May 10

Popular ’87

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Every track on Popular gets a mark out of 10 – this is your opportunity to tick any and all tracks in a calendar year you’d have given 6 or higher to (and to comment on the year in general in the comments box).

Which Of These Number One Singles Of 1987 Would You Have Given 6 Or More To?

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    Billy Smart on 5 May 2010 #

    Eleven out of nineteen – A obvious step up from the dull days of 1985 and 1986.

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    lonepilgrim on 5 May 2010 #

    Nine out of n-n-n-nineteen for me. A year of highs (MARRS) and lows (Ferry Aid).

    A year best remembered for the release of ‘Sign ‘o’ the times’ – still recall hearing the title track – an epiphany on the M5 heading towards Manchester

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    tonya on 5 May 2010 #

    Here’s the US list. The godawful Cutting Crew hit is known for being a product of independent record promotion payola, apparently its sales did not correlate with its chart position.

    “Walk Like an Egyptian” The Bangles
    “Shake You Down” Gregory Abbott
    “At This Moment” Billy Vera and the Beaters
    “Open Your Heart” Madonna
    “Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi
    “Jacob’s Ladder” Huey Lewis and the News
    “Lean on Me” Club Nouveau
    “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” Starship
    “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” Aretha Franklin and George Michael
    “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” Cutting Crew
    “With or Without You” U2
    “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” Kim Wilde
    “Always” Atlantic Starr
    “Head to Toe” Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
    “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” Whitney Houston
    “Alone” Heart
    “Shakedown” Bob Seger
    “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” U2
    “Who’s That Girl” Madonna
    “La Bamba” Los Lobos
    “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
    “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” Whitney Houston
    “Here I Go Again” Whitesnake
    “Lost in Emotion” Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
    “Bad” Michael Jackson
    “I Think We’re Alone Now” Tiffany
    “Mony Mony” Billy Idol
    “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
    “Heaven is a Place on Earth” Belinda Carlisle
    “Faith” George Michael

    Que sera, que sera.

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    Conrad on 5 May 2010 #

    3 for me – Whitney, MARRS and Mel & Kim

    Record of the year a tie between “True Faith” which blew me away, “I Started Something” (my favourite Smiths single) and “Love Removal Machine” which made rock sound preposterous and fun for the first time in ages.

    Enjoyed the Beastie Boys album too, but won’t pretend I had discovered Appetite for Destruction in 1987.

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    lonepilgrim on 5 May 2010 #

    The Face top singles for 1987 (courtesy of http://www.rocklist.net):

    1. Prince – Sign O’ The Times
    2. Eric B And Rakim – Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix)
    3. Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
    4. Marrs – Pump Up The Volume
    5. Derek B – Get Down
    6. Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
    7. The Smiths – Girlfriend in a Coma
    8. Sly ‘N’ Robbie – Boops (Here to Go)
    9. Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
    10. Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
    11. Tashan – Chasin’ a Dream
    12. Phuture – Acid Tracks
    13. Maceo and the macks – ‘Cross the Tracks
    14. Spoonie G – The Godfather
    15. Angela Winbush – Angel
    16. Coldcut Crew – Beats and Pieces
    17. Levert – Casanova
    18. Lola Wax – The Van
    19. Sweet T and Jazzy Joyce – It’s My Beat
    20. King Sun and D Moet – Hey Love
    21. Wendy and Lisa – Waterfall
    22. Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House
    23. LL Cool J – I’m Bad
    24. Cookie Crew – Females
    25. Madonna – Who’s That Girl
    26. Joyce Simms – Lifetime Love
    27. The Fat Boys – Wipeout
    28. Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul
    29. Roxanne Shante – Have a Nice Day
    30. Kings of Pressure – You Know How to Reach Us
    31. Barry White – Sho’ Yo’ Right
    32. The Equals – Funky Like a Train
    33. Devil Bitch – Love is a Machete
    34. Ce Ce Rogers – Someday
    35. Working Week – largo
    36. The Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This
    37. George Michael – Faith
    38. Two Puerto Ricans A Black Man And A Dominican – Do It Properly
    39. T Coy – Carino
    40. Tina B – January, February

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    swanstep on 5 May 2010 #

    6 for me. From the US list, 10 would make the cut.

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    Billy Smart on 5 May 2010 #

    NME Critics Poll 1987 (fantastic top 10!)

    1. Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince
    2. Paid In Full – Eric B & Rakim
    3. Big Decision – That Petrol Emotion
    4. Rebel Without A Pause – Public Enemy
    5. Pump Up The Volume – M/A/R/R/S
    6. I Know You Got Soul – Eric B & Rakim
    7. Hit The North – The Fall
    8. Birthday – The Sugercubes
    9. True Faith – New Order
    10. Females – Cookie Crew
    11. Girlfriend In A Coma – The Smiths
    12. Hey Love – King Sun D Moet
    13. Rent – Pet Shop Boys
    14. Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys
    15. If I Was Your Girlfriend – Prince
    16. Get Down – Derek B
    17. Fairy Tale Of New York – The Pogues
    18. Boops(Here To Go) – Sly And Robbie
    19. Birth School Work Death – The Godfathers
    20. He’s A Whore/ The Model – Big Black
    21. The Albums Of Jack – The Bachelor Pad
    22. First We Take Manhattan – Jennifer Warnes
    23. This Brutal House – Nitro Deluxe
    24. April Skies – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    25. You’re Gonna Get Yours – Public Enemy
    26. Someday – Ce Ce Rogers
    27. My Favourite Dress – The Wedding Present
    28. Saturday Night – Schoolly D
    29. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
    30. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
    31. Alex Chilton – The Replacements
    32. The Godfather – Spoonie Gee
    33. New Mind – Swans
    34. Downtown – Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu
    35. I Am The Law – Anthrax
    36. Beaver Patrol – Pop Will Eat Itself
    37. Letter From America – The Proclaimers
    38. All You Need Is Love – Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu
    39. There’s A Ghost In My House – The Fall
    40. It’s Not Heaven – Blind Mice
    41. Beats And Pieces – Cold Cut
    42. Rock Da House – Cookie Crew
    43. What Have I Done To Deserve This – Pet Shop Boys
    44. There Ain’t Nothin’ Like Shaggin’ – The Tams
    45. Chasin’ A Dream – Tashan
    46. Indians – Anthrax
    47. Lolita – AR Kane
    48. What’s My Scene? – The Hoodoo Gurus
    49. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
    50. The Kray Twins – Renegade Soundwave
    51. Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen
    52. Sho’ You Right – Barry White
    53. Jump Start – Natalie Cole
    54. Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson
    55. Shoplifters Of The World Unite – The Smiths
    56. Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Noise? – Age Of Chance
    57. Walk Away – Surf Drums
    58. Build – The Housemartins
    59. Touch Of Grey – The Grateful Dead
    60. If You Let Me Stay – Terence Trent D’arby

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    Billy Smart on 5 May 2010 #

    The Melody Maker poll is very different;

    1. Birthday – The Sugercubes
    2. Lollita EP – AR Kane
    3. Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince
    4. This Corrosion – Sisters Of Mercy
    5. Catch – The Cure
    6. Pump Up The Volume – M|A|R|R|S
    7. If I Was Your Girlfriend – Prince
    8. Chains Chained EP – Throwing Muses
    9. April Skies – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    10. Who’s That Girl? – Madonna
    11. Forgotten Town – The Christians
    12. Rebel Without A Pause – Public Enemy
    13. Alex Chilton EP – The Replacements
    14. A Town Called Walker – Tom Verlaine
    15. Let Happiness In – David Sylvian
    16. When You’re Sad/Haunted – AR Kane
    17. Hope Against Hope – Band Of Susan’s
    18. I’m Bad – LL Cool J
    19. Happy When It Rains – Jesus And Mary Chain
    20. Why Can’t I Be You? – The Cure

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    lonepilgrim on 5 May 2010 #

    Good to be reminded of ‘Big Decision’ by That Petrol Emotion and ‘Mary’s Prayer’, two songs from that era that I love.
    Interesting to see ‘Who’s that girl?’ in both the NME and Face charts given what a relatively cool reception it got here.

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    Garry on 6 May 2010 #

    Am amused DAvid Sylvian did a tune called Let Happiness In. He’s not the cheeriest artist around. The combined lists above show it was a bumper year for music, though unfortunately I’ve got that Tiffany tune stuck in my head for the first time in years…

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    swanstep on 6 May 2010 #

    Laughing boy Sylvian was the classy bee’s knees where I was in 1987 (although everyone I knew was still listening to his 1986 double album Gone to Earth). He sounded pretty cheery on Silver Moon too.

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    Weej on 6 May 2010 #

    1987 seems to go roughly “good, bad, good, bad…” all the way through.
    Wish I could say the same for 1988.

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    thefatgit on 6 May 2010 #

    And Mr Peel’s Festive 50:

    1. Sugarcubes – Birthday
    2. The Fall – Australians In Europe
    3. Wedding Present – Everyone Thinks He looks Daft
    4. That Petrol Emotion – Big Decision
    5. Smiths – Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me
    6. Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress
    7. New Order – True Faith
    8. Wedding Present – A Million Miles
    9. The Fall – Hit the North
    10. Wedding Present – Anyone Can Make a Mistake
    11. I, Ludicrous – Preposterous Tales
    12. Smiths – Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
    13. Sonic Youth – Schizophrenia
    14. Public Enemy – Rebel Without a Pause
    15. Smiths – Girlfriend in a Coma
    16. Jesus and Mary Chain – April Skies
    17. Barmy Army – Sharp as a Needle
    18. Big Black – Colombian Necktie
    19. Primitives – Stop Killing Me
    20. Cud – You Sexy Thing
    21. Smiths – Paint a Vulgar Picture
    22. Motorcycle Boy – Big Rock Candy Mountain
    23. Smiths – Sweet and Tender Hooligan
    24. Smiths – Half a Person
    25. Smiths – Death of a Disco Dancer
    26. The Fall – Athlete Cured
    27. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
    28. Railway Children – Brighter
    29. Smiths – I Won’t Share You
    30. Bhundu Boys – My Foolish Heart
    31. Wedding Present – Getting Nowhere Fast
    32. Prince – Sign o’ the Times
    33. James Taylor Quartet – Blow Up
    34. Smiths – Sheila Take a Bow
    35. McCarthy – Frans Hals
    36. Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
    37. Sonic Youth – (I got a) Catholic Block
    38. Public Enemy – You’re Gonna Get Yours
    39. Jesus and Mary Chain – Kill Surf City
    40. Smiths – I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish
    41. Jesus and Mary Chain – Nine Million Rainy Days
    42. Big Black – L Dopa
    43. New Order – 1963
    44. Butthole Surfers – 22 Going On 23
    45. Smiths – Shoplifters of the World Unite
    46. M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up the Volume
    47. Colorblind James Experience – Considering a Move to Memphis
    48. Gun Club – The Breaking Hands
    49. Beatmaster/Cookie Crew – Rok Da House
    50. Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh

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    Billy Smart on 9 May 2010 #

    NME readers’ poll 1987;

    1. Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times
    2. New Order – True Faith
    3. That Petrol Emotion – Big Decision
    4. The Sugarcubes – Birthday
    5. The Jesus & Mary Chain – April Skies
    6. The Smiths – I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish
    7. The Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma
    8. U2 – With Or Without You
    9. M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume
    10. The Smiths – Shoplifters Of The World Unite
    11. Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion
    12. The Proclaimers – Letter From America
    13. Peter Gabriel – Biko
    14. The Fall – Hit The North
    15. REM – The One I Love
    16. The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress
    17. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
    18. The Smiths – Sheila Take A Bow
    19. REM – It’s The End Of The World
    20. Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right

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    Billy Smart on 9 May 2010 #

    Melody Maker readers’ poll for 1987;

    1. Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion
    2. The Sugarcubes – Birthday
    3. New Order – True Faith
    4. The Cure – Catch
    5. Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times
    6. The Cure – Just Like Heaven
    7. The Jesus & Mary Chain – April Skies
    8. U2 – With Or Without You
    9. The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?
    10. The Smiths – I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish

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    Billy Smart on 10 May 2010 #

    The phantom number ones of 1987, that topped the NME chart but not the BBC one;

    C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil (1 week)
    Full Metal Jacket – Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding (1)
    Faith – George Michael (1)
    When I Fall In Love – Rick Astley (3)

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    Rory on 11 May 2010 #

    Eight from me: two retro ring-ins (King, Los Lobos), four up-tempo late-’80s pop (Mel & Kim, Whitney, PSBs x2), and two from THE FUTURE (Hurley, MARRS). I rated none of them highly enough at the time to buy the singles or any related albums, and only the Pet Shop Boys and MARRS inspire any music-ownership desires today. Given some of the other number ones we were subjected to in 1987, not the greatest year.

    In Australia, meanwhile, these were ours (with * denoting an Australian or NZ artist):

    *Pseudo Echo, “Funkytown”
    The Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian”
    Kim Wilde, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”
    Boris Gardiner, “I Want to Wake Up with You”
    George Michael and Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
    Paul Lekakis, “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room)”
    *Dave Dobbyn with Herbs, “Slice of Heaven”
    Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
    Mel and Kim, “Respectable”
    *The Party Boys, “He’s Gonna Step on You Again”
    *Kylie Minogue, “The Loco-Motion”
    Los Lobos, “La Bamba”
    *Icehouse, “Electric Blue”
    *Jimmy Barnes, “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love”
    Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You Up”

    The biggest seller out of those was by a certain singer we’ll be meeting here soon, so more on that anon.

    1987 for me meant Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust, new albums from the Hoodoo Gurus and Spy vs Spy (two more local acts), and my ambivalent feelings towards The Joshua Tree. Also, now that I check my dates, Def Leppard’s Hysteria. A long way from our Popular year, then.

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    taDOW on 11 May 2010 #

    9 from the uk list – both pet shop boys, mel and kim, marrs, whitney, ben e. king, los lobos, jack, rick astley

    18 from the us list – bangles, gregory abbott, madonna (heart), bon jovi, club nouveau, both u2, kim wilde, both lisa lisa, whitney (dance), heart, los lobos, whitesnake, michael jackson (bad), tiffany, belinda, george michael

    coulda sworn fat boys hit the top with ‘wipeout’ but alas rose colored glasses, etc.

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    ace inhibitor on 13 May 2010 #

    yep, I feel a palpable sense of retrospective excitement looking at those charts after 85-6. summer sunshine in rusholme, signing on after finishing at university, playing public enemy, sign of the times, hit the north and sharp as a needle through the open window. They probably all came out in november but that’s memory for you.

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    LondonLee on 14 May 2010 #

    Only 6 from me, I didn’t think it was a great year for chart toppers but looking at that list from The Face it was a bloody great year for music otherwise.

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    Martin Skidmore on 20 May 2010 #

    I don’t think of myself as particularly an ’80s fan, but I ticked 12 of these (though one is a rerelease), two of which I’d have given 10s to (both Pet Shop Boys).

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    Mike Atkinson on 20 May 2010 #

    11 to 8 in favour for me, and what a GREAT list (as ever in the 1980s) from The Face. I own 35 of its 40 tracks!

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    punctum on 20 May 2010 #

    The Face list brings back some nice memories. Don’t remember the Angela Winbush one, the presence of the seventeen-year-old “Funky Like A Train” is slightly puzzling and Working Week, with the exceptions of the 12” of “Venceremos” and “Stella Maria,” were always dreary (sorry Larry if you’re googling – massive respect to the Spatial AKA Orchestra!); also it’s “Wax The Van” by Lola. “Love Is A Machete” by Devil Bitch sounds brilliant but alas it was Dylan Jones’ shortlived heavy metal band DON’T EVEN ASK

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    Mike Atkinson on 20 May 2010 #

    Heh, you’ve mentioned three of the five that I don’t own (Angela Winbush, Working Week, Devil Bitch) – and of those five (also including Tina B and Kings Of Pressure), I’ve heard none of them.

    “Funky Like A Train” was a re-issue, and I played it out a fair few times. Probably some sort of rare groove crossover? Possibly inspired by The Pasadenas “Riding On A Train”?

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    punctum on 20 May 2010 #

    “Ridin’ On A Train” came out in late summer 1988 but I’m sure it was inspired by the younger Eddy Grant’s efforts; ah, Rare Groove, which also provoked a CONTROVERSIAL TOP 40 HIT known on Radio 1 as “A Record By The Tams” (see #44 on NME critics’ list above).

    The Kings of Pressure were from New York and “You Know How To Reach Us” was one of the great one-off rap classics of the era (see also “Strong Island” and suchlike). The B in Tina B is for Baker – she is Arthur’s wife – and “January, February” is not the Barbara Dickson “classic” but a huge slice of magnificent shudder-thwack post-Shannon electro-freestyle pop. Well worth seeking out a decent compilation of her stuff.

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    punctum on 20 May 2010 #

    Actually, was the success of “There’s Nothing LIKE” more to do with the second (third?) wave of Northern Soul?

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    punctum on 20 May 2010 #

    Links for the curious:

    Kings of Pressure – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt-MoX_ktvA

    Tina B (dub version only I’m afraid, but it’s quite the thing) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpHdf0WzaGk

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    lonepilgrim on 28 May 2010 #

    This seems as good a place as any to link to this interview by Paul Morley with Marshall Jefferson and some young fellow called Orlando:

    It goes on a bit mind..

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    AndyPandy on 28 May 2010 #

    The Tams’ “There’s Nothing Like ****” was played at weekenders as a kind of joke record (obviously because to British ears it sounded rude)originally discovered in the jazz/soul rooms and on the more purist shows on weekender radio/the pirates and then spreading as a end of night party/joke record in the main funk rooms then to mainstream clubs and thus the charts.The B-Side was the completely unconnected “Get A Job” which was being used in an advert on telly at the time.

    Nothing to do with Northern Soul as the above were all part of the South Eastern soul/funk scene.In fact the London soul/funk/jazz scene’s last gasp before with the start of acid house it started to rapidly contract as anything like a mass movement.

    There were a few other novelty and/or old records which AFAIK owed their initial success to the London/Home Counties pre-house dance scene (and nothing to do with the West End rare groove hence no Hot Butterfly or Jackson Sisters here)before often crossing over to mainstream pop clubs and then the charts

    *Sister Sledge – “Thinking of You” a 1979 album track played by the Soul Mafia from 1983.
    *Jackie Wilson – “I Get The sweetest Feeling” – played in jazz/soul rooms from about 1983 and unlike the other big 60s hits from the mid 80s not part of an advertising campaign
    *Tom Jones – “Its Not Unusual” – played in main funk rooms as a novelty ending record
    *Petula Clark – Downtown – same as Tom
    *Frank Sinatra _New York New York – played since early 80s as novelty main funk room record
    *Nina Simone – “My Baby Just Care For Me” – played on weekender radio/jazz rooms as early as I can remember ie 1982 – even on mainstream funk pirate shows – I don’t know why
    *Elvis Presley – “Bossa Nova Baby” jazz/soul rooms
    *Andy Williams/Earl Grant – “House of Bamboo” – jazz rooms – I think Johnny Walker (the acid house one not the Radio 1) used to cane this one when he played jazz and soul. Think the 2 versions spread the sales so it only ever appeared in that 75-100 part of the charts
    *Gilberto Gil – “Toda Menina Baiana” – 1979 track played by pirates/soul mafia clubs in early 80s (then minor hit via cover by Georgie Fame although once again many bought the original so diluting the sales)
    *Special Delivery – This Kind Of Love – played out in 1983 like the Gilberto Gil track and then covered and a hit later by Phil Fearon and Galaxy one of the latter backing singers who will be turning up in a hardcore style in 1994)

    On a different tip no mention of 1987’s “I Feel Good All Over” by Bang the Party (Kid Bachelor) which has a good claim to be the first British house record (or if it was beaten by a month or 2 by T-Coy “Carino” (which to be honest sounds more Latin than blatantly house as we came to know it)it is far more obviously house and in fact already has vaguely acidic elements. Probably why you’d still heard it out in 1988 (and actually even more in 1989) unlike the other track.

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    punctum on 8 Oct 2014 #

    TPL 1987 on, of all phenomena, The Phantom Of The Opera.

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