March 28, 1987: Mandy Smith, Cindy Valentine, Luther Vandross, Living In A Box, Patrice Rushen

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

HERB ALPERT has had most of his horn replaced by an organ sound on a new Manic Mix of his hit, likely to be marketed here in conjunction with (rather than replacing) the original … Pete Tong is circulating a rather fast 128½bpm house instrumental with a Creative Source-ish bassline and other vaguely familiar ingredients, credited on moody white label as The Bootleg ‘The Rare Grooves‘ (or should that be the other way around?), which although pressed independently at Lyntone must surely be some cunning scam to help boost an upcoming commercial release — isn’t it? … RCA, rather long after it was a “jazz” club hit, next week 12 inch Elvis Presley’s 106⅔/213⅓-212⅔bpm ‘Bossa Nova Baby‘ from 1963 (RCA ARON T1), while for variety — although interestingly the exact same BPM — the original from a year earlier is also out, by Tippie & The Clovers (you may recall my mentioning it) on the excellent double album ‘The Red Bird Story‘ (Charly CDX 15) … Fourth & Broadway for the DJ Convention specially pressed a Sly & Robbie promo 12 inch seguing the 103⅓bpm ‘Fire’ and ‘Boops’ with an 104-103⅔-0bpm Chris Mackintosh scratch mix of them as flip … Virgin, unable to shift commercial offerings by their group Well Red, have circulated a white label as by Double-U-R containing what amount to break beats mixed by Spikey, the 112½bpm 8.08 Mix and 112bpm Bass Drum Head Mix of something called ‘Honey‘ … Debut already have Eleanore Mills here, Champion have Sybil … Lola’s US mixes will be out here too, soon … US LPs now on UK release include Millie Scott (Fourth & Broadway BRLP 511), Herb Alpert (A&M AMA 5125), The System (Atlantic 7816911) … UK Fresh would appear still to be on, at the NEC on August 12, according to Morgan Khan — who’s filling me in on his new label plans too, this week! … Disco Mix Club’s DJ convention, as many observed, was less well attended than usual by record industry people, maybe because they opted for just the Monday’s more “glittering” Albert Hall bash instead of eating into their weekend time off on Sunday? … Technics world mixing finalists will be weeded down in preliminary heats the previous afternoon so that next year just the best eight will be in the main final showdown … Randy Muller, no longer put off by terrorist bombs, has been back in London remixing Full Circle, and was at the incongruous Hippodrome setting for Maze’s après-gig party —where I found myself chatting to someone who turned out to be Dee Dee Bridgewater, currently playing Billie Holiday on the West End stage in ‘Lady Day’ (she knew that her number one fan Steve Davis had been to see it, but he was too shy to go backstage and she’s really upset as she longed to meet him and get some snooker tips!) … Dave Pearce sits in for six weeks on Susie Barnes’ weekday 2.30-4.30pm Radio London soul show from next Monday, with Damon Rochefort supplying scandal and gossip on Fridays at 3.30 … Dave Gregory’s soul shows on Essex Radio have now expanded to Fridays 9pm-2am and Saturdays 6-10pm, the station’s Soul Night Special heading for the first time to Clacton Pier’s Oscars this Friday (27) … Friday also sees the opening of Manchester’s upmarket Applejacks, funked two nights weekly by Franklin Sinclair, and at Hemel Hempstead’s Heath Park a soul room with Joe Field, Graham Gold, Dave Ealand and jazz with Chris Bangs, Bob Cosby … Saturday (28) Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway and Gilles Peterson funk ‘n’ jazz The Slammer at Gravesend’s Red Lion, while Martin Collins, Graham Gold, Bob Jones and more warm up for Caister at Cambridge Corn Exchange … Chris Kaye (0732-356061) is running a fashion show-cum-disco called ‘It’s The New Style’ on May 22 at Tonbridge’s Angel Centre, and wants offers of anything relevant like PAs, demonstrations … Pillar Promotions are not interested only in rock and rap DJs, all types can apply for their mailing list on 01-735 8171 (ext 118) … “Bam Boo”, in the continued absence of more complete label details, is being credited by some to Bam Boo also as artiste while we join the majority in listing it as being by its writers/producers Lenny D. & Tommy Musto, on the Northcott Prod. Ltd. Label, which from the evidence that does exist seems reasonable … Jimmy Jam’s partner Terry Lewis introduced Pete Waterman to Janet Jackson as “the world’s best producer”, the guys having a mutual admiration society … Curtis Hairston’s previously reported US single of ‘(You’re My) Shining Star‘ is an extended 87bpm remix of the lazily sinuous title-repeated smoochy soul soarer … Cheryl Lynn, if you didn’t know, was evidently first discovered when competing on US TV’s ‘Gong Show’, the amateur talent series briefly shown here a while back! … Charly had better hurry up with Anita Baker’s ‘Angel‘, as the Style Council have already covered it! … LAH DE DAH DE!


Hot producing/writing team (from right to left) MIKE STOCK, MATT AITKEN and PETE WATERMAN have been up to their remix tricks again! They’ve now, typically, put out MEL & KIM ‘Respectable’ in a much harder totally revamped semi-instrumental frantic scratched and freakily jack track-ed 0-122bpm Tabloid Mix (Supreme Records SUPETX 111), on for a full third of the record before anything recognisable from the hit version appears, while they’ve really excelled themselves by just about totally ignoring Bill Wyman’s little friend in turning MANDY SMITH ‘I Just Can’t Wait‘ into an aptly subtitled terrific breezily cantering 114bpm instrumental Cool & Breezy Jazz Version (PWL Records PWLTX 1), with jazz guitar by Matt Aitken. Well hard and credible!


HOT VINYL

CINDY VALENTINE ‘In Your Midnight Hour’ (US Polydor 885-657-1)
The sleeve shot just doesn’t do justice to lovely Cindy (already seen with Mike Sefton in rm, 15/11/86), who whispers then plaintively chants over a jittery percussive 102⅓bpm chugging rhythm that seems self-consciously similar to the same label’s Gwen Guthrie approach. Beware the abrupt vocal fade, although the dub ends (edit too, and more Madonna-ish 116¾bpm ‘Work It Out‘).

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘See Me’ (Epic LUTH T1)
As warned, on 12 inch only (the seven inch remaining unchanged) this exclusive UK remix of his already hugely popular comfortable weaving 102bpm slinky soul swayer has been overdubbed by pattering electronic percussion and syndrums, which may not be everyone’s idea of an improvement even if it does now make the track different enough to be re-marketed in its own right as an A-side at last this time. The flip’s useful instrumental is of the album mix, and joins the older dead slow 0-26-0bpm, ‘A House Is Not A Home’.

LIVING IN A BOX ‘Living In A Box’ (Chrysalis LIB 1)
These three Sheffield lads contribute growling gruff Booker Newberry-ish blue-eyed soul vocals to an Arthur Baker mixed (but not produced) bouncy 0-110⅔bpm percussively tapping infectious jiggler with some nice Latin piano, and a smoother instrumental Penthouse Mix flip, already hot on black radio.

PATRICE RUSHEN ‘Watch Out’ (Arista RIST 12)
Pleasantly burbling return in familiar if dated style by the still squeakily small-voiced singing keyboardist on a lightly loping 119¼bpm bubbler, here with its 119⅔bpm Single Version, 0-119½bpm Dub, and the superfluous 137¼bpm ‘Over The Phone’.

DONNA ALLEN ‘Serious’ (Portrait 650744 6)
Belated UK release for the still potent cleanly chugging 110⅓bpm bumper, in a Janet groove with organ-like synth splurges, chunky guitar, brass, vocoder and phasing male chat, plus a new UK-only 0-110⅓bpm Dub (not instrumental although called that) and the more soulfully textured 116⅔bpm ‘Bad Love‘, which had fans too.

PEGGI BLU ‘Tender Moments’ (US Capitol V-15289)
Nick Martinelli produces Meli’sa Morgan’s sister (who keeps funny spelling in the family!) on a hesitantly littering and jolting 91⅙bpm fragile then squalling soul swayer that’s thankfully less predictable than it may look on paper, as her unsettling searing and soaring vocal pitch is a specialist taste the masses are unlikely to acquire (three versions).

BOBBY BROWN ‘Girl Next Door’ (US MCA Records MCA-23720)
The Larry Blackmon-produced track from this ex-New Edition member’s album (penned by M Wells — Mary?), now remixed by Dave O Ogrin (in four versions), is a Cameo-ish lurching 102⅔bpm jittery wriggler more for the soul crowd here than is his earlier but just UK-issued ‘Girl Friend‘.

GRANDMASTER FLASH ‘Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang’ LP (Elektra 960 723-1)
Most tracks seem too short on a strong set in which Flash still masters the turntables but his rapping crew usually grab more attention, hot scratch cuts being the 98⅓bpm ‘Tear The Roof Off’, Queen-inspired 104½bpm ‘We Will Rock You‘, sparse 97⅓bpm ‘Kid Named Flash‘, jolting 88⅓bpm ‘Bus Dis (Wooo)‘, while raps are the hilarious Zappa-esque 98½bpm ‘Underarms‘ (about BO), innuendo-filled 0-92½bpm ‘Black Caddy‘, jauntily slavering 97⅓bpm ‘Them Jeans‘, go go-ish 96⅙bpm ‘Get Yours‘, wordily jittering 94⅓bpm ‘All Rapped Up‘, ‘Amityville-type 97⅓bpm ‘House That Rocked‘, humanitarian 98⅓bpm ‘I Am Somebody‘, different shorter 100½bpm ‘U Know What Time It Is’, all sandwiched between brief album opening and closing scraps of the 100bpm ‘Ain’t We Funkin’ Now’. Sho ’nuff are.

SOS BAND No Lies’ (Tabu 650444 6)
Dave O Ogrin’s catchily leaping 0-123¼bpm remix of their Jam & Lewis-created melodic zestful ‘mauve’ funker is filled with freaky effects (dub too), here coupled with an edit of the older tranquil rolling 98¼bpm ‘Even When You Sleep‘.

THE SOUL CLUB ‘I Want Your Guy’ (Cooltempo COOLX 135)
Enlivened by some telephoned girl talk towards the end, ‘Your Guy’ is rhythmically ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ on this girl-souled 101⅔bpm Jocelyn Brown-ish jiggler (in three mixes), about which Dancin’ Danny D is keeping rather quiet although apparently it’s due out about now (which, taking the Taurus Boyz as an example, means it might be seen in May!).

SHOKK ‘Lock Me Out (Mixdoctormix)’ (Polydor POSPA 851)
Made considerably more sleek and tidy in a totally restructured slower 110⅕-0bpm remix by Les Adams, this girl and guy crooned smoothly swaying gentle stroller still isn’t exactly special but sounds a darn sight stronger than before (inst/edit flip).

SHIRLEY MURDOCK ‘As We Lay (Horizontal Mix)’ Electra EKR 53T)
Zapp’s soulstress at last has her US smooch smash issued here in this new 35⅞/71⅔-71⅓-0bpm version as well as the 37/74-0bpm Midnight Mix (plus the 132¼bpm ‘Danger Zone’), a sumptuous swirling and soaring swayer for early morning goodbyes.

ROBERT BROOKINS ‘Come To Me’ (US MCA Records MCA-23727)
After an easily skippable long tempoless vocal preamble this becomes a huskily over-wrought (0-) 92⅙bpm pleasantly melodic pent-up pushing soul swayer with a brief rhythm lull a third of the way in, nothing revolutionary but sure to interest some, flipped for variety and value by the piano-led ‘purple jazz’-type flying 117½bpm instrumental ‘Incredulous‘.

PRIVATE JOY ‘Coolin’ Out’ (US Evejim Records E.J. 1982)
Dated 1986 although more dated sounding than that (is the catalogue number a clue?), this Leon Haywood-produced jittery slick staccato 118¾bpm wriggler is in pleasantly timeless male soul vocal group style, satisfying and simple without being startling (71⅔bpm ‘Love It Or Leave It‘ flip).

VARIOUS ‘House Music — Vol II‘ LP (US DJ International Records DJ 1010)
Comprised of extracts and edited mixes from current or imminent house 12 inchers, this sampler LP should not be confused with the UK-originated series The House Sound Of Chicago’. Quite varied within the sound’s limitations, it has versions of the 121¾bpm LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY ‘So Sweet‘, 120½bpm PETER BLACK ‘I Can’t Stop‘, 125½bpm FRANKIE HOLLYWOOD and RICKY D ‘Feel The Fire‘, 124½bpm CHIP E ‘If You Only Knew‘, 121bpm FINGERS INC ‘You’re Mine‘, 118½bpm FULL HOUSE ‘Communicate‘, 122bpm NIGHTSTAR ‘Body Groove (Get In The Groove)‘, 121bpm FRANKIE KNUCKLES ‘You Can’t Hide‘.

CONDO ‘Love Allowance’ (US Obscure Records OB-001)
Yet another house hit I’m late reviewing because (like Dynasty, Risqué Rythum Team, Dubba & The Jack Attack, MG², Kelley Charles) it wasn’t stocked at Rayners Lane — and in this case I can see why, as there’s a fine line dividing it from out and out hi-NRG, being a frantically bounding 120¾-121bpm Bobby O creation kinda like Sylvester meeting Dead Or Alive (inst flip), which obviously many will jump at!

MARIO ‘SMOKIN’ DIAZ ‘Fusion Dance’ (US DJ International Records DJ 910)
Ditto, ditto, ditto, as above: a very hi-NRG 123¼bpm galloper, not without surface excitement if that’s your thing, out of its four mixes most jack track-ish being the ‘Jackin Up & The Dub‘ and ‘Bonus Beats’ versions.

PIMP PRETTY — ROYAL RON — D.J. M.A. $ ‘Rock The B-Boy Stance’ (US Schoolly-D Records SD-116)
The labels seem to be on the wrong sides of this Schoolly-D produced insistent nervy 96½-96⅓bpm rap, in which the guys’ dovetailed vocal lines wash over each other in waves (in three versions, less densely on the dub).

BEN LIEBRAND has followed ‘You Sexy Thing’ by now creating HOT CHOCOLATE ‘Every 1’s A Winner (Sexy Remix)’ (EMI 12EMI 5607), syncopating a new piddly-patting 107bpm percussion track around the group’s otherwise not much altered 1978 oldie, with useful bonus beats plus an edit of his more Giorgio Moroder-ish Groove Mix, which will soon be out on its own in extended form too.

BIZ MARKIE featuring T.J. Swan ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ (US Prism PS 2009)
Marley Marl produced well structured slinky 97⅙-97⅓bpm ego boosting rap with chorus and human beat box support, plus lots of serious scratching including a repeated ‘Rock Creek Park’ riff (dub flip).

THE ULTIMATE FORCE ‘Cuts Like These’ (US Hip-Hop Records DW-260) “You never heard a DJ who cuts like these”, brag the rapping MCs, and indeed all sorts of stuff gets cut into the lurching jiggly 97⅚-0bpm beat (less vocal flip), a real scratcherama.

PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Timebomb’ (Def Jam 650497 6)
An angrily worded here 0-97⅙bpm remorseless rap, abrupt and short, still stealing thunder from the A-side’s wordily introed equally remorseless 0-100⅓bpm ‘Public Enemy # 1‘, its 0-100⅙bpm instrumental and 0-99½bpm ‘Son Of Public Enemy (Flavor Whop Version)‘, all three (the last one least) overlaid by a wheezlingly pitched synth drone. Fairly specialist.

THE BROTHERS ‘You Can’t Win’ (US B Boy Records BB 500)
Brother rap Narkim and human beat box Akiem do it to a sinuous 95¾bpm beat that cuts on a James Brown “uhh”, and in its monotonously mesmerising instrumental version makes a good break beat, while the bizarre ‘Memories‘ flip is rapped and sung acappella to human beat box.

KV ‘Ex-Girlfriends’ (CityBeat CBE 1211)
With the same spaghetti western whistle as ‘Single Girls’, the fast talking young New Yorker raps about the loves of his life to a jerkily juddering 92⅓bpm rhythm track that’s not hip hop as such (dub flip).

FEEDBACK ‘So Fine’ (Production House PNT 003)
Smoothly pushing slightly rapped-up 111⅓bpm Britfunk remake of the still fondly remembered Howard Johnson classic, with a nervily juddering and jittering 109½bpm flip presumably actually called ‘Feedback‘, in typical NW10 stylee.

GEORGIO ‘Sex Appeal’ (Motown ZT 41210)
Jerkily jumping 116½bpm nervy jiggler created by Georgio Allentini, who sounds more like a follower of Jermaine Stewart than of Prince, and works up a moderately infectious sweat (116bpm Original Mix and 115⅔bpm Instrumental too).

GO GO LORENZO & THE DAVIS PINCKNEY PROJECT ‘Top, Bottom, Side & Rear’ (Polydor POSPX 858)
More jaunty 99⅓bpm go go like the last one, probably too much so, as it even repeats the main melody arrangement without adding anything new that’s actually better (inst flip).

CLAUDIO GALDEZ ‘Water Garden’ (Production House PNT 004)
Chinese flavoured tinklingly chimed and vibed 116⅕bpm bubbly instrumental jitterer featuring jazzy sax just on the A-side version, by the brother of Phil Fearon’s support singer Dee Galdez.

LIONEL RICHIE ‘Sela’ (Motown LIOT 4)
Trying to be another ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ but at a trickier (0-)65¾/131½bpm tempo, this features his all-purpose ‘islands’ accent allied to African rather than Caribbean rhythm sounds this time, and does build a mood (best for radio?) with its “save the children” message (edit, and older 113½bpm ‘Serves You Right’ flip).

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS ‘Send It To Me’ (MCA Records MCAT 1122)
Gradually unfurling pleasant enough thoroughly typical surging and swirling 115½bpm trotter (in four versions).

ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS ‘Look Back Over Your Shoulder’ (Nightmare MARE 16)
Ian Levine recreates their classic ‘Tighten Up’ rhythm in typically horrid tinny mechanical 114⅓bpm style behind a nicely enough sung comfy catchy soul canterer (dub flip).


UK DISCO TOP 100 – March 28, 1987

01 03 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX)/SETTLE DOWN (REMIX)/(YOU’RE A) GOOD GIRL (REMIX)  Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
02 01 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
03 02 EV’RY LITTLE BIT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
04 04 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
05 06 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
06 05 THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX)/LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
07 08 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION)/LET’S TRY AGAIN Surface, CBS 12in
08 09 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX) Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
09 10 WAX THE VAN (KENNY’S CLUB VERSION)/(CHERRY’S CLUB)/(JON’S DUB) Lola, US Jump Street 12in
10 07 TURN ME LOOSE Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in
11 12 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
12 13 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown Warner Bros 12in
13 26 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, London 12in
14 11 TEASER (REMIX) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
15 14 U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS (EXTENDED SCRATCH) Grandmaster Flash, Elektra 12in
16 23 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB MIX)/(ALTERNATIVE MIX), Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in
17 25 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS/STAY IN LOVE/POUR IT ON Mason, Elektra LP
18 62 WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT)/(JUNIOR’S MAJOR DUB) Lola, Syncopate 12in
19 21 LET’S GET BRUTAL/THIS BRUTAL HOUSE (THE BRUTAL MIX) Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
20 16 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
21 34 BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
22 15 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
23 22 COME AS YOU ARE (SUPERSTAR) (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
24 17 IT’S MY BEAT Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, Champion 12in
25 19 MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
26 40 AFTER LOVING YOU (LP VERSION)/PRIVATE PARTY Epic 12in
27 27 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
28 39 LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX) (PARTS 1 & 2) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
29 30 TOUCH OF JAZZ/THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF/ROCK THE HOUSE/JUST ROCKIN’ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion LP
30 18 MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX) James (D-Train) Williams, CBS 12in
31 56 LET’S TALK IT OVER/LOVE ME RIGHT/2 HOT 2 HANDLE/ONE STOP LOVER/CAN’T STAND THE HEAT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way LP
32 31 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/SO AMAZING Luther Vandross, Epic LP
33 28 CRUSH ON YOU The Jets, MCA Records 12in
34 47 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE/REMIX Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
35 42 DON’T BLOW A GOOD THING (REMIX)/YOU MAKE ME WANT TO (LOVE AGAIN) Vesta Williams, Breakout 12in
36 29 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER Full Circle, Dutch EMI America LP
37 — AND THE BEAT GOES ON/IT’S A LOVE THING/SOME KINDA LOVER/CONTAGIOUS The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
38 20 OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN (LARRY LEVAN REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Boiling Point 12in
39 24 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN Raze, Champion 12in
40 43 LOVE ON A BLUE TRAIN/BOY’S CLUB/HON E MAN/SOUL SALSA Sheila E, Paisley Park LP
41 67 SCREAMING AT THE MOON (REMIX)/AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
42 37 WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, US Arista 12in
43 45 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX)/CRAZAY (US REMIX) Jesse Jackson, A&M 12in
44 32 HOUSE NATION/TRACK’N THE HOUSE The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
45 54 I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING/VALENTINE MIX Jackie Wilson, SMP 12in
46 61 LOOKING FOR A LOVER Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in
47 79 LEAN ON ME (REMIX)/PUMP IT UP (LEAN ON ME) REPRISE (REMIX) Club Nouveau, Warner Brothers/King Jay Records 12in
48 46 HOLD ME Sheila E, Paisley Park 12in
49 36 LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL (HOUSE MIX)/(HOUSE OF TRIX MIX) J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
50 50 THE TERMINATOR – KILLER RAP Junior Gee and the ‘A’ Team, Fourth & Broadway 12in
51 48 STOP BAJON. . . PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
52 33 JUMP INTO MY LIFE (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Stacy Lattisaw, Motown 12in
53 35 SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES/LA, LA, LA, HE, HE, HEE Prince, Paisley Park 12in
54 57 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/DAY BY DAY Chuck Stanley, US Def Jam 12in
55 44 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY (REMIX)/INSTRUMENTAL Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
56 — I JUST CAN’T WAIT (THE COOL & BREEZY JAZZ VERSION) Mandy Smith featuring Matt Aitken, PWL Records 12in
57 re THE HOUSE SOUND OF CHICAGO MEGAMIX Various Artists, German BCM/DJ International Records 12in
58 98 = AS WE LAY (HORIZONTAL MIX)/(MIDNIGHT MIX) Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in
59 75 COME BACK TO ME/ALL MY LOVE/TENDER LOVIN’/LONG TIME COMING/WATCH OUT Patrice Rushen, US Arista LP
60 53 CRUSH ON YOU (DAKEYNE REMIX) The Jets, MCA Records 12in
61 82 SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOVE Sandy Torano, US Atlantic 12in
62 73 DIAMONDS/PILLOW/MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN/TRAFFIC JAM/ROCKET TO THE MOON Herb Alpert, A&M LP
63 70 I CAN’T LET YOU GO Norwood, US Magnolia Sound 12in
64 89 FACTS OF LOVE (REMIXES) Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White, Club 12in twin-pack
65 72 STAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) Howard Hewett, Elektra 12in
66 85 “BAM BOO” Lenny D & Tommy Musto, US Northcott Prod Ltd 12in
67 60 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX) Eleanore Mills, US VinylMania 12in
68 87 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT Barbara Roy, US RCA Victor 12in
69 52 WHATCHA GONNA DO Blaze, Champion 12in
70 71 HAPPY (DAVID ‘PIC’ CONLEY REMIX) Surface, CBS 12in
71 — SEE ME (EXTENDED REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
72 — LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/(THE PENTHOUSE MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in white label
73 63 JACKIN (EMU STYLE)/(BASS MIX) Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
74 55 LOVE SCENE (REMIX) Full Force, US Columbia 12in
75 58 RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42, Polydor 12in
76 59 READ MY MIND/CHASIN’ A DREAM Tashan, Def Jam 12in
77 re HEY KIDS, WHAT TIME IS IT? DJ Cold Cuts, US 12in bootleg mixer
78 re IF YOU LET ME STAY (REMIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
79 86 I WANT IT TO BE REAL (THE ULTIMATE MIXES ’87) John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
80 re WHO IS IT? (US FREESTYLE CLUB MIX) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
81 80 I FOUND A FRIEND C.T. Satin, US Underworld 12in
82 re SHE’S CRAFTY/THE NEW STYLE Beastie Boys, Def Jam LP
83 — STILL IN LOVE (LIGHTS DOWN LOWER MIX) Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
84 69 AFTER DARK/GREEKS IN THE HOUSE True Mathematics and the Invisible Empire, US Select Records 12in
85 — STONE LOVE Kool & The Gang, Club 12in
86 — RESPECTABLE (THE TABLOID MIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
87 — WE WILL ROCK YOU/TEAR THE ROOF OFF/THEM JEANS/UNDERARMS/BIG BLACK CADDY Grandmaster Flash, Elektra LP
88 66 LOVE YOU DOWN Ready For The World, MCA Records 12in
89 re NO LIES (REMIX)/12” DUB SOS Band, Tabu 12in
90 68 LOVESTRUCK Projection, Elite 12in
91 77 THE MONKEY PAW (A NEW DANCE KRAZE) Scott & Raven, US Columbia 12in
92 99 TENDER MOMENTS Peggi Blu, US Capitol 12in
93 re EASTENDERS Micron, SG 12in white label
94 — I WANT YOUR GUY (CLUB MIX) The Soul Club, Cooltempo 12in white label
95 83 LET’S WORK IT OUT (CLUBHOUSE MIX) Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
96 re SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
97 — GLUED TO THE SPOT Cheryl Glasgow, Live Records 12in
98 93 JAMMIN’ TO THE BELLS/MY ALL AND ALL/LOVE TOY Chuck Stanley, Def Jam LP
99 — THE BOOTLEG The Rare Grooves, white label 12in
100= 92 PEDAL TO THE FLOOR Bubba & The Jack Attack, US Obscure Records 12in
100= 94 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (DUB MIX) Big Audio Dynamite, CBS 12in


EUROBEAT

01 05 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
02 06 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
03 03 ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
04 09 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, US Sizzle 12in
05 05 EVERY WAKING HOUR Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
06 18 LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX) Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
07 21 I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
08 25 GIPSY QUEEN Gipsy & Queen, Canadian Power 12in
09 14 GOLD DIGGER Lime, US TSR 12in
10 04 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
11 10 FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
12 15 JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
13 02 STOP BAJON. . .PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
14 22 STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
15 07 LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
16 — ELECTRICA SALSA Off, German ZYX 12in
17 23 RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
18 08 MAN SIZE LOVE (MAN SIZE MONSTER MIX) Klymaxx, MCA Records 12in
19 11 AT THIS MOMENT Menage, US Profile 12in
20 28 ONE NIGHT Secret Ties, US Nightwave 12in
21 13 SUCH A JOY HONEY Carol Jiani, MCA Records 12in
22 — SOONER OR LATER Ernest Kohl, US Dice 12in
23 12 ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
24 re BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, German ZYX 12in
25 — ONE SHOT SO HOT Mike Bow, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
26 29 SO SWEET Loleatta Holloway, US DJ International Records LP
27 27 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, German Rush 12in
28 24 NOTHING BUT BLACKMAIL Croisette, Passion 12in
29 30 LOVE TAKE ME HIGH Frank Loverde & Manifestation, US Megatone 12in
30 re TOUCH BY TOUCH (TOUCH MIX) Joy, Greyhound Label 12in

7 thoughts on “March 28, 1987: Mandy Smith, Cindy Valentine, Luther Vandross, Living In A Box, Patrice Rushen”

  1. Jimmy Jam’s partner Terry Lewis introduced Pete Waterman to Janet Jackson as “the world’s best producer” … shall we all just let that sink in for a moment or two? If nothing else, it’s a reminder that SAW still commanded more respect than derision – they had, after all, just picked up a “Best Producer” award at the same event, and the “whack ’em out willy-nilly” Hit Factory days of Big Fun, Sonia et al were still ahead of them.

    And speaking of SAW: Mandy Smith’s Cool & Breezy Jazz Version – complete with some really rather tasty guitar work from Aitken – marks our first “Hello Balearic!” moment, and is another indicator that SAW could still legitimately lay claim to being ahead-of-the-game tastemakers at this stage. (They had another neat trick up their sleeves as well, which will become apparent over the summer months.)

    Well ahead of 808 State, “Everybody Needs A 303”, “Revolution 909” etc etc, the honour of being the first track to reference the Roland range of drum machines and synths falls instead to a “creatively marketed” and somewhat opportunistic remix of a failed UK pop act. History can sometimes be inconvenient like that!

    One of the biggest and best Eurobeat hits of the year, Off’s “Electrica Salsa”, debuts this week, and so it’s perhaps worth mentioning what happened to the German trio who made the track. Two of them became the creative mainstays behind Snap!, while the third, Sven Väth, became a key figure in Germany’s techno scene.

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  2. A first mention for the term rare groove(s) although seemingly not in the context that we know it now – but instead in connection with a Pete Tong spun homegrown house tune. I wonder if anyone knows what this was – it’s says that it’s fast so could it be Jack n Chill The Jack That House Built” although not having heard that for a long time I’m unsure if it had a Creative Source bassline.

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    1. Its true identity is revealed in next week’s Odds ‘N’ Bods – but I’ve also left a little clue for you, in the form of a link, for the time being….

      Good spot on the first mention of “rare groove”, even though this track isn’t actually rare groove – meaning that for the second time this week, a “creatively marketed” remix of a UK pop act bags the first mention prize!

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  3. ‘Tired of Being Pushed Around’ by 2 men (?) and a trumpet (?) I think that’ll be. Haven’t heard it for years.

    As you said and I thought from the description JH gave nothing whatsoever to do with rare groove.

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    1. I’ve just seen loopzillas post – with rare groove in full effect SAW made ‘roadblock’ look like some rare early/mid 70s funk discovery and it worked and they fooled a lot of DJs.

      I’m sure JH appreciated the whole subterfuge.

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  4. I was a little early but couldn’t help myself. Roadblock even has a phone number in New York printed on it’s labels to fool ’em. Waterman’s NYC lawyer’s digits..lol.

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