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Have you ever heard Grant's old band The Equals? Story and mp3 here:

Can we expect a followup post on the theme from Romancing The Stone?

Posted by Jason Josephes | December 28, 2007 11:29 AM

awesome re-contextualization (re-re-contextualization?) of this song. i never thought of it more than a reason for mid-30's lotharios to get their groove on at a club med circa 1986.

as a side anecdote, my family was not even close to affluent when i was growing up, so we didn't have a cd player until the mid-90's (a slap in the face when you watch 'full house' and kirk cameron's sister has her OWN PERSONAL cd player - total bullshit). we bought it at montgomery ward and the stereo system came with a 2cd promo which included the song 'electric avenue' (which, not so oddly enough, was the name of their electronics department - how is that for re-contextualization?). it got played second most often (after 'everybody wants to rule the world') until i bought my first cd a few weeks later.

Posted by cosby | December 28, 2007 11:50 AM

nice tome and good points...but please correct the spelling of his name, Eddy.

Posted by ryko72 | December 28, 2007 11:54 AM

@3--whoops! nice catch. done and done.

Posted by jz | December 28, 2007 11:57 AM

I LOVE me some Equals, though 15 years previous, a lot it is analogous to that 1st EG solo album - totally catchy and radio ready, but really stood out musically, and also peppered they're songs with the same themes (class and race issues) in Electric Avenue.

Also, that LP came out in '82, long before MTV was in more than a just a handful of homes, which makes it pretty incredible as something that would likely just get shelved outside of the few outlets that actually showed those little artist promos. Making videos for singles was standard practice for big artist since the 60's, but most were little more than just Beatles Help-era type goofing around. This might be one of the earlier, or at least better, early, political videos made. (The Clash having and Arab and a Jew skanking together in the desert? Who fucking cares, nice try guys.)

Liked that song when I was a kid. Still holds up.

Posted by Dougsf | December 28, 2007 1:23 PM

It's a great song, but those are some seriously brain-dead lyrics. "They still can't feed everyone" -- wow.

It's more pertinent to note that Electric Avenue is in Brixton, the capital of black London, than just "London".

Posted by Fnarf | December 28, 2007 4:00 PM

For the last couple of years I've been enjoying this song more than when it first came out.

That usually doesn't happen.

Posted by PdxRitchie | December 29, 2007 1:17 AM

This is the best post ever.

Posted by Flossie | December 31, 2007 12:07 AM

he also beat More Fire Crew and Dizzee Rascal to the Oi! punch... for whatever that's worth.


Posted by Brandon Ivers | January 7, 2008 1:41 PM

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