March 21, 1987: Technics DJ Mixing Championships, Eleanore Mills, Sly & Robbie, Millie Scott, Sybil, Dynasty

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

CHAD JACKSON’s win in the world final of the Technics DJ Mixing Championships, seen to be deserved by anyone paying attention (like us judges!), has created such an incredible controversy that all my ‘phone calls seem to be from people believing the lies spread by those who stood to benefit had someone else won … I, as a judge, initially rated Denmark’s Ken Larsen (who came third) as the likely winner thanks to the way he mixed dazzlingly without headphones, followed by the USA’s subtly double-beating Joe Rodriguez (who was second) and France’s vigorously scratching Dee Nasty (unplaced) – however, on last, Chad (who in fact I’ve never marked as a winner before) blew them away by using every current mixing technique without fault, topping the Dane by draping a Union Jack over the console’s controls while he mixed without using either headphones or faders! … Chad won on merit, there was no fixeroo, and he also took his place in the championship fairly, as last year’s runner-up to defend the title in the absence of 1986 champ DJ Cheese (who, contrary to rumour, was indeed invited, twice) … Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis had a hero’s welcome from a crowd just as impressed by their credentials as by Janet Jackson and Alexander O’Neal (if not more so), the Royal Albert Hall being the prestigious venue that had attracted such stars to fly in specially on Concorde – apart from the silly ugliness surrounding Chad’s win, it was a night about which the disco industry should be proud … Paul Dakeyne demonstrated the art of mixing Compact Discs using Technics’ vari-speed SL-P1200 CD players at the previous day’s International DJ Convention, which thankfully had as a new entertaining focal point a rapping contest in place of the mixers … Manchester’s rapping Prince Cool won this, with help from The Terminator’s incredible human beat box, after battling through vicious slanging matches with the other rappers, all of whom had their beats provided by two guys wielding “rhythm sticks” — keyless synthesizers worn and played around the neck like a guitar … Avtar Singh, whose home studio was recently robbed, won a contest by “mixing” 16 different records’ title lines in just two minutes … Music Week columnist Barry Layzell won the Pop Mastermind competition with 19 correct answers (Cliff Richard being his specialist subject), our own Alan Jones tying for second with radio DJ Mike Read at 13 points … Rikki Patrick was the most impressive PA – I missed the closing dance party with all the visiting Chicago house stars … Steve Walsh sent his chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce to collect Alexander O’Neal, and took him (a CBS artiste) to A&M’s launch party for the Breakout label at Soho’s Le Beat Route, where MC Double Def Sef was delighted to greet him in the absence of Janet Jackson … Groove Records just over the road did a roaring trade in back catalogue (rather than newies), snapped up by out-of-towners … C.J. Carlos — the “real” C.J. — was celebrating his engagement to Claire Boots with a private party at late nite eaterie Rockys following the Albert Hall, and Loose Ends were amongst the many who headed there next … Herb Alpert’s amazing vertiginous tightrope video should turn a hit into a smash … Micron’s rap ‘n’ scratch of ‘EastEnders’ won’t be about any more, the Beeb caught up with it! … Shep Pettibone is currently mixing it up in London … Arista belatedly picked up Marshall Jefferson ‘House Music Anthem’, while Flame have King Sun-D Moet … Helena’s ‘Be Soft With Me Tonight‘ turns out to be a cover, released ahead of a version by Gloria Gaynor … Jonathan Woss, chat show host of Channel 4’s Friday night ‘The Last Wesort’, used to be a researcher for ‘6.20 Soul Train’!  … Les ‘Mixdoctor’ Adams presents a two hour mixing show Saturdays at 11pm on Solar 93FM … UK pressings of Grandmaster Flash turn out to be 101½bpm, while White Knight ‘White Knight Jacks’ should be 124¾bpm … Nicky Holloway’s Poole weekender at Rockley Sands in Dorset is this weekend (20-22), practically rammed with room for just a few more on 01-439 2628 – DJs are Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Jay Strongman, Gilles Peterson, Paul Oakenfold, Chris Brown, Johnny Walker, Chris Bangs, Bob Masters, plus there’s a presentation of the current West End comedy ‘Bouncers’ … Dave Withers promotes a Black Music Record Fair this Saturday (21) 10.30am-5pm at Manchester YMCA … Gloucester’s crippled DJ Metal Mickey scratches using his crutches, given the chance by clubs un-frightened of his handicap, and will be doing that this Saturday (21) at Queens Club when Perry Jay presents bouncy Maria Whittaker there … DJ Danny and Kevin Ashton head a charity 3.30-11.30pm soul alldayer also this Saturday at Redruth’s Penventon Hotel, to benefit a local hospital (not the one there where I was born, though!) … Steve Ogley and David Superfly jack the house Thursdays at Oulton Broad’s Chequers, playing funk/house, electro with free admission and half price drinks — sounds too good to be true! … Colin Hudd, Chris Hill and Eddie Gordon soul Gravesend’s Waterfront every Friday … Luther Vandross did backing vocals on Nick Kamen’s debut album (don’t forget, he also sings commercials) … Terence Trent D’Arby, considering he’s just 25, seems to know a surprising amount about the typical stage acts of soul singers in the Sixties, which he does his best to recreate! … Company B ‘Fascinated’ topped US 12 Inch Sales too now, in Billboard … Eurobeat chart returns have greatly increased, in case the look of the current chart suggests otherwise, so maybe Ian Levine really is a popular producer! … Scott & Raven aren’t massive but are number one in nearly every chart that lists them … LAH DE DAH DE!


JANET JACKSON was announced as winner of the best female singer award at the Albert Hall, but then the news was dropped that she hadn’t managed to make it to the ceremony and instead there would be a world exclusive preview of her new video. A big disappointment. However, as the video finished, crafty Tony Prince then announced that the video had arrived by ‘plane carried by a courier — and here was the courier, Janet Jackson!


HOT VINYL

ELEANORE MILLS ‘Mr Right’ (US VinylMania VMR 007)
Co-created by Larry Woo and Gordon Worthy, this friskily bubbling 117-116½-116 (break)-116½bpm bounder has honking sax and wriggly Latin rhythms behind Stephanie’s nagging sister, a New York fusion of current Miami and Chicago influences with lots of oomph of its own (116½-116-116½bpm instrumental Right Mix, 117bpm Bonus Beats, 0-116½bpm Radio Mix). It sounds about right, too!

SLY & ROBBIE ‘Boops (Here To Go)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 61)
Featuring such as Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Grandmixer DST, Shinehead, Half Pint and Rammellzee, the fascinating 0-102⅔bpm P’funky bassline weaver is just one edited part of the Jamaican rhythm team’s imminent marathon LP exploration of the Ohio Players’ old ‘Fire’, using rap, reggae, funk and more (103⅙bpm instrumental, and their old 0-92½bpm ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ too). That was fresh!

MILLIE SCOTT ‘Love Me Right’ LP (US 4th + B’way B’WAY 4004)
A strong set by the quietly elegant lady, with the Loose Ends-ish sultry David Ball-duetted 99⅚bpm ‘Let’s Talk It Over’, brassily jaunty 104⅙bpm title track, brightly romping 115bpm ‘One Stop Lover‘, Earl Klugh guitared classy slow 0-74-0bpm ‘Don’t Take Your Love’, breezily striding 115bpm ‘2 Hot 2 Handle‘, ponderously lurching 105bpm ‘Can’t Stand The Heat’, plus her 102bpm ‘Every Little Bit’, 109⅕bpm ‘Automatic’, 110bpm ‘Prisoner Of Love’ hits.

SYBIL ‘Let Yourself Go’ (US Next Plateau NP50057)
Skittering and skipping, this soulfully warbled smooth speedy flier is in a rambling 121¼-120⅔-121½- 120⅔-120½bpm Club Mix or much more even 120¾bpm Alternative Mix (plus Dub, Radio and Acappella Mixes), classy and slick.

DYNASTY featuring Dexter D ‘Gotta Jack’ (US Producers Combine Records PC-001)
Showing up strongly in several DJs’ charts for a while but only now (after much badgering!) on sale in Rayners Lane, this simple seeming see-sawing (0-)117⅔bpm bounder has deceptive depths, the plaintive lead voice switching from Sylvester-ish yelps to gruffer growls while a catchy melody swells periodically through the rolling backbeat (dub flip). Sneakier than most house.

CHERYL GLASGOW ‘Glued To The Spot’ (Jive Records ALIVE 2, via PRT)
Sounding exotic for a Haringey Council administrator, Cheryl’s shuffling samba-ish 106-107bpm wriggly mellow swinger has a lovely lilt and infectious rhythm which could even get dancers kicking up a conga line (inst/radio mix too), certainly one for the warmer weather.

JUICY ‘After Loving You’ (Epic 650431 6)
The extended album mix of this Katreese Barnes sung gently tapping pleasantly doodling 106⅔bpm smooth jiggler is now here on four-track 12 inch with brother Jerry’s more anxious 103¾bpm ‘Private Party‘, plus their old ‘Juicy Fruit’-like 0-92bpm ‘Sugar Free (Deo/Super Dance Mix)’ and Yarbrough & Peoples-ish 104⅘bpm ‘Bad Boy’.

SURFACE ‘Happy (Remix)’ (CBS 650393 8)
Now much extended in David ‘Pic’ Conley’s lazily weaving and grooving 98bpm remix, this haunting soul smash really deserves as much radio attention as the not dissimilar Oran ‘Juice’ Jones had. This sort of thing is more the sound of 1987 than most of the media realise, probably only its soulfully tugging tempo being what they don’t understand.

HERB ALPERT ‘Keep Your Eye On Me’ LP (US A&M SP-5125)
Jam & Lewis’s creations, as well as the snappy 0-114⅔bpm title track hit, are the Herb and Lani Hall-sung SOS Band-ish moodily swaying 82 6/7-0bpm ‘Pillow’, Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith-sung jiggly 111½-0bpm ‘Diamonds‘ and crawling atmospheric 0-40¼/80½-0bpm ‘Making Love In The Rain‘, John Barnes creating the RAH Band-ish 100bpm ‘Rocket To The Moon‘, while fillers include the 122bpm ‘Hot Shot’, 0-110¾bpm ‘Traffic Jam’ and 0-26½/53bpm lush trumpet treatment of Acker Bilk’s ‘Stranger On The Shore’.

PHYLLIS HYMAN ‘Screaming At The Moon (Remix)’ (Philadelphia International Records 12PIR 4)
Paving the way for her April visit, here’s a Godwin Logie remix of her last album’s Nick Martinelli-produced (0-)118¾-0bpm bright wriggly swinger like Manhattan Transfer singing ‘Thriller’ (LP Version too), plus the Loose Ends-penned typically weaving 95bpm ‘Ain’t You Had Enough Love‘, the set’s soul hit.

PATRICE RUSHEN ‘Watch Out!’ LP (US Arista AL-8401)
The sweetly squeaky voiced keyboardist sounds much as usual if now slightly dated on her inconsistent though pleasant return set, hottest being the sultry jogging (0-)76bpm ‘All My Love’, jerkily rolling (0-)109½bpm ‘Come Back To Me‘, skittery wriggling 122bpm ‘Tender Lovin’‘, along with her 119⅔bpm title track single and the snappily strutting 123½bpm ‘Burnin’‘, bland 113¾bpm ‘Anything Can Happen‘, surging 113¼bpm ‘Long Time Coming‘.

FIVE STAR The Slightest Touch’ (Tent TOUCH 1)
Shep Pettibone remixed Mel & Kim-ish frantic almost house style 125¾bpm bounder, a big improvement, the flip’s Alternative Remix being basically instrumental and hard enough to jack!

JOHN ROCCA ‘I Want It To Be Real (The Ultimate Mixes ‘87)’ (CityBeat CBE 1210)
Remixed by Arthur Baker and Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, this emulator bubbler always meant more in American clubs than here, and even now in its house-ified new (0-)122-122½bpm Club Vocal Mix, sparsely rhythmic 121¾bpm Alternative Dance Mix and 0-122bpm Basement Beats it lacks beef — but the self-explanatory instrumental 121⅔-121¾bpm Farley’s Hot House Piano Mix is proving to have real possibilities, jangling and jumping with nagging bite.

TRUE MATHEMATICS and the Invisible Empire ‘After Dark’ (US Select Records FMS 62233)
Mr Mathematics is a rapper, sounding casual as he chats hauntingly about the night life to a weaving 95⅙-95⅓bpm beat that rumbles and surges through blasts of scratched go go percussion, and tough as he whips up the ‘Greeks In The House‘ to a jaggedly lurching 96⅔bpm beat (dubs too) Greeks come out at night?

VESTA WILLIAMS ‘Don’t Blow A Good Thing (Remix)’ (Breakout USAT 600)
Following her pop success the title could prove prophetic, as this jerkily remixed trickily tumbling and snapping 111¾-0bpm Chaka Khan-ish jiggler sounds less like a crossover (111⅔pm instrumental and more direct 111⅓bpm LP version too), coupled with the Leon Ware co-penned soulfully swaying 86⅓bpm ‘You Make Me Want To (Love Again)‘.


UK DISCO TOP 100 – March 21, 1987

01 02 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
02 02 EV’RY LITTLE BIT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
03 05 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX)/SETTLE DOWN (EXTENDED MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
04 04 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
05 05 THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX)/LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
06 11 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
07 06 TURN ME LOOSE Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in
08 09 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION)/LET’S TRY AGAIN Surface, CBS 12in
09 07 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX) Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
10 08 WAX THE VAN (KENNY’S CLUB VERSION)/(CHERRY’S CLUB)/(JON’S DUB) Lola, US Jump Street 12in
11 10 TEASER (REMIX) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
12 30 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
13 18 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown Warner Bros 12in
14 23 U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS (EXTENDED SCRATCH) Grandmaster Flash, Elektra 12in
15 14 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
16 12 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
17 13 IT’S MY BEAT Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, Champion 12in
18 22 MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX) James (D-Train) Williams, CBS 12in
19 40 MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
20 19 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
21 17 LET’S GET BRUTAL/THIS BRUTAL HOUSE (THE BRUTAL MIX) Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
22 15 COME AS YOU ARE (SUPERSTAR) (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
23 80 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB MIX)/(ALTERNATIVE MIX), Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in
24 20 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN Raze, Champion 12in
25 33 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS/STAY IN LOVE/POUR IT ON/FOREVER YOURS Mason, Elektra LP
26 49 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, US 4th + B’way 12in/London promo
27 27 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
28 26 CRUSH ON YOU The Jets, MCA Records 12in
29 32 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER/DREAM YOU CAME BACK Full Circle, Dutch EMI America LP
30 21 TOUCH OF JAZZ/ROCK THE HOUSE/TAKING IT TO THE TOP Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion LP
31 24 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/SO AMAZING Luther Vandross, Epic LP
32 44 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
33 46 JUMP INTO MY LIFE (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Stacy Lattisaw, Motown 12in
34 — BOOPS (HERE TO GO)/DON’T STOP THE MUSIC Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
35 77 SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES/LA, LA, LA, HE, HE, HEE Prince, Paisley Park 12in
36 72 LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL (HOUSE MIX)/(HOUSE OF TRIX MIX) J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
37 58 WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, US Arista 12in
38 16 STAND BY ME/MUSIC TRANCE Ben E. King, Atlantic 12in
39 100= LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
40 — AFTER LOVING YOU (LP VERSION)/PRIVATE PARTY Epic 12in
41 28 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (ORIGINAL SPECIAL SWEATY MIX) Full Circle, US EMI America 12in
42 68 DON’T BLOW A GOOD THING (REMIX)/YOU MAKE ME WANT TO (LOVE AGAIN) Vesta Williams, Breakout 12in
43 67 LOVE ON A BLUE TRAIN/BOY’S CLUB/HON E MAN, Sheila E, Paisley Park LP
44 47 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
45 84 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX)/CRAZAY (US REMIX) Jesse Jackson, A&M 12in
46 42 HOLD ME Sheila E, Paisley Park 12in
47 51 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in promo
48 39 STOP BAJON. . . PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
49 61 HOW MUSIC CAME ABOUT (BOP B DA B DA DA)/I OWE IT TO MYSELF (REMIX) The Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
50 73 THE TERMINATOR – KILLER RAP Junior Gee and the ‘A’ Team, Fourth & Broadway 12in
51 34 AFTER LOVING YOU/PRIVATE PARTY Juicy, US CBS Associated Records 7in
52 31 WHATCHA GONNA DO Blaze, Champion 12in
53 71 CRUSH ON YOU (DAKEYNE REMIX) The Jets, MCA Records 12in
54 59 I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING/VALENTINE MIX Jackie Wilson, SMP 12in
55 66 LOVE SCENE (REMIX)/OLD FLAMES NEVER DIE Full Force, US Columbia 12in
56 99 LET’S TALK IT OVER/LOVE ME RIGHT/ONE STOP LOVER/CAN’T STAND THE HEAT Millie Scott, US 4th + B’way LP
57 48 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/DAY BY DAY Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam 12in
58 97 RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42, Polydor 12in
59 37 READ MY MIND/CHASIN’ A DREAM Tashan, Def Jam 12in
60 — MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX) Eleanore Mills, US VinylMania 12in
61 55 LOOKING FOR A LOVER Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in
62 81 WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT)/(JUNIOR’S MAJOR DUB) Lola, Syncopate 12in
63 52 JACKIN (EMU STYLE)/(BASS MIX) Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
64 45 WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge, Atlantic 12in
65 64 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE/IT’S ALRIGHT Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
66 re LOVE YOU DOWN Ready For The World, MCA Records 12in
67 — SCREAMING AT THE MOON (REMIX)/AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
68 54 LOVESTRUCK Projection, Elite 12in
69 — AFTER DARK/GREEKS IN THE HOUSE True Mathematics and the Invisible Empire, US Select Records 12in
70 100= I CAN’T LET YOU GO Norwood, US Magnolia Sound 12in
71 — HAPPY (DAVID ‘PIC’ CONLEY REMIX) Surface, CBS 12in
72 38 STAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) Howard Hewett, Elektra 12in
73 98 PILLOW/DIAMONDS/MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert, US A&M LP
74 88 I’D RATHER GO BLIND (ALBUM VERSION) Ruby Turner, Jive 12in
75 — ALL MY LOVE/COME BACK TO ME/TENDER LOVIN’/LONG TIME COMING/WATCH OUT Patrice Rushen, US Arista LP
76 86 INCREDIBLE Scherrie Payne & Phillip Ingram, US Superstar International Records 12in
77 75 THE MONKEY PAW (A NEW DANCE KRAZE) Scott & Raven, US Columbia 12in
78 65 I’VE GOTTA BE TOUGH M.C. Shy-D, Champion 12in
79 — LEAN ON ME (REMIX)/PUMP IT UP (LEAN ON ME) REPRISE (REMIX) Club Nouveau, Warner Brothers/King Jay Records 12in
80 re I FOUND A FRIEND C.T. Satin, US Underworld 12in
81 87 SHE DON’T KNOW I’M ALIVE Willie Colon, A&M 12in
82 re SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOVE Sandy Torano, US Atlantic 12in
83 re LET’S WORK IT OUT (CLUBHOUSE MIX) Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
84 41 WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson, CBS 12in
85 — “BAM BOO” Lenny D & Tommy Musto, US Northcott Prod Ltd 12in
86 — I WANT IT TO BE REAL (THE ULTIMATE MIXES ’87) John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
87 63 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT Barbara Roy, US RCA Victor 12in
88 re IT’S TOO LATE (FOR LOVE)/CITY COUNTRY MIX Stardom Groove featuring Tonya Wynne, US New York Groove 12in
89 re FACTS OF LOVE (REMIXES) Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White, Club 12in twin-pack
90 57 NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN/(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY!)/TIME TO GET ILL Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
91 re CHICAGO SONG David Sanborn, Warner Bros LP
92 re PEDAL TO THE FLOOR Bubba & The Jack Attack, US Obscure Records 12in
93 re JAMMIN’ TO THE BELLS/MY ALL AND ALL/LOVE TOY Chuck Stanley, Def Jam LP
94 92 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (DUB MIX) Big Audio Dynamite, CBS 12in
95 — PUBLIC ENEMY # 1/TIMEBOMB Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
96 70 ALL WORK NO PLAY/SERIOUS/SPREAD THE LOVE Juicy, US CBS Associated Records LP
97 — JIMMY LEE (EXTENDED REMIX) Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
98 100= AS WE LAY (HORIZONTAL MIX)/(MIDNIGHT MIX) Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in promo
99 — TENDER MOMENTS Peggi Blu, US Capitol 12in
100= re CAN’T GET ENOUGH Liz Torres featuring Edward Crosby, US State Street Records 12in
100= —  GIRL NEXT DOOR (REMIX) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in


EUROBEAT

01 05 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
02 03 STOP BAJON. . .PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
03 06 ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
04 07 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
05 02 EVERY WAKING HOUR Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
06 16 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
07 14 LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
08 04 MAN SIZE LOVE (MAN SIZE MONSTER MIX) Klymaxx, MCA Records 12in
09 11 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, US Sizzle 12in
10 13 FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
11 08 AT THIS MOMENT Menage, US Profile 12in
12 05 ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
13 10 SUCH A JOY HONEY Carol Jiani, MCA Records 12in
14 — GOLD DIGGER Lime, US TSR 12in
15 15 JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
16 18 DON’T LET GO Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
17 22 HEARTFLASH (TONIGHT) Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
18 17 LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX) Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
19 09 MALE STRIPPER (RE-REMIX) Man 2 Man meet Man Parrish, Bolts 12in
20 19 I CAN’T LET GO Celi Bee, US Top Hits 12in
21 29 I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
22 23 STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
23 24 RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
24 27 NOTHING BUT BLACKMAIL Croisette, Passion 12in
25 — GIPSY QUEEN Gipsy & Queen, Canadian Power 12in
26 12 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME Poison No. 9, Boy 12in
27 30= LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, German Rush 12in
28 — ONE NIGHT Secret Ties, US Nightwave 12in
29 — SO SWEET Loleatta Holloway, US DJ International Records LP
30 re LOVE TAKE ME HIGH Frank Loverde & Manifestation, US Megatone 12in

5 thoughts on “March 21, 1987: Technics DJ Mixing Championships, Eleanore Mills, Sly & Robbie, Millie Scott, Sybil, Dynasty”

  1. The “vicious slanging matches” which James mentions as being “a new entertaining focal point” at the International DJ Convention provide us with the first mention of rap battle culture in these columns.

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  2. I thought it might be interesting to list the first British house records ever made which I’ve worked out from JH’s columns. Any corrections welcome.

    First: Mel and Kim – ‘System’ (House Mix) (Supreme) July 1986

    Second: Midnight Sunrise – ‘On The House’ (Crossover) August 1986

    Third: Escalator – ‘Let’s Make Some Noise’ (Elite) September 1986

    Fourth: Phil Fearon – ‘Ain’t Nothing But A House Party’ (Chrysalis) October 1986

    Fifth: Freeez – ‘IOU ‘87‘ (Club Mixes) (Criminal) January 1987

    Sixth: Dyce – ‘I Can’t Take It’ (Production House) January 1987

    Seventh Equal: Taurus Boys – ‘Looking For A Love’ February 1987

    Seventh Equal: Mel and Kim – ‘Respectable’ (Extra Beat Mix’ (Supreme) February 1987

    Ninth: Sadie Nine – ‘Let’s Work It Out’ (Record Shack) February 1987

    Tenth: Kissing The Pink. – ‘Certain Things Are Likely’ (Magnet) February 1987

    Eleventh: Mirage – ‘Jack Mix’ (Debut) March 1987

    Twelth: John Rocco – ‘I Want It To Be Real ‘87’ (Club Mix) (City Beat) (March 1987)

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    1. And it’s John Rocca not Rocco (bloody auto correct!) and Mirage has his own house tune on the other side called ‘Move On Out’

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  3. The first UK House track I can remember was O’Chi Brown’s Whenever You Need Somebody (Pull It Off Mix) in ’85 also produced by SAW though not called House then but kinda jacked the beat from Harlequin 4’s Set It Off. Don’t know if it was the 1st. UK House 12″ though. Just the 1st. one I remember buying.

    Chad Jackson supposedly had the stage at Albert Hall wired for a magic trick to end his winning DMC routine where the record was supposed to levitate but the wires failed so he couldn’t perform the trick which is why he transformed Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” forever at the end of his routine cause he had to do something else on the fly when the trick failed. Won either ways of course! 🙂

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