BEATS & PIECES
BRIAN CARTER has assembled a hefty roster of stars for the BCM Records presented Summer Dance Festival in West Berlin over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month: held in the huge Tempodrom marquee, this three day event will feature on Sunday, August 27, Bobby Womack, Stetsasonic, LaKim Shabazz, DJ Mark The 45 King, Chubb Rock, LA Mix featuring Jazzi P and Kevin Henry, Longsy D, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gibson Brothers, Razzamatazz, the Beat Pirate, plus DJs Les Adams and Jens Lissat; on Monday (28) UTFO, Kraze, Vicky Martin, Jomanda, Toni Scott, Precious, Village People, Fax Yourself, Die Krupps, Soif De La Vie, Napoleon MC, Honesty 69, plus DJs Craig Kallman and Ralf Odermann; on Tuesday (29) EPMD, Digital Underground, Donna Allen, Twin Hype, Stevie B, Queen Latifah, MC Duke, Daddy Freddy, Arnold Jarvis, the Maxx, plus DJs Tim Westwood and Alexander Schreck (there’s the possibility that De La Soul may be looking in too between tour engagements) — with a line-up like that, I expect quite a few people will be pestering Linda Rogers at BCM’s UK office (0689-890749) for fuller details! … Chris Blackwell (who, when first I met him, in 1963, was selling his early releases straight from the trunk of his car!) has reportedly sold Island and its associated labels to Polygram International for £300,000,000 — I well remember him observing in 1965 that, rather than continue licensing soul productions from the US which he then did not own, he was going to build up his own catalogue of wholly owned material that he could then licence (and, as it ultimately turned out, sell) to other people … Nesuhi Ertegun has died aged 71: not a name necessarily well known to today’s music fans, the son of a Turkish diplomat, perhaps surprisingly, he joined his brother Ahmet Ertegun’s New York based pioneering black music label Atlantic in the late Forties and helped make it, and more recently the multi-national WEA corporation, the force you will indeed know … Steve Rubell, whose New York club Studio 54 (whether one liked it or not) came to epitomise between 1977/79 the whole “disco” era, and who latterly co-owned that same city’s almost equally fashionable but less well publicised Palladium, has died aged just 45 of a mysterious liver ailment. Writing in London’s Evening Standard, columnist Clive Barnes gave him an epitaph that could not be more neatly turned: “His friend Andy Warhol said everyone was going to be famous for 15 minutes. The time ran out for Steve, but not before he had his day in the midnight sun” … Andy Thompson, formerly shop manager at Holborn’s City Sounds (like so many record business recruits before him) has been working with Pete Tong at ffrr/London and will now be taking over Johnny Walker’s past duties there as club plugger (wiv a likkle bit of A&R) on 01-741 1234 — what’s more, job seekers, they need an assistant too! … Soul II Soul’s remix of Alyson Williams ‘I Need Your Lovin’’ is flipped on commercial pressings by Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh’s sparsely dubwise swingbeat-style 110.33-0bpm Baby Love Mix of ‘My Love Is So Raw’ plus the Chuck Stanley duetted soulfully weaving 73/36.5bpm ‘Make You Mine Tonight‘ … Sara Carlson’s vocal contribution to the 0-119.2-119-0bpm Full Italian Job commercial A-side mix of the Manic MCs’ ‘Mental’ amounts to some “techno boys and new beat girls go…” repetition and a few more unnecessary lines of rap (accompanied by extra scratching) … Cry Sisco! ‘Afro Dizzi Act’, possibly the potential hit most hurt by the timing of the abrupt closure of PRT’s distribution, is now available again via Pinnacle with a new sparsely dubwise slow seeming 93bpm Kool Kaz Bah Mix on the flip (and a Paul Oakenfold remix to follow) – hopefully all this is not too late, as already Capital Radio for instance has dropped it from the playlist after persevering for several weeks despite the record being unavailable for listeners to buy … A Tribe Called Quest ‘Description Of A Fool’, reviewed on import only last week, is already on 107.6bpm UK promo for August 21 release … Richie Rich’s enduringly popular ‘Salsa House’, imported as a remixed 12 inch but so far only ever on LP here (in several mixes by now), is finally due domestically as an ffrr EP in four different mixes commercially, with an extra two on the promo . . . BCM Records have picked up Digital Underground ‘Doowutchyalike’ for the UK, and are also assembling an Italo/disco assault with hot tracks by Sueno Latino, LANDRO & Co, Wood Allen, El Chico, EJ Robinson, The Mixmaster and DJ Lelewel for an album compilation and selected singles release … Italo and Balearic are definitely out this Wednesday (9) at Torquay’s Monroes where Bob Smith and Chris Dinnis will be spinning “real soul music” for a Summer Hummer, and next Monday (14) at Ealing Broadway’s Haven Stables when Carlon, Dino and Mark’s deep house and soul Metro starts going fortnightly … RCA hold an invitation-only “Mental” party at Hurlingham this Thursday — will there be a police raid, or do they only know the word “acid”?! . . . Paul O. Wain’s previously mentioned Mondays went so well that his upfront night is now Friday at Nottingham’s Hippo Club … LiveWire, as well as their Prestatyn 6 weekender on November 3/4/5, also are helping at any rate to run “48 Hours of Organized KAOS” at Gt Yarmouth’s Pontins Holiday Centre on October 20/21/22 featuring Liz Torres, Coldcut, Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules, Fat Tony, Gilles Peterson, Paul Anderson, Jazzy M, Alfredo, Johnny Walker and other names familiar to trendy London clubgoers, full info on 01-494 0328 (office hours) … CityBeat actually confess that they signed Starlight Invention Group’s ‘Numero Uno’ before even obtaining a copy of the Italian import, the DJ Danny Rampling created buzz alone was enough for them! Breakout have started advertising Way To Go featuring Robbie Chandler ‘Fever‘ just a little bit ahead of the gun, as they don’t actually have the rights to this Chris Paul created act, who are currently negotiating with several other interested labels! … The Club Chart last week ended up by being compiled from rather more DJs’ charts than usual, if anything, with the predictable result that many records gained lots of points but actually slipped down in the overall order because the established hits inevitably gained even more. At 99=, had there been room on the page, should have been not only WestBam and Young MC but also the kc Flightt LP, and Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe … Martijn Schuitemaker from Solihull — and with a name like that he probably knows — confirms that “Slaghuis” in Dutch does mean “Hit-house”, as “slagen” is to hit, beat or whip (“slagroom” meaning in fact whipped cream, just “room” being cream) … Justin Strauss’s remix of Sergio Mendes ‘Mas Que Nada’ drops in hip house (not just hip) hints out of devilment! … I guess you’ve noticed that the coding of my word processor does not yet match that of the rm typesetters, the whole rigmarole of using this new technology being so time consuming that I fear my reviews are slipping, just temporarily — study the Club Chart closely, because if it’s happening it’ll be in there, and at least with a BPM … West Somerset became my sun drenched if breezy destination last week when finally I was able to leave the word processor — BUT NOT FOR LONG!
DONNA ALLEN ‘Can We Talk (Club Mix)’ (BCM Records BCM 277 X)
Almost stone cold on import but taking off fast now it’s out here, this Clivilles & Cole remix is a brightly lurching and leaping 112.8-0bpm frisky fusion of “purple” and “new jack swing”, here with just the import’s snappier 113.2bpm Dub Version and a newly created 0-112.8bpm Radio Edit.
REDHEAD KINGPIN AND THE F.B.I. ‘A Shade Of Red’ (US Virgin 1-91269)
The young rapper’s fast selling but frankly rather patchy album is probably the hottest for the bassily chugging 103bpm ‘Speaking On Everything’, tightly snapping 108.67-108.5bpm ‘Do The Right Thing (USA)’, ‘There Was A Time’ based (in part) (0-)120.2-120.4bpm ‘Superbad, Superslick’, ‘All Night Long’-ish lazy 89.33bpm ‘We Rock The Mic Right‘, roots reggae 84.9-84.7bpm ‘Kilimanjaro Style‘, serviceable if more routine being the 113.2-113bpm ‘Do That Dance’, (0-)106.33bpm ‘Scram!‘, trickily introed 93-0-101.17bpm title track, 0-117.5bpm ‘The Redhead One‘, ‘Push It’-type (0-)126bpm ‘Pump It Hottie‘.
WHITE KNIGHT ‘Keep it Movin’ (‘Cause The Crowd Says So)’ (US Jive 1244-1-JD)
Nick Huminsky created punkishly rapped and spat powerfully pumping hip house chugger overlaid by familiar sampled riffs and phrases from the likes of Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, Afrika Bambaataa and the JB’s, in 123.5-123.6-0bpm It’s Dope, 123.4-123.6bpm Dope Acid, 0-123.4-123.6-0bpm Funky, and 123.6-123.8bpm Insane Mixes. UK commercial release on August 21 initially will feature just the two Dope Mixes coupled with London and Dub mixes of his old ‘Yo Baby Yo’, to be followed by the Funky and Insane Mixes as a “remix” with the same oldie’s Chicago mix.
FARLEY JACKMASTER FUNK & THE HIP HOUSE SYNDICATE ‘Free At Last’ (Champion CHAMP 12-217)
“Gotta free James Brown!” is the refrain of this timely guys and girl rapped and slithery scratched lurching 122.4-122.6bpm hip house bounder, great fun, double AA-sided by alternative 123-123.8bpm L & R Mix and 0-122.8bpm so-called Acappella versions. I take exception though to the lyrics’ suggestion that Elvis Presley was demobbed early from his army stint — he had leave owing to him, and consequently returned home (and to the recording studio) about three weeks ahead of his actual demob date, hardly special treatment.
DEJA ‘Goin’ Crazy (12″ Edit)’ (10 Records TENX 275)
Teddy Riley & Gene Griffin produced, Timmy Regisford remixed, slurring piano notes started whompingly buoyant 110bpm sparsely smacking swingbeat strutter, with moaning guy and scolding girl interplay as it progresses (Dub/Bonus Beats too).
TUFF CREW ‘She Rides That Pony’ (US SOo Deff Records WAR-052)
Funky drummer and honking brass backed jerky rap jiggler in drily drawling lead swapping style, and 122bpm Remix and Yeah, Do It Dub, 122.33bpm LP version mixes, coupled by the throbbing and slippery scratching 120bpm ‘What You Don’t Know (LP Version)‘ and ‘What You Don’t House‘.
THE GROOVE ROBBERS featuring Flakey C ‘Work It Out (We Can Make it Better)’ (Cheque This Records CTT 3, via Pacific)
London recorded familiar funky grooves backed jiggly tumbling 116.8bpm hip house-ish rap, with a tempo that’s almost more jazz than house though (in three mixes).
SEQUAL ‘Tell Him I Called (12″ Watermix)’ (Capitol 12CL 528)
Somehow included on the earlier ‘Hit Factory 2’ compilation album long before its first appearance now as a single, this Stock Aitken Waterman created, Harding & Curnow remixed, gorgeous slinkily jogging 0-100-0bpm swayer in the old Princess style is sweetly cooed by a pair of Miami bimbettes to a groove that qualifies them on this occasion as “soul” (strings led good instrumental 100-0bpm Dub and 0-100bpm Oboe Mix too), worth checking.
SKYY ‘Love All The Way (12″ Remix)’ (US Atlantic 0.86399)
Randy Muller penned/co-produced staccato bass tugged jiggly tumbling 100.5bpm swingbeat jitterer with choppy group interplay, and a more percussive Dub Version or 102.5bpm Funky Bass Mix.
SCHOOLLY D ‘Livin’ In The Jungle’ (US Schoolly-D Records/Jive 1238-1-JD)
“Damn right I am somebody” repeating (a black pride quote that has also inspired several soul singles in the distant past), bass burbled angrily wordy 0-106-0bpm rap jogger flipped by the more abrasive and perhaps better jerkily lurching and scratching (0-)94.83bpm ‘Gucci Again‘ (both sides in Album Version, Single Edit and Instrumental mixes).
NEW EDITION ‘N.E. Heart Break (Extended Version)’ (US MCA Records MCA-23891)
Despite the guys’ swingbeat-style ‘Supernatural‘ being possibly the strongest track on the ‘Ghostbusters 2′ soundtrack album, their latest single instead is this far less good Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis created rambling sinister jiggly lurching (0-)98-98.5bpm pastiche of the Jacksons’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.
HAZELL DEAN ‘Love Pains’ (Lisson Records DOLE Q12), Phil Harding & Ian Curnow produced well arranged and sung sturdily cantering 122.8-123bpm remade Yvonne Elliman oldie with melodic lilts reminiscent of some old James Bond soundtrack and other bits that are more in the old Motown style (the SAW-penned 95.7-0bpm ‘More Than Words Can Say‘ flip is pleasant too);
DAMIAN ‘Timewarp (PWL Remix)’ (Jive PROMO 22), what by now must be the traditional annual re-release of this popular galloping 127.2bpm Hi-NRG treatment of the classic ‘Rocky Horror Show’ dance routine;
DONNA SUMMER ‘Love’s About To Change My Heart’ (WEA U7494T), Harding & Curnow remixed fiercely flurrying but typically tuneful Stock Aitken Waterman-created 123.5bpm canterer;
THE FLIRTATIONS ‘Earthquake (The Sensurround Remix)’ (Rumour Records RUMAT 3, via Pacific), Ian Anthony Stephens created and newly remixed girl nagged frantic 130-0bpm galloper, much more vigorous and beefy than the original 1983 mix;
FUZZBOX ‘Self (The Selfish Mix)’ (WEA YZ408T), girls chanted and moaned breezily scurrying (0-)129.6bpm Bruce Forest remixed house type bounder reaching a rattling break (literally, with sampled clanking Coke bottles!);
LEIGH JAEGER ‘Johnny And Mary’ (A&M VOGUE 12), Harding & Curnow remixed frantically galloping 130bpm remake of Robert Palmer’s oldie by one of the undulating model girls from his classic ‘Addicted To Love’ video;
SHOOTING PARTY ‘I Go To Pieces (Extended)’ (Lisson Records DOLE Q 11), Harding & Curnow produced whinneying guys harmonised and stuttered stolidly stomping jiggly 0-123.7bpm canterer, bright and inconsequential;
DEAD OR ALIVE ‘Come Home With Me Baby (The Deadhouse Dub)’ (Epic BURNS Q 5), lurching beefy bass driven 121.2bpm throbber best between the bursts of raucous vocal;
MARY CRIDDELLE ‘Don’t Hold Back On Love (Monty’s Mix)’ (Passion PASH 12 91, via Pacific), plaintive shrill routine rinky tinky 123bpm Mel & Kim-ish galloper.
THE CLUB CHART – August 12, 1989
01 01 FRENCH KISS/WARGAMES (REMIX) Lil Louis, ffrr 12in
02 33 FOREVER TOGETHER (FOREVER UNITED/SCAT THIS/AMAZIN’ N.Y./FREEDOM MIXES) Raven Maize, RePublic Records 12in
03 02 BACK TO LIFE (CLUB MIX) Soul II Soul, 10 Records 12in
04 04 SAY NO GO (SAY NO DOPE MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
05 03 LET IT ROLL Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
06 08 RIDE ON TIME (MIXES) Black Box, de/Construction 12in
07 06 I NEED A RHYTHM (VOCAL CLUB MIX/DUBS) The 28th St. Crew, Breakout 12in
08 10 WARNING (HIGH ON HOPE/ZANZIBAR MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
09 05 DO THE RIGHT THING (12”/US STREET MIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
10 09 ON OUR OWN (EXTENDED CLUB VERSION) Bobby Brown, MCA Records 12in
11 14 THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME (MIXES) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
12 11 GET LOOSE (NOT FOR LONG MIX) L.A. Mix featuring Jazzi P, Breakout 12in
13 13 DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL (WILSON’S HIP HOUSE/ALBUM/KEVIN’S MIXES) Inner City, 10 Records 12in
14 17 NUMERO UNO (MIXES) Starlight, CityBeat 12in
15 18 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (THE “PUMPED UP MIX”/ORIGINAL VERSION) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
16 15 I’M GLAD YOU CAME TO ME (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
17 12 AIN’T NOBODY (REMIXES) Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
18 22 PAYBACK IS A BITCH (MIXES) Liz Torres, US Jive 12in/UK promo
19 16 UH-UH OOH-OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) (STEVE HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX) Roberta Flack, Atlantic 12in
20 56 OH WORLD (EXTENDED MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
21 20 WE GOT OUR OWN THANG (CLUB VERSION) Heavy D & The Boyz, MCA Records 12in
22 31 DEFINITION OF LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) Kevin Saunderson presents KAOS, Kool Kat 12in
23 29 DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil, Champion 12in
24 51 ONE NIGHT IN MY LIFE (IT’S TIME) Akasa, WEA 12in
25 19 MY FANTASY (EXTENDED/RAP VERSIONS) Teddy Riley featuring Guy, MCA Records 12in
26 23 HEAVEN (CELESTIAL CLUB MIX) Miles Jaye, Fourth & Broadway 12in
27 52 CASH (MESSAGE FOR CARMEN) Skipworth & Turner, Fourth & Broadway 12in
28 32 I’M IN LOVE (REMIX/CLASSIC/HARMONIC MIX) Sha-Lor, de/Construction Records 12in
29 41 SKA TRAIN/HEY DJ I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
30 21 MENTAL Manic MC’s, RCA 12in white label
31 24 THE RIGHT STUFF (NORMAN COOK REMIX) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
32 60 TOUCH ME (MIXES) Alisha Warren RCA 12in
33 54 TWO WRONGS (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) (MIXES) David Peaston, Geffen Records 12in
34 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
35 25 VOODOO RAY (ORIGINAL) A Guy Called Gerald, Rham! 12in
36 38 FRIENDS (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
37 59 SUNSHINE ’89 (EXTENDED/ORIGINAL/RADIO MIXES)/TECHNO JAM Fax Yourself, AVM/Belgian Sound Of Belgium 12in
38 26 HEY BOY (12” CLUB/HOUSE/G-MAN MIXES) Tammy Lucas, RePublic Records 12in
39 30 DOOWUTCHYALIKE (PLAYHOWYALIKE MIX) Digital Underground, US Tommy Boy 12in
40 61 IT’S NOT OVER (LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER) (MIXES) Lonnie Gordon, Supreme Records 12in pre-release
41 40 PARADHOUSE REMIX (MIXES) Koxo Club Band, CityBeat 12in
42 — WARM IT UP, KANE/DUB/SMOOTH OPERATOR/DUB Big Daddy Kane, US Cold Chillin’ 12in
43 47 I GOT IT GOIN’ ON (REMIX) Tone Loc, Delicious Vinyl 12in
44 42 GET LOOSE (DEFINITELY DEF REMIX) LA Mix featuring Jazzi P, Breakout 12in
45 — MENTAL (FULL ITALIAN JOB/FULL CLIMAX/TOTALLY INSTRUMENTAL) Manic MC’s featuring Sara Carlson, RCA 12in
46 27 FIGHT THE POWER (EXTENDED VERSION) Public Enemy, Motown 12in
47 35 BLAME IT ON THE BASSLINE Norman Cook featuring MC Wildski, Go Beat 12in
48 50 THINK (FARLEY’S HIP HOUSE MIXES) Farley Jackmaster presents Precious Red, Champion 12in
49 48 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
50 43 DON’T PUSH IT (CLUB) Ruth Joy, MCA Records 12in
51 53 TELL IT AS IT IS (PL MIX) Company 2, Tam Tam 12in
52 57 CASANOVA (MIXES) Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Production House Records 12in
53 34 GRANDPA’S PARTY (THE LOVE II LOVE REMIX) Monie Love, Cooltempo 12in
54 28 DO IT TO THE CROWD Twin Hype, Profile 12in
55 77 TRY YAZZ (MIXES) Two Without Hats, Music Man 12in
56 55 DO THE RIGHT THING (HAPPINESS REMIX) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
57 — STAND FOR NOTHING/(B-SIDE MIXES) Circuit, Collision 12in promo
58 — IT ISN’T, IT WASN’T, IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE (TEDDY RILEY EXTENDED REMIX/HIP HOP MIX/CLIVILLES & COLE AFTER HOURS CLUB MIX/HOUSE MIX Aretha & Whitney, US Arista 12in/UK promo
59 46 TEARS (CLASSIC VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL) Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie, ffrr 12in
60 69 SPEAKING ON EVERYTHING/DO THE RIGHT THING (USA)/SUPERBAD, SUPERSLICK/WE ROCK THE MIC RIGHT/DO THAT DANCE/SCRAM!/KILIMANJARO STYLE Redhead Kingpin and the FBI, US Virgin LP
61 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 (‘Black Havana’), US Capitol LP
62 37 DEFINITION OF A TRACK/IN MOTION/DEFINITION OF A RAP Precious, MCA Records 12in
63 58 IT’S NO CRIME/TENDER LOVER/MY KINDA GIRL/LET’S BE ROMANTIC Babyface, US Solar LP
64 80 CAN WE TALK (MIXES) Donna Allen, BCM Records 12in
65 63 M.P.B. (LOST PROPERTY REMIX) Womack & Womack, Fourth & Broadway 12in
66 36 LIES (REMIX) Sha Sha, Niteshift Records 12in
67 83 WHAT TIME IS LOVE? (THE ’89 PRIMAL REMIX/TECHNO SLAM/PURE TRANCE MIXES) The KLF, KLF Communications 12in
68 79 AFRO DIZZI ACT Cry Sisco!, Escape Records 12in
69 49 MENTAL (THE FINAL CLIMAX/BLOWING MENTAL) Manic MC’s, RCA 12in pre-release
70 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 EPMD, US Fresh LP
71 66 CHOICE? (MIXES) Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Tella, RCA 12in
72 44 RAINDROPS (BLAZE’S UK CLUB MIX/US SWING MIX) Kool & The Gang, Mercury 12in
73 re FORGET THE GIRL (EXTENDED/MIDTOWN MIXES) Tony Terry, Epic 12in
74 re THINK (MIXES) Franda Robertson, US Micmac Records Inc 12in
75 95 I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ (THE JAZZIE B & NELLEE HOOPER REMIX) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
76 re YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles Presents, US Trax Records 12in
77 39 I GIT MINZE (UK EXTENDED VERSION) Too Nice, Arista 12in
78 82 ALL OVER THE WORLD Chuck Jackson, Nightmare 12in
79 — AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?/PUSSY AIN’T NOTHIN’/GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET INVOLVED/MAMA FEEL GOOD/GODFATHER OF FUNK/GANGSTER BOOGIE/WHO’S SCHOOLIN’ WHO?/LIVIN’ IN THE JUNGLE/GUCCI AGAIN/IT’S LIKE DOPE/D. IS FOR/BLACK JESUS/SUPER NIGGER Schoolly D, US Schoolly-D/Jive LP
80 71 KEEP IT MOVIN’ (MIXES) White Knight, US Jive 12in/UK promo
81 67 TALK IT OVER (MIXES) Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples, Breakout 12in
82 — A BIT OF JAZZ/WORK IT OUT/DRIVE ME/COLD WORLD/LOVE BABY/THINK!/CHAIN OF FOOLS/I CAN’T LET GO Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M.Doc/Jamie Principle/Jackson & Moore/Risse, Atlantic LP
83 — GANGSTER BOOGIE (HARDROCK REMIXES) Dizzie Heights, Viceroy Records 12in white label
84 65 SALSA HOUSE (THE REMIX)/I CAN MAKE YOU DANCE/COMING FROM LONDON/SET YOURSELF FREE Richie Rich, Gee Street 12in mailing list promo
85 64 WORK IT OUT (EXT. MIX) Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M. Doc, US Atlantic 12in/UK promo
86 — SHOW ‘EM HELL/GOT TO BE FUNKY/COME ON & GO OFF/BEHOLD THE DETONATOR/MY PARTA TOWN (REMIX)/NUT/WRECK SHOP/SOUL FOOD/SHE RIDES THE PONY/WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW/MOUNTAIN’S WORLD/DOWN WITH THE PROGRAM/GIMME SOME/DANGER ZONE ASSAULT/GOING THE DISTANCE Tuff Crew, US SOo Deff Records LP
87 88 LET ME NOW (12” REMIX/12” EXTENDED REMIX/BONUS BEATS/7” RADIO EDIT) Cyberia, Avenue X Records 12in
88 81 CHOICE? (REMIXES) The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Tella, RCA 12in
89 96 LET’S WORK (VOCAL/DUB MIXES/VIDEO MIX) Ice Cream Tee, US UNI Records 12in
90 — PAUSE (VERSIONS)/GHOSTBUSTERS (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX) Run-DMC, Profile 12in
91 99= SUMMER MADNESS/FANTASY/IT GOES LIKE THIS/LET’S GET JAZZY/JAZZ PLAYER/BASS LINE/LET’S GO kc Flightt, US RCA LP
92 — GOIN’ CRAZY (12” EDIT) Deja, 10 Records 12in
93 99= BLIND FAITH (THE MASTERJAM) Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, ffrr 12in pre-release
94 98 BLACK IS BACK/YOUR ARM’S TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD LaKim Shabazz, US Tuff City 12in
95 86 DESCRIPTION OF A FOOL A Tribe Called Quest, US Jive 12in/UK promo
96 99= BUST A MOVE/GOT MORE RHYMES Young MC, Delicious Vinyl 12in
97 — LOVE IS A HOUSE (REMIX) Gina Foster, de/Construction 12in pre-release
98 99= AND PARTY (MIXES) WestBam, German Low Spirit 12in
99 — APT. 3A/APT. 1A/APT. 2A/APT. 1B/APT. 3B/APT. 2B N.Y. House ‘n Authority, US Nugroove 12in
100 — TECHNO TIME/DUB VERSION/THE PARTY IS OVER/HEAVY The Maxx, Belgian CIM 12in
2 thoughts on “August 12, 1989: Donna Allen, Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, White Knight, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Tuff Crew”
James’s remarks about the RCA “Mental” party (“will there be a police raid, or do they only know the word “acid”?!”) are the first indications that he knew what was happening outside of the established club scene. The illegal “acid house parties” may have been grabbing the headlines in the national press, but they will remain barely acknowledged in these pages, which begs the question: why?
I suppose the answer lies in the purpose of James’s “DJ Directory”, which is run as a service to professional DJs in licensed venues. With this in mind, there is little that he could offer to the rave scene: after all, he could hardly promote the events themselves, which were shrouded in secrecy until the night they took place, and it would also be awkward for a journalist on a mainstream national publication to openly support illegal activity.
By the same token, it’s unlikely that the rave DJs were picking up a lot of tips from James’s reviews, or from rm’s Club Chart. Other distribution networks were emerging, and other communication networks were being established, as a new dance underground splintered away from the mainstream.
It’s also worth remembering that the rave scene remained localised, with most of the UK having no easy geographical access to it; for most of us who wanted to go out dancing, licensed clubs were still the only option. And so that’s where James’s focus remained.
Mention is made of Paul Wain’s upfront Fridays at Nottingham’s Hippo (which eventually became The Bomb in the mid-Nineties, under the stewardship of James Baillie). We started paying regular visits there around this time, as the music leant towards the more soulful end of the spectrum, while at the Kool Kat (formerly The Garage) on Saturday nights, Graeme Park was embracing Italo-house, with Black Box’s “Ride On Time” and Starlight’s “Numero Uno” emerging as the biggest anthems of the summer.
This week marks James’s final Hi-NRG roundup, and it’s actually quite a strong week to finish on. Hazell Dean’s cover of Yvonne Elliman’s Boystown classic “Love Pains” deserved to do a lot better, but it only reached #48 on the pop chart, ending her run of PWL hits. (Liza Minelli’s cover of the same song, on her forthcoming Pet Shop Boys collaboration LP Results, fared little better, peaking at #41 in March 1990.) I’m also rather taken with Leigh Jaeger’s cover of “Johnny & Mary”, which I didn’t hear until several years later.
A section of the spoken intro to Schoolly D’s “Gucci Again” would be sampled in a few years’ time, on one of the defining classics of the Big Beat era – you can’t fail to recognise it!
Another interesting cultural landmark is James’ reference to his “word processor”- such a quaint term in 2021! Love Pains is a song that I expected Steps or Kylie to cover at some point in the early 2000’s. The original Yvonne Elliman version was a Billboard top40 hit in 1979 at the zenith of the disco era. It did nothing here in the UK.