ODDS ‘N’ BODS
STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY also has a totally different treatment due of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, the Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders version of which exploded in our chart last week, not by being the biggest selling newie but because most jocks charting it already had it at number one! . . . Chicago’s “house” and “jack” styles (ie: “garage” by its local name) may be the most exciting new development in dance music but typically it’s being resisted in Central London’s blacker clubs — however, the faster tempos are taking off elsewhere, and it seems north of Watford Gap many jocks are already taking things to extremes (as they usually do with any easily definable style, miaou, miaou!) . . . Dancin’ Danny D has remixed Loose Ends’ ‘Gonna Make You Mine’ B-side, and Ian Levine is remixing Bucks Fizz (well he would, wouldn’t he?) . . . Style Council’s next single will feature the Showmen’s chairman of the board General Johnson as lead vocalist, reviving last year’s General Crooks & Willie Clayton ‘Love Pains’ . . . Sixties veteran Steve Mancha’s comeback single for EMI is shaping up as a joyful goodie, sorta Dr Buzzard meets the Temptations on the Grapevine! . . . Paradise leader, gospel singing Paul Johnson, is recording secular soul for CBS produced by his chum Junior . . . Luther Vandross’ next B-side will include his track from ‘The Goonies’ soundtrack, ‘She’s So Good To Me‘ . . . The O’Jays’ old ‘My Favourite Person‘ is becoming another boom tune around London . . . CBS’s one-time disco plugger, now in A&R, Steve Ripley, is moving to New York as International Product Manager, off hats! . . . Sergio Munzibai has indeed resigned his Motown post (so is that an end to those M&M remixes on the label?) . . . Regina ‘Baby Love‘ belatedly topped US Club Play (it’ll be reissued here next month) and Billy Ocean ‘Sad Songs‘ Black 45s in Billboard . . . Sinitta ‘So Macho’ evidently sold more copies in one Sheffield shop than anything ever, including ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ . . . Fnday (27) Chad Jackson cuts up Lowestoft Ziggies, Saturday (28) Robbie Vincent souls Bristol Sanborn’s, Monday (30) Kev Hill kicks off his “wicked” weekly Guvnor’s Clinic at Basildon Sweeney’s with guests Pete Tong & Bob Jones . . . BBC Radio Merseyside soul jock Kenni James hosts a funky river cruise next Thursday (3), tickets from Hot Waxx and Chevertons record shops . . . Gary Hickson (Blackburn Kaleidoscope), already doing a club chart rundown Fridays on BBC Radio Lancashire, is about to sit in for holidaying afternoon man Simon Johnson . . . Johnny Wakelin supported Muhammad Ali on ‘Black Superman’ and ‘In Zaire’ now he’s turned — in similarly rabble rousing 0-108¼bpm basic chant style — to ‘Bruno‘ (Chrysalis KOX 1), featuring “you know what I mean, ‘Arry?” loud and clear, unlike last weeks inferior although officially sanctioned rival . . . SORRY, WRONG BEAT!
JULIE ROBERTS, now she’s a TV presenter, has gone all posh and added a “t” to make her Juliet for the revived ‘More Than One Night (Love Mix)‘ (Bluebird/10 BRT 22). Remixed by Herbie Mastermind and herself, the original old B-side had a reggae-ish following in London’s blacker clubs but now, with a “shabba dabba doo” or two and some muted horn, it’s become a possibly too loosely strung rambling 0-81¾bpm jiggly slow weaver (instrumental flip).
STREETWAVE RECORDS continue to raid the ‘CBS Club Classics 2’ LP for their DJ Limited Edition 12-inch series, the latest teaming back to back DEXTER WANSEL ‘Life On Mars‘/WILLIE BOBO ‘Always There‘ (Streetwave SWAVE 9).
THE S.O.S. BAND: ‘Borrowed Love (Remix)’ (Tabu TA 7241)
Jam & Lewis replough that fertile Yarbrough & Peoples pioneered ‘Change Of Heart’ furrow for this acappella finished 100¼bpm purposeful roller, flipped by the group’s own self-produced but still typical (0-)87½bpm ‘Do You Still Want To?‘ Uh-huh.
YOUNG & CO.: ‘Such A Feeling’ (US The Sound of London SOL-986-12)
With an infectious burbling bassline and hints of Aurra’s oldie of the same name, this joyful gospelish 119½bpm bounder comes in three mixes, the dubbier Club (B) being pure garage. Er, I thought TSOL was one of Morgan Khan’s labels?
MELBA MOORE: ‘Love The One I’m With’ (US Capitol V-15236)
Bouncily duetted with producer Kashif, this perkily lurching 115½bpm skipper is typically staccato over spiky beats and sets up a happy feeling despite the cold mechanics of its backing. Certainly for soul modernists, it could have wider appeal, too. Continue reading “June 28, 1986: The S.O.S. Band, Young & Co, Melba Moore, Wally Jump Junior, Innerlife”