Experience Unlimited (also known as simply E.U.) was a Washington, D.C.-based go-go/funk band that enjoyed its height of popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s. Fronted by lead singer/bassist Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliot, the group has had a fluctuating membership over the years, but they have maintained a fairly loyal following.
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The band's biggest hit was 1988's "Da Butt" which charted at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the Spike Lee soundtrack success the band signed a deal with Virgin Records and scored two additional Top Billboard Hits. The first hit was "Buck Wild" which was co-written and co-produced by William "Ju Ju" House and the late Kent Wood. "Buck Wild" peaked at #7 on the R&B/Hip Hop Charts. The second Top Billboard hit following the group's #1 R&B hit "Da Butt" was released on February 2, 1988.
"Taste of Your Love," sang by E.U.'s lead singer, Edward "Junie" Henderson, was the band's last Billboard top-ten hit. It was co-written (along with Harold "Chucky" Lloyd) and produced by Marvin Ennis. Ennis also played all of the instruments and did all of the background vocals on the track contrary to what the credits on the Livin' Large album reflect. The song "Da Butt" and the actual band which included Gregory Elliott, William House, Ivan Goff, Kent Wood, Valentino Jackson, Edward Henderson, Mike Taylor, Darryl Hayes, and J. Foxx, were featured in Spike Lee's film School Daze." The song was written by Marcus Miller and performed by E.U. The song reached number one on the Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for the week of April 23, 1988, and was ranked #61 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. The music video was directed by Spike Lee.
E.U. further injected DC go-go into the public consciousness with the release of Beck's "Where It's At", a mid 1990s alt-radio staple. The Dust Brothers, who produced Beck's accompanying album, Odelay sampled the intro break from E.U.'s "Knock Him Out Sugar Ray." In fact, this particular E.U. song had already been sampled extensively in the Hip-hop community, by such artists as Steady B ("Bring the Beat Back"), Eazy-E ("Radio"), 3rd Bass ("Product of the Environment"), and others. It has since also been sampled in Just Blaze's remix of the Beastie Boys hit "Ch-Check It Out".
E.U. 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.
In 2019, E.U. have reunited to perform Da Butt at the 2019 BET Awards.
- Free Yourself (1977)
- Rock Yuh Butt (1988)
- Livin' Large (1989) U.S. #158, U.S. R&B #22
- Cold Kickin' It (1990) U.S. R&B #92
- Let's Go Go Christmas (1995)
- Make Money (1996)
- School Daze Revisited (2008)
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