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

Tommy Boy ‎– TB 823
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Baby Blue Labels

Companies, etc.



Comes (came) in a generic/company cover with the small Tommy Boy 'dancers' in one corner.

Center labels state:
BPM 130
Shakin' Baker Music, BMI
Engineered at Intergalactic Music
© Tommy Boy Music (Side A)
© ℗ Tommy Boy Music (Side B)
Distributed by Tommy Boy Music,223 East 85th St., New York, NY 10028

1. Soul Sonic Force is listed as a writer on the B side of this pressing.
2. The actual BPM's clock at ~127.
3. 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.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Both Sides Runout): Mastering By Frankford/Wayne New York
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): TB-823-A SMK Vinni Vini Herbie Jr Hi Angie and Winky "It's A Hi Powered Disco 12"
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): TB-823-B SMK Vinni Vini Herbie Jr "Electric Breaks"


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May 4, 2017

Without a doubt the most influential single in the history of dance music. The multiple styles that the record blends is pretty remarkable. Kraftwerk & the early '80s electro movement was the beginning of the modern dance music in my opinion.

This record changed the way Billboard tracked singles. This was the first record to sell >1 million copies with virtually no radio airplay. Before this record Billboard based their charts on airplay more than sales. I remember seeing an interview with the former head of charts at Billboard in 1986 on a show called Night Flight on the old USA Network (before Viacom destroyed it) and he talked about the growing influence of dance music tracks in the late '70s & early '80s.


March 6, 2017

This song came out when I was at Okeechobee Dozier school prison for boys ..I was at the second one not the first one were they found 50 body's ..many fights with this song ..a lot of d battery's flying


January 14, 2016

PLANET ROCK,122 BPM,ELECTRIC KINGDOM,FIX IT IN THE MIX,EGYPTIAN LOVER,FUNKY LITTLE BEAT,RECKLESS ETC,ETC,ETC,ETC owe Kraftwerk for a slu of jam's you could mix for a never ending tape or CD. To me 81-88 were the best years for good time forget about the shit in the street music. It is good to be up on the times but we need to have a good time also. I love this music I make old skool mixes all the time ,I will take every mix that I I listened to back in the day that I felt should have had this jam mixed in or that Jam mixed in but the DJ just didn't feel it or something and mix it the way I would have . Most sound great.:-) Later. Mastic


March 7, 2008

The main melody of "Planet Rock" is borrowed from the title track of Kraftwerk's influential album Trans Europe Express, while the drum pattern is based on the song "Numbers" from the Kraftwerk album Computer World.I will add myself that this style of music Electro/Techno was invented in Germany by Kraftwerk in the seventies they was so ahead of there time as this tune proves it,but this is an absolute classic and still sounds fantastic to this day!



March 17, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Although the term "hip-hop" had been invented and used within the founding members of this scene (Keith Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, The Sugar Hill Gang, etc.), Afrika Bambaataa is credited with using the term to describe the genre and subculture when this track hit the scene. A little ironic since I consider this track to be more electro than hip-hop, but maybe I'm splitting hairs. Both are very similar genres that greatly influenced each other somewhat equally.


December 6, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Everyone cites the Kraftwerk melodies, but they seem to consistantly ignore that Bambaataa also had Robie replay a melody form Babe Ruth's, er, Ennio Morricone's "The Mexican" in this track too. Both Trans Europe Express and The Mexican were 70s breaks used by Bam, Flash, and other bronx breakbeat pioneers.


February 15, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

I was 15 1/2 years old when this record was released. I had just become friends with the local record store buyer and would go with him into Manhattan to I.D.R.C record pool to pick up his weekly lot of promos. Usually I would sit in his illegally parked car and waited but the week "Planet Rock" was released in early April 1982, I went up there with him and it was playing and everyone was listening in awe. Jellybean was there talking about how this was 'the one'. And it was. I don't recall there ever being such an instant response for any one record ever except for "Rappers Delight". The thing with "Planet Rock" is that they pressed enough copies to allow mega sales from day one. "Planet Rock" was the essential DJ track which had everyone in the clubs and the streets locked into its grooves. Kraftwerk should have gotten writers credits but since John Robie actually replayed the parts, no samples were used however we all know the real story. Without Kraftwerk? No "Planet Rock". The only flaw I can think of is in Trenton, New Jersey. Trenton did'nt really rock to the "Planet Rock". At least from what I have been told.


September 22, 2003

Planet Rock was first laid on vinyl during 1982 and uses heavily cut down samples & beats from Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express. The bassline is taken from Captain Sky's Super Sporm, track 2 on his 'Adventures of Captain Sky' LP released in 1978 - itself a very rare LP as there are two releases, Super Sporm is only found on the first blue label copy which never got produced in large numbers. Found it? Keep it!!


July 4, 2003

Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy founder and co-producer of this classic said that Pow Wow, one of Soulsonic Force MC's, forgot the words and he went "Zuh-zuh-zuh, zuh-zuh-zuh". He said "keep it, that's great". Little things that made it a classic.


November 1, 2002
The copy I have was given to me by Donald Glaude, when he was known as "DJ Dominator." It was one of his extra copies and it was getting a bit worn out. At the time, it was a bit difficult to get ahold of. Later on, I was able to find it pretty easily on some re-releases. What can I say about this EP, it is an absolute classic - years ahead of it's time. A bit of oldschool rap heavily influenced by the new sound immerging - called Detroit techno.