ESG A South Bronx Story

The super influential, 80’s punk-funk band from the South Bronx, ESG, is set to play The Regent Theater in DTLA this Friday, June 26. ESG, which stands for Emerald, Saphire and Gold, was formed by sisters Renee, Valerie, Marie, and Deborah Scroggins in 1978.

I remember first hearing “You’re No Good” and thinking What is this? This is amazing!  I’ve been hooked on the stuff ever since. Funky bass lines, dance beats, and a cool attitude – it’s no wonder they’ve made such an impact across genres over the years. Their songs have been sampled by artists like Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, N.W.A., TLC, and Miles Davis. However, the group did not appreciate the unauthorized use of their music, and in 1992 released Sample Credits Don’t Pay Our Bills.

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+++ Photo of ESG: A South Bronx Story, LP Compilation +++

In honor of the fabulous ESG sisters and the music that gets us in the moody groove, we put together a playlist. It’s called “You’re No Good: A Funk Punk Mix”. We’ve included bands like Delta 5, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Au Pairs, Liquid Liquid, and Gang of Four, who all emerged from that post-disco, post-punk, new wave era. Enjoy!



Also, don’t forget to snag your tickets to see ESG at The Regent before it sells out. See you Friday!