The "A" Team is back with another smasheroo from Shannon. "Give Me Tonight" is her followup single to "Let The Music Play" and the Emergency 12" release is burning up turntables from coast to coast! Like "Let The Music Play", Shannon's new song was written by Chris Barbosa and Ed Chisolm. Mark Liggett and Chris produced, and Sergio Cossa was executive producer.
Chris did the vocal and instrumental mixes on the Emergency commercial 12" release, which have been edited together for this exclusive Disconet appearance by none other than Valapucci of Milano. Val gives the whole song a new slant, with energy that is bound to keep them boiling for over nine minutes. Two bands mark breaks along the way. Enjoy!
SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Side A runs 9:27 at 119 BPM.
Kim Wilde's first U.S. hit last year was "Kids In America" (now on a video compilation as well), and a cut on her RAK/EMI-U.K. LP called "Sparks" was too much for Glenn Howard to resist. Glenn started spinning in 1977 at The Office in Sherman Oaks, CA, and drove them wild for the past five years at The Pink Elephant in Santa Monica until that club's untimely burning a few weeks ago. He's been one of California's more progressive energy-oriented DJs, and his special edit of "Sparks" drove the folks wild. Now you can check it out, too. The original 4 minute version can be found on Kim's "Catch As Catch Can" LP. Ricky Wilde produced and co-wrote, and the song was recorded at RAK's studios and mixed at Wessex in London.
Cyndi Lauper is next with "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." The CBS/Portrait UK 12" became a west coast favorite in the U.S. as an import, and has been rejuvinated and streetified with an Arthur Baker remix. But a hit is a hit, so we took the original tracks without the drum machine and gave them a little breathing space so now you have yet another version of a hit song which is going all the way pop. Cyndi was in Germany doing "Formula Eins" (the German Solid Gold TV show) along with the Two Sisters (singing "Destiny" in German), and Raul reports that she's as bouncy in person as she is on her record. Rick Chertoff produced, and Lennie Petze was executive producer for Red Sox Music Productions.
SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Side B runs 14:00 from 153 BPM to 121 BPM.
Angela Bofill describes herself as a "…pop singer with jazz and r&b influences. It's not like the old days when jazz was just be-bop - even rock and r&b have been heavily influenced by jazz, and that's very positive for the future of music in America." Her latest Arista LP entitled "Teaser" demonstrates her wide ranging talents as both a singer and songwriter, with "Special Delivery" being the latest single. Narada Michael Walden produced at The Automatt, with David Frazier engineering. We've combined the vocal and instrumental tracks into a special Disconet extended edit which has the good ole vocoder sounding warmer than ever.
The Reel is next with an extended edit of "Percussion" from GWP in The Netherlands. Peter De Wijn wrote and produced for GW Productions, and Harry Op Den Kelder engineered and mixed the vocal/dub commercial 12". The track does a real nice job at combining the electronic street sound with real percussion in a pleasing way. Energy-hungry clubs should find the Rams Horn import a fine addition to your repertoire.
SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Bonus Side 1 runs 15:10, beginning at 119 BPM and then slamming them into 132.
Here is your 1983 Top Tune Medley, based largely on your 443 votes for your strongest songs during 1983 and the keen ability of that Terrific Trio ---Mike Arato, John Matarazzo and Raul A. Rodriguez--- to knit a whole year (and 18 hot songs) into a 17:30 set. In addition to being welcomed into the time capsule which showcases what happened with dance music, the medley is a great way to spruce up an otherwise dull evening, and demonstrates how well carefully crafted mixes can really help make a song shine. The songs are listed in order of play on the right.
|"The Safety Dance"||Men Without Hats||Backstreet/MCA||Ivan|
|"Just Be Good To Me"||The S.O.S. Band||CBS/Tabu||T.Lewis-J. Harris III|
|"State Farm"||Yaz||Sire/WB||Clark/ Moyet|
|"Billie Jean"||Michael Jackson||CBS/Epic (1982)||M.Jackson|
|"Let The Music Play"||Shannon||Emergency||C.Barbosa-E.Chisolm|
|"Flashdance… What A Feeling"||Irene Cara||PolyGram/Casablanca||G.Moroder-K.Forsey-I.Cara|
|"Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"||Eurythmics||RCA (1982)||Lennox-Stewart|
|"She Blinded Me With Science"||Thomas Dolby||EMI/Harvest||T.Dolby-J.Kerr|
|"Lies"||Thompson Twins||Arista (1982)||T.Bailey-A.Currie-J.Leeway|
|"She Works Hard For The Money"||Donna Summer||Phonogram/Mercury||D.Summer-M.Omartian|
|"Beat It"||Michael Jackson||CBS/Epic (1982)||M.Jackson|
|"I'm So Excited"||Pointer Sisters||Planet/RCA||A./J./R.Pointer-T.Lawrence|
|"Thriller"||Michael Jackson||CBS/Epic (1982)||R.Temperton|
SPECIAL NOTE TO DJs: Bonus Side 2 runs 17:30 from 104 BPM (beats per minute) to 172 BPM.
Ed Bednar wins the LCD chronograph. Ed plays at the City Limits in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and the pressing serial number on Program 7, Volume 6 (#1087) matched the lucky winning number for that program. We're sending Ed the watch that does practically everything, and takes a licking while it keeps on ticking as well. Ed's favorite selections on Program 7 included Scott Blackwell and Theo Roca's remix of "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder, the extended edit of Dionne Warwick's "Got A Date", and that marvelous Double Dee and Steinski remix par excellence of G.L.O.B.E. and Whiz Kid's "Play That Beat, Mr. D.J." To win the watch, be sure to enter the pressing serial number shown on the upper right hand corner of your Side A/B record jacket on to your postpaid feedback card. Good luck!