THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
518-Eddy Grant-Living on the Front Line.
1979-Number 11 single.
Best Bit-At 3.33. A listen to this will change your mind,’I DO WANNA DANCE.’
Edward Montague Grant was born on March 5th, 1948, in Plaisance, British Guiana, in 1960 he emigrated to join his parents in London.In 1965 Grant was co-founder of The Equals, the first major interracial Rock group in the UK, he initially played guitar, and sang backing vocals, but would later become their main songwriter. With The Equals Grant released seven studio Albums in four years between 1967-1970, and achieved six UK top 40 singles, including the 1968 Grant written Number 1 ‘Baby Come Back.’On January 1st, 1971, Grant suffered a heart attack, and collapsed lung, leading to him leaving The Equals to concentrate on production, which led to him starting his own record label ‘Ice Records’ in 1974.
Eddy Grant released his first self titled solo Album in 1975, and his latest ‘Plaisance’ in 2017, in total he has released 15 solo studio Albums. He has achieved eight UK top 40 singles, including the 1982 Number 1 ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance.’ While in America he has charted twice, with ‘Electric Avenue’ being his best known song in the States, having reached Number 2 on Billboard in 1983.
‘Living on the Front Line’ was taken from Eddy Grant’s third studio Album ‘Walking on Sunshine’ from 1978, becoming his first solo hit single.As well as writing and arranging the song, Grant also played all the instruments on the track, and with the exception of congas, and the drums on two of the songs, he also played all the instruments on all eight of the Album’s tracks. The Album is an eclectic mix of musical genres, with Grant experimenting with Caribbean music, Reggae, Dance, Calypso, and Soul. ‘Living on the Front Line’ is a call for peace, unity, and understanding, with Grant reminding us that we are all brothers who should choose the right path in life.
‘Stop this brother killing brother, over in our land in Africa. Stop this brother shooting sister,oh mama,mama you got me, living on the front line.’