ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LIVE WIRE’s Easter weekender at Prestatyn Pontins seems to have been an unqualified success, a bit long at four days (a sense of routine sets in), with the superior camp site already booked for a three day return weekender on October 30-November 1 — but before then there’s a 5pm alldayer on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, at Great Yarmouth Tiffanys with the usual “mafia” stars … OK, so it was Exit 20 on the M6 after all (three separate maps said Exit 9), but otherwise my route directions for finding Prestatyn seemed much appreciated by all except Tim Westwood, who couldn’t handle the duckpond details! … Prestatyn apparently wasn’t considered “credible” enough an audience for the Tashan/Chuck Stanley/Oran ‘Juice’ Jones tour, after all, although Bobby Womack came specially as a surprise guest to play to the 4,000 soul fans (who, as promised, kept shaving foam and water fights to a minimum this time) … Robbie Vincent’s live show on Radio 1 unfortunately helped perpetuate the old ‘soul boy’ image, the crowd chanting and whistle-blowing along (they booed the News!) … Chad Jackson (repeating his snooker cue stunt) and Chris ‘CJ’ Mackintosh were star turns in the hip hop-orientated Warehouse venue (all halls being in the same smart building), while the Jazz Village was a haven of Sixties jazz and soul … I hear that Bob Masters’ Bournemouth weekender went well, too … Mason’s dad looks so like Chuck Brown that that’s who I thought he was at first — their album was actually completed two years ago … Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ is being reissued as an extended mix flipped by his live medley of it with ‘Land Of 1000 Dances’, always huge at jazz gigs (like ‘Bossa Nova Baby’) for the likes of Chris Brown! … Germany’s BCM label has been at it again, compiling a 10 track CD ‘Chicago Trax — Volume 1‘ (BCM T.X. 50-5001-44) from its (and London’s here retitled) Trax Records double LP, with the addition of Farmboy’s ‘Jackin’ Me Around’, while on vinyl their again confusingly retitled version of the US ‘The House Sound Of Chicago — Volume 2‘ (BCM/DJ International Records DJ 33-3003-43) substitutes Darryl Pandy s storming 122-0bpm ‘Work Your Body’ for the Frankie Knuckles track … TC Curtis’s widely promoed next single, not due for over a fortnight and oddly not on his new LP, is the drily pattering go go-ish repetitive 0-103⅔bpm ‘Love Got Me On A Merry-Go-Round’ … Club Nouveau ‘Lean On Me’ is being creatively marketed as a (0-)90½bpm Club Edit Nouveau (Warner Brothers W8430TX), which seems rhythmically cleaner … Level 42 ‘To Be With You Again’ has already been trickily remixed by David ‘O’ Ogrin as the 114¾bpm A.D.S.C. Mix (Polydor POSPA 855), with a dub replacing the flip’s ‘Lessons In Love’ remix to make the whole exercise fairly pointless … One Way’s commercial B-side appears to be the (0-)75¼bpm ‘Oh Girl’ … Lee Prentiss, whose UK recorded 114½bpm cover version of Rainy Davis’ US hit sleeper ‘Sweetheart‘ is out on May 11, is currently midway in a marathon 17 date PA tour mainly of Scotland and the North … Isley Jasper Isley’s datedly Steely Dan-ish 130½/132bpm ‘8th Wonder Of The World‘ seems only to be on seven inch (Epic 650750 7) … I came back from Prestatyn with a streaming cold, so recuperative sleep filled some of the time in which I would normally have BPMed the Sly & Robbie LP, strong sets by the Whispers and Norwood, plus the trickily varying four-track 12 inchers of (THE Prestatyn smash!) Maceo & The Macks ‘Cross The Track‘ (Urban URBX 1) and War ‘Low Rider (Remixes)’ (LA International XLAX 100, via PRT) – as usual, check the Disco chart in case they hit … Simon Harris is doing a weekly half-hour megamix between 1-1.30am on Chris ‘Trog’ Forbes’ Saturday night-Sunday morning Capital Radio soul show, and will be following his War ‘Low Rider’ B-side mix (Arthur Baker did the A-side) with a house mix of ‘Galaxy’ … CBS tried unsuccessfully to jam Music Of Life Records’ ‘Def Beats 1’, album, claiming the name could be confused with the Def Jam label, little realising that the word “def” is in such common usage that it’s listed in Collins English Dictionary — and what about Def Leppard?! … Graeme Park, who packs out Nottingham’s Barracuda on Saturdays following his photo appearing in rm, is now featuring oldies (Sixties/Seventies soul, Seventies disco-funk) every second Friday there, May 1 being next … Sunday (3) lain Norman and Def Stef soul-funk-rap-jazz Stowmarket’s Stag Tavern, weekly if this one’s a success … Polygram in the US has revised the Wing label, with such dance artistes as Atlantic Starr’s former vocalist Sharon Bryant … LL Cool J’s new album uses rock ‘n’ roll breaks by Bill Haley … LAH DE DAH DE!
Jeff Young was the roving reporter, out in the crowd with a mike, during Robbie Vincent’s live Radio 1 soul show from Prestatyn.
Bobby Womack’s appearance on the first, Friday, night at Prestatyn was such a well kept secret that nobody in the much teased crowd knew who the mystery guest was going to be until he actually hit the stage for a full live set!
Chris Forbes’ main appearance at Prestatyn was in a double-header with Chris Hill on the Friday night, but he was so keen that after returning to London for his Saturday night show on Capital Radio, he came right back to North Wales just for the finale!
Chillin’ at Prestatyn were the Soul Splash crew, who’ve been known to promote their own alldayers and similar events too, with ambitious plans for the future.
Live Wire Television, the special close circuit channel at Prestatyn, on the Sunday night was hosted by Robbie Vincent (centre), with his assistant Cathy O’Brien and the omnipresent ‘Dr Ruth’ Maggot, who gave sexual advice about the use of condoms and other such timely contraptions.
ROY AYERS played two full live concerts at Prestatyn, the climax of each being a breakneck challenge on the vibes by his percussionist Unfortunately, during Sunday’s simultaneous Radio 1 broadcast, he got bogged down on some new unfamiliar instrumentals and only played such hits as ‘Poo Poo La La’ after he’d gone off air.
DJ JAZZY JEFF & FRESH PRINCE ‘A Touch Of Jazz’ (US Jive 1040-1-JD)
Much rescratched and extended with a title line vocal drop-in, Jazzy Jeff’s 103⅙bpm vintage jazz-funk medley of Marvin Gaye ‘T Plays It Cool’, Bob James ‘Westchester Lady’, Donald Byrd ‘Change’ (and now ‘Places And Spaces’), Bobbi Humphrey ‘Harlem River Drive’, Grover Washington Jr ‘Mr Magic’ is in three new mixes (the flip’s with added rap and some Chic ‘Good Times’) plus the LP’s original, beautifully packaged.
ERIC B AND RAKIM ‘I Know You Got Soul’ (US 4th + B’way BWAY-438)
Casually though insistently chatted jiggly 104bpm rap ‘n’ scratch set to Bobby Byrd’s 1971 soul hit of the same name (in three mixes), so naturally massive already in this “rare groove” era. Considering somewhere I’ve got the complete recorded works of James Brown and all his associated acts up to the mid-Seventies, I wonder what they’re worth now?
DUANE & CO ‘Hard Core (On The One)’ (US Dance Mania Records DM 004)
Marshall Jefferson programmed drums with presumably Jesse Saunders cutting in James Brown to blatantly commercial effect, as before, on the new 121bpm ‘J.B. In Heat’, 121bpm ‘J.B. Traxx II‘, 118¾bpm ‘Lowdown ‘N’ Funky‘, 118⅔bpm ‘At The Organ‘ variations on the rare groove goes house theme.
BLACK BRITAIN ‘Funky Nassau’ (10 Records TENT 171)
Ted Currier co-produced scratching 109⅓bpm electro remake of Beginning Of The End’s 1971 Bahamian classic, which actually works pretty well as did Arthur Baker’s early remakes (dub, and urgently lurching 124bpm ‘Runaway‘ flip).
THE O’JAYS ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away’ (US Philadelphia International Records V-56049)
Gamble & Huff-created typically soulful train-tempoed (0-)122bpm urgent chugger with presumably Leon Huff’s chording piano pounding away throughout in intriguingly house style – and the lyrics go “I’ll huff and I’ll puff till I blow your house down”! – building up gospel-ish excitement (in three mixes).
ON THE HOUSE ‘Give Me Back The Love’ (US Trax Records TX 136)
Marshall Jefferson-created jaggedly spurting then piano-chorded churning 119⅔-118⅔bpm house jitterer with moaning vocal and some staccato “brass” (on three mixes), already hot for some.
SACHÉ ‘Help Me To Get Over The Hurt’ (US Atlantic 0-86718)
Draggingly tempoed soulfully swaying sneaky 93⅙-93½bpm groin grinder by a young sounding girl (presumably pronounced “Sashay”?), some DJs vari-speeding it up to work better with white crowds, for whom she could seem almost Madonna-pitched (dub/edit flip). One to watch.
NONA HENDRYX ‘Why Should I Cry?’ (EMI America 12EA234)
The Time create a jittery 115⅔bpm Janet Jackson-ish backing for Nona’s vocally more mature nagging soul surger, with a Herb Alpert-ish dub on the flip. Her import album’s a disappointment, unless you’re actually into aggressive industrial funk and rock, produced largely by Dan Hartman.
JACK ‘N’ CHILL ‘The Jack That House Built’ (10 Records TENT 174)
This whole concept obviously had to happen, surprisingly originated by Charlie Gillet’s Oval imprint, a homegrown 125½bpm pastiche of Hurley-type jack clichés in blatantly useable if unoriginal style, with a possibly harder dub.
THE GAP BAND ‘Going In Circles (Remix)’ (Total Experience FT49716)
Pleasant enough if less incisive 39½-40⅓bpm remake of the Friends Of Distinction’s classic 1969 soul smoocher (instrumental version too), on a four-tracker with the subdued jogging 99⅔bpm ‘Keep Holding On’ and older Woody Woodpecker-cackled P’funky 107¾bpm ‘Disrespect’.
CACIQUE ‘Dressed To Kill’ (Pointsound PTS 001T, via 01-659 4105)
Pronounced “Ka-seek”, saxophonist Junior Alphonso’s South London group returns with new female singers on a jerkily trotting sinuous 115-113¾bpm episodic patterer, flipped (edit too) by the possibly tighter 116¼-113⅔-114¾bpm Dressing Up Mix.
PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’ LP (Def Jam 450482 1)
The nervily declamatory rappers are drumbeat and scratch backed (often with whining buzzsaw tones, too) on the 96bpm title track, 91⅔-0bpm ‘Raise The Roof‘, 110bpm ‘Rightstarter (Message To A Black Man)‘, 103⅓bpm ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours‘, 98⅓-86⅓bpm ‘Terminator X Speaks With His Hands‘, 93bpm ‘Sophisticated Bitch‘, 0-84⅓bpm ‘Miuzi Weighs A Ton‘, 86⅓bpm ‘M.P.E. ‘, 73bpm ‘Megablast’, 0-100⅚bpm ‘Public Enemy # I’, segued 0- 98⅓bpm ‘Timebomb’ and 104⅓bpm ‘Too Much Posse.’ Specialist defness.
LACHANDRA ‘Shy Girl’ (US Jump Street JS 1009)
Bob & Lola Blank-produced rolling jittery go go-cum-Kid Creole-ish 100½bpm tripper in three mixes, the harder Dub being A-side, just as strange as ‘Wax The Van’ although combining different influences with an inconsequentially rambling sassy girlish main vocal and jazzy piano.
MASON ‘Double-X-Posure’ (Elektra EKR56T)
Remixed with spacious breaks by our own Chris Paul, these three Oklahoma brothers’ blandly loping (0-)118bpm wriggler has a Whispers-ish repetitive vocal hook that’s easily assimilated without being Anything-X-Traordinary, although the original’s been big on LP, with the more insistently jittering 115⅔bpm ‘Pour It On‘ as flip. As you see, the guys appeared at Prestatyn.
SYLVESTER ‘Mutual Attraction (Come Together Mix)’ (Warner Brothers W8382T)
Steve Thompson and Mike Barbiero-remixed stuttery jittering 102⅓bpm jogger which under the surface trappings is quite a pleasantly soulful semi-falsetto swayer, flipped by the Joseph Watt-remixed thinly skittering house-ish instrumental 121½bpm ‘Someone Like You (5.46 Remix)‘ (dubs too).
MIRAGE ‘Jack Mix II’ (Debut DEBTX 3022)
This (0-)123¼-123⅔bpm remake of the blatantly commercial jack track medley now incorporates ‘Jack Your Body/Respectable/Showing Out/Male Stripper/Axel F/Jackin/Underwater’.
XPERIMENT ‘Karn Evil #10’ (US Underworld AP 129)
Somewhat dull loping episodically spurting 116¾-0bpm house instrumental seemingly based on C-Bank’s old ‘One More Shot’ (dub flip).
JMO ‘Jack Is The Message’ (Bluebird BRT 34)
From Florida, this jerky 117-117½-117-0bpm jack track cash-in has fragmentary samples of dog barks, Tarzan yells, the word “jack” and some all too brief nice sax (in three mixes), not that hot.
FM FUNK ‘Jack-U-Up’ (Bluebird BRT 33)
Built up out of pilfered bits from all sorts of familiar records, this rather self-conscious (0-)122-0bpm Florida jack track is a bit disjointed and irritating (in two mixes).
HOLLYWOOD! ‘Funk Me, Jack Me’ (Kool Kat KOOL T2, via PRT)
Shallow frantic 127¾bpm house considerably cleaned up in four new mixes, although still empty, from the 126bpm import version (US Play House Records PHR-615), the US-only coupling of the fast sparse leaping 128bpm ‘I Like To Freak’ always striking me as stronger, anyway.
TEEN DREAM WITH VALENTINO ‘Let’s Get Busy’ (US Warner Brothers 0-20491).
Bright girl trio with the Sixties girlie group look, but their clichéd “I’ve been watching you”-started song is a mundane jittery 113bpm formula jolter (in three mixes).
READY FOR THE WORLD ‘Mary Goes Round’ (US MCA Records MCA-23723)
Dull long rhythm introed then jerkily jagged totally Prince-copying 125½-0bpm purple flier (in five mixes).
UK DISCO TOP 100 – May 2, 1987
01 03 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB MIX)/(PARADISE MIX)/FALLING IN LOVE (REMIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
02 04 LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/(THE PENTHOUSE MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
03 02 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
04 01 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
05 07 BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX/DUB VERSION) Cameo, Club 12in
06 05 BOOPS (HERE TO GO)/DON’T STOP THE MUSIC Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 08 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
08 06 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
09 12 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
10 19 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
11 10 LEAN ON ME (REMIX) Club Nouveau, Warner Brothers/King Jay Records 12in
12 09 SEE ME (EXTENDED REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
13 22 AFTER DARK/GREEKS IN THE HOUSE True Mathematics and the Invisible Empire, Champion 12in
14 27 I WANT YOUR GUY (CLUB MIX) The Soul Club, Cooltempo 12in
15 30 I’M IN LOVE/DOWNTOWN/PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN/WANNA MAKE LOVE (ALL NIGHT LONG)/SWEET SURRENDER Lillo Thomas, Capitol LP
16 15 LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIXES) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
17 23 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX/RADIO MIX) Eleanore Mills, Debut 12in
18 14 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown Warner Bros 12in
19 25 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, US Rooftop Records 12in
20 35 IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT/HOUSEQUAKE/IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND/THE BALLAD OF DOROTHY PARKER/HOT THING/ADORE Prince, Paisley Park LP
21 13 WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, Arista 12in
22 28 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
23 38 THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/(ALTERNATIVE REMIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
24 29 LET THE SUN IN/ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE/ALWAYS/YOU BELONG WITH ME/DON’T TAKE ME FOR GRANTED/ONE LOVER AT A TIME/FEMALES Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros LP
25 43 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
26 17 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/POUR IT ON/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS/STAY IN LOVE Mason, Elektra LP
27 11 EV’RY LITTLE BIT/DUB Millie Scott, 4th + B’way 12in
28 16 HAPPY (EXTENDED VERSION) Surface, CBS 12in
29 20 SCREAMING AT THE MOON (REMIX)/AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
30 18 WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT) Lola, Syncopate 12in
31 31 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT (ALBUM FIGHT VERSION) Barbara Roy, RCA 12in
32 — I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, US 4th + B’way 12in
33 36 CAN’T SAY ‘BYE Stone Free featuring Tony Stone, Ensign 12in
34 — THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in promo
35 45 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
36 24 SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES Prince, Paisley Park 12in
37 42 AND THE BEAT GOES ON/IT’S A LOVE THING The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
38 40 LOVE ME RIGHT/LET’S TALK IT OVER/2 HOT 2 HANDLE/ONE STOP LOVER Millie Scott, 4th + B’way LP
39 46 TENDER MOMENTS/TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME/ONCE HAD YOUR LOVE (AND I CAN’T LET GO)/FEELS SO GOOD TO ME Peggi Blu, US Capitol LP
40 39 SO FINE Feedback, Production House 12in
41 — A TOUCH OF JAZZ (COLLAPSED IN THE STREET/EXTENDED RE-TOUCH) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Jive 12in
42 77 NO LIES (REMIX)/12” DUB SOS Band, Tabu 12in
43 50 COME BACK TO ME/TENDER LOVIN’/LONG TIME COMING/BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES/ALL MY LOVE/WATCH OUT/TILL SHE’S OUT OF YOUR MIND Patrice Rushen, Arista LP
44 53 BUMP & ROLL (GIVE UP THE FUNK) Jim Bennett & His Bumpin Crew, Bluebird 12in
45 59 THIS IS THE NIGHT (PROGRESSIVE MIX) Sweet Heat, US 5 Newark 12in
46 41 I JUST CAN’T WAIT (THE COOL & BREEZY JAZZ VERSION) Mandy Smith featuring Matt Aitken, PWL Records 12in
47 44 AFTER LOVING YOU (LP VERSION)/PRIVATE PARTY Epic 12in
48 84 YOU BETTER QUIT (REMIX) One Way, MCA Records 12in promo
49 74 “BAM BOO” Lenny D & Tommy Musto, US Northcott Prod Ltd 12in
50 47 IF YOU LET ME STAY (REMIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
51 78 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, US Solar 12in
52 81 CROSS THE TRACK (SIMON HARRIS EXTENDED REMIX) Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in promo
53 70 JUNGLE FEVER (MEGAMIX)/SKRATCH FEVER Kinkina, Champion 12in promo
54 26 RESPECTABLE (THE TABLOID MIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
55 75 MAGIC The Movement featuring Lee Genesis, US Underworld 12in
56 65 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME (MANIC MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
57 86 NO WAY BACK Adonis/CAN YOU FEEL IT Mr Fingers/7 WAYS TO JACK Hercule0073, London 12in promo
58 21 WAX THE VAN (KENNY’S CLUB VERSION) Lola, Syncopate 12in
59 58 HEAVEN’S JUST A BREATH AWAY (THE BLISS MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in pre
60 37 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
61 — HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (J.B. TRAXX) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
62 33 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, London 12in
63 61 YOU CAN’T HIDE (CLUBHOUSE REMIX) Frankie Knuckles, Portrait 12in
64 60 WATER GARDEN Claudio Galdez, Production House 12in
65 52 LET ME KNOW Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
66 63 LESSONS IN LOVE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42, Polydor 12in
67 83 GLUED TO THE SPOT Cheryl Glasgow, Live Records 12in
68 66 CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE/BLUE MOODS Keni Stevens, Jam Today LP
69 89 FASCINATED (CLUB MIX) Company B, Bluebird Records 12in
70 49 I CAN’T LET YOU GO Norwood, MCA Records 12in
71 48 LOVE ON A BLUE TRAIN/BOY’S CLUB/HOLD ME/SOUL SALSA/ONE DAY (I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE)/HON E MAN/PRIDE AND THE PASSION Sheila E, Paisley Park LP
72 55 READ MY MIND (US REMIX)/GOT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE Tashan, US Def Jam 12in
73 54 THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE/REAL SOON/JAMMIN’ TO THE BELLS/DAY BY DAY Chuck Stanley, Def Jam LP
74 79 AS WE LAY (HORIZONTAL MIX) Shirley Murdock, Elektra 12in
75 57 LOCK ME OUT (LES ADAMS MIXDOCTORMIX) Shokk, Polydor 12in
76 95 AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE (REMIX) Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in white label
77 99 LET’S BEGIN/STEPHEN’S OVERTURE Turntable Terror Trax Vol 2, US Basement 12in
78 51 I FOUND A FRIEND (CLUB VERSION) CT Satin, Nine O Nine 12in
79 — DOUBLE-X-POSURE (CHRIS PAUL REMIX)/POUR IT ON Mason, Elektra 12in promo
80 — SHOULD HAVE BEEN US TOGETHER/GIVE IT UP/COME BACK MY LOVER/I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU/GLAD I FOUND YOU/LADY IN LOVE/FEELS SO GOOD Norwood, US Magnolia Sound LP
81 80 NOBODY BEATS THE BIZ Biz Markie featuring TJ Swan, US Prism 12in
82 — SPECIAL FX/I WANT YOU/IN THE MOOD/JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME/LOVE’S CALLING/GIVE IT TO ME/NO PAIN NO GAIN The Whispers, US Solar LP
83 90 DO IT PROPERLY! 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, US Fierce Records 12in
84 76 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER Full Circle, Dutch EMI America LP
85 56 HONEY (8.08 MIX)/(BASS DRUM HEAD MIX) Well Red/Double-U-R, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
86 62 FACTS OF LOVE (REMIXES) Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White, Club 12in twin-pack
87 re BIG LOVE (ARTHUR BAKER HOUSE MIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
88 — WET MY WHISTLE/CURIOUS Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
89 69 WHITE KNIGHT JACKS White Knight, US Sunset Records Inc 12in
90 100 JACK UP WORK YOUR BODY Raze, US Grove St. 12in
91 — YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW/TIMEBOMB/YOU’RE GONNA GET YOURS/RAISE THE ROOF Public Enemy, Def Jam LP
92 64 HEY KIDS, WHAT TIME IS IT? DJ Cold Cuts, JoMore 12in white label
93 71 TIMEBOMB/PUBLIC ENEMY #1 Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
94 67 LOVE ME ALL OVER Meechelle La Chaux, Detail Records 12in
95 — WHY SHOULD I CRY? Nona Hendryx, EMI America 12in
96 — ROCK THE BEAT Derek B, Music Of Life Records ‘Def Beat 1’ LP/12in promo
97 93 THEM JEANS/HOUSE THAT ROCKED/U KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS/BIG BLACK CADDY/UNDERARMS/WE WILL ROCK YOU Grandmaster Flash, Elektra LP
98 — MIKE GEE’S LIMIT Mike Gee, US Pow Wow 12in
99 — TRAVELLING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT Ultra Magnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau 12in
100= — DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE (REMIX) The System, US Atlantic 12in
100= re HOUSE OF RHYTHM/DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE The System, Atlantic LP
01 02 I GOT YOU COVERED Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
02 05 I NEED A MAN Man To Man featuring Paul Zone & Man Parrish, US Recca 12in
03 30 FASCINATED Company B, Bluebird 12in
04 10 LESS THAN LOVERS MORE THAN FRIENDS Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
05 03 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, Canadian Sizzle 12in
06 01 GOLD DIGGER Lime, US TSR 12in
07 08 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
08 12 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, German Rush 12in
09 18 STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS (REMIX) Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
10 04 I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
11 27 LOVE CHILD Jamie Dean, Uptown Records 12in
12 15 FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
13 22 UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF John Kydd (The Supreme Event Of The Year), US Altair 12in
14 20 I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE AFTER Roshelle Fleming, US Gold Cleft Records 12in
15 — LOVE FLIGHT 109 Sonia Grier, US RCA Victor 12in
16 21 RAINSTORM Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
17 06 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
18 — LATIN FIRE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
19 11 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, German ZYX 12in
20 09 GIPSY QUEEN Gipsy & Queen, Canadian Power 12in
21 16 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
22 13 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, Champion 12in
23 re LOOK BACK OVER YOUR SHOULDER Archie Bell & The Drells, Nightmare 12in
24 — I’M A MAN Damian Davey, Passion 12in
25 14 ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
26 24 OXYGEN Blue August Project, Blue August 12in white label
27 23 JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
28 07 NO! MR BOOM BOOM Body Heat, Canadian Sizzle 12in
29 — DO YOU WANNA FUNK Lian Ross, German Chic 12in
30 — MOVIN’ ON Carolyn Harding, US Emergency 12in
2 thoughts on “May 2, 1987: Prestatyn Easter Weekender, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Eric B & Rakim, Duane & Co, Black Britain, The O’Jays”
Tell the truth, James Brown was old
‘Til Eric and Rakim came out with “I Got Soul”
(Stetsasonic: “Talkin’ All That Jazz”, 1988)
Well, up to a point. James Brown samples have already become a common feature in hip hop – we spotted our first one in November 1985 (Dynamic Duo’s “Knights Of The Turntables”), and as for Bobby Byrd samples, James is already sick of them, describing them just a month ago as “about as old as hats can be”.
That said, the success of Eric B. & Rakim’s track did give James Brown’s legacy a significant further boost, and it was influential in other ways, too: exactly five months from now, a sample of one of Rakim’s lines would be sitting at Number One in the UK pop chart. And for me personally, “I Know You Got Soul” represents THE defining sound of 1987 hip hop, and it’s always the first track that comes to mind when recalling those days.
I see ‘Can U Dance’ is finally gaining some traction and moving into the higher reaches of the dance chart after a lot of time hanging around in the lower reaches. I remember this tune being around for ages at the time one of those rare ones that spanned the whole era from that if the early hack tracks right up till still being played when acid house was getting going. Or that’s how I remember it . Always one of my favourites of the era and I was surprised about how underwhelmed JH was about in his review.
I wonder if he’ll change his opinion if it or will he retain a bee in his bonnet about it like his seeming mystification as to why Level 42 were still making the chart!
Also Duane and Co’s release must be the first use of the word hardcore in a house related context.
And I see that some idiot (probably someone who’d not known what hiphop was a year before) thought the DefJam tour was too ‘cool’ for Prestatyn – where precisely did he think WAS cool enough for it – there were always a lot of party people there but all those at the jazz village (not just jazz) for one group would have been ‘cool’ enough even for the clueless record company types.