Eddy Grant wrote my theme song in the '80s: 'I Don't Wanna Dance'

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Electric Avenue is one ‘80s song every music lover can rally around. However, the signature tune by Eddy Grant never made it to No. 1 in the U.S. or the UK, however another song did - today's Lost and Found offering of I Don't Wanna Dance.

Grant was born in British-ruled Guyana but moved to London as a boy and in the ‘60's his band The Equals had a No. 1 UK hit with Baby Come Back that made it to No. 32 in the US.  In the ‘70s, his solo albums didn't make much of a dent before his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage started making waves. I Don't Wanna Dance was a success in the UK, staying at the top position for three weeks. The follow up single Electric Avenue would peak at No. 2. In the U.S., Electic Avenue was released first and also peaked at No. 2 in the states. When I Don't Wanna Dance was released as the follow up single in the U.S., it would only make it to No. 53 on the American charts.

The video captures the amicable Grant as the lovable loser who is either losing at cricket or losing his girl to other men. Grant would hit the U.S. Top 40 only one more time with the theme song to Romancing the Stone in 1984. He would have one last big hit in Europe in 1988 with Gimme Hope Jo'anna about apartheid in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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