ODDS ‘N’ BODS
James Brown, ready for the payback after being bootlegged so much, has given permission for Matt Black + Jonathan More of the Coldcut Crew to remix a variety of his oldies for Polydor!… Coldcut has also just done a simpler and less busy remix of ‘Doctor In The House’, with a vocal version featuring Yaz as flip… Adrian Sykes has given up independent club promotion to head MCA Records’ new black music operation, signing up Eric B & Rakim in the process… Cooltempo for some reason (like radio suitability?) have placed more A-side emphasis on Sweet Tee’s US B-side, ‘It’s Like That Y’All’, which so far has only had token dancefloor support here in comparison with the monstrous ‘I Got Da Feelin’’ AA-side… Public Enemy’s US-only Noise Version of ‘Bring The Noise’ has added squeaky screech noises which are completely missing from the UK-issued No Noise Version… Charlie Singleton’s review last week got split into two parts, ‘Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained’ indeed being the 117½bpm sharply jittering funk snapper by a sometime member of Cameo… Pete Tong clarifies that he isn’t allowed to play London-released records on his Capital Radio show without getting prior clearance, and only plays material destined for the label (if indeed he does eventually get the rights) while it’s still on import… Greg Edwards really let off steam about the UK radio business when he guested with John Leech last Wednesday on Essex Radio, attacking Britain’s daytime programming policies – and declaring himself to be once again open to job offers!.. I hear independently from my German contacts that Chris Hill has become really big news on Radio Hamburg, with one of the top rated shows on this, the second largest private radio station in the country (strange that he never got a gig on air over here)… Brian Carter’s previously mentioned massive 120 track, 12 LP boxed set ‘The History Of The House Sound Of Chicago’ is now finally out at about £42 (German BCM Records BC 70-2060-49, distributed here by Greyhound), possibly most fascinating for the included early examples and influences but also containing an exhaustive selection of big hits – and “rare misses”… ‘Rok Da House’ is claimed to be possibly Britain’s first house track, originally recorded at the Beatmasters’ Soho studio in August 1986, the Cookie Crew being invited to guest on it when it was only available on highly prized (and priced!) acetate before eventually DJ Mark Moore brought it to Rhythm King’s attention…. LA Mix’s next direction could be towards Santana… January’s Disco Mix Club mixes include ‘L Of A Mix’, an edited version of Les Adams’ and my opening sequence from the Capital Radio New Year’s Eve show (of which tapes are most definitely NOT available, sorry!)… Prelude’s man about London, Paul Oakenfold, went to China for Christmas on the spur of the moment… I’m not sure, but wasn’t that Leicestershire DJ Tony Allen competing (unsuccessfully, but with lots of lip!) on the Christmas edition of TV’s ‘Blankety Blank’?… Imagination member Ashley Ingram wrote Miki Howard’s US soul smash, ‘Baby Be Mine’… Derek B’s ‘Get Down’ is due to be answered in anti-sexist style by Sarah Jane… Heavy D & The Boyz hit London’s Astoria Saturday (Jan 16) and Stockton’s The Mall Wednesday (20)… Lien Kerry hosts The Friday Club with reggae, funk and house at Leeds’ Warehouse… Newbury’s new Themes nightspot has Street-Tough Sundays with Sheikh Jnr spinning soul/house/rap/jazz/funk… Disco Gary and Paul French run an Under-18s disco every Tuesday at Gillingham’s The Avenue, no chewing gum allowed!… Steve Aspey has started a Wednesday jazz night at Oxford’s Knights, in Cowley’s Temple Club, free before 11pm… Chris Britton has added funky Fridays at Haringey’s new Arena to his busy workload, but is still after one more (Tues/Wednesday) London area residency on 0442-41700… Barkingside’s Crew disco beside the lake at Fairlop Waters features Robbie Collins Wed/Fri and Terry James Thurs/Sat who’re looking forward to windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing on what may be by now frozen solid. They joke their favourite rare groove is ‘Summer Nights’, the John Travolta & Olivia Newton John one!… Mark Judges (Guildford) points out that Rick Astley ‘My Arms Keep Missing You’ syncopates perfectly over the end of Human League ‘Don’t You Want Me’… America’s pop market, to judge from the arrangements of many of the current US hits by squawking females, seems only just to have caught up with the four years old Shannon-type sound… I don’t notice import prices coming down, despite the weakened dollar… YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN’?
Steve Walsh (no, this isn’t him!) has a lookalike, Donald ‘Shuggy Bear’ Hughes, one of the resident DJs at Edinburgh’s Zenatec. Not only large and ginger-haired, Shuggy’s an excellent mixer too, one of his current showpieces being a continuously running synch between Mad Jocks featuring Jockmaster BA ‘Jock Mix 1’ and a Scottish reel called ‘Trio’ from Andrew Rankine And His Band’s ‘Scottish Dance Party’ LP (Emerald/Gem). A pity he hasn’t entered the Technics Mixing Championships himself.
The 1988 Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships got off to a wet start. Just as the first heat of the series was about to begin at Edinburgh’s Zenatec, a pipe burst in the water cooling system of a laser, directly above the decks! Once things got going, the Scottish contestants proved to be much more consistently good than last year, although for now the third year running the winner was Glasgow’s ebullient George Little, with a combination of skill and showmanship. Perhaps technically even better as scratchers although less dynamic in their hip hop programming were the runners-up, Stirling’s Adrian Rennie (who didn’t use headphones) and Kilmarnock’s Brian Hope, both of whom qualified to enter other area’s heats if they wish. Well equipped though quite small, Zenatec shares Edinburgh’s old meat market with the associated far larger Fat Sam’s US-Style pizza/pasta/burger/steak eaterie, a successful concept that could well be moving south soon. Stockton-on-Tees’ massive The Mall, recently opened in an old cinema and a rival (though not its boring light show) to such as the Hippodrome and Flicks, housed the next night’s North Eastern heats, where many familiar faces competed, and in fact last year’s Bournemouth winner came first, fast-cutting Brummie Des Mitchell, who once again had flown in from his Tenerife Bobby’s residency. Qualifying for an area semi-final was London’s DJ Haze, while allowed to enter another heat if he wishes was Slough’s messier than usual Avtar Singh. On both these opening nights, the mixers’ over-used cliches were, inevitably, “pump up the volume” and “this is a journey into sound” — the judges may soon start awarding these negative marks, be warned! However, at the North Western heats in Manchester’s Hacienda, the over-worked riff was ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ in a heavily hip hop, rather than house, environment, where the winning home boy was the hotly tipped Owen D. As at most other heats under the competition’s new rules, the runner-up Chris Harris qualified for an area semi-final too, and Jeff Daniels was invited to enter another heat if he wishes, the aim being to ensure that the very best mixers have a good chance to get through to the national finals. In the past, the contestants at some heats have been far more uniformly strong than at others, but only one winner could get through — meaning that some finalists were in fact less skilled than DJs who hadn’t won in other more hotly contested heats. This now should make the final result really crucial!
DJ Haze, from London’s Flim Flams in New Cross, qualified for the semi-finals by coming second in the Stockton-on-Tees heat of the Technics Mixing Championships – and if his “record-feeder” in the centre looks familiar, that’s because it’s current UK champ (and M|A|R|R|S member) CJ Mackintosh’s older brother, Laurence! CJ, incidentally, says he’s “too busy” with recording commitments to defend his UK title, while current World champ Chad Jackson has bowed out of the contest this year, too.
DJ Tim Garbutt from Harrogate wasn’t among the winning mixers at Stockton, but he did very creditably considering it was his first live gig ever. He’s a “bedroom mixer”, a hobbyist attracted to the art of mixing by seeing people doing it on television, and by reading about it in rm. Considering even the pros’ hands can shake when doing an exhibition mix in front of a large crowd, he had real guts.
Virgin Records’ popular club plugger Clare Shave has disappointing news for all her admirers, she’s just got engaged. But who’s her fiancé? You’ll have heard of him, but you’ll have to wait a while and find out in hindsight!
THE BEATMASTERS featuring THE COOKIE CREW ‘Rok Da House (Demolition Mix)’ (Rhythm King LEFT S11T)
The girls’ reissued jack track hit is now really fresh and much fiercer in this more London-orientated flying 125-0bpm remix, with scratching by Dazzle Fresh and an updated rhythm track, plus a terrific janglingly exciting Al’ Nite Al’ Rite Instrumental flip. Everybody, get on up and dance!
THE FRAUD SQUAD ‘Overweight Beats’ (In Effect Records ELI-1)
Although this single-sided jiggly 0-104-106⅔-104bpm scratch-up by Maurice ‘The Wildcat’ Bird of Heavy D & The Boyz’ beats (plus some ‘Bring The Noise’) is made to look like an import bootleg, its obviously English inner sleeve and matrix number soon established it to be a scam masterminded by MCA’s UK product manager, Eli Hourd. Don’t be fooled!
BARRY WHITE ‘For Your Love (I’ll Do Most Anything)’ (Breakout USAT 618)
One of those chocolate voiced muttering “lurve” raps in his classic romantic 94⅔bpm old style, much easier for soul jocks to use than his ‘Sho You Right‘, flipped even more dreamily by the 0-49⅓bpm ‘Love Is In Your Eyes‘ and his jerky 0-86bpm treatment of ‘As Time Goes By’ (you must remember this!)
ROYAL HOUSE ‘Party People (B Boy National Anthem)’ (US Idlers WAR 015)
The “party people” phrase lifted from Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic force’s ‘Planet Rock’ is digitally repeated through elements of Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)’ to create a nagging new 122bpm jittery jack track (rather than rap) leaper, potentially another ‘House Nation’ (sample-filled more tumblingly bounding 123½bpm ‘Key The Pulse‘ flip too, both in two mixes).
LIZ TORRES ‘Mama’s Boy’ (US State Street Records SSR 1006)
Chicago’s busiest female house singer solos for a change on a self-penned sneakily catchy mumbling and chugging 122½bpm loper (in four mixes) with a nice tuggingly syncopated jaunty undertow.
KECHIA JENKINS ‘I Need Somebody’ (US Profile PRO-7180)
Gwen Guthrie-ish loosely rambling 115bpm cymbal schlurping shuffling, more “garage” than “house” although including mixes by Blaze and Marshall Jefferson (four in all), with spurting bass and nice piano at times.
MR LEE ‘House This House’ (US Trax Records TX 156)
No mystery about the type of music this is, a “house”-repeating vigorously bounding 125bpm synth burbled strider in the trendy acid/washing machine style (dub flip).
VARIOUS For DJ Only’ (US Promo-4 PR 4001)
M|A|R|R|S-started quite strong 118-117⅓-116⅔-117⅓-118-120½-121-122½-123½-0bpm bootleg medley of recent pop-orientated disco hits of the Jellybean/ABC/Astley/Houston/Debbie Gibson/Belinda Carlisle type, ostensibly “Made In USA” but the inclusion of some Euro-tinged stuff could suggest otherwise. The 116-117-120-119⅔-120-119⅔bpm flip starts with a ‘Bad/Fake’ mix before continuing in even frothier pop style.
M.C. TEE & LORD TASHEEM ‘Talkin’ Loud’ (US Profile PRO-7183)
Subdued haunting slinky slow 95⅔bpm rap mutterer with possible nagging appeal, based on a maddeningly familiar riff like ‘Tramp’ meeting ‘Jungle Fever’, between bursts of James Brown’s ‘Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Nothing’ (inst flip).
MANTRONIX ‘Sing A Song (Break It Down)’ (US Capitol V-15353)
Surprisingly and disappointingly dull label debut by the erstwhile kings of hip hop, a murkily droning (0-)98⅔-0bpm go-go tempoed rap ‘n’ transformer scratch (in two repeated mixes). 10 Records have serviced the import to DJs, so any chart appearance won’t be due to sales.
JENICE & PENTHOUSE 69 ‘If You Don’t Want Me’ (US Neco Records NE-1000)
Repetitively cooed and stuttered smoothly flowing simple 122½bpm house bubbler in three mixes (some by Farm Boy), getting a bit of attention just before Christmas.
BEFORE THE STORM (featuring Boyd Jarvis) ‘I’ve Got The Music’ (US Movin’ Records MR001)
Colonel Abrams-ish stuttering, moaning and weaving 120¼bpm canterer featuring producer Boyd Jarvis, presumably on lead vocal (in five mixes).
VENNIE “D” ‘$55 Motel’ (US Kolossal Records KA 869497)
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince-style go-go tempoed 91bpm story song rap (in four mixes), well done but done before.
TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY ‘Sign Your Name’ (Epic TRENT T4)
Moodily shuffling sad 109/54½-0bpm lament, not really for floors, but coupled with the live hoarse jittery James Brown/afro-ish (0-)124⅓-125-125½-126-126⅓-128bpm ‘Greasy Chicken‘.
THE CHEVALIER BROTHERS ‘Buona Sera’ (Magnet CHEVT 1)
Stuart Colman-produced terrific 99⅔-194½-0bpm revival of Louis Prima’s slow then storming infectious “Italian R&B” party classic, more tightly started on seven-inch except that then lacks the long version’s flying vibes solo.
JANICE BULLUCK ‘Don’t Start A Fire’ (Wilbe Recording Corporation WIL-12-P03, via PRT)
Calmly chugging somewhat specialist wailing throbber in new 111½bpm Creative and 111bpm Hard Mixes as well as its original 111bpm Album Version, only getting attention in those dwindling areas where real soul still means something.
TOM GROSE AND THE VARSITY ‘More Of You’ (US Golden Boy Records/ Next Plateau GN/8001)
Ignore the A-side’s gruffly muttered and shouted lurching Level 42-ish rocky 114⅓bpm ‘She Wants Your Money’ and flip instead for this dated swaying 90⅓bpm jazz-funk jogger in which Tom keeps sliding up into a strangulated semi-falsetto, nothing new though nice.
WINDJAMMER ‘Winter Love’ (US Sutra SUD 068)
Pleasant moodily smoochy 44⅓bpm tugging slowie with a dense drum track, falsetto lead vocal, and tinkling background piano.
ANDRÉ WADE ‘The Flight (Concorde Mix)’ (Kool Kat KOOL T11)
Lispingly muttered (with pilot take-off effects) jerkily jacking 127½-0-127¾bpm bubbly house pulser, in three mixes.
MATT WARREN ‘Take It To The Wall’ (US AKA Dance Music AKAS-4)
Juddery 122¾bpm house instrumental, OK, but nothing revolutionary, in two mixes (although three are billed).
F.X. ‘Faith, Hope & Charity (Fun Mix)’ (Westside Records WSRT 5)
Coventry’s Neville Staples and Charlie Anderson turn from 2-Tone ska to house for a roughly chanted 120¾-120½-0bpm pop-biased jittery chugger (in three mixes).
RUFFNECK featuring Cheri Williams ‘The Power – The Rhythm’ (US New York Underground Records NU001)
Sweetly cooed (0-)127bpm lightweight house, in three marathon mixes.
DEE SHARP ‘Moondance (Full Moon Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 9)
Self-consciously hip and sophisticated Animal Nightlife-type 0-134¾bpm reading of Van Morrison’s classic, actually better revived at the moment in a version by Nana Mouskouri!
WEST PHILLIPS ‘Looking For The Same Thing’ (Ichiban Records ICH-12-P05, via PRT)
Beefily loping simple dated 115¼bpm funk strider creating remorseless power out of its monotony, with a rhythmically similar though cornily chanted 111½bpm ‘Another Pretty Face’ flip.
LACE ‘My Love Is Deep (The Job Jam)’ (Wing Records WINGX 1)
These Washington DC though now LA-based girls (the ones who did ‘Can’t Play Around’ on US Atlantic/RFC in 1982?) launch Polydor’s new label with a ponderous pop-slanted 0-112½bpm straining wriggly jolter (in three mixes), a US black hit that meant nothing here on import.
BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – January 16, 1988
01 02 COME INTO MY LIFE (CLUB VERSION) Joyce Sims, London 12in
02 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
03 05 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
04 06 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
05 22 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, FON/Club 12in
06 03 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
07 20 BRING THE NOISE (NOISE VERSION)/(NO NOISE INSTRUMENTAL) Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
08 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
09 16 GIVE IT TO ME (CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
10 10 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/I WANT HER/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
11 15 PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
12 18 FEMALES (GET WHAT WE WANT/COOKIE MONSTER JAM MIX) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
13 04 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX)/JACK’S BACK (TO FRONTLINE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
14 08 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
15 11 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
16 29 I LIKE TO LISTEN/CATALONIA/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
17 14 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
18 23 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
19 09 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
20 13 HEROIN (CLUB VERSION)/KING HOUSE HEROIN Black Britain, Virgin 12in
21 73 I’M GETTING TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
22 30 GOOD LOVE/I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
23 17 I WON’T CRY (THE RARE BLOCK MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
24 21 IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN TOO!! Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
25 12 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
26 33 DO IT (CLUB MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in
27 32 KEEP ‘EM STEPPIN’ Non-Stop/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS/I GOT AN ATTITUDE Antionette/I AM DOWN Salt-n-Pepa/LET THE DRUMMER GET ILL Super Lovers (Hurby’s Machine), US Sound Check LP
28 40 I’M ALL SHOOK UP Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
29 35 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
30 26 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) (WRIT MIX) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
31 58 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles/ALL DIS MUSIC Romance, ffrr 12in white label
32 — ROK DA HOUSE (DEMOLITION MIX/AL’NITE AL’RITE INSTRUMENTAL) The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
33 93 DON’T LOCK ME OUT Terry Billy, US Atlantic 12in
34 37 BLACK INK MIX (PARTS 1/3/2) Blackjack, Champion 12in
35 24 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX)/WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley, RCA 12in
36 39 THE POKE (JACKMASTER MIX/YOUR TURN TO WORK ME MIX) Adonis and the Endless Poker, DJ International Records/Westside Records 12in
37 27 DOWNTOWN (CLUB MIX) The JAMS (Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu) KLF Communications 12in
38 43 GOOD THANG-STONE TO THE BONE Wizzards Of Rock, Champion 12in
39 59 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, US Mister-Ron Records 12in
40 91 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (DANCE MIX/HOUSE MIX) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
41 — SAY IT AGAIN (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
42 83 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in
43 53 STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
44 36 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
45 — YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH Cousin Rachel, Supreme Records 12in
46 69 RAW Big Daddy Kane, US Prism 12in
47 38 MEMORY LANE/ROCK HOUSE The Microphone Prince, Magnetic Dance 12in
48 46 THAT’S THE WAY I CUT DJ Todd 1, US Cut Up! TBO Sound 12in
49 52 BRING THE NOISE (NO NOISE VERSION) Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
50 re ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
51 64 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
52 88 LOVE OVERBOARD (SOS MIX) Gladys Knight And The Pips, MCA Records 12in
53 — BOUNCY HOUSE (BOUNCY MIX) Adrenalin MOD/JACKIN’ JAMES (CLUB MIX) Jack Factory, Warrior Records 12in white label
54 75 SHE’S THE ONE/FUNKY PRESIDENT James Brown, Urban 12in white label
55 41 LOVE IS THE ART Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
56 74 LET THE SUN IN (EXTENDED REMIX) Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros 12in
57 54 WHERE’S MY LOVE GONE (CLUB MIX) Marvin Springer, CCR 12in
58 49 HEAVY VIBES (LES ADAMS REMIX) Montana Sextet, 10 Records 12in
59 57 PAID IN FULL (DEREK B’S URBAN RESPRAY) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
60 42 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, Breakout 12in
61 34 THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE SHAGGIN’ The Tams, Virgin 12in
62 — LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (‘THE SOLID MIX’ BY CHRIS PAUL) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in mailing list promo
63 — HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse/FANTASY GIRL (HOUSE REMIX) Pierre’s Fantasy Club/GIVE IT TO ME Bam Bam/DISTANT PLANET (DISTANT CLUB VERSION) Fingers Inc/ACID TRAX (COCAINE MIX) Phuture/LAND OF CONFUSION (CONFUSION MIX) Armando (‘Jack Trax – The Third Album’), Jack Trax double LP
64 63 NEVER GIVIN’ UP ON YOU John Paul Barrett, Westside Records 12in
65 28 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in
66 — MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (BRUNO’S MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
67 — DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE/DOCTOR IN THE TRAK Coldcut featuring Plastic Man And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in white label
68 76 NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (MAMMOTH MIX)/SEPTEMBER WHEN I FIRST MET YOU Barry White, Club 12in
69 — LOVIN’ ON NEXT TO NOTHIN’/LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips, MCA Records LP
70 55 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX) Walter Beasley, Urban 12in
71 62 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (REMAKE) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
72 60 COMMUNICATE (FREDDY BASTONE CLUB MIX) Full House, Epic 12in
73 89 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, Sure Delight 12in
74 78 GHOST HOUSE (THE HAUNTED HOUSE MIX) The House Engineers, Syncopate 12in
75 96 AND SO IT GOES Ex-Sample, US Wide Angle 12in
76 19 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
77 56 POUR IT ON (CREAMY HOUSE MIX) Mason, US Elektra 12in mailing list promo
78 — SING A SONG (BREAK IT DOWN) Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
79 85 JACKIN’ JAMES Jack Factory/LET’S ALL DANCE THE HOUSE New Chapter/POWER HOUSE Dimension (‘House Beats 1’), Warrior Records LP
80 47 FAMILY MAN (ARTHUR BAKER REMIX) Fleetwood Mac, Warner Bros 12in
81 — SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (MY NAME IS YOUNG, JEFFREY B YOUNG – LICENSED TO ‘ILL MIX)/(STREETSAHEAD MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in pre-release
82 — I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
83 25 SHUT UP ALREADY! (FIERCE MIX/PIANO DUB) Pulse, Urban 12in
84 100 IT’S MY TURN Dezo Daz featuring DJ Slip, US Techno Hop Records 12in
85 re JINGO (SPACE BASS MIX – ORIGINAL LP VERSION) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
86 — INSTINCTUAL (JACK LEEE FREAK MIX) Imagination, RCA 12in
87 — FOR DJ ONLY Various (bootleg mix), US Promo-4 12in
88 50 LET’S GET JAZZY (JAZZY THING/MY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
89 86 BEATS + PIECES (MO’ BASS REMIX) Coldcut featuring Floormaster Squeeze/THAT GREEDY BEAT Matt Black + The Coldcut Crew, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
90 81 KICK OUT THE JAMES Floormaster Squeeze (‘Hot Plate 1’), Ahead Of Our Time 12in EP
91 67 THEY CALL ME PUMA Seeborn & Puma, US Select 12in
92 51 REBEL BEATS Pan Trax (Public Enemy bootleg mix), 12in bootleg
93 66 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole, Capitol 12in
94 — DINNER FOR TWO/OCEANS WIDE/LOVE IS SUCH A FUNNY GAME Michael Cooper, Warner Bros/King Jay Records LP
95 re (WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
96 77 GREEDY ‘G’ (ORIGINAL MIX) Brentford Allstars, Studio One 12in
97 re MYSTERY GIRL (SET ME FREE) Fantasy Club, US International House Records 12in
98 — FAMILY AFFAIR (LARRY LEVAN REMIX) Gwen Guthrie, Fourth & Broadway 12in white label
99 99 MOVE (RUDE BOY MIX) John Rocca, CityBeat 12in
100= — MY MIND Vanessa Franklin and Midnight Energy, US Peppermint Records 12in
100= — DANCING AND MUSIC (MUSIC PLEASE REMIX)/SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT) (ELECTRO JACK REMIX) Groove, Submission 12in promo
01 01 ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
02 02 WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean with Elisa Fiorillo, Chrysalis 12in
03 13 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, London 12in promo
04 04 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE/MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU Rick Astley, RCA 12in
05 08 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
06 18 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Club 12in
07 06 GTO (MODINA’S RED ROARING MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
08 05 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
09 07 CRITICIZE (REMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
10 03 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCING Wally Jump Jnr And The Criminal Element, A&M Breakout 12in
11 11 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY MIX) Belinda Carlisle, IRS 12in
12 09 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
13 12 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
14 24 TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order, Factory 12in
15 10 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
16 28 ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
17 — STUTTER RAP Morris Minor & The Majors, 10 Records 12in
18 — RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher, EMI 12in
19 16 CHILDREN SAY Level 42, Polydor 12in
20 15 PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman, A&M Breakout 12in
21 23 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
22 22 KISS Total Contrast, London 12in
23 32 I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama, London 12in
24 14 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
25 29 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
26 26 I WON’T CRY (RARE BLOCK GROOVE) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
27 17 THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna, Sire 12in
28 21 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
29 30 SPOTLIGHT/HOLIDAY/EVERYBODY/INTO THE GROOVE (REMIXES) Madonna, Sire LP
30 20 WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY (LONELY HEARTS MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
31 — BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
32 36 HEROIN Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
33 27 GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison, Dark Horse 12in
34 33 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone, Charly 12in
35 37 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
36 — BEHIND THE WHEEL (REMIX) Depeche Mode, Mute 12in
37 — I FOUND SOMEONE Cher, Geffen 12in
38 — SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
39 — I GOT DA FEELIN’ Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
40 40 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole, Capitol 12in
01 02 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
02 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF (BLASTER MIX)/(HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
03 03 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
04 09 COULD THIS BE LOVE Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
05 07 SATISFY MY DESIRE (ALL NIGHT REMIX) Havana, Nightmare 12in
06 04 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY VERSION) Belinda Carlisle, Virgin 12in
07 11 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
08 23 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jackie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
09 08 COME BACK AND STAY Bad Boys Blue, German Coconut 12in
10 16 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
11 05 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
12 06 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
13 12 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
14 14 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
15 22 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
16 19 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
17 15 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
18 17 I’M BEGGIN’ YOU/(PHIL HARDING INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Supertramp, A&M 12in
19 26 SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
20 20 CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT Amanda Lucci, Rise Records 12in
21 21 TURNING MY BACK AND WALKING AWAY Carol Jiani, Nightmare 12in
22 18 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
23 36 I CAN’T HELP IT (CLUB MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
24 25 DON’T STOP Ross, Italian Flea 12in
25 10 GTO (MODINA’S RED ROARING MIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
26 29 FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES People Like Us, Passion 12in
27 24 BOYS Sabrina, Italian Flavour 12in
28 31 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
29 28 THESE ARE BRIGHTER DAYS Barbara Pennington, Nightmare 12in
30 13 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Bona-Riah, Rise 12in
31 33 THIS IS A HAUNTED HOUSE Midnight Sunrise, Nightmare 12in
32 re ALL I WANT IS YOU Nick John, US Megatone 12in
33 27 UNDERCOVER LOVER T-Arc, German ZYX 12in
34 re YOU KEEP ME COMING BACK Charlotte McKinnon, US Best Records 12in
35 re DON’T GET SERIOUS (UP AND AWAY MIX) Jacqui Berne, Hi-Hat 12in
36 32 SPECIAL LOVE Attack featuring Sisley Ferré, Dutch Hot Sound 12in
37 30 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU Rick Astley, RCA 12in
38 35 SO CLOSE TO HEAVEN Chip Chip, Italian Flea 12in
39 — THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER Bonnie Bianco, German Metronome 12in
40 — CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
One thought on “January 16, 1988: Beatmasters/Cookie Crew, Fraud Squad, Barry White, Royal House, Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships”
Over the next few weeks, James will provide extensive round-by-round coverage of the Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships – and his frustration with the over-use of “pump up the volume” and “this is a journey into sound” will find its ultimate expression in the spring, in the form of a Top Ten hit single!
Todd Terry is on the brink of enjoying a highly successful year, but I was initially baffled and irritated by Royal House’s ‘Party People’. However, when the same ideas were later reworked for its follow-up, ‘Can You Party’, the penny dropped, and the track became my biggest floor-filler.