ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Jeff Young on his Radio 1 show appeared to think that the originator of ‘Jingo’ was Candido, when in fact, long before even Santana (who popularised it), the tune’s writer Michael Olatunji recorded it on a US Columbia LP around 25 years ago… Jellybean’s album version of ‘Jingo’, it would seem as a result of my prompting, is being 12-inched by Chrysalis this week as the Space Bass Mix, flipped by a new House Mix 2… London have just signed up Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor, representing most of his productions including, of course, the Hurby’s Machine-featured acts, and Salt-n-Pepa (for the world excluding North America), to appear on the new ffrr label – that stands for full frequency range recordings, and old trademark of Decca… ffrr has also just promoed the slower, 118bpm, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley-mixed re-recordings of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ by Jamie Principle (that, incidentally, is the spelling of Principle used by the guy’s lawyers, who presumably know!)… Magnetic Dance picked up the Microphone Prince here, but only seem to be coupling ‘Rock House’ with ‘Memory Lane’, leaving off the brilliant ‘Hound Dog’ (the track that’ll break him on radio)… Ex-Sample’s basic backing to ‘And So It Goes’ was originally touted to record companies here featuring a full vocal over it by Viola Wills… Robert Clivilles and David Cole, of 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, have remixed Mel & Kim’s US-released ‘I’m The One Who Loves You’… Dancin’ Danny D apparently has remixed Total Contrast’s ‘Kiss’ in a belated attempt to turn the tune’s undoubted dancefloor acceptance into actual sales… Ian Levine has remixed Tiffany’s recent US chart-topping revival of Tommy James And The Shondells’ ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ for UK release in the new year, while the Hi-NRG import hit by Havana that Ian’s putting out here has a rival, as former Clash bassist Paul Simonon’s brand new group is also confusingly called Havana… Bluebird Records, already with stores in London’s Edgware Road and in Luton, have a branch opening early January in Streatham’s High Parade… LPs now out here, following full review on import, include the Various Artists ‘Christmas Rap’ (London/Profile LONLP 52), Tony Terry ‘Forever Yours’ (Epic 460504 1), Angela Winbush ‘Sharp’ (Club JABH 27), The Controllers ‘For The Love Of My Woman’ (MCA Records MCF 3404), Doc Powell ‘Love Is Where It’s At’ (Club JABH 28)… Zuzan’s ‘Girls Can Jak Too’ singles have been temporarily deleted until January by Supreme Records – of which label the managing director, is should be clarified, is Nick East, while, of course, Theo Loyla was the Disco Aid night’s co-ordinator… Steve Walsh was spotted getting heavily into rubber at Skin II, seemingly rather concerned that nobody should take a photo of him!… London’s trendier soul crowd, it needs clarifying, are the ones who sport not only flared trousers but also full afro hairstyles and po’ boy floppy caps – the full awful early Seventies Jackson 5 look! – and they’ll be out in force this Saturday (19) at the Astoria for Simon Goffe’s Cortina Party, starring Sharon Redd and Cash Money … Capital Radio’s king of rap Tim Westwood expects Cash Money to join him with Faze One and the London Posse at Mile End Road’s Queen Mary College the night before, Friday (18)… Radio London’s king of jazz, Gilles Peterson joins Dave Malone and Turbo at Great Shelford’s Defreville Arms near Cambridge on Saturday (19)… Tuesday (22) should see a real roadblock, if not a clash, on London Charing Cross Road at neighbouring venues, Just-Ice appearing with Radio London’s Dave Pearce, Roger Johnson and Gilles Peterson at the Astoria while, right next door (actually, underneath!), Busby’s has a Soul Splash with Jeff Young, Tim Westwood, Tony Dortie, Paul French, Disco Gary VanDenBussche, Segue Steve Goddard and more… Chris Kaye is joined by the Cookie Crew on Wednesday (23) at Tonbridge’s Angel Centre… Bank Holiday Monday (28), Chiltern Radio’s king of soul Martin Collins joins Chris ‘Charlie’ Brown, Bob Jones, Dave Malone and Dougie Osborne at Great Bentley’s Tartan House near Colchester… KISS-fm has a special party with Jules of Family Funktion, Norman Jay, Steve Jackson, Colin Faver, Madhatter Trevor, Matt Black + Jonathon More plus others at Soho’s Wag Club on Wednesday, December 30, when Steve Aspey, Paul Morrissey and busy Gilles Peterson groove it at Oxford’s Boodles… Hugh B claims to play the hardest, most upfront music possible in Liverpool at Thursdays Bop in the Mardi Gras Club… Mark Franklyn is getting into soulful gear, and black videos too, at Bermondsey Old Kent Road’s reopened Dun Cow on Fri/Saturdays, while Adrian John is delighted to be able to play nothing but soul, funk, house and hip hop at Telford’s Cascades… I’m afraid that’s it for this column until the beginning of January, but don’t miss next week’s issue of rm as instead there will be the usual Hammy Awards for the disco biz, the year end 1987 dance charts and all the year’s number ones, plus a full track listing of the four hour continuous party music tape, sequenced by myself and Les Adams, which will be broadcast by Capital Radio on New Year’s Eve from 10pm… Cool Yule, y’all, Hot Hogmanay, many thanks for all your cards and presents, and DON’T STOP JAMMIN’!
Nicky Holloway and his Starship Enterprises (01-439 2628) have two beezer Doos coming up in London after Christmas, and All Day Doo at Hammersmith’s Le Palais on Bank Holiday Monday, December 28 (3pm-midnight) with guest DJs Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson, Derek B, Norman Jay, Dave Dorrell, Jay Strongman and Ben + Andy, while on New Year’s Eve at the Astoria (10pm-3.30am) Messrs Tong, Peterson and Holloway are joined by Chris Brown, Bob Jones, Chris Bangs, Bob Masters, Rob Day and Johnny Walker. Party people only!
Chris Dinnis, one of the few people ever to find a copy of the legendary rare groove LP by Japanese jazzer Kanu Sukalagwun, has his Saturday 11am-2pm Brunchtime soul show on Plymouth Sound (97fm/1152mw) relayed also from noon by Radio In Tavistock (96.6fm, mono only), but next Saturday there’s a special five hour 9am-2pm Boxing Day With Dinnis show in which he’ll recap the year’s outstanding soul sounds. Early Seventies is the favoured vintage at his Friday nights at Ellacombe’s Monroes, Torquay, while he’s also just embarking on a series of moveable gigs around the area under the name of The Humdinger, playing late Sixties and Seventies soul with an emphasis on mid-tempo material and pure class.
BOMB THE BASS ‘Beat Dis (Extended Dis)’ (US Mister-Ron Records DOOD X 12001)
This excellent, if derivative, exciting (0-)113¾-0bpm volume pumping mix-up adapts the M|A|R|R|S bassline, the ‘Shaft’ wukka-wukka guitar, plus beats and bits from all sorts of stuff (even Coldcut’s “this is a journey into sound”), ending up fiercer and more jam packed than ‘Pump Up The Volume’ (edit/bonus beats flip).
**SUPER STAR** A-MAR FEATURING JAY BEE ROCK ‘Grasshopper Meets The Master’ (US Zakia Records PAL-7161)
Inspired by TV’s old ‘Kung Fu’ series, this fascinating concept finds the Master teaching his pupil Grasshopper the art of mixing, illustrating his lessons by scratching rare grooves through a jiggly ‘Bra’ beat before ending with early Sixties Motown classics, the brilliant idea being explored fully in the (0-)110-118-0bpm Club Mix (and Radio Edit) or just to JB beats in the (0-)110-0bpm ‘Grasshopper’s (Hip Hop Style)’. Listen closely!
TWO GUYS A DRUM MACHINE AND A TRUMPET ‘I’m Getting Tired Of Being Pushed Around’ (London LONX 141)
After months of being on promo primarily as the Untouchables (a name in fact unavailable to them), Andy Cox and David Steele from the Fine Young Cannibals now call themselves by their subtle name for the long awaited full release (on December 28) of this self descriptive scratching and leaping 121¾bpm jack track, flipped by the sounds-washed less punchily drifting 115bpm ‘Make It Funky’ and its seasonally-tinged ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ alternative version, featuring fashionable Arabic effects.
HURBY’S MACHINE ‘The House That Rap Built’ LP (US Sound Check Records/Next Plateau PLS1009)
Spot the basslines and JB beats for much of hot hip hop producer Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor’s “own” Jellybean-type LP, full of his productions of other actual vocalists, with ANTOINETTE’s Sweet Tee meets Salt-n-Pepa-ish 93bpm ‘Hit ‘Em With This’ and (already 12-inched) ‘Jungle Fever’-tinged 98bpm ‘I Got An Attitude’, NON-STOP’s girls-chanted 0-110⅓bpm ‘Keep Steppin’’, THE MAU-MAU CLAN OVERLORDS’ MCs-popped jaunty 103bpm ‘Contact Sport’ and go-go-tempoed 98½bpm title track (a vocalised credit list!), SUPER LOVERS’ New Orleans-flavoured 98bpm ‘Let The Drummer Get Ill’, FABULOUS 2’s completely reggae 85½bpm ‘The Fabulous’, FUTURE SHOCK’s frantic West Coast-style 141¾bpm ‘Just Go’, SALT-n-PEPA’s currently 12-inched (0-)100⅓bpm ‘I Am Down’ and ‘Planet Rock’-ish fast ticking catchy 127½bpm ‘Push It (Remix)’ – this latter being the superior US hit mix that a San Francisco radio jock first busted wide open, and not the old version out here on Champion.
JOYCE SIMS ‘Come Into My Life’ (London LONX 161)
Finally out fully here on December 28, this pirate radio boosted haunting slinky subtle 0-94⅔bpm swayer (Dub too) is now flipped by Simon Harris’s busy effects-stunned 0-108-108⅓-108⅔-107⅓-0bpm ‘Lifetime Love/All And All (Megamix)’. Meanwhile, out now, her ‘Come Into My Life’ LP (London LONLP 47) is disappointing with all her singles (good in themselves) and only the self-prod/penned sinuously swaying 90-0bpm ‘It Wasn’t Easy’ standing out from the four newies.
BLACKJACK ‘Black Ink Mix (Part 1)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-59)
Quite good 120bpm jack track medley intertwining the timely ‘Jingo’ with ‘Axel F’ and ‘Can U Dance’, in three parts of which the 119¾bpm Part 2 is least immediate, promoed for ages but now finally out.
VARIOUS ‘Jack Trax – The Third Album’ LP (Jack Trax JTRAX 3, via PRT)
Strong double LP of recent full length house tracks, some so new they’re actually reviewed in their own right this week, while most have an established reputation, containing the rattlingly bounding 0-119½bpm RISSE ‘House Train (New York Mix)’, anxiously whinneying 122¼ BYRON STINGILY ‘Just A Little Bit (Club Mix)’, just issued 199¼bpm (sic) KENNY ‘JAMMIN’ JASON ‘Don’t Want It (Club Mix)’, frantic Spanish 126¼bpm RALPHI ‘THE RAZZ’ ROSARIO ‘I Want You (Latin Edit)’, newly released 123½bpm WHITE KNIGHT ‘Demons (Club Mix)’, jerkily flying 128bpm RHYTHIM IS RHYTHIM ‘Strings Of Life (Flam-Boy-Ant Mix)’, recently imported 126bpm MODEL 500 ‘Off To Battle’, brand new 0-120bpm JOHN ROCCA ‘Move (Landlord House Mix)’, jerkily moaning 122¼-0bpm MINK ‘Rhythm Method (Club Method)’, girl wailed (0-)123½bpm XAVIER GOLD ‘Solutions (House Remix)’, currently hot 122½bpm BAM-BAM ‘Give It To Me (Club Mix)’, synth sizzled 127bpm ARMANDO ‘Land Of Confusion (Confusion Mix)’ and chillingly vocodered 117⅓-117bpm PHUTURE ‘Acid Trax (Cocaine Mix)‘.
SEEBORN & PUMA ‘They Call Me Puma’ (US Select FMS 62304)
Howie Tee & Chubb Rock-produced jauntily lurching 92bpm lisping rap about his sneakers, set between brassy breaks to the Headhunters’ great slinky ‘If You’ve Got It You’ll Get It’ (acappella flip), Puma spluttering so much that they could call him Sylvester, instead – as in, Sylvester and Tweetie Pie! Sufferin’ suckertash!
MELI’SA MORGAN ‘Good Love’ LP (Capitol EST 2051)
Slickly crafted glossy modern female soul, sorta Whitney meets Aretha, the distinctively rumbling and lurching 103⅚bpm title track title track being hailed as the set’s new ‘Fool’s Paradise’, while there’s also the similarly lurching though livelier 0-107⅔bpm ‘I Still Think About You’, sultrily drifting 85bpm ‘Here Comes The Night’, torchy 0-35bpm ‘You’re All I Got’, Kashif-duetted soulful chunkily jogging 75bpm ‘Love Changes’ (common to his own LP, too), ugly jolting 103bpm ‘Think It Over’, currently 12-inched here 0-110⅓bpm ‘If You Can Do It: I Can Too!!’, slow radio aimed 0-30⅓/60⅔bpm ‘Just For Your Touch’ and 31½-63½bpm ‘I’ll Love No More’.
RUN-DMC ‘Christmas In Hollis’ (London/Profile LONX 163)
Jingle bells introed strong 0-95⅔bpm seasonal rap ‘n scratch with Stax-style brass and many amusing little touches to help cross it over (plus three of their biggest oldies).
DISCO 2000 ‘I Love Disco’ (KLF Communications D 2000)
Nervy piano jangled beefily jumping 0-118¼bpm house jitterer with Scottish accented guys and some girls briefly reviving ‘The Clapping Song’ to lyrics about Terence Trent D’Arby (the girls squawking an ‘I Gotta CD’ vocal on the punkier B-side version), apparently another creation of the Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu.
Speaking of whom, no sooner had I last week reviewed their ‘Downtown’ than, of course, I finally got hold of their ‘Whitney Joins The JAMS’ (KLF Communications JAMS 24T), a terrific inventive vigorously bounding 119½-0bpm pounder which combines bursts of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and ‘Shaft’ with jangly latin piano and shouted comments (I know it’s been about for ages, mainly up north and in Scotland, where DJs have been charting it frustratingly since at least August).
THE SCAM ‘Bootleg Mixes’ (RR 1)
Totally uncredited on blank white label, although I’m told it’s generally known as ‘The Scam’, this 100bpm transformer scratch mix drifts through the usual rare grooves and JB beats with more efficiency than excitement, flipped perhaps more usefully by a straight scratched 102⅔bpm jam and a much meatier quite old fashioned traditional 105bpm mix-up.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Best Of House Megamix’ LP (Serious Records BOIT1)
On an album, make no mistake, many of the year’s biggest jack tracks are megamixed by the Bovver Boys and Double Trouble into (0-)120…121½bpm Part 1 and (0-)117¾…124bpm Part 2 medleys, each a side long.
KENNY ‘JAMMIN’ JASON & FAST EDDIE featuring Paris Grey ‘Don’t Want It’ (Jack Trax 12 J TRAX 6, via PRT)
Church-toned organ gives way to tinkling vibes and burbling bass while occasionally Eddie mutters and Paris nags at the repetitive chorus of this simple clean 119¼bpm house shuffler (in three mixes, 119bpm on US Hot Mix 5 import), an anti-drugs song.
HOUSE MASTER BALDWIN featuring Paris Grey ‘Don’t Lead Me’ (US Future Sound Records FSR1002)
Paris Grey, a busy girl in Chicago these days, moans rather than wails through her own composition, a simple driving 123¼bpm snickety house pulser (in three mixes).
WHITE KNIGHT ‘Jack The House’ EP (Jack Trax KNIGHT 1, via PRT)
Eight-track 33⅓rpm EP containing vocal and dub mixes of four violently bounding and jittering jack tracks, the muttering 123-0bpm ‘White Knight Jacks’, frenetic 126-0bpm ‘Gonna Jack’, angry 123½-0bpm ‘Demons’ and chanting 123-0bpm ‘Yo Baby Yo’.
JOHN ROCCA ‘Move (Rude Boy Mix)’ (CityBeat CBE 1214, via WEA)
Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk co-created jaggedly churning 0-119⅔-119¾bpm house instrumental with jangling piano building in intensity as it progresses (vocals thankfully being restricted to the Roccapella dub).
FANTASY CLUB ‘Mystery Girl (Set Me Free)’ (US International House Records IHR-002)
Bad Boy Bill, Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson and Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley-produced vigorously skittering house with a good groove that’s let down by a drearily moaning bloke on the 124bpm House Mix, Club Mix and 123¾bpm Radio Mix, but is thankfully instrumental on the fiercer 124½bpm 4 Track Mix and 125bpm Original Mix.
MAD JOCKS featuring JOCKMASTER B.A. ‘House Nation/Girls Can Jak Too’ (Debut DEBTX 3037)
Strictly pop-aimed silly Scottish accented 0-126⅓bpm brash send-up jack track medley flipped by a chimes introed (but not Big Ben) even sillier and probably quite useful raving bagpiped 126¾bpm house-ification of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
THE DRAMATICS ‘Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get’ (Stax STAT 809)
With superb husky then wailing soul vocal group interplay, this classic purposefully rolling 77-76½-76-77bpm jogger from 1971 is probably the most currently relevant of Ace Records’ four-track 12 inch reissues from the Stax catalogue – as, unfortunately, whenever any Stax oldies are reissued here they’re nearly always the same ones, this new batch including as usual Jean Knight ‘Mr Big Stuff’, Staple Singers ‘Respect Yourself’, Eddie Floyd ‘Knock On Wood’, and – leave it out! – Judy Clay & William Bell ‘Private Number’.
5th OF HEAVEN ‘Just A Little More’ (DFM Records DFM-001, via 061-834 5383)
Loose Ends-ish plaintive girl sung pleasantly weaving 88bpm jazzy soul jogger by a Manchester group who are much touted by local jocks, their limited edition white label being distributed from that city’s Spin Inn record store (more dreamily drifting semi-instrumental Surrender Mix flip).
BELINDA CARLISLE ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Heavenly Version)’ (Virgin VEST 1036), Shep Pettibone-remixed rollicking 123½bpm Cyndi Lauper-ish gurgler by the glamorous Go Go, a US number one and surprisingly hot in the Hi-NRG chart here;
BANANARAMA ‘I Can’t Help It (Extended Club Mix)’ (London NANX 15), Stock Aitken Waterman keep their Chic influence, in the vocal pattern as well as the choppy guitar, for this Sister Sledge-style shrill 120-0bpm jittery thudder, very ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, already out in the US ahead of ‘Love In The First Degree’ (lurching 116⅔-0bpm ‘Ecstasy (Chicago House Stylee)’ flip);
SABRINA ‘Boys (Summertime Love)’ (London LONX 167), plaintively squawked simple sing-song 120bpm canterer from Italy, one of the year’s Continental smashes that those in the know have been tipping as an inevitable UK hit ever since the summer;
HAVANA ‘Satisfy My Desire (All Night Remix)’ (Nightmare MARE 46), the original 122-0bpm Miami Mix (on the flip) of this girl wailed infectiously churning Hi-NRG hit always sounded like an Ian Levine production, but wasn’t one, although now he has done a much less instantaneous 121¼-0bpm remix as A-side;
BARBARA PENNINGTON ‘There Are Brighter Days’ (Nightmare MARE 49), friskily bounding 122-0bpm flier with a catchy chorus and dated disco breaks;
DIVINE ‘Hey You! (Take It To The Max Mix)’ (In Recordings INRT 6), the Hi-NRG answer to Steve Walsh shouts “hey you!” instead of “you wot?”, on a simplistic rattling 0-128-0bpm ‘You Spin Me Round’ clone;
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ (Philips BRITV 55), Mary O’Brien’s first 1963 solo hit after leaving the Springfields folk trio, a creditable 133-132-0bpm cheerful UK stab at the then current Phil Spector sound, is now the soundtrack to that truly fab TV commercial for Britvic 55 (the one with all those Sixties stars trying to look like they did back then).
BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – December 19, 1987
01 01 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 02 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
03 04 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in/London promo
04 07 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
05 03 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
06 06 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
07 17 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
08 22 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
09 08 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
10 29 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX)/JACK’S BACK (TO FRONTLINE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
11 09 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
12 10 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
13 11 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW/DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
14 15 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
15 20 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
16 26 HEROIN (CLUB VERSION)/KING HOUSE HEROIN Black Britain, Virgin 12in
17 28 SHUT UP ALREADY! (FIERCE MIX/PIANO DUB) Pulse, Urban 12in
18 16 THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE SHAGGIN’ The Tams, Virgin 12in
19 31 I WANT HER/SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
20 49 PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
21 14 FEMALES (GET WHAT WE WANT/COOKIE MONSTER JAM MIX) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
22 13 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
23 19 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
24 05 PAID IN FULL (DEREK B’S URBAN RESPRAY) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
25 57 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX)/WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley, RCA 12in
26 32 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
27 18 KISS (THE EXPANSION) Total Contrast, London 12in
28 48 I LIKE TO LISTEN/CATALONIA/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
29 37 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
30 66 CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS Run-DMC, London/Profile 12in
31 12 THE REAL THING (WEST 26th STREET MIX) Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Chrysalis 12in
32 36 BLACK INK MIX (PARTS 1/3/2) Blackjack, Champion 12in
33 23 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
34 72 GOOD LOVE/I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
35 21 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
36 — KEEP ‘EM STEPPIN’ Non-Stop/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS/I GOT AN ATTITUDE Antionette/LET THE DRUMMER GET ILL Super Lovers/CONTACT SPORT The Mau-Mau Clan Overlords (Hurby’s Machine), US Sound Check LP
37 27 IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN TOO!!/FOOL’S PARADISE (PARADISE MIX) Meli’sa Morgan/FEELIN’ LUCKY LATELY High Fashion, Capitol 12in
38 71 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) (WRIT MIX) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
39 63 THAT’S THE WAY I CUT DJ Todd 1, US Cut Up! TBO Sound 12in
40 61 BEATS + PIECES (MO’ BASS REMIX) Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze/THAT GREEDY BEAT Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
41 35 GIVE IT TO ME Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
42 — I’M ALL SHOOK UP/GODFATHER HOUSE MIX Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
43 60 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX) Walter Beasley, US Polydor 12in
44 25 BACK IN MY ARMS (HOUSE MIX) Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
45 70 LET’S GET JAZZY (MY THING/JAZZY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
46 64 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
47 38 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
48 54 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, US Mister-Ron Records 12in
49 39 IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) Audrey Wheeler, Capitol 12in
50 42 MEMORY LANE/ROCK HOUSE/HOUND DOG The Microphone Prince, US Still Rising Records 12in/Magnetic Dance promo
51 74 REBEL BEATS Pan Trax (Public Enemy bootleg mix), 12in bootleg
52 89 DOWNTOWN (CLUB MIX) The JAMS (Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu) KLF Communications 12in
53 41 POUR IT ON (CREAMY HOUSE MIX) Mason, US Elektra 12in mailing list promo
54 34 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
55 56 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole, Capitol 12in
56 47 IT’S MY THING Epee MD, Cooltempo 12in
57 58 HEAVY VIBES (LES ADAMS REMIX) Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
58 40 GREEDY ‘G’ (ORIGINAL MIX) Brentford Allstars, Studio One 12in
59 43 GHOST HOUSE (THE HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) The House Engineers, Syncopate 12in
60 re LET’S GET TOGETHER TONITE (THE ALL TOGETHER TONITE MIX) Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
61 re SPECIAL Yarbrough & Peoples/CAN’T LET IT GO La Rue (‘Penitentiary III’ soundtrack), US RCA Victor LP
62 33 FUNKY LIKE A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Equals, Club 12in
63 80 GOOD THANG-STONE TO THE BONE Wizzards Of Rock, Champion 12in
64 — BABY WANTS TO RIDE (REMAKE) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
65 re CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS Run-DMC/CHILLIN’ WITH SANTA Derek B/LET THE JINGLE BELLS ROCK Sweet Tee/GHETTO SANTA Spyder-D/HE’S SANTA CLAUS Disco 4, London/Profile LP
66 100 AND SO IT GOES/AND SO THE BEATS GO/AND SO THE BASS GOES Ex-Sample, US Wide Angle 12in
67 — THEY CALL ME PUMA Seeborn & Puma, US Select 12in
68 73 SORE LIP (CLUB MIX) Ritual, Warrior Records 12in
69 87 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX/GET BUSY YO! MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
70 69 HEAVY VIBES/PAUL SIMPSON CLUB MIX Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
71 52 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (DANCE MIX/HOUSE MIX) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
72 68 RISIN’ TO THE TOP (GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT) Keni Burke, RCA 12in
73 90 STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
74 55 I DON’T KNOW/DANCING IN THE NIGHT (REMIX) Lanier & Co, Syncopate 12in
75 50 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in mailing list promo
76 — MOVE (RUDE BOY MIX) John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
77 59 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, US Tuff City 12in
78 — LOVE IS THE ART Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in white label
79 83 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA LP
80 65 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN (EXTENDED VERSION) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
81 — DO IT (CLUB MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in
82 98 WHERE’S MY LOVE GONE (CLUB MIX) Marvin Springer, CCR 12in
83 — THANK YOU (FALETTIME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) The Jury, US Culture Shock Records 12in
84 — DON’T LOCK ME OUT Terry Billy, US Atlantic 12in
85 — TAKE ME I’M YOURS Terri Jones, US JasStar Records 12in
86 re NO QUESTIONS, NO ANSWERS (THE LONDON MIX/THE B-BOY MIX/REMIX IN A YANKEE STYLE) Rosaline Joyce, Jam Today 12in
87 — UNTITLED BOOTLEG MIXES The Scam, 12in bootleg
88 45 WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS (THE FAVOURITE BITS OF YOUR HIP HOP HITS) Bros (rebuilt by the Democratic 3 featuring DJ Slack), CBS 12in white label
89 99 GRASSHOPPER MEETS THE MASTER (CLUB MIX) **Super Star** A-Mar featuring Jay Bee Rock, US Zakia Records 12in
90 82 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (US REMIX BY JAY BURNETT) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
91 — ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles/ALL DIS MUSIC Romance, ffrr 12in white label
92 — MYSTERY GIRL (SET ME FREE) Fantasy Club, US International House Records 12in
93 — RESCUE ME (DJ STOMP MIX/JUMP MIX/BONUS TRACK) Lisa Mitchell, US Jump Street 12in
94 62 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL (EXTENDED MIX)/WRITING ON THE WALL Earth Wind & Fire, CBS 12in
95 — THE ORIGINAL GANGSTER OF HIP HOP/MOSHITUP/KOOL & DEADLY/FREEDOM OF SPEECH/ON THE STRENGTH/BOOGA BANDIT/BITCH Just-Ice, US Fresh Records LP
96 re LINDA, MY LOVE/FALLING IN LOVE/SO MUCH LOVE/I BELIEVE IN LOVE Modernique, Sire LP
97 51 BABY, BE MINE/I WANNA BE THERE/YOU’VE CHANGED/REASONS Miki Howard, Atlantic LP
98 — NOTHING VENTURED: NOTHING GAINED (SILLY DANCE REMIX) Charlie Singleton & Modern Man, Epic 12in
99 re SHE’S FLY (LONG VERSION) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
100 93 LET ME BE THE ONE (EXTENDED REMIX/CROSSOVER MIX) Exposé, Arista 12in
01 01 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
02 09 ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
03 02 CRITICIZE (REMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
04 14 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCING Wally Jump Jnr And The Criminal Element, A&M Breakout 12in
05 03 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
06 06 DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer, Warner Brothers 12in
07 18 WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean/Elisa Fiorillo, Chrysalis 12in
08 08 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
09 15 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE/MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU Rick Astley, RCA 12in
10 04 I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY (STREET LATIN WOOLF MIX) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
11 11 GTO Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
12 12 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
13 05 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley, RCA 12in
14 — THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
15 23 THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna, Sire 12in
16 13 SHO’ YOU RIGHT (REMIX) Barry White, A&M Breakout 12in
17 16 VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless, CBS 12in
18 07 CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau, Siren 12in
19 26 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
20 19 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
21 28 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
22 17 GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison, Dark Horse 12in
23 10 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
24 24 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
25 21 JACK MIX IV Mirage, Debut 12in
26 — COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, London 12in promo
27 — CHILDREN SAY Level 42, Polydor 12in
28 20 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
29 25 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU Supertramp, A&M 12in
30 27 SPOTLIGHT/HOLIDAY/EVERYBODY/INTO THE GROOVE (REMIXES) Madonna, Sire LP
31 22 SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth Wind & Fire, A&M 12in
32 — SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
33 38 SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
34 29 PUMP UP THE VOLUME M|A|R|R|S, 4AD 12in
35 31 KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC, Neutron 12in
36 — THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE SHAGGIN’ The Tams, Virgin 12in
37 34 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone, Charly 12in
38 30 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
39 39 I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr, Geffen 12in
40 — I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama, London 12in
01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF (BLASTER MIX)/(HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 02 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
03 03 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
04 40= THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
05 04 COME BACK AND STAY Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
06 05 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
07 12 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
08 15 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY VERSION) Belinda Carlisle, Virgin 12in
09 13 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
10 16 COULD THIS BE LOVE Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
11 10 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
12 09 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (JAILERS MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
13 — ALWAYS ON MY MIND (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
14 06 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Bona-Riah, Rise 12in
15 14 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU/(PHIL HARDING INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Supertramp, A&M 12in
16 11 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
17 18 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
18 07 GTO (MODINA’S RED ROARING MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
19 — SATISFY MY DESIRE (ALL NIGHT REMIX) Havana, Nightmare 12in
20 24 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
21 — THESE ARE BRIGHTER DAYS Barbara Pennington, Nightmare 12in
22 19 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
23 30 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
24 21 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
25 22 THIS IS A HAUNTED HOUSE Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
26 — SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
27 — A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jackie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
28 — I CAN’T HELP IT (CLUB MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
29 33 SPECIAL LOVE Attack featuring Sisley Ferré, Dutch Hot Sound 12in
30 31 DON’T STOP Ross, Italian Flea 12in
31 39 ARABIAN SONG Eartha Kitt, Quazar 12in
32 re DON’T GET SERIOUS (UP AND AWAY MIX) Jacqui Berne, Hi-Hat 12in
33 — IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
34 08 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, US Wow 12in
35 17 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
36 — THOSE WERE THE DAYS Sunshine Crew and Nikki Lauren, Dutch Rams Horn Records 12in
37 re OH WON’T YOU TELL ME Lian Risa, German Chic 12in
38 37 AMERICAN LOVE (PASSION MIX) Rose Laurens, Passion 12in
39 35 BOYS Sabrina, Italian Flavour 12in
40 — MY HEART’S ON FIRE Patrick L Myles, Canadian Power 12in
2 thoughts on “December 19, 1987: Bomb The Bass, Super Star A-Mar, Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, Hurby’s Machine, Joyce Sims”
Trevor Nelson gets his first direct name-check this week, under his working name at that time, Madhatter Trevor.
The Disco 2000 track that James reviews was actually the B-side, with the vocal “I Gotta CD” as the A-side: they were a female duo, put together by the KLF, who I saw performing in a tent at Pride in London the following summer. That said “I Love Disco” was the stronger track dancefloor-wise, and I enjoyed watching the reaction to the unexpected Terence Trent D’Arby reference.
The ‘Best Of House’ megamix is arguably the first of the new generation of mix albums to surface – or at least the first homegrown mix album, as there have already been some German imports on BCM.
Following Denise Motto’s ‘IMNXTC’, Bananarama become the second act to reference Ecstasy, both in their song title and in its minimal lyric. Who’d have thought it?!
Frankie Knuckles’ cover of ‘Only The Strong Survive’ is mysteriously absent from YouTube – presumably due to some unresolved copyright issues? I can also find no trace anywhere of the “Scam” bootleg mix.
And yes, that really is a Hi-NRG cover of Mary Hopkin’s ‘Those Were The Days’ – the first pop song I ever heard performed live, when she sung it in panto at the London Palladium in early 1970!
I think that’s Judge Jules (from Family Funktion) getting his first mention at the big Kiss FM night – which is itself is not much more than 18 months from being legalised.
And another blast from the past – is Nicky Holloway’s Starship Enterprises which I remember seeing on flyers around this time as the promoters – not the fancy glossy or even colour flyers we eventually got used to in the late 80s and 1990s but black and white photocopied jobs as they all were back then.
Also JH mentions the 70s fashions that some were wearing – that was basically confined to a few west end hipster nights iirc (and S Express videos!) – although obviously once acid house got going properly in about 6 months time that sort of had things in common with the acid house look.