December 26, 1987: The Hammy Awards, Capital Houseparty, year-end charts

THE HAMMY AWARDS

I say, chaps! It’s that jolly old time of the year when we open the golden envelope to see who did really well in 1987. Whizzo, what? All statistics are derived from the year-end dance charts, which means that certain record company employees should start worrying now…

BLACK DANCE ARTISTES OF THE YEAR: Eric B & Rakim

RUNNERS UP: Sybil, Alexander O’Neal, Joyce Sims, Lillo Thomas, Jellybean, Cameo, Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element, Sherrick, Curtis Hairston, Rick Astley

BLACK DANCE HIT OF 1987: M|A|R|R|S ‘Pump Up The Volume’ (4AD), number one in the year-end chart if both mixes are combined

RUNNER UP: Nitro DeLuxe ‘This Brutal House’/’Let’s Get Brutal’ (Cooltempo), number two likewise if all mixes are combined

RECORD AT NUMBER ONE FOR LONGEST: Sybil ‘Let Yourself Go’ (Champion), six weeks

IMPORT OF THE YEAR: Joyce Sims ‘Come Into My Life’ (US Sleeping Bag Records), finally due here commercially on London next week

SEVEN INCH OF THE YEAR: Sherrick ‘Just Call’ (Warner Bros)

ALBUM ARTISTES OF THE YEAR: Alexander O’Neal, Michael Jackson, Sherrick

BLACK DANCE LABELS OF THE YEAR: 1 (8) Cooltempo, 2 (-) Breakout (although A&M were also at 2 last year), 3 (3) London, 4 (6) Champion, 5 (5) Fourth & Broadway, 6 (15) Atlantic, 7 (9) Warner Bros, 8 (-) Chrysalis, 9 (10) Capitol, 10 (11) Tabu, 11 (-) Urban, 12 (-) 4AD, 13 (14) Epic, 14 (-) RCA, 15= (1) Club, 15= (-) Def Jam

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: 10 Records (4 in ’86), MCA Records (7), Supreme Records (13)

WE TRY HARDER: Breakout (inheriting the mantle from A&M last year!)

RECORD COMPANIES OF THE YEAR (labels ranked by hit strength): 1 (5=) Chrysalis (Cooltempo/Chrysalis), 2 (5=) WEA (Atlantic/Warner Bros/Geffen/Elektra), 3 (2) CBS/Epic (Tabu/Epic/Def Jam/CBS/Portrait), 4 (3) A&M (Breakout), 5 (-) London/Decca (London), 6 (9) Champion Records (Champion), 7 (10) EMI (Capitol/EMI America/Syncopate/EMI), 8 (7) Island (Fourth & Broadway), 9 (-) RCA Records (RCA/Total Experience), 10 (11) Polydor (Urban/Boiling Point/Polydor), 11 (1) Phonogram (Club/Fontana — this company would have been at 2 if combined with London, which in fact operates as a separate entity), 12 (-) 4AD (4AD), 13 (4) MCA (MCA Records/Solar), 14 (-) Serious Records (Serious), 15 (13) Virgin (10 Records/Virgin — 10 Records was at 8 last year on its own)

WE TRY HARDER: WEA

LOOKING FOR A HIGH TRANSFER FEE: Dancin’ Danny D

PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR: Stock Aitken Waterman (in a Pop Dance stylee)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (heavy irony department): James Brown

SCRATCHER OF THE YEAR: CJ Mackintosh

REMIXERS OF THE YEAR: Dancin’ Danny Poku, and anyone who’s ever touched a tape at PWL

MEGAMIXERS OF THE YEAR: Matt Black, Jonathon More + The Coldcut Crew

DIGITAL SAMPLER OF THE YEAR: Les Adams

Hi-NRG ARTISTES OF THE YEAR: Man To Man/Man Two Man/Man 2 Man

RUNNERS UP: Bananarama, Eria Fachin, Celena Duncan

Hi-NRG HIT OF 1987/ RECORD AT NUMBER ONE FOR LONGEST: Eria Fachin ‘Savin’ Myself’ (Canadian Power/Saturday), 13 weeks

Hi-NRG LABELS OF THE YEAR: 1 (-) Nightmare, 2 (-) CBS, 3 (-) Canadian Power, 4 (3=) London, 5 (1) Passion (however, in a breakdown of the year-end chart, of its 36 UK-released “hits”, none of the 16 on Nightmare reached the national top 100 whereas 16 of the 20 on other labels did)

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: Record Shack (2 in ’86, actually retired from releasing Hi-NRG in ’87), Sublime (3=)

IMPORT OF THE YEAR: EG Daily ‘Mind Over Matter’ (US A&M), a Stock Aitken Waterman creation

NATIONAL BREAKOUT OF THE YEAR: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley ‘Jack Your Body’ (London)

SLEEPER OF THE YEAR: House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy Of House ‘House Nation’ (Magnetic Dance)

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Nitro DeLuxe ‘This Brutal House’ (Cooltempo)

CROSSOVER SUCCESS COMES TO THOSE WHO WAIT: Luther Vandross, Alexander O’Neal

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Chic ‘Le Freak’ (Atlantic)

OLDIE OF THE YEAR: Maceo & The Macks ‘Cross The Track’ (Urban)

BEATS OF THE STREET: JBs ‘The Grunt’, ‘Gimme Some More’, and any other old James Brown production

NORTHERN SOUL STILL LIVES: rare groove

NORTH AND SOUTH II: jack trax

THE HOUSE SOUND OF LONDON: rap cuts

LONDON TAKES ON THE BRONX: Derek B

TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH: 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican ‘Do It Properly’ (in three versions on three labels, so nobody had a hit)

THE DAY THE BUBBLE BURST: Streetwave/Street Sounds’ demise

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Dance Music/Westside Records

SLIMMER OF THE YEAR: Mike Shaft, following his idol Luther Vandross’s example


CAPITAL HOUSEPARTY

REGULAR READERS will by now by aware that `Mixdoctor’ Les Adams and I have created this year’s four hour continuous ‘Houseparty’ tape, to be broadcast in the London area by Capital Radio 95.8FM on New Year’s Eve from 10pm-2am. Many DJs doing their own gigs have in the past patched into the radio, if only to relay the Big Ben chimes, while others have found the printed running order of my earlier solo efforts an inspiration when they’ve been too far away to hear the actual broadcast, so here in advance is the complete four hour playlist. We spent over six days putting the show together, crammed into Les’s tiny home studio (once his bedroom), together with his LA Mix partner Emma Freilich and £60,000 worth of digital recording and sampling equipment. Naturally, Les brought this equipment into play and there are several cunningly sampled stunts included, Les doing all the mixing while I sequenced the running order.

For anyone wanting to emulate us, the links between records are denoted thus:
// long synchronised running mix,
/ short running mix,
] abrupt chop mix,
– straightforward segue including maybe some overlap,
( ) underlying short bridging link or synched drop-in.

Listen to Part 1: Prince ‘1999’ to Sam Cooke ‘Wonderful World’

Listen to Part 2: Sam Cooke ‘Wonderful World’ to Mel & Kim ‘FLM’

Listen to Part 3: Pet Shop Boys ‘Always On My Mind’ to Shakin’ Stevens ‘This Ole House’

Listen to Part 4: Shakin’ Stevens ‘This Ole House’ to Nitro Deluxe ‘This Brutal House’

Listen to Part 5:  Wally Jump Jr ‘Lighten Up’ to James Brown ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’

Starting out of the 10pm news on Thursday, December 31 PRINCE ‘1999’//JELLYBEAN ‘Jingo’ LP version//(BAM-BAM ‘Give It To Me’ bridging under spoken intro) WHITNEY HOUSTON ‘So Emotional’//WHITNEY HOUSTON ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’//BANANARAMA ‘Love In The First Degree (Jailers Mix)’//ABC ‘When Smokey Sings’//PET SHOP BOYS ‘It’s A Sin’ (DEAD OR ALIVE ‘You Spin Me Round’ as a brief drop in)//(BILLY IDOL ‘Mony Mony (Hung Like A Pony Mix)’ drums intro)/TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS ‘Mony Mony’ ] MANFRED MANN ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ – EMILE FORD & THE CHECKMATES ‘What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For’ – BEN E KING ‘Stand By Me’/ DRIFTERS ‘Under The Boardwalk’ – SAM COOKE ‘Wonderful World’ – SAM COOKE ‘Cupid’ – DRIFTERS ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ – SAM COOKE ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’/ CHUBBY CHECKER ‘Let’s Twist Again’ (with a digitally repeated final “bop!”) –
circa 11pm
CHRIS MONTEZ ‘Let’s Dance’/GEORGE HARRISON ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ (“95.8” jingle) – ROLLING STONES ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ – ROLLING STONES ‘Brown Sugar’ – BRUCE STRINGSTEEN ‘Cadillac Ranch’/FAT BOYS ‘Wipeout’ seven inch version/VILLAGE PEOPLE ‘YMCA’ (one vocal chorus only, this the percussive US promo mix continuing as the instrumental bed under the next two tracks)// OTTAWAN ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ (one chorus only)//YAZOO ‘Don’t Go (Re-Re-Mix)’//STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY ‘Jack Your Body’//THE HOUSEMASTER BOYZ & THE RUDE BOY OF HOUSE ‘House Nation’//MEL & KIM ‘Showing Out’//RICK & LISA ‘When You Gonna (The Borough Mix)’//MEL & KIM ‘Respectable (Tabloid Mix)’//MEL & KIM ‘Respectable (Original Mix)’//BANANARAMA ‘I Heard A Rumour’//SAMANTHA FOX ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now’//SINITTA ‘Toy Boy’//MEL & KIM ‘FLM (Two Grooves Under One Nation Remix, incorporating ‘Le Freak’)’//PET SHOP BOYS ‘Always On My Mind’ (12 inch intro/seven inch vocal/12inch slow outro) – BEE GEES ‘You Win Again’ – STARSHIP ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’/T’PAU ‘Heart And Soul’ (transformer scratch and digital trickery!)/STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN ‘Roadblock’
Midnight, Big Ben chimes
SYDNEY THOMPSON ORCHESTRA ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (LP ‘Party Dances’, Sydney Thompson Records PDR 1) – PHIL TATE ‘Hokey Cokey’ (early Sixties EP, CBS EP 6170) – SHOESTRING BAND ‘Thingumajig’ (CBS 1284) – JACKIE WILSON ‘Reet Petite’ – ELVIS PRESLEY ‘Hound Dog’ – BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS ‘Rock Around The Clock’ ] LITTLE RICHARD ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’/WANDA JACKSON ‘Let’s Have A Party’ ] BUDDY HOLLY ‘Rave On’ – DANNY AND THE JUNIORS ‘At The Hop’ (with a digitally repeated final “hop!”)/PHIL COLLINS ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’/JOHN ANDERSON BIG BAND ‘Glenn Miller Medley’/ SHAKIN’ STEVENS ‘This Ole House’/MUD ‘Tiger Feet’ – LOS LOBOS ‘La Bamba’ -] DIANA ROSS ‘Chain Reaction’/ BILLY JOEL ‘Uptown Girl’ ] FOUR SEASONS (minus intro) ‘Let’s Hang On’/LEN BARRY ‘1-2-3’//JACKIE WILSON ‘I Get The Sweetest Feeling’ ] THE TAMS ‘There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin’’ – LOUIS PRIMA ‘Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody (Medley)’ (Charly LP CRB 1141) – NINA SIMONE ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’/AMOS MILBURN ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer’ (US Aladdin A45 3197)/NINA SIMONE ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ (the last part mixing back out of Amos during the piano break at which he’d been mixed in) – PETER GABRIEL ‘Sledgehammer’ (“95.8” jingle) –
circa 1am
ROBERT PALMER ‘Addicted To Love’/RICK ASTLEY ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (Escape From Newton Mix bridging out of Robert Palmer, then//Original Mix)//M|A|R|R|S ‘Pump Up The Volume’ (Les Adams’ Disco Mix Club remix incorporating LA MIX ‘Don’t Stop’, WAS (NOT WAS) ‘Walk The Dinosaur’, NITRO DeLUXE ‘This Brutal House’, MICHAEL JACKSON ‘Bad’) ] WALLY JUMP JR & THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ‘Lighten Up <I Just Can’t Stop Scratchin’’//JANET JACKSON ‘When I Think Of You’ (TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY ‘Dance Little Sister’ intro “hey grandma” as a brief drop-in)//MADONNA ‘Into The Groove (Shep Pettibone ‘You Can Dance’ LP Remix)’//RICK ASTLEY ‘Whenever You Need Somebody (Rick Sets It Off Mix)’ (KRUSH ‘House Arrest (Burn Down The House Mix)’ intro dropped in with added synth chords) ] FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK & DARRYL PANDY ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ (Vocal Remix//Club Mix)//THE COMMUNARDS ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ (turntable switched off, sampled “hee hee hee, wipeout!” as speed slows) ] GEORGE MICHAEL ‘Careless Whisper’/CHRIS DE BURGH ‘The Lady In Red’ – DEMIS ROUSSOS ‘Forever And Ever’ – RAMSEY LEWIS ‘Wade In The Water’ ] MAR-KEYS ‘Last Night’ ] JAMES BROWN ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ ] CHUCK BERRY ‘No Particular Place To Go’ – BRASS CONSTRUCTION ‘Movin’’

You can probably spot where the three main real megamixes occur, the rest being left fairly straightforward and punchily to the point (many records being re-edited to keep the vocal hooks coming) because experience has shown that the average British party crowd dances and sings along to the words rather than the rhythm, so that anything too clever can be confusing — hence the immediately post-midnight hour, when the largest and least conscious audience is likely to be listening, starts out fast and furious. For these reasons also, we’ve steered away from specialist Black Dance hits, which may disappoint some, but in the past, when by self-imposed tradition (and personal taste!) all my solo Capital tapes ended with a solidly Black final hour, that was the only hour people never wanted copies of on cassette! Anyway, not many B Boys are likely to be listening by then, are they?


YEAR END BLACK DANCE CHARTS

01. LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB MIX) / (ALTERNATIVE MIX) – Sybil – Champion 12”
02. LIFETIME LOVE – Joyce Sims – London 12”
03. THE REAL THING (WEST 26TH STREET MIX) / (PART 2 — INSTRUMENTAL) – Jellybean featuring Steven Dante – Chrysalis 12”
04. SEXY GIRL (SEXY MIX) – Lillo Thomas – Capitol 12”
05. ROADBLOCK – Stock Aitken Waterman – A&M Breakout 12”
06. THIS BRUTAL HOUSE / (UK EDIT) – Nitro Deluxe – Cooltempo 12”
07. CROSS THE TRACK (WE BETTER GO BACK) – Maceo & The Macks – Urban 12”
08. DON’T STOP (JAMMIN’) / (PHILLY JAZZ) – LA Mix – A&M Breakout 12”
09. DO IT PROPERLY! (NO WAY BACK) – Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans, A Blackman & A Dominican – London 12”
10. JACK YOUR BODY – Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – DJ International/London 12”
11. I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL – Eric B & Rakim – Cooltempo 12”
12. EV’RY LITTLE BIT – Millie Scott – Fourth & Broadway 12”
13. KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME – Herb Alpert – A&M Breakout 12”
14. PAID IN FULL (SEVEN MINUTES OF MADNESS — THE COLDCUT REMIX) – Eric B & Rakim – Fourth & Broadway 12”
15. CASANOVA LeVert – Atlantic 12”
16. BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX) – Cameo – Club 12”
17. JUST CALL – Sherrick – Warner Bros 12”
18. BIG FUN – Gap Band – Total Experience 12”
19. WORKING UP A SWEAT (SPECIAL SWEATY MIX UK EDIT) – Full Circle – EMI America
20. JACK THE GROOVE – Raze – Champion 12”
21. LAST NIGHT – Kid ‘N Play – Cooltempo 12”
22. PUMP UP THE VOLUME – M/A/R/R/S – 4AD
23. BOOPS (HERE TO GO) – Sly & Robbie – Fourth & Broadway 12”
24. PUMP UP THE VOLUME (REMIX) – M/A/R/R/S – 4AD
25. I FOUND LOVE – Darlene Davis – Serious 12”
26. PUT THE NEEDLE TO THE RECORD – Criminal Element Orchestra – Cooltempo 12”
27. SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (JEFFREY B YOUNG AND DANGEROUS MIX) – Was (Not Was) – Fontana 12”
28. LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER / PENTHOUSE MIXES) – Living In A Box – Chrysalis 12”
29. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP – Rick Astley – RCA 12”
30. FAKE – Alexander O’Neal – Tabu 12”
31. TURN ME LOOSE – Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element – London 12”
32. MY LOVE IS GUARANTEED (RED INK MIX — PART ONE) – Sybil – Champion 12”
33. I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT (REMIX) – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
34. CRITICIZE (REMIX) / (CRITICAL MIX) – Alexander O’Neal – Tabu 12”
35. LETS GET BRUTAL – Nitro Deluxe – Cooltempo 12”
36. I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE (REMIX) – Ray Parker Jr – Geffen 12”
37. REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE – Public Enemy – Def Jam 12”
38. HAPPY – Surface – CBS 12”
39. CHILLIN’ OUT – Curtis Hairston – Atlantic 12”
40. RESPECTABLE – Mel & Kim – Supreme 12”
41. I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) – Jackson Sisters – Urban 12”
42. JUST GIVE THE DJ A BREAK – Dynamix II – Cooltempo 12”
43. I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) – Glen Goldsmith – RCA 12”
44. THE RAIN – Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – Def Jam 12”
45. COME INTO MY LIFE – Joyce Sims – US Sleeping Bag 12”
46. ROCK STEADY – Whispers – MCA Records 12”
47. LIGHTEN UP — I JUST CAN’T STOP SCRATCHIN’ (JAZZY JOYCE DUB MIX / TIGHTEN UP — I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’ – Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Eiement – A&M Breakout 12”
48. HAVE A NICE DAY – Roxanne Shante – A&M Breakout 12”
49. SERIOUS / BAD LOVE – Donna Allen – Portrait 12”
50. FEMALES (GET ON UP) – Cookie Crew – Rhythm King 12”
51. YOU CAN DANCE (IF YOU WANT TO) – Go Go Lorenzo & The Davis/Pinckney Project – Boiling Point 12”
52. SHIVER (REMIX) – George Benson – Warner Bros
53. THE MORNING AFTER (REMIX) / LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT – Curtis Hairston – Atlantic 12”
54. HOUSE NATION – House Master Boyz – Magnetic Dance 12”
55. JACK LE FREAK – Chic – Atlantic 12”
56. BAD (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
57. THE GODFATHER – Spoonie Gee – Sure Delight 12”
58. TEASER (REMIX) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
59. ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY – Vesta Williams – A&M Breakout 12”
60. RICOCHET (DANCIN’ DANNY D CLUB MIX) – BB&Q – Cooltempo 12”
61. GET DOWN (EXTENDED REMIX) – Derek B – Music Of Life 12”
62. I’M IN LOVE (LOVE LONGER MIX) – Lillo Thomas – Capitol 12”
63. DOUBLE X-POSURE (CHRIS PAUL REMIX) – Mason – Elektra 12”
64. EGO MANIAC – Jocelyn Brown – Warner Bros 12”
65. CANDY / (REMIX) Cameo – Club 12”
66. CAN U DANCE / CAN U JACK – Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason & ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith – Champion 12”
67. MR BIG STUFF – Heavy D & The Boyz – MCAX Records 12”
68. KISS (THE EXPANSION) – Total Contrast – London 12”
69. SEE ME – Luther Vandross – Epic 12”
70. WORKING UP A SWEAT (ORIGINAL SWEATY MIX) – Full Circle – US EMI America 12”
71. NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS – Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle / HEARSAY / WHAT CAN I SAY TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME – Alexander O’Neal – Tabu 12”
72. WHO FOUND WHO (US CLUB MIX) – Jellybean featuring Elisa Fiorillo / THE REAL THING (EL BARRIO MIX) – Jellybean Featuring Steven Dante – Chrysalis 12”
73. DANCING IN THE NIGHT – Lanier & Co – Syncopate 12”
74. WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) – Rick Astley RCA 12”
75. (YOU’RE PUTTIN’) A RUSH ON ME – Stephanie Mills – MCA Records 12”
76. WAX THE VAN – Lola – Syncopate 12”
77. HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) – Krush – Fon/Club 12”
78. SO EMOTIONAL (REMIX) – Whitney Houston – Arista 12”
79. LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (ORIGINAL MIX / SPECIAL DANCE MIX) – First Choice – Serious 12”
80. MR MANIC & SISTER COOL (MANIC CUTS) – Shakatak – Polydor 12”
81. IF YOU SHOULD NEED A FRIEND (FRIENDSHIP MIX) – Blaze – Debut 12”
82. YOU SEXY THING (REMIX) – Hot Chocolate – EMI 12”
83. DEVOTION (CLUB MIX) / (BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) – Ten City – Atlantic 12”
84. GO SEE THE DOCTOR – Kool Moe Dee – Jive 12”
85. DOWNTOWN (REMIX) / I’M IN LOVE (REMIX) – Lillo Thomas – Capitol 12”
86. LEAN ON ME (REMIX) / PUMP IT UP (LEAN ON ME) (REMIX) – Club Nouveau – King Jay 12”
87. ANOTHER PART OF ME / THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL / BAD / SPEED DEMON – Michael Jackson – Epic LP
88. LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE – Jody Watley – MCA Records 12”
89. LET’S WAIT AWHILE (REMIX) / NASTY (COOL SUMMER MIX) – Janet Jackson – A&M Breakout 12”
90. FUNKY NASSAU – Black Britain – 10 Records 12”
91. DANCE LITTLE SISTER (PART ONE) / (PART TWO) – Terence Trent D’Arby – CBS 12”
92. CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE (REMIX) / MYSTERY – Anita Baker – Elektra 12”
93. TELL ME WHAT IT IS / SEND FOR ME / THIS MUST BE LOVE / BABY I’M FOR REAL / LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT / DO YOU BABY / ALL BECAUSE OF YOU – Sherrick – Warner Bros LP
94. SERIOUS – Deja – 10 Records 12”
95. IRRESISTIBLE (EXTENDED VERSION) – Audrey Wheeler – Capitol 12”
96. NIGHTS OF PLEASURE – Loose Ends – Virgin 12”
97= PAID IN FULL (DEREK B URBAN RESPRAY) – Eric B & Rakim – Fourth & Broadway 12”
97= HOW YA LIKE ME NOW / DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS – Kool Moe Dee – Jive 12”
97= SHAKE YOU DOWN – Gregory Abbott – CBS 12”
100. I’M BAD / GET DOWN – LL Cool J – Def Jam 12”


BLACK DANCE NUMBER ONES OF 1987

January 10: The Gap Band – Big Fun (2 weeks)
January 24: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – Jack Your Body (5 weeks)
February 28: Millie Scott – Every Little Bit (2 weeks)
March 14: Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House (2 weeks)
March 28: Lillo Thomas – Sexy Girl (Sexy Mix) (2 weeks)
April 11: Herb Alpert – Keep Your Eye On Me (1 week)
April 18: Lillo Thomas – Sexy Girl (Sexy Mix) (2 weeks)
May 2: Sybil – Let Yourself Go (Club/Paradise Mix) (6 weeks)
June 13: Maceo & The Macks – Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)/Soul Power 74/Parrty (1 week)
June 20: Joyce Sims – Lifetime Love (2 weeks)
July 4: 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman & A Dominican/Adonis – Do It Properly/No Way Back (1 week)
July 11: Joyce Sims – Lifetime Love (3 weeks)
August 1: Stock Aitken Waterman – Roadblock (3 weeks)
August 22: Sherrick – Just Call (3 weeks)
September 12: M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume (5 weeks) (original 3 weeks, remix 2 weeks)
October 17: LA Mix – Don’t Stop (Jammin’)/(Philly Jam) (2 weeks) (tied at #1 for the second week)
October 24: Jellybean ft Steven Danté – The Real Thing (2 weeks) (tied at #1 for the first week)
November 7: Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full (The Coldcut Remix) (4 weeks)
December 5: Alexander O’Neal – Criticize (1 week)
December 12: Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element – Lighten Up – I Just Can’t Stop Scratchin’ (Jazzy Joyce Dub Mix) / Tighten Up – I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’ (5 weeks, including its continuation into 1988)


HI-NRG NUMBER ONES OF 1987

January 17: Man Two Man – Who Knows What Evil? (2 weeks)
January 31: Linda Taylor – Every Waking Hour (5 weeks)
March 7: Tullio De Piscopo – Stop Bajon. . .Primavera (1 week)
March 14: Celena Duncan – Faster Than The Eye Can See (3 weeks)
April 4: Lime – Gold Digger (4 weeks)
May 2: Earlene Bentley – I Got You Covered (2 weeks)
May 16: Company B – Fascinated (1 week)
May 23: Scott Stryker – Less Than Lovers, More Than Friends (1 week)
May 30: Seventh Avenue – Armed Robbery (1 week)
June 6: Off – Electrica Salsa (5 weeks)
July 11: Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin (1 week)
July 18: Kim Weston – Signal Your Intention (1 week)
July 25: Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin (1 week)
August 1: Kim Weston – Signal Your Intention (2 weeks)
August 15: Laura Branigan – Shattered Glass (1 week)
August 22: Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour (Miami Mix) (1 week)
August 29: Laura Branigan – Shattered Glass (1 week)
September 5: Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour (Miami Mix) (1 week)
September 12: EG Daily – Mind Over Matter (1 week)
September 19: Eria Fachin – Savin’ Myself (7 weeks)
November 7: Bananarama – Love In The First Degree (Jailers Mix) (1 week)
November 14: Eria Fachin – Savin’ Myself (2 weeks)
November 28: The Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye (Shep Pettibone Remix) (1 week)
December 5:  Eria Fachin – Savin’ Myself (5 weeks, including its continuation into 1988)


POP DANCE NUMBER ONES OF 1987

August 22: Stock Aitken Waterman – Roadblock (2 weeks)
September 5: Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (4 weeks)
October 3: M|A|R|R|S – Pump Up The Volume (5 weeks)
November 7: Bananarama – Love In The First Degree (Jailers Mix) (1 week)
November 14: Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody (2 weeks)
November 28: The Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye (4 weeks)

2 thoughts on “December 26, 1987: The Hammy Awards, Capital Houseparty, year-end charts”

  1. So that’s a wrap for 1987: the year of jack tracks, rare groove, endless Brown/Byrd samples… and, I’m tempted to say, the year when the south went retro, while the north looked to the future. Stock Aitken Waterman had big hits in all three dance charts, but they’d soon cheerfully discard whatever measure of respect they still retained in cooler quarters. In the world outside these columns, Prince had a massive year – but dance chart-wise, he was no match for the markedly less remembered Sybil, Sherrick and Lillo Thomas. Similarly, Madonna may have scored four top ten pop hits (including two number ones), but nobody I knew had the slightest interest in her, not even the dancers at my LGBT nights (except for the lone homophobe in our office, who his girlfriend to see her in Leeds). Latin freestyle had exploded in the US, but the UK remained impervious.

    The term “acid house” had just been coined, but the music still felt like a minor experimental offshoot that could only ever appeal to specialist crowds. Shoom was up and running, but it was only known to a very small circle, who were keeping that knowledge to themselves. Ecstasy had been sung about, but only on a Bananarama B-side. People still dressed up to go clubbing, and rarely risked spoiling their designer outfits by breaking into too much of a sweat – and if you were a man wanting to dance in a provincial mainstream disco, you still had to wear a tie, and you certainly couldn’t wear jeans.

    In hindsight, 1988 was The Year That Changed Everything, but to what degree will those changes be reflected in these columns and charts? We’ll start finding out very soon!

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  2. I’m 60 next week and currently undergoing a deeply nostalgic review of my life to date. I look forward to this blog and find it triggers so many memories and clears up some of the more distorted versions of events/timings/chronology that somehow take hold. 1987 does seem like it was yesterday yet it’s half a lifetime ago. I’ve been digging out old vinyl and cd’s as part of my “celebrations”. Many of these haven’t been played for decades due to ever exposure at the time. It has been terrific to return to those days where our future lay before us and we thought we were the originals living our best lives and that anything was possible. I typing this through misty eyes- allergies… honest!

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