July 22, 1989: Jody Watley with Eric B. & Rakim, Adeva, The 28th St. Crew, Smokin’ Gang, Fax Yourself

BEATS & PIECES

NOTE NOW that we have moved, making the new address for all charts and other communications — as of last week, so this really is important! — rm, Punch Publications Ltd, Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UZ (Fax number for charts, addressed like envelopes for the attention of Alan Jones/James Hamilton, is 01-928 5158) … I currently have a deadline so early on Thursday that unless record companies have ensured bike delivery of their product to my home address by Wednesday afternoon, they stand no chance of it being considered for review the following week (The Club Chart however will continue to reflect records’ activity up to the weekend immediately preceding publication) … London Jazz Radio, with backers including Michael Caine, Humphrey Lyttleton, Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Miles Kington, Bill Oddie, Brian Rix, Andre Deutsch and several MPs, won the London incremental FM radio licence — which won’t be bad, as the professionally run station promises a range of programming embracing all types of jazz plus soul, R&B and blues, influenced very probably by the way in which US jazz stations operate … KISS-fm’s hopeful backers meanwhile are described as being “choked”, but, although undeniably popular when operating as a pirate, their shoddy presentation just was not professional and tight enough to deserve to win: however, they were apparently one of the runners-up, and, depending on whose report you believe, further FM airspace may or may not be made available in London for the best two runners-up … Capital Radio’s Los Angeles recorded new jingles feature Philip Ingram, no less … BBC2-tv finally shows the drastically edited highlights of the Technics World DJ Mixing Championships Royal Albert Hall stage show this coming Monday (24) between 6.30-7pm … Les Adams celebrated the LA Mix single’s entry into the Top 20 by somehow getting pneumonia, but (against the advice of two doctors and, for what it was worth, myself) he nevertheless drove down from Newport Pagnell to Hammersmith for the Bobby Bland/Johnnie Taylor/Denise LaSalle show, but was in such pain on arriving that he checked in instead to the luckily nearby Charing Cross Hospital — where, following the show, Emma Freilich, Peter Young (“PY The Pink Tie” as he’s now known!) and MC Jammy Hammy found him sitting in just his underpants on a trolley with nobody looking after him, it taking us three hours then to get him properly admitted and tucked up in bed (which at the time of writing is where he seems likely to stay for some time yet) … West London’s Record & Disco Centre has been short of staff after the opening of a new sandwich bar, as within two days’ at least 25 people went down with food poisoning, including the shop’s Jerry Green, Sheridan Jules and Barvin Patel! … Brixton’s Red Records, having branched successfully into Soho, has just opened another new store in Peckham, at Rye Lane’s Aylesham Centre (described as a high street location without the usual high street compromises!) … Lil Louis ‘French Kiss’ has been promoed by ffrr, initial UK pressings being flipped by the import’s ‘Wargames’ and ‘Jupiter’ although vocal versions are yet to come — meanwhile, though, Simon Harris has recorded a cover version under the name Big Louis, which his own Living Beat Records will release on August 7, a fortnight after the original in a gentleman’s agreement with ffrr (for whom, of course, to complicate things, he records under his own name!) … Unyque Artists have split away totally from The Dance Yard Recording Corporation as an independent label, distributed by Spartan still … ‘Ska Train‘, so hot on promo, will after all now be a double A side on the Beatmasters’ next single … CBS have promoed on US-style seven inch the Soul II Soul/Loose Ends-ish jogging 95⅓bpm ‘Stronger Together (Demo Version)’ by The Chimes, flipped by the less good brassily jolting 0-94⅓bpm ‘Bodyrock‘ … I regret my new deadline left no time to review (on import) the girl wailed James Bratton & Kelly Charles created garage Franda Robertson ‘Think‘ (Micmac); aggressively snarled pumping hip house White Knight ‘Keep It Movin’‘ (Jive); afro rhythm flavoured jiggly Italian Landro & Co ‘Belo E Sambar‘ (New Music); anxious guy wailed vigorously bounding The Fascination ‘Serious‘ (Play House Records); Randy Muller penned swingbeat Skyy ‘Love All The Way‘ (Atlantic); Frankie Bones and Lenny Dee created typical acid, hip house and even rock eight-track ‘Looney Tunes‘ EP (Nugroove); War accompanied slow gruff rap Ice-T ‘Heartbeat (Remix)‘ (Sire); MC Jammy Hammy “get off” sampling murkily volume pumping Italian St Andrew’s Gang ‘The Family House’ (Discomagic); swingbeat-ish one side and slow soul t’other Babyface ‘Tender Lover’ (Solar LP); and (out here) totally Les Adams remade breezily chugging Viola Wills ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now‘ (Music Man); Teddy Riley produced and Timmy Regisford remixed whompingly buoyant swingbeat Déjà ‘Goin’ Crazy‘ (10 Records); girls sung bass pumped cantering Biddu Orchestra featuring Erica ‘Foundation Of Love‘ (Trax); Yazoo ‘Don’t Go’ based (rather than the Yazz you might here expect) jittery Euro house Two Without Hats ‘Try Yazz‘ (Music Man); DC Lee led ethereal “yay yay yeah” background girls chanted catchy sparse wriggly striding Slam Slam ‘Move (Dance All Night)‘ (MCA Records) … Koxo Club Band ‘Paradhouse Remix’ in its A-side German remix is 117⅘-117⅗bpm, while similarly Doug Lazy ‘Let It Roll’ on Atlantic is also only 117⅘bpm, Dee Major ‘Rock My Rhyme’ is 0-111⅘bpm and Steady B ‘Nasty Girls (Extended Version)’ is 122 bpm (none with “changing girls”, or “chanting chix” for that matter!) … Donnie Elbert, the distinctively high piercing pitched falsetto revivalist in the early Seventies of ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, has died aged 52 in Philadelphia — his searingly intense 1957 US hit slowie ‘What Can I Do‘ became something of a standard that was much covered subsequently by Jamaican singers, while the song for which he will probably be best remembered (his Motown revival pop hits notwithstanding) is the ‘Can I Get A Witness’ tempoed mid-Sixties mod anthem, ‘A Little Piece Of Leather‘ … Overlord X heads a big rap/funk/raga jam this Saturday (22) at Ipswich’s ICA in Woodbridge Road … Mark Richards spins upfront house/hip hop and soul classics at Reading’s After Dark Club on Thursdays, Sundays and Under 18 Saturday lunchtimes … Arista labelmates Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston’s upcoming ‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’ duet has been remixed by Clivilles & Cole, hopefully a good sign … Sonia’s pop smash strikes me now as being reminiscent, in pitch and atmosphere if not actual chords, of Sheena Easton’s debut hits … BCM Records’ all-star funk fest in Berlin is fast becoming THE place to be over the August bank holiday, although before then we are in danger of being regaled by tall stories from everyone currently in New York at the New Music Seminar (of course I’m not there, with my deadlines I haven’t time to go anywhere!) … I’m outta here, BUT NOT FOR LONG!


HOT VINYL

JODY WATLEY with Eric B. & Rakim ‘Friends (Extended Version)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1352)
The Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler and Paul Shabazz remixed fidgety bouncing and bumping ultra-jittery (0-)100⅙bpm swingbeat jolter with Rakim’s guest rap was surprisingly slow to take off on import but is so rhythm packed it’s sure to hit here, flipped (instrumental too) by the similarly Andre Cymone produced more plaintively jittering 102⅙bpm ‘Private Life’.

ADEVA ‘Warning’ (Cooltempo COOLX 185)
Promoed at any rate in two alternative double A side mixes, Adeva plummily gurgles and wails through this terrifically powerful garage newie, which may not have the benefit of already familiar lyrics like ‘Respect’ but is instantly catchy, in Paul Simpson’s rumbling and tumbling 0-119⅕bpm High On Hope Mix and Tony Humphries’ nervily jerking (0-)119-118⅘bpm Zanzibar Mix (the latter with more angular Chic-ish guitar and “D” Train-type synth). Watch it explode!

THE 28th ST. CREW ‘I Need A Rhythm (Vocal Club Mix)’ (US Vendetta Records VE-7023)
The Clivilles & Cole created “group” album’s title track is now 12-inched, a girls sung samples woven jittery 0-125-125⅖bpm house canterer echoing the likes of Jomanda ‘Make My Body Rock’, Maurice ‘This Is Acid’ and Adeva ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ in a smoother variation of the Todd Terry style, flipped by new Dubs numbers 1 and 2 — which, when this is out here soon in identical form (Breakout USAT 666), will be designated as the juddery tripping 125⅕-0bpm Dub Style and more interestingly episodic lurching 123⅕-0-123⅗-0bpm alternative Dub.

SMOKIN’ GANG featuring DJ Jack Boy, Rapper ‘Just Rock (Rap House Anthem)’ (US Hot Mix 5 Inc. Records HMF 116)
Mario Diaz, Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason, Mickey ‘Mixin’ Oliver and Ralphi ‘The Razz’ Rosario created twittery and jittery 124bpm acidic hip house rap sampling familiar notes and snippets from such as ‘The Champ’ in four differently textured mixes, balancing in various proportions the funk and acid ingredients. Not surprisingly, it took off fast!

FAX YOURSELF ‘(Walking On. . .) Sunshine ’89’ (German BCM Records 12218)
Being lumped by many in the “Italian house” bag and, as such, one of the hot ones although actually — whoops! — Belgian (BCM not being its original label), this is a cheerfully clomping, chanting, stuttering and twittering 123⅕bpm treatment of Eddy Grant’s old Rockers Revenge song, lightweight and pop orientated yet in the current climate getting attention from a wide range of jocks. Be warned, the oppressively dragging flip’s 102-0bpm ‘Psyko Beat‘ and 102bpm ‘Psyko Dream‘ are indeed the dreaded “new beat”!

SHA SHA ‘Lies (Remix)’ (Niteshift Records SHA SHA-1T, via JetStar)
Charting last week on DJ plays alone as a mailing list promo, the Foreign Affair created this plaintively soulful 17 years old Birmingham girl’s very Soul II Soul-ish 95⅚bpm jolting jiggly jogger (just one inevitably in what looks like being an imitative flood!), broken up by some funky samples and not bad — but not terribly original, either (dub flip).

L.D. JAM INC. ‘Rude Boyz Gettin’ Funky’ (1st Bass RUFF 3, via 01-486 5353)
Longsy D’s latest creation, this Todd Terry synth adapting tumblingly syncopated hip house/swingbeat “sampler” is a real oddball, sounding a deliberately too slow though jaunty 94⅔bpm when played at the labelled 33⅓rpm and a rather too fast 127⅔bpm at 45rpm (so DJs will doubtless vari-speed it to their desired median tempo!), with a useful ‘Rude Boyz Base’ instrumental, coupled on AA side by a densely throbbing and chugging twittery ominous 91⅓-0bpm ‘Uptown Jam‘ reggae-funk instrumental groove (‘Uptown Dub‘ too), powerful stuff not for the faint hearted!

RUTH JOY ‘Don’t Push It (Club)’ (MCA Records RJOY 1)
Krush’s singer solos sweetly in smoothly crooning contrast to DJ Mink’s angrily churning 0-102⅓-102½-102⅔bpm hip hop-ish backing beats, to create undulating jittery tension (0-102⅙-102bpm Dub too), flipped by the jaggedly scratched sometimes quite freaky but in general romantically jogging 0-91⅓-91⅔-91½bpm ‘Gimme Your Love (Club)‘ (violently transformer scratched 92⅔-91⅔bpm Dub), getting good initial reaction.

JERE McALLISTER ‘What I Do’ (US D.J. International Records DJ 976)
Previously spelt as Jerry, Mr McAllister’s Joe Smooth mixed but self created and unhurriedly intoned sparsely bounding wriggly flier leads up to orgasmic female giggling and groaning by Caprice in its 120-119¾-119⅔bpm Club Mix and 119⅔-119½-0bpm Instrumental Mix, but not its 119¾-119⅔bpm Radio Mix — I wonder why?!

FUNK DELUXE ‘I Surrender (London’s Moody Mix)’ (Tam Tam TTT 007, via Savage Records)
Randy Muller had a laugh at our reaction last winter when this was originally on import, and promised it would be speeded up for UK release — which it has been! A spine tinglingly squalling and roaring girls wailed 119⅗-119-119⅗bpm bubbly sparse frisky house-ish shuffler now, it’s flipped for comparison by the more ponderously lurching though still wailing wriggly garage-ish 113-112⅖-113⅕bpm Original US Version and 113-113½bpm Bonus Beats.

EPMD ‘So Wat Cha Sayin’ (Club Version)’ (US Fresh Records FRE-80133)
Erick & Parrish Makin’ Dollars lethargically rap in conversational lead-swapping style over DJ Scratch’s 102-101⅚bpm burbling backing, including a slowed down riff from Funkadelic ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ (101⅚bpm Dub and 102bpm Radio Versions), all very lazy for groovin’ in the heat of the street.

KOOL AND THE GANG ‘Raindrops (12″ Club Mix)’ (Mercury MERXR 293)
Although sounding fine to my mind at its original import tempo, this falling raindrops introed/outroed and drips punctuated soulfully harmonised swayer has been remixed and sped up by Blaze for the UK to become a rolling (0-)110⅖-0bpm lush fingersnapper, flipped though by the new vocal line-up’s more chunkily jolting (0-)107⅖-0bpm 12″ Swing Mix — which despite that title is not out and out swingbeat.

WOMACK & WOMACK ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau) (Lost Property Remix)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 138)
Newly re-remixed by one Stephen Taylor with tapping and clapping, this languid though pushing breathily duetted sinuous jiggly jolting 0-99⅓bpm jogger now adds a gentle go go-ish percussive urgency to its classically tempoed soul groove, flipped by the unrestructured rolling 99⅓bpm Original Version and an acoustically backed “Folk Version”.


REMIXES

INNER CITY ‘Do You Love What You Feel (Limited Edition Remix Collection)’ (10 Records TENG 273), an interesting marketing ploy designed to encourage the collecting instinct, this individually numbered (mine is 00099), twin-pocket, gatefold sleeve contains the first of two separately available 12 inch discs, TENR 273 having the 123⅘bpm bubbly lurching and leaping Magic Juan’s Smoking Remix, more acidically bounding Power 41 Remix and Martin Luther King sampling jerkily tumbling Dark Dub, Bright Tomorrow Mix, while TENZ 273 next week will have as yet unheard Wilson’s Techno Remix and Power 41 In Control Remix versions plus the original ‘Big Fun’;

PRINCE ‘Batdance (The Batmix)‘ (Warner Bros W2924TX), still fast but much slowed down funkily driving coherent 124⅘bpm remix by Mark ‘S’Express’ Moore and William Orbit of the original’s uptempo elements at a now thrumming house compatible tempo far better for dancefloors, the slower passage two-thirds through the original being separated out to make a tripping perky 111bpm Vicki Vale Mix on the flip;

REDHEAD KINGPIN & THE F.B.I. ‘Do The Right Thing (Happiness Remix)‘ (10 Records TENR 271), go go-ishly percussive chugging smooth 0-108⅔bpm remix by Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper of Soul II Soul (7″ Remix too), flipped by Gail ‘Sky’ King’s jerkily sampling hip hop 0-110⅖-0bpm 212 ‘Sky’ King Remix;

BLACKSMITH ‘Get Back To Love (Swing Beat Club Mix)‘ (ffrr FXR 111), totally different from their original rather patchily received uptempo mixes, Blacksmith’s jittery lurching 106bpm swingbeat remix is the version for which many have been waiting, on 33⅓rpm 12 inch with its instrumental Dub Mix and the original starkly snapping Blacksmith Dub Mix;

MANIC MC’s ‘Mental (The Final Climax)’ (RCA 1-NSANE), the Herb Alpert meets Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’-like “mental, mental, mental” chanting would-be sound-track for the summer of ’89 is in a slight 0-118⅘-118⅗bpm remix from its white labelled form for actual commercial release, flipped still by the 0-118⅘-118⅗-118⅘-118⅗bpm ‘Blowing Mental’ version (as it turns out to be called), plus some acappella 120bpm ‘Mental (The Chant)’;

PRINCESS ‘Lover Don’t Go’ (Touch Tone Records DUCT 1, via BMG/The Total Record Company), although nothing indicates it, the urgent churner’s commercial pressing is a less resonantly jangling more snappily percussive 120⅗bpm full remix with a “wooh yeah”-type break and brighter sound;

VANESSA WILLIAMS ‘The Right Stuff (Extended Remix)‘ (Wing Records/Polydor WINGR 3), new mum Vanessa’s single of some months back suddenly reappears in a funkily jiggling drummer break beat accompanied 0-111⅗bpm Norman Cook remix, with his 111⅖bpm Bonus Beats too plus the jerkily half-steppin’ staccato original 0-112⅗bpm Sadler & Shocklee 12″ Mix;

BE BIG ‘Guilty (Getting High, Blaze Your Hands Remix)’ (10 Records TENR 258), Gloria Robakowski’s previously “garage-ish” roller is now authentically the real thing in two smoothly throbbing, thumping and tapping 114bpm Blaze remixes, worth checking;

SIMON HARRIS featuring Lonnie Gordon ‘Pleasure Control (Club Remix Part 1)‘ (ffrr FXR 106), an also more authentically US-style rambling 122-0bpm remix by Yvonne Turner, with a much beefier Part 2 and episodic though pushing 122bpm Pleasure Re-Dubbed flip;

EDELWIESS ‘Bring Me Edelweiss! (US Remix)‘ (GiG Records/WEA YZ353TX), rather late but so totally different it should still be useful, the gimmicky Austrian novelty hit has been more credibly remixed for the States by Justin Strauss with added familiar samples in 0-119⅘bpm smoothly pulsing house-style Vocal, B2-Dub and jerkier Rap Versions;

EARTHA KITT & BRONSKI BEAT ‘Cha Cha Heels (Remix)‘ (Arista 612 332), organ jittered busily scurrying (0-)128½bpm revamp of the track that would probably be number one were we still compiling a Hi-NRG chart (Eartha’s growling “r-r-r-rrroww” intro should make a useful drop-in);

L.A. MIX featuring Jazzi P ‘Get Loose (Definitely Def Remix)’ (Breakout USAF 659), no longer using Atmosfear’s ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ break beat, Les Adams’ jittery galloping 127⅕bpm remix is driven by frantic farting bass and brass, which meets the marketing requirement of being different without necessarily being better (the original is still flip);

THE BLOW MONKEYS featuring Sylvia Tella ‘Choice? (Re-remix)‘ RCA PT 42958), sounding like a fault although apparently intentional (to my mind a big mistake), this oddball 116⅕bpm Short versions [sic], all driven to differing degrees by the ‘Think (About It)’ drumbeat;

COOKIE CREW ‘Come On & Get Some (Jack Swing Mix)‘ (ffrr FFXR 110), losing all trace of ‘Superfly’ and ‘Tramp’, the shrill girls’ dull newie now gets remixed by Blacksmith in inevitable jittery 96⅙bpm swingbeat style (which is in fact finally selling it), with its instrumental and an alternative lurchingly smacking but reggae bassed 96⅓bpm Raga Mix;

FFWD (FAST FORWARD) ‘Baby Don’t Go (Club Vocal)‘ (Breakout USAF 652), still spoilt by a drearily whined white boy vocal, the original Gail ‘Sky’ King remix has now been re-mixed in turn by JZJ Mix to make a house piano nagged burbling 119⅖bpm remix coupled by cowbell clonked thinner percolating 119⅕bpm Instant Mix, 119⅖bpm Awesome Dub, and 119⅘bpm Bass Don’t Go Mix versions;

LONDON BOYS ‘London Nights (PWL Remix)‘ (WEA YZ393TX), vigorously cantering (0-)119⅗-119⅘bpm Pete Hammond remix with a more abrupt intro;

JOYCE SIMS ‘Looking For A Love (“Free-D” Remixes)’ (ffrr FXR 109), Dana ‘free-D’ Vleck remixed 110⅕bpm drily snapping bass and tootling flute driven striding 1/2 Way To Heaven, emptily bumbling Devil In The Flesh, bassy Righteous Radio and percapella Voices In The Cathedral Mixes;

KRAZE ‘Let’s Play House (Parental Guidance Suggested Mix)‘ (MCA Records MCAX 1337), bashing and shouting 122bpm stark remix flipped by a more percussive 122-0bpm Party Mix, if anyone cares.


THE CLUB CHART – July 22, 1989

01 01 BACK TO LIFE (CLUB MIX/JAM ON THE GROOVE) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
02 02 LET IT ROLL Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in/Champion promo
03 06 FOREVER TOGETHER (FOREVER UNITED/FREEDOM/GIVE ME SOME DUB/DUBBIN’ TOGETHER MIXES) Raven Maize, US Quark 12in
04 08 FRENCH KISS Lil Louis, US Diamond Records 12in/ffrr promo
05 05 SAY NO GO (SAY NO DOPE MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
06 04 GET LOOSE (NOT FOR LONG MIX) L.A. Mix featuring Jazzi P, Breakout 12in
07 15 ON OUR OWN (EXTENDED CLUB VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
08 19 AIN’T NOBODY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES’ LP REMIX/HALLUCINOGENIC VERSIONS) Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
09 07 GRANDPA’S PARTY (12” MUSIC/BEAT MIXES) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
10 17 TEARS (CLASSIC VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL) Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie, ffrr 12in
11 14 DO THE RIGHT THING (12”/US STREET MIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
12 13 WE GOT OUR OWN THANG (CLUB VERSION) Heavy D & The Boyz, MCA Records 12in
13 03 FIGHT THE POWER (EXTENDED VERSION) Public Enemy, Motown 12in
14 10 DO IT TO THE CROWD Twin Hype, Profile 12in
15 16 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (THE “PUMPED UP MIX”/ORIGINAL VERSION) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
16 11 JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ (SK’OUSE/HIP HOUSE) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, Desire 12in
17 23 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL MIX) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
18 46 DEFINITION OF A TRACK/IN MOTION/DEFINITION OF A RAP Precious, MCA Records 12in
19 28 BLAME IT ON THE BASSLINE Norman Cook featuring MC Wildski, Go Beat 12in
20 09 HEY BOY (12” CLUB/HOUSE/G-MAN MIXES) Tammy Lucas, RePublic Records 12in
21 33 DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL (WILSON’S HIP HOUSE/ALBUM/KEVIN’S MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
22 22 I’M GLAD YOU CAME TO ME (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Bäs Noir, US Nugroove 12in
23 44 MY FANTASY (EXTENDED/RAP VERSIONS) Teddy Riley featuring Guy, US Motown 12in
24 12 HEAVEN (CELESTIAL CLUB MIX) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
25 36 101 (THE REMIX/UPTOWN VERSION) Sheena Easton, MCA Records 12in
26 18 IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob featuring LRS, ffrr 12in
27 56 CHOICE? (MIXES) Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Tella, RCA 12in
28 52 I NEED A RHYTHM (VOCAL CLUB MIX/DUBS) The 28th St. Crew, Breakout 12in
29 — WARNING (HIGH ON HOPE/ZANZIBAR MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
30 47 SKA TRAIN/HEY DJ I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in pre-release
31 73 I’M IN LOVE (REMIX/CLASSIC/HARMONIC MIX) Sha-Lor, de/Construction Records 12in
32 67 I GIT MINZE (US EXTENDED VERSION) Too Nice, US Arista 12in pre-release
33 43 DEFINITION OF LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) Kevin Saunderson presents KAOS, Kool Kat 12in
34 21 UH-UH OOH-OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) (STEVE HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX) Roberta Flack, Atlantic 12in
35 48 DOOWUTCHYALIKE (PLAYHOWYALIKE MIX) Digital Underground, US Tommy Boy 12in
36 32 MENTAL Manic MC’s, RCA 12in white label
37 26 BUST A MOVE/GOT MORE RHYMES Young MC, Delicious Vinyl 12in
38 25 RIDE ON TIME (ORIGINAL MASSIVE MIX/EPSOM GARAGE MIX/ASCOT PIANO MIX) Black Box, de/Construction 12in
39 60 DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil, Champion 12in
40 51 GET BACK TO LOVE (SWING BEAT CLUB MIX) Blacksmith, ffrr 12in
41 24 FORGET THE GIRL (EXTENDED REMIX/MIDTOWN MIX) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
42 35 GRANDPA’S PARTY (THE LOVE II LOVE REMIX) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
43 — FOREVER TOGETHER (AMAIZIN’ N.Y. MIX/SCAT THIS MIX/FOREVER UNITED MIX/FREEDOM MIX) Raven Maize, RePublic Records 12in
44 74 TALK IT OVER (MIXES) Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples, Breakout 12in
45 34 SALSA HOUSE (THE REMIX)/I CAN MAKE YOU DANCE/COMING FROM LONDON/SET YOURSELF FREE Richie Rich, Gee Street 12in mailing list promo
46 20 LOOKING FOR A LOVE (CLUB MIX) Joyce Sims, ffrr 12in
47 30 SALSA PARTY/HEARTBREAKER (REMIXES) Mystique featuring Tina Gomez/Kid Valdez, RePublic Records 12in
48 37 ALL OVER THE WORLD Chuck Jackson, Nightmare 12in
49 — THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME (MILES AHEAD MIX/EXTENDED VERSION) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in white label
50 80 EXPRESS YOURSELF/STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (EXTENDED MIXES)/A BITCH IZ A BITCH N.W.A., US Ruthless Records 12in
51 55 EARTHLY POWERS (IS IT REAL?)/TECHNO POWER A Man Called Adam, Acid Jazz 12in
52 — CASH (MESSAGE FOR CARMEN MIX) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
53 58 FRIENDS (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
54 65 ONE NIGHT IN MY LIFE (IT’S TIME) Akasa, WEA 12in pre-release
55 — JUST AS LONG AS I GOT YOU/THEY STOLE OUR BREAK (BOYEE!)/NOTHING STAYS THE SAME/ANOTHER PLACE ANOTHER TIME/NOBODY WEBBOE/SET JAH OFF/JAMMING BREAKDOWN 4/HALFWAY TO SEVEN Frankie “Bones”/Lenny “Dee” present Looney Tunes Volume One, US Nugroove 12in
56 96 PAYBACK IS A BITCH (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND) (MIXES) Liz Torres, US Jive 12in
57 97 THE RIGHT STUFF (NORMAN COOK REMIX) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
58 — KEEP IT MOVIN’ (‘CAUSE THE CROWD SAYS SO) (IT’S DOPE)/(DOPE ACID MIX/FUNKY MIX/INSANE MIX) White Knight, US Jive 12in
59 — IT’S NO CRIME/TENDER LOVER/MY KINDA GIRL/LET’S BE ROMANTIC/I CAN’T STOP MY HEART/WHIP APPEAL/SOON AS I GET HOME/GIVEN A CHANCE/SUNSHINE/WHERE WILL YOU GO Babyface, US Solar LP
60 59 BACK TO LIFE (ACAPPELLA)/JAZZIE’S GROOVE/HAPPINESS (DUB)/HOLDIN’ ON (BAMBELELA)/KEEP ON MOVIN’/FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul, 10 Records LP
61 40 LET’S WORK (CLUB VERSION)/I CAN’T TAKE IT (CHEP’S DOWN) Casanovas Revenge, de/Construction Records 12in
62 — WHERE DO WE GO? (STEVE ‘SILK’ HURLEY MIXES) Ten City, Atlantic 12in
63 79 PARADHOUSE REMIX (MIXES) Koxo Club Band, CityBeat 12in
64 68 TELL IT AS IT IS (PL MIX) Company 2, Tam Tam 12in white label pre-release
65 62 LIES (REMIX) Sha Sha, Niteshift Records 12in mailing list promo
66 — THINK (CLUBHOUSE/CLUB DUB VERSIONS/INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS) Franda Robertson, US Micmac Records Inc 12in
67 50 WOMEN BEAT THEIR MEN (MIXES) Voodoo Doll, Champion 12in
68 83 SO WAT CHA SAYIN’ (CLUB VERSION) EPMD, US Fresh Records 12in
69 — MENTAL (THE FINAL CLIMAX) Manic MC’s, RCA 12in pre-release
70 61 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Jack Trax 12in
71 57 WHY (EXTENDED VERSION/INSTRUMENTAL) Carly Simon/Chic, WEA 12in
72 86 RAINDROPS (BLAZE’S UK CLUB MIX/SWING MIX) Kool & The Gang, Mercury 12in
73 29 NUMERO UNO (MIXES) Starlight Invention Group, Italian Dee Jay Lelewel 12in
74 — GHETTO MUSIC/GIMME DAY (WOY)/BO! BO! BO!/YOU MUST LEARN/JAH RULEZ/THE BLUEPRINT/WORLD PEACE/THE STYLE YOU HAVEN’T DONE YET/BREATH CONTROL/JACK OF SPADES/HIP HOP RULES/WHO PROTECTS US FROM YOU?/WHY IS THAT? Boogie Down Productions, Jive LP
75 — DON’T PUSH IT/GIMME YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Ruth Joy, MCA Records 12in pre-release
76 — MOVE (DANCE ALL NIGHT) (CLUB MIX/BIG FAT DUB MIX)/DREAM ON Slam Slam, MCA Records 12in pre-release
77 — TRY YAZZ (MIXES/ORIGINAL ROUGH YAZZ MIX) Two Without Hats, Music Man 12in pre-release
78 71 WHERE DO WE GO? (US REMIXES) Ten City, US Atlantic 12in
79 94 LET THE RAIN COME DOWN/(I CAN’T MESS AROUND) YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE ME Intense, US Ace Beat 12in EP
80 90 ILLUSION/R-THEME (MIXES) R. Tyme, Kool Kat 12in
81 78 REAL LIFE (HOUSE MIX aka HOUSE DUB PART 1) Corporation Of One, Desire 12in
82 88 IT’S REAL (12” EXTENDED VERSION) James Ingram, Warner Bros 12in
83 53 I DON’T MIND THE WAITING Omar, Kongo 12in
84 54 LIVIN’ IN THE GHETTO Down By Law, CityBeat 12in
85 31 BLAZIN’ Stardust/BEST PART OF ME Cynthia ‘Cookie’ Abrams/PLAY TO WIN Sharone/I AM SOMEBODY Jerry Edwards (‘Paradise Regained’), RePublic Records LP
86 95 DON’T FIGHT THE MUSIC (MIXES) Maureen, The Dance Yard Recording Corporation 12in
87 — M.P.B. (MISSIN’ PERSONS BUREAU) (LOST PROPERTY REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
88 — WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW (LP VERSION)/WHAT YOU DON’T HOUSE/SHE RIDES THE PONY (REMIX/YEAH, DO IT DUB/LP VERSION) Tuff Crew, US Soo Def Records 12in
89 98 MORE BOUNCE/MOOD FOR LOVE/WE GOT OUR OWN THANG Heavy D & The Boyz, US Uptown Records LP
90 81 WHAT I DO (MIXES) Jere McAllister, US DJ International Records 12in
91 — SHAKE YOUR RUMP/DIS YOURSELF IN ’89 (JUST DO IT)/33% GOD/HEY LADIES Beastie Boys, US Capitol 12” EP
92 75 CASANOVA (PASSION HERO) Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Production House Records 12in white label pre-release
93 72 THINK (FARLEY’S MIXES) Farley Jackmaster presents Precious Red, Champion 12in mailing list promo
94 — I GOT IT GOIN’ ON (REMIX) Tone Loc, Delicious Vinyl 12in
95 49 JUST ROCK (RAP HOUSE ANTHEM) (MIXES) Smokin’ Gant featuring DJ Jack Boy, Rapper, US Hot Mix 5 Inc Records 12in
96 39 TWO WRONGS (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) (MIXES) David Peaston, US Geffen Records 12in
97 re RUFF & MASSIVE/FREE SOUTH AFRICA (VERSIONS) Massive Sounds, US Nugroove 12in
98 — GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS (FLIM FLAM REMIX) Odyssey, German Streetheat 12in
99 re BANG – BANG – YOU’RE MINE (MIXES) Bang – The Party, Warriors Dance 12in white label
100 — BELO E SAMBAR (DANCE/DUB VERSIONS) L.A.N.D.R.O. & Co, Italian New Music 12in

2 thoughts on “July 22, 1989: Jody Watley with Eric B. & Rakim, Adeva, The 28th St. Crew, Smokin’ Gang, Fax Yourself”

  1. Well, that “Italian house” craze didn’t last long, did it: in their second weeks on the chart, Black Box drop from 25 to 38, while Starlight plunge from 29 to 73. What a silly little bit of hype that was! 🙂

    Meanwhile, the Soul II Soul soundalike boom is still in the ascendant, with James wisely predicting, in his Sha Sha review, that the record is “just one inevitably in what looks like being an imitative flood”.

    I’d love to hear the Jammy Hammy “get off!” sample in St. Andrew’s Gang’s “The Family House”, but sadly it’s not available online – so if anyone could help out, that would be amazing.

    There was a massive hype around Ruth Joy, whose debut release is reviewed this week, with front covers in both Record Mirror and The Face, but none of it ever translated into sales.

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  2. Reading this edition is a stark reminder of how much the world has changed in just over 30 years. James outlining the cumbersome process of “snail mail” that served us so well for centuries- relying on the postal service to deliver chart returns in time and to deliver new records/CDs for review. Today this is possible in seconds with a few key strokes. It seems like yesterday yet it really is a lifetime ago.

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