There was an early Electro group from the UK who were called the Willesden Dodgers and produced a lot of influential material in the early to mid-Eighties.
They first caught my eye with the single Gunsmoke Breakout (1984) which was a great uptempo track which you may have heard during Electro Rock. A while later they released the 12", Not This President (1986) which used political dialogue from Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and featured a memorable hook.
The group produced a lot of early Jive Records releases and are credited with helping push Whodini's career as well as Samantha Fox (before she became a fan of carpet-munching).
However, an album they produced designed for dj's with instrumental drum machine grooves entitled Jive Rhythm Trax (1982)subsequently became very sought-after. This was due to a particular cut on there being spun by dj's across the land because it was a nice, simple beat using the de rigeur electro drum groove. This track was simply titled, 122BPM.
You may have heard this (again) in Electro Rock and probably more popular with fellow label artists Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince for their song Rhythm Trax (House Party Style) off their second LP, He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (1988) in which Jeff gets busy showing off his (still impressive) skills over the beat as well cutting it up. And Fresh Prince was still funny.
Who else used this beat?
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