October 25, 1986: “Jesse Saunders has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate ‘house’ classics in Chicago. You may be amazed!”


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.

DUKE BOOTEE ‘Broadway’ (US Beauty and The Beat BAB 108)
Dyke & The Blazers’ 1967 classic ‘Funky Broadway’ is the uncredited inspiration for a fascinatingly stark powerfully jolting 92⅓bpm rap ‘n’ scratch hip hop lurcher, a totally compulsive beat (inst/edit too).

Vocally somewhat Chaka-ish, Vesta is forced into a boring meretricious Janet Jackson format on the efficiently smacking 118bpm ‘Something About You’, 121½bpm ‘Sweet Thang’, 111½bpm ‘Don’t Blow A Good Thing’, 109⅓bpm ‘Get Out Of My Life’, 118bpm ‘I Can Make Your Dreams Come True’, 95½bpm ‘My Heart Is Yours’, only coming into her own on the far better side two’s plaintively swaying 104⅓bpm ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, dead slow wailing 0-32⅓bpm ‘It’s You’, 12 inched quite pleasantly rolling 110⅓bpm ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’ – but, wait for it, alone worth the whole price of an import album is the standout gorgeously drifting 86½bpm ‘You Make Me Want To (Love Again)’, on which she’s more like a female Luther Vandross!

KURTIS BLOW ‘Kingdom Blow’ LP (US Mercury 422 830-215-1 M-1)
Looming large on the sleeve over Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, the royal ruler of rap’s consistent set has the ‘Bang Zoom’-ish 0-94⅓-0bpm ‘The Bronx’, George Clinton duetted jauntily wriggling 0-100⅚bpm ‘Magilla Gorilla’, properly sung rolling soulful 99⅚bpm ‘Reasons For Wanting You’, droning Bob Dylan-guesting 98bpm ‘Street Rock’, summer dedicated 0-96bpm ‘Sunshine’, datedly instrumental 99⅔bpm ‘Unity Party Jam’, and scratching (0-)91⅔-0bpm title track. Bill Black seems to have replaced Davy DMX as his scratcher, but this most serious scratch was by Jimmy Valdes of Brothers Incorporated (BIC).

HARDROCK SOUL MOVEMENT featuring AFRIKA BAMBAATAA ‘Funky Groove (Bam’s Jam)’ (Streetwave UKHAN 2)
James Brown doesn’t get a label credit but ought to be interested to hear the scratched up backing of this exciting funkily driving 108bpm chanting collaboration between Afrika Bam and our own Max LX and Dave VJ (in three mixes), hot to trot.

ROBIN ANGEL ‘A Woman Needs More Than That’ (US CBS Associated Labels ZS4 06190)
Prod/penned by Eugene Record, so no wonder it swings like ‘Love Makes A Woman’, this superb tremulously wailed 113¾bpm belated follow-up to that Barbara Acklin classic also has a touch of ‘Jazz Freak’, and shouldn’t be missed even though it is only on seven inch.

GWEN GUTHRIE ‘Outside In The Rain’ (US Polydor 885 362-1)
Sneaking in despite an attempted import ban, her album’s popular lightly jittering 0-115bpm canterer on 12 inch rather strangely has all four of Larry Levan’s remixes on one consequently low volume 24 minute side, with just an edit and the Fred Owen duetted 96⅔/43⅓bpm ‘Save Your Love For Me’ making a louder nine minute flip (Surface co-wrote both songs).

CERRONE & LaTOYA JACKSON ‘Oops Oh No’ (Music Of Life MOLIF 7)
Now crediting producer Cerrone as co-artiste and much improved by Simon Harris and KC’s remix, this bright breezily lurching (0-)115bpm jerky bounder is like a more brittle Janet Jackson (dub and originally promoed less sharp 114½bpm LP Version as flip).

JANET JACKSON ‘Control’ (A&M AMY 359)
Gradually winding up out of a protracted intro, this Steve Hodge remixed (0-)120-0bpm percussive wriggler certainly lacks the immediate impact of her previous hits (dub and more instant edit, plus the older 114⅔bpm ‘Pretty Boy’).

JUST-ICE ‘Back To The Old School’ LP (US Fresh Records LPRE-1)
Golden b boy producer Mantronik (hip hop’s true teen idol, whose name sells records) creates the beats for rapper Just-Ice and original human beat box DMX on a stark and often sparse set, sometimes showing some Jamaican influences, on which the hot new 0-100-96-95½-0bpm ‘Cold Getting’ Dumb’ and 88bpm ‘Love Story’ join the 0-88½-0bpm ‘Latoya’, 85½bpm ‘Gangster Of Hip Hop’, 80bpm ‘Little Bad Johnny’, 90bpm ‘Put The Record Back On’, 95½bpm ‘Turbo Charged’, 107bpm title track.

Pounding 122bpm piano galloper with latin-type breaks and some husky chanting as it builds on the better less vocal flip (the A-side anyway is pressed so far off centre as to be all but unplayable!) much the same though less excitingly raw being ON THE HOUSE ‘Pleasure Control’ (US Bright Star Records BR 003), another Jefferson-created more fully arranged and properly sung (0-)119⅔bpm galloper with lead vocal by Curtis McClain (in four mixes, Long and Instrumental labelled the wrong way around).

DARRYL PANDY ‘Animal Magnetism’ (Nightmare MARE2, via PRT)
“You bring out the beast in me” growls the mighty mouthed ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ hitmaker, on an Ian Levine-produced 117-0bpm Hi-NRG canterer with corny backing girls, and a more authentically Chicago styled B-side remix.

THE SOURCE Featuring CANDI STATON ‘You Got The Love’ (US Source Records SR9001)
Inspirational in message although soul rather than her now more usual gospel, this apparently Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk-mixed (0-)110bpm jiggly swayer seems to be a grower and has fans, but I still think the arrangement is a bit too murky to cut through sharply (in four mixes).

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘Give Me The Reason’ (Epic EPC 450134 1)
As predicted the floor fillers are his typical 102bpm ‘See Me’ and 114¾bpm ‘I Really Didn’t Mean It’, the whole set being great listening. Also out here after last week’s import review is NICOLE ‘Housecalls’ (Portrait 650129 6), while there’s a reissue of RUN-DMC ‘King Of Rock’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 56).

DOTTY GREEN ‘I Want You’ (Hot Melt 12TC008)
TC Curtis prod/penned sparsely burbling staccato little jittery 112bpm chugger in his by now distinctive, and effective, style (dub flip).

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION ‘Anotherloverholeenyohead’ (Paisley Park W8521T)
Weaving introverted 104½bpm funk, flipped by 1979’s still far superior and fresh sounding 117½-115bpm ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ classic, a genuine soul smash at the time.

SURFACE ‘Surface’ LP (US Columbia BFC 40374)
Formed of songwriters/producers David ‘Pic’ Conley, David Townsend and Bernard Jackson (much involved with Gwen Guthrie’s LP), this very soulful new group really shine on the tuggingly swaying 98bpm belated “original” of Hi-Tension’s ‘Happy’, romantic 79¾bpm ‘Gotta Make Love Tonight’, flute tootled lightly leaping (0-)121¾bpm ‘Feels So Good’, and the mellow sexy slow 33½bpm ‘Let’s Try Again’, 54⅔bpm ‘We’re All Searchin’’, 0-70⅔ ‘Lately’, while remaining vocally smooth on the jittery (0-)111-0bpm ‘Who Loves You’, 0-120½bpm ‘You’re Fine’, 124¼bpm ‘Lady Wants A Man’, 120½bpm ‘Girls Were Made To Love’.

RUBY TURNER ‘Women Hold Up Half The Sky’ LP (Jive HIP 36)
On an aggressively marketed slick set primarily for general audience listening, it’s the Monte Moir-produced/penned gently swaying 112½bpm ‘In My Life (It’s Better To Be In Love)’ that’s creating genuine soul interest.

UK DISCO TOP 100 – October 25, 1986

01 03 SLOWDOWN (DANCIN’ DANNY D & GODWIN LOGIE REMIX)/(NICK MARTINELLI REMIX), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack/promo
02 01 WORD UP/LES ADAMS CLUB MIX, Cameo, Club 12in
03 08 MIDAS TOUCH (REMIX), Midnight Star, Solar 12in
04 04 JACK THE GROOVE, Raze, Champion 12in
05 05 JACK YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
06 09 I’M CHILLIN’, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
08 07 (I’M A) DREAMER (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX), BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
09 06 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND/DUB CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in
12 21 GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (REMIX)/GUYS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince/Ice Cream “Tee”, Champion 12in
13 12 SHOWING OUT, Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
14 10 SHIVER/TEASER/LOVE IS HERE TONIGHT, George Benson, Warner Bros LP
15 11 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME/FREEZE’S THEME, The Incredible Mr. Freeze, London 12in
16 28 I CAN’T TURN AROUND, J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
17 24 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
18 30 EXCITE ME, Carlton Smith, CityBeat 12in
19 17 DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, One Way, US MCA Records 12in
20 20 SLAVE OF LOVE, TC Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
22 68 THE RAIN (REMIX), Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, Def Jam 12in
23 23 TURNED ON TO YOU, 80’s Ladies, Music Of Life 12in
24 26 TASTY LOVE, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
25 19 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, Affair 12in
26 35 AIN’T GONNA PAY ONE RED CENT/RAP VERSION, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
27 15 WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
29 36 NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Keith Patrick, US Omni Records 12in
30 32 WALK THIS WAY/MY ADIDAS, Run-DMC, London 12in
31 14 NO WAY/INSTRUMENTAL, Bobbi Humphrey, Club 12in
32 46 NON-STOP (REMIX), Skyy, Capitol 12in
34 73 HOT! WILD! UNRESTRICTED! CRAZY LOVE, Millie Jackson, Jive 12in
36 50 TALK TO ME, Chico DeBarge, Motown 12in
37 51 GOLIATH, James Brown, Scotti Bros LP
38 34 SHOWING OUT (MORTGAGE MIX), Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
39 22 SWEET FREEDOM, Michael McDonald, MCA Records 12in
40 48 GRAVITY/THE BIG ‘G’ (DIG THIS MESS), James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
41 45 HOUSE OF BAMBOO, Earl Grant, Decca 12in EP
44 31 MA FOOM BEY, Cultural Vibe, Crossover 12in
45 25 UM TANG, UM TANG (TO WHOEVER IT MAY CONCERN), DJ Hollywood, Crossover 12in
46 41 7 WAYS, Hercules, US Dance Mania Records 12in
47 re STRAIGHT TO THE HEART, The Real Thing, Jive 12in
48 80 SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME, Nocera, 4th + B’way 12in
49 38 YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Davis/Pinckney Project featuring Lorenzo Queen, US Studio Records 12in
50 42 THIS TIME, Private Possession featuring Hunter Hayes, US 4th + B’way 12in
51 37 ROBOT GIRL (L.A. MIX), Was (Not Was), Mercury 12in
52 55 JAM ON ME/DUB ON ME, Company B, US The Summer 12in
53 92 MY LATIN LOVER (WAREHOUSE MIX)/(BRUCE FOREST MIX), Q-Pid featuring Nikki Q, Rhythm King 12in
54 — REAL LOVE (IS IT REAL?), Jesse’s Gang with Jesse Saunders, Geffen Records/US Jes Say 12in
55 — IT’S THE NEW STYLE/PAUL REVERE, Beastie Boys, US Def Jam 12in
56 56 SHAKE YOU DOWN, Gregory Abbott, CBS 12in
57 98 IN THE HEAT OF A PASSIONATE MOMENT (REMIXES), Princess, Supreme Records 12in
58 44 RAIN OR SHINE (REMIX), Five Star, Tent 12in
59 76 FRIENDS NOT LOVERS (HOT CLUB MIX), Rosaline Joyce, Elite 12in
60 63 ALL BECAUSE OF YOU/GIVE ME UP, Beau Williams, US Capitol LP
61 re BACK IN LOVE AGAIN (REMIX)/(LP VERSION), Walter Beasley, US Elektra 12in
62 59 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Philly Cream, US Cotillion 12in
63 83 IT’S O.K., IT’S O.K., The Force, US Jes Say 12in
64 72 SAMBA (TODA MENINA BAIANA MIX) (102⅚/205̀⅔bpm), Georgie Fame, Ensign 12in promo
66 57 SUCH A FEELING (REMIX)/SUCH A “BASELINE” FEELING, Young & Co., US Atlantic 12in
67 40 OOPS OH NO (LP VERSION), LaToya Jackson, Music Of Life Records 12in promo
68 67 TEN WAYS OF LOVING YOU, Lenny Williams, Malaco Dance 12in
69 52 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN/STOP HOLDING BACK, Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point LP
70 — FUNKY GROOVE (BAM’S JAM), Hardrock Soul Movement featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Streetwave 12in
71 74 WE’RE ROCKING DOWN THE HOUSE, Adonis, US Trax Records 12in
72 — YOU GOT THE LOVE, The Source featuring Candi Staton, US Source Records 12in
73 100= MOVEMENT, The Movement, US Underworld 12in
74 96 PICK ME UP (ROCK ME NON-STOP), Affinity, US Pow Wow 12in
75 — GOIN’ TO THE BANK (CLUB MIX), Commodores, Polydor 12in
76 62 SWEET THING (M&M MIX), Convertion, Threeway Records 12in white label
77 84 THE SPEN/SAGITARIAN, Beat This, US Ace Beat 12in
78 53 DON’T YOU TRY IT/DUB, Raww, Debut 12in
79 79 BROADWAY, Duke Bootee, US Beauty and The Beat 12in
80 — HOOKED ON YOU, Tourist, US Vista Sounds International 12in
81 66 LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE (HOUSE OF WAX MIX), Escalator, Elite 12in
82 — OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX), Gwen Guthrie, US Polydor 12in
83 95 WE RAP MORE MELLOW, Younger Generation, US Brass 12in
84 — FUSION BEATS VOL. 2 (0-108⅔-105⅔-110⅓-105-109⅓-111⅓bpm), US Bozo Meko Records 12in
86 99 THANK YA/TURN IT, Sweet D, US Trax Records 12in
87 — L.A. NIGHTS/NEW YORK AFTERNOON, Yasuko Agawa, Bluebird/10 12in white label
89 81 THE BRONX/MAGILLA GORILLA, Kurtis Blow, US Mercury LP
90 94 COLD GETTIN’ DUMB/LOVE STORY, Just-Ice, US Fresh Records LP
91 — STORMY MONDAY/RUN JOE, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, US Future 12in
92 re BELIEVE IT OR NOT, Billy Griffin, US Atlantic 12in
93 re R U HOT ENOUGH, Virgo, US Trax Records 12in
94 — THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Veneice, LGR Records 12in
95 88 COME TO ME, Bennie Braxton, US Phanelson Records Inc 12in
96 97 SACRIFICE, Cyndi Phillips, US Atlantic 12in
97 — BACK TO SCHOOL, Bunny Wailer, Solomonic 12in
98 re JUNGLE FEVER, Kinkina, US Profile 12in
99 — PUMP THAT BASS/LIVE (GET A LITTLE STUPID…HO!) (0-103⅚-0bpm), Original Concept, US Def Jam 7in
100= — BARAH (THE HOUSE MIX) (118⅕-0bpm), Cleavage, US Studio Records 12in
100= — RIDE THE RHYTHM, On The House with Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
100= re SWEETHEART, Rainy Davis US Super Tronics 12in


01 05 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON, Kim Wilde, MCA Records 12in
02 01 YOU’RE GONNA SUFFER, Bertice Reading, Sublime 12in
03 03 DELIVERANCE, People Like Us (featuring Cindy Dickinson), Passion 12in
04 02 KNOCK ME SENSELESS, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
05 06 APPLAUSE, Angie Gold, Passion 12in
06 07 SO GLAD, Pepper Watkins, US TSR 12in
07 08 EYE CONTACT, Linda Lusardi, Polo 12in
08 — ANIMAL MAGNETISM, Darryl Pandy, Nightmare 12in
09 12 DON’T YOU TRY IT, Raww, Debut 12in
10 09 ON THE HOUSE (FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK REMIX), Midnight Sunrise, Crossover 12in
11 04 HERE TO STAY, Sister Sledge, EMI 12in
12 10 QU’EST QUE C’EST? (REMIX), Splash, Rocket 12in
13 13 WALK IN MY SHOES, Hazell Dean, Dutch EMI 12in
14 11 NUMBER ONE LOVER, Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
15 — TIGHTROPE, Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
16 15 DANCE YOUR WAY OUT OF THE DOOR, Sharon Dee Clarke, Arista 12in
17 26 TWO OF HEARTS (EUROPEAN DANCE MIX), Stacey Q, Atlantic 12in
18 19 JACK THE GROOVE, Raze, Champion 12in
19 14 LOVERBOY (IAN LEVINE REMIX), Chairmen Of The Board, EMI 12in
20 21 WHAT HAVE I GOT TO LOSE, Astaire, Passion 12in white label
21 16 CATCH THE FOX, Den Harrow, Italian Baby 12in
22 23 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in
23 25 DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY (REMIXES), The Communards, London 12in
24 20 THANK YA, Sweet D, US Trax Records 12in
25 22 I DON’T WANNA TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER, Joan Faulkner, US Megatone 12in
26 30 BRAND NEW LOVER, Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
27 — LOVE ATTACK, Tony Caso, US Eurobeat 12in
28 24 I LIKE IT, Libra, US Chicago Connection 12in
29 re NO MAN’S LAND, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
30 re AMERICAN LOVE, Rose Laurens, German WEA 12in

2 thoughts on “October 25, 1986: “Jesse Saunders has compiled for us an exclusive list of the ultimate ‘house’ classics in Chicago. You may be amazed!””

  1. The Jesse Saunders / Vince Lawrence list is fascinating, as is James’s somewhat bemused response, as I think it represents an aesthetic of disco that James was quick to distance himself from at the time. Once again, the “disco’s revenge” tag feels apt!

    Vince Lawrence wasn’t “better known as Virgo”, as James himself will confirm in a few weeks’ time; Virgo was an alias for Marshall Jefferson, while Lawrence merely provided some tracks for a Virgo B-side.

    A couple of weeks after the “Your Love” synth line makes its debut, we now get the next element of the 1990 “You Got The Love” mash-up, as Candi Staton’s original version makes its first appearance. This has always been my favourite version – so much so that the mash-up actually sounded weirdly jarring to my ears – and I have regularly played it out (usually the radio edit), to a consistently strong response, which has often led to punters coming up and asking about it. (NB The Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk version is the Club House remix, track B2 on this release, which I don’t think works as well.)

    Interesting to hear the “dum dum du-dum” chant on the instrumental of On The House ‘Ride The Rhythm’; this was re-used in 1988 as an element in Chanelle’s fantastic “One Man”.


  2. I notice Colin Favor and Ian Loveday mentioned this week – the former being the legendary techno DJ on Kiss FM in London and the latter the producer of sort of techno hardcore who made ‘Fear the Mindkiller’ and the tunes about ‘Spice’ under the name Eon. I didn’t know they’d started off as playing funk as they’re shown doing here. Unfortunately both have passed away in the last few years.


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