Imagination – Bodytalk (vocal) 12″

I can’t even with this track and this group. Honestly when I listen to this one I am just grateful to have been so alive through the ’80s and to have found so many loving friends while this one was on endless repeat.

Here for your collection, the 12″ vocal :

Costumes, poses…now I know where I got it from…GOALS.

Ok, so add to that the performance…

Imagination were a three piece British soul and funk band, who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They had chart hits in 28 countries, earning four platinum discs, nine gold discs and more than a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1983

Singer Leee John was working as a backing vocalist for The Delfonics, Chairmen of the Board, The Velvelettes and The Elgins  when he met Ashley Ingram, a guitarist/bassist (born 27 November 1960, Northampton). John and Ingram formed a songwriting partnership, resolving to start their own ‘slinky, sexy and erotic’ group, working in a short-lived band called Fizzz. Whilstauditioning for another short-lived band, Midnight Express, they met drummer Errol Kennedy (born 9 June 1953, Montego Bay) who had learned to drum in the Boys’ Brigade and Air Training Corps.

Formed in 1981, the trio took a demo tape of a track called “Body Talk” to producers Jolley & Swain. It was released as a single in April 1981 under the group name Imagination, a name that the group chose as a tribute to John Lennon. The track reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1981, selling 250,000 copies in the UK and spending eighteen weeks in the Top 50. They had two more hit singles that year, “In and Out of Love” (September) and “Flashback” (November), both of which peaked at number 16, all from their debut album, also called Body Talk.

Their biggest hit, “Just an Illusion”, peaked at number two in March 1982 (“Just an Illusion” would later be used as the end title song to the 1986 movie, F/X); followed by “Music and Lights” The group’s second album, 1982’s In the Heat of the Night, was their most successful, spawning a trio of chart hits in the form of “Just an Illusion” , “Music and Lights”  and “Changes”. The remix collection Night Dubbing appeared the following year, as did the group’s third proper album, Scandalous.

The trio frequently appeared on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops, and other pop music TV programmes, 

with a distinctive exotic style, reminiscent of Roman senators, harem orderlies and slaves. John made a guest appearance on Doctor Who in 1983. They were also known for their esoteric album sleeve notes.

Following this the success of the group in the UK waned, but they continued to perform, tour and record. 

In 1987, they were signed to RCA Records and recorded two albums and seven more singles. Their last album Fascination Of The Physical, recorded in 1990, was a commercial failure. This caused the band to split in 1992.

John went back to acting, but re-surfaced as a singer in the reality television show, Reborn in the 

USA.John also remains active by continuing his recording career as a solo artist and collaborator while also working on a project documenting British black music.

Ingram also enjoyed success as a songwriter for Des’ree.

Since the group split there have been several compilations released while ‘The Very Best Of Imagination’ is the best place to start.

For (Town) Cryin’ Out Loud


Sept 30th – Grand Central – 5 Masonic – Provincetown – 9 to 1 – With me, your music maestro toute la nuit


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Seconds – The Salsoul Orchestra featuring Loleatta Holloway

No words are necessary with this post because there ARE no words that can describe, relate or capture the many aspects of this classic Loleatta track.

This is the Salsoul Orchestra original extended 12″ mix and is the highest quality mp3.

 

If You Wanna Ride,

ride the white pony.

Laid Back was a Danish duo – Tim Stahl and John Guldberg – this is the extended version of the B-side of their single, Sunshine Reggae. Sometimes the B-sides are better.

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Hey Y’all! It’s Color Me Badd!

Heartbreaker – Color Me Badd (Heart Attack Mix)

THE MAGIC OF FRANKIE KNUCKLES ENDURES

Color Me Badd?…not so much.

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Dyin’ To Be Dancin’ – Empress

Now, this one really was my jam. Empress. Get into her. Sister Dimension owned this track. This was the sound of Whisper’s ( Sunday night at Pyramid. ) The levels on this rare 12″ mix are all over the place – so be ready for some ear bleed. It’s worth it though – the “rap” is hilarious but then again, this was 1981. Any lyric that starts off with a desperately shreeking, “Somebody help me!” is good for me. I hear you babe… I’m dying to be dancing.

Prelude Records made it happen. -Written and performed by Crown Heights Affair.  – Produced my William Anderson and Raymond Reid.

Vocals are by Gail Smith.

Crank it.

 

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Join Me At The Monster NYC for Disco Classics

I’ll be there tonight from 6 to 10 PM filling in for Bunny. The last time I did this the staff freaked out and the dance floor was full from 6:30 onward. I’m not the type to boast so I won’t tell you I received a very gracious and surprising round of applause after my set! I do it all for the dancers.

Come and dance – I’ll be doing it all for you.

The legendary MONSTER NYC – 80 Grove Street – ( Gay Ground Zero  )-  from 6PM till after dark.

It’s their 32nd Year on the Square , Sheridan Square.

I’ll be there next Sunday too but it might be very crowded after tonight!

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2 Essential Michael Tracks for Your Massive Library

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So young and so perfect.

That’s Quincy Jones’ masterful touch you’re hearing. The track was co-produced by Michael and Quincy. I consider it to be perfect. There is no fat, it’s trimmed down and reduced to a sonic crystalline structure that can exist as pop. ( ? )

Mastah Q do more with less.

(Funky grasshopper learn big lesson on dance floor.)

Funky grasshopper think lyric have Buddhist flair. Also same message that Jesus spread…”You’re just another part of me.”

We’re taking over
We have the truth
This is our  mission
To see it through

Don’t point your finger
We’re not dangerous
This is our planet
You’re one of us

We’re sending out
A major love
And this is our
Message to you
(Message to you)
The planets are linin’ up
We’re bringing brighter days
They’re all in line
Waiting for you
Can’t you see?
You’re just another part of me

A brother nation
Fulfill the truth
The final message
We’ll bring to you
There is no danger
Fulfill the truth
So come together
We’re me and you

We’re sending out
A major love
And this is our
Message to you
(Message to you)
The planets are linin’ up
We’re bringing brighter days
They’re all in line
Waiting for you
So know the truth
You’re just another part of me

We’re sending out
A major love
And this is our
Message to you
(Message to you)
The planets are linin’ up
We’re bringing’ brighter days
They’re all in line
Waiting for you
Can’t you see?
You’re just another part of me
Another part of me

We’re taking over
This is the truth, baby
Another part of me

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