Planet Patrol is an American electro group originating in the 1980s considered by many as the founders of Electro Funk. The group was originally a vocal quintet from Boston, Ma., called "The Energetics." Their conversion to Electro was conceived by musical architects John Robie and Arthur Baker who performed and produced the group's music. Other members included a quintet of vocalists led by Herbert J. Jackson (lead singer), 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.
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".