December 5, 1987: Sweet Tee, D.J. Todd, Rick Astley, Jellybean, Flightt

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Stock Aitken Waterman’s disappointing ‘Pack Jammed (With The Party Posse)’ is also due on December 13 in a far better (0-)99¼-0bpm Writ Mix (Breakout USAF 620, flipped by the (0-)99¼bpm original), with lots of snips from the team’s other hit productions and John Sachs laying off on the “skiddendaddy” to play instead a high court judge who, by the use of amusing cut ups, seems to be trying M|A|R|R|S for sampling the scream from ‘Roadblock’ – this could indeed make the record sub judice as the “guilty” verdict might be seen to influence the real court case that’s pending! … Les Adams’ 115(intro)-114⅓-114¼-114½-114¾-114⅔-115bpm Montana Sextet ‘Heavy Vibes (Remix)’ (10 Records TEN 204-12), without the benefit of the original master tape, nevertheless incorporates a sax solo and other instrumentation from a previously unheard seven inch version (plus a sneaky ‘Don’t Stop’ reference to his own LA Mix hit!), but don’t expect anything radically different … Third World’s percussion from ‘Now That We Found Love’ and lots more besides is sampled throughout the much wilder 119⅔-120bpm Krush ‘House Arrest (Burn Down The House Mix)’ (Club JABXR 63), flipped by the more acid house-like Rhythim Is Rhythim and other sample-filled 120bpm ‘Jack’s Back (To Frontline Mix)’ … M|A|R|R|S’ 113bpm US remix of ‘Pump Up The Volume’ (US 4th + B’way BWAY 452) has had its samples carefully vetted, and includes a new “Mars needs women” overlaid 113¼-0bpm Bonus Beat … Derek B’s Urban Respray of Eric B & Rakim, on finished pressings rather than the acetate I reviewed, is a steady 98bpm … Ofra Haza’s ‘Im Nin’alu’, the wailing Yemenite folk song featured in the Coldcut mix of ‘Paid In Full’, has now been given a jittery tugging 0-89½bpm disco beat by its original Israeli producer for two back-to-back remixes on limited white label (GlobeStyle OFRA 1, via Ace Records) … Keith Sweat’s excellent import LP has been rushed out here (Vintertainment/Elektra 960 763-1), along with Modernique (Sire 925 633-1) … WEA have usefully circulated on promo-only 12 inch the (unsegued) Dub Versions that are otherwise only available on the CD and cassette of Madonna’s ‘You Can Dance’ LP, the 118-0bpm ‘Spotlight’, 116bpm ‘Holiday’, 0-116⅓-0bpm ‘Into The Groove’, and 149¼-0bpm ‘Over And Over’ – meanwhile, her new commercial single is the swirling dreary slow 46/92bpm ‘The Look Of Love’ (Sire W8115T), no doubt another pop smash regardless … Fred Dove points out that WEA’s computerised reaction profiles of mailing list DJs’ reports dictate the company’s dance music marketing strategy, rather than any activity in rm’s dance charts that may occur as an incidental spinoff – nothing else was inferred last week, when it merely needed explaining why so many Atlantic imports keep hitting the Black Dance chart long after they were originally released, purely because they’ve been mailed out for free to DJs who never previously considered buying them when new … MCA Records, under almost totally new management here following many staff changes, are planning a proper black music department to start in the new year … Disco Mix Club – now short of office space at Tony Prince’s house and moving soon to premises on the nearby A4 between Slough and Maidenhead – managed to get all the record companies’ disco pluggers to dress up for a funny photo as choir boys (and guess who they got as Father Christmas?!) … Supreme Records’ crazy scheduling of the Dance Aid remix for release actually after the Disco Aid charity night had resulted in absolutely zilch chart reaction from DJs, and not much from sales, as of last week, by which time any reaction from November 14 should surely have been felt (the situation may now hopefully have changed) … Graeme Park reckons it’s a shame the critics only got to see the UK Jackmaster Tour at less than enthusiastic London venues, as on the tour’s opening night at Derby’s 20th Century the house went wild as Darryl Pandy, Out Of Control, Full House, Paris Grey, Joe Smooth and JM Silk featuring Keith Nunnally all jacked amongst the crowd out on the floor and sang along in the DJ booth to all the other records that Graeme was playing – altogether fierce, crucial, well wicked (and really rather good, what?) … Darryl Pandy has lost six stones since last he was here, which means he now weighs in at a mere 18 stones! … Jamie Principal’s hyped-up saga continues, Steve Silk Hurley now having done four remixes of the slower Manhattan-recorded remake version of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’, the one that’s due here on London – no doubt Pete Tong will be giving them plenty of plugs beforehand on Capital Radio! … Man To Man survivor Paul Zone is teaming up with brother Armand Zone to form the Zone Brothers, still working with Man Parrish, and debuting with a remake of Sylvester’s ‘Do You Wanna Funk’ … Jack Trax picked up the UK rights to Rhythim Is Rhythim ‘Strings’ from Neil Rushton, while Serious Records are releasing Bam-Bam ‘Give It To Me’ … The Tams’ ‘There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin’’, it apparently needs re-emphasising, was recorded only in 1983 and is a lot less old than many people sporting flared trousers, but also a few black guys with full afro hairstyles, po’ boy floppy caps, and flares – the full awful early Seventies Jackson 5 look! … Jay Strongman, Nicky Holloway and Simon Dunmore are tonight (Tuesday December 1) at an “I Spy” doo at Uxbridge Regals … Kashif is due as star PA at Radio London’s Soul Night Out this Thursday (3), for the first time at Reading’s Majestic … Greg Edwards confirms that reports of his jocking on an Irish radio station are unfounded, he is back in London until the building work is completed on his condo development in Grenada – and to prove it, he joins Tim Westwood, Jazzy M and various of the label’s artists this Thursday (3) when Westside Records revive the Streetwave-originated Havoc night at London’s Limelight … Robbie Vincent joins Jeff Thomas at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard this Friday (4), when Chris Brown guests with Les Fisher and Simon Dunmore at the monthly Rhythm Zone in Northolt’s C&L Country Club … Derek B and Oliver Cheatham join Simon Goffe at this Saturday’s weekly Fever in London’s Astoria … Quila, Greenie and Kev Miller plus guest DJs this Sunday (6) have the second of their fortnightly “cult soul and jazz” nights at Ipswich’s smart La Dolce Vita in Old Foundry Road … Jeff Thomas’ Port Talbot Pharoah’s hip hop gig apparently has foundered, too … Swansea DJ James Lewis may be a bit late with his record company reaction reports for a while, as he and his wife Kim have just discovered their three year old son Christian has virtually incurable cancer – a ghastly prospect, about which I’m sure we all give them our sympathy … World mixing champ Chad Jackson spends Christmas in Australia and New Year’s Eve in Japan, scratching in Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo, before threatening to make his vocal recording debut in 1988! … Hemel Hempstead DJ Joe Fields’ sister Sally is marrying his colleague Bob Masters next year … Capital Radio, following a disastrous lapse last year, will again have its continuous four hour party tape this New Year’s Eve created by not only myself but Les Adams too, in a co-production this time! … Les, who looks like giving David Grant renewed dancefloor credibility on future productions, points out that when both ‘Roadblock’ and ‘Pack Jammed’ are synched together, the bass drum and snare actually phase, proving they’re common to both, and that Stock Aitken Waterman merely reused the same backing track! … Paul Waller, not Weller, co-produced Black Britain’s ‘Heroin’ – that’ll teach me to read label copy while it’s going round at 45rpm! … Dance Music’s ‘Street Sounds ’87-3’ LP (DM/StreetSounds STSND 873) sneakily includes the original Candido ‘Jingo’, available again no doubt to counter and complement the Jellybean remake … I’m afraid some reviews may seem a bit late, but there just isn’t room for everything and a backlog often builds up that still deserves to be printed … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


Graham Gold tonight (Tuesday December 1) hosts the farewell party at Mayfair’s legendary Gullivers, where he will be joined in the DJ booth by Fatman Graham Canter, the jock whose original residency at the club began the legend and made it London’s premier black music nightspot. Having shared the booth with both Grahams every weekend for about seven years, until 1984, I too will be spinning a few for old time’s sake, and there are sure to be many, many guest stars looking in as friends. Gullivers is due to move, if all goes well, to brand new premises in Soho next week – but don’t stop going to it in Mayfair yet, until I tell you when!


JON JULES (left) and NIC WAKEFIELD continue the partnership started at Uxbridge Regals when, along with John Mathews, they rock the house every Tuesday at The Bass Bin in South Harrow’s The Avenue, on Shaftesbury Avenue (no, not the one in London’s West End!), spinning rare groove, soul, house and all the funk that fits.


STEVE WALSH (seen here with Gloucester’s plucky disabled DJ, Metal Mickey) actually kicks off his new Stock Aitken Waterman-created catchily jogging 105⅔bpm ‘Let’s Get Together Tonite (The All Together Tonite Mix)’ (A1 Records 12A1303, via PRT) with his rabble rousing “say ho, ho, whoah-oh whoah-oh, you wot you wot” chants — and why not? Promo pressings also feature a separate, music-less, “Listen, this is Steve Walsh”-started short seasonal greeting for DJs to drop where they want. Genial 25 stone Steve sounds ever more like the late Eighties answer to Judge Dread.


HOT VINYL

SWEET TEE ‘I Got Da Feelin’’ (US Profile PRO-7169)
No sooner had last week’s column gone to press than this impatiently awaited import arrived and exploded in London! Brilliantly produced by Hurby Luv Bug and Steevee-O (The Boy Wonder), the female rapper does it to a dynamite 111bpm beat that’s shot through with the brass from James Brown’s ‘Cold Sweat’, while JB’s “yeah yeah yeah” punctuates the flip’s equally good 100½-0bpm ‘It’s Like That Y’All’, which uses the choppy guitar riff from Betty Wright’s ‘Clean Up Woman’ (both in instrumental and acappella mixes, too). Hot, or what?!

D.J. TODD 1 ‘That’s The Way I Cut’ (US Cut Up! TBO Sound CIR-156089)
Todd (One) Brown whips up timely simple party fun with James Brown-started marathon (0-)109⅔bpm scratch mix of KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘That’s The Way I Like It’ (“uh-huh, uh-huh” – remember?), very deftly done but also in his choice of such a catchy well known singalong song an uncomplicated hip hopper that should have far wider appeal than usual at this festive time of year (edit and tough Dope Beats flip).

RICK ASTLEY ‘My Arms Keep Missing You’ (RCA PT 41684)
Promo-ed separately with a dub too, this brand new (not on LP) Stock Aitken Waterman-created typically vigorous 118bpm canterer could be the B-side factor that boosts his reverential but stodgy 0-38-0bpm A-side recreation of the strings swamped old Gordon Jenkins arrangements of the dead slow ‘When I Fall In Love’ higher in the chart than the now rush-released original, and far more subtle, 0-37⅔-0bpm NAT KING COLE ‘When I Fall In Love’ (Capitol CL 15975), from 1957 and really more deserving of hit status.

JELLYBEAN ‘Jingo (UK House Mix 1)’ (Chrysalis JELX 2)
Ready for release as a Christmas party floorfiller hard on the heels of the more pop-aimed ‘Who Found Who’, this particular 120½bpm powerfully pounding percussive remix and its alternative B-side La Casa De Juego and West 26th Street mixes actually lack the nice ‘Space Bass’ tinge of his LP version, and are much less subtle than Candido’s classic treatment of the Santana-popularised latin instrumental.

FLIGHTT ‘Let’s Get Jazzy’ (US TMT TMT-001)
Blaze-mixed strong friskily hustling 123bpm house leaper in four mixes, with semi-rap vocals, honking, booming and clanking instrumentation, and bits of James Brown cut in (especially on the exciting 0-123-0bpm My Thing mix), well worth checking. I’d like to get up and do my thing!

JOHN PAUL BARRETT ‘Never Givin’ Up On You’ (Westside Records WSRT 2)
Meandering then surging US-styled classy 103⅔-0bpm soul jogger (inst/edit flip) by a sweetly singing lad from Leicester, reportedly dynamite live on stage, who took advantage of label owner and co-producer Morgan Khan’s open door audition policy and became the first act to be signed as a result.

MARVIN SPRINGER ‘Where’s My Love Gone’ (CCR CCY-2T, via PRT)
The second Froggy co-production on his and Adrian Webb’s Circle City Records label, this interminably starting 0-107½(-0)bpm lurcher eventually reaches a very strong Luther Vandross-ish vocal that’s well worth the wait, and which on a subsequent remix is due to start sooner (inst flip).

RONNIE McNEIR ‘I’m So In Love With You Baby’ (Expansion Records EXPAND 11, via PRT)
Eli Fontaine’s tenor sax squeals nicely in this somewhat Bobby Womack-pitched tuggingly rolling (0-)92bpm subtle soul jogger, flipped by the infectious jiggly chugging 110bpm ‘Serve It Up’, with jumpily rolling lyrics of the Instant Funk “you can get it girl, anytime, tonight is fine” type.

KASHIF ‘Love Changes’ LP (Arista 208 145)
Arista’s superstars and even other label’s acts are drafted in to give him a hand on quite a strong if mainly downtempo set, with the Meli’sa Morgan-duetted strong soulfully chunkily jogging 75bpm title track, Doug E Fresh-rapped ‘Casanova’-ish jiggly 91bpm ‘Loving You Only’, Whitney Houston-accompanied beefily lurching bright 114bpm ‘Fifty Ways (To Fall In Love)’, Exposé-backed frenetic 113¼bpm ‘Who’s Getting Serious?’, briskly cantering 113bpm ‘Vacant Heart’, tenderly swirling 44½/89bpm ‘Somebody’, swaying 86bpm ‘Love Me All Over’, Kenny G-saxed similar 86-0bpm instrumental ‘Midnight Mood’, Dionne Warwick-duetted 0-32½/65-0bpm ‘Reservations For Two’, and equally slushy 0-35-70bpm ‘It All Begins Again’.

MIKI HOWARD ‘Love Confessions’ LP (Atlantic 781 810-1)
Very soulfully sung and, like Kashif, selling more for its many slowies, this has the Jennifer Holliday-ish tortuous gospel flavoured 0-37-36½-36¾bpm ‘Baby, Be Mine’ (also on US 12 inch), Levert-duetted impassioned 77½bpm ‘That’s What Love Is’, chunkily jittering 103bpm ‘Love Confession’, jiggly 0-106-0bpm ‘Bitter Love’, rumbling wriggly 105⅚bpm ‘In Too Deep’, tranquil 75¾bpm ‘Crazy’, torchy 33/66-0-66½-0bpm ‘You’ve Changed’, slushy 0-28/56bpm ‘Reasons’ and pop-aimed 35/70-0bpm ‘I Wanna Be There’.

HURBY’S MACHINE featuring ANTOINETTE ‘I Got An Attitude’ (US Sound Check Records/Next Plateau NPS50070)
Prolific hip hop producers Hurby Luv Bug and Steevee-O (The Boy Wonder) cut ‘Jungle Fever’ and more into a chunkily bumping 98⅙bpm female rap, the first thing to be released from Hurby’s own upcoming LP (inst/acappella flip).

CA$H MONEY and MARVELOUS ‘Play It Kool’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX 31)
Produced along with nearly everything else from New York these days by Hurby ‘Love Bug’ Azor, this Eric B & Rakim-style jiggly syncopated 92bpm cool rap ‘n scratch has nice lyrics, and an even fiercer cutting jittery 0-98bpm ‘Ugly People Be Quiet!’ flip (both with instrumentals too).

PHASE II ‘Mystery’ (US Quark Records QK007)
Blaze-produced quite similar sounding good group sung 121bpm house bounder with nice keyboards and soulful vocals between the digital stutters (in four mixes), warm for a while now.

THE TEMPTATIONS ‘I Wonder Who She’s Seeing Now’ (Motown ZT 41548)
Vintage sounding mellow lush 88⅔-88½bpm slowie featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the returned Dennis Edwards on typically impassioned lead vocal (he’s all the more spine-tingling if you see the video).

THE CONTROLLERS ‘Sleeping Alone’ (MCA Records MCAT 1202)
Superb gently soulful hushed and lush rolling 89⅓bpm swayer, starting with lovely mellow sax (inst flip, and tender 73⅓bpm ‘Deeper In Love’ too).

WILSON PICKETT ‘In The Midnight Hour (Midnight Mix)’ (Motown ZT 41584)
Presumably this dreadful messy (0-)113⅔-0bpm modern remake of his 1965 Memphis classic has been plugged so much on Radio 1 because it’s the sort of soul that the middle aged programme producers there can relate to! Luckily, there’s also been a rapid reissue of his Stax produced brassy 115(intro)-111½-113⅔-110¾bpm classic 1965 original (Atlantic YZ 169).

VANESSA FRANKLIN and MIDNIGHT ENERGY ‘My Mind’ (US Peppermint Records PM 176)
Something of a rarity these days, a good straight ahead huskily wailed 117½bpm leaping canterer that isn’t influenced by house in any way (instrumental 117⅔bpm Club Mix, radio edit, and the crawling soulful 33/66bpm ‘Never Give Up’ too).

MODEL 500 ‘Sound Of Stereo (Revamp)’ (US Metroplex M-011)
Instrumental house four-tracker with this bubbly bounding 119½-120¼-0bpm jacker, its perhaps more acid 0-120-120¼-0bpm Instrumental, the fiercer 124bpm ‘Off To Battle’ (which loses the beat during a rhythm dropout towards the end), and frantic 129¼-129⅔-0bpm ‘Electric Entourage’, hottest so far to the north of Watford Gap.

JULIAN JUMPIN PEREZ and BAD BOY BILL ‘Mega Mix’ (US DJ International Records DJ 946)
A smoothly blended 123⅓-125-124-124¾-124-124½-125-124½-0bpm jack track medley obviously inspired by Germany’s ‘The House Sound Of Chicago Megamix’ series but for once master mixed actually in Illinois by some Chicagoans, and on the label concerned (edit flip).

PARIS GREY featuring HOUSEMASTER BALDWIN ‘Reach For Your Dreams (Club Mix)’ (US Future Sound Records FSR 1001)
Pastorally introed then staccato girl and guy-stabbed spikily jittering (0-)114⅓bpm house cymbal schlurper, smoother in its 115¾-115½-0bpm B-side dub mix with good rooster and alarm clock effects (radio mix too).

DEAN ANDERSON ‘Don’t Stop’ (US Trax Records TX 149)
Bright frisky 125½bpm jack track bounder with muffled title line repetition and routine roto-tom rhythm (dub flip), this and the preceding review being combined by mistake a fortnight ago.

JOE CHURCH ‘Don’t You Wanna Be Mine’ (US Underworld AP 130)
Jerkily skittering though rather static 115⅔bpm huskily masculine Abrams-ish house (in three mixes), previously the only unreleased track on the label’s recent ‘House Vol 1’ compilation LP.

CHRISS PETERS ‘The Phantom Of The Bassline’ (Nine O Nine NINE 15, via Creole/PRT)
Quite good homegrown stuttery (0-)125⅔-0bpm jack track flier with some horror movie effects and bursts of impressive piano (less convincing vocal flip).

SOUL DIMENSION ‘Trash-an’ Ready’ (US B Boy Records BB-800)
Toasting and skanking 0-94bpm reggae rap heavily influenced by Britain’s own Asher D featuring Daddy Freddy, whose ‘Ragamuffin Hip-Hop’ was largely ignored when released here on Music Of Life back in August but is currently huge in New York (dub/inst too).

EXPOSÉ ‘Let Me Be The One (Extended Remix)’ (Arista RIST 45)
US hit stridently insistent plaintive 105⅓-0bpm jogger by the buxom Miami disco trio, with a Yarbrough & Peoples flavoured (0-)105½-0bpm Crossover Mix flip, more compatible than usual with the (admittedly now dated) London “black pop” tempo.

OWEN McKENZIE ‘Love Letters’ (Adelphi Records ADET 009, via Jet Star)
Very attractive softly sung and piano tinkled sophisticated 87⅙bpm light reggae alternative to the less adventurous Alison Moyet revival of Ketty Lester’s classic slowie.

RAMMELZEE & SHOCK DELL ‘Death Command’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRC 82)
He may be respected as a graffiti-pioneering artist, but Mr Zee’s ragged rapping to a rock guitar yowled rambling (0-)111¾-111½-112-0bpm Bill Laswell-produced noise is too arty by half, if not downright dreadful.

THRASHPACK ‘Kinda Cool In The Place’ (Music Of Life NOTE 10)
Simon Harris co-produced droning dull 94½bpm sub-Beasties homegrown white boys’ rock rap (in four versions)

MORRIS MINOR & THE MAJORS ‘Stutter Rap (No Sleep Til Bedtime)’ (10 Records TENT 203)
Heavily chugging 94⅔bpm thudder intended as a send-up of the Beastie Boys but neither hard nor funny enough.

DeBARGE ‘Dance All Night’ (Striped Horse SHR 2010R, via Pinnacle)
Ex-Motown president Barney Ales’ new label debuts with a dull repetitive routine jittery 113⅓bpm leaper (in four mixes) by the four breakaway DeBarge brothers who’ve retained their family group name.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – December 5, 1987

01 05 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
02 10 LIGHTEN UP <I JUST CAN’T STOP SCRATCHIN’> (JAZZY JOYCE DUB MIX)/TIGHTEN UP <I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’>/REMIX Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
03 01 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 08 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in/London promo
05 11 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
06 39 PAID IN FULL (DEREK B’S URBAN RESPRAY) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 03 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
08 19 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
09 16 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (DANCE REMIX/LP VERSION) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
10 09 KISS (THE EXPANSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
11 15 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
12 02 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
13 56 WHO FOUND WHO (US CLUB MIX) Jellybean featuring Elisa Fiorillo/THE REAL THING (EL BARRIO REMIX/HOT SALSA DUB) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
14 13 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
15 04 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
16 24 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW/DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
17 21 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
18 07 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)/(PHILLY JAZZ) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
19 06 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
20 37 THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE SHAGGIN’ The Tams, Virgin 12in
21 44 FEMALES (GET WHAT WE WANT/COOKIE MONSTER JAM MIX) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
22 22 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
23 25 BACK IN MY ARMS (HOUSE MIX) Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
24 23 COMMUNICATE (FREDDY BASTONE CLUB MIX) Full House, Epic 12in
25 28 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
26 83 HEROIN (CLUB VERSION) Black Britain, Virgin 12in
27 40 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
28 12 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
29 31 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
30 61 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (DANCE MIX/HOUSE MIX) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
31 82 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, Urban 12in
32 70 I LIKE TO LISTEN/CATALONIA/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
33 42 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
34 43 POUR IT ON (CREAMY HOUSE MIX) Mason, US Elektra 12in mailing list promo
35 29 I DON’T KNOW/DANCING IN THE NIGHT (REMIX) Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
36 38 GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
37 36 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, US Tuff City 12in
38 41 GREEDY ‘G’ (ORIGINAL MIX)/EXTENDED REMIX Brentford Allstars, Studio One 12in
39 17 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
40 26 IT’S MY THING Epee MD, Cooltempo 12in
41 53 BLACK INK MIX (PARTS 1/3/2) Blackjack, Champion 12in mailing list promo
42 96 WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS (THE FAVOURITE BITS OF YOUR HIP HOP HITS)/I OWE YOU NOTHING (BLUES BROS BOOTLEG BUST UP MIX) Bros (rebuilt by the Democratic 3 featuring DJ Slack), CBS 12in white label
43 re BEATS + PIECES (MO’ BASS REMIX) Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze/THAT GREEDY BEAT Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
44 — JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in white label
45 66 MEMORY LANE/ROCK HOUSE/HOUND DOG The Microphone Prince, US Still Rising Records 12in
46 42 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
47 35 I’M THE ONE/BLUE SUMMER Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
48 20 RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
49 46 GIVE IT TO ME Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
50 63 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX) Walter Beasley, US Polydor 12in
51 54 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN (EXTENDED VERSION) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
52 93 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX)/JACK’S BACK (TO FRONTLINE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
53 89 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
54 65 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in mailing list promo
55 — PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
56 — THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
57 18 DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE/PART TWO) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
58 — IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN TOO!! Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in promo
59 60 HOUSE MASTER GENERAL The House Master General, Flick & Romero Records 12in
60 55 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX/GET BUSY YO! MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
61 81 THAT’S THE WAY I CUT DJ Todd 1, US Cut Up! TBO Sound 12in
62 34 SHOW A LITTLE LOVE/SENSUOUS MOOD Mission USA, CBS 12in
63 re OVERNIGHT SUCCESS (DANCE MIX) Anita Pointer, RCA 12in
64 45 IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) Blaze, Debut 12in
65 58 BABY, BE MINE/THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS/I WANNA BE THERE/YOU’VE CHANGED/IN TOO DEEP/CRAZY/BITTER LOVE/LOVE CONFESSION Miki Howard, Atlantic LP
66 32 THE OVERWEIGHT LOVERS IN THE HOUSE/MONEYEARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON Heavy D and the Boyz, MCA Records 12in
67 79 LOVE CHANGES/LOVING YOU ONLY/FIFTY WAYS (TO FALL IN LOVE) Kashif, US Arista LP
68 50 TOGETHER FOREVER/DON’T SAY GOODBYE/YOU MOVE ME Rick Astley, RCA LP
69 — REBEL BEATS Pan Trax (Public Enemy bootleg mix), 12in bootleg
70 78 FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES (WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
71 91 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (RICK SETS IT OFF MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
72 52 REGGAE GOT SOUL (SCRATCH MIX) Big One Crew featuring Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
73 47 HEAVY VIBES/PAUL SIMPSON CLUB MIX Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
74 94 HOUSE IT UP (INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Hokus Pokus, US West Madison Street Records 12in
75 71 STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
76 92 LET’S GET JAZZY (MY THING/JAZZY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
77 74 IRRESISTIBLE (THE PWL REMIX) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
78 27 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (EXTENDED MIX) Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in
79 — LET’S GET TOGETHER TONITE (THE ALTOGETHER TONITE MIX) Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
80 75 GOING WAY BACK/LYRIC KICKING Just-Ice, US Fresh Records 12in
81 — SO AMAZING (EXTENDED VERSION)/JUST BETWEEN US Gerald Albright, US Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
82 — WHERE’S MY LOVE GONE (CLUB MIX) Marvin Springer, CCR 12in
83 re RISIN’ TO THE TOP (GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT) Keni Burke, RCA 12in
84 76 AMAZIN’ Shokk, Raja Records 12in
85 — LET ME BE THE ONE (EXTENDED REMIX/CROSSOVER MIX) Exposé, Arista 12in mailing list promo
86 97 TAKE CARE OF HOMEWORK/FULL FORCE GIT MONEY $ Full Force, CBS LP
87 — IT’S MY TURN Dezo Daz featuring DJ Slip, US Techno Hop Records 12in
88 86 SORE LIP (CLUB MIX) Ritual, Warrior Records 12in
89 73 SPECIAL Yarbrough & Peoples/CAN’T LET IT GO La Rue/SWEETER THAN CANDY Gap Band (‘Penitentiary III’ soundtrack), US RCA Victor LP
90 49 GHOST HOUSE (HAUNTED HOUSE/JACK THE RIPPER MIXES) The House Engineers, Syncopate 12in
91 99 BABY WANTS TO RIDE/YOUR LOVE Jamie Principal/Frankie Knuckles’ Ultimate Production, US DJ International Records 12in
92 — NO QUESTIONS, NO ANSWERS (THE LONDON MIX)/(THE B BOY MIX)/REMIX IN A YANKEE STYLE) Rosaline Joyce, Jam Today 12in
93 re SNEAK PREVIEW (EXTENDED VERSION) Eleanor Goodman, US Trumpet 12in
94 — I’M SO IN LOVE WITH YOU BABY Ronnie McNeir, Expansion Records 12in
95 — GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (US REMIX BY JAY BURNETT) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
96 — LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT/TAKE CHARGE (REMIXES) Curtis Hairston, Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
97 85 BEVERLY HILLS COPS (HOUSE GROOVE/JACK PIANO MIX) The Big X Crewe, Uptown Records 12in
98 59 ANGEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Angela Winbush, Club 12in
99 57 SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
100= 84 I GOT AN ATTITUDE Hurby’s Machine featuring Antoinette, US Sound Check Records 12in
100= re WHO’S REALLY BAD? On The One, US Bassment Records 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
02 02 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley, RCA 12in
03 03 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
04 06 CRITICIZE (REMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
05 04 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
06 07 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
07 10 CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau, Siren 12in
08 14 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer, Warner Brothers 12in
09 05 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
10 08 JACK MIX IV Mirage, Debut 12in
11 11 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
12 13 GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison, Dark Horse 12in
13 15 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone, Charly 12in
14 22 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, A&M Breakout 12in
15 09 WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
16 12 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
17 33 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
18 19 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth Wind & Fire, A&M 12in
19 21 GTO Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
20 20 VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless, CBS 12in
21 17 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
22 35 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
23 23 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
24 27 I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger, Reprise 12in
25 — YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
26 18 YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees, WEA 12in
27 38 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU Supertramp, A&M 12in
28 16 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
29 — WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean/Elisa Fiorillo, Chrysalis 12in
30 36 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
31 — (I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, RCA 12in
32 — SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
33 37 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
34 — KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC, Neutron 12in
35 29 FAITH George Michael, Epic 12in
36 24 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
37 — SPOTLIGHT/HOLIDAY/EVERYBODY/INTO THE GROOVE (REMIXES) Madonna, Sire LP
38 30 PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
39 25 DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
40 — WHEN I FALL IN LOVE/TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA LP


HI-NRG

01 02 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 01 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
03 07 COME BACK AND STAY Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
04 04 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
05 03 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
06 21 ARABIAN SONG Eartha Kitt, Quazar 12in
07 06 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
08 09 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
09 11 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Bona-Riah, Rise 12in
10 15 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
11 08 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
12 10 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
13 14 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
14 22 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU/(PHIL HARDING INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Supertramp, A&M 12in
15 05 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
16 13 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
17 23 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle, US MCA 12in
18 26 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT (US REMIX) Amanda Lucci, US Profile 12in
19 32 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
20 20 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
21 27 ALL I WANT IS YOU Nick John, US Megatone 12in
22 12 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
23 25 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
24 — OH WON’T YOU TELL ME Lian Ross, German Chic 12in
25 — UNDERCOVER LOVER T-Arc, German ZYX 12in
26 18 DEVOTION Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
27 16 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
28 — DON’T GET SERIOUS (UP AND AWAY MIX) Jacqui Berne, Hi-Hat 12in
29 — AMERICAN LOVE (PASSION MIX) Rose Laurens, Passion 12in
30 re MIND OVER MATTER EG Daily, US A&M 12in
31 34 I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama, US London 12in
32 30 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JOC 12in
33 29 THIS IS A HAUNTED HOUSE Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
34 — BOYS Sabrina, Italian Flavour 12in
35 31 GTO (MODINA’S RED ROARING MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
36 28 TAKE MY BODY (AND I WILL TAKE YOUR LOVE) Tracey Ackerman, Passion 12in
37 — CHINA BLUE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
38 — MY HEART’S ON FIRE Patrick L Myles, Canadian Power 12in
39 — I WILL SURVIVE Boytronic, German BCM 12in
40 — TOUCH No Ho, US Epic 12in

7 thoughts on “December 5, 1987: Sweet Tee, D.J. Todd, Rick Astley, Jellybean, Flightt”

  1. Nicky Holloway back in the more mundane surroundings of Regals, Uxbridge this week which was one of my regular haunts at the time.

    I wonder what music he was playing at this time – probably a mixture of hiphop, house, rare groove, funk and the Latin jazz that you still heard out at this time – I’ve had old weekender tapes of his where a couple of years before this he already mixed everything up – without the yet to be discovered house of course.

    Not far from 1988 now and I was trying to think when I first heard about acid house for the first time – I know I saw some what I now know were some acid house types at the Bournemouth weekender at Easter (wearing bandanas etc) and wondering what the hell they were – probably Shoomers I should imagine although I didn’t hear about that place until probably the summer. I went to my first “acid house party” in about June.

    The strange thing is aside from the occasional blatant pop version of house we didn’t really have any big crossover house tunes for the next 6 months. All the big jack tracks had been and gone.

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    1. The music I was dancing to in Nottingham still ran the full gamut from hip hop and rare groove to house, which made the sample-heavy Pump Up The Volume/Beat Dis-type tunes a useful BPM bridge, as they tended to be around the 114-115bpm mark. This mix would continue well into 1988 – “house music all night long” still wasn’t much of a thing.

      The seventies disco revival was also in full swing, more so with the more fashionista-type crowds (fashionistas love their disco), and with retro looks to match, as James has already spotted.

      There was early coverage of acid house in other publications – The Face and i-D in particular were pretty good at picking up on club music trends (I think Jay Strongman was the main dance guy at The Face around this time). But there was as yet no link to a wider culture emerging around acid house; as far as we were concerned, it was just an entertaining little niche variant of house music.

      The January 1988 front cover of i-D was dominated by a winking smiley face, with the strapline “Get Up! Get Happy!”, but the club reports and listings inside didn’t expand on the concept. However, the first piece I ever read about the new scene was also in i-D, in their June 1988 edition (which would of course have been published in May) – the feature was called “The Amnesiacs“, and the paradigm shift that it reported on fascinated me. (There’s a more legible transcript here.)

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  2. Yes those big crossover hits of the next few months Bomb the Bass, S Express, Doctorin’ The House were known under the generic title of ‘dance’ at the time – already as it had been for some time the big happening type of music – and well before acid house took off.

    The Nottingham stuff you mention seems very similar to what I remember where i was except for that latin jazz which seems to have been a largely a London and the South East thing. The strange thing is that many of the biggest old (195s, 60s and early 70s) latin jazz tunes that had been big in London during the last 5 years became big international pop hits at the turn of the millennium either sampled, housed up or covered – ‘Mas Que Nada’, ‘Celebration Suite’ and those pop mambo things.

    Very interesting article from ID there at the end although it verges on a “Sun guide to rave” at the end with its “catchphrases” etc and also manages to cover the whole thing but only obliquely mention ecstasy. But great reading.

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  3. Anyone have, and be willing to upload this one to Youtube?
    69 — REBEL BEATS Pan Trax (Public Enemy bootleg mix), 12in bootleg

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    1. I couldn’t even find the Pan Trax bootleg on Discogs, so it must be very rare. There’s a “Rebel Beats 2” out there, but that’s a different release, which doesn’t use Public Enemy.

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