BEATS & PIECES
HASTILY ARRANGED so that a date could be announced, the Steve Walsh tribute Soul Night Out will no longer be at Hammersmith’s Le Palais where its Mecca owners (who never supported the Walsh-fronted Dance Aid nights either) have decided that their regular Thursdays are doing quite well enough now that the venue’s been refurbished, so, still on the some date – Thursday, August 18 – the Radio London-relayed event will instead be held at Leicester Square’s Empire Ballroom, where the First Leisure management have welcomed this benefit night for the late DJ’s family (nowhere will it be the same without Steve actually being there, although one thing that might revive the authentic atmosphere would be a PA by Aswad) … Marshall Jefferson has remixed Chris Paul ‘Turn The Music Up’ … Jolley Harris Jolley are remixing Pieces Of A Dream ‘Rising To The Top’, to coincide with the group’s UK visit next month — in fact their import LP is now out here (EMI-Manhattan MTL 1030) … Derek B is producing a rap by basketball stars the Harlem Globetrotters, for release on Beatmaster Records! … S’Express, still with an apostrophe but with the “E” back in place, now appears to be the way in which the name is officially spelt … BlueBird Records finally did take over the old Record Shack shop in Soho’s Berwick Street, and are now open there … Les Cokell has opened his own “High Energy” specialising shop (stocking rare oldies including those hard to find Hot Tracks and Disconet subscription discs from the States), called Energhighs Records in the Clone Zone, 37-39 Bloom Street, Manchester 2 (telephone 061-236 1398) … Sylvester is widely reported by US trade papers to be suffering from AIDS … Dave Randall’s disco promotion service Clubnet has moved to Unit 7, Grand Union Centre, West Row, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AZ (01-968 9661) … No Strings Attached is the name by which South London remix DJ Perry Daniels now is credited (on such as the new Natalie Cole medley, see her review), Perry handling samples and mixing while colleague King Enri programmes the drum machines and produces, and Enri’s brother ploys keyboards and engineers — their latest total production being their own ‘House On The Hill’, a ‘Hill Street Blues’ soundtrack dialogue sampling house chugger that’s set for release soon on a major label … Chapter 8’s keenly awaited new LP will be out here on Capitol at the end of the month, as close as possible to its US release (there are already cassette promos in circulation) … ‘Put Your Hands Together‘, emerging as the hottest cut or their new album, will be Eric B & Rakim’s follow-up single in about three weeks … ‘Talkin’ All That Jazz’ will likewise be Stetsasonic’s follow-up on September 5, while the next Rose Royce reissue is ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’ … Beats Workin’ ‘Sure Beats Workin’’ would appear to have been withdrawn by ffrr, presumably in the hope that it might eventually build up the consumer demand that so far has yet to materialise — Balearic being all talk and ecstacy rather than a real chart force despite the hype … Robin King from Jack Trax points out that the Night Writers ‘Let The Music (Use You)‘ has been something of an anthem for the last 18 months or so, at London’s more seriously trendy Balearic-type venues (except, he hastily adds, it’s much more solid and soulful than that might suggest!) … Sound Assassins buyers seem to prefer the flip’s more percussively spacious (0-)117¾-0bpm Spectrum Edit version of ‘Get Out Of My House!’ (reviewed last week) … Loose Ends’ latest album has so far sold a quarter of a million copies in the US during its first six weeks … Desa, with guests DJ Trix and DJ A-Ski, has opened The Bassment on Fridays in Merseyside’s rendezvous for serious groovers, inside Birkenhead’s Comet Car Park (this bizarre address being behind Hamilton Square sta-tion in Argyle Street) … York’s seriously crucial Sweatbox hosts a cruise on the river Ouse this Saturday (13), leaving Kings Stoith at 7pm with DJs Bri G, Rockie and Soul Pete then getting down (or off?) at the Bonding Warehouse … Norman Scott is back doing one hour guest spots most Mondays at the reopened gay Bang disco in London Charing Cross Road’s Busbys … Johnny Walker guests next Wednesday (17) at Tottenham Websters’ weekly acid house Buzz night – acieed! … Kingston-upon-Thames Hoofers has pure acid Thursdays with Jazzy M, Jasper (The VJ) and Steve Roberts … Rayners Lane Record & Disco Centre owner Jon Jules, not to be outdone, bought an “F” reg white Vauxhall Astro GTE convertible, while poor Les Adams is only able to drive his Toyota Supra for short distances while his bum heals — he had a huge cyst cut out of it just as his “F” reg dream car was delivered … NANU NANU!
D.J. JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE ‘A Nightmare On My Street (Extended Mix)’ (US Jive 1125-1-JD)
Another slow talking vignette of contemporary American teenage life — about the perils of horror movies! — this ‘Amityville (House On The Hill)’-type 85¼-0bpm rolling “spooky” rap is the duo’s new US single (Instrumental/Edit too, and slippery scratching 0-127½-0bpm ‘Rhythm Trax — House Party Style‘), while here we get again ‘Parents (Just Don’t Understand) (Danny D Remix)’ (Jive JIVE R 169), Dancin’ Danny D speeding up the amusingly chatted US smash to a more usefully jiggling 92⅚bpm tempo with rare grooving piano and brass, its main appeal though still being as a potential pop crossover once enough people have seen its popular video (and provided Derek B hasn’t already satiated the market here for first person story telling raps!).
JEFFREY OSBORNE ‘One Love — One Dream’ (US A&M SP-5205)
Faithful fans will immediately lap up this overdue return on LP by the soulful baritone — seemingly more given to singing the American national anthem than making records these days! — although there’s not an awful lot on it for the dance crowd. Best bets there are probably the vigorously lurching 112½bpm ‘(You Can’t Get) Love From A Stone’, pleasantly swaying 96⅓bpm ‘Can’t Go Back On A Promise‘ and spikily leaping and kicking happy Brazillian style 119½-0bpm ‘La Cuenta, Por Favor‘, otherwise the joltingly rolling 116bpm title track and gruffly sincere slow 65bpm ‘Cindy’, 0-33-0bpm ‘My Heart Can Wait Forever’, 0-37½bpm ‘All Because Of You’, 29-58-0bpm ‘True Believers’ and 75/37½bpm ‘The Family’ are radio aimed, while the tensely jerking 111¼bpm ‘She’s On The Left’ is a tighter vocal version of his new import 12 inch, reviewed separately in Hot Vinyl.
CHUBB ROCK ‘Caught Up (Remix)’ (US Select FMS 62317)
Maybe not quite so innovative as ‘Follow The Leader’ but just as excitingly different, this urgent rap is based in spasmodic spurts on James Brown’s ‘I Got Ants In My Pants’ beat, with “man – woman – earth – infinity” pauses and rhythm shifts breaking up the momentum and making it so unusual, in 108-108̿⅓-108⅙bpm Remix, 109-109⅓-109⅙bpm Instrumental, 108⅓bpm Bonus rapid re-edit and 95bpm Original mixes, the latter completely unlike the rest and quite funny in sexist Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince style, bragging about the stiffness of his Johnson and other attributes!
COLDCUT featuring JUNIOR REID & The Ahead Of Our Time Orchestra ‘Stop This Crazy Thing’ (Ahead Of Our Time HOTPLATE 5)
Hotplate 5 is a jauntily pimping 107⅓-0bpm go-go-ish jolting jiggler studded with sneaky samples, Tarzan yells (but no ‘Jane’, you’ll note), and some vintage muted trumpet behind Junior’s urgent message – which may or may not be a plea to stop global self-destruction, as it doesn’t really make a point (dubwise Speng and instrumental Beat mixes too).
BEATMASTERS ‘Burn It Up’ (Rhythm King LEFT 27T)
“Don’t stop” is the simple contradictory message – don’t stop dancing — in this long awaited follow-up by the Soho advertising trio, minus the Cookie Crew now, a strident girl squawked and guys chorused repetitively churning 115½-0bpm jitterer with shrill strings and a dated rhythm drive, made powerful by its sheer remorseless persistent insistence (frequency bending much calmer ‘Acid Burn‘ B-side treatment), probably not due fully for a few weeks although about on pre-release.
EDDIE STOCKLEY ‘I Will Always Love You’ (Mango Street 12 15344)
Now taking off like a rocket although largely ignored while an Import (on 4th + B’way — so why the shift here to Island’s other dance label?), this attractively burbling lightly soulful Blaze-ish 118-117⅔-0bpm house canterer is flipped here by a new much faster, less subtle and in fact almost unrecognisable 127-0bpm Acid House Remix, which won’t stop it selling!
SAHARA ‘Love So Fine (88 Remix)’ (Fast Forward FFO 2)
Now also known in the USA as Intimate Connection, the London group’s still popular oldie has been given a juddery dubwise (0-)104-0bpm remix with the vocals reduced to stuttery excerpts as it jiggles and jolts along, still remaining a cool and quite sweet jogger — the flip has the girls cooed original (0-)108bpm Club Remix and lusher Radio Remix.
VICTOR ROMEO and THE MOVE featuring Reggie Hall ‘I Want Your Love (Club House)’ (US Dance Mania Records DM 013)
Cymbal shushed episodically burbling 121⅓bpm house bounder, Cynthia Moffett wailing at times, guys joining in on the more acidically swimming House Mix and muttering on the Dub Mix, but the vinyl is actually selling more for the self descriptively titled leaping and spurting, synth twittered, “acid acid acid/house” repeating 122-0bpm ‘The Art Of Acid’ (not that it’s the anthem this might suggest).
THE ANSWER ‘John’ (US Rockin’ House RH008)
Hi-hat hissed speedy but thin sounding 128½-0bpm canterer, instrumental in (naturally) the Instrumental John and Acid John mixes, or with strange slowed-down muttering offset by stratospheric Sylvester-ish whinneying in the vocal Club John and House John versions.
DEREK JONES ‘Homeboy’ (US Rockin’ House RH009)
Candice (a girl) wailed quite hauntingly unusual joltingly cantering 119⅓bpm house throbber in four mixes, none actually acid (for a change) although the Dub Mix has an ethereal effect.
DRUM and BASS ‘I·Love·U’ (WAU Recordings WAU 1, via Big Life/Gee St Recordings)
Frantically galloping (0-)125⅓bpm Hi-NRG house with sensuous male muttering and stuttery “I love you” girls (Instrumental, and more acidic Claw-Acieeed!! flipside versions), which had I checked it earlier should really have been listed under Pop Dance, or even Hi-NRG!
MYOSHI MORRIS ‘Muzik’ (US Rockin’ House RH007)
Title line nagged chanting percussive 124⅓bpm acid house in five different mixes, building excitingly in Tyree’s Co-Ed Entertainment Mix, Mike Dunn providing “house piano” for Mike’s House Mix, Hugo Hi! contributing washing machine synth to his Feel It Mix, Tyree again mashing up the Music Mental Mix and The Mob dropping test tubes for the Stupid Lab Mix.
FREDDIE JACKSON ‘Don’t Let Love Slip Away’ (Capitol EST 2067)
Enough ACIEED!! already! Back among the soul folk, Freddie’s new smash hit LP is much as you’d expect of the suave romancer, with the attractively swaying 96⅚bpm ‘Don’t Let Love Slip Away’, smoothly drifting 87bpm ‘Special Lady‘, sinuously lurching 0-111¾bpm ‘Crazy (For Me)’ (his next UK single), Marvin Gaye-ish (0-)103⅚bpm ‘Nice ‘N’ Slow’ (his current single), slinkily undulating 84½bpm ‘Hey Lover’, gently agonised 89⅚bpm ‘You And I Got A Thang’, sweet 39/78bpm ‘It’s Gonna Take A Long, Long Time’, meandering 39/78bpm ‘One Heart Too Many’, jerkily wriggling 110½bpm ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ (new song), wordily convoluted 92½bpm ‘Yes, I Need You’.
NATALIE COLE ’Jump Start (Dance Mix)’ (EMI-Manhattan 12MT 50)
Car ignition introed staccato 0-122¾bpm wriggly basher reissued from last October, flipped now by the still evidently on demand soulfully swaying 87⅔bpm ‘I Wanna Be That Woman (12″ Version)‘ (already B-side to ‘Pink Cadillac’) plus a brand new meatily driving 0-123½-123¾-123½bpm ‘Jump Start/Pink Cadillac (Ignition Megamix)’ medley neatly created by South London DJ Perry Daniels and friends (see Beats & Pieces for further info).
GREGORY HINES ‘That Girl Wants To Dance With Me’ (Epic 652812 8)
The dancing actor follows his chum Luther’s example to the letter on this Vandross-created, Jellybean-remixed, lightly swirling 119¾-0bpm swinger in ‘Searching’ derived ‘I Gave It Up When I Fell In Love’ style (dub/inst flip), finally out here.
JEFFREY OSBORNE ‘She’s On The Left (12” Version)’ (US A&M SP-12280)
Quite pleasant wriggly tapping, thudding and swaying 111¼bpm jitterer with a tense long lead-in like his old ‘Plane Love’, except that was around five years ago and things have changed radically in discos since then, which may make this tempo difficult to fit in outside of the few remaining real “soul” venues (dub/acappella flip). Remember soul?
MICHAEL COOPER ‘Quickness (Speedy 12” Mix)’ (US Warner Bros/King Jay Records 0-20950)
The ConFunkShun guy solos in one man band style on a self-produced/arranged/performed and co-penned jerkily snapping light wriggly 120⅔-bpm Cameo-ish bubbler (in five mixes, plus his old album’s unremixed coolly rolling 109⅓bpm ‘Look Before You Leave’).
INCORPORATED THANG BAND ‘Body Jackin’ (Remix)’ (US Warner Bros 0-20709)
George Clinton and Bootsy Collins-produced/co-penned loosely rambling 112½bpm P’funk lurcher by a three guys/two girls group, with some nice touches should any club these days still be playing funk, let alone P’funk (inst flip).
JELLYBEAN featuring RICHARD DARBYSHIRE ‘Coming Back For More (Part 1)’ (Chrysalis JELX 4), the percussion started orientally tinged throbbing jiggly 114¾-0bpm chugger from upcoming movie ‘The Man In The Glass Booth’, promoed initially as an instrumental, is now out commercially here with Living In A Box leader Darbyshire’s gruff vocal nagging through the beat, plus an instrumental 115-0bpm Part 2 and a jerkily booming instrumental 114¾-0bpm Funhouse Mix of the old ‘Sidewalk Talk’;
SARAH JANE MORRIS ‘Can’t Get To Sleep Without You’ (Jive SJMT 1), the Communards’ guest vocalist on ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ huskily solos through a ‘Jazz Freak’-like (0-)134bpm brassy swinger, not incredibly original maybe but at that joyfully freewheeling infectious tempo that always makes you snap your fingers and feel good;
AREEBA-REEBA ‘Peanut Vendor (Fiesta Mix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1270), girls chanted brassily braying 117⅔-118-118¼bpm breezy modern treatment of 1930’s Latin American classic from Cuba (originally titled ‘El Manisero’), probably best remembered in Stan Kenton’s big band treatment from the Forties (mixing DJs beware, it first defines the “on” beat before the bass beat comes in to throw you!);
H.F.M. ‘Peanuts (Club Mix)’ (Circle City Records PT1, via PRT), a strange coincidence, the same old Cuban song in another more pedestrian but possibly more easily useable 0-117¾bpm treatment, with chanting chaps adding in medleying bursts of ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’/’Get Down Tonight’/’Hot Hot Hot’/’That’s The Way I Like It (Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh)’/’Goodbyee’, in more blatantly “holiday camp” style.
YAZZ and the PLASTIC POPULATION ‘The Only Way Is Up (The Bam Bam Remix)’ (Big Life BLR 4R), Chris ‘Bam Bam’ Westbrook in fact remixed both this probably welcome “harder” 123¾-123⅔bpm acidic remix and the flip’s truly “acid” 0-123¾-123⅔bpm The Up Up Up Mix (there’s also a sizzling and snarling sulphuric 124⅓bpm brand new ‘Bad House Music‘ track);
KYLIE MINOGUE ‘The Loco-Motion (Sankie Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 14R), another frantically rattling 128¾bpm Hi-NRG remix by the Extra Beat Boys, more smoothly galloping than the Kohaku Mix;
FINI TRIBE ‘De Testimony (Batter Mix)’ (Fini Flex Records FT002, via Fast Forward/The Cartel), three throbbing, pattering and bashing 129¼-0bpm new mixes of the chimes-clanging Balearic beat from their ‘Let The Tribe Grow’ EP, guest DJs Scooby Doo & Shaggy 2 increasing the laughter and gibberish chatter effects on the flip’s freakier Pick ‘n’ Mix (beware the complete false finish just 75 seconds from the start);
EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got (England 0 Puerto Rico 2 Mix)’ (EMI-Manhattan 12MTX49), Robert Clivilles & David Cole have actually created several remixes (the first 12 inch version included, not that it was credited as such), this and the also 108½bpm New York Vocal flip both being rather lethargically jittering;
THE FUNKY WORM ‘Hustle! (To The Music…) (Postdora Mix)’ (FON/WEA FON 15TX), stripped down (0-)121bpm percussive remix minus the original Predora Mix’s organ, primarily for creative marketing (the Chipmunk/Smurf-type intro is meant to be at 45rpm, this little “funky worm” then vocalising through the possibly harder though short ‘Hustle! The Beat Is The Lawn’ version too — yes, that should be “Lawn” not “Law”!), evidently created by FON Force as the separate T-Coy and Graeme Park remixes may apparently only be on promo;
THE FOUR SEASONS featuring Frankie Valli ‘Oh What A Night (December, 1963) (Summer ’88 12” Remix)’ (German BCM Records B.C. 12-2139-40), Ben Liebrand, in another of his celebrated oldie revamps, strips down the 1976 version to just its vocals plus some piano and then builds a brand new 105⅙-104-106-104-105⅙(break)-104bpm backing track, which nevertheless retains the lurching momentum if not the sound of the original;
CAROL CAYNE ‘What My Love Can Bring (Illegal Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SYX 12), dreadful untidy 0-115⅓-0bpm Double Trouble remix — too clever for its own good, with stuttery scratching, drop-ins and interruptions — of a German soul wailer which if only it could be left to itself might just prove to be that untrendy rarity, a good song well performed.
THE CLUB CHART – August 13, 1988
01 01 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) (PREDORA/FREE-STYLE SAX MIXES) The Funky Worm, FON 12in
02 02 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers, MCA Records 12in
03 10 JIBARO (ENGLISH/SPANISH VERSIONS)/THE FUTURE:EDITION 1 Electra, ffrr 12in
04 07 SHAKE YOUR THANG/SPINDERELLA’S NOT A FELLA (BUT A GIRL DJ) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
05 03 PUMP UP LONDON (CLUB MIX/ACID DUB) Mr Lee, Breakout 12in
06 05 TRIBUTE RIGHT ON (THE Q STREET MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
07 09 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
08 08 RIGHT BACK TO YOU (EXTENDED MIX)/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER (HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
09 12 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
10 17 PUSH IT/TRAMP Salt-n-Pepa, Champion 12in
11 18 STATIC (THE 8 MINUTE FULL FORCE DEF MIX/F.F. REMIX/ALBUM VERSION) James Brown, US Scotti Bros 12in
12 04 TURN IT UP Richie Rich, Club 12in
13 06 I’M TOO SCARED (R&B MIX) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
14 11 HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU’VE GOT (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX) Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, EMI-Manhattan 12in
15 22 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
16 13 NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS/COLD LAMPIN WITH FLAVOR/TERMINATOR X TO THE EDGE OF PANIC/CAUGHT, CAN WE GET A WITNESS? Public Enemy, Def Jam LP
17 15 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
18 19 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
19 14 BIG FUN Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, US KMS 12in/10 Records promo
20 23 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, US Bad Boy Records 12in/Champion promo
21 41 (I’VE GOT A) FEELING/MY MAMA AND PAPA ALWAYS TOLD ME (CLUB REMIX) Deluxe, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
22 16 FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
23 26 LIKE DREAMERS DO (THE FREEWAY MIX) Mica Paris, Fourth & Broadway 12in
24 25 SURE BEATS WORKIN’ (IT’S A TRIP MIX) Beats Workin’, ffrr 12in
25 34 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE Public Enemy, Def Jam 12in
26 31 WE CALL IT ACIEED D Mob/COME TOGETHER The House Addicts, ffrr 12in promo
27 53 DO THAT AGAIN (CLUB VERSION) Blue Moderne, US Atlantic 12in
28 37 EVERYBODY (GET LOOSE)/(BAM BAM MIX) Phoenix, Urban 12in
29 — IT BEGAN IN AFRICA Norman Cook, Urban 12in white label
30 28 OFF ON YOUR OWN (GIRL) (STREET MIX/REMIX) Al B. Sure!, US Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
31 50 EIGHTIES LADY/GENERATE LOVE (WISE MOVE MIX) Gwen McCrae, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
32 36 IT’S BEST TO BE A GIRL Syn-Dee, Virgin 12in mailing list promo
33 29 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
34 39 REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE (PHIL HARDING & IAN CURNOW ’88 MIX) Four Tops, Motown 12in
35 49 HEAT IT UP (KEVIN SAUNDERSON REMIX) Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
36 71 THE ONLY WAY IS UP/(SPENG) Yazz and the Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
37 21 I’LL WAIT FOR YOU (TAKE YOUR TIME) (DANCE MIX) Burrell, 10 Records 12in
38 38 IN MY DREAMS (THE RAPID EYE MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
39 51 I NEED YOU (EXTENDED VOCAL VERSION) B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
40 24 OVER LIKE A FAT RAT El Bee & Tee, Zoo Experience Records 12in
41 20 PUSH IT (FULL LENGTH REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
42 81 AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW (PARTY FOR THE WORLD) Steve Walsh, A1 Records 12in
43 43 COMING BACK FOR MORE (PART 1) Jellybean featuring Richard Darbyshire, Chrysalis 12in
44 — WHY (YOU COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL) Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, Criminal Records 12in
45 45 (WHAT CAN I SAY) TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
46 59 GET OUT OF MY HOUSE! (SPECTRUM EDIT/MUTANT VERSION) Sound Assassins, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
47 30 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ/MIAMI BASS/IN FULL GEAR Stetsasonic, Breakout LP
48 re THE RIGHT STUFF (EXTENDED VERSION) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
49 57 DELTA HOUSE/DO YOU WANNA DANCE?/I HAVE A DREAM Terry Baldwin (Housemaster) featuring Bud Latour, US Future Sound Records 12in/Kool Kat promo
50 52 FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross, 10 Records 12in
51 75 KING OF THE BEATS Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
52 96 TURN IT UP (REMIX) Richie Rich, Club 12in
53 60 SET IT OFF/ON THE BUGGED TIP/LONG LIVE THE KANE Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ LP
54 77 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
55 42 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (THE AFRO ACID REMIX) Mory Kante, London 12in
56 32 HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men And A Drum Machine, Jive 12in
57 56 JUST GOT PAID (THE COUNTERFEIT MIX/THE COUNT THE FEET MIX) Johnny Kemp, CBS 12in
58 47 MEGABLAST (HIP HOP ON PRECINCT 13)/DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Bomb The Bass featuring Merlin & Lorraine, Mister-Ron Records 12in promo
59 83 SHARE MY JOY Jo Ann Jones, Champion 12in
60 62 BEATIN’ THE HEAT (122 BPM IN THE SHADE) Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
61 76 SUMMERTIME Vertical Hold, Fourth & Broadway 12in
62 33 TURN THE MUSIC UP (EXTENDED VERSION) Chris Paul, Syncopate 12in
63 58 FEELS GOOD Mr Lee/BANGO ACID Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson/HOT HANDS Hula (‘Acid Tracks Volume 2’), Serious LP
64 64 LET THE MUSIC (USE YOU) (CLUB MIX) The Night Writers, Jack Trax 12in
65 99 TAJ MA HOUSE (SAND ON THE TURNTABLE) Joi Bangla Sound B.P.M. 12in mailing list promo
66 35 TO THE LETTER Millie Scott, Fourth & Broadway 12in
67 27 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER/THE R/TO THE LISTENERS Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records LP
68 — ADDICTED TO YOU (CLUB REMIX) Levert, US Atco 12in
69 54 SUPERFLY GUY (FLUFFY BAGEL MIX) S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
70 73 RELEASE YOUR BODY (MAYDAY MIX/RELEASE THE ACID MIX) Bang The Party, Warriors Dance 12in
71 69 SLAM!/WE ARE PHUTURE/SPANK-SPANK Phuture, US Trax Records 12in
72 48 ACID OVER (TYREE/HEAVENLY/PIANO ‘MATEY’ MIXES) Tyree, ffrr 12in
73 46 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (TEE SCOTT MIX/ACID HOUSE REMIX) Eddie Stockley, Mango Street 12in
74 re CAN’T WAIT (ON TOMORROW) (CLUB MIX) Sybil, US Next Plateau Records Inc 12in
75 63 GET BUSY/LOVE Rick Clarke, WA Records 12in
76 79 OFF ON YOUR OWN GIRL (REMIX) Al B. Sure!, Warner Bros/Uptown 12in
77 94 HIT THE HOUSE (ROYAL BEATBOX MIX) House Engineers, Syncopate 12in mailing list promo
78 — JOIN IN THE CHANT (BURN! PHIL HARDING REMIX/LIES! INSTRUMENTAL) Nitzer Ebb, Mute 12in)
79 61 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, US Movin’ Records 12in
80 — TEARDROPS (EXTENDED REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
81 70 DANCE WITH THE DEVIL (BALEARIC/CULT MIXES) The Project Club, Supreme 12in promo
82 86 TO THE RHYTHM Longsy D. + Cut Master MC, Big One 12in
83 84 ABC The Mafia, BBH Records 12in white label
84 — STRICTLY BUSINESS (12” VOCAL) EPMD, Ensign 12in promo
85 — THE RACE Yello, Fontana 12in promo
86 — THE ART OF ACID Victor Romeo and The Move featuring Reggie Hall, US Dance Mania Records 12in
87 89 RISING TO THE TOP/MAKES YOU WANNA/WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER Pieces Of A Dream, EMI-Manhattan LP
88 78 CAUGHT UP (REMIX) Chubb Rock, US Select 12in
89 67 NICE ‘N’ SLOW (EXTENDED VERSION) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
90 72 WHAT GOES AROUND/WATCHING YOU/EASIER SAID THAN DONE Loose Ends, Virgin LP
91 66 CRAZY (FOR ME)/DON’T LET LOVE SLIP AWAY/SPECIAL LADY Freddie Jackson, Capitol LP
92 68 GENERATE LOVE (CLUB/WISE MOVE MIXES) Gwen McCrae, The Dance Yard Corporation 12in promo
93 — STALEMATE Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in promo
94 — SHE’S ON THE LEFT (12” VERSION) Jeffrey Osborne, US A&M 12in
95 — I·LOVE·U Drum and Bass, WAU Recordings 12in mailing list promo
96 87 MACHINES (APOCALYPSE MIX) Laurent X, US House Nation Records 12in
97 re DIN DAA DAA (TROMMELTANZ) (REMIX)/(ORIGINAL DUB VERSIONS) George Kranz, Fourth & Broadway 12in
98 82 NIGHT TRAIN/KEEP ON DRIVIN’ T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in promo
99 — CITY HEAT (LONDON KICK MIX) City Heat, Crash Recordings 12in promo
100= — I’M TOO SCARED (ACID HOUSE VOCAL MIX) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
100= — HOUSEPLAN Terrajacks, WEA 12in mailing list promo
100= — ARE YOU LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEBODY NU (ACID SHOOZ MIX) Nu Shooz, US Atlantic 12in
01 02 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
02 03 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
03 06 THE LOCO-MOTION Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
04 01 PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr/Champion 12in
05 05 I NEED YOU B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
06 04 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in
07 11 YOU CAME Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
08 13 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) The Funky Worm, FON/WEA 12in
09 07 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
10 09 I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros, CBS 12in
11 10 MONKEY George Michael, Epic 12in
12 08 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
13 — PUMP UP LONDON Mr. Lee, Breakout 12in
14 14 MAYBE (WE CAN CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
15 12 CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
16 17 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) Pasadenas, CBS 12in
17 15 THE TWIST (YO, TWIST) Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Urban 12in
18 — SHAKE YOUR THANG Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
19 16 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
20 18 (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Ensign 12in
01 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
02 PUSH IT Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
03 ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA 12in
04 HUSTLE! (TO THE MUSIC) The Funky Worm, FON/WEA 12in
05 I NEED YOU B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
06 THE LOCO-MOTION (THE KOHAKU MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
07 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
08 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
09 THE TWIST (YO, TWIST) Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Urban 12in
10 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
01 01 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
02 07 THE LOCO-MOTION (THE KOHAKU MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
03 03 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
04 05 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
05 09 DOCTOR’S ORDERS Lisa Carter, Parlophone 12in
06 06 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
07 02 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
08 08 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, Siren 12in
09 18 SUPERFLY GUY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
10 13 THE HARDER I TRY (THE HARDEST MIX) Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
11 04 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
12 12 IT’S NATURE’S WAY (NO PROBLEM) Dollar, London 12in
13 11 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
14 15 LOVE IS THE GUN (STREET LATIN WOLFF 3) Blue Mercedes, MCA 12in
15 26 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
16 23 SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE (THE SYMPTOMATIC DANCE MIX) Tracie Spencer, Capitol 12in
17 14 CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
18 38 THE RACE Yello, Fontana 12in promo
19 16 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) (PETE HAMMOND & PETE WATERMAN REMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
20 10 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
21 28 OVER YOU (DJ MIX) Wendy, Chartflow-UK 12in
22 35 THERE SHE GOES (EXTENDED MIX) Step By Step, Splash 12in
23 21 HOT STUFF Boys From Brazil, German Ariola 12in
24 34 MULTIMEGAMIX (BOYS/HOT GIRL/SEXY GIRL/KISS ME) Sabrina, Spanish Blanco Y Negro 12in
25 — REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
26 30 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
27 19 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
28 — YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (AFRO ACID MIX) Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
29 — YOU CAME Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
30 17 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
31 — WAP BAM BOOGIE Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
32 20 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Quantize, Passion 12in
33 — TURN IT INTO LOVE/THE LOCOMOTION Kylie Minogue, PWL LP
34 33 BOYS AND GIRLS Mandy, PWL Records 12in
35 — CROSS MY HEART (HOUSE MIX) Eighth Wonder, CBS 12in
36 — FOR YOU Sisley Ferré, Dutch Hotsound Records 12in
37 22 NAUGHTY BOY Macho Gang, Nine O Nine 12in
38 25 CHAINS OF LOVE (TRULY IN LOVE WITH THE MARX BROS. MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
39 37 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
40 — SOUL SURVIVOR C.C. Catch, RCA/Hansa 12in
4 thoughts on “August 13, 1988: “Enough ACIEED already! Remember soul?””
Halfway through August 1988, and the acid explosion is really taking off. Using the rough yardstick of counting the mentions of acid/acidic/acieed etc in these columns, the weekly totals for the past five weeks have been: 11, 20, 23, 25, 31 – and that number hasn’t even peaked yet.
By describing Balearic as “all talk and ecstacy”, James directly mentions MDMA for the first time on these pages (although, lest we forget, the word Ecstasy first debuted here as the title of a Bananarama B-side).
I note with interest the release by Drum And Bass – which, although nothing like the genre which would later adopt this title, reminds me that the term was already in limited circulation, amongst the KISS-fm crowd at least. Later this year, I remember my sister playing me Backroom’s ‘Definition Of A Track‘, and describing it as “a really nice piece of drum and bass” – which, literally speaking, it certainly was.
And of course we had the ‘matey’ mix in about May or June which although not blatantly mentioning ecstasy as you note it was this week was a word that usually followed “get right on one “ or “right on one” at the time.
Completely unconnected a thought I had recently was if JH had lived I wonder at what stage in the ever changing world of underground dance music JH would have finally said “sod this I’m getting to old for this” or just “this is just crap” and no longer remained ahead of the curve and lapping up every new development.
I know he apparently loved hardcore and rarly jungle. I’m not sure of what he’d of thought of the softer drum and bass of the “jazz-funk with breakbeat added” type. I bet he’d. Have loved speed/UK garage though as he also had a soft spot for real London street music.
And he died in the middle of the awful super club era. And although he was around for early trance and hard house would he have still been biggin up the usually (but not always) mediocre unimaginative post TDV hard house . And what would he have thought when trance got so big that (with the help of the internet) that it arguably became the first truly global dance phenomenon (even if America rather like with football
too a certain extent held out longer than anywhere eise).
Personally I lost contact with new developments and started to think “this is pretty crap” about 2004/5 – I was pushing 40 but just thought the sounds got very ugly and completely lacking in imagination (stuff like hard style and that aggressive embarrassing rubbish that hard house had turned into). Although to this day I still keep bang up to date with decent trance and hard trance.
I don’tjust think it was my age I just thought at around 2005 everything dance music wise fell of a cliff. Although I suppose every generation may eventually have the same feeling. I don’t really kniw.
Just to correct my obligatory bad typo I meant words to the effect of “JH enjoyed early jungle” not that he “rarely enjoyed early jungle”
It’s an interesting question, and one I’ve thought about too. I think James would have been fine with so-called “intelligent” drum and bass, and he’d have loved speed garage/UK garage and that really fertile and creative wave of late 90s/early 00s US R&B, all of which combined soulfulness with rhythmic invention. I think he’d have rolled his eyes at the homogenisation of trance around the turn of the millennium, and he’d have detested post-TDV Nukleuz-style hard house. He would also have enjoyed the UK Funky wave of around 2008 (Crazy Cousinz/Geeneus/Donaeo), and the early-to-mid 2010s wave of rebranded so-called deep house (early Rudimental, Disclosure, Duke Dumont). As of now, I think there would still be plenty to interest him, e.g. the sort of stuff that Jamz Supernova plays on her excellent Saturday 6Music show, but if there was ever a “sod this, I’m too old” moment, I think that the David Guetta-into-EDM era could well have pushed him over the edge!