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(Washington Post)   "The Godfather of Go-Go" busts the pearly gates loose   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 47
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2012-05-16 10:40:42 PM
Good Grief!
 
2012-05-16 10:52:31 PM
I'm grew up a fan of Go-Go, but I don't think I've ever known anyone outside of the DMV who knew what it was. RIP Chuck.
 
2012-05-16 11:00:46 PM
I guess he found that bridge.......
 
2012-05-16 11:03:03 PM
We're mourning in the District tonight. Thanks for the memories,Chuck.
 
2012-05-16 11:11:37 PM

basemetal: I guess he found that bridge.......


he felt like bustin loose ... apparently in the evening ...
 
2012-05-16 11:14:58 PM
i253.photobucket.com
RIP
 
2012-05-16 11:19:10 PM
: ' (
 
2012-05-16 11:50:59 PM

farkingismybusiness: I'm grew up a fan of Go-Go, but I don't think I've ever known anyone outside of the DMV who knew what it was. RIP Chuck.


There's never any music on when I'm in the DMV.
 
2012-05-16 11:55:45 PM
First the Kennedy and now him?

WTH is going on here???
 
2012-05-17 12:02:41 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

RIP
 
2012-05-17 12:13:54 AM

qsblues: basemetal: I guess he found that bridge.......

he felt like bustin loose ... apparently in the evening ...


beat me to it like a sailor at an all you can eat brothel
 
2012-05-17 12:34:36 AM
Go-Go-going, Go-Go-going, Go-Go-gone.
 
2012-05-17 12:47:51 AM
I grew up in Northern Virginia - it was nice to say there was a guy like Chuck Brown representing something joyful in a city filled with crime and corruption. He was a good friend of Eva Cassidy and did an album of standards with her. I believe that the version of "Over the Rainbow" from that work was the version that was played on BBC Radio One (?) that got her the attention she deserved and never got during her life. I also think I read that when Eva was doing her last performance, I think at a benefit, Chuck couldn't stand to see how ill she was and couldn't stay.

Gladder than hell to be away from there, but sad for the loss of one of the great things about DC. RIP Chuck. I hope you and Eva are singing together again.
 
2012-05-17 12:58:59 AM
some dumb asshole who sucked died. Waah.
 
2012-05-17 01:01:13 AM

happydude45: some dumb asshole who sucked died. Waah.


I can't wait until you die. So I don't have to hear about it.
 
2012-05-17 01:15:14 AM

farkingismybusiness: happydude45: some dumb asshole who sucked died. Waah.
I can't wait until you die. So I don't have to hear about it.


Unless someone reads the obit to you, farkhead. why don't you cry some more, you little biatch? Are you going to a go-go to get your ass filled?
 
2012-05-17 01:20:38 AM

happydude45:
Unless someone reads the obit to you, farkhead. why don't you cry some more, you little biatch? Are you going to a go-go to get your ass filled?


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-17 01:22:59 AM

hamfast gamgee: happydude45:
Unless someone reads the obit to you, farkhead. why don't you cry some more, you little biatch? Are you going to a go-go to get your ass filled?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 381x379]


A little Preparation H might help with your condition.
 
2012-05-17 02:02:19 AM
Give him some crutches because that's one lame troll.
 
2012-05-17 03:18:13 AM
Mass hysteria
 
2012-05-17 06:12:49 AM

happydude45: hamfast gamgee: happydude45:
Unless someone reads the obit to you, farkhead. why don't you cry some more, you little biatch? Are you going to a go-go to get your ass filled?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 381x379]

A little Preparation H might help with your condition.


weknowmemes.com
 
2012-05-17 06:19:06 AM
When I was a freshman/sophmore in college at Rutgers ('84-'85), gogo really
looked like it was truly going to be 'the next big thing': a lot of gogo bands played
bills alongside the various punk bands in the NJ/NY scene but while the music
was quite popular, it just kind of faded away and was replaced by the more punk-
influenced 'college alternative' post-punk style, probably because it was a lot
less complex musically and could be played more easily by pasty white guys in
flannel.

I was never really into gogo or Mr. Brown's music myself, but what I heard
impressed me and you have to admire staying power. News of his death led
the local newscasts on all the DC stations, so the man was a beloved figure.
 
2012-05-17 07:07:34 AM
The signature sound of gogo is that of pots and pans being hammered.
It was fresh and cool for a while, then people went deaf.

/Deaf jams. Heh-heh.
//DC represent.
 
2012-05-17 08:07:22 AM
Chuck Brown being dead gives me a sad.

/huge funk fan
//ran a funk radio station for 4 years.
 
2012-05-17 08:18:24 AM

Perlin Noise: //ran a funk radio station for 4 years.


for serious? Bet you have some fantastic tracks...
 
2012-05-17 08:19:08 AM
oh and, "bustin' loose"


/can't believe I'm the first in the thread!
 
2012-05-17 08:32:22 AM
so why are there no go go girls pics in this thread? Hmmmm?
 
2012-05-17 08:33:13 AM

Lolthien: so why are there no go go girls pics in this thread? Hmmmm?


Wrong genera
 
2012-05-17 08:46:46 AM
Went-Went.
 
2012-05-17 09:07:30 AM

Snausages75: I grew up in Northern Virginia - it was nice to say there was a guy like Chuck Brown representing something joyful in a city filled with crime and corruption. He was a good friend of Eva Cassidy and did an album of standards with her. I believe that the version of "Over the Rainbow" from that work was the version that was played on BBC Radio One (?) that got her the attention she deserved and never got during her life. I also think I read that when Eva was doing her last performance, I think at a benefit, Chuck couldn't stand to see how ill she was and couldn't stay.

Gladder than hell to be away from there, but sad for the loss of one of the great things about DC. RIP Chuck. I hope you and Eva are singing together again.


I never heard of him, never heard of the genre, but that is quite a testimonial. I will check him out.
 
2012-05-17 09:11:09 AM
i.telegraph.co.uk

R.I.P.
 
2012-05-17 09:33:06 AM
I didn't know Nelly's "It's Getting Hot in Here" was a ripoff of this guy's only #1 hit.

/Thanks NPR
 
2012-05-17 09:43:47 AM

vudukungfu: Lolthien: so why are there no go go girls pics in this thread? Hmmmm?

Wrong genera


Not purely; DC gogo bands often employed comely ladies to dance onstage
during their live shows (one of those being my coworker back in her younger
days), but your are correct that the musical style had nothing to do with the
dancing style.

But, just since I've got an excuse:

majesticdance.net
 
2012-05-17 10:02:35 AM
"This man, who invented a musical genre and grooved so hard and for so long, is not yet in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Dave Clark Five, however, are comfortably settled in the shrine.
Argument enough to burn that motherfarker down to the Lake Erie waterline."

- The Wire creator David Simon on Chuck Brown
 
2012-05-17 10:09:30 AM

RsquaredW: "This man, who invented a musical genre and grooved so hard and for so long, is not yet in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Dave Clark Five, however, are comfortably settled in the shrine.
Argument enough to burn that motherfarker down to the Lake Erie waterline."

- The Wire creator David Simon on Chuck Brown


Given that gogo ended up ultimately being a regional phenomena (one of the
last purely regional musical styles left in fact) keeps me only being 99% in
agreement with the sentiment. That's no reason he shouldn't be in it, however.
 
2012-05-17 12:04:30 PM
I had no idea the genre was so locally-based. It explains why I could never find CDs of Junkyard Band when I was in college in upstate NY. Apparently go-go does get out of DC, but it's very rare.

Can anyone recommend some good bands aside from Junkyard?
 
2012-05-17 01:01:43 PM

mekkab: for serious? Bet you have some fantastic tracks...


thousands, although, you would be surprised how old any music gets when you have to listen to it for 4 years. Still really really love those songs though.

Think of it like turning on an oldies station. There is an awesome selection of great oldies, but after you have heard them all over and over for years, you just can't get excited about them like you used to.

Its a curse.
 
2012-05-17 01:11:15 PM
man ..now I want to hear some Trouble Funk
 
2012-05-17 02:49:44 PM

Crewmannumber6: Snausages75: I grew up in Northern Virginia - it was nice to say there was a guy like Chuck Brown representing something joyful in a city filled with crime and corruption. He was a good friend of Eva Cassidy and did an album of standards with her. I believe that the version of "Over the Rainbow" from that work was the version that was played on BBC Radio One (?) that got her the attention she deserved and never got during her life. I also think I read that when Eva was doing her last performance, I think at a benefit, Chuck couldn't stand to see how ill she was and couldn't stay.

Gladder than hell to be away from there, but sad for the loss of one of the great things about DC. RIP Chuck. I hope you and Eva are singing together again.

I never heard of him, never heard of the genre, but that is quite a testimonial. I will check him out.


It is a special delight to hear Eva Cassidy singing "You Don't Know Me" with the guy who sang "Bustin' Loose". It's been a while since I read the Eva bio but I think the common factor between Chuck and Eva was a DC music producer named Chuck Biondo. He worked with Go-Go acts as well as with Eva.
 
2012-05-17 03:10:03 PM

safari joe does it again: I had no idea the genre was so locally-based. It explains why I could never find CDs of Junkyard Band when I was in college in upstate NY. Apparently go-go does get out of DC, but it's very rare.

Can anyone recommend some good bands aside from Junkyard?


Not sure if you were a DC local at one point and knew about these already...

Rare Essence - Lock It

Rare Essence - Work the Walls Chris Biondo gets name-checked here.
 
2012-05-17 03:11:46 PM
Not sure why I called him Chuck Biondo in the Boobies.
 
2012-05-17 03:14:36 PM
I'm just going to stop posting now.
 
2012-05-17 04:30:00 PM

safari joe does it again: I had no idea the genre was so locally-based. It explains why I could never find CDs of Junkyard Band when I was in college in upstate NY. Apparently go-go does get out of DC, but it's very rare.

Can anyone recommend some good bands aside from Junkyard?


Stuff I like:
Backyard Band
Mambo Sauce (almost made it big)
Lissen Band
Northeast Groovers
Suttle Thoughts
Rare Essence (as mentioned)
E.U.
Trouble Funk

I purposely put those in no chronographic order.

I'd plug the bands I played with, but I don't think their stuff is even available anywhere anymore.

Oh, and there was a little funk/disco/go-go mix in the 70s and 80s as well, in addition to Chuck's jazzier sound:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8DT3u8iESw&feature=related
that track is funky as hell.

BYB on Eminem:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY9cnZXwh9k
And the first go-go track I ever heard, when I moved to DC, and thus still my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHf42XjioiA
 
2012-05-17 04:52:17 PM

safari joe does it again: I had no idea the genre was so locally-based. It explains why I could never find CDs of Junkyard Band when I was in college in upstate NY. Apparently go-go does get out of DC, but it's very rare.

Can anyone recommend some good bands aside from Junkyard?


If you listened to WPGC in the 90's you should remember Huck-A-Bucks.

The Bud.
Sprinkle Me.
 
2012-05-17 09:18:41 PM
RIP Gogo

media.giantbomb.com
 
2012-05-18 08:56:58 AM

HeFixesTheCable: that track is funky as hell.


you are correct about that sir... nice track.
 
2012-05-18 12:45:31 PM
Last Labor Day, he played a free concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. I went the concert two years ago, and it ended at 9:30.

This 74 year old guy had the entire West Lawn dancing up until about 10:35 at night. He was the headliner, and STARTED to play at about 8:45.

Never head of him before, but I will never forget that concert.

/WIND ME UP CHUCK!
//RIP Go-Go Godfather!
 
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