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THE BEST FIVE REMIXES… INXS

INXS

5.NEVER TEAR US APART (VIDEO SOUNDTRACK) There was a multitude of different formats you could choose from in the UK when INXS put out the umpteenth single from their mega-selling album ‘Kick’ in 1987: 7”, 7” picture disc, 12”, 12” gatefold, 10”, CD single & CD video- all of them containing the regular three minute album version. The video soundtrack however contains an extended instrumental introduction to complement the scenery in and around Prague where the clip was shot. This introduction entirely enhances the track and could easily have been added as an ‘extended version’ to any of the formats. To date, it still hasn’t seen the light of day on any of the subsequent single releases or expanded reissues of ‘Kick’. Come to think of it, there has been a truly complete ‘Kick’ ‘deluxe’ edition that contains ALL the mixes and remixes from that era (the two Nile Rodgers mixes of ‘Calling All Nations’ are still there in the vaults, somewhere)

NEVER TEAR US APART

  1. BURN FOR YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)

Burn For You was never released as a single in the UK, but did receive a release in many other territories around the world, reaching number 3 on the Austrialian singles chart. Nick Launay, who worked on several INXS tracks in the mid ‘80s worked his magic on what was already a fine album track from ‘The Swing’, without ever deviating from the original.

BURN FOR YOU

  1. NEED YOU TONIGHT (MENDELSOHN MIX)

After the single bombed first time round in the UK, the re-issued single included a fine seven minute extended remix by Julian Mendelsohn. This mix has since been overshadowed by another subsequent remix by Ben Liebrand, which is also a great mix, turning the three minute track into a dance-floor classic. Mendelsohn’s mix, however, retains the moody, sultry groove and is undoubtedly the best mix of any INXs song from the ‘Kick’ era. Interestingly, UK chart rules at the time limited single formats to 20 minutes in length in order to qualify for chart returns, so the CD single format contained a truncated 5 minute version of the Mendelsohn mix in order to fit two bonus tracks onto the CD. There is also a further shortened Mendelsohn 7” edit that first appeared on UK 7” promos.

NEED YOU TONIGHT

  1. TO LOOK AT YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)

Remixed by Andrew and John Farriss themselves, one of the stand-out tracks from 1982s ‘Shabooh Shoobah’ was extended into an even finer moody, synth-laden beast. The extended version was one of four tracks on the North American ‘Dekadance’ EP alongside The One Thing and Black & White extended versions and a ‘new version’ of Here Comes II (which itself was a ‘new’ version of Here Comes).

TO LOOK AT YOU

  1. TASTE IT (YOUTH 12” MIX)

In an era when the ‘remix’ suddenly started to became all about some aspiring DJ turning a song into something that sounded nothing like the original (check out the dreadful ‘G-Force & Seijii remix’ of the Elegantly Wasted single. In my younger brothers’ words  ‘What’s that all about?’), Taste It was a breath of fresh air. Remixed by Youth (ex-Killing Joke, Brilliant), what was a fairly decent album track was transmogrified into a glorious thumping dance track that conversely never strays too far from the original mix. The UK 12” promo also contains a pretty decent dubby Youth ‘clubbed-twice’ mix that isn’t found elsewhere.

TASTE IT

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RELAX…it’s only a remix

It’s probably my age, but i’m still adding to my collection of vinyl. Just last weekend I picked up an almost complete collection of Altered Images 12 inch singles, all in great condition, and I was well chuffed.

I’m still adding to my Frankie Goes To Hollywood collection. There are just a handful of discs I need but I’m going to have to work hard to find them, I won’t get them at a car boot sale, and even then a couple are well outside my price range. More about that later, but what I will say now is that ZTT records certainly made things interesting for the record collector.

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7″ & 7″ picture disc

First there’s the 7” versions. There’s a few of them…the standard 7” and the picture disc 7” (did you know that if you have ‘relax’ on a compilation CD it won’t be the 7” mix, it’ll probably be the album version, which is slightly different). Then there’s the limited edition ‘last seven inches’ white label…both of them! One is a mis-pressing with ‘Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’ wrongly listed as the ‘B’ side and with A & B labels actually the wrong way round. The other is correctly pressed with ‘One September Monday’ on the reverse. Other ‘variations’ are available! I had to get a US copy of Relax with alternative chequerboard sleeve and slightly different mix to the standard UK 7” too…

American 7

American 7″ pressing

'The Last Seven Inches' x2

‘The Last Seven Inches’ x2

If you have a smashing 12” copy of the ‘sex mix’ then the chances are you don’t actually have the ‘sex mix’. I went through this is in ‘Is That The 12” Mix’. The original 16 minute sex mix was mastered at 33rpm and had the cat no ‘12 ZTAS 1’. However, upon criticism that it was too long, an edited 8 minute version was then put out…at 45rpm in the same ‘sex mix’ sleeve and with the cat. no ‘12 ZTAS 1’. This didn’t appease the critics so Trevor Horn put out a new 7 minute plus mix…again with the same sleeve and cat.no – this is actually known as the US Mix or New York Mix and is the one that sold in 90% of cases. You can tell which mix you have by looking at the matrix number in the run out grooves. 1A-4U (or 1A-5U) is the US Mix which is pretty standard. But 1A-1U is the original sex mix and A-2U / 12-IS-ZTAS-1 the 8.20 mix. All are pictured apart from the original 33rpm pressing as I still need that. There’s also a 12″ picture disc that contains the US Mix…

I hope you’re keeping up because it gets a little tricker. ZTT records then decided to confuse everybody by reissuing the 16 minute sex mix at 45rpm but with ‘original mix’ written in big letters on the inner label (there was no picture sleeve for this pressing)…and if you’ve got a German 12” and the label indicates it is the 8.20 mix then it could be the US/New York Mix (as mine does) instead as there are several pressings emanating from there too. One thing ALL the UK 12″ versions have in common is the instrumental mix of Relax (with an acapella start) on the B side along with Ferry ‘cross the Mersey.

Twelve Inches of Pleasure

Twelve Inches of Pleasure

A couple of years ago Salvo music reissued a new 12” of Relax featuring a new ‘sex mix edition 3’ – it has a purple lettering rather than the standard peachy colour. It is open to debate whether this is a ‘new’ mix or one that had remained in the ZTT archives waiting to be discovered for the best part of three decades.

There’s a cassette single too….containing the ‘greatest bits’. This is a type of megamix which incorporates the best of all the Relax mixes. This ,along with every other mix has appeared on one of the many recent CD releases that Salvo music have put out since acquiring the rights to the ZTT back catalogue.

'Cassingles'

‘Cassingles’

I might add that I always have a budget. I never spend more than £10 (including postage!) for a record, which is why the single sided ‘Warp mix’ of Relax is out of reach as it tends to go for upwards of £50. As it’s virtually the same as the ‘last seven inches’ version I won’t lose any sleep over that. There’s also a ‘Greek Disco Mix’, released only in Greece which is a cut and paste mix using bits of the 16 minute mix and 7” mix – this too goes for a fortune. The other I still need is the original sex mix pressing at 33rpm (mentioned above) ..not that rare a pressing but all of them advertised on discogs are actually the 45rpm version. Remember the key is that matrix number etched into the run-off grooves..in this case it has to be 1 A-1U.. I’ll have it if you have it for sale please.

ZTT decided not to confuse all of us who liked Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax 1984 follow-up TWO TRIBES. They didn’t need to replace any mixes in order to get the song noticed, simply because FGTH HAD been noticed by now – but they did issue their second consecutive number one in a large number of formats in the UK.

Two tribes 7

Two tribes 7″ & 7″ picture disc

There’s the standard 7” version, although amazingly that original mix (‘cowboys & indians’) is virtually unobtainable on CD. The 7” picture disc is a slightly different mix (‘we don’t want to die’) as is the American pressing (which I don’t actually have) which is the same as the album version (‘for the victims of ravishment’)

The 12” mixes are easily recognisable. The standard 12” with Lenin on the cover is the ‘annihilation mix’. The second, released a few weeks later, is the ‘carnage mix’. Both have an extra track, War , on the B side as well as an alternative version of Two Tribes (‘surrender’).. A third twelve inch version featured the ‘carnage’ mix on the B side with a remix of War (‘hidden’ mix) on the A side instead. War was not available on the 7” versions despite being classed as the double-A side in the UK.

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‘annihilation’ 12″

'carnage' 12

‘carnage’ 12″

A fourth UK 12” was the picture disc, which had the same tracks as the third release before a final fifth disc -featuring the ‘Hibakusha’ mix of Two tribes, with War back on the B side . There was no picture sleeve for this one and for many years was considered a ‘rare’ disc.

I do have a sixth 12” disc – a rare promo copy that features the ‘carnage mix’ on side A and the (correctly-titled) US mix of Relax on the reverse.

'War (hidden)' & picture disc 12

‘War (hidden)’ & picture disc 12″ singles

'hibakusha' & 'carnage promo' 12

‘hibakusha’ & ‘carnage promo’ 12″ singles

The cassette single of Two Tribes is similar in format to that of ‘Relax’, pasting together bits of various mixes of the track.

I will keep collecting Frankie Goes to Hollywood releases. Unfortunately there are others 80s acts i’ll also keep collecting. Needless to say, I have an understanding partner & younger brother who is just as insane…his blog is at http://thefreeeps.blogspot.co.uk/

A PILGRIMAGE TO BERWICK STREET, SOHO

When I were a lad, I was a bit of a fan of popular music. Of course I still am. The cheesier the better – i’m no music snob. I had a particular affinity with HI-NRG dance music, and in particular with anything released on Record Shack records, which was located at number 12 Berwick Street, London.  Pride of place in my vinyl collection was the double album ‘Record Shack Presents volume 1’, which contains classic tunes from the likes of Miquel Brown, Evelyn Thomas, Eartha Kitt and Break Machine (I really couldn’t break-dance though). Each side was sequed by Ian Levine, who produced the majority of the label’s releases. Imagine my delight when I discovered volume 2 and then volume 3..sheer bliss. I also owned a growing collection of 12″ singles from the label, many of which featured on those compilation albums.

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In the mid 1980s I wanted to visit the Record Shack store. I wanted to meet the owners, I wanted to meet Ian Levine, and I wanted to meet all the artists that they recorded. I just wanted to stand in there and browse the racks to see, in the flesh, many of those releases I  could only read about in the pages of Record Mirror magazine, and see going up and down the magazine’s HI-NRG chart. Bradford and Leeds had their fair share of record stores but they didn’t sell the more obscure releases – Record Shack sold every single HI-NRG record that was ever released (or so I imagined) so I had to go.

My girlfriends never really understood why I bought records such as ‘So Many Men, So Little Time’, and ‘I Love Men’. Nobody would give a damn on Berwick Street.

Alas, by the time I’d graduated to University in the midlands, and at last got the chance to visit the big smoke, the store was gone. Record Shack was gone. I was a year too late in 1988. I knew the label had gone bust, and that the store had been leased to Bluebird records (another record store at least) but I charged down Berwick Street stridently, ignoring the masses, the market sellers, and the friends I’d gone to visit the capital with. I had to see 12 Berwick Street for myself.

I didn’t buy anything that day. But I did go inside. It wasn’t Record Shack, but it had been. I didn’t tell anyone why I had gone there, because they would never have understood, or cared. It remains one of my few regrets in life that I never got there when I wanted to, but to a Yorkshire lad with no money a visit to London was a rare experience.

It’s far easier these days. I try not to go, as I find the place so unfriendly, but I was there last weekend to see Bradford City annihilate Chelsea. When I am there, in and around Oxford Street, I always make that short detour down Berwick Street to remember those early days when I discovered music and formed my own tastes. It’s not even a record store any more. Most of the record stores that lined that street are also gone, as have times changed (Sister Ray survives, I always like to nip in there). But I was there again. Nobody knew (or cared) what my motives were. I took a photo or two, turned round, and headed back for ther tube. I didn’t want to miss kick off…

HI-NRG CHARTS REDISCOVERED

I’ve just come across a load of Hi-NRG charts from 1982. They were published in Record Mirror, and compiled from DJ returns, originally as the ‘gay & ‘boystown’ chart, although you didn’t have to be gay to appreciate the songs that were listed. A year or so later Hi-NRG came of age through labels like Record Shack (thanks to Ian Levine), Electricity, Proto and Passion in the UK, Megatone in the US and ZYX & Metronome in Germany. This was the music I collected for years, and much later wrote about in ‘Is That The 12″ Mix’. Who knows, I might eventually get around to 1983, 84 and 85, given that I have all the copies of Record Mirror handy.

RECORD MIRROR 1982

TM LM September 4th 1982 GAY TOP 20
1 3 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley US Megatone 12″
2 1 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boystown Gang ERC 12″/promo mix
3 6 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
4 2 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
5 4 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick 12″
6 5 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
7 7 BABE WE’RE GONNA LOVE TONIGHT / WAKE DREAM Lime US Prism 12″ /German Polydor LP
8 12 GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Angela Clemmons Portrait 12″
9 16 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
10 13 GLORIA Laura Branigan Atlantic 12″
11 10 STOOL PIGEON Kid Creole & The Coconuts Ze 12″
12 18 BIG FUN Kool & The Gang De-Lite 12″
13 9 RAIN Goombay Dance Band Epic 12″ promo / US Portrait 12″ remix
14 14 DON’T COME CRYING TO ME Linda Clifford US Capitol 12″
15 20 LOVE IS IN CONTROL Donna Summer Warner Bros 12″
16 PLANET ROCK Soul Sonic Force 21 Records 12″
17 WHAT Soft Cell Some Bizarre 12″
18 REMEMBER Gino Soccio US Atlantic RFC LP
19 17 STONED LOVE Sweet Brandy Canadian JC 12″
20 SITUATION (REMIX) Yazoo US Sire 12″
TW LW September 11th 1982 GAY TOP 20
1 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
2 2 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boystown Gang ERC 12″/promo mix
3 6 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
4 4 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
5 3 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
6 9 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
7 5 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick 12″
8 7 BABE WE’RE GONNA LOVE TONIGHT / WAKE DREAM Lime US Prism 12″ /German Polydor LP
9 10 GLORIA Laura Branigan Atlantic 12″
10 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd US Prelude LP
11 DON’T GO (REMIXES) Yazoo Mute 12″
12 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
13 19 STONED LOVE Sweet Brandy Canadian JC 12″
14 8 GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Angela Clemmons Portrait 12″
15 LOVE IS JUST A GAME Judy ‘B’ Canadian Formula 12″
16 CHAIN REACTION Romanelli 21 Records 12″
17 THE GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN / STARLIGHT Risque US Importe 12″
18 JUMP TO IT Aretha Franklin Arista 12″
19 20 SITUATION (DUB VERSION) / (REMIX) Yazoo US Sire 12″
20 I NEED LOVE Capricorn Italian Delirium 12″
no chart September 18th or 25th
TM LM October 2nd 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
2 3 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
3 5 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
4 6 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
5 4 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
6 2 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boystown Gang ERC 12″/LP
7 7 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick/Dutch Rams Horn 12″
8 10 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
9 HIT N RUN LOVER / HOT WAX / AGENT 406 Mother F Canadian Matra LP
10 20 I NEED LOVE Capricorn Italian Delirium 12″
11 19 SITUATION (DUB VERSION) / (REMIX) Yazoo US Sire 12″
12 11 DON’T GO (REMIXES) Yazoo Mute 12″
13 18 JUMP TO IT Aretha Franklin Arista 12″
14 LOVE COME DOWN Evelyn King RCA 12″
15 AND I AM TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday Geffen LP
16 HAVE I THE RIGHT Lee Prentiss US Disconet 12″
17 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q US Philly World 12″
18 8 BABE WE’RE GONNA LOVE TONIGHT / WAKE DREAM Lime US Prism 12″ /German Polydor LP
19 DON’T COME CRYING TO ME Linda Clifford US Capitol 12″
20 NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
21 SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) (REMIX) Boystown Gang ERC 12″
22 12 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
23 15 LOVE IS JUST A GAME Judy ‘B’ Canadian Formula 12″
24 RIGHT ON TARGET / PUSHIN’ TOO HARD Paul Parker US Megatone 12″
25 DANCE FLOOR Zapp Warner Bros 12″
26 X-RATED Carol Jiani Canadian Matra LP
27 ALL NIGHT LONG (REMIX) BB Band US Disconet 12″
28 13 STONED LOVE Sweet Brandy Canadian JC 12″
29 REMEMBER Gino Soccio US Atlantic RFC LP
30 PLANET ROCK Soul Sonic Force 21 Records 12″
TW LW October 9th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
2 2 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
3 3 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
4 4 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
5 11 SITUATION (DUB VERSION) / (REMIX) Yazoo US Sire 12″
6 20 NEVER GIVE YOU UP / BEAT THE STREET (INST/REMIX) Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
7 8 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
8 5 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
9 9 HIT N RUN LOVER / HOT WAX / AGENT 406 Mother F Canadian Matra LP
10 21 SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) (REMIX) Boystown Gang ERC 12″
11 10 I NEED LOVE Capricorn Italian Delirium 12″
12 6 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boystown Gang ERC 12″
13 17 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q US Philly World 12″
14 14 LOVE COME DOWN Evelyn King RCA 12″
15 7 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick / Dutch Rams Horn 12″
16 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
17 22 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
18 26 X-RATED Carol Jiani Canadian Matra LP
19 24 RIGHT ON TARGET / PUSHIN’ TOO HARD Paul Parker US Megatone 12″
20 18 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE / WAKE DREAM Lime German Polydor LP
21 ASK ME Carol Jiani Excaliber 12″
22 CHAIN REACTION Romanelli 21 Records 12″
23 16 HAVE I THE RIGHT Lee Prentiss US Disconet 12″
24 25 DANCE FLOOR Zapp Warner Bros 12″
25 CHANGES / HEART ‘N SOUL Imagination R&B LP
26 THE LOOK OF LOVE ABC US Disconet 12″
27 23 LOVE IS JUST A GAME Judy ‘B’ Canadian Formula 12″
28 DIRTY TALK Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
29 HEAVENLY TRACKS MIXER Various US Hot Tracks 12″
30 JUST BE YOURSELF (REMIX) Nighlife Unlimited Canadian Unidisc 12″
TW LW October 16th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
2 2 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
3 4 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
4 3 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
5 12 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU / DISCO KICKS (REMIX) Boystown Gang ERC 12″
6 7 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
7 5 SITUATION (DUB VERSION) / (REMIX) Yazoo US Sire 12″
8 17 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
9 13 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q US Philly World 12″
10 8 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
11 10 SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) (REMIX) Boystown Gang ERC 12″
12 9 HIT N RUN LOVER / HOT WAX / AGENT 406 Mother F Canadian Matra LP
13 14 LOVE COME DOWN Evelyn King RCA 12″
14 11 I NEED LOVE Capricorn Italian Delirium 12″
15 6 NEVER GIVE YOU UP / BEAT THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL) Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
16 15 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick / Dutch Rams Horn 12″
17 16 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
18 18 X-RATED Carol Jiani Canadian Matra LP
19 22 CHAIN REACTION Romanelli 21 Records 12″
20 23 HAVE I THE RIGHT Lee Prentiss US Disconet 12″
21 28 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION / USA INST) Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
22 25 HEART ‘N SOUL / CHANGES Imagination R&B LP
23 PACK JAM The Jonzun Crew US Tommy Boy 12″
24 19 RIGHT ON TARGET / PUSHIN’ TOO HARD Paul Parker US Megatone 12″
25 21 ASK ME Carol Jiani Excaliber 12″
26 29 HEAVENLY TRACKS MIXER Various US Hot Tracks 12″
27 REMEMBER Gino Soccio US Atlantic RFC LP
28 LOVE-GRAM Joel Peskin US Destiny Entertainment Corp 12″
29 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
30 YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW HE TALKS ABOUT YOU Melissa Manchester US Arista 12″
TW LW October 23rd 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
2 3 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
3 2 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
4 4 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
5 10 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
6 7 SITUATION (REMIXES) Yazoo US Sire 12″
7 9 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q US Philly World 12″
8 8 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
9 15 NEVER GIVE YOU UP / BEAT THE STREET (INST/REMIX) Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
10 6 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
11 13 LOVE COME DOWN Evelyn King RCA 12″
12 20 HAVE I THE RIGHT Lee Prentiss US Disconet 12″
13 17 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
14 16 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick / Dutch Rams Horn 12″
15 21 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION) Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
16 12 MOTHER F (VARIOUS) Mother F Canadian Matra LP
17 5 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boystown Gang ERC 12″
18 THERE IT IS Shalamar Solar 12″
19 19 CHAIN REACTION Romanelli 21 Records 12″
20 29 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
21 ANNIE I’M NOT YOUR DADDY Kid Creole & The Coconuts Ze 12″
22 11 SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) / DISCO KICKS (REMIX) Boystown Gang ERC 12″
23 COMPUTER WARS Began Began US One Way 12″
24 CAN’T BELIEVE Nancy Martin US Atlantic RFC 12″
25 KNOCK ME OUT Gary’s Gang US Radar 12″
26 BAD CONNECTION Yazoo Mute LP
27 26 HEAVENLY TRACKS MIXER Various US Hot Tracks 12″
28 LOVE IS JUST A GAME Judy ‘B’ Canadian Formula 12″
29 18 X-RATED Carol Jiani Canadian Matra LP
30 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
TW LW October 30th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
2 3 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
3 2 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
4 9 BEAT THE STREET (INST/REMIX) / NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
5 13 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
6 10 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
7 5 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
8 8 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
9 11 LOVE COME DOWN Evelyn King RCA 12″
10 15 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION / INST) Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
11 20 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
12 6 SITUATION (REMIXES) Yazoo US Sire 12″
13 4 WALKIN’/ROCKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Rockers Revenge London 12″
14 28 LOVE IS JUST A GAME Judy ‘B’ Canadian Formula 12″
15 12 HAVE I THE RIGHT Lee Prentiss US Disconet 12″
16 14 LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman US Moby Dick / Dutch Rams Horn 12″
17 17 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU / DISCO KICKS (REMIX) Boystown Gang ERC 12″
18 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
19 30 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
20 21 ANNIE I’M NOT YOUR DADDY Kid Creole & The Coconuts Ze 12″
21 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME Culture Club Virgin 12″
22 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
23 DUBBING IN SUNSHINE / SUNSHINE PARTYTIME (RAP) Rockers Revenge US Streetwise 12″
24 16 MOTHER F (VARIOUS) Mother F Canadian Matra LP
25 24 CAN’T BELIEVE Nancy Martin US Atlantic RFC 12″
26 29 X-RATED Carol Jiani Canadian Matra LP
27 25 KNOCK ME OUT Gary’s Gang Arista 12″
28 MASTERPIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
29 JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED Mari Wilson Compact 12″
30 E.T. BOOGIE Extra T’s US Sunnyview 12″
TW LW November 6th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 3 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
2 4 BEAT THE STREET (INST/REMIX) / NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
3 1 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
4 6 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
5 5 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
6 10 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION / INST) Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
7 8 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
8 2 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
9 22 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
10 11 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
11 7 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
12 12 SITUATION (REMIXES) Yazoo US Sire 12″
13 18 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
14 19 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
15 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne US Altair 12″
16 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
17 28 MASTERPIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
18 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q US Philly World 12″
19 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Lime Canadian Matra 12″
20 REMEMBER (REMIX) Gino Soccio Canadian Quality 12″
21 23 DUBBING IN SUNSHINE / SUNSHINE PARTYTIME (RAP) Rockers Revenge US Streetwise 12″
22 HEART ‘N’ SOUL Imagination R&B LP
23 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
24 27 KNOCK ME OUT Gary’s Gang Arista 12″
25 25 CAN’T BELIEVE Nancy Martin US Atlantic RFC 12″
26 YOU’RE A DANGER Gary Low Italian II Disc 12″
27 HEARTSTROKE Man Parrish US Disconet 12″
28 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
29 WORKOUT / GIVE ME LOVE (REMIX) / CALL ME TONIGHT (REMIX) Cerrone French Malligator LP
30 30 E.T. BOOGIE Extra T’s US Sunnyview 12″
TW LW November 13th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 4 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
2 1 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU Bobby O O’ 12″
3 7 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
4 5 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
5 9 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
6 3 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
7 2 BEAT THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL) Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
8 6 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION) Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
9 13 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
10 14 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
11 12 SITUATION (REMIXES) Yazoo US Sire 12″
12 11 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
13 16 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
14 20 REMEMBER (REMIX) Gino Soccio Canadian Quality 12″
15 18 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q US Philly World 12″
16 28 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
17 15 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne US Altair 12″
18 8 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
19 17 MASTERPIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
20 23 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
21 19 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Lime Canadian Matra 12″
22 30 E.T. BOOGIE Extra T’s US Sunnyview 12″
23 10 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
24 27 HEARTSTROKE Man Parrish US Disconet 12″
25 29 WORKOUT / GIVE ME LOVE (REMIX) / CALL ME TONIGHT (REMIX) Cerrone French Malligator LP
26 26 YOU’RE A DANGER Gary Low Italian II Disc 12″
27 (YOU SAID) YOU’D GIMME SOME MORE KC & The Sunshine Band US Epic 12″
28 THUNDER & LIGHTNING Risque Dutch Polydor 12″
29 EVERYBODY Madonna US Sire 12″
30 UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LOVE Karin Jones US Handshake 12″
TW LW November 20th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 4 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
2 8 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION) Klein & MBO US 25 West Records 12″
3 7 BEAT THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL) / NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
4 2 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU Bobby O O’ 12″
5 17 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne US Altair 12″
6 1 IN THE NAME OF LOVE / REMIX Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
7 6 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
8 16 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
9 13 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
10 ANNIE, I’M NOT YOUR DADDY Kid Creole & The Coconuts Ze 12″
11 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
12 19 MASTERPIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
13 9 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
14 DO IT TO THE MUSIC Raw Silk KR 12″
15 20 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
16 12 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
17 23 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
18 5 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
19 29 EVERYBODY Madonna US Sire 12″
20 10 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
21 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE Donna Summer Warner Bros 12″
22 18 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
23 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Vera Canadian Matra 12″
24 15 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ / INSTRUMENTAL Q Philly World 12″
25 SHE HAS A WAY / BEAT BY BEAT Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
26 BOY CRAZY The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
27 26 YOU’RE A DANGER Gary Low Italian II Disc 12″
28 24 HEARTSTROKE Man Parrish US Disconet 12″
29 28 THUNDER & LIGHTNING Risque Dutch Polydor 12″
30 25 WORKOUT / GIVE ME LOVE (REMIX) / CALL ME TONIGHT (REMIX) Cerrone French Malligator LP
TW LW November 27th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 5 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne US Altair 12″
2 1 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls US Columbia 12″
3 2 DIRTY TALK Klein & MBO TMT 12″
4 3 BEAT THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL) / NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
5 6 IN THE NAME OF LOVE / REMIX Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
6 8 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
7 4 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O O’ 12″
8 13 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
9 22 PASSION (REMIX) The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
10 9 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
11 12 MASTERPIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
12 7 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
13 11 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
14 18 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
15 20 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
16 17 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
17 14 DO IT TO THE MUSIC Raw Silk KR 12″
18 21 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE Donna Summer Warner Bros 12″
19 19 EVERYBODY Madonna US Sire 12″
20 10 ANNIE, I’M NOT YOUR DADDY Kid Creole & The Coconuts Ze 12″
21 NIPPLE TO THE BOTTLE Grace Jones Island 12″
22 24 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ / INSTRUMENTAL Q Philly World 12″
23 16 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
24 15 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
25 MUSCLES Diana Ross Capitol 12″
26 23 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Vera Canadian Matra 12″
27 NASTY GIRL Vanity 6 Warner Bros LP
28 I FEEL LOVE (MEGAMIX) Donna Summer Casablanca 12″
29 25 SHE HAS A WAY / BEAT BY BEAT Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
30 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU Bobby O Canadian Unidisc 12″
TW LW December 4th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 5 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (REMIX) Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
2 1 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne Record Shack 12″
3 2 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls CBS 12″
4 3 DIRTY TALK Klein & MBO TMT 12″
5 8 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
6 6 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
7 4 BEAT THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL) / NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
8 10 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
9 26 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Vera Canadian Matra 12″
10 13 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
11 14 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
12 15 MAKE MY FEET WANNA DANCE Motion Canadian Scorpio 12″
13 7 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O O’ 12″
14 24 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
15 16 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
16 17 DO IT TO THE MUSIC Raw Silk KR 12″
17 20 ANNIE, I’M NOT YOUR DADDY Kid Creole & The Coconuts Ze 12″
18 12 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
19 19 EVERYBODY Madonna US Sire 12″
20 11 MASTERPIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
21 23 I LIKE PLASTIC Marsha ‘Delite’ Raven Red Bus 12″
22 28 I FEEL LOVE (MEGAMIX) Donna Summer Casablanca 12″
23 I WILL FOLLOW HIM / WORK ME OVER Claudja Barry Canadian Lollipop 12″
24 22 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q Philly World 12″
25 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Yazoo Mute 12″
26 27 NASTY GIRL / BITE THE BEAT Vanity 6 Warner Bros LP
27 29 SHE HAS A WAY / BEAT BY BEAT Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
28 YOU ARE A DANCER Gary Low Italian II Disc 12″
29 BUFFALO GIRLS / TRAD. SQUARE Malcolm McLaren Charisma 12″
30 30 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU Bobby O Canadian Unidisc 12″
TW LW December 11th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (REMIX) Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
2 3 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls CBS 12″
3 2 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne Record Shack 12″
4 7 BEAT THE STREET (INSTRUMENTAL) / NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
5 27 SHE HAS A WAY / BEAT BY BEAT Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
6 6 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
7 13 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU / STILL HOTT 4 U Bobby O O’ 12″
8 11 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″
9 18 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
10 22 I FEEL LOVE (MEGAMIX) Donna Summer Casablanca 12″
11 10 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
12 4 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION / CANADIAN REMIX) Klein & MBO TMT 12″
13 MIRROR MAN The Human League Virgin 12″
14 5 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
15 16 DO IT TO THE MUSIC Raw Silk KR 12″
16 24 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q Philly World 12″
17 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE Donna Summer Warner Bros 12″
18 SEXUAL HEALING Marvin Gaye CBS 12″
19 14 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
20 BABY GETS HIGH Peter Brown US RCA 12″
21 15 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
22 9 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Vera Canadian Matra 12″
23 SITUATION (REMIX) / (DUB VERSION) Yazoo US Sire 12″
24 MAGIC’S WAND Whodini Jive 12″
25 8 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
26 KNOCK ME OUT Gary’s Gang Arista 12″
27 19 EVERYBODY Madonna US Sire 12″
28 23 I WILL FOLLOW HIM / WORK ME OVER Claudja Barry Canadian Lollipop 12″
29 25 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Yazoo Mute 12″
30 THUNDER & LIGHTNING Risque Dutch Polydor 12″
TW LW December 18th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 2 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls CBS 12″
2 1 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (REMIX) Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
3 3 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne Record Shack 12″
4 5 SHE HAS A WAY / BEAT BY BEAT Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
5 12 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION / CANADIAN REMIX) Klein & MBO TMT 12″
6 6 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
7 8 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″ / remix
8 7 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU Bobby O O’ 12″
9 9 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
10 10 I FEEL LOVE (MEGAMIX) Donna Summer Casablanca 12″
11 11 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
12 4 NEVER GIVE YOU UP / BEAT THE STREET Sharon Redd Prelude 12″
13 DER AMBOSS Visage German Polydor 12″ promo
14 13 MIRROR MAN The Human League Virgin 12″
15 14 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
16 LIVING ON THE CEILING Blancmange London 12″
17 15 DO IT TO THE MUSIC Raw Silk KR 12″
18 16 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q Philly World 12″
19 29 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Yazoo Mute 12″
20 30 THUNDER & LIGHTNING Risque Dutch Polydor 12″
21 23 SITUATION (REMIX) / (DUB VERSION) Yazoo US Sire 12″
22 22 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Vera Canadian Matra 12″
23 24 MAGIC’S WAND Whodini Jive 12″
24 28 I WILL FOLLOW HIM / WORK ME OVER Claudja Barry Canadian Lollipop 12″
25 21 CAN HE FIND ANOTHER Double Discovery US Polydor 12″
26 25 CALLING ALL BOYS / PASSION The Flirts Canadian Unidisc 12″
27 19 IN AND OUT Willie Hutch Motown 12″
28 17 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE Donna Summer Warner Bros 12″
29 18 SEXUAL HEALING Marvin Gaye CBS 12″
30 (YOU SAID) YOU’D GIMME SOME MORE KC & The Sunshine Band Epic 12″
TW LW December 25th 1982 BOYSTOWN DISCO
1 1 IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls CBS 12″
2 2 IN THE NAME OF LOVE (REMIX) Sharon Redd Canadian Prelude 12″
3 3 MEDLEY: I’M NOT IN LOVE / GIRL YOU’RE IN LOVE Scherrie Payne Record Shack 12″
4 4 SHE HAS A WAY / BEAT BY BEAT Bobby O US ‘O’ 12″
5 5 DIRTY TALK (USA CONNECTION / CANADIAN REMIX) Klein & MBO TMT 12″
6 10 I FEEL LOVE (MEGAMIX) Donna Summer Casablanca 12″
7 6 MIND WARP / TECH-NO-LOGICAL WORLD Patrick Cowley US Megatone LP
8 7 KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Gwen McCrae Atlantic 12″ / remix
9 DON’T STOP / BE WITH YOU Sylvester US Megatone LP
10 14 MIRROR MAN The Human League Virgin 12″
11 8 I’M SO HOT FOR YOU Bobby O O’ 12″
12 13 DER AMBOSS (INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) Visage German Polydor 12″
13 23 MAGIC’S WAND Whodini Jive 12″
14 19 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Yazoo Mute 12″
15 14 DIE HARD LOVER Loverde US Moby Dick 12″
16 16 LIVING ON THE CEILING Blancmange London 12″
17 9 DO YA WANNA FUNK Sylvester/Patrick Cowley London 12″
18 24 I WILL FOLLOW HIM / WORK ME OVER Claudja Barry Canadian Lollipop 12″
19 22 DON’T YOU WANT MY LOVE Vera Canadian Matra 12″
20 21 SITUATION (REMIX) / (DUB VERSION) Yazoo US Sire 12″
21 11 NATIVE LOVE (REMIX) Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
22 18 THE VOICE OF ‘Q’ Q Philly World 12″
23 SHOOT YOUR SHOT Divine Canadian Black Sun 12″
24 20 THUNDER & LIGHTNING Risque Dutch Polydor 12″
25 DAY AFTER DAY Margaret Reynolds US Moby Dick 12″
26 OVER AND OVER Reggie Simms Canadian PBI 12″
27 MASTER PIECE Gazebo Baby 12″
28 YOU ARE A DANGER Gary Low Canadian Quality 12″
29 COLLISION (REMIX) Sphinx Italian Systems Music 12″
30 WORKOUT / CALL ME TONIGHT (REMIX) Cerrone French Malligator LP

A SELECTION OF REALLY GOOD MUSIC BOOKS

A selection of music books you really do need to go out and buy if you a lover of music (80s and disco music in particular). They are in no particular order, and even if they occasionally contain viewpoints I might not wholeheartedly agree with, or may contain the odd error, they are all essential reading, written by those in a good position from which to describe, explain or simply tell a story. Please feel free to add your own preferences in the ‘comments’ section.

yeahYEAH YEAH YEAH – THE STORY OF MODERN POP, Bob Stanley, 2013
If you want a place to start then it’s all here – every genre, every decade, and every big star featured in one huge volume of not far under 800 pages. This is one hell of a read, and perhaps requires a good prior understanding of the subject matter but is expertly written by someone who has done it all in the music industry in terms of writing about and being heavily involved with the music industry, as well as being at one time a member of a highly successful chart act.

revolutions33 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE – A HISTORY OF PROTEST SONGS, Dorian Lynskey, 2010
The front cover of this near 850 page tome indicates that this is ‘an exhaustive history of protest music’, and it is certainly not wrong! From Billie Holiday and Woodie Guthrie, through Stevie Wonder, The Clash, to more recent songs from the likes of Public Enemy, The Manic Street Preachers and Green Day, the most significant protest songs of them all are afforded their own chapter.

pwl hardingPWL FROM THE FACTORY FLOOR (EXPANDED EDITION), Phil Harding, 2010
A really good, behind the scenes look at the ‘pop factory’ that dominated the music scene in the late 1980s and early 90s. As a huge Stock, Aitken Waterman fan this held particular interest, especially as it is written by one of the ‘team’. The inside story of their immense success with acts such as Kylie and Jason, Bananarama and Divine is coupled with details of the sound equipment used to record the biggest hits (and non-hits, of which, remarkably, there were quite a few). Towards the back of the book, there are several interesting SAW discographies, including one that features unreleased tracks and demos. This is a deceptively long book at over 600 pages.

saturday night foreverturn the beat around‘Disco sucks’ I hear you say? No it doesn’t. As a huge fan, there are two books that have been on my bookshelf for a few years. SATURDAY NIGHT FOREVER – THE STORY OF DISCO, Alan Jones & Jussi Kantonen, 1999 & TURN THE BEAT AROUND – THE SECRET HISTORY OF DISCO, Peter Shapiro, 2005. Although they cover much the same ground, each compliments the other. Disco wasn’t just about the music (and the music wasn’t just about The Village People), it was also the fashion, the drugs, and the sex (and lots of it). Unfortunately I was just a bit too young to enjoy the hedonistic pleasures offered in the 1970s, but was around to see it re-emerge as a force again in several types of genre, the following decade.

last night dj savedLAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE – THE HISTORY OF THE DISC JOCKEY, Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton, 2006 edition, is another large volume, at 600 pages, and covers much of the same ground as the two books above, However, this is, as the title suggests, more a study of the DJ him/herself rather than disco music itself. Definitely one of the best selections on this list.

rip it upRIP IT UP AND START AGAIN – POST PUNK 1978-1984, Simon Reynolds, 2005
Cabaret Voltaire anyone? Joy Division? Heaven 17 or The Associates? Britain’s rock/pop history has never been dull, particularly with labels such as ZTT, Rough Trade and Factory creating the headlines as much as those acts that defined the era, set in the backdrop of a tense political backdrop both in the UK and worldwide. This is a fantastic look back at those years when I was just discovering, and exploring the hidden depth and less hidden the delights of pop music.

independence daysINDEPENDENCE DAYS – THE STORY OF UK INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS, Alex Ogg, 2009
The aforementioned labels also feature highly in Alex Ogg’s commentary. This book also featured a myriad of lesser known labels through the years, some of which were created as a backlash to the powerful, yet cumbersome and oft out-of-touch major labels, with others that were formed as a political statement, through to those set up primarily to release one man’s (or woman’s!) music. With many many interviews recorded, Ogg’s near 600 page effort deserves to be on any music lover’s bookshelf.

last shop standingLAST SHOP STANDING – WHATEVER HAPPENED TO RECORD SHOPS, Graham Jones, 2009 (new edition due out in 2014)
Exactly. What has happened to them? This book promises to be ‘A journey through an industry in turmoil’ and it certainly delivers. It is actually so much more than a look back at famous old record shops that are no longer with us though, as Jones, who has worked within the industry, and for several record companies, also delivers fascinating insights into how our music charts were compiled..or rather ‘rigged’ to suit various interest groups. Never mind the recent problems faced by HMV, remember the independent record shops and the second hand ones too. Little did most of you know that I used to buy my records – sorry, spend most of student grant – at ‘The Left Legged Pineapple’ in Loughborough. That particular town’s youth will never know the pleasures that could be had there..
sheffield
Two further books are essentially local studies. However, being as good as they are, they will have a wider audience among pop aficionados. BEATS WORKING FOR A LIVING – SHEFFIELD POPULAR MUSIC 1973-1984, Martin Lilleker, 2005, is a look at a city that is synonymous with rock and pop acts such as The Human League, Heaven 17, ABC, Pulp and Def Leppard. There have been many other fine bands emerging from the Steel city both before and since those better known days. The likes of Artery, The Comsat Angels and of course Cabaret Voltaire also deserve their places in history, and here they given just that.

bradfordAnd then there is BRADFORD’S NOISE OF THE VALLEYS volume 1 – A HISTORY OF BRADFORD ROCK AND POP 1967-1987, Gary Cavanagh with Matt Webster, 2008
This is a unique type of book concept. Not only are all of Bradford’s rock and pop acts of the era featured here, this large A4 sized publication features ‘family trees’ that detail the changing membership of local bands, and the personnel links between each of those bands. You don’t have to be from Bradford itself to appreciate the quality either.
Volume two, taking the story up to 1998 is now out, although I haven’t yet got round to buying a copy. I will do though, if it’s half a good as the first volume then it will make a great addition to any music book collection (there’s also a CD set available, containing music from many of the featured bands, as well as an ‘updated’ edition of volume 1.

grilloIS THAT THE 12” MIX?, Rob Grillo, 2010 Ok, I know, I had to include this. A light-hearted look at the obsessive music collector and the history of the 12” mix (and the 12” remix, the 12” dub mix, the 12” limited edition picture disc remix, and so on…)
Most of these books are easily available online, or orderable at your high street store (and especially at the declining number of independent bookshops that need your trade if they are to survive).

ANORAK’S BESTEST RUNNING TUNES…part one

At around 7.30am on a Saturday morning I’m out of the front door. A little over 60 seconds later I’m out onto open moorland. Two hours later, and having listened to some music in the last half-hour of that two hours, I’m home. Before many of you are out of your beds that is, feeling remarkably refreshed, invigorated and all the better for having seen all manner of wildlife and rare birds. This is a small selection of tracks that currently reside on my tiny mp3 player. All of them are equally as brilliant in their own way. You really should listen to them all.At least one of them is featured in that fine fine book ‘Is That The 12” Mix’.

GOLDFRAPP ‘SLIDE IN’ (DFA REMIX)
One of the trippiest tunes you will ever listen to on your headphones. The first five and a half minutes, with its exquisite cowbells, is worthy enough, but then follows a most unreal experience that will make you forget where you are, how far you’ve travelled from home, and, if you are out in the moors, how the hell you’re going to get back. But you won’t care…

PET SHOP BOYS ‘PANDEMONIUM’
From the PSB’s under-rated 2009 offering ‘Yes’, comes a track that a decade earlier would have been a number one single. A feel-good tune that will lift your spirits when you are starting to feel a little jaded.

THE CULT ‘SHE SELLS SANCTUARY’ (LONG VERSION)
Beggars Banquet’s finest and a slow burner from 1985. The original 12” long version is far superior to the ‘howling mix’ and any of the subsequent remixes that were released (even though some of them were rather good).

HEAVEN 17 ‘TEMPTATION’ (BROTHERS IN RYHTHM REMIX)
The original 1983 version was brilliant…the 1992 remix is awesome. Heaven 17 knew nothing about this mix, which was originally produced as a DJ-only mix for the DMC club, until someone told them about it after having heard it in Ibiza. The rest is history, it went on to become a world-wide smash for the second time, and the unedited version has one of the best three-minute intros ever in the history of outstanding intros.

OMD ‘METROLAND’ omd
From their 2013 album ‘English Electric’, OMD take you on a journey that, if anything, proves that some bands never lose the ability to produce damn fine electronic music.

WILL DOWNING ‘A LOVE SUPREME’ (JAZZ IN THE HOUSE MIX)
From an era where house music had taken control of our dance-floors, and the airwaves, this is one of 1988’s best tunes. I tend to bounce along on my run while listening to this.

WALTER JACKSON ‘TOUCHING IN THE DARK’ (12” VERSION)
More soulful than anything I’ve heard for years, the late Walter Jackson should have had a huge global hit with this in 1984. As smooth as Luther Vandross and more authentic than anything Barry White ever did. Beautiful. Mid-run it will leave you feeling all loved-up and warm inside.

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LONNIE GORDON ‘HOW COULD HE DO THIS TO ME’ (EXTENDED VERSION)
Penned as a single not long after her huge 1990 hit ‘Happenin’ All Over Again’, this sublime and lush Stock Aitken Waterman production was pulled at the last minute, and sat in the vaults until her album was released on CD – at last – just a few years ago. Proof that SAW could produce more than just cheesy (but brilliant) pop music.

THE FOUR TOPS ‘INDESTRUCTIBLE’ (EXTENDED VERSION)
Remixed by PWL’s Pete Hammond, this wasn’t as big as ‘Loco in Acapulco’ but is one of the best 80s songs to run along to, whether you’re making your way through city streets, meandering along the river or high up in the windswept moors.

ODYSSEY ‘NATIVE NEW YORKER’ (FULL LENGTH MIX)
It’s got to be the long version with its long introduction, so forget the 7” edit, which is good, but not a patch on the unedited version it all its piano-driven glory.

PRIVATE LIVES ‘LIVING IN A WORLD (TURNED UPSIDE DOWN)’ (12’’)
Either of the two slightly different 12” mixes will do. Why this ballad wasn’t huge is beyond me. A great tune to listen to while out running…a bit more reflective than many of the danceable (or should than be runnable) tracks even though it still straight pop.

SADE ‘PARADISE’ (EXTENDED VERSION)
More of a groove than a pop song, I first heard this is a record store in Greece. It’s very chilled out and is best listened to at the most remote point of your long weekend run. Bloody great stuff.

EG DAILY ‘LOVE IN THE SHADOWS’ (SPECIALLY REMIXED VERSION)
Produced by Harold Faltermeyer (the man behind ‘Axel F’), this is another track with a long outro that you never really want to end. Elizabeth Daily was the voice behind ‘Rugrats’, and if you have the album this came off (‘Wild Child’) on CD then you’re sat on one of the most sought after 80s CD albums of them all. I nearly included her other UK dance smash, ‘Mind Over Matter’, one of the lesser known PWL / SAW tunes.

SHEENA EASTON ‘101’ (THE REMIX)
David Morales shows us why he was one of the most revered remixes of the 80s with its deep beats and moody vocals. It’s also Sheena Easton’s finest eight minutes. She looked gorgeous at the time, the music still sounds just as gorgeous all these years on.

perfect kiss NEW ORDER ‘THE PERFECT KISS’ (UNEDITED 12″ MIX)
I broke my arm while out running once. I tripped over my lace. It didn’t matter, I was listening to this. Four minutes or so of Barney Sumners unmistakeable vocals, followed by another four minute outro that just builds and builds and builds. If you have ‘Substance’ on CD you have the ‘full-length-mix-with-half-a-minute-lopped-off-the-outro version’ which is almost as good as the version without the half a minute lopped off.

INSTINCT ‘SLEEPWALKING’ (EXTENDED MIX)
Unearthed after festering, unreleased, in the ZTT vaults for nearly three decades an epic Trevor Horn production from the days when he masterminded Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s domination of the UK singles chart. This track, by ex-members of Pigbag appeared on the 2011 compilation ‘The Art of the 12”’. Exciting.