This week’s Disco Top 90 was compiled from the biggest sample of DJ contributors’ charts yet, so it seems an appropriate moment to explain just what sort of action the relative positions indicate. The number one, Dan Hartman, has 128 chart return jocks on it, while by the time one gets down to number 50 there are 26 DJ’s on that. From this place on the number of jocks becomes more important than the number of “chart points” that each title collects, although the points dictate the order in which titles with a similar number of DJ’s appear in the chart, whereas it’s the opposite in the Top 50. Down around position 90 the titles usually have about 10 DJ’s, then on through the Bubbling Under section in the DJ Hotline the last few titles have 4 DJ’s while the Hot Vinyl import-only section carries on down to just 2 DJ’s. The Bubbling Under section omits established Pop Top 30 hits (which everyone knows about) and titles that have already enjoyed a long run in the Disco Top 90; however, this week, the DJ Hotline also mentions the titles that would normally have been left out, as DJ support for even these lower reaches has been such that the chart could easily be expanded into an authoritative Top 180! Considering that Bubbling Under and Hot Vinyl each usually contain 25 titles, you’re actually getting a Disco Top 140 every week, anyway. I hope it’s useful, as it’s killing me to compile it! OK?
Sally Ormsby has left her RCA disco promotion post to join Roger St Pierre Publicity and set up an independent disco promotion service called Sally O’s Funk Funktion: it will come as no surprise to find that the Olympic Runners are her first clients . . . Musique ‘In The Bush’ is now also on limited £1.29 12in (CBS 12-6791), with an 8:20 A-side version and remixed 7:36 flip – it’s been banned by several US radio stations, incidentally! . . . ELO ‘Sweet Talking Woman’ is on purple vinyl 12in, while Chanter Sisters is on imported German 12in promo and Rod Stewart is also on a 12in promo . . . Tasha Thomas will be on Atlantic 12in in January . . . Bob McGilpin ‘Superstar’ is due on Ember 12in, Barry White ‘Your Sweetness Is My Weakness’ / ‘Just The Way You Are’ is due on 20th Century white vinyl 12in, while EMI plan 12in promos next month for Macho and Gonzalez . . . Richard Ace, currently hot with ‘Stayin’ Alive’ on Blue Inc 12in (via WEA), could be bigger on import State Line 7in with his reggaefication of ‘You’re The One I Need (…That I Want)’! . . . Nigel Peterson has been replaced by Johnny Diamond as chairman of the Sussex Disco Assn but still handles membership applications at 92 Wick Street, Littlehampton, BN17 7JS . . . Rus Phillips, ever busy, now suggests that jocks might like to send him their nomination for Top Disco Record of the last five years so that he can compile a Top 100 Hall Of Fame, and as added inducement he’ll select three jocks at random who do and send ‘em a top LP and 12in of the moment: address entries to Rus at ‘Ere For Music, 626 Romford Road, Manor Park, London E12 5AD, before Nov 31 (closing date) . . . Peter J Reilly (Aldershot) suggests some old LP tracks suitable for the 45 rpm “speed-spin” thing: Caldera ‘Out Of The Blue’ (Capitol), Ramsey Lewis ‘Tobacco Road’ / ‘Oh Happy Day’ / ‘Them Changes’ (Chess) . . . David Emery funks Newcastle Scamps full time but is due for some gigs around Reading and Oxford late Nov/early Dec and wonders if there are any other dates going: he spins import jazz-funk, is quite cheap, and on 0632-813797 . . . Martin Starr/Malc Haynes/Larry Speed’s US Roadshow is doing so well funking Bristol Follies that they’re now there every Wed/Fri/Saturday . . . Colin Hudd, at Gravesend Wings every Tues/Friday and Canvey Goldmine every Thurs/Sunday, pleads for would-be Ian Moores not to keep coming down in the hope of his discovering them – one atrocious dancer is enough for him to manage! . . . Judge Dread has signed to EMI and issues a rude ‘Jingle Bells’ / ‘Hokey Cokey’ any day now . . be prepared! . . . Paul Anthony, recently featured with a reggae DJ Top Ten, has lost his Derby Cleopatra’s residency due to a music policy switch, so now needs an import-orientated new gig: offers to Paul at 178 Crewe Street, Derby, please.
VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Y.M.C.A.’ (Mercury 919944) (BNDA debut 10/21/78)
Possibly the next Dan Hartman, on 4:47 12in or 3:30 7in (6007192), the already huge happy pop stomper is a gloriously catchy hymn of encouragement for young men to stay at the YMCA . . . but it gets really funny when you know about the group being gay, and what goes on at some notorious YMCA’s! Will the Beeb ban it?
SHALAMAR: ‘Take That To The Bank’ (RCA FC 1379)
Lovely little bright and breezy jiggler, big on import for ages, with an irresistibly catchy combination of bass and title lines, now on 6:04 12in or 3:14 7in.
FUNKADELIC: ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ (Warner Bros. K 17246) (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
Monster freak tempo funky clapper, huge on US 11:26 12in promo but here cut in two for 7in with 4:49 A-side and possibly stronger 5:16 part two. Continue reading “November 18, 1978: “What sort of action the relative (chart) positions indicate””