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I really don't know shit about go-go music.

I mean, no more than the basics...the bands, the originators, some of the history and certain songs.

So I had to do some referencing to make a clear and readable post...

From The History Of Go-Go"

(Chuck)Brown explains that he came up with a new playing style – later tagged Go-Go – purely out of necessity. "Disco DJ’s started taking our shows," he points out. "They were cheaper and because of mixing they could keep the dance floor packed. People no longer liked the pause in between songs." In response, "the Godfather" started experimenting with a style that enabled his band to continue into the next song without ever stopping. He let the percussion section – drums and congas – take over, while he talked to the crowd. The call and response lyrics, and percussion work that developed became the benchmark of Go-Go.

Keep in mind that the extended groove was already the cornerstone of 70’s funk and soul. Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, War, and George Clinton, among others, started taking their grooves out to 10 and sometimes 15 minutes. Chuck Brown took it even further. He joined different grooves into one continuous set that lasted as long as two hours. The crowd response was overwhelming. Almost over night young bands throughout the city studied the new style. They imitated it, added their own spin, and a new music began to take form. They called it Go-Go, a term that, at the time, simply meant a party. Remember Smokey Robinson’s hit "Going to a Go-Go?"

From Wikipedia

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).

Many of these bands still perform today, along with successive generations of bands. Go-Go is always performed lives in nightclubs, neighborhood parties, and sometimes with famous singers. Most Go-Go was recorded on tape and given out for free back in the day, now a days it is recorded on CD and sold to thousands in the DC/MD/VA area. Go-Go is one of the most unique musics in america today to african americans that only the DC/MD area knows.

From a friend who's a DC head...(black Nikes, grey New Balances & homegrown clothing brands...DC is on it's own nuts and got it's own style...fully respect that).

Go-go music is exclusive to DC. If you're not from DC then you might have heard of it but don't know exactly what it is. It's played with mostly percussion instruments--drums, congo drums, cow bell, tamborine, some guitar/bass, some piano/keyboard.

There is no specific dance that you do to go-go music. It's sorta like when you hear the music you just go for it. You can dance alone or with a partner. Whatever goes. When I was coming up there were a few clubs that were exclusively go-go clubs but mostly bands traveled to different clubs and played on different nights. When I was in high school it was (of course Friday & Saturday) but other big club nights were Sundays and Tuesdays. You went with friends and you got there early (10:30pm) so you only had to pay $5 or if you got there early enough ladies were let in free. But the band didn't start playing until about 12:30am or 1. By then the place is packed with people and the music starts and you just start to dance until the band stops playing (about 4 maybe 5am).

I don't know the method or logic to what songs bands decide to cover. They seem to do whatever is popular at the time. But I'm sure they take into account the beat and all that other it would sound with a go-go beat. Go-go is sort of call and response between the band and the audience. That's probably one of the most fun parts of going to the go-go. The beats are real heavy and rhythmic.

Now, after that long ass history lesson, what the hell does all that mean?

1. The majority of us have heard "Da Butt" and had no idea it was classified as go-go. Go-go is to DC what house is to Chi/Detroit, crunk is to Atlanta, buck is to Memphis, second lines are to the NO...strong regionally but not widely accepted or even heard of outside of those regions. But...

2. It's funky. You HAVE to move when you hear it. It's music that will force you as a audience member or listener to participate.

3. All I know is, Rare Essence took this cornball song that we all know the lyrics to by osmosis, and made it so soulful that I've been singin it the past four days without being able to help and not really giving a fuck either.

Rare Essence - "Pieces Of Me"

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And we'll feature a little more of the music so you can get a full taste.

CCB (Critical Condition Band) - 10/1/05

CCB - We Here Now (Studio)

RE (Rare Essence) - 10/25/05

BYB (Backyard Band) - 10/9/05

MOB(Money Over Bitches) - 11/10/05 at Buds 501 Club

PW is

Respect due to knowledgebones & GMills from HT.

Since funk has been referenced quite a few times in today's and other recent posts, let us present to you...funk (Really, I just been looking for a reason to post this joint b/c I love it haha).

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Here's a nice little collective.

It's missing a few "must have's" but still strong. LL. Kool Moe Dee. Jada vs. Beans. BDP. Roxanne. It's a history lesson.

FYI, the greatest diss ever - "The Bitch In Yoo" by Common.

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Even though upon first listen I don't this is gonna be up to par with their previous albums...Jagged Edge > your favorite R&B act.

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