Trouble Funk

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Trouble Funk
Origin Washington D.C., United States
Genres Funk, hip hop, Go-go
Years active 1978–present
Labels Sugar Hill
Infinite Zero/American Recordings
Members Timothius "Tee-Bone" David
Big Tony Fisher
Past members Emmett "EJ Roxx" Nixon
Mack Carey
Timothius "Tee-Bone" David
Chester "Boogie" Davis
Big Tony Fisher
James "Doc" Avery
Gerald Reed
Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed
Taylor "Monster Baby" Reed
David Rudd

Trouble Funk is an American R&B and funk band from Washington, DC. It helped to popularize that area's local funk subgenre known as go-go. Among the band's well-known songs are the go-go anthem "Hey, Fellas." They released several studio albums including Drop the Bomb, In Times of Trouble, Live, and Trouble Over Here, Trouble Over There (UK #54[1]), and two live albums, Trouble Funk - Straight Up Go-Go Style and Saturday Night Live. In 1982, they released a single "So Early In The Morning" on D.E.T.T Records, later reissued on diverse labels as 2.13.61 & Tuff City. Trouble Funk sometimes shared the stage with hardcore punk bands of the day such as Minor Threat and the Big Boys.

Trouble Funk's song "Pump Me Up" was sampled by many other artists, for example Dimple D's one-hit wonder "Sucker DJ," which went to #1 in Australia, Public Enemy's Fight The Power, Kurtis Blow If I Ruled The World and M.A.R.R.S. Pump Up The Volume. The song is also featured in the film Style Wars and on the fictional R&B radio station Wild Style in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Keyboard player Robert "Syke Dyke" Reed died at the age of 50 on April 13, 2008, from pancreatic cancer.[2]

Trouble Funk continues to remain a figure on the Washington, DC, area live-music scene.


  • Straight Up Funk Go Go Style (Jamtu Records, 1981)
  • Drop The Bomb (Sugar Hill, 1982)
  • In Times Of Trouble (D.E.T.T. Records, 1983)
  • Say What? (Island, 1986)
  • Trouble Over Here Trouble Over There (Island, 1987)


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 567. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Sisario, Ben (April 23, 2008). "Robert Reed, Band Keyboard Player, Dies at 50". New York Times. 

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