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One Hit Wonders - EDDY GRANT (1983)
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"Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant - 


Most American listeners didn't read much into the lyrics, but Grant claims this is a serious song. It refers to a real place in London, and tells the story of a poor man who beholds the things in life he could never achieve.
 
Electric Avenue is a shopping area in the Brixton section of London, named because is was the first street in the area to get electric lights. Brixton was the setting for riots between police and protesters in 1981, which Grant refers to in the opening line, "Down in the street there is violence."
 
This is one of the highest-charting Reggae-influenced pop songs ever. Grant, a native of Guyana, had many Pop and Ska groups in England and Barbados. His first band, The Equals, had 3 Top 10 hits in England in the 1960s. They were the first multiracial band to find success in the UK.
 
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.
 
Many artists, including the Rolling Stones, recorded at Grant's studio in Barbados. A keen businessman, he tried to buy the rights to Bob Marley's songs in 1991, but he was outbid.
 
This was the biggest hit Grant ever had, but he still made showings in the Top 40 internationally with several British singles and "Romancing the Stone" in the US (#26, 1984).

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1855

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1983 - Year End Charts

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

22 Eddy Grant Electric Avenue

| Closed on 04/25/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
8 Fans 
25%a. 10 / Great Song
38%b. 7-9 / Pretty Good Song
38%c. 5-6 / Ok Song
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. Who Turned out the lights!

  
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#1 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

This song will always remind me of a camping trip that I took with my parents and sister.  We were with 4 other families (friends) and my sister and I were the oldest.....the rest of the kids were probably between the ages of 6-9 (I was 14 and my sis was 12).  The younger kids on the trip loved this song and played this song over and over and over and over...for 2-3 hours straight, on their tape recorder.  Being the clown that I am/was, I ended up doing a 30-45 talent show for them by singing and dancing along to this song. 

Good times! wink
7-9 / Pretty Good Song  
#2 | 575 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
This song will always remind me of a camping trip that I took with my parents and sister.  We were with 4 other families (friends) and my sister and I were the oldest.....the rest of the kids were probably between the ages of 6-9 (I was 14 and my sis was 12).  The younger kids on the trip loved this song and played this song over and over and over and over...for 2-3 hours straight, on their tape recorder.  Being the clown that I am/was, I ended up doing a 30-45 talent show for them by singing and dancing along to this song. 

Good times! wink
I have a song that reminds me of family camping trip as well.
5-6 / Ok Song  
#3 | 575 days ago

I remember listening to this as the apartment complex near my house burned down after a lightning storm...that and "Dirty Laundry"...one of my earliest memories actually
10 / Great Song  
#4 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

derms33 wrote:
I remember listening to this as the apartment complex near my house burned down after a lightning storm...that and "Dirty Laundry"...one of my earliest memories actually
surprise
7-9 / Pretty Good Song  
#5 | 575 days ago

I really enjoy looking at the way back charts you post in these polls. There is always an Easter egg (or two) that makes me smile.

7-9 / Pretty Good Song  
#6 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

marcus_nyce wrote:
I really enjoy looking at the way back charts you post in these polls. There is always an Easter egg (or two) that makes me smile.

yes   - thanks, Marcus!  
7-9 / Pretty Good Song  

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