November 22, 1986: Cameo, Luther Vandross, The Gap Band, Beastie Boys, Billy Crystal


JANET JACKSON’s weak 120bpm original 12 inch version of ‘Control’ has been replaced by an immediately attacking far harder (0-)122½-0bpm Out Of Control Video Mix (A&M AMX 359), which should turn it around now … George Benson’s dub of ‘Shiver’ is actually only on the single 12 inch version now, not on the twin-pack as had it been included that would have had too many minutes of music to qualify as a single … Radio One were threatening to ban Cameo’s ‘Candy’ as they thought the title was about drugs! … Richard Searling’s devotion to “quiet storm”-style soul instead of funky dance music has resulted in such low ratings for his Red Rose Radio soul show that he was going to be dropped by the station, until a public outcry ensured that his show will return, on Sundays, from January 2 … Stu Allan plays Original Concept and other def 1986 toons on Piccadilly Radio, sharing a Sunday 1-6am disco show with Chris Buckley and soloing later with harder upfront stuff Sunday 11pm-2am … London’s latest ballyhooed pirate WBLS lost their aerial after three days, but their signal until then had been lousy anyway … Shinehead’s 12 inch is so overpoweringly bassy that it’s being repressed to prevent blowing speakers! … Music Of Life picked up The Source featuring Candi Staton, while Club have had Wooly Reasonable &t The Yo Culture all along … Masterdon Committee ‘Funk Box Party‘ has been bootlegged in the UK with LJ Reynolds ‘Key To The World‘ and Hi-Tension ‘There’s A Reason‘ as flip … Run-DMC actually recorded ‘Hold It Now Hit It’ before the Beastie Boys were given their original Larry Smith produced track to lay vocals over, Tim Westwood being the proud owner here of an acetate! … Mario Reyes’ dialogue excerpts on the recently reviewed ‘Whatever Turns You On’ are in fact from ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’ … Belfast Soul Club meets fortnightly on Thursdays (Nov 20, Dec 4) at Belfast’s Star & Garter in Rosemary Street – turn up, or call Terry Corr on Belfast 661761 for details … Saturday (22) Graham Gold, Jerry Green, John Matthews and more soul at 3.30pm alldayer at Northolt C&L Leisure (Polish War Memorial turn off A40), while the Hills (Chris & Kev) are alive to the sound of soul at Harlow Whispers, and Robbie Vincent souls Great Yarmouth Tiffanys … lain Norman is building up a funky little scene at Needham Market’s Barking Fox Sun/Fri, Ipswich Hoofers Wed … Tristan Bolitho has left his native Cornwall for Bristol’s Studio … Dave Rawlings during his Disco Aid night at Basingstoke Martines only played paid-for requests (no Madonna all night!), and took £5 to smash Nick Berry’s single on stage — after which he was given much more money for having done so! … Faze One were set upon by a gang of 15 white youths and kicked to a pulp when they stopped for a burger in Newcastle-upon-Tyne after doing ‘The Tube’, their attackers not knowing or caring who they were, just seeing their colour … John Morales & Sergio Munzibai were DJs for the opening of New York’s new 1018 club, on the West 18th Street site of the old Roxy roller-disco … Friendly, Curtis and possibly even Bobby too look like living over here along with brother Cecil Womack, who is even setting up his own UK label … Jeff Young warns that Swing Out Sister’s follow-up, ‘Surrender‘, is serious soul boy stuff! … DER RUMP DUMP DUM DUM DUMP DUM…

TONY BLACKBURN takes the Radio London Soul Night Out into deepest Essex this Thursday (20), for the first time to Basildon Festival Hall, then next week (27) it’s back into the smoke at Clapton’s Dougies. Steve Walsh will also, of course, loom larger than life!


CAMEO ‘Candy’ (Club JABX 43)
Although closely battled by ‘Back And Forth’, their LP’s winning track is this familiarly lurching 110½bpm weaving web of exaggerated voices, buzzing guitar, honking sax and off-centre beats, flipped by a sparser new 108½bpm remix and the lovely soulful slow 90⅔bpm ‘Don’t Be Lonely‘.

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘Give Me The Reason’ (Epic 650216 6)
Presumably A-side again as it’s from the currently showing film ‘Ruthless People’, this reissued ambiguously jiggling 138¾bpm spurter is flipped by his similar US A-side cantering 143-0bpm ‘Stop To Love‘, both vocally soulful if dodgy for dancers – oh, and yes, also on there is ‘See Me‘, the gorgeously weaving 102bpm swayer which by far is his hottest track here! Thrown away as a flip…

THE GAP BAND ‘Big Fun’ (Total Experience FT 49780)
Rush released wonderful Stevie Wonder-ish joyfully rambling 110⅔-112¾-112-113⅔- 114½-114-112½-114¼bpm soul burbler in three main mixes here, this being the Mega Mix.

BEASTIE BOYS ‘Licensed To Ill’ LP (US Def Jam BFC 40238)
The shouting white rappers’ brilliant 0-96⅔bpm ‘Slow Ride’ adaptation of War’s ‘Low Rider’ is joined by the harder, much rockier 96½bpm ‘She’s Crafty‘ (copping guitar riffs from Led Zep’s ‘The Ocean’), the ponderously heavy 76bpm ‘Rhymin & Stealin‘, 85¾bpm ‘Posse In Effect‘, 97bpm ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn‘, 98bpm ‘Time To Get Ill‘ and the jauntily romping 138½bpm ‘Girls‘ (reminiscent of the Coasters’ version of Elvis Presley’s ‘Girls Girls Girls‘!), plus other-released tracks, in an exciting mixture of rap, scratch and metal that’s opened people’s ears wide and become a talking point of 1986.

BILLY CRYSTAL ‘You Look Marvelous’ (A&M AMY 353)
After he was Jody in ‘Soap’, Billy was part of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ team on US TV, impersonating such characters as Fernando Lamas, a real life Latin actor/personality whose most used expression he here sends up as he smarmily drops names and chatters inconsequentially to a purposefully dated 0-112-0bpm disco hustler, the harder more electro dub of which was promoed here last year. Now the accompanying video has finally shown UK audiences what it’s all about, and “Fernando” is becoming a cult here too.

DAVIS/PINCKNEY PROJECT featuring Lorenzo Queen ‘You Can Dance (If You Want To)’ (Boiling Point POSPX 836)
Drastically belated UK release for one of the best and most original go go hits ever, a subtly arranged 103⅙bpm jiggler with drily husky Lorenzo creating an insistent vocal swing (inst flip).

WIRED ‘To The Beat Of The Drum’ (US Underworld AP 124)
The freshest house hit for a while, repeating the clichés but with slippery slickness, this instrumental clicks and ticks through three main versions at 122bpm, just the uncredited On The Burn Side’s bonus beats being 124½bpm.

VARIOUS ‘Bits & Pieces 87’ (US Dynamite Mix 1004)
Actually that’s all the information on the label, in random order, this being the latest hot bootleg mixer, blending neatly through ‘Rumors/Hungry For Your Love/ Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent/Find A Way’ at 0-112-111-110½-115½-114bpm and flipped by a c119…121½bpm sequence of breaks.

CURTIS HAIRSTON ‘Curtis Hairston’ LP (US Atlantic 81693-1)
Emerging as the winners on a consistent set containing no immediate standouts, other than his 98½bpm ‘Chillin’ Out‘ hit, are the wriggly swaying 112¼bpm ‘The Morning After’ with his patented self-duetted “female” voice (although it’s not so much a song as a repeated title line), and the chunkily tripping 109⅓bpm ‘Hold On (For Me)‘. However, check also the urgent 118bpm ‘Take Charge‘, purposeful 109⅓bpm ‘Let Me Change Your Mind‘, smoochy 85¾bpm ‘(You’re My) Shining Star’, gospelish 113½bpm ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight’, slushy 0-60/30bpm ‘All We Have Is Love’.

ARMENTA ‘Tell Me (What You Need)’ (US New Image NIR 2222)
Darryl Payne continues his remix campaign with a new “1987” version of this at first rhythmically confused double-beating murkily juddering 104⅔bpm girl wailed nagger (inst flip), like a more soulful Shannon.

SHANNON ‘Prove Me Right’ (US Atlantic 0-86775)
Pitched at a sultrier Grace Jones-ish level, the sometime electro-disco queen keeps letting this surging (0-)105-104¾bpm burbler be dominated by the fluid bass and glib rock guitar (in four versions).

INDIAN OCEAN featuring Arthur Russell ‘Treehouse/School Bell (Part 1)’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-23)
Dinosaur L’s eccentric Arthur is even stranger than ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ on this loosely strung fast sparse 0- 127½-126½-129-137bpm rhythm track full of bubbling bass, odd noises and Indian percussion, fascinating and experimental for only the most daring of DJs (two more equally erratic versions, as well).

NICE & WILD ‘Diamond Girl’ (US Atlantic 0-86778)
Disjointedly edited and sampled, especially at the start, this racing urgent 126½bpm rattler (in three mixes) is a bit ricky tick for traditional UK tastes but could fit the house groove, sorta Puerto Rican Hi-NRG and huge in the US.

LES LEE ‘Tell Me Can You Love Me’ (US Mega Bolt MB-5557)
Out for ages but still happening for some, this girl wailed jittery skittery (0-)115½bpm wriggler (dub/edit flip) has some familiar late Seventies touches (from ‘Shame’, or what?).

TONI SMITH ‘Can’t Stop (This Feelin’)’ (Lisson Records DOLEQ 4, via PRT)
Princess meets Joyce Sims amidst emulator chipmunks, with Tom Moulton’s 110⅓bpm mix and 108⅓bpm dub being better than the ponderous 109⅓bpm A-side, though none are exactly inspired.

DIZZI HEIGHTS ‘To The Sound Of The Drum And The Bass’ (Parlophone 12R 6138)
London’s rapping hairdresser has fans, in places like Majorca, and by sounding un-American this noisy all-happening 110¾-0bpm jitterer could be considered a genuine expression of British hip hop-pop (inst flip).

RANDY CRAWFORD ‘Desire’ (Warner Bros W8583T)
Despite the lovely but tempoless ‘Almaz’ being seven inch plug side, the bulk of the 12 inch contains three remixes of this chunkily chugging 112⅕bpm snappy swayer tunefully sung to an appealing beat (the “Acappella” is really a Dub).

VESTA WILLIAMS ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’ (A&M AMY 362)
Although her LP’s killer remains ‘You Make Me Want To (Love Again)‘, this solidly rolling 110⅓bpm mellow chugger has good lyrics and makes a more commercial debut single, sorta Chaka meets Janet (dub, and joltingly dragging 95½bpm ‘My Heart Is Yours’ flip).

SYLVIA STRIPLIN ‘Give Me Your Love’ (Music Of Life MOLIF 8, via Streetwave)
One of the 80’s Ladies, once again also bootlegged (irritatingly with the here not included far hotter ‘You Can’t Turn Me Away‘), this Roy Ayers-produced aimlessly burbling 110⅔bpm looping lurcher from 1981 instead is legally flipped by the squeakily cloying 72½-0bpm ‘Will We Ever Pass This Way Again‘ and jittery 117¼bpm ‘Look Towards The Sky‘, all pitched rather like vintage Barbara Mason.

TIPPA IRIE ‘Panic Panic’ (Greensleeves TIPPA T6)
Far from reggae, this is an electronically juddered 106bpm bassy jitterer with Tippa’s familiar talk-sing tones giving a sinister sounding though happily ending salutary warning to silly star-struck girls (dub/inst flip).

MAXI PRIEST ‘Crazy Love’ (10 Records TENT 135)
Van Morrison’s evocative classic adapted with no great difficulty to an occasionally spurting 77bpm reggae rhythm, very pleasant.

JENNY BURTON ‘Do You Want It Bad Enuff’ (US Atlantic 0-86766)
Jeannie for 11 years now has been a powerful soul wailer, her voice more than the beat here selling this trickily starting 114⅓bpm swaying surger with a pleasant tune that tinkles through several lulls in the rhythm (dub/edit flip).

WOMACK & WOMACK ‘Soul Love/Soul Man’ (Manhattan 12MT 16)
‘Love Wars’ meet Sam & Dave at 128¼bpm, sounding bright on pop radio, though far more interesting is the flip’s Valentinos-accompanied amorphously muttered and crooned drifting dated 110/55bpm ‘Your Man’s On Fire’, for real soul fans.

TRACY ACKERMAN ‘Love Hangover’ (Debut DEBTX 3012)
Nellie Mixmaster Rochefort’s production debut sticks boringly close to Diana Ross’s dated 1976 arrangement but adds a naff new plodding 0-79⅔-111⅔-0bpm electronic beat — however, its very familiarity apparently causes screams of recognition in gay clubs (so why not use the original?).

PRESSURE POINT ‘Mellow Moods’ (HardBack BOSS 1)
Reissued instantly familiar and still popular Astrud Gilberto-ish shuffling 151½-150½-149-150-0bpm South London samba featuring Jamie Talbot’s alto sax, kicking off Streetwave’s latest label.

THREE THE HARDWAY Featuring WHITE FLASH ‘Hard Knox’ (US Hardcore Records COX 1713)
Run-DMC influenced starkly jolting jittery 84½bpm gangster rock rap, strong of its derivative type and hotter than the scratching, chiming and throbbing 0-88½bpm ‘Heart Beat‘, and ‘King Of Rock’-styled 88bpm ‘This House Rocks’ (instrumentals too).

UK DISCO TOP 100 – November 22, 1986

01 01 JACK THE GROOVE, Raze, Champion 12in
02 02 MIDAS TOUCH (REMIX), Midnight Star, Solar 12in
03 05 I’M CHILLIN’, Kurtis Blow, Club 12in
05 07 THE RAIN (REMIX), Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, Def Jam 12in
06 04 SHOWING OUT, Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
07 12 NIGHTS OF PLEASURE (REMIXES), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack promo
08 14 SHIVER (REMIX), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in promo
10 06 JACK YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, US Underground 12in
11 30 CHILLIN’ OUT (REMIX), Curtis Hairston, US Atlantic 12in
12 11 I CAN’T TURN AROUND, J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
13 08 WORD UP/LES ADAMS CLUB MIX, Cameo, Club 12in
14 25 SMALL CHANGE (SPARE A DIME MIX), Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
15 16 DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, One Way, MCA Records 12in
16 09 SEE ME, Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
17 18 SAMBA (TODA MENINA BAIANA MIX), Georgie Fame, Ensign 12in
18 36 GO SEE THE DOCTOR, Kool Moe Dee, US Roof Top 12in
19 13 SLOWDOWN (REMIXES), Loose Ends, Virgin 12in twin-pack/promo
20 38 BREAKOUT (N.A.D. MIX), Swing Out Sister, Mercury 12in
21 27 SHOWING OUT (MORTGAGE MIX), Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
22 50 MR BIG STUFF, Heavy D & The Boyz, US MCA Records 12in
23 15 CANDY, Cameo, Club 12in promo
24 09 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/SO AMAZING, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
25 21 L.A. NIGHTS, Yasuko Agawa, Bluebird Records 12in
26 23 SLAVE OF LOVE, TC Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
27 19 FACTS OF LOVE, Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White, Club 12in
28 24 BARAH (THE HOUSE MIX), Cleavage, US Studio Records 12in
29 26 IT’S THE NEW STYLE/PAUL REVERE, Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
30 60 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX), Gwen Guthrie, US Polydor 12in
31 33 DANCE YOUR WAY OUT OF THE DOOR, Sharon Dee Clarke, Arista 12in
32 29 YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Davis/Pinckney Project featuring Lorenzo Queen, Bluebird 12in white label
33 56 SWEET LOVE, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
34 — CONTROL (OUT OF CONTROL VIDEO MIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
35 52 BROADWAY, Duke Bootee, HardBack 12in
36 32 PUMP THAT BASS/LIVE (GET A LITTLE STUPID…HO!), Original Concept, US Def Jam 12in
37 22 EXCITE ME, Carlton Smith, CityBeat 12in
39 47 MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX), James (D-Train) Williams, US Columbia 12in
40 20 GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (REMIX), DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
41 74 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN, Raze, US Grove St. 12in
42 45 AIN’T NOTHING BUT A HOUSE PARTY, Phil Fearon, Ensign 12in
43 28 TALK TO ME, Chico DeBarge, Motown 12in
44 63 STEP RIGHT UP (PURE DANCE MIX), Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
47 57 MIND GAMES (DUB GAMES), Cultural Vibe, US Easy Street 12in
48 41 GOIN’ TO THE BANK (CLUB MIX), Commodores, Polydor 12in
49 83 BIG FUN (MEGA MIX), The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
50 35 BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, The Incredible Mr. Freeze, London 12in
52 66 SLAVE OF LOVE (GO FOR BROKE REMIX), T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
53 58 JAM ON ME/DUB ON ME, Company B, US The Summer 12in/Bluebird UK re-edit
55 49 BACK TO SCHOOL, Bunny Wailer, Solomonic 12in
56 re PASSION AND PAIN, Janice McClain, US MCA Records 12in
57 40 STILL SMOKIN’ (HUG A BUT) (106⅓)/(RAZOR MIX) (108-111-110-111-108-110-0bpm), Trouble Funk, 4th + B’way/TTED 12in
58 37 SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME, Nocera, 4th + B’way 12in
60 54 REAL LOVE, Jesse’s Gang with Jesse Saunders, Geffen Records 12in
61 72 THIS TIME, Private Possession featuring Hunter Hayes, 4th + B’way 12in
62 42 CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO, Courtney Pine, Island 12in
63 71 THIS GOOD GOOD FEELING, Veneice, LGR Records 12in
64 79 FUNKY GROOVE, Hardrock Soul Movement/Afrika Bambaataa, Streetwave 12in
65 76 IT’S O.K., IT’S O.K., The Force, US Jes Say 12in
66 — TIME (TIME TO PARTY), Gary L, US Sensations Records 12in
67 77 BELIEVE IT OR NOT, Billy Griffin, Atlantic 12in
68 62 THE HOUSE MUSIC ANTHEM, Marshall Jefferson, Affair 12in
69 43 CONTROL (REMIX), Janet Jackson, A&M 12in
70 re JEALOUSY/MALICIOUS JEALOUSY, Club Nouveau, Warner Bros 12in
71 — FUNK BOX PARTY (108⅓-108⅔bpm), Masterdon Committee, Rebel 12in bootleg
72 48 AIN’T GONNA PAY ONE RED CENT/RAP VERSION, Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records 12in
73 53 YOU CAN’T TURN ME AWAY/GIVE ME YOUR LOVE, Sylvia Striplin, US 12in bootleg
74 88 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE, Donna Allen, US 21 Records 12in
75 68 MILLER LIGHT, Fission, Spacematic Records 12in
76 re SACRIFICE, Cyndi Phillips, US Atlantic 12in/promo
77 re IKE’S RAP/HEY GIRL, Isaac Hayes, CBS 12in
78 — VICTORY, Kool & The Gang, Club 12in
79 86 THE WIZARD (THE JAZZ MIX), Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
80 73 FUSION BEATS VOL. 2, US Bozo Meko Records 12in
81 re RIDE THE RHYTHM, On The House with Marshall Jefferson, US Trax Records 12in
82 46 GOLIATH, James Brown, Scotti Bros LP
83 91 WE RAP MORE MELLOW, Younger Generation, US Brass 12in
84 — BREAKOUT (NEW ROCKIN’ VERSION)/(HORNY VERSION), Swing Out Sister, Mercury 12in
85 —  A LITTLE BIT MORE (0-38½-77bpm), Melba Moore with Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
86 70 GIVE, GIVE, GIVE, Disco Aid, Total Control Records 12in
87 re THE SPEN, Beat This, US Ace Beat 12in
88 re PLEASURE CONTROL, On The House, US Bright Star Records 12in
89 64 I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU), Grace Jones, Manhattan 12in
90 re SHAKE YOU DOWN, Gregory Abbott, CBS 12in
91 re COLD GETTIN’ DUMB, Just-Ice, US Fresh Records LP
92 85 TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM, Wired, US Underworld 12in
93 re TIME KEEPS MOVIN’ ON, Calvin, US VinylMania 12in
94 — DON’T STOP THE FEELING, Yarbrough & Peoples, US Total Experience 12in
95 99 FREE, Mellaa, US Dance Floor 12in
96 —  JEALOUSY/YOU CAN’T HURT ME NO MORE (91bpm), Heavy Traffic starring “V”, US Atlantic LP
97 —  WHO THE CAP FIT, Shinehead, Virgin 12in
98 —  I’VE GOTTA BE TOUGH (0-117)/WE DON’T PLAY (111⅔bpm), M.C. Shy-D, US Luke Skyywalker 12in
99 —  SAY “NO” TO DRUGS, Go Go Lorenzo and the Davis/Pinckney Project, US Studio Records 12in
100= —  DOWN AND COUNTING (121¾bpm), Claudja Barry, Epic 12in
100= —  GIVE ME YOUR LOVE, Sylvia Striplin, Music Of Life 12in


01 02 ANIMAL MAGNETISM, Darryl Pandy, Nightmare 12in
02 12 LOVE HANGOVER, Tracy Ackerman, Debut 12in
03 08 WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL, Man Two Man, Nightmare 12in
04 01 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON, Kim Wilde, MCA Records 12in
05 07 READ ALL ABOUT IT, Flirtations, Passion 12in
06 03 EYE CONTACT, Linda Lusardi, Polo 12in
07 05 TIGHTROPE, Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
08 — HAVEN’T WE SAID GOODBYE BEFORE, Dollar, Arista 12in
09 04 DELIVERANCE, People Like Us (featuring Cindy Dickinson), Passion 12in
10 — CAST ASIDE MY STUBBORN PRIDE, Louise Thomas, R&B Records 12in
11 11 DON’T DELAY, Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
12 14 FIRE ON THE MOON, Aleph, Italian Time 12in
13 — I DON’T CARE, Eartha Kitt, French Scorpio 12in
14 — MAGIC, Gino Soccio, German ZYX 12in
15 13 OOH LA LA, Princess Day, US Dance-Sing 12in
16 09 MEMORIES, Carolyn Harding, US Emergency 12in
17 — WARRIORS, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ZTT 12in
18 10 TO BE OR NOT TO BE, Jock Hattle, Italian Taurus 12in
19 15 CRY CRY CRY, Two Minds Crack, Sire 12in
20 06 SO GLAD, Pepper Watkins, US TSR 12in
21 — BOOM BOOM, Paul Lekakis, Italian Esquire 12in
22 23 DANCE YOUR WAY OUT OF THE DOOR, Sharon Dee Clarke, Arista 12in
23 20 KNOCK ME SENSELESS, Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
24 21 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE, Sisley Ferré, Dutch Hot Sound 12in
25 22 LOVE’S GONE MAD (REMIX), Seventh Avenue, Tangerine 12in
26 19 NUMBER ONE LOVER, Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
27 — GERONIMO’S CADILLAC, Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
28 re SHOWING OUT (MORTGAGE MIX), Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
29 25 EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART, Nick Kamen, WEA 12in
30 16 LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Darryl Pandy, London 12in

2 thoughts on “November 22, 1986: Cameo, Luther Vandross, The Gap Band, Beastie Boys, Billy Crystal”

  1. One thing that hip hop and house had in common was their recycling of elements from older records (doubtless some bright spark at the NME or The Face would have called this “meta-music”), but with house music, this was more covert. Not many people had spotted First Choice in “Jack Your Body” or Cymande in “Jack The Groove”, and the same would have held true this week for Wired “To The Beat Of The Drum”, which quotes from Crystal Grass “Crystal World” (as would “Theme From S-Express” in 1988).

    The same thing is even going on in go go this week, as the Davis/Pinckney Project’s use of Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” also flies beneath James’s radar. Having remained visible during in 1986 largely due to its co-opting by hip hop, go go didn’t have much longer to spend in the UK public eye, but it’s pleasing that one of its last big tunes – indeed, it would become the most successful new DC track since Little Benny & The Masters – happened to be one of the best, and most straightforwardly joyful, of them all.

    Arthur Russell was having a bit of a moment at this stage, and so it’s good to see James spotting the worth in Indian Ocean’s deeply strange and rather wonderful “Treehouse/School Bell”.


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