September 20, 1986: Midnight Star, U.T.F.O., Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Wally Badarou, Robbie B. & Jazzy J.


PAUL HARDCASTLE has already re-recorded a jazz version of ‘The Wizard’ — and it was he who gave me details about his production of the Disco Aid single (due October 20 on Total Control Records), wrongly crediting writer Steve MacIntosh to Loose Ends instead of course to the Cool Notes … Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element have now done an answer version to Gwen Guthrie, burning up New York’s airwaves already! … Marshall Jefferson’s original Trax Records version is what Affair Records have issued here, but London Records are releasing what amounts to the remix, as they have four new versions (one 122½bpm remix is on their compilation LP ‘The House Sound Of Chicago‘ (LONLP 22)) — all co-existing side by side thanks to the previously hinted contractual confusion in Chicago (where I hear Al Capone would still feel at home!) … Dancin’ Danny D has now done yet another, more choppily percussive, remix of Timex Social Club … Roy Ayers has discovered that the master tape of Eighties Ladies ‘Turned On To You‘ was destroyed in a fire, so Simon Harris has been unable to do a remix, but is releasing the original anyway on Music Of Life Records —who’ve promoed LaToya Jackson’s untidy jerkily spurting 114⅓bpm Prince-meets-Janet-type Cerrone-produced ‘Oops Oh No‘ only in its LP Version, ahead of the commercial Club Mix … Ben Liebrand’s chugging new 103⅔bpm remix of ‘Main Attraction’ is being added to the BB&Q 12 inch, and ‘My Melody’ has now been returned to UK copies of Eric B featuring Rakim … Leroy Burgess, working on new stuff for the label too, has remixed Intrigue ‘Fly Girl’ for Cooltempo release soon … Les Adam’s fragmented 120⅔bpm remix of Kelly Marie ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’ turns out to be on PRT (12P 365), flipped by his 122⅔bpm rejig of Ellie Warren ‘Shattered Glass‘, doubtless soon to be big in Yorkshire! … CityBeat picked up Carlton … I had no time to collect Kurtis Blow ‘I’m Chillin’‘ (US Mercury 888 004-1), Trouble Funk-backed go go repeatedly using the “Transformers, robots in disguise” TV advert’s chant, and a hot Freddie Jackson newie was due too just after my deadline, so as usual check the chart for the latest BPMs … Capital Radio’s Saturday night/Sunday morning soul show presenter now actually, for the time being, is Chris Forbes of TV’s ‘Solid Soul’ … ‘Happy Hippo’ Jerry Hipkiss’ Saturday soul show on Severn Sound 95FM is so popular it’s been extended to 7-11pm … Guy Hornsby has left Radio London to become breakfast presenter at Solent’s October 12 launched new Ocean Sound ILR station, where he’ll also host a Saturday 6-10pm soul show … BBC2’s marathon ‘Rock Around The Clock’ this Saturday (20) includes at 8.05pm a 20 minute hip hop jam with Mantronix, T La Rock, DJ Cheese, Faze One, and a Morgan Khan interview … Hardrock Soul Movement have cut a one-off single with Afrika Bambaataa as vocalist for Streetwave … US b boys appear to be bringing back the yo-yo craze, bouncing fluorescent ones while they dance … Levert’s lovely soulful 0-40/80bpm ‘(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind‘ (US Atlantic 7-89389 seven inch) topped US Black 45s, with Oran ‘Juice’ Jones ‘The Rain‘ fast closing on it, while Claudja Barry’s galloping enigmatic 123½bpm ‘Down And Counting‘ (US Epic 49-05926) topped both 12 Inch Sales and Club Play in Billboard … The Ponderosa comes to Hammersmith – yum yum! … Huey Lewis And The News may seem an unlikely source, but their new LP ‘Fore!’ (Chrysalis CDL 1534) contains the 80¾bpm ‘Simple As That‘ which is screaming out to be covered in Seventies’ soul vocal group style (there’s also a superb acappella doo wop ‘Naturally‘) … Ben E King’s original ‘Stand By Me’ is being reissued by US Atlantic following a film of the same name … Eon Irving has another one-off funk jam Friday (19) at Kensington Roof Gardens … Gil Silverbird’s single is called ‘We Can’t Go On Without Love’, on my copy anyway, so why are people calling it ‘Fool’s Paradise’? … JACK THE HOUSE!


MIDNIGHT STAR ‘Midas Touch’ (Solar MCAT 1096)
Much played by radio off the LP even while ‘Headlines’ was at its height, and now remixed by Ellis Jay, this old-style Shalamar/Whispers-type jaunty (0-)117½bpm swaying chugger (inst/acappella flip) is an obvious smash. It’s 40 seconds shorter than the US A-side.

U.T.F.O. ‘Split Personality (The Remix)’ (US Select Records FMS 62276)
The next ‘Bang Zoom’, Hitman Howie Tee & Dave Ogrin’s remix of Full Force’s zappy 98⅓bpm go go hip hop jitterer finds the schizoid guys rapping in tongues — including pidgin French, Chinese, Jamaican, Spanish — terrific fun! As well as the dub, UK copies out in a fortnight (Cooltempo COOLX 136) will include Dancin’ Danny D’s 0-106⅔bpm remix of ‘Where Did You Go?’ plus bonus beats.

JAZZY JEFF & FRESH PRINCE ‘Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble’ (Champion CHAMP 1218)
The Philly scratcher now gets spelt correctly for the UK remix, by Paul Oakenfold & Herbie Mastermind, of this great 94⅚bpm go go hip hop rap about chatting up girls and the trouble to be had if they say yes – here flipped by a massive bonus, their own 93½bpm ‘Guys Ain’t Nothing But Trouble‘ answer version, with Miss Ice Cream T joining in to present her argument. The TV theme synched through both is from Larry Hagman’s old ‘I Dream Of Jeanie’.

WALLY BADAROU ‘Hi-Life’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 53)
Probably not another ‘Chief Inspector’, this afro-flavoured rather oblique and subtle (0-)109-0bpm instrumental is in schoolyard-introed Julian Mendelsohn and tighter Groucho Smykle remixes (edit too).

ROBBIE B. & JAZZY J. ‘Rock The Go-Go’ (US RBA Records RBA-100)
No prizes for guessing which Philadelphia-based Jazzy J this is as he cuts up a furious 103⅔bpm flurry on the Scratch Version and rapping longer Vocal, flipped by the truly serious 100bpm ‘Boogie Down‘. Double def fresh . . . and that’s not just a glib dismissal.

THE INCREDIBLE MR FREEZE ‘Back To The Scene Of The Crime’ (London LONX 112)
Rappers Daddy 0 and Delight from Stetsasonic chant and change like ‘The Crown’ to an 115⅓bpm backing borrowed from MFSB, the 114⅓-114¼-113⅔-114-114¾-0bpm ‘Freeze’s Theme‘ instrumental version sounding really Vince Montana!

MARSHALL JEFFERSON ‘The House Music Anthem’ (Affair Records TART 3, via DMS/RCA)
One of the other eagerly awaited “house” hits, a typical cymbal-schlurped 122bpm bounder with simple chording piano and slightly weedy vocal, in four versions.

WAS (NOT WAS) ‘Robot Girl (LA Mix)’ (Mercury WAS 112)
A haunting hybrid harking back to late Seventies’ funk, this locomoting percussive 112¾-0bpm burbler has touches of muted trumpet, scratchy guitar, latin piano, afro-flavoured chanting and off-beat exoticism all woven together, with a much more angular 0-114-0bpm “£ s d Mix” and freaky ‘Earth To Doris‘ flip.

CULTURAL VIBE ‘Ma Foom Bey’ (Crossover CROSS 2, via PRT)
Tony Humphries-mixed fascinating nagging simplicity, stripped to skittery bare 116bpm beats and punchy bass synth with mystical afro chanting (Rhythm Dub Version flip), possibly another ‘Jingo’.

JADE/BOUW ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Over’ (Master Funk TWD 1953)
Just as the Funk Masters’ original ‘It’s Over’ explodes again along the North Wales coast, Tony Williams produces another updated 103⅓bpm version of that quintessential London swayer sung now by new girl Jade, with a rap halfway by Bouw Kool and some mellow sax to finish (inst flip), still a lovers’ rock-soul fusion.

GREGORY ABBOTT ‘Shake You Down’ (CBS TA 7326)
Self-producing his own song, this new slim soulster aims at swaying Alexander O’Neal territory with a lighter voiced more keenly cutting 94½-0bpm clicker, ending acappella, and its 100⅔bpm ‘Wait Until Tomorrow‘ flip. A promising debut.

Ralph MacDonald-produced, the singing flautist’s pleasant 0-111⅚bpm revival of Inner Life’s oldie has Stevie Wonder’s harmonica and is certainly classy (in four versions with a flute tootlin’ instrumental the possible strongest), it’s just maybe too mild to make major impact.

KENI STEVENS ‘Too Much Too Soon’ (Elite DAZZ 59, via PRT)
Slinkily sinuous 100⅚-0bpm purposeful slow chugger muttered and moaned like a less forthright Alexander O’Neal (inst flip and older 106⅓bpm ‘Night Moves‘).

SIPHO MABUSE ‘Jive Soweto’ (Important Records TANT 13)
Rather catchy (0-)113⅔-0bpm African skipper lifted further out of the ordinary by a deadly hook line that goes “whoosh!” at intervals everyone can have fun anticipating — in fact, you can enliven anything by saying “whoosh!” over the top!

EARL GRANT ‘House Of Bamboo’ (Decca LONX 111)
Much sought by jazz jocks, this minor US hit from 1960 must have seemed dated then, recreating the mid-Fifties mambo sound at around 0-155/77½-152bpm – not actually fast at all, being mainly vocal with subdued latin backing, real oddball good fun which could cross over. Jimmy Smith and Walter Wanderley contribute more jazzily to the 12 inch EP flip.

WALTER BEASLEY ‘Back In Love Again’ (US Elektra 0-66840)
Out a while and biggest up north, this Vandross-ish breezily spurting 116¾bpm wriggler (in four versions) is quality soul but has too many stops and starts in the beat for some floors.

CARROLL THOMPSON ‘Strangest Love Affair’ (Virgin VS 876-12)
Ex-Floy Joy, the lovers’ rocker gets soulful again on a Steve Harvey-prod/penned Cool Notes/Loose Ends-ish jiggly steady pusher, commercially only in its Godwin Logie & Dancin’ Danny D 0-107¾- 0bpm ‘Manor Mix’ (with the nice 94½bpm lovers’ rock ‘Tonight‘) although promos included the harder 0-108bpm ‘Townhouse Mix’ by Steve Harvey & Carey Taylor.

LANA as COVERGIRL ‘Stay With Me’ (Space Station APOLLO T3, via PRT)
Roy Carter co-produced smoothly bubbling and cooing tidy little 118½bpm ticker (dub flip), lightweight but, to its credit, not in any of the now all too readily identifiable “London” styles.

THE TEMPTATIONS ‘Lady Soul’ (Motown ZT 40850)
Early Sixties Ben E King-ish 113¾bpm stately ticking swayer, coupled with their US seven inched 96⅓bpm movie song ‘A Fine Mess‘ and flipped by 1973’s classic ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE ‘Crash’ LP (Virgin V239I)
Sorry, Jam & Lewis fans, but the vocals are all pure pop — however, completists (and pop jocks) will find the production duo’s style most pronounced on the 110½bpm ‘I Need Your Loving’, 101⅓bpm ‘Jam‘, 108bpm ‘Swang‘, 119⅔bpm ‘Money‘. Hi, Phil!

TONY WORRELL’S BOX OFFICE ‘Everything You Do’ (I-Scream 12ISM 8601, via PRT)
Holland’s The Limit help this wriggly 114¾-114¼-114½bpm soul swayer sound authentic if a bit unoriginal as semi-falsetto Tony whinneys and swoops in Vandross style.

LA DREAM TEAM ‘Nursery Rhymes’ (MCA Records MCAT 1074)
Rudy Pardee and Chris Wilson’s ‘Pop Goes The Weasel’-spilled jaunty 0-112¼-0bpm rapper updates various nursery rhymes amusingly into a contemporary urban setting (in three mixes), sort of ‘Peter Piper’ plus.

YANG ‘Power’s In Your Mind’ (Affair Records FAIR 3, via PRT)
Russ Brown-like Robert Benjamin loosely duets with Annie Lennox-like Jeanette Harris in a fascinating mixture of modern soul and pop set to a percussively wriggling 113bpm Gwen Guthrie groove (in four mixes), adventurously different and still worth trying despite disappointing reaction on import.

GRANDMASTER FLASH ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (US Elektra 0-66842)
Enticing a lady friend in for a nightcap, the rappers first lull her then come on real creepy after locking the doors, to a jaunty 103⅓bpm jiggle (LP Version too, and good juddering 103bpm ‘Lies’).

NV ‘Haunted’ (US New Image NIR 1111)
Darryl Payne-produced nervy fast skittery 118½bpm jiggler huskily worried by Abrams-ish Jim Taylor (inst/edit flip), a really rhythmic nagger that deserves not to get lost in the rush.

THE BANG ORCHESTRA ‘Sample That!’ (US Geffen Records 0-20510)
More Art Of Noise than “house” although the first current Chicago sound signed by a US major label, this breaking glass filled chanting 117¼bpm jittery thudder has already surfaced in several remixes, a better R&B Mix being the one due out here.

JERRY McALLISTER ‘Never Let You Down’ (US D.J. International Records DJ-904)
Taking time to reach a coherent beat, this wriggly skittery burbling 120bpm “house” canterer’s Extendo Mix is mournfully sung around good long breaks, with as flip quite differently treated tighter 120bpm House, 119¾bpm Original Underground and (instrumental) Radio Mixes. Specialist, though.

DOROTHY GALDEZ ‘Never Too Late’ (A&M AMY 339)
Galaxy’s Dee Galdez, away from Phil Fearon here, solos a ‘Billie Jean’-ish weaving and burbling 118¼bpm loper with a panting started much tighter and better P.G. Rated Mix flip.

CON FUNK SHUN ‘She’s A Star’ (US Mercury 884-992-1)
Mark Berry-mixed/Latin Rascals-edited tedious 107⅕bpm wriggly mutterer obviously inspired by ‘She’s Strange’ (edit too, and Maurice Starr’s older whipping 0-128¼bpm ‘Rock It All Night‘).

WHODINI ‘One Love’ (Jive JIVE T 130)
Extremely stark but catchily chorussed 91½bpm rap with buoyancy hinted at rather than inherent in the rhythm, a possible nagger (in three mixes).

UK DISCO TOP 100 – September 20, 1986

01 01 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND/DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in
03 04 WORD UP/INSTRUMENTAL, Cameo, Club 12in
04 02 WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
05 03 AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT (LARRY LEVAN MIXES), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
06 08 (I’M A) DREAMER (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX), BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
07 17 WALK THIS WAY/MY ADIDAS, Run-D.M.C., London 12in
09 19 SHOWING OUT, Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
10 05 I CAN PROVE IT, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
11 21 WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE), Kenny G, Arista 12in
12 43 NO WAY/INSTRUMENTAL, Bobbi Humphrey, US Mercury 12in
13 09 HOLIDAY RAP, M.C. Miker ‘G’ & DeeJay Sven, Debut 12in
14 07 AUTOMATIC, Millie Scott, Fourth & Broadway 12in
15 16 SWEET FREEDOM, Michael McDonald, MCA Records 12in
16 10 I WANNA BE WITH YOU, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
17 24 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
18 25 SHIVER/TEASER, George Benson, Warner Bros LP
19 14 FOOL’S PARADISE (PARADISE MIX), Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
21 11 BURNIN’ UP/PIANO DUB, Michael Jonzun, A&M 12in
22 41 MIDAS TOUCH (REMIX), Midnight Star, US Solar 12in
23 56 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME/FREEZE’S THEME, The Incredible Mr. Freeze, US Pow Wow 12in/London promo
24 35 JACK THE GROOVE, Raze, US Grove St. 12in
25 15 JUMMP-BACK/CHANT-BACK (NAME THAT TUME JAZZ DUB EDITION), Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, Club 12in
26 29 I’M FOR REAL, Howard Hewett, Elektra 12in
27 26 YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Davis/Pinckney Project featuring Lorenzo Queen, US Studio Records 12in
28 18 EVERYONE A WINNER, Zuice, Club 12in
29 39 I FOUND LOVIN’ (STEVE WALSH ‘ANTHEM’ MIX)/(LONDON BOYS REMIX), Fatback, Important Records 12in
30 31 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND (VOCAL REMIX), Darryl Pandy/Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jessie Saunders, US House Records 12in
31 12 SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX)/DUB, Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
33 33 GIMME YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION), Active Force, A&M 12in
34 30 DON’T YOU TRY IT/DUB, Raww, Debut 12in
36 13 HUMAN, Human League, Virgin 12in
37 22 DO YOU GET ENOUGH LOVE, Shirley Jones, Philadelphia International 12in
38 46 SAY YOU LOVE ME GIRL, Breakwater, Arista 12in
39 20 BREAKING AWAY, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
40 27 I CAN’T LET YOU GO (DETROIT MIX), Haywoode, CBS 12in
41 42 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, Affair 12in
43 63 STAY/I COMMIT TO LOVE/I GOT 2 GO, Howard Hewett, Elektra LP
44 59 FEELIN’ JAMES, US T.D. Records 12in
45 79 YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME, Phyllis Hyman, Arista 12in
47 50 WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF, Jermaine Stewart, Arista 12in
48 38 GIRLS NIGHT OUT/MOMENTARY VISION, Cool Notes, Abstract 12in
49 87 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in/Crossover promo
50 68 TO WHOEVER IT MAY CONCERN, DJ Hollywood, US Spring 12in
51 — I’M CHILLIN (0-106½-107-108⅓-107⅓-107½-109-108⅓-109-108⅓-108bpm), Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
52 64 ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT/MY MELODY, Eric B. featuring Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
53 45 EXCITE ME, Carlton, US Infuture 12in
54 48 LE FREAK, Chic, Atlantic 12in
56 — ROBOT GIRL (LA MIX), Was (Not Was), Mercury 12in white label
57 70 MY ADIDAS/PETER PIPER, Run-DMC, London 12in
58 — OOPS OH NO (LP VERSION), LaToya Jackson, Music Of Life Records 12in promo
59 54 ON THE HOUSE (IAN LEVINE MIXES), Midnight Sunrise, Crossover 12in
60 40 KISSES IN THE MOONLIGHT, George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
61 51 SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME, Nocera, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
62 71 RUMOR RAP, The Vicious Rumor Club, US Musicworks Records 12in
63 76 COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, Ashford & Simpson, Capitol 12in
64 — TOO MUCH TOO SOON, Keni Stevens, Elite 12in promo
65 83 SPELL, Deon Estus, Geffen Records 12in
66 — RAIN OR SHINE (REMIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
67 53 WE CAN’T GO ON WITHOUT LOVE, Gil Silverbird, US TC Records 12in
68 — THE WIZARD (PART 1), Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
69 52 NO WAY BACK/INSTRUMENTAL, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
70 75 HOOKED ON YOU, Tourist, US Vista Sounds International 12in
72 74 HARDCORE JAZZ (J.B. TRAXX)/(JAB TRAXX)/(PIANO TRAXX), Duane And Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
73 90 GODFATHER OF HOUSE, House People, US Underground 12in
74 — BACK IN LOVE AGAIN (REMIX), Walter Beasley, US Elektra 12in
75 61 GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, Jazz Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Word Records 12in
76 82 R U HOT ENOUGH/MY SPACE, Virgo, US Trax 12in
77 — SHAKE YOU DOWN, Gregory Abbott, CBS 12in
78 93 DON’T LET IT BE CRACK, Clausell, US Easy Street 12in
79 re FRIENDS NOT LOVERS, Rosaline Joyce, Elite 12in
80 67 YOU WERE MEANT TO BE MY LADY (NOT MY GIRL) (REMIXES), Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
81 — HI-LIFE (REMIXES), Wally Badarou, Fourth & Broadway 12in
82 — HOUSE OF BAMBOO, Earl Grant, Decca 12in Ep promo
83 60 GIRLS & BOYS/EROTIC CITY, Prince And The Revolution, Paisley Park 12in
84 — ROACHES, Bobby Jimmy & The Critters, Spartan Records 12in
86 84 YOU DON’T KNOW/DUB MIX, Tambi, US Electric Ice 12in
87 — SPLIT PERSONALITY (THE REMIX), UTFO, US Select Records 12in
88 98 LEAVE IT TO THE DRUMS/I’VE GOT IT GOOD, Tricky Tee, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
89 — SLAVE OF LOVE, TC Curtis, Hot Melt 12in promo
90 — COME TO ME, Bennie Braxton, US Phanelson Records Inc 12in
91 86 HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE, Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
92 — WE’RE ROCKING DOWN THE HOUSE, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
93 — JOYRIDE (JOY MIX) (0-103⅚bpm), Pieces Of A Dream, US Manhattan 12in
95 — HOT! WILD! UNRESTRICTED! CRAZY LOVE, Millie Jackson, US Jive 12in
96 — TASTY LOVE (80bpm), Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
97 88 COAST TO COAST, Word Of Mouth featuring DJ Cheese, Champion 12in
98 re GIVE YOURSELF TO ME, The Rude Boy Farley Keith, US Trax Records 12in
99 — GUYS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince featuring Ice Cream “Tee”, US Word-Up Records 12in
100= 72 FUNKY DRUMMER/IT’S A NEW DAY, James Brown, US Polydor LP
100= re WHEN YOU HOLD ME/DUB LOVE, Master C & J, US Trax Records 12in


01 03 KNOCK ME SENSELESS, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
02 02 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND/DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in
03 07 YOU’RE GONNA SUFFER, Bertice Reading, Sublime 12in
04 01 NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
05 12 WALK IN MY SHOES, Hazell Dean, Dutch EMI 12in
06 06 QU’EST QUE C’EST?, Splash, Rocket 12in
07 — ON THE HOUSE (FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK REMIX), Midnight Sunrise, Crossover 12in promo
08 05 LANDSLIDE, Croisette, Passion 12in
09 25 DON’T YOU TRY IT, Raww, Debut 12in
10 14 APPLAUSE, Angie Gold, Passion 12in white label
11 26 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, Affair 12in
12 — HURT BY YOU, Justine, Dutch Casablanca 12in
13 13 TWO OF HEARTS (EUROPEAN DANCE MIX), Stacey Q, Atlantic 12in
14 10 MORE THAN PHYSICAL (REMIX), Bananarama, London 12in
15 17 SPIES, Jesse’s Gang featuring Ronnie, US Jes Say Records 12in
16 08 LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (REMIX), E.G. Daily, US A&M 12in
17 — DANCE YOUR WAY OUT OF THE DOOR, Sharon Dee Clarke, US Achievement 12in
18 04 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY, The Communards, London 12in
19 20 YOUR LOVE IS ALL I NEED, Carol Hahn, US Wide Angle 12in
20 30= DOWN DOWN ROMEO, Meccano, German Ariola 12in
21 18 (I WANT TO GO TO) CHICAGO, R.T. & The Rockmen Unlimited, US Criminal Records 12in
22 24 HOW MANY HEARTS, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
23 11 AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in
24 — JACK THE HOUSE, Femme Fion, US DJ International Records 12in
25 30= I FEAR THE NIGHT, Tyree, US Underground 12in
26 22 JUNGLE BEAT, Digital Emotion, Dutch Break 12in
27 27 I NEED A LOVER TONIGHT, Caren Cole, Passion 12in
28 re PLAY IT COOL, Model 500, US Metroplex 12in
29 15 DOWN AND COUNTING, Claudja Barry, US Epic 12in
30 16 RUN TO ME, Tracy Spencer, CBS 12in

3 thoughts on “September 20, 1986: Midnight Star, U.T.F.O., Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Wally Badarou, Robbie B. & Jazzy J.”

  1. So the popularity of Ellie Warren’s wally-disco flop “Shattered Glass” was largely confined to Yorkshire? That explains why I still get requests for it to this day, despite never having heard of it before moving to Yorkshire.

    Paul Oakenfold’s first remix turns up this week, and it was quite a tricky one to track down on YouTube. Given the lyrical content of the track, it would be quite understandable if he’d rather it was forgotten about.

    Phil Oakey of the Human League had recently given an interview – maybe it was even to Record Mirror, I forget – where he praised James’s column, saying that he was a regular reader, and that it was always possible to buy at least a couple of good records per week, based on James’s reviews. So that explains the “Hi Phil!” at the end of the Crash review…


  2. As JH says ‘House of Bamboo’ did almost cross over to the pop market but there were two rival versions you heard in the clubs at the time and eventually the other (Andy Williams) version became more popular and probably split the interest and sales. Both great records though.


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