December 24, 1988: Beloved, Liz Torres featuring Master C&J, Seduction, Intense, Jocelyn Brown, 1988 Year End charts

BEATS & PIECES

RM’s 1988 Hammy Awards will appear in the next issue, the first of the new year, so that this week’s new Hi-NRG and Club Chart positions will count in the reckoning of the various annual performance awards – can you stand the suspense? … Serious Records are indeed being put into liquidation, although Mahesh Bajaj’s other Needle Records and Low Fat Vinyl labels will continue to trade, the previously mentioned winding up petition against Serious having frozen the company’s accounts and caused cash flow difficulties (as so often happens in similar cases) … Rob Manley, now that he is installed as club promotions manager for Virgin’s labels, has relocated to the offices of Siren/10 Records at 61-63 Portobello Road, London W11 3DD (telephone 01-221 7535) … EMI dance label Syncopate’s staff believe in Kym Mazelle so much that they have done something that in my long experience is unprecedented – sent their mailing list DJs a record from a rival company, RCA, on which Kym duets with Dr Robert of the Blow Monkeys, calling the act though Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle for the good breezily galloping if derivative 119¾bpm ‘Wait’, due out on January 9 … CJ Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell’s remix of Eric B & Rakim ‘The R’ has surfaced commercially first on import (US UNi Records UNI-8012) … Cooltempo are creating a big buzz ahead of January 23 release on the Dancin’ Danny D produced terrific Monie Love ‘I Can Do This (Uptown Mix)’, a Whispers ‘And The Beat Goes On’ synched infectious jumpy 115⅓bpm female rap jiggler by 18 years old Monie and scratching DJ Pogo, who hits a harder James Brown groove for the flip’s Downtown Mix … Phonogram are finally about to reissue on Casablanca 1982’s Jeff Young re-edited 0-126¼-126-125¼-125½bpm megamix version of the late Patrick Cowley’s remix of Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’, better late than never as it was much revived in “acieed” mixes during the summer of love … Les Adams has remixed Bäs Noir ‘My Love Is Magic’, as also supposedly has Ben Liebrand, although it’s the 122¾-0bpm original Ronald Burrell & Tommy Musto mix that’s been promoed ahead of January 19 release – meanwhile, Les’s US-issued mix of the Funky Worm ‘Hustle (To The Music)’ is top of Billboard’s US Club Play chart … Bomb The Bass’s separately charted “remix” (as I was told it was) of ‘Say A Little Prayer’ seems really to be the original, harder, album version! … Richie Rich’s previously UK released ‘Salsa House’ and ‘Turn It Up’ have been coupled back-to-back and are selling here on US Mercury … UK copies of The DJ Fast Eddie’s LP (DJ International Records DJART 902, via Westside Records), as warned when reviewed on import, include a Double Trouble created ‘Jack To The Sound (Megamix)’ of its tracks, 0-122-126⅓-0bpm, which is strange, as nothing on the album runs quite as slow or fast as those outer parameters! … 4AD Records, apologising unreservedly for not first obtaining permission before M|A|R|R|S used a two second sample of Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Roadblock’ in ‘Pump Up The Volume’ – to complete last week’s report – gave a donation at Pete Waterman’s request to the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children, and a substantial contribution towards legal costs … Dee Clark, melismatic falsetto swooping soul stylist of the Fifties/Sixties/Seventies, meanwhile is looking forward to the possibility of a place in a home for fallen rock ‘n’ roll stars that a current US Revival tour of more mobile veteran rock, pop and soul stars is hoping to fund … ITV’s ‘The Hitman And Her’ comes from Hammersmith’s Le Palais on New Year’s Eve – it’ll be interesting to see if Pete Waterman can whip up the blasé London crowd as much as the livelier ones he (quite rightly) prefers up north … Donald ‘Shuggy Bear’ Hughes, presenting Radio Forth’s Dance Music Chart on Saturdays 5-6pm and a Scottish Chart on Sundays 2-4pm, has a special 5-7pm programme on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve to sassenachs!) featuring 1988’s best dance tracks, including his own megamixes … Big ‘H’, Russell Potts and Barry Jeffrey have a 2pm-midnight Boxing Day alldayer at Slough’s Furze Hotel, while Richard Searling, Pete Haigh and more take it all day from 3pm-2am on the same soulful December 26 at Whispers between Leyland and Bamber Bridge … Chris Wright, Simon Goffe, Gordon Mac and Paul Anderson make it ‘Slide’ at Camden Town’s Electric Ballroom next Wednesday (28), for the more discerning class of groover … DJs Jazzy M and Steve Harris, whose Vinyl Zone London record store is in fact at precisely 112 New Kings Road, Fulham, host the “sound of progressive dance” Thursdays at Brixton’s Fridge … British Record Industry Awards nominees for best international male artist are Michael Jackson, Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Luther Vandross and Terence Trent D’Arby – in America’s equivalent, that would be the R&B line-up … MCA Records’ UK managing director, Tony Powell points out that much less inter-relationship than originally envisaged will take place between the black music rosters of MCA and Motown in the States, solo albums by group members and duets by each other’s artists being the probable limit of the label hopping … Billboard’s dance music columnist Bill Coleman makes a guest vocal appearance on the Clivilles & Cole created ‘Seduction’ by Seduction, presumably doing some of the philosophical muttering along with Carol Cooper … Jan Hammer’s Marathon Mix of ‘The Runner’ (the “shattered” Bob Geldof milk guzzling scene) turns out to be a Graeme Park mix … Chris Brown calculates that Jean-Michel Jarre ‘Revolutions’ played off 45rpm at 33⅓rpm plus 8% would be 104bpm – however, the calibration on Technics desks’ slider controls of +8 and -8 do not correspond to actual mathematical percentages, as a check against the separate strobe control will show … Gary Grimmer kindly points out that of course the shrill guitar “noise” from Big Daddy Kane ‘Set It Off’ is from the guitar break in the full length album version of James Brown ‘Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved’ – thanks! … thanks also for your many cards and seasonal greetings – please manage to get charts to us in the mail as soon after Christmas as possible too, so that there isn’t too great a hiccup … Mistletoe & Wine, Dandelion & Burdock, Light & Mild, Coke & Crisps, whatever you’re on – HAVE A GOOD ONE!


THE BIZ are a carefully assembled glamorous British answer to Shalamar, though with the different sexual ratio of Yasmin Evans, Austin Howard and Suzette Smithson — almost a black Bucks Fizz! — whose debut 113bpm ‘Falling‘ 3-track 12in has already sold out on white label advantage pressing but is due this week again in its fully remixed final form from the new Midas label. If your club gets offered them for a PA, grab ’em — as we discovered at Gullivers last Saturday, they really do do “the biz”!

Look closely at the above! It’s the photo and caption we ran about six years ago which introduced Yasmin Evans to the world. Who? She’s now better known as YAZZ!


HOT VINYL

BELOVED ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher (Sex Mix)’ (WEA YZ 357T)
Detroit’s ‘Magic Juan’ Atkins has used a fairly naff UK effort as the basis for a remixed blazing, bounding and twittering unstoppable 124½-124¾-125bpm basher with some female whispering and groaning buried in the mix halfway, plus an alternative similarly driving before then title-repeating 124½-124¾-125-0bpm Rise-Up Mix, only on promo at the moment just waiting to explode.

LIZ TORRES featuring MASTER C&J ‘Touch Of Love’ (Black Market Records BLMK 004, via PRT)
Instantly massive, this anxiously plaintive pleading hi-hat hissed and bass bubbled simple purposeful strider is almost more like Hi-NRG than house, and should have much gay appeal, in 123½bpm Club Mix, 123¼bpm Radio Mix, 123⅓bpm Club Dub Mix and Dub Edit versions, all with different sound density.

SEDUCTION ‘Seduction (Vocal Club Mix)’ (US Vendetta Records VE-7014)
Clivilles & Cole (or, as they put it here, Cole & Clivilles) created shouting started but then bass burbled philosophically muttering 0-120¼-120⅓bpm pattering pulser, this and the amusing comments and Arabic chanting started more percussive 120¾bpm Club Mix both being needlessly interrupted halfway by the Brat Pack’s “don’t be so f***in’ serious”, while the flip has vigorous hammering piano jangled jack tracking 0-123bpm ‘Every Body “Jump”‘ and bass and synth thrummed jittery 120½-0bpm ‘Devote Yourself‘ instrumental bonus tracks plus an acappella girl started more tranquil flowing organ instrumental (0-)120¾-121bpm The Reprise Loft Mix.

INTENSE ‘The Strength’ (US Anitra ANO 1118)
What appears to be the same basic 121½bpm rhythm track is used by two separately billed acts, the Y-side having this repeatedly “can you feel it” and “everybody stand up” punctuated jerkily jittering nervy bounder with some nice jangly piano in Feel This Mix and a punctuation lacking drier Instrumental Mix, while on the Z-side is HIGH DENSITY ‘I Need Your Love’, in dubwise fragmentedly starting then keyboards nagged and guy sung Mark T’s Mix and a soulful much less tricky Intense Mix, probably best of them all.

JOCELYN BROWN ‘R-U-Lonely’ (US Tri-World Record TWR 2002)
Penned by Jocelyn and co-produced with Blaze, this very satisfying soulful unhurriedly tripping 0-99bpm jogger rolls sassily along in subdued ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ style, with a loosely rambling Club Mix and two 99bpm instrumentals, out a while and worth checking.

MYSTIC ‘House Girl’ (US Rocking House RHO 13)
Rodney Baker produced anxiously whinneyed falsetto skittery frantic flying jitterer, in 129¼-0bpm Radio Mix, 129-129¼-0bpm Club Mix and Dub Mix, 129bpm Mike’s “Dunn For The Funn Of It” Mix, 129-0bpm Vocal Mix, 128¾-128⅔(-0) Acid Mix versions, squeakily nagging given the chance but not actually getting much attention – possibly because all these versions seem overbearing lumped together?

BLACK BY DEMAND ‘Can’t Get Enough’ (US Tommy Boy TB 921)
James Brown “got the feelin’” and Kool & The Kang “funky stuff” combining violently lurching 110bpm exciting shouter, flipped by the more recent Kool ‘Get Down On It’ sampling chunkily chugging less frenetic though also funky scratching ‘All Rappers Give Up’ (instrumentals too), both worth checking and surprisingly not bigger already.

RICH FRESH ‘Time To Build’ (CityBeat CBE 1232)
Grandmaster Flash co-produced rather good jauntily syncopated chunkily jiggling 102½bpm New York rap, flipped by the jittery funk riff based fast talking 108⅔bpm ‘Party Rocker’, and a drier 107⅓-0bpm instrumental mix too.

ANNETTE ‘Dream 17’ (de/Construction Records PT42562)
Slightly faster than on the ‘North’ compilation, this calmly cooed but frantically twittered 128¾-128½-128¾bpm Manchester acid track has been 12-inched and flipped by the also coolly sung bass synth driven simple sparse 127¾-0bpm ‘Nightmare On Dream Street’, and its similar ‘Dream Slumber’ dub, all largely the creation of T-Coy.

HIJACK ‘Hold No Hostage’ (Music Of Life NOTE 21)
Ironic “this is a journey into sound” introed but then fiercely shouting and scratching violent 0-125¾bpm rap jiggler, coupled with even better ‘Apache’ underpinned dementedly frantic scrubbing (0-)120¼-0bpm ‘Doomsday Of Rap’, which includes some incredible chirruping scratching (instrumentals too).

DOUBLE TROUBLE ‘Feel The Music (Feel The Bass)’ (B/Ware! Records UM 005)
Leigh Guest & Michael Menson created jumbled jumpy 0-122½bpm Todd Terry-ish jiggler built from samples and scratches, Tom Browne’s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ trumpet however being the only ingredient that really sticks out from the insistent “give me the music” message (0-121¾bpm Feel The Dub, too).

DA POSSE ‘Strings’ (US Future Records FR 02)
Hula-produced squeaky “strings” sawed jerkily bounding 128½bpm instrumental in Krazze and Fingers Mixes, selling perhaps better for the flip’s less frantic “washing machine”-style 126¾bpm ‘It’s My Life (Aluh Mix)’ and bass synth twittered partly rapped (though not really “hip house”) simple 124bpm ‘We Are The Posse’.

LATIN RASCALS ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (House Remix)’ (US Tin Pan Apple 872 265-1)
Clivilles & Cole remixed very jittery cantering (0-)122⅔-0bpm Latin hip hop/house/garage fusing frisky revival of the Nina Simone/Animals/Santa Esmeralda oldie, not really recognisable until the vocals come in, with a Serious Intention-type “oh oh oh oh” hook (acappella and two dubs).

THE BREAK BOYS ‘Give Us A Break (Boyee)’ (US Fourth Floor Records FF-1094)
The breaks tend to be chanted vocal hooks rather than rhythms on this Frankie ‘Bones’ Mitchell and Tommy Musto created lurching throbber, even though two of its five different 117bpm versions are instrumental, jauntily monotonous if you can imagine such a concept.

SPOONIE GEE ‘(You Ain’t Just A Fool) You’s An Old Fool’ (Tuff City TUF 128034)
Criticising an “old man” for running around with young girls, this funkily lurching 96½bpm rolling rap bumper is actually backed (with full permission and credits) by a remix of the Honeydrippers’ ‘Impeach The President’.

PERRI ‘I’m The One (Extended Version)’ (US Zebra Records ZEB-23914)
Timmy Regisford & Larry Patterson remixed trickily started but then weavingly tugged 99⅙bpm gospel girls wailed jogger, like a cross between Anita Baker and Chaka Khan, with a much more solidly pushing (from the start) Aggressive Dance Mix flip that’s probably the version to use, the song having been warm on LP for some time.

BEBE & CECE WINANS ‘Heaven (Heavenly Mix)’ (US Capitol V-15423)
Duetting members of Detroit’s gospel singing family sweetly croon a lovely mellow wriggly 109⅓bpm swirling light jogger, like Luther Vandross paired with Minnie Riperton or some such similar dream team (with an Edit, sharper (0-)109½bpm Heavenly Dub, and gently swaying 76/38bpm ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’).

AL B. SURE ‘Killing Me Softly’ (US Warner Bros/Uptown 0-21039)
Tenderly whined and whinneyed bumpily tapping slow 62½/31¼-0bpm Roberta Flack revival, with an abbreviated title, in five complicatedly subtitled different versions.

D2 THE K ‘Hard But Live’ (BPM Records BP-12004, via Rough Trade/The Cartel)
I really hate getting so many British white labels sent to me without adequate information to know exactly what’s on them. For instance, apparently the above title relates to something on this one, about which the plugging company inevitably raves, but whether (looking at the matrix number) it relates to the A-side’s boring raggedly unison rapped 0-97⅓-0bpm jumbled jiggler (97⅔bpm instrumental too), or to the B-side’s to my mind far more deserving bright fluid old Seventies soul samples woven (‘Funky Nassau’ and more) 116¾-117bpm nervy boomingly bumpy bounder (0-116⅔-116¾-0bpm instrumental too) there is really no telling.

M.C. KELZ featuring LYNX (ON THE CUT) ‘Clash Of The Beats’ (Three Stripe Records SAM 1113, via Revolver/The Cartel)
Another beastly uninformative white label (as are so many, from the same plugging company), the title track being (going from the matrix number again) the B-side’s good reggae rap fusing jaunty samples dropping 0-99-0bpm chat (0-98⅚-99⅙bpm dub too), but there’s no knowing the title of the A-side’s lurching juddery trotting 94⅙-94-0bpm reggae hip hop chat with slithery scratches, although it seems a 96⅓-0bpm ‘Walk On By’ quoting basic rhythm dub is ‘Walk…Instrumental’ by MIX ME DOWN MAESTRO.

MARIO DIAZ featuring MR LEE ‘Can You Feel It’ (US Hot Mix 5 Inc HMF 113)
Vigorously growled and moaned if fairly routine thumping bass rolled canterer in four 124bpm mixes, Bass It Up possibly being the most interesting while the twittering Feel The Acid (London Mix) is ironically the most out of date.

AQUA REGIA ‘Big Band House’ (Irdial Records 10-IRD-AQR-3)
Pulsing and sometimes twittering cool 109½-0bpm electronic loper with sampled dialogue and bursts of Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing Sing Sing’ (plus even more of some other old muted trumpet instrumental that I can’t recall), not up to the standard of Ben Liebrand’s ‘Half Century Dance Mix’ (as to be heard on Capital Radio at about 11.35pm on New Year’s Eve!).

DENIZ ‘You Were The One’ (US MetroPolitan Recording Corporation MRC 04450)
19 year old New Jersey girl (pronounced “De Neez” – or why not “Denise”?) plaintively moaning and squawking a remorselessly jittering Latin hip hop tune in (0-)116½-116¾-0bpm Club Mix, (0-)116⅓-117bpm Radio Edit, 117¼bpm Deniz-A-Pella, more jerkily lurching 116¾-116⅓bpm House Mix and 116⅓-116½bpm Shameek’s House versions.

TANYA WELLS ‘Sweet Sensation’ (US Zoid Records ZR-01)
Dull repetitive deadpan girl cooed subduedly lurching 120⅓bpm shuffler in synth washed Radio Mix, tiresome continuously stuttering Sample Mix, more punchily jangling Clubhouse Mix, and thumping Sweet Houstramentapella.

B-FATS ‘How’s Everybody Feelin’? (Radio Edit)’ (US Rooftop Records PAL-7228)
James Brown cutting but rather dull 96-0bpm lurching rap ‘n scratch (drier 96bpm Album Version flip).

KID ‘N PLAY ‘2 Hype (UK Remix)’ (Cooltempo COOLXR 175)
Kid ‘N Play are better rappers than singers, sounding discordantly ragged as they painfully vocalise this Stevie Wonder ‘Uptight’-quoting song that remixer Dancin’ Danny D has now set to a slower 0-123⅔bpm house tempo on promo 12 inch, not due commercially until January 16 (when it’ll be flipped by ‘Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play’) – meanwhile, it has the jauntily jolting totally different rapped and chanted 134¼bpm Original Vocal and a good galloping 0-128bpm House Instrumental for those who can find it.

MILLI VANILLI ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number (Pennsylvania Six-Five-Thousand Heart Line Mix)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 178).
Far tougher than their debut hit although ultimately another soft centred European rap at heart, this infectious 100½-100⅓-0bpm jiggler is, especially for the first half, largely constructed very jauntily of ever shifting heavily funky samples and grooves, such as even Public Enemy ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’, why are why it’s selling fast! Whatever happens, don’t judge it from the unrepresentative Radio Mix, which does it no justice at all.

Other releases on import 12 inch include this week’s Clivilles & Cole creation, the Todd Terry-type samples studded jumpy (circa 122⅓bpm?) chartbound 2 FIERCE ‘Feel It’ (US Profile); weird atmospheric emptily tapping resonant simple catchy KEITH, KAT & BLONDIE ‘Gotta Get Some Money’ (US nugroove); jerkily bounding house instrumental PHORTUNE ‘String Free’ (US Hot Mix 5 Inc); vigorously bounding girls squalled house FINAL CUT W/TRUE FAITH ‘Take Me Away’ (US Move The Crowd Records); Rheji Burrell created simple sparsely bubbling instrumental METRO ‘Angel Of Mercy’ (US nugroove); Donna Summer reviving syndrum “poo poo”-ed loping disco IN-HOUSE ‘Love To Love You Baby’ (US Hit-n-Run); disco flavoured girls chanted pulsing XCLU!sive ‘Love’s Illusion’ (US RTR); muttering, moaning and rambling garage BIPO ‘Why?’ (US Jump Street).

A couple of UK issued good rap albums are SKINNY BOYS ‘Skinny (They Can’t Get Enough)’ (Jive) and SLICK RICK ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ (Def Jam). Sorry everything isn’t bang up to date before the Christmas break, but at least I’ve caught up on a lot of the older stuff.


POP DANCE

KISSING THE PINK ‘Stand Up (Get Down)’ (WEA YZ308T), the jiggly ‘Pump Up The Volume’-ish rhythm gets fringed by stirring “stand up, hallelujah, holle” choral singing before the main vocals join in and everything is whipped into a madly joyous 0-105bpm trucking go go hip hop syncopation with gospel intensity, great stuff!

DURAN DURAN ‘All She Wants Is (Euro Dub Mix)’ (EMI 12DD 11), Shep Pettibone remixed excellent excitingly surging 122-0bpm house-ish pushing ever changing bounder, on a par with Arthur Baker’s ‘Big Love’ remix for Fleetwood Mac, far better than the rock guitar and synth yowled more jerkily lurching 120bpm 45 Mix, flipped (on promo anyway) by Shep’s anxiously vocal jittery percussive twittery 0-122-0bpm US Master Mix and piano introed useful House Dub;

DEACON BLUE ‘Real Gone Kid’ (CBS DEAC 7), never received by me on 12 inch but recently in the Pop Dance chart so just for the record at this late stage, the catchily bounding (0-)130-131¾bpm basher with churning guitars and an “ooh-wooh-ooh-wooh” hook line on seven inch should I think be followed nicely by U2’s ‘New Year’s Day’ (so stay tuned!);

BRYAN FERRY ‘Let’s Stick Together (Westside ’88 Extended Remix)’ (EG EGOX 44), likewise late but great 119¾-119-0bpm 12 inch treatment of his storming 1976 jerkily chugging remake of Wilbert Harrison’s old good time blues;

CHRIS DE BURGH ‘Missing You’ (A&M AMY 474), likewise late (and I now find unremixed from seven inch) mournfully accented pleasant steadily ticking 112¾bpm placid MoR swayer;

BOSS BEAT ‘I Happen To Like Drums (Illegal Mix)’ (Siren ILL 1), Shalamar, Jackson 5, Real Thing and indeed Sandy Nelson sampling, break beat compiled 104-104⅓-103⅔-104⅓-0bpm white label designed to promote (although much better itself) the 0-101⅚-0bpm commercially released ‘Let There Be Drums (I Happen To Like Drums)’ (Siren SRNT 91), a ponderous heavy metal tinged but still sample studded treatment of Sandy Nelson’s classic instrumental thrasher;

HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS ‘World To Me’ (Chrysalis HUEY 12), mildly pleasant huskily soulful Sixties flavoured 59¼-0bpm slow lurching swayer far more remarkable for its 12 inch flip, ‘Naturally’, a totally acappella group backed old fashioned song of hope sounding like the Jordanaires singing the Mills Brothers, delightfully foot tappin’ if not danceable;

RUBY TURNER featuring Jimmy Ruffin ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ (Jive RTS 55), innocuously if remorselessly lurching and bashing 98⅔bpm duet with the Motown MoR classic’s original singer.


HI-NRG

SANDRA ‘Everlasting Love (Remix)’ (Siren SRNT 85), reissued following exposure from Pete Waterman on ‘The Hitman And Her’, this strong 0-118¾-119⅔-119⅓-119⅔-119¾bpm old Pete Hammond remixed Robert Knight/Love Affair reviving 1987 Euro smash has always deserved to hit here too and looks like doing so now (as, of course, a PWL remix!);

GEE MORRIS ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ (Nightmare MARE 70), girl sung good simple breezily galloping 131⅓-0bpm Isley Brothers revival, neat and usefully to the point for potentially wide acceptance;

QUANTIZE ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling/Lovin’ Suite) (Passion PASH 1287), nothing about the bubbling synth or pattering beats of the long intro suggests that it will indeed end up as a badly duetted 125-0bpm Righteous Brothers revival;

CROISETTE ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose?’ (Nightmare MARE 76), Dionne Warwick revived yet again currently, in an attractive girl sung but routinely flying 133⅓-0bpm cheap Hi-NRG treatment.


REMIXES

INNER CITY ‘Good Life (Chicago Mixes)’ (10 Records TENR 249), inevitably, hot on the heels of last week’s still better value import six-tracker, this new UK pressing has Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s exciting 124¾-125bpm ‘House Of Trix’ and Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson’s more acidic 125¼bpm Chicago Mix (as they’re called here), plus again the 122¼bpm ‘Big Fun (L.A. Big Big Fun Remix)’ – so we still have the “garage”-ish Kevin ‘Master Reese’ Saunderson import mix to come;

THE GARDEN OF EDEN ‘The Garden Of Eden (The Jazz Mix)’ (Pepper Records PEPV 2, via Sonet), the Darrell Lockhart (who used to cook great crepes in Hampstead!) and Mark Tinley created ‘Serpent In The Garden’ changes its name now that Angela McCluskey and Pam Hogg add some brief vocal bursts to this twittery 127-0bpm remix, with clanging chimes, Indian sitar and other exotic breaks, plus an air raid siren introed more calmly cantering still acidic 125½-0bpm The Bush Mix;

WEE PAPA GIRL RAPPERS ‘Soulmate (Big Beats Remix)’ (Jive JIVE R 193), rather thinly sung but jauntily spoken sparse 0-99⅙bpm slinkily jogging Dancin’ Danny D remix with instrumental jiggly 99⅓bpm Jazzy Beats and 0-99⅓bpm Bonus Beats Mixes, nice though not another Mary Jane Girls;

YELLO ‘Tied Up In Mind’ (Mercury Y 5), messily dissipated 122½bpm remix by someone called Zeo, whose more vocal 0-124-0bpm ‘Tied Up In Fantasia’ flip is even less punchy.


CAPITAL HOUSEPARTY: CONTINUED

CAPITAL RADIO will be broadcasting in London on 95.8FM between 9pm on New Year’s Eve and 2am on January 1 the five hour continuously mixed party music tape that Les Adams and I are creating. We have good news and bad news: it’s gonna be a mutha fo’ ya, but by this week’s deadline (the last issue of rm before the broadcast) we’d only completed the first three hours’ worth of the show, reaching up to midnight! So, any DJs tuning in just at midnight to relay the show at their own gigs will have to take it on trust that the rest (to be detailed here after the event) will continue just as excitingly as the opening three hours. Much of it is planned in my mind, but blood and sweat, trial and error, and above all something like a couple more days are still needed before it can take its flawlessly mixed and edited final form … and if you’re startled by this seemingly immodest confidence, you haven’t yet heard the brilliant mixes that Les has done so far (I just give him the running order)! We really sweated blood over hour two, which, with its hard hitting variety of vintages, we reckon is likely to remain the most exciting of all, with “masculine” aggression, before hour three mellows out into a more “feminine” sweep of deceptively facile sounding long running mixes, likely to be most satisfying for fans of the classic mixing style. Hour one was detailed last week, so (once again with Beats Per Minute for guidance and the type of link denoted by / for running mix, ] for chop mix, for segue) we pick up the running order at what should be just coming up to 10.04pm on December 31, 1988:

Part Two: Van Halen to Elvis Presley

BROS ‘I Owe You Nothing’ (seven inch) (124⅓) /
BROTHER BEYOND ‘The Harder I Try (Extended)’ (129¾) /
KYLIE MINOGUE The Loco-Motion (Sankie Mix) (128¾), with drop-ins from LITTLE EVA (129-130) /
OMD ‘Brides Of Frankenstein’ (124⅔-124½) ]
NEW ORDER ‘Blue Monday 1988’ (130½) ]
BILLY IDOL ‘Mony Mony (Hung Like A Pony Remix)’ (131½) /
TIFFANY ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ (130½) /
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ (133-132-0) –
THE MINDBENDERS ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (96½/48¼-0) –
THE HOLLIES ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ (75-76-77) –
EDDIE COCHRAN ‘C’Mon Everybody’ (177.175) ]
ELVIS PRESLEY ‘Rock-A-Hula Baby’ (188-186-187½-83-0) –
BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS ‘See You Later Alligator’ (0-157-0) –
THE BEATLES ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ (161½-160-161½-160½) ]
FAT BOYS ‘The Twist (Yo Twist!)’ (156) /
LOS LOBOS ‘La Bamba’ (154½-156½-122) ]
U2 ‘Desire’ (0-217) /
ROLLING STONES ‘Not Fade Away’ (0-226-228) –
ROLLING STONES ‘Get Off My Cloud’ (128⅓-125-124-126) (jingle) ]
OTIS REDDING ‘Respect’ (117-118½) /
MAR-KEYS ‘Last Night’ (0-125-126-125½-126½) ]
WILLIE MITCHELL ‘That Driving Beat’ (131-131½) ]
ROLLING STONES ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ (135½-134½-133½), sample extended /
THE WHO ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (0-134½-0) (jingle) ]

Part Three: Bill Haley to Alexander O’Neal

10.58pm
KYLIE MINOGUE ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ (seven inch) (115¾) / (12 inch break) (115½) /
RICK ASTLEY ‘Whenever You Need Somebody (Lonely Hearts Mix)’ (114⅔) / (XK 150 Mix) (114½-114¾) /
PETULA CLARK ‘Downtown 88’ (116-114¾) /
FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Everywhere’ (seven inch) (114½) /
RICK ASTLEY ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (original mix) (113⅓) /
ALEXANDER O’NEAL ‘(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me (Hateful Club Mix)’ (‘All Mixed Up’ LP) (114¾) /
MADONNA ‘Into The Groove (Shep Pettibone Remix)’ (‘You Can Dance’ LP) (116½) /
SANDRA ‘Everlasting Love (Pete Hammond Remix)’ (118¾-119⅔-119⅓-119⅔-119¾) /
PET SHOP BOYS ‘Heart (Shep Pettibone Dance Mix)’ (121⅓) /
SABRINA ‘Boys (Pete Hammond Remix)’ (120) /
A RAUL ORELLANA MIX ‘Bolero Mix 3’ (Spanish Blanco y Negro) (122 excerpt) /
BEN LIEBRAND ‘Half Century Dance Mix’ (ANDREWS SISTERS ‘Sing Sing Sing’, M|A|R|R|S ‘Pump Up The Volume’) (Disco Mix Club ‘May 88 Mixes 2’ subscription LP) (114) ] (scat break)
COLDCUT featuring Yazz and the Plastic People ‘Doctorin’ The House’ (117½) /
D. MOB (featuring Gary Haisman) ‘We Call It Acieed! (The Matey Mix)’ (124¼) ]
KOOL AND THE GANG ‘Celebration ’88 (The Moet Mix)’ (121¾-122-121⅔-121¾) /
BELINDA CARLISLE ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Heavenly Version)’ (123½) /
FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Big Love (Arthur Baker Extended Version)’ (125¾-125½) /
PET SHOP BOYS ‘Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix)’ (126½-126¾) /
THE JACKSONS ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ (121-120⅔) /
JELLYBEAN ‘Jingo’ (120⅔) /
Big Ben Chimes Midnight, Happy New Year!

Part Four: Madonna to ‘The Hokey Cokey’

It’s a safe bet that ‘Auld Lang Syne’ will be next, and something of a Yazz megamix won’t be too far off, the next two hours getting decidedly “house”ier but with plenty of variety too. Sorry the rest isn’t ready yet, but you try tossing off a five hour mix!


THE CLUB CHART – December 24, 1988

01 01 GOOD LIFE (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX/MAYDAY CLUB MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
02 04 RESPECT (MIXES) Adeva, US Chrysalis/Cooltempo 12in/UK promo
03 09 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orch, US Music Village Records 12in/RePublic Records promo
04 05 OPEN OUR EYES (MIXES) Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, ffrr 12in
05 02 STAKKER HUMANOID/(THE OMEN MIX) Humanoid, Westside Records 12in
06 14 BORN THIS WAY (LET’S DANCE) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in pre-release
07 11 YOYO GET FUNKY/HIP HOUSE/JACK 2 THE SOUND/CAN U STILL DANCE/I CAN DANCE/LET’S GO The DJ Fast Eddie, DJ International Records LP
08 03 THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (12” CLUB MIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
09 08 WALK ON…/(MELLOW MIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
10 13 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE Mista E, Urban 12in
11 06 USELESS (I DON’T NEED YOU NOW) (MARSHALL JEFFERSON WINDY CITY MIXES) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
12 07 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE/READY TO PENETRATE Sugar Bear, Champion 12in
13 10 WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
14 19 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR (THE “SKY” KING REMIXES)/KEEP IT GOING NOW (HARDCORE REMIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, German BCM Records 12in/Supreme promo
15 15 TALKING WITH MYSELF/(OPIUM MIX) Electribe 1.0.1., Club 12in
16 39 SAY A LITTLE PRAYER/10 SECONDS TO TERMINATE Bomb The Bass, Rhythm King 12in
17 17 MY PREROGATIVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
18 31 WRATH OF KANE/I’LL TAKE YOU THERE (REMIX) Big Daddy Kane, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
19 — I CAN DO THIS (UPTOWN/DOWNTOWN MIXES) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
20 36 JACK OF SPADES (MIXES) Boogie Down Productions, US Jive 12in
21 33 THE MIGHTY HARD ROCKER Cash Money & Marvelous, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
22 22 CHECK THIS OUT (CLUB VERSION) Hardhouse, Champion 12in
23 12 THE SPELL! (GET DOWN WITH THE GENIE)/SPELL ON ME The Funky Worm, FON 12in
24 29 NOT GONNA DO IT (MIXES) Vicky Martin, US Movin’ Records 12in
25 18 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR/CHECK THIS OUT/JOY AND PAIN Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records LP
26 28 SET THE PACE (SAY YEAH)/STYLIN’ (EXTENDED VERSION) Skinny Boys, Jive 12in
27 20 VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! Records 12in
28 24 CHIKKI CHIKKI AAH AAH/FORDTRAX Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
29 23 KNOW HOW/(INSTRUMENTAL) Young MC, Fourth & Broadway 12in
30 — IT’S ALL RIGHT (HOUSE MIX/DUB) Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge/RUNAWAY GIRL (PUMP DUB/RUNAWAY RADIO MIX/DESPERATION DUB) Sterling Void, ffrr 12in pre-release
31 43 BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry, Circa 12in
32 38 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
33 30 ‘THE GARAGE SOUND OF DEEPEST NEW YORK’ Various, RePublic Records LP
34 26 I’M A LOVER Kym Mazelle/YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Turntable Orchestra, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
35 21 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, US nugroove 12in/10 Records promo
36 — HOW FAR I GO (HOUSE/HOUSE MUSIC/ACID HOUSE/I GO RADIO/HOUSE APPELLA) Peter Black, US DJ International 12in
37 16 RUNAWAY GIRL (MIXES) Sterling Void, US DJ International Records 12in
38 46 BREAK 4 LOVE (SPANISH FLY) Raze, Champion/US Columbia 12in
39 95 ACTIVATED/TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT TO/I COME ALIVE WHEN I’M WITH YOU Gerald Alston, Motown LP
40 52 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE (MIXES) Gary L, US Easy Street 12in
41 62 GIVE ME BACK YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Boyz In Shock featuring Carol Leeming, Jack Trax 12in
42 47 SOMEDAY (CLUB MIX) Ce Ce Rogers, US Atlantic 12in/UK promo
43 32 TOUCH OF LOVE (MIXES) Liz Torres featuring Master C&J, Black Market Records 12in
44 67 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) Brian Keith, US New Image 12in
45 58 FEEL THE MUSIC (FEEL THE BASS) (MIXES) Double Trouble, B/Ware! Records 12in
46 — GOOD LIFE (STEVE HURLEY’S ‘HOUSE OF TRIX’/MIKE ‘HITMAN’ WILSON’S CHICAGO MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
47 78 I GOTTA GOOD THING (REMIX) Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, US DNA International 12in
48 48 THIS IS ACID (A NEW DANCE CRAZE) (LES ADAMS REMIXES) Maurice, Breakout 12in
49 45 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD MIX) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in
50 40 AT MY HOUSE/SHAFTED OFF/AND THE BREAK GOES ACID/FUNKY ACID MAKOSSA Frankie “Bones” presents Bonesbreaks Volume 2, US UnderWorld Records 12in
51 70 JOY AND PAIN/YOU MOVE, YOU LOSE Donna Allen, US Oceana LP
52 50 NIGHT MOVES (MIXES) Rickster, Sure Delight 12in
53 64 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
54 37 SEDUCTION (MIXES) Seduction, US Vendetta Records 12in
55 — STRING FREE (CLUB LeRAY MIX/DASH RIPROCK MIX)/CAN YOU FEEL THE BASS (HOUSE MIX/CAN YOU GROOVE) Phortune, US Hot Mix 5 Inc 12in
56 55 WHO’S GONNA EASE THE PRESSURE (BIG MAC MIX)/IT’S A CRUEL WORLD (CLUB HOUSE MIX) Mac Thornhill, 10 Records 12in
57 54 A DAY IN THE LIFE Black Riot, Champion 12in
58 90 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE (THE ULTIMATE HYPE) Mista E, Urban Acid 12in
59 49 DO ME RIGHT Pebbles, US MCA Records 12in promo
60 92 WEEKEND (RETOUCHED BY THE HAND OF TODD) The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
61 25 MY MIND’S MADE UP/EVERYBODY (LP VERSION)/JUST A GROOVE Ambassadors Of Funk, Living Beat Records 12in
62 87 WAITING IN VAIN Total Contrast, Criminal Records 12in
63 — T’S REVENGE – IT TAKES A THIEF (JULIAN ‘JUMPIN’ PEREZ/FAST EDDIE/TYREE/JOE SMOOTH MIXES) Tyree, US Underground 12in
64 57 TRUTH OF SELF EVIDENCE/STRUCTURE/ROCK TO THE BEAT Reese & Santonio, ffrr 12in
65 71 LONDON RHYME SYNDICATE/ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS London Rhyme Syndicate, Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Records 12in
66 — DAY IN THE LIFE (ANOTHER DAY IN LONDON MIX) Black Riot, Champion 12in
67 72 FLOAT ON Stetsasonic featuring Force MD’s, Breakout 12in
68 66 TIED UP IN LIFE Yello, Mercury 12in
69 91 IF YOU THINK YOU’RE IN LOVE Rick Clarke, WA 12in
70 74 RUNNING AWAY (THE WEEKEND MIX) Scram, CityBeat 12in
71 68 YEAH BUDDY (EXTENDED MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
72 35 MY DJ (PUMP IT UP SOME) Richie Rich, Gee St Recordings 12in
73 84 (I WANNA DO) MONKEY SAY, MONKEY DO WestBam, Doctor Beat 12in
74 — 2 HYPE (UK REMIX/HOUSE INSTRUMENTAL/ORIGINAL VOCAL) Kid ‘N’ Play, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
75 69 BRAND NEW FUNK (EXTENDED REMIX)/GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE (1988 REMIX) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Jive 12in
76 44 BACK TO THE BEAT/IT’S JUST INHUMAN/MADE BY THE MAN/THE CIRCUS The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag Records LP
77 — GUSTO/(DUB)/MOVIN’ ON/(INSTRUMENTAL)/KNOWLEDGE/(DUB) Gang Starr (produced by DJ Mark The 45 King), US Wild Pitch Records 12in
78 — TURN UP THE BASS Tyree, ffrr LP promo
79 — WHY? (MIXES) Bipo, US Jump Street 12in
80 51 JACK TO THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND (MIXES) Hithouse, Supreme Records 12in
81 60 NOTICE ME (MIXES) Sandée, US The Fever 12in
82 — SKIN I’M IN (12” MIX) Cameo, US Atlanta Artists 12in
83 56 THE TWILIGHT ZONE (REMIXES) The Party Boy, Urban Acid 12in
84 re THE 900 NUMBER/BREAK BEATS The 45 King, US Tuff City LP
85 re ROCK THIS PLACE (UK CLUB REMIX) Mr Lee, Kool Kat 12in
86 re SLEIGH RIDE/THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY/MY GIFT TO YOU/THANK YOU FOR A GOOD YEAR Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
87 — SKINNY (THEY CAN’T GET ENOUGH)/CAUSE WE’VE GETTING OURS/STRAIGHT TO THE DOME/I THINK IT’S TIME/STOP CRYING/ON/GET PEPPED/STYLIN’/FREE YOUR MIND/SET THE PACE (SAY YEAH)/MYSTERY/SKINNY GROOVE/EVERY KID’S DREAM Skinny Boys, Jive LP
88 81 COME GET MY LOVIN’ (NYC MIX)/MOVE GROOVE Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
89 59 GOOD LIFE (KEVIN ‘MASTER REESE’ MIX) Inner City, US Virgin 12in
90 75 I MISSED (12” VERSION) Surface, CBS 12in
91 82 CLOSER THAN FRIENDS/HOLD ON TO LOVE Surface, CBS LP
92 — ROCK THE DISCOTHEQUES/ACID JACKSON (LET’S GO) The Dynamic Guv’nors, Blapps! Records 12in
93 — KEEP IT INSIDE Cherrelle, Tabu LP
94 76 JUST ANOTHER GAME (MIXES) Keia Weia, US Easy Street 12in
95 42 I NEED YOUR LOVE High Density/THE STRENGTH Intense, US Anitra 12in
96 — THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (TIMMY REGISFORD’S UNDERGROUND MIX/STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY’S ACIEED MIX)/DEVOTION (INSTRUMENTAL) Ten City, Atlantic 12in white label
97 re I GET HYPE Trouble, Justice 12in
98 99 FINE TIME (SILK MIX) New Order, Factory 12in
99 61 I AIN’T NIGHTCLUBBING/CARINO T-Coy/DREAM 17 Annette/VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald (‘North’) de/Construction Records 12in twin-pack LP
100 re CELEBRATION ’88 (THE MOET/CHANDON MIXES) Kool & The Gang, Club 12in black label


YEAR END CLUB CHART 1988

01 BIG FUN – Inner City
02 RIGHT BACK TO YOU / ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER – Ten City
03 WEEKEND / JUST WANNA DANCE – The Todd Terry Project
04 IT TAKES TWO – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
05 THEME FROM S-EXPRESS – S-Express
06= BEAT DIS – Bomb The Bass
06= DIVINE EMOTIONS – Narada
08 ROSES ARE RED – Mac Band ft The McCampbell Brothers
09 CAN YOU PARTY – Royal House
10 TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) (THE Q STREET MIX) – The Pasadenas
11 IN THE NAME OF LOVE – Swan Lake
12 I WANT HER – Keith Sweat
13 HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) (PREDORA MIX) – The Funky Worm
14= COME INTO MY LIFE – Joyce Sims
14= CHECK THIS OUT – LA Mix
16 THE PARTY – Kraze
17 WE CALL IT ACIEED (ORIGINAL MIX) – D. Mob ft Gary Haisman
18 GET ON THE DANCEFLOOR / CHECK THIS OUT / JOY AND PAIN – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
19 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (NORMAN C & DJ D REMIX) – Eric B & Rakim
20 A LOVE SUPREME (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE REMIX) – Will Downing
21 REACHING (BROTHERHOOD MIX) – Phase II
22 I GOT DA FEELIN’ / IT’S LIKE THAT Y’ALL – Sweet Tee
23 BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) – Simon Harris
24 SHAKE YOUR THANG – Salt-n-Pepa ft E.U.
25 WALK AWAY – Joyce Sims
26 PUMP UP LONDON – Mr Lee
27 DO THIS MY WAY – Kid ‘N Play
28 GO ON GIRL – Roxanne Shante
29 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE – Sugar Bear
30= TURN IT UP – Richie Rich
30= I’LL HOUSE YOU – Jungle Brothers
32. DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE – Coldcut ft Yazz & The Plastic People
33 USELESS (I DON’T NEED YOU NOW) (WINDY CITY MIXES) – Kym Mazelle
34= GIVE IT TO ME – Bam Bam
34= CAR WASH / IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER – Rose Royce
34= JIBARO – Electra
37 TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ (EXPANSIONS/DOMINOES MIXES) – Stetsasonic
38 GITTIN’ FUNKY (UK REMIX) – Kid ‘N Play
39= THE WAY YOU LOVE ME (12″ CLUB REMIX) – Karyn White
39= OPEN OUR EYES – Marshall Jefferson presents Truth
41= DON’T BE CRUEL – Bobby Brown
41= RESPECT / HER BAD SELF – The Real Roxanne
43 KNOW HOW – Young MC
44 DON’T LOCK ME OUT – Terry Billy
45= GOOD GROOVE – Derek B
45= PINK CADILLAC (CLUB VOCAL) / I WANNA BE THAT WOMAN – Natalie Cole
47 MY ONE TEMPTATION – Mica Paris
48= (LET’S ALL GO BACK) DISCO NIGHTS – Jazz & The Brothers Grimm
48= FAIRPLAY – Soul II Soul ft Rose Windross
50 FOLLOW THE LEADER – Eric B & Rakim
51 I’M TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND – 2 Guys A Drum Machine And A Trumpet
52= BANGO (TO THE BATMOBILE) – The Todd Terry Project
52= LOVEY DOVEY (LONG VERSION/CHARLIE DEE DUB) – Tony Terry
54= SO MANY WAYS (DO IT PROPERLY PART II) – The Brat Pack
54= THE PAYBACK MIX (COLDCUT MEET THE GODFATHER) – James Brown
56= I WANT YOU BACK (HARDING & CURNOW ’88 REMIX / ORIGINAL) – Jackson 5
56= HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) – Krush
58 NIGHT OF THE LIVING BASEHEADS – Public Enemy
59 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE (STREETS AHEAD MIX) – Was (Not Was)
60 TIGHTEN UP – I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’ – Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element
61 WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) – D. Mob ft Gary Haisman
62= ACID MAN – Jolly Roger
62= SHARP AS A KNIFE (ACID ATTACK) – Brandon Cooke ft Roxanne Shante
64= SUPERFLY GUY – S’Express
64= SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT (EXTENDED MIX) – Keith Sweat
66. BACK TO THE BEAT (WITH ‘THE SOUND’) – Reese & Santonio
67= CRITICIZE – Alexander O’Neal
67= I’M TOO SCARED (R&B MIX) – Steven Dante
69= IT BEGAN IN AFRICA – Urban All Stars
69= WAM BAM (12″ REMIX) – NT Gang
71 OOCHY KOOCHY (F.U. BABY YEAH YEAH) – Baby Ford
72 RIDING ON A TRAIN – The Pasadenas
73 SOMETHING JUST AIN’T RIGHT / I WANT HER – Keith Sweat
74= YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME – Turntable Orchestra
74= IN MY DREAMS – Will Downing
76 WAP-BAM-BOOGIE – Matt Bianco
77 ROK DA HOUSE – Beatmasters ft The Cookie Crew
78 SHE’S THE ONE (FUNKY DRUMMER REMIX) – James Brown
79= JOY – Teddy Pendergrass
79= NITE AND DAY – Al B. Sure!
79= PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (PARKSIDE MIX) – Eric B & Rakim
79= STATIC (FULL FORCE REMIX/ALBUM VERSION) – James Brown
83 DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE – Mista-E
84= MOVIN’ 1988 – Brass Construction
84= DREAMING (EXTENDED DANCE MIX) – Glen Goldsmith
86 PRIVATE PARTY (LES ADAMS REMIXES) – Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element
87= STOP THIS CRAZY THING – Coldcut ft Junior Reid
87= DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE – Public Enemy
89 STAKKER HUMANOID – Humanoid
90 WHO FOUND WHO (US CLUB MIX) – Jellybean ft Elisa Fiorillo
91= JINGO (UK HOUSE MIX) – Jellybean
91= ROK DA HOUSE (DEMOLITION MIX) – Beatmasters ft The Cookie Crew
91= RESPECT – Adeva
94 KEEP RISIN’ TO THE TOP – Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
95 DO THAT AGAIN (CLUB VERSION) – Blue Moderne
96= GOOD LIFE (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX/MAYDAY CLUB MIX) – Inner City
96= HOUSE ARREST (BURN DOWN THE HOUSE MIX) – Krush
96= I’M SO HAPPY – Walter Beasley
99= FAITH – Wee Papa Girl Rappers
99= YES IT’S YOU – Sweet Charles / THINK (ABOUT IT) / ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN – Lyn Collins


HI-NRG

01 01 REQUIEM London Boys, German Teldec 12in
02 07 DOWN TOWN ’88 (PETER SLAGHUIS REMIX) Petula Clark, PRT 12in
03 03 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (THE DISCO MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
04 02 DANCE WITH ME Claudia T, Dutch Made Up 12in
05 16 AUTOMATICALLY YOURS Brenda Cochrane, Dazzle 12in
06 05 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
07 04 THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, US MCA 12in
08 11 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
09 09 WHAT KIND OF LOVE Diana Randall, French Public 12in
10 15 NATHAN JONES (EXTENDED VERSION) Bananarama, London 12in
11 08 A B C D/BAD GIRLS Radiorama, Italian Disco Merak Music 12in
12 06 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, Saturday 12in
13 10 HEART OF GLASS Desiderata, Nightmare 12in
14 14 JACK TO THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Hithouse, Supreme 12in
15 19 LOVE HANGOVER (DANCE MIX) Diana Ross, Motown 12in
16 re MOVE IT IN, MOVE IT OUT Body Heat, Canadian Sizzle 12in
17 17 I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
18 26 STOP! Erasure, Mute 12in
19 — YOU CAN SET ME FREE Coo Coo, Italian Flea 12in
20 23 STAND UP FOR YOUR LOVE RIGHTS Yazz, Big Life 12in
21 18 ROCK ME BABY Lysa Lynn, US Emergency 12in
22 12 ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX)/SPEND A LITTLE TIME Alba, Italian Merak Music 12in
23 — CALL ME/SIGNS OF LOVE Coco, German Blow Up 12in
24 — IT’S YOU Sheila Stewart, Dutch Made Up 12in
25 24 POWER OF PERSUASION Pointer Sisters, US Columbia 12in
26 38 STAKKER HUMANOID Humanoid, Westside 12in
27 34 CAN YOU PARTY (CLUB MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
28 — LOVE HOUSE (BLACK PYRAMID MIX) Samantha Fox, Jive 12in
29 — LET’S ALL DANCE Argentina, Italian Memory 12in
30 30 ALL OVER AGAIN Norma Manning, Passion 12in
31 21 TOO MANY TIMES, TOO MANY CHANGES San, Belgian Infinity 12in
32 — JUST FOR YOU Manuella, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
33 39 TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART (AUTUMN LEAVES MIX) Rick Astley, RCA 12in
34 — GOOD LIFE (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
35 20 WEEKEND The Todd Terry Project, Sleeping Bag 12in
36 36 NEVER SATISFIED Carol Woods, Nightmare 12in
37 37 BACKSEAT OF YOUR CADILLAC C. C. Catch, German Hansa 12in
38 40 IS THIS REALLY LOVE Jon Otis, Libido 12in
39 re MAMA TOLD ME ’88 Fantastique, Belgian A.R.S. 12in
40 31 BREAK MY HEART (YOU REALLY) Shakespear’s Sister, London 12in


HI-NRG YEAR END CHART 1988

01 OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet, Saturday 12in
02 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole, Manhattan 12in
03 POPCORN M&H Band, French Family 12in
04 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (REMIX) Barbara Doust, Saturday 12in
05 WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
06 THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population, Big Life 12in
07 I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection, German Blow Up 12in
08 SAVIN’ MYSELF (HOT LINE REMIX/BLASTER MIX) Eria Fachin, Saturday 12in
09 NO REGRETS Quartzlock, Reflection 12in
10 TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk, Reflection 12in
11 I CRY FOR YOU Shy Rose, US JDC 12in
12 LOVE EVICTION/LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE TONIGHT Quartzlock, Retro 12in
13 REACH OUT Romi & Jazz, Arishma 12in
14 THE RUMOUR Olivia Newton-John, US MCA 12in
15 REQUIEM London Boys, WEA 12in
16 THE LOVE I LOST Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
17 MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
18 THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch, US Columbia 12in
19 DOCTORS ORDERS Lisa Carter, Parlophone 12in
20 I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue, PWL 12in
21 I CAN FLY Louise Thomas, Nightmare 12in
22 SAFE IN THE ARMS OF LOVE Shooting Party, Lisson 12in
23 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards, Bolts 12in
24 BACK TO YOU Crystal In The Pink, Canadian Power 12in
25 YE KE YE KE (AFRO ACID REMIX) Mory Kante, London 12in
26 O L’AMOUR Dollar, London 12in
27 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne, Arista 12in
28 THE HARDER I TRY Brother Beyond, EMI 12in
29 BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) (PWL REMIX) Sabrina, Ibiza 12in
30 SATISY MY DESIRE Havana, Nightmare 12in
31 VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless, CBS 12in
32 ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
33 THE RIGHT COMBINATION Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
34 TURN IT INTO LOVE Hazell Dean, EMI 12in
35 EVERLASTING LOVE (PWL REMIX) Sandra, 10 Records 12in
36 DANCE WITH ME Claudia T, Dutch Made Up 12in
37 YOUR LOVE JUST CAME TOO LATE Eria Fachin, US Critique 12in
38 SHOW ME San, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
39 ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX)/SPEND A LITTLE TIME Alba, Italian Merak Music 12in
40 I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama, London 12in


NUMBER ONES OF 1988

CLUB PLAY

02 Jan TIGHTEN UP —I JUST CAN’T STOP DANCIN’ Wally Jump Junior & Criminal Element (2 weeks)
16 Jan COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims (5 weeks)
20 Feb BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass (3 weeks)
12 Mar I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim (1 week)
19 Mar BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass (1 week)
26 Mar I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim (2 weeks)
09 Apr BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris (1 week)
16 Apr THEME FROM S’EXPRESS S’Express (5 weeks)
21 May DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada (2 weeks)
04 Jun CHECK THIS OUT L.A. Mix (2 weeks)
18 Jun RIGHT BACK TO YOU/ONE KISS WILL MAKE IT BETTER Ten City (3 weeks)
09 Jul ROSES ARE RED Mac Band featuring the MacCampbell Brothers (4 weeks)
06 Aug HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC…) The Funky Worm (4 weeks)
02 Sep BIG FUN Inner City (5 weeks)
08 Oct WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d.mob (featuring Gary Haisman) 5 weeks
12 Nov WEEKEND/JUST WANNA DANCE Todd Terry Project (4 weeks)
10 Dec GOOD LIFE (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX) Inner City (4 weeks)


HI-NRG

02 Jan SAVIN’ MYSELF (BLASTER MIX)/(HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin (2 weeks)
16 Jan THIS GIRL’S BACK IN TOWN Raquel Welch (1 week)
23 Jan SAVIN’ MYSELF (BLASTER MIX)/(HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin (2 weeks)
13 Feb I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue (1 week)
20 Feb THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Sandra Edwards (1 week)
27 Feb I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue and SAVIN’ MYSELF (BLASTER MIX)/(HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin (1 week)
05 Mar SAVIN’ MYSELF (BLASTER MIX)/(HOT LINE REMIX) Eria Fachin (1 week)
12 Mar I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue (1 week)
19 Mar TAKE AWAY THE RAIN Sidewalk (2 weeks)
02 Apr WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean (1 week)
09 Apr JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/Adele Bertei (1 week)
16 Apr WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean (1 week)
23 Apr PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole (4 weeks)
21 May WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean (1 week)
28 May PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole (4 weeks)
04 Jun WHO’S LEAVING WHO (THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN MIX) Hazell Dean (1 week)
18 Jun POPCORN M&H Band (1 week)
25 Jun IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY (SATURDAY NIGHT REMIX) Barbara Doust (6 weeks)
06 Aug THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population (5 weeks)
10 Sep OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet (1 week)
17 Sep THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population (3 weeks)
08 Oct OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet (5 weeks)
12 Nov I CAN FLY Louise Thomas (1 week)
19 Nov OVER AND OVER AND OVER Michelle Goulet (1 week)
26 Nov I NEED YOUR PASSION Sweet Connection (1 week)
03 Dec THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John (1 week)
10 Dec REQUIEM London Boys (4 weeks)


POP DANCE
[not printed in RM, but compiled from the year’s columns]

02 Jan NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards (1 week)
09 Jan ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys (2 weeks)
23 Jan COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims (1 week)
30 Jan HOUSE ARREST (THE BEAT IS THE LAW) Krush (1 week)
06 Feb I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany (2 weeks)
20 Feb I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue (2 weeks)
05 Mar GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean (7 weeks)
23 Apr WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean (1 week)
30 Apr THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express (5 weeks)
04 Jun GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue (3 weeks)
25 Jun VOYAGE VOYAGE (BRITMIX) Desireless (1 week)
02 Jul I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros (4 weeks)
30 Jul PUSH IT (REMIX) Salt-n-Pepa (2 weeks)
13 Aug THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz And The Plastic Population (12 weeks)
08 Oct TEARDROPS Womack & Womack (3 weeks)
29 Oct BIG FUN Inner City featuring Kevin Saunderson (1 week)
05 Nov WE CALL IT ACIEED (THE MATEY MIX) d. Mob (featuring Gary Haisman) (2 weeks)
19 Nov GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE Milli Vanilli (4 weeks)
17 Dec LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys (1 week)
24 Dec no chart printed

4 thoughts on “December 24, 1988: Beloved, Liz Torres featuring Master C&J, Seduction, Intense, Jocelyn Brown, 1988 Year End charts”

  1. Although most widely remembered as the year that acid house changed everything, 1988 was ground-breaking and pivotal in many other respects. Perhaps the simplest way to see this is to look at all the new terms which were introduced to these pages during the year:

    January 9: Garage (last used in summer 1986, but revived with a more specific meaning)
    February 13: Rave (its only occurrence of the year)
    February 27: Industrial
    May 21: Techno
    June 11: Balearic
    June 11: Latin Hip Hop
    June 18: Acid Jazz
    July 23: Street Soul
    August 13: Ecstasy
    August 13: Drum & Bass (after a fashion, at least)
    September 3: Boogie
    September 10: Deep House
    October 15: New Beat
    October 15: R&B
    October 22: Daisy Age
    November 5: Gangsta
    November 26: Hip House
    December 3: Trance
    December 24: “the summer of love”

    Meanwhile, “freestyle” as a synonym for Latin hip hop has yet to appear, and there is still no sign of “swingbeat” or “new jack swing”, even though the genre is already well established.

    As for “acid house”, first used as recently November 21, 1987, a simple graph of the term’s weekly mentions should tell its own story:

    If acid house was the new punk, then there are certainly a few parallels. A term is imported from the US and culturally re-contextualised in the UK, where it ushers in a rapid paradigm shift. Initially the preserve of progressively minded tastemakers, it swiftly generates alarmist headlines in the mainstream press, leading to the banning of a few notable tracks, thus attracting a much wider audience with less sophisticated tastes, who are catered for by a glut of derivative material that takes the scene well away from its roots. Disillusioned by this perceived invasion of sheep-like followers, the original tastemakers turn their backs and start to move on. (Also, if Phuture were the Ramones, then Gary Haisman must be Jimmy Pursey!)

    At least, that’s where we’re up to at the end of 1988, when it looks as if acid house could be going the same way as the brief wave of “samples studded bass bombing volume pumpers” that dominated the first half of the year, but which already feel like ancient history. But of course, that’s not the end of the story, as the ripples from that “second summer of love” spread ever outwards, irrevocably changing dance music culture.

    But where does this leave James Hamilton, who celebrates his 46th birthday on Christmas Day? Earlier in the year, he had featured on a Top Ten hit single, and was even briefly seen in its video on Top Of The Pops. And yet, one gets the sense that things are beginning to move away from him, if only slightly. He makes no secret of his distaste for some of the aspects of the new culture: not just the drug-related aspects, with the music merely serving as fuel for a high, but also the way that it is shifting away from its roots in the black music tradition. (And, of course, he has no such problems with hip hop, which has had a magnificent, glorious year.) New scenes are forming, and he doesn’t appear to be a part of them. Nicky Holloway, an old pal from the soul/funk days, is still keeping him informed, but Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfold don’t appear to be talking to him very much. The same holds true for the London KISS FM scene, which is absolutely sticking to its roots in soul and funk, but you hardly ever read about Norman Jay, Jazzie B at the Africa Centre, Trevor “Madhatter” Nelson, Paul “Trouble” Anderson, Gordon Mac, Judge Jules, Bobby & Steve from the Zoo Experience, and the rest of their tribe. They’re a revivalist bunch, and James has never had much truck with revivalism, but they seem to be doing just fine without his support. And then there’s the sheer volume of new releases, which is already starting to overwhelm him, and which will only get more overwhelming in the months to come. At this stage, can anybody really succeed in single-handedly continuing to provide a comprehensive and authoritative weekly overview of every aspect of dance music culture? One thing’s for sure, though: James is still going to give it his best shot, straining every sinew to keep on top of his game.

    Just one small footnote on the debut release by Seduction (at this stage a studio project, rather than the group that would feature Michelle Visage, later of Rupaul’s Drag Race fame), which features a Reprise Loft Mix. If, as seems likely, this is a reference to David Mancuso’s legendary private members’ club, then it is the first ever mention, and Mancuso himself has never featured in these pages. It’s an interesting omission, given the pivotal status that is habitually afforded to The Loft in subsequent histories of the disco era, but it suggests that Mancuso’s venture had successfully kept itself away from the wider public gaze, just as he would have wanted it.

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  2. Interesting point about things “moving away” from James. It’s the natural order of the world. You mention he’s 46 at this point- well into middle age. I think he’s done well to not only have had his finger on the pulse of the various iterations of black music- R&B, soul, Disco etc from the early 60s to the end of the 80s but also to be central in promoting the music he loved and be such a major influence on the growth of its popularity in the UK- with direct contact to and influence on many of the legendary artists. If only he’d written an autobiography! Music did change at this point and many of the influences just wouldn’t resonate with someone approaching 50. As a 60 year old with a similar love for music of this genre I find it increasingly difficult to connect with many of todays artists who’s references are outwith my own experiences- there are of course always exceptions and true talent always shines through and crosses the generations. I must admit when looking at these dance charts I feel no warm fuzzy nostalgia. For me by this point as a young father who no longer did the club circuit at weekends much of the music had lost its warmth its organic soulful roots and had become almost clinical. What was interesting is how much more of this music was accepted by the mainstream and was given credibility that disco never had. More of it was heard on daytime radio and seen on TV- thanks to video and an increasing number of music shows. We were moving towards the multi platform/media world we take for granted today- the internet and Satellite TV was just over the horizon!

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  3. I agree I was 46 in 2011/12 and had lost touch with popular music in general years before but kept up with developments in the underground dance world until my late 30s but since then only retained an interest in trance and hard trance from the world of underground dance music which I enjoy to this day (I read somewhere a few years ago that about 60,000 trance tunes are made globally every year from bedroom studios upwards so all the wading through of that is done by the youtube mixers all over the world I trust.

    Aside from that I mainly listen to classical music, various other electronic music from the late 1960s onwards (Tangerine Dream. Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and the rest) and all kinds of old school dance, pop and easy listening but invariably made before about 2000-2003.

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    1. JH must have been slightly mystified as 1988 and 1989 progressed as Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Brandon Block, Johnny Walker, Trevor Fung, Pete Tong, Colin Hudd , Graham Gold, Chris Paul, Gilles Peterson, Colin Dale, Nicky Holloway, Dave Pearce, Ray Keith, Mark Ryder, a lot of the Production House hardcore producers and many more (Froggy even lent his massive speaker system out to some of the big M25 raves) all became involved in the pacid house world and who all also had roots back in the pre-acid house London and the Home Counties funk scene in which JH was such a leading light. In some ways the LOndon & SE funk scene scene of which he was the major chronicler could have said to have given birth to the whole of the global post 1988 electronic dance music scene.

      JH may have not liked a lot of what was happening but he still knew the score I’d say and as I’ve said on here before I heard an amazingly intelligent discussion one evening on Kiss FM around 1994/95 when he and the also late lamented Casper Pound (who must be about to appear in this column with some of his many productions) seemed to give an exceptional and detailed overview of the dance scene at that time. Maybe it was just at the peak acid time of 1988 and 1989 when he drifted away from things slightly – trying to cover a scene singlehandedly which had suddenly become just too enormous and already fragmented for any one person to do it.

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