Trouble Funk, a musical group born on the streets of Washington, D.C., is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory call and response, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. As the world wide ambassadors of the musical genre, Go-Go, a distant but older cousin of Hip-Hop, Trouble Funk has taken their sound from the gritty streets of D.C. to the clubs of the nation and the festivals around the world for the past 35 years.
The band and their sound, developed by mixing an uproarious blend of swinging, up-tempo 70s funk with a 60s style horn section, heavily laden with infectious percussion, topped off with booming vocals and the genre's trademark call and response, burst onto the scene in 1978. Trouble Funk, in its infancy, consisted of the writing team of band leader, bassist and vocalist Tony "Big Tony" Fisher, keyboardist Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed, James Avery and trumpet player Taylor Reed. The group was rounded out with the musical prowess of drummer Emmett Nixon, percussionists Mack Carey and Timothy "Teebone" David, guitarist Chester Davis, trombonist Gerald Reed and saxophonist David Rudd while they peppered the musical landscape of the 1980s with anthems "Drop the Bomb", "Pump Me Up", "Let's Get Small", "So Early in the Morning", "Saturday Night Live from Washington, D.C., Parts 1 and 2", "Say What?" and two R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard charting tracks, "Still Smokin" and "Good to Go". "Drop the Bomb" was the first Go-Go record to be released outside D.C. and was released by the pioneering label, Sugar Hill Records.
Trouble Funk, with their raw, party driven style, was able to capture the attention of musical enthusiasts of a variety of genres catapulting themselves onto the nation and international music scene. They would frequently tour with notable punk rock acts Minor Threat and the Big Boys, while still gracing the stage on major music festivals with legendary artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, UB40, Def Leppard and Fishbone, to name a few. Trouble also recorded with Kurtis Blow and appeared in his video, "I'm Chillin'".