Disco Forum VI in New York is only three months away, running from Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15 . . . and the next Forum in February is scheduled for Los Angeles. If you want to combine a visit to New York’s disco scene with this event, it’s obvious that July is the only possible time to do this for more than a year now. As previously mentioned, Adrian Webb of Southgate Royalty is organising a package trip to the July Forum for UK DJs (and anyone else who’s interested), and the deal sounds very attractive indeed. So far, working on only a very small number of travelers (it gets better the more there are), he is offering for just over £300 a package to include Jumbo flight from Heathrow, road transport to and from hotel (and possibly a city bus while there), a week’s accommodation at either the Hilton or Sheraton, and probably entrance to clubs all arranged in advance – the trip lasting from Wednesday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 19. The accommodation would be for a shared room, but private rooms could be booked for slightly extra. So far this price does not include entrance to the Forum, which at “early bird” rates would be another £105 for DJs, although if enough people apply there is a strong possibility of a deal being done there too. Interested? Then write to Adrian Webb at the Royalty, Winchmore Hill Road, Southgate, London N14, or ring 01-886 4112. Nearly everyone I know is going, me too!
Radio Luxembourg now features the Top 30 from Record Mirror’s Disco Chart in their Disco Computer show every Wednesday night from midnight till 2 am Thursday morning, this particular slot being for the nation’s most danced-to records . . . Disco Tech of Pittsburgh, USA, are selling a ‘Beatmeter’ which gives a visual display of beat patterns from both decks and signals when a potential mix is a perfect match! I can imagine the response from some of you! . . . Raul De Souza’s LP reviewed on import last week is now out here as Tower EST 11918 . . . ‘Living On The Frontline / Frontline Symphony’ by Eddy Grant (Ice LP), raved about by me last August, is due for revival following renewed DJ attention thanks to a Chris Hill-prompted tie-in with Ensign . . . Dennis Brown ‘Ain’t That Loving You’ and Sticky Fingers ‘Wastin’ My Love’ are due on 12in next week, followed soon by Jackie McLean ‘Dr Jackyll & Mr Funk’ . . . Shirley Bassey goes disco on US UA 12in with ‘This Is My Life’! . . . Bournemouth’s Village reopens on April 27th as the Stateside Center, comprising the New York disco, Walt’s Diner, Brickenbackers, Sneaky Pete’s Bar and Village Bowl theatre, with a National Soul Festival on May 6th featuring Chris Hill, Greg Edwards, Robbie Vincent and Light Of The World – hmm, think I’ll check that out myself! . . . Southgate Royalty, already with a new sound system, will be getting Paradise Garage-style lighting soon, while on the Saturday after the Caister Funk Weekender the Royalty starts a weekly New York mixing night with Froggy’s additional sound system creating 5 kilowatts of quadra-pan surround sound zapping around the room! May Bank Holiday Monday (7th) sees Chris Hill and the usual mafia at a Royalty all-dayer, too. Whit Monday (May 28) could see a Caister Reunion all-nighter in the early hours of the Bank Holiday not a million miles from London’s Leicester Square . . . Larry Foster has left Ilford’s Room At The Top to return to his Mad Hatter mobile, but wants guest nights (or bookings on 01-554 4934) . . . Nick Halliday now also funks Bagshot Pantiles on Wed/Thursdays and Camberley Banners on Saturdays (what about Robin?) . . . Scott Wilson is now joined by Radio Forth jocks every Friday at Edinburgh’s Tony’s Cellar Bar . . . G. Paul Sharpe is playing more real disco music following Brighouse Stardust Showbar’s equipment update and name change to Sammy’s . . . John ‘No Jeans’ Lewis (Brighton Metro) is disgruntled by GTO’s rejection of his mailing list application – dunno why, though, ‘cos think what he’ll save in buying the occasional Heatwave single instead of incessant stamps for reaction reports! . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry Rugby Club) keeps getting his Polydor mail-outs stolen – stop thief! . . . K-Tel’s Scandinavian labels Arrival and Chart release product from Can’t Stop Prods, Ibis, Prism, Prelude, etc., often in original US form . . . Richard Evans ‘Do-Re-Me-For-Soul’ (US Horizon LP) is 117 bpm, and not of course as printed last week, 177 bpm.
GINO SOCCIO: ‘Dancer’ / ‘Dance To Dance’ (Warner Bros LV 23) (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
Immensely powerful but dead simple floor-filler on 8:23 12in hits a great going-nowhere 122bpm groove that pounds right through your skull and should smash, while the slow-starting and more lightweight 128bpm girlie group jumper on the 7:09 flip is also ludicrously repetitive and equally big in America. Terrific value!
EUGENE RECORD: ‘Magnetism’ (Warner Bros. LV 24)
Brought back to Britain by yours truly only to find that WEA hadn’t even heard of it, this dynamite exciting 7:03 12in explodes with some shattering synthesizer blasts before becoming, surprisingly, a 125bpm soul leaper (I still think this vocal bit is too long) and then jumps into a great jazz-funk instrumental section that really piles on the heat! Check too the marathon 11:45 B-side medley of ‘I Don’t Mind/Take Everything’ for a laidback 108-106bpm reminder of his Chi-Lites days.
ERUPTION: ‘One Way Ticket’ (Atlantic K 11266-T) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
Rather strangely this forcefully pounding unsubtle 124bpm pop chugger, on limited 3:34 12in, started life in 1959 as B-side to Neil Sedaka’s ‘Oh Carol’ and is structured lyrically around several late ‘50s song titles like ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Lonesome Town’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ – see how many more you can spot! It remains extremely catchy. Continue reading “April 14, 1979: Gino Soccio, Eugene Record, Eruption, Carrie Lucas, Sister Sledge”