Planet Patrol is an American electro group originating in the 1980s. The members were Arthur Baker, John Robie, and a quintet of vocalists led by Herbert J. Jackson (lead singer),[1] Joseph Lites, Rodney Butler, Michael Anthony Jones, and Melvin B. Franklin (not to be confused with Melvin Franklin of The Temptations). The group only produced a single album, the self-titled Planet Patrol in 1983, which peaked at #64 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.[2]

Planet Patrol
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresElectro funk, freestyle, old school hip hop
Years active1982–1984; 2006–present
LabelsTommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records

The group's most popular song, "Play at Your Own Risk", was created from tracks that did not make the final version of Afrika Bambaataa's seminal "Planet Rock".[3]




Year Album Label US R&B
1983 Planet Patrol Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records 64


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Dance
1982 "Play at Your Own Risk" 10 21
1983 "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock and Roll)" 62
"Cheap Thrills" 56 30 64
1984 "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"
"Danger Zone"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Planet Patrol: Chart History - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Hess, Mickey (2009). Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide (illustrated ed.). ABC-CLIO. p. 197. ISBN 9780313343216.
  4. ^ "Planet Patrol: Chart History - Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  5. ^ "Planet Patrol: Chart History - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ "PLANET PATROL - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 6, 2022.