July 25, 1987: Lillo Thomas, James King, Rick Astley, Sherrick, Roxanne Shanté

Due to the poor quality scan of this week’s column, some of the BPM fractions could not be deciphered, so in these cases they have been replaced with ½.

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Freddie Bastone’s complete revamp of The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ (due imminently) really is a killer, only the vocal and a few instrumental elements remaining from the original eight-track recording, Freddie boosting the remix to 24 tracks with totally new rhythms – and he’s also been doing the same for Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ … Atlantic has circulated a strangely promo-only brilliant Pete Hammond-created 171⅓-144-123-121½-120½-124½-171⅓bpm megamix, with background party chatter and some James Brown cut-ins, of Arthur Conley ‘Sweet Soul Music’/Don Covay ‘See Saw’/Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’/Sam & Dave ‘Soul Man’/Wilson Pickett ‘In The Midnight Hour’, hopefully commercial one day … US pressings of the Public Enemy 12 inch include an extra instrumental version of the beat-cutting hot ‘Rebel Without A Pause’, too … Joyce Sims’ ‘Lifetime Love’ now appears to be flipped by an appropriately “jacked up” House Mix, which some may find useful … Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley has done a remix of Pseudo Echo’s great guitar-rocked 127½bpm pop revival of ‘Funky Town’ … Vaneese Thomas’s eponymous ‘Vaneese’ LP is already out here (Geffen Records K9241411) … Morgan Khan has signed the American Macola Record Co label for a worldwide deal … Horizon Radio International, a legal company now based in Gibraltar, is setting up a radio station in Spain with massive financial backing and has no connection with a new pirate station in London that’s passing itself off under the old Horizon name, falsely quoting founding director Chris Stewart’s name when trying to sell advertising … Mike Allen’s hip hop shows seem to have slipped quietly off Capital Radio’s schedule, a shame – he had become the current young generation’s Alan Freeman … Greg Edwards, also on Capital, did a stunning segue between Janet Jackson ‘Nasty’ and Terence Trent D’Arby ‘Wishing Well’, not the most similar of records on first impression … Friday (July 24) Steve Walsh joins Rick Davis at Uxbridge Regals, with a PA by David Grant too, before joining Jeff Thomas at Swansea Martha’s Vineyard on Monday (27) … Sunday (July 25) sees Robbie Vincent souling Walthamstow Racers, Chris Brown and Johnny Walker souling London Argyle Street’s Gazebo (by the Palladium), and a massive Fred Astaire tribute complete with filmclips and Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Gilles Peterson, Bob Jones and the usual crew at Northfleet Red Lion’s Slammer … Radio Orwell’s Busta Brooker and Essex Radio’s Dave Gregory headline a beach party all-dayer on Sunday (July 26) at Clacton-on-Sea Oscars … Epping Forest Country Club reopens after its fire next Thursday (July 30), with Gary Smith there that night weekly … The Castle Beat turns out apparently to have some connection with Prince Charles & The City Beat Band … Expansion Records have recorded a four-track single in Miami by the JBs featuring Mickey Murray … John Saint-Laurent (Winchester) points out that Alexander O’Neal’s ‘Fake’ and One Way’s ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ are awfully similar, and can be made to sync like a bitch (as we DJs put it!) … LAH DEE DAH DEE!


HOT VINYL

LILLO THOMAS ‘Downtown (Remix)’ (Capitol 12CL 453)
Remixed exotically wriggly 101⅔-0bpm jitterer once a bit like ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ but now possibly over-full of digital chipmunks and chirrups, although the rhythm remains good (seven inch version flip, and 114-0bpm ‘I’m In Love (Remix)’).

JAMES KING ‘Memory’ (Expansion Records EXPAND 8)
Fabulous uplifting infectious fluidly bounding 121½-121¼bpm real soul flier by the sometime leader of Philadelphia vocal group the Futures, full of timeless quality, flipped by the easily rolling 109½bpm ‘Easy Love’ and smoochy 72¼bpm ‘The Sorrow, The Pain’, just as soulful. You’ll play it again and again!

RICK ASTLEY ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (RCA PT41448)
And now Stock Aitken Waterman recreate the Seventies Philly soul sound, sort of, for this catchily striding facile 113½bpm canterer with hustling hi-hats and rich baritone singing by the Rick of Rick And Lisa (inst/edit flip), tipped by many as a smash.

SHERRICK ‘Just Call’ (Warner Bros W8380T)
Although this impressive husky soulster’s classily wriggling swayer does grow on one in its pausing and slowly fading 112bpm Hot Line Mix 12 inch A-side and the flip’s trickily introed but then more subtly satisfying (0-)112bpm Collect Call Mix (together with the routinely snapping 121½-0bpm ‘I’m Scared ‘A You’), so many people still favour the even more subtly soulful original – here 112⅓bpm – seven inch version that WEA have serviced DJs with. However, if the likes of Regina Belle can’t cross over, what hope has this?

ROXANNE SHANTÉ ‘Have A Nice Day’ (Breakout USAT 612)
Marley Marl-created excellent here 102⅓-102⅔bpm rare groove scratch-up of the JBs’ ‘Pass The Peas’ and Above Average Black Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces One By One’ (useful dub flip too), with bursts of typically vulnerable yet tough rap by young Miss Shanté (born Lolita Gooden, she was Dimples D until she cut ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’ and changed names during 1984’s ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ craze).

UTFO ‘Ya Cold Wanna Be With Me’ (US Select FMS-62293)
Full Force-produced brilliant attractively mature tapping and swaying jiggly 83½bpm lead-switching rap jogger set – as Andy Phippen of Rayners Lane’s Record And Disco Centre so cleverly spotted – to a remake of Grace Jones’s ‘Don’t Cry – It’s Only The Rhythm’, with distinctively biting bass twiddles (Rare Dub/Radio Edit too, plus the tougher beat-cutting 93bpm ‘Diss’).

DAVY D ‘Davy’s Ride’ LP (Def Jam 450481 1)
Kurtis Blow’s onetime scratch DJ, Davy DMX actually sings soulfully between scratches on the great piano rolled jogging 96¼bpm ‘Feel For You’ and attractive mellow swaying 99bpm ‘Ohh Girl’, but gets other vocal and rap support on the girls-pleaded strong juddery scratching (0-)104⅓bpm title track, JB-cutting fascinating quavery 97⅔bpm scratch ‘n rap ‘Keep Your Distance’, Chuck Brown-based (although uncredited) 97¾bpm ‘Bustin’ Loose/Your Love Is Like Money In The Bank’, trickily garbled then ticking 94¾bpm ‘Live On Hollis Day’, Timex Social Club-type 99bpm ‘Do Ya Do’, Russell Simmons-led in-joking 100bpm ‘Bring It’, bongo tapping short 99½bpm ‘Let’s Rock’, angrily rapped 90bpm ‘Get Busy’, girls chanted jerky 102½bpm ‘Have You Seen Davy’.

Veteran London hip hop DJ Tim Westwood (seen here chillin’ out!) has actually gone and produced the first true Cockney-Jamaican reggae-rap fusion, LONDON POSSE ‘London Posse’ (Big Life BLR 2T, via The Cartel), set to a burbling 92½bpm bass beat pulse with scratching accents and catchy chants (dub/edit too), flipped by the wordy 91-0bpm ‘My Beatbox Reggae Style’ excitingly showcasing the posse’s human beatbox Sipho. Is the future between dread and def, dref? That’s it!

DJ MEGA-MIX VOL 1 ‘The Finest Ingredients (Part 1)’ (DJ Mega-Mix MM001)
Maybe purposefully fishy looking bootleg import-style Double Dee & Steinski-type jittery 0-96½-0bpm instrumental scratcher cutting dialogue lines and bits from such as ‘The Champ’, ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, Rufus Thomas’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ and many more, Part 2 being a suspiciously English-accented 94½-0bpm MCs rap about punk rock b-boys (Radio Mix and Club Mix sides are the same). Another scam?

THE WHISPERS ‘Special F/X (Remix)’ (Solar MCAT 1178)
Cleverly worded slinkily swaying 107½bpm jogger with its climaxing “whoa-oh” crowd chants now re-edited to punctuate it from the start, flipped by the superbly sung piano-rolled smoochy 63½bpm ‘Give It To Me’, their album’s best tracks back to back!

THE O’JAYS ‘My Favourite Person’ (Epic OJAY T1)
This cornily harmonised Four Freshmen-ish pleasant brassy sophisticated nightclub-type 95⅓-95¾-94⅔bpm jiggly big band swayer is now touted as a rare groove, and flipped by the slickly jogging 107bpm ‘Summer Fling’ and the much more famous, accelerating 109½-117bpm ‘Use Ta Be My Girl’.

KOOL AND THE GANG ‘Holiday (12 inch Club Remix)’ (US Mercury 888712-1)
Doubtless realising they’ve lost their roots audience by dabbling so much with rock ‘n pop, the Gang deliberately remixed this sax squawked simple chugging beefy 115-114⅔bpm funk smacker in their traditional style, with ‘A Love Bizarre’ tinge too it’s a welcome change (Jam Mix and less good 7 inch version too).

GROVER WASHINGTON JR ‘Summer Nights’ (US Columbia 44 06863)
Marcus Miller-prod/penned smoothly jittering (0-)115-0bpm lush catchy sax swayer, all very slick and classy, flipped by the more meandering equally pleasant (0-)111½bpm ‘Strawberry Moon’.

CC & CO ‘When’ (US Gibraltar Entertainment Records 17117)
“When ya gonna wake up, when ya gonna see the light?” repeatedly asks one CC Ryder, creator of this excellent, lurchingly swaying 105¾bpm timeless soul jiggler, with doodling sax and girl group support (inst flip).

JANICE BULLUCK ‘Don’t Start A Fire’ LP (US Wilbe Recording Corporation WIL 3003)
Co-produced by label owner William Bell, this fluidly expressive wailing lady’s strong set is about as traditional a soul album as you’ll find these days, with the recently seven-inched “do ya!”-repeating lovely sultrily swaying 111bpm ‘Do You Really Love Me’, sinuously tripping 111bpm title track, sweetly chugging 113¼bpm ‘Excited (About Your Love)’, lightly bluesy 77bpm ‘Right Love – Wrong Man’, urgent 124¼bpm ‘I’m Ridin’ High On Your Love’ (called ‘I’m Riding High On Love’ as her B-side), tensely chanting 111⅔bpm ‘We’ve Got It Right’, lurching 115¼bpm ‘If It Turns You On’ and frantic sellout 130¼bpm ‘Turn On Your Radio’.

DEM NIGGAS’ ‘Git The Hole’ (US Thomix Records TMX 001)
Rivalling 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican as an outrageous group name, this very odd jaggedly jolting 115½bpm stuttery monotonous groove and its instrumental 116½bpm ‘Holebeats’ are in fact overshadowed by the flip’s jacking Latin-pianoed 114½-115½bpm ‘Don’t Hold Back’ and throbbing 111½-120bpm ‘Native Beast’, all equally weird and likely to have cult appeal.

RYTHIM IS RYTHIM ‘Nude Photo (Rythim Mix)’ (US Transmat MS 002)
Played on what sounds like drains, this simple bounding 123-122½bpm synthetic instrumental percolator, with female giggles, has been out a while and overtaken by the flip’s similar but more speedily skittering 125½-125¼bpm ‘The Dance (Living Room Mix)’ jack track (jerky 122bpm ‘Move It (Only Mix)’ too), all rather strange and not immediately to my taste.

NAT AUGUSTIN ‘That Girl’ (Breakout USAT 609)
Breakout’s first UK signing, the ex-Light Of The World guy was produced in Philadelphia by Dexter Wansel on this emphatically thudding 0-107-0bpm soulfully rolling lurcher, to sneakily nagging effect, flipped by the joltingly jogging 101bpm ‘You’ve Got That Something’ and shuffling 117-0bpm ‘I’ll Rescue You (Club Dub Mix)’.

LEVERT ‘Casanova’ (US Atlantic A9217T)
Reggie Calloway-created soulfully impassioned nagging subtly jaunty go go-ish 93½bpm jiggler, full of implied bouncy rhythm (in four mixes), by Eddie Levert of The O’Jays’ sprog.

JILL JONES ‘Jill Jones’ LP (Paisley Park 925 575-1)
Prince produced some of the tracks by this obviously purple-styled white girl, but not her two standout self-penned slowies, the Teena Marie-ish rolling jiggly jogging (0-)93⅔bpm ‘Violet Blue’ and bluesily weaving 61-0bpm ‘Baby You’re A Trip’, well worth checking if you can ignore the rest.

LISA LISA AND CULT JAM ‘Head To Toe’ (CBS 650520 4)
Better late than never, I’ve finally been serviced with this recent US chart-topping Full Force-produced perky shuffling 113½-0bpm lurcher, sorta Five Star meet the Dixie Cups, flipped by the plaintively jolting 116-0bpm ‘You’ll Never Change (Full Force Remix)’ and a dubby ‘Heads, Toes And Feets (Foot Mix)’ of the A-side – this latter mix being replaced on later pressings (CBS 650520 8) by a straightforwardly edited together ‘Head To Toe/I Wonder If I Take You Home (Feet First Mix)’ by Mark Chamberlain (the older song’s segments being 112¼bpm).

HANSON & DAVIS ‘Come Together’ (US Fresh Records FRE-12)
Timmy Regisford-mixed exciting jittery fast 125¼bpm house tempo pounder by the mournfully singing New York duo, all their own work (in five versions), a likely jack track smash.

CALIFORNIA EXECUTIVES ‘I Can’t Forget You’ (US Parliament Records PRC-1000)
Steadily trotting jauntily wriggly 113½bpm backbeat bonking timeless soul vocal group swinger (inst/edit flip), good of its type, though maybe not another Lanier & Co.


UK DISCO TOP 100 – July 25, 1987

01 01 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT/DEF DUB/JAZZY DUB) Joyce Sims, London 12in
02 02 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
03 04 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
04 03 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican)/NO WAY BACK Adonis, London 12in
05 07 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
06 05 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
07 19 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
08 06 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
09 08 CROSS THE TRACK (EXTENDED)/SOUL POWER 74 Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in
10 12 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
11 13 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, US Cold Chillin’ 12in/Breakout white label
12 09 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (ORIGINAL MIX/’SPECIAL DUTCH’ MIX/JACK THE BODY ‘HOUSE’ MIX) First Choice featuring Roshelle Fleming, Serious Records 12in
13 22 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK/STRAIGHT FROM THE JUNGLE, Dynamix II, US Bass Station Records 12in
14 10 DANCING IN THE NIGHT Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
15 33 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
16 20 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
17 21 SCREAM (PRIMAL SCREAM) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
18 14 GOTTA FIND A WAY (1987 EDIT)/TAKE MY LOVE Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
19 18 JAZZ IT UP/DUB Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
20 11 WOMAN OF PRINCIPLE Trouble Funk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
21 24 CARINO T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
22 17 SHOW ME THE WAY Regina Belle, CBS 12in
23 16 I’M BAD LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
24 23 ALWAYS (LP VERSION)/I’M IN LOVE Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
25 28 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (JB IN HEAT/JB TRAXX II/AT THE ORGAN/LOWDOWN ‘N’ FUNKY) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
26 57 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, US Criminal Records 12in
27 30 SONGBIRD (EXTENDED VERSION) Kenny G, Arista 12in
28 37 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) (REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
29 39 PAID IN FULL/AS THE RHYME GOES ON/MOVE THE CROWD/MY MELODY (DOPE MIX) Eric B. & Rakim, US 4th + B’way LP
30 36 SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
31 15 DO IT PROPERLY (FIERCE CLUB MIX) 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, Cooltempo 12in
32 31 DIAMONDS (DANCE MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
33 46 LET’S TALK IT OVER/(I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/KEEP IT UP/NEW LOVE/ULTIMATE LOVE/HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records LP
34 70 MAKE IT FUNKY (CLUB MIX) Ice-T, US Sire 12in
35 38 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
36 44 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
37 27 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (NEW REMIX/ORIGINAL REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett, Gordy 12in
38 26 HOW COULD YOU BREAK MY HEART Bobby Womack, Arista 12in
39 34 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
40 40 SCREAM (THE JACK ‘N’ CHILL MIX) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
41 54 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/YOU’RE GONNA GET YOURS Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
42 42 ROCK THIS HOUSE/DUB MIX Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
43 25 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
44 55 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
45 59 WISHING WELL (THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN MIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
46 91 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
47 83 FLM (ALTERNATIVE/MEGA CLUB VERSIONS) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
48 43 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
49 82 (FEEL THE) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Fatback Band, Groove & Move 12in
50 50 SO MANY TEARS/YOU GOT THE LOVE/TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY Regina Belle, CBS LP
51 63 CHUNKY BUT FUNKY Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records 12in
52 68 THE REAL THING, PART II (INSTRUMENTAL)/WHO FOUND WHO (CLUB MIX) Jellybean, US Chrysalis 12in
53 35 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
54 29 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, Jive 12in
55 — NO TURNING BACK/YOU CAN’T HIDE YOUR LOVE (LARRY LEVAN MIX)/DISCOVER David Joseph, Fourth & Broadway 12in
56 32 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
57 — SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in mailing list promo
58 85 TRAMP (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
59 78 FOR THE LOVE OF YOU/JUST THE LONELY TALKING AGAIN/LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston, Arista LP
60 75 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
61 94 NUDE PHOTO (RYTHIM MIX)/THE DANCE (LIVING ROOM MIX)/MOVE IT (ONLY MIX) Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
62 56 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
63 62 SIMPLY MAGIC Feedback, Production House 12in
64 86 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in white label
65 49 CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE (AT LAST THE DANCE MIX) Keni Stevens, Jam Today 12in
66 — DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME Janice Bulluck, US Wilbe Recording Corporation LP/7in
67 95 YOU USED TO HOLD ME Ralphi Rosario/THE JACKIN’ NATIONAL ANTHEM Ramos, Jack Trax/Indigo 12in
68 97 SATISFIED (REMIX) Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
69 100= (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME Stephanie Mills, MCA Records LP
70 — DOWNTOWN (REMIX)/I’M IN LOVE (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in white label
71 69 TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME/ALL THE WAY WITH YOU/LOVE’S JUST A MYSTERY/TENDER MOMENTS/FEELS SO GOOD TO ME/I BELIEVE IN YOU Peggi Blu, Capitol LP
72 re OUT FOR THE COUNT Ian Foster, US MCA Records 12in
73 — CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, US Atlantic 12in
74 71 ROCK-A-LOTT (REMIX) Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
75 58 IF YOU WERE MINE (DANCE MIX) Cheryl Lynn, US Manhattan 12in
76 60 I’LL RETURN 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
77 — JUST CALL (HOT LINE MIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
78 79 YA COLD WANNA BE WITH ME UTFO, US Select 12in
79 74 THIGH RIDE (WHISKER BURN MIX) Tawatha, Epic 12in
80 67 CHICAGO SONG (REMIX) David Sanborn, Warner Brothers 12in
81 — MEMORY James King, Expansion Records 12in white label
82 48 GO CUT CREATOR GO/THE BRISTOL HOTEL LL Cool J, Def Jam LP
83 — GET LUCKY (GEORGE CLINTON MASTER MIX) Well Red, US Virgin 12in mailing list promo
84 80 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS I & II) Mr K Mix by Special K, US TD Records Inc 12in
85 96 (IF YOU) LOVE ME JUST A LITTLE/(‘JUST A LITTLE’ FF BIGMIX) La La, Arista 12in
86 76 FUNKY NASSAU (EXTENDED VERSION) The Beginning Of The End, Atlantic 12in
87 — THE FINEST INGREDIENTS (PART 1) DJ Mega-Mix Vol 1, DJ Mega-Mix 12in
88 88 DON’T HOLD BACK/NATIVE BEAST/GIT THE HOLE Dem Niggas’, US Thomix Records 12in
89 — COME TOGETHER (CLUB VERSION) Hanson & Davis, US Fresh Records 12in
90 re JACK IT ALL NIGHT LONG Bad Boy Bill, US DJ International Records 12in
91 — WHEN CC & Co, US Gibraltar Entertainment Records 12in
92 53 SHOW U HOW TO JACK (JACK YOUR BODY ROCK YOUR BODY) House Hustlers, Cooltempo 12in
93 — HOLIDAY (12 INCH CLUB REMIX) Kool And The Gang, US Mercury 12in
94 — JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London 12in mailing list promo
95 — JAZZ IT UP (SUMMERBEAT REMIX) Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
96 — LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
97 98 TAKE SOME TIME OUT (CLUB/DUB) Arnold Jarvis, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
98 — YOU’RE THE ONE I’VE BEEN DREAMING OF/CAN WE DO IT AGAIN James Robinson, Tabu 12in
99 — SEND IT C.O.D. Sinnimon, US New Image 12in
100 72 007 LICENSED TO CHILL (JAMES BOND THEME) (SHAKEN NOT STIRRED MIX) Jax, Urban 12in promo


HI-NRG

01 02 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
02 01 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
03 09 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, US Atlantic 12in
04 03 ARMED ROBBERY Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
05 05 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
06 06 PAPER MONEY Helena Springs, Arista 12in
07 re TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
08 07 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
09 11 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
10 28 CASANOVA Jessica Williams, Passion 12in
11 14 IT’S A SIN (IAN LEVINE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
12 — NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
13 17 MY HANDS ARE TIED Susan Wells, Nightmare 12in
14 19 NOWHERE TO RUN One A.M., T-Mac 12in
15 re THE BIG BANG Fantasy Ten, Greyhound Label 12in
16 04 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
17 — DON’T FIGHT DESTINY Gary Wilmot, Columbia 12in
18 29 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian E-Energy 12in
19 08 DON’T GET MAD, GET EVEN Mary Wilson, Nightmare 12in
20 — AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marv Johnson & Carolyn Gill, Nightmare 12in
21 26 NO! MR BOOM BOOM Bodyheat, Diamond Records 12in
22 — FLM (ALTERNATIVE VERSION/MEGA CLUB VERSION) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
23 22 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND Angie Gold, Passion 12in
24 20 RAINSTORM (REMIX) Eastbound Expressway, US Vinylmania 12in
25 13 I NEED A MAN Man To Man, Bolts 12in
26 — THAT’S WHERE THE HAPPY PEOPLE GO Greg Stone, US Dice 12in
27 — TURN ME ON AGAIN Astaire, Passion 12in
28 — SECRET AFFAIR Claudja Barry, US Epic 12in
29 — I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama, London 12in
30 — CHICA BOOM Silver Pozzoli, Italian Many 12in

4 thoughts on “July 25, 1987: Lillo Thomas, James King, Rick Astley, Sherrick, Roxanne Shanté”

  1. Another week, another scam: and this time it’s Norman Cook – then still a member of The Housemartins – making his anonymous debut with ‘The Finest Ingredients (Part 1)’. James is good at sniffing these out; I think the only one not to have been unmasked so far has been Coldcut’s ‘Say Kids What Time Is It’ pseudo-import at the start of the year. Maybe its success kicked off the whole trend?

    Four weeks ago, James welcomed Phuture’s ‘Acid Trax’ as an interesting new flavour, but he’s altogether less sure this week about the first Detroit techno record to be reviewed, from Derrick May’s Rythim Is Rythim.

    It does rather tickle me to see Tim Westwood, then 29 years old, already being described as a “veteran” – while elsewhere, it’s interesting to note that NWA weren’t the first act to re-appropriate the n-word (and what’s more, they were beaten to it by a house release, not a hip hop release).

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  2. Norman Cook’s time as a Housemartin was to haunt him for many years as he tried to establish himself in the dance world. I remember all the snide references in dance music columns to him being an ex member of the group for years after he started remaking himself. I remember reading an article as late as the mid 90s when he said certain sections of the underground dance world still didn’t take him seriously. So it was probably essential that he was anonymous on his first release.

    Obviously the act JH mentions this week have an ‘outrageous’ name as did NWA but surely the name of the makers of ‘Do It Properly’ wasn’t that outrageous it was merely using the accepted terms for people of the various ethnicities involved.

    Was Sherrick the last traditional r&b (or soul as it was called in the UK at the time) vocalist to make it it any significant way before everything changed and in Europe at least the audience for that type of record lost a large proportion of its members as acid house and rave swept it aside?

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  3. Also some more clubbing. memories from the deeper recesses of my memory. Regals in Uxbridge was a regular haunt of mine around this time and another place my mum had gone to in the 1950s when it was a dancehall. And some others I used to knock around with went to The Gazebo (or Gazebos as they used to call it) up in town. Even in the generally undocumented world of the underground dance scene this period just before acid house is particularly obscure.

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