Andreé Maranda ‎– (Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart (1987)

Most internet searches on Andreé Maranda tend to bring up her featured role in 1984’s schlock classic “The Toxic Avenger” prior to any mention of a musical career but Andreé did release 4 singles between 1986 and 1989 all on the defunct NY label, NFS Records, Inc.

The second of these singles was a cover of the The Supremes classic “(Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart”. Industry heavyweights such as Patrick Adams (Engineer) and John Luongo (Mix/Editing/Production) pitched in on the 12″ mixes and it does exactly what it sets out to do, putting an 80’s dance music sheen on one of Motown’s biggest hits.

If you like this track, drop by Andreé’s Facebook page and let her know (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andree-Maranda/64858420740)

(Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart (Club Mix)                                  7:42

(Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart (Bonus Beats)                            4:23

(Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart (Radio Power Edit)                      5:29

(Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart (Single Mix)                                3:58

(Love Is Like An) Itchin’ In My Heart (Bacapella)                                 6:24

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Eddy Grant ‎– Electric Avenue / Time Warp (1982)

Edmond Montague “Eddy” Grant (born 5 March 1948) is a Guyanese British musician. The Allmusic journalist Jo-Ann Greene noted: “Eddy Grant stands among an elite group of artists as one who has not just merely moved successfully across the musical spectrum, but has actually been at the forefront of genres and even created one of his own. From pop star to reggae radical, musical entrepreneur to the inventor of ringbang, the artist has cut a swath through the world of music and made it his own.”

“Electric Avenue” is an RIAA platinum-certified single by Eddy Grant, from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. In the US, it was one of 1983’s biggest hits of the year.

It was initially released as a single in 1982, and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. In March 1983, CBS decided to launch the single in United States where it spent five weeks at #2 in Billboard (kept out of the top spot by “Every Breath You Take” by The Police) and hit #1 in Cash Box magazine. The song’s lyrics refer to the 1981 Brixton riot, the title referring to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London.

The original B-Side to this song was a non-LP track entitled “Time Warp.” The 45 sold over one million copies in the United States, earning a platinum certification. It was later re-issued with “I Don’t Want to Dance” as the flip side.

Electric Avenue                        6:18

Time Warp                              5:46

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Sharpe And Numan ‎– Change Your Mind (1985)

“Change Your Mind” was intended as a one-off single by Sharpe + Numan (a collaboration between Gary Numan and jazz keyboardist/producer Bill Sharpe, member of the jazz fusion group Shakatak).

After the success of the single which reached number 17 in the UK charts in 1985, further singles followed and an album “Automatic” was released in 1989. In the AllMusic review of the album , Michael Sutton describes the single “The catchy “Change Your Mind” should’ve been a bigger hit than “Cars”; driven by Roger Odell‘s vigorous drums and Sharpe’s disco-fueled synthesizers, “Change Your Mind” latches onto a sweltering groove.”

This rare US 12″ featured an exclusive Razormaid remix by Joseph Watt in addition to the Wally Brill mixes.

Change Your Mind (Razormaid Version)               7:25

Change Your Mind (Single Version)                      4:04

Change Your Mind (Extended Version)                 8:30

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Spelt Like This ‎– Stop This Rumour (1985)

Spelt Like This was an obscure electronica/synthpop trio from the U.K. that was part of the famous Stock-Aitken-Waterman family of artists. In 1985, the group released two singles: “Contract Of The Heart” and “Stop This Rumour”.

“Stop This Rumour” was written by the band and produced by Stock-Aitken-Waterman and is a fairly unremarkable piece of pop music although the shirts the boys sport on the 12″ sleeve are outstanding !

Recommended though is the flipside “The Alphabet” which showed the band may have had more promise than expected.

As always, anything associated with SAW does tend to get removed quite quickly and as it is their right to not have these tracks posted, I do not re-post once removed, move quickly if you want this one !

Stop This Rumour (The Lust Mix)         6:28

The Alphabet                                      7:11

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Chaka Khan ‎– This Is My Night (Dance Remix) (1984)

After having balanced her two simultaneous careers as a member of the band Rufus and a solo performer during the years 1978 to 1983, which culminated with the release of the final Rufus & Chaka Khan album Stompin’ at the Savoy – Live after which the band dissolved, Khan recorded the album that was to make her a pop star with mainstream chart success; 1984’s “I Feel for You”.

The album reached #16 on Billboard’s Album Chart, #4 R&B and #15 in the UK.  The follow-up single to the hit title track was the David Frank/Mic Murphy penned “This Is My Night” (US #60, R&B #11, Dance #1, UK #14) .

“This Is My Night” was remixed for the 1989 remix compilation Life is a Dance – The Remix Project. The 1984 mixes by Arif Mardin and Russ Titelman remain unreleased on CD.

This Is My Night (Dance Remix)                          6:16

Got To Be There                                                3:54

Caught In The Act                                             3:45

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Wally Badarou ‎– Chief Inspector (Remixes) (1985)

Wally Badarou was born 1955 in Paris. Although he planned a career as a pilot, he was seduced by synthesizers and rock & roll, eventually becoming a well-known session keyboardist in England and his own Nassau, Bahamas, studio.

Badarou’s early career included work with M (on the hit “Pop Music”),  Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, and Island Records artists like Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, and the British funk band Level 42.

In addition to his production and keyboard work for Level 42, he has done several film scores, most notably Kiss of the Spider Woman. You can hear both the rhythmic sensitivity of his African heritage and the harmonic sensibility of his classical training in his music. His expressive and sophisticated synthesizer textures are full of life, especially on his more dance-oriented Echoes album.

And so, my third and final post for “Chief Inspector” is finally here, one of my favourite tracks and perfect soundtrack for a very hot Australian summer, for those suffering in much colder climates, here’s hoping these remixes by Paul “Groucho” Smykle brighten up your day.

Chief Inspector (Vine Street)                       5:43

Chief Inspector (Hill Street)                         5:44

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Chaka Khan ‎– Tight Fit (1986)

Destiny was Chaka Khan’s sixth studio album and the follow-up to the platinum-selling I Feel for You and was as high tech as its predecessor – symptomatically and characteristically for its period with more producers and sound engineers credited in the liner notes than musicians – but was musically more geared towards rock and pop than soul and R&B.

The album spun off five single releases, the second of these was “Tight Fit”, a midtempo R&B ballad produced by Russ Titelman and Arif Mardin, which reached #28 on the US R&B chart.

“Tight Fit” was written by Bunny Siegler and Bunny Morrow and was remixed by Tom Lord-Alge for the 12″ release in the US and Germany.

Tight Fit (Extended Version)                   6:18

Who’s It Gonna Be                                4:35

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Sylvester ‎– Take Me To Heaven / Sex (1985)

Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, he was often described as a drag queen, although repeatedly rejected such a description. Responsible for a string of hit singles, in the late 1970s, Sylvester became known in the United States under the moniker of the “Queen of Disco”.

In 1982, Sylvester, came to believe that Harvey Fuqua and Fantasy Records had failed to pay him everything that he was owed from the success of his records. His relationship with Fuqua broke down, and he decided to leave the label. Sylvester then decided to record his next album with Megatone Records, a club-orientated company that had been founded by Patrick Cowley and Marty Blecman the previous year and whose customers were primarily gay clubbers from San Francisco.

In 1984, Sylvester released his third album on Megatone, M-1015 (later re-released as Rock The Box). The album was more frenetic and pumping than his previous releases, having completely embraced the genre of Hi-NRG. The major figures behind the album had been Kessie and Morey Goldstein, and Sylvester himself had not written any of the tracks.

This 12″ took two of the best tracks from M-1015 and gave them long extended mixes by Ian Levine.

Note that this 12″ was in terrible condition when I picked it up at a record fair recently and the recording has been given quite a clean up but some clicks may remain, hope you still enjoy these mixes.

Take Me To Heaven (Ian Levine Remix)         10:55

Sex (Ian Levine Remix)                                9:20

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Chaka Khan ‎– It’s My Party (1988)

Womack & Womack’s Latino-flavoured “It’s My Party” was the first single to be released from Chaka Khan’s seventh studio album, CK.

The single reached #5 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart and the CK album itself also charted higher than the preceding Destiny, reaching #17 on the R&B Albums chart.

“It’s My Party” was remixed by Keith Cohen & Steve Beltran and featured Jeff Lorber on keyboards.

It’s My Party (New Party Mix)                            8:40

It’s My Party (Club Instrumental)                        5:05

It’s My Party (LP Version)                                 5:10

It’s My Party (Club Edit)                                    5:10

It’s My Party (Dance Dub)                                 5:18

Where Are You Tonite (LP Version)                    4:58

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Sly & Robbie ‎– Make ‘Em Move (Riot Zone Remixes) (1985)

“Make ‘Em Move” was a 1985 single by prolific reggae production duo, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare. The track was written by Sly & Robbie with Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic/Talking Heads) and was the lead single from the album “Language Barrier”.

Produced by Bill Laswell & Material, the single would receive two releases in the UK, both featuring remixes by Paul “Groucho” Smykle with the second release timed to promote the song’s inclusion in the movie “Good To Go”, a little-seen film based around the D.C. Go-go scene starring Art Garfunkel.

Make ‘Em Move (Riot Zone 1)              7:34

Make ‘Em Move (Riot Zone 2)              7:03

Bass And Trouble                               6:06

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