March 5, 1988: Kid ‘N Play, Big Daddy Kane, Simon Harris, S-Express, Spoonie Gee

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Coldcut – featuring a top 10 position without Radio 1 support – have a much harder loping 117⅓-0bpm Upset Remix of ‘Doctorin’ The House’ (Ahead Of Our Time CCUT 2R), less gimmicky with added clavinet by Lord Byron III and two cymbal-shushed Acid Shut Up dubs… Derek B’s 117½-117¾bpm Dr Z In Full Effect Mix of ‘Spy In The House Of Love’ (Fontana WASXR 2) doesn’t have much to do with Was (Not Was), but is coupled with the already hot 0-118bpm Streets Ahead mix and Jeff Young’s old 0-117¾-0bpm Jeffrey B Young & Dangerous Mix… CCR Crew ‘Stretchin’ The Pieces’ – the Froggy and KC produced blending of Average White Band ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ and Stretch ‘Why Did You Do It’ – is belatedly in a satirically started 0-100¼-0-100¼bpm Now That’s Played Out Remix (Circle City Records CCYX 1), with a dialogue overdubbed 0-101⅙-0bpm Not So Played Out Remix Part 2 and sax tootled 100¼-0bpm Go Go Stretchin flip… Cousin Rachel ‘You Give Me So Much’ is in yet another 102⅔-0bpm No Way Out Mix (Supreme SUPETX 121), jigglier in Climie Fisher style with overdubbed soundtrack snips and hardly any vocal now… Billy Ocean ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car’ is in a percussively interrupted 116½bpm AA Remix (Jive BOSR 1), strictly for creative marketing rather than musical purposes… Tongue N Cheek have a remix due, rumoured to be by Coldcut… The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu’s confusingly labelled ‘JAMS Have A Party’ (KLF JAMS 26T) is due to be remixed for full commercial release, a Scottish-accented typically maniacal 0-120¾-0bpm revamp of Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Dance To The Music’… Stereo MC’s and Cesare’s label turns out to be called G Records, their single having been picked up by Fourth & Broadway for the US, where ‘Move It’ will be A-side… Wee Papa Girl Rappers ‘Faith’, as well as an instrumental, on commercial pressings includes the slow rolling 88⅓bpm ‘Bustin’ Loose’… Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor’s various artists-performed rap LP is finally out here, Hurby’s Machine ‘The House That Rap Built’ (ffrr FFRLP 2)… Steve Crosby of Stoneleigh’s Diamond Duel record shop sent me a cassette of the c.124bpm naggingly acid house ’15 Minutes’, apparently from some as yet obscure source in New Jersey but due to be test marketed here on white label, and well worth finding… Bomb The Bass are now confirmed for Prestatyn (their first ever live gig), plus Roxanne Shanté, Biz Markie, MC Shan and Big Daddy Kane from the Cold Chillin’ label (as hinted last week!), Nitro Deluxe, Derek B, possibly Kid ’N Play, Steven Danté, Tony Stone, as well as all the others mentioned last week – which adds up to one hell of a line-up!… Tony Prince is now president of the Dance Aid Trust, which in its first year raised £65,774, from which £38,000 has already been paid to five different charities and further sums are being allocated now… Ralph Tee would appear to be leaving Arista to work (perhaps to the surprise of some) for Ian Levine’s Hi-NRG label, Nightmare… Stock Aitken Waterman and Rick Astley, having picked up all the awards they were due to win, rather noticeably were the first to walk out early from the Music Week Awards 1987 ceremony (at which, as last year, Tony Blackburn made an hilarious master of ceremonies) – perhaps they had more hits to work on?… I’ll be celebrating my 25th anniversary as a DJ during the DMC Convention, quite a thought!… Cutmaster Swift and Owen D’s photo captions were somehow switched last week, as many eagle-eyed readers quickly spotted… Des Mitchell is hanging on here for several weeks before returning to Tenerife, mixing at London West End’s Laceys Thurs/Sat and Southend-on-Sea’s Courtlands in Thorpe Bay Fridays… Chicago’s DJ International Records have opened a European office at Morgan Khan’s Ealing-based Westside Records… DM/StreetSounds are finally due to release on March 21 an eight album, 72 track ‘The Solar Box Set’, which I helped to compile, to mark the Solar label’s 10th anniversary… Casey Kasem’s ‘American Top 10’ is actually seen on TV here, even if it is in the middle of the night, four days before it’s shown in the US!… Warrior Records’ new ‘Acid Beats 1’ LP, cut into the actual vinyl by the matrix number, bears the message “In memory of Fat Larry who’s about to make a journey to the Centre City in the sky!”… Keith Sweat’s next release is rumoured to have a scratch ‘n’ sniff sleeve… PUMP THAT BASS!


CHAD JACKSON is gunning for nobody now that his year as World Champion is nearly up, his successor being the winner of the Technics World DJ Mixing Championships at London’s Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday, March 8. This will be the star-studded culmination of the Disco Mix Club’s three day DJ Convention, March 6/7/8, starting on Sunday with a welcoming party at the Hippodrome before the seminar discussion sessions on Monday at the Astoria. These will be interspersed by the Shure UK Rapping Competition, and by a preliminary sound of the World mixers (to ensure that just the six best are at the Albert Hall!). Full details from DMC on 06286-67276.


HOT VINYL

KID ‘N PLAY ‘Do This My Way’ (Cooltempo COOLX 164)
Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor-produced Sweet Tee-tempoed 115bpm rap jitterer using Maceo And The Macks’ ‘Cross The Track’ in its three US mixes on the B-side, but here it’s already been remixed by Norman Cook and Dancing Danny D for the radically slowed down 108bpm A-side, with added boo-bedoo’s from Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’, some “Idi Amin” at the start, and more.

BIG DADDY KANE ‘Raw’ (Cold Chillin’ W7953T)
First UK fruit of Warner Bros’ US vice-president Benny Medina’s new label signing is this sizzling import hit, a Marley Marl-produced 109⅘-109⅔bpm nervy rap jitterer cutting in Bobby Byrd, James Brown, the JBs, and the same ‘Grunt’ screech as Public Enemy (dubapella too).

SIMON HARRIS ‘Bass (How Low Can You Go) (Bomb The House Mix)’ (ffrr FFRX 4)
One of London’s leading hip hop producers throws in a bit of Public Enemy title line, James Brown “ain’t it funky now”, Soul Sonic Force ‘Planet Rock’, and too much more to mention in a monotonous 113¾bpm juddering jitterer with chugging offbeat syncopation, which shows up better on the 114¼bpm instrumental flip (bluesily burbling 97⅚-0bpm ‘The Playback‘ too), the A-side running out of inspiration halfway – although Simon says that’s to make it easier to mix!

S-EXPRESS ‘Theme From S-Express’ (Rhythm King LEFT 21T)
London DJ Mark Moore leads the Seventies flares fashion with a Rose Royce/BT Express-type buzzing bass synth and hissing hi-hat driven 117-0bpm semi-instrumental, full of samples, quotes and sound effects in current Eighties style (and three mixes), a likely hit.

SPOONIE GEE ‘I’m All Shook Up’ (Sure Delight SDT 5, via Jet Star)
Teddy Riley-produced dynamite jiggly James Brown-based 100⅓bpm rap quoting at times from Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ (inst too), with a misleadingly titled slightly ‘Set It Off’-ish 108bpm instrumental ‘Godfather House Mix‘. The UK sleeve amusingly features photos of Elvis with Spoonie’s head superimposed.

SHEIK FAWAZ ‘Mohamed’s House’ (Circa Records YRTPR 10)
Mark Kamins’ Arabic records-spiced infectiously leaping piano jangled house galloper is here 124⅓- 0bpm, in its four original mixes on pre-release but minus the all-Arabic ‘Fawaz’s Groove’ when out fully on March 14.

THE KANE GANG ‘Don’t Look Any Further (Extended Mix)’ (US Capitol V-15359)
The Tyneside group’s UK album track remake of Dennis Edwards’ classic jogger is now in three ‘Goin’ Back To My Roots’-ish (0-)99⅓-0bpm remixes by Francois Kevorkian & Alan Gregorie, and — most noticeably — a radically different jerkily juddering 98⅙bpm B-Boy Vocal Dub by Mantronik!

BANANARAMA ‘I Want You Back (Extended European Mix)’ (London NANX 16)
Breezily jaunty (what else?) 123½bpm thudding pop chugger with the girls’ usual shrill trademarks, the B-side, however, having the co-credited STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN ‘Amnesia‘, a Seventies disco flavoured 117¼-117bpm cantering instrumental that’ll doubtless have more street cred.

BROOMFIELD ‘Broomfield’ (US Vision Records VR 3300)
Classy real soul set by Eugene (and Dee Dee) Wilde’s gently husky brother Al, Broomfield in fact being the family name, with the lovely fluidly swirling and loping 105bpm ‘Don’t Cover Up Your Feelings’, jiggly swaying (0-)104⅔bpm ‘Is It So Hard‘, Benson-ishly scatted jerkily wriggling 110¼bpm ‘Good Times‘, Vandross-ishly swinging 119½bpm ‘You Better Get Ready‘, 80¼bpm ‘Where Do I Go From Here’, 0-66⅔-0bpm ‘Read My Letter’, 64-0bpm ‘Light Up The World’, 0-51½-0bpm ‘Through All The Years’, 129bpm ‘She Can’t Get Serious’.

WALLY JUMP JR & THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ‘Private Party (Sunshine Party Mix)’ (Breakout USAT 624)
Rather frantic old Philly Soul-inspired bumpily bounding racer remixed here by Les Adams with ‘I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’’ interspersed in this 123¼-123-122½-123-0bpm version, which cleverly includes Rockers Revenge ‘Walkin’ On Sunshine’ and the stylistically similar Double Exposure ‘Ten Per Cent’, while the far harder 123-123¼-123-123¼bpm Warehouse Dub actually slips in the O’Jays’ ‘Love Train’ after the appropriate “people all over the world, join hands” cue (122¾bpm Party Beats too). Not another ‘Tighten Up’, though.

The Original GANGSTERS OF FREESTYLE ‘Get The Hoe’ (US Under World AP 131)
Chunkily jittering (0-)115¾-0bpm electro jack (in four mixes) borrowing lines from Dem Niggas’ ‘Git The Hole’ and “brothers and sisters” shouts from Public Enemy — so in that respect its quite possibly UK influenced.

THE RANGERS ‘I’m Hot’ (US Posse Records POS 1225)
Originally on the Woojon label, this scratch-crammed jittery 98⅔bpm rap uses all the currently popular clichés tantalisingly for source spotters (inst flip), even the “I know you’re gonna dig this” intro. Uh-huh!

RICHARD VALENTINE ‘Come Back Lover’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SLX-40132)
Camply packaged (with bare chested ‘Sheik’ poses) meandering ticking jitterer something like a male Joyce Sims or Dhar Braxton, in no fewer than seven mixes by Robert Clivilles and David Cole, the 113bpm 1988 Club Version, Radio Version and Apache Beats, 112⅓bpm Hard Club Version, 112¼bpm Done Properly Dub, 112¾bpm Percapella, and datedly quite different 111-111⅓-112-114- 113¼bpm Original Club Version (the latter, apparently by the Fresh Band, obviously being quite old).

CUCA ‘Young Love’ (US Alpha International Records AI 12-100)
Nick Martinelli co-produced Philadelphia recorded girl sung old fashioned jerkily swaying 108bpm soul jiggler with some comfortingly familiar touches, and Latin tinges especially in the percussive break (edit/percussapella flip).

GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE ‘Gold (Extended Version)’ (Elektra EKR70T)
Chatter started then lean bass rumbled and neatly scratched 105⅓bpm tough traditional lead-swapping rap (here in three versions, plus the somewhat barbed Afrika Bambaataa dedicated 0-99⅙bpm ‘Back In The Old Days Of Hip Hop‘, tracing history with “whoa-oh” chants).

SMITH & MIGHTY featuring JACKIE JACKSON ‘Anyone…’ (Three Stripe Records SAM 111, via Rough Trade)
Dionne Warwick’s — oh, all right, and Cilla Black’s — ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ sung just like the original but to a 93⅚bpm hip hop rhythm, to intriguing effect.

MANTRONIX ‘Simple Simon (You Gotta Rock Hard)’ (10 Records TEN X 217)
Jittery chugging 99⅔bpm rap with yowling and swimming rock guitar, another relative disappointment, in this and the also 99⅔bpm You Gotta Regard mixes, instrumental 99½bpm You Dubba Regard and ‘Simple Symphony (Dub Gotta Rock Hard)’.

SCRATCHMO ‘Play That Thing’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 91)
Weird rumbling instrumental lurcher with trumpet and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong scatting amidst jittery 101½bpm go-go beats, brassy blasts and plonking piano (in two mixes).

PROJECT CLUB ‘How Low Can You Go’ (Supreme Records SUPET 125)
Sounding like a quickly tossed off Phil Harding creation (suspiciously like a Mel & Kim backing track!), this jangly jittering 118½bpm chugger uses the same Public Enemy “bass” line as Simon Harris (in three mixes).

TRAK THIS ‘Intense’ (US Ace Beat ACE 20074)
Tony Humphries-mixed nagging piano-jangled nervily leaping 122½bpm Serious Intention-ish house instrumental from New Jersey, flipped by the more lushly synth chorded 118bpm ‘I’m Happy‘ and drum tapped 120¼bpm ‘Mr “A”‘, with “pshta pshta” cymbals in all three.

PLUNKY ‘Tropical Chill’ (US N.A.M.E. Brand Records NB 3001)
Very pleasant gently pulsed 114½bpm lightly swirling soprano sax instrumental, nostalgic jazz-funk in mid-Seventies style, hotter than the A-side’s chugging 0-100½bpm ‘Skeletons On Sax’ tenor treatment of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Skeletons’ (both in three mixes).

JOE R LEWIS ‘Love Of My Own (Orig.)’ (US Target Records TG002)
Pleasant gently burbling 113½-0bpm house instrumental, with a more jerkily bounding totally different 120-0bpm ‘Dub My Own (Remix)‘, plus the washing machine jolted 117½bpm ‘9 Lives‘, acidically nagged sparse 118¼bpm ‘Confused House‘, and acidically synthed 0-116⅓-0bpm ‘Love Mystery (Of Love #2)‘.

BUNKER KRU/HARLEQUIN 4’s ‘Set It Off (Bunker 88 Mix)’ (Champion CHAMP 12-64)
Disappointing 110¾-111bpm total revamp with added ‘Jingo’-ish bass, scratches, vocals and a ponderously lumbering Germanic electro feel (0-110¾-111bpm Yojam Mix too) replacing the (included) Harlequin Fours’ 110¾-110⅔bpm classic “pshta pshta” cymbal beat, their original being one of the most mixed and biggest underground disco hits of 1985/6.

GLEN GOLDSMITH ‘Dreaming (Extended Dance Mix)’ (RCA GG 2)
Jolley/Harris/Jolley-created innocuously swaying 104⅓bpm jiggly jogger with Mike Stevens’ rasping sax adding a Marvin Gaye-ish flavour (inst flip). Doubtless the inevitable remix will be tougher.

GANGSTERS OF HOUSE ‘(There Was) Something Going On’ (SE1 Records 12HTP 1)
Hard Times Productions-created lean sinewy striding 121½bpm South East London house with street warfare sound effects (in three mixes), but — for the current chart climate — an odd lack of other actual things going on.

LOU ‘Rookies Revenge (Quantum Jump Mix)’ (Supreme Records SUPET 123)
Apparently recorded last September, when it would have been ‘Casanova’-ish still, Phil Harding sets this girl sung ‘Roadblock’-type jaunty jiggler to his Climie Fisher/Jermaine Stewart walking bass “hip hop” rhythm (in three mixes).

BLACK BRITAIN ‘Heroin (“Just Say No” Mix)’ (10 Records TEN X 201)
Blatantly hustling 123½bpm pop-aimed remix by Jack ‘N’ Chill of the floor-filling house funker that never really sold in its tougher original version, now flipped by the wriggly jogging ‘Real Life‘ with a ‘Don’t Look Any Further’-type bassline, in its lightly sung 0-100⅚bpm US Mix and instrumental (0-)101⅓bpm London Rare Groove Mix.

SOHO ‘Piece Of You (Stomp Mix)’ (HEDD Records HEDD 112, via Virgin)
Pop-aimed girl sung fast almost Hi-NRG 128-0bpm rattling flier with some yowling guitar, but the flip’s harder (0-)128bpm Arcade Mix is more like house.

UPYRZ ‘I Am The Plunge’ (Extra Records 12XTRA 4, via EMI)
Baroque strings started then ‘White Lines’ bass backed 99bpm somewhat magpie-like amalgamation of bits and bobs from many familiar funkers — James Brown, ‘Clean Up Woman’, etc — behind a rapping guy who’s presumably pronounced “Up Yours” (in four mixes).

LATEE ‘This Cut’s Got Flavor’ (US Wild Pitch WP1003)
Hollow echoing rap set to a 95bpm Seventies funk rhythm of the ‘Bad Mama Jama’ type, with scratched in “Brooklyn, Brooklyn” and sax (useful dub, and DJ Mark-duetted stark 97bpm ‘Puttin On The Hits‘).

FREDDIE McGREGOR ‘Come To Me (Extended Mix)’ (Polydor POSPX 905)
Smoochy very soulful 75/37½-0bpm groin grinder, truly soul and not reggae at all.

BETTY WRIGHT ‘Mother Wit’ (US Ms. B MB-3301)
Her samba-flavoured slinkily jiggling 108⅙bpm ‘Miami Groove’ is joined — to complete this LP review at last! — by such as the ‘Pain’-continuing bittersweet conversational 85½-42¾bpm ‘After The Pain‘ and 0-73bpm ‘No Pain (No Gain)‘, lightly jiggling ‘Clean Up Woman’-styled 94⅓bpm ‘Fakin’ Moves‘, and — an interestingly useful alternative to Jermaine Stewart’s version — bouncily swaying 96bpm ‘Say It Again‘.

BAM BAM (real name, Chris Westbrook), as warned last week, has had the long awaited UK release of his ‘Give It To Me’ import house hit immediately followed by a brand new 0-121½bpm Double Trouble Extended Remix (Serious OUSX 10), swamped with scratches and overlays using everything from Public Enemy’s “bass” to — well, just about the kitchen sink. It certainly ain’t “acid” any more!

MICHAEL McEVOY ‘Giving Good Feeling’ (IZE MIC-1, via PRT)
Pleasant gently plaintive 95bpm soul swayer, and the jerkily jogging 0-111bpm ‘Love Will Come Again‘, both so unassertive that they may be overlooked.

JONATHAN BUTLER ‘Take Good Care Of Me’ (Jive JIVE T 159)
Carefully derivative 0-74½bpm safe “classy” slowie designed for the US market.

FUNKTION FREEKS ‘One Posse Under A Groove’ (US Popular Records POP 8)
Updated (though garage rather than hip hop) jauntily romping 117¼-117⅓-0bpm remake of Funkadelic’s ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ (trumpet led harder Skyhigh Groove instrumental flip), possibly intended originally for the German market.

ELEANORE MILLS ‘You Can’t Have My Dreams’ (Debut DEBTX 3043)
Modernique-created thuddingly jittering 114-0bpm emphatic lurching roller, soulfully wailed with gospel girls and squealing soprano sax (in four mixes by Tony Humphries).

PEBBLES ‘Girlfriend’ (US MCA Records MCA-23794)
Perri McKissack (she used to sing with Bill Summers) has a US hit with this squeaky baroque “strings”-punctuated staccato perky 118¼bpm pop chugger, in Janet Jackson/Five Star/Prince-ish style (inst/dub flip), helped by an appealing video.

THE O’JAYS ‘Lovin’ You’ (Philadelphia International Records 12PIR 6)
Superbly soulful surging 74-75bpm nostalgically dated slowie, more like the DeIls than their own oldies, recently huge in the US and flipped by their unjustly ignored terrific house-ishly jangled locomoting 122bpm ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away (Extended Remix)’, plus the jiggly swaying 95bpm ‘Don’t Let The Dream Get Away‘.


HI-NRG

SINITTA ‘Cross My Broken Heart’ (Fanfare 12FAN 15), plaintively pitched thudding 116½bpm canterer with a sing-song chorus and rather more melody than usual;

HAZELL DEAN ‘Who’s Leaving Who (The Boys Are Back In Town Mix)’ (EMI 12EM 45), Stock Aitken Waterman-produced thuddingly bounding 120bpm galloper with an attractive Eurobeat-ish lilt, not due commercially for several weeks;

TRACEY ACKERMAN ‘Slave (For Your Desire)’ (Passion PASH 1281), frantically rattling jittery 131⅓bpm breakneck galloper – all about being just a slave “for your desire, somebody to light your fire”, so definitely not aimed at feminists!;

ENGLISH BOY ON THE LOVERANCH ‘The Man In Your Life (Gary Hart Mix)’ (New Rose NEW 100, via (Pinnacle), Dave Ball-created butchly changed galloping 127½bpm archetypal Hi-NRG rattler, so much so that it’s way over the top and practically satirical — certainly cynical — in its approach (Harvey Proctor and Melrose Avenue Mixes too), worth checking especially if you have a sense of humour;

EIGHTH WONDER ‘I’m Not Scared (Disco Mix)’ (CBS SCARE T1), Patsy Kensit-lisped and French-spoken lethargic Eurobeat-ish ultimately quite haunting 0-105⅚-0bpm slinker produced by the Pet Shop Boys and Phil Harding, the PSB involvement (as writers, too) presumably being what’s attracted Hi-NRG attention;

JELLYBEAN featuring ADELE BERTEI ‘Just A Mirage (12” Remix)’ (Crysalis JELX 3), thinly sung rather weedy 126-0bpm galloper, possibly a mistake after his three much meatier hits (tugging different near Eastern-inflected 118¼-0bpm ‘ Mirage (Dancer’s Dream)‘ and gutless 117⅓-0bpm ‘Who Found Who (UK House Mix)‘ too, both equally limp);

JAMIE DEAN ‘Heartbreak Avenue’ (Uptown Records 12UTR 7), plaintively screeched 120bpm rollicking canterer, destined to join the “Miami disco” mill-race when released in the US (on Capitol) at the end of April;

ROBERT JOHN ‘Greased Lightning’ (Domino Records DOM 9T, via Charly), the yelping ‘If You Don’t Want My Love’/’Sad Eyes’ veteran returns on a Michael Zager-created frantic 144½-0bpm churning racer, sounding now somewhat Bee Gees-ish (with Del Shannon-type squeaky organ);

SUBURBAN BOYS ‘The Hit Mix, Actually’ (Extra Records 12XTRA 6, via EMI), languid soundalike remake medley of various Pet Shop Boys hits, far from as exciting as it could have been;

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK ‘Dreaming (Extended Mix)’ (Virgin VS 987-12), Eurobeat-ish spurting 0-124½-0bpm jittery backbeater with sometimes vocodered and stuttery mournful vocals;

LADY (KID) VEE ‘Rag Doll (I’m Not Your Sex Machine)’ (Uptown Records 12UTR 8), jerkily bounding 119½bpm age old plea for the man she sleeps with to talk to her as well (“I ain’t just a body, I’ve got a mind”);

AMANDA SCOTT ‘Lies’ (Quazar QUAT 4), Bonnie Tyler’s sister sounds similar on a slick US-style 0-140bpm speedy chugger.


CLUB DANCE TOP 100 – March 5, 1988

01 01 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records 12in
02 02 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
03 04 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE/SPENG Coldcut featuring Yazz, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
04 08 DO THIS MY WAY/NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
05 07 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
06 05 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
07 03 COME INTO MY LIFE (CLUB VERSION)/SIMON HARRIS MEGAMIX Joyce Sims, London 12in
08 09 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
09 06 I GOT DA FEELIN’/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in
10 24 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
11 11 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (STREETSAHEAD MIX/MY NAME IS YOUNG, JEFFREY B YOUNG – LICENSED TO ‘ILL MIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
12 13 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS (EXTENDED) Alexander O’Neal featuring Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
13 18 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in white label
14 16 JACK THE RIPPER LLCool J, Def Jam 12in
15 15 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., US B Boy Records 12in
16 12 I’M GETTING TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
17 17 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in
18 19 GIVE IT TO ME (RADIO MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam-Bam, Serious Records 12in
19 22 PARTY PEOPLE/KEY THE PULSE Royal House, Champion 12in
20 20 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY CLUB MIX/X-RATED/HOUSE OF TRIX) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in white label
21 10 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
22 29 LET’S GET BRUTAL (MEGA MIX/US VERSION) Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
23 21 FAITH (EXTENDED VERSION) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
24 35 SAY IT AGAIN (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
25 25 LOVER’S LANE (NEW AFTER HOURS VOCAL MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in
26 53 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (EXTENDED MIX) Taja Sevelle, Reprise Records 12in
27 31 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
28 36 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
29 14 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW)/JACK’S BACK Krush, FON/Club 12in
30 27 I’M SO HAPPY (12” REMIX) Walter Beasley, Urban 12in
31 23 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
32 28 SHE’S THE ONE (FUNKY DRUMMER REMIX) James Brown, Urban 12in
33 26 SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT)/DANCING AND MUSIC (REMIXES) Groove, Submission 12in
34 37 I’M ALL SHOOK UP Spoonie Gee, Sure Delight 12in
35 32 RAW Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
36 62 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ REMIXES) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element,  Breakout 12in pre-release
37 30 MOVE THE CROWD (DEMOCRATIC 3 REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Fourth & Broadway 12in
38 52 JACKIN’ JAMES (CLUB MIX) Jack Factory/BOUNCY HOUSE (BOUNCY MIX) Adrenalin MOD, Warrior Records 12in
39 46 BAD TIMES (I CAN’T STAND IT) Rough Club, CityBeat 12in
40 48 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
41 41 MY MIND (LONG VERSION) Vanessa Franklin & Midnight Energy, CityBeat 12in
42 43 FISHNET (BIG LEG MIX) Morris Day, Warner Bros 12in
43 63 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT)/ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN Lyn Collins, Urban 12in pre-release
44 59 FOR YOUR LOVE (I’LL DO MOST ANYTHING) (REMIX/SAX DUB) Barry White, Breakout 12in
45 74 HOW LOW CAN YOU GO Project Club, Supreme Records 12in mailing list promo
46 54 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
47 38 TELL IT TO MY HEART (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
48 64 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, US EMI-Manhattan 12in
49 34 SHE’S THE ONE/FUNKY PRESIDENT/FUNKY DRUMMER James Brown, Urban 12in
50 33 LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED (12” VOCAL/PIANO DUB) The Temptations, Motown 12in
51 50 THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME/YOU AND ME TONIGHT (REMIXES) Déja, 10 Records 12in
52 49 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT/MAKE IT LAST FOREVER/DON’T STOP YOUR LOVE Keith Sweat, Vintertainment LP
53 51 BEAT DIS (GANGSTER BOOGIE INC. REMIX) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records 12in
54 60 LOVIN’ ON NEXT TO NOTHIN’ (EXTENDED) Gladys Knight & The Pips, MCA Records 12in
55 47 ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Frankie Knuckles/ALL DIS MUSIC Romance, ffrr 12in white label
56 65 YOU GIVE ME SO MUCH/DUB MIX Cousin Rachel, Supreme Records 12in
57 45 TOGETHER FOREVER (LOVER’S LEAP REMIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
58 40 I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, US Profile 12in
59 85 I AM DOWN/PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS Antoinette, ffrr 12in white label
60 97 100% Mini Curry, Timeless Records 12in
61 — HEARTACHE/GIVIN’ UP ON LOVE/LET ME BE THE ONE/WALKING THE LINE/CLOSER TO YOU/DON’T WANT TO LOVE ANYMORE/EARLY MORNING LOVE/AIN’T NO WAY/YOU’RE A PART OF ME Jean Carne, RCA LP
62 69 MOHAMED’S HOUSE Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in pre-release
63 61 HOUSEDOCTORS (GOTTA GET DOWN) The Housedoctors, Big One 12in
64 83 THIS HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE Paul French & The Mix Master Crew, Rise Records 12in
65 58 I FOUND YOU Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
66 57 SET IT OFF (BUNKER 88/ORIGINAL MIXES) Bunker Kru/Harlequin 4’s, Champion 12in promo
67 67 SEE WANT MUST HAVE (S.L.W.II DUB) Blue Mercedes, MCA Records 12in
68 55 LOVE IS THE ART (LOVE) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
69 — CLAP YOUR HANDS/OHH GIRL Davy D, Def Jam 12in white label
70 78 DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS/GOOD TIMES/IS IT SO HARD/WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE Broomfield, US Vision Records LP
71 — ANYONE… Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
72 94 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
73 — NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros 12in
74 — WAM BAM/WE’RE GONNA ROCK YOU NT Gang, Cooltempo 12in white label
75 56 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (DOCTOR X IN FULL EFFECT – DEREK B REMIX) Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
76 92 OOO LA LA LA (EXTENDED VERSION) Teena Marie, Epic 12in
77 — HEROIN (“JUST SAY NO” JACK ‘N’ CHILL REMIX) Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
78 76 BIG THING (EXTENDED) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’Horse Records 12in
79 39 TELL IT TO MY HEART (HOUSE OF HEARTS/DUB OF HEARTS) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
80 — SOME KIND OF LOVER (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley, US MCA Records 12in
81 — BACK TO THE BEAT/BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BONUS BANG The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh Records 12in
82 71 LOVE OVERBOARD (SOS MIX) Gladys Knight And The Pips, MCA Records 12in
83 89 HOW CAN WE EASE THE PAIN? Maxi Priest featuring Beres Hammond, 10 Records 12in
84 91 SO GLAD (CLUB MIX) Fingers Inc, Jack Trax 12in
85 — AMAZIN’/(REMIX)/STAY (VOCAL REMIX)/(INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Shokk, Raja Records 12in
86 — ROOKIES REVENGE (QUANTUM JUMP MIX) Lou, Supreme Records 12in mailing list promo
87 79 WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS/I OWE YOU NOTHING (DJ SLACK REMIXES) Bros, CBS 12in
88 70 MIAMI GROOVE/SAY IT AGAIN Betty Wright, US Ms B LP
89 88 WHO DO YOU LOVE (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Rodney Saulsberry, US Ryan Records 12in
90 — THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in mailing list promo
91 — PUT THAT RECORD BACK ON Cut To Shock featuring E.F. Cuttin’, US Bassment Records 12in
92 — TURN ON THE MOON Robe, 2000 AD Records 12in
93 87 COME BACK LOVER (1988 CLUB VERSION) Richard Valentine, US Sleeping Bag Records 12in
94 — GIVE IT TO ME (DOUBLE TROUBLE EXTENDED REMIX) Bam Bam, Serious 12in
95 90 DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Plastic Man, Ahead Of Our Times 12in promo
96 — GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, US MCA Records 12in
97 — PIECE OF YOU (ARCADE MIX) Soho, HEDD Records 12in
98 68 BE MY GIRL (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Keith Patrick, US Omni/Atlantic 12in
99 — WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (CLASSIC MIX) The Voices Of East Harlem (‘Dance Mania Vol 2’), Needle Records LP
100 re GIRLS CAN JAK TOO (12” DANCE/HOUSE MIXES) Zuzan, Supreme Records 12in


POP DANCE

01 03 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
02 01 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
03 07 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
04 15 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
05 28 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Yazz and the Plastic Population, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
06 02 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
07 08 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA LP
08 05 THAT JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
09 04 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
10 09 SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
11 11 NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Tabu 12in
12 12 LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe, Cooltempo 12in
13 06 WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? Bros, CBS 12in
14 21 MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
15 26 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment/Elektra 12in
16 27 GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant, Ice 12in
17 25 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was), Fontana 12in
18 22 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
19 17 ROK DA HOUSE The Beatmasters featuring The Cookie Crew, Rhythm King 12in
20 13 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (HEAVENLY MIX) Belinda Carlisle, IRS 12in
21 16 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
22 14 HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush, Club 12in
23 18 SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart, 10 Records 12in
24 10 VALENTINE T’Pau, Siren 12in
25 — JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis, 10 Records 12in
26 — DON’T LOCK ME OUT Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
27 — LOVEY DOVEY (REMIX) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
28 20 COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims, London 12in
29 29 I’M TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, London 12in
30 23 I GOT DA FEELIN’ Sweet Tee, Cooltempo 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
02 08 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
03 04 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
04 01 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
05 07 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
06 05 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
07 06 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
08 11 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
09 21 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
10 09 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
11 12 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
12 10 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
13 03 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
14 16 MIDNIGHT LOVER Bianca, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
15 39 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS/I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (US REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
16 23 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
17 14 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, London 12in
18 17 SCIENCE FICTION Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
19 22 SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
20 43 SUSPICIOUS MINDS Bobby ‘O’, Canadian ‘O’ 12in
21 28 BIG BROTHER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
22 27 CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
23 20 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
24 15 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany, MCA 12in
25 — STOP ME NOW Midnight Shift, Technique 12in
26 30 ALL SYSTEMS GO (EXTENDED REMIX) Donna Summer, WEA 12in
27 29 THESE ARE BRIGHTER DAYS Barbara Pennington, Nightmare 12in
28 24 LOVE EMERGENCY Rachel, US Atlantic 12in
29 13 DO YOU WANNA FUNK Zone Brothers, US Recca 12in
30 19 I CAN’T HELP IT (CLUB MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
31 18 STOP Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
32 38 PERFECT LOVE Linda Jo Rizzo, German ZYX 12in
33 48 ONE NIGHT STAND (MONOGAMIX) Rob Keane, Nightmare 12in
34 41 WASTED NIGHTS Croisette, Nightmare 12in
35 34 NO WIN SITUATION Evelyn Thomas, Nightmare 12in
36 26 YOU’RE MY RAINBOW Hazell Dean, US Disconet 12in
37 40 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
38 42 SHAKE YOUR LOVE (CLUB MIX) Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
39 — WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
40 re (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, US Disconet 12in
41 — I’M NOT SCARED (DISCO MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
42 31 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Italian Macho 12in
43 33 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
44 re MY HEART’S ON FIRE Patrick L Myles, Canadian Power 12in
45 — HYPNOTIZE Taste-T-Lips, US Mercury 12in
46 — LIES Amanda Scott, Quazar 12in
47 47 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY (THE BICENTENNIAL MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
48 43 CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
49 45 VOYAGE VOYAGE (EXTENDED REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
50 — TOGETHER FOREVER (LOVER’S LEAP REMIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in

2 thoughts on “March 5, 1988: Kid ‘N Play, Big Daddy Kane, Simon Harris, S-Express, Spoonie Gee”

  1. I loved Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Raw’, and discovered – thanks to the BPMs in this column, which I recorded in a notebook – that you could overlay it with the extended intro from The Jackson Sisters ‘I Believe In Miracles’; they meshed together really well.

    As well as becoming one of my biggest floor-fillers, ‘Theme From S-Express’ became a favourite because it was just so darned easy to mix into – that juddering one-note intro was a gift!

    These Bananarama instrumental B-sides continue to fascinate: they’ve now followed ‘Ecstasy’ with ‘Amnesia’, which suggests that they knew the score! (Less credibly, ‘Amnesia’ was the theme tune for ITV’s pop show The Roxy.)

    Hot on the heels of The Wild Bunch, fellow Bristolians Smith & Mighty provide an early example of the sound that Soul II Soul would later develop – and we’ll be hearing from the latter fairly soon.

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  2. Ah Casey Kasem’s America’s Top 10, along with Entertainment USA, were windows into what was happening Stateside for the very first time in the UK. Hard to believe in 2021 that there was a time before the internet when we were so isolated on these islands from what was happening elsewhere in the world. Often these shows allowed us to see new US artists or those who had no profile in the UK for the very first time- they helped break a number of records and artists here that otherwise struggled to achieve media promotion.

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