August 30, 1986: Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, George Benson, Carlton, BB & Q, Gil Silverbird


STEVE WALSH is organising an all-star single to benefit the November 1 national Disco Aid charity night, and as it’s being recorded this weekend he needs to hear immediately on 01-580 0083/4 from any so far uncontacted dance acts who’d like to join in … PLASA, the equipment exhibition, is evidently open to the public at Hammersmith’s Novotel this Sunday (31) until Wednesday (3), 11am-6pm … Tony Blackburn keeps claiming his weekday morning Radio London show is “the most listened to” in the South-East, and now he’s got official BBC audience survey figures to prove it! … Krystol ‘Passion From A Woman‘ has been shrink-wrapped with a bonus 12 inch that couples the underground classic 106bpm ‘After The Dance Is Through‘ and 110⅔bpm ‘The Things That Men Do‘ (DTA 7203) – but mightn’t Epic have been surprised if they’d merely released that coupling in its own right, all along? … Boiling Point are reissuing a couple of 1983 hits in new Timmy Regisford remixes, the bassier 0-98⅚-99½-99-0bpm Monyaka ‘Go De Yaka’ (POSPX 820) and messily unimproved 121½-121¾bpm Hot Streak ‘Body Work’ (POSPX 821) … Supreme Records’ first birthday party, with Graham Gold jocking, saw Mel & Kim twirling like twin poppets, Princess sneaking in despite leaving the label, Nicky Holloway wearing a bog brush in his barnet, and Chris Hill dancing at Stringfellows – a social night that brought many a DJ and his lady “Up West”, most ending up in Chinatown for an early hours chop suey … RCA in the States are starting a new dance label, AFT Records … Gwen Guthrie finally topped US Club Play, Madonna 12 Inch Sales in Billboard … Young & Co ‘Such A Feeling’ is getting a Timmy Regisford remix now it’s been picked up by US Atlantic … Georgie Fame is recording for Ensign … Island’s go go movie ‘Good To Go’ appears finally to have opened in the States, where go go fans are reportedly disappointed it only features brief snatches of the soundtrack song … Darryl Pandy (who spent a considerable fortune in London at Gucci buying luggage, shoes and presents) has also cut a great soul slowie dedicated to his kid sister, ‘Krystale’ … Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk’s new ‘Houseapella‘ instrumental sloppily includes some stray conversation if you listen closely – incidentally, Radio One DJs are already saying what a great singer Farley is! … DJ International Records’ hustling vice-president Lewis Pitzele, ever looking for a deal, intends setting up his own Jackin’ Records, Doo’ Rock and Wicked Pulse labels here … Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley ‘Jack Your Body’ owes a melodic debt to Yazoo ‘Situation‘ … psst! – why does Damon Rochefort call himself Nellie ‘Mixmaster’ Rush, and sing like the Village People? … Marshall Jefferson also records as Virgo … The Incredible Mr Freeze’s rappers are Daddy O and Delight from the group Stetasonic … The Boogie Boys of course are from Harlem, not LA, it was the label that confused me … London’s hipper clubs look like turning The Naturals’ tapping and burbling 106⅙bpm ‘Funky Rasta‘ (Jamaican Sunshine) into the latest big boom revival — always an underground threat since 1981, it’s now being prodded by DJ Tim Westwood (who unearthed supplies in New York), and by Dancin’ Danny Poku (who wishes he hadn’t!) … London’s Metropolitan Police evidently now have a “Warehouse Squad” to close down illegal public parties, but two warehouse style parties that are perfectly legal this Saturday (30) are Wicked Pulse at Camberwell Green’s Dickie Dirts (in the old cinema), and a North meets South allniter at Hackney Central station’s Club Oo! Mankind, where Colin Curtis (if fit), Chris Reid, Edgar & Calvin clash with Jonathan Moore, Andy McConnell and Baz fe Jaz for a soul-funk-jazz throwdown … Wicked Pulse with Soul To Soul is also on Sundays in Covent Garden’s Africa Centre, sweaty, smoky, funky and friendly … Monday (1) Ralph Tee presents “the sisters of soul”, live and on vinyl, at London’s Limelight … Jerry Green got mugged while actually supplying the sound at an LWR gig in New Cross, losing a gold chain from around his neck … Gilles Peterson on Tuesday (2) starts a weekly 10pm-midnight ‘Mad On Jazz’ Radio London show — nice one! … Colin Hudd’s hot mix is Adonis into the old Voyage ‘East To West‘, the “house” tempo bringing other fast oldies back into play … Five Star (I’ve yet to receive their LP) are being sponsored by Cadbury’s Crunchie bar on their upcoming UK tour – not quite in the Pepsi league maybe, but just as sweet for young fans’ teeth! … SORRY, WRONG BEAT!

LE PLAZA in Peckham used to be called Kisses and was one of South London’s funkiest spots until its name change, which coincided with a desire for respectability and an older class of club-goer. The trouble is, older folks don’t go to clubs, so it’s back to funk and plenty of “house” every Saturday there now with the return of KISS-fm’s Gordon Mac (admiring his twin in the mirror) and Steve Jackson. Jack the house!



Obviously due soon here on London too, as promised this is the storming 122-122⅓-0bpm revamped “house” smash with re-recorded tighter vocals by the this time fully credited Darryl ‘Diva’ Pandy (above), plus excitingly stripped down vocal and instrumental ‘Houseapella’ dub versions. The mighty mouthed opera singer’s voice is apparently proving too rich and meaty for some people’s taste, but that’s probably just the shock of the new.

GEORGE BENSON ‘While The City Sleeps. ..’ LP (Warner Bros WX 55)
Producer Narada Michael Walden thankfully has sensitivity enough to drop his heavy handed pop approach for a potential hits-filled vocal set that’ll keep floors heaving way into 1987. Hottest are probably the familiarly styled 105bpm ‘Shiver’, Maze-ish 111½bpm ‘Teaser‘, Kenny G-saxed 114bpm ‘Did You Hear Thunder‘, but there really ain’t a dud among the 51½/103bpm ‘Love Is Here Tonight‘, 69bpm ‘Too Many Times’, 122bpm ‘Secrets In The Night’, (0-)102⅓bpm title track, 88bpm ‘Kisses In The Moonlight’.

CARLTON ‘Excite Me’ (US Infuture IN-0001)
The biggest import two weekends back, this melodically juddering and tinkling wriggly (0-)109⅚bpm electro nagger surrounds Carlton Smith’s rather effectively UN-excited though pent-up vocal with much Nu Shooz-ish nervy tension (dubby Super Ride Side flip).

BB & Q ‘(I’m A) Dreamer (Remix)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 132)
Shep Pettibone’s remix adds freshness (in four versions) to the already familiar now more juddery 109-0bpm crisply rolling tapper, which has exploded anew.

GIL SILVERBIRD ‘We Can’t Go On Without Love’ (US T.C. Records TC 7009)
Harking back to what many consider a golden era of soul, the late Seventies, this scampering 119¾-119-118-117¼-118bpm canterer has excellent semi-falsetto singing, thunderthumbs bass and some Sanborn-style sax in one of the breaks (inst flip). One for the suburbs?

LOOSE ENDS ‘Slowdown’ (Virgin VS 884-12)
Possibly aiming to outdo DMC Records, twin-packed promotionally if not commercially this DJ Club Pack contains, along with edits and dubs, three main versions of a rambling but always interestingly textured Nick Martinelli-produced wriggly swayer, recognisably typical under all the surface activity — which is considerable. Nick’s own 105⅚bpm mix is awash with effects and tricky edits, some human beat box, laughter and squalling sax standing out halfway. Dancin’ Danny D & Godwin Logie’s straightforwardly jolting 102½bpm mix if anything is what might have been expected of Martinelli, again with honking sax a more integral part. The guys in the group’s self-produced 93⅚bpm ‘Slow Jam‘ variation emphasises the vocal interplay (good on all versions) in an almost jazz-hip hop way, with cool flute this time. Very interesting, but, as the whole package adds up to more than the song, which version is a hit? Or is that what all this early choice is intended to decide?

VIKTOR LAZLO ‘Sweet, Soft N’ Lazy’ (Belgian Miracle! 608.305)
Hard to find on initial German Polydor pressings, this dead simple and madly attractive 128-0bpm bossa nova is by a one note samba singing girl with cooing support, and presumably Viktor’s neat sax, lovely stuff ideal for New York afternoons (the Bossa Per Minute count is deceptive, the feel is not that fast).

RAWW ‘Don’t You Try It’ (Debut DEBTX 3009)
Rush released strong New York recorded bounding 121½bpm “house” with a Simplicious flavour (and 120½bpm dub).

HOWARD HEWETT ‘I Commit To Love’ LP (Elektra 960 487-1)
The Shalamar star’s now fully solo career kicks off with, again, Stanley Clarke’s help on the lovely swaying (0-)94⅔bpm ‘I’m For Real’, already warm as a seven inch import, while of similar or even superior class are the 102⅓bpm ‘I Got 2 Go‘, 95bpm ‘Stay‘, 33/66bpm ‘Let’s Try It All Over Again’, the beatier “dancers” getting poppier as the tempos increase, 111¼bpm ‘In A Crazy Way‘, 116bpm ‘Love Don’t Wanna Wait‘, 126¾bpm ‘Eye On You’, 137bpm ‘Last Forever’. The swayers are the goodies.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl) (Remix)’ (Tabu 650048-6)
While we await his new material, this old album track remixed by producers Jam & Lewis is a snappily rolling taut 101bpm singalong swayer in four different versions, with the Party Mix full of amusing chatter.

RUN-D.M.C. ‘Walk This Way’ (London LONX 104)
Winning wider radio play than raw hip hop gets, in the USA anyway, the one-time rappers revive Aerosmith’s 1977 rock hit with that actual group’s vocalist Steve Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry ensuring the new 105⅓bpm treatment stays close to the old, despite a token brief scratch ‘n’ rap break. Here, the instrumental flip adds the properly rapping 95⅙bpm ‘My Adidas‘ to educate rock fans — and, as rock, the A-side’s great!

MICHAEL McDONALD ‘Sweet Freedom (TRS Mix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1073)
Finally scheduled here now the Warner Bros’s oldie has flopped, the Rod Temperton-created 114½bpm successor to ‘Yah Mo B There’ makes as UK A-side the less good US B-side 8:25 version, so the 10:10 Club Version (here called the SILAS Mix) gets shoved on the flip with a new short ‘The Freedom Eights‘ instrumental treatment. Obviously all four US versions would have over-run the total time permitted on a UK 12 inch, but it’s a pity the best mix may thus be ignored – which won’t stop the song being a smash!

LENNY WILLIAMS ‘Ten Ways Of Loving You’ (US Knobhill F-970)
The ‘Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh’ light-voiced soaring soulster returns with a pleasantly dated Detroit Spinners-ish 110¾-111bpm fluid chugger (jerky 120bpm ‘Waiting For Your Love‘ flip), only on seven inch.

HAYWOODE ‘I Can’t Let You Go (Detroit Mix)’ (CBS 650076-6)
Largely, if not completely, re-recorded last month in Detroit by Millie Scott’s producers Bruce Nazarian & Duane Bradley, Sharon’s familiar old frisky 108bpm jiggler (penned by boyfriend Mulligan) now bounds brassily along with jangly piano and renewed if rather raw vigour (pleasantly ticking 103⅚bpm ‘My Kind Of Hero‘ flip).

FATBACK ‘I Found Lovin’ (London Boys Remix)’ (Important Records TANRT 10)
London’s enduring black anthem remixed by Steve Walsh with a new jittering and jolting 104½bpm backbeat, the big attraction however being the flip’s 105bpm “Anthem” Mix which actually includes Steve’s Radio London Soul Night Out exhortations with live crowd response – but no mention of “I am Steve Walsh”! Chris Hill must be kicking himself he never committed to vinyl his own superior wind-ups.

OCTAVIA ‘2 The Limit’ (US Pow Wow PW 415)
Following his brush with Fatback, producer/writer Kenny Beck now homes in on Princess, this powerful pent-up jiggly 100bpm backbeat half-stepper (inst flip) being wailed by the star of a stage musical based on ‘Just One Look’ originator Doris Troy’s career, ‘Mama I Want To Sing’.

UK DISCO TOP 100 – August 30, 1986

01 01 DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND/LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in
02 02 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (LARRY LEVAN MIXES), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
03 04 I CAN PROVE IT, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
04 05 WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
05 03 SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
06 07 AUTOMATIC, Millie Scott, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 06 FOOL’S PARADISE (PARADISE MIX), Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
08 13 I WANNA BE WITH YOU, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
10 09 EVERYONE A WINNER/DUB, Zuice, Club 12in
11 14 BURNIN’ UP/PIANO DUB, Michael Jonzun, A&M 12in
12 18 RUMORS/VICIOUS RUMORS, Timex Social Club, US Jay 12in
13 21 DO YOU GET ENOUGH LOVE, Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International 12in
14 31 HUMAN, Human League, Virgin 12in
15 11 HEADLINES, Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
16 08 NEW YORK AFTERNOON, Mondo Kané/Georgie Fame, Lisson Records 12in
17 22 FIND THE TIME (MIDNIGHT MIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
18 19 BREAKING AWAY, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
19 12 SET FIRE TO ME/INFERNO DUB, Willie Colon, A&M 12in
20 17 YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Davis/Pinckney Project featuring Lorenzo Queen, US Studio Records 12in
22 16 WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE), Kenny G, Arista 12in
24 23 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
25 15 DO ME RIGHT, The Main Ingredient, Cooltempo 12in
26 20 WORD UP, Cameo, Club 12in
27 34 GIRLS NIGHT OUT/MOMENTARY VISION, Cool Notes, Abstract Records 12in
28 24 ROSES (BERT BEVANS REMIX), Haywoode, CBS 12in
29 26 KISSES IN THE MOONLIGHT, George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
30 65 NO WAY/INSTRUMENTAL, Bobbi Humphrey, US Mercury 12in
31 36 CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (JEDI MIX), Real Thing, PRT 12in
32 35 GOOD TO GO, Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way/TTED 12in
33 51 LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL/DON’T STOP, Lionel Richie, Motown LP
34 72 EXCITE ME, Carlton, US Infuture 12in
35 54 YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL) (REMIXES), Alexander O’Neal, US Tabu 12in
36 56 ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT/MY MELODY, Eric B. featuring Rakim, US Zakia Records 12in
38 — SLOWDOWN (REMIXES), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack white label
39 32 BURNIN’ LOVE, Con Funk Shun, Club 12in
40 50 LEAVE IT TO THE DRUMS/I’VE GOT IT GOOD, Tricky Tee, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
41 83 SHOWING OUT/SYSTEM (HOUSE MIX), Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in white label
42 — WE CAN’T GO ON WITHOUT LOVE, Gil Silverbird, US TC Records 12in
43 29 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, London 12in
44 63 NO WAY BACK/INSTRUMENTAL, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
45 44 LOVE ZONE (REMIX), Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
46 — GODFATHER OF HOUSE, House People, US Underground 12in
47 92 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND (VOCAL REMIX) (122-122⅓-0bpm), Darryl Pandy/Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, US House Records 12in
48 39 NO NEWS IS NEWS – REMIX, Kreamcicle, Bluebird/10 12in
49 41 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
50 88 FEELIN’ JAMES, US TD Records Inc 12in
52 49 GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, Jazz Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Word Records 12in
53 30 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, The Incredible Mr. Freeze, US Pow Wow 12in
54 66 IT’S ALL OVER THE GRAPEVINE, Steve Mancha, Columbia 12in
55 52 THE WORD/SARDINES, The Junkyard Band, Def Jam 12in
56 81 DON’T YOU TRY IT/DUB, Raww, US Emergency Records Inc 12in
57 84 JACK THE GROOVE, Raze, US Grove St. 12in
58 42 ONCE YOU GOT ME GOING, Debby Blackwell, 10 Records 12in
59 79 GIRLS & BOYS/EROTIC CITY, Prince And The Revolution, Paisley Park 12in
60 48 ALWAYS, James Ingram, Qwest 12in
61 93 SWEET, SOFT N’ LAZY, Viktor Lazlo, Belgian Miracle 12in
62 — LE FREAK, Chic, Atlantic 12in
63 — HOLIDAY RAP, M.C. Miker ‘G’ & DeeJay Sven, Debut 12in
64 43 SWEET FREEDOM, Michael McDonald, US MCA Records 12in
65 61 GOTTA SEE YOU TONIGHT, Barbara Roy, RCA 12in promo
66 45 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
67 82 DEALIN’ WITH LIFE/A FLY GIRL, Boogie Boys, Capitol 12in
68 37 I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback, Important Records 12in
69 80 HEAVEN IN YOUR ARMS, R.J.’s Latest Arrival, US Manhattan 12in
70 70 STRANGEST LOVE AFFAIR (MANOR MIX)/TOWNHOUSE MIX, Carroll Thompson, Virgin 12in promo
71 73 IT’S BEEN SO LONG/A LITTLE BIT MORE, Melba Moore, Capitol LP
72 — GIMME YOUR LOVE (99bpm), Active Force, A&M 12in promo
73 47 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
74 62 I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU, Austin Howard, 10 Records 12in
75 55 ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, Cooltempo 12in
76 53 SPELL, Deon Estus, Geffen Records 12in
77 59 NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX PART I/II), Janet Jackson, US A&M 12in
79 40 WE WORK HARD/KANGOL & DOC, U.T.F.O., Cooltempo 12in
80 — COAST TO COAST, Word Of Mouth featuring DJ Cheese, Champion 12in
81 69 TAKE IT TO THE TOP, Skibone, US TTED Records Inc 12in
82 74 STAY, Glenn Jones, US RCA Victor LP
83 75 MOVE, Farm Boy featuring Darryl Pandy/Etheridge Williams, US DJ International Records 12in
84 71 YOU DON’T KNOW/DUB MIX, Tambi, US Electric Ice 12in
85 re HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX), Duane And Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
86 97 HOOKED ON YOU, N.Y. Sensation, 10 Records 12in
87 re OH, PEOPLE, Patti LaBelle, MCA Records 12in
88 — ON THE HOUSE, Midnight Sunrise, Crossover 12in white label
89 67 MIDAS TOUCH/CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, Midnight Star, MCA Records LP
90 96 IS IT LIVE/HIT IT RUN, Run-D.M.C., London LP
91 78 PAY ME BACK MY LOVE, Colors, Prelude 12in
92 — I’M FOR REAL/I GOT 2 GO/I COMMIT TO LOVE/STAY, Howard Hewett, US Elektra LP
93 86 GIVE YOURSELF TO ME, The Rude Boy Farley Keith, US Trax Records 12in
94 77 PASSION FROM A WOMAN, Krystol, Epic 12in
95 89 SWEET LOVE, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
96 — SCREAMIN’ AT THE MOON/OLD FRIEND, Phyllis Hyman, US Philadelphia Int. LP/7in
97 — JEALOUSY (0-110)/MALICIOUS JEALOUSY (110¼bpm), Club Nouveau, US Tommy Boy/King Jay Records 12in
98 — RUMORS RAP (YEAH YEAH THAT’S IT), The Vicious Rumor Club, US Music Works Records 12in
99 re NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE, Barbara Mitchell, Dutch Mercury LP
100 94 LOVE ALWAYS, El DeBarge, Motown 12in


01 01 LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (REMIX), E.G. Daily, US A&M 12in
02 02 NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
03 01 LANDSLIDE, Croisette, Passion 12in
04 05 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND/DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in
05 04 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
06 08 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, The Communards, London 12in
07 07 DOWN AND COUNTING, Claudja Barry, US Epic 12in
08 06 DOWN DOWN ROMEO/ACTIVATE MY HEART, Meccano, German Ariola 12in
09 09 MORE THAN PHYSICAL, Bananarama, London 12in
10 13 ON THE HOUSE, Midnight Sunrise, Crossover 12in white label
11 14 SEX SYMBOL, Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
12 10 MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO, Sparks, US Curb 12in
13 16 QU’EST QUE C’EST?, Splash, Rocket Records 12in
14 18 YOU’RE GONNA SUFFER, Bertice Reading, Sublime 12in white label
15 11 TIME AFTER TIME, Paul Parker, Fantasia 12in
16 12 RUN TO ME, Tracy Spencer, CBS 12in
17 20 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
18 15 TWO OF HEARTS (EUROPEAN DANCE MIX), Stacey Q, Atlantic 12in
19 17 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
20 21 YOU EXCITE ME, David Karam, Canadian Astro 12in
21 25 MALE STRIPPER/UK REMIX, Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish, Bolts Records 12in
22 27 (I WANT TO GO TO) CHICAGO, R.T. & The Rockmen Unlimited, US Criminal Records 12in
23 19 PLAY IT COOL, Model 500, US Metroplex 12in
24 22 CAN’T LIVE, Suzy Q, Belgian ARS 12in
25 30= JACK YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
26 23 TWILIGHT ZONE, Venus, Passion 12in
27 30= I NEED A LOVER TONIGHT, Caren Cole, Passion 12in white label
28 re I FEAR THE NIGHT, Tyree featuring Chic, US Underground 12in
29 24 AGAIN (REMIX), Do Piano, Record Shack 12in
30 28 DO YOU REALLY NEED ME, Si Si Caps, German Night n’ Day 12in

2 thoughts on “August 30, 1986: Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, George Benson, Carlton, BB & Q, Gil Silverbird”

  1. Quite an interesting week this week.

    I see the Met had a Warehouse Party squad 2 or 3 years before the more famous Pay Party Unit and its battles around the M25 – the more I think about it i seem to have vague memories of warehouse parties actually having some semi-memory of warehouse parties around 1986/87 actually making out of the dance underground into popular consciousness although I could be wrong.

    Was SAW’s house tune with Mel & Kim the first British (non-American?) house production? – pretty quick off the mark really when you think that it mus have bee recorded before ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ had even crossed over to the pop chart.

    And a first mention of Soul II Soul’s famous nights at the Africa Centre which they said chatted about in that rap on their first album.

    And Kiss FM’s Gordon Mac and Steve Jackson’s night at what was previously famous as Kisses in Peckham by the sound of it must be another claimant to being the first house night in Britain, and shows Steve Jackson well known later for his The House That Jack Built show on Kiss FM was also another big house DJ playing house very early on.

    Also Tyree gets a first mention this week – assuming it is the hip-houser.

    It’s amazing how quickly and in what a big way has started to take over (in the dance underground) anyway.

    A lot of this stuff re-awakens long buried memories or wouldn’t have meant anything to me at the time..


    1. Yes, it’s the same Tyree: debuting on the Eurobeat chart, before his later excursions into acid and hip-house.

      I’ve pegged Mel & Kim’s “Showing Out” as the first British house production to be recorded, but Midnight Sunrise “On The House” was the first one to be fully released; “Showing Out” was kept on promo-only for many weeks.


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