Christmas Time is Go-Going!
This is kinda like a repost except for the fact that I've never posted it before. Our buddy BongoLong had it up last year over at his Christmas Music Blog: BongoBells. I was contacted by someone (after the Bongo's link died) who was looking for a copy of it and knew that I had one, so I've now ripped my own copy. I believe that the original post has been replaced over at The BongoBells Archives but you can just get it here if you'd like. That way, when you go to BongoBells you can avail yourself of the other diverse goodies that abound in that Magical Holiday Wonderland! Each post there is like a little Sugar-plum.
This is a Go-go Christmas celebration! Go-go (for those of you who are not familiar) is a Funk Variant native to Metropolitan Washington, DC, and environs. It is extremely percussive (almost always using heavy thumping bass, conga drums, timbale and cowbells) and is characterized by it's throbbing beat and a "call and response" interaction between performers and their audience during live performance. This tape, released in 1991, exhibits some of the Hip-Hop influences (most notably the abundance of "Shout Outs" during studio recordings) that began to affect the genre in the late 80s. The Wikipedia entry on Go-go is quite detailed and comprehensive and can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go-go.
- This Christmas - The Go go Family
- Up on the Housetop - Hot-Cold Sweat
- Jingle Bells - Funk Innovators
- Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers
- Happy Holidays to You - Junk Yard Band
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Pleasure
- The Little Drummer Boy - Double Agent Rock
- The Christmas Song - The Christmas Song