November 21, 1987: The Microphone Prince, Brentford Allstars, Heavy D & The Boyz, “acid” house, Sparrow Harrison

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

NICKY HOLLOWAY’s recent Doo at the cathedral-like Natural History Museum was one of the weirdest and most spectacular gigs ever, with strobes illuminating the dinosaur skeletons, hanging projector screens, cavernously echoing massive sound (just right for Pete Tong and the other jocks’ “acid” house music), and all the vibe of a Sixties hippy happening — appropriate, considering flares were making a comeback!… Derek B’s 97½-98-97½bpm Urban Respray of Eric B & Rakim ‘Paid In Full’ (4th + B’way 12BRX 78) is totally different with groaning girls, clanging guitar chords copied from John Cougar Mellencamp’s ‘Jack & Diane’, Chuck Brown go go beats… Cookie Crew’s new 0-106⅔-106¾-0bpm ‘Females (Get What We Want)’ (Rhythm King LEFT R 12T) rearranges the James Brown rhythms, adding Trouble Funk’s “pump me up”, and transforming “this stuff is really fresh”, among other changes, with a truly transformer-ed scratching 107⅙bpm Cookie Monster Jam Mix flip… Rick Astley’s 114⅔-114¾-115bpm ‘Whenever You Need Somebody (Rick Sets If Off Mix)‘ (RCA PT41568R) uses the old Harleqiun Fours ‘Set It Off’ rhythm (with an instrumental 114½-114¾bpm XK I50 Mix flip)… Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element’s fiercely transformed Jazzy Joyce-scratched 0-116-0bpm ‘Lighten Up (I Just Can’t Stop Scratching)’ dub version is now on promo (Breakout USAT 621)… Glen Goldsmith has yet another largely instrumental even chunkier 104bpm Back Yardie Remix of ‘I Won’t Cry’, so far on promo only… Bert Rogers kindly sent me from Germany his own copy of the locally bootlegged Jeli version of ‘Pump Up The Volume’, re-scratched and over-dubbed with added rock guitar intros by such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, 0- 114⅓-113¼-114½-0-115-0bpm before then branching out into a very long general disco oldies medley… Pete Hammond and Pete Waterman’s 109bpm PWL Remix of Audrey Wheeler ‘Irresistible’ (Capitol 12CLX 471) is more tightly juddering but not that different… I somehow missed the huskily impassioned rolling (0-)105½bpm La Rue ‘Can’t Let It Go‘ when reviewing the ‘Penitentiary III’ soundtrack LP… Brian Carter, of Germany’s BCM label (already famous for its Chicago house releases), is preparing a massive 100 track boxed set ‘The Story Of House’, on CD too, with an illustrated booklet and all the real rarities, including the music’s source influences… Jamie Principle’s eagerly sought original version of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ never came out legally but was bootlegged around Chicago last winter, before he made a higher-tech re-recording during the summer for a deal with Manhattan which never materialised, this remake now being snapped up here by London for the next ‘Acid Tracks’ third volume of ‘The House Sound Of Chicago’ compilation series (after which it’ll be a single, too): meanwhile, any actual involvement by the lyrically namechecked “Jamie” in the much faster version reviewed last week as by Frankie Knuckles Presents on US Trax neither confirmed nor denied!… Will Downing, singer with Wally Jump Jr, has house-ified jazz great John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme‘ for his Arthur Baker produced upcoming 4th + B’way solo LP… Birmingham’s Kool Kat Records are UK agents for Detroit’s Transmat label, so Neil Rushton is looking for bids on 021-643 6584 for the hot Rhythim Is Rhythim and White Knight product… Serious Records have got the Bovver Boys to create ‘The Best Of House Megamix‘ out of the year’s top 18 jack tracks for LP release before Christmas… Les Adams has done a Nitro Deluxe-ish Brutal Remix of LA Mix just, strictly, for Germany… Jellybean’s ‘Jingo’ remix is scheduled for singles release next month already, hard on the heels of ‘Who Found Who’ (which has a remix due too)… Steve Walsh’s followup is the Stock Aitken Waterman-created ‘Let’s Get Together Tonight‘ (whoa-oh?)… Morgan Khan married his Dutch fiancée Jacqui just over a week ago, when they were meant to be keeping a cinema date with me!… Man To Man ‘At The Gym’ should have been printed as 130bpm, while commercial pressings of Krush are 120¼-0bpm… Dave Pearce has recorded the Def Jam tour for his Monday 10pm NITE-fm hip hop show on Radio London, featuring Eric B & Rakim, LL Cool J and Public Enemy, the latter of whom were mindlessly verbose (“you know what I’m saying?”) when his studio guests, although by strange contrast they were really sharp when on Tim Westwood’s excellent and all too brief Saturday night 12.15-12.45am Capital Radio slot… Chris Hill was flown to Hamburg by Radio Hamburg (to which he moves in January from that city’s Radio 107) a couple of weekends ago to be on air for two nights purely because the Prince and Princess of Wales were in town, and everything was being done in English to honour them!… Alexander O’Neal sang ‘(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay’ on TV’s ‘The Last Resort’, a coincidence as, had I the room, last week’s Prestatyn report would have continued about his “robust set that resembled Otis Redding’s in his heavily built rampaging and posturing, if not in the soul of his vocal delivery”… LaToya Jackson, in her many recent TV and radio chat show appearances, has come across a really bright cookie — a lot sharper than Mick Brown, on ‘Night Network’!… Manchester’s answer to Nicky Holloway, the moveable Trash events’ Gerry O’Connell and ‘Madhatter’ Andy Holmes present Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew’s first full live set ever (four decks, keyboard, samplers) this Wednesday (18) at Manchester’s Tropicana in Oxford Street.. Thursday (19) Gilles Peterson guests at jazzy Pearl O’Hara’s one-off Bordello night (normally Tuesdays) at Kensington’s Henry’s Club in Young Street… Derek B, Farley Jackmaster Funk and Bob Jones join Simon Goffe this Saturday (21) at the weekly Fever in London’s Astoria… Graeme Park is def now every Saturday at Derby’s 20th Century… John Matthews, a regular shopper at Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre along with me, has taken over just down the road as main resident DJ at South Harrow’s Bogarts, where that other local lad Chris Paul came to fame… Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Walkers has started a well crucial Across The Tracks Tuesday night with Gary Majnujz (?!), Sid, and Geoff Carr, a bus for the outlying posses running from South Shields via Sunderland (details on 091-584 3249)… Eric B & Rakim’s luxurious gold dollar sign emblazoned T-shirts have now been followed by similar slipmats, for lucky mailing list jocks… Bang The Party by now should have learnt it doesn’t pay to conceal their true identity, first getting into trouble by stamping their UK white label’s sleeve with the confusing initials SAW, then having the same white label stickered in the States with its New York distributor’s name, Watts Music Corporation, the only visible identification and thus reviewed there as such!… DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


SPARROW HARRISON’s face got cropped from the Spooky Soul Sisters’ photo in last week’s cramped conditions, should you have been puzzled by the caption, but here really is the def trooper, surveying his North Wales estate! A prep school chum of John Peel, with whom he ran a music appreciation society as long ago as the late Forties, Sparrow (real name Robert — don’t ask!) led a notorious group called Sparrow & The Gossamers, and turned me on to R&B in 1962 when we used to catch Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies at the old Marquee in Oxford Street. A lot’s happened since then!


PETE WATERMAN has periodically slotted Capital Radio DJ John Sachs’ “skiddendaddy” catchphrase through the upcoming STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN ‘Packjammed (With The Party Posse)’ (Breakout USAT 620), due fully on December 1, a disappointingly dull and contrived organ-based brassy (0-)99⅔bpm funk jiggler that’s too much like though not as catchy as ‘Roadblock’, with nothing really happening to grab one. Back to the drawing board?


HOT VINYL

THE MICROPHONE PRINCE ‘Rock House’ (US Still Rising Records SRR-1007)
A totally wild rap three-tracker (plus instrumentals), featuring this jolting 96½bpm retread of the Commodores’ Brick House’, the 96⅔(-0)bpm ‘Memory Lane‘ which makes better use of Dennis Edwards’ bassline than even ‘Paid In Full’, and the Ed Sullivan impersonation started madly syncopated 83⅚bpm bonus rap ‘Hound Dog’ — yup, Elvis’s, brilliantly combined in fact with ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ in a rock ‘n’ roll rap that leaves ‘Go Cut Creator Go’ in the shade. These have to be heard!

BRENTFORD ALLSTARS ‘Greedy G’ (Studio One GRED 401, via Greensleeves 01-749 3277)
The burblingly chugging dub treatment of James Brown’s ‘Get On The Good Foot’ that we’ve been crediting to the Dub Specialists for want of any other identification when on LP, the basis for Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew’s ‘That Greedy Beat’ (and an influence on Derek B’s ‘Get Down’), is now on UK 12 inch in its original mix and a much thinner less resonant extended remix, plus (all at 109⅔bpm) a new rap treatment as T-SKI VALLEY ‘The Jam Is On‘.

HEAVY D & THE BOYZ ‘The Overweight Lovers In The House’ (MCA Records MCAT 1206)
The heavyweight 0-99bpm rap based largely on the JBs’ ‘Pass The Peas’ is here unbelievably flipped by (also released, MCF 3396) their ‘Living Large’ LP’s next hottest cut, the JBs’ ‘Gimme Some More’ and O’Jays’ ‘For The Love Of Money’-based 98bpm ‘Moneyearnin’ Mount Vernon‘, plus the oddly syncopated 0-79½bpm ‘Nike‘.

FULL HOUSE (Danny Wilson & Richard Patterson) ‘Communicate (Club Mix)’ (Epic FULL T1)
Freddy Bastone is revealed as the remixer of this much improved version (promoed already for ages) of the old DJ International Records import, now a beefily leaping infectiously archetypal (0-)119⅓bpm jangly house chanter (dub/edit flip), so full of familiar clichés it has to work well!

MASTER C&J ‘In The City (Club Mix)’ (US State Street Records SSR 1005)
Very strong atmospherically spoken and Liz Torres-wailed swirling spacey 124½bpm house canterer, with an instantly familiar bubbling bassline which really comes forward in the flip’s vocal-slurring Devil Mix and instrumental Insane Mix (edit too).

THE TAMS ‘There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin’’ (Virgin VST 1029)
Ho ho ho. Far from being thought rude in the States, this huskily rasped delightfully dated 120-121-122⅓bpm soul swinger is about an ancient dance step that’s still all the rage (along with the Tams, General Johnson & The Chairmen Of The Board, and other similarly husky veteran groups) with white kids on the Carolina seaboard, where “Beach Music” is the equivalent of our Northern Soul. If you can find the far better value 1983-released mini-LP, ‘Beach Music From The Tams’ (US Compleat Records CMLP-5001), you’ll also get the languidly swaying 116½-118½bpm ‘My Baby Sure Can Shag‘ and their excellent 119¼-120bpm accurate remake of Willie Tee’s style-setting ‘Thank You John‘. Shag on down by the Union Hall…

T-CUT-F ‘House Reaction (Robin Hood Mix)’ (Kool Kat KOOL T9, via PRT)
Mark Gamble of Krush is part of this also Nottingham-based “house” band, who debut on the Birmingham label with a good urgent 126bpm simple instrumental jacker that’s flipped by DJ Franklin McDonald’s even more exciting 125¼-125½bpm Scratch Mix, well worth checking.

WILLIAM PITT ‘City Lights’ (Sierra Records FED41T, via WEA)
Lovely hauntingly crooned slinky 103⅙bpm swayer with tinkly George Benson-ish guitar, especially on the useful 104⅓bpm instrumental flip, massive across the Continent all this year and now stirring up interest here. In fact, it was the only record I brought back from Germany, where the local Jupiter Records pressing runs slower, respectively at 102½bpm and 103⅓bpm (making an import instrumental the one to run with the UK vocal?).

THE JADE ‘Mr Joy’ (Ulti Faze 73185-12)
Excellent strangulated falsetto Marvin Gaye-ish gently weaving 103-103⅔(intro)-104-105-105⅓-105-105⅓-105bpm soul swayer (instrumental flip), obviously from a while ago so presumably a rare groove in somebody’s book. The obscure label appears to emanate from Mike Ward in Sheffield.

T-COY ‘I Like To Listen’ (deConstruction Records M 6242)
Manchester’s Hacienda DJ Mike Pickering and Tim Oliver add Sixties-style reedy organ to the latin percussion on this sprightly dated 118¼-118bpm instrumental tripper, returning to their jangly piano sound for the even more latin possibly stronger 108⅙-107⅚bpm ‘Da Me Mas‘ and similarly girls-punctuated 0-112-112⅓bpm ‘Catalonia‘, the latter most jack track-ish and consequently least interesting of a not specifically “house”-aimed trio.

BLACK BRITAIN ‘Heroin (Club Version)’ (10 Records TEN T 201)
Paul Weller’s co-producer credit may be what’s putting people off this otherwise Timmy Regisford mixed (and to my mind excellent) nervily leaping, James Brown “get up offa that thing”-cutting, 122bpm jack track with a message (in four mixes), the best thing Black Britain have done — even if their vocal intonation at times is like the Peddlers!

SHOKK ‘Amazin’’ (Raja Records ROX T 001)
Good self-distributed purposefully lurching SOS Band-style (0-)101⅚bpm jogger by the girl/guy duo, with some rap and soaring sax as it progresses, flipped (inst too) by the equally pleasant swaying lush 98⅙bpm ‘Stay‘. Check ’em.

JELLYBEAN featuring Elisa Fiorillo ‘Who Found Who (US Club Mix)’ (Chrysalis JELX 1-1)
Madonna-ish breezy 118bpm canterer, obviously a pop hit like it’s been in the States, but flipped here by the new 114-114⅓-114¾-0bpm El Barrio Remix and 114⅓-0bpm Hot Salsa Dub of ‘The Real Thing’.

WALTER BEASLEY ‘I’m So Happy (12″ Remix)’ (US Polydor 887 163-1)
Rather pleasant soulful 97bpm chunkily jiggling jogger with jazzy sax and chinky guitar meshing into the ‘Casanova’-ish beat (dub/edit too), flipped by the skipping (0-)116½bpm jazz-funk sax instrumental ‘Jump On It’.

TONY STONE ‘Instant Love (Overnight Sensation Mix)’ (Ensign ENYX 609, via Chrysalis)
Marvin Gaye-ish pleasant slinkily rolling 96½-96⅓bpm swayer by the classily scatting Stone Free guy — who’s done a Rick Astley and revealed that he’s white, which rather slowed up his sales once the photo-less promos had run out! – with (edit too) a yearning 82-0bpm ‘I Don’t Want To Be Lonely’ flip.

LESLIE DRAYTON ‘Dreamer’ (Expansion Records EXPAND 10, via PRT)
Popular jazz big band leader (once Marvin Gaye’s musical director) with an apparently rare 1979 classy 103-103½-103-103½-104⅓bpm soft soul jogger featuring, for the time, Greg Walker’s surprisingly Vandross-ish vocals.

PULSE ‘Shut Up Already!’ (Urban URBX 12)
Craig Bevan-produced exciting jerkily bounding 116¼bpm jack track usefully built from many familiar samples (in three mixes plus a Samplepella).

THE HOUSE ENGINEERS ‘Ghost House (The Haunted House Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SYG 8)
Not particularly horrific but promoed on fluorescent green vinyl, this episodic (0-)121½bpm jittery jacker (in three mixes plus some evidently useful acappella drop-ins) is the work of Paul Wins and Fernand Fidoré, whose remix helped ‘House Nation’ back into the chart.

O’CHI BROWN ‘Whenever You Need Somebody (The Umbungo Mix)’ (Magnetic Dance MAGDT 9)
Adonis apparently helped remix this grittily wailed bassily burbling 0-118⅓bpm loper, not instantly recognisable as Rick Astley’s latest hit — unlike the flip’s totally different older 112bpm Pull It Off Mix from 1985, which is a close relative of the Rick Sets It Off Mix, both based by Stock Aitken Waterman on ‘Set It Off’!

RUSH HOUR ‘Custom Made Love (Dance Mix)’ (US Star Gaze Records RH 1010)
Quietly satisfying soulful girl and guy sung bass burbled wriggly rolling 114½bpm light jiggler in early Eighties style (Radio Mix flip).

MSG featuring GLENN ‘SWEETY G’ TOBY ‘I Can Tell (Club)’ (US Diamond Records DI 109)
Rambling and rumbling multi-tracked mournful nagging 108⅚bpm jitterer of the type that used to build an underground following in the days when Aleem were large (in four mixes).

MADAME X ‘Just That Type Of Girl (Extended Remix)’ (Atlantic A9216T)
Vanity 6-ish nasty girls’ excitingly different US hit sparse seductively muttered and whispered then tapping 0-111⅓-0bpm strange wriggler, produced by Klymaxx’s Bernadette Copper, the flip’s (0-)110⅔bpm LP version — not on import 12 inch — skipping the tricky though dynamite start (jerkily purple (0-)109⅕-0bpm ‘Flirt‘ too).

JANET JACKSON ‘Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)’ (Breakout USAT 613)
… And finally, her last album’s French muttered 0-38½/77-0bpm sultry smoocher, padded out on 12 inch with the old 116bpm ‘When I Think Of You (Dance Remix)’ and (0-)103½bpm ‘Nasty (Cool Summer Mix — Part One)’. Yawn!

ANITA POINTER ‘Overnight Success (Dance Mix)’ (RCA PT 49616)
Brenda & Michael Sutton-penned clumsily introed but then Chaka Khan-ish Iurchingly jogging 104⅙-0bpm nagger, a bit of a grower (inst too, and routine surging 98⅔bpm ‘Love Me Like You Do’).

SALT-n-PEPA ‘I Am Down’ (US Next Plateau NP50071)
The girls’ Hurby Luv Bug-produced staccato jittery (0-)100⅓bpm rap is fine of its kind but now sounds dull compared with the Cookie Crew, flipped by a remix of the jaunty 100bpm ‘Chick On The Side (Love Bandit)’ (both with instrumentals too), plus a useful bonus 100⅓-98⅓-97-91⅔bpm hits-scratching ‘Pass The Salt-n-Pepa (Medley)’.

CHUD’E MONDOLANE ‘You Gave Your Love To Me’ (Cooltempo COOLX 155)
Soulfully whinneying girl sung exotically flavoured trickily wriggling 111¼bpm jittery jolter (in three mixes), like a more upbeat treatment of producer Lenny White’s also current La La single.

BLAKE BAXTER ‘When We Used To Play’ (US KMS Records KMS 011)
Monotonous jittery thudding 120¼bpm instrumental house bubbler with some female muttering early on, plus the panting more spaciously bounding 123bpm ‘Body Work‘, steadily thumping 121⅓bpm bloke muttered ‘Get Layed‘, more “acid” synthed 123¾bpm ‘Does Not Compute‘.

FULL FORCE ‘Love Is For Suckers (Like Me And You)’ (CBS 651192 6)
Typically sassy ‘Alice’-ish, and also quite Rick James-ish, rolling jiggly 0-107⅓bpm funk jolter with some nice sneaky little quotes from such oldies as ‘Sookie Sookie’ and ‘It’s A Thin Line (Between Love And Hate)’, plus much more jittery (0-)107⅔-0bpm ‘Suck‘ and stark 107⅙bpm ‘Sucker Punch!’ versions, too. I haven’t time for their LP this week, but it’s good.

E’LEESA ‘Where Did Your Love Go? (Dance Mix)’ (US Bassment Records BM-0071)
Craig Bevan-created girl wailed and “whoa whoa whoa”-ed 119½bpm jiggly driving house leaper (long Dubapella and 120¼bpm Sample Bonus).

PARIS GREY featuring HOUSEMASTER BALDWIN ‘Reach For Your Dreams (Club Mix)’ (US Future Sound Records FSR 1001)
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Pastorally introed then staccato girl and guy-stabbed spikily jittering (0-)114⅓bpm house cymbal schlurper, smoother in its 115¼-115½-0bpm jack track bounder with muffled title line repetition and routine roto-tom rhythm (dub flip).

MR FINGERS ‘For So Long’ (US Alleviated Music ML2206)
The strongest pulsing sparse 121bpm house instrumental on a Larry Heard-created somewhat experimental four-tracker, with (in order of danceability) the bubbling 117¼bpm ‘Waterfall‘, rippling 0-119⅓bpm ‘Stars‘, freakily percolating 0- 126½bpm ‘Slam Dance‘.

LL COOL J ‘Go Cut Creator Go’ (Def Jam LLCJ T1)
Chuck Berry-cutting jittery exciting 96-0bpm noisily shouted rock ‘n’ roll rap, which may not do so well now that his recent live shows lessened his street credibility, coupled with the sparser 84⅓bpm ‘Kanday‘ and jerky 98½bpm ‘Bristol Hotel‘ (the raunchy haunt of a dirty girl in Jamaica, Queens!).


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – November 21, 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 05 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
05 04 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
06 06 KISS (THE EXPANSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
07 26 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
08 07 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr., Geffen Records 12in
09 08 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
10 09 RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
11 12 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
12 13 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
13 41 COMMUNICATE (FREDDY BASTONE CLUB MIX) Full House, Epic 12in
14 24 DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE/PART TWO) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
15 22 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE/SENSUOUS MOOD Mission USA, CBS 12in
16 17 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
17 45 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
18 30 MR SLEAZE (RARE GROOVE REMIX) Bananarama featuring Stock Aitken Waterman/LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (EUROBEAT STYLE) Bananarama, London 12in
19 14 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in/London promo
20 16 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
21 11 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
22 15 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
23 44 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
24 29 CLAPPERS POWER (CLUB DUB MIX) Brother D, Clappers 12in
25 34 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, US Tuff City 12in
26 18 MR MANIC + SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) Shakatak/DJ StreetsAhead, Polydor 12in
27 19 I’M THE ONE/BLUE SUMMER/I REALLY WANNA BE WITH YOU/LET ME LOVE YOU/I ONCE HAD YOUR LOVE (AND I CAN’T LET GO) Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
28 42 I DON’T KNOW/DANCING IN THE NIGHT (REMIX) Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
29 32 I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN (EXTENDED VERSION) Roger, Reprise Records 12in
30 48 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
31 31 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
32 66 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
33 71 WALK THE DINOSAUR (JEFFREY B YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE REMIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
34 37 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (EXTENDED MIX) Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in
35 40 THE OVERWEIGHT LOVERS IN THE HOUSE/MONEYEARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON Heavy D and the Boyz, MCA Records 12in
36 10 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
37 52 REGGAE GOT SOUL (SCRATCH MIX) Big One Crew featuring Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
38 55 HOUSE MASTER GENERAL The House Master General, Flick & Romero Records 12in
39 38 PERFECT LADY (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
40 25 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
41 33 GIVE IT TO ME Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
42 27 IT’S MY THING Epee MD, Cooltempo 12in
43 53 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’/LIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP SCRATCHIN’ (JAZZY JOYCE DUB MIX) Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
44 72 SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
45 39 BACK IN MY ARMS (HOUSE CITY)/CITY NIGHTS Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
46 — FEMALES (GET WHAT WE WANT/COOKIE MONSTER JAM MIX) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
47 23 BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12
48 58 THE GODFATHER Spoonie Gee, Sure Delight 12in
49 50 RISIN’ TO THE TOP (GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT) Keni Burke, RCA 12in
50 46 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, US Jive/Rooftop Records 12in
51 28 WE’LL KEEP STRIVING (EXTENDED REMIX) La La with Bernard Wright, Arista 12in
52 61 FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES (WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN)/WHEN I THINK OF YOU (DANCE REMIX) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
53 51 JUST THAT TYPE OF GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX)/(LP VERSION) Madame X, Atlantic 12in
54 35 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX/GET BUSY YO! MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
55 59 GHOST HOUSE (HAUNTED HOUSE/JACK THE RIPPER MIXES) The House Engineers, Syncopate 12in promo
56 54 BEATS + PIECES (MO’ BASS REMIX) Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
57 — I WANT HER/SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER/IN THE RAIN/TELL ME IT’S ME YOU WANT/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment LP
58 43 I’M TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND The Untouchables (FYC), London 12in promo
59 85 GREEDY ‘G’ (ORIGINAL MIX) Brentford Allstars, Studio One 12in
60 75 HEAVY VIBES/(PAUL SIMPSON CLUB MIX) Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
61 80 THE REAL THING (EL BARRIO REMIX/HOT SALSA DUB) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
62 62 HOUSE IT UP (INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Hokus Pokus, US West Madison Street Records 12in
63 78 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (Z MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
64 96 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX) Walter Beasley, US Polydor 12in
65 — POUR IT ON (CREAMY HOUSE MIX) Mason, US Elektra 12in mailing list promo
66 57 THAT GREEDY BEAT/THE MUSIC MAKER Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time Records 12in white label
67 re WHY! (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Roland Clark, US Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
68 83 NO PAIN, NO GAIN The Whispers, Solar 12in
69 re GIRLS CAN JAK TOO Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
70 81 MR JOHNSON (DANNY ‘DUBMASTER’ D YARDIE REMIX) Yes No People, London 12in
71 65 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in mailing list promo
72 — THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE SHAGGIN’ The Tams, Virgin 12in
73 — BRING THE NOISE/ARE YOU MY WOMAN? Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
74 — I WONDER WHO SHE’S SEEING NOW The Temptations, Motown 12in
75 67 SPECIAL Yarbrough & Peoples/CAN’T LET IT GO La Rue/SWEETER THAN CANDY Gap Band (‘Penitentiary III’ soundtrack), US RCA Victor LP
76 — PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in white label
77 100= WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (RICK SETS IT OFF MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
78 69 BEVERLY HILLS COPS (HOUSE GROOVE/JACK PIANO MIX) The Big X Crewe, Uptown Records 12in
79 47 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (HOUSE PARTY MIX) Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in white label
80 re LIVING IN A BOX (PARADISE MIX) Bobby Womack, MCA Records 12in
81 68 SORE LIP (CLUB MIX) Ritual, Warrior Records 12in
82 re ANGEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Angela Winbush, Club 12in
83 87 ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY/U BRING OUT/NOT ON THE OUTSIDE Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, US Def Jam LP
84 36 I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER/LOVIN’ YOU/YOU MAKE MY NATURE DANCE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records LP
85 95 IRRESISTIBLE (THE PWL REMIX) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
86 — STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART Heatwave, Soul City 12in
87 74 THE BOOGALOO Traedonya, US Tuff City 12in
88 88 SHUT UP ALREADY Pulse, Urban 12in
89 91 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN (EXTENDED VERSION) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
90 — BABY WANTS TO RIDE Frankie Knuckles Presents, US Trax Records 12in
91 100= HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX)/(ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
92 — MEMORY LANE/ROCK HOUSE/HOUND DOG The Microphone Prince, US Still Rising Records 12in
93 — HEROIN (CLUB VERSION) Black Britain, Virgin 12in
94 89 SNEAK PREVIEW (EXTENDED VERSION) Eleanor Goodman, US Trumpet 12in
95 63 GOING WAY BACK/LYRIC KICKING Just-Ice, US Fresh Records 12in
96 76 FALLING IN LOVE/LINDA, MY LOVE/I BELIEVE IN LOVE Modernique, US Sire LP
97 — BLACK INK MIX (PARTS 1/3/2) Blackjack, Champion 12in mailing list promo
98 — STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
99 — ON THE DOPE SIDE/INSTRUMENTAL/CRUSHIN & BUSSIN’ 3-D, US Hilltop Hustlers 12in
100= — TAKE CARE OF HOMEWORK/FULL FORCE GIT MONEY $ Full Force, US Columbia LP
100= — CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS Run-DMC/CHILLIN’ WITH SANTA Derek B/GHETTO SANTA Spyder-D/HE’S SANTA CLAUS Disco 4/DANA DANE IS COMING TO TOWN Dana Dane/LET THE JINGLE BELLS ROCK Sweet Tee/A SURF MC NEW YEAR Surf MC’s, US Profile LP
100= 90 LOVEY DOVEY/YOUNG LOVE Tony Terry, US Epic LP
100= — HOUSE WHOP/RE-MIX Fred Brown, US Rockin’ House 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley, RCA 12in
02 02 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
03 03 WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
04 04 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
05 — SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
06 12 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 39 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
08 09 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
09 — CRITICIZE (REMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
10 17 DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
11 07 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
12 24 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
13 44 JACK MIX IV Mirage, Debut 12in
14 10 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
15 16 GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison, Dark Horse 12in
16 05 FAITH George Michael, Epic 12in
17 08 YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees, WEA 12in
18 14 I FOUND LOVIN’ Fatback Band, Master Mix 12in
19 41 CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau, Siren 12in
20 06 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac, Warner Bros 12in
21 11 RENT Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
22 20 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
23 — SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth Wind & Fire, A&M 12in
24 19 MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (MANIC MIX) Shakatak, Polydor 12in
25 18 MONY MONY (LIVE) Billy Idol, Chrysalis 12in
26 27 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer, Warner Brothers 12in
27 46 I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger, Reprise 12in
28 21 I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
29 23 JACK LE FREAK Chic, Atlantic 12in
30 15 VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless, CBS 12in
31 28 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
32 32 BAD Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
33 22 MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
34 13 THE CIRCUS Erasure, Mute 12in
35 40 IRRESISTIBLE Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
36 — BEVERLY HILLS COPS (HOUSE GROOVE) Big X Crewe, Uptown 12in
37 — MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone, Charly 12in
38 43 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy Of House, Magnet 12in
39 — LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
40 — GTO Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
41 34 RICCOCHET BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
42 31 CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna, Sire 12in
43 — SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, A&M Breakout 12in
44 — DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR YOU Kenny G, Arista 12in
45 33 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
46 — WHAT A NIGHT (PARTY NIGHT) Dolly Dots, RCA 12in
47 45 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley, RCA 12in
48 — WHO’S THAT MIX This Year’s Blonde, Debut 12in
49 — O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
50 — I’M BEGGIN’ YOU Supertramp, A&M 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 02 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
03 04 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
04 13 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
05 17 COME BACK AND STAY Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
06 11 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
07 05 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
08 03 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
09 06 MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
10 12 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
11 07 EVERLASTING LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Sandra, 10 Records 12in
12 12 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
13 09 ARABIAN SONG Eartha Kitt, Quazar 12in
14 08 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
15 16 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
16 — HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Bona-Riah, Rise 12in
17 19 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
18 — NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
19 14 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
20 30 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU Supertramp, A&M 12in
21 28 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
22 re AMERICAN LOVE (REMIX) Rose Laurens, Italian Limited Edition 12in
23 21 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING (US MIX/MICROMIX) Jessica Williams meets Man 2 Man, Diamond Records 12in
24 — HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle, US MCA 12in
25 22 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
26 18 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Celena Duncan, Nightmare 12in
27 29 RECONCILIATE Cherry Lime, Canadian Power 12in
28 24 DEVOTION Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
29 27 MONY MONY Amazulu, EMI 12in
30 26 THIS IS A HAUNTED HOUSE Midnight Sunrise with Nellie “Mixmaster” Rush, Nightmare 12in

3 thoughts on “November 21, 1987: The Microphone Prince, Brentford Allstars, Heavy D & The Boyz, “acid” house, Sparrow Harrison”

  1. Ta-dah! The term “acid house” makes its debut this week, three times over: in a Blake Baxter review, in James’s account of Nicky Holloway’s Doo at the Natural History Museum (evidently quite an eye-opener for him), and in a mention of the forthcoming so-called “Acid Tracks” compilation on London (which actually contained just one acid track, oddly enough). Even so, acid isn’t yet showing up much in the dance chart: this week, Bam-Bam’s “Give It To Me” is the only example (and it’s already falling), while Armando’s “Land Of Confusion” has just dropped out after a single week.

    That’s not a great photo of Sparrow Harrison – he looks nothing like the person I met at James’s funeral (where he gave the eulogy), and again three years later at my stepmother’s funeral. He was indeed the conduit between James and John Peel, and he’s mentioned in Peel’s autobiography (completed posthumously by Peel’s wife Sheila), Margrave Of The Marshes.

    James is bang on in his prediction for LL Cool J’s “Go Cut Creator Go” – it peaked at #66 on the pop chart, and LL Cool J didn’t have another Top Twenty hit until 1995. Perhaps the success of “I Need Love” had damaged his credibility, but he also wasn’t too impressive on the Def Jam tour: when we saw him at Nottingham Rock City, his vocals sounded suspiciously identical to his records, and he had a remoteness that didn’t quite connect.

    In truth, the running order of the sets should have been reversed, as openers Public Enemy blew the place away, in a legendary set that is still talked about in Nottingham to this day. Famously, it was the first time they played “Bring The Noise” live, and Chuck D has talked of his astonishment at the crowd’s wild reaction to it – at that stage, it was still only available on import. Meanwhile, Eric B & Rakim were hampered by muddy sound and excess volume, and I had to wait until Rakim’s triumphant return to Nottingham in 2011 to witness him at his best.

    Keith Sweat debuts on the dance chart, with an album that signalled the dawn of the new jack swing era (or “swingbeat”, as we first knew it), and I’m tickled by the name of the act that enters the Hi-NRG chart at #16, as “Bona-Riah” is derived from an ancient gay slang known as Polari (it means “nice hair”!).

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  2. It was similar in Norway on the Def Jam tour but it was the first ever real Hip-hop show here so we found LL quite dope, and especially DJ Bobcat. PE killed it though, and Eric B & Rakim didn’t show up. LL got boo’d when he did I Need Love, but the show’s legendary, and still talked about here too as the about two hundred only Hip-hop heads in Norway attended that show. Good times! 🙂

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  3. I could be wrong but that mention of “acid” house music could be the first mention of such in print – with the quotes indicating that it’s naming hadn’t really happened yet. These columns really are great as examples of living popular cultural history.
    And after 34 years I realise that as someone who’d been familiar with the Doos (at the Zoos) since they started that I could almost have gone to the very first acid house party (as opposed to the far smaller Shoom nights). I even remember hearing at the time that it was going to being held in the Natural History Museum (as I thought I’m surprised they’re allowing that thinking of potential damage to that massive dinosaur there!) but never made it!

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