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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, 'Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel'
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49. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, 'Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel'

Non-album single, 1981

Using three turntables and a crossfader (a device he invented), 23-year-old Flash created a continuous party jam out of records by Chic, Blondie, Queen and more – showing off frenetic steel-wheels moves and establishing the DJ as a new kind of pop musician.

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