ODDS ‘N’ BODS
NORMAN COOK’s excellent funkily cohesive 106-108½-106-107-105-107-109-105⅔bpm James Brown ‘She’s The One (Funky Drummer Remix)‘ (Urban URBA 13) cleverly incorporates the drum riff from ‘Funky Drummer’ with drop-ins from Bobby Byrd and other JB-type stuff (Norman, incidentally, not Wildski, was the Brighton Pink Coconut DJ)… Kid ‘N Play’s sizzling import would surely sell here on its own merits to begin with, but has already been promoed by Cooltempo in a much altered slower 108bpm remix by Norman C & DJ D, with added Lou Reed ‘Walk On The Wild Side’-type boo-bedoo’s, and more!… Bomb The Bass ‘Beat Dis’ is now also in a 0-114-113¾-0bpm Gangster Boogie Inc Remix (Mister-Ron DOOD R121), less bassy in fact with altered ingredients… Derek B’s “Lady Penelope”-introed Doctor X In Full Effect remix of Was (Not Was) quotes “bring the noise”, “and the beat goes on”, plus other drop-ins but now won’t include “bass – how low can you go” after all, so as not to upset Simon Harris’s newie on a related label – which hasn’t stopped Supreme Records promoing an 118½bpm UK house track by Project Club called ‘How Low Can You Go’, quoted from the same Public Enemy source!… Adrenalin M.O.D.’s replacement as Warrior Records’ B-side to Jack Factory ‘Jackin’ James’ will be remixed from the ‘Acid Beats 1’ LP (reviewed this ish), X-10-CIV’s ‘Cut It Up (X-10-DED Mix Mk 2)’ – this new group (pronounced “Extensive” – clever, huh?) being Harrow boys Andy Smith, Colin Grainge and Frank McFarlane… LiveWire’s Easter weekender at Prestatyn so far lines up Joyce Sims (with full American band), Terry Billy, Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Simon Harris, CCR Crew, Nat Augustin, Marvin Springer, Chris Paul, Screamin’ Rachel, probably a current chart-topper, and US Warner Bros vice president Benny Medina’s new secret signings (more details to come)… London’s ‘Hip Hop Reggae’ creating Longsy D and Cutmaster MC have been signed in the US by Cold Chillin’ Records, joining Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie – about whom further exciting news will soon come… Grandmaster Flash ‘Gold’ (reviewed last week on import) and Big Daddy Kane ‘Raw’ are both due here next week, through WEA (now put three and three together!)… ‘Dance Mania Volume 2’ (Needle Records DAMA2), full of current club hits, is actually selling for the included very rare groove from the early Seventies, the girls-souled 97-100⅓bpm The Voices Of East Harlem ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’… Norman Connors’ first album in six years will be on Capitol next month, while Womack & Womack have signed to Fourth & Broadway… Will Downing’s UK release will be his eagerly anticipated version of late great jazz giant John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ – Will’s due here in March with Stanley Turrentine on sax!… Threeway Records, having reissued an old album by him, have now signed Randy Brown worldwide… Keith Sweat apparently was in GQ… Tony Terry, whose follow-up will be ‘Young Love’ in a house remix, had never even heard the Charlie Dee dub of his own ‘Lovey Dovey’ until it was played for him at Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre!… Steve Walsh has a regular spot on London Weekend Television’s Friday evening ‘Six O’Clock Show’, as a roving reporter… Scratch Professor and Chad Jackson (the latter now, even more recently, sporting a vicious “Mohican” hairstyle!) were both on TV’s Night Network prior to the mixing finals, but hardly had time to scratch anything… Phonogram’s club plugging Linda Rogers’ toy boy is streets ahead of the others!… Jasper, Jazzy M, Trevor SF, Linden C, Maxi Jazz, Peter Dominic, Yomi and Steve Harris all bust up a ‘No Sell Out’ night this Wednesday (Feb 24) at Streatham Zigi’s… Linden C’s Thursdays at London’s Limelight star the likes of Derek B and Trevor Madhatter… Robbie Vincent souls Shrewsbury’s Park Lane this Saturday (27), when Derek B and Radio London’s hippity hoppity Dave Pearce join Chris Kaye at Tonbridge’s Angel Centre, and Chelsea’s The Venue at Stamford Bridge has Seventies grooves with Chris Brown and Steve of the Wag… Jamie Trundle is joined by label plugger Nigel Wilton for a Fourth & Broadway promotion night this Sunday (28) at Denver Sluice’s Jenyns Arms near Kings Lynn… Frank (Disco Knight) Allan, in Northern Ireland at Airport 2000 in Templepatrick’s Airport Inn, is seeking entrants for his ‘Miss Airport 2000 1988’ contest – call the club (08494-33390) or himself at Belfast’s Radio Top Shop (0232-232499)… Brian Moore in conjunction with James Campbell & Son (Travel) has arranged special three night travel packages from Northern Ireland for the March 6-8 DJ Convention in London – call Ruth on 0265-4321… Breakout once again during the DJ Convention have an invitation-only private party for DJs, at Gullivers on the Tuesday lunchtime… Bob Masters, setting up a massive pirate radio station in Ashford, Kent (the country’s biggest, he claims), has another Easter soul three-dayer – Sat/Sun/Mon – with Nicky Holloway, Gilles Peterson, Chris Bangs, Leo Ryan and himself at Bournemouth’s Neptune Bar on Boscombe Pier – £15 advance tickets only, from Starship Enterprises on 01-439 2628… Nicky Holloway is promoting his Thursday Amnesia night at Mayfair’s Legends by distributing little pirate pistols which, when fired, spring open and drop a banner saying “Bang!”… PUMP THAT BASS!
STREETS AHEAD, whose hard remix of Was (Not Was) has filled more floors than Jeff Young’s James Bond mix, is in fact the nicely-spoken Shem McCauley from downtown Shepherd’s Bush in West London, currently reading English at the University of Sussex! If you think that’s blown his street cred, check this. Helped at the start by Tim Westwood, he DJed behind Hardrock and Faze One before right now backing the She Rockers (just produced by Griff from the Public Enemy crew), his remixes prior to ‘Spy In The House Of Love’ including Throwdown ‘Bust The Champ’, Kinkina ‘Jungle Fever’ and Shakatak ‘Manic Cuts’. Def enuf?
The 1988 Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships at last reached their thrilling climax at London’s packed Hippodrome last week — on the eve of the Chinese New Year, the celebration of which delayed things interminably. The audience was really hyped up, a massive and vociferous contingent from Manchester proving a match in volume level for the London posse.
Nevertheless, as I had anticipated, Battersea’s Cutmaster Swift ended up as the winner, UK Champ 1988, after a blazingly started set that — like all the competitors’ (is seven minutes in fact too long?) — went off the boil two-thirds through but was brilliant at its best, his unusual scratching tricks being accompanied by great grimaces and syncopated movements.
Manchester’s Owen D did come second, a decision accepted with commendably good grace by his fans, having wasted too much “time” (as in ‘Al-Naafiysh’!) cavorting with his helpers, who pointed out every trick he pulled, before eventually doing some fast cuts (and ending as usual in a helpers-supported “swallow dive”), but in truth he was fairly routine behind all the hoopla.
Paddington’s diminutive 14-year-old Scratch Professor came third in typically cool and collected style, with a well varied musical programme including many different scratch, transformer and cut-back tricks, as well as a cute running synch of ‘Old MacDonald’ through Public Enemy!
Leeds’ well built Hutchy was greeted by the Manchester mob’s banner which read, “Props, Umbrellas and BMX Bikes ain’t gonna help Sucker DJs here tonight!” but carried on regardless, changing from brolly-scratching John Steed to shoulder-holster Axel Foley during the course of a deceptively simple seeming house set with facile scratches and good long running synchs. He actually picked up his baby BMX bike, and then substituted it as a surprise with a full size bicycle, using the front wheel to scratch! Dulwich’s DJ Haze, the first on stage, did some good “pump me up” fast cuts and transformer scratches but his synchs were messy and his timing was off, probably through nerves. Birmingham’s Tenerife-based Des Mitchell, in his third consecutive final, had a strange slow running start but ended up synching ‘Agadoo’ through Serious Intention, and cut up a seven inch of ‘Tea For Two Cha Cha’. Plaistow’s DJ Pogo, one of the favourites, had a disaster and stopped after just one minute to fiddle with his stylus and pick-up (the setting of which was his responsibility). This threw his timing right off, but he ended up with some face-savingly brilliant fast cuts. And that was it. CJ Mackintosh’s reign has ended, now it’s Cutmaster Swift versus the rest of the World, at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, March 8. Be there!
[Note: as the following week’s column will explain, the photo captions were accidentally switched for Owen D and Cutmaster Swift]
BAM-BAM ‘Give It To Me’ (Serious OUS 10)
Drumkit driven simple jack track with buzzing “acid” synth tones and sexy female groans, filling floors since last October on import, here in 122bpm Instrumental and Street, 122¼bpm Garage and Radio Mixes. A brand new remix is due on white label, already!
SWEET CHARLES ‘Yes It’s You’ (Urban URBX 15)
Curtis Mayfield copying squeakily whinnied distinctively jogging sweet (0-)96-97⅙bpm lurcher (a big “rare groove” around London, covered by Diana Brown & The Brothers, now selling like crazy ahead of full March 9 release) produced by James Brown, as was the flip’s currently much sampled funkily testifying 0-112-113½-113¼bpm LYN COLLINS ‘Think (About It)‘ and her enthusiastically bounding JB-duetted 115-117-117½-118-118½-0(false stop)-117bpm ‘Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again‘.
BLUE ZONE ‘Big Thing (Extended)’ (Arista/Rockin’ Horse Records RHT 115)
Lisa Stansfield-sung surprisingly soulful and credible self-produced 101⅓-0bpm jiggly jogger with a tuggingly syncopated tricky tempo, thoroughly recommended, originally B-side to the old Motown-style 127⅔bpm ‘Thinking About His Baby‘.
SQUEEZEBRAIN & THE MACHINE ‘Uncle J’ (Beat-Nik Records)
‘Apocalypse Now’ chopper-introed and other soundtrack quoting brilliant funky 0-109-109⅔-110-110⅓-111-0bpm scratch mix medley of Uncle James Brown and more, the best of its type in ages though probably hard to find on this “limited edition promo” (‘Dirty Harry’ quotes are over a simple short B-side 0-116¼-0bpm backing track).
LIGHTNIN LEE AND POPPY P ‘Big Time Chillin’ (US Cut Up! TBO Sound CIR-156091)
The Mohawks’ ‘The Champ’ and a bit of Esther Williams’ ‘Last Night’ are run through James Brown’s 0-105⅚-106⅙bpm ‘Funky Drummer’ beat behind lightly husky rapping Mr P (dub and transformer scratch flip, in full effect).
BB in the MIX featuring MITCH & FRESH ‘The Story Continues — Supermix Pt II’ (US Awesome AW 300)
“Picture this”-started excellent if sometimes US orientated 0-115¼-115-116⅓-118⅓-118¾-119-121-0bpm traditional megamix medley of recent club material, based to an extent on the Jazzy Joyce dub mix of ‘Tighten Up’ but with lots more too, flipped usefully by samples and various beats.
MAXI PRIEST featuring Beres Hammond ‘How Can We Ease The Pain?’ (10 Records TENX 207)
Finger snapping classy 76½bpm reggae-soul slowie with soulfully straining counterpoint singing and muted trumpet, quite a sneaky nagger.
ALDEONI E DOS SANTOS ‘How Many Sugars’ (I-M-W RIO-1203, via 01-608 0231)
Quite a find, Brazilian-born Aldeoni emphasises the samba dimension of house in a fascinating lightly bounding supple fluid 125¼bpm jazzy instrumental (125⅓bpm English and Portuguese vocal edits too) that deserves a wide audience — if you can locate this Islington Music Workshop white label. Brilliant!
VARIOUS ARTISTS ‘Acid Beats 1‘ (Warrior Records WRLP 002)
Deserving the trendy “acid” title more than other current compilations do, this excellent album of brand new UK jacks really does grasp the mind-nagging teeth-tingling electronic concept of acid house, with the ‘Planet Rock’-scratching strong nervily cantering (0-)124½bpm X-10-CIV ‘Cut It Up (X-10-DED Acid Version)’, ‘Jackin’ James’-remixing appropriately subtitled (0-)120bpm JACK FACTORY ‘Acid James (Washing Machine Mix)‘, “dial-tuning” Kraftwerk-ish (0-)117-117⅓bpm SILICON CHIP ‘FM (Frequency Modulated Acid)‘, bagpipes climaxed industrially chugging 127½-127¼bpm REVOLUTIONARY TACTICS ‘Don’t Panic (Panic Mix)‘, frantically churning 0-126⅓bpm JACK ROBINSON ‘Move Ya (Jam Mix)‘, jittery wheazling 123¼bpm CULTURAL THUGS ‘Forever And Ever (Mix Me Again Mix)‘, frantically bleeping 128¾bpm NEW CHAPTER ‘Knightrix Acid (Knightrix Mix)‘, monotonously intoned loping 119¼-119½bpm PLUSONE ‘Dance With Me (Foot Stompin’ Mix)‘. If the glib sound-alike “jack-jack-jack2 rip-offs were phase one and the Krush-type homegrown kids’ creations were phase two of UK house, is this phase three?
SALT-n-PEPA ‘Push It (Remix)’ (ffrr FFRX 2)
Pop-aimed madly infectious staccato 127¼bpm bounder with jaunty synth chords and exhortations rather than a lyric from the girls, flipped by the more murkily hardcore jittering wordy 0-100⅔-100⅙bpm ‘I Am Down‘ rap (inst too) and, as a bonus, the similarly Hurby ‘Luvbug’ Azor-produced sinister 93⅔bpm ANTOINETTE ‘Hit ‘Em With This‘, all due fully on March 9.
MIKE DUNN ‘So Let It Be Houze!’ (US Westbrook Records MD-WS-106)
Deceptively fast 130bpm sparsely skipping “acid” mutter, flipped by the more Hi-NRG 125½bpm ‘Life Goes On‘ and — the big attraction — crazily frantic 131½bpm ‘Magic Feet’, synth wheazled and sax honked like Rudy Pompilli (of Bill Haley’s Comets) on acid!
T.C. CURTIS ‘Get Out Of My Life’ (Hot Melt 12TCT15)
Jauntily lurching simple little 114bpm trotter whinnied and worried in TC’s distinctive style – although his diction proves far from distinct on the words “pack up”! – lightweight and pleasant (in three mixes).
DEE DEE WILDE ‘I Found You’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 87)
Eugene’s kid sister, once in family group Simplicious (their brother, Al Broomfield, has a good soul LP out now too), sultrily emotes through a terrific rolling 105bpm sinuous Philly Soul swayer with squalling sax and bags of class (inst flip), sure to do well.
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS ‘Lovin’ On Next To Nothin’ (Extended Version)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1237)
Intensely building bass pushed fluttering and tapping remorseless sultry wriggling 106⅙bpm jogger, probably not for pop crowds but as insistent as an ‘Encore’ or ‘Plane Love’ for soul folk (inst flip).
B.M.O.C. (Big Man On Campus) ‘Play That Funk’ (US Sire 0-20832)
Wild Cherry-scratching second generation Beastie Boys-type 0-97⅙ jitterer by a Nile Rodgers-produced pair of rapping Jewish law students from Harvard, better than the gimmick might suggest (0-97-0bpm ‘Guaranteed To Rock’ flip, both in three mixes). Play that funky music, white boys!
BAMBOO ‘Bamboo (I Can’t Quit)’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF 987)
Lenny Dee & Tommy Musto-created good beefily wriggling 0-120-0bpm house canterer with wordlessly wailing girls, a revamp of their old ‘Bam Boo’ (more melodically obvious on the dub/inst flip).
CLUB DANCE TOP 100 – February 27, 1988
01 01 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records/Rhythm King 12in
02 07 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
03 03 COME INTO MY LIFE (CLUB VERSION) Joyce Sims, London 12in
04 05 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE/SPENG Coldcut featuring Yazz And The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
05 10 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
06 02 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
07 23 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
08 14 DO THIS MY WAY/ NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in white label
09 38 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
10 09 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
11 04 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
12 06 I’M GETTING TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND/MAKE IT FUNKY Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
13 16 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (EXTENDED VERSION) Alexander O’Neal featuring Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
14 08 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
15 29 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., US B Boy Records 12in
16 13 JACK THE RIPPER LLCool J, Def Jam 12in
17 27 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
18 32 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in white label
19 21 GIVE IT TO ME (CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam-Bam, US Westbrook Records 12in
20 22 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY CLUB MIX/X-RATED/HOUSE OF TRIX) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
21 39 FAITH (EXTENDED VERSION) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in white label
22 11 PARTY PEOPLE/KEY THE PULSE Royal House, Champion 12in
23 40 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT/THE JACK THAT HOUSE DUBBED Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
24 12 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
25 46 LOVER’S LANE (NEW AFTER HOURS VOCAL MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in
26 28 SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT)/DANCING AND MUSIC (REMIXES) Groove, Submission 12in
27 15 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX)/JUMP ON IT Walter Beasley, Urban 12in
28 37 SHE’S THE ONE (FUNKY DRUMMER REMIX) James Brown, Urban 12in
29 30 LET’S GET BRUTAL (MEGA MIX/US VERSION) Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
30 24 MOVE THE CROWD (DEMOCRATIC 3 REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
31 33 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
32 18 RAW Big Daddy Kane, US Prism 12in
33 20 LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED (12” VOCAL/PIANO DUB) The Temptations, Motown 12in
34 17 SHE’S THE ONE/FUNKY PRESIDENT/FUNKY DRUMMER James Brown, Urban 12in
35 26 SAY IT AGAIN (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
36 93 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
37 45 I’M ALL SHOOK UP Spoonie Gee, Sure Delight 12in
38 48 TELL IT TO MY HEART (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
39 71 TELL IT TO MY HEART (HOUSE OF HEARTS/DUB OF HEARTS) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
40 35 I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
41 66 MY MIND (LONG VERSION) Vanessa Franklin & Midnight Energy, CityBeat 12in
42 19 ROK DA HOUSE (DEMOLITION MIX) The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
43 58 FISHNET (BIG LEG MIX) Morris Day, Warner Bros 12in
44 41 SING A SONG (BREAK IT DOWN) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
45 — TOGETHER FOREVER (LOVER’S LEAP REMIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
46 50 BAD TIMES (I CAN’T STAND IT) Rough Club, CityBeat 12in
47 34 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles/ALL DIS MUSIC Romance, ffrr 12in white label
48 56 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
49 25 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
50 57 YOU AND ME TONIGHT (PAUL SIMPSON REMIX)/THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME (REMIX) Déja, 10 Records 12in
51 — BEAT DIS (GANGSTER BOOGIE INC. REMIX) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records 12in
52 49 BOUNCY HOUSE (BOUNCY MIX) Adrenalin MOD/JACKIN’ JAMES (CLUB MIX) Jack Factory, Warrior Records 12in
53 68 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (EXTENDED MIX) Taja Sevelle, Reprise Records 12in
54 31 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
55 47 LOVE IS THE ART (LOVE) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
56 — SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (DOCTOR X IN FULL EFFECT – DEREK B REMIX)/(JEFFREY B YOUNG & DANGEROUS MIX)/(STREETS AHEAD MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
57 52 SET IT OFF (BUNKER 88 MIX/YOJAM MIXES) Bunker Kru/Harlequin 4’s, Champion 12in promo
58 98 I FOUND YOU Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in white label
59 96 FOR YOUR LOVE (I’LL DO MOST ANYTHING) (REMIX) Barry White, Breakout 12in
60 100= LOVIN’ ON NEXT TO NOTHIN’ (EXTENDED VERSION) Gladys Knight & The Pips, MCA Records 12in white label
61 65 HOUSEDOCTORS (GOTTA GET DOWN) The Housedoctors, Big One 12in
62 — PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ SUNSHINE PARTY MIX)/(WAREHOUSE DUB)/(PARTY BEATS) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element, Breakout 12in pre-release
63 70 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT)/ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN Lyn Collins, Urban 12in pre-release
64 — PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, US EMI-Manhattan 12in
65 55 YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH/DUB MIX Cousin Rachel, Supreme Records 12in
66 84 THINKING OF YOU (HOUSE MIXES/12” VERSION) Earth Wind & Fire, US Columbia 12in
67 — SEE WANT MUST HAVE (S.L.W.II DUB) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
68 67 BE MY GIRL (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Keith Patrick, US Omni/Atlantic 12in
69 99 MOHAMED’S HOUSE Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in pre-release
70 54 MIAMI GROOVE/AFTER THE PAIN Betty Wright, US Ms B LP
71 43 LOVE OVERBOARD (SOS MIX) Gladys Knight And The Pips, MCA Records 12in
72 36 SAY YOU’LL BE Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister and Output, Sure Delight 12in
73 82 THE STORY CONTINUES (SUPERMIX PT.II) BB In The Mix featuring Mitch & Fresh, US Awesome 12in
74 — HOW LOW CAN YOU GO Project Club, Supreme Records 12in mailing list promo
75 — SIMPLE SIMON/SIMPLE SYMPHONY Mantronix, 10 Records 12in white label
76 81 BIG THING (EXTENDED) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’Horse Records 12in
77 — YOUNG LOVE Cuca, US Alpha International Records 12in
78 — DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS/GOOD TIMES/IS IT SO HARD/YOU BETTER GET READY/WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE Broomfield, US Vision Records LP
79 — WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS/I OWE YOU NOTHING (REMIXES) Bros, CBS 12in
80 64 LET’S GET JAZZY (JAZZY THING/MY THING) Flightt, US TMT 12in
81 89 SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby, CBS 12in
82 73 OVER YOU Ray Parker Jr with Natalie Cole, Geffen Records 12in
83 79 THIS HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE Paul French & The Mix Master Crew, Rise Records 12in
84 61 GOOD LOVE/HERE COMES THE NIGHT Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol LP
85 — I AM DOWN/PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS Antoinette, ffrr 12in white label
86 69 I FEEL IT (CONSTRUCTION MEDLEY/MAKUMBA MIX) Suzie and the Cubans, US Popular Records 12in
87 — COME BACK LOVER (1988 CLUB VERSION)/(ORIGINAL CLUB VERSION) Richard Valentine, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
88 94 WHO DO YOU LOVE (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Rodney Saulsberry, US Ryan Records 12in
89 — HOW CAN WE EASE THE PAIN? Maxi Priest featuring Beres Hammond, 10 Records 12in
90 re DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Plastic Man & The Plastic People, Ahead Of Our Times 12in promo
91 59 SO GLAD (CLUB MIX) Fingers Inc, Jack Trax 12in
92 88 OOO LA LA LA (EXTENDED VERSION) Kid Flash, US Tabu 12in
93 re LET’S LET’S LET’S DANCE Keynotes, US Incognito Records 12in
94 re GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
95 — UNCLE J Squeezebrain & The Machine, Beat-Nik Records 12in “promo”
96 — COME TO ME (EXTENDED MIX) Freddie McGregor, Polydor 12in
97 78 100% Mini Curry, Timeless Records 12in
98 85 MAMA’S BOY (CLUB MIX) Liz Torres, US State Street Records 12in
99 — I’M BEGGIN’ YOU (MADHOUSE MIX/DUB MIX) Supertramp, A&M 12in
100= — THIS IS TALENT The Chosen Two, US Rohit Records 12in
100= — MAGIC FEET/SO LET IT BE HOUZE!/LIFE GOES ON Mike Dunn, US Westbrook Records 12in
01 01 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
02 02 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
03 21 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
04 03 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
05 05 THAT JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
06 08 WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? Bros, CBS 12in
07 10 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
08 35 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA LP
09 04 SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
10 15 VALENTINE T’Pau, Siren 12in
11 17 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
12 29 LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
13 06 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY MIX) Belinda Carlisle, IRS 12in
14 12 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Club 12in
15 — THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
16 13 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
17 11 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
18 09 SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
19 14 HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol, Chrysalis 12in
20 07 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, London 12in
21 33 MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
22 30 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
23 16 I GOT DA FEELIN’ Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
24 22 SHE’S THE ONE James Brown, Urban 12in
25 28 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
26 — I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment/Elektra 12in
27 — GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant, Ice 12in
28 — DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Yazz and the Plastic Population, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
29 18 I’M TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
30 23 RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher, EMI 12in
01= 03 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
01= 02 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
03 05 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
04 04 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
05 01 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
06 06 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
07 17 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
08 07 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
09 18 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
10 09 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
11 20 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
12 15 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
13 13 DO YOU WANNA FUNK Zone Brothers, US Recca 12in
14 22 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, London 12in
15 27 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
16 08 MIDNIGHT LOVER Bianca, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
17 10 SCIENCE FICTION Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
18 16 STOP Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
19 19 I CAN’T HELP IT (CLUB MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
20 23 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
21 11 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
22 re SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
23 21 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
24 25 LOVE EMERGENCY Rachel, US Atlantic 12in
25 12 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
26 29 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
27 re CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
28 24 BIG BROTHER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
29 26 THESE ARE BRIGHTER DAYS Barbara Pennington, Nightmare 12in
30 35 ALL SYSTEMS GO (EXTENDED REMIX) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
31 28 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Italian Macho 12in
32 34 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Fon/Club 12in
33 — ALWAYS ON MY MIND (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
34 32 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
35 re COCOON Timerider, Lisson Records 12in
36 re THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER Ronnie Bianco, German Metronome 12in
37 30 YOU ONLY YOU Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
38 31 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
39 — THAT’S THE WAY IT IS/I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (US REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
40 14 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
41 37 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
42 38 SHAKE YOUR LOVE (CLUB MIX) Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
43= — CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
43= — SUSPICIOUS MINDS Bobby ‘O’, Canadian ‘O’ 12in
45 re VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
46 — THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
47 — I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY (THE BICENTENNIAL MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
48 40 ONE NIGHT STAND (MONOGAMIX) Rob Keane, Nightmare 12in
49 — HEY YOU! (THE FULL AND FRANTIC MIX) Divine, Dancetrax 12in
50 39 DON’T STOP Ross, Italian Flea 12in
2 thoughts on “February 27, 1988: Bam-Bam, Sweet Charles, Blue Zone, Squeezebrain & The Machine, Lightnin Lee & Poppy P”
And so, having only been introduced in August 1987, the term “Black Dance” is retired in favour of “Club Dance”, which would in turn become “The Club Chart” in a couple of weeks (and would remain so in perpetuity).
In retrospect, “Black Dance” took over just as it was ceasing to become an accurate description – it would have made more sense if it had been used during 1984-86, when “disco” was no more, and the likes of René & Angela and Lillo Thomas held sway (although, of course, defining a chart in racial terms was always going to be problematic).
But the influx of white acts isn’t the only story here; there are also many more UK acts scoring significant hits. Looking at the current top 10, four acts are British (Bomb The Bass, Coldcut, Derek B and The Beatmasters), two are significantly reworked remixes by Norman Cook and Danny D, and just four are fully US productions: Keith Sweat, Joyce Sims, Terry Billy and Sweet Tee. And the UK dance scene was still expanding rapidly: take the new ‘Acid Beats 1’ compilation, for instance, where all eight tracks are homegrown acid house productions.
Meanwhile, the Hi-NRG chart expands to a Top 50 for the first time in its history, suggesting a far healthier scene than could have been imagined twelve months earlier (it’s like Eurobeat never happened, which perhaps it never really did!) This goes against my memories of the genre peaking in 1983-84 and then going into a slow and irreversible decline – but even during that supposed golden age, the Hi-NRG chart never went above a Top 30.
There are a couple of factors to consider here. Firstly, this is no longer an exclusively gay chart, as returns are also being accepted from Scottish clubs, where Hi-NRG is the dominant dance genre. Secondly, there is a lot more crossover between the Hi-NRG charts and the pop charts, where SAW’s commercialisation of Hi-NRG is reaping dividends (in the current pop chart, Kylie is at Number One, and Taylor Dayne, Tiffany and Rick Astley are all in the top ten).
Nevertheless, as I was witnessing at my own mixed lesbian and gay club nights (now at The Barracuda in Nottingham, where we decked the walls with our own home-made smiley-face banners, and even handed out free smiley badges at the door one week), a new generation was emerging (and uniting around co-ordinated opposition to Clause 28, which terrified and angered us all) who saw Hi-NRG as a stale relic of the past and wanted something fresher. Looking through the current top 50, the only tracks which made it onto my dancefloor were from Taylor Dayne, Natalie Cole (a massive floor-filler), Bananarama (the only SAW act which I still played), Pet Shop Boys, and the two crossover tunes from Krush and Jack ‘n Chill. So this was a period of massive flux, and an exciting time for those of us who were closely tracking the changes.
Now after 33 years I find out why those ‘acid house people’ were probably at the Bournemouth weekender that time – seemingly because Nicky Holloway was deejaying that year – I would have known he was playing at the time of course but not knowing anything about acid house or his being part of it wouldn’t have been able to make any connection.
And I see that record’s back at number 1 in the high nrg chart – a real number one phenomenon like Bryan Adams in the pop chart that time.