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A South Bronx Story

E.S.G., ESG Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B00004TJ4D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're No Good
2. Moody
3. UFO
4. It's Alright
5. Moody
6. Tiny Sticks
7. My Love for You
8. Come Away
9. Dance
10. Parking Lot Blues
11. Chistelle
12. About You
13. Erase You
14. Get Funky
15. Hold Me Right
16. I Can't Tell You What to Do

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ESG occupy a very individual place in the musical no man's land between new wave (read no wave) punk and alternative '80s dance culture. They simultaneously represent and reflect the time (late '70s early '80s) and place (NYC) from whence they came--a time of musical and cultural collision, fusion and crossover. The all-female group inadvertently established themselves as antecedents to house with tracks like "Tiny Sticks" and "Moody" and hip-hop with seminal cuts like "U.F.O" (later sampled by Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane) and "Erase You". The Scroggins sisters developed a particularly feminine blend of stepping punk-funk and twisted dance floor fusion with a minimal stripped down sound of rapid drums and percussion, solid grooves and basslines to die for (see "Parking Lot Blues", "Dance" and "Ghistelle" for evidence). ESG are yet another important but largely overlooked group that the Soul Jazz crew have re-tweaked and re-issued for your listening pleasure. Think E for ESG, educational and essential.--Found Sounds

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESG 27 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow. This group were so far ahead of ther time its unreal - if you liked Tube & Berger feat. Chrissie Hynde, then you wont after you hear the original version on this album! ESG do it properly - so raw, so good, so ahead of its time. Ditto 'Reach For Me' by The Funky Green Dogs From Out Of Space - I thought that tune was a seminal house record, now I just think its a blatent rip off of an ESG track.
Once you hear this album, you will wonder how the hell no one knows who this group are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth investigating 13 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This 'best of' collection spans the career of ESG - a band from the US that trades in tight, funky percussion and spindly guitar breaks.
The first influence that springs to mind is the Slits - another band that strayed between the camps of funk, punk and reggae. Also, some of these tracks recall the early scratching guitar of the Cure. Like the Slits, ESG specialise in simple singalong choruses delivered with a punch.
Their crossover credentials are clear - the track UFO has been sampled by many DJs and the band were regulars at the Garage club. More recently, they've been championed by Justine Frischmann of Elastica. The standout track on the album is probably 'Moody' -- the remix (also on the album) is absolutely kicking, with Martin Hannett-style cavernous dub production.
Unlike many 'best of' compilations, this doesn't map out the decline of a band from their heyday. The later tracks are just as quality, showing the band experimenting with their sound, while keeping their edgy punk rhythms.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All waves 9 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
All waves.
This ESG is something fantastic. It supposed to be on a hot revival journey by now in terms of ALL WAVES. This is music I've heard in the beginning of the 80's as a friend of mine was working in a record shop and having his own pirate radio station in Arnhem, Holland. I knew it had to do with Liquid Liquid kind of approach. Well, I went to Paris in 1994 and I picked up the 12" version of this record with: you're no good, Moody, UFO, Earn it, ESG and HEY ! It was a thrill to find it there and Paris can be good for finding records. But it now appears, that the internet is even better. I think you find yourself sublimely unique by discovering the ideal pop, dub, funk, punk approach, where John Lydon and Pil should have gone but shamelessly failed to after the so promising beginning of his band. When I visited a cousin in New York 2 years ago, I heard this record in a lounge-caf? at the back of Time Square. Can you believe how thrilled I was ? Actually: I was the stranger in New York uptill then. But dancing make you feel like home just about anywhere at all. May be even in the South Bronx !
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well, 3 or 4 stars 30 May 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is good. If you don't listen to all of it in one go.
There is some definite groundbreaking funk here, and some really dynamic rhythms. But the bassist only seems to have a musical vocab of three or four notes so you get the distinct feeling you've been there before with most of them.
My recommendations? Start at track no 9 'Dance' then go back to the beginning. Trust me - that way it won't ruin your listening experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Funk Pleasure 4 Nov 2003
By Thomas Horan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think this minimalistic dance music fits into an early-eighties genre that is distinct from post punk and new wave. I call it "post funk" and I'd also include, among others, Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid, Quando Quango, and Factory-era A Certain Ratio in this category.
Post funk consists of funky melodic bass lines, spare vocals, and African or Latin percussion usually filtered through digital delay equipment for an atmospheric slightly creepy feel. Unlike the funk music of the seventies, the guitar sound is thin and it's kept in the background.
Even though post funk music had its heyday in the New York City of twenty years ago, it is still heavily sampled by hip-hop artists. "UFO," an ESG track produced by the infamous Martin Hannett, remains an especially popular choice.
ESG's skeletal grooves may sound hollow to fans of either top forty dance music or classic motor city funk. But every song on this CD is fabulous for both dancing and listening. Overall, it doesn't sound nearly as dated as more mainstream eighties stuff, which makes "A South Bronx Story" a timeless treat for the college/indie crowd.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the pfunk? 1 Jun 2005
By ChrisWN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I started collecting music in the disco era & moved into punk & new wave as a teen. I was quite into Gang of Four, New Order, PiL, Paul Haig, The Slits. I was also into the early minimalist rap (Doug E Fresh, Beastie Boys' "Cookie Puss", Strafe/Harlequin 4's "Set it off"). I also got to see The Bush Tetras in concert in my hometown (Allentown, PA). However, this group completely passed me by. Never heard them in a club, nor on college radio, until around 1990 when I heard a more current (house) version of "Moody". So it was quite a surprise, when I finally bought this, to hear how consistently good the tracks here are. My only disappointment is that they didn't record more over the years.

As others mentioned, they are analogous to the other groups that get lumped into the funk punk genre (the aforementioned artists), however they do still sound distinct from the others in the genre. The lead vocalist sounds very similar to Neneh Cherry. Hopefully they will still record with current resurgence in popularity of the early 80s genres. This release sounds very good, it sounds like it was mastered from original tapes. The liner notes give some helpful info on the group itself, however more detailed info on the individual tracks (including a track listing), like what the original releases were, would have been helpful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 26 Dec 2005
By Carla D. Marschall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So I just listened to this record and all I can say is WOW. This album is SO much fun. The best way I can compare this record to other stuff out there / music genres (because it's so different than a lot of stuff out there) is to say that ESG is doing a 60's Motown record in the time when rap and funk were emerging in America as valid and popular forms of music. That means you've got great little yelps and backing vocals from the lead vocalist's sisters a la The Supremes, while a strong bass line rocks in the background. This is DEFINITELY something to buy. Great for dancing or for just bringing the energy level up in the room. So glad I discovered them...!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential recording 7 April 2005
By james dwyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that this band is only recently getting the attention they deserve. The material on this CD places the listener at the very start of current musical genres: hip hop, dance, alternative, punk funk, etc. Martin Hannet's presence as ESG's first producers make the importance of ESG in the development of such 'important' bands as New Order, Gang of Four,etc. VERY clear. If you are a DJ, either on college radio or doing parties and weddings, you will ALWAYS get a strong reaction from listeners and dancers when you slap this baby on! Plus, these sisters deserve your financial support -- they were sampled like crazy in the early days of hip hop, and so haven't received the royalties they deserve!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember when.... 2 July 2002
By M. M. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I used to go see these girls at "obscure" clubs in the Bronx. As a DJ in Brooklyn, I made them a part of my top rotation. I still have the vinyl.
How surprised was I when, 20 years later and living in upstate NY, I hear "Moody" mixed into some dumb Old Navy sound track. Well, my knees neatly buckled but my hips started swiveling. What a joyous moment that was for me. Emerald Sapphire and Gold. ESG.
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