Experience Unlimited

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Experience Unlimited (or simply E.U.) is a Washington, D.C.-based go-go band that enjoyed its height of popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s. Fronted by lead singer/bassist Gregory "Sugarbear" Eliot, the group has had a fluctuating membership over the years, but they have maintained a fairly loyal following. The band's biggest hit was 1988's "Da Butt" which charted at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured in the movie School Daze, was ranked #489 on Blender Magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" and #61 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s. In the hourly intros for the latter program, Sugarbear says he is proud to be a one-hit wonder.

Experience Unlimited further injected DC gogo into the public consciousness with the release of Beck's "Where It's At", a mid 90's alt-radio staple. The intro break from "Knock Him Out Sugar Ray" was sampled by The Dust Brothers, while Beck declares "That was a good drum break".

Experience Unlimited experienced a resurgence in the mid to late 1990s, by partnering with the jazz, gospel, pop and gospel session singer, Maiesha Rashad, while performing under the name Maiesha and The Hip Huggers featuring E.U.

Maiesha and The Hip Huggers have headlined events and concert venues such as B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill, DAR Constitution Hall, Black Family Reunion and D.C.'s Stone Soul Picnic and Unifest.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Experience Unlimited (1976)
  • Future Funk (1982) Unifest
  • E.U. Live: Two Places at the Same Time (1986)
  • Go Ju Ju Go (1987)
  • Rock Yuh Butt (1988)
  • Livin' Large (1989) U.S. #158, U.S. R&B #22[2]
  • Cold Kickin' It (1990) U.S. R&B #92[2]
  • Make Money (1996)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
Billboard Hot 100 US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles US Hot Dance Club Play US R&B Singles
1988 "Da Butt" 35 4 23 1
1989 "Buck Wild" - 47 - 7
"Livin' Large" - - - 63
"Taste of Your Love" - - - 4
1990 "I Confess" - - - 27
1991 "Ain't Found the Right One Yet" - - - 72

[3]

Preceded by
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" by Billy Ocean
"Da Butt"
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single

April 23, 1988
Succeeded by
"Nite and Day" by Al B. Sure

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Go-Goes Around ...". washingtonpost.com. 2001-06-03. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic
  3. ^ E.U.- R&B Singles Chart history @Billboard.com Retrieved 4-7-2012.

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