December 12, 1987: Dance Aid (“in short, the record has been a total cock-up”), Meli’sa Morgan, Fleetwood Mac, Wizzards Of Rock, MG

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Cooltempo, rather than the anticipated London, have snapped up the sizzling Sweet Tee ‘I Got Da Feelin’’ for UK release … Kool Moe Dee’s ‘How Ya Like Me Now’, despite having shot up our Black Dance chart, is in fact currently unavailable for a few weeks “while royalty arrangements are worked out with other artistes whose material is used” (ie: James Brown?) … Urban’s next James Brown EP will feature ‘She’s The One’, ‘Funky President’, ‘Funky Drummer’ and ‘Funky Drummer Bonus Beats’, all the basis of many recent rap ‘n’ scratch releases … 1988’s Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships area heats will be (this is an up to date, revised list, superceding others you may have seen elsewhere) at Edinburgh Zenatec (January 4), Stockton-On-Tees The Mall (5), Manchester Hacienda (6), South London’s Norbury Sussex Tavern (11), Uxbridge Regals (12), Southampton New York New York (13), Bristol Papillon (18), Leeds Mr Craigs (20), Nottingham Ritzy (26), Northern Ireland’s Portrush Traks (28) – contact the Disco Mix Club on 06286 67276 for an application form, and bear in mind that runner-up DJs may now enter as many subsequent heats as they wish, in the chance of winning at one where the competition could be less fierce (this new move is to ensure that all the really best mixers have a chance to get through, thus strengthening the finals) … CJ Mackintosh will automatically be defending his 1987 title at the London Hippodrome-held UK final on February 16, while Chad Jackson (his predecessor as UK champ and current holder of the world title) has yet to announce if he’ll be entering any of the heats in order to try and win back his crown – it would be diplomatic if he didn’t … Channel 4 is screening on Christmas Day the Paul Simon-hosted gospel show ‘Everybody Say Yeah!’, featuring none other than Luther Vandross, Jennifer Holliday and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, and on New Year’s Eve the Paul Gambaccini-presented ‘The Motown Story’ … Freakie Dee on his Radio West Midlands Sound System Show this Sunday (13) features a special Kool Kat interview segment … Steve Randall has already speculated on his Metro Radio show, to listeners’ agreement, that the backing vocals on Alexander O’Neal’s ‘Criticize’ remix could be by Madonna – whereas, sorry Steve, they’re in fact by Siedah Garrett … Chrysalis sent out mystery white label promos of Living In A Box’s upcoming ‘Love Is The Art’ (LIBX 4), a house flavoured jerkily frenetic 121¾bpm bounder … Mirage’s album will include all their ‘Jack Mix’ medleys edited together with new additions into a marathon jack track – the two guys who (with a girl) front the group on personal appearances are, incidentally, the sons of now Germany based Carl Griffiths, original saxist in the Sixties with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds … Syncopate had planned a luminous pressing of the House Engineers’ ‘Ghost House’, but scrapped it as it wouldn’t play! … Colin Line is updating his DJ mailing list at Impulse Promotions, 10-16 Chaplin Road, London NW2 5PN … Jeff Young is being tipped to follow in Mike Sefton’s footsteps from Phonogram to A&M in the new year … Tom Astor’s Bermondsey situated oriNoco recording studio complex celebrated its first six months with a well organised party (drink and food still going strong eight hours later!), which featured grooves spun by Gilles Peterson on Jerry Green’s sound system while all the music biz’s whizziest kids grooved on down alongside the daddy (if not uncle) of them all, the fast becoming legendary Sparrow Harrison! … Capital Radio’s newly “processed” Chris Forbes did a little bit behind the decks at Gullivers’ farewell party, but things got so frantic and tight what with a full fashion show and lots of PAs that in fact Fatman Graham Canter and myself will be making more leisurely guest appearances at the Mayfair premises, as only seems right, on the actual closing night this Saturday (December 12) – the legendary black music club re-opens to the public (after a few industry parties) next Saturday (19) at its brand new Ganton Street site in Soho … Dave Pearce, Roger Johnson, Ian ‘Muppet’ Stewart, Flip, Colin Levett, Russ B and more get def at Chelmsford’s Chancellor Hall this Friday (11) … Jon Jules has taken over Fridays and (alongside Chris Forbes and the Doo Rags) Sundays at South Harrow Bogarts … Ron Brown has declared Friday a “Wham!-free” zone at Walthamstow Charlie Chan’s, playing just current Black Dance hits plus classic oldies – does that mean “Madonna-free” and “Rick Astley-free”, too? … Mark Langdon and Antonio (The Beast) spin house imports, funk and soul Fridays at Port Talbot’s Raffles … DJ JD and various guests, in a follow-on from successful Tuff nights, have started a Tuesday d>cipher night at Brighton’s Escape Club, needing rap/hip hop PAs (contact Mark Reed on 0424-446376 after 6.30pm) … Tony Blackburn may seem an unlikely but welcomely tasteful champion of Nat ‘King’ Cole in the face of the Rick Astley version of ‘When I Fall In Love’ that many might have supposed he’d prefer … Les Adams and I, in the middle of creating our four hour continuous Capital Radio New Year’s Eve party music tape, found as suspected that the LP version of Jellybean’s ‘Jingo’ has far more balls than the remixes … Giorge Pettus’s self-titled album is now out here (MCA Records MCF 3406) … Salt-n-Pepa’s lively fast sparse 129½bpm ‘Push It’, B-side of their old ‘Tramp’ (Champion CHAMP 12-51), is turning into a pop smash in the States even though they have a new harder hip hop single out too … Flavor Flav, when acting as a mouthpiece for Public Enemy in interviews, presumably thinks it’s def to punctuate every single sentence with “You know what I’m sayin’” – or is that stoopid def? … DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!


HOT VINYL

MELI’SA MORGAN ‘If You Can Do It: I Can Too!!’ (Capitol 12CL 475)
Getting far more reaction now it’s out here than it ever did on import, this Jocelyn Brown-ish beefily thudding 0-109¼bpm strutter is here flipped by last year’s more soulful lurchingly driving 100⅙-100⅓bpm ‘Fool’s Paradise (Paradise Mix)’ and 1982’s (or earlier?) jerkily rolling c.117-115⅓-116¾bpm ‘Feelin’ Lucky Lately’. The latter is by the Jacques Fred Petrus co-produced Chic/Sister Sledge-inspired group High Fashion, of which she was then lead singer.

FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Family Man (Extended Vocal Remix)’ (Warner Bros W8114T)
Arthur Baker has really excelled himself creating a 12 inch-only 123-0bpm remix of this tuneful bounder that’s now excitingly superior “house”, grabbing instant disco attention. Full of delightful touches, it’s a must – and, what’s more, the flip’s ‘Family Party‘ bonus beats put the needle to the record and tighten up!

WIZZARDS OF ROCK ‘Good Thang/Stone To The Bone’ (US Rank 6202)
The most outrageous steal yet from James Brown, his ‘Stone To The Bone’ being used (with a superimposed new 0-95½-0bpm drum rhythm) as what amounts to the duetting accompaniment for bursts of rap which actually cue him in with “James, tell ’em” (dub flip, and some stoopid human beat-box). The exact same US pressing, incidentally, has been white labelled here by Champion (CHAMP 12-60). Naturally, the sound of now, in London at least.

MG ‘Can’t Get Enough (Of That Funky Stuff)’ (Rhythm Attack RTMS 1, via Phonogram)
American bassist Melvin Gibbs revives Kool & The Gang’s 1973 US hit ‘Funky Stuff’ in a terrific angrily scratched (by Lyvio G), girl chanted (by DK Dyson), juddering 0-100⅙-99⅚bpm fierce style, alongside the less good jogging 93⅓bpm ‘Take It Back’ (both with dubs too). Investigate!

2 BAD 2 MENTION ‘Do It (Club Mix)’ (Intouch TWELVE 005. via EMI)
Despite a ‘Thunderbirds Are Go” countdown intro, early Eighties 0-112½-111½-0bpm beat, some Prince ‘Kiss’ guitar twiddles, hints of recent volume pumping hits (and, in answer to “who’s bad?” the cheeky reply “Lester Pigott”!), plus slippery scratching and backwards running tape, this homegrown effort is so cleverly understated that it ends up seeming not at all gimmicky, with sneakily unassuming power (radio mix and completely backwards flip!).

JAMS ‘Downtown (Club Mix)’ (KLF Communications JAMS 27)
Previously notorious for the hard to find ‘Whitney Joins The Jams‘ (ie: I never found one!), the Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu now incongruously and very cleverly scratch Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ into a good 117¼-0bpm bounding house groove! So far only on single-sided white label, this at least has been serviced to DJs and shops, so it should be a more widely spread success.

DEZO DAZ featuring DJ Slip ‘It’s My Turn’ (US Techno Hop Records THR-19)
The JBs’ ‘Gimme Some More’ brass and James Brown’s ‘Sex Machine’ intro combine with other elements (including a bassline like Lonnie Liston Smith’s ‘Expansions’) for a Hollywood-recorded good jittery weaving (0-)99-98⅔-0bpm rap ‘n scratch that’s right in the current groove despite its Californian origin (inst/bonus beats flip).

PAN TRAX ‘Rebel Beats’ (R-Beat 1)
Credited by some to Pan Trax although there’s no artist actually listed on the white label, this 0-99-99⅓-99-98⅔bpm bootleg mix-up of rare grooves over the top of Public Enemy’s ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ (itself based on the JBs’ ‘The Grunt’) has been about for several weeks but until recently was hard to find. The 0-99⅔bpm ‘Rebel Dub’ is literally the ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ instrumental with merely a rejigged intro, while the flip’s 99⅙-98⅚bpm ‘Justice’ and 97⅙-0bpm ‘Tough’ stark dubwise and beatbox instrumentals sound like someone’s demos.

MICHAEL COOPER ‘Love Is Such A Funny Game’ LP (Warner Bros/King Jay Records 925 653-1)
The Sacremento-based ex-ConFunkShun member’s rolling funk edged soul (the sort that keeps going “yow, ow!”) has created immediate interest, with the slinkily groin grinding 97bpm ‘Dinner For Two’, tuggingly weaving 84⅓bpm ‘Just Thinkin’ ‘Bout Cha‘, purposefully sinuous 103⅓bpm ‘No Other Lover‘, gently pushing 99⅚bpm ‘Love Is Such A Funny Game‘, lightly jiggling 109⅓bpm ‘Look Before You Leave‘, spikily skipping 117¾bpm ‘Quickness‘, and Cameo-ish exaggeratedly enunciated (0-)104⅔bpm ‘Oceans Wide‘, starkly jolting (0-)103⅓bpm ‘You’ve Got A Friend‘ (Carole King’s James Taylor hit!), smackingly chugging 117¼bpm ‘To Prove My Love‘ (his impending single, possibly the weakest track). The Cameo similarity is a modern reference point, although, of course, in the past both Cameo and ConFunkShun were amongst the leading originators of that particular style.

THE GREEDY BEAT SYNDICATE ‘Listen To The Band’ (Greedy Beat Records RIP 001)
Not the Coldcut creation it tries hard to look like, although a similar concept and nothing to do with ‘Greedy G’ either), this quite exciting 115⅓-115¼-115-115⅓bpm scratch mix overlays stuff by such as the Montana Sextet, Skipworth & Turner, Johnny Guitar Watson and many more on top of the Criminal Element Orchestra’s ‘Put The Needle To The Record’ rhythm — and the Greedy Beat goes on in similar 0-115⅓-115¼-115bpm style on the flip with extra alternatives and additions.

FATBACK ‘Sunshine Lady’ (Master Mix 12CHER 84156, via PRT)
Pleasant gently nagging old 104bpm fluidly jogging swayer with a familiar bassline, getting attention in the wake of the long overdue crossover success of ‘I Found Lovin’’ although unlikely to prove such an enduring classic (dated 119¾bpm ‘Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)‘ funk chant flip).

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS ‘Love Overboard (SOS Mix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1223)
Reggie Calloway-created rather sombre though chunkily jolting 109¼-109½bpm go-go-ish jiggler with clacking “billiard ball” beats and some self-namechecking lyrics, all a bit like ‘Save The Overtime’ meeting Midnight Star’s ‘Headlines’ (inst flip).

GERALD ALBRIGHT ‘So Amazing (Extended Version)’ (US Atlantic 0-86637)
Cooingly supported pleasant 0-32/64bpm sax instrumental of Luther Vandross’s current pop smash smoocher, a bit old for soul fans which may be why this new treatment has beat it into the dance charts, flipped by the gently jiggling 101bpm ‘Just Between Us‘ jazz-funk jogger that’s the title track of Gerald’s good LP (probably for subsequent review).

TARAVHONTY ‘Join Hands (Club Mix)’ (US Big Beat Records BB-0001)
Ramblingly building jerkily leaping 0-119¾-120bpm sparse house bounder of the old school, with a mournfully wailing fellah giving it a haunting atmosphere while the actual song sinks in as a sort of cumulative effect (through four mixes).

ROSALINE JOYCE ‘No Questions, No Answers (Remix In A Yankee Style)’ (Jam Today 12ROS 1, via PRT)
In this top heavy jolting jiggly 107¼bpm remix (instrumental 107⅙bpm ‘Yankee’ dub too) her Loose Ends-ish wriggler sounds really rough, so flip instead for the far nicer — original? — 107⅙bpm London mix in which her pleasant lightly husky vocal is no longer obscured, and for the electronic snare drum overlaid more jittery 107bpm B Boy Mix.


DANCE AID’s Stock Aitken Waterman-remixed ‘Give Give Give’ chanty single continued to remain conspicuously absent from UK chart returns received after last week’s column was written (Odds ‘n’ Bods is printed several days before the dance charts, so maybe the situation will already be shown to have changed as you read this). Last week I had criticised Supreme Records’ scheduling of the single actually after the November 14 nationally co-ordinated Disco Aid charity night for which it was intended to be the theme tune, and not surprisingly this has provoked response from the label’s managing director, Theo Loyla, and from the charity’s chairman, Steve Walsh.

Nick East explains: “’When we were approached by Disco Aid to release ‘Give Give Give’ I informed Theo Loyla and the other members of the charity that it was impossible for us to release the record prior to Saturday, November 14, as the Stock Aitken Waterman remix was delivered to us very late in the day. Theo Loyla was given promotion copies of the record and was in charge of club promotion. The fact that the record hasn’t shown up in the dance charts is a reflection of Theo Loyla’s incompetence rather than Supreme’s. Had Supreme done the club promotion the record would be showing in the dance charts. Furthermore, apart from the above, the other reason why the record is not showing in the national top 100 is because we could not get exposure for the Dance Aid video on television, as clearance had not been gained from the Musicians’ Union. When we picked this record up, we were informed by the Disco Aid charity that the relevant clearances had been obtained from the MU by EMI when they released the original record last year. Our promotion people had organised five TV shows for the video, which then couldn’t be used as there was no clearance. I have now managed to sort out the problems with the MU, who have informed me that the application for clearance will be treated as a matter of priority at their monthly meeting on December 16. To compensate for all the above, Martyn Levett (Steve Welsh’s manager) has organised promotion company Rush Release to re-service the record to club DJs, the vast majority of whom have reported that they never received it in the first place from Theo Loyla. In short, the record has been a total cock-up.”

At this point it should be interjected that the whole idea was that the record would have to be bought by DJs, instead of it being received for free, as the exercise after all is to benefit charity with the money raised. This leads to the inevitable conclusion that people don’t actually like it enough to buy it, a conclusion reluctantly reached also by Theo Loyla.

Theo counters Nick East by amplifying certain points: “Supreme made it clear to us that the record would be released on November 16, but by then we had already arranged our November 14 date for Disco Aid and it was too late to change this. The thought was expressed, though, that people hearing the record on the night might go out and buy it after the event. As far as disco promotion is concerned, Bill Grainger supplied Scottish DJs, Supreme themselves serviced Mecca clubs as well as radio and pirate radio, leaving me to cover all the participating venues in time for the event. A couple of hundred DJs had registered to take part.” (Bill Grainger, whose company serviced Scotland’s discos, confirms that ‘Give Give Give’ entered at number 19 two weeks ago in the Scottish Dance Chart that he compiles – inevitably with some unavoidable bias – from his mailing list DJs’ returns.) Theo continues: “I welcome Rush Release now also being involved, and the fact that they’ve found, after sending out 500 copies, a great many DJs who weren’t covered by me comes as no surprise, considering how many DJs there are in the country. Record shops had confidence in the remix, and the actual ship-out figures greatly exceed the total sales of lost year’s original version on EMI. Video clearances should have been forwarded by EMI as the new video is only a re-edit of the original footage from last year, but unfortunately the relevant employee has since left the company and the papers couldn’t be found in time. The Musician’s Union is being unhelpful, possibly because the record is ostensibly connected with disc-jockeys, and you know what their attitude is towards them.”

Unfortunately, Stan Hibbert, the Musician’s Union assistant general secretary who’s involved with this particular case, was unavailable for comment before we went to press. However, Steve Walsh clarifies that his manager, Martyn Levett, and their solicitor have in fact forwarded all the relevant paperwork (some 400 pages!) relating to the clearances needed from the MU, but that any request for speedy attention on account of the record and video’s charity nature has been met with a decidedly touchy response. One must appreciate that bureaucracies obviously have to have a system of doing things, but even so red tape can be broken. In fact the new video has been shown, by ‘Night Network’ two weekends ago, and evidently on other local stations too. Now, though, at this late stage, the impetus that should have been related to the Disco Aid night has long since dissipated, which leaves the record out there having to fend for itself on musical merit alone. It may be no work of art, but it’s not THAT bad, surely?


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – December 12, 1987

01 02 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
02 01 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
03 03 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 04 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in/London promo
05 06 PAID IN FULL (DEREK B’S URBAN RESPRAY) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
06 07 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
07 13 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
08 05 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
09 11 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
10 08 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
11 16 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW/DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
12 12 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
13 15 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
14 21 FEMALES (GET WHAT WE WANT/COOKIE MONSTER JAM MIX) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
15 14 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
16 20 THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE SHAGGIN’ The Tams, Virgin 12in
17 17 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
18 10 KISS (THE EXPANSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
19 09 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
20 44 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
21 19 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
22 22 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
23 27 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
24 18 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’)/(PHILLY JAZZ) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
25 23 BACK IN MY ARMS (HOUSE MIX) Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
26 26 HEROIN (CLUB VERSION)/KING HOUSE HEROIN Black Britain, Virgin 12in
27 58 IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN TOO!! Meli’sa Morgan/FEELIN’ LUCKY LATELY High Fashion, Capitol 12in
28 31 SHUT UP ALREADY! Pulse, Urban 12in
29 52 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX)/JACK’S BACK (TO FRONTLINE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
30 24 COMMUNICATE (FREDDY BASTONE CLUB MIX) Full House, Epic 12in
31 46 I WANT HER/SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
32 56 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
33 39 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
34 25 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
35 49 GIVE IT TO ME Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
36 41 BLACK INK MIX (PARTS 1/3/2) Blackjack, Champion 12in mailing list promo
37 53 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
38 29 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
39 28 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
40 38 GREEDY ‘G’ (ORIGINAL MIX) Brentford Allstars/THE JAM IS ON T-Ski Valley, Studio One 12in
41 34 POUR IT ON (CREAMY HOUSE MIX) Mason, US Elektra 12in mailing list promo
42 45 MEMORY LANE/ROCK HOUSE/HOUND DOG The Microphone Prince, US Still Rising Records 12in
43 90 GHOST HOUSE (THE HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) The House Engineers, Syncopate 12in
44 48 RICCOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) BB&Q, Cooltempo 12in
45 42 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
46 36 GET DOWN (REMIX) Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
47 40 IT’S MY THING Epee MD, Cooltempo 12in
48 32 I LIKE TO LISTEN/CATALONIA/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
49 55 PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
50 54 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in mailing list promo
51 65 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
52 30 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (DANCE MIX/HOUSE MIX) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
53 71 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (RICK SETS IT OFF MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
54 — BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, US Mister-Ron Records 12in
55 35 I DON’T KNOW/DANCING IN THE NIGHT (REMIX) Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
56 — WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole, Capitol 12in
57 — MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX)/WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley, RCA 12in
58 — HEAVY VIBES (LES ADAMS REMIX) Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
59 37 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, US Tuff City 12in
60 50 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX) Walter Beasley, US Polydor 12in
61 43 BEATS + PIECES (MO’ BASS REMIX) Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze/THAT GREEDY BEAT Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
62 78 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (EXTENDED MIX)/WRITING ON THE WALL Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in
63 61 THAT’S THE WAY I CUT DJ Todd 1, US Cut Up! TBO Sound 12in
64 33 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
65 51 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN (EXTENDED VERSION) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
66 — CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS Run-DMC, London/Profile 12in
67 57 DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE/PART TWO) Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
68 83 RISIN’ TO THE TOP (GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT) Keni Burke, RCA 12in
69 73 HEAVY VIBES/PAUL SIMPSON CLUB MIX Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
70 76 LET’S GET JAZZY (MY THING/JAZZY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
71 — PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) (WRIT MIX – EXTENDED VERSION) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in promo
72 — HERE COMES THE NIGHT/I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
73 88 SORE LIP (CLUB MIX) Ritual, Warrior Records 12in
74 69 REBEL BEATS Pan Trax (Public Enemy bootleg mix), 12in bootleg
75 59 HOUSE MASTER GENERAL The House Master General, Flick & Romero Records 12in
76 66 THE OVERWEIGHT LOVERS IN THE HOUSE/MONEYEARNIN’ MOUNT VERNON Heavy D and the Boyz, MCA Records 12in
77 47 I’M THE ONE/WORD/BLUE SUMMER Roy Ayers, US Columbia LP
78 re I’M TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND/MAKE IT FUNKY/WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in white label
79 74 HOUSE IT UP (INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Hokus Pokus, US West Madison Street Records 12in
80 — GOOD THANG-STONE TO THE BONE Wizzards Of Rock, Champion 12in
81 — LISTEN TO THE BAND/LISTEN TO THE BAND (THE GREEDY BEAT) The Greedy Beat, Greedy Beat Records 12in
82 95 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (US REMIX BY JAY BURNETT) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
83 68 TOGETHER FOREVER/DON’T SAY GOODBYE/IT WOULD TAKE A STRONG STRONG MAN Rick Astley, RCA LP
84 80 GOING WAY BACK/LYRIC KICKING Just-Ice, US Fresh Records 12in
85 re PERFECT LADY (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Rick Clarke, RCA 12in
86 84 AMAZIN’ Shokk, Raja Records 12in
87 60 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX/GET BUSY YO! MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
88 81 SO AMAZING (EXTENDED VERSION) Gerald Albright, US Atlantic 12in mailing list promo
89 — DOWNTOWN (CLUB MIX) The JAMS (Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu) KLF Communications 12in white label
90 75 STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
91 67 LOVE CHANGES Kashif, US Arista LP
92 — IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (MIDNIGHT MIX) Wilson Pickett, Motown 12in
93 85 LET ME BE THE ONE (EXTENDED REMIX/CROSSOVER MIX) Exposé, Arista 12in
94 77 IRRESISTIBLE (THE PWL REMIX) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
95 86 TAKE CARE OF HOMEWORK/FULL FORCE GIT MONEY $ Full Force, CBS LP
96 re MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (Z MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
97 87 IT’S MY TURN Dezo Daz featuring DJ Slip, US Techno Hop Records 12in
98 82 WHERE’S MY LOVE GONE (CLUB MIX) Marvin Springer, CCR 12in
99 — GRASSHOPPER MEETS THE MASTER (CLUB MIX) **Super Star** A-Mar featuring Jay Bee Rock, US Zakia Records 12in
100 —  AND SO IT GOES/AND SO THE BEATS GO/AND SO THE BASS GOES Ex-Sample, US Wide Angle 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
02 04 CRITICIZE (REMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
03 03 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
04 06 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
05 02 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley, RCA 12in
06 08 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer, Warner Brothers 12in
07 07 CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau, Siren 12in
08 05 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
09 25 YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
10 09 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
11 19 GTO Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
12 11 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 14 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, A&M Breakout 12in
14 — TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCING Wally Jump Jnr And The Criminal Element, A&M Breakout 12in
15 — WHEN I FALL IN LOVE/MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU Rick Astley, RCA 12in
16 20 VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless, CBS 12in
17 12 GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison, Dark Horse 12in
18 29  WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean/Elisa Fiorillo, Chrysalis 12in
19 22 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
20 17 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
21 10 JACK MIX IV Mirage, Debut 12in
22 18 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth Wind & Fire, A&M 12in
23 — THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna, Sire 12in
24 23 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
25 27 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU Supertramp, A&M 12in
26 33 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
27 37 SPOTLIGHT/HOLIDAY/EVERYBODY/INTO THE GROOVE (REMIXES) Madonna, Sire LP
28 — JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
29 16 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
30 30 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
31 34 KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC, Neutron 12in
32 24 I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger, Reprise 12in
33 26 YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees, WEA 12in
34 13 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone, Charly 12in
35 31 (I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, RCA 12in
36 21 DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) L.A. Mix, A&M Breakout 12in
37 15 9 WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
38 32 SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
39 28 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
40 35 FAITH George Michael, Epic 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 02 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
03 04 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
04 03 COME BACK AND STAY Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
05 10 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
06 09 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Bona-Riah, Rise 12in
07 35 GTO (MODINA’S RED ROARING MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
08 15 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
09 05 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
10 11 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
11 16 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
12 07 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
13 12 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
14 14 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU(PHIL HARDING INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Supertramp, A&M 12in
15 17 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle, Virgin 12in
16 — COULD THIS BE LOVE Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
17 22 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
18 08 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
19 32 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JOC 12in
20 27 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
21 13 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
22 33 THIS IS A HAUNTED HOUSE Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
23 re MONY MONY (EXTENDED VERSION) Amazulu, EMI 12in
24 20 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
25 25 UNDERCOVER LOVER T-Arc, German ZYX 12in
26 26 DEVOTION Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
27 — SO CLOSE TO HEAVEN Chip Chip, Italian Flea 12in
28 18 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT (US REMIX) Amanda Lucci, US Profile 12in
29 23 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
30 — O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
31 — DON’T STOP Ross, Italian Flea 12in
32 21 ALL I WANT IS YOU Nick John, US Megatone 12in
33 re SPECIAL LOVE Attack featuring Sisley Ferré, Dutch Hot Sound 12in
34 — TIME WARP 2 Damian, Jive 12in
35 34 BOYS Sabrina, Italian Flavour 12in
36 19 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
37 29 AMERICAN LOVE (PASSION MIX) Rose Laurens, Passion 12in
38 re I’M GONNA GET YOUR LOVE Suzan Stevens, Canadian Man 12in
39 06 ARABIAN SONG Eartha Kitt, Quazar 12in
40= — HEART OVER MIND (REMIX) Jennifer Rush, German Epic 12in
40= — THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in

One thought on “December 12, 1987: Dance Aid (“in short, the record has been a total cock-up”), Meli’sa Morgan, Fleetwood Mac, Wizzards Of Rock, MG”

  1. Re the Dance Aid “cock-up”, surely the long and short of it was that the record just wasn’t very good, and not even SAW’s magic touch could save it.

    The KLF/Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu get a belated first mention this week; we were already well serviced for their releases, which dropped mysteriously and tantalisingly into the new release racks at Nottingham Selectadisc, with no prior warning. I bought them all on sight – including ‘Whitney Joins The JAMs’, which was a very big tune in our town – and I’m tempted to credit them also for the revival of ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ earlier in the year, as it was extensively sampled on ‘The Queen And I’, in a way that made you long to hear the almost forgotten original. It’s curious to note that within the same year, the KLF sampled two tunes that were mostly seen as naff in hipper circles, both of which went on to become all-time wedding disco classics.

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