BEATS & PIECES
Raul Orellana (a regular weekly rm reader!) jocks at Studio 54, the biggest disco in Barcelona, and so far has released 14 megamixed medley records as well as his own productions — J Bonell, the distinctive guitarist on the hits for which he is best known here, is actually a jazz musician and Raul is accompanied on stage instead by flamenco playing Carvajal . . . US Capitol’s ‘Black Havana’ album is being promoted by Syncopate here with a UK tour between September 24 and October 10, featuring CharVoni, Keith Thompson, Madagascar and — a chance to see him that you should not miss — the superb Glenn ‘Sweety-G’ Toby . . . Glenn and his brother Randall E. Toby have their own Queens Village, New York, based International Entertainment Network management, production and artist development company, handling (amongst others) choreographers Christopher ‘Shake’ Mathis and Crystal Glass, the former’s video credits reading like a who’s who in modern black music, including Bobby Brown, Heavy D & The Boyz, Guy, Al B. Sure!, Diana Ross, Rob Base, Ten City, Run-DMC, and even Samantha Fox, while the latter has choreographed for the likes of Colonel Abrams, Kechia Jenkins, The Klub, Kelly Rogers and CeCe Rogers . . . Adeva, who is looking forward especially to working with a live band at November’s Prestatyn weekender, had a good time dancing with Cassio Ware, and Daddy Freddie’s manager Othman Mukhlis struck up a touchingly tender relationship with Nocera, at Cha Cha, the Berlin club (reminiscent in size and atmosphere of the old Gullivers in Mayfair) where all the acts ended up partying after the final night of the Summer Dance Festival, to the expertly synchronised mixing of resident English jock Corin O’Shanahan (he uses his mother’s Irish maiden name!) and Big Beat label owner Craig Kallman (who jocks at New York’s The Tunnel) . . . Mark Moore from S’Express looked in just as a spectator at the Summer Dance Festival — he was appearing at a huge hi-fi exhibition also being held in Berlin (which tied up all the hotels in the process, causing our party’s accommodation to be scattered all over the city) . . . Sonia, presumably for a similar reason, was sitting not far behind me on the ‘plane out to Berlin, but my attempt at a paparazzi-style grab shot photo failed when, in waiting for the right moment, I forgot I’d turned my camera off! . . . I actually had great difficulty getting any good action photos of the Summer Dance Festival thanks to some of the security guys guarding the stage front being direct descendants of the storm troopers, one of them even lining up a punch at my face until two more reasonable colleagues grabbed him! . . . Norbo, the bassist with Kraze, is working on both a comic strip and a treatment for a film about the group, with a story along the lines of the brain police trying to stop house music . . . De La Soul’s name and logo were amongst the graffiti covering the Berlin Wall . . . Bobby Womack says his new album is out next month, featuring such guests as Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart — make of that what you will . . . The Mix Master ‘Grand Piano’ will have some of its possibly more incriminating samples, of such as Bobby Brown removed before it’s released here by, inevitably, BCM Records . . . Syreeta rather than Martha Reeves is the actual singer of the bit of ‘I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing’ heard in The Beatmasters’ current hit (something not a lot of people knew) . . . Cool Cut and Outerlimit would also have been at 97= in The Club Chart last week had there been room . . . Donna Allen helps kick off a new soul night this Thursday (7) at Rainham’s Berwick Manor . . . Chris Hill has returned to his legendary Seventies haunt, Canvey Island’s Goldmine, ramming the place by word of mouth (with coaches from Birmingham and the like!) when he jocks there on an irregular basis about once every three weeks . . . I’m hoping to eat lobsters in Jersey this weekend — BUT NOT FOR LONG!
L.A. MIX (featuring Kevin Henry) ‘Love Together’ (Breakout USAT 662)
Ringing the changes (as does everything on their upcoming ‘On The Side’ album), this Kevin Henry sung rapid follow-up to the Jazzi P rapped hip house ‘Get Loose’ is a Philly Soul-style Ten City- ish (but in fact Carl Bean inspired!) incredibly catchy romping singalong soul anthem that seems so comfortably familiar that the second time you hear it you’ll think you’ve known it for ever. Initial promo pressings have had six mixes, the 120bpm British Lovers, 120.2bpm British Lovers Breakdown and 121-120.6-120.4-120bpm Emma’s Love Mix on the Les Adams side, and three emptier more sinewy 120bpm American mixes on the Frankie Knuckles & David Morales side (other remixes will follow, too). Les and Kevin are seen above being interviewed by Antonia Langsdorf for the five times weekly ‘Tanz House’ show on Germany’s Tele 5 cable channel.
FRESH 4 (Children Of The Ghetto) featuring Lizz E. ‘Wishing On A Star’ (10 Records TENX 287)
Hauntingly produced by Smith & Mighty with the sound of the bass and (funky) drum(mer), this Bristol group’s deadpan girl moaned and occasionally guys mumbled 0-92.3-0bpm revival of Rose Royce’s 1978 ballad is right in today’s Soul II Soul-ish groin grinding groove and, despite actually being full of technical faults, is so loaded with atmosphere its sure to be huge (sparser 92.3bpm Housey and instrumental 92.5bpm Smoke Filled Thoughts versions too).
STARDUST ‘Love Will Find A Way (Sweet Embrace Mix)’ (Republic Records LICT 029)
Blaze using another name create a terrific Vince Montana-ish classily pulsing 117.5bpm jazz-funk/garage instrumental, flipped for value by the ‘Paradise Regained’ compilation’s excellent party chatter introed then interestingly afro-jazz plinky plunked skipping 0-120.3bpm ‘Blazin’ in its Album Mix and drier new Extended Dance Mix, both sides refreshingly different in this day and age.
ADEVA ‘Adeva!’ (Cooltempo CTLP 13)
The big girl’s instantly fast selling album is sparked by the glorious cleanly striding soulful (0-)120bpm ‘I Thank You’, which thankfully gets right away from the slightly samey variations on her usual lurching garage beat that drive the 120bpm ‘Treat Me Right‘, 0-117.5bpm ‘Promises‘, 120bpm ‘I Don’t Need You’, 118.6bpm ‘Warning!‘ (a new mix), 119bpm ‘Respect’, and 0-121.2-121.6bpm ‘In & Out Of My Life’, the latter oldies being joined also by her wailing Paul Simpson credited 0-113bpm ‘Musical Freedom’ (still possibly the set’s best), while the pleasantly drifting 94.4bpm ‘Beautiful Love‘ and 97.6/48.8bpm ‘So Right‘ slow things down.
PAUL SIMPSON featuring Terri Jeffries ‘Everybody’s A Star’ (Cooltempo COOLX 190)
Obviously too hot to hold until September 18 commercial release, this squalling girl wailed purposeful but unhurried bass thrummed garage strider is satisfyingly solid without necessarily being another ‘Musical Freedom’, in 114.3bpm Sunday Go To Meeting, 114.4bpm Temple and Short Service Mixes.
N.Y. HOUSE’N AUTHORITY ‘Apt. 3A’ (US Nugroove NG 025)
On one of those minimalist instrumental six trackers created by Rheji Burrell, this attractive synth led fingersnapping 120.2-0bpm wriggler is proving hotter than the orgasmically groaning twittery 120bpm ‘Apt. 1A‘, snappily cantering 122.2bpm ‘Apt. 2A‘, reedily splurging 0-123.4bpm ‘Apt. 1B‘, meanderingly fluted 0-115.4-0bpm ‘Apt. 3B‘, untidily violent 0-122.5bpm ‘Apt. 2B‘.
ROXANNE SHANTÉ ‘Live On Stage’ (Breakout USATDJ 669)
Hitting on 33⅓rpm promo ahead of full release next week, the Marley Marl produced crowd noises backed urgent jiggly 0-117.2bpm Original Mix is preferred by the real b boys but here greater prominence has been given to Dave Dorrell & CJ Mackintosh’s UK remixes, the more drily chugging 115.3bpm hip house-ish Hip Hop and acidic House Mixes, and the latter’s 115.4bpm House Inst.
DE-LITE featuring Osca Child ‘Wild Times’ (Circa Records YRTPR 35)
Girl sung cheerful if rather routine scurrying and burbling UK house canterer with clichéd synth chords, initially in 123.8bpm Choice, 0-124bpm Gone Clear, and 123.6bpm Needletime Mixes, but now already promoed also in Derrick May’s totally different more densely shuffling electronic instrumental 123.6bpm Mayday and 123bpm M.I. Mixes (Circa Records YRTPRX 35).
WEST OF THE WALL
BCM RECORDS’ three day Summer Dance Festival in West Berlin over the period of our August bank holiday really delivered all that was promised! Like a Prestatyn-style soul weekender made up entirely of star PAs, it was designed to introduce Berlin to BCM’s roster of artistes and to the current styles of dance music with which the label has success in the rest of Western Germany.
The Berliners can’t be blamed if they’re a bit behind, as their city is — as you should be aware — 110 miles out in the middle of Russian occupied East Germany, connected to the West by only a few fenced-in overland road and rail corridors. What’s more, something that many of the visiting American and British artistes probably didn’t realise, the circus marquee in which the Summer Dance Festival took place was separated by only a few hundred yards of open parkland from not only the notorious Berlin Wall but also the famous Brandenburg Gate and Hitler’s Reichstag building. Everything that happened must have been clearly audible over the Wall in East Berlin! (Also ironic was the way the repeated ‘say ho!’ hectoring of all the rappers and the crowd’s arm raising response echoed the ‘seig heil!’ shouts that must have filled the same spot 50 years ago.)
Called the Tempodrom, the circus tents plus a village of traditional caravans are permanently sited as an entertainment venue in part of an old car park area. Unfortunately, it rained continuously throughout the first two nights, and as the ground in the main marquee was still diagonally crossed by bits of road and pavement there were actually swift currents of water flowing through in places!
The first (Sunday) night attracted an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,900 — as against 3,000 capacity — who seemed to be well into rap (a video of Eazy-E got as big a cheer as the live acts). Bearing in mind that on every night some of the European artistes were designed as bait to pull in a cross section of dance music fans, the first night presented the Gibson Brothers, Honesty 69 (whose local version of ‘French Kiss’ has eclipsed Lil Louis), Jazzi P and Kevin Henry with Les Adams, ragamuffin skanking Longsy D, the excellent soulfully unhurried Glenn ‘Sweety-G’ Toby appearing in his other guise as Cultural Vibe to sing ‘Mindgames’ and ‘Ma Foom Bey’ with a demented floor rolling climax (don’t miss this guy!), Bobby Womack leading an acappella singalong of ‘Having A Party’ and ‘It’s All Over Now’ to the crowd’s handclaps, top German club jock Jens Lissat’s group The Beat Pirate (noisy techno urchins joined by a girl called Manou), disappointingly monotonous LaKim Shabazz, and — definitely the stars of the show — a slimmed down Stetsasonic, all the rappers joining them on stage for a jam session finale.
BCM’s mercurial owner Brian Carter, celebrating Jive Bunny hitting number one in West Germany on his label and entering Austria’s chart at four, seemed to be upsetting everyone by failing to keep appointments, so after I’d waited all alone in my hotel until mid-afternoon on Monday for his promised call I went for a five mile walk in the rain, just to see the town!
That night the attendance was well down, rap fans leaving early when they discovered that it was more of a ‘disco’ show (some busloads of mustachioed young men had come in from Hamburg, though), with Fax Yourself, Technotronic featuring Felly, Toni Scott, Vicki Martin, Jomanda, Kraze, Raul Orellana, Napoleon MC (a corny local rapper), UTFO with Mixmaster Ice (not enough to swing the balance), Die Krupps, and — the Hamburgers’ faves — the Village People (popular in Europe again!).
Brian Carter, fellow expatriate Richard Sutcliffe from Austria’s EMP record distributors, myself and others then did join up to go out on the town properly — except a bar with two strumming Filipinos singing Everly Brothers oldies and an American pianist covering everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Frank Sinatra, fun though it was, is not exactly Lotte Lenya or ‘Cabaret’!
Tuesday, glory of glories, was a beautiful sunny day, so Richard Sutcliffe and I took a double decker bus to Checkpoint Charlie and walked around the Wall to the aforementioned Brandenburg Gate. It was here that I got gooseflesh: the Tele 5 cable TV network (who were filming every night) had a video roadshow parked outside the nearby Tempodrom blaring out disco hits, and just as I was photographing a Russian war memorial I suddenly heard my own voice shouting, clear across to East Berlin, ‘get off!’ They were playing LA Mix’s old ‘Check This Out’!
What with the good weather and the line-up of acts due to appear, that final night was full to capacity, and absolutely fantastic. Check this for a show: MC Duke (who pushed a cameraman away from his DJ twice, because the decks had jumped, before storming off in disgust), frantic ragamuffin rapper Daddy Freddie, Nocera and her sexy blonde dancing duo (barracked for being on too long and singing flat!), Arnold Jarvis (nervous but he won them over), Queen Latifah (not a patch on Monie Love, her biggest booster!), frisky Precious (doing some incredible mid-air jumps) along with energetic Cassio Ware, Donna Allen (going over a storm with her male dance trio), Twin Hype, the very physical Adeva (acrobatically accompanied by Bobby Brown’s three male dancers, as she will be at Prestatyn!), EPMD, and finally, after too long a gap, the purposefully shambolic and to my mind rather dull, despite their party props, Digital Underground.
Out of all the acts that had originally been announced for the Summer Dance Festival, the only prominent absentees were Chubb Rock (because he didn’t have a passport), Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk (unless that familiar bassline while I was in another tent was actually him!), and De La Soul (who were never a definite fixture anyway).
Like I said, against all odds, BCM delivered. I can’t help thinking that the event will end up as a legend in Berlin like the pioneering Motown tour of 1965 did here, looked back on as a musical landmark even by those who were not there, the show you should not have missed.
THE CLUB CHART – September 9, 1989
01 01 RIDE ON TIME (MIXES) Black Box, de/Construction 12in
02 03 NUMERO UNO (MIXES) Starlight, CityBeat 12in
03 02 FRENCH KISS/WARGAMES (REMIX) Lil Louis, ffrr 12in
04 04 WARNING (HIGH ON HOPE/ZANZIBAR MIXES) Adeva, Cooltempo 12in
05 05 I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ (THE JAZZIE B & NELLEE HOOPER REMIX) Alyson Williams, Def Jam 12in
06 10 THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME (EXTENDED/MILES AHEAD MIXES) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
07 16 IT ISN’T, IT WASN’T, IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE (MIXES) Aretha & Whitney, Arista 12in
08 17 PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly, Swanyard Records Limited 12in
09 11 NEW JACK SWING (MIXES) Wrecks-N-Effect, Motown 12in
10 14 LOVE TOGETHER (BRITISH/AMERICAN MIXES) L.A. Mix (featuring Kevin Henry), Breakout 12in pre-release
11 27 PACIFIC STATE 808 State, Creed Records 12in EP
12 19 SUENO LATINO (THE PARADISE VERSION) Sueno Latino, Italian DFC 12in
13 06 HEY DJ I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING/SKA TRAIN The Beatmasters, Rhythm King 12in
14 12 TOUCH ME (MIXES) Alisha Warren RCA 12in
15 09 FOREVER TOGETHER (FOREVER UNITED/FREEDOM/SCAT THIS/AMAZIN’ N.Y. MIXES) Raven Maize, RePublic Records 12in
16 13 DO THE RIGHT THING (12”/US STREET MIXES) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
17 08 MAS QUE NADA (THE JUSTIN STRAUSS REMIXES) Sergio Mendes, US A&M 12in
18 07 SMOOTH OPERATOR/WARM IT UP, KANE Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
19 28 OH WORLD (EXTENDED MIX) Paul Rutherford, Fourth & Broadway 12in
20 20 I NEED A RHYTHM (VOCAL CLUB MIX/DUBS) The 28th St. Crew, Breakout 12in
21 15 1-2-3 (RAW MIX)/UNDERESTIMATE (SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION) The Chimes, CBS 12in
22 40 NO SORRY (AC MIX/INTERMIX)/SORRY…NO (REMIX) Gino Latino, de/Construction 12in
23 33 DOOWUTCHYALIKE (PLAYHOWYALIKE MIX) Digital Underground, BCM Records 12in
24 35 DESCRIPTION OF A FOOL A Tribe Called Quest, Jive 12in
25 21 FRIENDS (EXTENDED VERSION) Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
26 23 KEEP IT MOVIN’ (MIXES) White Knight, US Jive 12in/UK promo
27 47 EXPRESS YOURSELF (EXTENDED MIXES) NWA, Fourth & Broadway 12in
28 59 LET ME LOVE YOU FOR TONIGHT (MIXES) Kariya, Sleeping Bag Records 12in
29 26 LET IT ROLL Doug Lazy, Atlantic 12in
30 18 COME GET MY LOVIN’ (REMIX)/THE SECOND COMING Dionne, US Bigshot Records 12in
31 43 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY (SWEET EMBRACE MIX)/BLAZIN (EXTENDED DANCE/ALBUM MIXES) Stardust, RePublic Records 12in pre-release
32 38 SALSA HOUSE (SILVER ON BLACK REMIX/ORIGINAL MIX/ORBITAL MIX/DUB ZONE MIX/FREAKY RAP) Richie Rich, ffrr 12in promo
33 34 THE RIGHT STUFF (NORMAN COOK REMIX) Vanessa Williams, Wing Records 12in
34 41 AFRO DIZZI ACT Cry Sisco!, Escape Records 12in
35 48 I THANK YOU/TREAT ME RIGHT/PROMISES/BEAUTIFUL LOVE Adeva, Cooltempo LP
36 30 CAN’T GET OVER YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Paul Simpson presents Simphonia, RePublic Records 12in
37 29 I’M GLAD YOU CAME TO ME (CLUB MIX/DUB MIX) Bäs Noir, 10 Records 12in
38 44 DO WHAT YOU WANT/HOUSE JUNKIE/MUSIC’S HYPNOTIZING/ROCK THE BELLS (OF SAINT MARY)/AS IT GROOVES/KAMIKAZE/TAKE ME AWAY/TURN ME ON 2 In A Room, US Cutting Records LP
39 39 WORK IT OUT (EXTENDED REMIX/ACID MIXES) Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring M. Doc, Atlantic 12in
40 68 MISS YOU MUCH (MIXES)/YOU NEED ME Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
41 65 MENTAL Manic MC’s, RCA 12in white label
42 53 CLUB SCENE (ED’S DINER MIX/ED’S SPECIAL MIX) Special Ed, Profile 12in promo
43 — I’M LARGE/NO DJ LIKE CHUCK (YUH UNNERSTAN’!)/(ON TV) DJ Chuck Chillout & MC Kool Chip, US Mercury 12in/UK pre-release
44 56 APT. 3A/APT. 1B N.Y. House’n Authority, US Nugroove 12in
45 97= ROCK TO DIS (MIXES) Jamaica Mean Time (JMT) featuring DJ Maxi Jazz, Tam Tam Records 12in
46 72 EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH AN “E”/(REMIX) E-Zee Posse, More Protein 12in
47 31 LOVE BABY/A BIT OF JAZZ/WORK IT OUT/THINK!/CHAIN OF FOOLS Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley featuring Risse/M.Doc/Jackson & Moore, Atlantic LP
48 52 WILD TIMES (CHOICE MIX/GONE CLEAR MIX/NEEDLETIME MIX) De-Lite featuring Osca Child, Circa Records 12in pre-release
49 — WISHING ON A STAR Fresh 4 (Children Of The Ghetto) featuring Lizz E., 10 Records 12in pre-release
50 88 3 A.M. ETERNAL The KLF, KLF Communications 12in
51 74 IT’S NO CRIME (EXTENDED MIX) Babyface, Solar 12in
52 32 DO THE RIGHT THING (HAPPINESS REMIX) Redhead Kingpin & The FBI, 10 Records 12in
53 75 ROCK HOUSE/GROOVE TO THIS/DON’T STOP NOW/THE CONDUCTOR/LET’S TAKE A BREAK/I LIKE IT The Minutemen, US Smokin’ LP
54 24 SAY NO GO (SAY NO DOPE MIX) De La Soul, Big Life 12in
55 54 HOUSE ENERGY REVENGE Cappella, Italian Media Records Production 12in/Music Man promo
56 67 FOREVER (EXTENDED/FLUTE DUB) CeCe Rogers, US Atlantic 12in
57 51 UH-UH OOH-OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) (STEVE HURLEY’S HOUSE MIX) Roberta Flack, Atlantic 12in
58 64 BRING FORTH THE GUILLOTINE (THE BEN CHAPMAN REMIXES) Silver Bullet, Tam Tam Records 12in
59 42 SUNSHINE 89 (MIXES) Fax Yourself, AVM/Belgian Sound Of Belgium 12in
60 25 TWO WRONGS (DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT) (MIXES) David Peaston, Geffen Records 12in
61 96 TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED/(RAGGAMIX) Electribe 101, ffrr 12in pre-release
62 97= EVERYBODY’S A STAR (MIXES) Paul Simpson featuring Terri Jeffries, Cooltempo 12in pre-release
63 76 RAINDROPS (BLAZE’S UK 12” CLUB MIX) Kool & The Gang, Mercury 12in
64 70 STRINGS OF LIFE (MIXES) Rhythim Is Rhythim, Jack Trax 12in
65 — GET INVOLVED/(IN IT TO WIN IT)/WE’RE ON A MISSION (THE REVOLUTION)/(BONUS BEATS) MC’s Logik, Submission 12in
66 63 LIVE ON STAGE (MIXES) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in pre-release
67 55 PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD (MIXES) Dina Carroll, Jive 12in
68 57 SALSA HOUSE (FULL LENGTH ORIGINAL MIX/DUB ZONE/FREAKY RAP) Richie Rich, ffrr 12in
69 36 GRAND PIANO The Mix Master, Spanish blanco y negro Music 12in
70 71 GIVE ME A SIGN (HOUSE/CLUB/R&B) In-Dex, Exit Records 12in
71 — SECRET RENDEZVOUS (ZANZIBAR/WHITE HOUSE MIXES) Karyn White, Warner Bros 12in
72 — CASANOVA (THE RAISING HELL REMIX/SWING TO THE HIP HOUSE/ORIGINAL MIXES) Jazz & The Brothers Grimm featuring Baby D & MC Juice, Production House Records 12in white label
73 — I WILL SURVIVE/CUM ON U CAN GIT IT/JUNGLE JAM/TOOK MY LOVE AWAY/JUST LIKE A QUEEN/IT’S PARADISE/ACID RAIN/YOU GOT ME BURNIN’/GOTSTOBEADRAG Ellis “D”, US Minimal Records LP
74 — SALSA HOUSE (SILVER ON BLACK REMIX/ORBITAL MIX) Richie Rich, ffrr 12in
75 — FRIENDS (“UNITY” REMIX) Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim, MCA Records 12in
76 re LOVE IS A HOUSE (REMIX) Gina Foster, de/Construction 12in
77 60 TELL IT AS IT IS (PL MIX) Company 2, Tam Tam 12in
78 61 TRY YAZZ (MIXES) Two Without Hats, Music Man 12in
79 50 LOST IN THE BASS (MIXES) The Bass Boyz, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in
80 66 THROW YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR (MIXES) MC Duke, Music Of Life 12in
81 78 YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles Presents, US Trax Records 12in
82 re BLIND FAITH (MIXES) Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe, ffrr 12in pre-release
83 45 IF ONLY I COULD (EXTENDED/PACHA GARDEN) Sydney Youngblood, Circa Records 12in
84 22 MELTDOWN (CLUB MIX) Qaurtz, iT Music 12in
85 — THE MACK DADDY ON THE LEFT/SAY NO GO (NEW KEYS VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL/SAY NO DOPE MIX/RADIO MIX) De La Soul, US Tommy Boy 12in
86 69 DON’T PUSH IT (CLUB) Ruth Joy, MCA Records 12in
87 62 DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil, Champion 12in
88 — PARTY TIME (HOUSE N EFFECT MIX/LNR MIX 1/FARLEY’S HIP HOUSE MIX/LNR MIX 2/HIP HOP MIX) Gary Jackmaster Wallace & Jammin’ J, US House N Effect 12in
89 re (YOU’RE MY ONE AND ONLY) TRUE LOVE (MIXES) Seduction, US Vendetta 12in
90 97= DANCE IN A DAZE (OUR/YOUR/MY/THERE VERSIONS) The Outerlimit, US UnderWorld Records 12in
91 — THE REAL THING (BRUCE FOREST MIX/ALBUM VERSION/FRANKIE KNUCKLES MIX) ABC, Neutron 12in promo
92 73 STORIES (THE STORIE MIX) Izit, Italian New Music 12in
93 — KEEP LOVIN’ NEW/WE DOWN Betty Wright, Sure Delight 12in
94 re CASANOVA (PASSION MIXES) Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Production House Records 12in
95 — FRENCH KISS (THE SONGBIRD SINGS LONG VOCAL MIX/TALKIN’ ALL THAT JAZZ MIX/CHERRY TALK CONVERSATION MIX/SHORT BUT SWEET RADIO VOCAL MIX/THE ORIGINAL UNDERGROUND MIX) Lil Louis, US Epic 12in
96 46 THE REAL WILD HOUSE (WILD MIX) Raul Orellana, Spanish Spitfire Music 12in
97 re CUBAN GIGOLO Sound Factory/ALWAYS THERE CharVoni (‘Black Havana’), US Capitol LP
98 — TOUCH ME (DUB VERSION) Alisha Warren, RCA 12in promo
99 97= I NEED YO LOVIN (MIXES) Debbie McKayle, Tam Tam Records 12in
100 84 IT’S TOO LATE (CLUB MIX)/(HARD/COOL DUBS)/(RADIO EDIT) Kelli Saé, US Easy Street 12in
2 thoughts on “September 9, 1989: “The Berliners can’t be blamed if they’re a bit behind””
1989 has certainly been considered a landmark year for Berlin dance music – but despite James’s prediction, I think the BCM event at the Tempodrom (where I saw Nina Hagen perform in June 1985) was somewhat overshadowed by the events of November 9th 1989, in exactly two months’ time…
I’ve just found a couple of very brief shots of James inside the VIP lounge at the BCM Summer Dance Festival, at 4:32 and 4:43: