April 24, 1982: Linda Taylor, Electrik Funk, Patrice Rushen, The Temptations, Mike Anthony

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

STEVE JEROME has been snapped up by RCA who rush his sensational ‘I’m Into Your Love‘ in a fortnight — busted wide open for us at Gullivers on exclusive acetate, it’s already hotter than Patrick Boothe and sounds like a summer smash! . . . Virgin’s Mick Clark is circulating a white label promo, not due for a month, of Loose End ‘In The Sky‘, a Chris & Eddie (Real Thing) Amoo-produced pleasant chick-cooed burbling 57-114-113bpm 12in jazzy shuffler featuring Jam trumpeter Steve Nichol amongst others, all very well made with a nagging grow-on-you title line hook and instrumental version on 2-track flip but unlikely to break overground into the Shakatak audience . . . I.C.Q. the Ivan Chandler Quintet (all six of ’em!) — hit the bottom of the chart with a jazz white label that’s been boosted by Chris Brown and Holborn’s City Sounds shop . . . Stevie Wonder, sleeve artwork resolved, now at the last minute has changed the running order to delay his hits album even further . . . Motown, it’s whispered, didn’t know the Temptations LP was out until they heard it on Robbie Vincent’s show . . . Roni Griffith ‘Breaking Up’ has been scheduled by PRT . . . Patrick Boothe’s actual pressing — on master tape at 112½bpm and acetate at 113bpm — turns out to be 112bpm, with the instrumental flip 111bpm . . . East Midlands DJ Assn’s Disco & Lighting Exhibition 1982 is this Sunday (25) from noon to 7pm at Nottingham’s Sherwood Rooms in Greyfriar Street (£1 admission) with lots of participants . . . Capital Radio’s John Sachs provisionally opens a club at 3 Green Street in Mayfair this Friday, aimed at music biz and other “sensible” people, but still hasn’t come up with a name for it — your successful suggestion will win two free memberships and a champagne evening on the official big opening night in three weeks, so send ideas to John at Capital, PO Box 194, London NW1 3DR . . . Tom Holland starts a new residency next Wednesday (28) at White’s in Chatham — Tom was with a fully clothed Del Rae when he looked in at Gullivers last Saturday, when we also greeted Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Oscars), Alton Edwards, Steve Jerome and a Finesse PA . . . Tony Monson jocks weekly from next Wednesday (28) when the Brighton Soul Society re-emerges at the Savannah in Brighton’s Queens Hotel, free admission for the first fortnight, an older crowd of jazz-funk/soul fans being aimed for . . . Ashford & Simpson make their London debut at the Dominion on May 7th/8th . . . Bev Sage of the Techno Twins is belatedly revealed as Modern Romance’s rapping “Queen” (maybe you knew already?) . . . Tricky Dicky (London’s Dicks Inn venues) reckons a weekly gay chart wouldn’t change enough as the gay “clones” still require a steady diet of Imortals, Ferrara, Phyllis Nelson, Patrick Cowley, although a new younger camp are emerging who like up to date electronic pop: Dicky also criticizes record companies for releasing the big gay hits far too late here for the gay buyers, even though the likes of Lime and Imortals will sell steadily for longer than most disco soul hits . . . Edgbaston’s Faces French purposefully mis-spelt Club Jardine to counteract local pronunciation, “Jar-deen” sounding more mellifluous than the linguistically correct “Jardan” or Jardin without an “e”! . . . Phil Lang, formerly head of promotion at Chrysalis, has bought Derby’s Blue Note club, where DJ Phil Howell handles funk/reggae Fridays, electro/funk Saturdays, with live groups tending to be on Thursdays . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillans) will probably be surprised to hear his PSLP 307 promo is by Sponooch . . . Gary Williamson (Elland 0422 76063) is after a good condition copy of the LP Moulin Rouge ‘Moulin Rouge’ (ABC AA 1120) . . . Kev James, whose various London residencies like Golders Green Great Expectations are much frequented by foreigners, tips off that vital Eurodisco hits for the summer invasion include Massarra ‘Mama Oh Mama’ (in Italian), Candido ‘Jingo’, Soft Cell ‘Tainted Love’, anything by German superstar Peter Moffey, Ottowan ‘Hands Up’ / ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ (in French), Lime ‘Your Love’, Carol Jiani ‘Hit ‘N’ Run Lover’, Giorgio Moroder ‘Chase’, Kim Larsen ‘Up E Det Blu’ (and any other dance tracks on Danish CBS), Umberto Tozzi ‘Gloria’ (in Italian) . . . Bananarama, despite a looser structure, surprisingly at 135bpm is only 1bpm slower than the Velvelettes original ‘He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ . . . Derek Pierce (Bath Moles) plays Billy Fields ‘Bad Habits’ LP (CBS) — the guy’s got taste! . . . David ‘Weary’ Yeats (anything for a weekly namecheck?) advises would-be mailing list applicants that they’ll do better if they can spell when they write in — not that a high degree of literacy makes a good DJ, but it does help when it comes to reaction reports . . . Larry Foster (01-519 7280 after 2pm) needs a DJ to double for him at various East London residencies when he’s elsewhere at mobile gigs . . . Nick Ratcliffe, busy as previously detailed around Berks/Surrey venues, now needs a new Thursday night residency — offers on 03447 2535 (days) . . . Martin Platts (where is it you do work in Burnley?) raised £1500 on his charity run uphill, but collapsed and ended up in hospital with exhaustion after yet another marathon . . . King Enri (Catford Saxon Tavern) says Savanna do a great PA with acappella Maze-style singing when their record stops . . . Linda Taylor has an excellent video, marred slightly by some clumsy freeze-frame bits that don’t help the flow . . . Norma Lewis’s chart appearance was inevitable, considering her TMT label’s initials stand for Titchener – McAleer – Titchener . . . Froggy would a wooing go? . . . Clumber Horse Trials on Easter Saturday included a horse called ‘Discotheque’, with the un-nerving announcement coming over the loudspeakers after its cross-country trial that “Discotheque has finished”! . . . Dave Godin reminisced later that night on Richard Searling’s Hallam soul show about such ’60s soulsters as Kenny Carter (a New York mate of mine in ’64, when we nicknamed him “KC” Duvall, who I last saw in ’76 unchanged but going grey) and Bessie Banks (whose ‘Go Now’ I sent to the Moody Blues) — memories, Dave! . . . I see some other Northerners (one in particular) can hardly stand upright for the weight of the chips on their shoulders, sadly it still seems — if ever we have the civil war they evidently want, their ludicrous inferiority complex must make them the losers from the start . . . Ralph Tee, comic strip star? — he appeared in the April 10 edition of ‘Eagle’ in a photo story called Trash! . . . GROOVE ON!


NORMAN GISCOMBE JR. now better known as just Junior, has to be the most successful black British singer ever to hit in America with his self-penned ‘Mama Used To Say’, not only poised at the peak of the US soul chart but fast climbing the pop chart there too. The South Londoner’s record had disco action here last year but had faded by the time this current Tee Scott remix came out in the States in November, since when it has been the USA’s top selling 12in. Junior’s overdue UK success finally looks assured now too, with radio rapidly picking up on his record as well as disco DJ’s realizing its potential.


UK NEWIES

LINDA TAYLOR: ‘You And Me Just Started’ (Groove Production GP 3112).
Chris Palmer-produced excellent chunkily bumping 114bpm 12in staccato lurcher full of great little twiddly bits and a strong ‘Good Times’ influence — in fact with quartz locked decks you can craftily mix Chic in the break near the end — flipped by a freaky flutter echo started totally different sounding 113bpm ‘Club Mix‘ which synchs well between Patrick Boothe’s instrumental and Patrice Rushen. Vocally, Linda sounds like a star.

ELECTRIK FUNK: ‘On A Journey (I Sing The Funk Electric)’ (Epic EPC 13A-2299).
The dummies at CBS have done it again — as with ‘You’re The One For Me’ (with which it synchs like a bitch!) the ultra hot instrumental side of this dynamite electronically bubbling 121bpm 12in skipper is the only side that signifies (in fact NOBODY is on the white boy sung 0-121-122bpm vocal side), yet guess which is still the A-side here?! Don’t they want radio play up to the news, at the very least?

PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Number One’ (LP ‘Straight From The Heart’ Elektra K 52352).
Strong if rhythmically samey set selling like hot cakes, the biggest track by far being this electronically “taking off” powerful steady 114bpm instrumental smacker in ‘Forget Me Nots’ style with her jazzy piano tinkling through brass, beat and humming. Continue reading “April 24, 1982: Linda Taylor, Electrik Funk, Patrice Rushen, The Temptations, Mike Anthony”

April 17, 1982: Patrick Boothe, Alton Edwards, The Members, Brass Construction, Touchdown

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

MAZE’S MEMENTO of their London triumph will be a Hammersmith-recorded coupling of ‘Before I Let Go‘ (the one with Frankie’s rhythmic grunting) and ‘Golden Time Of Day’ on UK 12in as soon as ‘Joy And Pain’ has run its course — however, I’ve been insisting that we MUST be given the Hammersmith ‘Joy And Pain’ too in some form, so stay tuned! . . . Morgan Khan has indeed picked up The Band AKA ‘Grace’ for Streetwave 12in . . . Morgan, who categorically denies he walks out of clubs as soon as the DJ plays Imagination, reckons the original ‘(I Just Wanna) Dance All Night With You’ title sounded too much like something else to use in full for Patrick Boothe’s debut! . . . David ‘Rowdy’ Yeats quits RCA for WEA (“Weary” — geddit?) at the end of the month, to be Special Product Manager in a capacity that’s totally removed from Fred Dove’s promotion gig, amidst much rejoicing from Solar quarters . . . US product due to hit these shores imminently if not sooner must include albums from Rose Royce, Change, Bootsy Collins, Dramatics, A Taste Of Honey, while Herbie Hancock ‘Lite Me Up’ should be on UK white label 12in this week, along with Ashford & Simpson’s ‘Street Corner’ 12in bow on Capitol . . . Electrik Funk is due here in a fortnight . . . Island will be swelling their African catalogue with the signing of ‘King’ Sunny Ade, Nigeria’s juju music ruler . . . Tony Jenkins suspects he really must be making it in a big way now he isn’t mentioned by The Noze — Tony’s Ambience set-up embraces the virtual takeover of a smart Piccadilly club, a group of the same name and the autumn launch of a fashion line . . . Chris Ellis, key designer of these fashions (under the name ‘Christopher Anthony’) departs soon to seek inspiration and stock for six months through the hot spots of North Africa, Sri Lanka, Tristan Da Cunha, Java, and Japan — it beats the dole!) . . . I must say, one does not expect to be dripped upon from the glass roof when taking tea at The Ritz! . . . Jeff Young and Chris Brown found a new restaurant in Great Yarmouth and say, whatever happens, I mustn’t miss the next Caister! . . . Fatman Graham Canter has invented a delicious cocktail at Soho’s Le Beat Route — vodka, Tia Maria and pineapple juice (although he sometimes uses brandy as spirit) — while Derek Ryder reports from South Harrow Bogarts Tuesday electro night that one of their cocktails is an African Queen — Bacardi, Tia Maria, Creme de Bananas and orange juice (Schlurp! Schlurp!) . . . Rush Release are rubbing in their change of address by sending out over-printed cork beermats, but I hear the printing is rubbing off already! . . . West Yorkshire Assn of DJs meet next Sunday (25) at noon in Keighley’s Victoria Hotel (details from Gary Williamson on 0422-76063 or Steve Lockwood on 0484-607667): page 3 of the Assn’s ‘Insight’ mag is a bit startling — “get down on it”, indeed! — but amongst other info is sensible advice about getting on mailing lists . . . Paul Barron doesn’t only play ‘Nightclubbing’ music at Rotherham Tiffany’s, he even runs a ‘Grab A Granny’ night, but he is now doing a Nightclubbing chart night on Mondays after 10.30pm — at other times he’s playing Shakatak, Savanna, Search and even Iris Williams (on 7in or 12in?) . . . Watford’s New Penny club now needs a DJ for Thursday nights — call Mr Harris Thurs-Sunday after 8pm on Watford 22003 . . . Paul Major (Great Yarmouth Brunswick) recommends Norwich’s Andy’s Records in Lower Goat Lane near the Market Place for jazz-funk and imports . . . Aberdeen’s North Sound radio is due to start a new 9-10pm Sunday soul/jazz show hosted by Steve Agisaid . . . Chris ‘Frenchie’ Tittley (Blackpool) finds the old 113-116bpm Bruni Pagan ‘Fantasy‘ (US Elektra 12in) fits nicely with much current stuff . . . Junior at number 2 last week looks set to top the US Soul chart as Stevie Wonder can’t last there much longer with ‘That Girl’ (amazingly now his all-time biggest US hit) . . . Linda Clifford has replaced Chas Jankel finally as top of the US Disco chart, although when it comes to “our” sort of disco the UK chart is way ahead of the US, where as of last week still climbing there were Sharon Brown at 6, War at 7, Goldie Alexander at 33, Kleeer at 39, Lamont Dozier at 46, Maxine Singleton at 51, Smokey Robinson at 59, Patrice Rushen at 60, Electrik Funk at 68, Fat Larry at 69, Brass Construction at 70 — although by the same token, the Yanks include a lot of gay material and white boys / rock which arguably is ahead of us (most of the white boys being British) . . . New York was hit by blizzards last week, just after Capital Radio producer Mike Childs got there for a holiday (tee hee!) . . . Rick James’s bludgeoning “whoa whoa” approach may be necessary in huge stadiums but looks overblown and self indulgent in close up on TV . . . Bryan O’Connor (London Xclusiv) has a handshake that breaks bones . . . P-Funk All Stars chart performance over the last month (68 — 36 — 50 — 81) bears out perfectly my recent comments about mailing list DJs . . . Spandau’s ‘Chant No.1’ remix is way ahead of ‘Instinction’ so far amongst dancers . . . I wonder how a record that only arrived the same day can be a “floor filler” on radio before it’s even had a club play . . . I’ve been hearing disturbing stories about the ways in which certain DJs and clubs find it necessary to have their egos and reputations artificially boosted . . . Steve Wiggins (Barry Freddie’s Bar) missed it and so did I, but evidently the last ‘OTT’ ended with the camera following Chris Tarrant while behind him getting progressively more distant the buxom lady finally let ’em flop — but by the time they were out you could hardly see ’em (though the story is, they were BIG, baby BIG!) KEEP ‘EM COMING!


UK NEWIES

PATRICK BOOTHE: ‘Dance All Night’ (Streetwave STR A13-2213).
Only on very limited white label until next week’s full release, this excellent Richard Jones-produced Phoenix Horns-backed George Benson-ish even tempoed 113bpm 12in spurting smacker is well up to the very classiest of American standards — amazingly so for a British recording — yet nevertheless naggingly disappoints me still by not being mindblowingly different in other respects. With an instrumental flip, it’ll obviously be very big here indeed.

ALTON EDWARDS: ‘Strange Woman’ (CBS A13-2275).
Less immediately grabbing than ‘I Just Wanna’ but surreptitiously catchy enough to sneak right upside your head after a few plays, this bass bubbled bumpily weaving 109bpm slinky swayer still has elements of his previous sound in its slower beat and is on 3-track 12in with an instrumental continuation and the dead slow starting schmaltzy cabaret-type ‘What Love.’

THE MEMBERS: ‘Radio’ (Genetic 12WIP 6773).
Exhilaratingly exciting 138bpm fusion of Edwin Starr-Style ’60s soul and Spandau Balletics, overshadowed by a truly blinding more electronic longer dub version on 3-track 12in with the angrily spitting 125bpm ‘(If You) Can’t Stand Up‘. White boys’ funk at its very best, this is the biggest blast I’ve had since Soft Cell’s ‘Memorabilia’! Continue reading “April 17, 1982: Patrick Boothe, Alton Edwards, The Members, Brass Construction, Touchdown”

April 10, 1982: Sharon Brown, Patrice Rushen, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, “D” Train, Fat Larry’s Band

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

PETER POWELL starts BBC Radio One’s retitled ‘Steppin’ Out’ summer soul show with a special edition on Easter Monday, after which it will comprise the last 6-7pm hour of his regular weekday show every Monday and feature a 3-way guest rota that includes Froggy and Pete Tong . . . Martin Collins now hosts the whole Sunday 3 – 6pm soul show on Chiltern Radio (362MW/97.5FM) . . . “Murray The K” Kaufman, the New York radio DJ who back in 1964 on WABC was dubbed “The 5th Beatle”, sadly has gone to watch those submarine races in the sky — It was at one of his Brooklyn Fox stage shows that I met Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Ronettes, Searchers, Millie Small, Jimmy Cliff (and that was less than half the bill!) . . . Hungarian jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo has also died, in Budapest, aged 45 of liver and kidney troubles . . . Tom Browne’s “Top 6” must have shaken up a few of Mike Allen’s Capital Radio housewife listeners, climaxing as it did with George Duke’s ‘Festival‘! . . . Tom Browne and Junior Giscombe each pretended to be ordinary punters doing impersonations of themselves at Caister’s alternative appalling talent contest . . . Linx’s Sketch says that out of all the current Brit-funkers, Junior stands out as a real future star (which I don’t doubt, but Sketch also thinks that Maze aren’t soulful!) . . . UK copies of Junior ‘Mama Used To Say’ are just like the US 12in, a 33 1/3rpm 3-tracker featuring Tee Scott’s ‘American Remix’ plus an ‘American Instrumental Mix’ and ‘British Party Mix’ (all at 110bpm) . . . Roy Carter is bubbling about his forthcoming new singles for Second Image and Central Line . . . Richard James Burgess is the drummer on the current D’Llegance import 12in, the tracks of which were laid down over two years ago but never issued then . . . Steve Jerome’s self-financed last recent effort may have been a no-no, but the two new tracks he’s now got in the can would even make Morgan Khan green with envy — talk about hot! . . . Morgan meanwhile is dropping “Gracious” hints . . . Is Rowdy getting “Weary”? . . . Orin Cozier is happily plugging independently, and has lots of work . . . Motown picked up UK rights to Bobby Womack’s ‘The Poet’ LP, for rush-release here in June (rush-release?!) . . . Rush Release and Island combined for a promo-only compilation LP featuring current stuff by Gwen Guthrie, The Cage, Was (Not Was), Pablo, The Members, plus an unreleased newie from Kid Creole, ‘Wonderful Thing’, a subduedly sassy steady slow 102-103bpm ticker . . . WEA’s Fred Dove has sent out white labels of The Dukes ‘Nite Music‘ an attempt to get funky (the looser 115(intro)-117-119bpm ‘Part 2’ is best) which white boys may like . . . Lothian & Fife DJ Assn (hon. President: Radio Forth’s Jay Crawford) have slashed their annual subscription by half to only £7.50, which gets you an LFDJA T-shirt, car stickers, membership card and six issues of their bi-monthly ‘Sound Pad’ mag (they’re working on the usual insurance-type benefits too) — apply to secretary Ian Gavin, 5 Howdenhall Loan, Edinburgh EH16 6UY (031 664 6533) . . . Tony St Michael has formed a funk club called Funk Connection (South) and does a gig next Saturday (17) in Blackpool — but where? — for which £1 tickets are available with an SAE from (his real name: M. A. Bird, 22 Tollington Park, Finsbury Park, London N4 — It’s not a lot to go on, is it? . . . ‘Instalead’, the lamp bulb paint mentioned last week, comes from good glass shops (which may be good class shops too!) . . . psst, who’s the Rotherham DJ who, when asked for “D” Train, played the vocal side of a 7in copy? (snigger, snigger) . . . Bananarama were on the floor in force at my Soho Le Beat Route ’60s soul night last Tuesday, but didn’t look too happy when I played the Velvelettes ‘He Was Really Saying Something’! . . . Haircut One Hundred’s sex symbol Nick Heyward, tucking into a steak at Capital Radio’s canteen last Friday, said that, no, it wasn’t him that used to go to Caister, but a couple of other guys in the group probably did . . . US TV has a spin-off series now based on the movie ‘Fame’ . . . Mel Brooks ‘It’s Good To Be The King‘ (and Sylvia’s answer version) is huge on New York urban contemporary radio, and TC Curtis ‘Body Shake‘ is getting played there too . . . how come some people keep raving about Xavier ‘Sucker‘ and P-Funk All Stars ‘Pump‘ as great funk dance records when in my experience they’re both instant death to the floor at Gullivers (which, let’s face it, is full of funky black Americans and Africans)? . . . I imagine Monsoon ‘Ever So Lonely‘ must mix beautifully with Altered Images ‘Happy Birthday’ . . . The Reddings have recorded Daddy/Uncle Otis’s ‘(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay‘ for US 7in release . . . Stevie Wonder’s long overdue album, virtually all of it old material but delayed because Stevie evidently doesn’t like the cover art (talk about ‘Inner Vision’!), has got record dealers running scared now, as they’d ordered it in large quantities for pre-Christmas sale and now expect it to stay sitting on their shelves . . . US Disco and Soul charts should soon be reappearing in RM, and — if we get a whole page for all those type of charts — we’ll consider compiling a UK gay disco chart provided enough jocks consistently return to us . . . Teddy Pendergrass is rumoured to have had an odd choice in travelling companion . . . Paul Major (Gt Yarmouth Brunswick Regency Suite) declares, “Bumpkins do it standing in the hay”! . . . Sandy Martin (Swindon Brunel Rooms) says he calls his sideburns “side-pins”, because (he adds) “If the ladies get too close, well, they get “pricked!” . . . Jim Kershaw (Sheffield) reports the local Svenson clinic now do a very handsome Rasta locks weave . . . Nick Ratcliffe (Winkfield) reckons, “If you can’t comb ’em, weave ’em!” . . . hang on, there goes the ‘phone . . . John Malkin (Rotherham), silver tongued flatterer, says “Odds ‘N’ Bods make it worth getting up on Thursday” . . . RISE AND SHINE!


UK NEWIES

SHARON BROWN: ‘I Specialise In Love’ (Virgin VS 494-12).
Now packaged in full colour pictorial sleeve to show off Sharon’s striking grey-eyed looks, this sinuously tugging subtle unhurried multi-textured side to side kicking 114bpm 12in simple catchy chorus smacker (instrumental flip) actually did the near impossible these days and rocketed to number one while still on import. It synchs sensationally out of Vicky “D”’s break, and at any other time would have been a cert for pop crossover in the tradition of ’79.

PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Forget Me Nots’ (Elektra K 13173T).
Sharon had better enjoy her time at the top while she can, ‘cos this sensational lightweight seeming but steely purposeful 114bpm whomping strutter will be there before too long, with Patrice coolly squeaking over a steady rhythm drive (Atlantic Starr and McCrarys synch superbly out of it) on 3-track 12in flipped by her older ‘Haven’t You Heard’ and ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.

RICHARD ‘DIMPLES’ FIELDS: ‘If It Ain’t One Thing . . . It’s Another’ (LP ‘Mr Look So Good’ Epic EPC 85693).
This languidly jogging bittersweet lush long 98bpm smoocher with conversational talking is evidently proving an inspiration to listeners in the States. The yearning 30/61bpm ‘Taking Applications‘ (he’s lookin’ for a fox!) continues his ‘Papers’ line of chat with a sexy lady joining in. The title track‘s a jaunty 121-123bpm pulsator, while the boffo boss is his gorgeous re-recording of the Moonglows classic 67/34-68bpm ‘Sincerely‘ doo-wop ballad. Continue reading “April 10, 1982: Sharon Brown, Patrice Rushen, Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields, “D” Train, Fat Larry’s Band”

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

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

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!


UK NEWIES

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

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

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.


UK NEWIES

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

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

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.


UK NEWIES

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

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’.


UK NEWIES

No UK Reviews this week.


IMPORTS

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