Somehow Go-Go music -- a tantalizing '80's gumbo of funky dance beats and
whipsmart throwdown vocals with a little doo wop vocalisms thrown in for
good measure -- never quite caught on outside of the Washington D.C. area,
even though it helped lay the groundwork for most of today's rap and funk.
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) came closest to breaking out of the scene with
the hit "Da'Butt" in 1988.
While E.U. were a good band, Go-Go's masters were Trouble Funk.
an hour long concert album was released on a small label in 1982 and quickly
became a collector's item, (the Beastie Boy's
License To Ill
is just one of many hip hop albums that sampled generously from
Henry Rollins and Rick Rubin have finally rescued it from the classic lost
album ranks. If this one doesn't get your booty moving, you got formaldehyde
in your veins.
Jay S. Jacobs
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August 05, 2015.