Tuesday, October 30, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-E.U.
Album:School Daze: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Experience Unlimited or as they are commonly known E.U. have been around the Washington, DC music scene since the 70s. Da Butt was their biggest hit in 1988. It is from the Spike Lee film School Daze. E.U. are proponents of a style of R & B unique to Washington called Go Go. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers is the best known Go Go act. And current R & B singer Amerie is heavily influenced by Go Go. The leader of E.U. is Gregory "Sugar Bear" Eliot. The other core members are Ivan Goff and William "Ju Ju" House. They first recorded the album Free Yourself in 1977 as Experience Unlimited and as E.U. they recorded the album Future Funk in 1982. In 1986 they recorded the album 2 Places At The Same Time for Island Records. They were successful locally in Washington especially with the song Rock Yer Butt but were unknown nationally. School Daze was Spike Lee's film about conflict in an all black college. The music for the film was composed by Stevie Wonder, Return To Forever drummer Lenny White and former Miles Davis bassist Marcus Miller. You may recall that there were a couple of hit songs at the time about "the butt" like Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Lee wanted to create a dance for School Daze about "the butt". At the time, Miller and White had a band Jamaican Boys with singer Mark Stevens. Miller brought in Stevens to help him write Da Butt. And then E.U. were brought in to record it. Da Butt topped the R & B chart and was a top 40 pop hit. The soundtrack album did well and also features Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Barron and Pieces Of A Dream. It is available as a budget CD. E.U. signed with Virgin Records but neither of their CDs sold and they have recorded occasionally over the years. They are currently led by singer Maiesha Rashad and perform as Maiesha Rashad and the Hip Huggers featuring E.U. So E.U. is still active in the Washington music scene. Here's the video for Da Butt by E.U.