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Eddy Grant – Killer on the Rampage

Ice Records, 1982

So I rocked down to Massachusetts Avenue one day (woah, did you just see that?!) and was able to secure a copy of this well known classic record, which is mostly due to one particular song and the longevity of one Eddy Grant.  Heck, they made a deluxe version of this record it’s so important to our eighties catalog.  However, if one didn’t know this was a classic would someone pick up a record that had a guy in ultra tight and short bright red shorts on the cover?  Especially if it looked like he saw someone in the distance that may be his nemesis based on his facial expression?  Debatable.  One can’t really determine what kind of music is coming off of this record based on the song titles, so unless someone stereotypically associated Grant’s hair with reggae, they’d likely take a stab that this could be a Caribbean-sounding album that had some light, comfortable beach music.  But oh (“oh NO!”) they’d be wrong.

I have heard it many times and yet I can’t get enough of “Electric Avenue”.  Even though we all do an awkward jig to it despite a rather harrowing message, it’s the delivery of the chorus as well as Grant’s deep, forceful vocals that continue to make the tune a particular favorite of mine.  I admit, I sometimes add in my own “oh no’s” whenever I deem it necessary.  The rest of the disc is probably what’s in question in here, and the truth is that it’s a real mix.  There are some catchy numbers that don’t sound strictly reggae, like the bouncy “It’s All in You” and the slightly edgier “Killer on a Rampage”.  There are, of course, the more traditional, simply riffed reggae tunes like “War Party” and “Drop Baby Drop”, the latter of which is a charming love song if you can picture that tough guy on the cover getting all sentimental and stuff.  One might say that Grant opted to intermingle pop and reggae so as to make sure every song can conceivably get someone to move, which I’d have to say he succeeded in.

I know why you came here, though, and that is to watch this beauty:

You can also hear a lot of Eddy on his website.

Grant is still out and about playing live shows and, of course, giving the people what they want with a slightly quicker version of “Electric Avenue”.  His lengthy stay in the business is rather remarkable given that he’s still considered a one-hit wonder up here in the States.  What might be even more impressive is that he put out about a record a year from 1980 to 1988, with most of those records turning out as mediocre.  Since Grant’s eighties output has that eighties tinge to it one may not be so interested to follow up on his career at that point, but what remains great no matter the decade is Grant’s notable vocals.  For a dollar, this was worth a revisit to those jean jacket, big haired reggae days.

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