52nd Street ‎– Can't Afford

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Third single by the Manchester funk contenders.
Recorded and mixed at Strawberry North and originally released as a 12" single on Factory Records in October 1984.
Produced and mixed by Stephen Morris under the Be Music moniker.

Tracklist

Can't Afford 6:50
Can't Afford (Unorganised Mix) 9:56

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FAC 118 52nd Street Can't Afford(12", Single) Factory FAC 118 UK 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-7062 52nd Street Can't Afford(12") Profile Records, Black Suit Records (2) PRO-7062 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-7062-DJ 52nd Street Can't Afford(12", Promo) Profile Records, Black Suit Records (2) PRO-7062-DJ US 1984 Sell This Version
FAC 118 52nd St* Can't Afford(12", Single, W/Lbl) 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
FAC 118 52nd Street Can't Afford(Acetate) Factory FAC 118 UK 1984 Sell This Version

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Perennial_Rhythms

Perennial_Rhythms

January 23, 2021
referencing Can't Afford, 12", PRO-7062
Extremely loud and clear pressing. more word more words more
TheFormula

TheFormula

October 16, 2003
referencing Can't Afford, 12", Single, FAC 118

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.