November 14, 1987: Prestatyn report, Dance Aid, Sherrick, Public Enemy, Just-Ice, Epee MD

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

ERIC B & RAKIM ‘Paid In Full’ is already due out in Derek B’s Urban Respray mix, while their T-shirt is one of the classiest ever, black with a luxurious thick gold dollar sign on the chest … Society ‘Love It’, the previously reviewed Coldcut mix, is out here on November 23 … Chris Paul’s far better (as warned) 123¼bpm House Mix of ‘Back In My Arms’ (Syncopate 12SYX 5) samples vocal phrases from all sorts of volume-pumping disco hits and really jacks along, the one to get … Radio London could be facing some drastic changes as, unbelievably, of all the BBC’s local stations it apparently attracts the lowest percentage of available listeners (despite what Tony Blackburn keeps claiming) … Jeff Young. who played Supertramp’s soulful ‘I’m Beggin’ You‘ Hi-NRG hit at Prestatyn, adds an hour to his weekly Radio 1 dance music show from Friday, Nov 27, running then 7-10pm … Pete Waterman is “doing a Jonathan King”, hosting a Saturday afternoon show on Liverpool’s Radio City, playing the records he thinks should be hits and inviting listeners to send in their own recordings on tape (which he’ll consider for release) … Catherine Buchanan is ‘Famous For 15 Minutes’ this Friday the 13th at 6.15pm on Channel 4, the singer of Jellybean’s ‘Sidewalk Talk’ (and operatic diva on ‘The Opera House’) being revealed as an artily worded rapper with Talking Heads-type appeal … Thursday (12) Tony Griffin and Jerry Hipkiss start weekly soul/funk/house (strictly no yardie music) at Bristol’s smart Parkside Club in Bath Road, with Fred Dove as guest DJ the opening night … Chris Forbes is guest Def-Dance DJ this Friday (13) at London Limelight’s weekly The Chain Gang, followed in coming weeks by Nicky Holloway, Dancin’ Danny D and Jeff Young, while Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs jazz the basement … Sunday (15) Chris Hill and Paul Morrissey guest with Steve Aspey at Oxford Boodles, and Hazell Dean joins Norman Scott at Luton Bolts … JM Silk featuring Keith Nunnally, Darryl Pandy, Full House, Joe Smooth, Chip E and Frankie Knuckles are jack tracking around the UK, at Derby 20th Century Complex (Nov 14), Kentish Town Town & Country Club (15), Uxbridge Brunel University (17), Brighton Top Rank (18), Bangor University (19), Hull University (20), Bradford University (21), Birmingham Porsche (22), Bournemouth Academy (23), Stockton The Mall (25), Glasgow Fury Murrays (26), Manchester International 2 (27), Sheffield University (28) … Adonis & The Endless Poker ‘The Poke‘ is due as a single from Westside Records, who have also plundered their ‘Jackmaster’ compilation LP to accompany it on strictly promo-only white label with tracks by Nitestar, Patrick Adams, Out Of Control and Hokus Pokus … ConFunkShun’s now solo Michael Cooper, way ahead of January release, has on Warner Bros promo the melodically rolling vocally sinuous 116¾(-0)bpm smoothly chugging ‘To Prove My Love‘ … EMI have tried a scam by not revealing on white label promos that it’s Climie Fisher performing the ponderously go-go-tempoed scratching 90½bpm ‘Rise To The Occasion (Club Mix)‘ (12EM 33) … Manchester’s Expansion Records shop, opening this Saturday, is in fact the north-west branch of John Anderson’s Kings Lynn Soul Bowl shop, and nothing to do with his similarly named record company’s partner Richard Searling … I spent much of my time at Prestatyn turning people onto the excellent new compilation double album, ‘The RCA Victor Blues & Rhythm Revue‘ (RCA PL86279(2)), which documents (with informative liner notes by Jerry Wexler) the progress of black music from 1940 to the mid-Fifties, through sophisticated big band blues, booting instrumentals, jumping shouts and gospel harmonies to climax in the Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’ — terrific listening for the historically minded, and, as Chris Brown suggests, a good alternative for hairdressing salon and boutique play … Mark (One) Hewitt, now at Derby’s Pink Coconut and Dudley’s Goldsmiths, when jocking in Spain at Lloret De Mar’s Tropics had not three but five Technics SL1200’s to mix with! … I fear there’s so much advertising on these pages this week that there’s hardly any room for reviews, so check the Black Dance chart for new entries’ Beats Per Minute … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


Livewire’s second PRESTATYN WEEKENDER really showed how black music in Britain has polarised into two main types. Although soul and jazz were indeed played, the music that thundered through the speaker stacks to greatest audience response was rap and house. Even Robbie Vincent was playing it! By contrast, instead of the classy jazz and Sixties oldies that were normally featured upstairs, it was Nicky Holloway’s demented Seventies “disco” party that finally packed the smaller floor there. The biggest record by far was Eric B & Rakim, to such an extent that after the opening Friday night’s overdose of “Eric and Derek”, it was virtually banned! The Cookie Crew’s appealing live PA helped ‘Females’ too, while Pete Tong was featuring an acetate of the brilliantly exciting Jazzy Joyce-scratched dub mix of ‘Tighten Up’. The live star, Alexander O’Neal, left ‘Fake’ for his obligatory encore and was all ready to leave (some of the band had even re-boarded the bus) before being persuaded to come back and do his all-time UK classic, ‘What’s Missing’ — which nearly was! A good weekend, with few surprises and no trouble. Prestatyn III is at Easter, April 2/3/4, 1988 – details from Livewire on 01-364 1212.

ALEXANDER O’NEAL got so hot performing at Prestatyn thot he tried to take his tie off — a normally macho act for any male singer, but this time he couldn’t undo the knot, and even with help from the band it took him a hilarious three minutes!

The once again slimline SEAN FRENCH was, as usual, in charge of the Pontins comp’s closed circuit Live Wire Television and radio service, broadcasting interviews, movies and music.

Saturday at Prestatyn coincided with Hallowe’en, and the SPOOKY SOUL SISTERS were the best dressed posse! In the top left corner, incidentally, you can just see local North Wales landowner Sparrow Harrison, on old school chum of John Peel and the man who turned me on to R&B in 1962.

Radio 1’s ROBBIE VINCENT was really chuffed to be given an award for helping make Sherrick’s ‘Just Call’ a top 20 hit, and shored the moment with ConFunkShun’s now solo MICHAEL VERNON COOPER (left) and WEA’s veteran disco plugger FRED DOVE.

Breakout’s ROB MANLEY, Phonogram’s JOHNNY WALKER and Profile’s PAUL OAKENFOLD got so high on “house” (and very silly) that when the time to crash come, they were totally zonked!

Radio Broadlands’ CHRISSIE JACKSON and an enthusiastic visitor from the States, Warner Bros’s vice president of A&R BENNY MEDINA, were the most extrovert dancers on stage, Benny rivalling Morgan Khan’s squirming dance style.


HOT VINYL

DANCE AID ‘Give, Give, Give’ (Supreme Records SUPE T 119) Last year’s Disco Aid charity single totally revamped in 112bpm rinky-tinky happy style by Stock Aitken Waterman, with chinky Chic-ish guitar at times, many of its “allstar” cast like Mel & Kim, Pepsi & Shirlie, Sinitta, Kenny G and Steve Walsh actually being stars this year (inst/edit flip). As the nationally co-ordinated Disco Aid night is this Saturday (14), it’s odd the record isn’t out until Monday.

SHERRICK ‘Let’s Be Lovers Tonight (Extended Dance Remix)’ (Warner Bros W8146T)
Vocally multi-tracked pleasantly swaying (0-)111bpm modern soul wriggler, flipped by the original 112⅓bpm LP Version and wailing staccato (0-)116⅓bpm ‘Do You Baby’, packaged with a poster.

PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ (Def Jam 651245 6)
Really intense insistent (0-)99bpm exciting rap jitterer with an ear-snagging screech sound throughout, massive for months and now (after brief deletion) elevated to A-side status, with its useful previously US-only instrumental plus the droning 93bpm ‘Sophisticated Bitch’ and dense 98-86/43-0bpm ‘Terminator X Speaks With His Hands’.

JUST-ICE ‘Going Way Back’ (US Fresh FRE-15)
Toughest new rap of the week, set to a naggingly familiar slinkily undulating 89-0bpm bassline with doodling piano notes (in three mixes), flipped by the reggae toasting 0-82-0bpm ‘Lyric Licking’ (dub too).

EPEE MD ‘It’s My Thing’ (Cooltempo COOLX 156)
Eric B & Rakim-type (0-)102bpm hot import rap based on The Whole Darn Family’s 1976 ‘Seven Minutes Of Funk’ and Marva Whitney’s 1969 ‘It’s My Thing’ (dub too), flipped by the drawling and cutting 93¾bpm ‘You’re A Customer’.

FRANKIE KNUCKLES PRESENTS ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ (US Trax TX150)
Excellent tinkling and muttering conversational sensuous catchy 132-132½-0bpm pulsing house skipper by the uncredited Jamie Principal, amongst others, somewhat homo-erotic maybe but with an anti-war message too (instrumental groaning 117bpm ‘Your Love‘ flip).

PLEASURE ZONE ‘F*** Charley’ (Trax TX 147)
About for a while but hard to find, this controversial 118-123-0bpm answer to ‘House Nation’ refers in its digitally repeated title line to Charley rather than Farley (the Rude Boy Of House), and includes an equally non-airplay 118¼bpm treatment of ‘House Nation’, plus the bounding 130¼bpm ‘Jana‘ instrumental and sparsely pulsing 119⅔bpm ‘Hold These Nuts‘.

JOYCE SIMS ‘Come Into My Life’ (London LONX 161)
Rapid UK turnaround of the radio plugged, and consequently fast-rising, haunting subtle slinky swayer reviewed on import last week, here somehow a seemingly steady 0-94½bpm (was the US tape slipping?).

DOC POWELL ‘Give It Up (Remix)’ (Club JABX 61)
Luther Vandross is among the chanting background singers on this, his guitarist’s UK single, an inconsequential sharp 120¾bpm strutter that’s more ramblingly repeated title line than actual song (119¾bpm LP version and dull instrumental 108¾-0bpm ‘What I Like’ too), out here next week and lifted like the US-Issued ‘What’s Going On’ from his pleasant enough if unessential import LP, ‘Love Is Where It’s At’ (US Mercury 832-720-1), which includes the Benson-ish jogging 95⅙bpm ‘Bad Times’, rolling 111⅓bpm title track, Marcus Miller-created instrumental 112½bpm ‘M&M‘, weaving 0-88bpm ‘Love Finds A Way‘, muttering (0-)113½bpm ‘Don’t Waste My Time‘.

THE C.C.R. CREW ‘Stretchin’ The Pieces (Club Mix)’ (CCR Records CCR DANCE 1 via PRT)
Froggy (seen above) and Livewire’s Adrian Webb have launched their own Circle City Records label with this obviously ‘Roadblock’-inspired excellent very clean sounding go-go-ish tempoed (0-)100⅙bpm brassy revamp of the Average White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ (in three good mixes), now of course revealed probably more clearly than when first out as being in the topical James Brown style.


Hi-NRG

PET SHOP Boys ‘Rent’ (Parlophone 12R6168), plaintive rhythmically ambiguous 67½-135/67½bpm pulser;

SAMANTHA FOX ‘I Promise You (Get Ready)’ (Jive FOXY T 7), mindlessly breezy bright 122¼bpm galloper;

AMANDA LUCCI ‘Cry Out In The Night’ (Rise Records RISE T5, via Pinnacle), plaintively shrill wriggly bounding 124⅔bpm thudder;

BLUE ZONE ‘On Fire (Conflagration Mix)’ (Arista/Rockin’ Horse Records RHT 116), soaring girl and two guys-performed Communards-ish jerky pop churner in Francois Kevorkian’s 128-0bpm mix, although when promoed (as by BZ) the A-side was producer Paul Staveley O’Duffy’s now not included 0-128bpm original;

MAN TO MAN ‘At The Gym’ (Bolts BOLTS 10/12), smoothly pounding 120bpm corny Village People-ish galloper;

VISION ‘Under My Thumb’ (Arrow Records 12VIS 1), galloping 133½bpm pop revival of the Rolling Stones’ oldie;

PAMELA NIGHTINGALE ‘A Night To Remember’ (Rise Records RISE T6), ‘I Will Survive’-like lurching 121⅓bpm canterer;

DOLLY DOTS ‘What A Night (Party Night)’ (RCA PT 41614), Stock Aitken Waterman-created not at all fast but Eurobeat flavoured 99½ Bananarama-ish chugger by the Dutch girl group;

JOHANSEN ‘Walkin’ A Fine Line’ (WEA YZ148T), infectiously jiggling 127¼bpm repetitive title chanting Gibson Brothers-ish galloper;

NORMA JEAN ‘Megastar Hits 1’ (Uptown Records 12UTR4, via PRT), ploddingly straightforward 0-117½bpm medley of Madonna’s hits, one after another at at the same tempo;

JENNIFER HALL ‘Danger Men At Work’ (Warner Bros W8162T), spikily speeding 140bpm small voiced jerky mutterer by Sir Peter Hall and Leslie Caron’s theatrical daughter;

MIDNIGHT SUNRISE ‘This Is A Haunted House’ (Nightmare MARE 36), dreadful unison-chanted 121¼-0bpm pseudo-house, supported only by friends of the producer;

FRESH ‘Summer In The City’ (Jive JIVE T 154), pedestrian jittery 113½bpm girl duo revival of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s oldie;

MARTYN LACEY featuring Angie Gold ‘Cruising In The Park’ (Passion PASH 12 80), tedious jittery 117½bpm Eurobeat trotter in a dreadful phonetic-type Rap Mix or innocuous Hi-NRG Mix;

MICHAEL PAUL HILL ‘She’s My Queen’ (Big Top MBT 04), sombrely sung Euro-flavoured 122½-0bpm jiggler.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – November 14, 1987

01 01 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
02 03 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
03 02 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)/(PHILLY JAZZ)/(OVERDUBBING) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
04 07 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
05 18 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
06 14 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
07 04 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr., Geffen Records 12in
08 24 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
09 09 RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
10 05 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
11 16 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
12 12 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
13 13 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
14 59 COME INTO MY LIFE (CLUB MIX) Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in/London promo
15 26 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
16 55 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
17 42 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
18 06 MR MANIC + SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) Shakatak/DJ StreetsAhead, Polydor 12in
19 31 I’M THE ONE/BLUE SUMMER/I REALLY WANNA BE WITH YOU/LET ME LOVE YOU/WORD Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
20 15 THE CAMEO MEGAMIX TWO (LES ADAMS MIX)/SHE’S MINE Cameo, Club 12in
21 28 I FOUND LOVIN’ (REMIX/LP VERSION) Fatback, Master Mix 12in
22 17 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE/SENSUOUS MOOD Mission USA, CBS 12in
23 11 BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12
24 08 DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE/PART TWO) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
25 19 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
26 71 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
27 35 IT’S MY THING Epee MD, Cooltempo 12in
28 30 WE’LL KEEP STRIVING (EXTENDED REMIX) La La with Bernard Wright, Arista 12in
29 25 CLAPPERS POWER (CLUB DUB MIX) Brother D, Clappers 12in
30 10 MR SLEAZE (RARE GROOVE REMIX) Bananarama featuring Stock Aitken Waterman, London 12in
31 23 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
32 29 I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN (EXTENDED VERSION) Roger, Reprise Records 12in
33 94 GIVE IT TO ME Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
34 21 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, US Tuff City 12in
35 50 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX/GET BUSY YO! MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
36 27 AFTER DARK/OVER YOU/LOVIN’ YOU/YOU MAKE MY NATURE DANCE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records LP
37 34 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (EXTENDED MIX) Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in
38 20 PERFECT LADY (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
39 — BACK IN MY ARMS (HOUSE CITY)/CITY NIGHTS Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
40 40 THE OVERWEIGHT LOVERS IN THE HOUSE/MONEYEARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON Heavy D and the Boyz, MCA Records 12in
41 48 COMMUNICATE (REMIX) Full House, Epic 12in mailing list promo
42 45 I DON’T KNOW/DANCING IN THE NIGHT (REMIX) Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
43 33 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables (FYC), London 12in promo
44 75 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
45 41 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
46 44 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, US Jive/Rooftop Records 12in
47 73 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (HOUSE PARTY MIX) Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in white label
48 89 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
49 22 WALK THE DINOSAUR (THE NEW YORK DANGEROUS MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
50 66 RISIN’ TO THE TOP (GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT) Keni Burke, RCA 12in
51 54 JUST THAT TYPE OF GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX)/(LP VERSION) Madame X, Atlantic 12in
52 56 REGGAE GOT SOUL (SCRATCH MIX) Big One Crew featuring Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
53 36 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, US Criminal Records LP
54 46 BEATS + PIECES (MO’ BASS REMIX) Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
55 80 HOUSE MASTER GENERAL (HOUSE MIX) The House Master General, Flick & Romero Records 12in
56 — YOU GAVE YOUR LOVE TO ME Chud’e Mondolane, Cooltempo 12in
57 53 THAT GREEDY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
58 39 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, Sure Delight 12in
59 — GHOST HOUSE The House Engineers, Syncopate 12in promo
60 — I LIKE TO LISTEN/DA ME MAS/CATALONIA T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in white label
61 — FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES (WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN)/WHEN I THINK OF YOU (DANCE REMIX)/NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX – PART ONE) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
62 99 HOUSE IT UP (INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Hokus Pokus, US West Madison Street Records 12in
63 — GOING WAY BACK/LYRIC KICKING Just-Ice, US Fresh Records 12in
64 49 NUDE PHOTO (RYTHIM MIX) Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
65 67 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’/JACK THE GROOVE (EXTENDED HOUSE MIX) Raze, Champion 12in mailing list promo
66 47 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, US Island 12in/Fourth & Broadway promo
67 100 SPECIAL Yarbrough & Peoples/CAN’T LET IT GO La Rue/SWEETER THAN CANDY Gap Band (‘Penitentiary III’ soundtrack), US RCA Victor LP
68 — SORE LIP (CLUB MIX) Ritual, Warrior Records 12in
69 62 BEVERLY HILLS COPS (HOUSE GROOVE/JACK PIANO MIX) The Big X Crewe, Uptown Records 12in
70 43 BAD ON THE MIKE (THE BAD RAP) Simon Harris featuring 3 Boom MC’s, London 12in
71 37 WALK THE DINOSAUR (JEFFREY B YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE REMIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
72 52 SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
73 — MR JOY The Jade, Ulti Faze 12in
74 — THE BOOGALOO Traedonya, US Tuff City 12in
75 83 HEAVY VIBES/(CLUB MIX) Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
76 96 FALLING IN LOVE/LINDA, MY LOVE/I BELIEVE IN LOVE Modernique, US Sire LP
77 — STRINGS ‘FLAM-BOY-ANT’ MIX/MOVE IT (REMIX)/STRINGS OF LIFE Rhythim Is Rhythim, US Transmat 12in
78 95 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (Z MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
79 — WHEN WE USED TO PLAY/GET LAYED/BODY WORK/DOES NOT COMPUTE Blake Baxter, US KMS Records 12in
80 — THE REAL THING (EL BARRIO REMIX/HOT SALSA DUB) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in promo
81 90 MR JOHNSON (DANNY ‘DUBMASTER’ D YARDIE REMIX) Yes No People, London 12in
82 64 YES IT’S YOU/HOT PANTS Diana Brown and the Brothers, Tuf 12in
83 — NO PAIN, NO GAIN The Whispers, Solar 12in
84 — JINGO Jellybean, Chrysalis LP
85 re GREEDY ‘G’ (ORIGINAL/EXTENDED REMIX) Brentford Allstars/THE JAM IS ON IT T-Ski Valley, Studio One 12in
86 — LAND OF CONFUSION (CONFUSION MIX) Armando, US Westbrook Records 12in
87 84 ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY/NOT ON THE OUTSIDE Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, US Def Jam LP
88 re SHUT UP ALREADY Pulse, Urban 12in
89 76 SNEAK PREVIEW (EXTENDED VERSION) Eleanor Goodman, US Trumpet 12in
90 68 LOVEY DOVEY Tony Terry, US Epic LP
91 — DINNER WITH GERSHWIN (EXTENDED VERSION) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
92 93 I SAID IT AND I MEANT IT (CLUB MIX) Carolyn Porter, US Atlantic 12in
93 — LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS (LIKE ME AND YOU)/SUCKER PUNCH Full Force, US Columbia 12in
94 — INSTANT LOVE (OVERNIGHT SENSATION MIX) Tony Stone, Ensign 12in
95 — IRRESISTIBLE (THE PWL REMIX) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
96 — I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX)/JUMP ON IT Walter Beasley, US Polydor 12in
97 — CUSTOM MADE LOVE (DANCE MIX) Rush Hour, US Star Gaze Records 12in
98 — OVERNIGHT SUCCESS (DANCE MIX) Anita Pointer, RCA 12in
99 — I AM DOWN/PASS THE SALT-N-PEPA (MEDLEY)/CHICK ON THE SIDE (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, US Next Plateau 12in
100= — HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX)/(ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in promo
100= — WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (RICK SETS IT OFF MIX)/(XK 150 MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in


POP DANCE

01 06 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley, RCA 12in
02 01 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
03 03 WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
04 05 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
05 08 FAITH George Michael, Epic 12in
06 11 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac, Warner Bros 12in
07 02 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
08 04 YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees, WEA 12in
09 07 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
10 17 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
11 12 RENT Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
12 34 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 14 THE CIRCUS Erasure, Mute 12in
14 09 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
15 23 VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless, CBS 12in
16 28 GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison, Dark Horse 12in
17 10 DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
18 18 MONY MONY (LIVE) Billy Idol, Chrysalis 12in
19 25 MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (MANIC MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in
20 24 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
21 13 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
22 19 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
23 22 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
24 — NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
25 15 I NEED LOVE LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
26 21 CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer, MCA 12in
27 50 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer, Warner Brothers 12in
28 26 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
29 29 BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics, RCA 12in
30 32 SO THE STORY GOES (THE BOOTLEG MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
31 20 CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna, Sire 12in
32 16 BAD Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
33 — KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
34 — RICCOCHET BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
35 44 SHE’S MINE/CAMEO MEGAMIX II Cameo, Club 12in
36 38 NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic, Arista 12in
37 27 STRONG AS STEEL Five Star, Tent 12in
38 — FEMALES (GET ON UP) The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
39 39 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
40 — IRRESISTIBLE Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
41 — CHINA IN YOUR HANDS T’Pau, Siren 12in
42 31 THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry, Virgin 12in
43 30 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy Of House, Magnet 12in
44 — JACK MIX IV Mirage, Debut 12in
45 45 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
46 — I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger, Reprise 12in
47 40 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables, London 12in promo
48 49 HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake, EMI 12in
49 42 GET DOWN Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
50 33 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in


HI-NRG

01 03 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 01 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
03 04 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
04 05 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
05 02 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
06 re MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
07 08 EVERLASTING LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Sandra, 10 Records 12in
08 09 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
09 14 ARABIAN SONG Eartha Kitt, Quazar 12in
10 12 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
11 16 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
12 10 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
13 — NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
14 15 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
15 20 LITTLE LIES (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Brothers 12in
16 25 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
17 — COME BACK AND STAY Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
18 06 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
19 11 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
20 23 BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics, RCA 12in
21 07 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING (US MIX/MICROMIX) Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
22 18 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
23 13 A WINNER NEVER QUITS Milton Brown, Nightmare 12in
24 21 DEVOTION Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
25 — I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
26 22 THIS IS A HAUNTED HOUSE Midnight Sunrise with Nellie “Mixmaster” Rush, Nightmare 12in
27 28 MONY MONY Amazulu, EMI 12in
28 29 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
29 27 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
30 24 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU Supertramp, A&M 12in

4 thoughts on “November 14, 1987: Prestatyn report, Dance Aid, Sherrick, Public Enemy, Just-Ice, Epee MD”

  1. We can only speculate as to the manner in which Johnny Walker and Paul Oakenfold got so “high”, “silly” and “zonked”, but if my hunch is correct, then this could be the first published photo of a post-rave chillout!

    I’m also amused by Alexander O’Neal’s band being hauled back off the bus to perform the track that James spent months and months banging on about in these columns – there was no way they could get away without performing it in his presence!

    The ad space in this week’s pages, which ended up squeezing out some the content, was dominated by two half-page ads. One was for Zuzan’s ‘Girls Can Jak Too’, which despite extended promotion – remixes, temporary deletion and a re-release – only managed to peak at #91 in the pop chart. The other was for Dizzi Heights’ ‘Get Into It/Cash Money’, which sank without trace and didn’t even get a review. You have to wonder whether this was money wisely spent.

    Amazingly enough, Frankie Knuckles’ ‘Your Love’ – which eventually went on to be one of the all-time house classics – barely scrapes a mention this week. It will be interesting to map its future progress. I suspect it was a particularly slow burner; I didn’t get to hear it myself for another two years. (And there’s another future classic coming up very soon, which gets equally short shrift.)

    Blue Zone, reviewed in the Hi-NRG section, marks the first appearance of Lisa Stansfield. Their next (and final) single, ‘Jackie’, belatedly became a massive track on gay dancefloors, in the wake of her later solo success.

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    1. Blue Zone consisted of Lisa with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, who were still behind her during her solo career. The Blue Zone catalogue is hard to find, but you can hear the roots of what’s to come on a few of their tracks.

      It was the single ‘Thinking About His Baby’ which had ‘Big Thing’ on the B side – and that really is the signature Stansfield style.

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  2. And like Oakenfold and Walker – Nicky Holloway with his “demented” disco party . Everything is starting to align fir 1988.
    I’m sure JH had seen it all before in the 1960s!

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    1. Indeed he had! – and he’ll say as much in an extended cautionary column next year, which I’m looking forward to re-discovering.

      There’s more significant Nicky Holloway stuff to come very soon, as well…

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