Eddy Grant

Electric Avenue

Composed by Eddy Grant

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Killer on the Rampage 1982 Polygram 3:47
Billboard Top Hits: 1983 1983
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
No Image 1989 Parlophone 3:48
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:47
Rhythm Come Forward, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Columbia/Legacy 3:46
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Big Hits of the 80's [Sony] 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:47
Sounds of the Eighties: 1983-1984 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:50
The Best of Eddy Grant [Disky] 1996 Disky
No Image 1997 Ariola Express
Summer Jammin' 97 1997
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 3:51
Dance 80's 1997
Various Artists
Essex
1983: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:46
Greatest Hits [EMI] 1997 EMI Music Distribution 4:02
Pure Reggae 1998
Various Artists
Polygram / Island 3:46
Totally Awesome 80's [Razor & Tie] 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Awesome '80s, Vol. 6 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:49
Bikini.Com: More Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:48
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:41
Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky] 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:45
Rockin' 80's, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:47
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:50
Let It Rock 1983 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:47
Greatest Hits Collection 2000 Castle Music Ltd. 4:20
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:51
Portland Trailblazers: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:43
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 80's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:51
Electric Avenue: 2001 Ringbang Remix 2001 WEA International 8:02
Totally Dance 2001
Various Artists
Arista 2:53
Space 2001 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:24
Now That's What I Call Music! 49 [UK] 2001
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
Modern Rock: Dance 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:50
The Best Carnival Album... Ever! 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:11
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:45
Kontor Top of the Clubs, Vol. 12 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 4:20
MTV Ibiza 2001 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:10
The Best of Eddy Grant [Delta] 2001 EMI Music Distribution
Kiss in Ibiza 2001 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:06
Now Dance 2002 2001
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:09
A Year in Your Life: 1983, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:46
Wild, Vol. 15 2002
Various Artists
Central Station Records 3:04
Disco 2002 2002
Various Artists
Tbc
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:49
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:48
Nocturnal Rendez Vous 2002
Various Artists
Import 3:09
Essential Eighties [EMI Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:45
Awesome '80s [2 Disc] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:49
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 11 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:09
Street Vibes, Vol. 8 2004
Various Artists
BMG International 3:10
The Best of the 80's, Vol. 2 [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:43
Essential Eighties: Feels Like I'm in Love 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum
The Very Best of Eddy Grant: The Road to Reparation 2008 Universal International 3:45
Pineapple Express 2008
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 3:48
No Image 2008 Universal Distribution 3:44
Ashes to Ashes, Series 3 2010
Original Soundtrack
Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:45
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 3:45
Total Hits, Vol. 2 [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:44
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