November 19, 1988: Prestatyn Soul Weekend 4, Keith Sweat, Turntable Orchestra, Cherrelle, Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, Royal House

BEATS & PIECES

NEW ALBUMS I regretfully had neither the time nor space to review this week include the ‘Hearsay’ remixing Alexander O’Neal ‘All Mixed Up’ (Tabu), his ‘My Gift To You’ Christmas album not being out here until next month; Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-created surprisingly soulful Pia (Zadora) ‘When The Lights Go Out’ (Epic); likewise surprisingly good Sheena Easton ‘The Lover In Me’ (US MCA Records); break beats based The 45 King ‘Master Of The Game’ (US Tuff City); subdued rapping Sweet Tee ‘It’s Tee Time’ (US Profile); sweetly squeaked sultry Angela Bofill ‘Intuition’ (Capitol); rare grooves compiling Various Artists ‘Boogie Tunes 2‘ (Graphic Records) … 12 inch imports similarly include the nervy twittering Rhythim Is Rhythm ‘It Is What It Is (Majestic Mix)‘ (US Transmat), flipped by two acid newies; sampling, scratching and shouting Black, Rock and Ron ‘Black, Rock and Ron‘ (US Popular); James Brown/Brothers Johnson/Masters At Work/Kraze/etc sampling Only In The Dark ‘Make Noise‘ (US Profile); Criminal Element Orchestra/T La Rock & Jazzy Jay/etc sampling Todd Terry-type Bad Boy Orchestra ‘Hip Hop Salsa‘ (US Smokin’); Gaz ‘Sing Sing’-based rapping Ms. Melodie ‘To Sing All Night‘ (US Jive); Troggs adapting drily rapped Tone-Loc ‘Wild Thing‘ (US Delicious Vinyl), with a better hoarsely sinuous ‘Loc’ed After Dark‘ flip … Reese & Santonio’s old ‘Back To The Beat’ (with ‘The Sound’)’ coupling, the deadpan girl muttered title line repeating (0-)122bpm ‘Rock To The Beat’ thumper has apparently become something of a Belgian disco anthem in a local “new beat” cover version, and so is due to be added to commercial pressings of their current ‘Truth Of Self Evidence’ too … Belgian new beat may be the hot hype at the moment but even so, the Balearic Electra ‘Jibaro’ is being reissued this week in its various mixes … ‘Ford Trax‘ is the title of Baby Ford’s new excellent instrumental B-side — and also of a nine-track 12 inch twin-pack due out next month … K-9 Posse rap group member Vernon Lynch seems to be the brother of Eddie Murphy! … ffrr rather than Supreme Records have picked up the Ultramagnetic MC’s LP, plus Sterling Void’s ‘Runaway Girl’ … Original Concept’s ‘Straight From The Basement Of Kooley High!’ LP is now out here (Def Jam 462978 1), as finally is EPMD’s ‘Strictly Business’ LP (Sleeping Bag Records SBUK LP 1) … Carolyn Martin is opening a New York office and US branch of the Disco Mix Club … Def Jam are launching in the US a new Black Gold label for soul rather than rap releases, switching over to it Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, Tashan, Chuck Stanley and Alyson Williams, and singing veteran group Blue Magic … Jeff Thomas was persuaded to stay full time at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard, where he has so radically altered the Mon/Wed-Fri/Saturday night policy to solidly black music that now anyone turning out in conventionally “smart” dress is actually refused admission (there being plenty of other clubs locally all vying for that market) — also, he’s started rap/acid/deep house Sundays at Neath’s brand new First Base American bar and diner … Norman Cook cuts up Worthing’s Sterns this Thursday (17) … Plymouth Sound’s soul presenter Chris Dinnis and Bob Smith hold a rare groove/classic soul/funk/jazz ‘Humdinger 3’ at Boxes on Exeter Quay next Wednesday (23), when Eon Irving starts a weekly garage/funk ‘Inside America’ night at Mayfair’s Prohibition in Hanover Street … ‘Hype House’ every Thursday at Bradford’s The Palace has house/funk/soul/rap/rare groove with the “beats per minute posse”, DJ Cool Cutz, DJ Vibe Alive, Mixmaster Eazy and Master JMP, while Cool Cutz and Eazy also spin acid and hard hip hop on two levels in the Dance Zone at the nearby Jokers every Fri/Saturday … Prestatyn’s mayor came to check out the LiveWire weekender and nobody believed who he was to begin with — he’s a 28-year-old biker! … Tom Astor was amongst the party I took to Prestatyn — he owns South London’s Orinoco Studio, at which Enya recorded ‘Orinoco Flow’ … Keith Sweat (who reputedly cost £30,000 for his Prestatyn show) was so paranoid that when a fan penetrated his bus to say hello, Keith bleated to security “He could have shot me!” — which says more about America than anything else … Pete Tong closed down Saturday night’s music at Prestatyn by playing the Gipsy Kings’ terrific ‘Bamboleo‘, about which I raved when it was first released, and which if reserviced could yet become a Christmas smash … Breakout’s main man Mike Sefton took paternity leave two weeks ago — he’s the proud dad of a baby daughter … Taboo’s ‘No. 6‘, the recently reviewed revamp of TV’s ‘The Prisoner’ theme, turns out to be by none other than Keith West of ‘Excerpt From A Teenage Opera (Grocer Jack)’ fame in 1967 — the first psychedelic era (when indeed the TV series was first shown) … Les Adams and I are again creating Capital Radio’s New Year’s Eve continuous party music tape, running this year from 9pm until 2am … NANU NANU!


PRESTATYN SOUL WEEKEND 4

ADRIAN WEBB has lost count of the total number of weekenders that he has promoted, something like 38, but knows for sure that the Prestatyn Soul Weekend 4 was his 26th soul weekender. No wonder by now he knows how to get all the arrangements right, the most remarkable aspect of the event being the complete lack of trouble. This, despite over 4,000 revellers being present, divided into different musical factions — although, as DJ John E Walker shrewdly observed, the crowd these days is not really that interested in the music. First timers tended to be togged out in “acieed” style, but although a lot of fast house was played the only jock who really catered for them was Paul Oakenfold. Elsewhere, the acid backlash had begun to bite — which rather unsettled the event’s equilibrium. Had it been held even just a month earlier, I am sure that “acieed!” would have dominated.

As things turned out, few of the jocks seemed fully confident about what they ought to play. Robbie Vincent and Chris Hill had their late night ‘Acid Free Zone’, but were not the only ones to structure whole sets around Seventies soul, Ian Reading being one other example, while Gilles Peterson and Chris Bangs typically churned out vintage funk and jazz. There seemed to be much less feedback between the DJs and the crowd than in earlier years, perhaps because, unlike in the past, few DJs could actually claim that any particular segment of it was in fact “their” crowd. The one exception was superstar Tim Westwood, whose hip hop session was perhaps the most crucial of the weekend. Keith Sweat’s live show was rapturously greeted, but the scrappy PAs that followed were often embarrassing (I missed Royal House who appeared in the afternoon). Karyn White and Troop, slick US chart stars, were by far the best.

Chris Hill, still “The Godfather”, as usual presented the grand finale, and reverted to a tried and trusted formula (that hadn’t been tried for several years), declaring “This is tradition, like Stratford On Avon, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the last night of the Proms”, as he launched into ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ and ‘Bring The Family Back’. He then said, “Some people think they invented going ape shit crazy six months ago, well we invented going ape shit crazy 10 years ago” — and played ‘Shout’! I doubt if anyone ended up having a bad time, but in comparison with past weekenders over the last 10 years it didn’t strike me as being memorable. However, for those who want memories of it, a full length colour video of the highlights will be available for £16.99, while tickets for Prestatyn 5 (over Easter, March 24-26) are also now bookable from LiveWire on 01-364 1212.


HOT VINYL

KEITH SWEAT ‘Don’t Stop Your Love (Extended Version)’ (Elektra EKR84T)
Sadly ignored here on import but right in the current US groove, this “lurve rap” introed typical thuddingly jolted swaying 0-102-102⅙bpm anxiously romantic jogger is now coupled only by its more slinkily undulating 0-102⅓bpm so-called House Mix and a spasmodically rhythmic Acappella Groove (surely Keith’s Rap would have made more sense?). It may not be acid, rap or new beat, but do give it a chance!

TURNTABLE ORCHESTRA ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ (RePublic Records LICT 011)
Spearheading the switch to “garage” from “acid” yet widely ignored when new on import months ago, this jangling piano and moaning guy nagged burbling 0-115¾bpm jitterer, interrupted by a ‘phonecall from his cheatin’ Spanish girlfriend, is now flipped on initial UK pre-release pressings by the earlier Marshall Jefferson produced KYM MAZELLE ‘I’m A Lover‘, a moaned and hollered 118¼-116¾bpm lurchingly pulsed MFSB-ish smooth leaper (both due for separate commercial release).

CHERRELLE ‘Affair’ (US Tabu OZ 44148)
Largely Jam & Lewis created very welcome strong set by soulful Cherrelle Norton, the two obvious Alexander O’Neal duetted standouts being the ‘Saturday Love’-ish jogging 105½bpm ‘Keep It Inside’ and (due on 12 inch here) typical swaying lushly soulful 0-91-0bpm ‘Everything I Miss At Home‘, the rest of side two having her own co-created gospel-ish superb 0-55⅙-0pm ‘Lucky‘, attractively yearning (0-)92¼bpm ‘My Friend‘ and tranquil 54bpm ‘Crazy (For Loving You)’, Jimmy & Terry hitting their Janet Jackson style stride for the upbeat side one’s go-go hip hop jiggled (0-)101⅙bpm ‘Pick Me Up‘, and ‘Fake’-ish 111-0bpm title track, less good (0-)115⅙bpm ‘What More Can I Do For You’, (28⅔-)114⅔-0bpm ‘Looks Aren’t Everything’, 112⅔-0bpm ‘Happy That You’re Happy With Me’, 0-112¼-0bpm ‘Discreet’.

MARSHALL JEFFERSON Presents TRUTH ‘Open Our Eyes’ (ffrr FFRX 18)
Following on from the philosophical slant of Marshall’s Jungle Wonz ‘Time Marches On’ oldie, this “deep house” atmospheric flute doodled and brook babbled breathy mystical mutterer with a gently pulsing and pattering backing is here in its 120⅓-119-120⅓-0bpm Celestial Mix, (0-)120⅓bpm Spiritual Mix and 120⅓bpm Elevated Dub, whereas its now import-only rambling The Enlightenment mix somehow strikes me as being the quintessential version. Whatever, they’re all haunting.

ROYAL HOUSE ‘Yeah Buddy (Extended Mix)’ (US Idlers WAR-029)
Rapidly promoed here also by Champion (CHAMP 12-91), Todd Terry’s crazed samples crammed 122¾-123-123¼-0bpm jerky leaper is remixed from the album and coupled with the ‘Stone Fox Chase’-based juddery 0-106⅓-0bpm ‘The Chase‘, and (0-)122½-0bpm ‘Dirty Beats‘ – which (as the UK pressing’s alternative ‘Can You Beats’ title suggests) is the bonus beat for ‘Can You Party’. Hot, or what?

HARDHOUSE ‘Check This Out’ (Champion CHAMP 12-94)
Todd Terry reputedly tossed off this Serious Intention chords-based jauntily racing (0-)120¼-0bpm simple instrumental leaper in a matter of minutes as sort of payment for his past use of Serious Intention samples! As you can guess, it’s not a masterpiece, but he could sample the football scores and it would sell right now. The ‘11:55‘ flip finds him in his hip hop style, cutting ‘The Champ’ and more through a funky drummered 0-108⅙bpm instrumental in two Bee Boys mixes.

T LA ROCK ‘Flow With The New Style’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80126)
Todd Terry produced and co-penned jittery dense (0-)103¾-0bpm droning rap with a longer more inventive 103¾-0bpm Dub Mix, flipped by the familiar piano jangled rolling looser (0-)97-0bpm ‘You Got The Time‘, also with a longer Instrumental (and Dubapella). That’s all for this week’s TT section!

MAC BAND featuring THE McCAMPBELL BROTHERS ‘Jealous (Remix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1292)
Buzzing synth tone and “J-E-A-L-O-U-S” spelling started chunkily lurching 116bpm jaunty staccato strider with snappy then lushly harmonised vocal interplay, promoed in five mixes of which not all may be commercially available here.

JILLIAN MENDEZ ‘Get Up’ (US Bigshot Records BR-125035)
Wailing simple sparsely tapped early Eighties-like disco strider weaving catchy keyboard lines in its 120⅚-121-121⅓bpm E.Z. Mix, 0-121-0bpm Nix Bop Mix and particularly jaunty synth piped instrumental 121⅚bpm Eastside Dub, coupled also with the “pan pipes” instrumental 119⅚bpm ‘Love’s Over‘, possibly with wide appeal.

THE DYNAMIC GUV’NORS ‘Rock The Discotheques’ (Blapps! Records SEX 069)
Tom toms throbbed frantic nervy 125¾bpm hip hop house jitterer using the same nagging tinny guitar “noise” as Big Daddy Kane, with some rap and vocal scratches in the 0-126¼-0bpm Funky Dope Scratchapella, plus a tom tommed 126⅓bpm Bonus Acid Breather, flipped by the Michael-cutting acidic 120-0bpm ‘Acid Jackson (Let’s Go)‘, all created from loose change and redundancy pay on their own label by Dazzle D, Jazzy Jason and Grand Keyboard Whizz Mark S (who want my BPMs so they can now find things to mix ’em with!).

LONDON RHYME SYNDICATE ‘London Rhyme Syndicate’ (Rhyme Reason Records 12LRS 002)
Spitting and shouting jittery lurching 0-110-0bpm rap ‘n’ scratch (110-0bpm Instrumental), flipped by the First Choice (and ‘Mr Ed’, amongst others) sampling far fiercer frantic 120-0bpm ‘Armed And Extremely Dangerous’, and angrily reasoned juddery 97-0bpm ‘My Poetry‘ — however, mailing list DJs seem slavishly to be charting the A-side, which suggests to me (as so often before) that they’re merely acknowledging receipt rather than a real commitment.


POP DANCE

PET SHOP BOYS ‘Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix)’ (Parlophone 12R 6198), thinly pshta pshta-ed then bassier and spoken/sung excitingly surging 0-126½-126¾-0bpm galloper remixed from the ‘Introspective’ album, nicely timed for Christmas party success;

BROTHER BEYOND ‘He Ain’t No Competition (Extended)’ (Parlophone 12R 6193), another Stock Aitken Waterman created Northern Soul-cum-Philly type attractive 125⅔bpm canterer with twanging Joe South/Box Tops-style electric sitar, flipped by the group’s own bubbling and tinkling 124¾bpm ‘Call Me Lonely (Kickback Mix)’, there also being a separately promoed totally different and to my mind rather pointless jittery industrial disco (0-)126bpm ‘He Ain’t No Competition (Space-Hopper Remix)’ (12RX 6193) with a likewise mechanically jittering ‘Call Me Lonely (Get The Sun Remix)’, both losing the originals’ humanity;

BANANARAMA ‘Nathan Jones (Extended Version)’ (London NANX 18), distinctively different friskily leaping Northern Soul-ish Stock Aitken Waterman produced 146bpm update of the Supremes’ 1971 oldie;

SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK ‘Success’ (Parlophone 12R 6196), somewhat unexpected Stock Aitken Waterman produced decidedly “acieed!” 124-0bpm pulsing twitterer, with an unlabelled muttering 128-0bpm bass bounding guitar jiggled flip;

DIANA ROSS ‘Love Hangover (Dance Mix)’ (Motown ZT 42308), Phil Harding & Ian Curnow now add a rumbling jittery new 0-114¼-116-114¾-114-116-115-0bpm cantering beat to Diana’s previously tricky 1976 “disco” classic, also in similarly treated although less radically restructured 0-38/76-114¾-115⅔-113⅔-0bpm Extended Single and 0-38/76-38¼/76½-114¼-115⅔-116-113⅔-0bpm 12 Inch Versions (a pity they couldn’t have synched everything to a digital click track!);

STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN ‘SS. Paparazzi’ (PWL Records PWLT 22), frantic jittery leaper in four 124½bpm versions, the kazoo-ed and sample-style muttered Yoyo’s Clicking Camera Mix, camera motordrive punctuated The Hassell-Bladder Mix, more electro The Beat Boys Beat It Mix, and piano plinked house-ish Yoyo’s Dub Mix (the last three all instrumental);

NEW ORDER ‘Fine Time’ (Factory FAC 223), snarling and snorting angular jumpy 125bpm racer with a drily thudding break and more “house”-ish B-side instrumental, a real Balearic beat (well, it was recorded on Ibiza!);

RICK ASTLEY ‘Take Me To Your Heart’ (Autumn Leaves Mix)’ (RCA PT 42574), Stock Aitken Waterman created monotonously bellowing 119⅔bpm jerky galloper, probably not strong enough to be the real smash he badly needs, flipped by his own more soulful loping 119⅔bpm ‘I’ll Be Fine‘;

BOMB THE BASS featuring MAUREEN ‘Say A Little Prayer’ (Rhythm King DOOD 123), Maureen wailed adventurous minimally backed ticking and booming slow 47⅙/94⅓bpm Dionne Warwick/Aretha Franklin revival (inspired by Smith & Mighty?), flipped by the sparsely twittering acidic (0-)128-0bpm ‘10 Seconds To Terminate‘;

THE ESCAPE CLUB ‘Wild, Wild West (Dance Mix)’ (WEA U7928T), ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ patterned US chart-topping jauntily lurching (0-)140-0bpm backbeat smacker by some hoarse UK rockers, with a catchy West Indian accented interlude (and an eyecatching video), surely destined to do well here eventually;

FOUR TOPS ‘Loco In Acapulco’ (Arista 611850), Phil Collins & Lamont Dozier created, Phil Harding & Ian Curnow remixed piano plinky-plunked lively “Latin” Matt Bianco/Gibson Bros-flavoured but then typical hoarsely sung 123bpm jaunty leaper from the ‘Buster’ film;

TIFFANY ‘Radio Romance (Dance Mix)’ (MCA Records TIFFT 5), plaintively sung hi-hat hissed tapping and thrashing frenetic racer — so much so that it seems far faster than 136¼bpm — sounding very similar to the Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’, with some nice yakkety sax;

BOOTLEGGERS ‘Hot Mix 3’ (Bass Records BSS 12-5), ‘Rock Of Ages’ hymn introed jittery (0-)122¼bpm “house music all night long” mix-up of Royal House, Brat Pack, d.mob and others’ elements (in four mixes), created by the Gangsters Of House;

THE REGGAE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ‘Minnie The Moocher’ (Mango 1215 378), strings backed some-times skanking 119½-0bpm strange infectious pop treatment of Cab Calloway’s 1930s classic;

THE BOOZIN’ BANG’N DANCE CREW ‘Kiss My Ass (House Anarchy Mix)’ (Polarvox KISSMX 001, via Bullet), phonetically enunciated though foul mouthed thumping 0-117¾-0bpm disco chugger from Scandinavia, chanted and “rapped” over various samples and scratches, breaking apparently in the North-East (which seems quite likely!);

FRONT 242 ‘Headhunter (V1-0)’ (Red Rhino Europe RRET 6), nasally snarled throbbing 123-0bpm electro punk jitterer selling to the Nitzer Ebb orientated Balearic house crowd, flipped by the “Jesus is here!” glorying more industrial 0-119½-0bpm ‘Welcome To Paradise‘;

NEW BEAT GENERATION ‘Suck The Beat’ (Belgian Subway Records SUB-038), billed on the sleeve as ‘Suck The Beat’ and on the label as just ‘Suck’, this aggressively lurching and cranking (0-)113bpm “new beat” has the same sort of “well let me suck your”-shouting girl as on Taste Of Sugar’s ‘Hmm, Hmm’ and vocoder muttered “this is new beat generation” repetition, between samples of Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ and more (instrumental flip);

BABYLON 5 ‘Alpha Omega’ (Cheque This Records ABBB199, via Pinnacle), pshta pshta-ed, vocodered, sizzled and guitar yowled 123-0bpm London recorded “new beat” thudder created by Tom Danvers and Chris Checkley with Belgian DJ Inger Von Hauwe from Antwerp’s La Rocca Club (unlabelled ‘Space Bass’-meets-Jimi Hendrix-ish 127¼-0bpm flip);

<KISS AMC> featuring the ruthless rap assassins ‘Let-Off’ (Murdertone/Syncopate 12SY 22), Phil Collins ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ bass underpinned frantic messy (0-)196-0bpm leaper sampling Little Stevie’s ‘Fingertips’, the Isley’s ‘Shout’ and more behind some raucous shouting rap by the two Manchester girls and their male supporters, the flip’s much deffer (0-)94bpm ‘Kiss AMC‘ being a more routine and rather lacklustre rap;

2 BRAVE ‘Stop That Girl (Extended Galapagos Mix)’ (London LONX 205), still the volume pumpers keep coming, this ‘Think (About It)’ based jittery 114¼bpm chugger actually being overlaid by a yearning pop vocal for the little girls, although two of its four mixes are instrumental;

B*V*S*M*P ‘Be Gentle (European Club Mix)’ (Debut DEBTX 3059), another ‘I Need You’-like 107⅓bpm juvenile rap ballad;

INFORMATION SOCIETY ‘What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)’ (London LONX 211), drearily derivative “new romantic” copying 0-118-0bpm US hit lurcher here in three extremely stuttery “electro”-type remixes by Little Louie Vega, the dub apparently proving more useful;

STRENGTH ‘The Girl For Me (Build The Beat Mix)’ (Arista 611898), Croydon’s Funkrew (as they used to be) feature Dotty Green disjointedly wailing through a jangling and jiggling 122bpm pop house rhythm;

DANCE ADDICTION ‘Don’t Stop’ (Bolts Records/Musiktek NUTSX 101, via Pinnacle), untidily jolting stuttery 122⅓-0bpm pop house cooed by a Portsmouth girl duo, quoting from Chic’s ‘Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)’ at the start.


REMIXES

YAZZ ‘Stand Up For Your Love Rights (The Stadium Disco Mix)‘ (Big Life BLR 5R), useful solidly rattling and bounding 123-0bpm remix by Coldcut, Yazz not singing at all for the first four or so minutes, flipped by the Beatmasters’ Boney M-ish acidically twittering 0-123⅓bpm She’s Crazy Mix;

PIA ‘Dance Out Of My Head (Ben Liebrand Mix)‘ (Epic 653123 6), percussively clonking and rattling (0-)116¼-Obpm jittery remix which perhaps cuts through better than the original;

KYLIE MINOGUE ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (The Revolutionary Mix)‘ (PWL Records PWLT 21 R), bass striding “I love you” stuttering 118¾-0bpm Phil Harding remix;

D.MOB (featuring Gary Haisman) ‘We Call It Acieed (The Living Beat Remix)‘ (ffrr FFRXR 13), unnecessary 124bpm marketing remix by Simon Harris.


THE CLUB CHART – November 19, 1988

01 01 WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
02 02 THE PARTY (CLUB MIX) Kraze, MCA Records 12in
03 04 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
04 06 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
05 14 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR/CHECK THIS OUT/JOY AND PAIN Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records LP
06 08 USELESS (I DON’T NEED YOU NOW) (MARSHALL JEFFERSON WINDY CITY MIXES) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
07 03 RESPECT/HER BAD SELF (THE POSSE/HITMAN MIXES) The Real Roxanne, Cooltempo 12in
08 05 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (12” CLUB MIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
09 10 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
10 11 SO MANY WAYS (DO IT PROPERLY PART II) (WORLDWIDE DJ ANTHEM) The Brat Pack, Breakout 12in
11 17 20 SHARP AS A KNIFE (ACID ATTACK) Brandon Cooke featuring Roxanne Shanté, Club 12in
12 07 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (PARKSIDE MIX)/MICROPHONE FIEND (DJ MARK – THE 45 KING REMIX) Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
13 13 OPEN OUR EYES (MIXES) Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, ffrr 12in
14 16 I’LL HOUSE YOU Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
15 12 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, Champion 12in
16 — DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE Mr. E, London 12in white label
17 09 KNOW HOW/(INSTRUMENTAL) Young MC, Fourth & Broadway 12in
18 32 LIFE’S JUST A BALL GAME (BALLROOM REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
19 22 THE TWILIGHT ZONE (REMIXES) The Party Boy, Urban Acid 12in
20 21 SET IT OFF (EXTENDED MARLEY MARL MIX) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
21 29 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orch, US Music Village Records 12in
22 28 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, US nugroove 12in
23 20 CHECK THIS OUT/11:55 (BEE BOYS CLUB) Hardhouse, US Easy Street 12in
24 24 CHARLIE SEZ/RUNNIN YO’ MOUTH/GOTTANOTHA FUNKY BREAK 4-U -> HIT IT! Original Concept, Def Jam 12in
25 40 BIG FUN/(JUAN’S MAGIC REMIX) Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
26 27 TRUTH OF SELF EVIDENCE/STRUCTURE/GRAB THE BEAT Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in
27 25 COME BACK/ANY LOVE/I WONDER/LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT Luther Vandross, Epic LP
28 23 ROLLIN’ WITH KID ‘N’ PLAY/UNDERCOVER/DO THE KID ‘N’ PLAY QUICK STEP/BROTHER MAN GET HIP/DAMN THAT DJ (THE WIZARD M.E.) Kid ‘N’ Play, US Select Records LP
29 18 DON’T GET ME STARTED Big Lady K, B/Ware! Records 12in
30 64 IT’S A TRIP (TUNE IN, TURN ON, DROP OUT) (HACIENDA MIX) Children Of The Night, Kool Kat/Jive 12in
31 15 O-O-O (EXTENDED PARKSIDE REMIX) Adrenalin M.O.D., MCA Records 12in
32 30 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE (NYC SUBWAY MIX) Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
33 26 CAN’T WIN FOR LOSIN’ (OVERSEAS MIX/KEVIN HEDGE MIX) Blaze, RePublic Records 12in
34 43 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS/(Y’AZZID MIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
35 38 THEME FROM P.O.P. (CLUB REMIX) Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban Acid 12in
36 31 THE SPELL! (GET DOWN WITH THE GENIE)/SPELL ON ME The Funky Worm, FON 12in
37 52 HERE COMES THAT SOUND (DEMOLITION REMIX) Simon Harris, ffrr 12in
38 44 ACID MAN (ORIGINAL/HAPPY MIXES) Jolly Roger, 10 Records 12in
39 61 EASE BACK Ultramagnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau LP
40 82 RUNAWAY GIRL (MIXES) Sterling Void, US DJ International Records 12in
41 33 THE NIGHTMARE (IT’S OVER FOR YOU) (MIXES) Lake Eerie, US nugroove 12in
42 34 VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! Records 12in
43 41 GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT/GOOD LOVE Anita Baker, Elektra LP
44 — TALKING WITH MYSELF/(OPIUM MIX) Electribe 1.0.1., Club 12in
45 37 CRAZY (FOR ME) (THE DONE PROPERLY MIX) Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
46 19 I’LL HOUSE YOU (RICHIE RICH RECONSTRUCTION) Jungle Brothers, Gee St 12in
47 56 EAST WEST Jay Strongman, Rhythm King 12in
48 85 TWIST AND SHOUT (12” VERSION)/EVERYBODY GET UP (LONG/CLUB HOUSE VERSIONS) Salt-n-Pepa, ffrr 12in
49 re USELESS (CHICAGO SIDE/NEW YORK SIDE) Kym Mazelle, US EMI-Syncopate 12in
50 70 BURN IT UP/ACID BURN Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
51 58 TWICE THE LOVE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIXES) George Benson, Warner Bros 12in
52 — 90% FUNK 10% RHYMES OR (WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU KNOW WE’RE BETTER THAN YOU)/ IS THIS HARD ENUF?/WHY AM I WAITING? Too Tuff, Rapsonic 12in mailing list promo
53 45 GET UP (MIXES) Jillian Mendez, US Big Shot Records 12in
54 — THE 900 NUMBER (VOCAL)/LA KIM THEME/RAW DOPE RHYME/THE KING IS HERE!/WE GOT THE FUNK/SIDE B: BREAKBEAT ONE/TWO/THREE/FOUR/FIVE/SIX/SEVEN/EIGHT/NINE/CLUB TRAX 1 The 45 King, US Tuff City LP
55 51 KEEP IT INSIDE/EVERYTHING I MISS AT HOME Cherrelle, US Tabu LP
56 46 AS THE BEAT GOES ON/ON THE SMOOTH TIP Sweet Tee, US Profile 12in
57 — IT IS WHAT IT IS (MAJESTIC MIX)/BEYOND THE DANCE (BIZARRO MIX)/FEEL SURREAL (SUBCONSCIOUS MIX) Rhythim Is Rhythim, US Transmat 12in
58 35 A BETTER WAY/YEAH BUDDY/PARTY PEOPLE/CAN YOU PARTY Royal House, Champion LP
59 — NIGHT MOVES (MIXES) Rickster, Sure Delight 12in
60 re BREAK 4 LOVE Raze, Champion 12in
61 98 FUNNY FEELING/I REALLY MISS YOU/NEW LOVE The Pasadenas, CBS LP
62 — CHIKKI CHIKKI AAH AAH/FORDTRAX Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
63 — WAITING IN VAIN Total Contrast, Criminal Records 12in
64 — LONDON RHYME SYNDICATE/ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS London Rhyme Syndicate, Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Records 12in
65 81 WHERE’S YOUR CHILD?/SPEND THE NIGHT Bam Bam, Desire 12in
66 49 RIDE THE RHYTHM (ACID NOT PLACID) This Ain’t Chicago, Club 12in
67 75 DON’T EVEN FEEL IT/ROXANNE’S ON A ROLL/GET UP ON THE GET DOWN The Real Roxanne, US Select Records LP
68 57 I MISSED/HOLD ON TO LOVE/CLOSER THAN FRIENDS Surface, US Columbia LP
69 100 CAN YOU FEEL IT? (REMIX) Fingers Inc featuring Chuck Roberts, Desire 12in
70 — SERPENT IN THE GARDEN The Garden Of Eden, Pepper Records 12in white label
71 — SOMEDAY (CLUB MIX) Ce Ce Rogers, US Atlantic 12in/UK promo
72 re KING OF THE BEATS Mantronix, US Capitol 12in
73 83 DON’T ROCK THE BOAT/LOVE SONG Midnight Star, US Solar LP
74 54 FLOW WITH THE NEW STYLE/YOU GOT THE TIME T La Rock, US Fresh Records 12in
75 60 I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT (12” REMIX) Scott White, US RCA 12in
76 re THINK LIKE YA ENEMY Positively Black featuring Prince Kharique, US Trumpet 12in
77 — BLACK, ROCK AND RON/GETTING LARGE Black, Rock And Ron, US Popular Records 12in
78 re JEALOUSY & LIES (ALKALINE/LITMUS MIXES) Julian Jonah, Cooltempo 12in
79 re LET THE MUSIC (USE YOU) (CLUB MIX) The Night Writers, Jack Trax 12in
80 re IT’S A CRUEL WORLD (CLUB HOUSE MIX)/WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (BIG MAC MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
81 47 SHOW ME WHAT YOU’VE GOT (MIXES) S.L.F. (Street-Level Funk), Warriors Dance 12in
82 re WIND ME UP (MIXES) MC Bam Bam, US Pow Wow Records 12in
83 50 REACHIN’ (LATIN WORKOUT MIX) Phase II, Republic Records 12in
84 65 HOUSE SENSATION (KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ SAUNDERSON MIX) Liaz, 10 Records 12in
85 74 YEAH BUDDY/DIRTY BEATS/THE CHASE (EXTENDED MIXES) Royal House, US Idlers 12in
86 — SHOW AND PROVE/LET’S DANCE/IT’S MY BEAT/IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL/I GOT DA FEELIN’/WORK OUT/WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE ME/AS THE BEAT GOES ON/ON THE SMOOTH TIP Sweet Tee, US Profile LP
87 55 MIRACLES MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
88 re DEVOTION (CLUB MIX/BAM BAM’S HOUSE MIX) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
89 — STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS (COLDCUT’S THE STADIUM DISCO MIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
90 — COME GET MY LOVIN’ (NYC MIX) Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
91 — TO SING ALL NIGHT/WHAT DO YOU DO?/HYPE ACCORDING TO MS. MELODIE Ms. Melodie, US Jive 12in
92 67 LAP OF LUXURY Dee Dee Wilde, Fourth & Broadway 12in
93 68 GOT TO GIVE IT UP (VERSIONS) Kathy Mathis, US Tabu 12in
94 re DON’T TURN YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Park Ave featuring Tony Jenkins, US Movin’ Records 12in
95 — USELESS (I DON’T NEED YOU NOW) (CLIVILLES & COLE BIG APPLE MIXES) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
96 48 JENIFA (TAUGHT ME)/POTHOLES IN MY LAWN De La Soul, US Tommy Boy 12in
97 93 FLESH A Split Second/HMM, HMM Taste Of Sugar/MOVE YOUR ASS Erotic Dissidents (‘New Beat – Take 1’), Belgian Subway Records LP
98 — FREAK 4 U ’88 (TEDDY RILEY REMAKE) Royalle Delite, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
99 90 FEEL THE LUV (BODY MIX/SEX MIX) Tech Trax Inc, US nugroove 12in
100= — 100% OF DISIN’ YOU (LAZY CRAZY MIXX)/LAND OF CONFUSION (DUNN 4 FUNN MIXX)/WORLD UNKNOWN (MY MIXX IS DUNN/M.D. HOUSE MIXX)/151 (ORIGINAL VERSION) Armando, US Warehouse Records 12in
100= re YOU USED TO HOLD ME Ralphi Rosario featuring Xavier Gold, Jack Trax 12in


POP DANCE

01 02 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
02 01 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. Mob (featuring Gary Haisman), ffrr 12in
03 03 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
04 08 HE AIN’T NO COMPETITION Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
05 04 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
06 06 JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
07 05 KISS Art Of Noise featuring Tom Jones, China 12in
08 07 BURN IT UP Beatmasters featuring P.P. Arnold, Rhythm King 12in
09 14 WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag 12in
10 — NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS, Mercury 12in
11 09 TEARDROPS Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
12 15 CAN YOU PARTY Royal House, Champion 12in
13 12 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY Bananarama, London 12in
14 11 THE PARTY Kraze, MCA 12in
15 20 REAL GONE KID Deacon Blue, CBS 12in
16 16 ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
17 10 A LITTLE RESPECT Erasure, Mute 12in
18 17 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
19 — FIRST TIME Robin Beck, Mercury 12in
20 18 I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE Duran Duran, EMI 12in


HI-NRG

01 03 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, Saturday 12in
02 01 I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
03 07 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
04 05 THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, US MCA 12in
05 06 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
06 11 JIVE INTO THE NIGHT Green Olives, Italian “X”-Energy 12in
07 08 ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX)/SPEND A LITTLE TIME Alba, Italian Merak Music 12in
08 17 STEALING MY TIME Kelly Marie, Saturday 12in
09 02 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
10 10 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
11 09 LOVE, TRUTH & HONESTY (BALEARACIDIC MIX) Bananarama, London 12in
12 18 REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
13 31 HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER (REMAKE) Carol Jiani, Passion 12in
14 22 HEART OF GLASS Desiderata, Nightmare 12in
15 26 WHAT KIND OF LOVE Diana Randall, French Public 12in
16 21 RIVAL LOVE Astaire, Passion 12in
17 28 LET’S NOT SAY GOODBYE Jigsaw, Nightmare 12in
18 04 THEME FROM P.O.P. Perfectly Ordinary People, Urban 12in
19 27 NEVER SATISFIED Carol Woods, Nightmare 12in
20 24 NEVER TRUST A STRANGER/YOU CAME (JELLYBEAN REMIX) Kim Wilde, MCA 12in
21 16 DANCE WITH ME Claudia T, Dutch Made Up 12in
22 19 IS THIS REALLY LOVE Jon Otis, PWL 12in
23 13 TURN IT ON TO LOVE (EXTENDED VERSION) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
24 12 BIG FUN Inner-City featuring Kevin Saunderson, 10 Records 12in
25 14 YOUR LOVE CAME TOO LATE Eria Fachin, US Critique 12in
26 25 SAYIN’ SORRY (DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT) Denise Lopez, Breakout 12in
27 23 A LITTLE RESPECT (MARK SAUNDERS MIX) Erasure, Mute 12in
28 20 ALL OF ME (BOY OH BOY) Sabrina, PWL/Mega/Videogram 12in
29 15 BURN IT UP Beatmasters featuring P.P. Arnold, Rhythm King 12in
30 — IT’S ALRIGHT/ALWAYS ON MY MIND – IN MY HOUSE/LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES/I WANT A DOG/I’M NOT SCARED/DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone LP
31 33 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (CLUB MIX) Swan Lake, Champion 12in
32 32 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in
33 — SHARP AS A KNIFE Brandon Cooke featuring Roxanne Shanté, Club 12in
34 39 STUCK ON LOVE (PHIL HARDING MIX) Dee Lewis, Mercury 12in
35 — A B C D/BAD GIRLS Radiorama, Italian Disco Merak Music 12in
36 re RUNNING OUT OF LUCK The Velvelettes, Nightmare 12in
37 40 WE CAN MAKE IT Evans & Fisher, Italian EF 12in
38 — YOU GAVE ME LOVE Venice, Italian Flea 12in
39 re CHICA CUBANA Tatjana, Dutch Hi-Fashion 12in
40 36 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d.mob featuring Gary Haisman, ffrr 12in

11 thoughts on “November 19, 1988: Prestatyn Soul Weekend 4, Keith Sweat, Turntable Orchestra, Cherrelle, Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, Royal House”

  1. Finally, almost exactly a year after its first mention in these pages, Ce Ce Rogers ‘Someday’ enters The Club Chart. Although issued as a UK promo in 1987, it wasn’t officially released as an A-side until 2018, merely appearing on the B-side of ‘Forever’ in 1989.

    The Pet Shop Boys and Trevor Horn was a marriage made in heaven, and the full length Disco Mix of ‘Left To My Own Devices’ was nothing less than a masterpiece, filling my floors where ‘Domino Dancing’ had cleared them.

    Radiorama’s exceptionally banal ‘A B C D’ hung around at gay clubs well into 1990, and its chorus makes for an exceptionally annoying earworm. Oh, how we suffered.

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  2. The footage of the Reactor acid room from around 7.10-10.45 must be some of the best (if not THE best acid house footage there is) from 1988-89 – and aside from a few seconds of news/current affairs type film from a club in the summer of 1988 must be about the only decent 1988 as opposed to 1989 footage there is. And as has been mentioned on the internet before this must be the first ever rave anywhere in the world of the size that we’ve known them from 1989 onwards ever since. You could get a couple of thousand in that room IIRC.
    It’s also interesting to see how different everything was raving in 1988, no bottles of water anywhere, people dancing with lager above their heads but also a lot of things that never changed too.

    Ir was also aside from an “along for the ride” trip to a freezing cold 1990 weekender in Southport (my only ever excursion raving in the north before I moved up here in 1997) my last ever weekender experience after about 6 years of regularly attending Caister, Bournemouth, Bognor etc.

    JH momentarily seems a bit out of touch around this period – I heard him speak on Kiss years later (1994/95 ish?) and he was right at the cutting edge again but around 1988 his distaste for a lot of the acid seemed to see him take his eye off the ball for a few months. For instance there have been a few absolutely massive tunes “Where’s Your Child”, ‘Acid Thunder” Hardhouse’s “Check This Out”, the boss mix of Mac Thornhill’s “Pressure”, Perfectly Ordinary People for example which were pretty omnipresent at the London area acid clubs and some of the earliest M25 parties Genesis etc that autumn which he seems decidedly underwhelmed with. He seems more taken sometimes with New Beat and the noisier side of 1987/88 Balearic which I don’t remember hearing at all when I was out.

    Also the best (or any!) mix Samantha Fox’s “Love House” hasn’t even made the Top 100 but I remember hearing it a lot out at the time. But this may bring us to the fact that that although London and the South East was acid crazy in the summer and autumn of 1988 most of the rest of the country still hadn’t taken to it in a big way so “Love House” being played by a few London acid DJ’s wasn’t going to get it in the dance charts nationwide.

    Anyway great column and time machine as ever.

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  3. the acid house footage I mentioned was in the first clip here (Prestatyn 2). That could be an interesting quiz qestion where was the first ever large scale rave ever London?, Berlin?, Chicago maybe? no probably Prestatyn in north Wales!

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    1. I could only find these three clips. It looks as if the original uploader made the later clips available on their Facebook page, but the page seems to have disappeared.

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  4. The other parts seem to have gone years ago I remember trying to find the others years back on Facebook and they’d already gone. I’m just glad that the film maker made what he did as not just acid house , but also with jazz-funk, clubs/discos in general and even stuff as late as hardcore there’s seems to be so little film as opposed to audio.
    Live music seems much better served as there seems to be live performances of quite obscure bands right back to the 1960s and bands who subsequently became big in relative profusion.
    Obviously the advent of the phone camera means younger people will be able to tap into their visual nostalgia far easier in years to come.

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  5. Thanks for the help and replies about the Prestatyn vids. I managed to get part 1 so I have 4 parts of it and will upload if anyone wants it but the rest were gone yeah.

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