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Album Review

This self-titled 1991 release was beefed up with two of the three tracks from ESG’s 1981 debut (the funky post-disco classic “Moody” and the sampled-to-death “UFO”) and the two best cuts from the group’s four-track 1987 EP (the best of the pair being “Standing in Line,” spun at the Paradise Garage by legend Larry Levan). The majority of the remaining seven tracks, which clock in at just short of 30 minutes, cannot compete with those high points, though the bobbing “Erase You” boasts the same level of stinging, playful attitude as “You’re No Good,” and “I Wanna Dance” carries some surprisingly effective contrast between its liquid funk bassline and bluesy guitar flicks. In 2011, the album was reissued by the Fire label, which also overhauled the artwork.


Formed: 1978 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s

It certainly wasn't by design that the South Bronx-based group ESG affected post-punk, no wave, hip-hop, and house music. They opened for Public Image Ltd. and A Certain Ratio, they released records on the same label as Liquid Liquid, they had their music sampled countless times, and they became a playlist staple at '70s dance clubs like the Paradise Garage and the Music Box. The group's...
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