August 5, 1989: Chaka Khan, kc Flightt, Alyson Williams, Lonnie Gordon, Sergio Mendes

BEATS & PIECES

BEATS & PIECES and BEATS PER MINUTE, for the time being at any rate, are going to have to be printed with decimal points instead of fractions when necessary (you hopefully weren’t too confused by one creeping in last week), as to comply with the total in-house computerisation of rm I am trying to get to grips with my own word processor, which very irritatingly (until I work out how to get it to do otherwise!) only seems capable of generating ½ and ¼ as fractions — I actually had to use decimals when writing for Germany’s Network Press, and although they look a bit cumbersome they are easy enough to understand (rounded up or down to two decimal places, ⅐ becomes .14, ⅙ is .17, ⅕ is .2, ¼ is .25, ⅓ is .33, ⅖ is .4, ½ is .5, ⅗ is .6, ⅔ is .67, ¾ is .75, ⅘ is .8, ⅚ is .83, 6/7 is .86, these in practice probably being smoothed off even further for simplicity as a relative indication is really all that’s needed, absolute accuracy always having been hard to guarantee anyway even after painstaking and time consuming repeated calculation) … Sandee ‘Notice Me’, hitting The Club Chart through last December on US The Fever import and then out here on Ton Son Ton with spasmodic non-charted support right up by coincidence until just a fortnight ago, looks like taking off all over again in its 122.33-0bpm Notice The House Mix following the return of the UK DJs who attended the New Music Seminar in New York, where it’s currently mixed so much by the hotter club jocks that it seems to have become the big rave sound of the event! … rm ended up by not in fact moving offices until earlier this week, a fortnight late, which meant that many DJs’ charts had to be couriered back through cross town traffic if sent to the new address as instructed (Alan Jones/James Hamilton, rm, Punch Publications Ltd, Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UZ is where they really must be sent now!) — writing three days ahead of its compilation, this seems unlikely to have affected The Club Chart … Breakers bubbling under The Club Chart last week (all with significant support even if not enough then to hit the keenly contested Top 100) include Paul Rutherford, The Minutemen, Boogie Down Productions 12in, Raul featuring J. Bonell, Victor Romeo presents Leatrice Brown, Kelly Charles & James Bratton, LaKim Shabazz, Edwin Starr, Where’s The Fire, Cry Sisco!, Viola Wills, Hithouse, Rockie Robbins, L.D.Jam Inc, Judy Torres … Wednesday, remember, is the day by which I need all records to be delivered at my home address for possible review (most still arrive on Thursday, which is such a waste as I don’t even have time to open them then) — however, Brian Mason (Cricklewood Ashtons) complains about the mail that lately all the piles of promotional vinyl which used to land on his doormat every Saturday, in time for weekend play and evaluation for reaction reports, now tend not to arrive until Monday or Tuesday with the result that he can’t gauge accurate reaction until the following weekend, thus missing his report deadlines and getting in danger of being struck off mailing lists … Spencer Baldwin has joined MCA Records’ dance department and is fast becoming the actual club plugger with whom DJs will be dealing … Michaela Strachan (the ‘Wide Awake Club’s “her” in ‘The Hit Man And Her’) appears to be making her Stock Aitken Waterman produced recording debut with a frantically dated revival of Edwin Starr’s ‘HAP.P.Y. Radio‘ … Dan Hartman’s rippling vibes started then wailing Loleatta Holloway duetted 0-121.6-121.1-121.4bpm ‘Vertigo/Relight My Fire‘ from 1979 (reissued on US CBS Associated Records 4ZH 06922) is among the old Hi-NRG faves being revived on London’s Balearic scene, which, along with the closely related “Italo disco” trend, as Richard ‘Tricky Dicky’ Scanes of Soho’s Trax Records shop in Greek Street (the scene’s main vinyl supplier) so astutely points out, is “all Italian high energy in reality” — this presents us with the ironic and very real possibility that The Club Chart could soon be taking over from rm’s late lamented Hi-NRG chart! … Trax Records’s current Balearic Top 10 is: 1 Black Box ‘Ride On Time’ (de/Construction), 2 Starlight ‘Numero Uno’ (CityBeat), 3 Akasa ‘One Night In My Life‘ (WEA), 4 Richie Havens ‘Going Back To My Roots‘ (US Easy Street), 5 Elkin & Nelson ‘Jibaro’ (German CBS), 6 Paul McCartney ‘Ou Est Le Soleil‘ (Italian Parlophone), 7 Gino Latino (various tracks) (Italian Time LP), 8 L.A.N.D.R.O. & CO. ‘Belo e Sambar’ (Italian New Music), 9 Marco Martina ‘Just An Illusion‘ (Italian Discomagic), 10 D.F.X. ‘Relax Your Body‘ (Italian London Street), while in the next 10 are such recently reviewed releases as the Koxo Club Band, Fax Yourself, Raul featuring J. Bonell, Cry Sisco!, The KLF … Manic MCs ‘Mental’ is finally out this week, billed now as featuring Sara Carlson in some vocal capacity … Adeva ‘Warning’ on commercial 12 inch pressings turns out to include its two, previously detailed mixes plus the Original 12 Mix of her old ‘Respect’ — surely a superfluous and negative move, as there can’t be many people buying the newie who don’t already own the oldie? … Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M. Doc’s ‘Work It Out’, promoed as an Ext. Mix, will be commercially released here in Club and Acid Mixes … Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’s long awaited debut Warner Bros album is at last scheduled for UK release next month … Markell Riley appears really to exist, and would seem to be the brother of Teddy Riley (but is he actually doing all the work with which he’s credited?) … El DeBarge exhibits some satisfyingly nifty footwork in his video for ‘Real Love’, still one of the better “new jack swing” things to date, so it’s a pity it didn’t do better — a candidate for reappraisal, maybe, now that swingbeat is getting a proper hold?) … Al Green’s current album, its Al B. Sure! and Kyle West remixed ‘As Long As We’re Together‘ swingbeat-style single apart, is merely rather rudimentary gospel and a big disappointment (even the single, heard in this context, is revealed as having religious lyrics) … Steve Dee, probably with some justification, boasts that “a brand new concept in nightclubs” will be opening in Gillingham, Kent, on August 24, Excalibur having four separate sound systems with quad panning, enough lights to present a different major light show every day of the week, 150 video monitor screens, pinball machines as decor on the walls, an ultra violet carpet, and an hydraulic dancefloor that can have either an aquatic light show under it when raised or — how mundane! — people merely dancing on it when lowered … Martin Stooke, who kicked off his long DJing career with just one turntable and 25 Victor Sylvester 78s in 1953, is now described by others as “the oldest DJ in Kidderminster” (a claim he refutes!), yet nevertheless celebrated his 50th birthday still in harness last month alongside other special guest star Midlands personality jocks … ‘Segue’ Steve Goddard (only 33) takes his ‘Adventures In The Land Of Music’ Seventies/Eighties soul/funk/jazz-fusion show every Wednesday to Bermondsey’s free admission Samsons in Grange Road, while otherwise he’s solidly upfront (with a smattering of old swingbeat classics) at the same venue on Saturdays, Rotherhithe’s Gardeners Fri/Sundays, and Old Kent Road’s Drovers Thursdays (all in South East London) — on the subject of oldies, he suggests that a Dancin’ Danny D remix could make Chic’s ‘My Forbidden Lover’ a smash overnight … Crazy Jammers For London Dancers have started Shock-Out Wednesdays at 126 York Way, Kings Cross, with Larry Jazz plus guests presenting jazz dance in the basement and selectors DJ Zaf, Richie ‘R’ and Simon ‘L’ spinning metropolitan dance sounds upstairs — promotion manager Trevor St. Francis of Islington’s Reckless Records is looking for suitable soul, house and swingbeat PAs (on 01-249 7446, Mon/Thursday 11am-3pm) … Simon Bogey and Mark Adrian spend £50 a week just on imports to make their ‘Dance Till Ya Drop’ Sunday nights at bracing Skegness’s TCs “the most upfront on the North East coast” (admission only one quid) … John Rodgers, now resident jock at Gt Yarmouth Tiffanys, also crams in over a 1,000 at Ipswich Hollywood’s soul nite the first Tuesday of every month (which in that case ought to have been this week, August 1, with Eddie ‘Respect’ Gordon too) … DJ Shem aka Streets Ahead (co-star of the ‘Blame It On The Bassline’ video), having graduated from Sussex University with a good English degree, is relaxing in Greece for the rest of the summer before rejoining Norman Cook in Brighton to do further production and remix work … Bob Masters and Chris Bangs host another Bournemouth Weekend (billed as “The Righteous Music Event”) August Bank Holiday Sat/Sun/Monday (26-28), held in five separate sessions with one £21 advance ticket covering them all (from Showman Entertainments, Second Floor, 73 Surbiton Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, full details on 01-546 2754), the other featured jocks including Simon Dunmore, Nicky Holloway, Gilles Peterson, Johnny Walker, Leo Ryan, Gary Dennis, Doris Blofeld (?) … Adeva is the first (repeat) act confirmed for LiveWire’s November 3-5 Prestatyn 6 weekender (booking hotline 01-364 1212) … KISS-fm, vowing not to return to London’s airwaves until they can do so legally, are now lobbying for the allocation of the 104.8FM wavelength to a deserving local cause once BBC Radio 1 relinquishes it in November … Birmingham and Wolverhampton would seem to be hotbeds of pirate black radio, to judge from several recent dial sweeps while driving up the M6 on my way to North Wales (sunny in spells last week!) … I’m outta here, this as every week during the summer on Monday and Tuesday headed hopefully for somewhere sunny, BUT NOT FOR LONG!


HOT VINYL

CHAKA KHAN ‘Soul Talkin’ (Serious Soul Mix)’ (US Warner Bros 0-21250)
American 12-inchers are so much better value, this five-tracker coupling Dancin’ Danny D’s Remix and Remix Edit of ‘I’m Every Woman’ with Frankie Knuckles’ Hallucinogenic Version of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ on one side (labelled as “Happenin’ Then . . .”) while the main plug side (” . . .Happenin’ Now”) is Paul Simpson’s beefy bass jolted swaying and strolling 110.2bpm garage remix of something actually new, or at least from Chaka’s most recent album, ‘CK’ (Serious Soul Edit too).

kc FLIGHTT ‘In Flightt’ (US RCA 9776-1-R)
Arguably a pioneer of hip house before even the Beatmasters, rapper kc’s strong album has the Jazz (a girl) duetted atmospherically shuffling 122½bpm ‘Summer Madness’, friskily acidic 123.8-123.4bpm ‘Fantasy’, urgently latin 125bpm ‘It Goes Like This’, coolly synthed 117½bpm ‘Jazz Player’, skittery 123bpm ‘Bass Line’, quietly sinuous 122½bpm ‘Let’s Go’, Randy Muller fluted 89-0bpm ‘Your Place Or Mine’, dull 115½bpm ‘Africa’, already known 121.2bpm ‘Planet E (House Mix)’, 120.2bpm ‘She’s Sexxy (Fantasy Mix)’ in demand 0-123bpm ‘Let’s Get Jazzy‘. A pity the level of the cut is so low.

ALYSON WILLIAMS ‘I Need Your Lovin’ (The Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper Remix)’ (Def Jam 655143 6)
Soul II Soul’s massive success with slinkier traditional soul tempos is thankfully having the effect of bringing speeds back down again, this promo (single-sided white label only, so far) for instance, their remix of one of her album tracks, creating an instant demand despite being a chunkily jogging slow 85.14-84.86bpm soulfully wailed and worried roller, a really mesmeric groove.

LONNIE GORDON ‘It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder) (Unabridged Club Mix)’ (Supreme Records SUPTET 151)
Simon Harris’s first choice of vocalist for his current single, this now UK based American girl moans and wails up a loosely rambling storm over producer Paul Dakeyne and remixer Yvonne Turner’s solidly chugging though episodic (0-)119.8-0bpm wriggly retread of, with an adapted title, First Choice’s garage classic, tighter perhaps in its 119.5-0bpm Club Mix (repetitive “put that record back on” — “all right” exchanging 119.8bpm separate ‘All Right’ break beat too).

SERGIO MENDES ‘Mas Que Nada (The Justin Strauss Remix)’ (US A&M SP-12312)
Starting with a modern re-recording of the Portuguese sung jaunty samba classic, so it’s not too difficult to remix, Justin drives it with metronomically steady though breezily percolating 109½bpm percussive beats through four mixes, and then drops in even some hip hints out of devilment!

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ‘Description Of A Fool’ (US Jive 1241-141D)
Induced and messed around with by A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers, this really is Roy Ayers Ubiquity’s ‘Running Away’ slowed down as the 107.83bpm backing to a conversationally muddled De La Soul style new wave rap, in three treatments, Talkie, Silent and ‘Instrumentalism Of Fools’ (all in fact with dialogue).

ALISHA WARREN ‘Touch Me (The Amore Mix)’ (RCA PT 42824)
Alisha follows a decidedly more dance aimed groove than her sister Mica Paris for this soulfully wailed and nagged surging (0-)120-0bpm authentically styled garage rambler (which may not make it the most widely commercial of songs), with an also (0-)120-0bpm more house-ified good tightly tapping The Embroy Mix.

DAVID PEASTON ‘Two Wrongs (Don’t Make It Right) (Club Body Mix)’ (Geffen Records GEF58T)
Teddy Riley & Gene Griffin remixed jiggly rolling 106½bpm swingbeat with differing degrees of jitter in the three mixes released here (Almost There-Fairly Straight becoming Club 2 Body Mix, plus the Percappella), soaringly and roaringly sung by the amazing Rance Allen toned gospel-ish continual winner of the televised amateur night at the Apollo, a voice to be reckoned with.

TOO NICE ‘I Git Minze (Extended Version)’ (Arista 612 437) Gail ‘Sky’ King remixed White Lines’-ishly throbbing good 119.67bpm hip house jiggler by drily rapping Glen Gibbs and DJ Brian Bond, re-edited here to emphasise its catchy “say jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump” line (Single Version too, and starkly narrative 99bpm ‘Cold Wind Strong Isle’).

ELKIN & NELSON ‘Jibaro’ (German CBS CBS 654691 6)
The 1986 original of last year’s Balearic cover version by Electra, apparently “remastered”, this Spanish gipsy-type ponderously lurching but rhythmically scrubbing catchy chanter builds up to an unaccompanied climactic vocal wind down before then unexpectedly erupting into a frantically jolly knees-up finale in its (0-)107½-107-109-110-110½-109½-110½-0-142½-138½-137bpm Enrolle (long version), or missing out the finale in its 107½-109-110½-110-112- 0bpm Aperitivo (short version).

ELLE ‘Give It To Me (Club Mix)’ (Rham! RS8906)
Chapter (of & The Verse) produced rapping Mancunian girl duo leaping through a breezy if at first rather clichéd 125.5bpm hip house bounder that gets more interesting as it progresses through some male ragamuffin rap to end in smoothly sung piano jangled straight house style (Kinks guitar sampling jerky unison rapped (0-)109.33bpm ‘Dupes‘ flip).

SLAM SLAM ‘Move (Dance All Night) (Club Mix)’ (MCA Records MCAT 1346)
Ethereally echoing “yay yaaay yiiiii” background girls chanted but sombre D.C. Lee led wriggly striding 119.66-0bpm house hustler, with a very different beefy bass throbbed 119.8bpm Big Fat Dub Mix and the humpback whale sampling unrelatedly jittery percolating semi-instrumental (0-)119.8-120-119.6-0bpm ‘Dream On’.

CASANOVA’S REVENGE ‘Bat House’ (US Invasion PAL 7264)
Charley Casanova probably cut this cash-in before the ‘Batman’ movie opened, as he uses the TV series for reference, quoting effects, dialogue and above all the original theme through three repetitively stuttered clanking and clonking rhythm workouts, the (0-)122.67-122.75- 122.33-0bpm Gotham City Mix, (0-)123-0bpm Bat Beat, and (0-)123-122.75-0bpm House Mix.


POP DANCE

JIVE BUNNY AND THE MASTERMIXES ‘Swing The Mood’ (Music Dance MFDT 001), based entirely on the John Anderson Big Band’s ‘Glenn Miller Medley’ — a record which I was the first to discover and repeatedly champion, as regular readers will remember, so I’m a bit disappointed that nobody saw fit to send me this update! — this current national smash is the ultimate party record (inspired perhaps by Capital Radio’s new year’s eve party tapes?), an 186-185½-187bpm backdrop of ‘In The Mood’ cleverly overlaid with Chubby Checker, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, an Elvis Presley impersonator (a pity, that), and Danny & The Juniors;

CLIFF RICHARD ‘I Just Don’t Have The Heart’ (EMI 12EM 101), potential chart-topping (when released on August 14) Stock Aitken Waterman created gaily cantering 123bpm catchy unabashed dancefloor fodder combining the team’s Rick Astley and Donna Summer styles with some wordless “woo-woo” hooks, a must for mobiles;

EXPOSÉ ‘What You Don’t Know (Atomic Mix)’ (Arista 612 354), brightly strutting (0-)120bpm girl group strider dropping sneaky sampled quotes from Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Rockers Revenge, Michael Jackson, Boney M and more;

WILLIAM ORBIT ‘Fire And Mercy’ (I.R.S. EIRST 126), throbbing and twittering dense rumbling bumpy (0-)100½-0bpm rock instrumental chugging through many guitar and synth generated changes;

P.i.L. ‘Warrior (The Dave Dorrell Remix)’ (Virgin VSTX 1195), shuffling and swaggering loose limbed 119-0bpm wriggler with a few shouted John Lydon vocals or an in any case even more interesting episodic (0-)119-0bpm dub;

1969 ‘Apollo 11′ (Big One VV BIG 15), thumping 0-119.8bpm electro chugger like a more clodhopping ’19’ with repeated voice samples of lunar significance and dramatic bursts of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’, especially in the house-ier 0-123.8-0bpm Second Stage flip.


THE CLUB CHART – August 5, 1989

01 01 FRENCH KISS/WARGAMES (REMIX) Lil Louis, ffrr 12in
02 02 BACK TO LIFE (CLUB MIX/JAM ON THE GROOVE) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
03 03 LET IT ROLL Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
04 04 SAY NO GO (SAY NO DOPE MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
05 06 DO THE RIGHT THING (12”/US STREET MIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
06 13 I NEED A RHYTHM (VOCAL CLUB MIX/DUBS) The 28th St. Crew, Breakout 12in
07 05 FOREVER TOGETHER (US MIXES) Raven Maize, US Quark 12in
08 08 RIDE ON TIME (MIXES) Black Box, de/Construction 12in
09 07 ON OUR OWN (EXTENDED CLUB VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
10 36 WARNING (HIGH ON HOPE/ZANZIBAR MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
11 09 GET LOOSE (NOT FOR LONG MIX) L.A. Mix featuring Jazzi P, Breakout 12in
12 11 AIN’T NOBODY (FRANKIE KNUCKLES’ LP REMIX/HALLUCINOGENIC VERSIONS) Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
13 10 DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL (WILSON’S HIP HOUSE/ALBUM/KEVIN’S MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
14 21 THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME (MILES AHEAD MIX/EXTENDED VERSION) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
15 14 I’M GLAD YOU CAME TO ME (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Bäs Noir, US Nugroove 12in
16 26 UH-UH OOH-OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) (STEVE HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX) Roberta Flack, Atlantic 12in
17 38 NUMERO UNO (MIXES) Starlight, CityBeat 12in
18 16 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (THE “PUMPED UP MIX”/ORIGINAL VERSION) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
19 12 MY FANTASY (EXTENDED/RAP VERSIONS) Teddy Riley featuring Guy, MCA Records 12in
20 17 WE GOT OUR OWN THANG (CLUB VERSION) Heavy D & The Boyz, MCA Records 12in
21 33 MENTAL Manic MC’s, RCA 12in white label
22 34 PAYBACK IS A BITCH (MIXES) Liz Torres, US Jive 12in
23 31 HEAVEN (CELESTIAL CLUB MIX) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
24 42 THE RIGHT STUFF (NORMAN COOK REMIX) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
25 28 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL/RICKY ROUGE REMIX) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
26 15 HEY BOY (12” CLUB/HOUSE/G-MAN MIXES) Tammy Lucas, RePublic Records 12in
27 37 FIGHT THE POWER (EXTENDED VERSION) Public Enemy, Motown 12in
28 19 DO IT TO THE CROWD Twin Hype, Profile 12in
29 39 DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil, Champion 12in
30 27 DOOWUTCHYALIKE (PLAYHOWYALIKE MIX) Digital Underground, US Tommy Boy 12in
31 24 DEFINITION OF LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) Kevin Saunderson presents KAOS, Kool Kat 12in
32 40 I’M IN LOVE (REMIX/CLASSIC/HARMONIC MIX) Sha-Lor, de/Construction Records 12in
33 61 FOREVER TOGETHER (AMAIZIN’ N.Y./SCAT THIS/FOREVER UNITED/FREEDOM MIXES) Raven Maize, RePublic Records 12in
34 23 GRANDPA’S PARTY (THE LOVE II LOVE REMIX)/I’LL DRIVE YOU CRAZY Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
35 22 BLAME IT ON THE BASSLINE Norman Cook featuring MC Wildski, Go Beat 12in
36 46 LIES (REMIX) Sha Sha, Niteshift Records 12in
37 25 DEFINITION OF A TRACK/IN MOTION/DEFINITION OF A RAP Precious, MCA Records 12in
38 30 FRIENDS (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
39 29 I GIT MINZE (UK EXTENDED VERSION) Too Nice, Arista 12in
40 51 PARADHOUSE REMIX (MIXES) Koxo Club Band, CityBeat 12in
41 20 SKA TRAIN/HEY DJ I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
42 66 GET LOOSE (DEFINITELY DEF REMIX) LA Mix featuring Jazzi P, Breakout 12in
43 57 DON’T PUSH IT (CLUB) Ruth Joy, MCA Records 12in
44 73 RAINDROPS (BLAZE’S UK CLUB MIX/US SWING MIX) Kool & The Gang, Mercury 12in
45 18 GRANDPA’S PARTY (12” MUSIC/BEAT MIXES) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
46 44 TEARS (CLASSIC VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL) Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie, ffrr 12in
47 76 I GOT IT GOIN’ ON (REMIX) Tone Loc, Delicious Vinyl 12in
48 53 JUST AS LONG AS I GOT YOU (CLUB MIX)/ANOTHER PLACE ANOTHER TIME (CLUB MIX) Frankie “Bones”/Lenny “Dee” present Looney Tunes Volume One, US Nugroove 12in
49 52 MENTAL (THE FINAL CLIMAX) Manic MC’s, RCA 12in pre-release
50 35 THINK (FARLEY’S HIP HOUSE MIXES) Farley Jackmaster presents Precious Red, Champion 12in
51 62 ONE NIGHT IN MY LIFE (IT’S TIME) Akasa, WEA 12in
52 32 CASH (MESSAGE FOR CARMEN/GOD BLESS THE MONEY MIXES) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
53 50 TELL IT AS IT IS (PL MIX) Company 2, Tam Tam 12in
54 78 TWO WRONGS (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) (MIXES) David Peaston, Geffen Records 12in
55 68 DO THE RIGHT THING (HAPPINESS/212 “SKY” KING REMIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
56 — OH WORLD (EXTENDED MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in mailing list promo
57 96 CASANOVA (MIXES) Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Production House Records 12in
58 56 IT’S NO CRIME/TENDER LOVER/MY KINDA GIRL/LET’S BE ROMANTIC Babyface, US Solar LP
59 58 (WALKING ON…) SUNSHINE ’89 Fax Yourself, Belgian Sound Of Belgium/German BCM Records 12in
60 86 TOUCH ME (MIXES) Alisha Warren RCA 12in pre-release
61 79 IT’S NOT OVER (LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER) (MIXES) Lonnie Gordon, Supreme Records 12in pre-release
62 59 GET BACK TO LOVE (SWING BEAT CLUB MIX) Blacksmith, ffrr 12in
63 47 M.P.B. (MISSIN’ PERSONS BUREAU) (LOST PROPERTY REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
64 72 WORK IT OUT (EXT. MIX) Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M. Doc, Atlantic 12in promo
65 70 SALSA HOUSE (THE REMIX)/I CAN MAKE YOU DANCE/COMING FROM LONDON/SET YOURSELF FREE Richie Rich, Gee Street 12in mailing list promo
66 41 CHOICE? (MIXES) Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Tella, RCA 12in
67 67 TALK IT OVER (MIXES) Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples, Breakout 12in
68 45 101 (THE REMIX/UPTOWN VERSION) Sheena Easton, MCA Records 12in
69 — SPEAKING ON EVERYTHING/DO THE RIGHT THING (USA)/SUPERBAD, SUPERSLICK/WE ROCK THE MIC RIGHT/DO THAT DANCE/SCRAM!/KILIMANJARO STYLE/A SHADE OF READ/PUMP IT HOTTIE/THE REDHEAD ONE Redhead Kingpin and the FBI, US Virgin LP
70 87 MAS QUE NADA (THE JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Sergio Mendes, US A&M 12in
71 77 KEEP IT MOVIN’ (‘CAUSE THE CROWD SAYS SO) (MIXES) White Knight, US Jive 12in
72 100= BEYOND THE 16TH PARALLEL B.R.O.T.H.E.R., Fourth & Broadway 12in
73 re EYE TO EYE/CLOUDS (REMIXES) Chaka Khan, Warner Bros LP
74 — GET INTO THE DANCE/OPENING MELODY Maurice, US Trax Records 12in
75 — CAN’T GET OVER YOUR LOVE (FULL CLUB MIX/BOYD JARVIS VIBES MIX/RADIO MIX) Paul Simpson presents Simphonia, Republic Records 12in pre-release
76 — FRENCH KISS (HOT VERSION/TRIPLE “M” MIX/DIAMOND MIX) Honesty 69, German BCM Records 12in
77 re TRY YAZZ (MIXES) Two Without Hats, Music Man 12in
78 — CUBAN GIGOLO Sound Factory/CAN’T TAKE IT Keith Thompson/TWILIGHT Trio Zero/THROW ‘EM THE CHICKEN Crowd Control/LIKE THIS LIKE THAT Madagascar/SOMEONE TO LOVE ME Glenn “Sweety G” Toby/HAPPY/THE TIME IS NOW FOR ACTION Big Men/ALWAYS THERE CharVoni/DO IT STEADY Vice Versa (‘Black Havana’), US Capitol LP
79 re AFRO DIZZI ACT Cry Sisco!, Escape Records 12in
80 — CAN WE TALK (CLUB MIX/DUB VERSION/RADIO EDIT) Donna Allen, BCM Records 12in
81 — CHOICE? (RE-REMIX/SHORT/MAGIC JUAN/ELECTRO MIXES) The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Tella, RCA 12in
82 re ALL OVER THE WORLD Chuck Jackson, Nightmare 12in
83 49 WHAT TIME IS LOVE? (THE ’89 PRIMAL REMIX/TECHNO SLAM/PURE TRANCE MIXES) The KLF, KLF Communications 12in
84 83 IT’S ALRIGHT (THE TYREE MIX) Pet Shop Boys, Parlophone 12in
85 re ROCK THE HOUSE (CLUB MIX) Nicole, US Oceana 12in
86 84 DESCRIPTION OF A FOOL) (RUNNING AWAY) (MIXES) A Tribe Called Quest, US Jive 12in
87 — THE BIG PAYBACK/KNICK KNACK PATTY WACK/SO WAT CHA SAYIN’/IT WASN’T ME IT WAS THE FAME/JANE II/GET THE BOZACK/TOTAL KAOS/PLEASE LISTEN TO MY DEMO/IT’S TIME TO PARTY/WHO’S BOOTY/STRICTLY SNAPPIN’ NECKS/YOU HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK EPMD, US Fresh LP
88 — LET ME NOW (12” REMIX/12” EXTENDED REMIX/BONUS BEATS/7” RADIO EDIT) Cyberia, Avenue X Records 12in
89 100= IT’S REAL (12” EXTENDED VERSION) James Ingram, Warner Bros 12in
90 95 YA BAD CHUBBS (CHUBB CLUB MIX) Chubb Rock with Howie Tee, US Select 12in/Champion promo
91 — KEEP ON REACHIN’ Kelly Charles & James Bratton, Champion 12in pre-release
92 — MAN MACHINE (MIXES) Man Machine, Rhythm King 12in pre-release
93 — FREE AT LAST (GOTTA FREE JAMES BROWN!)/(L&R MIX/ACAPPELLA) Farley Jackmaster Funk & The Hip House Syndicate, Champion 12in
94 — A CHORUS LINE/TRAVELING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT (MIXES) Ultramagnetic MC’s, US Next Plateau Records Inc 12in
95 98 I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ (THE JAZZIE B & NELLEE HOOPER REMIX) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in promo
96 — LET’S WORK (VOCAL/DUB MIXES/VIDEO MIX) Ice Cream Tee, US UNI Records 12in
97 91 POETICAL TERROR (MIXES) Too Poetic, US Tommy Boy/DNA International 12in
98 re BLACK IS BACK/YOUR ARM’S TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD LaKim Shabazz, US Tuff City 12in
99= — AND PARTY (MIXES) WestBam, German Low Spirit 12in
99= — SUMMER MADNESS/FANTASY/IT GOES LIKE THIS/LET’S GET JAZZY/JAZZ PLAYER/BASS LINE/LET’S GO kc Flightt, US RCA LP
99= — BLIND FAITH (THE MASTERJAM) Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, ffrr 12in pre-release
99= 55 BUST A MOVE/GOT MORE RHYMES Young MC, Delicious Vinyl 12in

2 thoughts on “August 5, 1989: Chaka Khan, kc Flightt, Alyson Williams, Lonnie Gordon, Sergio Mendes”

  1. It’s amusing to see James struggling with the supposed complexity of decimal points as opposed to fractions, but the switch will only be a temporary one.

    The “Going Back To My Roots” revival, which will grow in the months to come, was partly spearheaded by Gary Davies at Radio One, who took to playing the Richie Havens version regularly on his lunchtime show.

    Alisha Warren’s “Touch Me” will eventually be sampled by a much more successful track, which will become a major pop hit in January 1990.

    The video for Farley Jackmaster Funk’s new entry on The Club Chart, “Free At Last (Free James Brown!)”, is a wonderfully low budget period piece, well worth watching!

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  2. I see that such acid pioneers as Nicky Holloway are back playing the long running (started somewhere back in the mists of time years long before I was was old enough to know about such things and frequented by such as the members of Spandau Ballet in the earlier days with thousands of others making the trek down twice a year from London and the South East) Bournemouth weekender. This is news to me as like many others we had got into the new acid house scene and by the second half of 1989 didn’t realise that such ld dance underground stuff sill existed.

    ‘Mental’ is only out this week – like happened when I got seriously back into the scene in the mid-90s the withholding of a British release until licensing issues had been sorted/but often just to build up a big head of steam for the release could go wrong and risk losing the initial buzz of the release and so not having as big as hit as if it had been released earlier.

    I might have mentioned it here before but by 1996/97 some releases were over a year from initial white label.import play when they finally received a British release. This could work as with Lucid’s ‘I Can’t Help Myself” which crossed over as a big pop hit but as I was discussing on another site last night it could go wrong such as with the trance classic Hypertrophy’s “Just Come Back 2 Me” which was played a lot in underground trance/bangin’ house hard clubs around London for some weeks but was sort of yesterday’s tune by the time the British release came out. I remember giving up on it ever getting a British release but years later I noticed one did eventually trickle out a long time after.

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