July 18, 1987: Stephanie Mills, Sly & Robbie, Stock Aitken Waterman, Criminal Element Orchestra, Jonathan Butler

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Just Call‘, the hot import seven inch by Sherrick (which should have been printed as lead review last week) is indeed now on UK promo 12 inch in two extended remixes, the pausing and slowly fading 112bpm Hot Line Mix, and trickily introed but more subtly soulful thunderthumbed (0-)112bpm Collect Call Mix, neither however necessarily improving on the original (which, just for the record, WEA’s disco plugger Fred Dove points out was actually circulated on the ‘Spring In The Air’ promo cassette at the beginning of February!) … Urban, amidst doubts that it’ll be commercially released, have promoed with great chart success a Nigel Wright-produced strong house-ish 125¼bpm treatment of the ‘James Bond’ theme, Jax ‘007 Licensed To Chill’ (URBX 6), complete with effects and dialogue including what sounds the Capital Radio DJ John Sachs’ usual impersonation of Sean Connery! … Club similarly have promoed, just on seven inch to gauge reaction, Jeff Lorber’s pleasantly duetted 79bpm ‘Back In Love‘ and drifting 97⅓bpm ‘Keep On Lovin’ Her‘ … Total Contrast will be plugging their Timmy Regisford-remixed sparsely pattering and snapping emphatically lurching 119¼bpm ‘Jody‘, due at the end of the month, by undertaking an exhaustive 44 date national PA tour — amidst which a couple of dates are suddenly reavailable, contact Steve Woolfe on 0474 327061 … Virgin, still trying to create interest in their London-based duo Well Red, have circulated import promo copies of their George Clinton mixed Slave-ishly jiggling 108⅔bpm ‘Get Lucky‘ … Regina Belle’s brilliant album is now out here at last (CBS 450998 1) … Tim Raidel is setting up a label called Dynamic Dance Records and is after hip hop, soul and house demo tapes at 90 Midland Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 0BL (0582 452807) … lan Dewhirst, the new “Rowdy Yates”, has left Fourth & Broadway … Peter Castle is after good PAs an 0737 772771 for Radio Mercury’s live Friday broadcasts from Redhill’s The Millionaire … Nicky Holloway, guesting at Simon Goffe’s Camden Lock Dingwalls Across The Tracks night this Thursday (July 16), is Doo-in It In The Park on Saturday (July 18) in London South Bank’s Jubilee Gardens (next to Festival Hall) with Pete Tong, Rob Day, Gilles Peterson, Chris Bangs, Bob Jones plus — get this! — PAs by James Brown veteran supporters Bobby Byrd and Vicki Anderson … Sybil joins jocks MP² — that’s Mike Pickering and Martin Prendergast — at Manchester Hacienda’s Nude Night this Friday (July 17), and Jeff Thomas at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard on Monday (July 20) … Dancin’ Danny D joins Paul Needham at Derby’s Knotted Snake for a Cooltempo ‘Fierce’ promotion on Saturday (July 18) … Jon Jules, Nic Wakefield, John Matthews and more mount a DJ Extravaganza at the Bass Bin in South Harrow’s The Avenue (Shaftesbury Circle) on Tuesday (July 21) … Dean Savonne’s funky Spats has moved on Mondays to Tulips in London’s Euston Road … Radio TKO’s DJs Roberto Forzoni and Mike Gee funk Clerkenwell Road’s Turnmills in the City of London on Tuesdays, the station’s Sunday 7-9pm jazz jock Big H Jazzing Ascot’s Belvedere (Blacknest) on Fridays and funking Camberley JW’s on Wednesdays … ‘Dirty Dave’ Woolstoncroft moved recently from Aberdeen to scratch mix nothing but house and soul (positively no chart music) at Charnock Richard’s The Park Nightstyle in Park Hall on Fridays/Saturdays … I got away last week back to the even sunnier Midlands, exploring Staffordshire’s Manifold Valley, Dove Dale, Weaver Hills and, circling it from every viewpoint without actually succumbing to the Towers’ funfair, Alton — the only consistently available radio station while driving around the country is BBC Radio 2, refreshingly different, nothing but big bands, dated jazz, country music, and seemingly a different version each day of the old song ‘Green Eyes’! … Adrian Love is the station’s best DJ, at least one knows where he’s coming from, man, and he manages not to sound as if he’s reading a script … Music Of Life soon releases ‘The Tables Are Turnin’‘ by Technics UK Mixing champ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein … LL Cool J’s 12 inch of ‘I’m Bad’ turns out only to have added the original version of ‘Rock The Bells’, not a remix, and ‘I Can’t Live Without My Radio’ … Terry Lewis, credited as co-producer of the Master Mix-released Meli’sa Morgan oldie, is not the Jimmy Jam-partnering chap of that name … rm’s Disco chart apparently needs explaining again (although it should be obvious). It reflects the material being played at specifically “black music” venues, the Hi-NRG chart reflects nowadays not only gay clubs but a certain Scottish input, while general pop clubs’ chart returns are used only in the compilation of the all-embracing chart printed by Jocks magazine: however, there’s a rumour that the pop-orientated Nightclub chart may be reappearing in rm … Severn Sound’s soul DJ Jerry Hipkiss points out: “The ‘Roadblock’ pre-release furore was the almost exact parallel of 1974’s Northern Soul scam when the Javells’ ‘Goodbye, Nothing To Say‘ was circulated on white label to certain select jocks, building an immense buzz, before it was discovered to be a British recording already released on Pye … LAH DEE DAH DEE!


ISLINGTON MUSIC WORKSHOP, a self-help music charity based at 44 Peartree Street, London EC1V 3SB (01-608 0232), is setting up its own I-M-W label in direct opposition to Morgan Khan and other operators who invite talent to walk in off the street, claiming that I-M-W will indeed release any music off the street that is good, without tying the artists up in financially unrewarding knots. Not a “cultural ghetto label”, it’s after all types of music. I just hope it doesn’t end up by being too idealistic in this hard business world.


HOT VINYL

STEPHANIE MILLS ‘If I Were Your Woman’ LP (MCA Records MCF 3385)
On a pleasant enough slushy listening set full of crawling slowies, the soulful dancefloor standout is the delicate coolly ticking and rolling 101⅚bpm ‘(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me’, totally created by producer Paul Laurence with bassist Timmy Allen and remixed already by Louil Silas Jr, the only other rhythmic tracks being the Wayne Brathwaite-produced languidly tapping 110¾bpm ‘Running For Your Love‘ and Davy D/Russell Simmons-produced juddery rolling 99⅔bpm ‘Can’t Change My Ways‘, while the Nick Martinelli-produced dead slow 30½/61-0bpm ballad ‘I Feel Good All Over‘ currently tops the US Black Singles Chart.

SLY & ROBBIE ‘Fire’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 71)
Now in a completely new Groucho Smykle remix, this 0-103½-0bpm ponderously bumping Ohio Players funk revamp may already be well known (the 1974 original inspired David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ the following year) but is nowhere near as instantly commercial as ‘Boops’. The flip has their old slinky 94bpm adaptation of the Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride‘, and drain-gurgling lightly loping 124½bpm reggae-ish ‘Miles (Black Satin)‘ organ instrumental.

STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN ‘Roadblock’ (Breakout USAF 611)
Turning out to be as I’d suspected all along “rare grooves to order”, this brilliant steadily rolling 0-99⅚-99⅔bpm dated funk groove has Maceo Parker-type sax by Gary Barnacle, chanting girls and party hardy atmosphere (dub flip), all created by the world famous production team who as artistes previously brought you a recreation of ‘New York Afternoon’.

CRIMINAL ELEMENT ORCHESTRA ‘Put The Needle To The Record’ (US Criminal Records CR12-014)
Already promoed here by Cooltempo, ostensibly merely to build a buzz for the compilation album on which it reputedly will have its only commercial UK release (do you really believe that?), this madly catchy percussive 116½bpm dated funk groove has excitingly scratched in snippets along the lines of various recent hit bootlegs (in three mixes), created by Arthur Baker under the guise of Wally Jump Jr.

JONATHAN BUTLER ‘Lies (Extended Version)’ (Jive JIVE T 141)
Craftily catchy, maybe because it’s naggingly derivative, this excellent George Benson-ish soulfully jogging punchy 92⅙bpm swayer is actually sung by the South African guitarist — although the break that stands out is on piano — flipped by his older delicately picked 0-99½/49¾bpm ‘Crossroads Revisited‘ and 47/94bpm ‘Haunted By Your Love’ instrumentals.

JAMES ROBINSON ‘Can We Do It Again’ (Tabu 650902 6)
Originally only on import seven inch, this Luther Vandross-ish impassioned but rambling 79½bpm slowie is in fact by his successor as Change’s lead singer, its more tightly wriggling 104bpm ‘You’re The Only One I’ve Been Dreaming Of‘ B-side actually being hotter on dancefloors, and now joined on UK-only 12 inch by the drifting 73bpm ‘Feel Like Going On‘, all surefire soul satisfiers.

VANEESE THOMAS ‘Vaneese’ LP (US Geffen Records GHS 24141)
Yet another sultry song soulstress surfaces styled for the Anita Baker market, this particular Hush Productions-managed lady evidently being the daughter of Memphis R&B legend Rufus (and thus sister of Carla) Thomas, her classy set having the coolly undulating 106¼bpm ‘(I Wanna Get) Close To You’, calm then wailing 78¾bpm ‘Let’s Talk It Over‘, gently jogging 100⅓bpm ‘Keep It Up‘, sweetly tugging 90¼bpm ‘I’m Gonna Love You‘, delicately impassioned 83bpm ‘New Love‘, smoochily doodling 71/35½bpm ‘Ultimate Love’, slowly building 19/38-63bpm ‘Heading In The Right Direction’, frantic pseudo-Motown pop 208bpm ‘Rockin’ & Lovin’’.

DEJA ‘Serious’ (10 Records TEN T 132)
Curt Jones and Starleena Young have had to change names from Aurra, as founding ex-member Steve Washington reckons he retains that Slave splinter group’s name, Monte Moir as previously revealed producing this still Slave-ishly slippery lightly loping infectious 119⅔bpm wriggly rolling bounder, remixed by Timmy Regisford (dub flip, and the Regisford & Jarvis mix of their 109-108⅔bpm ‘You And Me Tonight’ oldie).

PAUL JOHNSON ‘Are We Strong Enough (Arthur Baker N.Y. Remix)’ (CBS PJOHN T3)
Arthur Baker-remixed beefily thudding and bumping although ethereally wailed 104⅙bpm chunky chugger by the gospel grounded soaring soulster, not particularly strong as a song maybe but powerful sounding (radio version, and pleasantly swaying 93⅓-0bpm ‘Where Can You Be‘ flip).

DAVID JOSEPH ‘No Turning Back’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 66)
African-flavoured twiddly ‘Twilight’/’Chief Inspector’-type intricate nagging 108¾bpm instrumental wriggler, flipped by the more routine lightweight 110¾bpm ‘Discover‘ duet with sweetly bland Kerine, and the Larry Levan-remixed old 115¼bpm import version of ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love (Away From Me)’.

THE CASTLE BEAT ‘Today, Tomorrow And Forever’ (US Rama Records RR 101)
Probably another UK-originated scam, this interesting strangely chugging and ticking 117½bpm reggae-ish instrumental haunter (boomy bass Beats too) is flipped by the good girl-sung backbeat-bumped loosely swinging 112½bpm ‘You Turn Me On‘, both worth checking and possible “sleepers” — until, that is, they turn out to be Beggar & Co or someone!

ERIC B. & RAKIM ‘Paid In Full’ (US 4th + B’way BWAY 4005)
Master mixer Louis Eric Barrier and rapper Rakim ‘The R’ (gleaned from their jewellery) go for gold with a drily understated excellent scratch set featuring of course their Bobby Byrd-cutting 103⅚bpm ‘I Know You Got Soul‘ disco smash plus new Dope Mixes by Marley Marl of the 0-96⅓bpm ‘Eric B Is President‘ and 0-88½bpm ‘My Melody‘, while Dennis Edwards’ ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ bass line backs the hot 98⅚bpm title track — just one of the beats and hints to be spotted in the 104-0bpm ‘It Ain’t No Joke‘, 0-100bpm ‘Eric B Is On The Cut‘, 90⅔-0bpm ‘Move The Crowd‘, 0-93-0bpm ‘As The Rhyme Goes On‘, 90⅔bpm ‘Extended Beat‘, and brilliantly scratched instrumental 0-101⅔-0bpm ‘Chinese Arithmetic‘.


UK DISCO TOP 100 – July 18, 1987

01 02 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT/DEF DUB/JAZZY DUB) Joyce Sims, London 12in
02 05 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
03 02 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican)/NO WAY BACK Adonis, London 12in
04 09 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
05 04 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
06 06 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
07 03 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
08 07 CROSS THE TRACK (EXTENDED)/SOUL POWER 74 Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in
09 08 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (ORIGINAL MIX/’SPECIAL DUTCH’ MIX/JACK THE BODY ‘HOUSE’ MIX) First Choice featuring Roshelle Fleming, Serious Records 12in
10 12 DANCING IN THE NIGHT Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
11 13 WOMAN OF PRINCIPLE Trouble Funk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
12 18 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
13 26 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, US Cold Chillin’ 12in/Breakout white label
14 22 GOTTA FIND A WAY (1987 EDIT)/TAKE MY LOVE Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
15 17 DO IT PROPERLY (FIERCE CLUB MIX) 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, Cooltempo 12in
16 11 I’M BAD/GET DOWN LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
17 23 SHOW ME THE WAY Regina Belle, CBS 12in
18 19 JAZZ IT UP/DUB Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
19 16 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
20 42 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
21 10 SCREAM (PRIMAL SCREAM) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
22 33 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK/STRAIGHT FROM THE JUNGLE, Dynamix II, US Bass Station Records 12in
23 32 ALWAYS (LP VERSION)/I’M IN LOVE Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
24 24 CARINO T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
25 14 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
26 36 HOW COULD YOU BREAK MY HEART Bobby Womack, Arista 12in
27 35 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (ORIGINAL REMIX/NEW REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett, Gordy 12in
28 20 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (JB IN HEAT/JB TRAXX II/AT THE ORGAN/LOWDOWN ‘N’ FUNKY) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
29 29 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, Jive 12in
30 70 SONGBIRD (EXTENDED VERSION) Kenny G, Arista 12in
31 28 DIAMONDS (DANCE MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
32 27 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
33 55 JUST CALL Sherrick, US Warner Bros 7in
34 21 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
35 75 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
36 50 SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
37 15 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) (REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
38 46 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
39 — PAID IN FULL/CHINESE ARITHMETIC/ERIC B. IS ON THE CUT/I AIN’T NO JOKE/ERIC B. IS PRESIDENT (DOPE MIX) Eric B. & Rakim, US 4th + B’way LP
40 — SCREAM (THE JACK ‘N’ CHILL MIX) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
41 34 I’M IN LOVE (LONGER LOVE MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
42 48 ROCK THIS HOUSE/DUB MIX Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
43 38 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
44 79 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
45 31 FUNKY NASSAU Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
46 66 (I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/LET’S TALK IT OVER/I’M GONNA LOVE YOU/KEEP IT UP/NEW LOVE Vaneese Thomas, US Geffen Records LP
47 41 I’M IN LOVE (REMIX)/SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
48 39 GO CUT CREATOR GO/THE BRISTOL HOTEL/THE BREAKTHROUGH LL Cool J, Def Jam LP
49 47 CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE (AT LAST THE DANCE MIX)/PASSIONATE (JAM TODAY REMIX) Keni Stevens, Jam Today 12in
50 45 SO MANY TEARS/YOU GOT THE LOVE/PLEASE BE MINE/TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY Regina Belle, CBS LP
51 63 WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE/DOWN FOR THE THIRD TIME Bobby Caldwell, Magnetic Dance 12in
52 30 THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX/DUB) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
53 51 SHOW U HOW TO JACK (JACK YOUR BODY ROCK YOUR BODY) House Hustlers, Cooltempo 12in
54 91 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/YOU’RE GONNA GET YOURS/DUB TERMINATOR X GETAWAY VERSION/MIUZI WEIGHS A TON Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
55 — I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
56 43 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
57 86 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, US Criminal Records 12in
58 54 IF YOU WERE MINE (DANCE MIX) Cheryl Lynn, US Manhattan 12in
59 60 WISHING WELL (THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN MIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
60 52 I’LL RETURN 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
61 40 OUTLAW (THE BANDIT MIX) Strafe, Breakout 12in
62 76 SIMPLY MAGIC Feedback, Production House 12in
63 80 CHUNKY BUT FUNKY Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records 12in
64 re OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD (’87 EXTENDED MIX/DUB MIX) The Gap Band, Club 12in
65 87 THIS BEAT KICKS (CHAD BEAT REMIX) T La Rock, 10 Records 12in
66 56 DIAMONDS (COOL SUMMER MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
67 67 CHICAGO SONG (REMIX) David Sanborn, Warner Brothers 12in
68 — THE REAL THING, PART II (INSTRUMENTAL)/WHO FOUND WHO (CLUB MIX) Jellybean, US Chrysalis 12in
69 81 TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME/OVER AND OVER/ALL THE WAY WITH YOU/LOVE’S JUST A MYSTERY/FEELS SO GOOD TO ME/I BELIEVE IN YOU Peggi Blu, Capitol LP
70 69 MAKE IT FUNKY (CLUB MIX) Ice-T, US Sire 12in
71 84 ROCK-A-LOTT (REMIX) Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
72 — 007 LICENSED TO CHILL (JAMES BOND THEME) (SHAKEN NOT STIRRED MIX) Jax, Urban 12in promo
73 77 HAPPY (CLUB VERSION) Camelot II, US Jam-Kru 12in
74 57 THIGH RIDE (WHISKER BURN MIX) Tawatha, Epic 12in
75 98 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
76 58 FUNKY NASSAU (EXTENDED VERSION) The Beginning Of The End, Atlantic 12in
77 53 LET’S BEGIN Turntable Terror Trax Vol 2, Bluebird 12in
78 49 FOR THE LOVE OF YOU/JUST THE LONELY TALKING AGAIN/LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston, Arista LP
79 — YA COLD WANNA BE WITH ME UTFO, US Select 12in
80 68 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS I & II) Mr K Mix by Special K, US TD Records Inc 12in
81 59 SPECIAL FX/IN THE MOOD/NO PAIN NO GAIN The Whispers, Solar LP
82 71 (FEEL THE) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Fatback Band, Groove & Move 12in
83 74 FLM (ALTERNATIVE/MEGA CLUB VERSIONS) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
84 83 PICKS ME UP (YOUR LOVE) Point 3 FM, Hardcore 12in
85 — TRAMP (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
86 — THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in white label
87 64 ROCK THE BEAT Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
88 — DON’T HOLD BACK/NATIVE BEAST/GIT THE HOLE/HOLEBEATS Dem Niggas’, US Thomix Records 12in
89 re LET THE SUN IN/ONE LOVER AT A TIME/DON’T TAKE ME FOR GRANTED/ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE/THANKFUL Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros LP
90 — SUMMER NIGHTS (EXTENDED VERSION) Grover Washington Jr, US Columbia 12in
91 88 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
92 62 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince, Paisley Park 12in
93 re THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT (DEMOLITION MIX) Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
94 — THE DANCE (LIVING ROOM MIX)/NUDE PHOTO (RYTHIM MIX)/MOVE IT (ONLY MIX) Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
95 re YOU USED TO HOLD ME Ralphi Rosario featuring Xavier Gold, US Hot Mix 5 12in
96 re (IF YOU) LOVE ME JUST A LITTLE/(‘JUST A LITTLE’ FF BIGMIX) La La, Arista 12in
97 94 SATISFIED (REMIX) Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
98 93 TAKE SOME TIME OUT (CLUB/DUB) Arnold Jarvis, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
99 92 I THINK I’M OVER YOU Mini Curry, US Total Experience 12in
100= 72 CABBAGE PATCH The World Class Wreckin Cru, US Kru-Cut Records/Macola Record Co 12in
100= — SMOOTH SAILIN’ TONIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) The Isley Bros, US Warner Bros 12in
100= — (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME Stephanie Mills, MCA Records LP


HI-NRG

01 02 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
02 01 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
03 03 ARMED ROBBERY Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
04 04 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
05 06 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
06 05 PAPER MONEY Helena Springs, Arista 12in
07 09 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
08 11 DON’T GET MAD, GET EVEN Mary Wilson, Nightmare 12in
09 07 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, US Atlantic 12in
10 10 NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox, Jive 12in
11 08 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
12 re PERFECT OPPORTUNITY Rob Keane, Nightmare 12in
13 22 I NEED A MAN/ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man To Man, Bolts 12in
14 — IT’S A SIN (IAN LEVINE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
15 17 NIGHT CITY Secret Service, German Teldec 12in
16 re GET READY (EXTENDED REMIX) Carol Hitchcock, A&M 12in
17 13 MY HANDS ARE TIED Susan Wells, Nightmare 12in
18 14 GIMME THE LIGHT Solid Strangers, German ZYX 12in
19 15 NOWHERE TO RUN One A.M., T-Mac 12in
20 16 RAINSTORM (REMIX) Eastbound Expressway, US Vinylmania 12in
21 re PANINARO (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Italian Parlophone 12in
22 12 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND Angie Gold, Passion 12in
23 19 RECONCILIATE Le Page, US Prism 12in
24 25 LOVE CHILD Jamie Dean, Uptown Records 12in
25 re THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’ Jessica Williams and Man 2 Man, Mexican Maxi/Mastered 12in
26 21 NO! MR BOOM BOOM Bodyheat, Diamond Records 12in
27 re PUT MY LOVE ON THE LINE Darryl Pandy, Nightmare 12in
28 24 CASANOVA Jessica Williams, Passion 12in
29 23 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian E-Energy 12in
30 re FASCINATED Company B, Bluebird 12in

2 thoughts on “July 18, 1987: Stephanie Mills, Sly & Robbie, Stock Aitken Waterman, Criminal Element Orchestra, Jonathan Butler”

  1. It wasn’t a scam after all, but The Castle Beat’s “Today, Tomorrow And Forever” went on to inspire a much better known tune: Raze’s “Break 4 Love”, with which it bears a marked similarity.

    Interestingly, Phuture’s “Acid Tracks” hasn’t charted – perhaps it was still too out-there for dancefloor acceptance at this stage – but hot on the heels of the arrival of acid house, Derrick May’s Rythim Is Rythim quietly debuts on the Disco chart, giving us our first true taste of Detroit techno.

    Credit where it’s due: Ian Levine did a good job with his remix of “It’s A Sin”, and it’s the mix that I preferred to play out.

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  2. That Radio 2 he described was very different of the haven of soft rock I’ve heard today when I’ve heard it occasionally in a doctors waiting room.

    The 1987 schedule he mentions full of big band jazz and swing, traditional 40s and 50s pop plus some country and western was extremely popular with its audience – those born in the 1920s, the 1930s like my father and I suppose those who were still listening born in the decade before the 1920’s too . It had the highest listening figures.

    Time moved on though and that audience disappeared and sometime in the 1990s it became the station searching for an identity it’s been ever since.

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