Trouble Funk

Trouble Funk

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Trouble Funk


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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Washington DC, United States
Instruments = Guitar, Bass, Trombone, Trumpet, Saxophone, Drums, Keyboards
Genre = Go-go
Funk
Years_active = 1978–2008
Label = Sugar Hill
Island
URL =
Current_members = Timothius "Tee-Bone" David
Big Tony Fisher
others
Past_members = Emmett "EJ Roxx" Nixon
Mack Carey
Timothius "Tee-Bone" David
Chester "Boogie" Davis
Big Tony Fisher
James "Doc" Avery
Gerald Reed
Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed
Taylor "Monster Baby" Reed
David Rudd

Trouble Funk was an influential and successful R&B and funk band from Washington, D.C. They helped to popularize the Washington, D.C. funk subgenre go-go. Among their well-known songs is the go-go anthem "Hey Fellas". They released several studio albums including "Drop the Bomb", "In Times of Trouble", and "Trouble Over Here, Trouble Over There", and two live albums, "Trouble Funk - Straight Up Go-Go Style" and "Saturday Night Live". In 1982 they released a single "So Early In The Morning" on D.E.T.T Records, later reissued on diverse labels as 2.13.61 & Tuff City. Trouble Funk sometimes shared the stage with hardcore punk bands of the day such as Minor Threat and the Big Boys. This decision was made by promoters. Unsuprisingly, go-go heads didn't shave down to mohawks and thus ended the failed marriage of the two scenes.

Their song "Pump Me Up" has been sampled by many other artists and is featured in Style Wars and the fictional R&B radio station Wildstyle in the game "".

Keyboard player Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed passed away aged 50, on April 13, 2008 from pancreatic cancer. [cite news |title=Robert Reed, Band Keyboard Player, Dies at 50 |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/arts/music/23reed.html?_r=1 |first=Ben |last=Sisario |work=New York Times |date=April 23, 2008]

Trouble Funk continue to remain a figure on the Washington DC area live music scene, and hold a weekly Friday night spot at Alexandria, VA's Holiday Inn.

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