ODDS ‘N’ BODS
LONGSY D & CUT MASTER M.C. ‘Hip Hop Reggae’ has had “a lickle bit a’ remix” on one side, flipped far more essentially by a terrific 94bpm instrumental scratch mix showdown now credited as the Big One Crew featuring Cut Master MC ‘Reggae Got Soul‘ (Big One W BIGN 5), cutting in ‘Pump Up The Volume’, ‘Am I The Same Girl’, ‘You Know I Got Soul’ and much more … Dancin’ Danny D has “done it properly”, creating a piano jangled and sample spiked house-type instrumental ‘Bootleg Mix‘ of Living In A Box (I presume it’s what began as their ‘The Liam McCoy‘), 114½bpm on acetate, doubtless destined to be creatively marketed soon — it rocks! … Double Dee & Steinski are back together again, with a legal new cut-up due on Fourth & Broadway … Heavy D and the Boyz ‘Mr Big Stuff’ is being relaunched a year later in a remix by Simon Harris (who, despite having his own Music Of Life label, has signed as an artist to London) … Derek B has a harder US Sexist Mix due out, and has cut a Christmas track for Stateside release in a various artists seasonal hip hop album on Profile! … Les Adams’s beefier 0-112⅓bpm Under Attack Mix of Working Week ‘Surrender’ (Virgin VS 998-13) has at last improved the jittery jolter naggingly wailed by Julie Roberts … Freddie McGregor ‘That Girl (Groovy Situation)’ is now also in a more dubwise 88bpm Groucho Smykle remix (Polydor POSPA 884) … Chris Paul’s belated follow-up to his ‘Expansions’ remake will be out in just over a week on Syncopate, the rather frantic 0-120½bpm ‘Back In My Arms‘, like a jittery mixture of dated Britfunk vocal and Paul Hardcastle’s remixes of D Train (so not entirely October 1987?), while also due around then but already hitting on promo are the very slick jerkily 117⅔bpm Masterpiece ‘I Can’t Wait‘ (Serious Records) and pleasantly straightforward William DeVaughn reviving 99⅚bpm Oliver Cheatham ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got‘ (Champion) … I have so many reviews already written and piling up to be printed that the week’s really hot import LPs will have to wait until next issue, so check the Black Dance chart for BPMs to such sets as Heavy D and the Boyz (great “rare groove”-based raps), Mission, the Controllers, Angela Winbush … ‘Funky Like A Train’ was also recorded in a rare live version by the Equals on an LP called ‘Live At Marble Arch’ (the location of Phonogram’s studio, where the party atmosphere session took place) … John Cougar Mellencamp may be an unlikely source for an excellent faithful 116-0bpm remake of James Brown’s 1967 funk classic ‘Cold Sweat’, probably useful for rare groovers and hidden as 12 inch flip to his current ‘Paper In Fire’ (Mercury JCMX 8) … Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam ‘Lost In Emotion‘, at its most useful on 0-119⅓-0bpm seven inch (CBS 651036 7), is a Full Force-produced brilliant evocation of New York’s early-Sixties doo wop girlie groups, huge in the US and worth hearing by nostalgists… Chris Brown clarifies that Epee MD ‘It’s My Thing‘ in fact uses as its main backing the Whole Darn Family ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk‘, a 1976 LP and 12 inch track on US Soul International, earlier than Grandmaster Flash … Nicky Holloway points out a similarity of the bass riffs between Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ and Gary L ‘It’s Time To Party‘ (not that long ago on Champion) — so who heard which first? — plus Nicky’s also trying to trace (on 01-439 2628) a Dutch-released track a DJ was playing in Ibiza, Elkin & Nelson ‘Jibaro‘ … Steve Wiggins (Barry) hopes it was an rm reader who stole from his car a briefcase containing all his lists of BPMs, which, being useless to most people (except perhaps readers of this column?), he’d naturally like it returned to the address on the case … I try to cover in our sister DJ monthly Jocks every single dance record that’s currently happening, but unfortunately there were so many to cram into the current October issue that, as chance would have it, most of the actual pop chart hits got left out, and the Hi-NRG reviews didn’t fit at all — however, starting a regular monthly round-up in rm, the missing Hi-NRG column appears here this week (so tell your friends!) … Scottish jocks are helping make a likely pop hit out of the irritatingly catchy Tony Esposito ‘Papa Chico (Dance Mix)‘ (InDisc BLUT 1), a hauntingly atmospheric surging repetitive lethargically jaunty 99⅓bpm Eurobeat jiggler … Fashion’s one time leader De Harris has classily re-recorded the group’s 1982 pop club hit, ‘Love Shadow (Dance It)‘ (Arista RIST 32), a subduedly 107½bpm subtle surger … Walt Disney film classics are the theme at Northfleet Red Lion’s The Slammer this Saturday (Oct 3) with Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Chris Bangs, Nicky Holloway, Eddie Gordon, Maggot and more … Stamford’s Scotgate Inn starts a weekly Soul Cellar this Sunday (4) with Steve Allen and Mark Adrian … Les Cokell and Wayne Siddall jock at Manchester’s new gay Rockshots complex, with separate Hi-NRG and house/funk floors … Mike Shaft, three stone lighter, had to spend £600 on new clothes for his regular appearances on BBC 1’s daily morning ‘Open Air’ public access TV show … Tony Blackburn’s own recording of ‘I Found Lovin’’ is taking its time to come out on Creole … Mike Allen’s reference for years to his radio listeners as “troops” surely didn’t influence the new US hip hop slang replacement for “b boys”, now becoming known as “troopers” (which is, in fact, also the brand name of a new shoe)? … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!
This weekend it’s all change for legal radio’s soul output. In London, Capital Radio launches two new shows hosted (and compiled) by Peter Young, Friday 9pm-midnight (although just this week it starts at 8pm) and Saturday 1-3pm, followed on Saturday evening by Pete Tong 6-8pm, Jakki Bramble’s poppier ‘Dance Party’ 8-10pm and David Rodigan’s reggae 10pm-midnight. Chris Forbes then holds together the next four hours into Sunday morning, under the programme title ‘All Right All Night’, which for the first hour features Tim Westwood’s hip hop (Chris and Tim are seen here, above, discussing the arrangement), with the hour between 1-2am coming live from a different club each week — John Sachs will be broadcasting from the Limelight for the first show — followed by Alex George’s jazz 2-3am, and presumably Chris on his own until 4am. Meanwhile on national BBC Radio 1, Saturday finds Robbie Vincent moving forward a day for his 7.30-10pm show, newly extended, with Andy Peebles filling his old Sunday 9-11pm slot with a new “real soul”, while (not starting until October 9) Jeff Young begins a Friday 7-10pm “dance music” show which will feature pop as well as black music.
HOTLINE ‘Hellhouse’ (Rhythm King LEFT 17T)
Much more like old fashioned “electro” than current house, this Huddersfield duo’s frantically spiky (0-)119½bpm jitterer has husky ‘In The Bottle’-type singing and jazzy brass, with a calmer more COD-like ‘House Of Hell’ flip (a subsequent remix will be flipped by a Heavy Vibes Mix of their earlier ‘Rock This House’).
MONTANA SEXTET ‘Heavy Vibes’ (Virgin VS 560-12)
Dynamite loping and swinging 114bpm vibes and percussion instrumental (114⅓bpm in Paul Simpson’s longer Club Mix), closely modelled on LA Mix ‘Don’t Stop (Philly Jazz)‘ and sure to be huge now as a mixer with it.
BB&Q ‘Riccochet (Club Mix)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 154)
Really snappy Dancin’ Danny D-remixed infectiously loping 117bpm jiggly trotter from their two-year-old (at least) last LP, from which Shep Pettibone’s 108⅔-0bpm ‘Dreamer’ remix and the 0- 101⅙bpm ‘Genie’ are on the flip, too.
TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY ‘Dance Little Sister’ (CBS TRENT T3)
Exciting hoarsely croaked brassy 115bpm stroller (in two parts plus a brief reprise) with ‘Tighten Up’ beats and ‘Put The Needle To The Record’-ish drums, so likely to be a real Black Dance hit for once.
RAY PARKER JR ‘I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone’ (Geffen Records GEF27T)
Gorgeous gently tripping unhurried 112-0bpm swayer, a crossover smash.
INTRIQUE ‘Together Forever’ (Cooltempo COOLX 153)
Very soulfully sung and harmonised wriggly shuffling (0-)107bpm jiggler (dub too), here flipped for value by their old quite similar loosely lurching wriggly (0-)105bpm ‘Fly Girl‘, with exquisitely soulful gospel-ish vocal interplay.
BUSY BEE ‘Suicide’ (US Strong City Records ST-006)
Terrific rhythm riding drily nasal narrative rap, a sombre subject appropriate to the currently violence-rent rap scene, but using a jauntily jumping jiggly 98⅚bpm scratching rare groove beat with cut up James Brown grunts and, as it progresses, party chants (dub/inst too), the next B-Fats/Epee MD.
DON BLACKMAN ‘Never Miss A Thing’ (Arista RIST 30)
I remember resenting that the initial buzz about huskily singing keyboardist Don’s jazz-funk LP in 1982 caused me to buy, BPM and review it before it then failed to sell. Now I resent having to re-BPM this four-tracker culled from it, which is selling like crazy because suddenly, of course, it’s “rare groove”. If it’s so bloody good (and it always was), why didn’t people buy it before? Lead track is a ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’-ish 111-113bpm rolling light funk lurcher coupled with the scatting sinuously jogging 101⅓-100⅓ ‘Heart’s Desire‘, girls chanted jiggly frantic 124-123-122-122⅓-122-122⅓bpm ‘Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide‘, doodling slow 0-32/64-32½/65bpm ‘Since You Been Away So Long‘.
ROY AYERS ‘Can’t You See Me’ (Urban URBX 6)
Catchily leaping 114⅓-114¾-115¼-114¾-114-114⅓-114¾-114⅓-114bpm jazz-funk classic from 1978, with clipped chanting and scatting vibes break, flipped by the gently jiggling 105-104-105-104½-105bpm ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together‘ and zingily flying 129¼-128-127-126-127½-128½-127½-127-126½-126bpm ‘Sweet Tears‘. Can you guess why I hate having to BPM these oldies?
SHAKATAK ‘Mr Manic + Sister Cool’ (Polydor MANIX 1)
Juddering jittery vocodered dense 99¾bpm go-go-ish roller with bursts of their typical vocal and piano sound, this being more pronounced on the flip’s 99⅔bpm Manic Dub —however, another subsequent and far superior promo pressing (MANIA 1) now features a M|A|R|R|S-type brilliant 0- 100bpm Manic Cuts scratch mix (surely by CJ Mackintosh?) using just the go-go beat and vocoder behind all sorts of funky stuff like Eric B & Rakim.
THE UNTOUCHABLES ‘I’m Tired Of Being Pushed Around’ (London LONDJ 141)
Exciting fast 121⅔bpm cleanly galloping house instrumental, still so strictly on promo that the artists may end up being called 2 GUYS A DRUM MACHINE AND A TRUMPET — which is a good indication of the sound, sorta ‘Put The Needle On Properly’, with a few repeated spoken statements.
BLUE MERCEDES ‘I Want To Be Your Property (Street Latin Wolff Mix)’ (MCA Records BONAT 1)
PWL-produced jack tracking 0-119¾bpm jittery galloper with white pop guys singing too much of a song, the flip’s far preferable 119½bpm Daktari Mix “doing it properly” with ‘Pump Up The Volume’ quotes — however, on promo (BONAX) the differently spelt Street Latin Woolf Mix rearranges these ingredients still with vocals, but, hottest of all, its 119½bpm Get Busy Yo! Mix flip is an instrumental edit of the Daktari Mix which really pumps up the volume around jangling piano and jacking beats.
FULL METAL JACKET ‘Full Metal Jacket (I Wanna Be Your Drill Instructor)’ (Warner Bros W8187T)
Backed by appropriately dated rock guitar and freakily bridged tempo-shifting 0-94-104-94-104- 94/188bpm beats, this US Army rookies’ chant from Stanley Kubrick’s new Vietnam war movie is already leaping up the pop chart, but this more dirtily worded rambling Eskimo Pussy Mix is not the one being played on radio!
WAS (NOT WAS) ‘Walk The Dinosaur (The New York Dangerous Mix)’ (Fontana WAS 322)
Disappointingly much more pop than their last one, this lurching 0-112½-0bpm choogler has a different unsoulful gruff singer and a surface air of jollity that some seem to like (dub too).
WHODINI featuring Millie Jackson ‘Be Yourself’ (Jive RAP EP T1)
James Brown-ish surging 0-102-0bpm jittery rap with Millie’s hoarse shouts actually the most JB-ish element (apart from some Bobby Byrd scratches), on a four-tacker along with the frenetically scratching 0-115¼-115½-0bpm DJ JAZZY JEFF & FRESH PRINCE ‘He’s The DJ (I’m The Rapper)‘, drily jogging 97⅚ STEADY B ‘Use Me (Before I Let Go)‘, old 97⅚ KOOL MOE DEE ‘Dumb Dick (Richard)‘.
DUNN STREET ‘Even A Fool’ (US J&G Records APG-86-094)
Dunn Pearson Jr, of 1982’s Dunn & Bruce Street ‘Shout For Joy’, returns on a superb sax-started slinkily weaving 86bpm mellow deep soul groin grinder, tenderly crooned and anguishedly wailed with surging singalong (inst/edit flip), great stuff.
DOC POWELL ‘What’s Going On’ (US Mercury 888 843-1)
Wes Montgomery-ish introed delicately picked and twiddled delightful 0-100-0bpm jazz guitar instrumental of Marvin Gaye’s classic (probably easier to use in its intro-less but shorter A-side edit), with a less special chunkily lurching 108½-0bpm ‘What I Like‘ coupling.
BILLY COBHAM ‘Same Ole Love’ (GR Records GRPMS 91040, via IMS/Polygram)
Grover Washington Jr’s sweetly tootling soprano sax sells this lushly undulating 95⅔bpm mellow easy listening instrumental of the Anita Baker tune, drummer Billy looking in more on the snappily jazzy 113⅓-114bpm ‘Mozaik‘ and electronically pulsed tinkly 99½bpm ‘The Juggler‘.
ROLAND CLARK ‘Why!’ (US Atlantic 0-86653)
Paul Simpson co-created good ominously throbbing 113¼bpm house jitterer with jerkily moaned Colonel Abrams-ish vocals (dub/beats flip).
IMAGINATION ‘I Know What Love Is’ (RCA LOVE 1)
Nick Martinelli-produced unhurriedly rolling 0-104¾bpm classy swayer with some nice sax breaks and smoothly ethereal singing (chunkier Philadelphia After Dark Mix flip).
EDWIN STARR ‘Whatever Makes Our Love Grow’ (10 Records TENT 199)
Stock Aitken Waterman-created vigorously hollered though rather messily rambling (0-)119½bpm hi-hat hissed galloper (inst flip), not their strongest song.
JIMMY SPICER ‘Money (Dollar Bill Y’All)’ (Wax Records DOLLAR 12)
Monotonously mesmeric 99½-99-99¼bpm instrumental (with chant) from around seven years ago when ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was still an influence on rap rhythms, now a rare groove, with the much longer 99⅓-99⅔-99⅓-99½-99⅓-99¼bpm rap side as flip. Davy DMX, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith and even Jellybean turn out to have created it.
STEADY B ‘What’s My Name’ (US Jive 1065-1-JD)
Fast talking cannibalistic 93-0bpm rap jitterer borrowing from the Beastie Boys with a snip of the ‘She’s Crafty’ Led Zep guitar amongst other things, while the burbling 96⅓bpm ‘Don’t Disturb This Groove‘ flip sounds like a rarer groove (both in three mixes).
ROYAL RON ‘Opsta Now (Stop Now)’ (US Schoolly-D Records SD-118)
Schoolly-D produced jiggly enthusiastic 94⅓bpm rap using one of those word jumbling backwards spelling-type codes, kinda like an updated Shirley Ellis ‘The Name Game’ (inst/edit flip).
JOCELYN BROWN ‘Whatever Satisfies You’ (US Warner Bros/Jellybean 0-20705)
Dead slow tinkly 0-36-0bpm radio ballad, flipped much more strongly in her classic style by the Jellybean-remixed funkily lurching 103bpm ‘Caught In The Act’ jogger (dub too).
O’CHI BROWN & RICK ASTLEY ‘Learning To Live (Without Your Love)’ (Magnetic Dance MAGDT 7)
‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ meets ‘East Enders’, sort of, at times, on this mushily swaying 101bpm roller created by Stock Aitken Waterman for O’chi’s 1986 LP.
DAVID GRANT ‘Before Too Long (Sooncome Mix)’ (Polydor POSP 889)
Dancin’ Danny D-mixed quite jaunty (0-)106⅓bpm chanting jitterer based on the ‘Twilight/Chief Inspector’ type of rhythm, with a less breezy Level 42-ish Julian Mendelsohn-mixed flip (plus the soulfully romantic 71½bpm ‘Tonight’).
ZUSHII ‘Say Goodnight’ (Debut DEBTX 3031)
Girls sung pleasant enough jittery lurching 110bpm lightweight London soul (in three mixes).
CELENA DUNCAN ‘Questions And Answers’ (Nightmare MARE 35), jauntily galloping 130¼-0bpm frantic raver combining several well proven disco rhythm elements;
CAROL JIANI ‘Turning My Back And Walking Away’ (Nightmare MARE 29), old fashioned spoken started rousing 0-129⅔-0bpm canterer in classic disco style;
HAVANA ‘Satisfy My Desire’ (US Wow! Records HAL 1239), butchly unison song then girl wailed infectiously churning 122-0bpm canterer on import, huge (like number one) for most jocks who’ve played it but for some reason not actually played by that many;
BANANARAMA ‘Love In The First Degree’ (London NANX 14), Stock Aitken Waterman-created moronically catchy 119bpm Mel & Kim-ish canterer;
KELLY MARIE ‘Halfway To Paradise’ (Passion PASH 1277), frantically jittering but smoothly sung (0-)130bpm revamp of the Tony Orlando/Billy Fury classic;
JESSICA WILLIAMS MEETS MAN 2 MAN ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ (Diamond Records DMRT 312), rather roughly recorded though exciting enough 0-130½-0bpm Hi-NRG treatment of Nancy Sinatra’s oldie, with a probably preferable much brighter new 128¾-0bpm Micromix flip;
DIANA ROSS ‘Shockwaves’ (EMI 12EM 22), ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’-like (0-)169-0bpm repetitive chanter;
NICK STRAKER ‘Walk In The Park’ (Sedition EDITL 3333), Stock Aitken Waterman-produced galloping 124½(intro)-126¾-127¼-128½-126¾(break)-128¾-129bpm remake of his 1980 hit;
AMAZULU ‘Mony Mony’ (EMI 12EM 32), frantic 128½-0bpm shouting girl group revamp of Tommy James and the Shondells’ enduring bubblegum classic;
ZENIA ‘I Feel Love Comin’ On’ (Rise Records RISE T4), electronically updated though still quite faithfully twee 120⅔bpm revival of Felice Taylor’s 1967 Supremes-ish oldie;
SANDRA ‘Everlasting Love’ (10 Records TENT 149), plaintively lisped grandiose surging 0-119½(intro)-118¾-119½bpm European treatment of the Robert Knight/Love Affair classic;
PEOPLE LIKE US ‘Fighting For Our Lives’ (Passion PASH 1278), Cindy Dickinson-wailed slick 132¼bpm ‘Gloria’-type pounder;
TRACY ACKERMAN ‘Take My Body (And I Will Take Your Love)’ (Passion PASH 1279), skittery wriggling 123⅔bpm jitterer building up an ‘IOU’-like stuttery electro break;
PEPSI & SHIRLIE ‘Can’t Give Me Love’ (Polydor POSPX 885), bass pumped smacking simple 135bpm breezy canterer;
THE COMMUNARDS ‘Tomorrow’ (London LONX 143), typically stratospheric (0-)126½bpm galloper with sawing strings and a good enough beat but not as strong a song as usual;
DEAD OR ALIVE ‘I’ll Save You All My Kisses (The Sonia Mezumbda Memorial Mix)’ (Epic BURNS T3), Stock Aitken Waterman-produced noisily cluttered frantic 0-138¼-bpm pop charger, flipped by the popular datedly Giorgio-style synthed shouting 125bpm ‘Lover Come Back To Me’ and 126⅔bpm ‘I Wanna Be A Toy’;
MANDY ‘Positive Reaction’ (PWL Records PWLT 4), Stock Aitken Waterman-created Madonna-esque shrill squawker in a striding 0-121⅔bpm Euro Mix and more busily percussive 122¼bpm Miami Mix (Mandy, of course, being the lovely Miss Smith);
FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Little Lies’ (Warner Bros W8291T), Jellybean-remixed vigorously striding and spurting (0-)124½-124¾-125-125¼-125½bpm tinkly bright backbeat bounder;
SHARON DEE CLARKE ‘Past, Present And Future’ (Nightmare MARE 32), heavily rumbling arid thudding 0-101⅔-0bpm purposeful roller which would be strong soul as well as “sleaze” if only Ian Levine’s awful tinny fake brass wasn’t behind the decent real sax;
LISA ‘Doin’ It’ (Passion PASH 1276), Man Parrish & Paul Parker-produced cantering bright but unmemorable 131¼-0bpm churner;
TRANCE DANCE ‘Do The Dance (Do The Mix)’ (CBS 650755 8), bongo rattling frenetic jiggly galloping 125¼bpm white boy pop changer, about for ages (first on import) without ever quite making it.
BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – October 3, 1987
01 04 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 06 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)/(PHILLY JAZZ)/(OVERDUBBING) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 03 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
04 05 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
05 01 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
06 02 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
07 11 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
08 09 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
09 07 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP/INSTRUMENTAL Rick Astley, RCA 12in
10 12 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
11 26 BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12
12 17 THIS MUST BE LOVE/LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT/JUST CALL/TELL ME WHAT IT IS/SEND FOR ME/DO YOU BABY/BABY I’M FOR REAL Sherrick, Warner Bros LP
13 08 BAD/ANOTHER PART OF ME/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/LIBERIAN GIRL/SMOOTH CRIMINAL/SPEED DEMON Michael Jackson, Epic LP
14 16 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL/HOT PANTS…I’M COMING, COMING, I’M COMING/HOT PANTS (BONUS BEATS) Bobby Byrd, Urban 12in
15 25 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
16 13 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
17 10 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in/12in promo
18 14 THE B-FATS B-Fats, Champion 12in
19 19 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 23 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
21 40 IT’S MY THING/YOU’RE A CUSTOMER Epee MD, US Fresh Records 12in
22 51 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
23 54 CAN’T YOU SEE ME/LOVE WILL BRING US BACK TOGETHER/SWEET TEARS Roy Ayers, Urban 12in
24 30 THAT GREEDY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
25 89 MR MANIC + SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) (COOL MIX/MANIC DUB) Shakatak, Polydor 12in promo
26 76 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
27 32 YOU’RE NO GOOD FOR ME (CLASSY CLUB DUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Kelly Charles, London 12in
28 33 THE OPERA HOUSE (BLUE INK MIX) Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
29 66 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables (Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet), London promo 12in
30 31 HOUSE NATION (FERNAND FIDORÉ REMIX/FULL REMIX) The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
31 34 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE TO NEW YORK/ESCAPE FROM NEWTON REMIXES) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
32 80 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE (EXTENDED VERSION) Ray Parker Jr., Geffen Records 12in
33 44 YOU MAKE MY NATURE DANCE/I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER/YOU SHOULDA KEPT A SPARE/AFTER DARK/LOVIN’ YOU/PERFECT LOVERS/OVER YOU Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records LP
34 27 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
35 39 PAID IN FULL Eric B And Rakim, Fourth & Broadway LP
36 41 STOP TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
37 35 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
38 — (BABY TELL ME) CAN YOU DANCE (CLUB MIX) Shanice Wilson, Breakout 12in promo
39 24 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
40 53 SHOCK THE HOUSE/TINY B The GA’s featuring Mickey Murray, Expansion Records 12in
41 28 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX)/FLY GIRL Intrique, Cooltempo 12in
42 73 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB)/ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
43 96 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (GET BUSY YO! MIX/STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in promo
44 68 WHATEVER MAKES OUR LOVE GROW (EXTENDED VERSION) Edwin Starr, 10 Records 12in promo
45 22 JODY (YARDIE REMIX/’THAT’S MY MAN THROWIN’ DOWN’ MIX) Total Contrast, London 12in
46 — RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
47 — THE OVERWEIGHT LOVERS IN THE HOUSE (PASS THE PEAS)/MONEY EARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON (GIMME SOME MORE/FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY)/OVERWEIGHTER (I WANT YOU BACK/ABC)/DEDICATED/HERE WE GO/I’M GETTING PAID/I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records LP
48 81 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
49 18 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
50 37 OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
51 60 FUNKY SENSATION (FEMALE PREACHER MIX) Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
52 98 SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, US Epic 12in
53 47 TEQUILA (EXTENDED VERSION) The Champs, Cooltempo 12in
54 67 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE Mission, US Columbia 12in
55 38 WIPEOUT (WAVE 1 VERSION) Fat Boys (and the Beach Boys), Urban 12in
56 49 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
57 — CAUSING A COMMOTION (MOVIE HOUSE MIX) Madonna, Sire 12in
58 42 PERFECT LADY/LOOKING OUT FOR YOU Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
59 65 CINDERFELLA DANA DANE Dana Dane, US Profile 12in
60 20 SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
61 58 LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
62 70 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, CityBeat 12in
63 87 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Oliver Cheatham, Champion 12in promo
64 45 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
65 — BE YOURSELF Whodini (featuring Millie Jackson), Jive 12in EP
66 64 I CAN’T FORGET (HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
67 re WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN (THE ROMANCE IS NOT OVER) Glenn Jones, Jive 12in
68 55 THE TABLES ARE TURNIN’ CJ Mackintosh & Einstein, Music Of Life 12in
69 — SENSUAL LOVER/HELLO BELOVED/YOU HAD A GOOD GIRL/NO ONE HAS EVER CARED (LIKE YOU)/ANGEL/C’EST TOI (IT’S YOU)/RUN TO ME/IMAGINATION OF THE HEART/SHARP Angela Winbush, US Mercury LP
70 — LOVE IS ON OUR SIDE/FOR THE LOVE OF MY WOMAN/KEEP IN TOUCH/PLAY TIME/MY SECRET FANTASY/SLEEPING ALONE The Controllers, US MCA Records LP
71 97 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, US Capitol 12in
72 75 SHE’S MINE/FLIRT/THE SOUND TABLE Cameo, Club 12in
73 72 LIES (EXTENDED VERSION) Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
74 52 HOUSE OF HELL/HELLHOUSE Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
75 — JUST THAT TYPE OF GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX) Madame X, US Atlantic 12in
76 59 NEVER MISS A THING/LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE/HEART DESIRE/SINCE YOU BEEN AWAY SO LONG Don Blackman, Arista 12in
77 69 ON A MISSION/MISSION (SAY YOUR LOVE)/HOUSE MISSION Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
78 91 MONEY (DOLLAR BILL Y’ALL) (INSTRUMENTAL) Jimmy Spicer, Wax Records 12in
79 — LOVER FOR LIFE/READY TO GIVE MY HEART/BACK ON TRACK/ENERGY TO BURN/TURN ME UP/SENSUOUS MOOD/SHOW A LITTLE LOVE/LENA Mission, US Columbia LP
80 — FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in promo
81 82 CHECKING YOU OUT Ernesta Dunbar, Hardcore 12in
82 84 LET’S MAKE A MOVE (EXTENDED MIX) EQ, US Atlantic 12in
83 85 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
84 83 TAKES ME HIGHER (RADIO MIX) Shabazz, US Coslit Records 12in
85 62 I CAN’T WAIT (DANCE MIX) Masterpiece, Serious Records 12in promo
86 48 LOWDOWN (THE UPTOWN MIX/DRUMAPELLA) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
87 46 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
88 71 TAKE IT TO THE TOP (PWL REMIX) Advance, Champion 12in
89 re UH UH, NO NO CASUAL SEX (SINGLE VERSION) Carrie McDowell, Motown 12in
90 re OVERFLOWING/I MISS YOUR LOVE TONIGHT Jonathan Butler, Jive LP
91 57 I OWE YOU NOTHING (BLUES BROS BOOTLEG BUST UP MIX) Bros, CBS 12in white label
92 92 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
93 — I KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Imagination, RCA 12in promo
94 79 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, US Capitol 12in
95 — SAY GOODNIGHT Zushii, Debut Records 12in
96 88 TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME (GODWIN LOGIE REMIX) Peggi Blu, Capitol 12in
97 re YOU KNOW HOW TO REACH US The Kings Of Pressure, US Let’s Go Records 12in
98 — FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
99 — BEFORE TOO LONG (SOONCOME MIX) David Grant, Polydor 12in
100= — SOMETIME LOVER My Forté, US International Works Of Art 12in
100= — JUICE CREW DIS (TOP-SIDE/HILL-SIDE) Cool C, US Hilltop Hustlers Records 12in
01 02 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 01 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
03 03 CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna, Sire 12in
04 10 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
05 07 BAD Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
06 05 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy Of House, Magnet 12in
07 12 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
08 08 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
09 11 CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
10 39 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
11 09 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
12 — DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
13 20 STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
14 37 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
15 — BAD/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/LIBERIAN GIRL/ANOTHER PART OF ME/SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson, Epic LP
16 18 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
17 — THE OPERA HOUSE Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
18 23 BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax, RCA 12in
19 43 LIES Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
20 06 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
21 35 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
22 22 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
23 13 SPY (IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
24 19 I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz, Virgin 12in
25 14 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
26 04 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
27 15 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
28 26 WIPEOUT The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys, Urban 12in
29 24 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
30 — MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (MANIC MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in
31 36 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
32 16 TOMORROW The Communards, London 12in
33 25 U GOT THE LOOK Prince & Sheena Easton, Paisley Park 12in
34 17 SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
35 — PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
36 27 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
37 — NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle/(WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/HEARSAY/CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
38 28 TRUE FAITH New Order, Factory 12in
39 34 PAPA CHICO Tony Esposito, In-Disc 12in
40 32 IT’S OVER Level 42, Polydor 12in
41 30 JODY (THE DANCE HALL VERSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
42 33 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE FROM NEWTON)/(ESCAPE TO NEW YORK) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
43 40 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
44 — WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
45 — WALK IN THE PARK (1987 PRODUCTION) Nick Straker, Sedition 12in
01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
02 04 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
03 02 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
04 10 TOMORROW (EXTENDED VERSION) The Communards, London 12in
05 14 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING (US MIX/MICROMIX) Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
06 21 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
07 03 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
08 05 SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan, Atlantic 12in
09 06 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
10 17 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
11 13 I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH) The Real Thing, Jive 12in
12 08 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
13 — LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
14 30 AMERICAN LOVE (REMIX) Rose Laurens, Italian Limited Edition 12in
15 18 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
16 09 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
17 25 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
18 15 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
19 16 TOY BOY (THE EXTENDED BICEP MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
20 23 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
21 07 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
22 26 DEEPER N’ DEEPER Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
23 28 LITTLE LIES (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
24 12 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
25 — FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
26 20 GIMME SOME LOVING Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
27 re PERFECT LOVER Company B, Bluebird 12in
28 — I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Zenia, Rise Records 12in
29 re LUCKY CHARM Hard Corps, Sonoscope/Rhythm King 12in
30 — WALK IN THE PARK (1987 REMAKE) Nick Straker, Sedition 12in
2 thoughts on “October 3, 1987: Hotline, Montana Sextet, BB&Q, Terence Trent D’Arby, Hi-NRG round-up”
The mention of Nicky Holloway’s search for ‘Jibaro’ marks the first reference to the legendary trip to Ibiza that Holloway made with Danny Rampling, Johnny Walker and Paul Oakenfold, which would ultimately alter the shape of UK dance culture. (Or, as James waspishly put it in Jocks magazine at a later date (quoted from memory), “they simply experienced an upmarket European set for the first time!”)
As James will soon reveal, his Montana Sextet review is a mischievous wind-up; the track wasn’t a new release (it had topped the Disco chart in December 1982), and instead of being “closely modelled on LA Mix”, quite the reverse was true!
For all James’s occasional cynicism about rare groove, there was a pronounced upside, as many hitherto ignored and fantastic tunes finally got the recognition they deserved – and the reissue of Don Blackman’s ‘Never Miss A Thing’ and ‘Heart’s Desire is an excellent illustration of this.
We’re starting to see a lot of pop acts being initially marketed to DJs via trendy white label remixes, which makes sense in terms of generating publicity, as it only takes a few favourable chart returns to nudge the acts into the dance charts. This approach certainly worked out well for Bros – and Blue Mercedes, reviewed this week, didn’t do badly out of it either, as ‘I Want Your Property’ went on to reach a respectable #23 in the pop chart. However, as we’ll see over the coming weeks, James got into a terrible tangle about which remix was which – not helped by record company mis-labelling and mis-spellings – so I’ve embedded all three main remixes this week, under their eventually established correct titles.
Don’t read too much into the appearance of an act called Trance Dance in the Hi-NRG chart; they were a Swedish pop group whose first release was in 1985, so the name has absolutely nothing to do with the as yet non-existent genre!
Nice footnotes Mike – Thank you, I was about to go Montana Sextet Weird on you LOL