Gangsters of The Groove – Heatwave (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Gangsters of The Groove by Heatwave. The record was released in 1980, on the GTO record label and has been reworked into a knuckleduster.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the Heatwave, Gangsters, Fighting, Boxing  or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Gangsters of The Groove
Media Artist/s: Heatwave
Record Label: GTO
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Funk / Soul

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Additional information about this, Heatwave vinyl art.

Heatwave – The Artist

Heatwave are a UK based funk/disco band formed in 1975. Its most popular line-up featured Americans Johnnie Wilder Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio; Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards); Swiss Mario Mantese (bass); Czechoslovak Ernest “Bilbo” Berger (drums); Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar); and Briton Roy Carter (guitar). They are best known for their singles “Boogie Nights”, “The Groove Line”, and “Always and Forever”.

Gangsters of The Groove – The Song

‘Gangsters of The Grooveis a 1980 funk track by the UK based, Heatwave. Written by keyboard player, Rod Temperton, the song was a single from their  fourth  studio album, Candles. It reached number 19 in the UK Charts in 1980.

The Knuckleduster – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the silhouette of  a knuckleduster.  Brass knuckles (synonyms include: knuckles, knucks, brass knucks, knucklebusters, knuckledusters, knuckle daggers, an English punch, a paperweight, or a classic) are “fist-load weapons” used in hand-to-hand combat. Brass knuckles are pieces of metal shaped to fit around the knuckles. Despite their name, they are often made from other metals, plastics or carbon fibers. Designed to preserve and concentrate a punch’s force by directing it toward a harder and smaller contact area, they result in increased tissue disruption, including an increased likelihood of fracturing the intended target bones on impact. The extended and rounded palm grip also spreads across the attacker’s palm the counter-force that would otherwise be absorbed primarily by the attacker’s fingers, reducing the likelihood of damage to the attacker’s fingers.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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