Record Mirror

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

RECORD MIRROR and CLASSIC POP

Thursday October 26th 1985. That was the date. I’d been in sixth form at my new posh school for just a few weeks, and had ventured into town for the first time. Only 6th formers were allowed in town, and even then we had to wear our blazers and were not permitted to roll up the sleeves under any circumstances. Which is why I had my sleeves rolled up. I did look particularly cool too.
Unfortunately the head teacher, or one of his deputies would patrol town at lunch times. And there he was, walking up Skipton High Street in my direction. I’d not yet been spotted, so I threw myself into the nearest shop. The nearest shop was a newsagent, and so to pass the time while said dementors passed by, I perused the magazine rack.

And there it was.
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I already knew about Smash Hits, and Melody Maker, and the NME, but here was the latest issue of one that was barely on my radar. It was the cover, adorned by The Cult’s Ian Astbury, that first attracted my attention. It wasn’t just Astbury’s imposing looks that diverted my eyes though, it was what was written at the foot of the cover: ‘Top of the Pops Chart’. Great a magazine that lists the UK singles chart. Not since the girl who saved me the old singles chart listings in Woolies a year or so earlier had I seen a complete chart rundown.
And then I took a look inside (always better to take a little longer in case the head teacher was lingering). It was love at first sight. Not only was there the complete UK top 75 singles chart, but there was ‘the next 25’ too, the UK albums chart, the American singles and albums charts, a 12” singles chart, reggae and indie singles charts, a disco chart and even a Hi-NRG chart. Utter fabulousness.

No longer did I need to scribble down in basic Grillo short-hand radio 1’s chart rundown. The ‘chart book’ I had used diligently for a good couple of years was now obsolete and consigned to the bottom drawer. In its place was this glossy alternative, a sort of cross between Smash Hits and NME, that contained not only those wonderful charts but James Hamilton’s BPM disco pages, and pages of singles, albums and ‘hot dance vinyl reviews. In that seminal (for me) issue were features on Billy McKenzie and the Adventures, there was an ad for a new remix of Hazell Dean’s ‘They Say It’s Gonna Rain’ as well as Divine’s new single, Simple Minds had album of the week, Jennifer Rush and George Benson topped the UK singles and albums charts, Evelyn Thomas topped the Hi-NRG chart and Wally Badarou the Disco Chart, while Rene & Angela were at number 7 and 17 in the same Disco chart with different mixes of the same song. And Morrissey adorned the back cover….most exciting…

The love affair with Record Mirror lasted a few more years, during which time the Hi-NRG chart got dropped due to attempted rigging of the chart (scandalous) and house music and multiple remixes took over the world. James Hamilton’s column kept me busy for hours, and despite never being able afford more than a couple of 12 inch singles a week I build up and encyclopaedic (and anal) knowledge of every mix released by which house music act.

And then, in April 1991, when, due to falling sales Universal Magazines closed it down, alongside ‘Sounds’, another music magazine of the day. All of a sudden it was. Transvision Vamp adorned the final cover, and RM was consigned to history.

Since then I’ve not really collected, or bought, many music magazines. There were occasional one-off ‘80s’ specials that were worth the money, but then, in 2012 there were two interesting new titles, both focussing on the grand old 80s. They weren’t just filled with pages and pages of nostalgia filled pages either, but were much more forward looking than that, and for the first time since then I’ve started reading the music press regularly. Sadly, and despite giving away a free CD, ‘electronic’ did not survive beyond its launch issue, but does exist in a slightly altered form as an online resources (‘electronic sound’) but the fabulous bi-monthly Classic Pop, edited by Ian Peel had just seen its tenth issue published.
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Now the sign of a good magazine is in the fact that it takes bloody ages to read the thing. And that’s exactly what you had with RM, and what you have now with Classic Pop. There may be no current chart run down’s (and sadly, James Hamilton passed away some time ago), but there have been countdowns: the best 12” mixes ever, the top 100 singles form the 1980’s, and even a host of reviews of the finest 80s-influenced releases by today’s bands..Goldfrapp….Marsheaux….the latter among those bands who deserve a far bigger audience for their output.

So long live Classic Pop. Record Mirror may be long gone, but there are still top notch music magazines out there.

***Incidentally, I missed the very first issue of ‘Classic Pop’ (pictured above),so if anyone has a copy they no longer need…