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Their Ignorance Is My Bliss.

I decided to venture to Amoeba today intending only to spend one dollar on a worthy record from the clearance stacks. In the past, these stacks have been incredibly generous and inexplicably rewarding in their unexpected quality. Today it was a treat to stumble upon this gem that I am positive will make a certain friend wish he had found it first.

 

Go Go Crankin’ : Paint the White House Black – Various Artists

SIDE A:

1.] Good To Go – Slim

2.] Movin’ and Goorvin’ – Redds and The Boys

3.] Let’s Get Small – Trouble Funk

4.] We Need Some Money – Chuck Brown and The Soul

5.] Ooh La La La – E.U.

SIDE B:

1.] Drop the Bomb – Trouble Funk

2.] In the Mix – Slim

3.] Somebody’s Ringing That Door Bell – E.U.

4.] Say What? – Trouble Funk

5.] Happy Fett – Mass Extension

Click here to check out this New York Times article from 1985 about Go-Go.  

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About Etta Strange

Writer, obsessive audiophile, secret bedroom DJ, local daydreamer with more books than shelf space. I'm stockpiling for the inevitable drought. Let's collaborate.

2 responses to “Their Ignorance Is My Bliss.

  1. Alex

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Alan ⋅

    I used to have this, I still might, but I have mis-placed this. I think my ex-girlfriend left it in a storage unit circa 2001, and didn’t pay the storage fee. I got it when I lived in Virginia back in 1984, and took weekend trips to D.C. to buy 12″ vinyls in basement record shops. I was only 14 years old living in Shenandoah Virginia. I think anyone who posted this music for download would make some fast friends, not that you need anymore, just saying. I miss it, I might have it on cassette someplace as well, I used to put my vinyl on cassette so I wouldn’t wear them out, I just don’t want to go through those dusty old tapes, I didn’t have time or opportunity to cover them during my last relocation, and I recorded over some of them thiking, “I’ve got the album, I can just make another tape another time.” This was before I had my turntables taken away from me. I got to listen to this go-go style while living in Virginia, because my local cable tv company would re-broadcast all of the FM-stereo broadcast stations that couldn’t reach over the mountains of the Appalachians there, from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, (D.C. metro area) one of the last places on the Atlantic Coast south of NYC where FM radio would play R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, 24-7, and in D.C., the go-go sounds during special radio shows, or just when there was a large regional hit single, like “We Need Some Money,” or “Trouble Funk Express.” I am happy to see that people still take an interest in the funk-inspired sounds of go-go style music, I think this album had a decent selection of singles and artists to give a beginner a taste of what the sub-genre has to offer, and inspire them to delve deeper into the music style and hear more from the other artists and music of that time. The efforts to break into film were even more disappointing than the soundtracks to the break dancing films, in my opinion, but the hit singles were all worthy of a good party mix, and getting the crowd on their feet. I can’t figure out why the sound never took off nationally, I think maybe the record labels believed that the mass purchasers of recorded music and MTV generation were only interested in the Euro synth-pop sounds, and electo-pop, or hair metal bands were making the labels anymore money than Michael Jackson, very few R&B artists were getting fair air-play outside of Urban areas where R&B and hip-hop were mostly marketed to African American audiences. Why should I have to drive 2 1/2 hours to buy records in D.C., and subscribe to cable tv to listen to FM radio that played R&B, funk, and hip-hop in the 80s, because I lived in a small town without a large African American community. Was this the fault of what the listeners would buy and wanted to hear, or what the record labels marketed and thought the public wanted to hear and buy, based on region and majority audience listening preference? Sometimes I think the record labels shoved music styles on regions because they underestimated the ability of listeners to enjoy all styles of music, especially if the FM radio stations would give them fair airplay. Let me know if you decide to digitize and upload this gem.

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