May 9, 1987: Maceo & The Macks, Lillo Thomas, Voices In The Dark, Norwood, The Whispers

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

2 PUERTO RICANS, A BLACKMAN AND A DOMINICAN have created quite a rumpus as their ‘Do It Properly!’ slots samples from other house hits into what’s basically Adonis ‘No Way Back’ — and that latter will soon be released here commercially by London with their version on the legal flip, but here called ‘The Adonis Bootleg’ … Steve Walsh has reassembled all the original members of Freeez, apart from John Rocca, to remake ‘Southern Freeez 87’ for his Total Control Records, now with four new “freeze” pauses prompted vocally by Steve himself on the flip’s Avenger Mix in an attempt to make the old Rodney Franklin-started dance craze a summer hit again … Sybil ‘Let Yourself Go’ (actually rather reminiscent of ‘Southern Freeez’, isn’t it?) is being creatively marketed as a remixed 120½bpm Champion Mix (Champion CHAMPX 12-42), with conversational chat at the start followed by almost more digital chipmunks than proper singing … Swing Out Sister’s ‘Twilight World’, bouncing back into our Disco chart, is also in a new 0-113bpm Outer Limits Mix (Mercury SWING 422), with a dialogue-like diatribe break usefully early on, while Dancin’ Danny D’s 119¾-0bpm Observation Mix of Patrice Rushen ‘Watch Out’ (Arista RIST 12R), as warned, adds clodhopping almost Hi-NRG percussion to destroy the original’s delightful airiness, and Frankie Knuckles ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ (here given its proper full title) is also in the dubbier chugging 121-0bpm Chip E’s House Remix (Portrait PARTY Q1) … Peggi Blu actually had a theatrical training, appearing as a child in ‘The Wiz’, and recorded a disco album on MCA Records in 1980, although currently her success in the States is as a multi-winner of TV’s ‘Star Search’ talent contest, like Durrell Coleman and Sam Harris — let’s hope her fame is less meteoric than theirs … Susie Barnes may find she has a hard act to follow on her return from an around the world trip, as in her absence Dave Pearce has been turning Radio London’s weekday afternoons into the best and most crucial daily soul show on radio … ‘Solid Soul’ has begun taping its new season of 18 shows for Channel 4, ultra smart dancers (who said posers?) being able to apply for tickets in person at Concorde House, 1 Barb Mews, Brook Green, Hammersmith … Robbie Dee is still taking entries at Southend-on-Sea’s Rain Discotheque (0702-333277) for the remaining Wednesday heats of a Disco Dance Competition 1987, the £250 first prize final being on May 20 … Concorde Artistes are promising a cleaner Miss Wet T-Shirt Contest for this its tenth year of touring UK clubs, with less female flesh and more T-shirt on show under the shower, huge new video monitors allegedly making up for this! … Thursday (7), def dude Graeme Park starts the weekly Sweat Box at Derby’s Blue Note, while Simon Dunmore, Dean Thatcher, Steve Saunders and Les Fisher soul (and rare groove) the Rhythm Zone at Northolt’s C&L Country Club … Neil McKenzie and Warren Thompson are most upfront ‘n’ funky on Thurs/Fridays at Dunfermline Johnsons, having weaned their receptive crowd away from the area’s still otherwise prevalent Hi-NRG, and in fact they launch a really hard crucial weekly Def Club there this Sunday (10) … Monday (11) Chad Jackson cuts it up at Jeff Thomas’s weekly soul night in Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard, while 30 miles away on Tuesday (12), Bridgend’s brand new Aston’s launches a weekly soul night with James Lewis and special guest Robbie Vincent (first of many regular attractions) … Georgie Fame plays Dagenham’s Beacon Leisure Centre with Steve Wren next Friday (15), advance tickets on 01-593 5000 … Franklin Sinclair, fairly funky at Accrington Maximillians on Wednesdays, was persuaded with the promise of some Technics SL 1200 decks to stay on at Manchester’s Richfields instead of moving as previously announced (threatened?) to the new Applejacks — power to the DJ! … Catterick’s increasingly funky Kim Jacques now jocks at Darlington’s revamped Walking Cane … TKO DJs Roberto and Toni Forzoni run the Italians disco on Sundays at Clerkenwell Turnmills … Gaz Anderson has moved to London’s Regines after four years at Bootleggers … Terry Adams is promotions manager at Kingston-upon-Thames Cinderella’s Rockerfella’s, where he’s after class PAs on 01-541 1515 (Tues/Thurs afternoons) … Mike Shawe (0272-554246 days), one of Bristol’s few funk DJs at the city centre Hollywood, is desperate for Cloud One ‘Flying High‘ (US Heavenly Star) and will swap such as Oneness Of Juju … Ripple ‘I Don’t Know What It is But Is Sure Is Funky‘ (US GRC seven inch) seems to be building into a “rare groove” hit — four DJs were charting it this week … Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Memphis R&B veteran Rufus Thomas and sister of Sixties soul queen Carla Thomas, has been signed by Geffen Records from Hush Productions … Eddie Kidd ran into a real life enactment of his Levi 501’s commercial when a bouncer barred him from Romford’s plush new Hollywood because, you guessed it, he was wearing jeans — even when Eddie said who he was the bouncer replied, “Yeah, and l’m Peter Stringfellow” (the club made up for this boob by booking him for a PA the very next night)! … Jody Watley topped US 12 Inch Sales, Club Nouveau and then Kraftwerk ‘The Telephone Call (Remix)‘ having topped Club Play in Billboard … Steve Hodge has done a stuttery-started 111¼bpm remix of Herb Alpert ‘Diamonds’, due here in a fortnight, which despite Janet Jackson’s vocal contribution is still pretty pedestrian … Loose Ends’ latest US hit is the two and a half years old ballad, ‘You Can’t Stop The Rain‘ … MCA Records in the States have signed Sahara (remember ‘Love So Fine’?), Timmy Regisford remixing their ‘How Long’ US debut … Gigolo Tony’s rap version of the Hokey Cokey, ‘Hoki Poki‘ (US 4-Sight) surprisingly failed to intrigue DJs here but is selling in the States … Champion Records are now distributed by RCA/Ariola … Hi-NRG chart contributors, it would help immensely if you could include label details of anything new in your charts each week, as they’re often not known to us… Rhythm King’s upcoming ‘Rob Olson’s Chicago Jack Beat Volume II‘ compilation LP will include Duane & Co ‘Hard Core (On The One)’, MG² ‘My House Is Bigger Than Your House’, Matt Warren ‘Bang The Box (Remix)’, Kevin Irving ‘Ride The Rhythm (Remix)’ and Denise Motto ‘Tell Jack’ … Sheila E’s next single will be ‘Koo Koo‘, rather than one of her LP’s dance tracks, while The System’s now finally happening ‘Don’t Disturb This Groove‘ is set for UK release in four weeks … Bobby Womack was apparently flattered to find Living In A Box using his vocal style, which makes one wonder if Bobby himself would be more likely to hit the top 10 if he recorded something with a more modern beat … LAH DE DAH DE!


PETE TONG has already quit the Sunday soul show on Kent’s Invicta Radio so that he can increase his radio profile in London, where most of his club work now lies — and indeed he has made his debut as special guest presenter the last Friday of the month on Radio London’s 10pm-midnight NITE FM slot.


CHRIS BROWN, contrary to rumours, is still spinning his inimitable soul and jazz at Ascot’s Belvedere, but on Wednesday nights rather than at Sunday lunchtimes, which are the popular sessions that had to be discontinued due to their very popularity … the neighbours were complaining about all the illegal parking!


HOT VINYL

MACEO & THE MACKS ‘Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)’ (Urban URBX 1, via Polydor)
At last legally available, in an extended Simon Harris re-edit to boot, the James Brown-produced saxist and his band’s extremely nagging see-sawing jiggly old funker has a mind numbing repetitive piping siren-like tone and girls ‘n’ guys-alternated chants, making it by far the biggest record at Prestatyn as well as of course (in its also included basically 101⅓-103½-102¾-102⅓-102⅔bpm original seven inch version) the hottest “rare groove” bootleg for the last few months. In monitoring the extended version I actually logged 28 shifts in the Beats Per Minutes, fluctuating around 100¼-103¾bpm at both extremes but which I averaged at 100⅘bpm (not that it’s ever exactly that)! In addition the 12 inch includes the “parrty”-chanting wicky wacky 106-104½-105bpm ‘Soul Power 74‘ sax instrumental and, likewise from 1973, the title-chanting burbling afro-flavoured steady 114bpm ‘Parrty – Part 1‘. Party hardy, y’all!

LILLO THOMAS ‘I’m In Love (Longer Love Mix)’ (Capitol 12CL 450)
Considerably beefed up from his hot LP version with overdubbed rhythmic human bass and a tabla break — to the regret of some although I think it’s really bright now — this rolling and soaring 114-0bpm chugger (in three mixes) isn’t due fully for over a week but is too big a secret to keep until then!

VOICES IN THE DARK ‘Keep It Warm (Remix)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-46)
Gradually unfurling through chipmunk effects, remixed specially for the UK from the less good import, this shrilly nagging girls sung and sax squalled, chiming 115½-114¾bpm shuffling strider has the simple dated appeal of a ‘Ring My Bell’ and could easily now cross over (Edit/lnstrub flip).

NORWOOD ‘Can’t Let You Go’ LP (US Magnolia Sound MCA-5897)
Already massive on import, this impressive strong throaty often gospel-style soul set by Philadelphia’s green-eyed Teddy/Colonel/Luther-ish Norwood B. Young has the Nick Martinelli-tempoed 92⅔bpm ‘Should Have Been Us Together’, sensuous 0-91½bpm ‘I Can’t Live Without You‘, 12 inched intense 101⅔bpm title track, bounding 114bpm ‘Lady In Love‘, urgent 115⅔bpm ‘Give It Up‘, jerky 0-120¼bpm ‘Feels So Good‘, romantic 0-31-63¾-0bpm ‘Glad I Found You’ and 40½/81bpm ‘Come Back My Lover’.

THE WHISPERS ‘Just Gets Better With Time’ (US Solar ST-72554)
Now long since broken with the past tradition that always seemed to find a new Whispers album on import just before Christmas, the guys have made this one worth the wait! An excellent soul dancer is the Leon Sylvers-produced tightly jittery drifting 107⅚bpm ‘Special F/X’ with “whoa-oh” audience chants built in, while the only really uptempo tracks are the jaggedly lurching Larry White-produced 119½bpm ‘I Want You‘ and the 12 inched typical 116⅓bpm ‘Rock Steady‘, superb slowies being the swaying (0-)87bpm title track, mellow 73½bpm ‘In The Mood‘, (0-)61bpm ‘Love’s Calling’, 63⅔bpm ‘Give It To Me’, jogging (0-)98⅚bpm ‘No Pain, No Gain’.

ARNOLD JARVIS ‘Take Some Time Out’ (US Fourth Floor Records NCP 287)
From the same Tommy Musto co-created source as ‘Bam Boo’ and selling for several weeks, this interestingly atmospheric 119¼bpm sparsely tripping and shuffling wriggly moaner may have some of house’s trappings but is much more like soul than a jack track (dub flip).

STRAFE ‘Outlaw’ (US A&M SP-12233)
Initially about on seven inch with the self-produced chattering and burbling ‘Set It Off’-ish 115½bpm ‘Strafe’s Groove’ as flip (which will be on the UK 12 inch), the Arthur Baker-produced leaping jittery rhythmically Janet-ish 0-116⅔bpm galloper starts with a Steinski-type cut up of John Wayne and other dialogue, and is more of a muttering groove than a song, in four mixes —and here’s the big switcheroo, the main A-side version plus a dub are billed as UK Mixes, by none other than Les Adams! He’ll be wearing a ten gallon hat after this!

LIVING IN A BOX ‘Living In A Box’ LP (Chrysalis CDL 1547)
Combining hints of ABC, Level 42, Bobby Womack and more, this Richard James Burgess-produced Sheffield trio have certainly created a commercial fusion, most truly soulful being the 75bpm ‘From Beginning To End’, tugging 101bpm ‘So The Story Goes‘, lurching 0-66bpm ‘Can’t Stop The Wheel‘, joined by the jolting 96bpm ‘Human Story‘, galloping (0-)123½bpm ‘Love Is The Art‘, urgent 119bpm ‘Generate The Wave‘, jittery 112¼bpm ‘Scales Of Justice‘, Mel & Kim-ish 121¾bpm ‘Going For The Big One‘.

SLY & ROBBIE ‘Rhythm Killers’ LP (Fourth & Broadway BRLP 512)
Bill Laswell produced this continuously segued suite in his Material, or more specifically Shango, style to make It maybe more of an intellectual exercise than a stone gas for the floor. The 103⅔bpm side one drifts through their reworking of the Ohio Players’ ‘Fire’, the ‘White Lines’-ish ‘Boops‘ and jerkily kicking ‘Let’s Rock‘, side two being 90⅙bpm for Lee Dorsey’s ‘Yes We Can Can‘ and the reggae ‘Rhythm Killer‘ before sliding up into the again ‘Boops’-ish 100¼bpm ‘Bank Job‘ — possibly the next best dance track, sorta ‘Peter Gunn’ meets ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ in places.

KING SUN-D MOET ‘Hey Love’ (Flame Records MELT 5T)
Already technically deleted here as its US label Zakia has lust done a deal with Profile in the States, who now want much more money for the UK rights, this lazily drawled sinuous 86½-0bpm jiggler is intriguingly different, being realistically conversational (including a phone call) and addressed to the girl who also loves the speaker’s brother (in three versions).

JOCELYN BROWN ‘One From The Heart’ LP (Warner Bros 925 445-1)
Disappointing slowies orientated set mainly produced by Jellybean, just the sinuously weaving quite jauntily typical (although almost Randy Crawford accented) 103bpm ‘Caught In The Act’ and swaying soulful 93⅚bpm ‘I Cry Real Tears‘ getting DJ attention.

THE RAPPIN’ REVEREND ‘I Ain’t Into That’ (US Fantasy D-281)
Already a talking point that’s much played on radio (mainly for novelty value), the rappin’ Dr C Dexter Wise III plaintively lists all the bad habits he ain’t into before delineating the alternative praiseworthy pursuits he most definitely is into, to softly cooing gospel girls and a gently jittery Timmy Thomas-ish (0-)87½bpm swaying beat. The Beastie Boys he ain’t, praise the Lord!

PLEASURE PUMP ‘Fantasize Me’ (US State Street Records SSR 1003)
Building support over several weeks now, this girls cooed sprightly light 121 bpm buoyant bass driven bounding canterer (in four mixes) has much of Sybil’s haunting flavour within more of a house framework — although, make no mistake, it’s a fully fledged proper song.

FIRST CIRCLE ‘Miracle Worker (Extended Mix)’ (EMI America 12EA 232)
Full Circle that were have had to change their name so as not to clash with an obscure Boston jazz band. Rather than their LP’s Luther-cloning ‘In The Name Of Love’ hit we now get Randy Muller’s slippery remix of this typical (for him) pent-up (0-) 108bpm slinky roller with possibly too many digital chipmunks (in three mixes).


UK DISCO TOP 100 – May 9, 1987

01 03 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB/PARADISE MIXES) Sybil, Champion 12in
02 05 BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX/DUB VERSION) Cameo, Club 12in
03 06 BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 02 LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/(THE PENTHOUSE MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
05 04 SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
06 03 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
07 10 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
08 09 RESPECTABLE/EXTRA BEAT VERSION Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
09 12 SEE ME (EXTENDED REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
10 08 WORKIN’ UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) Full Circle, EMI America 12in
11 07 THIS BRUTAL HOUSE/UK EDIT Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
12 13 AFTER DARK/GREEKS IN THE HOUSE True Mathematics and the Invisible Empire, Champion 12in
13 11 LEAN ON ME (REMIX) Club Nouveau, Warner Brothers/King Jay Records 12in
14 22 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
15 52 CROSS THE TRACK (EXTENDED VERSION)/SOUL POWER 74 Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in
16 21 WATCH OUT (EXTENDED REMIX) Patrice Rushen, Arista 12in
17 19 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, US Rooftop Records 12in
18 34 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in promo
19 25 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
20 20 HOUSEQUAKE/IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT/IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND/THE BALLAD OF DOROTHY PARKER/HOT THING/ADORE Prince, Paisley Park LP
21 15 I’M IN LOVE/DOWNTOWN/PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN/WANNA MAKE LOVE (ALL NIGHT LONG)/SWEET SURRENDER Lillo Thomas, Capitol LP
22 17 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX/THE RIGHT MIX) Eleanore Mills, Debut 12in
23 79 DOUBLE-X-POSURE (CHRIS PAUL REMIX)/POUR IT ON Mason, Elektra 12in
24 40 SO FINE/FEEDBACK OF THE MIND Feedback, Production House 12in
25 29 SCREAMING AT THE MOON (REMIX)/AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in
26 51 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, US Solar 12in
27 18 EGO MANIAC, Jocelyn Brown, Warner Bros 12in
28 14 I WANT YOUR GUY (CLUB MIX) The Soul Club, Cooltempo 12in
29 23 THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/(ALTERNATIVE REMIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
30 24 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
31 30 WAX THE VAN (JUNIOR’S AWESOME EDIT) Lola, Syncopate 12in
32 32 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, US 4th + B’way 12in
33 83 DO IT PROPERLY! 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, US Fierce Records 12in
34 57 NO WAY BACK Adonis/CAN YOU FEEL IT Mr Fingers/7 WAYS TO JACK Hercules, London 12in promo
35 26 DOUBLE-X-POSURE/POUR IT ON/LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE/BREATHLESS Mason, Elektra LP
36 50 IF YOU LET ME STAY (REMIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
37 49 “BAM BOO” Lenny D & Tommy Musto, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
38 59 HEAVEN’S JUST A BREATH AWAY (THE BLISS MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
39 84 IN THE NAME OF LOVE/MIRACLE WORKER Full Circle, EMI America LP
40 35 MY MIKE SOUNDS NICE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
41 37 AND THE BEAT GOES ON/IT’S A LOVE THING The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
42 41 A TOUCH OF JAZZ (COLLAPSED IN THE STREET/EXTENDED RE-TOUCH) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, US Jive 12in
43 33 CAN’T SAY ‘BYE Stone Free featuring Tony Stone, Ensign 12in
44 44 BUMP & ROLL (GIVE UP THE FUNK) Jim Bennett & His Bumpin Crew, Bluebird 12in
45 39 TENDER MOMENTS/TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME/ONCE HAD YOUR LOVE (AND I CAN’T LET GO)/ALL AND ALL Peggi Blu, US Capitol LP
46 45 THIS IS THE NIGHT (PROGRESSIVE MIX) Sweet Heat, US 5 Newark 12in
47 16 LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIXES) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
48 55 MAGIC The Movement featuring Lee Genesis, US Underworld 12in
49 66 LESSONS IN LOVE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)/TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42, Polydor 12in
50 61 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (J.B. TRAXX) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
51 42 NO LIES (REMIX)/12” DUB SOS Band, Tabu 12in
52 76 AIN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH LOVE (REMIX) Phyllis Hyman, Philadelphia International Records 12in white label
53 31 GONNA PUT UP A FIGHT (ALBUM FIGHT VERSION)/GOTTA SEE YOU TONIGHT Barbara Roy, RCA 12in
54 53 SKRATCH FEVER/JUNGLE FEVER (MEGAMIX) Kinkina, Champion 12in promo
55 — MIRACLE WORKER (EXTENDED MIX) First Circle, EMI America 12in
56 68 SPEND THE NIGHT/CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE/BLUE MOODS/SHINE Keni Stevens, Jam Today LP
57 43 COME BACK TO ME/TENDER LOVIN’/BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES/WATCH OUT Patrice Rushen, Arista LP
58 48 YOU BETTER QUIT (REMIX) One Way, MCA Records 12in
59 — I’M IN LOVE (LONGER LOVE MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in promo
60 77 LET’S BEGIN/STEPHEN’S OVERTURE Turntable Terror Trax Vol 2, US Basement 12in
61 60 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS 1 & 2) Mr K Mix by Special K, US T.D. Records Inc 12in
62 62 SEXY The Masters Of Ceremony featuring Don Barron, London 12in
63 re TWILIGHT WORLD (SUPERB SUPERB MIX) Swing Out Sister, Mercury 12in
64 82 SPECIAL FX/I WANT YOU/IN THE MOOD/JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME The Whispers, US Solar LP
65 65 LET ME KNOW Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
66 80 SHOULD HAVE BEEN US TOGETHER/GIVE IT UP Norwood, US Magnolia Sound LP
67 85 HONEY (8.08 MIX) Double-U-R, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
68 95 WHY SHOULD I CRY? Nona Hendryx, EMI America 12in
69 36 SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES Prince, Paisley Park 12in
70 78 I FOUND A FRIEND (CLUB VERSION) CT Satin, Nine O Nine 12in
71 63 YOU CAN’T HIDE (CLUBHOUSE REMIX) Frankie Knuckles, Portrait 12in
72 — TELL ME WHAT I GOTTA DO (REMIX)/LES ADAMS MEGAMIX Al Jarreau, WEA 12in
73 69 FASCINATED (CLUB MIX) Company B, Bluebird Records 12in
74 46 I JUST CAN’T WAIT (THE COOL & BREEZY JAZZ VERSION) Mandy Smith featuring Matt Aitken, PWL Records 12in
75 — MUTUAL ATTRACTION (COME TOGETHER MIX) Sylvester, Warner Brothers 12in
76 re IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME) Bobby McClure, Debut 12in
77 88 WET MY WHISTLE Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
78 — SURPRISE, SURPRISE (ROCHEFORT & SELLARS REMIX) Zushii, Debut 12in
79 38 LOVE ME RIGHT/LET’S TALK IT OVER/2 HOT 2 HANDLE Millie Scott, 4th + B’way LP
80 64 WATER GARDEN Claudio Galdez, Production House 12in
81 87 BIG LOVE (ARTHUR BAKER HOUSE MIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
82 90 JACK UP WORK YOUR BODY Raze, US Grove St. 12in
83 — CAN’T BE YOUR PART-TIME LOVER Nanette Frank, Total Control Records 12in
84 99 TRAVELLING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT Ultra Magnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau 12in
85 56 KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME (MANIC MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
86 — THANK YOU FATHER Tashan, Def Jam 12in
87 re JACKO T Jam, Hot Melt 12in
88 — RHYTHM METHOD (RJ’S REVENGE) RJ’s Latest Arrival, US Manhattan 12in
89 — COME AND GET IT (’87 MIX) Bailey & Bridges, Rhythm King 12in
90 — ROCK THIS HOUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Hot Line, Rhythm King 12in white label
91 100= DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE/HOUSE OF RHYTHM/SOUL BOY The System, Atlantic LP
92 — FANTASIZE ME Pleasure Pump, US State Street Records 12in
93 72 READ MY MIND (US REMIX)/GOT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE Tashan, US Def Jam 12in
94 — POWER Cultural Vibe featuring Glenn ‘Sweety G’ Toby, US Easy Street 12in
95 — TAKE SOME TIME OUT Arnold Jarvis, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
96 — I AIN’T INTO THAT The Rappin’ Reverend (C Dexter Wise III), US Fantasy 12in
97 re IF YOU ONLY KNEW/IN THE BEGINNING/COME TO ME Robert Brookins, MCA Records 12in promo
98 — WORK YOUR BODY RAP Professor Funk & The House Brothers, US Underground 12in
99 — LOVE GOT ME ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND T C Curtis, Hot Melt 12in promo
100= re EASTENDERS Micron, SG 12in white label
100= re YOU PLUS ME (THE EINSTEIN SONG) Lee Prentiss, Funkin’ Marvellous Records 12in


EUROBEAT

01 02 I GOT YOU COVERED Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
02 03 FASCINATED Company B, Bluebird 12in
03 02 I NEED A MAN Man To Man featuring Paul Zone & Man Parrish, US Recca 12in
04 04 LESS THAN LOVERS MORE THAN FRIENDS Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
05 10 I FEEL LOVE COMING Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
06 11 LOVE CHILD Jamie Dean, Uptown Records 12in
07 09 STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS (REMIX) Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
08 05 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, Canadian Sizzle 12in
09 06 GOLD DIGGER Lime, US TSR 12in
10 07 BAILA BOLERO Fun Fun, German Chic 12in
11 16 RAINSTORM Eastbound Expressway, Passion 12in
12 20 GIPSY QUEEN Gipsy & Queen, Canadian Power 12in
13 12 FALLING FROM A GREAT HEIGHT Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
14 13 UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF John Kydd (The Supreme Event Of The Year), US Altair 12in
15 15 LOVE FLIGHT 109 Sonia Grier, US RCA Victor 12in
16 14 I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE AFTER Roshelle Fleming, US Gold Cleft Records 12in
17 22 BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis, Champion 12in
18 17 FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
19 08 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, German Rush 12in
20 18 LATIN FIRE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
21 19 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, German ZYX 12in
22 24 I’M A MAN Damian Just, Passion 12in
23 29 DO YOU WANNA FUNK Lian Ross, German Chic 12in
24 21 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Grace Kennedy, Nightmare 12in
25 23 LOOK BACK OVER YOUR SHOULDER Archie Bell & The Drells, Nightmare 12in
26 27 JUST ANOTHER RUMOUR (’87 REMIX) Tyrone Ashley, Nightmare Gold 12in
27 re LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
28 25 ROCK YOUR BABY O’chi Brown, Magnet 12in
29 30 MOVIN’ ON Carolyn Harding, US Emergency 12in
30= re TOUCH BY TOUCH (TOUCH MIX) Joy, Greyhound Label 12in
30= 28 NO! MR BOOM BOOM Body Heat, Canadian Sizzle 12in

3 thoughts on “May 9, 1987: Maceo & The Macks, Lillo Thomas, Voices In The Dark, Norwood, The Whispers”

  1. Although it only reached #54 in the pop charts, “Cross The Track” went on to be the ubiquitous, inescapable sound of the summer, and – along with The Jackson Sisters “I Believe In Miracles” (the next big reissue on the Urban label) – the track which most defined the Rare Groove phenomenon.

    James is right to spot something different about Arnold Jarvis “Take Some Time Out”: a slow-burning sleeper track which ended up on an influential UK compilation in 1988, finally to be released in the UK in 1989. Along with earlier releases by Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers/Fingers Inc.), it points a clear path towards what would later be known as Deep House.

    And finally, it’s a surprise early first mention for Turnmills in Clerkenwell, a place in which I spent many a crazed Sunday morning in the mid-to-late 1990s, ’nuff said!

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  2. That would have been Trade wouldn’t it? – I had the first 3 or 4 of their mix compilations – there were some great mixes on there one of Tony De Vit’s in particular. There also used to be a 12 hour(!) I think mix of his from there on YouTube.

    I almost went to the Gallery there once on a Friday night which was supposed to be a good night but for some reason or other stayed in the pub when they all left to go. Regret it now.

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    1. It was indeed Trade, and the marathon TdV mix is still on YouTube. He repeated the trick in 1996, and I was there for that one; we ended up there after that year’s Tribal Gathering (such stamina). Incidentally, that was also the first weekend after we gathered for James’s funeral, which is another reason why it sticks in the memory.

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