52nd Street ‎– Can't Afford

Factory ‎– FAC 118
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A Factory Communications Ltd product
Recorded and mixed at Strawberry North
Edited at IKON F.C.L.

Stephen Morris used Be Music for his production and mix.

Metals originating from WEA West Drayton were used to press this.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): FACT 118-12 A1 RW TOWNHOUSE MARCIA, GEORGE & CHRISTIAN S-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): FACT 118-12 B1 KEV & SHEILA. TOWNHOUSE RW RED STOCK CLOSE GANG S-4

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FAC 118 52nd St* Can't Afford(12", Single, W/Lbl) Factory FAC 118 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FAC 118 52nd Street Can't Afford(Acetate) Factory FAC 118 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FAC 118 52ND ST* Can't Afford(7", W/Lbl) Factory FAC 118 UK 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-7062-DJ 52nd Street Can't Afford(12", Promo) Profile Records, Black Suit PRO-7062-DJ US 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-7062 52nd Street Can't Afford(12") Profile Records, Black Suit PRO-7062 US 1984 Sell This Version



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October 16, 2003

When I first heard the 'Unorganized Mix' of this track on an old Ron Hardy @ The Music Box mix, I realised how little I knew about the enormous amount of great records made in the 1980s. This is a forgotten gem that deserves to be up there with other records of its ilk such as Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" and Rockers Revenge's "Sunshine Partytime". What sets this track apart from the last two though, is its more house-like structure. The beats and bassline are dark and heavy and are complented perfectly by deep-voiced rapping over the top, telling a story about a guy confronting and beating up a bunch of thugs who try to rob him - very cool! Later rereleased on the Profile label, this a dark, pumpin' party track that should not be overlooked.