ODDS ‘N’ BODS
The Extra Beat Boys are Jamie and Yoyo, two tape operators at Pete Waterman’s studio, and NOT the actual Stock Aitken Waterman team who were mistakenly advertised as creators of the Deja ‘Serious’ remix: however, the two Beat Boys have also just done a percussive Escape To New York Mix of Rick Astley’s smash, 113bpm as pressed on a special four-track PWL Records promo given to guests at the Stock Aitken Waterman party, which includes too the brand new galloping 119½bpm Edwin Starr ‘Whatever Makes Our Love Grow’, “guilty” verdict-introed (0-)117⅓bpm Bananarama ‘Love In The First Degree’ and shrill Sinitta-ish 122bpm Mandy Smith (now called A Man Das) ‘Positive Reaction (Miami Mix)’, latest product from the hit factory … Rick Astley had to sing the Temptations’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ live at the party just to disprove Damon Rochefort’s silly wind-up in The Sun that Luther Vandross was the real singer of his hit! … Scott La Rock has been shot dead, twice in the head, after walking into someone else’s gangland fight in the South Bronx … PLASA’s equipment exhibition, Light & Sound Show ’87, is at Hammersmith’s Novotel in West London this coming Sunday-Wednesday (September 6-9) – if not at other times, I’ll certainly be there on Tuesday afternoon … Jellybean will be jocking this Thursday (Sept 3) at Delirium, in Charing Cross’s Heaven, following a Steven Danté PA … Champion Records are after yet more DJs for their mailing list – write to Lyndon T and Rick Davis there, at 181 High Street, Harlesden, London NW10 – and have already hit our chart with a much tidied up new 111⅓bpm PWL Remix of the old Advance ‘Take It To The Top’, which isn’t properly out for over three weeks (incidentally, I hear that Colourbox plan to pay back the Sybil Red Ink Mix by “borrowing” something off the label for their M|A|R|R|S follow-up! … Kenny G’s contribution much improves the 82bpm Cool Sax Remix of Imagination ‘The Last Time’ (RCA PT 41472R) … Les Adams has created a neat 117-118¼bpm ‘Megamix’ out of ‘Trapped/I’m Not Gonna Let You/How Soon We Forget’ as a new B-side for Colonel Abrams (MCA Records MCAX 1179) … Polydor are being coy about the fact it’s Shakatak on white labels of the juddering jittery go-go-ish densely rolling 99¾bpm ‘Mr Manic & Sister Cool’ (MANIX 1), but there’s no disguising the bursts of female vocal and piano between its angrier vocoder … Level 42’s newie for pop jocks, ‘It’s Over (Remix)’ (Polydor POSPX 900) is a lovely lushly atmospheric undulating 63⅕-0bpm slow moody swayer with pedal steel guitar, harmonic and an ‘I’m Not In Love’-like resonance … Phil Harding’s ‘Jack Le Freak’ remix of Chic will be released in a fortnight … Julian Palmer’s scratched-up remix of Bros was created several months back, before the current spate of similar scratchers, and is only in a promo pressing of 500 unless copyrights can be cleared for full release … ‘Special F/X’ and ‘Rock Steady’ are now back-to-back on the Whispers’ 12 inch (Solar MCAZ 1178) … Atlantic have had to press promo copies that speed up Levert’s ‘Casanova’ to 98⅓bpm from 92⅔bpm, and The System’s ‘Don’t Disturb This Groove’ to 88⅔bpm from 80¼bpm, as some provincial DJs and dancers couldn’t handle the slow tempos (well, they aren’t house, are they?)! .. Gil De La Paz’s Latin House Mix of ‘Casa’ should have been printed as 0-122½bpm … Jimmy Spicer’s old ‘Money (Dollar Bill Y’All)’ is now due to turn up here on Wax Records … Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ LP wasn’t even being released to the press until September 1, so you’ll have to wait a week for the review … Madonna’s opening act on her European tour has been the Force MD’s, personally chosen by her after they’d sung an acappella version of ‘Who’s That Girl’ at her New York movie premiere party … World Mixing champ Chad Jackson and runner-up Joe Rodriguez found that their mixing Tour de France was hell on wheels, driving every day from one end of the country to the other for their badly routed gigs … Steve Walsh (whose Rolls Royce was recently vandalised) and Total Contrast join Les Adams at Norbury’s Sussex Tavern this Friday (Sept 4), when Simon Dunmore and Les Fisher are joined by Chris Brown at the monthly Rhythm Zone in Northolt’s C&L Country Club … Chris Hill and Tony Fernandez soul this Saturday (5) at Great Shelford’s DeFreville Arms near Cambridge … Gillingham’s Joanna’s, after a rapid total refit, has reopened as Catch 22 … Jeff Thomas’s soul policy at Swansea Martha’s Vineyard seems to be slipping, suddenly he’s playing Spagna, Pseudo Echo and Sinitta … London’s Across The Tracks and Manchester’s Nude Night take turns visiting each other’s venues next week to compare styles, at Camden Town’s Dingwalls on Thursday (Sept 10) and Manchester’s Hacienda on Friday (11) – could there be a roadblock on the M6? … Steve Roberts sent a card to Greg Edwards to get a plug on Capital Radio for his free admission Thursday soul ‘n jazz wine bar gig at Putney’s Mr Micawber’s, but Greg read out the place’s name as “Mr Michael Webb’s”! … Greg Edwards, in the short term, is going into the condominium business with his uncle, but Capital hope he may one day return … Pete Waterman is strongly tipped to have produced Capital Radio’s as yet unheard new jingle package, “the best the UK has ever had” (to quote Richard Park) … Franklin Sinclair reckons that in the Manchester area only 14-year-olds are into rap, and he gets no demand for it – whereas down around London (now Rap City UK!), it’s huge with all the older serious clubbers … DJs returning charts to us, please try to specify which mix you mean when there’s a multiple choice (as with, currently, Sherrick, Sybil, Deja, T-Coy, Vivian Vee, Spagna, Taffy, Splash, Rose Laurens), and – especially Hi-NRG contributors – please list the labels of anything not already charted … Hi-NRG breakers this week include Mel & Kim ‘FLM (Two Grooves Remix)’, EDB featuring Pat Marano ‘Love Disco Style’ (US NRG), Rose Laurens ‘American Love (Remix)’ (Italian Limited Edition), Mandarine ‘On Fire’ (Canadian Unidisc), Exposé ‘Point Of No Return (PWL Remix)’ (Arista), Kevin Power ‘In Search Of Love’ (Fantasia), Colby ‘From Here To Eternity’ (Italian Technology) … Archie Bell & The Drells’ ‘Tighten Up’, now revived by Wally Jump Jr, remains one of my all-time favourite records – the first time I heard it in 1968, my chum Sparrow Harrison had recorded it off Emperor Rosko’s show and I spent an entire afternoon sitting in his car repeatedly running the cassette back for the one song, and beating out its then revolutionary rhythm on the steering wheel! … HI, EVERYBODY!
Bjorn Borg, the tennis champ, turns out to be a fan of Stock Aitken Waterman, and at their celebratory party at Stringfellows last week handed over the silver disc for ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ to Rick Astley (centre) and the lads!
By now everyone who’s really keen will have seen the Martin Scorcese-directed video for Michael Jackson’s new single and album title track, ‘Bad’, when it was premiered by Channel 4 on Tuesday night. They may also have been disappointed. Filmed mainly in monochrome, it finds Michael (his face now a near fleshless skull) playing the part of a kid returning from a rather posh school to his home in the ghetto, where his hoodlum chums dare him to be “bad”. Michael’s conscience causes him to warn an old man who they’re about to mug in a subway, and then, as at last the screen becomes coloured, he answers his friends’ taunts by showing them who’s really bad in a fantasy dance sequence reminiscent of ‘Beat It’, surrounded by evil looking accomplices while he himself is in his now probably familiar new leather bondage gear. The moral, however, is that it’s bad to be bad.
It’s soon to be all change on radio. Jeff Young (seen above signing off from Radio London), although on the verge of accepting a show on Capital Radio in London, had a last minute offer he couldn’t refuse from BBC Radio One to host a Friday evening dance music programme (playing pop as well as soul), while on Radio One Robbie Vincent is moving to Saturday night and Andy Peebles is starting a specialist “real soul” show on Sunday. The big news however was exclusively revealed to rm by Richard Park, head of music at Capital Radio, where the Saturday 6-8pm replacement for the departing Greg Edwards will be — wait for it! — Pete Tong (who’s currently Jeff Young’s temporary replacement on Radio London’s Saturday breakfast soul show). Also coming to Capital are (as hinted last week) Tim Westwood, plus Alex George, Saturday night-time becoming a soul “magazine”-type programme featuring these with Chris Forbes remaining as anchor man, one hour each week being relayed live from a different club. This begins at the end of the month. Meanwhile, John Sachs will be moved to the mornings, up against Tony Blackburn on Radio London, David ‘Kid’ Jensen will handle the evening “drive time” and inaugurate a weekly London black music sales chart, Peter Young will revive his popular ‘Soul Cellar’ oldies show under the new title ‘Soul Circle’ on Friday evenings 10pm to midnight (and do soulful Saturday lunch and, on the split frequency CFM service, Sunday brunch-time shows). And this is just the start!
L.A. MIX ‘Don’t Stop (Jammin)’ (white label)
The latest white label scam, a DJ delighting real sizzler, sneakily samples many disco faves from the late Seventies/early Eighties (notably the chorus refrain from Dayton ‘The Sound Of Music’) over a Montana-ish 114¾bpm loping and swinging riff inspired by ‘Heavy Vibes’ and ‘Love Is The Message’, the flip’s 114½bpm Philly Jazz mix being straightforwardly this without the samples, while the 0-114⅓-0bpm overdubbing mix lays on even more gimmicky bits. Find it while you can!
JELLYBEAN ‘The Real Thing (West 26th Street Mix) (Chrysalis CHS 12-3167)
The record-producing New York DJ’s previous Madonna-type ‘Who Found Who’ US A-side has rapidly been replaced (even in the States) after it was eclipsed by its flip, the instrumental version of this ominous yet infectious churning and chugging 113⅓bpm powerful house-ish pusher, which, now we have the vocal version, turns out to be sung in moaning Colonel Abrams-style by none other than Britain’s Steven Danté – with the 114¼bpm Part II (Instrumental) again as flip, plus a 113¼bpm drumappella. Another ‘Brutal House’?
WALLY JUMP JR. & THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ‘Don’t Push Your Luck’ LP (US Criminal Records CRLP 101)
Arthur Baker and the boys’ vigorous house-inspired set has a terrific (0-)116bpm mixed up medley revival of Archie Bell & The Drells’ ‘Tighten Up/I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’’, which does a running mix on into the less crucial 114-0bpm ‘Sworn To Fun’, and a beefy ‘I Love Music’-like 122bpm ‘Private Party’ that’s rooted in Philly soul, Otherwise, the 117⅕bpm title track and 117½-0bpm ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ are more routine, while a 0-118⅓bpm remix of ‘Turn Me Loose’ joins (in fairly brief form) their even earlier (0-)114½bpm ‘Jump Back’ and 0-110⅓bpm ‘Ain’t Gonna Pay One Red Cent’ hits.
ERNESTA DUNBAR ‘Checking Out’ (Hardcore HAKT 6)
Previously hard to find on import and now rushed on white label by Morgan Khan, this wailingly souled bright frisky jiggling 119⅓bpm backbeat chugger is terrific modern Philly soul (in three mixes), flipped by the even better gorgeous soulfully jogging 103⅓-0bpm ‘You’, both somehow reminiscent of Candi Staton, and thoroughly recommended.
STEPHANIE MILLS ‘(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me’ (MCA Records MCAT 1187)
Turning out to be 102bpm on UK pressings, this Paul Laurence-created coolly rolling sinuous Loose Ends-ish bumper is here in only three mixes.
VANEESE THOMAS ‘Let’s Talk It Over’ (Geffen Records GEF26T)
Rufus Thomas’s other soul singing daughter debuts with a beautiful Anita Baker-style calm then wailing quality slowie, possibly too subtle for the masses, in a brighter 78⅓-78¼-78½bpm Extended Version and its 79bpm LP Version, plus (previously only on her US seven inch flip) the pleasant gently swaying 101bpm ‘Love In Your Eyes’. Mind you, in 26 years’ time this still won’t be as memorable as big sister Carla’s ‘Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)’!
B-FATS ‘The B-Fats’ (Champion CHAMP 1257)
Huge at London’s hip hop/rare groove gigs, this subtly rhythmic lurching 0-101¼bpm tight jittery rap (inst/edit too) is about a new dancestep that’s a combination of the whop and the boogaloo.
TOUCH ‘Love Fixation’ (US SuperTronics RY-021)
Over an unhurriedly strolling adaptation of the ‘White Lines’ bassline, the huskily masculine fellahs (fast becoming New York faves) moan “I need a fix” before amplifying this into “a love fixation” while the Timmy Regisford-mixed fluidly cantering 114½bpm track gets more like Rockers Revenge ‘Walking On Sunshine’, with fluttering drumbeats and flurries of organ (in four mixes).
LEVERT ‘The Big Throwdown’ LP (Atlantic 781 773-1)
The suddenly sizzling trio sound like a cross between the O’Jays (not surprising considering daddy Eddie Levert’s help with vocal arrangements), gospel’s intense Rance Allen Group, and the Isley Brothers, these latter especially on the gentle 83/41½bpm ‘Love The Way U Love Me’ and (0-)33bpm ‘My Forever Love’, other more impassioned slowies being the 79/39½bpm ‘Good Stuff’ and 69/29½bpm ‘Don’t U Think It’s Time’, while (the here 94½bpm ‘Casanova’ apart) the slinkily jogging (0-)104¼bpm ‘In n Out’ is a better “dancer” than the ‘Rumors’-ish over-long 110½ ‘Temptation’, dated P’funky lurching (0-)107⅓bpm ‘Throwdown’, romping gospel-ish 122½bpm ‘Sweet Sensation’.
MR. X & MR. Z ‘Mr. X & Mr. Z Drink Old Gold’ (US Urban Rock Records UR 930)
This drily rapped 104¼bpm jitterer scratches up EWF’s ‘Biyo’ and Bobby Byrd’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ to good and quite amusing effect, although oddly some people don’t like it, flipped by the really scratched-up 98¾-0bpm ‘Kick It Wicked’.
ABC ‘Night You Murdered Love Rap (The Reply)’ (Club/Neutron NTX 112)
Funk jocks have flipped for this jittery bashing 112¼-0bpm B-side rap by Contessa Lady V, with some drummer’s beat and ‘Champ’ hinted at in the backing, which, standing alone like this, gets a tougher treatment than when incorporated as the climax in the more typically ABC-like pop-aimed A-side’s The Whole Story mix, which builds bumpily from a long beat-switching intro.
THE BOVVER BOYS ‘Supermix Part 1’ (Awesome AW100)
Listing everything that’s scratched and mixed to make this thoroughly dodgy though strong and long 0-116¼-118¾-121-114½-116-117⅔-117-116⅔-117-114½-113-111⅔-110⅔-109⅔-109-108bpm mega-medley would fill the whole column, so suffice to say it’s mainly very familiar recent and current house tracks ending – on the tidier 115-117-117⅓-95bpm Part 2 flip as well – in rap. Very good, whoever did it!
WILLIE CLAYTON ‘Your Sweetness’ (US Kirstee KR 1009)
Hard to find for a while but now picking up deserved support, this real soul goodie is a lurchingly swaying 102bpm jogger wailed and scatted in Frankie Beverly style – in other words, it rambles repetitively to a simple mesmeric synth-washed jiggly backing (inst/edit too).
PULSE ‘Shut Up Already!’ (USD Bassment Records BM-0051)
Craig Bevan-produced digitally created 116bpm jack track built up out of samples from many familiar house records, most notably ‘Rock The House’, Moonfou’s ‘Shut Up’ and even Mel & Kim’s “laughter” (in three mixes plus a Samplepella), fun for song spotters and quite exciting.
TONEY LEE ‘My Baby Loves Me (Gotta Get Off Of That)’ (US Jump Street JS-1011)
Out of a soap opera and conversation intro, snaggle-toothed Toney hollers and moans through a Paul Simpson-produced jumpily spurting vigorous house-ish (0-)112-0bpm juddery tumbler in the Abrams/Pandy tradition, supported by chanting girls, latin piano and stabbing sax, exciting in effect if maybe just a bit too jittery in fact (dub/edit flip).
ANGELA WINBUSH ‘Angel’ (US Mercury 888 831-1)
The former René & Angela member who co-produced the Isley Brothers’ latest LP apparently has the compliment returned by Ronald Isley on her own imminent album, but is herself totally responsible for creating this spine-tingling sultry soaring soulful 74bpm slowie (inst/edit too), reminiscent of Anita Baker’s song of the same name although in fact an original.
GIORGE PETTUS ‘My Night For Love’ (US MCA Records MCA-23660).
The funnily spelt soulful tenor’s debut is a La La-created tender tapping (0-)88bpm slow swayer, growled, squealed, moaned, cried and worried in a style that’s basically in the Freddie Jackson mould although it manages to avoid the more blatant of current ladies’ man clichés (inst flip).
S.A.W. ‘Jaques Theme’ (Warriors Dance WDT-100, via 01-968 5146)
Coming from Neil Ruhston’s Midlands-based Kool Kat label organisation rather than from Stock Aitken Waterman, despite the initials, this European-style synthesised and muttering sparse atmospheric (0-)120bpm instrumental pulser is a bit like ‘Electrica Salsa’ gone house (in two mixes), the similarly sparse lethargically chanting more ‘Set It Off’-ish 116⅔-0bpm ‘Glad All Over’ flip being drawlingly dedicated to London.
BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – September 5, 1987
01 01 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
02 03 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP/INSTRUMENTAL Rick Astley, RCA 12in
03 04 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
04 02 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
05 18 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
06 06 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
07 05 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
08 07 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
09 10 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (with Cherrelle)/(WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/HEARSAY/SUNSHINE/WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER/THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
10 08 DOWNTOWN (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
11 24 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
12 12 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
13 11 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
14 09 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
15 20 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE REMIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
16 15 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
17 14 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
18 19 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
19 16 JUMP START (DANCE MIX)/MORE THAN THE STARS Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
20 13 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB)/ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
21 21 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) Duane & Co, Serious 12in
22 25 PAID IN FULL/CHINESE ARITHMETIC/MOVE THE CROWD Eric B And Rakim, US 4th + B’way LP
23 81 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
24 34 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (PWL MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
25 35 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
26 37 SPECIAL F/X (REMIX) The Whispers, Solar 12in
27 — THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
28 39 JUST CALL (COLLECT CALL MIX/HOT LINE MIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
29 31 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
30 17 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
31 28 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
32 22 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (ORIGINAL MIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in/Champion promo
33 44 LOVE IS A HOUSE Force MDs, Tommy Boy 12in
34 60 WIPEOUT (WAVE 1 VERSION) Fat Boys (and the Beach Boys), Urban 12in
35 84 LET’S TALK IT OVER (EXTENDED VERSION)/LOVE IN YOUR EYES Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records 12in
36 52 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
37 27 LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne, Arista 12in
38 85 SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
39 45 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
40 26 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B And Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
41 50 THAT GIRL/YOU’VE GOT THAT SOMETHING Nat Augustin, Breakout 12in
42 30 (I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/KEEP IT UP/HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION/NEW LOVE Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records LP
43 41 ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
44 57 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
45 63 THE TABLES ARE TURNIN’ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, Music Of Life 12in
46 36 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
47 38 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
48 54 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
49 51 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
50 32 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
51 48 THE B-FATS B-Fats, US Rooftop Records 12in
52 68 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX) Intrique, US Cooltempo 12in
53 — DON’T STOP (JAMMIN)/DON’T STOP (PHILLY JAZZ) LA Mix, white label 12in
54 55 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett, Epic 12in
55 — WHENEVER YOU’RE READY (THE NEW YORK MIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
56 75 HIP HOP REGGAE Longsy D and Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
57 33 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
58 42 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
59 69 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/SWORN TO FUN/PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
60 87 MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN (12” MIX)/THE HERB ALPERT C.D. MEGAMIX Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
61 53 VICTIM/NIGHT PEOPLE/(CAN’T) GET YOU OUT OF MY SYSTEM/MOOD FOR LOVE John White, US Geffen LP
62 43 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
63 79 U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK)/HOUSEQUAKE (7 MINUTES MoQUAKE) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
64 67 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (CLUB MIX) Tony Cofi, Intouch 12in
65 — GLUED TO THE SPOT (REMIX) Cheryl Glasgow, Live Records 12in
66 — CHECKING OUT/YOU Ernesta Dunbar, Hardcore 12in white label
67 — I’M A SURVIVOR (UK MIX/US MIX) Zuice, Club 12in
68 77 NUDE PHOTO/THE DANCE/MOVE IT Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
69 re YOU AND ME EQUALS US/SOON YOU’LL BE GONE/NAMELESS/RUNNING/CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE/WHEN A MAN LOVES Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records LP
70 56 CARINO (HOT REMIX/LOCO MIX) T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
71 78 HAPPY (LOVE MIX) Surface, CBS 12in
72 64 MASTER BABY/LETHAL/THE RIDE/LET’S GET IT ON/ON THE RIDE/MO’ BASS UTFO, US Select LP
73 — JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in promo
74 72 MEMORY James King, Expansion Records 12in
75 99 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
76 74 LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
77 — TAKE IT TO THE TOP (PWL REMIX) Advance, Champion 12in promo
78 re THE FINEST INGREDIENTS (PART 1) Norman Housemartin, DJ Mega-Mix Vol 1 12in
79 — NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE RAP (THE REPLY)/NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Club/Neutron 12in
80 47 SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
81 88 LOVE THE WAY U LOVE ME/IN n OUT Levert, Atlantic LP
82 80 IT’S ALL IN YOUR MIND Bam Boo, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
83 re TROUBLE IN MY LIFE (TROUBLE IN THE HOUSE MIX) Trouble, MDM Records 12in
84 93 WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN (THE ROMANCE IS NOT OVER) Glenn Jones, US Jive 12in
85 86 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Pauli Carman, US Columbia 12in
86 23 FLM (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
87 73 MY FAVOURITE PERSON/SUMMER FLING/USE TA BE MY GIRL The O’Jays, Epic 12in
88 — YOUR SWEETNESS (LONG VERSION) Willie Clayton, US Kirstee 12in
89 90 THE LAST TIME (THE LONG COOL MIX) Imagination, RCA 12in
90 — I MISS YOUR LOVE TONIGHT/OVERFLOWING Jonathan Butler, Jive LP
91 — TELL ME (CRUCIAL MIX) West Phillips, Kool Kat 12in
92 61 NO BETTER LOVE (REMIX) The Valentine Brothers, EMI America 12in
93 — I WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU/I LOVE YOU BABY/DO IT BABY/I’D RATHER HURT MYSELF (THAN HURT YOU)/TOO LITTLE IN COMMON/LOVE IS ALL WE NEED/I’M ALWAYS IN THE MOOD/SWEET SWEET DARLING Randy Brown, Threeway Records LP
94 — LET’S HAVE SOME FUN (DANCE MIX) Merge featuring Debbie A, US Atlantic 12in
95 59 DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME/DON’T START A FIRE Janice Bulluck, Wilbe Recording Corporation LP
96 — THE ROCK (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) Tramaine, US A&M 12in
97 97 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD Mr X & Mr Z, US Urban Rock Records 12in
98 94 SLEEPING ALONE The Controllers, US MCA Records 12in
99 — OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in white label
100 — TROUBLE Trouble Funk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
01 02 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
02 01 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
03 10 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
04 03 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
05 05 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
06 04 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
07 07 SPY (IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
08 13 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
09 06 F.L.M. (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) Mel & Kim, Supreme 12in
10 17 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
11 08 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
12 14 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
13 15 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson/Siedah Garrett, Epic 12in
14 09 LA BAMBA Los Lobos, Slash/FFRR/London 12in
15 23 SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
16 30 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE MIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
17 28 FUNKY TOWN Pseudo Echo, RCA 12in
18 11 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
19 12 I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama, London 12in
20 — WIPEOUT The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys, Urban 12in
21 16 WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
22 19 TRUE FAITH New Order, Factory 12in
23 22 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, Sonet 12in
24 26 DOWNTOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
25 18 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘n’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
26 29 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London12in
27 45 CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
28 20 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
29 21 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
30 31 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
31 37 POINT OF NO RETURN (REMIX) Expose, Arista 12in
32 24 WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna, Sire 12in
33 38 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
34 25 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, London 12in
35 33 ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
36 36 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
37 — I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
38 — (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME Stephanie Mills, MCA 12in
39 27 HOUSE NATION House Master Boyz, Magnet 12in
40 35 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, A& M Breakout 12in
41 — PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
42 — HEART AND SOUL T’Pau, 10 Records 12in
43 32 LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry, Circa 12in
44 42 CHANGING David Grant, Polydor 12in
45 — BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax, RCA 12in
46 41 MON AMOUR Deblanc, Diamond 12in
47 43 OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD (’87 EXTENDED MIX) The Gap Band, Club 12in
48 46 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
49 48 I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz, Virgin 12in
50 40 TROUBLE IN MY LIFE (TROUBLE IN THE HOUSE MIX) Trouble, MDM 12in
01 02 I HEARD A RUMOUR (MIAMI MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
02 07 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
03 01 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
04 03 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
05 04 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
06 05 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
07 11 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
08 06 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
09 10 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
10 12 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
11 08 STEP BY STEP (ANGEL GABRIEL MIX) Taffy, TransGlobal/Rhythm King 12in
12 14 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
13 15 LUCKY CHARM Hard Corps, Sonoscope/Rhythm King 12in
14 17 BE MINE TONIGHT Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
15 09 HARD HITTING LOVE Man To Man, Nightmare 12in
16 13 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
17 19 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
18 24 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE James Wells, Nightmare 12in
19 18 BROWN SUGAR Gipsy And Queen, Italian Time 12in
20 28 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
21 23 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU (CLUB MIX) Hardcore Jazz, US Rock Well 12in
22 re A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
23 22 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
24 25 EVERY ONE’S A WINNER Monkey Business, Italian X-Energy 12in
25 16 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
26 20 AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marv Johnson & Carolyn Gill, Nightmare 12in
27 re PERFECT LOVER Company B, Bluebird 12in
28 — JACK IN THE BUSH Patrick Adams, US 30th Street 12in
29 26 TURN ME ON AGAIN Astaire, Passion 12in
30 — HEARTBEAT (REMIX) Vivian Vee, US TSR 12in
3 thoughts on “September 5, 1987: L.A. Mix, Jellybean, Wally Jump Jr., Ernesta Dunbar, Stephanie Mills”
JH must have been playing along with the LA Mix anonymity because he must have known it was Les Adams behind it.
I think that the record credited to SAW was soon renamed as being by Bang The Party and the tune title was ‘ Feel Good All Over’ not ‘Glad All Over’ and along with the follow up gradually became massive on the pirates and in the clubs in London and were still hot when acid started to hit the next spring/summer.- arguably the first really good and really massive British house records.
I agree, James must have known that LA Mix was his good friend Les Adams, and he was playing along with the mystery.
SAW was indeed Bang The Party, and James will clarify this in the next column.
I forgot to mention this earlier, but it’s interesting to see James using the term “hit factory” in relation to Stock Aitken Waterman. A month later, they would release a compilation LP on Stylus Records (not mentioned in these columns) called The Hit Factory – The Best Of Stock Aitken Waterman, and it’s a term that would stick.