August 2, 1986: “It is amazing how many white English singers want to be Otis Redding and how many black American singers want to be Barry Manilow”


Theo Loyla is looking for further positive pledges of support from DJs and club managers for the Disco Aid project on Saturday, November 1, so if you haven’t already, please affirm your support in writing to 6 Tomay Cottages, Hawthorne Corner, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 6TH – you’ll be agreeing to donate a supplementary admission fee plus any other funds raised specially that night to help Band Aid and other British charities … Robert Geldof, KBE, has so far declined to lend his support by stepping into the nearest disco for five minutes on that night … Tony Prince launches his commercial record label, created as a production outlet for DJs, DMC Records, at London’s new Limelight next Wednesday (6) with Chad Jackson, Les Adams and Paul Dakeyne as guest mixers – so already the exodus has begun from the neighbouring Hippodrome just down Charing Cross Road! … South Norwood confusingly has a Limelight as well, where this Friday (1) Froggy joins regulars Chris Stewart and Lyndon T … I looked in on New York’s Stringfellows, bigger seeming and emptier than London’s, where DJs Lynn Condon, Beladee Nayhem and Lisa Lace are lovely girls but not the standard of mixers one expects of the Big Apple … Real Thing have signed with Jive for new material … Pieces Of A Dream ‘Joyride’ LP (Manhattan MTL 1004) is now out here, and their UK 12 inch turns out to include the jagged angry 116-0-117bpm jazz instrumental ‘Outside In’ … Ralph Tee is compiling an Arista Masters oldies series of re-releases, jazz, soul and dance, first due being Phyllis Hyman ‘You Know How To Love Me’ and Breakwater ‘Say You Love Me Girl’, soon … Martin Freeland is now also no longer at EMI … Randy Muller has been extensively remixing Skyy ‘Non-Stop’ … Steve Davis, soul fanatic snooker champ, sits in hosting Essex Radio’s weekday evening soul show all next week – I hope he’s practised his cueing! … Lesley Gore’s ‘It’s My Party’ has been accurately recreated as ‘It’s My Body’ in a milk commercial on US radio … Melba Moore’s US TV sitcom series ‘Melba’ debuted unfortunately the night after the NASA space shuttle disaster, and got such poor ratings it was immediately pulled off air; however the remaining episodes are being shown through August on CBS-TV … ‘EastEnders’ actress Sharon Dee Clarke (‘Mad Lizzie’) has been recorded by Ian Levine for Damon Rochefort’s own production company … Sunday (3) Tony Monson and Jeff Young soul an afternoon 2-6pm Thames boat trip, details on 01-533 0117 … Leicester Square’s Secret Rendezvous being defunct, Simon Goffe starts soulful Fools’ Paradise on Fridays from next week (8) at Soho’s Gossips – he seems to have found another good appropriate current song title for his club’s name … Angela Bofill, Stanley Clarke, Kenny G and Dave Valentin make up a revised Soul-Jazz Explosion ’86 package playing Hammersmith Odeon August 30/31 … Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre has brought back its traditional amateur nights on Wednesdays, but as a regular 7.30pm evening show rather than as an extra after the main show has ended – because now there is no main show, the place being used for one-off engagements, whereas in its heyday every week saw a different package playing five shows a day, seven days a week, with a movie and newsreel between each show … Eric Mercury was, as co-writer/producer of the original, interested to hear about all the “activity” surrounding the ‘80s Ladies ‘Turned On To You’ – on our second meeting in New York, I caught him playing piano while Daryl Pandy rehearsed a brand new but timeless classic-style blues that could have been from any decade this century, magical! … Justin Strauss, DJ at the fantastic Area (which changes its elaborate décor theme every month), cleverly combined Gwen Guthrie and Tambi … I’m actually saving further New York news like the New Music Seminar’s mixing competition fiasco to accompany other relevant photos … Hot Licks are expanding their video DJ mailing list on 01-486 8794 … Colin Curtis and Pete Haigh soul-jazz Manchester’s Broosters Mondays … Aaron Lewison-White’s long standing residency at Drayton near Chichester has changed names from Brooksies to the new Thursdays … Ken ‘B’ Brudenell has left Southampton Raffles for the freer musical climes of Bracknell Oceans (Fri/Sat) … Mondo Kané is, like the ‘Mondo Cane’ film title that inspired it, pronounced “Mondo Carnay” … Billboard’s Rhythm & The Blues columnist Nelson George observes, “It is amazing how many white English singers want to be Otis Redding and how many black American singers want to be Barry Manilow” – maybe (while shouting “You tell ‘em Nelson!”) that’s because here we can appreciate at a distance the artistry of soul without having had to live through and personally endure its restrictive heritage … Rob Day, commuting from Fridays at New Cross Harp Club to Saturdays at Manchester Hacienda, wonders whether, if it were released tomorrow on DJ International, ‘Blue Monday’ would be considered as anything other than “house”? … it’s getting difficult to tell what’s “house” and what’s Hi-NRG these days … SORRY, WRONG BEAT!

DARYL PANDY, the lovable man mountain with the mighty mouth and six-and-a-half octave range, is actually the voice heard on producer FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK’s ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (London LONX 105), or more accurately its really raving ‘Dub Can’t Turn Around’, which oddly is the main vocal side, at 122bpm the most exciting “house” hit to come from Chicago so far. Daryl and (real name) Farley Keith were snapped above at Arthur Baker’s Shakedown Studio while re-recording the vocal for subsequent repressings, although the original is now out here, where it and other “house” records are being welcomed as at last a faster dance music that’s reasonably credible.

Daryl’s is also the lead vocal on FARM BOY ‘Move’ (US DJ International Records DJ-912), produced by fresh-faced boy Dean Anderson, a skittery 118¼-0bpm bounding “house” stormer with emulator breaks between bursts of imperative beefy singing (later by Etheridge Williams too), the vocally concise Radio Mix possibly being best of its four versions. Daryl is dynamite in person, a star waiting to be discovered, and can’t wait to come here to visit Wales, the land of his surname!

SLEEPING BAG Records held a roof party above their Manhattan office at 67th & Broadway during the New Music Seminar, and the DJ up on the roof was none other than an unheralded MANTRONIK, caught here cueing up some hot “house” on the Trax label!


MICHAEL McDONALD ‘Sweet Freedom’ (US MCA Records MCA-23641)
Written, arranged and co-produced by Rod Temperton for the Gregory Hines/Billy Crystal movie ‘Running Scared’, and far hotter than Michael’s current Warner Bros seven inch, this exotically lurching 114¼bpm loper (in four marathon mixes) has hints of ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ but mainly is another ‘Yah Mo B There’!

DAVIS/PINCKNEY PROJECT ‘You Can Dance (If You Want To)’ (US Studio Records STU-911)
Fascinatingly arranged 103⅓bpm gradually fleshing out while drily husky singer Lorenzo Queen carries the swing, which is considerable (inst flip). Subtle, downbeat, dynamite!

SHIRLEY JONES ‘Do You Get Enough Love?’ (Philadelphia International 12PIR 2, via EMI)
The solo Jones Girl’s US smash is a Bunny Sigler-created tremendous gospelish 67bpm slow roller with pent-up piano and confidential rap which, despite the whole side one of her also UK-issued LP ‘Always In The Mood’ (PHIL 4000) being other stunning slowies, remains the standout track in our chart. Make it a hit here, too.

JAKI GRAHAM ‘Breaking Away’ (EMI 12JAKI 8)
Vivacious spurting and pausing attractive 0-107¼bpm rolling pounder with squealing sax and another vibrantly spacious Derek Bramble production.

KENNY G ‘What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)’ (US Arista ADI-9517)
Produced now by Preston Glass instead of Kashif, saxist Kenny Gorelick revives Jr Walker’s still familiar 1969 hit in an only mildly updated juddery 103bpm treatment (in three mixes), more ponderous than the original nostalgia appeal.

B B & Q ‘(I’m A) Dreamer’ (US Elektra/Pretty Pearl 0-66844)
Freshly remixed by Shep Pettibone, but only reluctantly stocked at some shops in the mistaken belief it was nothing new (thanks, Jerry!), the admittedly much released SOS Band/Change-type track now stutters and staggers with a crisply rolling 109-0bpm tap beat, in four versions.

WILLIE COLLINS ‘Where You Gonna Be Tonight?’ (US Capitol V-15239)
A bit late for us, the singing postman’s hit has been remixed by Victor Flores into a girls-started, more deliberately rolling, new 113bpm long version (0-113bpm dub, edit, acappella too) – which, if it isn’t rushed here, will presumably flip the follow-up, right?

BILLY OCEAN ‘Love Zone’ (Jive JIVE T124)
Huge Stateside, his LP’s title track created only a slight stir here as his most soulful effort in ages, but now remixed this gently jiggly tugging 95bpm swayer (in three versions) should strike deep.

DOUG E FRESH & THE GET FRESH CREW ‘All The Way To Heaven’ (Cooltempo COOLX 119)
Catchy, if now none too surprising, 0-95-0bpm go go hip hop rap with zany human beat box, scratching, and some sharp brass, flipped by the acappella human beat boxed ‘Nuthin’’ and their instrumentals.

BEAT FREAKS ‘The National Anthem’ (Supreme International Editions EDITION 86-11, via Fast Forward 031-226 4616/The Cartel)
New York and Washington DC-recorded although Edinburgh-originated, Allan Campbell’s rather good P’funk influenced tightly trucking 120½-0bpm protest chant has a dub flip plus – beat this – a brilliant untitled 0-110-111-112-111-113-111½-114-113-116-0bpm James Brown track that got pressed by mistake and has already had to be deleted . . . so get searching!

COLONEL ABRAMS ‘Over And Over’ (US MCA Records MCA-23636)
Although the sleeve doesn’t say so, it contains six mixes of this tapping and tugging old album track, Louil Silas Jr’s sombre (0-)107bpm three on the West Coast A-side and Larry Patterson’s lighter (0-)110¼bpm three on the East Coast flip. Nagging rather than jumping.

SATIN, SILK & LACE ‘Your Love’ (US Prelude PRL D703)
Here’s a rum do, another more densely soulful, purposeful and slightly slower 110¼bpm version (in four mixes) by the same producer, Greg Carmichael, of Innerlife’s current 115½bpm import hit. Both have points in their favour, so may the best girls win!

VIVIAN LEE ‘Music Is So Wonderful’ (US Jeffer Seif JR-801)
Alluding to her “Gone With The Wind” near-namesake with a “Frankly my dear” intro, this wailing good exciting 0-120bpm galloper until recently would have been considered Hi-NRG but now with its droning Abrams-ish male support is closer to “house” (strong dub flip, and raw soulful 73bpm ‘Taking It Easy’).

FRESH ‘Dum Dum Part Two’ (US Trax Records TX115)
Typically bounding percussive 120bpm “house” instrumental, oddly with added “dum dum” emulator vocals on what’s labelled as the instrumental (and badly pressed) B-side.

“BAM BAM” ‘You’ve Been Messin’ Around’ (US DJ International Records DJ-899)
With JM Silk’s backing vocals, this 0-122¼-0bpm jack track has a trickily building sparse strange Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley A-side and a much easier, less wordy, loosely flowing Farley Keith flip.

TROUBLE FUNK ‘Good To Go’ (Island/TTED 12GOGO 6)
Title “song” from that still awaited movie, this rambling 109-108¾-109⅔-109¼-109⅔-110⅓bpm go go chant is typically disorganised though has its fans (inst flip).

AM-FM ‘Hip-Hop (Skable-De-Wop)’ (US TTED Records Inc TDE-3009)
Despite the title, this rattling 103bpm chanter isn’t go go hip hop, it’s just go go, followed by the possibly catchier 106-0bpm ‘All We Want Is Go-Go’ and flipped by their instrumentals.

UK DISCO TOP 100 – August 2, 1986

01 01 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (LARRY LEVAN MIXES), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
02 02 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
03 03 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, A&M 12in
04 10 DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND/LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy, London 12in
05 05 TELL ME TOMORROW (WEEKEND MIX CLUB VERSION), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
06 07 SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
07 04 BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO), The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, Cooltempo 12in
08 06 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
09 08 BURNIN’ LOVE, Con Funk Shun, Club 12in
10 12 SAY LA LA, Pieces Of A Dream, Manhattan 12in
11 25 NEW YORK AFTERNOON, Mondo Kané/Georgie Fame, Lisson Records 12in
12 13 JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE), Dhar Braxton, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 28 I CAN PROVE IT, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
14 09 WHERE YOU GONNA BE? Willie Collins, Capitol 12in
15 22 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, London 12in
16 11 DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN, Archie Bell & The Drells, Portrait 12in
17 16 EXPANSIONS ’86 (FEARON BROTHERS REMIX), Chris Paul, Fourth & Broadway 12in
18 18 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Important Records 12in
19 20 ONE FOR THE MONEY, Sleeque, Malaco Dance 12in
20 14 GIVIN’ IT (TO YOU), Skyy, Capitol 12in
21 24 DO ME RIGHT, The Main Ingredient, Cooltempo 12in
23 — (I’M A) DREAMER (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX), BB&Q, US Elektra/Pretty Pearl 12in
24 66 I WANNA BE WITH YOU, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, US Capitol 7in
25 17 MINE ALL MINE/PARTY FREAK, Cashflow, Club 12in
26 21 BORROWED LOVE (REMIX), The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
27 65 ROSES (BERT BEVANS REMIX), Haywoode, CBS 12in
28 27 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in
29 35 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
30 41 AUTOMATIC, Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in white label
31 15 LIKE I LIKE IT (REMIX), Aurra, 10 Records 12in
32 32 DO YOU GET ENOUGH (LOVE MIX), Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International 12in
33 — FOOL’S PARADISE (PARADISE MIX), Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in promo
34 23 TURNED ON TO YOU, Nova Casper, Bluebird/10 12in
35 92 RUMORS/VICIOUS RUMORS, Timex Social Club, US Jay 12in
36 40 MIDAS TOUCH/CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, Midnight Star, MCA Records LP
37 58 MAIN THING, Shot featuring Kim Marsh, Affair Records 12in
40 49 SHARE MY LOVE/THE SUN DON’T SHINE, Betty Wright, US First String Records LP
41 44 100% PURE PAIN, O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
42 38 I WOULDN’T LIE (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
43 63 ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT, Eric B. featuring Rakim, US Zakia Records 12in
44 — EVERYONE A WINNER (110¾bpm), Zuice, Club 12in white label
46 97 FIND THE TIME (MIDNIGHT MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
47 36 BYE-BYE, Janice, US 4th + B’way 12in
48 42 ONCE YOU GOT ME GOING, Debby Blackwell, 10 Records 12in
49 51 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
50 70 WE WORK HARD/KANGOL & DOC, U.T.F.O., Cooltempo 12in
51 31 SAVE SOME TIME FOR ME, Pieces Of A Dream, Manhattan LP
52 29 I CAN’T WAIT (TO ROCK THE MIKE), Spyder-D (featuring DJ Doc), Champion 12in
53 85 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, Incredible Mr. Freeze, US Pow Wow 12in
54 — WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE), Kenny G, US Arista 12in
55 43 GO BANG! #5, Dinosaur L, CityBeat 12in
56 55 GOOD TO GO, Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way/TTED 12in
57 45 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE/I’LL TAKE YOU ON, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
58 46 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
61 33 87 64 FOOL’S PARADISE, Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
62 30 IS IT LIVE/HIT IT RUN, Run-D.M.C., London LP
63 95 NO NEWS IS NEWS – REMIX, Kreamcicle, Bluebird/10 12in
64 re PAY ME BACK MY LOVE, Colors, Prelude 12in
65 52 WAKE UP TO MY LOVE, Astra, Elite 12in
66 47 GIVE ME THE REASON, Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
67 — BEST OF MY LOVE/FLOWERS, Emotions, Streetwave 12in
68 54 NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE, Barbara Mitchell, Dutch Mercury LP
69 64 NO WAY BACK/INSTRUMENTAL, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
70 78 SWEET LOVE/WATCH YOUR STEP (THE MIDNIGHT MIX), Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
71 76 ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
72 53 NASTY (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
73 32 LAST NIGHT I NEEDED SOMEBODY/SHE KNEW ABOUT ME, Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International 12in
74 99 I’LL TAKE YOUR MAN/INSTRUMENTAL, Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
75 37 WHEN I THINK OF YOU, Janet Jackson, A&M LP
76 — SWEET FREEDOM, Michael McDonald, US MCA Records 12in
77 56 JUMMP-BACK, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
78 — SET IT OFF/MASTERMIND REMIX, Harlequin Four’s, Champion 12in
79 87 PASSION (FROGGY & SIMON HARRIS REMIX), William Bell, Tout Ensemble 12in
80 62 PEOPLE WILL BE PEOPLE, Guinn, Motown 12in
81 59 THE WORD/SARDINES, The Junkyard Band, US Def Jam 12in
82 90 CELEBRATE – PT. I/PT. II, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
83 68 WHAT I LIKE, Anthony And The Camp, Warner Bros 12in
84 re SWEET AND SEXY THING, Rick James, Motown 12in
85 77 BURNIN’ UP, Michael Jonzun, US A&M 12in
86 91 I DON’T FAKE MY LOVE, Projection, Elite 12in promo
87 74 THE BEAT IS MINE, Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
88 73 HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX) (PIANO TRAXX), Duane And Co., US Dance Mania Records 12in
89 60 SUCH A FEELING, Young & Co., US The Sound Of London 12in
90 88 TAKE IT TO THE TOP, Skibone, US TTED Record Inc 12in
91 72 YOUR LOVE, Innerlife, US Personal Records 12in
92 100 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
93 85 BROOKLYN’S IN THE HOUSE, Cut Master D.C., be’bop & Fresh 12in
94 69 SEX MACHINE, Fat Boys, WEA 12in
95 — FINE YOUNG TENDER (REMIX), Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess, Atlantic 12in
96 — CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE, Real Thing, PRT 12in
97 — MOVE, Farm Boy featuring Daryl Pandy/Etheridge Williams, US DJ Int. Records 12in
98 — CLOSER THAN CLOSE, Jean Carne, Omni 12in
99 — GETTIN’ AWAY WITH MURDER, Randy Crawford, Warner Bros 12in
100= re YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS, Billy Crystal, US A&M 12in
100= — HIP-HOP (SKABLE-DE-WHOP), AM-FM, US TTED Records 12in


01 06 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 03 LANDSLIDE, Croisette, Passion 12in
03 01 CAN’T LIVE, Suzy Q, Belgian ARS 12in
04 04 MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO, Sparks, US Curb 12in
05 20 DOWN DOWN ROMEO, Meccano, German Ariola 12in
06 02 MALE STRIPPER, Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish, Bolts Records 12in promo
07 24 NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in white label
08 12 TIME AFTER TIME, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
09 10 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
10 — LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (REMIX), E.G. Daily, US A&M 12in
11 07 TWILIGHT ZONE, Venus, Passion 12in white label
12 — YOU EXCITE ME, David Karam, Canadian Astro 12in
13 14 RUN TO ME, Tracy Spencer, Italian CBS 12in
14 — I FEAR THE NIGHT, Tyree, US Underground 12in
15 — BREAKIN’ UP BREAKIN’ DOWN, Michael Oliver, US DJ International Records 12in
16 11 VENUS (IAN LEVINE REMIX), Bananarama, London 12in
17 — TIGER BAY, Francine Kirsch, Canadian Tamah 12in
18 05 SATELLITES (EURO ’86 MIX), Ellie Warren, Columbia 12in
19 re WEEKEND SPECIAL (IAN LEVINE REMIX), Brenda And The Big Dudes, Family 12in
20 — GET READY, Robin Stanley, US Oak Lawn 12in
21 — THE MAIN ATTRACTION, Yoh-Yo, US Boulevard 12in
22 — THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
23 — I AM ALIVE, Saphir, German EMI 12in
24 — I WON’T GIVE IT AWAY, Olga, US Top Hit 12in
25 16 FIRE IN MY HEART, Astaire, Passion 12in white label
26 18 TOMORROW DOESN’T MATTER TONIGHT, Bianca Fernandez, Make Them Dance! 12in
27 09 AGAIN (REMIX), Do Piano, Record Shack 12in
28 13 NEW BEGINNING (IAN LEVINE REMIX), Bucks Fizz, Polydor 12in
29 — FOR TONIGHT, Nancy Martinez, Canadian Mahogany 12in
30 — WHAT A NIGHT, Terry Iten, US Cedarhouse 12in

One thought on “August 2, 1986: “It is amazing how many white English singers want to be Otis Redding and how many black American singers want to be Barry Manilow””

  1. That Nelson George quote – and James’s commentary on it – is particularly on-point and thought-provoking.

    At around this point, James really starts throwing his weight behind Darryl Pandy as a star in the making, doubtless spurred on by having witnessed Pandy in the studio. It didn’t work out like that, of course, and I think we’ll eventually get a clue as to why.

    The accidentally pressed James Brown track never did see the light of day officially – it was recorded with Sly and Robbie, of all people, so you’d have thought that such an auspicious collaboration would have borne more fruit.

    House music makes its first appearance in the Eurobeat chart this week, with three new entries, two of them never before mentioned here. There will be more crossover house/Eurobeat hits to come, leading me to wonder whether the music’s partial adoption by gay dancefloors might have impeded its progress elsewhere. (Such were the times, sadly.)


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