BEATS & PIECES
1987 UK mixing champ, M|A|R|R|S member CJ Mackintosh has also transformer scratched on Nasty Rox Inc’s bass pumping jiggly go-go-tempoed 0-100bpm ‘Escape From New York’, using Chuck Brown’s ‘I Need Some Money’, promoed now and due commercially (in a different mix) on ZTT at the end of the month… Jay Strongman, scratching with Gene And Jim Are Into Shakes, has been jocking at a warehouse party in, of all places, Moscow – using one deck, a cassette machine, and the 20 records he was allowed through customs!… Capital Radio’s Help A London Child charity-boosting DJ Duo, chanting Mick Brown and Pat Sharp, are pleased to be in any chart, but somehow hadn’t anticipated that the first one they’d hit would be Hi-NRG!… Rick Astley’s original recording partner, Lisa Fabien (remember their ‘Where You Gonna?’ as Rick & Lisa?) is due to make her own solo debut with the Stock Aitken Waterman-produced ‘Better Than Ever’… Rayners Lane’s Andy Phippen made a premature announcement of his retirement from record retailing, as in a swift turn of events he’s about to set up shop in a bigger way than ever at an already established more central London location, about which my lips are temporarily sealed!… DJ Jazzy Jeff & The French Prince’s new import ‘He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper’ double LP, which I’ve had no time to review yet so check The Club Chart for BPMs, includes a “bonus scratch album” of live jams… Kool Moe Dee’s newie, due next week, is the Cameo-style rolling slinky 0-93-0bpm ‘Wild Wild West’, complete with spaghetti western whistling… Derek B’s follow-up, on his own Tuff Audio label through Phonogram on April 18, is the fiercely scratching much harder ‘Bad Young Brother (Billy Beat Mix)’, 100⅓bpm on acetate… “Turntable Terroriser” (and smartarse!) Ernie Hartley from Shropshire reckons, Jackson 5 apart, the bassline through ‘Goodgroove’ is from 1979’s ‘The Walk’ by The Inmates – which I remember as being rather fast, so is it syncopated at half speed?… Network Press, the German DJ mag (their equivalent of Jocks) for which I write as well, has suddenly crossed over to general consumers following massive TV and radio coverage, as it was the only publication there to review the unreleased “black album” by Prince – remarkable to think this fact could generate so much interest (just one thing, if you want to subscribe, it is all written in German, my stuff too!)… Tony Jenkins, Nigel Wilton, Bill Griffin, Ralph Tee and Colin Line have another ram jammed Up West night this Wednesday (6) at London’s Hippodrome… Gilles Peterson, Chris Brown, Eddie Gordon, Craig & Marcus jazz-soul Sleeze! This Thursday (7) in Gillingham, above Catch 22… Sunday (10), Tony Poole and Terry Munro are joined by Rob Cosby jazzing Old Harlow’s Cheeks… Jeff Thomas, saying “It takes two to bango, y’all” (like it!), has added a free admission, no dress restriction, quality soul and jazz Sunday Club Soul Nite at Swansea’s already heaving soul oasis, Martha’s Vineyard… Phil Harding didn’t do the Bunker Kru’s better Pink Ink Mix, it was the creation of Cardiff-based “bedroom mixers” Steve Teear and Ian Gallivan, the Noise Boyz – who seem to be the duo behind that TWC “mixer” reviewed last week (it, or something else by them called ‘Who Gizza 4 X’ is due soon legally on Jam Today)… Utopia appears to be the act’s name credited with that ‘Walk On The Wild Side’-based “mixer” which I reckoned might be titled ‘Girl (You Rock My World)’, while the acid track by Click is correctly titled ‘Freq Jam (Straight To The Phreeek)’, with further Varda The Drums Girl, Acid Deluxe, and Trip Out Sister mixes (in that order)… Joyce Sims’ correct catalogue number for ‘Walk Away’ is LONX 176… Narada’s good dub mix will be missing from his 12 inch on initial UK pressings next week, but will be added later… EMI’s ‘Best Of Brass Construction’ compilation will include a remix of ‘Movin’’ by – shock, horror! – Phil Harding… Les Adams’ new Yamaha unit is actually a synthesiser, but his now even newer Roland TR-909 is a drum machine (for only another £185 second hand, although he had to drive to Stockport to get it!)… Graeme Park had better hurry up with Groove’s revival of ‘Hijack’, as the title has been hijacked by new rap group Hijack, on Music Of Life… Tony Blackburn gets thanked (amongst many) on the sleeve of Grandmaster Flash’s new LP!… Frankie Beverly is still with Maze, despite some people’s scepticism, now they’ve signed to Warner Bros… Loose Ends have 16 new recordings which they’re now weeding down to an album’s worth… Prestatyn photos and story next week… GET OFF!
LOUR SILAS JR is the name you’ll see, more likely than not, as remixer of any American releases on MCA Records. He, too, began his career as a disco DJ, jocking in such clubs as Contempos, Disco 9000 and Moody’s, as well as mobile, in Los Angeles from 1976 to 1983. More faces behind the names on the labels, soon!
GREGG DIAMOND & BIONIC BOOGIE ‘Hot Butterfly’ (Urban URBX 16)
Marvin Gaye-influenced attractively swaying 87(intro?)-89½-89-89⅓-89⅔-91⅓-91bpm jogger with French phrases, sung in typically distinctive style by Luther Vandross (during his session singing days), a rare groove from 1978, flipped more mundanely by the dated “disco” 177bpm [sic] ‘Fess Up To The Boogie‘ and 145½bpm ‘When The Shit Hits The Fan‘ (neither led by Luther).
ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK ‘It Takes Two’ (CityBeat CBE 1244)
Infectious jumpy (0-)111¼bpm rap duet set to Lyn Collin’s ‘Think’ (semi-instrumental flip), massive on import for ages, and still likely to do well now that it’s finally out here.
J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E. ‘Strong Island’ (Hardcore/B Boy Records HAKT 11)
Deadpan 96¼bpm rap jogger (about the trio’s native Long Island) with a Freda Payne fuzz guitar riff, big on import for a while, now flipped by the disjointedly starting dreary 90⅔-0bpm LEVI 167 ‘Something Fresh To Swing To‘ (Instrumentals too).
GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE ‘On The Strength’ (Elektra 960 769-1)
Strong rap album with the Collage ‘Get In Touch With Me’/Patrice Rushen ‘Remind Me’-based slinkily jogging 94-0bpm ‘Fly Girl’, JB-scratching “Flashformer” technique-filled 97bpm ‘This Is Where You Got It From’, scratch-crammed 95bpm ‘The Boy Is Dope’, chugging 97bpm ‘Cold In Effect’, jittery 96⅙bpm ‘On The Strength’, Martin Luther King dedicated swaying 93⅚-0bpm ‘The King’, lurching 104⅓bpm ‘Yo Baby’, jerky 94bpm ‘Leave Here’, Steppenwolf’s rockily jolting 103⅓bpm ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, and the currently-12 inched 105⅙bpm ‘Gold’.
AL B. SURE! ‘Nite And Day’ (Warner Bros W8192T)
Superb atmospheric sweetly swaying 0-91½-0bpm drifter like Leee John singing Janet Jackson’s ‘Funny How Time Flies’, with Gaye whoops and ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ guitar, here in its Dusk and Dawn mixes, and French translated 0-91⅓-0bpm ‘Nuit Et Jour’ extended and edited versions. Radio must play it!
THE W.G. BAND ‘Let’s Have Some Fun’ (IZE Records MIC 2, via PRT)
Sneakily unassuming good slinkily weaving 96-95¾bpm go-go-ish jiggler with sampled vocal punctuations by James Brown, the “awww” from ‘Le Freak’, AWB-ish brassy breaks, and chorusing girls (more instrumental flip), worth checking.
MAGIC LADY ‘Betcha Can’t Lose (With My Love)’ (US Motown 4605MG)
Emotions-ish soulful girls sung pleasantly old fashioned steady 0-111¾bpm strider with calm verses then catchily sing-song simple choruses (in four mixes), getting warm.
GWEN GUTHRIE ‘Can’t Love You Tonight’ (Warner Bros W7900T)
Head-turning 0-108¼-108-107⅔bpm ‘There Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But Aids And Herpes’ warning message, trendily scratching in some James Brown – but his 1956 debut, ‘Please Please Please’, which at least is different! – with a jittery 108-0bpm Dub and guy-rapped harder 0-107bpm The Surgeon General’s Funky 4/4 Beat. I don’t think it’s going to be as big as some others do.
MAC THORNHILL ‘Who’s Gonna Ease The Pressure (Townhouse Cuts)’ (10 Records TENX 214)
Traffic and car ignition introed Colonel Abrams-ish huskily multi-tracked and scatted nervily wriggling (0-)121⅔bpm house hustler with “pshta pshta” hi-hats and busy backing (121⅔bpm Townhouse Edits, and exciting spikier less dense scratching (0-)122¼bpm Sizzle House Canadian (Club Mix) flip.
JULIAN JONAH ‘Jealousy & Lies’ (Cooltempo COOLX 157)
Nice languidly muttered wriggling and pattering 119½bpm subtle UK house canterer (instrumental too), flipped by the more urgent though sparse 123½bpm Alternative Dance Mix that was on rm’s ‘Cool Cuts 2’ single.
MAYDAY ‘Nude Photo ’88 (Ultimate Mix)’ (Kool Kat KOOL T14)
Rythim Is Rythim’s bounding sulphuric instrumental percolator with girlish giggles, now speeded up in a more frantic 127bpm remix by Detroit’s Transmat label owning Derrick May, using his own pseudonym as artist this time, with skittery Sinister plus washing machined Acid Burns and 126¼bpm Wiggin mixes too.
NORMAN CONNORS ‘Passion’ (Capitol EST 2056)
The Starship Orchestra-leading percussionist’s long waited album is OK for fans but patchy in comparison with Jean Carne’s, jazzy instrumentals being the Freddie Hubbard trumpeted frantically infectious 141½-142¾-142-141bpm ‘Samba For Maria’, and doodlingly lurching 97⅚bpm title track, while huskily masculine Spencer Harrison sings the tender meandering 0-88½-88⅔bpm ‘I Am Your Melody’, EWF’s 61bpm ‘That’s The Way Of The World’, slushy 0-52¼-0bpm ‘Heaven In Your Eyes’, and Minnie Riperton-ish Gabrielle Goodman Sings Minnie’s 0-55⅓ ‘Lovin’ You’, the jerkily cantering 114⅓bpm ‘Shabba’, brightly leaping 122¼-122⅓-122¼bpm ‘Private Stock’, wailing jiggly 107⅙bpm ‘You’re My One And Only Love’, both duetting the slow rolling 75¾-76bpm ‘Welcome To My Life’. In truth, I found much of it dreary.
JEAN CARNE ‘Let Me Be The One’ (RCA PT 41880)
Pleasant but not exactly grabbing 112¼bpm wriggly undulating jazz-soul when her album’s sultry ‘Heartache‘ hit would have made a more commercial bet, flipped by the old swooping and wailing classify soulful, Grover Washington-saxed, 58½bpm ‘Closer Than Close’ and crawling gritty waltz tempo 0-25⅓/76-78¾-0bpm ‘Break Up To Make Up’.
DAVE COLLINS ‘Good Lovin’ (GTI Records GTI 001T)
Ansil’s ‘Double Barrel’ partner these days is a fine soul singer, most recently with Cargo, on a very sparsely backed (0-)114¾bpm subtle Vandross-ish wriggler (edit/dub flip).
DEMETRIUS ‘ I’ll Be There, I’ll Be There’ (US Vision Records VR-1203)
Steadily tapping 118½bpm instantly familiar old fashioned somewhat Howard Hewett-ish catchy pop-soul jiggler, flipped by the gently swirling (0-)97bpm ‘If You Want To Fool Around‘ (inst too).
EVELYN KING ‘Flirt (Pump It Up Mix)’ (US EMI-Manhattan V-56075)
Leon Sylvers II-produced sombre heavily juddering 0-99⅙bpm slinky jiggler like a more ominous version of the Phil Harding “hip hop” beat, full of gimmicky edits (in four mixes) but subduedly jaunty.
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS ‘My Philosophy’ (US Jive 1096-1-JD)
Credited on Jive’s ‘Word 2’ compilation LP to its actual creator, KRS-One, although overseen by (and mentioning) the late DJ Scott La Rock, this nervily jittering (0-)94-0bpm wordy rap scratches a sax riff from – I think – the Crusaders’ ‘Way Back Home’ (in four mixes).
THE M.L.K. PROJECT ‘I Have A Dream’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 93)
Democratic 3-created fast locomoting 119¼bpm beefy backbeat smacker overdubbed with Martin Luther King’s famous speech, to mark the 20th anniversary of his assassination (the unaccompanied speech is on the flip, plus with a different less good 0-118¾bpm original backing).
SUN PALACE ‘Winning (X-Mix)’ (Debut DEBTX 3045)
Gently jogging and building 108bpm atmospheric jazzy instrumental with sexy female groans, and “chicken skratch” guitar before piano takes over, first out around 1984 but now remixed by Nigel Wright (squeaky synth based 107⅓bpm original mixes on flip).
MARK IMPERIAL & CO featuring JACK N. HOUSE ‘The Love I Lost’ (US House Nation Records HN-88011)
Kevin Irving-sung mournfully moaning and churning slick speedy 121½bpm house bounder (in four mixes), not the Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes oldie.
JOE CHURCH ‘I Can’t Wait Too Long (Let Somebody Love You)’ (US Sleeping Bag Records SIX-40133)
Colonel Abrams-ish frantically flying maybe over-busy but soulful and adventurous 123¾bpm house, with pattering beats and the sort of lulls that go over well in New York (in five mixes), the harder instrumental Church and Synagogue Dubs possibly being better for here.
JOMANDA ‘Drifting’ (US Quark QK008)
Small voiced girl nagged unemphatic 119bpm jerky house bounder (in four mixes by Blaze).
TWAT SISTERS featuring HOUSE MASTER BALDWIN ‘Eat My Pussy’ (US Future Sound Records FSR 1003)
Tongue in cheek (or somewhere!) frantic 128bpm acid house, good as that and not just a gimmick, but rapped by the Muff Man-credited alternative 128bpm ‘Sit On The Face’ (so what are they on about?)!
GEE & JAY ‘X-Rated Lynn’ (US M.O.B. Records MOB-007)
Not for radio play, a jogging (0-)92⅚-93⅙bpm bragging narrative rap about an act of copulation that was definitely good old fashioned unsafe sex, refreshingly with no mention of AIDS, coupled by the ‘Beverly Hills’ banjo-scratching more routine 103⅚bpm ‘Got To Get Some‘ thudder.
THE McKENZIES ‘Mealy Mouth’ (Ron Johnson Records Z-RON 18, via Rough Trade)
Perhaps overly busy familiar groove scratching 107⅔-0bpm somewhat bass bombed chugger, skilfully mixed up by Derby DJ Graeme Park, of Groove fame (naff white boy vocal flip).
STEREO MC’s and CESARE ‘Move It’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 94)
Drearily lurching 95⅓bpm white boy rap chugger, with its better funkily weaving 95⅓ ‘Move‘ instrumental, now A-side over the far better volume pumping densely jittery 0-113¼-0bpm ‘Feel So Good (Dungeon)‘ scratching in the “rollin’, rollin’, rollin’” from ‘Mule Train’ and drums from ‘Do What You Wanna Do’, although again its less credible 0-113¼bpm ‘Feel So Good’ vocal has been given precedence.
KEV-E-KEV & AK-B ‘Listen To The Man’ (US DNA International Records Inc DNA 1003)
Jumbled jerky 100bpm rap jitterer scratching up the Mohawks’ ‘The Champ’ and much more (in four mixes).
JACKSON 5 ‘I Want You Back (’88 Remix)’ (Motown ZT 41914) Their debut 1970 hit, included in its half-steppin’ jittery 97⅓-98⅓-97⅔bpm original version has been radically restructured and augmented by Phil Harding and Ian Curnow in a 103⅚-103⅔-104-103½-103-102½bpm remix and 103⅓-104-103⅔-104-103-102½bpm dub, with o certain amount of stereo panning, hard on the heels of its use in the Eric B remix! Included too is the sweetly swaying squeaky 0-81⅔-82⅔-83½bpm ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’, their sixth hit, more recently revived by Gloria Gaynor, and the Communards (although very differently from this).
PET SHOP BOYS ‘Heart’ (Parlophone 12 R 6177), jittery tuneful Eurobeat throbber, with “poo-poo” syndrums in the bland 122-0bpm Disco Mix or digital stutters kicking off Shep Pettibone’s more percussive (0-)121⅓bpm Dance Mix flip (similar really Eurodisco 0-123¾bpm ‘I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)’ too);
THE J.A.M.S. ‘Burn The Beat (JAMs Have A Party) (House Mix)’ (KLF Communications KLF 002, via Rough Trade), a now acid synth tinged thrashing and bashing 0-120½-0bpm chanter borrowing from Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Dance To The Music’, although not as much as the raucously Scottish accented originally promoed B-side version does;
LOUIS ARMSTRONG ‘What A Wonderful World’ (A&M AMY 435), gravel-voiced Satchmo’s sentimental 72-71-0bpm lush MoR swayer was a 1968 UK chart-topper but never sold in the States until now, when it’s the hit from smash movie ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’;
ELLA FITGERALD ‘Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye’ (HoneyBee HONEY 5 12), truly classic Cole Porter-penned “how strange the change from major to minor” 79½-0bpm strings-backed swayer from the mid-Fifties, essential MoR;
SADE ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride’ (Epic SADE T1), resonantly atmospheric pulsing though not very rhythmic 43¾-0bpm smoky slow vocal swayer, flipped by the chunkily jogging 94⅓bpm instrumental ‘Super Bien Total’;
CLIMIE FISHER ‘Love Changes (Everything) (Extended Mix)’ (EMI 12EM 47), tediously jiggling build-up to a then title repeating whinnied 112bpm roller, coupled with a better bass burbled cantering 0-115⅓bpm House Mix;
KLASSICAL KREW ‘House Of The Mountain King’ (Dance Trax DM C-1678), UK house cliché-filled but consequently quite amusing pop-aimed 124½bpm treatment of guess which klassical toon (in four mixes);
THOMAS DOLBY ‘Airhead’ (EMI-Manhattan 12MT 38), loosely stridingly lean jiggly 118½-0bpm chugger interestingly combining elements of Bowie, Prince, rock, funk and even salsa, to end up in Talking Heads territory;
RAUL featuring J. BONELL ‘Guitarra (High Club)’ (Spanish Spitfire Music SPX 101), rather good lightly infectious loping 0-122-121¾-0-121¾-0bpm tuneful piano and Spanish guitar instrumental, from Barcelona’s Blanco Y Negro Music set-up, not maybe as funky as Tullio De Piscopo bit equally well worth investigating;
EDDY GRANT ‘Harmless Piece Of Fun’ (Parlophone 12R6180), incredibly Police-like 129½bpm jerkily lurching rock “regatta de blanc”, due commercially in just over a week;
SHAKATAK ‘Dr! Dr! (Critical Mix)’ (Polydor DRDR 1), rhythmically blurred wriggly kicking 0-121⅔bpm shuffler with a much punchier percussive acid instrumental 120bpm Sulphuric Mix flip, but the general (hospital) idea has already been done better, as ‘Dr Beat’;
P|P|G ‘Jack The Beat’ (Quazar QUAT 7, via Pinnacle), Persi/Prevish/Zafret-created (so who’s “G”?) routine cantering (0-)119⅓bpm volume pumper with samples by James Brown and others, including what sounds like a remake of that notorious ‘Roadblock’ intro!;
FIERCE ‘Put That (Record Back)’ (Hardback BOSS 6), another clichéd volume pumping 109¾-0bpm scratcher;
BARRY MANILOW with KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS ‘Hey Mambo (Caliente Mix)’ (Arista 609781), not even ‘Mambo Italiano’, this brassy chanting 110bpm percussive jerky shuffler is surprisingly dull considering the sassy “Copacabana” that could have come from such a combo;
BIG TROUBLE ‘When The Love Is Good’ (Epic 651492 6), Giorgio Moroder-produced jogging 100½bpm plaintively derivative girl group swayer, sorta Berlin meeting Donna Summer with a catch in the throat ‘On The Radio’;
EURYTHMICS ‘I Need A Man (Macho Mix by Manu the Man)’ (RCA DAT 15), dreadfully disappointing late period Rolling Stones-style 126bpm snarling empty strutter – a shame they seem so completely to have lost their earlier consistent touch these days;
BROS ‘Drop The Boy (Shep Pettibone Mix)’ (CBS ATOM T3), Shep’s ponderously jolting 90½-0bpm slow drag of a remix, if anything, makes the swoon-age idols’ growling judderer (never a good song) even less danceable;
LIVE CINEMA ‘Pop Density (Remix)’ (Brouhaha 12CUE R1, via PRT), drearily sung (0-)119½-0bpm dated white boy synth jiggler remixed by Paul Dakeyne with some “fresh” and “it’s time” inserts.
SIDEWALK ‘Take Away The Rain’ (Reflection FLE 2), Bananarama-ishly sung vigorously pumping 131½-0bpm Eurobeat leaper with swamping “strings” and a digitally stuttered break, melodic enough to cross over;
ZONE BROS ‘Do You Wanna Funk (Funkadelic Mix)’ (Passion PASH 12 82), strainingly yelped synth burbled churning 0-128⅓bpm Sylvester/Patrick Cowley revival by the survivors of Man 2 Man, Paul Zone and Man Parrish, meatily remixed here by Robin Sellars with its thinner 0-127¼-0bpm Original Version as flip (instrumental 115½bpm ‘Funk The House’ too);
SINITTA ‘Cross My Broken Heart (Hi-NRG Remix)’ (Fanfare 12 FANX 15), slightly faster and less flowery — though not exactly HIGH energy — 119bpm remix which seems to be yo-yoing about in the Hi-NRG chart with more support for the original;
HEARTBEAT ‘The Winner’ (Priority PX 19), Phil Harding-mixed Kylie-ish 125bpin galloper, actually praising Jesus, by an evangelical group from Swindon;
MACHO GANG ‘Naughty Boy (Long Mix)’ (Nine O Nine NINE 17), Mel & Kim-ishly started hi-hat hustled extremely tinny (0-)123bpm blatant Bananarama copy by three Italian girls, with a beefier dubwise “House Mix” flip;
BASSIX ‘Pump Up The Motortown’ (Saturday SDY 2), Miami-recorded fairly redundant 124⅓-0bpm cantering Motown oldies medley like ‘Uptown Festival’, though hardly updated, surely now in 1988 only of nostalgic relevance to a generation fast approaching (if not already in) middle age;
SID HAYWOODE ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie (GHQ Mix)’ (Fresher 12SID 001), nervily galloping 123bpm A Taste Of Honey remake, a strangely dated choice now, especially as some Mel & Kim-ish giggles are not further expanded on into a fullblown 1988 treatment;
THE BUCKBEATS ‘Daydream’ (Extra Records 12XTRA 7, via EMI), Extra Beat Boys-produced zingily rattling 0-124½-0bpm bounder, slow to get going but eventually reaching an oddly accented feIlah;
KAREN MICHELLE ‘When Will I’ (Debut DEBTX 3046), weedily galloping 0-127¼bpm contrived UK attempt to emulate the current US nymphet sound, unlikely to “be famous”.
T-CUT-F ‘House Reaction (Union Jack Mix)‘ (10 Records TEN X 226), scratching East Midlands house produced by Mark Gamble, of both Krush and originally this group too, remixed now though in jerkily bounding 124½-0bpm busier style by Detroit’s Derrick May;
SIMON HARRIS ‘Bass (How Low Can You Go’ (Ragamuffin Remix)‘ (ffrr FFRXR 4), Public Enemy-based hit now starting with a reggae accent before juddering along at 113⅔-113⅚-113⅔-0bpm much as before, the flip’s 115¾-0bpm Bass Below Zero Remix by Streets Ahead, however, being much more aggressively DJ-ed, with a plethora of old club grooves synched and scratched through the beat;
WALLY JUMP JR & THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT ‘Private Party (Acid Fingers Mix)’ (Breakout USAF 624), not entirely appropriate and sometimes actually discordant 120bpm acid house remix by Simon Harris (including some ‘bass’);
SHANICE WILSON ‘I’ll Bet She’s Got A Boyfriend (Urban Mix)’ (Breakout USAF 625), bass pushed less jittery largely instrumental 117⅓bpm revamp by Phil Harding, Rory K and Jamie Bromfield, with a more fluid though similar Underground Dub Mix too;
LOU ‘Rookies Revenge (Don’t Want No B-Boys) (Cool Cut Mix)’ (Supreme Records SUPETX 123), all Phil Harding’s pseudo hip hop tricks piled onto the pop girl’s 98⅙-0bpm rolling jitterer with Eric B-ish beats and chording organ.
THE CLUB CHART – April 9, 1988
01 02 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (BOMB THE HOUSE MIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
02 01 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
03 03 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
04 06 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX/DUB) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
05 07 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in white label
06 08 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
07 04 DO THIS MY WAY/NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
08 05 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records 12in
09 14 WAM BAM (12” REMIX) NT Gang, Cooltempo 12in
10 10 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
11 13 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE/SPENG Coldcut featuring Yazz, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
12 34 GOOD TIMES (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REMIX) Chic, Atlantic 12in
13 15 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT)/ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN Lyn Collins, Urban 12in
14 12 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ REMIXES) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element, Breakout 12in
15 17 DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
16 09 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
17 22 GIVE IT TO ME (RADIO MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam Bam, Serious Records 12in
18 43 WALK AWAY (12in CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE) Joyce Sims, London 12in promo
19 42 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP/GUESS? WHO? Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
20 16 FAITH (EXTENDED VERSION) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
21 18 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
22 11 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
23 58 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, US Reprise Records 12in
24 23 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (EXTENDED MIX) Taja Sevelle, Reprise Records 12in
25 19 GIVE IT TO ME (DOUBLE TROUBLE EXTENDED REMIX) Bam Bam, Serious 12in
26 30 YOU ARE THE ONE (ESSENTIAL CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz featuring Kevin Henry, Cooltempo 12in
27 21 I FEEL IT (CONSTRUCTION MIX/MAKUMBA MIX) Suzie and the Cubans, Champion 12in
28 27 A LOVE SUPREME/IN MY DREAMS/DO YOU?/FREE Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
29 36 CAN’T LOVE YOU TONIGHT/THE SURGEON GENERAL’S FUNKY 4/4 BEAT Gwen Guthrie, US Warner Bros/Jellybean 12in
30 28 RAW Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
31 37 GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
32 39 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
33 31 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh 12in
34 54 COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER (THE PAYBACK MIX) James Brown, Urban 12in promo
35 29 BOUNCY HOUSE (UNDERGROUND MIX) Adrenalin MOD, MCA Records 12in
36 57 HOUSE REACTION (UNION JACK MIX/TOTAL MAYHEM MIX) T-Cut F, 10 Records 12in
37 35 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., Hardcore/B Boy Records 12in
38 32 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
39 44 PUSH IT (REMIX)/I AM DOWN Salt-n-Pepa/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS Antoinette, ffrr 12in
40 20 MOHAMED’S HOUSE (SALAAM ALEIKUM/LIVE AT THE HAREM) Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in
41 49 DON’T TURN AROUND (REMIX) Aswad, Mango 12in
42 24 HOW LOW CAN YOU GO Project Club, Supreme Records 12in
43 79 JEALOUSY & LIES/ALTERNATIVE DANCE MIX Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
44 70 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
45 63 FLY GIRL/THIS IS WHERE YOU GOT IT FROM/THE BOY IS DOPE/COLD IN EFFECT/ON THE STRENGTH Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Elektra LP
46 25 I FOUND YOU Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
47 33 SET IT OFF (BUNKER ’88 PINK INK MIX) Bunker Kru, Champion 12in
48 48 ANYONE… Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
49 59 OUT ON A MISSION Lost In Bass, Beatmaster Records 12in
50 75 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (THE DEREK ON ERIC REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
51 77 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in promo
52 38 SUBMIT (TO THE BEAT)/DANCING AND MUSIC (REMIXES) Groove, Submission 12in
53 93 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX) Jackson 5, Motown 12in white label
54 61 LET’S PICK UP THE PIECES (AND MAKE SOME MUSIC) Twin-Beat, Big One 12in mailing list promo
55 68 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red (DJ D Zire), Virgin 12in promo
56 74 PUSH THE BEAT (BAUHAUS) Cappella, Fast Globe 12in
57 81 DREAMING (UP ALL NIGHT MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
58 72 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD/SAMBA FOR MARIA/I AM YOUR MELODY Norman Connors, Capitol LP
59 45 BIG THING (EXTENDED) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’Horse Records 12in
60 47 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
61 90 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
62 50 I NEED SOMEBODY (FLY GUY MIX/MARSHALL’S CHICAGO MIX) Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
63 96 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
64 40 WALK IN THE NIGHT Paul Hardcastle, Chrysalis 12in
65 66 FAITH (JON WILLIAMS/SIMON HARRIS REMIXES) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in white label
66 82 YOU GOTS TO CHILL (CLUB VERSION) EPMD, US Fresh Records 12in
67 46 OOO LA LA LA (EXTENDED VERSION) Teena Marie, Epic 12in
68 92 SHAKE! (HOW ABOUT A SAMPLING, GENE?) Gene And Jim Are Into Shakes, Rough Trade 12in
69 26 HEARTACHE/LET ME BE THE ONE/YOU’RE A PART OF ME/EARLY MORNING LOVE Jean Carne, RCA LP
70 62 GET LUCKY (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, Siren 12in
71 80 TOGETHER FOREVER (HOUSE OF LOVE MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
72 86 JOIN ME PLEASE…(HOME BOYS – MAKE SOME NOISE)/GANGSTER BOOGIE (WALK LIKE SEX…TALK LIKE SEX)/LOVE LETTER (DEAR TRACY)/IN FULL EFFECT Mantronix, 10 Records LP
73 85 15 MINUTES Ca Sa (Antonio Valesquez & Wolfgang Prinz), Diamond Duel 12in white label
74 83 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (RAGAMUFFIN REMIX)/BASS BELOW ZERO (STREETS AHEAD REMIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
75 69 I WANT HER (DANCE ‘TIL YA SWEAT MIX) Keith Sweat, Elektra 12in
76 67 COME BACK LOVER (REMIXES) Richard Valentine, Champion 12in mailing list promo
77 51 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
78 87 HOT BUTTERFLY Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Urban 12in promo
79 71 SLOW STARTER (EXTENDED DANCE VERSION) Randy Hall, US MCA Records 12in
80 88 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in white label
81 — (THERE WAS) SOMETHING GOING ON Gangsters Of House, SE1 Records 12in
82 100 LOVE CALLS/IT’S A CHOICE/HYPNOTIZED Visions, US Polydor LP
83 89 MY PHILOSOPHY Boogie Down Productions (KRS-One), US Jive 12in
84 94 LET’S HAVE SOME FUN The W.G. Band, IZE Records 12in
85 56 RECKLESS (THE FULL FON/FON FORCE REMIX)/MIND BODY AND SOUL Afrika Bambaataa & Family, EMI 12in
86 76 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID HOUSE REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
87 91 PICK UP THE PIECES/DUB B.E.W.A.R.E. featuring Tony Scott & DJ Fix, Dutch Rhythm Records 12in
88 64 SHOUT/TWO THE MAX Jack Frost and the Circle Jerks/HOUSE THIS HOUSE Mr Lee/GET THE HOLE Townsell (‘Acid Tracks’), US Trax Records LP
89 — DO THAT AGAIN/BLUE Blue Moderne, US Atlantic LP
90 — BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) Magic Lady, US Motown 12in
91 — SUPER-CASANOVA Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, US DNA International 12in
92 re BUST THIS HOUSE DOWN (JOHN SHAFT’S MIX) Penthouse 4, Syncopate 12in
93 — GOOD LOVIN’ Dave Collins, GTI Records 12in promo
94 — GIVE IT A REST The She Rockers, Music Of Life 12in
95 — LET ME BE THE ONE/CLOSER THAN CLOSE/BREAK UP TO MAKE UP Jean Carne, RCA 12in
96 — “GIRL (YOU ROCK MY WORLD)” Utopia, Doo 12in white label
97 re YES, I HAVE RETURNED/BASS TO THE BEAT Richie Rich, Gee St Records 12in
98 re FROM DA GIDDY-UP 3-D, US Hilltop Hustlers 12in
99 re WHO DO YOU LOVE (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Rodney Saulsberry, Big Wave 12in
100= — INTIMACY (EXTENDED VERSION) St Paul, US MCA Records 12in
100= — HERE WE GO AGAIN/JAZZY’S IN THE HOUSE/CHARLIE MACK/BRAND NEW FUNK/HE’S THE DJ, I’M THE RAPPER/HIP HOP DANCER’S THEME/DJ ON THE WHEELS/PUMP UP THAT BASS/TIME TO CHILL/AS WE GO/RHYTHM TRAX – HOUSE PARTY STYLE/PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND/LET’S GET BUSY BABY/LIVE AT UNION SQUARE, NOVEMBER 1986/HUMAN VIDEO GAME/A NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET/MY BUDDY DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, US Jive LP
01 01 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
02 03 DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad, Mango 12in
03 02 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
04 04 DROP THE BOY Bros, CBS 12in
05 08 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
06 14 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
07 05 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
08 09 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
09 11 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
10 06 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment/Elektra 12in
11 07 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA 12in
12 10 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
13 12 DO THIS MY WAY Kid ‘N Play, Cooltempo 12in
14 13 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park 12in
15 — CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
16 — THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
17 20 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
18 — I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
19 — I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
20 17 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut featuring Yazz and the Plastic Population, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
01 03 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, Parlophone 12in
02 01 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
03 — I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
04 08 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
05 07 DROP THE BOY Bros, CBS 12in
06 04 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
07 05 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
09 — LET’S ALL CHANT Pat & Mick, PWL 12in
10 — OH YEAH Yello, Mercury 12in
01 04 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
02 03 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
03 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 02 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
05 12 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
06 08 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
07 07 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
08 10 I’M NOT SCARED (DISCO MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
09 09 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX)/(BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
10 11 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
11 06 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
12 29 DO YOU WANNA FUNK (ORIGINAL VERSION/FUNKADELIC MIX) Zone Brothers, Passion 12in
13 23 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
14 13 SLAVE (FOR YOUR DESIRE) Tracy Ackerman, Passion 12in
15 22 SURPRISE ME TONIGHT Norma Lewis, Nightmare 12in
16 15 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
17 16 S.T.O.P Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
18 05 SUSPICIOUS MINDS Bobby O, US O Records 12in
19 14 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
20 39 CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
21 18 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS/I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (US REMIX) Mel & Kim, Supreme Records 12in
22 19 THE LOCOMOTION Kylie Minogue, Australian Mushroom 12in
23 24 LIES Amanda Scott, Quazar 12in
24 25 BIG BROTHER Aleph, Italian Time 12in
25 31 DID YOU SEE THAT GIRL/CUTIE PIE Lime, US TSR 12in
26 17 STOP ME NOW Midnight Shift, Technique 12in
27 33 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
28 21 SATISFY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
29 34 SCIENCE FICTION Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
30 28 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
31 32 LOVE Gypsy & Queen, Italian Time 12in
32 35 A LA VIE L’AMOUR Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
33 27 CONTACT (MEDLEY) Disc Drive, US Sizzle 12in
34 20 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
35 36 STOP FOR A MINUTE Sandra, German Virgin 12in
36 38 SKY HIGH (LES ADAMS REMIX) Jigsaw, Splash 12in
37 48 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Pat & Mick, PWL 12in
38 44 LOVE MEMORIES Left Lane, US Bent Records LP
39 — HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
40 42 THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER Bonnie Bianco, German Metronome 12in
41 26 MIDNIGHT LOVER Bianca, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
42 45 PERFECT LOVE (REMIX) Linda Jo Rizzo, Quartzlock 12in
43 40 HYPNOTIZE Taste-T-Lips, US Mercury 12in
44 30 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
45 46 YOU ONLY YOU Tasha, Belgian ARS 12in
46 41 TOGETHER FOREVER (LOVER’S LEAP REMIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
47 — ONE LOOK Jackson Moore, US Megatone 12in
48 — NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Italian Macho 12in
49 — YOUR EYES Diebold & Co, US Nightwave 12in
50 37 PROVE YOUR LOVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
One thought on “April 9, 1988: Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Al B. Sure!”
I well remember the hype around Nasty Rox Inc, who were being championed as the Next Big Thing in several music papers. Since one of their members (Dave Dorrell, who had contributed to ‘Pump Up The Volume’) had previously written for The Face, i-D and the NME, it’s easy to hazard a guess as to where the hype came from! ‘Escape From New York’ went on to peak at #93 in the pop charts in June, and the group never released another single.
With the Mac Thornhill single, James scales new heights of pedantry. As the promo 12″ contained misprints on both the sleeve’s hype sticker and the B-side’s label, listing the B-side as (SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN [LUB MIX]) and (Sizzle House Canadian (Lub Mix) ) respectively, James retained the misprint in all subsequent references to the track, including its appearances on the Club Chart, even after the official release tidied up the spelling. Maybe he was trying to teach a lesson about proofreading…
I never found much use for The MLK Project’s ‘I Have A Dream’ (although I recall it being mentioned as a big Shoom anthem), but the addition of MLK’s full original speech on the B-side came in handy over the summer, when I used to run it over the first extended break in the Patrick Cowley remix of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, while cranking up the strobe and the smoke machine.
A good friend of mine, with otherwise sound judgment in most things, has always claimed that the best single ever released in the history of pop music is… Climie Fisher’s ‘Love Changes (Everything)’. It takes all sorts, right?!