ODDS ‘N’ BODS
JUDGE McHALE recently ruled at Snaresbrook Crown Court that promotional records marked “Not For Sale — Property Of (record company name)” can nevertheless still be sold by their recipients, which should make a lot of DJs happy (if not richer!) — however, the good judge’s finding does neglect one of the reasons why such records are marked thus, mainly because no royalties are paid on them, so doubtless an appeal will be lodged by the music biz . . . Central Line’s ‘Nature Boy’ vocal has been re-recorded and instrumental remixed for the future UK 12in, which’ll be a 3-tracker with the current US version on it too . . . Rockers Revenge ‘The Harder They Come’ UK 12in A-side will be a longer 11:25 remix different to the US version, and due promotionally before Christmas but not for sale until mid-January . . . Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’ is now due on UK 12in for the first time too, like Nairobi’s version on London as well, flipped by ‘Big Blow’ . . . ‘Turn On Some Music’ is Marvin’s follow-up . . . White Label is a now promotion company servicing disco/radio DJs and, especially, specialist disco shops, their first effort being the Michelle Wallace/Brenda Watts 12in, but they’re not after more DJs as their books are full — instead they’re after product to promote, at 27 Pembridge Crescent, London W11 (temporary number 01-229 0248) . . . ‘E.T. Boogie’ import supplies have now evidently dried up for good, so if you still haven’t got it you’d better look sharp! . . . UK radio’s emphasis on the music from ‘E.T.’ seems surprising as the only bit you actually notice during the film is ‘Papa Oom Mow Mow!’ . . . David Rodigan meets superfly at Bristol’s Spencers Night Club in Colston Street next Thursday (23), jocking and judging an interesting sounding Rapping DJ/MC contest . . . West Surrey & Hants DJ Association have a Christmas binge on Wednesday (22) at Guildford’s Stoke Hotel, £3 tickets include a chicken supper (details 0483 67720) . . . Alex Lowes and Richard ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse (‘The North East Funk Fusion’) jazz-funk Durham City Rugby Club on Wednesday (22), £1 tickets from the jocks gigs or Gateshead 775976 (coaches welcome), plus there’ll be a similar but bigger do on Thursday 30th December in Chester-Le-Street ‘s Red Lion Ballroom . . . Hospital Radio Rush Green in East London are adding to their fund raising schemes with a sponsored continuous 48 hour broadcast (poor patients!) from this Friday evening (17), Capital’s Peter Young doing a guest DJ stint on Sunday afternoon, companies or individuals interested in sponsoring the hospital radio service being invited to apply to Radio Rush Green, c/o Porter’s Lodge, Rush Green Hospital, Romford, Essex . . . Tony Jenkins says a paranoid “bah!” to Chevaliers, as at Epping Forest Country Club he packs the place Thurs/Fri/Saturday playing solid upfront jazz-soul, and Froggy still does Mondays, making four nights of the music in a club outside London . . . Dartford Flicks owner Mike Keam interrupted Colin Hudd’s wedding reception to introduce the surprise reappearance of one-time Hudd protege, that dancin’ fool, the appalling Ian Moore — a little secret Colin had kept from his new in-laws! . . . Robbie Vincent actually wore a ‘Sexual Healing’ sweat shirt — what, only one?! . . . George Clinton hit London’s soul airwaves on Saturday, Robbie V’s more serious and well worked out approach being a far better foil to the Parliafunkadelicment thang’s leader than was Greg Edwards overly similar buffoonery . . . I’d kept my car radio tuned to Radio London after Robbie’s show but missed the following DJ’s name, however the ‘Breakthrough’ show on Saturday afternoons plays really exciting white-orientated dance music, with great authority . . . Hospital Radio Whittington soul DJ Richard Felstead, who used to partner Owen Washington at Le Beat Route and would fancy further gigs on 01-340 7870 (evenings), recommends ‘Where There Is Love‘ from the Whispers 1974 ‘Getting Louder’ Janus LP — meanwhile the Whispers annual Christmas LP release schedule pattern will presumably put a new import in the shops next week . . . Chris Ellis, ex-Staines Fusion Few, returned from careering (or should it be couriering?) around the Mediterranean with his name changed to Christopher Okada — but why was he snoring on the floor of Soul On Sound’s studio while I was assembling my latest preview mix last week? . . . Soul On Sound X features Bunny Wailer (airline stewardess intro)/Cold Crew/Brooklyn Express/Kleeer ‘Stonseee’/Slave ‘I’ll Be Gone’/Michael Jackson ‘Baby Be Mine’/Van Stratosphere/Indeep/Feel/Cashmere/Aurra/Lace/Maurlce Starr/Ex Tras/Vaughan Mason/Prince Charles/Eloise Laws ‘I’ve Got The Rhythm’/’More Room At The Top’/Trademark/ADC Band/Joe Freeman/Antoniou/Bo Boss/Gypsy Lane/RJ’s Latest Arrival/Mike McCray — and it flows nicely . . . Phonogram puts on a promotion night properly, unlike some companies, as witnessed by all the giveaway goodies last Friday for Kool & The Gang at Mayfair Gullivers . . . Epic, rather than cramming Heatwave’s “Hottest Hits” onto a ‘Power Cuts’ LP (EPC 25199), would surely have got greater mileage out of the group’s back catalogue by putting out extended remixes of even only half the number? . . . Morgan Khan’s ‘Street Sounds’ LP is on the new Streetsounds label (via PRT), not Streetwave (via CBS), yet the rest of the media seem oblivious to the fact . . . Dizzy Heights, whose flabbily produced 107bpm ‘Christmas Rapping‘ (Polydor WRAPX 1) has obviously been helped into the Nightclub chart by his energetic PAs, is not in fact Chris Hill — wrong shade of brown! . . . Michael’s ‘Thriller’ is a killer out of ‘Beat The Street’! . . . Indeep’s tyres screeched on the radio just as I braked last weekend — I nearly had a heart attack! . . . LPs may be slowing down but what a week it’s been for terrific 12in imports — not all of them on Catawba, either, although sometimes it seemed like it! . . . Wednesday next week (22) is now the date we need your charts and gossip/info for the first January issue, please do what you can in this busy season . . . HEAVY HEAVY JINGLE BELLS!
ANTONIOU: ‘Street Sound’ (Elite DAZZ 17).
Incredibly good powerfully chugging largely instrumental ‘Beat The Street’ type 121bpm 12in remix of ‘Sound On Sound’, another new fiddle-introed 121-120-121bpm vocal version being the probably mislabelled flip (listen to check which is which). Not a pop hit, but pure disco perfection and Elite have a Spencer Jones ‘How High’ remix coming too!
EX TRAS: ‘Haven’t Been Funked Enough’ (ExcellenT TMTT 1, Via Greyhound now but soon on TMT).
Produced by King Sporty in New York and not in fact the ‘E.T. Boogie’ Extra T’s, this bass synth rumbled steadily ticking 0-111(start)-114-115-114-113bpm 12in chugger (two more versions on flip) drives along through extra terrestrial voices and sounds great out on the floor, less so on the radio.
NORTHEND: ‘Tee’s Happy’ (LP Various ‘Street Sounds’ Streetsounds STSND 001, via PRT).
If you’ve been reading this page you’ll know what the £2.99 LP’s other seven full length tracks are, this two years old Arthur Baker produced dynamite (slightly fluctuating) 115bpm jazz vibes, synth and guitar instrumental driver being what you call the big newie so far as first time UK release goes! Continue reading “December 18, 1982: Antoniou, Ex Tras, Northend, Leonard Chin, William DeVaughn”