February 13, 1988: J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E, Derek B, Earth Wind & Fire, Teena Marie, Taja Sevelle

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MCA Records finally decided on Pressure Records as the name for their new black music label – doubtless opening the way for slogans about “pressure cookin’”? – and will definitely be releasing Adrenalin MOD ‘Bouncy House’… 10 Records picked up T-Cut F ‘House Reaction’ from Birmingham’s Kool Kat label, while Sure Delight are finally releasing Spoonie Gee ‘I’m All Shook Up’… Norman Cook of the Housemartins has apparently remixed James Brown ‘She’s The One’ for imminent creative marketing… Champion Records have, typically well in advance (and to typically instant mailing list DJ chart response, which could typically fall off just as fast!) promoed a 110¾-111bpm ‘Set It Off (Bunker 88 Mix)’ by Bunker Kru/Harlequin 4’s, totally revamped from the Harleqiun Fours’ (included 110¾-110⅔bpm) original with added ‘Jingo’-ish bass, scratches, vocals, and a lumbering Germanic electro feel rather than the “pshta-pshta” cymbal beat (0-110¾-111bpm Yojam Mix too), due commercially in about three weeks… Big One have created a buzz with white labels of the Housedoctors ‘Housedoctors (Gotta Get Down)’, a tinkling skittery jittery nervy 0-125-0bpm flier also coincidentally with a “pshta-pshta” cymbal beat, due probably next week… Fourth & Broadway are hoping for great things from Scratchmo ‘Play That Thing’, a weird lumbering brassy lurcher with trumpet and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong-type scatting (101⅔bpm on acetate)… Jolley/Harris/Jolley’s 95½bpm remix of Barry White ‘For Your Love (I’ll Do Most Anything)’ (Breakout USAF 618) is lushly jiggling with Mike Stevens’ sax emphasised on the 95⅓bpm Sax Dub… Taylor Dayne’s electro drive is replaced (with actually even more pop-ish results) on the 118½-0bpm ‘Tell It To My Heart (House Of Hearts Mix)’ (Arista 609616R), with a piano jangled house dub… Phil Harding’s now datedly routine “jack, jack, jack” remix treatment is applied to the 122bpm Madhouse Mix of the house-styled ‘I’m Beggin’ You’ which topped America’s dance charts but was largely ignored here and is now the UK B-side to Supertramp’s pop-aimed ‘Free As A Bird’ (A&M AMY 430)… Cousin Rachel ‘You Give Me So Much’ (Supreme Records SUPET 121) is now reputedly in a “new 12 inch vocal mix” but still sounds as if it’s sung by a bunch of washer women on their day out!… Motown, following a directionless year of lacklustre sales, have in the States fired most of their “pop” promotion staff, beefed up their “black” department and brought in one-time Stax vice president Al Bell to help them return to their roots, making specifically black music hits that they can then try and cross over to pop (the US market being artificially segregated into musical types by radio)… Serious Records and Needle Records are expanding their DJ mailing list at Unit 30, Sheraton Business Centre, Wadsworth Road, Perivale, Middlesex UB6 7JB (send first a stamped addressed envelope for the application form)… Lindsay Wesker, long departed from A&M, has joined disco plugger Bryan O’Conner to form a new club promotion company, Plateau Promotions on 01-724 7125/402 6632… Jeff Weston, once so closely identified with it that he was even known as “Jeff Shack”, has sold his interest in the Record Shack label (to the owners of Spartan)… Joyce Sims’ first ever UK concert is confirmed as the star attraction (along with a lot else) at LiveWire’s April 2/3/4 Prestatyn 3 weekender (Visa/Access bookings on 01-364 1212, no day passes)… Tony Terry will be in London this weekend, making appearances on Saturday (February 13) at such as Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre record shop at 3pm, and at Soho’s Gullivers in Ganton Street during the night… Marie Thompson and Tigger have stopped jocking at Stringfellows and started their own Metropolis moveable venue one nighters club (the first one was last week at the Camden Palace), plus a members’ magazine called Catalyst which offers all sorts of hairdressing/travel-type discounts to its readers – sounds ambitious!… Krush, M|A|R|R|S and T-Coy too are all due at Middlesbrough’s Madison this Wednesday (9), preceded earlier that evening by Mr Mix-It spinning house at the nearby free admission Norma Jean’s… Chris Paul (no longer at Ealing’s Broadway Boulevard because he’s so busy doing remixes for Fred Dove at WEA!) opens this Thursday (11) Kingston-upon-Thames’s brand new Options (in a three screen café/cinema/bar/restaurant complex) – he’ll be there Thurs/Sats, with Lorri Newman Thurs/Fridays, plus Boilerhouse and Special Branch nights likely on other days… Brian G with DJs Pete and Andy has a ‘Valentine’s Box’ on Friday (12) in the house/funk/rare groove Sweatbox in York’s GG Barnum’s… Eon Irving & Trevor SF funk a ‘St Valentine’s Rave’ on Saturday (13) from midnight to Sunday mid-morning in Soho’s Rupert Street Metro Cinema, both screens showing videos and films… Gary Tee’s ‘Cool ‘n Casual’ Monday dance party at Dunstable’s Cinderellas Rockerfellas has become a 70/70 nite – 70p admission, 70p drinks, and lots of late Seventies classics… DJ Kenny and Stewart Cochrane have started a serious funk/hip hop/house/rare groove/fashion night called Amnesia (popular name, that!) on Thursdays at Stirling’s Maxwells… Sefton The Terminator followed the rap competition with a demonstration of his human beat box blowing at Warrington’s mixing semi-final… “It’s time!” from Hashim’s ‘Al-Naafiysh’ became the big cliché at the Nottingham mixing heat, my hints about the over-use of “this is a journey into sound/pump that bass” seeming to have sunk in by then!… Nottingham contestants included not only Cut Master Swift and Scratch Professor but also Master Scratch and Cut-It-Up-Sy, the best name of all however not getting through from the preliminaries, DJ Weeta-Mix!… John Saunderson, the scintillating (and I mean that sincerely) master of ceremonies at all the Technics Mixing Championships and organiser of the entire roadshow, was in a real Eddie Kidd situation at Bristol’s Papillon, where he was barred from his own show until he’d changed out of his designer jeans!… Bristol’s winner last year, I forgot to mention, ‘Dirty Den’ Murray didn’t even make it out of the preliminaries into the heats this time, which shows how the standard had improved there (the question is, will that remark get me boos or cheers next year?!)… Edinburgh’s Steve Walsh lookalike DJ, Donald Hughes had his ‘Jock Mix 1’/’Trio’ Scottish country dance mix played on Radio Forth by Tom Wilson following my mention of it… Roxanne Shanté’s newie using the Lyn Collins ‘Think’ riff is apparently from a film and cannot be released until March at the earliest, but may now not be a single at all as Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock have already copied it so closely!… Heavy D And The Boyz’ new US release is their album’s ‘Don’t You Know’ rap ballad, flipped by a remix of ‘Moneyearnin’ Mount Vernon’… Les Adams’ purchase of a 16-track Fostex recorder and AMS digital reverb unit, both at £5,000, now values his home studio at £71,000… PUMP THAT BASS!


The 1988 Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships have now entered the semi-final stage and, as anticipated, the result is real excitement! And despair. Just because a DJ won his regional heat is now no longer a guarantee that he’ll be appearing at the national final in London – first they’ve got to battle through yet again to win one of the two places available at each of the three semi-finals. Crestfallen doesn’t describe the disappointment of the losers, having got so close but not close enough. At Warrington’s shambolically crowded Mr Smith’s (divided up into hexagonal sort of sheep pens seemingly designed to impede any logical progression from one area to another!), following a rap competition from which Huddersfield’s MC Fresh J and Manchester’s Miss D Lite go through to the London final, the scratching was won, as widely anticipated, by Manchester’s Owen D, very much the local homeboy hero, fast cutting, transformer scratching and generally cavorting (he ended up in a “swallow dive” – see photo) to such loud crowd response that much of what he did was drowned.

Second was London’s DJ Haze, much improved from his Stockton heat, doing assured and accurate cuts. Not qualifying therefore were fire-eating Birkenhead’s Mike Clarke (DJ Trix), who still can’t hold his beats together, Glasgow’s George Little, previously a two times finalist who had headphone problems after which nothing went right, Northern Ireland’s Rob Nelson (Robbie B), who had used Technics vari-speed decks but even did a backspin using a seven inch, and Manchester’s Chris Harris, the only one to use “this is a journey into sound”.

At Birmingham’s vast and atmosphere-lacking Dome (with a tubular steel standrel dome framework over the dancefloor), the amusing rap winners were Easy KD and MC Brooklyn, both from Luton. The mixing result was satisfyingly the right one, with London’s Cut Master Swift coming first.

Going through to the final also after coming equal second, was Leeds’ thoroughly entertaining Hutchy, changing his persona from John Steed of the Avengers to Eddie Murphy as he progressed through a slick house tempo music, full of surprises and London’s 14-year old Scratch Professor who again showed remarkable composure while he calmly worked through a well-chosen sequence.

Disappointed losers were the local Phil Docherty, slick enough to be a future challenger, his house-mixing chum Darren Ellis, Cardiff pace-lacking Terry Croft and Reading’s disastrously messy Dodger X. The last semi-final is this Wednesday (10) at Ealing Broadway’s Boulevard.


HOT VINYL

J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E ‘Strong Island’ (US B Boy Records 88-20/100)
Sizzling hot 95⅚bpm deadpan rap jogger using a fuzz guitar riff from the Temptations’ ‘Psychedelic Shack’ era, actually about London Island in hip hop speak.

DEREK B ‘Goodgroove’ (Music Of Life NOTE 12)
Jauntily jiggling homegrown 0-97bpm rap ‘n scratch using a remake of the Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’ rhythm (in four mixes), good but played so much in advance that the initially amusing Smiley Culture-like lyric is already a bore for many.

EARTH WIND & FIRE ‘Thinking Of You’ (US Columbia 44 07 566)
Staccato (0-)119¼bpm lurcher turned by remixer Bruce Forest into much more smoothly bounding (and street credible) B-side “house” mixes, the 119¼-0bpm House Mix and 0-119¼-0bpm House Mix with Vocals.

TEENA MARIE ‘Ooo La La La’ (US Epic 49 07574)
Returning at last to black music street credibility after her short-lived US pop success, this typical distinctively wailed and squeaked attractive sinuous 86⅔bpm sax-backed swirling tense soul slowie (inst/edit too) makes an encouraging taster for her upcoming new LP.

TAJA SEVELLE ‘Love Is Contagious (Extended Mix)’ (Reprise Records W8257T)
Trickily tempoed, in 0-37/111 bpm triple time, squalled and squawked rather Teena Marie-ish swirling slow nagger by a girl from the Paisley Park camp, pulled from her recent LP following (mainly) pirate radio play.

DÉJA ‘That’s Where You’ll Find Me’ (10 Records TENX 208)
Monte Moir-produced hesitantly lurching gentle lush 105⅚bpm sweet sinuous swayer, sort of in Atlantic Starr ‘Silver Shadow’ style, likely to need radio exposure before it’ll hold a floor, flipped by its less fluid 105⅚bpm Album Version and Paul Simpson’s (0-)110⅓bpm US Remix of the old ‘You And Me Tonight’.

MIKE STEVENS ‘C’Est L’Affaire (Sax Maniax Mix)’ (RCA/Jam Today PT 41752)
Percussively building, tapping and jiggling 105½bpm innocuous semi-instrumental jazz-funk by the UK saxist/keyboardist, with a title line crooned by Imagination’s Leee John (Pure Sax Mix and piano-emphasising No Sax Please… We’re Dubbin’ flip).

MORRIS DAY ‘Fishnet (Big Leg Mix)’ (Warner Bros W8201T)
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis don’t exactly return to the spotlight in this collaboration with their old Time colleague, a busily lurching synth chorded 111bpm basic funk chanter that’s lasciviously about stockings and black pantyhose, OK of its timeless kind but nothing more (in three mixes).

MIRAGE ‘Jack Mix VII’ (Debut DEBTX 3042)
Latest, pop-aimed, 123¾bpm instalment in the remade hits-medleying series, a bit scrappier than usual, flipped perhaps usefully by the appropriate effects filled 0-124bpm ‘Me Tarzan You Jack!’ (great title!)

DARRYL DUNCAN ‘J-J-J-Ja-Ja James Brown’ (Motown ZT 41740)
Digitally sampled James Brown screams, which you might think timely, wasted by being set to a less than trendy plodding beat in this trickily introed (108¼-)107½-107⅚-0bpm treatment (the US B-side) and the more direct 107⅙-0bpm ‘James Brown‘ (Single Version too).

STEVIE WONDER ‘You Will Know’ (Motown ZT 41724)
Typically tuneful slow 85/42½bpm weaving message ballad, more MoR than disco (inst/edit flip).

CHYNA ‘Unforgettable’ (Spice Records 12SPICE 1)
‘Roadblock’ vocalist Coral Gordon sounds less distinctive on her own densely throbbing 97⅚-0bpm sombre Chaka Khan-ish jiggler (inst flip).

Reviews this week are unfortunately curtailed by my need to be in Birmingham to judge disc jockeys — full service resumes next week! In the meantime, look out for newies by Audio Two Remix, Mel & Kim, Keith Sweat, Stereo MC’s And Cesare, Eric B & Rakim, Cut To Shock, Two Of A Kind, Funktion Freeks, ‘Rebel Beats 2’, Natalie Cole, Reese, Keynotes, and more.


BLACK DANCE TOP 100 – February 13, 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 05 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records/Rhythm King 12in
04 04 I’M GETTING TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
05 03 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
06 10 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
07 07 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
08 06 SHE’S THE ONE/FUNKY PRESIDENT/FUNKY DRUMMER James Brown, Urban 12in
09 11 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX)/JUMP ON IT Walter Beasley, Urban 12in
10 20 SAY IT AGAIN (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
11 17 PARTY PEOPLE/KEY THE PULSE Royal House, Champion 12in
12 31 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Yazz And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
13 09 ROK DA HOUSE (DEMOLITION MIX/AL’NITE AL’RITE INSTRUMENTAL) The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
14 25 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, US Atlantic 12in
15 45 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (EXTENDED VERSION) Alexander O’Neal featuring Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
16 12 GIVE IT TO ME (CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
17 50 JACK THE RIPPER LLCool J, Def Jam 12in
18 30 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY CLUB MIX/X-RATED/HOUSE OF TRIX) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
19 13 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/I WANT HER/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
20 24 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
21 23 LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED (12” VOCAL/PIANO DUB) The Temptations, Motown 12in
22 08 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
23 21 BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 12in
24 29 RAW Big Daddy Kane, US Prism 12in
25 33 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION/LP VERSION) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
26 19 LOVE OVERBOARD (SOS MIX) Gladys Knight And The Pips, MCA Records 12in
27 22 LOVE IS THE ART (LOVE) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
28 14 JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX 1/LA CASA DE JUEGO MIX) Jellybean, Chrysalis 12in
29 44 TELL IT TO MY HEART (DUB MIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
30 26 I’M ALL SHOOK UP Spoonie Gee, US Tuff City 12in
31 18 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles/ALL DIS MUSIC Romance, ffrr 12in white label
32 39 BAD TIMES (I CAN’T STAND IT) Rough Club, CityBeat 12in
33 15 CRITICIZE (REMIX/CRITICAL MIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
34 32 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, US Epic 12in
35 28 MOVE THE CROWD (BEATMIX BY THE DEMOCRATIC 3 FEAT. DJ SLACK/THE WILD BUNCH REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
36 42 LET’S GET BRUTAL (MEGA MIX/US VERSION) Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
37 40 DO THIS MY WAY Kid ‘N’ Play, US Select 12in
38 35 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
39 16 SING A SONG (BREAK IT DOWN) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
40 38 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
41 67 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., US B Boy Records 12in
42 41 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, Sure Delight 12in
43 48 SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
44 27 GOOD LOVE/I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU/LOVE CHANGES (with Kashif) Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
45 51 I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
46 — GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life mailing list promo
47 36 PLAY IT KOOL/UGLY PEOPLE BE QUIET! Cash Money and Marvellous, US Sleeping Bag 12in
48 69 4 LOVER’S LANE (NEW AFTER HOURS VOCAL MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in pre-release
49 65 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
50 63 I LIKE TO LISTEN/DA ME MAS T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
51 54 HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
52 56 SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT) (ELECTRO JACK REMIX/ORIGINAL JAZZY HOUSE MIX)/DANCING AND MUSIC (MUSIC PLEASE REMIX) Groove, Submission 12in promo
53 52 YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH/DUB MIX Cousin Rachel, Supreme Records 12in
54 — BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (BOMB THE HOUSE MIX)/INSTRUMENTAL/THE PLAYBACK Simon Harris, ffrr 12in white label
55 73 CUBAN JAKKIN’ Rio Rhythm Band/Y’READY Noiz Inc/SINDECUT’S KICKIN’ YEAH! Sindecut, Baad! Records 12in EP
56 74 OVER YOU Ray Parker Jr with Natalie Cole, Geffen Records 12in
57 72 MIAMI GROOVE/FAKIN’ MOVES/AFTER THE PAIN Betty Wright, US Ms B LP
58 34 DO IT (DOUBLE TROUBLE MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in mailing list promo
59 47 SET IT OFF (BUNKER 88 MIX) Bunker Kru/Harlequin 4’s, Champion 12in mailing list promo
60 59 THE POKE (JACKMASTER MIX) Adonis and the Endless Poker, DJ International Records/Westside Records 12in
61 75 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
62 — FISHNET (BIG LEG MIX) Morris Day, Warner Bros 12in
63 — BE MY GIRL (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Keith Patrick, US Omni/Atlantic 12in
64 88 BOUNCY HOUSE (BOUNCY MIX) Adrenalin MOD, Warrior Records 12in
65 — REBEL BEATS 2 Boogie Beats, Pan Trax 12in
66 43 DO IT (CLUB MIX) 2 Bad 2 Mention, Intouch 12in
67 62 LET’S START LOVE OVER (EXTENDED) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
68 58 HOW YA LIKE ME NOW (EXTENDED MIX) Kool Moe Dee, Jive 12in
69 66 MY MIND (LONG VERSION) Vanessa Franklin & Midnight Energy, CityBeat 12in
70 37 LET THE SUN IN (EXTENDED REMIX) Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros 12in
71 53 LET’S BE LOVERS TONIGHT (‘THE SOLID MIX’ BY CHRIS PAUL) Sherrick, Warner Bros 12in mailing list promo
72 49 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT (THE SPACE BASE MIX)/THE JACK THAT HOUSE CLUBBED Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
73 92 HOUSE REACTION (SCRATCH MIX/ROBIN HOOD MIX) T-Cut-F, Kool Kat 12in
74 79 MOHAMED’S HOUSE Sheik Fawaz, US Pow Wow Art International 12in
75 — SEE WANT MUST HAVE (S.L.W.II.DUB/STREET LATIN WOLFF II) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in white label
76 — THIS HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE Paul French & The Mix Master Crew, Rise Records 12in
77 re I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT (EXTENDED VERSION) David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick, RCA 12in
78 93 THINKING OF YOU (HOUSE MIXES/12” VERSION) Earth Wind & Fire, US Columbia 12in
79 — PUT THAT RECORD BACK ON Cut To Shock featuring EF Cuttin’, US Bassment Records 12in
80 — GOLD (EXTENDED VERSION) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, US Elektra 12in
81 — THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME (REMIX)/YOU AND ME TONIGHT (PAUL SIMPSON REMIX) Déja, 10 Records 12in
82 57 CAUGHT U CHEATIN’ Raze, Champion 12in
83 re DON’T LEAD ME House Master Baldwin featuring Paris Grey, US Future Sound Records 12in
84 98 THEY CALL ME PUMA Seeborn & Puma, US Select 12in
85 94 MATERIALISTIC GIRL Gusto, Fourth & Broadway 12in
86 90 NUDE PHOTO (RYTHIM MIX)/THE DANCE (LIVING TOOM MIX) Rythim Is Rythim, US Transmat 12in
87 — PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in pre-release
88 — WHO DO YOU LOVE (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Rodney Saulsberry, US Ryan Records 12in
89 — FEEL SO GOOD (DUNGEON)/MOVE/MOVE IT/FEEL SO GOOD Stereo MC’s and Cesare, GC Records 12in
90 — MAMA’S BOY (CLUB MIX) Liz Torres, US State Street Records 12in
91 70 LET’S GET JAZZY (JAZZY THING/MY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
92 60 KEEP ‘EM STEPPIN’ Non-Stop/CONTACT SPORT The Mau-Mau Clan Overlords (Hurby’s Machine), US Sound Check LP
93 re THIS IS TALENT The Chosen Two, US Rohit Records 12in
94 — LET’S LET’S LET’S DANCE Keynotes, US Incognito Records 12in
95 86 RISE TO THE OCCASION (CLUB MIX) Climie Fisher, EMI 12in mailing list promo
96 80 THROWDOWN Sparky D, US B Boy Records 12in
97 95 THE MORNING AFTER Fallout, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
98 — FOR YOUR LOVE (I’LL DO MOST ANYTHING) (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
99 — PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN (12” VERSION) Natalie Cole, US EMI-Manhattan 12in
100= — I’M GETTING TIRED OF BEING PUSHED AROUND (THE MAYHEM RHYTHM MIX) Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
100= — LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (EXTENDED MIX) Taja Sevelle, Reprise Records 12in


POP DANCE

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


HI-NRG

01 19 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
02 02 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
03 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
04 04 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
05 06 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
06 18 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
07 16 DO YOU WANNA FUNK Zone Brothers, US Recca 12in
08 29 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
09 05 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
10 23 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
11 03 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
12 — SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
13 33 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
14 11 LOVE EMERGENCY Rachel, US Atlantic 12in
15 20 SCIENCE FICTION Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
16 24 I CAN’T HELP IT (CLUB MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
17 07 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
18 14 COULD THIS BE LOVE Fun Fun, Italian X-Energy 12in
19 37 YOU ONLY YOU Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
20 — NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
21 10 SATISFY MY DESIRE (CRITICAL MIAMI MIX)/(ALL NIGHT REMIX) Havana, Nightmare 12in
22 31 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
23 09 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
24 17 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY VERSION) Belinda Carlisle, Virgin 12in
25 15 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
26 — HEY YOU! Divine, In Recordings 12in
27 27 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, London 12in
28 08 ALL SYSTEMS GO (EXTENDED REMIX) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
29 13 THESE ARE BRIGHTER DAYS Barbara Pennington, Nightmare 12in
30 21 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
31 32 MY ARMS KEEP MISSING YOU (THE NO L MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
32 re HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
33 re DON’T STOP Ross, Italian Flea 12in
34 re THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER Bonnie Bianco, German Metronome 12in
35 12 SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
36 25 CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
37 28 CHANGE IN ME Karen Young, US Wide Angle 12in
38 26 EASY TO TOUCH Promise Circle, US Atlantic 12in
39 35 ONE NIGHT STAND (MONOGAMIX) Rob Keabe, Nightmare 12in
40 — LOVE GUN Special Touch featuring Jody, Belgian Infinity 12in

3 thoughts on “February 13, 1988: J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E, Derek B, Earth Wind & Fire, Teena Marie, Taja Sevelle”

  1. It’s interesting to read that Hashim’s ‘Al-Naafiysh’ was so heavily used at the Nottingham heat of the mixing championships – I remember Graeme Park playing it at Rock City during the Def Jam tour show a couple of months earlier, and introducing it on the mike by saying something like “have you noticed how many house records are starting to sound like old electro?”. The same track is also sampled on Simon Harris ‘Bass (How Low Can You Go)’, which debuts on the dance chart this week.

    Divine’s ‘Hey You’, debuting on the Hi-NRG chart, turned out to be his final single. Less than a month later – and three weeks after the premiere of Hairspray, his biggest film role to date – he died of heart failure.

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  2. After wondering whatever happened to the young DMC contestant Scratch Professor/er, I did a spot of Googling and it turns out he’s the younger brother of Omar Lye-Fook (of There’s Nothing Like This fame).

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  3. It’s also worth noting that the “St Valentine’s Rave” at the Metro Cinema marks the first mention here of “rave” in relation to a dance event. However, I believe that the term was already in use: my sister talked to me about going to KISS-fm “raves” in 1987, where the music would have been rare groove rather than house, and I recall a one-off night at The Garage in Nottingham called “Rave”, again earlier than 1988, but not a house event at all (I have a feeling it was vintage jazz/soul, but can’t quite recall).

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