Greg Wilson’s Top 10 Floorfillers Oct ’82

Compiled from his record lists of the time.

As played at Wigan Pier, Legend & The Exit (Manchester), Stars Bar (Huddersfield) & Rotters (Liverpool).

Listen to the full rundown here:



1.(-) Klein & MBO ‘Dirty Talk’ (USA Connection Instrumental)
Written by M. Boncaldo & T. Carrasco
Produced by Annunziata S
Italian Zanza 12”




2.(-) Q ‘The Voice Of Q’ (Instrumental)
Written by Bruce Weeden & Michael Forte
Produced by Q
US Philly World 12”




3.(-) Planet Patrol ‘Rock At Your Own Risk’
Written by A. Baker & J. Robie
Produced, Arranged & Mixed by Arthur Baker & François Kevorkian
Co-Produced by John Robie
US Tommy Boy 12”



4.(-) Extra T’s ‘E.T. Boogie’ (Instrumental)
Written by H. Stone & F. Stonewall
Produced by F.H.L. Productions
US Sunnyview 12”




5.(1) Sharon Redd ‘Beat The Street’ (Instrumental Remix)
Written by E. Matthew / D. Payne
Produced by Eric Matthew & Darryl Payne
Mixed by François Kevorkian
US Prelude 12”



6.(-) George Clinton ‘Loopzilla’
Written by George Clinton
Produced by George Clinton
US Capitol 12”




7.(3) Raw Silk ‘Do It To The Music’
Written by Ron Dean Miller / Bert Reid
Produced & Arranged by Ron Dean Miller
Mixed by Nick Martinelli & David Todd
US West End 12”



8.(-) Bootsy Collins ‘Body Slam’
Written by Bootsy Collins & Joel Johnson
Produced by Bootsy Collins
Mixed by Nick Martinelli & David Todd
US Warner Bros. 12”



9.(-) Warp 9 ‘Nunk’ (Instrumental)
Written by Lotti Golden & Richard Scher
Produced by John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, Lotti Golden & Richard Scher
Mixed by John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez
US Prism 12”



10.(-) Tyrone Brunson ‘The Smurf’
Writen by O. Redding III
Produced by A Redlock Production
Mixed by Tony Humphrey
US Believe In A Dream 12”




Other big tunes this month:

Bobby Nunn ‘She’s Just A Groupie’ LP – The New Jersey Connection ‘Love Don’t Come Easy’ 12”  – The Jonzun Crew ‘Pack Jam (Look Out For The OVC)’ (Instrumental) 12” – The Bang Gang ‘Fill Me Up’ 12” – The Jammers ‘And You Know That’ 12” – Gary’s Gang ‘Knock Me Out’ 12” –12”  – Freda Payne ‘In Motion’ 12” – Rockers Revenge ‘Sunshine Partytime’ 12”– B.T. (Brenda Taylor) ‘You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too’ 12” – Whodini ‘Magic’s Wand’ (Special Extended Mix) 12” – Mike & Brenda Sutton ‘Don’t Let Go Of Me (Grip My Hips And Move Me)’ 12” – Greg Henderson ‘Dreamin’’ 12”

Greg Wilson’s Early 80s Floorfillers:

A fascinating insight on how the fading Jazz-Funk scene gave way to the emerging Electro-Funk movement in the early 80s, ‘Greg Wilson’s Early 80s 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, October 2012

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