There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Liaison’s The Inner City Groove—The Best of D.C. Go Go really oughta be a box set, but it’s a start. The CD/tape release’s 10 tracks emphasize the latter-day groove (only two were recorded before 1990) and include adaptations like Proper Utensils’ “Go Go Rump Shaker” and Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers’ “Day-O.” The Caribbean flavor of the latter is shared by Junk Yard Band’s melodious “Take Me Out to See Junk Yard” and by the lilting keyboards of Rare Essence percussionist Go Go Mickey’s mostly instrumental “Chillin on the Island.” Some of the collection’s selections are suspect, particularly Pleasure’s “Jamaica Girlz”: Why an undistinguished instrumental from the compilation’s only all-female band? And the 1992 remix of Trouble Funk’s “Do It Any Way You Wanna” is hardly that band’s best offering. Groove contains its share of winners, though, among them Rare Essence’s “Lock- It,” Little Benny & the Masters’ brilliant but overlooked “Cat in the Hat,” and a Future Sound sound, Total Control’s “Make My Funk the T Funk.” Groove is available at area music stores.