August 9, 1986: New Music Seminar scratching competition, Janet Jackson, Mel & Kim, Zuice, Tricky Tee


Import albums last week included Gwen Guthrie, Kenny G and Glenn Jones, so check the Disco Chart for BPMs if they hit – incidentally, Kenny G’s single review should have read “more ponderous than the (Jr Walker) original but with obvious nostalgia appeal” … London picked up The Incredible Mr Freeze, which apparently was recorded several years ago (like it sounds) … DJs can now get the percussively exciting old T-Connection ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ (US Sunnyview Classics SUN 33306) on 12 inch again as an import – but how about a UK re-release? … Henry Stone is restarting another TK-type label in Florida with new Canadian partner Paul Kline, called Achievement Records … Timex Social Club, with ‘Rumors’ have started a ‘Roxanne’ sized spate of US answer versions, led by Bobby Jimmy & The Critters ‘Roaches’ (US Macola) … Bananarama ‘Venus’ topped US 12 inch sales, Jean Carne ‘Closer Than Close’ Black 45s in Billboard …. Fatback, who will be headlining live act at October’s Barry Island ‘Bognor’ weekend, have recorded ‘Spanish Harlem’ featuring its originator’s son Ben E. King Jr, due on import soon and in fact looking for a UK deal … Michael McDonald’s seven inch hit ‘I Keep Forgettin’’ now sounds a lot different from its original 1962 version by Chuck Jackson … George Benson’s pleasant enough 88bpm ‘Kisses In The Moonlight’ (Warner Bros W8640) has been delayed on 12 inch here so that an extended ‘Breezin’’ can be added to the oldies flip … Disco Gary Van Den Bussche doubtless joins others wondering where to find the recently mentioned great acappella version of Lulu’s ‘Shout’ remake – it’s on the Jive seven inch only, a three-tracker which I received ahead of the 12 inch and presumed was the same … James Brown’s mysterious track which turned up by mistake on the Beat Freaks’ B-side apparently was the only recorded result of a Compass Point Studio session produced by Sly & Robbie for a mooted Island LP that was never completed – a pity so few are ever likely to find it … Steinski’s newsreel-cutting ‘The Motorcade Sped On’, about JFK’s assassination, has turned up on vinyl at last, but only on ultra-expensive hard to find US Disconet … Kenny Beck, currently in litigation over the authorship of ‘Mine All Mine’, manages Harleqiun Four’s lead singer Barbara Tucker … Jak To Jak is being “restructured” for full commercial release … Les Adams has done an incredibly clever megamix of Sly Fox ‘Let’s Go All The Way’, Queen ‘We Will Rock You’ and Boogie Boys ‘Fly Girl’ which is already out in Europe, although here, because it would be classed as a “compilation” for chart purposes, it seems likely only to be Sly Fox’s next B-side … Robbie Vincent devotes at least half his 9-11pm Radio One soul show this Sunday (10) to a recording of Anita Baker’s London concert – the Sunday one, by which time she was evidently less easily swayed by the audience’s shouted requests into singing all her biggest slowies at the start – after which for three weeks Radio London’s Saturday lunchtime soul man Jeff Young fills Robbie’s chair … South London’s SOLAR Radio is now broadcasting instead in Portugal to the Algarve on 90.5FM, complete with Portuguese commercials between the Bill Mitchells! … I bumped into Red Nose Radio’s soul man Richard Searling in an M6 motorway restaurant on my way to see Zuice in Manchester – he was returning from the Anita Baker show, and we had a good natter … Mike Shaft, his community radio plans in temporary tatters, now presents BBC Radio Manchester’s soul show Saturdays 7.30-midnight … Billy Crystal is filming in London during October – could he be visiting South Wales too? … UK Disco Mixing runner-up Jon Davis starts this Thursday (7) a weekly night at Bideford’s brand new Baileys on the quay … Jay Strongman, Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Chris Brown, Jonathon More, Bob Jones, Gilles Peterson & Chris Bangs have another Doo At The Zoo in Regents Park this Saturday (9) … Mayfair’s Gullivers doesn’t close now until November, and business is booming … Benny Wilson, funking Stamford Hill’s Cotton Club Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun, like other London jocks finds his black audience slow to respond to anything faster than 110bpm, thus ruling out any “house” hits — however, Ashley Hooper at Bournemouth’s Shunters and Mr C’s is already having to revive the frantic old Francine McGee ‘Delirium‘ and Slick ‘Space Bass‘ … Stock/Aitken/Waterman have done a House Mix of ‘In The Heat Of A Passionate Moment’ as Princess’s follow-up, and a House Remix of O’chi Brown … Ian Levine, having sussed that “house” is only another form of Hi-NRG, is producing ‘On The House‘ by Midnight Sunrise — it had to happen! … SORRY, WRONG BEAT!

CHAD JACKSON, as can be seen, got up to his usual tricks in the initial heats of the New Music Seminar’s scratching competition. Scratchers (and rappers) battled in pairs, each trading three 30-second sets in which they had to outdo each other. Chad, against the Get Fresh Crew’s DJ Barry B, for his second set cut up the words “Get Fresh Crew” in an answerable attack, and the predominantly black New York crowd went wild! His proudest moment? It was a round-winner, as was Cut Master DC’s scratching with a sneaker, his nose and a basketball, while Jazzy Jeff beat last year’s winner DJ Cheese.

All this was done on Numark MDJS Series decks, which jumped like crazy – unfortunately, as they were the competition’s sponsors. Even when fitted with Stanton 500AL cartridges and D5107A1 styli (established as the scratchers’ faves) the decks worked little better. Come the day of the finals, they had been exchanged quietly for Technics, and ostensibly because of this but mainly then to include aspiring scratcher Tony G, whose dad owns influential Los Angeles radio station KDAY, it was suddenly announced that the initial heats would be re-run. This threw most of the now re-matched winners, off-form Chad being beaten by Jazzy Jeff, Eazy G by an athletically on-form Barry B, Cheese by Tony G, Prince Paul by Cut Master DC. The judges were all stars, Grandmaster Flash, Mantronik and that ilk, including Lady B – who actually said she manages Jazzy Jeff. As all the others seemed scared of offending anyone, they tended to sit on the fence and award everyone the same marks, leaving the way clear for Lady B to hold up a full 10 every time for Jazzy Jeff and considerably less for his competitors. The result was inevitable, and probably deserved, Jeff beating Barry B in the final after they’d respectively seen off Cut Master DC and Tony G in the semi-finals. The rapping likewise was even more discredited, heartfelt boos from the audience greeting the judges’ decision to snub the brilliant extemporised raps of newcomer Robert S in favour of their dull peer T LA Rock, who was then beaten by Grandmaster Kaz. But by then the relevance of the whole competition had been called into permanent doubt.


JANET JACKSON ‘When I Think Of You (Dance Remix)’ A&M AMY 337)
Teasingly introed quite radical 115¾- 115⅔bpm Jam & Lewis remix of the zestfully bounding girlish bather everyone always wanted as her single, the original’s delightfully laughing outro now fragmented within dub-like rhythm breaks (inst/beats flip), not necessarily an improvement although obviously at this stage something new was needed.

In fact with strange timing it’s also pitted against a less frenetically retextured and extended 0-103⅚bpm ‘Nasty (Cool Summer Mix)’ (US A&M SP-12196) of her last hit, with Herb Alpert tootling some on the even longer Part II, cool like the title says.

MEL & KIM ‘Showing Out’ (Supreme Records SUPET 107)
Their real names, these two female models were dancing for Alan Whitehead’s agency at the Hippodrome DJ Convention when they accosted Pete Waterman and said “You ought to record us!” This eventual outcome was actually written on Friday, July 18, recorded Monday 21, played off acetate by John Sachs on Capital Radio Tuesday 22, out on fully printed promo copies Friday 25, and all over the airwaves Saturday 26 — how’s that for speed? The tightly chanted “house”-tempoed 0-119¾bpm topside has a catchy “get fresh at the weekend” hookline, with a ‘Set It Off’-ish 109¾bpm instrumental ‘System (House Mix)‘ as AA-side flip.

ZUICE ‘Everyone A Winner’ (Club JABX 34)
Introduced to assembled DJs last week at Manchester’s Richfields and (above) Glasgow’s Cotton Club — where I enjoyed meeting many of our chart contributors and more — this London quintet’s nagging juddery wriggly 110⅚bpm roller (in three versions) was co-produced in Los Angeles by Stevie Wonder’s bassist Nathan Watts and engineer Bobby Brooks. You’ll have noted the guys’ guitars, heard more on the flip’s mournful 87-0bpm ‘Sad To Say Goodbye‘.

TRICKY TEE ‘Leave It To The Drums’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-21)
Crucial sounding 100⅙bpm frisky go go hip hop rap mixing classic break beats briefly into the main rhythm, and flipped by the equally strong 97bpm ‘I’ve Got It Good‘ (both in three mixes). Double def!

STEVE MANCHA ‘It’s All Over The Grapevine’ (Columbia 12DB 9138)
Detroit’s Sixties soulster fronted 100 Proof (Aged In Soul) and 8th Day in the early Seventies, returning now on an Ian Levine-produced joyfully wriggling and squiggling 107¼bpm Dr Buzzard-meets-the Temptations kicker which should brighten your day (dub flip).

JAZZ JEFF & FRESH PRINCE ‘Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble’ (US Word Records WD 001)
Scratch mixer Jazzy Jeff (his normal spelling) and rapper Fresh Prince are decidedly influenced by Full Force’s productions on a Roxanne-ish lean ‘n’ keen 94bpm jitterer (in four mixes) quite amusingly about the problems encountered chatting up girls.

U.T.F.O. ‘We Work Hard’ (Cooltempo COOLX 128)
Full Force-produced furious 0-100⅓-100-0bpm go go hip hop rap like a less gimmicky ‘Bang Zoom’, flipped by the sparser jaunty singalong 0-104⅚-0bpm ‘Kangol & Doc‘, both scratched by Mixmaster Ice. How come Full Force are proving less consistent on their own material?

CAMEO ‘Word Up’ (US Atlanta Artists 884-933-1)
Due here imminently but beating even UK promos as an import, this starkly whipping 116¼-0bpm chant (in three versions) is at an unsoulful tempo, despite echoing their ‘Single Girls’ spaghetti western whistle and usual nasal tones, with most initial praise coming from pop jocks (slinky older 94bpm ‘Urban Warrior‘ too). Probably a grower.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)’ (US Tabu 4Z9 05937)
Yet another track from his classic debut album remixed by producers Jam & Lewis, this rolling taut 100⅔bpm basher being actually in four different mixes, the Party Mix full of amusing chatter.

COLORS ‘Pay Me Back My Love’ (Prelude ZT 40798)
The guys’ timelessly soulful supple jauntily shuffling 114⅗bpm skipper (in three mixes) deserves to do much better now it’s come out here.

THE COOL NOTES ‘Momentary Vision’ (Abstract Records ADT 10)
Squeakily gurgled repetitively looping little (0-)120½bpm trotter aimed at radio, while the flip’s juddery (0-)112½bpm ‘Girls Night Out‘ and older style 0-108½bpm ‘Your Love Is Taking Over‘ are more for floors.

KREAMCICLE ‘No News Is News (Extended)’ (Bluebird/10 BRT 25)
Carol Williams-wailed loosely strung jittery old weaver, finally out here in producer Darryl Payne’s (0-)113-112¾-112¼bpm remix (inst flip), on an unexpected label.

ARETHA FRANKLIN ‘Ain’t Nobody Ever Loved You (Remix)’ (Arista AFWL 667)
Aretha’s ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ has exotic (0-)99⅚-0bpm steel drum rhythms and a lurching jolly lilt (percappella flip).

CARGO featuring Dave Collins ‘Love You So (Without You)’ (Streetwise MKHAN 73)
At last jazz keyboardist Mike Carr has found a likely floor-filling formula, for downtempo London at least, with this Al Jarreau-ish gently jogging 92⅓-92⅚bpm swayer which is mellower in its StreetSounds Exclusive Mix with less obtrusively chorusing girls than the Remixed Version.

PROJECTION ‘I Don’t Fake My Love’ (Elite DAZZ 55, via PRT)
Wriggly 108½bpm London soul burbler tentatively sung by who presumably is a girl, but could be a nervous youth, in sub-Cool Notes style (dub flip).

BASIA ‘Freeze Thaw’ (Portrait TA 7276)
Frisky B-side instrumental jazz samba by Matt Bianco’s splinter group, more in their popular old style than are the current line-up, received so far only on 117½bpm seven inch.

EMOTIONS ‘Flowers’ (Streetwave SWAVE 10)
Cooing 106-108½-109½-110⅓-111⅔-111⅓bpm swayer back-to-back with the squeaky girls’ snappily strutting 113¾-115-115½-116bpm ‘Best Of My Love’ hit, both from the late Seventies.

THE REAL THING ‘Can You Feel The Force (Jedi Mix)’ (PRT I2P 358)
You can see why I was in no rush to BPM this pop-aimed 130-131¼-133-0(intro)-131¼-130-127-130-127-130-130½-130-129¾-130½-130bpm remixed oldie!

CERRONE ‘Supernature ’86’ (Music Of Life Records MOLIF 5, via Streetwave)
Froggy and Simon Harris’s label debuts (at 33⅓rpm) with a still surprisingly dated sounding 0-122¼-122¾-0bpm remix by Cerrone himself of the exactly eight years old hit that Hot Gossip used to squirm to, now totally pop in its appeal.

RANDY CRAWFORD ‘Gettin’ Away With Murder’ (Warner Bros W8641T)
Remixed bland 114½bpm chugger with the much better more typical showcase for her voice, the undulating 101⅓bpm ‘Don’t Wanna Be Normal‘, thrown away after the cantering 124bpm ‘Overnight‘ as flip.

BARBARA ROY ‘Gotta See You Tonight’ (US RCA Victor PW-14405)
Ecstasy Passion & Pain’s leader returns on a datedly “diva” style rambling ponderous Paul Simpson-prod/penned 112⅔bpm disco pusher (in three versions), promoed but not out here until — RCA hope — mailing list DJs have made it a hit.

UK DISCO TOP 100 – August 9, 1986

01 01 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (LARRY LEVAN MIXES), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
02 04 DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND/LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy, London 12in
03 02 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
04 06 SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
05 03 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, A&M 12in
06 33 FOOL’S PARADISE (PARADISE MIX), Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
07 11 NEW YORK AFTERNOON, Mondo Kané/Georgie Fame, Lisson Records 12in
08 05 TELL ME TOMORROW (WEEKEND MIX CLUB VERSION), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
09 13 I CAN PROVE IT, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
10 07 BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO), The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee, Cooltempo 12in
11 30 AUTOMATIC, Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in white label
12 09 BURNIN’ LOVE, Con Funk Shun, Club 12in
13 10 SAY LA LA, Pieces Of A Dream, Manhattan 12in
14 — WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
15 08 I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH MIX), Nu Shooz, Atlantic 12in
17 44 EVERYONE A WINNER/DUB, Zuice, Club 12in white label
18 21 DO ME RIGHT, The Main Ingredient, Cooltempo 12in
19 24 I WANNA BE WITH YOU, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, US Capitol 7in
20 32 DO YOU GET ENOUGH LOVE (LOVE MIX), Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International 12in
21 15 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, London 12in
23 18 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Important Records 12in
24 16 DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN, Archie Bell & The Drells, Portrait 12in
25 29 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
27 96 CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (JEDI MIX), Real Thing, PRT 12in
28 14 WHERE YOU GONNA BE? Willie Collins, Capitol 12in
29 43 ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT/MY MELODY, Eric B. featuring Rakim, US Zakia Records 12in
31 27 ROSES (BERT BEVANS REMIX), Haywoode, CBS 12in
32 48 ONCE YOU GOT ME GOING, Debby Blackwell, 10 Records 12in
33 46 FIND THE TIME (MIDNIGHT MIX)/DUB, Five Star, Tent 12in
35 35 RUMORS/VICIOUS RUMORS, Timex Social Club, US Jay 12in
36 19 ONE FOR THE MONEY, Sleeque, Malaco Dance 12in
37 34 TURNED ON TO YOU, Nova Casper, Bluebird/10 12in
39 47 BYE-BYE, Janice, US 4th + B’way 12in
40 17 EXPANSIONS ’86 (FEARON BROTHERS REMIX), Chris Paul, Fourth & Broadway 12in
41 53 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, Incredible Mr. Freeze, US Pow Wow 12in
42 50 WE WORK HARD/KANGOL & DOC, U.T.F.O., Cooltempo 12in
43 — LOVE ZONE (REMIX), Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
44 20 GIVIN’ IT (TO YOU), Skyy, Capitol 12in
45 26 BORROWED LOVE (REMIX), The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
47 — BREAKING AWAY, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
48 56 GOOD TO GO, Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way/TTED 12in
49 85 BURNIN’ UP, Michael Jonzun, US A&M 12in
50 40 THE SUN DON’T SHINE/SHARE MY LOVE, Betty Wright, US First String Records LP
51 — (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU (0-96⅔-0)/OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (0-114¾)/I STILL WANT YOU (125)/STOP HOLDING BACK (109)/PASSION EYES (74bpm), Gwen Guthrie, US Polydor LP
52 28 PEE-WEE’S DANCE, Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in
53 41 100% PURE PAIN, O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
54 82 CELEBRATE – PT. I/PT. II, Subject, US Pow Wow 12in
55 57 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE/I’LL TAKE YOU ON, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
57 70 SWEET LOVE, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
58 71 ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
59 63 NO NEWS IS NEWS – REMIX, Kreamcicle, Bluebird/10 12in
60 73 SHE KNEW ABOUT ME/BREAKING UP, Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International LP
61 90 TAKE IT TO THE TOP, Skibone, US TTED Record Inc 12in
62 69 NO WAY BACK/INSTRUMENTAL, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
63 78 SET IT OFF/MASTERMIND REMIX, Harlequin Four’s, Champion 12in
64 — YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Davis/Pinckney Project featuring Lorenzo Queen, US Studio Records 12in
65 37 MAIN THING, Shot featuring Kim Marsh, Affair Records 12in
66 64 PAY ME BACK MY LOVE, Colors, Prelude 12in
68 49 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
70 74 I’LL TAKE YOUR MAN/INSTRUMENTAL, Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
71 — BREAKING BELLS (101⅚)/BASS MACHINE (98⅙bpm), T La Rock, US Fresh Records 12in
72 54 WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE), Kenny G, US Arista 12in
73 91 YOUR LOVE, Innerlife, US Personal Records 12in
74 58 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
75 62 IS IT LIVE/HIT IT RUN, Run-D.M.C., London LP
76 76 SWEET FREEDOM, Michael McDonald, US MCA Records 12in
77 — YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL) (REMIXES), Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
78 89 SUCH A FEELING, Young & Co., US The Sound Of London 12in
79 77 JUMMP-BACK, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
80 81 THE WORD/SARDINES, The Junkyard Band, US Def Jam 12in
81 97 MOVE, Farm Boy featuring Daryl Pandy/Etheridge Williams, US DJ Int. Records 12in
82 55 GO BANG! #5, Dinosaur L, CityBeat 12in
83 — NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX PART 1), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
84 87 THE BEAT IS MINE/DOUBLE DEF FRESH (GET STUPID FRESH REMIX), Hardrock Soul Movement, Elite 12in
85 88 HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX), Duane And Co., US Dance Mania Records 12in
86 — GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, Jazz Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Word Records 12in
88 80 PEOPLE WILL BE PEOPLE, Guinn, Motown 12in
89 — FEELIN’ JAMES (109-110½-102⅔-104⅓-105⅔-105⅓-105⅔-106bpm), US TD Records Inc 12in
90 65 WAKE UP TO MY LOVE, Astra, Elite 12in
92 — LEAVE IT TO THE DRUMS, Tricky Tee, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
93 re GO-GO SWING, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US Future 12in
94 94 SEX MACHINE, Fat Boys, WEA 12in
95 — OVER AND OVER (REMIXES), Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
96 — HEAVEN IN YOUR ARMS (46⅔-93⅓bpm), R.J.’s Latest Arrival, US Manhattan 12in
97 — YOU ARE EVERYTHING (117½bpm), James (D Train) Williams, US Columbia 12in
98 — OH, PEOPLE, Patti LaBelle, MCA Records 12in
99 100= YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS, Billy Crystal, US A&M 12in
100= — NIGHTMARE OF A BROKEN HEART/DUB, C-Bank with Larry Woo, US Next Plateau 12in
100= — SPECIAL THINGS (87¾bpm), Jonnie Baby, US Elektra 7in


01 02 LANDSLIDE, Croisette, Passion 12in
02 04 MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO, Sparks, US Curb 12in
03 07 NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
04 10 LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (REMIX), E.G. Daily, US A&M 12in
05 05 DOWN DOWN ROMEO/ACTIVATE MY HEART, Meccano, German Ariola 12in
06 13 RUN TO ME, Tracy Spencer, Italian CBS 12in
07 — DOWN AND COUNTING, Claudja Barry, US Epic 12in
08 01 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
09 — LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND/DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy, London 12in
10 11 TWILIGHT ZONE, Venus, Passion 12in
11 24 I WON’T GIVE IT AWAY, Olga, US Top Hits 12in
12 12 YOU EXCITE ME, David Karam, Canadian Astro 12in
13 14 I FEAR THE NIGHT, Tyree, US Underground 12in
14 22 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
15 09 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
16 — MORE THAN PHYSICAL, Bananarama, London 12in
17 08 TIME AFTER TIME, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
18 03 CAN’T LIVE, Suzy Q, Belgian ARS 12in
19 — PLAY IT COOL, Model 500, US Metroplex 12in
20 — DO YOU REALLY NEED ME, K.B. Caps, German Night’n Day 12in
21 23 I AM ALIVE, Saphir, German EMI 12in
22 — DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, The Communards, London 12in
23 06 MALE STRIPPER (UK REMIX)/ORIGINAL, Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish, Bolts Records 12in
24 — VERY HIGH FREQUENCY, VHF, Record Shack 12in white label
25 — I NEED A LOVER TONIGHT, Caren Cole, Canadian Power 12in
26 29 FOR TONIGHT, Nancy Martinez, Canadian Mahogany 12in
27 17 TIGER BAY, Francine Kirsch, Canadian Tamah 12in
27 09 AGAIN (REMIX), Do Piano, Record Shack 12in
29 — MAN SIZE LOVE, Klymaxx, US MCA Records 12in
30 30 WHAT A NIGHT, Terry Iten, US Cedarhouse 12in

2 thoughts on “August 9, 1986: New Music Seminar scratching competition, Janet Jackson, Mel & Kim, Zuice, Tricky Tee”

  1. As another new trend emerges, both Ian Levine and Stock Aitken Waterman sense another new opportunity. They’ve gone head-to-head before: with Hi-NRG (when Levine scored the earlier hit, but SAW bagged the Number One) and with Blackburn-beat “London” soul (when all of Levine’s attempts to corral his roster of Record Shack divas came to naught, eclipsed by Princess’s successes for SAW). This week, they’re both sniffing around house music. Levine’s “On The House” by Midnight Sunrise, which hits the shops first, is as much Hi-NRG as house, but a subsequent remix will give it a bit more cred. Similarly, SAW are making similar conflations with their Princess remix and the hastily recorded (yet long delayed in release terms) debut from Mel & Kim, but the eventual chart success of “Showing Out” will once again trounce Levine’s efforts.

    Will Smith debuts this week, under his Fresh Prince pseudonym , but the grim, misogynistic un-funniness of “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” – which made me wince in horror at the time – does not make this an auspicious entrance. Danny Krivit sneaks in here too, with his uncredited “Feelin’ James” bootleg medley (not to be confused with Fresh Gordon’s mixer of the same name from 1987). Thirdly, it’s a surprise first showing for Juan Atkins, as Model 500’s “Play It Cool” enters the Eurobeat chart. Proto-techno? Nah, it’s more like quasi-Hi-NRG!

    James would eventually have cause to revise his initially lukewarm reaction to “Word Up” (“Probably a grower”, indeed!), but then Cameo had come a long way since the days of “It’s Serious”, and so he might have been more aware of what was being lost, rather than what was being gained.

    I still have my cassette of Robbie Vincent’s broadcast of Anita Baker’s spectacularly brilliant Hammersmith show, which I played almost as much as her Rapture and The Songstress LPs in the latter half of 1986. It’s a shame that the YouTube version omits the last two tracks (“Been So Long” and “Sweet Love”), but anything’s better than nothing, and I highly recommend the recording.


  2. More thoughts on the earliest days of house in this country. I think JH was is again getting the central London/West End world of hipsters and black embassy staff and other rich international blacks at Gullivers (the blacks I knew out in the suburbs were some of the earliest buyers of house records) mixed up with the majority of the rest of London when he says about people turning their noses up at early house. But the biggest counter to his contention that London didn’t like house was the fact that it was only a couple of months’ ago when he stated that house was the sound of the big Bognor weekender – about 95% of the attendees of weekenders that far back being from London and the South East.

    However that night at Legends in Manchester looks like a definite claimant for title of first house night in Britain but as the photos of 1986/87 of house being danced to in Manchester on Greg Wilson’s site showed again the vast majority of those into house in Manchester then were also from the black community even if those DJs mentioned were white. Maybe that’s why that night never took off as at this stage the house fans were probably confined to Moss Side and Hulme – that first picture on his site of the Afro-Caribbean’s dancing to house looks like it’s taken in a black community centre or something similar.

    And back this early or not long after London was about to play host to the first House Radio show outside Chicago with Jazzy M’s The Jacking Show on LWR- I wish I still had some recordings I made of it but like all my tapes and flyers (1982-about 2003) they’ve all broken and got lost or ended up with my ex-missus!

    Incidentally I’ve never liked ‘Love Can’t Turn’ around I didn’t by my first house single until Raze’s Jack The Groove then Nitro Deluxe, Jack Your Body, Adonis Do It Properly and House Nation all around the turn of the year beginning of 1987 I think. I even had that Jack N Chill thing – think it was an early British attempt!


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