ODDS ‘N’ BODS
WESTSIDE STORY: Ealing entrepreneur Morgan Khan’s new label signs a distribution deal this week, so no details have been made public yet, although I understand its finance is largely from Indian and US sources … Pete Tong was indeed creating a scam, last week’s moody white label 128½bpm house instrumental credited as ‘The Bootleg — The Rare Grooves’ turning out to be commercially the B-side (actually subtitled ‘The Rare Groove Bootleg‘) from Arthur Baker’s 128¼bpm Club Senseless remix of – ulp! we’ve been had! – Fine Young Cannibals ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ (London LONXR 121) … Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis’s new (0-)114¼-114½bpm Manic Mix of Herb Alpert ‘Keep Your Eye On Me’ has indeed got chugging gospel organ, scratched-in girls going “funky” and just the Tijuana trumpet breaks, flipped on promo by an intro-less 114bpm instrumental of the hit version with, if anything, extra trumpet … Marshall Jefferson ‘House Music Anthem’ still has too many legal problems for RCA to release it here after all, despite pressing up 1,500 white labels … Charly won’t have Anita Baker’s ‘Angel’ here either, as they never clinched a deal – shame … Rhythm King’s £5.99 double album, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers ‘Live ’87’ (Flame Records MELT LP3) includes as the stronger sides three and four, the previously imported jazzy ‘Go Go Swing‘ and ‘Here We Go Again‘ 12 inch medleys — and if you think I’m about to BPM a live go go double LP, I’m afraid you’ve another think coming! … Funkin’ Marvellous Records and Steinar share as main man George Hargreaves, who’s thus been able to promo back-to-back from both labels a teasingly introed 118⅔bpm Mark Berry remix of Lee Prentiss ‘U Me’ and a 0-112⅔-0bpm M&M remix of Mezzoforte’s chunkily jittering vocal ‘No Limit’ … Haywoode’s revival of ‘I’m Your Puppet’ was produced in Philadelphia by Nick Martinelli, a detail that might have helped had it been mentioned on the white labelled promos … Debut picked up Bobby McClure … Champion’s overdue reissue of Kinkina ‘Jungle Fever‘ will include a new scratch version by DJ StreetsAhead … Portsmouth label Domino Records’ next reissue will be the Michael Zager Band ‘Let’s All Chant’ … ‘Paul Revere’ for some reason has now replaced ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ on the Beastie Boys’ 12 inch … UK 12 inch pressings may soon have to contain only a maximum 20 minutes of music, and twin-packed singles seem certain to be a thing of the past … MCA Records in the US have issued seven of their current black hits on cassette maxi-single, a test-marketed ploy being tried by other labels there too, fine for Walkman wearers but less so for DJs should this trend ever replace vinyl (or CD) … Fourth & Broadway label manager Ian Dewhirst sensibly suggests that, as well as standardised rules being applied to future Technics DJ Mixing Championships to prevent any ugly misunderstandings, the competition might also benefit from being split into two separate categories, for gimmicky showmanship and for scratch-type technique … Manchester mixer Rob Manley is now packing ‘em in and breaking new music at Wakefield’s Roof Top Gardens/Cassanovas, which has encouraged him to compile a mailing list of the North’s top club jocks in an effort to service them with new product and help break it further throughout that area — send full work details to him at 42 Emery Avenue, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 2LF, provided you work either side of the Pennines and play more than the hits … Peter King (0675-63554) is updating the Midlands’ mailing list for SuperJocks, and after mid-week PAs for his own venue, Madisons … Nicky Holloway’s Rockley Sands soul weekender attracted a proper soul club crowd, with no shaving foam but a good atmosphere, and will be repeated on October 16-18 … Sunday (5) Birmingham Powerhouse’s 3pm alldayer has a DJ throwdown including UK finalists Scooby Swift and kitchen sink-toting Johnny Jay … Chuck Stanley, Tashan and Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, with busy duettist Alyson Williams in support, comprise a Def Jam US Soul Attack tour over Easter, hitting Manchester International Club (18), Nottingham Rock City (19), London Camden Palace (20/21) … Rick Robinson’s jazz plus lager at 60p a pint are packing Saturday lunchtimes at Chertsey Bridge’s Cricketers … Bournemouth Clouds’ Monday ‘Soul Train’ has new school Alan Matthews and old school Paul Anthony varying the vintages on the two back-to-back floors … Pete Haigh, souling Blackpool’s The Club on Fridays, above Talbot Square’s Rumours, is desperate for the seven inch Silk ‘I Can’t Stop‘ and will swop Randy Brown ‘Always In The Mood‘ on 0253-824156 … Shirley Murdock’s new US 12 inch of her crawling ‘Go On Without You‘ slowie is flipped by the just UK-issued ‘As We Lay (Horizontal Mix)‘ in a much louder pressing … Rob Moir says thanks and goodbye to all at his Chester and North Wales venues as he jets off to Spain for the summer season … James Lewis (Swansea Whispers Thursday) is probably not alone spotting similarities in the rhythm between Tullio De Piscopo and the early Seventies Italian hit, Adriano Celentano ‘The Language Of Love‘ … Peter Sievewright (Perth Yorky’s) wonders whether Jimmy Ruffin ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ will make it onto a 501’s commercial … Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ title in black American slang apparently means “going in by the back door”, if you get my drift … shoot me through the grease, LAH DE DAH DE!
SIMON GOFFE (left) this Thursday (2) starts a new Across The Tracks night at Camden Lock’s Dingwalls in London, featuring all sorts of black music with the help of regular guests, beginning this week with rare groover Norman Jay (right), then funkster Nicky Holloway (centre left) and jazzer Gilles Peterson. Of course another name for the night could have been Canal Street Blues…
GRAEME PARK built Nottingham’s The Garage into a legend but has now moved with his upfront funk to that city’s newer The Barracuda, in Hurt’s Yard, every Tues/Saturday, leaving him more time to gig on other nights around the country. The dude is def.
Last week I mentioned how during some friendly banter with her, I gradually realised that it was none other than DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER (above, with yours truly) who was standing beside me at Maze’s Hippodrome party (not difficult to deduce, as there aren’t many Paris-based Americans currently appearing in the West End!) She’s playing Billie Holiday in the one-woman show ‘Lady Day’, which from April 10 is transferring from the Donmar Warehouse to the legit Piccadilly Theatre for a two month run. Also, just out here is her jazz trio-backed ‘Live In Paris’ LP (Affinity AFF172), not for dancing but great listening. Be like her number one fan, Steve Davis, and catch her if you can!
Established as a soul DJ around Camberley for the last ten years, Phonogram’s new disco plugger (and Buddy Holly lookalike) now really does have to spell his name as JOHNNY WALKER, to prevent confusion between his proper spelling and Radio One’s prodigal son Johnnie Walker!
CAMEO ‘Back And Forth’ (Club JABX 49)
Drastically remixed and opened out, their album’s hottest track now has a disjointedly jacking stereo title line vocal intro before the smacking 111⅔pm beat starts strutting jauntily through different phases to reach at last the catchily repeating roundelay lyrics, although the whole thing ends up overall with more instrumental than singing, gunshots and gurgling electronic voices punctuating the freakier dub (dustbins rattled and organ chorded itchy staccato 112¾bpm ‘You Can Have The World‘, too). Uniquely Cameo.
FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Big Love’ (Warner Bros W8398T)
I know it seems extraordinarily improbable, but this is house! Surging through 0-125¾-125½-125¾-125½bpm ‘Set If Off’ cymbal, pounding piano, jack track stutters and a typical episodic Chicago structure, its only prevented from being totally authentic by just a tiny bit of vocal early on. Honest! The irony is it’ll probably be the first crossover house hit in the States.
JIM BENNETT & HIS BUMPIN CREW ‘Bump & Roll (Give Up The Funk)’ (US Studio Records STU-1411)
Deserving to take over where Lorenzo Queen left off as easily the best and most commercial go go since ‘You Can Dance (If You Want To)’, this similarly well arranged infectiously weaving 103⅙bpm bumpy bubbler has a deadly simple synth riff and some nice neat piano fills behind Jim’s rhythm-riding exhortations (inst flip).
LILLO THOMAS ‘Lillo’ LP (US Capitol ST-12450)
Dead derivative although always in his inimitable vocal style, lightly yelping and gently worrying repetitive phrases rather than singing fully rounded songs, within a pleasantly soulful ambience that’s often already familiar from other singers’ hits, this formularised but obviously hot set as well as his (0-)108⅙bpm ‘Sexy Girl‘ smash has the sharply snapping fluidly loping 114bpm ‘I’m In Love’, shimmering jittery hushed 104-104½-0bpm ‘Put Your Foot Down‘, sinuously swaying 101¾bpm ‘Her Love‘, tranquil Freddie Jackson-ish 67bpm ‘Wanna Make Love (All Night Long)‘, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’-like 101⅔-101¾bpm ‘Downtown‘, ‘Human Nature’-like (0-)20¾/41½bpm ‘Sweet Surrender’, hesitantly yearning 0-34¾/69½-0bpm ‘That Guy (Could Have Been Me)’, and Otis Redding’s sincerely revived 21¾-23½-24¼/48½-0bpm ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)’.
THE WHISPERS ‘And The Beat Goes On’ (MCA Records MCAT 1126)
Knowing what was in store I didn’t actually rush to BPM this classic loosely striding 112¼-114-113⅔-112⅔-115-113⅔-115-114⅓bpm smacker from 1980, bowing in a series of four-track 12-inchers devoted to artists from the old Solar label, this also having 1981 ‘s urgently lurching 0-117-117½-118-119-120bpm ‘It’s A Love Thing’ and the more recent synth jiggled 116⅕bpm ‘Some Kinda Lover’, tightly clipped 114⅔bpm ‘Contagious’. It may not look like much, but I had to spend at least 90 minutes just checking those Beats Per Minute.
WOOLY REASONABLE & THE YO CULTURE ‘You’re The Only One’ (Club JABX 45)
Never as big as it deserved to be on import last year, this Duke Bootee-produced fascinating wriggly 103⅔bpm nagger friskily judders through a distinctive Jamaican accented muttering girl, soft chanting, het-up guy, slippery scratching, squalling sax, whining guitar and compulsive jiggly beats (inst flip), as off the wall as ‘Wax The Van’ or ‘Sexy’ and just as well worth checking.
ROBERT BROOKINS ‘If You Only Knew’ (MCA Records MCF 3373)
Huskily souled soaring “old school”-style smoothly striding 116¾bpm swinger, somewhat ‘Searching’-ish, flipped by the soulfully jogging 76⅔bpm ‘In The Beginning‘ and his new import’s swaying (0-)92⅙bpm ‘Come To Me‘ (only reviewed last week), making excellent value if you’re still heavily into the Seventies sound.
NORWOOD ‘I Can’t Let You Go’ (MCA Records MCAT 1115)
Creating fantastic fervour as it gradually builds out of an over-long nervily jittering start, this 101⅓bpm electro-gospel singer gets excitingly soulful once the Abrams/Vandross/Pendergrass-ish Norwood B. starts hoarsely hollering and moaning through intensely chanting sanctified supporters, with a great jangly piano break erupting from the rhythm near the end (edit and loping Luther-ish (0-56¼-)112½bpm ‘Don’t Let Love‘ flip). Be sure and hear it all, as it’s one of those that’s better the longer it’s on.
ATLANTIC STARR ‘All In The Name Of Love’ LP (Warner Bros 925 560-1)
On a new label and totally self-produced now, with side two hanging together best, this has the attractively duetted soulful (0-)75⅓bpm title track, lusher though similarly tempoed 73⅓bpm ‘My Mistake‘, pleasantly swaying 105⅔bpm ‘Let The Sun In‘, rolling singalong slow soul 71⅓bpm ‘Thankful‘, slushily duetted 65⅓bpm ‘Always’, semi-falsetto chunkily chugging 109⅔bpm ‘You Belong With Me’, Barbara Weathers-sung sweetly weaving 0-48¾/97½bpm ‘Don’t Take Me For Granted’, almost Madonna-ish cantering 115⅔bpm ‘One Lover At A Time’, jolting 0-106⅔bpm ‘Females’.
TASHAN ‘Read My Mind’ (US Def Jam 44-06737)
Never really more than merely the most modern sounding dance track from his LP, this Bill Stephney-remixed proper new US single version now wriggles with an ethereal vocal echo behond an altogether bubblier tapping 101-0bpm rhythm that’s a big improvement (edit too), flipped by the previously released Alyson Williams-duetted ultra soulful 85⅔bpm ‘Got The Right Attitude‘.
ZUSHII ‘Surprise, Surprise (Remix)’ (Debut DEBTX 3005)
Newly remixed by Damon Rochefort and Robin Sellars, this repetitive girl squeaked 101⅓bpm episodic jitterer wriggles brightly through various nice jazzily inflected breaks with a samba-ish kick, and was something of a sleeper in its Nigel Wright-produced 101½bpm original version (now on the flip), selling steadily for many months after its release.
THE JETS ‘Curiosity’ (MCA Records MCAT 1119)
Phil Harding’s UK remix adds digitally cut-up chipmunks and a beefier beat to Eight Star’s frisky staccato (0-)125¼-125½bpm Minneapolis leaper, bright ‘n trite like their last one (dub flip, and lurching 119bpm ‘Burn The Candle‘).
MAXI PRIEST ‘Let Me Know’ (10 Records TENT 156)
Naggingly familiar (why do I keep wanting to sing “make my dreams a reality”?), this gorgeous bubbling 0-88⅙bpm reggae soul swayer has melismatic Billy Stewart-ish singing and timeless vocal group support (timeless since the early Sixties, this is!), with an equally nice jogging 85½bpm ‘I Dream‘ flip.
RULA BROWN ‘I Do Love You’ (Revue REV 043T, via Rhino)
Speaking of the late Billy Stewart, and his word-bending melismatic swooping soul singing style, here’s a straightforward very pleasant 60-89⅔-91⅔bpm reggaefication of his lovely 1965 classic, bridging for a while into its even more famous follow-up, ‘Sitting In The Park’.
BARRINGTON LEVY ‘Struggler’ (I Time Records TR0020)
A fabulous fascinating 81-87/174-88/176bpm fusion of reggae and vintage rock ‘n’ roll, trickily double tempoed like Chill Fac-Torr so maybe not easy for floors, just large on London’s radio!
KEN BOOTHE ‘Everything I Own’ (Trojan Records Reggae Classics CLASSY 3)
Timely reissue of 1974‘s original chart-topping 34⅔-74⅓-76⅓-77bpm reggae treatment of the Bread song, a bit muddy sounding by modern standards.
JUDY BOUCHER ‘Can’t Be With You Tonight’ (Orbitone Records OR 12-21)
The UK equivalent of Southern Soul, a Country-tinged sweetly sentimental simple pedestrian 68¾-68⅔bpm slowie, for middle-aged smoochers. You pronounce her name “Bowcher”, as Phil Allen has only just learned!
DENISE MOTTO ‘IMNXTC (Jack Your Body To The Beat)’ (Kool Kat KOOL T1, via PRT)
Neil Rushton’s label finally releases the frantically flying and flangeing 127½bpm repetitive Hi-NRG jack track that’s already been hot on import and out here on Rhythm King’s ‘Chicago Jack Beat’ LP, now however extended with instrumental and dub mixes, plus a far more interesting excellent new 127¾-128¼-127½bpm Scratch Mix by Birmingham’s champion DJ Scooby Swift.
RT & THE ROCKMEN UNLIMITED ‘I Want To Go To Chicago’ (Club JABX 51)
In fact sung by Wally Jump Junior’s Will Downing and Craig Derry, last summer’s disappointing Arthur Baker-created would-be house galloper has now had a frantic 122½bpm Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk remix that compresses the sound without improving the over-busy beat, his two new vocal dubs on the flip however being much more comfortably textured, spacious, and useful, the ones to try.
THE CLASSICAL TWO ‘New Generation’ (US Rooftop Records RT003)
The guys keep rapping in support of “new school” rap but their bouncily jiggling 98½bpm beat repeatedly cuts in Bobby Byrd’s “get on up”, which is about as old as hats can be now – how about finding some fresh beats for a change? – although the rhythm is good (96⅚bpm dub and ‘Chapel Of Love’-quoting murkier 86bpm ‘(She’s A) Freak Dog‘, too).
GLORIA GAYNOR ‘Be Soft With Me Tonight’ (Fanfare 12FAN 11)
Much blander and very differently treated steadily swaying 87bpm Stock-Aitken-Waterman mixed original version of the song also out by Helena, who I prefer, though this is undemanding (inst too).
CALVIN BRIDGES ‘Rose Of Sharon’ (Bluebird Records BRT 32)
Unlikely title for a tinkling and tugging huskily emoted (0-)90⅔-94bpm soul swayer, with an unsteady beat, all about the desert flower after which so many girls have been named (whether their parents knew it or not).
RUE ‘I Just Wanna Make Love’ (US Asiana Records 1005)
Soul man Rue Caldwell sinuously wails this nice moodily rolling 70¼bpm timeless smoocher as flip to the less useful clumsily jittering falsetto funk 0- 106bpm ‘I Need Your Loving‘.
CARGO ‘Lady’s Man’ (Cargogold Productions CG1027)
Loosely recorded girl sung (with a halfway rap) old fashioned 123-126-127-128-130-132-127bpm jazz funk featuring Mike Carr, Dick Morrissey, Jim Mullen and the usual crew, flipped by an instrumental ‘Just Jammin’ version which I hope you’ll forgive my not BPM-ing too!
PICTURE PERFECT ‘Prove It, Boy’ (US Atlantic 0-86735)
Larry Woo co-created bright jerkily jittering Madonna-pitched 119bpm canterer in America’s new “disco” style (and four versions).
UK DISCO TOP 100 – April 4, 1987
01 03 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX)/SETTLE DOWN (REMIX)/(YOU’RE A) GOOD GIRL (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
02 05 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
03 04 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
04 02 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
05 03 EV’RY LITTLE BIT Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
06 07 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION)/LET’S TRY AGAIN Surface, CBS 12in
07 12 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown Warner Bros 12in
08 11 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
09 18 WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT)/(JUNIOR’S MAJOR DUB) Lola, Syncopate 12in
10 16 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB MIX)/(ALTERNATIVE MIX)/(DUB MIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in
11 06 THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX)/LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in
12 21 BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 15 U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS (EXTENDED SCRATCH) Grandmaster Flash, Elektra 12in
14 08 I FOUND LOVE (REMIX) Darlene Davis, Serious Records 12in
15 10 TURN ME LOOSE Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element, London 12in
16 28 LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX) (PARTS 1 & 2) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
17 13 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, London 12in
18 42 WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, Arista 12in
19 72 LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/(THE PENTHOUSE MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
20 17 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS/STAY IN LOVE Mason, Elektra LP
21 71 SEE ME (EXTENDED REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
22 09 WAX THE VAN (KENNY’S CLUB VERSION)/(CHERRY’S CLUB)/(JON’S DUB) Lola, US Jump Street 12in
23 27 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
24 26 AFTER LOVING YOU (LP VERSION)/PRIVATE PARTY Epic 12in
25 — BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX) Cameo, Club 12in white label
26 19 LET’S GET BRUTAL/THIS BRUTAL HOUSE (THE BRUTAL MIX) Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
27 25 MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
28 47 LEAN ON ME (REMIX)/PUMP IT UP (LEAN ON ME) REPRISE (REMIX) Club Nouveau, Warner Brothers/King Jay Records 12in
29 33 CRUSH ON YOU The Jets, MCA Records 12in
30 34 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE/REMIX Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
31 35 DON’T BLOW A GOOD THING (REMIX) Vesta Williams, Breakout 12in
32 53 SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES/LA, LA, LA, HE, HE, HEE Prince, Paisley Park 12in
33 30 MISUNDERSTANDING (REMIX) James (D-Train) Williams, CBS 12in
34 23 COME AS YOU ARE (SUPERSTAR) (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
35 31 LET’S TALK IT OVER/LOVE ME RIGHT/2 HOT 2 HANDLE Millie Scott, 4th + B’way LP
36 20 JACK YOUR BODY/DUB YOUR BODY/CLUB YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, London 12in
37 14 TEASER (REMIX) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
38 22 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
39 39 LET THE MUSIC MOVE U/GET DOWN Raze, Champion 12in
40 44 HOUSE NATION/TRACK’N THE HOUSE The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, US Dance Mania Records 12in
41 46 LOOKING FOR A LOVER (CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in
42 40 LOVE ON A BLUE TRAIN/BOY’S CLUB/HON E MAN/SOUL SALSA/ONE DAY (I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE) Sheila E, Paisley Park LP
43 86 RESPECTABLE (THE TABLOID MIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
44 67 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX) Eleanore Mills, US VinylMania 12in
45 36 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER Full Circle, Dutch EMI America LP
46 49 LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL (HOUSE MIX)/(HOUSE OF TRIX MIX) J.M. Silk, RCA 12in
47 — THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/(ALTERNATIVE REMIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
48 50 THE TERMINATOR – KILLER RAP Junior Gee and the ‘A’ Team, Fourth & Broadway 12in
49 — LOVE ME ALL OVER Meechelle La Chaux, Detail Records 12in
50 64 FACTS OF LOVE (REMIXES) Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White, Club 12in twin-pack
51 41 SCREAMING AT THE MOON (REMIX) Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
52 63 I CAN’T LET YOU GO Norwood, US Magnolia Sound 12in/MCA Records promo
53 75 RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42, Polydor 12in
54 24 IT’S MY BEAT Sweet Tee And Jazzy Joyce, Champion 12in
55 94 I WANT YOUR GUY (CLUB MIX) The Soul Club, Cooltempo 12in
56 54 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/DAY BY DAY/JAMMIN’ TO THE BELLS/LOVE TOY Chuck Stanley, Def Jam LP
57 66 “BAM BOO” Lenny D & Tommy Musto, US Northcott Prod Ltd 12in
58 re TIMEBOMB/PUBLIC ENEMY #1 Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
59 32 SEE ME/I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT/SO AMAZING Luther Vandross, Epic LP
60 51 STOP BAJON. . . PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
61 — SO FINE Feedback, Production House 12in
62 — I’M IN LOVE/PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN/HER LOVE/WANNA MAKE LOVE (ALL NIGHT LONG) Lillo Thomas, US Capitol LP
63 29 TOUCH OF JAZZ/THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF/ROCK THE HOUSE Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion LP
64 56 I JUST CAN’T WAIT (THE COOL & BREEZY JAZZ VERSION) Mandy Smith featuring Matt Aitken, PWL Records 12in
65 78 IF YOU LET ME STAY (REMIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
66 57 THE HOUSE SOUND OF CHICAGO MEGAMIX Various Artists, German BCM/DJ International Records 12in
67 59 LONG TIME COMING/ALL MY LOVE/COME BACK TO ME/TENDER LOVIN’ Patrice Rushen, US Arista LP
68 58 AS WE LAY (HORIZONTAL MIX)/(MIDNIGHT MIX) Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in
69 97 GLUED TO THE SPOT Cheryl Glasgow, Live Records 12in
70 61 SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOVE Sandy Torano, US Atlantic 12in
71 43 SHE (I CAN’T RESIST) (REMIX)/CRAZAY (US REMIX) Jesse Jackson, A&M 12in
72 — WATER GARDEN Claudio Galdez, Production House 12in
73 60 CRUSH ON YOU (DAKEYNE REMIX) The Jets, MCA Records 12in
74 re CAN’T GET ENOUGH Liz Torres featuring Edward Crosby, US State Street Records 12in
75 37 AND THE BEAT GOES ON/IT’S A LOVE THING The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
76 68 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT (ALBUM FIGHT VERSION) Barbara Roy, US RCA Victor 12in
77 62 DIAMONDS/PILLOW/MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN/TRAFFIC JAM Herb Alpert, A&M LP
78 82 SHE’S CRAFTY/GIRLS/BRASS MONKEY/SLOW RIDE Beastie Boys, Def Jam LP
79 — LOCK ME OUT (LES ADAMS MIXDOCTORMIX) Shokk, Polydor 12in
80 89 NO LIES (REMIX)/12” DUB SOS Band, Tabu 12in
81 77 HEY KIDS, WHAT TIME IS IT? DJ Cold Cuts, US 12in bootleg mixer
82 85 STONE LOVE Kool & The Gang, Club 12in
83 — U + ME (THE EINSTEIN SONG)/LOVE THIS WAY Lee Prentiss, Funkin’ Marvellous Records 12in
84 73 JACKIN (EMU STYLE)/(BASS MIX) Home Wreckers, Champion 12in
85 74 LOVE SCENE (REMIX) Full Force, US Columbia 12in
86 69 WHATCHA GONNA DO Blaze, Champion 12in
87 — NOBODY BEATS THE BIZ Biz Markie featuring TJ Swan, US Prism 12in
88 84 AFTER DARK/GREEKS IN THE HOUSE True Mathematics and the Invisible Empire, US Select Records 12in
89 96 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
90 93 EASTENDERS Micron, SG 12in white label
91 — NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, US Rooftop Records 12in
92 81 I FOUND A FRIEND C.T. Satin, US Underworld 12in
93 70 HAPPY (DAVID ‘PIC’ CONLEY REMIX) Surface, CBS 12in
94 re COLD GETTIN’ DUMB II Just-Ice, US Fresh Records 12in
95 100= PEDAL TO THE FLOOR Bubba & The Jack Attack, US Obscure Records 12in
96 — READ MY MIND (US REMIX) Tashan, US Def Jam 12in
97 92 TENDER MOMENTS Peggi Blu, US Capitol 12in
98 — YOU BETTER QUIT (REMIX) One Way, US MCA Records 12in
99 — WHITE KNIGHT JACKS White Knight, US Sunset Records Inc 12in
100= re NEW GIRL IN TOWN Sugar Sugar, US 1800 Records 12in
100= — GOTTA JACK/DUB Dynasty featuring Dexter D, US Producers Combine Records 12in
100= — I’M BACK AGAIN/I DUB AGAIN TJ, US Jes Say Records 12in
01 09 GOLD DIGGER Lime, US TSR 12in
02 01 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
03 11 FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
04 07 I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
05 08 GIPSY QUEEN Gipsy & Queen, Canadian Power 12in
06 02 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
07 04 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, US Sizzle 12in
08 16 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, German ZYX 12in
09 10 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
10 — LESS THAN LOVERS MORE THAN FRIENDS Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
11 03 ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
12 05 EVERY WAKING HOUR Linda Taylor, Nightmare 12in
13 06 LOVE AND DEVOTION (REMIX) Michael Bow, US RJM 12in
14 14 STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
15 12 JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
16 19 AT THIS MOMENT Menage, US Profile 12in
17 — NO! MR BOOM BOOM Body Heat, US Sizzle 12in
18 — GET READY Mimi, Passion 12in
19 20 ONE NIGHT Secret Ties, US Nightwave 12in
20 — I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE AFTER Roshelle Fleming, US Gold Cleft 12in
21 27 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, German Rush 12in
22 21 SUCH A JOY HONEY Carol Jiani, MCA Records 12in
23 15 LET’S WORK IT OUT Sadie Nine, Record Shack 12in
24 23 ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man 2 Man, US Recca 12in
25 — LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
26 22 SOONER OR LATER Ernest Kohl, US Dice 12in
27 24 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, German ZYX 12in
28 26 SO SWEET Loleatta Holloway, US DJ International Records LP
29 — ONE MORE TIME (REMIX) Bianca, US JDC 12in
30 — OXYGEN Blue August Project, Blue August 12in white label
7 thoughts on “April 4, 1987: Cameo, Fleetwood Mac, Jim Bennett & His Bumpin Crew, Lillo Thomas, The Whispers”
In the same week that the mystery behind Pete Tong’s canny “rare groove” marketing scam is revealed, James himself uses the term for the first time, accurately describing Norman Jay, one of the kingpins of the scene, as a “rare groover”.
Linking Tullio De Piscopo with Adriano Celentano’s cult classic is a damned good spot, and one which I shall note for future reference… and on the subject of the former, I must retract my earlier comment about Mandy Smith being our “Hello Balearic” moment, as she was pre-dated not only by “Stop Bajon (Primavera)”, but also by Lola “Wax The Van (Jon’s Dub)”, both of which will eventually appear on the 1996 Classic Balearic Mastercuts comp.
Once again, James waxes lukewarm about one of my favourite cuts of the year, and this time it’s Classical Two “New Generation”, an early production by New Jack Swing pioneer Teddy Riley (and if James already thinks that Bobby Byrd samples are “about as old as hats can be”, he ain’t heard nothing yet!)
Graeme Park’s move from The Garage to The Barracuda in Nottingham marks the first bold move by James Baillie, who had recently launched the latter venue. I have a lot to thank James B for, as he went on to hire me at three of his Nottingham venues in the late 80s, before launching the legendary Venus in 1989, The Bomb in the mid-90s, and Nottingham’s branch of The Social in 1999.
Fascinating as ever awakening memories of things I completely forgotten about such as the Rockley Sands Weekender- I planned to go but for some reason didn’t although some of our crowd went.
Rockley Sands, Doo at the Zoo, Mambo Madness, the Special Branch all so symbolic of this era just before acid house changed everything in a way we couldn’t imagine.
This is the era of video jukeboxes n pubs – I remember a friend constantly putting Lillo Thomas’s ‘Sexy Girl’ tune on in a pub we used to visit. It’s a nice tune – but not all the time!
When I lived in Wycombe for a bit in the mid-90’s Judy Boucher was working on housing at the council – she’d be at one of the windows where you took your queries about rent etc
It’s funny – I have absolutely zero memory of “Sexy Girl”, our new Number One, and that’s the last time that this will happen for the rest of the decade. In fact, of the remaining 1980s chart-toppers, there are only three more that I didn’t buy at the time.
On the subject of tracks we didn’t buy, I was wondering the other night about tracks that I may have noted down after hearing Greg Edwards play them, or that I circled in RM and tried to buy.
If the shop you used didn’t have it (somebody else just bought the last one or the import guy had run out etc) then chances are you’d have to forget about it.
There must’ve been many tracks like that over the years. If I ever heard them again, would it trigger a memory? Would I realise it was one of those wanted but not obtained tracks? Who knows….
I do have some old RM pages with tracks circled though 🙂
The worst was the records that were so scarce they were impossible to get outside the US or UK even when brand new. I’m thinking like Coldcut’s Say Kids, and Double D & Steinski’s Lesson 1, 2, 3, etc. Grabbed ’em later but back then they stayed with that dreaded cross next to ’em in my RM’s. 🙂
Re; ‘Sexy Girl’ coincidentally its one of those couple of hundred (?) tunes that I’l liable to launch into when I’m working around my house, in the shower etc – although I admit all I know is ‘Sexy Girl’ – instrumental bit (repeat) then ‘Sexy Girl’ then I think ‘you’re so (something)’ so hardly much of the song although IIRC he doesn’t really sing that more than ‘sexy girl’ and a few other lines all the way through!
Unless we count that mix by the all but forgotten Kissing The Pink doesn’t that make Fleetwood Mac the first out and out pop or rock group to have a house mix. I bought the standard 12″ British ‘Big Love’ for my failed DJ career at the time but only later did I discover I needed the ‘House On The Hill ‘ mix (and the other house mix) by Arthur Baker and David Cole.
All this makes that awful record SAW made “Its Better To Jack Than Fleetwood Mac” pretty ironic when aside from the fact that it rhymed Fleetwood Mac had been one of the few pop or rock groups to be played in the earliest jackin’ days of house. And if the record was directed at the more mainstream clubbing girls who sung it ‘stuff like ‘Little Lies’ was just the type of pop tune they liked dancing to in your average mediterranean holiday disco or back at home in similar places. Surely SAW’s worst ever record.