ESG are one of the most important bands in dance music. Ever! Coming from New York at the beginning of the 1980's ESG found themselves at the meeting point of three revolutions in music - House, Hip-Hop and Punk. Combining all three elements with their associations with Larry Levan and The Paradise Garage, Factory Records in England and being sampled by everyone from Public Enemy to Q-Tip.
Which group has records in the top 50 all time classics of New York's Paradise Garage, The Gallery, The Warehouse, The Music Box and The Roxy? Which group has been sampled by Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, 3rd Bass, LL Cool J, Marley Marl and Doug E. Fresh? Which group has played with The Clash, A Certain Ratio, Public Image, Liquid Liquid and Gang of Four? Which group played the opening night of Manchester's Hacienda and the closing night of New York's Paradise Garage with Larry Levan?
The story of ESG is one that gives them a place in three different musical histories - House music, Hip-Hop and Punk. A unique position that few other bands can claim.
Their first single contained the all-time dancefloor classics Moody and UFO which placed them at the root of House and Hip-Hop respectively. Their first record was produced by legendary producer Martin Hannett and released on Factory Records, reflecting the beginning of a point in time where punk groups in England such as New Order and A Certain Ratio were beginning to become interested in Black American dance music.
ESG are based around a group of sisters, Renee, Deborah, Valerie and Marie. The sparse raw funk sound that they created is unique and their music, reputation and associations have made them one of the cult bands of all time.
ESG were involved with 99 Records in the US (as were Liquid Liquid). Owned by ESG's unofficial manager/producer Ed Bahlman, 99 Records spearheaded a new wave in US punk/dance groups. ESG s sparse minimal bass and drum sound made them one of the most sampled artists around (in 1993 they wrote a track Sample Credits Don t Pay our Bills!)
ESG were immersed in both the New York dance club scene and in the meeting of punk and dance culture. They played all the New York dance clubs such as Paradise Garage, Xenon, Danceteria as well as playing with many punk groups: they once played with The Clash and Grandmaster Flash on the same bill!