September 26, 1987: Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, The Champs, Freddie McGregor, Shanice Wilson, Blaze

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN had, as we went to press last week, taken out an injunction to prevent sales of the M|A|R|R|S remix because of its scratched-in use of a tiny bit from ‘Roadblock’, but later withdrew this before going to court (at that stage the remix was only available commercially as the seven-inch, the 12-inch now being out too) – it could have become a test case about the use of samples and scratches filched from other people’s records, so maybe it was dropped because it could also have become a case of the pot calling the kettle black? … Pete Waterman maintains that the use of ‘Pump Up The Volume’ in Sybil’s Red Ink Mix is something that M|A|R|R|S should have out with her label, Champion, rather than getting back at him through ‘Roadblock’ (especially as his involvement with the Red Ink Mix was, he claims, minimal) … US pressings of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ 12-inch contain two extra versions, both merely edits, while his acappella mix synched over M|A|R|R|S apparently “runs and runs”, sounding brilliant! … PWL’s flirtation with Chic continues, Pete Waterman and Pete Hammond’s rush-released Sheer Chic Mix of ABC ‘The Night You Murdered Love’ (Club/Neutron NTXR 112) trotting along at a totally revamped 112bpm tempo through brief samples from ‘Le Freak’, ‘Good Times’ and much more, without any of Contessa Lady V’s rap now (and not a lot of Martin Fry) … LaToya Jackson’s single produced by Stock Aitken Waterman will be ‘(Ain’t Nobody Loves You) Like I Do‘, with a drum pattern similar to both ‘Casanova’ and ‘Lean On Me’ although based on Princess ‘After The Love Has Gone (Arresting Mix)’ … Bananarama’s new Stock Aitken Waterman-created cantering 119bpm Mel & Kim-ish ‘Love In The First Degree (Jailers Mix)‘ (London NANX 14) is flipped by the jiggly 100bpm ‘Mr Sleaze‘, a rare groove pastiche let down by lightweight vocals but featuring none other than Fred Wesley on sax, plus elements from ‘Cross The Track’ and ‘Roadblock’ … Hindsight ‘Lowdown’ is now also in a percussively altered smoothly pushing (0-)116bpm Uptown Remix plus a strong 116¼bpm Drumappella and rhythm-less Dream Mix (Circa Records YRTV 5), the flip’s funky ‘Everybody In The House’ on this pressing being 108⅓bpm … Luther Vandross’s reissued ‘Stop To Love’, a pleasant song but at a pop-orientated spiky fast tempo, has been given a more spacious, percussive 143¼-0bpm remix on 10-inch (Epic LUTH QT2), flipped by his all-time classic 108½-110-109½bpm ‘Never Too Much’ — in his current video, he seems to be copying ‘America’s Top 10’ presenter Casey Casem’s gesticulating arm movements! … Magnetic Dance assembled three British guys to be the House Master Boyz, even making up a group history for them, which means we won’t see the staff of Serious Records (who actually own the track here) pretending to be them on TV! … Fatback’s ‘I Found Lovin’’, before its renewed chart surge, had already sold over 120,000 copies here over the last three years, Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre alone selling 500, for instance … Erskine Thompson and Clare Shave have combined to reactivate the Hot Licks club promotion service on 01-486 8794 … Swansea Sound has finally started a soul show, hosted by Kevin King for just one hour on Sundays, 4-5pm … Philadelphian rapper Shawnie G was stabbed to death on a train, evidently just for his leather-covered sunglasses, and left to be found three days later lying by the lines … DJ Coldcut and Matt Black have created a total remix of Eric B & Rakim’s ‘Paid In Full’, using an old stereo sampler LP’s “this is a journey into sound” introduction and lots more Double Dee & Steinski-type bits all through it — could this lead to a DJ clash when Eric visits London for the LL Cool J gigs in five weeks’ time? … ‘I Need Love’ has a female answer version by young-sounding Frosty, ‘I Need LLove Now‘ (US Tommy Boy), while LL Cool J’s album track ‘Go Cut Creator Go‘ remains much played rather noticeably in Liverpool … Cookie Crew ‘Females‘ has been delayed now until October 19, while they’re fiddling with the sleeve … Soho goes to Brighton for a jazzy weekend, with Baz Fe Jazz and Russ Dewbury plus the Tommy Chase Quartet live and the IDJ dancers at the Royal Escape Club this Friday and Churchill Palace Hotel Saturday (September 25/26), London-Brighton coach details on 0273-739309 … Brighton’s Paul Clark joins Danny Smith and Bob Masters at Great Yarmouth’s Scruples for some serious soul this Saturday (26), Paul’s Sundays at Hove’s Palmiera with Carl Cox now starting earlier at 7.30pm … Saturday (26) also sees another highly recommended Doo At The Zoo in London’s Regents Park, with much the usual DJ crew, advance tickets only as usual on 01-439 2628 … Desa, Kenni James, James Klaas and Pete ‘Seven Inch’ Haigh are funk-house-grooving The Defhouse Six on Monday (28) at Birkenhead’s Atmosphere… Paul Morrissey joins Steve Aspey for a jazzy night at Oxford’s Parkers on Tuesday (29) … James Lewis has left Bridgend’s Astons, being replaced on the Tuesday soul night for a four week trial by his very good friend Jeff Thomas … John ‘Nick’ Osborne, DJ and entertainment/promotions manager at Purley’s Cinderellas Rockerfellas, has started 50p drinks/50p admission on Wednesdays … Radio London’s Soul Night Out returns in a new season next Thursday, October 1, for the first time at the Astoria, Charing Cross Road —until recently the venue for Delirium amongst other trendy one-nighters, this is also being taken over on Fridays by Shake ‘N’ Fingerpop featuring Norman Jay and on Saturdays by Simon Goffe for the presentation of live international dance music acts, starting next weekend (Oct 2/3) with Gwen McCrae, to be followed soon by Chuck Brown, Slave, and Ronnie McNeir … Eon Irving is back from a break in New York (where he saw the Fat Boys film ‘Disorderlies’, like a hip version of the Three Stooges with lots of “fat” jokes), and has returned to London’s Munkberrys in Swallow Street on Saturday nights … Jon Wilde has become resident mixing jock with Peter Martine at Nottingham’s The Club, open Thur/Fri/Sat for commercial disco with gay nights the second Monday of every month … I wonder whether the timing of the Ritzy’s star-studded first birthday party was influenced in any way by the opening that very same night in Nottingham of the brand new New York, New York?! … Paul Reddington, photographer for Nottingham’s The Recorder and Evening Post, used to be a mobile DJ and avid rm reader… Dave Lee of Rough Trade reckons that Ten City ‘Devotion’ borrows the line from Azymuth ‘Jazz Carnival’, and Epee MD ‘It’s My Thing’ from Grandmaster Flash ‘Superappin’’ … Grandmaster Flash and the original Furious Five look like reuniting for an album on Elektra, incidentally … Paul Simpson is yet another New York producer/mixer planning to visit London soon … L.A. Mix leader Les Adams tracked down and is buying the car registration number LAM 1X … DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)!


RITZY ROADBLOCK!

It really was a ‘Roadblock’ when the Stock Aitken Waterman bus battled through London’s Friday evening traffic, taking five hours to reach Nottingham for the first birthday party of the Ritzy. This is a Mecca disco, and in an earlier less lavishly decorated version it was one of the venues where, as he suddenly realised, Pete Waterman actually used to DJ! Now the music policy revolves very much around the PWL sound, so it made sense for the club to invite the sound’s creators to join the celebration. Amongst those along for the ride, and seen here, were (top right) chart-topping bus conductor RICK ASTLEY (“Hold very tight please!”), (bottom right) ex-Toto Coelo and now SAW-produced Body Band member LACEY BOND (emergency from the bus’s smallest room), (top left) PETE WATERMAN, MANDY SMITH, MATT AITKEN and SINITTA, and (bottom left) rm’s own JAMES HAMILTON with friends. Also making his presence felt was the Sunday Sport’s tired and emotional cub reporter Damon Cheesedip, while rm’s well behaved Alan Jones let loose for an hour on the dancefloor. A hot time was had by all, and the crowd seemed to enjoy it too, even the Mayor and his Lady in their chains of office.


THE EXTRA BEAT BOYS are PWL Studios tape operators Yoyo (left) and Jamie — it was the latter who came up with the expression ‘Showing Out’ for Mel & Kim — making a name for themselves now as remixers following their debut on Deja’s ‘Serious’. Although Pete Hammond is responsible for the more starkly rhythmic and less vocal 113bpm Escape From Newton Mix A-side of the remixed RICK ASTLEY ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (RCA PT1448R), it’s the Extra Beat Boys’ even more radically altered 113bpm Escape To New York Mix flip with new percussion and bass that’s causing most excitement.


HOT VINYL

MATT BLACK + THE COLDCUT CREW ‘That Greedy Beat’ (Ahead Of Our Time Records AHED 1202)
Fast selling excellent chugging (0-)106-105½-105⅓-105½bpm scratch mix using James Brown and much more but based on the recently reviewed Dub Specialists’ ‘Gready G‘ dub of ‘Get On The Good Foot’, coupled with (the numbering suggests it’s side one) the equally good though jerkier JB-cutting 0-101⅓-101bpm ‘The Music Maker’. Hit me!

THE CHAMPS ‘Tequila’ (Cooltempo COOLX 152)
Preceding Ritchie Valens in 1958 as a Tex-Mex crossover smash, this still floor-packing sax rasped chinkily jumping 178-173½-176½-174-0bpm instrumental classic has been newly extended, and flipped by last year’s hip hop rap adaptation of the tune (now tying in with the film ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’), the 0- 90½bpm JOESKI LOVE ‘Pee Wee’s Dance‘.

FREDDIE McGREGOR ‘That Girl (Groovy Situation)’ (Polydor POSPX 884)
Superb supremely catchy and already smash-bound 0-89bpm reggae-soul melding of Young-Holt Unlimited’s ‘Soulful Strut‘ with Gene Chandler’s ‘Groovy Situation‘ and hints of other things of similar 1968-70 vintage, like the Friends Of Distinction’s ‘Grazing In The Grass‘. Some of my favourite records!

SHANICE WILSON ‘(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance’ (Breakout USAT 616)
Not due fully until October 9, this Bryan Loren-produced very Janet Jackson-ish though quite mellow 111¼bpm purple funk groove is sung and spoken in “nasty girl” style by a mature sounding 14 year-old, not bad at all, with a typically teased more dubby Shep Pettibone-mixed flip plus the sweetly ticking 89bpm ‘Summer Love‘.

BLAZE If You Should Need A Friend (Friendship Mix)’ (Debut DEBTX 3032)
Very exciting expressively sung leaping here 119¾-0bpm bubbly house skipper with Sixties-ish organ enhancing its almost jazzy rhythm (in three mixes), warm on import already.

THE EQUALS ‘Funky Like A Train’ (Club JABX 58)
Never a hit in 1976 but now revived around London as a rare groove, this repetitively chanted monotonous 104-103¾-103⅔-103½bpm burbler has an afro-ish flavoured James Brown-type groove that should cross the track, in a new Jeffrey BB Young-extended version and its chuffs-chuffs introed shorter original LP version.

RITUAL ‘Sore Lip (Club Mix)’ (Warrior Records WR12 001, via Pinnacle)
Very good purpose built brassily chugging (0-)105-105⅔-106-113-106⅓-107-112-107-107⅔-108-113-108½-0bpm “rare groove” instrumental, like a looser less blatant ‘Roadblock’ (dub/edit flip).

RAY PARKER JR ‘After Dark’ LP (Geffen Records WX 122)
With an expressive croak in his voice, the veteran Raydio man’s confident return on a new label is aiming for crossover megabucks while retaining credibility, my longterm tip being the subtly surging happy 109½bpm title track, followed maybe with more immediacy by the jauntily chugging 112½bpm ‘You Make My Nature Dance‘, breezily swinging 114⅔bpm ‘I Love Your Daughter‘, romantically undulating 99⅔bpm ‘Perfect Lovers‘, wriggly Marvin Gaye-ish 99⅔bpm ‘Lovin’ You‘, naggingly familiar tripping 81¾bpm ‘You Shoulda Kept A Spare‘, jazzily guitared (0-)76⅔/38⅓-0bpm ‘After Midnite’, Natalie Cole-duetted slushy soul 18½-37bpm ‘Over You’, slushy pop 0-31½/63-0bpm ‘The Past’, hit-bound 111¾-0bpm ‘I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone‘.

MILES JAYE ‘Let’s Start Love Over’ (LP ‘Miles’, US Island 90615-1)
Rumoured to be ex-Village People, the soulful baritone’s standout track by far has proved to be this Roy Ayers-vibed tugging jiggly impassioned gruff 88⅚bpm jogger, full of tense jittery rhythm despite its ostensibly slow tempo, great stuff that eventually will be a remixed UK single.

AUDREY WHEELER ‘Irresistible’ (US Capitol V-15333) Lionel Job & Preston Glass-produced tapping 109bpm backbeat smacked soulfully weaving jogger with a beefy bassline and sinuously wailed vocal (inst/edit flip), an instant seller.

ADVANCE ‘Take It To The Top (PWL Remix)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-45)
Originally big on Polydor import over four years ago but only released here in a remixed form about two years after that, this girls chanted simple chugger has been much tidied up in a brand new 111⅓bpm remix by Pete Hammond (dub flip).

GLEN GOLDSMITH ‘I Won’t Cry’ (RCA PT41494)
Mark Jolley/Brian Harris/Anna Jolley-created soulfully agonised tumbling and pattering pent-up jittery 104bpm roller (dub/inst flip), good as it is like this but also due soon in a Rare Block Mix – guess what’s inspired that!

CAROLYN PORTER ‘I Said It And I Meant It’ (US Atlantic 0-86686)
Out a while, this Freddy Bastone-remixed lightly warbled and synth weazled infectious frisky 109⅔bpm tapping wriggler goes through some gimmicky edits as it builds a breezy groove that’s better the longer it’s on (dub/edit flip).

DIANA BROWN & THE BROTHERS ‘Yes It’s You’ (Tuf TUF T 12 001, via IDS)
Lovers rock-accented sweetly loping old fashioned Willie Tee-flavoured 99½-100-102bpm remake of an apparently “rare groove”-revived Sweet Charles oldie, flipped by an endearingly amateurish though effective 108-105½-108-110¼bpm treatment of James Brown’s ‘Hot Pants‘ (both in two versions).

TRIO CONNECTION ‘Astoria Is In The House’ (US Nu-Sounds Records NS 1110)
This jerkily episodic (0-)94¾-0bpm chant, chatter, rap ‘n’ scratch is not actually about the venue in London, although it might just as well be and will obviously get local play (especially as the Astoria is about to be busier, see Odds ‘n’ Bods). Also on the good value 12 inch are two versions of the ‘I Need Love’-quoting 88½bpm ‘Lover Girl‘, the quackingly scratched stupid 96bpm ‘The Duck‘ and rumbling 96½bpm ‘The Dope Beat‘.

EQ ‘Let’s Make A Move’ (US Atlantic 0-86658)
Arif Mardin & Reggie Griffin-produced brightly jaunty driving purple-tinged (0-)113bpm backbeat smacking funk jiggler by an exaggeratedly agonised bloke, sorta Michael meets Prince (dub flip), a grower.

COOL C ‘Juice Crew Dis’ (US Hilltop Hustlers Records HTH-001)
Strange powerful juddery stark 96bpm monotonous jolter with a siren sound like Public Enemy interspersed by cut-up vocal noises and girls’ giggles, interestingly instrumental on the Top-Side or rapped on the Hill-Side (which knocks several other rap acts, especially if they’re not from Philadelphia!).

BEASTIE BOYS ‘She’s Crafty’ (Def Jam BEAST T3)
Catchily jiggling 97⅓-0bpm heavy metal rap based, I believe, on Led Zeppelin’s guitar-chording ‘The Ocean‘, coupled on single at last with the fabulous jauntily flying Coasters-ish chauvinist 139⅓bpm ‘Girls‘ — the male ‘Frankie’, with similar pop potential? — plus on 12 inch the guitar yowled ponderous 92bpm ‘Rock Hard‘.

MADAME X ‘Just That Type Of Girl (Extended Remix)’ (US Atlantic 0-86654)
Excitingly adventurous US hit, seductively whispered (about a spending spree in foreign parts!) before the tapping 0-111-0bpm wriggly strange sparse beat fills out, her type of girl definitely being nasty — in the Vanity 6 more than Janet Jackson style! The flip’s 110½-0bpm Original Mix skips the tricky, though dynamite, start.

GRAND POOBAH TONY D. & COOL GINO G. (PARTNERS IN RHYME) ‘It’s My Day’ (US Body Rock BR 0006)
James Brown intros and is cut briefly into an otherwise wordy rap jitterer based on a familiar funky 88bpm beat (in three versions, plus two of the jolting 95bpm ‘I’m Terrifyin’’), good of their over-done type.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – September 26, 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 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
04 11 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
05 06 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
06 25 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN)/DON’T STOP (PHILLY JAZZ)/DON’T STOP (OVERDUBBING) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
07 03 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP/INSTRUMENTAL Rick Astley, RCA 12in
08 10 BAD/LIBERIAN GIRL/ANOTHER PART OF ME/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/SMOOTH CRIMINAL/SPEED DEMON/JUST GOOD FRIENDS Michael Jackson, Epic LP
09 07 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
10 05 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in/12in promo
11 12 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
12 14 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
13 09 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
14 16 THE B-FATS B-Fats, Champion 12in
15 08 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
16 15 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL/HOT PANTS…I’M COMING, COMING, I’M COMING/HOT PANTS (BONUS BEATS) Bobby Byrd, Urban 12in
17 21 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT/THIS MUST BE LOVE/JUST CALL/TELL ME WHAT IT IS/SEND FOR ME/DO YOU BABY/LADY YOU ARE/BABY I’M FOR REAL/ ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Sherrick, Warner Bros LP
18 22 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
19 13 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
20 19 SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
21 20 JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK Dynamix II, Cooltempo 12in
22 31 JODY (YARDIE REMIX/’THAT’S MY MAN THROWIN’ DOWN’ MIX) Total Contrast, London 12in
23 36 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
24 37 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
25 26 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/SWORN TO FUN Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
26 — BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12
27 27 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
28 57 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX)/FLY GIRL Intrique, Cooltempo 12in white label
29 17 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
30 34 THE GREADY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
31 61 HOUSE NATION (FERNAND FIDORÉ REMIX/FULL REMIX) The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
32 32 YOU’RE NO GOOD FOR ME (CLASSY CLUB DUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Kelly Charles, London 12in
33 69 THE OPERA HOUSE (BLUE INK MIX) Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
34 24 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE TO NEW YORK/ESCAPE FROM NEWTON REMIXES) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
35 40 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
36 18 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (12” MIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
37 30 OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
38 23 WIPEOUT (WAVE 1 VERSION) Fat Boys (and the Beach Boys), Urban 12in
39 29 PAID IN FULL/AS THE RHYME GOES ON Eric B And Rakim, 4th + B’way LP
40 42 IT’S MY THING/YOU’RE A CUSTOMER Epee MD, US Fresh Records 12in
41 84 STOP TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
42 56 LOOKING OUT FOR YOU/PERFECT LADY Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
43 33 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
44 79 YOU SHOULDA KEPT A SPARE/ I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER/AFTER DARK/YOU MAKE MY NATURE DANCE/LOVIN’ YOU/PERFECT LOVERS/OVER YOU/I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE/AFTER MIDNITE Ray Parker Jr, US Geffen Records LP
45 35 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
46 46 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
47 — TEQUILA The Champs/PEE WEE’S DANCE Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in
48 — LOWDOWN (THE UPTOWN MIX/DRUMAPELLA) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
49 28 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
50 55 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) Duane & Co, Serious 12in
51 96 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
52 — HOUSE OF HELL/HELLHOUSE Hotline, Rhythm King 12in promo
53 62 SHOCK THE HOUSE/TINY B The GA’s featuring Mickey Murray, Expansion Records 12in
54 — CAN’T YOU SEE ME/LOVE WILL BRING US BACK TOGETHER/SWEET TEARS Roy Ayers, Urban 12in
55 38 THE TABLES ARE TURNIN’ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, Music Of Life 12in
56 63 U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
57 — I OWE YOU NOTHING (BLUES BROS BOOTLEG BUST UP MIX) Bros (cut up by the Democratic Three featuring DJ Slack), CBS 12in white label
58 60 LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
59 — NEVER MISS A THING/LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE/HEART DESIRE/SINCE YOU BEEN AWAY SO LONG Don Blackman, Arista 12in
60 85 FUNKY SENSATION (FEMALE PREACHER MIX) Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in promo
61 51 SPECIAL F/X (REMIX)/ROCK STEADY The Whispers, Solar 12in
62 — I CAN’T WAIT (DANCE MIX) Masterpiece, Serious Records 12in promo
63 83 LOVE IS A HOUSE Force MDs, Tommy Boy 12in
64 52 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
65 — CINDERFELLA DANA DANE Dana Dane, US Profile 12in
66 — I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables (Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet), London promo 12in white label
67 78 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE Mission, US Columbia 12in
68 — WHATEVER MAKES OUR LOVE GROW (EXTENDED VERSION) Edwin Starr, 10 Records 12in promo
69 98 ON A MISSION/MISSION (SAY YOUR LOVE)/HOUSE MISSION Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
70 48 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, US Urban Rock Records 12in
71 64 TAKE IT TO THE TOP (PWL REMIX) Advance, Champion 12in
72 49 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
73 47 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
74 59 TROUBLE Trouble Funk, Fourth & Broadway 12in
75 — SHE’S MINE Cameo, Club 12in
76 65 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
77 73 MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (COOL MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in white label
78 — ONE LOVER AT A TIME (EXTENDED REMIX) Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
79 95 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
80 43 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE (EXTENDED VERSION) Ray Parker Jr., US Geffen Records 12in
81 77 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
82 re CHECKING YOU OUT Ernesta Dunbar, Hardcore 12in
83 94 TAKES ME HIGHER (RADIO MIX) Shabazz, US Coslit Records 12in
84 — LET’S MAKE A MOVE (EXTENDED MIX) EQ, US Atlantic 12in
85 re ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
86 67 SUPERMIX PART 1/PART 2 The Bovver Boys, Awesome 12in
87 — BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Oliver Cheatham, Champion 12in promo
88 70 TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME (GODWIN LOGIE REMIX) Peggi Blu, Capitol 12in
89 — MR MANIC + SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) Shakatak, Polydor 12in promo
90 74 YOUR SWEETNESS (LONG VERSION) Willie Clayton, US Kirstee 12in
91 — MONEY (DOLLAR BILL Y’ALL) (INSTRUMENTAL) Jimmy Spicer, Wax Records 12in
92 54 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
93 58 NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE RAP (THE REPLY) ABC, Club/Neutron 12in
94 — WALK THE DINOSAUR (THE NEW YORK DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
95 88 SPOTLIGHT (HOUSE MIX/LONG VOCAL MIX) Best Kept Secret, Submission 12in
96 — I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (GET BUSY YO! MIX/STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in promo
97 93 IRRESISTABLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, US Capitol 12in
98 — SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, US Epic 12in
99 re IT AIN’T RIGHT (WATCHA DO)/YOU & ME (CLUB REMIX) Simphonia featuring Carmen Brown, US Atlantic 12in
100 re DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY (EXTENDED REMIX) The O’Jays, Philadelphia International Records 12in


POP DANCE

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


HI-NRG

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
02 03 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
03 04 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
04 02 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
05 05 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
06 12 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
07 07 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
08 06 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
09 24 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
10 19 TOMORROW (EXTENDED VERSION) The Communards, London 12in
11 11 HARD HITTING LOVE Man To Man, Nightmare 12in
12 09 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
13 29 I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH) The Real Thing, Jive 12in
14 10 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING (US MIX/MICROMIX) Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
15 13 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
16 18 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
17 — TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
18 14 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
19 21 EVERY ONE’S A WINNER Monkey Business, Italian X-Energy 12in
20 08 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
21 30 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
22 re IT SHOULD’A BEEN ME Fine Young Things, Electricity 12in
23 22 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
24 re HALFWAY TO PARADISE Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
25 27 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
26 23 DEEPER N’ DEEPER Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
27 — OH YEAH (DANCE MIX) Yello, US Mercury 12in
28 28 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
29 16 HEARTBEAT (ONE, TWO, THREE) (REMIX) Vivien Vee, US TSR 12in
30 re AMERICAN LOVE (REMIX) Rose Laurens, Italian Limited Edition 12in

5 thoughts on “September 26, 1987: Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, The Champs, Freddie McGregor, Shanice Wilson, Blaze”

  1. I think that James is wrong about Fred Wesley playing sax. He has always been a trombonist and I can find no reference to him playing any other instrument. I wonder was James confusing him with Maceo Parker?

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    1. Listening to the Rare Groove remix of ‘Mr Sleaze’, which will be reviewed in the October 10th column, it’s clear that the lead brass instrument is a trombone, not a sax, so James mentioned the wrong instrument this week. Additionally, the October 10th review mentions Fred Wesley again, but this time credited to trombone. It’s an interesting detail, as I can find no mention of Fred Wesley’s contribution anywhere else online.

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  2. JH didn’t know how accurate he’d be with his bit about the Astoria which in less than a years time every Saturday would play host to Nicky Holloway’s Trip which for those of us not central London based enough to know about places like Clink Street was along with Spectrum/Land of Oz our introduction to the delights of acid house. When The Astoria shut down in the last few years I thought it was typical of how the MSM still prefers not to mention /is oblivious to dance culture (even acid house unless it’s not getting it completely wrong) as amongst all the pieces online about the place The Trip surely one of its most culturally significant events didn’t get a mention.

    And JH couldn’t have been further from the truth when he maybe half jokingly talked about some link up between Eric B and Rakim and Coldcut as the former despite the remix becoming a hit over hit famously hated the Coldcut version and spent interviews angrily criticising it.

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