Edmond Montague “Eddy” Grant (born 5 March 1948) is a Guyanese British musician. The Allmusic journalist Jo-Ann Greene noted: “Eddy Grant stands among an elite group of artists as one who has not just merely moved successfully across the musical spectrum, but has actually been at the forefront of genres and even created one of his own. From pop star to reggae radical, musical entrepreneur to the inventor of ringbang, the artist has cut a swath through the world of music and made it his own.”
“Electric Avenue” is an RIAA platinum-certified single by Eddy Grant, from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. In the US, it was one of 1983’s biggest hits of the year.
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 (kept out of the top spot by “Every Breath You Take” by The Police) 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.
The original B-Side to this song was a non-LP track entitled “Time Warp.” The 45 sold over 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 6:18
Time Warp 5:46