Fred Dove has suspended WEA’s mailing list and will concentrate on testing product around the clubs – where will the axe fall next? . . . Eddy Grant’s Ice label has signed with Virgin for distribution and not WEA as previously announced, his ‘Walking On Sunshine’ 12in being rush released and The Mexicano’s ‘Move Up Starsky’ blue vinyl 12in remix due soon . . . Chris Brown, currently sunning on the Riviera until the 24th, has mixed a four-track segued 12in jazz-funk EP for A&M, while similarly Steve Walsh has done one for Arista (the latter using old Breakwater and Mandrill material) . . . Kleeer and Herbie Mann each have a three-track 12in due next week, Miroslav Vitous ‘New York City’ finally being out next week, as is Alma Faye ‘Don’t Fall In Love’ . . . Gap Band ‘Baby Baba Boogie’ 12in has been postponed . . . Crusaders remix and David Bendeth import 12in are proving hard to find for many . . . Archie Bell ‘Strategy’, though less of a singalong, is being tipped by some as the next McFadden & Whitehead-type anthem, while the “wha-ohh-wah-ahh” chant from Isley Brothers ‘Shout’ oldie is already huge for Chris Hill and could just chart RCA’s imminent 12in version . . . Stan Barrett hosted a lavish party this last Sunday at his Canvey Island Goldmine to celebrate the notorious disco’s 7th birthday, attended by London’s “funk mafia” plus other select Thames Estuary jocks (and their ladies), Chris Hill then building the fancy-dressed punters up to the most amazing silly session party finale I’ve ever witnessed! Englishmen now abed will think themselves accursed they were not there, especially as Timmy Gover dolled up in white suit and complete rubber John Travolta head mask to fool the gawpers outside . . . August Bank Holiday starts on Sunday 26th at Brighton Papillon with Mick & Paul Clark’s funky beach party prior to the following day’s Great Brighton Beach Party with Chris Hill and the old Purley dodderers joining the same crew at the Top Rank: meanwhile, other Monday all-dayers include new boys Al “Purple Heart” Matthews, Steve Walsh and more at Purley Tiffanys; Colin Curtis, Mark Joenz, John Grant, Phil Kelly & Eric Hearn at Liverpool’s Romeo & Juliets; Robbie Stewart, Dave Middleton, Tony Charles & more at Bletchley Peaches; and indeed just about every pub with a back room seems to be getting in on the act . . . EMI disco plugger Pete Dyos is quitting on September 3rd to open a Brentwood-based studio, agency and freelance promotion service (0277-225110), applicants for his EMI job being invited to contact Jeff Atherton at Manchester Square . . . Phil Mitchell, compiling an all-time “Humberside Soul Poll” for local radio, wants the area’s funk fans to send in their fave soul Top Tens to him, c/o Paul Hunsley, Electric Wireless Show, Radio Humberside, 9 Chapel Street, Hull . . . Bob Jones soon starts a jazz-funk Tuesday at Southend’s Zero 6, where live jazz-fusion groups will also appear – and any groups interested in a gig should contact Colin at Record Man of Rayleigh (Rayleigh 779722) . . . Havering DJ Association have another Disco 79 dance at Barking’s Volunteer next Friday (24), the £1.50 tickets from HDJA Secretary (who potential DJ members should contact too), Brian Mead, at 18 Cowley Road, Romford . . . BBC local radio cutbacks, mainly achieved by an evening relay of Radio 2, must put many soul shows in danger – already Medway’s Tony “Shades” Valence has had his orders . . . TCOJ’s animated lead singer breaks bricks with his voice – beware! . . . EMI LRD are reportedly flirting with a major US soul label from a certain city of brotherly love . . . Groove Records in Soho’s Greek Street now stock a well up-front selection of hot import cassettes, worth checking . . . Nicki Peck (Chatham Scamps) writes a really rather good “Disco Pecking” section every Friday in the Medway area’s Evening Post . . . “Elvis – The Movie” is surprisingly excellent but because of its authenticity and quality is also frustrating to watch when you realise that another hour of it got edited out between US TV screening and UK cinema – what do we miss?! . . . James “Fish” Heron, who used to send charts regularly, is now Clyde Coast DJ Assn secretary as his predecessor resigned the post due to apathy . . . Martin Starr & Dennis Richards of Bristol’s Just 4U funk club have issued a challenge to meet Camberley Frenchies at any midway venue from September onwards – to do what, one wonders?
Next week there’ll be more New York report, but right now let’s get rid of some reviews . . . and there are so many goodies about!
CRUSADERS: ‘Street Life’ (MCA MCAT 513) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
Terrific 12in remix, minus slow start and speeded up 3bpm so it’s now an ever-accelerating 108-116bpm. Try mixing into Joe Sample’s old ‘There Are Many Stops Along The Way’!
FLB: ‘Lookin’ For Love Tonight’ (Fantasy 12FTC 179) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
GQ-style superb solid 123bpm 12in chugger, out here (as was Slick) ahead of the USA.
AL HUDSON & THE PARTNERS: ‘You Can Do It’ (MCA MCAT 511) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Powerfully strutting 116bpm 12in chugger with usefully abrupt chop intro. Continue reading “August 18, 1979: Crusaders, FLB, Al Hudson & The Partners, Frantique, Johnny Mathis”