April 16, 1988: Prestatyn ‘Pres Jam’ report, The Break Boys, Narada, Pedro, E.U., DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

BEATS & PIECES

Streets Ahead and Norman Cook will be following Coldcut’s ‘Payback Mix’ with a James Brown mix of their own… Rose Royce trendily much revived ‘Car Wash’ is being reissued in a new, slightly augmented, re-edit… Germany based Brian Carter’s latest box set is, unbelievably, a five LP/bonus 12 inch, 41 track compilation of the ultra-rude Blowfly ‘X-Rated’ (BCM Records BC 70-20 69-49, also available as a CD three-pack, BC 50-20 69-42), with a T-shirt included too, the point about the “Blowfly” alter ego of soul singer Clarence Reid being that he puts totally obscene new lyrics to well known hits!… Robbie Vincent’s 7.30-10pm soul show on Radio 1 this Saturday (April 16) comes live from New York City, with James Brown, Randy Muller, Timmy Regisford and other superstar guests promised!… BBC2-TV’s music investigating ‘Behind The Beat’ series, starting later this month, filmed some strangely chosen bits of the Prestatyn weekender, just on the opening night… Nitro Deluxe’s name was printed in the Prestatyn programme as ‘Intro Deluxe’, which actually sounds quite good, doesn’t it?… Jimmy Castor’s unexpected appearance at Prestatyn was a big thrill for me — I was able to meet him at last, and tell him that 21 years ago (as a fan of his first ‘Hey Leroy‘ hit) I had actually rung his door bell in the Bronx, but he was out!… Cutmaster Swift and DJ Pogo (both of Technics mixing fame) made sure they were standing dead centre of the stage front to watch the Cold Chillin’ acts at Prestatyn… Steve Walsh, a first time visitor to any LiveWire weekender, was well impressed during his brief Saturday night stay, but evidently couldn’t take the pace and passed out cold in a chair, this year’s prime “zonked on house” victim!… Steve, incidentally, turns out to be the producer of Julian Jonah, and behind the UK release of Cappella… I must admit to not originally being bowled over by LA Mix’s upcoming samples-crammed 117⅓-0bpm ‘Check This Out‘ (despite being sampled myself on the flip!), but it really was one of the few newies that cut through the crowd at Prestatyn, thanks in large part to its Serious Intention ‘You Don’t Know’-derived hookline… Peterborough’s jammin’ Steve Jason has started a Friday 6.35-10pm dance music show on Hereward Radio 102.7fm, reflecting rm’s various club charts… Tim Westwood heads up the weekly Sunday 3-8pm Illin for under-18s at Brixton’s Fridge… Motown’s upcoming new Hits Of Gold seven inch back-to-back reissue series will include the Jackson 5 ‘ABC’/’The love You Save’, and a useful coupling of the vintage Contours ‘Do You Love Me’ (one of the all-time party stormers) with Barrett Strong ‘Money’ (the hit that kicked off Motown)… TV’s ‘Falcon Crest’ last week featured ‘Twist And Shout’ during a party scene, using an ancient LP version by the Miracles!… Mahesh Bajaj, amidst making staff changes at Serious Records (could future remixes be by Single Trouble?), had all his business files stolen from his car while parked outside the Wag Club — so bear with him if there’s a hiccup in communications… Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie’s ‘Fess Up To The Boogie’ B-side isn’t quite as fast as printed, only 117bpm!… Capital Radio’s chanting Mick Brown made his UK Top 100 debut as part of the Monty MCs ‘Holiday Rap (With A Capital C)’… Kim Wilde is masquerading on a current clubs-mailed promo as “Mick” (another whistle blown!)… Stock Aitken Waterman won a staggering 11 Ivor Novello Awards at last week’s luncheon… Dance Aid launches its 1988 charity appeal in a businesslike way with a gala luncheon of its own on May 26 (Thursday) at London’s Metropole Hotel, with guest speakers from the disco music industry (£45 ticket info on 01-607 8311)… World Class Wreckin Cru ‘Turn Off The Lights‘, here the B-side to Sargent Tucker, is the first US Hot 100 hit ever to chart in Billboard as only a 12 inch, with no seven inch available… Salt-n-Pepa ‘Push It’ has won a gold disc in the US, the first single to do so this year despite peaking at only number 19 in Billboard’s radio playlist (rather than sales) orientated Hot 100, yet more proof of how false a picture that chart gives — because of the tune’s essentially instrumental nature, easy to talk over, it received far more radio airplay than was reported… GET OFF!


LIVEWIRE’s Prestatyn team were (L to R) Kev Hill, Johnny Walker, Chrissie Jackson, Chris Brown, Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold, WEA’s Fred Dove, Ian Redding, Froggy, Jeff Young, Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, LiveWire boss Adrian Webb, Cooltempo’s Steve Wolfe, Maggot, Pete Tong and (front) Chris Forbes, while Gilles Peterson, Eddie Gordon and Tim Westwood somehow missed the photocall!


PRES JAM, as LiveWire’s Prestatyn soul weekender seems now to be called, went without a hitch over Easter on its third visit to the North Wales Pontins holiday camp. If the DJs’ choice of hip hop, house, Seventies oldies, jazz and (mainly on the closed circuit radio/TV) soul seemed predictably safe and rather low key, this appeared not to disappoint the crowd, who apparently never grew tired of ‘I Want You Back’ whether it was by Jackson 5 or Eric B & Rakim! Sadly, though, this weekender has become a time of musical entrenchment rather than experimentation, maybe because, thanks to current recording techniques, not many unknown newies have the power to cut through on first hearing in a large room.

Amongst the many star PAs, I really felt for Nitro Deluxe, who only has 10 per cent sight and was led on stage for what should have been a three minute slot, which he kept lengthening because — who can blame him — he probably had the greatest audience response he’ll ever have in his life. Terry Billy so enjoyed herself that she spent the entire weekend, up all night with the best of ’em! Wee Papa Girl Rappers were hanging out, too, but Simon Harris was crestfallen at being booed on stage, mainly, he thinks, because his record kept jumping. At least he was working live, whereas everyone else used a cassette — and, anyway, surely his friendship with Public Enemy gives him credibility even if he is in the top 20?

Capital Radio’s Tim Westwood made the journey just to introduce (in impressively full effect) the disappointingly rather ragged Cold Chillin’ crew of scolding shrill Roxanne Shanté, boringly striding and shouting MC Shan and Big Daddy Kane and — easily the standout — Biz Markie. His opening human beatbox demonstration, impersonating Doug E Fresh and the Fat Boys before putting the mic against his neck and even the top of his head to amplify his own style, was terrifically exciting, capped by the appearance of TJ Swan to rap ‘Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz’.

Chubby young Al B. Sure! put on a squirming performance before the main Easter Sunday event, Joyce Sims’ first ever live gig anywhere with a backing band, which proved to be interesting as, when you consider she pits her distinctively plaintive vocal pitch against Mantronik’s electronic rhythms when recording, the live percussion turned ‘All And All’ into a Latin tune!

Her new US single, the revival of Barbara Acklin’s swinging ‘Love Makes A Woman’, as it does on record, featured the surprise guest appearance of Jimmy Castor (‘The Everything Man’) on sax, a highlight for those who knew what was happening. Pres Jam 4 is over the Guy Fawkes weekend of November 4/5/6 (booking details on 01-364 1212), so fireworks are a foregone conclusion, while heavily hinted as the star live attraction is — wait for it — Frankie Beverly and Maze! Whoosh!

HOT VINYL

THE BREAK BOYS ‘And The Break Goes On (The Original Freestyle Groove)’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF 1090)
Tommy Musto co-created terrific frantically exciting 119bpm percussive ‘Set It Off’-ish throbber based heavily on George Kranz’s ‘Din Daa Daa’, but a real journey into sound too, in six mixes (118¾bpm And The Dub Goes On), sure to be huge!

NARADA ‘Divine Emotions (Remix)’ (Reprise W7967T)
Pronounced now as “NAR-da”, Michael Walden returns in his own right with a great loose limbed 117⅓pm smacking strider like an updated cross between D Train and his old ‘Tonight I’m Alright’ style (Single Mix, and tightly lurching 111½bpm ‘Tighter‘ too, the good 117⅙-0bpm Dub Mix being due here on later pressings).

PEDRO ‘Goodfootin’’ (B.U.M. UM 001)
Nothing to do with either of the possible Pedros, Waterman and Tong, the latest bootleg styled, though doubtless later to be proved legal, “scam” is an infectious jerkily chugging 0-109⅓bpm shuffler sampling James Brown’s voice – to what could possibly be the Sly & Robbie backing track to the unreleased JB session that you may remember snuck out briefly as an ultra-rare ‘Beat Freaks’ B-side (Dub Mix flip), rather good.

E.U. ‘Da’Butt’ (US EMI-Manhattan 56083)
A massive US black hit (from Spike Lee’s ‘School Daze’ movie) but largely unknown here until Chris Hill brought a copy home from the States, this Marcus Miller-produced jauntily bumping go go jiggler proved to be one of the few newies that really cut through the crowd at Prestatyn, thanks to its “when you feel that notion put your backfield in motion” and “sexy sexy” chants, in 97bpm Extended Soundtrack, 97⅙-97½bpm Radio, and jerkily edited dubwise 96⅓-97½bpm B-Boy Mixes (Radio Edit too).

DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE ‘He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper’ (US Jive 1091-14)
With a Bonus Scratch Album included, this fast selling twin-pack by the self-descriptive Philly duo has at least 10 good dance tracks, with the 102bpm ‘Here We Go Again’, 98bpm ‘Brand New Funk‘, 105⅚bpm ‘Jazzy’s In The House‘, 98bpm ‘Charlie Mack —The First Out The Limo‘, 0-116-114⅔-116-116⅔-115⅓bpm ‘He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper‘, 97bpm ‘Pump Up The Bass‘, 105bpm ‘Hip Hop Dancer’s Theme‘, 100⅓-101bpm ‘DJ On The Wheels‘, 85bpm ‘Time To Chill‘, 98bpm ‘As We Go‘, 0-127-0bpm ‘Rhythm Trax — House Party Style‘, 101bpm ‘Let’s Get Busy Baby‘, 0-122½-127-126bpm ‘Live At Union Square, November 1986‘, 88bpm ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand‘, 107-85-81½-0bpm ‘My Buddy‘, 100-0bpm ‘Human Video Game‘, 85-0bpm ‘A Nightmare On My Street‘.

JUNGLE BROTHERS ‘Because I Got It Like That’ (US Idlers WAR 016)
Red Alert-mixed naggingly driving 103bpm oddly infectious talk-chanted jitterer, more funk than rap, with a deadly little organ riff amongst other doubtless pilfered ingredients (in four mixes), already raved about by Tim Jeffery.

BOU-KAHN ‘Magic’ (US Quark Records QK 009)
Whisperingly muttered sensuous smooth spacey 121¼-0bpm bongo pattered house bubbler, rather sneaky and a likely grower (inst flip).

HOKUS POKUS featuring Bryant HadIey & Derrick (Flex) Morris ‘That’s How I Feel’ (US West Madison Street Records WMSD-1205)
Cymbal sizzling machine washed 124¾bpm acid house rap, an interesting amalgam (maybe they’re learning from us in Chicago?), but not in fact for airplay in its main vocal “Radio Mix” of the four versions — be warned!

HOUSE GANG ‘Hittrax II’ (US International House Records IHR-004)
Mike Hitman Wilson, Mr Lee. DJ Pierre and Bad Boy Bill-created fierce acid house racer, in stun-gunned 125bpm Work My Body (Remix) and (Instr), girl stuttered 125½bpm Let No Man Trax, “hard as hell”-scratching 123bpm Cool J Trax and “lick the dick, bitch”-stuttered 123bpm L.T.D. versions.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS ‘Joy (Extended Remix)’ (US Asylum 0-66766)
Calloway Bros-created perhaps over-chunkily thudding though otherwise gentle jiggly swaying 103⅓bpm jogger — it could be his voice needs camouflaging these days (in five mixes).

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘I Gave It Up (When I Fell In Love)’ (Epic LUTH T6)
Breezily swinging fast 126½bpm canterer, for his pop fans, coupled with the bass snapped 0-119bpm ‘She’s A Super Lady‘ and Les Adams’ old DMC-featured ‘Luther In Love‘ megamix, slickly accelerating through ‘Never Too Much (111)/I Really Didn’t Mean It (115)/It’s Over Now (116½)/I Wanted Your Love (120)/For The Sweetness Of Your Love (124)/I’ll Let You Slide’ (133½bpm, presumably this frantic latter being the original cause of the whole mix).

RICHARD VALENTINE ‘Come Back Lover’ (Champion CHAMP 12-73)
Meandering ticking jitterer something like a male Joyce Sims, here in just four mixes by Robert Clivilles and David Cole, the 112¼bpm Hard Club Version, 112bpm Done Properly Dub, 112½bpm Apache Beats and 112⅔bpm Percapella.

KID FLASH ‘Hot Like Fire (Extended Version)’ (Tabu 651521 6)
Strong jiggly jolting 0-102bpm catchy bragging rap funkily based on the Ohio Players’ ‘Fire’ (dub/bonus beat too), worth checking now it’s out here.

DYNAMIC 3 ‘I Feel Dynamic’ (Tuff Groove TUFF-002, via 01-737 3237)
Smiley Culture-ish frantic 121⅓-0bpm UK rap scratched by DJ Sasha to James Brown’s jerkily jolting speedy ‘(Call Me) Super Bad’ beat (inst flip).

YOUNG M.C. ‘I Let ‘Em Know’ (US Delicious Vinyl DV-004)
Fast talking jerky 0-101⅙bpm rap, another one based on Wild Cherry’s ‘Play That Funky Music’, and a tongue twisting ‘The Fastest Rhyme’ acappella started 98bpm piano jingled ‘My Name Is Young‘ flip (both with instrumentals too).

SHA-ROCK & INF ‘Wait Stop Start The Clock’ (US Young’s Recording Co YR 127)
Jolting 97⅙bpm rap with human beat box, set — like Sweet Tee’s ‘It’s Like That Y’All’ — to Betty Wright’s old ‘Clean Up Woman’ (Dub Version too, and the 98⅓bpm ‘Sherriff’s Rap‘ in three mixes).

COOL C ‘Down To The Grissle’ (US Hilltop Hustlers HTH-003)
Steady B co-produced sparse stark 96⅙bpm rap jolter scratched by Tat Money, plus the JBs-ish 97⅓bpm ‘C Is Cool‘ (instrumentals too).

CAPTAIN G. WHIZ ‘It’s Hyped’ (US Tuff City TUF 128024)
Very heavily juddering 97⅙bpm rap ‘n’ scratch with a catchy “go Gee Whiz” chant, plus the chattering abrasive lurching 94bpm ‘All The Way Live‘ (instrumentals too).

NINI ‘Instant Attitude’ (US Parliament Records WEG-1000)
A former San Diego beauty queen slotting competently between the cranking 114½bpm jerky beats of a routine staccato Janet-ish jolter (in three mixes), short of inspiration but serviced on import to Bullet’s mailing list DJs.

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO ‘Got The Fear (Titanium Mix)’ (Sweatbox Records SOX 023R)
Samples crammed scratching angry intense (0-)103-102⅚-0bpm jitterer with a white boy rap quite wild in spurts but unlikely to get radio exposure thanks to its language – missing from the flip’s instrumental (0-)103⅙-0bpm Without Jack mix — these in fact being remixes of the earlier more stark and somehow harder original 102⅓-0bpm ‘Suck Hard’ (SOX 023), which was only ever on limited release but seemed to have more DJ support.


REMIXES

OFF ‘Electrica Salsa (Baba Baba) (The PWL Mix)‘ (Ton Son Ton SONL 1, via PRT), the great hypnotic Falco-type phonetically English muttered Eurodisco chugger may finally now hit nationally in this beefier but not brutal 118½bpm remix;

SHEIK FAWAZ ‘Mohamed’s House (Arabic Acid Remix)’ (Circa Records YRTX 10), bass pushed jerkier 124½-0bpm mix minus the synth line;

FULL HOUSE ‘Communicate (Flashback House Mix)’ (Swedish Btech 12TEK3), 0-118⅓-0bpm house jiggler re-mixed by Swedish DJ Maths Palmgren with clumsy drop-ins and samples;

T.C. CURTIS ‘Pack Up Your Things And Get Out Of My Life (Out Of My Life Remix)‘ (Hot Melt 12TCT15R), simple 115⅓bpm whinneying lurcher made much busier with scratching and in-fills, plus a leaner percussive instrumental 117¼bpm Pack Up Remix flip.


THE CLUB CHART – April 16, 1988

01 05 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in white label
02 01 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) (BOMB THE HOUSE MIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
03 04 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX/DUB) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 06 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
05 02 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
06 34 COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER (THE PAYBACK MIX) James Brown, Urban 12in promo
07 03 I WANT HER (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
08 18 WALK AWAY (12in CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE) Joyce Sims, London 12in
09 53 I WANT YOU BACK (PHIL HARDING ’88 REMIX/ORIGINAL) Jackson 5, Motown 12in
10 23 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
11 07 DO THIS MY WAY/NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
12 09 WAM BAM (12” REMIX) NT Gang, Cooltempo 12in
13 08 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron Records 12in
14 12 GOOD TIMES (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REMIX) Chic, Atlantic 12in
15 19 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP/GUESS? WHO? Doug E & The Get Fresh Crew, US Reality 12in
16 15 DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
17 21 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
18 54 LET’S PICK UP THE PIECES (AND MAKE SOME MUSIC) Twin-Beat, Big One 12in mailing list promo
19 13 YES IT’S YOU Sweet Charles/THINK (ABOUT IT)/ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN Lyn Collins, Urban 12in
20 16 LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
21 33 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh 12in
22 26 YOU ARE THE ONE (ESSENTIAL CLUB MIX) Taurus Boyz featuring Kevin Henry, Cooltempo 12in
23 61 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (TOWNHOUSE CUTS)/(SIZZLE HOUSE CANADIAN CLUB MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
24 56 PUSH THE BEAT (BAUHAUS) Cappella, Fast Globe 12in
25 29 CAN’T LOVE YOU TONIGHT (EXTENDED REMIX)/THE SURGEON GENERAL’S FUNKY 4/4 BEAT Gwen Guthrie, Warner Bros 12in
26 32 NITE AND DAY/NUIT ET JOUR Al B Sure!, US Warner Bros 12in
27 14 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS’ REMIXES) Wally Jump Jr & the Criminal Element,  Breakout 12in
28 17 GIVE IT TO ME (RADIO MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MIX) Bam Bam, Serious Records 12in
29 62 I NEED SOMEBODY (FLY GUY MIX/MARSHALL’S CHICAGO MIX) Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
30 36 HOUSE REACTION (UNION JACK MIX/TOTAL MAYHEM/ORIGINAL SCRATCH MIXES) T-Cut-F, 10 Records 12in
31 10 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
32 28 IN MY DREAMS/A LOVE SUPREME/DO YOU?/FREE Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
33 25 GIVE IT TO ME (DOUBLE TROUBLE EXTENDED REMIX) Bam Bam, Serious 12in
34 43 JEALOUSY & LIES/ALTERNATIVE DANCE MIX Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
35 20 FAITH (EXTENDED VERSION) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
36 11 DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE/SPENG Coldcut featuring Yazz, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
37 48 ANYONE… Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
38 31 GIRLFRIEND (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
39 55 M.F.S.B. (IN FULL EFFECT) Well Red (DJ D Zire), Virgin 12in promo
40 35 BOUNCY HOUSE (UNDERGROUND MIX) Adrenalin MOD, MCA Records 12in
41 — RUN’S HOUSE/BEATS TO THE RHYME Run-DMC, London 12in promo
42 40 MOHAMED’S HOUSE (SALAAM ALEIKUM/LIVE AT THE HAREM) Sheik Fawaz, Circa Records 12in
43 78 HOT BUTTERFLY Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie, Urban 12in promo
44 27 I FEEL IT (CONSTRUCTION MIX/MAKUMBA MIX) Suzie and the Cubans, Champion 12in
45 37 STRONG ISLAND J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E., Hardcore/B Boy Records 12in
46 57 DREAMING (UP ALL NIGHT MIX) Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
47 47 SET IT OFF (BUNKER ’88 PINK INK MIX) Bunker Kru, Champion 12in
48 22 DON’T LOCK ME OUT (SUPER BASS CLUB MIX/CLUB MIX) Terry Billy, Atlantic 12in
49 39 PUSH IT (REMIX)/I AM DOWN Salt-n-Pepa/HIT ‘EM WITH THIS Antoinette, ffrr 12in
50 51 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in promo
51 38 NOBODY CAN LOVE ME Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal 12in
52 — AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
53 75 I WANT HER (DANCE ‘TIL YA SWEAT MIX) Keith Sweat, Elektra 12in
54 42 HOW LOW CAN YOU GO Project Club, Supreme Records 12in
55 99 WHO DO YOU LOVE (EXTENDED 12” MIX) Rodney Saulsberry, Big Wave 12in
56 46 I FOUND YOU Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
57 24 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (EXTENDED MIX) Taja Sevelle, Reprise Records 12in
58 70 GET LUCKY (EXTENDED REMIX) Jermaine Stewart, Siren 12in
59 45 FLY GIRL/ON THE STRENGTH Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Elektra LP
60 88 SHOUT/TOM TOM Jack Frost and the Circle Jerks/GET THE HOLE Townsell (‘Acid Tracks’), US Serious LP
61 63 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED) Keith Sweat, US Vintertainment 12in
62 77 HOUSE TRAIN (NEW YORK MIX) Risse, Jack Trax 12in
63 41 DON’T TURN AROUND (REMIX) Aswad, Mango 12in
64 30 RAW Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
65 44 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, US Columbia 12in
66 66 YOU GOTS TO CHILL (CLUB VERSION) EPMD, US Fresh Records 12in
67 59 BIG THING (EXTENDED) Blue Zone, Arista/Rockin’Horse Records 12in
68 — DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER (MANTRONIK MIX) The Kane Gang, Kitchenware Records 12in
69 67 OOO LA LA LA (EXTENDED VERSION) Teena Marie, Epic 12in
70 93 GOOD LOVIN’ Dave Collins, GTI Records 12in mailing list promo
71 — SLAMMIN’/BUGGIN’ IN THE CRIB Freak-L, US Urban Rock Records 12in
72 50 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (THE DEREK ON ERIC REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
73 100= HERE WE GO AGAIN/JAZZY’S IN THE HOUSE/CHARLIE MACK – THE FIRST OUT THE LIMO/BRAND NEW FUNK/HE’S THE DJ, I’M THE RAPPER Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, US Jive LP
74 49 OUT ON A MISSION Lost In Bass, Beatmaster Records 12in
75 98 FROM DA GIDDY-UP/ONCE MORE YOU HEAR THE DOPE STUFF/CHUCK CHILLOUT 3-D, US Hilltop Hustlers 12in/CityBeat promo
76 69 HEARTACHE/GIVIN’ UP ON LOVE/LET ME BE THE ONE/EARLY MORNING LOVE Jean Carne, RCA LP
77 — A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, US Fourth Floor Records 12in/Champion promo
78 84 LET’S HAVE SOME FUN The WG Band, IZE Records 12in
79 re HOUSEDOCTORS (GOTTA GET DOWN)/(CRAZY CUTS MIX) The Housedoctors, Big One 12in
80 — CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL) LA Mix, Breakout 12in pre-release
81 90 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) Magic Lady, US Motown 12in
82 58 SAMBA FOR MARIA/I AM YOUR MELODY/PRIVATE STOCK Norman Connors, Capitol LP
83 91 SUPER-CASANOVA Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, US DNA International 12in
84 60 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell, Breakout 12in
85 65 FAITH (JON WILLIAMS REMIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in white label
86 — THAT’S HOW I FEEL Hokus Pokus featuring Bryant Hadley & Derrick (Flex) Morris, US West Madison Street Records 12in
87 — MASTER DONE IT In Full Effect, US MM 12in “mixer”
88 — ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (DANCE MIX) Nasty Rox Inc, ZTT 12in mailing list promo
89 71 TOGETHER FOREVER (HOUSE OF LOVE MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
90 80 I’LL MEET YOU ALONG THE WAY Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in white label
91 73 15 MINUTES Ca Sa (Antonio Valesquez & Wolfgang Prinz), Diamond Duel 12in white label
92 — WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN 12” VOCAL REMIX) Taja Sevelle, US Paisley Park 12in
93 82 LOVE CALLS/IT’S A CHOICE/MISSING YOU Visions, US Polydor LP
94 72 JOIN ME PLEASE…(HOME BOYS – MAKE SOME NOISE)/LOVE LETTER (DEAR TRACY)/GET STUPID (PART III) Mantronix, 10 Records LP
95 — GOODFOOTIN’ Pedro, B.U.M. 12in
96 96 “GIRL (YOU ROCK MY WORLD)” Utopia, Doo 12in white label
97 — LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE NO MORE (ZANZ MIX) The Basement Boys, US Jump Street 12in/Champion promo
98 — NUDE PHOTO ’88 (ULTIMATE MIX/ACID BURNS MIX/SINISTER/WIGGIN) Mayday, Kool Kat 12in
99 97 YES, I HAVE RETURNED/BASS TO THE BEAT Richie Rich, Gee St Records 12in
100 re MAGIC FEET/SO LET IT BE HOUZE! Mike Dunn, US Westbrook Records 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean, Jive 12in
02 02 DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad, Mango 12in
03 05 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 06 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
05 15 CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
06 19 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
07 03 BEAT DIS (EXTENDED DIS) Bomb The Bass, Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12in
08 18 I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
09 07 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
10 04 DROP THE BOY Bros, CBS 12in
11 16 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
12 09 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in
13 — WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
14 — JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
15 11 TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley, RCA 12in
16 08 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
17 10 I WANT HER Keith Sweat, Vintertainment/Elektra 12in
18 17 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
19 — A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
20 12 GOODGROOVE Derek B, Music Of Life 12in


SCOTTISH DANCE

01 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
02 03 I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
03 04 HEART (DISCO MIX)/(DANCE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
04 02 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
05 06 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
06 09 LET’S ALL CHANT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
07 — I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
08 10 OH YEAH Yello, Mercury 12in
09 05 DROP THE BOY Bros, CBS 12in
10 07 ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson, Atlantic 12in


HI-NRG

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

3 thoughts on “April 16, 1988: Prestatyn ‘Pres Jam’ report, The Break Boys, Narada, Pedro, E.U., DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince”

  1. A couple more false alarms this week: the Hip House mix of The Break Boys isn’t “hip house”, and DJ Sasha of the Dynamic Three isn’t THAT Sasha. Nevertheless, this does mark the first appearance of the words “hip” and “house” next to each other, and the “Yaaah” that runs through ‘And The Break Goes On’ will resurface in two years’ time, on D-Shake’s track of the same name.

    Just when you thought go go was dead and buried, the DC scene scores its biggest commercial success by some distance, thanks to E.U.’s ‘Da Butt’, which topped the US Hot Black Singles chart, and even reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, this proved to be more of a last gasp than a renaissance.

    With ‘Because I Got It Like That’, The Jungle Brothers give us our first sighting of the looser, more playful and more Afrocentric Native Tongues/Daisy Age style of hip hop, which would come to greater prominence during 1989.

    I’ve added a scan of the advert for Red Records – complete with a photo of Trevor Nelson – as it became a key destination for record buyers, especially those who were into the KISS FM scene; my sister was there almost every weekend.

    S-Express reach the top of the Club Chart this week, and they’d soon be at the top of the pop chart too, with THE all-conquering tune of the season. Although seen as achingly trendy at the time, they’ve suffered the perennial fate of the instantly fashionable, and – like ‘Pump Up The Volume’, ‘Beat Dis’, ‘Doctorin’ The House’ and all the other “bass bombing volume pumpers” – you’ll rarely hear them revived now. We are in the middle of a deluge of these types of tunes, and yet they’ve left little legacy, except perhaps for sowing the seeds of what eventually became Big Beat in the mid-Nineties.

    But there’s another significant aspect to ‘Theme From S-Express’, which has stood the test of time. With its prominent and widely recognised Rose Royce sample, it signposts the continuing disco revival which had been building since mid-1987, and which I had been witnessing at my own nights, where golden age classics from 1977-79 filled the floor with dancers who were old enough to remember them from the radio, but too young to have been participants in the original scene. The usual rules of revivalism (10 years old: LOL, what were we thinking / 20 years old: cool / 30 years old: classic) were being flouted, and I cannot of think of any other instance where a genre has been brought back so quickly.

    Equally unusually, the disco revival never fully went away, and the music is as popular today, right across the generations, as it has ever been, augmented by a thriving “nu-disco” scene of several years’ standing. Maybe that’s partly because disco is such a shapeshifter of a genre, which can simultaneously embrace opposites: authentic and artificial, mainstream and marginalised, naff and cool, nostalgic and relevant. But whatever the reasons, it’s wonderful to see how James’s influence has lived on, whether or not people know about the man himself.

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  2. And the disco revival that as you say never receded again may owe at least something to rare groove with those rare groovers and their ‘70s fashions’ similar to which you’d see represented all over the sleeves and videos for all the full on disco revival type of house in the 1990s.
    I’m not surprised Theme to S Express crossed over massively and immediately as the promotional campaign was massive. – you could hardly go down to the underground without seeing the stickers advertising at all over the escalators – they were everywhere.

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    1. Yes, I agree that rare groove and the disco revival were linked, and the KISS FM crowd in London were moving on to jazz-funk and what would become known as boogie, the latter term coming into circulation via the two Boogie Tunes compilation LPs that were issued in 1988. In this respect, the first track on the first compilation – Derrick’s ‘Boogie Times’ (1983) – was a significant choice.

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