Curtis Hairston ‎– I Want You (All Tonight) (1983)

Curtis Hairston (10 October 1961 – 18 January 1996) was an American soul/funk vocalist, who had a number of Top 75 hit singles in the UK and US, both as a solo artist and as a featured artist in the B. B. & Q. Band.

Born Curtis Kinnard Hairston, in 1985, he reached #13 in the UK Singles Chart with “I Want Your Lovin’ (Just a Little Bit)”. In 1986, he was the member of and vocalist for the B. B. & Q. Band’s hit, “Dreamer”, which reached #1 in the UK Dance Chart and the US Dance Chart.

During the 1980s, Hairston, a native of Winston-Salem, moved to New York City where he released a number of acclaimed recordings for Atlantic Records and Pretty Pearl Productions, a record company run by basketball great Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Monroe was interested in getting involved in the music business, so he founded Pretty Pearl Productions as a means of promoting Hairston.

Hairston’s first release for Pretty Pearl, “I Want You (All Tonight)” became a dance-club hit in New York. The success of the song led to Hairston signing with Atlantic Records in 1986.

Throughout his career, Curtis was plagued with diabetes, relocating from his base in New York back to Winston-Salem as his health weakened. There he received treatment for his illness, however, diabetes got the better of the singer.He died of kidney failure in his birthplace of Winston-Salem, North Carolina in January 1996, at the age of 34.

I Want You (All Tonight) (Vocal)                                             6:02

I Want You (All Tonight) (Dub)                                               5:23

I Want You (All Tonight) (Short Version)                                 3:43


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Annabella ‎– Don’t Dance With Strangers (1985)

Annabella Lwin (31 October 1966) is an Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow.

Lwin was born to a Burmese father and an English mother in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar).

In 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren singing at the dry cleaning premises in North London where she worked part-time. Following her successful audition for the lead singer position in McLaren’s new group (the yet-to-be-named band Bow Wow Wow), he had her transfer from a mixed comprehensive school in London to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. McLaren dubbed her ‘Bess Man’.The group would go on to chart success with the songs “Go Wild in the Country”, “Do You Wanna Hold Me?” and “I Want Candy”. Lwin later caused controversy the following year by posing nude for the cover of See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy, the group’s first full-length album.

When Lwin was ousted from the band in September 1983, she embarked on a solo career, releasing Fever in 1986 (RCA 8061), which was produced by and recorded with multi-instrumentalist Jim Lea of Slade.

Before the release of “Fever” in 1986, Annabella launched her solo career with the single “Don’t Dance With Strangers”, written by Annabella, Mic Murphy & David Frank (The System), produced by The System and mixed by John Morales. The single would not appear on the debut album the following year.

Don’t Dance With Strangers                                    6:29

Don’t Dance With Strangers (Dub)                           6:39

Magdalen                                                              4:13


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Scritti Politti With Ranking Ann ‎– The Word Girl (Flesh & Blood) (1985)

Scritti Politti are a British pop band, originally formed in 1977 in Leeds, Yorkshire, Englandby Cardiff-born singer-songwriter Green Gartside. He is the only member of the band to have remained throughout the group’s history.

Initially a left-wing-inspired post-punk British rock group, Scritti Politti developed into a more mainstream pop music project in the early to mid-1980s, enjoying significant success in the record charts in the UK and the US. The group’s most successful album, 1985’s Cupid & Psyche 85, spawned three UK Top 20 hits with “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)”, “Absolute”, and “The Word Girl”, as well as a US Top 20 hit with “Perfect Way”.

“The Word Girl” has a similar sound to many of the other group’s songs, with a smooth R&B-inspired sound with Green Gartside’s soulful vocals on top. On release, this song became the band’s biggest UK hit single, climbing to #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

The UK 12″ single added a megamix by Mastermind of Wood Beez/Absolute/Hypnotize from the “Cupid & Psyche 85” LP.

The Word Girl                                               4:25

Flesh & Blood                                              5:37

Scritti Politti Turntable Mix                            6:30


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The Kane Gang ‎– Don’t Look Any Further (1987)

Kane Gang were a sophisti-pop/blues rock trio from North East England that scored several UK and US hits in the 1980s. Named after the movie Citizen Kane, the trio recorded for the indie record label, Kitchenware, that was also home to Prefab Sprout.

Vocalists Martin Brammer (born 13 May 1957, Seaham, County Durham) and Paul Woods, plus multi-instrumentalist Dave Brewis formed the trio in 1982, after meeting while in small local bands, and signed to a small record label, which led to a deal with London Records in 1984.

Their debut album, Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang (released in the U.S. as Lowdown), was released the following year. It spawned two UK hit singles. These were “Closest Thing to Heaven” (#12) and a cover of The Staples Singers’ “Respect Yourself”(#21). The latter was also a hit in Australia, reaching No. 19. The album had a decent pedigree, being produced by Pete Wingfield, and having both P. P. Arnold and Sam Brown as backing vocalists.

The band’s next album, Miracle, was released in 1987 and spawned two U.S. hit singles: “Motortown” (#36 US / #45 UK) and another cover – this time of Dennis Edwards’ “Don’t Look Any Further” (#64 US / No. 52 UK). The latter hit No. 1 on the US Dance Charts.

This US 12″ featured three mixes by Francois Kevorkian and the Vocal Dub mix by Mantronik.

Don’t Look Any Further (Extended Mix)                   7:12

Don’t Look Any Further (B-Boy Vocal Dub)              4:26

Don’t Look Any Further (Lookin’ To Africa)               4:42

Don’t Look Any Further (Percapella Mix)                 4:39

A Finer Place                                                       4:25


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Machinations ‎– No Say In It (1984)

Machinations was a popular Sydney-based outfit working the mid-1980s independent Australian music scene. Notable national hits included “Pressure Sway”, “My Heart’s On Fire” and “No Say In It”. They also achieved indie prominence with the two versions of their first single, “Average Inadequacy”. Machinations failed to achieve as much commercial success, either at home or abroad, as many of their peers. Nevertheless, the band had a cult following in dance clubs, by far their strongest supporters.

Following the album’s release, and an Australian tour support slot with Joe Jackson, Machinations added Warren McLean on drums;prior to that the band used a drum machine (a Roland CR-78). The band entered Rhinoceros Studios with English producer Julian Mendelsohn, emerging with the smoothest and most fully realised album of its career, Big Music, in July 1985.

The album produced four hit singles. The first of these, “No Say in It”/”Man Overboard” pre-empted the album by nine months (it was released in September 1984) and ended up being the band’s highest charting single, peaking at #14 in October 1984.  Naomi Star sang backing vocals on most of the album, although Inez Lawson was featured on “No Say in It”.

The album peaked at #20 on the national album charts, spending several weeks at that position. It was also released in the United States on the A&M label.

No Say In It (Machinations Cut Mix)                  8:26

No Say In It (Mendelsohn’s Played Mix)            7:11


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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 8 days for that many people to see it.

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Inner City ‎– Watcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (1989)

Inner City is an American house and techno group, formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1987. The group is composed of the record producer and composer Kevin Saunderson and the Chicago, Illinois native Paris Grey. Saunderson is renowned as one of the Belleville Three — along with Juan Atkins and Derrick May — high school friends who later originated the Detroit Techno sound.

Inner City topped dance charts in America and the UK eight times, hit the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart nine times,and sold around six million records.The group is best known for its early dancefloor-pop music crossover tracks “Big Fun” (UK #8, US Dance #1) and “Good Life” (UK #4, US Dance #1). Other hits include “Do You Love What You Feel” (UK #16, US Dance #1) and “Watcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'” (UK #12, US Dance #8). The music videos to these songs received significant airplay throughout the world.

Watcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Kevin McCord Club Mix)                               7:43

Watcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Instrumental)                                               7:52

Watcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Knuckles/Morales Def Mix)                           8:25

Set Your Body Free (Mark Kinchen’s London Remix)                                         6:18

Set Your Body Free (Sync Underground Mix)                                                    3:46

Watcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Vocal Dub Version)                                      4:40


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Third World ‎– Now That We’ve Found Love (1985)

Third World are a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. Although they have undergone several lineup changes, Stephen “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members, and singer William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke has been with them since 1976, singing on all but their debut album.

Third World started when keyboard player Michael “Ibo” Cooper and guitarist (and cellist) Stephen “Cat” Coore (son of former Deputy Prime Minister David Coore), who had originally played in The Alley Cats then Inner Circle, subsequently left to form their own band along with Inner Circle singer Milton “Prilly” Hamilton. They recruited bassist Richard Daley, formerly of Ken Boothe’s band and Tomorrow’s Children, and added drummer Carl Barovier and former Inner Circle percussionist Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett before making their live debut in early 1974.

Third World’s greatest success came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, peaking with their cover version of The O’Jays’ “Now That We Found Love” from their third album Journey to Addis, a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1978, reaching the top ten in the UK.

In 1985, “Now That We Found Love” was re-released with new Paul Hardcastle remixes and included the original extended version of the single.

Now That We’ve Found Love (Paul Hardcastle Remix)           5:58

Now That We’ve Found Love (Instrumental)                          6:49

Prisoner In The Street                                                        5:20

Now That We’ve Found Love (Original)                                8:30


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Midnight Star ‎– No Parking On The Dance Floor (Remix) (1985)

Midnight Star is an American R&B and electro-funk group that had a string of R&B hits in the 1980s. The group was formed in 1976 at Kentucky State University by trumpeter Reggie Calloway, vocalist Belinda Lipscomb, guitarist/vocalist Melvin Gentry, bassist Kenneth Gant, multi-instrumentalist Bill Simmons, keyboard player/vocalist Bo Watson and guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Cooper, as a self-contained group. They would later add non-KSU student trombonist Vincent Calloway (Reginald’s younger brother). A 1978 New York City showcase inspired SOLAR Records chief Dick Griffey to sign the group.

Utiliizing elected band leader Reggie Calloway’s production skills, it did not take long for Midnight Star to hit the U.S. R&B chart with early singles like “Hot Spot” and “I’ve Been Watching You”. Drummer Bobby Lovelace joined the group in late 1982, freeing Gentry to sing and play guitar exclusively. Their fourth album, No Parking on the Dance Floor, was released in 1983, and it took them to the top of the charts with the first single, “Freak-A-Zoid”, which went to number two. Other singles from the album included “Wet My Whistle”, and the title track. These singles, along with the hit album tracks “Slow Jam” (co-written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds) and “Electricity” propelled the album to double platinum status. Their next album, Planetary Invasion, was almost as big, selling platinum again and making the pop Top 20 and the number one spot on the R&B chart with its first single, “Operator”. This song remains the band’s only Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit to date.

No Parking On The Dance Floor (Remix)                    8:33

Planetary Invasion (Remix)                                        7:29


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