ODDS ‘N’ BODS
As hinted, we have at last found room to reinstate the pop venues-compiled Nightclub chart, now more accurately retitled Pop Dance (to complement the Disco chart’s equally accurate renaming as Black Dance), this new top 50 being within this column to draw your attention to it before moving to its permanent home within the reorganised chart pages (statisticians should note that the Pop and Black charts combined make up the top 100 published monthly in Jocks) – so, is everybody happy? … ‘Bad Meaning Good’, a film by Tim Westwood (the “auteur” syndrome, yet!) shown on BBC2 last week, gave a revealing insight for outsiders into London’s massively flourishing black street scene, the rap acts making proper stage appearances actually coming across less well than the more casually caught acappella performance in the back of a car by Sipho and Bionic of the London Posse, the well reasoned political rap under the Westway motorway arches by Daddy Speedo and Flyboy D from the Hip Hop Alliance, and the bedroom fast-cutting practice session by DJ Fingers (whose rapper MC Crazy Noddy also impressed) … Julian Palmer is returning from CBS to head the Fourth & Broadway label next month … Paul Oakenfold has left Champion and will be working for Profile when the label opens a London office … Housemartins bassist Norman Housemartin is hotly tipped to be behind the always fishy seeming DJ Mega-Mix Vol 1 ‘The Finest Ingredients’, which I had a hunch was British … M|A|R|R|S ‘Pump Up The Volume’ could be due for one of Jonathon More’s “cold cuts” remixes, especially as much of CJ Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell’s original scratching was left off the finished master because Colourbox felt it obscured the actual music … Bobby Byrd goes “yeah” throughout the Lyn Collins ‘Think’-based sizzling 107⅙bpm Cookie Crew ‘Females (Get On Up)‘, not due commercially for six weeks (if you can wait?), while Gwen McCrae (misspelt on label and sleeve as McRae!) has a mechanically bumped but quite good 101⅙bpm total re-recording of her old ‘Funky Sensation’ due here, also on Rhythm King, commercially in four weeks … Steve Proctor has compiled an ‘Urban Classics‘ album for late August release on Urban, containing rare groove funk, some more commercial oldies, stuff like the Luther Vandross featuring Greg Diamond’s Bionic Boogie ‘Hot Butterfly‘, Chakachas ‘Jungle Fever’, African Music Machine ‘Black Water Gold‘ … Roy Ayers ‘Can’t You See Me‘ will be on Urban 12 inch at the end of the month too, flipped by ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’/’Sweet Tears’ .. Sybil ‘My Love Is Guaranteed’, selling initially on import in the absence of UK pressings, has already been white labelled yet again in a second, far superior 118͕⅓bpm PWL Mix (Champion CHAMPX 1255), presumably from the Stock Aitken Waterman stable, much smoother although still quite Hi-NRG in a Mel & Kim-ish way … Natalie Cole ‘Jump Start’ is not necessarily improved by a boringly bashing 121¾bpm Deluxe Dub Mix (Manhattan 12MTX 22), with a similarly vigorous but more usefully vocal 121½bpm Car Mix flip … Fernand Fidore, DJ at London’s Xenon, has created a rather disastrously over-late 123½bpm remix of the House Master Boyz ‘House Nation’ (Magnetic Dance MAGDT 1R), still not actually out until next week … Hotline ‘Rock This House’ has been remixed to be B-side of its follow-up, incorporating now the break from Montana ‘Heavy Vibes’ – could this be a coming trend? … Germany’s BCM label has now compiled ‘The Very Best of Easy Street‘ (BC 33-2036-60), the LP twin-packed with a c.118bpm bonus 12 inch ‘Mic Mac’ Meyers mix of Hot Streak ‘Body Work’, Monyaka, World Premiere and other of the New York label’s oldies … Alexander O’Neal headlines at Live Wire’s October 30-November 1 Prestatyn Soul Weekend II, again at Pontins Holiday Centre, with DJs Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Tim Westwood, Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, Gilles Peterson, Sean French, Chris Brown, Froggy, Chris Forbes, Kev Hill, Johnny Walker, Ian Reading, Eddie Gordon (£42.50 ticket details on 01-364 1212) … Netphase’s rival October 23-25 Caister Soul & Jazz Weekend No 20 moves for the first time to Great Yarmouth’s Vauxhall Holiday Park, with the likes of Martin Collins, Bob Jones, Graham Gold, Colin Hudd, Jonathon More, Disco John Leech, Joe Field, Paul Clark, Danny Smith, Chris Bangs and SOLAR-fm (£39.50 ticket details on 01-367 9118) … Upnorth Promotions are running the North and Scotland’s first Berwick Soul Weekend at Berwick-on-Tweed’s Berwick Holiday Centre at the same time as Caster, October 23-25, which means that double-billed Martin Collins and Bob Jones will be alternating at both events (I don’t envy their car trips!), joining up north such as Colin Curtis, Richard Searling, Mike Shaft, Pete Haigh, Alex Lowes, Billy Davidson, Hutchy, Mervyn Anthony and special guests (£35 ticket details on 091-389 0317) … Johnny Walker guests this Friday (Aug 14) at Streatham Project at Zigi’s Scallywag Jazz Night, and Saturday (15) with Nicky Holloway and Gilles Peterson at London’s Farringdon Road Metropolitan … Sunday (Aug l6), DJ Elayne, Simon Goffe, Johnny S, Clarity Roadshow and Rapattack funk a 2pm alldayer at Caxton House in London N19’s St John’s Way … Monday (Aug 17) Phil Fearon is at Swansea Martha’s Vineyard … Colin Hudd and Keb Hill (although Kev may be away just now) are funking Thursdays at Basildon Raquels… Ken ‘B’ Brudenell has left Luton to open at Jersey’s newly refurbished Heroes in St Helier’s Inn On The Park … Tricky Dicky Scanes has joined forces with Bolts to promote gay nights at the Flowerpot in Seven Sisters’ St Anne’s Road, North London. Norman Scott jocking there Fri/Sat/Mondays (he’s still at Luton Ronelles every Sunday, his old bolt hole at Haringey Lazers having become a banqueting suite) … Desa seems upset at the lack of outside interest paid to Merseyside’s still funkin’ soul scene, citing the last Defhouse night at Birkenhead’s Atmosphere as a total roadblock (the next one is Monday week, August 24) … Alan Maskell, jocking at Legend and DeVilles, finds Manchester a bit restrictive and would appreciate offers from alternative/funk/indie/hip hop-type venues in surrounding Lancs/Mersey/Cheshire areas (on 061-236 1718, days) … Darryl Pandy & Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk are set to return with a revival of Southroad Connection’s ‘Free Man‘ … ‘Two Can Play At That Game‘ in a Godwin Logie remix will be Peggi Blu’s new single here … Michael Jackson’s 16 minute ‘Bad’ video, directed by Martin Scorcese, gets its exclusive TV premiere (along with some older material) on Channel 4 at 10.50pm on September 1, release date for his album of the same name – I don’t suppose many clubs will have their recorders running, will they? … LAH DEE DAH DEE!
JEFF YOUNG, with possibly something bigger up his sleeve, has as of last Saturday already left his highly popular Radio London soul show, which has been taken over by a suitably startled looking PETE TONG (above!) on a temporary basis in its 8-10am breakfast time slot, with a view to taking over permanently if, as seems now very possible, it should revert to its old much more civilised brunch time slot. Both DJs do, of course, hold down important day jobs at Phonogram/London, the early hours of the present show naturally being a strain especially when they’re jocking in clubs as well, although apparently it’s not the hours that have prompted Jeff’s sudden decision to quit, git and split. Pete only recently stopped presenting a weekly soul show on Invicta Radio, and is already on Radio London’s roster of NITE-fm presenters during weekday evenings, so he should make a worthy (and inevitable?) replacement.
FAT BOYS ‘Wipeout (Wave 1 Version)’ (Urban URBX 5)
Those stars of ‘Miami Vice’ are shaping up for a pop hit with this quite amusing 0-126½-0bpm revival of the Surfaris’ once instrumental surf classic, now with guest vocals by the Beach Boys around bursts of Beasties-type rap, much more accessible for middle-aged radio DJs to treat as a gimmick instead of that dangerous street rap that’s really happenin’!
BOBBY BYRD ‘I Know You Got Soul’ (Urban URBX 8)
Bobby was with James Brown right from the start as the longest enduring of his Famous Flames vocal backing trio, ending up his solitary vocal foil on both stage and (often) record, which is why it’s Bobby whose “get on up” has become the most over-scratched phrase of the moment despite that being on the actually James Brown-credited ‘Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved‘. He’s also had several solo hits over the years, from 1971 coming a timely 12 inch coupling of quintessential urgently jittering JB grooves, this (0-)114-112½-112-113-112½bpm original inspiration for Eric B And Rakim’s current rap ‘n’ scratch, the 118½-118-117½-117-118-118¾bpm ‘If You Don’t Work, You Can’t Eat‘, the 113-112bpm ‘Hot Pants…I’m Coming, Coming, I’m Coming‘, and an instrumental 112⅔-112bpm Bonus Beats of the latter specially created by Timmy Rogers so that UK mixers could have a new ‘Funky Drummer’ rhythm to use.
Meanwhile on import (check the Black Dance chart for BPMs), FRESH GORDON ‘Feelin’ James‘ (US Tommy Boy TB901) is the latest hot rap ‘n scratch to use James Brown plus in fact Bobby’s “you got it”, this time, from ‘I Know You Got Soul’, BIG DADDY KANE ‘Get Into It‘ (US Prism PS 2011) is another Eric B And Rakim-inspired Bobby Byrd rap ‘n scratch, KAY GEE THE ALL Featuring D.J. DREW ‘My Record Is Hot‘ (US B Boy Records BB 600) is a tricky cut ‘n scratch using a JB riff, SPANISH PRINCE ‘Dance Everybody Dance‘ (US 4th + B’way BWAY-422) bucks the trend by using “whoa-oh” chants and cutting in the Jackson Five’s currently rare groove-revived ‘I Want You Back’, PRIME TIME ‘He’s Def‘ (US Sun Town STPT 712) uses ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’, all for proper review next week.
B-FATS ‘The B-Fats’ (US Rooftop Records RT 005)
The hottest hip-hopper of the past fortnight has in fact been this tight jittery subtly rhythmic 0-101⅓bpm go-go-cum-rare groove-ish rap about a new, self-titled, dancestep that’s a combination of the Whop and the Boogaloo (instrumental/edit flip).
C.J. MACKINTOSH & EINSTEIN ‘The Tables Are Turnin’’ (Music Of Life NOTE 4, via Pinnacle)
Einstein’s patriotic rap boosts the talent of the UK’s champion scratcher, Chris Mackintosh, who does his cutting and transformer stunts to brilliant effect to a 0-99½bpm beat produced (in four mixes) by label owner Simon Harris and apparently based (if Disco Gary Van Den Bussche’s info is correct) on Melba Moore’s ‘Standing Right Here’.
UTFO ‘Lethal’ LP (US Select SEL 21619)
Full Force-produced extremely strong rap set, all interestingly worded and developed, with the go-go-ish 88bpm ‘Mo’ Bass’, 12 inched 83½bpm ‘Ya Cold Wanna Be With Me‘, Anthrax rock-guitared 90-0bpm title track, Prince ‘Kiss’-based 93⅓bpm ‘Diss‘, hilarious 107½bpm funk chant sending-up ‘S.W.A.T. (Get Down)‘ (with the chorus “pull your panties down, all I want to do is put my uh-uh-uh in you” – which is really truthful about the underlying message of most funk lyrics, right?!), sparse dry (0-)89½bpm ‘The Ride‘, well worded but otherwise overly routine funk (0-)119¼bpm ‘Ask Yo Mama‘, Marvin Gaye-cutting reinterpretive 86⅔-0bpm ‘Let’s Get It On‘, acappella human beat box ‘So Be It‘, amusingly moral 0-95⅔-0bpm ‘Burning Bed‘, and slinky (0-)79½bpm ‘Master-Baby‘ (pronounced more like “masturbaby”).
LEVERT ‘Casanova’ (Atlantic A9217T)
A surprisingly fast though well deserved climber in the Black Dance chart, this Reggie Calloway-created soulfully nagging 93⅔bpm jaunty go-go-ish jiggler — by O’Jays leader Eddie Levert’s two sons and a nephew — is full of fantastic bouncy rhythm that’s subtly implied more than stated (in four mixes).
DUB SPECIALISTS ‘Better Dub’ LP (Jamaican Studio One SELP-001)
Although otherwise containing nothing but real reggae dubs, this set, whenever people can find it, is selling for £10 as it has at the very end a brilliant burbling 107⅔bpm instrumental dub-ification of James Brown’s ‘Get On The Good Foot’, here called (with weird spelling) ‘Gready ‘G”. A rare groove indeed. Look out also for a hot bootleg mixer called ‘London Beats Vol 1‘, with many scratched together murky grooves including much James Brown.
JOHN WHITE ‘Night People’ LP (US Geffen Records GHS 24152)
Good, generally downtempo, modern soul in the huskily masculine fashionable style, with the fluidly agonised mesmerically tugging 93⅓bpm title track, chunkily jogging 102½bpm ‘Victim‘, catchily rolling 110⅓bpm ‘Fooled Around (And Fell In Love)‘, gorgeous crawling 0-37¾bpm ‘(Can’t) Get You Out Of My System‘, untidily jittering 102½bpm ‘I Need Your Love‘, lush 76⅓bpm ‘Mood For Love’, 0-71⅓bpm ‘Don’t Let It Be Too Late’, 71⅓bpm ‘Forbidden Love’.
HINDSIGHT ‘Lowdown’ (Circa Records YRTPR 5)
Nice coolly loping 116½-0bpm Boz Scaggs oldie slickly revived in radio-aimed pop-soul style — which the original always was, too — flipped (on pre-release pressings, anyway) by a slightly more jittery Glenn Skinner remix.
CHANDRA SIMMONS ‘Never Gonna’ Let You Go’ (US Fresh Records FRE-13)
Joyce Sims-ish, very lightweight 109¼bpm wriggler which, despite some painfully flat, girlish, singing, is selling simply because Mantronik mixed it (in four versions).
FIVE STAR ‘Whenever You’re Ready (The New York Mix)’ (Tent 5 STAR 200)
Typically piercing 116¾bpm loping jitterer (dub flip) for the teenybop market, probably stronger –presupposing the mix is tighter – as a seven inch.
JAMES ROBINSON ‘Guilty’ LP (US Tabu BFZ 40823)
Breathlessly impassioned, romantic modern soul doodling by Luther Vandross’s successor as a singer with Change (also on occasion featured vocalist with Jeff Lorber, Lonnie Liston Smith and more), the mood being more important than the song in most cases, strongest being the swirling 103⅚bpm ‘You’re The One I’ve Been Dreaming Of’, which is already on UK 12 inch, others on the Up Side being the weaving (0-)99⅚bpm ‘A Kind Of Love‘, Audrey Wheeler-duetted jittery 99⅚ ‘Just What I’ve Been Missing‘, and messily lurching 103⅚bpm ‘When You’ll Be Mine‘ (that two pairs of structurally so different songs should chart the same fractional BPMs is truly a coincidence!), while the Down Side has the also 12-inched 79⅔bpm ‘Can We Do It Again‘, 0-36-0bpm title track, Joyce Kennedy-duetted slushy 0-51½-0bpm ‘Pretend’, 72¾bpm ‘Feel Like Going On’ and two tempoless crawlers.
THRASHPACK ‘Cooling In Paradise’ (Music Of Life NOTE 6, Via Pinnacle)
Slightly monotonous Beasties-type 98bpm rap ‘n’ scratch produced (in five versions) by Simon Harris.
UK DISCO TOP 100 – August 15, 1987
01 01 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
02 03 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
03 04 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
04 02 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
05 08 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
06 06 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
07 05 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
08 09 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, US Criminal Records 12in
09 10 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK/STRAIGHT FROM THE JUNGLE, Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
10 07 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
11 24 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
12 11 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
13 16 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
14 15 DOWNTOWN (REMIX)/I’M IN LOVE (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
15 18 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (with Cherrelle)/HEARSAY/WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER/(WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/CRYING OVERTIME/THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
16 12 JUST CALL (COLLECT CALL MIX/HOT LINE MIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
17 13 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican), London 12in
18 28 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
19 14 PAID IN FULL/AS THE RHYME GOES ON/MOVE THE CROWD/MY MELODY (DOPE MIX) Eric B. & Rakim, US 4th + B’way LP
20 21 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
21 19 GOTTA FIND A WAY (1987 EDIT)/TAKE MY LOVE Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
22 17 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
23 34 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (JB IN HEAT/JB TRAXX II/LOWDOWN ‘N’ FUNKY/AT THE ORGAN) Duane & Co, Serious 12in
24 47 JUMP START (DANCE MIX)/MORE THAN THE STARS Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
25 65 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
26 63 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
27 26 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
28 30 ALWAYS (LP VERSION) Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
29 22 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (ORIGINAL MIX) First Choice featuring Roshelle Fleming, Serious Records 12in
30 25 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (EXTENDED CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, US MCA Records 12in
31 41 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
32 46 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
33 27 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records 12in
34 31 CARINO T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
35 45 FLM (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
36 42 FLM (ALTERNATIVE/MEGA CLUB VERSIONS) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
37 29 SONGBIRD (EXTENDED VERSION) Kenny G, Arista 12in
38 51 SPECIAL F/X (REMIX) The Whispers, Solar 12in
39 40 NO TURNING BACK/DISCOVER David Joseph, Fourth & Broadway 12in
40 48 SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
41 20 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
42 35 (I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/LET’S TALK IT OVER/KEEP IT UP/HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION/NEW LOVE/I’M GONNA LOVE YOU Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records LP
43 38 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
44 36 THE REAL THING, PART II (INSTRUMENTAL)/WHO FOUND WHO (CLUB MIX) Jellybean, US Chrysalis 12in
45 37 GET LUCKY (GEORGE CLINTON MASTER MIX) Well Red, US Virgin 12in
46 57 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE REMIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
47 33 DANCING IN THE NIGHT Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
48 39 I’M BAD LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
49 66 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett, Epic 12in
50 23 SCREAM (PRIMAL SCREAM) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
51 62 WISHING WELL (THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN MIX) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
52 50 IF YOU WERE MINE (DANCE MIX) Cheryl Lynn, US Manhattan 12in
53 — LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne, Arista 12in
54 80 THAT GIRL Nat Augustin, Breakout 12in
55 95 YOU’RE THE ONE I’VE BEEN DREAMING OF/CAN WE DO IT AGAIN/GUILTY/JUST WHAT I’VE BEEN MISSING/A KIND OF LOVE/WHEN YOU’LL BE MINE James Robinson, US Tabu LP
56 54 SHOW ME THE WAY Regina Belle, CBS 12in
57 74 YOU USED TO HOLD ME Ralphi Rosario/THE JACKIN’ NATIONAL ANTHEM Ramos, Jack Trax/Indigo 12in
58 58 LOVE IS A HOUSE Force MDs, Tommy Boy 12in
59 79 OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD (’87 EXTENDED MIX) The Gap Band, Club 12in
60 56 DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME/DON’T START A FIRE Janice Bulluck, US Wilbe Recording Corporation LP
61 69 THE B-FATS B-Fats, US Rooftop Records 12in
62 — ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
63 49 ARE WE STRONG ENOUGH (ARTHUR BAKER NY REMIX) Paul Johnson, CBS 12in
64 43 TRAMP (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
65 61 CHUNKY BUT FUNKY Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records 12in
66 — LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in pre-release
67 59 SO MANY TEARS/PLEASE BE MINE/TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY/INTIMATE RELATIONS Regina Belle, CBS LP
68 76 MEMORY James King, Expansion Records 12in
69 re FIRE (GROUCHO SMYKLE REMIX) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
70 82 FANTASIZE ME (CLUB) Pleasure Pump, Serious Records 12in
71 — PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in white label promo
72 55 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (NEW REMIX) Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett, Gordy 12in
73 99 CARINO (HOT REMIX) T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
74 78 VICTIM/NIGHT PEOPLE/(CAN’T) GET YOU OUT OF MY SYSTEM/MOOD FOR LOVE John White, US Geffen LP
75 re I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
76 53 YA COLD WANNA BE WITH ME UTFO, US Select 12in
77 32 JAZZ IT UP Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
78 60 NUDE PHOTO (RYTHIM MIX)/THE DANCE (LIVING ROOM MIX)/MOVE IT (ONLY MIX) Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
79 90 THE FINEST INGREDIENTS (PART 1) Norman Housemartin, DJ Mega-Mix Vol 1 12in
80 67 OUT FOR THE COUNT Ian Foster, US MCA Records 12in
81 — FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
82 — I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL/HOT PANTS…I’M COMING, COMING, I’M COMING/HOT PANTS (BONUS BEATS)/IF YOU DON’T WORK, YOU CAN’T EAT Bobby Byrd, Urban 12in
83 68 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE (REMIX) The System, Atlantic 12in
84 52 LET’S TALK IT OVER (EXTENDED VERSION) Vaneese Thomas, US Geffen Records 12in promo
85 — GREADY ‘G’ (GET ON THE GOOD FOOT) Dub Specialists, Jamaican Studio One LP
86 88 MO’ BASS/S.W.A.T. (GET DOWN)/LET’S GET IT ON/LETHAL UTFO, US Select LP
87 — HIP HOP REGGAE Longsy D and Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
88 71 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
89 — LONDON BEATS VOL 1/SIDE 2 Various, MJ 12in white label
90 — HOW TO PLAY OUR MUSIC (DUB MIX) Reese & Santonio, US KMS 12in
91 re CHANGE (ALTERNATIVE MIX) David Grant, Polydor 12in
92 77 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
93 81 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (CLUB MIX) Tony Cofi, Intouch 12in
94 87 SMOOTH SAILIN’ TONIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) The Isley Brothers, US Warner Bros 12in
95 75 JAZZ IT UP (SUMMERBEAT REMIX) Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
96 — HOUSEQUAKE (7 MINUTES MoQUAKE)/U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
97 — DANCE EVERYBODY DANCE Spanish Prince, US 4th + B’way 12in
98 — HE’S DEF/SO DAMN TOUGH Prime Time, US Sun Town 12in
99 86 SUMMER NIGHTS/THE LOOK OF LOVE/STRAWBERRY MOON Grover Washington Jr, US Columbia LP
100 — TROUBLE IN MY LIFE (TROUBLE IN THE HOUSE MIX) Trouble, MDM Records 12in
01 02 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
02 01 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
03 09 I HEARD A RUMOUR (MIAMI MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
04 04 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
05 06 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
06 07 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
07 11 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
08 13 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
09 21 HARD HITTING LOVE Man To Man, Nightmare 12in
10 17 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
11 12 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
12 18 STEP BY STEP (ANGEL GABRIEL MIX) Taffy, TransGlobal/Rhythm King 12in
13 19 AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marv Johnson & Carolyn Gill, Nightmare 12in
14 08 CASANOVA Jessica Williams, Passion 12in
15 — SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
16 27 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
17 — MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
18 — BROWN SUGAR Gipsy And Queen, Italian Time 12in
19 16 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
20 26 DON’T GET MAD, GET EVEN Mary Wilson, Nightmare 12in
21 — BE MINE TONIGHT Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
22 03 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
23 24 DON’T FIGHT DESTINY Gary Wilmot, Columbia 12in
24 20 MY HANDS ARE TIED Susan Wells, Nightmare 12in
25 23 EUROPEAN BOY (E.E.C. MIX) Splash, The Rocket Record Company 12in
26 — MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Hardcore Jazz, US Rock Well 12in
27 28 THE BIG BANG Fantasy Ten, Greyhound Label 12in
28 25 NO! MR BOOM BOOM Bodyheat, Diamond Records 12in
29 — LOVE DISCO STYLE Pat Marano, US NRG 12in
30 re TURN ME ON AGAIN Astaire, Passion 12in
4 thoughts on “August 15, 1987: Fat Boys, Bobby Byrd, B-Fats, CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, UTFO”
Despite James’s trailer at the top of the page, the newly reactivated Pop Dance chart didn’t actually appear until the following week, at which point the term “Disco” was finally retired (rather late in the day, you might think!), and replaced for a few months by the somewhat shaky placeholder term, “Black Dance”.
Tim Westwood’s ‘Bad Meaning Good’ hip hop documentary also includes (23 minutes in) the first appearance of Trevor Nelson, then known as Trevor Madhatter, in the KISS-fm studio. My sister was a regular attendee at KISS nights in London, and she often hung out with him, so this was interesting to stumble across.
A few weeks ago, I expressed some cynicism at Stetasonic’s claim that “James Brown was old til Eric and Rakim came out with ‘I Got Soul’”, but the track’s success does seem to have opened the floodgates; five tunes in this week’s column sample James Brown and/or Bobby Byrd (whose original version of ‘I Know You Got Soul’ has now been picked up by Urban for UK re-release), and we’ve finally arrived at our first sighting of THAT sample from Lyn Collins ‘Think’, courtesy of The Cookie Crew. Described by James months ago as “about as old as hats can be”, JBs hip hop samples are instead beginning to verge on the mandatory.
As for those Bonus Beats of Bobby Byrd’s ‘Hot Pants’, they’ll be reused over and over again, for years to come – perhaps most notably as the rhythmic bedrock of the Stone Roses’ ‘Fools Gold’, but also by Big Daddy Kane (Raw), The Prodigy (Charly), Madonna (Frozen), and yea, even unto The Spice Girls (Wannabe)!
80snights was wondering when we’d get to see ‘Hot Butterfly’ in these pages, and this week its time has come. I realise now that I do know the track – under the name of Bionic Boogie rather than Gregg Diamond – it was a “morning music” (aka “sleaze”) favourite in US gay clubs a few years earlier, and I’m still kinda surprised to see it now coming under the rare groove umbrella, as it’s a bit camper and swishier than the term usually implies!
I’d not heard of “Free Man” by Southroad Connection so did some searching. It looks like James made a mistake.
The track is by South Shore Commission.
I wonder if that mistake was a typo as that original Free Man record was quite well known – it was the kind of tune you’d see in the boxes of people who used to sell records off tables at weekenders and alldayers.
I notice Basildon’s ‘Raquels’ as featured in all those Essex boys gangster films gets a mention for a funk night this week so a club associated with the rave scene obviously had roots at the end of the old funk scene.
I see what you mean about ‘Hot Butterfly’ not seeming part of the archetypal rare groove scene That had just started in 1986/87 but there was also a fair bit of crossover with the playing of forgotten oldies on the old (non rare groove) funk scene and records similar to this were always popular within the jazz- funky part of things.
Yes – my memory of the London rare groove scene (mainly as filtered through my sister, who was very much part of the KISS-fm scene, although I attended a few nights myself) is that the revived tunes started to edge forwards in time, beyond the James Brown/Bobby Byrd type of funk and into jazz-funk, soulful disco and boogie, until by 1989 they were reviving records from only a few years earlier.