Greg Wilson’s Top 10 Floorfillers June ’82

Compiled from his record lists of the time.

As played at Wigan Pier and Legend (Manchester).

Listen to the full rundown here:

 

 

1.(3) Sinnamon ‘Thanks To You’ (Instrumental / Fierce Reprise)
Written by E. Matthew / D.Payne / K. Diamond)
Produced by Darryl Payne & Eric Matthew
Mixed by Shep Pettibone
US Becket 12”

 

 

 

2.(-) Electra ‘Feels Good (Carrots & Beets)’ (Instrumental)
Written by F. Falsini / T. Butler
Produced by Franco Falsini & Sergio Cossa
US Emergency 12”

 

 

 

3.(-) Odyssey ‘Inside Out’
Written by J.Rae
Produced by Jimmy Douglass
US RCA 12”

 

 

 

4.(-) Al McCall ‘Hard Times’
Written by Arlene / Hill / McCall
Produced by Al McCall
Co-Produced / Mixed by Tee Scott
US West End 12”

 

 

 

5.(9) Linda Taylor ‘You And Me Just Started’
Written by C. Palmer / L. Taylor
Produced by Chris Palmer
UK Groove 12”

 

 

 

6.(-) Touchdown ‘Ease Your Mind’ (US Remix)
Written by A. Braithwithe / S. Vincent / P.Harmsworth / D.Borg
Produced by Nigel Wright
Additional Production / Remix by Arthur Baker & Cosmo Wyatt
US Streetwise 12”

 

 

 

7.(-) Atlantis ‘Keep On Movin’ And Groovin’ (Instrumental)
Written by Royal Bayyan
Produced by Royal Bayyan
Mixed by Tee Scott
US Chaz Ro 12”

 

 

 

8.(-) High Fashion ‘Feelin’ Lucky Lately’
Written by Romani / Malavasi / Thornton)
Produced by Jacques Fred Petrus & Mauro Malavasi
US Capitol 12”

 

 

 

9.(-) Larry Graham ‘Sooner Or Later’ (Instrumental)
Written by L. Graham
Produced by Larry Graham
US Warner Bros. 12”

 

 

 

10.(2) The Temptations Featuring Rick James ‘Standing On The Top’
From LP ‘Reunion’
Written by Rick James
Produced & Arranged by Rick James
US Gordy

 

 

Other big tunes this month:

D’Llegance ‘Chanson D’Llegance’ 12” – Richie Family ‘I’ll Do My Best’ 12” – Rick James  ‘Dance Wit’ Me 12” – Felix & Jarvis ‘Flamethrower Rap’  (Instrumental) 12” – Kid Creole & The Coconuts ‘I’m Corrupt’ LP – Candela ‘Love You Madly’ 12” – Peech Boys ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ (Dub Mix) 12” – Change ‘The Very Best In You’ 12” – Fonda Rae ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ 12” – Patrice Rushen ‘Number One’ LP – Ago ‘You Make Me Do It’ 12” – Howard Johnson ‘So Fine’ 12” – The Armed Gang ‘All I Want’ 12” – Shock ‘Electrophonic Phunk’ 12” – Michael Wycoff ‘Looking Up To You’ LP

GREG WILSON’S EARLY 80’S FLOORFILLERS:

A fascinating insight on how the fading Jazz-Funk scene gave way to the emerging Electro-Funk movement in the early 80’s, ‘Greg Wilson’s Early 80’s Floorfillers’, marks the 30th anniversary of when these tracks first appeared. Compiled from his record lists of the time, and unfolding month by month, Greg Wilson counts down the Top 10 Floorfillers played at his venues during the key years of ’82 and ’83. Featured, most notably, on his Tuesday sessions at Wigan Pier and Wednesday gatherings at Legend in Manchester, the most cutting-edge weekly black music nights of the era, these were the clubs most associated with the evolving Electro-Funk sound.

The majority of music played on the black scene in the UK was initially only available on import, mainly out of New York during this period, with the club nights described as ‘upfront’, meaning that the DJ’s were way ahead of the curve – what they played now, others played later, or not at all. Without these DJ’s, many now classic dance tracks would never have become UK hits (many without enjoying similar crossover success in the US) – the reason they were released here in the first place was because these specialist DJ’s were breaking them via the underground.

Things would change in a big way during those 2 years; we were entering the hybrid age for dance music, and the oncoming House and Techno and Hip Hop directions would all owe a huge debt to this era of dance alchemy and groove experimentation.


© Greg Wilson, June 2012

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