Timex Social Club ‎– Rumors (1986)

The Timex Social Club was an American contemporary R&B group, formed in 1982. The group is perhaps best known for its 1986 hit single, “Rumors” and for being major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.

Originally known as the Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory “Greg B” Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage and Thomas had departed, and both Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added to complete the group, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted. They specialized in both old school hip hop and the merger of urban R&B with hip hop rhythms, which were later known as new jack swing.

In 1986, the group released the Vicious Rumors album on Danya/Fantasy Records. It had one major hit, “Rumors”, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached #1 in Canada and #13 in the UK Singles Chart, and held the number 1 position for: US Billboard R&B chart, Hot Black Singles-Sales, Hot Black Singles-Airplay, US Hot Dance Club Play, Hot Dance/Disco-12 inch singles sales charts.

The New Zealand 12″ single of “Rumors” included the rare extended Shep Pettibone Dub version.

Rumors (Shep Pettibone Remix)                   7:43

Rumors (Shep Pettibone Dub)                       8:54

Rumors                                                       4:53

Vicious Rumors                                           7:07

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Climie Fisher ‎– Love Changes (Everything) (1988)

Climie Fisher were a UK pop duo formed by vocalist Simon Climie (born 1957) and former Naked Eyes keyboardist Rob Fisher (5 November 1956 – 25 August 1999). In 1987-8, they had two international hit singles: “Rise to the Occasion” and “Love Changes (Everything)”.

Climie Fisher wrote “Love Changes Everything” thinking that Rod Stewart could sing it, but Stewart turned it down and they released the song in 1987. Initially it received poor sales and airplay, reaching #67 in the UK and #30 in The Netherlands. After the success of “Rise to the Occasion”, the song was re-released with a slight remix by Bob Clearmountain in 1988, and reached #2 in the UK. It was kept off the top spot by the Pet Shop Boys song “Heart”.

“Love Changes (Everything)” also reached #2 in South Africa, #7 in Germany, #8 in Switzerland, #15 in Austria, #23 in Australia, #23 in the US Hot 100 and Top 20 on the U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.

The US 12″ single featured the House Mix by Phil Harding and the Dance Mix by Stephen Hague.

Love Changes (Everything) (House Mix)                  7:47

Love Changes (Everything) (Single Mix)                  4:28

Love Changes (Everything) (Dance Mix)                  7:45

Love Changes (Everything) (Pop Mix)                     6:14

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Haywoode ‎– I Can’t Let You Go (Detroit Extended Mix) (1986)

Haywoode (Sidney Haywoode, London) is an English female singer. She is best known for the 1986 UK Top 20 hit single, “Roses”. She later also recorded under the name Sid Haywoode.

Her debut single, “A Time Like This”, reached the Top 5 in the US Hot Dance Club Play Chart in 1983, and established her distinctive brand of soulful funk/pop. Via a succession of singles – including a couple of tracks produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, “You’d Better Not Fool Around”, “I Can’t Let You Go” and “Getting Closer” later on covered by Kylie Minogue. In July 1986 with the song “Roses” she hit the top 20 in the UK music charts. Her debut album Arrival (released soon after “Roses”) included Haywoode’s cover version of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.

“I Can’t Let You Go” would originally go to #63 on the UK Charts in 1984 but the Detroit Remix re-recording in 1986 would reach #50.

I Can’t Let You Go (Detroit Extended Mix)                   7:01

My Kind Of Hero                                                       6:52

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Total Contrast ‎– The River (1986)

Total Contrast was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. Group members were Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.

In the mid 1980s, they scored several hits on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Takes a Little Time,” which hit #1 in 1985. In their homeland, the same song, reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart. Further releases included “Hit and Run”, a minor hit which reached #41 in the UK in 1985, “The River” which peaked at #44 UK in early 1986, and “What You Gonna Do About It” peaking at #63 in the summer of 1986. The latter track was also featured on the band’s 1986 self-titled album. They recorded on London Records.

“The River” was mixed by Nick Rodgers & Steve Harvey and “Takes A Little Time” was remixed by Michael Brauer.

The River (Extensive Remix)                            6:49

Takes A Little Time (U.S. Remix)                     7:23

The River (Serious Dub)                                   4:13

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Stephanie Mills ‎– (You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (1987)

“(You’re Puttin’) A Rush on Me” is a 1987 single by American singer Stephanie Mills. The single was her third number one on the Hot Black Singles chart and second number one in 1987. The single spent one week at the top spot and crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eighty-five. “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush on Me” also peaked at number twenty-three on the dance charts.

Written by Paul Laurence (Freddie Jackson/Lillo Thomas/Evelyn “Champagne” King/Meli’sa Morgan) and Timmy Allen (Change/Millie Jackson/Lillo Thomas), the US 12″ featured a range of mixes by Louil Silas Jr.

(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Extended Club Mix)                  8:33

(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Radio Edit)                               5:50

(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Instrumental)                            5:50

(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Rushapella)                              5:05

(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me (Bonus Beats)                           6:00

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