December 27, 1986: The Hammy Awards 1986

This week’s edition of Record Mirror was a special two-week issue, so the next edition was dated 10th January 1987. There were no reviews or weekly charts this week.

THE HAMMY AWARDS

YO, HOMEBOY! It’s that double def fresh time of the year, when once again we open the golden envelope and see who was really hot to trot in 1986. All statistics are derived from the year-end disco charts, so you can’t argue! Record company executives can start quaking now, as I think some heads will roll…

DISCO ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Janet Jackson

RUNNERS UP: Midnight Star, Cameo, Kurtis Blow, Gwen Guthrie, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jesse Saunders featuring Darryl Pandy, Alexander O’Neal, Mantronix, Loose Ends, Princess

DISCO HIT OF 1986: Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jesse Saunders featuring Darryl Pandy ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (London)

RECORD AT NUMBER ONE FOR LONGEST (tie): Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & Jesse Saunders featuring Darryl Pandy ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (London) and Raze ‘Jack The Groove’ (Champion), both for six weeks.

IMPORT OF THE YEAR: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley ‘Jack Your Body’ (US Underground) — however, ***STOP PRESS!!!*** it’s due here at last for December 29 rush release on London (LONX 117), legal difficulties having finally been resolved.

BEAT OF THE STREET: “der rump dump dum dum dump dum”

MY KIND OF TOWN: Chicago is.

ALBUM ARTISTS OF THE YEAR: Luther Vandross, Alexander O’Neal, Janet Jackson

DISCO LABELS OF THE YEAR: 1 (2) Club, 2 (–) A&M, 3 (8) London, 4 (4) 10 Records, 5 (7) Fourth & Broadway, 6 (–) Champion, 7 (10) MCA Records, 8 (9) Cooltempo, 9 (–) Warner Bros, 10 (3) Capitol, 11 (–) Tabu, 12 (–) Boiling Point, 13 (–) Supreme Records, 14 (–) Epic, 15 ( 1 ) Atlantic

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: Motown (5 in ’85, 1 in ’84)

WE TRY HARDER: A&M

RECORD COMPANIES OF THE YEAR (labels ranked by hit strength): 1 (2) Phonogram (Club/ London), 2 (10) CBS/Epic (Tabu/Epic/CBS/Scotti Bros/Def Jam/Portrait), 3 (–) A&M, 4 (9) MCA (MCA Records/Solar), 5= (1) WEA (Warner Bros/Atlantic), 5= (8) Chrysalis (Cooltempo/Ensign/ Chrysalis), 7 (7) Island (Fourth & Broadway/Island), 8 (5) 10 Records, 9 (–) Champion, 10 (4) EMI (Capitol/EMI/ Manhattan/Total Control Records), 11 (–) Polydor (Boiling Point), 12 (–) Supreme Records, 13 (6) Virgin (Virgin, Circa Records), 14 (–) US Underground, 15 (–) Streetwave

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: RCA (3 in ’85, 2 in ’84)

WE TRY HARDER: CBS/Epic

PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR: Jam & Lewis

RUNNERS UP: Larry Blackmon, Stock-Aitken-Waterman, Full Force, Mantronik, Nick Martinelli

REMIXER OF THE YEAR: Mantronik

RUNNERS UP: Louil Silas Jr, Larry Levan, Shep Pettibone, Dancin’ Danny D

MEGAMIXER OF THE YEAR: Les Adams

EUROBEAT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR: Seventh Avenue

RUNNERS UP: Eastbound Expressway, Louise Thomas, Darryl Pandy, Man 2 Man

EUROBEAT HIT OF 1986: Seventh Avenue ‘Love’s Gone Mad’ (Record Shack)

RECORD AT NUMBER ONE FOR LONGEST: Seventh Avenue ‘Love’s Gone Mad’ (Record Shack), for 11 weeks!

EUROBEAT LABELS OF THE YEAR: 1 (–) Passion, 2 (1) Record Shack, 3= (–) London, 3= (–) Sublime

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: Fanfare (2 in ’85)

CAST A GIANT SHADOW: Ian Levine

SLIMMER OF THE YEAR: Luther Vandross

BROADER THAN BROADWAY (still!): Steve Walsh (chest 66″, waist 72″ — those are his tailor’s measurements!)

MIGHTY MOUTH: Darryl Pandy

LIVE SHOWS OF THE YEAR: Patti LaBelle at the Hammersmith Odeon, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters at the Hammersmith Palais

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: James Brown

SLEEPER OF THE YEAR: Archie Bell & The Drells ‘Don’t Let Love Get You Down’ (Portrait)

1976 DECADE REMIXES: Tavares, Real Thing, Candi Staton

OLDIE OF 1968: The Mohawks ‘The Champ’ (Pama seven-inch)

SONG OF THE YEAR (heavy irony): Isaac Hayes ‘I Can’t Turn Around’

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Phil Fearon (a one man Showaddywaddy?)

ONES THAT GOT AWAY: Alexander O’Neal ‘What’s Missing’ (Tabu), George Clinton ‘Do Fries Go With That Shake?’ (Capitol), Michael Jonzun ‘Burnin’ Up (Remix)’ (A&M)

SOUND OF THE YEAR: House, obviously, but the new wave fusion of hip hop with go go beats actually made rap a much more significant chart force, and helped reawaken interest in go go itself, while attempts to cross samba over from the jazz clubs have yet to bear fruit.

“OFF-STREET PARKING” UNDERGROUND HIT OF THE YEAR: Russ Brown ‘Gotta Find A Way’ (10 Records)

WAS I RIGHT OR WAS I EVER RIGHT?: Oran ‘Juice’ Jones ‘The Rain (Remix)’ (Def Jam)

THEY OUGHT TO BE SELLING TOOTHPASTE: CBS/Epic for their insensitive handling of Alexander O’Neal ‘What’s Missing’, and Virgin for their ludicrously convoluted marketing of Loose Ends.

IF YOU WANNA GET AHEAD, BREAKOUT!: Mike Sefton (who left Phonogram, after helping it finally reach number one, to join the new number two, A&M).

THE BIG MATCH: Division I, Khan United v Rochefort Rovers; Division II, Record Shack v Acton Villa; Division III, Street Sounds Rangers v Serious City.

CAMERA OF THE YEAR: Canon T90.

DORIS DAY’S CAST-OFF SHIRTWAISTER: Sandra Butler of Music Box.

IF YOU CAN’T FIGHT ‘EM, JOIN ‘EM: Run-DMC enlisting Aerosmith’s help to cross over.

GET STUPID FRESH: Beastie Boys (white men can sing the blues!).

PIRACY IS THEFT: Bootlegs (why not buy something new from 1986 instead of, sheep-like, lapping up anything that someone wants to con you into thinking is an essential oldie?).

BUCCANEERING CAN PAY BUT IS AN EXPENSIVE BUSINESS: Department of Trade & Industry “pirate busters” confiscated equipment at 218 raids (and counting) on 84 unlicensed radio stations during 1986.

BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR: John Sachs, whose weekday afternoon Capital Radio show is in touch with young multi-racial London’s tastes and makes the hits (other broadcasters I switch on to hear include Robbie Vincent, for his ‘phone-in’, Jeff ‘Cock A Doodle Doo’ Young, Peter Young, Tony Blackburn, Greg Edwards, Al Matthews, Nicky Campbell).


End Of Year UK Disco Chart 1986

01. LOVE (DUB) CAN’T TURN AROUND – Farley Jackmaster Funk & Jesse Saunders featuring Darryl Pandy – London 12”
02. AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT – Gwen Guthrie – Boiling Point 12”
03. MINE ALL MINE – Cashflow – Club 12”
04. I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH REMIX) – Nu Shooz – Atlantic 12”
05. JACK THE GROOVE – Raze – Champion 12”
06. HEADLINES – Midnight Star – MCA Records 12”
07. (YOU ARE MY) ALL AND ALL / MANTRONIK MEGA MIX – Joyce Sims – London 12”
08. MIDAS TOUCH (REMIX) – Midnight Star – Solar 12”
09. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY – Janet Jackson – A&M 12”
10. WORD UP – Cameo – Club 12”
11. JACK YOUR BODY – Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – US Underground 12”
12. JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) – Dhar Braxton – Fourth & Broadway 12”
13. SHOWING OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) – Mel & Kim – Supreme Records 12”
14. SET FIRE TO ME – Willie Colon – A&M 12”
15. THE FINEST – The SOS Band – Tabu 12”
16. SHIVER – George Benson – Warner Bros LP/12” Remix
17. MY MAGIC MAN – Rochelle – Warner Bros 12”
18. (I’M A) DREAMER (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) – BB&Q – Cooltempo 12”
19. RUMORS / VICIOUS RUMORS – Timex Social Club – Cooltempo 12”
20. EXPANSIONS ’86 – Chris Paul featuring David Joseph – Fourth & Broadway 12”
21. I’M NOT GONNA LET (YOU GET THE BEST OF ME) – Colonel Abrams – MCA Records 12”
22. WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX) – Janet Jackson – A&M 12”
23. I’M CHILLIN’ – Kurtis Blow – Club 12”
24. IF I RULED THE WORLD – Kurtis Blow – Club 12”
25. NOTHIN’ SERIOUS (JUST BUGGIN’) – Whistle – Champion 12”
26. LADIES – Mantronix – 10 Records 12”
27. YOU AND ME TONIGHT – Aurra – 10 Records 12”
28. FALLING IN LOVE – Sybil – Champion 12”
29. SUGAR FREE – Juicy – Epic 12”
30. GOTTA FIND A WAY – Russ Brown – 10 Records 12”
31. SLOWDOWN (REMIXES) – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”/twin-pack promo
32. ALICE, I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME – Full Force – CBS 12”
33. LIVIN’ IN AMERICA – James Brown – Scotti Bros 12”
34. BANG ZOOM (LET’S GO-GO) – The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee – Cooltempo 12”
35. SERIOUS – Serious Intention – London 12”
36. DARE TO DREAM – Viola Wills – Streetwave 12”
37. SATURDAY LOVE – Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal – Tabu 12”
38. GIVIN’ IT (TO YOU) – Skyy – Capitol 12”
39. THE RAIN (REMIX) – Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – Def Jam 12”
40. I CAN PROVE IT – Phil Fearon – Ensign 12”
41. LOVE’S GONNA GET YOU – Modern-nique featuring Larry Wu – 10 Records 12”
42. SOWETO (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX) – Jeffrey Osborne – A&M 12”
43. CANDY – Cameo – Club LP/12”
44. DO FRIES GO WITH THAT SHAKE? – George Clinton – Capitol 12”
45. AUTOMATIC – Millie Scott – Fourth & Broadway 12”
46. YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO) – Davis/Pinckney Project – Boiling Point 12”
47. DON’T WASTE MY TIME – Paul Hardcastle featuring Carol Kenyon – Chrysalis 12”
48. HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL / WHODUNNIT / DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC (BEN LIEBRAND REMIXES) – Tavares – Capitol 12”
49. FOOL’S PARADISE – Meli’sa Morgan – Capitol LP/12” Remix
50. SEE ME / I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT – Luther Vandross – Epic LP
51. YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (THE DECADE REMIX) – Real Thing – PRT 12”
52. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOVE – Thomas & Taylor – Cooltempo 12”
53. WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO – Aretha Franklin – Arista 12”
54. WHERE YOU GONNA BE TONIGHT – Willie Collins – Capitol 12”
55. (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU (REMIX) – Gwen Guthrie – Boiling Point 12”
56. DO YOU LOVE ME – Durrell Coleman – Fourth & Broadway 12”
57. SET ME FREE – Jaki Graham – EMI 12”
58. AMITYVILLE (THE HOUSE ON THE HILL) – Lovebug Starski – Epic 12”
59. SHE’S STRANGE – Cameo – Club 12”
60. WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN – Prince Charles & The City Beat Band – PRT 12”
61. TELL ME TOMORROW (WEEKEND MIX) – Princess – Supreme Records 12”
62. DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN – Archie Bell & The Drells – Portrait 12”
63. NIGHTS OF PASSION (REMIXES) – Loose Ends – Virgin 12” twin-pack
64. WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING – Billy Ocean – Jive 12”
65. I CAN’T TURN AROUND – J.M. Silk – RCA 12”
66. CHILLIN’ OUT (REMIX) – Curtis Hairston – Atlantic 12”
67. I WANNA BE WITH YOU – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Capitol 12”
68. I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU – Princess – Supreme Records 12”
69. WHAT’S MISSING / IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT – Alexander O’Neal – Tabu 12”
70. ON MY OWN – Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – MCA Records 12”
71. PRISONER OF LOVE – Mildred Scott – Fourth & Broadway 12”
72. THE RIVER (REMIX) – Total Contrast – London 12”
73. MR DJ – The Concept – Fourth & Broadway 12”
74. BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME – The Incredible Mr Freeze – London 12”
75. NEW YORK AFTERNOON – Mondo Kane with Georgie Fame – Lisson Records 12”
76. EVERYONE’S A WINNER – Zuice – Club 12”
77. SECRET LOVERS – Atlantic Starr – A&M 12”
78. BURNIN’ LOVE – Con Funk Shun – Club 12”
79. BURNIN’ UP (REMIX) – Michael Jonzun – A&M 12”
80. SMALL CHANGE (SPARE A DIME MIX) – Hindsight – Circa Records 12”
81. NEW YORK EYES – Nicole with Timmy Thomas – Portrait 12”
82. SATURDAY LOVE (REMIX) – Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal – Tabu 12”
83. SWEET FREEDOM – Michael McDonald – MCA Records 12”
84. BASSLINE (STRETCHED) / LADIES (REVIVED) – Mantronix – 10 Records 12”
85. IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER – Zapp – Warner Bros 12”
86. ONE FOR THE MONEY – Sleeque – Malaco Dance 12”
87. TENDER LOVE – Force MD’s – Tommy Boy/Island 12”
88. HEADLINE NEWS (REMIX) – William Bell – Tout Ensemble 12”
89. AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE (REMIXES) – Princess – Supreme Records 12”
90. SAY LA LA – Pieces Of A Dream – Manhattan 12”
91. YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (M&M REMIX) – Candi Staton – Warner Bros 12”
92. NASTY (REMIX) – Janet Jackson – A&M 12”
93. PULL UP TO THE BUMPER (REMIX) / LA VIE EN ROSE / MUSCLE MIX – Grace Jones – Island 12”
94. BABY TALK – Alisha – Total Control Records 12”
95. BIG FUN – The Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
96. WHEN I THINK OF YOU – Janet Jackson – A&M LP
97. MR BIG STUFF – Heavy D & The Boys – MCA Records 12”
98. GALVESTON BAY (EXTENDED RE-EDIT) – Lonnie Hill – 10 Records 12”
99. DON’T THINK ABOUT IT – One Way – MCA Records 12”
100. GIRLS AIN’T NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (REMIX) – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Champion 12”


UK DISCO CHART-TOPPERS 1986

SATURDAY LOVE – Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal – Tabu (2 wks)
ALICE, I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME – Full Force – CBS (3 wks)
IF I RULED THE WORLD – Kurtis Blow – Club (1 wk)
MY MAGIC MAN – Rochelle – Warner Bros (3 wks)
NOTHIN’ SERIOUS (JUST BUGGIN’) – Whistle – Champion (4 wks)
THE FINEST – The SOS Band – Tabu (4 wks)
YOU AND ME TONIGHT – Aurra – 10 Records (2 wks)
THE FINEST – The SOS Band – Tabu (1 wk)
(YOU ARE MY) ALL AND ALL – Joyce Sims – London (2 wks)
EXPANSIONS ’86 – Chris Paul – Fourth & Broadway (1 wk)
JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) – Dhar Braxton – Fourth & Broadway (1 wk)
I CAN’T WAIT (DUTCH REMIX) – Nu Shooz – Atlantic (1 wk)
JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) – Dhar Braxton – Fourth & Broadway (1 wk)
HEADLINES – Midnight Star – MCA Records (3 wks)
AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOIN’ ON BUT THE RENT – Gwen Guthrie – Boiling Point (4 wks)
LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND – Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – London (5 wks)
RUMORS / VICIOUS RUMORS – Timex Social Club – Cooltempo (1 wk)
LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND – Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – London (1 wk)
RUMORS / VICIOUS RUMORS – Timex Social Club – Cooltempo (1 wk)
WORD UP – Cameo – Club (1 wk)
SLOWDOWN (REMIXES) – Loose Ends – Virgin (1 wk)
JACK THE GROOVE – Raze – Champion (6 wks)
SHIVER (REMIX) – George Benson – Warner Bros (1 wk)
BIG FUN – Gap Band – Total Experience (1 wk)


UK EUROBEAT CHART-TOPPERS 1986

HE’S NUMBER ONE – Fantasy – US Spring (6 wks)
LOVE’S GONE MAD – Seventh Avenue – Record Shack (11 wks)
YOU’RE A BEAT – Eastbound Expressway – Passion (5 wks)
REFLEX ACTION – Louise Thomas – R&B Records (6 wks)
CAN’T LIVE – Suzy Q – Belgian ARS (1 wk)
REFLEX ACTION – Louise Thomas – R&B Records (2 wks)
MALE STRIPPER – Man 2 Man Meet Man Parrish – US Recca (1 wk)
HOW MANY HEARTS – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack (1 wk)
CAN’T LIVE – Suzy Q – Belgian ARS (1 wk)
HOW MANY HEARTS – Evelyn Thomas – Record Shack (1 wk)
LANDSLIDE – Croisette – Passion (2 wks)
LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (REMIX) – EG Daily – US A&M (2 wks)
LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND – Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – London (1 wk)
NO MAN’S LAND – Seventh Avenue – Record Shack (1 wk)
KNOCK ME SENSELESS – Eastbound Expressway – Passion (4 wks)
YOU’RE GONNA SUFFER – Bertice Reading – Sublime (1 wk)
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON – Kim Wilde – MCA Records (4 wks)
ANIMAL MAGNETISM – Darryl Pandy – Nightmare (3 wks)
WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL – Man Two Man – Nightmare (2 wks)

5 thoughts on “December 27, 1986: The Hammy Awards 1986”

  1. And that – with all due thanks to Dave Lee for sourcing the missing copy of Record Mirror which had eluded us – is a wrap for 1986, the year that house broke big and hip hop opened a new chapter. Although 1988 is, of course, the “big ticket” year where so much changed, the two pivotal years for me personally were 1982 and 1986, and so it’s been pleasing to see dance music digging itself out of 1985’s hole of mediocrity, and mapping a new way forward.

    At this point, I’d like to thank Jim Christie, now retiring from blogging duties, for all his hard work behind the scenes over the past four years. Jim was responsible for tracking down all of the source material, and he did by far the lion’s share of the transcripts from mid-1980 to the back end of 1985. The blog simply couldn’t have happened without him.

    For the remainder of its lifespan, the blog will now become a one-man show, and I’ll endeavour to keep the posts coming as frequently as before. We’ll resume with 1987 in a week’s time – a year about which I have some theories, as yet untested by hard evidence. (And perhaps, next year, James will finally stop banging on about the injustices meted out to Alexander O’Neal’s “What’s Missing”!)

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  2. Yes thanks for putting these up and keeping them going – it’s good to see how things really unfolded rather than relying on now pretty unclear memories. I did think once that it would be good to be able to look back at JH’s columns and then one day sure enough first on that now defunct disco blog and now on here my wish cane true.

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    1. Huge thanks for posting this blog, as these charts were a massive part of my life in the 80s until 1989. Having gone through all the charts so far, I have found many, many tracks I had forgotten or didn’t know about, alongside the many 100s of records int hese charts that I still play today from my own record collection. I do hope you keep up the posting right to the very end – a big ask, but I’m so grateful this archive is now out there on-line for everyone to use.

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