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10 Speed

I can’t find out any information regarding 10-Speed, other than they were a Canadian session group.

Although the classic Kraftwerk track was included in the Breakin’/Breakdance movie in that magical scene with Turbo (Michael Chambers) dancing with a broom, the group didn’t actually want it included on the soundtrack.

The Breakin’ movie exceeded expectations and soon after the music market was awash with compilation albums dedicated to breakdancing, some of which included instructional posters. One such compilation released in 1984 was simply titled Breakdance and featured one whole side by Alex & The City Crew which included an instructional rap. It was released in various countries with different covers and a variety of track lists.

Image of Breakdance compilation from 1984
Image of Breakdance compilation from 1984
Image of Breakdance compilation from 1984

It’s quite possible that this track by 10-Speed was made specifically for this compilation, given that Kraftwerk originally didn’t want their track used. Maybe they didn’t want it used for compilations either, who knows!

‘Tour de France’ by 10-Speed was also included on a reissue 12″ by Unidisc in 1988 which featured two other tracks. This release had a few label variations which are pictured below.

An image of Turbo dancing with a broom

Tour De France [1983]

Label: Quality Records
Catalogue #: QUS 052
Year: 1983
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: Canada

Side A
Tour De France (Radio Mix) [6:23]
Tour De France (Dub) [4:25]

Side B
Tour De France (Radio Mix Edit) [3:28]
Tour De France (Instrumental) [4:16]

Label: Unidisc
Catalogue #: SPEC-1384
Year: 1988
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: Canada

Side A
10 Speed – Tour De France [6:47]

Side B
Slingshot – Billie Jean / Do It Again [7:22]
Nighthawk – Eye Of The Tiger [5:22]

Label: Unidisc
Catalogue #: SPEC-1384
Year: 1988
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: Canada

Side A
10 Speed – Tour De France [6:47]

Side B
Slingshot – Billie Jean / Do It Again [7:22]
Nighthawk – Eye Of The Tiger [5:22]

Label: Unidisc
Catalogue #: SPEC-1384
Year: 1988
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: Canada

Side A
10 Speed – Tour De France [6:47]

Side B
Slingshot – Billie Jean / Do It Again [7:22]
Nighthawk – Eye Of The Tiger [5:22]

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