July 9, 1988: S-Xpress, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, El Bee & Tee, Bang The Party, The Funky Ginger

BEATS & PIECES

STEVE WALSH, checking out the Balearic Beat at first hand on Ibiza (and filming his ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ video), had his leg broken when the car he was being driven in crashed — lucky it wasn’t his recently resprayed Roller! … Supreme Records evidently didn’t have their Project Club single in the shops to meet the demand following my Balearic Beat article, even greater demand though apparently being for the Fini Tribe whose chimes it borrows … Fourth & Broadway could suddenly find The MLK Project ‘I Have A Dream’ (12 BRW 93) starts selling for the B-side’s Martin Luther King uninterrupted speech sequence, used on top of the other records by the Balearic jocks … Gino Soccio ‘Dancer‘ could make a useful Balearic reissue, as so much that’s played actually sounds like it — in point of fact, Balearic Beat is going to be a useful banner under which record companies can reissue even more dodgy old material than they did with Rare Groove! … BBC Radio 2 reclaims sole use of its FM transmitters in October, leaving Radio 1 covering only 60 per cent of the country on its own FM network then, it will be maybe two more years before the latter is complete … Chiltern’s soul jock Martin Collins is being considered by Radio 1 for a pop programme … Pete Tong points out that it was London/ffrr’s promotion of the remix that made Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Push It’ cross over at last, closely tied in with its strategically placed live performance on the Nelson Mandela show … Wembley and Harrow post offices have been on strike, causing Fred Dove to ship his DJ mail-outs over for posting from WEA’s head office in Kensington … Wayne Hernandez’ original version was of course the Bulletin Mix, my confusion of it last week with the new The News At 12 Remix was because I keep being sent copies of the old one — anyway, there’s the possibility of yet another ‘Bad, Bad News’ as by WH Posse, a samples scratched more chunkily jiggling faster 117bpm “illegal mix” cutting ‘Think (About It)’ and more (but I didn’t tell you this!) … Camberley JW’s DJ Dave Roarty has in fact created another strictly promo-only ‘Illegle 2‘ mix (the mis-spelling is deliberate) combining Alexander O’Neal, Temptations and much more, including “important” radio announcements, out of Nick Kamen’s 0-120bpm ‘Bring Me Your Love’ … Greg Wilson has also used radio samples from around the world on Greyhound-distributed limited white labels of the girl chorused 0-122½bpm lively volume pumping Credit To The Edit ‘(Non Stop Radio) The Rhythm Of Life’ (CTTE 001) … Chris Paul’s now promoed scurrying 119-0bpm remake of the Players Association’s ‘Turn The Music Up‘ takes a while to become recognisable but then there’s no disguising the jiggly guitar and braying brass that he had to keep amidst his own breathy vocals! … Jellybean’s next UK single will be the slightly Oriental flavoured jittery thudding and chugging 114¾-0bpm ‘Coming Back For More‘ instrumental theme from the forthcoming film, ‘The Man In The Glass Booth’ … Republic Records have promoed ahead of July 25 release the M-D-Emm-produced ‘Pump Up The Volume’ tempoed 116½bpm Kikkit ‘Love Fixation‘, a heavily bounding instrumental strider influenced by the early Eighties output of such New York disco labels as West End and Prelude … Coldcut’s follow-up will feature Junior Reid from Black Uhuru on the go-go-ish ‘Crazy Thing‘, promoed in a fortnight, while they’re also releasing 19-year-old girl rappers Lazy & Lisa’s ‘Bad Young Sisters‘ on Ahead Of Our Time, which label also currently has their latest strictly limited ‘Hot Plate 4’ 12 inch, featuring the acidic instrumental 120½-0bpm ‘Acid Drops‘ and 120bpm ‘Acid Ant Attack‘ by Acid Ant, (0-)120½bpm ‘Deep‘ and 0-121¼-0bpm ‘Stepper‘ by Sweet Tooth Sonny, plus the loopingly edited 124-0bpm bonus beat, ‘Juice’ by Juice … GRC’s third and final previously unreleased track on their ‘House Music Vol 1’ double album compilation is due on Urban 12 inch in three weeks, Phoenix ‘Everybody (Get Loose)‘, a Damon Rochefort co-created 118-0bpm pastiche of lots of disco oldies all revolving around an intertwining of Tony Rallo’s ‘Holdin’ On’ and Aleem’s ‘Get Loose’ … Millie Scott’s upcoming UK 12 inch on Fourth & Broadway will be the gently swaying 104bpm ‘To The Letter‘, flipped by the two songs that make up her current import single … Sybil’s producer James Bratton is following Jellybean and Hurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor with an album called ‘The James Bratton Project’ on which different singers perform his productions, the first single from it being promoed here by Champion ahead of August 1 release, the Jo Ann Jones-credited soulfully unhurried 116½bpm ‘Share My Joy‘ with rippling vibes and cooing girls … Angela Winbush’s currently imported juddery 108bpm ‘C’Est Toi (It’s You) (12” Remix)‘ has been promoed on Club (JAB 67), with no release date scheduled, flipped by the sultrily wailing (0-)61½bpm ‘Hello Beloved‘ duet with Ronald lsley … Gregory Hines’ classy import LP is totally created by Luther Vandross in his own style — count up the number of BPMs and reviews I’ve got through in this issue and then work out why I have unfortunately not had time to cover it and other new albums this week, OK? … NANU NANU!


PUBLIC ENEMY have the hottest import album of the week, ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ (US Def Jam BFW 44303), biggest track so for being the “bass”-repeating (0-)105½-0-105½-0bpm ‘Night Of The Living Baseheads’, while another hot rap set that’s out here is STETSASONIC ‘In Full Gear’ (Breakout AMA 9001), biggest track initially being the Force MD’s-featuring sweet (0-)40½-81bpm revival of the Floaters’ ‘Float On‘ ballad, both LPs however being so jam-packed with tracks that I just haven’t had time to review them fully this issue. Sorry!


 

PAUL OAKENFOLD is the Balearic Beat pioneering DJ behind ELECTRA ‘Jibaro’ (ffrr FFRX 9), a Phil Harding & Ian Curnow-produced extremely catchy and commercial remake of Elkin & Nelson’s German CBS-issued Continental oldie, with ‘Jingo’-style chants (featuring pouting Paul plus — shhh! — Rick Astley amongst others) and a simple percussive 0-109bpm bounding beat, likely to be the biggest Balearic crossover of those heard so far — this one, however, not being due commercially until July 25 (with a much more subtle 0-109-0bpm Spanish version B-side, and the strange episodic 106-0-73½bpm ‘The Future: Edition 1’, in which ‘Stone Fox Chase’ meets Ofra Haza, Chaka Khan, “Beatles”, Pink Floyd and many more).


HOT VINYL

S-XPRESS ‘Superfly Guy’ (Rhythm King LEFT 28T)
Chugging and thumping 117½-0bpm percussive jiggly thudder with chanting girls, wailing guys, dialogue samples and various breaks, quite bright but monotonous and less catchy than their number one (repetitively looping jiggly 117-0bpm ‘Lolly-Pop‘ and bongos pattered moody 99⅓-0bpm ‘Funky Killer‘ flip). What’s with the slight name change?

EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got (Remix)’ (Manhattan 12MT 49)
Robert Clivilles & David Cole beef up her album’s hottest floorfiller into a lightly cantering and jangling soulfully expressive 110bpm clippety clopper that builds to an insistent climax (109⅚bpm dub/edit flip), on promo only so far.

EL BEE & TEE ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ (Zoo Experience Records ZER 00121, via 01-790 0468)
Leroy Burgess originally produced this by Fonda Rae and now himself soulfully sings and worries —together with Tyrone Williams (the “Tee”) — a terrific loosely loping joyful new 108͕⅓-108½-108⅔-0bpm treatment which climaxes with the wailingly rambling lead voice set against tight slick staccato harmonies (inst/edit flip), out here ahead of the US on pirate radio DJs Bobby and Steve’s own new label.

BANG THE PARTY ‘Release Your Body (Mayday Mix)’ (Warriors Dance WAF 004)
Excellent enthusiastically bounding lively house instrumental with some title line chants and hissing acid hi-hats in the 121⅓-122¼bpm mix by Derrick May, or a less fluid twittery 121-121⅓bpm Release The Acid Mix, more disjointedly spurting 121⅓bpm Dub and moaningly vocal 121bpm 7” Version.

THE FUNKY GINGER ‘Slaughterhouse’ (B/Ware! Records UM 002)
The burbling and surging bassline driven loose groove is finally out commercially in the land of its creation as an episodically burbling 0-112¾-113¼-113⅓-113¼-112¾-113bpm re-edit of its US-issued Psychiatric Mix, but with more emphasis placed now on the Double Trouble & Simon Goffe-mixed more urgently acidic (and perhaps less individual?) 0-116⅔-116⅓-116⅔-116¼-116⅓bpm Straitjacket Remix.

TOMMY STEWART ‘Bump And Hustle Music’ (AX 1055)
Much in demand Hamilton Bohannon-ish mid-Seventies sinuous jazz-funky rare groove, bootlegged in a newly extended 101⅚-103⅔-102⅔-101½bpm mix and its original 101⅚-102½-100⅔bpm LP version, selling fast if you can find it.

SALT-n-PEPA ‘Shake Your Thang’ (US Next Plateau Records Inc NPS0077)
Far hotter among upfront funksters than the pop-aimed ‘Push It’, this E.U.-accompanied and ‘Funky President’ guitar sampling go-go-type 103bpm jiggler is a rewording of the (credited) Isley Brothers’ ‘It’s Your Thing’, flipped by the more frenetically rapped and James Brown-scratched 110⅚bpm ‘Spinderella’s Not A Fella (But A Girl DJ)‘ (both in three mixes).

TUFF CREW ‘My Part Of Town (Remix)’ (Dutch Rhythm Records RHYTHM 004)
Included on the flip in its already reviewed Public Enemy-ish 114⅓bpm US mix (with the 105½bpm ‘Detonator‘ original coupling), this angry rap is now selling even better in this transformer scratched and generally brighter new 0-113⅚bpm European remix by Rutger ‘Rutti’ Kroese.

JAMES ‘D-TRAIN’ WILLIAMS ‘In Your Eyes (12” Version)’ (US Columbia 44 07843)
Really good wailing and roaring soulful 0-106⅔bpm chunkily rolling snappy jogger, slightly “go-go hip hop” (in (four mixes), likely to have meant more here before rap and house so polarised the scene. However, if the Mac Band can make it…

THE HOMEBOYZ ‘Don’t Talk (Extended Mix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 103)
Very odd disjointedly jerking 0-92⅚bpm staccato amalgam of reggae chants, soulful girl, tinkling vibes, tootling sax, plonking piano and choppy edits which — once your ears have adjusted — does hang together and syncopate into a jaunty jiggler that could be a Soul II Soul-style grower (dub/edit flip). I must confess it took a while to hit me!

LONDON BEATS 2 ‘London Beats 2’ (London Beats 2)
Actually the label only says ‘London Beats 2’ once, this being another bootlegged jittery tugging slow 0-100⅙-112-100⅙bpm rare groove megamix using such as Hank Ballard & The Dapps’ ‘How You Gonna Get Respect?’, the Vibrettes ‘Humpty Dump’ and even the Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’ (with very strange and undanceably disjointed 0-103-0-99⅔-0-124½-0-106-85-106-0bpm side two).

WOMACK & WOMACK ‘Conscience’ (US Island 90915-1)
Calling them-selves Dr Rue and the Gypsy Wave Banner, Cecil and Linda remain as idiosyncratically out on a limb as ever in a set that’s always soulful if not always that useable, its best gems being the lurchingly jogging 99⅓pm ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)’, lovely shuffling ‘Inherit The Wind’-style 115⅔bpm ‘Life’s Just A Ballgame‘, attractively bouncing 107⅓bpm ‘I Am Love‘ and bluesily buoyant 105⅓bpm ‘Good Man Monologue‘, more strictly for devoted fans being the fast but soulful 0-128bpm ‘Friends (So-Called)‘, throbbing 125¼bpm ‘Conscious Of My Conscience‘, meandering 92½/46¼bpm ‘Slave (Just For Love)‘, frantic 133½bpm ‘Teardrops‘ and 130½bpm ‘Celebrate The World‘.

BROADNAX AND ROBINSON ‘Go For Yours’ (US Grand Groove Records GG 712)
Patrick Adams-mixed tumbling and weaving joltingly jogging 103-0bpm male duet with some female wailing by Toni Smith, naggingly soulful and haunting to my mind and worth possible rare groove attention (in three mixes).

GERRY WOO ‘Help Yourself (12” Remix)’ (US Polydor 887 529-1)
Pleasant tapping cool 97⅚bpm jogger by the Chinese soulster, in four mixes including a stunning jazz-funk sax Instrumental by Walter Beasley.

NAJEE ‘Day By Day’ (US EMI-Manhattan EI-90096)
Listenable but blandly safe and predictable instrumental set by the soprano saxist, most danceable being the aptly named 99⅓bpm ‘Najee’s Nasty Groove’ and gentler 101⅓bpm ‘Personality‘, clichéd 100⅚bpm ‘He’s Armed And Dangerous‘, attractive 0-92⅓bpm ‘Tonight I’m Yours‘ and soulful 92⅙bpm ‘So Hard To Let Go‘, plus there are the 0-87⅓-0bpm title track, 0-70-0bpm ‘Gina’, 0-106bpm ‘Sweet Sensation’, 113⅓bpm ‘Stand Up’, EWF’s 0-30/60-0bpm ‘That’s The Way Of The World’. This type of album has followed the same tasteful format since the Sixties.

GWEN McCRAE ‘Generate Love (Club Mix)’ (The Dance Yard YARD T1, via Spartan)
James Horrocks’ new label debuts with this veteran Miami Sound soulstress’s brand new Wayne Cobham-produced jittery lurching 107⅚bpm ponderous basher, borrowing bursts of rhythm from other half-familiar things, unlikely to become a rare groove of the future though, unlike her oldies (except the flip’s more stolid brassily jiggling 107½bpm version could prove preferable).

ULTRAMAGNETIC MC’S ‘Watch Me Now’ (US Next Plateau Records Inc NP50079)
Shuffling bumpy 106⅔bpm rap ‘n’ scratch with routine James Brown-based ingredients, making it neither better nor worse than so many others (108bpm ‘Feelin’ It‘ too, both with instrumentals).

J.J. FAD ‘Supersonic (Remix)’ (US Dream Team Records 0-96658)
The logical successor to ‘Push It’ in the States, this girls-rapped, chanted and human beat boxed speedy sparse 0-132¼-130¼bpm electro flier (in three mixes) is likewise a massive seller which has been down-weighted in Billboard’s chart because it’s not being playlisted by radio.

JAKI GRAHAM ‘No More Tears (Fon Force Remix)’ (EMI 12JAKI 12)
A somewhat over-stuttery 106⅚bpm Sheffield created mix for her jittery smacker, of which producer Derek Bramble’s own 0-107⅓bpm Home-Bass Mix is even more juddery, leaving little song amidst the technoflash for pop fans to latch on to, the 0-96bpm ‘Have You Seen Him?’ being a jiggly jolter too although much calmer.

BURRELL ‘I’ll Wait For You (Take Your Time) (Dance Mix)’ (10 Records TEN X 218)
Timmy Regisford-mixed rumbling and jolting 112bpm jittery soul roller, choppily worried by a plaintive pair of identical twins from New York City (dub/acappella too, and crawling 65⅓bpm ‘Waiting’).

SINDECUT featuring DJ Fingers & MC Crazy Noddy ‘Can’t Get Enough (Of Who?)’ (Baad! Records BD 777)
Haunting slinky slow 90⅙-90-0bpm reggae chat ‘n’ scratch (dubapella too) plus the funkier nervy 107⅔bpm ‘I Ain’t Stoppin’‘, fast talking sparse 0-107½bpm ‘Sindecuts Kickin’ # 2‘ and 109-0bpm ‘Capital Radio Session, Dec ’87‘, rather specialist.

NICOLE ‘Jam Packed (At The Wall)’ (Epic 652822 6)
Clivilles & Cole-mixed loping pent-up 112bpm Michael Jackson-ish jitterer (in two mixes) plus the chugging 119bpm ‘Don’t You Want My Love‘.

LYN ROMAN ‘I Want You’ (Ichiban Records ICHT 703, via PRT)
Breathy old-fashioned Sylvia ‘Pillow Talk’ style slinky 103⅚bpm Marvin Gaye revival (instrumental too), not bad.

JACQUI JONES ‘Why Should I Love You’ (GTi Records JJ 001TX)
Over confusingly jumbled squiggly scratching and jiggling 112⅓-0bpm wriggler with this South London session singer and some Herb Alpert-ish trumpet trying to fight through, with a much easier huskily sung straightforward B-side version (and dub).

BRENDA RUSSELL ‘Gravity (Remix)’ (Breakout USAT 630)
Trickily started jerkily rolling 98⅔-0bpm spurting lurcher with none of her last hit’s charm (Dub Mix and dead slow 0-31⅓/62⅔bpm ‘If Only For One Night’ too), inessential for discos.


POP DANCE

THE FEDERATION ‘Takin’ Umbrage’ (Club GROW 1), imagine if you will a routine 115⅓bpm Latin groove volume pumping its way through dialogue and theme tune samples from radio’s long running everyday tale of country folk, ‘The Archers’ — crazed brilliance, the next Time Lords! (brassier ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Gro-bag’ and bassier funky drummered 114¾bpm ‘Underneath The Archers (Acid Rain On Ambridge Mix)’ too, the fictional town of Ambridge being wittily mis-spelt for the punning main title, of course);

ELLERT ‘Something To Talk About (Dance Mix)’ (RCA PT 42078), Phil Harding & Ian Curnow-produced frantically galloping 126½bpm strong exciting Climie Fisher-penned song with George Benson-ish bits of scat ‘n’ guitar incongruously dropped into the girls-backed straining guy’s vocal, well worth checking;

SARBANI ‘(Ish Ka Deh) Marmaleh’ (Virgin VST 1110), yet more Punjabi pop, with jaunty authentic Indian female wailing mixed down behind a spacily pulsing and bounding 0-127⅓bpm Bhangra house beat, or its ‘Experience’ instrumental flip, both full of unusual atmosphere;

GEORGE MICHAEL ‘Monkey (Extended Version)’ (Epic EMU T6), tapping and juddering started (0-)98⅙-98½-98⅙-0bpm Jam & Lewis remix of the ponderous jitterer, far from instantaneously grabbing but bound to create interest, although maybe more for the brain than for the feet — at least it’ll be a change to hear George instead of Public Enemy saying “bass”;

DISKORD DATKORD ‘Identity (Housewife Mix)’ (Soho Girl Records 12 SG002, via 01-743 9412), Johnny Rotten meets M|A|R|R|S in a chanting jiggly 0-89⅓-89⅔-0bpm droning “punk hip hop” treatment of X-Ray Spex’ song, complete with samples and scratches, interestingly different;

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES ‘Peek-A-Boo (Two Faced Mix)’ (Polydor SHEX 14), abruptly jolting jaunty 105bpm staccato jiggler with squeezebox noises plus other heavily compressed and backwards running transformer scratch-type sounds;

MUDDY WATERS ‘Mannish Boy’ (Epic MUD T1), the Johnny Winter-produced remake rather than the classic original, but just as powerful, this simple drums thudded, harmonica blasted and exhortations accompanied remorselessly lurching (0-)64-70-73-74½-75½-77-0bpm macho throaty blues will be the unlikely soundtrack for the latest Levi’s 501 commercials;

M.K.P.A. ‘The World Was A Ghetto! (The Gospel According To)’ (Positive Records FW 880520, via Westside), Morgan Khan returns to vinyl (remember his appearance with Masquerade?) supported by friends on a fast hustling 125bpm remake of the Philadelphia Allstars’ ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto’, interspersing message choruses between depressing broadcast news reports (oddly, there’s no Bhangra Mix!);

MICHAEL JACKSON ‘Dirty Diana’ (Epic 651546 8), his latest album has in fact had little dancefloor impact here, despite spawning five US pop chart-toppers, this latest anxiously pent-up 0-65½bpm stop/start slow live-flavoured rock song being unlikely to change things (in recognition of which it’s flipped by the old 114¼bpm ‘Bad (Dance Extended Mix)’, not that even that was long lasting as a disco hit;

DEON ESTUS ‘Me Or The Rumours (Jellybean Remix)’ (Mika Records MIKAZ 1, via Polydor), Wham’s bassist lightly sings, growls and chants a Jellybean remixed spurting 0-120bpm wriggly galloper with some of co-composer Kenny Young’s ‘Ai No Corrida’ lurching lilt, although nothing really sticks in the mind;

CARMINE ALERS ‘To Be Your Lover’ (CityBeat CBE 1227), shrill 23-year-old New Yorker plaintively repeating “I want to be your lover” through a jittery 108⅙bpm latin hip hop judderer, more insistent than interesting;

DEBBIE GIBSON ‘Foolish Beat’ (Atlantic A9059T), several dance hits later here’s the inevitable pace-changing 39⅓/78⅔-0bpm dreary but ever so sincere slowie, for radio, with some Sanborn-style sax and a latin break adding slight interest;

KAREN MICHELLE ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (Debut DEBTX 3052), Kylie-esque chattery shrill 122½bpm galloper in the current nymphet style, by a girl who looks too wrinkled around the eyes to be truly the ingénue she’s posing as;

WESTBOUND FREEWAY ‘Let Him Feel It’ (Baseline Records BASL 1T, via Timewarp Record Company), husky girl wailed straightforward galloping frantic (0-)130¾bpm remake of the Simplicious oldie;

THE GROOVETRAIN ‘Why Did You Do It?’ (Urban URBX 21), Stretch’s purposefully plodding oldie in a ragged 100⅓bpm revival by such pop has-beens as Nick Heyward and Heaven 17’s Glen Gregory, further diluting the Urban label’s image;

YEOW! ‘Freedom Dance’ (YEOW 025), discordantly croaked and chanted monotonously cranking 0-102⅔-102½pm industrial funk lurcher.


REMIXES

JACK E MAKOSSA ‘The Opera House (Acid Fingers Mix Versus Godzilla Mix)‘ (Champion CHAMP K 12-50), Simon Harris has given Arthur Baker’s oldie not only this straightforward “pshta pshta” hi-hatted 0-118¾-0bpm acid house mix but also the separate, more convolutedly churning and washing machine “drain” gurgled, 119¼-0bpm Acid Fingers Strikes Again Mix (CHAMP Z 12-50), both still with bursts of Catharine Buchanan’s operatic warbling and (as revealed last week) both due commercially along with re-releases of all the other previous mixes on July 18;

GLEN GOLDSMITH ‘What You See Is What You Get (Re-Mix)’ (Reproduction PT 42076X), not exactly a runaway train on dancefloors in its original mix, this 119½bpm Jolley Harris Jolley remix adds an acid synth twittered locomoting S-Express-ish tinge;

BOY GEORGE ‘No Clause 28 (Emilio Pasquez Space Face Full Remix)’ Virgin BOY 106-13), Pascal Gabriel gives the Boy’s latest flop its obligatory (0-)120bpm acid house remix, too late to help it now.


THE CLUB CHART – July 9, 1988

01 03 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, MCA Records 12in
02 02 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
03 01 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
04 04 CAR WASH/IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce, MCA Records 12in
05 08 FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
06 05 GO ON GIRL/(RAPID RADIO VOCAL) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
07 10 TURN IT UP Richie Rich, Club 12in
08 11 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
09 07 IN MY DREAMS (CLUB REMIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway
10 17 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE/PROPHETS OF RAGE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
11 76 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) (PREDORA MIX/FREE-STYLE SAX MIX) The Funky Worm, FON 12in
12 09 CHECK THIS OUT (FIERCE VOCAL/SWEATY CUBAN MIX) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
13 — NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS/COLD LAMPIN WITH FLAVOR/TERMINATOR X TO THE EDGE OF PANIC/CAUGHT, CAN WE GET A WITNESS?/SHE WATCH CHANNEL ZERO?!/LOUDER THAN A BOMB/PARTY FOR YOUR RIGHT TO FIGHT/BLACK STEEL IN THE HOUR OF CHAOS/BRING THE NOISE/DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE/PROPHETS OF RAGE/MIND TERRORIST/SHOW THEM WATCHA GOT/SECURITY OF THE FIRST WORLD Public Enemy, US Def Jam LP
14 24 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
15 27 I’M TOO SCARED (R&B MIX) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
16 06 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
17 13 BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in
18 20 JOY (EXTENDED REMIX) Teddy Pendergrass, Elektra 12in
19 21 WE’VE GOT THE JUICE (FRESH SQUEEZED MIX) Derek B, Tuff Audio 12in
20 15 ACID OVER (TYREE/HEAVENLY/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES) Tyree, ffrr 12in
21 19 LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Taja Sevelle, Paisley Park Records 12in
22 26 GOOD LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Meli’sa Morgan, Capitol 12in
23 23 STATIC (PART 1 & 2)/TIME TO GET BUSY/CAN’T GIT ENUF/SHE LOOKS ALL TYPES A’ GOOD James Brown, Scotti Bros LP
24 18 MOVIN’ 1988 (PHIL HARDING EXTENDED MIX/THE LET’S ALL CHANT MIX) Brass Construction, Syncopate 12in
25 22 PUMP UP LONDON/PUMP UP CHICAGO Mr Lee, US Trax Records 12in
26 12 MY ONE TEMPTATION (DANCE VERSION) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
27 29 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
28 14 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX/DUB MIX) Narada, Reprise Records 12in
29 93 SURE BEATS WORKIN’ (IT’S A TRIP MIX) Beats Workin’, ffrr 12in
30 35 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, US MCA Records 12in
31 32 OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL) (STREET MIX) Al B. Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
32 30 ABC The Mafia, BBH Records 12in white label
33 31 HITTRAX II (COOL J TRAX/WORK MY BODY REMIX) House Gang, Kool Kat 12in
34 40 I’M REAL James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
35 28 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (DANCIN’ DANNY & PABLOVIA RABAN REMIX) Paul Simpson, Cooltempo 12in
36 16 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
37 38 DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
38 54 SHAKE YOUR THANG Salt-n-Pepa featuring E.U., US Next Plateau Records Inc 12in
39 33 MR BACHELOR (EXTENDED REMIX VERSION) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
40 57 I’LL WAIT FOR YOU (TAKE YOUR TIME) (DANCE MIX) Burrell, 10 Records 12in mailing list promo
41 — TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ/FLOAT ON/MIAMI BASS/STET TROOP ’88!/IN FULL GEAR/PEN AND PAPER/THIS IS IT, Y’ALL (GO STETSA II)/IT’S IN MY SONG/THE ODAD/DBC LET THE MUSIC PLAY/SALLY/ROLLIN’ WIT RUSH/FREEDOM OR DEATH/MUSIC FOR THE STETFULLY INSANE Stetsasonic, Breakout LP
42 34 SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE/SPANK-SPANK Phuture, US Trax Records 12in
43 37 WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET Glen Goldsmith, RCA 12in
44 36 JUST GOT PAID Johnny Kemp, CBS 12in
45 74 GALAXY (STAR PATROL SAYS “MIX IT DOWN”)/COME ON DOWN TO LOVE STREET (ON A ROCKET MIX)  Love Street, Parlophone 12in
46 68 ANYONE (RAP MIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Krissy Kriss, MC Kelz & DJ Linx, Beatmaster Records 12in
47 — HEAT IT UP (KEVIN SAUNDERSON REMIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
48 45 GO ON GIRL (STREETS AHEAD’S ROCKIN’ THE PARK MIX) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
49 63 STRICTLY BUSINESS EPMD, US Fresh Records LP
50 39 SET IT OFF Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
51 25 BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE)/BACK TO THE BEAT The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
52 — SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in promo
53 77 I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU/TAKE IT SLOW/RONI/ROCK WIT’CHA Bobby Brown, US MCA Records LP
54 60 RISING TO THE TOP/MAKES YOU WANNA/AIN’T MY LOVE ENOUGH Pieces Of A Dream, US EMI-Manhattan LP
55 65 HARD TO THE CORE London Rhyme Syndicate, Rhyme ‘N’ Reason 12in
56 50 HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men And A Drum Machine, Jive 12in
57 — PUSH IT Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
58 49 EVERLASTING (12” MIX)/THIS WILL BE/WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in promo
59 55 K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (THE HEAT OF PASSION MIX) Siedah Garrett, Qwest 12in
60 48 SOMEBODY SAVE ME By All Means, US Island LP
61 53 GROOVE ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Guy, US Uptown Records 12in
62 — RELEASE YOUR BODY (MAYDAY MIX/RELEASE THE ACID MIX) Bang The Party, Warriors Dance 12in promo
63 47 DON’T COVER UP YOUR FEELINGS (EXTENDED REMIX) Broomfield, CBS 12in
64 78 FREE NELSON MANDELA (THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING MIX) The Special AKA featuring Ndunda Khuze & Jonas Gwenge, 2-Tone 12in
65 71 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (12” VERSION) Kurtis Blow, US Mercury 12in
66 — BUMP AND HUSTLE MUSIC (VERY LONG VERSION/LP VERSION) Tommy Stewart, AX 12in white label
67 59 THIS IS HOUSE MUSIC/IT’S RAW Full Effect featuring Anita O’Selle, Bass Records 12in
68 56 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
69 61 MY PART OF TOWN (RUTGER ‘RUTTI’ KROESE REMIX) Tuff Crew, Dutch Rhythm Records 12in
70 96 TEDDY’S JAM/DON’T CLAP…JUST DANCE/’ROUND AND ‘ROUND (MERRY GO ‘ROUND OF LOVE)/PIECE OF MY LOVE/YOU CAN CALL ME CRAZY Guy, US Uptown/MCA Records LP
71 64 THE REAL CHUCKEEBOO/WATCHING YOU/(THERE’S NO) GRATITUDE/WHAT GOES AROUND Loose Ends, Virgin LP
72 86 DINOSAUR L BANGS AGAIN Dinosaur L, CityBeat 12in
73 41 CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ (KEVIN HEDGE MIX) Blaze, US Quark 12in
74 66 THE BEST OF MY LOVE (FULL DANCE MIX) Dee Lewis, Mercury 12in
75 84 ALL IN VAIN (LONDON MIX) JM Silk, Jack Trax 12in
76 — REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE (PHIL HARDING & IAN CURNOW ’88 MIX) Four Tops, Motown 12in
77 83 CHECK THIS OUT (THE SALT LAKE CITY MIX/HAMMAPELLA) LA Mix, Breakout 12in
78 52 SLAUGHTERHOUSE (STRAITJACKET REMIX/UK PSYCHIATRIC RE-EDIT) The Funky Ginger, B/Ware! Records 12in promo
79 — STAY AWAY Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
80 88 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
81 44 LONDON BEATS 2 London Beats 2, London Beats 2 12in
82 67 GOTTA KEEP DANCIN’ (POP WILL EAT THIS HOUSE MIX) The North South Connection featuring Legacy, GRC 12in promo
83 — THE ONLY WAY IS UP (SPENG) Yazz and the Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
84 80 NAJEE’S NASTY GROOVE/PERSONALITY/DAY BY DAY Najee, US EMI-Manhattan LP
85 — GLORIA MY LOVE/THAT GIRL WANTS TO DANCE WITH ME/I’M GONNA GET TO YOU/YOU NEED SOMEBODY/SO MUCH BETTER NOW/LOVE DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE/THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN LOVE/THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE Gregory Hines, US Epic LP
86 re WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU (CHRIS PAUL REMIX) Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
87 re BIG FUN Inner-City (featuring Kevin Saunderson) (‘Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit’), 10 Records LP
88 42 KEEP KEEPIN’/I’M REAL (F.F. HYPED UP MIX) James Brown, Scotti Bros 12in
89 70 I SURRENDER TO YOUR LOVE By All Means, Fourth & Broadway 12in
90 75 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX) Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Manhattan 12in promo
91 43 GIVE A LITTLE MORE BODY ACTION/GET ACIDIC M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in
92 — NICE ‘N’ SLOW (EXTENDED VERSION) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
93 89 GENERATE LOVE (CLUB MIX) Gwen McCrae, The Dance Yard 12in mailing list promo
94 — VAPORS (VOCAL MIX) Biz Markie, Cold Chillin’ 12in
95 re PUSH IT (FULL LENGTH REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
96 re STRAIGHT OUT OF THE JUNGLE/WHAT’S GOING ON Jungle Brothers, US Warlock LP
97 — INTRODUCTION Goldtop, GEE st Records 12in
98 100= OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
99 85 ARE YOU LONELY? Randy Brown, Threeway Records 12in
100 — DANCE WITH THE DEVIL (BALEARIC MIX/CULT MIX) The Project Club, Supreme 12in


POP DANCE

01 01 I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros, CBS 12in
02 02 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
03 05 IN THE AIR TONIGHT (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Phil Collins, Virgin 12in
04 04 THE TWIST (YO, TWIST) Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Urban 12in
05 03 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
06 07 CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure, Mute 12in
07 06 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
08 10 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) Pasadenas, CBS 12in
09 20 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in
10 09 DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS Timelords, KLF 12in
11 08 CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix, Breakout 12in
12 18 WILD WORLD Maxi Priest, Ten 12in
13 11 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Wet Wet Wet, Childline 7in
14 14 IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA 12in
15 — PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr/Champion 12in
16 — WAP BAM BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
17 — MAYBE (WE CAN CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
18 — IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
19 13 LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
20 16 DIVINE EMOTIONS (REMIX) Narada, Reprise 12in


DEEJAYS CHART

[The name of the DJ who supplied this week’s chart was not printed.]

01 RIGHT BACK TO YOU Ten City, Atlantic 12in
02 BOYS (PWL REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
03 GO ON GIRL Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
04 DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada, Atlantic 12in
05 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
06 ACID OVER Tyree, ffrr 12in
07 VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless, CBS 12in
08 CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA 12in
09 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
10 MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in


HI-NRG

01 01 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
02 02 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
03 04 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 05 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
05 06 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
06 14 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
07 24 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
08 11 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
09 09 PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
10 27 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, Siren 12in
11 12 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
12 10 OVER YOU (DJ MIX) Wendy, Chartflow-UK 12in
13 13 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
14 03 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
15 16 GOT TO BE CERTAIN (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL Records 12in
16 08 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
17 21 CHAINS OF LOVE (TRULY IN LOVE WITH THE MARX BROS. MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
18 — THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
19 19 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express, Rhythm King 12in
20 18 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
21 28 YOU’RE A TIME WASTER Croisette, Nightmare 12in
22 25 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
23 22 LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
24 07 FOR YOU Sisley Ferre, Dutch Hotsound 12in
25 38 CAR WASH Rose Royce, MCA 12in
26 — THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Quantize, Passion 12in
27 23 WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE Gloria Brooke, Blue Moon 12in
28 15 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
29 37 MULTIMEGAMIX (BOYS/HOT GIRL/SEXY GIRL/KISS ME) Sabrina, Spanish Blanco Y Negro 12in
30 39 (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE) DEAD OR ALIVE Claudja Barry, Blue Moon 12in
31 40 A LITTLE LOVE (WHAT’S GOING ON) Ceejay, US Next Plateau 12in
32 17 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
33 29 YOU’RE THE ONE Tapps, Canadian Boulevard 12in
34 — IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Jon Otis, Splash 12in
35 — HOT FOR YOU Lorraine Scott, Canadian Slak 12in
36 — HONEY BEE (REMIX) Charlotte McKinnon, Blue Moon 12in
37 30 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
38 20 IT’S NATURE’S WAY (NO PROBLEM) Dollar, London 12in
39 36 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in
40 — HOT GIRL (PWL REMIX) Sabrina, German Chic 12in

2 thoughts on “July 9, 1988: S-Xpress, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, El Bee & Tee, Bang The Party, The Funky Ginger”

  1. Tragically, Steve Walsh didn’t survive the operation on his broken leg, and there will be a full update and a lengthy obituary in the following week’s column.

    The artist behind the “London Beats 2” mixer is actually Jazzie B of Soul II Soul.

    Far from being “strictly for devoted fans”, Womack & Womack’s “Teardrops” was of course a huge hit. Tempo-wise , it was totally out of context with any other current releases, making it a tricky tune to slot into a set – sometimes it worked for me, sometimes it didn’t (and one time, it actually cleared the floor). These days, however, it remains a much loved classic, and an absolute copper-bottomed guaranteed floorfiller for my punters (I’ve even had a round of applause at the end of the track); I’ve found that it fits particularly well with the Isley Brothers “It’s A Disco Night (Rock Don’t Stop)”.

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  2. Steve Walsh was a great loss to the underground dance world – I saw him play at the Best Disco In Town at the Lyceum when it used to be broadcast live on Capital radio at midnight to two around 1983/84 And he had started checking out the goings on at the early acid house nights in London just before his accident. I think he’d have been a massive figure in the London and later national acid house/rave scene that started to take over the world in 1988/89 if he’d have lived. He always spun the sounds that mattered and a big late 1988 or summer of 1989 M25 rave with Steve Walsh doing his stuff would have been made a unique experience even better. If only he’d have taken his doctor’s advice and waited until losing some weight before having the operation. But he couldn’t wait to get back out there in that unique summer and that in itself summed up his complete enthusiasm and love of what he did. A true larger than life personality of the scene. And loved by all the serious clubbers in London and the South East.

    Following on from the Balearic stuff last week it’s funny how the meaning of Balearic music changed over the years from the eclectic sounds on the original album to the spanish guitar and downtempo drum and bass of all those chill out albums from the second half of the 90s. And then finally into the mellow light trance of Nalin & Kane’s ‘Beach Ball’, Balearic Bill’s ‘Destination Sunshine’ and loads of stuff by people like Chicane. ATB and the Thrillseekers.

    Is that Paris Grey’s first appearance in the column? – I believe she famously turned up at an acid house party in London around 1988 for a PA and was so horrified by the unbridled. scenes of total madness she saw there that she couldn’t wait to leave and never returned to do another rave.

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