February 28, 1987: Bruce Willis, Bananarama, Full Circle, Donald Byrd, Gigolo Tony

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Steve Walsh learnt while at MIDEM that Boris Badenough isn’t having a go at Rocky Jones, in fact ‘Hey Rocky!’ is about TV’s cult cartoon series ‘Rocky And Bullwinkle’, and will be promoed with a new B-side for radio which has the characters’ voices (cut-up Steinski style in the actual record) answering questions left blank for DJs to fill in themselves … 19 releases on Chicago’s Trax Records label, including current stuff, have been compiled on a fast-selling German import LP, ‘Chicago Trax (Volume 1)’ (BCM TX 33-5001-43) – presumably the ‘What’s Up Rocky?’ credited to Boris Betanoff is the same as the above? … Darryl Pandy has done a vocal version of ‘Jack Your Body’, to be called ‘Work Your Body’, for D.J. International Records … Chris Amoo of the Real Thing, as probably everyone knows by now, was the proud owner of Crufts’ Supreme Champion 1987 (we’re talking dogs here), Viscount Grant – commonly called “Gable” … MC Double Def Sef launches A&M’s new dance label Breakout with a lunchtime reception at Soho’s Le Beat Route in Greek Street on Monday, March 9, conveniently sandwiched between the previous day’s International DJ Convention and that evening’s World Final of the Technics DJ Mixing Championships (also conveniently, for out-of-towners, just across the road from Groove Records shop!) … Bathgate’s Bill Grainger (0506-54305), the guy who more than anyone else “broke” Tullio De Piscopo, has started First Class Radio & Club Promotions to plug dance records in Scotland with personal DJ contact (servicing all types of dance music, not just hi-NRG/Eurobeat) … Kool Moe Dee – true to his stance as rap’s caring social worker? – hosts the second annual rap awards this Saturday (28) at New York’s Town Hall, with appearances by such as Salt-n-Pepa, LL Cool J, UTFO, Spoonie Gee, Doug E Fresh, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, Stetsasonic … Kurtis Blow is currently guest presenter of Saturday morning kids’ TV on the US NBC network! … Damon Rochefort’s involvement as producer of Junior Gee & The ‘A’ Team actually extends to being the impersonator of Arnold Schwarzenegger, recreating all ‘The Terminator’ (and Dalek!) dialogue himself … Breakfast Club, reviewed last week, turns out to be the “nom de disque” of Madonna’s frequent collaborator Stephen Bray, so it’s surprising he hasn’t concocted something a bit sharper for himself … I know, I know: the jazz tune synched under Salt-n-Pepa ‘My Mike Sounds Nice’ is Grover Washington Jr ‘Mr Magic’ – incidentally, the girls’ UK-only 0-91⅔bpm remix will be on Champion here March 10 … Nitro Deluxe, were the UK pressing and original import similar enough in format to be combined in the chart, would have been top Disco hit since two weeks ago … John Rocca’s ‘I Want It To Be Real’ may have always meant something in Chicago but even its Ultimate Mix ’87 (not due on CityBeat for nearly a month) still seems unlikely to mean much here in its main (0-)122-122½bpm Club Vocal, although the total instrumental 121⅔-121¾bpm Farley’s Hot House Piano Mix is self-descriptive and could find takers … Arthur Baker while here has produced a secret project for Champion … ‘(You’re My) Shining Star’ is Curtis Hairston’s new US release … Dennis Edwards, still recording solo too, has rejoined the Temptations … Livewire/Top Hat on Saturday, March 14, start a monthly soul and jazz night amidst the shark tanks at Brighton Aquarium, dubbed “the night that bites back!”, with Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Paul Clark, Big H and Froggy, in two music rooms … Livewire (01-364 1212) at their four day Easter weekender in Prestatyn have added to the DJ bill Paul Oakenfold, Chris Forbes, CJ McKintosh (Chad Jackson is booked anyway, plus hopefully Jazzy Jeff, and now maybe Atlantic Starr) … London’s ebullient soul jock CJ Carlos had better keep a higher profile if he doesn’t want his once distinctive initials to become more synonymous with Mixing champ CJ McKintosh! … Larry Foster of Gants Hill Villa has spent the last year preparing a Music Quiz for East London, weekly heats beginning on March 18 at Walthamstow’s The Lorne Arms, entry forms being available in advance from him on 04023-75059 … Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers play three nights at Kentish Town’s Town And Country Club, March 26/27/28 … Thursday this week (26), Paul Williams, Mike Knight and Alan Coles support go go-funk group Bustin’ Loose at Georgetown’s The Kirkhouse, Merthyr Tydfil, while Chris Brown, Chris Bangs and Simon Dunmore jazz-soul the Rhythm Zone at Northolt’s C&L Country Club (just off the A40 south of the Polish War Memorial) … Friday (27) Joe Field, Bob Masters, Chris Bangs, Bob Cosby and Dave Ealand fill two rooms with soul and jazz at Hemel Hempstead’s Heath Park … Saturday (28) Jasper, Norman Jay and Martin Drake have a Seventies Funk Attack at Hackney’s Shen-Ola Nightclub, while Kev Hill souls Great Yarmouth Mole Club … Eon Irving funks London West End’s Munkberrys Wednesdays … Andy Baker funks Fridays at Bangor’s hi-tech Octagon (on a par, equipment-wise he reckons, with the Hippodrome) … Bishop Stortford’s Juicy Duck is undergoing a complete £30,000 facelift (which would probably buy a few new pygmy bulbs for the Hippodrome!), much to the delight of Les Knott and his fellow jocks … Mecca, as well as aggressively recruiting new DJs around the country, have revamped Bolton’s Cinderella Rockerfellas into the new Ritzy (with a Central Park brasserie), while Tiffanys in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dunstable are being renovated … Paul Frettingham soon becomes a real VJ, as well as DJ at Nottingham’s Central Park/Ritzy, where an actual TV studio will transmit closed circuit programmes of videos and PAs to the club’s 34 screens … Jackie Becker (Brighton Escape Club Mon/Savannah Club Tues/The Crypt Thurs) tips that Candido ‘Jingo’ mixes well with ‘Jack The Groove’ and ‘Jack Your Body’, plus Quando Quango ‘Genius’ is good with such as ‘It’s OK, It’s OK’ and ‘IMNXTC’ … Stacey Q ‘We Connect’ topped US 12 Inch Sales, Madonna ‘Open Your Heart’ and then Mel & Kim ‘Showing Out’ topped Club Play in Billboard – whose US Black Singles Chart, now once again printed in rm, is not in fact a reflection of the dance singles that are selling, but of the singles being played by black-orientated “urban” radio … DJs are still not supporting the Eurobeat chart in significant enough numbers yet they continually whinge that it isn’t truly representative of what’s really big in their clubs – so who’ve they got to blame? … ILLIN’ ‘N’ CHILLIN’!


HOT VINYL

BRUCE WILLIS ‘Respect Yourself’ (Motown ZT 41118)
With the part of Mavis played by June Pointer in dominating support, the star of TV’s ‘Moonlighting’ tackles the Staples Singers’ classic in similar 118⅓-0bpm style. Bruce is actually promoting his album ‘The Return Of Bruno’ with a half hour video hosted by Dick Clark as if in the US TV series ‘Rock Heroes’ (like ‘Portrait Of A Superstar’), tracing through hilariously accurate period pastiches and dozens of superstar interview clips the supposed career since the mid-Sixties of Bruno Radolini, supplying this his singing alter ego with an instant mythic past. See it if you can!

BANANARAMA ‘Trick Of The Night’ (London NANX 12)
You’d never know from hearing the dreary seven inch pop version, but for the 12 inch its producers Stock-Aitken-Waterman and mixer Phil Harding have revived their old trick, making the first half of this (0-)105½bpm jiggler sound exactly like Princess’s ‘Say I’m Your Number One’, instrumental for ages before any real vocal begins! (A separate strictly promo pressing hasn’t any vocal at all, in dub and instrumental versions, for collectors). Now that DJs are discovering this, the flip’s house-ish (0-)117¾bpm ‘Set On You‘ is helping sell it, too.

FULL CIRCLE ‘Workin’ Up A Sweat’ (EMI America 12EA 229)
Massive on import but worth buying again now, the Randy Muller-produced Lutheran soul vocal group’s piano underscored jittery roller here is without the 109-108¾bpm Special Sweaty Mix‘s offputtingly electro intro and has a new mellower 108¾bpm Album Version, just the 108bpm Dub Version being still in schizoid original form, with juddery edits. Class, more than crossover.

DONALD BYRD ‘Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)’ (Domino Records DOM 5T, via Charly)
Timely reissue, coinciding with its use by Jazzy Jeff in ‘Touch Of Jazz‘, of the sinuously chugging 107⅓-106-105⅓-106-105⅔bpm jazz-funk chanter (evidently for the first time ever on 12 inch), coupled with the languidly drifting 106-105-103-104⅓-104⅔-103-102⅓-103-102-101⅓bpm ‘(Fallin’ Like) Dominoes‘, from the same 1975 studio album.

GIGOLO TONY ‘Fatrome’ (US 4-Sight FS-12-86-16)
All sorts of stuff gets scratched by DJ Cut through this def 110½bpm Florida answer to fat boy rap, amusingly worded with the Coasters’ “why is everybody always pickin’ on me” adopted from ‘Charlie Brown’ at the hook line, plus there’s more to recognise in a 0-121¾bpm rap version of the ‘Hoki Poki‘ — yup, the ‘Hokey Cokey’! — that’s well worth checking (instrumentals too).

MICRON ‘EastEnders’ (SG 045)
Simon May’s TV theme tune gets scratched in, with Whistle’s ‘Just Buggin’’, as the deftly cut (0-)105⅙bpm hip hop backing to a Smiley Culture-ish rap about the denizens of Albert Square and the times during the week that you can watch them, not at all gimmicky, on an unidentified white label (with an untitled 106⅚bpm ‘Set It Off’-ish instrumental in two mixes as flip). Luge and legal?

KING SUN-D MOET ‘Hey Love’ (US Zakia Records ZK 020)
Co-produced by Cut Master DC, this lazily drawled sinuous 86½-0bbpm jiggler sounds intriguingly different, with its realistic conversational rap (including a ‘phone call) addressing the girl who also loves the guy’s brother. Although there’s no actual singing, it has a flavour of ‘The Rain’ and could prove a grower, with a more routinely declamatory 89bpm ‘Mythological Rapper‘ flip (both in three versions).

MORRIS RENTIE. JR. ‘Please Make Me Scream’ (US PM Plutonium Records 2704-1-TPD)
Although officially the plodding 104⅚-0bpm P’funk instrumental ‘Do It, Jam Jam‘ is A-side (edit too), everyone is flipping for this far better lightly wriggly swaying 114⅔bpm instrumental instead (extended dub mix too), datedly soulful even if vocal-less, with tinkling steel drums and washing synths like a classy backing track from around six years ago, say. A shame in fact it lacks a voice.

KELLEY CHARLES ‘Release Me’ (US Let’s Go Records LG60011)
Kelley’s a girl, thinly wailing a bass boosted loosely bounding 120½bpm beefy skipper that’s not strictly house but obviously fits, especially in its two B-side mixes.

JACKIE WILSON ‘(I Get The) Sweetest Feeling’ (SMP SKM 121)
Tappingly extended and overdubbed into a new 125⅕bpm Valentine Mix or left alone in its dynamically surging original 124¾-125½bpm version, the classic 1968 soul swinger is flipped by 1958’s rippling 136½-141 bpm ‘Lonely Teardrops’ and 1966’s now nastily fake stereo 119-120-121¼bpm ‘Whispers (Gettin’ Louder)’.

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & HIS BAND ‘Bad Penny Blues’ (Calligraph Records CLGS 701, via PRT)
An odd inclusion maybe but previously rare and well worth finding as it’s terrifically rhythmic, this George Martin-produced piano and muted trumpet played 114-115¼-116bpm infectious boogie instrumental in 1956 was the first top 20 hit in the trad jazz boom (which was then overshadowed by its own skiffle offshoot before resurfacing in 1960 via the more commercial Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball), real party music, only on seven inch.

WORLD PARTY ‘World Groove (Do The Mind Guerilla)’ (Ensign ENYX 606)
Warehouse and Sixties funk type DJs beware, this B-side to the ‘Ship Of Fools‘ pop hit is an excellent 121¼bpm recreation of the Jr Walker ‘Shotgun‘ style!

SCOTT & RAVEN ‘The Monkey Paw (A New Dance Kraze)’ (US Columbia 44-06009)
Clintonesque nice timeless infectious sleazily rolling 99bpm P’funk with a sly smile in the voices and much atmospheric repartee from the entourage, flipped by the more artful and less compulsive (0-)105⅓bpm ‘My Ride‘ (edits too).

PRINCE ‘Sign ‘O’ The Times’ (Paisley Park W8399T)
Emptily tapping and jiggling 99bpm sinuously strung out funk with Dylanesque lyrics, flipped by the breezily freewheeling 117½bpm ‘La, La, La, He, He, Hee‘ punctuated with rhythmic barks by a purple atomic dog, both typically idiosyncratic.

CLUB NOUVEAU ‘Lean On Me (Remix)’ (Warner Bros/King Jay Records W8430T)
Timex Social Club creator Jay King’s current Club revives Bill Withers’ classic at an initially tricky emphasis shifting (0-)88⅔bpm jerky almost go go-ish tempo (in four versions), violently lurching and spurting but powerful once familiar, the flip’s ‘Pump It Up‘ Reprises being more in rap style and much chunkier for floors.

THE FLY BOYS ‘The New Style (Fly Style)’ (US Beastie Records FX-1111)
The Beastie Boys’ own 0-98-0-77bpm backing now gets an outrageously filthy, truly juvenile but very funny “crunch rap” vocal reworking, totally about genitalia and the things you can do with it! It has to be the dirtiest record I have ever heard – and that’s a recommendation.

RUN-D.M.C. ‘It’s Tricky’ (US Profile PRO-7131)
Similar in tempo to ‘You Be Illin’’, this stark stuttery thudding 127¾bpm rap jerker has been remixed by Shep Pettibone in four versions, the Club Mix seguing into a 126½bpm introduction to the then separate 126¼bpm ‘Uptempo‘, a previously unreleased bass-bounced sparse short sorta hip hop jack track (plus there’s the LP’s angry 85bpm ‘Proud To Be Black’).

SHOKK ‘Lock Me Out’ (Polydor POSPX 851)
Promoed for ages but still not due for nearly two weeks, the guy and girl’s sparsely backed semi-dialogue introed cleanly tapping 113½bpm blandly lightweight UK pop-soul swinger is pleasant enough if fairly unremarkable (inst/edit flip).

CLUBHOUSE ORCHESTRA ‘Jump Right On The Case’ (US 4th + B’way BWAY-435)
Alan George & Fred McFarlane-created frantic superficial 123½ house with all the clichés that we know only too well but maybe they don’t, the more jack track-ish Dub trucking quite excitingly if a bit busily.

GANGSTERS OF HOUSE ‘Let’s Play House’ (US Obscure Records OB-003)
Butchly groaning and hollering 117¼bpm house co-produced by hi-NRG specialist Bobby O – America’s Ian Levine! – a bit too corny to be real (dubbier 118bpm Other Version).

CHAKK ‘Take Your Time (Earth Calling)’ (Fon FON 1-6)
Not to be confused with the pop vocal ‘Timebomb‘ version (on FON T6), this drily percussive basically instrumental 0-122-0bpm jack track has been mixed by DJ Chakk specifically to fit the house rhythm (with three variations as flip), primarily for mixers, kinda Frankie Goes To Chicago.

C.J.’S UPTOWN CREW ‘It’s Good To Go Drug Free’ (US Gotta Go-Go Records CS-7118)
Washington DC’s anti-drugs message is maybe mainly for collectors, an all-star 100bpm go go jiggler including such as a doctor, kids and a crying baby, plus locals like Little Benny getting down most on the Go Go Get ‘Em Mix (by far the best of three versions, with sustained proper vocal attack).

FATS COMET ‘Rockchester’ (World Records WR006, via 01-888 8949)
The guys who were Sugarhill’s house band — Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald and Doug Wimbush, with techno producer Adrian Sherwood — on this Art Of Noise-ish stark busy 109⅕bpm electro judderer sound a bit dated by today’s hip hop standards (109bpm ‘O.K. Bye!‘ B-side variation).

MR. WAVE ‘The King’ (US Real Records/Macola Record Co MRC-0975)
T. La Rock co-created jittery 95⅙bpm rap which seems just boringly bragging until Louie Lou suddenly scratches like a tweety bird (four versions).

GREGORY ABBOTT ‘I Got The Feelin’ (It’s Over)’ (CBS ABB QT2)
Wrapped in a giant poster for bedroom walls, the slim soulster hits the same spine tingling notes in the same way as before but on not so strong a song, a plodding 0-89⅔-0bpm sparse slow jolter (inst too) flipped superfluously by the original 94½-0bpm ‘Shake You Down’.

TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY ‘If You Let Me Stay’ (CBS TRENT T1)
Gospel based expatriate New Yorker launched here with a tapping and tumbling jerky 99⅓bpm jitterer through which he talks then larynx searingly screams in datedly soulful style, certainly different (and rather rawly mixed) for 1987, getting most response on radio.


UK DISCO TOP 100 – February 28, 1987

01 05 EV’RY LITTLE BIT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
02 01 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
03 02 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX) Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
04 06 TURN ME LOOSE Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in
05 03 THE BRUTAL HOUSE/LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
06 10 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
07 04 JACK THE GROOVE Raze, Champion 12in
08 09 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT Full Circle, US EMI America 12in
09 26 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION) Surface, CBS 12in
10 08 TEASER (REMIX) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
11 11 ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY (REMIX) Vesta Williams, A&M 12in
12 07 BIG FUN (MEGA MIX)/(BANDOLERO MIX) The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
13 18 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
14 14 YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate, EMI 12in
15 89 THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX) Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
16 12 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE (REMIX)/MYSTERY Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
17 19 WAX THE VAN Lola, US Jump Street 12in
18 24 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN Raze, Champion 12in
19 28 COME AS YOU ARE (SUPERSTAR) (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in promo
20 17 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
21 15 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
22 16 IT’S MY BEAT Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, Champion 12in
23 22 WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK Steinski & Mass Media, 4th + B’way 12in
24 34 STAND BY ME/MUSIC TRANCE Ben E. King, Atlantic 12in
25 27 I.O.U. (ULTIMATE SHAKEDOWN/CLUB REMIXES) Freeez featuring John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
26 21 READ MY MIND/CHASIN’ A DREAM Tashan, Def Jam 12in
27 25 JUMP INTO MY LIFE (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Stacy Lattisaw, Motown 12in
28 29 DO YOU WANT IT BAD ENUFF Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
29 23 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
30 30 STAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) Howard Hewett, Elektra 12in
31 20 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/SO AMAZING Luther Vandross, Epic LP
32 13 THE MORNING AFTER/(YOU’RE MY) SHINING STAR/TAKE CHARGE Curtis Hairston, Atlantic LP
33 46 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, US A&M 12in
34 33 TOUCH OF JAZZ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion LP
35 41 LOVESTRUCK Projection, Elite 12in
36 69 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
37 51 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
38 47 WHATCHA GONNA DO Blaze, Champion 12in
39 56 U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS (EXTENDED SCRATCH) Grandmaster Flash, US Elektra 12in
40 45 SHE DON’T KNOW I’M ALIVE/ALIVE DUB TWO Willie Colon, A&M 12in
41 31 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
42 49 THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
43 39 SCREAM/ELECTRONIC ENERGY OF…/LISTEN TO THE BASS OF GET STUPID FRESH PART II/WHO IS IT/MUSIC MADNESS/WE CONTROL THE DICE Mantronix, 10 Records LP
44 91 CRUSH ON YOU The Jets, MCA Records 12in
45 58 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX) Jesse Jackson, A&M 12in
46 36 C’EST LA VIE (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX) Robbie Nevil, Manhattan 12in
47 32 JACKIN (EMU STYLE)/(BASS MIX) Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
48 35 WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson, CBS 12in
49 52 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys, RCA 12in
50 54 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael, Epic 7in/12in
51 75 CAN U DANCE Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, US D.J. International Records 12in
52 62 I CAN’T TAKE IT/DUB Dyce, The Production House 12in
53 38 LOOKING FOR A LOVER Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in white label
54 53 SURRENDER (STUFF GUN MIX) Swing Out Sister, Mercury 12in
55 43 AFTER LOVING YOU/PRIVATE PARTY Juicy, US CBS Associated Records 7in
56 44 I’VE GOTTA BE TOUGH M.C. Shy-D, Champion 12in
57 42 THE CHAMP The Mohawks, Pama 12in
58 70 WHO IS IT? (US FREESTYLE CLUB MIX) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
59 66 WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge, Atlantic 12in
60 55 BETCHA DON’T KNOW/FEEL SO GOOD TO ME/SWEET LOVE Najee, EMI America LP
61 — WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
62 59 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
63 65 COULD THIS BE LOVE (SURE WHY NOT MIX) Ceejay, Noir Records 12in
64 60 SEE ME/SHE’S SO GOOD TO ME/GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
65 67 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/DAY BY DAY Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam 12in
66 — THE TERMINATOR – KILLER RAP Junior Gee and the ‘A’ Team, Fourth & Broadway 12in promo
67 81 TIME (TIME TO PARTY) Gary L, Champion 12in
68 57 IT’S TOO LATE (FOR LOVE)/CITY COUNTRY MIX Stardom Groove featuring Tonya Wynne, US New York Groove 12in
69 74 COME SHARE MY LOVE/I SURRENDER Miki Howard, Atlantic 12in
70 96 LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
71 50 SLAVE OF LOVE (FINAL COUNTDOWN MIX) T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in twin-pack
72 68 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, US Strong City 12in
73 86 IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME)/YOU NEVER MISS YOUR WATER Bobby McClure, US Edge Records 12in
74 78 ALMAZ/DESIRE (EXTENDED REMIX) Randy Crawford, Warner Bros 12in
75 re MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX) James (D-Train) Williams, CBS 12in promo
76 93 TIME TO GET ILL/NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN/(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY!) Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
77 63 HOUSE BEAT BOX (INSTRUMENTAL) Sampson ‘Butch’ Moore, US Trax Records 12in
78 94 HOLD ME Sheila E, Paisley Park 12in
79 85 SERIOUS/SWEET SOMEBODY/SATISFIED/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, US 21 Records LP
80 76 I FOUND A FRIEND C.T. Satin, US Underworld 12in
81 73 CAN YOU FEEL IT Mr Fingers, US Trax Records 12in
82 98 SHAK RENDEZVOUS/INSTRUMENTAL Bunch Of 5’s, The Production House 12in
83 84 HOUSE OF RHYTHM/NIGHTTIME LOVER/HEART BEAT OF THE CITY/DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE The System, US Atlantic LP
84 71 CROSS THE TRACK (WE BETTER GO BACK) Maceo And The Macks, US People 7in/bootleg
85 — STOP BAJON. . . PRIMAVERA/INSTRUMENTAL Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
86 — SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOVE Sandy Torano, US Atlantic 12in
87 88 THE BRIDGE IS OVER DJ Scott La Rock/MC K.R.S. One/Mr D-Nice, US B Boy Records 12in
88 — HEY ROCKY! Boris Badenough, US Trax Records 12in
89 100= BITS & PIECES 87 US Dynamite Mix 12in bootleg mixer
90 61 IT’S A DEMO D.J. Polo & Kool G Rap, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
91 — I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING/VALENTINE MIX Jackie Wilson, SMP 12in
92 re CHICAGO SONG David Sanborn, Warner Bros LP
93 — WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK (HARD SELL REMIX)/BONUS VOICES Steinski & Mass Media, Fourth & Broadway 12in
94 — GET RIDICULOUS M.C. G.L.O.B.E., US Body Rock 12in
95 97 RELEASE ME Kelley Charles, US Let’s Go Records 12in
96 80 ENGINE No. 9 (WHISTLE STOP MIX)/LES ADAMS MEGAMIX Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
97 — NO LIES (REMIX)/12” DUB S.O.S. Band, US Tabu 12in
98 — CERTAIN THINGS ARE LIKELY Kissing The Pink, Magnet 12in
99 — EASTENDERS Micron, white label 12in
100= — LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
100= — THE MONKEY PAW (A NEW DANCE KRAZE), Scott & Raven, US Columbia 12in


EUROBEAT

01 01 EVERY WAKING HOUR Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
02 02 STOP BAJON. . .PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
03 04 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Selina Duncan, Nightmare 12in
04 03 MAN SIZE LOVE (MAN SIZE MONSTER MIX) Klymaxx, MCA Records 12in
05 10 ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
06 23 MALE STRIPPER (REMIX) Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish, Bolts 12in
07 20 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME Poison No. 9, Boy 12in
08 30 HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie, Polydor 12in
09 05 IN AT THE DEEP END Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
10 09 SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
11 15 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, US Sizzle 12in
12 — I CAN’T LET GO Celi Bee, US Top Hits 12in
13 08 NOTHING BUT BLACKMAIL Croisette, Passion 12in
14 06 LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX) Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
15 — BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
16 07 WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL? Man Two Man, Nightmare 12in
17 11 HEARTFLASH (TONIGHT) Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
18 12 DELIVERANCE (REMIX) People Like Us (featuring Cindy Dickinson), Passion 12in
19 21 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
20 — AT THIS MOMENT Menage, US Profile 12in
21 16 LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
22 re I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO) (REMIXES) Taffy, TransGlobal 12in
23 17 DON’T LET GO Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
24 19 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, German ZYX 12in
25 26 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (HOUSE REMIX) First Choice, Dutch Rams Horn Records 12in
26 — JUMP RIGHT ON THE CASE Clubhouse Orchestra, US Fourth & Broadway 12in
27 re SOUL Jolo, Greyhound Label 12in
28 — JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
29 14 CRAZY OVER YOU Desire featuring Rae Flores, US Sheik 12in
30 re  DIAMONDS NEVER MADE A LADY Lift Up, Greyhound Label 12in

One thought on “February 28, 1987: Bruce Willis, Bananarama, Full Circle, Donald Byrd, Gigolo Tony”

  1. Two tunes mentioned this week never made it beyond the promo stage, presumably both for copyright reasons: Darryl Pandy’s “Work Your Body” and Micron’s “Eastenders”. Micron re-emerged more successfully a couple of years later as Rebel MC.

    Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers’ three-night booking at The Town And Country Club indicates that go go wasn’t dead and buried just yet, but the simple lack of new releases meant that its days were very much numbered now.

    James doesn’t spot it, but King Sun-D Moet’s sample on “Hey Love” was instantly recognisable to many of us as coming from The Art Of Noise’s “Moments In Love”.

    Prince’s importance during this period is habitually underplayed in these columns, but “Sign ‘O’ The Times”, like “Kiss” before it, was an instant-impact release that stopped a lot of people in their tracks. I first saw the video while queuing in the local chip shop, and everyone in there paid attention.

    Also this week, we meet Terence Trent D’Arby for the first time. He was, in a way, the perfect pop star for 1987: drawing on all the correct, “classic” soul and funk influences around which a new consensus was forming, styled just-so, with a charisma that brought comparisons with Prince. Once the year was over, his star quickly fell, and – rather like much of the best music of 1987, that most underrated of years – his music was just as quickly forgotten.

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