ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DJ CHEESE will not be defending his title at Monday’s World Final of the Technics DJ Mixing Championships in the Royal Albert Hall as he is concentrating now on his recording career, so last year’s runner-up will take his place battling the 16 international finalists — and that runner-up of course is Chad Jackson! … Exposé will be special guests at the final, the girl group who are in the vanguard of the new Hi-NRG Latin Disco style that on US radio is rapidly becoming known as ‘Hot’, with Miami a ‘hotter’ source city than Chicago so far as US clubs are concerned … Streetwave and StreetSounds, according to their liquidator, had never at any point in their history been solvent and ended up with debts of £1,240,000, managing director Morgan Khan admitting that the labels had lost £750,000 in the last 13 months (about the time their magazine ‘The Street Scene’ folded), although he claims to have been unaware of the situation — one immediate result is that he’s already had to swap his Jaguar XJS for a more modest Renault 5 … Germany’s ‘Chicago Trax — Volume 1’ double LP will sell in the UK as London’s ‘The House Sound Of Chicago — Volume 2 (Chicago Trax)‘, all 19 tracks selling here for the price of one import 12 inch: meanwhile, Trax Records artists Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Kevin Irving, Adonis and Fingers Inc are currently over here going from house to house at London Limelight Thursday (5), Gt Yarmouth Tiffanys Sat (7), Nottingham Rock City (8), Manchester Hacienda Mon (9), Southsea 5th Avenue Tues (16) — but nowhere in the North-East, house’s greatest strong-hold! … Michael Jackson’s album appears finally to be due next month, after which in the US his two new Pepsi commercials will begin their TV airing … MCA Records for some strange reason have put back the release of Jody Watley’s single until the end of March, when everyone already serviced with it (including radio) will doubtless be expected to regenerate their enthusiasm! Cooltempo similarly have now rescheduled the Taurus Boyz to March 16 … Luther Vandross ‘See Me‘ has been remixed for release later on the month — but as an A side? … London picked up the Masters Of Ceremony ‘Sexy’ … I wish someone would boost the brilliant Microphone Prince ‘Who’s The Captain?‘, selling at hip hop stockists and attracting crossover interest but never charted by enough DJs to hit … Nitro Deluxe as warned is now being creatively marketed with the 114⅔bpm ‘Let’s Get Brutal‘ and its 114¼bpm Dub, flipped by a 0-115⅔-115¼- 15bpm Brutal Mix of ‘This Brutal House’ by Dancing Danny D, who’s so totally restructured it that oddly he’s left out the piercing synth hookline (Cooltempo COOLR 142) … Raze ‘Let The Music Move U’ is now flipped also by an excellent brand new proper Vaughan Mason-created 121⅔bpm It’s A Jungle Remix of ‘Jack The Groove’ (Champion CHAMP X12-27), with many musical overlays as it smoothly bounds along … Bluebird Records have just signed with Stiff for distribution via EMI, and are re-promoting Company B ‘Jam On Me‘ with a new Herbie-Laidley-created 112¾bpm Mastermind Remix as A-side (BRTX 27) — the Miami girls’ ‘Fascinated‘ will be follow-up even though they’re now on Atlantic, just in the US … Darlene Davis ‘I Found Love’ starts more sharply at 116bpm (before then wandering off again) in two new back-to-back Valentine Mixes (Serious Records OUSX 1) … CJ McKintosh has already done a scratch remix of Junior Gee & The ‘A’ Team … Boy George has bought himself some twin decks to practice scratching — can we expect him as an observer at the Royal Albert Hall? … Rick Robinson and DJ Kiwi, when together at Croydon Easy Street, created their own contemporary mix of ‘Lean On Me’ (covered by Club Nouveau) by synching the Bill Withers original (vari-speeded +6) with the Hot Chocolate ‘You Sexy Thing’ bonus beats (down -2) … Arthur Baker’s secret project for Champion turns out to be ‘Jackin At The Opera House‘, featuring Jellybean’s ‘Sidewalk Talk’ vocalist Catherine Buchanan and Freeez’s keyboardist Andy Stennett … ‘Love Ain’t No Toy‘, the Norman Whitfield penned song now revived by Amii Stewart, in case like most people you couldn’t place it, was originally an album track by Yvonne Fair … Go Go Lorenzo & The Davis/Pinckney Project’s UK follow-up ‘Top Bottom Side And Rear‘ will again be licensed to Boiling Point but promoed by UK owners Bluebird … Heavy D & The Boyz’ “fat boy rap” follow-up will aptly be called ‘Chunky But Funky‘! … The Gap Band’s US follow-up to ‘Big Fun’ is their album’s ‘Get Loose, Get Funky’, retitled though for singles as ‘Zibble, Zibble (Get The Money)‘! … ‘Moonlighting’ is being added to Al Jarreau’s ‘L Is For Lover’ LP, from which the moodily rolling 88bpm ‘Golden Girl‘ is also included on his 12 inch … Tony Blackburn had a hardened music biz audience in stitches as compere of the Music Week Awards 1986, which as he said was “like an audition!” … Robbie Vincent’s Sunday evening soul show on Radio One will be broadcast live in extended form at Easter from the Prestatyn weekender … Easter in Prestatyn also sees the opening of the brand new £2½ million Nova luxury discotheque, with swimming pools, restaurant and fun pub under the same roof … Chris Bangs and Bob Masters, not to be outdone by Livewire’s Prestatyn four-dayer, will once again be behind a small scale but friendly Easter weekender at Bournemouth’s Neptune on Boscombe Pier (details on 0582-65123) … Hardrock Soul Movement, Faze One, DJ StreetsAhead and Tim Westwood hip hop over to Holland for a March 11-16 rap tour (Tim’s Monday Rap Trap had to close) … Thursday (5) Jay Strongman and Rob Milton start the weekly Pay-Off at Charing Cross Heaven, playing black grooves from Sixties to now (including Hank Ballard, I bet!) … Friday (6) Georgie Fame and the Jazz Defektors star at Blackpool Tower Ballroom’s Spring Ball ’87, and Danny Smith jazz-souls Cambridge’s The Globe … Richard Short, funking Watford’s £50,000 refitted Pockets Thursdays, is after other Watford/Harrow weekend gigs on 0923-45217 (evenings) … Aberdeen mobile jock Harry Duncan, into soul and electro, feels isolated so far north and wants international DJ pen-pals at 100 Victoria Street, Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland – in a place actually called Dyce, is his theme tune ‘I Can’t Take It’? … George Hargreaves, the song’s writer, is desperately seeking mint seven and 12 inch copies of Five Star’s forgotten first single, ‘Problematic’ (on Tent when via PRT) – call him on 01-247 9035 … David Grant – sporting a very severe Larry Blackmon haircut – debuts on Polydor with ‘Take Us Back’, a tapping and tumbling (0-)101½bpm Spandau Ballet-ish pop song which regrettably will mean nothing on floors … WEA’s disco plugger Fred Dove and I are considering starting a music biz club for Canon T90 camera owners – however, I’m now the much poorer owner of their new autofocus EOS 650, too! … Manchester’s jazz-funkers the Stems are now known as 5th Of Heaven and are supporting Maze here … Man 2 Man, Man Two Man, from now on the new spelling is Man To Man featuring Paul Zone & Man Parrish … the Fly Boys are “crutch rap”, make no mistake – what’s “crunch rap”? … ILLIN’ ‘N’ CHILLIN’!
This is the sleeve design of A&M’s brand new Breakout label, launched during the International DJ Convention, with its first releases due over the next two weeks being the snappy (0-)114½bpm HERB ALPERT ‘Keep Your Eye On Me‘ (USAT 602), soppy sweet 43⅙-0bpm JANET JACKSON ‘Let’s Wait Awhile (Remix)‘ (USAT 601) — coupled for strength with Parts l & II of the old 103½bpm ‘Nasty (Cool Summer Mix)‘ — and very trickily remixed 112-0bpm VESTA WILLIAMS ‘Don’t Blow A Good Thing‘ (USAT 600) — maybe prophetically titled, so coupled with the soulful 86⅓bpm ‘You Make Me Want To (Love Again)‘.
NORWOOD ‘I Can’t Let You Go’ (US Magnolia Sound MCA-23686)
Out of a trickily nervy intro the jittery 101⅓bpm electronic beat seems to mellow when it reaches the Philadelphia soulster’s prodding hoarse Abrams/Vandross-ish voice, repetitive female chants building the intensity in bursts, the whole thing ending up very soulful indeed with surging gospel fervour (edit and Luther-ish (0-56¼-)112½bpm ‘Don’t Let Love‘ flip). With a buzz already, it’ll be big!
VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix’ (German DJ International Records/BCM DJ33-1006-45)
The same German label that originated the ‘Chicago Trax — Volume 1’ LP now has a 30 minute 12 inch containing three house medleys incorporating tracks by Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, House People, Farm Boy, Raz, Mario Reyes, Femme Fion, Chip E, Fingers Inc and Mark Imperial, tightest and excitingly Hi-NRG being the Peter Vriends-created 0-124¾-126-127¼-126⅔-126¼-125½-124¾-0bpm Jackin’ Mix, ‘Mix Mac’ Meyers letting through one very sloppy link during his 119-121⅔-121¼-121½-121bpm Latin Mix but trucking tightly on his 121⅔-121½-121⅔bpm Dub Instrumental Version.
LILLO THOMAS ‘Sexy Girl (Sexy Mix)’ (Capitol 12CL 445)
The hit import now (0-)107⅔bpm yelping, cooing and soaring repetitive wriggly soul groove is here flipped by the old tensely wriggling (0-)108½bpm ‘Settle Down (Extended Remix)’ and even older calmly strolling 104¾bpm ‘(You’re A) Good Girl (Special Mix)’ instead of his excellent sincere remake of Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)’, which surely would have given it wider appeal?
LEE PRENTISS ‘You Plus Me (The Einstein Song)’ (Funkin’ Marvellous Records 12MARV 6)
A commercially pitched piercingly warbled jiggling jerky (0-)118¾bpm disco smacker (instrumental too), flipped here by her three years old shrilly nagged and gurgled repetitive loopily loping 114½bpm ‘Love This Way’, which you’re likely to still find familiar even if the title isn’t.
FULL CIRCLE ‘Boys’ Night Out’ (Dutch EMI America 24 07131)
Out in Holland ahead of the States (although reviewed off one of the original rare US pressings, delayed now while their name is reprinted as First Circle there), the guys’ soulfully sung debut is prodded by producer Randy Muller’s often typical rhythms through the Vandross-ish 112⅔bpm ‘In The Name Of Love’, strolling repetitive tense (0-)106⅔bpm ‘Miracle Worker’, urgently locomoting 121bpm ‘Dream You Came Back’, tenderly swaying 94bpm ‘Can’t Find A Love’, wriggly percolating pseudo-“live” 119⅔-0bpm ‘Get Off It’, Cameo-ish 115bpm title track, and their own hit 109⅓bpm ‘Working Up A Sweat’.
JUICY ‘Spread The Love’ LP (US CBS Associated Records BFZ 40451)
Self-contained brother and sister duo Jerry and Katreese Barnes (the latter sometimes sounding a bit Emotions-ish) do everything themselves apart from again being produced by Eumir Deodato, their gently tripping jazzily inflected 106⅚bpm ‘After Loving You’ here being nearly a minute longer than the seven inch, joined on a consistently pleasant set by the Yarbrough & Peoples-ish purposeful 97bpm ‘Midnight Fantasy’, tenderly tumbling 100⅙bpm ‘Serious’, jerkily swaying 105⅚bpm ‘Make You Mine’, slinkily pushing 0-85bpm ‘All Work No Play’, jauntily lurching 112bpm ‘Show And Tell’, Jerry-sung swaying 104bpm ‘Private Party’, and ‘Stuff Like That’-style 0-123bpm title track (featuring Chaka Khan).
BOY GEORGE ‘Everything I Own (Extended PW Botha Mix)’ (Virgin BOY 100-12)
Reviving the Bread oldie by way of Ken Boothe’s chart-topping 1974 version, this 87⅔bpm reggae treatment (with an 87⅓bpm “Dub” that’s actually the main vocal) sounds genuine enough to stand alone – and top the chart itself?
BARBARA ROY ‘Gonna Put Up A Fight’ (US RCA Victor 5943-1-RD)
Produced by Paul Simpson in somewhat early Eighties style, with supporting girls and a vibes break, Barbara soulfully wails and worries a nagging jiggly 109¼bpm lurching roller (in four mixes, plus the striding jittery 112¾bpm ‘Gotta See You Tonight’), likely to do something.
LIZ TORRES featuring EDWARD CROSBY ‘Can’t Get Enough’ (US State Street Records SSR 1002)
Edward just briefly prompts some scolding argument while otherwise it’s Liz who does all the wailing (in Spanish on one of the four mixes) in this bass burbled good loosely loping 119½bpm house swinger, with nice rolling momentum.
MG² ‘My House Is Bigger Than Your House’ (US Hot Mix 5 Inc HMF 101)
Created by Mickey ‘Mixin’ Oliver and Grant – MG Squared – this catchily chanted strong simple 124bpm house flier is in two mixes, as is the also 124bpm but different sounding drily striding ‘Twilight Zone’-quoting ‘Electric House’ jack track.
PATRICE RUSHEN ‘Watch Out’ (US Arista ADI-9563)
A welcome return for the long absent erstwhile hitmaker, still squeakily small-voiced on a spry but insubstantial 119⅓bpm bubbly loper in typical now dated style (and four mixes, Single Version at 119⅔bpm, Dub 0-119½bpm), pleasant more than grabbing.
SHEILA E ‘Sheila E’ LP (Paisley Park WX 63)
In a sleeve that deserves to be a gatefold, the glamorous one’s self-produced set has a sizzling side two with the storming James Brown-ish happy tunefully chugging 0-119⅔-120½-0bpm ‘Love On A Blue Train’, Janet Jackson-ish breezily trotting 120-119⅔-0bpm ‘Boy’s Club’, funkily smacking 0-115bpm ‘Hon E Man’, typical brassy zestful 121½-123bpm ‘Pride And The Passion’, jumpy Latin jazz 0-125½-125bpm ‘Soul Salsa’. Apart from the gorgeous sultry 76¼bpm ‘Hold Me’, side one is less ballsy with the sinuously tripping 103⅓bpm ‘Koo Koo’, jerkily spurting 117-0bpm ‘One Day’, lethargically surging 104⅔-0bpm ‘Wednesday Like A River’, Madonna-ish 82-164-0bpm ‘Faded Photographs’. Beware, all tracks practically segue together.
CHUCK STANLEY ‘The Finer Things In Life’ LP (Def Jam 450483 1)
Coinciding with the imports it’s out here so fast, the classy subdued soulster’s set has his title track 100bpm mournfully swaying single and its falsetto Philly Soul reviving 75¼bpm ‘Day By Day’ flip, plus the lovely 94bpm ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’, calmly jolting 96⅔bpm ‘Jammin’ To The Bells’, wailing 76bpm ‘My All And All’, rolling 103½bpm ‘Real Soon’, Nick Martinelli-ish 88⅓bpm ‘Love Toy’, striding 125½bpm ‘Burning Up’, Alyson Williams-duetted 73½bpm ‘Make You Mine Tonight’, slow pop 64¾bpm ‘When It All Falls Down’.
ROXANNE (FLY) SHANTÉ ‘Pay Back’ (US Pop Art PA-8508)
The distinct vulnerable yet tough sounding young lady’s typically self-preoccupied rap rides over some really def murkily textured 96⅔bpm sharp cutting (inst and beats too), flipped by the freakily backed exciting unrehearsed spontaneous 0-90-100-101-103-0-100bpm ‘Freestyle Live’ (censored and uncensored). Fresh!
JUST-ICE ‘Cold Gettin’ Dumb II’ (US Fresh Records FRE-9)
Completely recreated by producer Mantronik, with a new sharper offbeat-jolting 94bpm rhythm as well as fresh rhymes by the staccato toasting gold-toothed rapper, this remake is flipped for contrast by the album’s busier and boxier 98-0bpm original mix, a chinking cowbell beat being the only common bond (radio versions too).
NUMARX ‘Rhymes So Def’ (US Studio Records STU-1212)
Yet another break beat cutting 100bpm rap that (amongst others) gives the funky drummer some, the rapping guys obviously influenced by the Beasties without being so damn tough (in three mixes, the A-side Extended Dub best).
RISQUÉ RYTHUM TEAM ‘122 House’ (US Chicago Connection Records CC8602)
House Four-tracker that’s been about quite a while, with this good (0-)123bpm percussively throbbing “house your body” jack track driver and the useful “Twilight Zone” paraphrasing 123bpm ‘The Jacking Zone‘, plus the cornily chanted 123bpm ‘Risqué Rythum‘ and hits-sampling Hi-NRG 121⅔bpm ‘That’s The Beat‘.
SUGAR SUGAR ‘New Girl In Town’ (US 1800 Records E-1103)
Interesting extremely sinuous and sparse subtle pulsing 0-98bpm rap by two stereo-separated young girls, like a more sombre Salt-n-Pepa in three mixes).
SIMPLY RED ‘The Right Thing’ (WEA YZ103T)
Slightly convoluted but powerful good surging 107⅕-0bpm blue eyed soul with dated Instant Funk touches and a clapping break, deservedly getting disco attention.
CLAUDJA BARRY ‘Can’t You Feel My Heart Beat’ (US Epic 49-06718)
The Germany-based warbling beauty drops from Hi-NRG but stays “disco” for a gradually unfurling episodic long jiggly 104⅓-0bpm plodding chugger largely built up out of sly quotes lifted from recognisable recent hits (in three mixes).
NANCY MARTINEZ ‘Move Out’ (US Atlantic 0-86734)
M&M-mixed jaggedly wriggling noisy 114⅓bpm blonde “disco” bounder with buzzing rock guitar chords and Latin percussion in the current US “hot” style (inst flip).
ARETHA FRANKLIN ‘Jimmy Lee’ (Arista RIST 6)
Remixed though still low octane (0-)118bpm dated leaping swinger cribbed from Natalie Cole’s 1975 hit ‘This Will Be’, with a harder dub and the gentle 90bpm ‘An Angel Cries‘.
ROSIE GAINES ‘Crazy’ (US Epic 34-06613)
Timelessly soulful shuffling and swirling 85bpm semi-slowie on seven inch (most pressings proving rather crackly).
LIVING PROOF ‘Hold On To Your Dreams’ (US Fantasy D-278)
Detroit-recorded syrupy 89-0bpm chorus backed guy-sung revival of a bland mid-Seventies style message ballad whose origins I can’t remember although it sounds old (despite a “kids, say no to drugs” rap finale), sure to delight some, with an equally dated cantering soul 113½bpm ‘You Can Make It If You Try‘ flip. Not an era I found memorable.
JULES ‘You Mean Nothing To Me’ (5th Avenue Records & Tapes FIF 121, via Supreme)
Princess-style nosily wailed rolling 103bpm judderer (dub/edit flip), by a girl despite the masculine name.
MAHOGANY ‘Masterpiece Of Love’ (US Critique CR8529)
Wailing girls with a huskier leader squall and ramble untidily over a jiggly (0-)113½bpm bassline adapted from Madonna (in three mixes).
SANDRA CROSS ‘Tied Up’ (Craze Faze Records CF 001, via Ariwa)
Sweetly squeaked and cooed gently bubbling 116¼bpm wriggly swayer with an appealing old fashioned vocal lilt reminiscent of early Motown, the beat being badly defined though the whole effect is very attractive (strange dubwise flip).
PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Timebomb’ (US Def jam 44-06719)
Angrily worded 0-98bpm remorseless rap, abruptly ending and short, in fact flip of the wordily introed and equally remorseless droning 0-101bpm ‘Public Enemy # 1’ (in three mixes).
SCORPIO ‘(Go Michael) Air Jordan’ (US Criminal Records CRIM 00008)
Jazzy Jay scratches James Brown and squiggles away throughout this Arthur Baker-produced 0-105bpm declamatory rap (in five mixes), not that special in its own right.
HELENA ‘Be Soft With Me Tonight’ (Arista RIST 5)
Session singer turned solo hopeful, Helena Springs (eternal?) finally settles into a tempo that’ll encourage rather than scare off the dance crowd, a lovely (0-)93bpm swaying lush jogger with vocal mannerisms reminiscent of early Sixties Bacharach and David productions (Lou Johnson in particular), and a zany plunking guitar break.
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE ‘Hollywood Boulevard (Dub Mix)’ (CBS BAADT2)
Somewhat house-ish percussively pattering 114bpm instrumental (plus its pop accented vocal club mix) on the flip of ‘V Thirteen‘, possibly useful in a mix.
J M O ‘Jack Is The Message’ (US In The House Records CHI 3122)
On a Florida label yet evidently produced in Chicago, this jerky 115½-116-115½-0bpm house cash-in has fragmentary samples of dog barks, Tarzan yells, the word “jack” and all too brief nice sax (in three mixes), not quite real.
KAJAMMIN ‘It Ain’t Over (‘Till It’s Over)’ (US Macola Record Co MRC-0979)
Bright but derivative snappily cantering 122bpm copy of all the routine clichés form “major label funk” (in four mixes).
C AUGUST CHARLES ‘Get Up Get With It’ (Champion CHAMP 12-32)
Picked up from Profile, fairly undistinguished 116½bpm wriggly shuffler finally reaching a repeated sharp-voiced Instant Funk-ish “get with it stay in it gotta follow that dream” mantra break (edit/acappella flip).
UK DISCO TOP 100 – March 7, 1987
01 05 EV’RY LITTLE BIT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
02 06 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
03 03 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX) Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
04 04 TURN ME LOOSE Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in
05 13 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, US Capitol 12in
06 17 WAX THE VAN (KENNY’S CLUB VERSION)/(CHERRY’S CLUB) Lola, US Jump Street 12in
07 15 THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX)/LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
08 02 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
09 09 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION)/LET’S TRY AGAIN Surface, CBS 12in
10 10 TEASER (REMIX) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
11 61 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
12 08 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (ORIGINAL SPECIAL SWEATY MIX) Full Circle, US EMI America 12in
13 19 COME AS YOU ARE (SUPERSTAR) (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
14 21 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
15 12 BIG FUN (MEGA MIX)/(BANDOLERO MIX) The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
16 11 ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY (REMIX) Vesta Williams, A&M 12in
17 07 JACK THE GROOVE Raze, Champion 12in
18 37 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
19 29 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
20 22 IT’S MY BEAT Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, Champion 12in
21 24 STAND BY ME/MUSIC TRANCE Ben E. King, Atlantic 12in
22 05 LET’S GET BRUTAL/THIS BRUTAL HOUSE (THE BRUTAL MIX) Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
23 31 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN LOVE/SO AMAZING/I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE) Luther Vandross, Epic LP
24 18 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN Raze, Champion 12in
25 14 YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate, EMI 12in
26 16 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE (REMIX)/MYSTERY Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
27 44 CRUSH ON YOU The Jets, MCA Records 12in
28 39 U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS (EXTENDED SCRATCH) Grandmaster Flash, US Elektra 12in
29 27 JUMP INTO MY LIFE (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Stacy Lattisaw, Motown 12in
30 33 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, US A&M 12in/Breakout white label
31 20 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
32 75 MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX) James (D-Train) Williams, CBS 12in
33 34 TOUCH OF JAZZ/ROCK THE HOUSE/DON’T EVEN TRY IT Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion LP
34 26 READ MY MIND/CHASIN’ A DREAM Tashan, Def Jam 12in
35 30 STAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) Howard Hewett, Elektra 12in
36 48 WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson, CBS 12in
37 41 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
38 51 CAN U DANCE Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, US D.J. International Records 12in
39 — DREAM YOU CAME BACK/IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER/CAN’T FIND A LOVE Full Circle, Dutch EMI America LP
40 36 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
41 59 WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge, Atlantic 12in
42 47 JACKIN (EMU STYLE)/(BASS MIX) Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
43 58 WHO IS IT? (US FREESTYLE CLUB MIX) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
44 38 WHATCHA GONNA DO Blaze, Champion 12in
45 55 AFTER LOVING YOU/PRIVATE PARTY Juicy, US CBS Associated Records 7in
46 45 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX) Jesse Jackson, A&M 12in
47 49 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys, RCA 12in
48 25 I.O.U. (ULTIMATE SHAKEDOWN/CLUB REMIXES) Freeez featuring John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
49 23 WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK Steinski & Mass Media, 4th + B’way 12in
50 57 THE CHAMP The Mohawks, Pama 12in
51 42 THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
52 28 DO YOU WANT IT BAD ENUFF Jenny Burton, Atlantic 12in
53 78 HOLD ME Sheila E, Paisley Park 12in
54 56 I’VE GOTTA BE TOUGH M.C. Shy-D, Champion 12in
55 85 STOP BAJON. . . PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
56 — DOUBLE-X-POSURE/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS/STAY IN LOVE/FOREVER YOURS/SOMETHIN-X-TRA/POUR IT ON Mason, US Elektra LP
57 70 LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL (HOUSE MIX)/(HOUSE OF TRIX MIX) J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
58 53 LOOKING FOR A LOVER Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in white label
59 40 SHE DON’T KNOW I’M ALIVE/ALIVE DUB TWO Willie Colon, A&M 12in
60 35 LOVESTRUCK Projection, Elite 12in
61 65 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/DAY BY DAY Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam 12in
62 76 TIME TO GET ILL/NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN/(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY!) Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
63 62 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE/IT’S ALRIGHT Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
64 32 THE MORNING AFTER Curtis Hairston, Atlantic LP
65 84 CROSS THE TRACK Maceo & The Macks/I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Jackson Sisters, bootleg 12in
66 — GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT Barbara Roy, US RCA Victor 12in
67 64 SHE’S SO GOOD TO ME/STOP TO LOVE (REMIX)/GIVE ME THE REASON/SEE ME Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
68 100= THE MONKEY PAW (A NEW DANCE KRAZE), Scott & Raven, US Columbia 12in
69 69 COME SHARE MY LOVE/I SURRENDER Miki Howard, Atlantic 12in
70 66 THE TERMINATOR – KILLER RAP Junior Gee and the ‘A’ Team, Fourth & Broadway 12in promo
71 71 SLAVE OF LOVE (FINAL COUNTDOWN MIX) T.C. Curtis, Hot Melt 12in twin-pack
72 73 IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME)/YOU NEVER MISS YOUR WATER Bobby McClure, US Edge Records 12in
73 43 SCREAM/LISTEN TO THE BASS OF GET STUPID FRESH PART II/WHO IS IT/WE CONTROL THE DICE Mantronix, 10 Records LP
74 52 I CAN’T TAKE IT/DUB Dyce, The Production House 12in
75 60 BETCHA DON’T KNOW/NAJEE’S THEME Najee, EMI America LP
76 80 I FOUND A FRIEND C.T. Satin, US Underworld 12in
77 — RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42, Polydor 12in
78 — MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in promo
79 68 IT’S TOO LATE (FOR LOVE)/CITY COUNTRY MIX Stardom Groove featuring Tonya Wynne, US New York Groove 12in
80 — JAMMIN’ TO THE BELLS/NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO/MY ALL AND ALL/REAL SOON/LOVE TOY Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam LP
81 — MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
82 re LOVE SCENE (REMIX)/OLD FLAMES (MY DESIRE, MY BURNING FIRE) Full Force, US Columbia 12in
83 81 CAN YOU FEEL IT Mr Fingers, US Trax Records 12in
84 — PEDAL TO THE FLOOR Bubba & The Jack Attack, US Obscure Records 12in
85 72 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, US Strong City 12in
86 91 I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING/VALENTINE MIX Jackie Wilson, SMP 12in
87 — LOVE YOU DOWN Ready For The World, MCA Records 12in
88 98 CERTAIN THINGS ARE LIKELY Kissing The Pink, Magnet 12in
89 50 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael, Epic 7in/12in
90 — THE HOUSE SOUND OF CHICAGO MEGAMIX Various Artists, German DJ International Records/BCM 12in
91 — I CAN’T LET YOU GO Norwood, US Magnolia Sound 12in
92 — AFTER LOVING YOU/MIDNIGHT FANTASY/SERIOUS/MAKE YOU MINE/ALL WORK NO PLAY Juicy, US CBS Associated Records LP
93 — LOVE ON A BLUE TRAIN/BOY’S CLUB/HON E MAN, Sheila E, Paisley Park LP
94 re INCREDIBLE Scherrie Payne & Phillip Ingram, US Superstar International Records 12in
95 83 HOUSE OF RHYTHM/NIGHTTIME LOVER/HEART BEAT OF THE CITY The System, US Atlantic LP
96 92 CHICAGO SONG David Sanborn, Warner Bros LP
97 — CAN’T GET ENOUGH Liz Torres featuring Edward Crosby, US State Street Records 12in
98 — THE GIRL IS FINE (REMIX) Billy Griffin, Atlantic 12in promo
99 — DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?/LITTLE JON/ROCK STEADY/GO SEE THE DOCTOR (REMIX)/BAD MUTHA/DUMB DICK (RICHARD) Kool Moe Dee, Jive LP
100= — LOVE AIN’T NO TOY (REMIX) Amii Stewart, RCA 12in
100= — NEW GIRL IN TOWN Sugar Sugar, US 1800 Records 12in
01 02 STOP BAJON. . .PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
02 01 EVERY WAKING HOUR Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
03 10 SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
04 05 ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
05 03 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
06 04 MAN SIZE LOVE (MAN SIZE MONSTER MIX) Klymaxx, MCA Records 12in
07 06 MALE STRIPPER (RE-REMIX) Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish, Bolts 12in
08 18 DELIVERANCE (REMIX) People Like Us (featuring Cindy Dickinson), Passion 12in
09 11 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, US Sizzle 12in
10 22 I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO) (REMIXES) Taffy, TransGlobal 12in
11 15 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
12 14 LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX) Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
13 — ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
14 07 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME Poison No. 9, Boy 12in
15 12 I CAN’T LET GO Celi Bee, US Top Hits 12in
16 24 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, German ZYX 12in
17 25 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (HOUSE REMIX) First Choice, Dutch Rams Horn Records 12in
18 21 LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
19 17 HEARTFLASH (TONIGHT) Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
20 20 AT THIS MOMENT Menage, US Profile 12in
21 23 DON’T LET GO Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
22 13 NOTHING BUT BLACKMAIL Croisette, Passion 12in
23 08 HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie, Polydor 12in
24 09 IN AT THE DEEP END Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
25 16 WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL? Man Two Man, Nightmare 12in
26 26 JUMP RIGHT ON THE CASE Clubhouse Orchestra, US Fourth & Broadway 12in
27 19 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
28 re TOUCH BY TOUCH Joy, German OK 12in
29 29 CRAZY OVER YOU Desire featuring Rae Flores, US Sheik 12in
30 — CAN’T YOU FEEL MY HEART BEAT Claudja Barry, US Epic 12in
2 thoughts on “March 7, 1987: Norwood, The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix, Lillo Thomas, Lee Prentiss, Full Circle”
As James correctly predicts a Number One on the pop chart for “Everything I Own”, Boy George buys his first pair of decks. He has DJ-ed before, at Phillip Salon’s Planets in 1981, but he won’t establish himself as a professional club DJ until the 1990s.
The “remorseless” Public Enemy (as James dubs them twice!) make their first appearance this week, and it’s interesting to discover that the first track of theirs to gain traction on UK dance floors was “Timebomb”, which I’d all but forgotten about.
I think that’s the first ever mention for the legendary and long running Bournemouth Weekender which I was going to around this period (Radio Haddock was the pirate station they used tom set up IIRC) and at which sometime in the next year or so I saw my first acid house bandanna type people (in retrospect I think they must have been from Shoom but I just thought what’s all that about at the time?) The actual weekend went back into what were the mists of time as far as my crowd were concerned – I believe a pre-fame Spandau Ballet attended before our era.
I’m really surprised about JH’s comment about the North East being THE hotbed of house at this time – if there was one region that I’m surprised would not be leading the way in house or any form of dance music it would be the North East. I mean in the 1970s they weren’t even into northern soul there – I believe I read once that it was the only place in Britain aside from London and the SE and Liverpool that weren’t. As far as this interest in house – what happened?