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.
WALLY JUMP JUNIOR & THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT: ‘Jummp-Back’ (US Criminal Records CRIM 00001)
Bunging in bits of other things in the chants and using members of Rockers Revenge and more, Arthur Baker (with co-mixer Shep Pettibone) has created a loosely rambling 114½bpm answer to Dhar Braxton, in four versions, one with Gil Scott Heron-ish rap and another with reggae toasting.
INNERLIFE: ‘Your Love’ (US Personal P49825)
Greg Carmichael produced, soulful girl wailed, jauntily wriggling lightly buoyant 115½bpm straightahead strider, dead simple and timeless good dance music (sparser Club Mix and acappella flip).
AUDREY HALL: ‘Smile’ (Germain DGT 15, via Jet Star/EMI)
Sounding like another instant smash, this seductively winsome 86bpm sweet lovers rock has a cooler 81¾bpm Club Mix flip.
MIDNIGHT STAR: ‘Midas Touch’ (LP ‘Headlines’ MCA Records MCF 3322)
This very Shalamar-ish (0-)117bpm nagger has so far had probably more radio play than the here full-length 0-103½-103¼bpm title track, so must be another future hit, while getting club action still are the slinky 80bpm ‘Close Encounter‘, jogging 101¼bpm ‘Close To Midnight‘, dated (0-)122½bpm ‘Engine No 9‘.
BLUE MODERNE: ‘Through The Night’ (Sure Delight SDT02, via Jet Star)
The Ish Ledesma prod/penned pleasant 107-0bpm girlie group swayer with a ‘Set It Off’ beat (in five mixes) proved less of a stayer on import than anticipated, but deserves to be heard.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA: ‘Bambaataa’s Theme’ (US Tommy Boy TB 879)
Apart from some incidental growling vocoder this moody 109¼bpm electro treatment of the theme from ‘Assault On Precinct 13’ is, unusually for Bam, an instrumental. Initially unthrilling, it’s a nagging grower popular with mixers (try it out of Gwen Guthrie), while the flip’s lethargic vaguely Bowie-esque vocal 107bpm ‘Tension‘ has fans too.
ERIC B. Featuring Rakim: ‘Eric B. Is President’ (US Zakia ZK 014)
Rakim raps that cutmaster Eric B. does it in the mix so well he’s President (amongst other topics) on a muddily burbling 96½bpm scratcher, another that uses the Mohawks’ ‘The Champ’, coupled with the more talkative 88½bpm ‘My Melody‘ and their dubs. Strictly for B Boys.
STAGE COACH: ‘Mystic Mood’ (US United Sound Inc USI 201)
Setting up an ominously lurching 104¾bpm ‘Nasty’ drive, the Los Angeles label’s debut then eases back for a mournful fellah’s soulful vocal while the beat still jolts from peak to peak, creating nagging tension that could prove compulsive (inst/edit flip).
CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Burnin’ Love’ LP (US Mercury 826 963-1 M-I)
Uninspired funk with the (0-)115½bpm title track single, muttering 107¼bpm ‘She’s A Star‘ and chugging 113½bpm ‘She’s Sweet‘ mixed by Mark Berry, sassily chattering funky 114¾bpm ‘Jo Jo‘, juddering 117¾bpm ‘Do Ya‘, dreary 0-79bpm ‘How Long’, pleasantly swaying 77½-0bpm ‘It’s Time Girl’, and — most soulful of the lot — lushily swirling 0-86-0bpm ‘You Make Me Wanna Love Again‘.
THE CONTROLLERS: ‘My Secret Fantasy’ (LP ‘Stay’ MCA Records MCF 3324)
Apart from the 97¾bpm title track hit the only tracks to end up meaning much have been this ‘All Night Long’ tempoed 94¾bpm swayer and the ‘Sexual Healing’-ish 95¼bpm ‘Break Out The Love‘ — which is not to ignore the exquisite acappella interrupted 47¾bpm revival of Marvin’s ‘Distant Lover‘.
BARBARA MITCHELL: ‘High On Love’ LP (Mercury 826 887-1)
The High Inergy leader’s Larry Blackmon-produced solo set isn’t that great but has the pleasant Randy Crawford-ish sultry soul-jazz 90¾bpm ‘Take Your Time’ (once flip to the 111bpm ‘Ace Of My Heart‘), Kary Hubbert of Cashflow duetted slushy 77¼bpm ‘Don’t Look Over Me‘, bumping quavery 102bpm ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before‘, slow rocky 77bpm ‘High On Love’, squeakily cantering 114½bpm ‘Can’t Help The Way I Feel’.
CULTURAL VIBE: ‘Ma Foom Bey’ (US Easy Street EZS-7525)
Stripped to skittering electronic beats and punchy bass synth, with some stark afro/arabic chanting on two of its three versions, this Tony Humphries mixed 116½bpm sparse bounder is “garage” at its most fascinating basic.
ANTHONY AND THE CAMP: ‘What I Like’ (Warner Bros W8730T)
Serious Intention’s voice Anthony Malloy produced by Jellybean on a lightly lurching 117¾bpm canterer (in four versions), only big on import for a very few, surprisingly.
SLEEZY D.: ‘I’ve Lost Control’ (US Trax TX113)
Back to Chicago’s specialist stark freaky true “jack trax” style for a nervily skittering mix of muttering, yelling, and ‘Set It Off/Go Bang!’ beat, prod/played by Virgo, in beefier 120½bpm Space Side and sparser 123bpm House Side versions.
DUANE & CO.: ‘Hardcore Jazz’ (US Dance Mania DM001)
Yet another new label busting out of Chicago with four more jack tracks for garage house parties, James Brown grunts being scratched into the 118½bpm ‘J.B. Traxx’, while the 118½bpm ‘Piano Traxx’, 120¼bpm ‘J.A.B. Traxx‘ and 119¾bpm ‘Traxx‘ are alternative grooves.
VIOLA WILLS: ‘You Are The Reason Why’ (Streetwave MKHAN 70)
Although yet to sell, this low key slinky 0-75bpm slowie’s subtle attractive lilt gradually grabs after several listens, especially on radio.
ASTRA Featuring Miss Ollie James and Miss Terry Guest: ‘Wake Up To My Love’ (Elite DAZZ 53, via DMS/RCA)
Slinkily swaying girl-sung 91bpm swayer with tootling piccolo sax creating a relaxed vaguely ‘Juicy Fruit’-ish vibe (though less of a song), in three mixes.
MARVIN GAYE: ‘The World Is Rated X’ (Motown ZT 40758)
Tedious typical ‘What’s Goin’ On’-style 0-88¾-88bpm weaver (inst, and gentle mid-Sixties 0-112½bpm ‘Lonely Lover‘ flip).
TGB: ‘Do The Right Thing’ (US Nicole NR-100-001)
Soulfully gurgled by Patricia Shannon, this beefy 101¾bpm lurcher rolls satisfyingly through busy electric piano and searing sax without really becoming a hit song, with a messier 115¼bpm ‘What Goes Around, Comes Around‘ flip for rare soul fans.
ABACUSH: ‘Sunshine Island’ (Abacush A.B. 003, via Jet Star)
Girls sung summery 99¼-98bpm sorta samba-cum-reggae skipper tropical sums it up, frothy and feather light (inst flip).
SANDRA EDWARDS: ‘Give Me Some Emotion’ (Soul Town 45 SAND/12/001), via Pinnacle)
Huskily soulful Sandra bellows and emotes through a potentially lush though roughly mixed swaying 0-90¼bpm “orchestral” backing which builds a nice enough sinuous atmosphere.
YASMIN: ‘I Can’t Forget’ (Total Control Records 12TOCO 10)
Steve Walsh’s executive assistant, bubbly Yasmin James coos a wriggly 118½bpm lightweight London canterer.
BEGGAR & CO.: ‘Life’ (Total Control Records 12TOCO 9)
Jittery 117¾bpm spurter adapting several easily spotted influences with sharp brass spiking the chants, chat and Wham! rap, or a far preferable more relaxed 117bpm Alternative Mix flip (edit too).
Beats Per Minute, at long last, for all of the last five week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold, but with no room for descriptions this time):
Freddie Mercury 0-37-0r, Zapp 86/43f, Sandie Shaw (0-)50f, A-Ha 58½-117-0r, Atlantic Starr 67-0-33½-67-0f, Marc Almond 70-72½f, Queen 75f, Lovebug Starski 87½f, Rod Stewart 90f, Black Uhuru 95-96-96½f, Sly Fox 97¾f, Real Thing (0-)101½-102½, Prince 102½-102¼f, Loose Ends (0-)103f, Janet Jackson 103¾c, Nu Shooz 103¾-104¼-104f, Cashflow 105¼f, Love And Money 0-105¾-105½f, Aurra 107f, David Bowie 109¼f, Culture Club 111f, Art Of Noise 0-111½-0-111½-0f, Tears For Fears 113c,½ Chris Paul 114f, Chris Rea 114¼f, Haywoode 114½f, Candi Staton 115-117f, Dhar Braxton 115¾f, Cock Robin 0-116¾r, Paul Hardcastle (0-)117½f, Matt Bianco 0-117¾-115½f, Bucks Fizz (0-)118-0r, Big Audio Dynamite 119f, Heads (0-)119¼c, Owen Paul 119¼-119f, Pet Shop Boys (60-)120r, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin (0-)60½/121f, Gene Loves Jezebel 124¼-124f, Midge Ure (0-)124¼f, AC/DC 124½-128-0f, Bananarama 0-125½f, Silsoe 0-126/63-0r, Claire And Friends 129½-130r, Genesis 130½f, Falco (0-)132¼-132½r, Big Country 132½-132¾-0r, Smiths 133½f, Mike & The Mechanics 135f, Carmel 136f, Furniture 136¾-136-0r, Communards 138f, Eurythmics 139f, Suzanne Vega 0-142¾f, WASP 70½-146-147f, The Mission (0-)147-148-0r, Wham! 151½-152¼c, Barry Gray Orchestra 0-156¾-0c, Little Richard 163f, Ramones 180-177f, Sigue Sigue Sputnik 0-192½f, The Housemartins 192-195-0r. Phew!
DISCO TOP 100 – June 28, 1986
01 02 JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE), Dhar Braxton, Fourth & Broadway 12in
02 01 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
03 06 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
04 05 GIVIN’ IT (TO YOU)/DUB, Skyy, Capitol 12in
05 03 MINE ALL MINE/PARTY FREAK, Cashflow, Club 12in
06 08 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, A&M 12in
07 09 BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO), The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, Cooltempo 12in
08 04 EXPANSIONS ’86/BROADWAY BOULEVARD, Chris Paul, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 10 AMITYVILLE (THE HOUSE ON THE HILL), Lovebug Starski, Epic 12in
10 20 WHERE YOU GONNA BE TONIGHT?, Willie Collins, Capitol 12in
11 28 DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN, Archie Bell & The Drells, Portrait 12in
12 14 NASTY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
13 07 ALL AND ALL/MANTRONIK MEGA MIX, Joyce Sims, London 12in
14 12 YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (M&M REMIX), Candi Staton, Warner Bros 12 in
15 11 SET ME FREE, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
16 25 ONE FOR THE MONEY, Sleeque, Malaco Dance 12in
17 13 YOU CAN’T BLAME LOVE, Thomas & Taylor, Cooltempo 12in
18 18 DIAL MY NUMBER, Pauli Carman, CBS 12in
19 23 I CAN’T WAIT (TO ROCK THE MIKE), Spyder-D (featuring DJ Doc), Champion 12in
20 16 STAY A LITTLE WHILE, CHILD, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
21 32 LIKE I LIKE IT (REMIX), Aurra, 10 Records 12in
22 30 BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE/REMIX, Cut Master D.C., be*bop & Fresh 12in
23 52 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (MARK BERRY REMIX)/(LARRY LEVAN MIX), Gwen Guthrie, US Polydor 12in
24 26 CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX), Real Thing, PRT 12in
25 53 WE WORK HARD/KANGOL & DOC, U.T.F.O., US Select Records 12in
26 38 DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND/LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, US House Records 12in
27 21 DESTINY, D.S.M., Elite 12in
28 98 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Important Records 12in
29 29 RAZZLE DAZZLE, Michael Jeffries, Warner Bros 12in
30 22 LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU, Modern-nique featuring Larry Woo, 10 Records 12in
31 34 SAY LA LA/NEW YORK STREET MIX, Pieces Of A Dream, US Manhattan 12in
32 42 FOOLIN’ YOURSELF, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
33 19 LESSONS IN LOVE/SOMETHING ABOUT YOU (US REMIX), Level 42, Polydor 12in
34 51 GO-GO SWING, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US Future 12in
35 17 BASSLINE (STRETCHED)/LADIES (REVIVED), Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
36 88 I WOULDN’T LIE (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
37 24 COMPUTER LOVE (REMIXES), Zapp, Warner Bros 12in
38 55 BURNIN’ LOVE (CLUB MIX), Con Funk Shun, US Mercury 12in/Club promo
39 15 YOU AND ME TONIGHT, Aurra, 10 Records 12in
40 33 SEX MACHINE, Fat Boys, WEA 12in
41 45 WHEN I THINK OF YOU, Janet Jackson, A&M LP
42 37 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, US Profile 12in
43 49 GO BANG! #5, Dinosaur L. CityBeat 12in
44 43 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE/I’LL TAKE YOU ON, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
45 66 JACK YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
46 40 SET ME FREE (MARK BERRY REMIX), Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
47 36 ON MY OWN, Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald, MCA Records 12in
48 60 EXPANSIONS ’86 (FEARON BROS REMIX), Chris Paul, Fourth & Broadway 12in
49 99 SWEET LOVE, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
50 71 PAY ME BACK MY LOVE, Colors, US Prelude 12in
51 44 I LOVE MUSIC, Terry M, MCA Records 12in
52 72 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, US Vintertainment 12in/Cooltempo promo
53 39 NON-STOP/JEALOUSITIS, Skyy, US Capitol LP
54 48 S.O.S., Oliver Cheatham, Champion 12in
55 57 IS IT LIVE/HIT IT RUN/YOU BE ILLIN’, Run-DMC, US Profile LP
56 75 HERE I GO AGAIN, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in promo
57 56 GOOD TO GO, Trouble Funk, US Island/TTED 12in
58 35 MIDAS TOUCH/CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT/STAY HERE BY MY SIDE/ENGINE NO. 9, Midnight Star, MCA Records LP
59 — PASSION (FROGGY & SIMON HARRIS REMIX) (0-119½-119¼-119-0bpm), William Bell, Tout Ensemble 12in white label
60 re BYE-BYE, Janice, US 4th + B’way 12in
61 80 MAKE ME THE ONE (LES ADAMS REMIX), Crown Heights Affair, CityBeat 12in
62 77 BE-BUMPIN-FRESH, Chuck Brown, US Future 12in
63 41 WHAT YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT (REMIX), Total Contrast, London 12in
64 — GONNA MAKE YOU MINE (WESTSIDE MIX) (105¾bpm), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
65 65 MAIN THING/MAIN DUB, Shot featuring Kim Marsh, US Easy Street 12in
66 — YOUR LOVE, Innerlife, US Personal Records 12in
67 — LOVE THE ONE I’M WITH, Melba Moore & Kashif, US Capitol 12in
68 58 FOOL’S PARADISE, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
69 — SUCH A FEELING, Young & Co, US The Sound of London 12in
70 59 DANCING IN THE STREET (DANCE MIX), Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
71 63 NO NEWS IS NEWS — REMIX, Kreamcicle, US New Image 12in
72 re ALL WRAPPED UP IN ONE, The TTED All Stars, US TTED Records Inc 12in
73 — TELL ME TOMORROW (WEEKEND MIX) (105)/(ALBUM VERSION) (108½bpm), Princess, Supreme Records 10in promo
74 — ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT, Eric B featuring Rakim, US Zakia 12in
75 54 DOMINOES (LIVE), Donald Byrd, Streetwave 12in
76 — MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
77 — BORROWED LOVE (REMIX), The SOS Band, Tabu 12in promo
78 — SPENDING MONEY (95bpm), Cashflow, Club LP
79 — MOUNTAINS (REMIX) (104¾-105bpm), Prince And The Revolution, Warner Bros 12in
80 86 SOCK IT TO ME, Ayre Rayde, be*bop & Fresh 12in
81 74 PASSION FROM A WOMAN, Krystol, US Epic 12in
82 — DON’T WANNA BE NORMAL/BETCHA, Randy Crawford, Warner Bros LP
83 79 IF YOUR HEART ISN’T IN IT, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
84 68 SHADOWS OF YOUR LOVE, J.M. Silk, US DJ International Records 12in
85 46 WHAT HAVE I DONE FOR YOU LATELY, King M.C. featuring ‘Screamin K’, Important Records 12in
86 — WAR ON THE BULLSHIT, Osiris, Baad Records 12in
87 — JUMMP-BACK, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
88 76 TELL ME IT’S TRUE, Ian Foster, MCA Records 12in
89 93 NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE, Barbara Mitchell, Dutch Mercury LP
90 61 NO WAY BACK, Adonis, US Trax 12in
91 84 HOT TO TOUCH, Julian Jonah, Total Control Records 12in promo
92 — YOU MAKE ME WANNA LOVE AGAIN/IT’S TIME GIRL/SHE’S A STAR/SHE’S SWEET/JO JO, Con Funk Shun, US Mercury LP
93 83 STOP ME FROM STARTING THIS FEELING, Lou Rawls, Epic LP/12in promo
94 — HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX) (118½bpm), Duane And Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
95 — STEP BY STEP, T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
96 92 POWER’S IN YOUR MIND, Yang, US Jump Street 12in
97 70 CANDY, ET (Eddie Towns), US Total Experience LP
98 re GIVE ME UP, Beau Williams, US Capitol 12in
99 — BAMBAATAA’S THEME, Afrika Bambaataa, US Tommy Boy 12in
100= 94 LET THE MUSIC PLAY, 400 Blows, KR Records 12in
100= 73 MYSTERIES OF THE WORLD, MFSB/BLACK IS THE COLOR, Wilbert Longmire, Streetwave 12in
01 02 REFLEX ACTION, Louise Thomas, R&B 12in
02 01 CAN’T LIVE, Suzy Q, Belgian ARS 12in
03 05 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in promo
04 12 NEW BEGINNING, Bucks Fizz, Polydor 12in
05 08 VENUS (HELLFIRE MIX), Bananarama, London 12in
06 06 YOU’RE GONNA BE MINE, Novo Band, German Ariola 12in
07 03 IN THE HEAT OF A PASSIONATE MOMENT, Princess, Supreme Records LP
08 07 MALE STRIPPER, Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish, US Recan 12in
09 10 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
10 11 (IT AIN’T NOTHING LIKE) THE REAL THING (BLOW VERSION), Tom Robinson, TRT 12in
11 14 I LOVE MUSIC, Terry M, MCA Records 12in
12 13 CITY NIGHTS MANHATTAN CAFES, Cory Daye, US Blue Chip 12in
13 15 AGAIN, Do Piano, French EMI 12in
14 16 ANOTHER DAY COMES (ANOTHER DAY GOES) (NIGHTMARE MIX), Kiki Dee, Columbia 12in
15 09 RUNNING AWAY FROM LOVE, Astaire, Passion LP bonus 12in
16 18 ANGEL IN MY POCKET, One To One, Bon Aire/Arista 12in
17 17 I’M YOUR LOVE, Joe Yellow, Italian Power 12in
18 19 HANDS UP, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
19 04 OH L’AMOUR (REMIX)/GIMME GIMME GIMME, Erasure, Mute 12in
20 21 THIRD TIME LUCKY, Pearly Gates, Funkin’ Marvellous 12in promo
21 22 BAND OF GOLD, Bonnie Tyler, CBS 12in
22 23 SHY SHY SUGARMAN, Jack’s Project, German Ariola 12in
23 28 DISENCHANTED (REMIX), The Communards, London 12in
24 20 I’M YOUR MAN (REMIX), Barry Manilow, RCA 12in
25 26 GROOVE BOY (COME TO LOTUS LAND), Shanghai Lil’ featuring Perri Halevy, Fantasia Records 12in
26 25 COME BACK TO ME, Prototype, German ZYX 12in
27 27 ONCE MORE, Taffy, Italian Ibiza 12in
28 24 I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO) (US REMIX), Taffy, US Emergency 12in
29 re IF THE LOVE FITS, Lewis, Riva 12in
30 29 HUMANOID INVASION, Laser Dance, Dutch Hot Sound 12in
2 thoughts on “June 28, 1986: The S.O.S. Band, Young & Co, Melba Moore, Wally Jump Junior, Innerlife”
Well now! I wasn’t expecting this! But here we are, in June 1986, with the first example of what would eventually become known as acid house. There’s some confusion over which mix is which, but the House Side of Sleezy D’s “I’ve Lost Control” (seemingly pegged here by James as the Space Side) has that twisted TB 303 sound running all the way through it. Originally recorded in 1984, with Marshall Jefferson providing the backing for Sleezy D’s vocal, but only released in 1986, “I’ve Lost Control” emerged on vinyl way ahead of Phuture’s more celebrated “Acid Trax”, which didn’t come out until 1987. (The catalogue numbers emphasise the time gap, too: “I’ve Lost Control” is TX113, while “Acid Trax” is TX142.) However, both were long-delayed pressings of tracks that had been recorded two years earlier: “Acid Trax” was originally known in 1985 as “In Your Mind”, before Marshall Jefferson remixed it for the 1987 version. There’s more about “I’ve Lost Control” on Wikipedia and on Discogs (the latter including a comment from Marshall Jefferson himself).
Elsewhere, Eric B & Rakim quietly make their debut, while Afrika Bambaataa’s use of John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 theme would eventually be eclipsed by Bomb The Bass’s deployment of the same sample on “Megablast”, a hit in the summer of 1988. Meanwhile, the Style Council/General Johnson collaboration never saw the light of day, although a Weller-voiced version of the same song eventually surfaced on a posthumous compilation of unreleased rarities.
Finally, and after a gap of several weeks, we bid a fond farewell to the “Hit Numbers” section in Record Mirror, although James would continue to provide BPMs for all the new pop hits in the soon-to-be-launched Jocks magazine.
Ah yes, the TB303. I had myself one of those, along with a TR606, purchased second hand from my local music shop. Presumably some musician had bought them as backing devices, only to find they sounded too electronic.
I had them for a while before selling them to get myself a TR505 – unfortunately before the whole Acid House thing took off. Kicking myself! Still got an MC202 and an SH101 though 🙂