Eighties singing duo Skipworth & Turner burst on the scene with the catchy dance hit “Thinking About Your Love.” Produced by Patrick Adams (Musique, Inner Life, the 1980 hit disco remake “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on Salsoul Records), “Thinking About Your Love” hit number ten R&B on Billboard’s charts in spring 1985. Syracuse, NY-born keyboardist Rodney Skipworth and singer Phil Turner, a Memphis native, were a startling combination that came together at a unique period that allowed for the fusing of the duo’s gospel/R&B/soul influences with the emerging MIDI/keyboard synthesizer technology, the same synergy that lead to the creation of some exciting, trailblazing music epitomized by such groups as the System. Though Skipworth & Turner’s only other charting single was “Can’t Give Her Up” (on which Turner displays his impressive falsetto range) at number 63 R&B, they recorded some outstanding tracks that range from smokin’ dance tracks to heart-melting ballads.
“Can’t Give Her Up” was edited by Tom Moulton and mixed by Batcho Manguel and Bruce Forest.
A longtime linchpin of the New York City underground music scene, Bill Laswell has been among the most prolific artists in contemporary music; as a performer, producer, and label chief, his imprint is on literally hundreds of albums, the majority of them characterized by a signature sound fusing the energy of punk with the bone-rattling rhythms of funk. Born on February 12, 1955, in Salem, IL, he initially played guitar, but soon switched to bass; raised primarily in the Detroit area, he honed his skills in local funk outfits before relocating to New York in 1978. There Laswell formed Material, an outlet for his experimental approach toward sounds ranging from jazz to hip-hop to worldbeat; originally the backup unit for Daevid Allen, the group soon began working on its own, issuing its debut EP Temporary Music in 1979.
By 1982, Material was the duo of Bill Laswell and Michael Beinhorn, collaborating with different musicians and singers on each track.
From the album “One Down”, a dance mix by John Luongo of “I’m The One”/”Don’t Lose Control” was released as a 12″ single.
Guest artists on “I’m The One” included Bernard Fowler, Nile Rodgers and Tony Thompson while “Don’t Lose Control” featured Jean Karakos, Nicky Skopelitis and Tony Thomson.
William “Spaceman” Patterson is a composer, arranger, producer and entrepreneur.
Patterson studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the New York Institute of Technology. He has also studied independently in New York City with Coleridge Taylor Perkinson And James Blood Ulmer. He has established himself not only as a performing artist and has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Miles Davis,James Brown, Pharaoh Sanders, Bill Cosby,and Stevie Wonder.
In 1983, Patterson’s band “Trademark” released the single “Uh-Huh!” on the Move’n Groove Records label.
“Uh-Huh!” was remixed by Billy “Spaceman” Patterson, Butch “Cash” Campbell and John “Jellybean” Benitez.
Hongkong Syndikat was a German pop band of the 1980s.
In the early 80’s, DJ Bruno Grünberg and graphic designer Hartmut Möller met Gerd Plez, who they knew from growing up in Bremen. They founded Hongkong Syndikat, received a record deal shortly after and released their debut album Erster Streich.
The first single, Berlin Bleibt Doch Berlin, contains the voice of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan . Although the band sang mainly in German on the first record, they recorded their following albums in English , to orient themselves to the English-language market.
In 1984, Hongkong Syndikat gave their first concert in New York , in August of the same year they moved to London where they recorded their second LP Olympia, which Rusty Egan (Visage) produced .
The first single released from the Olympia album was a re-recording of the earlier single “Berlin” which still retained the Ronald Reagan voiceover.
Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England) is an English composer and musician, specialising in the synthesizer.
He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, “Rain Forest”, which along with the track, “Sound Chaser” hit number two on the dance chart. “Rain Forest” also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100.In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit “19”, a song about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans.
Hardcastle enjoyed several further hits in the UK, including “Don’t Waste My Time” (with vocals by Carol Kenyon) (UK No. 8) and “The Wizard”, a UK No. 15 hit that became the theme tune for BBC Television’s music chart show Top of the Pops from April 1986 until September 1991. He also had a hit with “Just For Money”, which reached No. 19 in the UK and featured Bob Hoskins and Laurence Olivier.
Hailing from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, Vision were the brainchild of keyboard player Andy Beaumont. In 1982 Paul Statham (B-Movie) temporarily joined Vision as guitarist at the bequest of vocalist Russell Bonnell, who was a friend of his from Nottingham. Paul appears on their debut single “Lucifer’s Friend” which came out on the Sheffield based MVM label. It was a cult classic in clubs across Europe and soon established Vision as one to watch. However before long Paul headed back to the B-Movie ranks whilst Vision carried on with an ever-changing cast of musicians. They released numerous singles on the PRT imprint during the mid-eighties but disappeared at the end of that decade.
The debut single “Lucifer’s Friend” went to #1 in Italy but only managed #108 in the UK. The follow-up single “Love Dance” fared slightly better, reaching #74 in the UK.
In 1984, the band recorded their third single “Tears Idle Tears”, written by Gary Steadman (Classix Nouveaux) and Jeremy Cousins, the track was remixed by Martin Rushent for the 12″ single release which also added a re-recording of their initial hit “Lucifer’s Friend”.
“Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room)” is the debut single by American Hi-NRG singer and model Paul Lekakis.
Originally released in 1987 on ZYX Records, then picked up by Polydor Records for a wider release, the song peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S.and at #60 on the UK Singles Chart in England.It fared better in other parts of the world, where the song spent five weeks at #1 on the ARIA Charts in Australia, from April 13 through May 11 of 1987. It also topped music charts in Japan and South Africa, and peaked at #2 in Canada. The song is noteworthy because it is a well-known 1980s dance club track that nonetheless failed to appear on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart upon its initial release. Subsequent remixes have appeared on that chart, however, as well as some of Lekakis’ other dance recordings. The song was popular in the LGBT community and helped to establish his career, both as a singer and as an actor.
These rare Phil Harding remixes were exclusive to this Champion 12″ single.
Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room) (A Phil Harding Remix) 6:39
Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room) (A Phil Harding Dub Remix) 5:43
The singles “Uncertain Smile” (originally released in 1981 in a different form and titled “Cold Spell Ahead”) and “Perfect” were recorded in 1982 in New York with Mike Thorne producing, after The The had been signed by Epic Records in the USA. However, the relationship between Johnson and Thorne quickly deteriorated as a result of Johnson’s heavy drinking and drug use, and disagreements between the pair over the songs’ production. The sessions were eventually abandoned and Johnson returned to London and began recording with Thorne’s former engineer Paul Hardiman, reworking the two singles.
The version of “Uncertain Smile” released as a single in 1982 had featured flutes and a saxophone solo from the Uptown Horns founder Crispin Cioe, but for the album the song was re-recorded, replacing the saxophone solo with a lengthy piano solo by Jools Holland. Holland revealed in his 2007 autobiography Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts that it is in fact two separate solos edited together.
The edits on the US Promo 12″ were exclusive to this release.
Jeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American funk and R&B musician, songwriter, lyricist, and former lead singer of the band, L.T.D.
Jeffrey Osborne had one of the biggest years of his career in 1986, he had his highest charting solo pop hit, “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)”, which peaked at #13 and followed this up with “Soweto”. The single would go to #29 on the US R&B charts and although only reaching #44 on the UK Pop charts, it would be his highest charting single in the UK since “On The Wings Of Love” in 1982.
Arthur Baker would remix “Soweto” for the 12″ single release.
Lovebug Starski (born Kevin Smith, May 16, 1960, Bronx, New York) is an American MC, musician, and record producer. He began his career as a record boy in 1971 as hip-hop first appeared in the Bronx, and he eventually became a DJ at the Disco Fever club in 1978.
Starski recorded his first single, “Positive Life,” on the Tayster record label in 1981. Later, he recorded a song for the soundtrack of the 1986 film Rappin’, which was released on Atlantic Records, before recording his first album, House Rocker, on Epic/CBS Records. This featured his most successful chart single, “Amityville (The House on the Hill),” a parody song named in reference to the film The Amityville Horror (itself based on alleged supernatural activities surrounding the DeFeo murder case) was a #12 hit in the UK Singles Chart,and hit the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in 1986.