October 31, 1987: German DJ convention report, Rick Astley, Keni Burke, Montana Sextet, Jackmaster Volume 1

GERMANY CALLING

At the time of writing last week’s column I had never heard of Germany’s DJ magazine, Network Press, and had no idea that last Monday I would be flying out to a convention organised by it in Bochum, between Essen and Dortmund in the Ruhr Valley’s industrial heartland. The magazine’s publisher, record publisher Frenchie Grignon, holds the German franchise for the Disco Mix Club and, in this first ever event of its type there, he combined a local area heat for the World DJ Mixing championships with an experimental DJ forum.

The venue was the Tarm Centre, built in the middle of an industrial park (so no complaints about noise from the neighbours!), the main disco is surrounded by a complex of differently decorated bars and (good) restaurants, several outside in the open air fitted around a swimming pool which, thanks to cunning drainage, laps level with the floor — a great effect, and very pretty when lit up at night. The weather, incidentally, was glorious!

The crowd was much as you’d find at a DJ convention here (the usual quota of fat slobs with scrubby moustaches!), while whenever English was spoken on stage there seemed to be more four letter words than at a Steve Walsh gig! The club’s console area was huge, maybe 20 feet by 10, housing CD players, three record decks, lots of lighting controls, and (as maybe you can see) record storage in roll-out drawers.

The most remarkable thing though was the incredible laser system, which made the Hippodrome look silly. The club’s owners actually make lasers, so naturally use it as a showcase. The first indication of something different was when a live singer was accompanied overhead by an animated pair of hands, clapping in time with the music! Most impressive of all the laser effects was a fully animated multi-coloured cartoon, in which a wolf came out of the forest to be confronted by a monolith as if from ‘2001’, only for this then to become an upright piano played by a pig as all the animals jived around to Louis Jordan’s ‘Boogie In The Barnyard‘! The lasers apparently are controlled and synchronised to the sound by specially programmed video discs.

Amongst the live acts (can you believe German house music with an oompah-oompah beat?) and before the mixing heats, current World Mixing champ Chad Jackson did a long scratching exhibition that must have left the locals with something to think about (two copies of Chic’s ‘Good Times’ fastcut at 78rpm), while Hamburg DJ Jens ‘Jelly’ Ussat proved deft at fast cutbacks too but had untidy overall flow. Jens, one of Germany’s highest paid disco jocks, working in five different clubs with different music to play in each, spends around £700 a month on imports (yet gets all domestic releases for free). Far from the Modern Talking-type Eurobeat one might expect them to be into, German jocks (if not their audiences) are heavily into funk, finding out about the new releases from this very column in rm and, interestingly, from Richard Allinson’s daily 2-4pm (repeated 1-3am) programmes on the British Forces Broadcasting Service. The continued allied military presence there is a big influence musically. For instance, Long Island-born DJ ‘Fly Guy’ Frazier stayed on in Germany when stationed there in the US Army, playing basketball before becoming a DJ two years ago. Living like Guy in Hamm, near Dortmund, England’s Kidbrook-raised Bert Rogers plays funk to American, British and German audiences, joining many jocks in going to Holland to buy his records, Dutch releases being ahead even of the UK in many cases. These and the rm readers I met last week obviously speak English — however, for those there who don’t, I will soon be writing a column also in the fortnightly Network Press, which will be translated and printed in German!


ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Confusion intensifies in the Blue Mercedes ‘I Want To Be Your Property’ saga: apparently the labels were the wrong way around on promo copes of their originally available commercial pressing (MCA Records BONAT 1), so all along the Daktari Mix was the correct title of the A-side and the Street Latin Wolff Mix (with a double “ff”) was the actually better flip’s name. While although pressed with the matrix number BONAX 1, the DJs-preferred previously white-labelled Get Busy Yo! Mix and Street Latin Woolf Mix (with a double “oo”) are now due commercially as BONAY 1 because, in the interim, yet more mixes have appeared commercially as BONAX 1, the vaguely Philly-flavoured 119½bpm DEF B4 Dishonour Mix and good syn-drummed jacking instrumental 119⅓bpm Terence Yo-Yo Mix – all this just to market a pop duo! … Ben Liebrand has remixed Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Roadblock’ for West Germany, where all sorts of new “versions” of M|A|R|R|S’ ‘Pump Up The Volume’ are appearing, the best cutting in Rolling Stones-type stuff … Jellybean’s new UK El Barrio Mix and Hot Salsa Dub of ‘The Real Thing’ have been circulated to key radio jocks only on cassette, so far … I’m refusing to do full reviews of EMI promos featuring just one song, as finished copies always prove later to have extra tracks of interest too, one such that’s selling on white label already (despite the eventual addition of a ‘Dancing In The Dark’ remix) being the excellent soulfully loping and spurting 107-106⅔-104-103-104-102⅓-103⅔-102⅔-103-102⅓-0bpm Lanier & Co ‘I Don’t Know’ (Syncopate 12SY7), Jerry Butler-ish as usual with Gary Barnacle’s sax added to the UK remix … Chris Paul ‘Back In My Arms’, continuing the above EMI promo theme, on finished pressings turns out to be 0-121bpm with ‘City Nights’ 117½-0bpm, while here Audrey Wheeler’s ‘Irresistible’ is 108⅔bpm … Chris Hill reached his chart peak of number 10 twice with, of course, both ‘Renta Santa’ and – the following year – the totally separate ‘Bionic Santa’ (last week’s misprint confusing the two similar titles into one), while Zuzan has been picked up by Supreme Records rather than Serious Records, and it’s Chuck Chill Out rather than Chuck Chill who’s left New York’s KISS-fm … UK 12 inch pressings of Earth Wind & Fire’s frantic, now 120¾-0bpm, ‘System Of Survival’ (CBS EWF T1) turn out to include the more soulful seven inch-flipping 110⅚-0bpm ‘Writing On The Wall’ after all, the pop-aimed A-side song’s mix being stronger too, but minus one of the US pressing’s house-ier alternative versions … Brother D ‘Clappers Power’ apparently was originally released here by Island over five years ago … Black Britain pump up the volume and get up offa that thing on the James Brown-sampling, Timmy Regisford-mixed, Paul Weller co-produced nervily jumping house-ish 122bpm ‘Heroin’, due fully in about three weeks – it’s a hot one! … Champion have promoed, way ahead of release probably in the new year, Blackjack ‘Black Ink Mix’ (CHAMP 12-59), a 120bpm mix-up of familiar jack track elements with the classic ‘Jingo’ (in three parts, 119¾bpm Part 2 being the most subtle), and Raze ‘Caught U Cheatin’’ (CHAMP 12-58), a routine 118bpm house instrumental flipped by an 121⅔bpm Extended House Mix of ‘Jack The Groove’ (possibly one of the mixes previously released, there were several) … UK pressings of the rush released here 117bpm Bobby Womack ‘Living In A Box’ (MCA Records MCAT 1210), proving much better than many people’s initial impressions suggested, include the lurching slow typical 43-45bpm ‘I Can’t Stay Mad’ … Miles Jaye ‘Let’s Start Love Over’, reviewed on import, is now due out here on Fourth & Broadway (12BRC 81) … Stevie Wonder’s 12 inch version of ‘Skeletons’ is (0-)99⅚bpm, still ploddingly dated, and merely long rather than long awaited! … Jeff Young’s amusingly named 0-122bpm Jeffrey B. Young Hearts Run Free Remix of the Was (Not Was) ‘Walk The Dinosaur’ (Fontana WASR 322) 45 still sounds more pop than soul but includes some James Brown/”pump up the volume”-type cuts, starting with the scream from ‘Roadblock’ that launched a hundred writs! … Edwin Starr’s relatively disappointing Stock Aitken Waterman-created single has been withdrawn to undergo a much needed different treatment … 1988’s Disco Mix Club DJ convention will be a three-dayer, Sunday-Tuesday March 7-9, culminating on the last day at the Royal Albert Hall again for a slimmed down World Mixing Final, featuring just the six very best competitors and many more superstar guests … Tony Prince tonight, this Tuesday (27), has organised at Hammersmith’s Le Palais ‘A Night Of A Hundred DJs And Stars’ to benefit multiple sclerosis sufferer Stuart Henry – for a cause like that, as you can imagine there will indeed be a host of real stars present … ‘Give Give Give’, the Disco Aid charity single, in its remixed form will be credited now to Dance Aid as the (all-star) act’s name … BBC Radio 1 (along with Radio 3) will be giving up MW transmission sometime within the next five years, to be on FM only … Thursday (29) Westerham’s Grasshopper Inn has a first birthday ball for the weekly Roadblock night (named long before you know what!), with Richie McRich and Sam Allen … Ronnie McNeir is live at London’s Astoria this Fri/Sat (30/31) … Tuesdays from November 3, Nicky Holloway starts “money”-themed Paid In Full nights with Jay Strongman and Simon Dunmore at Uxbridge Regals, then next Saturday (7) they funk a one-off at South Kensington’s Natural History Museum, actually around the dinosaur skeleton! … Marie Birch funks Cricklewood’s refurbished free admission Production Village every Tuesday, presumably exhibiting the mixing skill she learnt at lessons with Les Adams! … Norman Scott’s protégé singer, signed by Record Shack, is now named Tony Thompson, while Bang The Party (whose notorious use of the initials “SAW” was previously reported) seem to be renamed Watts Music Inc for the USA … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


GWEN McCRAE was the recent guest of JEFF THOMAS at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard, where, by coincidence, her ex-hubby George McCrae appears this Saturday (October 31). Knowing this, Gwen’s parting shot to Jeff was, “Tell George he owes me $50,000 in maintenance!” Steve Walsh is another guest there this Friday (30), while presenting a live set on Monday (November 2) will be Ronnie McNeir.


HOT VINYL

IMPORTS: my German report obviously took precedence this week, leaving me neither time nor space to tackle the dauntingly large (and expensive) pile of hot new imports, so, as usual, check the Black Dance chart for the very latest BPMs, including those for any of these that hit. In the soul/funk category,

the strong Jocelyn Brown-ish ELEANOR GOODMAN ‘Sneak Preview’ (Trumpet),

haunting slinky JOYCE SIMS ‘Come Into My Life’ (Sleeping Bag),

subtly jogging FIRST CIRCLE ‘Can’t Find A Love’ (EMI America),

bright rolling MELI’SA MORGAN ‘If You Can Do It: I Can Too!!’ (Capitol),

datedly Motown-ish DAVID RUFFIN & EDDIE KENDRICK ‘I Couldn’t Believe It’ (RCA),

sultry slow BETTY WRIGHT ‘After The Pain’ (Ms B),

bustily packaged punchy instrumental MADHOUSE ’10 (The Perfect Mix)’ (Paisley Park);

rap ‘n scratchers, the jumpy ROBBIE-B/JAZZY-J ‘Jazzy-J On The Scratch!’ (Schoolly-D Records),

rock ‘n’ rolling LL COOL J ‘Go Cut Creator Go’ (Def Jam);

jack tracks, the house TONY SINENI ‘Rhythm Of The Beat’ (Hot Mix 5),

frisky cooing SCREAMIN’ RACHEL ‘Fun With Bad Boys’ (Grand Groove/Hip House),

infectious archetypal MIKE ‘HITMAN’ WILSON & BAD BOY BILL ‘Can You Jack’ (International House Records),

European flavoured fast MR LEE ‘Come To House’ (Trax); on LP, the consistently good ROY AYERS ‘I’m The One (For Your Love Tonight)’ (Columbia), tuneless sweet falsetto ORAN ‘JUICE’ JONES ‘G.T.O. (Gangsters Takin’ Over)’ (Def Jam), plus unheard sets by TONY TERRY and GIORGE PETTUS – all for full review next week.

RICK ASTLEY ‘Whenever You Need Somebody (Lonely Hearts Mix)’ (RCA PT 41568)
Oh-whoa-oh, another Stock Aitken Waterman-created vigorous 114⅔bpm bounder like before, although in fact it’s their old O’chi Brown song (instrumental flip, and Rick’s own jittery tapping 109¾bpm ‘Just Good Friends‘).

KENI BURKE ‘Risin’ To The Top (Give It All You’ve Got)’ (RCA PT 49614)
Driven by one of modern soul’s seminal basslines, basis for the Mary Jane Girls’ ‘All Night Long’ and so much more, this soulfully worried remorselessly pushing 0-93½-94⅓bpm jogger by the ex-Five Stairsteps brother has been reissued for his current UK visit and remains well crucial (datedly churning 118½-119½-118½bpm ‘Let Somebody Love You‘ flip).

MONTANA SEXTET ‘Heavy Vibes’ (10 Records TENT 204)
Reviewed for real this time, the LA mix-inspiring vibes and percussion jazz-funk instrumental from 1982 really has been re-issued, the A-side versions at 113½bpm now with Paul Simpson’s 114¼-114½-113⅔-114⅓-114¼-114⅓bpm Club Mix as longer flip. Next, we need MFSB’s ‘Love Is The Message’…

VARIOUS ‘Jackmaster Volume 1 – The House Of Hits’ LP (Westside Records JACKLP 501)
On a double LP, 21 of DJ International and associated labels’ recent imports, including the Musique ‘(Push Push) In The Bush’-reviving 126bpm PATRICK ADAMS ‘Jack In The Bush’ and (in alphabetical artist order) the 118½bpm ADONIS & THE ENDLESS POKER ‘The Poke’, 124½-0bpm BAD BOY BILL ‘Jack It All Night Long’, 123⅔bpm THE CHILDREN ‘Freedom’, 124¼bpm TYREE COOPER & ARMON RANSOM & JOE SMOOTH ‘My House Is Free’, 124½bpm C-QUINCE featuring PROFESSOR FUNK ‘I Can’t Wait’, 123½-0bpm db ‘I Have A Dream’, 117bpm E.S.P. ‘Let’s Move’, 125¼bpm FAST EDDIE & TYREE COOPER ‘The Whop’, 121bpm FINGERS INC ‘You’re Mine’, (0-)118⅓bpm FULL HOUSE ‘I Remember’, 121½bpm LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY ‘So Sweet’, 122½bpm HOKUS POKUS ‘House It Up’, (0-)117¼bpm MASTERS AT WORK ‘Alright Alright’, 121⅓bpm JERRY McCALLISTER ‘What I Do’, 0-122¾bpm Mk II ‘Don’t Stop The Music’, 0-122¼-0bpm NITESTAR ‘Body Groove’, 114¼bpm OUT OF CONTROL ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’, 123¾bpm JOE SMOOTH & ANTHONY THOMAS ‘Goin’ Down’. Phew!

CJ CARLOS ‘Do It Anyway You Wanna’ (Bluebird BRT 45)
As hinted last week, here’s London’s popular Portuguese DJ rap-singing through a reasonable 115¾bpm remake of Mike T’s old jazz-funk flavoured jitterer (inst flip) – a project originally offered to, and turned down by, CJ’s mate Steve Walsh (who had other fish to fry!)

YES NO PEOPLE ‘Mr Johnson’ (London LONX 150)
Pookiesnackenburger’s Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas adapt their old group’s percussive approach to the current thrashing drums sound for a hoarsely chanted and sax brayed 118bpm spurting jiggly driver in sorta Criminal Element/D’Arby style (118⅓bpm Yardie Remix plus two dubs, as well).


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – October 31, 1987

01= 01 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX)/PART II (INSTRUMENTAL) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
02 01=01 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)/(PHILLY JAZZ)/(OVERDUBBING) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 15 PAID IN FULL (SEVEN MINUTES OF MADNESS – THE COLDCUT REMIX)/(ALBUM MIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in white label
04 03 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
05 08 RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
06 07 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr., Geffen Records 12in
07 28 I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN (EXTENDED VERSION) Roger, Reprise Records 12in
08 06 BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12
09 11 MR MANIC + SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) Shakatak/DJ StreetsAhead, Polydor 12in
10 18 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
11 10 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
12 50 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
13 17 DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE/PART TWO) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
14 04 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
15 13 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
16 26 I FOUND LOVIN’ (REMIX/LP VERSION) Fatback, Master Mix 12in
17 25 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
18 14 THE CAMEO MEGAMIX TWO (LES ADAMS MIX)/SHE’S MINE Cameo, Club 12in
19 09 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX – PART 1) Sybil, Champion 12in
20 20 MR SLEAZE (RARE GROOVE REMIX) Bananarama featuring Stock Aitken Waterman, London 12in
21 16 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables, London promo 12in
22 19 WALK THE DINOSAUR (THE NEW YORK DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
23 44 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
24 71 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
25 05 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
26 31 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE/SENSUOUS MOOD Mission USA, CBS 12in
27 — LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in mailing list promo
28 21 IT’S MY THING/YOU’RE A CUSTOMER Epee MD, US Fresh Records 12in
29 33 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
30 56 BACK IN MY ARMS/CITY NIGHTS Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
31 — PERFECT LADY (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
32 — WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
33 45 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL/MIUZI WEIGHS A TON Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
34 24 (BABY TELL ME) CAN YOU DANCE (CLUB MIX) Shanice Wilson, Breakout 12in
35 35 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
36 67 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, US Tuff City 12in
37 60 COMMUNICATE (REMIX) Full House, Epic 12in mailing list promo
38 49 LET’S MAKE A MOVE (EXTENDED MIX) EQ, US Atlantic 12in
39 23 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
40 46 WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN (THE ROMANCE IS NOT OVER) Glenn Jones, Jive 12in
41 12 CASANOVA (EXTENDED MIX VERSION) Levert, Atlantic 12in
42 37 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, Sure Delight 12in
43 — I’M THE ONE/I REALLY WANNA BE WITH YOU/BLUE SUMMER/MARLON/LET ME LOVE YOU/DON’T YOU EVER TURN AWAY/I ONCE HAD YOUR LOVE/WORD/CRACK ATTACK Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
44 32 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
45 94 JUST THAT TYPE OF GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX) Madame X, US Atlantic 12in
46 53 WE’LL KEEP STRIVING (EXTENDED REMIX) La La with Bernard Wright, Arista 12in
47 52 BAD ON THE MIKE (THE BAD RAP) Simon Harris featuring 3 Boom MC’s, London 12in
48 70 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
49 48 THE OVERWEIGHT LOVER IN THE HOUSE/MONEYEARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records LP
50 — BEVERLY HILLS COPS (JACK PIANO MIX) The Big X Crewe, Uptown Records 12in
51 — SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL/WRITING ON THE WALL Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in
52 54 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
53 29 THAT GREEDY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
54 51 THE BOOTLEG MIX Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
55 61 MR MAGICIAN Mystic Merlin/JAM TONIGHT (SERIOUS JAM REMIX) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
56 43 THE B-FATS B-Fats, Champion 12in
57 95 WHY? (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Roland Clark, US Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
58 73 TINA CHERRY (CLUB MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in
59 30 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
60 re SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
61 90 FREEDOM (L.A. GROOVE/N.Y. GROOVE) Tramaine, US A&M 12in mailing list promo
62 47 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (SHEER CHIC MIX) ABC, Club/Neutron 12in
63 88 HOUSE IT UP (INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Hokus Pokus, US West Madison Street Records 12in
64 — I’M GOOD FOR YOU/TROUBLE IN PARADISE/MY NIGHT FOR LOVE/MAKE IT RIGHT/ONE TRACK MIND/CAN YOU WAIT/YOU’RE PERFECT/I CAN FIX-U-UP Giorge Pettus, US MCA Records LP
65 66 YOU GOT THE LOVE (PHILLY REMIX) Regina Belle, CBS 12in
66 22 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX)/FLY GIRL Intrique, Cooltempo 12in
67 — FALLING IN LOVE/LINDA, MY LOVE/SO MUCH LOVE/I BELIEVE IN LOVE Modernique, US Sire LP
68 98 LIVING IN A BOX (THE PARADISE MIX) Bobby Womack, MCA Records 12in
69 65 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, US Island 12in/Fourth & Broadway promo
70 — HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, US Jive 12in
71 — DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR LOVE Kenny G, Arista 12in
72 79 ANGEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Angela Winbush, Club 12in mailing list promo
73 re IT AIN’T RIGHT (WATCHA DO)/YOU & ME (CLUB REMIX) Simphonia featuring Carmen Brown, US Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
74 42 YOU SHOULDA KEPT A SPARE/YOU MAKE MY NATURE DANCE/I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER/LOVIN’ YOU/I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE/THE PAST Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records LP
75 39 YOU’RE NO GOOD FOR ME (CLASSY CLUB DUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Kelly Charles, London 12in
76 75 HIT THE DECK Box Trouble & Donna *D*, Rise Records 12in white label
77 92 MR X & MR Z DRINK OLD GOLD/KICK IT WICKED Mr X & Mr Z, CityBeat 12in
78 — WHO’S REALLY BAD? On The One, US Bassment Records 12in
79 — ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY/YOU DON’T MISS THE RAIN/I JUST CAN’T SAY GOODBYE/NOT ON THE OUTSIDE/BABY DON’T WALK OUT ON ME Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, US Def Jam 12in
80 — MR JOHNSON (DANNY ‘DUBMASTER’ D YARDIE REMIX)/(12” CLUB MIXTURE) Yes No People, London 12in
81 — WALK THE DINOSAUR (JEFFREY B REMIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
82 72 WHATEVER MAKES OUR LOVE GROW (EXTENDED VERSION) Edwin Starr, 10 Records 12in
83 91 CLAPPERS POWER (CLUB DUB MIX) Brother D, Clappers 12in
84 re LET THE SUN IN Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros LP/12in mailing list promo
85 — LOVEY DOVEY/UP & DOWN LOVE/WASSUP WIT U/FOREVER YOURS/SHE’S FLY Tony Terry, US Epic LP
86 — SNEAK PREVIEW (EXTENDED VERSION) Eleanor Goodman, US Trumpet 12in
87 — CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
88 96 YES (IF YOU WANT ME) (THE YARDIE REMIX) Junior featuring Einstein, London 12in
89 59 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO Zuzan, deConstruction Records 12in promo
90 74 CAN’T YOU SEE ME/LOVE WILL BRING US BACK TOGETHER Roy Ayers, Urban 12in
91 69 CHECKING YOU OUT Ernesta Dunbar, Hardcore 12in
92 84 IT MUST BE LOVE Glenn Jones, Jive LP
93 — SPECIAL Yarbrough & Peoples/SWEETER THAN CANDY Gap Band/NO MISSION’S IMPOSSIBLE Shawnie G/JUST A TOUCH James Reese/BUSTIN’ OUT Rodney Franklin/COLD STUPID New Choice US RCA Victor LP
94 82 I DON’T KNOW Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in white label
95 76 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Oliver Cheatham, Champion 12in
96 83 TAKES ME HIGHER (RADIO MIX) Shabazz, US Coslit Records 12in
97 re DANCE EVERYBODY DANCE/MARIA Spanish Prince, Fourth & Broadway 12in
98 — COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
99 — HEAVY VIBES/(CLUB MIX) Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
100= — RHYTHM OF THE BEAT (HOUSE MIX/KENNY’S MIX/SLAM MIX/BONUS BEATS/RAZ MIX) Tony Sineni, US Hot Mix 5 12in
100= —  I SAID IT AND I MEANT IT (CLUB MIX) Carolyn Porter, US Atlantic 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
02 02 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
03 03 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
04 04 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
05 08 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
06 10 WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
07 11 YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees, WEA 12in
08 05 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
09 06 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
10 13 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
11 14 BAD Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
12 09 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
13 12 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
14 16 DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
15 18 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
16 30 THE CIRCUS Erasure, Mute 12in
17 35 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND Blaze, Debut 12in
18 07 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
19 50 FAITH George Michael, Epic 12in
20 15 CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna, Sire 12in
21 21 RICCOCHET BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
22 17 STRONG AS STEEL Five Star, Tent 12in
23 22 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy Of House, Magnet 12in
24 19 CASANOVA Levert, Atlantic 12in
25 48 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac, Warner Bros 12in
26 27 CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer, MCA 12in
27 33 FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE YOUR DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding, Warner Brothers 12in
28 29 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
29 25 JUST CALL Sherrick, Warner Bros 7in
30 23 MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (MANIC MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in
31 31 THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE (THE WHOLE STORY) ABC, Neutron 12in
32 20 BAD/THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL/LIBERIAN GIRL/ANOTHER PART OF ME/SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson, Epic LP
33 — RENT Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
34 26 GET DOWN Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
35 — MONY MONY (LIVE) Billy Idol, Chrysalis 12in
36 49 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
37 34 TOGETHER FOREVER (DANCE MIX) Intrique, Cooltempo 12in
38 37 (BABY TELL ME) CAN YOU DANCE Shanice Wilson, A&M Breakout 12in
39 40 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables, London 12in promo
40 36 PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD Criminal Element Orchestra, Cooltempo 12in
41 24 STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
42 — WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley, RCA 12in
43 42 CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan, Beggars Banquet 12in
44 — VALERIE Steve Winwood, Island 12in
45 43 COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens, Epic 12in
46 47 SHE’S MINE/CAMEO MEGAMIX II Cameo, Club 12in
47 38 TOY BOY Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
48 44 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (ESCAPE FROM NEWTON)/(ESCAPE TO NEW YORK) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
49 41 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
50 — NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic, Arista 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Canadian Power 12in
02 03 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
03 04 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
04 05 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
05 02 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
06 11 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
07 10 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
08 13 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
09 09 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
10 06 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
11 24 EVERLASTING LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Sandra, 10 Records 12in
12 — WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
13 07 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING (US MIX/MICROMIX) Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
14 22 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Precious Wilson, Jive 12in
15 13 LITTLE LIES (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
16 — DEVOTION Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
17 17 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
18 — (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
19 25 I PROMISE YOU (GET READY) Samantha Fox, Jive 12in
20 21 BACKTRACK Shezwae Powell, Nightmare 12in
21 19 TOMORROW (EXTENDED VERSION) The Communards, London 12in
22 — BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics, RCA 12in
23 20 WALK IN THE PARK (1987 REMAKE) Nick Straker, Sedition 12in
24 18 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
25 15 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
26 — ARABIAN SONG Eartha Kitt, Quazar 12in
27 — YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK Charlotte McKinnon, US Best 12in
28 16 AMERICAN LOVE (REMIX) Rose Laurens, Italian Limited Edition 12in
29 — LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (EUROBEAT STYLE) Bananarama, London 12in
30 14 OH YEAH (DANCE MIX) Yello, US Mercury 12in


HAPPY MOTORING

Robbie Vincent and others have asked for a repeat of my directions for finding Prestatyn Pontins, where over the next two weekends LiveWire has both its soul and Radio 1 weekenders. Those travelling from other areas will have to work out where to join on, the route from the south being very simple: M1, M6, hard left towards Chester at exit 20 onto M56 (in the reverse direction when returning it’s exit 9), then, following signs for North Wales, from the end of the motorway carry straight past Queensferry to the A55, off which you turn to the right through Holywell (on either B5121 or A5026) to hang a left up the A548 coast road for Prestatyn, on the outskirts of which you will see the sign for Pontins to the right off the sharp turn of a long double bend that will already have taken you over a railway bridge. That’s the easy way, but my scenic route proved popular at Easter, and for that you keep on the A55 past Holywell, turning quite soon onto the A5151 for about five miles before (in the hills after Trelawnyd) going sharp right up minor roads straight through Gwaenysgor, past the duck pond, and then plunging precipitously down into Prestatyn with a dramatic view of Pontins ahead as you go over the edge! Tim Westwood liked that one — it was the duck pond that did his head in!

3 thoughts on “October 31, 1987: German DJ convention report, Rick Astley, Keni Burke, Montana Sextet, Jackmaster Volume 1”

  1. No sooner does James correct his Chris Hill boob, than he makes another, which will also be corrected: Black Britain’s ‘Heroin’ was produced by Paul Waller, not Weller.

    There are a couple of acid tracks on the Jackmaster compilation: Adonis & The Endless Poker’s ‘The Poke’ was the first one that I danced to in a club, when Graeme Park played it at the Garage in Nottingham, and The Children’s ‘Freedom’ followed soon after, when he played it at Rock City on the day that Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim and LL Cool J came to town (he was playing house music between the hip hop acts, much to Chuck D’s bemusement). The track also had a “Rock City U.K. Mix”, so maybe that was the version.

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  2. I was a bit confused in my recent comment about The Fatback Band’s “I Found Lovin” – I’ve now seen that despite JH saying it was on TOTP and it’s high position in the dance chart again it wasn’t at its highest in the pop chart at this time or even in the pop charts. Sort of the opposite of ‘House Natiion’ which was finally becoming a long delayed hit in the pop charts but which wasn’t too much of a renewed hit in the dance chart.

    I don’t think we’re ever going to hear about Shoom which I believe was very private and exclusive at least in its early days. By the time we heard about it next spring/summer we heard heard that even if you went you’d probably not get in – I remember at the time this didn’t ever make us try it just sounded a bit annoying and by then there was far less exclusive places playing the same stuff to go to..

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    1. Fatback’s ‘I Found Lovin’ was actually at 17 on this week’s pop chart, having peaked at 7 two weeks earlier. The Steve Walsh version peaked in the same week as Fatback, two places lower at 9.

      I also suspect that we won’t be hearing about Shoom for a while yet; it wouldn’t surprise me if it was deliberately being kept on the down low. Some of my sister’s clubbing buddies from the KISS-fm scene tried to get into it, once it had moved to a more central location. Knowing how popular it was, they got there way ahead of opening time, and so were at the front of the queue – and they were still turned away!

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