August 4, 1979: chart only this week, no column

UK Disco Top 90 – August 4, 1979

01 04 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
02 06 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
03 01 Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – TK 12″
04 03 Earth, Wind & Fire & The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland – CBS 12″
05 02 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
06 07 Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love – Pye 12″
07 05 Sister Sledge – We Are Family – Atlantic 12″
08 09 Donna Summer – Bad Girls / One Love – Casablanca 12″/LP
09 08 Teena Marie – I’m A Sucker For Your Love – Motown 12″
10 12 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
11 11 Edwin Starr – H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – 20th Century 12″
12 10 Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline – Ensign 12″
13 15 Janet Kay – Silly Games – Scope 12″
14 16 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star / Let Your Feelings Show / After The Love Is Gone / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
15 14 Deniece Williams – I’ve Got The Next Dance – CBS 12″
16 24 Diana Ross – The Boss / No One Gets The Prize / It’s My House – Motown 12″/LP
17 18 Amii Stewart – Light My Fire – Atlantic 12″
18 13 Carrie Lucas – Dance With You – Solar 12″
19 19 Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
20 25 Crusaders – Street Life / Carnival Of The Night – MCA LP
21 38 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life / Better Do It Salsa – Island 12″/LP
22 17 Joe Thomas – Make Your Move / Sugar Smack – TK 12″
23 22 Donna Summer – Hot Stuff – Casablanca 12″
24 20 V/A – Turn On The Tap (all cuts) – Tappan Zee 12″ EP
25 21 Tata Vega – Get It Up For Love – Motown 12″
26 30 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
27 28 Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You – Arista 12″
28 32 Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
29 27 Light Of The World – Midnight Groovin’ – Ensign 12″/LP
30 41 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance / Starburst – Infinity 7″/LP
31 39 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Canadian IGM 12″
32 26 Five Special – Why Leave Us Alone – Elektra 12″
33 44 Jackie McLean – Dr. Jackyll And Mr. Funk – RCA 12″
34 23 Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow – Warner Bros. 12″
35 29 Peter Brown – Crank It Up – TK 12″
36 40 L.A.X. – Dancin’ At The Disco – Pye 12″
37 37 Village People – Go West – Mercury 12″
38 45 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo / Thousand Finger Man / Rock & Shuffle – Salsoul LP/US 12″
39 85 Real Thing – Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) – Pye 12″
40 86 Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
41 68 Me And You – You Never Know What You’ve Got – Laser/Deb Music 12″
42 43 George Benson – Unchained Melody / Before You Go – Warner Bros. 12″
43 47 Hudson People – Trip To Your Mind – Ensign 12″
44 70 Olympic Runners – The Bitch – Polydor 12″
45 46 Taka Boom – Night Dancin’ – Ariola 12″
46 31 Roxy Music – Dance Away – Polydor 7″
47 34 GQ – Make My Dream A Reality – Arista 12″
48 35 Gary’s Gang – Showtime / Let’s Lovedance Tonight – CBS 12″
49 33 War – Good Good Feelin’ – MCA 12″
50 51 Smokey Robinson – Get Ready – US Motown LP
51 52 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
52 74 Skyy – First Time Around – Salsoul 12″
53 57 Patrick Juvet – Swiss Kiss / Lady Night – Casablanca 12″/LP
54 63 Antonia Rodriguez – La Bamba – Magnet 12″
55 36 Melba Moore – Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance – Epic 12″
56 56 Sylvester – Stars / Body Strong – Fantasy 12″/US 12″ remix
57 59 Bonnie Pointer – Heaven Must Have Sent You – Motown 12″ remix
58 60 Direct Current – Everybody Here Must Party – Sidewalk 12″
59 49 Switch – Best Beat In Town – Motown 12″
60 42 Gino Soccio – Dancer / Dance To Dance – Warner Bros. 12″
61 76 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
62 64 James Brown – It’s Too Funky In Here – Polydor 12″
63 55 Ralph MacDonald – I Need Someone / East Dry River / Discolypso / You Are In Love – US Marlin LP
64 53 Herbie Hancock – Tell Everybody – CBS 12″/US 12″ remix
65 50 Heatwave – Razzle Dazzle / Eyeballin’ / Raise A Blaze / Therm Warfare / One Night Tan – GTO 12″/LP
66 65 Lenny Williams – If You’re In Need / Doin’ The Loop De Loop / When I’m Dancin’ – US MCA LP
67 NE Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – US Warner Bros. 12″
68 77 Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It / Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ / Don’t Stop Dancin’ – 20th Century LP/US 12″
69 62 Uncle Louie – Full Tilt Boogie – US TK 12″
70 54 Lalo Schifrin – Chile Caliente – US Warner Bros. LP
71 89 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night / Life In The City / I Wanna Be With You / Let’s Fall In Love / Liquid Love – Epic LP
72 NE Kandidate – Girls Girls Girls – Rak 7″
73 NE Savoy – Sunny Side Of The Street – EMI 12″
74 90 Kleeer – It’s Magic / I Love To Dance / Tonight’s The Night – US Atlantic LP
75 61 Herb Alpert – Rise – US A&M 12″
76 75 Mass Production – Welcome To Our World / Cosmic Lust / Strollin’ – Atlantic 12″
77 82 Breakwater – Work It Out – Arista 12″
78 NE Atlantic Starr – (Let’s) Rock ‘N Roll – A&M 12″
79 71 Poussez – Come On And Do It / Boogie With Me / Never Gonna Say Goodbye – Vanguard 12″/LP
80 78 Tom Browne – What’s Going On / Throw Down / The Closer I Get To You – US Arista/GRP LP
81 66 Dexter Wansel – I’ll Never Forget (My Favourite Disco) / It’s Been Cool – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
82 NE Ronnie Foster – Argentina / Feet / Let Me Into Your Life – US Columbia LP
83 NE Ritz – Locomotion – Epic 12″
84 79 Chain Reaction – Sweet Lady (Dance With Me) – US Jam Sessions 12″
85 84 Brainstorm – Hot For You – Tabu 12″
86 88 Nuggets – New York / Proud Mary – Mercury 12″
87 NE Philly Cream – Motown Review – Fantasy 12″
88 83 Terry Callier – Sign Of The Times – Elektra LP/US 12″
89 73 Central Line – Wot We Got – Phonogram 12″ promo
90 NE Deodato – Shazam / Space Dust / Knights Of Fantasy / Whistle Bump / Sherlock – US Warner Bros. LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
#8 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #10 (BNDA debut 5/19/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
#15 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #16 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #18 (BNDA debut 3/10/79)
#20 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
#25 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #27 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 5/12/79)
#32 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #34 (BNDA debut 5/26/79) / #35 (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
#36 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#44 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #49 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #51 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#53 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #54 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #55 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 3/24/79) / #57 (BNDA debut 5/5/79) / #58 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#59 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #61 (BNDA debut 3/10/79)
#62 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #64 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #67 (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
#68 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #71 (BNDA debut 8/25/79) / #75 (BNDA debut 7/28/79)
#76 (BNDA debut 11/6/76) / #79 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #85 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#86 (BNDA debut 6/30/79) / #90 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)

July 28, 1979: “Studio 54 certainly know how to manipulate publicity – the place is nothing very special.”

Ten days and usual dose of jet lag later, your Record Mirror reporter is back from the New York Hilton-held Billboard Disco Forum VI with more news than there’s room to print.

Where to start? Well, name checks first. The UK contingent included DJ’s Froggy and Fatman Graham Canter, Phonogram’s John Waller, EMI LRD’s Ray Edwards, Polydor’s John Perou and Theo Loyla (the latter not arriving till the Saturday’s first Laker flight), Pye’s Dave McAleer and Alan McLachlan, Bocu Music’s Howard Huntridge and Ian Titchener (both known for other DJ roles too), BBC Radio One producer Tony Hale, US born but Leeds Warehouse-owning Mike Wiand – these in various combinations being the crowd I personally moved with while also in evidence were DJ Simon Pollock, producer Ian Levine and Island’s Erskine Thompson (who was supervising a Manu Dibango recording session in NY). In our different groupings we ate, drank and clubbed together.

Yup, clubs! The opening night of the Forum’s evening entertainment at the Roseland Ballroom, set up as a special disco for the occasion, we were unimpressed by Sister Sledge and then moved up a few blocks to 54th Street and the world-famous Studio 54. They certainly know how to manipulate publicity – the place is nothing very special.

Suspended mirrored and lightbulb-covered columns rise up and down over the dancefloor so that sometimes they drop in amongst the dancers, while horizontally-mounted prismatic mirrors spin overhead to reflect bright strobe-like lights.

Frankly I’m not too keen on naked torsos, freckled bony shoulders, cropped balding heads, unhealthy-looking women trying to look young, over-laboured freaks and middle-aged men who ought to know better – so I can’t be said to have found the place thrilling. The music was permanently fast until with a laboured creak it suddenly dropped down – to be greeted with widespread relief – into James Brown, but I did enjoy it when the DJ did my own segue out of Atlantic Starr into Harvey Mason.

Studio 54 has only become notorious by being hard to get into (they even refused late-arriving Billboard vice-president Bill Wardlow!), whereas Paradise Garage sets out to achieve less, yet achieves so much more.

On the seedier side of Greenwich Village on King Street, the Garage is literally that. Massive trucks are parked downstairs as you climb through a small door and head towards the carpark ramp that’s now the dimly-lit way up to the first-floor club.

Basically gay (though less noticeably so these days), the place is a juice bar serving no alcohol and limited (again not so noticeably) to over-25s. It is always packed, doesn’t close till mid-morning, and is the most exciting club in the city . . . thanks largely to its incredible sound and DJ Larry Levan’s superb mixing . . . it is possible to stand two inches away from the speakers’ massive ports and have an ordinary conversation, while your hair gets a blow-wave from the air pressure being pumped out! In fact the sound is loudest at the centre of the dancefloor, which used to be in almost permanent darkness except for some dazzling sweeps of the spinning, helicopter lights, but on this visit there were fewer helicopter effects in use and more regularly flashing vertical pencil beams.

In the juice bar a fountain spouts the juice for you to catch in a cup, while bowls of fresh fruit, nuts and sweets are all there for free too. Last time this room featured movies projected against the end wall – I saw ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Mahogany’ – but on this visit they weren’t in evidence. The music is a great mixture of the usual NY disco sounds but tempered by a more soulful element, the crowd being much more black than white. Well, that’s all the room for this week – more next.


Disco News

Hot Chocolate ‘Going Through The Motions’ is on 12in after all (12RAK 296), while David Naughton ‘Makin’ It’ is finally on commercial 12in (RSOX 32) and Me And You ‘You Never Know What You’ve Got’ switched to Laser 12in (LAS 8T) . . . David Naughton got his TV series after making some popular Dr Pepper soft drink commercials at the same time as appearing in ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway – versatile lad! . . . Pye launch a series of ‘Disco Duplex’ double albums, gatefold packaged in hinged die-cut sleeves showing the new Discovatin’ label comprising two four-track segued 45rpm 12in discs giving full LP length but 12in clarity all for the £4.80 cost of a normal LP, the ‘Get Down On The Floor’ debut set (DISC 01) featuring Real Thing ‘Can You Feel The Force’ / (remix), Gene Chandler ‘Get Down’ / Players Association ‘Turn The Music Up’, Two Man Sound ‘Que Tal America’ / Martin Circus ‘Disco Circus’, Daddy Dewdrop ‘Nanu Nanu’ / Edwin Starr ‘Contact’ – phew! . . . Van McCoy died three weeks ago after feeling unwell in the studio while Hugo & Luigi were extending and overdubbing his old ‘The Hustle’ for future 12in reissue . . . Stargard have made the logical label change to Whitfield . . . CBS’s Greg Lynn is taking a Disco Pool roadshow around the country to meet mailing list jocks by invitation only at central venues, starting this Friday at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Julie’s and including most major cities . . . Trojan invite bona-fide DJs to call Sharon on 01-969 6651 for a free copy of Symarip ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ provided they promise to play the reggae oldie ten times a night! . . . Satril’s Greg Buccheri (of broken axle fame) says that the upcoming Dance People LP and single deserve DJ attention and so he needs extra influential for his jocks list – write Greg at Satril House, 444 Finchley Road, London NW2 2HY . . . Stephanie Mills caused a commotion at a record shop LP-signing session when an unanticipated crowd of 3,000 turned up, the police pushed them into line, and 30 were injured when the shop’s window shattered under the pressure . . . East Anglian DJ Assn recently voted not to re-affiliate with the DJ Federation (GB) for a number of fairly footling reasons which seem to boil down to a dissatisfaction with overworked DJF secretary Tony Holden’s preference for making phone calls instead of writing time-consuming letters . . . Honey Bee Benson, representing Copenhagen’s IDEA agency, will be offering three months’ work at a top Oslo disco to worthwhile competitors in a mobile DJ contest being held at Gloucester’s Leisure Centre and Tiffanys, the winner getting £500 worth of equipment from organiser Barry Brown of Barry’s Disco Centre (Gloucester 421126) . . . Bob Jones, as well as Chelmsford Dee Jays every Wednesday, now funks Braintree’s Barn on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, while Dave Else reports that since he and some friends undertook to promote their own Wednesday and Friday funk nights at Guildford’s Bridge (in the Wooden Bridge on Woodbridge Hill) the crowd has grown dramatically . . . Chris Browne (spinning funk) and Gavin Breck (MoR) each jocked for 25 hours non-stop at Victor Lownes’s lavish 25th Anniversary Playboy party, which included a 25-hour outdoor roller disco too, the whole evidently being like a kind of upper-class Caister! . . . Steve Walsh, having vanquished his Peterborough-based namesake, now will represent the South of England against the North’s Colin Curtis (or maybe Bill Swift) at another battle of the giants in Peterborough’s Fleet Leisure Centre on August 24th . . . Robbie Collins (Robert Allwork, phone 01-520 7547) still needs gigs or residencies . . . Radio Medway soul jock Tony “Shades” Valence was revealed on Monday’s BBC 1 ‘Nationwide’ as a secret collector of rock ‘n roll stars’ discarded socks! . . . Radio 1 ‘Discovatin’’ producer Tony Hale is practising his pinball technique following a marathon match at New York’s Tribeca disco with Brass Construction’s Mickey Grudge, Randy Muller and myself! . . . Leeds Warehouse owner Michael Wiand managed to get a seat next to David Frost on his Concorde flight back from New York – can we expect a Frost Report on discos soon? . . . Preston Clouds celebrated their £150,000 reopening by issuing special Hangover Packs containing eye-mask, Alka-Seltzer, Anadin, Band-Aids and an Eau-de-Cologne brow-cooler! . . . Chelmsford’s YMCA in Victoria Road re-opened last Saturday after a £70,000 refit with Roger Carr running the disco as before . . . Paul Gough (Hartlepool Gemini) says he finds our disco chart a great help when selecting album tracks – which is good to hear, as we take great trouble to list them in order of popularity, and would like all chart contributors to do likewise instead of just jotting down “EWF LP” or similar . . . David Steinberg, US TV funny man, has the final word (and Forum catchphrase): “Get OFF!!!”


UK Newies

LOVE DE-LUXE: ‘Here Comes That Sound Again’ (from LP ‘Again and Again’, Atlantic K 50585) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
The new Gino Soccio of this New York trip, the British-made girlie group 115bpm plodder seemed awfully ordinary in its UK 12in form earlier this year but as a remixed (and already deleted) US 12in or this longer LP side it cuts through with a chillingly monotonous effectiveness when mixed and played through New York quality disco equipment – it was certainly hard to avoid! Could be the time is right to try it again here, too.

ROSEBUD: ‘Have A Cigar’ (Atlantic K 11185) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Remixed for 12in from their ‘Discoballs / A Tribute To Pink Floyd’ 1977 LP (which I tipped at the time as having specialist appeal), this jumping 138bpm Europop girlie group racer is now huge in the States, and could be catchy enough for Amii Stewart fans here finally too.

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Do It Good’ (Capitol CL 16085) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
Great slinkily grooving low 104bpm “sleaze” thumper on 7in here but hot in NY and much better on US promo 12in – which I couldn’t get, curses!  Continue reading “July 28, 1979: “Studio 54 certainly know how to manipulate publicity – the place is nothing very special.””

July 21, 1979: Al Wilson, Candido, Diana Ross, Switch, Peter Brown

Billboard’s Sixth Disco Forum proved once again to be no more than a good excuse for visiting the Big Apple to have a great time and meet interesting people on the periphery of the main event.

Old hands have by now learnt that the actual forum sessions are not worth attending and indeed people stayed away from them in droves, while even the only potentially interesting session about disco mixing (held in the Hilton Hotel’s “Sybil’s” Night Club) was a failure as the majority of jocks featured were so ill at ease with the Juliana’s-installed equipment that their mixing demonstrations suffered.

However, one comes to expect the forum to have its difficulties. The exhibition part of the event though was as well planned as usual. The noisy speaker, amplifier and total environment exhibitors had two floors of hotel suite to themselves while the main hall featured smaller stands for individual bits of equipment, disco fashion accessories and other items of supposed disco interest.

But with this forum falling less than five months after the last one, the number of visitors was noticeably down and the feeling among exhibitors was that this short gap was to blame. The next forum in February will be in Los Angeles, which should make good sense as the mid-summer New York show will then come as a completely separate event. And with LA only an extra £24 at current standby air fare rates, I for one will be heading there.

Next week there will be full news and scandal about the British delegation (smaller than expected), who did what to whom (hello Kerri), the fun we had, clubs we visited, sounds we heard, food we ate and all the dirt that’s fit to print.


Disco News

The Commodores’ new ‘Midnight Magic’ album (Motown STMA 8032) is due for rush release this week . . . Real Thing ‘Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)’ turns out to be on that nasty translucent piss-coloured vinyl again . . . Frantique ‘Strut Your Funky Stuff’, Jackie Moore ‘This Time Baby’ (both 12in) and Teddy Pendergrass ‘Turn Off The Lights’ (7in) are due next week, while Candido ‘Dancin’ & Prancin’’ / ‘Jingo’ and Lou Rawls ‘Let Me Be Good To You’ are on 12in early August . . . TCOJ debut on Utopia with ‘(I Found) Love On The Disco Floor’ next week, with a massive club tour lined up to promote it . . . Mark Hambley (Torquay Grange Court holiday camp, Goodrington) complains that though he’s playing to about 900 people six nights a week, all his mailing list applications have been met with “sorry – full up at the moment” replies from record companies: well, with umpteen thousands of jocks all trying to get on, its hardly surprising that the major companies (whose research tells them the best areas and clubs to service) do indeed have their lists full, and have to turf out one probably quite satisfactory jock to add another . . . Graeme Bilton (Croydon/Thames riverboats) suggests jocks into audience participation should find a local carnival supplies shop, as cheap “trumpet” squeakers and football whistles thrown out into the crowd can have a great effect!


UK Newies

AL WILSON: ‘Earthquake’ (RCA FC 9399)
Almost Brass Construction-like unhurried walking bass-pushed 117bpm tripper with soulful vocal, backup chix and powerful rattling-then-strings break, likely to be huge now that it’s out here on green vinyl 12in.

CANDIDO: ‘Dancin’ & Prancin’’ LP (Salsoul SSLP 1517) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
Big with jazz-funk jocks, the LP’s four tracks all feature up-front rhythm, Latin flavour and varying intensities of instrumentation and/or girlie group vocal, the just about equally popular titles being the 8:02 ‘Dancin’ & Prancin’’ (110bpm), 10:52 ‘Jingo’ (121bpm), 8:55 ‘Thousand Finger Man’ (122bpm) and 8:51 ‘Rock & Shuffle (Ah-Ha)’ (125bpm).

DIANA ROSS: ‘No One Gets The Prize’ (from LP ‘The Boss’, Motown STML 12118) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
Noticeably Nick & Valerie-penned 116bpm jogger winds up into even more of a ‘Love Hangover’ successor than the title track hit, while other action cuts include the lovely slow 99bpm ‘It’s My House’ tripper and more urgent 98bpm ‘I Ain’t Been Licked’ jolter.  Continue reading “July 21, 1979: Al Wilson, Candido, Diana Ross, Switch, Peter Brown”

July 14, 1979: Chain Reaction, Freddie James, Francie Simone, Bunny Sigler, Curtis Mayfield

As you read this, Fatman, Froggy and myself will be settling into our private suite at New York’s Hilton Hotel. Yes, it’s Billboard Disco Forum time again, and next week hopefully you can read my account of what went on. The Forum rather inconsiderately is over the weekend this time, but I am assured that various couriers can get my copy to you before I get back myself. It looks as if an even bigger contingent of British will be there for this the sixth forum, so it should be really great fun though sadly not many ordinary DJ’s seem to be going, despite the cost being within the reach of most professionals. For anyone getting this before flying over, Ferne’s phone number is 201-945 (continued on page 52).


Disco News

Olympic Runners ‘The Bitch’ (Polydor POSPX 63) is finally out this week, while Me And You ‘You Never Know What You’ve Got’ will be on Laser and not Scope . . . Spyro Gyra’s first US LP featuring ‘Shaker Song’ could be out here on Infinity soon . . . Double Exposure ‘Ten Per Cent’ belatedly reaches UK 12in next week (Salsoul SSOL 120), and WEA are readying Miroslav Vitous ‘New York City’ and Deodato ‘Whistle Bump’ for jazz-funk oldies fans . . . Gap Band ‘Baby Baba Boogie’ now looks set for Mercury 12in issue here at last, but Pye are probably too late with Poussez ‘Come On And Do It’ which always should have been the 12in . . . East Anglian DJ Assn meets this Sunday (15) at 2pm in Breckland Sports Centre, Crockston Road, Thetford (just off A134) to vote on withdrawing from the DJ Federation for reasons that will be outlined at the meeting – cor! . . . Dave Thomas (Shrewsbury 68985), who funks Shrewsbury’s Oak Hotel at Shelton every Thursday, is using that venue for a meeting on Monday, July 23rd, at 8:30pm, to hopefully form a Shropshire and Mid-Wales DJ association . . . Gonzalez, Hi-Tension and US of A join jocks Sean French, George Power, Steve Walsh ‘n more for an open air soul festival (and barbeque!) at Bracknell’s, South Hill Park on Sunday, July 29th (details on Reading 57561) . . . Ilford Room At The Top is the latest club to start a soft drinks-only teenage night, theirs being every Sunday . . . Creole Records report lots of hot product coming soon and want to revamp their DJ mailing list, so either call Cathy on 01-98 9223 or send full work details to Creole at 91-93 High Street, Harlesden, London NW10 . . . Sally Ormsby has settled at Handle Artists, 1 Derby Street, London W1Y 7HD (01-493 9637) where her Sally O service is currently plugging Kandidate, while veteran soul freak Nicky Sands takes on the Funk Function at St. Pierre Publicity in Greenwich . . . Decca’s Robert Blenman offers some spare Neil Ardley 12in copies to any jazz-funk jocks not already serviced, so write him at Decca Records, 18 Gt Marlborough Street, London W1V 2BL . . . Motown’s Les Spaine, formerly Liverpool’s Godfather of C&W, is currently in hospital (don’t bust the stitches laughing, Les!) . . . The Knack ‘My Sharona’ segues nicely with Wings and also Skids, if that’s your bag (guess what gigs I’ve been doing – right, well-paying ones!) . . . London’s Evening Standard social diary page actually referred last week to a record having 120 beats-per-minute – wherever did they learn such an expression? . . . Alan Jones features regional disco charts for Scotland and the South-East in his Chart File column this issue, but then he’s currently helping compile the UK Disco listing and does most of the back-busting work that used to be mine alone . . . Honey Bee Benson (Gloucester Tiffanys) reveals her statistics are a perfect 90-60-90 – no, hang on, that’s the metric equivalent! . . . Nell Fincham (Dunbar Goldenstones) would like advice about anyone prepared to print and supply promotional clothing like jackets and boilersuits but in small quantities; let me know, or call Neil on 0368-62356 . . . Dan Rafferty (Bristol Raquels) asks, is Anita Ward a tidy hospital? (He must be a Tony Blackburn fan!) . . . Hello to you, Dennis Lilley! . . . Mike Dallenger (Wimborne), there’s nothing Wally about your chart so don’t worry, and anyway: THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – to someone, somewhere, everyone is a Wally.


UK Newies

Full reviews next week for these and more:

CANDIDO: ‘Dancin’ & Prancin’’ LP (Salsoul SSLP 1517) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)

SKYY: ‘First Time Around’ (Salsoul 12SSOL 119)

DIANA ROSS: ‘The Boss’ LP (Motown STML 12118) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Winner Takes All’ LP (Epic EPC 88460) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)

PETER BROWN: ‘Crank It Up’ (TK 13-7545) (BNDA debut 6/9/79)

SWITCH: ‘Best Beat In Town’ (Motown 12TMG 1148) (BNDA debut 7/7/79)

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Welcome To Our World’ / ‘Strollin’’ / ‘Cosmic Lust’ (Atlantic LV 31) (BNDA debut 11/6/76)

AL WILSON: ‘Earthquake’ (RCA FC 9399)

DAVID BENOIT: ‘Life Is Like A Samba’ (AVI AVISL 103)

ERIC GALE: ‘Part Of You’ LP (CBS 83464)

CANDI STATON: ‘Chance’ LP (Warner Bros. K 56641)

JOE THOMAS: ‘Make Your Move’ LP (TK TKR 83374)

PAUL BRETT: ‘Nineteen Ninety-Nine’ (RCA PC 5167)

HEATWAVE: ‘Therm Warfare’ (GTO GT 12-253)

EL COCO: ‘Dance Man’ (AVI AVISL 104) (BNDA debut 6/9/79)

CINDY & ROY: ‘Can You Feel It’ (WEA K 18053T) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)

FINISHED TOUCH: ‘The Down Sound’ (Motown 12TMG 1151)

WHISPERS: ‘Can’t Do Without Love’ (Solar FC 1590)

RICK JAMES: ‘Bustin’ Out’ (Motown 12TMG 1147)

OHIO PLAYERS: ‘Everybody Up’ (Arista ARIST 12268)

JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘Love Magic’ (CBS 13-7479) (BNDA debut 5/26/79)

TASHA THOMAS: ‘Midnight Rendezvous’ LP (Atlantic K 50572) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)

PETER TOSH: ‘Mystic Man’ LP (Rolling Stones CUN 39110)

WEATHER REPORT: ‘Birdland’ / ‘River People’ / ‘A Remark You Made’ (CBS 12-7701)


Imports

CHAIN REACTION: ‘Sweet Lady (Dance With Me)’ (US Jam Sessions JAM-L-101)
What a monster! The 128bpm syndrums intro has obviously been made especially to mix with Anita Ward – even a tone-deaf idiot should synchronize ‘em successfully! – before an imperceptible drop to 122bpm for a great happily jumping chunky funker that slides up again on 7:20 12in to a 125bpm break and 124bpm cold finish.

FREDDIE JAMES: ‘Get Up And Boogie’ (US Warner Bros. DWBS 8857) (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
Bass-bumped rattling 131bpm thudder on 7:02 12in is powerful and infectious enough to cut through the “slam bam wham jam” – chanting chix and what presumably is a juvenile chap singing the plaintive lead.

FRANCIE SIMONE: ‘Let Your Body Run’ (US BC BC-4001) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
Exciting bright and breezy 130bpm romper from Brooklyn with Bombers-type pop appeal on 6:30 12in features lots of rattling percussion and almost Oriental effects (though the title is probably not to do with Chinese restaurant food!).  Continue reading “July 14, 1979: Chain Reaction, Freddie James, Francie Simone, Bunny Sigler, Curtis Mayfield”

July 7, 1979: Harvey Mason, Kandidate, Me And You, Real Thing, Gibson Brothers

Disco News

Patti Boulaye ‘Disco Dancer’ appears now to be on 12in (certainly on promo 12in), Amii Stewart ‘Light My Fire’ is not only on 12in but “kleeer” vinyl too, while Gonzalez ‘Move It To The Music’ has evidently been withdrawn (despite being our lead review two weeks ago!) . . . Gap Band ‘Baby Baba Boogie’ / ‘Shake’ are back to back in 7:32 and 5:58 versions on import 12in (US Mercury MDS-4006) . . . Olympic Runners ‘Energy Beam’ (Polydor B-side) is of course 115bpm and not 155bpm, as printed, but – discovered totally by chance when playing a white label at the wrong speed – David Benoit ‘Life Is Like A Samba’ (AVI 12in, due soon) is dynamite when the 128bpm 45rpm 12in is spun at 33 1/3rpm, coming out at a much easier 96bpm without too much distortion even to the vocal bits! . . . Quantum Jump ‘Lone Ranger’ chop-mixes without missing a beat into Redbone ‘Witch Queen Of New Orleans’, should that be your punters’ bag, while Chic’s ‘Good Times’ instrumental section vari-speeds up to synch nicely with Richard Tee ‘First Love’ . . . Edinburgh and environs finally have their own Lothian & Fife DJ Association, with 40 members so far, full details from the Assn Secretary, Alistair Kay, c/o Setters Disco Centre, Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh (031-229 6662) . . . “Disco” magazine has sadly been unable to find further finance so will not be reappearing, but you can expect Record Mirror to fill the gap with extended disco coverage soon . . . PVK Records are inviting DJ’s to send full work details for mailing list consideration to Phil Cooper, PVK Records, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Bucks . . . Roger St Pierre’s various PR and associated companies are now based at 17 Nelson Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9JB (01-858 8892), but as already stated Sally Ormsby is no longer involved and is looking for central premises for her Sally “O” firm . . . David ‘Boogie Vibes’ Emery (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) info’s that Newcastle’s famous Callers Record Store are currently flogging recent import LP’s for only £3-£3.50 in their summer sale . . . Southgate Royalty hit it lucky (they hope) next Friday 13th, when Chris Hill & Sean French celebrate a ‘Halfway to Caister’ party, it being 13 weeks since the last and 13 weeks until the next Caister Funk Weekender . . . Tony James (Southern Counties National Roadshow, Dorchester) moans about the price of records now, and says that at this rate we will soon have the £100 a night mobile – and why the hell not, say I? It appalls me how much disco operators undervalue their services, the majority seemingly going out for much the same money as one could get ten years ago. If you’re any good, charge what you’re worth! Remember, for twice the price you only need work half as much – and if you’re worried about “cowboys” getting your gigs if you jack your prices up, don’t forget to take your spurs off before going to bed.


UK Newies

HARVEY MASON: ‘Groovin’ You’ (Arista ARIST 12270) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Finally out here on 6:15 12in, this dynamite 121-122bpm Olympic Runners-type variety-filled “bom bom” bomber still sounds like a UK smash to me!

KANDIDATE: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ (Rak RAK 295)
Gorgeous harmony chanter, sadly only on 7in, lopes along at a bright and breezily clapping 116bpm with more than a trace of the Moments’ old ‘Girls’.

ME AND YOU: ‘You Never Know What You’ve Got’ (Deb MUSIC DEB 031)
Due soon also on Scope, this tremendously catchy 92bpm reggae reading of the Bell & James song will have you singing along before the 12in ends.  Continue reading “July 7, 1979: Harvey Mason, Kandidate, Me And You, Real Thing, Gibson Brothers”

June 30, 1979: Chantal Curtis, Chic, Donna Summer, Olympic Runners, Five Special

Disco News

Diana Ross ‘The Boss’, reviewed on import last week, is now on UK 12in (Motown 12TMG 1150) while Smokey Robinson ‘Get Ready’ follows next week (12TMG 1152) . . . Gino Soccio ‘Dance To Dance’ is indeed on 12in as Warner Bros held back some of their ‘Dancer’ pressings to make its original flipside now the A-side . . . Kiss ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ is also on 7:54 12in (Casablanca CANL 152), while Telex ‘Moskow Disko’ and Amii Stewart ‘Light My Fire’ are now on belated 12in and Bette Midler ‘Married Men’ is due on promo 12in only . . . Real Thing’s ‘Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)’ newie has been delayed for a John Luongo remix and will not sound like the acetate promo that’s been floating about . . . David Williams ‘Come On Down Boogie People’ (AVI AVIL 105) is due imminently – only 12 months late! – while up-coming are Uncle Louie ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ (TK), Black Ivory ‘Mainline’ (Buddah), Phyllis Hyman ‘Living Inside Your Love’ / ‘Loving You Losing You’ (Buddah), and a 3-track 12in by Miracle’s new Japanese disco acts called – wait for it! – ‘Nippon To The Dance Floor’ . . . Mike Morgan, calling his Confunction mobile the Atomic Wally Roadshow just for the night, holds a UN Year Of The Child charity disco at Ingatestone’s Anglo European School in Essex on July 7th, and would welcome record companies (or anyone) sending spare promo copies for use as prised to him at 281 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford CMI 5AU . . . Jimmy Mack, funking Rotherham Adam & Eve’s hen party night from this Thursday (28), is jocking from noon to midnight this Saturday (30) for a disco dancing marathon on Sheffield hospital station Northern Radio in the Northern General Hospital, where all are welcome – especially dancers! . . . Preston Clouds re-opens next Thursday (5), while London Global Village has evidently NOT yet closed for conversion into a plush gay club (sorry about the goof) . . . Jason West’s Agency is looking to represent more big professional roadshows with something out of the ordinary to offer and able to travel long distances, so send details to him at 65 Argyle Street, Cambridge . . . Ken Briskham (Slough 35814) is handling the UK end of a 10 day Christmas/New Year UK disco tour by 30 members of a USA singles club, and would like to hear from any club which would like to be included – especially a Scottish club for Hogmanay! . . . Groove Records and their recently publicized Fast Lane mail-order service at 52 Greek Street, London W1, now charge £2.90 for 12in and £5.25 for LP imports, p&p as before . . . Larry Foster funks Fridays and Neil Darren souls Saturdays at the Mildmay Tavern in Balls Pond Road, Islington (to complete last week’s enigmatic misprint!) . . . Rob Harknett (Roydon 027 979 2339) offers for free a 3ft pile of Music Week back-numbers . . . Ian Williams, Danish-based and currently resident at the Diskotek Hestostalden in Varde’s Central Hotel, says that Record Mirror costs 49p in Denmark, but it’s worth the cost and the wait . . . Pye’s new disco promotion manager, Morgan Khan, must have unearthed a 50’s beatnik phrasebook, to judge from his newsletters’ hip (?) jivetalk!


UK Newies

CHANTAL CURTIS: Get Another Love’ (Pye 12P 5003) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
Here it is, the French gal who sounds like Donna Summer singing to War’s backing, on 8:50 12in! The lovely intensifying 120-124-125bpm tripping swirler has harmonica behind her somewhat deadpan vocal and a busily building long instrumental break. A sure-fire smash.

CHIC: ‘Good Times’ (Atlantic K 11310T) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
Rushed out here within a week of the imports coming in, but for Britain it’s been speeded up quite noticeably from 113bpm to 118bpm, altering its attack to a considerable degree. As stated last week, the 12in has a long plonking instrumental section after the ‘I Want Your Love’-like vocal part and will be huge.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘Bad Girls’ (Casablanca CANL 155) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
Smoothly thumping 122bpm LP title track now on 4:55 12in and likely to be hotter than ‘Hot Stuff’ thanks to a catchy “toot toot beep beep’’ bit (which continues acappella at the end of great mixing potential – try it into Chic!).  Continue reading “June 30, 1979: Chantal Curtis, Chic, Donna Summer, Olympic Runners, Five Special”

June 23, 1979: Gonzalez, Light Of The World, L.A.X, Nightfall, Patti Boulaye

Disco News

Chantal Curtis ‘Get Another Love’ will be out here on Pye, while Chantal herself (who turns out to be French – not so surprisingly when you consider all the French label credits) is due here this week for a whistle-stop PA tour of discos . . . Island’s future 12in releases will be at 33 rpm, starting with the Gibson Brothers ‘Ooh! What A Life’, the idea being that import-orientated jocks will find them more compatible with the US 12in speed . . . Teena Marie ‘I’m A Sucker For Your Love’ (Motown) does indeed have the sax-led instrumental version on the UK 12in B-side . . . 16 year-old Mark Turnbull from Redcar hopes for a Guinness Book Of Records mention when he jocks non-stop on Birmingham Hospital Broadcasting Service for seven days next month – not long, as records go, but then Mark is blind, and is currently getting the feel of things doing gigs with the Teesvalley Roadshow . . . Colin Hudd, now head of entertainments as well as jock at Dartford Flicks, is looking for other jocks capable of doing an 8 to 14 year-old kids’ lunchtime disco session and an over-30s night, so call him on Dartford 22423 (afternoons) . . . North Midlands Association of Disc Jockeys hold a disco forum on Wednesday, July 11th, at Hoyland’s Turf pub near Barnsley, and request all area jocks to call Sheffield 874280 as soon as possible . . . Preston Clouds has closed temporarily for the most lavish re-fit yet in a Rank Leisure services venue, with £70,000 of new furnishings and £80,000 of sound and lighting being installed . . . Tony Jenkins’s ‘Anthony’s’ soul club re-locates on Tuesday nights to the plush Denham Country Club, where swimming pool, barbecues, record promotions, party nights and regular appearances by Playboy Bunny Girls should make the funk extra fun – hmm, think I’ll look in myself, too! . . . Stevie Glover and Jez take turns to funk Sneaky Pete’s in Bournemouth’s Stateside Center, where – amazingly – it’s all import jazz-funk/soul/reggae every night, with the yellow-clad Sneakers funk brigade holding their own Juke Box Jury every Thursday when a National Funk Panel vote new releases as either “Funk” or “Junk” . . . Tony Pascoe’s Galactic Roadshow holds a DJ talent competition on Friday, July 6th, at Leyton Assembly Hall – details on 01-531 5319 (evenings) . . . Polystar’s Boogie Bus Dancers this week strut their stuff at Plymouth Fiesta (Thursday), Gt. Yarmouth Tiffanys (Friday) – that’s a seven hour drive, at least! – and Gary Hirst’s Jewish teenage club at London Sundown (Sunday) . . . John Douglas jazz-funks Tonight In Town at Braintree Weavers every Tuesday with an EMI Disco Dancing Competition running there for the next few weeks . . . Rossiter, funking Margate Atlantis every Saturday, would love some London gigs and is on 0843-26406 . . . Kate Corbin says that even if Steve Wiggins of Barry Rugby Club infamy is too busy to dress up in his sexy black undies and suspenders, he’s always got time to show her his 12in!


UK Newies

GONZALEZ: ‘Move It To The Music’ (Sidewalk 12YSID 108)
Mainly instrumental jaggedly jumping 133bpm funk filer on 7:36 12in features some female vocal with the guys and keeps the dominating rhythm thinly fleshed this time, minus any whistling Latin party atmosphere to clutter the hard exciting drive.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD: ‘Midnight Groovin’’ (Ensign ENY 2912)
‘Swingin’ – Part 2’ leaps along at 134bpm, but this Chris Hill-remixed 7:19 12in misses out the LP version’s mixable quiet intro – thus emphasising the similarity to their last one even more (although the 3:25 7in version introduces some piano halfway for airplay-aimed variety).

L.A.X.: ‘Dancin’ At The Disco’ (Pye 12P 5002) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
Jauntily chugging chunky 131-129bpm thumper on up-coming 12in, big already on import, with funkier instrumental flip.  Continue reading “June 23, 1979: Gonzalez, Light Of The World, L.A.X, Nightfall, Patti Boulaye”