Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in October 1989.
Yes, it’s the Rebel MC. Rough like a ninja, stinging like a bee.
Michael West is the real name of Islington-born (“Is he a Yankee? No, I’m a Londoner!”) Rebel MC, whose chart career included four top forty singles – two of which were with Double Trouble, who comprised Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, Leigh Guest, and Michael Menson. They themselves managed three top forty hits, the third being a cover of Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”.
Their first collaboration was on “Just Keep Rockin'”, a song which climbed steadily to spend two weeks at number eleven in July 1989. “Street Tuff” followed a few months later, entering at number 12 and on this day in 1989 climbing up to number five.
Top of the Pops on October 5th 1989 featured “Street Tuff” at the start of the show. Also in the studio that week were Curiosity Killed The Cat, and Sonia, with Black Box at number one. Plus, it was the final time for Steve Wright hosting. Here’s your chance to see how many of the lyrics you remember…