February 17, 1990: Milli Vanilli, Innocence, M.C. Wildski, Gil Scott-Heron, Kicking Back with Taxman

BEATS & PIECES

Ever been had? ‘So What’, the Italo house hit previously credited as by (E’-AlorrA), supposedly on an Italian Dischi Dovero label, in an outrageously cunning and successful scam masterminded by Cooltempo for Chrysalis distributed Dover Records turns out to be an instrumental version of the new single by none other than Gilbert O’Sullivan (I suppose the matrix number GOSSX should have been a hint)! … Princess Ivori ‘Wanted’, now sizzling on scarce single-sided UK promo, was in fact imported on Popular way back around a year ago, but “came and went” at the time, according to helpful Terry Davis at Balham’s Record Corner … Olimax & DJ Shapps’ brilliant ‘Saturday Love’ mix, hard to find on white label since the autumn, has finally had a wider release titled as ‘Feelin’ Love’ (still 122½bpm) on T.D. Records, Inc (TD 108) … Kariya’s ‘Let Me Love You For Tonight’ is of course where the vocal quotes are from in Olimpia ‘You Want My Love’, reviewed last week … Rich Nice ‘The Rhythm, The Feeling’, my lead review last week, is 109¼bpm – missed out by an oversight after all that! … Silver Bullet ‘Bring Forth The Guillotine’ (Tam Tam Records TTT 013) has been reissued in its old Ben Chapman remixes (120bpm), but with a brand new Norman Cook remix soon to follow … Rumour Records have signed up Masters Of The Universe and will be rapidly reissuing the current ‘Space Talk’, coupled with ‘Check It Out’ now … The House Crew ‘All We Wanna Do Is Dance’ (reviewed last week and fully distributed from next week by Pacific) has been adopted as the anthem of the Freedom To Party campaign – which points out that Government moves to crack down on so-called “acid house” and warehouse parties (largely on account of the media hyped supposedly associated drug problem), if allowed to pass into law unopposed, could well knock on to prevent the playing of any type of music outside licence controlled premises and hours (and that includes at an innocent birthday party in your front room) … 94 of the UK’s top club jocks, in acknowledgement of his indirect influence on their careers, have between them gathered over 5,000 signatures so far for a petition to bring back Robbie Vincent’s soul show on Radio 1 … Capital Radio’s greatest asset, Peter Young has left to join the likes of Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson at London’s new JAZZ-fm, on air March 4, doing a weekday 3-6pm jazz tinged soul/R&B show! … Diamond Time are extending their excellent continuously mixed monthly DiscEyes video compilations to three hours with specially edited movie trailer clips added to the end at no extra cost (subscription details, for professional use only, from Graham Gold on 01-483 4149) … Marie Birch, who wants those who might not otherwise recognise her to know she’s a fully recovered svelte brunette now following 14 months of serious illness, is back in the race running her new Impact Record Productions Ltd and previous PA’s Unlimited, building new mailing lists of club and radio DJs, specialist shops, and (those interested in booking personal appearances) entertainment managers at 363-365 Harrow Road, London W9 3NA (01-861 3953) … Beats International’s vocalist on ‘Dub Be Good To Me’, Lindy Layton not only used to be in TV’s “Grange Hill” but also is the girl from that Heinz spaghetti commercial, the one in which she’s just slurping her kid sister’s supper when her boyfriend is shown in by Mum … Mark Pogley and The Bean start a weekly upfront rave night this Friday (16) at Derby’s Zippy’s Lodge … Bob Masters anchors the new Freedom Fridays at Ladbroke Grove’s Subterrania, joined by two guests from a rolling rota of Jay Strongman, Bob Jones, Jeff Young, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Simon Dunmore to spin an eclectic range of upfront cuts … Saturdays at Brixton’s Fridge currently star the Coldcut boys, Jonathan More & Matt Black, along with Ian B, Vicki Edwards and Jay Strongman – also quite a line-up! … Baby Ford will be headlining live with DJs Mike Pickering, ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards and Andrew Weatherall in four Saturdays’ time, March 10, at the monthly Decadence night in Kentish Town’s Town And Country Club, to be filmed by Thames TV (for screening in September, when it’s sure to seem up to date!) … Guru Josh, rather sooner, this Wednesday (14) is with Gary Oldis at Sunderland’s Chambers and on Sunday (18) visits Tony Cochrane’s latest regularly rammed Sweatbox rave alldayer at Dundee’s Destihls … Pete Haigh and Bob Jeffries are “Legal + Massive” at Glasgow’s Sub Club this Saturday (17) … Mike Knowler brings the rave sound of Liverpool’s legendary The State to Bootle’s Quadrant Park on Thursdays … Ket Shah reports from Tenerife that anyone taking winter hols there will find he, the Stewart Brothers, Steve and Alfie, and JB guarantee upfront music from around the world at the bars currently “doin’ the business”, Roxy’s, Bobby’s, Paradise Lost and Tramps … Syntonic Research (distributed at the time by Atlantic) was the best of several US labels which back in the early Seventies released series of albums with the whole of each side devoted to just one naturally recorded stereo effect (like dawn in a wood, dusk in a swamp, wind in high trees, gentle rain in a pine forest, blazing logs in a grate, thunder in the city), nearly all of which I collected should any budding ambient producers be interested! … ‘Sonic Seasonings’, a similar vintage double album on CBS by synthesiser pioneering Walter Carlos, however, contains the ultimate thunderstorm, midway through the side called ‘Spring’, great for clearing gigs that have gone on too long as it’s guaranteed to make all who hear it feel shivery and uncomfortable! … IT’S SUCH A GOOD VIBRATION!


HOT VINYL
Reviewed by James Hamilton and Norman Cook

MILLI VANILLI ‘All Or Nothing (US Megamix)’ (101½-100½bpm) (Cooltempo COOLX 199)
It’s back to jiggly half-steppin’ swingbeat (and sampled inserts from their and others’ oldies) for this consequently very typical jumpily syncopated jitterer, so much so that one can mentally picture their shinily shod twitchy feet in video close-up already, flipped by its more restrained US Remix (101½bpm) plus the moodily muttered and crooned slow ‘Dreams To Remember’ (106/53bpm).

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ‘I Left My Wallet In El Segundo’ (Norman Cook)

BIG BOSS GROOVE ‘Sn—appiness’ (Norman Cook)

PRIMAL SCREAM ‘Loaded (Andy Weatherall Mix)’ (Norman Cook)

INNOCENCE ‘Natural Thing (Elevation)’ (102¾v bpm) (Cooltempo COOLX 201)
Still not due fully until next Monday but already massive on promo, this Jolley Harris Jolley created girl cooed jogger is sizzling thanks to its combination of a Soul II Soul-type tempo and overdubbed sweetly doodling Pink Floyd ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ melody, the latter heard even earlier in the flip’s instrumental Sunset mix.

M.C. WILDSKI ‘Warrior (Disco-Tek Mix)’ (118bpm) (Arista 612 956)
Producer Paul Dakeyne’s finest achievement, this excitingly churning Jackson Sisters ‘I Believe In Miracles’ wah-wah driven and Tears For Fears “talkin’ to you” (from ‘Shout’) prodded raggamuffin rap, by the guy previously associated with Norman Cook, seems set to be huge, in four mixes including the different bumpily lurching The Art Of Fighting Without Fighting (118¾bpm).

GIL SCOTT-HERON ‘Space Shuttle’ (Castle Communications GILLT 002, via BMG)
Now finally out fully, this is in three contrasting Paul Waller remixes, gruffly slurring spoken/sung as usual by Gil but otherwise untypical, the A-side’s still jazz-funk flavoured languidly tripping The Sub Club Vocal Mix (113bpm) being overshadowed by the whippoorwill twittered flip’s spacier calm synth swirled Deep Club Dub (116½bpm) and jerkily techno-ish largely instrumental Bass Edit Beats (120¼bpm).

KICKING BACK with Taxman ‘Devotion (the-E-MOTIVE Mix)’ (98bpm) (10 Records TENX 297)
Twiddly diddling raggamuffin Taxman announces “listen this ‘cos it’s a brand new style” at times through this otherwise lazily drifting sparse jiggly tugger (inevitably Soul II Soul-ish), gently washed by soulful male harmonies behind a sweetly agonised female lead, gorgeous, with a more urgent 7” Mix (97¼bpm) and less convincing Inner City-type ‘All I Want (Club Mix)’ (120¾bpm), out fully in a fortnight if you can bear the wait!

PRODUCER featuring WICKED NELSON ‘Nobody Messes With The Godfather’ (106½bpm) (2 Dam Funky FUNK 1)
With the rhythm and feel but not the sound of ‘Funky Nassau’, this girl cooed and guy rapped wild and whacky jumping sparse jiggler is full of funk, the Godfather of course being Mr Brown although, a few vocal samples and scratches apart, his style for once is not copied (good throbbing ‘Fatherfunkin’ Dubsonic’ bassodiol [sic] dubsonic-funk mix flip!), truly great stuff.

ASHLEY & JACKSON ‘The Sermon’ (120bpm) (DFM Records DFM 007T, via Pinnacle)
Hull truckers in a Manchester setup classily storming The Club Chart on a four-tracker with this dead funky vintage-style riffs jiggled muttering and moaning groove, its Instrumental (120¼bpm), the movie dialogue punctuated pulsating ambient instrumental ‘W.I.L.D.’ (119¾bpm), and breathily weaving jiggly sombre ‘Head Over Heels’ (104¾bpm).

PRESSURE DROP ‘Feeling Good (Touch 1)’ (119½bpm) (Big World BIWT 005, via Pacific)
Another Club Chart storming excellent oddity, this chunky organ chorded haunting buoyantly wriggly little chugger has some phased “hey, oh babe” repetition and brief chorus bursts but is basically instrumental, especially in the flip’s bassily pattering Touch 2 (120bpm) and Touch 3 (119¾bpm) variations.

MR. FINGERS ‘What About This Love (Extended Version)’ (113bpm) (ffrr FX 131)
Hot on import since Christmas, this Larry Heard created refreshingly gentle jazzy keyboards washed and tinkled, soothingly crooned lush swayer would have fitted the jazz-funk craze ten years ago and right now is considered ‘ambient’ (lovely Dub Version and new Drum & Bass Mix too). It’s all ‘new age’ to me!

WILL DOWNING ‘Come Together As One (Definitive Club Mix)’ (114¾v bpm) (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 159)
Morales & Knuckles remixed jazz-funkily flavoured pattering and pulsing moody slick soul canterer, with a topical anti-apartheid message, this initial UK pressing having their Dream Together Mix and (114½bpm) Radio Mix too while Gail ‘Sky’ King’s import mixes will be out separately next week. In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s now three jazz-funky big newies (Mr Fingers and Gil Scott-Heron being the others) filling the BPM gap between Soul II Soul and Italo house – maybe 114bpm is coming back after all!

THE STRINGS OF LOVE ‘Nothing Has Been Proved (Land Of Oz Mix)’ (118¾bpm) (Breakout USAT 688)
Due fully next week, Paul Oakenfold’s much more richly textured remix, and his gently episodic Future Mix, of the Rome recorded remake of the Pet Shop Boys’ haunting Dusty Springfield ‘Scandal’ song (reduced by silkily sighing Ortensia Kalombo to an ethereally repeated refrain) are somehow slightly slower than the original Italian import’s Dance Mix (120½-120bpm), included here but also fractionally (½bpm!) slower, Kenny G-like sax giving ‘new age’ ambience to the pleasantly burbling canterer.

SHAKESPEARS SISTER ‘Dirty Mind (Extended 1990 Version)’ (126½bpm) (ffrr FX 128)
As remixed by I-Level’s Duncan Bridgeman, this thunderously rumbling jiggly driver has snarled and whispered lyrics worthy of Janet Jackson (though it doesn’t have her sound), far more powerful than the totally different staidly trotting radio version (124bpm) and likely to be large!

PISCES ‘Take Me Higher (Subliminal Mix)’ (125¾-125½bpm) (Reachin’ Records PISCES 001R)
A bit thin and weedy as originally promoed, Martin Freeland & Ian Dewhirst’s still girl gasped and Family Stone-ishly chanted (with a guy chipping in later) deliberately dated Sylvester style disco galloper now thumps much more beefily, a long felt want to judge from its current rapid Club Chart rise, with an emptier twittery instrumental The 90’s Mix (125¾bpm).

MAX Q ‘Sometimes (Land Of Oz Mix)’ (122¼bpm) (Mercury MXQ 212)
A diversion with some Melbourne mates for Michael Hutchence between INXS albums, this Paul Oakenfold remixed beefy bass boomed and huskily chanted whomping smooth house-ish bounder, flipped by its Instrumental Mix and Todd Terry’s scurrying more vocal Rock House Mix (123bpm), is to be separately followed (although the two A-sides were together on promo) by Paul’s more jitteringly rhythmic and gutturally vocal Future Mix (MXQ 2212), flipped by Todd’s more jerkily percussive Dub Mix (123bpm) and the breathily loping ‘Ghost Of The Year (Todd Terry Mix)’ (121½bpm).

POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS ‘Time To Say Peace (Remix)’ (100pm) (Profile PROFT 280)
Declamatory rap ‘n’ scratch by a New Jersey crew, disjointedly lurching in last summer’s Original Version (97½bpm) but rollingly remixed for the UK with a chunkier ‘Jazzie’s Groove’-ish Soul II Soul twist, flipped by the ‘Soul Makossa’ wriggled ‘Butt Naked Booty Bless’ (112½bpm) and stark jerkily jogging ‘Word Is Bond’ (101¾bpm), out next week.

1 WORLD ‘Down On Love’ (99bpm) (ffrr FX 129)
Already known as Soul II Soul’s remixers, Time Lever and Mike Percy not surprisingly use a similar gently jiggling bass and drum behind their own sultry Sheila wailed jogger, promoed in two Assertive and two Blissful Mixes.

ARTHUR BAKER & THE BACKBEAT DISCIPLES featuring ROBERT OWENS ‘Silly Games (Hacienda Side)’ (121½bpm) (Breakout USAT 678)
Swirling and tumbling with a snickety thin top end in the officially flipside but, so far, hotter Graeme Park & Mike Pickering remixed Hacienda Club and Dub Mixes, this double-edged house attack is moaned and wailed by the previously Fingers Inc featured Robert Owens as Arthur’s latest guest vocalist, the Frankie Bones & Tommy Musto remixed Bonesbreak Side’s Club and Dub Mixes (120½bpm) throbbing more chunkily and mournfully but minus the Manchester touch that’s cutting though these days!

GURU JOSH ‘Infinity (1990’s Time For The Guru)’ (125-124½bpm) (de/Construction Records PT 43476)
Probably a mistake, as very different from the already well established though hard to find original jerkily leaping twittery techno ‘Infinity (Mad Mix)’ (122bpm) (Infinity Records INF 21), which also had Toasting and tighter jittery Spacey Saxophone Mixes plus the more jauntily driving ‘Time For The Guru’ (124-123¾bpm), this spacey sax started remake is nothing like so rhythmically coherent and keeps darting off at confusing tangents, but is possibly saved by the flip’s somewhat revamped Spacey Saxophone Mix (121¾bpm) and Spacey Saxophone 7” Mix (124¾bpm).


POP DANCE

TINA TURNER ‘Steamy Windows (Vocal Mix)’ (134bpm) (Capitol 12CL 560), typically worded Tony Joe White-penned swamp rocker produced by Dan Hartman in cleanly charging unsubtle US ‘dance-rock’ style, but interestingly remixer Justin Strauss has also supplied a far less blatantly energetic soulfully cantering genuine House Mix (12½bpm), worth checking;

FATIMA MANSIONS ‘Only Losers Take The Bus‘ (124½bpm) (Kitchenware Records SKX 43, via A.P.T.), Jonathan Richman meets The Smiths in this droning frantic indie rock thrasher, mutating however into the far more useful chugging Eurodisco-type ‘O.L.T.T.B.’ in its Hail & Flames deadpan vocal remix (123¼bpm) and, especially, extended instrumental Hail & Adios Non Stop Party Pumpin’ Mix (123bpm), the latter not for airplay;

GODFATHERS ‘Out On The Floor’ (Epic GFTT 5), rock four-tracker with the Rolling Stones-like raucously strutting ‘I’m Lost And Then I’m Found’ (122½bpm), Lou Reed-ish ‘Birth, School, Work, Death (Extended Mix)‘ (121½-119¾bpm), and frantically galloping ‘She Gives Me Love‘ in a Keith LeBlanc Love Mix (141bpm) and his even fiercer Mega Dance Authority Remix (140½bpm), worth checking;

EURYTHMICS ‘The King And Queen Of America‘ (132¾bpm) (RCA DAT 24). Phil Spector-ishly introed but then impact losing convoluted title repeating rambler, promoed (RCA DAT 23) however with a completely revamped gently loping then furiously throbbing 132½bpm Remix and, by this later stage unrelated to the original song, its second half’s funkily jiggling 131½bpm Dub Mix (including the “wooh yeah” break);

THUNDERPUSSY ‘International Adventure (Panoramic Mix)’ (133¼bpm) (MCA Records MCAT 1388), strident girl warbled tympani throbbed Hi-NRG galloper, with a more vocal 7” Version (134bpm) and the storyline related but Sixties flavoured pausing and spurting ‘Latin American Girl In London Town‘ (123¾bpm);

COLOURS ‘I Wanna Make Love (Temptation Mix)’ (96½bpm) (WEA YZ418TX), ponderous jerkily lurching repetitive Bros-ish chanter with an even drearier On The Edge alternative version (95½bpm), plus however a completely different snappily scurrying The House Mix (122¾v bpm), only a groove maybe but why did anyone bother with the others?;

HABIT ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ (118¼bpm) (Virgin VST 1248), bass burbled and keyboards twiddled surging remake of the recently much sampled old Steve Miller Band song, tightening up as it patters percussively through lengthy breaks, with an alternative more house-ish instrumental flip that’s beefier from right after its slow start;

A CERTAIN RATIO ‘Four For The Floor’ (A&M ACRY 550), Manchester experimentalists’ four-tracker with the empty unhurriedly rumbling ‘Spirit Dance’ (117¾bpm), hippy-esque mystical bubbling twittery jittery ‘Good Together‘ (122¼v bpm), delicate kalimba and guitar picked atmospheric slow then racing afro percussion driven ‘Tribeca‘ (102/51-132bpm), and ‘Shaft In Africa’ wukka-wukked perkily rambling jazzy ‘Be What You Wannabe‘ (118bpm);

THE CREATURES ‘Fury Eyes (20/20 Mix)’ (109¾-108bpm) (Polydor SHEX 18), Pascal Gabriel mixed bass and drum snapped percussive jiggler eventually reaching some T.Rex-ish Siouxsie vocal, apparently a combination of the flip’s tapping Dub (109¾bpm) and more instantly vocal Remix (107¾-108bpm);

DAVID A. STEWART featuring CANDY DULFER ‘Lily Was Here (Space Centre Medical Unit Hum)’ (107bpm) (Anxious ANXT 014, via RCA), Dutch chart-topping Kenny G-ish gently swaying atmospheric instrumental, sweetly saxed by Lily with Dave on delicate acoustic guitar, worth a proper dance remix as the ambient sound effects which wash the long slow start also interrupt for too long a midway pause both this and the Orbital Space Lab Mix.


THE CLUB CHART – February 17, 1990

01 01 GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE (MIXES) Mantronix (featuring Wondress), Capitol 12in
02 03 DER ERDBEERMUND (GET INTO MAGIC MIX/INSTRUMENTAL MAGIC) Culture Beat – featuring Jo Van Nelsen, Epic 12in
03 07 MOTHERLAND A-FRI-CA (FREEDOM MIX) Tribal House, Cooltempo 12in
04 04 DUB BE GOOD TO ME/INVASION OF THE ESTATE AGENTS/INVASION OF FREESTYLE: DISCUSS Beats International, Go.Beat 12in
05 05 GET UP! (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) (DANCE ACTION/DEF MIXES) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K, Swanyard Records Limited 12in
06 02 LIVE TOGETHER (12”/BIG BEAT MIXES) Lisa Stansfield, Arista 12in
07 13 MOMENTS IN SOUL (MIXES) J.T. And The Big Family, Italian BHF Production 12in/Champion promo
08 06 NATURAL THING (ELEVATION/SUNSET) Innocence (featuring Gee Morris), Cooltempo 12in pre-release
09 21 WELCOME (VERSIONS) Gino Latino, ffrr 12in
10 12 FEELING GOOD (TOUCH 1/2/3) Pressure Drop, Big World 12in
11 09 N-R-G/VIVA CITY/I LOVE TEKNOLOGY Adamski, MCA Records 12in
12 20 SPACE SHUTTLE (MIXES) Gil Scott-Heron, Castle Communications 12in
13 11 GET INTO IT (MIXES) Tony Scott, Champion 12in
14 08 REACH UP TO MARS (MIXES) Earth People, US Underworld Records 12in
15 15 INDEPENDENT WOMAN (REMIXES) Roxanne Shanté, Breakout 12in
16 16 OZONE BREAKDOWN (UPRISING MIX)/PROBABLY A ROBBERY (12 GAUGE TURBO) Renegade Soundwave, Mute 12in
17 28 THE SERMON/W.I.L.D./HEAD OVER HEELS Ashley & Jackson, DFM Records 12in
18 48 COME TOGETHER AS ONE (DEFINITIVE CLUB/DREAM TOGETHER MIXES) Will Downing, 4th + B’way 12in
19 37 TAKE ME HIGHER (SUBLIMINAL/90’S MIXES) Pisces, Reachin’ Records 12in
20 23 5678 (MIXES) Shut Up And Dance, GTi Records 12in white label
21 10 I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU (GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL MIX) Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan, Qwest 12in
22 83 WHAT ABOUT THIS LOVE (VERSIONS) Mr. Fingers, US Alleviated Music 12in/ffrr pre-release
23 61 DOWN ON LOVE (MIXES) 1 World, ffrr 12in pre-release
24 22 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/RICH IN PARADISE FPI Project present Rich In Paradise, Rumour Records 12in
25 18 YOUR LIES (THE BIG CLUB MIX/THE BIG DUB)/BASSED ON DIONNE Dionne, CityBeat 12in
26 19 PLAY IT AGAIN (THE LOS NINOS MIX/”WHY DON’T YOU TRY THIS SIDE” MIX) Out Of The Ordinary, German Abfahrt 12in/Supreme Records promo
27 57 TURN IT OUT (GO BASE) (NEW AGE MELTDOWN/FULL CONTROL MELTDOWN/OUT OF CONTROL MIX) Rob Base, Profile 12in
28 31 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (LAND OF OZ/FUTURE MIXES/THE FULL ITALIAN JOB) The Strings Of Love, Breakout 12in pre-release
29 51 WARRIOR (DISCO-TEK MIX/EDIT/BEATS/THE ART OF FIGHTING WITHOUT FIGHTING) MC Wildski, Arista 12in pre-release
30 30 LET THERE BE HOUSE (THE A² ZEN MIXES/WESTBAM MIX) Deskee, Big One 12in
31 56 INFINITY (1990’S TIME FOR THE GURU/SPACEY SAXOPHONE MIX) Guru Josh, de/Construction Records 12in
32 14 TOUCH ME (SEXUAL VERSION/INSTRUMENTAL) 49ers, Fourth & Broadway 12in
33 32 TALKING WITH MYSELF (FRANKIE KNUCKLES MIX) Electribe 101, Mercury 12in
34 35 SILLY GAMES (HACIENDA SIDE/BONESBREAK SIDE) Arthur Baker & The Backbeat Disciples, Breakout 12in pre-release
35 47 HELLO (BOYS & GIRLS/HONKY TONK) The Beloved, WEA 12in
36 58 SO WHAT (E’-AllorA) (MIXES) Gilbert O’Sullivan, Dischi Dovero 12in
37 24 AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW (MIXES) Big Daddy Kane, Cold Chillin’ 12in
38 68 WAS THAT ALL IT WAS (LES ADAMS PHILLY MIX) Kym Mazelle, Syncopate 12in
39 80 TIME TO SAY PEACE (REMIX) Poor Righteous Teachers, Profile 12in promo
40 78 SOMETIMES (FUTURE MIX) Max Q, Mercury 12in promo
41 53 I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE (MIXES) Black Box, de/Construction Records 12in
42 — I’M NOT SATISFIED (THE NICCI “MOTHERF**KA” VERSION/NEW YORK RAP/SINGING MIXES/7” MIX) Fine Young Cannibals, London 12in pre-release
43 84 LOVE TOGETHER (1990 MIX/BANJI LOVERS DUB) LA Mix featuring Kevin Henry, Breakout 12in
44 26 HEARTBEAT (CLIVILLES & COLE CLUB MIX)/FREE YOUR BODY (IT’S TIME TO GET HIP HOUSE) Seduction, US Vendetta Records 12in
45 60 THE WAY YOU MOVE (RICHIE RICH REMIX) Troy Taylor, Gee Street 12in
46 43 LOVE ME TRUE (LITTLE LOUIE VEGA REMIX) Kimiesha Holmes, Kool Kat/Big Life 12in
47 25 DROPPIN’ RHYMES ON DRUMS/ETTA DROPPIN’ SCIENCE ON DRUMS Def Jef, Delicious Vinyl 12in
48 46 BLACKMAN (CLUB MIX) Tashan, OBR 12in mailing list promo
49 42 ALRIGHT (12” HOUSE MIX/HIP HOUSE DUB) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
50 33 LOVE ON LOVE (MOUTHQUAKE MASTER MIX) Dr. Mouthquake, More Protein 12in
51 17 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER (SLAMMIN’ & JAMMIN’ MIX) D Mob, ffrr 12in
52 62 SPIN THAT WHEEL (FIRST FEEL MIX) Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K, The Brothers Organisation 12in
53 34 SPACE TALK (REMIXES), Masters Of The Universe, Strictly Underground 12in
54 29 THE GAS FACE/WORDZ OF WIZDOM (MIXES) 3rd Bass, Def Jam 12in
55 — DEVOTION (thE-MOTIVE MIX/7” MIX)/ALL I WANT Kicking Back with Taxman, 10 Records 12in pre-release
56 63 DEXTROUS (MIXES) Nightmares On Wax, WARP Records/Outer Rhythm 12in
57 85 SWEAT (SWEAT THE CLUB) Jay Williams, US Big Beat 12in
58 36 STAY CLOSE (MIXES) Mondeé Oliver, Fourth & Broadway 12in
59 27 JAILBREAK (HOUSE TIP)/JAILBREAK BEATS/SOUL FEELS FREE (MIXES) Paradox, Ronin Records 12in
60 55 LOVE, JOY AND HAPPINESS (MIXES) Vernell Foster, SBK.One 12in
61 79 PEACE & UNITY (REMIX) MC’s Logik, Submission 12in
62 39 WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy, Def Jam Recordings 12in
63 71 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE (STREET STYLE) Jomanda, RCA 12in
64 69 HOLD ME BACK WestBam, Swanyard Records Limited 12in
65 49 BOUNTY KILLERS (MIXES) Depth Charge, Vinyl Solution 12in
66 — AMAZING GRACE/GO BACK TO THE WORLD/I LOVE TO DANCE/INDUSTRIAL FRENCH/WALK THROUGH THE SAME OL’ DOOR Vandal, US Nugroove 12in EP
67 44 INFINITY (MIXES)/TIME FOR THE GURU Guru Josh, Infinity Records 12in
68 — TESTONE/TESTTWO/TESTTHREE Sweet Exorcist, W.A.R.P./Outer Rhythm 12in
69 67 CHIME/DEEPER Oribital, Oh’Zone Records 12in limited edition
70 81 THE HUMPTY DANCE (MIXES) Digital Underground, BCM Records 12in
71 94 MUSICA DE AMOR/AMOEBA A Man Called Adam, Ritmo Recordings 12in
72 — GHETTO HEAVEN (THE JAZZIE B MIX) The Family Stand, Atlantic 12in promo
73 91 WALK ON BY (CLUB) Sybil, Lisson Records 12in
74 82 WANTED Princess Ivori, Supreme Records 12in mailing list promo
75 — BIG BOSS GROOVE (SN/APPINESS MIX/GOGO MIX) BBG, 12in white label
76 70 A STATE OF PANIC Frankie “Bones” presents Bonesbreaks volume 4, US Breaking Bones Records 12in EP
77 89 CALL A WAVE (MASSIMINO LIPPOLI MIXES) Malcolm McLaren, Epic 12in white label
78 64 WHAT “U” WAITIN’ 4?/DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG/GOOD NEWZ COMIN’ Jungle Brothers, Eternal LP
79 40 WHOLE WIDE WORLD (WINGATE 12” HOUSE REMIXES) A’me Lorain, US RCA 12in
80 — (I’M) JUST ADJUSTIN’ MY MIC/THIS SHOULD MOVE YA/STONE COLD ROACH/I GET LIFTED/I LIKE THE WAY (YOU DO IT)/SEX-N-DRUGS AND ROCK-N-ROLL/I GET STUPID PART IV (GET ON UP ’90)/DON’T YOU WANT MORE/TONIGHT IS RIGHT/GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix, Capitol LP
81 72 YOU’RE THE ONLY WOMAN (MIXES) The Brat Pack, US Vendetta Records 12in
82 — I CAN FEEL IT (MIXES) Dreamhouse, US United Sounds Of America 12in
83 re WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (MIXES) Jamie J Morgan, Tabu 12in
84 59 SONG OF THE SIREN (MIXES) Aphrodisiac, US Nugroove 12in/Champion promo
85 75 CAN’T DO IT ALONE Jackstreet Inc, Fourth & Broadway 12in
86 — TROPICAL RAIN (B SIDE/A SIDE MIXES) Rhythm Of Life, SBK.One 12in white label
87 54 PAIN/(INSTRUMENTAL) Lee Marrow, Champion 12in
88 — AFTER THE RAIN (NEW LIFE MIX) Tityo, Arista 12in mailing list promo
89 77 SEARCHIN’ HARD (REMIXES) Da Posse, RePublic Records 12in
90 re SONG FOR DENISE (AUDIOPHILE DANCE MIX) Piano Fantasia, BCM Records 12in
91 88 YOU WANT MY LOVE (MIXES) Olimpia, Italian Meeting 12in
92 — WE’RE COMIN’ AT YA (MIXES) Quartz featuring Steps, Mercury/iTMusic 12in pre-release
93 — SHAKE YOUR BODY DOWN (HURT ME, HURT ME/DUB ME, DUB ME)/ON WE GO/(INSTRUMENTAL) Doom, Profile 12in mailing list promo
94 re KICKS (MIXES) Last Few Days!, fontana 12in
95 38 ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (THE SIDNEY MIX) Jam Tronik, German ZYX Records 12in
96 92 BEACH BUMP (FULL VERSION) Baby Ford, Rhythm King 12in
97 50 ALL 4 LOVE (MIXES) Raze featuring Lady J & The Secretary of Ent., Champion 12in
98 74 NOBODY MESSES WITH THE GODFATHER/FATHERFUNKIN’ DUBSONIC Producer featuring Wicked Nelson, 2 Dam Funky 12in
99 52 GANGSTERBOOGIE/DON’T JACK THE SPOT/THE CHIEF (REMIX)/I KNOW YOU WANT IT (DANCE) Tony Scott, US Next Plateau LP/Champion promo
100= re HAZME SONAR (MIXES) Morenas, BCM Records 12in
100= re £1O TO GET IN (HIPHOP/HOUSE MIXES)/RAP’S MY OCCUPATION Shut Up And Dance, Shut Up And Dance Records 12in

2 thoughts on “February 17, 1990: Milli Vanilli, Innocence, M.C. Wildski, Gil Scott-Heron, Kicking Back with Taxman”

  1. The “government moves to crack down on so-called “acid house” and warehouse parties” referred to this week ultimately led to the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, which defined the word “rave” in law and stipulated that “‘Music’ includes sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”.

    Andrew Weatherall gets his first mention this week, and The Orb also make their presence felt for the first time, via their remix of “Lily Was Here”.

    On the exact date of this column – February 17th 1990, which was also my 28th birthday – we held a satirically “new age”-themed house party. I still have the three C90 cassettes from that night. In amongst the oldies, pop and indie, they featured current club hits from Lisa Stansfield, Mantronix, Beats International, She Rockers, FPI Project, Culture Beat, 808 State, Technotronic, Earth People, Tribal House, Adeva, Ultra Naté, Homeboy, Lil Louis, Soul II Soul, Roxanne Shanté, Quincy Jones/Ray Charles/Chaka Khan, Big Daddy Kane, Kym Mazelle, Dionne, Electribe 101, Guru Josh, Adamski, Innocence, Electra, Gil Scott-Heron, Tony Scott, Def Jef/Etta James, Rob ‘N Raz, The Beloved, Black Box, Lonnie Gordon, Doug Lazy, Jomanda, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul and Tashan. The previous Sunday, Nelson Mandela had been released from prison. A couple of months ago, the Berlin Wall had come down. It was a new decade, there was much talk of moving on from the conspicuous materialism of the Eighties, and optimism was in the air. Jesus Jones summed up the mood in their song “Right Here Right Now”: “There is no other place I want to be… watching the world wake up from history.”

    All of this makes it a perfect time to pause the blog for Christmas, and to wish everyone reading this a very happy holiday season. See you in January!

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  2. The thing about the 1994 Act was that the Pay Party Unit in London and the South East had more or less ended the big raves in their area by now anyway- I remember there was a feeble protest in central London about the end of the “acid house paties” which wasn’t helped by it being in the middle of winter and raining and that House Crew record was the sort of theme of a movement that never really got off the ground in 1990, By the time that Castle Morton rave which had more to do with hippies and “new age travellers” than the scene of 1988/89 we’d had 3 or 4 years of the big legal organised raves put on by people like Fantazia anyway including the biggest ever Fantazia did somewhere near the south coast I think (i say I think because this was my time when I was drifting away not just from the rave scene but from life in general I can remember as the booze took over so my memory is very sketchy for the next 5 or 6 years only Kiss kept me in touch at all really).. But from what I’ve read the protests of 1994 were just rent a mob stuff protesting about something that the dance scene in general had already moved on from quite a time before. Incidentally these were very unlike the age of the big corporate events from about 2000 on which America later in the decade seemed to be think rave was all about when it “got it” (although 20 years later than the rest of the developed world standing still in a stadium watching some ugly late 2000’s/2010’s ‘dance music’ had about as much relation to 1988-92 or 1996-2000 as watching a performance of a 1950s musical (except the music in those “rave” stadia was about 100 times worse).

    All the big Fantazia, Ravealation, the big ones in Leeds whose name escapes me etc raves that dominated from about 1990 to the end of the decade still preserved the underground 1988/1989 vibe and when I started reattending a few of the later ones about 1995 you really wouldn’t have noticed much difference from the illegal ones I remembered from 1988/89 except we knew they were going to definitely go ahead and that the promoters were at least a little bit legit.

    I don’t know whose idea it was to think we we wanted the “words of wisdom” of various ‘”celebs” interspersing JH’s reviews but it’s at least temporarily taken the gloss of his column. And thank you very much for not printing the I should imagine not very illuminating rubbish the ‘experts’ spout..

    Anyway Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to you – this is the first Christmas in my 50 something years that I’ve ever spent alone as I’ve got Covid and don’t come out of self-isolation for two days – I think got it at the big reunion rave I went to in London 2 weeks ago – probably on the underground or in the pub some of us met in beforehand as we all had to provide negative LFT tests when we went into the actual event. And thanks for all the hard work in keeping this column going.

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