March 25, 1989: N.W.A: “Shocking and loathsome though most of it may be, I haven’t enjoyed an album so much for ages”

BEATS & PIECES

DISCO MIX CLUB’s 1989 International DJ Convention remained an unsurpassable meeting place for the world’s dance music business, but its two main days (held for the first time at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square) were a hard slog and many people expressed regret that the event was no longer at the now doubtless outgrown Hippodrome — itself criticised in the past, mainly about drink prices! — where, by being “in the round” with a central stage area, everyone could see what was going on without having to make a special effort, unlike at the cavernous new venue where the stage was at one end and usually obscured by people standing on stools to get a better view … Shep Pettibone (who wasn’t there) came out top of a poll to find the favourite remixer of the panel members in the interesting producers and remixers seminar debate, which featured Frankie Knuckles, Bruce Forest, Ben Liebrand, Les Adams, Phil Harding, Arthur Baker, Paul Dakeyne, Brian Harris, Dave Morales, Gail ‘Sky’ King, a taciturn (and in fact 27 years old!) DJ Mark ‘The 45 King’ James, and Derrick May — who Derek B himself made a very true criticism of DJs who buy records purely to impress other DJs, ignoring their customers (much of the “rare groove” vibe?) during a Chris Hill chaired “million pounds of experience” debate in which I hope I was as controversial as possible, along with Jeff Young, PWL’s Tilly Rutherford and veteran jock Ian Reading … Uncle B Nice (East London’s slow talking freestyle Brian Bennett) was the Shure Golden Mic winning rapper, much to the delight of co-sponsors Sleeping Bag Records who had fancied him from the start … Alyson Williams was joined by Chuck Stanley in a soul searing live showcase, while other live PAs at the Empire included Adeva, Jomanda, Paula Abdul and Black Rock & Ron … Technics World DJ Mixing judges at the Royal Albert Hall (where Tony Prince was aided by Jeff Young and Mike Shaft as comperes for the BBC TV-filmed event) were Bruce Forest, Ben Liebrand, DJ Mark The 45 King, Les Adams, Red Alert, Tim Simenon, Derek B, Paul Dakeyne, Cash Money and myself — I actually scored Finland’s DJ Eliot Ness as my winner, not only because I thought he was best on the night but also because I can’t help thinking that there will be no incentive for other countries to compete if the championship is always hogged by the UK and USA … Cash Money, last year’s champ (who remarked during the final, “These guys are all copying what I did last year”), had been due to perform as well and wanted to show people that “when you win you don’t just fall over, you go on and get better, and doors are opened to you, there is something more to strive for”, but he was told he would be “too good” and blow the actual competitors away if he did — hence his pointed remarks during the award giving! … Chaka Khan was the final live “surprise”, teasingly introduced except nobody recognised the new long intro of Dancin’ Danny D’s drastic remix of ‘I’m Every Woman’! … MCA Records’ private party at Kensington’s swank Roof Gardens, following the finals, was the hottest invitation in town and a grand finale for all who got in! … Gail ‘Sky’ King, Les Adams and Emma Freilich (LA Mix), Roger Tovell (Severn Sound), Rich Edwards (Radio Wyvern), ‘Mad’ Max Burns (Lincoln Cinderellas) and I went to a well known “after hours” Grecian restaurant for a late night meze after the MCA party, and had to leave in a hurry (luckily after eating) when the people a couple of tables away started trying to kill each other with broken bottles —just prior to this, the restaurant, by complete coincidence, had been playing a bootleg of Les’s and my Capital Radio New Year’s Eve party tape from 1987! … Bruce Forest, legendary New York club DJ/remixer, and Simon Harris discovered, during an earlier, Mexican dinner, that they both share a passion for new radio edits, which I wouldn’t have thought entirely necessary! … Heather Austyn turns out to be the Cool Notes’ Heather! … Martin Collins, now managed by Adrian Webb, will be broadcasting vocally on Capital Radio by mid-April … LNR ‘Work It To The Bone‘ (US House Jam), reviewed last August but never hot enough to hit the Club Chart, is finally taking off in the wake of being much sampled … WEA’s club plugger Fred Dove included in the “goodie bag” that all DJ convention-goers received, “the world’s first CD slip mat” —think about it! … WOOO! YEAH!



CUTMASTER SWIFT, seen flanked by last year’s winner Cash Money and the Disco Mix Club’s Tony Prince as he brandishes the golden Technics SL 1200 trophy, is the 1989 World DJ Mixing champion! Winning with a far from peak performance, during which he attempted a trick standing on a chair but kept kicking the console and so gave it up. He beat the USA’s second placed 17-year-old DJ Aladdin, whose furious mish mash of the boringly obvious ‘Rock The Bells’ and ‘Rockit’ was enlivened by some fantastically fast cutbacks, and Finland’s third placed DJ Eliot Ness, a “bedroom mixer” whose expert very fast manipulation was virtually flawless. The mixing, however, was just one almost incidental part of a stupendously well staged spectacular show at the Royal Albert Hall (the stage in fact being a gigantic, fully detailed Technics SL 1200 turntable!), due to be shown in edited form in BBC-TV within the next few weeks. Performing live were the Boys, Will Downing, Alyson Williams, Inner City, Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane, Sheena Easton, Mica Paris, Chanelle, Alexander O’Neal and Chaka Khan — spread out over the evening to it wasn’t until the end when they were all back-announced that one suddenly realised just what a hell of a show it had been! — while stepping on stage to collect awards were S’Xpress, Coldcut, Les Adams, Yazz, the Pasadenas, Mica Paris, Kevin Saunderson and Inner City, Ben Liebrand, D. Mob, Pet Shop Boys, Roxanne Shanté, LA & Babyface, Big Daddy Kane, and Alexander O’Neal. Even so, amazingly, everyone who appeared was booed (the really “pop” acts especially) by some of the hip hop element in the audience, one girl right behind me being particularly vociferous. When I asked her who instead she would like to see, she said, “We don’t want American PAs, we want to see British PAs”, and on further probing, finally cited the Demon Boyz as the sort of up and coming act that should be pushed. This would certainly make the event cheaper to stage, but would hardly attract as much media attention. While there’s no pleasing everyone, I’m sure Tony Prince will not be worried as he knows, especially following the disaster of the Brits awards at the same venue, that he and the DMC team have staged a genuine triumph!


HOT VINYL

N.W.A. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (US Ruthless Records SI-57102)
N.W.A. stands for Niggas With Attitudes, and if that prompts you to put pen to paper in protest then you’ll be truly outraged by the lyrics of this Los Angeles gang’s album, which offend against all normal standards of decency. However, “attitudes” in this case means more than macho bravado and surly resentment — these guys adopt a searingly realistic attitude to the world around them, and although every other word in most of their raps is “motherf***er” they have no poverty of expression in putting over ideas, all the tracks being positively bursting with opinions and power. You may not agree with their attitude towards the police, murder and violence, but then you don’t have to live where they do. Their brutally honest attitude about love and sex makes for the best tracks, the inoffensively worded (unless you count “screwing” and “ding-a-ling” as dirty) slow jolting 79½bpm ‘I Ain’t Tha 1’ (as in “I ain’t the one”) is a cynical conversation between an adoring if mercenary plaintive girl and rapper Ice Cube, best summed up by the closing exchange: “But you said you loved me.” “I don’t see no rings on this finger.” “Why you doing me like this? I love you.” “Yeah, you love my money. I got what I wanted — beat it.” A real grabber, it’s safe for radio, the other cleanly worded tracks being the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band reviving 0-95bpm ‘Express Yourself‘, witty 106⅓bpm ‘Quiet On Tha Set‘ and 100⅙bpm ‘If It Ain’t Ruff‘. Otherwise parental discretion is advised over the violent 0- 98⅓bpm ‘Gangsta Gangsta‘, 100⅓-98⅚bpm ‘—- Tha Police‘ (fill in the blanks), 88bpm ‘Dopeman (Remix)‘, (0-)103-0bpm ‘Straight Outta Compton‘, 0-95⅙bpm ‘Compton’s In The House (Remix)‘, and indeed 0-97⅙-0bpm ‘Parental Discretion Iz Advised‘. Shocking and loathsome though most of it may be, I haven’t enjoyed an album so much for ages, and even taped it for my car — which is more than I bothered doing with the De La Soul set!

SHARON DEE CLARKE ‘Something Special (Magic Juan Mix)’ (Urban URBX 31)
Penned and produced, and indeed originally credited as being performed, by Damon Rochefort although always wailed by Sharon, this now thunderously thumping and sizzling (0-)124bpm techno canterer instantly exploded as soon as pre-release promos hit the shops, and sounds actually stronger than Inner City’s newie (124bpm Magic Juan’s Instrumental Mix and less emphatic 124¼-0bpm original album version too). A smash?

ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK ‘Joy And Pain (World To World Remix)’ (Supreme Records SUPET 143)
Acappella introed jumpily jiggling bass and skittery beats driven enthusiastic 0-109⅚bpm terrific Gail ‘Sky’ King remix of the Maze quoting insistent infectious “bass” beat boosting rap, with a brilliant percussion breakdown halfway — better by far than ‘Get On The Dance Floor’ — flipped by the much less bright 109⅔bpm Album Version and new 109⅔bpm Dub Version, plus the LP’s Teddy Riley arranged 0-110⅓bpm ‘Check This Out’, a murkily jerking hip house scrubber sampling Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Move Your Body’.

CORPORATION OF ONE ‘The Real Life’ (Desire WANT x 16)
Now rightly credited as composed also by Simple Minds and Freddie Mercury, this Freddy Bastone created jittery bass bumped (0-)120⅓-0bpm old fashioned Man Parrish-type freestyle/Latin hip hop electro instrumental not only scratches in its “is this the real life” title line from Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but also (as several readers have pointed out) uses the synth track from ‘Theme For Great Cities‘ off Simple Minds’ 1981 album ‘Sister Feelings’. Slow to explode but now massive, this is the original version rather than the more recently imported remix (nervily lurching 124½bpm ‘The Prayer‘ flip).

RICHIE RICH ‘Rockin’ On The Go-Go Scene’ (Gee St. Recordings GEE T12)
Samples, quotes and scratches crammed ultra jiggly jumping go-go tempoed 0-107½-107⅙-107½-0bpm jitterer designed to rock you again & again & again & again & again & again (hint!), likely to be the biggest thing this London DJ’s done when it’s out fully on April 3, flipped by a squidgier 107⅙bpm alternative edit, plus three unrelated different 99⅚bpm, 113⅚bpm and 116⅘bpm drily drummed break beat loops.

THE BEATMASTERS WITH MERLIN ‘Who’s In The House (The Hip House Anthem)’ (Rhythm King LEFT 31)
Having laid down the subsequently Cookie Crew rapped house tempo ‘Rok Da House’ back in 1986, the Beatmasters claim to have invented “hip house” and in this Merlin rapped crudely racing brash 124-0bpm churner they virtually paraphrase Tyree’s ‘Turn Up The Bass’ in an answering retribution (fluttery bassier less brash B-side vocal 122⅔bpm After Eight Dub, which many may prefer), not due fully until April 3.

M-D-EMM featuring NASIH ‘Get Hip To This!’ (RePublic Records LICT 022)
Not released fully until April 25 but sure to chart long before that, this anti-drugs (0-123⅘-124-124⅕bpm hip house “street” rap by MC Nasih (pronounced Na-see) scurries and scrubs along like an express train through its Get Hip Or Get Lost version, scratching in (rather than sampling) the Reddings’ “get funky get down”, Kay Gees’ “move, right yea”, and Clair Hicks & Love Exchange’s “are you ready for this”, which usefully make a Sampella following the short instrumental (0-)123½bpm M-D-Emm Provide The Beat, flipped by the bassier bubbling urgent 123⅘bpm Get Hip DJ and more sparsely bounding 123½-124bpm Get Hip Homeboy versions.

INNER CITY ‘Ain’t Nobody Better (Duane Bradley “Detroit’s Burning” Mix)’ (10 Records TEN x 252)
Powerfully acappella introed then eventually Paris Grey wailed smacking 0-119bpm techno shuffle and thump in the usual style but possibly without so uplifting a song as before (beware the false finish!), flipped by a wrigglier 0-119⅕bpm “Master Reese” Mix and interestingly sparser dubwise tricks filled 119½-118¾-118⅓-0bpm Magic Juan Techno Trix Mix, out fully April 3.

VICKY MARTIN ‘Not Gonna Do It (I Need A Man)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1320)
Marshall Jefferson & Vicky Martin’s wailing and rambling deep house import hit has for UK release (on March 28) been completely remixed and repackaged in four brand new versions, a jerkily percussive surging (0-)121½bpm Bam Bam House Mix, 121½bpm 7″ Edit, more mellow 121¼bpm Marshall Jefferson Radio Mix and Acappella.

THERYL ‘Open Up Your Heart’ (US Hot Soul Records HAL 12112)
Philadelphia recorded excellent soaring and searing throatily soulful guy sung swaying 98bpm jogger (instrumental flip), about for a while and well worth checking — if house had never happened it would have been massive by now!

KEITH, KAT & BLONDIE ‘Gotta Get Some Money’ (US nugroove NG 007)
Terrific subtly exciting weird atmosphere drenched emptily tapping bassily resonant 117½-118⅓bpm deep house pulser, with some conversation between a newly arrived in New York fortune seeking girl and a cab-driving hopeful singer before the guy starts mournfully cataloguing his hardships in song, and the two of them end up preaching and wailing about the need for money (samples washed (0-)117½bpm Hundred Dollar Dub and rumbling 118bpm Eerie Instrumental too), fascinating moody stuff. I actually mentioned it in passing just before Christmas, when it got lost, and now thankfully interest is growing. It may be too subtle at first for a large room, but try it!

SKYY ‘Start Of A Romance (Extended Version)’ (US Atlantic 0-86444)
Still produced by Randy Muller & Solomon Roberts Jr despite their new label, New York Skyy’s return is an abruptly jolting stuttery rumbling 0-103bpm stark basher, youthfully pent-up with probable “street soul” appeal (more dub-like vocal “Instrumental” too).


REMIXES

POZITIV NOIZE ‘I Feel Fine (Magic Juan Mix)‘ (Urban URBA 30), really good thuddingly bounding far more solid and convincing 124-0bpm techno-style remix with mumbling male comments;

EPMD ‘I’m Housin’ (Simon Harris Remix)‘ (Sleeping Bag Records SBUKR 7T), densely slithering and scrubbing (0-)106⅔bpm revamped droning mumbler;

THE FOUR TOPS ‘Indestructible (Infinity Dance Mix)‘ (Arista 612 160), dreadful ponderously thudding and jiggling 106-0bpm largely instrumental tedious remix of the currently charted reissue.


THE CLUB CHART – March 25, 1989

01 01 KEEP ON MOVIN’ (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul (featuring Caron Wheeler), 10 Records 12in
02 02 ONE MAN (ONE MIX) Chanelle, Cooltempo 12in
03 04 TURN UP THE BASS (REMIXES) Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady, ffrr 12in
04 03 SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
05 05 MUSICAL FREEDOM (FREE AT LAST) (EXTENDED FREEDOM MIX/THE ORIGINAL/SIMPSON TREATMENT) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and introducing Carmen Marie, Cooltempo 12in
06 08 YO YO GET FUNKY (MIXES) Fast Eddie, DJ International Records 12in
07 09 SAY NO GO/ME MYSELF AND I/EYE KNOW/GHETTO THANG/POTHOLES IN MY LAWN De La Soul, Big Life LP
08 17 TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONIGHT) (MIXES) Brian Keith, CityBeat 12in
09 12 PEOPLE HOLD ON (MIXES) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield, Ahead Of Our Time 12in
10 14 THE 900 NUMBER The 45 King, Doctor Beat 12in
11 07 THIS IS SKA/THINGS JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE Longsy D’s House Sound, Big One 12in
12 06 SATISFACTION/YOU MUST BE THE ONE/SUSPICIOUS/WHERE DO WE GO?/FOR YOU/CLOSE AND SLOW Ten City, Atlantic LP
13 10 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (ACIEED/UNDERGROUND MIXES) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
14 18 I’M RIFFIN (ENGLISH RASTA) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
15 19 GOT TO KEEP ON (B BOY MIX/12” VERSION)/PICK UP ON THIS Cookie Crew, ffrr 12in
16 27 PLANET E (MIXES)/DANCIN’ MACHINE (ACID HOUSE REMIX) kc Flightt, US RCA 12in
17 22 BLACK IS BLACK/STRAIGHT OUT THE JUNGLE Jungle Brothers, Gee Street 12in
18 20 REACHIN’ (BROTHERHOOD/LATIN WORKOUT MIXES)/IT’S A MYSTERY (MYSTERY II U/ORIGINAL MYSTERY MIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
19 44 DON’T BE CRUEL (EXTENDED VERSION/RAPACIOUS MIXES) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
20 13 MY LOVE IS MAGIC (LES ADAMS’ BIG BÄS DRUM REMIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
21 38 MAKE MY BODY ROCK (FEEL IT) (MIXES) Jomanda, US Big Beat 12in
22 11 ADDING ON (CLUB TRACK)/FIRST IN EXISTENCE/BLACK IS BACK/PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS/ALL TRUE AND LIVING Lakim Shabazz, US Tuff City LP
23 24 SECRET RENDEZVOUS (AFTER HOUR MIX) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
24 — VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL MIX/RICKY ROUGE REMIX aka GERALD’S RHAM ON ACID REMIX) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
25 15 WANNA BE GOOD TONIGHT (TOP CAT/CANDI MIXES) Candi McKenzie, Cooltempo 12in
26 57 GIRL I GOT MY EYES ON YOU (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Today, Motown 12in
27 29 PROMISED LAND (MIXES) Joe Smooth featuring Anthony Thomas, DJ International Records 12in
28 16 NOT GONNA DO IT (BAM BAM HOUSE REMIX) Vicky Martin, MCA Records 12in pre-release
29 32 JUST A LITTLE MORE Deluxe, Unyque Artists/The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
30 84 GOT TO GET YOU BACK (THE GROOVY PIANO MIX) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
31 21 THE REAL LIFE Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in/Desire promo
32 51 BLACK AND PROUD!/SKRUM (AND THEN SOME!) Dismasters, US Urban Rock Records 12in
33 78 COMIN’ CORRECT/(RUFF NHECK SPARKI MIX)/WIZE/BIZZIE RHYMIN MC Mell’O’ with DETT Inc, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
34 25 JOY AND PAIN (REMIXES) Donna Allen, US Oceana 12in
35 47 ACTIVATED (TIMMY REGISFORD REMIX) Gerald Alston, Motown 12in
36 42 I NEED SOMEBDOY (MARSHALL JEFFERSON/BLAZE/FLY GUYS MIXES) Kechia Jenkins, CityBeat 12in
37 49 MY PREROGATIVE (EXTENDED REMIX) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
38 26 I CAN DO THIS (UPTOWN/DOWNTOWN MIXES) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
39 30 SOMETHING SPECIAL Sharon Dee Clarke, Urban 12in pre-release
40 45 CRUCIAL (DANCE REMIX) New Edition, US MCA Records 12in
41 — STRAIGHT UP (12” REMIX/KEVIN SAUNDERSON HOUSE MIX) Paula Abdul, Siren 12in
42 37 MY LOVE IS SO RAW/NOT ON THE OUTSIDE/I NEED YOUR LOVIN’/WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT/ON THE ROCKS/JUST CALL MY NAME Alyson Williams, Def Jam LP
43 66 THE HUNTED CHILD/HIGH ROLLERS (REMIXES) Ice-T, Sire 12in
44 34 YOU WERE THE ONE (HOUSE MIX/SHAMEEK’S HOUSE MIX) Deniz, Urban 12in
45 48 FREE YOUR SELF/BETTER DAYS (MIXES) Jimi Polo, Urban 12in
46 53 RUNAWAY GIRL/IT’S ALL RIGHT (MIXES) Sterling Void, ffrr 12in
47 33 WILD THING/LOC’ED AFTER DARK Tone Loc, Fourth & Broadway 12in
48 61 WHO’S IN THE HOUSE (THE HIP HOUSE ANTHEM/AFTER EIGHT DUB) The Beatmasters with Merlin, Rhythm King 12in pre-release
49 28 THE REAL LIFE (OPPY MIX)/SO WHERE ARE YOU Corporation Of One, US Smokin’ 12in
50 52 PROMISED LAND (LONGER)/CAN YOU STILL LOVE ME? The Style Council, Polydor 12in
51 100 RHYTHM IS THE MASTER/(INSTRUMENTAL)/TIME TO RHYME/(DUB) DJ Chuck Chillout and Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in
52 36 M.U.S.I.C. (USE IT) The Dynamic Guv’nors present Jazzy Jason, Blapps! Records 12in
53 60 SEDUCTION (MIXES)/EVERYBODY “JUMP” Seduction, Breakout 12in
54 59 HELYOM HALIB (ACID ACID ACID/ACID MIX) Cappella, Italian Media Record 12in
55 — YOU’RE NOT RIGHT (MIXES) Velma Wright, US Super Tronics 12in
56 — AIN’T NOBODY BETTER (DUANE BRADLEY “DETROIT’S BURNING” MIX/MAGIC JUAN’S TECHNO TRIX MIX/”MASTER REESE” MIX) Inner City, 10 Records 12in pre-release
57 41 LET’S WORK (VERSIONS)/HERE WE GO (R U READY)/I CAN’T TAKE IT (MIXES)/THE DOPE JAM Casanova’s Revenge, US Invasion 12in
58 54 BAD ATTITUDE (EXTENDED MIX) Heather Austyn, Urban 12in
59 31 ROMEO AND JULIET (VOCAL REMIX) Blue Magic, US Def Jam 12in/OBR promo
60 39 I WANT YOU/SHE SAY KUFF (MIXES) Massive Sounds, US nugroove 12in
61 23 SELF-DESTRUCTION (MIXES) The Stop The Violence Movement, Jive 12in
62 — LACK OF LOVE (GARAGE/HOUSE/CLUB MIXES) Charles B, Desire 12in
63 70 ALL PRAISE/LET ME MAKE LOVE TO YOU (CLUB MIX) Prince Lover Dalu, Breakout 12in
64 89 BAD PLACE TO GET HIT/REBEL SOUND DJ Dzire featuring JC 001 & Glory B, Furious Fish 12in
65 40 ONE STEP AT A TIME (MIXES) Naisha, US Sutra/Anything Goes Records 12in
66 43 SERIOUS (CEEREEUS BDP REMIX) Steady B, US Jive 12in/UK promo
67 46 IT’S A MYSTERY (OF LOVE) (REMIXES) Phase II, RePublic Records 12in limited edition
68 — I’M HOUSIN’ (SIMON HARRIS REMIX) EPMD, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
69 80 I’M HOUSIN (REMIX) EPMD, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
70 — VOODOO RAY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES’ PARADISE BALLROOM/PENTHOUSE/VOODOO RAYDIO MIXES)/(ORIGINAL aka UK RADIO MIX/GERALD’S RHAM ON ACID aka RICKY ROUGE REMIX) A Guy Called Gerald, US Warlock Records 12in
71 50 SEX 4 DAZE (I WANT IT, YOU CAN GET IT) (MIXES) Lake Eerie, US nugroove 12in
72 62 DON’T WALK OUT ON LOVE (MIXES) Gallifré featuring Mondée Oliver, US Gherkin Records 12in
73 — CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
74 — LOVE TONITE Dave Collins & Jacqui Jones, GTi Records 12in white label
75 35 LOVE’S GOT 2 BE STRONG (MIXES) Keyman Edwards, US Sound Pak 12in
76 86 I FEEL FINE (12” REMIX) Positiv Noize, Urban 12in
77 74 MONKEY SAY, MONKEY DO (GERMAN BEAT REMIX) WestBam, Doctor Beat 12in
78 69 OK, ALRIGHT (MIXES) The Minutemen, US Smokin’ 12in
79 — JOY AND PAIN (WORLD TO WORLD REMIX/DUB/ALBUM VERSIONS)/CHECK THIS OUT Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Supreme Records 12in pre-release
80 63 THE COURT IS NOW IN SESSION/LET THE WORDS FLOW Chill Rob G, US Wild Pitch 12in
81 re IT TAKES TWO (ORIGINAL TUFF AUDIO MIX) Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, CityBeat 12in
82 55 SHACK IT UP A.O.K., US Profile 12in
83 re HEY MUSIC LOVER (G-OO-D VIBRATION MIX) S’Xpress, Rhythm King 12in
84 — LONELINESS/(CLUB MIX/INSTRUMENTAL DUB) Kelvin Pizzaro, Champion 12in
85 — GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME (VOCAL MIX/BONUS BEATS/LP VERSION)/MOE LUV’S THEME (VOCAL REMIX/BONUS BEATS/LP VERSION) Ultramagnetic MC’s, ffrr 12in
86 71 ROAD TO THE RICHES (LP VERSION) Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
87 56 SPEND THE NIGHT (BAM BAM’S “HOUSE” REMIX/MIKE DUNN DUB MIX/ORIGINAL MIX) Bam Bam, Desire 12in
88 re ON A LOVE GROOVE Orchestra JB, Metro Music International 12in
89 — SOLUTIONS (MIXES) Keith Edwards featuring Xaviera Gold, US Sound Pak 12in
90 77 TIME MARCHES ON (STRAIGHT UP MIX/JUST RIGHT MIX/JUST RIGHT DUB/JUST IN TIME MIX) Jungle Wonz, Breakout 12in pre-release
91 — THAT’S HOW I’M LIVING/CHIEF Toni Scott, Champion 12in mailing list promo
92 99 GANGSTA GANGSTA/EXPRESS YOURSELF/STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON/- – – – THA POLICE/COMPTON’S IN THE HOUSE (REMIX)/QUIET ON THA SET/DOPEMAN (REMIX) N.W.A., US Ruthless Records LP
93 — GET HIP TO THIS! (GET HIP OR GET LOST/GET HIP DJ/GET HIP HOMEBOY)/M-D-EMM PROVIDE THE BEAT M-D-Emm, Republic Records 12in pre-release
94 — TRILOGY OF TERROR/ROAD TO THE RICHES/POISON/IT’S A DEMO/MEN AT WORK/RHYMES I EXPRESS/COLD CUTS/SHE LOVES ME, SHE LOVES ME NOT/TRULY YOURS/CARS Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Cold Chillin’ LP
95 58 WHY CAN’T YOU (BELIEVE IN ME) Marc Sadane/YOU CAN DO IT (IT’S SO EASY) Dino Terrell/I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER Darryl Payne featuring Will Downing/CAN YOU LOVE ME Billy Strick/TOUCH ME (LOVE ME TONITE) Brian Keith/IT’S ALRIGHT NV/I NEED YOU NOW Sinnamon/DANCING IN THE STREET Kreamcicle featuring Barbara Harris (‘Darryl Payne: Past, Present & Future’), Graphic Records LP
96 — JAM JAM (IF YOU CAN)/(CLUB HIP HOP/RADIO EDIT)/WISHING YOU WERE HERE (MIXES) The Gyrlz, US Capitol 12in
97 — OVER YOU (MIXES) The Nightwriters, Jack Trax 12in
98 — RAP SUMMARY (LEAN ON ME) Big Daddy Kane/AFTER 12 Force MD’s/SKEEZER Roxanne Shanté/YOU ARE THE ONE TKA/I AIN’T MAKING IT Stetsasonic/LEAN ON ME Thelma Houston & The Winans/EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY Riff, Teen Dream & Taja Sevelle/ALL THE WAY TO LOVE Siedah Garrett, US Warner Bros LP
99 re I CAN’T STAY AWAY (MIXES) Ragtyme featuring Byron Stingily, US Bright Star Records 12in
100 re PARADHOUSE (REMIX) Koxo Club Band, German ZYX Records 12in

One thought on “March 25, 1989: N.W.A: “Shocking and loathsome though most of it may be, I haven’t enjoyed an album so much for ages””

  1. The term “freestyle” as a synonym for Latin hip hop debuts this week, long after one might have expected it – but unlike “swingbeat”, which is starting to crop up with greater frequency, it doesn’t enter James’s core lexicon. Then again, his distaste for the genre has been well documented!

    The photo captions for Alyson Williams and Inner City have been accidentally reversed – that trademark Williams hat is instantly recognisable.

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