BEATS & PIECES
L.A. Mix ‘Check This Out’ is now on CD single, just in its original 12 inch mixes, one of only a few disco hits to get this treatment so far… ‘Tricky Dicky’ Richard Scanes is helping fill the void left by Record Shack’s closure and opens another Hi-NRG shop, Trax in London’s Soho at 55 Greek Street, Hazell Dean performing the opening ceremony next Wednesday (June 15) at 1 pm — meanwhile, veteran gay DJ Dicky’s existing Record Cellar in Newport Court will continue more as a collectors’ shop… rm’s Hi-NRG chart, incidentally, is compiled with scrupulous honesty but can only be as good as the DJs’ chart returns that we receive, which means its critics have themselves to blame if they don’t send us their own returns (it’s fair to point out that the critics seem evenly divided both for and against a certain prolific Hi-NRG producer, so we must be doing something right if the chart manages to offend everybody — so stop your bickering, girls, or we’ll use the space for something else!)… Pete Waterman only identifies himself as “The Hitman” on his Saturday 10am-noon Radio City show (soon to be more widely networked), without apparently plugging his real name at all — although he does rather plug his productions!… Charlie Dickson’s soul show on County Donegal’s DCR FM 100 has moved to a new midnight-3am time slot on Sunday and Monday mornings (that’s Saturday and Sunday nights)… Psychic TV’s use of the Superman name and DC logo has, as suspected, attracted the attention of trademark owners DC Comics and caused the rapid withdrawal of ‘Tune In (Turn On The Acid House)’, in that form anyway… Pascal Gabriel’s pseudonymous solo is at last now due out, on WEA, credited on the sleeve’s sticker as “Emilio Pasquez presents Batman — quality sonic sounds from the pink sandbox”… S-Express have been filming a video in New York for their upcoming ‘Super Fly Guy’ – super fly, fly, fly-fl-fl-fly guy? (or doesn’t anyone remember the, what amounts to stuttered and scratched, Dickie Goodman send-up of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Superfly’, a real rare groove?!)… M-D-Emm’s ‘Get Acidic’ is 121¼-120⅔bpm not too easy to read last week… The Funky Worm’s nervily shuffling 120¾bpm ‘Hustle (To The Music)‘, its correct title, will be out commercially at the end of June actually on FON through WEA, and does drop into the ‘Spanish Hustle’ rhythm riff, while it’s the flip’s 121¼bpm Freestyle Sax Mix that’s Manu Dibango-ish — the trio from Sheffield comprise DJs Parrot and Ping Pong with singer Julie Stewart (previously seen dancing behind Krush)… Area Code 615’s distinctively harmonica-ed ‘Stone Fox Chase‘, best known as the theme tune from TV’s ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ but long established as a US break beat and due to reappear here soon as the basis for various new bass bombers (well, it beats workin’), is currently selling as an old import in a 110⅔bpm disco remake from 1986 by Icarus, on Canadian Unidisc (MM-012)… Rhythm King are promoting their upcoming ‘Latin Hip Hop’ compilation LP with white labels of the weedy shrill Shannon-meets-Madonna type 0-122⅓bpm Sa-Fire ‘Let Me Be The One‘ — if this is Latin hip hop, you can have it!… The Mafia ‘ABC’, described last week, turns out to emanate from Waterlooville (Portsmouth) based BBH Records… Brand New Heavies lead singer is called Linda Muriel… GEE st Records rapper Goldtop gets his name because, a nice idea, he’s actually a white boy with bright blond hair!… Skinny Boys ‘Get Pepped‘ has already been promoed here hard on the heels of the import, on Jive (JIVE T 177)… Martyn ‘Griff’ Griffith is the latest South Wales soul jock to try weekly funk/house/hip hop at Bridgend’s Astons, starting this Wednesday (June 8)… 10 Records are having a private “house” party this Thursday (9) at Mayfair’s Legends, ahead of 10pm public admission, with Kevin ‘Reese’ Saunderson, Derrick May and Blake Baxter jocking and PAing (supported on the wheels of steel by London’s own Paul Oakenfold and Colin Faver) — but, even more interestingly, Kool Kat get a bigger look in when the same “techno” trio check in on Sunday (12) at Kingswinford’s Christopher’s America (between Dudley and Wolverhampton) with PAs by T-Cut-F, Hotline and more plus DJs Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Neil Rushton, Kenni James and Winston… DJ Tee has brand new equipment to play with at South London’s refurbished Thomas A’Becket in the Old Kent Rood, funkiest on Fri/Saturday… Pieces Of A Dream’s album sleeve features such artily minimal typeface lettering that the song title ‘Feeling For You’ comes out reading “IIIIIN’ IOR YOI” — really useful for radio DJs! … Bowlegged Lou, no oil painting himself, in Full Force’s hilarious ‘Def (I Love All The Women In The World)‘, refers to Fergie (that’s HRH the Duchess of York to you) as “pretty — pretty ugly”!… GET OFF!
JAMES BROWN ‘I’m Real’ (US Scotti Bros FZ 44241)
Good God! UHH! Huh-huh! He’s back, the grand old man of heavy heavy super funk returns in blazing form, but helped immeasurably by the production and writing of Full Force, whose witty approach to this album is reverential although there’s also a slightly tongue-in-cheek element of pastiche as they expertly recreate the feel of his classic old grooves, actually adding crackling surface noise to give that authentic old sound to the storming 0-109bpm ‘Static (Part 1 & 2)’, original saxist Maceo Parker blowing on the (0-)112-0bpm ‘She Looks All Types A’ Good‘, 108-0bpm ‘Keep Keepin’‘ and 54bpm ‘You And Me‘, while tricky funk flows on the 100⅚bpm ‘Time To Get Busy‘, 100bpm ‘Can’t Git Enuf‘, 0-105½bpm ‘I’m Real‘ and human beatboxed 99-98⅓bpm ‘Godfather Runnin’ The Joint‘. In fact, to show how much Mr Brown needs Full Force, the frantically untogether 0-129¼-128½-129bpm ‘It’s Your Money$‘ is his only unaided solo creation, and easily the set’s worst track. That apart, you gotta have it, you need it!
FULL FORCE ‘Your Love Is So Def (F.F. Remix)’ (US Columbia 44-07828)
Even though the original version is from their (pre-‘I’m Real’) most recent LP, and their vocal enunciation and interplay are slinkier, the meaty beaty beefy bruisers weave and worry through a funky drummered 112bpm jerky tense rhythm that’s obviously inspired now by close encounters of the Brown kind – Mr Brown himself being scratched into the dubwise 111⅔-112-0bpm ‘Your Love (So Def — So Dope Mix)‘, while Bowlegged Lou’s 111⅓-111¼-111⅓-0bpm ‘Def (I Love All The Women In The World)‘ is hilariously about Vanity, Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, Lady Di and Fergie, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, and many more (111⅓bpm Single Version too).
J.M. SILK ‘All In Vain (London Mix)’ (Jack Trax JTX 16)
Staccato mournfully sung cymbal schlurped 119-0bpm lurching and bubbling house thudder in four mixes, more stuttery in the B-side’s Dub and Insane Mixes — and more of a song than most Chicago house.
JAZZ & THE BROTHERS GRIMM ‘(Let’s All Go Back) Disco Nights’ (Ensign JAZZ 1, via Chrysalis)
GQ’s 1979 classic in a terrific breezy slick 120½bpm revival, right in the current retro fashion (although touted as “the first Balearic Beat hit”, trying to latch it to yet another trend), with bursts of rap and a pared down retread of the original sound, flipped by the less exciting juddery tugging talked and scratched 100bpm ‘Just The Way You Like lt‘.
MELI’SA MORGAN ‘Good Love (Extended Version)’ (Capitol 12CL 483)
Her last album’s most ‘Fool’s Paradise’-like track has been remixed here by Pete Hammond, making it a soulfully wailed and gurgled now rumbling and rolling 103⅓bpm attractive tense soaring swayer, flipped by the more hesitantly lurching original 103⅔bpm Album Version and sinuous 85bpm ‘Here Comes The Night’ (not the old song).
DISCO TWINS & STARCHILD ‘Do That Right’ (US Twins Records RB 888)
Although set to a much thinner and tinnier looping 102⅓bpm jittery go go hip hop beat, this youthful girl-led rap keeps dropping into ‘Da’Butt’ and between using lots of long words is partly about that very dance, with an equally good ‘Clean Up Woman’-type scratching 99⅙bpm ‘There It Is’ flip (both with beats/dub too), hitting already as it was omitted from last week’s reviews.
RICHIE RICH ‘Turn It Up’ (Club RRGB 2)
James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Public Enemy’s “brothers and sisters”, and all sorts of familiar samples cram an unpretentiously chugging 111½-0bpm jiggler (dub flip), created by London’s bass bombing busy remix DJ, who’s blatantly aiming for crossover – and overground – success in his own right now (due commercially on June 20).
TRUE MATHEMATICS ‘True Mathematics Greatest Hits’ (Champion CHAMP 1014)
Not a group but a plaintively rapping single bloke (plus his DJ Educational), produced by Hank Shocklee, Carl Ryder and Eric Sadler, with lots of familiar samples and scratches in the sinuous weaving 100bpm ‘For The Lover In You’ (rhythmically combining James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’ and Lillo Thomas’s ‘Sexy Girl’), jittery swaying 98bpm ‘Get Funky Everybody‘, juddery 98⅙bpm ‘True Mathematics‘, emphatic 98bpm ‘Portrait Of A Rap Star‘, jiggly 98-0bpm ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore‘, conversational girls started 85bpm ‘Be My Girl‘, currently 12-inched KC-cutting 104bpm ‘K.A.O.S.S. (Greeks In Effect Pt 2)‘ and telephoning 99⅙bpm ‘For The Money‘, older sinister 95¼bpm ‘After Dark’ and jolting 96⅔bpm ‘Greeks In The House’.
PIECES OF A DREAM ‘Makes You Wanna’ (US EMI-Manhattan El-48740)
Pleasant set of soulful vocals and jazzy keyboard instrumentals, a good useful 98⅙bpm jogging revival of Keni Burke’s enduringly influential ‘Rising To The Top’ being hottest of the former, along with the het-up swaying 95⅚bpm ‘Feelin’ For You‘, shuffling 109bpm ‘We Belong To Each Other‘ and currently 12-inched jauntily half-steppin’ 99⅚bpm ‘Ain’t My Love Enough‘, while the catchily jiggling go go hip hop piano tinkled 98bpm title track leads the latter, along with the Grover Washington Jr soprano saxed gently meandering 92/46bpm ‘Holding Back The Years‘, Thelonious Monk’s bluesily lurching 91⅔-92-0bpm ‘Round Midnight’, and doodling 0-79-0bpm ‘Mellow Magic’.
BOBBY BROWN ‘Don’t Be Cruel (Extended Version)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23861)
Babyface & LA-produced plaintive swaying lightly juddery 101⅔-101½bpm jogger, sort of Cameo meet Nick Martinelli (dub/acappella flip), well made but nothing really special —and nothing to do with Elvis Presley!
HOUSE GANG ‘Hittrax II (Cool J Trax)’ (Kool Kat KOOLT 19)
Hard to find for a while on import, this “how you like me now” and “(LL) Cool J hard as (hell)” scratching 123bpm electronically jittered hip hop house track by Mike Hitman Wilson, Mr Lee, DJ Pierre and Bad Boy Bill here leads off the now only four-track 12 inch, with the “lick the dick, bitch”-stuttered 123bpm ‘L.T.D.’, more acidic stun-gunned 125bpm ‘Work My Body (Remix)‘ and its machine washed 125½bpm Instrumental, too.
COLD CRUSH BROTHERS ‘Feel The Horns’ (B-Boy Records BEBOY 1, via Westside Records Ltd)
Short urgent 0-98bpm tense staccato rap with a jittery sax riff in JB style, flipped by the lazy groove-cutting 0-93bpm ‘We Can Do This‘, hot already on import.
MAY-MAY ALI ‘Satisfaction’ (US House Jam Records HJ-100)
Philadelphia International Records launch this new independently distributed logo (presumably named to cover more modern bases) with a young oriental girl’s meandering 100⅔bpm rap, which combines chorus quotes from ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ through James Brown’s ‘Get On The Good Foot’ and other scratches (inst flip).
WEE PAPA GIRL RAPPERS featuring TWO MEN & A DRUM MACHINE ‘Heat It Up’ (Jive JIVE T 174)
Fine Young Cannibals Andy Cox and David Steele turn out to be the producers behind this jauntily jittering 0- 115¼bpm hybrid UK hip hop house chugger, with a catchy “it’s like that, yeah, so heat it up” chorus, sampled dialogue and beats (instrumental, and moody reggae-ish 0-84bpm ‘Flaunt It‘ too), still more rap than house like this but also due in a totally different Kevin ‘Reese’ Saunderson remix (JIVE R 174) that’s pounding 0-121⅓bpm pure acid house (instrumental too).
ANTHONY & THE CAMP ‘Suspense’ (US Warner Bros/Jellybean 1-25648)
A soulfully sung good varied vocal group set combining traditional and modern elements, in the Eumir Deodato-produced attractive pulsing 116½bpm ‘Thought I Could Handle It’ and languid 87bpm ‘Don’t Forget Your Way To My Love‘, Nick Martinelli-produced juddery 110¼bpm ‘Who Do You Love (What’s It Gonna Be)‘, with an exciting trombone break, and fluttery 108⅓bpm ‘A Little Closer To Me‘, Jellybean-produced jittery 109bpm ‘I Take Chances‘ and striding 117½bpm ‘What I Like‘, Marcus Miller-produced sombre 78bpm title track and dull Cameo-ish 104bpm ‘Touch & Go Girl’.
THE JUNGLE BAND featuring MICKEY MURRAY ‘Marvellous’ (Charly Groove CYZ 125)
Billy Crystal’s “you look marvellous” catchphrase turned into a James Brown-ish 101⅓-101bpm meandering repetitive jiggler (in three mixes) by Mr Brown’s sometime latter day drummer Tony Cook with veteran Augusta vocalist Mickey Murray (who revived Otis Redding’s ‘Shout Bama Lama’ in 1967).
THE PARTY PEOPLE featuring BOBBY BUSH ‘Funky Way To Treat Somebody (The Jody Mix)’ (Hi Hut Georgia HH3)
Monotonously rambling 101¼-102¼-103⅓-104¼bpm old fashioned funk chugger (in four mixes) co-created by James Brown’s latter day drummer Tony Cook, who keeps making records like this which never deliver as much as they may seem to promise on paper.
ATTITUDE ‘Riot In The House’ (Jiant AT 1201)
M|A|R|R|S meets S-Express, ZPL, LA Mix (including the “check this out” phrase) and a lot more besides in yet another jaunty 0-119-0bpm bass bomber crammed with quite witty samples, bits of rap and female chorus – nothing new, though more fun than some.
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ‘Share This House (House Mix)’ (10 Records TEN X 233)
Veteran Detroit soul producer Don Davis is sadly responsible for this dreadful monotonous drily percussive jittering 123¼bpm acid house instrumental, in four mixes, the girls sung “jacking” Radio Version being perhaps the most banal I’ve ever heard. This from the man who produced the Dramatics!
ORANGE LEMON ‘The Texican’ (Champion CHAMP 12-78)
Todd Terry-created 117-0bpm hip hop house that scratches and samples lots of electro oldies through a jittery dull beat (dub too), coupled with the more flowing but monotonously long, synthed and roto-tommed 115⅔-115⅓-0bpm ‘Dreams Of Santa Anna‘.
DALE ‘Simon Simon (Extended Remix)’ (US Paisley Park Records 0-20818)
Blonde girl squawked chugging 116¾bpm jiggly basher getting radio attention only from the usual Prince-boosting “black music” jocks despite being basically pure pop – and not bad at that.
SUGAR AND SPICE ‘Downtown (The Killer Mix)’ (Hot Melt TCT 17)
TC Curtis-created and sung wriggly burbling 118½bpm harmless simple pop house jolter with repetitive backing girls (in five mixes, none however with a cutting edge).
ELTON JOHN ‘I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That (Remix)’ (The Rocket Record Company EJS 1612), Shep Pettibone-remixed frantically racing 0-135½-0bpm galloper with a true Hi-NRG flavour in this mix despite other more familiar and typical Elton John nuances;
PEPSI AND SHIRLIE ‘Hightime (Jellybean 12″ Remix)’ (Polydor PZ1), Jellybean-remixed loping 112bpm breezy jiggler in something like the Mel & Kim style, not as fast as it sounds;
WENDY ‘Over You (DJ Mix)’ (Chartflow-UK CHF 1201), routine but well made jauntily bounding 127½-0bpm textbook “Hi-NRG” with a useful long rhythm breakdown;
JET VEGAS ‘Sex, Power & Fun (Fatally Attractive Mix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1238), bellowing Dead Or Alive meet Frankie Goes To Hollywood relaxing ‘In The Navy’-type 127½-0bpm rattler;
THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT ‘Take Me Love Tonight (Telephone Mix)’ (Fantasia Records FTA X 117), Ian Anthony Stephens-created 120bpm Eurobeat canterer sung in staccato breathy bursts;
ANDY PAUL ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ (Nine O Nine NINE 19), waveringly pitched 122bpm Rick Astley-type canterer by an hirsute George Michael lookalike;
ASHLEY PAUL ‘When Boys Cry’ (Nine O Nine NINE 18), Joel Diamond-produced 1241/2-0bpm lurcher in the current US nymphet style, except this girl’s voice could shatter concrete;
KARINA LOMBARD ‘Little By Little’ (Leila Records LEK 12 2, via PRT), Paris-based Tahitian French girl uncertainly cooing a jiggly 117¼bpm Eurobeat treatment of Living In A Box’s song;
KT ‘Knee Deep In Love (Extended)’ (Spritz 12SPR1T 1, via Priority/BMG), dreadful dated disjointed 0-126¼bpm girl-sung pop rock disco canterer, inept in most departments!
THE CLUB CHART – June 11, 1988
01 02 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
02 03 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX/NY MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
03 02 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX/DUB MIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
04 04 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
05 17 MOVIN’ 1988 (PHIL HARDING EXTENDED MIX/THE LET’S ALL CHANT MIX) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
06 18 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
07 11 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
08 16 BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in
09 07 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
10 — STATIC (PART 1 & 2)/TIME TO GET BUSY/CAN’T GIT ENUF/SHE LOOKS ALL TYPES A’ GOOD/KEEP KEEPIN’/I’M REAL James Brown, US Scotti Bros LP
11 10 CAR WASH/IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce, MCA Records 12in
12 05 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
13 08 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
14 34 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, US MCA Records 12in
15 27 I’M REAL (F.F. HYPED UP MIX)/KEEP KEEPIN’ James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
16 15 MR BACHELOR (EXTENDED REMIX VERSION) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
17 14 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra 12in
18 19 GET BUSY (IT’S PARTYTIME!) (BODY ACTION/CLUB/BUSY HOUSE MIXES) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
19 12 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
20 06 WALK AWAY (12” CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE/HOUSE MIX) Joyce Sims, London 12in
21 25 YOU ARE THE ONE (THE REMIX) Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in
22 23 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
23 30 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
24 09 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
25 37 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX)/WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park Records 12in
26 55 ACID OVER (TYREE/HEAVENLY/SPECTRUM/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES) Tyree, ffrr 12in pre-release
27 — (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in pre-release
28 20 RUN’S HOUSE/BEATS TO THE RHYME Run-DMC, London 12in
29 13 I’M REAL James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
30 24 AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, Hardcore 12in
31 69 JEALOUSY & LIES (ALKALINE/LITMUS/ACID LIES REMIXES) Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
32 57 TURN IT UP Richie Rich, GEE St Records/Club 12in white label
33 — WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
34 50 CHECK THIS OUT (HAMMAPELLA/THE SALT LAKE CITY MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
35 22 GO Blow, 10 Records 12in
36 35 BAD YOUNG BROTHER (BILLY BEAT REMIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
37 32 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
38 46 MUSICAL FREEDOM/DUB/JAM UP DE MUSIC Paul Simpson, Cooltempo 12in
39 36 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) (LONG VERSION REMIX) Magic Lady, Motown 12in
40 28 THE PAYBACK MIX (COLDCUT MEETS THE GODFATHER) James Brown, Urban 12in
41 64 I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE/WE’RE INTO THIS GROOVE SLOW JAM (CAN I HAVE THIS DANCE WITH YOU) By All Means, Fourth & Broadway 12in
42 41 WE’VE GOT THE JUICE/SUCCESS/POWER MOVE/HUMAN TIME BOMB/BULLET FROM A GUN Derek B, Tuff Audio LP
43 45 GROOVE ME(EXTENDED VERSION) Guy, US Uptown Records 12in
44 43 ALPHABET ST. (ALBUM VERSION) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
45 — LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY (EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
46 — TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) (THE SCREAMING CAT MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
47 62 GOT TO GIVE/(ORIGINAL JAM) Brand New Heavies, Cooltempo 12in
48 58 ON THE BUGGED TIP/RAW (REMIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
49 — DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE/PROPHETS OF RAGE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 7”
50 — IN MY DREAMS (CLUB REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12” promo
51 21 INTERVENTION (EXTENDED MIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in
52 26 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL)/I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
53 51 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY Stetsasonic, US Tommy Boy 12in
54 52 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
55 29 MERCEDES BOY (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
56 68 STOP THE VIOLENCE Boogie Down Productions, Jive 12in
57 95 LOOSEY’S RAP (RIX MIX/LOOSEY’S HOUSE OF TRIX MIX/MARLEY MARL MIX/RAW RAP VERSION) Rick James featuring Roxanne Shanté, Warner Bros 12in
58 re MARY, MARY Run-DMC, London LP
59 — GO ON GIRL (STREETS AHEAD’S ROCKIN’ THE PARK MIX/ORIGINAL/DUB)/HAVE A NICE DAY Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
60 60 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT/WHENEVER YOU TOUCH ME/WHEN YOUR HEART SAYS YES Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Manhattan LP
61 42 PAYBACK (NORMAN COOK & STREETS AHEAD’S THE FINAL MIXDOWN) James Brown, Urban 12in
62 38 A LOVE SUPREME/IN MY DREAMS/DO YOU? Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway LP
63 70 SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE/SPANK-SPANK Phuture, US Trax Records 12in
64 79 SOUL SISTERS/SOFT BUT DEADLY Finesse & Synquis, US MCA Records 12in
65 39 MY ONE TEMPTATION (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REPRODUCTION REMIX/RADIO VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
66 — SATISFACTION May-May Ali, US House Jam Records 12in
67 — RISING TO THE TOP/MAKES YOU WANNA Pieces Of A Dream, US EMI-Manhattan LP
68 99 THE RIGHT STUFF Vanessa Williams, US Wing Records 12in
69 87 YOU DECIDED TO GO/SOMEBODY SAVE ME/DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO YOU/LET’S GET STARTED NOW By All Means, US Island LP
70 82 THE LOVERS (EXTENDED VERSION) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
71 54 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, CBS 12in
72 47 DA’BUTT (RADIO MIX/EXTENDED SOUNDTRACK VERSION) E.U., Manhattan 12in
73 — WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU (CHRIS PAUL REMIX) Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
74 67 WILD WORLD (LONG & SAXY) Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
75 59 GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW (EXTENDED REMIX) Wrecks-N-Effect, US Atlantic 12in
76 — K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (THE HEAT OF PASSION MIX) Siedah Garrett, US Qwest 12in
77 — GO (KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ SAUNDERSON DETROIT REMIX) Blow, 10 Records 12in
78 73 FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY (DANNY D REMIX) FB3/ABELE DANCE No Smoke featuring the Addis Possi, Cooltempo LP/12in promo
79 76 ALL THIS LOVE THAT I’M GIVING/UK RE-EDIT Gwen McCrae, Rhythm King 12in
80 — DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS (EXTENDED REMIX) Broomfield, CBS 12in
81 66 DO THAT RIGHT (RADIO) Disco Twins & Starchild, US Twins Records 12in
82 85 MOVIN’ 1988 (LES ADAMS’ THE BRASS CONSTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION MEDLEY)/MOVIN’ (ORIGINAL VERSION) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
83 — MY PART OF TOWN/DETONATOR Tuff Crew, US Soo Deff Records 12in
84 53 T.D.A. (HOW MANY SUGARS) (DOUBLE TROUBLE REMIX) Dr K, I-M-W 12in mailing list promo
85 61 GIVE A LITTLE MORE BODY ACTION/GET ACIDIC M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
86 — FOR THE LOVER IN YOU/GET FUNKY EVERYBODY True Mathematics, Champion LP
87 — YOUR LOVE IS SO DEF (F.F. REMIX) Full Force, US Columbia 12in
88 96 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (UK EDITED VERSION) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
89 63 2 A.M./CAN WE BE LOVERS/JOY Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
90 78 OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL)/RESCUE ME Al B Sure!, Warner Bros LP
91 — GIVE A LITTLE LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Aswad, Mango 12in
92 — COMPASSION (CLUB REMIX) Gary Taylor, 10 Records 12in
93 84 SAMBA SANDINISTA Split Cane, Big Life 12in
94 71 DON’T TURN YOUR LOVE (DANGEROUS MIX) Park Ave. featuring Tony Jenkins, US Movin’ Records 12in
95 — INTERVENTION (SANCTIFIED REMIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in
96 83 LOVE STRUCK (DANCE MIX) Jesse Johnson, Breakout 12in
97 75 LET THE FUNK FLOW/STRICTLY BUSINESS/DJ K LA BOSS/YOU’RE A CUSTOMER/IT’S MY THING EPMD, US Fresh Records LP
98 — CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ (KEVIN HEDGE MIX) Blaze, US Quark 12in
99 93 PUMP UP LONDON/PUMP UP CHICAGO/PUMP UP NEW YORK Mr Lee, US Trax Records 12in
100 re YOUR LOVING DRIVES ME CRAZY/FOREVER IN LOVE Deluxe, Unique Records 12in
[positions 10 and 17 are missing from this week’s chart]
01 01 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
02 07 CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 20 LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
04 02 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
05 11 MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
06 13 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
07 17 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Wet Wet Wet, Childline 7in
08 09 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
09 08 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in
11 — VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
12 06 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
13 05 PERFECT Fairground Attraction, RCA 12in
14 18 SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera, WEA 12in
15 10 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
16 15 WALK AWAY Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
18 12 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
19 — IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA 12in
20 14 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX) Pat & Mick, PWL 12in
01 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
02 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
03 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
04 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
05 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
06 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
07 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
08 YOU’RE A TIME WASTER Croisette, Nightmare 12in
09 HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, US Slak 12in
10 LOVE Gypsy & Queen, Italian Time 12in
This week’s chart is from Colin Holsgrove, London.
01 01 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 04 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
04 05 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
05 03 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
06 19 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
07 13 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
08 12 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
09 11 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
10 10 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
11 14 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
12 15 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
13 08 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
14 06 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
15 16 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
16 07 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
17 20 BECAUSE OF YOU The Cover Girls, Ton Son Ton 12in
18 25 MIND OVER MATTER (REMIX)/LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (JELLYBEAN REMIX) E.G.Daily, A&M 12in
19 18 COMING FOR YOUR LOVE Mitch & Melanie, US Oak Lawn 12in
20 17 SIGNED IN YOUR BOOK OF LOVE Company B, US Atlantic 12in
21 09 ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son Ton 12in
22 34 BLACKJACK Tom Cat, Italian Macho 12in
23 37 YOU’RE THE ONE Tapps, Canadian Boulevard 12in
24 31 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
25 38 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
26 41 I NEED MORE XS-5, VCN 12in white label
27 23 WATCHING ME Bianca, Spanish Konga Music 12in
28 35 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
29 33 CRAZY FOR YOU Tina, Italian Five 12in
30 re YOUR EYES Diebold & Co, US Nightwave 12in
31 27 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
32 — OVER YOU (DJ MIX) Wendy, Chartflow-UK 12in
33 32 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE (IAN LEVINE MIAMI MIX) Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
34 39 YOU’RE A TIME WASTER Croisette, Nightmare 12in
35 28 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Canadian Power 12in
36 21 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
37 24 JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei, Chrysalis 12in
38 — CROSS MY HEART (DANCE MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
39 — HOT GIRL (PWL REMIX) Sabrina, German Chic 12in
40 26 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
41 36 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
42 22 BLUE MONDAY 1988 New Order, Factory 12in
43 43 HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, US Slak 12in
44 — IT’S BEEN SO LONG Jacqui Berné, Hi-Hat 12in
45 — BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
46 50 S.T.O.P. Samantha Gilles, Belgian Hi Tension/Italian Time 12in
47 44 A LITTLE LOVE (WHAT’S GOING ON) Ceejay, US Next Plateau 12in
48 48 LET’S ALL CHANT (SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS MIX)/ON THE NIGHT Mick & Pat, PWL 12in
49 47 BACK TO YOU (MANHATTAN REMIX) Crystal In The Pink, Reflection 12in
50 — LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
One thought on “June 11, 1988: James Brown, Full Force, J.M. Silk, Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Meli’sa Morgan”
Richard ‘Tricky Dicky’ Scanes, whose name has cropped up several times here over the years, was a pioneering figure of the early London gay scene, opening what is thought to be the first openly gay disco night at the Father Red Cap (Camberwell Green) in July 1971. His Trax store on Greek Street stayed open until 2008, and was a key destination for gay DJs, with Scanes making regular visits to Europe to source the latest imports – I passed a very pleasant afternoon there in the mid-90s with a DJ friend, as Scanes played us all that week’s new arrivals.
Interesting to see Pete Waterman already calling himself “The Hitman”, a few months ahead of the late night ITV show he hosted with Michael Strachan, The Hitman And Her.
The deliberate surface noise on James Brown’s “Static” marks the first occasion we’ve come across the phenomenon; there will, of course, be many more instances.
“Balearic Beat” gets its first mention this week, in the unlikely context of Phil Fearon’s production for Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, which was anything but Balearic – but we’ll be hearing a lot more about the genuine article very shortly.
It’s another surprisingly lukewarm reception this week for a future big hit, Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel”, and James’s descriptions of these early new jack swing releases are still all over the place – the term “go go hip hop” in particular is in need of retirement! Meanwhile, his distaste for “Latin hip hop”, as it is now being branded, shows no signs of lessening, and the term “freestyle” is still nowhere to be seen.