09 15 I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO) (US REMIX), Taffy, US Emergency 12in
10 09 I’M YOUR MAN, Barry Manilow, RCA 12in
11 12 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
12 11 LIKE A TIGER, Michael Zager, US Mosaic 12in
13 — THIRD TIME LUCKY, Pearly Gates, Funkin’ Marvellous 12in
14 13 AGAIN, Do Piano, French EMI 12in
15 07 KEEP ON ROCKIN’, Hemyl, Italian Missing 12in
16 16 VENUS, Bananarama, London 12in
17 — GET OUT OF MY LIFE, Lady Lily, Italian Papagayo 12in
18 20 DISENCHANTED, The Communards, London 12in
19 21 IRRESISTIBLE, Stephanie, Carrere 12in
20 24 ROCK IT DOWN TO MIDNIGHT, Diebold & Co, US Night Wave 12in
21 10 NOTHING IN COMMON, Wagner, Italian Best 12in
22 27 HUMANOID INVASION, Laser Dance, Dutch Hot Sound 12in
23 re LOVE’S GONE MAD (EUROBEAT MIX), Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
24 24 LOOKIN’ BACK, Lucky Ross, Italian Rainbow 12in
25 18 BURNING, Sapphire, Passion 12in
26 re WE ARE THE BOYS, Until December, US 415/Columbia 12in
27 re PRISONER OF LOVE, Millie Scott, Fourth & Broadway 12in
28 14 IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Tavares, Capitol 12in
29 22 LADY O, Paul Rein, Swedish Alpha 12in
30 — NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE, Sonia & Nancy, Belgian ARS 12in

5 thoughts on “May 24, 1986: Candi Staton, Sleeque, Blue Moderne, Willie Colon, Yang”

  1. I’m not sure what happened to Moonstone’s “mega-bucks seven album international deal”, as their Discogs release history tells an altogether more modest tale! … there’s confirmation this week that the Upfront 1 compilation gave “Jack Your Body” its first UK release, albeit just in dub version form … the M&M remix of Candi Staton is a cut above the other swiftly dating “decade” remixes from Tavares and The Real Thing, but it’s odd that the disco revival started as early as ten years on, rather than the more usual twenty years cycle … meanwhile, for all James’s laudable suspicion of revivalism, it’s hard to raise much of an objection when the tracks are as fine as Archie Bell’s “Don’t Let Love Get You Down” and Eighties Ladies “Turned On To You”, and hip hop’s shift from all-new electro rhythms to plundered breakbeats & samples is only going to accelerate the pace of these revivals … Adonis “No Way Back”, another house tune that’s going to be around for many months to come, is the tenth Chicago release to land, but the NYC “garage” sound still has the upper hand for now; this well-researched article documents the birth of the garage scene, and gives pioneers like Boyd Jarvis, Paul Simpson and Timmy Regisford their due.


  2. So that inclusion of Jack Your Body on Upfont (I vaguely remember those I think they had a drawing of a cheetah somewhere on the sleeve) is the first ever official release for any house record in Britain then?


    1. D’you know what… I’ve been keeping careful tabs on this, and you’re right, this is the first ever UK house release! And if I’m not mistaken, the next one (and it’s a big one) gets its first mention in four weeks’ time…

      And for reference, these are the first ten Chicago house tunes to land in the UK, at least as far as Record Mirror is concerned.
      (Warning: contains spoilers about future performance!)

      1. J.M. Silk ‘Music Is The Key’ (DJ International D-248/DJ 888) – mentioned 5 October 1985, reviewed 12 October, did not chart

      2. Chip E. Inc. featuring K. Joy ‘Like This’ (DJ International D-251/DJ 890) – reviewed 7 December, charted 14 December, peaked at #74

      3. Farley Jackmaster Funk ‘Funkin With The Drums Again’ (Trax TX106) – reviewed 11 January 1986, did not chart

      4. Fingers Inc ‘Mystery Of Love’ (DJ International DJ 892) – reviewed 29 March, charted 22 March, peaked at #25

      5. The It ‘Donnie’ (DJ International DJ 893) – reviewed 5 April, did not chart

      6. J.M. Silk ‘Shadows Of Your Love’ (DJ International DJ 777) – reviewed 12 April, charted 12 April, peaked at #32

      7. Chip E. Inc. ‘Jack Trax’ (DJ International DJ 895) – reviewed 12 April, did not chart

      8. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley ‘Jack Your Body’ (Underground UN-101) – reviewed 26 April, charted 19 April, peaked at #1 on 24 January 1987 / charted Eurobeat 23 August, peaked at #24

      9. Shawn Christopher ‘People Of All Nations’ (DJ International DJ 778) – reviewed 7 June, charted 17 May, peaked at #85

      10. Adonis ‘No Way Back’ (Trax TX112) – reviewed 31 May, charted 24 May, peaked at #1 on 4 July 1987 (c/w ‘Do It Properly’)


      1. Very interesting – incidentally it also appears that Ice-T had his very first UK release on that selfsame album – 3 years after he started recording in America.


      2. As a lead artist, I think you’re right, but as a featured artist (on Chris “The Glove” Taylor’s ‘Reckless’) he appeared on UK 12″ in 1984, the same track also appearing on the decent-selling Breakdance soundtrack LP, along with Ollie & Jerry et al.

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