September 19, 1987: Michael Jackson, Ten City, Mission, Cameo, Tony Terry

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

LaTOYA JACKSON is being produced here in London by Stock Aitken Waterman, and her brother Michael rang up offering to help if they got into a jam! … Pete Waterman hasn’t had time to create a complete jingles package for Capital Radio, just doing ones for the new Pete Tong show, but he’s already been approached by a thoroughly jealous Radio 1, wanting jingles too after reading this column! … Jellybean took me out for dinner on his last night in London, during the course of which we naturally discussed his appearance at Delirium, which turns out to have been the very first “exhibition mix” on stage that he’d ever had to do, using equipment totally alien to him: all the major New York venues he works at, as a regular club DJ just keeping the people dancing, are equipped with UREI mixers with rotary “pots” rather than faders (only the hip hop jocks use GLI mixers with faders), the decks at the Funhouse being three Technics SL1200’s (the old ones, not Mk II) and at the Paradise Garage they’re even older Thorens turntables — if he does any more live jocking here he’d want his own system of three decks side by side, mixer in front, and monitors … Jellybean’s current import LP, ‘Just Visiting This Planet’ (US Chrysalis BFV 41569), is full of US-orientated female pop, only his ‘Space Bass’-flavoured 120⅔bpm treatment of the classic ‘Jingo‘ being of probable interest here … Freddy Bastone, fresh from his Temptations remix, will be in London during October doing freelance studio work … Fourth & Broadway’s new club plugger will be Nigel Wilton, yet another recruit to the record business from Holborn’s City Sounds record shop … Ian Dewhirst is back as a consultant doing research for Serious Records — whose ‘Upfront’ compilation LP series is reverting to double album format … ‘Top Of The Pops’ appearances by the House Master Boyz could reveal a seriously unlikely line-up! … Stu Allan, despite the “blue” lyrics, has been playing Derek B ‘Get Down’ on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, where he’s just started a new Sunday 10-11pm hip hop show, followed until 2am by his regular soul show — he must be knackered by the end, as earlier that morning he’s also on all night 1-6am, making nine hours of black music in just 25 hours of airtime … Steve Allen (no relation) has changed time slots with a new revamped weekly soul show on Peterborough’s Hereward Radio starting this Saturday 5-8pm … Greg Edwards in his last weeks on Capital Radio has adopted L.A. Mix’s oldies-crammed ‘Don’t Stop (Jammin)’ as a nostalgic tribute to his ‘Soul Spectrum’ show … Lee Guest of the Bovver Boys did a mixing course with Les Adams … Bobby Byrd and James Brown are apparently claiming royalties from Eric B & Rakim for ‘I Know You Got Soul’ … LPs previously reviewed on import and now out here include Eric B & Rakim ‘Paid In Full’ (Fourth & Broadway BRLP 514), Colonel Abrams ‘You And Me Equals Us’ (MCA Records MCF 3388), James Robinson ‘Guilty’ (Tabu 460091 1) … Sherrick’s follow-up single will be ‘Let’s Be Lovers Tonight‘, Alexander O’Neal’s disastrously ‘Criticize‘ (the only album track not to chart here!), Levert will reissue ‘Pop Pop Pop Pop Goes My Mind‘, while apparently ‘Girls’ will now be double A-sided with ‘She’s Crafty’ as the Beastie Boys’ follow-up (maybe someone at CBS does read this column!) … ‘JC’ Reid funks Fri/Saturdays at Brighton’s Club Savannah with Tim Westwood and the London Posse there this Friday (Sept 18), and is looking for other future PAs on 0273-603548 … Adonis stars with Stu Allan at Bolton’s Ritzy house party next Monday (21), Radio London’s NITE-fm presenters Dave ‘First Class’ Pearce and Roger Johnson hip hop London’s Wag (22), while Bob Masters, Johnny Walker and Steve Aspey run from rare groove, rap and house to jazz and soul at Oxford’s Boodles on Wednesday (23) … Graeme ‘Def Dude’ Park funks the Urban Beat Club every Thursday now at Nottingham’s The Club … ‘JD’ Digweed gets Serious Saturdays at Saturdays in Hasting! … Kev Edwards (the Essex-based one, currently at Harlow Cheeks) is moving across the river to Kent and wants offers of gigs there on 0795-78182 …  Ashley Hooper now joins resident DJ Adrian Dunbar on Thursdays/Saturdays at Poole’s Mariners’ Wharf — Adrian, incidentally, without knowing how spot-on he is, criticises Bullet Club Promotions chief Theo Loyla for wanting to see obvious pop hits reflected in a Pop Dance chart, Theo’s own latest chart return as a DJ having Whitney Houston ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and the Pet Shop Boys ‘It’s A Sin’ as the fastest risers and the Communards ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ as a new entry, which may be sincere but doesn’t exactly advance the cause of new records (er, Theo, I hear Bill Haley has a hot floor-filler out called ‘Rock Around The Clock’) … Steve Hills is bucking the James Brown trend by reviving Brick ‘Dazz‘ as a rare groove at Leytonstone’s The Cube … Norman Scott (London/Luton Bolts) is raving about his discovery Tony Lee, a young white boy from Hackney who sings like Luther Vandross, signed up by Record Shack … Andy Stinton, legendary disco plugger and DJ at London’s old Sundown in the Seventies, returned from Canada for the PLASA Sound & Light Show ’87 – based in Mississauga, Ontario, at Gemini Sound & Light Design Inc, he now designs and installs the disco sound systems in all the Holiday Inns throughout North America … Zero 88 at the PLASA show sold 300 of their FX1.0 one channel lighting controllers at £75 each, a bit of a scam as it amounts to a simple on/off light switch! … Les Adams, Emma Freilich, Aniela and I went for a meal before going to last Tuesday’s Jocks party at Shepherds Bush Silks and then the big Turbo Sound/DMC bash at Uxbridge Regals, not realising that at both there were going to be groaning buffet tables of delicious grub for free! … Rick Astley, Donny Osmond, Edwin Starr, Steve Walsh and the Stock Aitken Waterman team were amongst the stars on stage at Regals (where it’s a pity the air conditioning didn’t reach the sweltering balcony), Rick Astley and Pete Waterman then being bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7.50 the very next morning on TV-am … Donny Osmond paid back Tony Prince for a trick played on his 16th birthday, by pushing a custard pie in his face! … Radio Manchester soul DJ Mike Shaft has followed his idol Luther Vandross’s example and lost a lot of weight … Damon Rochefort has graduated to his own pop scandal column in the Sunday Sport … Mandy Smith reckons that she and I could be starting a fashion trend for red and white spotted handkerchiefs, she wearing hers tied around her arm whereas I wear mine around my neck … Steve Walsh, whose hairstyle seems to be slipping further forward over his forehead these days, says that the stories about the vandalisation of his Rolls Royce were exaggerated, a passing drunk merely put something on the bonnet and left a four-inch scratch … Hot Vinyl reviews may not be completely up to date as I’ve a bus to catch (to Nottingham for the Ritzy party), so check the Black Dance chart for new entry BPMs, as always … ‘Librarian Girl’ and ‘Roadworks’ seem to be two currently hot requests! … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


CATHERINE BUCHANAN was the Madonna-supported actual lead singer of Jellybean’s earlier hit, ‘Sidewalk Talk‘, and it’s her operatic singing that starts off the current Jack E Makossa ‘The Opera House‘. However, tough luck on her (she is getting a British TV show devoted to her soon, which ought to compensate), all the “opera” element has been scrapped from the brand new excitingly pounding Phil Harding and Yo Yo-remixed 119¾bpm Blue Ink Mix of ‘The Opera House’ (Champion CHAMPR 12 50), now seemingly based more on the original flip’s ‘African Mix‘ and devoid of gimmicks.


Natasha Brice from Upper Norwood deservedly won last week’s competition to find ‘Miss Gullivers 1987’, and was immediately congratulated by (left to right) Nat Augustin, Patrick Boothe, Rick Clarke and Everton McCalla. Gullivers will in fact be moving to brand new Soho premises just off Regent Street in a month’s time, but right up until the night before the change will be open as usual at its legendary site of 17 years, in Mayfair’s Down Street.


LES ADAMS went over to say goodbye to resident jocks Nic Wakefield and Jon Jules, and to thank them for playing L.A. Mix ‘Don’t Stop (Jammin)’, at Uxbridge’s Regals during the Turbo Sound/DMC party last Tuesday — but he wasn’t allowed to leave until he’d done a quick and fierce scratch mix session!


One item that caught my eye at PLASA’s Light & Sound Show ’87 was Harrison Information Technology of Cambridge’s SP12 stereo mixer, which includes two crossfades, stereo emphasising image controls and other useful functions (as it should for £781.48), including a built-in beats per minute counter (top right corner). How accurate this is, of course, remains to be seen, as I’ve yet to encounter one that’s totally satisfactory.


HOT VINYL

MICHAEL JACKSON ‘Bad (Dance Extended Mix)’ (Epic 651155 6)
Already massive on dancefloors in its LP version, his urgently jittering smacker is now in a much extended 114⅓bpm Bruce Swedien remix that dips down into a false fade three-quarters of the way through, before bursting back on the beat (dub/acappella flip).

TEN CITY ‘Devotion’ (US Atlantic 0-86652)
Marshall Jefferson-produced excellent smoothly hustling 120-0bpm house-style bounder, but a proper song in traditional disco style with whinnying Sylvester-like soaring vocal, sawing strings, schlurping cymbals (more dubwise 120¼-0bpm Bam Bam’s House Mix flip, and 120¼bpm Bonus Beats).

MISSION ‘Show A Little Love’ (US Columbia 44 06836)
Nick Martinelli-produced terrific bouncily buoyant ‘Casanova’-ish gently grooving 95⅓bpm jiggly jogger, lushly harmonised to breezy brass by a group-backed soulfully agonised fellah (edit too), with possibly a more mature member leading the flip’s similarly syncopated more upbeat 104⅓bpm ‘Sensuous Mood’.

CAMEO ‘She’s Mine’ (Club JABX 57)
Rather sombre lurching 95½bpm return to their once typical ‘She’s Strange’ style (or rather its rapping ‘Room 123’ version), with acid guitar and rasping sax, Les Adams’s new ‘Cameo Megamix’ being due as flip to a creatively marketed later pressing, this one’s flip having the old funkily jolting 108bpm ‘Flirt’ and jaggedly flying 132-0bpm ‘The Sound Table’.

TONY TERRY ‘She’s Fly’ (US Epic 49 07461)
Ted Currier-produced good jauntily go-go-tempoed 99⅓bpm light jumpy jiggler with some different, very effective, use of the digital delay stutter effect in its funk – rather than rap – flavoured vocals (dub/edit too).

MR. X & MR. Z ‘Mr. X & Mr. Z Drink Old Gold’ (CityBeat CBE 1217)
Rapid UK release for this drily rapped jittery 104bpm slick scratch of EWF’s ‘Biyo’ and Bobby Byrd’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’, with a really scratched-up 98⅔-0bpm ‘Kick It Wicked’ flip.

THE G.A.’S FEATURING MICKEY MURRAY ‘Shock The House/Tiny B’ (Expansion Records EXRG 1)
Instant rare grooves to order, these in fact are James Brown’s band The JB’s recorded recently in Miami with Sixties ‘Shout Bamalama’ singer Mickey Murray impersonating the Brown sound, on what basically is the one same tune but given two titles and four mixes, breaking down into the 111¼-111⅓-112-111⅓-112-111¼bpm ‘Shock The House’ long instrumental and 111⅓-111⅔-112-111⅔bpm short vocal, 111⅓-111⅚-112-111⅔-112bpm ‘Tiny B’ long vocal and 111¼-112-111½bpm short instrumental. Got that? They ramble on, if that’s your thing.

EPEE MD ‘It’s My Thing’ (US Fresh Records FRE-14)
Helicopter introed Eric B & Rakim-type (0-)102bpm drily rapped jogger cutting in the title line from Marva Whitney’s ‘It’s My Thing’, her James Brown-produced (of course) 1969 answer version to the Isley Brothers’ ‘It’s Your Thing’, monotonous and routine to my ears but big in rap venues, the drawling 93¾bpm ‘You’re A Customer’ flip cutting in yet more stuff to possibly better effect (both with dubs too).

PEGGI BLU ‘Two Can Play At That Game’ (Capitol 12CL 460)
Sweet soulfully sung lightly juddering 106bpm swayer remixed and extended by Godwin Logie, fine for clubs though not necessarily a crossover song (no knowing what the commercial flip will be).

KELLY CHARLES ‘You’re No Good For Me’ (London LONX 153)
Wailingly sung piano-chorded shuffling 120½bpm wriggly New York disco house kicker in three mixes, really opening up in the more emphatically jacking Classy Club Dub Mix.

SHABAZZ ‘Takes Me Higher’ (US Coslit Records CR10002)
Quite old fashioned late Seventies-ish male quartet’s smoothly souled though nervily jittering 0-111bpm judderer, in five versions with the fully vocal Radio Mix the most complete.

RENEE ALDRICH ‘Just Begun To Love You’ (US Jam Packed JPI-2010)
Pleasant enough if unexceptional sweetly sung 0-107⅔bpm routine rolling plodder which could have come out any time in the last eight years, but chose three weeks ago and has been building support since (dub/edit flip).

BLACK BRITAIN ‘Real Life’ (10 Records TENT 180)
Tapping wriggly 99½-0bpm undulating smoothly harmonised throbber, interestingly atmospheric but possibly tricky to use in Bruce Forest’s gradually filling out spacious A-side mix, although Ted Currier’s B-side mix is much more immediate and less subtle (old 120¼-0bpm ‘Ain’t No Rockin’ (In A Police State)‘ too), a grower.

GLENN JONES ‘We’ve Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over)’ (Jive JIVE T 151)
Freddie Jackson-type tortuous tender slow 87⅓bpm ticker created by the SOS Band’s Timmy Allen (inst/edit flip), pleasant listening.

WHITE KNIGHT ‘Gonna Jack’ (US Dance Mania Records DM-007)
Rather thin sounding hurriedly skittering 126bpm jack track, full of digitally stuttering smurfs in the A-side’s half of the four mixes, happening here mainly in the Midlands.

GEORGIO ‘Tina Cherry’ (US Motown 4586MG)
Jermaine Stewart-ish monotonous, but I suppose once it’s known, possibly quite mesmeric 116½bpm fluttering wriggly US hit, boosted here only by DJs recently returned from New York who became acclimatised to it there (in four mixes).

ATLANTIC STARR ‘One Lover At A Time (Remix)’ (Warner Bros W8327T)
With sickening inevitability their crossover ballad hit’s follow-up is their album’s one truly blatant pop track, a Madonna-pitched noisily busy Shannon-ish 0-116¼-0bpm jitterer with jangling piano and soulless shrill singing (plus again the rolling 89bpm ‘I’m In Love’ from their previous hit’s flip).

ANIMAL NIGHTLIFE ‘Boys With the Best Intentions’ (10 Records TENT 185)
Lenny White-produced jerkily rolling 104⅓bpm jiggler sung in typically husky style with cooing girls support, their usual mannered sophistication getting rather swamped by the pedestrian over-busy backing (dub/edit flip).

COMPANY B ‘Perfect Lover’ (Bluebird BRT 43)
Madonna-ish unison girls chanted steadily pounding 122⅓bpm Miami disco canterer with an oddly familiar flavour (could it be a sampled piano?), exploding in gay clubs (where, incidentally, Bananarama’s Miami Mix became so big by copying their earlier ‘Fascinated’), flipped by the rhythmically more Latin 112¾bpm ‘Jam On Me‘ from last year.

WENDY and LISA ‘Waterfall’ (Virgin VS 999-12)
The girls from Prince’s Revolution sound like Fleetwood Mac on this 119bpm unabashed pop churner but are still recognisably purple on the jerkily syncopated lurching 113bpm ‘To Trip Is To Fall‘ flip.

PRETTY POISON ‘Catch Me (I’m Falling)’ (10 Records TENT 187) Bruce Forest-remixed jittery tapping Shannon-esque 0-119½bpm quite bright lightweight sing-song jiggler in America’s currently prevailing Miami influenced but Madonna inspired style, the late Eighties’ equivalent of the early Sixties’ “girl group” sound (three mixes).

AGE OF CHANCE ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even!’ (Virgin VS 989-12)
Not Mary Wilson’s secret Hi-NRG hit of the same name although quite fast in a house-ish sort of way, this jerkily spurting 125¾-0 bounder lacks the flash of a M|A|R|R|S or Criminal Element Orchestra but starts with scratching effects, plonking piano, and thrashing drums before rocky guitars and punky chants turn it pop-wards (so the instrumental and beats flip could be useful).

BEST KEPT SECRET ‘Spotlight’ (Submission Urban Beat SUB X 02, via Nine Mile/The Cartel)
Debut release on the Derby-based label set up by def dude DJ Graeme Park with studio engineers Tim Mold and John Crossley, a guy moaned and girls cooed 0-120bpm inconsequential house canterer strongest in its instrumental House Version (of four mixes).

DONNA SUMMER ‘Dinner With Gershwin’ (WEA U8237T)
Brenda Russell-penned (and co-produced) quite jauntily chugging 111-0bpm thudder with nice clever lyrics and more melodically lilting choruses (instrumental too, and the Five Star-ish 118¼bpm ‘Tearin’ Down The Walls‘, co-penned by Siedah Garrett).

THE REAL THING ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ (Jive JIVE T 147)
Unable to hit with their own self-penned new material, the hoarse Liverpudlians try a straight 124¾bpm revival of the Four Tops’ 1965 classic for the scampi in a basket nostalgia set.

LITTLE BENNY ‘Buggin’ Out’ (Bluebird BRT 37)
Dreadful leadenly paced boring untidy (0-)96bpm go-go plodder, undeserving of that normally joyful music’s name, but flipped for contrast by his two and a half year old 109¼-108⅔-109⅔-110½bpm ‘We Come To Boogie’, the music’s epitome and still its biggest UK hit.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – September 19, 1987

01 01 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 02 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
03 04 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP/INSTRUMENTAL Rick Astley, RCA 12in
04 06 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
05 03 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
06 11 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
07 08 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
08 05 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
09 07 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
10 16 BAD/LIBERIAN GIRL/ANOTHER PART OF ME/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/SMOOTH CRIMINAL/SPEED DEMON/JUST GOOD FRIENDS Michael Jackson, Epic LP
11 — PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 7in/12in promo
12 62 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
13 14 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (with Cherrelle)/(WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/HEARSAY/SUNSHINE/WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
14 19 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
15 27 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL/HOT PANTS…I’M COMING, COMING, I’M COMING/HOT PANTS (BONUS BEATS) Bobby Byrd, Urban 12in
16 34 THE B-FATS B-Fats, Champion 12in
17 12 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
18 09 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
19 13 SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
20 10 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
21 20 TELL ME WHAT IT IS/SEND FOR ME/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
22 30 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
23 17 WIPEOUT (WAVE 1 VERSION) Fat Boys (and the Beach Boys), Urban 12in
24 60 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE TO NEW YORK/ESCAPE FROM NEWTON REMIXES) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
25 35 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN)/DON’T STOP (PHILLY JAZZ) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
26 39 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/SWORN TO FUN/PRIVATE PARTY/DON’T PUSH YOUR LUCK Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
27 25 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
28 29 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
29 33 PAID IN FULL/AS THE RHYME GOES ON Eric B And Rakim, 4th + B’way LP
30 40 OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
31 69 JODY (YARDIE REMIX/’THAT’S MY MAN THROWIN’ DOWN’ MIX) Total Contrast, London 12in
32 93 YOU’RE NO GOOD FOR ME (CLASSY CLUB DUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Kelly Charles, London 12in
33 23 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
34 — THE GREADY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
35 15 JUMP START (DANCE MIX)/MORE THAN THE STARS Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
36 73 I NEED LOVE/MY RHYME AIN’T DONE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
37 44 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
38 51 THE TABLES ARE TURNIN’ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, Music Of Life 12in
39 18 DOWNTOWN (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
40 50 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
41 22 HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
42 — IT’S MY THING/YOU’RE A CUSTOMER Epee MD, US Fresh Records 12in
43 49 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE (EXTENDED VERSION) Ray Parker Jr., US Geffen Records 12in
44 31 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (ORIGINAL MIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau 12in/Champion promo
45 21 LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
46 43 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
47 36 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
48 48 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, US Urban Rock Records 12in
49 56 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
50 24 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE REMIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
51 26 SPECIAL F/X (REMIX)/ROCK STEADY The Whispers, Solar 12in
52 42 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
53 55 JUST CALL (COLLECT CALL MIX/HOT LINE MIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
54 52 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
55 28 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) Duane & Co, Serious 12in
56 83 LOOKING OUT FOR YOU/PERFECT LADY Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
57 32 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX) Intrique, US Cooltempo 12in
58 — NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE RAP (THE REPLY) ABC, Club/Neutron 12in
59 95 TROUBLE Trouble Funk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
60 74 LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
61 — HOUSE NATION (FERNAND FIDORÉ REMIX) The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
62 65 SHOCK THE HOUSE/TINY B The GA’s featuring Mickey Murray, Expansion Records 12in
63 46 U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK)/HOUSEQUAKE (7 MINUTES MoQUAKE) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
64 68 TAKE IT TO THE TOP (PWL REMIX) Advance, Champion 12in white label
65 96 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND Blaze, US Quark 12in
66 re DANCE EVERYBODY DANCE (12 inch VERSION) Spanish Prince, US 4th + B’way 12in
67 82 SUPERMIX PART 1/PART 2 The Bovver Boys, Awesome 12in
68 79 NUDE PHOTO/THE DANCE Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
69 — THE OPERA HOUSE (BLUE INK MIX) Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
70 94 TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME (GODWIN LOGIE REMIX) Peggi Blu, Capitol 12in
71 41 (I WANNA GET) CLOSE TO YOU/NEW LOVE Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records LP
72 81 LOVE THE WAY U LOVE ME/IN n OUT Levert, Atlantic LP
73 — MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (COOL MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in promo
74 53 YOUR SWEETNESS (LONG VERSION) Willie Clayton, US Kirstee 12in
75 80 THE FINEST INGREDIENTS (PART 1) Norman Housemartin, DJ Mega-Mix Vol 1 12in
76 38 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (PWL MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
77 87 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
78 — SHOW A LITTLE LOVE Mission, US Columbia 12in
79 — AFTER DARK/YOU MAKE MY NATURE DANCE/I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER/LOVIN’ YOU/PERFECT LOVERS/YOU SHOULDA KEPT A SPARE/AFTER MIDNITE Ray Parker Jr, US Geffen Records LP
80 47 HOW SOON WE FORGET (EXTENDED VERSION) Colonel Abrams, MCA Records 12in
81 61 OVERFLOWING/I MISS YOUR LOVE TONIGHT Jonathan Butler, Jive LP
82 71 GLUED TO THE SPOT (REMIX) Cheryl Glasgow, Live Records 12in
83 45 LOVE IS A HOUSE Force MDs, Tommy Boy 12in
84 re STOP TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
85 — FUNKY SENSATION (FEMALE PREACHER MIX) Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in promo
86 63 BEATS + PIECES Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
87 72 WHENEVER YOU’RE READY (THE NEW YORK MIX) Five Star, Tent 12in
88 — SPOTLIGHT (HOUSE MIX/LONG VOCAL MIX) Best Kept Secret, Submission 12in
89 75 LET’S TALK IT OVER (EXTENDED VERSION)/LOVE IN YOUR EYES Vaneese Thomas, Geffen Records 12in
90 — YES IT’S YOU/HOT PANTS Diana Brown and the Brothers, Tuf 12in
91 64 HIP HOP REGGAE Longsy D and Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
92 — NO QUESTIONS, NO ANSWERS/FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN/FRIENDS NOT LOVERS Rosaline Joyce, Jam Today LP
93 — IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, US Capitol 12in
94 — TAKES ME HIGHER (RADIO MIX) Shabazz, US Coslit Records 12in
95 37 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
96 re HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
97 — ALRIGHT ALRIGHT (CLUB MIX) Masters At Work, US Fourth Floor 12in
98 — MISSION (STAY YOUR LOVE)/ON A MISSION Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
99 — LET’S START LOVE OVER Miles Jaye (with Roy Ayers), US Island LP
100= 85 TEAR DOWN THE HOUSE Hard Hats, Groove & Move 12in
100= — TELL ME (CRUCIAL MIX) West Phillips, Kool Kat 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
02 02 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
03 04 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
04 05 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
05 03 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
06 06 CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
07 16 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
08 15 SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
09 08 WIPEOUT The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys, Urban 12in
10 10 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
11 30 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
12 09 SPY (IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
13 27 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
14 11 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
15 22 HOUSE NATION House Master Boyz, Magnet 12in
16 — JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
17 26 U GOT THE LOOK Prince & Sheena Easton, Paisley Park 12in
18 37 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
19 18 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
20 20 FUNKY TOWN Pseudo Echo, RCA 12in
21 12 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
22 — BAD Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
23 33 BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax, RCA 12in
24 — CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna, Sire 12in
25 — TOMORROW The Communards, London 12in
26 24 TRUE FAITH New Order, Factory 12in
27 43 I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz, Virgin 12in
28 — PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
29 23 ELECTRICA SALSA Off, Sonet 12in
30 32 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London12in
31 49 MON AMOUR Deblanc, Diamond 12in
32 17 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE (1987 FREDDY BASTONE MIX) The Temptations, Motown 12in
33 42 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
34 07 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
35 — ONE LOVER AT A TIME Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
36 21 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
37 34 HEART AND SOUL T’Pau, 10 Records 12in
38 — NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE FROM NEWTON)/(ESCAPE TO NEW YORK) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
39 — THE OPERA HOUSE Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
40 re HOW SOON WE FORGET Colonel Abrams, MCA 12in
41 31 I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama, London 12in
42 — PAPA CHICO Tony Esposito, In-Disc 12in
43 re MAMA TOLD ME Fantastique, Carrere 12in
44 38 OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
45 13 F.L.M. (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) Mel & Kim, Supreme 12in
46 35 LIES Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
47 — SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
48 — THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
49 re SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
50 50 IT’S OVER Level 42, Polydor 12in


HI-NRG

01 04 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
02 01 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
03 11 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
04 05 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
05 08 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
06 10 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
07 18 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
08 07 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
09 22 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
10 re THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
11 09 HARD HITTING LOVE Man To Man, Nightmare 12in
12 13 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
13 02 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
14 17 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
15 03 I HEARD A RUMOUR (MIAMI MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
16 re HEARTBEAT (ONE, TWO, THREE) (REMIX) Vivien Vee, US TSR 12in
17 14 SIGNAL YOUR INTENTION Kim Weston, Nightmare 12in
18 06 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
19 — TOMORROW (EXTENDED VERSION) The Communards, London 12in
20 23 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE James Wells, Nightmare 12in
21 19 EVERY ONE’S A WINNER Monkey Business, Italian X-Energy 12in
22 26 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
23 — DEEPER N’ DEEPER Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
24 21 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
25 15 LUCKY CHARM Hard Corps, Sonoscope/Rhythm King 12in
26 16 BE MINE TONIGHT Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
27 — ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
28 — LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
29 27 I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH) The Real Thing, Jive 12in
30 — TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in

3 thoughts on “September 19, 1987: Michael Jackson, Ten City, Mission, Cameo, Tony Terry”

  1. James returns to one of his favourite subjects this week, namely banging on about the folly of Alexander O’Neal’s singles releases – but far from being a “disastrous” choice, ‘Criticize’ would go on to be O’Neal’s biggest UK hit by some distance, and his only Top Ten entry in the pop chart, eventually peaking at #4.

    There’s a strange renaissance going on for ‘House Nation’, which originally peaked at #48 in the pop chart in May. It re-entered the pop chart last week at #28, and next week it will peak at #8, staying there for two weeks.

    The Fatback and Steve Walsh versions of ‘I Found Lovin’ also enter the pop Top 50 this week, with Walsh one place above Fatback. By next month, both of them will be inside the Top 10. Fatback’s version originally peaked at #49 in June 1984, and it has sometimes been referred to here as an overplayed cliché, so it’s extraordinay that it’s taken the Great British Public all this time to catch on to it.

    I probably shouldn’t confess this, but I also misread the Michael Jackson track as ‘Librarian Girl’ for YEARS!

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  2. Ever since I moved to the north west I’ve always heard about Stu Allan and his legendary radio shows especially those ones when he used to play hardcore/rave – and I see he’s mentioned more than once this week seemingly playing soul – is this the first time he’s popped up in this column?

    And the ‘JD’ Digweed playing in Hastings will be the famous progressive house DJ John Digweed.
    Lee Guest of the Bovver Boys was in the Rebel MC’s Double Trouble I believe.

    Along with rare groove in London groups reproducing the sound like the Brand New Heavies eventually emerged – this week we have a new entry in the dance chart for probably the earliest such group Diana Brown and the Brothers – she later had some tunes with Barrie K Sharp which Kiss FM used to play in the early 1990’s .

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    1. This is actually Stu Allan’s second mention. He first appeared on November 22, 1986:

      “Stu Allan plays Original Concept and other def 1986 toons on Piccadilly Radio, sharing a Sunday 1-6am disco show with Chris Buckley and soloing later with harder upfront stuff Sunday 11pm-2am”

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