April 3, 1982: Maze, Brass Construction, Stone, The McCrarys, Judy Roberts


UNDERGROUND SOUL truly surfaced to confound the overground media last week when Maze sold out two terrific nights at Hammersmith Odeon after just one plug on Robbie Vincent’s Radio London show . . . Maze refresh the parts that mere boogie bands miss — by going back to gospel roots, disguised by a web of rhythm that’s far from traditional, they use subtly shifting simple repetition and Frankie Beverly’s superb sinuous vocal gymnastics to cut right through to the soul (it can be no coincidence his favourite singer is Sam Cooke) . . . Monday’s show was evidently recorded live, so maybe we can expect London’s very own version of ‘Joy And Pain’, the final encore of which was continued in acappella unison for a full two minutes by the audience (in fact it was only the band returning to wave goodbye which stopped it), to start up again spontaneously as people drifted out through the foyer — and then minutes later, Capital Radio’s John Sachs played the record … magic! . . . Funktion’s Peter Byfield obviously knew something we didn’t when he referred to himself as “the Freddie Laker of jazz-funk” — Funktion folded last week, leaving the future of their Barracuda club in some doubt (now then, who claims to be the “Tiny Rowlands of jazz-funk”?!) . . . Lenny Henry has rapidly recorded his ‘Katanga Rap’ . . . RCA picked up Stone ‘Time’ . . . KR reissue in a fortnight Lloyd Charmers superb lovers rock reading of Phil Collins ‘If Leaving Me Is Easy’ . . . Phonogram dropped Janet Kay . . . Bob James ‘Angela (Theme from Taxi)’ is due on 3-track 12in, Star Sound’s follow-up is (yawn) a Rolling Stones medley (how many of them have there been?), while in a fortnight after Easter there’s a new 12in by Herbie Hancock and also “D” Train’s revival of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Walk On By’ . . . Rick James has cancelled his UK visit next week . . . SEDA ’82 Spring Fair at Hollingbourne’s Great Danes Hotel a few miles east of Maidstone starts this Saturday afternoon with a record fair, followed by Froggy’s disco in the evening, then Sunday (4) there’s the equipment exhibition, followed by an annual dinner and cabaret . . . Froggy will again be Radio One’s jazz-funk mouthpiece as well as doing some nifty mixes when Peter Powell’s summer soul show returns . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn secretary Frank Smith is currently on a computer programming course so he can cope with the new Sinclair ZX 81 now installed at TVDJA HQ to handle membership data . . . Tom Amigo (Barry) is also settling into his new day job computer programming . . . London’s Organisation of DJs (LODJ) is after more members — call Ralph on 01-805 8211 . . . Burnley’s Martin Platts, typically, this Saturday runs up the highest point in Lancashire with a 40lb pack on his back to raise funds for a hospice, starting at 11am at Darwen Circus (there’ll be a disco 800 feet up at the summit!) . . . Alan Taylor, 26 Terence Avenue, Rhyl, Clwyd, North Wales, LL18 1DD, has a US VHS 1½hr video of roller disco and invites Mark Clarke to drop him a line for a list of song titles used . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) has a DIY tip for people wanting to paint their lamp bulbs: ‘Instalead’ comes in many colours and handy £1.05 tins from good class shops . . . Chris Kaye, 36 Dudley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1LH, has a secure but boring day job writing for a technical mag on frozen foods when he’s not DJing, but would prefer an interesting creative position in the music biz (so would lots of people who used to be in the music biz) . . . Staines Fusion Few and the Grooving Gropers both stayed away from Caister in protest at the banning by Showstoppers of Groove Weekly, who evidently had the temerity to print some letters criticising the previous Caister and other Sho-Pro gigs . . . Kevin James (Golders Green Great Expectations/various London pubs) was asked by a Greek accented young lady for some ballet music — no, not Swan Lake — “Belly dance music. I’m a belly dancer!” . . . Kev Hill (Basildon Sweeney’s) loved his trip to see Earth Wind & Fire: someone nicked his sweatshirt, while outside his car was broken into with superglue squirted all over his locks and the CB radio taken, and then his exhaust blew on the way home . . . I encountered a thief at Le Beat Route: some swine stole my original copies of Gene Chandler ‘Nothing Can Stop Me’, Tyrone Davis ‘Can I Change My Mind’, Willie Tee ‘Thank You John’ / ‘Walking Up A One Way Street’ and ‘Teasin’ You’ — offers of replacements would be appreciated . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry) has his own woes, a dose of glandular fever . . . Paul Major now funks Gt Yarmouth’s Brunswick (Regency Suite) every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday when its the Country Bumpkins Club . . . Eddie Gee of the 150-strong Loughborough University Jazz-Funk Society has a campus radio soul show called ‘The Sounds Of Underground Loughborough’, and goes mobile with Rohail Banduri in the Mastermind Roadshow . . . Robbie Collins now jazz-funks Ilford Lords on Fridays and has a teenage soul disco there on Mondays . . . Shalamar ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ actually sounds insidiously catchy on radio . . . Voggue ‘Love Buzz’ is 122-121-122bpm . . . Roger Ames — I didn’t know Junior Giscombe was a white non-“disco” performer! . . . I must emphasise that the purpose of DJs sending us charts is not to hype records received in the mail but to reflect true floor reaction to your current playlist, thus giving the lower end of both the UK Disco 90 and POD more stability, and enabling companies to advertise their disco hits with more confidence — instead of, as was the recent case, watching their record drop right out again after an initial high entry — hyping helps nobody if you aren’t getting genuine audience reaction — and if you really are playing all the rubbish received in the mail, the last person it’s helping is you . . . KEEP IT GOOD!


MAZE featuring FRANKIE BEVERLY: ‘Joy And Pain’ (Capitol 12CL 211).
With nothing to stop it being a pop smash as it’s rhythmically similar to ‘Roots’ (out of which it mixes superbly), this live-recorded terrific jittery soulful subtle 106-105bpm anthem has an acappella singalong finish and should break wide open now following their sensational shows here, especially on 3-track clear vinyl 12in, flipped by the lovely gentle 38½-0bpm ‘Happy Feelin’s’ and older equally lovely mellow 49bpm ‘Golden Time Of Day’. To continue your education, get the parent ‘Live In New Orleans’ album (EST-12156), with the full length ‘Joy And Pain’, chugging 105-106-105bpm ‘Southern Girl‘, hustling 118½-119-120bpm ‘Changing Times‘ and similarly sinuous long 97-98-100-101-99bpm ‘Feel That You’re Feelin‘ and 95-94-96-0bpm ‘The Look In Your Eyes‘. THE sound of ’80s soul, not to be missed.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Can You See The Light’ (Liberty 12UP 652).
Randy Muller in an overdue style change has created a dynamite ultra-infectious skipping little 116-117-116-115-116bpm 12in smacker with a nagging simple synth riff and catchy “na na na” chants which explode into the title line, all of which the funk fans are lapping up even if some stick-in-the-mud jazzers are groaning, while it’s breezy enough to hit pop fans too.

STONE: ‘Time’ (Carrere CART 236).
Blatantly modelled on the Strikers ‘Body Music’ and synching like a bitch with “D” Train, this tick-tocking alarm clock introed 123(very start)-121-123-121-123bpm 12in shrill chix/gruff guys prodded synth grumbler is so dead simple it’s the right side of moronic to have wide appeal, the shorter 121-123bpm instrumental flip being useful for mixing too. Continue reading “April 3, 1982: Maze, Brass Construction, Stone, The McCrarys, Judy Roberts”

March 27, 1982: Quincy Jones, Was (Not Was), The Cage ft Nona Hendryx, Patrice Rushen, Fat Larry’s Band, Frankie Beverly interview


NOT ONLY all of Maze but four from Earth Wind & Fire spent last Saturday at Mayfair’s Gullivers, helping create the best vibe Graham Gold and myself have enjoyed for ages — In fact, Maze’s Frankie Beverly said he didn’t like discos and would only stay for half an hour, but was still in the club half an hour after we’d closed . . . Ray Shell & The Street Angels, live at Gully’s all the rest of last week, have improved enormously and are now well worth seeing . . . Showstoppers’ ninth Caister weekender this Fri/Sat/Sunday includes Chris Hill & Robbie Vincent’s “alternative” appalling talent contest, so prospective contestants should go prepared — and don’t forget an FM radio, towels, matches, bog paper and all the usual necessities (sadly I have to stay home so my new flat can be measured for carpets!) . . . Caister being early this Spring, to accommodate Showstoppers’ St Tropez trip in May (21-30), another rival weekender over the May Day holiday (Friday 30 April-Monday 3 May) could be an attraction too — run by Concorde Entertainments, it stars Shakatak, Morrissey Mullen, Steve Walsh, Mike Allen and many more, at Camber Sands Pontins camp near Rye . . . The Old Grey Whistle Test on Saturday 3rd April relays live a Rick James concert as it happens in Germany — so clubs with videos, be prepared (Rick himself will be in town the following week) . . . Marvin Gaye as long speculated has indeed signed with CBS . . . Brandi Wells will tour here in May, an excellent 114bpm Nick Martinelli remix of ‘What Goes Around Comes Around‘ with new muted trumpet being due in three weeks but on promo sooner . . . Alton Edwards, lost by Morgan Khan’s Streetwave label to Epic, has been handing out a few unfinished acetates of his upcoming ‘Strange Woman’, a sneaky not immediately exciting but subtly growing 108bpm slinker with strong catchy tune and more of that great bass synth . . . Sharon Brown has been snapped up by Mick Clark for Virgin release in a fortnight, when Fat Larry’s Band will be on 3-track 12in too, while Linda Taylor ‘You And Me Just Started’ is due on Groove Production next week with a percussive “New York disco” remix flip (incidentally, there’ll be one of those New York radio remixes of Sharon Brown for a select few) . . . Chas Jankel’s US disco chart-topping ‘Glad To Know You’ is due here now, but will it be the Disconet version? . . . Edgbaston Faces French has a plant filled garden decor in its redesigned Club Jardine, which presumably they named to be French for Garden, so why the superfluous “e”? . . . Discoscene ’82, the fifth successive annual Midlands exhibition for both club and mobile equipment, will be on Sunday 9th May at Solihull’s St John’s Hotel, noon to 7pm, details from Merlin Management’s Terry Lees on 021-707 1925 (including evenings) . . . Rush Release move imminently to 65 Bedford Hill, London SW12 . . . Medway Rain Forest Missionaries finally got their tribal fanzine ‘Woah Cry and Young Soul’dier’ out for Christmas in February, and it really is an impressive one with quite a few good in-joke belly laughs (there’s an even newer Caister edition promised too) . . . Frenchie (Blackpool) says that Universal Robot Band are in fact most of Logg, whose Dutch Rams Horn 12in remix of ‘Dancing Into The Stars‘ is massive in Bristol, according to Martin Starr (I’ve yet to encounter it) . . . Gary Oldis, packing ’em in Fri/Sat/Sundays at Aycliffe Bee Jays Country Club, revives Al Hudson ‘Spread Love‘ . . . Roger Dynamite did a live link up with Radio Luxembourg from Yarmouth Tiffany’s last Thursday . . . Liverpool McMillans Gary Allan (7 Gatley Drive, Maghull, Near Liverpool, L31 3DH / phone 051-526 5407) needs to buy a full set of the last three months’ Music Week . . . Peter Lewis obviously reads Billboard! . . . Watford Baileys Chris Britton (16 Portland House, Arnison Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks) has 12in rarities and albums for sale (send SAE) . . . Brian ‘Bazzer’ Mason got that Watford New Penny gig, and will be swinging Saturdays around to a more soulful mix . . . King Enri (ta for the quid!) wants George Power and any jazz-funk-soul bands who’d like a gig at Catford’s Saxon Tavern to ring him office hours on 01-761 1109 . . . Alan Costa says Brighton Kings II now has live jazz bands every Thursday for members and their guests . . . Nick Ratcliffe finds fast instrumentals are what the funk fans like at Egham Olivers (Sat), Hasiemere Good Knight Country Club (Fri/Sun), Camberley Ragamuffins (Tues), and more futuristic Reading Rebecca’s (Thurs) — busy lad! . . . Kasso ‘Kasso‘ is Tricky Dicky’s big numero uno at all five of his London gay venues — Euston Tavern/Spats (Fri/Sat), Stratford Pigeons (Sat), Camberwell Union Tavern (Tues/Thurs), Tottenham Eltons (Wed) . . . Flash Gordon (Bristol Misty’s) can’t identify a reggae version of ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’ listed as from the ‘Crucial Reggae’ LP on an Island promo LP from autumn ’80 — any ideas? . . . Craig Dawson (Edinburgh Road Runner mobiles), full of info about Holland, says Dutch radio Hilversum 3 and even TV feature a lot of disco and funk, TV devoting nearly a quarter of its airtime to music shows . . . Nina Simone is a Capital Climber this week — and Morrissey Mullen must be non-needletime now, to judge from the amount it’s been played on Capital recently! . . . Tommy ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers’ Tucker died in January from inhaling carbon tetrachloride fumes while re-varnishing his floors . . . Ernie Maresca’s 1962 ‘Shout Shout’, which for years I’ve been saying could be a rock ‘n’ roll revivalist group hit now, has finally been done (and performed on ‘OTT’) by Rocky Sharpe & The Replays . . . Eagle ain’t what it was . . . Xavier ‘Rock Me Sock Me’ needs a less bassy remix (incidentally, ‘Love Is On The One’ is way out ahead of ‘Sucker’, popularity-wise) . . . Hot Quisine is 122bpm . . . Irakere ‘Chekere Son‘ is my massive number one — chopped into at the baritone sax, it’s dynamite in all sorts of ways but try it out of Bros Johnson ‘Stomp’ bass break, then follow by chopping to ‘Fungi Mama’ . . . One Way ‘Give Me One More Chance’ / Hall & Oates / Gangsters ‘Strung Out On The Boogie’ vari-synch well, as do Patrice Rushen / Atlantic Starr / Maxine Singleton . . . I’ve now heard of at least eight people who’ve been threatened with violence by a certain wig wearer! . . . to quote Bobby Marchan’s 1965 ‘Get Down With It’: “If you can’t let your hair down — TAKE IT OFF!”

PHOENIX HORNS ESQUIRE, Earth Wind & Fire’s brass section, took time out between their London shows last week to lay down the blasts and honks on the awesome tracks Richard Jones has been producing for a Streetwave release by Patrick Boothe, white labels being optimistically expected this week of Patrick’s brassily loping 112½bpm ‘(I Just Wanna) Dance All Night With You‘ (which should mix nicely with George Benson’s ‘Give Me The Night’ and ‘Never Give Up On A Good Thing’ as it’s very similar), his slower ‘Never Knew Love Like This Before‘ being held back for follow-up release.


QUINCY JONES: ‘The Dude’ (A&M AMSX 8207).
Finally the Grammy-winning superb slinky Bob James-ish Rod Temperton co-penned James Ingram/vocoder/chix-sung subtle Stevie Wonder-synthesized 96bpm groove appears on 12in with Ingram’s US hit dead slow ‘Just Once’ and 45bpm ‘One Hundred Ways’ as 2-track flip.

WAS (NOT WAS): ‘Tell Me That I’m Dreaming’ (Ze 12WIP 6776).
Jauntily tongue in cheek infectious driving 118bpm 12in funk smacker with gals/guys interplaying chant lines interrupted by some comic cut-ups of Ronald Reagan saying “Can we who man the ship of state deny it is somewhat out of control”, the flip’s instrumental version chop seguing into a 124bpm smacking dub of ‘Out Come The Freaks’.

THE CAGE featuring NONA HENDRYX: ‘Do What Ya Wanna Do’ (Metropolis 12WIP 6769, via Island).
Rusty Egan’s synthetically smacking energy charged 127bpm T-Connection remake is wailed by the ex-LaBelle lady or to my mind even better in the “Hum A Luongo Dance Mix’ instrumental dub version, on 3-track 12in with the almost jazz-funky choppily jittering brass and guitar instrumental 128-123-127-129bpm ‘The Slammer‘.  Continue reading “March 27, 1982: Quincy Jones, Was (Not Was), The Cage ft Nona Hendryx, Patrice Rushen, Fat Larry’s Band, Frankie Beverly interview”

March 20, 1982: Nina Simone, Michael Wycoff, War, Gangsters, Charles Earland


GARRY BLACKBURN at Island warns us of a renewed push on black product by the label, led by the upcoming Gwen Guthrie ‘It Should’ve Been You‘, a nice jauntily bubbling simple little 118-119-120bpm smacker still only on acetate, and the more imminent ‘Genius Of Rap‘ LP featuring Twennynine, T-Ski Valley, Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde. Jazzy 5, Grandmaster Flash, Bon Rock, twin-packed with an already promoed extra 12in of “rap-along” instrumentals of ‘Genius Of Love’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ . . . Capitol are re-promoting Maze ‘Joy And Pain’ (edited live version) on 12in (12CL 211), now also in a limited clear vinyl edition, plus the original excellent ‘Joy And Pain’ LP (EST 12087) . . . Rusty Egan’s 127bpm vocal and dub reworking of T-Connection’s ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ by his own group The Cage featuring Nona Hendryx will be on 3-track Metropolis 12in but has been promoed already minus the extra cut . . . KR picked up the Rah Band ‘Perfumed Garden’ / ‘Funk Me Down To Rio’ (but not ‘Winter Love’) for 12in next week, while Breakfast Band ‘Tokyo Shuffle’ / ‘Broadside Rhumba’ (Breakfast Music 12BM 101) is due on 12in now . . . Breakfast Band, Cayenne and the Inversions are together tonight (Thursday 18) at the Camden Jazz Festival in Chalk Farm’s Roundhouse . . . Jimmie Lunceford’s 1930s big band originated ‘It Ain’t What You Chew It’s The Way How You Chews It’ (OK, Theo?) . . . Norman Scott is so busy with his gay Bolts venues that he and Bangs have split after six years — Bolts operating at Harringay Lazers every Thurs/Fri/Saturday, at Brighton Sherry’s on Sundays, and Westend Bolts starts at Leicester Square’s Maximus in April . . . Steven Fay (Darwen) reports that Tracy Weber of ‘Sure Shot’ fame was killed during a Harlem bank raid recently . . . Sheffield DJ Jim Kershaw — “with a chilling resemblance to the mass killer” (to quote The Star) — has been approached to play Peter Sutcliffe in a proposed US TV film about the Yorkshire Ripper . . . Oxford DJ Pete Alex, working in Skien, Norway, at a club which changed names to ‘Alexandra’ in his honour (hope he lives up to it!), is now marketing a ‘Bad Words Tape’ to teach Norwegians all the English phrases not taught in school! . . . Finland, hardly a large market for any type of music let alone disco, nevertheless boasts a DJ-distributed advertising financed bi-monthly professional magazine called ‘Diskosusi’ (Discowolf) with a circulation of 10,000 – trouble is, it’s written in Finnish, but details and further fax can be had from Taito Gromov (DJ name Tate Groove Move!), Lansikatu 18 as 121, 80110 Joensuu 11, Finland . . . Danish DJ Kenneth Baker asks, what means Katanga Katanga? . . . Ian Shaw (Richmond Mr Moustache) wonders if anyone has listed ‘Katanga! Katanga!’ as a Japanese import yet! . . . Chris Dinnis (Exeter Boxes) already has it on white label — no, seriously Kenneth, it’s a catchphrase originated by comedian Lenny Henry on the Saturday night ‘OTT’ television show, which usually features girls with huge naked knockers (that bird last week — cor!) . . . what means knockers? . . . West Surrey & Hampshire DJ Assn are looking for contributors to their promising little regular magazine as well as for more members, contact Chris Cole (Cranleigh 2641) . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillan’s) is trying to identify an unlabelled old promo 12in from around two years ago but currently hot for him, catalogue number PSLP 307, the chick sung hookline going “I don’t wanna let you go” — any ideas? . . . Rob Harknett (1 Parkfields, Roydon, Harlow, Essex CM19 5JA) offers to make jingles for anyone wanting a voice other than their own (he doesn’t sing), so send script, cassette and SAE . . . Brian Godson is chuffed to be funking York’s Alpine Bar in The Windmill, Blossom Street, with good music every Fri/Saturday . . . Nigel Halkes & Andy Smith do schoolkid mobiles (surely pop’s target age?) and wonder if kind hearted pluggers could send product to Nigel at 270 Down Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8HZ . . . Nick Roberts, who until 18 months ago DJ-ed as Nick Rogers, would love to keep his hand in helping out at the odd gig using your records (Richmond 01-948 4000) . . . Alan Donald (Rothesay) during a Motown oldies session heard someone wonder what the intro to the Isleys ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ was, which caused him to reach for the Grecian 2000 (but why should they know, Al, could you identify a Tommy Dorsey intro?) . . . TVS’s ‘Radio’ series produced the quote of the week “If you want a life of unruffled tedium, what the hell are you doing running a radio station?” . . . Tony St Michael (Flnsbury Park) sent a quid to celebrate Michael Bird’s birthday (whoops!) . . . Nigel Porter (Leicester) reckons Eno’s version of ‘The Lion Steeps Tonight’ could be a futurist pop hit . . . Buzzz haven’t, despite all . . . Mayfair Gullivers Graham Gold is getting a dog called Segue, to rhyme with Hart To Hart’s Freeway! . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars) reckons Rick James’s video would be perfect for ‘OTT’, while Martin Platts (Burnley) would love to get his lips around the black girl on ‘OTT’ . . . whadaya mean, you work Saturday nights — get a video! . . . The Saturday snooker replaced ‘OTT’, so I and some chums got well and truly lost exploring the Barbican Centre instead, with security guards (strangers there themselves) plotting our progress on their walkie-talkies! . . . KINDA LINGERS.

CENTRAL LINE recently looked in at Swindon’s Brunel Rooms during a Friday soul session, where Linton told DJ Sandy Martin to “expect some live gigs next month” while Lipson struggled to find the ‘Breaking Point’ on a bottle of champagne. Sandy’s sporting some Adam-style sideburns these days, it seems.


NINA SIMONE: ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ (Charly CYX 201).
This late ’50s piano prodded 117-119-118-0bpm subtle classy swinger has been one of the true all-time greats right through from such ’60s West Indian haunts as the Roaring Twenties and ‘Q’, to 70s jazz-funk clubs like the Goldmine, and now it crosses the board at soul revival, beatnik, and indeed every type of gig. Always in demand but only ever surfacing from time to time on LP, here it is on a 4-track 10in EP that is very likely to be a huge chart smash.

MICHAEL WYCOFF: ‘Still Got The Magic (Sweet Delight)’ (RCA RCAT 209).
Terrific powerful buoyantly booming ultra funky 107-109bpm 12in jiggly rhythm filled thudder souled in Al Green-ish style with answering chix, ‘Get Down On it’ chopping or ‘Ladies Night’ synching superbly out of it.

WAR: ‘You Got The Power’ (RCA RCAT 201).
Dynamite jauntily chugging 118bpm 12in smacker with interplaying urgent staccato lurching lyrics and lots of straightforward disco power, flipped by the more typically War-like 133bpm ‘Cinco De Mayo‘ (the ‘5th of May’ if you don’t speaka de lingo).  Continue reading “March 20, 1982: Nina Simone, Michael Wycoff, War, Gangsters, Charles Earland”

March 13, 1982: no reviews, extended Odds ‘N’ Bods


MEDWAY MEGASTAR Nicky Peck has abruptly decamped from his Gillingham King Charles Hotel venue, where the management evidently started upping prices without warning (greed kills the goose again), to re-open his Sunday Soul Club this weekend (14) at the Tudor House on the A20 a couple of miles East of Maidstone . . . Greg Wilson’s alldayer with Froggy, Colin Curtis and more at Wigan Pier next Sunday (21) is members-only, but membership forms are available with SAE from the Pier, Pottery Road, Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire, or from the DJs appearing, or from City Sounds record shop in London (return rail fare is £10.50 Euston–Wigan) . . . PRT soon release Search ‘Like The Way‘ on Philly World . . . P-Funk All Stars ‘Hydraulic Pump’ finally surfaced here on Virgin in a colourful sleeve but 2bpm faster at 108bpm and with just two tracks instead of the US copy’s three . . . Streetwave’s new 18 track ‘demo/master’ studio is only a converted broom cupboard at Morgan Khan’s Detroit — sorry, West Acton HQ, so don’t expect to fit in more than two people at a time! . . . Steve Walsh’s Svenson advert in Birmingham (where he did radio commercials for hair weaving) read as, “Working in front of audiences means my looks matter to me. So imagine how I felt when I started to go bald” . . . South Eastern Disco Assn’s SEDA ’82 Spring Fair stretches over two days at the Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone this year, Saturday 3rd April seeing an afternoon Record Fair (stand space from Theo Loyla on 01-548 2911) followed by Froggy guesting at a Superdisco, Sunday 4th April then featuring the equipment exhibition, and SEDA’s annual dinner/cabaret . . . Graham Bond (Middlesbrough 0642 325112) is after record pluggers to talk at Cleveland Area DJF meetings, the next one being Sunday week (21) at Middlesbrough’s Post House 7-10pm . . . New York’s “urban contemporary” (ie. disco/soul) radio stations — WKTU, WRKS, WBLS (who carve up the largest share of the city’s listeners between them) — all now feature their own exclusive remixes of current disco hits specially created for each station by rival teams of DJs and unavailable commercially, the main mixing moments to catch being WBLS ‘Mid Morning Mix’ (2½ hours daily), WRKS ‘Master Mix Dance Party’ (noon-1pm daily) which uses original versions leaving remixes for general play, while WKTU slots in mixes in continuous 20 minute chunks several times a day . . . oh for an urban contemporary station in London! . . . Capital now sounds like a commercial radio station — any commercial radio station — rather than Capital . . . UK music of the new variety is breaking in the States via disco play as radio won’t touch it — current US club hits include Chas Jankel, Soft Cell, Human League, Clash, Pete Shelley, Aneka, Modern Romance, Fingerprintz, Flock Of Seagulls, Genesis, Slow Children, DAF, Yello, Haircut One Hundred, Depeche Mode — in fact the vast majority of the non-“disco” material charted by DJs . . . Olivia Newton-John, Soft Cell and Kraftwerk also hit the US Soul LP chart! . . . Erskine T has had the E from WEA . . . Orin, what’s happening? . . . London DJ and sometime disco plugger Dave Towry-Coker, known to wary club managers as Dave TC, was recently killed in an altercation with security staff at the Venue . . . Watford’s New Penny needs another DJ, call Mr Harris on Watford 22003 after 8pm . . . Sandy Martin’s “Randy Sandy” smooch session on Valentine’s Saturday at Swindon Brunel Rooms resulted in Kevin Logan going on stage in front of 1,200 people to ask Donna Gordon to marry him — she blushed bright scarlet and said “Oh yes!” . . . Valentine Sunday saw Shakatak break Watford Bailey’s door record, with 2,500 admitted and 800 turned away . . . Tony ‘Visionary Entrepreneur’ Jenkins actually sent a Telex to cancel our tea date at the Ritz — gad, the guy’s got style! . . . Phonogram’s Four Tops reception at the inconveniently sited Xclusiv would have been better had they not run out of food before I’d found a parking place! . . . PEEL’s latest jingle-spiked promo (for Lady Contour razors) included a gas lighter and lifetime’s supply of excellent fibre-tip pens — how many of those got handed out? . . . John Malkin (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Friday at Rotherham’s refitted Charade, Wed/Sat at Maltby Manor Hotel) says South Yorkshire is pretty much futurist orientated but surprisingly there’s a trend back towards disco/funk, black as well as the white boys variety . . . CJ Carlos, as well as Streatham Cats Whiskers on Sundays with Svenson Walsh, now does Central London’s Samantha’s on Wed/Thurs, Hombres Fri/Sat/Tues . . . Alan Jewell is so highly rated in Oslo that, after a short break in London soon, he’ll be staying there all summer — but he does wish his much prized copy of Record Mirror could reach him before six other fellow DJs had read it first! . . . Larry Foster now squeezes in early sessions on Thurs/Fri/Sats at Romford’s Lamps wine bar . . . Steven Fay (Darwen) revives Wee Gee ‘Hold On To Your Dreams‘ (US Cotillion) in smooch spots, Kev Hill (Basildon Sweeney’s) revives Chairmen Of The Board ‘Finders Keepers‘ (Invictus) to growing demand . . . David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks are back performing live with the Temptations, and Ben E King will be fronting a Drifters line-up for a UK visit soon . . . Groove’s Chris Palmer very flatteringly sported a specially made “Dr Soul is big with me” T-shirt at one of my ’60s soul nights — which are really going well, so visit Soho’s Le Beat Route in Greek Street one Tuesday soon . . . Edgbaston Faces’ Steve Dennis & Gibbo issued a joint communique: “The music of the street and disco is having less chart impression now than for a very long time and as pop radio becomes more and more MoR it really is time we saw the development of street awareness” . . . Flash Gordon (Bristol Misty’s) has computed that the complete Disco Top 90 would take 9 hours to play, plus another 3 hours for chart hits, oldies and slowies — so no wonder lots of good stuff gets left behind . . . Frenchie (Blackpool) after doing a break down of the disco chart, wonders whether DJs are cutting back on imports and LP tracks due to lack of money or is the audience demand waning? . . . Nick Radcliffe (Winkfield) buys all his records at the Slough Record Centre in Farnham Road, Slough, where Tony Hodges runs the import department . . . David Emery reports that Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Stage Door is chock-a-block nightly with (as in many other venues currently) private parties swelling the numbers usefully — but don’t you find you have to play mainly oldies and mega-hits to that type crowd? . . . Saint Tropez ‘Femmes Fatales‘ (US Destiny LP) has as expected become my most enquired about (and now requested) sound, the entirely French-spoken with sound effects scenario concerning a lady and her male lover being murdered while on the job by the former’s jealous lesbian ex-lover — and thankfully a few of you are picking up on it now too . . . Tony ‘Jammy Sod’ Jenkins has an exclusive copy of Brass Construction’s new LP, rave tracks he says being ‘Do That Thang‘ and ‘Forever Love‘, quite as good as their very first set . . . Sunday night’s the night, but you’ll have to find out where the stylish dressers are going for yourself! . . . Is Steve Strange putting on weight because of all the dainty tea’s he’s having? . . . Electrik Funk is a monster and mixes with anything, although the sequence Goldie Alexander, Frankie Smith, Electrik Funk, NY Skyy ‘Call Me (Remix)’ works well . . . Maxine Singleton is good out of George Duke ‘Shine On’ or Jean Carn ‘Was That All It Was’, while Imagination ‘Illusion’ and Shakatak ‘Easier Said Than Done’ blend together backwards and forwards (with vari-tuning) so well I defy you to spot the joins! . . . when is a wig not a wig? — when Svenson calls it a weave! (it may not blow off in the wind but otherwise what’s the difference?) . . . Greg Gregory (London Busby’s) does a killer mix from Oneness Of Juju into ‘Kasso’ . . . Ian Levine (Charing Cross Heaven) reckons that the all-time gay disco classics never to cross over and hit must include Front Page (featuring Sharon Redd) ‘Love Insurance‘ (Panorama), Suzi Lane ‘Harmony‘ (Elektra), Jessica Williams ‘Queen Of Fools‘ (Polydor), Ferrara ‘Love Attack‘ (Midsong), Kat Mandu ‘The Break‘ (TK) . . . Mark Clark currently plays to over 400 roller skaters at both Bracknell and Maidenhead Sports Centres (with skating “tribes” like the Bay City Rollers, even!), where he finds slowish BPMs work best — Vaughan Mason ‘Bounce Rock Skate Roll‘ being a biggie — but can anyone recommend other suitable sounds? . . . Jon Williams (Birkenhead 051-645 3618) has a 16mm Bell & Howell cine projector for sale . . . Monday midday deadlines now make my time even shorter, so, although I’d rather be doing reviews, as there’s always an outcry if there’s no Odds ‘N’ Bods, I hope you’re happy . . . MOMBASSA! NYASA!

THOSE JONES GIRLS — Brenda, Shirley and Valerie — have an enviable record of import chart success with their last two albums, yet have been notoriously badly served here by CBS, who for instance have only now just got around to releasing the latest set, ‘Get As Much Love As You Can’ (Philadelphia International PIR 85347). Best for home listening (as of course are all the really big sellers), it contains ‘Nights Over Egypt’.


No UK Reviews this week.


No Import Reviews this week.  Continue reading “March 13, 1982: no reviews, extended Odds ‘N’ Bods”

March 6, 1982: Oneness Of Juju, Chocolate Milk, Janet Kay, Brass Construction, Electrik Funk


SPANDAU BALLET release a boxed set of four 12in singles next week, from which two have been promoed already, best sides being a brassy “dub” introed beefy 120bpm remix of ‘Chant No.1’ and the new ‘Coffee Club‘ a jumbled noisy 124bpm ‘Tighten Up’ rattler with Beggar & Co brass — but they don’t sound so fresh now newcomers are outstripping them . . . Shakatak ‘Night Birds‘ a slick 118bpm tinkler, and Gonzales ‘Closer To You‘, a brassy 119bpm jiggler with off-putting vocals (and completely off-centre flip!) have also been promoed on white label, while EMI America / Capitol / Liberty artists are featured on a 10in twin-pack sampler . . . Sheree Brown ‘It’s A Pleasure’ (Capitol 12CL 232) and — of interest to mobiles — Derek & The Dominos ‘Layla’ (RSO RSOX 87) are now on 12in . . . West Yorkshire Assn of DJs meet this Sunday (7) at Manningham Ward Labour Club in Bradford (time details from Gary Williamson on Elland 0422-76063). West Sussex & Hampshire DJ Assn meet on Monday (8) at the Stoke Motel — wherever that is (these chaps are so communicative!) . . . Barry McCloud Enterprises (The Old House, PO Box 40, Shepperton Studio Centre, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 0QD — they’re after more mailing lists DJs) has picked up the Posse label for the UK, with 12in issues by Mynk, Glory & Ritz, and a Joe Simon LP due . . . Quincy Jones scored five Grammy awards out of eight nominations, Al Jarreau and Mike Post got two apiece . . . Richard Jon Smith is indeed an old mate of Alton Edwards from South Africa, but Alton tells me he’d no idea he was in Britain and certainly hadn’t heard of Richard’s single until I told him about it! . . . Streetwave’s plea on this page for an office junior resulted in 16-year-old Michael Cronin getting the gig . . . RCA’s Rowdy Yeats is considering doing Steve ‘Svenson’ Walsh under the Trade Descriptions Act for claiming to be “Working as a DJ” — although of course the notorious advert’s grammar reads as if “you” are working as a DJ! . . . STAY LOOSE!

GEORGE DUKE these days wields a mean Dream Machine, as he calls his guitar-slung portable synth, although the 35-year-old Californian began playing straight jazz piano before working towards his current electronic style through the likes of Al Jarreau, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderly and Billy Cobham, his most recent pairing with Stanley Clarke in the Clarke / Duke Project having met with far greater success in the States than here.


ONENESS OF JUJU: ‘Every Way But Loose’ (Buddah BDSL 497).
Dynamite bounding bass, percussion, brass and chanting prodded 115-116-115-114-115(break)-116-117bpm 12in chugging riff with the flow of Brass Construction ‘Movin’ and flavour of Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’, great for mixing (try ‘E-Man Boogie ’82‘ out of it!) and huge on import for ages.

CHOCOLATE MILK: ‘Let’s Go All The Way’ (RCA RCAT 200).
Acappella harmony introed jittery 0-118bpm 12in routine mechanical funk thudder, flipped by last year’s much better booming jiggly bumping 113bpm ‘Blue Jeans‘ which really raised sweat, yet went largely ignored on import.

JANET KAY: ‘You Bring The Sun Out’ (Black Roots BR 033, soon-via Phonogram).
Lovely gentle 0-37-75bpm 12in lightly lovers rock treatment of Randy Crawford’s smoocher. Hot for Graham Gold (Harrow)!  Continue reading “March 6, 1982: Oneness Of Juju, Chocolate Milk, Janet Kay, Brass Construction, Electrik Funk”

February 27, 1982: Smokey Robinson, Frankie Smith, Central Line, Sharon Brown, Kasso


IT TAKES a brave man to admit they wear a wig, and with these words — “Working as a DJ you can imagine how I felt when I started to go bald” — Steve Walsh appeared in a testimonial advertisement for Svenson hairweaving in London’s Standard last week (surely a first for this type of endorsement by a disco DJ?), which must have taken a lot of guts . . . Oh, do shut up, Rowdy! . . . Tony Jenkins special at the Embassy would in fact have been a lot better had owner Stephen Hayter allowed it to be run as intended — he didn’t even allow Shalamar to be interviewed, because microphones are a no-no in gay clubs . . . Steve Strange was there checking out the slim ties and slick suits . . . Ian Levine’s “hetero” Tuesdays at Charing Cross’s Heaven are a good opportunity to discover what a New York disco can be like . . . Rusty Egan, touting an acetate of Nona Hendryx doing T-Connection’s ‘Do What You Wanna Do‘, squeezed into Mayfair Gullivers Padded Cell, now bulging every Saturday with new romantics . . . South Harrow’s Bogarts is futurist every Tuesday with DJs Robert Brunwin, Neil & Derek . . . I’m starting my ’60s soul earlier in the evening on Tuesdays at Soho’s Le Beat Route, so there’s more time for nostalgic sounds before the Northern dancers get going . . . Marvin Howell (ex-Casablanca) has evidently picked up Goldie Alexander for his own new label through Phonogram . . . NY Skyy ‘Call Me’ is due next week on 3-track 12in as a new remix, with the original plus ‘Jam The Box’ . . . Tom Tom Club ‘Genius Of Love’ (huge for Phil Howell at Derby’s Bluenote) is in fact a remix in this current version . . . Phyllis Nelson sounds awfully like Viola Wills (and thereby hangs a tale!) . . . John Cecchini & Jon Williams will be giving away six rare framed picture discs and promise lotsa funky fun ‘n’ games on their Mersey river cruise next Tuesday (2), ticket details on 051-645 3818 . . . Steve Dennis (Edgbaston Faces) reports commercials voiced by Steve Walsh are never off the (h-)air on BRMB these days . . . David Lowe will be playing plenty of soul smoochers old and new every Tuesday in March on BBC Radio Medway between 6.45 – 8.00pm (290M / 96.7FM) . . . Richard Afton starts jocking nightly this week at London’s Rockafellas restaurant (just off Regent Street beside Samantha’s), from a new console hidden behind the Harley Davidson . . . Steve E Bane, well known around Bristol for yonks, is now resident at the Burgundy in Congresbury’s Cadbury Country Club . . . Stone ‘Time’ is a killer with “D” Train, and Search ‘Like The Way’ is indeed dynamite (as suspected) out of Kool ‘Ladies Night’ . . . Brixton’s Front Line got a good plug on ‘OTT’, which Alexei Sayle thankfully appears to be leaving — how did he ever get a reputation for being funny? . . . What’s the difference between Steve Walsh and ‘Airline’-s Jack Ruskin? — Ruskin actor Roy Marsden wears a toupee, Walsh had a weave . . . OVER AND OUT.

GREG WILSON must have a head for heights to jock in the frog-shaped DJ booth 15 feet up above the floor at Wigan Pier (shades of Thank God It’s Friday’?). Sunday 21st March he’ll host an alldayer with Colin Curtis, Graham Carn, Pete Girtley, Ralph Randall and — specially imported from the South — the one DJ for whom the Pier’s decor was obviously designed, Froggy!


SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Tell Me Tomorrow’ (Motown TMGT 1255).
Gorgeous tremulously wailed bittersweet busily jogging 107-106-105bpm swayer with lovely piano towards the end, on 3-track 12in for stupendous value with not only last year’s smash 54/108-109-110-111bpm ‘Being With You’ but also its usefully Spanish-sung 54/107-108-109-110bpm ‘Aqui Con Tigo’ version.

FRANKIE SMITH: ‘Double Dutch Bus’ (WMOT VS 48512, via Virgin).
Finally for the first time since US release in autumn 1980 both original sides are now back-to-back here, this million-selling ultra-catchy jauntily jumping 119-120bpm 12in rapper (great out of ‘Fungi Mama’) and the initially hotter (here) 118-120-119bpm ‘Double Dutch‘ with chaps ‘n’ chix swapping childish playground taunts and dares.

CENTRAL LINE: ‘Don’t Tell Me (USA Remix)’ (Mercury MERX 90).
Larry Levan’s much called out, lengthened and changed 111-114-113-112-113-114-113-112-113-114bpm remix does nothing to add pop appeal or make the song stronger, although mixing DJs will find it’s terrific between Hall & Oates and Vicky “D”, but it is on 3-track 12in with Larry’s old remix of ‘Walking Into Sunshine’, and ‘Shake It Up’.  Continue reading “February 27, 1982: Smokey Robinson, Frankie Smith, Central Line, Sharon Brown, Kasso”

February 20, 1982: Vicky “D”, Kool & The Gang, Star Sound, Michael Wycoff, Roy Ayers


ORIN COZIER has unexpectedly been made redundant by Arista, who evidently “don’t think black music has a place in the market at the moment, and are consequently closing down the department” — where will the Ladies Man go next? . . . Mick Clare at Virgin has picked up Vicki “D” and the P-Funk All Stars, the latter turning out to include George Clinton, Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, Bobby Womack, Phillipe Wynne, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison . . . MCA in the States have taken over distribution of the ultra-hot but hard to get album by The Band A.K.A. . . . Tight Fit ‘Lion’ and Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields ‘No!’ are now on 12in . . . Shalamar’s new album is available here via WEA (K 52345) . . . Excaliber evidently discovered the day after release that they didn’t in fact have UK rights to Lime ‘Your Love’, hence its reappearance now on Carrere! . . . Tony Jenkins’ tea party at the Ritz with various Groove Weekly writers was a classy affair, as was his Brideshead themed one-off at the Embassy on Monday night (with an exclusive Shalamar PA and a thousand tickets pre-sold without any advertising) . . . Tony’s now ensconced in a Kensington High Street office and kicks off a new Fri/Saturday venue to be called Ambience in March, location to be kept secret but it’ll not be a million miles from the Burlington Arcade, stylish attire a prime requisite for all jazz-soul fans wanting admission . . . Chris ‘Fusion Few’ Ellis will be designing with Japanese Kiki Okada a collection of quality fashions for an autumn launch solely through Ambience events and video . . . Funktion’s Peter Byfield, just before recent events, was quoted as saying “I would rather consider myself the Freddie Laker of jazz-funk” – oops! . . . I looked in at Soho Le Beat Route’s ’60s soul night last Tuesday to find the main DJ hadn’t turned up, so Fatman got me to fill in and it went so well that I’ll be reviving my old ’65/66 ‘Scene’ era there weekly now — but please don’t be confused into thinking that I’ve left Mayfair’s Gullivers, which is where I am every Fri/Saturday with Graham Gold . . . Nicky Peck is dropping the ‘Central’ name in favour of ‘The Sunday Soul Club’ at the King Charles Hotel in Gillingham, starting this weekend with Shakatak on Sunday (21), but preceded somewhat confusingly with a Central Reunion first birthday party on Saturday (20) . . . Canvey Goldmine’s Jayne Barrett (0268-683153) is looking for stylish “modern” bands to play at their Friday ‘Style’ nights — Buzzz are there this week (19), if that’s any indication of what’s wanted . . . Chris Hill of course was last week’s mysteriously uncredited DJ playing Barry White ‘Beware’ . . . Leeds Warehouse owner Mike Wiand is managing Soft Cell’s backing group Vicious Pink Phenomenon, whose ‘My Private Tokyo’ will be on the new Mobile Suite Company label via Phonogram next month (you’ll remember that Soft Cell’s Marc Almond used to be hat-check boy at the Warehouse!) . . . Frenchie & Pete Haigh start broadcasting hot jazz-soul toons fortnightly this Thursday (18) over Lancaster’s University Radio Bailrigg, 9-11pm on 312m MW, with a reputed reception radius of 40 miles . . . Brother To Brother’s soul night moves from Thursday to Friday at Watford Odeon Film Centre’s Gemma’s / New Caprice (which is due for a name change), starting next Friday (26) — and the DJ duo (01-428 7994) have a 1000 watt roadshow and free club premises available on certain nights for interested promoters. Juliana’s have taken over Bacchus International, but the latter will remain an autonomous operation . . . Richard Jon Smith turns out to be an old mate of Alton Edwards from South Africa, so no wonder there are similarities! . . . Nigel ‘Wikka Wrap’ Martinez is currently producing a new Light Of The World LP . . . Mike Morgan, doing the only exclusively reggae night in Essex at Chelmsford YMCA every third Wednesday in the month (drat, you just missed it last night!), would welcome promotional consideration from record companies with reggae product new or old — send to 281 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 5AU . . . Paul Mulligan (Edinburgh 031-443 9232) desperately needs a copy (7 or 12in) of Savoy ‘Sunny Side Of The Street’ . . . Alan Gaskell (St Helens) reports that Liverpool’s Rumbelow’s record shop are closing down and selling off both import and UK stock at cheapo prices . . . Johnny ‘JB’ Batten is selling imports again on Byfleet 49627 (he delivers) — OK, TC? . . . Theo Loyla, still burnin’ rubber around the country, reckons Huddersfield Flix DJ Jack Wood must be the best mixer in the North, while an outrageous club in Hudd called the Amsterdam defies description in a respectable family magazine! . . . Mike Tarbuck spins quality disco / electro at the Juliet’s half of Blackburn’s Romeo & Juliet’s, for smart dressers . . . Steve Goddard (01-500 2749) wants his regulars at Stepney’s Old Rose to know he’s moved now to Barking’s Chains pub, where there’s a solidly funky crowd . . . Brian Gardner, brother of RM’s Mike, funks it up at Soho’s long established Whisky A Go Go every night except Thurs / Friday . . . WEA’s Fred Dove (currently touting a great promo 12in of ADC Band ‘Roll With The Punches‘) these days is almost unrecognisable without his hat — ”You can’t get them cleaned. and they do get dirty, you know!” . . . TVS’s terrific ‘Radio’ soap opera about a commercial radio station weekdays 5.15pm / Sunday omnibus edition 5.25pm) is so closely modelled on Capital (although much scaled down) that it’s hilarious for insiders to identity the real people represented, librarian Clive Smith in particular getting stitched up good and proper — and it’s nice to see the bird from ‘Going Out’ back on screen again . . . BMRB’s national chart is in such chaos now returns don’t reflect the massive influence of Top Of The Pops for almost a fortnight that it is evidently soon going back to its old compilation deadline . . . Comparison between the main “up front” UK Disco 90 and expanded POD 75 tends to show up the relative strengths of different disco pluggers’ mailing lists, so it would be nice to get more charts from people not on these lists in an attempt to counteract the distortion and lessen the impact of some titles that only show up because they’ve been received for free by a privileged few . . . Kev Hill (Basildon Sweeney’s) encloses a calendar motto, “Nothing narrows a man’s outlook so much as getting into a groove” — get DOWN! . . . Lenny Henry asks, what does an African hang his coat on? . . . KAIANGA! KATANGA!

CLAUDJA BARRY is best remembered for some zingy gay gallopers in the classic “disco” era, but now the Germany based thrush is back at a more sedate pace with ‘If I Do It To You‘ on Ensign. — While at the same time she’s climbing the US disco chart in a duet with Ronnie Jones, ‘The Two Of Us‘ (US Handshake 12in) which has yet to surface here.


VICKY “D”: ‘This Beat Is Mine’ (SAM VS 48612, via Virgin).
Solar style extremely strong 113bpm 12in shuffling smacker with piercing catchy Evelyn King-copying synth through the long instrumental rhythm intro, the usefully all instrumental flip sadly lacking the A-side’s ultra mixable break.

KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Take My Heart’ (De-Lite DEX 6).
Always their album’s really “class” track and the first to be put on single in the USA, the subtly infectious spoken/sung gently jolting laid back 111-110-111bpm rolling slinky thumper has been remixed for 3-track 12in, flipped by the datedly messy ‘Caribbean Festival’ and lush slow ‘Winter Sadness’.

STAR SOUND: ‘Stars On Stevie’ (CBS A13-2941).
As a soundalike this Stevie Wonder medley is brilliant — there’s no other word for it, but as a smoothly flowing mixer the 126-111-126-138bpm 12in could be better (‘Master Blaster’ in particular comes as a rude intrusion amongst some classic mellow swingers). However, it’s going to be huge, regardless.  Continue reading “February 20, 1982: Vicky “D”, Kool & The Gang, Star Sound, Michael Wycoff, Roy Ayers”