ODDS ‘N’ BODS
STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY ‘Jack Your Body’ has had to be abandoned, temporarily anyway, by London Records in the face of pressure from RCA, who thanks to the Chicago scene’s contractual untidiness reckon they also have a legitimate claim to it through their deal with J.M. Silk … Disco Aid’s benefiting charities are not only Band Aid, getting 25 per cent of the money raised, but also (with equal 15 per cent shares) Children In Need, Help The Aged, Schizophrenia A National Emergency (SANE), the Gloria Miles Cancer Research Foundation, and – except at the last minute they’ve ungraciously said they don’t accept anything less than 50 per cent — the Variety Club of Great Britain … Trouble Funk ‘Still Smokin’’ has appeared in a ‘Razor Mix Live‘ by Chad Jackson which includes bits of ‘Drop The Bomb’, ‘It’s In The Mix’ and ‘Say What?’ … Serious Records’ upcoming ‘Upfront 3‘ compilation includes current hot hits by Loose Ends, Hanson & Davies (for the first time here), Mel & Kim, DJ Hollywood, Tourist, One Way, Marshall Jefferson, TC Curtis, Calvin, Affinity, Robbie B & Jazzy J, UTFO, Ultra Magnetic MC’s … StreetSounds’ forthcoming album of classic soul weekender ‘Anthems‘ looks like being continuously segued, not such a good idea for DJs who might want to do their own mixes … Chico DeBarge on UK 12 inch turns out to be 0-114¾-0bpm, with 0-114½bpm LP Version flip … Womack & Womack like England so much that they and their large family will be dividing their time living in the countryside both here and in Virginia, Bobby Womack joining them for a London concert in January, while all the Womack brothers are recording a new album once again as the Valentinos … Danny Poku has stopped plugging for Hot Licks to concentrate on his Dancin’ Danny D remixing career … Elite Records have closed their disco promotion department, doubtless undermining their improved chart profile won by hard working Nikki Tovell, who’s thus job-hunting on 01-452 8829 (if Tommy doesn’t tempt her first!) … Steve O’Donnell is starting a DJ mailing list at Rise Records, 45 Crawford Street, London W1 … Wicked Pulse are running a ‘Post Holocaust Jam’ mystery tour warehouse party next Saturday (1) somewhere in Buckinghamshire not a million miles from Milton Keynes, for £9 including the video-equipped coach ride from London and Birmingham (details 01-701 7156) … Hank Ballard & The Midnighters may be doing a London date in December – they originated ‘The Twist’ – so no doubt Jay Strongman will be there in the front row? … I do think it’s a pity that, apart from Chris Hill’s self-interested efforts in plugging Georgie Fame, none of the Barry Island DJs collaborated to make any new record into THE hit of the weekend, for all to look back on in years to come as ex-Caister-ites can on such as McFadden & Whitehead, One Way, and so many more … Radio One’s inconsistency seems strange, banning ZZ Top ‘Velcro Fly’ because of its now surely generic brand name but playing Kurtis Blow ‘I’m Chillin’’ with its repeated use of the Transformers’ advertising jingle … Radio London’s Soul Night Out is at Watford’s Paradise Lost this Thursday (23) Bob James starts a new soul session Friday (24) at West Mailing s Greenways … Dartford Flicks has dropped soul on Fridays, but Saturdays stay much as before with Colin Hudd (whose twin Dennis does the other more “disco” nights!) … Gullivers remains open in Mayfair right through the New Year until it moves without a break into new West End premises … Glen Eggleton at Greenford Barbarellas on Wednesday plays the same hard funk, house and Sixties soul as he does at Camden Town Warehouse on Saturdays … Ian B Loveday and Colin Faver funk the house Thursdays at Charing Cross Heaven … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…
JESSE SAUNDERS, the co-creator with Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, proved to be the sensation of Barry Island with his excellent short live mixing sets. Together with VINCE LAWRENCE — maybe better known as VIRGO — he has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate “house” classics in Chicago. You may be amazed! All are varying degrees of old, and many were originally big here in the Blackpool Mecca late Seventies era, while others are Hi-NRG classics:
First Choice ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ (Salsoul),
Hamilton Bohannon ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ (Mercury),
Isaac Hayes ‘I Can’t Turn Around’ (ABC LP ‘Chocolate Chip’),
Thelma Houston ‘I’m Here Again’ (Gordy),
MFSB ‘Love Is The Message’ (TSOP),
Chi-Lites My First Mistake’ (Mercury),
Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music’ (Atlantic),
Skatt Brothers ‘Walk The Night’ (Casablanca),
Black Ivory ‘Mainline’ (Brunswick LP),
Loleatta Holloway ‘Hit And Run’ and ‘Love Sensation’ (Salsoul),
Originals ‘Down To Love Town’ (Motown),
ESG ‘Moody’ (99),
South Shore Commission ‘Free Man’ (Wand),
Double Exposure ‘My Love Is Free’ (Salsoul),
‘D’ Train ‘You’re The One’ (Prelude),
Trussel ‘Love Injection’ (Elektra),
James Brown ‘Body Heat’ (Polydor).
The upcoming Fresh ‘What’s That’ will be a copy of ‘Body Heat’, while ‘Moody’ was the inspiration for Chip E ‘Like This’. Try to catch Jesse’s mixing at various record shops this weekend, the man is def!
DISCO AID ‘Give, Give, Give’ (Total Control Records 12 GIVE 1)
Produced by Paul Hardcastle and written in catchy enough Cool Notes style by Steve Macintosh for a fairly simple singalong by over 60 assembled disco artistes and radio DJs (listed on the sleeve), with solos by such as Jean Carne, Kenny G and Edwin Starr, this jaunty little 112⅔bpm loper is the record created specially for next Saturday, November 1’s charity Disco Aid night — the hope being that every disco will play it every hour on the hour to synchronise a nationwide delving into pockets (all royalties also, of course, go to Disco Aid). The song really grows on one, and hopefully will be considered essential enough for every DJ to buy (no freebies), because its other effect will be to show by its entry position in the national chart just how powerful – or otherwise – the DJ market really is.
CARLTON SMITH ‘Excite Me’ (CityBeat CBE 1208)
Despite adding a Smith here this is just plain Carlton’s original import hit, a really nagging melodically juddering and tinkling (0-)110⅚bpm electro wriggler with nervily tense cool singing (Dub Mix flip), very effective.
ONE WAY ‘Don’t Think About It’ (MCA Records MCAT 1097)
Eumir Deodato-produced SOS Band-ish coolly tapping 104⅙bpm swayer with soulful vocals weaving through the chunkily clopping simple rhythm pattern to create subtle tension (in three mixes), classy stuff. Continue reading “October 25, 1986: “Jesse Saunders has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate ‘house’ classics in Chicago. You may be amazed!””