Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol ‎– Planet Rock

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NOTE: Planet Patrol performs the music on this (the same 24 track tape was used to make both Planet Rock and Planet Patrol - Play At Your Own Risk). The "Music By" credit is NOT a written-by type credit but is instead a performer credit for their musical performance on the track.

Tracklist

Planet Rock (Vocal) 6:25
Bonus Beats I 1:15
Planet Rock (Instrumental) 9:16

Versions (89)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Ora) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
POSPX 497, 2141 610 Africa Bambaata And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12") 21 Records, 21 Records, Polydor, Polydor POSPX 497, 2141 610 UK 1982 Sell This Version
2.106 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12") 21 Records 2.106 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
0930.087 Afrika Bambaata & Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(12") Tommy Boy 0930.087 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
0930.087 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12") Metronome 0930.087 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
POSPX 497, 2141 610 Africa Bambaata And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12") Polydor, 21 Records POSPX 497, 2141 610 UK 1982 Sell This Version
2141 610 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12") 21 Records, Polydor 2141 610 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
T1X-2101, TIX-2101 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12") 21 Records, 21 Records, Polydor T1X-2101, TIX-2101 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Bab) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force*, Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force*, Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Gre) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Gre) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Gre) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
21 41 610 Africa Bambaata And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Maxi) 21 Records 21 41 610 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Ora) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Ora) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
2812 156 Soulsonic Force Planet Rock(12", Promo) Polydor 2812 156 France 1982 Sell This Version
FROG 1 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Not On Label FROG 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823-7 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock(7") Tommy Boy TB 823-7 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(7") Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
2002173 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7") 21 Records, Polydor 2002173 France 1982 Sell This Version
2002 173 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7") 21 Records, Polydor 2002 173 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
POSP 497, 2002173 Africa Bambaata And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Blu) 21 Records, Polydor, 21 Records, Polydor POSP 497, 2002173 UK 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(7", Ora) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
POSP 497, 2002173 Africa Bambaata And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Sil) 21 Records, 21 Records POSP 497, 2002173 UK 1982 Sell This Version
21.006 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Single) 21 Records 21.006 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Single) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
T1-2101 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Single) 21 Records, Polydor T1-2101 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
0030.574 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Single) Metronome 0030.574 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
2002 173 Afrika Bambaatta & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Single) 21 Records, Ariola 2002 173 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(7", Single, Ora) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", Single, Promo) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1982 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1983 Sell This Version
2141 610 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Maxi) 21 Records, Polydor 2141 610 France 1983 Sell This Version
20 02 173 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(7", Single) 21 Records 20 02 173 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", RP) Tommy Boy TB 823 US 1987 Sell This Version
12AP 3014 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(12") CBS/Sony 12AP 3014 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
12AP 3014 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Promo) CBS/Sony 12AP 3014 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(7", RE) Tommy Boy, Collectables TB 823 US 1993 Sell This Version
TBCD 823 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(CD, Maxi, RE) Tommy Boy TBCD 823 US 1993 Sell This Version
TBCD 823 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(CD, Single, RE, ARC) Tommy Boy TBCD 823 US 1993 Sell This Version
HCL 2293 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock '96(12", Maxi) The Perfect Beat Records, Hot Classics HCL 2293 US 1996 Sell This Version
NM7080MX Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock '98(12", Maxi) Container Records NM7080MX Spain 1998 Sell This Version
HAL 12798 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock (The Remixes)(3x12", Ltd) The Perfect Beat Records, Hot Productions HAL 12798 US 1998 Sell This Version
DT 020 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock 98 (2nd Edition)(12") Dream Team DT 020 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
DT 022 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock 98(12") Dream Team DT 022 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
DT 017 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock 98(12") Dream Team DT 017 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
743 215 713 22, 743 21 571322 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock 98(CD, Maxi) Max Music, Max Music 743 215 713 22, 743 21 571322 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
(21) 981099-2 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock 98(CD, Maxi) Max Music (21) 981099-2 Mexico 1998 Sell This Version
12 AWX 1 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock The '98 Remixes (Part One)(12") Afro Wax Records 12 AWX 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS AWX 1 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock The '98 Remixes(CD) Afro Wax Records, Passion Music CDS AWX 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
12 AWX 1R Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock The 98' Remixes (Part 2)(12") Afro Wax Records 12 AWX 1R UK 1998 Sell This Version
12 AWX 1 DJ Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock The Remixes(2x12", Ltd, Promo) Afro Wax Records 12 AWX 1 DJ US 1998 Sell This Version
CDS AWX 1 DJ Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock The Remixes(CD, Maxi, Promo) Afro Wax Records CDS AWX 1 DJ UK 1998 Sell This Version
TBV 341, tbv 341 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Ltd) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy TBV 341, tbv 341 UK 1998 Sell This Version
TBCD 341 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(CD, Maxi) Tommy Boy TBCD 341 UK 1998 Sell This Version
AWX 023-2 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock 2000 (The Millennium Remixes)(CD, Maxi) Afro Wax Records AWX 023-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
PRM-2339 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock 2000 - The Next Millennium(12") Planet Rock Music PRM-2339 US 2000 Sell This Version
TBSL 2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock (Remixes)(12") Tommy Boy Silver Label TBSL 2266 US 2001 Sell This Version
TBCD2266B Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock (Remixes)(CD, Single, Enh, CD2) Tommy Boy TBCD2266B UK 2001 Sell This Version
OAK1 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock (Swordfish Mix)(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label OAK1 2001 Sell This Version
tb2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa + The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa + The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Remix(12", Single, Promo) Tommy Boy Silver Label tb2266 US 2001 Sell This Version
TBV 2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Remixes(12") Tommy Boy Silver Label TBV 2266 US 2001 Sell This Version
TBV2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Remixes(12", Single) Tommy Boy TBV2266 UK 2001 Sell This Version
TBV2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Remixes(12", Single, W/Lbl) Tommy Boy TBV2266 UK 2001 Sell This Version
TBSL2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Remixes(CD, Single) Tommy Boy Silver Label TBSL2266 US 2001 Sell This Version
TBCD 2266 Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock Remixes(CD, Single) Tommy Boy TBCD 2266 UK 2001 Sell This Version
TBCD2278A Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* Paul Oakenfold Presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Remixes(CD, Single, CD1) Tommy Boy TBCD2278A UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
BIGLICKS001 Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock (Remix)(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Big Licks BIGLICKS001 UK 2005 Sell This Version
8122-74775-1 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Single, RE) Tommy Boy 8122-74775-1 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock Remixes Vol. 1(9xFile, MP3, EP, RM, 256) Essential Media Group none US 2007
none Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock Remixes Vol. 2(9xFile, MP3, EP, RM, 256) Essential Media Group none US 2007
none Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock (1996 Version)(3xFile, MP3, VBR) Essential Media Group none 2008
??? Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(CD, Maxi) Essential Media Group LLC ??? Germany 2011 Sell This Version
GET 56011-12 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Single, Ltd, Glo) Get On Down GET 56011-12 US 2014 Sell This Version
553872-0 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock (Remixes)(12", Ltd, RE) Big Beat, Boysnoize Records, Atlantic 553872-0 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
#553872-0 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock (Remixes)(12", Single) Big Beat, Atlantic, Boysnoize Records #553872-0 US 2016 Sell This Version
ZN1 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock '98(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label ZN1 Unknown Sell This Version
FB-500 Soul-Sonic Force* Planet Rock (Adams Family Mix)(12") Fee Bee Records FB-500 US Unknown Sell This Version
FB-500 Soul Sonic Force* Planet Rock (Adams Family Mix)(12", TP) Fee Bee Records FB-500 US Unknown Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", RE, Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US Unknown Sell This Version
TB-823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", RP, Blu) Tommy Boy TB-823 US Unknown Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Single, RE, Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US Unknown Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Single, RE, RP, Blu) Tommy Boy TB 823 US Unknown Sell This Version
TB 823, PR 5025 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Single, Unofficial) Tommy Boy (2), Tommy Boy (2) TB 823, PR 5025 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
TB 823 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force* Music By Planet Patrol - Planet Rock(12", Unofficial, Ora) Tommy Boy (2) TB 823 Unknown Sell This Version

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mheola1981

mheola1981

April 3, 2021
referencing Planet Rock The '98 Remixes (Part One), 12", 12 AWX 1

The House Remix is a fat garage tune, somewhere between classic 4/4 UKG and speedgarage.
REENO

REENO

September 24, 2020
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Ora, TB 823
Just to add, in this case, "Music by PLANET PATROL" simply means "All music by John Robie".
groovefactory

groovefactory

July 20, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Gre, TB 823
Boston is the first city mentioned in the city role call, hommage to Arthur Baker's hometown.
cbgb74

cbgb74

March 24, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Ora, TB 823

...why is this version stated a first pressing and not the version with the C and P? like the TB812 jazzy's sensation has also the C and P and why is the lack of SSF of side B credit a sign of an earlier version? can everybody confirm this note on this submission...? THX
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

January 15, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Gre, TB 823
Arthur Baker: "Basically, no one at that time had an 808. This is a true story: we saw an ad in the Village Voice that said, "Man with drum machine, 20 dollars a session." [laughs]
So we called him up and said, "Come on in." The programmer of the drum machine had no idea what the fuck we were doing. "You want me to do what?" We played him Kraftwerk, and we showed him what to program. It was all through a Neve, which is an amazing [mixing] board. We went in there: me, Bam and John Robie.
John had a Micromoog and a Prophet-5. This was the first time we'd got to use a polyphonic synth, because I was always using the Moogs. Strangely enough, there was also a Fairlight there. You can probably do what the Fairlight did on a $1,000 computer now. Back then, the Fairlight was probably worth over $100,000 or more. It was taking up a lot of space, but it had a few sounds in it, one being this sort of explosion sound, which we used in the break, and the orchestra, the infamous orchestra.
We wanted to make a record that people into Talking Heads and people into Sugar Hill Gang would play."

John Robie: “ Sorry but this MUST be said.
Planet Rock was to Hip Hop, what Roll Over Beethoven was to Rock.
You can argue till the cows come home about who invented Hip Hop but it is indisputable that Planet Rock laid the foundation for the explosion of Hip Hop as a musical and cultural phenomenon.
It created a sound that has been imitated for nearly 40 years.
It opened the door for RUN DMC and the Beasties.
It has been sampled hundreds of times (legally... who knows how many times otherwise), it has been and continues to be (along with Perfect Beat) licensed for use in countless movies and TV shows.
It squarely put the 808 on the map.
I could go on.
Yet Soul Sonic Force has never even been considered for nomination.
With Bam’s problems, that will of course never happen but even prior to that, the group (which is for all intents and purposes an entity unto itself) was never even considered.
Please know that this isn’t about me.
I’m not the one who would be nominated so it doesn’t apply.
But Biggs is still my brother and it pisses me off no end that arguably the most influential group in Hip Hop history..... the one that opened the floodgates...... the first to set the stage for the marriage of electronic music and rap..... the group that made THE most iconic record of the genre, has been passed over.
Maybe if they made a record with Aerosmith they would’ve slipped in.
But here we are.”
tranzyd

tranzyd

November 7, 2019
referencing Planet Rock, 12", POSPX 497, 2141 610
Superb sounding pressing on 12" - Nice and loud and plenty pf bass as it is cut on 12"
REENO

REENO

June 11, 2019
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Single, Ltd, Glo, GET 56011-12

Don't use those gooey plastic sleeves ever again! They leave residue on the surface of the record which is very difficult to remove, and causes a LOT of surface noise.
rodrigobreak

rodrigobreak

December 18, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Bab, TB 823

It's hard to imagine drum machine music before "Planet Rock", just as it's hard to talk about Hip-Hop or Electro without mentioning this classic.

In 1982, the group Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, along with producers Arthur Baker and John Robie, released the song "Planet Rock". In fact, according to some reports, this song was made at the end of 1981, but was officially released on record in April 1982. The track, released on a 12 ", has a legendary status. Tr-808 - before them, only the (japanese) Yellow Magic Orchestra group had used this electronic drums - and composite melodies through the Fairlight synthesizer, the single left behind the notion that a song should have only one source point , because in this range, what is heard is a hybrid mixture of musical references.

On the one hand, it is known by many the influence of the german electronic group Kraftwerk in the design of this track - which has the tune of "Trans Europe Express" incorporated in "Planet Rock", as well as the hit "Numbers." On the other hand, other tracks served as inspiration for the creation of this classic: "Super Sporm" by Captain Sky, plus "The Mexican" by Babe Ruth - in this song,guitar solo was incorporated into the melody of " Planet Rock "being repaginated through a synthesizer solo designed by Arthur Baker; is not a sample, but a faithful reconstruction of this stretch of the track, just as they did not sample "Trans Europe Express", but reconstructed from the synthesizer.

Certainly, although there are no samples in this track, "Planet Rock" marks the moment when the music begins to be decontextualized from its moment of production and that begins an obsession of popular music by its past. And that results in the sample boom of the following years, as young American ghettos begin to tinker more and more into the record boxes of previous decades and collect pieces of music that could serve as a basis for new productions, original sound would be cropped, reassembled and digitally removed from its historical context.In a sense, this song also came to break the notion of temporality on the musical scale, for after hearing so many sounds that brought elements or samples of this incredible music in the following years, it was difficult to understand that this sound was made in 1982, or that this sound was the matrix (or one of the matrices) of so many other sounds.

Then, from 1982, the dominant force on the hip-hop horizon became Electro, with a portal to a time when everything seemed (or sounded) modern. In a way, electronic music was a direct challenge to every tradition of music itself. Electronic music was, according to traditional musicians, viewed as "machine music," not as human-made music. Somehow it was an invalid song, it was a form of "not music," and in the eyes of the critics it lacked a certain validity. The Kraftwerk, as well as the groups influenced by them, had no commitment like musical authenticity. Electro, Synth Pop and Techno - and much of the music that would emerge in the clubs in the next few moments - was focused especially on the sonority. It was not music aimed at the traditional sense, but music with a more minimalist approach.

In the following years, "Planet Rock" gave way to a string of brilliant sounds designed by Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, with the help of the brilliant producers Arthur Baker and John Robie. And among them, I highlight "Looking For The Perfect Beat", "Renegades Of Funk" and "Frantic Situation". In my opinion, the first two - "Looking For The Perfect Beat" and "Renegades Of Funk" - have the essence of "Planet Rock", whether in musical design or aesthetics. I think they also gather some of the energy of this classic, and striking elements as their uptempo beats. From my point of view, after 1984, Afrika Bambaataa could no longer achieve such great successes. In a way, we have to consider Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force as an important connection link; without Soul Sonic Force, Afrika Bambaataa might not have a built classics like "Planet Rock", just as without the Afrika Bambaataa the group Soul Sonic Force might not have the same impact and meaning.

At the time, this sound was new and clean, and the electronic drum kit 808 was not yet known in clubs and parties. Let's add to this the special metric of this song, designed by MC Globe and by the emcees of the group Soul Sonic Force - Pow Wow and Mr. Biggs; besides the innovative 808 timbres, oscillating at 130 bpm, the Rap of this song is innovative, imaginative and very special; and he distances himself from what was done up until that moment. Of course, this song is Electro's ground zero, and served as a watershed in the hip-hop landscape: if, until 1982, the sound was focused on productions that emulated, in full, Disco Music classics, after "Planet Rock "the sound was based on drum machines and synthesizers. Without a doubt, many artists began to accelerate the beats to try to sound like "Planet Rock"; and this pattern of electronic drums exploded as a viral and served as inspiration for the emerging Electro scene in several US cities; Pretty Tony / Freestyle with "Dont Stop The Rock" in Miami; "Twilight 22 with" Electric Kingdom "and" Siberian Nights "in San Francisco, California - just to cite two examples used uptempo beats.

Over the years, this song has echoed in many places, and exerted influence in a varied range of styles like Miami Bass, Guettotech, Funk Carioca (Brazilian Bass) and, today, in the emergent scene of Trap. It is difficult to speak in Miami Bass without remembering the influence of Electro and without remembering the impact of "Planet Rock". If, in 1985, hip-hop in New York took other directions and musical precepts because of the advent of the sample, in Miami a new musical style emerged following the musical premises of this song. Obviously, Electro was not dead, just changed name and address, echoing in other music scenes.

Before Miami Bass was born in 1985, Florida dee jays - Jam Pony Express, Ghetto Style Dj, for example - played songs like "Planet Rock" and other New York electro classics, emphasizing the bass, that is, applying the bass parts of the songs.The legendary Mr. Mixx, dj from the pioneering group of Miami Bass, 2 Live Crew, remembers that when he first heard this song, as well as "Looking For The Perfect Beat," he really liked the electronic drums and bass drum pattern devised through the 808. However , he thought about the possibility of leaving the bass drum stronger, dry and prolonged and therefore, in the following years, began to leave the bass drum in his productions, which became an element within the musical aesthetics of the Miami Bass. No doubt, many Miami Bass dee jays have used "Planet Rock" elements to compose their songs as the musical basis of their raps, whether in samples or collages.This sound appears in productions by differents artists - Dynamix II, DJ Magic Mike, 2 Live Crew, Mc A.D.E, and others. James Brown may be the most sampled artist in the world, but undoubtedly the classic "Planet Rock" is one of the most sampled music.
The_Jazz_Dad

The_Jazz_Dad

September 12, 2018
referencing Planet Rock, 12", Gre, TB 823
There is a Francois Kevorkian mix of Planet Rock, never released. Arthur Baker has an acetate of it.
DJMADMAN

DJMADMAN

April 20, 2018
referencing Planet Rock 98, 12", DT 017
"Planet Rock (Speed Garage Freaky Tune)" is actually "Planet Rock (George Acosta's Speed Freak Mix)"