January 30, 1988: Alexander O’Neal/Cherrelle, Betty Wright, Georgio, Dianne Reeves, The House Sound Of Chicago Vol III – Acid Tracks

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MCA Records may have signed Eric B & Rakim but Cooltempo look like stealing their thunder with an outrageous remix by the Troublesome Twosome of ‘I Know You Got Soul’, which (around 104bpm on advance acetate) unbelievably uses huge chunks of the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ and sneakier snips from such as Dennis Edwards (I hear that Motown have been in touch already!) – this should also eclipse Fourth & Broadway’s rival release of the 91½bpm ‘Move The Crowd’ as, subtle and clever as the remixes by the Democratic 3 featuring DJ Slack and Bristol crew the Wild Bunch may be, the song itself could seem too slow and sedate in comparison to compete (presupposing Cooltempo can actually get theirs out, legally!)… Atlantic are rush releasing Terry Billy ‘Don’t Lock Me Out’ in a fortnight, Serious are releasing Bam-Bam ‘Give It To Me’ in four weeks, CityBeat picked up Vanessa Franklin & Midnight Energy ‘My Mind’… Bomb The Bass ‘Beat Dis’ has been delayed here, presumably to build up (very real) demand, and apparently will be on its original Mister-Ron label distributed by Rhythm King… Adrenalin MOD ‘Bouncy House’ when commercially released will be on Uptown Records, rather than Warrior… Two Men A Drum Machine And A Trumpet ‘I’m Tired Of Being Pushed Around’ is due in a radical Mayhem Rhythm Mix, remixed by Derek May of Detroit’s Transmat label… Jack ‘N’ Chill’s brightly derivative archetypal jack track ‘The Jack That House Built’, already reissued, is now in four mixes (10 Records TENX 174), the spacier 0-125⅓bpm Space Base Mix, trumpet tootled (and sometimes backwards running) 125½bpm Demolition Mix, piano plonked 0-124⅓-0bpm Clubbed and 125⅓bpm Dubbed… Brother Beyond’s guitar plunked cheerfully cantering “Mel & Rick”-ish 119½bpm ‘Can You Keep A Secret? (Extended)’ (Parlophone 12R6174), not the promoed mix, is now flipped by Phil Harding’s far harder less bouncy and more mechanically authentic 119¾bpm House Mix – incidentally, his current “go-go” rhythm programme was possibly first used on his mix of the pop-aimed jaunty slow jiggling 89⅓-0bpm Paul Rein ‘Stop’ (Champion CHAMP 12-56), due out now although originally promoed some months back in the wake of the rhythmically similar ‘Casanova’… Phil Harding also mixed the classily loping soulful 120bpm Oliver Cheatham ‘Go For It’, due on Champion in a fortnight… Full Force are currently producing James Brown… Milton Keynes DJ and label owner Eddie Richards is building a mailing list for Baad! Records c/o 18-21 Middle Street, London EC1, but applicants must first quote the last two words to be found on the “THIS” side of the label’s four-track EP (reviewed last week)… Thames Valley Disc Jockey Association’s annual equipment exhibition, Disco-Ex 1988 (noon-5pm), and 10th anniversary party (8pm-midnight) are this Sunday (31) at Kempton Park Race Course (ticket info on 0734-771450… Northern Soul veteran DJ turned Hi-NRG producer, Kev Roberts has opened the 24-32 track digital Blue Chip Recording Studios in Stafford’s attractively sited Gaol Mews (0785-57097)… Phil Meredith packs Charnock Richard’s Park Hall playing house/funk/rap/rare groove Friday/Saturday nights, and is after PAs on 0257-452090 – near neighbour Rick Astley recently visited the club as a paying customer, when they’d unsuccessfully been trying to book him for months!… Dick Fontaine’s TV film, ‘Bombin’’, about graffiti artists Brim and Goldie with music by David Toop, is on Channel 4 this Thursday (28) at 11.30pm… Paul Jones (ex-Manfred Mann) stood up for and cited Alexander O’Neal as a superb example of a modern singer of songs full of humanity, in the closing shot of a lively edition of ITV’s mid-morning ‘The Time – The Place’ discussion programme, which last Tuesday was all about the pros and cons of the music business over the last 30 years (with various vintages of stars taking part)… KISS-fm jock Gordon Mac is fast becoming a TV celebrity, what with all his appearances as a representative of pirate radio!… Radio Merseywaves cover a far wider area by broadcasting on Medium Wave than any London station, and are currently turning Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s ‘Back Together Again’ into a big local revival – but their claim to have made Sinitta’s ‘So Macho’ into a national chart hit may reduce their credibility in some quarters!… Robbie Dee, between jocking at Southend-on-Sea’s Rain from Tuesday to Saturday and Walthamstow’s Charlie Chan’s Sundays, has also been managing to present the weeknight 2-5am show on Essex Radio!… Mike Hollis starts a Saturday 7-10pm soul show on Radio Luxembourg from February 6… Jeff Young left a hole that still no other programme has filled when he left BBC Radio London, his old Saturday morning show being the only one that in playing all the week’s hot new black tracks became a shopping list (at an ideal time for weekend shoppers), thus making it essential listening – unlike the irritating trend among other, newer, soul shows elsewhere to plug stuff that nobody can buy yet even if they want to… Nicky Holloway’s first Special Branch “doo” of the year is next Saturday, February 6, at Kew’s Watermans Arts Centre with guests Pete Tong, Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs, £6 tickets in advance only (and, advisable, free membership if you send two passport-sized photos) from Starship Enterprises, Premier House, 77 Oxford Street, London W1R 1RB – they have another 3 Day Doo at Rockley Sands on March 18/19/20 for £46, and the third annual soul holiday in Ibiza during May (details on 01-439 2628)… Alex Lowes and Up North Promotions are following the success of their Berwick weekender with a Blackpool Soul Weekend on April 22/23/24 for £40, with such live acts as Randy Brown and the California Executives (details on 091-3890317)… I went from the Bristol mixing heat to look at the sea in Clevedon, where amazingly (this was on January 19!) there were flowers in bloom, and dandelions and daisies… Baz Fe Jazz and Russ Dewbury present the second Soho Goes To Brighton Weekender this Thursday-Saturday (28/29/30) at Brighton’s Concorde in Madeira Drive, with jazz dancers IDJ, the live Tommy Chase Band and more… Rhythm Zone at Northolt’s C&L Country Club is now fortnightly, this Friday (29) Simon Dunmore’s guests being Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs… Paul Lewis’s retirement party will have many DJ guests at Swindon Brunel Room’s Ampitheatre, which over the last six years he’s kept solidly upfront and funky this Saturday (30) he hands over permanently to his understudy Glyn Prince and gives up jocking for good (sorry I can’t get there, Paul, it’s my mother’s birthday)… Simon Goffe’s short lived Fever night also ends this Saturday (30) at London’s Astoria, with Jeff Young guesting and a full blown American football Superbowl party complete with cheerleaders… Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Eddie Gordon, Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs trendily “do it with flares” (trousers, that is) at The Slammer in Northfleet’s Red Lion this Saturday (30), when Heavy D & The Boyz hit the Sweat Box in Harlow’s HighWire, while Bob Masters, Tony Fernandez, Danny Smith and Steve Jason soul Gt Yarmouth’s Scruples (at last, some other DJs with gigs!)… Tony Griffin has moved from Bristol’s Parkside Club to Birmingham’s solidly funky Bobby Brown’s… Geoff Carr, Bill Swift and Barney play only Black Dance at Birtley’s brand new Libertys near Chester-Le-Street… DJ Appy last week was frantically cutting, not frantically laid out (although the latter was a lot funnier!)… Glady Knight And The Pips’ ‘All Our Love’ LP also has the trickily starting but uplifting jiggly 110½bpm ‘Complete Recovery’, smoothly undulating 100½bpm ‘Love Is Fire (Love Is Ice)’, calmly lurching 0-88bpm ‘Thief In Paradise’, and lots of pleasant slowies, to complete the review… Roxanne Shanté’s upcoming new Marley Marl-produced material uses a break from the James Brown-produced Lyn Collins’ ‘Think’ – now, there’s a novelty!… PUMP THAT BASS!


The 1988 Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships heats are almost over, and as usual the number of entrants at the later heats has risen as DJs finally decide to have a go. In Bristol last week at the Papillon (a multi-levelled stripped pine club with catwalks and balconies), and in Leeds at Mr Craigs (similarly multi-levelled in black and chrome with gantries), well over 20 preliminary entrants had to be weeded down in afternoon contests at each to end up with eight competitors for the evening’s heats.

The overall standard in Bristol was certainly higher than at the two London heats, but nobody actually stood out from their fellows until luckily the last man proved himself instantly to be the one clear winner, def Dodger X from Reading’s Caribbean Club. The semi-finals qualifying runner-up was house-mixing Darren Ellis from Birmingham, a hobbyist “bedroom mixer” (one of several to do well this year in an increasing trend) who shared the same record feeder as third-place fellow Brummie, Mike ‘T’ from the Pagoda Park (who will be entering again this Thursday, 28, at Portrush Traks in Northern Ireland, the last heat).

In Leeds the standard was by far the highest to be encountered anywhere so far, and it was a really tough fight, only one mark separating the eventual winner and runner-up. Again it was the last man on who had the winning advantage, Hutchy from Leeds’ The News, who actually won the same North Midlands heat last year and in the UK finals did a routine in white tie and tails. This time he came on like a city slicker with bowler hat and furled umbrella, using the latter to scratch his first record … which stuck to the Blue Tac on the umbrella and lifted off the turntable! This could even have been intentionally satirical, because Hutchy is such an entertainer that not only did he then mix and scratch up a storm, he (as pictured) ended by doing a brilliant transformer scratch using a baby bicycle, moving the wheel on the record with his hand on the pedal! His close runner-up was the fast ‘n’ funky Mike Clarke from Birkenhead’s Atmosphere, excellent except he didn’t always hold beats together.

Third was the loud and untidy (but he didn’t use headphones) Angus Kemp from Maidenhead’s Studio Valbonne, while I personally rated Brian Hope, the Kilmarnock “bedroom mixer” who’d come third in Scotland and this time used much brighter records to prove that he could have a real future as an actual remixer of records (even if the acappella of Colonel Abrams ‘Trapped’ did clash keys with Rick Astley!). Remember, the new regional semi-finals are going to see all the first and second placed winners competing again to see which two will be going forward from each into the six places at the UK final, so they should be really fierce! The semi-finals are next Tuesday (Feb 2) at Warrington’s Mr Smith’s, Thursday (4) at Birmingham’s The Dome, and the following Wednesday (10) at Ealing’s Broadway Boulevard. Be there!


HOT VINYL

ALEXANDER O’NEAL featuring CHERRELLE ‘Never Knew Love Like This (Extended Version)’ (Tabu 651382 6)
Remixed new version of the gently rolling (0-)102½-0bpm attractive singalong jogger, their new ‘Saturday Love’ although maybe not quite so catchy, impatiently awaited off Alexander’s album as its most obvious single (Instrumental flip, and jerkily wriggling giggly Reprise too).

BETTY WRIGHT ‘Miami Groove’ (LP ‘Mother Wit’ US Ms. B MB-3301)
Excellent samba flavoured 108¼bpm slinky jiggler with a lovely atmosphere and strong sophisticated lyrics that tell a story, a likely hit if ever a single and already selling this nicely diverse soul set (to which I will return when I have more time!).

GEORGIO ‘Lover’s Lane (New After Hours Vocal Mix)’ (Motown ZT 41612)
Locomotively chugging ‘Jingo’-ish 0-117½-0bpm house-type rhythms power this superior remix of the Prince styled singer’s otherwise US-aimed funk track, with a vocoder stuttered smacking funk 118-0bpm Club Mix, piano plonked dubwise 0-118-0bpm After Hours Mix, and even more stuttery funk 0-118¼-0bpm Georgio’s Love Dance Mix.

DIANNE REEVES ‘Sky Islands’ (LP ‘Dianne Reeves’ Blue Note BLJ 46906)
George Duke-produced classy specialist jazz singer getting, however, sustained dancefloor support for this gorgeous Tania Maria-ish sultrily jogging 0-95⅓-96bpm roller with Brazilian-style scatting, worth investigation.

VARIOUS ‘The House Sound Of Chicago Vol III — Acid Tracks‘ LP (ffrr FFRLP 1, via London)
In truth not as essential as the hype would lead one to believe, this eight-track house compilation’s stronger side one has the excellent strangulatedly gospel-ish semi-instrumental 120⅓bpm FRANKIE KNUCKLES ‘Only The Strong Survive‘ (Jerry Butler/Billy Paul’s oldie), sinuously cantering falsetto 120bpm PARIS ‘Girl U Need A Change Of Mind’ (Eddie Kendricks’ oldie), wheazling “washing machine” 126bpm TYREE ‘Acid Over’, and the rather over-rated lopingly muttered 118¼bpm JAMIE PRINCIPLE ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ (the remake), while side two has the blandly pulsing 120¾bpm ROMANCE ‘All Dis Music‘, cymbal schlurped bounding 120½bpm STERLING VOID ‘It’s All Right‘, jittery moaning 120½bpm FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK ‘My House‘, and frantically flying 130bpm DARRYL PANDY & FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK ‘Freeman‘ (Southshore Commission’s oldie).

TONE LOC ‘I Got It Goin’ On’ (US Delicious Vinyl DV-001)
Tom Browne’s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ becomes the 106⅓bpm basis for this consequently commercial rap, in fact the coupling to the slower 96½bpm lurching somewhat Humphrey Bogart-accented ‘On Fire (New Flavor)‘ (instrumentals too). Great label name — maybe I should change the heading of this column?!

GROOVE ‘Dancing And Music’ (Submission SUBX 04, via Nine Mile/The Cartel)
Subduedly loping UK house from “def dude” Graeme Park’s Derby-based label, sorta “brutal washing machine” with deadpan talking and sneaky samples in its 116½-0bpm (Music Please) Remix and 0-116½-0bpm Original Groove, the double AA side’s bounding ‘Submit (To The Beat)’, even sneakier in its 119¾-0bpm Electro Jack Remix or more mellow 119⅔bpm Original Jazzy House Mix, being more the fast bright type of house that’s hitting the pop charts these days — although both sides have an underground following.

KEITH PATRICK ‘Be My Girl’ (Extended 12” Mix)’ (US Omni/Atlantic 0-86632)
Speedily wriggling 118bpm lightweight black pop smacker with plenty of “la la la la love” hooks (Dub/Radio Mix flip), getting lots of lightweight black pop radio play.

BILLY OCEAN ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car’ (Jive BOS T1)
Pop-aimed breezily jiggling 117bpm chugger borrowing chords from Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, with revving effects appropriate to its terrific title line, flipped (edit too) by the older more soulful 0-113½bpm ‘Showdown‘.

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘Give Me The Reason’ (Epic LUTH T5)
Skittery sinuous 139bpm fast but relaxed wriggler, reissued basically for his new found pop fans, the main 12 inch (there are other alternative configurations and couplings, also including the old 0-102⅓bpm ‘She’s So Good To Me’, 108¾-110bpm ‘Never Too Much’ and (0-)115⅓-114bpm ‘You’re The Sweetest One’ (these last two only approximate BPMs).

DAVID RUFFIN & EDDIE KENDRICK ‘I Couldn’t Believe It’ (RCA PT 49612)
Nostalgically dated old Motown-type ‘I Can’t Help Myself’-ish 125½bpm churning duet superbly souled by the two ex-Temptations in classic style (edit/inst too) plus here the jiggling slow tripping 72½bpm ‘Don’t Know You’re Dreaming’, closely modelled on the Dramatics’ ‘Watcha See Is Whatcha Get’.

THE THIRD DEGREE ‘Say It Loud (I Like Rap And I’m Proud)’ (US Pandisc Records PD-024)
Interestingly worded 103¼bpm youthful rap with a title paraphrasing James Brown — who, along with Bobby Byrd and others, gets cut into the Dynamix II’s 0-102⅚-0bpm B-side Club Mix (inst too).

Le JUAN LOVE ‘My Hardcore Rhymes’ (US Luke Skyywalker GR-110)
Youthfully pitched rap to a scratched 0-103⅓bpm James Brown backing, Stevie Wonder’s first hit ‘Fingertips’ being used in the fast but not frantic 0-137¾-0bpm ‘Everybody Say Yeah!‘ coupling (instrumentals too).

GWEN GUTHRIE ‘Family Affair (Larry Levan Remix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 86)
Larry’s unsteadily drifting 107-108-108⅓-109⅓-110bpm remix of her bumpily jiggling 1983-released Sly & The Family Stone revival has a sibilant echoing sound and oddly Chinese tinges at times, flipped by the old funkily jolting 104-105⅔bpm ‘Peek-A-Boo’ and jauntily swinging 117-118-119½bpm ‘It Should Have Been You (Larry Levan Remix)’ (these two only approximately BPMed).

BLUE MERCEDES ‘See Want Must Have (Funk Ass Mix)’ (MCA Records BONAT 2)
Phil Harding uses his current Climie Fisher/Jermaine Stewart go go rhythm programme again for another jerkily lurching 0-99⅙-0bpm pop jitterer, untidily rambling but with a far fiercer 0-98½-0bpm Street Latin Wolff II slippery scratch mix flip, which alone has been white labelled in its own right (BONAX 2) with, however, an even harder 0-98½-0bpm S.L.W.II Dub which (as before) is the really serious – non-vocal – dance mix to use.

FISSION ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’ (Identity (IDENT 102, via Priority/BMG)
The Tottenham duo of ‘Miller Light’ fame return with an anarchic 0-107bpm scratch ‘n rap remake of Wham’s oldie, def enuff with rare groove beats but possibly more “Indie” than real “rap” in appeal, plus a Beastie Boys-ish 103⅓-0bpm ‘Word’ flip (instrumentals too).

BABAKOTO ‘Just To Get By’ (Union Jack Records 12 KOT 1, via PRT)
Badly recorded but very catchy 0-107⅙-0bpm jauntily insistent white boys’ soul jiggler with a naggingly repeated “you gotta get by” hook, much played by radio.

AGE OF CHANCE ‘Take It! (Remix)’ (Virgin VST 1035)
Made to look on rubber-stamped white labels as though it’s by Public Enemy, this slow 88⅐bpm densely aggressive white boy rap was merely remixed by that group’s Hank Shocklee & Chuck D (dub/acappella flip).

GUSTO ‘Materialistic Girl’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 89)
Oran ‘Juice’ Jones co-produced (and it shows, in the concept’s tenderness) streetcorner conversation started weaving 93½bpm jogger in rap ballad-ish style, with nicely meshing guys wailing and rapping (inst/dub too).

RALPHI ‘THE RAZZ’ ROSARIO ‘I Want You’ (Jack Trax 12 JTRAX 9)
Muttered and whispered skittery house jitterer bridging halfway through the 125½bpm Dash Riprock Mix into a mainly Spanish more Hi-NRG last part, with differently treated (preferable?) instrumental 125⅓-0bpm Sexy Sax and 125-0bpm Transcontinental Mixes too. He sounds like a friend of Jamie Principle.

THE ROUGH CLUB ‘Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It)’ (CityBeat CBE 1219)
Wailing girls nagged lightweight 0-122½-0bpm jittery house remake of the old Capt Rapp import, with a denser more stuttery flip.

FINGERS INC ‘Distant Planet (Club Mix)’ (Jack Trax 12 JTRAX 8)
Harry Dennis whispered atmospheric smoothly pulsing 123¼bpm house jitterer (Dub Mix flip).

ASHER D & DADDY FREDDY ‘Brutality’ (Music Of Life NOTE 11)
As previously mentioned, their earlier ‘Ragamuffin Hip Hop‘ is currently massive in New York, inspiring many similar US reggae-raps, but this new densely tugging 94-0bpm “toast ‘n scratch” could likewise be just too rootsy in a yardie stylee for general UK consumption, although many Public Enemy fans might appreciate it.

PAUL JOHNSON ‘Burnin’’ (Extended Mix)’ (CBS PJOHN T5)
Rather cluttered 122bpm Michael Brauer remix of his album’s very Barbara Acklin-like infectious squeakily sung swinger.

THE TAMS ‘My Baby Sure Can Shag’ (Virgin VST 1037)
Languidly soulful fingersnapping 116-117½-118bpm swayer, flipped by a similarly relaxed 118¾-119½bpm accurate recreation of Willie Tee’s classic ‘Thank You John’. A shame the shag never really “took”, other than as a short lived smutty gimmick, because the guys’ effortless singing is superb.

MR FINGERS ‘6 Track EP’ (Jack Trax 12J TRAX 10)
Larry Heard-created very weird experimental synth instrumentals, on a 33⅓rpm EP and all much slower than when on import, with the loping 119⅓bpm ‘For So Long’, pulsing 115½bpm ‘Waterfall‘, wheazling 121½-128¾-0bpm ‘Acid Attack‘, fluttering 127¼bpm ‘I’m Strong (Track)‘, rippling 0-117bpm ‘Stars‘, freakily percolatIng 0-123¼bpm ‘Slam Dance‘, few being likely floor fillers.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – January 30, 1988

01 01 COME INTO MY LIFE (CLUB VERSION)/SIMON HARRIS MEGAMIX Joyce Sims, London 12in
02 02 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
03 04 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
04 03 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
05 06 I’M GETTING TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND/MAKE IT FUNKY Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
06 10 ROK DA HOUSE (DEMOLITION MIX/AL’NITE AL’RITE INSTRUMENTAL) The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
07 17 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Rhythm King 12in
08 12 SHE’S THE ONE/FUNKY PRESIDENT/FUNKY DRUMMER James Brown, Urban 12in
09 05 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
10 09 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/I WANT HER/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE/IN THE RAIN Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
11 08 GIVE IT TO ME (CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
12 07 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
13 22 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX)/JUMP ON IT Walter Beasley, Urban 12in
14 24 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
15 55 ROK DA HOUSE/LATIN BEAT REMIX The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
16 13 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (STREETSAHEAD MIX/MY NAME IS YOUNG, JEFFREY B YOUNG – LICENSED TO ‘ILL MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in pre-release
17 40 SAY IT AGAIN (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
18 15 I’M ALL SHOOK UP Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
19 18 GOOD LOVE/I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU/HERE COMES THE NIGHT/LOVE CHANGES (with Kashif)/JUST FOR YOUR TOUCH  Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
20 37 SING A SONG (BREAK IT DOWN) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
21 11 WHO FOUND WHO (US CLUB MIX) Jellybean featuring Elisa Fiorillo, Chrysalis 12in
22 21 PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
23 43 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION/LP VERSION) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
24 25 LOVE OVERBOARD (SOS MIX) Gladys Knight And The Pips, MCA Records 12in
25 35 RAW Big Daddy Kane, US Prism 12in
26 26 I LIKE TO LISTEN/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
27 28 DON’T LOCK ME OUT Terry Billy, US Atlantic 12in
28 — LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, US Epic 12in
29 48 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY CLUB MIX/X-RATED/HOUSE OF TRIX) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
30 23 LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED (12” VOCAL/PIANO DUB) The Temptations, Motown 12in
31 20 DO IT (CLUB MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in
32 64 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
33 31 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
34 30 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles, ffrr 12in white label
35 44 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, Sure Delight 12in
36 67 LET THE SUN IN (EXTENDED REMIX) Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros 12in
37 — DO IT (DOUBLE TROUBLE MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in mailing list promo
38 38 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
39 78 PARTY PEOPLE/KEY THE PULSE Royal House, US Idlers 12in/Champion promo
40 27 KEEP ‘EM STEPPIN’ Non-Stop/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS/I GOT AN ATTITUDE Antionette (Hurby’s Machine), US Sound Check LP
41 19 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
42 57 THE POKE (JACKMASTER MIX/YOUR TURN TO WORK ME MIX) Adonis and the Endless Poker, DJ International Records/Westside Records 12in
43 58 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (‘THE SOLID MIX’ BY CHRIS PAUL) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in mailing list promo
44 41 LOVE IS THE ART (LOVE) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
45 49 DOWNTOWN (CLUB MIX) The JAMS (Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu) KLF Communications 12in
46 86 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
47 36 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in
48 14 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX)/JACK’S BACK (TO FRONTLINE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
49 51 YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH/DUB MIX Cousin Rachel, Supreme Records 12in
50 — DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE/(SPENG) Coldcut featuring Yazz And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in white label
51 59 FEMALES (GET WHAT WE WANT/COOKIE MONSTER JAM MIX) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
52 29 REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE/INSTRUMENTAL Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
53 32 SO EMOTIONAL (SHEP PETTIBONE EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
54 16 BRING THE NOISE (NOISE VERSION) Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
55 99 OVER YOU (with Natalie Cole)/LOVIN’ YOU Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records 12in
56 72 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
57 56 DANCING AND MUSIC (MUSIC PLEASE REMIX)/SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT) (ELECTRO JACK REMIX/ORIGINAL JAZZY HOUSE MIX) Groove, Submission 12in promo
58 34 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
59 45 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
60 — MOVE THE CROWD (BEATMIX BY THE DEMOCRATIC 3 FEAT. DJ SLACK/THE WILD BUNCH REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in pre-release
61 93 I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
62 65 BRING THE NOISE (NO NOISE VERSION) Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
63 — NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
64 50 HEROIN (CLUB VERSION)/KING HOUSE HEROIN Black Britain, Virgin 12in
65 61 AND SO IT GOES Ex-Sample, US Wide Angle 12in
66 42 LET’S GET JAZZY (JAZZY THING/MY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
67 — NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (EXTENDED VERSION) Alexander O’Neal featuring Cherrelle, US Tabu 12in
68 39 STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
69 84 LOVIN’ ON NEXT TO NOTHIN’/LOVE OVERBOARD/COMPLETE RECOVERY Gladys Knight & The Pips, MCA Records LP
70 73 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (DANCE MIX/HOUSE MIX) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
71 — CUBAN JAKKIN’ Rio Rhythm Band/Y’READY Noiz Inc, Baad! Records 12in Ep
72 — BAD TIMES (I CAN’T STAND IT) Rough Club, CityBeat 12in
73 47 DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE/DOCTOR IN THE TRAK Coldcut featuring Plastic Man And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in promo
74 63 THROWDOWN Sparky D, US B Boy Records 12in
75 69 BOUNCY HOUSE (BOUNCY MIX) Adrenalin MOD/JACKIN’ JAMES (CLUB MIX) Jack Factory, Warrior Records 12in white label
76 re LET’S GET BRUTAL (MEGA MIX/US VERSION) Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
77 — I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT (EXTENDED VERSION) David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick, RCA 12in
78 77 INSTINCTUAL (JACK LEEE FREAK MIX) Imagination, RCA 12in
79 60 NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (MAMMOTH MIX)/SEPTEMBER WHEN I FIRST MET YOU Barry White, Club 12in
80 — MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (ALLNIGHTER MIX)/(EXTENDED VERSION) Body, MCA Records 12in white label
81 90 I GOT IT GOIN’ ON/ON FIRE (NEW FLAVOR) Tone-Loc, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
82 97 DINNER FOR TWO/OCEANS WIDE/JUST THINKIN’ ‘BOUT CHA/LOVE IS SUCH A FUNNY GAME/YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Michael Cooper, Warner Bros/King Jay Records LP
83 — TELL IT TO MY HEART (DUB MIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
84 — DO THIS MY WAY (‘CROSS THE TRACK) Kid ‘N’ Play, US Select 12in
85 — JACK THE RIPPER LL Cool J, US Def Jam 7in
86 66 WHERE’S MY LOVE GONE (CLUB MIX) Marvin Springer, CCR 12in
87 88 I OWE YOU NOTHING (BLUES BROS BOOTLEG BUST UP MIX)/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
88 79 SKY ISLANDS Dianne Reeves, Blue Note LP
89 85 MIAMI GROOVE Betty Wright, US Ms B LP
90 46 IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN TOO!! Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
91 94 MATERIALISTIC GIRL Gusto, Fourth & Broadway 12in
92 71 MEMORY LANE/ROCK HOUSE The Microphone Prince, Magnetic Dance 12in
93 91 FOR YOUR LOVE (I’LL DO ALMOST ANYTHING) Barry White, Breakout 12in
94 — LOVER’S LANE (NEW AFTER HOURS VOCAL MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in pre-release
95 — LOVE OVERBOARD (WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST REMIX/REMIXED VOCAL VERSION) Gladys Knight & The Pips, MCA Records 12in
96 — SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
97 — THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT (THE SPACE BASE MIX/THE DEMOLITION MIX)/THE JACK THAT HOUSE CLUBBED Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
98 — G.T.B. GOT THE BUG/DUB/INSTRUMENTAL Pierre’s Pfantasy Club, US Trax Records 12in
99 80 DAZZ (THE DEF MIX/ORIGINAL REMIX) Brick, US Magic City Records 12in
100 — MOHAMED’S HOUSE Sheik Fawaz, US Pow Wow Art International 12in


POP DANCE

01 02 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Club 12in
02 01 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, London 12in promo
03 04 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY MIX) Belinda Carlisle, IRS 12in
04 15 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
05 03 ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
06 05 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE/MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU Rick Astley, RCA 12in
07 06 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
08 19 I GOT DA FEELIN’ Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
09 09 RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher, EMI 12in
10 29 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
11 23 SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
12 10 I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama, London 12in
13 07 WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean with Elisa Fiorillo, Chrysalis 12in
14 08 STUTTER RAP Morris Minor & The Majors, 10 Records 12in
15 13 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
16 18 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
17 11 ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet, Precious Organisation 12in
18 14 TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order, Factory 12in
19 22 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
20 20 I FOUND SOMEONE Cher, Geffen 12in
21 — WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? Bros, CBS 12in
22 — I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
23 26 BEHIND THE WHEEL (REMIX) Depeche Mode, Mute 12in
24 39 SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
25 — SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
26 34 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
27 16 CRITICIZE (REMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
28 24 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL (DANCE EXTENDED MIX) Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
29 27 PAID IN FULL (THE COLDCUT REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
30 17 TIGHTEN UP-I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCING Wally Jump Jnr And The Criminal Element, A&M Breakout 12in
31 31 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
32 28 FEMALES (GET ON UP) Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
33 38 I’M TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
34 12 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards, London 12in
35 21 FATHER FIGURE George Michael, CBS 12in
36 25 CHILDREN SAY Level 42, Polydor 12in
37 — ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT Stranglers, Epic 12in
38 32 THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna, Sire 12in
39 37 TIME WARP II Damian, Jive 12in
40 33 THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in


HI-NRG

(some of the lower positions in this week’s chart are mis-numbered, but they have not been corrected, as they match the “last week” positions in the following week’s chart)

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 04 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
03 05 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
04 02 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
05 17 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY VERSION) Belinda Carlisle, Virgin 12in
06 03 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
07 06 SATISFY MY DESIRE (CRITICAL MIAMI MIX)/(ALL NIGHT REMIX) Havana, Nightmare 12in
08 14 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
09 20 DO YOU WANNA FUNK Zone Brothers, US Recca 12in
10 27 THESE ARE BRIGHTER DAYS Barbara Pennington, Nightmare 12in
11 09 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
12 16 SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
13 07 COULD THIS BE LOVE Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
14 18 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
15 13 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
16 12 SCIENCE FICTION Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
17 26 ALL SYSTEMS GO (EXTENDED REMIX) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
18 08 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
19 10 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) The Communards, London 12in
20 21 I CAN’T HELP IT (CLUB MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
21 37 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, London 12in
22 22 LOVE EMERGENCY Rachel, US Atlantic 12in
23 33 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
24 28 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
25 36 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
26 35 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED VERSION) Desireless, CBS 12in
27 15 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
28 11 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
29 31= CHANGE IN ME Karen Young, US Wide Angle 12in
31 25 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
32 — I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
33 19 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in (duplicated entry)
34 — HOT GIRL Sabrina, German Chic 12in
35 29 EASY TO TOUCH Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
36 30 TIME WARP 2 Damian, Jive 12in
37 23 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
37 34 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Sunshine Crew & Nikki Lauren, Dutch Rams Horn Records 12in
38 24 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
39 — TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
40 — HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Fon/Club 12in

3 thoughts on “January 30, 1988: Alexander O’Neal/Cherrelle, Betty Wright, Georgio, Dianne Reeves, The House Sound Of Chicago Vol III – Acid Tracks”

  1. I don’t know quite what to make of James’s “now, there’s a novelty!” remark about Roxanne Shanté’s forthcoming Lyn Collins-sampling ‘Go On Girl’. If it’s meant sarcastically (as in “oh God, not another one”), then it doesn’t make sense, as to the best of my knowledge, the track has so far only been sampled on The Cookie Crew’s ‘Females’.

    I hadn’t pegged The Cookie Crew as trailblazers before, but their other 1987 release, ‘Rok Da House’, could make a valid claim to be the first hip-house track. It’s now enjoying a more successful second wind, appearing twice in this week’s Black Dance Top 20.

    Like ‘Your Love’ (Frankie Knuckles) and ‘Someday’ (Ce Ce Rogers) before it, Sterling Void’s ‘It’s All Right’ makes an equally low-key first appearance. Sometimes it’s the “sleepers” that end up enduring the longest, while some of the more instant hits quickly fade away (Wally Jump Jr’s ‘Tighten Up’ being the leading example at the moment).

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  2. We’re in that period now still before acid house but which I remember being dominated by really big pop dance crossover tunes – Bomb the Bass, Coldcut, beatmasters, SExpress etc even without acid house dance music has airways seemed to have been taking over in the pop mainstream

    That must be the drum and bass Goldie back in his graffiti days making an appearance this week in respect of a telly programme featuring him.

    And I know what you mean about Wally Jump’s ‘Tighten Up ‘ – it seems like one of the biggest hits we’ve ever had in the dance chart going by how long it’s been at the top but I hardly remember it now.
    And that Eria Fachin tune Seems to have been top of the high energy listing for months. I’d never knowingly heard of it till now.

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    1. I wondered about Goldie too, but having flicked through the documentary, the Goldie that’s featured is American.

      The sample-heavy 113-117bpm Bomb The Bass/Coldcut/MARRS hits, and their many imitators, are to my mind in a category of their own, and indeed that’s how James listed them in his review pages in Jocks magazine, where new releases were separated by genre. I think that the title he used was “Sample Scratchers”, or something similar.

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