Friday, 16 October 2009

''The Go Go Lexicon'' (And Radio Program Live From 1990)

(And Radio Program Live From 1990)


Radio Program (1990 Cassette Recording)
Recorded at Ciao Radio FM (Bologna-Italy)
(Not speaked-this is only a music program)


If you wanna Go Go, let’s get initiate…Thanks to Stuart Cosgrove, black Echoes and New Musical Express.This is the first comprehensive GoGo vocabulary commented lexicon.

THE BOMB : IS THE MASSIVE EXPLOSION OF FUNK!.

Bomb is the power of Go-Go beating past midnite, and the handle of young Washington’s favorite street chant. ‘Drop the bomb on the south-east crew. Say south-east crew now what ya gonna do? Drop the bomb on the Go Go crew’. In the club of Chocolate city BOMB is the bomb of funkativity not a weapon of war, it’s a catch-all term for un-cut funk. But the bomb is to slump and do it in basement style, to be bad (not to be baaaad). Bomb can be the same and the opposite of CRANKING.
TROUBLE FUNK dropped the bomb but E.U bombed cos they ain’t got no power.Confused? you should be. Say what?

CRANKING: IS THE ACTION… AND THE RESULT.

It is the fast percussive beat on the funk’s permanent bass guitar and a sound of a Go Go crew playing at their best. The SOUL SEARCHERS cranked through the 70’s with CHUCK BROWN upfront and then the young pretenders sized the name. Cranking became everything done with style, the term to describe a victorious group in D.C’s week-end battle of bands, the Go Go’s crowning glory E.U cranked and the RARE ESSENCE ran for cover.
But crankling is also the sound of the needle: showing scag, shooting junk, the mad dog barking, doing dust, smack and funk.
Cranking is the bad angel’s route to the vein of Go Go. EXPERIENCE UNLIMITED’s monster cranking jam “Meet me at the go go” held it all. Funk and junk, Friends or foe? Don’t trust the dust.

FREAK : IS THE STANCE AND THE IN-RESULT.

It is the aged old bazzword and acid funk refined over the years by SLY and his FAMILY STONE, George CLINTON and his P-Funk army and the merry pranksters of urban dance.Freak was black music psychadelic dated wit extended rock.
Then Go Go shook the world for stepping out, dancing wild, going nuclear and doing it to death. ‘A party over here, a party over there, go go freak me out of this atmosphere’. ‘Shake your thang’ is an anthem for D.C sisters. At he Go-Go’s the freak-bodies are the hard edged ladies at the front, shaking skin and set for sex, without complications. ‘Hey boy freak my body’. They are the chocolate city girls, hard centers and party hearty, no-one dances the wop like freakbodies.

FUNK : IS THE FINAL STATEMENT…BUT NEVER THE FINAL FRONTIER.

The dictionary definites FUNK as ‘a state of fright’, ‘a croward’ or ’self-disturb’. In Germany, FUNK is the radio, broadcating and telecommunications. Shout it loud. In black music funk is on the run always changing yet staying the same.
Go Go was the revelation of the 84’s, new but old as time. Funk is sweat, spunk and the smell of sex.It is the fiercest end of dance. A thirty year journey down DYKE and THE BLAZER’s “funky broadway”, a sur-real encounter with FUNKADELIC, a FATBACK date in the Ohio streets, and a rap convention on a south Bronx block. A tleast we reached the state line, the outside wrapper round chocolate city. Go-Go is the heritage, over thirty years of grit from BROWN to BOOTSY the LITTLE BENNY.

GO-GO : IS THE PLACE…AND THE CULTURE

Both the names and the sound have their origins in the sixties, when Go-Go was black America’s term for soul disco. THE MIRACLES “Going to a Go-Go”, RUTH BAKER’s “Batman at the Go-Go” and MATT LUCAS’s”Baby you better Go-Go” helped to institute the word inthe inner cities. It fell out of fashion but in Washington the word refused to die. It became the dance, a night on the darkened dancefloor and finally the description term for the city’s self-contained funks circuits.
At the heart of go-go culture is the famous HOWARD THEATRE, a decaying black house with soul’s history on its side. All the godfathers have played their en route to the Apollo in Harlem. James BROWN, Aretha FRANKLIN and Stevie WONDER tore the play-house down and somehow the sound rubbed off. Go-Go is the Howard: funk is faded grandeur and marble hard.

LOVE-BOAT : IS THE DRUG, THE SOURCE…AND THE SOAP OPERA.

It is the go-go street slang for the addictive chemical PCP know elsewhere as angel dust. The love-boat has claimed the lives of several go-go children and splits the crews in two. It takes the user on a false voyage into inexplicable moods of violent anger and makes the go-go tense with friction.
Love-boat is the great deciever, a sexual stimulant, the dust that talks suckers, dancers and freakbodies back to berd. But the boat sends you haywire and the bands finally fighted back. ICEBERG SLIM’s “Good to go”, E.U’s “Don’t take another tote of the love-boat”. Say drop the bomb on the love-boat too.

WORK : IS THE ULTIMATE FOUR LETTER WORD.

It speeks in 3D, work means to labour, to dance and to F**k. The funk term “Work your body” contains all three meaning. Hey SYLVESTER “Do ya wanna Funk”?. Work has been on duty for decades: the midnight shift on the go-go floor. More than any other word it is work which define the beat of go-go funk: sweat, sex and the toil of a hard night’s play on the go-go floor. Work that body to death. Come on now…

From : Black Music Collectors.

Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2008

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3 comments:

Alan said...

Check out the article on D.C.'s soul singer Green Tea at http://alanwking.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/green-tea-an-artist-in-the-making/

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