ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DAVE THOMAS (Shrewsbury Oak Hotel) reckons Robbie Nevil’s ‘C’est La Vie’ was first recorded by Beau Williams on his 1984 LP ‘Bodacious’ … Technics DJ Mixing Championships heats came to an end last week, Dudley’s Des Mitchell (Newcastle winner last year) flying back from his Tenerife Bananas residency to win at Bournemouth Clouds, with Angus Kemp from Ealing Lucky’s second and Warren Aylward from Portsmouth third (Finchley’s smooth Mark Savva couldn’t keep up the pressure on the night despite being best in the preliminaries) … Norbury’s Sussex (home of Les ‘Mixdoctor’ Adams) hosted with great hospitality the London heat, which saw a surprisingly low standard among 24 entrants to the preliminaries, being won by Hitchin’s Edwin Brome, with Kiwi from Croydon Easy Street second and Captain Kirk from the Bacchus circuit third, South East London’s Mark Ryder and Slough’s Avtar Singh deserving mention too … Midnight Star ‘Midas Touch’, Grandmaster Flash ‘Style (Peter Gunn Theme)’, Masterdon Committee ‘Funk Box Party’, Trouble Funk ‘Pump Me Up’, MC Shy-D, the Ovaltineys and ‘Snow White’ soundtrack songs ended up alongside ‘Jack The Groove’ and others already mentioned as the most mixed records by the time all the heats were over! … £350 worth of Technics CD-based SL-PJ20 hi fi midi system, including twin cassette decks, tuner, graphic equalizer and speakers, was the prize for each heat winner, while at the UK final next Tuesday in London’s Hippodrome (with Arthur Baker among the judges) the main prize includes a set of Technics SLP 1200 CD players, the first vari-speed compact disc decks! Numark, manufacturers of rival turntables which didn’t seem up to the job last year, will evidently not be sponsoring the US mixing competition at the New Music Seminar in New York this July (12-15, again at the Marriott Marquis hotel), during which UK and European DJs will be invited to play in that city’s discos … Herb Alpert’s upcoming Jam & Lewis produced ‘Keep Your Eye On Me’ is the first DJs-promoed club remix CD single in the US … Cooltempo white labels of the February 16-released Taurus Boyz ‘Looking For A Lover‘ have been selling like hot plates, a homegrown funkily lurching 115¾bpm house bounder with a pop edge (and is that Dancin’ Danny D on Darryl Pandy-ish vocals?) … Bruce Forest, while jocking live at New York s Better Days, added keyboards to a ‘House Mix’ of Jesse Johnson ‘She’, which may well be promoed here … Hot Chocolate ‘You Sexy Thing’ is now also flipped by a pop hits medleying 100-104⅓-105⅓-107-109-111¼bpm Megamix (EMI 12EMIX 5592), neatly edited together by Froggy … Level 42’s chunkily lurching 124½bpm rock chugger ‘Running In The Family‘ (Polydor POSPX 842) is pure pop as usual, though doubtless with some ‘soul’ support too … 12 inch copies of Sam Moore & Lou Reed’s 114bpm revival of ‘Soul Man‘ (A&M AMY 364) are flipped by ‘The More Sam Mix’, which not surprisingly leaves out Lou’s clashing vocals to give you more Sam, making it closer to Sam & Dave’s original … Experience “E.U.” Unlimited’s review last week should of course have read as 96-96⅓-97⅙bpm … Martin Scorsese has made a multi-million dollar video for a track called ‘Bad’ from Michael Jackson’s still unscheduled new LP, presumably its first single – Michael this time does not join his brothers for their chugging 106¾bpm formularized soundtrack-pop seven inch, The Jacksons ‘Time Out For The Burglar’ (MCA Records MCA 1129), theme song from the Whoopi Goldberg movie ‘Burglar’ … DeBarge as a group have left Motown to sign with its ex-president Barney Ales’ new label Striped Horse, although Chico, Bunny and El DeBarge may not be part of the deal as they’re still recording solo on Gordy … US snowstorms continued to delay import deliveries last week … Expose ‘Come Go With Me’ (Latin pop-disco peculiar to America’s Hi-NRG biased new “HOT” radio format) topped US Club Play, Sylvester ‘Someone Like You’ 12 Inch Sales, and Cameo ‘Candy’ Black 45s in Billboard … Run-DMC’s example has been followed in the US by the Beastie Boys, whose album has been made a Top 10 smash by the release of an out and out rock single, ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’ – how long before hip hop gets a chance there to cross over in its own right, without compromise? … Man Parrish has evidently remade the Rolling Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’ in hip hop style … LWT’s edition of ‘South Of Watford’ shown in the London area this Friday (6) at 11pm will be the one about Morgan Khan, while Steve Walsh (who somehow turned up at MIDEM as “promotion liaison officer” for Record Shack!) was the subject of a similarly local BBC2 programme last Friday … Radio Luxembourg next year links with Radio Telefis Eireann to start broadcasting from the east coast of Ireland on long wave, covering most of Britain as well as Ireland even during the day! … Thames Valley DJ Association somehow managed to award Citronic for an amplifier model that they don’t even make – one of several mistakes at their annual exhibition, not least being their failure to inform me of the whole show this year … Luther Vandross, currently appearing at the Hammersmith Odeon for at least eight nights, had to add ‘See Me’ to his repertoire as he had no idea it was so much more popular here than his other new material … Second Image have disbanded, former members George Bromfield and Frank Burke forming Return To Go instead, managed by Marie Birch – who has relocated with Sound Promotions to 363/65 Harrow Road, London W9 (01-960 6999) … Mantronix play Kentish Town’s Town and Country Club on Tuesday (10), Terry Davis celebrates a year of real soul at Bermondsey’s Bugles in Grange Road Thursday (12) … James Lewis has already moved his successful soul night to Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard on Mondays, following the sale of Harry’s Dance Bar, and Paul French has started a Monday soul night at London Leicester Square’s Empire Ballroom … Joe Field souls Hemel Hempstead’s free (but smart) White Horse Tuesdays, pub hours … Paul Anderson and the Meltdown Party funk the Word Fridays at London’s Oxford Street Spats … DJ support needs to increase dramatically for the Eurobeat chart to continue in rm – unless we start receiving many more regular weekly chart returns from gay clubs (ones that break new material), to give it more substance, it will only be compiled on a monthly basis for publication in JOCKS … ILLIN’ ‘N CHILLIN’!
The heats are over, and these are the eight finalists who will be competing against the 1986 UK champ Chad Jackson at the TECHNICS DJ MIXING CHAMPIONSHIPS next Tuesday (10), at London’s Hippodrome. The winner there then takes on the World, at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, March 9. May the best mixer win!
JOCELYN BROWN ‘Ego Maniac’ (US Warner Bros/Jellybean 0-20469)
James (D-Train) Williams’ producer Hubert Eaves III whips up another ‘Misunderstanding’-like ultra-infectious jiggly jumping 104⅔bpm go go-type beat (so go go at the start that you’ll begin singing “in the capital of the nation”!), through which Jocelyn soulfully squalls and roars to incredibly exciting effect — certainly her best since, and every bit as good as, ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’! (Useful instrumental dub and vocal percappella too, plus a spine tingling pure acappella of her old ‘Love’s Gonna Get You’).
NITRO DELUXE The Brutal House’ (Cooltempo COOLX 142)
Not strictly house but so massive already right now that DJs are mixing it with the jack tracks, this Hamilton Bohannon/BT Express-ish ever shifting bass and jittering percussion boosted 114¼bpm instrumental has a catchy little synth figure that cuts straight through your brain, making it impossible to ignore! Here, for some reason the US copy’s possibly more popular shorter ‘Let’s Get Brutal’ version (and dub) are replaced by a UK Edit that amalgamates elements from all.
SURFACE ‘Happy’ (CBS 650393-6)
Already an album track smash, the soulful guys’ ‘phonecall-interrupted naggingly jogging 98bpm swayer (written by Surface although first recorded by Hi Tension) is shaping up as an anthemic singalong classic, with the tenderly impassioned jolting 33⅓/66⅔bpm ‘Let’s Try Again‘ as smoochy flip.
GEORGE BENSON ‘Teaser’ (Warner Bros W8437T)
Previously dominated when on LP by ‘Shiver‘, this Nick Martinelli & David Todd-remixed gently throbbing and jiggling 111⅔bpm repetitive smooth chugger now sounds very slick, with typical nice scat ‘n guitar breaks and a Full Moon Dub, plus the jazzier 114bpm ‘Did You Hear Thunder‘.
GWEN GUTHRIE ‘Outside In The Rain’ (Boiling Point POSPX 841)
After months of import action, this Surface co-penned lightly jittering Loose Ends-ish 0-115⅓bpm swayer is finally out here in its main Larry Levan remix and instrumental, but rather oddly only as flip to the frantic ‘Frankie’-tempoed (0-)192bpm ‘Good To Go Lover‘, which’ll have to win support from scratch on radio.
WALLY JUMP JUNIOR AND THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ‘Turn Me Loose’ (London LONX 126)
Arthur Baker-created, this Will Downing and Craig Derry moaned Private Possession-ish house skitterer is possibly a bit busy in Timmy Regisford’s two 118⅓bpm A-side mixes, Arthur’s B-side 0-118⅓bpm Peak and 0-117⅓bpm House Mixes being looser in Chicago style.
MANTRONIX ‘Who Is It?’ (10 Records TENT 137)
Far from their album’s hottest track and a dubious choice of single, this tightly ticking 99bpm thin and cramped sounding rap jitterer (in three mixes) has been selling only on name appeal, and in fact is already being creatively marketed as a twin-pack with the old ‘Bassline (Stretched)’/’Ladies (Revived)’. However – STOP PRESS! – negative DJ reaction is being met with a rush-released far meatier and more strongly vocal 98⅔bpm Mantronik Remix (10 Records TENR 137), the one to get (so why it wasn’t out all along is a mystery), while there are rumours of a Froggy remix to follow. None of this manoeuvring would have been necessary, of course, had they released ‘Scream‘!
BEN E KING ‘Stand By Me’ (Atlantic A9361 T)
A Top 10 US hit again 25 years later, thanks to its use as title tune to a new movie, this subtly rhythmic 60/120bpm cool pulsing swayer from 1961 is an enduring classic of “uptown soul” and sure to do a Sam Cooke here. Ben Earl King’s more contemporary sinuously grooving 107-108⅔bpm ‘Music Trance‘ disco hit from 1979 is joined as flip by the Run-DMC/Beastie Boys-influencing Coasters’ frantic ‘Yakety Yak‘ from 1958, while in the same 12 inch reissue series is also that 65-64¼bpm plangent classic from 1966, PERCY SLEDGE ‘When A Man Loves A Woman‘ (Atlantic YZ96T).
JANICE McCLAIN ‘Janice McClain’ LP (MCA Records MCF 3323)
Selling more to listeners than to dancers while on import, the attractive soulstress’s debut set has the gently weaving 96¼bpm ‘When Love Calls’, swaying 91⅙bpm ‘The Rhythm Of Our Love‘, jogging 90⅓bpm ‘Hideaway‘, jiggly 107⅔bpm ‘Give A Little Bit Of Love‘, jolting 96⅚bpm ‘It’s Gonna Come Back To You‘, and several slowies.
GENERAL CROOK ‘I Can’t Stand It’ (Expansion Records EXPAND 7)
Soulfully enough sung and muttered jiggly 86bpm slow swayer spoilt by its unsympathetic over obtrusive electronic rhythm – however, the flip’s far better Marvin Gaye-ish gentle 78bpm ‘Mainsqueeze’ is a real gem, worth checking.
MASQUERADE ‘Everybody Say’ (Streetwave UHKAN 3)
Untidily jittering and badly sung 115¾bpm puerile chanter, yet another “song of hope” for street kids, which only mailing list DJs appear to think is any good.
PETRIA ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ (US Romil RM 1004- 12A)
Ron Dean Miller-created electro jittered 115bpm wriggly nagger (in three mixes) mournfully wailed at an unhurried pace by Petria, a solo girl, nothing instantly grabbing although the sort of thing that can end up an underground “sleeper”.
ROBERT OWENS ‘Bring Down The Walls’ (US Trax Records TX 132)
Larry Heard-produced quietly muttered and worried drily pounding 122½bpm house galloper, kinda like a vocal version of Mr Fingers’ 117½bpm ‘Washing Machine’ with a ‘Peggy Sue’-type tom tom beat in three mixes.
CHICAGO MUSIC SYNDROME ‘Work It’ (US Dance-Sing DS 808)
Friskily striding and leaping 124bpm instrumental house bounder, fairly mindless though effective (in three mixes).
LEGEND ‘The Journey’ (US Dance-Sing DS 806)
Straightforward smoothly bland 120bpm house instrumental with a slight ‘Jingo’ influence (in three mixes), serviceable if unmemorable.
FARM BOY ‘Jackin’ Me Around’ (US Trax Records TX 124)
Fresh faced farm boy Dean Anderson uses Erin Woods as singer this time, on a jittery though not very exciting house tune that belies its buzzword title, in 119¼bpm House Mix, 118⅓bpm Dub Mix, lethargic long 117¾-116½-116bpm Farm Mix.
DAVID SANBORN ‘A Change Of Heart’ LP (Warner Bros 925 479-1)
Sax squawked instrumental jazz-fusion, fairly specialist, including the bluesily chugging 104⅙bpm ‘Chicago Song’, smoochy (0-)40-0bpm title track, jaggedly half-stepping 91⅚bpm ‘Tintin’, tumbling 116¼bpm ‘Breaking Point‘.
ONE WAY ‘You Better Quit’ (US MCA Records MCA-53020)
Not apparently remixed, their album’s girl-wailed sassy 112⅓bpm hypnotic strutter has some catchy unusual synth noises during the breaks, one to worm under your skin.
STACY LATTISAW ‘Jump Into My Life’ (Motown ZT 41110)
Poised to jump into the charts, this Jellybean remixed surging percussive (0-)109⅕bpm bubbly chugger (dub too) is now much better than the also included quite differently driven (0-)108⅔bpm original shorter LP version, co-prod/penned by Kashif and (Adrian’s brother) Paul Gurvitz.
SYLVESTER ‘Someone Like You’ (US Warner Bros 0-20548)
Rhythmically like a speeded up The Source featuring Candi Staton, this rolling jiggly 121¼bpm burbler has more urgency than song in four mixes, the West Side’s by Marty Blecman & Ken Kessie (120¾bpm) and Joseph Watt, the East Side’s by Larry Levan (with a dub).
MIKI HOWARD ‘Come Share My Love’ (Atlantic A9351T)
Randy Crawford-ish 40⅔-81⅓bpm meandering slowie flipped by the routine lurching 0-107bpm ‘I Surrender‘.
NAJEE ‘Najee’s Theme’ LP (EMI America AML 3115)
The New York session saxist’s solo debut, here in a redesigned sleeve, is Ronnie Laws-ish slick jazz-fusion with the Loose Ends-ish 97bpm ‘Betcha Don’t Know’, Anita Baker’s 93bpm ‘Sweet Love‘ instrumental, and weaving 95⅔bpm title track the proven dancers, plus he squawks through Billy Ocean’s 114¼bpm ‘Mysterious‘, the striding 110⅓bpm ‘Feel So Good To Me’, ticking 0-102⅓bpm ‘For The Love Of You’, swaying 0- 104⅓bpm ‘What You Do To Me’, moody 75⅜bpm ‘Can’t Hide Love’, retitled skittery 111⅓bpm ‘We’re Still Family’.
CURTIS HAIRSTON ‘Curtis Hairston’ LP (Atlantic 781 693-1)
Consistently selling soul set which over its months on import has proved to hit the floor only really with the attractive subtle wriggly swaying 112¼bpm ‘The Morning After’, due imminently as a remix, and (to a lesser extent) the urgent 118bpm ‘Take Charge’ — however, this is not to deny that home listeners are enjoying the purposeful 109⅓bpm ‘Let Me Change Your Mind‘, smoochy 85¾bpm ‘(You’re My) Shining Star‘, gospel-ish 113½bpm ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight‘, slushy 0-60/30bpm ‘All We Have Is Love’ — plus the already issued 98½bpm ‘Chillin’ Out’ hit and its chunkily tripping 109⅓bpm ‘Hold On (For Me)’ flip.
THE 2 LIVE CREW ‘2 Live Is What We Are’ LP (US Luke Skyywalker XR-100)
Fairly basic, crotch-fixated, puerile rappers from Miami, whose 124¾bpm ‘We Want Some Pussy!!’ could be an essential singalong chant (with rock guitar and dirty “dick” lyrics) should you be illin’, while the previously issued Herman Kelly-introed slippery scratching 123¼bpm ‘Throw The “D”‘ is joined by the hot cutting 0- 120bpm ‘Mr Mixx On The Mix!!‘, 108⅙bpm ‘Cut It Up‘, 108bpm ‘Beat Box‘, other raps being the foul-mouthed 102bpm ‘Check It Out Yall (Freestyle Rappin’)‘, sexist 0-124¼-0bpm ‘Get It Girl‘, and lacklustre live 0-90bpm title track.
THE GAP BAND ‘Gap Band 8’ (Total Experience FL 89992)
Disappointingly make-weight set, effort only being put into the pop-aimed deceptively slow though breezy, brassily building attractive 87⅓-89½bpm ‘Bop B Da B Da Da (How Music Came About)’, which namechecks a range of stars, their revival of Prime Time’s swaying 104½bpm ‘I Owe It To Myself‘ sticking close to the original while the lazily written rest are the wriggly beat-tripping 991/4bpm ‘Keep Holding On‘, rambling Cameo-ish 10Sbpm ‘Get Loose, Get Funky‘, Stevie Wonder-ish mushily repetitive 103¼bpm ‘Don’t Take It Away‘, slushy 57/ 28½bpm ‘I Can’t Live Without Your Love’. 0-28½/57bpm ‘I’ll Always Love You’.
CHARLIE ROBERTS ‘Blowin’ My Mind (With Your Body)’ (Affair Record Company TART 4)
Jamaican attempt to create an Alexander O’Neal-type slow shuffling 105½bpm modern soul roller, possibly lacking a sharp enough edge to the beat but well made (in three mixes).
BARBARA JONES ‘Please Mister Please’ (Charm CRT 4, via Jet Star)
Olivia Newton-John’s country oldie in a pleasant, light 79½bpm reggaefication that’s proving to have MoR appeal.
FIVE STAR ‘Stay Out Of My Life (Remix)’ (Tent PT 41132)
Self-produced now by Dad and Deniece, this theme song from Tyne Tees TV’s ‘How Dare You’ is strictly pop, a mumbling 110⅔bpm churner full of rock guitar (in two mixes, plus the 119½bpm US Dub of ‘If I Say Yes’).
ORAN ‘JUICE’ JONES ‘Curiosity (Remix)’ (Def Jam OJJ T2)
Juice takes no chances, this time actually starting (and ending) with another muttered rap addressed to his lady, but the jarring girl-duetted slow (0-)94bpm judderer is a dull follow-up, although its tremulous (0-)68bpm ‘Here I Go Again‘ flip has pleasantly dated Delfonics-like appeal.
READY FOR THE WORLD ‘Love You Down’ (MCA Records MCAT 1110)
A disturbingly intense, youthfully yearning slow 0-64⅔bpm unrequited plea to the girl of his dreams by a younger boy who longs for her to let him get down to the things the big boys do — a situation with which black US teenagers identified enough to make this a recent black chart-topper there!
RAH BAND ‘Jammin’ On The Byte’ (RCA PT 41100)
Richard Hewson’s return to his later Seventies style on this mildly jazzy 0-108bpm easy listening instrumental and the subduedly chorused sultrier 95bpm ‘Take Some Thyme’ now, on commercial release, play second fiddle to the female demographics-aimed 31½-63-0bpm ‘Across The Bay‘ vocal slowie.
BOBBY WOMACK ‘(I Wanna) Make Love To You’ (MCA Records MCAT 1108)
Serviced late to DJs and widely considered the wrong choice of single here, a plodding 0-86-87½bpm slow growler flipped by the unfashionably frantic old 125bpm ‘Whatever Happened To The Times?‘
RON AND THE D.C. CREW ‘Ronnies Rapp’ (US Profile PRO-7130)
Another rapping impersonation of Ronnie Reagan, this quite accurate and rhythmically sound 0-110½-0bpm jitterer rather blows its chances by lacking topicality, merely linking White House residents with hip hop terminology (in four mixes).
UK DISCO TOP 100 – February 7, 1987
01 01 JACK YOUR BODY, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
02 03 JACK THE GROOVE, Raze, Champion 12in
03 04 THE BRUTAL HOUSE/LET’S GET BRUTAL, Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
04 02 BIG FUN, The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
05 15 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX), Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
06 10 ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY (REMIX), Vesta Williams, A&M 12in
07 06 YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO), Go Go Lorenzo & The Davis/Pinckney Project, Boiling Point 12in
08 07 CHILLIN’ OUT (REMIX), Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
09 05 THE RAIN (REMIX), Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, Def Jam 12in
10 27 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT, Full Circle, US EMI America 12in
11 36 TURN ME LOOSE, Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in promo
12 35 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE (REMIX)/MYSTERY, Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
13 14 YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX), Hot Chocolate, EMI 12in
14 08 SHIVER (REMIX), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
15 28 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL, Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
16 16 CANDY/REMIX, Cameo, Club 12in
17 18 READ MY MIND/CHASIN’ A DREAM, Tashan, Def Jam 12in
18 09 MR BIG STUFF, Heavy D & The Boyz, MCA Records 12in
19 29 C’EST LA VIE (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX), Robbie Nevil, Manhattan 12in
20 22 I.O.U. (ULTIMATE SHAKEDOWN/CLUB REMIXES), Freeez featuring John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
21 19 WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK, Steinski & Mass Media, 4th + B’way 12in
22 12 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN, Raze, Champion 12in white label
23 24 HAPPY/FEELS SO GOOD/GIRLS WERE MADE TO LOVE/WHO LOVES YOU/ LET’S TRY AGAIN/WE’RE ALL SEARCHIN’, Surface, CBS LP
24 23 IT’S MY BEAT, Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, US Profile 12in
25 11 THE CHAMP, The Mohawks, Pama 12in
26 47 DO YOU WANT IT BAD ENUFF, Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
27 21 SURRENDER (STUFF GUN MIX), Swing Out Sister, Mercury 12in
28 44 EV’RY LITTLE BIT, Millie Scott, US 4th + B’way 12in
29 13 SCREAM/ELECTRONIC ENERGY OF…/LISTEN TO THE BASS OF GET STUPID FRESH PART II/WHO IS IT/WE CONTROL THE DICE/MEGAMIX, Mantronix, 10 Records LP
30 79 TEASER (REMIX), George Benson, Warner Bros 12in promo
31 re SLAVE OF LOVE (FINAL COUNTDOWN MIX), T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in promo
32 25 HOUSE NATION, The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
33 20 FUNKY RASTA (’87 MIX)/ORIGINAL JAM, The Naturals, Cooltempo 12in
34 26 LOVESTRUCK, Projection, Elite 12in
35 30 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN LOVE, Luther Vandross, Epic LP
36 57 SHE DON’T KNOW I’M ALIVE/DUBS, Willie Colon, US A&M 12in
37 58 BETCHA DON’T KNOW/SWEET LOVE/NAJEE’S THEME, Najee, EMI America LP
38 51 JACKIN (EMU STYLE), Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
39 74 STAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES), Howard Hewett, US Elektra 12in
40 63 WAX THE VAN, Lola, US Jump Street 12in
41 31 CAN YOU FEEL IT/WASHING MACHINE/BEYOND THE CLOUDS, Mr Fingers, US Trax Records 12in
42 34 SEXY, The Masters Of Ceremony, US Strong City 12in
43 37 WHATCHA GONNA DO, Blaze, Champion 12in white label
44 50 JUMP INTO MY LIFE (JELLYBEAN REMIX), Stacy Lattisaw, US Motown 12in
45 69 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY), Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
46 42 THE MORNING AFTER/TAKE CHARGE/LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT, Curtis Hairston, Atlantic LP
47 — COME AS YOU ARE (REMIX), The System, Atlantic 12in promo
48 48 THE THROWDOWN MIX (LES ADAMS HIT MEDLEY), Kool & The Gang, Club 12in
49 78 I CAN’T TAKE IT/DUB, Dyce, The Production House 12in
50 61 SHE’S SO GOOD TO ME/GIVE ME THE REASON/SEE ME/STOP TO LOVE (REMIX), Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
51 32 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (REMIX), Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
52 83 AFTER LOVING YOU, Juicy, US CBS Associated Records 7in
53 67 HEAT STROKE, Janice Christie, London 12in
54 38 YOU BE ILLIN’ (REMIX), Run-D.M.C., London 12in promo
55 17 GO SEE THE DOCTOR, Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
56 65 THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
57 39 GOT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE/THANK YOU FATHER/STRUNG OUT ON YOU, Tashan, Def Jam LP
58 60 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE/TRAMP/I’LL TAKE YOUR MAN/CHICK ON THE SIDE, Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau LP
59 70 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY, The Blow Monkeys, RCA 12in
60 72 TIME (TIME TO PARTY), Gary L, Champion 12in
61 71 SATURDAY NIGHT (X-RATED)/DO IT DO IT!, Schoolly-D, US Schoolly-D Records 12in
62 41 IT’S TOO LATE (FOR LOVE)/CITY COUNTRY MIX, Stardom Groove featuring Tonya Wynne, US New York Groove 12in
63 66 TRIPLE M BASS, Worse ‘Em, Champion 12in
64 100= EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
65 49 2 THE LIMIT (PARTY TIME REMIX), Octavia, Cooltempo 12in
66 89 WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING, Paul Johnson, CBS 12in
67 52 DON’T STOP THE MUSIC, Sly & Robbie, 4th + B’way 12in promo
68 90 EVERYBODY SAY, Masquerade, Streetwave 12in mailing list promo
69 96 HOUSE BEAT BOX (INSTRUMENTAL), Sampson ‘Butch’ Moore, US Trax Records 12in
70 64 IT’S A DEMO, D.J. Polo & Kool G Rap, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
71 33 THE CHAMP/BUST THE CHAMP, Throwdown, HardBack 12in
72 62 SLOW RIDE/POSSE IN EFFECT/TIME TO GET ILL, Beastie Boys, Def Jam LP
73 76 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX), Jesse Jackson, US A&M 12in
74 75 IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME), Bobby McClure, US Edge Records 12in
75 55 TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM, Wired, US Underworld 12in
76 re BOP B DA B DA DA/I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE/KEEP HOLDING ON, The Gap Band, Total Experience LP
77 re ALMAZ/DESIRE (EXTENDED REMIX), Randy Crawford, Warner Bros 12in
78 98 PARADISE A GO GO, Paradise, US Big City Records 12in
79 — SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX), Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
80 82 I’VE GOTTA BE TOUGH, M.C. Shy-D, US Luke Skyywalker 12in
81 81 CHEATIN’ GIRL (REMIX)/BRING THE BEAT BACK (REMIX), Steady “B”, Jive 12in
82 87 CROSS THE TRACK, Maceo And The Macks/I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, Jackson Sisters, 12in bootleg
83 re SERIOUS/BAD LOVE, Donna Allen, US 21 Records 12in
84 100= 6 (END OF THE WORLD MIX), Madhouse, US Paisley Park 12in
85 53 PASSION AND PAIN, Janice McClain, MCA Records 12in
86 59 JOHNNY BROADHEAD, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
87 73 SATISFIED/SWEET SOMEBODY, Donna Allen, US 21 Records LP
88 — LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL, J.M. Silk, US RCA Victor 12in
89 — JACK YOUR BODY (MONTY ‘HOUSE’ REMIX), Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
90 — DON’T BLOW A GOOD THING/SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Vesta Williams, A&M LP
91 — LOOKING FOR A LOVER, Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in white label
92 — DAY BY DAY/THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE, Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam 12in
93 77 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE, Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in promo
94 92 TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT/GOOD LOVE/(BABY) LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT, Ray, Goodman & Brown, EMI America LP
95 84 BITS & PIECES 87, US Dynamite Mix 12in bootleg mixer
96 — BLOWIN’ MY MIND (WITH YOUR BODY), Charlie Roberts, Affair 12in
97 68 FACE IT/JAZZY JACK TRACK, Master C&J, US State Street Records 12in
98 97 NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Keith Patrick, In Recordings 12in
99 — SHAK RENDEZVOUS/INSTRUMENTAL, Bunch Of 5’s, The Production House 12in
100= — HOLD ME/THE WORLD IS HIGH, Sheila E, US Paisley Park 12in
100= — JACKIN’ ME AROUND, Farm Boy featuring Erin Woods, US Trax Records 12in
01 02 EVERY WAKING HOUR, Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
02 04 MAN SIZE LOVE (MAN SIZE MONSTER MIX), Klymaxx, MCA Records 12in
03 09 PRIMAVERA, Tullio De Piscopo, Belgian Nunk 12in
04 03 IN AT THE DEEP END, Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
05 02 WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL?, Man Two Man, Nightmare 12in
06 07 NOTHING BUT BLACKMAIL, Croisette, Passion 12in
07 05 YOU CAN’T HIDE, Frankie Knuckles, US D.J. International Records 12in
08 — LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX), Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
09 06 LOVE’S THE CURE FOR ME, James & Susan Wells, Nightmare 12in
10 — FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE, Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
11 14 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM), Paul Lekakis, Italian Esquire 12in
12 — DON’T LET GO, Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
13 19 LOVE SPY (REMIX), Mike Mareen, US ZYX 12in
14 13 FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, Miquel Brown, Nightmare 12in
15 16 TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD, Viola Wills & Noel McCalla, Nightmare 12in
16 12 I’VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE, Astaire, Passion 12in
17 15 NO LIES (REMIX), The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
18 20 HEARTFLASH, Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
19 10 CRAZY OVER YOU, Desire featuring Rae Flores, US Sheik 12in
20 22 DON’T DELAY, Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
21 — DELIVERANCE (REMIX), People Like Us, Passion 12in
22 — LET’S WORK IT OUT, Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
23 11 SOUL, Jolo, US Megatone 12in
24 29 SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE, Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
25 08 FIRE ON THE MOON, Aleph, Italian Time 12in
27 17 TIGHTROPE, Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
27 — HEARTACHE, Pepsi & Shirlie, Polydor 12in
28 23 HEAVEN IS A SECRET, Magic-a, Italian Rainbow 12in
29 30 STOP – GIVE IT UP, Paul Rein, Dutch Injection 12in
30= re LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME, Poison No. 9, Boy 12in
30= — ENERGY IS EUROBEAT, Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
3 thoughts on “February 7, 1987: Jocelyn Brown, Nitro Deluxe, Surface, George Benson, Gwen Guthrie”
This week’s pages – now simply titled “BPM -by James Hamilton” – now have a new visual layout, with the Odds ‘N’ Bods / reviews section expanded from two pages to three. This does not significantly increase the word count, though – the extra page gives more room for dance-related adverts, and there is a greater use of photos. Some of the photos are publicity shots, but an increasing number are taken by James himself, and I’ll continue to include these on the blog.
With mentions this week of “Stand By Me” and “When A Man Loves A Woman”, added to recent pop chart success for “Reet Petite” and current Disco Chart placings for “The Champ”, “Cross The Tracks” and “I Believe In Miracles”, we can see one of 1987’s big themes emerging. In the title of his 2012 book, Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to its Own Past, the music writer Simon Reynolds coined a useful term to describe the phenomenon, and this new-found reverence for “classic” soul and funk – aided and abetted by TV adverts, style mags and retro design, and reflected in hip hop’s increasing reliance on vintage samples – is something that I very much remember from this year.
The “spine tingling” acappella of Jocelyn Brown’s “Love’s Gonna Get You” would go on to have a long shelf life, being sampled on Snap’s “The Power” in 1990 and quoted on Bizarre Inc’s “I’m Gonna Get You” in 1992.
Finally, it’s worth noting that James’s most heavily used descriptors during this period, by some considerable distance, are “jitter” and “jiggle”. Seven tunes this week do the former, while five tunes do the latter, and there will be many, many more to come!
A couple of familar (to me) names being mentioned this week in the comments about the mixing championships.
Angus Kemp (he and I were “mix buddies”, and did the promo mix for 909 Records) and Avtar Singh who competed with me in the very first DMC contest (his mum gave us a lift back!).
I think that that Latin pop-disco JH mentions as an American dance chart topper was known as ‘freestyle’.
Out of the DJs pictured I think only Des Mitchell and CJ Mackintosh got well known although Tony De Vit and Mark Ryder who didn’t make the finals did too.
It’s amazing how at this point there’s already been such a shift to house already being so heavily present in the chart and so many of the record reviews being fot house tunes. The announcement of the breaking up of Second Image so big on the jazz-funk scene of which I first started going to clubs for the final stages of seems almost symbolic of the changes taking place which really came into sharp focus at the 2nd Live Wire Weekender in 1988 when acid house took over the main venue and the event generally.
PS in my main post last edition of the column I obviously meant “at 1987’s” prices (not that there was something special about 1986’!)