September 12, 1987: Michael Jackson, Chic, Loop, Ray Parker Jr., Gwen McRae

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

M|A|R|R|S’ exciting 113bpm ‘Pump Up The Volume (Remix)’ (4AD BAD 707R) actually starts with less impact but has far more stuff scratched and sampled over it, including digital repetition of just part of Tom Browne’s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ high note, and some bizarre Eastern singing … Dancin’ Danny D has given the bland Total Contrast ‘Jody’ a beefily juddering and hi-hat schlurped 119bpm Yardie Remix (London LONXR 142), with an instrumental too and an even tougher dubwise ‘That’s My Man Throwin’ Down’ Mix, full of fresh goodies … Danny D was about to spend a fortune on James Brown oldies until his father said, “Don’t do that — go and look in the attic, I’ve got them all up there” … that’s my man throwin’ up … Les Adams has created another excellent Cameo megamix for the B-side of their upcoming ‘She’s Mine’ … Supreme Records are starting their own club promotion mailing list, DJs’ application forms from Martin Shaw at Supreme, The Works, 105A Torriano Mews, off Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NWS 2RX … ‘Roadblock’ is the only overground hit on the roots-reverting new ‘Street Sounds ’87 – 2‘ (Dance Music/StreetSounds STSND 87-2), otherwise full of obscure album tracks and imports including the terrific soulfully tugging Timmy Thomas-ish 106½bpm My Forté ‘Sometime Lover‘, a devil to trace on single despite several DJs charting it … Hindsight’s commercial pressings of ‘Lowdown’ include the party atmosphere lurching funky 108⅔bpm ‘Everybody In The House’, rather good … Bang The Party should have been the name of the act credited last week as S.A.W., these initials stamped onto the white label’s sleeve apparently standing for the deliberately misleading slogan “Sinful And Wicked” — oh, yes? … Jellybean has been remixing Whitney Houston’s ‘So Emotional’ (and a Frontline Mix of his own ‘The Real Thing’), producing Man Friday (with Larry Levan on lead vocals) and Anthony & The Camp (he, Marcus Miller, Nick Martinelli and Eumir Deodato each producing two tracks) – but his big exclusive revelation for rm was full details of the next Madonna album, a dance compilation called ‘You Can Dance’, that he has continuously segued using new remixes, Shep Pettibone’s of ‘Into The Groove‘ and ‘Where’s The Party‘, Bruce Forest’s of ‘Everybody‘, his own of ‘Holiday‘ and ‘Spotlight‘, and Steve Thompson’s of ‘Over And Over‘, the CD version also containing three bonus dubs … Shep Pettibone’s jumpily bounding 119½bpm Silver Screen Mix and more percussive 120bpm Movie House Mix of Madonna ‘Causing A Commotion’ (Sire W8224T) meanwhile give her the tightest groove she’s had in ages … Pepsi & Shirlie’s tritely chugging 135bpm ‘Can’t Give Me Love‘ (Polydor POSPX 885) has no connection with Stock Aitken Waterman, who do, however, appear to be behind the ‘Living In A Box’-tempoed (0-)108⅓bpm tapping jittery “white boy funk” pusher, Paul Barry ‘Complicated (Dance Mix)‘ (MCA Records COMT 1) … Living In A Box, meanwhile, are returning on the similarly tempoed purposefully jittering 101-0bpm ‘So The Story Goes‘ (Chrysalis LIBX 3), with some vocal interjections by Bobby Womack himself, in a Bruce Forest Dynamite Club Mix and bare Hip And Hop Dub Mix (flipped by a ponderously thrashed 114¾bpm house effort called ‘The Liam McCoy‘) … The Bootleggers’ 118¾bpm ‘Hot Mix 2‘ (Polo POLO 12-44), even more clumsily than their first one, mixes up remakes of many current pop disco hits without anything like the finesse of Mirage … Steve Walsh’s version of ‘I Found Lovin’’ has probably returned to the pop chart because it’s just about the summer’s biggest holiday hit in Spain! … Nottingham Ritzy celebrates its first birthday this Friday (September 11) and is sending a bus to collect, as special guests for the night, Stock Aitken Waterman, several of their star acts and myself – so see you there! … Tony Jenkins has an Up West night this Friday at Northolt’s C&L Country Club, with Ralph Tee, Barry Jeffrey, Bill Griffin and more, plus PAs … Saturday (12), Nicky Holloway and his Special Branch guests funk Great Shelford’s DeFreville Arms in Cambridgeshire, while his next Three Day Doo at Rockley Sands near Poole is set for October 16-18, with such as Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Bob Jones, Chris Brown, Chris Bangs, Johnny Walker, Paul Oakenfold (£40 tickets on 01-439 2628) … Camber Sands Pontins near Rye on that same October 16-18 weekend has Soul Brothers Promotions’ funk-to-reggae three-dayer (£41 ticket details on 0772-700282), followed there on November 6-8 by Kent Soul Festival’s weekender (£35 tickets on 0233-33652) … SEDA (South Eastern Disco Association) actually got its newsletter to me in time to plug the next meeting, this Sunday (Sept 13) at 7.30pm in Wrotham Heath’s Royal Oak … UK Mixing Champ 1985, Roger Johnson, now goes it alone presenting Friday’s 10pm NITE-fm slot on Radio London … Les Adams’ hot tip for a running mix that works for at least a minute is Prime Time ‘He’s Def‘ out of Joyce Sims ‘Lifetime Love (Def Beat Mix)‘, while Graham Gold tips Newcleus ‘The Huxtables (Dub)’, synched under Levert ‘Casanova’ … Aniela, the recently photographed female mixing jock, is leaving Cricklewood’s Ashtons in a month to follow Alan Coulthard’s route in reverse, going to Cardiff to study law at university (and possibly DJ there) … Siedah Garrett, as co-writer of ‘Man In The Mirror‘ on Michael Jackson’s new LP, is likely to be a millionairess by Christmas! … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


L.A. MIX, it has to be revealed as others have started to give the game away, are in fact none other than the Mixdoctor LES ADAMS and keyboardist EMMA ‘E FORCE’ FREILICH, their hot white labelled ‘Don’t Stop (Jammin)‘ being due commercially at the end of the month on Breakout (USAT 615), although proper promo copies should be about this week. The record was totally created in Les’s equipment-packed home studio, a converted bedroom only about eight feet by five (even smaller as all the walls are clad at least 12 inches thick with records!) and despite Les’s prowess as a mixer with vinyl the track’s multitude of bits from past hits were all added as electronically triggered digital samples.


Jellybean in live mixing action at Delirium last week was, to ears now tuned to the fast cut ‘n scratch of modem mixing styles, surprisingly slow and unadventurous, all has painstakingly accurate traditional running mixes seeming an age in coming as he played nearly all of each record. Realising that the uptempo US-orientated female pop that he’d begun with wasn’t going over that well, he did finally catch a groove when he ran through Manu Dibango ‘Soul Makossa’, Fred Wesley & The JB’s ‘Everybody Got Soul’, Criminal Element Orchestra ‘Put The Needle To The Record’, Nitro Deluxe ‘The Brutal House’ and his own version of ‘Jingo’.


John Robie, New York producer and mixer of much electro-hip hop material in the past but not so often name-checked these days, is currently ensconced at the Advision Studio here in London mixing Boy George and producing a brand new session with Afrika Bambaataa, while back in New York amongst his other projects due for release is new product from C-Bank.


HOT VINYL

MICHAEL JACKSON ‘Bad’ LP (Epic 450290 1)
Maybe not as smooth for sustained listening as a whole album in comparison with his last one, the set’s main dance tracks are the ‘Thriller’-ish juddery jittering (0-)114bpm title track with Jimmy Smith organ, infectiously lurching and churning (0-)112⅔bpm ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, forcefully jiggling and surging (0-)106bpm ‘Another Part Of Me’, ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’’-ish (0-)118¼bpm ‘Smooth Criminal’ and rather dated Stevie Wonder-duetted spikily snapping 118¾bpm ‘Just Good Friends’, while a lot less floor-orientated are the jittery half-stepping 99bpm ‘Speed Demon’, moodily swaying 0-52½/105bpm ‘Liberian Girl’, heavy metal 0-65½-0bpm ‘Dirty Diana’, trickily unfurling 0-50-100-0bpm ‘Man In The Mirror’, already released 0-50/100bpm ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’.

CHIC ‘Jack Le Freak’ (Atlantic A9198T)
Phil Harding’s Two Grooves Under One Nation remix of ‘FLM’ incorporated lots of jack track elements in ‘Do It Properly’ style before ending with Chic’s ‘Le Freak’, and now he’s used all those same jack track elements (plus some Mel & Kim!) to create a similarly styled total 120⅓-120-120¾-121-120¾bpm remix of ‘Le Freak’ itself, great fun (flipped by the 71-70⅓bpm ‘Savoir Faire’ jazz guitar instrumental).

LOOP ‘Keep On Moving’ (Rock The House 001T, via Jet Star)
Ignore the misleading label name, this is an absolutely excellent really soulfully sung and teased jiggly buoyant 99bpm jogger with a gentle go-go-ish rhythm, something like ‘Casanova’ without in any way being a copy, produced by Rodney Secret and Peter Hines (dub flip). So satisfying!

RAY PARKER JR. ‘I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone’ (US Geffen Records 0-20636)
Intimately muttering and croaking gorgeous gentle rather Marvin Gaye-ish (circa ‘What’s Goin’ On’) lightly attractive tripping unhurried 112-0bpm swayer, a surefire smash when it’s out here in a fortnight.

GWEN McRAE ‘Funky Sensation ’87 (Female Preacher Mix)’ (Rhythm King LEFT 15T)
Good if somewhat sanitised electronically cleaned up 101⅙bpm brand new remake (in three mixes) of her classic slinkily jogging soul bumper originally recorded on Atlantic some six years ago (when, incidentally, a rap version by Afrika Bambaataa and colleagues was the very first release on the Tommy Boy label).

DARLENE DAVIS ‘Love Lines’ (US Take One Records TOR-21001)
Satisfying old fashioned soulfully sung repetitive juddery thudding 111¾-111½-111¾-0bpm swaying roller with nice rolling piano behind the wailingly building vocal intensity (in four mixes), produced by Elai Tubo and Kevin Woodley.

THE O’JAYS ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away’ (Philadelphia International Records 12PIR 5)
Gamble & Huff-created soulfully sung train-tempoed (0-)121¾bpm urgent chugger with Leon Huff’s chording piano pounding in house style (the lyrics even go, “I’ll huff and I’ll puff, till I blow your house down”), building terrific gospel-ish excitement yet all but ignored while on import (instrumental, and the dead slow (0-)27⅓bpm ‘I Just Want Somebody To Love Me’).

BLAZE ‘If You Should Need a Friend’ (US Quark QK006)
Very exciting bubbly leaping 120bpm house skipper with a proper catchy song by expressive light voiced guys and some organ adding a Sixties flavour to its quite jazzy momentum (in four mixes), worth checking.

MAGGOTRON ‘Welcome To The Planet Of Bass’ (US Jamarc Records BP7729)
Excellent now quite house tempoed scratcher pumping up the volume with DJ Debonaire cutting lots of great stuff into what basically is the old 0-126bpm ‘Planet Rock’, an increasingly heard backing track these days (edit flip).

NITRO DELUXE ‘Mission’ (US Cutting Records CR 215)
‘The Brutal House’ master, producer Aldo Marin’s new rambling jitterer is another that reverts to the ‘Planet Rock/Al-Naafiysh’ style revived also by Dynamix II, most ‘Brutal’ with more of those naggingly twittering digital tones being the 118½bpm ‘Mission (Say Your Love)’, other shorter mixes being the 119⅓bpm ‘On A Mission’, 0-118½bpm ‘House Mission’ and freakily double beating 118⅓-0bpm ‘Closet Mission’, not initially as compulsive as ‘Let’s Get Brutal’.

JONATHAN BUTLER ‘Jonathan Butler’ LP (Jive HIP 46)
Finally out here after doing well Stateside, this very pleasant listening set is a double LP with many slowies and guitar instrumentals, the only tracks to have had any dancefloor reaction being the already comfortably familiar seeming ‘I Miss Your Love Tonight’, a gently agonised trippingly jogging 104⅓bpm swayer with a fruitless answering machine-replied ‘phonecall halfway, and the bass burbled soaring 112⅓bpm ‘Overflowing’, while the sinuously jiggling 94⅔bpm ‘Holding On’ and smoochily rolling ‘One More Dance’ could work too.

WORKING WEEK ‘Surrender’ (Virgin VS 998-12)
Julie Roberts-wailed rather empty 112¾bpm jerky jolter, due soon in a far superior more beefy Les Adams remix, worth waiting for.

MARSHALL HAIN ‘Dancing In The City (Summer City ’87)’ (EMI 12EM 19)
Dutch remix wizard Ben Liebrand has added his jauntily jiggling 102⅙bpm go-go beat and some rasping sax to the girl-sung 1978 pop hit.

BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES ‘Tiney Winey’ (Dynamic DYN 1219)
Popular happy 116⅓bpm soca leaper remixed by Les Adams with hooks inserted from ‘Hot Hot Hot’ and added drum beats, the 118-118½bpm flip being a fully fledged Megamix of the two songs plus ‘Give Me Soca’, good party fun.

RANDY BROWN ‘Welcome To My Room’ LP (Threeway Records WAY LP1, via Charly)
This Memphis-rooted but Philadelphia-styled soul set from 1978 has been an underground cult classic ever since (ie: very few people ever bought it), and I challenge all the DJs who listed it in their charts last week as just “Randy Brown LP” to clarify which of its tracks were actually floor fillers for them! Not that it’s bad, just very dated, with probably still useable the gently undulating 91bpm ‘I Wanna Make Love To You’, Marvin Gaye-ish 95-96-97-98bpm ‘Do It Baby’, deeply soulful 33-34⅔bpm ‘I’d Rather Hurt Myself (Than Hurt You)’, others being the Teddy Pendergrass-ish 116-115⅓-116⅓-0bpm ‘Love Is All We Need’, Intruders ‘I’ll Always Love My Mama’-like 120½-119½-118¾-121⅓bpm ‘I’m Always In The Mood’, crawling 44-42¼bpm ‘Too Little In Common’, weaving 59½-61-0-61bpm ‘I Love You Baby’, floating 55½/111-112-113½bpm ‘Sweet, Sweet Darling’.

LOOSE ENDS ‘Ooh, You Make Me Feel’ (Virgin VS 991-12)
Nick Martinelli produced and remixed nicely sung but rather insubstantial bright (0-)115¼bpm wriggler without a particularly emphatic beat (in three mixes).

HOKUS POKUS ‘House It Up’ (US Madison Street Records WMSD 1201)
Basic fast 122⅔bpm jittery jack track with digital stuttering title line repetition, in four mixes, strongest by far being the instrumental with its simple ‘Magic Fly’-ish synth line.

JANICE BULLUCK ‘Don’t Start A Fire’ LP (Wilbe Recording Corporation WIL 3003)
John Abbey’s Atlanta-based Ichiban Records have just released here through PRT a whole slew of their US-pressed albums, including (on co-producer William Bell’s own label) this current though traditionally soulful set from which the expressively wailed “do ya?” repeating lovely sultrily swaying 111bpm ‘Do You Really Love Me’ and sinuously tripping also 111bpm title track have hit our chart. Last year’s excellent PRINCE PHILLIP MITCHELL ‘Devastation’ (Ichiban ICH 1004) is also out, along with more bluesily southern soul sets by Clarence Carter, Pat Cooley, Artie ‘Blues Boy’ White and Chick Willis.

FORCE M.D’s ‘Touch And Go’ LP (Tommy Boy 254 889-1)
The high pitched youngsters’ pleasant largely downtempo set has the attractively weaving (0-)94⅚bpm ‘Take Your Love Back’, slinky lush 77/38½bpm ‘Couldn’t Care Less’, jauntily jittering 97bpm ‘Would You Love Me?’, sleazily rolling 94½bpm title track, gently anguished 0-58½/29¼bpm ‘Your Love Drives Me Crazy’, dead slow sweet 0-23-0bpm ‘Sweet Dreams’, jolting 101⅓-0bpm ‘Midnite Lover’, and current 92-0bpm ‘Love Is A House’ hit.

SLAVE ‘Juicy-O’ (Ichiban Records 12-PO2, via PRT)
Solidly thumping 114⅓bpm dated salacious P’funk, fine of its type but outmoded (similar chugging 111¾bpm ‘I Like Your Style’ flip), out here in its US pressing.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – September 12, 1987

01 05 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 03 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
03 01 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
04 02 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP/INSTRUMENTAL Rick Astley, RCA 12in
05 04 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
06 23 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
07 11 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
08 13 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
09 06 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
10 08 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
11 27 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
12 07 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
13 38 SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
14 09 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
15 19 JUMP START (DANCE MIX)/MORE THAN THE STARS Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
16 — BAD/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/ANOTHER PART OF ME/SMOOTH CRIMINAL/SPEED DEMON Michael Jackson, Epic LP
17 34 WIPEOUT (WAVE 1 VERSION) Fat Boys (and the Beach Boys), Urban 12in
18 10 DOWNTOWN (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
19 49 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
20 18 SEND FOR ME/TELL ME WHAT IT IS/THIS MUST BE LOVE/DO YOU BABY/LADY YOU ARE/LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT/BABY I’M FOR REAL/ ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Sherrick, Warner Bros LP
21 16 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
22 14 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
23 12 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
24 15 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE REMIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
25 17 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
26 26 SPECIAL F/X (REMIX)/ROCK STEADY The Whispers, Solar 12in
27 39 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
28 21 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) Duane & Co, Serious 12in
29 29 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
30 36 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
31 32 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (ORIGINAL MIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in/Champion promo
32 52 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX) Intrique, US Cooltempo 12in
33 22 PAID IN FULL/MOVE THE CROWD/MY MELODY (DOPE MIX) Eric B And Rakim, US 4th + B’way LP
34 51 THE B-FATS B-Fats, US Rooftop Records 12in/Champion promo
35 53 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN)/DON’T STOP (PHILLY JAZZ) LA Mix, Breakout 12in white label
36 20 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
37 47 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
38 24 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (PWL MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
39 59 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/SWORN TO FUN/PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
40 99 OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
41 42 (I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/KEEP IT UP/HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION/NEW LOVE Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records LP
42 25 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
43 48 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
44 58 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
45 33 LOVE IS A HOUSE Force MDs, Tommy Boy 12in
46 63 U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK)/HOUSEQUAKE (7 MINUTES MoQUAKE) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
47 31 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
48 97 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, US Urban Rock Records 12in
49 — I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE (EXTENDED VERSION) Ray Parker Jr., US Geffen Records 12in
50 46 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
51 45 THE TABLES ARE TURNIN’ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, Music Of Life 12in
52 75 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
53 88 YOUR SWEETNESS (LONG VERSION) Willie Clayton, US Kirstee 12in
54 43 ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
55 28 JUST CALL (COLLECT CALL MIX/HOT LINE MIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
56 44 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
57 86 FLM (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
58 57 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
59 62 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
60 — NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE FROM NEWTON/ESCAPE TO NEW YORK REMIXES) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
61 90 I MISS YOUR LOVE TONIGHT/OVERFLOWING Jonathan Butler, Jive LP
62 73 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in promo
63 — BEATS + PIECES Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
64 56 HIP HOP REGGAE Longsy D and Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
65 — SHOCK THE HOUSE (LONG INSTRUMENTAL)/(SHORT VOCAL)/TINY B (LONG VOCAL)/(SHORT INSTRUMENTAL) The GA’s featuring Mickey Murray, Expansion Records 12in white label
66 66 CHECKING OUT/YOU Ernesta Dunbar, Hardcore 12in white label
67 93 I WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU/I LOVE YOU BABY/DO IT BABY/I’D RATHER HURT MYSELF (THAN HURT YOU) Randy Brown, Threeway Records LP
68 77 TAKE IT TO THE TOP (PWL REMIX) Advance, Champion 12in promo
69 — JODY (YARDIE REMIX/’THAT’S MY MAN THROWIN’ DOWN’ MIX) Total Contrast, London 12in
70 re FANTASIZE ME (CLUB) Pleasure Pump, Serious Records 12in
71 65 GLUED TO THE SPOT (REMIX) Cheryl Glasgow, Live Records 12in
72 55 WHENEVER YOU’RE READY (THE NEW YORK MIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
73 — I NEED LOVE/MY RHYME AIN’T DONE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
74 76 LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
75 35 LET’S TALK IT OVER (EXTENDED VERSION)/LOVE IN YOUR EYES Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records 12in
76 37 LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne, Arista 12in
77 67 I’M A SURVIVOR (UK MIX/US MIX) Zuice, Club 12in
78 85 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Pauli Carman, US Columbia 12in
79 68 NUDE PHOTO/THE DANCE Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
80 78 THE FINEST INGREDIENTS (PART 1) Norman Housemartin, DJ Mega-Mix Vol 1 12in
81 81 LOVE THE WAY U LOVE ME/IN n OUT Levert, Atlantic LP
82 re SUPERMIX PART 1/PART 2 The Bovver Boys, Awesome 12in
83 — LOOKING OUT FOR YOU/PERFECT LADY Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
84 98 SLEEPING ALONE The Controllers, US MCA Records 12in
85 — TEAR DOWN THE HOUSE Hard Hats, Groove & Move 12in
86 61 VICTIM/NIGHT PEOPLE/(CAN’T) GET YOU OUT OF MY SYSTEM/MOOD FOR LOVE John White, US Geffen LP
87 — DEVOTION (CLUB MIX)/(BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
88 — UH UH, NO NO CASUAL SEX (SINGLE VERSION) Carrie McDowell, Motown 12in promo
89 — I OWE YOU NOTHING (BLUES BROS BOOTLEG BUST UP MIX) Bros (cut up by the Democratic Three featuring DJ Slack), CBS 12in white label
90 — I SURRENDER (LONG VERSION) Marie Malloy, US Mainline 12in
91 64 NO ONE’S GONNA LOVE YOU (CLUB MIX) Tony Cofi, Intouch 12in
92 69 YOU AND ME EQUALS US/SOON YOU’LL BE GONE/NAMELESS Colonel Abrams, US MCA Records LP
93 — YOU’RE NO GOOD FOR ME (CLUB MIX/CLASSY CLUB DUB MIX) Kelly Charles, London 12in
94 — TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME (GODWIN LOGIE REMIX) Peggi Blu, Capitol 12in
95 100 TROUBLE Trouble Funk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
96 — IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND Blaze, US Quark 12in
97 re DON’T STOP THE LOVE Tongue In Cheek, Criminal Records 12in
98 — DOING IT PROPERLY IS XTC Denise Motto plus Scooby Swift, 2 Brummies A Cockney And A Mancunian, Kool Kat 12in
99 — LOVE LINES (DANCE MIX) Darlene Davis, US Take One Records 12in
100 — GIVE ME THE MIKE (IS THIS THE END) The Kings Of Pressure, US Let’s Go 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
02 03 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
03 02 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
04 04 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
05 05 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
06 27 CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
07 10 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
08 20 WIPEOUT The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys, Urban 12in
09 07 SPY (IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
10 06 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
11 08 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
12 12 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
13 09 F.L.M. (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) Mel & Kim, Supreme 12in
14 13 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson/Siedah Garrett, Epic 12in
15 15 SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
16 41 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
17 16 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE MIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
18 11 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
19 24 DOWNTOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
20 17 FUNKY TOWN Pseudo Echo, RCA 12in
21 18 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
22 39 HOUSE NATION House Master Boyz, Magnet 12in
23 23 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, Sonet 12in
24 22 TRUE FAITH New Order, Factory 12in
25 14 LA BAMBA Los Lobos, Slash/FFRR/London 12in
26 — U GOT THE LOOK Prince & Sheena Easton, Paisley Park 12in
27 33 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
28 25 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘n’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
29 38 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME Stephanie Mills, MCA 12in
30 30 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
31 19 I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama, London 12in
32 26 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London12in
33 45 BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax, RCA 12in
34 42 HEART AND SOUL T’Pau, 10 Records 12in
35 — LIES Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
36 28 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
37 37 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
38 — OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
39 36 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
40 44 CHANGING David Grant, Polydor 12in
41 34 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, London 12in
42 48 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
43 49 I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz, Virgin 12in
44 31 POINT OF NO RETURN (REMIX) Expose, Arista 12in
45 21 WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
46 32 WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna, Sire 12in
47 40 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, A& M Breakout 12in
48 — DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
49 46 MON AMOUR Deblanc, Diamond 12in
50 — IT’S OVER Level 42, Polydor 12in


HI-NRG

01 02 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
02 04 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
03 01 I HEARD A RUMOUR (MIAMI MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
04 07 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
05 05 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
06 06 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
07 09 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
08 03 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
09 15 HARD HITTING LOVE Man To Man, Nightmare 12in
10 12 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
11 17 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
12 11 STEP BY STEP (ANGEL GABRIEL MIX) Taffy, TransGlobal/Rhythm King 12in
13 16 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
14 08 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
15 13 LUCKY CHARM Hard Corps, Sonoscope/Rhythm King 12in
16 14 BE MINE TONIGHT Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
17 20 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
18 10 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
19 24 EVERY ONE’S A WINNER Monkey Business, Italian X-Energy 12in
20 — IT SHOULD’A BEEN ME Fine Young Things, Electricity 12in
21 — NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
22 22 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
23 18 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE James Wells, Nightmare 12in
24 — HALFWAY TO PARADISE Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
25 19 BROWN SUGAR Gipsy And Queen, Italian Time 12in
26 — RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian DJ 12in
27 — I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH) The Real Thing, Jive 12in
28 27 PERFECT LOVER Company B, Bluebird 12in
29 — AMERICAN LOVE (REMIX) Rose Laurens, Italian Limited Edition 12in
30= — ROCK ME TONIGHT Chip Chip, Italian BMS 12in
30= 21 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU (CLUB MIX) Hardcore Jazz, US Rock Well 12in

2 thoughts on “September 12, 1987: Michael Jackson, Chic, Loop, Ray Parker Jr., Gwen McRae”

  1. James’s enthusiasm couldn’t always make hits happen, and there’s no better illustration than Loop’s ‘Keep On Moving’, his third-placed review this week, which failed to crack the dance chart and which was never heard of in these pages again.

    Blaze’s ‘If You Need A Friend’ and Ten City’s ‘Devotion’ both debut on the dance chart this week, and perhaps they signal the introduction of more song-based cuts into a genre that is currently still dominated by jack tracks. Both are superb, but it took me a while to get my head around ‘Devotion’, whose relative lightness and fluidity initially struck me as merely under-powered.

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  2. I didn’t know Inner City released that tune as early as 1987!

    Regarding the Bang The Party tune I remember a debate amongst the people I knew about whether that was Robbie Vincent intoning the intro bit about “the sound of young London” – it definitely sounds like something he’d have said during his legendary Saturday Radio London shows and sounds very like him. We never did find out if it was him or not though.

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