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52nd Street - Can't Afford Mp3

  • Performer: 52nd Street
  • Album: Can't Afford
  • Label: Factory
  • Catalog #: FAC 118
  • MP3: 2154 mb | FLAC: 2609 mb
  • Released: Oct 1984
  • Country: UK
  • Style: Electro, Synth-pop
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 132
  • Category: Electronic
52nd Street - Can't Afford Mp3


1Can't Afford (Unorganised Mix)9:56
2Can't Afford6:50


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
FAC 11852nd St Can't Afford ‎(12", Single, W/Lbl)FactoryFAC 118UK1984
FAC 11852nd Street Can't Afford ‎(Acetate)FactoryFAC 118UK1984
FAC 11852ND ST Can't Afford ‎(7", W/Lbl)FactoryFAC 118UK1984
PRO-7062-DJ52nd Street Can't Afford ‎(12", Promo)Profile Records, Black Suit Records PRO-7062-DJUS1984
PRO-706252nd Street Can't Afford ‎(12")Profile Records, Black Suit Records PRO-7062US1984


  • Bass, VocalsDerek Johnson
  • DrumsTony Thompson
  • Edited ByMalcolm Whitehead
  • EngineerChris Nagle
  • Engineer [Assistant]Nigel Beverly
  • Guitar, VocalsTony Henry
  • KeyboardsJohn Dennison
  • Lead VocalsDiane Charlemagne
  • Plated ByDW
  • ProducerBeMusic
  • Producer [Uncredited], Mixed By [Uncredited]Stephen Morris
  • Written-By52nd Street


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.


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


  • Record Company – Factory Communications Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Strawberry Studios
  • Mixed At – Strawberry Studios
  • Lacquer Cut At – The Town House


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.
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