FACTOID # 18: Alaska spends more money per capita on elementary and secondary education than any other state.
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
People who viewed "Go go" also viewed:


FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:



(* = Graphable)



Encyclopedia > Go go

Go-Go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Chuck Brown (b. 1934) is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music. Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Chuck Brown is an African-American jazz guitarist. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Go-go is defined by continuous, complex, heavy rhythm arrangements focused through two motifs performed on multiple congas, tumbadoras, and rototoms, interspersed with timbale and cowbell parts, driven by heavy-footed drumming and punctuated by crowd call-and-response. A swing rhythm is often implied (if not explicitly stated). Conga is a drum, a type of music, and a type of dance (Conga Line). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A tom-tom (not to be confused with a tamtam) is a cylindrical drum with no snare. ... Timbale may refer to one of the following Timbal, a kind of a kettledrum (see timbales) Timbale, a kind of dish of various ingredients baked in a round mold, also called timbale. This is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... In music, a call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. ... It has been suggested that Swung note be merged into this article or section. ...

Some go-go bands have seen varying degrees of success nationally and worldwide, but Washington, D.C. remains the preeminent center for the music.



Go-go pioneer Chuck Brown perfoming at the 2005 Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.
Go-go pioneer Chuck Brown perfoming at the 2005 Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Chuck Brown, a fixture on the Washington music scene with Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers ("We the People", "Ashley's Roachclip"), inspired other local bands in the mid-1970s to incorporate go-go music more and more into their standard live shows. This included the funk-driven Trouble Funk and the rock-influenced E.U., who became the most popular bands on the go-go music scene by the end of the 70s. Brown's 1979 hit single "Bustin' Loose" was the culmination of go-go music's early success. Trouble Funk briefly signed with New Jersey's Sugar Hill Records, where they released the minor hit "Pump Me Up". E.U. scored a national hit when they performed their song "Da Butt" in the Spike Lee motion picture School Daze in 1988. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (552x717, 228 KB) Summary Go go musician Chuck Brown performing at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, National Mall, Washington, D.C. October 1, 2005 This is a photo of the live video monitor that was set up at the concert. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (552x717, 228 KB) Summary Go go musician Chuck Brown performing at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, National Mall, Washington, D.C. October 1, 2005 This is a photo of the live video monitor that was set up at the concert. ... Chuck Brown is an African-American jazz guitarist. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Trouble Funk is an influential and successful go-go band from Washington DC. Among their well-known songs is the go go anthem Take it to the Bridge. Categories: | ... Experience Unlimited (EU) was a Washington, DC go-go band that enjoyed its height of popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Sugar Hill Records was the name of a rap music label that was founded in 1974 by husband and wife Joe and Sylvia Robinson with financial funding of Morris Levy, the owner of Roulette Records. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with social and political issues. ... iuiß This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The next generation of go-go featured The Junk Yard Band and Rare Essence, two enduring bands that gained popularity after go-go had become established. The Junk Yard Band began as a group of children as young as nine years old, performing music on a hodge-podge of discarded items fashioned into musical instruments. They signed and toured with New York's Def Jam Records, where they released the 12-inch single "The Word". Rare Essence, who was mentored at a young age by Chuck Brown, signed briefly with Mercury Records, but both bands' prominence were primarily established in and around Washington and the Mid-Atlantic area. Def Jam Records is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ...

Many of these bands still perform today, along with successive generations of bands. Go-Go is always performed live at nightclubs, neighborhood parties, and sometimes with famous singers. Go-Go initially spread through the distribution of free cassette tapes, and is now found locally in the Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia area for sale on CDs. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...

Go-go clubs sometimes acquired a reputation for violence, and in some areas of Washington, clubs are not permitted to play go-go or have go-go bands appear. One well-publicized venue with trouble was Club U, located inside a DC government building at the corner of 14th Street NW and U Street NW, where a murder and other incidents happened before the club was closed.[1] The U Street Corridor is a historically black neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The corridor extends along U Street, N.W., and is bounded approximately by 9th Street on the east and by 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west. ...

Modern Day

Recently, there has been an explosion of go-go influenced music on mainstream radio that can be attributed mostly to Rich Harrison, the Washington, D.C., born producer who has infused go-go with his personal sound. Rich Harrison is a Grammy winning record producer and song writer from Washington, D.C. // Biograhy Early life A classically trained pianist and trumpet player, from an early age Harrison demonstrated an exceptional ability to play anything he heard on the radio. ...

In 2003, Harrison worked with Beyoncé Knowles producing her single "Crazy in Love", which sampled the Chi-Lites "Are You My Woman?". The song was a huge international success and reinvented the go-go genre, bringing it back into the mainstream. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, and fashion designer for House of Deréon. ... Crazy in Love is an pop-R&B song written by singer Beyoncé Knowles, producer Rich Harrison, rapper Jay-Z, and Eugene Record. ... The Chi-Lites were a Chicago-based smooth soul band from the early 1970s, one of the few from the period to not come from Memphis or Philadelphia. ...

Beyoncé Knowles's 2006 album, B'Day, also features go-go influenced music. It was released on the 4th of September and has been receiving favorable reviews despite negativity surrounding the album. BDay is the second studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé, released by Columbia Records on September 1, 2006 (see 2006 in music) outside North America, on September 4, 2006 worldwide (Beyoncés 25th birthday, hence the title) and on September 5, 2006 in Canada and the...

In 2005, Harrison wrote and produced for Korean-American R&B singer Amerie and her go-go influenced hit single "1 Thing." Amerie is also from the Washington, DC / Baltimore area and the single reached the top ten on the US Billboard Charts (peaked at 8) and the top ten within the UK. Amerie’s sophomore album, Touch, has several go-go influenced songs. A Korean American (Korean: 한국계 미국인, Hanja: 韓國系美國人, hangukgye migukin) is an American of Korean descent. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1978), known professionally as Amerie, is a Grammy Award-nominated American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. ... 1 Thing is a 2005 single by American R&B singer Amerie. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Other popular artists like Ludacris and Nelly are said to have go-go influenced songs, such as Nelly's "Hot in Herre," which incorporated the hook from Chuck Brown's 1979 #1 R&B hit "Bustin' Loose." Christopher Brian Bridges (born on September 11, 1977 in Champaign, Illinois), better known as Ludacris, is a Grammy Award winning African American rapper and actor. ... Cornell Haynes Jr. ... Hot in Herre is a popular song and single performed by the hip-hop artist Nelly, and was released in 2002 as the 1st single on his album Nellyville. ...

Go-go has taken on a decidedly more percussion oriented sound in its current day form. Rarely does one hear any horns, extensive keyboard work or bass guitars. The emphasis now, popularized by the Backyard Band, is on drums, particularly the snare drum, the tom-tom, cymbals, rollatons, timbales, congas and the like. There is however a retro movement going back to go-go's original days as marathon sessions of the popular R&B songs of the day. The bands playing that style include Suttle Thoughts, Familiar Faces and others that cater to a 30 and over audience. The fanbase for this retro go-go genre is increasing.

Some go-go artists have been able to branch out into other forms of entertainment. Most notably, Anwan "Big G" Glover, a founding member of Backyard Band, has taken the role as Slim Charles on HBO's hit show "The Wire."[2]

Popular go-go bands and songs

  • Backyard Band ("91 Dope Jam", "Unibomber", "Skillet")
  • Chuck Brown ("Bustin Loose," "That'll Work," "Money")
  • E.U. (Experience Unlimited) ("Da Butt," "EU Freeze," "Future Funk")
  • Junk Yard Band ("Sardines," "Rough it Off," "Go Hard")
  • Little Benny and the Masters ("Cat in the Hat")
  • Northeast Groovers ("Van Damme," "Off the Muscle," "The Water")
  • Rare Essence ("Lock It," "Work the Walls," "Body Moves," "Overnight Scenario")
  • Trouble Funk ("Pump Me Up," "Drop the Bomb," "Don't touch that Stereo")
  • Uncalled 4 Band ("Get Get Mission", "V.S.O.P.", "Sexy Lady")
  • Critical Condition Band ("Roll Call", "Spanish Fly", "Jiggle It")

Image File history File links Information_icon. ...

Other Notable Go-Go Bands

The following list, while not complete, is of newer Go-go bands. Many are also known by their three letter acronyms. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ...

  • 3hird Dimension Band (3DB)
  • All About Money (ABM)
  • Bad Intentions Band (BIB)
  • Black Passion Band
  • Cold Hearted Band
  • Critical Condition Band (CCB)
  • Da Reaction Band (DORA)
  • Drastic Measures Band (DMB)
  • Fatal Attraction Band
  • (The) Firm Project
  • Guaranteed Satisfaction Band (GSB)
  • Good Intentions Band (GIB)
  • Having Only One Dream/Having Our Own Dream (HOOD)
  • Mambo Sauce
  • Mental Attraction Band (MAB)
  • Mad Collision Band (MCB)
  • Maximum Damage Band (MDB)
  • Money Over Bitches (MOB)
  • Nexx Level
  • New World Order (NWO)
  • Parental Advisory Band (PAB)
  • Psycho Misses Band (PMS)
  • Raw Image
  • Take Over Band (TOB)
  • Too Much Attention Band (TMA)
  • Top Priority Band (TPB)
  • Total Control Band (TCB)
  • Total Destruction Band (TDB)
  • Trinidad Bombsquad (or Trinidad Bomb Squad) (TBS)
  • Perfection Band
  • Undisputed Band
  • Unseen Band
  • Young Black Image (YBI)
  • Young Gangsta Band (YGB)

Go-go bands who play some R&B

  • Familiar Faces
  • LiSSEN Band
  • Suttle Thoughts

External links



Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m