June 18, 1988: Tracie Spencer, Eric B & Rakim, Al B Sure!, Masters Of Ceremony, Dinosaur L

BEATS & PIECES

Public Enemy’s new single is due now on import 12 inch but began selling two weekends ago on seven inch, the totally typical 98½bpm ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ with familiar vocal patterns and a nagging “noise”, flipped by the more tensely jittering 0-99⅓-0bpm ‘Prophets Of Rage’ (US Def Jam WS4-07934)… Gwen McCrae ‘All This Love That I’m Giving’ has also suddenly started selling on seven inch as people discover that it’s flipped by the weaving slow 0-80½-80⅓bpm throatily soulful ‘90% Of Me Is You’ (Flame Records MELT 7)… James Horrocks, incidentally, has taken Gwen as well as Taffy with him from Rhythm King to his own new label, The Dance Yard… Yo Yo having left to engineer exclusively for Stock Aitken Waterman, the remixing Extra Beat Boys are now Jamie Bromfield and Kevin O’Reardon… LPs reviewed in full on import and now due out here are James Brown ‘I’m Real’ (Scotti Bros POLD 5230), Run-DMC ‘Tougher Than Leather’ (London LONLP 38), and Magic Lady ‘Magic Lady’ (Motown ZL 72367)… Bass Records, whose two debut releases were pressed like US imports (not that they fooled me!), turns out to be a new subsidiary of Champion… ‘Powercuts’, the Vibrettes ‘Humpty Dump’-pivoted rare groove megamix presumed to be a bootleg as it was originally on totally anonymous white label, turns out to be produced by Mick Power and Brian ‘Baam’ Mitchell, and credited as being by Power Cut Crew on Vinyl Lab Records (VL 0003, distributed by Rough Trade/The Cartel)… Coldcut’s currently promoed ‘The Only Way Is Up’ creation for Yazz and the Plastic Population is hi-hat hustled speedy 0-124½-0bpm old fashioned Hi-NRG disco!… ‘I Feel Dynamic’, the Smiley Culture-ish 121½-0bpm UK rap scratched by DJ Sasha to James Brown’s ‘(Call Me) Super Bad’ beat (to quote my original review), was due out on March 15 by the Dynamic 3 but has only now surfaced, credited instead to The Dynamic MC’s (still on Tuff Groove TUFF 002)… Annette Taylor ‘It Must Be Right’ is another that amazingly is only just now out commercially on Cooltempo, when – like Julian Jonah too – I thought it had been out for months (it would be very useful if the white labels people send me could include such little details as the release date and the name of the record company, as I’m not clairvoyant!)… Curtis Mayfield is about to tour here and may find that the re-issue on his own Curtom label, via Ichiban Records, of the ‘Superfly’ soundtrack LP is suddenly rather timely!… James Brown’s ‘It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World’ is currently to soundtrack to a Tennents Extra lager commercial, and Ray Charles’s joyously boogieing ‘Mess Around’ from 1953 is highlighted in the hilarious ‘Planes, Trains And Automobiles’ film – could they deserve re-release?… M-D-Emm, temporarily deleted in the hope that real demand will build, based the ‘Give A Little More Body Action’ remix on a combination of Brass Construction ‘Partyline’ and the Jammers ‘And You Know That’… Leigh Guest, the Double Trouble remixer, this weekend starts creating a 15 minute megamix for Chris Forbes every Sunday morning on Capital Radio at around 2.30am… Broadcasting Research Unit poll findings indicate that only 36 per cent of the population wants more radio stations, most people apparently being happy with existing services… Passion and Debut have moved addresses to Skratch Music House, 81 Crabtree Lane, London SW6 6LW (01-381 8315)… GEE st Records look like forming a Westbrook/G Records label with Chicago producer Bam Bam for house release here… Bournemouth’s The Academy disco has launched its own MusikTek label… Eric B & Rakim, currently doing interviews in London, may be due for a real “volume pumping” remix!… Nicky Holloway has swapped his now defunct “doos” for the Saturday “Trip” at London’s Astoria, causing roadblocks outside while inside the acid house and Balearic beats (full details next week) get all the trendies waving their arms in the air – the result is the most like a late Seventies New York disco that I’ve ever encountered in London (which is not necessarily a recommendation, as the “disco dross” syndrome is becoming apparent too)… Johnny Walker’s upcoming acid/Balearic gigs in London are Thursday (16) at Future in Hungerford Lane’s The Sanctuary, Friday (17) at Enter The Dragon in Kensington’s The Park, Saturday (18) at Elysium in Clink Street with Steve Proctor, and every Monday at Spectrum in Charing Cross’s Heaven… Simon Dunmore and Bob Jones in contrast play modern soul upstairs at Soho’s Wag every Tuesday… Robin King of the defunct Delirium is opening a new small members club in Covent Garden at the end of July, for “affluent acid fans”… Paul Simpson was all ready to release a remix of Serious Intention ‘You Don’t Know’ in the UK until he heard LA Mix’s adaptation of its chorus in ‘Check This Out’, which he’s hoping to make some money out of!


HOT VINYL

TRACIE SPENCER ‘Symptoms Of True Love (The Symptomatic Dance Mix)’ (Capitol 12CL 490)
A shrill swirling 120bpm breezy bounder by one of the youngest US nymphets yet, a 10 year old, quite soulful in her way, with remixer David Todd adding pixilated piano, and more loosely bubbling jaunty 120⅔bpm The Mercyful Energy Mix (Percussapella too).
[the artist’s age is corrected to 13 in next week’s column]

ERIC B & RAKIM ‘Follow The Leader’ (MCA Records DOPET 1)
As already exclusively revealed, their eagerly awaited new label debut is a typically vocal toned fast talking 0-110-0bpm strange rumbling and swirling dramatic throbber with “strings” and things in the backing, to create a totally new type of accompaniment for a rap, all very atmospheric and compelling (dub/acappella flip).

AL B. SURE! ‘Off On Your Own (Girl) (Street Mix)’ (US Warner Bros/Uptown 0-20952)
Billed on the sleeve but not the label as side one, although it is the main vocal version, this ethereally squeaked nagging tricky bumpily wriggling 0-97⅚bpm “go go hip hop”-type half-stepper will probably be too strange and specialist for mass acceptance outside soul circles and thus makes an odd choice of follow-up, the other side’s 97⅔bpm Remix being even trickier and more dub than song (tighter jittering 0-97⅚bpm Radio Edit, and the previously announced Spanish translated 0-91½bpm ‘Noche Y Dia’ version of ‘Nite And Day’, too).

MASTERS OF CEREMONY ‘Dynamite’ (US 4th + B’Way BWAY 466)
Dropping their reggae influence to rap (amongst other topics) in praise of their DJ Shabazz, this military snaredrum introed 0-106¾bpm lurcher is liver quaveringly abrupt in its “transformer”-style juddering momentum – which must sound awesome through giant speakers – each burst of noise being itself full of slithering layers of scratching (Inst/Dubb too).

DINOSAUR L ‘Dinosaur L Bangs Again’ (CityBeat CBX 1205)
Seriously strange, 1978’s hi-hat hissed free form rambling and galloping 132-131-130½-130-127½-130-0bpm episodic ‘Go Bang’ (on the flip), with some chanting guys and separate girls going “go bang bang bang go bang go”, has had these girls lifted by the Todd Terry Project in ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’ and now also by South London remixers Hard Times Productions in their totally new Todd Terry-answering frantic (but steady) 120bpm A-side house track, which should do well in the current climate.

FULL HOUSE ‘I Remember’ (US DJ International Records DJ 950)
Danny Wilson and Richard Patterson revive the old jaggedly jolting D Train drive on this huskily mournful 118¼bpm jiggly lurcher, in four mixes by Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez and Rocky Jones (0-118⅔bpm Bad Boy Bill Remembers), more of a song in Colonel Abrams-ish style than most recent house from Chicago.

R.J.’s LATEST ARRIVAL ‘Truly Yours’ (US EMI-Manhattan EI-48090)
RJ Rice returns with an excellent soul set that thanks to its punchy slow tempos would have been even more in its element here four years ago, dominated by the startlingly searing vocals of De De Leitta (a match for Chaka or anyone) on the Jean Carn-ish thuddingly jogging (0-)95⅔bpm ‘What Becomes Of A Broken Heart’, densely rolling tender than wailing (0-)90½-0bpm ‘I’ll Always Love You’, currently 12 inched exaggeratedly nasal jittery swaying 100-0bpm ‘Off The Hook (With Your Love)’, anguishedly wailing stop/start 0-33½-0bpm title track, dreamy (0-)31bpm ‘Miracles’, tightly tapping 95bpm ‘Time 4 Love’, jolting 98⅓bpm ‘Could Have Been You’, lurching sax instrumental 98bpm ‘Water Pump’, meandering 78-0bpm ‘Nights’, “purple” snapping 122bpm ‘Terri’s Place’.

GALLIANO ‘Frederic Lies Still’ (US Acid Jazz JAZ ID1)
Acid jazz?! Another one this week that’s on seven inch, this drawlingly hip talking and tootling 0-114¾-117-118-119⅔-120-119bpm jazz monologue treatment of Curtis Mayfield’s classic old ‘Freddie’s Dead’ (from ‘Superfly’) has a burblingly shuffling beat that should have “rare groove” appeal too.

GREGORY HINES ‘That Girl Wants To Dance With Me (Long Version)’ (US Epic 49-07808)
The dancing all round entertainer has had created for him by producer Luther Vandross (and remixer Jellybean) one of those lightly lurching, rolling and tumbling 119⅔-0bpm swirlers in the ‘Searching’-derived but basically ‘I Gave It Up When I Fell In Love’-copying style (inst/edit flip), a cert for radio play.

TONY TERRY ‘Forever Yours’ (Epic TONY T3)
Unlikely to mean much to the average disco goer but bliss for the older folks, this radio-aimed 64-0bpm lush slow swayer (in three mixes) accurately recreates the late Fifties rock ‘n’ soul ballad sound (with the more Marvin Gaye-ish imploring 87⅔bpm ‘Here With Me’, too).

NEW EDITION ‘If It Isn’t Love (Club Mix)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23830)
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis return in their old style as creators of this actually rather ponderous jittery juddering (0-)98-0bpm jogger, now in what we’d call “go go hip hop” style, plaintively harmonised and worried by the youngsters (in three mixes).

TUFF CREW ‘My Part Of Town’ (US SOo Deff Records WAR-020)
Another, though good, Bobby Byrd ‘I Know You Got Soul’-based 0-114bpm scratching rap (with authentic ‘Static’ crackling through!), flipped by the jolting 105½-0bpm ‘Detonator’.

5 STAR MOET ‘In Full Effect’ (US B Boy Records BB-20-77)
Presumably no relation of D.Moet, this young family group (so far as I can gather) rap and brag to a strange jerkily surging 100bpm beat that scratches in James Brown’s ‘Funky President’ guitar amongst other things – the jerking’s full effect being to make one feel seasick! – with an equally jerky chugging 98bpm bluesier guitar based ‘Let Me Love You’ flip.

JOE SMOOTH INC featuring ANTHONY THOMAS ‘The Promised Land’ (US DJ International Records DJ 905)
Joe Smooth-created schlurping hi-hat hustled speedy but sombre 126¼bpm inspirational song, sort of gospel made to feel mighty real in Seventies disco rather than Eighties house style (126¾bpm Underground and 126½ Radio Mixes too).


POP DANCE

THE CONTOURS ‘Do You Love Me’ (Motown ZT 41904), 1962’s enduring party raver, covered here by Brian Poole & The Tremeloes but still unsurpassable in this 0-148bpm original Gordy version (complete with classic false fade), given however on the A-side an unnecessary emasculating 0-149¾-150-149¾bpm extended modern remix (with a 0-149¾bpm edit too), and coupled also with January 1960’s Ray Charles inspired piano and fuzz bass churned 133½-133-133½-133bpm BARRETT STRONG ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, better known here by the Beatles but Berry Gordy Jr’s first independent release (in fact on a label called Anna);

STEVE WINWOOD ‘Roll With It (12” Mix)’ (Virgin VST 1085), gradually cranking up 0-117-0bpm piano and Hammond organ led backbeat smacker in pure mid-Sixties style, like Jr Walker & The All Stars’ ‘Shake And Fingerpop’ crossed slightly with the Ramsey Lewis Trio’s ‘Wade In The Water’, marvellous stuff;

FAT BOYS ‘The Twist (Twist So Def Version)’ (Urban URBX 20), Chubby Checker (in the Beach Boys’ role this time) sings his 1960 dance craze classic while the others shout raucous rap inserts, to an over frantic and thin sounding beat on this scratching extended 0-155¾-155¼bpm 12 inch version, the flip’s 0-155¼-0bpm ‘Yo, Twist!’ seven inch version being tighter while the 0-156-0bpm ‘The Twist (Yell For More)’ is the punchiest of all and most compatible with Chubby’s own – wait for it! – also 156-156½bpm original;

BROS ‘I Owe You Nothing (Club Mix)’ (CBS ATOM T4), as opposed to the previously reviewed Over 18 Mix, this breezily flying 124bpm one is instrumentally extended and straightforward;

LOVE STREET ‘Galaxy’ (Parlophone 12R 6183), War’s infectiously jumping staccato afro-funk classic from 1978 cleanly remade in Fon Force-produced functional sharply snapping (0-)119⅔bpm Star Patrol Says “Mix It Down” and (0-)119⅓bpm Mixed On Mars version, flipped by quite different but also 119⅔bpm On A Rocket and 119½bpm d-d-d-d-d-d-Disco Mixes of what I take to be a house treatment of The Originals’ ‘Come On Down To Love Street’;

BASE TEAM featuring Veronica Martin ‘Dance To The Rhythm/Hot Stuff’ (Hot Melt TCT 16), TC Curtis gets into the sampling game with a breathy girl intoned pleasant infectious wriggling frisky 119½bpm jiggler using a few familiar drop-ins as accents;

BELVA ‘Let Me Kiss It (Where It Hurts) (Phase One Mix)’ (Supreme SUPET 127), UK-based Milwaukee girl seductively whispering, kissing, giggling and wailing through a perkily percolating 0-118⅔-0bpm little jogger with sneaky charm, a bit like a livelier ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’;

MIRAGE ‘Push The Beat’ (Debut DEBTX 3050), now Nigel Wright creates (without samples) a frantic 124bpm bass bombing medley of everything from Bomb The Bass, Mel & Kim and S-Express to Krush, Coldcut and Kylie Minogue, all totally remade;

THE COMMUNARDS ‘There’s More To Love (Extended)’ (London LONX 173), Phil Spector-ish resonantly echoing 0-124⅓bpm canterer with some  Mexican brass, Spanish chatter, and an ultra-catchy “there’s more to love than boy meets girl” chorus (stratospherically sung as ever);

ZIGGY MARLEY & THE MELODY MAKERS ‘Tomorrow People (Reggae This Mix)’ (Virgin VST 1049), Bob’s son would be criticised for sounding either like or not like his late father so takes the easy commercial option of the former by copying Dad on a slightly depressing (0-)94⅔-95⅔-97bpm reggae jogger that thus seems instantly familiar;

MILLI VANILLI ‘Girl You Know It’s True’ (Cooltempo COOLX 170), a pair of Munich-based pretty boys with Terence Trent D’Arby-type braids, muttering, cooing and rapping through an attractively lilting but soft centred (0-)97½-98-97⅔-0bpm meandering swayer, a rap ballad for little girls;

GIANT STEPS ‘(The World Don’t Need) Another Lover (Remix)’ (A&M AMY 445), beefily thudding then huskily whinneying guy sung 110⅚bpm juddery US pop lurcher full of half-familiar hooks, which don’t make it memorable itself;

EURYTHMICS ‘You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart (Dance Mix)’ (RCA DAT 16), infinitely preferable in its tunefully pleasant steadily rolling 104⅔bpm seven inch pressing (DA 16), this 12 inch version is bogged down by a ponderous rigidly juddering 0-103¼bpm rhythm that’s no help at all;

ROACHFORD ‘Cuddly Toy (X-Rated Acid Toy Mix)’ (CBS ROA QT2), it seems perverse when this guy, who is black but doesn’t want to be stereotyped as such, makes a Spencer Davis Group-like mid-Sixties style untidily thrashing rock record (125½bpm in original form) that purposefully doesn’t sound black, only for it to be given a Democratic 3 remix that tries to turn it into a stereotyped 0-123-122¾-123bpm acid house mix by splicing in new beats and percussion breaks, Malcolm X samples and the like;

COUSIN RACHEL ‘Boogie Nights (Steamin’ Mix)’ (Supreme SUPET 129), girl cooed pattering limp (0-)120-0bpm remake of Heatwave’s 1977 smash, better the longer it’s on but not really what the Seventies revival was meant to be about;

TOMBOY ‘People Get Moving (Streetmix)’ (Epic 650385 6), over long traffic noise and chanting introed violently lurching Janet Jackson “beat” adapting 0-93bpm thudding basher by an urchin-cropped blonde from Norway, powerful though ponderous;

K-ROC ‘Turn It Up 1’ (Jive ZPL T 117), LA Mix-ish routine speedily bounding 0-123bpm volume pumper;

FOR YOUR NOSE ONLY ‘Scoobidoo Goes House’ (Swiss Panthera PANT-1002), as if there aren’t enough homegrown volume pumpers, now Switzerland exports this 120⅘-0bpm one with obvious vocal lifts from Madness, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, James Brown and others, plus irritating chipmunk girls along with bursts of Sabrina, Rick Astley and more;

GEOFFREY WILLIAMS ‘Cinderella (12” Mix)’ (Polydor PZ 3), chugging (0-)112bpm gruffly moaned rewrite of ‘Billie Jean’;

VICTORIA WILSON JAMES ‘I Want You In My Movie’ (Risin’ Records RAHT 101), Ralph Tee launches his own label with a Eurobeat tinged Jody Watley-ish 114¾bpm calmly bounding strider that would be less tedious if its husky American talk-singer projected herself more instead of muttering;

PRETTY POISON ‘Nightime (The Shep Pettibone Mix)’ (Virgin VST 1068), juddery rambling 115½bpm jitterer by a tiresomely pitched girl group;

THE DREAM TICKET ‘Robokop’ (MusikTek TEK 1T), dialogue studded dull 117-0bpm lurcher in the sampling style, but without using more than the odd James Brown scream that’s recognisable;

3 MAN ISLAND ‘Jack The Lad (UK Remix)’ (Urban URBX 19), dreadful corny would-be Cockney “jack” track with stuttering session girls and 119bpm volume pumping rhythm, diluting Urban’s reputation.


HI-NRG UPDATE

HAZELL DEAN ‘Maybe (We Should Call It A Day)’ (EMI 12EM 62), Stock Aitken Waterman-created pitter-pattering and throbbing urgent breezy 119¾bpm strident catchy wailer, identifiably in Hazell’s style rather than (say) Bananarama-ish, flipped by her old ‘No Fool (For Love)’, in a new 110½bpm Murray Mix (the too good to hurry mix?);

TIFFANY ‘I Saw Him Standing There (Dance Mix)’ (MCA Records TIFFT 3), organ chorded frantic (0-)160bpm Beatles revival, too fast to be real Hi-NRG but real energetic;

BARBARA DOUST ‘If You Love Somebody (Saturday Night Remix)’ (Saturday SDY 3), Ian Levine & Steven Wagner remixed gradually building weaving wriggly 122bpm disco basher by a lisping French Canadian blonde, whose firm jawed steady gaze on the sleeve leads one to expect greater vocal authority;

CROISETTE ‘You’re A Time Waster’ (Nightmare MARE 54), plaintive girl keened smoothly flowing 121⅓ Eurobeat canterer;

KIM WESTON ‘Helpless’ (Nightmare MARE 55), reverential straightforward 139½-0bpm remake of her Holland/Dozier/Holland-penned 1966 Gordy classic, using real brass by the sound of it, flipped by Levine & Trench’s recreation of the “sugar pie honey bunch” beat in the 126-0bpm ‘Signal Your Intention’, both good as middle-aged nostalgia;

BACKSTREET RAIDERS ‘One Track Mind’ (Blue Moon BUM 3), Ian Levine & Steven Wagner-created painfully offkey 123⅔bpm galloper by a guy who just can’t sing, truly dreadful!


REMIXES

SANDRA ‘Everlasting Love (Remix)’ (Siren SRNT 85), like Desireless and Sabrina, last year’s German revival of the Robert Knight/Love Affair oldie gets the second time around 0-118¾-119½-119⅓-119⅔-119¾bpm PWL remix treatment from Pete Hammond, with her newer less insistent 117½bpm ‘Stop For A Minute’ as flip;

ROXANNE SHANTÉ ‘Go On Girl (Rockin’ The Park Mix)’ (Breakout USAF 633), Streets Ahead slows the Lyn Collins ‘Think’-based rap down to 112½bpm for a synch also with the Blackbyrds’ ‘Rock Creek Park’ rhythm, making it much more subtle than Marley Marl’s included original 115⅔bpm mix and dub (old 102½bpm ‘Have A Nice Day’ too);

LOOSE ENDS ‘Mr Bachelor (Vex Mix)’ (Virgin VSR 1080), much more starkly thudding and rolling 100bpm soulful revamp with the guys doing all the main singing now, Jane looking in on the flip’s new dubwise odd lush jogging 101bpm ‘Johnny Broadhead (Part 2 Remix)’;

MAC THORNHILL ‘Who’s Gonna Ease The Pressure (Big Mac Mix)’ (10 Records TENR 214), driving bass and baritone sax bubbled scatting Abrams-ish house hit, bigger on floors than in shops, now dominated by a teeth-gritting added (0-)122¼bpm acidic cymbal sizzle (original (0-)124bpm Sizzle House Canadian Club Mix flip, as its logical subtitle should apparently have been spelt all along);

KYLIE MINOGUE ‘Got To Be Certain (Extra Beat Boys Remix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 12R), Jamie and Kevin (see Beats & Pieces for an rm scoop!) beef up the bumping (0-)117bpm beat with some “Rick Astley” vocal tones that are doubtless Kylie herself slowed down!;

SID HAYWOODE ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie (Pascal Gabriel Remix)’ (Fresher 12SID-001R), Emilio Pasquez gives the fairly redundant A Taste Of Honey remake a fuller and bouncier 0-122¾-0bpm texture before acid synth starts weazling;

MICK & PAT ‘On The Night (Extra Beat Boys Remix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 10X 8), always good in its own right, the ‘Let’s All Chant’ flip’s 119½bpm instrumental tune now made to sound like Harry Thumann’s ‘Underwater’ (on single-sided mailing list promo only).


THE CLUB CHART – June 18, 1988

01 02 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX/NY MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
02 01 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 03 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX/DUB MIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
04 06 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
05 04 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
06 11 CAR WASH/IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce, MCA Records 12in
07 07 FAIRPLAY/(RADIO MIX) Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
08 09 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
09 14 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, US MCA Records 12in
10 05 MOVIN’ 1988 (PHIL HARDING EXTENDED MIX/THE LET’S ALL CHANT MIX) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
11 13 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
12 08 BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in
13 17 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra 12in
14 27 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
15 23 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
16 25 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX)/WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO LOVE ME? (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park Records 12in
17 29 I’M REAL James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
18 50 IN MY DREAMS (CLUB REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway
19 16 MR BACHELOR (EXTENDED REMIX VERSION) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
20 32 TURN IT UP Richie Rich, GEE St Records/Club 12in white label
21 26 ACID OVER (TYREE/HEAVENLY/SPECTRUM/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES) Tyree, ffrr 12in pre-release
22 12 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
23 10 STATIC (PART 1 & 2)/TIME TO GET BUSY/CAN’T GIT ENUF/SHE LOOKS ALL TYPES A’ GOOD/KEEP KEEPIN’/GODFATHER RUNNIN’ THE JOINT James Brown, US Scotti Bros LP
24 24 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION) Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
25 54 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
26 — FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in white label
27 38 MUSICAL FREEDOM/DUB/JAM UP DE MUSIC Paul Simpson, Cooltempo 12in
28 20 WALK AWAY (12” CLUB MIX HIP HOP STYLE/HOUSE MIX) Joyce Sims, London 12in
29 21 YOU ARE THE ONE (THE REMIX) Taurus Boyz, Cooltempo 12in
30 72 DA’BUTT (RADIO MIX/EXTENDED SOUNDTRACK VERSION) E.U., Manhattan 12in
31 15 KEEP KEEPIN’/I’M REAL (F.F. HYPED UP MIX) James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
32 19 IT TAKES TWO Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
33 — GOOD LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
34 28 RUN’S HOUSE/BEATS TO THE RHYME Run-DMC, London 12in
35 48 SET IT OFF/ON THE BUGGED TIP/RAW (REMIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
36 63 SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE/SPANK-SPANK Phuture, US Trax Records 12in
37 37 A DAY IN THE LIFE/WARLOCK Black Riot, Champion 12in
38 99 PUMP UP LONDON/PUMP UP CHICAGO/PUMP UP NEW YORK Mr Lee, US Trax Records 12in
39 55 MERCEDES BOY (EXTENDED VERSION) Pebbles, MCA Records 12in
40 43 GROOVE ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Guy, US Uptown Records 12in
41 49 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE Public Enemy, US Def Jam 7”
42 30 AND THE BREAK GOES ON The Break Boys, Hardcore 12in
43 57 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
44 42 WE’VE GOT THE JUICE/SUCCESS/HUMAN TIME BOMB Derek B, Tuff Audio LP
45 22 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
46 35 GO/GO (VERSION)  Blow, 10 Records 12in
47 59 GO ON GIRL (STREETS AHEAD’S ROCKIN’ THE PARK MIX) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
48 18 GET BUSY (IT’S PARTYTIME!) (BODY ACTION/CLUB/BUSY HOUSE MIXES) M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
49 41 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
50 — DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
51 — FREDERIC LIES STILL Galliano, US Acid Jazz 7in
52 80 DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS (EXTENDED REMIX) Broomfield, CBS 12in
53 89 JOY/2 A.M./THIS IS THE LAST TIME/LOVE IS THE POWER/GOOD TO YOU Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra LP
54 47 GOT TO GIVE/(ORIGINAL JAM) Brand New Heavies, Cooltempo 12in
55 31 JEALOUSY & LIES (ALKALINE/LITMUS/ACID LIES REMIXES) Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
56 70 THE LOVERS (EXTENDED VERSION) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
57 85 GIVE A LITTLE MORE BODY ACTION/GET ACIDIC M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
58 45 LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY (EXTENDED REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
59 53 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY Stetsasonic, US Tommy Boy 12in
60 93 SAMBA SANDINISTA/VICTORY MIX Split Cane, Big Life 12in
61 — HARD TO THE CORE London Rhyme Syndicate, Rhyme ‘N’ Reason 12in
62 34 CHECK THIS OUT (HAMMAPELLA/THE SALT LAKE CITY MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
63 60 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT/WHENEVER YOU TOUCH ME/WHEN YOUR HEART SAYS YES Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Manhattan LP
64 39 BETCHA CAN’T LOSE (WITH MY LOVE) (LONG VERSION REMIX) Magic Lady, Motown 12in
65 97 STRICTLY BUSINESS/LET THE FUNK FLOW/I’M HOUSIN’ EPMD, US Fresh Records LP
66 51 INTERVENTION (EXTENDED MIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in
67 46 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) (THE SCREAMING CAT MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
68 71 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, CBS 12in
69 81 DO THAT RIGHT (RADIO) Disco Twins & Starchild, US Twins Records 12in
70 re HITTRAX II (COOL J TRAX/WORK MY BODY REMIX) House Gang, Kool Kat 12in white label
71 100 YOUR LOVING DRIVES ME CRAZY/FOREVER IN LOVE Deluxe, Unique Records 12in
72 77 GO (KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ SAUNDERSON DETROIT REMIX) Blow, 10 Records 12in
73 — IF YOU REALLY LOVE HIM/(HE’S GOT) THE LOOK/THE RIGHT STUFF/BE A MAN/SECURITY/AM I TOO MUCH?/DREAMIN’/I’LL BE THE ONE/DARLIN’ I/CAN THIS BE REAL Vanessa Williams, US Wing Records LP
74 re DO YOU WANNA DANCE?/DELTA HOUSE/I HAVE A DREAM Terry Baldwin (Housemaster) featuring Bud Latour, US Future Sound Records 12in
75 re BREAK 4 LOVE Raze, Champion 12in
76 56 STOP THE VIOLENCE Boogie Down Productions, Jive 12in
77 83 MY PART OF TOWN Tuff Crew, US Soo Deff Records 12in
78 69 LET’S GET STARTED NOW/SOMEBODY SAVE ME/I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE/I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU By All Means, US Island LP
79 84 T.D.A. (HOW MANY SUGARS) (DOUBLE TROUBLE REMIX) Dr K, I-M-W 12in mailing list promo
80 — SET ME FREE/FACE THE NATION/PERSONAL PROBLEM MD III, US Underground 12in
81 82 MOVIN’ 1988 (LES ADAMS’ THE BRASS CONSTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION MEDLEY)/MOVIN’ (ORIGINAL VERSION) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
82 64 SOUL SISTERS/SOFT BUT DEADLY Finesse & Synquis, US MCA Records 12in
83 65 MY ONE TEMPTATION (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY REPRODUCTION REMIX) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
84 33 WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
85 95 INTERVENTION (SANCTIFIED REMIX) Lavine Hudson, Virgin 12in
86 — DYNAMITE Masters Of Ceremony, US 4th  + B’way 12in
87 44 ALPHABET ST. (ALBUM VERSION) Prince, Paisley Park Records 12in
88 94 DON’T TURN YOUR LOVE (DANGEROUS MIX) Park Ave. featuring Tony Jenkins, US Movin’ Records 12in
89 98 CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ (KEVIN HEDGE MIX) Blaze, US Quark 12in
90 — GALAXY (STAR PATROL SAYS “MIX IT DOWN”) Love Street, Parlophone 12in promo
91 58 MARY, MARY Run-DMC, London LP
92 — THIS WILL BE/EVERLASTING (12” MIX)/WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
93 67 RISING TO THE TOP/MAKES YOU WANNA Pieces Of A Dream, US EMI-Manhattan LP
94 — OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL) (STREET MIX) Al B. Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
95 73 WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU (CHRIS PAUL REMIX) Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
96 96 LOVE STRUCK (DANCE MIX) Jesse Johnson, Breakout 12in
97 — OFF THE HOOK (WITH YOUR LOVE)/WHAT BECOMES OF A BROKEN HEART/I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU R.J.’s Latest Arrival, US EMI-Manhattan LP
98 — MR BACHELOR (VEX MIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
99= 86 FOR THE LOVER IN YOU/GET FUNKY EVERYBODY True Mathematics, Champion LP
99= — WE’VE GOT THE JUICE (FRESH SQUEEZED MIX)/POWER MOVE (WITH X-TRA STRENGTH BOYEE!!) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in promo
99= re GET PEPPED Skinny Boys, US Jive 12in/UK promo
99= re ON THE STRENGTH/EV’RY BODY LOVES A STAR Doug E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew, US Reality Records LP


POP DANCE

01 01 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
02 02 CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix, Breakout 12in
03 05 MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
04 11 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
05 07 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Wet Wet Wet, Childline 7in
06 03 LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
07 04 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
08 09 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in
09 06 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT Keith Sweat, Vintertainment 12in
10 19 IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA 12in
11 — BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
12 12 WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
13 — I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros, CBS 12in
14 08 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
15 14 SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera, WEA 12in
16 15 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
17 13 PERFECT Fairground Attraction, RCA 12in
18 — DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS Timelords, KLF 12in
19 16 WALK AWAY Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
20 18 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in


SCOTTISH DANCE

01 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
02 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Wet Wet Wet, Childline 7in
03 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
04 SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera, WEA 12in
05 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
06 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in
07 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
08 PERFECT Fairground Attraction, RCA 12in
09 DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS Timelords, KLF 12in
10 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in


HI-NRG

01 04 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
02 02 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
03 03 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
04 01 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
05 25 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
06 06 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
07 12 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
08 09 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
09 08 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
10 13 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
11 07 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
12 05 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
13 28 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
14 10 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
15 33 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
16 11 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
17 18 MIND OVER MATTER (REMIX)/LOVE IN THE SHADOWS (JELLYBEAN REMIX) E.G.Daily, A&M 12in
18 45 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
19 14 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
20 — MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
21 15 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
22 16 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
23 43 HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, US Slak 12in
24 27 WATCHING ME Bianca, Spanish Konga Music 12in
25 — THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
26 21 ELECTRICA SALSA (BABA BABA) (PWL MIX) Off, Ton Son Ton 12in
27 34 YOU’RE A TIME WASTER Croisette, Nightmare 12in
28 19 COMING FOR YOUR LOVE Mitch & Melanie, US Oak Lawn 12in
29 32 OVER YOU (DJ MIX) Wendy, Chartflow-UK 12in
30 — LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY (REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
31 31 AWESOME Sharon Dee Clarke, Nightmare 12in
32 41 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
33 49 BACK TO YOU (MANHATTAN REMIX) Crystal In The Pink, Reflection 12in
34 24 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
35 20 SIGNED IN YOUR BOOK OF LOVE Company B, US Atlantic 12in
36 17 BECAUSE OF YOU The Cover Girls, Ton Son Ton 12in
37 38 CROSS MY HEART (DANCE MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
38 — MULTIMEGAMIX (BOYS/HOT GIRL/SEXY GIRL/KISS ME) Sabrina, Spanish Blanco Y Negro 12in
39 36 HONEY BEE Charlotte McKinnon, US Funhouse 12in
40 re BLACKOUT Aleph, Italian Time 12in
41 47 A LITTLE LOVE (WHAT’S GOING ON) Ceejay, US Next Plateau 12in
42 23 YOU’RE THE ONE Tapps, Canadian Boulevard 12in
43 — SEX, POWER AND FUN (FATALLY ATTRACTIVE MIX) Jet Vegas, MCA 12in
44 — IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Jon Otis, Splash 12in
45 — CHAINS OF LOVE (TRULY IN LOVE WITH THE MARKS BROS MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
46 re DAYDREAM The Buckbeats, Extra 12in
47 40 GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION Brenda Holloway, Nightmare 12in
48 42 BLUE MONDAY 1988 New Order, Factory 12in
49 39 HOT GIRL (PWL REMIX) Sabrina, German Chic 12in
50 — GOT TO BE CERTAIN (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in

2 thoughts on “June 18, 1988: Tracie Spencer, Eric B & Rakim, Al B Sure!, Masters Of Ceremony, Dinosaur L”

  1. I don’t know that I’d call Yazz & Coldcut’s ‘The Only Way Is Up’ “old-fashioned Hi-NRG disco”, but it would soon take over from S-Express as my biggest floorfiller. I didn’t get to hear Otis Clay’s original version of the song until it appeared on a Coldcut compilation in 2004, but Clay’s version remains an all-time favourite, which I often play out.

    The Trip gets a namecheck, along with Future, Spectrum, Enter The Dragon and Elysium, indicating that the London acid/Balearic scene was building – and as James promises, there will indeed be a lot more about all this next week.

    And here comes Acid Jazz, too – there are so many important and long-lasting new genres emerging right now.

    Joe Smooth’s ‘Promised Land’, like Paul Simpson’s ‘Musical Freedom’ before it, will be another slow burner that won’t peak until early 1989.

    Curiously, Milli Vanilli’s ‘Girl You Know It’s True’ is rhythmically very similar to the Soul II Soul-style beat that would become ubiquitous from late 1989 and well into 1990. Jazzie B couldn’t have been taking notes, could he?!

    Barbara Doust’s ‘If You Love Somebody’ came close to crossing over – as well as being a major Hi-NRG hit, it also entered the Pop Dance and Scottish Dance charts – but I have absolutely zero memory of it!

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  2. After 33 years and until today I never knew Clink Strreet had a proper name (Elysium). I’ve read so many things over the years about people having their first pill anf their acid house epiphanies at the night and it’s always just called Clink Street – it’s one place I’d really loved to have had a night.

    I think Janes Horrocks who’s here setting up his own record company later set up the legendary 1990s purveyor of trance/techno/hard dance React records.

    I wonder if the Powercut Crew mentioned here are the same act who made a pretty good British hiphop version of the 70s hit ‘Girls’ that was just by Powercut iirc.

    And I’m pleased that JH also enjoyed one of my all time favourite films ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’.

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