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Trouble Funk was an influential and successful Go-go band from Washington DC whose peak began in the late 1970’s and ran through the late 1980’s. They helped to popularize the Washington, D.C. dance floor friendly funk subgenre go-go, which incorporated heavy african drum rhythms, and celebratory stage concepts from forerunners like George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic and local rival Chuck Brown. Among their well-known songs are the ‘go-go’ anthems ‘Hey Fellas’, ‘Pump Me Up’, ‘Let’s Get Small’, ‘Drop The Bomb’. Because of the high costs of having many band members, they only toured the US & England a couple times in the late 80’s, thus their popularity was mostly concentrated in the DC metro area. The group released several 12” singles and some studio albums on the local T.E.D.D/D.E.T.T label ran by Maxx Kidd, as well as an album on Sugarhill. The DETT singles included ‘Trouble Funk Express’, which cribbed it’s concept from German electro act Kraftwerk. LPs included 1979’s ‘In Times of Trouble’, as well as 1982’s ‘Drop the Bomb’, and 1987’s ‘Trouble Over Here, Trouble Over There’. Chris Blackwell’s Island records briefly signed the group in the latter 80’s but were unable to cash in on their unique niche sound which was better experienced live than in the studio. In live shows, where the call and response interplay with the audience was happening, and the deep bass and grooves were omnipresent, the band played lengthy exhaustive & sweaty sets that ran regularly for hours until the early morning hours.


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  • sjm26b

    fuck their stupid lawsuit against the beasties

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • Eyoki

    Just heard "Let's Get Small" for the first time in decades. What a great track.

    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • gieri07

    pump me up werent used in movie juice ?? btw great band , its a pity that they are so underrated

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • Chinita-X1


    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • JimmyStarburst

    still smokin

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Gajita

    Hey Fella's is the best party you've ever been to in music form. Awesome :D

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Vangogh89

    Man, this track brings back so many memories. I believe Trouble had the largest speakers on the circuit at that time; standing roughly five to six feet tall.

    13 Jun 2008 Reply
  • mandrak2000

    Ben y a pas grand chose pour un groupe aussi essentiel...

    10 Jun 2008 Reply
  • oopi


    2 Jan 2008 Reply
  • lunatiCCer

    what? no shouts? i'm the first? first shout: well...uhm, my mother did listen to it and now i'm listening to it... xD

    17 Oct 2007 Reply

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