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Trouble Funk

Miles off the radar of popular music during the early '80s, Trouble Funk energized their D.C. home with the sound of go-go music, an uproarious blend of swinging, up-tempo '70s funk and a '60s-style horn section. The band formed in 1978, and the lineup coalesced around drummer Emmet Nixon, percussionists Mack Carey and Timothius Davis, guitarist Chester Davis, bassist Tony Fisher, trombone players Gerald and Robert Reed, trumpeter Taylor Reed, keyboard player James Avery, and saxophonist David Rudd. Trouble Funk earned a loyal fan base for their notoriously can't-miss live act, a raw, party friendly version of dance and funk with few songs but plenty of extensive jams organized around audience-friendly vocal tags and call-out hooks.

The first go-go record released outside of D.C., Trouble Funk's 1982 debut Drop the Bomb appeared on Sugar Hill, the same label then championing early hip-hop. (The two styles had very similar origins, in the breakbeat culture of urban block parties.) Though the band's second album, In Times of Trouble, appeared only on the local label D.E.T.T., Trouble Funk earned national distribution with a prescient concert record, 1985's Saturday Night (Live from Washington, D.C.), released through Island. After taking the live act nationwide and even worldwide (they played the 1986 Montreux Jazz Festival), Trouble Funk returned in 1987 with the boundary breaking Trouble Over Here, Trouble Over There, featuring sympathetic heads like Bootsy Collins and Kurtis Blow. It was a bit of a stylistic misstep, however, and Island released the group from its contract. Undeterred, Trouble Funk kept on grooving around the city, playing often, even into the '90s, for nostalgic party goers as well as the musically curious. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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As a teen, I had heard Aracade Funk, Drop the Bomb and Trouble Funk Express and loved it. When I was in the corp around 84', I met two friends from DC. That's when I was really turned on to the go-go beat. At the clubs, my two friends always stood out in the crowd with their DC dancing style. Oh man, what great memories. Want to hear something different? The rock band Clutch incorporates the go-go beat into their sound. Just saw them in Denver recently, their set opened with Chuck Brown playing!
ANACOSTIA HIGH GYM ALL NIGHT LONG
Their BASELINE is perfect. Brings back memories from High School, and whatnot.
T Funk is, and will always be The ISH!
choley00
man i remember travel wit my boys on subway to Va, MD, and we would hit the spots like dale city skate, valley green, columbia, suitland, old RFK, etcetc..can go on and on..I leave in texas but still got my got..Young hustla dc scorpio, arye rayde, shady Grove, junk yard, stinky dink, Iceberg slim and RE plus others play er'day.
Go go this great Old school
I remember the first time I saw Trouble was @ the DC Armory, from then on I was a regular @ that Atlas !!!!
Work the walls
Moonlight inn Damon booming in the parking lot trying to record PA tapes ribs an Mr G taking pictures
I remember playing on the same card with. T Funk,E.U and R.E man those was the days . Ovation Band and Show. STAND UP VA
Luv this music i grew up on this at bowl alley riggs park fleetwood village
DC native, I grew up on the old go-go and I love the old stuff, this new go go garbage is garbage...
RIVER BEN (STRIKERS) WAYSONS CORNER
Dis was da jan
Breaking it down!!!
lavelleclr
Ain't nothing like SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!! Let's put this thing in 4th gear!!!!!
lavelleclr
I'm from Philly & yo when that go-go hit us in early 80's it was like WHOA!! I already had a taste of it from fam in D.C. area!! This ish is REAL!!!!
Before there was Internet , video's and cable you really had to bring your cassette tape recorder to the Go Go...
Frm A Philly native who planted my grown up in DC frm 82-90... Yo...I've learned some thangs, ooookay! Go go all day long!!! #theblackhol e
my4drlx
Radio Music Hall back in the day !!!
Being a D.C. native myself I grew up listening to Trouble. It pumped in my house as a kid. And still does now. Go-Go will definitely live on. It's finally getting the recognition it deserves, especially with Wale' taking it world wide.
TROUBLE..!
my grandkids will be pumping trouble when they get older this is real music.
Real funky go-go, Go-Go at its best.....now where is my whistle and my tambourines? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Lets Party!!!
Thats what Im talking about. I grew up on these guys and others as well, like Chuck Brown, EU, Rare Essence and on and on... Back then we didnt know what we were listening to but it felt it good, we loved it. GoGo music has given me a deep appreciation for live music. Even though its been difficult for GoGo to break from the confines of DC, it will never go away. Im in agreement with Courtneyb41- m a k e a move to add more recent GoGo artsists such as the ones she listed.
abbeykroeter
I first heard troublefunk on the documentary "style wars" back in the early 80's and thought they were original, had great vocals and the overall feel was very natural, effortless. Absolute perfect example of breaking out the hip hop seeds and planting them back then, and obviously were playing what they wanted and not simply repeating someone's work. the late 70's and early 80's had explosive creation.
o.k. congrats you got r.e.,e.u.,ch u c k brown,maybe lil benny....
can you guys step it up for wash d.c. you need to add more recent go-go bands.
backyard band, junkyard, northeast groovers, the what? band come on pandora i know u can do it
moon lite inn kevin
Oh I remember the beginnig. (good work brothers)
word, I can dig it!

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