July 26, 1986: “I am the guy that got thrown out of Paradise Garage”


I am the guy that got thrown out of Paradise Garage, for having the temerity to suggest that after all the publicity I have given to both the New York club (which doesn’t close until next year now) and its DJ Larry Levan they might like to let me in for free – so there goes any further mention of “garage” music! … ‘House’ is in any case the correct term for what we’ve been calling ‘garage’, a real producers’ music form to the extent that it’s the producers rather than the artistes who get the main label credit: thus Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders have taken precedence over the actual singer of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, the incredible six and a half octave ranged Darryl Pandy, who sounds like Little Richard, looks like Fats Domino, with a satchel mouth like Louis Armstrong, a true star waiting to be discovered! … I had the pleasure at Arthur Baker’s Shakedown Studio of watching Farley Keith re-record (rather than remix) Darryl’s ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ vocals for a future alternative release (photos next week if they come out) … Arthur’s own 122½bpm ‘I Want To Go To Chicago’ by RT & The Rockmen Unlimited has reached acetate stage, but the big news is that together with DJ International Records owner Rocky Jones he has produced a Chicago/New York All Stars session featuring such as Chip E, Farley Keith, Darryl Pandy, Afrika Bambaataa, Melle Mel, Will (Wally Jump Junior) Downing, Hubert (‘D’ Train) Eaves, André Booth, Bruce Forest and more, the results being split between his own Criminal Records and DJ International for release … Frankie Knuckles was the DJ at Chicago’s Warehouse, which actually closed three years ago, playing such obscure New York records only ever heard there that they came to be called “House” – he cites among many Master Jay ‘TSOB’, Liquid Liquid ‘Cavern’, MFSB ‘Love Is The Message’, and various Gino Soccio titles … Chip E’s singer Jack In House explains that “jack” is another word for dancing, “when the music is loud and pumping like a jackhammer”! … Chicago’s broadminded black mayor Harold Washington is so clued up on the impact of house music that he seems likely to be promoting it himself internationally! … New York’s New Music Seminar as usual had a scratching and rapping contest, but the results were discredited by political manoeuvrings which will be detailed in full next week: suffice to say that UK champ Chad Jackson did magnificently in the initial heats, beating the Get Fresh Crew’s Barry B on applause after cutting up the words “Get Fresh Crew” in real blood-letting battle, but then these initial heats were run again to accommodate someone whose dad owns a radio station, the finals eventually (and deservedly, despite unfair scoring by his manager on the judging panel) won by Jazzy Jeff, while Grandmaster Kaz won the rapping … New York’s urban contemporary radio now isn’t even as upfront as Tony Blackburn on Radio London – make of that what you will! … Timex Social Club now tops US Black 45s, Club Play, and 12 Inch Sales in Billboard! … Livewire, the people who encourage the unwary to ring up huge ‘phone bills, from this week start a new funky service hosted by Radio London DJ Dave Pearce which includes the RM Dance Line, spotlighting several fast new risers on our Disco chart – the service is in London only at the moment, on 0066-66012 costing a maximum 35p for one and a half minutes at peak times, 12p off-peak … Steve Walsh has dubbed his own singalong lyrics over the top of Fatback ‘I Found Lovin’’ for imminent release, and picked up Hanson & Davis for his Total Control label … Club have Wally Jump Junior, and Janet Jackson’s ‘When I Think Of You’ album “sleeper” is finally due next week … Dancin’ Danny Poku has concocted a promo-only re-edited 0-98½-92-101-98½-0bpm ‘Real Roxanne Meets Pee Wee Herman And Howie’s Teed Off’, with scratching by Hardrock Soul Movement, while commercially The Real Roxanne ‘Bang Zoom’ is also out in an instrumentally started 98⅚-99-0bpm The Fresh New Beat Remix (incidentally, on watching ‘Back To The Future’ again in mid-Atlantic, it suddenly became obvious that “bang zoom” was a catchphrase from the vintage Jackie Gleason TV show) … Princess ‘Tell Me Tomorrow’ has reverted to 10-inch size for yet another different 104⅔bpm Saturday DJ Edit mix, while O’chi Brown ‘100% Pure Pain’ is on a Special DJ Copy “white label” as a much altered tighter 113¾bpm US Extended Remix, and finished commercial copies of Phil Fearon have as flip the self-penned accomplished 140-147½-150-151-0bpm jazz instrumental ‘Il Gurnata’ … Epic have released the rock-guitared (0-)101-0bpm ‘House Rocker’ (TA 6952) as Lovebug Starski’s follow-up … Billy Crystal’s smarmy 0-112½-0bpm ‘You Look Marvellous’ (US A&M) is taking off again thanks to its video, as before mainly in the Thames Estuary area so far … London group Zuice, whose 110¼bpm ‘Everyone A Winner’ (a juddery title line looking for a song) isn’t out on Club for a fortnight, are being launched like Total Contrast last year at special DJ parties, in Manchester at Richfields next Monday (28), Glasgow at The Cotton Club Tuesday (29) – see you there? … Nick Graham revives three decades of Pressure Cookin’ black dance music this Thursday (24) at Bromley South’s Dr Crippens … New York saw Chad Jackson diving mouth first into all the exotic frozen cocktails, Damon Rochefort give a taxi driver $100 instead of $1 (notes are the same size!), Steve Walsh chatting to a girl who turned out to be a fellah, being pickpocketed, and escaping from a head-on taxi crash, while Simon Bates seemed not to want people to know he’d been to the New Music Seminar (it might ruin the credibility of Radio One DJs!) … SORRY, WRONG BEAT!

Roger Troutman, during Zapp’s London visit, finally revealed how he creates his distinctive “vocoder” vocal sound. Through a plastic tube he breathes into his mouth helium, a gas that makes his voice go squeaky, the sound of which is taken by microphone into an amplifier and then fed through a synthesizer, the keyboard of which Roger plays to coincide with the words that by being fed through it have now become the sound signal he’s manipulating into “music”, bending and stretching them. This takes practice!


Stock Aitken Waterman present MONDO KANÉ featuring Dee Lewis & Coral Gordon, guest star GEORGIE FAME ‘New York Afternoon’ (Lisson Records DOLEQ 2, via PRT)
With the overall concept’s name now phonetically respelt to prevent confusion with a Dutch group called Mondo Cane, production team Stock Aitken Waterman’s debut as “artistes” stars the inimitable nasal tones of the ‘Yeh Yeh’ man crooning Richie Cole’s gloriously breezy 102⅔bpm samba as if it had been written for him. Edited 103⅚-103⅔bpm Little Samba and Fame-less 0-104bpm Nip On mixes join the flip’s oddly wowing (0-)106⅔bpm similarly samba instrumental ‘Manhattan Morning’. Not many know it, but DJ Chris Hill was behind this whole idea.

DEBBY BLACKWELL ‘Once You Got Me Going’ (10 Records TENT 151)
Squalling shrill Debby virtually duets with a mellow soulful backing fellah on this Leroy Burgess co-penned fast frantic 117½bpm jittery flier, sort Aurra and Skipworth & Turner gone Hi-NRG (in four versions).

JAK TO JAK ‘Take It Easy’ (Boiling Point POSPX 806)
The S and M of DSM, Birmingham DJs scratching Shaun Williams and Mambo now join huskily talking rapper Gilly (a guy) who rides the rhythm of a not surprisingly DSM-like mellow ticking 110⅓bpm shuffle groove (jazzier and harder more ‘Twilight’-ish dub flip).

CA$HFLOW ‘Can’t Let Love Pass Us By’ (Club JABX 33)
An unlikely A-side, this intensely chugging tight 115⅓bpm whipper does become quite nagging on a monotonous level, as do the flip’s already charted rambling jiggly 94⅔bpm ‘Spending Money’ and pent-up wriggly 112⅔bpm ‘I Need Your Love’, all having a cumulative soulfulness rather than being strong songs.

MAGAZINE 60 ‘Don Quichotte’ (RCA PT 40772)
Last year’s Continental smash, now climbing Stateside in Falco’s wake, is a mindlessly inconsequential Anglo-Spanish burbling 118½bpm Eurodisco loper by, just to be confusing, a French group!

MELI’SA MORGAN ‘Fool’s Paradise (Paradise Mix)’ (Capitol 12CL 415)
At long last it’s a 12 inch! Although maybe still only on promo for a while, this Zack Vaz-remixed juddering 100⅓bpm soul soarer has the potential to be another ‘Solid’-like crossover smash considering the number of albums that have been bought during the last few months for its original version alone. Two less abruptly starting short 100bpm chorus-only mixes and the jolting 111bpm ‘Getting To Know You Better’ are flip.

THE INCREDIBLE MR. FREEZE ‘Back To The Scene Of The Crime’ (US Pow Wow PW 409)
Produced by Arthur Baker with Andre Booth, the massed rappers chant “I want to go back” before swapping verses in decidedly retrograde style to what sounds like ‘The Crown’ played by MFSB, in two 115½bpm vocal versions and a usefully Vince Montana-like marathon 114½-114¼-113⅔-114-114¾-0bpm instrumental. If that looks tasty, buy it now before it’s as big as it’s gonna be!

MILLIE SCOTT ‘Automatic’ (4th +B’way 12BRW 51)
Exploding on white label but due here commercially ahead of imports in a week or so, Mildred’s follow-up (nothing to do with the Pointer Sisters despite a similar hook line) is an insistently rolling and tapping 110¼bpm tense wriggly swayer somewhat in subdued Skipworth & Turner style, with a vocal dub and percappella flip.

MARSHALL JEFFERSON ‘The House Music Anthem’ (US Trax Records TX117)
Smartly stealing DJ International Records’ thunder, this other Chicago label’s anthem is a typical cymbal schlurping 122bpm bounder with simple chording (almost rock ‘n’ roll) piano and slightly weedy vocal, in four versions. “House” really is turning out to be a timeless, universal disco music … as long as it can stay clear of the clichés of Hi-NRG in which many of its makers appear by temperament to be rooted.

ORAN ‘JUICE’ JONES ‘The Rain’ (US Def Jam 44-05930)
The only newie to stand out on New York radio last week, this remix of a shamefully ignored album track is a widely appealing falsetto-sung sharp snappy little (0-)109¼bpm swayer which is so suddenly superimposed by a particularly good off-the-cuff rap that the first time I assumed it was the radio jock getting carried away! A pity it fades so abruptly as it deserves to be much longer – and huge (lovely traditional soul vocal group-style slow 0-55-0bpm ‘Your Song’ flip).

THE JUNKYARD BAND ‘The Word’ (US Def Jam 44-05922)
Washington DC’s dustbin bashing street urchins sound slightly confined tapping out their go go beats inside a studio on the 0-97⅔-97-98-98⅔-99⅔-98⅔bpm topside (edit too), although dropping the bomb vocally and sardonically, the flip’s chanting 99-100-100⅔-101-101⅔-101-101⅓-102⅓-104½bpm ‘Sardines’ however being altogether beefier, funkier, and more fun.

MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly ‘I Wanna Be With You’ (US Capitol B-5599)
On seven inch initially, this first presumably studio recorded single off the upcoming ‘Live From Los Angeles’ LP is another of Frankie’s soulful jiggly grooves, a wriggly 113⅘bpm shuffler with a joyful mood that’s almost an actual song this time (denser 114½bpm instrumental dub flip).

DISCO TOP 100 – July 26, 1986

01 03 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (LARRY LEVAN MIXES), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
02 01 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
03 02 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, A&M 12in
04 04 BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO), The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, Cooltempo 12in
05 11 TELL ME TOMORROW (WEEKEND MIX CLUB VERSION), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
06 05 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
07 27 SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/DUB VERSION, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
08 18 BURNIN’ LOVE, Con Funk Shun, Club 12in
09 08 WHERE YOU GONNA BE TONIGHT?, Willie Collins, Capitol 12in
10 12 DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND/LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, US House Records 12in/London promo
11 07 DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN, Archie Bell & The Drells, Portrait 12in
12 20 SAY LA LA/NEW YORK STREET MIX, Pieces Of A Dream, US Manhattan 12in
13 06 JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE), Dhar Braxton, Fourth & Broadway 12in
14 09 GIVIN’ IT (TO YOU), Skyy, Capitol 12in
15 15 LIKE I LIKE IT (REMIX), Aurra, 10 Records 12in
16 10 EXPANSIONS ’86 (FEARON BROS REMIX), Chris Paul, Fourth & Broadway 12in
17 16 MINE ALL MINE, Cashflow, Club 12in
18 17 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Important Records 12in
20 13 ONE FOR THE MONEY, Sleeque, Malaco Dance 12in
21 30 BORROWED LOVE (REMIX), The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
22 14 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, London 12in
23 46 TURNED ON TO YOU, Nova Casper, Bluebird/10 12in
24 51 DO ME RIGHT, The Main Ingredient, Cooltempo 12in
25 61 NEW YORK AFTERNOON, Mondo Kané/Georgie Fame, Lisson Records 12in
26 86 IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER, Zapp, Warner Bros 12in
27 28 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in
28 72 I CAN PROVE IT, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
29 23 I CAN’T WAIT (TO ROCK THE MIKE), Spyder-D (featuring DJ Doc), Champion 12in
30 66 IS IT LIVE/HIT IT RUN, Run-DMC, London LP
32 33 DO YOU GET ENOUGH LOVE?/SHE KNEW ABOUT ME, Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International LP
33 48 FOOL’S PARADISE, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP/12in promo remix
35 26 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
36 45 BYE-BYE, Janice, US 4th + B’way 12in
37 34 WHEN I THINK OF YOU, Janet Jackson, A&M LP
38 24 I WOULDN’T LIE (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
40 38 MIDAS TOUCH, Midnight Star, MCA Records LP
41 — AUTOMATIC, Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in white label
42 70 ONCE YOU GOT ME GOING, Debby Blackwell, 10 Records 12in
43 22 GO BANG! #5, Dinosaur L, CityBeat 12in
44 68 100% PURE PAIN, O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
45 31 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE/I’LL TAKE YOU ON, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
46 — THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
48 44 YOU AND ME, Simphonia, US Cotillion 12in
49 84 THE SUN DON’T SHINE/SHARE MY LOVE, Betty Wright, US First String LP
50 19 AMITYVILLE (THE HOUSE ON THE HILL), Lovebug Starski, Epic 12in
51 36 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
52 re WAKE UP TO MY LOVE, Astra, Elite 12in
53 21 NASTY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
55 62 GOOD TO GO, Trouble Funk, Island/TTED 12in
56 35 JUMMP-BACK, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
57 25 GO-GO SWING, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US Future 12in
58 54 MAIN THING, Shot featuring Kim Marsh, Affair Records 12in
59 — THE WORD/SARDINES, Junkyard Band, US Def Jam 12in
60 64 SUCH A FEELING, Young & Co, US The Sound of London 12in
61 47 CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX), Real Thing, PRT 12in
62 65 PEOPLE WILL BE PEOPLE, Guinn, Motown 12in
63 89 ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT, Eric B featuring Rakim, US Zakia 12in
64 59 NO WAY BACK/INSTRUMENTAL, Adonis, US Trax 12in
65 100 ROSES (BERT BEVANS REMIX), Haywoode, CBS 12in
66 — I WANNA BE WITH YOU, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, US Capitol 7in
67 55 LOVE’S GONNA LAST, Jeffree, US MCA Records LP
68 82 WHAT I LIKE, Anthony And The Camp, Warner Bros 12in
69 50 SEX MACHINE, Fat Boys, WEA 12in
70 41 WE WORK HARD/KANGOL & DOC, U.T.F.O., Cooltempo 12in
71 71 DESTINY, D.S.M., Elite 12in
72 93 YOUR LOVE, Innerlife, US Personal Records 12in
73 42 HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX), Duane And Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
74 85 THE BEAT IS MINE, Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
76 — ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
77 80 BURNIN’ UP, Michael Jonzun, US A&M 12in
78 73 SWEET LOVE, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
79 96 HELP IS ON THE WAY, Whatnaughts, US Harlem International 12in
80 79 HERE I GO AGAIN, Force MD’s, Tommy Boy/Island 12in
82 re DON’T WANNA WAIT, Lew Kirton, MCA Records 12in
83 53 STEP BY STEP, T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
84 49 FOOLIN’ YOURSELF, Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
85 — BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, The Incredible Mr. Freeze, US Pow Wow 12in
86 re BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE, Cut Master DC, be*bop & Fresh 12in
87 63 PASSION (FROGGY & SIMON HARRIS REMIX), William Bell, Tout Ensemble 12in
88 83 TAKE IT TO THE TOP, Skibone, US TTED Record Inc 12in
89 81 THROUGH THE NIGHT, Blue Moderne, Sure Delight 12in
90 97 CELEBRATE PT. II, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
91 — I DON’T FAKE MY LOVE, Projection, Elite 12in promo
92 98 RUMORS/VICIOUS RUMORS, Timex Social Club, US Jay 12in
93 74 ALL WRAPPED UP IN ONE, The TTED All Stars, US TTED Records Inc 12in
94 — YOUR LOVE, Satin, Silk & Lace, US Prelude 12in
95 re NO NEWS IS NEWS – REMIX, Kreamcicle, US New Image 12in
96 — BYE-BYE (UK RE-EDIT), Janice, Fourth & Broadway 12in
97 — FIND THE TIME, Five Star, Tent 12in
98 — BAHIA GIRL (GVAL) (REMIX), David Rudder & Charlie’s Roots, London 12in
99 re I’LL TAKE YOUR MAN, Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
100 — REAL ROXANNE MEETS PEE WEE HERMAN AND HOWIE’S TEED OFF (DANCIN’ DANNY D MEGAMIX), The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee/Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in promo


01 13 CAN’T LIVE, Suzy Q, Belgian ARS 12in
02 16 MALE STRIPPER, Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish, Bolts Records 12in promo
03 02 LANDSLIDE, Croisette, Passion 12in white label
04 03 MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO, Sparks, US Curb 12in
05 09 SATELLITES (REMIX), Ellie Warren, Columbia 12in promo
06 01 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
07 04 TWILIGHT ZONE, Venus, Passion 12in white label
08 18 REFLEX ACTION, Louise Thomas, R&B 12in
09 15 AGAIN (REMIX), Do Piano, Record Shack 12in
10 06 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
11 22 VENUS (IAN LEVINE REMIX), Bananarama, London 12in
12 05 TIME AFTER TIME, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
13 21 NEW BEGINNING (IAN LEVINE REMIX), Bucks Fizz, Polydor 12in
14 07 RUN TO ME, Tracy Spencer, Italian CBS 12in
15 12 BOXER, Paul Sharada, Italian Il Discotto 12in
16 11 FIRE IN MY HEART, Astaire, Passion 12in white label
17 10 SECRETS, Albert One, Italian Time 12in
18 08 TOMORROW DOESN’T MATTER TONIGHT, Bianca Fernandez, Make Them Dance! 12in
19 24 CITY NIGHTS MANHATTAN CAFES, Cory Daye, US Blue Chip 12in
20 17 DOWN DOWN ROMEO, Meccano, German Ariola 12in
21 28 IN THE HEAT OF A PASSIONATE MOMENT, Princess, Supreme Records LP
22 re I’M YOUR MAN (REMIX), Barry Manilow, RCA 12in
23 29 LOVE PAINS, Lorenza Johnson, Make Them Dance! 12in
24 — NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in white label
25 23 (IT AIN’T NOTHING LIKE) THE REAL THING, Tom Robinson, Castaway Records 12in
26 26 I LOVE MUSIC, Terry M, MCA Records 12in
27 — TWO OF HEARTS, Stacey Q, US Atlantic 12in
28 re ONCE MORE, Taffy, Italian Ibiza 12in
29 re IT’S UP TO YOU, Lian Ross, German Arrow 12in
30= re YOU’RE GONNA BE MINE, Novo Band, German Ariola 12in
30= re LIGHT A LIGHT, Peppermint, US RJM 12in
30= 27 MR. FANTASY, Lee Marrow, Italian Disco Magic 12in

2 thoughts on “July 26, 1986: “I am the guy that got thrown out of Paradise Garage””

  1. I can’t help thinking that there’s a certain degree of uncharacteristically diva-ish entitlement about James’s opening remarks: perhaps, if you were working the door at the Paradise Garage, you could be forgiven for a) not keeping up with a two-page column inside an imported pop music magazine, and b) not recognising the tall, white, straight, aristocratic, middle aged, unfashionable looking Limey standing before you, imperiously trying to save himself a few bucks!

    I’m also wondering about a possible Butterfly Effect at this point, as James’s fit of pique causes him to ditch “garage” as a signifier, throwing his hat firmly into house music’s ring instead. I could be mistaken, but I don’t recall “garage” re-surfacing as a genre term in the UK until around 1989 at the earliest….?

    Arthur Baker’s Chicago/New York All Stars session doesn’t seem to have materialised anywhere… unless someone out there knows better…?


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