ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Department Of Trade And Industry ‘pirate busters’ have been barred from confiscating records and tapes when they raid illegal radio stations, although they can still take all the transmission equipment, the House of Lords having upheld a Court of Appeal ruling that records and tapes are merely “music carriers” and not actual broadcasting “apparatus” under the 1949 Wireless Telegraphy Act – good news for DJs who put their record collections at risk by taking them into the studio … Motown has slipped out a less tensely ticking and even longer introed fractionally faster 95½bpm New Remix of Dennis Edwards ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ (Gordy TGMT 1334 R), with a useful 95⅓bpm instrumental for the first time plus the 95bpm Original Remix from 1984 … Beggars Banquet is now reissuing the 1981 original of Freeez ‘Southern Freeez’, hard on the heels of Total Control Records’ remake … Club is issuing a new ’87 Extended Mix of 1980’s ‘rowing’ classic, the now 106-105½-104-104⅔-104⅓-104-103-104-103⅔-103⅓-103⅔-104⅓-107⅔-104bpm Gap Band ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ … Cooltempo has completely reserviced both Nitro Deluxe pressings, ‘This Brutal House’/UK Edit and ‘Let’s Get Brutal’, following a delayed sales surge that could finally make it a real crossover pop hit (after being the year’s biggest house hit in discos) … Damon D’Cruz, an original co-founder of Serious Records, is launching his own Jack Trax label with a house LP called ‘Jack Trax – The First Album’ containing Raze, Ramos, Ralphi Rosario, Ulysses, White Knight, Paul Scott, Professor Funk, MG², the start of a regular series at roughly six week intervals … Serious has picked up Duane & Co … Lachandra ‘Shy Girl’ is now in a cleaner lazily loping 100½bpm remix (Syncopate 12SYX 2) … Luther Vandross’s UK single to coincide with his concerts here will be ‘I Really Didn’t Mean It’ … T-Jam ‘Jacko’ and TC Curtis ‘Love Got Me On A Merry-Go-Round’, promoed, reviewed, and even briefly in our chart many weeks ago, have in fact only just come out on commercial release … Thomas & Taylor have signed with Southend-on-Sea agent Barry Collings’ new label Raise The Roof, and are of course currently touring here for him … Hammersmith’s revamped Le Palais still feels like the old Hammersmith Palais, a dance hall, despite new bars (out of coconut cream by 11.15pm on opening night!) and flashy lighting rigs – these latter telescoping down out of the ceiling like inverted wedding cakes, with wedge shaped trapdoors sliding across to fill the holes once they’ve retracted back, plus more telescoping vertical lighting towers enclosed in glass columns like something from ‘Metropolis’ … David Steel’s Brazilian bosom buddy Cleo Roccos rather bizarrely will be spinning Latin-American on Tuesdays at Le Palais, with John Sachs featuring solid soul on Wednesdays … Mayfair’s Gullivers is currently advertising in prime time on Capital Radio, with resident DJ Graham Gold doing the commercial, which is one way back into legal radio (he’s returned through frustration to a Saturday afternoon soul show on SOLAR-fm) … Capital could be going through changes soon, with exciting plans for soul fans on Sundays … Kool Chip ‘Jazz It Up’ is about a year old, and originally was turned down by all the New York labels! … Tristan Bolltho hosts BBC Radio Bristol’s previously detailed 1987 West Of England Rapping & Mixing Contest this Thursday (June 18) at Bristol’s Studio … Thursday also sees Derek B (who’s signed to Profile in the US) cutting up Across The Tracks at Camden Lock’s Dingwalls, while Chris Brown and Johnny Walker return to what was their legendary Frenchies venue in Camberley but which is now the massively revamped JW’s Nightclub, starting the weekly Dance Area with guests Nicky Holloway and Bob Jones … Friday (June 19) Paul Morrissey funks Tottenham Sams … New York’s Sleeping Bag and Fresh Records artistes Joyce Sims, Just Ice, T La Rock and Hanson & Davis are due at London’s Camden Palace on Monday (June 22), when Chris Paul funks Watford’s Paradise Lost (the following Monday too) … Neil Fincham celebrates Edinburgh Styx’s second anniversary next Wednesday (June 24) with an 8pm-8am all night blacktie party including four buffets, three bands, two Page 3 girls, and a partridge in a pear tree … Laura Harland, the general manager’s personal assistant who was the distributed labels’ main contact at PRT until she recently resigned, would I’m sure appreciate offers of similarly responsible positions on 01-647 0446 … Pinnacle is now distributing several of the Stax label’s much-reissued seven inch oldies, including Jean Knight ‘Mr Big Stuff’ and the Staple Singers ‘Respect Yourself’ … Hotline of ‘Rock This House’ (its proper title now it’s on full release) are evidently big in Chicago, although from Huddersfield! … Atlantic picked up Projection in the US and is remixing ‘Lovestruck’ … Billboard’s US dance chart-toppers since last mentioned have been, atop 12 Inch Sales, Madonna ‘La Isla Bonita’, Dead Or Alive ‘Something In My House’, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam ‘Head To Toe’ (yet to be received by me), this latter also topping Club Play but ousted there by Janet Jackson ‘The Pleasure Principle’ … a particular promotion company is currently threatening DJs with removal from its mailing list if they don’t react favourably to a certain record and return it to our chart, a situation you can rest assured we are watching closely, along with chart abuse in general … Kenny G plays his last show of a European tour on July 22 at the London Palladium, no less … Damon Rochefort celebrated the end of his season at London’s Video Café, as fun and games organising ‘redcoat’ to Dave Pearce’s VJ (they’ll be back there later in the year), by drinking a whole bottle of champagne out of an ice bucket – I then made the mistake of giving him a lift home, and he misdirected me in several fruitless circles around the East End until by total chance we went past his street! … LAH DEE DAH DEE!
Jon Jules, caught here doing his day job behind the counter at Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre (where the best people buy their vinyl!), joins Nic Wakefield at Uxbridge Regals for the next few Fridays, playing lots of funk ‘n’ house.
L.L. COOL J ‘Bigger And Deffer’ LP (Def Jam 450515 1)
On a creative strong rap set he actually synchs Chuck Berry’s ‘Go Johnny Go’ into the 96⅙-0bpm ‘Go Cut Creator Go’, the Moonglows’ ‘Sincerely’ into the fabulous 81bpm ‘The Do Wop’, and – yawn – James Brown into the 84⅓bpm ‘Kanday’, def beats all being 87⅙bpm ‘The Breakthrough’, 98⅔bpm ‘The Bristol Hotel’, 92½bpm ‘.357 Break It On Down’, 0-103bpm ‘Ahh, Let’s Get Ill’, 103bpm ‘My Rhyme Ain’t Done’, 101⅙bpm ‘Get Down’, 0-89⅔bpm ‘I’m Bad’, 0-44/88bpm ‘I Need Love’.
DYNAMIX II featuring Too Tough Tee ‘Just Give The DJ A Break’ (US Bass Station Records BSR 005)
The sensation of the moment, this ‘Planet Rock’-ish vocodered excellent 0-118⅔-0bpm scratch mix of famous beats and dialogue lines (shorter rap vocal too) has an equally – and even more – brilliant 0-103⅔bpm ‘Straight From The Jungle’ flip that amusingly mixes up rap, beats, effects and Tarzan yells. Dynamite!
2 PUERTO RICANS A BLACKMAN AND A DOMINICAN ‘Do It Properly (The Original)’ (Grooveline GRL 5001)
Are you prepared for total confusion? Cooltempo’s ‘original’ has the same label copy but on this import version the flip’s Def Mix is now far better than anything on the UK pressing, being a flying semi-instrumental 124-0bpm jack track treatment complete with organ-type keyboards that complement the Adonis ‘bootleg’!
‘Roadblock’ (US Lynx Records LR 001)
Rare grooves to order, this uncredited bootleg (possibly in short supply) is a dated but steadily rolling 0-99⅔-99½bpm funk groove with Maceo Parker-type sax, chanting girls and party hardy atmosphere (dub flip), obviously quite recent though in the old style.
ICE-T ‘Make It Funky’ (US Sire 0-20711)
Afrika Islam co-created really exciting 0-102-0bpm rap retread of James Brown’s much scratched-in oldie, not to be missed by London’s new breed of rare groove rap fans (more routine 0-104bpm ‘Sex’ plus dubs too).
ROXANNE SHANTÉ ‘Have A Nice Day’ (US Cold Chillin’ CC 105)
Marley Marl-created excellent 101⅓-101⅔bpm scratch-up of jiggly James Brown-type chugging funk beats behind bursts of Roxanne’s typically distinctive youthful rap, with a useful dub flip.
REGINA BELLE ‘Show Me The Way’ (CBS 650938 6)
Nick Martinelli-produced though untypical classy rich swaying 89½bpm soul slowie in the Anita Baker style (instrumental flip), already creating a huge buzz and rushed out here by CBS, who’ve obviously noted that black ladies are doing big business these days! Its parent album is still an import, ‘All By Myself’ (US Columbia BFC 40537), on which it is 89⅓bpm, the Anita Baker comparison being strengthened by her producer Michael J Powell’s involvement, and by the soulfully weaving (0-)72¾bpm ‘How Could You Do It To Me’, gently brassy undulating 105⅔-105⅓-106-108⅓-109bpm ‘So Many Tears’, breezily cantering 117¾bpm ‘Take Your Love Away’, smoothly pumping but languidly sung 127¾bpm ‘You Got The Love’, pleasant slow 76bpm ‘Please Be Mine’, 66bpm ‘Intimate Relations’.
WHITNEY HOUSTON ‘Whitney’ LP (Arista 208 141)
Equally commercial though actually more consistently good than her debut mega-seller, this has as soul standouts the Isleys’ classily swaying 100⅚bpm ‘For The Love Of You’ and Sam Dees’ gorgeous 67pm ‘Just The Lonely Talking Again’ (the new ‘Saving All My Love’?), plus the Jellybean-produced and Roy Ayers-vibed frantic 120½bpm ‘Love Will Save The Day’, along with her current hit 118¾bpm ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, rocky 119bpm ‘So Emotional’, ‘Frankie’-ish 87⅓-174⅔bpm ‘Love Is A Contact Sport’, slushy slow 0-34⅚-69⅔-0bpm ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, 0-33/66bpm ‘You’re Still My Man’, 31/62-0bpm ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, 0-32-0bpm ‘I Know Him So Well’ (this ‘Chess’ crawler duetted with her mum, Cissy Houston).
ARETHA FRANKLIN ‘Rock-A-Lott’ (Arista RIST 20)
Starting almost like a house record, Aretha soars through a Stock Aitken Waterman-type Narada Michael Walden-produced happily wriggling 114⅓bpm romper with buzzing bass and rattling breaks (dub too).
HERB ALPERT ‘Diamonds’ (Breakout USAF 605)
Like Janet Jackson’s ‘Nasty’ before it, is now also in a less intense more calmly swinging (0-)110¾-111bpm Cool Summer Mix. Unfortunately his video’s hilarious dialogue intro, in which a plugger tries to get a bucktoothed disco DJ to play the record, is unlikely to be seen by many of the DJs here who would have enjoyed it most, as the widely used monthly subscription video compilation service Video Pool has chopped the whole intro off – a shame!
THE CLASSICAL TWO ‘New Generation’ (Jive JIVE T 148)
Bobby Byrd’s “get on up” is repeatedly cut into the lurchingly rolling 98½bpm jaunty beat of this rapping endorsement for rap’s new generation (96⅚bpm dub and ‘Chapel Of Love’-quoting murkier 86bpm ‘(She’s A) Freak Dog’, too), recently huge in London on import as obviously in the current trend.
LANIER & CO ‘Dancing In The Night’ (Syncopate 12SY3)
Willie Mitchell-produced nicely timeless bubbly skipping 114½bpm mellow soul canterer (inst/edit flip), possibly biggest out in the country rather than in London.
TROUBLE FUNK ‘Woman Of Principle’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 70)
In a change of pace, as already mentioned, Bootsy Collins co-produced this remorselessly rolling almost Slave-like 109bpm smooth funk chanter that’s not even slightly go go, although as flip there’s the full long rambling 104-0-109-108-109⅓-110½-0-109⅔-0bpm live ‘Don’t Touch That Stereo’ with yowling guitar and several false finishes.
RAZE ‘Have Mercy’ (US Grove St. GSR-011)
Insistent gospel-ish (0-)125¼bpm house vocal with a refreshingly different cantering rhythm and jittery organ joining in as it builds (inst, and soulfully undulating 94⅓bpm ‘Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right)’ flip).
SHOCK TAKTIX ‘ Morocko’ (RCA PT 41356)
Wild animals-spiced cornily breezy Eurodisco/Mel & Kim-type 0-123¼bpm pop-house instrumental with a ‘Bam Boo’-ish muttered title line, promoed also as a longer 0-122bpm Madhouse Mix, while the even more European 0-119⅔bpm ‘This Is Not…’ creates an interestingly dense instrumental groove with jazzy touches, worth checking.
RUSS BROWN ‘Gotta Find A Way (1987 Edit)’ (US Jump Street JS 1010)
Strong new 112⅔bpm remix of last year’s haunting ‘Set It Off’-ish dancefloor smash, a real underground sleeper, here B-side to three versions of the less impressive calmly loping (0-)116½bpm ‘Take My Love’ moaner.
KABBALA ‘Ashewo Ara – Mix 88’ (Ink INK 1228, via Nine Mile/the Cartel)
The London-based afro band fronted by Ghanian brothers Michael and Isaac Osaparin has added Osibisa-ish yowling rock guitar to a frenetically leaping 125-124¼-0bpm new remix of their infectious chanting brassy jitterer, which nearly hit in 1982.
SANDY BARBER ‘The Real Deal’ (US VinylMania VMR 008)
Out a while and building support, this rather subtle 118bpm wriggly plaintive nagger has jazzy piano reaching a Latin crescendo amidst bumpy brass (in three mixes), a grower.
GRANDMASTER FLASH ‘All Wrapped Up (Remix)’ (US Elektra 0-66801)
Very sparse 94⅓bpm rap ‘n’ scratch jitterer full of implied bounce and the stronger for this understatement, although in its LP version it wasn’t a particular standout, flipped (inst too) by the expertly scratched 97⅓bpm ‘Kid Named Flash’.
THE WORLD CLASS WRECKIN CRU ‘House-Calls’ (US Kru’-Cut Records/Macola Record Co MRC-1008)
Hottest, of the three West Coast raps (plus their instrumentals) on what amounts to an EP, is the unison rapped very jaunty jiggling and parrtaying 98⅓bpm ‘Cabbage Patch’ (a dance craze that’s also been in go go form!), with the amusingly double-entendre 120-0bpm ‘House Calls’ and funkily sung 120½-0bpm ‘Must Be The Music’.
VITAMIX ‘That’s The Way Girls Are’ (US Profile-Cold Rock Records PRO-7146)
Drily jittery 105⅔bpm rap ‘n’ scratch cutting familiar beats in the already over-familiar style, good but maybe not a standout amidst so much current competition.
MAXI PRIEST ‘Woman In You’ (Tent Records TENT 175)
Another attractive melismatically crooned 0-88½bpm crossover reggae-soul, swayer, pleasant as usual if not so memorable a song.
KENNY G ‘Songbird’ (Arista RIST 18)
A huge crossover hit in the US, where it’s considered ‘new age’ music, this tranquil slow 67⅓bpm soprano sax instrumental is from last year’s album (edit, and chunkier 109½bpm ‘Midnight Motion’ too).
MADHOUSE ‘6 (End Of The World Mix)’ (Paisley Park W8485T)
Prince’s new jazz group catchily honk and burp through a typically quirky and jerky 120¼-119½-120¼bpm purple funk instrumental, on import last year.
SIMPHONIA FEATURING CARMEN BROWN ‘It Ain’t Right (Whatcha Do)’ (US Atlantic 0-86700)
Not being too keen on divas addressing me as “honey” I delayed buying this assertive girls-sung cymbal shushed throbbing 111bpm house-ish striding wailer (in four mixes), selling also for the flip’s more urgently jolting 119½bpm ‘You & Me (Club Remix)’.
BAD BOY BILL ‘Jack It All Night Long’ (US DJ International Records DJ 894)
Oddly haunting frantic 125bpm sparse jack track (in five mixes), created by Bad Boy Bill Renkosik although sung by cooing Nancy Mariani with chipped-in comments from Kenny Mahone.
FARLEY JACKMASTER FUNK/RICKY DILLARD ‘It’s U’ (US DJ International Records DJ 945)
Ricky mournfully agonises a cymbal-slushing typical 118bpm house canterer in five mixes, right back in Darryl Pandy style.
UK DISCO TOP 100 – June 20, 1987
01 02 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT/DEF DUB/JAZZY DUB) Joyce Sims, London 12in
02 04 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican)/NO WAY BACK Adonis, London 12in
03 01 CROSS THE TRACK (EXTENDED)/SOUL POWER 74 Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in
04 08 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
05 06 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
06 11 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
07 03 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB/PARADISE MIXES) Sybil, Champion 12in
08 05 BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX/DUB VERSION) Cameo, Club 12in
09 09 I’M IN LOVE (LONGER LOVE MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
10 15 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
11 10 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
12 07 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
13 13 DOUBLE-X-POSURE (CHRIS PAUL REMIX)/POUR IT ON Mason, Elektra 12in
14 22 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (AT THE ORGAN/JB IN HEAT/LOWDOWN ‘N’ FUNKY/JB TRAXX II) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
15 20 DIAMONDS (DANCE MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
16 12 FUNKY NASSAU Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
17 19 OUTLAW (THE BANDIT MIX)/DUB Strafe, Breakout 12in
18 24 I AIN’T INTO THAT The Rappin’ Reverend (C Dexter Wise III), Cooltempo 12in
19 14 A TOUCH OF JAZZ (COLLAPSED IN THE STREET/EXTENDED RE-TOUCH) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
20 25 ROCK THIS HOUSE/DUB MIX Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
21 37 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
22 16 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
23 23 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) (REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
24 26 THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX/DUB) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
25 30 CHICAGO SONG (REMIX) David Sanborn, Warner Brothers 12in
26 27 EVERYTHING BAMBOO (“BAM BOO”) Lenny D & Tommy Musto, Magnetic Dance 12in
27 33 I’M BAD/GET DOWN LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
28 21 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT/DUB Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
29 17 BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
30 28 THIS IS THE NIGHT (PROGRESSIVE MIX) Sweet Heat, Champion 12in
31 18 MIRACLE WORKER (EXTENDED MIX) First Circle, EMI America 12in
32 43 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (SPECIAL DUTCH HOUSE MIX) First Choice, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
33 31 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX/THE RIGHT MIX) Eleanore Mills, Debut 12in
34 32 SOUTHERN FREEEZ ’87 Freeez, Total Control Records 12in
35 29 MAKOSSA ’87 (BIG BLOW) Manu Dibango, Urban 12in
36 55 DANCING IN THE NIGHT Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
37 38 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, US Rooftop Records 12in
38 — STRAIGHT FROM THE JUNGLE/JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK, Dynamix II, US Bass Station Records 12in
39 45 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, US Select 12in
40 83 I’M IN LOVE (REMIX)/SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
41 51 SHOW ME THE WAY/PLEASE BE MINE/SO MANY TEARS/TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY Regina Belle, US Columbia LP
42 61 FOR THE LOVE OF YOU/JUST THE LONELY TALKING AGAIN/LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY/WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO Whitney Houston, Arista LP
43 39 WHY SHOULD I CRY? Nona Hendryx, EMI America 12in
44 — SCREAM (PRIMAL SCREAM) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
45 41 ALWAYS (LP VERSION) Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
46 54 LET’S BEGIN/STEPHEN’S OVERTURE Turntable Terror Trax Vol 2, Bluebird 12in
47 — ROCK-A-LOTT (REMIX) Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
48 40 BOOPS (CJ SCRATCH REMIX) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
49 59 CARINO T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
50 42 MAGIC/DUB VERSION The Movement featuring Lee Genesis, Debut 12in
51 70 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS I & II) Mr K Mix by Special K, US TD Records Inc 12in
52 52 ROCK THE BEAT Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
53 34 I’LL RETURN 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
54 60 JAZZ IT UP Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
55 53 GO CUT CREATOR GO/THE DO WOP/THE BREAKTHROUGH/KANDAY/THE BRISTOL HOTEL LL Cool J, Def Jam LP
56 94 DO IT PROPERLY (FIERCE CLUB MIX) 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, Cooltempo 12in
57 36 JUNGLE FEVER (MEGAMIX)/SKRATCH FEVER Kinkina, Champion 12in
58 89 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (ORIGINAL REMIX/NEW REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett, Gordy 12in
59 57 SWEETHEART (MIAMI MIX) Lee Prentiss, Funkin’ Marvellous Records 12in
60 63 FASCINATED (CLUB MIX) Company B, Bluebird Records 12in
61 48 NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN/BRASS MONKEY Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
62 — HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
63 56 JACK MIX III Mirage, Debut 12in
64 47 IT’S NOT UNUSUAL/EXTENDED VERSION/LIVE MEDLEY Tom Jones, Decca 12in
65 76 SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
66 — FUNKY NASSAU (EXTENDED VERSION) The Beginning Of The End, Atlantic 12in
67 44 LATELY Ronnie McNeir, Expansion Records LP
68 87 LET YOURSELF GO (CHAMPION MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
69 — HOUSE NATION BEAT BOX/CHICAGO HOT MIX/FLOOR SMOKER MIX Chicago Trax Megamix by ‘Mic Mac’ Meyers, German BCM/Trax Records 12in
70 64 (FEEL THE) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT/NAUGHTY DANCER Fatback Band, US Vista Sounds International 12in
71 69 IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT/HOUSEQUAKE Prince, Paisley Park LP
72 58 LET THE SUN IN/ONE LOVER AT A TIME/DON’T TAKE ME FOR GRANTED Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros LP
73 78 COME ON OVER/THE WORLD Alex Charles, New York Records 12in
74 92 PICKS ME UP (YOUR LOVE) Point 3 FM, Hardcore 12in
75 — DIAMONDS (COOL SUMMER MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
76 91 TELL JACK (JACK THE HOUSE) Denise Motto, Rhythm King 12in
77 99 GET BUSY (WE AIN’T NEW TO THIS) Davy D, Def Jam 12in
78 68 IT’S TRICKY (SHEP PETTIBONE CLUB MIX) Run-DMC, London 12in
79 65 TAKE SOME TIME OUT (CLUB/DUB) Arnold Jarvis, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
80 79 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE (REMIX) The System, US Atlantic 12in
81 — IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince, Paisley Park 12in
82 50 SHY GIRL (DUB/VOCAL) Lachandra, Syncopate 12in
83 — AM I THE SAME GIRL/LOVE MAKES A WOMAN Barbara Acklin, Debut 12in
84 — ROADBLOCK, US Lynx Records 12in
85 90 WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE/DOWN FOR THE THIRD TIME Bobby Caldwell, Magnetic Dance 12in
86 re I FOUND A FRIEND (CLUB VERSION) CT Satin, Nine O Nine 12in
87 84 ELAWEASER JUST A SKEEZER Hardrock Soul Movement, Serious Records 12in
88 — SAME OLE LOVE (365 DAYS A YEAR) Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
89 — FUNKY NASSAU (REMIX) Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
90 82 SPECIAL FX/JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME/GIVE IT TO ME The Whispers, Solar LP
91 97 FASCINATED (MASTERMIND HERBIE REMIX) Company B, Bluebird 12in
92 71 IF YOU ONLY KNEW Robert Brookins, MCA Records 12in
93 — MAKE IT FUNKY (CLUB MIX) Ice-T, US Sire 12in
94 re DIRTY LOOKS Diana Ross, EMI 12in
95 95 HOW COULD YOU BREAK MY HEART Bobby Womack, Arista 12in white label
96 — POETRY/DOPE BEAT/THE P IS FREE (REMAKE)/SOUTH BRONX/9mm GOES BANG Boogie Down Productions – DJ Scott La Rock & Blastmaster KRS One, US B Boy Records LP
97 — DO IT PROPERLY (DAVID MORALES DEF MIX) 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, US Grooveline 12in
98 100= HE CUTS SO FRESH Marley Marl featuring MC Shan/BASS GAME (HIP HOP MIX) Finesse & Synquis, MCA Records 12in
99 88 I WANT YOUR SEX (MONOGAMY MIXES)/HARD DAY George Michael, Epic 12in
100= — CABBAGE PATCH The World Class Wreckin Cru, US Kru-Cut Records/Macola Record Co 12in
100= — DEDICATION TO ALL B-BOYS/B-BOY RHYME & RIDDLE/WE GET ILL Schoolly-D, Flame Records LP
01 01 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
02 02 LOVE CHILD Jamie Dean, Uptown Records 12in
03 06 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
04 03 ARMED ROBBERY Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
05 04 FASCINATED Company B, Bluebird 12in
06 07 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
07 05 I NEED A MAN/ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man To Man, Bolts 12in
08 08 DON’T GET MAD, GET EVEN Mary Wilson, Nightmare 12in
09 09 IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry, Chrysalis 12in
10 — SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
11 10 PAPER MONEY Helena, Arista 12in
12 — NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox, Jive 12in
13 13 RAINSTORM (REMIX) Eastbound Expressway, US Vinylmania 12in
14 11 GET READY (EXTENDED REMIX) Carol Hitchcock, A&M 12in
15 15 PANINARO (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Italian Parlophone 12in
16 12 PUT MY LOVE ON THE LINE Darryl Pandy, Nightmare 12in
17 23 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND/LANDSLIDE Angie Gold, Passion 12in
18 22 NIGHT CITY Secret Service, German Teldec 12in
19 18 UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF John Kydd, US Altair 12in
20 20 STEP BY STEP Off, German ZYX 12in
21 21 RECONCILIATE Le Page, US Prism 12in
22 16 PERFECT OPPORTUNITY Rob Keane, Nightmare 12in
23 26 THE BIG BANG Fantasy Ten, German ZYX 12in
24 19 LESS THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
25 25 I’M A MAN Damian Davey, Passion 12in
26 24 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING Jessica Williams and Man 2 Man, Mexican Maxi/Mastered 12in
27 28 IN THE DARK Tiffany, US Unidisc USA 12in
28 14 I GOT YOU COVERED Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
29 17 VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure, Mute 12in
30 — I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) (REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
One thought on “June 20, 1987: LL Cool J, Dynamix II, 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, ‘Roadblock’, Ice-T”
The “Roadblock” scam was such a delicious stunt on SAW’s part, which – rather like James’s fictitious Kanu Sukalagwun stunt a few years earlier – caught a few red-faced bullshitters out along the way (“oh yeah, I’ve had this since the 70s, it’s Maceo Parker, etc etc”). But since this was SAW and not, say, the KLF, its conceptual genius hasn’t perhaps been fully acknowledged!
Via the Discogs entry for this Lynx pressing, I found the following quote from Pete Waterman’s autobiography:
“We decided to put “Roadblock” out, pretending it was a bootleg, just to see what would happen. We vowed not to tell a soul who had made the record. We pressed a thousand copies and just put the word “Roadblock” on the sleeve, together with a New York phone number, which happened to be the number of my lawyer over there. Unfortunately when we got the thousand copies back from being pressed, we saw that Malcolm Davies, who’d pressed them, had put “PRT” the name of the pressing company, on the run-out of the record – which gave the game away, identifying its origin. We knew that once people saw that, they’d be able to trace the record back to us, so I got a soldering iron and I sat there and scratched out every single matrix mark on every single record, making them completely anonymous. Anyone who has got one of the original copies will see that every bit of identifying information has been scratched out.”
You’ve got to admire his dedication, but the stunt might have been more watertight if they’d remembered to press the record at 33rpm instead of 45rpm; US 12″s playing at 45rpm were very much the exception.
Although Trouble Funk’s “Woman Of Principle” did respectable business at the time, finally getting them into the Disco chart Top 20, its break with the go go genre pretty much signalled the end of the road for go go in the UK, after two and a half years and just one Top 40 pop crossover hit. When even the music’s best known exponents have decided it’s time to move on, the game really is up – and hip hop’s commercially successful appropriation of go go rhythms had also petered out by this stage. That said, there was at least one more big go go tune to come (in the US at least, where it did big business), but we’ll get to that in 1988!
The Dynamix II record, much as I enjoyed it at the time, felt like a weird anomaly – the sound of 1982, re-appearing in 1987 – but it’s since been pegged as an early example of Miami Bass, so perhaps it was more forward-facing than I’d realised.
Earning their second mention in these pages, and their first since a passing nod in April 1985, World Class Wreckin Cru surface again, but it won’t be too long before one of their members makes a much bigger splash with a different act…!