BEATS & PIECES
NEXT MONDAY (February 6) the Technics UK DJ Mixing Championships semi-final scheduled for Sheffield has been moved to Uxbridge’s Regals, Tuesday at Chippenham’s Golddiggers and Wednesday at Leigh’s Reubans remaining as announced — for last week’s heats winners see the photo captions … Northern Ireland’s heat this Wednesday (1) at Portrush’s Traks is attracting a large contingent of record pluggers from London — I wish deadlines didn’t keep me away from it … DJ Jay must, as of last week, still head the betting above Leaky Fresh, DJ Biznizz, Scratch Professor, DJ Trix and DJ Reckless — but DJ Pogo, in this Tuesday’s heat at Romford’s Hollywood, could top the lot before the final showdown against defending champ Cutmaster Swift! … Cash Money, likely to be a judge, will not be defending his World Mixing title, instead last year’s Danish runner-up Mick Hansen will stand in … Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock ‘It Takes Two’ was less in evidence last week (Scratch Professor actually used Lyn Collins ‘Think (About It)’ for its original “yeah”/”wooo”!), LL Cool J ‘Rock The Bells’ and Hashim ‘Al-Naafyish’ becoming the over-used clichés … Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard may have been less exhilarating than Manchester’s Hacienda but had a really happy, nicely behaved crowd (reminiscent of a Chris Hill crowd 10 years ago) who couldn’t believe their luck when Sefton Terminator human beatboxed with Chad Jackson scratching behind him for the rest of the night — a big contrast to the massive 1,400 strong crowd’s stone cold belligerent attitude problem at Bristol’s Papillon (not the club’s regulars, it must be noted) … Nathan Lewis (Prince Gismo from the Smith & Mighty posse) rudely interrupted Monie Love’s PA in Bristol, but she and Sefton Terminator then shut him down vocally for good! … Southampton’s New York New York heat was remarkable in that every competitor was called DJ something or other — and all came from the general London area … Tyree ‘Turn Up The Bass’ is now on import 12 inch, but travelling the country as a mixing judge has prevented my getting it and other hot imports like the Kings Of Swing ‘Stop Jockin’ James‘ (ie: find someone other than James Brown to rap over!) in time to review … Joe Smooth has actually done a remix of the Style Council’s cover version of his own ‘Promised Land’ … Monie Love’s commercial pressing of ‘I Can Do This’ (Cooltempo COOLX 177) features the now 115⅔bpm Uptown Mix, funkier 115½bpm Downtown Mix, and DJ Pogo plugging jiggly go go tempoed 101¼bpm ‘Feels So Good’ bonus track … ‘This Is Ska’ appears only to be due commercially in the 12 inch promoted Skacid Mix and Dub on the Longsy D’s House Sound ‘For The World’ LP (Beg One BIGA 1) which apart from an equally original acid house treatment of ‘Zorba’s Dance’ is routinely and datedly “acieed” … ‘Bus Stop’ by N93 (of course, the number of the night bus between Twickenham and Hampstead Heath!) is in its 113⅕bpm Les Adams remake flipped — despite inaccurate sleeve credits — by just the previously separately promoed 118⅗bpm The Night Mix now it’s out commercially at last (Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Records 12RNR 1) … Cameo’s import remix is indeed due to be separately marketed here … Turntable Orch’s new ‘Caught You Looking’ will be completely remade for the UK … BBH Records claim (although it may be a scam) that just 200 copies have somehow been re-imported of their West Germany consigned pressing of the Mafia megamixed 0-121⅓-122-121½-121¾-122-0bpm WestBam, Adonis, Royal House, Jungle Brothers, D. Mob and many more medleying though Deep House Corporation credited ‘Kiss My Acid (The Acid Hit Mix)‘ (BBH-4) – it certainly could never come out here legally! … Mahesh Bajaj has apparently signed Bonnie Byrd’s import hit for his Needle and Upfront labels, which he continues to run from the offices of PRT (his biggest creditor in the crash of Serious Records, so obviously the company still has faith in him — just as it did in Morgan Khan under similiar circumstances) … CityBeat have picked up Brian Keith ‘Touch Me (Love Me Tonight)’, which will also be on Graphic Records’ upcoming album of Darryl Payne productions … Def Jam are having to rename their new soul (as opposed to rap) label, now to be known as OBR (Original Block Records) instead of Black Gold to prevent confusion with the old label of the some name … Monie Love, cropping up everywhere, even supplies a pertinent brief rap halfway through the 118⅓bpm still sinuously loping Adeva ‘Respect (The Dancin’ Danny D Remix)‘ (Cooltempo COOLXR 179) … Magic Juan’s 124½-124¾-125bpm Sex Mix, about which I raved when it was promoed, is only available commercially coupled with the 125½-125¾-0bpm Burning With DJ Desire Mix as flip to the less good 124¾-125bpm The Pod Went Pop Mix of The Beloved ‘Your Love Takes Me Higher’ (WEA YZ3S7T), which has already been superceded by a piano thrummed 124½-124¾bpm bounding Hi-NRG house Deep Joy “Angelic Mix” (YZ35TX) … Cash Money & Marvelous ‘The Mighty Hard Rocker’ is now selling better ironically in Nottingham DJ Graeme Park’s busier 106⅓-106½-0bpm B&B Remix (Bottom & Bass) (Sleeping Bag Records SBUKR 5T) – others in a pile of remixes which I will only BPM if they hit The Club Chart include an acidic Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle ‘Wait’, differently instrumented Turntable Orchestra ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’, ‘The 900 Number’ scratching denser Richie Rich ‘My DJ (Pump It Up Some)’, Memphis-style brass augmented Cookie Crew ‘Born This Way’, variously treated Smith & Mighty ‘Walk On…’, thumping techno styled Double Trouble ‘Feel The Music’, Frankie Knuckles’ not noticeably much different Truth ‘Open Our Eyes’, disjointed Electribe-1.0.1 ‘Talking With Myself’, Les Adams’ rebuilt lighter Lavine Hudson ‘Intervention’, muffled multi-tracked Merlin ‘Born Free’, Paul Dakeyne’s dreadful inappropriately “industrial” Errol Brown ‘Love Goes Up And Down (The Dusseldorf Mix)’ … I have neither time nor room to review all the new stuff, let alone rehashes … Denny Laine has re-recorded the Moody Blues smash he sang in 1964, ‘Go Now’, which talking to Gloria Hunniford on Radio 2 last week he correctly said had been sent over in its original Bessie Banks version from New York by “a friend” (he also correctly mentioned the same friend sending Irma Thomas’s ‘Time Is On My Side’, which then reached the Rolling Stones), but when pressed as to the friend’s identity said it was top New York radio DJ of the time, B. Mitchell Reed – uh uhh, Denny, try to remember, that “friend” was me! … GIVE IT SOME OF THAT!
DJ BIZZNIZZ from Herne Hill, as tipped, was the dextrous winner in Bristol, with (bottom) the now 15-year-old SCRATCH PROFESSOR from Paddington a close second.
DJ RECKLESS from Croydon, who (as Viv Ulson) had deserved to be placed last year, this time won at Southampton in engaging style.
MC KELZ (left) and KRISSY KRISS of the Smith & Mighty crew, even had to shout repeatedly “Bristol posse make some noise” and “Bristol don’t let us down” when they PA-ed to typically sullen response at the Bristol mixing heat — in which, as I pointed out (to a response of boos and later hand-pumping congratulations), not one local Bristol DJ was represented, although legend has it that the city is full of excellent mixing DJs! The few who did enter were knocked out in preliminary stages. Local radio presenter Tristan Bolitho defends the scene by explaining that it’s very laid back, certain clubs being full of hot jocks and cool customers who don’t care about outside events. On the other hand, Master C of Radio FTP (trying for legal licence) reckons the DJs lack confidence, and should be ready in two years’ time. Smith & Mighty reputedly don’t care about national record success and merely put out their innovative productions for local consumption, but to judge from last week it looks as if their associates have begun to realise that being laid back and introverted can lead to total inertia. Being cool is all very well, except, as the outbreaks of fighting in the crowd proved, deliberately bottling up one’s natural enthusiasm can lead to violence as an alternative outlet. It’s so much more fun to be naturally happy, and outgoing. Get wise, Bristol and wake up! You’ll never get rich if you don’t take on the rest of the real world.
GRAND WIZARD RANDOM from Bracknell won in Swansea thanks largely to his calmly confident “cool” poise.
TERRY CROFTS from Cardiff, second in Southampton last year, had less far to travel to come to the same in Swansea – last week’s only “local” success.
DJ KUT ONE from Lewisham came deserved second in Southampton.
THE STOP THE VIOLENCE MOVEMENT ‘Self-Destruction’ (US Jive 1178-1-JD)
Many months in gestation, this concerted all-star attempt to convince black American youth that the ignorant violence of a stupid few hurts everyone is an excellent rolling jiggly 0-105bpm straight talking catchy rap featuring in turn and together Malcolm X, KRS-One, MC Delight, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Stetsasonic’s Daddy O & Wise, D-Nice, Ms Melodie, Doug E Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Fruit-Kwan, and Public Enemy’s Chuck D & Flavor Flav (in four versions, the Instrumental having added break beats), essential for all rap fans and obviously something of a landmark. Hopefully its message will hit home and have effect.
NEW JERSEY QUEENS & FRIENDS ‘Party And Don’t Worry About It (Instrumental)’ (Base Line BASL 003T, via Rough Trade/The Cartel)
Bird Rollins-penned terrific sleazy 100⅔102⅔-102⅓-100⅔-102⅓-101⅔bpm rare groove instrumental from 1973, with reedily swelling organ chords setting up mesmeric tension against the drily jittering and shuffling rhythm, making it both a street soul jogger and a b boy appreciated break beat (Vocal and vocal/instrumental combining Extended Versions are included too, but it’s the Instrumental that’s essential).
SHE ROCKERS ‘On Stage’ (Jive JIVE T 195)
Plaintive fast talking 119bpm infectious funkily wukka-wukking female rap jiggler, produced by Antonio & Donna with Hamish Macdonald and scratching DJ StreetsAhead, while Adonis helped the girls produce the other alternative side’s frantically smacking excitingly driving 133¾bpm ‘Get Up On This’ (edit too), not maybe available commercially just yet.
SHA-LOR ‘I’m In Love’ (US Gertie GRT 901, via Jump Street)
Largely cold shouldered around London but deservedly warm around Manchester since (at least) last October, when it first started showing up in charts, this haunting coolly controlled then wailing girl crooned steadily tapping garage tripper really deserves – and in the current climate probably will get – wider attention, in 121bpm Conservative and Beat Down, 120¾bpm Caught Up, beat losingly edited 120½-0bpm Sweat-It Versions. It’s taken me this long to get my local record emporium to stock it!
LACHANDRA ‘Just Started’ (Garage Trax GTX 3, via PRT)
Typically good Blaze-produced tightly harmonising guys and piping organ backed coolly unhurried girl gurgled catchily surging and trotting cymbal shushed 119⅓-0bpm garage canterer (in four mixes).
BsQ ‘Come On Daddy (Right On)’ (Gee St Recordings GEE T9)
Billed also as being a division of Boonsquawk! Inc, to use their full name, this Jazzy M-mixed garage-ish 118½bpm jaunty burbler is built just from sampled title line elements, bubbly bass synth, jangling jiggly piano, schlurping pshta pshta hi-hat and chattering beats, all effectively simple (Instrumental Mix and acidically twittering 119¼bpm BsQ Mix too).
SOUL CONNECTION ‘Got To Find A Way’ (Intrigue IGE 4T)
Master (The Beatcreator) Tee produced excellent classy cool and calm breathily muttering guy crooned choppily nagged skipper vocally accompanied by all the usual UK “street soul” crew but backed in a faster than usual 119⅔-0bpm though unhurried throbbing “garage” style (sparser twittery 119⅓bpm Remix too, and similarly whispered snapper, almost “purple” 119⅓bpm ‘Groove And Move (Oh Dionne)’ flip).
TODAY ‘Girl I Got My Eyes On You’ (US Motown MOT-4627)
Semi-falsetto lushly wailed and harmonised 0-104¼bpm rolling jogger, arranged by Teddy Riley with his archetypal bumpily jolting jittery “swing” – the beat that dominates the US black chart now – but produced by his partner Gene Griffin and remixed by Timmy Regisford (Dub/Radio Edit flip), an instant big seller on import.
FUNKMASTER WIZARD WIZ ‘Girls’ (US Tuff City TUF 128041)
Good humoured jiggly shuffling 99bpm rap treatment of the The Moments & Whatnauts’ 1975 smash, not also based on but also synching great slabs of the original, so obviously useful with wide crossover appeal.
MORRIS DAY ‘Are You Ready’ (US Warner Bros 0-21118)
Enthusiastically received by mailing list DJs here although not otherwise much imported, for some reason, very strong Shep Pettibone remixed choppily chanted frisky smacking bounder with jangly house piano and a driving infectious beat in 122⅔bpm Rough & Ready Club, Dub To Go, and (0-)122¾bpm Minneapolis Mixes (more typically snapping “purple” 120bpm ‘Yo’ Luv (LP Version)’ flip).
CHILL ROB G ‘The Court Is Now In Session’ (US Wild Pitch Records WP1011)
DJ Mark The 45 King produced good toasting-style 100⅙bpm swirling jiggler with an afro flavour emphasised by Jack Bashkow’s catchy “kwela” penny whistle flutes and sax, flipped by the more funkily chugging 109⅙bpm accurately titled ‘Let The Words Flow’ (both with Dub and Acappella too).
BRIAN ANDRUS ‘You Don’t Love Me (Like You Used To)’ (US Select FMS 62314)
Courtney Branch & Tracy Kendrick created, surprisingly Los Angeles recorded though nagging New York garage style, bumbling bass prodded and percussion tapped rambling stuttery anxious lurching and spurting jiggly chugger whipping up nervy tension especially in the flip’s (0-)118¼-118-0bpm Original and (0-)118-0bpm Underdub, edgier than the A-side’s 0-118-118¼-0bpm Remix and 118-118¼-0bpm Rub-A-Dub-Dub.
MR. LOVE & ETERNITY ‘Mr. Love Extended’ (W.A.U Recordings/Gee Street GEET 13)
S’Express member Eternity combines New Yorker Mr Love’s flamenco guitar twiddling with Jazz Warrior Kevin Robinson’s muted trumpet tootling for a twittering and spurting 122¾bpm atmospheric deep house instrumental, flipped by a muezzin punctuated (so more Arabic flavoured) 0-121¼-0bpm ‘Mr. Love Siesta Mix’ and thumping straight acid 120½-0bpm Siesta Dub, due fully next week.
S’XPRESS ‘Hey Music Lover (G-oo-d Vibration Mix)’ (Rhythm King LEFT 30T)
Less than universally acclaimed but with plenty of remixes apparently in the pipeline, as originally white labelled this acidically twittering 0-124-0bpm jerky bounder eventually quotes from Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘I Want To Take You Higher’ and ‘Dance To The Music’, flipped by a more vocal 124-0bpm Music Is My Life Mix and the monotonous repetitive thumping twittery 0-114¾-0bpm ‘Have A Nice Day’.
TONY V ‘Trackin’ Down The House’ (US Sample Records SR001)
Tony Vernado created, Tommy Musto engineered, gently pattering languid deep house canterer deliberately like Truth’s ‘Open Our Eyes’ with the same haunting flute and babbling brook along with muttering and gibbering gibbons in the 120bpm African Dance version, plus sparse bass prodded 120bpm Never Change and 118bpm My Groove instrumentals minus the Truth trappings.
REID ‘Real Emotion’ (Syncopate 12SY 24)
Much hotter in the previously promoed but now B-sided loosely cantering 121⅗bpm The Flat Top House Version than the more cramped speedily staccato 123⅗bpm Workout Version commercial A-side, the three Luton brothers at least have a better launching pad than before in this Jolley Harris Jolley created datedly soulful tuneful “Britfunk” leaper.
KARYN WHITE ‘Secret Rendezvous (After Hour Mix)’ (Warner Bros W7562T)
Anxiously squawked jolting “black pop” trotter with some breathy French talk in this tighter 112bpm Winston Jones & David Shaw remix, or LA & Babyface’s more typically lurching Janet Jackson-ish 112⅙bpm Extended Mix and 112bpm Dub-Dez-Vous Mix.
FUNTOPIA ‘Beautiful People (Rise Up)’ (G-Zone GEET 8, via Gee St Recordings)
“Mmm, la da da” girl sampled and Martin Luther King stuttered slightly confusing introed but then twittering frantic 128½-0bpm acieed thudder mixed by Jazzy M, with a King-less more directly striding 128½bpm twittery ‘Beautiful People (In Love)’ flip.
DRUMDROPS vol. 1 ‘Essential Break Beats & Loops (Volume One – Old School & Rap)’ (US Big Break Records DD-1)
In many ways another ‘Bonesbreaks’ and compiled and sequenced by Lenny Dee and Frankie “Bones”, this is a collection of original (uncredited) break beats sampled for a couple of bars or so and then looped to create a continuous rhythm track, primarily for scratchers and other rap record producers to use, with the KC & The Sunshine Band originated but currently ‘The Mighty Hard Rocker’ featured 105½bpm ‘Sunshine Groove’, Bobby Byrd ‘Hot Pants (I’m Comin’, Comin’, I’m Comin’)’ originated 114¼bpm ‘I’m Comin…(Bonus)’, less readily identifiable 105⅔bpm ‘Techno Beats’, 103⅚bpm ‘Brother Beats’, 92bpm ‘Mellow Blow’, 98⅓bpm ‘Night Beats’, 114bpm ‘Horn Break’, 125bpm ‘Apollo Bongo’, 103⅓bpm untitled penultimate track, 95/47½bpm ‘Gated U.F.O.’ and Mantronix ‘King Of The Beats’ introing-type ‘Alert Alarm’ siren.
MC PEACHES ‘Commin Straight Rollin Hard’ (US BumRush! BR 2942)
‘Get On The Good Foot’ punctuated jolting jittery 94⅔-94⅚bpm raw wordy female rap (94⅔bpm Instrumental too), strictly specialist, coupled by the Temptations punctuated and scratched – though not otherwise noticeably based – jittery faster 112bpm ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ (Instrumental and Bonus Beat too).
GANG STARR ‘Gusto’ (US Wild Pitch Records WP1009)
DJ Mark The 45 King produced rare grooves based rap six-tracker with this ‘Freddie’s Dead’ underpinned 104¾bpm slinker (105⅙bpm Dub) proving warmer than the sombre slow chatting 89pm ‘Knowledge’ (89⅙bpm Dub), and thinly jiggling wordy 119⅕bpm ‘Movin’ On’ (119bpm Dub), the last two hinting at ‘For The Love Of Money’ or something similar.
T LA ROCK ‘Flow With The New Style’ (Sleeping Bag Records SBUK 2T)
Todd Terry produced and co-penned jittery dense (0-)103¾-0bpm droning rap with a longer more inventive 103¾bpm Dub Mix, flipped by the looser rolling familiar piano jangled (0-)97-0bpm ‘You Got The Time’ (in three mixes), both sides a bit murky and dull.
CHANGING FACES ‘I Want You’ (GTi Records GT1003T)
Gospel-ish guy wailed good soulful 115bpm juddery wriggling lurcher (in three mixes) by some British session musicians produced actually in Philadelphia by London’s Errol Henry, refreshingly disregarding current dance trends.
OMARI ‘After Loving You’ (The Silhouette Recording Co Ltd SILHT 001, via Rough Trade)
Reissued and now Mixmaster General remixed “rare groove”-ish soulfully wailed 105⅚bpm jogging swayer, with a nasally rapped new 107⅓bpm ‘Omari’s Rap’ B-side overdubbed by the Powerlords.
2 PUERTO RICANS A BLACKMAN AND A DOMINICAN ‘Scandalous (Everybody Jump Mix)’ (Syncopate 12SY 20)
Dreadfully disappointing Clivilles & Cole created trite disco girls chanted and groaned stuttery (0-)123⅓bpm jitterer, better (though not great) in its instrumental twittery bubbling 122⅗bpm Jump Like A Rabbit Mix. Roger?
2 FIERCE ‘Feel It’ (US Profile PRO-7240)
Closely related Clivilles & Cole created Todd Terry-type stuttery samples crammed nervily leaping 0-122¼bpm frantic jitterer (in four mixes), too deliberately contrived.
PATTI DAY ‘Right Before My Eyes’ (US Starway Records Inc SW 1202-12)
Michael Zager created, Bruce Forest & Frank Heller remixed tiresome old fashioned Shannon-ish juddery latin hip hop, better in its 115½-0bpm bass throbbed tinny keyboard repeated instrumental House Groove and trickily fragmented dubwise House Vocal than the 115½bpm Extended Club Mix and Bonus Beats, (0-)115bpm Power Radio Mix.
DEMON BOYZ ‘Vibes’ (Music Of Life NOTE 22)
Brian B & Stevie G produced fiercely scratching and bumpily jiggling (0-)108⅔bpm angry fast talking UK rap (in four mixes).
THE REYNOLDS GIRLS ‘I’d Rather Jack’ (PWL Records PWLT 25), Pete Waterman is always asserting that UK radio ignores his provenly popular kids-aimed creations in favour of older demographics (ie: age group) aimed material, and now Stock Aitken Waterman really knock radio’s programming policy with this Liverpudlian Mel & Kim-style duo’s breezily rollicking 124¾-124½bpm pop-house youthful rallying call that “I’d rather jack than Fleetwood Mac”!;
DONNA SUMMER ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’ (WEA U7780T), Stock Aitken Waterman created over long instrumentally started but then catchily melodic MoR plaintive swaying 0-115¾bpm canterer with jittery rototom beats (instrumental, and equally good similar though slushier 115bpm ‘Whatever Your Heart Desires’ flip);
BALI ‘Love To Love You Baby (The Future Mix)’ (Circa Records YRT 26), Paul Oakenfold teams up with Mud’s Rob Davies again, as he did for Electra, to set a girl sung 104bpm breathy remake of Donna Summer’s debut hit to the Ten City ‘One Kiss Will Make It Better’ rhythm (at the exact same BPM!), with a more instrumental 104⅙bpm The Loud Noise Mix, due fully next week;
INHOUSE II ‘Love To Love You Baby (“Love Your Body” Mix)’ (US Hit-n-Run Records HR-91655), not to be outdone, the Yanks have also revived Donna Summer in syndrum “poo poo”-ed (and “toot toot, beep beep”-ed) loping 120bpm disco style;
DONNA SUMMER ‘I Feel Love (Mega Mix)’ (Casablanca FEEL 12), in the light of all the foregoing, when this already promoed 0-126¼-126-125¼-125½bpm Jeff Young re-edit from 1982 of the late Patrick Cowley’s remix is properly reissued within the next few weeks it will be flipped by the original ‘Love To Love You Baby’;
BOY MEETS GIRL ‘Waiting For A Star To Fall’ (RCA PT 49520), drearily duetted mushily swirling and surging 0-116bpm spurter (unremixed on 12 inch), real in-one-ear-and-out-the-other stuff to my mind, by a couple who’ve written punchier hits for Whitney Houston, this though having been huge in America, moderately big here, and somehow in Alan Jones’s Pop Dance chart;
a-ha ‘You Are The One’ (Justin Strauss 12” Remix) (Warner Bros W7636T), frantic wriggly 162bpm galloper apparently with enough disco play to hit the Pop Dance chart too;
HOLLY JOHNSON ‘Love Train (Ride The “A” Train)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1306), still Frankie flavoured (rather than acid house!) densely textured but oddly un-dynamic 0-108⅚-0bpm guitar yowled pop chugger, more instant in its (0-)108⅚bpm Stoke It Up seven inch mix;
LEVEL 42 ‘Tracie (Extended Mix)’ (Polydor PZ 34), routine though unusually lethargic 107bpm choppy jiggler reaching a brassy rap climax;
MIRAGE ‘House Attack’ (Debut DEBTX 3062), typically facile (0-)124bpm medley of (well) remade recent and current crossover dance hits, strictly for the pop market;
LIVING IN A BOX ‘Blow The House Down (House Mix)’ (Chrysalis LIBXR 5), beefily walking bass (and Indian tabla?) throbbed gruffly shouting 119½bpm chugger, spirited but not the strongest of songs;
CHAKA KHAN ‘It’s My Party (New Party Mix)’ (Warner Bros WZ678T), Womack & Womack-penned ponderous dull rumbling 100-0bpm jolter bagged down by its juddery Keith Cohen & Steve Beltran mix, whereas a totally different lighter arrangement might have made it quite pleasant as the song and performance are OK.
THE CLUB CHART – February 4, 1989
01 02 I CAN DO THIS (DOWNTOWN/UPTOWN MIXES)/FEELS SO GOOD Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
02 03 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (ACIEED/UNDERGROUND MIXES) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
03 01 RESPECT (MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
04 05 GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR (THE “SKY” KING REMIXES/ORIGINAL ALBUM VERSION) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records 12in
05 04 BORN THIS WAY (LET’S DANCE) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
06 08 TURN UP THE BASS/T’S REVENGE/ACID IS MY LIFE Tyree, US DJ International Records LP
07 06 RUNAWAY GIRL (PIMP DUB/RUNAWAY RADIO MIX) Sterling Void/IT’S ALL RIGHT (HOUSE MIX) Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge, ffrr 12in
08 14 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orchestra, RePublic Records 12in
09 10 WAIT (LONG) Robert Howard + Kym Mazelle, RCA 12in
10 13 YO YO GET FUNKY/HIP HOUSE/JACK 2 THE SOUND/I CAN DANCE/CLAP YOUR HANDS The DJ Fast Eddie, DJ International Records LP
11 07 GOOD LIFE (MAGIC JUAN’S MIX/MAYDAY CLUB MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
12 09 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (CLUB MIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
13 11 MY PREROGATIVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
14 20 BREAK 4 LOVE (SPANISH FLY) Raze, Champion 12in
15 — TURN UP THE BASS (SCRATCH IT UP MIX/MUSIC & EDITS/TURN UP THE HOUSE/JUMPIN’ MIX/HIP HOP) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, US DJ International Records 12in
16 12 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, US DJ International Records 12in
17 19 MAKE IT LAST (CLUB MIX) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
18 17 WALK ON…/(MELLOW MIX) Smith & Mighty featuring Jackie Jackson, Three Stripe Records 12in
19 16 PROMISED LAND (LONGER VERSION) The Style Council, Polydor 12in pre-release
20 22 THE PROMISED LAND (MIXES) Joe Smooth Inc featuring Anthony Thomas, DJ International Records 12in
21 23 WRATH OF KANE Big Daddy Kane, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
22 32 DON’T SCANDALIZE MINE Sugar Bear, Champion 12in
23 25 THE LOVER IN ME (EXTENDED VERSION) Sheena Easton, MCA Records 12in
24 15 THIS IS SKA (SKACID MIX) Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in pre-release
25 — ONE MAN (ONE MIX/DOPE DUB/INTENSE MIX) Chanelle, US Profile 12in
26 30 WE CAN MAKE IT/GOOD GIRL Bonnie Byrd, US Wadworth Records 12in
27 26 WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris & Will Downing, Fourth & Broadway 12in
28 21 GOOD LIFE (STEVE HURLEY/MIKE ‘HITMAN’ WILSON MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
29 — RESPECT (THE DANCIN’ DANNY D REMIX) Adeva featuring Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
30 24 SKIN I’M IN (ALBUM VERSION)/LES ADAMS’ CAMEO MEGAMIX TWO Cameo, Club 12in
31 18 HEY MUSIC LOVER (G-OO-D VIBRATION MIX)/HAVE A NICE DAY S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
32 40 IN & OUT OF MY LIFE (CLUB MIX) Adeva, Garage Trax 12in
33 28 BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry, Circa Records 12in
34 43 SELF-DESTRUCTION (MIXES) The Stop The Violence Movement, US Jive 12in
35 52 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, US Tuff City 12in
36 33 NOT GONNA DO IT (MIXES) Vicky Martin, US Movin’ Records 12in
37 34 ACTIVATED/TAKE ME WHERE YOU WANT TO Gerald Alston, Motown LP
38 61 SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY (RAP REMIX) Fine Young Cannibals featuring Monie Love, London 12in
39 — JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, US Oceana 12in
40 — LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (THE FUTURE MIX) Bali, Circa Records 12in pre-release
41 39 STRAIGHT FROM THE SOUL Top Billin’, Rapsonic 12in
42 27 OPEN OUR EYES (MIXES) Marshall Jefferson presents Truth, ffrr 12in
43 85 HARD CORE HIP HOUSE/OH YEA HEY NO Tyree/DO THE DO Marshall Jefferson presents the Dancing Flutes/MY MELODY Fast Eddie (‘Sound Of The Underground – Acid II’), US Underground LP
44 35 LACK OF LOVE/(IVORY MIX) Charles B, Desire 12in
45 57 THE MIGHTY HARD ROCKER (GRAEME PARK’S B&B REMIX (BOTTOM & BASS)) Cash Money & Marvellous, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
46 47 YOUR LOVE TAKES ME HIGHER (MAGIC JUAN’S SEX MIX/THE POD WENT POP MIX) The Beloved, WEA 12in
47 46 SEDUCTION (MIXES) Seduction, US Vendetta Records 12in/Breakout promo
48 60 LOC’ED AFTER DARK/WILD THING Tone Loc, Fourth & Broadway 12in
49 53 PARTY AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT (INSTRUMENTAL) New Jersey Queens & Friends, Base Line 12in
50 — THE COURT IS NOW IN SESSION Chill Rob G, US Wild Pitch Records 12in
51 74 GIVE IT HERE/ON THE REAL TIP/JUST A POET (IT FEELS MIGHTY FINE) Def Jef, US Delicious Vinyl 12in
52 44 THE DEPUTY OF LOVE MACHINE (MIXES) The Love Machine featuring Rose Windross, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
53 87 TRACKIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE (AFRICAN DANCE) Tony V, US Sample Records 12in
54 — TALKING WITH MYSELF (DEEP DREAM REMIX/ANABOLIC STEROID MIX/INSTRUMENTAL) Electribe-1.0.1, Club 12in
55 37 I GOTTA GOOD THING (REMIX) Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, US DNA International 12in
56 71 LET IT GO Kyna Antee aka The Mistress, US Techno Kut 12in
57 77 COME GET MY LOVIN’ (NYC MIX)/MOVE GROOVE Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
58 80 SECRET RENDEZVOUS (MIXES) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
59 — ON STAGE (BROAD BEANS MIX/INSTRUMENTAL)/GET UP ON THIS (ADONIS MIX) She Rockers, Jive 12in
60 29 BUFFALO STANCE (½ WAY 2 HOUSE REMIX) Neneh Cherry, Circa Records 12in
61 38 2 HOT 2 STOP (FRENCH TICKLER MIX) L.U.S.T., US Renée Records 12in
62 70 PROMISED LAND/CAN’T FAKE THE FEELING/I TRY Joe Smooth, US DJ International Records LP
63 — SHE WON’T TALK TO ME (KEITH COHEN EXTENDED VERSION) Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
64 82 I WANT THAT GIRL (EXTENDED CLUB MIX) Cairo, CityBeat 12in
65 36 BLACK, ROCK AND RON (EXTENDED MIX) Black, Rock And Ron, Supreme 12in pre-release
66 — YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (HARDCORE CLUB REMIX/N.Y. PUMPAPELLA MIX) Turntable Orchestra, RePublic Records 12in
67 — BORN THIS WAY (LET’S DANCE) (THE PRINCE PAUL DOPE MIX) Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
68 45 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
69 64 I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (MIXES) The Gap Band, US Arista 12in
70 58 STRAIGHT OUT THE JUNGLE (JUNGLE REMIX) Jungle Brothers, US Idlers 12in
71 76 LET ME MAKE LOVE TO YOU (CLUB MIX) Prince Lover Dalu, Breakout 12in pre-release
72 41 JACK OF SPADES (BDP MOVIE MIX) Boogie Down Productions, Jive 12in
73 62 CAN YOU FEEL IT (DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SPOKEN WORD MIX) Fingers Inc, Jack Trax 12in
74 51 SOMEDAY (CLUB MIX) Ce Ce Rogers, Atlantic 12in promo
75 90 WHERE IS SHE NOW? Jerome ‘Secret Weapon’ Prister, US Tuff City 12in
76 63 THE MIGHTY HARD ROCKER/FIND AN UGLY WOMAN Cash Money & Marvelous, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
77 — MY INNERSENCE/CRASHING/FLOWERS/I LOVE IT/OOCHY KOOCHY (KONRAD CADET)/FORDTRAX/CHIKKI CHIKKI AHH AHH (PROMO)/REPRISE Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in twin-pack
78 — JUST STARTED (CLUB MIX) Lachandra, Garage Trax 12in
79 — GOT TO FIND A WAY Soul Connection, Intrigue 12in
80 99 CAUGHT YOU LOOKING (12” EXTENDED VER.) Turntable Orch., US Music Village Records 12in
81 54 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) Brian Keith, US New Image 12in
82 67 WHO IS IT?/INCREASE THE PEACE 3-D, CityBeat LP
83 69 LOVE FOLLOWS Steven Danté, Cooltempo 12in
84 42 YEAH BUDDY (EXTENDED MIX) Royal House, Champion 12in
85 96 REAL EMOTION (THE FLAT TOP HOUSE VERSION) Reid, Syncopate 12in
86 84 WHY? (MIXES) Bipo, US Jump Street 12in
87 59 DO THAT DANCE/IT AIN’T NOTHING S.L.II, B/Ware! Records 12in white label
88 — LOVE WILL FIND A WAY (CLUB/RADIO) Victor Romeo presents Leatrice Brown/ACID RAIN (TYREE’S RAIN DANCE UK MIX) Victor Romeo, US Dance Mania 12in
89 65 LOVE FEVER (MIXES) CCDP, Jive 12in
90 — I GOT SOMETHING HERE/TONIGHT (MIXES) The Kidd City Orchestra, US More Music 12in
91 75 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, US Motown 12in
92 re ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE (MIXES) Gary L., Garage Trax 12in
93 95 HOW FAR I GO (MIXES) Peter Black, US DJ International 12in
94 66 I WANNA ROCK (MIXES) Freestyle Express, US Sunshine Music Ltd 12in
95 — HOUSE MUSIC (ALL NIGHT LONG) (CLUB HOUSE MIX/CALL IT ACID DUB/FROOT LOOPS 2/PERCAPPELLA/COOL HOUSE DUB) 2 Guys On Acid, US Lower Level Records 12in
96 — DREAM (MAGIC JUAN REMIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
97 98 LOUD LADIES Lady Tame, 061 Records 12in
98= — THE HUNTED CHILD (REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL)/POWER (REMIX/INSTRUMENTAL)/HIGH ROLLERS (REMIX) Ice-T, US Sire 12in
98= — LOVE GOES UP AND DOWN (EXTENDED MIX) Errol Brown, WEA 12in
98= — ALL NIGHT ALL RIGHT (MIXES) Dahweed, US Spring Records 12in
98= — JUST GOT LAID/(JUST GOT DUBBED/MIX 2)/SHOW ‘EM HOW IT’S DONE (MIXES) Taking Your Business (T.Y.B.), US Idlers 12in
98= — WAIT (KEVIN SAUNDERSON REMIX) Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle, RCA 12in
98= — CAN’T STOP (CLUB VERSION) Hanson & Davis, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
[This was the last Pop Dance chart to be printed in Record Mirror]
01 01 BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry, Circa 12in
02 02 GOOD LIFE Inner City, 10 Records 12in
03 03 RESPECT Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
04 04 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City, Atlantic 12in
05 05 SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals, London 12in
06 13 LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson, MCA 12in
07 06 GET ON THE DANCEFLOOR Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme 12in
08 12 BABY DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER Milli Vanilli, Cooltempo 12in
09 07 LOCO IN ACAPULCO Four Tops, Arista 12in
10 10 BORN THIS WAY (LET’S DANCE) Cookie Crew, London 12in
11 11 BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/FREEBIRD (MEDLEY) Will To Power, Epic 12in
12 09 WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl, RCA 12in
13 08 TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley, RCA 12in
14 14 STAKKER HUMANOID Humanoid, Westside 12in
15 18 EVERLASTING LOVE Sandra, Siren 12in
16 — WAIT Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle, RCA 12in
17 15 RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine, Epic 12in
18 — I CAN DO THIS (DOWNTOWN MIX) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
19 — FINE TIME/DREAMS (MAGIC JUAN REMIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
20 19 STOP! Erasure, Mute 12in
01 01 DANCE WITH ME Claudia T, Dutch Made Up 12in
02 04 AUTOMATICALLY YOURS Brenda Cochrane, Dazzle 12in
03 02 A B C D/BAD GIRLS Radiorama, Italian Disco Magic 12in
04 07 CALL ME Coco, German Blow Up 12in
05 05 IT’S YOU Sheila Stewart, Dutch Made Up 12in
06 03 REQUIEM (HAMBURG MIX) London Boys, WEA 12in
07 12 DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS Silk & Steele, Strike 12in
08 26 SO FAR AWAY Selena, Italian EMI 12in
09 16 MY MY MY Chris, Italian AAA 12in
10 34 YOU CAN SET ME FREE Coo Coo, Italian Flea 12in
11 25 WHAT KIND OF LOVE Diana Randall, French Public 12in
12 31 CRAZY FOR YOU Vanessa, Dutch Injection 12in
13 28 IT’S SO FUNNY King Kong & The D.J.Ungle Girls, Italian Flea 12in
14 15 GIVE ME YOUR BODY Dana Kay, German Polydor 12in
15 — TOO MANY TIMES, TOO MANY CHANGES San, Belgian Infinity 12in
16 06 THE RUMOUR (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Olivia Newton-John, Mercury 12in
17 29 GO GO BOY Ross, Italian Flea 12in
18 10 DOWN TOWN ’88 (PETER SLAGHUIS REMIX) Petula Clark, PRT 12in
19 20 EVERLASTING LOVE (PETE HAMMOND REMIX) Sandra, 10 Records 12in
20 32 NATHAN JONES Bananarama, London 12in
21 — LET’S ALL DANCE Argentina, Italian Memory 12in
22 11 KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR (MARK SAUNDERS REMIX)/STOP! Erasure, Mute 12in
23 34 FOOLS CRY Fancy, German Metronome 12in
24 17 YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/LOVIN’ SUITE Quantize, Passion 12in
25 — TRY A LITTLE HARDER Fire & Ice, Canadian Boulevard 12in
26 re JUST FOR YOU Manuella, Belgian Hi Tension 12in
27 37 FANTASY BOY Baccara, German Bellaphon 12in
28 22 YOU’RE THE ONE 1000 Ohm, Belgian ARS 12in
29 09 NEVER SATISFIED Carol Woods, Nightmare 12in
30 — DANGER IN HER EYES Deborah Sasson, Germany 8ighty 8ight Records 12in
31 — ALPHA OMEGA Babylon 5, CTR 12in
32 — RESPECT Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
33 18 LOVE EVICTION Quartzlock, Retro 12in
34 08 THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Gee Morris, Nightmare 12in
35 — DREAM (MAGIC JUAN REMIX) Yazz, Big Life 12in
36 re ONLY MUSIC SURVIVES (DJ PROMIX) Alba, Italian Merck 12in
37 re JACK TO THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND (PARTY MIX) Hardhouse, Supreme 12in
38 — BONEY M-EGAMIX ’88 Boney M, Ariola 12in
39 — EVERYTHING YOU LOVE Chip Chip, Italian Flea 12in
40 re MAMA TOLD ME ’88 Fantastique, Belgian ARS 12in
5 thoughts on “February 4, 1989: The Stop The Violence Movement, New Jersey Queens & Friends, She Rockers, Sha-Lor, Lachandra”
As descriptions go, I feel that “bumbling bass prodded and percussion tapped rambling stuttery anxious lurching and spurting jiggly chugger whipping up nervy tension” deserves some sort of award.
Faced with the prospect of working with Donna Summer, SAW actually appear to have made a proper effort, and ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’ became the first of their productions that I played out since Bananarama’s ‘Love In The First Degree’ over a year ago.
Billie Ray Martin makes a double debut this week, singing lead with Electribe 101 and providing backing vocals with S’Xpress (which also got her on Top Of The Pops).
Anyone know what happened with Sefton The Terminator and DJ Jay? Big on the Hip Hop scene back then but later seemed to vanish. Or did DJ Jay turn into Dave Angel? As mentioned on Discogs he was Monie Love’s brother, and so was DJ Jay.
We’ve had sone of the monsters of 1989 released recently Kariya , Patti Day, the Pin Up Girls but JH has been a bit underwhelmed by them .
Stil. It’s easy to be wise after the fact and he’s still obviously the Don – as I’ve said before it’s such a pity that he doesn’t have a blog (in his late 70s). – I can’t see him NOT having one while he remained sprightly enough to write one. And his autobiography combining his adventures in America with (to me) the even more interesting definitive history of British club culture from 1963 to the noughties or whenever. It would have been unmissable.
I also noticed Slipmatt recorded as early as 1988 with SL2 – I knew he was a DJ at a pretty legendary underground rave in north London (the Aquarian?) right back at the start but didn’t know SL2 went this far back.
A BIG BIG mistake that RM dropped their ‘Pop Dance’ chart as i found it to be a good indicator how a mainstream pop or rock track was doing in the club scene, it should have been reinstated within that year…but having said that plenty of short lived dance based publications during this period were compiling their own regular genre club charts – one in particular whose name escapes me adapted their top 20 upfront club chart from RM plus they printed their own top 20 club charts for both soul and Pop/Top 40 tracks … somebody a while back actually reproduced a few of these charts (via shorthand type rewritten) for a third-party chart buff who subsequently forward them onto me