For the longest time I misheard the lyrics to Kelly‘s Heroes by Black Grape as the above. I’m not sure my interpretation is entirely incorrect anyway.
Oh, and I see I’m publishing on a Monday now.
Cover feature of this one is when Madness kind of reformed and got a bit more serious, with Chas Smash reverting to his given name of Carl and contributing more than he had previously to writing duties and vocals. I completely missed this at the time so I‘m assuming it wasn‘t an entirely successful endeavour and a quick scan of their discography suggests this didn‘t find an interested audience with the public. The article is reproduced below just in case there are any The Madness fans out there.
This week also sees the first BPM column that I‘m able to include, due to vandalism of previously acquired copies. Alas, this will also be the last BPM column as it is renamed next week as part of a reorganisation of the magazine.
Music is mostly picked from the BPM pages this week.
Kane Gang – Don’t Look Any Further
Kicking off with a cover of Dennis Edwards‘ mid 80s hit, the Kane Gang never really found any success with this in their native UK. Also, M People made a fair fist of this a couple of years later, but I didn‘t think Heather Small‘s diva-ish take really suited the track.
Davy DMX – The DMX Will Rock
Davy is the bass player in Public Enemy these days, this I think was from his only album of the time as he moved onto production shortly afterwards. Perhaps most notably with Run DMC‘s Tougher Than Leather later this year.
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
Not sure if this was the first Think! based track of this era, but pretty soon you‘re gonna get sick of this break.
Joyce Sims – Walk Away
A follow-up to the popular “Come Into My Life“, but didn‘t replicate the success of that track, which is a shame as the Clivillés & Cole remix(es) here are excellent.
Rick Astley – Together Forever (House Of Love Mix)
Erm, well, I quite like this anyway. Remixed by SAW workhorse Pete Hammond, if nothing else demonstrating that SAW whatever you may think of them were on the pulse of the changes in sound and culture. Incidentally the first time I heard it was through a broken speaker which distorted the vocals squeakily and overdrove the bass and I‘ve had it fondly stuck in my head since. Or maybe someone was Plastikmanning the EQ back then. Kind of doubt the guys at Hollywood Studios in Glasgow were so advanced though. Tuesday nights were Tiger Tim.
Kechia Jenkins – I Need Somebody
Despite production and remix duties from Marshall Jefferson & Blaze here, Kechia‘s career never really took off at this time.
T Jam – House Of Jack
A rarely used alias of one William Alexander Smith, perhaps better known as T.C. Curtis or Meltdown. (No, I don‘t know either, I don‘t remember this or any of his other work.)
Triple XXX – The Bedroom Scene
Fun Juan Atkins remix here, slightly naughty but quite pedestrian compared to what was to come later. Especially in the following year when French Kiss appears and gives the UK a collective heart attack at Sunday teatime.
The Todd Terry Project – Bango (To The Batmobile)
Having never owned a sampler at the time, I do wonder if they came pre-loaded with Batman samples. Anyway, this is another sampledelic track with bits of Dinosaur and Klein & MBO among other sources.
Rico – Spanish Hustle (Latin Jackin’ Mix)
Can‘t tell you anything about Rico other than the production was by Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s cohorts and Discogs lists multiple artists with this name so will remain a mystery as to who was responsible.
Twat Sisters feat. House Master Baldwin – Eat My Pussy (Instrumental)
The instrumental is a pretty fun acidic shakedown, but be thankful the vocal refrain isn’t here. It’s wretched.
Gene & Jim Are Into Shakes – Shake (How About A Sampling, Gene?)
One or both of the artists here went on to create the Little Caesar cover of Whole of the Moon, which is in my mental file of really bad dance cover versions that no-one really needed.
Apollo 11 – One Small Step
Not the Orb, sadly. Think that excursion was styled as XI instead.
Anyway, here are the rest of the charts.
And at the end an interview with Vanessa Paradis which comes across as a little unfair, mocking and and ever so slightly xenophobic.