So, magazine has had a revamp and the charts are now at the back. The BPM column has been absorbed into something called the DJ Directory.
And here’s an advert for Woolies.
The people buying those records from Woolworths at that time are probably making up the majority of the public buying the same records for ten times the price from Sainsburys these days. There were cooler, indie-ish shops but probably most were dealing in Metal and Hi-NRG imports. 23rd Precinct in Glasgow was the first store of it’s type I really frequented, and it was pretty much pure metal in 1987. That section kind of moved into the back of the shop once things like Grand Piano was on the shelves.
Anyway, as said, the magazine has undergone a bit of a transformation. The Indie Chart is now in the Indie section, this is now a permanent column along with the Dance one on the next pages.
As I write this, I’ve just found out that the NME will no longer publish a print edition. Reminded of my times on a Wednesday gathering up the music press and disappearing off to the break room to read and absorb the week’s nonsense. The rubbish Fall joke on this page rather puts me in mind of when the music press didn’t take itself so seriously and I do fear this will be lost on the move to electronic content and pivot to video. I can’t see someone like Steven Wells thriving above the type of content shoving onto your screen by outbrain and taboola. I had lost interest in the music press in moving away from the UK so hadn’t read a copy of the paper in nearly 20 years but it was a good friend once, and it’s always hard to hear of their passing.
Oh, and the band in the boxout, The Partisans didn’t seem to fair very well.
Next up is the Cool Cuts chart which seems to try to cover the club sounds but is based on a chart from a specific record store (City Sounds in High Holborn), which I understand to have been the cool place for DJs to find new tunes. There are a couple of photos here, no idea when the chart appearing there is from, can’t seem to find a reference to that Harris Simon Group album.
Next up, RM Dance. Early copy for Norman Cook embarking on his conquest to take over the world with a sampler. That Nitro Deluxe remix mentioned only seems to exist as a 7″ single (and discogs indicates it was released over a month before this issue), and can’t seem to find mention of it on a promo either which is kind of weird. I would have expected a white label 12″ with the Norman Cook / Danny D remixes, but maybe that’s the sort of thing that would be more likely a year later. Oh, and, Norman & Danny were trading under the name Double Trouble around this time, so the Double Trouble that remixed Kid & Play aren‘t the same Double Trouble that remixed Bam Bam.
I’m really quite baffled by the Bomb The Bass / Alan Moore “story” which appears here.
In line with the dancier vibe, a short profile of one of the most famous clubs in the UK, the Hacienda.
That’s one dapper looking fellow right there.
Had a bit of an accident on scanning this but, but should be followable. Interviews with some of the artists responsible for the music on the freebie 7″.
And just in case anyone is interested, here’s the crossword.
Now, finally, on to the meat of the magazine. At least for me, this was the most interesting part.
Keith Sweat and Pebbles are the main features here, don‘t remember the Keith Sweat track but I do seem to remember Girlfriend quite fondly. Or maybe I just remember Pebbles as she was quite, uh, striking to my 16 year old imagination. Oh and an early mention of S’Express here on white label.
Some gossip and scuttlebutt about the DMC DJ Convention, with some interesting observations about Pete Waterman‘s production values and stuff about samples from Arthur Baker, Paul Dakeyne and Ben Liebrand. And of course, James Brown was there.
And some detail about the scratching competition aspect of the convention, including that SAW got bottled.
On to the music!
Think that Kane Gang one is in last week‘s mix, otherwise not really anything of note here unfortunately.
Also a Scottish Dance Chart, thankfully not the Gay Gordon or Stripping The Willow which where banes of my physical education.
Interestingly (to me anyway), Beat Dis is appearing in the HI-NRG chart this week so I do wonder if the chart is just a bit later than the other or if it is reflective of different tastes in that area?
Club chart, couple of Norman Cook remixes lurking around the top (Eric B & Rakim, Kid N‘ Play), couple of tracks picked out from this in the mix below.
Some other charts, presented here for completion. One last observation, looks like CDs are beginning to appear as a viable single release strategy instead of an expensive version of the album.
And finally, the week‘s TOTP charts which has been moved out of the centre pages and into the back of the magazine. I think this maybe because the magazine was set and printed inside out from this point onwards, in that the last pages to go to print would be the cover. Might be wrong, don‘t know and the art of printing magazines to such deadlines is archaic these days.
And just a little thing from the classified pages here:
So which Double Trouble are they referring to?
Music goes here, was hoping to include at least the Troublefunk track from the 7″ but technology (particularly Windows 10 updates) are thwarting me. Probably far too much Doctorin’ The House.
Eric B. & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (The Double Trouble Remix, Double Trouble Are Norman Cook And Danny D.)
Yes, it’s actually called that on some pressings.
Kid N Play – Do This My Way (Double Trouble 12″ Remix)
Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House (The Brutal Mix)
Norman Cook & Danny D. on Kid & Play, followed by Danny D. on This Brutal House.
S’Express – Theme from S’Express (Extended Mix)
Coldcut feat. Yazz & The Plastic Population – Doctorin’ The House (Acid Shut Up)
The Project Club – How Low Can You Go
Pebbles – Girlfriend (Dance Remix)
Nitro Deluxe – Let’s Get Brutal (Rok Da Radio)
Norman Cook remix.
Mel & Kim – That’s The Way It Is (Acid Dub)
This is kind of a callback track to Baby Wants To Ride. Don’t remember it at the time but it’s pretty good.
Bam Bam – Give It to Me (Double Trouble Remix)
The other Double Trouble.
Frankie Knuckles – Baby Wants To Ride (House Of Trix)
Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
The Housedoctors – Housedoctors (Gotta Get Down) (Cut & Bandage Mix)
Lidell Townsell – Get The Hole (Original 12 Inch Version)
Pierre’s Pfantasy Club – Got The Bug (Dub)
Oh btw, regards Mel & Kim / Jamie Principle tracks, here is a version mixing both tracks together via Hot Tracks. (Was never really a fan of the Hot Tracks / DMC megamixes, sure, they’re sometimes skillful, but on the other hand, Jive Bunny.)