Electric Avenue (song)
|Single by Eddy Grant|
|from the album Killer on the Rampage|
|Released||1982 / March 1983 (US)|
|Genre||Rock, Electro, reggae fusion|
It was initially released as a single in 1982, and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. In March 1983, CBS decided to launch the single in United States where it spent five weeks at #2 in Billboard and hit #1 in Cash Box magazine. 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.
Other release information
The original B-Side to this song was a non-LP track entitled "Time Warp." The 45 eventually sold over two million copies in the United States, earning a platinum certification. It was later reissued with "I Don't Want To Dance" as the flip side.
The Ringbang Remix was also featured on Now That's What I Call Music! 49 as track 1 of disc 2
The song has been covered by many artists since its original release:
- "Weird Al" Yankovic performed a concert-only parody of this song called "Flatbush Avenue". The recording was never released on any of his albums.
- Grindcore band Anal Cunt covered the beginning of the song on track "Eddy Grant" from their 1994 album Everyone Should Be Killed.
- Canadian rapcore band Raggadeath covered the song on their self-titled 1997 album.
- Refugee Camp All Stars (featuring Pras Michel, former member of The Fugees) covered the song in 1997 for the original soundtrack of the movie Money Talks. This cover was titled "Avenues", featuring Reggae artist Ky-Mani Marley. Their version peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- The Christian rock band Tait covered the song on their 2003 album, Lose This Life.
- Velvet, a Swedish singer sampled it on her 2006 album Finally. Velvet's version is called "Rock Down To (Electric Avenue)".
- Los Rabanes covered the song on their album Kamikaze, using their own lyrics in Spanish.
- Rapper C-Rayz Walz covered the song on his 2007 album Monster Maker.
- Servotron covered this album on a 7-inch record release with the B-Side of "Finest Work Song".
- Skindred released a cover of the song on their third studio album Shark Bites and Dog Fights.
- Swedish rock band Vains of Jenna released their cover on the studio album Reversed Tripped.
- Powerman 5000 covered the song on their 2011 album Copies, Clones & Replicants.
- Lazlo Bane, an American alternative rock band, covered the song on its 2012 EP Guilty Pleasures the 80's Volume 1.
- In the Family Guy episode "And The Weiner Is", the James Woods High School marching band plays this as part of its halftime show.
- Singles: Electric Avenue. The Official Charts.
- Weird Al Yankovic Concert Trafalmadore- Buffalo, NY Late Show (March 10, 1984). Wolfgang's Vault.
- Weird Al Yankovic Studio Albums. WeirdAl.com.
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