Electric Avenue (song)

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"Electric Avenue"
UK cover
Single by Eddy Grant
from the album Killer on the Rampage
Released 1982
March 1983 (US)
Writer(s) Eddy Grant

Eddy Grant

Music sample

"Electric Avenue" is an RIAA platinum-certified single by Eddy Grant, from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. In the United States (U.S.), it was one of 1983's biggest hits of the year. 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.

It was initially released as a single in 1982, and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart. In March 1983, CBS decided to launch the single in the U.S., where it spent five weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100[3] (kept out of the top spot by a combination of two songs, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara and that year's song of the summer, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police) and hit #1 in Cash Box magazine. "Electric Avenue" was a hit on two other US charts: On the soul chart it went to #18.[4] On the dance charts, it peaked at #6.[5]

The song is featured in the films, Pineapple Express, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End and Jackass 3D. This song is also featured in Season 1, Episode 14 of the series 3rd Rock from the Sun.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982−83) Peak
UK Singles Chart 2
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 18

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6]

Other release information[edit]

The original B-Side to this song was a non-LP track entitled "Time Warp." The 45 sold more than one million copies in the United States, earning a platinum certification. It was later re-issued with "I Don't Want to Dance" as the flip side.

Electric Avenue was re-released in 2001. The single featured the "Ringbang Remix", and reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in June 2001,[7] as well as reaching number 16 on the US dance chart.

The Ringbang Remix was also featured on Now That's What I Call Music! 49 as track 1 of disc 2.

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists since its original release:


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Electric Avenue on Rate Your Music
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 263. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 235. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 113. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1983", Longbored Surfer.
  7. ^ Singles: Electric Avenue. The Official Charts.
  8. ^ Weird Al Yankovic Concert Trafalmadore- Buffalo, NY Late Show (March 10, 1984). Wolfgang's Vault.
  9. ^ Weird Al Yankovic Studio Albums. WeirdAl.com.

External links[edit]

  • Music video at MTV.com (Windows Media format)
Preceded by
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
June 25, 1983
Succeeded by
"Every Breath You Take" by The Police