Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (1983)
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"Electric Avenue" is a song written, recorded and produced by Eddy Grant, who released it on his 1982 album Killer on the ...
"Electric Avenue" is a song written, recorded and produced by Eddy Grant, who released it on his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. In the United States, with the help of the MTV video he shot for it, it was one of the biggest hits of 1983. The song refers to the Electric Avenue in London England, and to the 1981 Brixton riot.
Filmed in Barbados, the song's music video helped it to gain popularity in the United States. In the early years of MTV, the network ran music videos almost exclusively by white artists and was criticized by famous musicians, such as David Bowie, for not having black artists on the network. After "Billie Jean" aired and was successful, MTV soon scrambled to get other black artists into their rotation. Once "Electric Avenue" aired, it did not take long for the song to climb up to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.