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Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 11th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

A. Front

“Electric Avenue” is a song by Eddy Grant, from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. It was released as a single in 1982, and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and in the United States. The song’s lyrics refer to the 1981 Brixton riot, the title referring to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London.

Some interesting chart timing on this song: it made #2 in the UK in January, 1983, but didn’t reach that position in the US until July. The difference was MTV, which popularized the song when they put the video into rotation not long after Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” made the network much more accepting of black artists.

SIDE A:
Electric Avenue (Extended Version)
Arranged By – Eddy Grant

SIDE B:
Walking On Sunshine (American Version)

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #2
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #12
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #18
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #6

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: ICE ‎– ICET 57
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: Jan 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop, Reggae
Credits: Producer, Written-By – Eddy Grant

NOTES:
Track A is a special version from the LP:
“Killer on the Rampage”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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27 Responses to “Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (UK 12″)”

  1. Kookoo Says:

    Wow! Great Surprise. Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kookoo 🙂

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  2. Stefano Says:

    Eddy Grant! He had a couple of big worldwide hits. This is one of them. Hope that ‘Romancing the stone’ gets a new rip (and life) on this blog someday.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol completely forgot that I even posted that one Stefano. I will see what I can do 🙂

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    The Doctor Reply:

    http://www.lolbrary.com/content/274/shut-up-and-take-my-money-23274.jpg

    We’ll give you small green pieces of paper if you do… 😀

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  3. Jermajesty Says:

    BOYYYYYYYYY!!!!

    Good God – one of my absolute faves. ho doesn’t love Eddy Grant????
    Thank you Paul, didn’t expect this, and wouldn’t say no to more. 🙂

    I don’t know if anyone has actually rocked down to Electric Avenue recently, but I have and sadly it’s a right s***hole that stinks to high heaven (just full of meat and fish shops):

    http://goo.gl/maps/bXCVa

    I’m hoping the new gentrification of nearby Brixton Market will spread, and help clean it up in years to come.

    Don’t suppose Smiley Culture made it your way, did he DJPauL?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jermajesty guess what I watched last night. I appreciate you so much for going to all of the trouble to make the “Electric Dreams” DVD’s for me. It was really fun to watch. I love Edgar’s voice lol cracked me up. It was great to see how all of the songs were placed into the movie. You’re the best 🙂

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Hehe, cool, so glad you got it working!

    Must be funny watching it the other way round, ie knowing all the songs backwards, but not the story. (I think when most people watched they’d only have known the Oakey/Morodor signature tune.) I guess it’d be like the equabele t of watching Mamma Mia or something. 😀

    Yes, Smiley Culture was a bit of a long-shot, but you’ve surprised us before so thought I’d ask while you’re on a reggae tip.

    BTW – back on topic – I suppose you know it was Eddy Grant who had a large hand in sealing the fate of Musical Youth? He wrote their final and absolutely terrible single, which flopped. Even they were like WTF is this???!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah I knew Eddy Grant had written a song for them but since it flopped I don’t think I ever heard it back in the day. Thanks for giving me a smile this morning Jermajesty love your witty sense of humour. I wish I were more up to date on your culture sometimes it’s hard for Americans to understand 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    I doubt Smiley Culture did. He was probably stopped by a Police Officer along the way. LOL!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Guess I missed something not sure what Smiley Culture is lol. Please fill me in 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    Smiley Culture is a UK Reggae singer of the 80s, with his debut single being Cockney Translation and his next single, Police Officer, being his biggest hit (#12 in 1984).

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    See I learn something new everyday 🙂

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  4. Stefano Says:

    If I can make one wish for this excellent blog, I’d opt for stopping uploading new material right now and re-rip al those old posts and give them a new life. There are so so many great 12 inches with dead links and ripped with the inferior OM10 or OM20. Would be so great! Would also save you a bit of time, because you wouldn’t have to make new scans for them 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Stefano I don’t think that is going to happen anytime soon my friend. I am trying to work in some re-rips from time to time. it was an unfortunate thing that happened when Megaupload was shut down.

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    Stefano Reply:

    I’ll keep on trying every now and then 🙂

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    The Doctor Reply:

    I’m curious; is the problem that you don’t have the original files on your hard drive anymore (i.e. the only copies were on Megaupload, so you’d have to re-rip and restore everything one by one), or is it just that re-uploading them all would take so much time? (I can imagine it being a Herculean job, considering how far back they all go!)

    If the latter, one would think there would be some kind of automated blog-maintenance tool for fixing dead links and pointing them to new locations… (then again, I’m often surprised at the way software programmers overlook the obvious, though I suppose considering the field I work in, I really shouldn’t be. 😀 )

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Doctor I have all of the original files on hard drives so that’s not the issue it’s the time factor. I would never get anything new posted if I spent my time re-uploading files not to mention it would take away the enjoyment of blogging. There is nothing that I am aware of that could do the job in a batch. Each link has to point to each one of the download image buttons and I have to do that manually.

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Yeah, I can understand that. 🙂 The only way I can see around that is to just break the giant rock down into pebbles, as it were; start at the beginning, reupload and fix one, and just one, of the old ones at the same time you’re uploading a new one, and don’t let yourself think about how many months/years it’ll take to get through them all at that rate. 😀

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  5. dazz22 Says:

    Another classic I Second that Stefano Just keep rippin thou brillant blog

    and ive seen a few in my time this stands out from the others

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you dazz22 🙂

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  6. Dean Says:

    Never heard the 12″ inch version of this one, so many thanks. I remember this song playing at the party in the Valley in “Valley Girl.”

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dean. Ihope that you like it 🙂

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  7. ric Says:

    Great 80s stuff, Paul! Thank you!
    I was real surprised that this spent like 5 weeks at #2 in the US!!! And then I Don’t Wanna Dance, his follow-up there, which was his earlier #1 single in the UK, didn’t even crack the Top 40!!!
    I remember you posting this in your blog, Paul. But I think it was long long long ago. Am I right?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Should have been a #1 on both sides of the pond. Don’t think I ever heard the follow up on the radio.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    To be fair I don’t think I Don’t Wanna Dance was such a great song, certainly not as mature or hard-edged as Electric Avenue, I can see why it bombed. IDWD and his other UK hit Joanna sound like playground rhymes, I find them quite grating.

    Do You Feel My Love on the other hand, is anothet kettle of fish..

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  8. DJ Duckmite Says:

    GREAT!

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