October 8, 1988: Thompson Twins, Public Enemy, KC Flightt, The Mack featuring Tim Bryant, Luther Vandross

BEATS & PIECES

NETWORK PRESS’s Hamburg party for DJs featured a long acid house session by the now truly international London jock Colin Faver, before slumping into boring doldrums until the London lads came to the aid of the party again, Les Adams and Simon Harris following each other with 15 minute mixing sets that they made sure everyone could hear — Les had taken to use in Germany a prototype set (the first in Britain) of Stanton’s 890AL DJ Pro cartridges and styli, designed with his and other DJs’ input especially for scratch mixers, both he and Simon remarking that they performed superbly with not a single jump or miscue during fierce use … Ben Liebrand’s remix of Bill Withers ‘Lovely Day’ is called the Sunshine Mix with good reason, it borrows the drums from San Antonio, Texas, born but now Germany based Sydney Youngblood’s similar earlier treatment of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’! … Charles Edward Shaw, from Houston, Texas, although based in Mannheim for the last 10 years, actually did the rapping bits in Milli Vanilli’s ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, and says his own imminent ‘Does Your Mother Know‘ on German Musicolor “will tell the truth” … Les Adams, confronted by a D and an H on two separate doors when looking for the loo, had to come back and ask which was Ladies and which was Gents (Damen and Herren)! … Simon Harris ‘Here Comes That Sound’ has actually come out in Germany on Metronome ahead of the UK, where its commercial release will eventually be as a total remix … Adrenalin M.O.D.’s slightly retitled ‘O-O-O-O‘ has been promoed as a (0-)122¾bpm seven inch radio version (MCA Records RAGA 2) ahead of new 12 inch pressings, now featuring vocals by Rose Windross (of Soul II Soul fame) as well as its Serious Intention derived title line hook chant … Wee Papa Girl Rappers ‘Wee Rule’, now that it’s finally released, turns out to be subtitled the Ragamuffin Mix — and I realise should actually be 0-94-95¾-95½-0bpm instead of the constant speed originally assumed — with the funky 0-114bpm ‘Rebel Rap‘ as flip … Hot Mix 5 Inc’s various artists import ‘Acid’ LP has been released here as ‘Acid House‘ on Jack Trax (DOT 1), with the same tunes apart from Fingers’ ‘Ecstasy’ being replaced by Armando’s smurfs started twittery 124½bpm ‘Confusion’s Revenge‘ … K-tel’s ‘The Coolest Cuts’ Shakatak compilation LP (NE 1422) includes a ‘Down On The Street’-based 121¾-0bpm ‘Shakatak Megamix’ bonus 12 inch … Pete Tong’s soul show on Capital Radio now runs from 5-8pm every Saturday, incorporating a realistic “street sales” top 10 (about time too), while Tim Westwood follows from 8-10pm (plus he has an extended midnight-1.30am Friday night slot) with his rap cuts, David Rodigan’s reggae filling 10pm-midnight before Alex ‘Anders’ George spins funk/soul/jazz through Sunday’s wee small hours from midnight-4am, Chris Forbes starting a new house show on Saturday mornings 1.30-4am (following on from Tim) … Greg Edwards has recorded a rap revival of Instant Funk ‘Got My Mind Made Up’, due out as by the Ambassadors Of Funk initially in the US on Next Plateau Records Inc! … Fourth & Broadway have signed up the Delicious Vinyl label here and are rush releasing Young MC ‘Know How‘ as UK A-side, with a live showcase of the label’s acts being planned to follow … Westside Records appear to be releasing The Todd Terry Project’s double-sided import smash here … Blaze ‘Can’t Win For Losin’’ turns out not to be released commercially here until November 7 … Public Enemy could be heading for a personnel change, inside sources suggest … Mantronik is looking for a new rapper now that his Mantronix partner MC Tee has joined the US Air Force … Graham Central Station have reformed to make a comeback album on Preston Glass’s label, Gourmet Records … Tricky Dicky Scanes is selling so much Balearic material (to all types of DJ) at his Trax record shop in Soho’s Greek Street that he can compile an accurate and genuine sales chart, the big hits over the last fortnight being 1 William Pitt ‘City Lights‘ (Sierra), 2 Code 61 ‘Drop The Deal‘ (German BCM), 3 Bappi Lahiri ‘Habiba‘ (Hi-Hat), 4 Fantasy Ten ‘Big Bang‘ (Greyhound), 5 Mandy ‘I Just Can’t Wait (Cool & Breezy Jazz Mix)‘ (PWL), 6 Tijeritas ‘Bamboleo‘ (Spanish Epic), 7 Electra ‘Jibaro (Remix)‘ (ffrr), 10 Project Club ‘Dance With The Devil‘ (Supreme) [#8 & #9 not printed – see comments] … ffrr’s ‘Balearic Beats Vol. 1‘ compilation LP (FFRLP 5) contains previously reviewed (and some charted above) material by Electra, Code 61, Beats Workin’, Mandy Smith, Nitzer Ebb, Fini Tribe and the Thrashing Doves, plus unreviewed (although doubtless I’ll get around to them all, especially if, as seems likely, the set hits The Club Chart) tracks by the Residents, Woodentops, and Enzo Avitabile … Vanessa Holmes has taken over from Zoe Glitherow at WEA as Fred Dove’s club promotion co-ordinator — Zoe is joining Mike Olivier to help run the new Middlesex Sound Installations in Rayners Lane, Harrow … Marie Birch of Sound Promotions has been suffering from chicken pox, which has kept DJs at more than arm’s length, and, seemingly always on the move, she’s now based at 17 Scott Crescent, South Harrow. Middlesex (01-723 8092) … Dean Meredith is updating the DJ mailing list at Blue Chip, 4 Gaol Mews, Gaol Road, Stafford … Imagination are live this Wednesday (5) at Darlington’s Zhivagos, where DJ and promotions manager Jack Wood offers (on 0325-463647, office hours) to organise club tours in the area for record companies trying to break new acts … Fantasy Mondays now at Brighton’s Pink Coconut feature acid, Balearic, house and garage with Paul Clark, Warrick and Craig … Will Downing has been added to the bill for the Blackpool soul weekender … Les Adams has remixed Blow ‘Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)’, bringing out the tune more … Rayners Lane’s Record & Disco Centre salesman Wayne Boyce came up with a killer mix, repeatedly flicking the synth bits from This Ain’t Chicago’s Acid Not Placid mix through Inner City’s ‘Big Fun’ … Paul Rutherford seemed to begin, so far as The Club Chart was concerned, as another East Midlands breakout … Disco Mix Club boss Tony Prince has finally followed my lead and bought a Cannon EOS 650 autofocus camera for trouble free shooting in the dark! … 1988 looks like being a vintage year for future rare grooves, as you can be sure that in a few years’ time, when the second hand bins will be jammed with drastically dated sounding and unwanted acid house, everyone will be paying inflated paces for all the good non-acid stuff that they missed at the time, now, just like the Seventies were later plundered by the first wave of rare groove seekers … Royal Mail deliveries are still far from back to normal, so don’t forget you can FAX us your DJ charts on 01-388 9576… NANU NANU!


RITZY CRACKER

PHIL FRANCE, resident DJ at The Ritzy in Nottingham, celebrated the Mecca venue’s second anniversary by once again honouring some of the previous year’s most important contributors to dance music. Last year it was Stock Aitken Waterman who were honoured, Pete Waterman and Matt Aitken turning up with Rick Astley, Sinitta and Mandy Smith, all of whom put on crowd pleasing performances, as you might imagine.

This year, for excellent musical reasons, Phil chose to honour Coldcut along with the Ahead Of Our Time and Big Life labels. Unfortunately, these fledgling labels do not so far have much of an artist roster, and, as Yazz (whose appearance would obviously have been greatly appreciated by the Nottingham crowd) was tied up in the studio that night recording her album, it was just Coldcut’s Jonathon More and Matt Black who appeared fleetingly to collect their award. Installed only hours before, a 25 screen video wall was able to show their singles, but this was a poor substitute for live performances.


JOHN PAUL BARRETT

Luckily Westside Records artiste John Paul Barrett was on hand for a vigorous personal appearance. Sabrina had been expected, but (as the tabloid press had already announced) was laid up ill, while Germany’s chart-topping Milli Vanilli had come along for the bus ride incognito, without their stage wear, and refused to go on. So, a bit of a damp squib in comparison with last year’s glitzy affair, the night turned into a regular disco session despite the resplendent presence of both the Mayor and Sheriff Of Nottingham, plus all the Mecca bigwigs. It’s bad luck Phil didn’t manage to get Yazz, at least.


HAMBURG HI-JINKS

NETWORK PRESS, Germany’s fortnightly DJ magazine (in which I write a column), celebrated its 50th issue last Monday with a party in Hamburg at a dub called Base. I wasn’t thinking of going to it until I discovered just the night before that Les Adams and Emma Freilich of LA Mix were doing a mixing set there, so we flew over together —and discovered on the same plane Simon Harris, Steven Danté, Baby Ford, and Colin Faver! As you can imagine the British contingent had a fine old time, joining up also with Simon’s Music Of Life label partner Chris France, and BCM Records owner Brian Carter, while Jellybean was also hangin’ out. For further titbits, see Beats & Pieces.


 

BRIAN CARTER – the Germany based Englishman whose two years old BCM Records pioneered the Compact Disc release of “house” and other dance music styles, before securing a German number one and European smash with B.V.S.M.P.


HOT VINYL

THOMPSON TWINS ‘In The Name Of Love ’88 (Railroad Mix)’ (Arista 611 808)
Shep Pettibone’s spurtingly smacking and funkily rolling 116¼-0bpm remix of this early Thompsons track borrows its pulsing bassline from Ten City’s ‘Right Back To You’ and has surprised everyone (Arista included) by being snapped up by house jocks the instant it appeared on import (only the Railroad Dub flips it here). A national smash!

PUBLIC ENEMY ‘Night Of The Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mix)’ (Def Jam  XPR 1389)
Due for full review when out properly on four-track 12 inch, their album’s hottest floor-filler is initially on just this violently scratched jiggly churning 104¼-104½-0-104½bpm new version on white label promo.

kc FLIGHTT ‘She’s Sexxxy’ (US RCA 8730-1-RD)
With a tempo that’ll help it in house venues too, this jazz-funkily bounding drawlingly conversational rap, about foxy fine ladies and the fun you can get into with them, is in kc’s own 122½-0bpm mix and Blaze’s more dubwise 121½-0bpm Rated X Mix, flipped by the Blaze co-produced similar bounding (0-)123½bpm ‘Dancin’ Machine‘ and the more messily wriggling urgent 0-122½bpm ‘Let’s Get Jazzy‘.

THE MACK featuring TIM BRYANT ‘Escape’ (US Quark QK011)
With no Blaze connection (so they must have left the label), this Will Downing-ish attractively moaned and wailed hi-hat hustled gently wriggling “garage” swayer is in piano chorded vocally nagged 117-116-115-114⅔-113½-115½-117¼-115-0bpm Breakout Dub, fully vocal 116-115⅔-117¼bpm Radio Mix, and bass bubbled stuttery (though thankfully more steady!) 117-117¼-0bpm Instrumental versions, which deceptively don’t sound as if they wander.

LUTHER VANDROSS ‘Any Love (Album Version)’ (Epic LUTH T8)
Marcus Miller co-produced/penned typical languidly weaving though also agonisedly surging 92⅚bpm gentle swayer (instrumental flip), primarily for smooch sessions.

TONY TERRY ‘Young Love (You Show Me Yours And I’ll Show You Mine Mix)’ (Epic TONY T4)
Although called an Acid Remix in the US but perhaps because it’s not truly acieed, this nervily exciting house style jiggly jumpy 117bpm driver here gets a new subtitle but is the same Steve Peck remix, flipped by just the jaggedly juddering 115-0bpm DJ Shock-scratched samples studded Charlie Dee’s “Not Just Sex” Mix and an Acappella. Always deserving attention when on import, it hopefully will get it now.

THE BOYS ‘Dial My Heart’ (US Motown MOT-4621)
LA & BabyFace co-created young guys sung jittery trotting 100⅔bpm swaying lurcher like the Five Stairsteps & Cubie (or, more recently, New Edition) doing a Keith Sweat-type song, the strong rhythm standing alone without the squeaky vocals on the instrumental flip.

VOICES OF EAST HARLEM ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ (Low Fat Vinyl VOICES 1, via Serious/Rough Trade)
Staple Singers style murkily tugging and spurting specialist rare groove reissue from the early Seventies in what I take to be an extended 93⅓-97-98⅓-99-99⅔bpm remix (with beat losing edits) on the A-side, and the original version as flip, both sides therefore being very inaccurately labelled.

L.N.R. ‘Kream’ (US House Jam Records HJA 8805)
Stuttery simple thudding acid house instrumental in 128½bpm Short Mix, spasmodically twittering 128¼-0bpm Til The Cows Come Home Mix, more frenetically industrial 126¼bpm House Music (DJ Mix), and snicketty pattering 129¾-0bpm The Bro Mix.


POP DANCE

YAZZ ‘Stand Up For Your Love Rights’ (Big Life YAZZ PROMO 2), dramatic wailing vocal and police siren started Beatmasters-produced (0-)123⅓-0bpm galloper, co-penned by Yazz herself and disappointingly similar to ‘The Only Way Is Up’ without punching through on the floor with anything like so strong a song (sirens spiked twittery instrumental (0-)123¾bpm Y’azzid Mix! flip), only on pre-release so far;

WILLIAM PITT ‘City Lights’ (Sierra Records FED 41T), second time around for last year’s European smash hauntingly crooned slinky 103⅙bpm swayer with tinkly George Benson-ish guitar (especially on the useful 104⅓bpm instrumental flip), sadly ignored here when new but now rightly big in Balearic circles;

MANDY ‘Victim Of Pleasure (Daize On Nights Mix)’ (PWL Records PWLT 18), Daize Washbourn — Ian Curnow-produced clock chimes introed beefily pumping good (0-)123¾bpm frisky chugger by the lovely Miss Smith, on four-track 12 inch with Harding & Curnow’s ‘Set It Off’-ish jiggly trotting 0-119½-0bpm ‘Say It’s Love (Love House) (Xtra Beat This Mix)‘, plus Stock Aitken Waterman’s much revived Matt Aitken guitar picked attractive 113⅓bpm ‘Mandy’s Theme (I Just Can’t Wait)’, in an instrumental Part One (similar to the old Cool & Breezy Jazz Version which started its Balearic buzz) and slightly more vocal Part Two;

THE ART OF NOISE featuring TOM JONES ‘Kiss (The Battery Mix)’ (China Records CHINX 11), sometimes disjointedly sparse wriggly lurching 115½bpm remake of Prince’s tune with an unexpected although totally typical bellowing Tom Jones vocal and sharp fruity brass accents;

WHITNEY HOUSTON ‘One Moment In Time’ (Arista 611613), ‘The Greatest Love Of All’-type 0-39-78-72-0bpm breast beating big schmaltzy ballad from an album that in the States somehow ties in with NBC-TV’s Olympics coverage, source also of the flip’s JERMAINE JACKSON & LA LA ‘Rise To The Occasion‘, a soulfully smoochy 90½/45¼bpm downtempo Clime Fisher cover, and KASHIF ‘Olympic Joy‘, a rippling harp introed 0-86bpm drifting keyboards instrumental.


REMIXES

INNER CITY featuring Kevin Saunderson ‘Big Fun (L.A. Big Big Fun Remix)‘ (10 Records TENZ 240), Les Adams’ largely re-recorded 122½bpm “industrial” mix has a new juddery beat and Mike Stevens’ piano, plus Graeme Park’s ‘Techno Frisbee Megamix’ as flip again for extra value, and indeed it’s selling fast;

THE BEATMASTERS ‘Burn It Up (Yellow Sunset Mix)’ (Rhythm King LEFT R27T), “it’s not simply a question of gettin’ hot, but a matter of how much heat you can take” studded bubbly machine washed 0-118⅔-0bpm remix by Baby Ford’s Peter Adshead and Richard Salt, as is the flip’s more acidically twittering 0-118⅓-0bpm Orange Sunshine Mix;

PHASE II ‘Reachin’ (Latin Workout Mix)’ (RePublic Records LICT 006R), less smoothly thumping but possibly punchier 121bpm Shy Boys remix with pattering percussion and more dominant piano, plus an urgently lurching 121½bpm Brother’s Gonna Dub The House (and the original Brotherhood Mix);

OVERLORD X ‘2 Bad (Remix)’ (Mango Street 12IS 387), proper 0-115¾bpm commercial pressings are billed as a remix with added brassy JB-type instrumentation (and the exact same catalogue number as the promo had);

SIEDAH GARRETT ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (Ooh-la-la Mix)’ (Geffen Records SAM 487), throbbingly percussive striding  0-118⅓-118-118¼bpm remix, on very limited white label, of a breathy moaning canterer that’s become something of a sleeping monster in certain venues, just waiting to break out;

RUBY TURNER ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (The Happy Mix)’ (Jive RTSR 4), rather late but recommended much lighter and better brightly bouncing 114⅓bpm Jerry Peal revamp of her previously ponderous Stevie Wonder revival;

THE PASADENAS ‘Riding On A Train (The Underground Mix)’ (CBS PASA QT2), much more starkly arranged languidly snapping 110¾bpm Phil Legg treatment (111bpm on initial white label promos), flipped by the old ‘Tribute (Right On) (The Screaming Cat Mix)’;

RICK CLARKE ‘Get Busy (Remix)’ (WA WATR 2), billiard ball bounced lurchingly swaying jiggly 94⅔bpm belated remix, flipped as before by the still superior and unchanged ‘Love’;

COLM III ‘Christmas Tree (Remix)’ (Ruby Red Records LTD 555 A2), alternative 120¾bpm mix with the “I like you, you like me, put me on your Christmas tree” girls brought up to the start, and an all new samples started bassily bashing acidic striding 123bpm ‘Go An Get ‘Em (Christmas Tree)’ flip;

JASON DONOVAN ‘Nothing Can Divide Us (Great Scott, It’s The Remix)‘ (PWL Records PWLT 17R), stuttery started clippety clopping 0-118⅔bpm Dave Ford mix for marketing purposes;

SINITTA ‘I Don’t Believe In Miracles (Club Remix)’ (Fanfare 12 FANX 16), drily trotting 117¾bpm Dave Ford mix, ditto;

TAFFY ‘If You Feel It (San Antonio Mix)’ (The Dance Yard Recording Corporation YARD TR2), jittery chugging 119⅓-0bpm remix given a subtitle that’s presumably meant to suggest it’s Balearic (it isn’t);

REID ‘One Way Out (The U-Turn Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SYX 16), rather rapidly released siren spiked but non-acidic snappily jittering faster (0-)116½bpm Jolley Harris Jolley remix of their own emptily repetitive creation.


THE CLUB CHART – October 8, 1988

01 03 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
02 03 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
03 07 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
04 01 BIG FUN/(JUAN’S MAGIC REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
05 06 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
06 09 WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE The Todd Terry Project, US Fresh Records 12in
07 04 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ (EXPANSIONS/DOMINOES MIXES) Stetsasonic, Breakout 12in
08 05 GITTIN’ FUNKY (UK REMIX) Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
09 12 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
10 10 THE PARTY (CLUB MIX) Kraze, MCA Records 12in promo
11 16 RIDING ON A TRAIN (EXTENDED VERSION) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
12 08 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR/JOY AND PAIN/CHECK THIS OUT Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, US Profile LP
13 27 BIG FUN (LES ADAMS’ L.A. BIG BIG FUN REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
14 18 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
15 — RESPECT/HER BAD SELF The Real Roxanne, US Select 12in
16 11 KNOW HOW/(INSTRUMENTAL)/I LET ‘EM KNOW Young MC, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
17 23 SHARP AS A KNIFE (ACID ATTACK) Brandon Cooke featuring Roxanne Shanté, Club 12in black label promo
18 15 SO MANY WAYS (DO IT PROPERLY PART II) The Brat Pack, US Vendetta Records 12in
19 17 STOP THIS CRAZY THING Coldcut featuring Junior Reid, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
20 29 DO THAT AGAIN (CLUB VERSION) Blue Moderne, Atlantic 12in
21 25 LOVELY DAY (BEN LIEBRAND SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers, CBS 12in
22 13 WE CALL IT ACIEED D Mob featuring Gary Haisman, ffrr LP/12in promo
23 24 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, US Coslit Records 12in
24 33 GET REAL (HAPPY HOUSE MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
25 53 SOMEBODY SAVE ME (MARSHALL JEFFERSON GARAGE MIX/ALBUM MIX/EMOTION MIX/BONUS BEATS) By All Means, Fourth & Broadway 12in
26 47 BURN IT UP/ACID BURN Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
27 22 STALEMATE Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers, MCA Records 12in
28 28 SHAKE YOUR THANG Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
29 14 1666 – OOH BABY I’M SO HOT (PYRO-MANIAC MIX)/BURN IT DOWN (WITH THE PHILLY SOUND) (‘Playin’ With Fire’) M-D-Emm, RePublic Records 12in
30 38 IMAGINATION (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX/DANCIN’ DANNY D YARDEE GROOVE) Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
31 26 IT BEGAN IN AFRICA The Urban All Stars, Urban 12in
32 20 TEARDROPS (EXTENDED REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
33 — WHERE’S YOUR CHILD Bam Bam, Desire 12in
34 — OPEN YOUR EYES (CELESTIAL MIX/THE ENLIGHTENMENT/MARSHALL’S ELEVATED DUB/SPIRITUAL MIX) Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, US Big Beat 12in
35 40 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
36 35 I’M THE ONE/THE FLIGHT/I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE Perri, MCA Records LP
37 — THEME FROM P.O.P. (CLUB REMIX) Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban Acid 12in
38 44 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (FON FORCE MIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in promo
39 45 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
40 61 ANY LOVE Massive Attack featuring Daddy Gee & Carlton, Massive Attack Records 12in
41 19 EVERY SHADE OF LOVE (KEITH COHEN REMIX) Jesse Johnson, Breakout 12in
42 36 KING OF THE BEATS Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
43 21 YEAH BUDDY/THE CHASE/DIRTY BEATS/A BETTER WAY Royal House, US Idlers LP
44 re GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE (NYC SUBWAY MIX) Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
45 59 RISING TO THE TOP (JOLLEY HARRIS JOLLEY UK REMIX) Pieces Of A Dream, EMI-Manhattan 12in
46 31 RIDE THE RHYTHM/(ACID NOT PLACID) This Ain’t Chicago, Club 12in black label promo
47 — KREAM L.N.R., US House Jam Records 12in
48 60 THESE THINGS HAPPEN (BEATMASTERS REMIX) Viola Wills, Rhythm King 12in
49 54 TRACK THIS/O-O-O Adrenalin M.O.D., MCA Records 12in
50 69 CAN YOU FEEL IT? (REMIX) Fingers Inc, Desire 12in
51 — DON’T GET ME STARTED (BOLD SOUL SISTER) Big Lady K, B/Ware! Records 12in white label
52 51 BURN IT UP (BABY FORD’S ORANGE SUNSHINE/YELLOW SUNSET MIXES) The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
53 66 ARE YOU LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEBODY NU (ACID SHOOZ MIX) Nu Shooz, US Atlantic 12in
54 32 STRICTLY BUSINESS (12” VOCAL) EPMD, Cooltempo/Ensign 12in
55 48 THIS IS SOMETHING FOR THE RADIO (RAP REMIX) Biz Markie, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
56 43 WATCHING YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD US 12” REMIX) Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
57 55 SLEEPLESS WEEKEND (REMIX) Howard Huntsberry, US MCA Records 12in
58 81 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (REMIXES) Karyn White, US Warner Bros 12in promo
59 72 SET IT OFF (MARLEY MARL MIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in promo
60 50 MEGABLAST RAP (VERSION) Bomb The Bass featuring Merlin The New Rap Messiah, Rhythm King 12in
61 30 WEE RULE (RAGAMUFFIN MIX)/REBEL RAP Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Jive 12in
62 34 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
63 57 IN THE NAME OF LOVE ’88 (SHEP PETTIBONE RAILROAD MIX/DUB) Thompson Twins, US Arista 12in/UK promo
64 80 DON’T SAY NO (MARSHALL JEFFERSON PUMPIN’ ACID MIX/SAY YES TO LOVE MIX) Tom Tom Club, Fontana 12in
65 — MAKING A KILLING (NEW YORK CLUB MIX/DUB MIX/I’M ON A ROLL (NEW YORK CLUB MIX/NEW YORK MIX/DUB MIX) I.S.P. (Ill Squad Productions), US Idlers 12in/Champion promo
66 83 CHANGE (MAKES YOU WANT TO HUSTLE) (12” MIX) Blow (featuring Belva), 10 Records 12in promo test pressing
67 42 JIBARO (ENGLISH/SPANISH VERSIONS) Electra, ffrr 12in
68 77 FAIRPLAY/FEEL FREE (LIBERATED MIX) Soul II Soul featuring Rose Windross/Do’reen, 10 Records 12in
69 39 BIG FUN (MAGIC JUAN CLUB REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson/TECHNO FRISBEE MEGAMIX Various Artists mixed by Graeme Park, 10 Records 12in
70 46 ACID THUNDER Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
71 — THE SCENE OF THE CRIME/(INDUSTRIAL ACID DUB) The Mafia, BBH Records 12in white label
72 re STOP BAJON . . . PRIMAVERA Tullio De Piscopo, Greyhound Label 12in
73 — ROCK THIS PARTY RIGHT Cool House, US Underground 12in
74 37 FRIENDS/HYPNOTIZED/I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT Scott White, RCA LP
75 — MIRACLES MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
76 78 IBIZA (EUROPEAN ACID MIX) Amnesia, Belgian InDisc 12in
77 75 ONE BAD APPLE (ILLEGAL MIX) The Osmonds, Polydor 12 inch white label
78 41 THE POSSE IS LARGE/WE GOT THE FUNK MC La Kim, US Tuff City 12in
79 — ESCAPE The Mack featuring Tim Bryant, US Quark 12in
80 — DO YOU STILL REALLY LOVE ME? Thomas Esterine/HELLO Thomas Esterine featuring Delores ‘Deluxe’ Springer, Angel Town 12in
81 76 FAKE <88> (HOUSEMIX) Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
82 92 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME Karyn White, US Warner Bros LP
83 — YOUNG LOVE (YOU SHOW ME YOURS AND I’LL SHOW YOU MINE ACID REMIX) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
84 re FREE (GAIL ‘SKY’ KING MANHATTAN MIX) Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
85 49 HERE WE GO AGAIN (DIAZ MIX) Diaz Brothers, US Bassment Records 12in
86 — PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (GRAEME PARK PARKSIDE MIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in promo
87 — HOUSE SENSATION (KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ SAUNDERSON MIX) Liaz, 10 Records 12in
88 — MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) Cheri Williams (‘Back To Basics’), US New York Underground Records 12in EP
89 98 BINGO BONGO (HOUSE MIX) The Minutemen, US Smokin’ 12in
90 re OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) (REMIX) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
91 — GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT Anita Baker, Elektra 12in
92 — MAMA’S BOY/IN THE CITY/WHAT YOU MAKE ME FEEL/WHEN YOU HOLD ME/FACE IT/NO MORE MIND GAMES/CAN’T GET ENOUGH/CAN’T GET ENOUGH (SPANISH) Liz Torres featuring Master C&J, Jack Trax LP
93 67 ROCK THIS PLACE (HOUSE MIX/CLUB MIX) Mr Lee, US International House Records 12in
94 65 HYPE TIME The Bizzie Boys, US Payroll Records 12in
95 — O-O-O-O (VOCAL REMIX) Adrenalin M.O.D. featuring Rose Windross, MCA Records 7in promo
96 86 RIDING ON A TRAIN (UNDERGROUND MIX) The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
97 re ANY LOVE (ALBUM VERSION) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
98 re A DAY IN THE LIFE Black Riot, Champion 12in
99 re ACID LOVE (HITMAN’S CLUB MIX/ACID MIX/ORIGINAL MIX) Beloved, WEA 12in promo
100= — DIAL MY HEART The Boys, US Motown 12in
100= 58 LET THE MUSIC (USE YOU) (CLUB MIX) The Night Writers, Jack Trax 12in


POP DANCE

01 03 TEARDROPS Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
02 01 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
03 02 THE HARDER I TRY (EXTENDED MIX) Brother Beyond, Parlophone 12in
04 14 TURN IT INTO LOVE Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
05 05 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
06 04 THE RACE Yello, Mercury 12in
07 10 LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers, CBS 12in
08 16 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY Bananarama, London 12in
09 06 STOP THIS CRAZY THING Coldcut featuring Junior Reid, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
10 19  RIDING ON A TRAIN The Pasadenas, CBS 12in
11 07 THE LOCO-MOTION Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
12 11 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
13 — NOTHING CAN DIVIDE US Jason Donovan, PWL 12in
14 09 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) The Funky Worm, FON/WEA 12in
15 15 RUSH HOUR Jane Wiedlin, Manhattan 12in
16 18 GITTIN’ FUNKY (UK REMIX) Kid ‘n’ Play, Cooltempo 12in
17 08 MEGABLAST/DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Bomb The Bass, Rhythm King 12in
18 13 SUPERFLY GUY S’Express, Rhythm King 12in
19 12 I NEED YOU B.V.S.M.P., Debut 12in
20 20 SHAKE YOUR THANG Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in


HI-NRG

01 02 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, US Island 12in
02 04 TURN IT ON TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
03 09 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
04 01 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
05 11 SOUL SURVIVOR (SURVIVOR MIX) C.C. Catch, Hansa/RCA 12in
06 03 YÉ KÉ YÉ KÉ (AFRO ACID MIX) Mory Kante, ffrr 12in
07 — I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
08 14 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
09 23 YOUR LOVE CAME TOO LATE Eria Fachin, US Critique 12in
10 10 I DON’T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
11 13 THE HARDER I TRY (THE HARDEST MIX) Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
12 06 DOCTOR’S ORDERS Lisa Carter, Parlophone 12in
13 12 THE RACE Yello, Fontana 12in promo
14 16 ALL OF ME (BOY OH BOY) Sabrina, PWL/Mega/Videogram 12in
15 07 REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
16 17 DAYDREAM BELIEVER (EXTENDED REMIX) Local Hero, Ariola 12in
17 20 HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER (REMAKE) Carol Jiani, Passion 12in
18 26 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in
19 08 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE (EXTRA BEAT BOYS REMIX) Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
20 18 EMOTION Jakie Quartz, Dutch CBS 12in
21 — LET’S NOT SAY GOODBYE Jigsaw, Nightmare 12in
22 05 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
23 15 EVERY GIRL & BOY Spagna, CBS 12in
24 — THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, US MCA 12in
25 30 ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX)/SPEND A LITTLE TIME Alba, Italian Merak Music 12in
26 — JIVE INTO THE NIGHT Green Olives, Italian “X”-Energy 12in
27 — RUNNING OUT OF LUCK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
28 28 CHICA CUBANA Tatjana, Dutch High Fashion 12in
29 25 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
30 31 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
31 37 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
32 — A LITTLE RESPECT (MARK SAUNDERS MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
33 22 FLAMES OF LOVE Fancy, German Metronome 12in
34 19 THE LOCO-MOTION (THE KOHAKU MIX) Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
35 — WE CAN MAKE IT Evans & Fisher, Italian EF 12in
36 — CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX)/(B BOY REMIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
37 35 TOO MANY TIMES, TOO MANY CHANGES San, Belgian Infinity 12in
38 24 SUPERFLY GUY S’Express, Rhythm King 12in
39 36 ONLY MEN Shy Rose, Swiss Fantasy International 12in
40 — NOTHING CAN DIVIDE US Jason Donovan, PWL 12in

3 thoughts on “October 8, 1988: Thompson Twins, Public Enemy, KC Flightt, The Mack featuring Tim Bryant, Luther Vandross”

  1. The missing entries in Tricky Dicky Scanes’ Balearic Top 10 (which James will eventually supply) are: 8. Amnesia ‘Ibiza’ (Belgian InDisc), 9 Hong Kong Syndikat ‘Too Much’ (E&F Records).

    James makes two references to Milli Vanilli which suggest that maybe he was aware that they didn’t sing on their records, two years before the rumours were finally confirmed. Charles Edward Shaw’s single didn’t exactly “tell the truth”, but it does seem likely that he let James in on the secret – and why else would the duo duck out of performing at Nottingham Ritzy?

    Todd Terry’s popularity was now peaking. Swan Lake ‘In The Name Of Love’ is at #2 in The Club Chart, Royal House ‘Can You Party’ at #3, the Todd Terry Project ‘Weekend’/’Just Wanna Dance’ at #6, and the Royal House-sampling US version of the Jungle Brothers ‘I’ll House You’ at #9, giving him four entries in the Top Ten … and there’s also Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock at #12 with ‘Get On The Dance Floor’, which samples Black Riot ‘A Day In The Life’.

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  2. The Milli Vanilli understated throwaway lines about their refusal to perform live reminds of the scene in the old TV series Upstairs Downstairs- as the lady of the house exist scene left on her trip to New York says “I’m so looking forward to the trip, they say Titanic is simply marvellous”. She was never seen or heard from again….

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  3. JH’s comment about acid house soon being in the bargain-bins must have been one of the most wide of the mark he made – at the time he must have thought it was just going to be a bigger version of gogo, rare groove, early jack track house and be all over in a couple of months not change the whole concept of dance/electronic music worldwide. And he wrote this from the heart of its birthplace London. He couldn’t read the future though and you can’t blame him for thinking what he did.

    And the East Midlands again being credited as being the start of a break out of a big house record with ‘Get Real – which I didn’t know till now.

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