October 10, 1987: Simon Harris featuring 3 Boom MC’s, Heavy D & The Boyz, Bananarama, Glen Goldsmith, Cameo

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

The Untouchables, also known as Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, turn out to be none other than the Fine Young Cannibals in now their “house”-related hoodwink! …. Shakatak’s Manic Cuts scratcher is not in fact CJ Mackintosh, who it sounds like, but Shem McCauley – maybe better known as DJ StreetsAhead … Stock Aitken Waterman are taking M|A|R|R|S to court over their use of ‘Roadblock’ in a scratch – had they asked for permission it would have been given, but this test case (probably not heard until next year) is being brought to obtain a ruling about the whole use of samples and scratches, in the hope of clarifying the law … Kool Kat Records and Warriors Dance settled out of court for £500 with Stock Aitken Waterman for misleadingly printing the initials “SAW” on sleeves of the, at that stage uncredited, white label of ‘Jacques Theme’ – they still claim the initials stood for the slogan “Sinful And Wicked”, but the record’s artistes were only later revealed as being Bang The Party … Spoonie Gee’s ‘The Godfather’, the year’s longest enduring import hit, has finally been signed for UK release – not by a major label, but by the Jet Star distributed Sure Delight Records … DMC Records, ostensibly an outlet for commercial productions by the Disco Mix Club’s stable of mixers when set up a year ago, has been disbanded (for the time being) largely because its releases to date were so low in street credibility that the likes of Les Adams opted to take LA Mix to a major label, instead … Nigel Wilton is building a new DJ mailing list at Fourth & Broadway so send him full work details (phone numbers included) at Island Records, 22 St Peters Square, London W6 9NW … Virgin are restructuring their club promotion, Justin Lubbock being replaced as head disco plugger by Clare Shave, who, nevertheless, looks like maintaining her recently announced link with Erskine Thompson at independent promotion company Hot Licks … Serious Records have scooped DM/StreetSounds by snapping up for a ‘Hip Hop 87’ LP such hot hits as Eric B & Rakim, Kid ‘N Play, B-Fats, Spoonie Gee, Roxanne Shanté, Derek B, Salt-n-Pepa and more … Westside Records’ first fruit from their deal with DJ International Records will be a 21-track double album of largely unreleased or little known house tracks, ‘Jackmaster Vol 1’, creatively marketed insofar as once the double LP’s initial pressing runs out the set will become an 11-track single LP with the missing tracks unavailable in any other future form … Maze Records are reissuing from 1984 Harold Faltermeyer’s percussively augmented 0-117bpm London Mix of ‘Axel F’ (MCAT 949) to tie in with the new ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ film … Paul James and Steve Roberts of Birkenhead’s Sir James Club funk a ferry ‘cross the Mersey this Thursday (October 8), aboard the MV Royal Iris … Jeff Thomas has started souling Thursdays at Aberavon Promenade’s Pharoahs in Port Talbot … Jonathon More, Bob Jones, Rob Day and guests have two floors of noise on Fridays at Meltdown in Tooley Street near London Bridge … Saturday (10) Simon Goffe’s guests at London’s Astoria are Longsy D and Cut Master MC, Jay Strongman, Nicky Holloway, CJ Carlos … Sunday (11) Jon Jules, Nic Wakefield and more are funking Southampton Mayfair’s 3-12pm alldayer, while Kev Ashton and more are similarly at Redruth Peventon Hotel’s 3.30-11.30pm event … Tony Norris, still souling Bexleyheath Drayman Fri/Sun, is at Erith Diana’s on Thursdays now, and on the weekend KSR (Kent Soul Radio) … Brian Connolly (Alvaston Beatbox Disco), pulling up his anorak hood, reports that Birmingham’s PCRL 103.55FM can be picked up as far away as Derby … Nick Halkes, back from his New York summer job at WBLS, reports that Chuck Chill appears to have left KISS-fm’s weekend hip hop shows, leaving Red Alert to take over alone … John Sachs is finding it harder to be a housewife’s choice than an after-school kids’ hero, his new boringly bland morning show on Capital Radio being no match for Tony Blackburn’s cheekily presented black pop on Radio London … Tony Blackburn, meanwhile, is becoming demented in his plugs for colleague Steve Walsh’s cover version of ‘I Found Lovin’’, which last week was overtaken quite convincingly by Fatback’s original in the national chart, not that he ever lets one know it! … Steve Walsh incidentally has a namesake, DJing at Liverpool’s Pen and Wig … Rick Astley obviously isn’t best pleased that Magnetic Dance have issued his duet with O’Chi Brown, off her album from last year, on which then the label didn’t give him any credit and for which now reputedly he receives no royalties – can the label expect any further productions from Stock Aitken Waterman following this? … Abigail Mead, co-creator of ‘Full Metal Jacket’’s backing track, is actually the film director Stanley Kubrick’s daughter … Janet Jackson’s next album will be a stop-gap “stocking filler” for Christmas, containing all her hits in remix form … Atlantic are launching Madame X here by sending clubs their video ahead of the single … Bruce Forest’s Street Groove mix, only available so far on import(US A&M SP 12238), of Thrashing Doves ‘Jesus On The Payroll’ is fast becoming the next ‘Chief Inspector’-like underground cult hit in London, a jitterily syncopated 0-96½bpm instrumental with nagging piano by David Cole of ‘Do It Properly’ fame – remember, you read it here first! … Chris Paul’s disappointingly dated ‘Back In My Arms’ will also be out in far better proper house remix, to match its fast tempo … Mixdoctor Les Adams, now better known as LA Mix, last week had people coming from Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to see him mixing at Norbury’s Sussex Tavern, in South London (he’s there Tues/Thurs/Friday) … Matt Black did a set at the Doo At The Zoo, mixing and scratching up James Brown grooves just as good as on his Coldcut records … Terence Trent D’Arby ‘Dance Little Sister’, as suspected, is terrific mixed out of Wally Jump Jr ‘Tighten Up’ … Archie Bell & The Drells’ original ‘Tighten Up’ had a rhythm which I’ve already mentioned was revolutionary for its time (1968), while other equally innovatory rhythms from that era included the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ (1969/70), Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ (1971), Isaac Hayes’ ‘Theme From Shaft’ (1971) and the O’Jays’ ‘Back Stabbers’ (1972) – far from an exhaustive list, of course, although ripples were felt from these for ages … Hi-NRG chart deadlines are later than this column’s, so there’s no knowing how the following have fared this week, but in the roadblock of stuff bubbling under last week were Jacqui Berne ‘Don’t Get Serious’ (Hi Hat), Desireless ‘Voyage Voyage’ (CBS), Evans & Fisher ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’ (Canadian Boulevard), Amanté ‘Give It To Me’ (US TSR), New Order, M|A|R|R|S, Pepsi & Shirlie, Chic, Edwin Starr, Sybil, Mandy ‘Positive Reaction’ (PWL) … Theo Loyla’s highest new entry in his latest chart was Michael Jackson – fair enough, but ‘Thriller’? (I kid you not!) … KEEP ON JAMMIN’!


HOT VINYL

SIMON HARRIS featuring 3 BOOM MC’S ‘Bad On The Mike (The Bad Rap)’ (London LONX 162)
Although the man behind London’s Music Of Life hip hop label, scratch mix producer Harris has signed solo to London, debuting with an obviously timely 113⅓bpm rap (by the 3 Boom MC’s) based on Michael Jackson’s current hit plus some echoing words from his “bad self”, James Brown (in four mixes).

HEAVY D. and the BOYZ ‘Living Large’ LP (US MCA Records MCA-5986)
Possibly the strongest most consistently useable rap set ever, with the JB’s ‘Gimme Some More’/O’Jays ‘For The Love Of Money’-based 98⅙bpm ‘Moneyearnin’ Mount Vernon’, Jackson 5 ‘I Want You Back’/’ABC’-based (0-)97⅔bpm ‘Overweighter‘, 98½bpm ‘I’m Getting Paid‘, 0-92½bpm ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me‘, 0-96bpm ‘Dedicated‘, 0-101- 102½bpm ‘Here We Go‘, 96⅓bpm ‘Chunky But Funky (Remix)‘, 105⅔bpm ‘On The Dance Floor‘, 100⅔bpm ‘Mr Big Stuff (Remix)‘, 0-79⅔bpm ‘Nike‘, 96½bpm ‘Rock The Bass‘, 0-38⅛/77¼-0bpm ‘Don’t You Know‘. Hot stuff indeed, which makes MCA’s decision to repromote ‘Mr Big Stuff’ all the stranger.

BANANARAMA featuring Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Mr Sleaze (Rare Groove Remix)’ (London NANX R14)
The version that’s really worth getting, Bananarama’s vocals having been all but removed from this ‘Roadblock’-like (0-)101½bpm burbling instrumental funk groove with James Brown’s veteran trombonist Fred Wesley brought to the fore. Flip to the also remixed (although still vocal!) cheerfully cantering 117⅓bpm ‘Love In The First Degree (Eurobeat Style)’.

GLEN GOLDSMITH ‘I Won’t Cry (The Rare Block Mix)’ (RCA PT 41494R)
As previously mentioned, here’s the now even more commercial 0-103⅔bpm remix in sax burbled jiggly ‘Roadblock’ style.

CAMEO ‘The Cameo Megamix Two’ (Club JABXR 57)
As previously warned (which may be why the now B-side relegated ‘She’s Mine’ has sold so badly), here’s the latest brilliant 0-110-111¼-109-111-110⅔-112-114½-116bpm megamix of Cameo’s hits created by LA Mix’s Les Adams, his second (and another award winner?).

MASTERPIECE ‘I Can’t Wait’ (Serious Records OUS 8)
Very slick jerkily flowing 117⅔bpm canterer by Stevie Wonder’s backing singer Lyn Sidmart and Gwen Guthrie’s musical director Bill Hagans, created with such facile skill it sounds instantly familiar and comfortable (edit/long acappella flip).

OLIVER CHEATHAM ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ (Champion CHAMP 12-54)
Gently unfurling straightforward pleasant 99⅚bpm revival of William DeVaughn’s 1974 classic, lazily swaying as ever (datedly cantering 115½bpm ‘Show Me‘ flip).

JUNIOR ‘Yes (If You Want Me) (Yardie Remix)’ (London LONXR 149)
Still including his original US-styled joltingly cranking 0-112-0bpm Janet Jackson-ish version (plus the more soulfully jogging Michael Jackson-ish 104⅙bpm ‘Not Tonight‘), this vastly improved 112bpm remix by Simon Harris is styled much more for the UK market, with rapper Einstein actually taking the vocal spotlight amongst samples of ‘Pump Up The Volume’ and stuff (strong Drumappella too).

BROTHER D ‘Clappers Power’ (US Clappers CL-12-0008)
Calmly reasoned though thoroughly militant powerfully pushing chant-along (0-)106¾-107bpm rap based on the much scratched in James Brown’s ‘Soul Power’ from 1971 (in five increasingly freaky dubwise mixes).

ARMANDO ‘Confusion Mix (“Land Of Confusion”)’ (US Westbrook AG-WB-4)
Strange synth squiggled skittery sparse exciting fast 127½bpm jack track instrumental, interestingly different enough to stand out (two synth-less 126½bpm and 126bpm rhythm tracks as flip).

JEROME ‘SECRET WEAPON’ PRISTER and Output ‘Say You’ll Be’ (US Tuff City TUF 120008)
Davy D-produced nice gently soulful (0-)106½-106⅙-106⅔bpm jogging duet, rather than the rap everything might lead one to expect, nothing startling although the sort of sneaky nagger that could end up as a simmering “sleeper” in London at least (inst flip).

RAGTYME featuring TC Roper ‘Fix It Man’ (US Bright Star Records BR-006)
Mildly amusing 135bpm house bubbler (in three different mixes) with the fix it man drawling, “Here I stand, with my tool swingin’ in my hand” — get the picture?

ANGELA WINBUSH ‘Sharp’ LP (US Mercury 832 733-1 Q1)
Maybe by totally creating this debut solo album all by herself, René’s ex-partner has bitten off more than she can chew, as her songwriting isn’t that strong, especially on the Slammin’ Side’s boring brittle fast sub-Janet Jackson-ish 108bpm ‘C’est Toi (It’s You)‘, (0-)120bpm ‘Run To Me‘, 122bpm ‘Imagination Of The Heart‘, and 122½bpm title track. However, there’s also the ‘Sexual Healing’/’Between The Sheets’-ish 84⅓bpm ‘Sensual Lover’, and the Quiet Storm side has the Ronald Isley-duetted sweetly wailing (0-)61½bpm ‘Hello Beloved’, and equally pleasant 75bpm ‘No One Has Ever Cared (Like You)’, 64¼bpm ‘You Had A Good Girl’, plus – now also due out here on 12 inch – the spine tingling sultry soaring Anita Baker-ish 37/74bpm ‘Angel’ (Club JABX 60).

THE CONTROLLERS ‘For The Love Of My Woman’ LP (US MCA Records MCA-42043)
Timeless and largely downtempo mellow male vocal group soul, for traditionalists maybe, with the lightly rolling 101bpm title track, maturely chugging 113bpm ‘Keep In Touch‘ and — for some reason, reissued — jogging 94⅔bpm ‘My Secret Fantasy‘ its only “dancers”, alongside the Reggie McArthur and Cynthia Curry- duetted sweet 70bpm ‘Love Is On Our Side’, slow 66¾bpm ‘Play Time’, 0-31-0bpm ‘Knocking At Your Door’, 0-33½/67-0bpm ‘No One’s Ever Loved Me More’, recently 12 inched 0-89⅓bpm Sleeping Alone’.

ROGER ‘I Want To Be Your Man’ (Reprise Records W8229T)
Zapp’s leader Roger Troutman in his helium-breathing distinctive vocodered vocal style on a pleasantly weaving 81½bpm smoocher with an equally typical jazzily picked guitar solo, joined by further jazzy instrumentation for the flip’s 80⅓ ‘I Really Want To Be Your Man (Remix/Edit)’.

COLM III ‘Take Me High (Mansion Mix)’ (Ruby Red Records 12LTD 444)
Fair enough homegrown simple fast 124bpm snickety pulsing house speeder (more fully vocal New Romantic-tinged 123¼bpm ‘You Take Me High’ flip).

NITZER EBB ‘Join In The Chant (Remix)’ (Mute 12MUTE64)
Phil Harding-mixed exciting 120½bpm house-ish angular galloper with violent shouts.

ROSALINE JOYCE ‘Lovers Soul’ LP (Jam Today ROSLP 1)
Lovers rock meets soul, as the album’s title suggests, to result in self-effacing small-voiced sweet UK cooing on the pleasant Loose Ends-ish wriggly 108½bpm ‘No Questions, No Answers’, ‘Casanova’-ish 89½bpm ‘Falling In Love Again‘, chugging old 110⅓bpm ‘Friends Not Lovers‘, sultry 85/42½bpm ‘You + I (Started Together)’, jittery 112⅓bpm ‘I Will Never Be Your Lover’, jiggly Shannon-esque 110⅓bpm ‘Hands Off (Keep Your Distance)’, flying latin-tinged 120¼bpm ‘From Me (2U)’, a steady if unspectacular seller for several weeks.

WAYNE HERNANDEZ ‘Corners Of The Sun (Convenience Mix)’ (Epic WAYNE T2)
Barry Blue-produced densely tugging jiggly (0-)108⅔-0bpm roller huskily moaned by another of CBS UK’s new black hopes (Single Version too, and the tenderly jogging 92⅔bpm ‘I Am The Night‘).

DONNA ALLEN ‘Sweet Somebody (Extended Groove Mix)’ (Portrait PRT XXX T2)
Lurching bass synth driven loopingly rolling (0-)113¾bpm vocally insistent jiggler with a spikily tinkling texture and brassy stabs (Dub and disjointedly jolting 108bpm ‘Bit By Bit‘ flip).

MISSION ‘Search’ LP (US Columbia BFC 40759)
The guys show Surface-like potential on several tracks, especially the slower ones like the superb deeply soulful 60½bpm ‘Lover For Life’, lush 90⅓-0bpm ‘Ready To Give My Heart‘, meandering 0-77¾bpm ‘Lena‘, whole Nick Martinelli produced the excellent already 12 inched 95bpm ‘Show A Little Love‘ and 104⅓bpm ‘Sensuous Mood‘, plus the jiggly chugging 107⅓bpm ‘Back On Track’, but this latter and the other snapping 0-108bpm ‘Energy To Burn’ and jittery 115⅓bpm ‘Turn Me Up’ “fast” ones are rather dated.

BOX TROUBLE & DONNA *D* ‘Hit The Deck’ (Rise Records RISE T7)
Sharply backbeating quite hypnotic 113-0bpm instrumental chugger from Detroit, with a few title line inserts (and a beat-losing edit near the start), not as exciting as ‘Pump Up The Volume’ but something like a mixture of that and The Brutal House’ (in three mixes).

(ORIG.) BIG APPLE PRODUCTION VOL. III ‘Genius At Work’ (US J&T Records JT-103)
Traditionally mixed and edited, rather than scratched, 0-107⅓-109⅓-113½-111-112½-116⅔-119½-118½-0bpm megamix running through many classic break beats, the flip having a rap augmented 107⅔-108-107½-108-107⅔bpm mix of Trouble Funk’s ‘Pump Me Up’ and a rhythm extended 116½bpm remix of Janet Jackson’s ‘When I Think Of You’ – so all a bit dodgy, for collectors.

SPANISH PRINCE ‘Maria’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRC 75)
Haunting 0-98-0bpm gently jiggling LL Cool J-type rap ballad (dub too), originally the US flip but here in turn flipped by the previously hotter, Jackson 5-cutting and -whoa-oh-chanting. 0-100½bpm ‘Dance Everybody Dance’.

JUDY LA ROSE ‘Voodoo Love’ (Champion CHAMP 12-52)
Winston Sela-produced bright pop-slanted and quite Hi-NRG 122bpm catchy galloper in a Bananarama-ish House Mix (and latin flavoured instrumental so-called Chic House Mix flip) by the two Petes, Hammond and Waterman.

THIS YEAR’S BLONDE ‘Who’s That Mix (Jack It Up Mix)’ (Debut DEBTX 3034)
Nigel Wright up to his soundalike hit medley tricks again, producing a rambling 0-119½-117-116-116½-117-118½-117½-119½-120-121bpm medley of Madonna’s hits (by Tracy Ackerman, again?), trickily starting but stronger the longer it’s on.

JODY WATLEY ‘Don’t You Want Me (Remix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1198)
Angrily buzzing jittery 111⅔bpm backbeat thudder which sounds quite beefy until she starts singing just like Madonna (in several mixes, four on import).

REGINA BELLE ‘You Got The Love (Philly Remix)’ (CBS REBE T1)
Smoothly pulsing fast churning 126¾bpm attractive soul bounder, a tricky tempo as neither house nor Hi-NRG although it’ll mix with them, unless maybe people revive Gwen McCrae’s similar ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ (mournful 89⅚bpm ‘Gotta Give It Up’ flip).

SPYDER-D featuring D.J. DOC ‘How Ya Like Me Now’ (US Profile PRO-7158)
Sparsely jittering 100⅔bpm wordy dry rap with a bass line borrowed from Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ The Times’, flipped by the ‘Champ’-cutting and rock guitared 0-80¼-0bpm ‘The Heart Of Hollis‘ (both with inst/dub too).

RISQUE Ill ‘Essence Of A Dream’ (US Stride Records Inc KK-1837)
Muttering airy sparse 125½bpm house pulser with a possibly stronger nervily jumping (0-) 127½bpm ‘Risqué Madness‘ flip, in ‘Washing Machine’ drain-gurgling style.

LIBRA LIBRA ‘I Am Music’ (US Chicago Connection Records CC8703)
Routine meandering and moaning Colonel Abrams-ish old style though still effective 121bpm house (in four mixes).

REACT ‘Love Reaction’ (CityBeat CBE 1216)
Boyd Jarvis-produced jerky 121-120¾-120½-120¾-0bpm house bounder with rather cornily prominent “show me yours and I’ll show you mine” vocals (classier Invisible Dub flip).

REMOTE ‘Feels So Good (Club Mix)’ (FM Dance 12VHF 38)
Speedily snicking simple 123¼bpm homegrown jack track instrumental (in three mixes).

CABARET VOLTAIRE ‘Here To Go’ (US Manhattan V-56067)
Jerkily juddering 104⅓-104½bpm thudder with Dr John The Night Tripper-ish sinister whispering and busily jittering beats, in four mixes plus the even freakier sharply throbbing 112bpm ‘Don’t Argue (Dance)‘ like an electronic Coati Mundi, in fact aimed at black clubs.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – October 10, 1987

01 04 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 02 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)/(PHILLY JAZZ)/(OVERDUBBING) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 04 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
04 11 BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12
05 03 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
06 07 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
07 05 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
08 06 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
09 32 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE (EXTENDED VERSION) Ray Parker Jr., Geffen Records 12in
10 12 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT/THIS MUST BE LOVE/TELL ME WHAT IT IS/SEND FOR ME/DO YOU BABY/BABY I’M FOR REAL/ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Sherrick, Warner Bros LP
11 08 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
12 18 THE B-FATS B-Fats, Champion 12in
13 10 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
14 26 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
15 41 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX)/FLY GIRL Intrique, Cooltempo 12in
16 24 THAT GREEDY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
17 14 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL/HOT PANTS…I’M COMING, COMING, I’M COMING/HOT PANTS (BONUS BEATS) Bobby Byrd, Urban 12in
18 21 IT’S MY THING/YOU’RE A CUSTOMER Epee MD, US Fresh Records 12in
19 15 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
20 25 MR MANIC + SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) Shakatak/DJ StreetsAhead, Polydor 12in promo
21 09 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP/INSTRUMENTAL Rick Astley, RCA 12in
22 46 RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
23 22 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
24 20 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
25 19 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (with Cherrelle)/(WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/HEARSAY/SUNSHINE/THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
26 23 CAN’T YOU SEE ME/LOVE WILL BRING US BACK TOGETHER/SWEET TEARS Roy Ayers, Urban 12in
27 30 HOUSE NATION (FERNAND FIDORÉ REMIX/FULL REMIX) The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
28 16 (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME (CLUB MIX) Stephanie Mills, MCA Records 12in
29 27 YOU’RE NO GOOD FOR ME (CLASSY CLUB DUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Kelly Charles, London 12in
30 47 THE OVERWEIGHT LOVER IN THE HOUSE/MONEYEARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON/OVERWEIGHTER/DEDICATED/HERE WE GO/I’M GETTING PAID Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records LP
31 13 ANOTHER PART OF ME/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/BAD/SPEED DEMON Michael Jackson, Epic LP
32 51 FUNKY SENSATION (FEMALE PREACHER MIX) Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
33 36 STOP TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
34 38 (BABY TELL ME) CAN YOU DANCE (CLUB MIX)/SUMMER LOVE Shanice Wilson, Breakout 12in
35 33 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
36 31 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE FROM NEWTON/ESCAPE TO NEW YORK REMIXES) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
37 28 THE OPERA HOUSE (BLUE INK MIX) Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
38 49 LOWDOWN (THE HIGHLIFE MIX) Hindsight, Circa Records 12in
39 54 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE Mission, US Columbia 12in
40 34 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
41 42 ROADBLOCK (RARE DUB)/ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
42 — DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE/PART TWO) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
43 29 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables (Fine Young Cannibals), London promo 12in
44 80 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King mailing list promo
45 37 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
46 35 PAID IN FULL Eric B And Rakim, Fourth & Broadway LP
47 56 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO (CLUB VERSION) Chandra Simmons, US Fresh Records 12in
48 48 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
49 61 LOVE FIXATION Touch, US SuperTronics 12in
50 39 THE OPERA HOUSE/AFRICAN MIX Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
51 82 LET’S MAKE A MOVE (EXTENDED MIX) EQ, US Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
52 re DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME Janice Bulluck, Wilbe Recording Corporation LP
53 re WALK THE DINOSAUR (THE NEW YORK DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
54 45 JODY (YARDIE REMIX/’THAT’S MY MAN THROWIN’ DOWN’ MIX) Total Contrast, London 12in
55 40 SHOCK THE HOUSE/TINY B The GA’s featuring Mickey Murray, Expansion Records 12in
56 84 TAKES ME HIGHER (RADIO MIX) Shabazz, US Coslit Records 12in
57 98 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
58 65 BE YOURSELF Whodini (featuring Millie Jackson), Jive 12in EP
59 50 OOH, YOU MAKE ME FEEL (REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
60 88 TAKE IT TO THE TOP (PWL REMIX) Advance, Champion 12in
61 95 SAY GOODNIGHT Zushii, Debut Records 12in
62 92 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, US Bassment Records 12in
63 62 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, CityBeat 12in
64 69 SENSUAL LOVER/HELLO BELOVED/YOU HAD A GOOD GIRL/NO ONE HAS EVER CARED (LIKE YOU) Angela Winbush, US Mercury LP
65 52 SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, US Epic 12in
66 71 IRRESISTABLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, US Capitol 12in
67 75 JUST THAT TYPE OF GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX) Madame X, US Atlantic 12in
68 85 I CAN’T WAIT (DANCE MIX) Masterpiece, Serious Records 12in mailing list promo
69 81 CHECKING YOU OUT Ernesta Dunbar, Hardcore 12in
70 76 NEVER MISS A THING/LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE Don Blackman, Arista 12in
71 — TINA CHERRY (CLUB MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in promo
72 87 FEELIN’ JAMES (LONG VERSION) Fresh Gordon, US Tommy Boy 12in
73 90 OVERFLOWING/I MISS YOUR LOVE TONIGHT Jonathan Butler, Jive LP
74 re LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, US Island 12in/LP
75 94 JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
76 43 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (GET BUSY YO! MIX/STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in mailing list promo
77 re DANCE EVERYBODY DANCE Spanish Prince, Fourth & Broadway 12in
78 58 PERFECT LADY Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
79 — I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN (EXTENDED VERSION) Roger, Reprise Records 12in
80 63 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Oliver Cheatham, Champion 12in mailing list promo
81 77 MISSION (SAY YOUR LOVE)/ON A MISSION/HOUSE MISSION Nitro Deluxe, US Cutting Records 12in
82 78 MONEY (DOLLAR BILL Y’ALL) (INSTRUMENTAL) Jimmy Spicer, Wax Records 12in
83 — YOU GOT THE LOVE (PHILLY REMIX) Regina Belle, CBS 12in
84 60 SERIOUS (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Deja, 10 Records 12in
85 re NUDE PHOTO/THE DANCE Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
86 re ALRIGHT ALRIGHT (CLUB MIX) Masters At Work, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
87 53 TEQUILA (EXTENDED VERSION) The Champs/PEE WEE’S DANCE Joeski Love, Cooltempo 12in
88 — SURRENDER (LES ADAMS’ UNDER ATTACK MIX) Working Week, Virgin 12in
89 74 HOUSE OF HELL/HELLHOUSE Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
90 44 WHATEVER MAKES OUR LOVE GROW (EXTENDED VERSION) Edwin Starr, 10 Records 12in promo
91 97 YOU KNOW HOW TO REACH/GIVE ME THE MIKE (IS THIS THE END) US The Kings Of Pressure, US Let’s Go Records 12in
92 72 SHE’S MINE Cameo, Club 12in
93 re I FOUND LOVIN’ (REMIX/LP VERSION) Fatback, Master Mix 12in
94 — THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (SHEER CHIC MIX) ABC, Club/Neutron 12in
95 79 LOVER FOR LIFE/READY TO GIVE MY HEART/LENA Mission, US Columbia LP
96 — THE BOOTLEG MIX Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
97 57 CAUSING A COMMOTION (MOVIE HOUSE MIX) Madonna, Sire 12in
98 — GENIUS AT WORK (Orig.) Big Apple Production Vol III, US J&T Records 12in
99 — SWEET SOMEBODY (EXTENDED GROOVE MIX) Donna Allen, Portrait 12in mailing list promo
100 re YOUR SWEETNESS (LONG VERSION) Willie Clayton, UK Kirstee 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 02 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
03 04 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
04 05 BAD Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
05 03 CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna, Sire 12in
06 10 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
07 12 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
08 06 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy Of House, Magnet 12in
09 08 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
10 07 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED Sybil, Champion 12in
11 25 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
12 09 CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
13 13 STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
14 14 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
15 15 BAD/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/LIBERIAN GIRL/ANOTHER PART OF ME/SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson, Epic LP
16 35 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
17 17 THE OPERA HOUSE Jack E Makossa, Champion 12in
18 11 ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
19 30 MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (MANIC MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in
20 18 BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax, RCA 12in
21 16 I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
22 22 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
23 27 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
24 31 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
25 43 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
26 19 LIES Jonathan Butler, Jive 12in
27 20 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
28 26 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Parlophone 12in
29 29 SERIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION) Deja, 10 Records 12in
30 21 JUMP START (DANCE MIX) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
31 39 PAPA CHICO Tony Esposito, In-Disc 12in
32 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
33 36 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
34 — GET DOWN Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
35 — CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan, Beggars Banquet 12in
36 24 I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz, Virgin 12in
37 28 WIPEOUT The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys, Urban 12in
38 42 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE FROM NEWTON)/(ESCAPE TO NEW YORK) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
39 44 WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
40 — YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees, WEA 12in
41 38 TRUE FAITH New Order, Factory 12in
42 33 U GOT THE LOOK Prince & Sheena Easton, Paisley Park 12in
43 40 IT’S OVER Level 42, Polydor 12in
44 23 SPY (IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
45 — I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
46 — (BABY TELL ME) CAN YOU DANCE Shanice Wilson, A&M Breakout 12in
47 — THAT GIRL (GROOVY SITUATION) Freddie McGregor, Polydor 12in
48 — COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens, Epic 12in
49 45 WALK IN THE PARK (1987 PRODUCTION) Nick Straker, Sedition 12in
50 — CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer, MCA 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
02 02 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
03 10 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
04 13 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
05 03 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
06 06 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
07 25 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
08 04 TOMORROW (EXTENDED VERSION) The Communards, London 12in
09 09 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
10 05 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING (US MIX/MICROMIX) Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
11 12 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
12 17 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
13 20 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
14 11 I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH) The Real Thing, Jive 12in
15 23 LITTLE LIES (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
16 07 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
17 24 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
18 21 MON AMOUR DeBlanc, Diamond Records 12in
19 28 I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Zenia, Rise Records 12in
20 16 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
21 22 DEEPER N’ DEEPER Modern Rocketry, US Megatone 12in
22 — VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in promo
23 re OH YEAH (DANCE MIX) Yello, US Mercury 12in
24 14 AMERICAN LOVE (REMIX) Rose Laurens, Italian Limited Edition 12in
25 re EVERY ONE’S A WINNER Monkey Business, Italian X-Energy 12in
26 — I’M IN DANGER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
27 30 WALK IN THE PARK (1987 REMAKE) Nick Straker, Sedition 12in
28 re HEARTBEAT (ONE, TWO, THREE) (REMIX) Vivien Vee, US TSR 12in
29 re HALFWAY TO PARADISE Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
30 — GIVE IT TO ME Amanté, US TSR 12in

3 thoughts on “October 10, 1987: Simon Harris featuring 3 Boom MC’s, Heavy D & The Boyz, Bananarama, Glen Goldsmith, Cameo”

  1. Armando’s ‘Land Of Confusion’ is the first acid house track to be reviewed here since Phuture’s ‘Acid Trax’ on June 27th – and since the Phuture record was essentially a remix of an old track, it arguably marks the true beginning of the acid house era. (The term has yet to be coined, though.)

    This time around, Fred Wesley is named as providing trombone, not sax, on Bananarama’s ‘Mr Sleaze’ (as is clear from listening to the track). This is an interesting detail to unearth, as I could find no record of it elsewhere online – and so, as I still own a copy of the 12″, I’ve added a credit to Wesley on its Discogs listing.

    As for the A-side Eurobeat Style remix of ‘Love In The First Degree’, this was the version that I repeatedly played out for the next few months (usually mixed into, or out of, the fantastic Shep Pettibone Disco Mix of the Pet Shop Boys ‘What Have I Done To Deserve This’), and I’m surprised to find that it never remotely approached the success of the earlier – and to my mind, weaker – Jailers Mix in terms of dance chart placings.

    Thrashing Doves ‘Jesus On The Payroll’ is the second Balearic track to get a mention – like last week’s ‘Jibaro’, it’s one of the tunes that Nicky Holloway and his pals heard DJ Alfredo play at Amnesia over the summer.

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  2. Roger’s ‘I Want To Be Your Man” having a low key review here – this was a tune that became one of JH’s ‘London underground hits” – its the kind of record that popped up on the pirates and you’d hear on pub jukeboxes for years after its release – this and ‘Computer Love’ were massive.

    I keep learning things surprising from these columns – today I learnt that the late Shem McCauley aka Slacker and responsible for two very big unusual trance records in the second half of the 90’s (‘Scared’ and ‘Your Face”) among other releases was around this far back as DJ Streets Ahead and scratched on Shakatak’s ‘Mr Manic & Sister Cool’.

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    1. James mentions breathing helium again, and vocoders – but Roger used a talkbox, which is not a vocoder and doesn’t involve breathing helium!

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