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Saturday March 5th, 2022 with Heavy Ben
Eddy Grant

When I was in Grade 6, I got the 45 for "Electric Avenue" at Sam The Record Man at Merivale Mall. Little did I know it would convert that kid into a lifelong fan. Just as important as the catchy A-side was "Time Warp" on the B-side, a futuristic blast of proto-house. Versions of this tune under the name "Nobody's Got Time" go back to 1975, evolving from a vocal funk song, to electronic disco released as The Coach House Rhythm Section. It still strikes me as odd. The instrumental (almost techno) version that was recorded somehow in 1977, perhaps on planet Earth, was then used as the flip for the 1982 single. "Electric Avenue" took a while to hit it big and did so in 1983 thanks to MTV finally playing more Black artists, following the success of Michael Jackson.  Kudos to David Bowie for calling out MTV for not playing videos by Black artists. And of course to Grant, for making such an accessible protest song, that references the race riots in Brixton (UK) in 1981, poverty and racism. Today is Eddy Grant's 74th birthday. His catalogue is singular and vast, and on today's show you'll hear songs from 1967 to 2017: funk, rock, reggae, electronic, R&B, Afrobeat, psychedelic, soca, disco... in that unique Eddy Grant way.
Hour one
Living On The Front Line
Eddy Grant - Walking On Sunshine - ICE - 1978
Funky Like A Train
The Equals - Born Ya! - ICE - 1976
I'm The One
Eddy Grant - Plaisance - ICE - 2017
Rough Rider
The Four Gees - 7" - President - 1967
Race Hate
Eddy Grant - Message Man - ICE - 1977
Psychedelic Dream
Sundae Times - Us Coloured Kids - Joy - 1969
Nobody's Got Time
Eddy Grant - Eddy Grant - Torpedo - 1975
Time Warp
The Coach House Rhythm Section - 12" - ICE - 1977
Electric Avenue
Eddy Grant - Killer On The Rampage - ICE - 1982
Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
The Equals - 7" - President - 1970
Eddy Grant - Soca Baptism - ICE - 1993
Village Life
Eddy Grant - Born Tuff - ICE - 1985
Do You Feel My Love
Eddy Grant - Can't Get Enough - ICE - 1981
Eddy Grant - Hearts And Diamonds - Košava / ICE - 1999
Sweet Jam
Zappatta Schmidt - It's Gonna Get You - President - 1971
Hour two
Slave Trade
90° Inclusive - 90° Inclusive - Vertigo / ICE - 1976
Mystic Syster
The Equals - Mystic Syster - ICE - 1978
Walking On Sunshine
Eddy Grant - Walking On Sunshine - ICE - 1978
The Struggle
Eddy Grant - Reparation - ICE - 2005
Baby Come Back
The Equals - 7" - President - 1967
Papa's Land
Sonny Okosuns & the Ozziddi - Sonny Okosun In 1980 - Radic - 1979
No Such Thing
The Coach House Rhythm Section - 12" - ICE - 1980
Away You Go
32nd Turn Off - 32nd Turn Off - Jay Boy - 1969
Funky Funky
The Equals - 7" - President - 1971
Nobody's Got Time
Eddy Grant - Love In Exile - ICE - 1980
Romancing The Stone
Eddy Grant - Going For Broke - ICE - 1984
Gimme Hope Jo'anna
Eddy Grant - File Under Rock - Parlophone - 1988
Eddy Grant - Live At Notting Hill - ICE - 1981
War Party
Eddy Grant - Killer On The Rampage - ICE - 1982
Interactive CKCU
Ben Armstrong (host)
Evening heavies...

8:12 PM, March 5th, 2022
Hi Ben ! Thanks for yet another great episode. I know very little about Eddy Grant, so I’m enjoying this very much.

8:23 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Salut Vicomte! Enjoy the Time Warp

8:34 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben, used to go to a friends house who had a reggae library of LPs including Mutabaruka, LKJ and Eddy Grant in the early 80s, he like many were never recognized so thanks !

8:42 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hi Eddy, yeah I dig Mutabaruka & LKJ, too. For sure, Eddy Grant is probably a one-hit-wonder in some people's minds, but his catalogue is vast.

8:51 PM, March 5th, 2022
Viva Zappatta!

9:00 PM, March 5th, 2022
Jas Nasty
Hey Ben enjoying the show! Was just listening/ laughing to my "Michael and The Slipper Tree" 45 by the Equals and thinking I should know more about Eddy.

9:05 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey DJR, yeah that Zappatta track is killer. Totally unexpected.

9:17 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hi Jas, good timing. What the heck is a slipper tree anyway?

9:19 PM, March 5th, 2022
Woooowww, I wore out the 45 of Baby Come Back in 67, never knew till now that it was Eddy on vocals, Mystic Syster is Heavy!

9:22 PM, March 5th, 2022
robert p in gatineau
Nice overview. Groovin' along. Thanks.

9:34 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Eddy, unsure how much Eddy Grant sings on Baby Come Back. He wrote the tune, played guitar, and sang backup vocals from what I can tell. I was thrilled to find all sorts of 60s gems from Grant's London days.

9:35 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)

9:36 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks Robert P. Hard to resist this groove

9:37 PM, March 5th, 2022
Music always gives me hope...& my cousin Joanna!;-)

9:51 PM, March 5th, 2022
Ben Armstrong (host)
Mos def, hillbilly. Eddy Grant's music is hope.

9:53 PM, March 5th, 2022
Mihajlo Kos
Incredible show Ben!

10:39 PM, March 10th, 2022