Greg Wilson’s Top 10 Floorfillers May ’82

Compiled from his record lists of the time.

As played at Wigan Pier and Legend (Manchester).

Listen to the full rundown here:



1.(-) Patrice Rushen ‘Number One’
From LP ‘Straight From The Heart’
Written by Patrice Rushen
Produced by Charles Mims Jnr & Patrice Rushen
US Elektra




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




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”




4.(10) Peech Boys ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ (Dub Mix)
Written by Peech Boys / R. Bernard Fowler
Produced by Levan / deBenedictus
US West End 12”




5.(8) Gwen Guthrie ‘It Should Have Been You’
Written by Darryl Thompson
Produced by Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare & Steven Stanley
Mixed by Larry Levan
US Island 12”




6.(-) Foreal People ‘Love Begins With You’ (Instrumental)
Written by T.Wallace & J. Shinetti
Produced by T&T Enterprises Unlimited
Mixed by Philip Goldstein
US Tropique 12”




7.(7) B.B.C.S & A Band ‘Rock Shock’
Written by A. Booth / K. Christian / R. Butler
Produced by Gary R. Turnier & B.B.C.S. & A
Mixed by Gary R. Turnier, B.B.C.S. & A & Mark Berry
US Sam 12”




8.(3) Patrice Rushen ‘Forget Me Nots’
Written by P. Rushen / F. Washington / T. McFadden
Produced by Charles Mims Jnr & Patrice Rushen
US Elektra 12”




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




10.(-) Cameo ‘Just Be Yourself’
From LP ‘Alligator Woman’
Written by C. Singleton / L. Blackmon / T. Jenkins
Produced by Larry Blackmon
US Chocolate City




Other big tunes this month:

Richie Family ‘I’ll Do My Best’ 12” – Michael Wycoff ‘Looking Up To You’ LP – Touchdown ‘Ease Your Mind’ (US Remix) 12” – Fat Larry’s Band ‘Act Like You Know’ / ‘Be My Lady’ LP – Electrik Funk ‘On A Journey (I Sing The Funk Electric)’ (Instrumental) 12” – Ago ‘You Make Me Do It’ 12” – Mass Production ‘Inner City’ LP –  Universal Robot Band ‘Barely Breaking Even’ 12” – Electra ‘Feels Good’ (Instrumental) – D’Llegance ‘Chanson D’Llegance’ 12”


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, May 2012

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