September 06, 2004 | Posted by mark at 02:53 PM

I Don't Want to Dance

Time Warp

Eddy Grant - Time Warp. The B-side to his 1982 international smash "Electric Avenue", this song seems more at place in the italo disco catalogue, or the french house than coming from this British experimentalist. The track is long and repetitious, but that's really the point of dance music, now isn't it. I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for the "do do do do" female vocals you wouldn't know this song was 20 years old. There's a great chugging beat and lazy keyboard noodlings. Good stuff.

I looked around for some place to buy this, but it's not really around. There was no Eddy Grant b-side collection released, and I found this 12" at a flea market a few year's back.

By the way, it's supposed to be 99 degrees here in LA today. Which is scorching hot. We have these things called Santa Ana winds. For those of you unfamiliar, who would like to experience the feeling, here's a little experiment. Preheat your oven to 350. Wait until it's good and hot. Now go open it, and stick your face right in the opening. That burst of hot, dry air that blows into your face is like a Santa Ana wind. Except the winds aren't short and bursty. They're long and steady. Constant. Like, they dry your eyes out. And if your windows are open your toilet bowl water will probably evaporate. It's ridiculous.

Point is, I might be posting some cold songs later today, just because.

Comments

This was first released as a 12" in 1977 under the alias of The Coach House Rhythm Section . Anyone wanting to buy it can get it on Disco not Disco 2 on Strut Records.

Posted by: Denis B at September 6, 2004 07:03 PM

Denis is right. You can buy it here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000062R7F/metasoul/002-1326461-9858433

anyone have any idea how this ended up as a b-side in 1982?

Posted by: robot mark at September 6, 2004 07:13 PM

Great track, hasn't lost anything of its floorfilling potency: this riddim deserves a refix as a dancehall riddim. Perhaps I'll give it a try myself.

Posted by: siebe at September 7, 2004 11:25 AM

Did you know that Electric Avenue is an actual street in Brixton, south London? Apparently it was the first street in the city to have electric lighting, hence the name.

Posted by: LondonLee at September 7, 2004 04:27 PM

"Killer on the Rampage" is imo the best album track that isn't "Electric Avenue" ... :)

=darwin

Posted by: Darwin at September 7, 2004 04:30 PM
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