Take Me Out to the Go-Go
FOOTNOTES: go-go, (noun) I. to go for it [Fr. early Motown; poss.
Yoruba “agogo”]. I. A vernacular dance music
unique to Washington, D.C.; a non-stop, live party
music in which a pulsing bass drum beat blends
with African rhythms and the sounds of timbales,
cowbells, and conga drums as trumpets, trombones,
saxophones and synthesizers belt out licks from Jazz,
Funk and Soul, punctuated by rapped greetings
to the local crews and ongoing dialogue
between the dance floor and the band;
2. a music/dance event featuring Go-Go
bands, generally at a community center,
skating rink or dance hall, frequented by teens
and young teens “hooked up” in the latest
casual wear; (verb, int.). I. To go for it.
Thomas Sayers Ellis, “Take Me Out to the Go-Go” from The Maverick Room. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Sayers Ellis. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.
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