It is a real place, Electric Avenue, the affectionate nickname given to Brixton High Street, the main street in the heart of a south London neighborhood that's home to many of the capitol's West Indian population. And on this absolutely killer cut, Eddy Grant captures the buzz of this vibrant area. An almost primordial slab of funk, punctuated by a pounding, insistent rhythm that pumps across the grooves like Brixton's own heartbeat, the electro-effects rev like car engines, while the percolating synthesizer gives the song a bouncy lilt, a lot like striding through the town on market day. The lyrics are anything but lilting, though, because even as one rocks down to Electric Avenue, out on the street one is surrounded by poverty, violence, and inner-city misery. "Electric Avenue" opened 1982's Killer on the Rampage and was the second single culled from the album. It was to become an international smash, reaching number two in the U.K. and pounding its way to the same place in the U.S., where it flooded from radios and clubs over the spring and summer of 1983.