Friday, August 26, 2011

Washington DC's Go Go Scene: The Face article (April 1985)

It's cool to see how much of a splash Go Go made back in the 80s on an international scale, and this article from The Face (UK) perfectly illustrates that. There's no denying Go Go's influence on the Hip Hop sound coming of NYC (and elsewhere) during the mid-late 1980s. Trouble Funk in particular, put in plenty of work during those years and rarely (if ever) got the credit they deserved.

Go Go is woven into the fabric of Hip Hop, and the proof is in the records whether we're talking about Queen Latifah, Salt'n'Pepa, Kurtis Blow, Roxanne Shante, Beastie Boys, the list goes on.... So big up DC! Big up all the struggling Go Go artists who paved the way back in the day, especially Chuck Brown the Godfather, Trouble Funk, EU, Junkyard Band, Backyard Band, Northeast Groovers....

This kinda cracked me up.... At one point in the interview, Chuck Brown even points out the importance of using DC Slang or "Slanguage" when performing. He then rhymes something with "Bama" to illustrate his point, and this is all in the article. Bama!

Shouts to for the amazing source material!  Please take a moment to check out their site, as its FULL of extra special secret stash material from back in the day.

Download PDF Article HERE (24 MB) 


Yasmina Sara said...

I think Chuck Brown popularised this. isn't it.

P M X said...

Chuck is the Godfather! You from the UK Yasmina? Isn't it = 'innit' I presume >)

Chuck Brown just celebrated his 73rd birthday Aug 31st, so I felt it appropriate to post this even if only a few cultured individuals happen to come across it. Cheers :)

Unknown said...

Ha.. i remember that . Saw Trouble Funk at the Town and Country club. One of my all time fav. shows. Like your blog. Will enjoy more of your selections.