ODDS ‘N’ BODS
DJs are already crawling out of the woodwork to claim they’ve been playing Tullio De Piscopo since 1984 — all very commendable, but it wasn’t them that made it a hit! … Janet Jackson, Alexander O’Neal, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Jaki Graham, Loose Ends, and Mel & Kim were all due as special guests collecting awards on Monday at the Royal Albert Hall — as by now you may already know, as an unprecedented 140 journalists (plus TV) were covering the event! … Sunday’s DJ Convention saw record companies adopting a more American approach to it as a promotional outlet, Virgin for instance handing out bags containing a special promo LP of current product and “Virgin Dance”-emblazoned short-sleeved shirts for all attendees, while at the Albert Hall on Monday every banner-hung box was booked by companies for use as a hospitality suite … Morgan Khan had guaranteed StreetSounds’ bank overdraft and its debt to RCA against the value of his Sunningdale private home, so it’s not only his car he looks like losing … Serious Records seem seriously to be filling the StreetSounds void, signing a two year deal with PRT … Simon Harris has picked up the Microphone Prince ‘Who’s The Captain?’ for his Music Of Life label, now via Pinnacle, and is starting a StreetSounds-style LP series called ‘Def Beats‘, the label’s 12 inch singles ail being at 33⅓rpm and shrink-wrapped like imports … Charly snapped up UK rights to the old Anita Baker ‘Songstress’ album at last, so maybe ‘Angel‘ will be a singles hit yet! … Steve Proctor has quit Liverpool’s The State to take over club A&R and promotion at Polydor in London, where he’s after gigs on 01-499 8686, his first vinyl protect being the overdue legal reissue of Maceo And The Macks ‘Cross The Track’, flipped by James Brown ‘Funky Drummer’! … Slough DJ Tony Hodges is now club promotions man at Creole — and their brand new Nine O Nine label, to be launched by Wired and C.T. Satin here — building a DJ mailing list on 01-965 9223 … Rhythm King’s next volume of ‘Rob Olson’s Chicago Jackbeat‘ will include Hercules ‘7 Ways’, On The House ‘Pleasure Control’, this week’s T.J., plus other newies by J.B. Traxx, Denise Motto, Rare Form, plus they’re releasing a UK-only live double LP of Chuck Brown at single LP price … Portrait picked up Donna Allen’s LP for the UK, plus Frankie Knuckles, first fruits of Julian Palmer finally finding his feet at CBS … Keni Stevens’ debut LP for Elite, promoed on cassette, bravely sets his slightly Phil Fearon-ish tones to amorphous gently tapping atmospheric backings, nothing fast, and could be the first British entry in the Alexander O’Neal, Freddie Jackson stakes … Phonogram here is hoping to equal its US crossover success by reissuing Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White ‘Facts Of Love’ (Club JEFDJ 48) as a twin-pack containing the Five Star-ish trotting bubbler in Victor Flores’ 0-108⅙bpm Passion Mix, Larry Levan’s 0-106⅔bpm Actuality Mix and 106⅙bpm Reality Dub, Jeff Lorber & Taavi Moté’s (previously unheard, I think) 0- 106½bpm ‘Fact # 1’, as well as its 0-106½bpm LP Version (plus ‘Every Woman Needs It’ and ‘Sand Castles’); meanwhile, a new US Warner Bros 12 inch credited there to The Jeff Lorber Band featuring Karyn White couples ‘True Confessions (The Left Bank Mix)‘ with ‘Midnight Snack‘, all the above from the same ‘Private Passion’ LP … Breakout’s commercial 12 inch copies turn out to be in fully pictorial sleeves after all, only advance copies being in the house bag design shown last week … Les Adams’ megamix of Luther Vandross material (too fast to include ‘See Me’) is at last on the new Disco Mix Club March edition … ‘Animal House’ fraternity party stars of ‘Shout!’ fame, Otis Day & The Knights (in reality, “Otis” is actor DeWayne Jesse, brother of rock ‘n’ roller Young Jesse) are being produced by George Clinton for MCA Records again … Loose Ends ‘Slow Down’, as you may have noticed, topped the US Black Singles chart, while Mel & Kim ‘Showing Out’ topped 12 Inch Sales and Paul Parker ‘One Look‘ then Company B ‘Fascinated’ topped Club Play in Billboard … Jeff Thomas has started a petition to get a specialist soul show onto Swansea Sound radio, send your collected signatures to him at 32 Landeg Street, Plasmarl, Swansea SA6 8LA … Chippenham Goldiggers needs a female DJ for Thursdays, call Barrie Thyer on 0249-656444 … Ken ‘B’ Brudenell has already left his post at Mecca Agency International to resume DJing … ‘Jazz Juice 4‘ is now so scarce (apparently it was never fully released by StreetSounds) that it’s selling for over a tenner … I bought Cannon’s brand new EOS 650 autofocus SLR camera so soon after its launch that some of the photos in its instruction booklet were taken just 11 days earlier, and on collecting my 70-210mm zoom lens straight from the warehouse discovered it was only the third one to be sold here to date – how’s that for up-front? … LAH DE DAH DE!
Here’s proof that the brand new British single from LUTHER VANDROSS will be ‘See Me‘, in an exclusive UK Remix — a bit percussive and not an improvement to my mind, so maybe it won’t be inducement enough for all those who bought the original either on his LP or as the B-side of his last 12 inch to buy it again. Hopefully we won’t see another Alexander O’Neal situation, where the truly in-demand track had already saturated its market before finally becoming an A-side? Anyway, on seven inch (to which this is the sleeve) the flip is ‘A House Is Not A Home’. Luther will be returning here in July to play four nights at Wembley and two at the NEC!
GRACE JONES ‘Party Girl’ (Manhattan 12MT 20) Remixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, this tapping and jittering typical 106½bpm Big Apple bumper is imperiously sung as ever although basically just a rhythm groove (dub too), and could work with Lola.
“Bam Boo” (US NCP 187)
On an oddly uninformative label that fails to identify either the artists or, with any degree of certainty, its own name this nevertheless is one of the freshest house hits in a while, happily galloping through bright 120-119¾-0bpm percussion, dated synth, “rock the joint” shouts and a muttered title line reminiscent of the old ‘Big Bamboo’ (dub flip), worth serious investigation.
HERB ALPERT ‘Keep Your Eye On Me’ (Breakout USAT 602)
Catchy enough in its stark way to be a smash, Herb’s drily muted trumpet tootles over a Jam & Lewis-created driving jittery Janet Jackson-style (0-)114½bpm rhythm track, with a freaky effects-filled intro. His US LP of the same name (US A&M SP-5125) was too late for review so check the Disco chart for BPMs.
JOCELYN BROWN ‘Ego Maniac’ (Warner Bros W8698T)
James (D-Train) Williams’ producer Hubert Elves III creates another ‘Misunderstanding’-type jiggly jumping 104¾bpm go go groove through which Jocelyn squalls and roars in exciting ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ style (useful dub and percappella too), hopefully a hit.
SALT-n-PEPA ‘My Mike Sounds Nice (Remix)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-39)
The enthusiastic girls rap jauntily as their DJ Spinderella keeps synching Grover Washington Jr’s ‘Mr Magic’ under the jumpy 0-91⅔bpm go go beats in a remix that’s only out here, a likely crossover especially if ever they’re seen on TV (LP version and dub flip).
MEECHELLE LA CHAUX ‘Love Me All Over’ (Detail Records 12DETAIL 3, via Pinnacle)
San Francisco-recorded excellent calmly soulled sinuous 100bpm slinker rolling along to a mellow bass beat and mind-nagging simple chorus (sharper instrumental flip), sure to be big in London if nowhere else.
GRANDMASTER FLASH ‘U Know What Time It Is’ (Elektra EKR54T)
Kicking off straight into the subtly scratched distinctively dry sounding rap, this excellent jiggly go go-ish 0-101⅙bpm hip hop has spurting boomy bass notes and a momentum reminiscent of Herb Alpert’s old ‘Rotation’ (inst flip, plus the seriously scratched 88⅓bpm ‘Bus Dis (Woo)‘).
THE MASTERS OF CEREMONY ‘Sexy’ (London LONX 129)
The New Rochelle rappers led by Don Barron and DJ Almighty Shabez create an interestingly fresh 92bpm fusion of reggae and hip hop that keeps dropping bits of authentic Jamaican vocal, with a completely reggae Toast (Yard Style) version and excellent fierce Dub, large for a while now in London.
MASON ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ LP (Elektra 960 472-1)
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s three Mason brothers, Tré, Gary and Tony, create slick funk and soulful slowies on a set that took off on import last week but is now out here, hottest (also on 118bpm US promo 12 inch) being the joltingly rolling jiggly nagging 118⅘bpm ‘Double-X-Posure’, then the sultry romantic 70¼bpm ‘Breathless‘, snappily lurching 120½bpm ‘Livin’ On the Edge‘, Steve Arrington-ish 115½bpm ‘Pour It On‘, sweet falsetto 82/41bpm ‘Forever Yours’, mushily swaying 87bpm ‘Stay In Love’, sharp 120bpm ‘Somethin-X-Tra’ and US-aimed 125bpm ‘Crazy Life’.
MIRAGE ‘Jack Mix’ (Debut Records DEBX 3015)
Veteran soundalike producer Nigel Wright now recreates ‘Jack Your Body’, ‘Showing Out’ and ‘Axel F’ all mixed up as an (0-)123¾bpm jack track medley, commercial and faultless as ever, flipped by Nigel Stock’s similarly jacking 125bpm ‘Move On Out’.
T.J. ‘I’m Back Again’ (US Jes Say JS-9987)
Jesse Saunders-created beefily chugging 121⅔bpm bounder with bright effects, jangling piano, typical house bassline and title chanting chorus in three versions, all basically instrumental with the A-side Basement Mix actually titled ‘I Dub Again’, more substantial than a mere jack track.
KENNY ‘JAMMIN’ JASON with ‘FAST’ EDDIE SMITH ‘Can U Dance’ (Champion CHAMP 12-41)
Slightly bland smooth synth-led 122bpm typical bounding house instrumental with digital stutters and three stronger jack track variations, more in the Hurley tradition.
AFRIKA & THE ZULU KINGS ‘Cars’ (US Posse Records POS 1221)
Nothing to do with Gary Numan, it’s a murky bass bumbled 97⅓bpm all-star rap about the wheels that matter, featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel, Afrika Islam, Ice T and Bx Style Bob (dub/beats flip), all gassed up and ready to go go!
KOOL MOE DEE ‘Kool Moe Dee’ LP (Jive HIP 44)
At times coming on just a little too strong with beneficial messages like a rapping social worker, the stark tough set has the ticking 88⅓bpm ‘Do You Know What Time It Is’, jaunty 99⅙bpm ‘Rock Steady‘, excellent extended and remixed 89⅓bpm ‘Go See The Doctor‘, bouncy 106-0bpm ‘Little Jon‘, risky 96¼bpm ‘Bad Mutha‘, amusing 98bpm ‘Dumb Dick (Richard)‘, routine 89bpm ‘I’m Kool Moe Dee’, 92bpm ‘The Best’, 91bpm ‘Monster Crack’, consistent if wearying if heard in one go.
VICIOUS RUMOR CLUB ‘Whole Lotta Love’ (Music Of Life NOTE 1, via Pinnacle)
Stupidly remixed and ruined by label owner Simon ‘Nomis Sirrah’ Harris in a de-rocked UK version as if terrified of the very ingredient that makes it currently so commercial, this rapped ‘n’ scratched here 104⅙-103⅓-104bpm treatment of Led Zeppelin’s classic in its better US original version was the next logical step from Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys; luckily the flip’s 103⅔bpm edit (104⅓bpm dub too) starts as it should with the more instantly powerful buzzing rock guitar.
TOUCH ‘Without You’ (US SuperTronics RY-017)
Timmy Regisford-mixed shuffling and chanting 110bpm Serious Intention-style loose loper with jangly Latin piano and thundering percussion (in four versions), likely to create interest.
JANET JACKSON ‘Let’s Wait Awhile (Remix)’ (Breakout USAT 601)
Not exactly memorable on her album although now her fifth consecutive US top 10 pop hit from it, this meandering soppy sweet 43⅙-0bpm slowie has hints of Barbara Mason’s old style, and here is coupled with the (0-)103⅔bpm Part I and Herb Alpert tootled (0-)103½bpm Part II of the old chugging ‘Nasty (Cool Summer Mix)’.
BOBBY BROWN ‘Girlfriend’ (MCA Records MCAT 1114)
Just as his new import is a remix of the Larry Blackmon-produced wriggly jiggling 102⅔bpm ‘Girl Next Door‘, the New Edition’s ex-member here finally has his number one US Black Singles hit released, a mushily weaving attractive 67¼bpm lovey dovey yearning smoocher fuelling prepubescent fantasies, although with nostalgic nods for the older folks (including more hints of Barbara Mason), flipped (edit too) by the James Brown-cutting snappy funk 113-0bpm ‘King Of Stage‘.
LOLA ‘Wax The Van’ (Syncopate 12SY 1)
Completely remixed for the UK in three fresh versions by Junior Vasquez as first release on EMI’s new dance label, this pulsing and jiggling odd off-the-wall meandering circa 106-106½-106⅙bpm groove produced by Bob and Lola Blank (featuring nine-year-old son Kenny’s keyboards and querulous vocal contributions!) was co-written with Arthur Russell and is typically eccentric.
WILLIAM BELL with JANICE BULLUCK ‘(I Don’t Want To Wake Up) FeeIin’ Guilty (The Shaw-Fire Mix)’ (etc 12LUTE10, via Pinnacle)
Chucklingly chatted like Clarence Carter’s ‘At The Dark End Of The Street’ as it sets a seductive bar room pick-up scene for the first half before any singing begins, this rolling 71bpm southern soul duet has been remixed from last year’s album and flipped by the more modern sounding 95bpm UK remix of William’s soulfully meandering ‘Headline News‘, both very pleasant in their different ways.
JACK MASTER FUNK ‘Aw Shucks (Let’s Go Let’s Go)’ (US House Records FU2)
Farley Farley Farley, The Rude Boy Of House, must get the vinyl that Trax Records reject as the pressing quality is atrocious of this jerkily leaping 0- 118½-0bpm jack track (in three mixes), with grunts, barks and chants but no song, disappointingly not a major opus.
WHITE KNIGHT ‘White Knight Jacks’ (US Sunset Records Inc SUN-2780)
Basic if useful 124⅔bpm jack trax for enthusiasts, with a good typically bounding Instrumental, frenetically thudding Knight Trax, chipmunks and repeated “jack the house” commands on the vocal Knight Dub and starker 123⅔bpm Club Mix.
TAYLOR WILLIAMS ‘Back To Heaven’ (US Jump Street JS-1008)
Colonel Abrams moans ‘My Magic Man’ at 116bpm (in three busy mixes), totally unoriginal but obviously quite effective!
JAKI GRAHAM ‘Still In Love (Lights Down Lower Mix)’ (EMI 12JAKI 10)
In a welcome change of pace, if not of vocal intensity, her latest is a gently weaving 85¾bpm slowie flipped (LP version too) by the electronically smacking strident 0-111½-0bpm ‘Love 2 Much (Too Much 12” Mix)’.
DENISE RICH ‘Sweet Pain Of Love (Club Mix)’ (Foundry FOUND 4-12, via Virgin)
The writer of Sister Sledge’s ‘Frankie’ (hardly a recommendation) chips in from time to time with a perfunctorily repeated chorus on an otherwise instrumental pleasant rolling 107⅓bpm piano and sax swayer (more vocal edit and trite 145bpm ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ flip).
RANDY CRAWFORD ‘Higher Than Anyone Can Count’ (Warner Bros W8423T)
Quietly ticking and building typically sung 87⅓bpm semi-slow swayer, flipped by her older classic gentle 38½/77-39/78bpm One Day l’ll Fly Away’ and dead slow 0-36¼-36½bpm ‘Tenderly Falls The Rain’, all more for reflective listening than floor-crammed dancing.
EXPOSÉ ‘Come Go With Me’ (Arista RIST 7)
A predictable element within America’s club fraternity is eagerly boosting the trite fast pop music coming out of Miami so much that a new “disco” boom seems a very real danger (as it does here if “house” gets out of hand), with all the crass cash-in hollow hits followed by collapse that we experienced a decade ago unless careful control is exercised now. In the vanguard of the US movement that Miami Music Machine sparked off is this shrill girl trio, their current (third) US club smash being a frenetically jittering 120¼bpm melding of Madonna and ‘Dr Beat’ (in three mixes).
RUBY TURNER ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ (Jive RTS T 1)
For all the much vaunted soulful intensity of her live rendering of Etta James’s classic slow burner, nether the 64bpm 7” Version nor the more spaciously treated and saxed 55-0bpm Album Version approach even the better known Chicken Shack hit treatment (if you really want your socks scorched, try to hear the rapping Gloria Walker version!), although for those too young to know any better these may not seem so dull.
HAYWOODE ‘I’m Your Puppet’ (CBS 650490-6)
Sharon’s tinkling and swaying lush slow 0-81¾bpm revival of the lames & Bobby Purify classic is flipped by the rock guitar backed limp 0-127¾bpm ‘Take Me Up To Heaven‘.
E.O. CREW featuring Ben Epps ‘Talk 2 U’ (US Grove St. GSR-008)
Created by Raze’s Ben Epps with Vaughan Mason mixing, this falsetto sung Sylvester-ish 121bpm jittery leaper (in three mixes) at least gets away from the main house clichés, with gruffer Billy Strick singing the flip’s nursery rhyme-ish 116⅔bpm ‘Love Turntable‘ (in four mixes), neither another ‘Jack The Groove’.
AM-FM ‘I Got My Eyes On You’ (US Revenge Records 001)
Drop the bomb, y’all! Yup, straightahead 0-100bpm pure go go from Washington DC (in three mixes), as good as any of the others without being anything new.
SHARON DEE CLARKE ‘He’s Coming Back’ (Debut Records DEBT X 3017)
Chunkily lurching 0-104⅔bpm jiggler noisily squalled to an Ian Levine approximation of the ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ tempo, but without so compulsive a song (inst/edit flip).
UK DISCO TOP 100 – March 14, 1987
01 02 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
02 01 EV’RY LITTLE BIT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
03 05 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
04 11 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
05 07 THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX)/LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
06 04 TURN ME LOOSE Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in
07 03 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX) Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
08 06 WAX THE VAN (KENNY’S CLUB VERSION)/(CHERRY’S CLUB) Lola, US Jump Street 12in
09 09 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION)/LET’S TRY AGAIN Surface, CBS 12in
10 10 TEASER (REMIX) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
11 30 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, US A&M 12in/Breakout white label
12 08 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
13 20 IT’S MY BEAT Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, Champion 12in
14 19 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
15 13 COME AS YOU ARE (SUPERSTAR) (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
16 21 STAND BY ME/MUSIC TRANCE Ben E. King, Atlantic 12in
17 22 LET’S GET BRUTAL/THIS BRUTAL HOUSE (THE BRUTAL MIX) Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
18 18 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
19 14 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
20 24 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN/WHAT’CHA GONNA DO WITH ME Raze, Champion 12in
21 33 TOUCH OF JAZZ/ROCK THE HOUSE/THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion LP
22 32 MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX) James (D-Train) Williams, CBS 12in
23 28 U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS (EXTENDED SCRATCH) Grandmaster Flash, US Elektra 12in
24 23 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross, Epic LP
25 17 JACK THE GROOVE Raze, Champion 12in
26 27 CRUSH ON YOU The Jets, MCA Records 12in
27 38 CAN U DANCE Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
28 12 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (ORIGINAL SPECIAL SWEATY MIX) Full Circle, US EMI America 12in
29 15 BIG FUN (MEGA MIX)/(BANDOLERO MIX) The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
30 40 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
31 44 WHATCHA GONNA DO Blaze, Champion 12in
32 39 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER/DREAM YOU CAME BACK Full Circle, Dutch EMI America LP
33 56 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS/STAY IN LOVE Mason, US Elektra LP
34 45 AFTER LOVING YOU Juicy, US CBS Associated Records 7in
35 25 YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate, EMI 12in
36 16 ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY (REMIX) Vesta Williams, A&M 12in
37 34 READ MY MIND/CHASIN’ A DREAM Tashan, Def Jam 12in
38 35 STAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) Howard Hewett, Elektra 12in
39 55 STOP BAJON. . . PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
40 81 MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
41 36 WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson, CBS 12in
42 53 HOLD ME Sheila E, Paisley Park 12in
43 26 CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE (REMIX)/MYSTERY Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
44 37 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
45 41 WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge, Atlantic 12in
46 29 JUMP INTO MY LIFE (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Stacy Lattisaw, Motown 12in
47 31 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
48 61 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/DAY BY DAY Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam 12in
49 85 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, US 4th + B’way 12in
50 43 WHO IS IT? (US FREESTYLE CLUB MIX) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
51 78 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in promo
52 42 JACKIN (EMU STYLE)/(BASS MIX) Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
53 67 GIVE ME THE REASON/SEE ME/SHE’S SO GOOD TO ME/STOP TO LOVE (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
54 60 LOVESTRUCK Projection, Elite 12in
55 58 LOOKING FOR A LOVER Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in white label
56 50 THE CHAMP The Mohawks, Pama 12in
57 62 NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN/(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY!)/TIME TO GET ILL Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
58 — WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, US Arista 12in
59 86 I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING/VALENTINE MIX Jackie Wilson, SMP 12in
60 47 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys, RCA 12in
61 — HOW MUSIC CAME ABOUT (BOP B DA B DA DA)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF (REMIX) The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
62 65 CROSS THE TRACK Maceo & The Macks/I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Jackson Sisters, bootleg 12in
63 66 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT Barbara Roy, US RCA Victor 12in
64 63 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE/IT’S ALRIGHT Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
65 54 I’VE GOTTA BE TOUGH M.C. Shy-D, Champion 12in
66 82 LOVE SCENE (REMIX)/OLD FLAMES NEVER DIE Full Force, US Columbia 12in
67 93 LOVE ON A BLUE TRAIN/BOY’S CLUB/HON E MAN, Sheila E, Paisley Park LP
68 — DON’T BLOW A GOOD THING (REMIX), Vesta Williams, Breakout 12in white label
69 83 CAN YOU FEEL IT/WASHING MACHINE Mr Fingers, US Trax Records 12in
70 92 AFTER LOVING YOU/ALL WORK NO PLAY/SPREAD THE LOVE Juicy, US CBS Associated Records LP
71 — CRUSH ON YOU (DAKEYNE REMIX) The Jets, MCA Records 12in
72 57 LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL (HOUSE MIX)/(HOUSE OF TRIX MIX) J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
73 70 THE TERMINATOR – KILLER RAP Junior Gee and the ‘A’ Team, Fourth & Broadway 12in promo
74 — IF YOU LET ME STAY (REMIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
75 68 THE MONKEY PAW (A NEW DANCE KRAZE), Scott & Raven, US Columbia 12in
76 75 BETCHA DON’T KNOW/NAJEE’S THEME/FOR THE LOVE OF YOU Najee, EMI America LP
77 — SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES/LA, LA, LA, HE, HE, HEE Prince, Paisley Park 12in
78 64 THE MORNING AFTER/TAKE CHARGE Curtis Hairston, Atlantic LP
79 51 THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
80 — LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB MIX)/(ALTERNATIVE MIX), Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in
81 — WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT)/(JUNIOR’S MAJOR DUB) Lola, Syncopate 12in
82 — HEY KIDS, WHAT TIME IS IT? DJ Cold Cut, US 12in bootleg mixer
83 re BLOWIN’ MY MIND (WITH YOUR BODY) Charlie Roberts, Affair Record Company 12in
84 46 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX) Jesse Jackson, A&M 12in
85 73 SCREAM/LISTEN TO THE BASS OF GET STUPID FRESH PART II Mantronix, 10 Records LP
86 94 INCREDIBLE Scherrie Payne & Phillip Ingram, US Superstar International Records 12in
87 59 SHE DON’T KNOW I’M ALIVE/ALIVE DUB TWO Willie Colon, A&M 12in
88 — I’D RATHER GO BLIND (ALBUM VERSION)/(7” VERSION) Ruby Turner, Jive 12in
89 72 IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME) Bobby McClure, US Edge Records 12in
90 re SHAK RENDEZVOUS/INSTRUMENTAL Bunch Of 5’s, Production House 12in
91 — EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George, Virgin 12in
92 — HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (DUB MIX) Big Audio Dynamite, CBS 12in
93 74 I CAN’T TAKE IT/DUB Dyce, The Production House 12in
94 100= LOVE AIN’T NO TOY (REMIX) Amii Stewart, RCA 12in
95 re HEY ROCKY! Boris Badenough, US Trax Records 12in
96 69 COME SHARE MY LOVE Miki Howard, Atlantic 12in
97 77 RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42, Polydor 12in
98 — PILLOW/DIAMONDS/ROCKET TO THE MOON/MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN/TRAFFIC JAM/HOT SHOT Herb Alpert, US A&M LP
99 — LET’S TALK IT OVER/LOVE ME RIGHT/ONE STOP LOVER/DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE/2 HOT 2 HANDLE/CAN’T STAND THE HEAT Millie Scott, US 4th + B’way LP
100= — AS WE LAY (REMIX) Shirley Murdock, US Elektra 12in promo
100= 91 I CAN’T LET YOU GO Norwood, US Magnolia Sound 12in
100= — COLD GETTING’ DUMB II Just-Ice, US Fresh Records 12in
100= — LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in white label
01 05 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
02 02 EVERY WAKING HOUR Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
03 01 STOP BAJON. . .PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
04 06 MAN SIZE LOVE (MAN SIZE MONSTER MIX) Klymaxx, MCA Records 12in
05 04 ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
06 13 ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
07 27 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
08 20 AT THIS MOMENT Menage, US Profile 12in
09 07 MALE STRIPPER (RE-REMIX) Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish, Bolts 12in
10 re SUCH A JOY HONEY Carol Jiani, MCA Records 12in
11 09 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, US Sizzle 12in
12 14 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME Poison No. 9, Boy 12in
13 — FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
14 18 LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
15 re JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
16 11 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
17 12 LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX) Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
18 21 DON’T LET GO Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
19 15 I CAN’T LET GO Celi Bee, US Top Hits 12in
20 08 DELIVERANCE (REMIX) People Like Us (featuring Cindy Dickinson), Passion 12in
21 03 SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive, Epic 12in
22 19 HEARTFLASH (TONIGHT) Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
23 — STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
24 — RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
25 24 IN AT THE DEEP END Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
26 17 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (HOUSE REMIX) First Choice, Dutch Rams Horn Records 12in
27 22 NOTHING BUT BLACKMAIL Croisette, Passion 12in
28 23 HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie, Polydor 12in
29 — I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
30= — LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, German Rush 12in
30= 16 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, German ZYX 12in
One thought on “March 14, 1987: Grace Jones, Bam Boo, Herb Alpert, Jocelyn Brown, Salt-n-Pepa”
I’d never have described “Can U Dance” as “slightly bland”! It became massive on the dance floors that I was frequenting, and for me it’s one of the defining house tracks of the first half of the year.
The “frenetically thudding” Knight Trax mix of “White Knight Jacks” arguably bangs harder than anything else we’ve heard thus far, and perhaps it points the way forward to the more thumping end of techno that would eventually emerge; I can even hear elements of hard house in it.
James remains unimpressed by the Shannon-derived end of US dance music that was now becoming centered around Miami, and that we would now call Latin freestyle. Perhaps, like boogie, freestyle is something of a retrospective term? I’ve also no idea where the description came from; it seems strange to use it for a style of music that is so structured and song-based.
Coldcut get their first mention this week, as “Say Kids What Time Is It” debuts on the Disco chart – but bizarrely as a US import. Was the wool being pulled over people’s eyes?