ESG tickets

ESG Tickets

Since their inception, ESG have affected post-punk, no wave, dance-punk, hip-hop, and various styles of dance music such as house. They fell in with the late ’70s and early ’80s NYC no wave and post-punk scene, they had their music sampled countless times, and they became a playlist staple at ’70s and early ’80s dance clubs like the Paradise Garage.

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) formed in 1978 in the South Bronx. The band originally consisted of the four Scroggins sisters " Deborah (bass, vocals), Marie (congas, vocals), Renee (vocals, guitar), and Valerie (drums).

The Scroggins mother bought the band’s instruments when they were still teenagers to keep them supposedly busy and away from trouble. They had to teach themselves their instruments, but it wasn’t long before they started playing shows and clubs. Soon, Ed Bahlman, the owner of 99 Records (a record shop and a label that included Liquid Liquid, Bush Tetras, and Konk on its roster), was impressed enough to take them under his wing as a manager and producer.

After a few singles and EPs in the late ’70s and early ’80s the band hooked up with Factory Recordsproducer Martin Hannett while he was in the area recording A Certain Ratio’s first album in 1981. The 6 song ESG 12” EP on 99 Records from the same year features a particularly unique and widely sampled track, UFO, using Hannett’s fondness for reverb, flangers and feedback to make a song that was so unusual it has been very widely sampled, along with other tracks from that record.

Their first full-length LP came with 1983’s Come Away with ESG. With the closing of 99 Records,ESG disbanded shortly thereafter (1984), but re-formed in the early ’90s, heralding their comeback with a self-titled 1991 compilation of previously released material.

In the years since their original formation, the group’s work had become popular among hip-hop artists searching for samples, with such acts as the Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Dee, Tricky& Gang Starr.

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