August 29, 1987: Sherrick, LL Cool J, Criminal Element Orchestra, Derek B, Joey Washington

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Stock Aitken Waterman are calling themselves The Extra Beat Boys for their latest custom remix, the cantering 119½bpm Deja ‘Serious (Extra Beat Boys Remix)’ (10 Records TENP 132), and they’ve also produced a galloping 124½(intro)-126¾-127¼-128½-126¾(break)-128¾-129bpm Hi-NRG/pop-aimed remake of 1980’s Nick Straker ‘Walk In The Park’ (Sedition EDITL 3333), due next week … Pete Waterman, no less, was in fact the first person to publish Beats Per Minute in this country, calculating them (rather inaccurately, as one now realises) by synchronising an electronic metronome with the record and reading off the tempo, the results being oriented by defunct trade paper Record Business in the disco sales chart that Pete has also initiated … Morgan Khan’s label Westside has signed Chicago’s DJ International Records for the UK, including its Underground and Fierce subsidiaries, covering all existing and future product but not current deals already in the pipeline, with a UK tour by such as Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Full House, Frankie Knuckles, Darryl Pandy and Chip E being planned for the autumn … EMI America apparently withdrew it before release in the States, but by mistake there are some eagerly snapped up Dutch pressings circulating of the Valentine Brothers’ latest LP, ‘Picture This’ (Dutch EMI America 064-24 0829 1), containing the ‘Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)’-type 112bpm ‘Cutbacks’ – get it while you can! … Charly Records are issuing a budget priced LP of rare grooves on September 14, containing such as Reuben Wilson ‘Got To Get Your Own’ (the album’s title track), African Music Machine ‘Black Water Gold’, Ripple ‘I Don’t Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky’ – which should give Urban’s similar compilation a run for its money … Randy Brown’s cult collectors’ item album from 1978 has just been reissued through Charly too, ‘Welcome To My Room’ (Threeway Records WAY LP1), Philly-type soul although produced by Memphis’s Homer Banks and Carl Hampton … Loose Ends’s newie is the Nick Martinelli-remixed (0-)115¼bpm tapping wriggly ‘Ooh, You Make Me Feel’ from their last album, due in a week … MCA Records have taken to sending out import pressings as promos and then not following up with the UK pressings, so as I’m unable to recheck their bpms I will merely note that now out here evidently are Stephanie Mills ‘(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me’ (MCAT 1187), Heavy D and the Boyz ‘Chunky But Funky’ (MCAT 1173), Norwood ‘Should Have Been Us Together’ (MCAT 1180) … Tom Hodges may be amazed but Tony Blackburn has actually called his bluff and played Eddie Peters’ ‘Jock Mix 1’ (Rhino RNO 9), wickedly amusing impersonations of Blackburn, Alan Freeman, Jimmy Savile, Alan Whicker, Hughie Green and Robbie Vincent set to a not very danceable 0-132¾-0bpm backing track medley … Tim Westwood was spotted dropping off an audition tape at Capital Radio … Herb Alpert’s new ‘Making Love In The Rain’ single was always credited to Janet Jackson as co-lead singer when an album track, but now the sleeve rather pointedly just lists Lisa Keith … ‘Never Knew Love Like This’, the Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle duet that’s obviously a smash that’s waiting to be unleashed, will remain an album track for quite some time to come, to encourage LP sales … Intrigue’s correct new spelling is Intrique, and last week’s review credited to ‘Colcut’ should have read Coldcut … Motown will be giving soul fans a welcome surprise with the imminent album by Garry Glenn … Sybil does her own version of Aurra’s ‘U And Me 2 Nite’ (as it’s now spelt), plus two treatments of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Don’t Make Me Over’, on her upcoming LP … CBS are presenting a silver disc as the prize for the first Milton Keynes Mixing Championship (entry submissions on tape must be in by the end of August, so hurry!) at Kincaid’s Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes … Saturday (29) finds Simon Goffe recreating the Secret Rendezvous for a reunion party with CJ Carlos, Lyndon T and Gordon Mac at Dalston’s Oasis, while the SOS Band, Dazz Band, Robbie Vincent, Chris Hill, Pete Tong, Jeff Young and Froggy are in a tent on Finsbury Park in North London from 2pm … Sunday (30) similarly sees such as Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest and Misty In Roots under a big top on Wormwood Scrubs as part of Notting Hill Carnival’s Music Festival from noon … Bank Holiday Monday alldayers include Steve Walsh, Colin Hudd, Paul Brady, Alan Matthews, Adrian Dunbar and more at Bournemouth’s Lucy’s/Madison Joe from noon, Bristol’s champion mixer Dennis ‘Dirty Den’ Murray and others at Bournemouth’s Co-Co’s from 1pm, Colin Curtis, Mike Shaft, Hutchy, Holcott Foster and more at Leeds’ The News from 4pm, Gary Meo, Paul Williams, James Lewis, Alan Coles, Michael Knight, Carl Bassett and others from the Taffia Mafia (like it) at Merthyr Tydfil’s Charbonnier’s from 5.30pm (Paul Williams plus guest being soulful there every Monday, normally) … Geoff Carr runs a black music room Thur/Fri/Saturdays at Sunderland’s Bentleys, in competition with the main pop room’s party DJ Paul Davidson … Mike Page has moved from Shrewsbury’s Park Lane to Walsall’s brand new and rather swish sounding The 5th … Steve Wiggins has added to his circuit Tuesdays at Barry Island’s Atlantic Wine Bar, where, incidentally, Alan Coulthard began his mixing career … South Wales surely is big enough for both Jeff Thomas and James Lewis (the latter of whose soul venues, past and present, I can vouch for) … Andy Douglas, rising to my bait at Glasgow’s Pzazz, seems to think that (despite my Scottish name) my knowledge of Scotland is lacking: the only mainland town in the entire country that I haven’t visited is Mallaig, otherwise there’s hardly an inch of the place I don’t know, something I’ll wager Andy can’t claim … Tony Blackburn’s favourite television show of the moment is TV-am’s kids’ programme, ‘Wide Awake Club’ – ‘nuff said? … LAH DEE DAH DEE!


Sherrick has consolidated his position as the brightest new soul star with a strong eponymous album, ‘Sherrick’ (Warner Bros WX 118), containing the jiggly rolling go-go-ish 106bpm ‘Send For Me’, attractive swirling 112bpm ‘Let’s Be Lovers Tonight’, chunkily jiggling 115¼bpm ‘This Must Be Love’, spikily jittering 103⅓bpm ‘Tell Me What It Is’, jerkily trotting 116¾bpm ‘Do You Baby’, romantic 82bpm ‘Lady You Are’, lush 64⅔bpm ‘All Because Of You’, a wailing 55bpm revival of the Originals’ ‘Baby I’m For Real’ and , of course, his current 111⅚bpm ‘Just Call’ smash.


HOT VINYL

LL COOL J ‘I Need Love’ (Def Jam 651101 6)
The pace-changing tranquil haunting semi-spoken slow 88bpm rap ballad from his ‘BAD’ album is rapidly becoming a massive crossover smash, with the flavour of another Force MD’s ‘Tender Love’ except neither sung nor so soppy, flipped by the properly rapped heroically worded jolting 102½bpm ‘My Rhyme Ain’t Done’.

CRIMINAL ELEMENT ORCHESTRA ‘Put The Needle To The Record’ (Cooltempo COOLX 150)
As we suspected all along it would be, this import released but here supposedly “LP only” dancefloor smash is at last on a commercial UK single! It’s a Wally Jump Jr-created thrashingly drummed and excitingly scratched ‘n sampled 116½bpm dated funk groove (in three mixes), the inspiration for M|A|R|R|S already and doubtless more to come.

DEREK B ‘Get Down’ (Music Of Life NOTE 007, via Pinnacle)
London DJ Derek Boland leaves the rapping this time to Easy Q while he concentrates on cutting Messrs Brown and Byrd into a funkily jiggling 101⅚bpm mix-up of thrashing rare groove drumbeat plus the piano from the Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ (in four mixes), the interestingly worded rap unfortunately getting too blue for airplay when Q gets down on it with a young lady!

JOEY WASHINGTON ‘All For You’ (US Gee Tee Records GT-1402)
Paul ‘Off The Wall’ Scott-produced happy rhythm-scrubbing 116¾bpm moaning leaper with a vaguely West Indian flavour, something like ‘Funky Nassau’ meeting ‘Hi-Tension’ over a few chords from ‘Twilight’ (in four mixes, Mark Thompson’s on the flip being more house styled).

ELLIS “D” ‘My Loleatta’ (US Minimal Records 1)
With a floor-stopping but incredibly exciting intro and rippling piano by David Cole (of ‘Do It Properly’), this Junior Vasquez-produced beefily bounding 0-119bpm house-tempoed tribute to New York’s queen disco diva, Loleatta Holloway, presumably uses samples of her actual voice (especially for an unaccompanied, live, crowd appreciated on-stage harangue which many will love), the Bitch Version being by far the most potent of three dance mixes which all spurt about a bit disjointedly. A tighter remix would make it real dynamite.

“FAST EDDIE” SMITH ‘Jack The House’ (US Underground UN 119)
Starkly ticking beats and burbling bass make this initially empty seeming 123½bpm pulser quite mesmeric, there just being some occasional muttering in the Jack Mix while in fact it’s the House Mix that keeps up a perpetual “jack”.

KELLY CHARLES ‘You’re No Good For Me’ (US Next Plateau NP50066)
Naggingly familiar in its two A-side mixes, this piano-chorded shuffling 120½bpm wriggly kicker has wailing vocals and a New York disco feel but the rhythm is house, really opening up on the flip’s Classy Club Mix with her scolding opening response to a “hey baby” fellah leading into jack track stutters and emphatic beats (although there’s still the thread of a song).

MARIE MALLOY ‘I Surrender’ (US Mainline ML-5004)
Willie Lester-created nostalgically dated rolling unhurried 106⅚bpm soul jogger of the type that used to be prevalent six or so years ago, with some deliberately familiar reference points near the start (inst/edit too), a pleasant change for soul fans tired of house and rap.

COLONEL ABRAMS ‘You And Me Equals Us’ LP (US MCA Records MCA-42029)
Rather a disappointment on closer acquaintance, this long awaited set’s best tracks are probably the naggingly building jogging 92⅓-0bpm ‘Nameless’, Teddy Pendergrass-ish 64bpm ‘Can’t Stay Away’, tender but similarly bluesy 77¾bpm ‘Soon You’ll Be Gone’, and pleasant rolling 0-96bpm ‘Caught In The Middle’, everything at a more determinedly “dance” tempo falling into his usual groove, the 117¼bpm title track, 117½bpm ‘Running…’, 117¼bpm ‘Relive A Memory’, 115bpm ‘When A Man Loves’ all being less inspired even than his current (0-)117½bpm ‘How Soon We Forget’. Indeed.

T.C. CURTIS and T.JAM ‘Jacko’ (Hot Melt 12TC 009-14)
Now out in the open as it witters on in the background about Michael Jackson and even includes samples from ‘Thriller’, with producer T.C. Curtis taking a vocal credit for some muttering and laughter, this 102⅔bpm remix of the jiggly rolling “sleeper” from May really is about a spaceman coming to Earth just to learn Wacko Jacko’s dance moves.

RICK CLARKE ‘Looking Out For You’ (RCA PT 41498)
Brian ‘Chuck’ New-produced very trickily tapping double-tempoed and beat skipping 81¾bpm basically slow soulful tugger by Emma’s erstwhile partner, like a more complex Freddie Jackson, strongly flipped by the much easier though still pent-up jittery 0-99⅓bpm rolling ‘Perfect Lady’, muttered, scatted and emoted in even more impressively soulful style.

THIS WAY UP ‘Tell Me Why’ (Virgin VS 954-12)
Bass snapped and guitar picked classy Loose Ends-ish 89¾bpm pent-up swaying jitterer eventually reaching hushed and soaring vocals, possibly stronger on atmosphere than song, by Roy Hay of Culture Club’s new group.

BROS ‘I Owe You Nothing (The Shep Pettibone Mix)’ (CBS ATOMT 1)
Pettibone-mixed breezy 123¾bpm pop galloper in a Jackson-inflected male Mel & Kim-ish style with noisily blaring organ chords and rattling percussion (inst/acappella/edit flip), already on an alternative white label promo (XPR 1344-1) in a drastically different and probably far more preferable Double Dee & Steinski/Dynamix II-type 123¼-123¾-123½bpm ‘Blues Bros Bootleg Bust Up Mix’, scratched and created by the Democratic Three featuring DJ Slack (ie: Julian Palmer, in a farewell gesture to CBS?!).

RAMSEY LEWIS ‘7-11’ (US Columbia 44 06850)
Looking perhaps like a commercial for the well known chain of corner shops but cunningly credited on both sides’ mixes with a running time of 7:11, this good smacking jiggly 115⅔bpm funk instrumental has enough simple flash to make one wonder if maybe it’s meant to be Ramsey’s ‘Rockit’ – not that there’s any scratching, although there is the odd bit of rap-cum-chant by producer Morris (Butch) Stewart.

SUPER LOVER CEE & CASANOVA RUD ‘Do The James…’ (US Citi-Beat Records Inc CB1002)
No prizes for guessing which James this juddering 98⅔bpm rap ‘n scratch is about, that man Brown getting his name repeatedly cut through the beat while he and Bobby Byrd both “get into it” yet again (in four mixes).

THE KINGS OF PRESSURE ‘Give Me The Mike (Is This The End)’ (US Let’s Go Records LG60013)
Rapping with a great jerkily flowing syncopation, the guys trade lines to – guess what? – yet another jiggly 112½bpm rare groove-type tune, with a more aggressively juddering rap ‘n scratch 88bpm ‘You Know How To Reach Us’ flip (instrumentals too).

M.C. PLAYER ‘Rhyming Rampage’ (US 4 Sight FS-6-87-19)
Minimally backed 111½bpm fast rapping tongue twister in “Peter Piper picked a pickled pepper” style, good fun, with some grooves scratched in as it progresses (rap ‘n scratch 100bpm ‘The Kid’s A Wizzard’, plus instrumentals, too).

ICE-T ‘Make It Funky’ (Sire YZ145T)
Considering that this is an exciting enough 0-102-0bpm rap retread of James Brown’s much scratched-in oldie of the same name, it has meant surprisingly little here despite the current JB hip hop mania (more routine 0-104bpm ‘Sex’ flip plus dubs too).

ASHER D featuring DADDY FREDDY ‘Ragamuffin Hip-Hop’ (Music Of Life NOTE 5)
Undiluted fast-talking reggae toasting to a scratched 96bpm hip hop backing (in three mixes), strictly yardie style.

GROVER WASHINGTON JR ‘Strawberry Moon’ LP (Columbia FC 40510)
Nice enough fusion set by the veteran saxist mainly for listening, with the previously 12 inched (0-)115-0bpm ‘Summer Nights’ and gently weaving (0-)111½bpm title track, Jean Carne singing Dusty Springfield’s gorgeous 110¼bpm ‘The Look Of Love’ and gurgling the wispy 113½bpm ‘Keep In Touch’, BB King sounding typical on the bluesy 99bpm ‘Caught A Touch Of Your Love’ and Spencer Harrison trying for sophisticated urbanity on the 88⅓bpm ‘Monte Carlo Nights’, with the lightly purposeful 109bpm ‘Shivaree Ride’ amongst the instrumentals.

CARRIE McDOWELL ‘Uh Uh, No No Casual Sex’ (Motown ZT 41264)
Unimpressive in its directionless original import mix earlier in the year, this Willie Hutch created bass synth lurched skittery “stay celibate” message for the AIDS generation is here rightly featured in its tighter 117½-117¼-117bpm Single Version, the one most like a song although digital production technique still dominates, while Bruce Forest does his best remixing an 118¼-118-117¾-118-117¾-0bpm Sunrise Mix, instrumental 117⅔-117½bpm Club Dub and 118¼-118-117¾-118-0bpm EMU Dub.

THE HOUSE MASTER GENERAL ‘House Master General’ (Flick & Romero Records FR0001, via 0268-759217)
Quite jauntily bounding (0-)125bpm jack track – inspired by you know what! – with a beefily pounding bassline and stuttery title line in the usual style (dub flip), from a new label in South Benfleet, Essex.

GIL DE LA PAZ ‘Casa’ (Kool Kat KOOL T6, via PRT)
Chicago recorded typical jack track – given as its name the Spanish word for “house” in deference to the US-dominating Miami disco sound! – here in a UK-only instrumental 0-112½bpm Latin House Mix, the 121¼bpm Dub Mix also being much better than the vocal 0-120¼bpm Club Mix.

MASTERS AT WORK ‘Alright Alright’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF 587)
Strange juddery episodically chugging (0-)116¾bpm throbber (in three mixes) with washing synth sounds, rhythm pauses, stuttery vocal samples and almost more the feel of “electro” four or five years ago than of house now (‘Soul Makossa’ gets progressively sampled on the Jungle Mix, for instance). Interesting, though maybe not a floorfiller.

KREEM ‘Triangle Of Love (Pumped Up Downtown Triangle House Mix)’ (Nine O Nine NINE 8)
Substantially remixed by Duane Bradley and not necessarily improved from the original import, this rambling 123⅔bpm jack track bounder is based entirely on tedious digital repetition with scraps of female vocal and abruptly disjointed breaks building quirky excitement, flipped by a more straightforward 123¼-0bpm Hi-NRG diva Vocal Mix and tidy 123⅔bpm Uptown Triangle Beats.

MINK ‘Rhythm Method’ (US Sound Pak SPR 1024)
Typical rambling 122½-0bpm house churner moaned by Charles Steward with a stuttery “check it out” hook and pulsing rhythm break (Radio and Dub Methods, too).

HARD HATS ‘Tear Down The House’ (Groove & Move GMT 12003)
Digitally created basic 128½bpm jack track with carnival whistles and a wriggly conga-kicking rhythm that’s not quite the norm for house, although the stuttery title line repetition is (in two mixes).

MERCEDES ‘Dancin’ Non Stop’ (Legal Light Records LLD 26, via PRT)
Jauntily burbling 119¾bpm black pop canterer by, to her credit, a quite distinctive small-voiced girl in the Five Star vein (inst flip).

EMMA ‘Don’t Make Me Choose’ (RCA EMMAT2)
Haywoode’s sister splits from partner Rick Clarke for a Nick Straker co-created 116bpm black pop strider full of digital stutters, effective enough if unremarkable (dub too, and rather more soulfully tugging 104⅔bpm ‘Only Love’).


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – August 29, 1987

01 01 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
02 02 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
03 04 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
04 05 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION/DANCE MIX) Levert, Atlantic 12in
05 03 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
06 06 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
07 07 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
08 15 DOWNTOWN (REMIX)/I’M IN LOVE (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
09 10 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
10 13 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (with Cherrelle)/(WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/HEARSAY/SUNSHINE/WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER/CRYING OVERTIME/THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
11 09 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, US Criminal Records 12in
12 16 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
13 14 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB)/ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
14 12 THE GODFATHER/DUB MIX Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
15 08 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
16 21 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
17 11 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
18 24 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in promo
19 84 TELL ME WHAT IT IS/THIS MUST BE LOVE/DO YOU BABY/LADY YOU ARE/SEND FOR ME/LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT/BABY I’M FOR REAL/ ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Sherrick, Warner Bros LP
20 19 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE REMIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
21 32 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) Duane & Co, Serious 12in
22 41 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (ORIGINAL MIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in/Champion promo
23 28 FLM (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION REMIX/DUB MIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
24 18 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
25 26 PAID IN FULL/AS THE RHYME GOES ON/CHINESE ARITHMETIC Eric B And Rakim, US 4th + B’way LP
26 23 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B And Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
27 37 LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne, Arista 12in
28 22 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
29 35 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
30 31 (I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/LET’S TALK IT OVER/KEEP IT UP/HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION/NEW LOVE Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records LP
31 55 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
32 42 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
33 39 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
34 52 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (PWL MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
35 20 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
36 30 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
37 25 SPECIAL F/X (REMIX) The Whispers, Solar 12in
38 87 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
39 17 JUST CALL (COLLECT CALL MIX/HOT LINE MIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
40 27 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican), London 12in
41 60 ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
42 44 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
43 29 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
44 34 LOVE IS A HOUSE Force MDs, Tommy Boy 12in
45 40 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
46 re DO IT PROPERLY (FIERCE CLUB MIX) 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, Cooltempo 12in
47 57 SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
48 50 THE B-FATS B-Fats, US Rooftop Records 12in
49 33 GOTTA FIND A WAY (1987 EDIT)/TAKE MY LOVE Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
50 46 THAT GIRL Nat Augustin, Breakout 12in
51 — GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
52 53 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
53 43 VICTIM/NIGHT PEOPLE/(CAN’T) GET YOU OUT OF MY SYSTEM/FOOLED AROUND (AND FELL IN LOVE)/MOOD FOR LOVE John White, US Geffen LP
54 48 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
55 38 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett, Epic 12in
56 49 CARINO (HOT REMIX/LOCO MIX) T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
57 51 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
58 47 THE REAL THING, PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean, US Chrysalis 12in
59 75 DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME/DON’T START A FIRE Janice Bulluck, Wilbe Recording Corporation LP
60 72 WIPEOUT (WAVE 1 VERSION) Fat Boys (and the Beach Boys), Urban 12in
61 85 NO BETTER LOVE (REMIX) The Valentine Brothers, EMI America 12in
62 36 NO TURNING BACK/DISCOVER David Joseph, Fourth & Broadway 12in
63 58 THE TABLES ARE TURNIN’ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, Music Of Life 12in
64 61 MO’ BASS/LET’S GET IT ON/ON THE RIDE/MASTER-BABY UTFO, US Select LP
65 89 FANTASIZE ME (CLUB) Pleasure Pump, Serious Records 12in
66 63 FLM (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
67 64 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (CLUB MIX) Tony Cofi, Intouch 12in
68 82 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX) Intrique, US Cooltempo 12in
69 — TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/SWORN TO FUN/PRIVATE PARTY/DON’T PUSH YOUR LUCK/SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
70 45 CARINO T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
71 66 I’M BAD LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
72 76 MEMORY James King, Expansion Records 12in
73 78 MY FAVOURITE PERSON/SUMMER FLING/USE TA BE MY GIRL The O’Jays, Epic 12in
74 — LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
75 67 HIP HOP REGGAE Longsy D and Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
76 95 SUMMER NIGHTS/THE LOOK OF LOVE/STRAWBERRY MOON/KEEP IN TOUCH Grover Washington Jr, US Columbia LP
77 73 NUDE PHOTO/THE DANCE Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
78 90 HAPPY (LOVE MIX) Surface, CBS 12in
79 96 U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK)/HOUSEQUAKE (7 MINUTES MoQUAKE) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
80 68 IT’S ALL IN YOUR MIND Bam Boo, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
81 — MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in white label
82 56 IF YOU WERE MINE (DANCE MIX) Cheryl Lynn, US Manhattan 12in
83 69 THE JACKIN’ NATIONAL ANTHEM Ramos/YOU USED TO HOLD ME Ralphi Rosario, Jack Trax/Indigo 12in
84 62 LET’S TALK IT OVER (EXTENDED VERSION) Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records 12in
85 — SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
86 97 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Pauli Carman, US Columbia 12in
87 — MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN (12” MIX)/THE HERB ALPERT C.D. MEGAMIX Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
88 — IN n OUT/LOVE THE WAY U LOVE ME/CASANOVA/TEMPTATION/GOOD STUFF/DON’T U THINK IT’S TIME/MY FOREVER LOVE/THROWDOWN/SWEET SENSATION Levert, Atlantic LP
89 88 OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD (’87 EXTENDED MIX) The Gap Band, Club 12in
90 86 THE LAST TIME (THE LONG COOL MIX) Imagination, RCA 12in
91 — ROCK STEADY/INSTRUMENTAL Dalis, US Trax Records 12in
92 65 GET LUCKY (GEORGE CLINTON MASTER MIX) Well Red, Virgin 12in
93 — WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN (THE ROMANCE IS NOT OVER) Glenn Jones, US Jive 12in
94 74 SLEEPING ALONE The Controllers, US MCA Records 12in
95 — MY BABY LOVES ME (GOTTA GET OFF OF THAT) Toney Lee, US Jump Street 12in
96 81 DON’T STOP THE LOVE Tongue In Cheek, Criminal Records 12in
97 — MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, US Urban Rock Records 12in
98 — SUPERMIX PART 1/PART 2 The Bovver Boys, Awesome 12in bootleg
99 — SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
100 — TAKE YOUR LOVE BACK/WOULD YOU LOVE ME?/TOUCH AND GO/MIDNITE LOVER/YOUR LOVE DRIVES ME CRAZY/COULDN’T CARE LESS Force MD’s, Tommy Boy LP


POP DANCE

01 01 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
02 13 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
03 02 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
04 04 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
05 05 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
06 03 F.L.M. (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) Mel & Kim, Supreme 12in
07 06 SPY (IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
08 12 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
09 07 LA BAMBA Los Lobos, Slash/FFRR/London 12in
10 — WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
11 08 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
12 10 I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama, London 12in
13 20 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
14 29 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
15 23 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson/Siedah Garrett, Epic 12in
16 16 WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
17 24 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
18 26 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘n’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
19 41 TRUE FAITH New Order, Factory 12in
20 14 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
21 17 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
22 27 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, Sonet 12in
23 43 SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
24 09 WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna, Sire 12in
25 19 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, London 12in
26 32 DOWNTOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
27 34 HOUSE NATION House Master Boyz, Magnet 12in
28 39 FUNKY TOWN Pseudo Echo, RCA 12in
29 47 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London12in
30 — PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE MIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
31 — MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
32 31 LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry, Circa 12in
33 — ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
34 11 JIVE TALKIN’ Boogie Box High, HardBack 12in
35 28 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, A& M Breakout 12in
36 18 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
37 33 POINT OF NO RETURN (REMIX) Expose, Arista 12in
38 — I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
39 15 ALWAYS Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros 12in
40 21 TROUBLE IN MY LIFE (TROUBLE IN THE HOUSE MIX) Trouble, MDM 12in
41 — MON AMOUR Deblanc, Diamond 12in
42 — CHANGING David Grant, Polydor 12in
43 22 OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD (’87 EXTENDED MIX) The Gap Band, Club 12in
44 30 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (JB IN HEAT) Duane & Co., Serious 12in
45 — CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
46 — THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
47 37 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, MCA 12in
48 — I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz, Virgin 12in
49 40 GOTTA FIND A WAY (1987 EDIT)/TAKE MY LOVE Russ Brown, 10 Records 12in
50 50 WHENEVER YOU’RE READY Five Star, Tent 12in


HI-NRG

01 02 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
02 01 I HEARD A RUMOUR (MIAMI MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
03 05 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
04 03 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
05 06 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
06 04 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
07 15 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
08 10 STEP BY STEP (ANGEL GABRIEL MIX) Taffy, TransGlobal/Rhythm King 12in
09 09 HARD HITTING LOVE Man To Man, Nightmare 12in
10 13 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
11 08 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
12 21 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
13 07 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
14 11 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
15 — LUCKY CHARM Hard Corps, Sonoscope/Rhythm King 12in
16 12 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
17 18 BE MINE TONIGHT Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
18 16 BROWN SUGAR Gipsy And Queen, Italian Time 12in
19 20 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
20 17 AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marv Johnson & Carolyn Gill, Nightmare 12in
21 19 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
22 14 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
23 24 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU (CLUB MIX) Hardcore Jazz, US Rock Well 12in
24 22 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE James Wells, Nightmare 12in
25 30 EVERY ONE’S A WINNER Monkey Business, Italian X-Energy 12in
26 re TURN ME ON AGAIN Astaire, Passion 12in
27 26 EUROPEAN BOY (E.E.C. MIX) Splash, The Rocket Record Company 12in
28 — WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
29 re THE BIG BANG (NATTING TOMORROW MIX/WIG WAM MIX) Fantasy Ten, Greyhound Label 12in
30 29 DON’T FIGHT DESTINY Gary Wilmot, Columbia 12in

5 thoughts on “August 29, 1987: Sherrick, LL Cool J, Criminal Element Orchestra, Derek B, Joey Washington”

  1. James was always keen to point out that Pete Waterman in Record Business was the first person in the UK to print BPMs (he said the same thing to me, the first time we met), but Waterman was only fractionally ahead – the Record Business BPMs first started appearing in December 1978, with James following suit in his first column of 1979.

    The first Masters At Work release appears this week, but it’s not, as you might have expected, the work of Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez and Little Louie Vega, who had yet to team up. Instead, Gonzalez had loaned the name to Todd Terry (who thereby makes his own debut in these pages), and it was Terry who introduced Gonzalez to Vega a year later.

    The opening lines of Kelly Charles’s ‘You’re No Good For Me’ should be instantly familiar to many, as it was sampled by The Prodigy for their 1994 hit ‘No Good (Start The Dance)’.

    It’s interesting to see Bros getting such early exposure here, with trendy remixes getting dancefloor attention well ahead of their later pop success (which didn’t come until January 1988); indeed, ‘I Owe You Nothing’, reviewed this week, wouldn’t enter the pop charts for another ten months.

    Oh, how my friends and I hated LL Cool J’s ‘I Need Love’ – or, as one pal waggishly retitled it, ‘I Need A Hit’ – it might have done the trick sales-wise, but its inclusion in his UK live set during November bombed so badly that, by the time I saw him in Nottingham towards the end of the month, he had dropped it from the running order.

    The “too blue for airplay” verse in Derek B’s ‘Get Down’ also stopped me from playing it out – a shame, as the rest of the track is great fun, but my mixed lesbian/gay crowd would never have stood for it!

    James mentions the upcoming Notting Hill Carnival this week, and I remember it vividly, as my sister and I spent two consecutive days there, going from sound system to sound system. As a result, I can authoritatively report that by far the biggest tunes of the weekend (honestly, they were inescapable, you heard them EVERYWHERE) were Maceo & The Macks ‘Cross The Track’, Jackson Sisters ‘I Believe In Miracles’, Eric B & Rakim ‘I Know You Got Soul’, and – wait for it! – Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Roadblock’ (well, the title couldn’t have been more apt for the circumstances). It seems crazy in retrospect that SAW ever created a Carnival anthem, but as I’ve said before, their reputation was still pretty solid… for now, at least.

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  2. The comment about Eddie Peters “Jock Mix 1” should read Tony Hodges, not Tom Hodges.

    I knew Tony and whilst he was working at Creole, he used to keep me supplied with their releases – so I have a copy of that particular track. I could record it and upload, but it is pretty dire TBH 🙂

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  3. Good point about Bros – they also had a couple of good acid house remixes in 1988 once that hit. That was one if the fear things. About the acid house scene in 1988 some of the tunes that would be heavily played would be house or acid house remixes from quite unlikely sources just off the top of my head I can think of Bros, Paul Rutherford, Samantha Fox, Fleetwood Mac, Roberta Flack, Mac Thornhill , Queen virtually (in Corporation of One) and Barry Blue (Cry Sisco) who had tunes that were played around London in 1988.

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  4. Obviously a typo in the above post – I don’t know what the helll “one if the fear things . About the acid house scene in 1988” is even supposed to say ! It’s just meant to say words to the effect of “that was one of the things about the acid house scene in 1988”

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  5. @groovindj Dire or not please do. There’s a Jocks Rap on the flip too I believe. Would be nice to have ’em even if not the greatest songs. 🙂

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