Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Rocksteady Crew - Hey You The Rocksteady Crew (1983/ No. 6/ 12 weeks/ Virgin)


To fully enjoy this song it probably helps to have been eleven in 1983, but its vivacity and joie de vivre are such that it manages to transcend it's very precise period detail.

Heralded by an appearance of the Rock Steady Crew on Blue Peter, it was like being visited by a new planet of entertainers - They span around on the floor! (Was this safe?) They pushed records back when they were playing! (Were they some kind of vandals?) Soon the bolder ones of us were attempting to emulate this breakdancing craze.

"Hey - you - the Rock Steady Crew!
Show what you do, make a break, make a move -
Hey - you - the Rock Steady Crew!
B-boys, breakers, electric boogaloo"

The music and construction of this is just fantastic. The persistent submarine style bleep that is batted back and forth, the way that the synth seems to unwind and rumble before the single springs back to life once again...

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