April 2, 1988: “It’s impossible to keep up with the deluge of disco dross that record companies are now pouring out”

BEATS & PIECES

Norman Cook and Dancin’ Danny D have reverted to their Troublesome Twosome nickname to prevent confusion with the longer established Double Trouble remix team of Leigh Guest, Mike Morrison and Damon Rochefort (whose prior claim I have upheld by referring to the newcomers as Norman C & DJ D)… Coldcut’s 0-110-109(Sex Machine)-113-110½-0bpm ‘Payback Mix’ of James Brown tracks is on single-sided promo as ‘Coldcut Meets The Godfather’ ahead of April 11 release, when it’ll be flipped by ‘Stone To The Bone’, ‘Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (Remix)’, and ‘Cold Sweat’, while Urban next Tuesday release Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie ‘Hot Butterfly’, a Marvin Gaye-influenced but actually Luther Vandross-sung (in his session singing days) 87(intro?)-89½-89-89⅓-89⅔-91⅓-91bpm swaying disco jogger from 1978… Phil Harding and Ian Curnow have created a radically different remix of ‘I Want You Back’ by the Jackson 5 for release on Motown!… ’15 Minutes’, the Antonio Valesquez & Wolfgang Prinz-created acid house track, turns out to be credited to Ca Sa as artists, on Diamond Duel (DISC T2), but still as a white label… Mantronix’s already reviewed ‘In Full Effect’ LP is now out here on 10 Records (DIX 74)… Fourth & Broadway have shrink-wrapped the old Eric B & Rakim ‘Paid In Full’ album with a bonus LP containing the known remixes by Coldcut, Derek B, Democratic 3 and the Wild Bunch, plus a brand new volume pumping Richie Rich remix of ‘I Know You Got Soul’ that won’t be out in any other way… Walter Beasley’s album track ‘On The Edge’, mentioned last week, is a new US 12 inch (Polydor 887 413-1)… Ceejay ‘A Little Love’, the Bananarama-like Dutch canterer, is 119¾bpm… Hazell Dean ‘Who’s Leaving Who’ on commercial 12 inch is in a smoothly bounding new 119½bpm Bob’s Tambourine Mix (mixed in fact by Pete Hammond!)… Critical Mass, whose ‘No Nonsense’ I said was by Two Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet, are – to be picky – drummer Martin Parry of Fine Young Cannibals and trumpeter Graeme Hamilton of both TGADMAAT and his own Birmingham band, End Of Chat… Cappella ‘Push The Beat/Bauhaus’ is also about on a bootleg as DJ Megamix Vol 2 ‘Very Interesting’ – be warned… Run-DMC ‘Run’s House’/’Beats To The Rhyme’ will be rushed on white label ahead of April 25 UK release… S-Express is now due commercially next Tuesday (April 5) but Gwen McCrae goes back to April 18… US Capitol have signed Smith & Mighty and S-Express, while 4th + B’way picked up Bomb The Bass Stateside… Champion have the Basement Boys and Black Riot here… Wally Jump Jr ‘Private Party’ is due in a Simon Harris acid house mix and then another Les Adams remix… James Horrocks has left Rhythm King on a hot streak to start his own label… DJ Jon Jules takes over ownership of Rayners Lane’s Record Centre this week, Andy Phippen retiring from record retailing to set up a studio and label (doubtless starring Chris Paul?)… Bluebird have bought Soho’s Record Shack shop, to expand their ever growing chain… Samantha Fox has been produced in the US by Full Force, with a remix to come by Derek B, while Mantronik has produced Amazulu… Les McKeown of the old Bay City Rollers is currently producing acid house (which must take all of 15 minutes!)… Jim Cotter, following last week’s mention, is still after a talking gig but meanwhile is mixing again at Soho’s Jaqueline’s… Nicky ‘Nosejob’ Holloway’s Easter Doo at London’s Astoria has Pete Tong, Derek B, Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs this Thursday (31), when Steve Jervier, Horace and Chris Brown rock Soho’s Wag… Saturday (2) sees Wag DJs Paul Guntrip, Brother Marco, Dave Henley and Justin Langlands, plus a mechanical bronco and visuals on an Inter City Hustle at Brighton’s Corn Exchange (next to the Dome), while Aadil, Paul French, Simon Goffe, Mark Ryder, Kev Edwards and Disco Gary VanDenBussche throw down the Easter Big Beat at Maidstone’s Kent Hall… Easter Day finds the Wag taken over by such Groove Gladiators as Jay Strongman, Richie Rich, Colin Faver, Gordon Mac, Steve Jervier, Danny Ramplin [sic], Madhatter Trevor and DJ Tee… Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, MC Shan and the Cold Chillin’ roadshow are not only at Prestatyn on Saturday, but also Nottingham Rock City Sunday (3) and Brixton Academy Monday (4)… Bank Holiday Monday also sees Defhouse Fifteen at Birkenhead’s Atmosphere with Desa, Kenni James and guests, Steve Allen heading a Shindig at Peterborough’s The Millionaire Club with the instruction “dress to sweat”, Nitro Deluxe at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard, and the Bratt Pac’s upfront evening at Colnbrook’s Queens in aid of Capital Radio’s Help A London Child appeal… ‘Let’s All Chant’ is not Capital jock (and sometime ‘Roxy’ TV presenter) Pat Sharp’s recording debut, he had a Norwegian number two partnering Amanda Redington on ‘Catch 22’!… Hamburg radio star Chris Hill recently presented on UK TV one of Night Network’s ‘N-Sign Radio’ segments (by coincidence he owns the Ensign label!), showing the Al B Sure! video which he’d been given in Germany – before WEA UK’s “man of the year” Fred Dove even knew it existed… BBC2-TV’s Sunday evening ‘Showtime At The Apollo’ series is well worth seeing, despite Eartha Kitt’s embarrassing links, and so many of the acts filmed around 1954/5 at the Harlem theatre being “tastefully” staid… ‘Internationally Known’ is another volume pumping bootleg-ish megamix circulated on mysteriously uncredited cassette, doubtless as a scam, but Carl Kingston has been followed by Paul Stead and James Whale in playing it so much on Radio Aire that their Leeds listeners are clamouring to know who it’s by, and nobody does know!… Scratchmo’s funky scatter is Satch, the resident chauffeur at Island Records… Les Adams, who synchs S-Express from halfway through Cappella to get perfect echoed effects, has added a £1,400 Yamaha TX 802 (the drum unit used by Stock Aitken Waterman) to take his home studio’s equipment up to £72,500… The Club Chart last week missed the beats per minute from some new entries that had been reviewed but unexpectedly didn’t fit – in fact, it’s impossible to keep up with the deluge of disco dross that record companies are now pouring out, like in the late Seventies “disco boom”, so, bird in the hand style, it’s the reviews that I’ve already done that (if they fit) get printed first… GET OFF!


GAIL ‘SKY’ KING — in our increasing quest to bring you the faces behind the names on the labels —started her career as assistant studio engineer for Arthur Baker before learning to edit with the Latin Rascals. Her first label credit was for the edit of Vinnie Monaco’s ‘Rappin’ Rocky’ (US Powerhouse Records) and her first major success, back with Arthur, was Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Big Love’ remix. Her other hits include Russ Brown ‘Gotta Find A Way’, Temptations ‘Look What You Started’, Criminal Element Orchestra ‘Put The Needle To The Record’, Prince ‘Sign ‘O’ The Times’, Club Nouveau ‘Lean On Me’ and Wally Jump Jr ‘Tighten Up’, latterly as producer too. You have to realise that in the States, the “remixer” often deals in broad concepts while it’s the “editor” who does the work!


HOT VINYL

TAJA SEVELLE ‘Wouldn’t You Love To Love Me?’ (US Paisley Park Records 0-20826)
A lot funkier than her current UK smash, this wriggly jittering chunky lurcher is 12-inched as a 105⅓-105⅙bpm Jellybean Vocal Remix which suddenly surges brightly into its last half, with his percussive 105⅓-105⅙bpm Dub too, plus a jerkier violent 105⅓bpm Paisley Park Mix and jigglier chugging 105⅓-0bpm Joe Blaney Mix. The Bean’s is best.

NARADA ‘Divine Emotions (Remix)’ (US Reprise 0-20874)
Always a bigger name here during his own hit-making heyday around eight years ago, Narada Michael Walden is now mostly known in the US as the hot producer behind such as Whitney Houston, but blazes back at last in his own right with a dynamite loose limbed 117⅓bpm smacking strider like an updated cross between D Train and his old ‘I Shoulda Loved Ya’ style, with chording synth and piano jangled percussion remixed by Shep Pettibone (Single Mix and 117⅙-0bpm Dub Mix too, plus the tightly lurching 111½-0bpm ‘Tighter’).

JOHNNY KEMP ‘Just Got Paid’ (US Columbia 44 07588)
Teddy Riley co-produced trickily introed but then snappily strutting strong 116½-0bpm infectiously building jerky funk canterer with all the class of his Keith Sweat work (in four mixes). Say ho! Ho ho ho.

EPMD ‘You Gots To Chill’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80118)
Lead swapping wordy but unhurried 0-99⅔bpm rap very strongly set throughout to Zapp’s classic sleazily rolling vocodered ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’, with some ‘Jungle Boogie’ scratches (in five mixes).

VISIONS ‘Visions’ (US Polydor 422 833 953-1)
Quite a strong David ‘Pic’ Conley (of Surface) co-produced album, Atlantic Starr-ish in that, the standout Vandross-ish (0-)116bpm ‘It’s A Choice’ apart, it tends to be girl led on the jogging 108⅓bpm ‘Love Calls’, tenderly duetted 99/49½bpm ‘The First Time’, wriggly 103½bpm ‘Missing You’, crawling 0-71/35½bpm ‘Perfect Love Affair’, snappy 116bpm ‘Hypnotized’, jerky 113¼-113⅓bpm ‘You’re Gonna Be Mine’, slushy 0-30-0bpm ‘Special One’.

MICK AND PAT ‘Let’s All Chant (Something For The Kids Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 10)
Stock Aitken Waterman-produced predictable jangly pop-aimed 119¾-120bpm remake of the exactly 10 years old Michael Zager Band disco smash, “oohwer oohwer”-ed and changed now by Capital Radio DJs Mick Brown and Pat Sharp in aid of the station’s annual Easter ‘Help A London Child’ charity appeal (the duo don’t have much to do with the flip’s “trumpets on the left, trombones on the right” cantering good (0-)119½bpm ‘On The Night’!).

TAURUS BOYZ featuring Kevin Henry ‘You Are The One (Essential Club Mix)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 159)
Dancin’ Danny D-mixed juddery striding 116½bpm thudder something like D Train but with cornily chanting session girls, latin piano, some scratching, and a variation on the “this is a journey into sound” idea at the start, all a bit raw and harsh (inst/dubpella flip). Back to the remixing desk?

WELL RED ‘M.F.S.B. (In Full Effect)’ (Virgin VST 1079)
Disguised on white label as being by DJ D Zire (and due to be slowed slightly for commercial release), this violently juddering frantic 120½-0bpm chant ‘n scratch uses the ‘White Lines’ bass, a bit of ‘For The Love Of Money’ and much shouting about “burning up” amongst other recreated quotes – neither rap nor house, but probably commercial – flipped by the Gil Scott Heron-inspired ‘System’, a huskily lisped wordy jittery jogging 99⅓bpm message swayer with echoing background brass and facile scratching.

SUPER LOVER CEE & CASANOVA RUD ‘Super-Casanova’ (US DNA International Records Inc DNA 1002)
Simple trotting 106bpm oddly infectious fast talking rap with a good “wheee-da-da-da-da-da” transformer scratch effect (in four mixes), out a while and getting big.

GRANDMASTER HOT DAY with the IMPERIAL WIZARD ‘Hot Day Is Burnin’’ (US Tuff City TUF 128026)
Hot on the heels of Doug E Fresh, here’s another joggingly rolling 96bpm rap (dub flip) set – even more blatantly, although maybe without as much magic – to Keni Burke’s classic ‘Risin’ To The Top’!

B.E.W.A.R.E. featuring TONI SCOTT & DJ FIX ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ (Dutch Rhythm Records RHYTHM 003)
Rutger ‘Rutti’ Kroese-produced 107½bpm scratch-up and Dutch-accented rap (good instrumental Dub too) of the suddenly much revived Average White Band oldie, brassily funky in today’s groove again (plus the pleasant wriggly chiming 111⅓bpm instrumental ‘Where’).

TWIN-BEAT ‘Let’s Pick Up The Pieces (And Make Some Music)’ (Big One VVBIG9)
Volume pumping 108½bpm adaptation also of the Average White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, but with a Phil Harding-type jiggly rhythm and dialogue drop-ins (two more 108⅓-0bpm B-side versions, the second with a “Lady Penelope” intro).

BLUE MODERNE ‘Where Is Love’ (US Atlantic/23 West Records 81807-1)
Sandy Barber-sung Ish Ledesma-created album somewhat in Whitney Houston style, the sultry toned attractively rolling soulful (0-)99½-0bpm ‘Do That Again’ standing way out, along with the sophisticated smoochy 68bpm ‘Blue’ and 61⅓bpm ‘Make Love To Me’, from the much more mundanely “disco” (if not outright Hi-NRG) 120bpm ‘No Use To Borrow’, 120bpm ‘Let’s Get It Right’, 119½bpm ‘Free To Fly’, 117¾bpm ‘Where Is Love’, although her vocal quality is good throughout.

JOYCE SIMS ‘Walk Away (12” Club Mix)’ (London SIMSX-1)
Clivilles & Cole, rather than Mantronik, remixed tedious juddery jitterer with usual distinctively plaintive vocal pitch the main attraction for faithful fans, the 111½-0bpm Hip Hop Style, Hip Hop Dub and ponderously jolting House Dub, and 111⅔-0bpm juddery chugging so-called House Mix and jittery Percappella (this last and the House Dub not being on the commercial single disc).

KECHIA JENKINS ‘I Need Somebody’ (CityBeat CBE 1222)
Gwen Guthrie/Loleatta Holloway-ish loosely rambling cymbal schlurped shuffler, more garage than house, with spurting bass and nice piano at times, here 114⅓bpm in just the Fly Guy and Marshall Jefferson Chicago Mixes (Kechiapella too), Blaze’s being omitted.

KEVIN SAUNDERSON ‘The Sound (Power Remix)’ (US KMS Records KMS 014)
Negotiations for the UK rights to the Todd Terry Project appear to have been held up because, of course, ‘Back To The Beat’ uses the washing machine synth from Reese & Santonio’s ‘The Sound’, and now Kevin ‘Reese’ Saunderson has returned the compliment by adding Todd Terry elements – plus Bobby Byrd’s “everybody over there”, and possibly some Visage ‘Pleasure Boys’ drums – to this 122¼-124¼-122½bpm remix! In London, however, it’s selling more for the flip’s acidically weazling 126-125½-125¾-0bpm ‘The Groove That Won’t Stop’.

BLACK RIOT ‘A Day In The Life’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF 1089)
Meanwhile, this Todd Terry-created “pshta pshta” hi-hats driven and dusty organ chorded wriggly leaping 0-120-0bpm house instrumental is like a less frenetic ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’, at 45rpm and flipped at 33⅓rpm (unlabelled!) by the livelier hustling 121¼bpm ‘Warlock’ (both with dubs).

MAGGOTRON ‘Return To The Planet Bass’ (US Jamarc JMC 7731)
Modern scratches and quotes filled fast wriggly 0-127⅓-0bpm update of the ‘Planet Rock’-tempoed electrophonic phunk track, with an emptier (0-)127⅓bpm long lean ‘Return To The Planet Of Bass’ and 0-127⅓bpm short but even fiercer ‘Maggotron’s In Your Closet’ too.

PENTHOUSE 4 ‘Bust This House Down (John Shaft’s Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY10)
Although confusingly all three mixes of this butchly chanted old fashioned soulful lurching (0-)120-0bpm house canterer mention Shaft, they’re all by Freddy Bastone.

LOST IN BASS ‘Out On A Mission’ (Beatmaster Records BEATM 1/12)
Mildly volume pumping sparse 122-0bpm UK “house” canterer with dialogue overlays and some Bee Gees-ish chorus (better 122bpm Acid Mix and throbbing 0-121⅘-122⅕-0bpm Cutmaster Mix flip, helped by their increased simplicity).

POWERHOUSE ‘On The Floor’ (Champion CHAMP 12-69)
Hi-hat hissed routine but undemandingly bright bass bombing 121½bpm UK house hustler, rather amateurish and untidily busy with ‘Double Barrel’ drop-ins amongst others (simpler tinkling and chiming “pshta pshta”-driven 120¼bpm ‘Lost In Space’ flip).

DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ (US Jive 1092-1-JD)
Very amusingly worded (about Mum’s dated taste in clothes for her kids!) but not very infectious rhythmically, joltingly jittering 88bpm rap (inst/edit too, and a frantic live throwdown). So where’s the announced ‘Greedy G’ beat?

FUNKMASTER WIZARD WIZ ‘I Ain’t Wid Dat’ (US Tuff City TUF 128025)
Tambourine shaking urgently angry 109⅓bpm rap jiggler based around bursts of some JB-type groove with wah-wah guitar and brassy breaks (103bpm ‘Grand Concourse & 138th‘ too, plus instrumentals).

LIVE! ‘Give It Here’ (US Bassment Records BM-0072)
Drums jittered 94bpm talking jolter blatantly sampling its husky title line from Joe Tex’s ‘I Gotcha’ (used also in Streets Ahead’s Derek B remix), flipped by the drily drumming 0-99bpm ‘Well-Oiled Machine’ with Ray Stevens-ish voices (both in two mixes).

MILES JAYE ‘I’ve Been A Fool For You’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 92)
Very soulful but dead slow 0-39¼bpm crawler, flipped by the Vandross-ish convoluted 121½bpm ‘Happy 2 Have U’ and, yet again, the previously released Roy Ayers-vibed jogging 0-89bpm ‘Let’s Start Love Over’.

PEABO BRYSON & REGINA BELLE ‘Without You’ (Elektra EKR66T)
Dead slow then lurching 0-36⅔/73⅓bpm slushy radio ballad duet, coupled with Peabo’s solo 48⅔bpm ‘If Ever You’re In My Arms Again’ (the ‘Santa Barbara’ TV soap’s love theme) and jerkily pattering 114½bpm ‘The Higher You Climb’.


THE CLUB CHART – April 2, 1988

01 01 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
02 04 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (BOMB THE HOUSE MIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
03 02 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
04 05 DO THIS MY WAY/NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
05 03 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records 12in
06 21 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
07 13 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in white label
08 10 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile 12in/CityBeat promo
09 08 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
10 06 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
11 09 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
12 11 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ REMIXES) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element,  Breakout 12in
13 07 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE/SPENG Coldcut featuring Yazz, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
14 14 WAM BAM (12” REMIX) NT Gang, Cooltempo 12in
15 20 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT)/ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN Lyn Collins, Urban 12in
16 16 FAITH (EXTENDED VERSION) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
17 18 DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
18 17 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
19 12 GIVE IT TO ME (DOUBLE TROUBLE EXTENDED REMIX) Bam Bam, Serious 12in
20 23 MOHAMED’S HOUSE Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in
21 22 I FEEL IT (CONSTRUCTION MEDLEY/MAKUMBA MIX) Suzie and the Cubans, Champion 12in
22 27 GIVE IT TO ME (RADIO MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam Bam, Serious Records 12in
23 15 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (EXTENDED MIX) Taja Sevelle, Reprise Records 12in
24 26 HOW LOW CAN YOU GO Project Club, Supreme Records 12in
25 46 I FOUND YOU Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
26 43 HEARTACHE/LET ME BE THE ONE/YOU’RE A PART OF ME/CLOSER TO YOU/EARLY MORNING LOVE Jean Carne, RCA/Omni LP/12in mailing list promo
27 30 DO YOU?/FREE/SET ME FREE/IN MY DREAMS/A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
28 25 RAW Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
29 39  BOUNCY HOUSE (UNDERGROUND MIX) Adrenalin MOD, MCA Records 12in
30 72 YOU ARE THE ONE (ESSENTIAL CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz featuring Kevin Henry, Cooltempo 12in
31 57 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh Records 12in
32 19 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
33 54 SET IT OFF (BUNKER ’88 PINK INK MIX) Bunker Kru, Champion 12in
34 65 GOOD TIMES (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REMIX) Chic, Atlantic 12in
35 24 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., Hardcore/B Boy Records 12in
36 67 CAN’T LOVE YOU TONIGHT/THE SURGEON GENERAL’S FUNKY 4/4 BEAT Gwen Guthrie, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
37 42 GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
38 35 SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT)/DANCING AND MUSIC (REMIXES) Groove, Submission 12in
39 68 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
40 41 WALK IN THE NIGHT Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
41 32 BABY WANTS TO RIDE (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY CLUB MIX) Jamie Principle, ffrr 12in
42 53 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
43 100= WALK AWAY (12in CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE) Joyce Sims, London 12in promo
44 59 PUSH IT (REMIX)/I AM DOWN Salt-n-Pepa/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS Antoinette, ffrr 12in
45 36 BIG THING (EXTENDED) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’Horse Records 12in
46 61 OOO LA LA LA (EXTENDED VERSION) Teena Marie, Epic 12in
47 44 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
48 40 ANYONE… Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
49 86 DON’T TURN AROUND (REMIX) Aswad, Mango 12in
50 63 I NEED SOMEBODY Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
51 62 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
52 33 HEROIN (“JUST SAY NO” MIX) Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
53 45 CLAP YOUR HANDS/OHH GIRL Davy D, Def Jam 12in
54 — COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER (THE PAYBACK MIX) James Brown, Urban 12in promo
55 34 LOVER’S LANE (NEW AFTER HOURS VOCAL MIX) Georgio, Motown 12in
56 — RECKLESS (THE FULL FON/FON FORCE REMIX)/MIND BODY AND SOUL Afrika Bambaataa & Family, EMI 12in
57 — HOUSE REACTION (UNION JACK MIX/TOTAL MAYHEM MIX) T-Cut F, 10 Records 12in promo
58 52 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, US Reprise Records 12in
59 — OUT ON A MISSION Lost In Bass, Beatmaster Records 12in promo
60 49 DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS/GOOD TIMES/IS IT SO HARD/WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE Broomfield, US Vision Records LP
61 98 LET’S PICK UP THE PIECES (AND MAKE SOME MUSIC) Twin-Beat, Big One 12in mailing list promo
62 74 GET LUCKY (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, Siren 12in
63 — FLY GIRL/THIS IS WHERE YOU GOT IT FROM/THE BOY IS DOPE/COLD IN EFFECT/ON THE STRENGTH/THE KING/YO BABY/LEAVE HERE/MAGIC CARPET RIDE/GOLD Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Elektra LP
64 76 HOUSE THIS HOUSE Mr Lee/GET THE HOLE Townsell/SHOUT/TOM TOM/TWO THE MAX Jack Frost and the Circle Jerks/GOT THE BUG Phuture Pfantasy Club (‘Acid Tracks’), US Trax Records LP
65 70 FISHNET (BIG LEG MIX) Morris Day, Warner Bros 12in
66 66 FAITH (JON WILLIAMS/SIMON HARRIS REMIXES) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in white label
67 75 COME BACK LOVER (REMIXES) Richard Valentine, Champion 12in mailing list promo
68 92 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red (DJ D Zire), Virgin 12in promo
69 51 I WANT HER (DANCE ‘TIL YA SWEAT MIX) Keith Sweat, Elektra 12in
70 — JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
71 81 SLOW STARTER (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Randy Hall, US MCA Records 12in
72 — I AM YOUR MELODY/THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD/SHABBA/SAMBA FOR MARIA/LOVIN’ YOU/PRIVATE STOCK/YOU’RE MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE/WELCOME TO MY LIFE/PASSION/HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES Norman Connors, Capitol LP
73 79 PIECE OF YOU (EXTENDED ARCADE REMIX) Soho, Hedd Records 12in
74 85 PUSH THE BEAT (BAUHAUS) Cappella, Fast Globe Records 12in
75 — I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (THE DEREK ON ERIC REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
76 58 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID HOUSE REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
77 64 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in promo
78 48 ROOKIES REVENGE (QUANTUM JUMP MIX) Lou, Supreme Records 12in
79 71 JEALOUSY & LIES/ALTERNATIVE DANCE MIX Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in white label
80 60 TOGETHER FOREVER (HOUSE OF LOVE MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
81 78 DREAMING (UP ALL NIGHT MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
82 — YOU GOTS TO CHILL (CLUB VERSION) EPMD, US Fresh Records 12in
83 — BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (RAGAMUFFIN REMIX)/BASS BELOW ZERO (STREETS AHEAD REMIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
84 55 SIMPLE SIMON (YOU GOTTA ROCK HARD) Mantronix, 10 Records 12in
85 99 15 MINUTES Ca Sa (Antonio Valesquez & Wolfgang Prinz), Diamond Duel 12in white label
86 re GANGSTER BOOGIE/JOIN ME PLEASE…/MEGA-MIX (’88)/DO YOU LIKE…MANTRONIK (?)/IN FULL EFFECT/LOVE LETTER Mantronix, 10 Records LP
87 — HOT BUTTERFLY Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Urban 12in promo
88 88 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in white label
89 — MY PHILOSOPHY Boogie Down Productions (KRS-One), US Jive 12in
90 — WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in promo
91 95 PICK UP THE PIECES/DUB B.E.W.A.R.E. featuring Tony Scott & DJ Fix, Dutch Rhythm Records 12in
92 — SHAKE! (HOW ABOUT A SAMPLING, GENE?) (REMIX) Gene And Jim Are Into Shakes, Rough Trade 12in
93 — I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX)/(DUB)/(ORIGINAL)/NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Jackson 5, Motown 12in white label
94 — LET’S HAVE SOME FUN The W.G. Band, IZE Records 12in
95 — KEEP THIS FREQUENCY CLEAR The DTI, Premiere UK 12in
96 93 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
97 re MAGIC FEET/SO LET IT BE HOUZE!/LIFE GOES ON Mike Dunn, US Westbrook Records 12in
98 — I HAVE A DREAM (THE SYMPHONY OF BROTHERHOOD MIX) The MLK Project, Fourth & Broadway 12in
99 87 GET OUT OF MY LIFE TC Curtis, Hot Melt 12in
100 84 IT’S A CHOICE/LOVE CALLS/THE FIRST TIME Visions, US Polydor LP


POP DANCE

01 01 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
02 02 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
03 08 DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad, Mango 12in
04 — DROP THE BOY Bros, CBS 12in
05 04 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
06 05 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment/Elektra 12in
07 03 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA 12in
08 — WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
09 — I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
10 10 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
11 20 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
12 09 DO THIS MY WAY Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
13 18  LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park 12in
14 — HEART (DISCO MIX/DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
15 13 I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle, Virgin 12in
16 11 DON’T LOCK ME OUT Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
17 07 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Yazz and the Plastic Population, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
18 06 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
19 12 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
20 19 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in


SCOTTISH DANCE

01 01 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
02 02 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
03 09 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
04 08 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
05 — ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
06 03 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
07 — DROP THE BOY Bros, CBS 12in
08 — HEART (DISCO MIX/DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
09 04 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim, Supreme 12in
10 06 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA 12in


HI-NRG

01 05 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
02 01 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
03 06 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
04 13 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
05 08 SUSPICIOUS MINDS Bobby O, US O Records 12in
06 03 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
07 04 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
08 02 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
09 09 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
10 20 I’M NOT SCARED (DISCO MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
11 07 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
12 10 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
13 41 SLAVE (FOR YOUR DESIRE) Tracy Ackerman, Passion 12in
14 12 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
15 21 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
16 15 S.T.O.P Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
17 11 STOP ME NOW Midnight Shift, Technique 12in
18 18 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS/I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (US REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
19 — THE LOCOMOTION Kylie Minogue, Australian Mushroom 12in
20 22 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
21 17 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
22 16 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
23 14 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
24 19 LIES Amanda Scott, Quazar 12in
25 25 BIG BROTHER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
26 23 MIDNIGHT LOVER Bianca, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
27 29 CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
28 — HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
29 26 DO YOU WANNA FUNK (ORIGINAL VERSION/FUNKADELIC MIX) Zone Brothers, Passion 12in
30 35 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
31 — DID YOU SEE THAT GIRL/CUTIE PIE Lime, US TSR 12in
32 38 LOVE Gypsy & Queen, Italian Time 12in
33 24 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
34 32 SCIENCE FICTION Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
35 37 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
36 27 STOP FOR A MINUTE Sandra, German Virgin 12in
37 — PROVE YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
38 30 SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
39 47 CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
40 36 HYPNOTIZE Taste-T-Lips, US Mercury 12in
41 42 TOGETHER FOREVER (LOVER’S LEAP REMIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
42 31 THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER Bonnie Bianco, German Metronome 12in
43 — NEW YORK CITY BEAT Man To Man, German ZYX LP
44 — LOVE MEMORIES Left Lane, US Bent Records LP
45 39 PERFECT LOVE (REMIX) Linda Jo Rizzo, Quartzlock 12in
46 33 YOU ONLY YOU Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
47 — CROSS MY BROKEN HEART (REMIX) Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
48 — LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
49 — DAYDREAM The Buckbeats, Extra Records 12in
50 28 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in

3 thoughts on “April 2, 1988: “It’s impossible to keep up with the deluge of disco dross that record companies are now pouring out””

  1. First mentioned in this comments section a while back, Bionic Boogie’s ‘Hot Butterfly’ finally emerges – and it’s become a big favourite of mine in recent weeks, too.

    I have searched in vain for any sign of Les McKeown’s acid house excursion, but his next single – ‘Love Is Just A Breath Away’, a Eurobeat chugger created for him by Dieter Bohlen of Modern Talking – does at least include the line “touch me, oh it’s like ecstasy”. And that’s the best that I could do!

    Danny Rampling gets a long overdue first mention, albeit a misspelled one, but his presence will remain low key for a while longer.

    Kechia Jenkins ‘I Need Somebody’ strikes me now, as it also did then, as a significant and influential release, pointing the way towards the diva-house style that would later be popularised by the likes of Adeva, Channelle and Kym Mazelle – and it’s telling that James pegs it here as “more garage than house”. The track hung around for many months, as did Black Riot ‘A Day In The Life’, which was still filling my floor in December.

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  2. History has a strange way of rhyming with the present. Les Mckeown of course passed away last week and here he pops up in 1988… Amazed that Hot Butterfly was kinda overlooked back in the day- so many great records that would become classics over time somehow got overlooked. Times and tastes don’t always click…

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  3. Are we now just at the point where acid house becomes a thing. IIRC Paul Oakenfold has said that on his Spectrum night after weeks of it being run to an empty club that sometime in April overnight it became rammed.

    And very tellingly this week in the Kevin Saunderson review it mentions that in London at least it was the acid b side that was selling the record.

    Amazing how quickly these things happen as within a couple of months of this the average granny would have heard of “acid house parties”.

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