February 6, 1988: Kid ‘N Play, Tony Terry, Royal House, LL Cool J, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

BOMB THE BASS are in fact from London, being DJ Tim Simenon from the Wag and studio engineer Pascal Gabriel, a remix of ‘Beat Dis’ already being due … Adrenalin MOD’s ‘Bouncy House’ for the time being is still released on Warrior Records, although now MCA Records (whose employee Maurice Bird is part of the group) are trying to tie up the rights, instead of the previously mentioned Uptown Records — in point of fact, my review really stirred things up! … Derek B’s now white-labelled jauntily jiggling 0-97bpm ‘Goodgroove’ this time trendily uses the Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’ rhythm, and is due commercially in two weeks … Matt Black, having fun playing with his new C-Lab Creator computer sequencer from Germany, is working with Jonathan More on a couple of acid house tunes while, out early March, their megamix of JB beats will launch a James Brown remix series on Urban, and — worth other mixers noting — their ‘Theft Appella‘ seven inch B-side to the new Coldcut ‘Doctorin’ The House’ just contains all the samples they used, on their own without music! … Essex DJ Mark Ryder (photographed two issues ago) is scratching on the upcoming ‘Get Busy‘ by MDEmm … Barry White ‘For Your Love (I’ll Do Most Anything)’ is due in a beefed up Harris & Jolley remix already, with added Mike Stevens sax … Detroit Transmat label owner Derek May’s 124bpm The Mayhem Rhythm Mix of Two Men A Drumstick And A Toothpick (London LONXR 141) is speedily snickety, while there are back-to-back 109⅓bpm Women & Children First Remix and Remixed Vocal Versions of Gladys Knight And The Pips ‘Love Overboard’ (MCA Records MCAX 1223) … Meli’sa Morgan ‘Good Love’ is due as a US remix, while Sherrick’s next single will be his reading of the Originals’ ‘Baby I’m For Real’ … Quincy Jones is apparently remaking New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’! … Larry James, drumming leader of Fat Larry’s Band, has died aged 38 in his hometown, Philadelphia … Joyce Sims is mooted as the live star at the Easter Prestatyn weekender … Morgan Khan plans not only a London-held three day UK Fresh 88 hip hop concert but also a similarly live all-star house music event in Birmingham, in June – in addition, Morgan, obviously thinking anything Germany’s Brian Carter can do he can do better, is planning a 15 LP boxed set of house music past and present, ‘The Westside House Music Box Set’ … Serious Records’ sister label Needle Records has two hot (if somewhat duplicating) compilation LPs due, ‘Mad On House‘ MADD 1) with current jacks by Bam-Bam, Adonis, Jack Factory, Fallout, Mr Lee, House Master Baldwin, and ‘Dance Mania 2‘ (DAMA 2) with Bam-Bam, Adonis, Beatmasters/Cookie Crew, 2 Bad 2 Mention, MSQ II, Spoonie Gee, Cash Money, Jellybean ‘Jingo’ … Mark Kamins’ Arabic records used on ‘Mohamed’s House’ (see review) include in particular a late Sixties ‘Greatest Hits’ album by the now dead Egyptian female singer Sabba … Colin Hudd returns to Gravesend, opening Steps (formerly the Soul Bowl) this Saturday (6), and is looking on 0474-328745 for a female DJ, to train if necessary … Soho’s Gullivers in Ganton Street, attracting a classy soul crowd, restart their old Wednesday party night under the new name ‘Wednesday Live’ next week … Nicky Holloway has already launched an Amnesia night for people with a sense of humour on Thursdays at Mayfair’s Legends … Nigel Wilton, Richard James and Rick Robinson funk ‘Planet Rok’ Thursdays at Deptford’s Champs … Rob Day (with 25 years’ worth of underground funk) and Bob Jones (with jazz and soul likewise), plus guest scratching by CJ Mackintosh, are every Friday at Flim-Flam in its new home, London Bridge’s Royal Oak in Tooley Street (no longer the Special Branch) … Glen Gunner funk/house/raps The Camden Slammer every Saturday at Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom … LWR’s Sunday breakfast man, Lewis Dene reckons Terry Billy’s similarity to Joyce Sims could be because of her Mantronik connection, as female vocalist on 1986’s Hanson & Davis ‘I’ll Take You On‘ … Sabrina’s video for ‘Boys’ is a real eye-popper — a big girl, she keeps bouncing out of her bikini top! … PUMP THAT BASS!


The 1988 Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships’ heats came to an end last week, with only the three regional semi-finals to go before the grand final on February 16. At Nottingham’s prettily colour co-ordinated Ritzy (where for some strange reason the audience attendance was the lowest of any heat, crowds hanging from the rafters everywhere else), the mixing standard was very high, London’s Cut Master Swift coming first in brilliantly original but jerkily inconsistent style, his flashes of genius outweighing the messy patches. His mixes are often featured on Capital Radio by Tim Westwood, but live he pulls such stunts as using both hands in rapid turn to scratch the same record, and pushing the mixer switches with his nose!

Equal second with exactly the same marks (so both qualify for the semi-finals) were Phil Docherty from Birmingham’s Stocks, who proved by going on first that this is not necessarily a jinxed position to draw in the evening’s running order, and London’s amazingly calm and collected 14-year-old Scratch Professor (see caption). In Northern Ireland, at Portrush’s Traks (packed by enthusiastic dancers), the standard was not so high, with no scratching, but Rob Nelson from Bangor’s JJ’s came a semi-finals qualifying first mixing perfectly synchronised beats, while equal second were Billy Greer from Bangor’s Matinee and Ken Burrell from Belfast’s Soul City, with Strabane’s Ian Robb third.


Scratch Professor, 14 years old but looking younger, came equal second at the Nottingham mixing heat purely on his ability, not because of his age. Mixing for four years now, after being inspired by seeing a DJ at an open air party in a park, the young Prof from Paddington has already won a scratching competition on BBC Radio London, just over a year ago, and can only get even better as the years go by.


PAUL DAKEYNE (left), one of the Disco Mix Club’s star mega- and re-mixers, has joined Nic Wakefield behind the decks every Monday at Uxbridge Regals.

 


HOT VINYL

KID’N PLAY ‘Do This My Way’ (US Select FMS 62307)
Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor cheekily sets this 114¾bpm rap jitterer to Maceo And The Macks’ speeded-up ‘Cross The Track’ backing, complete with that nagging “wheee-eee” tone (instrumental flip), naturally massive!

TONY TERRY ‘Lovey Dovey (Long Version)’ (US Epic 49 07568)
Taking off like a rocket, his album’s catchy ‘Casanova’-ish go-go tempoed swaying jiggly jogger is now in a terrifically jaunty weaving 95⅔bpm remix and tightly percussive Charlie Dee Dub (edit too), a real nagger.

ROYAL HOUSE ‘Party People’ (Champion CHAMP 12-66)
The “party people” phrase from Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force’s ‘Planet Rock’ digitally repeated through elements from Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)’ to make a 122bpm jittery jack track full of crossover potential (sample filled bounding 123½bpm ‘Key The Pulse‘ flip, both in two mixes).

LL COOL J ‘Jack The Ripper’ (Def Jam LLCJ T2)
Wild and noisy, tongue lashing Kool Moe Dee and others who said he was going soft, this angrily jittering 94⅔bpm judderer in the frenetic Public Enemy style started selling on import seven inch but is now 12 inched here, for some reason though as flip to the unfashionably fast and sparse 0-135¾bpm ‘Going Back To Cali‘ (from ‘Less Than Zero’), together with his old 89bpm ‘I Can’t Live Without My Radio’. The dope!

ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK ‘It Takes Two’ (US Profile PRO-7186)
Stealing the thunder already from Roxanne Shanté’s upcoming newie, this infectiously jumpy (0-)111⅔bpm rap duet is also set to the James Brown-produced Lyn Collins’ ‘Think’, a much used break beat at the moment (semi-instrumental flip).

SHEIK FAWAZ ‘Mohamed’s House’ (US Pow Wow Art International PW 431)
Mark Kamins has for long used Arabic records to add atmosphere at his illegal New York club Harem, and now incorporates them into the Live At The Harem, Islamic Fundamental Mix, and totally foreign Fawaz’s Groove mixes of this infectiously leaping piano-jangled 124¾-0bpm house canterer. If these don’t grab you, the straightforwardly instrumental Salaam Aleikum probably will. Check this out, y’all.

TONGUE ‘N’ CHEEK ‘Nobody Can Love Me’ (Criminal BUST 6, via Jet Star)
Girl led tightly jittering bubbly simple 106⅚bpm British soul weaver something like a livelier Loose Ends (edit/dub flip), white labelled ages ago to what I took to be zilch response whereas it hadn’t necessarily reached anyone then — now though it’s suddenly exploded, not only in London but Manchester too.

ASWAD ‘Don’t Turn Around (Remix)’ (Mango 12IS 341)
Billy Stewart influenced slinkily jiggling gentle 97⅙bpm undulating reggae-soul swayer by the underground superstars, who must now surely be due to follow in Maxi Priest’s crossover footsteps?

JOHNNY HAMMOND ‘Shifting Gears’ (BGP Records BGPT 001, via Ace Records)
The label name stands for Beat Goes Public, as well as for Baz Fe Jazz and Gilles Peterson (its owners), this flute tootled and electric keyboard nagged lightly jiggling 107-109-111-110-111-112bpm Blackbyrds-ish jazz-funk chant classic from 1975 being likely to shift gear fast in 12 inch form for the first time ever as its inevitably now a rare groove.

RACHEL ‘Love Emergency’ (US Omni/Atlantic 0-86620)
Presumably by Screamin’ Rachel, if anyone (certainly not Cousin Rachel), this soulfully warbled atmospheric swirling and tumbling 118½-0bpm story song from Chicago is much better produced (by the Byrons Stingily & Burke) than most mere “house” and has already hit our Hi-NRG chart (radio/dub flip), mixer Freddy Bastone supplying even some transformer scratch edits.

RICKSTER ‘Night Moves’ (US Sound Pak SPR-1027)
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley-mixed interestingly building 0-122½bpm house canterer with some scatting started good soulful vocal group singing and other nagging ingredients (in three mixes).

PAUL FRENCH & THE MIX MASTER CREW ‘This House Is Your House’ (Rise Records RISE T10)
Medway DJ Paul, from Gillingham’s The Avenue, mutters the title line of a ‘Brutal House’-ish tempoed monotonous simple 116½bpm jittery chugger (beefier more brightly syncopated B-side dub), getting good initial reaction on white label.

BODY ‘Middle Of The Night’ (MCA Records MCAT 1203)
Emotions-ish girls squeaked jerkily lurching dated bright strutter, here in a (0-)112½bpm Extended Version but selling more for the flip’s far tighter original 112⅓bpm Allnighter mix (112½bpm 7” Version too).

PIERRE’S PFANTASY CLUB ‘G.T.B. Got The Bug’ (US Trax Records TX157)
Frantically bounding 130½bpm acid house moaner (with still vocal 130¾bpm B-side Dub and Instrumental) by one of the increasingly fashionable DJ Pierre’s various outlets, whose earlier even more acidic 126bpm ‘Fantasy Girl‘ (US SRO 750487) remains one of the rarest and most sought after house imports, as only a few hundred were ever pressed for local Chicago distribution.

MSQ II featuring Jeffrey Cheatham ‘Too Much’ (US Easy Street EZS-7535)
Loosely loping 119½bpm sneakily tough house bounder with rippling piano, washing synth tones and a catchy almost jazz-funk-ish girl echoed butch chant, in Just Enough ‘CLUB’ and Not Too Much ‘DUB’ versions.

FALLOUT ‘The Morning After’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF 887)
Hi-hat hissed quite attractive (0-)120½-0bpm house instrumental by Lenny Dee & Tommy Musto, with chunkily jolting bass synth and blocking organ chords, in Sunrise Mix and The Aftermath versions.

FUNK MASTERS ‘Shake Your Body Down’ (Master-Funk TWD 1955, via Jet Star)
Youthful bubbly 109¼-109⅔bpm sparse jiggler with a James Brown-ish beat in ‘Get On The Good Foot’ style (in four versions), rather appealing and worth checking.

VANESSA FRANKLIN and Midnight Energy ‘My Mind’ (CityBeat CBE 1220)
Good straight ahead huskily wailed 117bpm bass synth burbled leaping canterer that isn’t influenced by house or rap in any way (in three mixes, plus the crawling 33/66bpm ‘Never Give Up’).

OLIVER CHEATHAM ‘Go For It’ (Champion CHAMP 12-63)
Phil Harding-mixed trotting 120bpm canterer with some opening “take a chance” stutters before Oliver’s classily soulful tones and nice sax ride unhurriedly through the briskly lurching rhythm (inst flip).

3-D ‘On The Dope Side’ (CityBeat CBE 1218)
Heavily juddering 97½bpm rap with a nagging Public Enemy-ish “noise”, in two useful instrumental versions as well, double A-sided with the less urgent 91½bpm ‘Crushin’ & Bussin’’.


HI-NRG

This, the year’s first Hi-NRG roundup may look a bit out of date now, but that can’t be helped. Incidentally, if anyone grunts “Huh, that isn’t a Hi-NRG record”, I can assure you that everything mentioned here has shown up in Hi-NRG charts that we receive. Some are in the pop chart too!

TIFFANY ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ (MCA Records MCAT 1211), Tommy James & The Shondells’ 1967 US smash now big here in a flurryingly energetic (0-)130½-0bpm revival;

KYLIE MINOGUE ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ (PWL Records PWLT 8), typically catchy shrill 115½bpm rinky tinky canterer from Stock Aitken Waterman’s Bananarama reject pile, by the fashionably Australian TV actress who, as by now everyone must be sick of hearing, plays Charlene in ‘Neighbours’;

DEBBIE GIBSON ‘Shake Your Love (Club Mix)’ (Atlantic A9187T), jittery jerky bashing 121¾bpm Miami-flavoured dated disco chanter by a talented nymphet;

DONNA SUMMER ‘All Systems Go (Extended Remix)’ (Warner Bros U8122T), Harold Faltermeyer-produced frantically flying (0-)135-0bpm tuneful bounder mixed by Bruce Forest;

SCOTT STRYKER ‘Science Fiction’ (Nightmare MARE 57), rollicking see-sawing (0-)123¾-0bpm skitterer using the organ chords from Van Halen’s ‘Jump’;

SEVENTH AVENUE ‘The Right Combination’ (Nightmare MARE 47), gradually building Village People-ish 0-121½bpm canterer by the butchly chanting (and, this time, fully clothed) fellahs;

SANDRA EDWARDS ‘The Winner Takes It All’ (Bolts BOLTS 11/12), straightforwardly Hi-NRGised (0-)127bpm Abba revival flipped by the good rattling and rollicking (0-)132¼bpm ‘Jump Start’;

NORMA LEWIS ‘Surprise Me Tonight’ (Nightmare MARE 42), jauntily pumping 124½-0bpm Eurobeat-flavoured galloper;

MIDNIGHT SHIFT ‘Stop Me Now’ (Technique TECT 102, via Fantasia/Pinnacle), skippily pulsing 127⅓-0bpm dated galloper with girl-echoed staccato male vocal, and similar 128¾-0bpm ‘Tunnel Vision’ flip;

DEPECHE MODE ‘Behind The Wheel (Shep Pettibone Remix)’ (Mute 12BONG 15), mournfully groaned but burblingly backed 124¾bpm electro pulsed canterer;

SHARPE AND NUMAN ‘No More Lies’ (Polydor POSPX 894), datedly familiar seeming bass driven monotonous 0-121¼bpm disco loper with bursts of droning vocal;

ROB KEANE ‘One Night Stand’ (Nightmare MARE 45), rinky tinky 119½-0bpm jitterer;

GENIE ‘He’s A Rebel’ (Bolts BOLTS 9/12), simple 125¾bpm Crystals revival preambled by a stuttery instrumental intro called ‘Bewitched’;

NORMA JEAN ‘How Deep’ (Uptown Records 12UTR 6), lurching 115bpm loper in a Stock Aitken Waterman-copying style;

MAN TO MAN featuring PAUL ZONE ‘New York City Beat’ (LP ‘Man To Man featuring Paul Zone’ Bolts BOLP 1002), ‘Energy Is Eurobeat’-ish 130¼-0bpm galloper, strongest “newie” from a singles-loaded set;

TIMERIDER ‘Cocoon’ (Lisson Records DOLEQ 8, via PRT), Euro-flavoured datedly cantering (0-)119½bpm synth instrumental;

DREAMS ‘Boys, Boys, Boys (Riviera Mix)’ (Point Records POINT X 03), Belfast-recorded rattly 122¼bpm cover version of Sabrina’s European smash, ‘Boys’;

BEE GEES ‘E.S.P. “E.S.P.N.R.G.”’ (Warner Bros W8139TX), Arthur Baker-remixed now much more vigorously galloping 0-131½bpm meaningless song in high pitched voices;

CHARLIE MAKES THE COOK ‘Boys And Girls’ (Quazar Records QUAT 2), Phil Harding-mixed sing-song dense bright (0-)131bpm chugger by some strangely named American girls;

MAN PARRISH ‘Brown Sugar’ (Bolts BOLTS 8/12), synth skittered rather untidy 0-121bpm chugging revamp of the Rolling Stones classic;

ELISA FIORILLO ‘How Can I Forget You (Dance Mix)’ (Chrysalis ELISAX 1), strainingly small-voiced rhythmically muddled (Motown meets ‘Graceland’?) 0-137½-0bpm disappointing wriggly galloper, nothing to do with Jellybean this time.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – February 6, 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 03 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
04 05 I’M GETTING TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
05 07 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records/Rhythm King 12in
06 08 SHE’S THE ONE/FUNKY PRESIDENT/FUNKY DRUMMER James Brown, Urban 12in
07 15 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
08 04 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
09 06 ROK DA HOUSE (DEMOLITION MIX/AL’NITE AL’RITE INSTRUMENTAL) The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
10 16 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
11 13 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX)/JUMP ON IT Walter Beasley, Urban 12in
12 11 GIVE IT TO ME (CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
13 10 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/I WANT HER/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE/RIGHT AND A WRONG WAY Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
14 09 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
15 12 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
16 20 SING A SONG (BREAK IT DOWN) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
17 39 PARTY PEOPLE/KEY THE PULSE Royal House, US Idlers 12in/Champion promo
18 34 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles/ALL DIS MUSIC Romance, ffrr 12in white label
19 24 LOVE OVERBOARD (SOS MIX) Gladys Knight And The Pips, MCA Records 12in
20 17 SAY IT AGAIN (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
21 14 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
22 44 LOVE IS THE ART (LOVE) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
23 30 LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED (12” VOCAL/PIANO DUB) The Temptations, Motown 12in
24 46 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
25 27 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, US Atlantic 12in
26 18 I’M ALL SHOOK UP Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
27 19 GOOD LOVE/I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU/HERE COMES THE NIGHT/LOVE CHANGES (with Kashif) Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
28 60 MOVE THE CROWD (BEATMIX BY THE DEMOCRATIC 3 FEAT. DJ SLACK/THE WILD BUNCH REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in pre-release
29 25 RAW Big Daddy Kane, US Prism 12in
30 29 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY CLUB MIX/X-RATED/HOUSE OF TRIX) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
31 50 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Yazz And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
32 28 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, US Epic 12in
33 23 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION/LP VERSION) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
34 37 DO IT (DOUBLE TROUBLE MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in mailing list promo
35 — IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
36 22 PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
37 36 LET THE SUN IN (EXTENDED REMIX) Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros 12in
38 32 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
39 72 BAD TIMES (I CAN’T STAND IT) Rough Club, CityBeat 12in
40 84 DO THIS MY WAY Kid ‘N’ Play, US Select 12in
41 35 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, Sure Delight 12in
42 76 LET’S GET BRUTAL (MEGA MIX/US VERSION) Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
43 31 DO IT (CLUB MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in
44 83 TELL IT TO MY HEART (DUB MIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
45 67 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Alexander O’Neal featuring Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
46 41 DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
47 — SET IT OFF (BUNKER 88 MIX)/(YOJAM MIX)/(ORIGINAL MIX) Bunker Kru/Harlequin 4’s, Champion 12in mailing list promo
48 96 SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
49 97 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT (THE SPACE BASE MIX/THE DEMOLITION MIX)/THE JACK THAT HOUSE CLUBBED Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
50 85 JACK THE RIPPER LLCool J, US Def Jam 12in
51 61 I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
52 49 YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH/DUB MIX Cousin Rachel, Supreme Records 12in
53 43 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in mailing list promo
54 48 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX)/JACK’S BACK (TO FRONTLINE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
55 69 LOVIN’ ON NEXT TO NOTHIN’ Gladys Knight & The Pips, MCA Records LP
56 57 SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT) (ELECTRO JACK REMIX/ORIGINAL JAZZY HOUSE MIX)/DANCING AND MUSIC (MUSIC PLEASE REMIX) Groove, Submission 12in promo
57 47 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in
58 33 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
59 42 THE POKE (JACKMASTER MIX/YOUR TURN TO WORK ME MIX) Adonis and the Endless Poker, DJ International Records/Westside Records 12in
60 40 KEEP ‘EM STEPPIN’ Non-Stop/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS Antionette/THE FABULOUS Fabulous 2/I AM DOWN Salt-n-Pepa/LET THE DRUMMER GET ILL Super Lovers (Hurby’s Machine), US Sound Check LP
61 45 DOWNTOWN (CLUB MIX) The JAMS (Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu) KLF Communications 12in
62 56 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
63 26 I LIKE TO LISTEN/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
64 54 BRING THE NOISE (NOISE VERSION) Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
65 63 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
66 re MY MIND (LONG VERSION) Vanessa Franklin & Midnight Energy, CityBeat 12in
67 — STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., US B Boy Records 12in
68 58 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
69 94 LOVER’S LANE (NEW AFTER HOURS VOCAL MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in pre-release
70 66 LET’S GET JAZZY (JAZZY THING/MY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
71 73 DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE/DOCTOR IN THE TRAK Coldcut featuring Plastic Man And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in promo
72 89 MIAMI GROOVE Betty Wright, US Ms B LP
73 71 CUBAN JAKKIN’ Rio Rhythm Band/Y’READY Noiz Inc/SINDECUT’S KICKIN’ YEAH! Sindecut, Baad! Records 12in Ep
74 55 OVER YOU (with Natalie Cole)/LOVIN’ YOU Ray Parker Jr, Geffen Records 12in
75 87 WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS (THE FAVOURITE BITS OF YOUR HIP HOP HITS)/I OWE YOU NOTHING (BLUES BROS BOOTLEG BUST UP MIX) Bros (rebuilt by the Democratic 3 featuring DJ Slack), CBS 12in white label
76 65 AND SO IT GOES Ex-Sample, US Wide Angle 12in
77 79 NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (MAMMOTH MIX) Barry White, Club 12in
78 — TAKE IT! (HANK SHOCKLEE & CHUCK D’S REMIX) Age Of Chance, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
79 100 MOHAMED’S HOUSE Sheik Fawaz, US Pow Wow Art International 12in
80 74 THROWDOWN Sparky D, US B Boy Records 12in
81 — OVERWEIGHTER/MR BIG STUFF Heavy D & The Boyz, MCA Records 12in
82 70 GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (DANCE MIX/HOUSE MIX) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in
83 68 STRETCHIN’ THE PIECES (CLUB MIX) The CCR Crew, CCR Records 12in
84 93 FOR YOUR LOVE (I’LL DO ALMOST ANYTHING) Barry White, Breakout 12in
85 — NEVER GIVIN’ UP ON YOU (12” REMIX) John Paul Barrett, Westside Records 12in
86 — RISE TO THE OCCASION (CLUB MIX) Climie Fisher, EMI 12in mailing list promo
87 re TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA LP
88 75 BOUNCY HOUSE (BOUNCY MIX) Adrenalin MOD/JACKIN’ JAMES (CLUB MIX) Jack Factory, Warrior Records 12in
89 — GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
90 re NUDE PHOTO (RYTHIM MIX)/THE DANCE Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
91 re (WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME/NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
92 59 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
93 — THINKING OF YOU (HOUSE MIX/12” VERSION) Earth Wind & Fire, US Columbia 12in
94 91 MATERIALISTIC GIRL Gusto, Fourth & Broadway 12in
95 — THE MORNING AFTER Fallout, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
96 — LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE The Basement Boys (‘Welcome To The Club’), US Jump Street LP
97 81 I GOT IT GOIN’ ON/ON FIRE (NEW FLAVOR) Tone-Loc, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
98 re THEY CALL ME PUMA Seeborn & Puma, US Select 12in
99 re BOOGIE BACK/MAKE IT FUNKY/SCAM GROOVE The Scam (Richie Rich), VW Records 12in bootleg white label
100= 99 DAZZ (THE DEF MIX/ORIGINAL REMIX) Brick, US Magic City Records 12in
100= — RISE TO THE OCCASION (HIP HOP MIX) Climie Fisher, EMI 12in
100= re ON THE DOPE SIDE/CRUSHIN’ & BUSSIN’ 3-D, CityBeat 12in


POP DANCE

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


HI-NRG

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

5 thoughts on “February 6, 1988: Kid ‘N Play, Tony Terry, Royal House, LL Cool J, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock”

    1. Apols, I accidentally published the post a day early, before I’d finished adding the YouTube links – I’ve now re-published it, so that other subscribers don’t get the same error!

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  1. M-D-Emm’s ‘Get Busy’ marks the recording debut of Dave Lee, later known as Joey Negro; the cheeky significance of the act’s name was completely lost on me at the time!

    I’ve drawn a blank on finding any other references to Nicky Holloway’s Amnesia night at Legends, so that’s a curious little mystery.

    I shared James’s low opinion of ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ – hell, even the DJ at one of our local mainstream gay venues took the piss out of it, the first time he played it – my primary thoughts being along the lines of “SAW have really scraped the bottom of the barrel this time”, and “well, that’s the first and list time we’ll be hearing this here-today gone-tomorrow daytime TV starlet”. Its subsequent reign at Number One felt like it would never end, and my loathing for the track, and its video, grew with every play at the end of Top Of The Pops.

    Timerider’s ‘Cocoon’ later became the theme tune for Pete Waterman’s late night TV show The Hitman And Her, which would commence screening in the autumn.

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  2. I Should Be So Lucky… It’s amazing how unaware we are of events that have historical and cultural significance when they are actually taking place- often our attention is focussed elsewhere at that moment in time that appears far more important and even monumental. Our memories often get revised and altered over time to fit the historical narrative. This stuff blows my tiny mind!

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  3. What a great week – probably the first that seems to me to be getting closer to the coming acid house vibe – big tunes really synonymous with the first acid house Summer such as the Morning After, Rickster (both reviewed) or still in the chart (the Poke) or in the case of It Takes Two not house at all but undeniably part of that summers sound. And JH arguably uses acid house in a review as a definite description of what we now know as that music rather than as something more amorphous as when he’s used it before.

    I’d never heard of that Amnesia night before too although the strange wording Nicky Holloway gave and the actual name sound very acid house like – it must have been around now that Paul Oakenfold started Spectrum (although for the first few weeks apparently no one went – not surprising with it being on a Monday) so maybe this was an early attempt at Trip. What with all this going on and Danny Rampling already doing Shoom it’s no wonder that the Special Branch their main regular night of the last few years is by this week no more.

    Considering that London and the south east and Manchester and the north west have always been since soon after this time the two regions most closely associated with house/acid house at this stage going by Morgan Khan putting his big house do on in Birmingham plus a few more things I’ve noticed it seems that the Midlands was at this early stage the biggest when it came to house.

    Mark Ryder revived the M-D-Emm name in around four years for two decent little hardcore tunes that I’ve always enjoyed: Get Down and Move Your Feet.

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